ICYMI: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR TEASER

Here it is, the first look at Captain America: Civil War. This is the teaser that premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

So much to digest! Look at the teams! First look at Black Panther! Bucky and Steve side by side! Tony Stark’s Bleeding Edge armor and he’s working with the government? And where is Spider-Man?

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Cool Stuff: 8-Bit Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was arguably the best movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2. It was plot heavy, it had espionage, it had incredible fight sequences, and it still had time to squeeze in the Marvel humor we love. So obviously when CineFix made an 8-Bit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we had to share it with the Nerd Swole Patrol.

You gotta love the action sequences of the 8-Bit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but also the story of The Winter Soldier just fits as an 8-bit game. I love that Nick Fury just runs away from his car crash sequence, and that the Falcon is essentially Tales from the Sonic series in this.

There is just a lot to like about this work done by CineFix, but also what I really want now is just a game to play that has Captain America, or honestly, The Avengers in 8-bit sidescrolling co-op awesomeness. So uh, if any game devs are reading this, hop to it!

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ICYMI: Hawkeye Sings About His Super Powers

I’ll be honest, this isn’t the video I thought I needed, but after watching it, this is the video everyone needs. Let’s watch as Hawkeye sings about his super powers real quick. Or you know, maybe 10 times.

First of all, I have to say that his voice is pretty impressive. I didn’t ever imagine that Jeremy Renner could sing, unless that’s not him, in which case that is a pretty great lip sync job, but I’m pretty sure it’s him and Hawkeye needs to add aiming and hitting high notes to his superpowers list.

There are just too many funny moments from his song to note any specific ones, but I really did love the guac for free and the high fiving the cashier.

Is it fair to say that at this point, we’re all just waiting for an album done by the Avengers? They’re pretty much dominating pop culture and box office as it is already.

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ICYMI: Avengers SNL Skit

So, basically imagine what it would be like to win a championship in any major sport, and have the Avengers act that way after defeating Ultron, that’s pretty much this skit. Thor is super hype (Chris Hemsworth was hosting SNL), Iron Man acting like the guy whose been there, Bruce Banner just worried about other things, Captain America being the wet blanket, and Nick Fury the less-than-entertained coach. There might be a minor spoiler at the end, it’s hard to know if it’s a throwaway line at the end or not, but it shouldn’t really affect the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I’d listen to a podcast by The God of Thunder, wouldn’t you?

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ICYMI: Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 3

Holy crap.

Holy crap.

Things To Note:

-More Tony and Steve issues brewing.
-Ultron lays out his plan and reasons.
-Of course, The Avengers will argue and it’ll come down to them all risking their lives. Tony even says that not everyone will make it out alive.
-We got to see Quicksilver punch Cap in the face without him even knowing probably, which is the first time I can think of when we actually saw some conflict between the Avengers and Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch.
-More Hulkbuster vs Hulk action.
-VISION.

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Superheroes on Tinder: Avengers Edition

Ever wonder what it might be like if those beloved Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be like on everyone’s favorite dating app? We’ve got incredibly poor adobe illustrator/photoshop skills for that! We definitely have to emphasize incredibly poor. We’re still somewhat proud to present… Superheroes on Tinder: Avengers Edition.

1. The Hulk

Bruce Banner Tinder Profile

Naturally, we had to imagine that Dr. Bruce Banner wanted a very relaxed relationship/hookup. No surprises there. Although he might run into an issue with girls being disappointed and wanting to see some Hulking action downstairs. If you know what I mean. 

2. Hawkeye

Hawkeye Clint Barton Tinder Profile

Of course Hawkeye has the pun and the douchey picture and the 1 minute ago login. Although, it could just as easily have been claiming he was cupid and had the ability to shoot an arrow through your heart (and mean it). Or it could have been a really long description about how much he loves long walks on the beach, Clint Barton is just so easy to poke fun at, but isn’t that why we love Hawkeye?

3. Black Widow

Scarlet Witch Natasha Romanoff Tinder Profile

Natasha is obviously ultra confident and knows she could have any dude she ever wanted.

4. Captain America

Captain America Steve Rogers Tinder Profile

Steve Rogers with the super slow curve and long game being played. But I mean who doesn’t love some handholding, rug cutting, and knee touching? He’s even offering a soda pop! How could anyone possibly resist that?

5. Thor

Thor Odinson Tinder Profile

This one feels like a pretty strong candidate to be a favorite among the ladies (or men).

