Thor Ragnarok is doomed

Been suggested I say no more about the personal stuff, sounds like a good idea. So sitting in a tropical airport with insanely heavy rain pounding on the tin roof, I turn my mind to Thor, the least popular of the Marvel movie series.

What are they thinking?

Firstly, the casting of blacks as Asgardians is culturally offensive and pure SJW PC bullshit. It was bad enough when Heimdall (epithet: The White God) was turned negroid. And given to such an arrogant talentless token into the bargain. Now the sexiest blonde in the Marvel universe has been given the mulatto treatment, much as Sue Storm has been in the past.

And to make sure the kiss of death is delivered – medium talent maximum activist Mark Ruffalo is involved, guaranteeing at least some backlash and boycott.

 

But then undercutting the most male and over the top characters is the agenda here. No accident.

 

Captain America: Civil War – The Amazing Spider-Man’s Strength

As described by Tony Stark when talking to Peter Parker, and based on catching the car using webbing as a modifier to his roll, Spider-Man in the MCU has Amazing Strength. Smile.

 

The traditional MSHRPG Spidey would have Amazing AGILITY. MCU version seems to have both.

#CaptainAmerica #CivilWar review (no spoilers)

As with Guardians of the Galaxy Civil War has a lot of story, a lot of character moments and character development, a good stand alone story and some scene stealing breakout characters.

It’s not a spoiler any more that Spider-Man is in this film but more impressive is the centrepiece fight involving Ant-Man… And the knockout gorgeous version of Aunt May!

This movie has quite a lot of cerebral moments in between story driven explosions and battles, and the denouement is as powerful and has as much heart as Guardians.

This is Avengers 2.5 as much as it is Captain America 3 and is a fantastic cinema experience.

#Foresee Alpha: “I want to play Spider-Man”.

Several families are starting to run Foresee Alpha for the kids, either as a weekend thing or some week nights using miniatures (toys not wargaming) to help play.

It’s come up several times and the ‘veteran’ parents running a game handle it no problems- a Spider-Man (or Wolverine or Iron Man) type character is easily do-able in Foresee as it is in the original game that inspired it.

However one new-to-GMing parent ran into difficulties by getting hung up on the SETTING rather than the character.

Use the Saturday Morning Cartoon test: contemporaneous with the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was a Spider-Man cartoon. Neither of them were setting dependent since the situations are classic slapstick, nonlethal combat and mysteries, nothing whatsoever to do with what the villains say in the shows, which is all over the top and murderous. Playground level violence.

So in that context, it doesn’t matter that a Spider-Man type character isn’t in New York and that his Entanglement and Wall-Crawling will be used against a dragon or a horde of orcs. What matters is letting a child use his or her imagination, which these days includes teaching them how to, considering most schools are now marxist conformity factories.

Model the character – give it the appropriate powers – Wall-Crawling, Combat Awareness, Entanglement (webbing). Give it some extra Brawn and Coordination (but not too much, always leave room for improvement).

Help the child see that being bitten by a “magical” spider is equivalent to the pseudo-scientific origin from the original Marvel comics.

Include the character directly in play quickly- don’t get hung up on background. Children love telling their own stories anyway and there will undoubtedly be some kind of fan movie running in the child’s head already!

Get to a simple combat situation quickly. Make sure the enemy is tough enough to go a few rounds with ALL the characters being played so everyone gets a chance to think about what they want to do.

And Spider-Man is stalking a fantasy roleplaying world! (again).

If a scientist does it in a comic, rest assured there’s a wizard out there who can and would do the same. Likewise inheriting magical armor, a magical indestructible shield (whether you’re a cavalier or the living symbol of Liberty), and so on.

With such a small change, a lot of existing superheroes and villains work extremely well in a fantasy setting.

I am not urging people to rip off existing characters, but it is a fact that a lot of children will begin wanting to play a known character that they love. So let them. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

BW3 by ~Fygomatic- Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow

BW3 by ~Fygomatic

Fantastic 3D art – Renderosity et al responsible but the artist is a master. ๐Ÿ™‚
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow is a very smart move by Disney, and since Johansson relies on her pneumatic charms it isn’t a guilty pleasure to see her do her best to emulate the virtually impossible physique of the contemporary comicbook version of the character.

But check out the DeviantArt pages for the Artist. His kung fu is the best.

The Disney Masterplan for #MarvelComics

http://zak-site.com/Great-American-Novel/index.html

Chris’ amazing Fantastic Four site really provides a fantastically detailed exposition, so do dip in there.

