Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom based art to hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump!
ABOVE: Taking a twist on some classic movies with a retro touch. Artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo have taken movies like Batman, Robocop, Army of Darkness and Blade Runner and made these amazing prints that will be featured in a show titled Modern Vintage that opens at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles on December 6th. [SlashFilm]
(Yes, this is from that superlatively nerdy Verizon commercial with the whole family in Star Wars costumes.)
As nerds of a “certain age” (I’m making the assumption that at least the majority of our readers are “legally” adults), it is our responsibility to ensure that the hallowed traditions of our subculture are passed down to the next generation. Younglings must be schooled in the ways of comics, sci-fi/fantasy, gaming (video and otherwise), pop culture, film and television, so that the Way of the Nerd will live on long after everyone reading this has become one with the Force…
And one of the best ways to achieve this is to utilize that nerdiest of all holidays: Halloween. (more…)
When the man himself, Samuel L. Jackson, speaks, people listen, unless you’re a kid that won’t Go-the-F*@K-to-Sleep. Jackson was talking with the Wall Street Journal about his recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cameo and also dropped an Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch bomb. Or did he?
I’m just going to come right out and say it. What the hell are Disney and Marvel waiting for? Sure, we’ve just gotten a new Wolverine movie and FOX‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past should blow all our minds with that incredible cast, but the burning question on my noggin is: Where the Frak is my X-Men television show?
Green Arrow has a show, Agent Phil Coulson has a show, freakin’ Commissioner Gordon is getting a show, why not some of my favorite Marvel mutants? I just want to grab some random Disney/Marvel or FOX business suit executive and shake them roughly by the shoulders. There are tons of fantastic X-Men stories just waiting to be told on the small screen. Forget about the big characters, most likely Hugh Jackman isn’t going to commit to a lead in a TV show, but you don’t really need those headliner X-Men to do an X-Men television show.
When Joss Whedon took the stage at San Diego Comic Con he announced a shocking revelation regarding Avengers 2. One of the worlds most powerful nerds (and gingers for that matter) said the words “Age of Ultron“. The films logo and tagline promptly flashed on the screen, signaling the films big-bad would be Ultron, the evil robot with a messiah complex. Not Thanos, the purple chinned galactic overlord, whom fans had first suspected via his appearance at the end of the first film. Quite the surprise indeed. My first thought was shit… I sure hope this doesn’t turn out to be Superman III (the one with Richard Pryor and the she bitch robot) all over again.
So, who is Ultron? Of course you comic geeks know him well, but what about the rest of you? Is he a sentient toaster, a computer lab experiment gone wrong (don’t copy that floppy!) or just a modern day Tin man looking for a heart? All you really need to know is that he’s the archenemy of The Avengers, an over-powered d-bag. Want to know more? Well let’s talk a walk into spoiler county shall we?
IGN has put together a good video giving newcomers a crash course on the character, also giving some insight in how Ultron may be featured in the upcoming Avengers sequel. Check it out below:
At least 40 percent of this is wrong for comics continuity. It seems to be drawn from the cartoons. But, whatever, it’s enough to school the most ignorant to Marvel’s bad-guy alum.
For more on Avenger 2: Age of Ultron click HERE
What does it say about humanity when we, the fans, idolize villains more than the heroes? I really can’t imagine the answer, or maybe I just don’t want to. Whether I’m awe inspired at the seething madness and animalistic behavior of Heath Ledger’s Joker, (Dark Knight) or swooning over the charm, guile and burdened purpose of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (Thor, Avengers) I’m finding it’s so good to be bad. I guess Darth Helmet (Spaceballs) put it best when he eloquently said, “Evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”
Speaking of Tom Hiddleston, the fan loyalty to him and his Loki character is fierce. Humanity has pledged their undying allegiance to him. Given the response his appearance at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con drew from the Hall, we (apparently) do wish to be ruled by him. Well, at least the hordes of naive fan-girls do. Anyway, you trickster supporters are about to get Loki’d. Provided your faithfulness rings true, that is. What am I talking about? Well, more than 11,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Loki get the solo movie from Marvel Studios he deserves.
