Spider-Man Is Coming to Marvel Studios! Feb10

Spider-Man Is Coming to Marvel Studios!...

Wow. I can’t lie. I never thought this would happen. Even after the news about the leaked emails between Marvel and Sony detailing talks that had been going on for some time. But happened it has. Marvel Studios now has the rights to Spider-Man. This is huge news! We’re most likely going to see Spider-Man in Captain America 3. That movie is based on the Civil War storyline, which saw heroes siding with either Captain America or Iron Man over the issue of superhuman registration. Stuck in the middle between the two of them is Spider-Man. He was such a central part of Civil War that a Civil War movie without Spider-Man would seem incomplete. But that’s no longer an issue because Marvel and Sony have reached a deal that brings Spider-Man into the Cinematic Marvel Universe. Not only that, but we get Spider-Man in the Avengers. I swear, as I typed those words, I let out a huge squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. There is some bad news associated with this. Andrew Garfield is reportedly out as Spider-Man. I’m not a fan of this decision. I thought Andrew Garfield was perfect as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He was a perfect Spider-Man in two unfortunately very imperfect Spider-Man films. It would be great if Marvel reversed this decision and recast him as Spider-Man, but that seems unlikely. It’s funny, looking back 20 years ago the film rights to Spider-Man were such a tangled mess that it looked like we would never get a Spider-Man movie. So many parties claimed to have rights to the film version of Spider-Man. It was a legal Gordian Knot. Read some news articles from then about the situation and you will find it amazing that we’ve had 5 Spider-Man movies made since then....

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer! Oct22

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer!...

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was supposed to debut during next week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD. However, Marvel released it tonight on their YouTube page! This is not the extended sequence that was shown to at the Retailers Breakfast and Marvel Unlimited Plus Member Panel at NYCC.  That extended sequence showed the trailer, plus a bonus scene of The Avengers taking turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir (I won’t spoil how that goes). That said, this trailer that Marvel released today both rocks and rolls. Watch it now! That “I’ve Got No Strings” song from Pinocchio could not be any creepier! What do you think? How excited are you for Avengers...

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Review May30

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Review...

Looking at the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, I would understand if you had qualms. I had them too. I couldn’t tell if the movie was going to be awesome or awful. Good news…it’s awesome. X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on a a two-part comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142. Growing up, this was my absolute favorite X-Men storyline. Like the movie, half the comic is set in the future and half is set in the present (or in the movie’s case, the early 70s). In this story, the X-Men have lost. They’ve been hunted down and either exterminated or imprisoned by the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. There’s no hope in the future, other than going back in time and changing a pivotal moment that lead to this bleak state. After you watch X-Men: Days of Future Past, I highly recommend that you also read the comic book that inspired it. It’s readily available both digitally and in print. The major difference between the comic and the movie versions of Days of Future Past is that in the comic, it’s Kitty Pryde’s mind that travels to the past, not Wolverine’s. This leads to one of the most memorable scenes in X-Men comics history, when future Colossus “fastball specials” future Wolverine at a Sentinel and the Sentinel blasts Wolverine with such intensity that all that’s left is his adamantium skeleton. I really liked that the new mutants introduced in the movie, Warpath, Blink, Bishop and Sunspot were used mainly for very awesome fight scenes. Exposition wasn’t wasted on these characters’ back story. Instead, we’re thrown right into one of their battles, where their powers, especially Blink’s, are able to shine. But the new mutant who stole the movie is Quicksilver. The...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Review Apr08

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Review...

When it was announced that the follow up to Captain America: The First Avenger would be Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the comic book fanboy in me was beyond excited.  The Winter Soldier is one of my favorite characters of the last 10 years, and as long as Marvel Studios didn’t drop the ball, this had the making of an awesome movie. They didn’t drop the ball. Captain America: The Winter Soldier rocks. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the Captain America movie we deserve. Captain America: The First Avenger was decent, but I would put it at the bottom of the list of  Marvel Studios’s movies thus far. Winter Soldier, on the other hand, rockets to the top, with maybe Iron Man 1 and Avengers ahead of it. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW. If you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, see it first and come back. And if you’re an Agents of SHIELD fan, make sure you watch Winter Soldier BEFORE you watch the tonight’s episode! I’m a huge fan of Ed Brubaker’s decade long run on Captain America. It was in this run that Brubaker debuted the mysterious Winter Soldier, whose identity remained hidden for awhile. Comic book fans are aware of the revolving door between death and resurrection among heroes and villains. Remember when Superman died, only to came back less than a year later? But there were two characters who seemed to be the exceptions to the revolving door rule: Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben and Captain America’s partner Bucky. Not only did Brubaker bring back Bucky, in the form of new Cap villain Winter Soldier, but he did it in a masterful story that seemed 100% plausible ( in a world inhabited by mutants and gods). The movie is...

