Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Batman and Groot

I am hoping that we hear some more news about who will be joining Robert Pattinson in the cast when he takes over as Batman.  With Commissioner Gordon, Alfred and at least five villains in the mix, there are plenty of roles to be filled.  One rumor I have heard is John David Washington for Two-Face, but nothing concrete yet.  Ralph Fiennes has expressed interest in playing Alfred, but I am not sure if anything has come of that either.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Question Vs. The Answer

This is a match up that I have gotten a few different requests for.  I have to admit that I had forgotten about The Answer, he never really rose to the top of Spider-Man's rogues gallery.  Get a kick out of that costume, it just screams the 80's.  I have to believe that metallic thigh high boots would be tough to move around in.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Ghost Rider Vs. The Atomic Skull

The Atomic Skull may have never made it past C-Level Superman Villain status, but personally I have always really liked the character.  His original costume is full of Silver-Age cheese in all the right ways.  In later years, he got an updated look, more closely resembling Ghost Rider.  Even if he had a more derivative appearance, I still quite enjoyed the stories he appeared in.  I enjoyed the idea that he wasn't all there, and perceived his life to be part of a cliffhanger movie serial.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

X-Men Vs. Vigilante

There is much speculation about when the concept of mutants will be introduced into the MCU.  It will probably be some time before we see a fully formed team of X-Men appear, but there's no reason we can't see individual mutants show up here and there.  I think the best place to start might be with a character we already know.  Perhaps in the course of her upcoming series Wanda/Vision, The Scarlet Witch will discover her and her brother's true origin as mutants.  Maybe that revelation will cause her to seek out more like her... or maybe even create them.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Fatal Five go Back to the Future

With all of the reboots and sequels lately, I suppose it's a minor miracle that Back To The Future has not been targeted for a return to the big screen.  I'm sure a lot of it has to do with how well Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd performed their roles in the trilogy - it would be a tall order to try and replace them and the chemistry they brought to their scenes together.  Let's hope that Hollywood can resist trying to reinvent the property and let the original films continue to stand on their own.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Jack of Hearts and Mister Miracle

It's going to be interesting to see how The New Gods and Eternals come to life on the big screen.  Both properties are chock full of Jack Kirby designs, in the costumes and architecture of the worlds they present.  Thor: Ragnarok showed that Kirby's designs can be used effectively and I would like to see them even more prominently displayed in these upcoming films.  Eternals seems to be rolling along nicely, lets hope we hear about some New Gods Casting soon.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Green Goblin Vs. Man-Bat In "Termination at 20,000 Feet!"

There were some rumblings that Norman Osborne would be introduced into the MCU, and that he would begin putting together his team of Dark Avengers.  With the breakdown of talks between Sony and Disney leading to the departure of Spider-Man and his related characters, that will clearly no longer be the case,  Marvel can still do a similar story line with Baron Zemo and The Thunderbolts though (which I'd prefer anyway). There's also always a chance that the two studios will iron out a deal and work together again.

These two first squared off in STF #2297...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Firestorm and The Thing in: "Throwdown on Three-Mile Island!"

Ben Grimm for me has always been the heart and soul of the Marvel Universe, so I am thrilled that he will finally be part of the MCU.  There's so much I want to see from him once the character is established.  In addition to his adventures with the Fantastic Four, I'd love an adaptation of Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7 (my favorite Ben Grimm story ever).  A poker night with some of the other MCU stars would be a hoot. Most of all, a big screen Thing/Hulk battle - I've been waiting my whole life for that!

These two heroes first shared a cover way back in 2010, during my MTIO MS Paint days...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Black Lightning and Moon Knight

Moon Knight coming to Disney+ has me very excited and more than anything else will convince me to get a subscription.  There are still a lot of questions though.  With so many comics to choose from, which version of the character will we see?  Will he have the classic superhero suit or the more modern take with the white three piece suit?  And what of casting?  I've heard that they want a Jewish actor in the role and names like Shie LeBoeuf  and Andrew Garfield have been mentioned.  Hmmm, I'm not to sure about either of those choices.  Whoever they go with, it will be a very meaty role, considering the multiple personality angle.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Iron Man and Aquaman in: "Trouble with the Double!"

