Bleats

Kevin Feige's Comeback To Martin Scorsese's Marvel Comments Was Pretty Weak

Now that we've heard both sides, can we put this to bed now?

Just when we thought the whole “Martin Scorsese thinks superhero movies aren’t cinema” saga was finally winding down, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has decided to break his silence to put in his two cents on the matter.

And look, his response wasn’t particularly great if we’re honest.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige had a bone to pick with Martin Scorsese’s comment about the lack of risk in Marvel films, saying:

“We did Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie. I think it’s fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places.

Okay, I see where Kevin Feige is coming from but that argument isn’t as good as he thinks it is.

Feige seems to be missing the point a bit about Scorsese’s risk-taking argument. Yes you did kill off a heap characters, Kevin, but can you really classify those deaths as “risky” when you’re going to resurrect them in the next movie?

Any emotional impact of nearly every Marvel hero death (except for Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff) is sort of blunted when the audience already knows that a bunch of sequels have already gotten the green light.

And besides, can you honestly make an argument that Marvel films are creatively risky? Besides Doctor Strange – which looks cool but was essentially a visual rip off of Inception – all of them are crafted from the same, bland palette.

It looks cool but Inception did it first.

But weak argument aside, Kevin Feige did have a diplomatic umbrella answer to the whole Scorsese thing by essentially saying that “hey man, that’s, like, just your opinion, man.”

“Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion.

Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies.”

Now that we’ve heard arguments from both Martin Scorsese and Kevin Feige on opposing sides of this increasingly ridiculous matter, can we finally make like Thanos and dust this topic once and for all?

Your Childhood Would've Been Ruined Had Pokemon Ended The Way Its Head Writer Intended

Smarter heads prevailed.

Pokemon, the TV series, formed an important part of my childhood. Every morning at 7:00am before school, I had a permanent appointment in front of the TV where I watched Ash Ketchum and Pikachu battling some gym leader while Team Rocket got up to their usual array of shenanigans.

I still look upon those early Pokemon years very fondly, not only because it was a simpler time back then but because it could’ve all come crashing down dramatically had the head writer of the show managed to implement his original plan.

Take a seat because this could be traumatic to your childhood.

The late Takeshi Shudo was Pokemon‘s head writer during the first five or so years of the show and was instrumental in its initial success before he left. But for all the greatness he brought to the show, Shudo also wanted to end the show at its peak and had a ridiculously depressing ending in mind.

A year prior to his death in 2010, Shudo wrote a blog post detailing his original plan for Ash Ketchum, Pikachu and the show. Thanks to the translating work of Redditor NAveryW, we know that Shudo planned to end Pokemon with elderly Ash reminiscing on the good ol’ days.

However, it is then revealed that all his adventures with Pikachu, the gym battles, the Pokemon he caught and the skirmishes with Team Rocket were just figments of his imagination.

That’s right, the original plan was to end Pokemon using the old “it was just a dream” cliché. In the (translated) words of Shudo:

“It is an embellished memory of childhood. A fantasy…The imaginary creatures, Pokémon, and their adventure. Friendship. Coexistence. That is, in the real human world, something [Ash] could not possibly encounter.

The mood right now.

Talk about an uncharacteristically dark and lame ending for a light-hearted children’s show. Still, this idea isn’t actually too surprising when you consider Shudo wanted one of the Pokemon movies to have Pikachu become a revolutionary (via Comicbook.com) who frees his fellow creatures out of captivity before clashing with Ash at the end.

Thankfully, Shudo never got to implement his end game for Pokemon as the show proved to be so wildly popular that it made no business sense to end it just yet. With the show still currently running (and is likely to do so until the end of time), who knows if Shudo’s ending idea will ultimately rear its ugly head again at some point. But hey, stranger things have happened.

Ultimately, having the show continue on was the best move. Not did this save millions of children’s childhoods from going up in flames, it also helped save every English/writing teacher around the world from having a stroke upon realising that Pokemon, one of the biggest shows ever, ended on such a lame ending as “it was all just a dream”.

Pop-up Channel

Follow Us