Thor: Ragnarok solves a problem that has been plaguing Marvel’s cinematic version of the Thunder God from the start. Even when the Avengers worked it out, the standalone Thor films lagged behind, and we were beginning to worry that it would never happen. Thankfully, Ragnarok is here, and with it, they finally realised that everything about Thor – from the concept to the world he inhabits – is slightly ridiculous.
Deadpool’s journey to the big screen has been a tough one. It went through the horror that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the destruction of everything that makes that character beloved. If one good thing came out of that, though, it brought one of its biggest fans into the fold, and Ryan Reynolds has fought tooth and nail to bring an adult version of that character to life. When test footage was leaked online in 2014, the fans response was huge, and Fox finally gave into demand and greenlit a relatively small budget version of the Merc with a Mouth.
In Marvel’s quest to conquer the universe, Ant Man has been their troubled production. With the news that Edgar Wright was dropping out three weeks before the start of filming, geekdom was thrown into turmoil as they already begun to lambast the Wrightless film. Sadly we will never see Wright’s version of one of Marvel’s more unusual superheroes, even though he and Joe Cornish still receive writing credits, and instead are left with Peyton Reed‘s effort.
It’s fitting that the newest Marvel film sees it’s biggest stars coming up against an ever multiplying robot, which is set to take over the world. It in many ways bares resemblance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is slowly spreading into every corner of our entertainment world and is probably making more money than God. The jewel in the crowd of that universe is The Avengers and with the first movie playing a big part in raking in that money, it’s safe to say the pressure was on for Joss Whedon and co with the follow-up.
It is no secret that for all the Marvel Cinematic Universes brilliant qualities, it has always felt a bit light weight. As of yet no one important (which sounds a lot more horrible than I mean it too) has died, with even Phil Coulson (whose death played an important part in uniting The Avengers) coming back from the dead for Agents of SHIELD. However, stepping into this ring is Daredevil, a character non comic book fans will be aware of because of an awful Ben Affleck film back in 2003. A blind lawyer, he spends his nights dealing out a different kind of justice on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen and his introduction to the MCU via Netflix, sees Marvel looking at a grittier New York.
2015 is shaping up to be the year of the blockbuster. From Star Wars to Avengers right back round to Fast & Furious 7, cinema is set up to be big, brash and a whole lot of fun. Yet some people aren’t on board with this. Some people think that cinema is become homogenized, that super hero movies and Michael Bay now dominate the big screen and because of it we are losing all those special little films that not everyone sees, but those who do never forget.
Following up a hit like Frozen was never going to be easy for Disney. Their animated wing has hit a run of form with Tangled, Wreck it Ralph and everyone’s favourite snowy adventure, so the choice to adapt an obscure Marvel property for their latest animated film, might have seemed bold. Of course, that was before adapting obscure Marvel properties became all the vogue and in a post Guardians of the Galaxy world, it’s become clear that it doesn’t matter how many people have read it, the Marvel Disney combo sells.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems well on course to take over the world. With each film seeming to build on the success of the last, it has created multi million dollar franchise after multi million dollar franchise and with their most recent release, Guardian’s Of the Galaxy, they look set to take that even further, as it takes us away from the world of superheros and out into a universe that has the potential to go in any direction it chooses. That doesn’t even take into account the fact that it may also be their most entertaining film to date. However, there has always been one flaw in this seemingly indestructible behemoth. That being that they just can’t seem to get a handle on how to end their movies.