Thoughts About Stuff: The Avengers Game That Never Was

Normally something like this might fall under a “The Greatest Games Never Made” category, but it turns out this game was in fact being made… It just never finished. Many of us who are fans of superheroes and games have likely played Marvel: Ultimate Alliance which is a pretty fun game, but also pretty simple and a bit repetitive. So imagine a game that had less characters so the situations didn’t have to be as generic as they were in Ultimate Alliance.

In my opinion that was what held Ultimate Alliance back in a lot of ways, it was a game that was made to cater to a lot of characters fitting in the story. Ultimate Alliance did have some depth, gameplay wise (a lot of moves are simply recycled and re-skinned though), but the story could have directly affected your chosen characters more, and had more development that way. This Avengers game that never was apparently did have that. Anyway, let’s check out the Avengers game that was cancelled as told by DidYouKnowGaming.

Are you now just as sad as I am that this game never came to be? It seemed like this game was going to be everything that many considered the drawbacks of Ultimate Alliance. A more focused story centering around main characters. The gameplay also appeared to have a fair amount of depth with an experience system, team actions, and pros/cons of each character (Ultimate Alliance did have this though).

In a lot of ways this appeared it could have been what the Arkham games were for DC Comics and Batman. Anyone who knows the character Batman knows that he comes in many different iterations, the more grounded type you see in the Nolanverse, the intelligent detective of the DCAU, the bitter and unbreakable man in the The Dark Knight Returns books, so on and so forth. And with these different iterations they increase common knowledge and popularity of a character. The popularity of the Arkham games only allowed another avenue for Batman to increase his popularity, and while there isn’t a much hotter property than The Avengers right now, they are lacking a little bit in the game department.

They have super fun lego games, a PC game that has a decent fan base, plenty of mobile games, but this Avengers game that never was could have captured a strong console fan base that prefer their games a little bit more gritty and with a certain amount of finality in their stories. And that could have been this game.

It’s simply unfortunate that Marvel decided not to pay the money to finish this game when THQ flopped, but certainly understandable from a financial standpoint as it’s fairly difficult to bet on a superhero market in games when it has been very poor in the past. I guess we’ll just have to hope that Marvel starts printing enough money to be able to take a chance on a property like this again, or an incredible publisher/developer will take on a similar idea.

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Does Black Panther Need a Black Director?

Does Luke Cage need a black director or showrunner? Did Jessica Jones absolutely have to have a female showrunner? Does Wonder Woman need a female director? All fair questions, but with all due respect I agree with Anthony Mackie(The Falcon) in saying no. Could a black director come along and knock it out of the park? Absolutely, I have no problem with that at all. Diversity is great for appealing to broader audiences, cultural perspective, and understanding different nuances and themes that people of other races might not be as familiar with, but I don’t know that pegging it absolutely necessary to have a black director for an iconic black character is the right way to go.

For example, Cary Fukunaga, one of the driving forces behind the first season of True Detective and the writer/director of Beasts of no Nation did a fantastic job on both properties, and he’s the son of a third generation Japanese-American father. It’s hard for me to imagine that Fukunaga had a whole lot of firsthand experience in regards to war drama in Africa. He does however possess emotional IQ and the ability to tell a story in a compelling and engrossing fashion.

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Cary Fukunaga

To add to that though, Fukunaga had a book, the author, and probably a number of other consultants to discuss what is necessary to properly convey the difficulties involved with being African and living in a war torn country. The point here is that while he isn’t African, he did a damn fine job of writing, directing, shooting, and producing an art piece that is about being an African. Directors deserve a lot of the credit when a film comes together, but quite often people forget how collaborative the effort on any given film is, and thus Cary was fully able to create a great film about a culture I’m fairly certain he has no personal experience with.

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Beasts of No Nation has been critically acclaimed by many boasting a 90% on RottenTomatoes, and many positive reviews on other websites.

So why is it absolutely necessary to pigeonhole Black Panther into needing a black director? I simply don’t agree that it’s a necessity, a bonus sure, but not an absolute requirement in my opinion when there are fully capable consultants and producers. I do certainly think that being able to convey black cultural perspective is a talent though.

And thus if a black director is able to do that based on the fact that they can draw from their own experiences, more power to them. But it should be understood as a skill that they have, not the entire reason to get the job. Conveying culture from experience is a skill (and a very important one), and should be treated as such, but not as a qualifier to be a candidate for the job. The qualifier for being a director should be storytelling ability. For example, Aquaman has been handed over to James Wan, and I somehow doubt Wan has any insight about what it might be to be an Atlantean. However, Wan does have talent, and has made some pretty enjoyable films and proved he has the skills to make an action film and could possibly take on a superhero property.

At the end of the day, it should be about talent and skill for the director chosen. Should they happen to be Black, that’s fantastic, but if they end up Hispanic, Asian, a Woman, Gay, Trans, or Alien, they need to have gotten the job based on the fact that Marvel believes that this director has the talent to pull off a very important movie. Provided the director has great consultants to give the cultural perspective necessary, there is no reason to believe that someone who isn’t Black couldn’t pull off a fantastic Black Panther movie. And it should always be about putting out a fantastic movie.

