As you all probably know, I live and breath villains. I do have many other things in this world that I treasure (my family & friends, books, unspeakable sexual adventures, equality activism, cigarettes, etc.), but villains always give me something to look forward to. Inevitably, a movie or book or something will always appear on the horizon carrying a villain. I thought Voldemort was the end of an era, but so many villains have come along to help me walk through life with something evil to look forward to. So, I have decided, in the spirit of the knowledge that there will always be new villains, to give a voice to this philosophy via one of the greatest creators of villains in history, Shakespeare:
"Something wicked this way comes."
-2nd Witch, Macbeth by William Shakespeare (IV.i.45)
Yes, I know it was the slogan for The Prison of Azakaban movie. Yes, I know it is the title of a wonderful novel by an author who has shaped my life, Ray Bradbury. I, however, am using it in a different sense. This is not the promise of a threat that will inevitably arrive. Instead, it is the optimistic promise that even when a great villain comes and goes that there will always be another one for us to be excited about. When Maleficent comes, we will look for another villain. We will find another villain. I am not suggesting that we disregard the villains whom we have anticipated. I am certainly not saying that. Gideon Graves was brought to the screen and was magical, and I still haven’t forgotten him. I bow before the old gods like Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates, Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, and so many others. My point is that rather than despair at the idea that we might not have a new villain enter into our collective imagination for a while, something wicked will always be coming for us—and we have that firm sense of hope. Villains are my heroes. Villains help us understand what is good, what is evil, and how such paltry categories are exceedingly subjective and relative. Most importantly, villains entertain us on levels that we never knew needed entertaining. They nourish parts of us that we didn’t know were starving.
Right now, I am looking to the horizon for Maleficent. The original will never be forgotten, but I hold to the promise that something wicked is coming—a hopefully glorious treat that will help to satiate my hunger for villainy. Never forget the ones who came before, but simultaneously look forward. Villains are forever. The future holds villains for us. Something wicked this way comes.