T-Shirts: Another Marvel-ous Day
We've got a collection of marvelous Marvel tees today, all in black. I went to see Captain America: Civil War, but I never had the chance to write about it. Wish I could have seen it more than once, but that hardly ever happens. Just too busy. Anyway, the movie was spectacular. So much action, so much fun, so much emotion...so much beating up Tony. Cap (and everyone else) took a lot, too, but that twist in the end and Tony's rage, that was incredible. I knew from the first trailer that it would break me. It makes me very happy that it made over $1 billion at the box office. They deserve it for bringing us such entertainment.
And now some talented artists bring us t-shirts to proudly announce our love for these wonderful characters wherever we go.
Finally saw Ant-Man again last weekend, for the first time since it was in theaters. It think it was funnier than I remembered, and I remember laughing my butt nearly clean off. Paul Rudd was also hilarious in Civil War, as he always is, and had such charm and chemistry with everyone.
Hello, Black Panther. What a dangerous kitty you are. And what a fantastic introduction. Can't wait to find out more about you and see your first solo movie.
I have a special place for Tony Stark...and RDJ. They are what got me into the Marvel Universe. I never had comic books as a kid and was only vaguely aware of Iron Man. I had seen and loved the X-Men animated series, I knew who Spider-Man was, but that was about it. Then I saw the first trailer and I was hooked. Then there was the moment Tony opened the gift from Pepper: his original arc reactor engraved with "Proof that Tony Stark has a heart." It was one of the highlights of Iron Man's many emotional moments and what definitely kept me coming back for more.
It was a great summer back in 2008. Iron Man and The Dark Knight reminded the movie business that if you respect both the genre and the audience by bringing in talent across-the-board, then you can have truly great movies and viable franchises. It's been more hit than miss since.
I remember reading a comment on Twitter wondering why superheroes have to fight each other. They're the good guys, so I guess some who see this genre of storytelling as less than others expect them to always be faultless and upstanding and fight only clear-cut villains. First of all, superheroes always go up against villains, so this was a fun change. But more seriously, thinking about real people and relationships, no one gets along all the time. People have their own ideas, ideals, fears and hang-ups. Sometimes those motivations create a clash on important issues, and people who were once close find themselves on opposite sides. The righteous can become the villainous, depending on your perspective.
Civil War drew the lines beautifully and showed the tragedy of friends torn apart by the choice they had to make between being controlled, ineffectual and possibly imprisoned when the government feels like it, and humanity's fear of superhumans going unchecked. If the movie did it's job (and you aren't one to tune out valid arguments because they're contrary to your favorite hero's opinion), you should have sided with both camps and neither, and just hoped the former friends could realize that there wasn't one solution, and that they needed to stop before someone did something they couldn't ever take back.
And then there was the incredible humor in that scene where everyone fought. I did not expect the darkness of this movie to turn so suddenly to humor. I need more Spider-Man/Ant-Man scenes in the future, because they are both so funny. It's always good to add a light heart to the heavy drama. It makes things more relatable and loss more devastating, which was made quite evident when Coulson temporarily died in The Avengers.
Before I forget, there's one more shirt. Unfortunately, it's not available right now.
Since I happen to be writing this in my Steve 'N' Stark Civil War tee, I have to include it. There have been a number of shirts worthy of buying, but I couldn't choose sides with Team Cap over Team Stark or vice versa. When this one came up at Qwertee, I knew I needed it, and I just found out it happens to be by the same guy who designed Vitruvian Stark, Simon Butler. Hopefully, one day he'll put this one up in his RedBubble store.