All hail the almighty, holier than thou, spotless, capable of doing no wrong, Marvel. The most critically acclaimed studio when it comes to producing flaw filled eye sores, only second to Michael Bay, that have sealed their fate as second rate to DC comics.
But who wouldn’t love Marvel? Their movies are funny, filled with some cash grab effects creating the perfect movie to sell cheap plastic to your children and eye popping candy to the whole family.
Don’t like emotion?
No worries! Never once will the emotional spectrum of your brain be compromised, your hero’s will never die, they’re all under contract.
Don’t like reality?
Your in luck! Never once will you feel any sense of tension…all the civilians appear to be under contract as well and walk out of the movies unscathed and if someone does die, they usually pass it off with some sly remark.
Now do all these family orientated pitches by our beloved Marvel make the movie any more appealing or better for that matter?
In the wise words of the Joker:
“I thought my jokes were bad.”
Never once will you relate to their heroes, all Marvel has shown us is that no matter how different you are from everyone else, you will never be rejected by society as long as you look masculine, have a cool power and can throw out some chirpy lines.
Superman and Batman in the recent DC movies, despite their heroism and good looks face rejection by the public and government because humans fear what they can’t control.
The Avengers one million in box office numbers don’t make it a good movie. If that was the case we would all be bowing before the altar of Titanic as the greatest movie of all time.
If box office number did determine a movies worth, then Man of Steel would be considered better than Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor 1 and 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, and the Incredible Hulk.
Suck on that reality for a while fanboys.
A good movie revolves around something more than box office numbers. It needs to touch us personally and allow us to feel something beyond the wisecracks and explosions that send fanboys nerdgasms to the roof.
Since the creation of the Dark Knight trilogy, the DC cinematic universe has been grounding their universe in something that Marvel has failed to grasp. Reality.
Heroes die, tears are shed, sometimes the villains win, civilians are shot, burned, crushed, obliterated and the world doesn’t accept these heroes until they give the ultimate sacrifice and prove that they are heros.
The citizens act like real people, they are frightened that there are beings with powers greater than their own..
I was never able to buy into the fact that all these people in the Marvel universe would accept these heroes walking among them and not have some sense of fear.
In Thor 2 college students flock to the window to watch Thor fight the villain, in Man of Steel, the citizens lock their doors and hide
Perhaps this will change with Civil War in 2016, but until then, the citizens of the Marvel universe are nothing more than what Marvel comic books are fans in their own right.
No matter how entertaining Marvel’s joke books are and no matter how much we love watching the Avengers face near death experiences only to magically come back to life at the end these fantasy films only detach us from the emotion and characters that are meant to inspire us.
Superheros have always been portrayed to be relevant to the world we live in and the world we live in now is a dark and gritty place. You cannot feel hope with loss, and where there is no reality there is no sense of gravity to the character we watch on the silver screen.
Marvel’s appeal is to children who will buy their toys and recycle their jokes in a mad frenzy of play.
DCs appeal is to adults, the ones who live through hell each day and still lift their heads towards the heavens.
It’s heroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman and the Justice League who remind us that giants walk the earth and that we’re bigger than the circumstances standing against us.
Since phase one of the Marvel cinematic universe started with Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has been introducing movie audiences to a colorful cast of incredible superheroes. Pretty much every movie the studio has come out within the last few years has been a hit.
The Avengers set a record in the box office and earned more than $207 million during its opening weekend and grossed more than $1.5 billion in theaters worldwide, taking its place as one of the top five highest grossing movies of all time. In May, The Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted in theaters and is expected to make even more in its opening weekend than the first movie did.
Why do we like these movies so much? What about them appeals to us? And what makes these characters any different than their DC counterparts?
DC and Marvel have been in a rivalry since they started creating comics and that rivalry has continued on to their respective movie franchises. While both studios produce superheroes, they have significant differences. DC has aimed to create a more “realistic” brand of movies that rely on appearances from its golden children: Superman and Batman.
Marvel, however, has a brand that encompasses the essence of classic comic book heroism while constantly introducing its audience to new and diverse characters. A few series have been rebooted, but never at the cost of new ground being covered.
Marvel does not seem to be afraid to take risks as seen last year in their release of Guardians of the Galaxy. The group featured in this movie was virtually unknown before the release of the film, yet it did incredibly well and grossed more than $744 million worldwide. This proved that taking a risk and exploring a new set of characters could prove to be an extremely worthwhile venture.
But it’s not just about the characters, it’s how they’re presented and what they stand for as well. Superheroes are meant to make us feel like there’s good in the world and give the feeling that there are those who want justice and to protect us. Marvel superheroes inspire hope and show characters who want to see good in the world. Even in impossible situations, the hero will still prevail and provide the audience with hope. For example, a scene in Iron Man 3 shows the hero in a situation where he must save 13 people who are freefalling through the air after a hole gets smashed into the plane they were just in.
Iron Man is told he can only carry four people, but he attempts to save all 13 anyway, and he succeeds with use of his resourcefulness, communication and optimism. The movie could have easily sacrificed at least one of these nameless characters because in real life this situation would be impossible. But it didn’t, because the goal was to show the audience hope.
Superheroes are meant to be symbols of the kind of people we want to see in the world, show that the world can be a better place, and make us feel like we should strive to make ourselves better people. To show superheroes as reminders of how painful the world can be and as gritty martyrs is a disservice to the genre. Looking at you, DC.
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