Basically Chris predicted, accurately, the meltdown occurring in Marvel comics. Not just the broad outcome but he actually somehow through some arcane interplay of his superpowers predicted some specifics- and he has more to predict still to come.

Marvel has not been a comicbook company since 1968. The paradigm shift from comicbook company to brand management company occurred in four major stages:

1968: selling out in the hopes of going mass media- no more real time, no more firm continuity- the continuity was the last to go

1975-1976: bankruptcy staved off solely by licensing Star Wars and riding the wave of its popularity 1977-1980

1989: comicbook superheroes decline in popularity. This leads to the speculator boom in the 1990s where not the content of the books but inane collectible gimcrack gimmickry creates a classic bubble – which bursts

1999-2001: hacks take over the asylum.

As of the Disney takeover, “Marvel” was a brand management company with bad management and brands that were perfect in their 1960s incarnations, and poisonous as monthly marketables. It was obvious that from a corporate point of view Disney would “hollow out” “Marvel” – since it is only the marketable brands and trademarked character that have any value, together with the first 20 years or so of stories which contain 99.9% of the original content. Also attractive was that after 40 years of savage exploitation and court sanctioned trademark theft, a pantheon of the top selling images (what were once comicbook characters) needed to be detached from the insular inbred hacks incestuously churning the chumbucket.

There was no reason for Disney to go to war by destroying its storyboard factory; but neither was there any reason to allow the comicbooks to have any input into the key money maker – the movies.

Thus, the comicbooks turn themselves inside out to create versions of the movie universe. With no meaningful readership left other than the long derided 40,000 or so OCD sufferers, the comics are now irrelevant. In terms of simple company management, you don’t let a loss leader that breaks even at best mess with a multi billion dollar cinema setup.

So between now an 2025 or so, probably a lot quicker once the scalpels stab into the corpulent flesh of “marvel comics”, the “comicbook company” (brand management company) will be normalised with respect to all other brands. There’s a mickey / minnie / whatever department, there’s various animation departments, there’s the disney comicbook department – “marvel” will end up sliced into pieces to fit in with that.

Current consumer-paid marketing research is in the form of Disney Infinity 2.0 and the movies. The movies are mainstream and huge earners. Infinity 2.0 allows detailed up to the second data to flood in on who and what are the most popular characters. Based purely on sales, there was always going to be a Guardians cartoon once the film made book. Likewise various Avengers related properties which currently seem … invincible… may well be shaken up since the rule is to try and halve the budget for each sequel to keep profits high. Anyone bucking that trend risks shitting the money bed and Disney management won’t tolerate that.

Several takeaways from the Disney controlled Marvel Movie Universe:

1. everything the fat fools who ran the comics into the ground, such as Bendis’ hatred of superheroes*, and all the rest- has been soundly rejected by Disney.

(a) continuity is king in the movies. They understand Stan Lee’s cunning plan- continuity makes for completist fans. If it’s all happening in the same universe- it all “matters” and therefore you MUST buy it to get the entire story.

(b) aberrant SJWankery has no place in mainstream entertainment. Disney PC kowtowing is entirely money motivated- why alienate any audience segment? but that isn’t going to translate to big screen cringe inducing vomit such as currently clogs too many comics.

(c) authorship is secondary to corporatism. proven performers get the top jobs in the movie making business for Disney and anyone breaking in needs to perform first time out.

(d) preaching comes secondary to great storytelling. Disney well understood this for decades, origina Marvel did too. The current hacks- not so much.

Ant Man is testing the waters for more character driven film within the new Marvel Universe.

Disney will basically retain some fake version of the “Marvel Comics” “offices” because for the moment it needs to pander to the illusion of independent comicbook makers. In fact, no one attached to Marvel is an “indie” in any sense, and Marvel has not existed for years now. All the masturbation to the contrary, Disney signs the cheques. Which means Disney calls the shot. The many recent aberrant 1990s style changes in the comics proves they DON’T matter.

Marvel Secret Wars aka the Marvel version of Crisis on Infinite Earths is just a face saving way for the Marvel hacks to carry out Disney’s orders and create a new consistent comicbook universe where only those characters in the current or future licensed films will exist. If or when Fantastic Four or Spider-Man return permanently, they will return to something like their original positions.

Since Sony are too incompetent to make normal Spider-Man films, they may well joint venture with Disney to try and ride the coat tails. Otherwise once the Sony VPs are purged we may see Spider-Man return unexpectedly early to full time Marvel Movie stardom.

I am really enjoying seeing the people who ruined twenty years of “Marvel” getting the fuck reamed out of them by professional corporates on behalf of the Six Foot Rat.