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Stan Lee Gets A Pacemaker, Finds Way To Become More Awesome

Posted by Billy Lane On September - 30 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

A few days ago, Stan Lee had to cancel an appearance over rumored health problems. Needless to say comic fans were concerned, but fear not, Stan is A-okay and has recently had a pacemaker put in. In his words, it was an effort to be “more like [his] fellow Avenger, Tony Stark.” Stan, only you could turn undergoing cardiac surgery into something so thoroughly awesome. We’re all glad to hear the Generalissimo is fighting on. I’m still waiting for a Spider-Man movie starring Stan as Uncle Ben!

Once this picture was take Stan Lee became too awesome to ever die.

Amazingly, Stan Lee is already back to work with the same enthusiasm he has always shown. We will keep you updated with further health updates on our fearless leader, although I suspect he might actually outlive us all now that he is part machine.

Time Traveling X-Men Are All Over the Place

Posted by Billy Lane On September - 29 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

First Class was in most ways a traditional prequel. The movie featured the same continuity, sort of, it just explored events that happened prior to the original trilogy. I think we all expected the sequel to First Class to continue the stories of Xavier and Magneto in this time period, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. From the title, X-Men: Days of Future Past, referencing a legendary time travel story to rumors of actors like Patrick Stewart returning, the next X-Men movie may take us into the future.

I get this strangest feeling I’ve seen this movie before…

I think it’s odd that the First Class sequel is going in such an unusual direction. Some parts of the story, which might include Magneto trying to assassinate JFK, are really cool. But more than anything else, I want to see more of McAvoy and Fassbender. I never felt the need to see Storm team up with a young Professor X. For the same reasons I find the concept for Bendis’ new X-Men series (the original team travelling to the present) uninteresting, I don’t care a lot about this premise.

A couple of months ago, Bryan Singer commented that he enjoyed how the Avengers unified multiple franchises into one, and that he would like the idea of doing the same. However, Days of Future Past doesn’t really accomplish that because the franchise has always been unified to begin with. We had a trilogy, a prequel, and a spin off which was basically a prequel as well. This has been a shared world since day one, with no real divergences. 

It has been decided that this is the only movie version of Emma Frost we will remember. Continuity issues resolved.

So from a franchise point of view, this feels disjointed and kind of awkward. And I don’t even want to know how they plan on introducing time travel. Nevertheless, there might be a great story somewhere within this concept, and it will at the very least be something new for the genre. I will admit I’m curious for more details, and they get serious credit for trying something risky.

Some Old Friends To Return In Iron Man 3

Posted by Billy Lane On September - 29 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

I suppose this could be considered a spoiler, but honestly this should be common knowledge anyway. Regardless, be warned. The latest reports suggest that the Ten Rings, the terrorist cell from Iron Man 1, will make a return.

They just missed their old pal, Tony.

To be honest, I’m not sure why this surprises anyone. The group is called the 10 Rings, which was an obvious reference to the Mandarin trademark weapons, which are literal rings. The villain is being redesigned as a terrorist, which we knew. Honestly, didn’t most people just put two and two together?

The only disappointment is that this connection was dropped a bit for Iron Man 2. Die hard fans or people who read the books will know that one of Justin Hammer’s grunts who freed Whiplash was rumored to be connected to the Ten Rings, but that doesn’t count. Iron Man 2 didn’t need anymore villains, but if I were to restructure the movie (which I would), they would be referenced a little more. Still, great to see the group alongside their maniacal leader.

Deadpool Has Dance Moves

Posted by Jordan On September - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

I think it is safe to say that pretty much everybody on the internet has heard the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. Yes, the one that features dancing like you’re riding a horse and screaming at lady butts. Everybody’s favorite merc with a mouth is also very familiar with this song as he has been performing the dance moves at various comic book and anime conventions around the country. The results are as hilarious as you might expect and I have to admit that Deadpool has rhythm. Check it out below.

That is pretty epic. I would love to have a dance off with Deadpool and I can’t even dance. The best part is this isn’t the only video of Deadpool dancing up on people. YouTube user critiques4geeks has several videos of Deadpool getting into some very Deadpool-esque shenanigans. He chases pokemon, gets chased by pedobears, and impresses onlookers with breakdancing. I would go to a convention just to hang out with this obviously awesome person. Let us know your craziest stories of costumed characters at conventions in the comments section below!

This is the Deadpool we all really want to hang out with.

Wonder Woman TV Show: Take Two

Posted by Billy Lane On September - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Oh Wonder Woman. While Batman and Superman continue to establish themselves as pop culture icons, Diana Prince hasn’t even been able to get herself a TV show. Remember that debacle of a costume a while back? David E. Kelly’s entire approach to the character sounded kind of stupid, and it’s no wonder the show never made it past the pilot. Now DC wants to try again, this time on the CW with a whole new approach. The show’s rumored title is “Amazon” and would focus on the early days of Wonder Woman’s career as a superhero.

