Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
On the eve of the release of SPIDER-MAN in theaters, writer/director Kevin Smith sat down with the man who co-created the webhead along with an entire universe of comic characters to talk about his legacy. One feature focuses solely on Spidey, while the other talks more about some of Lee's other creations like "The Fantastic Four" and "X-Men."
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Yes and no. I say that a lot as a cop-out but this time I feel justified being that this DVD is advertised as having two features on one DVD. Since they're treating them as separate features, I'll review them as such. The first, which focused on Spider-Man wasn't too entertaining. It offered little-to-no insight to the creation of Spider-Man I hadn't heard or read elsewhere a million other times. If you're familiar with Spider-Man at all, you'll find yourself (much like I was) rolling your hand in that "get on with it" gesture. Unfortunately, it never went anywhere exciting.
The second feature about some of Lee's other creations (and less-hyped at the current time) was much more interesting. I love all these books (not that I don't love Spidey, but lately I've had my fill of the wall-crawler), so to read about the creation of them was truly interesting. It was great hearing that my all-time favorite comic character, The Thing, is also one of Stan's faves. Great minds think alike, eh?! In any event, I found this feature, which focused less time on each book, to be the more informative than Spidey in that I hadn't heard it all before.
There's actually a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the DVD which fascinates me. They show the director setting up the lighting and everything for an interview. Not all too interesting but they did ask Stan why he wanted to do this and the same question to Kevin and they talked for a while about how much they respected each other. Somewhat interesting but not much here.
There was something else advertised about the unreleased FANTASTIC FOUR movie, and I was under the impression the DVD would include clips from the movie that were never-before-seen. I was wrong. It's basically a two-minute clip of Stan explaining why the movie got made and why no one ever saw it. A bit of a let-down.
In addition to these gems, we get an interview with Stan Lee's wife who seems like a nice woman but doesn't add a whole lot, Lee family home video footage (snoooore) and Stan reciting his original poem, "God Woke."
My favorite addition to the DVD was the full-length trailer for SPIDER-MAN. I could sit and watch that thing all day long!
For once, I'm recommending you check a disc out not for its cool extras but for the original content. While the Spidey interview bored me somewhat, I consider myself an afficionado. It might be super-interesting to the average comic fan. I really think the second feature will be interesting for any comic fan considering the wealth of movies based on Stan's characters we have coming up: DAREDEVIL, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, THE HULK, X-MEN 2....Face it, Stan's a true genius and this disc does a decent job of highlighting his work.