Saturday, September 28, 2019

Captain America's Multiversal Madness

I don’t know about anyone else, but the first time I saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters, I was absolutely blown away. I loved the exploration of the characters’ trauma following Thanos’ victory. A lot of people have made a big deal about the movie feeling plot-less after Thanos’ first death, but that was not an issue for me; the movie has no driving force at that moment because the heroes have no driving force beyond trying to recover from what had happened. Not to belabor the point, I enjoyed every aspect of the movie. The shock value (Cap wielding Mjolnir, the A-Force sequence, and the like) wore off for the second viewing, but it is still enjoyable on repeat viewing.

And then Captain America got his “happy ending” at the very end, and my mind was blown with the possibilities.

That’s where I want to go in this article: talk about the alternate reality created by Steve Rogers’ decision to go back to 1945, right after his presumed death, and create a new life in the past with Peggy Carter. Frankly, I think this alternate reality is the most interesting of the 6 (see below) created by the movie, and it would be a fantastic basis for a Disney+ series in the future.

Alternate Realities Created by Avengers: Endgame:
AR 2018- created by Barton testing the time travel and taking his son’s baseball glove
AR 2014- the one where Thanos jumps ahead to the main universe and gets snapped
AR 2010- Rocket and Thor mess with the events of Thor: The Dark World
AR 2008- the Avengers play with The Avengers
AR 1970- Steve and Tony infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
AR 1945- Steve’s “happily ever after”

Before getting into what’s different, there’s one myth that needs to be dispelled:

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Spider-Man Belongs in the MCU

I wanted to write on this topic a couple weeks ago, but didn’t find the time for it. Consequently, while this may be a little late to the party, I am still of the opinion that it is important to keep this discussion going until we have either received confirmation from Sony that they are releasing Spider-Man 3 outside the MCU (meaning that it has actually been released without a Disney/Sony deal in place) or received confirmation from both studios that a new deal has been reached. It seems like every week something else is floated as a rumor; most recently, the rumor that Apple wants to buy Sony Pictures (which would cause the Spider-Man rights to revert back to Marvel).

I am not an insider. I don’t have any sources feeding me information. I’ve just been watching and reading the same news as everyone else, including tons of “insider leaks” and rampant speculation. So I am not going to talk about any deals that “may be on the table.” Instead, I want to talk about why I think Spider-Man (specifically the Tom Holland version of the character) needs to stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, however, I think it’s important to lay out the facts as they seem to stand.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Could an A-Force Movie Work?

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After such a long hiatus, it feels weird to go back to this blog. There were a lot of personal reasons I stopped posting. As it is, I’m probably not going to post regularly again. I don’t think I will go back and fill in the gap by reviewing everything I missed. But I do want to continue the speculation articles, especially looking at everything that’s coming with the FOX acquisition and the introduction of Disney+.

Friday I saw a video on YouTube that really got me thinking. In the video, the speaker talks about a rumor that Marvel is planning an A-Force movie as a follow-up to the She-Hulk Disney+ series. Looking at the comments, the reception from that particular audience was… skeptical, to say the least! I can understand why people would be less-than-thrilled with the idea of a “Ladies Night Out” superhero movie, especially in a world of “All must bow to the will of Political Correctness.” Previous attempts at all-female reboots/sequels have had mixed success (see Ghostbusters). I’m sure a lot of the male readers here are thinking, “Why would I want to see a bunch of chicks fighting?”

At the same time, I am of the opinion (with the regard to the MCU) that any Marvel property can conceivably be adapted into a movie/TV series and turn out well (see Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, among other things). What’s necessary is a good story about interesting characters doing interesting things. Does that mean that an A-Force movie is a sure-fire hit? No, of course not; nothing is. But it does mean that there’s a way to make it good. That’s my goal here.

As a caveat, I know that I only partly fit the “target audience” for an all-female MCU movie: I’m not a woman, but I am a fan of superhero movies generally, and MCU movies specifically. And I Marvel Studios will want this to appeal to both of those audiences.

Ultimately, this movie comes down to a question of “Why?”