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DISH OF THE WEEK #79 – MARVEL AND THE AVENGERS

So here’s what I do with an unexpected weekend off.

This is going to be a first.
I like to do the occasional Dish of the Week but I also do the occasional (very occasional) Dishette of the Week.
I have decided to incorporate the two because it doesn’t matter if the dish in question happens to be male or female. Why should I separate? In fact I think it makes me a little lazy in that I rarely write a Dishette of the Week.
So now I will have no excuse.

I have chosen to do a whole host of Dishes for this one.
As this week sees the finale to the Marvel Avengers movies as we currently know them with the release of Avengers: Endgame, I am listing ALL the Dishes involved from day one!

This is going to be quite a long post and heavy on pictures!
I have probably missed out a few because there are so many.

So! Going through the films in CHRONOLOGICAL order, so please don’t start telling me that they are out of order.
I know.
I’m running with storylines and where they all fall together chronologically.
So I will start with….

1 – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

This film introduced us to Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan and I can’t believe that neither of them have ever made it to my Dish of the Week!!
An oversight that is now rectified.

Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes
AKA Captain America and the soon to be Winter Soldier.

I mean, just look at these noodles! Who couldn’t love them.

2 – Iron Man (2008)


Technically the first of this Marvel franchise and an introduction to Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, the Iron Man himself.
Robert has made it to my Dish of the Week in the past, at number 42, and that can be read HERE.

I said it back then and I’ll say it again, Robert was born to play Tony Stark!!

Iron Man also introduces us to the first of my Dishettes. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts. Tony’s Right hand and eventual lover. The only woman who can truly control him! This woman takes no shit! She also dons the Iron Man suit occasionally.

3 – The Incredible Hulk (2008)


A stand alone Hulk movie made before the introduction of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, this one starring Edward Norton.
However, my dish is going to have to be Mark Ruffalo. He is such a sweetie and I can’t understand why they are yet to make a Hulk movie with his portrayal of the Hulk. The character has been developed so much during the last 22 Marvel films that he could quite easily carry a stand alone movie.

4 – Iron Man 2 (2010)

5 – Thor (2011)

Not one, but two Dishes and a Dishette in this one. Both Dishes have had previous entries on my Dish of the Week. Chris Hemsworth’s entry can be read HERE, and Tom Hiddleston’s can be read HERE. Both blogs apparently very short and sweet.

Chris Hemsworth plays the God Thor and Tom Hiddleston plays his brother Loki in this Marvel franchise.
Chris is just perfect as the tall muscular God Thor, but Tom has been the surprise hit of the franchise with his amazing portrayal of Loki.
It’s funny to think that Tom actually originally auditioned for the part of Thor. I’m so glad he didn’t get it, Loki is just delicious!
Natalie Portman, the next of my Dishettes, plays Jane Foster, the scientist who discovers and falls in love with Thor.

If you needed any convincing about just how good, and popular, Tom Hiddleston is as Loki, then just look at this video of Tom when he attended the San Diego Comic con back in 2013 in full costume and character and watch how he plays with the audience.

6 – Avengers: Assemble (2012)

Now we’re getting serious.
I’ve already mentioned a lot of this cast already with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, but this film now throws us Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

AND BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING……

Black widow was actually introduced to us back with Iron Man 2

and Hawkeye was fleetingly introduced to us during Thor.

It was clear from day one that Scarlett Johansson was going to be absolutely kick ass as Black Widow and Hawkeye became a firm favourite with fans, although his character has been somewhat held back a little, but it is widely believed that this character will come to full fruition during Avengers Endgame.

7 – Iron Man 3 (2013)

8 – Thor: Darkworld (2013)

9 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This filmed turned Sebastian Stan into the Winter Soldier and an absolute, rip roaring hotty!!

10 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1 (2014)

The surprise hit of 2014 was Guardians of the Galaxy, and for me, this one delivered a Dish, 2 Dishettes and a special mention as he is not an Avenger.

When Chris Pratt danced into the opening scenes to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone, he danced into the hearts of millions all over the world.
He also had two kick ass women to work with, with Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Karen Gillan as Nebula.

