EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES’ MIGHTIEST MOVIE 1 1491

MAJOR SPOILERS. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.

There was an idea. To bring together all these remarkable people from the pages of the comic I held onto every night, to life. To see if they could become something more than just my lullabies. So that when I needed them, they would give me the comfort nobody else could.

And yesterday, 15 years later, more unfortunately than fortunately, the world witnessed something that's going to stay in the deepest corner of our hearts forever. Fortunately because it's been a long wait. 10 years worth of build up. 18 movies worth of fanboying. And god only knows how many characters (20 on the top of my head) worth of looking up to. This is where all the universes collided (quite literally). Captain America was rubbing shoulders with the King Of Wakanda. The God of Thunder was finally speaking to Star-Lord. Two Sherlocks were sharing screen space. But all this only makes me realize that it’s coming to an end. The Marvel Cinematic Universe might not but mine certainly is. Although it’s only a half of the grand finale, it took away a lot with it. Spiderman, Vision, Loki, Gamora, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Drax, Falcon, Nick Fury, Marie Hill, Heimdall and not to forget Groot! Everybody just disintegrated. So did my childhood.

I’m not a critic. And this is not a review. I’m a fan but this is isn’t a theory for Avengers 4 either. All it is, is a devotee writing about the things he loved and the things he wants to see or expects to see.


What I loved?

Every time two heroes met. They might’ve known each other before or not…but the crossovers were an absolute delight. It was such a comic thing. Another thing was the sheer power of Thanos. A true villain. And the fact that regardless of what happens next, this battle the bad guy won. And the character developments. It was a 160 minute movie with over 25 main characters. There was hardly any scope for characters to develop. But they did and that shows the Russo brothers not only wanted to make this a big movie but they wanted to make a good movie out of it. Doctor Strange went from “I could sacrifice anybody for the safety of the stone” to actually giving up his own life and the stone to trade Tony Stark’s life. Hulk went from being THE HULK to a puny creature that was scared as shit to come out and face Thanos. Thor went from losing his brother, his people, his hammer (I know previous movie) to somehow gaining all the strength and going “BRING ME THANOS”. Thanos himself went from the great lawmaker to legit crying over his dead daughter to finally when his “dream” was achieved only afford a mere smile. On the same lines, every character had an arc. If not only through this movie, through the course of their own franchises that concluded here.

Special mention: Peter Dinklage playing Eitri, the Dwarf King (actually a giant). The most WTF moment of the movie.

What I expect?

They avenge! We still have the core Avengers group along with Ant-Man, War Machine and the all new Captain Marvel. Reports have shown Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on the sets so even though he sat out infinity war, he’s definitely coming back to help out his teammates (hopefully not losing any of his family). Captain Marvel will be an interesting and fresh character to look out for. The first time Marvel is going through with a female centric standalone movie and who evidently has a major role to play. We might get to see a new side to the story through her and somehow a way to defeat Thanos who right now seems untouchable. Captain Marvel is known to be the strongest marvel character so fingers crossed in hope.

A way could be they retreat the stones with the help of Captain Marvel. And through the Reality Stone and Time Stone, go back in time and undo the doings of Thanos or even filmier, resurrect everybody. Then hulk comes out in all his might and with a little help from his buddies, beats the shit out of Thanos. After which, Tony gives up his suits as he’s promised Pepper quite a few times now. Captain who’s already turning into Nomad (the comic fans will know) gives up his mantle. Thor maybe settles down with Jane Foster. Hawkeye can go back to his “normal life”. Black Widow probably overcomes her past traumas (the red in her ledger) and starts a regular life. War Machine goes on to becoming a military consultant or something. Vision and Scarlet, whose love story has had its share of ups and downs can start thinking about themselves.

Spiderman can go back to being the “friendly neighbourhood” superhero. And of course a kick-ass cameo from Stan Lee because the guy never disappoints.

What I want?

