WTF WEDNESDAY: CAPTAIN MARVEL

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Welcome to the first What the F@#K? Wednesday!  Now, don’t get concerned with that title because these posts are not going to be filled with cursing (I steer away from that these days.) or ranting (I don’t care to argue with people unless I’m being paid to do so.) nor anything inflammatory (I’m not writing to get attention any way I can.)  This is just going to be a day I can write about different topics which will cause some of you to wonder WTF is Bookwraiths doing.

This week I’m going to be writing about the upcoming release of the next Marvel Comics movie, Captain Marvel, and why I won’t be going to see it in theaters.  Something which would have shocked me, horrified me even just a few years ago, because I grew up a Marvel Zombie and have seen every MCU not only in theaters but on opening weekends. Yet after all these years I’ve grown tired of the MCU and its direction.

The word “direction” probably will make most people assume I’m speaking about Brie Larson and the swirling controversy around her statements about white men and so forth, but I’m not.  Sure, I’ve read them, heard people talk about them, but they have nothing to do with my decision, because the only reason I go to see movies is if they look interesting, and Captain Marvel just doesn’t.

Let me just go point by point, attempting to explain a few reasons why this film has not captured my interest.

captain marvel 1980sOne, I grew up reading Marvel comics primarily in the late 1970s through the mid 1990s.  During those years there was another Captain Marvel; Monica Rambeau.  This woman carried the mantle for years, fighting alongside the Avengers and leading them at one point.  And, no, she wasn’t in any way connected to Mar-Vell of the Kree, but she was a very powerful character in her own right.  So this is my Captain Marvel, which means I’m not really interested in seeing her replaced by another  version.

gotg posterTwo, I don’t really like cosmic films in the MCU.  Sure, I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was due to the humor, group camaraderie, and the music.  All the aliens, spaceships, and cosmic stuff bored me to tears.  That is probably why I enjoyed Guardians Vol. 2 less than I did the first, since it focused so much on the cosmic aspects, and it is probably why when I heard Captain Marvel was going to be a “Cosmic Marvel” film I yawned.

ant-man-wasp-posterThree, I’ve grown bored with the formula for Marvel films in the last year or so.  Ant-man and the Wasp the latest example and probably my least favorite MCU film, rating below even The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange, because it was a damn carbon copy of every other MCU movie I’ve seen in the last ten years.  I say this to make clear I’m pretty much tired of the same old same old from Marvel, and from early reviews Captain Marvel is serving up the tried-and-true MCU kool-aid again.

captain marvel movieFour, this ret-conning of MCU history.  Sure, the writers might find a way to wedge Captain Marvel into the MCU timeline, explain where she has been, and why Nick Fury never felt a need to summon her during previous world cataclysmic events, but why go to all this trouble.  The MCU has been developed over a decade, seamlessly meshes together, and isn’t riddled with alternate timelines, mirror dimensions, and other strange idiosyncracies which will not work with generic moviegoers. This whole rewriting of MCU history is just annoying as crap.

nick furyFive, I’m tired of Nick Fury.  Listen, I’ve always liked this character, enjoyed his cameos, and I can understand why Marvel thought adding a young Nick in as a buddy cop angle might help this standard origin film.  Problem is I don’t care to know any more about Nick Fury.  Part of this guy’s gravitas and mystique has always been not knowing everything about him, so why Marvel wants to ruin that I don’t understand.

avengers endgame.jpgSix, I hate to say it, but I view Captain Marvel as the ex deus machina Marvel has pulled out of their proverbial butts to fix the delicate situation Avengers: Infinity War has put them in.  Honestly, we have half of the MCU along with half the universe obliterated with a snap of Thanos’ golden hand, and now this mess has to be fixed in some coherent way to allow the MCU to move forward in a bold new direction.  The problem being I’m afraid Cap Marvel is just being set up to be this overpowered demigod who fixes things, which will be boring.

90s musicSeven, I don’t like the soundtrack for this film at all.  I know, I know, the soundtrack isn’t even out yet, but I’m already dismissing it out of hand, but hear me out here.  The simple fact is I really don’t like 90s music.  Didn’t like it then, don’t like it now.  Honestly, I struggled during the 90s to find any bands I enjoyed listening to, and the ones I did follow back then I don’t really like much now.  So the idea of 90s music in the film horrifies me.

1990sEight, I’m not much for nostalgia.  Simply put, I lived through the last several decades and don’t feel a need to watch a documentary or film devoted to them.  So when I’ve noticed that Captain Marvel tries to play up the 90s nostalgia angle, it has turned me off, since I lived through the 90s.  Sure, I guess they were good in a lot of ways, but they were not perfect by any measure, so I really can’t see what Disney is selling here.

shazam posterNine, Captain Marvel‘s trailers have not been very exciting for me personally and have not compared very favorably with another superhero film soon to be released; that film being Shazam, the original Captain Marvel.  No, I haven’t gotten a special showing of the next DCEU film, but it looks extremely funny and lots of fun from the trailers; it’s light-hearted laughs a lot more appealing to me than the rather bland MCU Captain Marvel.

