So, I think by the quasi misleading picture that has nothing to do with Marvel and say that for once Shirou is right. People die if they are killed. Now, why am I admitting he is correct, and just because he is correct doesn’t mean he is right. Well it is simple. If anyone read the discussion from last week with Agents of Shield deals with Coulson living. So, before I go on, this will contain spoilers for Age of Ultron.
Again this will contain Age of Ultron spoilers.
So, with that said and the main focus at some point will be people dying, well, let us get started for real.
Alright, I am going to talk at least about my thoughts on this film universe as a whole before bleeding into other things.
Marvel Fan boy, obviously I am going to say I like it. I did not really know much about comics when Hulk and Iron Man came out in 2007. Although I read Runaways, which ironically is inspired by manga concepts, I really did not start reading and paying attention to concepts in comics until 2010, when Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes came out which made me get Marvel Masterworks Avengers volume 1. Which although is a cartoon, it can definitely be a show that older fans can watch and be entertained. That Masterwork contained the original 10 comics of the Avengers from the 1960s. Getting those really got me into comics, since I got about 21 different volumes of those, at least as far as I can tell with my poor eyesight from my bed looking at them across the room.
Anyway, although it would not be me without tangents, time to get back on focus. So, with this in mind I really do like the series of films. Now for those that do not know. Spiderman films have not existed in the Cinematic universe, until the next one in 2017 now that Sony and Marvel are working together. X-Men and Fantastic Four are owned by Fox and do not have any plans of working together anytime soon. The reason there has not been another Hulk solo film is on one hand he does not make a good solo film, and Universal still owns the rights to Hulk solo films and does not really want to make more.
So, with that basic idea known, time to focus on the ones that are just in the Cinematic to date. I really like the approach. I think that is simple enough. At the same time each gives off their own feeling and does not necessarily need to feel like a superhero film. Captain America works great as an espionage film, Guardians of the Galaxy worked great as a space opera, and in all honesty it sort of felt like it could have been just another sci-fi film, since it was so far away from really any sign of the Cinematic Universe with the exception of Thanos and the Infinity stones. Ant Man will probably feel between mixes of espionage sci-fi and heist movie. Personally I cannot wait.
Alright, so time to focus on the big problem in this film series. There are two to be exact. The first being it is expanding way to fast. For example Agents of Shield, as I mentioned last week and Captain America Winter Soldier cannot be watched without spoiling the other. There are things like this and in some cases it feels like you need to watch all the solo films to get to know who the characters really are, since Josh Whedon did not do the greatest with Cap in Age of Ultron since most of his lines were a single line before someone else talked.
Anyway, back to what the images above dictate and as I said this will contain spoilers. No one dies really. The amount of people who either faked their death, or thought to be killed, or where brought back, are more than the people that actually died.
Loki is either thought to of died or fakes his death a total of three times in his three appearances. Nick Fury faked his death and Coulson was brought back from the dead. Several other characters that were thought to be dead were not. Iron man was thought to of died twice. Bucky, and I don’t think I need to say much more about that. Anyway, and last chance for spoilers. But Petro aka Quicksilver although he was never referred to that in Age of Ultron was killed. So I will not be surprised if he is brought back.
Time for the people that died and stayed dead, all three Iron man villains, that is it. Red Skull more than likely did not die since he probably was taken by the Cosmic Cube, which has been known to create things, into some other dimension.
Anyway, the fact that anyone that dies is brought back or fakes their death kind of makes it feel like death is pointless in these movies. If, and if Petro really is dead permanently, well I think they nailed it well. At the same time with how everyone was either faking or brought back well, it will take another death before death has meaning in this movie universe, which is a main problem that I see with it.
That is all I really have to say. At least for now. I am sure that after Ant Man has been out for a while I will post my thoughts on that, and maybe talk about Daredevil soon as well at some point.
I am going to end it on the note that Marvel is awesome, and the Fate Stay Night character obviously does not belong to them and is there to prove a point and provide a bumper for spoiler warning.
I was thinking of Making the Secret Wars mini series a episodic review for each issue, but I think I will do a discussion post for two or three of them at a time.
As always if you have any suggestions feel free to make them, really looking for more comic related ones for things to do here.