Hey everyone! Welcome to this week's installment of Barbecue's Bonfire, a weekly chance for me to unpack all of the pop culture stuff I've consumed this week! This week is loaded with Marvel marvelousness!
More Marvel madness after the break...
WandaVision has my daughter so invested in the characters that she was interested in jumping in and beginning to watch through the Marvel Cinematic Universe so we started with Iron Man on Saturday evening. I hadn't watched most of these in a few years and Iron Man is still fantastic. The film is truly the foundation of the entire Marvel Universe and the personalities, especially Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, really cement the film. The MCU has done such a fantastic job of making their characters likeable and able to command as much attention out of their costumes as in them. My daughter was thrilled with this one, especially the time spent in Tony's lab and any appearance of Iron Man himself. John Favreau really nailed this one and it holds up so well. It's fun to go back and see how Tony Stark's character grows throughout the films and all of the little nods to various plot points and such that pay off years down the line.
I also read the newest TPB of Doctor Aphra. Like the main Star Wars title from Marvel, Doctor Aphra has also been renumbered since the stories told now take place after The Empire Strikes Back so this is Volume 1: Fortune and Fate. While there's nothing earth shattering that happens in most Doctor Aphra stories, I still really enjoy them. The mixture of Star Wars and Indiana Jones just appeals to me and this is prime comfort reading! It's a great, fast paced tale with a mixture of new characters and characters who appeared previously in the Doctor Aphra series. Alyssa Wong does a great job writing the series while the art from Marika Cresta and Rachelle Rosenberg is incredible. Twists, turns, traps, temples, and treachery! What more could you want?