While there is much to love about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one recurring issue that even the most devoted fans have with the way the movies have played out is the two-dimensional nature of the villains, except, of course, for Loki. Marvel has always focused on developing its heroes over its villains, and that's understandable, given the nature of how many characters they have to introduce in any given film. Still, it would be nice to see some more nuance from the MCU baddies.
After watching a screening of Ant-Man, the legendary George R. R. Martin took to his LiveJournal to address the major problem he had with the character of Yellowjacket and with all of Marvel's villains, as he sees it.
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. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.
Now, before you get out the torches and pitchforks, keep in mind that this is the author of Game of Thrones, the creator of some of the most memorable, multidimensional villains in pop culture history. And the rest of his blog entry had nothing but glowing praise for the latest Marvel flick, saying that "for a few hours, [he] was thirteen years old again."
He's not wrong about the diametric nature of Marvel's villains. Even Ultron, who has come closer than any other villain to approximating Loki's depth and understandable motivations, is essentially the other half of the coin to Vision. Granted, Loki's character has been given more time to develop over the course of three movies; the rest of the villains have been one and done. But he has always been the best part of the Thor movies, and this is largely due to the fact he was fleshed out as a full character and not simply a cardboard sketch of a comic book villain.
It's why I'm so eager for the upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), because while we know there will be bad guys in Baron Zemo and Crossbones, the main conflict will be between Cap and Tony themselves. And that's unlike anything Marvel Studios has done to date.
But I'd like to hear your thoughts. Is Martin spot on with his comments, or do you think Marvel villains are just fine the way they are?
(via The Independent)