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Why Spider-Man Being Added to the MCU Really, Really Sucks

A lot of people forget or do not know that the Avengers didn’t used to be popular. People didn’t give a flying fuck about Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, ect. That is just what Marvel was left with after selling off the rights to the much more popular X-Men and Spider. Hell, they even sold the rights to Blade, Punisher, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four while being stuck with the Avengers! It sounds nuts now but the only reason Iron Man and company are as popular as they are is because Marvel didn’t have any choice. That is all they were left with. They made do with what they had and thank god they did because it has become awesome.

This lack of the big dawgs (Spider-Man and X-men) have also lead to movies being made such as Guardians of the Galaxy and future movies such as C and D list Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Inhumans, ect. If Spidey and X-men were around, these movies simply would not have been in production because… why would you when you could make much more money with Spider-Man, Wolverine, and X-men. Financially it makes no sense.

Sadly, with a return of Spider-Man to Marvel (in some capacity), we are going to see the effects of an A list character mucking up shit for everyone else.

Already, Spider-man has taken a prime summer spot from Thor, pushing Thor 3 (called one of the most important movies by Fiege….) back into the fall. And it has sent a ripple effect through all the announced movies, pushing them all back by 4-6 months. Even my beloved Black Panther!

And when the Avengers all meet up… do you think Spider-Man or Dr. Strange is going to get more lines? In Civil War, you think they are going to cut Stark’s screen time or T’challa? When Phase 3 ends (and the contract of the big three end as well) and the Avengers possibly need a new leader other than Stark/Cap… you think Spider-Man is a possibility or Captain Marvel and Luke Cage?

If you are a fan of Spider-Man… this is great news. But fan of C-list characters? This fucking sucks. You have one more A lister (THE A lister at Marvel) stealing a movie slot every 3 years that would have went to some lesser known characters.

Listen, I like Spider-Man. But there is really nothing unique about him at this point in the movie world. There is nothing super interesting. He is just a prototypical hero… his only real defining feature is that he is in high school.

You want different? How about a race of people with mutant like powers when exposed to a mist lead by a king who can’t speak without blowing up a city (Inhumans). How about an African, genius, king who leads the most technological country in the world that has never been conquered by outside force (Black Panther). What about the Sorcerer Supreme!

Wanting Spider-Man with Marvel may be a “be careful what you wish for” thing for us peeps who prefer C-list heros.

Welcome To the Marvel Movie Universe Spidey!

Well its official. No, we don’t know 100% of the details but Spider-Man will officially be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

This has been a long time coming. Spider-Man is in the top 3 most known super heroes in the whole world. He is easily Marvel’s top dog and has been well… for a long ass time. He appeals to kids, adults… everyone. He has one of the best and most known rogue galleries in comics period (only one better is Batman) including the likes of Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Rhino. Doc Ock, Vulture, Venom, Carnage, The Jackal, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, ect ect. Could we possibly have Goblin/Norman show up in say… an Avengers movie? Possibly Dark Reign? We can only hope…

And now we might actual get a good movie franchise for him. To be honest, I am not the biggest Spider-Man fan. His cartoon used to be awesome as a kid and his comics are sometimes epic… but I don’t follow his comics much anymore and his movies have been completely average in my view. Yes, even the beloved Toby Spider-Man. The reboot has been super hit or miss.. juggling between awesome and downright cringe worthy. So giving SOME control to Marvel is bound to improve things overall.

It also gives us a chance to see Spidey interact with the rest of the MCU, which could be cool as well. Could he be leading the Avengers after Infinity War? Maybe. Will this halt Sony’s desperate attempt at a Spidey Universe with the likes of “female spider-mans” and Sinister Six? We can only hope.

So where is what we do know in regards to the deal. And right now, I am only going to be positive because honestly, this news comes with some huge draw backs in my eyes.

1. Spider-Man will likely first appear in Captain America: Civil War. So, with the success of Winter Soldier + Iron Man in the movie + being post Age of Ultron + Spider-Man.. this movie is guaranteed to do over a billion dollars.

