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George R.R. Martin is right to think Marvel’s cinematic baddies are boring


We live in a golden age of super hero movies. What Marvel, and now DC, are doing with their cinematic universes is pretty special. The idea of taking the shared universe concept that is seen in many comic books, and applying it to film, was nothing short of brilliant. Since Marvel started this trend with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve gotten film after film ranging in quality from okay to excellent. Marvel has yet, by most accounts, to release a film that is generally considered to be bad. However, that doesn’t mean that their movies are flawless. In fact, almost all of their movies seem to have one glaring issue: the villain.

For years now I’ve been waiting for a truly great villain to show up in a Marvel film. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet. We either get villains with cheesy or unoriginal motivations, villains that share the same abilities as our hero, or villains that are just nameless, faceless masses of aliens and drones that pose no threat to our heroes. I was hoping Ultron would buck this trend, but I was left disappointed by him as well (Skynet anyone?) I mean, don’t get me wrong, their villains aren’t terrible, but none of them are very memorable. Out of all their villains, Loki is the probably the only compelling one. However, while he may be compelling, he just isn’t very intimidating.

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5 Great Book-To-TV Adaptations

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If you’re like me, you can’t resist a good book-to-screen adaptation. One of my favorite things to do is compare what happens in the books to what plays out on the screen; I love the debate it can inspire. The best fodder for this is found with television adaptations, of which there are quite a few that I could go into. But I’ve narrowed it down to just five. Read on and see if you agree with me.

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The difference between Game of Thrones’ White Walkers and wights

Game of Thrones logoWarning: this post contains Game of Thrones‘ spoilers.

Who is the real villain in Game of Thrones? Could it be Cersei, who wants her brother dead, and would do anything to remain in power in King’s Landing? Or is it Peter Baelish, whose schemes and machinations are known only to himself. Or perhaps it’s Melisandre, who has no problem convincing her “King” to burn his own daughter alive. Or just maybe, it’s that stable boy we only see for about three seconds in season two, episode five (I’m on to you!)? If I was a betting man, I would say it’s the terrifying White Walkers, and their army of wights.

Why the distinction? Aren’t they all just the White Walkers?


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