One of the core mysteries of the Marvel Movie Universe and ABC‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is how Clark Greg‘s Agent Coulson recovered from that horrific wound inflicted on him by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and that sharp pointy staff of his. Did Marvel’s Asgardian All Father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) just spill the beans and offer us another clue? (more…)
“A little heavy on the Iron, but don’t worry, you don’t have to start calling me Iron Man”
God, the superhero references tonight were so cheesy, but this one was just… Bad. Luckily for us, the show was as good as that reference was stupid.
This week, Coulson and the crew have got what looks like some sort of telekinetic, electrostatic asshole, who likes to levitate people in the air whilst sending a shock through their forehead and frying their brains. However, when the crew realizes that not only did the two victims know each other, but that they were first responders during the catastrophes of The Battle of New York, the gang assumes that we’re looking at a murderer, who may in fact be using an alien weapon left behind by the Chitari invasion. (more…)
If you’re still watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (you should be, the last two episodes were pretty great), then you’ve made it past the show”s slow start, specifically its awkward two Pilot episodes, and are really beginning to wonder “just how magical of a place is Tahiti?” Well, luckily for you, both of those questions are getting a bit of some light, recently. (more…)
It’s kinda cool how they stayed in character a bit for the video, and even though it’s nothing we haven’t already gotten from the trailers, it gives us a slightly different perspective of the characters. I like that they bring up Agent Coulson dying, and I can’t wait to see how they handle that. Will they really make it as simple as “Yeah, he’s just not dead anymore”? This is definitely a show that any self-respecting nerd won’t want to miss (Joss Whedon’s return to television!), and be sure to check back tomorrow night after the show airs for our official Nerd Bastards review/recap of the show!
When writers adapt a story for the big screen, OR create an original story based on established characters, it’s a given that they’re going to want to put their own mark on their creation, not merely clone the original, and one of the most common ways to do this is to introduce new characters that were not present in the source material.
Of course, this CAN be annoying if the newcomers steal too much thunder from the characters most of the fans will be buying tickets to see–but done right, original, non-canon, cinematic/television creations can become a welcome addition to a franchise, and even a permanent part of a character’s overall universe. In the case of comics, many of the more popular characters on this list actually transcended their television or cinematic origins, and were adopted by the books themselves…Some become so popular it’s even forgotten that there was ever a time when they were anything BUT original, canon characters.
Now, some of the fictional personalities listed here ended up as part of the comics–others never left the realm of the big or small screen–but ALL had their beginnings on something other than an illustrated periodical.
Here are ten characters that are as good as anything spawned from the imaginations of the best comic writers:
10. Bob The Goon (Batman)
Bob The Goon (as he is known on IMDB) is Joker’s “Number One Guy” in Tim Burton’s groundbreaking “Noir-esque” 1989 interpretation of the Caped Crusader. Starting off as Jack Napier’s triggerman, he becomes the second most powerful criminal in Gotham when Napier becomes Joker and takes control of Carl Grissom’s syndicate….Until Joker gets annoyed and shoots him dead for no discernible reason.
Bob is played by remarkably prolific (166 film and TV roles) actor Tracey Walter, whom you may also recognize as “Cookie” from City Slickers, Coroner’s assistant Lamar in Silence Of The Lambs, and the thief Malak in Conan The Destroyer.
9. Captain Amazing (Mystery Men)
1999′s Mystery Men is based on characters from Dark Horse’s surrealist superhero comic: Flaming Carrot. Imagine the super team analogy to a delusional garage band, and you have a pretty good idea what the plot of the film is like: Costumed heroes with a lot of heart, but little actual skill.
Captain Amazing is an original creation of the film played by Greg Kinnear, and he represents the opposite of the Mystery Men: Not only is he a talented and effective crimefighter, he’s also rich and famous, most of his money coming from endorsement deals and selling ad space on his supersuit like it’s a stock car. I personally love the idea of “superhero turned corporate whore”, and Kinnear plays it to the hilt.
8. Otis (Superman: The Movie)
Ned Beatty‘s character “Otis” (no last name given) is like the opposite end of the henchman spectrum from the aforementioned Bob The Goon. While Bob is scary and badass and capable–Otis is bumbling, inept, and relatively harmless. He’s Lex Luthor’s sidekick in Richard Donner’s 1978 classic: Superman: The Movie–the “Model A” of superhero films. It’s not clear exactly why Luthor keeps Otis around (and indeed, he ends up ditching him in Superman II when he slows down Luthor’s escape from prison). His only “positive” trait would seem to be that he’s loyal to the point of idiocy. Personally, I think Lex liked having him around because he enjoys feeling smarter than people–and Otis was pretty much born to help improve the intellectual self esteem of others.
