A year and a half. Thats about how much time we have until Game of Thrones starts up again and ends forever. It feels like a lifetime. I can't wait that long. I need my tales from the North! Until then, though, I did find one thing to bring me joy. This Songified Game of Thrones Song by Shmoyoho called "Shape of Jon Snow". It takes clips from the show and has the characters singing using autotune. They also do a great job of adding in back up vocals from their own singers. It's catchy and reminds me of some of my favorite moments of the show-oh-oh-oh oh. Sorry. The song is quite stuck in my head. Check it out below-oh-oh-oh-oh. Damnit.
Ok. So, I don't know if you've been keeping track of The Defenders comics recently, but they are way better than the Netflix Series. Not that I'm bashing on the Netflix series, the comics have just been that good. And recently, the comics just kicked it up a notch by having the big bad of the series take down a major player in the comics.
Black Cat has recently gone through some tough times. When Doc Ock became Spider-Man for about a year, he kind of turned on her. She was Spider-Man's hero apprentice, but Doc Ock decided to not be a good person and instead beat her half to death and turn her into the police, making her lose everything and break bad once again. She decided instead of being an anti-hero, she'd go full villain. She became the new Kingpin of the comics. She ruled with an iron whip and was a dangerous foe to fight.
Earlier in the series, a new villain showed up known as Diamondback. Marvel has decided to reboot the character and make him actually cool. I say new villain because this Diamondback, while still going by the same name and identity, is quite different the one from previous comics. He took down Luke Cage in a fight even. He originally tried to strike a deal with Black Cat but she saw him as too dangerous and tipped off the Defenders. Now he's getting his revenge. He appears in her apartment and fills her with lead. The Defenders hear it, aaaaaand cliffhanger. Black Cat is known in the comics for luck. She somehow manages to curse people with bad luck, so maybe there's a chance she lucks out and survives, but he does shoot her a lot. I mean, she's special, but not eight bullets into the body special.
This is a huge move for The Defenders. To kill off such a large character especially a year before a movie about her is released by Sony Pictures. If you haven't read the comic, check it out. It shows the characters in such a great light. Even Iron Fist is good. Netflix, you could learn a thing or two from the comics.
Secret Empire is done and now its time to move on to the next big Marvel arc. While there isn't any huge thing in the Marvel universe going on, there is a multi-universe battle about to take place in Venomverse.
Venomverse is similar to Spider-Verse, which took place a couple years ago. You got yourselves some characters that all have something in common, whether it's being a Spider-Person or a Venom person all being hunted by some other universe hopping entity. Spider-Verse ended up being a really good story that featured Spider-People from tons of different universes and ended up creating fan favorite Spider-Gwen. In the Spider-Verse, the big baddie was the Inheritors, Vampires who focus on eating Spider-people. Well, step aside, because Venomverse has got a new kind of villain.
Venomverse's villains are known as the Poisons. I mean, if you think about it too much it's kinda stupid. You got Venom and its enemy is Poison? Shouldn't they be called Antidote? Well, if you don't think about it too hard, it's pretty cool. Poisons are like a Venom but to Venoms. They take Symbioses as hosts and then feed on the body that the Symbioses are hosting, slowly killing them.
Just stick with me. I know it sounds kinda silly, but it ends up for a very interesting process. So you have this weird symbiotic entity called Poison hunting a slightly different symbiotic entity called Venom that just want to team up with people and kill people. It will be interesting to see if it ties into the Klyntar at all. They are the alien race that are the Venoms when not corrupted. *Sigh* Why do the Venom stories have to be so confusing...
The story follows our universe's Eddie Brock getting pulled into the war. Teaming up with a bunch of other Venom-like characters. Venom-Deadpool, Venom-Doctor Strange, Venom-Captain America, Venom Old Man Logan, Venom X-23, Venom Rocket Raccoon, etc etc. The Poisons, when not attached to a Venom, are these little white monsters that can psychically take the form of something innocent or something you care about, and if you touch it, it takes control of you and you become a poison version of yourself. Stronger and more deadly than a regular Venom-person. It adds a layer of strangeness to it. In a way, these Poisons are like Zombies, but if you become one you are stronger and faster and better than you were before, but you don't infect people; they are infected by little poisons.