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News Roundup: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Ant-Man, Gotham, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

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CBR has a preview of the new Avatar: The Last Airbender Smoke and Shadow book coming.

 

Daredevil has a great little teaser for either Jessica Jones or Luke Cage’s appearance in Daredevil season 2. Apparently True Detective still has a shot at season 3, despite season 2 being so polarizing, and largely disliked.

The Ant-Man gag reel is mainly Paul Rudd dancing, but what’s wrong with that?

I wouldn’t recommend watching this if you’re a big fan of episodes I, II, and III or the special editions.

BD Wong does a little bit of Hugo Strange teasing.

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ICYMI – Lightsaber Duel at the World Fencing Championship

I don’t know much about fencing aside from what I’ve seen in video games (shoutouts to Soul Calibur) and television/movies. However, it’s easy to see that it takes a very high level of mastery to get to the top level as with many other sports and crafts. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when two high level fencers work with a choreographer to make a light saber fight you know you’re going to probably see something pretty awesome. You can watch the original here. However, I much prefer the “fixed” version of the lightsaber duel at the World Fencing Championship.

If you ended up watching both versions you definitely know how much more special the version with light saber effects and John Williams’ score was. There isn’t much to say other than I’m impressed and loved the work put into this. Kudos to the fencing school that put this together and I hope they do more, I’m sure it only helps to get the school noticed and up enrollment.

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News Roundup: Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Batman, Star Wars, and more!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

The X-Men: Apocalypse trailer will be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Batman: Bad Blood has a pretty awesome trailer out.

Suicide Squad is pretty much confirmed to be PG-13.

The Death Note adaptation seems to have found it’s female lead according to CBR.

Lawrence Kasdan, who has been a staple of Star Wars for a bit now is done with the franchise after the solo Han Solo movie says /Film.

James Gunn apparently knows exactly what Groot is saying in Guardians of the Galaxy.

He did a whole Q&A that you can find on his twitter.

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ICYMI – Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Trailer (New Footage!)

Well this is pretty much the best kind of surprise isn’t it? JJ Abrams has been quoted a few times saying that the last trailer released was going to be all that was being released before the movie aside from some TV spots. Well, that’s definitely not true, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens international trailer has new footage and new narration as well. Let’s check it out.

Whoa, there is a lot to absorb there. This trailer seems to be much more focused on Rey, and that’s interesting, but there also seems to be a lot of focus on her family as well. There are of course many fan theories about where/who she comes from, but the main one floating around is that she is a Solo. This doesn’t necessarily have anything that would push that idea more than the last trailer, but it’s worth pondering while watching this trailer.

There is more footage of Kylo Ren in general just being more menacing in this trailer, and that’s always going to be a plus. Of course, there is still no Luke, so that will only boost the possibility of the Luke and Kylo Ren theories.

Anyway, just enjoy the new footage and see if you’ve got the eagle eyes to spot something no one else has. And if you want to see the character posters, you can see those here.

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ICYMI – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Posters

Wanted more Star Wars: The Force Awakens posters? Well, here are the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character posters, and they do not disappoint.
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Quick Notes

-Still no Luke
-The marketing seems to constantly want to show Finn with a lightsaber now, but not Rey, misdirection maybe?
-Obviously the right eye covering is something, but it could just as easily be as style choice for these posters.
-All of the backgrounds are significantly different.
-The light of Kylo Ren’s weapon is significantly different from Finn’s, where one is straight and rigid, and one seems to be more volatile and almost fluid.

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Thoughts About Stuff: Iron Fist Rumors

Peel The Orange has a story about how Netflix is having second thoughts about making an Iron Fist miniseries, and would instead like to make it a feature film and replace Danny Rand’s miniseries with a Punisher miniseries and add the Punisher to the Defenders. Peel The Orange thinks this might be good for Iron Fist and Punisher, but actually I think this is a terrible idea on multiple fronts, and let me tell you why you should hope for these Iron Fist rumors to be false too.

Iron Fist Has Fantastic Stories with Luke Cage.

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Quite some time ago, I discussed the best marvel bromances and if you go back and read, you’ll know that robbing us of 13 episodes of Luke Cage and Danny Rand building/playing off that banter would be a travesty. Sure, Luke Cage could show up in this movie that they might make, but apparently if Iron Fist is in this movie he won’t appear in The Defenders and that would be a terrible choice, because this relationship is a fun, deep, and one of the more interesting ones in the Marvel Universe.

Punisher Has Already Had 3 Movies.

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I’m not trying to completely discredit the idea of live-action Punisher solo adventures. However, what I do want to point out it might be a possibility that Frank Castle works better as a character that appears in other’s stories. Similar to the way the Hulk currently works in the MCU. If  it comes to the point the fans really want more, Netflix and Marvel totally have the resources to move forward on another series and movie, there isn’t a reason to rush this now and deviate from the plan they already had. On top of this, it doesn’t really fit the Punisher’s style to just join The Defenders, so it would make more sense for Punisher to develop a bit in other character’s series first if Marvel and Netflix really wanted Punisher to join a team.

