We went to go see Big Hero 6, and it was a lot of fun. They definitely did a good job of making it accessible to children, and entertaining still for adults. We enjoyed it, and you probably will too. It’s a superhero origin movie, like they always seem to do with comic adaptations [links].
Having read the comic series, I was trying to think of how to approach it. The comics exist in the Marvel universe, with references to the Avengers, Reed Richards, and the X-Men. And sure, Disney could have gone with that since they now own Marvel, but they didn’t. Nor did they go with our world. Instead, they created a fictional world, and set the events in San Fransokyo – a mix between San Francisco and Tokyo.
This let them keep the Japanese main characters, and then also work in some diversity as well. It’s interesting, though, with a fictional, fantastical world, that they proceeded to ground all of the characters and their power in science. So that’s what I decided to talk about for this movie, the characters. The changed the setting, and the plot, but the characters survived in a fascinating way. So spoilers and explanation ahead for Big Hero 6 by one of my favorites, Chris Claremont!
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, LitFlix, Movies
Tagged Baymax, Big Hero 6, Chris Claremont, Disney, Fred, Go Go Tomago, Hiro, Honey Lemon, Marvel, Wasabi No-Ginger
I have been holding off on reviewing this comic until they completed their first story-arc, now ranging the first five issues. This comic was one of the first in the new lineup of Marvel titles, which they’re calling All New Marvel Now. And as all my titles changed over, this is the one I’ve stuck with.
The other comic I was reading still was Wolverine and the X-Men. However, this came to an end and they rebooted this title as well back at issue #1. Which partially means, a writer change. I was noticing that they had the same writer for the whole run of Wolverine and the X-Men… Jason Aaron. The new writer for Amazing X-Men.
Amazing X-Men #1!
So I think I have my replacement comic. Because this plot rolled out of one that had started in Wolverine and the X-Men from the very first issue. The story of the Bamfs, who looked so strangely like Nightcrawler… This comic picks up the plots, humor, and fun that I was loving in Wolverine and the X-Men! So let me review a couple of the aspects around it!
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Tagged All New Marvel Now, Amazing X-Men, Azazel, Bamf, Chris Claremont, Jason Aaron, Marvel, Marvel Unlimited, Nightcrawler, Quest for Nightcrawler, Recommendations, Review, Teleportation, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men, X-Men Legacy, X-Men: First Class
In 2013 we had fun doing LitFlix, reading the books or comics that had to go with the movies. I’m going to continue that on into this year, with whole new offerings to go from!
Marvel has 4 movies alone; another way to look at it is there are two from Frank Miller, and two from Chris Claremont. They’re dipping back to the classic writers.
The ones that are part of a larger comic universe are harder to plan for: they have to work off of the content from the movies, as well as any comic inspiration. So, I’ll be putting together what I can for those, reading inspirations, and seeing what I can do!
I’ve got trailers to follow for the ones that have trailers, and, like last year, I’m listing what I have found for reading these materials – so you can read along too for the movies!
Posted in Comics, LitFlix, Movies, Trailer Watch
Tagged 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, Amazing Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Big Hero 6, Captain America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Claremont, Days of Future Past, Dwayne Johnson, Electro, Frank Miller, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Infinity Gauntlet, Kitty Pryde, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Scibbler, Trailers, Winter Soldier, X-Men
We recently saw The Wolverine, one of the movies I was most excited for this year. Wolverine has seen some of the most growth as a character over the years, in the realm of superheroes. He is a way to explore complicated themes of immortality, invulnerability, animalism versus humanity, violence versus honor.
I’ve explored Wolverine previously in terms of his character, which is complicated and varied. This is both cause and effect, then, of his popularity. The sort of plot I was sure we were in for was about Wolverine fighting with his own nature, his constant desire to be a better man than he is, to be honorable and heroic despite the fact he is the best killer.
I read Chris Claremont’s Wolverine, and also the more recent Logan comic, in preparation for the movie. With Japanese-based plots going back to 1982, Wolverine was in Japan before that was as cool as it is now; he was fighting ninjas since before ninjas were as cool as they are now. But that just makes this a timely sort of plot to tell, but also a bit of a timeless sort of one. So timeless, they made the basic plot work, set about 30 years later!
Follow me on to look at the movie and the comics for The Wolverine – spoilers abound!
Posted in Comics, LitFlix, Movies
Tagged Charles Xavier, Chris Claremont, Days of Future Past, Jean Grey, Logan, Mauriko, Shingen, The Wolverine, Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, Yukio