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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Nerdswole is at San Diego Comic Con!

You heard it right! Brian, Alex, and Erin will be at the swolest nerd event of the year: San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Of course, we’ll be on the show floor, waiting for panels, and hauling all sorts of swag. However, we’re also here to witness the big events. Keep checking up on the Nerd Swole homepage for live updates and articles about the breaking news and releases that will be unveiled here at San Diego Comic-Con! Starting Thursday, all three of us will be posting as often as possible up until Sunday to cover the convention and make it like you came here yourself!

Now, to add to the SDCC hype train, here’s a list our must-see panels and booths!

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Every year I’ve been going to the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels because they always have good footage and bring out the entire cast to talk and answer questions. Both panels are always a fun time, the creators and cast seem to love the environment. Apart from that, I think everyone should be watching the Image Comics panels to see all the best of the best in the comics industry and to hear what’s new creative ideas are releasing soon.

The Walking Dead Panel 2013
The Walking Dead Panel 2013


Brian

I’m super excited about Saturday’s Hall H presentations. Hall H will have Marvel and Warner Brothers. I’m also extremely excited to test play Super Smash Bros 4 in the Nintendo lounge. However, my favorite activity is always looking at all of the amazing cosplay people do. Here are some examples from last year:

Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Red Son Superman
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Brian will be cosplaying this year, look out for his costume!

Alex

While the con itself was jam-packed with every fandom in existence, events and locales around the area were just as incredible. From the Nintendo Lounge (aka the mini-E3), the DC Charity Booth featuring custom KIA vehicles and auctioned off artwork, and even the Walking Dead obstacle course at Padres stadium, the whole city was alive with passion and excitement. Within the con, I can hardly wait for the Marvel and Warner Bros panels on Saturday, along with the premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham!

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Promotional Hobbit set piece from 2013.
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Auctioned off Batman artwork.
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And lastly, exclusives! Megaman & Megaman X from Capcom Booth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian: @theTwentyTwo
Erin: @GuyNamedErin
Alex: @Bumsteezy

 

Most Anticipated Comics of 2014

With MARVEL NOW reupdating for a new year with it’s ALL NEW #1s and DC continuing to released great titles on its New52 makeover, it’s a great time to be a comic book reader. Before we jump into 2014, let’s take a look back at the great year we just had.

What was one of the best titles from 2013?

Erin: I’ll be the one to shoutout to the small publishers/indie titles and say Saga from Image is hands-down one of the year’s best comics.  Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are basically creating the next Star Wars/LOTR epic and world that everyone should be experiencing.  It’s got adventure, emotion, wit, humor, flying sharks, and beautiful art. There’s something in this story for everyone and I think it’s worth for everyone to check out.

Brian: New Avengers. Drama? You got it. Funnies? You got it. Action? You got it. Lasting effects on the Marvel U? You bet your ass.

Alex: I’d have to see I was struggling between a few titles. Hawkeye, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers, Thanos: Rising, and Uncanny Avengers were all standout titles for me, but Thor: God of Thunder had, without a doubt, captivated me with every issue. Esad Ribic’s  (Loki, Uncanny X-Force) beautiful art from the first two arcs are breathtakingly gorgeous. Jason Aaron’s grasp on Thor and the grandiose nature of his world is epic, as he handles time travel, the apocalypse, and three Thors with love and grace. It’s a gorgeous book that shouldn’t pass any comic book reader, fan of Thor or not.

The power of the art in Thor: God of Thunder has classical roots.
The power of the art in Thor: God of Thunder has classical roots.

Which title are you most disappointed with from 2013?

Erin: I mean other than the obvious Age of Ultron disappointment, I would say Teen Titans has been disappointing because it has never really gotten better. The ending of Battle of the Atom was disappointing and rushed. And while I love them, Guardians of the Galaxy has been a little disappointing, but not bad, because nothing has really happened in that book and I feel like Bendis and company have sort of brushed the team and their book to the side.

