universe: superheroes

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“You'e weak! And I’ve outgrown you.”

My brother called me yesterday with a stunning revelation he’d had about this scene: intentional or not, this is a perfect commentary on the superhero genre of today, and about one of its greatest weaknesses.

He’s calling Mr. Incredible weak here because the man refused to do one thing–and that was to kill someone. And because he sees him as being unable to kill, he sees him as weak–and childish. “I’ve outgrown you.” Now he is in the realm of “mature” superheroes, where Superman has to snap a man’s neck and Catwoman has to shoot Bane, where the purity of a woman forged by clay is unrelatable and marriage is nonconducive to an interesting story. His is a world where superheroes die to make villains seem impressive, a world where a dark and gritty realism is more important than a fun and adventurous fantasy. 

In the end of this movie, though, the Omnidroid isn’t beaten by Mr. Incredible finding Syndrome and beating an explanation out of him to stop the robot; they solve it through brainwork, audacity, and a fun and creative action sequence. Syndrome dies in the end, yes, but that’s primarily because he keeps trying to push his view, and ends up destroying himself.

But this is Syndrome being Zack Snyder or Frank Miller, and believing that the fun adventures of yesteryear are childish fantasies that need to be left behind: ours is a world where to relate to a superhero, we have to see that superhero be unable to accomplish his task completely, where he has to settle and accept a compromise in order to preserve the greater good. We can’t admire them for being able to do what we cannot–we have to grow up and see that they’re just like us, they’re nothing special. Not really. And that is what true maturity is. A truly mature Avatar would kill the Firelord, a truly mature Superman would have no choice but to fight in the middle of a city, and video games need to be about cover-based shooting and military combat in the real world. With quick-time-events!

And of course, that’s all complete bullcrap, and the sooner that mentality gets sucked into a jet engine, the happier I’ll be. 

I just saw Thor Ragnarok and my mind is brusting with confetti & fangirl tears

I’m extremely overwhelmed by how amazing it was so I simply cannot put it into words because I enjoyed every second of it.

Honestly every single character is perfectly written & well-portrayed

Loki is an epic-hair-flipping sass hero at his best

Hulk is absolutely adorable

Thor and Loki’s relationship is beautiful

Hela is a hela of a female villain

Loki attmpeting to kill Steven Strange is matter of 2 seconds is the highlight of my year

Devil’s Anus is a serious thing

• The movie is intense but hilarious at the same time, it’s also Marvel’s best feminist kind of movie

Dr. Strange is earth’s mightiest sass-master

Valkyrie made me emotional & proud because she’s nothing less than a male superhero

• Protect my adorable Korg in all costs

• I will never be able to control myself when I hear the immigrant song

Stan Lee’s funniest cameo so far

• I lost my shit everytime Heimdall appeared

• After this I feel safer for infinity war with the God of Thunder the one & only Thor the strongest Avenger (the irony)

Thank You Taika.

People Get It All Wrong When Talking About Superhero Movies

The most talked about part of comic book movies these days seems to be tone. Was this film too light, was that film too dark? People say DC needs to make lighter movies, and Marvel needs to make darker ones. And while that’s partially true, there’s a huge false dichotomy that everyone falls into. 

People treat superhero movies like it’s a spectrum, with Batman V Superman on one end, and Guardians of the Galaxy is on the other. Dark vs. Light. 

But that’s really NOT how stories work. Whenever I say that DC movies, especially those by Zack Snyder, have a serious tone problem, I get shot back “so you just want another Marvel comedy, don’t you?” 

But I don’t want that. I don’t think superhero movies need to be comedies to be good. The thing is, the spectrum above isn’t real. It’s hilariously oversimplified. To put things in a still simple but at least a bit more nuanced fashion, let’s change this spectrum into something a bit more like an alignment chart or graph.

This, I think, is much more representative of what we see in superhero movies. Deadpool is at the far corner of cynical and humorous, while Logan is at the far edge of serious but edging a little closer to idealistic. Man of Steel is cynical and mostly serious, while The Avengers it idealistic and humorous. Here’s the thing, all points on both axis are valid, but you need to know the character and make a choice as to where they should be put. 

For example, here’s where I’d put just a few DC characters if I were in charge of adapting them:

(note that Im assuming the Flash is Wally West, Green Arrow is Ollie Queen, and Green Lantern is Hal Jordan. The position would change with others, ex. Guy or Kyle would be further left.)

Of course, these are just my personal takes on the characters, but as you can see, there are DC characters that fit all over the board. A more cynical DC movie isn’t BAD, so long as it’s for the right character. 

Hero/Villain AU!

(This is something that’s been on my mind for a while. Basically, in this AU everyone has superpowers, and either use them to save the day or commit crimes! Get ready for a long post cause I’m going to talk about the proxy’s powers!)

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Toby: Anti-hero, teleportation

Toby has the ability to teleport short distances. He can’t travel far, the farthest he can go is around 10ft away from where his current location is. While he mainly uses his power to help others, the guy sometimes uses them to rob a bank or two.

Tim: Hero, Shadow Puppet

Tim is able to control his own shadow. With this, he can fight others by using his shadow as a weapon. It’s even rumored that his shadow actually has a mind of its own (kind of like Peter Pan, I guess). Tim makes sure he uses his powers for good and to help others. Especially after an event happened that prevented him from saving someone he cared about.

Brian: Hero, Poltergeist

Brian is able to posses electrical objects such as: T.Vs, computers, cellphones, etc. Not only that, but he also has electrokinesis, but he’s a bit weak when it comes to that. Since his powers aren’t really combat focused, he mainly works on the sidelines assisting Toby and Tim on missions. He’s also works as the brain of the group coming up with plans and such.

(That’s all I have so far. I’ll try to make more concepts for the other creepers. I already have ideas for their powers, and I’m so excited!)

Justice League

NO SPOILERS

The movie is very good. Don’t listen to the critics/ reviews.

The characters are great. In only two hours you got to know the characters well enough to want more for the next movies.

Steppenwolf isn’t as bad as the critics make him out to be. I enjoyed him. Not the best, but definitely not the worst.

STAY FOR THE AFTER CREDIT SCENE. There is TWO of them. They are both AWESOME!!!!

I loved the movie and hope everyone goes! It did NOT disappoint.

I can feel the memes being made😂😂

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It seems that so far this year the Best theatrical Movies have been about Marvel and DC Characters (even One from the DCEU, which normally doesn’t have a good track record). I will always be MCU for life, but honestly I’m a bit excited for The Justice League movie (but obviously not as much as Avengers: Infinity War which comes in Like April 2018 where I Live)

Ps. I know Thor: Ragnarok hasn’t been released yet, but I really want to see it !!!!!