Closure. A proper closure is all I want from Marvel. There are two movies lined up before Avengers 4 hits next year. ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ comes out in a couple of months and then ‘Captain Marvel’ later. These two lead up to the magnum opus of the MCU. All I want is a good storyline that gives if not good, at least a satisfying ending to the characters we’ve grown up with. There are a more than 20 movies to come after A4 but they are all going to be very different from the universe we are dealing with right now, so this is virtually the end of a story. And the characters deserve it. They’ve brought in the best actors from around the world with huge names like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Bradley Cooper, Samuel Jackson, Paul Rudd, now also Peter Dinklage and the ladies, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danai Gurira, Letita Wright, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Kat Dennings, Hayley Atwell, Marisa Tomei, and so many more! All these people deserve a befitting farewell.

So if you are a superfan like me, hope MCU only goes uphill from here and doesn’t leave us until we are ready for it (which will never happen). But if you’re not and have no idea what we’re talking about, go watch the 2008 release Iron Man and start the ‘marvel’lous journey you would wish never ends.

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A Magical Trip to Europe – The Eternal City Rome 5 6040

Welcome to the ancient city and Italy's capital – Rome. It is one of the world’s most romantic cities. The beauty of the amazing city will melt your heart and will make you fall in love with the country. Though it can be hot during the peak summer and overcrowded there is so much incredible, ancient history and heritage to be explored.

The Eternal Land of History

It is a city with nearly 3,000 years of history with globally influential art, architecture, awe-inspiring ruins and culture on display. It is a magical place for photography – when you think about the ancient streets, the world famous Colloseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and many more.

The country has a long history, as Rome was founded in 753BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395AD, there were many separate kingdoms and cities evolved. It has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine including fashion Capital Milan and other major cities Florence, Venice, Naples and Pisa.

The city of seven hills

The city of Rome was built on seven hills (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline (where city hall is), Esquiline, Palatine (where the big archaeological digs are), Quirinal and Viminal). There are lots of must-sees and several activities to do here giving you a solid senses of its past. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, you will be treated with sensational views, world-class attractions, a history lesson and scrumptious food. It’s always been a synonym for "mouth-melting food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors and aromas. Enjoy the amazing Roman pastas and Fettuccine ai Funghi which is our favourite.

Now, Let's dig into 10 phenomenal must visit sights in Rome (aka Caput Mundi - Capital of the world) -

  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Piazza Venezia & Altare Della Patria
  • St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums
  • Trevi fountain
  • Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Stadium Olimpico
  • Bocca della Verità & The Mouth of Truth

The Colosseum

It is the world's 39th most popular tourist attraction with roughly 4 million tourists a year. The construction began in the first century under the rule of the Roman Emperors: Vespasian (69-79 CE), Titus (79-81 CE) and Domitian (81-96 AD). These three Emperors are known as Flavian Dynasty and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). It is the largest amphitheatre and was capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators who came to see a whole range of games:


1] Animal hunts- This was an event of shooting animals with bow and arrows.

2] The Bestiarii – The gladiators fought with wild beasts such as tigers and leopards here. They were trained animal-handlers and killers.

3] Criminal fights - Criminals were also sentenced to fight wild beasts but without any skills, weapons or armour.

4] Velites - Spear Fighters fought each others.

The Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus

From the Colosseum you can walk to the Roman Forum, which is a very short walk. The ticket to the Roman Forum is free if you have the Colloseum ticket but the other way round… Well it’s not exactly true; you cannot visit the Colloseum if you have bought the ticket for the Roman Forum.

The Roman Forum is an impressive sprawl of ruins. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Campo Vaccino ('Cow Field'). At the end of the path, you'll come to Via Sacra and the Tempio di Giulio Cesare. The Roman Forum Mark’s where Julius Caesar was cremated.

You can extend your walk to Circus Maximus which is in very close approximately. This place is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium which was built in the Roman times; it was a huge engaging stadium. Lots of people visit the chariot stadium every year. The Circus Maximus is an amazing place to visit and an open air area where you can sit down and have a break.

