2015 was full of key moments in Pop Culture! Jenna and Aaron gives you their picks for their favorite moment in this crazy world of Pop of Culture we all love!
The Return of Star Wars to the Big Screen!
2015 was a great year all around for all of Geekdom: a new Avengers movie came out, we actually got an Ant-Man movie, comic book shows rule prime time TV (and Netflix), Fall Out Boy and Adele released new albums, we were given a new installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, and – after 32 years – we finally received a Star Wars movie that is worthy of the title Star Wars.
Now, which do I feel is my pick for the Best Pop Culture Moment of the Year? All of them! I mean, 2015 has been one of the best years to be a nerd in whatever medium or fandom you belong to.
However, personally, I feel that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the best Pop Culture Moment of the Year. Not only has it broken all the box office records in cinema history, but it has brought together multiple generations of Star Wars fans – from the young who watch the Star Wars Rebels cartoon on Disney XD, to those who saw the original trilogy in theaters in the 70s and 80s – into a new sect of this fandom that we can all love. Not only that, JJ Abrams gives us a movie that is pretty epic in proportion even if it didn’t have the Star Wars moniker behind it.
Cinematically, the movie was beyond anything I could have imagined: the acting was great, the effects were phenomenal, and the chemistry between characters wasn’t forced and strained like many movies and shows today.
So, yes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily takes my top spot for Best Pop Culture Moment because, like Han tells Chewie when they finally reclaim the Millennium Falcon, “Chewie, we’re home.”
Marvel Studios Getting The Film Rights Back for Spider-Man!
Marvel’s adaptation of their comic book universe to the big screen has been nothing short of spectacular. To see the characters I grew up reading and continue to enjoy into adulthood in action while eating popcorn and sipping on my soda has been a dream come true. Then to see how well they have tied each film together into a larger continuity has made it truly feel like a comic book universe come to life, just with yearly release dates for the next chapter versus monthly.
Even though Marvel has transitioned their universe to work in the movie realm, it always felt incomplete to me. It’s not the movies themselves that feel that way, but rather like it’s missing a puzzle piece that truly brings the two universes together completely.
That piece? Spider-Man. And to be even more precise, Peter Parker as Spider-Man.
Peter Parker as Spider-Man will always be the heart of the Marvel Universe. His everyman struggles and his drive to always do right is the very foundation of what the Marvel Universe was built on when Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko was creating it in the Marvel Bullpen. And as much as I enjoy The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, not having Spider-Man and Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) left me a bit bummed. And, at the time, knowing that Marvel may never be able to wrestle the movie rights away from Sony due to the super hero film becoming a guaranteed treasure chest, ironically thanks to Marvel, was just another reminder that my dream of seeing Spidey in a Avengers movie was slim to none.
Then Sony just gave Spider-Man back. No money up front. No film rights exchange. No key to a top secret room of film secrets locked away in the middle of Disney World. Not even a ham and cheese sandwich. Basically Sony just gave Disney the rights to use Spider-Man in their cinematic universe along with producing a solo film for the character while just putting Sony’s name on it somewhere. Now, I’m sure that Sony will get a piece of the financial pie without, technically, paying for the movie to be made. And it’s no secret that Sony, at that point, was losing money on pretty much every branch of their company besides Playstation. So I can’t say it doesn’t benefit Sony in some way. Disney used Sony’s financial situation, and poor management, to pull off a heist in broad daylight and I proudly applaud them for it.
And to be quite honest, I don’t care how Disney did it. They could have let loose a swat team dressed completely like Minnie Mouse, called the Minnie Maniacs, to storm Sony’s headquarters and force them to give Spidey back. Actually, I like that way better.
Regardless, Marvel got its heart back in 2015. And that makes this guy a very happy geek.