6. Iron Man

Iron Man Tony Stark Tinder Profile

Efficient and effective as always Tony.

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Women in Comics: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

Let’s talk women in comics. Comic companies such as Marvel and DC have been taking big strides to connect with a newer generation. This week continues DC’s wide release of Selfie variants, which are fun ways to play with the characters and take a step away from the serious events. Some major characters have received big overhauls in character. Supergirl has just been given the okay by CBS for a TV series in the near future. On the topic of gender, this week marks the release of Thor #1, in which a female character will lift Mjolnir after the current Thor is deemed unworthy.

Thor-God-of-Thunder-PreviewWho it is shall be revealed, but the past Thor title (God of Thunder) and the recent Marvel event Original Sin, made this transition seem natural to the story.

Unfortunately, it seems that for all the good, there is still the bad. The comic book world (and major media outlets) had a field day after a preview for Spider-Woman’s #1 variant by Milo Manera was released. People who know the artist (pro-tip: Googling Milo Manera is NSFW, you’ve been warned) can expect this type of erotic work. However, Marvel should have pulled this from the start. For a title that’s going to not only be a #1, but also be seen by young men and women, this is not a good or positive way to re-introduce such an interesting character who has so much depth and struggles with identity, purpose, and acceptance.

This week has been DC’s day to face the music, as the release of some incredibly sexist shirts went up for sale on amazon.com.

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Seriously, who would want these?

Not that Marvel didn’t pull this same crap last year with these equally ignorant shirts.

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What does it mean that these type of mistakes keep happening? Admittedly, heroes in comics are generally portrayed in fantastical ways and artists tend to exaggerate both male and female characters to fit the expectation of the readers. However, sometimes artists and writers seem to lose complete sight of what’s appropriate or even appealing. The variant cover below for the Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Halloween Special is one of many, but this cover in particular is disturbing. The girl is surrounded by monsters who are both looking at her like a piece of meat, but also restraining her, looking up her skirt, and holding her down. I don’t read the title, but at face value who is this supposed to appeal to? Kids will see cartoon looking monsters and think this behavior is okay.

How did this get approved?
How did this get approved?

Women being confined and limited by their gender is not okay and the sooner comic book companies began to incorporate that fact into their work is when they will better connect to their audiences.

It is new comic book day so feel free to buy what you like. However, support great comics that empower women onto an equal platform as men. Headlining titles with great female characters include Storm, Wonder Woman, Thor, Batwoman, and Harley Quinn. There are also current books with an assembly of great female characters such as Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Sex Criminals, Saga, Deadly Class, Avengers, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and plenty more (these are just some that I’m reading).

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Can Marvel Studios contain the Marvel Universe?

Let’s face it. The world was introduced to a team of cosmic misfits that fell under Marvel’s ever-expanding world. Guardians welcomed in not only Thanos, the Nova Corps, and the infinity gems’ greater purpose, but now we have the Kree involved, the galaxy, and the collector’s gallery, which has served as fan fodder ever since Thor: The Dark World. Now, the big dream is that eventually, we’ll see the whole Marvel Universe from the comics in the movies. While X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four are a few big properties that are off the table, there’s a whole host of incredible characters, teams, and story arcs that can take place on the big screen.

As big as this looks, it's but a fraction of what can happen on the big screen.
As big as this looks, it’s but a fraction of what can happen on film.

However, I am worried about the amount of quality we’re getting here. Marvel Studios started with 2 films a year in 2008 with the first Iron Man and the rebooted Incredible Hulk. After a year off, they came back swinging with Iron Man 2 in 2010 and then had 2 movies a year since (save for 2012 for the incredible Avengers team-up movie). So as we get to the point where two movies are coming out a year and we’re expecting them far out in advance (looking at you, Avengers 3: The Infinity Gauntlet), our expectations are exploding online as fast as we can think them. It’s a different world than it was back when Spider-Man only had one movie franchise.

Is it too much? Maybe. I have my doubts whether Marvel can maintain quality across all of its properties. It’s not to say that I’m not excited. What I can only presume is that there’s certain routes Marvel may be traveling and that there is a way to predict an end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Here’s Wikipedia’s timeline for the next 3 years.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015

Ant-Man – July 17, 2015

Captain America 3 – May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange – July 8, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – July 18, 2017

With this being the current future, here are some story-lines I think could be followed, along with some that I think should be avoided.

For the record, SPOILER ALERT! THERE WILL BE COMICS TALKED ABOUT IN DEPTH THAT MAY/MAY NOT BE CONNECTED TO THE FUTURE MARVEL FILMS.


