A round-up of library, archives, and reel librarian scenes in MCU’s Phase Four movies (so far)

Phase four, round one, of our own Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians!

We are continuing this summer with our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians. I’ve written a lot about library scenes in various Marvel movies on this site, so I am finally going back through all the Marvel movies, this time in phase order, and making sure I’ve watched, reviewed, and analyzed them all for any library, archives, and reel librarian scenes. So please join me as I wind my librarian way through the MCU! Browse the Phase One round-up, here for the Phase Two round-up, and here for the Phase Three round-up. Phase Four commences the Multiverse Saga.

And because Phase Four introduces TV series and is considerably larger than previous phases, I am splitting Phase Four into two separate posts, a post for the Phase Four movies, and another post for the Phase Four TV series. Let’s start with the Phase Four movies, shall we?

*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERTS*

Black Widow (2021)

No official library scene, but there is an interesting private library in this movie that I want to highlight.

Black Widow is the sole stand-alone movie for Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Set in 2016, it continues after the main plot of Captain America: Civil War. We also get introduced to Natasha’s sister, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), her father-figure, Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian (David Harbour), and her mother-figure,  Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz).

Halfway through the film, Natasha, Yelena, and Alexei arrive at Melina’s home in the country. Although there is no official library in this movie, we do see the extensive private library that lines the inside of Melina’s home — which makes sense, as Melina is a brilliant scientist.

While standing in front of a bookcase, Natasha has a heart-to-heart with Melina, and they discuss Natasha’s birth mother. Natasha spies a photo album on one of the shelves, and the album is full of (staged) family photos from their time in the U.S.

Melina: I’ve always found it best not to look into the past.

Natasha: Then why did you save this?

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

This is the first Asian-led movie of the MCU — definitely overdue! In this movie, Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) confronts his past while getting drawn back into the Ten Rings organization. Benedict Wong reprises his role as fan favorite Wong (“I always bet on Asian!”), and Ben Kingsley reprises his role from Iron Man 3 (2013). Tony Leung anchors the movie with his multi-layered portrayal of Wenwu, the leader of the Ten Rings.

Wong is back in the library!

We finally get to see Wong back in a library, which I am still assuming is the Kamar-Taj Library, which happens in a mid-credits scene after Wong comes through a portal to take Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) back to Kamar-Taj. We also get to see holograms of Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner joining in as they study the Ten Rings. This is also when we get to hear Wong say, “They don’t match any artifacts from our codex,” a line that made me geek out into a deep dive in my first impressions post of the movie.

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Wenwu’s private library

Although not an official library, I did want to mention that we get to see another private library in this movie — or perhaps best described as a personal archives?

At 3 minutes into the movie, we get our first glimpse of Wenwu in his office and private library, and everything looks tidy and organized.

Wenwu’s private library looks neat and tidy at first

Cut to 50 minutes into the movie, and Wenwu’s private library is spilling everywhere and very messy, which reflects the state of his mind and obsession to set free the spirit of his beloved dead wife. He explains that “I was sitting here, deep in my research,” while he shows Shang-Chi and Katy the clues and maps he has gathered for Ta Lo, the mythical land his wife came from.

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And 30 minutes after that scene, we see Wenwu again in his library, and he has another vision of his wife. This sets in motion the final battle between Wenwu and his son Shang-Chi in Ta Lo.

In this private library, Wenwu continues his obsession over his dead wife
In his private library, Wenwu continues his obsession over his dead wife

You can read additional details here in this prior post:

First impressions: Wong’s cameos in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ (2021)

Eternals (2021)

Upon rewatching Eternals, I’m going to argue that it includes an archive. Hear me out!

In this movie, we meet the Eternals, immortal beings with superpowers who arrived on Earth thousands of years ago. Created by the Celestials, the Eternals (Salma Hayek as Ajak; Gemma Chan as Sersi; Angelina Jolie as Thena; Richard Madden as Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo; Lia McHugh as Sprite; Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos; Lauren Ridloff as Makkari; Barry Keoghan as Druig; and Don Lee as Gilgamesh) reunite to battle the Deviants.

