Publishers and editors of different comic book companies take different official stances on different topics. Some stand firmly with their creators to prevent harassment and uphold artistic integrity. Some take a ‘middle ground’ approach to maximize the dollars brought in. Which is the better business model? Is the ‘middle ground’ of American politics shifting?
The time honoured tradition of debating the outcome of a fight between two superheroes is as old as the medium itself. Undoubtedly right now somewhere someone is in the middle of a debate over who wins between two of our four colour champions and it is really all part of the fun of loving comicbooks (unless it is online, there it seems to be a vile spittle filled all-caps-apalooza that eventually degrades into personal insults. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) These Days if you casually glance at the comment section on the latest capes-and-tights movie trailer you’ll be washed over with a flood of bile and vitriol filled statements that are based more on brand loyalty and tribe mentality than anything actually related to the work itself.
Anyyyyyway. Will these duels ever have a definite and finite answer? Probably not, but if anyone can settle one of these conflicts and put the matter to rest it is Stan Lee. This past weekend at the ‘The Men, The Myths, The Legends‘ panel at this years Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Hostess Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) asked for Stan’s insight on the eventual outcome of an all out mano-a-mano, drag-out, winner takes all, fist fest between Marvel’s star spangled man, Captain America, and DC Comics Dark Knight, Batman. And yes, he gave the perfect answer (via Heroic Hollywood.) (more…)
Immediately following World War II, the Ku Klux Klan experienced a sudden resurgence in popularity, specifically in the South where it originated in order to combat what members perceived as threats to the white race from various ethnic and religious groups. For awhile their influence grew unchecked and unchallenged by law enforcement until their ranks were infiltrated by an author and Human Rights activist named Stetson Kennedy who, by enlisting the help of Superman, brought low the racist organization, decimating its ranks. 70 years later, Chris Evans, now indelibly identified as Captain America, is taking up the mantle.
Ever dreamed of teaming up with Captain America? Who hasn’t? Short of an adventurous night out with an outgoing Cosplayer, being buddy buddy with ole Cap is only ever a fantasy in the minds eye. But what if there was a chance to spend a day with Captain America actor Chris Evans – to be held up in a mysterious room together as you’re forced to combine your wits and escape a seemingly inescapable room? Alright, maybe not everyone has pictured that exact scenario but the opportunity for it is here! (more…)
Ever since it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. was reprising his role as Iron Man (Tony Stark) for Captain America: Civil War, fans were eagerly anticipating the showdown between the two leaders of The Avengers. When the third Captain America film was first teased, the title had “Serpent Society” before “Civil War” was revealed. This means we could have had a completely different film. It all depended on RDJ wanting to come back to the table and reprise his role as Iron Man. After all, his Marvel Studios contract was up. Even though we love his take on Iron Man, the role he was born to play, he’s not going to do it forever. Luckily for everyone, Downey agreed to extend his contract with Marvel Studios and will continue to be Tony Stark for the foreseeable future. But what if he didn’t come back as Iron Man? What would the third Captain America film look like? (more…)
The final battle between Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) at the end of Captain America: Civil War was both epic and personal as the two went toe to toe over Bucky as well as their relationship over the past several films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The battle ended with Captain America defeating Iron Man but hesitating to deliver the death blow. Stark calling out to Captain America saying he didn’t deserve his shield and then Rogers acknowledging that fact and dropping the shield. We all know they’ll back for Avengers: Infinity War to take on Thanos and save the galaxy. But will “Captain America” be back?
Captain America, the Star Spangled Man, figure of recent controversy and (possibly) the most popular Marvel comics superhero right now thanks to two very successful movies from directing brothers Joseph and Anthony Russo, is more than something of an icon in the modern American myth. He’s considered (or supposed) to embody what is good and wholesome about the American spirit, even when America doesn’t feel very great. It only makes sense to honor the good Captain, given he’s now 75 years old, and what better to kick that off than San Diego Comic-con? (more…)