I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. I had fun watching that for a lot of reasons. Sure, it's mildly annoying that this is the third version of the character to hit the movie theatres in the last decade. But since it firmly locks this version into the MCU, and for a lot of other reasons, I can be good with it.
In fact, I am very good with it. Some of those reasons for that mood?
Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag.
(Feeling sad that Dwayne McDuffie didn't live to see that.)
Seeing Midtown High reworked as a specialty high school dealing in science and tech.
(I still felt uncomfortable with some of the high school stuff being no different from my day in the real world. *sigh* )
Spider-Man being part of the fabric of the Borough of Queens.
The first big twist midway through the show.
The surprise ending. Was NOT expecting that.
(Not the Avengers angle. The thing after that. Come back after you've seen it yourself and we'll talk about that.)
This is not a complete list of the good stuff.
Well, there's the first ten(?) pages of Jessica Jones # 8 from Marvel this past month. Two characters, Jones herself and Maria Hill, in Jessica's bathroom. Spoiler-free as I can make it, it's a combination plot-infodump, airing of grievances, confessionals, and contract negotiations between the two characters.
I would like to see/hear Krysten Ritter and Cobie Smulders play out that scene in character.
I've read on Facebook from several sources that William Christopher AKA Father Francis Mulcahy from M*A*S*H has died. He won't have been the last to die this year, but that hurts a lot of people across the planet anyway, because he and his colleagues on that series helped keep a lot of people from hurting worse than we already were for a couple of decades. Even after the series ended on CBS, because re-runs and later on, tapes and DVDs (and I assume iTunes and the like are keeping the effect going too now).
Thank you, Mr. Christopher.
There might be more later in the evening...
About the second: I'm going to close out this year by finally seeing Doctor Strange tonight. It's the last movie I've yet to see by design this year, having taken care of Rogue One the other week.
So those are some of my plans for the foreseeable future.
It's an interesting little experiment centred on Elena Rodriguez AKA "Yo-Yo" AKA "Slingshot" and one last bit of vengeful clean-up from her days as a vigilante in Colombia as she signs aboard to the Sokovia Accords and status as a SHIELD "asset", rather than a full-on agent. I'd say the most expensive visual is the launch of the Zephyr done as a panorama shot.
Quick and fun. And I wonder about consequences...
( Some thoughts about that particular scene... )
Much respect to Mr. Weaving, and the Skull's first apparant MCU demise did seem ambiguously staged by design.
But maybe it's all the comebacks and "last stands" his character's comics counterpart has made over the decades since being revived in the 1960's, particularly the one in the latter group staged by J.M. deMatteis, Paul Neary and company in the 1980's. Frankly, I am feeling increasingly cheated by every revival of the Skull in the comics. The latest "How would the Skull take the "what would you do about Hitler if you could time-travel to his childhood" question and turn it on its head?" plotline now running in Steve Rogers: Captain America...even more disturbing in its way.
Anyway. I think I'd prefer to leave Weaving's performance in The First Avenger stand as its own thing.
Just a thought.
At the bottom of the cover we have the following legend:
"Registered by the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Northern Ireland, the United States of America".
That text survives from Monica Fedrick's concept art as shown in in the "Art of the Film" book straight through to the finished movie.
If this was intended to be so despite what the real worlds' map of Earth looks like, this has some interesting implications for the state of the MCU's version of Europe. Yes?
I don't expect the scriptwriters to lift what I wrote as a comment to one of my Facebook friendlisters about this, since - owing to television production realities - the episode introducing this iteration of the character is likely already "in the can" with CoSA likely doing the needed VFX as I typed these words.
But with Doctor Strange on its way to the cinema houses this fall, it doesn't surprise me to see Agents of SHIELD going to the supernatural places in parallel...
I think I want to wait a couple of days before posting the bulk of my thoughts on the film.
I will say this: they remedied one of my concerns raised by one of the trailers. Ross' video presentation to the Avengers? The one with the "Casualties" figures? With "23" cited for Washington, the Battle of the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier? In the finished version I saw in the cinema house, it was "Civilian Casualties".
More and hopefully deeper thoughts later in the week. And I intend to go back for at least a second viewing.
So I'm not alone in noticing the obvious.
I don't count the Ultron bodies, though. Single artificial intelligence directing them all, right?
This is my own jarring moment of disbelief, in this screencap from the newer trailer.
The figure that draws my attention, circled in red.
Three Helicarriers, with embarked air wings, and the crew counts that probably entails...and this is the casualty number they go with here for the Battle of the Triskelion?
I'll still see the movie, because I suspect we're in for a good show otherwise. But this detail breaks the believability a bit for me. Even with the evacuation of the SHIELD HQ complex in progress.
About the comic book A-Force? The latest issue - # 3 - arrived this week, and I'm feeling a bit down here, as planned.
( A bit of context about a spoiler )
More on other stuff later.