2. A new, rebooted Spider-Man will come July 27, 2017, moving Thor 3 from it spot and shifting everything forward.

3. Spider-Man is going back to high school and Garfield is OUT. That whole universe is out… we think.

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The next article will go over why this news fucking sucks….

Netflix/Marvel Daredevil Trailer Crushes All Fears… YES!

I haven’t talked much about comic book TV shows because TV isn’t really my thing. I didn’t have cable and can’t be tied down to turning it on at certain times if I did. Plus commericals are fucking irritating as hell.

I will have a bigger posts on why I still barely give a shit about all the comic book TV shows soon (its partly written) though so don’t worry.

BUT, one group of shows caught my attention… the Marvel Defenders series announced for Netflix. (A) it was on Netflix meaning I could binge watch the whole thing as one giant movie if I wanted. (B) Netflix isn’t network so it can be darker if need be and more violent. (C) it is run by Marvel and connects to the cinematic universe they created so confidence is high.

The Netflix Defender series will feature a season of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (FUCK YES!), and Iron Fist and then a season of Defenders where they all join together Avengers style. First up is Daredevil… a character who surprsingly always has a solo book without being linked to a team (which is really rare) but also had one, very very mediocre to bad comic book movie already. So, many of us held our breaths waiting for a trailer and…

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Finally, Fantastic Four Stuff!

FINALLY! IT’S HAPPENING!

Don’t confuse capslock for excitement over the movie. More just excitement to have my fears confirmed or denied at the movie. There have been small stuff leaked recently but Fox finally released a fucking trailer.

Aaaaaaaaaaand…

Ok? Wait is this a comic book movie or Prometheus 2?

I am down for different styles of comic book movies. X-men? Like most of them. Avenger’s Line? Love’em. Nolan Trilogy? Sign me up.

But… Fantastic Four all dark and realistic? A franchise that features a genius sorcerer who rules a country (Doom)? A franchise that features a giant, planet eating, universe balancing entity (Galactus)? That needs dark, gritty, realistic?

The movie doesn’t look BAD so to speak. It doesn’t look good either. It looks like a generic, scifi movie where space travel went bad. The only comic book bit about the whole damn thing is the 1 second of Human Torch lighting up and the one second “is that The Thing?” moment. Other than that… it looks like Interstellar or something.

F4 and Ant-Man are two “scary” comic book movies coming out this year. Both had pretty average-to-meh trailers. Both have weak-ish comic book history (don’t give me this FIRST FAMILY shit and FIRST AVENGER crap… F4 is getting cancelled for a reason and Ant-Man is Ant-Man).

But one is backed by Marvel and one is backed by Fox. There is the confidence difference right there.

So… doesn’t look like a train wreck but I’m not bursting in anticipation.

The biggest problem with everything this year… Avengers: Age of Ultron looks so good everything else looks boring as fuck in comparison.

The 2nd Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Was Perfect

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This trailer is perfect.

Why you may ask? Because it did what trailers are supposed to do… tease you, make you think, make you come up with tons of fan theories about who/what/when, ect. All while not really showing you shit and telling you what is going to happen.

How much of a the plot do you really know from both trailers? Ultron gets created, Ultron goes ape shit, Hulk goes out of control… and thats pretty much all we REALLY know for sure. Sure, we can fan theory a bit (Scarlet Witch is likely messing with Hulk. Looks like Ultron is headed to Wakanda. Avengers are going to find Loki’s scepter. Ect). But cold hard fact? That is it.

The trailers keep adding more QUESTIONS than answers. Who is that black chick in the water? Shuri? A Dora? Who is eletracuting Thor? Witch? Enchantress? Someone from Wakanda?

And we still haven’t seen Vision. We aren’t sure if we have seen Ultron’s final form. Still unsure of the Twin’s roles.

Perfect perfect perfect. Last trailer I will watch. Not going to spoil this movie for myself.

