While superheroic productions are enjoying unprecedented success, a new superhero film completely breaks the codes of DC and Marvel.
The director has scores to settle
Superheroes know their golden age. Appeared at the beginning of the last century, they have never been so present on our screens. Evidenced by the incredible number of superheroic productions slated for release in 2021. As Disney and Marvel, through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extented Universe, are pulling the cover to become the true market leader superheroes, small productions must redouble their ingenuity to be able to exist.
A similar phenomenon had been observed in the world of comics, in the second half of the 1980s, at the instigation of Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Watchmen Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, who broke the standardized narrative codes of superheroic narratives. More violent, darker, more political, these comics questioned the figure of the superhero.
In the 2010s, as the MCU and DCEU broke box office records, several films have tried to bring an aesthetic, again, more violent. We obviously think of films Deadpool, but also to Logan, which freely adapted the very bloody Old Man Logan of the Scottish Mark Millar. Series Watchmen, an impressive sequel to Alan Moore’s comic book, highlighted the deeply political aspect inherent in the superheroic figure. In doing so, this masterpiece by Damon Lindelof produced by HBO extended the questions of the authors of the 1980s.
Released today on Canal +, Mortal is a norwegian film, which also proposes to question the figure of the superhero. It tells the story of Eric, the reincarnation of the Norse god Thor. Not at all managing to control his powers, the young man creates chaos all around him. As a result, he is betrayed by the army and the police.
Filmmaker André Øvredal makes his protagonist a character whose powers, as powerful as they are, are his greatest weakness. In this sense, Eric is extremely removed from the traditional superhero figure as portrayed by Superman, Thor or Captain America. He’s getting closer to the X-Men, who still haven’t appeared in the MCU.
André Øvredal also seems to have scores to settle with Marvel. According to the director, revealed for his film The Troll Hunter, his ambition is to Return to Norway the Norse mythology looted by Marvel. In the Norwegian media Bergens Tidende, he spoke:
Marvel has appropriated Norse mythology, but I want to bring it back to us again.
If of course we can doubt that Mortal have a success greater than Thor : Ragnarök, however, we agree that André Øvredal’s ambition is large enough to deserve our full attention.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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