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Ah, the 70s. Rich with history. Bell bottoms. Missed opportunities.
This is not one of them.
This photo is from Comic Book Resources (aka CBR), via The Mary Sue, both excellent websites for all things nerdy. Maybe I should say “all things formerly considered nerdy”, since when The Avengers movie makes $1.5 billion, it’s an Avengers world now, which kind of means there are a lot more nerds out there, and therefore how nerdy is it really to be into this stuff?
Answering my own question, caring at all about the fact that David Bowie’s ex-wife Angela Bowie (about whom The Rolling Stones’ song “Angie” may or may not be about, although that’s what most people think, including me until I just Googled it — trivia!) at one time “owned the TV rights to Daredevil and Black Widow”, according to CBR, is pretty nerdy.
This is a picture of the costumes. It is very 70s.
Considering how good the Netflix Daredevil series is, it’s probably for the best that this show never happened. Then again, there was 1988’s The Incredible Hulk Returns, which featured Hulk, Thor and Daredevil. That wasn’t particularly good (although of course I watched it), but it didn’t ruin the current incarnation. (Which really is quite good. You should check it out. Not with your kids, though, unless you have older kids. I’ll write more about it at some point.)
Perhaps it would have been interesting to see what Angela Bowie would have done with the role of Black Widow, since as a CBR commenter points out, “Bowie’s not really the problem in those DD/BW shots, though. That Daredevil costume is ridiculous.”
Indeed it is. But… the 70s. Even the entertainment that never happened was fun.
via The Mary Sue
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Not going to say much about this because you don’t have much time to buy it if you want it. Here’s the DaddyDeal from Amazon — all 7 X-men movies for only $31.98. Free shipping. Deal expires November 15 just before midnight. Your mileage may vary. Disclaimer disclaimer disclaimer.
According to a commenter, the X-Men: Days of Future Past and Wolverine Collection [Blu-ray] is “missing almost all the special features of every movie. They basically took all the old movies that have 2 discs and only put the first disc in this collection so the special features disc for all the movies is missing. It even says disc one on some of the movies. So basically you get just the movie and that’s it.” (Note that according to the description, you do get special features on X-Men: Days of Future Past.) However, another commenter points out how good a deal this is: “At less than $5 per movie, what do you expect? Rent digital once, or own on Bluray – easy choice. As many have said, lots of people never watch the extras anyway … great deal.”
That’s where I come down on the issue (if issue there be). Getting all of the X-movies for such a low price is a great deal. I bought it. You should buy it before the price goes back up. Which is kinda soon. So do it already!
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The film, an old black and white serial, runs 25 minutes and 16 seconds and is titled Captain America, Chapter 1 (1944). It stars Dick Purcell as Captain America, aka Grant Gardner (more on this in a moment), Lorna Gray as Gail Richards, Lionel Atwill as Doctor Maldor (think he might be a bad guy with that name? He also wears a monocle), along with Charles Trowbridge and Russell Hicks. The description from IMDB is as follows: Read more »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014 (and apparently the toys and soundtrack listing reveal something major about the plot — I’m not looking, my hands are over my ears, meow meow meow meow, don’t spoil it for me, I’m a massive nerd, etc.), but the next big-ass Marvel superhero movie is Guardians of the Galaxy. This pic is awesome.
Courtesy of @WizardWorld.
— Wizard World (@WizardWorld) February 17, 2014
Now, who are these funky fresh folks?
Left to right: Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper; Rocket’s catchphrase in some comics is “Ha! Murdered you!”), Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt, who was also in The Lego Movie), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel; Groot is a big walking tree who occasionally has to get into a flower pot and re-grow — not sure if they’re going to go there in this film), and Drax the Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista, who used to wrestle in the WWE , is 6′ 6″ tall, and is 45 years old).
Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to open on August 1, 2014. The trailer is supposedly coming out this week. That’s good because… well, because I’m a big nerd and I want to see the trailer. Based on the little bit of footage at the end of Thor: The Dark World, this movie looks like it has the potential to be supremely weird in best possible way.