At one hour into the movie, Sersi is communicating with the Celestial being called Arishem.

Sersi: Why don’t I remember any of this?

Arishem: Because your memories are erased and reset after each emergence. They are stored here.

Sersi: Why do you keep them? [the memory crystals]

Arishem: I keep them in order to study the Deviants. I created the Deviants, Sersi, for the same purpose I created you.

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That wide shot of the wall of memory crystals was included in the original trailer, and at that point, it looked like a forest to me. Watching this movie, this shot serves to visually emphasize how many times these Eternals have been reset. Their memories have been “stored,” as Arishem puts it, but you could use the word “archived.” And what a vast archives collection it is!

And here’s a quick bit about how at 1 hour and 30 minutes into the movie, the Celestials revisit their ship, and find Makkari waiting for them. Phastos exclaims, “Is that a sarcophagus in my lab?!” I mused that you could think of the contents of that room — a jumble of books, paintings, statues, a throne, and yes, a sarcophagus — as like an archives of human existence on Earth? But ultimately, it’s really just a junk room, disorganized and complete with junk food wrappers! One man’s junk is another man’s treasure… 😉

Makkari's junk room
Makkari’s junk room

Makkari’s junk room also reminded me of the “Room of Requirement” from the Harry Potter series… any other impressions? Please comment and share!

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

In this movie, we see the aftermath from the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, when Mysterio exposed Spider-Man’s identity. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) then goes to Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to try and fix everything, but the spell goes wrong and causes the Multiverse to split, which brings back villains and past versions of Spider-Man.

Wong (Benedict Wong) also shows up for a brief cameo at the beginning of the movie, long enough to warn Peter and Doctor Strange about the spell… that they then immediately cast after he leaves. Here was my “first impressions” tweet after I first watched the movie at our regional drive-in:

At 57 minutes into the movie, we follow Spider-Man’s leaps through dimensions of reality, with different locations flashing onscreen for seconds. At first glance, I thought there was a clip of bookcases, or perhaps shelves of a bookstore in a local mall. Upon a second look, and a closer pause, it turned out to be shelves at a clothing store, with what looks like purses on an end-cap. (I’m including this non-library aside to demonstrate that yes, I have been thorough in my rewatching of every MCU movie and TV series! 😉 ) See the screenshot below:

Spider-Man leaps through a clothing store, not a library or a bookstore
Spider-Man leaps through a clothing store, not a library or a bookstore

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

In this movie, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), along with multiverse versions of himself, battles Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in order to protect America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager with the power to punch through the multiverse.

Benedict Wong returns as beloved reel librarian (and Sorceror Supreme!) Wong, and has several action scenes. The movie’s plot of good versus evil is embodied within two books: the Book of Vishanti and the Darkhold.

You can read additional details here in this prior post:

First impressions: 18 thoughts and questions I had about Wong while watching ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ (2022)

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

No library scene.

In this movie, directed by Taika Waititi, Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) returns to the MCU, this time as the Mighty Thor! There’s more to the movie — like Christian Bale starring as Gorr the God Butcher in a completely different movie within this movie (sarcasm alert) — but Jane as the Mighty Thor is the main reason to see this movie, in my opinion.

I was able to catch Thor: Love and Thunder at the drive-in. Although there is no library scene, a few books are key factors:

  1. Dr. Jane Foster’s book called The Foster Theory gets a closeup onscreen
  2. Jane reads up on Mjolnir in a couple of Norse mythology books, which leads her to New Asgard, where she becomes the Mighty Thor.