Iron Fist Is The Best Link To Mystical Stuff.

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Marvel Television and Marvel Studios might have problems, but by and large Marvel Television goes along with what ever the overarching event going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So when Doctor Strange becomes a bigger player, I imagine this will have an effect on the smaller heroes in the Marvel world. No one else on The Defenders would be more readily equipped to deal with/explain/move the plot when it comes to mystical things than Iron Fist.

Danny Rand Doesn’t Brood As Much

Obviously, without having seen this Punisher, it’s hard to guess exactly what he’ll be like, but I don’t think he’ll provide the diverse personality that Danny Rand will on the defenders. An any-means-necessary brooder is probably duty best split between Daredevil and Jessica Jones for now. Danny Rand will round them out with a character who should be fairly laid back and relaxed, but serious when push comes to shove, and that type of character will likely provide some of the lighter moments that are necessary to prevent these heroes from drowning in darkness and grit that Hell’s Kitchen seems to be full of.

Clearly, it’s hard to say exactly what will be what, and this is all in address to a rumor, so who knows? I just thought it might be worth discussing why Iron Fist deserves his place on The Defenders.

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ICYMI: Stephen Colbert Guesses The Plot Of The Force Awakens

Stephen Colbert is a pretty famous nerd, he has shown it on numerous occasions, and especially in regards to the Tolkien novels. If you haven’t seen him wreck James Franco about The Silmarillion it’s worth a watch.

On top of that he’s also shown he’s a pretty big Star Wars fan when he discussed Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber.

Well now that we’re caught up with some of Stephen Colbert’s nerdy endeavors, let’s just show this clip about Colbert’s guess at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot. It’s a pretty overarching plot, and not a ton of specifics, but I guess there is a possibility of a SPOILER if some of this stuff turns out to be right.

If he turns out to be exactly right, I don’t think I’d even be mad to know the plot because that sounds awesome. Anyway, it makes a lot of sense for this to be the overall theme of the trilogy, but would make it quite difficult to make sequels were it all to work out in the plot of The Force Awakens. Anyway, it was a fun video, and it’s just adding to the hype train. Of course we’re still about two months out, but it’s still getting closer!

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Why Blizzard’s Overwatch Entering Closed Beta is so Important.

Blizzard has made some of the most iconic games in PC gaming over the years. The original Starcraft is considered by many the greatest PC game of all time, World of Warcraft continues to be the juggernaut of MMORPGs, and they even have a movie coming out based on their original property of Warcraft. They’ve made a leap into the MOBA genre now with Heroes of the Storm, even though it’s key to remember that the original DotA used the Warcraft III engine and was actually a custom map. So why is Blizzard’s Overwatch so important? It’s an FPS game by Blizzard.

For anyone who dislikes how Blizzard updates/balances/reworks their games, you’re simply taking for granted the fact that they actually receive updates. For example, right now I would make the argument that CS:GO is the biggest FPS game in the world. And yet it continues to have bugs, complaints, and a comparatively small prize pool. Blizzard develops their games from the ground up and at least attempts to listen to the population and pros of the game of how to keep things in check and continue to help the game grow. So that in turn gives a better chance of this game being competitively viable should that be what the community wants from Blizzard.

Valve on the other hand, only cares about DotA 2. Recently CS:GO may have gotten some much needed updates like hitbox fixes, peeking, and other great things, but it simply should not have taken this long for such a popular game, but what’s the alternative for a high level competitive first person shooter? Yes, there are the Call of Duty games, but if you’re strictly a PC FPS player like myself, those games seem to be more for consoles and aren’t as appealing. There really isn’t a wide variety. So Valve doesn’t feel the need to update a game that clearly has some issues with netcode and things of that nature, because there is no competition to push them to do so.

So that brings us back to Overwatch. If Overwatch totally fails, it won’t force any of the other games/developers to up or improve their game, they’ll simply be satisfied with what’s going on, because they won’t find anyone leaving for the competition. Competition from other games forces developers and publishers to be on the top of their game and really actually try to improve their product, and that is something that has been lacking in terms of PC FPS games.

Aside from the fact that Overwatch could potentially create competition for other games, let’s just talk about how this game is a little different. The main thing most people are talking about is the special skill sets each character gets, something most people consider the little bit of MOBA stirred into the Overwatch cocktail.

The abilities of the hero, Widowmaker.
The abilities of the hero, Widowmaker.

Many will be reminded of Team Fortress 2 and with good reason, the similarities are pretty obvious if you’ve played TF2. And yes, Overwatch is a different game from CS:GO just simply by the sci-fi nature of the game versus CS:GO’s more grounded arena, but it is still an FPS, and in a lot of ways instead of grenades you simply have different skills. The core of an FPS is aim, positioning, and picking smart fights, and I’m certain that core is in tact in Overwatch.

At the end of the day, whether or not I enjoy Blizzard’s Overwatch, I want it to succeed, because I want it to push other games to be even better and you should too.

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