So, I am guessing if you are reading my blog you are probably watching a little bit of Agents of SHIELD as well. Sure, you either agree or disagree with me about Loki secretly controlling every aspect of the MCU and the necessity of Face Heel and Heel Face turns in the world of super heroism, but there are something we likely can agree on. Like, who is Skye? Mary Sue Poots (yeah you always suspected she was a Mary Sue) as far as we know was born in...
Like any card carrying member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, I tend to wax joyfully about the MCU, part of that is because I am old enough to know what the MMMS is, which means that my Marvel Movies looked a lot like this growing up. But the thing was, we were just happy to have these films and T.V. Shows. We loved them. They were flawed, broke continuity and altered character origins dramatically, but they were ours, and they were all we had.
Captain America, like many of the Heroes in the Marvel Universe of late is undergoing a grand story shift. Robbed of his super soldier serum by the Iron Nail not only is he back to his old 98 pound weakling physique but the past 70 years have caught up with him as well. Now, in truth, the de-serumed Cap, and the old Cap have all been done before, and there is little doubt that in time Cap will return to his regular vim and vigor if not before, then at least soon after the handsome young hero is portrayed in Avengers 2.
Today I want to get a little fan-ficy and explore some concepts that struck me recently, but I hope you enjoy the journey along with me. As always there is the possibility that something I say could spoil something you haven’t yet read or seen yet, so read with caution.
When we talk about connections it’s important to remember that when looking at works inspired by other works there can be connections in other works that may or may not continue on into the current work.
We here at the Superconnectivity blog, often have a debate about which came first, the connection or the clue. When they drop a reference is the plan for that reference that is later revealed in place when the reference is made, or do they go back and tie something intended as meaningless to a grand reveal when the reveal comes to their minds.
Let me just open this week’s column up by saying, I am not a lawyer. So some of my speculation on rights and options for the Sony Corporation may be not just pure speculations but hogwash as well. That said, the internet is full of other nerds who are willing to put their dilettante’s understanding of law up against the wall to pontificate about their dream movies, so why should I be any different?
If there is one thing that defines the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this column it is connectivity. What differentiates these two artistic endeavors is that the MCU exists first and foremost to return on the investment of Disney. The MCU is a money printing machine of late, and one reason for this is its connectivity.
There is a test created by a cartoonist with such a snarky cut to the chase bit of cleverness as to become the basis for countless Annapolis level treatises on navel contemplation with regard to popular media. This Bechdel tests asks simply enough if two female characters in a film discuss anything other than their relationship to a male character.