As this online article explains:

Well, as we come to find in “Love and Thunder,” Jane finally managed to take all of her findings and turn them into a book titled “The Foster Theory” which is referenced several times in the film. The notes that Thor recovered for Jane help to craft this book and turn Jane into a world-renowned scientist, offering a bit more richness to her character arc. It truly filled in some gaps that existed ever since Jane disappeared following the events of “Thor: The Dark World.”

Ryan Scott, “The Coolest Easter Eggs In Thor: Love And Thunder,” SlashFilm.com, 8 July 2022

And this article sums up the importance of how and why Mjolnir communicated to Jane through those mythology books:

With Jane sick with stage four cancer, Mjolnir communicated with her telepathically, leading her to scour the books on Viking mythology. This led Jane to New Asgard, where the broken pieces of Mjolnir were held. […] Jane’s arrival in New Asgard woke up Mjolnir, allowing it to reform to transform Jane into Mighty Thor. It was waiting for Jane all along, somehow sensing her hopelessness and knowing that she was struggling with her cancer diagnosis.

Mae Abdulbaki, “Why Mjolnir Chose Jane As The New Thor,” ScreenRant.com, 7 July 2022

Phase Four movies yet to be released:

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 2022)

Last month, Marvel provided updates about Phase Four and revealed more detailed plans for Phase Five and Phase Six. They announced that the final movie in Phase Four would be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will be released this fall. The other upcoming movies, including Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (currently scheduled for Feb. 2023), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (currently scheduled for May 2023), The Marvels (currently scheduled for July 2023), and Blade (currently scheduled for Oct. 2023), among others, will be part of Phase Five. Fantastic Four (currently scheduled for Nov. 2024) will be included in Phase Six.

Since this post is going live before Phase Four finishes, I will revisit the completed Phase Four at a later date. Until then…

The Avengers will return…

… in our next regular post!  We will continue our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians for Phase Four TV series in the next post. Stay tuned!

Keeping score

PHASE ONE:

  • 6 movies
  • 2/6 library or archives scenes (The Incredible Hulk – university library, Thor – public library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

PHASE TWO:

  • 6 movies
  • 1/6 library or archives scenes (Thor: The Dark World – college library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

PHASE THREE:

  • 11 movies
  • 3/11 library or archives scenes (Doctor Strange – Kamar-Taj library, Spider-Man: Homecoming – school library, Captain Marvel – U.S. Air Force archives)
  • 3/11 reel librarian sightings (Doctor StrangeAvengers: Infinity WarAvengers: Endgame – all Wong!)

Note: Except for Doctor Strange, the movies in this phase either included a library or archives but had no corresponding librarian or archivist, or vice versa, with a reel librarian never seen in a library.

Phase Four (thus far):

  • 6 movies (thus far)
  • 2/6 library or archives scenes (Eternals – archives, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Kamar-Taj Library)
  • 3/6 reel librarian sightings (Wong in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

OVERALL (THUS FAR):

  • 29 movies
  • 8/29 library or archives scenes
  • 6/29 reel librarian sightings

Sources used

BONUS! Recently added Reel Librarian titles (August 2022)

This month marks 1 year (!) of doing these monthly bonus posts for new titles added during the prior month. Thanks again to Ljuba and Tina for inspiring this idea (you can read more about this real-life librarian couple here in this post). This bonus series has engaged me more to keep up more with newer titles. What do y’all think? Should we keep this bonus series going? Please leave a comment and share.

Anniversary picture by Nick YoungsonCC BY-SA 3.0Pix4free.org, via The Blue Diamond Gallery, RM Media Ltd

Quick stats

Here are some quick stats for “recent additions” this past year:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed new reel librarian titles this past year. And extra special thanks to Burkely Herrmann and Ljuba and Tina for contributing titles every month this past year!

