"Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts" is an American animated short film from 2019, so still relatively new, even if it came out in January and this means it is slightly ove r ayear old now, 13 months basically. Director Gimeno and writer Scott have worked on several of these "Marvel Rising" short films and this one runs for 22 minutes and it is not the only one with such a running time and also not the first one I watched. I mean it was tolerable, but never really particularly good. The characters, even if they look somewhat memorable like the big squirrel girl, are not too easy to appreciate, probably most of the others even less than the one I just mentioned. Ghost-Spider is pretty cool though no denying and maybe I also liked her because I like Spider-Man, well not always, but at least the animated (old) and also Maguire's version in the Raimi films back then, the current live action Spidey as well as the more recent series not so much. But let's not driift away from this one. I think there is one key problem here and that is that they have so many characters that it feels just like quantity over quality, even if you can feel their efforts to give at least each character one sequence/moment to shine, like when the big squirrel girls shows us her super effective kick. Anyway, same is true about the villains. There are also too many, especially if we also count evil creatures, but also two villains for 22 minutes is just too much, at least the way tehy dpicted it here. Honestly the one shoots these energy bolts or something is still pretty cool in terms of super power, maybe visually not so much as she looks like a poor man's Harley Quinn and I wonder if that as intentional, without the "poor man's" obviously. Does Marvel not have enough to offer themselves? I mean this is not even a fan film, but an official prodiction it seems and the inclusions of Dove Cameron (I find her as sexy as her female spider character in here, really hot for an animated character for sure), Tyler Posey, Tara Strong, Chloe Bennet and Dee Bradley Baker are nothing shabby at all. Sadly, despite these the film never gets going too much. This also has to do with the less memorable antagonist, who really offers nothing except that he looks like Loki. Especially the helmet. Seems again they borrowwed from another universe. Oh well. Voice acting was alright overall, the visual side was not too bad either, but those attempts when they went for teenage comedy, which is always a factor because of the protagonists' ages in "Marvel Rising", were nothing to be proud of. And yeah the story could have easily fit in a 100-minute movie with all the different characters, but to me it felt really rushed. In the end, this film gets only seen because of Marvel, not because of quality and even there it hardly felt like Marvel. Mentioning Tony Stark isn't enough, that much is safe, especially as they apparently were only allowed to portray minor characters that are not a crucial part of te Avengers films for example. In short, if you really like Marvel (and animation), then feel free to check out "Marvel Rising", but don't start wiith this one here. I give it a thumbs-down all in all.
Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts follows fan-favorite Ghost-Spider teaming-up with the Secret Warriors to bring down the villains Sheath and Exile for good. Can team leader Quake convince Ghost-Spider to join the team for good?
August 12, 2020