The Movie Podcast writes: The Last Crusade, Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, Prisoner of Azkaban, The Two Towers; some of our most endearing films are installments. They are pieces of a larger universe and one has to wonder- without the background information, without the previous stories already told, would these specific examples stand alone as the classics we regard them as.
I bring this up because after last summer’s Iron Man 2, there seems to be a fair amount of film and comic fans a tad leery of future installments. In all honesty, I can’t wait. Marvel has taken a huge gamble with their new film franchises, and no matter how it ends- I’m fascinated by this experiment. Never before has such world-building been attempted in films. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings had very specific plot points they had to follow; but for Marvel, they can (and are) shaping their world’s stories and characters in whatever way they choose.