Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What in the Name of Odin's Beard is Going on Marvel?

Anybody with even the slightest interest in the Marvel universe has probably heard about the propsed Avengers movie that's supposed to come out in the next couple of years.  Unless of course you're an evil dictator hiding out under a rock in the middle of the desert.  And even then you'd have some inkling.  The cool thing is that there a whole battery of movies like Iron Man 1&2, The Incredible Hulk, and the upcoming Thor and Captain America that are building towards the Avengers movie with little cameos and other subtle nods. 

Now of course it's the wet dream of a lot of fanboys out there to see all the actors from these movies appear in the Avengers movie project together, which would be totally awesome.  But somehow, for some reason Marvel is fucking the whole thing up.  I've been following the story over at for the past couple of days and you can read about it here.  Now I don't know the whole story (nobody ever does) but from the comments I've read the good folks over at Marvel seem to be behaving like a bunch of douchebags.  The comments I have read make it seem like Marvel is caught up in Ed Norton's reputation for being reputedly as difficult to work with as an albino rhinoceros in heat.  But it seems far more likely that the production is trying to cut costs.  Paying a big A-list actor top dollar for twenty minutes of screen time may not be the most financially logical course to take I suppose.

But I mean it's such bullshit.  If you're going to make a decision just fucking make a decision.  Call it what it is.  I mean you want to save money, just say you want to save money.  Don't attack a man's character publically and prey on this mythology of Norton's difficulty to work with.  Maybe there is some truth to it, I mean I've heard a few rumours especially regarding American History X (kick-ass movie by the way), but I mean if he was really that terrible then explain to me how the hell he still gets work.  I mean what is so hard about saying Bruce Banner's part in the movie will be very small, you're too cheap to pay a phenomenal actor to play the part, and you want to shit all over your fans just for fun because you know they'll keep coming back no matter what.  And from what I've seen it's Marvel who's coming off as a bunch of ass clowns in this scenario.  I mean Norton's response on facebook makes him look like a rational, well-spoken professional, quite the contrast to the folks over at Marvel.  It really is a shame that it's just a matter of money that could potentially fuck up what could have been one of the greatest super hero flicks of our generation.

 But hey, even if we don't get Ed Norton -one of the hands down best actors in Hollywood today-at least we still have the superior "acting skills" of Scarlett Johansson.

Sorry, I got distracted, what was this article about again?


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