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I hate butterscotch. It’s bastard caramel.
One lowly opinion about delicious treats overheard at FILTER office (via filtermagazine)
I’d have said that months ago. But we got really good butterscotch in at my workplace for November (because, as an aspiring writer, I work slinging ice cream) and as of now I have but one thing to say: I NAME THEE, PRINCE OF LIES!
Hank Pym’s struggle with his ‘son’ Ultron is one of the greatest psychologically grounded rivalries to come out of Marvel comics.
It’s a dramatic and intricate break down of Hank’s inferiority complex and bi-polar depression, coupled with an extravagant and threatening android personification of megalomania with an Oedipus Complex.
And Joss Whedon thinks that having one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits (with JARVIS controlling it?) go out of control and evil is a fitting replacement?
Joss has already expressed his interest in Ultron by stating that he loves how he’s just "really pissed off". Truly he understands this deep and complex character. So glad he gets to bring him to film.
Thanks, Mr Whedon, for denying Hank, a founding Avenger (as well as creator of alternate universes and Scientist Supreme) of one of his greatest achievements and greatest failures - the crux of his character.
And thank you further for unloading it on a character that has already seen the most emphasis in the MCU - you might as well re-name the Avengers “Iron Man and Friends”.
Joss, I’m sincere when I say this: Go fuck yourself, buddy.
If you’ll forgive me the nitpick, I doubt Whedon has anything near full creative control of this. He’s probably shackled by a movie release schedule that has as much to do with the demands of execs as genuine artistic intent. A big-budget shared universe like this is nothing if not made by profit-driven comittee. The suits can go fuck themselves too. More, in fact, because they didn’t make Buffy.
That said, this shit is bogus. I really have to +1 everything you said about the wasted potential here. Hank Pym is bar none one of the most compelling characters in the Avengers stable, and a personal favorite of mine. He’s a mad scientist who is trying his damnedest to be a superhero and never giving himself enough credit for succeeding. Ultron is, among other things, a perfect establishing of the stakes in this struggle. Go fuck yourself, buddies. Whedon, you better make some good shit soon. I can only coast on the goodwill from Cabin for so long.
The sequel will be told from the— at first— submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator’s life. Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I’m calling him Cornelius. He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she’d once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and— go figure— Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.
Chuck Palahniuk on Fight Club 2 (the book)
I’m…not looking forward to this. Chuck’s been phoning it in hard on everything other than his narrator’s weird verbal tics for awhile now.
Well, this sucker squandered all the good will I had built up from Damned, which was fairly consistently funny. Also, seeing as it was a travelogue of hell and a teen coming-of-age comedy, Damned suited itself pretty well to the flaws of recent Palahniuk—gratuitious grossout setpieces, broad-strokes satire. So seeing that this was a sequel to Damned, I figured, you know, why not?
Sometimes you have low expectations and still get disappointed, I guess.
Because it is very very bad. It’s not shocking (it’s gross, but not shocking), it’s (mostly) not funny, it’s not insightful, it’s not anything I found worthwhile years back reading his stuff.
Dude was one of the first genuinely good prose stylists I recognized as such. And I read Lullaby a while back and it genuinely was a chilling little read. So there was there there. Seems like every internet discussion of the guy’s work tends to amount to discussion of when, exactly, it stopped being good (I liked a lot of Haunted, and nothing following that, so, um, yeah).
Bruce & Alfred by Greg Capullo
What’s this. A playful moment in Batman’s world? Perish the thought!
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