Just booked my tickets for Infinity War, IMAX 3D no less. But my expectations are at an absolute low for superhero films, especially with recent disappointments.
Superhero films are no longer the new kids on the block. When Avengers appeared in 2012, it was a tremendous vindication of comic book fandom as superheroes went mainstream in a big way.
The very characters and stories that we were often ridiculed for were suddenly hip and cool and the benchmark for great blockbuster movie making.
Infinity War is of course, the third Avengers movie and finally puts the villain Thanos (teased in that famous post-credits scene in Avengers) smack in the centre of things.
While Marvel Studios/Disney have been raking in megabucks with positive public reception to Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, the characters and the stories that we loved have been watered down for a mass audience.
I have highlighted my dissatisfaction with the shoddy characterisations and bad writing of both movies but that does not seem to matter to moviegoers at all.
And as far as Marvel Studios/Disney are concerned, it’s not about making a good movie, it’s all about making money. Bottom line.
So my expectations are at the lowest point ever – which as a comic book fan I feel utter disappointment that it has come to this.
As a cynic, it would be relevant to point out that once superheroes went mainstream, it was always about appealing to the masses and never to the comic book fan.
So I expect Infinity War to be the biggest Marvel Studios movie ever. There is a tinge of anticipation due to head honcho Kevin Feige’s promise to shake things up as well as possible changes due to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
But I have come to terms that the story itself will be crap, riddled with plot holes, convenient resolutions and dubious deus ex machina.
After all, these movies are basically made so that 12 year olds can appreciate them – and buy the toys!!! – so do not expect any sophistication whatsoever.
In the final analysis, it is hard not to agree with former superhero comic book writer Alan Moore’s characterisation of the current obsession with superhero movies as “unhealthy” – one which I had violently resisted, until now.
“What are these movies doing other than entertaining us with stories and characters that were meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of 50 years ago? Are we supposed to somehow embody these characters? That’s ridiculous. They are not characters that can possibly exist in the real world.”
Perhaps that is why I choose to watch these movies in IMAX 3D. The visuals are so overwhelming that you never quite question the jarring flaws in the characters and the plots. In effect, I shut down my brain and return to the immaturity of a 12 year old boy. A troubling comment on modern society but there you go – it is what it is.
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