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Anno_Domini 11-13-2012 02:05 PM

More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Poll time once again!

So I was talking to my friend last night, who saw Green Lantern for the first time(lol), and we had this discussion of how awful Parallax was, but then the conversation evolved into talking about the portrayal of Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and I have to admit...I don't know which was the worst portrayal. Granted, they top the cake within their own categories(Galactus - worst Marvel villain portrayal ever; Parallax - worst DC villain portrayal ever), but I have to know...which do you think was worst?


Galactus?

http://www.herogohome.com/wp-content...actusCloud.jpg

Parallax?

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ondīs_fear.jpg

metaphysician 11-13-2012 04:45 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
All mangled and killed? I suppose if I had to pick, Parallax was worse, though. At least Galactus was only apparently killable by his own rather extremely powerful Herald.

Happy Jack 11-14-2012 12:13 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Parallax was at least a character. A bad character, but still.

Project862006 11-14-2012 01:49 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
do you honestly think this can work on screen lol
http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np...actus-lava.jpg

some fans need to realize some characters visually will never work in live action

i'd love to be proven wrong on galactus

Saitou Hajime 11-14-2012 04:36 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Galactus. At least Parallax being a turd (figuratively and literally) was front and center throughout the promotional material, so the blow is cushioned. They sort of just drop the Galactus cloud on us.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Project862006 (Post 24636029)
do you honestly think this can work on screen lol
http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np...actus-lava.jpg

some fans need to realize some characters visually will never work in live action

i'd love to be proven wrong on galactus

It can work if someone wants it to work. This self-ironic crap when it comes to overly fantastical elements is what leads to things like the Galactus cloud.

Project862006 11-14-2012 05:38 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
eh not really he is very over the top looking bright blue and bright pink snd like 100 feet tall with gigantic horns

somethings just dont work in live action it is not about fantastical many comic characters are over the top looking

why do you think even Marvel didn't do this for Arnim Zola in captain america?
http://www.liveforfilms.com/wp-conte...arnim-zola.jpg

The Joker 11-14-2012 06:27 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Happy Jack (Post 24635685)
Parallax was at least a character. A bad character, but still.

My sentiments exactly. Galactus was just a cloud.

Saitou Hajime 11-14-2012 07:45 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Project862006 (Post 24636783)
eh not really he is very over the top looking bright blue and bright pink snd like 100 feet tall with gigantic horns

somethings just dont work in live action it is not about fantastical many comic characters are over the top looking

why do you think even Marvel didn't do this for Arnim Zola in captain america?
http://www.liveforfilms.com/wp-conte...arnim-zola.jpg

But that's the common trap: you think of Galactus as just the big purple guy, all you're going to get is the big purple guy. His portrayal in "Nova" is great example of getting the character to work: a real force of the nature, less humanoid and more of an impassive god.

As for Arnim Zola, the character had to work with more grounded characters, so in his instance stripping his outlandish elements is justified. But Galactus as a character exists above everyone else, so you can away with him having over the top elements.

ThePhantasm 11-14-2012 07:58 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Parallax at least had some elements of his character remaining. Galactus had none... he was just a big space cloud.

The Sarge 11-14-2012 09:58 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Galactus could be done properly- and as for Arnim Zola, I'm sure if we see him again, he will ed up getting his robot body as it's already been referenced. It's good to ground the character in reality first, before putting them in the body of a teletubby with a camera for a head.

Wesley Dodds 11-14-2012 10:04 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Project862006 (Post 24636029)
do you honestly think this can work on screen lol
http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np...actus-lava.jpg

some fans need to realize some characters visually will never work in live action

i'd love to be proven wrong on galactus

Actually,if the FF movies had the tone they should've had (Think Futurism, neo-60s aesthetics, theremin soundtrack) Galactus could not only have worked but been ****ing breathtaking, man.

KangConquers 11-14-2012 02:14 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Project862006 (Post 24636029)
do you honestly think this can work on screen lol
http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np...actus-lava.jpg

some fans need to realize some characters visually will never work in live action

i'd love to be proven wrong on galactus

Giant Space Worms probably weren't supposed to work on screen, but Avengers had them, and it outgrossed X-Men 1-3 combined.

Maybe you and Fox both need to reassess your beliefs?

Human Torch 11-14-2012 03:12 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
15 to 0 Galactus.That pretty much says it all.:woot:

Scarlet Spider 11-14-2012 03:50 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
A proper Galactus could work on screen. It's tricky but if the execution is right, it could work.

Ghostbusters comes to mind.

A comedy at heart but a great film that had a premise played completely straight and a tone that was completely grounded in our world. By the end of the film, the world is literally coming to an end and this is what our heroes are up against:



The film did such a great job at pulling the audience in, that by the time we got to the end, we completely bought into such an absurd concept, without question.

Anno_Domini 11-14-2012 07:40 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Human Torch (Post 24639039)
15 to 0 Galactus.That pretty much says it all.:woot:

Indeed. I always thought Parallax was terrible in GL, but I guess everyone thought Galactus was even worse :funny:

kane9321 11-14-2012 08:15 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
galactus hands down......A HUGE STORMCLOUD...JUST WOW

Duran Man 11-14-2012 08:43 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Galactus. It's unfortunate Fox didn't have the balls/brains to give us something like this:

http://mattpagedotcom.com/galactus/f...earth-6109.jpg

BlueLightning 11-14-2012 09:00 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BenReilly (Post 24639245)
A proper Galactus could work on screen. It's tricky but if the execution is right, it could work.

Ghostbusters comes to mind.

A comedy at heart but a great film that had a premise played completely straight and a tone that was completely grounded in our world. By the end of the film, the world is literally coming to an end and this is what our heroes are up against:



The film did such a great job at pulling the audience in, that by the time we got to the end, we completely bought into such an absurd concept, without question.

That's true! I never thought of that before, but you are right. If they got away with that, why can't Galactus be done right?

Slushy 11-15-2012 05:36 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

do you honestly think this can work on screen lol
YES!

Hell, if they were so anal about "realism" then Gah lak tus would've been acceptable.

AVEITWITHJAMON 11-16-2012 09:43 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
As a bigger Marvel fan, and someone who has read much GL, it has to be Galactus for me, to not actually see him was very dissapointing.

ShredderX 11-16-2012 10:34 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Duran Man (Post 24640685)
Galactus. It's unfortunate Fox didn't have the balls/brains to give us something like this:

http://mattpagedotcom.com/galactus/f...earth-6109.jpg

That would've been all types of AWESOME !!

matrix_ghost 11-16-2012 01:58 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
To those thinking galactus wouldn't work :

VIDEO-CLick to Watch!:

Anno_Domini 11-16-2012 02:20 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
One person finally voted Parallax, haha.

NewYorkSpider 11-18-2012 12:38 PM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Galactus.

The Guard 11-20-2012 10:39 AM

Re: More of a letdown - Galactus or Parallax?
 
Parallax actually had some story/exploration behind it, and was more or less an improvement over the cosmic space bug.

Galactus is the bigger disappointment, as his story elements were kind of set aside in favor of The Silver Surfer, but I can't pretend that the "cloud", as people call it, wasn't still kind of daunting and threatening. There was clearly something in there...we just didn't get to see it (well, most of it).

The main issue with the portrayal of Galactus is that he didn't really have a personality to speak of. It was just an event that consumed planets. In grand fashion, mind you, but there was no "I must survive" element to the concept as I recall...which was always what made Galactus interesting. You kind of didn't want him to perish, even if it meant eating a planet or two.


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