If you haven’t seen the new Spider-Man movie and want to avoid spoilers, then I’d recommend not going any further, as I’m going to be talking about the ending as a part of this article. But please come back afterwards.
This is an entry in an ongoing series in which I go back and relive the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning. I’m doing this after realising I have only seen most of these movies a single time since release. Click this link to go back and see the archive of the articles in the series so far.
I had been pretty critical of the first Thor when I rewatched it for this series. The dark fantasy aspects of the movie, while unique, stunk of a B-movie bomb just waiting to happen, it ended up getting dragged along with the wave of excitement for a honest to god Thor movie being made. Regardless of how it stands up to scrutiny years later. Despite the star studded cast and massive budget thrown at the movie. The early interpretation of Thor left a lot to be desired.
A sentiment I’ve many film buffs lamenting these past few years is the current trend of mainstream movie veering away from from tackling difficult or challenging subject matter. We live in a franchise driven industry right now, one where everything needs to have as broad an appeal as possible.
Disney is more guilty of this than anyone, culling their own Marvel Cinematic Universe for the sake of of having it slot into a much neater, and more easily marketable form. The cancelation of Netflix’s Marvel series being the first victim of this.