Courting Death: Characters Who Might Die In Avengers: Infinity War
by Nathan on April 3, 2018
Before we begin, a brief note: I typically dislike articles like these. I see a post with a title like “Characters Who Will/Probably/Are Going to Die In [Insert Movie Title Here],” and I brush them aside, mainly for two reasons: 1. I don’t want to actually spoil a potential movie death by reading someone else’s ideas and convincing myself they actually make sense (so why are you still reading this, then?). 2. Since so many of these articles speak in absolutes or at least close to absolutes, it’s a little hard to take them seriously. “Cap’s going to die for sure in Civil War!” they scream, or “Tony Stark has got to die in order for the plot to go anywhere!” This generally makes me scratch my chin and wonder “Really? You’re that certain?” So, I offer you the alternative: I’m just making assumptions here. Those articles do too, sure, but let me be really clear that I am only offering my beliefs on what may occur. I’m not pushing anything but my interpretation of canon; no other grandiose statement is being made.
When Nostalgia Isn’t Enough—How “The Last Jedi” Substitutes Subversion for Shock
by Nathan on December 17, 2017
Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog detailing my deep appreciation for Rogue One, the Star Wars anthology film that told the story of how a group of rebels stole the plans for the new Death Star base. Slotted between prequel film Revenge of the Sith and the original trilogy’s A New Hope, it enabled storytellers to craft a tale in part separated from much of the lore, characters, and concepts of the Jedi stories found in the old, original, and new trilogies. Not a clean break, certainly, but it was original in the sense it gave us something new and refreshing. For me, it worked well, for that reason and a variety of others detailed in that blog.
The Superior Spider-Manalysis (pt. 2)
by Nathan on December 7, 2017
When we last left our intrepid writer, he was scouring the heart and soul of the comic known as Superior Spider-Man, scourge of Spidey fans the world over, nitpicking the fiendishly droll dialogue, the pathetically corrupted characters, and the flawed core concept. However, fear not, dear reader, lest you think complaining and whining be his signature style, for there is some good in the heart of this dragon. It need only be exposed to the sun.
The Superior Spider-Manalysis (pt. 1)
by Nathan on December 7, 2017
Comic book fans are a strange crowd. We expect writers and illustrators to keep crafting stories of our favorite heroes on a regular basis over the course of fifty, sixty, seventy years without straying too far from the characters’ roots or tampering with their pasts too much. Hence why we throw hissy fits, complain on the internet, or send hate mail to creative teams whenever Captain America says “Hail, Hydra!,” Batman kills a few crooks in a movie, the Mandarin turns out to be just an actor, or the Joker suddenly looks like an angsty thug with too much body art. Granted, most of those concepts were in the films, but the underlying concept is that most fans hate, hate, hate change, for whatever the reason.
The 10 Best Deaths in Superhero Movies (5-1)
by Nathan on September 5, 2017
There’s not much to say here, I suppose. If you read the previous blog, continue and discover which deaths I listed as my top 5. If you haven’t read the previous blog, I’d suggest you take a look at that first. Or don’t. I guess you can read them in any order if you’d like.
Really quick, a reminder of the rules: I have to have seen the movie, I have to have liked the death, and it has to have been a character who stayed dead, because we know how much superheroes cheat death.