Chris Pratt has actually made it to my Dish of the Week twice before. One can be read HERE, and the other can be read HERE.

My special mention goes to Lee Pace, who played Ronan, the bad guy and definitely not an Avenger. Lee has already made it to my Dish of the Weeks previously, and that can be read HERE.
I have liked Lee Pace since way before this film as I mentioned in my blog. Underneath all the Ronan makeup is a very handsome man.

11 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 (2017)

12 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

They just keep coming.
This film throws us Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and (if only too briefly) Aaron Taylor Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver.

It also gives us Vision, played by Paul Bettany. Paul had been the voice of Tony Stark’s computer, Jarvis, since day one, but he finally gets physical form in the form of Vision in this Avengers movie and he falls in love with Wanda. I’ve always loved Paul Bettany, but he didn’t strike me as a hero type until I saw him as Vision!

13 – Ant Man (2015)

Another surprise hit for Marvel was Ant Man with the title character being played by the ever cute Paul Rudd. A joker both on-screen and off. Just how is he 50 years old!!

This film also introduces us to Hope Van Dyne, who later becomes the Wasp, played by the gorgeous Evangeline Lilly.

14 – Captain America: Civil War (2016)

15 – Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

I couldn’t wait to get to this one!
After years of various re-boots of the Spiderman franchise, they’ve finally hit the nail on the head with Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The baby of the MCU at just 22 years old. Sweet, innocent, cute, blabber mouth. Cannot be trusted to keep plot-lines a secret so doesn’t get given whole scripts to read. He literally has no idea what he’s filming until he sees it on-screen!

This Youtube video perfectly demonstrates Tom’s inability to keep a secret and the lengths his co-stars go to to help him keep quiet!

But I think this video is where I truly lost my heart to Tom Holland. What a mover and a little hottie. This young man is going to go a long way and he’s going to mature nicely doing it.

16 – Doctor Strange (2016)

When this one was announced, I was very unsure of what to expect. Seeing the stills and the trailer before the film itself, I really didn’t know if I was going to like Doctor Strange. Turns out, I loved it! But then why wouldn’t I?
Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t put a foot wrong. I’ve loved this guy for years anyway, and now I have more of a reason to love him.
He has also been on my Dish of the Week list in the past and that can be read HERE.

17 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Chris Hemsworth went from hot to banging hot for this one!

Ragnarok also introduces us to another kick ass lady, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

I’m also putting another special mention in here with Karl Urban.
I have loved Karl since seeing him portray Judge Dredd back in 2012.
In this he plays Skurge the executioner who turns out to be quite the hero.
He has made it to my Dish of the Week posts about 5 or 6 times in the past, and a couple of them can be read HERE, and HERE.

18 – Black Panther (2018)

Right! We’re on the home straight now.
Black Panther was a huge hit for the MCU…..but….. and please don’t hate me for saying it, but this one is probably my least favourite of all the films listed here today.
I just didn’t enjoy it. I felt they were trying to do just a bit too much with it and it really bugged me.
That said, it did give us plenty of eye candy and kick ass women with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black panther, Letitia Wright as Shuri and Danai Gurira as Okoye to name just a few.

19 – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

20 – Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)

21 – Captain Marvel (2019)

OK, so chronologically, she should be second, but hey ho! The first female avenger to get her own movie.
Brie Larsen as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, showed us that women can truly be kick ass and do it in a costume that is not over sexualised.

22 – Avengers: Endgame (2019)

So here we are. The culmination of the last 21 films.
The bringing together of the WHOLE of the MCU…. literally.
Without giving anything away, the film is amazing. Totally NOT what I was expecting. It certainly didn’t go in the direction I thought it would. It was funny, it was sad, it was exciting and it was a fitting end to the MCU as we currently know it.
It is certainly NOT the end of the MCU.

More hotties will be posted as we find out about them.
I have no doubt that Tom Holland will get a post all of his own at some point.

LITTLE BIT EXCITED

So, Captain America: Civil War is released tomorrow here in the UK and I have been talked into a Captain America Marathon this evening by Marjorie.

Captain America

So tonight, at 18:30 we will be trying to get as comfortable as possible in the cinema to watch Captain America: The First Avenger followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then finishing off with a midnight showing of Captain America: Civil War!!

