If you read the title and are surprised, you are on the same boat I was about a month ago. When I found the Max Steel trailer last month, I thought it was a joke at first. But no sir, it is 100% real. You can watch the trailer below.
In case you watched that and are totally confused, let me enlighten you. Max Steel is a popular line of action figures from Mattel that has been adapted into two separate TV series. The first one ran from 2000-2002 on Kids WB and Cartoon Network. The second one ran in 2013 on Disney XD and continues to run on Netflix. It chronicles the adventures of Max McGrath and Steel, who is of an alien species known as the Ultra-Links. Max essentially has inherent super-abilities, and Steel helps him regulate them; thus the name Max Steel when they are united. So now that you have the basic idea, let's talk about the film.
In the film, Max's father, a scientist of some sort, has mysteriously died, and Max, a normal high school teenager, wants to know more about his father's research. Sound familiar? Probably because it is very similar to the plot of The Amazing Spider Man. At first glance, it may seem rather cliché, and granted, it kind of is. However, I think that there are some aspects of this movie that may make seeing it worthwhile.
First, I think it combines the stories of some of our favorite superheroes. Honestly, many superheroes have similar origin stories. But I think that Max Steel is unique in that it feels like if Peter Parker decided to make Iron Man armor instead of a spider suit. Plus, Max's dependence on Steel to regulate his abilities is similar to Spidey's dependence on his web shooters, Tony Stark's dependence on the Iron Man suit, or Batman's dependence on his utility belt. This, I think, creates an almost immediate sympathy for Max.
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Second, I think it's a good way to introduce a character that kids have loved for a long time to adults. With top-of-the-line special effects and a PG-13 rating (for some sci-fi action violence), it will probably make more of the older crowd feel more comfortable seeing a movie about what is perceived as a childish character. I personally look forward to seeing it myself when it comes out later this month on October 14.
So what do you think? Leave me your thoughts on it in the comments below or on one of my social media accounts! I'd love to hear your opinions!
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