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Marvel need to invest more in their animation
on 9 November 2014
Let me start by saying this set is excellent value, I hadn’t seen any marvel animated stuff before this and the price of this made me take the plunge.
Marvel and DC are in an eternal battle for the audience, and while neither side would ever truly lose due to both owning incredibly popular intellectual property, their battles take place in the type of media they release and there are winning sides. In the live action movie world, Marvel edges ahead I think down to their impressively solid future planning, In the Live action tv series, Marvel again has triumphed with agents of shield, however in anything animated DC has rather easily surpassed anything marvel has done. These films are the clearest reminder yet of who wins in this arena, It doesn’t matter if the audience is for children or an older generation, there are better animated features out there.
Within this box set there is a range of quality, the Hulk vs episodes were good and did have that DC flavour to it as it portrays struggle well, and probably as a result of having a 12 rating. The clear and precise animation does not distract, the best animated films will make you forget it is animated whilst allowing for scenes not possible on a budget in live action. Planet hulk was good in a similar way, the irony is that the hulk animated films are the best here whilst in the live action arena the hulk films are the worst. (arguably due to its high quality peers)
The first avengers film I feel was the worst, with weird character art, a little bit of a dull story that didn’t really feel perilous or have a sense of sacrifice no matter how much they tried to say there was, and the animation was incredibly dodgy. It looked like a very cheap motion comics graphic engine that someone had sitting in their computer, and made no effort to invest in this movie.
Dr Strange I did find an interesting one, although a PG I felt like it had a mature theme to it of dealing with inadequacy, frustration and anger. It did fizzle out a bit towards the end but then I suppose it was too short a time to really have a full Dr strange story running along side his inception story.
To be really honest the others are quite forgettable, i watched them only 2 months ago but dont really remember any standout moments, the way i normally would with other animated movies.
As mentioned DC animated movies absolutely Excel over these. If you are looking for recommendations, check out the Dark knight returns part 1 and 2, Batman under the red hood, Wonder woman, and Batman assault on Arkham to name a few. All of those are not really suitable for young children however, if you do require something for that audience try the series young justice or green lantern both available on bluray from amazon.com. If marvel want to catch up, (and if they did they would dominate) they would have to invest in these avenues more by securing better animation teams and employ better story lines. The great thing about marvel is how secure their plans for future storylines are, so they should try to tie the animation line into this the same way that marvel agents of shield tied into the captain America films.