Did Feige Get the Stallone Treatment?

Did Feige Get the Stallone Treatment?

I think there is no question he did.

But the big question is was it deliberate?

For those who don’t know what the Stallone Treatment is. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone had a feud going in the 1980s back when they were fighting it out for the title of King of the Blast Flicks. They officially kissed and made up but the underlying rivalry was still very much there, but they were pretending to be friendly in the early 1990s.

One day Arnold is thumbing through scripts, looking for potential projects. And finds the worst one to ever cross his desk. It was a hideously unfunny comedy called Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. He couldn’t believe how thoroughly bad this thing was. He thought the script was a joke until he found out it wasn’t.

A couple of days later he runs into Stallone in a restaurant. Since they are now in the ‘pretend we’re friends even though we’re not’ phase of their relationship, they make small-talk. Stallone asked him about future projects he was doing.

Arnold sensing some major fun in the offing immediately starts praising this new script he had just run across to the rafters. It was going to be mega-huge. This unbelievably great project was called, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. He hadn’t secured the script yet but he would buy it up as soon as he got back from New York.

Stallone nodded in a freindly fashion and wished his “good friend” luck. Then immediately called his people and ordered them to buy that script.

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, was fairly serious career fuckage for Sylvestor Stallone, he didn’t recover from it for years. It was a trap that he rushed into when Schwarzenegger barely waved the bait in front of him.

When DC Films made public their coup of securing A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay to helm a New God’s film, Marvel annouced Eternals to be directed by Chloe Zhao three weeks later.

The difference between these two films that were based on more or less the same story by Jack Kirby was that Marvel spent $200 million plus on their movie. Whereas, DC clearly had no intention of ever producing their film. No resources were directed towards it. No casting decsions were ever announced. No real work was ever done. In hiring Ava DuVernay, DC was indulging in a vanity project whose only purpose was to impress members of the Club. The Club was in love with a Wrinkle in Time because it was the first of the super Woke movies (they were heroically ignoring the fact that it was utter crap).

No it doesn’t make sense to us but like New Guienna tribesmen, members of the Club are only too happy to destroy their own wealth as a way of counting coup on their competetors.

Regardless, Eternals is now offically a disaster for Marvel and Kevin Feige has egg on his face when he least needed it after having gone to war with his boss and lost.

The big question is, was this all just an accident or did DC deliberately set out to give Marvel the Stallone Treatment?

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  • Old Mouse Reply

    > The big question is, was this all just an accident or did DC deliberately set out to give Marvel the Stallone Treatment?
    Well; there’s no one with a brain for strategy at Warner Brothers/DC Films, you already laid out a solid social/political reason for the “bait” being laid that had nothing to do with laying a trap for the Devil Mouse, and I thought it was considered common knowledge throughout the dissident blogosphere that Big Media is as much a shadow-competitive monoparty as US politics and gives no flips about financial wins or losses. Personal grudges are the only stakes that matter inside that camp, and it’s not like Marvel wasn’t turning to crud anyway, or that them being crud would make DC any better.
    I would have asked instead if Chapek let the project through to make Feige humiliate himself, but I just rechecked and the the stupid flick was announced in 2019, well before Iger formally stepped down, let alone actually.

    November 12, 2021 at 4:31 am
  • Wazdaka Reply

    That is some A level trolling

    Makes me wonder how much of today’s nonsense might be mega douchebags trolling each other

    November 12, 2021 at 5:42 am
  • Robert W Reply

    The meta whodunit will be figuring who trolled CW into the batwoman series again and again

    November 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm
  • douglas Whiddon Reply

    I’m going to admit this, I actually enjoyed The Eternals.

    I have bad taste in movies to start with.

    I was going to skip this one; but, some friends said they were going so I went. We all discussed it over dinner afterwards and, all of us Marvel movie fans, thought it was a solid “okay”. The biggest problem is that this is no punchy-explody-rollercoaster movie that everyone can enjoy. and really this needed to be 2 movies with a lot of set-up first. These characters needed to be in pretty much every marvel movie ever. Just one or maybe two randomly appearing like Stan Lee. As it was it was too long and too complicated for the general audience. I just think this was never going to work.

    But, a solid “okay”. I enjoyed going out with my friends and then talking about it afterwards. I don’t feel any need to see it again.

    November 13, 2021 at 5:49 am
    • David Reply

      Much appreciated that you shared your opinion. You pretty much confirmed what I expected, for Eternals to work they needed to build them up slowly over the course of a few movies, one at a time, not drop them all at once into a movie that tries to cover thousands of years.

      November 14, 2021 at 1:17 am
  • joe90 Reply

    Captain Marvell

    Marvell is more than capable of producing the Eternals without help. DC has neither the competence, confidence or self awareness to try it. What happened was a simple circle jerk over wine with pasta that got out of hand & ´”Hey Presto” it the ETERNALS.

    November 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm
  • MrUNIVAC Reply

    I see that Disney is still trying to make Kamala Khan happen. You would think that the utter tanking of the Avengers game, which should have been a sure-fire slam dunk, would have taught them that Marvel fans are at best indifferent to this character and at worst actively avoid anything with her in it. But SJWs always double down, I suppose.

    I wonder how much of that is her being the head of Marvel Comics’ self-insert character.

    November 13, 2021 at 1:44 pm
  • David Reply

    The sad thing is Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is much more watchable today then a lot of movies made now. I never heard the story of how it got started.

    November 14, 2021 at 1:20 am

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