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Grinning Skull at the movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron

9 May

So while I am busy on the PC today, I thought I’d have a rant about the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s latest entry to it’s continuity. Avengers: Age of Ultron.

If you ask if I’m a DC or Marvel comics fan, Marvel wins hands down. That’s why I was quite excited to get to see Avengers: Age of Ultron and see if it was living up to all the hype. Don’t worry, if you aint seen it, I won’t spoil it (much…)

The Avengers was never my first choice with the comics, although Thor, Cap, and Mr Stark’s separate adventures interested me, I always preferred the west coast avengers comic! Still, the way the MCU is going, any number of other characters could pop up for a cameo, so as a marvel fan, it’d be worth the watch.

This time, there was no need for any introductions or origins, straight into the action attacking a Hydra base, all guns blazing. Very impressive. It’s a shame that overall the story felt rushed, but I guess with all the information and characters to fit into it, some of it would suffer as a result.

It’s true the action scenes are second to none and I for one can’t fault it. There’s some mad comic book chaos which is welcomed, so if your a fan of pure comic calamity, its worth seeing just for that.

I’m going to pick out a few pro’s and con’s that niggled me during, without giving any major spoilers away.

Firstly, new characters. We’ll start with the main baddie, Ultron. Ultron had always been a fave of mine, and I think he was portrayed reasonably well. I had thought it would be cool to see him on the screen for decades, and they did not disapoint. James Spader was a good choice to voice the meglomanical menace.

Vision: Again, the vision is a pretty cool character, and as far as the look is concerned, they nailed it, however, his introduction seemed squeezed and more contrived than I’d like. Also nice to see him kicking ass.

The Maximoff Twins: Pretty much hated both the acting and portrayal. Didn’t feel anything like them. A better version of quicksilver exists in the recent X-Men: Days of future past. Their costumes and look were poor. I’m glad this version of quicksilver died (oops, sorry!)

Hawkeye: This time they spent a little more effort fleshing out a role for him, making him a bigger player. Still think he needs the mask to make him feel more “proper”

On a side note, it was good to see a few faces from the other movies, Falcon, Warmachine and other bit players that’ll pop up again in the MCU (Klaw in the new Black Panther movie perhaps?)

On to the Story. it was just OK, I suppose, not great. I guess if your looking for high brow and intellectual then this isn’t it (it’s the comics after all..) I’ve heard lots of people going on about how the plot is getting convoluted now, given all the crossovers and movies, and that it’s getting harder for the casual viewer to follow. I think not, rather the opposite, too basic and bare, Whedon focuses more on the relationships between the characters and not the ins and outs. Could have been better, but I understand the constraints with the whole jigsaw.

I guess, to sum up. It’s an OK movie, but it’s just that. Nothing more. Will I watch the next installents of the MCU? Fuck yeah!, of course! (but then, I would watch any old shite…)

3 Skulls out of 5.

 

Marvel fans rejoice!! Spiderman joins the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe!)

11 Feb

spider-man-avengers

Good news for Marvel fans, is that finally Spidey is getting involved in the mighty MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

If you remember the email leaks from the recent Sony hack, it was said that Both Marvel/Disney and Sony were in talks to get together to do a deal on using him in the same movies as the avengers and their other properties. (Which always has been a little strange since Marvel own Spiderman, yet years ago pre Disney buyout, forwent their rights to making  films about him)

It looks like his first outing will probably be in the next captain America movie: Civil War (in which he plays a big role in the comics continuity) Will this forge a way to their other characters that the rights are owned by other studios to make a crossover?, such as the X-men lot and the F4 (rights owned by Fox) Given that even Sony had a sort of agreement with Fox to show each others trailers during the recent Days of Future past and The ill fated, Amazing Spiderman 2, I think the likelyhood for this mashup will occur. (Well, again its not really a mashup if your a comic fan, Marvel characters tend to star in each others storylines on a regular basis!)