I’m a little bit excited but I’m also a little worried that I may not actually make it all the way through Captain America: Civil War.
My days of staying up past three in the morning disappeared about 18 years ago with the arrival of the first of the kids!!
I haven’t done a movie marathon (at a cinema) since 1991 when we went to see the first 6 Star Trek movies.

I decided to take a couple of days annual leave so that I didn’t have to worry about recovery for work.
I don’t think it would have looked very good if I collapsed on an empty bed for forty winks.

So the plan for today is that I got up with the kids at 7am.
I’m going to do a little housework and then I’m going to chill/nap for the afternoon and fully charge my batteries.
I went to Tesco last night to stock up on Drinks and food for the evening and, as I don’t like energy drinks, I got some caffeine tablets in the hope that they will help me make it through the evening.

To be honest, by the time we get to Civil War I’m going to be just a bit too excited to fall asleep!! But every little helps.

I’m really looking forward to Civil War.
Apart from the trailers and a few TV spots I’ve pretty much avoided trying to find out anything about the film.
I get the feeling it’s going to be an emotional ride and Marjorie has fully prepared by getting herself some tissues. She is so hyped it’s untrue.

So, that’s my day.
No doubt I will be giving a quick review at some point tomorrow.
Don’t worry, I won’t fill it full of spoilers. I know it doesn’t get released for another week in the US!!

JUST HAD TO ADD

Just found this while snooping the internet this morning and had to add it to my blogs.
A couple of days ago I blogged about the dedication of some actors.
Then this morning I find this.

Downey (in character as Tony Stark) recently presented a robotic arm to young Alex Prince, a boy who is missing his right arm from just above his elbow.
The arm was made by Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer group started by Albert Manero, an engineering PhD student, who makes 3D printed bionic arms for kids….FOR FREE!!

So, not just actors with dedication!

WHO ARE THEY ASKING?

I’ve just been enjoying my morning ritual of milky coffee after an unusually long lay in.
I’ve been having a little trawl around the internet and came across a BBC Newsbeat feature talking about Glamour Magazine’s top 20 sexiest men of 2013 poll.

I was very happy with Number 1 and for the whole, it’s not a bad line up but for the life of me I cannot understand why Robert Pattinson in still  making the list, especially ahead of such hotties as Liam and Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch!
The only saving grace is that he’s been number 1 for the previous 4 years and Henry has knocked him off his thrown!!

I am absolutely gobsmacked that Justin Bieber is even on the list along with Harry Styles and the fact that they are both ahead of Channing Tatum and Ian Somerhalder is mindblowing.
I can only assume that the 95,000 people polled were under the age of 18 because young ladies and more mature women wouldn’t look twice at the little twerps.

So here it is.
I’ve added photos because that was fun!
There maybe some little comments too. Let me know your thoughts!
If you are a Justin Bieber fan and hate me for my comments…… good!! I really don’t care.

1. Henry Cavill
Number 01
Absolutely perfect choice for number 1.

2. Robert Pattinson
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Can I just vomit now?
I have NEVER been able to understand how this man has become as popular as he is, how he always makes it to the top of polls, is one of the most miserable people going and still keeps getting leading roles.
Come on girls, just because he’s a sparkly vampire doesn’t make him God!

3. Liam Hemsworth
Number 03
OK, I can understand this one. He comes from a very good looking family but he should never have been ahead of Chris!

4. Tom Hiddleston
Number 04
A Brit who is successfully taking over Hollywood.
Loki is a brilliant character and he is a fun and charismatic man to boot!

5. Benedict Cumberbatch
Number 05
What can I say, he’s been on my Dish of the Week in the past.
He may be a very odd looking person but there’s something very attractive about him.
Love him!

6. Harry Styles
Number 06
Really? and ahead of Chris Hemsworth too! Shocking.

7. Chris Hemsworth
Number 07
Yum, yum and yum!

8. Idris Elba
Number 08
Never really hit my radar but I can see how he made the list.

9. Jamie Campbell Bower
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Totally not my cup of tea.
Murron likes him though and I can understand why.