Not to diss Captain America. I’m psyched to see it. (Geek Gold Card, folks. I mean, duh.) But Guardians goes much deeper into the Marvel Comics Universe. Two of the main characters are a talking raccoon and a walking tree, for Stan’s sake. Remember that the conventional wisdom was that Iron Man wasn’t a first-tier character in terms of name recognition among the general public (those without Geek Gold Cards), at least before the movie came out and was a huge hit. Then The Avengers movie made over a billion damn dollars worldwide. This proved (to me at least) that audiences are hungry for good movies featuring superheroes. If Guardians of the Galaxy is good, it will do well. If it’s only so-so, it will likely still do well enough because there are plenty of people like this out there:
That is a photo of a woman dressed up as The Valkyrie. Valkyrie is one of The Defenders, she’s sort of a female Thor, although that’s not entirely fair because she is very much her own character without any relation to the God of Thunder. I’m sorry, did you fall asleep? That’s cool. My point here is that there are enough ticket buyers out there like the cosplayer pictured above to keep Marvel making more movies. As I’ve said before: in the words of Martha Stewart, this is a good thing.
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I finally have a few minutes to pull out my Geek Gold Card and catch up with all of the San Diego Comic Con news. At first I thought the biggest tidbit was the title for Avengers 2 — Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Insert little nerdy noise here.) Turns out much more was revealed about the many upcoming Marvel superhero movies, plus the announcement that Superman and Batman will do a project together. (I like phrasing it that way because it sounds like I think they’re real people. You know, like The Muppets.)
Anyway, in this IGN story about footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the comments section is briefly hijacked by someone who thinks that the Nolan Batman flicks are more awesome than The Avengers movie. We disagree with this statement. A lot. Enough that we could say mean things. But since it’s not nice to be mean, let us instead share a polite portion from this post:
They are ALL good movies, however Avengers did what superhero movies needed to do. That is all. I win.
That is indeed all. Well, not really. The above was followed someone stating that “the avengers might be one of the most overrated movies of all time, despite the fact I like it, people just give it way too much undeserved adulation“, which itself led to, “Nolan’s batman films are the most overrated comic book movies of all time. Begins actually felt like a comic book. things slowly started to trickle down hill with the dark knight until we received the all over the place plot of The dark knight rises.” (Note: all comments pasted as is, spelling/capitalization/grammar missteps included.) Eventually the thread gets back to what’s really important, which is that there are a lot more superhero movies on the horizon and how awesome that is.
Personally I’m more excited about the upcoming Marvel movies than I am those from the Distinguished Competition. Part of this is because I’m more of a Marvel fan to begin with. (Not that I dislike DC; I love the Justice League cartoon and yack about it so often that even my fellow Geek Gold Card members tune me out when I get going.) Other reasons include:
(a) There are more Marvel movies on the way, and the main goal here is to have as many superhero movies as possible. Preferably one per week.
(b) Out of the recently released superhero movies, those from Marvel (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man) have been better than those from DC (Green Lantern, The Dark Knight Rises, and even Man Of Steel, although I liked it fine).
The Avengers, of course, is the best of the bunch. Well, the best as of now. Because there’s lots more to come. And that, in the words of Martha Stewart, is a good thing.
As promised, here is a list of Superhero Animation that you can watch on demand. Some notes/comments/caveats:
– Most recent update: April 30, 2013
– All are available via Netflix unless otherwise indicated.
– Titles listed may suddenly become unavailable… or even better, new titles may show up. Such as Batman Beyond and Justice League which are now on Netflix. The greatness of this fact cannot be overstated.
– This page may be updated when new shows are added. I’m also going to make a different page for live action superhero programming. Because I’m cool like that. And I have a Geek Gold Card.
– This may shock some of you, but I have something to say about every single one of these shows. Therefore I will write posts for each entry as time permits. Check back for updates.
Without further ado, here is the list. If you know of anything I missed, leave a comment or contact me directly. This is important stuff, folks. Read more »
Marvel’s The Avengers (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) at Amazon.com