Tis’ a shame that Andrew Garfield probably won’t be reprising his role, but I’m sure it won’t matter too much (I preferred Toby anyway) and were told that there won’t be another reboot with the origins (yawn)

I, as loads of other Marvel fans welcome this news as what we’ve wanted for a long time. Spidey has fought alongside the avengers a heap of times, so it’s about time the execs from both companies have agreed on this deal, which might not have happened if the last Spidey film had done well. (Did you see the last one? piss poor!) I hope that Fox has the same good sense to follow suit and help develop a bigger and more complex MCU with all sorts of heroes and villains turning up in the features.

Even with the DC universe on screen making a debut with the Superman vs Batman movie soon, There’s no way DC will ever top this. Ever. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it batfans! (Seriously though, I actually like both batman and superman movies, so I’ll be watching all of them anyway! Quite partial to the Gotham series too…)

Nuff said true believers!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31356142

Get ready for Free Comic Book Day: May 4th 2013

25 Apr

If your a fan of comics, you might want to know that Free comic book day is on the 4th May 2013. It’s a regular drive to promote reading for kids to encourage them to read more. Comics are a great medium, and are a bit less daunting than a full book that maybe could put off a lot of kids, so on free comic book day they’re giving away lots to everyone through participating stores worldwide!

Free Comic Book Day 2007

Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Photo credit: Michael D. Dunn)

There are lots of retailers getting involved, as are there a whole heap of lovely free comics of all types. I myself will be taking my kids along to a store or two, in an attempt to get my spawn (They’re lovely really!!) to do a tad more reading than spend all their spare time playing on the PC or consoles.

Make a note of the date (Star wars day, May the 4th be with you!!) and check out the main site for details of the nearest places taking part, as well as check out some of the titles that will be available to pick up free on the day!!

Free Comic Book Day.

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I am Iron Man!! One man’s quest to become a superhero! (Kickstarter)

3 Apr

Shaun Toub as Yinsen helps Tony Stark (Robert ...

Shaun Toub as Yinsen helps Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with the makeshift Mark I Armor in the 2008 Iron Man film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thing I enjoy about looking around the Kickstarter site and its projects, is that I will find some real interesting and funny stuff there, and this is one of the latter.

TheOnlyTonyStark is trying to build himself a more robust version of this plastic carrymat Iron man suit! Well, he’s probably not anything like Tony Stark, or Robert Downey Jr either, but I don’t want to burst his bubble!

As you can see, the foam prototype isn’t too bad, and our Tony here is trying to raise the funds to get a more final all bells and whistles suit made if he succeeds!

Why? I really don’t know, but admittedly it would be cool to own one! Personally he ain’t got a prayer, even so he claims that this is so he can do visits to sick children in hospital (He’s all heart!!!) surely that kind of cash (£2000) be better spent on helping a kids charity, or donating a valuable bit of kit to the ward, rather than piss it up the wall with the construction of a replica costume!

Having worked in the industry making stuff like this, I can say 100% that unless you have access to a machine shop/workshop you’d struggle with this, and the price might be an issue too. Mistakes can really jump the price up, if you haven’t had some experience or don’t do your research about materials and construction, wiring and tech, the costs could really spiral. Not that I’m saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing, as its obvious he’s got a good grasp on the idea, but creating something solid in fibreglass or plastic for this purpose isn’t that easy.

I personally wouldn’t pay £1000 to get a carrymat ironman suit, thats just ridiculous, there’s plenty of great LARP companies and individuals out there who would be able to do a high grade foam and latex covered version for near that, or maybe a fibreglass moulded one. Another chancer trying for a freebie in a time of austerity.

I guess he could try and blag the LARP or Cosplay community for support, but you need a thick head and deep pockets if you support our Mr Stark. It just sounds as if he’s trying to blag for a free costume more than anything, which you and I know, is doomed to fail!

I wish him all the luck in the world, cos yer gonna need it!

Now I’m off to plan for my kickstarter to embed my bones with adamantium…..

Iron Man – A real suit by TheOnlyTonyStark.

Peace out…Avengers Assemble!!!

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