Long before he wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the series that would make him rich and famous as it morphed into Game of Thrones – in fact, long before he was an adult – George R.R. Martin was a Marvel Comics fan. He famously wrote fan mail that wound up in the letters pages of Marvel books in the ‘60s, and he’s remained a devotee ever since. So, when he goes into a Marvel Studios film, rest assured he knows his stuff.

So, what did Martin think of Marvel’s latest, Ant-Man? Turns out he really dug it.

“ANT-MAN has a proper balance of story, character, humor, and action, I think. A couple reviewers are calling it the best Marvel movie ever. I won’t go that far, but it’s right up there, maybe second only to the second Sam Raimi/ Tobey McGuire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock,” Martin wrote on his Not a Blog. “I’ve liked most of the Marvel movies, to be sure, I’m still a Marvel fanboy at heart (Excelsior!), but I liked this one more than the first AVENGERS and a lot more than the second, more than either THOR, more than the second and third IRON MAN and maybe just a smidge more than the first (though I liked that one a lot too).”

One thing Martin’s not into, though, is Marvel’s frequent reliance on villains whose power sets more or less match the heroes they’re fighting, something the comics have often relied on, too.

“Also, while Yellowjacket makes a decent villain here (in the comics, of course, he was actually one of Hank’s later identities, after Giant-Man and Goliath), I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.”

Maybe, once he’s done writing two more massive fantasy novels, Martin could head over to Marvel Studios and see if they’d let him write a superhero flick his way. He’s already done the research, after all.

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