7. Abraham Whistler (Blade)
The half-vampire vampire hunter Blade’s mentor–in his 1998 film incarnation–Abraham Whistler is supposedly VERY vaguely based on Blade’s comic mentor, Jamal Afari….with a few slight differences: Like, Afari was a black Jazz trumpeter, and Whistler is a grizzled old white dude played by a Country singer (Kris Kristofferson).
Whistler is the stereotypical “Jedi Master-ish” father figure character, and Kristofferson plays him well
6. Loony Bin Jim (Punisher: War Zone)
Doug Hutchinson of The Green Mile’ as Loony Bin Jim: The psychopathic brother of Punisher: War Zone antagonist Jigsaw, was one of the highlights of this….”not for everyone” 2008 adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics vigilante. Hutchinson steals every scene he’s in–his performance is disturbing, repulsive, and damn fun to watch!
5. Dr. Erik Selvig (Thor)
Physicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) first appears in Kenneth Branagh’s excellent 2011 Thor adaptation as a mentor to Jane Foster–assissting her in her wormhole research when Thor arrives on Earth. His purpose is basically to provide exposition, since–as a Swede–he was raised with the stories of the Norse Gods, and recognizes Thor and his description of Asgard and its inhabitants as the source of such legends. Next time we see him is in The Avengers, where S.H.I.E.L.D. has him working on the Tesseract. He becomes one of Loki’s “Personal Flying Monkeys”, until the end when he snaps out of it, and saves the day by explaining how to close the portal the Chitauri are using.
He’s expected to show up again quite soon in Thor: The Dark World.
4. Lionel Luthor (Smallville)
Smallville added quite a number of original characters to the Superman mythos from 2001 to 2011, but few were as memorable, or had a larger impact, than Lex Luthor’s dear old dad: Lionel.
Played superbly by the vastly underrated John Glover, Lionel was not the first father the character of Lex Luthor had been given–there had been several over the years appearing in different origin stories for Lex. But Lionel was the first that became a three-dimensional, recurring character anywhere. Founder of Luthorcorp, Lionel was a strict and draconian authority figure–constantly testing his son for weakness, and showing him precious little affection…The implication seems to be that Lionel’s style of parenting is at least partially responsible for why Lex became the supervillain we all know and love. Even when his character was “reformed” near the end, and he tried to make amends with his son, it proved too late–the damage had been done.
3. Max Shreck (Batman Returns)
Named for German silent film star Max Schreck, Christopher Walken‘s Shreck is one of the greatest non-canon Batman villains in the history of the character.
Appearing in Tim Burton’s second Batman film, 1992′s atmospheric and Gothic Batman Returns, Max Shreck plays a role that has become quite popular in superhero cinema: The unscrupulous, wealthy businessman who bankrolls the TRUE villain, usually while being oblivious to his actual intentions.
The character is striking, stylized, and brilliantly portrayed.
2. Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series)
No, I didn’t realize either that Harley is not originally a Batman comic character. It wasn’t until I compiled this list and she was suggested to me that I found out (special thanks to Nerd Bastards’ own Jeremy R. Hudson for the info).
Harley first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (considered by many to be THE best animated iteration of Bats) in 1992. She’s the Joker’s girlfriend/moll/emotionally abused squeeze toy. The acclaimed 1994 graphic novel Mad Love detailed her origin as a young psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum named Dr. Harleen Quinzel. A clinical fascination with the Joker’s case becomes a romantic obsession, leading to Dr. Quinzel breaking Joker out of Arkham, going bugshit insane, and adopting the persona of Harley Quinn, Joker’s partner in crime and love (in her mind, anyway).
Harley has become one of the most popular Batman villains–and probably the second most popular female Batman villain, beating out Poison Ivy, and coming in second only to Catwoman. She’s a cosplay fixture, and interpretations of her outfit abound at conventions. Her voice was most famously provided by Arleen Sorkin, and she was played in live-action on the short-lived Birds of Prey series by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star Mia Sara.
1. Agent Phil Coulson (Iron Man, The Avengers, etc.)
Is there ANYONE else it could possibly be?
