The Thor Message Board >> View Post
·
Post By
Mek

In Reply To
Upper_Krust

Subj: Re: Again? Always. [SPOILERS]
Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 10:40:49 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Again? Always. [SPOILERS]
Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 01:29:30 pm EDT (Viewed 2 times)

Previous Post

Hiya Mek! \:\-\)

> > It makes perfect sense.

> No, I'm seriously having a hard time wrapping my brain around that.

Don't worry, I'm here to answer your questions.

> > Well its a step up from "none of his arguments hold water". \:\-D

> Doesn't really make much of a difference. I was only slightly agreeing with you on that one point.

They say great minds think alike, so yours is currently slighty great. \:\-p

> > I would agree its not the reasoning for everyone.

> Wow, we actually agree on something? I guess Hell must have froze over.

...somehow I can't see it lasting. \:\-D

> > > Some of us -myself included- are not really fans of dual identities.

> > Didn't you post last week that you are enjoying JMS run?

> No, if you actually paid attention to the real 'message' of my post, I just said that I was starting to enjoy Thor as a character. I still have a disdain for JMS and dual identities, though the former is something I'm really sick of talking about now.

Let me ask you this...what does Jarlson add to the story that Blake doesn't?

> Besides, we haven't actually seen Don Blake on Earth for maybe a grand total of 4-5 pages, not counting the Architect*Don from the first half of the first issue. Even then it's not really THAT much of an issue. Which makes me wonder why he even bothered to bring Don Blake back if he's not going to use him. Maybe after the first 6 issues he will, I dunno.

Blake's inclusion could be metaphorical, although you could argue it always was.

> > > And why bother with having to juggle the transformation crap?

> > 1. In the beginning...there was Don Blake.
> > 2. It gives Thor legitimate ties to Earth and a reason to live there.
> > 3. It gives Thor a weakness.
> > 4. It raises moral questions.
> > 5. It raises class questions (more relevant in the sixties than now, but not yet irrelevant).
> > 6. It gives us a better contrast.
> > 7. It expands the history of the character.
> > 8. It gives us an interesting plot device.
> > 9. It means audiences can better empathise with the character.

> I only see Don Blake as clumsy hurdle for the writers to juggle with.

So you see it wrong then, read the above list.

> I don't want to go to a Thor movie and have to deal with him as Don Blake angsting and whining and then suddenly gaining humility in a typical deus ex machina moment.

You don't suddenly gain humility, thats why he was sent to Earth to live as Don Blake. To learn humility through life experience.

> You CAN make a good Thor movie without having to use Don Blake.

Possibly. But you can't make a good Mighty Thor origin movie without Don Blake.

> It's all in a manner of properly executing certain concepts and knowing what will work within the typical 2:30 hour time limit.

Its also in doing the source material justice.

> > > From the sound of things with the movie's story so far, having at least 1/3rd of the movie dedicated to just Don Blake wouldn't exactly be very entertaining.

> > Why would it necessarily be 1/3rd? It could be 1/5th or 1/6th...and I am thinking specifically of a Thor movie synopsis that shall remain otherwise unmentioned. ;-p

> You just couldn't resist, could you?

I don't know what you're talking about. ;-p

> > > I'd rather they just go with a Sigurd Jarlson-type thing -with him essentially being depowered- and leave it at that.

> > Doesn't exactly give us the same amount of gravitas, does it.

> I can think of several ways it could give a similar amount of gravitas.

Don't be shy...share them with us.

> > > I may pull the 'dumb young adult new fan' act every now and then to confuse and frustrate people here for my own amusement, but I'm not THAT blind to 'Mighty Thor' history.

> > Then don't insult my intelligence by suggesting Sigurd Jarlson for the Thor origin movie.

> Okay, how in the heck was I 'insulting your intelligence'?

The very idea of suggesting Sigurd Jarlson for the Thor origin movie is about as idiotic as putting Beta Ray Bill (who incidently appeared before Jarlson in continuity) in the Thor origin movie.

