Marvel recently teased that the Marvel Universe will eventually end one day. That's right fellow Marvel fans, one day the Universe we grew up with will end. One person said he would be fine wit it. The legend himself....Stan Lee! Yes you are reading it right. The man behind Marvel shocked all of us. He was interviewed yesterday about the announcement Marvel made and came out with reasoning why it would make sense to do it.
"“It’s probably good. Anything they do that’s unexpected and different usually captures the attention of the fans. People will want to follow it to see what happens and where it will lead. Marvel cannot keep doing the same stories over and over again. You always have to come up with new angles and new approaches to things. I think it’s probably a good idea. It sounds intriguing to me.”
Lee isn't wrong when it comes to doing the same stories over and over again. Look at Spider Man, the series that just comes out with more films and hopes for the best. Spider Man 3 was released in 2007, five years later we got the Amazing Spider Man in 2012. It was way too soon for a new film in the Spider Man universe to be released. That has been said many times over the years, but it still rings true. With a reboot Fantastic Four film hitting theaters very soon, it will be a new story for the classic team. Now sure these examples are films, Lee was talking more about the comics in general. but where do the ideas of the films come from? The comics, so if there are no more comics, there won't be any films being made? It would be for the best. There are only a few dozen heroes that would do well on the big screen. Not teams like the Avengers or the X Men, even the Fantastic Four. More like solo films, Spider Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, Gambit, Daredevil, Blade, Iron Man, Captain America, etc. But only two of those characters don't have any films to their name yet sure there could be others. But will the story line do well on the big screen? The others have had their glory on the big screen, but they will have more adventures in the future years. Films can only be made so many times, before its boring. If Marvel would make a film about Squirrel Girl or make another Howard the Duck those would crash and burn in the box office. Some characters are not that popular in today's society. As stated before only a few select films would work out.
But all good things must come to an end. We all know that and so does Stan Lee. It can only last for so long before its pushed. We all have an attachment to the Marvel comics. Either reading them when you were a kid, or just wanted to watch a good movie. We all have a connection with Marvel. Some of us, may convert to DC....Yeah right! many of us Marvel fans have seen the new DC films just to see how they compare to the Marvel films and is DC far behind. DC has been on the top in television though, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Maybe even The Atom if that gets a spin off show too? it has been hinted in Arrow already. Marvel has struggled with the television setting. Agents of Shield was a roller-coaster last year and even this year and now with Agent Carter. Not sure what is going on, but Marvel needs to find its footing and soon. But no matter the comics we side with we all have a connection, an emotional attachment. Stan Lee has an even bigger attachment than us. The possibility of seeing his creation ending would be hard to take, but it could be for the best.
“Of course I have an emotional attachment to the original Marvel Universe, because I was so involved in it,” he said. “But that doesn't mean I expect it to be that way forever. It might be better under this new approach. I’m eager to see what might happen.”
With all creations the creator asks him/her self if they would change anything after. Its common in that case. We all ask ourselves that in a case on remembrance. Instead Lee has to ask himself if it was worth creating this character with this story line or make this character darker? Its a different circumstance, but still. Lee was asked that If he could do it over again, would he? Lee gave answer anyone would be happy with.
“At the time, what I did, I thought was the right way to go, and maybe sometimes, even the perfect way to go,” Lee said. “I liked making the Fantastic Four superheroes without a secret identity. I liked the tragedy of Spider-Man’s origin, the ‘with great power, there must also come great responsibility.’ I thought it was the right way of doing things at the time. And I still like what I’ve done. I can’t think, off the top of my head, of anything I’d really want to change.”
Surprised? I was totally taken off guard when I read that. You would think after all these years there would be something to change? Obviously not in Lee's eyes, I agree with him there is nothing that I wish would be changed, because that wouldn't make Marvel what it is today. A powerhouse in the film making universe, a titan in the comic book world, a legend in all of our lives. Given us a surprise each time we read a comic about our favorite superhero or superhero team. But with all that, there is a time to move on and start new possibly? When it comes to it, Marvel can't just end and vanish into thin air. But, when that day does come it will surprise us all how Marvel does it. Its the Marvel tradition from what Lee states,
“I was once the creative head of the company, but the company was smaller,” he said. “I don’t know what I would do if I was the creative head of the company today. I’d have to ponder that for a bit. I know that you always have to have surprises. You always have to make the reader say, ‘Wow, I never expected this!’ You have to keep doing that. It’s kind of become the Marvel tradition. If this continues that tradition, I’m happy for them all, and I’m happy for the fans.”
There you have fellow readers of Marvel. Stan Lee would be fine if the Marvel Universe would just have a change and end. If that day happens in the future I will be happy, there are many more ideas out there that could be done. In comics and film. All of us would agree that if would be too soon if it ended just suddenly in the next few years. But if I can say one last thing about Marvel and its co creator...they have done an Excelsior job entertaining us for all these years.
(The link to the interview with Stan Lee)