I liked the naturalistic way Spider-Man and the Lizard moved. They weren't people + powers, they felt like organisms with these intrinsic traits. Beyond that, though, I hated the film's look. I get the rationale of setting the action at night, that's when crimes are being committed, and that's when Peter's not in school, but even the day shots are muggy, and Spider-Man's costume is too washed out. I want bright, colorful Spider-Man movies.
Honestly, for the next reboot, I want a Scott Pilgrim inspired visual style. With comic book sound effects on screen, where we see Spider-Man's Spider sense, etc.
You might be right... But without Aldrich we don't get Trevor Slattery. And that's just no good.
To be fair, he did the comic book routine in between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Why do his villains have to be wrapped up with his dad? Just have him fight the rest of the cyber/genetic monstrosities that are out there, and it'd be fine. Piling more Daddy issues onto Peter's pathos doesn't make him more interesting, it just undermines his driving motivation; guilt. Not some BS vision quest about reconnecting with his father.
This could have been easily fixed. Just have the Lizard say "I can help you find your father." in the final battle, and have Peter say, "I had a father. His name was Ben Parker."
Bam. So what if it's too similar to a moment from the Raimi version? Stop worrying about what Sam the Man did.
But there are great examples of Iron Man villains who aren't like that, and are still interesting, memorable characters! Like comic book Whiplash- Oh, wait, he only became notable once he basically became the movie version. Well, uh... The Blizzard? And... Scarecrow, I guess? He's an Iron Man villain too, right? Not just for Ghost Rider? Um... I'm drawing blanks here.
... But Aldrich is still way better than the other two. I have a feeling most of Iron Man 3 was just Shane Black waving things the other movies did around and saying "See this? This is how you do it right!" including the "dark mirror of Tony" thing because most of the villains in his comics are pretty much "Tony Stark, if..." I mean, Crimson Dynamo (what if Iron Man was a Russian communist?), Justin Hammer (what if Tony genuinely had no moral compass), Iron Monger (what if Tony... Well, what if he was just a dick, basically), hell, eventually the Mandarin became a corporate rival too (what if Tony... Was Asian, I guess). Pretty much all his worthwhile villains are doubles for Tony, and Aldrich is really one of the less blatant versions of that.
Do me a personal favor and don't see Spider-Man 2. If it fails- And it looks like it will- Maybe, just maybe, Sony Pictures will die off and we won't have to deal with any more of those. It was god awful. It was like Transformers 2 all over again. I genuinely couldn't believe it... If you're wondering, yes, it was as butchered in the editing room as the first one. And the dialogue was genuinely like aliens mimicking human conversation they'd heard on TV.
I'm not trying to be mean, but the way they wrote Peter and Gwen really made it seem like neither Kurtzman nor Orci had ever spoken to a woman in their lives.
And yeah, DC is doing the wrong thing at every turn.
To be fair, have we really seen that many "dark Tony"s? Because any good foil is in some way a counterpoint to the hero. Obadiah isn't a direct matchup... And honestly, neither is Aldrich. There was no way Tony could turn out like him, because his modus operandi of anonymity and greed is routed in his history as a man without power, something Tony never faced.
And the first two X-Men were great... For when that was the best you could hope for. You didn't like First Class?
You don't think the goofiness plays? That's what makes it work for me! It's a 1980's action movie with armor tossed in! It's refreshing to see something that knows what it wants to be, and is completely unapologetic about it.
I even like Pepper in that movie... Which is rare.
Marvel is hit and miss... But they're fun and they're (usually) competent, which is unfortunately rare these days. I certainly think they're doing better than the competition. Spider-Man's been consistently mishandled since 2007, the X-Men movies are sort of like the Special Olympics of comic book films, and DC's been pushing a singular vision of their world and characters that nobody likes or wants, and hasn't worked anywhere since The Dark Knight. They don't understand that the reason Marvel works is because their audience comes first. The house style action comedy tone, Loki in the Avengers, Tony giving up his daddy issues... All based on the audience's wants and needs.
Yeah, you always knew Shane was gonna die first, because he was the least ripped.
The reason Aldrich works is because of the meta-textual political jab. Think about what the Mandarin is; like a said, a fear-mongering demonization of America's political enemies. In 1964? That'd be red China. So let's have a Fu Manchu style eastern mystic stereotype.
In 2013? Well, on the surface, you'd assume an Osama Bin Laden type terrorist mastermind, right? But once you get past that facade, you find the true enemy; a rich white dude who's got government officials in his pocket, and is propagating the war for profit.
And I do think Aldrich Killian is his best villain and, almost by default, the best Mandarin in anything besides the comics. I mean a carefully calculated identity meant to play on American fears and paranoia? How utterly not what the Mandarin was intended to be.
Oh, and Hiddleston's the man. Did you know he originally auditioned for Thor? That's video's online now, and it's hilarious to see him all bulked up and in a blonde wig, swinging a little plastic hammer. It's pretty much how I imagine Loki spends his alone time.
But Thor 2 did suck though. Well, for a Marvel movie. For my money it's worse than Iron Man 2, because IM2 is at least a lot of fun. Thor 2 just drags.