Recent additions to the Master List of English-Language Films:

  • Inside (2006)
  • Is there a Killer in My Family?, aka Island of Shadows (2020, TV movie)
  • Jungle Cruise (2021) — archivists
  • The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Recent additions to the Foreign-Language Films list:

  • In My Life, aka Honning måne (1978) — Denmark

Recent additions to the TV Shows list:

  • Abraca (2019, France) – Animated series
  • Amphibia (2019-2022, USA) – Animated series, additional episode
  • Azumanga Daioh (2002, Japan) – Animated series
  • Better Call Saul (2015-2022, USA)
  • Clannad (2007-2008, Japan) – Animated series
  • Cleopatra in Space (2020-2021, USA) – Animated series, additional episode
  • A Couple of Cuckoos (2022- , Japan) – Animated series, additional episode
  • Craig of the Creek (2018- , USA) – Animated series, additional episodes
  • Cue! (2022, Japan) – Animated series
  • Healer Girl (2022- , Japan) – Animated series, additional episodes
  • Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War (2019- , Japan) – Animated series, additional episode
  • Loki (2021- , USA), additional episode
  • Mira, Royal Detective (2020-2022, USA) – Animated series, additional episode
  • Ms. Marvel (2022- , USA)
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot aka Teenage Robot(2003-2009, USA) – Animated series
  • The Owl House (2020- , USA) – Animated series, additional episode
  • Stars Align (2019, Japan) – Animated series
  • Totally Spies! (2001-2014, South Korea/France) – Animated series, additional episodes
  • WandaVision (2021, USA) – additional episodes
  • What If…? (2021- , USA) – Animated series, additional episodes
  • Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (1994-1998, USA) – Animated series
  • Winx Club (2011-2019, USA / Italy) – Animated series

Recent additions to the Shorts and Documentaries list:

  • Bad Luck Jack (2020) — Animated short

As always, thank you to everyone who regularly reads this blog and who sends titles to add to this site. Please keep sharing!

A round-up of library, archives, and reel librarian scenes in MCU’s Phase Three

Phase three of our own Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians!

We are continuing this summer with our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians. I’ve written a lot about library scenes in various Marvel movies on this site, so I am finally going back through all the Marvel movies, this time in phase order, and making sure I’ve watched, reviewed, and analyzed them all for any library, archives, and reel librarian scenes. So please join me as I wind my librarian way through the MCU! Browse the Phase One round-up, here for the Phase Two round-up, and we continue now with the Phase Three movies, which conclude the Infinity Saga.

*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERTS*

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

No library scene.

After the U.N. passes the Sokovia Accords in order to regulate oversight and accountability for the Avengers (and the damage they cause), the Avengers break up; Steve Rogers rebels against the regulations, while Tony Stark feels that the regulations are necessary. It features the first appearances of Tom Holland as Spider-Man, the late Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther (sob), and Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo.

Doctor Strange (2016)

In this movie, Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant neurosurgeon, travels to the Kamar-Taj monastery to heal after a debilitating car accident. This movie also BEGINS with the murder of a reel librarian (!!!) and the theft of a library book from the “forbidden” section. And it marks the first onscreen appearance of Wong (the marvelous Benedict Wong, a Chinese-British actor), who becomes the new Kamar-Taj librarian — and becomes a fan favorite of the MCU! #TeamWong #WongVerse

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Rewatching this movie, my husband and I were struck by how easily Wong engages in readers’ advisory after he reviews the books that Strange has returned:

Wong: You should start with Maxim’s Primer. How’s your Sanskrit?

Strange: I’m fluent in Google Translate.

Wong [grabs books off shelves and hands them to Strange]: Vedic, classical Sanskrit.

You can read additional details of the library and reel librarian scenes here in this prior post:

Sorcerer librarians of ‘Doctor Strange’

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

No library scene.

In this movie, Peter Quill / StarLord (Chris Pratt) meets his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), and discovers the true meaning of family. Although there’s no library or archives scene, there are, however, several scenes — and a plot point! — featuring Yondu’s growing private collection of kitschy cute figurines and trinkets that he lines up on his console! His own private archive? 😉

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

I had TOTALLY forgotten that this movie had school library scenes!