Brian: Had you asked me while I was in the middle of Iron Man say around issue 13 or so, I’d have said Iron Man probably. However, the ending of the secret origins of Tony Stark arc was really very interesting, whether you liked it or not, you most assuredly did not see it coming. I really felt like World’s Finest: Power Girl/Huntress had a chance to be really good and while it did improve, I couldn’t help but be disappointed still, with the dialogue still feeling forced, and the lack of balance and pacing. So I’m going with World’s Finest.

Alex: Even with Age of Ultron doing absolutely nothing after a shocking and promising start, I’d have to say Nova really let me down. Jeph Loeb (The Long Halloween, Marvel Colors series) is one of my favorite writers and he started Sam Alexander’s humble beginnings. We got some mysterious backstory and even some of the Gaurdians of the Galaxy showed up to help train our young Nova. However, the story lost some focus and when Loeb left after four or fives issues, I felt there was nothing really going on in the comic. Some issues were monotonous, revealing nothing about any characters. It seemed to be more of a set-up for New Warriors, which wasn’t that promising to begin with. The Infinity ties in gave Nova something to do, but the impact is still left to be seen. Nova lacks a lot of punch, and while it has heart, the story doesn’t develop. With young heroes like Alpha, Ultimate Spider-Man, and even the young X-men showing that youth is not a handicap, it’s a shame to see Nova do so little with a year under its belt.

Well enough about 2013. With a new year, we get new comics! Which title are you looking forward to continuing in 2014?

Erin: Very excited to continue with Hickman’s Avengers books after Infinity and everything he set up for the Avengers world. Hickman is clearly in for the long haul with his slow building Avengers story, so can’t wait to see what he comes up with this year. Also excited to just keep reading Scott Snyder’s Batman and see what he has in store this new year.

Brian: New Avengers. Avengers. Iron Man. Hawkeye. Fearless Defenders. Thor: God of Thunder. Forever Evil. Justice League. A lot. A bunch honestly.

Alex: Avengers, Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny X-Men, Batman Beyond Universe, and Superior Spider-Man, along with Team-Up. With Amazing returning with an all new #1, I’m curious about how the new Goblin arc in Superior will lead into Amazing. And what will become of Superior?

Enemies until the bitter end.
Enemies until the bitter end.

Which new title are you excited to jump into this year?

Erin: I’m basically excited for all of the new “All-New Marvel NOW!” stuff. All-New X-FactorInhuman, and Black Widow especially. Don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up a Black Widow solo title, but I’m really just in for Phil Noto’s art.

Brian: She-Hulk. I’m really excited for her to get a solo story again. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for awhile, and I’ve always thought she could be one of the faces of Marvel. And I think she can be a truly dynamic character if writer Charles Soule decides to do so. And while I like Javier Pulido’s work, I really wish that she was going to be drawn by Frank Cho or Amanda Conners. That’s a minor thing though, I think this book has a lot of potential.

What's not to love? We missed you Jenny.
What’s not to love? We missed you, Jenny.

Alex: I think Inhumanity has the biggest premise to be a lasting and important comic book event. The event is on the scope of Secret Invasion, but casts a tone that’s similar to X-Men. The #1 has a lot of earth shattering changes to cover and adds a lot of mystery to an already mysterious world of the Inhumans.

Last year, we saw Hawkeye take away an Eisner with Fraction and Aja’s incredible comic. Any predictions for surprise comic of the year?

Erin: I bet you that Forever Evil spins off into a new Lex Luthor series that becomes the best comic DC produces in years. It’s either that or a Cyborg title.

Brian: I legitimately have no idea. But here’s hoping it’s She-Hulk, because if it turned out a book I really wanted to be good actually was good, that’d be pretty dope.

Alex: I’m pretty unknown to the whole Inhuman side of Marvel myself. With Inhumanity shaking things up and Fraction taking the reigns on the new Inhumans comic, I see great potential in giving plenty of strangers new powers and seeing the world that’s created.

