Marvel Insider: Nick Spencer Fucked Up Good Edition
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For anyone who cares, it should be stated now, but Nick Spencer has committed career suicide.
Disney is pretty much angry as hell that Marvel published the "Captain America is always a Hydra Agent" story. The story was done without their knowledge and the backlash and it's implications, have already bore fruit that will make it not last if not outright retconned.
Brevoort is currently trying to white night Nick Spencer (who has threatened to go to DC if he's not allowed to make Captain America his personal SJW soap box) to Disney for the sake of keeping him out of DC's hands. But internally, it's gotten to the point that most expect Spence to be gone from the company, if not outright blacklisted from Marvel, by the end of the year.
Part of the reason is Chris Evans, who has not been thrilled with the reveal and in the last couple of days, been giving Disney an earful about how dare they do something like that to the character. Evans has a love-hate relationship with the Captain America character: he took the role solely because Disney offered to get him work as a director after his initial contract expired, but the overwhelming fan response, especially amongst kids, has caused Evans to extend his run with the character and generally speaking, be a bit protective of the role (to the point that the bit in Avengers 2 where he chides Tony Stark for cursing was a reference to Evans' desire to preserve the kid friendly image of the Avengers to young fans).
she was a surprisingly good Jean Grey
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I was a bit iffy on her after seeing trailers, but she was a highlight for me. I really liked her performance and characterization. That scene at the end where she enters Charles' mind and then unleashes the phoenix on Apocalypse got me hyped as fuck. Her dynamic and relationship with Charles was quite good too.
In fact I liked most of the young cast in the movie. I was never fond of Cyclops and Storm in the original trilogy but thought they were great in this movie, they felt well developed and I actually emotionally connected with them - especially Scott, when his brother dies.
Apart from some pacing issues I thought it was great overall. 7.5/10. Weakest of the First Class trilogy, but it feels the most comicbook-ish. Had strong emotional beats (the relationship between Charles and Erik continues to elevate these movies) and some of the best X-Men moments (The X-Men uniting to battle Apocalypse, danger room sequence at the end).
Really looking forward to what comes next in this series.
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To those of you with a preference, what is it about one of these that you prefer to the other? Some certain characters you're attached to no matter what? A comic, cartoon, movie, or video game they once released?
A current ongoing series? Overall editorial policy, past or present?