an mcu journey: a lot of takeout & a lot of emotions

after a casual social hangout down the street at social fox brewing, we picked up dinner from james beard award-winning masterpiece. this spot was recommended by our friend liz, and this time around i followed her advice and ordered the double cooked pork. a bite of pork with a bite of white rice was perfectly balanced and flavorful. i also had several dumplings and pot stickers, which alone were just okay but with that red sauce were quite scrumptious. philip, who only fully finishes a meal when he really loves it, cleared his whole container of chicken fried rice in record time, and jenn said her stir fried diced chicken with broccoli wasn’t bad at all.

although there will always be plenty of new restaurants for us to try, we are rounding third and heading home with our mcu journey, and this week we fired up avengers: infinity war on disney+. now, many folks have told me how much they love this movie, and i vowed to stay awake the whole time to see if i could appreciate it like my friends. well, with so much happening in this film, i decided i needed to watch it a second time before i could give it a proper review, and instead of providing a semi-high-level review, i decided to blog about it while watching it again. there’s just so much that happened in those 2.5 hours! with a lot going on, i decided to categorize my thoughts into four general groupings. i hope you enjoy this approach!

badass things that helped me appreciate the mcu

  • thor getting his new hammer
  • tony being perceptive enough to understand that if the time stone is the avengers’ greatest weapon then it can be thanos’ greatest weapon, too
  • the 678 area code in steve rogers’ number
  • dr. strange showing off his powers
  • spider-man’s new suit from tony
  • the scene when iron man and spider-man free dr. strange
  • iron man understanding that they need to take the fight to thanos (even though thanos ends up on earth anyway)
  • strange understanding he needed to keep tony alive for the end game
  • thor getting a new eye 🙂
  • spider-man officially becoming an avenger

confusing/annoying things that made me go “whatever”

  • trying to understanding why they never just chopped off thanos’ arm rather than trying to pull the gauntlet off
  • captain america’s unnecessary facial hair
  • no other bad guys on that ship that took dr. strange, but hey, i’ll take it
  • quill not controlling himself after he hears about gamora’s death and wanda leaving vision’s side during the fight in wakanda – you had one job! although, i am also human and cannot say i would have done any different
  • thanos’ minions finding the time stone and mind stone on earth awfully fast
  • thor being able to breathe regardless of the atmosphere (but i guess he is a god, so sure)

funny things that made me lol

  • quill imitating thor
  • mantis asking if the avengers are mighty heroes like kevin bacon
  • the ben & jerry’s flavors named after bruce and tony
  • spider-man’s friend causing a distraction on the bus
  • thor referring to rocket as rabbit
  • everyone admiring thor’s muscles
  • drax creeping on quill and gamora
  • no one following quill’s directions during their attacks
  • rhodey telling bruce to bow when they arrive at wakanda
  • all of spider-man’s pop culture references
  • just about anything drax says
  • angsty, teenage groot
  • rocket wanting to buy bucky’s arm

oh damn things that made me go, well, “oh, damn”

  • thanos overall being a freaking lunatic
  • thanos killing loki
  • vision getting stabbed
  • finding out more about gamora’s past and what thanos did to her planet
  • poor nebula’s punishment
  • redskull making a reappearance on vormir
  • everything about the soul stone, including gamora dying (i actually went “oh, shit” on this one)
  • those nasty-ass creatures that attack wakanda
  • when thanos shows up on earth
  • thanos reversing time to take the mind stone – yikes!
  • realizing that thanos snapped his fingers to destroy half of all life; they were freaking ruthless with that

at the end of the day, though, here’s what i might like most about this film: that for me iron man and thor have solidified themselves as my favorite avengers and that the avengers finally met their match. i mean, my heart was beating plenty throughout, and i truly look forward to seeing how things go down from here. i feel like the stakes are higher than ever now!

EATS

  1. trader joe’s
  2. sweet octopus
  3. alessio’s
  4. gordo’s pizza
  5. alebrije mexican restaurant
  6. jim’n’nick’s
  7. burger 21
  8. masterpiece
  9. jerusalem bakery
  10. armando’s caribe
  11. honeypig
  12. sonny’s bbq
  13. cue barbecue
  14. lon u
  15. rose and olive
  16. wayback burger
  17. 2 nyers pizza
  18. tokyo shokudo

MOVIES

  1. iron man
  2. avengers: infinity war
  3. ant-man
  4. spider-man: homecoming
  5. guardians of the galaxy
  6. captain america: the first avenger
  7. black panther
  8. thor: ragnarok
  9. thor: the dark world
  10. captain america: civil war
  11. guardians of the galaxy vol. 2
  12. thor
  13. avengers: age of ultron
  14. captain america: the winter soldier
  15. doctor strange
  16. iron man 3
  17. the avengers
  18. iron man 2

an mcu journey: bitter bad guys and lots of rice

our next movie was our first sequel of the mcu with iron man 2. dave and jenn had declared ahead of time their disdain of this sequel, and even before seeing it myself i could partly understand where they were coming from. i mean, hardly ever is the second in a series as good as the original. having seen iron man 2 now, though, what is my review? generally speaking it certainly was not as good as the first but definitely could have been worse. ah, see that little rhyme-y rhyme i did for you there?

was that opening scene with the scantily-clad iron man dancers super extra? oh yeah. was tony stark’s vomit-inducing ego even more disgusting in the second movie than the first? i’d say so. and was pepper potts a little whiny? i’ll give you all of that. but did things like don cheadle and tony’s vulnerable humanity and that pretty parrot make up for it all? almost. i liked that in this film there were two villains looking to take down iron man, and they increased the thrill and suspense, even if just a little bit.

as for dinner that evening, i’d say it was solidly mediocre, kind of like the movie. we ordered delivery from lon u. i actually didn’t mind my sesame chicken, white rice, and broccoli, but the rest of the group seemed underwhelmed with this go round of asian american. phillip ordered the chicken fried rice, one of his favorite dishes, and he barely put a dent in it. in fact, he was sneaking bites from my bowl instead! i did try his and agree it was pretty flavorless. but guess what? later that weekend i reheated some of it, and somehow it tasted better than before. strange, yes? do you think there’s some science behind why some dishes taste better the next day? maybe that’s lon u’s secret and we just don’t know it…

we are close to finishing up phase one of the mcu and are on a roll with these reviews! here is how the rankings shake out five movies and restaurants in.

EATS

  1. gordo’s pizza
  2. burger 21
  3. jerusalem bakery
  4. armando’s caribe
  5. lon u

MOVIES

  1. iron man
  2. captain america: the first avenger
  3. thor
  4. the avengers
  5. iron man 2