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DC and Marvel Entertainment Franchises

Avengers Movie Poster from Marvel on marvel.com

Avengers Movie Poster from Marvel on marvel.com

It has been interesting to see how DC and Marvel have been handling taking their franchises into other mediums. Marvel has felt much more purposeful about their direction and intentions. Now I do not know when the decision was made to make the movies in this particular order, but the whole concept of Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III is brilliant. It gives you time to introduce the characters in a meaningful way and to give access to information that can lead to a larger threat. There is so much that they have done well, but then Marvel Agent’s of Shield has not had that same level of purpose. 

Unlike with DC where there seems to be this feeling that a Justice League movie could just happen and they would not have to put the work in to it. It will be really interesting to see how the new Batman versus Superman movie comes out, but it just feels sort of hodgepodge. Then you have them starting down an incredible path with Arrow where we have been introduced to a multitude of potential spinoffs. It is probably one of the more successful translations of the DC universe that I have seen. It is interesting to see how these two companies have chosen to market and sell their intellectual properties outside of the comic book world. Continue reading

Arrow vs. Agents of SHIELD

We’ve been catching up on Arrow and Agents of SHIELD. And there are some interesting comparisons between the two. To be expected, I suppose, given they are both TV shows from comic universes.

In particular, season 2 of Arrow is matching up interestingly to season 1 of Agents of SHIELD. The world by this point has been laid out in both cases, either in the Marvel Phase 1 movies, or else in Arrow season 1. So they’re not dealing with an origin anymore – they’re expanding on the world, working with their heroes, creating the larger world of villains.

So I will look at a strong similarity, a strong difference, and then a similar potential they both have – to tie in to their larger comic universes. Spoilers to follow for Arrow and Agents of SHIELD!

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Marvel Owns My Time

I’ve been trying to keep it down to one Marvel-based post a week. I swear.

However, lately it seems like Marvel just keeps on giving. Or I keep finding something great. Avengers work by Jonathan Hickman. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction. New trailers, like the extended one for Captain America: The Winter Soldier before Thor: The Dark World. Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

The more of this that comes out, the more I remember that I used to be a big Marvel fan, and am being made one again. Disney’s plan of bringing in new fans by purchasing Marvel (and then Lucas Films…) seems to be a really good idea. Because they’ve snagged me again, anyway. Well played, Marvel. Continue reading

Doctor Strange – A Movie We’re (Sadly) Not Going To See

There’s a lot of characters, teams, and general intellectual property being tapped by Marvel Comics right now for movies. I feel like this is easiest to say given that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be a thing – I’m not sure I had heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before that. Now there’s talk of the Marvel Phase 3 Ant Man movie.

But one long-time Avenger who I just don’t see making their way onto the screen anytime soon is Doctor Strange. But given that, I still feel like it would be fun to cast the character. And actually, for a stand-along movie separate from other franchises, a Doctor Strange movie could be fun. So let me explore for a moment why I don’t see this movie happening, and then let me give you some of my casting ideas for the Doctor – Doctor Strange!

Busy

The Avengers called – he’s busy.

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Joss Whedon and the Golden Age

Alright, so I have to say: I think we are entering into a Golden Age of creativity in our world today. A world where we are running into new technologies, new ways of doing entertainment, new ways of approaching storytelling. A world where there is so much quantity, but we still value the quality so much.

I submit to you that this, the world we are moving into, the Day and Age, the Zeitgeist – for the geeks, the barometer of this has to be the success of Joss Whedon.

The shirt is from pvponline.com, but it's all over the Internet by now...

The shirt is from pvponline.com, but it’s all over the Internet by now…

A man who, constantly, has been shut down by the establishment. And who, when given the chance, creates the most beloved pieces of geekdom being produced today, outside of perhaps Doctor Who. Perhaps.

So join me for a few moments to consider where Joss Whedon has been, and where he has gotten to now, director of one of the highest grossing movies ever made.

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