All posts tagged: Marvel

‘New Mutants’ SPOILER Review

Thanks to the power of drive-in movie theaters in upstate New York I was finally able to see the (kind of?) anticipated New Mutants. It has been a hot minute since I have been able to review anything so let’s waste no more time; the good and the bad. The GOOD 1: Actors- These are some of my favorite X-book characters, and having them brought to life on screen supplied a fair dose of nerd anxiety. After seeing the cast in the roles I have to say I was satisfied with (most of) the portrayals we got. Ana Taylor-joy as Magik was fun to watch. I think she did a fantastic job of embodying Ilyana. That being said, I don’t know how I felt about her being our stand-in villain until the real villain revealed itself. Any and every scene she appears in she makes an aggressive choice to treat Dani like trash and sprinkle dashes of racism in between. Of course there is an explenation for this down the road, I digress, but overall …

‘Young Avengers’ Will Likely be for Disney+; Here’s Why

It should come as no surprise to comic fans, who have met the cast of Young Avengers in the pages of Marvel Comics, that they indeed are on their way to live-action; the clues were everywhere! Rumor is going around that filming for the project (unknown if Disney+ or film) should start as early as 2021. Whether this will take a hit due to the pandemic is yet to be determined. My guess is that this will be a Disney+ production. Here’s why- Hulking and Wiccan. No, Young Avengers is nowhere near the fame of DC counterpart, Teen Titans. However it has had and does have a powerful cult following. A large reason for this is due to romantic couple of Hulking and Wiccan. Not only was their relationship presented in the comics as matter-of-fact from its inception but they have one of the most powerful romantic narratives in comics today. This isn’t because of their homosexuality, but because both characters have incredibly developed personal stories that enrich their pairing.  They’re not a “gay couple” but …

‘New Mutants’ Trailer REACTION

After two years we FINALLY have a new trailer for The New Mutants! Better than the first? Sure! Enough to get people to theaters? Let’s break it down! Catches the Spirit: Right off the bat I have to say that the trailer seems to catch the spirit of what makes the New Mutants special; at least what made them special back in the day starting with issue #18, the Demon Bear Saga, and the introduction of Bill Sienkiewicz’s art. There’s a creepiness to it, a grit, and the choice to use Pink Floyd in the trailer is a cherry on top of the cake. The New Mutants comic was able to connect horror elements into the superhero genre and it worked! I can’t tell from this trailer if the film will have the same success in this medium… I’m personally not a horror fan. I don’t mind some suspense and eerie aesthetics, but if that is the limit of it I would personally be fine with it.     Sunspot Issue: This will likely get …

‘Dawn of X’ Titles Ranking

We are approaching the end of the year and have received our LAST installments for the six ongoing Dawn of X titles launched since the conclusion of Jonathan Hickman’s (iconic) House of X and Powers of X. As the twelve part mini-series revived my hope in the franchise, I have been tuning in every Wednesday to get my mutant fix. I thought it would be a good time, now that we’re done with new X-books for the year, to rank the six titles from best to worst! Here we go. 1: X-Force: I admit I wasn’t looking forward to this book when it was announced. I was never really an X-Force fan. I couldn’t get on board with the vibe. However, no other book of the six titles that have launched seems to carry-on the aesthetic and themes from HOX/POX as much as this book does. I appreciate what Benjamin Percy has done with the first four issues. I admit, Xavier’s death sparked a very loud, “al-F****-ready?!” but I think they landed that plane really …

‘The Eternals’: D23 Reveals Kit Harington; Gemma Chan is the lead as Sersi

We are officially out of the D23 Expo and there is A LOT to cover. Today I wanted to get started with The (not that anticipated?) Eternals. Since it’s announcement, and especially after the confirmation of the Disney Acquisition of Fox, the property has become very easily dismissed by fans. After all, even among comic readers the IP isn’t that strong… To make up for it, Marvel has thrown an extremely star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and this weekend added Kit Harington and Gemma Chan. When the film was announced headlines read that it would feature the MCU’s first openly gay superhero (though it was not specified who) and that the film would be first and foremost a love story… This gay comic book nerd allowed his heart to flutter just a little too much with the hope that this might be the first gay LEAD superhero film. However, this weekend seemed to confirm that Gemma Chan was not just cast the eternal Sersi, but would also be the film’s …

‘House of X’ #2 Reveals the Truth of Moira X

SO MANY SPOILERS AHEAD IT’S INSANE!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! I had my chance to finish the latest issue of Jonathan Hickman’s (mind-blowing) mutant epic. Where issue #1 presented us with new elements to the present and Powers of X #1 introduced us to a new future, this week’s House of X #2 opened ten doors to a new multi-dimensional past. We we were not ready. It turns out the seemingly normal and human, Moira MacTaggert, has been a mutant this whole time! Oh, and not just THIS time but nine others! Confused? Let me explain; Moira’s mutant ability is discrete yet powerful- reincarnation. Moira has the power to be reborn and do her life over with all the knowledge and memories of her past attempts. The X-men continuity as we know it (since 1963) all form a part of her 10th attempt at life. So, let’s break down the many lives of Moira X. Life 1: This was the boring and dull normal existence of the character. She lived, got married, had some babies, had …

Jonathan Hickman’s ‘House of X’ #1 Review

After months of hype, announcements of so many variant covers I lost count, and a strong presentation at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-con I have been losing my MIND waiting to read issue #1 for House of X. Well, our wait is over and I have just finished the issue; my fellow mutants- this thing REALLY lived up to the hype. Not Just a Story, but a New Game: I, along with some many X-fans, have felt that the books have been lacking soul, purpose, and new life. House of X #1, wasting no time, delivers not just on all those things but a vision as well. Krakoa, the living mutant island, has now become the official state for mutant-kind. Using a flower from the island, Xavier has been able to synthesize a drug that cures mental illness in humans, serves as a super antibiotic, and extends a person’s life by five years. At first this sounds simple enough, but, in reality, it’s a resource that would F***** change the course of mankind. No more …

What Bombs to Expect at D23?

With Comic-con behind us, attention now turns to next month’s D23 Disney Expo. You might be thinking we should have our nerd guts full from all the MCU reveals over the weekend, but to you I say- NOPE. Kevin Feige said it himself! They didn’t have time to talk Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, GOTG Vol 3, Fantastic Four, and “mutants.” Will we have phase five announcements with phase four not having yet begun? I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. After all, Feige confirms that they have their phase 5 mapped out. We know the previously mentioned films are definitely happening. Therefore touching on them at next months expo doesn’t feel unreasonable.  Since Marvel Studios belongs to Disney, I would expect that the BIG news bombs would be saved for this event instead of Comic-con. What kind of bombs? 1: Fantastic Four Casting: They managed to sneak attack us not only with the announcement of a Blade film, but the surprise casting of Mahershala Ali in the title role! It is wildly important …