I've been busy or distracted or something, and the weeks continue to fly by so quickly - this is just a loose, MCU ramble…
It seems clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not the powerhouse it was just a few years ago.
I think if I were handed the keys for some reason, and allowed to decide where to go next, I would take the approach that
we used to see when a comic book series was handed off to a new creative team. I'd focus on the main character/characters, starting roughly where they left off (if we're in the middle of a storyline) and tell a tight, fairly simple, fairly small story. The stakes would not be Universe-ending, Galaxy-ending, and possibly not even World-ending. It wouldn't change the essence of the characters as they are. It would re-establish that essence, and the tone going forward.
Now granted, movies, and even series, are not comics. Movies feel they need big stakes - but even for movies, I think Marvel would be well served to get smaller, and character-focused.
And the MCU has an advantage - they can look back at decades of comics history and find the stories that resonated, and were popular. I'd choose strong stories over popularity, but popularity must not be ignored; this is pop entertainment - what works in the comics can work on screen. That's been proven already. And there are plenty of comic arcs that could be adapted to multiple movies, and have never been done in live action.
If it were me, I wouldn't reboot. I'd follow the comics. Smaller stakes, stories that are character-focused. We need strong writers and directors. The team that did the Daredevil show on Netflix made a great show - why are they not being brought in for the Daredevil continuation? I mean - the Daredevil show was just scrapped; maybe that team is heading into the office now. I'd love to see that show continue, without making it kid-friendly or “modern culture friendly” or whatever was going wrong with the reboot before they scrapped it last month.
By the way, the fact that they scrapped the Daredevil reboot to start over, and did the same with the new Blade movie that apparently wasn't working - that's a good sign! It seems like they want to get things right.
Wishing them well - they have amazing characters and stories at their disposal.
An MCU rant for the week.
See you next time!
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