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The more I think about Marvel's announced slate of forthcoming superhero movies, the more unhappy faces I make. (My prior thoughts, on the announced sequels. Well, on two of them, as I continue to not care about Thor.)



Anyway. No Hulk, no Black Widow, no Nick Fury—all of which would seem logical and welcome post-Avengers. No Black Panther (as rumored); no Luke Cage or Captain Marvel (to tie into later ensemble Avengers movies).



Instead, another white dude (was anyone actually longing after an Ant Man movie?) and . . . a raccoon. As part of a five-individual team that, again, has just one female. About which team even io9 doesn't expect its readership to know anything about (see: Who the heck are the Guardians of the Galaxy, the stars of Marvel’s strangest new movie?). I mean. Seriously?



I didn't actually like any of Marvel's current run of superhero movies before Captain America, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised. But I did like Captain America and The Avengers, which show that they are capable of putting out reasonably coherent, character-focused movies about non-jerks. I don't think it's unreasonable to want more like that, only less claustrophobically focused on white dudes. I just can't decide if this new slate is such a clear statement that I'm not going to get it that I should simply root for them being, as the AV Club put it, "the comic-book breaking point where the world realizes it's now watching a talking raccoon and a giant tree battle aliens, and staggers out of the theater in search of the nearest bleak arthouse drama," and hope the fallout makes room for better things to come.



In conclusion: (1) Natasha fic recs soon, honest; (2) ugh.

Date: 2012-07-18 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mariness
I was actively campaigning against an Ant-Man movie in an admittedly very small way.

The raccoon, though, seems tailor made for snark, so, yay! Go raccoon!

Date: 2012-07-18 05:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avram
I'd assume the Any-Man movie is intended to be laughable, with a comedy director (Edgar Wright) at the helm.

Date: 2012-07-18 09:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
I had heard there was going to be a Black Widow movie, so I'm confused and disappointed. Oh well.

Date: 2012-07-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Wait, me too! No Black Widow movie? Argh.

Date: 2012-07-18 03:07 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
.....//cries


We get a fucking talking raccoon before a woman. Oh man.

Date: 2012-07-18 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] martin_wisse
NO dissing the Raccoon, though I do understand your disappointment. The Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the better comics series Marvel has put out in the past five years or so and if the movie is anything like it, it will actually be much better than yet another straight boring superhero movie. It shouldn't be camp, but it would have humour.

Date: 2012-07-18 02:56 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Jeez, she can diss the raccoon idea in her own blog if she feels like it, no? Not all of us are comics fans and know that this is in fact a great story, if it is, and in fact it might get greatly changed for the screen.

Date: 2012-07-18 03:07 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Aww. I'm just touchy about OMG NO BLACK WIDOW MOVIE, I really thought there would be one! Apologies....

Date: 2012-07-18 12:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oracne
Did you know Joss Whedon did an uncredited rewrite on "Captain America"? I do not worship him as so many do, but I think he had something to do with why it worked so well.

Date: 2012-07-19 02:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
If those are the people who fired Dan Harmon from Community then I am skeptical. As I understand it, he was basically what made that show a work of genius, despite being legendarily difficult to work with.

Date: 2012-07-19 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abigail_n.livejournal.com
Harmon was fired by Sony producers, not anyone affiliated with the show. Anthony and Joe Russo, who will direct Captain America 2, were executive producers on Community but also directors. Between them, they directed the pilot, the second season paintball two-parter, and the third season Ken Burns documentary parody, among others, so I'm pretty excited about their association with the film.

Date: 2012-07-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
as the AV Club put it, "the comic-book breaking point where the world realizes it's now watching a talking raccoon and a giant tree battle aliens, and staggers out of the theater in search of the nearest bleak arthouse drama,"

Haaaaaaaah. Lars von Triers (sp) tickets, now selling half off!

Date: 2012-07-18 02:11 pm (UTC)
yhlee: wax seal (Yomi Jaina)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
No Black Widow or Nick Fury? Oh man.

Date: 2012-07-18 03:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] desdenova.livejournal.com
I really hate to be That Person, but I'm certain that hoping for the intersection of the film industry and the comic-book industry to generate entertainments that are not centered around straight, white, male characters is a recipe for inevitable disappointment.

Probably one of the reasons I was never able to muster much interest in the Marvel Movies until _The Avengers_.

Date: 2012-07-18 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I agree 100% re: ugh.

Date: 2012-07-18 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] desdenova.livejournal.com
that was me

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