I love Marvel movies. They have provided me SO much happiness in the past six years and I kind of can’t imagine a movie year without a Marvel blockbuster being in the mix. So, a couple of days ago, I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier ’cause I haven’t watched it in a long while and I truly forgot how much I love that movie. It’s such a perfectly made film with so many unexpected twists and turns (Nick Fury’s “death,” Steve Rogers becoming a fugitive, Secretary Pierce was the main villain, the Winter Soldier was Captain America’s friend, Bucky, etc.) and it’s one of the least funniest installments in the Marvel franchise and yet it’s my favorite Marvel movie. So that brings me to the question of this post; Is Comedy Marvel’s Secret Sauce or a Hindrance?
Before I give an answer let’s compare some of Marvel’s greatest movies.
The Serious Marvel Flicks
My top three favorite Marvel movies are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Panther, and Captain America: Civil War for a reason…they’re the most epic. I’m a huge fan of epic movies and usually epic films are the most serious flicks. The Winter Soldier and Civil War didn’t delve deep into the comedic realm. They were both extremely serious movies with deep plots and surprising revelations that you don’t get from the funnier Marvel films. And then Black Panther was just downright amazing. While there were some genuine laugh-out-loud moments it wasn’t a funny movie in the slightest. If anything, it’s the most weighted of all of the Marvel films and it’s part of the reason why the movie was so good. If Black Panther had been more on the side of Ant-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy it would’ve been a major flop.
One of my favorite, if not my favorite movie of all time, is The Dark Knight. The first time I ever watched it was at midnight. I should’ve been ridiculously tired but the movie was SO riveting that I was wide awake by the time the movie went off at two something in the morning and it left me utterly stunned. I already loved Batman enough as it was but that movie took the caped crusader to a WHOLE other level. Maybe it’s just me but I’m a huge fan of serious films that dabble aggressively in the epic pool.
It’s why I like films like The Last Jedi and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Interstellar. They are stern films that do incorporate funny moments but prefer to remain, like I said before, epic.
But then there’s the downside as well for the more serious Marvel films.
Movies like Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Iron Man 3 are some of the more serious Marvel flicks and yet they didn’t hit on the same level as the previous Marvel films I was talking about did. They actually needed some levity or just better writing to make these films come to life and that’s where the next section of this post comes in.
The Humorous Marvel Flicks
And then you’ve got movies that benefited greatly off of the more comedic aspect in the films’ stories such as Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy, and even Doctor Strange. These films were perfect as they took on comedy and added some action-packed flair to each of the movies while retaining compelling story lines and characters worth remembering.
But then there are other more humorous Marvel movies like Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Age of Ultron that weren’t so great. Those films used comedy as a crutch and didn’t provide interesting story lines or shocking moments that made the movies very fun to watch.
So Is Comedy Good or Bad for Marvel?
After thinking about the comparisons between these two movie concepts, here’s the answer to the question of this post.
I’d have to say, even though there have been times where the comedic aspect of the Marvel films has been a little annoying I’d say it’s Marvel’s secret sauce rather than a hindrance. Marvel’s humor is why I guess I love these films so much. With every film you can expect some marvelous action, hopefully a surprising twist or two, but most importantly you can always expect some humorous moments in the movie which always helps make the films better. And that’s why Marvel is winning!
The DC Universe is trying to incorporate that cheeky, laugh-out-loud humor that Marvel has become so good at providing but is failing miserably. Their latest installment, Justice League, tried to incorporate comedy in the middle of an Avengers style action movie but it did not work in the slightest. In fact, the humor made the movie worse so that was a shame.
All in all, Marvel has a terrific formula that has them creating movies that continue to break box-office records left and right and when Avengers: Infinity War is already showing, through its commercials and trailers, that that aspect of humor will be very present once again.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a very great day.