This year has been a spectacular one for Marvel Studios. At the front end, Captain America: Civil War was a film that culminated after 12 films of continued story and character arcs. Not only did it contain every Avenger under the sun, but it did so in a meaningful and surprisingly heartfelt way. Then, more recently, audiences had a palate cleanse in the form of Doctor Strange, a standalone that chronicled the origins of the Sorcerer Supreme himself. Both had certain missions to accomplish, and both did so with flying colors.
However, while this has been a great year for the studio, it hasn’t been immune to criticism. You may remember a couple months back when the YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting made a video essay on one of the studio’s biggest problems: music. Unlike films that many of us enjoyed back in our heyday, none of the Marvel movies have very distinct scores. And the video went on to state that the problem is more widespread than just the Marvel films — it’s a problem that’s made its way throughout the entire industry.
Well, it turns out the criticism doesn’t stop there. Another YouTube channel called Patrick (H) Willems outlines a completely different problem: the visuals. The video essay springboards off the premise that the Marvel Studios movies are “kind of ugly.”
Blasphemy? Check out the video and decide for yourself:
The video doesn’t vehemently condemn the visuals in the Marvel films, but on the whole, it criticizes how the visuals simply do not “pop” as they believe a superhero film should. While I can definitely see where this YouTuber is coming from, I’m not sure I entirely agree.
While the Marvel films have always been all sorts of fun, one thing they’ve been able to do is connect to reality. The visuals in the movies shown have more of a real-world aesthetic to them that I actually enjoy. I don’t think it’s a mistake that the movies look the way they do. I believe the contrast in them has been reduced in favor of a more nuanced color scheme — one that’s perhaps more in tune with real life.
What do you think about this video? Is this YouTuber onto something here, or do you think he’s dead wrong? Let us know your thoughts down below!