Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a Marvel Heroes DVD Collection on May 13th. The box set includes the following titles: X-Men, X2: X-Men United Special Edition, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes Volume 1, Elektra, and Daredevil. In addition, it comes with a Marvel exclusive flip book and digital comic “The Origin of the Silver Surfer”. Retail price: $69.98.
Why, why, why? Let me get this straight, I’m paying $70 for two decent X-Men movies, a third that was mediocre, and the rest that I probably won’t consider watching ever again? To Fox: If I remotely consider buying this, I demand a $40 rebate: $15 to have me sit straight through Elektra, $10 to not roll my eyes once during Daredevil, and $7.50 for the brain damage I receive from each Fantastic Four movie. I really can’t speak for the Fantastic Four Volume 1 box, but personally, I just haven’t heard anything about it.
What’s the logic in releasing a collection like this? Now Fox might not be desperate or anything, but this sure makes them look it when they’re cheating out 9-year olds, urging their parents to spend hard-earned money on dazzling, Photoshopped box art…or simply hardcore Marvel movie fanatics who just have to purchase every piece of merchandise Fox uncovers out of their “bright idea” box.
One piece of reasoning that I can come up with is that these movies are actually able to stand as one collection, rather than as distinct entities. Why is that? Why have so many of these movies failed to please fans and audiences, even with soaring box office numbers? One word: style. Uniqueness. Although the X-Men films have displayed prominence amongst the rest, one can very easily blend the entire collection together and vaguely notice a difference. However, what can you do? That’s the world of Marvel…characters coexisting in the same universe.
Now look at DC Comics. They have 2 lead, iconic characters: Batman and Superman. Dark and Light. Would you ever see a DC Comics DVD Collection like this? No, because the two characters don’t belong together. Although they may exist in the same universe, their worlds are complete opposites. Kind of like a “together, but separate” concept. This is also a quality vs. quantity issue. How many total movies have been released from Marvel and DC each? Now how many quality movies have been released from each? The numbers for question 2 come up pretty evenly, don’t they?
Anyways, May 13th is when the collection comes out. Purchase at your own risk.