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Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming
« Reply #80 on: Mon, 3 Apr 2017, 22:29 »
And Iím tired of this trend in general. Itís nice that studios now have the option to include one hero in anotherís film should they need to, but I think thereís been a tendency of late to abuse that freedom.

More and more, Iím longing for the days of unique and simple standalone superhero films like Batman 89 and The Crow, where one hero battled one villain and there was a sense of closure at the end of it all. Itís great to have movies like The Avengers and Justice League, but we need more self-contained cameo-free films to balance things out.
It's funny how awesome the Burton and Schumacher Batman films look nowadays, isn't it?

I suppose it's like anything. When the marketing department gets too involved in these sorts of things, bad things happen. The MCU nowadays is starting to look like someone created a Frankenstein.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Iron Man 3 (inferior though it may be to the original) is that the conflicts begin and end with Tony Stark through that movie. He drives a good chunk of the narrative. His flaws and failings now and in the past are a source of pain and conflict for him.

Yes, Iron Man 3 definitely makes reference to goings on in the Avengers. One must have seen the first Avengers flick to really get the most out of Iron Man 3. But it's still a standalone piece. It's not a feature-length trailer for some upcoming Marvel movie.

And the issue there is Iron Man 3 took grief for that. Had fans reacted positively to Iron Man 3 being its own thing, hand-on-heart I believe Marvel would've probably framed future releases with an eye toward jokey cameos like we saw in Thor: The Dark World but not necessarily have made every new movie a preview for something coming later on.

But fans went a different way. And I understand that they enjoy seeing these characters crossing over into each other's movies. But it's starting to affect the quality of the movie. Homecoming is basically a novelty at this point. "Look! Spider-Man is running around the MCU! FINALLY!!!" There's a film being made here. A story is being told. Actors have invested themselves in characters. Writers have invested themselves in scripts. A director has invested himself in a story.

But it's like none of that stuff matters. Because look! Spider-Man is running around the MCU! Who cares about the characters or the storyline? WOOOOOOO, Spider-Man is in the MCU!!!

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Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming
« Reply #81 on: Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 07:28 »
But fans went a different way. And I understand that they enjoy seeing these characters crossing over into each other's movies. But it's starting to affect the quality of the movie. Homecoming is basically a novelty at this point. "Look! Spider-Man is running around the MCU! FINALLY!!!" There's a film being made here. A story is being told. Actors have invested themselves in characters. Writers have invested themselves in scripts. A director has invested himself in a story.

But it's like none of that stuff matters. Because look! Spider-Man is running around the MCU! Who cares about the characters or the storyline? WOOOOOOO, Spider-Man is in the MCU!!!

This particular paragraph has evoked some concerns I've had about the MCU lately. There appears to be a common consensus nowadays that the MCU embraces "fun", and should be praised for that alone. But there is also a rebuttal that too much "fun" i.e. comedy relief, undermines the tension and drama of the story. I was looking at some of the positive reactions to the GOTG2 on Twitter yesterday, and all I could here is the movie is fun this and that, full of heart...and yet, I saw some people suggesting the film was disjointed and even the jokes aren't as fresh as the first film. But as long as the story is fun, it doesn't really matter.

This is the biggest problem I had with Civil War's second act. People were so obsessed over that airport fight scene, it gave me an impression that they were ignoring the themes in oversight and character arcs, and analysing whether or not they stand up to scrutiny (I'll say it once more, Black Panther is the only one who had a real arc in that film, everybody else's was either tacked on or unfinished).

The earlier films certainly had their levels of fun, but I reckon they were richer when it came to content. Particularly for Tony Stark in IM1, The Avengers and IM3. Initially, Stark completes redeeming himself as the arrogant playboy who seeks take responsibility for his company's profiteering on war, learns to put his selfishness aside and become a team member for the sake of the planet, and then use his own intelligence to crack down on Killian's Mandarin hoax and overcome his own PTSD. Yes, he never shook off that arrogant, snarky bravado. But I do believe his path towards redemption was genuine.

