The Problem With Marvel Movies

The Problem With Marvel Movies

There's only one really. But it's pretty big.
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Marvel movies for as long as I can remember have dominated pop culture. With the exception of the Christopher Nolan Batman films, I'd argue that no superhero movies have competed critically and commercially than the Marvel Studio films. Now before the DC fanboys come to my home with their digital pitchforks and torches and go "What about Batman versus Superman?" Batman versus Superman was definitely NOT critically acclaimed. Although, it did well in the box office, it slowly got beat by Deadpool (a Marvel movie sorta.)

But are the Marvel movies actually good? Sure, but are they box office record breaking good? I would argue no. Marvel movies, up until Civil War to an extent, were all pretty formulaic and with very little to no stakes. I mean, it's pretty sad that in Ant-Man (my second favorite Marvel movie by the way so don't label me a hater) the saddest part is when an ant dies. And that's only because it's named. Let me make it clear though, I am by no means a hater or one of those people who dislike stuff because it's cool or hip. Revenge of the Sith, a prequel Star Wars movie, is one of my favorite of the series. I enjoy Marvel movies. I read the comics. I am only writing this to address a problem I've seen with these movies. Let's go down the list.

The main reason to me are the villains. I remember being so excited for Age of Ultron. Critics and fans alike were labeling it the Empire Strikes Back of Marvel movies. I was at an all-time fanboy high, and was excited for a Marvel for the first time since Iron Man 3. Imagine my surprise when the only time the Avengers are at their most vulnerable in the movie is when Quiksilver, a poorly developed and hashed in character was killed. As Chris Farley would say, "La-De-Freakin-Da!" Then Ultron has his heart torn out, leaving him vulnerable. The Tin Man didn't have a heart and was fine, but Ultron? Nah, we don't need him. Also, the Mandarin was ruined in Iron Man 3, portrayed as a bumbling fool, while meanwhile he was a mystical lord who demanded respect. Marvel has a problem with villains. Let's look at all the main villains who aren't in Marvel movies anymore or have been used. Ultron- Dead. Loki- Who knows? Red Skull- Dead. WhipLash- Dead. Mandarin- Who cares. Abomination- Dead. Yellowjacket- Dead. Ronan- Dead. Zemo- Dead. Arnim Zola- MIA.

Most of these are extremely excellent and well written villains with bigger reasons to their havoc-wreaking than "take over the world" stuff or "blow up stuff." I mean how do you chump out the Red Skull? He's a red faced Nazi for crying out loud. That's awesomeness spelled with a capital AWESOMENESS. And when are we getting Thanos and the Skrulls? Are they gonna chump out the villains we've been waiting for since 2012? Don't get your hopes up for Infinity War folks, I'm sure Thanos won't win.

Just to prove my point, name one Marvel movie where the bad guys win. I spent all day today thinking and couldn't come up with a plausible one. Don't you feel suckered in? Marvel has us all by the wallets, You spend ten minutes during credits just to get a one minute scene to set up a movie where the bad guys will inevitably lose. And don't say the comics are like this because they're not.

Also, the superheroes, until Civil War, were not shown as vulnerable or with much responsibilities for their actions. That's why Civil War is the best Marvel movie yet. Without the damage, sure the world would've been destroyed. And I get it, movies need action and it's a superhero movie not Casablanca. Critics don't need to give superhero movies too hard a time except for Green Lantern and that Wolverine movie. They deserve it. But this is coming from a fan not a critic, and Marvel needs to switch the formula like they did with Civil War if they want to attract new fans. I get it they are fun, but let's not lower our standards. Signed, a Marvel fan.

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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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