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View Poll Results: Which of the Marvel hero's are your favorites?
Captain America 17 48.57%
Fantastic Four 4 11.43%
Hulk 4 11.43%
Iron Man 10 28.57%
Spider-Man 14 40.00%
Thor 13 37.14%
X-Men 8 22.86%
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:34 PM
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I recently saw Doctor Strange and I liked it.
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Back when the Doctor Who series was new, the scriptwriters considered an episode sufficiently suspenseful if the Doctor and three or four companions were in deadly peril. But as the TV seasons went by, and I mean well before the long hiatus and the resumption, they felt a need to up the ante. Eventually the writers were starting to think that an episode was yawning dull if it did not AT A MINIMUM threaten total destruction to a densely populated planet.

The universe of Marvel Comics movies has the same bigger-is-better syndrome, which leads to some contradiction regarding who or what is THE VERY WORST threat to the universe. "The dark energy of Svartalfheim is the supreme ultimate evil!" "No, Thanos is the supreme ultimate evil!" "You're both wrong, Dormammu is the supreme ultimate evil!"

Against this backdrop, the movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which I greatly enjoyed EVEN THOUGH Steve and Natasha DIDN'T get together as they should have, is undeservedly burdened with a sense of trivialness. Its plot "only" threatened our own single world with a dictatorship, ho hum. The Captain's victory over Hydra scarcely made any
difference, because it left Svartalfheim, Thanos and Dormammu as threatening as ever; and one of those evils would soon have shouldered Hydra aside as minor-leaguers if Hydra HAD succeeded.

I like stories with a "manageable" crisis, one that my emotions can take in. Each of my own Grey Eagle novels has an action climax with, like, thirty or forty persons in immediate peril. That's quite enough potential casualties to let the heroes be heroic saving them.

(I like it that, in an alternate, animated Marvel universe, Steve and Natasha DO get together.)
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(I like it that, in an alternate, animated Marvel universe, Steve and Natasha DO get together.)
You refer to "Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow"? That was a pretty good little film.

I agree with you about the BIGGER threats all of the time. Honestly, though, I felt that "Civil War"'s biggest failing was its villain. Zemo wasn't even as theatrical as Alexander Pierce, and definitely not up to the Red Skull's level of villainy. He had absolutely nothing to do with the comic book villain his name came from.

I've found myself preferring the X-Men films recently. They're staying more grounded, with smaller threats in comparison (not universe-ending, anyway).
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I suppose they figured that an impressive bad guy would have been wasted, when the real point was to make Iron Man fight Captain America.
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