I have to admit: I don’t understand the relative lack of love for the Avengers flicks. AGE OF ULTRON wasn’t masterful cinema, by any means; but it was fun! The kids had a good time (they’ve been playing Lego games, so they know who everybody is), although they were a little confused as to where Spider-Man was. …So were we, my children. So were we.
And I gotta say: the way that they put hooks in for later movies was a clever move. Not perfect, but it got the job done – and it was ambitious. Well, do the prep work, reap the reward.
Why? Because I want to push back a little. I had a good time at Age of Ultron. Yeah, yeah, it’s not the best MCU movie, but watching the Avengers go around and group content their way through dungeons was fun. Everybody likes the individual-hero movies better, sure, but I’m down with the ensemble flicks, too.
That was a pretty rocking film. I don’t like to get too far into whether Movie A was better than Movie B and how they matched up in relation to Movie C, because that way lies madness. All I know is, I enjoyed myself very much at this one. It Did Not Suck*. Heck, the trailer for the new Fantastic Four flick even seemed better, just for being in close proximity to this movie. So… if you’ve been enjoying the MCU ride so far, you should be fine here.
Sure, I’d like to catch both. But I may not be able to. Even if I do: which one of the two are my readers really looking forward to more? For my part: Age of Ultron is looking to be another solid entry in the Marvel Universe, and Marvel’s been doing well on that front. But Fury Road looks like it’s just flat out nuts.
This got dropped a couple of days ago, but… it was a rather busy week, no?
It’s kind of annoying that other studios can’t simply admit that they’re better off voluntarily coming into the Marvel Studios fold on this one. Having the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four be able to at least show up… It’s money, people. Just lying there, in baskets. Get with the program…
The trailer wasn’t supposed to be released this week at all. Marvel had originally planned to release the trailer next Tuesday, in conjunction with a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a TV show with close ties to Marvel’s ever-expanding Avengers movie universe. After a low-resolution version of the trailer leaked, some copies were pulled at the request of Disney, which owns Marvel.
…within about two hours of the leaked version hitting the web, Marvel went ahead and posted the official version. So much for carefully stage-managed corporate PR, eh? But this is one of the reasons why Marvel is doing such great business these days. They’re not fighting the fans, not trying to control the crowd. The company is accepting the reality of the Internet—that a leak can’t really be contained—and giving fans what they want.