I was thinking the other day of how the MCU (marvel cinematic universe) movies kind of defy genres. They are their own. The Superhero genre.
Which – kinda isn’t a genre yet maybe is but you might not find it on an agent or publishing listing. SO. I was thinking if I was pitching the MCU movies to somehow, how would I describe them??
I’m doing these in SEQUENTIAL order because it is important to me. You’re suppose to watch the movies how they happened not how they came out.
Captain America: the First Avenger
Genre: Alternate History. (Fun fact, this was the first MCU movie I saw.)
Genre: Science Fiction.
Genre: Sci-fi Thriller.
Iron Man II
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller.
Genre: this one is hard, but I’m going to go with science-fantasy, because it does have sci-fi elements but a TON of fantasy – like, it’s Norse gods.
Genre: sci-fi. Aliens, spaceships, glow stick of destiny.
Iron Man III
Genre: sci-fi thriller (I think the Iron Man movies are the only ones with consistent genres).
Thor: the Dark World
Genre: science fantasy.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Genre: either cyberpunk or Space Opera.You could classify it as just plain sci-fi but there’s nothing very science-y about it.
Captain America: the Winter Soldier
Genre: thriller (forever will be one of the best MCU movies).
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Genre: Sci-fi. Robots. Mutants. Flying cities.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Genre: again, some weird mixture of space opera and cyberpunk and music video.
Genre: sci -fi thriller. We got heists and stuff.
Captain America: Civil War
Genre: YA sci-fi.
Genre: urban fantasy. Magic. Urban setting. There you have it.
Genre: this movie is it’s own genre. Science Fantasy? But without science?
Avengers: Infinity War
Genre: science fantasy. Things have gotten so wild and crazy we’re way out of just sci-fi now. Also maybe Space Opera??
Ant Man and the Wasp
Genre: Sci-fi thriller. Watch out for Baba Yaga.
Defies every genre. It’s everything. It’s an epic. It’s the Iliad, the Odyssey, Virgil, Les Miserables, just every grand epic rolled into one long tear jerker.
As you may have noticed, I did not do Spiderman: Far From Home because I haven’t seen it and don’t plan on it. Endgame was the end. That was the end of the story I signed on for. So I’m done.
EXCEPT FOR THE BLACK WIDOW MOVIE.
OK, anyway, whatever, this was a really random post, but I was just have always thoughts, “what genre are these superhero movies??” So that’s what I came up with.
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