THIS non-canon, cinematic creation was so popular with the fans they actually brought him back from the dead to star in his own TV series!
Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) first appeared in 2008′s Iron Man, and would go on to appear in every “Marvel Phase One” film except The Incredible Hulk. He’s become the face of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. His “death” made The Avengers get their shit together and defeat Loki, and he’s rising from the dead to star in the soon-to-air Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv series.
Gregg’s performance is a masterpiece of understated badassery, and his Coulson is, quite simply, impossible not to love.
Joss Whedon‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the home stretch before the series September 24th premiere and we’re starting to get that last burst of marketing to amp up interest in the new show. This time around, we’ve got two new television promos with Clark Gregg introducing himself and the new agent characters that make up his team that’s not a team, watch the second promo below and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The other thing many fans are clamoring to know is what characters from the movie universe might be making appearances on the new TV series. Tom Hiddleston, who plays a magnificent Loki in The Avengers and Thor movies (and soon Thor 2, for which there’s a new kick ass trailer!) was recently asked if he was open to appearing on the small screen.
It would be something that would depend upon script and story but yeah, of course, I’ve spoken to him (Whedon) about it. I saw him down in San Diego. I hear it’s good fun.
Sounds like Loki is willing and able to make some mischief for those new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we can only hope it doesn’t take more than one season to bring him in. We already have another one of The Avengers alum Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill) making an appearance in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. As for some of the other big names we’d love to see make an appearance: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson… we’ll just have to hope and wait. You can be sure that the question will come up whenever those actors get interviewed, especially if the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show takes off like we all expect it to.
Via: Crave Online
With the over two dozen new photos from the upcoming ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you probably won’t have to watch the first episode when it premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00 pm (of course, we know you still are so don’t feel bad when you do). The pictures feature new shots of the series main characters including Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet). Also included are shots of Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, J. August Richards as the new hero at the center of the pilot, and Ron Glass(?).
Check out the full gallery below:
Source: Geek Tyrant
It’s common knowledge that, one way or another, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) got better after apparently snuffing it in the first Avengers flick, and is now alive and well and starring in Marvel‘s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series….But where does Nerddom’s favorite soft-spoken spook stand regarding the upcoming sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron?
Well, let’s see what The Whedonizer said when WPRI asked if Coulson would return:
“He could. Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in Avengers 2. Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie. That’s better than the other thing.”
According to the info revealed at SDCC, The Avengers don’t have the security clearance to know that Coulson is still among the living, so it would take a bit of doing to shoehorn him into their next film.
Coulson’s been in nearly every Marvel “Phase One” film. Now that we know he’s not dead, fans will be looking for him in “Phase Two” (though Iron Man 3 managed to survive without him).
MILD SPOILERAGE AHEAD:
The first online review of the pilot episode of Marvel‘s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. series was just posted today on Poptimal:
“Whedon has found the perfect balance of Marvel and his trademark witty dialogue with S.H.I.E.L.D. The world is very Marvel, with callbacks and references littered throughout the episode, but the dialogue and ensemble delivers everything you love about Whedon.
In order to track down the hooded hero, Coulson (Clark Gregg) puts together a specialized mobile team – Agent Grant Ward, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). With the help of Skye, who is brought in by Coulson, the agents are able to learn more about Michael; how he got his powers and the threat he poses if gone unchecked.
With a strong cast and smart script, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers a smart, action-packed thrill ride.”
Grade – 9.0
The review goes on to reveal further details, like the sale of scavenged Chitauri technology on the black market, and the confirmation of Cobie Smulders’ cameo.
J. August Richards is singled out for his excellent performance, unfortunately he seems to be playing an original character, not anyone from Marvel canon.
Still, all in all, it looks like everything we’ve been hoping for, and a worthy televised successor to the popular and critical success of The Avengers film.
Marvel‘s Agents of SHIELD is already one of the fall’s most talked about new shows, and it’s only July! This is because San Diego Comic Con in right around the bend and Marvel and ABC will be pushing Agents of SHIELD on the streets of San Diego like some expensive, exclusive street drug I could reference were I more hip on the times.
Case in point, these street cars emblazoned with the series’ logo,
And this won’t be the only Agents of SHIELD marketing splattered all over San Diego, I’m sure of it.
Continuing the marketing push online, Marvel and ABC are releasing short featurettes for each of the SHIELD agents we’ll be meeting. This one, which you’ll find below the cut, is for Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton),