Weight of Crowds

If you come at me with a story about a guy who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and ends up developing some of the physical attributes of a spider, I can get on board. Well, as long as you’ve been careful to build a world I can believe in.

If you later build a world in which a WWII soldier was injected with a special serum that turned him into a super soldier, I can also totally get on board with that.

Sam Raimi’s launch of the original Spider-Man movie opened the door to the modern superhero film and my single favorite of the genre is the original Captain America movie. I’ve been less enthused with the reboots and sequels but those two, along with the original Iron Man movie, stand among my favorites.

I seem to be able to believe a world in which there is one genetic freak who stands against a rogues gallery of bizarre villains, but the moment you add just one more superhero to the mix, I start to lose the ability to suspend disbelief.

The Avengers movies, needless to say, are right out.

I watched the first one with little interest and couldn’t get past the first fifteen minutes of Ultron.

I also find every sequel less interesting than the movie before it. Captain America – The First Avenger, was awesome. I still watch it every now and then. Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man was equally good. There is emotional context in these movies that make them compelling.

But Winter Soldier left me cold and Spider-Man 3 I did’t even bother seeing. And what’s weird about this is that it’s at least partially something that I did when I was a kid. I loved origin stories. I loved limited runs. But the day-to-day, run-of-the mill issues where nothing of any consequence seemed to be accomplished except yet another weirdo went to jail just left me feeling kind of blah.

With that said, I’m still looking forward to GotG 2 and Ant Man 2 and Deadpool 2 simply because there’s still plenty of origin left in those stories and also because the people making them are a little bit off the Marvel reservation whereas the marquee properties like Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man and so on, seem to be telling the same story over and over.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to watch the trailer for Keanu until John Wick 2 comes out.


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