But in AOU and CW, I can't help but feel his portrayal is going backwards. He makes a flippant remark about creating Ulton, which should've sent him to alcoholism over the fact he nearly had humanity wiped out (but somehow, he feels more guilty for being blamed for a young guy's death in Sokovia?), and manipulates Spider-Man into joining a fight that doesn't concern him. Never mind the fact the ending shoehorned a revenge theme, which appeared to have been relieved by a bloody letter.

But who cares, the airport scene was so much fun. Right?!


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Christopher Nolan: He breaks it in...

Jonathan Nolan: ...the first two.

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Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming
« Reply #82 on: Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 11:37 »
Yes indeed. And it's weird because for a long time there, the notion of a shared universe was the Holy Grail (at least for me) with comic movies. But the more of these we get, the more I wonder that maybe a shared universe is actually the inmates taking over the asylum.

I know this can be a touchy subject but Nolan insisted that his movies, love them or hate them, exist in their own immaculate reality, divorced from other superheroes. There's an argument that it was an egotistical policy. And maybe it was. But his gave his films a narrative focus which probably they would've lacked if he hadn't kept his hands so steadily on the steering wheel.

Would Iron Man 2, for example, be better regarded if it didn't have so many ties to the first Avengers flick? Maybe not. But maybe it would.

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Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming
« Reply #83 on: Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 04:19 »
Yes indeed. And it's weird because for a long time there, the notion of a shared universe was the Holy Grail (at least for me) with comic movies. But the more of these we get, the more I wonder that maybe a shared universe is actually the inmates taking over the asylum.

May I be so bold to suggest you're not really tired of the shared universe concept, but rather, you're tired of how progressively formulaic the MCU movies are becoming? I pose this question because you still enjoyed the recent DCEU films.

Look at AOU, for example. I didn't want to admit this at the time I saw it, but deep down, one of the biggest problems I had with that film is it had too many plot points that were a carbon copy of the first Avengers: brainwashing heroes, heroes fighting against each other - including another Hulk freakout, an army of canon fodder for the Avengers to beat etc. There were some great moments of eye candy for sure, i.e. the opening scene where the Avengers attack HYDRA and the chase scene in Korea. But plotwise, it left me wanting.

Even Ant-Man and Doctor Strange have been given the Iron Man treatment. As Iron Man and Iron Monger appear to be a mirror image of each other, we have Ant-Man fighting Yellowjacket, and Doctor Strange fighting Kaecilluis. Strange's origin story is very similar to Stark; arrogant rich man who redeems himself, albeit in a supernatural setting.

Now I do enjoy both movies, but how long can Marvel repeat the same formula till it burns out? What worries me is Marvel will continue as long as people keep focusing on the "fun" side, to the detriment of the movies' quality.

I know this can be a touchy subject but Nolan insisted that his movies, love them or hate them, exist in their own immaculate reality, divorced from other superheroes. There's an argument that it was an egotistical policy. And maybe it was. But his gave his films a narrative focus which probably they would've lacked if he hadn't kept his hands so steadily on the steering wheel.

I think Nolan is a very poor example to use since his movies never had much focus to begin with.  ;)

I'd go with Sam Rami's Spider-Man series as a better example. Yes, I know Raimi didn't have to face studio pressure about starting a shared universe, but Peter Parker still had a storyline that followed through over the course of all three films.

Speaking of which, I think it's no longer fair that Spider-Man 3 gets torn apart for its humour, while stuff like GOTG gets overpraised.

Would Iron Man 2, for example, be better regarded if it didn't have so many ties to the first Avengers flick? Maybe not. But maybe it would.

What it needed was a script that actually had a story to justify its running time.

Seriously, hardly anything happened in that movie. Apart from introducing Black Widow, I can't remember anything else that tied to the Avengers. What a waste of time, from misusing Mickey Rourke with the annoying Sam Rockwell, to a half-assed introduction to War Machine, and Downey phoning it in for a few hours. I'm still relieved that Marvel was able to recover after that setback.


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Jonathan Nolan: He [Batman] has this one rule, as the Joker says in The Dark Knight. But he does wind up breaking it. Does he break it in the third film?

Christopher Nolan: He breaks it in...

Jonathan Nolan: ...the first two.

Source: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=uwV8rddtKRgC&pg=PR8&dq=But+he+does+wind+up+breaking+it.&hl=en&sa=X&ei

 

    
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