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I am a huge fan of Godzilla, kaiju, the Muppets, and MST3k. I play World of Warcraft and Pokemon, I love dragons and crocodiles, and I collect all manner of kaiju stuff. I live in Oregon with my best friend and sister blackholegirl, and I like to pretend I'm an amateur cryptozoologist, among other things.
I also complain about fandoms a lot.
I’m watching Planet Hulk on Netflix and it’s pretty disappointing. Launching Hulk into space to get him away from Earth is barely a plan at all; they didn’t even beam a bunch of terrible movies onto his ship.
lots of people joke that they became Squidward when they grew up, but I didn’t
I became the food critic from Ratatouille, I’m grouchy and negative about the things I genuinely love because I wish they were better than they are and reached their full potential
at this point the only difference between the Marvel and DC fandoms is what throwaway line from their franchise they use when badmouthing each other.
So sulienapgwien has got me thinking about all the Marvel vs DC nonsense on Tumblr (not that it didn’t exist for years before Tumblr was even an idea, obviously) and it’s kind of weird.
Like, both companies have characters who are awesome and underused, and they both have characters who are overrated and boring. Both companies are slowly collapsing under the weight of their own canon, and try to stave it off via reboots and big event series, and they both have movies out that are making a ton of money. I don’t really have a dog in this particular fight but it always looks more like I favor Marvel because of things like Guardians, or Spider-Man, or other movies that feel more interesting and fun to me. DC is usually more serious and gritty, especially in their movie universes, and everyone knows I don’t like gritty under most circumstances. I like fun. Marvel is doing more obviously fun things right now, so they appeal to me more. But they could easily lose me if the movies don’t move beyond the Avengers lineup (none of whom I was interested in as a kid aside from Hulk, so I actually skipped every single movie and only watched Avengers). DC, meanwhile, has Dawn of Justice coming out which to me looks like it could fail because DC hasn’t done any work to build up the Justice League or even hint at the idea that it’s possible. They’ve worked hard not to let any of their films feel connected, or to really hint at a larger world than what we see in each film. They also made some really dark, grim, relentlessly drab Batman films that made me sad because there’s things like Batman Beyond and the original Batman: TAS that could be adapted and still be compelling while not being so goddamn bleak all the time. DC feels like it’s in a more precarious place with its films right now, but it’s really pushing its animation and straight-to-video stuff in the right direction, and based on everything I’ve heard about Agents of Shield compared to Arrow and the Flash series and the hints we’ve had at Gotham make it sound like DC is absolutely crushing the television market.
I don’t think either company is inherently better at anything, it’s just that Marvel is more immediately appealing to my sensibilities because it’s more light-hearted and comedic as a whole. I do think we need to stop pretending either company is doing anything to be inclusive of people of color of the LGBT community, though, because all either of them ever do is pander in very calculated ways and only when they know for sure it’s going to turn a profit. And we eat it up, every time. I’ll admit I’m psyched for the new Thor, and for Sam Wilson to be Captain America, but neither of those things change the fact that Marvel’s idea of representation for trans people is one of the fucking mole people, who live in sewers all the time. A “weird”, nonhuman character being their big canon trans woman is bullshit on the most profound of levels. And DC isn’t any better. They do have Wonder Woman, but they also have some ridiculously misogynist portrayals of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, basically every DC character who ISN’T Diana Prince. Look at how they’ve, um, updated Starfire since the Teen Titans cartoon.
DC and Marvel are doing cool things in some areas, and there’s nothing wrong with liking them or preferring one to the other. But buying into this “on your left” spam Marvel fans love or the “but we’re grown-up and realistic!” bullshit DC likes to promote by having their most cynical and abrasive powerless hero constantly outwit literally everyone in the universe with the power of poor writing, is exactly what they want from us. It’s falling for their marketing in the most obvious way.
Don’t we want both companies to be successful so movies can be more creative, and more fun, and hopefully have more representation? In a perfect world, wouldn’t Marvel and DC both be killing it consistently and making tons of money doing things that are unique and clever and entertaining? Why are we wasting so much time playing into a fake rivalry that I doubt anybody at DC or Marvel actually gives a shit about in the slightest?
"get this, you’re gonna love it, it’s something nobody has ever done before
there’s this celebrity who you can follow on facebook, right, but
they share a lot of memes”
Barry, can you put in a floating burger with eyes, smiling, gently floating right to left across the screen.
Thank you Barry
I refuse to watch that video. Oh god why.
I assume somewhere in the world, people exist who want to see an amazing, groundbreaking comedy titan cross over with a shitty ripoff of said comedic masterpiece. Somebody at Fox knows this is going to make them a huge pile of money and they’re not afraid to pander.