Rumors persist that Robert Downey Jr. is not quite done with the role of Iron Man after all.  There has been speculation that he will either appear as an AI character or at least a voice inside of a suit of armor, mentoring Riri Williams or whoever the next Iron Man will be.  I realize that the impermanence of death is a staple of comics, but I think it is too soon for this, and I'd think that RDJ wouldn't want to dilute the character's sacrifice that way.  At this point, the one place I wouldn't mind his return is to voice Tony Stark in the What If? animated series.

Aquaman and Iron Man first met in STF #471...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Punisher and Predator

When either of these guys set their mind on a target, they simply will not stop until the mission is completed.  Seeing them working together to take down a bigger threat might be interesting, as both prefer to be solo operatives.  Plus, how long would it be before one turned on the other?

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Green Arrow and Hawkeye (The Movie!)

I can't wait for the final season of Arrow.  The series has had its ups and downs, but I really want to see how it all ends, and how the Crisis features into events.

Thank you to Bob Greenwade, a Patron of this blog, for suggesting this live action team up!

Green Arrow and Hawkeye have met a bunch of times on the blog - They first met in one of my very earliest STF covers... then they were at odds with a few fellow Avengers along for the tale... Next up they faced off against The Hulk and Solomon Grundy... then it was time to hone their skills... and next they shared an adventure with Black Canary and Mockingbird, then there was a classic adventure from early in their careers... then they battled some robots together... and finally, Green Arrow tried to steal Hawkeye's ride...

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Avengers meet Phantom Stranger & Swamp Thing

It still seems crazy to me that the new Swamp Thing series was cancelled before a single episode aired.  Even if that was the case you would think a cancellation announcement would have been held until it had its complete run.  It's too bad other accommodations could not be made for filming, from the little I have seen it looked like a pretty cool show. One of these day's I'll have to binge watch the whole thing.

Swamp Thing met the New Avengers in STF #1241...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Power Pack and The Legion of Super-Pets

There's just something so fun about a team of heroic animals.  I am an animal lover so the concept appeals to me as goofy as it is.  Of course, when I was a kid, it didn't seem goofy to me at all, I took their adventures just as seriously as I did their human counterparts.  My current cat Ace has no extra-feline powers, but I know within him beats the heart of a champion.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Defenders Vs. The JLA (100 Page Giant!)

I thought for this Anniversary Issue that I would present one big story.  I always liked the old JLA/JSA crossovers where the two teams would meet, then break off into smaller teams for separate adventures, and finally all gather together again for the big conclusion.  I can see a comic featuring these two powerhouse groups going down the same way.

The JLA first met The Defenders in STF #1600...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Flash and Quicksilver in "World's Fastest Fakeout!"

Word is that a Flash movie is still in production with Ezra Miller still set to star.  I hope there are some major changes made to his costume and performance if that is the case.  While I have liked him on other roles, Miller's Flash was easily my least favorite part of the ill-fated Justice League movie.

These speedsters have crossed paths in the past:

Quicksilver needed The Reverse Flash's help in taking down a possessed Barry Allen in STF #727...  Flash and Quicksilver  fought each other along with the JLA and Marvel Universe in STF #1900... they battled over getting into the movies in STF #678... and they first met way back in STF #15...

Coming Tomorrow: STF #2700!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Supergirl and Cloak and Dagger

I'm looking forward to the returns of both Cloak & Dagger and Supergirl in the upcoming TV season.   Supergirl will I am sure be a pivotal part of the Crisis Crossover story line - we all remember what happened to the character in the original comic series.  Cloak and Dagger really seemed to be embracing their heroic roles at the end of their second season, so it will be cool to see what comes next.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Katana Vs. Silver Samurai

The Silver Samurai always struck me as an imposing figure, I really liked the design of his armor.  It was cool to see him in live action in The Wolverine, even if it was a somewhat altered version.  Heck, he even retained his coolness when he faced off against John Belushi when Spider-Man met the original cast of Saturday Night Live in that classic issue of Marvel Team-Up.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Excalibur in Camelot 3000

Excalibur was one of those comics that was only released in specialty shops, so I never was able to catch the series when it was first released.  Still, I was a fan of Captain Britain and the artwork of Alan Davis, so I made sure to seek out some issues later on. It was an odd comic, with a lot more inventive story lines than I found in the other X-titles.  Even when it got too weird, the appealing cast of characters included won me over.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Scooby-Doo and Ghostbusters

It will be interesting to see if the new Ghostbusters movie in production will get audiences interested in the brand again, after the poor reception to the reboot of a couple of years back.  Casting Paul Rudd is a positive step, he's always enjoyable to watch.  Then again, I liked all of the leads in the Paul Feig-directed outing, and that was a big disappointment to me.  Hopefully, lessons were learned and a funnier and less derivative script will service Rudd and the young actors in this new film.

