It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Week at SB Nation and across our team brands! We’re using the superior superhero franchise to guide our coverage for this week, as we pass the two-month mark without sports.
Here at Fear the Fin, I’m going to take on a very stupid mission: to watch every film in the MCU and document every reference made to sports throughout. I’m playing a little fast and loose with my definition of “sports reference,” but I’m going to try to avoid making the same jokes more than once in this series. You’ll see what I mean.
That’s 23 films, totaling 50 hours, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
(I’m aware the week starts on Sunday, but the next theme week doesn’t start until Monday and I got a late start on this, okay? I’m cutting myself some slack to make this ridiculous thing a complete project.)
I’ll be watching in a chronological order (some films take place around the same time, so it doesn’t matter too much) that is dubbed the “spoiler” version, as post-credit scenes will contain spoilers for movies further along in the timeline, as opposed to release order.
I’ve set up a storystream to help you keep track of each post as they go up — which won’t be on any kind of set schedule, since I’m gonna be putting some weird hours into this thing in order to pull it off. No worries, though — that’s the whole point of having a centralized location. I’d suggest reading them in order, but hey, I’m not your mom.
Reminder that time stamps are approximate, not exact, and may vary based on streaming services.
Wasn’t really looking forward to this one, honestly.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Director: Scott Derrickson, Written by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
01:29:14: In the streets of Hong Kong, a family sits at an outdoor restaurant and the daughter bounces a red ball on the ground that her brother catches.
This movie made me feel seasick and aside from the fact that they do magical martial arts, there aren’t any other sports references.
Also, why is there only one Asian actor in a movie that largely takes place in Hong Kong? I hate this film. I can only stand Doctor Strange and Tony Stark when they’re trying to out-douchebag each other. At least then we all know what we’re doing and why we’re there.