When Titans Clashed: The Greatest Fight of All Time and Space!

By the time you read this, you will have already heard the news about Muhammad Ali. I won’t go into the details of his long and storied career. I’ll leave that to people who know his whole story better than I. But, even though he was an international icon, known the world over simply as “Ali”, to me, he was still one of our own. A hometown boy made good. I was, and still am, proud to say I came from the same town as he did. And growing up,…

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I just fell in love with Hayley Atwell… again

As I mentioned before in another post, ABC cancelled Agent Carter.   However, if the fans… AND the stars of the show, get their way, there just might be a Season Three. Recently, there was a petition circulating that at last count had over 115K signatures. And Hayley Atwell, who’s already committed to her new series Conviction, recently told attendees at MegaCon in Orlando that she would do “whatever it takes” to bring Agent Margaret Carter back for another season, stating she might even “shoot on the weekends” during production of Conviction.   Dominic Cooper…

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Cold Day In Hell…

Well, the concept art that Marvel Studios released today pretty much confirms the rumors on IMDB that Hela will be the villain (or at least one of the villains) in Thor: Ragnarok. Cate Blanchett is a confirmed cast member and has been hinting that she’s the baddie.  If she has in fact been cast as Loki Laufeyson’s evil daughter I couldn’t be happier.  This is a casting coup.  This is a big leap for Blanchett after last year’s Academy Award nominated performance in Carol.  However, like many British Sounding* actresses, Blanchett seems to…

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Diversity is Good Business.

Some people can’t take “Yes” for an answer.   In an article for Fusion, author Charles Pulliam-Moore tried to throw a wet blanket on the excitement surrounding Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther solo film.  Pulliam-Moore quoted DC Comics editor Joseph P Illidge on the subject.  Illidge had this to say: “Marvel does not have that many black characters, [but they] are naturally more diverse than DC.  Black Panther may not open the gates to a Falcon solo film, but I’m hopeful to see Monica Rambeau in Captain Marvel.” My first reaction is to wonder…

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Oh Captain, My Captain…

For as long as I can remember, I believed Captain America was my hero.  When  I was a kid my mother used to buy me Captain America Comics.  I was mesmerized.  Cap had started life as Steve Rogers, a literal 98lb weakling with a figurative giant heart.  He risked everything to enter the Super Soldier program and, once he received his gifts, he represented what was best about America.  Courage, justice fair play, those were his hallmarks.  If he looked like a poster boy for the Aryan ideal while he…

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I Know My Value – a Postmortem

In the past couple of weeks, RT has been after me to write my promised follow-up to the Supergirl article, regarding the ABC series Agent Carter. I had told him that once I’d finished watching all of the episodes of the former, I’d work on an article for the latter, telling you why you should be watching this show. Now I have the task of telling you why you should have watched this show. Agent Carter was cancelled by ABC this week. There were hints that this would happen. First,…

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Captain America: Civil War is the Comic Book Film We’ve Been Waiting For.

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Captain America.  For three-quarters of a century he has stood as a symbol of optimism, courage, duty and sacrifice.  Few Superheroes have such a storied legacy or hold such an iconic place in American culture.  If Superman always stood for “hope”, then Captain America always stood for “Can do”.  There was just no “quit” in Steve Rogers.  Chris Evans brings him to life as naturally and effortlessly as Christopher Reeve once did Superman (What is it with these guys named Chris?) Captain America…

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Here Comes The Big One

The day of reckoning is almost upon us.  Captain America: Civil War opens in America this weekend.  Critics are frothing at the mouth over this one.  It’s already got a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s being called the greatest comic book movie ever made.   I can’t wait to find out if that is just fanboy hyperbole.  Some viewers are saying that the three Captain America movies constitute the greatest superhero trilogy of all.  That, I already know is not fanboy hyperbole.  This third film would have to suck vulture…

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Gentlemen, Start Your Hard-Ons.

It’s official, my wife is going to leave me for Frank Castle. Netflix announced today that they are ordering a Punisher series from Marvel.  Best birthday present my wife could have gotten.  This is going to be amazing TV.  I’m more excited about this than I am about the Iron-Fist series currently filming at Netflix.  If you haven’t seen Jon Bernthal’s gripping performance as the Punisher in DareDevil: Season II, then get off the internet and go watch it.  Now.  Sheesh.  

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Ouch, Shane Who?

Surprise, kids!!!  Jon Favreau has returned to Marvel studios, not as the butt-hurt prodigal son, but rather as the triumphant director of Disney’s critical and box office smash hit, The Jungle Book.  Huzzah!  Group hugs! And just like that, Robert Downey Jr. wants to make another Iron-Man movie.  I suppose that’s praise for the working relationship that RDJ and Jon have established.  Either that or a stinging indictment of Shane Black.     Whichever it is , I believe it’s time for the happy dance.

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