Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Question for Marvel Fans, AKA Requiem for a Kent.

Insanity is, doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results...

Here we go.

Batman v Superman is coming out in just a few days, and with Daredevil season 2 on Netflix having just been released, and Civil War on the horizon, it's got me thinking.

Upfront and center, and I'll put this as plainly as I can, I think Man of Steel was the worst representation of the not just Superman, but the entire Kent family ever put on screen. And a million people have explained it a million better ways than I ever can.

"Remember, always hide... don't save anyone and let people die... even me... even if it's unnecessary."
I want to get the question to Marvel fans out of the way right away. See, a lot of how I personally feel about Man of Steel comes from years of established character development being tossed out the window to make Superman something he is not; Grim and gritty. But then I fully admit to being a monthly Superman reader. Action Comics and Superman more specifically. Even in the  New 52, which despite all its flaws, still mostly gets the Superman character right.

Now I'm a big DC fan, and haven't read ANY Marvel 616 stuff monthly in like... over a decade. I've read your big story's, Brubakers Captain America, Bendis' Daredevil, Morrisons New X-men, Civil War; the good stuff.

When I go into a Marvel Studios movie, I walk out satisfied. I walk out feeling like I got a representation of the character that gets the "essence" of the character down pretty well. Sure, Tony Stark is a lot more likable in the movies, and Thor isn't nearly as grandiose. The stories change, the origins change, but the characters ARE the characters I know and love.

But then I'm not an avid Marvel reader, maybe my view is flawed? Maybe there's some guy who's been reading Thor month to month since Simonson, and thinks the way they treat Thor is sacrilege. Maybe there's someone out there that thinks the fact that they never did "Demon in a Bottle" ruined the cinematic version of Iron Man. These are valid opinions, but I never hear them.

The same people I've heard lambaste Man of Steel, are the same people who applaud Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. So maybe Marvel is nailing it every time. We complain about the stories sure, not every movies has been a home run. And even the villains don't really get full justice, but I don't think I've heard anyone ever complain about Marvel getting a hero wrong.

So, Marvel Fans, have Marvel Studios ever totally missed the mark on a hero character?

Let me be clear too, I'm talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff too, not anything that's come before, or anything made by another studio. Specifically MCU stuff.

Early reviews are coming out for Batman v Superman. Critics seem put off, comic fans sound very "meh" on it, while the layman seems more happy with it.

I just can't wait for Warner Brothers gritty rated R reboot of Harry Potter where he Avada Kedavra's Voldemort in the first movie, and then the audience has to pretend he's a hero. I can hear it already:

"See, Harry is a rookie wizard. He's not perfect yet, and frankly he has to learn the value of life by taking it!" I mean, that sounds stupid right? Ugh... off my soapbox.