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Disney and the Morally Grey Villain
Throughout the years Disney has had villains that could easily be in the morally grey but instead of making these villains complex Disney opts to make them straight up evil. Villains such as Scar, Hades, Charles Muntz and Hans all have potential to be morally grey such as Scar clearly being disrespected by all including Mufasa, Hades having a moral code but being hated due to his position, Charles Muntz cheated by society and driven mad by isolation and Hans wanting respect and recognition after his mistreatment by his brothers. One could go into further depth with these characters, showing how they could have been morally grey and complex along with other Disney Villains who share similar fates.
Sympathy for the Devil: Hades in Media
In Greek mythology numerous Gods did evil things: Zeus destroyed entire civilizations, killed and raped numerous people and cheated on his wife countless times and that’s only one. However, Hades, lord of the underworld, is not evil. The closest thing to evil he ever got was kidnapping Persephone. However, in media Hades is shown to be a villain such as Disney’s Hercules and the Clash of the Titans remake, mostly due to the Christian belief that whoever rules below is evil. One could look into these and other misrepresentations of the mythological character and how he’s gotten a bad rep over the years.
The Futility of Vengeance in film
In films such as vigilante films vengeance never solves the heroes problems. One could delve into Paul Kersey’s constant isolation in the Death Wish films, Nick Hume destroying his life and his family’s life in Death Sentence and of course the Vengeance trilogy by Chan Wook Park.
The Return of the Action Genre
In the past decade the action genre of film has dwindled. It’s rare that we see a modestly budgeted action film make its way into theaters and even when it does it hardly ever does well. What we mostly see is films with titanic budgets, usually comic book based films, and the throwbacks to the good old days of action are only found on direct to video films with varying degrees of quality. But with the critical and financial success of John Wick, a modestly budgeted and original action film with countless potential for a large franchise, could the genre make a good comeback and if so how could it stay firmly in the box office once again?
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