The Over-Inflated Marvel Cinematic Universe
What follows is a list of news and rumors (a lot of which I have read very recently). I don’t know if the rumors are true, speculation, or utter bullshit, but I am using them as examples anyway. If you want to debate me, then debate me. I’m always up for it…
I am going to move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) post Age of Ultron. I won’t spoil the movie, but I am going to talk about what’s coming. First off, Joss Whedon will no longer be writer / director of the Avengers movie. The 2-Part Infinity War movies (set for 2018 and 2019 respectively), will be written by the Russo Brothers, who have helmed the Captain America movies. Why did Joss decide not to do the movies? Nobody really knows but him and Marvel, but I can guess.
Weeks ago, I read an article about Marvel and Whedon becoming upset at each other because Whedon would not allow Agent Coulson (who died in the first Avengers movie and came back to life to be part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to be part of Age of Ultron. Whedon’s thinking (and I agree) was that Coulson’s death was a big part of the first movie. Hell, they needed something to avenge (you know that as going to be his last word!). Marvel wants as many tie ins as possible, and that includes from the Marvel Television Universe (MTU) as well. Whedon saw what was coming down the pike, and decided to jump ship with two stellar movies under his belt.
The next movie in the MCU will be Ant Man. What happened to Edgar Wright, director of those Simon Pegg / Nick Frost movies from Engalnd? Wright parted ways with Marvel due to script changes in Ant Man. It seems that they want the movie to fall in line with the rest of the MCU movies (even if Ant Man looks to be quirky and comedic like Guardians of the Galaxy). Did they try to shove too much Avengers stuff into the movie? Ant Man was one of the original Avengers in the comics, but I don’t think Wright was thinking that when he developed the script back in 2006.
Next up is Captain America: Civil War. This movie sounds like it’s going to be a bag of cats (Bruce Banner’s words…. Not mine). Originally, this was supposed to be a direct sequel to Winter Soldier (they did leave us wanting more with that one), but it seems the movie is turning into a circus of Marvel’s unfinished business. It just started filming, but it sounds like a spin-off of The Avengers movies rather than a Captain America movie.
The first rumor that entered the fray was Robert Downy Jr.’s demanding of a bigger role. He sees Tony Stark / Iron Man as bigger draw for Marvel (and he’s right). What was a small part was rewritten into a massive part, so don’t be surprised to see as much Iron Man in this movie as Captain America. If they follow the comics, then it’ll be an all-out brawl between the two as the government tries to make all of the super heroes register and work for them. Captain America and Iron Man take separate sides on that issue (obviously).
**THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH MAY CONTAIN AGE OF ULTRON SPOILERS**
Captain America leads a new team of Avengers in Civil War, including Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, and Vision. To add more fuel to the fire, Ant Man and Black Panther have both been confirmed to be part of this movie. To make things even crazier, Spider-Man will finally be in the MCU and make his first MCU appearance in this one. This isn’t Toby McQuire or Andrew Garfield. This will be an entirely new Spider-Man. It’s still unknown what kind of role he will be playing, but this is a major get for Marvel, and they didn’t want to save him yet another reboot or Avengers 3. They are chucking him right into Civil War.
So all of these super heroes, a new villain for Cap to face, a feud with his former ally, and the conclusion to Bucky’s story? That seems like a lot for one movie. I figure this one to clock in at around five hours.
And what’s next for Marvel after Civil War? Doctor Strange, Gaurdians of the Galaxy 2, that Spider-Man reboot I previously said Marvel skipped, Thor 3, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers 3 parts one and two, and Inhumans. This isn’t even mentioning the slew of shows that will be popping up all over Netflix (see 2 paragraphs from now).
And what about all of these actors? It’s only a matter of time before Freddie Prinze Jr. realizes that he has been Captain America for a decade, and he won’t be able to make any shitty romantic comedies because he’s been typecast as Captain America. And before you say it, I know he’s not really Freddie Prinze Jr., but is there really any difference? Same goes for the rest of the original cinematic Avengers.
That’s one of the reasons the original Spider-Man franchise died (aside from the shitty writing of that last movie). They were supposed to do four movies, but they had to mesh the scripts of Spider-man 3 and 4 together. Toby “crybaby-face” face McGuire, Kirstin “I-look-like-an-ejaculating-horse” Dunst wanted to move on from Spider-Man, because they didn’t want to be typecast. A lot of good it did them! Name one other movie Toby McQuire was in other than Pleasantville and Seabiscuit. Lord of The Rings doesn’t count, because that was Elijah Wood. The only one who was safe was James Franco, and that’s only because he never turns down a movie.
Let’s not forget Marvel’s foray into Netflix. Daredevil became the highest rated Netflix series of all time, and it will be followed up by AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, a second season of Daredevil, and culminating with a mini series called The Defenders (which features all of the Marvel Netflix Universe characters). I’m looking forward to all of this (obviously), but I can’t help feel that this will also turn out to be too much of a good thing, ultimately destroying itself under its own weight.
P.S. If the MCU ever merges with those awful X-Men movies that should have been aborted; It would truly be the end.