In this movie, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to balance being a high schooler and being “your friendly neighborhood” Spider-Man. Michael Keaton plays the main villain in this movie, Vulture, as well as the dad of the girl Peter has a crush on… AWKWARD.

School library scene #1

At 1 hr 37 minutes into the movie, Peter’s best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is in the school library during Homecoming, on his laptop and tracking Peter’s phone while Peter goes after the baddie. The overhead lights are off, but we can see bookcases in the background, tables and chairs, desktop computers, a book cart, and periodical shelving along the back.

Using his own laptop plus a library computer, Ned helps Peter access the headlights in the car he’s driving. (I loved that while in the library, Ned essentially answered a research question during a chase scene!)

This two-minute scene ends when Ms. Warren (played by Selenis Leyva, who’s playing a teacher we had seen earlier in the film, so she’s not the school librarian) flips on the lights and confronts Ned.

Ms. Warren: What are you doing here? There’s a dance.

Ned [stuttering]: I’m looking at p0rn.

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School library scene #2

At the end of the movie, at 1 hour and 56 minutes, we see a tiger mascot running past the windows of the school library, which is located across a cafeteria or snack area. The camera then pans down the bookcases and center tables, where the academic decathlon team is celebrating and appointing a new team captain.

Mr. Harrington: Congratulations decathlon champions! [Puts down a trophy.] I’m going to have to put this back in the trophy case soon, but just for motivation right now at this practice. I’m a little ahead of the game but we will need a new team captain next year. So I am appointing Michelle.

MJ: Uh, thank you. My friends call me MJ.

Ned: I thought you didn’t have any friends

MJ: I didn’t.

Peter [gets a text to meet up with Happy]: I gotta go.

MJ: Hey, where you going? What are you hiding, Peter? Just kidding, I don’t care. Ok, we should do some drills.

This scene lasts a minute, and it does make sense that this academic team meets up for practice in their school library!

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School library film location

I looked at IMDb’s Filming & Production page for this movie, and there are 4 high schools listed as film locations:

  • Reseda High School in Los Angeles
  • Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles
  • Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta
  • Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn

The Movie Maps site shares that the Franklin K. Lane school was used for exteriors, and the Henry W. Grady school was used for several school interior scenes, including for school library scene #2.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

No library scene.

This ends the streak of Thor-centered MCU movies having library scenes, as both Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) included key scenes set in libraries. (See my posts for MCU Phase One and for Phase Two for more info.)

In this movie, Mjolnir gets destroyed by Thor’s half-sister Hela (a gloriously evil Cate Blanchett), and Thor gets stranded on the planet Sakaar. Thor battles against the Hulk and teams up with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to return to Asgard in time to try and stop Hela and the prophecy of Ragnarök (the destruction of Asgard). This movie marks the first MCU movie directed by the hilarious and creatively inventive Taika Waititi.

Black Panther (2018)

No library scene.

In this movie, T’Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda and, as a result of a long-buried family tragedy, has his throne challenged by Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Andy Serkis returns as Ulysses Klaue.

This movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, is also one of the absolute top tier MCU movies. Black Panther is the first (and only, thus far) MCU movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, as well as the first MCU movie to win an Oscar; it garnered 7 Oscar nominations and won 3, for Costume Design, Production Design, and Original Score. History-making wins, as costumer designer Ruth E. Carter and production designer Hannah Beachler were the first African Americans to win in their respective categories.

Rewatching this movie for this blog post series also marked the first time that I rewatched this movie since Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer in 2020. RIP, Black Panther. #WakandaForever.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

In this movie, the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to try to stop Thanos from collecting all of the Infinity Stones and fulfill his plan to wipe out half of all life in the galaxy.

We never get to see Wong the sorcerer librarian in his monastery library in this movie, but it is nice to see him using his librarian research skills to explain about the Infinity Stones, which helps set up the stakes — and the plot of the entire movie — to members of the Avengers, as well as to the audience. Wong also saves Iron Man’s life!

