If they really hated Shinji that much, then why not just kill him? They said repeatedly that they had no use for him. Also, Shinji doesn't ask enough questions considering he's been in a coma for 14 years, and anytime he does he's immediately shot down or stonewalled by either Misato or Asuka. Misato has all of like three lines outside of combat commands in the series and if they really wanted to convey her hatred towards Shinji they would have given her more screen time. Everything in 3.33 makes no goddamn sense and this is coming from someone who really really liked 1.11 and 2.22.
And about Mari, she has had two movies and three hours to have her story unfold and we still have no clue who she is or why we should care about her. If a revelation about her did pop up in 4.44, it would just feel shoehorned in at this point.
Still waiting on an opportunity to actually see 3.33 but the more I hear about it, the less I really want to. I mean, I'm totally going to, if only because of how much I enjoyed the first two Rebuilds. Hopefully I'll get around to it soon.
With little to no knowledge of the original Evangelion series, here is my take: what an absolute cluster fuck... both in a good and bad sense. The sudden 14 year time jump and lack of explanation made it incredibly difficult to follow. I kept asking myself why everyone seemed to hate Shinji and why no one bothered to explain it to him. The showing of Near Third Impact kind of filled in the "we hate Shinji" part but it was delayed far too long. How did he get into space? Why was he stuffed in a metal container that WILLE went through all the trouble to retrieve? How bad is Earth after the Near Third Impact? How come we don't see anyone in NERV? There are so many questions and I feel that I lack the qualifications to properly judge Evangelion 3.0 but I kind of understand the hate and share a bit of it myself. The first and second movie were longer. I wouldn't mind spending another 20-30 minutes if there was more explanation. The only redeeming quality is the high production value for all its worth anyway. Hopefully the final movie does a better job and wraps it all up?
Shinji/Unit-01 were stuffed in the metal cube because they caused the Near Third Impact; which I believe to be a separate event then the one that screwed up Tokyo-3. I'll post the theory here a bit later.
If you had watched the original I think you may have ended up more pissed off. Not at the fact that the story had taken such a drastic turn from the original, but because that had happened for no real benefit.
I watched the original series and I'm still pretty much okay with this film. This is all taken in the fact that a lot of this is resolved in 4.0, or a possible 5.0, but I'm still cool with this film regardless.
Do you feel the Rebuild of Evangelion final movie has a lot to live up to now? In some sense, it is like other trilogy game or movie stories. The one that sticks out in my mind is Mass Effect. While the journey was great, the ending was not fitting for what the game developers have built it up to be.
Well, originally the movies were supposed to be made up of four parts, but considering that the movies have been veering so far off course from what was supposedly originally planned in the previews, dragging this out for more movies in 5 or 6 parts wouldn't surprise me. Or maybe 4.0 will just be three hours long. Either way, there is A LOT of ground to make up and I'm starting to doubt whether or not it's salvageable.