For the past few weeks we’ve gotten a lot of news about the up coming Marvel and DC movies. It’s all been the kind of thing that should have me excited beyond belief, but instead my reactions have been mostly “meh” or “dear god why?”. So, I thought i’d take a moment to explain what’s been going on in my head.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
I’m pretty sure this movie is going to kick ass. One of the main reasons for that is how the entire point of Marvels “Phase 2” has been to add back in as much of the comic book weirdness that most comic book movies (including most of Marvels “Phase 1” movies) took out in order to make the films more palatable to mainstream audiences. “Age of Ultron”, from what i’ve heard, is going to continue this is a big way. But after my fan-boying at the first trailer, someone pointed something important out to me: we’ve seen all this before. Not literally, but the first trailer for “Age of Ultron” could have been a trailer for “The Avengers” with how many similarity’s they had. If the point of “Phase 2” is to bring back the comic book-ness to the movies, and if it has worked as well as it did for “Guardians of the Galaxy”, why not show it here? Granted, this is only the first trailer, so we could see it more in the future, but to me this is a huge creative misstep.
Edgar Wright is awesome. I’ve loved everything i’ve seen from him. So when he was directing this I had total faith that it would be a kick ass film. Then he left after working on the film for…what was it…8 years…? That was the first clue that something was wrong. Marvel then gave the rains to Peyton Reed. “Who’s that” I hear you asking. Well, he’s the man who brought us such cinematic classics such as “Bring It On” and “Yes Man”. This is not a good replacement. Then cast members started dropping out. That’s a really big problem. But one of the most annoying things is how they they Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) into “Hope Van Dyne”. This shows a blatant disregard for their characters that Marvel hadn’t really shown before. This is Marvel basically saying “Our Female characters are all interchangeable, aren’t they?” With how poorly Marvel has handled representation for women and minority’s so far this seemed to be an almost deliberate stab in the back to the fan base.
I have been waiting for this movie for a while now. While i’m not the characters biggest fan, I thought he would be a cool inclusion as a counter to the more science orientated hero’s. And who did they get to portray the Sorcerer Supreme? Benedict Cumberbatch. Now, I don’t think Cumberbatch is a bad actor. In fact, his Sherlock is my favorite onscreen version of the character. But once he tried breaking into movies something just didn’t click for me. Even at his best he still seems out of place on the big screen.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man is one of Marvels best decisions. And let’s face it, if it wasn’t for 2008’s “Iron Man” we wouldn’t be here to have this conversation. Robert Downey Jr paved the way for Marvel to get where it’s at. For a while. With Movies like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” Marvel proved they could make a hit with out him. And yet there are romurs that he is going to make his way into “Captain America 3” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” at some point. No. Just, no. Do not Do that. Iron Man doesn’t need to be in every damn movie.
And That’s it for my rant on Marvel. DC, you’re next!