Marvel Ranks Its Top 11 Biggest Moments of 2014
Marvel has spent the last few years doing an impressively Machiavellian takeover of the superhero genre, and 2014 was arguably its biggest year yet. In the season finale of The Watcher 2014, Marvel Entertainment host Lorraine Cink counts down the eleven biggest moments of the year, "because ten just wasn't enough!"
1. The Return of Amazing Spider-Man
This is referring to the comics, as the second Amazing Spider-Man 2, which also came out in 2014, was ultimately a box office and critical disappointment, and has reportedly left the future of the series in shambles.
2. Avengers NOW!
3. The debut of Ms. Marvel
Marvel certainly isn't perfect when it comes to diversity, but they did have a good year. In addition to a black Captain America and female Thor, they also introduced the first female Pakistani-American Muslim superhero.
4. Original Sin
In addition to spilling many secrets about Nick Fury and the Avengers, comic event Original Sin also revealed the death of The Watcher.
5. The Death of Wolverine
In the most high-profile comics death of the year, Logan was killed by Cornelius after living without his healing ability for the last year. While the death of a comic book character is often an inconsequential event, as the writers just sort of bring them back the next issue, Logan's death will be more acutely felt, as Marvel isn't planning to bring him back anytime soon.
In a huge comics event, Marvel heroes became evil and villains became good when Red Skull caused a universal inversion. Everything was turned on its head, and our noble heroes learned things about themselves that they probably didn't want to.
7. Hydra Infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated and essentially destroyed in the excellent Captain America: Winter Soldier, which not only had reverberating effects on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but was also a game-changer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Previously shackled by its connected with the MCU, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. found its footing after the events of Winter Soldier, and went on to become one of the most entertaining shows on television.
Inhumans is all over the Marvel universe now, between the comics, the upcoming film, and the many Easter eggs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9. It's all connected!! on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brought in a plethora of Marvel characters this season, including Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird, and Baron von Strucker. And, of course, there was the revelation on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the explosive midseason finale that (spoiler!) Skye is Marvel superhero Daisy Johnson, and an Inhuman.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy breaks box office records!
Guardians of the Galaxy, a film about weird, wacky lesser-known superheroes that no one expected to do well, broke box office records when it had the biggest August opening of all time. The ultimate underdog, the silly movie about a team of petty criminals, a talking raccoon, and a sentient tree was the highest-grossing superhero film of 2014 above much more established heroes like Spider-Man and Captain America.
11. Nine Marvel Films were announced!
Nothing else could possibly top this list. One of the biggest events of the year, period, Marvel did a surprise announcement of a full slate of superhero movies for its Phase 3, including Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, the list goes on and on.
This looks like a fairly comprehensive list, with one major exception. They "forgot" that Hydra leaked the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week ahead of its official release. It ultimately became the third most viewed trailer of the year, and the film is now the second most anticipated film of 2015.
What do you think, Marvel fans? Which of your favorite moments from 2014 didn't make the cut?