Look, it sucks. For all the degree to which I’ve maintained — since Iron Man! — that the MCU films are intended, and absorbed on my end, as entertaining Saturday-morning confections, it still bums me out to watch the whole thing fall apart in front of me, because I loved this thing. Part of my… Continue reading My beloved marvels
So, let’s get into it: what happened with Marvel? Let’s start with some obligatory table-setting: following Phase Three (and, specifically, Avengers: Endgame) would have been a monumental creative challenge for any studio, product line, or storyteller; take your pick for which one you consider Marvel Studios to be. One proposal which makes absolute sense in… Continue reading Phase Four
The fiasco, last fall, of making Captain America a literal nazi (reinforced last week via the “Secret Empire” storyline, where it does indeed turn out that Cap was a nazi all along) seems now like a canary in a particularly inhospitable coal mine.
Iron Fist isn’t just the worst thing in Marvel’s nearly-ten-year MCU arsenal; it’s indeed one of those rarest of pop cultural entities, an outright creative disaster. It can be used as a teaching case in universities for everything from film classes to project management: just because A was successful (and B, and C, and D… Continue reading Destroy All Monsters: IRON FIST Doesn’t Just Suck, It Sucks the Rest of the Marvel Television Universe Down With It