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A few more things comic book movies don't have the balls to do

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 5:10 PM

It took until Age of Ultron for the MCU to even begin acknowledging any kind of collateral damage. And Scarlet Witch's sad tale of destruction and pain (brought to you by Stark Industries!) didn't really break any new ground in shaming Tony for his company's past and his own cavalier actions while he "successfully privatized world peace" 

It would be at least honest to see a character who isn't hero, villain, or minion bleeding and in pain. Apparently, supporting characters and extras can only be worried, never in danger or, you know, agony. But why keep to this dishonest PG-13 standard when everyone watching knows that when a city is attacked or when a gunman opens fire people tend to fucking die. I've heard 2008 described (by Cracked, who else) as 'the year the geeks took over' but I don't think I'd hear too strong an argument against 2000, with Bryan Singer's X-Men, as the year we started the clock on legitimizing the comic book movie. So take into account the following two decades: an era of terrorist attacks (foreign and DOMESTIC) compounding racial, nationalistic hatred and on-going war with, clearly, no end in sight.


Maybe the Hollywood powers that be thinking the market won't support a comic book movie that briefly presents a fictional watered down version of these real world horrors is just them buying and reselling the conventional wisdom that people go to the movies for escape. But I'd contend that Snow White and Shirley Temple weren't the only things that sold tickets during the Great Depression, and the studios probably wouldn't have to look very hard for the numbers that proved that. Gone With the Wind premiered at, yes, the end of the 30s, but it was still the biggest hit of the decade and can only be considered escapist in a couple of ways. 


On the other, contradictory, hand; it’s equally annoying when they avoid the silly. FOX is comfortable with X-Men and Fantastic Four because 'mutation' sounds more scientific than 'super powers' They can excuse things like “I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch!” by pointing to the ‘real’ human darkness of the epic PTSD suffered by an immortal who’s nightmares feature “All of [the wars],” or the catastrophic rage of the world's most pissed off Holocaust survivor. Warner Bros. and DC can eternally cite Heath Ledger's Joker as what we want to see, and nothing but that. But the thing is we also paid to watch a bratty, Nordic demigod spinning a hammer around and then, a few years later, a lot more of us paid to watch a wisecracking raccoon, a verbally-challenged tree that sounded an awful lot like Dom Torretto, and a self-described Star Lord who liked to dance to the smooth seventies soul of an improbably sturdy Walkman. We can handle the silly as long as it’s written well.






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