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Captain ‘MURICA and other Marvel movies

NO CIVIL WAR SPOILERS

If you liked the last Captain America I’m pretty sure you will like this one to. It has the same tone and style as the last film, winter soldier, but it isn’t the same film (unlike a certain Age of Ultron).

The last few Marvel movies have been mostly refreshing viewings. Maybe not overly refreshing, they are superhero movies still, but phase I’m glad that the movies haven’t grown stale as of yet. The movies I’m referring to are Guardians of the Galaxy (henceforth referred to by simply ‘Guardians’), Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Captain America Winter Soldier.

What made the Winter Soldier into such a hit, partially, I would propose is that it dared to be different; it dared to do something new. It wasn’t much of a typical superhero movie, the likes of Iron Man, Hulk or Thor have been. This was more akin to a spy thriller, and it established more of the Marvel universe. We got to see S.H.I.E.L.D. in action, HYDRA came back, the villain wasn’t as much a “boss fight” as it was plotter that had to be stopped and the actions in this film had consequences in the upcoming movies. Those are what made this movie so different and exciting. All other movies after this couldn’t of course turn the Marvel universe upside down like this one did but the Winter Soldier dared to not only be self-contained. (Iron Man 3 do have some references to the Avengers, but they aren’t super influential to the movie (that or my memory might be falling me)).

Next up we have Guardians, the smash hit. It is basically Avengers in space but none the less it works so brilliantly. But why does it work, it works cause this time “everyone” is so over the top and the heroes aren’t all that serious. Not all heroes are serious, just look at Iron Man, he jokes all the time, but the rest of the old crew? Pretty serious dudes all of them. In Guardians, everybody jokes (maybe not intentionally…) plus it managed to do a “Avengers” without first having 4-5 movies as setup.

Age of Ultron. Why is this movie here? Because that one did everything wrong. Okay, that is too harsh, it didn’t do everything wrong and I’m pretty sure it was a nightmare to produce since it had to include so many big heroes and let them all shine and at the same time set the stage for Captain America Civil War and a few other films. However, we shall not let it pass just because of that. It was sadly a kind of lame movie, not a bad one by far, at minimum a 7/10 but it lacked originality. It was just a rehash of the first Avengers in all too many aspects.

Finally we arrive at the Ant-Man, a film some people say is just Iron Man 1 in a new skin. A statement I see some truth in, but what to me made this movie was the heist aspect of it. Yes, in many was it was the typically “origin movie” for Ant-Man but I think it worked since it was a pretty different origin and that our hero was a small time crook. But since Ant-Man and Iron Man both relied on suites and science and such I can see how that might make them feel similar, but the movies are so very different. One of them are the fights. The Iron Man films do have fight scenes… some pretty good, but most I feel aren’t that inventive. In Ant-Man, they’re as inventive as they can get (maybe not, but almost). Perspective is played with and since they change size, now anywhere can be a battle field. The fights stink of creativity and it’s a good stink.

So why this rant? Because after thinking about these movies and having seen the latest Captain America I feel hope full that we will get many more inventive and different superhero movies in the coming years.

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Semi random blurt #03

There is a saying that goes: “There is nothing new under the sun” which is more or less true depending on how harsh you are with defining what’s new. This saying will have importance to this SRB.

I think it was back in 08-09 it all happened. I was going to create one of my first original characters (don’t steal ‘kay!(will use the term OC from now on, to be more like the cool kids)). You might already now where this story is going but please keep reading anyway. The reason this was going to be a big deal, at least for me at the time was the fact that it was for a RPG forum. I think it was called “Desert world” or something along those lines. It was going to be my first “public” OC and not only that, I would have to role-play it.

From the start I was suffering from illusions of grandeur, my ambition was to create a totally original OC that was going to become famous on the forum, a main protagonist of sorts. A Wolverine to the X-MEN/Marvel universe. Even if Wolverine isn’t the protagonist of everything or even a main player, everybody knows of him. I wanted to create my own Wolverine. So as I said, my ambitions were high. But as with all great tales (not really) it was doomed to fail from the very start.

My character was going to have the ability to cancel out other peoples abilities, he was going to be an orphan due to murdered family but survived by luck, be happy go-lucky but with a dark past (see what was written before the last comma) and he was going to have a evil creature bound to his body. See, only original traits… at least I thought I was original while creating him.

As I was making the most groundbreaking OC ever seen by this cruel, cruel world I looked through characters that other people had made, to see my “competition” and get inspiration. Whilst going through some characters I stumbled up on a character which had almost the exact same background story, though powerless and whiteout an evil entity tied to his body. But this shattered my innocent mind. I was a rip-off! I was not the creator of a superbly unique OC. I was at most mediocre. This made me sad, very sad and ashamed. So ashamed that I quite the forum without even finishing my character.

So what is the point of this story? For me it was to realize that I ain’t unique and special even though my mother says so. It was also when I realized that no matter what I make, there will be similarities with other things, that came before or which will be created at the same time. And it is something we just have to accept. ‘Cause even if something isn’t completely 100% original, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you are making a stereotype, just make sure to make it in to YOUR stereotype and be proud and happy that you made something. Originality comes with practice and time, we need to stumble and fall a few times before we can create the real OC’s.

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