Everyone suspected Minecraft would one day bring about the end of all things, but who could’ve guessed it would’ve gone down in such spectacular fashion? Wren Weichman directed a new video for Corridor Digital that finds Steve/The Player from Minecraft unwittingly stumbling upon Marvel’s grooviest Macguffin, the Tesseract. That brings in Marvel’s superheroes to battle it out with video game characters over control of the
plot device immensely powerful cosmic object. Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine represent universe 616 while team video game is made up of the Minecraft guy, Master Chief of Halo, Ash Ketchum of Pokémon, and Alyx Vance of Half-Life.
It’s essentially a fan film with deeply committed cosplayers mixing it up and uttering various catchphrases or obvious dialogue for their characters, but the clever conceits (one of the Minecraft bricks being the Tesseract, dimension jumping, and the resolution of the fight) elevate it beyond most fan creations. The special effects are especially impressive for this short film, with many aspects of the games and movie versions of these characters being perfectly replicated by a much smaller studio.
Fan fictions (in all forms) are always odd properties, as they seem like talent going toward something that will never be real, or else just building on what others have done. But it’s important to remember that a lot of common, famous creations started as some riff on fan fiction: Batman and The Shadow; Star Wars and Buck Rogers; Indiana Jones and adventure serials; Kill Bill and many movies from the ’70s; Fifty Shades Of Grey and Twilight (they’re not all winners). So it’s hard to tell if these efforts will lead to creating something new and exciting or merely just remain at the level of geeky fan service.
However, there is still massive talent on display in this video—as well as real attention and care for the characters and worlds being used. Hopefully it can act as a springboard for original content that makes use of the excellent filmmaking skills and the group isn’t merely in a cul de sac of regurgitating previously created characters.