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Marvel Steals The Show

biggest-bombshells-from-the-2019-comic-con-marvel-panel-thor-love-and-thunder-mahershala-ali-blade-natalie-portman-chang-chi-awkYou’d be forgiven for thinking that Marvel would take a victory lap at San Diego Comic Con following the release of Avengers: Endgame. Luckily for us though, Kevin Feige wasn’t quite ready to rest on his laurels, and instead gave us some insight into not only the upcoming Disney+ series from the MCU, but quite a number of the phase four films that the studio will be working on. From Shang Chi facing off with the real Mandarin, to the return of the badass vampire slayer Blade, Feige and Co. have quite the line up coming our way, and it’s looking like their most diverse layout of films yet. Read the rest of this entry

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Where Does The MCU Go From Here?

avengers-endgame-iron-man-captain-america-thor-1554207810We live in a post-Endgame world. After the events of the much-hyped about film, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in an interesting spot. Many of our beloved heroes are forever changed from the events of the film, with some not returning, and others carrying on in ways that would surprise even the most jaded movie fans. It should without saying that this article is gonna delve into some pretty major SPOILERS from the movie, so if you still haven’t seen it, turn back now! Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: War of the Realms and Rocko’s Modern Afterlife!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!

650x650_506176152ee488e08b42f5b0dfba979ffac91fab8ce9076cb2f98fcfWar of the Realms #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a very long time. Going as far back as his God of Thunder run, his work on the character is a true testament to “playing the long game”. He’s had Thor fight new villains, lose his title of the God of Thunder to Jane Foster, and be restored to his former glory (but not without taking a hand in the process). It’s an incredible achievement that Aaron has been able to keep with the character for so long, a fact that it’s even more surprising when you consider just how many titles have had creative changes at Marvel in the time since he started working on the character. But now it’s all coming to a head with War of the Realms, the latest event from the House of Ideas that will “change everything we know about the Marvel Universe”. But this event feels different from past big Marvel events, mainly because it seems like there’s been an actual sense of anticipation and build up from Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, who returns to the Asgardian to draw this massive tale. Read the rest of this entry

Have You Taken A Pamphlet?

Thor-Ragnarok-Reviews-KorgSPOILERS FOR THOR: RAGNAROK FOLLOW!

By pretty much all accounts, Thor: Ragnarok is another major success for Marvel Studios. The mixture of comedy and the world of the God of Thunder, under the watchful eye of director Taika Waititi, was a combination that somehow worked really well critically and with audiences. There’s a lot to like about Ragnarok, from Chris Hemsworth’s great comic timing, to the Hulk’s excellent action scenes, but the one thing that’s stuck with me the most is one of the smaller characters: Korg. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok!

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo

Directed by: Taika Waititi

MINOR SPOILERS

When it comes to the “big three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor side of things has had it pretty rough. Sure, the original film from Kenneth Branagh is a great introduction to the world of Asgard (I’ll still go to bat for it), but the second entry, Thor: The Dark World, is widely regarded as one of Marvel Studios’ few misfires. With the third entry, Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios made the risky decision to hire What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm the film, hoping to inject some new life into the franchise. But does a director who’s more widely known for hilarious indie movies fit into the Marvel Studios machine? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Generations: Thor and Nightwing: New Order!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

STL053867.jpgGenerations: The Mighty Thor and the Unworthy Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron’s ongoing Thor saga has made for one of the few truly consistently great Marvel titles, so the news that he would be writing the Generations: The Mighty Thor and Unworthy Thor special is a welcome one. Despite the fact that Jane Foster’s Thor has teamed up with the Odinson plenty of times before, this special, featuring art by Mahmud Asrar, takes Jane Foster back to the distant past to meet a Thor that has yet to learn what it means to be worthy. It leads to an action packed issue that finally has some ties to the upcoming Marvel Legacy special, and serves as the best Generations special so far. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Avengers and Unworthy Thor!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

avengers-1-post-civil-war-ii-marvel-now-spoilersAvengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

Like with any Marvel relaunch, we’re getting a new Avengers series. With the aftermath of Civil War II (which no, still hasn’t finished), Earth’s Mightiest Heroes needed a roster change, bringing in Hercules, Spider-Man, and Wasp onto the team, as well as new artist Mike Del Mundo. Thankfully Mark Waid has remained on hand to turn his former “All-New All-Different” team into a team of just “Avengers”, and with this being the start of the “Kang Wars”, it seems that we’re into some pretty interesting territory, even though the art doesn’t quite gel with what we’re used to. Read the rest of this entry

All-New, All-Different!

allnewalldifferentmarvel-138578-ede6fAs expected, Marvel has started to reveal what their universe will look like after Secret Wars wraps, and while it would be nice to finally get through an event without having what’s coming next spoiled, that’s clearly not the name of the game for the House of Ideas. However, the two images Marvel has released for their “All-New, All-Different Marvel” not-a-reboot do bring up a lot of questions, and actually lives up the title of “All-Different”. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron!

10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_oAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen

Directed By: Joss Whedon

MILD SPOILERS

To call Avengers: Age of Ultron a massive film is an understatement. Director Joss Whedon’s sequel to the megahit 2012 Avengers has to do many things: please comic fans and “normies” alike, set up the future of the Marvel Cinematic universe, and of course, serve as the follow up to arguably the biggest (and best) superhero film of all time. This is a tall order, and the hype around this film is certainly huge. After delivering one of the most entertaining films of last year with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios has earned enough goodwill from fans that they could pretty much release a two and half hour film of the Avengers having game night and it would still make the same amount as a huge crossover come to life. So how does Age of Ultron stack up with the other Marvel films? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Thor and Gotham Academy!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

 portrait_uncannyThor #1 (Marvel Comics)

 Excited for the new female Thor? Well, I’ll tell you right now: she’s only in two pages of Thor #1, the new jumping on point by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. This fact makes it a little tough to believe that this change is going to last, as does the fact that this brand new #1 reads more like Thor: God of Thunder #26. The focus is entirely on the former Thor (who we’re now told to call “Odinson”), which will most likely lead to a lot of angry customers. Read the rest of this entry