COLUMN: Hollywood should look into supervillain origin movies
In Hollywood, especially in recent years, movies about superheroes' origin stories have dominated the box office and received high praise from critics. In addition, most of these movies have even started popular franchises, such as "X-Men," "The Avengers" and "Batman."
However, instead of rebooting or pumping out new superhero movies every summer, I think it would be creative and cool for them to make a movie about the origin of some of the most renowned comic book villains.
Every single superhero in the comic book universe has an arch nemesis, so honestly, it would make sense to make a movie about a villain. I know past movies have shown the origins of villains alongside the origins of the heroes, such as "X-Men: First Class" telling Magneto's alongside Professor X's.
But I think rather than having the spotlight on the good guys, maybe someone could shed some light on the bad guys. The more I think about this idea, the more ideas I have for some awesome origin movies for a few of the most well-known villains.
One movie I think would be cool is the origin of Lex Luthor. Think about it: This is a guy who, without magical powers, went head to head with the most powerful superhero known to man. Not only does that make Lex deserve a little respect, but it also makes him entitled to a movie deal.
It angers me that Hollywood would make a “Smurfs” or “Chipmunks” franchise rather than bask in the evilness that is Lex Luthor.
Another movie fantasy of mine would have to be an origin story about the utterly evil mastermind himself, Dr. Doom. If "Spider-Man” can have a reboot, I am sure Hollywood could plan on resurrecting Dr. Doom from those two simply awful Fantastic Four movies. Instead, why not begin when he was in college with Reed Richards (later Mr. Fantastic) and show the failed experiment that messed up his face?
Whole stories about the origin of Dr. Doom is a genius idea; plus, just think about how cool they could make his suit look in live action.
My last suggestion for a movie about a supervillain comes from the “Spider-Man” universe. Basically, Carnage was a more psychopathic version of Venom, which just means he murdered hundreds of people and decided to take on Spider-Man while he was at it. A movie about him could explore his troubled childhood from his abusive parents to his stay at St. Estes Orphanage, which made him the way he is.
Also, with the Venom movie in the works, a Carnage film could be a possible tie-in with “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, which would make my nerd dreams come true.
Max Meier is a broadcasting and electronic media sophomore.