The tongue-in-cheek, sardonc retort to finish your sentence I won't say, but leave to the imagination, as I'm not supposed to be discussing modern politics in this sub-forum.Well, it was WWII. And it seems fitting to have a bunch of people who punched Nazis in the 1940s wake up today, only to find...
I swear to God, right after I typed this, the radio program I'm listening to played a soundclip of some of my local dirtbags, NSC-131, shouting "refugees, go home!" No kidding.Well, it was WWII. And it seems fitting to have a bunch of people who punched Nazis in the 1940s wake up today, only to find...
I'm not sure I take it as fact that the idea of "from 1920s but ageless Doctor Strange" was actually rejected because Doctor Strange was too obscure (I mean 9 years later Marvel made a "true-ish to the comics" Doctor Strange movie). Their premise sounds so dumb that it was likely rejected because it was just a dumb idea, but more likely the studio gave them a more "polite" reason for refusal.I read this morning that, in 2007, Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro pitched a Doctor Strange movie to Marvel, but the idea was rejected because Strange was too obscure a character. Their idea...
Just watched Across the Spider-Verse. I enjoyed it for the most part. The main problems I had I'll point out below (while avoiding spoilers), 'cause saying "it was pretty fun!" & "Gwen is totes awesome*" would sum up my opinion, but probably be worth very little.
(*although, I mean, I have to note that I have the CGC 9.8 1st appearance of Spider-Gwen prominently on display, & 3 other CGC 9.8 Gwen comics nearby & 4 Gwen action figures... so, "Gwen is totes awesome" is just something I do free of charge)
The first 1/3rd of the movie was... boring, just tedious. Even the Gwen parts. And especially the Miles parts. When it's not stuff we already saw in the last movie, it's so "super-hero paint by numbers". Almost a Mad Lib: Insert Angst! Teen Feels! Muh Secret Identity Causes Me Such
Angst Feels[error: ran out of cliches]!
I mean, it's fine, just, like I said, the first 1/3rd is dull & so done before.
But, then once they introduce the actual plot, & Spot, & his conflict/origin with Miles it gets interesting.
That whole 2nd third of the plot is pretty good (still trying to avoid spoilers so...) when [people] are recruiting [other people], & explaining the situation of what is actually happening, & a whole bunch of Member-berries are introduced, but in a good way. That is totally fun, especially if you recognize the [other people].
But then, towards the end, in the last third, I started to actually root against Miles, & be Team Miguel & Jessica. I'm not sure that's what they intended. Also Miles gets insane Plot Armor in this act. And we get some more [Insert Angst! Teen Feels! Muh Secret Identity] we've seen a million times before from other characters.
Still trying to avoid specifics/spoilers, 'cause I do recommend watching the movie, but on the overall "dilemma" presented, I personally lean more towards Spock in Wrath of Khan: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one." Miguel showed what happens when you make it all about yourself - you can erase a whole universe.
Anyway, I'm extremely interested in how they wrap this up in the next movie. Despite my criticisms, I definitely recommend it (& also the first one: Into the Spider-Verse).
The again, there is the cautionary tale, "I've lived it. It was a disaster. I would be remiss of me, morally, to stand here and let you try it," which is not necessarily selfish or dismissive, from a certain point of view, either.I agree that Miguel seems to think that he's doing the right thing, but that's the sort of justification that has turned many people down the villainous route. Everybody is going to want to save close family members from danger if they can, particularly a teenage boy, and that goes double if the one telling him not to has already turned out to be adversarial and dismissive in the first place.
I liken it more to Scarlet Witch & Vision in Infinity War. They both knew that sacrificing Vision was the only way to save half the universe at that point. It hurt Wanda terribly, & arguably did turn her down a very dark path, but the act itself, in the moment, of killing Vision to save... trillions, maybe (what's next after trillions? quadrillions?) of lives throughout the universe was the noble thing to do. Granted, it didn't work, but the act was selfless.I agree that Miguel seems to think that he's doing the right thing, but that's the sort of justification that has turned many people down the villainous route. Everybody is going to want to save close family members from danger if they can, particularly a teenage boy, and that goes double if the one telling him not to has already turned out to be adversarial and dismissive in the first place.
I wasn't sure who that was at first either, & I knew Yelena was going to be in the Thunderbolts movie! (it's literally the only reason I have any interest in it) But, the costume doesn't have Tandy's classic "plunging dagger-shaped neckline" so that didn't occur to me. Anyway, not a fan of that outfit for Yelena. She should at least have her vest from the movie over it. "And you can put so much stuff in there! You wouldn't even know."...Natasha in black & Yelena in white vs Wilson Fisk (at first glance, I thought that was Tandy/Dagger from Cloak & Dagger)...
Forbes said:[Disney filings] show that over the two-year period from the incorporation of the company to September 30, 2022, it spent $274.8 million (£221.8 million) and banked a $55 million (£44.4 million) subsidy from the government of the United Kingdom where the movie was made. This brought its net spending down to $219.8 million meaning that the movie will have to gross at least $439.6 million at the box office to break even as studios get around half of theater takings. Passing this threshold might not be child's play.
Forbes said:Marvel's latest big screen production was February's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which grossed a measly $476.1 million despite introducing the villain at the heart of the super hero saga's next series of films.
The takings were barely enough to cover the pre-production and filming of the movie which came to $193.2 million as we revealed.
Forbes said:Movie budgets are usually kept a closely-guarded secret as studios tend to absorb the cost of individual pictures in their overall expenses and don't itemise how much they spent on each one. Movies made in the United Kingdom are an exception and The Marvels is one of them.
Studios are prepared to put up with greater levels of disclosure in the UK because they benefit from the government's Film Tax Relief scheme. This gives them a cash reimbursement of up to 25% of the money spent in the UK provided that it represents at least 10% of the film's total costs.
In order to demonstrate this to the government, studios set up separate companies to make each film and they have to file financial statements showing everything from staff numbers, salaries and costs, to the amount of the subsidy they receive.
The companies usually have code names so that they don’t raise attention when filing for permits to film on location. The Marvels was made by Disney's UK subsidiary Warbird Productions II UK in a nod to the former job of Larson's character.
I was thinking the same thing.That could have gotten very... awkward in The Dark Knight.