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Marvel Studios, Just Take My Money.

Take it all, damn you. You're good, Marvel Studios. You're good.

Take it all, damn you. You’re good, Marvel Studios. You’re good. [Logo property of Marvel/Disney]

Marvel Studios seriously knows what to do to get my money, along with damn near everyone else’s. They know how to create some solid product, and by solid product I mean their movies. Ever since the first Iron Man film debuted in 2008, they’ve been raking in all the cash that every geek and nerd in the world is willing to shell out. Obviously, it didn’t stop with Iron Man either. They’ve been pretty steady with their films each year and it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon. I mean, they do have quite the catalog to work with.

So far there have been three Iron Man films, two Thor films, two Captain America films, an Incredible Hulk film, and an Avengers film that collected all of the heroes from the previous films into one gigantic, money-making extravaganza that, by all accounts, was one of the best comic books to film adaptations ever created. And now they have Guardians of the Galaxy releasing today, which looks freakin’ spectacular! I haven’t read a bad review about the film yet. It’s so damn good that Marvel announced a sequel with a confirmed release date (July 28th, 2017) and director (James Gunn will return to direct) a week before the film was even released. That says something. And from the trailers, exclusive looks, reviews, and interviews, not to mention the cast list (Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, to name a few), I’ve become a new fan of GotG. I had absolutely no interest in this series before this film was announced, and now I don’t know how I wasn’t a fan of it. I’m sure this film is going to convert a lot more people into fans very soon.

If you haven’t seen a trailer for it yet, here ya go:

Also, I’d like to point out that Josh Brolin will be playing Thanos in this film, as well as any other that features the character, and I am insanely excited about that. I mean, I wanted him to be Batman, but this works too.

Marvel did the same thing for me with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Well, Marvel and Chris Evans. Before that film, I was a fan, but not a huge one. Cap was always one of the goody two shoes that didn’t really catch my attention.  I didn’t dislike him, but I wasn’t die-hard about him either. He wasn’t Batman or The Punisher; although, he was pretty badass in the Civil War story arc. With The First Avenger and The Avengers, my interest grew some. I definitely had a lot more respect for the character. But after The Winter Soldier, I was hooked. Thanks to that outstanding film and Evans’ stellar performance, I’m a lifelong Captain America fan. If anyone ever had doubts about him being cast as Cap, that film will shatter any and all doubts.

If you haven’t seen it, you need to see it. Here’s the trailer:

Seriously, this film became one of my all-time favorites rather quickly.

From the start, Marvel Studios hasn’t made a bad film and if they keep doing what they’ve been doing, they won’t ever. They’re making all the right choices with the writers and directors they hire and the talent they cast, as well as the choices they make involving scripts, character design, and pretty much any other decision involved in making their glorious films. And judging by the release schedule they’ve reserved for the coming years, they’re going to be making many more great decisions that’ll take even more of our money. They’re planning on releasing 2-3 films a year for the next five years, consisting of one sequel and 1-2 non-sequel film(s).

  • May 1, 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 
  • July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange
  • May 5, 2017 – Unknown
  • July 8, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • November 3, 2017 – Unknown
  • May 4, 2018 – Unknown
  • July 6, 2018 – Unknown
  • November 2, 2018 – Unknown
  • May 3, 2019 – Unknown

There’s also the possibility of a Black Panther film, an Inhumans film, a third Avengers film, another Thor film, and possibly and Iron Man 4. And like I said, they have quite the catalog to work from. Marvel is unstoppable. DC can’t touch them. There are also rumors of a Hulk sequel which could potentially use the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk storylines. That would be beyond epic. They’re also trying to corner the television market with five new series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Agent Carter, and Luke Cage) which are will also probably be huge hits for them. And if they can tweak Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into a better show, they’ll dominate the small screen as well. Although Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine are going to be tough competition.

So go ahead, Marvel, keep doing what you’re doing. Take my money and my dedication. You’ve earned it.

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MoS2 is to The Avengers, as GoBots are to Transformers

You could also say “Man of Steel 2 is to The Avengers, as Mega Bloks are to Legos.” Either way, it works. Now I shall explain what I mean.

