While each of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films is incredibly accessible in its own unique way (in that they have massive appeal), the world as a whole does represent something new and fresh that may not have been tackled before. In creating this world of overlapping franchises and characters, they’ve made an unprecedented super-franchise.
Interestingly, when faced with this world, it’s hard to think of it as a standard movie franchise. Given its convoluted nature, its shifting perspectives, and varying styles, it’s kind of a different beast in and of itself. Speaking with CinemaBlend, actor Mark Ruffalo opened up about
“Oddly enough I joke with people that this is like doing a TV show where you shoot one episode every three years. There’s a continuity to it, and when we talked about it with Marvel or [Marvel President] Kevin [Feige], we really do talk about it as the character’s progression and where… I’ve been able to have a lot of say in where it goes, and you’re also dealing with a new script and a new world, but the characters feel like they’re making a journey, you know? And it does feel like one goes to the next and goes to the next. It feels like a long serial, which is nice, I think.”
The interesting thing about this is that Ruffalo is both right and wrong — at least in my opinion. When it comes to TV shows and serials, one thing that’s pretty much true is that there is a consistent tone across the board. The MCU manages to be a completely different beast in that every film has the potential to be a something totally unique — the fact that we can have a movie like Thor: Ragnarok come out a few months before something like Black Panther is a testament to that.
What do you think of Ruffalo’s comments? Do you agree, or do you think the MCU has gone off enough in its own territory to be its own thing? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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