Hey, why isn’t Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on Twitter? Because he’s already killed all 140 characters, that’s why! Ah-ha, that’s my favorite internet joke. But seriously, Martin has never been shy about letting his opinions be known, and he recently took to his blog to wax poetic about his displeasure with the current crop of bad guys being portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While sharing his thoughts on Ant-Man in a recent blog post (he liked it, for the most part… feel free to compare his blog post with my review of the film as well), he lamented the fact that, to his eyes, most villains in the MCU are just “evil twins” of the good guys:
I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting).
Now, certainly, GRRM is entitled to his opinion, but one has to wonder how many MCU movies he’s actually seen if this is truly his feelings on the matter. To date, there have been 12 movies released in the greater MCU; Martin references two in-universe films as examples (Spider-Man 3 isn’t part of the MCU action), which is less than 20% of the entire Cinematic Universe. Whether he couldn’t remember them, conveniently left them out, or hasn’t yet seen their movies, examples of villains that are “wildly different” than the heroes who fought them would have to include Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy), the Chitauri – via Loki and Thanos (Avengers), Malekith the Accursed (Thor: The Dark World), Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron). These examples are from the already-released MCU alone – more can be found in the “greater” Marvel films and the yet-to-come MCU tales.
What do you think, Bastard friends? Does George R.R. have a point, or is he in error? Error… R.R. … I think I just made another joke, hooray for me!