 

Captain America: Death of Captain America & Bucky Barnes becomes Captain America

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As fans witnessed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky’s reemergence in Captain America’s life is a leading point into the rest of Ed Brubaker’s iconic Captain America comic book run. Starting with the Winter Soldier, Brubaker wrote Captain America for 8 years (2004-2012) and created unforgettable moment after unforgettable moment. The comics were tense, the action built up, but so did the espionage, and the most realistic world of Steve Rodgers became clearly adaptable for film. After the crossover event Civil War, Steve Rodgers was assassinated and Bucky took the mantle of Captain America.

This picture alone shows how dark the world can get for the MCU.
This picture alone shows how dark the world can get for the MCU.

The assassination and shifting of the guard is a major event in Marvel history, but it is tied to a story that I don’t believe should be seen on the big screen…

Civil War

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While an all out Marvel brawl sounds ideal, this story makes a few turns that I think are impossible to depict or change the universe too much. Here’s a few:

  • The event that calls for the Superhero Registration Act (New Warriors in Connecticut) is an explosion that involves innocents, including children at an elementary school. I think Marvel would stray away from this type of catalyst for heroes, no matter how dark some stories may get.
  • Spider-Man’s presence as the reason for and against the Act is a major anchor into the story and him not being in the universe takes away a lot of that heart.
  • On the same note, no hero in the current MCU (Black Widow, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, War Machine, Falcon) loses much from getting public information leaked.
  • Even further than that, SHIELD has been disestablished. Black Widow leaking all of SHIELD’s files reveals a lot of these secrets, identities, mission reports, and more.
  • The shift of Iron Man becoming a villain in the MCU is something I could not see Marvel Studios doing. I mean, look at this guy:
Piping. Hot. Mess. Need I say more?
Piping. Hot. Mess. Need I say more?

So yea, Civil War, I don’t see it. However, for the future of the world, I do see one way of making the tone of the MCU change to more serious.

New Avengers: Illuminati

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I think Marvel’s movie story-lines are taking a Bronze age turn in the fact that more characters are dying and arcs are taking considerably darker turns. To name a few: Iron Man’s addiction problems, Captain America questioning SHIELD, the whole story for X-Men Days of Future Past, and Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s incredibly dramatic ending. I think with origin stories out-of-the-way and the collective universe having fun popping in on each other’s worlds, it’s not hard to think that the heroes would assemble on their own. With that in mind, I believe having a secret group used for the sole purpose of fighting threats greater than the planet itself would be a big way to expand the universe and connect many elements of the MCU together. Some possibilities below:

  • Address the disbanding of SHIELD and what it means that it has been crumbled.
  • What to do with the Infinity Gems.
  • What if we no longer “Have a Hulk”
  • Introduce Doc Stange, Black Panther, and Black Bolt to the universe, along with finding minds to replace Professor Xavier, and Reed Richards. I don’t know where Namor stands in terms of film rights, but I think he wouldn’t fit in the world unless it was in conjunction to the Fantastic Four.
  • Act as Earth’s protectors to the galaxy, especially in relation to the cosmic side of Marvel.

For your consideration, the first major argument.

After seeing the tension build up in the first Avengers, the dynamic with a bunch of chiefs and no indians gets incredibly tense, and seeing some sort of Illuminati form in the wake of the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a route I could see make its way on film.


 

That’s all I have for now, but as more details emerge, more speculation is, well, expected. Make sure to keep up with Nerdswole for more Marvel news! Also, if you have different ideas as to where the MCU can go, leave it below in the comments or tweet @Bumsteezy. If you have some solid ideas, we’ll speculate them in a future article!

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Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe Need a Female Lead Movie?

I’m actually just asking the question. If you haven’t read any Kevin Feige interviews than you won’t know what I’m talking about, however if you have, you know he likes to play coy and always gives the run around on questions like the title. /Film has a great compilation.

If you don’t want to read it, whenever Kevin Feige has been asked about a solo Black Widow movie or female-lead property Feige generally says that Widow was a key character in a movie that was an ensemble piece. Claiming that The Avengers was a Black Widow movie and that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a Black Widow movie. He is also very willing to point out that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have a female lead and Jessica Jones will also lead her own Netflix series.

Reasons For a Female Lead

Many people have claimed that Captain Marvel(Carol Danvers) would make an exciting movie, and have also cited other heroes such as She-Hulk, White Tiger, Valkyrie, and Misty Knight. They also cite the push that she has been getting in the comics.

