The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around since the release of Iron Man in 2008, back then I was in high school and only cared about partying, sports, and my friends. I had never read a comic book or really watched any superhero movies other than Sam Rami's Spiderman. When I first watched Iron Man I just thought it was a great standalone movie about a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist flying around in an iron suit; I had no idea that Marvel intended to create this vast universe that I have truly come to love.
Fast forward 14 years since the release of Iron Man and I have seen every Marvel property that has been released in the cinematic universe. I complete multiple watches per year and thoroughly enjoy every time I watch; yes, even Thor: The Dark World. Despite my love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have never read a Marvel comic. Does this make me less of a fan than someone who reads the comics? I like to think not, despite the comic book lovers of the internet telling me otherwise. I can tell you everything that's happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I truly love all of the stories and characters that have been introduced and I can't wait to see how things play out for Phase 5.
There will always be fans of the comics, fans of the MCU, and fans of both; so why can't we all enjoy the ride that Marvel has been bringing us on. I will always be a fan of the MCU and enjoy the new content that comes out, I don't like to nitpick and complain about small details: from poor CGI to questionable dialogue, there will always be issues with these movies and Disney+ shows, but I'm here to tell you to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy the characters and the world that has been created.
So the questions remains, can you like Marvel without reading the comics? Absolutely! If you prefer to read comic books and those storylines, that's fantastic. If you prefer to consume your content through Disney+ and the MCU, that's fantastic. We are all fans of the world Marvel has been building and let's continue to support them by reading their comic books and watching their movies, either way, enjoy what makes you happy and enjoy this wonderful journey Marvel has been bringing us on since 1939.
A Cool Nerd