All posts tagged: MCU

‘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 …

Wolverine Should Enter the MCU the Comics Way

We have little details regarding when we can expect the mutants to join the MCU. It was recently corrected that Disney does NOT see The New Mutants as part of their cinematic universe. However, should the film exceed expectations at the box office then I’m sure that’s nothing a little reality manipulation can’t fix that. If we are doing a clean reboot though, what does that look like? I’m a part of the camp that believes the X-Men should be as comic book accurate as possible. By this I mean the first film, or series, should focus on the original five members; Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. Are they all fan favorites? No. Yet as I’ve said on many occasions, if the MCU can make Guardians of the Galaxy work then there is little to no reason the original five can’t win over the casual comic and movie fan as well. When it comes to actual favorites such as Storm and Wolverine, I think their level of fandom has earned them a space …

‘Powers of X’ Finale SPOILERS: What Does it Mean for the Future?

Tomorrow is the release of Powers of X #6 and the 12th and final installment in Jonathan Hickman’s prologue to the Dawn of X.  I have had a chance to read some pages as well learn the big twist! Therefore, what follows absolutely contains SPOILERS. I want to talk about the reveals and do an overall analysis of what we might be able to expect in the Hickman era of mutants. The Sixth Life of Moira X: We have finally learned what is going on in X^3, and I admit I feel dumb for not noticing. The truth was staring us all in the face. The Librarian and the other blue people that surround this character are NOT mutants. They are humans, and even more so, they’re the actual next state in human evolution-homo navissima.  We find that the Librarian knows ascension is comng soon and he wishes to speak with Moira to see if she could, in a different life, stop the events from occurring. How is Moira still alive this far in the …

‘Infinity Saga’ Box Set Costs WHAT?!

When the box set for the Infinity Saga was originally announced I too was yelling, “take my money!” However, with the reveal of the set also comes the reveal of the HEFTY price. The collection that includes all twenty-three (yes, including Hulk) films has a $550 price tag; that’s INSANE. Even if each film alone was marketed at $20 (average for a blu ray) this thing should be around the $460 range. Yes, it’s a pretty set and I appreciate the bindings making a cool visual for display, but I just find that amount to be ridiculously not worth it. We should also remember, that all twenty-three films will be available for streaming on the upcoming Disney+ platform that is set to drop next month. Thanks Feige, but no thanks.  

‘House of X’ #5: I Don’t Buy It

Yesterday was the release of House of X #5, or, part nine of twelve for the House and Powers mini series. It was a red highlighted issue so we knew we were going to get a bomb—and a bomb we got. We knew the eight mutants that perished on the Orchis mission would have to return. After all, the majority of them are featured on covers for the Dawn of X titles for crying out loud! What we didn’t know was just HOW they were going to return. Well… We got our answer this week… The nation of Krakoa has assembled five special mutants that individually have great abilities, but together are quite literally God defying. Gold Balls (yes, that’s his name), can produce unviable eggs. Proteus can warp reality to make those eggs viable. Elixir can use his ability to make the mutant DNA begin the resurrection process, and Eva Bell can use her time warping abilities to accelerate the maturation of the body (“husk” as referred to in the book) to the desired …

Can a POC Magneto Work?

Twitter was a flutter (a flutter?) yesterday with the rumor that Marvel Studios is considering to cast people of color as  Xavier and Magneto in the upcoming X-Men reboot. Thoughts? WEEEEEEEELLLL…….. MLK and Malcolm X: First and foremost we need to acknowledge where the inspiration for the characters came from. The two icons, and the IP itself, were born from the Civil Rights era where Charles Xavier was a reflection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Magneto was a reflection of Malcolm X. In fact, MLK gave his famous “I Have a Dream…” speech just two weeks before the release of X-Men #1 back in 1963! The idea of two black men playing these roles truthfully isn’t a stretch at all. If anything, it fits like a glove. Of course, Magneto’s adaptation is more complicated than that of Xavier considering his history. If you’ve read the comics, or even seen the original Bryan Singer X-Men film from 2000, you know that Magneto’s origin comes from the darkness of the Holocaust. Have there been a multitude of …

Episode 35 – The Summer Hiatus

Oh boy, we’ve been gone for a while and we’ve got a LOT to unpack on episode 35. Today we discuss Spiderman leaving the MCU @ 0:04:00 and then we review the Dave Chappelle stand up ‘Sticks and Stones’ on Netflix @ 0:14:30. Our trailers segment @ 0:34:15 gets in depth as we talk ‘The Mandalorian’, ‘The Joker’, ‘Lady & the Tramp’ and much much more. Join us on the couch, we won’t disappoint!

‘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 …