I love The Avengers, but I don’t want to see it rebooted, remade, reshot, or readapted. I don’t want new stars doing old scripts, or new filmed/recorded adventures of the same characters played by different people. It needs to be discussed, dissected, respected, understood and played with - but that does not mean that it needs updating or rebooting or anything else except maybe a Blu-ray version.
Though the Fiennes/Thurman movie is all the proof you need of the wisdom of this post, in general I would argue that unless you can add something interesting or improve upon the original in some meaningful way (i.e., not just better special effects), there is sufficient argument not to remake anything. I understand the ‘built-in audience’ appeal for Hollywood, but if you’re just going to shit all over the original, or worse make fun of it, don’t bother. Anyway specific to The Avengers, you’re never going to top Diana Rigg no matter what you do, so you’ve lost before you’ve started.
You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.
We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”
I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.
-Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals (x)
Anthony Mackie is a gift to all mankind.
I saw him (and Chris Evans) in civilian garb on the street one day while Cap 2 was filming. Evans was undercover enough so that if you didn’t know it was him, you would walk right past him, which was of course entirely the idea. Mackie I guess figured he wasn’t well enough known to be recognized, but when someone did spot them (she hyperventilated “Oh my GOD it’s THEM!”), Evans made no sign that he had heard her, which is the smart play. Mackie, however, gave a smile and a wave, which impressed me. He seems like a genuinely good guy.