> All I was doing was just saying that, given the current direction the film's story is going, it might be a little more plausible to go a 'Sigurd Jarlson'-esque route instead of the dual identity crap of Don Blake.

How the hell is it more plausible!? He puts on a pair of specs and no one recognises him...its one of the most debated logic gaps in Superman lore...thats one of the reasons Walt included it, as a tongue-in-cheek nod to that character. In case it wasn't obvious enough he even has Jarlson bump into someone called Clark (knocking him to the ground) talking to a woman called Lois.

> I mean, they don't have to call him 'Sigurd', they can always call him Don Blake anyways:

Its not just a name, its a character.

> the way I see it, depowering Thor completely and throwing him into the world of mortals would be just as effective to do the 'humility' thing.

Firstly, Jarlson wasn't depowered. Secondly he still looks identical to Thor (but for the glasses), so you run into that logic gap. Thirdly a Mortal amongst mortals won't teach 'Thor' anything. Its the fact that Blake is crippled that teachges him humility - its that very poignancy, how can you miss it!?

> > I wasn't aware you did impressions?

> Yeah, I can do several spot-on impressions of several posters' posting styles here on the board.

Yes but are you any good at them or is it more of a thinlly veiled charicature I wonder?

> > > You want Don Blake, you want Earth, you want Jane Foster (while I'm aware you haven't crowed on about that, I'm certain it'd pop up eventually), you want Thor's banishment from Asgard to learn humility...

> > That sounds like all the key ingredients from the origins of the Mighty Thor's origins....everything you want to throw out it seems.

> No, I'm just saying I don't want the dual identity/Don Blake crap.

Which is the WHOLE CRUX of Thors origins!

> We can keep Jane Foster, we can keep Earth... those things I don't care about, since they can work if handled properly.

Meaningless without a proper Don Blake iteration.

> I just don't want to have to deal with the stupid dual ID stuff.

Its not stupid. You just don't understand it.

> You throw in too many things, you end up with a jumbled mess and plot holes that get lost in the course of the film.

Are you [insert expletive] kidding me young lady!? You want to add in all the Asgardian characters/relationships and cameos from peripheral villains such as Skurge and the Enchantress.

> Need I mention 'X-Men 3: The Last Stand' as an example of such?

That movie felt a tad rushed but it was pretty straightforward enough. I'm not an X-3 hater, but then again I don't read any X-comics.

> > A verbatim adaptation would be self defeating for a number of reasons.

> > Firstly, you need about 120 pages of story to fit into a movie, JIM #83-88 is far too piecemeal to be made a coherant movie.

> Yet it appears to me that you want some of, if not all of those issues crammed into a 2+ hour movie.

Probably more like bits of #83, #85, #88, #148 (disguised as #114), #118, #119. But its worth noting that we are taking key elements and using them in tandem with the Blake origins. So we still have the central crux of the origins, just that the periphery elements have changed.

What the movie script does is change everything.

> Hey, I'm just calling it like I see it.

You see it wrongly then.

> > However, that doesn't mean we throw out the entire history of the character. With a few tweaks it can easily be made to work.

> I'll concede that any sort of concept can work if implimented properly. But with what we've heard of the movie's script so far and the direction they're going in, some elements -like Don Blake- more than likely won't work.

Then the direction is wrong and/or dismissive of the core origins.

> > > then color me bright neon green.

> > I'll get the paint.

> Har har har.

Now you look like She-Hulk.

> > He might stand out, but to a lesser degree.

> Truth be told, I don't know a whole lot about the Norse mythology, but I was always under the impression Thor was one of the more important/venerated ones back in his day. That, and there is his heritage, which I think would have some leverage in his overall importance.

But do you understand the point I make when I say he'll stand out to a greater degree amidst mortals?