It's all very confusing, but if you read the series, you'll get the gist of it. Anyway, the Poisons designs are pretty cool. VERY 90's edgy, but I like them. They take the Venom look and make it harder edged and almost robotic. Cap-Venom has already been taken over, and it just recently showed that the ruler of the Poisons is a Poison Doom. It's so cool to see this huge battle going on with crazy versions of your favorite heroes. Definitely worth reading if you like Venom and big battles between heroes.
When Spider-Man was announced to return to the MCU, people were ecstatic. He is a prime character that made the Marvel Universe what it is. Now that he has been brought back to the fold, fans have had hopes that similarly, X-Men and Fantastic Four may return someday too. And apparently, it's not just the fans.
Stan Lee has recently stated his hopes and thoughts of all of the characters existing together in the same universe again. Recently Lee made his thoughts on the subject public:
"Sooner or later, they're going to get the rights back to all our characters. They're working on it, and they're still making X-Men movies and stuff. Don't worry about it. You'll get more Marvel superheroes than you'll have time to look at in the next few years."
This makes me happy. I know it is still some time away, but the fact that Stan the man, himself, who has worked happily alongside both Fox and Disney, has faith that it will happen, gives me faith.
The world the MCU has created is good and fine, but the X-Men and Fantastic Four are a big part of the Marvel Universe that make it special. The public's distrust and anxiety towards Mutants and the Fantastic Four's government/celebrity team are so unique. Inhumans have tried to fill the role of the mutants, but it's not the same. Inhumans are Royalty trying to fit in amongst humans, fish out of water style. They are an alien like team protecting a planet they wish to call home. Mutants are people who have lived here who do not work with or for the government.
I hope I live to see the day and able to report on the time the world is complete again. Until then, I'll just keep on reading the comics. They have it together... mostly.
I love the animated movies we've been getting lately. Really, I have. But part of me has felt that they have lacked some of the same heart as when I was a kid. This new trailer for Animal Crackers looks like it wants to attempt to fill that void.
Animal Crackers is, as far as I can tell, a movie about a guy who winds up owning a carnival and eats animal crackers to change into different animals. Pretty simple premise, but it feels magical and fun. The main character isn't a wisecracking over the top funny guy, it's played by John Krasinski and he's joined by his real life wife Emily Blunt, and Danny Devito in a sincere heartfelt role. I love Danny Devito in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but I love when I get to see him playing something down to earth and caring. In this case, it's a clown with magic crackers, but still. The rest of the cast includes Sir Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, and more.
The trailer looks great. It's not top of the line animation, but if the story and message are good, I couldn't care less about the animation. Check it out below. There's currently no release date for the film.
Marvel's MCU is pretty cool, but having such a wide universe can cause some problems. One of those problems being that audiences feel they have to watch all of movies in the cinematic universe to be able to get what is going on in the newest film. But that isn't something that director Taika Waititi wants you to worry about with Thor: Ragnarok.
Taika Waititi recently made a statement regarding the movie and how it's supposed to fit into the larger universe that makes up the MCU. In short, he's not concerned with it at all.
"My job is to make a film that can sit alone as a standalone piece that obviously I’ll be proud of. But I want it to be a film that, if it’s the only Marvel film you see, that it’s a great film and it’s a great story in and of itself. The lucky thing is that there are a bunch of geniuses who run Marvel who make sure that it even if it’s a standalone piece, it is part of a great big jigsaw puzzle that could be appreciated as a whole as well."
I think that's awesome. Too many films worry about fitting in. I'm glad to hear Taika is doing his own thing with this, and even more happy that Marvel is letting him. In the past, Marvel has taken issue with directors wanting to make their own movie with the characters in their own way. To hear that they have eased up on Ragnarok's director has shown that maybe they are starting to understand the point of creative freedom.
This especially gives me hope for future films made by Marvel. I now can at least believe that future directors won't be kicked off their own project because it doesn't fit quite right. Hooray for Marvel! Hooray for Taika! Hooray for this new IMAX poster that was released as well. Pretty cool.
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There are so many people that are thought of when thinking of comics. Len Wein may not be one of them, but he should.
