A lot of fans rightfully feel that their favorite superhero should have a shot at making it to the big screen. Therefore, they come up with arguments as to why a movie about superhero X could be the best one to date. But if you look at it, most if not all of these arguments are usually invalid.
The main arguments that are brought up concern either a character, a location, and/or a particular tragedy that happened to the superhero. Let’s take the time to consider a few examples. A lot of people wanted the helicarrier to be included in The Avengers movie (a noble wish in itself). But the way I see it, it didn’t matter if it was a static ground base or a naval base: it simply did not have a direct impact on the story: bottom line is Shield needed a place to operate. We also have the fact that some fans want to see Hank Pym slap his wife in the upcoming Ant-Man movie. In all seriousness, is it that important? Is Ant-Man’s story-arc portfolio so small that the filmmakers don’t have anything else to choose from? From what I know, it isn’t part of his origin story and it adds nothing.
Another editorial suggested that, in order for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be the best Spider-Man movie yet, it would need to have (among other things) Easter eggs. These little nods are simply a little extra put forth for the fans: they don’t shape the course of the story. If the movie doesn’t lead anywhere plot-wise, it’s pretty much a done deal: Easter eggs will not make it any better.
Now let’s take a look at the matter from another perspective.
The Avengers was acclaimed by fans and critics alike because it had great performances by the actors, amazing action scenes and the story was laid out perfectly (some say it folded before you like a comic book). The Dark Knight trilogy is now the first in the genre to be considered good because it also had top performances by the main actors and a deep and AMAZING story. The likes of X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man 2 are also in the conversation.
It really doesn’t matter if there is a love interest in the movie or if a reference is made. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: what makes a good superhero movie is a combination of three things done well: the Acting, the Action, and most importantly the Story.
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