🔹Things That Rock/Suck about the MCU pt.6🔹
I just really have to sing the praises of this movie because talking about how great the MCU is and not talking about this movie is a crime. This movie is really a culmination of all the greatness of the MCU. It has fun inventive scenes, is the culmination of several multi movie stories, and has embraced the "comic bookiness" of the stories and characters more than any other movie in the MCU. They got Thanos almost perfect. We got to see character interactions that were so fun and different, and It's the pay off for so many after credit scenes. I think this bodes well for the future of Marvel and I think sets the precedent for how Comic book movies can be great without having to rely on realism and dark themes like previous comic book movies that have been hailed as great movie movies (Dark Knight, Winter Soldier, Logan). I think this also shows how the MCU could handle big cosmic crossovers like Annihilation or Black Vortex (if they get Xmen)
🖓Using names but not stories🖓:
This one gets to me a lot more than it would to most people. The same people who would never put someone like Hatemonger into a movie because it's too ridiculous then go around and pluck the name of Thor's new hammer from a storyline where Thor fights a horse looking alien dude, who is worthy to pick up his hammer, so he defeats Thor but then they both go back to Asgard and Odin gives the horse dude, named Beta Ray Bill btw which is awesome, his own hammer names Storm breaker like what? You've cut yourself of from a really unique and intresting story all so you didn't have to come up with a new name for Thor's new hammer. Then there's people like General Ross who they take some parts from but then ignore it when they need a generic military guy to yell at the Avengers. Not to mention the fact that he's been the Red Hulk for like a decade now. I'm sure there's even more examples that just aren't coming to mind right now too so like yeah, if you're gonna make an entirely new character don't just slap on the name of some other character from the comics, that's bad, no one likes it.
🔹Things That Rock/Suck about the MCU pt.5🔹
🌟Multi Movie Stories🌟:
This is something that only a property like the MCU could do and they do it well. Almost every character in the has been in multiple movies and in each of them have grown. I'll just break down some of examples of this and demonstrate how good they are. First there's Spider-Man. In his first appearance in Civil War Peter worships the ground Tony Stark stands on, he's a hero because Tony thinks he's a hero. Then in Homecoming we see Peter really embrace his "Great Power, Great Responsibility" motto and defy some of Tony's rules in order to do what he sees as right. And finally in Infinity War we see Peter fighting as equals with Iron Man against Black Dwarf, coming up with plans to take down people, and being a key part of the plan to take down Thanos. There's no way we could have got this kind of growth in a single movie and had it feel as natural and earned. Then we have the Guardians of the Galaxy, which btw I think are the best series of movies in the MCU and I hope that James Gunn will come back because his firing was stupid and his work on the Guardians is amazing. But anyway the family aspect of the Guardians is one of the best I've seen in any media and it's having to be balanced with all the superhero stuff. In the first Guardians they come together out of necessity and work together because they can take down Ronan and the get the stone. In the second one they stay together because they realize they like each other but they're still not perfect and Rocket's character arc in that movie hit me in a way that few films have. Then in Infinity War the scenes with the Guardians are some of the best. Their opening scene with them are just jamming to Rubber band Man is so amazing. Like with barely any words in a matter of minutes you've established the dynamics of the Guardians and their growth from the last movie. The Guardians of the first movie are NOT the same Guardians in Infinity War and that's awesome and something that succeeds because of the mechanics of the MCU
🔹Things That Rock/Suck about the MCU pt.4🔹
🌟Fun and Creative Scenes🌟:
The MCU is full of scenes that have gimmicks that you couldn't see anywhere else. Part of why I love Doctor Stange so much is its creative uses of space and time Manipulation. Whether it's the scenes with the Ancient One warping buildings around herself or that scene where Doctor Strange fights the dark magicians while time is reversing and he does stuff like trap them in a wall while it's rebuilding. And that's not the only example. The warp scene or the Ego and Starlord fight from Guardians 2, the Thanos fight on Titan, and the elevator scene from Winter Soldier are all examples of the creativity and ingenuity that the MCU allows creators to exhibit
This is a huge problem that I think anyone whose ever talked about the MCU mentions so I'll just go over like 2 specific examples of how the forced humor has messed things up. The first is Drax, in the MCU he has been made into almost entirely a joke of a character I really like comic Drax so seeing him used as nothing but a straight man to Peter Quill or straight up YAWNING during a strategy plan against Thanos makes me a Lil bit miffed. Then there's Thor, now I like Thor Ragnarok, see the counterpart to this list to see me praise the film, but the one thing I didn't like was how they changed Thor. I HATE quipping Thor and I think it takes away from his character, especially in Infinity War. You can make a character funny without having him make jokes, look at the first Thor movie (which I still like mainly because of how funny Thor is despite the fact that he isn't jokey) I get what their trying to do show that Thor is going through some deep and dark stuff and is still kicking and not letting himself get dragged down by the weight of it all, but in Infinity War when he's talking to Rocket about all the stuff thas happened to him and he nearly has tears in his eyes and then he cracks a smile I'm not sympathetic I'm confused
🔹Things That Rock/Suck about the MCU pt.3🔹
Some people say that all superhero movies are the same and that eventually it'll get old and fade away, I disagree strongly. If you look at the MCU there's a heist movie about ants, a rather dark comedy about Norse Gods in space, a teen high school movie about a kid with Spider Powers or a space Opera with a soundtrack of classic rock music. Like while they all are kind of similar in the fact that their not entirely different genres like I don't there's gonna be a purely horror or rom com movie in the MCU but their are very distinct despite being action comedy movies about superheroes. Each one gives us a new story with a wide array of fun characters and settings. They aren't afraid to have widely different scopes either like we literally went from the universe shaking Infinity War to Ant-Man and the Wasp
Now I'll actually try to keep this short. There are lots of bad Villains in the MCU films and they are usually killed off pretty definitively so they'll never return, that's just bad writing guys. A hero is only as good as his villain and so far you only have line a half a dozen that are even still alive let alone good. I feel like every character that isn't supposed to be super likable or actually redeemable is considered as pure evil with no humanity left in their heart and that's just not realistic. And also the big gross cgi grunt fights that are in like every Avengers movie suck, no one cares about them, why even bother?
