I hate year-end lists.
In the very near future, all four superhero shows that will be airing on The CW as of this autumn – Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl – will have a four-way crossover event, as announced by the network’s president, Mark Pedowitz.
Congratulations, nerds, you have finally crossed the line from merely damaging the properties you claim to love to actively destroying them.
So, a few days ago, George R.R. of House Martin, First of His Name, etc. posted a review of Ant-Man on his Not a Blog. I think it goes without saying that GRRM is sensitive to the problem of spoilers and you won’t see any in his review if you want to look at it. I haven’t seen Ant-Man yet and I won’t for a while, because I can afford one film in the near future and that film is Inside Out, so I have no opinion on what GRRM says about Ant-Man, but I have a lot of opinions about superhero movie villains, and so does GRRM:
I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting).
Some thoughts follow.
I’ll declare my biases upfront: I am a huge fan of the original web series, Marble Hornets, of which this movie is a spinoff (more or less), and I used to contribute to the large body of online stories known collectively as the Slender Man Mythos through various fictional blogs. Mine are still online and still terrible, but you’re welcome to read them at your own peril.
I did my best to approach Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story as, separately, a standalone film and an extension of Marble Hornets and I’ll equally try my best to incorporate both perspectives into this review, which will probably average out at “yeah, pretty entertaining”.
If there was any way I was gonna come out of Avengers: Age of Ultron overawed and unreasonably enthusiastic, it was a midnight screening with a couple of hundred other nerds. How could I not be swept up in the collective experience of watching Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face off against one of their most iconic foes?
And yet, here we are.