I’d be okay with a series like this.

Will a series on Wonder Woman early days work? The basic concept isn’t particularly exciting, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be successful. No one has ever deeply delved into Wonder Woman’s early days fighting crime, so its unexplored territory.

Quite unlike all those other times she fought crime.

This raises a few questions. The first thing this tells me is that Warners has no solid plans for a Wonder Woman movie right now. As a general rule, it feels like Warners tries to focus on one portrayal of a character at a time. Obviously this isn’t an absolute, and it is still entirely possible a WW is in the works. Of course, it feels like the big focus for Warners right now is the Justice League project, which WW would inevitably be a part of. Even though I doubt whoever they cast for “Amazon” will appear in the movie, I think DC wants to increase exposure for the team.

Dr. Strange to Debut in Thor Sequel?

Posted by Billy Lane On September - 11 - 20121 COMMENT

Whoever makes the big calls at Marvel, whether they be Kevin Feige or now Joss Whedon, is a mad genius. Rumor is that Dr. Strange will be in Thor 2. And not just as a brief pop-in like Hawkeye, but as an integral part of the supporting cast. That’s crazy talk. Who would think of that? Sure it makes sense to use Asgard as the first step towards introducing magic, but Dr. Strange has never been strongly associated with Thor. It’s all crazy I tell you.

Luckily Marvel has dropped the lame lame doctor angle of Thor.

As a Thor fan, I’m torn. I want the God of Thunder to shine and he really deserves to be the focus of his own movie. As we introduce more characters, things run the risk of becoming more cluttered and we lose focus on Thor’s own journey. Even though I have no fear of the movie becoming a Thor/Dr. Strange team up, my bigger question is what could the good doctor actually contribute to the story, and how could he help advance Thor’s growth? What can Strange offer that bringing Eric Selvig back can’t?

Yet as a Dr. Strange fan, this really is the best way to rethink his origin. It’s an interesting way of integrating him into the Marvel U and then expanding it as Strange inevitably discovers the Vishanti and non-Asgardian sources of magic. We might lose some of the Neurosurgeon angle (maybe), but this streamlines things for a bigger story. Dr. Strange is a hero in desperate need of reinvention if he wants to win over audiences, and this feels like a very solid direction for the character.

Remember the updated Dr. Strange from the animated movie? Neither does anybody else.

Overall, my gut feeling isn’t a good one. Thor already has a fairly substantial supporting cast, all of whom are rumored to be getting more attention and focus. The story is introducing brand new worlds and mythology, so adding someone as big as Dr. Strange feels excessive.  The trick will be downplaying Strange to roughly what Eric Selvig had in Thor, at the very most. This just leaves one more big question: if Dr. Strange debuts in Thor 2, where will we see him next?

Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54

Posted by Jordan On September - 10 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Michael Clark Duncan passed away earlier this week at the age of 54. He was an excellent actor, best known for his role of John Coffey in The Green Mile, but he was also very involved in comic book movies and shows. His death is a great loss for the comic community and the world at large.

Duncan’s work included playing Kingpin in the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie and on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Manute in Sin City, and Kilowog in the Green Lantern movie. His rumbling bass of a voice has become iconic in films and lent itself to the large and menacing characters he would often play. Hearing Michael Clark Duncan call Ryan Reynolds a poozer was probably the highlight of Green Lantern.

His death also leads to some complications, since Sin City and Green Lantern both have planned sequels. This means that replacements will have to be found for Manute and Kilowog. Manute could probably be replaced by another burly bodyguard, but Kilowog won’t be so easy to replace. It will feel weird to hear another voice trying to get Hal Jordan into shape. Hopefully these things will be figured out, but for now we will be spending our time watching all the Michael Clark Duncan movies we own.

The Robot Chicken DC Special is Tonight!

Posted by Jordan On September - 9 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Robot Chicken is hilarious. This show has been around since 2005 and is still going strong because it has remained consistently entertaining. The nostalgia factor plays a big part in this show as Robot Chicken pokes fun at cherished childhood memories like He-Man, G.I. Joe, and Star Wars. In fact, Robot Chicken made big news when they started doing special episodes devoted entirely to Star Wars. These episodes were so popular that the creative team is branching out and devoting an episode to the world of DC Comics! This is going to be amazing!

This might be the best thing ever.

DC has a rich history of comics, which means they have lots of material that can be made fun of. We all expect Aquaman to be featured prominently in this episode. Aquaman #12 recently had a special Robot Chicken themed variant cover, and it was amazing. We can expect more of the same from the RC DC Special. You know what else is going to make this episode one you don’t want to miss? Nathan Fillion will be voicing Green Lantern. He has done an excellent job as Hal Jordan in DC’s animated movies, so it will be fun to see him do a more humorous take on the character.

