Fans Cry For More Diversity From Marvel/Marvel Nods Head, Smiles

- 08-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Marvel’s Phase Three is full of speculation. There have been rumors and reports of a Black Panther movie in the works, but they always get brushed aside. Fans screaming for a Ms. Marvel or Black Widow standalone project get placated with hems and haws. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was and is still dominated by white males kicking ass with magical hammers and high tech armor while the one girl hides behind wreckage, shooting at super aliens with bullets. Everyone saw that coming and accepted it when Phase Two expanded on that foundation. Phase Three was the hope for forward movement. Yet, with ‘Ant-Man’ beginning production just yesterday and ‘Doctor Strange’ being the new flavor of the month, the likelihood of any minority representation taking the lead gets slimmer every day. But these concerns don’t fall on deaf ears. They’re just being worked on with idle hands. (more…)

Marvel’s New Thing: No More Origin Stories – Beginning With ‘Doctor Strange’

- 08-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Doctor Stephen Strange was an egotistical but brilliant surgeon. He didn’t give a damn about anything but himself and furthering his career. One day his luck ran out and a devastating car crash lost him the precision use of his hands and taking on a regular job was beneath him. He found himself homeless, surviving on “back alley” doctor jobs. I think that means taking bullets out of gangsters after failed shoot-outs and stuff like that. Anyway, after exhausting all remedies, he meets the mystical Ancient One, who makes Strange his apprentice. Like Bill Murray’s character in ‘Groundhog Day,’ Strange-the-Jerk learns the true meaning of Christmas or something and becomes Strange-the-Good-Guy. Now a champion sorcerer, D.S. uses his magic powers for good. That’s his origin story and I hope you read it clearly because you won’t be seeing it in the upcoming movie. Did somebody mention Christmas? (more…)

Does Anybody Know When ‘Ant-Man’ Officially Goes Into Production? We Do.

- 08-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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With all the news of several guards being changed in and out, I halfway kinda thought this movie wasn’t gonna ever shoot. For the sake of beating the old “information dead horse,” let’s recap: 1. Director Edgar Wright had a baby named ‘Ant-Man’ and Marvel took the baby and gave it to Peyton Reed. 2. Cast members dubiously left the production and people were telling different reasons why. 3. The original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne wass reported DBO (dead before arrival). 4. Out with the old writers and in with the new. Yet despite my well-documented ability to count to four, all heads of the cast and crew have giving smiling interviews and appeared here and there with optimistic spirits. Looks like Reed’s A-Team is primed and ready, and he loves it when a plan comes together. (more…)

TOY REVIEW: Captain America (Golden Age Version) Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys

- 08-17-14Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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One cannot simply talk about Captain America and not feel compelled to sing the “America, F**k Yeah!” song. So there, I said it. In today’s case, talking about Hot Toys Captain America Golden Age 1/6th Scale Figure, I’d replace “America” with “Hot Toys”. But, that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in the same way. That, and Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based company… so, umm, yeah. However, they’re products are sold in America and the sentiment of self pride and righteous awesomeness remains the same.

Hot Toys designs and develops highly detailed Sixth Scale collectibles featuring actual likenesses of film based characters for distributors like Sideshow Collectibles. It’s a challenge finding a selection of words that pay tribute to Hot Toys mastery in artistry, as their finesse is unbound. A search on Thesaurus.com for the word “stunning” and every synonym would apply. The same can be said for Sideshow, who too manufactures high end articulated figures (as well as busts, statues, prop replicas and more). In addition to designing and manufacturing their own products, Sideshow distributes unique offerings from notable pop culture and figure companies like Hot Toys. But I digress…

Sideshow Collectibles has been gracious enough to send Nerd Bastards a Hot Toys Captain America Golden Age 1/6th scale figure from the critically acclaimed Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Solider. While my review could be summarized in two words, “F**k Yeah”, to truly appreciate the craftsmanship and value in quality, an up-close examination is necessary. Or, you can just look at the pretty pictures.   (more…)

James Gunn Explains How Howard the Duck Made It Into ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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

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Long time Marvel fans that stayed around for the post credits scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy were delighted with the appearance of Howard the Duck, voiced by Seth Green. Stop. Don’t run off to comment about spoilers. The movies been out almost three weeks and if you Google Howard the Duck you get a ton of posts about the GOTG scene. It’s out there and well-known by now. This post credits appearance quickly led many fans to ask, “Will there be another Howard the Duck movie,” when they should have been asking, “How did Howard the Duck get into Guardians of the Galaxy in the first place?” (more…)

MODOK In Captain America 3? Yes, Please.

- 08-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier enjoyed a very successful run at the box office, and for good reason.  The Marvel Studios movie was a very well written espionage flick that just happened to have a superhero or two at the center of the plot. More importantly, the movie was a game changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that revealed that absolutely no one could be trusted.  SFX Magazine recently sat with the screenwriters of the hit sequel to find out where the series might go from here.  If they get their wishes, there will be plenty of Marvel fans who will love the next Captain America entry. (more…)

Terry Crews Still Angling For Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’

- 08-12-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Terry Crews is nothing if not persistent. He’s been throwing his hat into the Luke Cage ring for a while now. There was a lot of speculation about a Luke Cage movie when Marvel was just setting up its Cinematic Universe. Now that Marvel has committed to a Luke Cage series on Netflix, many of those same actors that expressed a desire to wrap chains around their waist and knock criminal heads as one of Marvel’s greatest black superheros are vying for attention from the Marvel casting crew. (more…)

Vin Diesel At It Again: What Marvel Movie Role Is He Teasing Now?

- 08-11-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Vin Diesel loves to stir the Social Media Pot when it comes to projects he wants to be involved in. He’s teased that there is a Marvel movie role for him in 2017 and fans have been wondering which Marvel franchise and character he might appear in. Over the Weekend, Diesel posted another possible hint on his 82 million plus Facebook page. Wanna see it? (more…)

Joss Whedon Wraps ‘Age of Ultron’ Like a Gangsta

- 08-07-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Marvel is just winning all over the place this week. Fans (and likely the studio heads) of the comic book publisher/movie studio cheered when the ridiculous box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy were reported on Monday; they cheered even more uproariously when Warner Bros. flinched with respect to the release date of Batman v. Superman, which was also held by Marvel’s Captain America 3 until yesterday when WB decided to change dates. Still, with all of this excitement, Joss Whedon managed to up the still take it to the next level with this simple tweet: (more…)

Warner Bros. Moves ‘Batman V Superman’ Release Date, Ups Ante By Adding 12 Untitled Films

- 08-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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One of the more interesting topics of gossip going into 2015 had revolved around a cinematic showdown between Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 3 and Warner Bros./DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films were to face head-to-head and compete for box office supremacy in sharing an initial release date May 6th, 2016. Believing in their brands, and tuning into a massive stock in interest amongst eager fans, as well as taking into consideration an already loaded summer movie schedule, both studios stayed firm to their planned release. The titans of industry were, up until recently, locked in an eternal game of “chicken”, with neither Studio wanting to budge. Some people have called it a pissing match, a duel of egos. While insiders will tell you that’s hardly the case at all. Truth be told, there is a science and business to release dates. But, for the sake of fun, watching these two studios stare each other down had left curious fans wondering how it would all play out.

Well my friends, the war is over. One studio has caved while the other stands tall pounding its chest and letting out a roar of victory. (more…)