Roundtable: TV Theme Songs

While there’s plenty to great TV shows, nothing is more memorable than the opening tune that sets the pace for the show. Whether it’s a short cut like Breaking Bad, an iconic tune such as Law & Order, or the classic panning of the city like The Simpsons, TV theme songs impact you like nothing else.

Which opening theme song did you never skip while watching the show?

Brian: Parks and Recreation, even now when I sometimes watch reruns of the show or a couple of episodes on Netflix, I never skip the theme.

Alex: Recently, the Daredevil Netflix Series. That sequence is the most chilling opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the chilling piano is perfectly fitting for the vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen.

Yeksson: I recently watched all 10 seasons of Friends, and I did not skip a single intro.

Shayna: The Wire. Through all five seasons, they used the same song (“Way Down in the Hole”) but it was always a very different version – different singer(s), different tempo, different instruments. Sometimes I felt like the songs aligned directly with the themes of each particular season and they were all so unique.

Which theme song did you immediately add to your playlist?

Brian: If I’m not mistaken, the very first ending theme of Naruto was “Wind” by Akeboshi, and I absolutely loved that song the first time I heard it and had to add it to my playlist.

Alex: Easily, the X-Men theme song from the 90s animated series. No lyrics were needed to capture the mutant struggle.

Yeksson: I added The Walking Dead theme almost immediately after watching Season One.  Additionally, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals used it as his walk up music to every other at bat.

Shayna: The Community theme song. It was so fun and catchy. Also, the Freaks and Geeks theme song was already on my playlist when I watched the show.

Which theme song did you initially think was really weird but grew on you?

Brian: Justified, which features “Long Hard Times to Come” by Gangstagrass, and it was a very weird country rap hybrid that I had never heard before, but I totally get down with when I watch Justified now.

Alex:  The opening theme for Mega Man the animated series was hard to love at first. Not because it’s a bad song, but I was bitter that, for a game with such a devotion to rock and roll, none of the tracks were used or remixed for the opening.

Yeksson: House of Cards theme is nice, simple theme music which goes against the true nature of the show itself.  It is another theme I’d say I hardly skip, primarily because I am a fan of the shot of Nationals Park within the intro.

Shayna: “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor – from Orange is the New Black. Maybe I just thought the opening montage was kind of odd – but it really grew on me after a few episodes. I like that song a lot now.

Which theme song do you wish there was an extended full version of?

Brian: Parenthood’s “May God Bless and Keep You Always”. I’m not usually one for country tunes but I absolutely love that theme song and really wish there was a full version of it.

Alex:  Parks and Recreation. I always feels so productive and triumphant listening to the tune; I just wish it lasted longer.

Yeksson: I side with Alex on this.  I even tried to see if the actual song is on iTunes.  Alas, it is not. sad face

Shayna: I was going to say the Daria theme song (remember that super cool MTV show?!) but turns out there’s a full song for it and any other show theme song I can think of. YouTube is pretty great.

What are your favorite closing and opening theme songs?

Brian: My favorite opening theme has got to be Scrubs, it just perfectly encapsulated the show in my opinion and was very catchy. I already mentioned “Wind” by Akeboshi, but that has to be my favorite closing theme of all time.

Alex:   The Arrow opening and closing is always attached to a dramatic reveal or revelation. So when I hear either song, I’m always thinking about how Oliver Queen deals with the cumulative chaos in Starling City.

Yeksson: Batman: The Animated Series. I loved it as a kid and I still do now.

Shayna: True Detective (season 1) has my favorite opening theme. I loved the opening credits in general — they were edited in a cool way. That song sounds classic and it fit the show so well, despite not being directly written for the show. It’s actually an older song from the early 2000s. As for closing, Six Feet Under episodes almost always ended with the theme song. It’s an instrumental song/melody that’s a little creepy but not unhappy — not exactly cheerful either. But it fits that show so well because it’s the perfect song to complement a dark comedy like SFU.

Additional Thoughts?

Brian: The one and only time that Breaking Bad‘s theme played during the show was probably the most hype moment in the entire show for me. I was just so ready for Walt to crap on everything for the right reasons.

Alex: TV opening songs are always a nice reminder that for this short time, your program has begun and you get a moment to sink into the world. Its always nice when you hear a song out of context like at a sports game or in a commercial, because you’re reminded of that show you love.

Yeksson: There’s nothing wrong with adding TV show themes to your music library.  I am certain that Alex has the biggest collection out of anyone.

Shayna: HBO shows tend to have the best theme songs in my opinion. Maybe it’s because they usually fill up a whole two minutes and can use (nearly) a full length song, but that’s where most of my favorites come from (True Detective, The WireSix Feet Under, Game of Thrones, etc).