Another argument is that Marvel was willing to give us a talking tree and a gun-toting badmouth raccoon, but still refuses to acknowledge solid plans for a female-lead film.

On top of all of this, there is proven data to show that female-lead movies can win at the box office. The Hunger Games, Gravity, Frozen, Divergent, and most recently Lucy are all examples of this.

The women are some of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and one of them happens to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe very soon. The Scarlet Witch.

Marvel has repeatedly made B-list/unknown characters to the public into household names, so why not with a woman?

 

Reasons Against a Female Lead

NONE of the other studios that do superhero movies have really stepped forward on this either. Unless you count Lucy and that is kind of a stretch.

Yes, we did get Rocket and Groot. And yes they are absolutely going to be household names soon. However, they are not the leads of the film. The film centers mostly around Peter Quill and Gamora.

Frozen comes after a long history of Disney Princesses and in many cases that makes any Disney Princess a pretty safe bet at the box office. While we’re on this topic, are there any Disney movies led by Disney Princes? Does the Lion King count? (This is just something I’m pondering.)

Divergent and The Hunger Games come from established fan bases in their books. I don’t know what the numbers are for Captain Marvel but I don’t think she is quite in that ballpark.

A lot of really badass Marvel women are tied up in studio rights. Namely the X-Men girls.

This last one is the one I think is the most probable. They do in fact want to make a female-lead movie. However their slate has been figured out for some time, and they aren’t trying to shoehorn a movie that wasn’t a part of the original plan in there. Marvel’s first female-lead movie has to be perfect. If it isn’t, they will get absolutely CRUCIFIED for it and that is a fact. If it fails, that’ll setback the possibility of more diversity quite a bit. Had the original Iron Man failed(thank goodness it didn’t) Marvel Studios might not even be a thing right now.

 

Neutral Fact That Work For Both Arguments

Marvel has already created really great female characters. Pepper Potts literally killed the villain in Iron Man 3. Jane Foster developed the tools to kill Malekith. Black Widow tricked Loki in the Avengers. Peggy Carter was so badass she’s getting a TV show.

You could argue that because they are essentially already the heroes of the movie, they just don’t have their names on the title. However, if these characters are already that awesome, why can’t their name be on the title? This argument gets pretty circular at this point.

 

Final Thoughts

Let me be clear, I do want a female-lead movie. My personal preference would be She-Hulk or Rescue simply because I really dig the characters, but I understand the challenges that each brings. I simply wanted to point out some things in defense of Marvel because they are getting skewered on this topic.

So please, sound off, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts.

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SDCC 2014 – Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Breakdown.

If you read our previous article than you know that NerdSwole is at San Diego Comic-Con, and as it winds down we’re going to be doing our best to be pumping out articles about everything we experienced.

When the panel goes up on YouTube, you should definitely watch it, there was a bunch of Robert Downey Jr. theatrics along with his cast members. They danced onto stage and were really incredible. However, this is about the Age of Ultron trailer.

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We start with the Avengers and Maria Hill sitting around Avengers Tower hanging out and drinking. Everyone is laughing and having fun, and Hawkeye tells Thor that the lifting the Mjolnir thing is just a gimmick. Thor welcomes everyone to try and lift it. Tony Stark asks if he can be king of Asgard if he is “worthy”. Thor nods.

Tony tries and fails, puts on an Iron Man glove and fails. Then Tony and Rhodey(War Machine) both try together. Hawkeye tries to no avail. Bruce Banner tries, and gets really exhausted and frustrated and everyone worries for a second. Captain America tries and IT BUDGES, you hear the hammer lift up and tap the table again and Thor’s eyes widen.

Thor then simply says you all just not worthy. And then a zombie robot Iron Man suit comes out saying that they are all not worthy because they are murderers and a bunch of things that look like Ultron bots fly out at them.

Ultron continues to voice over the entire trailer while we see all of the Avengers separated in different places. Bruce Banner looks sick and alone. WE SEE THE HULKBUSTER ARMOR APPEAR and go head to head with Hulk. It is as massive and as amazing as you could have possibly imagined. Thor smashes some things with Mjolnir and there is some running/riding/parkouring with Cap and Widow.

Brief moments with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. We finally see Ultron in his full 8 foot form completing his horribly eerie narration saying that he has no strings. Titlecard. We see Cap’s shield broken, Tony sitting and staring at it and the camera zooms out to show every single Avenger dead.

HOLY CRAP MAN.

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