There have been plenty of articles in favour of the newest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can't go online at the minute without tripping over a few dozen and then proceeding to fall head first into a spoiler trap. There have also been several scathing pieces about comic book film fatigue, James Cameron even stuck the boot in recently (but Avatar was actual toilet in my opinion). This piece is neither the former or the latter and I only put it together to better understand what I've got going on in my mind because for the first time ever, I have no desire to go to the cinema to see this. Don't worry, no spoilers whatsoever ahead.
I'm more invested than most, I have a comic book collection that's pretty impressive and one that one day might net me some decent pocket money in my twilight years (if I can bare to part with them). I've seen most of the films as they have came out, missing only Ant Man and Black Panther if memory serves me right. That being said, after ten years of build up I'm kind of out of hype, my comic book tank is running on empty. That's not to say this film doesn't look epic, because of course it does. That's not to say I didn't LOVE Thor Ragnarok when it came out, because it's one of my favourite films and Spider-Man Homecoming was a cinematic version of the Spider-Man I'd always wanted to see. I'm just not sure what's changed.
Saying they come out too often isn't really fair as if they came out every five years I'd be bummed out at the wait and I don't think too much of a good thing being bad is really true either. I'm not big on going to the cinema if I'm being honest, I get a bit of anxiety, especially closer to premiers, but if it's a film I really want to see, like Bladerunner 2049 or The Last Jedi, I'll go opening night. I've intentionally avoided spoilers by dodging all the trailers for Infinity War but just this second looked up a blow by blow of who dies to justify to myself that I can wait until it comes onto streaming.
I don't often agree with James Cameron, but I am ready to see more emphasis on original screenplays with more commitment from Hollywood in the form of budgets going to films that don't feature an already established franchise and an iconic uniform. Don't for one second think I'm begrudging people enjoying this type of film as I'm the type of person that does usually. I just think I'm too used to seeing perfectly crafted comic book characters surrounded by CG assets with deep pockets nothing else can compete with. I want to cheer on the little guy, the indie break out hit hiding behind the cape but who is just as worthy of the lime light. I can't suspend disbelief like I once could and I worry films like this sell a little of their sole to appeal to the widest audience which is a completely unfair thing for me to say or think.
I'm basing this on absolutely nothing of course, I'm just trying to understand what my deal is with this and why I can't just say, "fuck it, explosions, feels and Iron Man please!". Do you share any of my concerns or am I bat shit crazy? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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