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Artist Appreciation – Pokémon Fusions by Josi

Generally speaking when Nerd Swole has appreciated artists in the past they were professional comic book artists, but today, I want to highlight a “wannabe concept artist” on tumblr. As I mentioned she is a self-proclaimed wannabe concept artist, but she is also really into birds and technology. So why is she being highlighted on Nerd Swole? Obviously because she is incredibly talented, her most famous/well-known works are her Pokémon fusions.

We all remember that episode from the first season of Pokémon when Ghastly combined Blastoise and Venusaur, and that blew our minds. This is definitely a step up from that though. Let’s get to it!

CharizardAggronMind blown yet? Even if it is, let’s look at another.

GardeSwannaI love that Josi doesn’t only make super badass Pokémon but also some very elegant and graceful looking designs as well. Okay, that’s my last blurb let’s just look at a bunch of these other amazing fusions.

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MagikarpBidoofI do have to point out that I love a good sense of humor and that Magikarp+Bidoof is hilarious to me.

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SuitiCunoThis is just a small sample, if you’re interested in checking out more of Josi’s work visit her tumblr (and please do, we’re super impressed with her work) where she has a bunch more awesome and creative Pokémon fusions and various other works of hers.

It’s all equally as epic, beautiful, and incredible as the small sample we put out here. We’re hoping to see more and more work from Josi, and honestly if she does put out more incredible work like this, she may be the first artist we have to appreciate twice!

Pretty amazing, no?

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ICYMI: Top 10 Smash Bros Plays of 2014

The YouTube channel EvenMatchupGaming has been doing a countdown of the top 50 Smash Bros plays of 2014, and they just finished releasing their list with the top 10. The list includes plays from every iteration of Smash Bros including the fanmade Project M. The list is predominantly Melee unsurprisingly, but still entertaining for all smash fans nonetheless.

Pretty amazing, no?

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Nerd Swole Mailbag #1: Batman, Star Wars, and Other Randomness.

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Will This Smash Bros Character Get A New Game? – Part 2

Let’s take a trip back to 2001, when we had a new Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises to begin, the iPod was a luxury versus the staple it is today, Destiny’s Child was still a group, and we were gifted with Super Smash Bros Melee, a game that continues its legacy to this day. A big standout was not only the revamped engine, added features, and doubled cast, but the duo of unknown swordsmen, Marth and Roy. These two ushered in the whole Fire Emblem franchise to the west. So with that in mind, is there a future for some of the characters when they leave the battlefield?

Shulk

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It’s no secret Shulk has been pined after for Smash 4, and for good reason. His hit title, Xenoblade Chronicles, is one of the greatest games on the Nintendo Wii, period. Shulk, as a character, offers a new template for a fighter and brings something new for the sword-wielder class. He’s also another character from an RPG. Xenoblade Chronicles is not only getting a re-release on the New Nintendo 3DS, but the series is seeing a new game appear on Wii U, Xenoblade Chronicles X. So in case it wasn’t obvious enough…

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 Wii Fit Trainer

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The Wii Fit series got another iteration before Smash 4 released. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “3DS fit” in the near future. These fitness buffs are going to be around for a while, and no one’s complaining.

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Pokemon

 

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Let’s face it: Pokemon isn’t going away anytime soon. Not only does the main series see at least a new entry and a remake for every handheld, there are countless spin offs. The latest has Pokemon matched head to head, Street Fighter style.  It’s more of a when, when it comes to Pokemon.

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main (12)Now here’s a tricky one. Ness has been a Super Smash Bros staple, even getting his secret character status revoked in Melee, and reinstated Brawl onward. Lucas was a relative clone character who only appeared in Brawl. Earthbound was released for Wii U Virtual Console, but no plans are currently known for a future for the series. Fan reception for the beloved series remains strong, but it’s all up in the air for now. So, for the moment, I have to say…

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There’ll never be a shortage of Sonic games. The latest on the way is Sonic Boom, with updated character models. Factor in more crossover olympics, racing, or even another solid platformer, and Sonic will coast his way into this generation of consoles.