Thank you to Ivan Ronald Schablotski, a patron of this blog, for suggesting this team-up.  I'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened for real yet!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hela Vs. Kid Eternity

Hela, as portrayed by Cate Blanchett, is easily one of my favorites of the villains that the MCU has given us.  After seeing antagonists that had shades of grey to their personalities or understandable motivations, it was fun to see one that was just unapologetically evil.  She looked great too, in her various outfits.  I especially loved when she sported the full helmet, Jack Kirby's design looked amazing on the big screen.  Let's hope that The Enchantress is as well realized.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wolverine and Sgt. Rock

There are a few ways that Marvel Studios can differentiate their cinematic version of Wolverine with what has gone before.  Introducing him as a member of Alpha Flight could be fun, or maybe as a solo Canadian Operative sent after The Hulk.  The costume has never been properly done, so I would love to see it attempted (especially the brown/tan version above).  Most importantly, he has to be short! I loved Hugh Jackman in the role, but seeing Logan tower over his teammates never worked for me.  Let's see the diminutive scrapper we know from the comics!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Parasite Vs. Absorbing Man

I wonder how a battle between these two villains would go down.  Both have the ability to gain the physical properties of their opponents through contact.  Would they cancel each other out or would one be able to overpower the other?  The Parasite usually leaves his victims drained, while Absorbing Man does not, there my be a slight edge there.  Then again, Absorbing Man can get in longer range attacks through the use of his trusty wrecking ball.  It would be a good fight!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Batman and Red Sonja in: "Blade of the Behemoth!"

With more casting rumors swirling, I am hoping that we hear more about Matt Reeves upcoming Batman movie featuring Robert Pattinson in the lead role.  It seems like a crowded affair, with five villains in the mix.  My big hope is that Batman will finally have the white eyes from the comics.  Deadpool and Spider-Man have shown that they can be effectively emotive on screen, and it would be a good way to separate this new version from the look of past live action Batmans.

Batman first met Red Sonja way back in 2010, during my B&B MS Paint days...

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Light Brigade (Vs. Blackheart!)

I was not expecting the adult Monica Rambeau to make her MCU debut until a Captain Marvel sequel, but it won't take that long.  She is scheduled to be a supporting character in the upcoming Disney+ show Wanda Vision.  Will she gain her superhuman abilities in that show?  I hope so, I can't wait to see her using her powers in live action.

The Light Brigade first appeared in STF #2170...

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Phantom and Hellcat in: "Phantom in Training!"

Billy Zane was great as The Phantom in the criminally underrated 90's film.  I was always disappointed that movie did not do well enough to warrant sequels, I would have loved to have seen follow up installments.  I did get a big kick (and laugh) out of Zane's cameo on Amazon Prime's new streaming show The Boys recently.

Kit and Patsy walker were first revealed to be cousins in STF #2548...

Friday, August 23, 2019

Blue Devil Vs. Mysterio

Well, it looks like Mysterio had one last trick to play on us all - leaving audiences on a giant cliffhanger just before Spider-Man is removed from the MCU!  Sadly, monetary disputes between Sony and Disney have resulted in an end to their cooperation with the character.  I'm hoping this was just a leaked press release in a high stakes negotiation, and that a deal will be realized in the end.

Thank you to Martin Maenza for suggesting this match up!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Captain Marvel goes Back to the Future

I recently re-watched the entire Back to the Future trilogy.  The second two installments hold up well and while I have always liked them, I have grown to appreciate them more over the years.  The first installment, however, is in another league entirely.  It's an amazingly well constructed movie, not a wasted scene or throwaway set up to be found, and the humor and performances are top notch.  It's up there with Groundhog Day as one of the greatest comedies of all time, in my opinion.