Thor: The Dark World – Review Nov14

Thor: The Dark World – Review...

It was a bright, sunny Saturday morning when we headed to the movie theater. The boys were seeing Thor 2 and the girls were seeing About Time. I hated having to decide between the two, as Rachel McAdams looks adorable in the About Time poster, but there was no denying the siren song of seeing Thor: The Dark World before it crossed oven with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (next week!). I thoroughly enjoyed Thor: The Dark World. Like the previous Thor movie, the takes-themselves-so-seriously Asgard scenes were balanced out with slapstick comedy during the Earth-based scenes. Unlike the first Thor movie though, I never felt like we needed to get back to Earth right now whenever Asgard was on-scene.  Asgard is fleshed out more in this sequel, and while the individual members of the Asgard supporting cast are not on the screen very long, they are on just enough to make me want to see more of them in Thor 3. There has been rumors circulating recently that Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif, will be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. After seeing her in Thor: The Dark World, this seems like the most perfect of perfect casting. Because her Sif armor isn’t that far removed from Wonder Woman’s current costume, it almost seemed like Wonder Woman was guest-starring in Thor: The Dark World.   Tom Hiddleston as Loki steals every scene he is in. It’s amazing what Hiddleston and the Marvel movies have done for the character of Loki. Before the first Thor movie, Loki was one of Marvel’s lamest villains. With the exception of when Walter Simonson was writing him, I can think of few comic book examples of Loki pre-Thor movie in which Loki didn’t come off as lame....

Agents of SHIELD – S1E6 – F.Z.Z.T. – REVIEW...

Spoilers abound! Read this only if you’ve already watched F.Z.Z.T! Episode 6 of Agents of SHIELD, “F.Z.Z.T,” starts out normally. There’s a new super-powered mystery to be solved. This time, it’s a scout leader whose dead body is both electrically charged and hovering in the air. The good news is that it takes the team only half the episode to solve this one. The source of turns out a be a Chitauri helmet carrying some kind of space virus.   It was cool that the Agents of SHIELD TV show went beyond just passively referencing the Avengers movie here and brought in an actual prop that kickstarted this episode. It definitely helps the show feel like it’s securely grounded in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What was also cool about this plot was that there was no sinister villain hungry for power. The people who died thanks to the Chitauri helmet weren’t murdered. It was just wrong place, wrong time. Of course, it at first looks like one person is out to kill his friends, but when he dies and the SHIELD team recovers the helmet, everything is resolved and there’s no villain lurking in the shadows. What follows is without a doubt the most intense half an episode we’ve had so far this season. I honestly had no idea if Simmons was going to make it out of this one alive. When she and Fitz failed in their final attempt at creating a cure, I was ready to yell at my TV, “You can’t kill Simmons!” But this is Whedon we’re talking about. He totally could. Part of the reason that I love this episode so much is for the amount of screen time that Fitz and Simmons get. There is definitely chemistry between...

NYCC 2013 Cosplay!

Wow, we saw A LOT of awesome cosplay at New York Comic Con this year! We took a bunch of photos of our favorites. Check it out!                                                        Photos by David Henehan and Graig...

NYCC 2013: Friday Panel & Screening Highlights...

