I saw Hancock recently, and I must say, that I loved the movie, and it made me love Will Smith even more. It was hilarious, though a bit graphic when it came to that part where John Hancock literally stuck the guy's head up the other guy's ass. But overall, I loved the movie. I thought it was a good idea for someone so idealistic to come along and help the guy become a real superhero. But I thought Mary and her story was a bit random... She was left him, and told him to go away because she was "finally happy". I mean, what does he get out of it? I didn't even see anything like them even kissing coming along! Because sure they had looked at each other and gave each other... meaningful glances, and then they DID kiss--but when she came out with that story, it seemed more random for me. I just thought Mary didn't like him or saw him on the streets, or maybe she was one of the woman that he had ... "flirted with" (pulled at her skirt or something). Although I was a bit disappointed at the ending, how it kinda left some unanswered questions. Where is Hancock going to live? What was the real reason as to why Mary left him? Maybe it's just me, but I was confused, because I never heard her say WHY. She was screaming that she hated him, but later on while he's in the hospital, she was saying about all those times where he saved her. They seemed pretty happy... >.> "I've had to deal with you for the past 3,000 years!" It seems to me that it should've been the other way around? What did Hancock do to her? Maybe I missed a scene...Anyways, I'm really glad such a community exists, so I'm not the only one who kinda wants to write a fanfic for Hancock. ^_^ I'm not sure what to write about as I usually can never write anything other than "romance"/fluff, and I don't really think Mary and Hancock should be together. And I'm not good at writing gay fics (Ray+Hancock, but they do have more chemistry than any other Canon pairings. But there isn't even a chance for crack pairings. Who else IS there? XD).
She was angry, scared, and had just spent 80 years repressing her divinely ingrained feelings for her biological and psychological mate, who by the way didn't remember her due to having his skull cracked open in front of her. Who wouldn't get a little unhinged and start screaming stuff they didn't mean in that situation?I basically read that whole confrontation as Mary trying to drive Hancock off because she knew that loving him was destined to be fatal again - plus there was now a third party involved - and she wanted to head off that collision as soon as possible. Of course it didn't work, they'd already delayed the inevitable too long, but I can see the reasoning behind what she was doing.
This.I admit it could've been handled better and even if the twist was great, seemed very sudden -- but it was still handled well, enough to not seem random and for Mary's side to be reasonable.
Um, did you miss the part where they lose their powers if they're close to each other for too long, and the only way for one of them to heal from near-fatal injuries (either 80 years ago when his head was cracked in or in the present with them both shot) is for the other to go *far* away, at least for a little while?
But what I don't get is, Hancock was in LA for many years. Mary could see him on TV all the time. Why didn't she help him out in some way, maybe anonymously by letter or through a 3rd party...ooh, that sounds like a fic idea. And why didn't them being that close affect their powers? And why didn't she worry she'd meet up with him, and try to move, or get him to leave? Why was he in LA in the first place? Could he somehow sense her presence?
I think one could write a very respectable Hancock/OFC in his new life. It's unfortunate that the movie didn't offer up any other female characters, like a reporter or someone, who could become interested in Hancock. At least I don't recall anybody.And there's always past-fic, with Mary and pre-Hancock when they were happy together...or when they weren't.
For me, tying things off that neatly would have completely ruined the emotional impact of the film. Not everybody has to be hooked up at the end. Besides, there's the fact that no matter what's happening now, Mary and Hancock will never be completely over. Mary loves Ray, but Ray is going to die, while Mary and Hancock will be dancing back and forth, on and off, forever.
I just saw it tonight, so I'm late to the party, but I have to say, I completely failed to see how she was supposed to be a sympathetic character. Hancock was a very messed up dude, especially in the beginning, but at least he made an effort. She used her divine superpowers (supposedly stronger than his! but even if not, she's got an extra 2,920 years of experience behind them) to... pick up men in supermarkets? I don't know. And then she lies to Ray. And in trying to keep him in the dark, drags Hancock into the lie and... acts like a supervillain for a few minutes, completely failing to let Hancock know about the power drain feature when it'd actually do him some good. Classy.And yet he hauls his ass out of the hospital to save her life, so she can go back to her Donna Reed existence, leaving him to save the world... far from LA, presumably, and his only buddy in the world, Ray (and Aaron, I s'pose).(By the way, what was with that ending? Mary's proud of Ray because Hancock basically guaranteed the success of his project? Bzuh?)Anyway! Sorry for the rant. I agree, her story was kind of random -- they had enough plotlines for at least another hour of movie, and it all got kind of rushed through in a way that didn't make much sense. But up til then it was awesome :)