Stlll from 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer
Wong is at the ready in Avengers: Infinity War

Read additional details of the library and reel librarians scenes here in this prior post:

First impressions: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

No library scene.

Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) team up again, this time to retrieve Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. Like many MCU movies, this movie suffers from too many uncompelling villains.

Captain Marvel (2019)

This movie boasts an excellent archives scene, albeit with no archivist present.

In this movie, we see how Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes Captain Marvel and discovers her powers. We also get introduced to the shape-shifting Skrulls and to Goose, the Flerken alien cat.

Using bits of fractured memories, Vers/Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Nick Fury go to a U.S. Air Force base to look up “Project Pegasus.” In the archives — which feature rows and rows and rows of neatly organized (and very accurate!) archival boxes — Vers easily finds the file she’s looking for. This archives scene is vital to the plot.

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You can read additional details of this archives scene here in this prior post:

First impressions: ‘Captain Marvel’ and its archives scene

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

This movie picks up the pieces after Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos snapped his fingers and killed half of all life in the galaxy. (Spoiler? 😉 ) The remaining Avengers team up again to face Thanos in one final stand to rewrite history.

No library scene, but we do get more of reel librarian Wong in this movie. Wong proves crucial to the final battle… and, you know, saving humanity.

I don’t think Wong really gets the credit or attention deserved for being the one who actually assembled the Avengers!

More details here in this post:

First impressions: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

No library scene.

In this movie, Peter Parker goes on a school trip to Europe, along with friends Ned and MJ. During the trip, he is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with new superhero-on-the-block Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Unlike real-life librarians (see tweet below), high schoolers seemingly don’t want to visit libraries while on vacation. 😉

By the way, I had somehow missed watching this movie when it first came out! And because of the weirdness of how Sony still owns Spider-Man, but Marvel worked out a deal with Sony to also use the character, the Spider-Man movies are not included in the Disney+ streaming service. So that meant that I had to put a hold on this DVD from our local public library. Just adding that here as a plug for public libraries and their movie collections!

Keeping score

Phase One:

  • 6 movies
  • 2/6 library or archives scenes (The Incredible Hulk – university library, Thor – public library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

Phase Two:

  • 6 movies
  • 1/6 library or archives scenes (Thor: The Dark World – college library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

Phase Three:

  • 11 movies
  • 3/11 library or archives scenes (Doctor Strange – Kamar-Taj library, Spider-Man: Homecoming – school library, Captain Marvel – U.S. Air Force archives)
  • 3/11 reel librarian sightings (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame – all Wong!)

Note: Except for Doctor Strange, the movies in this phase either included a library or archives but had no corresponding librarian or archivist, or vice versa, with a reel librarian never seen in a library.

Overall (thus far):

  • 23 movies
  • 6/23 library or archives scenes
  • 3/23 reel librarian sightings

The Avengers will return…

… in our next regular post! 😀 We will continue our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians for Phase Four. Stay tuned!

Sources used

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp. Dir. Peyton Reed. Perf. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2018.
  • Avengers: Endgame. Dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Perf. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2019.
  • Avengers: Infinity War. Dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Perf. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2018.
  • Black Panther. Dir. Ryan Coogler. Perf. Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2018.
  • Captain America: Civil War. Dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Perf. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2016.
  • Captain Marvel. Dir. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Perf. Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2019.
  • Doctor Strange. Dir. Scott Derrickson. Perf. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2016.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Dir. James Gunn. Perf. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2017.
  • List of Accolades Received by Black Panther (Film).” Wikipedia, 28 June 2022. Accessed 24 July 2022. CC BY SA 3.0 license.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three.” Wikipedia, 24 July 2022. Accessed 24 July 2022. CC BY SA 3.0 license.
  • Readers’ Advisory.” Wikipedia, 16 July 2022. Accessed 24 July 2022. CC BY SA 3.0 license.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home. Dir. Jon Watts. Perf. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2017.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming. Dir. Jon Watts. Perf. Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2019.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming Filming Locations.” Movie Maps. Accessed 24 July 2022.
  • Thor: Ragnarok. Dir. Taika Waititi. Perf. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2017.

