The Science Behind Captain America’s Shield

- 04-22-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture, Tech Posted by James Daniels

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Scientists who don’t live in comic books have yet to unlock the secret of the serum that turned a 98 pound weakling into a block of ultra-patriotic, Nazi-pounding supermuscle, sadly.

However, Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office and adjunct materials science professor at NC State University (plus a big, damn comic book geek), thinks he can explain certain aspects of Captain America‘s trusty vibranium shield to us mortals:  (more…)

A Cinephile’s Journey Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe

- 04-15-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***

I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.

That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books  whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.

I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.

To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s AvengersAs much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…

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“Straight To Series” Order Possible for Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series

- 04-14-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, TV Posted by James Daniels

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There have been whisperings that Marvel character Agent Peggy Carter, as portrayed by Hayley Atwell, would be getting her own TV series since January (at least). Now, according to DeadlineABC appears ready to throw their total support behind the project, and dive straight in–no pilot necessary. (That’s what a “Straight To Series” order means. Don’t be embarrassed–I had to look it up myself.) (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Roundup: Updated Trailer with Additional Footage, Saldana & Gillan Face Off

- 04-08-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The marketing for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy should start hitting its stride in the next couple of weeks as the August 1st premiere date creeps closer and closer. This time around we’ve got an updated trailer with some new footage of Chris Pratt‘s Starlord in action and a rehearsal still from Gunn’s Instagram account. (more…)

Get Your First Solid Look at Captain America and Black Widow from ‘Age of Ultron’

- 04-04-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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If there’s one thing super hero movie sequels can guarantee, it’s that the heroes costumes will always change. It’s certainly not for the means of appeasing fans, but rather selling/marketing newness. That’s just the way it is.

Aside from Iron Man, the only other on-screen character to have a vast wardrobe is Captain America. His costume changes have certainly ranged in appeal as he’s gone from movie to movie. One can only wonder what variation of the costume is in store for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, actually, you don’t have to wonder. Thanks to some set photos and video from the production currently shooting in South Korea, we have our first look solid at Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans). Oh, and if you care about Black Widow, we got some shots for her too (well sorta).  (more…)

The Super Heroic Journey of Chris Evans

- 04-02-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It takes a certain kind of actor to successful play a variety of superhero characters, and not that many know the fan boy joy of playing multiple comic based characters in a career across many different genres and stories. Chris Evans knows, and aside from perhaps only Ryan Reynolds, he’s done more comic book movies than anyone. Evans will reprise his role as Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is being released in U.S. theaters this Friday before he heads off to fight bad robots in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the actor’s been saving the world and doing other things for almost 10 years now. But before Evans suits up again for the red, white and blue, let’s recount his heroic journey, from happy space accidents, to regular guys with special skills, to the leader of the world’s biggest super-team. (more…)

Evans Talks About Passing the (Human) Torch to Jordan

- 04-02-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Before he was Captain America, actor Chris Evans played hero as the Human Torch in Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four movies. Now you may have heard that they’re rebooting the FF with a new cast, new director and new film, and in that film one Michael B. Jordan will get his flame on to play one-fourth of the titular quartet. You may have also heard there was some controversy about Jordan’s casting because, you know, he’s (checks the immediate vicinity for people eavesdropping)… Black. So during some recent press for the latest Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, Evans was asked how he feels about passing the, ahem, torch to Jordan. (more…)

The BastardCast vs #CancelColbert and MossMan McButtstuffs

- 04-01-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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Congratulations, you’ve selected the the 95th episode of The BastardCast, a comedy and entertainment podcast for rich and beautiful people BY portly slacker types. On the show this week: I was a teenage teenager! The results from the first ever #TimeChallenge! Over using exclamation points! Oh and the latest in pop-culture news: (more…)

The Cinematic Evolution of Captain America

- 04-01-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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His name is Steve Rogers. But you probably know him best as Captain America.

This might come as a surprise (or not, as you’re currently reading a site called “Nerd Bastards”), but Captain America wasn’t simply the “First Avenger”, he was also the initial Avenger to ever appear on the big screen. 2014 is a big year for the ultimate All-American, as it marks a major anniversary for the star-spangled superhero. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we here at NB thought it might be a good idea to trace Steve Rogers’ cinematic lineage all the way back to the beginning, while also taking a look at the few pit stops he made on TV during his silver screen journey. It was a bumpy road, for sure (with some jolts damn near knocking the axle off of his red, white and blue motorcycle-housing van), yet arguably ends with some of the best cinematic output of Marvel’s entire existence. So fire up the Francis Scott Key and let’s take a trip back in time to somewhat simpler days…

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Inside ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Featurette Lays Out the Film’s Plot

- 03-31-14Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

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With only mere days left before it’s hotly anticipated release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has released a new featurette, taking one more close look at everything, before we see it on the big screen. (more…)