One of the best variant covers I’ve ever seen.

Fans of the old Super Friends television show should love this, as Seth Green has stated that a lot of the sketches will draw on this show for inspiration. There will also be a lot of obscure characters brought back from past comics making appearances throughout the show. This just goes to show what serious comic book fans the guys behind Robot Chicken are. I would expect there to be tons of little Easter eggs hidden throughout the episode, let us know which ones you find in the comments section below! The Robot Chicken DC Special premieres tonight at midnight on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim! Check out the trailer below.

Who Should S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruit: Superhero Edition

Posted by Jordan On September - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Yesterday we went over some characters that should be on S.H.I.E.L.D. show Joss Whedon is developing for ABC. Here’s my idea, in addition to established agents, introduce superheroes as part of SHIELD. It worked extremely well as a way of bringing in Hawkeye, and actually makes sense for some characters. My inspiration in terms of tone is from Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers, which had a nice balance between super-powered shenanigans and down to earth dilemmas.

Luke Cage

I’ve decided the best place to include Luke Cage would be in this show. A Cage solo movie would be extremely challenging. The origin story is all sorts of odd, and his more street-level adventures might not be a good fit for Marvel’s current direction. But he’s been such a valuable part of the New Avengers that we need a set-up that can replicate that. This show would be perfect, and I think it could retain all of Cage’s backstory and powers and put them in a fun setting. Luke Cage is considered a must-have for this show.

Iron Fist

I put Luke Cage on here, so I can’t leave out Danny Rand, now can I? Ideally, we would have an old school, classic kung-fu Iron Fist movie. I have no idea if this is even happening, and if it isn’t then SHIELD would be the best place for Mr. Rand and his metallic appendages. He would trade in his old slippers for a SHIELD uniform, but his skill set could be perfect for television. His martial arts and flash enough to add some flair and diverse action scenes but are still feasible for the scale of television. Plus, the combo of him and Luke Cage is awesome beyond words.

Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman)

Unlike our last two heroes, Jessica Drew has plenty of experience in the realm of espionage. She’s been all over the place with HYDRA, SHIELD, SWORD and a few other organizations with acronyms. I wouldn’t start her out with powers, and introduce her on the show as a agent who gets them later down the line. The only correction I would make it avoid the Spider-Woman moniker, since it could be confusing and doesn’t even make a ton of sense. Jessica is a complex character that should make a fantastic addition.

Other Characters

I left out a lot of characters with S.H.I.E.L.D. affiliations, ranging from Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) to Wendell Vaughn (Quasar). Even though they have stronger ties to S.H.I.E.L.D., I like this line-up. I think it would be a ton of fun on screen with the right cast. I know a lot of people aren’t excited for a S.H.I.E.L.D. series, but if it’s structured like this it could be unbelievable.

Who Should S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruit?

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 31 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

So Joss is developing a TV show about SHIELD. Problem #1 is that I don’t see Jeremy Renner giving up on his film career to work for ABC. This means some new agents. This introduces us to problem #2: Most SHIELD agents are either from WWII or are incredibly boring. Luckily there are still a few quality options for established comic characters before we create new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Here are my top candidates.

Maria Hill

As I discussed yesterday, Cobie Smulders needs to be on this show for so many reasons.  Mainly because I’m in love with her. However, I wouldn’t cast her as the lead character. Not that I don’t think she could do it, but the character just hasn’t been designed as a protagonist and Hill is a bit too cold for audiences to relate to on a consistent basis. Instead, she’s the boss of our S.H.I.E.L.D. show, the person running the team behind the scenes.

Clay Quartermain

To be honest, I’ve read very few stories about Agent Quartermain. That being said, we need someone to lead this team, and Quartermain might be able to do that. An experienced agent, he even led a Paranormal Containment Unit for the organization. Obviously a great deal of work needs to be done on the character, but he could be the veteran agent the show needs.

Full disclosure? I really want Nathan Fillion on this show, and this might just be the part for him.

Jimmy Woo

An FBI agent who joins SHIELD, Woo eventually goes on to run the Agents of Atlas, which is easily one of Marvel’s most bizarre teams. I’d love to see him as a younger member of the group, maybe as a rookie and the audience’s introduction into the world of SHIELD. Basically Simon Tan from Firefly, except with less whining about his psychotic sister and more shooting.  A fun plot line for future seasons? Woo infiltrates Atlas and eventually runs the organization!

Eric O’Grady

Eric O’Grady isn’t the most well known of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, but I think he would make a good addition to the team. The reason for this is because every team needs that guy that everybody loves to hate. Simply put, O’Grady is a jerk. This is a guy who stole Ant Man’s costume to shrink down and steal things and try to pick up women. His shadowy dealings could lead to some fun storylines, and everyone will love when he gets what’s coming to him.

Tune in tomorrow to see what superheroes should be on the show!