> > ...and in one of the earlier script reviews it actually mentioned the script was dour and humourless. Which is at odds with the Warriors Three who were basically created for light relief (even if they have evolved slightly throughout the years).

> Well who isn't to say that there might have been a few slight comic relief moments? I'm not saying there should be anything out of place, but I don't want the Warriors 3 to be the irritating comedic foil sidekicks who are only there to appeal to the little kids who might be watching. Any sort of 'forced humor' would come off as out of place. I'd rather that if the Warriors 3 are used for laughs, I'd rather they be through subtle dialog humor rather than physical comedy for cheap, forced laughs.

You can have griity, "gallows" humour without resorting to the wacky slapstick of Captain Jack Sparrow (to use an obvious example)

> > I like to be mercurial.

> And with that revelation, now I can sleep well at night.

Snug as a bug in a rug I'm sure. \:\-\)

> They say great minds think alike, so yours is currently slighty great. \:\-p

Cute, Upper Krust, reeeeal cute.


> > Wow, we actually agree on something? I guess Hell must have froze over.
>
> ...somehow I can't see it lasting. \:\-D

It'll never last. Never.


> Let me ask you this...what does Jarlson add to the story that Blake doesn't?

Do you even pay attention? Or do you only have selective memory/seeing and only see what you want to see? Because that's the impression I get from every. single. one. of your posts. That had absolutely nothing to do with the original topic.


> Blake's inclusion could be metaphorical, although you could argue it always was.

As far as I'm concerned, Blake is a waste of space in the new series so far, metaphorical or not. Besides, everyone's gonna learn he's actually Thor sooner or later. Small town people might be simple, but they're NOT dumb and I'm pretty sure some of them have already put 2 and 2 together behind the scenes. Hence why the secret ID in general is a lame, lame, lame idea.


> So you see it wrong then, read the above list.

I did read it. And I don't agree with it.


> > I don't want to go to a Thor movie and have to deal with him as Don Blake angsting and whining and then suddenly gaining humility in a typical deus ex machina moment.
>
> You don't suddenly gain humility, thats why he was sent to Earth to live as Don Blake. To learn humility through life experience.

He can also learn a huge thing of humility as a severely depowered god thrown into the world of mortals without help as well. I'd think being stripped of what makes you powerful and being left to fend for yourself in a more complicated/simplistic world would be a lesson in humility as well, if not moreso.

> > You CAN make a good Thor movie without having to use Don Blake.
>
> Possibly. But you can't make a good Mighty Thor origin movie without Don Blake.

So? Ask the average comic book reader and while most will probably recall Don Blake, a majority of them probably didn't even know there was a Don Blake. Alot of people get into 'Thor' through Simonson's run -which is possibly the most reccomended story arc to any potential new fans- so there ya' go.


> > > Why would it necessarily be 1/3rd? It could be 1/5th or 1/6th...and I am thinking specifically of a Thor movie synopsis that shall remain otherwise unmentioned. ;-p
>
> > You just couldn't resist, could you?
>
> I don't know what you're talking about. ;-p

YOU LIE! >=O


> > I can think of several ways it could give a similar amount of gravitas.
>
> Don't be shy...share them with us.

Pay more attention to past posts of mine and you'll probably see that I have indeed shared them with the class. Maybe not in the way you want me to explain, but it's been explained none the less.


> > Okay, how in the heck was I 'insulting your intelligence'?
>
> The very idea of suggesting Sigurd Jarlson for the Thor origin movie is about as idiotic as putting Beta Ray Bill (who incidently appeared before Jarlson in continuity) in the Thor origin movie.

Oh no you didn't. You did not invoke Beta Ray Bill in the conversation. Bill has nothing to do with this, so don't bring him up. And on a somewhat unrelated note, why the hell should continuity have anything to do with it?