Altare Della Patria

Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily (a must-see beauty) and Sardegna (a jaw-dropping sight). Victor Emmanuel was the first king of Italy. In honour of his name, this wow-inducing monument was built in Piazza Venezia. It is 135 metres wide and is 70 metres high.


There is a little walkway on the road in front of The Emmanuel palace where the view is amazing. Sometimes the soldiers march around in the palace. This palace also holds the tomb of a soldier. It is right near the Roman Forum and the colosseum.

Vatican

Vatican City is a separate and the smallest country and also has St Peter’s Basilica - the home of the Pope. This major Papal basilica is one of the world's most famous church in the whole, wide world and in Vatican City. It marks where Peter was crucified by Roman Emperor - Augustus Caesar. It is located in Piazza San Pietro.

 

Castel Sant’Angelo - also known as Mausoleum of Hadrian - is a castle in the Vatican City. It is commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for him and his family. A secret corridor (Passetto di Borgo) connects Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican. It is located near the River Tiber and the castle is currently a museum with turbulent history. The drum was covered with an earthen tumulus topped with a statue of Hadrian driving a quadriga.

Vatican Museums is a well-liked visitor destination with more than 4.2 million tourists per year, making it the world's 37th most visited destination.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi is the most spectacular fountain in Rome. In the centre of the fountain is a statue of Oceanus, the Greek Sea God, standing under a triumphal arch. His chariot is being pulled by two sea horses, one wild and one docile, representing the opposing moods of the sea. Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.



If you’ve been to Rome you would have probably been to Trevi Fountain and tossed a coin over your shoulder and into the water. The legend of the Trevi fountain says that if you throw a coin into it, you will return to Rome or Italy one day. Trevi fountain is free to visit. Approximately 3,000 Euros are tossed into the fountain every day and an estimated €1.4 million was thrown into the fountain in 2016. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain though it is illegal.

 

A walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon

The Spanish Steps, a great place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City, consists of 138 steps. At the bottom of the steps you can find a fountain called Fontana Della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. The best time to visit is at the evening. On the 20th March, 1986 the very first McDonalds was opened in Italy near the Spanish Steps. Starting at the Spanish Steps you can also visit the Trevi fountain and this walk can be extended to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Stadio Olimpico

As we know that everyone likes football Stadio Olimpico will be a good place to visit as lots of matches take place there. Stadio Olimpico is the largest sports attraction of Rome and is the home stadium of two major football teams which play for serie A – SS Lazio & AS Roma. The stadium boasts roughly 80,000 spectators. It is one of the five European stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup.

The Mouth Of Truth

The Mouth of Truth is a marble mask which stands against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. The Bocca Della Varita “The mouth of truth” is simply one of the best sculptures in Rome. It is the face of a man with its mouth, nostrils and eyes wide open. If you put your hand in the Mouth of Truth that is said to bite the hands off of liars.

Other legend was told in the Roman times, it said that the rich wife of a Roman man was accused of committing adultery. The woman didn’t accept that she did it but her husband wanted to put her to the test by making her hand go inside the stone mouth Bocca Della Varita. It is so famous that even Hollywood gave it a place in a film about the city called Roman Holiday. Even now lots of people line up to see this amazing monument.

 

A Tour

Well, you need to visit the City of Love and other cities in Italy at least once in your life. And stay there to explore the blissful landscape – from the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. After the first trip, am pretty sure you would love to visit again as it’s the best travel choice and there are plenty of places to see and things to do. And most importantly famous for its beautiful cars. Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are known to everyone. And, also it’s a great place to travel by Europe’s fastest train. Italian High Speed FRECCIAROSSA trains travel the length and breadth of Italy, reaching speeds of 400 km/hr, entering into the heart of the major cities and shortening distances.

 

Enjoy your holidays in Rome and return home with the best souvenir and a memory of your incredible adventure.

Written by
Siddharth & Akilesh
(Junior Authors)

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