There’s little Marvel Studios can do wrong at the moment (for anyone in doubt Google Black Panther on Rotten Tomatoes and/or box office profits).
And with Avengers: Infinity War on the way it’s safe to say that Kevin Feige and his band of merry movie makers will no doubt be enjoying many more celebrations this year.
But with phase two of the MCU coming to a close people are starting to look back on the journey we’ve taken so far, and there’s one or two things jumping out.
One of those ‘only now can we see it’ discoveries has been made clear recently, in fact it took one Instagram post for us all to utter a collective ‘yeah, that makes sense’.
And that would be, why do Marvel villains look like they’re an alternate skin for the superhero in a video game?
Obviously that’s not to say there’s no substance to the bad guys, or that people are doing down the films, but once you see it you kind of do have realize it’s a question that should be asked.
And ask it people have.
Marvel Studio’s first ever foray into cinema Iron Man is flagged, as is Captain America: The Winter Solider, Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, before rounding things off with Black Panther and Killmonger.
Essentially you can go into great detail to explain WHY the protagonist and antagonist in each of the films checked in the image do look similar to one another, boiling things down to story lines, circumstances and the fact that the movies are tied inextricably to comic book lore.
But one argument that really stands out in terms of movie making is the idea that it’s easier to tell the story of good and bad using two different but equally similar beings, hence the juxtaposition that you get in Tony and Obadiah (Iron Monger) or Cap and The Winter Soldier.
As one Reddit user, wes205 summed up: ‘A mirror villain is one of the easiest ways to tell more about the hero facing them, probably why so many first-outing movies have had them!’
Indeed, it’s one that has been used time and time again, in many a comic book film.
But it’s not just confined to the movies, leaf through the pages of history in comics and you’ll see plenty of examples of mirror image villains in both the pages of Marvel and DC.
But whether its Venom or Bizzaro the trope works. It creates a hook-worthy story arc that can easily make shine a light on what makes a hero tick and endear them to the reader.
That said it’s not every hero or every film that uses it, or every comic book – but what long-standing print fans will no doubt hope for is that now that people are more well acquainted with the concept of the Marvel Universe that Feige and the Studio as a whole move away from using the trope of a mirror villain.
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