Happy 10th Anniversary Marvel Studios!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios.  What began as a huge leap of faith for the studio, has paid off in every way imaginable.  Marvel Studios decided to take their “second string” heroes and move them up to top billing.  The studio planned a long-game, ending their Phase One with “Marvel’s The Avengers” in 2012.  The movie was a game-changer.  Then they continued knocking it out of the park to the present day.  What the next phase after “Avengers: Infinity War” will bring is anyone’s guess, and there is a lot of guessing going on, but we have to wait and see.  I think even non-comic book movie fans can admit that the movies have been quite an achievement.

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While the anniversary of the studio is a big deal to a lot of people, the anniversary means a lot to me.  Why?

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To explain, I need to take you back ten years and then five years ago.

Ten years ago, I had a two year old kiddo that I had already begun to raise as a little nerd.  She loved Star Wars already, and was becoming increasingly obsessed with Spiderman animated series on TV.  She wanted a Black Panther movie before the rest of us knew we wanted one.  I was still married at the time and was still attending Comic Con International by myself every year.  I loved going, but I was lonely.  I wanted to get a seat at the table, so to speak.  I was still primarily a Star Wars and fantasy nerd and not very knowledgeable of the various comic book universes.  I saw “Iron Man” and really liked it.  I was interested in what the Avengers would bring to the table.  The kiddo and I started to discover the movies together, which changed everything.

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Both of us were entranced by these movies.  We discovered Captain America together.  That was the first super hero movie I didn’t pre-view for her, so we just fell in love with the film at the same time.  By the time the Cap movie was released, Marvel Studios had already begun tying in each movie with the others and having cross-over appearances from characters.  They created a cohesive universe, into which I found myself falling in love with every bit of it.  The Arthurian nerd in me realized that the MCU is a modern-day reimagining of the Arthurian legend, which if you know me at all, really speaks volumes to me!

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Then five years ago, I had one of the most horrible years imaginable.  My husband of 20 years left me and three months later, I lost my father.  Yeah, it wasn’t OK in my world.  What does this have to do with Marvel?  Nothing really, but to me they tie together.  Let me explain.

The rug was ripped out from under me, so I had to truly start over.  I needed a new life, or I was just going to fade away, to be honest.  I was tired.  So tired.  I had no friends really.

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So, I jumped into the nerd world with both feet and began to meet people and make friends.  Again, what does this have to do with Marvel?  Well, I met other nerds, and what do nerds talk about?  Movies!  Then cosplay came into my world and more Marvel influences and so on, and so on.  The movies helped by giving me a social circle.  Through that tribe, I got the confidence and positivity to just try new things (like cosplay for one).  Meeting my tribe and spending time with people that are like-minded and passionate about things let me relax and be myself.  They encouraged me, and in turn, I found my long-lost confidence.  I started to get my picture taken and not hate it!  Heck, this blog exists because of Marvel movies.

So, this anniversary means a lot more to me than it might to some others out there.  It is a celebration of a great undertaking that changed the movie industry and changed my life at the same time.  A little silly?  Yeah, maybe.  If you think so, that’s cool.  I am confident enough now to not sweat it much.

Love, Kim and Scout

*Lead photo and all pro photos- Marvel Studios

*Cosplay large group photos- Avengers Initiative

Ashley Stewart Photo Shoot- WAY Out of the Comfort Zone

I recently got the opportunity to model for Ashley Stewart, which was a huge deal for me and way out of the ‘ol comfort zone!

The shoot was for a spec commercial spot, which will hopefully land on their site.  I will keep you posted, of course.

Ashley Stewart has brick and mortar stores, but also a great online store with some really beautiful clothes.  Not pictured here is my second look, which was a pair of jeans that fit me perfectly!  I highly recommend you do a bit of shopping here.

Until then, please enjoy the photos from the shoot!

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Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Black Panther: What an Amazing Experience!

The kiddo and I got to finally see “Black Panther”.  Like all other MCU fans, we had been waiting and waiting for this movie to hit theatres.  It was well worth the wait!

Spoilers are ahead, but this movie has been out for two weeks now, so I honestly have no sympathy for you if you read on and get something spoiled (just sayin…)

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Here are some of our thoughts on the movie:

  • The entire cast was amazing!
  • The girlpower present in the film, start to finish
  • An excellent and complicated villain in Killmonger.  He presents some valid points, but at the end of the day his “solution” to these issues is way, way off base.  Reason being is that his true motivations aren’t altruism or justice, but to take over himself and rule the world
  • Speaking of Killmonger, the points he makes about colonialism, particularly in the museum scene at the beginning of the movie are on point and brutally honest
  • The costumes are so beautiful, they made me want to cry
  • The color palette of the whole film was like spending time inside a painting.  Just beautiful
  • The relationship between T’Challa and his sister, Shuri.  Just lovely and REAL
  • The way the M’Baku tribe handles dissention.  I bark in approval
  • Beating up someone with a wig and a shoe.  Yep, for the win!
  • Those rhinos!  I want one!
  • Oh how I wish Wakanda was a real place!
  • Shuri’s tech and wardrobe
  • The Dora Milaje.  I mean, COME ON!
  • Marvel has done it again

This movie takes us into the beginning of Infinity War, which is now only two months away, not that I’m counting… (I’m totally counting)!  The post-credit scene shows us that Bucky is doing very well in Wakanda and is no longer a Bucksicle, so he is ready for the war that is coming.

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I was hoping for an appearance from Cap, but I completely understand why they didn’t do this.  Black Panther needed to be its own separate movie, start to finish.  Now, while T’Challa is safely nestled within the MCU (“Civil War” took care of that), we needed to have a separate movie so we can get to know and love our newest heroes in the MCU.  The Wakanda universe will be a huge part of the next Marvel phase I’m thinking, so we best get acquainted with their people and their culture, not to mention their tech.   I really hope for scenes with Shuri and the science bros.  Give me what I desire, Marvel!

They will.  I know they will.

Wakanda Forever!  Kim and Scout

*Lead Photo and all movie photos: Marvel Studios and Disney