Marvel Studios’ upcoming vampire movie Blade has taken a big step forward with the hiring of a director. The filmmaker that has been hired for the job is Bassam Tariq, who best known for directing the Riz Ahmed film Mogul Mowgli.
I’ve looked up the film, and it’s a 2020 drama that critics loved and nobody saw. Marvel Studios loves finding directors like that, frankly. All you have to do is give ’em creative control and a ton of money, and they’ll make you some blockbusters… okay, now that I’ve written that out it actually sounds like a pretty good deal for everybody involved. I mean, there are worse things out there for one’s future career prospects than having people go Oh, you did SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING? That was a good flick.
I liked it. Probably my favorite of the Disney+ shows so far, and I enjoyed them all. I was particularly impressed that they managed to surprise me with the ending: they did the one thing I honestly didn’t expect. Well done, folks.
PS: I’m not going to say what it was, obviously. Spoilers, and all that.
It’s an interesting question. I saw DOCTOR STRANGE in 3D, because obviously that was gonna be messed up in an entertaining way. But do I really want to see BLACK WIDOW in 3D, or am I just pleased to have the option again? Must ponder this.
Then again, I like the Disney+ MCU shows generally. LOKI in particular is the sort of thing that can only be made when a studio has more money than God and is amusing itself by having Tom Hiddleston sing in Norwegian. Which he does a pretty good job at, mind you.
I know, I know. But the family wants the channel and we’re paying for it, so I might as well enjoy the stuff I like.
It’s good, although some people online were a little surprised by the aesthetic. The aesthetic is VERY 1970s pre-digital bureaucratic, with analog everywhere. Personally, I liked it a lot — but I also associate said aesthetic with things like CONTROL or the SCP Foundation, which means I’m expecting LOKI to dive into cosmic horror pretty quick. Guess we’ll see if I’m right!
…but I’m gonna say that the actual answer is MONEY. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that! MONEY’s what makes the world go round, after all. The Mouse has deep pockets, Ms. Clarke. Hold out for all that the traffic will bear.
There are any number of questions one might ask about how they’re planning to integrate THE ETERNALS into the MCU, but I don’t care because Jack Kirby. That’s their aesthetic, going forward. It’s gonna be a lot of Kirby.