The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been expanding with each film and phase. With it comes some truly memorable characters and the actors have done a magnificent job at literally transforming themselves into becoming those characters. Ask a number of people who Robert Downey, Jr. is and the majority would likely say Iron Man (or perhaps Tony Stark, but less likely). The actor’s names have almost become synonymous with their Marvel role. Most fans would probably be up in arms if, say, Chris Evans decided to stop being Captain America and someone else came along to fill the role. It wouldn’t be the same! Well, get this… way back when Marvel was still working on Phase I, the studio originally approached an actor to land a key role in their film(s) but that actor passed. That actor was Mel Gibson. (more…)
Sweet Christmas! We are only four months away from the debut of ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage‘ on Netflix and it feels like it can’t get here quick enough! Fortunately some new photos surfaced online taken from the ‘Luke Cage’ set. The images feature Mike Colter as Cage in an intense fight sequence, a new villain emerges, and a cameo from a character previously seen in a different Netflix/Marvel series. (more…)
The Captain America craze continues! Yesterday we looked at the trending hashtag of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend that was circulating on Twitter urging Disney to make Steve Rogers homosexual or bisexual. Now today, being New Comics Wednesday, Marvel is adding to Cap’s near-omnipotence with the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. Not only is the patriotic superhero everywhere and anywhere these days, but a secret has been revealed as to Captain America’s true self <Spoilers Ahead> (more…)
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a lot of faith in their upcoming film Suicide Squad. After the mixed reactions Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received, they really don’t have any other choice. If the studio wants to show they are able to compete against the superhero juggernaut that is Disney/Marvel Studios, then this August’s release has to be successful at the box office. Those on the outside may think Warner Bros. is premature in planning a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) consisting of more films, but what it truly reveals about the studio is that they haven’t given up. They will continue to move forward as if Suicide Squad and subsequent releases are hits at the theaters. With that being said it should come as no surprise that rumors are circulating that they intend on creating more solo spinoffs out of this cadre of criminals. So exactly who gets the spotlight in their own feature? (more…)
Marvel has made a pretty heavy announcement today adding some big names to the cast of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. They have also released some beautiful new concept art featuring the new villain Hela. Thor: Ragnarok will be third outing for the Norse God’s solo flicks and fans are hoping that the third time is still the charm. With the new cast additions of Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Karl Urban this latest adventure is shaping up to be pretty great. (more…)
Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. (more…)
The Avengers converge upon the secret base of one of their deadliest enemies. Lightning streaks through the sky, explosions deafen, and bodies fly as an endless army of faceless minions charge out to greet the Avengers. Hulk is smashing and Hawkeye looses arrow after arrow, as Thor’s ancient, enchanted hammer flies all over the damn place, seemingly on its own. The battle appears to be going well and Black Widow is about the breach the base when the villain makes his escape, entering a densely populated urban area nearby. The Avengers give chase and engage their foe, crushing cars and crumbling buildings. This is a recipe for disaster. It’s only a matter of time before innocent bystanders are hurt or, worse yet, killed! Someone needs to be focused on getting the civilians out of harm’s way; someone needs to be focused on crowd control. That’s when it’s time for Iron Man to call in his Iron Legion!
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, in particular, then you’re no stranger to the Iron Legion. In Age of Ultron, the Iron Legion played a role in the first two major fight scenes in the movie. In the first, the Avengers’ raid on Baron Wolfgang von Strucker’s Hydra base, the Legion is called in to try and protect the people of Sokovia as they’re fired upon by a desperate Strucker. This scene serves, not only to set up Tony Stark’s desire to outsource superhero work to automation, but as an immediate representation of international suspicion of superheroes as the latest guise of American imperialism when the Sokovians attack the Legion that has ostensibly been sent there to keep them from harm. They’re next seen crashing the end of the Avengers’ party in Avengers Tower when Ultron makes his debut. After a brief battle, the Iron Legion is crushed by the Avengers as Ultron escapes through the internet.
Now, these peace-keeping Iron Man droids can be yours in the form of a 1/6 scale figure from everyone’s favorite collectible figure manufacturer, Hot Toys. Sideshow Collectibles has bestowed NerdBastards with a sample figure for the purpose of a critical review and that’s exactly what this article aims to do. So buckle up and prepare to charge boldly into war torn countries and tell everyone to chill out, because the Iron Legion is here! (more…)
Kevin Smith is a man who is loved (as well as demised) throughout geek culture. A screenwriter, director, actor, film fan and full time nerd. When Silent Bob speaks, people generally like to hear what he has to say. One of the many avenues in which to hear Smith speak his affinity for comic book and all they inspire, is his podcast Fat Man on Batman. In his most recent episode, Smith reviewed Captain America: Civil War and he had plenty to say about it with is co-host Marc Bernardin.
WARNING: the article itself is spoiler free, however if you want to watch the podcast (which is available below)… It is full to the brim with spoilers!
When Deadpool rocked contemporary media with its sass and its swear words, nerds all over were thrilled by the prospect of more of their favourite characters getting the same kind of treatment in future. It has long been the dream of comic readers to see the grim, gritty twists and turns from many of books come to life on the big screen. Until Deadpool, almost all the films from the Marvel universe were a solid, family friendly PG-13. (more…)
When Hugh Jackman was first cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men, there was a great deal of trepidation on the part of fans. How was this unknown, musical theatre Aussie with about a foot on Logan going to be able to portray Marvel‘s favorite Canucklehead? Now, it’s almost hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but that’s exactly what fans are going to have to do after Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine is released next year. Information about the film is coming ever faster as production really gets underway and today brings news of a couple more actors who will join Jackman for his last adamantium-clawed adventure.