Movie Crashes and Burns Before It’s Released

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I think I finally understand what Roberto Duran meant when he said “No mas! No mas!”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (oh, forsooth), in  conjunction with Disney Groomers Inc., has a new movie that has incurred disastrous ratings even before it’s been released (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/the-marvels-box-office-bombing-opening-1235644758/). They’re already making excuses for it.

Some reviewers speculate it might be “superhero fatigue” finally catching up with Hollywood. Gee, ya think? Enough with the goofy costumes already! But let’s make this easy: Is there anybody up there on the screen who’s not a superhero?

So this new movie, The Marvels, is anticipated to bottom out financially, “a new low for Marvel Studios.” Well, how many yopes in costume can one planet absorb? It’s like there’s only one movie out there and they keep on making it, over and over, plugging in irrelevant changes that change nothing. All right, two or three movies. Leave room for Disney’s sex-with-children campaign.

I wonder if the problem is, they got stuck in “superhero” mode and never took the next step–“super-duperheroes.” What’s that? The Babylonians already did that, thousands of years ago–and look where they are today? Maybe “Jumbo Super Duper Plus-Size Heroes.” That might do it.

18 comments on “Movie Crashes and Burns Before It’s Released

  1. Disney obviously doesn’t care about profits from their movies anymore, so it leaves the question why are they making those movies, spending so much money? Whoever is really funding them doesn’t need the profits or even to recover production costs. Their real agenda must be more important to them.

    1. They rely heavily on sales in China (they will remove the homosexual kisses and cover up or diminish the faces of black actors in there Chinese releases/marketing material, for example) to sell to the Chinese. But I think their major source of funding is closer to home. Now the shareholders are starting to fight back. Not that they’ll have much leverage, and pardon my schadenfreude, but it’s worth it to see the degenerate property crumble.

  2. The Superhero Fatigue thing is a myth. There are many other properties with the classic superhero that are raking in money because they stick to what the fans want. It’s an excuse that the studios are using to blame the “hater” fans instead of taking responsibility for putting out trash (“strong” women who don’t need men, put down the “patriarchy” by belittling men and their “toxic masculinity”). The studios won’t admit that no one wants their whole trash, especially not fans of the source material. Disney took what were boy’s” brands (Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones to name a few) and tried to turn them into more princess brands. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) became “M-She-U”. Star Wars became “The Force is Female”. I’m not a superhero fan myself, but in the last few years I’ve become acutely aware of the attack on popular franchises. I know you’re not a fan either, Lee, and frankly I’d like to see more people reference the Word.I t’s too easy for many to be dismissive of this Avenue of subversion because “it’s just a comic book” or “movie”, but the classic heroes did have traits that were worthy of emulation and if that was all a kid had to go on at the time… well, these new “heroes” they’re being sold on are vile. They embrace all the things that the modern left as “heroic” when in fact they’re the villains. I’d go into it more in depth but frankly there are some great channels out there that delve into all of the psychology behind the woke subversion of once-popular intellectual properties in order to twist young and impressionable peoples’ minds. And yes, the ones with eyes on these IPs saw this particular piece of garbage for what it was long before release and warned everyone. Thank God for that at least.

    1. Speaking only for myself, there’s massive superhero burnout. I saw the original Superman, in the late ‘70s, and Superman IV, where Superman loses some of his virtuous nature, is a favorite. But that’s about it. I saw the first Batman movie and was not particularly impressed. I went to the first Spider-Man movie, with a friend, but only stayed for the sake of the friend. Likewise, I saw the first X-Men movie, which I found boring.

      Superheroes allow shallow plots with all sorts of odd abilities as a substitute for a real plot. Sorry, but I don’t see it as worth my time. It’s become a contest of oneupmanship, where clever and ironic supernatural abilities are the star of the show, and the plot becomes a paper-thin device to tie these events together.

      The last movie I saw in a theater was Get Smart, and I fully intend that to be the case for the rest of my life. The only reason I could imagine for visiting a theater would be to buy some overpriced popcorn. 🙂

    2. They are trying to erase both. They claim to hate masculinity, then turn their women characters into men. And then make them gay. There are currently waves going on about a South Park episode that calls Disney (and all of the IP holders, really) out on making everyone female and gay. It’s appalling.

    3. But the people who make up the bulk of consumers of superhero properties aren’t getting tired of them. They want them, they just don’t want the junk that’s being pushed. There are plenty of other independent properties gaining momentum (off the top of my head there’s the Rippaverse) and they are making the money Disney is throwing away because they give their readers what they want–masculine heterosexual male* heroes with actual virtues. Disney’s “superhero fatigue” excuse toppled when the recent Spiderman movie did extremely well. (They also blamed Covid for people not wanting to go to theaters, but movies like Spiderman, Oppenheimer and Barbie and the very recent Five Nights at Freddies basically proved that to be an excuse.) If the Deadpool movie (not a fan of it, but it’s a good litmus test because he’s a flippant heterosexual male Marvel/Disney property) does well, it will further erode their excuses.

      It IS heartening to know that many of the consumers nowadays who loved the classic properties as kids are sharing the classics and steering their kids away from the new junk.

      Sorry if I sound so passionate about it all. I loved comic books as a kid and it did no harm, and did help me hone my understanding of virtues, and the Word and Jesus’ sacrifice as I got older. I’m not saying comic books paved the way for that, but I am saying that it didn’t hurt them at all. People look for heroes, for good men to emulate. There is a hunger there. Jesus just happens to be at the very apex of that because He is real, but until these kids get that exposure, the stuff they read and consume has a huge impact. My older brothers, who got me into comics, both grew to be very honorable, respectable Christian men thoroughly immersed in the Word and pillars of their communities.

      *I know it sounds like it’s being redundant, and I can’t wait for the day when it is again, but nowadays, and speaking of these kinds of properties, it must be clearly stated we’re talking about an actual man.

    4. Comic books played a major role in my learning to read. I have fond memories of Uncle Scrooge and the other Ducks,.But there comes a time when too many superheroes spoil the broth, and we have very long ago gone beyond that point.

      Your posts, by the way, are very eloquent!

    5. Scrooge McDuck! And Casper, and Little Lotta and Richie Rich–we read those too, all the “funny books” as my grandmother used to call them (and she read them, as well.) And much the same as far as learning to read goes. My elder brothers (14+ and 10+) started me on comic books before I even went to kindergarten, and thanks to them I could read quite a lot before I even started (and I started a few months before my 5th birthday) And yes, they ended up homeschooling their own children, too.

      As for the compliment, I’d simply say “Thanks” but that sounds trite and doesn’t give any of the credit where credit is due :). The Great I Am has fostered a love of the written word (and The Word!) in me, and I hope never to take it for granted. But thank you.

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