Category Archives: Comics

My Favorite Scene: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Who Is Worthy?*

For a number of reason, Age of Ultron got a lot of flak from MCU fans for, essentially, not being The Avengers.  The film had the thankless task of being a set-up film, masked as a climax film.  This is really Civil War Part One.  This is the inciting event whose consequences come home to roost in Captain America: Civil War.  But the film also had to introduce fractures into the team, introduce a slew of new characters, set up Phase 3 films, and still manage to tell the story of the Avengers fighting their biggest traditional foe.  I think it works very well in the larger context of the MCU, and would have just fine on its own had Disney not made one of its very few forays into meddling with the MCU.  They felt the film was too long (they have since made longer) and made director Joss Whedon choose between neutering Thor’s storyline, which was the thread connecting the film to the overarching Infinity Gems  plot, or cutting the entire sequence at the Barton farmhouse (not much of a choice because cutting that sequence breaks the film).  How did that work out?  AofU still made a bunch of bank, and angered director Joss Whedon is now directing Justice League and Batgirl for the DCEU. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Who Is Worthy?*

The New Mutants Trailer #1 (2018) *Not The New Mutants I Remember…*

Sooo…. these are not The New Mutants I’m familiar with from the comics.  FOX seems, as Coming Soon talks more about below, a little genre happy in exploring the X-MenDeadpool as comedy worked.  Logan as a western worked.  The New Mutants as a haunted house film?  Yeah, I don’t know.  From director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), and starring some really talented young actors like Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), this has a ways to go to convince me it’s not wildly off-track.  The New Mutants open April 18, 2018. Continue reading The New Mutants Trailer #1 (2018) *Not The New Mutants I Remember…*

The Punisher Season One Trailer #2 (Netflix – 2017) “The Truth Must Be Taken”

The second trailer for Netflix’s fifth Marvel series: The Punisher is out and, fittingly set to some Metallica, Frank Castle is back.  I’ve been reading a lot of interesting things about the take they’re going with on Frank; that they’ll be looking into the effects of his family’s killing and his crusade, but also getting into the head of a man who, while he has a code, is a mass murderer; walking capital punishment.  But what his crusade becomes beyond revenge for his family and his mental status overall, we got to see a little of in Daredevil Season Two, and I think this is going to be the best exploration of the character yet.  Netflix is still being coy about the exact release date, but Den of Geek is reporting it as November 2017.  Read Coming Soon’s plot synopsis below.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

The Punisher Season One Poster

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Complete Achievement List (Xbox, PS4 – 2017)

With the exception of the Injustice series, fighting games don’t really fall into my gaming purview.  I like to think I have decent reflexes….until I play a fighting game with anyone who actually knows how to play it, and then I feel like I have an advanced neuro degenerative condition.  Marvel vs. Capcom is an odd mash-up of characters, but there is something undeniably cool about bringing the Street Fighter line-up against Thanos or having Mega Man taking on Iron Man.  Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is out in stores now, and full achievements below courtesy of the Intertubes premier site for such lists: xboxachievements.com.

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DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)

Black Lightning

No matter how topsy turvy the DCEU has been, the DCU on The CW has been a model for how super hero shows can translate to TV.  I’m not a fan of Supergirl, but Legends of Tomorrow drastically improved last year, and a fifth show is being added to the line-up this fall: Black Lightning.  Comic Con was so busy that I wasn’t able to put up the trailers for the new fall seasons for the DC-CWverse, but here are each show’s premiere date followed by the trailers for each. Continue reading DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)