This week’s PCC is more of an opinion piece about what ‘cinematic universe’ means (or should mean), how to effectively make one and will cover the Ghostbusters announcement.
What Makes The World Go Round?
To do that, though, Marvel had to be confident enough to plant seeds for future payoffs in practically every movie. The first Iron Man introduced SHIELD as an organisation, along with Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, which then leaked into The Incredible Hulk with a cheeky cameo from Tony Stark himself. Hell, look at Iron Man 2, a third of that film is set up for The Avengers. And lest we not forget how badly shoehorned Hawkeye was into the first Thor movie. Then we finished on the first Captain America movie, which literally served the purpose of bringing the magical macguffin into the picture so we have everything we needed for our spectacular team up movie. I’m obviously glazing over a lot of quality filmmaking with that sweeping generalisation, but I’m trying to make is sound easier than it is. You also have to care about all of this.
Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good?
First of all, this generated a lot of negative feedback from narrow minded would-be feminist activist writers, and we won’t even explore how dumb they are. As I’ve said in other articles, the content is what I’m concerned with, not this whole ‘patriarchy in pop culture’ bullshit I see spouted everywhere. Here’s my very short radical thought on that whole debacle: Female team? Cool. Male team? Cool. I don’t fucking care. Just make a good movie.
I’m reminded of 300: Rise of an Empire. Leaving aside that it is an acting ‘masterclass’, as my PopScorn co-host Darren Gutteridge has said many times, Rise of an Empire is a movie that runs parallel to the original 300, where the most interesting thing about it is the fact that the events of the first 300 movie happens literally in the next canyon over, or on the other side of a lake. I would not call this the 300 Cinematic Universe, I would call it ‘The good 300 movie and the bad 300 movie’, as it more accurately describes them.
So, male and female separate teams are fine, but those are technically sequels. Again, a team up of the two teams (A team team up, if you will), fine, but still focusing on the same style of characters and the same brand of action. Bustin’ makes us feel good, yes, but when you say ‘cinematic universe’, what you really mean is ‘variations on the same style’. Marvel have tech wars, magic fights, period films and monster movies. There’s only so many contexts you can bust ghosts in. I’m half expecting gritty Pac-Man, Casper and Haunted Mansion reboots entering this universe at this rate.
Besides, for my next article about cinematic universes, I have a lot of research to do.