Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has revealed that he is “tired” of the way Marvel portrays its villains on the big screen.
Martin, a self-proclaimed “Marvel fanboy at heart”, shares his views on the comic book giant’s latest blockbuster, Ant-Man, in a recent blog post.
“Ant-Man has a proper balance of story, character, humor, and action, I think. A couple reviewers are calling it the best Marvel movie ever. I won’t go that far, but it’s right up there, maybe second only to the second Sam Raimi/ Tobey McGuire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock,” Martin writes on Not A Blog.
“I’ve liked most of the Marvel movies, to be sure, I’m still a Marvel fanboy at heart (Excelsior!), but I liked this one more than the first Avengers and a lot more than the second, more than either Thor, more than the second and third Iron Man and maybe just a smidge more than the first (though I liked that one a lot too).”
After outlining several “quibbles” he has with Ant-Man, Martin proceeds to criticise the way Marvel has depicted its antagonists in recent films. “I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero,” Martin writes. “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.”
Marvel’s Ant-Man opened in cinemas on July 17 and has since topped the box office in both the US and the UK. Watch NME’s interview with the film’s star, Paul Rudd, here.