It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jonathan Hickman’s comics – even if there is a strange obsession with the Illuminati in them… Last week, the two main Marvel comics he had been writing, Avengers and New Avengers, had their last trade paperback come out. Having devoured that, and done some digesting, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the action and reveals therein.
I opened with a review today on Sourcerer, where I gave some broad strokes about Hickman’s two comics, and about the last four trades and storyline – Time Runs Out – in particular. Well, I haven’t spun much theorycraft about these comics for a bit (not much since Infinity!) but that works, because many of the answers have only come recently.
So if you’re wanting a low-spoilers comics review of Time Runs Out, check out my Sourcerer post. If you’re wanting spoiler land and to talk about these comics, then this is the post for you! Read on, and some images to follow as well!
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Tagged Avengers, Beyonder, Black Priests, Illuminati, Ivory Kings, Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Infinity, Molecule Man, New Avengers, Rabum Alal, Review, Secret Wars, Spoilers, Time Runs Out
Okay, when Marvel leaked their Age of Ultron trailer last week, I was excited. And we were starting to get some rumors on the next movie in the works, Captain America 3. It’s going to have Iron Man! It might be Civil War! With those little tidbits, I figured that would be it for a while. After all, we’re seven months out from the next Marvel movie, and we just got the first trailer for it…
Then last week, DC announced all of their movies between now and 2020. I haven’t even had a chance to talk about these – so check out the post about them on We Minored in Film to cover that! The announcements are both exciting and expected, as they are movies for the members of the Justice League. The Marvel equivalent would be announcing Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow movies to go with the existing titles.
And I feel that there’s an element of DC forcing this play, but maybe it was always planned. Marvel announced all of Phase 3, all in one go! With release dates, subtitles, and everything! I should add, though, that it seems their plan was to announce all of these movies – and then show the trailer for Age of Ultron that evening. By which point, there would have been way too much for one day.
Alright, so to try to keep this halfway manageable, there’s a great article on The Mary Sue about the movie announcements already. So I’m going to add a bit of my own speculation and excitement about the movies!
Update: Also, check out some thoughts from We Minored in Film: the good and the bad.
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Tagged Adam Warlock, Age of Ultron, Agents of SHIELD, Ant Man, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity, Benedict Cumberbatch, Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Illuminati, Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Gems, Inhumans, Iron Man, Katee Sackhoff, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Infinity, Marvel Phase 3, New Avengers, New Avengers Illuminati, Thanos, The Mary Sue, Thor, We Minored In Film
Yesterday Holly posted her best of for 2013, and today it’s mine! There were some tough choices, and some easier ones. We’re trying to mainly stick to things new in 2013, but really, we’re focused on new to us. Most of this is from 2013, though!
We selected a few major categories: Movies, TV Shows, YouTube Channel, Book, Comic or Graphic Novel, Music, Video Game (here we divided into single-player and multi-player), and Board Game. Most of these things we’ve also written posts on, as you might imagine!
We’ve run this blog almost a year now, so we’ve been thinking and writing about this stuff all year, and it’s nice to reflect back on it. Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments below!
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Posted in Board Games, Books, Comics, Comparative Opinions, Gaming, Lists, Movies, Music, Nostalgia, Teh Webz, TV Shows, Video Games
Tagged Almost Human, Avengers, Avengers Alliance, Avengers: Infinity, Battleblock Theater, Bioshock Infinite, Castle Crashers, CinemaSins, Danger Mouse, Evil Friends, iPad App, Jonathan Hickman, Joss Whedon, Karl Urban, Lords of Waterdeep, Marvel Infinity, New Avengers, Portugal. The Man, Ready Player One, Sourcefed Nerd, TableTop, The Behemoth, The Wolverine, XCOM: Enemy Unknown
With a brand new year of things coming up, we’re showcasing a few of the things we’re excited for. Here are some of the things I’m excited for; you’ll get Holly’s list in a few days.
You’ll probably recognize some of the things I’m excited for based on my other posts, so I’ll try to mix things up a bit as well. I’m also realizing a lot of it is movies, because they do the best job of advance notice and choosing a release date. On the other hand, a lot of the video games on the horizon are vague promises of a game, and a statement of which console they would be on – no release date.
But hey, movies have trailers, so I’ll include these, too! Join me in my excitement for the things coming up this coming year!
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Posted in Comics, Comparative Opinions, Gaming, Lists, Movies, Music, Trailer Watch, Video Games
Tagged After the Disco, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity, Broken Bells, Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan, Consoles, Days of Future Past, Dragon Age, Dragon Age III, Dragon Age Inquisition, Dragon Age Keep, East of West, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy XIII-3, God is Dead, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Interstellar, Jonathan Hickman, Lightning Returns, Marvel, Marvel Infinity, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, New Avengers, The Lego Movie, The Manhattan Projects
From The Infinity Gauntlet
Marvel’s recent crossover event Infinity recently ended, and with all the events with “Infinity” in the title, this was a crossover that included the Mad Titan, Thanos, as the villain. In Infinity, he had to share the stage with the Builders, and was only one front of a two-front war. Nonetheless, his parts in Infinity tied in heavily to who he is as a villain, and what motivates him.
Of course, other Thanos events like the Infinity Gauntlet help inform us as to who Thanos is and what he’s up to, but Infinity drew from more than that. They did a limited-run, 5-issue series called Thanos Rising which explored the origin story of Thanos. It’s interesting, because with this story, it’s hard to tell where the previous Thanos events fit in. Nonetheless, the psychological underpinnings of the character are explored and revealed in Thanos Rising.
And what they lay out is that this is a mentally unbalanced, overly powerful character, willing – and wanting – to kill anyone and anything. Conquering or razing worlds because he can. So I’ve read the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos Rising, and Infinity, so let’s take a look at who this villain is! Spoilers to follow!
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Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Good and Evil
Tagged Avengers, Avengers: Infinity, Death, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Gems, Marvel Infinity, Marvel Phase 2, Marvel Phase 3, New Avengers Illuminati, Thanos, Thanos Rising, Thor: The Dark World