Len Wein was a fantastic comic book writer and editor who was partly responsible for some of Marvel's greatest characters, most famous being Wolverine. This year has been a heavy year for comic book fans. A lot of influential people in the comic book world have passed. This one is a big one though and plenty of people are recognizing it. Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar, and Brian Michael Bendis are just a fraction of people who have posted on Twitter about their love and recognition for the man.
Besides Wolverine, Wein was responsible for helping make Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Storm. In fact, the reboot of the X-Men back in the 70's was largely in part due to him. He was also known for writing some fantastic Batman comics as well as being an editor for The Watchmen. Check Twitter and search Len Wein to see how many people this man has influenced. It may surprise you.
I wish I was more eloquent a writer to give words to this man who has done so much for the world of storytelling. Even if you don't know him, you are aware of his work, here's to a true storyteller who breathed life into some great characters that will live on for centuries. Take a second to be grateful for his work.
Blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him - from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics. pic.twitter.com/cFqL1uy0JV— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 11, 2017
One of the industry's best writers.— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) September 10, 2017
One of the industry's best editors.
One of the industry's best people.
Len Wein, co-creator of WOLVERINE and SWAMP THING & more responsible for the x-men you love than he gets credit for. Thank you. #RIP— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) September 10, 2017
Co-created Wolverine & the new X-men. Co-kickstarted the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor. And more. RIP Len Wein. pic.twitter.com/TSiWChvfdI— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 10, 2017
LEGO has joined up with so many different franchises like Back to the Future, the Simpsons, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park just to name a few. They have even managed to bridge the gap between Marvel and DC. But one thing I never expected to see was Lego Grand Theft Auto. But animator Nukazooka has been able to make quite the fun little video. It features some of your favorite GTA stunts, all in Lego form. He hits some pretty funny moments, my favorite being him hitting on a women walking her dog. I also really enjoy the mix of the LEGO CGI and the real world. It adds a level of fun and imagination that puts me back in the mind of being a kid with the sensibilities and cruelness of an adult. Well done. Check out the video below.
I can't even right now. I just watched this video, and even though every bone in my body tells me it's dumb and not worth my time, I keep smiling just thinking about it. It's funny in both a nostalgic and creative way. It gets me in both my Pokemon and Marvel feels.
This video was made by Cartoon Hooligans and features Spider-Man and Iron Man battling as Pokemon trainers fake Pokemon based on their super-heroics. I love it. I don't want to, but I do. Not only do each of the Pokemon remind me of real Pokemon, but creatively changed in small ways to make them fit the superhero theme, but also the whole parody of the anime style is hilarious. Right down to the commercial break moment for who's that Pokemon. It manages to include new Pokemon elements like Z moves and Mega evolution in creative and expected ways that still manage to make me happy. I especially love Spider-Man's Spideyling Pokemon. It's like his homemade outfit in Pokemon form. I LOVE IT!
Watch til the very end for a surprise tag team invitation at the end featuring another famous Marvel character. I can't get enough of this. Check it out below.
What the hell did I just watch? That's what you'll be asking yourself after watching this amazing trailer for the movie, The Square, from director Ruben Ostlund. It has been a hit in Europe, where everything makes sense.
Ok, but seriously, I'm not sure what to think of this trailer. Some of it is in English while other is in Swedish with subtitles. It is about art... I think. There are moments of the trailer that are funny. At least... I think it was supposed to be funny. I don't know man! I feel like I'm going crazy trying to make sense of this thing.
Just check it out yourself and try to make sense of it. It doesn't really explain what the movie is about, just some funny and weird scenes, that are absurdist and odd. If I were to guess what this movie was about based on the trailer alone I would go with this:
A man has created a work of art that has the power to turn people into gorillas, one man is already starting to turn into a gorilla, and the rich are amused by it. Meanwhile, the man who made the work of art, called "The Square", gets around with lots of women because he's all charming and shit, while his cook just wants everyone to slow down and eat their food at a good pace.... Yup. Sounds about right. Or if you really want to know, here's the synopsis the the filmmaker has given.
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
Check out the trailer below to see if you can make any more sense of it than me. I'm sure what I just said was completely wrong, but only time will tell.