With Great Power Comes….Great Greed and Exploitation?

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DW Dalrymple

DW is a Proud West Virginian from the top of the middle finger, a former political hack/public servant and alleged rock-n-roll savant. Forever a student of the School of Life. You can find him on Twitter @BIG_DWD

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  1. Avatar Murali
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    One of the best things to have happened to Spiderman is the MCU. I liked Sam Raimi’s spiderman. I wasn’t really too hot on the sequels. And Disney/Marvel Studios has been very consistent in terms of their output.

    Hopefully there is some decent compromise to be made here.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    I feel like Indiana Jones. “This belongs in the public domain!”Report

  3. Avatar Merrie
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    Man, I LOVED those 70’s live action Disney movies! Have them all on DVD now.Report

  4. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    Some scattered observations:

    * Tobey McGuire was an excellent Peter Parker, but only a so-so Spiderman. In contrast, Andrew Garfield was a very good Spiderman, but a really terrible Peter Parker. Tom Holland is pretty good as both.

    * I rewatched The Incredible Hulk recently. Edward Norton is a great actor and does a great job. Liv Tyler does a great job. William Hurt does a great job. And the film doesn’t really work. When the Hulk isn’t on screen it plays like an indy film – a really good indy film – and lets us slowly discover the truth of its characters. But somehow that’s wrong for a comic book movie. When the Hulk is onscreen, he looks terrible, and that doesn’t help.

    * That teaser with JK Simmons reprising Jonah Jameson who now runs a web media operation is so wonderful. It feels like Marvel’s attempt to stake out a bargaining position with Sony, and there’s some contractual thing that keeps Sony from making a Spiderman movie with that premise.

    * Sony is actually terrible at making superhero movies, and even Spiderman movies. Tobey McGuire 3 was bad, and super expensive. It collapsed of its own weight. Whereas Feige and team managed something much bigger and weightier with Infinity War/Endgame and it hummed a long and stuck to its (admittedly big) budget. So I know where my hopes lie.

    * I too got comic books off a rack. For me it was at a drug store. They were 10 cents for the regular issues, and 25 cents for the big special issues that were teamups or anniversaries or something. Mostly I read DC those days. I often didn’t quite understand Marvel, as there was all this “grown up stuff” in them, and they’d argue with each other and stuff. Those were the days where there was not only Superman and Supergirl, there was a super dog (Krypto) and a super cat (Streaky) and even a super horse (Comet).Report

  5. Avatar Pinky
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    The guys at Red Letter Media hate Sony. The newer Terminator movies, the Ghostbusters reboot, Adam Sandler movies, The Emoji Movie…I get it that studios are looking to make money, I do, but come on…you can accidentally produce better art than that, and still make money.Report

  6. Avatar PD Shaw
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    “I bought my very first comic in July 1975: Captain America and The Falcon, Issue 187.”

    My first super-hero comic was Captain America and the Falcon, Issue 185. I’m not sure why I picked it up from the wall of superhero comics at the news stand, but I think the idea of the buddy-partners appealed to me, and the super-villain was the Red Skull who seemed to embody both the features of a horror-movie monster with the historical “realism” of an underground NAZI restoration movement with advanced weapons and tech. I also picked up through editorial notes in the story that referenced earlier comic books that the story acted as a totality, but there were layers to be attained from back-issues. So I started collecting back-issues . . .Report

  7. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Then Iron Man came along. Again, great choice by putting Robert Downey Jr in the role. Spot on. Of course there were some darker parts about Iron Man that were left out; mainly, his alcoholism and how he battled to overcome it.

    Isn’t that the subtext of casting Robert Downey, Jr?Report

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