George R. R. Martin knows a thing or two about creating a villain. Well, actually, the writers at Marvel do too. However, that didn’t stop Martin from offering up some #helpful #tips to Stan Lee & Co. about their bad guy plotlines.
Martin recently saw Ant-Man while he was clearly not working on the new Game of Thrones book The Winds of Winter, and he had some opinions to offer about the film and Marvel superhero stories as a whole, via his LiveJournal page.
“ANT-MAN has a proper balance of story, character, humor, and action, I think,” he wrote of the new film. “A couple reviewers are calling it the best Marvel movie ever. I won’t go that far, but it’s right up there, maybe second only to the second Sam Raimi/ Tobey McGuire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock.”
As it turns out, Martin was a huge fan of Marvel comics and particularly Ant-Man when he was growing up so he was excited for the film, however, he was also wary that it might have been edging too far towards “farce” after the studio announced it had cast comedy actor Paul Rudd in the main role. He ended up being pleasantly surprised.
“There’s a lot of action too, but not so much that it overwhelms the plot and characters, which was my problem with the last AVENGERS film… and the one before it, to think of it,” he said. “A superhero movie needs a fair share of smashing and bashing and stuff blowing up, of course, but IMNSHO [in my not so humble opinion] that stuff works best when it is happening to people we actually know and care about, and if you jam in too many characters and don’t take time to develop any of them properly, well…”
This brought him to Marvel films as a whole (not so much the comics). While he expressed his admiration for “revolutionary” Stan Lee, he also had some “quibbles” with the superhero films of late.
“I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn,” he wrote in the post. “I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.”
Stan Lee, are you taking notes?
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