There have been quite some good changes since the introduction of Iron Man in 2008. It is clear now that what Marvel looked like in 2008 is different from this era, and everyone has positively embraced the change.
Marvel is a blockbuster franchise that has developed various supernatural movies like Avengers, Spiderman, Captain America, and countless others.
Apart from financial breakthroughs, Marvel has evolved its production technique and casting. Aspects like technology, audiences’ tastes, preferences, and modern culture have also instigated its development.
If you compare Iron man and the recent Marvels movies, you will recognize various aspects that have changed. Such factors involve the character roles, movie’s theme, storyline, background, etc. There is also the video quality, resolution, and graphics that showcase how the franchise has grown.
How the Marvel Movies Evolved
It’s clear that Marvel characters are getting more exposed both in the film world and behind the scenes. Making them appear more family-friendly.
Watching Marvel movies in order of release makes the stories have more sense, especially to anyone who has never watched the series before.
An industry that was made of underdog superhorse has become one of the top franchises in the film industry.
But how did this happen?
Use of Mid and Post credit scenes
Some of the rights of the most famous character were owned by other studios. Marvel had to up its game and build the profile of its individual superheroes. This way, Marvel was able to attract new viewers.
An example is the Avengers movie, where characters like Captain America, Thor, Hulk, etc., were introduced individually. It was a strategy that helped them include mid-credit and post-credit scenes, which created suspense and would bring profits at the same time.
Iron Man was a game-changer
Iron man is among the most sought-after superhorse in the Marvel world. He changed the blockbuster. The Avenger’s success can be attributed to its uniqueness in the crossover of characters. This changes how the franchise would carry its work by the interconnection of characters.
The superheroes never had the industry on their toes until the Avengers assembled on-screen, bringing comic sensibility with humor. This made movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy follow up on the trend that was already set up.
Development of female leads
There were few female leads or stars in the earlier Marvel phases. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has employed many female leads over time. For example, in phase-three Ant-man, the MCU introduced the first lady lead character.
Also, since there were few female leads in phase1 Avengers, the company added them in the subsequent Avengers.
Keeping the movie’s plot out of chronology
Initially, MCU released movies to make people guess the next sequel. Consequently, that reduced the audience’s suspense in the films.
Nowadays, MCU releases specific films later than audiences expected to come first. For instance, Guardian of Galaxy took place earlier than Doctor Strange.
While the first phases of MCU movies focused on individual superheroes, the recent phase’s targets mentor heroes. These mentor characters are superheroes who mentor other bright characters to take on their role or inherit their power.
That is evident in the Iron Man movie, where Tony Stark counseled Kenner and became his father figure. Also, the spider-man series developed characters like Tom Holland, who took over other characters like Tobey Maguire.
Introduction of transition phases
Marvel used to set a movie that could culminate its prequel phase in the past. Unfortunately, such films gained criticism because of the lack of suspense in the sequels. One example is The Avengers movie that concluded the other phases.
However, MCU changed this style and developed movie segments that introduced another phase. That is evident in Spider-man’s phase three, which had the starring fallout. Hence, when phase four came out, it continued with the fallout story.
The evil Villains turned soft in some movies
Most films put Villains to be evil, inhumane, and wicked characters. However, that idea has fallen out with many audiences, who need to see the positivity of such characters.
Marvels too used to represent the villains as evil, but these characters positively influenced their recent movies. Movies like Avengers, Spider-man, Infinity wars have evolved their villains.
Reduction of romance scenes
Romance and love make a movie exciting but can make a movie lose its central point. Remember that Marvel’s movies are actions, and much romance would make fans feel them as Soaps Operas. An example is the repetitive romantic scene between Tony Stark and Times Pepper in Iron Man.
MCU has changed such plots and emphasized that the lead characters focus on actions and personality.
Change in the theme
Initially, Marvel would set Movies from similar phases to have common backgrounds, storylines, and movie effects. The audiences would not easily distinguish one film from another.
However, that changed over time as MCU developed distinctive effects like music, backdrops, soundtracks, and color themes.