A round-up of library, archives, and reel librarian scenes in MCU’s Phase Two

Phase two of our own Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians!

We are continuing this summer with our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians. I’ve written a lot about library scenes in various Marvel movies on my site, so I am finally going back through all the Marvel movies, this time in phase order, and making sure I’ve watched, reviewed, and analyzed them all for any library, archives, and reel librarian scenes. So please join me as I wind my librarian way through the MCU! Click here for the Phase One round-up, and we continue now with the Phase Two movies.

*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERTS*

Iron Man 3 (2013)

No library scene.

In this movie, Tony Stark battles with PTSD and faces a foe called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Again, I remembered shockingly little of this movie when rewatching it. And again, I’m sure I would have remembered more about it if there had been a library. 😉

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

In this movie, Thor reunites with Jane Foster and battles Malekith and the army of Dark Elves. The stand-alone Thor movies have been consistent thus far with showcasing library scenes! Bless. Also, this movie — often cited as among the worst MCU movies — was actually better than I remembered it being. It has two things going for it: (1) Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows are not bleached blonde like they were in the first Thor movie, and (2) there’s a library scene in it. Let’s explore!

At 1 hour and 26 minutes into the movie, Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) arrive at the Greenwich site of convergence for plot reasons. They walk hurriedly through an academic library, and you can see a book cart. The captions reveal that Jane’s shoes squeak… which is why they get shushed by a student! The location of the library is the Old Royal Naval College Library in London.

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Thor and the main baddie Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) are fighting it out in the college courtyard, and at 1 hour and 30 minutes, the perspective switches back to students in the library checking out the fight from the library’s windows.

Jane: What are you all doing? You need to get out of here, now!

Student [holding a phone in his hand]: You’re joking, right? That’s Thor out there! He’s waving his hammer around and everything!

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Fun fact: The actor who has this bit line is Royce Pierreson, who plays Istredd in Netflix’s The Witcher TV series!

The next thing we see, Thor’s hammer sends shock waves that blow out the windows in the library. Jane warned y’all.

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The library scene lasts less than a minute total, but it is a very cinematically striking scene that helps demonstrate the real-world effects and damage due to Thor’s fighting. No librarians were easily discernible in this scene — again, it looked like a student shushed Jane and Erik earlier in the scene, not a librarian — so this movie falls into the Class V category.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

No library scene.

In this movie — one of my personal faves — Captain America is now working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and faces off against a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

As my husband pointed out, they could have easily substituted a library scene in this movie instead of the visit to the Mac store where Natalie hacks into a computer to read the thumb drive they got from Nick Fury — but, you know, product placement. Boo. 😦

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

No library scene.

In this movie, we get introduced to the motley crew known as the Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter Quill, aka “Starlord” (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

This movie is fun! And the soundtrack is AWESOME. I danced along with Groot when rewatching this movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Nope, no library.

In this movie, the Avengers team up to defeat Ultron, plus we get introduced to Pietro and Wanda Maximoff and Vision. When rewatching this movie, I kept marveling at (1) how crucial this movie is within the MCU because of how many subsequently important plot points and characters it introduces, and (2) how boring and joyless this movie is. In my opinion, this is the worst MCU movie of them all.

Ant-Man (2015)

No library, sigh.

In this movie, we get introduced to Ant-Man and Dr. Hank Pym. Paul Rudd in the title role is adorable — like he just can’t believe he’s in a Marvel movie, golly gee whiz! — while Michael Douglas as Hank Pym is busy acting rings around everyone else.

