I keep thinking about this: how much better would the Marvel cartoons now would be if Genndy Tartakovsky was in charge of Marvel Animation (or whatever position he could make a difference in). See, because while there are some issues with the movies and comics, the WORST side of Marvel during the last couple of years has been their animation. Out of five Marvel cartoons made during the last few years, only ONE of them was good….
….Aaanndd it was fucking cancelled for not sucking off the MCU hard enough.
Everything else: Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk: Agents of SMASH, and Guardians of the Galaxy have been fucking dreadful. Bland to outright shitty character design, terrible writing, asinine editing, just fucking awful.
Basically, all of this is laid at the feet of Man of Action. Now, if only we had someone who was a fan of Marvel, who grew up on the comics, who homage them several times.
Someone who actually knows how to direct action that is interesting and not hot fucking garbage.
A guy who’s actually WORKED with Marvel before.
^Yeah, Genndy’s team worked on that ending fight scene.
Basically, what I’m saying is that Gendy has more right to be the driving force behind Marvel animation than Man of Action does.
No one ever seems to consider the logistics of certain changes in how people’s bodies would respond to certain changes that should really be addressed.
For example, certain characters tend to have something permanently grafted to their bodies or certain anatomical features are removed in favor of allowing a monstrous character to be able to burst of their clothes and have nothing show.
But these leads to all sorts of problems, So Baron Zemo, who had his mask permanently grafted to his face and, in some versions such as Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest heroes it seems like his entire outfit is grafted to him. So how does he eat?
And follow up question, how does he produce waste if it is the versions with the fullbody version?
I bring this up because I’m watching The Batman (Okay cartoon series, mostly fun action show, does not have as much villain pathos as B:TAS but does alright when it does it.) And there’s this character, Black Mask, a crime boss, big organizer. My experience with him in the Batman Arkham games is that the mask is exactly what it says on the tin, a mask he puts on and off, seeming to only be there as a sort of mark of authority or fear tactic, we see Roman Sionis without the mask plenty.
But in The Batman the mask may not be permanently grafted, but it’s so well on there no one seems to be able to take it off except for him who probably knows the secret to it.
Black Mask has been in jail. He wasn’t just allowed to sit and starve. And it seems as though he’s never taken off the mask, so how on earth are they feeding him?
I don’t have specific examples I can think of for characters who have now lost the ability to dispense with waste matter due to transformation or sudden onset of grafted body parts, but it’s gotta be something people think about, right? I mean it’s sort of why I go out of my way to avoid it, because it just doesn’t make sense and I gotta think of characters as living breathing people that gotta get along in the world that eat, sleep, love, and poop like everyone else regardless of whether they’re good or bad.
I mean, does anyone else think about this and how messed up it is?
My buddies did a list of favorite original songs from animated shows. I haven’t because it would take a while. Until then, here’s something else. I did put a few rules for myself on this on. NO anime openings. NO English dub opening songs (sorry Pokemon). Lyrics or instrumental don’t matter, but the songs have to be so good I’d want to listen to them on my music player.
I loved The Boondocks. I also loved the music in this show. It was mostly done by the artist Asheru. It was fresh, hip and soulful. This opening lets you know that you’re dealing with someone who has been enlightened by their struggles.
The show is fine. The theme is uplifting to me. Filling me with hope and optimism. The idea of a bright future and that electronica sound is fantastic. I know it’s too corny for some, but sometimes I really need that optimism in my life.
I’m going to be honest I don’t really like this show that much. Major problem? It’s boring. Plain and simple. The premise isn’t super great either. Tony Stark as a teenager? Forget it. But the theme is a riffing good time. Rock with the little bits of electronica to throw in the tech influence and you’ll be cheering for everyone’s favorite jerk with a heart of gold. Just not the kid in the show.
My favorite of all the Spider-Man cartoons, and that’s because I grew up loving the 1994 series. It’s not nostalgia. It’s my lifelong hero being perfected. The theme is catching and creative, not relying on previous themes. I jam out to this song, throwing my hands in the air saying “spectacular” over and over.
You hear this theme and you know it’s ass kicking time. A rock tune that gets you pumped to save the world. When the world is in despair, you put your cape on and fight. Because if we can’t save the world, you can bet your ass we’ll avenge it.