Toby Maguire has decided to do Spiderman 4 and 5. I must say that Spiderman 1 and 2 were excellent. Something happened to 3 though. It became soap operay at the same time that it feature 3 (too many) villains. 3 also happened to be the funniest of the bunch but comedy isn’t exactly what we’re looking for in Spiderman right? And having a 4 and 5 is beyond a trilogy. Movie series are going to far now. How many other movies in the past years have done a #4 or 5 or beyond? (Rocky, Indiana Jones, Die Hard, and Rambo to name a few) There are more more on there way as Spiderman shows. What do you think of this phenomenon of going beyond a trilogy? Is it that we want to keep seeing these characters in action again and again or is it something else?
So now the UN has paired up with Marvel, yes Marvel the comic book company Marvel, on comic to show Spiderman fighting alongside UN peace keepers and aid workers. So what is this supposed to accomplish? That the UN peace keepers and aid workers are heroes too. A lot of people seem negative about this calling it desperate in the case of John Bolton, former US envoy to UN, and maybe it is but it sounds like good propaganda to me. Show the kids that the UN is cool and heroic and that they could possibly one day do these jobs is the goal. The kids that were asked in the article seemed upbeat about it except for the one little boy who claimed he didn’t believe in any superheroes and so didn’t like them. The artists seem upbeat too because a lot of them are willing to work on this without pay.
So how much influence does Spidey have? We’ll have to wait for 2009 for the comic to come out.
This summer so many hero or superpower movies with a heavy emphasis on comics are coming out its ridiculous. What exactly does this say about our society? Are we in a desperate search for a hero and why? Unfortunately I can’t answer these questions I can only list the upcoming films and give a suggestion. Maybe we feel that the world is coming apart around us and we have no control over it.
Iron Man Not as popular as Spiderman or Batman. Let’s see how he does.
Indiana Jones Number 4 in the series. It has the Soviet Union (Thank goodness no Nazis) and Shia LeBouf (Hope he’s better than in Transformers)
Incredible Hulk Yet another Hulk movie I hope it’s better than the last one.
Wanted A young man is trained to be an assassin with super powers after his father his killed. His life was mundane until he meets Fox aka Angelina Jolie. The special effects and stunts look awesome for this one. This movie has a nemesis that already came out Jumper. It’s basically Samuel L Jackson versus Morgan Freeman. Look at their hair.
Rambo How Old are you Sylvester Stallone?
Hellboy 2 I liked the first Hellboy, but I didn’t know that it had done well enough to make a second film.
Hancock Will Smith as a super hero need I say more?
The Dark Knight I’m expecting this to be good. Heath Ledger was apparently so scary as the joker in one scene that Michael Caine forgot his lines.
There’s also movie called Hero Wanted. Kung Fu Panda and Prince Caspian have heroes as well.
Did they do the spoof too early? I’m sure this movie season will be spoof worthy as well. Think there’ll be a superhero movie 2? Or is that asking too much of these serialistic spoofs.
I had always disliked Superman for varied reasons, mostly because l hated the simplistic good vs. evil framework and Superman’s omnipotent alien powers (t did not hurt that I liked Batman and Spiderman better, as well). At last, I had found something that articulates my thoughts here. An excerpt
“It almost goes without saying, but if your hero cannot possibly be killed in any instance which does not somehow involve an incredibly rare space-rock, then you’ve got one boring-ass hero. It’s sort of like watching Neo fight all the agent Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded: we know our hero can’t possibly die, and he doesn’t act like he’s in any danger whatsoever, so the entire fight is a foregone conclusion and the audience becomes bored out of their skulls.
I mean, yeah – we obviously go into most superhero stories more or less positive that the hero won’t die, but they still entertain us because the hero doesn’t know that. Spidey is always scared, even if only a little, that one of the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs will be the end of him; Daredevil is fully aware that a well-placed projectile from Bullseye could kill him. As a result, these characters act with restraint and forethought; since Superman knows nothing bad can happen to him no matter what, he acts with no such subtlety. He flies headlong into every conflict, fists thrust forward, because he knows he’s in no immediate danger. Thus, we know he’s in no immediate danger, and we get bored out of our fucking skulls.”
Again, the article is here via Sullivan.
I’m not a Hannah Montana fan, but I think I get the lure of the show. Look at all those crazy preteen girls going crazy over her. There has to be a reason right? I wondered about this while shopping in Wal-mart one day. There were tons of her products everywhere and her face was on the box of the frost mini-wheat cereal box that I bought. What brought this girl, Miley Cyrus to stardom?
That answer lies in this. If you could be famous without the hassle of the paparazzi wouldn’t you want to be? And to do that you would need an alter ego that the world would know while you were able to hide your true self. On the show Hannah Montana, she is able to keep her identity hidden, but to do so often leads to funny situations.
This theme occurs very often in manga, anime, and comics but to see this in live action must be very exciting to the young crowd. Secret identities are exciting and can be funny. They appear in various mangas and comics. Look at Superman, Batman, and Spider man. A superhero needs a secret identity. For manga/manwha, look at Karin (Chibi Vampire), My Girl, Charisma Doll, Claymore, Gokusen, and the list goes on.
People want a hidden identity that is exciting and special, something they know only they can do or something that can allow them to protect themselves when necessary. I suppose its why I like writing on this blog as well. I can say what I want without people knowing who I am.
Miley as Hannah Montana.
Miley as herself?
Yes that’s right folks, the most upsetting breakup since Barbie and Ken, Spidey and MJ are no longer together. It was announced this week that Peter Parker would be entering the single life in order to make the comics more exciting. But honestly, do we really care about Spidey’s love life while he’s supposed to be battling villains. Although, now that I think about it, I wouldn’t mind seeing Spider-man put a profile on Match.com. Maybe the Hobgloblin will use it to lure him into some type of trap with a fake profile: Hob hottie seeking a quick-witted man who can shoot spider webs from his wrist. Now that’s a comic I’d like to read!
We should also take this time to have a moment of silence to remember the relationship of another heroe’s failed marriage. Eddie Murphy. While Spidey and MJ were married for 21 years, Mr. Beverly Hills Cop was married for 21 hours. (sniff, sniff…it hurts doesn’t it?)
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were invincible suits that if you put it on you were stronger, faster, or invisible? Some suits like this exist, but of course they are not going to make you invincible.
For starters there is the spiderman suit that gives the ability to scale walls. Then there’s HALthat gives the potential of lifting ten times the amount someone can usually carry. An invisiblity suit is also in the works. Once the kinks get worked out of these suits we could be seeing real superheroes.
And the military seems set on making soldiers wear gear straight out of science fiction. Are you aware that the army has lasers? We could be in for some crazy warfare in the future
Or we could possible just see power ranger wannabes that actually have powers.