The Avengers was well made, well assembled, and everyone wanted it, just like Transformers and Legos (I’m referring to the toys in this instance). From the moment Marvel started piecing their gigantic, kick-ass puzzle, all the pieces fell together so nicely and at no point did I worry about their casting choices. Even when Chris Evans went from being the Human Torch to Captain America, I thought it was a good choice. The whole damn thing just felt right. Not to mention, they started off on a damn good foot with Iron Man. From there, they built up to something absolutely spectacular, as they should have.

The same cannot be said for DC and whatever it is they’re doing with Man of Steel 2 (aka the Batman vs Superman movie). To me, the only solid casting choice they’ve made so far is Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman. Actually, their casting choices for characters in the first film was actually pretty damn solid, my favorite being Michael Shannon as General Zod. However, casting for the sequel has left me question the mental stability at Warner Bros.

The new Batman. How ya like dem apples?

The new Batman. How ya like dem apples?

First, there’s Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I have not been a fan of this decision from the very beginning… but I’m willing to give him a chance. He’s shown in recent years that he has matured as an actor and is an excellent writer and director. But does he have what it takes to be Batman? I’m still very iffy about that. He could be awesome and rank up there with Keaton and Bale or he could suck like Clooney did and be forever shunned. I have a strong feeling that he’s not taking this task lightly and he’s really going to dedicate himself to the role. As a Batman fan himself, I believe he knows this is not a role one can just phone in. The fanatics will eat him alive. My doubts will remain until the film is released, so I guess only time will tell if this was a good choice or not.

Next is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Honestly, I really know nothing of the woman, other than what I’ve read since she was cast. A model/actress who’s big break came from the recent Fast and Furious films. Doesn’t really give much assurance. I mean, it’s not like I’m really in an uproar about this one. I was never a huge Wonder Woman fan anyway. She may surprise the hell outta all of us and be the best damn WW they could’ve cast. She might also be completely awful and end up making Warner Bros regret not casting someone else. But still, don’t care too much on this one.

I just don't see it.

I just don’t see it.

This most recent bit of casting really boggles my mind: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. What the actual eff?! I don’t see it, I just don’t. When Eisenberg was cast, the must have misheard the request for Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston) and cast Jesse instead. That’s the only thing I can figure. I’ve come to terms with the notion of Bryan Cranston being Lex Luthor but I don’t think I’ll ever come to terms with Jesse Eisenberg in the role. There is nothing about him that makes me think he can play the character well. Nothing about the way he looks or acts or anything. He’s gonna need to pull a serious hat trick for this one. For me, he’d be better suited to play the character of Lenny from Superman 4, if they decided to bring him back.

And as for Jeremy Irons, I’ve always seen him as more suited for the villain role. He’s played heroes before but he makes a much better villain. I mean, have you seen Die Hard with a Vengeance?! He’s better suited for Alfred than Eisenberg is for Luthor but I would’ve cast him as Mr. Freeze or Ra’s al Ghul before I cast him as Alfred. He would make an incredible Mr. Freeze, without a doubt. I could even see him as The Riddler. But I guess, his casting is a bit more palatable than Jesse’s.

Like I said before, my doubts will remain until the film is released before I make my final judgement but it would be nice to have the confidence in this film like I did with The Avengers.

One last thought: I want Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow to be part of the DC Cinematic Universe. No one else should play the part. Back off, Justin Hartley.

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The Worst Avenger: Captain America?

Captain_America_posterI was thinking about Marvel’s The Avengers not too long ago, and I realized that Captain America just doesn’t really work in the movie.

I’m not a Captain America hater! Actually, Cap is probably my favorite comic book character. I love the idea of the little guy becoming the big guy. I love Steve Roger’s devotion to the ideals that make America great: truth, freedom for all, morality. He is strong when he needs to be; he protects those that can’t protect themselves. He is willing to take on people more powerful than he is because that’s exactly who he is.

He might be the best humanity has to offer, but in a world of gods and monsters, he’s often the underdog. He feels duty-bound to do so. His nobility differentiates him from many of the other Marvel Universe heroes. In fact, his innate goodness allowed him to be considered worthy enough to briefly wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

I enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger. Cap worked perfectly; he was noble, kind, and determined. He also had a kind of innocence to him that contrasted with his obvious physical superiority. He had a great line about hating bullies, and, in the end, he “gave his life” to stop said bullies from destroying the USA.

