I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I really love superheroes – I adore Marvel movies to the degree that I, who generally refuses to go to the cinema because I believe that it’s overpriced, almost went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron twice.
Almost, I still believe it’s outrageously overpriced.
Spider-Man is my favourite superhero because I love Peter Parker and the way his character is presented and develops, particularly how sarcastic he is.
What I love so much about these movies is the kind of realistic-fantasy element of it, now give me a chance to explain why I just used the word ‘realistic’ about superhero movies.
Take the Avengers in their six person line up – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow. Only half of those characters have superhuman abilities – Tony Stark (Iron Man), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) are not superheroes in the same way as the other members of their team. Stark relies on intelligence and money and Barton and Romanoff are super spies, eventually.
So here’s where the realism lies – why couldn’t any of us be Tony Stark? If I spent a really long time teaching myself mechanical engineering and a bunch of sciency stuff I’m sure I could build a superhero costume like Iron Man.
I could definitely do that.
I think it’s much more like that I become a Russian super spy but my point still stands! There’s nothing superhuman about them! But that sounds really harsh. You get the gist.
Especially with Marvel movies, I love the scripts and the delivery and the casting is always bang on. I feel like a lot of Marvel fans might disagree with me, but I’m not someone who enjoys comics and I’m very easily pleased regarding films and music, so a funny movie with lots of action, maybe a little bit of an emotional twist and a brilliant soundtrack gets a good mark from me.
People who are emotionally invested in the comics, are going to care more and be more critical of the films. Jack Howard, a YouTube and radio star who prides himself as a film buff, said in a video he made entitled ‘My Favourite Films‘; “People think that super fan means that you love everything about it. But I think that being a super fan means you’re more likely to criticise.” and I totally agree.
People who love the comics, or even people that love the films, really care about the characters and that they’re given justice on screen. Watching the film as someone who knows the comics or someone who is interested purely in the film adaptation does mean you see the film through different eyes, but through my eyes I love it.
Very excited for Captain America: Civil War!
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