Thank you to comics historian and Patron of this Blog, Marc Tyler Nobleman, for suggesting this concept and pairing!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kilowog and Drax the Destroyer

It will be interesting to see how Drax is portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.  Killing Thanos was his life's goal, but when that was achieved, he was merely a bit player in the action.  How does that affect him and what will he dedicate himself to now?  One rumor I have read is that he will discover that his daughter still lives, so perhaps his new motivation will be in finding where she is.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Zippy, Howard the Duck and Ambush Bug

It took me a couple of viewings, but I finally spotted the Howard The Duck cameo in Avengers: Endgame.  The question is, did he remain on Earth following the events of the movie, or return to space with the Guardians or the Ravagers?  I'm hoping the former, which would give him a chance to interact with some of Marvel's other heroes.  A scene with Spidey or Doctor Strange could be a real hoot.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Flash and The Liberty Legion

The 10-issue run of Justice Society of America by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck is one of the absolute gems of the 1990's.  I was thoroughly enjoying it when it was abruptly cancelled, for some odd editorial reason.  I remember being disappointed, and from the way I have read others opine about the series, I was not alone.  At least the issues have been collected in TPB and on Comixology for new fans to discover.

I recall thinking the Liberty Legion was a cool team when I met them in the pages of Marvel Premiere and Marvel Two-In-One, but alas, they didn't make many more appearances over the years so they never got the chance to catch on.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Night Thrasher and The New Teen Titans

The first 50 issues of New Teen Titans just amazed me with their quality. It had the perfect mix of writer, artists and characters.  The plots were filled with action and melodrama with a splash of humor mixed in, and Perez' highly detailed pencils gave it a cinematic quality unlike any other comic on the stands.  I have enjoyed the team in later issues and incarnations, but nothing has come close to topping their first few years.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hawkman Vs. Venom

Venom was a weird movie, but I found it oddly entertaining.  The sequel is shaping up to be even weirder.  With the undisputed master of motion capture Andy Serkis named as director, I think we can count on plenty of symbiote craziness.  Plus we will have Woody Harrelson as Carnage entering the fray.  It should be a wild ride.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Plastic Man and The Incredibles

So, what is the deal with Plastic Man's goggles?  For decades, I figured that they were stuck onto him as part of his condition. I never saw him without them after all.  However, lately, I have been seeing depictions of him without them on - could he remove them this whole time?  For that matter, these days he has a new costume for his adventures with The Terrifics, which I wasn't sure was possible either.  Maybe his powers work differently than I always thought.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cyclops and Robotman

Cyclops is one of the X-Men that I am most eager to see given anther shot at live action once Marvel brings the team into the MCU.  I found him to be very under-utilized in the Fox films, both the original and the younger "First Class" team. Having him killed off in X3 was not what many fans wanted to see, I'd wager.  Hopefully his eventual return will feature the competent field leader that we know from the comics.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Ka-Zar and Vixen

We've had lots of exotic locales represented in the MCU so far.  One quite notable exception is The Savage Land.  Plenty of cool stories have taken place there and I would love to see it (along with Ka-Zar, Shanna and Zabu) on the big screen.  Live action Marvel heroes against Sauron and an army of Dinosaurs?  That would be epic!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Orion and The Avengers

The New Gods film is said to be centered around Mr. Miracle and Big Barda, but I have to believe that Orion will play a pivotal role.  He is the son of Darkseid after all, and the opposite side of the coin in many ways to Scott Free.  I really hope that someone is cast in the role that can do the complexity of the character justice (and that they don't mind spending a good amount of time in a helmet).

The Avengers first met Orion (along with Lightray) in STF #2116...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Ant-Man and Cyborg

Probably my favorite Easter Egg in Avengers: Endgame was the glimpse at Hank Pym's original Ant-Man helmet in his lab - not to mention a de-aged Michael Douglas who looked like he was still on the set of Streets of San Francisco.  If Marvel ever makes a third Ant-Man movie, I'd love to see it take place on two eras, with Hank and Janet working on a case in the past that must be completed by Scott and Hope in the present.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Hulk and Snake Plissken

Marvel Studios hasn't shied away from bringing back characters even after we have seen them perish on screen, either by the use of flashbacks or other means.  Maybe there's hope that we will see Kurt Russel's Ego again.  I'd love to see The Living Planet face off against Galactus should they ever give the World Devourer a detailed back story.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

X-Men and The Outsiders

While the X-Men aren't expected to join the MCU for another few years, there is no shortage of speculation as to how they will be introduced.  Some think that The Scarlet Witch will pull a "reverse House of M" maneuver and create the mutant gene through magic.  Others theorize that they will come from another Earth in the soon to be explored Multiverse.  It will be interesting to see what angle Marvel Studios ultimately decides to take.

