Dec 19

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Marvel Rant 3

It was a Film Studio Merger in 3 parts:
First is the pure excitement of having Marvel’s first family become a part of the MCU. With them the Mutants ride in on a Blackbird Jet.
Second is a concern of too many stories. One could say that it won’t be easy to have cohesion between so many possible stories.
Third is the true terror of what monopolies do to an industry. Filmmakers around the world should be worried that one of the powerhouse studios has just been eaten alive by the mouse.
My first rant talked about how the characters were split among several companies (http://www.supraliminalfilms.com/archives/443). My second went on to celebrate Sony letting Marvel borrow Spiderman, but needing to get their own house into order between the films, ABC shows, and Netflix (http://www.supraliminalfilms.com/archives/911). Add on to that Hulu getting the Runaways and Freeform getting Cloak and Dagger, the MCU is nearly as divided as the studios ever were. This won’t be about Marvel’s divide, however. This time, there will be less ranting, just cautious optimism.
I certainly can’t take credit for the Fox/Disney merger happening, but I’ve been hoping for MCUnity for a while now. It’s an exciting time for Marvel movie fans. With Infinity War on the horizon, there’s no telling what’s in store for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. One giant universe with so many stories can be one of the most rewarding things for a fan of both the comics and films. There will be so many things thrown in to every story it might be hard to keep up.

That’s why this might be too much of a good thing. As I mentioned in Marvel Rant 1, Paul is of the opinion that the X-Men are best left to their own corner of the comic world. They have so many characters and story lines on their own that some of the more interesting points would get lost if you mix them in with the rest of the heroes. I believe adding in a touch of some of Xavier’s finest would be a great nod to the comics. It might be best if the existing X-Men universe, as convoluted as it may be, be left mostly on it’s own. Bringing in a couple characters using the Multi-verse brought up in Dr. Strange might be the best way of having a couple of characters pop in. One could argue that in a couple of years having a Secret Wars film might be the best way to have these characters come together for the first time, and something from that incident could bridge the existing worlds like the Bifrost. You can’t have your story be too rich in flavor and mythos because then story suffers. That may end up being a problem no matter what sadly.

Now that there is one fewer competitor in the Blockbuster film market, the remaining studios, namely the one with most of the toys, might find it easy to start relaxing. The issue with monopolies and oligopolies is that when there isn’t enough competition, the products can start to diminish in quality with no real repercussions. Rian Johnson, whose Star Wars film has just released, was able to secure the ability to create a new Star Wars trilogy with NO STORY PITCH! While I trust his directing and am quite hopeful for the future of Star Wars, Disney’s lack of due diligence for the film making process is worrisome. If this starts becoming a trend, several franchises, including Marvel, may be subject to half-baked ideas and shoot from the hip planning.
Every other Windows product was poorly received and lackluster. I don’t want the same thing to be said of any franchise that I’ve invested so much time and money into. So if somehow someone at Disney is reading this, please don’t screw this up.

Mostly excited Comic Book Movie Fan
Rather concerned Film Maker
Terrified individual who has studied Business and Marketing

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