Keeping score

Phase One:

  • 6 movies
  • 2/6 library or archives scenes (The Incredible Hulk – university library; Thor – public library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

Phase Two:

  • 6 movies
  • 1/6 library or archives scenes (Thor: The Dark World – college library)
  • 0/6 reel librarian sightings

Overall (thus far):

  • 12 movies
  • 3/12 library or archives scenes
  • 0/12 reel librarian sightings

The Avengers will return…

… in our next regular post! 😀 We will continue our Marvel Multiverse of Reel Librarians for Phase Three. Stay tuned!

Sources used

  • Ant-Man. Dir. Peyton Reed. Perf. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2015.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron. Dir. Joss Whedon. Perf. Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Bettany. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2015.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Perf. Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2014.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy. Dir. James Gunn. Perf. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace. Marvel Studios /Disney, 2014.
  • Iron Man 3. Dir. Shane Black. Perf. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley. Paramount / Marvel Studios, 2013.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two.” Wikipedia, 15 June 2022. Accessed 17 June 2022. CC BY SA 3.0 license.
  • Thor: The Dark World. Dir. Alan Taylor. Perf. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston. Marvel Studios / Disney, 2013.

BONUS! Recently added Reel Librarian titles (July 2022)

Recent additions to the Master List of English-Language Films:

  • Agent Trouble (1987)
  • Amadeus (1984)
  • Avalanche (2018)
  • Awake (2021)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  • A Beautiful Life (2008)
  • The Book of Eli (2010)
  • The Bye Bye Man (2017)
  • The Canal (2014)
  • Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (2017, TV movie)
  • A Crafty Christmas Romance (2020, TV movie)
  • Criminal (2016)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021)
  • Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019)
  • Deadly Illusions (2021)
  • Dread (2009)
  • Escape from New York (1981)
  • Everybody’s Doing It (2002, TV movie)
  • Flaxy Martin (1949)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Holly & Ivy (2020, TV movie)

Recent additions to the Foreign-Language Films list:

  • Centochiodi (2007) — Italy
  • The Clue, aka 4th Period Mystery and 4-kyo-si Choo-ri-yeong-yeok (2009) — South Korea
  • The Correct Method of Love is not in a Book or Blueprint, aka Koi no tadashii houhou wa hon nimo sekkeizu nimo notteinai (2010) — Japan
  • The Day I Died: Unclosed Case (2020) — South Korea
  • Ditto, aka Donggam (2000) — South Korea
  • Full Moon Over Belgrade, aka Pun mesec nad Beogradom (1993) — Yugoslavia
  • Fulltime Killer, aka Chuen zik saat sau (2001) — Hong Kong
  • Les gens honnêtes vivent en France, aka La gente honrada (2005) — Colombia / France
  • The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai, aka Hatsujô kateikyôshi: Sensei no aijiru (2003) — Japan
  • Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, aka Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 3 (2003) — Japan
  • Good Boy, Bad Boy (2007) — India
  • Good Morning, Night, aka Buongiorno, notte (2003) — Italy

Recent additions to the TV Shows list:

  • A Couple of Cuckoos (2022- , Japan) – Animated series
  • The Executioner and Her Way of Life (2022- , Japan) – Animated series
  • Healer Girl (2022- , Japan) – Animated series
  • In the Dark (2019-2022, USA) — additional episode
  • Makura no Danshi, aka Makuranodanshi (2015, Japan) – Animated series
  • My Roommate is a Cat (2019, Japan) – Animated series
  • Oresuki (2019, Japan) – Animated series
  • Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (2022- , Japan) – Animated series
  • Stranger Things (2016- , USA) — additional episode
  • We Never Learn, aka Bobuken (2019-2020, Japan) – Animated series

As always, thank you to everyone who regularly reads this blog and who sends titles to add to this site. Special thanks to Tina and Ljuba; Burkely; Alessandro; and Mark. Please keep sharing!

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