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NerdSwole Wishlist: Comic Book Edition

Just as the title says, I’m just going to be linking and posting a bunch of awesome nerdy stuff for Christmas. ‘Tis the season!

Batman Santa Hat: http://www.geekalerts.com/batman-santa-hat/

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WHERE ARE THE GIFTS? WHERE ARE THEY?!

Megaman style Magneto Sprite: http://www.etsy.com/listing/155831316/magneto-bead-sprite-necklace-from?ref=sr_gallery_34&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=Magneto&ga_page=1&ga_view_type=gallery

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Master of magnetically making you want to buy him

Got a Loki fan for a friend? How about some Loki Charms: http://www.levelupstudios.com/loki-charms

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They’re after my Asgardian Powers!

Willing to spend a serious chunk of change for a Superman friend? Check out this UD Replica Jacket: http://www.udreplicas.com/products/man-of-steel–superman—.html

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Did you like the paintings in the end credits for Thor? Blow some of these pictures up into posters: http://clausstudios.com/THOR-The-Dark-World

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Or paint it yourself, I dunno, good luck.

Style like Tony Stark? Rep Iron Man when you wear your suits: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Man-Cufflinks-w-Box/dp/B0042HRZBO

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No clever, caption, just awesome

Obviously, there are a bunch more amazingly nerdy things you can buy, but this was just the comic book edition more coming soon! Happy shopping everyone.

How Heroes Feast

I’m the lucky one who got to do an article on Thanksgiving? Well for me, the coming together of family and friends is always something to be thankful for. So without feeling too guilty, let’s nerd out on big dinners and see how our favorite heroes feast.

Who better to start with than earth’s mightiest heroes following Tony Stark’s taste in food, shawarma.

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Speaking of Tony Stark’s taste in food, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr. feast in America’s greatest treasures. Burger King, NY style pizza, and most importantly, donuts.

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One the other side of New York, we have Spider-Man lecturing a reeling Loki on the city’s signature dish, ball park franks.tumblr_m41ng1qr551rw2b6io1_1280

On the Dc side of things, we find that Batman too enjoys hot dogs, almost as much as he hates crime (and I thought the Flash had a huge appetite).

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We now turn to the mushroom kingdom, we find the Mario Bros fighting Bowser’s army in the most unusual fashion.

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I would like to say this is how Kirby would spend Thanksgiving, but I’m pretty sure that this is a normal day.

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Mayor Mike Haggar is one of the few people here actually enjoying turkey on Thanksgiving. Where it’s coming from, however, is suspect.

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Naked Snake eats no matter what’s in front of him, whether it’s a giant alligator, or an anaconda.

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No one feasts more than Goku, who undoubtedly reign eating champ of the world and universe.

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And nothing says father-son-adoptive father bonding like eating together. Sorry Piccolo, but you need to eat to be a part of this family.goku-eating-o

Of course, we can’t forget Scott Pilgrim. Even if it’s just birthday cake, Scott chows down with the best of us.

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So for this thanksgiving, I hope for everyone to be thankful for their families. Enjoy your food and drink, and please don’t be this guy.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May you enjoy your own feast with your family and friends and dive into a glorious food coma.

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Cornucopia of Greatness – Thor: The Dark World.

Seeing as I recently began working full time at my job, I happened to be unprepared to write a full article, and for that I apologize. So occasionally I will just blitz you with amazing videos and products I come across, and in honor of Thor: The Dark World releasing, have all of these amazing videos, enjoy.

First, lets do some swooning for Chris Hemsworth and some falling in love with Natalie Portman.

Speaking of swooning.

And since I totally expect Tom to steal the show.

While this one is a little old, I imagine the problems remain.

According to Superhero Hype the film is already doing quite well.

Ever wanted your own real Mjölnir?

Check out the wishlist from the cast for Thor 3, for TotalFilm.

Look at this beautiful shirt made by OnceUponATee

And finally, just a quick TV spot to get you hype for this weekend.

Keep geekin’ everyone, and flex that nerdiness. See you next week.