Time Magazine published an interesting article last Friday entitled "Iron Man: The Only Interesting Marvel Superhero". The piece, written by comics blogger extraordinaire Graeme McMillan, claimed that Marvel's moviesverse has only one interesting superhero: Iron Man.
Here's Graeme's thoughts on Chris Evans' Captain America and Chris Hemsworth's Thor.
[Y]ou have Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Captain America, two men who could hardly seem more wooden and emotionally uninvested. Hemsworth’s Thor seems the complete opposite of Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, sucking the air out of every scene with every glower and deep-voiced murmur of dialogue. Similarly, Evans’ performance as the star-spangled Avenger looks as if he misread “upright hero” as “uptight hero” in his script, and it stuck.
Graeme does point out that this acting seems to be a symptom of the blockbuster nature of superhero movies, in that characterization is whittled down to a few core traits in order to not distract from the constant stream of action scenes and "Wow" moments. However, McMillan wonders whether Marvel's string of successes is about to let up, and warns that Marvel's output could be all downhill from Iron Man 3.
It does bear noting that Time Magazine shares a parent company with DC, who has their own major superhero movie coming up in Man of Steel. If we were a lesser website, one would wonder whether this was a bit of corporate synergy designed to throw a bit of mud in Marvel's face before their own big tentpole movie (which, if successful, could lead to a series of DC superhero films) was released. I mean, conspiracy nuts (the same ones who accused AOL of shuttering ComicsAlliance due to their anti-DC criticism) would probably point out that DC's parent company just paid someone to write a takedown piece on their rival, who has been kicking their ass in both the movie and comic department recently.
But to cut that off at the knees, I think that Time Warner could come up with a lot more inventive ways of attacking Marvel's successful movies than using a failing magazine to act as a mouthpiece. Also, Graeme's one of the better comics bloggers out there, and I doubt he'd be a party to such a thing, even if he did doubt our own veracity last week.
For what it's worth, I think that Graeme does bring up a valid point in that Evans and Hemsworth have nowhere near the stage presence as Downey Jr. Also, Thorwas a thoroughly mediocre movie, so maybe he's onto something.