So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!
That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.
So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.
One thing we would like to do more of are alignment grids. They’re fun, they’re popular, they fit a lot of thought into one image, they get found on the Internet a lot. They also seem like a perfect sort of thing to put together for a Friday fun post – they take a lot of work, but once you have it, there’s not much else to say.
Just some thoughts off the top of my head from worlds big enough to solidly do the nine D&D alignments… probably… without forcing anyone. It’s a fun thought experiment to make, but you help us decide which to do! And links below for ones we’ve already made!
A quick breakdown of how she was used: in the comics, Kitty Pryde travels back in time into the consciousness of her younger self, a new member of the X-Men, to warn of the apocalyptic future. She goes from being brand-new character, to being one that you know has a future and a purpose and immense power.
So there were three elements of this that they had to try to adapt into the film: the time travel, and its method; the traveler, Kitty Pryde; and the impending doom of the future. The movie accomplishes two of these three, but loses Kitty Pryde in the process. Now, I don’t see a way to hit all three and work within the movie continuity, but let’s explore some of the problems and options!
One of the greatest covers in all of comics. Days of Future Past. Uncanny X-Men 141.
There’s plenty that could be said about X-Men:Days of Future Past. That’s why I’ve been highlighting it on our Tumblr this week, and am writing multipleposts about it. Expect another on Friday, focused on Kitty Pryde.
That means the goal for me tonight is simply to focus on our LitFlix style: comparing the movie to the comics. These comics are some of the X-Men’s finest, and come in at an astounding 2 comics. That’s it. For as enduring an idea and a storyline as it was, for as many characters and situations as it opened up, it accomplished an amazing amount in a short amount of time.
The movie goes both bigger than this, and smaller. It’s a time travel story, set both in a dystopian future and what is now decades past. The movie makes the future big, with no holds barred. The past, meanwhile, is pared down to only a few characters, and spends a lot of time going in-depth into their souls. Quick review? Great comics, read them, no question. Great movie, go see it, and enjoy.
Yesterday Holly gave her best and worst rankings for the movies based on books from this year – a project we have been calling LitFlix. Check out her post here, which will include a description of our four categories for consideration. I took on the movies based on comics – of which there were quite a few this year! – and here are my reviews.
One thing I would like to say: While our LitFlix posts have not necessarily been our most popular, they are the ones we end up putting the most work into, reading the books, and then discussing, considering, and posting about them. If you haven’t read any of our LitFlix this year, there is a list with links to all of them here. Enjoy!