So I am beside myself with excitement for this coming up weekend.
Though "Oblivion" was a great movie and "Pain and Gain" came out last week, the official summer movie season begins this weekend with the release of the much anticipated "Iron Man 3".
YES! I am so going to be there this weekend.
How excited am I for my Christmas? Let's just say, I have been watching the movie trailer, at least, twice a day for the last month.
Yes I have a problem. I am Gary and I am a movie junkie.
I don't know why I get so excited for the Marvel films. I am a DC Comics fan but Marvel films, sans Nolen's "Dark Knight", have been the benchmark when it comes to good quality superhero films.
I mean, check out this list. Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyenth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley in a Superhero movie. WHAT?
Marvel has really set the bar high with the quality of actors they line up for roles in their benchmark films.
Maybe that is why, when I know a Marvel film is coming out, that I just lose my head over it.
It is a bittersweet pill to take to say that Marvel is so much farther a head of the curve when it comes to selling and marketing their product to the movie-going marketplace.
Although, I think DC is finally going to step up to the plate when they put "Man of Steel" out in the coming months.
Although I think they have a long road ahead of them if they ever want to match up to the overall success of Marvel Films.
Plus, with Marvel continuing to put out high quality films, even when DC catches up, they will still be far behind.
That makes me sad actually.
I mean, lets put the "Avengers" versus the "Justice League of America" for a comparison.
Would you rather see a film with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk? Or would you rather see a film with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter?
In my eyes, it is no comparison. I will take the big three: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman over Iron Man, Captain America and Thor any day of the week.
I just feel those DC characters have a stronger back story and, to be honest, besides Iron Man, the other Marvel characters can be a bit boring.
Now throw in Wolverine, Spider-man and Iron Man in a film and you have yourself an argument.
But that isn't going to happen? Right? Oh wait, that was actually part of the lineup in the comic book for awhile wasn't it.
Page 2 of 2 - Why didn't Marvel go that route? Could you imagine how successful that "Avengers"film could have been?
Although Marvel has the great equalizer in Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. You can't beat Samuel L. Jackson, you just can't.
I am just glad that the movie season has officially begun. With films such as "Man of Steel" (June 4), "The Wolverine" (July 26), "Thor: The Dark World" (Nov. 8), "World War Z" (June 21), "Star Trek: Into Darkness" (May 15) and "Monsters University" (June 21) to name a few, it is going to be a great year for the movies with films for everyone.
Of course I can't help but look forward a little bit to the next year because that has some pretty big films coming down the pipe as well.
Is that a little bit like taking apart the ends of your Christmas presents to see what you got from Santa?
Maybe, but it never stopped me before.
Have a good week everybody and maybe see you at the theater.
Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville Daily Forum. His email is: email@example.com. Drop him a line sometime!