Here’s Stan “The Man” Lee. Because Bill Maher doesn’t deserve to have his face on NerdBastards.
On November 17, 2018, Politically Incorrect talk show how host, Bill Maher took to his website to post a blog entry on the death of Stan Lee and the world’s reaction to losing the champion of comic books and imagination. Mr. Maher spent three paragraphs belittling comic book readers, specifically adult readers. He went on in his tirade of insults, reducing Stan Lee’s work and his impact on society as “using our smarts on stupid stuff”.
Does Maher have a point? Does any of his argument hold water? Or is he an out-of-touch, pompous blowhard trying to get some clicks on his website by riding on the coattails of the death of a man far greater than he’ll ever be?
It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully relay the news that Stan Lee has passed. Stan was 95 with reported health issues including hearing loss, loss of vision and fights with pneumonia. Stan Lee was a co-founder of Marvel Comics and created many heroes loved the world over, instantly recognizable even by people who aren’t fans of the comics or the movies. There’s no escaping Stan Lee’s influence on the world he leaves behind.
The first episode of any Netflix series sets the tone, whether you’re watching nightly, weekly, or binging the entire series in a day (get ready for that judgemental “are you STILL watching this?” message, spelled with a silent “don’t you have a life?”). The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is no different. First and foremost, trying to distance itself from the cheesy Teenage Witch version from the late 90s to the early aughts, Sabrina comes out swinging and doesn’t pull its punches. But is it enough to keep the entire first episode strong and set up watchers with enough stamina to last the series? Warning! Small spoilers ahead!
The world would be a very different place if the entertainment giant known as Disney hadn’t of stepped in and lobbied for change to copyright laws. Movies, comic books, anything and everything superheroes would be unrecognizable today. And it all started with Steamboat Willie, soon to be known the world over as Mickey Mouse. Copyright law used to be a very finite thing, but with the popularity of Mickey, Disney couldn’t stand to let him go, and still fights today to hang on to the property. Because of this, many other properties have benefited from the changes in law, including but not limited to Marvel and DC. Ever wanted to write a Superman story of your own? Ever wanted to combine Thor and Wonder Woman in their own superhero duo? You can’t. But only because Disney stepped in. What did they change? What beloved superheroes could you be creating with today?
On October 12th, Netflix announced the cancellation of it’s Marvel show Iron Fist. This came as a disappointment to many, but not exactly a shock. The show wasn’t doing well with critics even if the writing for Danny Rand and company was getting better. Oct 20th, however, caused fans of the Netflix Marvel shows some worry with the announcement of the cancellation of Luke Cage. What does this mean for the current running Marvel shows? What does this mean for the potential of future Marvel shows? Finn Jones, the actor who portrays Danny Rand ( whose full name is The Immortal Iron Fist, Defender of K’un-Lun and Sworn Enemy Of The Hand) gives us some clues and Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos chimes in to set fans at ease.
As nerdy fans wait for Captain Marvel to come out in March, their heads are starting to swim with all the possibilities, mysteries, and theories swirling around the MCU. After all, Captain Marvel leads into Avengers 4, the film that hopes to save half the universe. Will everyone come back? Will they not?
Moreover, Captain America himself is confirmed to be leaving the role soon. For the conspiracy theorists, all of this just begs contemplation. Where will the MCU go after Avengers 4?
Well, this writer has an idea and even a thesis. You see, there have been small developments in the films pointing to a very popular comic becoming the new face of the MCU. It has been slowly building and, with Avengers 4, might actually come to fruition. What might be this comic? Well, Young Avengers, of course.
Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, has set a dangerous trend. With the firing of James Gunn for past tweets, Disney let the despicable trolls of the internet know that if they were loud enough, acted outraged enough, smelled bad enough in front of the noses of the right people, then they could control Disney’s (and therefore Marvel’s) social media policies, all without ever actually declaring an official social media policy. 6 years past since James Gunn made some vulgar tweets, which he then apologized for years later, only to be punished for this year. And now Marvel has caved to similar declarations made by similar trolls to who got Gunn fired from GotG Vol 3. The target of the anti-fans ire this time? Chuck Wendig.
It’s been a few months now since Disney made the irrational, irresponsible, illogical, unintelligent, and emphatically BAD decision to give James Gunn the boot from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, despite continuing to use his script. Many fans have discussed the other projects that Gunn could possibly direct – more than a few suggested he go to WB/DC. Now there are whispers that Gunn may be doing just that… Which movie could Gunn be directing? Which movie would you like to see him direct?
Reboots and remakes have become exceptionally bountiful in the past few years, and that has been particularly true for film and tv. The most successful of the lot, however, have historically been reborn kids’ shows. For example, the recently ended TMNT cartoon was heavily praised, the recent Voltron, Ducktales, and She-Ra remakes have been hits, and trailers/rumors for reboots of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Teen Titans have been very well-received.
Teen/Young Adult stories have been getting more buzz in their remakes, though, as of late. With the success of Riverdale, properties like The Heathers and Charmed are getting new updates for the modern teen. The one that’s caused the most talk, however, is the dark remake of Sabrina Spellman’s teenage life: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
August 2017’s The Defenders ended on one double doozy of shock: leader and fan-favorite Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil, perished in the collapse of The Hand, only to be late revealed alive and in recovery at an undisclosed location. His assumed death effected the other heroes tremendously, but what will his resurrection do?
This October, Daredevil seems to be back in action and ready to take on the world. However, he’s one hell of a changed man. In The Defenders, he not only learned his power as a leader but also committed himself to Elektra, til death do they part. Tragically, though, it seems Elektra didn’t survive the collapse like he did, leaving him alone all over again.
Recently, the poster for his third season was released, as well as a trailer. Throughout his run, Murdock struggled between the just hero he wished he could be and the righteous defender that darkly swarmed in his soul. He’s torn between these versions of himself, both wanting to do their best by the world but in very different ways. Both seasons it seemed that however dark he got, the just side of him always won out. This third season, however, it seems his darker side is at the forefront.