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Age Of Ultron marks Whedon’s swan song in the Avengers director chair but it’s hardly the end of the saga. The two-part Infinity War story has been set in stone for 2018 and 2019, along with eight other Marvel titles. DC, looking to get its comic-book universe up and running, has also announced a hefty release schedule. In tandem with a fresh batch of X-Men sequels, Spider-man spin-offs and Fantastic Four reboots, that’s at least 25 new superhero movies over the next five years. - Bernstein, 2015. See later sections below for analysis of the Marvel universe, UGC, web 2.0 and extended narratives...
I'll add to this shortly [done!]; having blogged on convergence (TV-film) this morning, this caught my eye, and made me think of theatrical adaptations of Bridget Jones, Billy Elliot and such. This can go the other way - West Side Story being an early example, Les Miserables a more recent (Working Title) example. WT have a long track record of exploiting IP (intellectual property), especially novels, for adaptation (Atonement, BJD...).
Do you believe in fairies? Does Harvey Weinstein?
The famously fractious producer has spent millions of dollars and run through a couple of casts and creative teams in a diehard attempt to transform the 2004 Miramax film Finding Neverland into a Broadway show. - Soloski (2015) - Finding Neverland review – Gary Barlow's dull songs sink muddled show.
|Blogger geekritiqued reconstructs this complex intermix of franchises into a singular narrative - see below|
We can look at this another way too - cinema is taking on arguably the key characteristic of the spate of TV dramas such as Breaking Bad, and older shows such as CSI and Law and Order, series which have had multiple spin-offs: spreading the narrative over many 'episodes', creating extended narratives.
Few could deny that, with The Avengers franchise, Whedon has pulled off an amazing feat. Bringing together all those heroes, giving them an equal playing field (OK, maybe Hawkeye picked the short straw) and finally getting The Hulk right after the two previous movie attempts had failed, was an extraordinary act of multi-million-pound plate spinning. The reason DC is rushing to get a Justice League movie off the ground, the reason movie studios are falling all over themselves to build their own giant interlocking movie universes featuring combinations of beloved characters, is all down to the blueprint Joss Whedon laid down with The Avengers. - quoted from Jonathan Bernstein's Whedon interview, 2015
|UGC taken to the nth degree: blogger geekritiqued offers a guide to the Marvel universe!|
Indeed, a rather enterprising fan has posted a guide on how to combine scenes from mutiple films and TV episodes to create a TWELVE HOUR linear narrative ... and that's before the Avengers sequel hits the screen!
GAMEBREAKER.TV ON MICHAEL FURTH'S 12 HOUR MARVEL UNIVERSE OMNIBUS
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are very familiar with the fact that the films are full of non-chronological storytelling. And it really succeeds in interweaving everyone’s stories together and creating a full universe. But what do you do if you want to see the story in order?
Well, if have the time, copies of all the films and some Agents of Shield episodes, and some really nifty editing software, then you can use this guide created by Michael Furth — the editor of The Comic Archive — to create your own 12-hour, 10-minute MCU Omnibus.The films needed to create this are as follows:
Once you’re done with that, Furth has also provided a guide for creating a second Omnibus covering Marvel Phase 2.
- Iron Man 1
- Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 3
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- The Incredible Hulk
- Thor: The Dark World
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Avengers
- Agent Carter one-shot
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer one-shot
- The Consultant one-shot
- Agents of SHIELD Episode 201 – “Shadows”
- Agents of SHIELD Episode 208 – “The Things We Bury”
SOME ADVANCED THEORY YOU CAN APPLY...
I've tended to reserve this for A2 work, but feel free to utilise the work of Brigid Cherry (on fan culture) and Henry Jenkins (who coined the term convergence). Oh, and Dan Gillmor...
Cherry examined fansites centred on the Scream franchise, which included multiple extended screenplays from fans; she uses the phrase "community of imagination", which is very similar to Jenkins' writing on 'participatory culture' and 'collective intelligence' to describe how UGC and web 2.0 processes blur the line between audience and producers. (Indeed, web 2.0 theorist Dan Gillmor wrote of "the former audience"...)