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The guestbook
posted by dinty_moore at 12:04 PM on February 9 [8 favorites]


Ironically, the back button isn't working for me. It's not really separate web pages but some modern single-page-webapp. And the simplest form of navigation is not quite working.

Love the concept though!
posted by Nelson at 12:16 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


We were bound to get nostalgic web design. One thing I notice that's out of order is having multiple backgrounds.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:17 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Web 2.0 was a mistake.
posted by Fizz at 12:19 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


AOL Keyword: Marvel
posted by reductiondesign at 12:22 PM on February 9 [13 favorites]


The guestbook

If I had more time, and more background knowledge, I'd totally write up a Nigerian 419 scam post from the perspective of Killmonger trying to move funds out of Wakanda.
posted by traveler_ at 12:24 PM on February 9 [25 favorites]


Parts of it are served from "i.annihil.us"
posted by pseudocode at 12:28 PM on February 9 [8 favorites]


I thought the all the blank space at the bottom would be filled with black-on-black search engine terms.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 12:41 PM on February 9 [16 favorites]


The movie stills are jarringly high-res (and digital) but otherwise this is quite well done!
posted by BlueJae at 12:56 PM on February 9


The fact that you can 'punch' the Skrull that pops up at the edge of the page cracks me up. I think our political mega-threads could benefit from this advanced web technology. Hint Hint.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 1:05 PM on February 9 [4 favorites]


I'm wondering what agency got $100K to do that.
posted by COD at 1:17 PM on February 9 [8 favorites]


I thought the Spot The Skrull game was a joke where every answer (Human or Skrull) gave you WRONG! as a result. A second pass through revealed, that no, it's just that I am terrible at spotting Skrulls.

Sorry, everyone.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:25 PM on February 9


I got to send a link to this to my daughters on their birthday saying:
If you want to see what the World Wide Web looked like the day you were born then check out marvel.com/captainmarvel , preferably in 4:3 aspect ratio on a CRT monitor at 768p or less, but definitely not on your crazy little high def flat screen future phone!
posted by straight at 1:29 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


Ricochet biscuit, we were counting on you to make it back. Now we go hungry.
posted by straight at 1:31 PM on February 9 [4 favorites]


No RealPlayer? So much for β€œauthentic.”
posted by Thorzdad at 2:04 PM on February 9 [7 favorites]


Nostalgia great, web designers did a good job.

There are also several dozen advertising trackers loaded on the page, and at the bottom in small print, you can see a link to an opt-out page showing the hundreds of companies who might be allowed to track you and profile you.

I'm not even old enough to really remember the old internet and I think the new internet sucks.
posted by vogon_poet at 2:34 PM on February 9 [4 favorites]


β€œLori Lambert, a software engineering director and web developer with Marvel, confirmed in a tweet that this was built with period-appropriate technologies, too: It was written with the now-obsolete Microsoft FrontPage software, and hosted on Angelfire, a website hosting service first launched in 1996.” (via Business Insider)
posted by D.Billy at 2:38 PM on February 9 [7 favorites]


I learned today that Angelfire is still an active thing. I had sort of filed it away with Geocities in my 1990s Web Sites [sic] drawer.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:56 PM on February 9


I appreciate the tiny, working movie player in the multimedia section. Needs to buffer more, though.
posted by ckape at 3:02 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


omfg someone took the header image and turned it into a winamp skin πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜­
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:14 PM on February 9 [6 favorites]


The first time I looked at this, I missed the ... well, I don't want to spoil it, but here's the relevant image asset.
posted by Wobbuffet at 3:16 PM on February 9 [8 favorites]


So very image heavy, going to take ages to load via my dialup.
posted by Webbster at 3:23 PM on February 9 [6 favorites]


The guestbook is a lot more charming than any comments section is these days. My favorite: "Does anyone actually use the pound sign? In three years no one will be using the pound sign." @A_A
posted by grandiloquiet at 4:03 PM on February 9 [6 favorites]


>Web 2.0 was a mistake.<

But I got better...
posted by twidget at 4:05 PM on February 9


It was written with the now-obsolete Microsoft FrontPage software...

Not to be a party pooper, but why does the site completely disappear when you turn off Javascript?
posted by JoeZydeco at 5:34 PM on February 9


They load the actual site using js, so technically it's not old school coding on the server.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 5:48 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


!
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 6:01 PM on February 9


Not enough pop ups. Fake!
posted by fshgrl at 11:21 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


The website for Galaxy Quest did the same joke in 1999, except that was presented as a badly formatted fan-page for the 'original' TV series, with the webmaster getting very excited for the forthcoming movie.
posted by Hogshead at 4:51 AM on February 10 [5 favorites]


Chrome -> Settings -> Advanced -> Clear Browsing Data -> Cookies, Time Range (Last hour) -> Clear Data
posted by M-x shell at 7:35 AM on February 10


Looking at the effect of the site and reviewing the source code (and I'm totally not buying the "we used FrontPage" line) I'm reminded of the opening paragraph of William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic: "These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness."
posted by microscone at 9:25 AM on February 10


I think that has always been true, microscone. You have to know the rules and excel at applying them before you can break them in a meaningful way. It probably takes a special skill set to properly replicate old school web design. Shit, this makes me want to install FrontPage again.... πŸ˜†
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:20 AM on February 10


<font face="Comic Sans" size="9"><blink>WEB CURMUDGEON ALERT</blink></font>

It looks like it uses an audio library, an animation framework, and Tealium Tag Manager (some analytics junk) as well as loading the actual HTML through some AJAX misdirection. Ain't nothing old-fashioned about blobs of mystery-meat minified JS. I doubt this would work on a browser from even 10 years ago (results from Browserling were inconclusive because the site kept throwing 503 errors and then my free time was up).

The server errors from being overloaded though? Those are very Web 1.0.
posted by neckro23 at 2:21 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


> Ricochet biscuit, we were counting on you to make it back. Now we go hungry.

Bow, bow bow.
posted by davelog at 5:25 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Web 2.0 was a mistake.

My current gig, we have a platform of ~700 brand new yest still hopelessly outdated devices that have REST-ful APIs, which is to say, stone simple CLI interfaces you can tweak via HTML over HTTPS. The one and only reason we have a team of engineers dedicated to making changes is that the web-page where you could enter your change request, and have it evaluated and implemented automatically, was too "simple looking" and the high muckety-muck in charge of the whole enchilada felt "pressure to modernize."

Hire a part-time web dev to prettify the page? Nope. Kill it outright and hire more engineers to make changes by hand. On an obsolete platform not many people know anymore, so we're expensive and error prone or outdated and useless and error prone. Usually both. PROGRESS!
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:37 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


omfg someone took the header image and turned it into a winamp skin πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜­

I was very excited for this because Audacious, my preferred audio player can use WinAmp skins. Unfortunately, it crashed on this.
posted by suetanvil at 3:06 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]




On further reflection...
I want the pixel representation of CM standing there.
On everything.

Also, the touch-screen laptop on which I'm viewing the site makes punching the Skrull a lot easier.
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 6:49 PM on February 12


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