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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BastardCast vs Bill Clinton and the Perfect Stranger Danger from Mars

- 04-11-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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Welcome to the festival of light that is The BastardCast, unfortunately the chicken wing coupons that we sent out are expired. Sorry, but hey the #TimeChallenge continues, we sorta have have Star Wars new. Plus the finer points of the great May 6th, 2016 Sophie’s Choice of movie blockbuster weekends that DC/Marvel have set up for us and the worst audition tape ever for a late night TV talk show (but it is for basic cable, so we still have a chance!)

On the show this week we talk about the funny and informative topics, like: (more…)

Maria Hill Returning to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (The Show)

- 04-09-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Following-up on last night’s awesome tie-in to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be welcoming back a senior member of the now-compromised world security organization for an episode late this month. True, it was reported early this week that Col. Nick Fury in the person of Samuel L. Jackson would be back for S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s season finale, but Maria Hill, and her portrayer, Cobie Smulders, will be back before the end of April. If that’s all you want to know, bail now because Winter Soldier and S.H.I.E.L.D. spoilers follow. (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…)

Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E.: What Will Happen on ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Post-’Winter Soldier’

- 04-07-14Comics, Featured, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went from the show everyone couldn’t wait to love, to one of the most disappointing endeavours in the history of television. Indeed, instant reaction to the show was so dire that Screen Rant published an article about how the series could be improved within days of the airing of the premiere episode. Of course, no one’s saying that the show is, or was, perfect, but one thing’s for sure, the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier is surely going to change what it means to be an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. from here on out. Obviously, major spoilers are below. (more…)

Feige Talks About Brainstorming ‘Winter Soldier’s Game Changer

- 04-07-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So what did you do this weekend? Well, if you’re reading Nerd Bastards, you probably saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you did see it, you’re probably spinning from that twist in the end, which seriously shuffles the deck for all Marvel movies here on out, or at least the ones that intersect with S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way. So given what happened in The Winter Soldier, where does the MCU go from here? Your guess is as good as mine, but Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige recently let us in on his thought process. Major spoilers follow… (more…)

Matt Gerald Joins Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ to Fill Villainous Role

- 04-07-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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With Marvel and director Edgar Wright keeping the actual Ant-Man character details, even so far as some supporting character names under lock and key, they continue to add cast members. The latest is Matt Gerald (G.I.Joe: Retaliation, Avatar), who reportedly will play one of the movies bad guys. (more…)

‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Producers Want Season 2 – It Gets Better, They Swear

- 04-01-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight on ABC promising some epic developments in regards to Deathlok, blue aliens, the identity of the Clairvoyant and other bread crumbs dropped throughout the series so far. There’s also the more pressing matter of the fact that the show hasn’t been picked-up yet for a second season yet, not an unusual situation for a Joss Whedon show, but a pretty bizarre predicament for the most heavily hyped new network show of the 2014/15 TV season. It’s pretty unlikely that S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t get a second season, circumstances at ABC are that dire, but a couple of the show’s key producers want you to know that they need a second season in order to make the show you want. (more…)

Bennet Confirms Kree Injection on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

- 03-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been pretty shy about treading new water in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has seemed content to revel in what’s been done so far, but that seems to be changing, and has been changing, in recent episodes. Recently, the series unveiled the method of Coulson’s resurrection, a serum from a mysterious blue alien. The origin of the alien has been much discussed, and while nothing’s ever been confirmed, the consensus was that the alien was a member of the Kree Empire. Believe it or not internet, you were right. At least according to series star Chloe Bennet. (more…)

Marvel Looking to Beef Up Slate from 2 to 3 Films a Year?

- 03-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know we’re all anxious for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is coming out about five months after Thor: The Dark World. And then in August, about five months from now, we get the next Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the start of a lengthy nine month wait until the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In other words, that’s a long time in our limited attention span age for more fun and adventures from our favorite Marvel heroes. So might the studio be considering it time to up their game, and try putting out three films per year? The boss of Marvel Studios teases the possibilities. (more…)