Marvel summer blockbusters earn mixed reviews

Trenton Holmquist, Sectional Editor

Being one of this school’s comic book nerds, only a few others from my rare breed can truly understand the anxiety when a new movie is scheduled to be released. It doesn’t matter if you know, or even like the character, something in our brain just makes us twitch right up until our butts plop in a chair, the lights go out and the movie we’ve been waiting so long to see begins.

Before school ended last year, Marvel announced two movies would be coming to theaters over the summer: “Ant-Man” and “The Fantastic Four.”

It was a long wait for the first of the films to come out. Then, on July 17th, Ant-Man premiered in many cinematic structures across the country.

I should’ve been a little more open minded to this little-big hero. It was kind of ridiculous. Come on, what the heck, Marvel? You could choose any hero, but you make a movie based on some dude with ants in his pants. It didn’t take long for me to change my mind.

After just a few minutes into “Ant-Man,” my distraught faded. I was impressed because it brought something new to the table. It was unique. It wasn’t your typical superhuman trying to stop an alien army and that’s what made it interesting.

Now, thanks to director Peyton Reed, every kid now roams the neighborhood trying to Jedi mind-trick ants into doing their bidding.

Although, admittedly, it would be pretty cool to be able to fly on an ant, seeing Paul Rudd on one is good for now. The effects were pretty standard as far as movies go nowadays. The costumes were cool too, but pretty basic. The only thing that stands out are the ants. They were realistic looking for human sized insects.

The defining quality with this movie was that it was different. By the time it was over, I was ready for some normal superhero action. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get it.

August 7th arrived. “Fantastic Four,” the movie I was most excited to see came around. I don’t think Marvel, or Sony, has ever let me down like this before.

Flawed, boring, slow and actionless are all characteristics that perfectly fit alongside the title on the posters. The only thing keeping me awake halfway through the movie was looking at Kate Mara in her super suit. Other than that, the movie had nothing to show for all the money spent making it.

In every movie, the boring part is the backstory. Knowing that the action is just around the corner keeps people motivated not to walk out the back door and start hassling the poor ticket booth kid for a refund.

There was no action! A five minute scene at the end where they declare their heroism and slam their fist in the face of injustice just to knock him out with no problem at all? What? Really? What was the point in even having a bad guy, if all you wanted to do was play with special effects and bore people to death? At least make it worthwhile.

Sony, it’s understandable that you want to live up to the expectations Marvel Studios has set, but it’ll take more than spiffy costumes and super hot actresses to do so. The next time you decide to make a movie, do the world a favor: make it interesting.