Here’s a quote from change.org:
We feel Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), due to the astounding following both the character and actor have earned as a result of the Marvel films, more than warrants further exploration of his story,” the petition at Change.org states. “We believe such an endeavor would not only be profitable and successful, but provide a larger view for general audiences of the incredibly complex and diverse personality a well-known villain of the Marvel universe is gifted with. To explore this darker side of the Thor storyline would be to give credit to a compelling individual, his remarkable portrayer and an appreciative audience that feels a fierce loyalty to both in an unprecedented way. Simply put: He has an army.
Nobody can deny that Loki’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes across as a mischievous and understandable villain, but his own movie? I don’t think so. Too many other marvel characters that need a solo movie. On the other hand, to see a movie thru the villains eyes? That’d be mildly interesting. That’s never been done before in a comic book movie, it could change everything.
If you wish to sign the petition, go to this LINK
There’s some new character posters from director Alan Taylor‘s Thor: The Dark World making the Internet rounds. First off is Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed pictured above. Then we get another look at Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman as Thor and Jane.
In conjunction with the release of Thor: The Dark World, Gameloft will release a free to play game for phones and tablets. Check out the game play trailer below. If there’s a line for tickets when you go to see the movie, you could play the game to kill some time.
In this free-to-play game, Thor must restore order to the Nine Worlds. Perform all of the God of Thunder’s iconic combat moves as you lead Asgardian forces, including the Warriors Three, in over 100 exciting and varied missions against Marauders and Dark Elves. Gameloft’s stunning HD game engine brings to life the beauty of the Thor universe and worlds like Jotunheim and Asgard. Thor: The Dark World will also include a compelling social multiplayer element where fans join forces to earn victory. An original story inspired by the film and co-written by famed Marvel writer Christopher Yost provides a gripping narrative for the game.
Well, it was only a matter of time before the leading super hero franchise ended up being turned into something dirty. In truth, I expected this sort of thing much earlier, though perhaps I’m only just discovering it. What the crap am I talking about, you ask? Well, one fine fan of The Avengers decided to put together some themed sex toys. In addition to the Captain America model pictured above, you can find the rest of the team’s contributions below:
Entertainment Weekly has snagged the latest movie poster for Thor: The Dark World. There’s plenty to look at with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) all snugly, Loki ( Tom Hiddleston) all smirky, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) all knowingly knowing, Hiemdall (Idris Elba) standing tall and standing guard, and don’t overlook Sif (Jaimie Alexander) & the Warriors Three Fandral, Volstagg, Hogun (Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano) all attacky and action bound.
There’s still a couple of months until the November 8th release date for Thor: The Dark World, so we’ll be getting a lot more looks at the production and how it ties into the other Marvel Movies coming out later this year.
You can also see Malketh’s (Christopher Eccleston) face in the top background while his minion army of Dark elves threaten to overwhelm Thor and Asgard. What we haven’t seen yet is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurge, that’s what I’m really interested in seeing next, as he should have a knock down drag out fight with Thor at some point in the movie.
Will you be in a theater seat on opening weekend?
(Fan poster by AndrewSS7)
I know what some of you are thinking: Why is it news that Marvel superhero Ant-Man is Hank Pym? That’s common comic book knowledge, right?
Here’s where the confusion comes in: When SDCC revealed that the second Avengers movie will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, many fans were perplexed. In the Marvel Comics universe, Ultron was created by Hank Pym–but in the Marvel Cinematic universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron chronologically precedes Ant-Man, which will introduce Hank Pym.
Is Marvel Studios putting the cart before the horse, then?
Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Nerd Demiurge Joss Whedon explained that the sequel will rewrite the canon origin of Ultron–Pym will no longer be his creator, and while the new origin has yet to be revealed, the smart money seems to be on Tony Stark as Ultron’s alternate maker.
Soon after, Edgar Wright revealed to io9 that Ant-Man will indeed be Hank Pym….which is a bit more of an important revelation than one might think, as multiple characters in the Marvel universe have taken on the mantle of Ant-Man, and it would conceivably be possible to do a film without Pym.
Ant-Man is due in theaters November 6, 2015–while Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release several months sooner on May 1, 2015.