Welcome to the first full day of New York Comic Con! Lots of cool panels today. Let’s get right to it! 11:00 – 12:00 – Marvel: Amazing X-Men & The Marvel Universe – Empire Stage 1-E If you’ve been following along with any comics news sites recently, then you’ve no doubt seen Marvel’s very vague, one-word teaser ads. The mystery behind those ads will be revealed at NYCC. Most of the X-book writers not named Brian Michael Bendis will be here for this one: Marjorie Liu, Dennis Hopeless, Peter David, Gerry Duggan, Brian Wood and more. I’m most curious to hear what Peter David has planned now that X-Factor has ended. Could X-Factor be morphing into X-Corp? 11:00 – 12:00 – Mattypolooza – 1A01 If you’re a Masters of the Universe Club Eternia subscriber, you’ll definitely want to go to this panel, as you’ll be able to vote which upcoming figure gets made: Darius or Mara. 11:15 – 12:15 – DC Collectibles – 1A10 DC Collectibles has been steadily producing high quality tchotchkes of your favorite DC characters for a decade now. You’ll be able to preview their 2014 product line here. 12:15 – 1:15 – He’s Back! Celebrate Chucky’s 25th Anniversary with the Creators & Cast – Main Stage 1-D If you are a fan of the Child’s Play series of movies, this panel is for you. Creator Don Mancini will be here, as will cast members Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Jennifer Tilly. Friends to the end! 12:15 – 1:15 – Marvel Television Presents – 1A06 Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, will be talking all things Marvel TV. He will show previews of Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man. I don’t know if...

The Best of Marvel’s 700 #1s...

Last month, Marvel and Comixology announced they would be giving away the #1 issue of 700 Marvel titles through their joint digital comics service. This quickly crashed the Comixology servers and the program was suspended. The program is reopening today for readers who signed up on Comixology’s website earlier in the week (check your inbox today for an email from Comixology if you signed up). The different #1 issues available to download span decades; you can download the Avengers first appearance as well as the first issue of a new Avengers series that debuted earlier this year. 700 comics can be a little daunting. Here are what Tuesday Night Movies feels are your best choices: Hawkeye #1 – You might recognize this from our Best Comics of 2012 post. Hawkeye is the best series that Marvel currently produces. The creative team of Matt Fraction and David Aja are working magic on the page. When I recommend this series to people, their reaction is usually, “Hawkeye? The guy from the Avengers? With the arrows?” Yes, yes and yes. This series is so much more than that though. It focuses on what Hawkeye does when he’s not with the Avengers. It’s very street level. His main antagonist is the Russian mob. After you download the first issue for free, you may want to buy the just released Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, which collects the first five issues of the series. Avengers Arena #1 – If you like The Hunger Games or Battle Royale, I highly recommend checking out this series. 16 heroes have been captured by murderous villain Arcade and taken to an island where they’re told they have to battle it out to the death. I won’t lie, when this series was first announced I thought...

The Cosplay of NYCC 2012 Oct24

The Cosplay of NYCC 2012...

There were so many awesome costumes at this year’s New York Comic Con! I think this year may have boasted the most impressive cosplayers since NYCC began. Here are some of my favorites! New rule: all dealers need to cosplay, just like Absorbing Man here.  The most dangerous hazard with crowded escalators: getting hit in the face repeatedly by Bark the Mog’s wagging tail. Arcee, ready to roll out. And one of many 11th Doctors in the background.  “There’s money in the banana stand.” The only way this costume could have been better is if it was self-immolating. This might not be a George Costanza costume. Maybe this guy just really likes Seinfeld and tucking his shirts into his denim shorts. I hope this is a George Costanza costume. War time Captain America and the Scarecrow partying it up like an intercompany crossover. I was really impressed by this woman’s Captain Marvel costume for a couple of reasons: 1. This costume just debuted in the comics a couple of months ago! 2. She even incorporated Carol Danvers’s new hairstyle. There were so many Doctors at NYCC, but only one Doctor Strange. I want this cape.  I’ve seen many guys dressed as Ghostbusters over the years, but none as elaborate as this duo. They even had a Slimer!  A very manly Mera. While not a costume, this remote control R5-D4 was amazing.  Venom I really wish this picture came out clearer.  These three had awesome Wasp, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man costumes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone cosplay Ant-Man before! Weeping Angel. Don’t blink….but feel free to tip generously. Starro  This guy needs a “Free Face Hugs” sign. I don’t get the whole Free Hugs thing. But Free Shrugs, I get that.  Cassandra Cain Batgirl and...