The early 2000s were a time of great experimentation in comic book movies. Sometimes those experiments paid off and spawned giant franchises. Other times they did well enough to get a sequel or two before fading away. And then there were the one-offs that, for what ever reason, never came back. Today we are considering a movie in the last category, one that never got a sequel (although there was a spinoff). And I happen to think we missed an opportunity to see another adventure from the Man Without Fear.
The first episode of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" dropped on Friday, rapidly becoming the streaming service's most watched premiere in its brief history. The pilot episode focused mostly on setting up what the two title characters have been up to since returning to the land of the living in time for the climactic battle in "Endgame". Life hasn't exactly been easy since we saw them at Tony's funeral.
I remember seeing a trailer for the 2015 incarnation of "Fantastic Four" and recognizing Kate Mara from "House of Cards" and Michael B. Jordan from all sorts of projects. I shared it excitedly with a friend and thought, "Wow, this is great. They are finally going to get the Fantastic Four right." Then I never really saw or heard anything about the movie again until I watched it this weekend. Needless to say, they didn't exactly get it right.
I have been thinking a lot about symbols. Many superheroes have them. Superman has his iconic "S", Iron Man has the Arc Reactor, Batman has... you know... bats. The symbol is a shorthand for the hero themselves. In "Batman Begins", Ra's Al Ghul elaborates on the importance of the symbol: "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely." That's the idea of the symbol - it is bigger than the person wearing it or wielding it. Emotions are attached to a symbol.
Picture this. It’s Saturday morning, 10am. You just had your favorite sugary cereal and that iconic theme music hits. Bomp Bomp Bomp… It’s time to go to battle with the Master of Magnetism using your amazing mutant power of… …rolling dice?