Robin is a rookie cop named Robin John Blake with far less depth and skill than his comic book counterpart. Bucky is a late twenties soldier who doesn’t survive to the film’s climax. Roy Harper has roid rage and will probably never pick up a bow. You can’t go to a comic book news website without seeing an article questioning if Johnny Storm’s race matters, but Jimmy Olsen became Jenny Olsen in Man Of Steel without instilling controversy, applause, or any reaction at all. Rick Jones doesn’t exist in the Marvel films at all.
So after the various casting announcements for films like Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Superman vs Batman, I wanted to take a moment to express my own reactions while also trying to explain why most other peoples’ are wrong. Sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s necessary. Anecdotally speaking it seams like each one of these films received a relatively large amounts of disdain for their casting choices, except maybe Ant-Man. Even Ant-Man‘s announcement of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang didn’t get pleased reactions though, but it usually fell somewhere between “I don’t like this” and “I don’t like this, but it’s Marvel so I’ll wait and see.”
First things first. There’s a difference between volume and Volume. “Volume” is the entire run with the same title and becomes a new Volume when they start numbering issues at 1 again. Where as a “volume” is just the number on the binding of the collection that you bought at the store. Confusing, I know.
So I want to do a quick summation to start, that way you can decide to read it or not quick. That way if you do decide to read it, you can comeback and see if you agree with me about the spoiler-y bits. It’s only 16 issues by the way. And there’s a reason for that, which I’ll get to.
The story is absolutely fantastic (pun not intended). If you needed proof that Scott Lang’s Ant-Man is awesome, here it is. The character stuff is fantastic (now it was intended). The Fantastic Four is best when it’s about one of two things: family, or exploration. It’s either the superhero version of National Lampoon’s Vaction, or it’s the superhero version of Lewis and Clark. FF: Volume 2 tackles the family road (and nails it). I literally finished the last issue and then went to go give my dad a hug, which I’m sure he found really weird.
Also it’s written by Matt Fraction, so you can expect the same humor as his Hawkeye (or Hawk-Guy) series. Scott Lang plays that same as Barton, only less hopeless and trying to take care of a bunch of super kids.
But there’s one drawback…
This article is going to partially be a wish list for the Marvel movies I want to see soon. I’m going to try and do my best to do so rationally, as in choosing ones that actually stand a good to decent chance of being made. This is also partially a reaction to various websites that seam unhappy that some of their favorite characters are not being made while Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy are. Also, every Superhero movie until 2016 has been announced, so get over it and hope for the future.
The most, “Wa? HUH?” Hulk book is now a, “oh no” animated movie. Since I am a HUGE fan of the source material I was looking forward to seeing an adaptation of the trials of tribulations of our green friend on the planet Sakaar going from gladiator to war lord to king. That is the basic plot. To put it simply they took Hulk and wrote him into the best contemporary Conan the Barbarian story line. As DUMB as that sounds its awesome because its actually amazing. They took that silly premise and they told it very seriously which made it very exciting and good pulpy fun. That is Planet Hulk the COMIC, Planet Hulk the animated movie… is really disappointing.