– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Every now and then, I need to take a step back and look at how far we’ve come. Yes, a lot of folks may curse the current age of big blockbusters that we live in — it admittedly has done a lot to push out other smaller budget ideas — but we can’t deny the dramatic increase in quality we’ve had in our big budget films in the past decade or so.

Back when I was a kid, most big budget films were pretty awful when looked at objectively. Furthermore, I loathed at the fact that Hollywood didn’t have the confidence to actually allow superheroes to movies get made at all, let alone cross over into each other’s movies. What’s more, whenever there WAS a comic book movie that made it to the big screen, it inevitably SUCKED.

This isn’t so much the case anymore. While we still have our fair share of duds, studios do mostly seemed to have found a way to crack the code with these films, and as those have gotten old, they’ve managed to pivot into something new, like Logan. This likely has to do with the sheer number of them we get.

Not only do we get around two handfuls of big blockbusters a year, but many of them take place within intricate shared universes, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which pioneered the whole approach. We are currently 16 films and countless TV shows into this world, and if my 10-year-old self could see how far we come, chances are he wouldn’t believe it.

Plenty of people have celebrated this world with online tributes, and one such editor is the YouTube channel Trailer Blend. The channel took footage from all corners of the MCU (including the films and the Netflix series) and set it to the timeless classic Queen song, “We Will Rock You.” Needless to say, the result is pretty damn awesome, and my only regret is that we can’t reverse time capsule this video and show it to folks from the ’80s and ’90s. To see their reaction to something like this would have been priceless.

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SOURCE: Trailer Blend

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.