This is a matter of inconvenient timing


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I watched Captain America last night after resisting temptation to watch it this weekend.  I had fun and thought it was a good movie (though the claims it is the best Marvel movie yet I think are a bit overblown.)   One thing I thought of this morning was the connections that movies make and their associations and connotations which certain movies contain.  Of course as a comic book fan, I am familiar with Dum Dum Dugan, but not everyone in the world is, and so some must have heard the name of this character and associated it with the events of this weekend's tragedy in Norway (where the killer was using dum dum bullets.)  Some probably even felt a sense of outrage at this event and thought less of the movie for promoting gun use and violence.  It is interesting to consider though if something might have been changed if the producers knew the movie would be released the same weekend.  It may seem far-fetched but really is not.  Advertising for Die Hard with a Vengeance was cut back after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building.  The terrrorist acts on 9/11 caused a few implications.  First of all one of the early trailers for Spider-Man had to be scrapped altogether, whereas Peter Jackson was going so far as to consider changing the name of the second instalment of the Lord of the Rings before he realized that fan outrage would make more people angry than it would placate.  Of course, they couldn't override almost 50 years of comic book history just because of the events of one madman in Norway, but if they had known might they have left out the name (but kept the bowler hat)?

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