nobody movie_Every phase three film and its classic counterpart

The recently released Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stands out from the rest MCUsince it is influenced by Evil Death II and is full of horror elements. But it’s not the first Marvel Cinematic Universe to take inspiration from classic films, whatever the genre.

Phase Three of the MCU is by far the most diverse phase in the universe, being packed with spy team-up movies, interdimensional adventures, and space odysseys. And that means their classic counterparts are just as unique, whether it’s a ’90s thriller, a marine explorer’s revenge story, or a simple coming-of-age comedy about skipping classes.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Se7en (1995)

David and William are standing in a field in Se7en.

While cat and mouse chase between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers Captain America: Civil War reminiscent of classic films like Catch Me If You Can and heatit’s more associated with the 1995s Se7en than everything. The thriller follows two detectives trying to uncover a serial killer whose murders are influenced by the seven deadly sins.

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The whole breakdown in Tony and Steve’s friendship is being orchestrated by someone they don’t even know, and there are parallels between Helmut Zemu’s plan and what John Doe is doing in the classic thriller directed by David Fincher. And while both villains know things can end badly for them, it’s worth watching as their enemies fall apart and their morale collapses.


Doctor Strange (2016) – Interstellar (2014)

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper in Interstellar

The MCU had already taken huge, expensive risks beforehand Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange was a huge pan in the dark. Although the character was popular in the comics world, it was a leap of faith to interest casual fans in an unlikable wizard with a sentient cloak. But that’s exactly what Marvel Studios did, and that was partly thanks to the otherworldly premise, interdimensional travel, and spectacular effects.

Interstellar is interdimensional and even sees characters traveling through time. It takes complex premises that would ordinarily fly over the heads of general audiences and makes them easily digestible and engaging, just like the 2016 superhero film. The dizzying effects are so incredible that even already groundbreaking Christopher Nolan directed films like them founding to shame. Interstellar maybe only nine years old but it’s one of the The best original blockbusters of the 2010s and has already achieved “classic” status.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Aquatic Life starring Steve Zissou (2004)

Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou Wes Anderson

There is nothing otherworldly or anything sci-fi influenced Aquatic Life with Steve Zissoubut the themes and tone of the film are very similar Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Life in the water follows an oceanographer and his crew as they seek revenge on a shark that killed one of the oceanographer’s partners.

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Both films depict a ragtag group of misfits growing and forming a family relationship, both are full of humor and both have a surprising amount of heart too. And while the superhero film has a wealth of CGI and most of the effects in the 2004 classic are handy, there’s just as much spectacle, color, and quirky-looking visuals in both films, regardless of how they were created.


Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Far From Home (2019) – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off

It’s no secret that the coming-of-age movies of the ’80s heavily influenced the MCU Spiderman movies. And when Spider-Man: Homecoming was in production That revealed Kevin Feige it would go in the same direction as the classic John Hughes movies. They’re such an influence on the web-slinging series that there’s a full sequence that pays homage to them Ferris turns blue in the 2015 film. When Spider-Man leaves Liz’s party, he randomly runs through gardens just like Ferris is supposed to beat his parents to his house at the end of the 1986 film.

The whole prom subplot in homecoming is clearly influenced by Pretty in Pink but it’s the comedy and Peter’s cheeky ways that define the MCU Spiderman Film clear counterparts to the classic Ferris Boller. And although many want a sequel to Ferris Bueller, the Spiderman Films that act as spiritual successors are the next best thing.


Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Flash Gordon (1980)

2017 Thor: Ragnarok completely surprised audiences and critics. Though Thor is a fan-favorite character in the MCU, the Thunder God’s first two solo films are widely considered budget Marvel films, but that all changed when writer-director Taika Waititi transformed the dull and gray world into a colorful, vibrant, and hilarious space odyssey, and it reminded audiences of cheesy 1980s sci-fi popcorn flicks.

But because of Thor’s fish-out-of-water attitude and constantly making fun of a horrible situation, the film is most similar Flash Gordon. Not coincidentally, Waititi will be directing a Flash Gordon reboot and how Thor: Ragnarok Raised $850 millionno one could make Flash popular again better than the New Zealand filmmaker.

Black Panther (2018) – Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington sits behind microphones in Malcolm X.

Like any MCU movie, Black Panther is an exciting superhero film, but the 2018 release has a deeper story, more deeply rooted in history than any other in the universe. In many ways, the film represents the two different ways black people fought for liberation; the active but peaceful way and the radical way.

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The Killmonger storyline reflects the whole life of Malcolm X as both were exposed to racism from a young age, became involved in crime and became more and more radical as they learned. The full story of Malcolm X and his rise to become one of the most successful activists of all time is documented in the epic 1992 film.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Darth Vader in the Empire strikes back

There is no doubt about it Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Infinite War are strikingly similar in many ways. Building on the final films in their overarching stories, the two are a lot darker than what fans have come to expect from the series. But mainly The villains both win in the end Movies, and they happen to be the two most iconic movie villains of all time.

And just as Luke Skywalker loses his arm in the process A new hope Follow up, Groot loses his arm Infinite War. However, someone loses an arm in every MCU movie, which is a fact pay homage to this very war of stars Movieso The Empire Strikes Back is not only infinity war counterpart, but its influence lingers throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Herbie Rides Again (1974)

That ant man Films wear their influences more openly than almost any other MCU film, as there is no hiding from which it draws inspiration Honey, I shrunk the kids or any kind of team up heist movie. However, when it comes to it Ant Man and the Waspits attitude is exploited much better than its predecessor.

The 2018 film uses San Francisco like a playground, and the city’s landmarks are used in inventive ways in huge action sequences, such as when the heroes tear up the bricks on Lombard Street. No film since has had as much fun with San Francisco Herbie rides again. In the 1974 film, the sentient Love Bug drives to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge and streetcars lose control as they hurtle downhill. And how ant man is the most family-friendly MCU seriesthe similarities in tone, set pieces, and excitement between the two films are uncanny.

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Back to the Future (1985)

Marty and Doc face each other with gadgets on their heads in Back to the Future

Audiences can pick and choose which iconic time travel film most relates to the epic finale of the Infinity Saga. The meat of Avengers: Endgame see what’s left of the superhero team traveling at different points in time to collect the Infinity Stones and so many Time travel films are even mentioned by name when they try to plan the time heist.

but endgame is inseparable from it Back to the Future, an entertaining adventure film that’s as clever as it is funny. The film sees Marty traveling back in time, but he accidentally alters the future by getting in touch with his family. Some of the Avengers’ plan was even directly inspired by the 1985 release, as the result of the time-traveling classic meant the team knew it shouldn’t bother anyone they knew.

Captain Marvel (2019) – The Thing (1982)

The creature that looks distressed in The Thing (1982).

To be honest, Captain Marvel’s Influences are everywhere. The various flashbacks to Carol as a fighter pilot are clearly influenced by this top gun. And it was even influenced by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The conversation, while the sequence of the Skrulls examining her mind plays out the same as Harry jumps through secret audio recordings. But in the way the Skrulls change, the film is largely tied to the iconic horror film the thing.

Only because Captain Marvel Just because it’s not a horror doesn’t mean it doesn’t bear a ton of similarities to the 1982 classic. Although the shapeshifting was the most exciting part of the superhero movie, Captain Marvel not always fully utilized. But with the Skrull-based Secret invasion Disney+ series release is expected soon, fans will no doubt get more shapeshifting madness.


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