By their very nature, comic book movies invite scrutiny from fans versed in decades of lore. Those fans are pretty much always going to find something to complain about. So normally it's best not to pay too much attention to the inevitable cries of "THEY'RE RUINING IT!" that accompany literally every comic book movie made. But today it seems "they" really are ruining it. Here's how.
1. Sony Is Working On a Young Aunt May Movie
Sony has been pretty open about its plans to build out its Spider-Man universe, slating a Sinister Six movie for November, 2016, a Venom movie for 2017, and a female-led movie the same year.
Up to now the leading speculation was that Black Cat would be the focus of the female-led film, but based on news from Latino Review, it appears a young Aunt May could be the star. (FYI, Latino-Review is the same site that had the Rock's Shazam news before anyone else.) According to them, Sony is hashing out a story about Aunt May being a spy in her younger years and the "target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men." Talk about making the movie NO ONE is asking for!
Ever since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony has faced criticism of not knowing where they're going with the franchise, and this seems to be pretty damning evidence of that narrative. Latino Review further speculates that they young Aunt May story may be based on the Mark Millar mini-series Trouble, which attempted to retcon Peter Parker's lineage, making Aunt May his real mom. Comic fans were not happy about it, and we're guessing movie fans won't be either if that's where this is going.
2. Dr. Doom Is a Blogger?
Fox's 2015 Fantastic Four reboot has won praise from many movie writers (myself included) for some very intriguing casting choices (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell as the title heroes), but if the story sucks, it won't matter how good the cast is. And based on a new revelation from the movie's Dr. Doom, Toby Kebbell, it might really suck.
In an interview with Collider, Kebbell opened up about the character probably more than director Josh Trank would have liked. And the changes he revealed are inspiring some major facepalms.
"He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story," Kebbell said. "And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours — I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m 'Doom'."
So not only is one of the coolest names in comics getting changed to something totally lame, but instead of being the ruler of fictional post-Soviet Latveria (we assume that's out), Dr. Doom will be a blogger and hacker (probably). Maybe he'll destroy the Fantastic Four with an app? Kebbell says the changes are in keeping with Trank's vision for a grittier lo-fi comic book picture.
"Josh, the whole deal, the lo-fi way he did it, the ultra-real. It was just nice to do that. It was nice to be feeling like we had to come to terms with what was given by this incident."
3. The Polls
I feel like this is a foregone conclusion, but let's put it to a vote! Who wants to see the young Aunt May movie? Who wants to see Dr. Doom blog? Vote below.