10. Justin Bieber
Number 10
This is the one that makes me totally incredulous.
I can’t believe how he made it into the top 20 let alone the top 10!!
What a complete Dickhead. Just look at that photo. The over the top tattoos, that rediculous cap and that pose.
Is that supposed to be an ‘I look really cool’ pose? Because it’s actually a ‘wave goodbye to my career’ pose.
Trying to look cool and grown up and like a rapper when in actuality there is nothing cool about him and he sings like a girl.
This young man had everything going for him and he is simply pissing it all down the crapper!
He is surrounded by ‘yes’ men who haven’t got the balls to say no to him.
His advisers need to be shot or if they are giving him the right advise and he’s simply ignoring them, then he deserves everything he gets.

11. Charlie Hunnam
Number 11
Not my cup of tea but I can see why he’s made it to the list.

12. Ian Somerhalder
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Regular readers will know about my thoughts on this one.
He should have been in the top 5! and definately should have been ahead of Bieber.

13. Matt Bomer
Number 13
Mmm, mm, mmmmm

14. Johnny Depp
Number 14
Always good to see on the list.

15. Olly Murs
Number 15
I’m having a little problem with this one.
OK, he’s cute and cheeky but in the same league as Henry Cavill, Chris Hemsworth, Ian Somerhalder and Channing Tatum?
I don’t think so.

16. Michael Fassbender
Number 16
Another one I can understand being on the list but again, not really my cup of tea.

17. Channing Tatum
Number 17
Should really be in the top 5

18. Rafael Nadal
Number_18
Nope, don’t understand this one at all.

19. Matt Smith
Number 19
Another odd looking chap who is strangely attractive
Only on the list because he’s (was) Dr Who!

20. Robert Downey Jnr
Number 20
Should always make it to any list!

So there you have it.
It will be interesting to compare it to this years list in December.
Hopefully JB would have screwed up so badly he drops out of existence but that’s just my opinion.
I just need to remember to take a look.
Think I’ll pop it onto my calendar.

Right, time to spend the afternoon cleaning and readying the house for me getting back to work tomorrow.
Oh happy days.

WORTH IT

Iron man 3

Well worth going to see.
It had a very different feel to the first two movies.
The first film was about Tony ‘becoming’ Iron Man.
The second film was about Tony ‘learning’ about the new responsibility of Iron Man.
The Avengers saw Tony ‘taking on’ his responsibility.
Iron Man 3 saw Tony ‘owning’ Iron Man completely.

Iron Man 3 saw the vulnerable side of Tony Stark.
Underneath all the bravado is a real human being with the same worries as everyone else on the planet.
Just how can he protect the thing he loves?
How can he protect his family and friends?

Oh yes! Ben Kingsley actually steals a big part of the show.
So funny!

DISH OF THE WEEK # 42 – ROBERT DOWNEY JR

It’s time for a birthday boy and one who has been missed off of my Dish of the Weeks for far too long.

Robert Downey Jr.

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He made his name in the late 80’s with films such as Weird Science, The pickup Artist and Less than Zero.
In Less than Zero he played Julian Wells, a drug-addicted rich boy whose life rapidly spirals out of his control.
This was a spooky look into Downey’s own future because at the height of his own career and after an Oscar nominated performance as Charlie Chaplin, from 1996 – 2001 Downey was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges including cocaine, heroine and marijuana.

At the time it was widely believed that Downey had thrown his career down the toilet.
After his release from rehab he wanted to get back into movies.
One man had faith in him.
Mel Gibson, who in 2003, paid Downey’s ‘Insurance Bond’ for the film ‘The Singing Detective’
This paved the way for Downey to take on regular film roles and ‘prove’ himself to the industry for the next 5 years.
Then in 2008 he hit the big time again with Iron Man.
He was suddenly hot news again and is currently enjoying the release of his third Iron Man movie, will be filming a second Avengers movie and has brought Sherlock Holmes to a whole new generation.
Unfortunately I can’t forgive him for Sherlock Holmes. 2 of the worst movies in history in my opinion but the masses have spoken and we will no doubt get a third one!
As for Iron Man, he was born to play Tony Stark!

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So, happy birthday you gorgeous and extremely lucky man.
Don’t screw it up this time!!