Missed Opportunity in a Sea of Better Retro Choices

In a world awash with superhero content, the first clip from Marvel Studios' upcoming film, The Marvels, disappoints on multiple fronts.

October 30, 2023

The Marvels, Marvel Studios' upcoming film, recently released its first clip, and the reception has been, to put it mildly, polarizing. One could argue that the clip showcases a litany of cinematic sins: uninspiring music, lackluster choreography, and cringe-worthy dialogue. It's as if the creators took a page out of the Power Rangers playbook, but missed the mark on the campy charm that made the latter a cult classic.

For parents who grew up on a diet of quality superhero content, from the Justice League animated series to iconic films like The Dark Knight, this new offering from Marvel seems like a hard pass. Why settle for mediocrity when there are better options? For instance, recent adaptations of Super Mario Bros and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have managed to capture both nostalgia and innovation, setting a high bar for what a modern superhero or adventure film can be.

The argument that "you're an adult, this isn't for you" doesn't hold water. Quality entertainment transcends age. If a film can't appeal to both younger and older audiences, perhaps it's not the audience that's the issue. The notion that one should lower their standards simply because a film is targeted at a younger demographic is a disservice to both the art of filmmaking and the intelligence of young viewers.

So, what would it take to give The Marvels a chance? Outstanding reviews from trusted critics could tip the scale. After all, even a shaky start can be redeemed by a strong finish. But until then, there are plenty of other ways to spend quality time with the family without subjecting them to subpar entertainment.


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