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Heresy of the Week – Marvel conquered the world by giving the people what they want


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

 With Marvel standing triumphant over the  geek-verse, it bears reflecting on how they have done it. Essentially, by giving the cinema-going, film-watching fans exactly what they want.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – A Review


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The Marvel titan rolls on, and we — the audience — are just grit in its path.

The second Captain America film marks, I think, the eighth film in Marvel’s current interconnected web of films, and the characters and layers of story weaved with if not design then the cunning approximation of it. If you told me that all of this had been written out and intended from the very first Iron Man, I’d probably buy it.

But Captain America has always been my favourite Avengers character, and I enjoyed the first film a lot more than I expected to. But then, I enjoyed the first Iron Man and that lost its sheen pretty dramatically. So The Winter Soldier? Who knows…?

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RoboCop [2014] – A Review


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I recall when I saw Total Recall at the cinema. The remake, not the original. I remember emerging blinking into the day, and wondering what on earth I had just seen.

Despair of remakes is not new, either generally or me. I generally hold it as a badge of unoriginality, a symptom of the malaise afflicting the film industry wherein spinning out an old success once again as a certainty of money is more important and worthwhile than taking a risk on something new.

Enter, then, another 80s SF remake: Robocop. I’m late in the day seeing this, and honestly wouldn’t if the well of new releases had not run dry in the post-Oscars lull. The original was an important film, if a bit — well, a bit 80s. Remaking it isn’t encouraging, for the Total Recall reasons above, and yet there is something a little more timeless about the story of a robot policeman.

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