In Avengers, Captain America has one really good scene that demonstrates his underdog spirit: He saves an old German man who refuses to kneel before Loki. He then gives a short monologue about how the last time he was in Germany, he saw a man standing above everyone else then, too. Then he has a brief fight where he doesn’t give up, but he basically gets the snot kicked out of him until Tony Stark shows up.  (I also want to point out that more time is given to Iron Man fighting Thor than is given to Captain America fighting Loki.)

The scene perfectly captures who Captain America is, but that’s about the last significant thing that Cap does in the movie. You see, in Avengers there are two other “regular people” who are super awesome at fighting. After that amazing scene in Germany, there’s basically nothing else in the movie that contrasts Cap from Black Widow or Hawkeye.

Seriously, think of that street fight where they are fighting the invading Chitauri. Captain America was on the ground, fighting aliens, and… giving orders, I guess? Maybe him directing the police to do things was supposed to show us how awesome Cap is… but really, I don’t remember anything coming of it. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is shooting exploding arrows at Loki, and Black Widow is closing the black hole/portal/thingy.

Maybe the movie should’ve shown Captain America’s orders to the police help turn the tide of battle.

Cap vs HulkIn my opinion, though, Captain America is at his best when he is fighting something bigger than himself. Maybe instead of having Black Widow running away from The Hulk, we could’ve had Captain America fighting him in the bowels of the Helicarrier. Something like this series of panels from The Ultimates (Which was partially what the Avengers film was based on.).

Or maybe we could’ve simply seen Captain America take down one of the giant flying robot snake things. I would’ve been down with that. Again, it shows the underpowered (in comparison to Hulk, Thor, Iron Man) Cap taking down something that is huge.

Captain America fights for the little guy. And, really, that’s what I would’ve liked to see in The Avengers, and that’s what I hope to see in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Otherwise, we have Black Widow and Hawkeye to do the hand-to-hand fighting, with nothing for Cap to do to stand out.

How do you think Captain America could be better portrayed? Or do you think that Avengers did a good job? Let me know!

 

 

 

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Iron Man 3: Marvel’s Answer to The Dark Knight Rises?

I’m sure by now that all of nerdom has seen the newest trailer for Iron Man 3. (If not, shame on you, and it’s at the bottom of this article.)

Kingsley's Mandarin (image source: Marvel)

Kingsley’s Mandarin (image source: Marvel)

Anyway, the trailer was pretty epic, and it made me even more excited to see it. It also made me a little more confident that Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin won’t be a caricature of the villain he should be. He feels like he’s going to be a very menacing nemesis. I was worried when they cast Kingsley due to his somewhat less than favorable performances in BloodRayne, The Love Guru, and The Dictator. I was starting to lose faith in him as a quality actor, but I just kept reminding myself of how sinister he was in Sexy Beast, which if you haven’t seen, you should really check it out. From the looks of the Iron Man 3 trailer, he’s going to be phenomenal.

One concern I have after seeing this trailer is whether Marvel is trying to make this into their version of The Dark Knight Rises or if that’s just how things happen to turn out. I mean, the premise is the same – billionaire hero meets a new foe, foe turns out to be his greatest threat, foe destroys his entire world and strips him of everything, hero finds strength and rises up to fight back and defeat foe. Kinda makes you wonder if Marvel is taking notes from DC on this one. After the disappointment some people felt after Iron Man 2, it might be a good idea.

RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man (image source: nme.com)

RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man (image source: nme.com)

I want this film to be great, I don’t want it to turn into Spiderman 3. This is my biggest concern – overkill. The numerous Iron Man suits that will be appearing in the film make me wonder if it might. They’ve got the Patriot Armor (War Machine with a new paint job), Tony’s new armor (Mark number whatever it is now), the Hulkbuster armor, and then all the drones. It seems to be a bit much. If they throw in Fin Fang Foom, I might walk out of the theater. Learn from Sam Raimi and Brett Ratner, don’t try to do too much. Overkill is called that for a reason.

