Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Atom and Ant-Man had to deal with Kang and Chronos once before, in one of the back up stories featured in the epic STF #1000 (Which inspired this 2-parter)... They also found themselves in a sticky situation in STF #65... and were at odds while Pym was in his Yellowjacket Persona in STF #29...
As I mentioned, this is only Part One of a Two-Part Thriller, so be sure to come back tomorrow for the stirring conclusion!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the upcoming Inhumans TV series has leaked, and I am encouraged by what I have seen. The characters, though seen from a distance, all seem to look like their comic book counterparts so far. Lockjaw looks to be added in later as a CGI creation. I hope that they can bring viewers all of The Inhumans' cool powers and abilities to life with a limited TV budget.
Friday, April 28, 2017
We all know that Elvis looks great in his white Captain Marvel suit, so he'd have made a great Lieutenant! This cover comes about from another suggestion by Michael Eury, editor of the always awesome Back Issue Magazine. Michael just released a new book, Hero-A-Go-Go, celebrating the camp age of comics, I highly recommend checking it out.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
After Sergio Aragones' cartoons, Antonio Prohias Spy Vs. Spy pages were my favorite feature in Mad Magazine. I loved the Rube Goldberg-esque deathtraps that they would set for one another and the fact that neither Spy ever maintained the upper hand for long. I remember they had a bunch of animated Spy Vs. Spy segments on the first few years of Mad TV, those were pretty cool.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Iron Fist was enjoyable, but for me the weakest of the Netflix Marvel shows so far. There didn't seem enough story to fill all the episodes and I missed the costume and seeing any time spent in K'un L'un. Hopefully we will see both buy the end of The Defenders, which I am still eagerly anticipating.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I am glad that like Captain America's film debut, Wonder Woman's first solo outing will be a period piece. It adds to the mythic feel of the characters while also paying homage to their comic book history. Plus, anything to help set a film apart from the many other comic book blockbusters out there is a good thing.
This marks my 15th entry into the romance of WW/Cap...
Monday, April 24, 2017
The main reason I would like to see The Masters of Evil face off against The Avengers in a future movie is so that the seeds can be set for a Thunderbolts film. I loved the series featuring villains disguised as heroes and how that charade changes each of them. It has all the elements for a very compelling and different type of comic book flick.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
This would be a fun battle, not only visually but also seeing how the different personalities of The Metal Men clash against the cold determination of Ultron. I can imagine him not having much patience with the fact that Doc magnus' creations long to be accepted by humanity rather than join him in trying to conquer it.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
I really hope that the Justice League Dark movie can finally do Swamp Thing justice. His live action movies in the 80's were B-movie cheese fests and the low budget TV series that followed was even worse. He hasn't fared that well in animation, either. His self titled cartoon was very forgettable and while I was glad to see him included in the new Justice League Action, his personality seems way off there. I want to finally see a serious take on Swamp Thing, reflecting the amazing comic book tales that he has appeared in.
Swamp Thing met Werewolf By Night back in STF #1463...
Friday, April 21, 2017
The full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has been released, and frankly, if you haven't seen it, don't watch it. It seemed like one of those trailers that give away far too much of the plot. It did look cool, and the inclusion of Iron Man will keep it fresh after five previous Spidey flicks (sort of a live-action issue of Marvel Team-Up). I like the take on The Vulture as a scavenger of tech from leftover super-battles. I'll definitely check this out in the theater and hope there are still a few surprises left.
These two first crossed paths back in STF #578,,,
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I was pleasantly surprised by the teaser Trailer to Thor: Ragnarok. I thought that Hela and The Executioner looked great, as did The Hulk in full battle gear. Even Valkyrie, who I was unsure about, looked great in a fleeting shot with her blue cape and winged horse. Plus, they finally get Thor in a helmet! The film looks like a big piece of comic book fun and my interest has certainly grown, so the teaser did its job.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In this age of Netflix and other streaming services, binge watching a TV series is commonplace. I think The X-Files was the first show that I binge watched, and I did it the hard way. I had missed the first few seasons, so to catch up, I would rent the earlier episodes from my video store and try to watch them in order. The show may have outstayed its welcome a bit, but those first few years were a lot of fun.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I've been hoping that Hugo Strange would bet a chance at being that main villain in a Batman movie. I have enjoyed B.D. Wong's performance in the role on Gotham, and that just makes me want to see the character make the leap to the big screen even more. Besides being a great psychological antagonist to the Dark Knight, his Monster Men experiments could be a way to bring Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat into the mix as well.
Batman and Invisible Girl first met back in my MS Paint B&B days...
Monday, April 17, 2017
I used to see Warlord as a hodgepodge of other characters. He seemed to have Conan's outfit, Green Arrow's beard, Thor's helmet, Jon Carter's weapons, Kazar's creatures from the Savage Land... but somehow it all worked. I wish I had seen him cross paths with other DC heroes a little more often.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I expected Jubilee to become a bigger character after how prominently she was featured on the animated X-Men series in the 90's. I kind of lost track of her in the comics after she became a vampire for some reason or another. In the movies she has been used for little more than background scenery. Maybe in the a future film or one of the spin-offs like New Mutants she will finally get her chance to shine.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I love that we live in a time where going to the movies and seeing characters like Brother Voodoo or Deadman on the big screen is a real possibility. Justice League Dark is being prepped and promises to bring Boston Brand to life (well, afterlife). Jericho Drumm's brother was featured in Doctor Strange, setting up a Brother Voodoo appearance in a sequel hopefully. It really does feel like the sky is the limit as far as which comic character will make the cinematic leap next.
