CIVIL WAR II Variant Covers Put You Ringside

Since we are all up to our eyeballs in Captain America: Civil War news and clips and interviews and reviews, I thought it was time for something entirely different: variant covers for Marvel’s upcoming event series Civil War II. One of these showed up in my twitter feed, and some sleuthing turned up a whole series over at Comicosity. Each issue of the big event series will also have a variant cover by Michael Cho, and the variants will also be available as lithographs.

Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso says of the series, “If anyone proves that ‘less is more,’ it’s Michael Cho. Rest assured that not a single brushstroke will be wasted in any of his propaganda-influenced Civil War II covers, each of them a call to arms. Who’s side are you on?”

Civil War II involves an Inhuman who is able to predict future crimes. Captain Marvel leads a faction of superheroes who want to use this power, Iron Man leads the faction opposing the use of "predictive justice." There will be a total of seven issues written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez and colors by Justin Ponsor. Check out the first four awesome, boxing inspired variant covers below.

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Michael Keaton is in Talks to Play a Villain in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

It looks like Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming is about to get even more awesome with the possible inclusion of Micheal Keaton as the villain in the film. The news comes from Variety who says that the actor is in early talks to join the Jon Watts' directed film. If cast, he will join Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Marisa Tomie as Aunt May, and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role

It would be pretty damn cool to see Keaton in another Superhero film. We don't know exactly who he would be playing, but it was recently rumored that one of the villains would be Vulture. After starting in Birdman, I can't help but think how insane it would be if Keaton ended up playing Vulture. I don't think it will be Vulture, but at the same time I don't know who he would play, so let the speculation begin!

 

The film focuses on a teenage Peter Parker’s high school days. When previously talking about the film at CinemaCon, Holland said:

"It really is a homecoming for the character, because throughout the story Peter [Parker] is trying to find his true identity, and where he really belongs in this world."

 

We won't be getting any plot details anytime soon, but the film is set to be released on July 7th, 2017.

John Carpenter Rocks Out in Unreleased Music Video

A new video has popped up on John Carpenter's Youtube page. In it, you see John rocking out with musicians creating a track meant for a future film that obviously never made it to print. "Distant Dream" and other unheard tracks are set to make their release on a future album titled Lost Themes II.

I know he's just on the keyboard, but there's something so bad ass about seeing him side by side with all those musicians! Great work John!

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Is My Favorite Superhero Film Ever

I promise I will not spoil anything about Captain America: Civil War in this review.

I know you’re all excited to see Captain America: Civil War, and you know what? You should be! Nothing can prepare you for what you are going to witness in this movie. You’ve seen lots of incredibly awesome footage from the trailers, TV spots, and featurettes, but those don’t even give you any of the best parts of this movie. All of the footage that has been shared so far is just a big tease of the complete badassery that awaits you.

As you’ve already gathered from what you’ve seen, the basic plot centers around a new law being implemented that keeps the Avengers regulated and in check. Captain America isn’t too keen on the idea, and it’s the first major hiccup in the Avengers’ relationship. This is what initially splits the team, but what really drives them to battle each other is The Winter Soldier. For reasons I will not reveal here Tony Stark and Black Panther want to take him down, and Captain America will stop at nothing to protect him.

Over the years, Marvel has been fine-tuning their skills in storytelling and filmmaking, and I can honestly tell you that this is the best film they have made so far. It’s excitingly epic, and it's going to completely blow your mind! Joe and Anthony Russo really turned up the heat on this film. Have you seen the movie Spinal Tap? It’s like when Nigel is talking about the volume on the amps going up to eleven, which is one louder than ten. Imagine this quote in movie terms, “Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?” Eleven! It’s one louder, and like Nigel believes, it makes all the difference in the world. You see, most Marvel and other superhero films go up to ten, but Captain America: Civil War takes it to eleven, which is a completely new level.

The story for the film was executed perfectly. Going into the movie, as excited as I was, I was a little worried about all the characters that Marvel was packing into this film. We got Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Winter Soldier, Black Panther, War Machine, Sharon Carter, Crossbones, and Baron Zemo. I thought maybe it would be too much and overload the story, but that wasn’t the case at all. Each one of these characters were treated with care and all of them got just the right amount of screen time that will make fans happy. On top of that, each one of them played an important role in moving the story forward. They weren't just thrown in for the hell of it. 