🔹Things That Rock/Suck about the MCU pt.2🔹
Recently the MCU has shown a willingness to sacrifice pure consistency in order to deliver a better movie. Nowhere is this clearer than in Thor Ragnarok. If you consider how much Disney allowed Taika Waititi to change its amazing. They put Thor in a space faring adventure Made Hulk and actual character and even changed the personality of Thor himself a lot (which, while I Dislike you can't disagree that it was a big change). Not to mention the fact that they got rid of Asgard entirely! If Marvel is willing to take more risks like that and bet on director-led films I think we could get some real diversity in out MCU films and less of that Disney mandated generic bleh like Age of Ultron or The Dark World. Another example of how allowing directors to really do their own thing is Black Panther which I'm a huge fan of. Ryan Coogiler was able to do something that I don't think any exec at Disney would have allowed several years ago. Not to mention the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING music which came from Coogiler and composer Ludwig Goranssen's previous relationship and Goranssen's extensive research into African music. Basically allowing shifts in direction and retcons could allow the MCU to have a much longer life and continue to deliver good films
🖓They Look Ugly🖓:
This obviously isn't 100% true all the time but a majority of the time the scenes look bad. The color grading makes outside scenes look dull and gray and they manage to make the amazing costumes look boring. Obviously it depends on the scene because they use like the same editing style for every movie so some scenes look decent with it but mostly they don't. Then there's also the cgi. Most of its fine and I think movies like Guardian and Doctor Stange and great examples of how great cg can look. But then sometimes it like noticibly bad. Like every time there's a full body shot of Iron Man in Civil War or Infinity War it's really noticeable and weird like its clearly cgi and not metal, and there's just stuff like that here and there
🔹Things that Suck/Rock about the MCU pt.1🔹
So this is gonna be a thing that highlights some of the positives and negatives of different mediums, universes, etc. It'll have one thing that rocks about the MCU followed by one thing that sucks. For this first one I'm gonna post 6 things
🌟Pure Wish Fufillment🌟:
This is definitely the top one IMO. For all the greatness in the MCU I don't think anything beats the feeling of pure joy that you get seeing comic book characters that you love, and have grown up with, fully realized into live action. I still get excited when movies are announced about characters I like. I'm not someone whose gotten to grow up with the characters as much as some people as I am on the younger but even then it's awesome because the MCU was really introduced me to comics and got me into it like 6 years ago
🖓Scared of Comics🖓:
Ultimately for all of the good comics has done for Disney they still seem hesitant to full embrace all aspects of Comics in the MCU and that's kinda sad, for me at least. Whether it's having to make jokes about a characters powers because audience couldn't possibly believe them otherwise (which is dumb because the entire movie is based off the suspension of disbelief) or refusing to use cheesy older character if they can't be turned gritty or used as nothing but the but of a joke. Maybe it's just the fact that they don't trust their audience to understand anything deeper in superhero movies which is dumb like any intelligent person can pick up on deep themes you don't need to shy away from them, or bash them over the head either. Like in Civil War while it's a decent movie, but one that actually focused on the Sokovia accords and the fighting of super heroes over their right to act as heroes would have been waaay better. But instead they decided to add the whole Winter Soldier thing and make Cap's goal no longer about the accords and now objectively the right one. Like they sold stuff with team Cap or team Iron Man and then made anyone who didn't sign with Cap pro-superhuman terrorist. Don't use the name Civil War if you're not going to make a film that's entirely about just that
🚨🚨Rumor: Tom Cruise willing to play Green Lantern on one condition?
Earlier this year we learned that Warner Bros. wanted Mission: Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie to helm Green Lantern Corps. They apparently couldn’t come to a deal, but maybe talks will start up again, especially if today’s rumor is true.
According to Crazy Days and Nights, Tom Cruise is (or was?) the front runner to play Green Lantern. With McQuarrie involved at one point, this definitely seems plausible. McQuarrie and Cruise have collaborated on about 7 movies now, and it’s not hard to imagine McQuarrie would want Cruise to star in Green Lantern Corps if he were to direct.
There is a catch, however. If true, major spoilers follow. Read on if you choose…
According to the new rumor, the Green Lantern Corps script calls for Cruise’s Green Lantern to die, and he doesn’t want to. Apparently that part of the script would need to change for him to sign on. This is where the rumor gets a bit sketchy. It’s unclear if this is old info referring to David Goyer’s Green Lantern Corps script, or the new one that Geoff Johns is writing now.
Rumor or not… McQuarrie has expressed interest in directing Man of Steel 2 or Green Lantern Corps recently while promoting his new hit, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Do you think he and Tom Cruise would be good choices? Let me know in the comments below. ⚠SOURCE: Crazy Days and Night (via Heroic Hollywood)
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“I. Am. The. New. God. All is one in Darkseid. This mighty body is my church. When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices. When I make a fist to crush your resistance. It is with three billion hands. When I stare into your eyes and shatter your dreams. And break your heart. It is with six billion eyes! Nothing like Darkseid has ever come among you: Nothing will again. I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls! And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die for Darkseid!” Art by J.G. Jones/ Words by Grant Morrison
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