AquamanTen, Captain Marvel has a tough act to follow in the superhero department.  Many might believe I’m referring to Avengers: Infinity War or Ant-Man and the Wasp here, but I am actually speaking about James Wan’s  Aquaman.  This was not only a very good origin story, visually stunning, filled with loads of fighting and more than a few laughs, but it also had some solid performances by Jason Momoa (who made Aquaman cool somehow) and Patrick Wilson (who was a smooth, complex villain whom you hated but also understood).

Anyway, I’ll be eager to read what my friends all have to say about this film, and I do wonder if any of my concerns are felt by anyone else.  I’ll definitely watch Captain Marvel once it hits Netflix or my local Redbox, but I just am not excited enough about this story to shell out $50.00 -100.00 for me and my sons to take this in at a weekend matinee.

 

 

 

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9 Responses to WTF WEDNESDAY: CAPTAIN MARVEL

  1. That’s a great list. 3 is actually why I haven’t bothered with MCU movies in a few years. They all felt the same to me even if the cast and setting differed. With this one specifically, 4 is a big obstacle. Why wouldn’t you call in the strongest hero in the cosmos when a Norse god shows up with an army of aliens? Why didn’t she get mentioned at all in the first Guardians, especially since Ronin knew her? It just feels like a sloppy misstep from a franchise that he been very meticulous about connecting their movies.

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      And what is really perplexing is why they are to introducing Captain Marvel in this manner.
      I get they want her to be one of the fresh faces for the new MCU phase, but why not let Carol Danvers be a result of Infinity War or Endgame, get her before audiences and see the reaction before she has her own movie — like they did Spider-Man in Civil War. All this seems rushed, mystifying, and — like you mention — a huge misstep of their part. But then again, Disney has been known to milk the cow until it runs dry.

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      • Maybe it’s arrogance or hubris? Disney has been acting like they can do no wrong for a few years. This feels like a cocky move that expects all audiences to accept. They could also be worried that they’re losing all the originals and need a new face. They want it to be Captain Marvel.

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  2. H.P. says:

    These are all fair points (except the scurrilous charge against 90s music).

    MCU really seems to be moving hard in the cosmic direction.

    I’m not particularly excited about it, but then that has been the case for a bunch of MCU movies I wound up enjoying greatly.

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      There is always hope it will be a good movie — though the critics reviews don’t seem particularly glowing.

      As for 90s music, should I start with the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Ace of Bass, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Nickelback, or should I go straight for Hanson, Hootie and the Blowfish and Offspring? 🙂

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  3. C.T. Phipps says:

    I’m a huge fan of Carol Danvers (not necessarily Captain Marvel) but I’m iffy about the movie. Carol Danvers as a younger woman is iffy to me as she’s supposed to be a Colonel. I also feel like most of her miniseries haven’t been done very well. It’s like many of Wonder Woman’s non-Perez series. Just show her punching things and you’re fine.

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      I’m not terribly familiar with the current version of Carol Danvers. I vaguely recall her back in the day as Ms. Marvel, but she was very generic in those days. Honestly, this current MCU version seems fairly meh as well. At least, what I’ve seen in the trailers. But in all fairness, I think I’m getting tired of superhero films. Even Infinity War didn’t excite me like it did most.

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  4. Jordan says:

    For #1, I hear you. I’m a Hank Pym-Ant man fan (60s, pre-abuser bullshit), so the new movies were disappointing and frustrating, with Hank being there but not in the role he should have been in. With Scott Lang, they totally neutered Ant-Man as a driving superheroic force because Scott is neither genius, imaginative, nor ambitious. Pym was all three of those. He’s the everyman who’s out of the loop instead of being a BIGGER than life character. For that reason, I don’t like the MCU Ant-Man. People who loved the film think that shouldn’t matter, but it does.

    I’ve been ambivalent toward Captain Marvel and I *guess* I’ll go see it, but I’ve been worried about them starting her in the 90s (wut?) and her being that deus ex machine you mention. Where HAS she been? They need a watertight explanation for why she hasn’t interfered and it’d better involve a blood vow with a cosmic being forbidding her involvement with Earth or something lol.

    While watching the bad writing in Firefly, Star Wars Newquels, or MCU’s more recent changes, I get frustrated when I see popular media getting away with lazy writing that I labor over eliminating in my own writing. Come on, guys!

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