Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts David and Holly finally made it to see Logan! Spoilers abound as they gush about this excellent film. Let us know what you thought of Logan!
Another in my ongoingserieswondering on the question… how are they going to pull off this movie? This time it’s Logan, entering in as the 10th X-Men franchise movie, the third solo Wolverine movie, and as a theoretical adaptation from the comics – especially of the Old Man Logan story. That’s a lot of baggage to carry into a movie.
Meanwhile, the trailers have shown us a movie stripped down to simplicity, to emotions. And violence, something that follows Wolverine wherever he goes. It’s worth noting this is also going to be rated R so they’re doing a bit there which they haven’t before with him, but this definitely looks like a movie that serves more purpose than just an excuse to make an R-rated Wolverine movie.
To be honest, the movie just looks good and is also getting great feedback from folks who have seen it, from the people involved, or even just people seeing the trailers. This may be a movie that transcends its superhero-movie subgenre and becomes just a standalone classic. Unfortunately, that’s the hype and expectation level they’ve gotten me to, so it has a lot to live up to!
But to get to that point, well, how are they going to pull that off?
We recently saw The Wolverine, one of the movies I was most excited for this year. Wolverine has seen some of the most growth as a character over the years, in the realm of superheroes. He is a way to explore complicated themes of immortality, invulnerability, animalism versus humanity, violence versus honor.
I’ve explored Wolverine previously in terms of his character, which is complicated and varied. This is both cause and effect, then, of his popularity. The sort of plot I was sure we were in for was about Wolverine fighting with his own nature, his constant desire to be a better man than he is, to be honorable and heroic despite the fact he is the best killer.
I read Chris Claremont’s Wolverine, and also the more recent Logan comic, in preparation for the movie. With Japanese-based plots going back to 1982, Wolverine was in Japan before that was as cool as it is now; he was fighting ninjas since before ninjas were as cool as they are now. But that just makes this a timely sort of plot to tell, but also a bit of a timeless sort of one. So timeless, they made the basic plot work, set about 30 years later!
Follow me on to look at the movie and the comics for The Wolverine – spoilers abound! Continue reading →
As far as Marvel heroes go, few hold our imagination as much as Wolverine does. Why? It’s a good question.
We like the mystery of him – the unknown past. Except, they’re finally working on revealing and telling that story in the comics. When, during House of M, Scarlet Witch gave all the heroes what they wanted (so they wouldn’t fight back), she gave Wolverine his memories. So there goes the mystery.
He can’t really die, it seems, so even in the most ridiculous situations, we’re pretty sure he’s making it out alive. So while we know he’ll always be around, there’s a bit less suspense when he’s around. Although, this also means Wolverine tends to get into the most ridiculous – and therefore interesting – situations. And after all, the same can be said of Deadpool, and his popularity is growing.
What is he really? Hero? Anti-hero? Barely contained villain? Let’s explore! Continue reading →