Can you keep up with the MCU?
As I watched the Dr. Strange, I couldn’t help to think about the muggles of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how they thought about the movie. I thought about this when I was watching Moon Knight, a character I knew nothing about. And as I watched, I would grow more confused, especially when it came to Moon Kight’s powers. Was he super strong? Bullet proof? Could he fly? And the biggest one, could he use his powers during the sunlight. The creators of the show made some assumptions of the audience that left me a little bewildered, and I have kept up with the TV shows and movies, and I also read a lot of Marvel in the early ’80s.
Should Marvel take a step back and not have so much intertwining between properties?
A couple of years ago I watched Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. This was the movie that brought the car chase to the cinema and I was excited to watch it. However, the pacing was totally different than what I was used to. There is a 2 minute scene with no dialog where they receive a “fax” on the telecopier. Two minutes watching a machine spit out paper.
However, a director can make or break pacing. Sam Neill complains about the “slow-burn” of Jurassic Park, but I remember it as non-stop action from one moment to the next. And that’s the beauty of a good story and good direction. I knew Iron Man was going to be big when I realized I was watching a movie and not waiting for Iron Man to show up. Wall-E doesn’t have any real dialogue for the first 40 minutes, and it’s still an amazing piece of cinema.
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