Friday, March 8, 2019

Whether Ms. or Captain, Whither Goes Marvel?


I'm pretty much Done with the Marvel Movies, for these reasons:
1) DR. STRANGE was a colossal Missed Opportunity, blowing the whole concept by filling the picture with nothing but Running and Punching.
2) I fell asleep on ANT MAN & THE WASP and what I saw before the sandman came to call did not leave me with any interest in trying again.


3) Disney-owned Marvel fired James Gunn from GUARDIANS III for some tweets that he typed YEARS ago.


4) AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR was a Completely 100 percent unwatchable piece of cinematic crap.


5) Disney is actively doing the same thing to Marvel that they are doing to every "property" that they swallow up in their greedy, drooling maw: draining it of everything that once made it good.


So, I won't be seeing CAPTAIN MARVEL anytime soon: it's already left a bad taste in my mouth because a certain segment of the audience (not to mention the film's star) have used a Super-hero movie as an excuse to shit on men. 


Know this: I have no problem with Carol Danvers being Captain Marvel. I like Carol Danvers. I've liked her since she was MS. MARVEL and her comic was among the first ones I ever collected. I see no reason why she can't be Captain, and think that a movie about her could be fun.
But derailing a superhero movie to make it a platform for Social Justice Warrior polemics and male-bashing, that I'm not cool with. Mind you, I don't know if the movie itself does that, because I haven't seen it and I've already told you the reasons why I won't, which have nothing to do with the wholly faked-up issues of chauvinism that the movie's promotional machine has encouraged.


A lot of the people complaining about the lack of strong women in film and telly weren't around when I was growing up. I grew up with Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel, Barbara Stanwyck as Victoria Barkley, Candy Bergen as Murphy Brown, and nobody, but NOBODY likes a strong female lead better than I do. 


But I want the stories to be interesting, and I hate being lectured and talked down to. Chris Chibnall killed DOCTOR WHO not by casting a woman in the role, but by churning out scripts that were nothing but prolonged lectures on such subjects as "Racism is Bad" and "Persecution is Bad" and "Gee, Aren't All Fathers Just Horrible?" 


I don't know about CAPTAIN MARVEL and I don't care.


Instead, I'm waiting impatiently for WONDER WOMAN II.


-- THORN.


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