Entertainment Weekly- Comic Con Day Three
Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Johnson, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader
As soon as life returns to normal, so will you. Back from the dead.
Not without you.
the worst thing about treating those combat boys from the great war wasn’t that they had their flesh torn; it was that they had their souls torn out. i don’t want to look into your eyes someday and see no spark, no love, no.. no life. that would break my heart.
It’s no coincidence that the man at the head of the train is a deified white patriarch, mirrored perfectly by John Hurt’s Gilliam as the working class leader. Together, they keep everything aligned with their warped sense of “balance,” and groom Curtis to become a similar leader once they’re gone. The great thing is that despite his eventual heroism and self-sacrifice, Curtis really is a good choice of replacement for Wilford.
For all that we get to see that fantastic breakdown monologue at the end, we already know that Curtis is violent and fueled by revenge, that he doesn’t trust himself as a leader, that he’s the kind of person who would keep his followers in the dark in order to “protect” them (hello, cockroach soup), and that he would rather strategically capture an enemy than save the life of his best friend.
Every one of these actions and character traits is understandable, but Curtis is still not sufficiently different from Wilford or Gilliam to give us much hope for a potential future with him in charge. Curtis’s rags-to-riches journey through the train even resembles what little we know of Wilford, who went from being a normal boy to the most powerful man on the planet.