Star Wars has been a classic tale of good versus evil since it arrived over four decades ago in the form of A New Hope. You had the lovable heroes; Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. And then there was the ultimate villain, Darth Vader, who emitted menace as soon as he walked in a room.
Over the years the Star Wars franchise has kept up that narrative of the heroes versus the villains in new, exciting ways. Lately the movies have tried to blur the divisions between the protagonists and antagonists to keep viewers guessing but at the end of the day there is still the dark side and the light. It’s fascinating stuff.
But then there’s the question; who’s cooler? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
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Yesterday evening I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier after not having seen it in months. I enjoyed it thoroughly of course, for it’s one of Marvel’s greatest installments in the franchise, but as I watched it I realized something. For a while now I have presented the argument that a movie can’t truly be incredible and memorable without a great villain. Take The Dark Knight for example. Many people herald it as the greatest superhero ever made not because of Batman (even though he was clearly awesome) but mainly because we remember The Joker.
Heath Ledger took the iconic Batman villain to the next level, making us believe in the cynical plans he constantly concocted and shaking us with his dark jokes about how he got his scars just before killing someone. He was, at many times, smarter than Batman and he made for a compelling antagonist that took the movie to a whole other level.
Marvel has started to figure that out over the years. Villains are Marvel’s one blaring flaw. Their constant obstacle that has become a suspected hindrance to the franchise. But of late they have tried to change that narrative by incorporating villains that are actually memorable and worth caring about in the past few years. And that’s where I come to the point of this post.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gradually cemented things that we expect to see in each of its installments such as its patented humor, the end-credits scene, and the moment the very end of the credits when it says, “Such and such will return.” Knowing that a certain hero will return always is exciting because we are given a promise that yes, we will see them again. And Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t an exception but there was a twist that I only just noticed yesterday.
I watched the entire credits, including the haunting end-credit scenes that sets up Captain Marvel, and then at the end it didn’t say The Avengers will return or the Guardians of the Galaxy will return. It said Thanos will return. And that’s the genius behind the construction of Infinity War.
While every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has focused on the heroes at hand the real story revolved around Thanos. He was a villain that this franchise had been building up to for ten years. When he arrived the writers knew they needed to give him a proper introduction and so they created a story that wrapped around him. They wrote him as the protagonist, not the antagonist, and that’s the reason why he wasn’t left in the weeds to get swallowed up by all of the incredible heroes.
I always figured that the writers created the movie with him at the center of the story but the fact that it said “Thanos will return” at the end of the credits confirms that.
This also confirms how fragile the stage is for the heroes moving forward. We know there are a certain group of heroes who survived the infamous finger snap but do we know they truly will survive this next film. It’s scary to think that by the end of Avengers 4 there will be concrete deaths. I’m nervous to see what happens because I’ve grown so attached to these characters.
For me, this was a fun discovery and I can’t to see what other new things I’ll find in the confines of the movie.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Star Wars and Marvel are the two mega-franchises dominating the cinema world right now so of course comparisons are going to be made. There are a lot of elements that can be compared between the two franchises but one thing that is a huge staple to a movie is its villain. If the antagonist is memorable the film is unforgettable. If the villain is kind of lame seven times out of ten that movie is going to easily be a mediocre film. Star Wars was built off of the basis of heroes and villains and Marvel has, much in the same way, been built on that same foundation too.
So, today I’m going to compare three of the franchises’ best villains and see whether Star Wars or Marvel comes out on top. Enjoy!
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Ant-Man and the Wasp introduced us to a new female villain in the form of Ava/Ghost. She hounded the heroes left and right and caused them quite a deal of trouble throughout the film but at the end of the day she was of course defeated (like all Marvel villains, besides Thanos, are.) Her quest in the context of the movie was actually rather valiant and palpable, as she was trying to use Hank Pym’s quantum technology to save herself from death. It showed that once again Marvel was willing to make an antagonist with a comprehensible mission and storyline rather than creating a villain that was the typical I’m-going-to-take-over-the-world antagonist. I liked that. But was she a remarkable and memorable character like Erik Killmonger or was she as forgettable as say, Yellow Jacket?
Major Spoilers Ahead!
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After fourteen years of waiting and wondering and finally accepting that there would never be a sequel to The Incredibles Disney made another dream of mine come to reality with the long awaited Incredibles II. When the Disney logo opened with the classic Incredibles music playing it was like a nostalgia bomb had been dropped on my senses and I became awash in happiness. Yeah baby!
The movie starts basically where the last film stopped which was expected and takes viewers on a fun family adventure as Elastigirl goes to bring superheroes legal again and Mr. Incredible becomes a stay-at-home dad.
Baby Jack Jack steals the show as his powers slowly evolve throughout the movie and leaves you surprised at every turn by how incredibly powerful he is. He’s also the main comic relief of the film. I mean, he’s 100% hilarious.
Elastigirl is given plenty of chances to shine as she saves the day over and over again. Her action scenes are easily the best parts of the movie.
And the villain, Screenslaver, is actually an antagonist who struck a bit of fear in me despite it being an animated film. One of the reasons why The Incredibles was such a great movie was because the villain caused quite the conundrum for the heroes and Screenslaver is easily a better villain than nearly half the Marvel villains.
The music for the movie is also well composed and retains that heroic aspect that made the first one so lovable.
The action, like I said before, is brilliant and are definitely the best parts of the movie. In fact, the action is so good that now I see why it was brought out in IMAX. It was quite loud and impressive indeed. *thumbs up*
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When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.
1. Kylo Ren
There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.
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