The Power Cosmic

More
storm2.jpg

We talked some yesterday about the epic canvas of Marvel during the Jim Shooter years. I think one of the major disappointing aspects of Marvel on the big screen is the serial inability to convey that epic scope on to the big screen. I can't tell if this is because of the shortcoming of budgets or story-telling. Think about the rather tacked-on depiction of the Dark Phoenix saga, or Galactus at the end of the last Fantastic Four


I think about Storm in the X movies whose signature was a melodramatic head-cock, and compare that with Ororo—the goddess—soaring among the clouds. Leaving aside the fact that the casting of Halle Berry is as much a hate-crime as a cinematic crime, it just doesn't hold up. You'd think movies—with all the medium has at its disposal—would be able to improve upon the comic books. But again more isn't better. Anyway, I got to thinking about this watching the Thor trailer, which just looks woeful. Props to casting Idris Elba as a Norseman, but these cats look some dudes from Darkon playing on blue screen.

This isn't an exact comparison, but the one movie I've seen pull this off—impeccably—is the Lord of the Rings series. The beautiful Beacons of Minas Tirith scene really gives that sense of how small people make big things happen.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In