Tumblrs you need to follow: Hey Girl Feminist Mad Max

Have you seen this yet?

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This gloriousness is brought to you by Feminist Mad Max

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It’s for real one of my favorite things this week.

tumblr_npgfj3NYX01uw1s6ho1_500If you haven’t seen Mad Max Fury Road, it’s well worth your money to actually see it on the big screen.

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Nothing is original

It seems like every years is the year of remakes and reboots. Jurassic Park and Mad Max being the newest franchises to be hit with reboots with rumors of and Indian Jones reboot coming. The Internet is full of mashups of every kind. I know some people find our cultures seemingly insesent need to revisit past story lines and characters annoying and a sign of creative death but I just can’t see it that way. Mainly because it’s something we’ve always done as storytellers. 

Even Shakespeare was a ripoff. To bitch that The Hunger Games is a knockoff Battle Royal or get all high and mighty about their love of La Boheim over Rent  I want to remind them that I liked Romeo and Juliet better when it was Pyramus and Thisbe.

Being a writer is all about playing with other people’s thoughts. They need to make you think and feel a certain way to make a greater point, even if that point is just to have fun. Having a shared culture means that as a creator you know that certain characters or plot lines elicit a shared understanding of meaning and tropes, which are great tools for us to build on. I can play with your expectations because I know exactly what they are. Some writers do it poorly ofcourse but that’s like damning singing cause not everyone rocks at karaoke. Not every story is good period. It is a common insult thrown at romance novels because people don’t understand that the bones of plot the meet cute, the emotional conflict, the happily ever after aren’t important it’s all about the details, the fine muscles. What we love about romance novels is the creativity it takes to tell an incredibly common story in a new way.

Familiarity with plot or characters isn’t what makes a story bad, poor writing makes it bad. Personally I find something lovely in mashups and reboots especially fan made ones because it feels very interconnected. A nod to all our common likes. So when someone posts a fan art mashup of Adventure Time as  Mad Max Fury Road it makes me reflect on the grittier side of the Adventure Time narrative and the cartoonish aspects of the violence in Mad Max. It’s a fun thought experiment. It causes us to think more critically about our media because we learn to compare and contrast between tales. The first three Films in Star Wars changes how the last three films are perceived. Hindsight changes the present view. But as viewers we can choose how to approach these stories, what details to make significant or not.

We even have a cultural equivalent to a magic creative eraser in the form of retains. Seen most often in the comic world a retcon is when a story is written that cancels out action in a previous story. The writers fix it and from then on a different story can be told. This is maybe one of the things I love about comics. We see here’s grow and change over and over but always retiring at their heart to the thing that’s brought us to them in the first place. No matter what Batman does he will remain a man devoted to justice and we can tell that story a thousand different ways.

Good story telling is a bit like Mindcraft world building, you all have the same tools the point is to build something new.

Ryan Reynolds is officially playing Deadpool!

B4CTg3EIEAAq6nSUsing the above image on Twitter Ryan Reynolds announced that yes he would be returning to the role in 2016 and we’re all going to pretend that other movie was a horrible horrible fever dream. Now it does sadden me that Wade has epic unending skin cancer so his face looks like hamburger meat because Mr. Reynolds is a pretty pretty man but I’ll deal. He’s honestly the only actor that I can currently think of as being sarcastic enough to pull off the role. I’m going to really hope that Marvel’s movie luck holds at least through February 2016.

Why is There No Marvel Character Buy Back Kickstarter?

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Remember this chart by The Geek Twins? For those of you that missed it, here’s the chart that breaks down which movie studio owns which beloved character. So as you can see the reason we aren’t getting any of Spidey’s witty Queens banter in the epic snark fest that is Joss Wedon’s Avengers is because Sony owns Spiderman while Marvel owns the Avengers. Apply the same for the majority of the marvel mutants that matter. With recent news that Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the role of Doctor Strange a companion of mine pointed out that Cumberbuttons would make a better Mr. Fantastic.

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And you know after looking at the lanky bastard for a moment I have to agree. Cumberbuttons would make a mean Reid Richards. But that brings us back to the problem of Fox owning the Fantastic Four so they’re also in the Avenger Time Out Movie Sandbox.

 

Now I assume it would cost Marvel a lot of money to buy the rights back from all these companies. After all Avengers and X-Men both sold tickets like gangbusters. Marvel, while having a lot of money probably doesn’t have quite that much money. Sounds improbable I know but remember even Paul McCartney couldn’t afford the rights to his own music. Shit happens and corporations care about making money not movies jam packed with characters we love. So here’s my question, why haven’t we as the nerd community made a Kickstarter to buy back the rights for all those characters?

Do you want to see Marvel Civil War? Because this is how you get Civil War. Or Onslaught or Avengers Vs. X-Men…but fuck House of M, I’m still mad about that. I digress….

Kickstarter? Anyone? Hey it got me more Veronica Mar’s I figure it’s worth the attempt. I got a spare 20 on me.