The “Eh, it’s Marvel so I am sure it’s good” Ant-Man Trailer!

There are a few problems with Ant-Man from the get go and it has nothing to do with the potential quality of the movie.

1) While Ant-Man has SOME name recognition in the comic book world, he is still D-list for sure. And to the casuals, he is on the same level as Guardians of the Galaxy.

2) His main powers are not exactly… all that cool. He can shrink while retaining his man strength. Yay? And talk to ants… yay? At least in the comics, Ant-Man can also become Giant Man (such ingenious code names btw).

3) His rogue gallery sucks, to the point they had to basically make up a villain for this movie.

4) The movie is stuck between two 800+ million dollar, big action movies (Age of Ultron and Civil War). It simply cannot compete with them on a pure action scale. It would be impossible and laughable for them to try.

So, while I will admit, I was really, really let down by this trailer… I took a step back, collected myself, lowered my expectations, and watched it again.

And at that point, I enjoyed the trailer for what it is.

The trailer is on a MUCH smaller scale than Ultron blowing up the world. The story seems much more intimate with the core thing being about “family.” And after “stopping Malekith from destroying all the 9 worlds,” “Hydra ruling the world,” “Ronan destroying a whole planet, ” and “Ultron ruling Earth,” ….. a more intimate story may be necessary to kind of take a breath and relax after watching worlds almost be destroyed year after year.

And remember… this was a teaser. And it featured awesome Michael Douglas. We never really got any idea of what the action will be like and we never saw Wasp… I mean “Hope” Van Dyne either.

I have high hopes for this movie still. Even if the trailer is just “ok.”

 

 

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

This list took some thinking outside the top 3. The top 3 I am super excited for, especially number one. After number 6 though, I had to think long and hard to find stuff to fill in 7-10. This year is nothing like last where I could have named 15 movies off the top of my head to at least consider.

#10- Mad Max: Fury

I have no idea what this movie is. I have no idea who Mad Max is. But, all my trusted websites keep talking about it as if it should be awesome so… there it is! Looks like its some heavy action at the worst so, might catch my attention.

#9- Spectre

I am not really a Bond fan. I have only seen a couple of them ever and was generally bored by them. I thought Skyfall was crazy overrated but, due to a weak year, this movie makes the list.

#8- Tak3n

If this movie is as good as the first, this will be a criminally low placing. However, if it is as bad/average as the second one, it belongs no where on this list. I am hedging my bets a little bit, but Iike the next two movies on my list, I am scared more than anticipating it.

#7- Terminator: Genisys

Talk about scared. I was scared about this movie before I saw the trailer… the trailer then scared the living shit out of me. The trailer makes this movie look TERRIBLE. This movie is this high on the list due to T1 and T2 alone (and I didn’t mind Salvation honestly). This is a hopeful rating more than anything.

#6- Fantastic 4

This is only here because it is a comic book movie. We have gotten nothing so far in regards to promotion. Only a couple of leaked images (one awesome, one terrible), horrid rumors (found footage? Doom a blogger?), and me being scared shitless. The best thing about Fantastic Four is their villains (Doom, Galactus) and Doom sounds terrible right now. It seems like they may be going the Batman route (realistic-ish) which works for Batman because he is human. I… I just… this could get ugly.

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Finally, we get to movies I am actually excited to see instead of hoping and praying it is halfway decent. This list is nothing like last years awesomeness but it is still solid and feature a couple of billion dollar franchises.

#5- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars as a whole is really cool on paper. Really cool reading about stuff on Wiki. And then I watch the movies and get really confused on why everyone nuts every time they hear the word “Star Wars.” Phantam Menance was garbage. Attack of the Clones was garbage. Revenge of the Sith has some good moments but some very, very cringe worthy moments as well and in general, makes little sense when looking at the Star Wars franchise as a whole. Then you get to the original trilogy which… is ok I guess? Hell, my favorite “Star Wars” related thing is problem the Clone Wars animated cartoon.