We’re already familiar with many of these characters, but there are aspects of some of them that I want to talk about. We see a side of Tony Stark that we’ve never seen before. He gets dark in this film, and Robert Downey Jr.’s performance is one of the best we’ve seen in these Marvel films. Chadwick Boseman’s introduction as Black Panther is one of the coolest things ever. Just wait until you see him in action! The guy has got some kickass fight moves. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man offered some wonderful comic relief, and it was incredibly fun watching him fight alongside Captain America. Then there’s Tom Holland as Spider-Man. He’s easily the best feature film version of Spider-Man that has been envisioned. It’s the Spider-Man you’ve always wanted to see, he was perfectly introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s an absolute thrill watching him fight alongside Team Iron Man against Team Cap. There’s so much that I want to say about Spider-Man’s hilarious interaction with these characters, but I’ll restrain myself.

One of the most impressive aspects of the film was the action. The fight sequences are jaw-droppingly incredible! Captain America: Civil War contains the best fight scenes yet from any Marvel movie or even any action film in general. There’s a lot of unique creativity that went into the choreography of these battles and chase sequences. I was just in awe as I watched these scenes play out, and I couldn’t help but clap and cheer during them. The main battle between the two teams is completely insane, and I mean that in the best possible way. You’re just going to have to see it to believe it, and when you do see it, you won’t want it to end. You know that big airport scene teased in the trailer with the Avengers charging into battle with each other? That's just almost 1% of what that scene entails.

It’s not just about the fighting and action, though. It’s about these characters. I really care about these characters, and I was emotionally invested in them and what each was going through in this story. This is an emotionally dark Marvel film, the stakes have been raised, and you just hope that everyone is going to turn out ok in the end. 

Captain America: Civil War is by far the best superhero film I've seen so far. Fans are going to be so damn happy with it that you'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of your assholes!

Video Lays Out Why Seann William Scott Isn’t in Films Anymore

Hilariously enough, the whole reason I clicked this video to begin with was that I hadn't heard anything about Seann William Scott in quite a while! While Looper can't with certainty tell us exactly why the American Pie actor seems to be blacklisted from roles now, they do have some pretty good guesses.

I really hope someone takes another chance on him! Goon was one of my favorite comedies in recent memory! We will see if the sequel is just as good.

VR Podcasts Exist and They’re Pretty Damn Cool

Podcasts...in VR! For once, science has not gone too far! Using a program and a bit of elbow grease, The Foo Show managed to make a podcast in VR, and it's pretty awesome!

It sounds like a joke, but as a visual guy, I loved watching The Foo Show in VR! I got all the information of a podcast with a visual aid to boot! Sure, it doesn't look high end or anything like that, but it gives me that G4 nostalgic feel! Hope to see more from Game Hard 4.0!

Video: I Hate Everything on Why He No Longer Likes Superhero Films

I Hate Everything is a Youtube personality most known for his distaste for things that people typically like. His videos are typically long and argue against the things we say to defend our favorite things. While I think he made a mistake starting this argument out on Batman v Superman (which will instantly cause some to turn it off and go straight to the comments), he makes some very valid points about the way superhero films are now made.

He even takes aim at the holy grail of superhero films, The Avengers! I don't agree with all of it, but he makes some pretty damn good points. Check it out below.

John Krasinski in Talks to Join J.J. Abrams’ GOD PARTICLE

Variety reports that John Krasinski may join David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in God Particle, a sci-fi thriller that will be directed by Julius Onah. J.J. Abrams is producing. 

Set in the near future, God Particle “centers on a team of astronauts who make a terrifying discovery that challenges everything they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival.”

The project has been in development for a long time, but it finally has a scheduled release date, February 24, 2017, and production is set to begin in the next few months.

We all loved Krasinski in The Office, but his movie career has been more miss than hit. Looking at his credits, he has only been in one or two movies that I've liked, and those have been supporting roles. However, he is currently on stage in Dry Powder at The Public Theater, and the production is garnering stellar reviews. Hopefully if he decides to sign onto this one he’ll knock it out of the park.