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Marvelous movies

NECC’s most anticipated Marvel movies of 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flew into theaters over 10 years ago and is still beloved throughout the world, including here at NECC. In 2019, there are three new films slated to continue the series; Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, all of which are anticipated amongst NECC students and faculty.

Starting in 2008 with Iron Man, the film gained the acclaim of critics and casual moviegoers alike and was a box office hit. Since then, the series grew to include 20 films grossing over $17.5 billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo, a wide variety of characters, and an Academy Award contender with 2018’s Black Panther. With a history like that, NECC students are eagerly awaiting the release of these three films.

In a recent poll of 28 NECC students, Captain Marvel received 4 votes, Spider-Man: Far From Home gained 9 votes and Avengers: Endgame received 15 votes, making it NECC’s most anticipated Marvel movie. Premiering March 8, is Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson and Jude Law. Centering on American pilot Carol Danvers who, according to IMDB, is caught between two alien civilizations at war with one another and gains astonishing abilities as a defender of the galaxy.

In a recent poll of 28 NECC students, Captain Marvel received 4 votes, Spider-Man: Farm Home gained 9 votes and Avengers: Endgame received 15 votes, making it NECC”s most anticipated Marvel movie.

As Marvel’s first female led entry in the MCU, many are comparing this to DC’s 2017 female led film, Wonder Woman. “(Captain Marvel) is Marvel’s answer to Wonder Woman” said Lucy Russell, a Liberal Arts major. Journalism/ Communication Professor Amy Callahan, while not a huge fan of Marvel, is also excited to see another powerful female superhero portrayed on screen.

April 26 brings Avenger’s: Endgame, the follow up to 2018’s box office hit, Avenger’s: Infinity War, in which the superhero team, the Avengers, must team up with their various allies to attempt to defeat intergalactic menace, Thanos. All their might was no match for Thanos who, with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet, merely snaps his fingers and causes the death of half of all life in the universe.

Endgame picks up after these events, which the Avengers must pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the universe changing event. While not many details are known as of yet, the surveyed students are clearly looking forward to this installment. Closing out the three films is Spider- Man: Far From Home, premiering on July 5. As a sequel to 2017’s Spider- Man: Homecoming, the follows teen Peter Parker in his continued adventures as Spider-Man while he continues to balance his responsibilities as a student and superhero.

Having a long history in comics, film, and television; Spider-Man has garnered many fans over the decades, including Journalism student Andrew Venditti. “(Spider-Man) is the coolest superhero,” said Venditti.