But despite all my criticism… like I said, on paper this should be awesome. Can it reach that potential though?

#4- The Kingsman: Secret Service

This looks fucking fun. The End.

#3- Ant-Man

Ant-Man… the forgotten Marvel Universe movie. Tucked behind Age of Ultron but before the start of Phase 3 with Civil War. This movie could easily be this years Guardians of the Galaxy or be… wait… Marvel doesn’t make bad movies do they? At worst they are “Iron Man 2” level? YES!

But this looks fun as well. A heist movie with a strong cast… I expect an above average Marvel flick. And for this year, that gets you number 3.

#2- Jurassic World

I don’t know why I am so excited about this honestly. Jurassic Park 2 was miserable. #3 is one of those, “if its on cable and on one of the good parts I will watch for a bit” movies.

Luckily for the franchise, the first one is epic (could be because it came out when I was in elementary school… probably explains peoples obsession with Star Wars as well huh?). Chris Pratt is epic. The trailer was bananas and we didn’t even see the mystery dinosaur that fucks people up. And somewhat controlled Raptors? Yep, sign me up!

#1- Avengers: Age of Ultron

This is number one by a LARGE LARGE margin. This movie looks absolutely EPIC. The first one was the best comic book movie ever. There is no scale to hold back my anticipation for this movie. Hell, even looking ahead years and years, this is still near the top of anticipation, only behind its own sequels and Black Panther. Ultron looks utterly terrifying in this. The seeds for Civil War will be planted. The appearance of Witch and Quicksilver. Hulkbuster armor. Rumors of T’challa. What more could you want?

2014 Shadow Awards!

Welcome to the 4th annual Shadow Awards!

This is where I rate the best of the best and the worst of the worst on various topics, mostly about movies of course. Once again, I can only rate what I have seen… so you won’t see some sappy ass shitty movie on here, but you will see Captain America.

The only movies mentioned that are not out of DVD yet are The Hobbit 3. There are some Hobbit spoilers and they are in RED so you can avoid them if you want.

And here… we… go!

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Updated Comic Book Pull List

My comic book reading has slowed down big time. Part of that is simply me being busy and doing other “useless” activities instead. And some of it is just that there isn’t as many comics I am interested in right now. I have dropped all of DC, I don’t read any Image/Darkhorse, and even my Marvel pull list has shrank.

Typically, with anything I do, I get totally immersed. Whether it is lifting, movies, comic books, pokemon, playstation, ect… when I do something, I am 100% into it. With comics, that lead to me reading 50 books a month and got me burned out. With the shared comic universe, I was trying to read EVERYTHING, even if I didn’t give a shit about the characters/characters.

Not anymore. No more reading about shit i don’t care about. If I get confused about something, I just go to comicbookresourcces.com and ask and find out. I really only read what I really want to read and nothing else. Hence, the shrinking pull list.

After the jump, a look at my comic book pull list these days, 100% populated by Marvel.

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December 2014 Movie Preview: The Last Trip to Middle Earth

December has one crown jewel, one heart of the mountain, one ARKENSTONE… The Hobbit. My most anticipated movie of the year. Who cares what else happens this month… this is all that matters. (There are some good home releases out though lol)

Best Theatrical Release: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Best Home Release: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Red Box Release: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Theatrical Release

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Date: December 12

Verdict: I… I don’t know? It seems like it is just a swords and sandals movie with some Godly speech and some plague stuff. So… cool? Noah was so fucking bad that this movie scares the shit out of me. Probably be a red box movie.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Date: December 17

Verdict: This is THE movie of the year for me. The last movie of the Hobbit trilogy and even more depressing… the last movie in Middle Earth, probably until Chris Toilken dies and whoever inherits the rights goes broke. I have mentioned before how this could potentially be the best Middle Earth movie of the six (I am not saying its likely just that it could) and any movie named after a battle will immediately have my attention.

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After the jump, home and Red Box releases…

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