Regarding Marvel, I’m an “outsider” to this comic book stuff since I’ve never read a single comic in my life. But I am quite a big movie buff. I watched Iron Man because of Robert Downey Jr, who was great in Chaplin. It wasn’t bad. I watched Thor because it was directed by Kenneth Branagh, the guy that used to do gayass stuff like Shakespeare and the Frankenstein remake with Robert De Niro. I didn’t like it. The Iron Man sequel had the guy from The Wrestler so I watched it, though without much enthusiasm. The MMA fight scene with Black Widow was pretty good.
Then I watched The Winter Soldier and I was blown away. I hadn’t even watched the first Captain America movie at that time. The Russo Brothers had taken the best of HK action flicks that I love so much, upgraded them and made a Hollywood blockbuster. Then they let James Gunn, the guy that used to make B grade schlock like Slither and Super and wrote the screenplay for the Dawn of the Dead remake make Guardians of the Galaxy. I became a big fan. Civil War by The Russo Brothers had mindboggling fight choreography and action direction. Doctor Strange was made by the guy that made The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a pretty underrated flick, and starred that British thespian from The Imitation Game and Sherlock whose name I can’t spell. Thor: Ragnarok was made by some unknown indie movie director from New Zealand and had one of the most stupendous action sequences in cinema that I’ve ever seen set to The fucking Immigrant Song. Infinity War was a perfect movie by The Russo Brothers. It should have swept the oscars.
Then they had to make that piece of shit that was Captain Marvel. Even the directors of Half Nelson couldn’t uplift that horrific pile of PC nonsense.
The thing about Marvel, and why I give them so much respect is they have had the balls to take chances and understand the need for real talent. They didn’t cast non-actors like Dolph Lundgren like previous movies did just because he was popular at the time, nor did they get shitty commercial directors for their movies. Even Black Panther, a movie that I think was ridiculously overrated, was made by the guy that made Creed.
I am, however, not very confident of the direction they are going with Captain Marvel and what the conclusion of Endgame seems to be leading to. I’m probably done with Marvel for the moment. If they’re going with the PC shit and it goes into their choice of cast and filmmakers, I’m out.