> > All I was doing was just saying that, given the current direction the film's story is going, it might be a little more plausible to go a 'Sigurd Jarlson'-esque route instead of the dual identity crap of Don Blake.
>
> How the hell is it more plausible!? He puts on a pair of specs and no one recognises him...its one of the most debated logic gaps in Superman lore...thats one of the reasons Walt included it, as a tongue-in-cheek nod to that character. In case it wasn't obvious enough he even has Jarlson bump into someone called Clark (knocking him to the ground) talking to a woman called Lois.

You're forgetting one slight detail: nobody -in this world, anyways- would know what Thor really looks like. The thing about religious mythology/history is that there are countless visual interpretations of Gods, Goddesses, the 7 Archangels, pre-photography era Saints and mythical/ancient beasts. We don't know what a majority of them looked like, so we go by paintings and whatnot for visual aids.

So I sincerely doubt that if this Thor were to go to Earth as a depowered himself, nobody would think twice that he's Thor. They'd probably think him to be some burly man (who's a nutcase for calling himself after a god) and nothing more.


> Firstly, Jarlson wasn't depowered. Secondly he still looks identical to Thor (but for the glasses), so you run into that logic gap. Thirdly a Mortal amongst mortals won't teach 'Thor' anything. Its the fact that Blake is crippled that teachges him humility - its that very poignancy, how can you miss it!?

Yeah, I see your point there. But seriously? Don Blake could have ANY disability (be it a mental handicap, deafness, muteness or blindness) and I still wouldn't be convinced it'd be a good idea for the celluloid Thor.


> > Yeah, I can do several spot-on impressions of several posters' posting styles here on the board.
>
> Yes but are you any good at them or is it more of a thinlly veiled charicature I wonder?

Oh, I could get quite accurate (read: incredibly vicious) if I wanted to... but standards won't let me.


> > No, I'm just saying I don't want the dual identity/Don Blake crap.
>
> Which is the WHOLE CRUX of Thors origins!

Oooooo, now you're using random caps. You must be really frustrated at this point!


> > I just don't want to have to deal with the stupid dual ID stuff.
>
> Its not stupid. You just don't understand it.

I understand it well enough to know that I don't like it.

> > You throw in too many things, you end up with a jumbled mess and plot holes that get lost in the course of the film.
>
> Are you [insert expletive] kidding me young lady!? You want to add in all the Asgardian characters/relationships and cameos from peripheral villains such as Skurge and the Enchantress.

Who says I want them to play large roles? Just have them appear to establish red herrings for the eventual sequel and leave it at that. Nothing more, nothing less.

> > Need I mention 'X-Men 3: The Last Stand' as an example of such?
>
> That movie felt a tad rushed but it was pretty straightforward enough. I'm not an X-3 hater, but then again I don't read any X-comics.

To be quite honest, I didn't think the movie was all that bad. But looking back on it, it suffered pretty much the same as Spider-Man 3: trying to cram a bunch of stuff and allowing important things to get lost in the shuffle.


> What the movie script does is change everything.

But isn't that true with every adaptation to film (or cartoon or video game)?

> > Hey, I'm just calling it like I see it.
>
> You see it wrongly then.

If that's the case, then I don't want to see it right.


> > > He might stand out, but to a lesser degree.
>
> > Truth be told, I don't know a whole lot about the Norse mythology, but I was always under the impression Thor was one of the more important/venerated ones back in his day. That, and there is his heritage, which I think would have some leverage in his overall importance.
>
> But do you understand the point I make when I say he'll stand out to a greater degree amidst mortals?

No, I don't.

> > > I like to be mercurial.
>
> > And with that revelation, now I can sleep well at night.
>
> Snug as a bug in a rug I'm sure. \:\-\)

With three pugs stealing my bed space, snoring all night? Absolutely.



Posted with Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.7 on Windows XP
Alvaro's Comicboards powered by On Topic™ © 2003-2022 Powermad Software
All the content of these boards Copyright © 1996-2022 by Comicboards/TVShowboards. Software Copyright © 2003-2022 Powermad Software