Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Wrightless Ant-Man (or Why Marvel Studios Isn’t the Enemy)

Edgar Wright's deleted Buster Keaton Cornetto selfie

Edgar Wright’s deleted tweet after leaving Ant-Man

In what came as a shock to many in the Nerd community, it was announced last week that Edgar Wright had dropped out of directing Ant-Man. Seeing as how the Shaun of the Dead director had been linked to film as far back as 2008, many were surprised to hear that he suddenly left the picture. With him gone, it’s safe to say that for a lot of us, our interest is gone as well.

Wright’s not the only big name creative to jump ship from Marvel Studios though. A day later Drew Goddard, who was originally supposed to be the showrunner of the Daredevil Netflix series, jumped off the Marvel train. With this news hitting hours after Wright leaving, it naturally caused a lot of people to wonder just what was going on at Marvel Studios. However, Goddard had previously signed on to write and direct Sony’s Sinister Six spin-off film, and is staying on Daredevil in a producing capacity, so it’s not a complete departure like Wright’s. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Thanos, C.O.W.L., and Nightwing!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

Thanos_Annual_Vol_1_1_Textless Thanos Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)

 The Mad Titan gets his own Annual sized issue, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a current series to connect it to. Thanos Annual brings the purple-skinned madman’s creator Jim Starlin back to the writing table, as well as artist Ron Lim. What follows isn’t a book that features Thanos taking on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but a rather talky book that explains the many adventures that Thanos has gone through…as told to Thanos.

Let me back up here. Thanos Annual takes place shortly after the Mad Titan loses control of the Cosmic Cube (which happened waaaaay back in 1974 in Captain Marvel #33). Severely beaten, Thanos is found by his henchman and brought back to his ship, when suddenly he’s transported to Hell and confronted by Mephisto. Before the broken and battered Thanos is about to be destroyed by Marvel’s devil, the Infinity Gauntlet era Thanos arrives and saves his past self. Apparently Thanos has decided to use the time gem while he has control over it to learn of the various timelines and possible futures around him. Acting as an “avatar” of the real Thanos, the ghostly apparition has appeared in the past to discover the mystery of why Thanos has no memory of what happened to him after losing the Cosmic Cube.

Still with me? Good, cause we’re almost done. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past!

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage

Directed by: Bryan Singer

SPOILERS

To say that X-Men: Days of Future Past is director Bryan Singer’s apology for leaving the franchise to direct Superman Returns is an understatement. Deftly balancing the cast of the original X-Men trilogy of films and the cast from First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an incredible achievement in the fact that it not only wraps up the past films in a satisfying way, but also sets up some potentially awesome things for X-Men films to come. If you’ll excuse me, I’d like to use this opportunity for one last swipe at Sony’s handling of my beloved Spider-Man: this is how it’s done Sony! PAY ATTENTION! Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Forever Evil and MPH!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!

 FE-07-CVR-CMYK-62e1dForever Evil #7 (of 7) (DC Comics)

 After taking “Forever” to come out (sorry, I couldn’t resist), we’ve finally got the double sized final issue of Forever Evil, the big DC event that started back in…September. Holy crap.

Unlike other big events, Forever Evil #7 is actually worth the wait, and filled with non stop action, awesome moments to showcase our heroic villains, and plenty of jaw-dropping reveals. Writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch have crafted a surprisingly fantastic ending to this event that, for the first time in a while, makes me extremely excited to see what’s in store for the heroes of the DC universe. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman: Doomed and Royals: Masters of War!

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 superman_doomed_coverSuperman: Doomed #1 (DC Comics)

The big Superman event of the summer starts off with this week’s Superman: Doomed. Written by Charles Soule, Scott Lobdell, and Greg Pak (aka the guys writing Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, and Action Comics respectively) with art by Ken Lashley, this one-shot finds Superman going to battle with a new and improved version of Doomsday, the creature that killed him years ago.

Or did he? This issue never gives us a clear “yes” or “no” as to if the “Death of Superman” storyline happened in the “New 52” DC universe. They do mention that Superman has met Doomsday before and show the Doomsday we’re all used to, but never come out and say if Superman was killed or not in the new rebooted universe. Despite this, I found this issue to be pretty cool, and I love this new take on Doomsday. No longer just a really strong monster, this new Doomsday is a true embodiment of death that literally sucks the life out of everything around him. When he first appears in the Bahamas at the beginning of this issue, he’s surrounded by burning grass and forests, and has already killed thousands of people. Read the rest of this entry

BatFleck Rises

BatFleckThe first official image of Ben Affleck as Batman has been released, and holy shit, do I love it. My feelings on Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2/Justice League ½  have been well documented in the past, but this definitely increased the movie’s stock in my mind a little bit. I mean, LOOK at that costume. Just look at it! It’s easily the closest thing to Batman’s actual comic book costume that we’ve gotten in real life, and it surprisingly looks fantastic. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to Gotham

gotham001So Fox revealed the first trailer for Gotham  this week, and it looks pretty cool! Not “ohmygodneedtowatchimmediately” cool, but “I’ll definitely check this out” cool. For those of you who have either forgotten about the New Batman-less Batman show or weren’t aware of it before now, Gotham is the new WB produced show that follows rookie cop Jim Gordon as he navigates his way through Gotham City’s dark alleys, crime families, and other aspects that will  make the city your top spot to visit through Travelocity.  It’s also serving as a quasi-Smallville take on the Batman, if early reports are to be believed.

The trailer has plenty of images that should make Batman fans feel right at home. There’s the dark moody imagery from the Nolan films, the ominous music, and the classic shot of young Bruce Wayne kneeling over his parent’s bodies (an image that gave me chills when I first saw it in the trailer). There’s a lot to like here, or at least enough to make me tune in for the first few episodes to see if I like it. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Original Sin, Red Claw, and Futures End!

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ORIGINAL_SIN_ELEMENTSOriginal Sin #1 (of 8) (Marvel Comics)

The next big Marvel event is HERE! Original Sin, written by Jason Aaron and featuring art by Mike Deodato, kicks off today, and so far it’s a pretty cool murder mystery. Someone has killed Uatu the Watcher, and it’s up to some of Marvel’s top heroes to piece together who killed the big bald guy.

I’ll refrain from the major spoilers for this issue, but I will say that this is one of the better starts to a Marvel event. Jason Aaron doesn’t waste any time setting up this mystery, and gets to the death of Uatu fairly quickly. The stage is set for our heroes from that point, with Captain America calling on the retired Nick Fury (the old white guy one) to assemble a group of heroes to try and find the killer. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

downloadThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Directed by: Marc Webb

SPOILERS

Whew…this is going to be…. I mean…. Look, Spider-Man is my absolute favorite character. He means more to me than I can ever put down in words, so naturally, I expect a lot from the interpretations of him in other media. So, while Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a lot of moments that I loved and really nailed the essence of the character, there were more moments that not only frustrated me, but also actually made me say out loud “you have to be kidding me”.

If you didn’t see that giant “SPOILER” warning before the text, I’m going to warn you one last time. I’m going to SPOIL the hell out of this for the next few paragraphs.   It’s the only way I can effectively explain the multitude of thoughts and emotions swirling through my brain at the moment. If you don’t want anything ruined that hasn’t already been ruined in the trailers, scroll down or forever hold your piece.

Ready? Here we go. Read the rest of this entry