Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Superhero Media: Future Weapons - Season 1
Ok, so clearly I've gone right off the rails this time, how can a show where a former Marine Sniper looks at developing weapons technology possibly relate to superheros? I guess if you have to ask, you've never read a Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD comic. I think that many comic fans forget just how far-flung and Sci-Fi the old Silver Age comics were; these days, Iron Man's "transistor-powered" armour seems clunky and old-fashioned, but in the '60s it was bleeding edge. Even in The Ultimates, Fury can turn invisible and walk through walls, so long as the budget holds out. Guns that shoot around corners and bombs that can seek out the enemy hiding underground all have their place in comics, either being used by government agencies or misused by Supervillains.
As entertainment, I found Future Weapons a little lacking, it is essentially "gun porn" and not what I would typically go in for. However, I couldn't shake the feeling that any second Tony Stark was going to walk in and talk about repulsor technology. Watching Future Weapons back-to-back with Agents of SHIELD may be the best way to see how it can provide inspiration for a Spy-Fi or Secret Agent heavy Supers setting. I am left tempted to do an SS4 character with a massive Gadget pool and some crazy-looking (but very real) guns and battlefield materiel.
So, if you have a thing for guns, or are interested in having your Iron Man deal with some "real-world" bad guys, Future Weapons is probably worth a look; there seems to be a fair bit of it on YouTube. Personally, I don't think I'll be revisiting it anytime soon, unless the SF gaming bug gets to gnawing me again. Oh wait! Metal Gear! There's something to this yet...