If Marvel can manage to make this film the grand opus that it looks to be, this could be their greatest film to date. I don’t think it could outdo The Dark Knight but it could definitely one-up TDKR. If they’re not careful though, they could end up with another X-Men: The Last Stand.

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The Week in Geek: Oct. 26, 2012

Colleen is in the midst of wedding-ing, honeymooning, and moving, so she’ll be gone for awhile. Being the ever gracious editor-in-chief that I am, I’ve agreed to step up to the plate and attempt to bring all the geeky cool to you this week. Let’s set sail!

This has nothing to do with any of the links. It’s just awesome.

In the spirit of Halloween, Neatorama showed us some of the best geeky parent-and-child costumes. Axe Cop and Uni-baby complete the list for me.

The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will collide in about 4 billion years. Hopefully, the improbability drive will be finished by then.

Gamesradar theorized who several video game characters would support in the election. No word on if Samus Aran is a Ron Paul-bot.

The Smithsonian’s Blog talked about Sex in Space. I doubt they asked James Spader’s character from Supernova for clarification. That scene is gross.

Chris Lee and pals are building a full size Millennium Falcon. Did they have to discuss it with the committee?

The Ladies of Mischief are awesome. ‘Nuff said.

John discusses what it would take for the United Federation of Planets to exist. Hint: It probably wouldn’t work.

We now have a tractor beam. Thanks, science!

The iPad Mini was announced this week. Guess what? It’s not worth it. We miss Steve Jobs.

Iron Man 3‘s trailer is out! You can watch Tony Stark get beat around and be all snarky. Also, Guy Pearce and Bloodrayne‘s Ben Kingsley add class to the proceedings.

The BBC examines the psychology of Tetris. You now have  the theme song stuck in your head.

Colleen talked to the Ladies of Mischief and learned about their awesome new book, Needles and Artifice.

That’s all for this week! Got something geeky that we missed? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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Iron Man 3 Trailer

I have to admit that I was not really that excited about Iron Man 3. I’m a big comic book fan, and I loved the first film with the Armored Avenger. I didn’t hate the second one, and Avengers was great, but I wasn’t sold totally on another outing with our favorite snarky billionaire.

The trailer doesn’t have me completely won over, but I like Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce, so I’ll stay cautiously optimistic. Plus, I’m always up for a little RDJ.

I wonder if I’m the only one hitting peak superhero film fatigue…

This trailer is for the UK release, which is in April, 2013. In the US, Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013. (Why do they get it before us?)

 

 

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Comic Book Movies: Marvel’s Future Looks Bright, DC’s Looks Dim

Pardon me whilst I rant for a moment.

So what does DC have now that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is done? Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel? A Justice League movie? That seems to be about it. What does Marvel have? Sequels to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers, plus a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Advantage: Marvel.

Even though I’m hopeful for the new Superman film (due to Snyder directing, Nolan producing, and the amazing cast it has), I’m still quite fearful for DC. Their Wonder Woman show didn’t even make it off the ground, their Flash movie is constantly stuck in limbo, and Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max is never going to happen. And let’s not forget the bomb that was Green Lantern. Yeah, they’re not exactly knocking ’em outta the park. They have plans for Hawkman and Aquaman movies, and there are even rumors that they may even reboot Batman AGAIN, but they probably won’t happen until the Justice League movie gets released, which may or may not ever happen. Other than Man of Steel, the only thing they really have going for them is Arrow on the CW, and honestly that’s only there to fill the void that Smallville left when it ended its 10-season run. Not that I think it will or anything.

DC has really got to step-up their game in order to catch up with Marvel. Now, I know that Nolan’s Batman trilogy has made billions of dollars, and those movies are pretty much three of the greatest comic book adaptations ever made, but seriously, that’s only one character. Marvel is having major success with multiple characters. The Avengers (in solo and joint films) are kicking ass and taking names in the box office and there’s only more success to come. As I mentioned, all the sequels, as well as an Ant-Man film, and a Daredevil reboot should be in the works sometime soon thanks to film rights reverting back to Marvel from FOX. There’s even a new Hulk television series in the works, as well as AKA Jessica Jones, Mockingbird, Cloak and Dagger, and The Punisher. Advantage: Marvel.