Friday, April 14, 2017
The second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow has completed, and still no sign of Sgt. Rock. I hope that in the third season they get around to doing a WWII adventure. DC has so many great characters in that era, and I'd love to see the likes of Rock, The Losers, Enemy Ace, Gravedigger, or the Haunted Tank make their live action debuts.
These two first crossed paths in STF #1613...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I am being open minded about Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League movie. I was once pretty rigid about how I wanted the character to be represented, and did not like the "hook and beard" phase. But then the Justice League cartoon did a lot of cool stuff with that version. When I first saw the Aquaman that was on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I was initially put off - but was soon won over. So, while Jason Mamoa doesn't seem like my Aquaman, I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
This cover was inspired by a suggestion from Mike Shirley, a Patron of this blog. Thanks a lot, Mike!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
It''s bad enough that Marvel doesn't have right to make movies with the Fantastic Four, what compounds the issue is all of the other characters that are also off limits as part of the deal. I'd love to see Namor, or The Skruls or especially Kang to show up in an Avengers or Captain America flick, but unfortunately until Marvel gets all of its characters back, it's not going to happen.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Needless to say, the first official Superman/Spider-Man crossover had a huge impact on me, beginning a love for impossible team-ups that eventually led to this very blog. The only thing that could have made it cooler to me is if there had been a live-action film adaptation!
These two have had two previous STF adventures... once when they were undergoing an identity crisis... and once when they decided to have a car fight.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I am looking forward to War for the Planet of the Apes, as I have really been enjoying the new Apes franchise so far. Matt Reeves did a nice job expanding the world of the film in the last outing and I expect him to do so again, given the all-out war theme. I like his visual style and action sequences, so I am very interested in what he is going to do with The Batman once that film finally gets underway.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
It was interesting to see that one of the other dimensions that Dr. Strange briefly traveled through in his movie was the microverse first introduced in Ant-Man, I wonder if he will be of use since he can get there should Hank Pym go looking for his missing wife in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp. That seems like reason enough for a Dr. Strange cameo, if you ask me!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
There has been talk on and off about a solo Black Widow film, but the underperformance of Ghost in the Shell may have cast doubt on Scarlett Johansson's theatrical draw. Sill, strong performances by Wonder Woman and/or Captain Marvel at the box office could get interest rolling again. I think the best route would be a film headlined by Black Widow, but featuring Hawkeye and introducing some others as well. It might be a good way to bring the likes of Silver Sable, Dominic Fortune, The Shroud or Paladin to live action and make a corker of an espionage tale.
Friday, April 7, 2017
I am very interested to see how the underwater scenes will appear in Justice League. I have seen a glimpse of the creation of some of the effects where Zack Snyder films his actors on wire rigs, with the water and flowing hair to be added in digitally later. From the quick completed shots that I saw, it looks to be an effective process.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Usually, this is where I would include my review of Logan, but I haven't seen it yet. I thought the first solo Wolverine film was a mess and the second, while a big step up in quality, was just okay. This third outing had some nice reviews and good buzz, but frankly all of the footage I saw was of old Wolverine and Professor X hanging out in the desert with a little kid - kind of small scale action that would be more suitable for a rental. So I will ask my knowledgeable visitors - as spoiler free as you can keep it, did I make the right decision? Or should I head out to the theater to see Logan on the big screen?
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Here's another team up that I would have loved to have seen animated in my childhood. I loved both of these cartoons when I was growing up, for different reasons. The Super-Friends featured the characters that I loved from the comic books, and Space Ghost had more action. Maybe a crossover is something that DC can finally do today, at least in comic form.
Space Ghost met the Justice League of America back in STF #1249...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Watching the episodes of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold that feature Booster Gold really remind me how fun the character is. With all the recent DC movie announcements being Batman-related, I hope they haven't forgotten about a Booster Gold (or is that Booster/Blue Beetle?) movie, as he has a ton of potential to deliver a fun superhero romp.
Monday, April 3, 2017
I've enjoyed tales featuring these heroines with mysterious pasts, so I might be fun to see them share an adventure together. Each has had very different takes throughout the years, depending on the writers involved, and it is always interesting to see what their latest incarnations are up to.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Growing up, The Fantastic Four was the cornerstone of the Marvel Universe to me. It's sad to see that their comic is no longer being published. I am hoping that a Spider-Man type of deal can be made where Marvel Studios will ba able to have a hand in guiding any future cinematic attempts. Seeing them on the big screen alongside the rest of the Marvel heroes would be just the shot in publicity the team needs to make a go for it in comic form again.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Justice League trailer looked fun, but as I mentioned before, didn't really feel like the League to me without Green Lantern, Superman or The Martian Manhunter. It's no secret that Superman will be appearing in the film eventually though - and Henry Cavill has been tweeting hints about Green Lantern at least making a cameo as well. But which Green Lantern? Some have speculated Hal Jordan (played by Armie Hammer?), but the most popular theory seems to be Abin Sur, beginning the cinematic GL saga anew. I'm rooting for Chaselon, but nobody consults me about these things.