When You Wish Upon a Star-Lord… Who?

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Oh, come on, Man… Star-Lord. You know!

   Once upon a time, this was Star-Lord. In 1976, Star-Lord made his first appearance in the pages of Marvel-Preview Presents magazine. Different times, different kinds of heroes, same characters. While the designs have evolved since these days, the stories, well… have pretty much been told over and over. I dig the technique on the background of this classic cover.

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Theory: Thor Ragnarok Planet

    We all remember this…Agent-Simmons-in-Kree-Monolith-Agents-of-SHIELD   Just going to plop this down for everybody to think about, but I think we have already seen the “new” planet where Thor and Hulk are going.

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   The Kree Monolith was a gateway to a planet. Which planet? Hmmm… Perhaps Kree? More than likely. We’ve had a few Kree connections in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Ragnarok is, traditionally, a tale of the end of the world, in which (Thousand plus year old Spoiler)  Thor dies.

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   I am pretty positive that this won’t be a “Planet Hulk”, but it should be a buddy flick, full of fun, laughs and incredible battles. Oh, also, I don’t think that they will actually kill off the Son of Odin but there will probably be a huge change in his world.

By the Eye of Agamotto! Strange Days, Indeed

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Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930's.
Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930’s.

   Dr. Strange was a 1978 TV film pilot based on the Marvel’s Dr. Stephen Strange, created by Steve Ditko. Directed by Philip DeGuere, authored by him as well, it was specifically written for television. It seems that the production suffered from being over conservative and under funded.  Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, but that couldn’t save this proposed pilot for a series. In a day and age where VFX were not up to snuff (until one George Lucas pushed them beyond their limits), and removing the more “comic booky” elements from the property.  The show aired on 6 Sept, 1978 on CBS. That network also aired The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Out of the three, only the Hulk proved to have any staying power.

   I remember staying up to watch Dr. Strange but it failed to hold my interest. I tried watching it again, and it failed to hold my interest. Some may still like it and there is nothing wrong with that. To each their own. It didn’t/doesn’t work for me. Having said this, I dig the character’s concept and a few executions of this concept really worked for me in the books. I think Ditko’s version was the best but I am biased 😉

   So now the new movie is going to be made with Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. I cannot wait to see what crazy shit Marvel Studios has in store for us!

Could Spider-Man be Heading Back to Marvel?

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   The Marvel Cinematic Universe could be growing by another property. If things go our way, and by “our” I mean we the fans, and by “we the fans” I mean you, my fellow GEEK, we could be seeing Spider-Man existing side by side with the Avengers 🙂 After the last Spider-Man 2 all I can say is that I am very interested with what Marvel can do over any other studio. Where others shy away from the geek origins of our favorite characters, Marvel embraces them and even go out of its way to flash a wink or two toward some of the more ridiculous stuff.

‘Captain America’s’ Chris Evans Says He’s Ready to Leave Acting Behind

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   I’ll be sad to see Chris Evans leave the role of Steve Rogers but if the movies follow the eventual plot following the Winter Soldier then it will be fluidly awesome. Chris seems like an awesome guy and I’ve been a fan of his since the first FF movie where he played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. It’s kind of cool to find out that he is more like that character than Steve Rogers. It just says something about his acting ability and dedication to his craft. In what ever he does, I wish him success.

S.H.I.E.L.D. FTW!

   The months of waiting for Marvel’s gents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to an end last night. This show had just enough of the humor, action and charm that we have come to expect from anything out of Marvel Studios. The show rested almost completely on the shoulders of Agent Coulson and he doesn’t even flinch under that weight. There is already a secret mentioned early in the show, something that Coulson must never find out. What is this secret?  Is Coulson a clone? Is he a Life Model Decoy Android? Perhaps he is not even alive. Time will tell and I will be there every week to follow along and find out.

The Wolverine slashes his way to top of US box office?

BBC News – The Wolverine slashes his way to top of US box office.

   So, according to BBC News, The Wolverine made it to the top this past weekend. I am really not surprised. This is another sort of non-news type of report. “WOW, something that Geeks are hyper excited about does well! News at eleven for even more details about nothing…”.

   I went to a little mixer at my oldest friends house on Saturday and he said, after seeing the movie the day before, that it was “decent”. A few more Geeks rolled in and they said it was “alright” and “OK”. I am probably going to wait for it to be offered on Netflix.

   The biggest test of a movie is the second weekend’s box office. Word-of-Mouth has spread and if the buzz is great the movie will do even better. If there is nothing of any significance released on that following weekend and the buzz remains at “decent” too “It was OK” then it may do almost as well as the opening weekend, but just barely.

   Time will tell. This may just be Hugh Jackman’s last go as Logan and I am fine with that. I would love for them to actually cast the part properly and bring him into the Marvel Studio Universe. I’ve liked Hugh’s portrayal in the first two X-Men films. He did well, but let’s face facts. Wolverine ages very slowly and Hugh doesn’t. By this time next week we should know if Mr. Jackman has yet another curtain call as the Wolverine in his future. I am thinking not so much.

   All of that being said, I can’t wait to see this on Netflix 🙂

SDCC 2013: Joss Whedon Reveals Avengers: Age of Ultron

SDCC 2013: Joss Whedon Reveals Avengers: Age of Ultron

   I cannot wait! Ultron is the proverbial “bad penny”. He just keeps turning up. In this movie game of Go Big or Go Home, this is exactly what will be needed to go bigger than the first movie. This reveal makes me happy that they are pulling from the old Avengers mythos and not some of the newer stuff. I believe that I am, now, more excited for this film than the upcoming Star Wars movies.