With the release of The Age of Ultron Trailer, hype is flying all around. Though it’s much more than just another marvel movie. The Age of Ultron could very well be the most difficult and complicated comic arc to create a film adaptation. After so many different Marvel films, there is an unfortunate trend being portrayed with each adaptation. Whether its Harry Potter or Iron Man, or anything with an origin fan franchise, it’s difficult for many fans not to judge the film as a standalone film, but a comparison to how accurate it portrays the original material.
We can’t think of this as a betrayal to the original material as a movie just cannot do what a comic series can in material quantity as well as loss of rights to two key series. I’ve only read summaries of the Age of Ultron arc, but the simple fact is they would have to somehow introduce hundreds of new characters out of the blue and countless links and references to past series and arcs. Despite the seeming futility of the situation Marvel as taken stronger strides than any other past film superhero series by creating countless films tying strings through the plot of each one far beyond a trilogy slowly forming a web of an intricate and incredible unified story. The Age of Utron and The Guardians of the Galaxy have shown that they have reached a new level far beyond trying to just give cameos to the most popular villians, and really give appreciation to hardcore series fans.
What producers and viewers alike should remember is that film a unique art like comics and it has so many unique gifts to give for entertainment and inspiration. What I fear with this new direction is something similar to live action anime films where they are so afraid to step out of their source material and just walk step by step through the anime story without any unique sign of the director’s, writer’s etc unique imprint of showing themselves in their creation. Perhaps the strongest example of a Director leaving his mark on a superhero series is Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. While his direction took much inspiration from the series of Batman the development of the world of Gotham and its characters is universally recognized to be molded with the hand of Nolan.
The Age of Ultron falls in between these two extremes having a stricter plot, yet having a necessity of alteration to compact the story into a film and hold continuity to the other films. The greatest possible revelation to this film could be that film series is born with an independent and respected plot.
Regardless of where you stand on thoughts of how well films portray comic series, I challenge each and every one of you to see these films as not just interpretations, but as FILMS. Take time to appreciate the writing, dialogue, acting, cinematography etc. Creators of comics and films are all artists and deserve recognition for the works and talents they have strived to achieve for a lifetime. Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, leave comments below.