I know this article is trying to be cute, and it’s “exciting” to have all this nerd shit under one umbrella but I really do think, politically, that we need to stop having “two thoughts at once” when it comes to the culture we consume. It’s high time to start really analyzing the impact of this huge bloated monster. We need to put to task whether what we’re consuming is actually good or just the machinations of a capitalist machine that will serve you up fine but hollow and to celebrate it as exciting
Taika Waititi and James Gunn are being heralded as these indicators that “actually, these are fine and they’re allowed to be creative,” while completely ignoring Edgar Wright, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller’s firing for “not staying with the same vision.” They want the names and the things they carry, Edgar Wright carries indie prestige and with it that audience, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller this habit of turning the expected into the unexpected. While they could have been making anything else, they were tied with this, then subsequently fired for not fitting into the mold.
Taika Waititi and James Gunn are good, but can it honestly be said that Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy are their movies? Or just a James Gunn and Taika Waititi flavored Marvel movie. I’m glad they’re getting paid, but let’s not pretend these movies were ground breaking.
There is no good thing here and to try and even suggest this could be exciting is so frustrating because it buys into directly what they’re selling. It’s the sort of response that makes this news possible. It’s already too late, and I feel like I’ve been shouting about this for year, which makes the response to this news even more frustrating.