I know some of you reading this are gonna say, “Well Marvel has made some crappy films! Ever heard of Ghost Rider?” Yes I have. But Ghost Rider, as well as its sequel, came from FOX. As did X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Wolverine Origins. Spider-man 3 came from Sony and I believe Blade: The Series came from New Line. See what I’m saying here. Marvel Studios makes the good stuff, that’s who I’m talking about. The actual crap-tastic films have come from other studios. Once Marvel decided to go into the film production business for themselves, things got better. And it didn’t hurt that they were bought by Disney and now have their backing. But I’m not saying DC should step away from Warner Bros. and start producing their own stuff, although it is an idea.

What I’m saying (and I realize that I haven’t actually pointed this out yet) is that DC needs to stop trying to do things the Marvel way. They don’t need to make a Justice League film right now, they just need to make better movies. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises were all steps in the right direction. Man of Steel might be as well. And a few solid steps are all you need to get off and running, but don’t rush and trip up. Start working with better directors and writers, cast your characters properly, keep things smart and realistic (or as realistic as you possibly can),  and stay true to the comics (solid stories have already been written, you just have to look for them). This is all DC has to do and [most] fans will be happy. [Editor’s note: Die-hard fans can never be pleased. NEVER.] Get to work on The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman movies. Don’t worry about rebooting Batman for a long time. And if Christian Bale won’t play him in the Justice League movie, get someone else who will do him justice [pun intended]. But don’t worry about his backstory, I think by now we’ve got that part figured out.

I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see a movie about these two? [image property: DC Comics]

Stop worrying about quantity and start worrying about quality, DC. Once you do that, the money will just roll in. Sure Marvel has a good lead on you, but that’ll happen when your only opposition is sitting with their heads up their butts, waiting for a miracle to happen. Well your miracle happened, his name is Christopher Nolan. Follow his example, make better comic book movies, and stop screwing around.

And would it kill you to make a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle flick?

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The Week in Geek: Aug. 17, 2012

Comic artist, writer, creator, and educator Joe Kubert died Sunday. The creator of Sgt. Rock was 85. In his memory pull up a corner of sofa and try your hand at a sketch or two.

Einstein a la potatoes

A portrait of Albert Einstein made out of potatoes. This makes me hungry…for knowledge of physics! Image courtesy of Quorkey on DeviantArt.

PBS brings us the little known collaboration between Julie Child and T-Pain in honor of Child’s 100th birthday.

TJ and John are at GenCon, and their first day did not go too well.

Marvel announced that “Avengers 2″ will be released in 2015. In other news, I have reminders on my phone for the release dates of all Phase 2 Marvel movies. Is that awesome or a cry for help?

This spoon art isn’t geeky, I just wanted to let you guys know what I want for my birthday.

Laura saw “The Campaign” and used the only election-related pun I know in her title.

Alex Alva has given us the Iron Man/Boba Fett mashup you never knew you needed to see. Click this link or, one day, fifty years from now, you’ll be aware of a nagging emptiness. Emptiness could only have been filled by looking at this helmet all those years ago.

Nikola Tesla > Thomas Edison. All geeks know this, and now The Oatmeal is raising funds for a (legitimate) Tesla museum. Give and know that you’re striking a blow against Cult of the Direct Current.

Einstein Yoda

Insert something technical related to relativity said backwards. Image courtesy of Rabbittooth on DeviantArt

Helen Gurley Brown, author of “Sex and the Single Girl,” longtime editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine (aka: Cosmo), and confusing figure for feminists everywhere, died Monday at age 90.

Disney Imagineers in Pittsburgh have created a technology that makes real plants expressive and interactive. I predict this is going to cause a crisis for more than one vegetarian.

Baby, what’s your sign? Just because I’m a Year of the Robot doesn’t mean we can’t still snuggle as we tackle the original MegaMan. Find out your Geek Zodiac here.

Lego’s 80 and looks back on its life in the most adorable Pixar-ish way possible. Gosh, I look forward to the day when I have kids, and I can give them Legos. And then I can spend the next ten years watching to make sure I never step on one.

The full trailer for WoW’s expansion, Mists of Pandaria was released. I didn’t realize there was so much generalized anger in the WoW community against Kung Fu Panda.

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