These two teams first met in STF #2595...

Friday, August 9, 2019

Green Arrow and The Silver Surfer

Lots of rumors and speculation are swirling about about the next big bad villain in the MCU, and Galactus is at the top of the list.  I can't imagine he will be brought forth in any kind of major way before either the Silver Surfer or the Fantastic Four are introduced, though - so I don't expect much from Phase Four.  Maybe we can expect a post-credits tease, though.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fire and Sunspot

Sunspot is one of the coolest looking mutants.  His design when powered up is simple yet very effective - a solid black center with no highlights surrounded by an aura of crackling energy.  You can really get a sense of his power just by looking at him.

Fire and Sunspot were first revealed to be siblings in STF #2484...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mars Attacks the Planet of the Apes

Both of these properties have crossed over with other comics and franchises, but as far as I know they have never crossed over with one another.  It seems like a natural pairing to me.  I know that this would be one instance in which I would definitely be rooting for the apes!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Zatanna Vs. Loki

There's one thing from the Marvel Phase Four announcements that I haven't seen anyone bring up yet.  When they did the presentation for the Loki series on Disney+, I found the logo they used for the show to be very interesting. Each letter in the villain's name has a vastly different look and font than the others.  This is a strong indication to me that we can expect many different iterations of the character to appear on the series.  Maybe this is where audiences will first begin to explore the multiverse, setting up the next Dr. Strange movie.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Adam Strange and The Herculoids

I really enjoyed the Future Quest mini-series that featured the stars of the various Hanna-Barbera cartoons that I used to watch as a kid.  The Herculoids were my favorite of the bunch, so it was great to see them in a new adventure on the comics page.  Plus with art  by the likes of Evan Shaner and Aaron Lopresti, the never looked better!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Master of Kung-Fu and Bruce Lee

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will finally bring the true Mandarin into the MCU.  Most comics fans did not like the bait and switch fake Mandarin from Iron Man 3, so it will be interesting to see how the character is handled now that Marvel Studios is giving him another shot on the big screen.  Collecting the ten rings, each possessing its own power seems a little similar to the Infinity Gauntlet, so I wonder if they will change that up at all.  Most interesting is the rumor that The Mandarin will be revealed as Shang-Chi's father, replacing Fu-Manchu from the comics version.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Elongated Man and Invisible Girl

I see that The Invisible Woman is currently the star of her own self-titled mini-series.  It's amazing to me that is has taken this long for her to get a solo book.  Growing up, I always considered her to be the premiere female superhero in the Marvel Universe.  Plus, she has a great power set, arguably making her the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four.  Hopefully once the FF head back to the big screen, her profile will rise even more.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Power Man and Wonder Woman

I'm surprised that we haven't seen more from Wonder Woman 1984.  Other than a poster and some set shots, very little has been revealed.  The movie has been delayed from it's original release date and there have been reports of reshoots, so I hope that it will still come together and enjoy the same success that the first film had.  I'm most eager to see how Kristin Wiig looks as The Cheetah.  I  mean, it has to be better than the human-feline hybrids from the Cats trailer, right?

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Nightwing Vs. Bullseye

Daredevil's third and final season on Netflix did a great job of presenting Bullseye.  His action scenes were great, and I felt that his marksmanship skills were showcased very well.  I do wish that he had  worn his own costume, but between it being an origin story for him, and his using the Daredevil outfit, there really wasn't an opportunity to do so.  His final scene had a hint of a costume, but alas season four was not meant to be.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mightor and Captain Caveman Vs. Godzilla

I was surprised that Godzilla: King of the Monsters was not a bigger hit with critics or at the box office.  The trailers for it looked great, and everything that I wanted from the first film but did not get.  Even so, I hear that even if the plot and the humans underwhelmed but the actual monster battles are epic.  That's all I really want out of the movie though, so I am still inclined to pick up a copy for my home collection.

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