4:27pm PT by Graeme McMillan
George R.R. Martin Is Tired of Marvel's Movie Bad Guys Already
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has some opinions about Ant-Man, and recent Marvel Studios movies in general. Spoiler: Those who feel as if there are too many people in Westeros to keep track of might be surprised.
Overall, he wrote in a recent blog post, he liked Peyton Reed's superhero flick a lot. "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 Maguire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock," he explained. "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)."
However, he had a few complaints. Not only did he want to see more of the Wasp (Didn't everyone?), he was unconvinced by the choice of villain. "I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero," he wrote. "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."
Martin also turned out to be suspicious of Marvel's overall fondness for carnage. "There's a lot of action [in Ant-Man] but not so much that it overwhelms the plot and characters, which was my problem with the last Avengers film … and the one before it, to think of it," he wrote. "A superhero movie needs a fair share of smashing and bashing and stuff blowing up, of course, but [in my not so humble opinion] that stuff works best when it is happening to people we actually know and care about, and if you jam in too many characters and don't take time to develop any of them properly, well …"
The irony of the man behind the massive ensemble cast of the Song of Ice and Fire novels bemoaning huge casts is strong, but anyone who's read through Martin's massive tomes knows that he really does take the time to develop his characters. And then some.