Business Insider recently had an article ranking the top 12 Marvel movies. I think they captured the essence of the Marvel Universe, but I have some disagreements with the positioning of some of the movies. Please understand I am ranking these in the order I have enjoyed them. This is not a critique of the movie or a comment on the importance of the movie in the Marvel Universe.
12. The Wolverine
11. The Amazing Spiderman
10. Ant Man
9. The Incredible Hulk
8. Captain America: Winter Soldier
6. Captain America: The First Avenger
5. Iron Man
4. The Avengers
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past.
2. Iron Man 3
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
My Marvel movie rankings
12. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
10. Iron Man 2
9. Ant Man
8. The Incredible Hulk
7. Iron Man
6. Captain America: Winter Soldier
5. The Avengers
3. Iron Man 3
2. Captain America: The First Avenger
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
So there are my “Top 12” Marvel movies. I am looking forward to Captain America: Civil War and Guardians II in the next couple years. I have high hopes for a Deadpool 2 and the final movie in The Avengers trilogy. We will see how these future movies impact my list.
Vision is a unique skill in a leader. There are many people who are capable of implementing and executing a plan as a leader. However, it is far more rare for a leader to also create the vision and have the fortitude to stick with it over the long haul. This article talks about Tom Ricketts and his vision for the Chicago Cubs. Note that it isn’t just the players on the field, it is an overall vision of the entity and how it meshes into the community. This kind of thinking may or may not create a World Series champ on the North side, but it will undoubtedly benefit many in the Chicago area.
This kind of vision when executed by the leadership team of the Cubs will address the viability of the players on the field, but it will also bring people to the area, develop revenue streams so that the club can add or maintain amenities, and build long term, sustainable success. I always admire leaders who can “play the long game” in todays business world where success or failure is often determined in a single season or in corporations a single quarter of financial results. I look forward to seeing what happens to the Cubs organization as a whole in the next several years.
This article from Business Insider is a really interesting study of the time we have in life. When you really start to break it down and there is a graphical representation of our time in life, you can realize how short a time we have to spend with those we love.
This is an incredible accounting of the preparation and execution of the mission to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. It reads like a Tom Clancy novel. The men who executed this mission are obviously incredible human beings with a love for our nation and protecting her that most of us will never experience. Kudos to Team Six. Make sure to read this very long article all the way through the final sentence, the fact unveiled in the final sentence gave me chills.
No American was yet inside the residential part of the compound. The operatives had barely been on target for a minute, and the mission was already veering off course. Photoillustration by John Ritter.
Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American translator, whom I will call Ahmed, and a dog named Cairo—a Belgian Malinois—were also aboard. It was a moonless evening, and the helicopters’ pilots, wearing night-vision goggles, flew without lights over mountains that straddle the border with Pakistan. Radio communications were kept to a minimum, and an eerie calm settled inside the aircraft.
Fifteen minutes later, the helicopters ducked into an alpine valley and slipped, undetected, into Pakistani airspace. For more than sixty years, Pakistan’s military has maintained a state of high alert against its eastern neighbor, India. Because of this obsession, Pakistan’s “principal air defenses are all pointing east,” Shuja Nawaz, an expert on the Pakistani Army and the author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within,” told me. Senior defense and Administration officials concur with this assessment, but a Pakistani senior military official, whom I reached at his office, in Rawalpindi, disagreed. “No one leaves their borders unattended,” he said. Though he declined to elaborate on the location or orientation of Pakistan’s radars—“It’s not where the radars are or aren’t”—he said that the American infiltration was the result of “technological gaps we have vis-à-vis the U.S.” The Black Hawks, each of which had two pilots and a crewman from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, or the Night Stalkers, had been modified to mask heat, noise, and movement; the copters’ exteriors had sharp, flat angles and were covered with radar-dampening “skin.”
Per The Economist, these are the top grossing movie franchises of all time. I am sad to see Star Wars will most certainly be passed for #2 this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I was also surprised by the series at the top. But with 22 films in the can, I shouldn’t have been shocked.
You know I have been enjoying good time lapse work. This shows a super cell thunderstorm near Topeka, KS. Around :41 you can see a tornado wanting to form. Thank goodness in this case it didn’t drop one to the ground.