The RadioBastard Podcast Avenges The Mighty Howard The Duckules

- 07-22-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Hello prospective listener, thank you for your interest in the RadioBastard Podcast. Do you like weeks that give bigoted comic book fans a case of the sads, talkin bout tacos, ninjas that do karate, long term planning for your movie ticket purchases, Caroline in the City jokes and 8-bit video game warriors? Swell, because we’re talking all about those things and more on RadioBastard!
Also, do you like details? You’re in luck! Here’s something close to that… sort of! On the show this week, Jeremy and Jason discuss: (more…)

Marvel Comics Reveals the New ‘Avengers Now!’ NOW.

- 07-18-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Jeez Marvel, same some stuff for Comic Con… Seriously, it’s been a jam-packed week for Marvel news, and not just of the big screen variety. After revealing the new, female version of Thor on The View, and new Captain America Sam Wilson on The Colbert Report, Marvel is now revealing the new Avengers line-up that will be coming to a comic book show near you this fall. The watch word for this new line-up: diversity. (more…)

New Captain America Announced on Colbert Report – Surprises No One

- 07-17-14Comics Posted by Leo Johnson

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While the recent news of Thor being replaced by a female Thor caused quite a stir in the comic community, the way it was announced was definitely more odd, as it was Whoopi Goldberg breaking the story on The View rather than any major comic news site. Now, Marvel has set up another seemingly big announcement, but this time on The Colbert Report, which has a bit better link to the comic community. Colbert himself has appeared in a comic, has a replica of Captain America’s shield as set dressing, and has even chatted with Joe Quesada a few times, so the show is a decent pick for an announcement of this kind. (more…)

Thor Falls. New God Of Thunder Takes Over… And She’s Female

- 07-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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We were teased the other day with mysterious hints that there would be big news from Marvel coming out of The View today. Now we know what it’s all about. It seems that Thor has lost his mojo and his hammer after he becomes unworthy to hold the mighty Uru hammer. Details are sparse, but the big announcement was that a female character will be filling the gap and taking up Thor’s hammer and powers. (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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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…)