Month: January 2017

Logan-Final Trailer Breakdown

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Earlier today Fox put the new, and final Logan trailer according to them at least.  It should be the final trailer, seeing as we’re only less than two months away from the film’s release, but Fox hasn’t always been so subtle in their marketing attempts in the past.  Seems they’ve taken a lesson from other movies that sometimes less is more when it comes to hyping people up for a movie release.  As always I’m here to break it down and let you know what made this particular movie/comic geek geek out over.  But first, if you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer.

 

 

This is a really well done trailer, just like the last one, it shows us some action and some character moments without revealing too much of the reasons for things.  I liked the ‘Stranger Things‘ esque opening with Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keen) attempting to shoplift some much needed snacks and things at a gas station on the run, before the clerk stops her, and then she goes full on Berzerker rage and the claws come out, literally.

I also really geeked out over the X-Men comic book that she had on her person.  It’s made up to look like one of the older 60’s ones it seems from the cover, but it features Wolverine and the movieverse team in there, with the exception that they’re in their classic costumes, including Wolverine in the yellow spandex.   Now, whether we’ll see the suit in live action is a different story, as he says in the trailer that “that’s not how things really happened.”

Even more than what they show in the trailer, it’s what they don’t show that really excites me, the setup to the plot is mostly unknown, other than what they’ve told us.  I’m hoping that Mr. Sinister is in the movie after all, because how are you going to set up Sinister by dropping the Essex Corporation name in the post credits of X-Men:Apocalypse and not follow through with that.  (Nathanial Essex is the secret identity of Mr. Sinister, for those of you not as versed in comic book lore.)

I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie, and seeing where the X-franchise goes from here.  I know that The New Mutants film is still in the works, and of course Deadpool 2, but what happens to Wolverine after this movie is the mystery?  If it’s the last one, for Hugh Jackman at least, then this is the way to go.  I can’t even call it an Old Man Logan adaptation anymore, as the only connection is that Wolverine is older in this one, but the rest of the plot is totally different it seems.

What moments excited you in this trailer, and what’s your favorite of the X-Men movies?  Leave some comments and let’s get geeky with it.

The Problem with Marvel Comics

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In the past few years, since about 2012, Marvel Comics has tried relaunching several times, it’s comic book line.  Not a full reboot in the vein of DC’s 1986 Crisis On Infinite Earths, which rebooted the entire DC timeline, but in the sense that all the titles get new number 1 issues, new creative teams, gender/race swapping sometimes characters, and more, in an effort to shake things up, to get people interested in reading the Marvel comics again, as readership is down across the board.  In some cases it’s because of their “let’s shake things up” attitude towards change that turned some readers off to the comics, while still going in drove to see these characters at the movies and on Netflix.

I’ve already written about the problem with modern Marvel comics as a whole last year, in the lack of continuity aspect. Which, if you missed that, you can read it here:  https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/08/19/an-open-letter-to-marvel-about-the-state-of-the-marvel-universe/

And what I’m writing about now is a whole other issue, And this also falls into that lack of continuity issue, and that’s  this new culture of the star writer.  I hate criticizing anything about getting attention to writers, being one myself, but this is an age now in comic books where the author is prized above all, moreso than the character or the series itself.

It really seems to me that in this new way of doing things at Marvel, they’ll bring on a writer for a book, somewhere outside of the comic book writing realm if possible, somebody with some legit cred, a New York times best selling author,  some columnist somewhere, and they’ll be brought onboard to do a series, and they write the series as though they’re writing a semi long form graphic novel being broken up into monthly chunks, just that book.    If the character is a bigger one, such as Iron Man, Peter Parker Spider-Man or something then they’ll still be in their other books, but what’s going on in the writer’s book does not affect, is not even mentioned in the others, let alone any crossover type events which might be going on in the company, because the writer has their story planned out to a T, and that’s the only story they are telling.

When the story is over, so is the series, and they bring back a new number one issue 6 months later with a new creative team, etc.    This sort of storytelling works great in independent books,  but if you’re doing something for a major comic book company, you should have a little more respect for the character, the history, and the fans, then just writing a story that you wanted to tell.

The story, the characters, should always come first,  the character is bigger than the name attached to the character at the moment.  In the past creative teams left all the time, but the story still went on, because the character is bigger than the writer.  If I’m ever fortunate enough to work on anything as such I will remember that, it’s not about you, it’s not about what you want to say, what clever at the moment topical references you can throw into your book, it’s about what the story needs to say.

Case in point with all of this, I’m reading Civil War II right now,  on their Unlimited App,  so I’m 6 months behind on all the major stuff that’s come out since, but three issues into this thing, and it’s extremely disjointed, they’re still setting things up, no conflict yet, other than arguments.  By issue three of the first Civil War event, there were two decided teams, conflict, and action.  Here, we’re still establishing the reasons for the conflict, which should be pretty cut and dry.  One side wants to use this new kid’s power to prevent crime before it happens, (ala Minority Report) and the other disagrees saying that infringes on freedom (also like in Minority Report)   And in the other books, they’re still setting up this story as well, well the authors are fitting it into their story telling somewhat, for better or worse.   It’s a real mess of  a story when it really doesn’t have to be, is what I’m getting at here.

I hope that maybe one person can read this article, and hopefully they’re also frustrated like me, to what Marvel’s become.   They’ve lost their way, they need to remember that the characters, the stories, and the interconnectiveness of it is what made Marvel so popular back in the day when it was Stan and Jack in the bullpen.    That’s what made Marvel fun and it can be that way again.      All they need to do is remember that the story is bigger than the writer.