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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RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 15 – “Yes Men”

- 03-12-14Comics, Featured, Film, TV Posted by Brent Cook

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“At least we’re in the dark together.”

This week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we pick up right where we left off with last week’s after-credits scene. Lorelei is done with the newlywed groom that she stole from his bride, and is moving on to building her army. Hot on her trail, however, is the lovely Asgardian warrior Lady Sif, who’s come to Earth to bring the seducing sorceress back to their home planet for her crimes across the realms. (more…)

New 75th Anniversary Video Kicks Off Marvel’s Year of Celebration

- 03-06-14Comics Posted by Mark Poynter

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It was 75 years ago that Marvel Comics #1 hit newspaper stands and although the road has sometimes been rocky, Marvel now stands as a major creative force in the entertainment world of movies, video games, books, television, you name the entertainment venue and Marvel most likely has something for you.  (more…)

Sif & Lola on Set for ‘Agents of SHIELD’

- 02-10-14Comics, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Agents of SHIELD hasn’t been the breakout hit everyone expected. Failing to continue drawing large audiences after its premiere, the series now turns to guest appearances to bolster its sagging popularity. Bill Paxton will soon guest star in a four episode arc and there’s even a requisite Stan Lee cameo, but it’ll take a goddess to truly make an impact on Agents of SHIELD.
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Marvel at These GIFs of Tom Hiddleston’s Shirtless Thor Audition

- 01-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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And no, I don’t mean Thor the film (though it was for that movie), I’m talking about Thor the character. Yes, before Tom Hiddleston was considered for the role of the trickster god, Loki, he auditioned for the god of thunder himself. His original screen test will be a bonus feature on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World, coming February 25th, but you can get a tease of it in GIF form below. (more…)

‘Thor: The Dark World’ DVD Teases Bonus Marvel One-Shot ‘All Hail the King’

- 01-02-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Even before Marvel or Disney could release an official announcement, the British Board of Film Classification, that’s the British version of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) Film Rating System, has gone ahead and posted the entire list of special features in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World DVD/Blu-ray. (more…)

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Executive Producer Discusses Potential Crossover with Captain America Sequel

- 11-20-13Film Posted by Brent Cook

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Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Thor: The Dark World crossover went relatively well (check our Official Nerd Bastards review of the episode here), and it seems like a no-brainer that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will send ripples through the show as well. Fortunately, Jed Whedon shined some light on the potential for a tie-in during a recent interview. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 08 – “The Well”

- 11-20-13Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Brent Cook

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review- 08- The Well“You know, it’d be nice, if for once, Thor and his people sent down the God of Cleaning-up-after-yourself”

Last night, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we find the team tasked with cleaning up the mess left by Thor and his battle with Malekith and the Dark Elves, as seen in Thor: The Dark World. In an almost completely unrelated plot, when a piece of alien technology that was left behind thousands of years ago gets into the wrong hands, the team is in danger of being torn apart from the inside.

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Did Anthony Hopkins Just Out Agent Coulson’s Miraculous Recovery?

- 11-15-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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One of the core mysteries of the Marvel Movie Universe and ABC‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is how Clark Greg‘s Agent Coulson recovered from that horrific wound inflicted on him by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and that sharp pointy staff of his. Did Marvel’s Asgardian All Father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) just spill the beans and offer us another clue? (more…)

Nerd Art Dump: Dark Knight Hawks, The Son of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Generals of Pop Culture and More…

- 11-10-13Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

world_s_finest_by_ian_navarro-d6rngmy Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom based art to hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump! ABOVE: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks is often fodder for the homage/pastiche treatment, however World’s Finest Diner by Ian Navarro might just have become my all time favorite. I know this won’t happen, but if the powers at WB wanna base that whole Batman vs Superman movie off this image I am totally ok with that. The conflict could be over who picks up the cheque! (more…)