A Metric Crapload Of Marvel Movie Nonsense



OK, lets get started.

Above is a video that made itself around the internet last week. An artist by the name of Samurai Jack has redrawn the Edgar Wright Ant-Man test footage that was screened at San Diego this year. And it is... nothing to drawn any conclusions about. I do like how Ant-Man incorporates size changes on the fly, rather then just going and staying small. That's kind of neat.

Moving on.

During a panel at the Montreal Comic-con, Patrick Stewart announced his desire to appear in the next X-Men film, Days of Future Past. Which makes a certain amount of sense, considering the crux of that story is an X-Men coming back in time to warn of a terrible future. Thus, any future flashbacks (damned time travel tenses) could happily feature Stewart in his familiar role. Might McKellen be as open for appearing as future Magento?

I actually think DoFP represents an important moment in the X-Men franchise. It can be their Star Trek (2011) film. Time Travellers coming back, and altering the past, thus changing the time line established in the original series. On one hand, it could go a long way to explaining why the continuities of the various films don't line up at all. On the other, it could be at the very least an excuse to wipe X-Men Origins and X-Men: The Last Stand from existence once and for all.

Hit the jump for more news concerning the X-Men, Spider-man, and nothing at all with the Avengers. For once.

FOX has reportedly hired Mark Millar, author of Kick-ass, Wanted, The Ultimates, and various other Ultimate Marvel titles, to be the creative consultant on their Marvel film projects. Or, to put it another way, X-Men and Fantastic Four. Because FOX let the Daredevil rights lapse. What should be clear is, this isn't an attempt to recombine the FOX properties with the Avengers series. Basically, FOX wanted their own Joss Whedon, someone who was aware of everything that was going on, and making certain that they were all heading down the same sort of path. Probably not a shared universe path, but at least streamlining the tone of the films.

The problem with this is, Joss Whedon already has a job. A better, less Jackman-y sort of job. So FOX hired Mark Millar. Credit where credit is due, the MCU is very heavily based on the work Millar and Brian Michael Bendis did in the early days of the Ultimate line of comics. The Avengers line up, and the last third of the movie is very much borrowed from the first Ultimate arcs. And Millar was one of the minds in the room back during Iron Man and Hulk productions, trying to find a way to make the MCU a reality.

But I've never cared for him. I thought Kick-ass and Wanted were sensationalistic wastes of opportunity that failed to say anything substantial about the medium, and the cliches and tropes of the genre. Outside of the Ultimates, which in and of itself was very big on the splashy events, I haven't enjoyed his work for Marvel. As a comics writers, I've found his over reliance on decompression and "writing for the trade" disruptive and self serving. But, other people love his work, and I'm not holding a grudge. At this point, I don't think the X-Men films have a future, and should be put to rest, and I don't honestly think the Fantastic Four can work as a film. But good luck to him, I say.

Talking about something that doesn't work as a film, and should be put to rest, the utter redundancy that was The Amazing Spider-man is getting a sequel. Why? Because Sony doesn't want Marvel to end up with the rights again, and put Spidey on the Avengers where he can make lots on money for someone else.

Andrew Garfield will return as Peter Parker, and Marc Webb will return as the director. Now, Columbia, on behalf of Sony, has put out a statement saying they "could not be more confident in the direction" of the last film, and the new series. Except, this is absolute bunk. The last film was one of two things. It was either: incompetently written and directed, or it was badly edited by someone else, into something that wasn't it's original form. It really could go either way. Either Webb is the wrong man for the job, being unable to direct action, to plot a narrative that serves both the actiony nature of the material, and balance the human drama that drives that action, or to put together an original, not cliched, and tight film. Or, Sony had much different ideas about what the film should have been, and took it away from Webb, and released what they wanted. Neither of those scenarios involve the word 'confidence'.

I did not like the Amazing Spider-man, and I feel that a sequel to it is the last thing we need. More so then X-Men sequels. I honestly feel that that the first of what is now going to be a series did not earn the right to continue, which is the way sequels used to be decided. Not going in, with an expectation of multiple films. this sequel was green lit before the first film was finished production, it was always going to happen just for the sake of it's own existence. A movie should never be made because of that, but I'm not naive, and understand that Spider-man movies make money. At the very least, if a sequel has to happen, Webb probably isn't the man who should be running the show.

Via ComicsAlliance, and again. And /Film, and The Mary Sue.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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