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Here’s a stretch. With Mario’s New Super Mario Bros series, we’ve seen the resurfacing of classic Mario mainstays. 8 themed worlds, maps with mini castles and ghost houses, and the return of the Bowser kids and Bowser Jr. Many may have noticed Boswer (for better or worse) has changed significantly. His movement in general seems to have shifted based on his starring role in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. For example, take his forward tilt attack:

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A tad bit similar, no? Being more upright and mobile, having an actual run, upgraded moves and more add to the time spent on a character who could have been left alone. Add in his kids all being playable characters (albeit skins) and I think we could see Bowser in his own game in the same vein as New Super Luigi U and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

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Duck Hunt

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If Snake had any spiritual successor, it’s Duck Hunt Dog (and Duck). He throws out explosive cans and skeet discs, operates in a truly unorthodox manner, and even gets away with having guns (albeit, not his own). I think his inclusion could have potential for a revamp like Little Mac had for Punch Out. However, with so many projects, I wouldn’t be surprised if this secret character was simply meant for nostalgic purposes, like R.O.B. and Mr. Game & Watch.

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Don’t forget to check out Part 1 for more on the fate of these characters!

Since the cast of Smash is incredibly large, I will be doing more installments on my thoughts of where Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U leaves our cast. Make sure to tune into NerdSwole as we bring more coverage of Super Smash Bros and don’t forget to check out our Nerdswole store for your nerdy needs!

Thoughts About Stuff: Is 2016 X-Men’s Year?

It is an interesting thing isn’t it? To consider the X-Men franchise separate from Marvel Studios, but we have to remember that they are in fact separate universes in this case. That being said, FOX has stated their case to attempt to dominate the superhero market in 2016 with 3 X-Men movies that year. No trailers/teasers out just yet, but they planted the flags for release dates for Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

It’s an interesting move to say the least, but to think that they will actually dominate the box office and the superhero movie market is a bit of a stretch considering the other heavy hitters coming out that year, Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those films have been spoken about and discussed at length, lets see what FOX and the X-Men have going for them.

Deadpool

The film that’s been in limbo for quite some time and was finally greenlit will feature Ryan Reynolds returning as Wade Wilson. The infamous test footage leaked and the internet was set ablaze. You can see it in all of it’s gruesome glory here:

It’s slated to be released February 12th, 2016, just in time for… Valentines day? Anyway, I’m not sure people like Deadpool as much as they think they like Deadpool. Yes, he has a very dedicated group of comic book readers/fans and is very funny when he breaks the fourth wall with sarcasm and other bits, but does he appeal to a general public as much as the other X-Men? Probably not.

The character in a lot of ways is meant to be annoying and crazy, and that could rub a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the character the wrong way. FOX really needs to hit this one out of the park to really have any belief that they can have another solid property without requiring Wolverine to be in it and I’m not completely sure Deadpool is the guy to do so. I’d be happy to be proven wrong with a solid film though.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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The likeliest of the three films to make a big splash. The sequel to the super popular X-Men: Days of Future Past has the most recognizable name and the biggest names in the cast. There isn’t a reason to believe that people won’t go see this film, it has the huge names and will probably get the biggest marketing push of the 3 films.

All of the details for all films are thin, but the 70’s cast of Days of Future Past will be present and the main X-Men in the film. I don’t know that this film will be as good as DoFP because DoFP played a lot on nostalgia showing the old X-Men and spent a lot of time essentially erasing and dealing with the lesser films of the franchise (X3, X-Men Origins). However, it is completely possible that this film also outdoes DoFP considering we’ll still have Director Bryan Singer and Singer has given reason to show faith in his work on the X-Men movies so I expect X-Men films to continue being the proud tentpole for FOX.

Gambit

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Ah, the film that was just announced. It will star Channing Tatum and will release on October 7th, 2016. Other details are sparse, but this I applaud FOX for listening to the fans who have demanded X-Men that haven’t really been featured heavily in the X-Men movies.

Tatum has stepped up (no pun intended) quite a bit as an actor. He’s shown raw sex appeal and bankability for quite sometime, but he recently showed gritty and more serious acting ability in Foxcatcher. I think Tatum will do fine as Remy LeBeau, but it will always be up to the producer/director/writers/studio to ultimately decide what product they make.

All that being said, it’s a great time to be a nerd, with all of these characters being brought to the big screen. To answer my original question, I still have my doubts about FOX releasing 3 X-Men films in 1 year and taking on the previously mentioned Juggernauts (again, no pun intended), but FOX is certainly trying their hardest to take a bigger slice of the superhero movie pie. Basically, quality over quantity, but who knows, maybe FOX makes 3 quality movies and everyone throws out their Iron Man masks and Batman cowls. Hah, just kidding.

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Superhero Teams That Get No Respect

There’s never a shortage of a teams when you’re talking about Superheroes. Avengers, Teen Titans, Justice League, X-Men, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, B.P.R.D., even Team Avatar! With the flood of these powerful groups, there’s bound to be a forgotten few. Here’s a couple you may have forgot or never even heard of.

The Warriors (Ultimate Spider-Man comics)

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Ultimate Spider-Man’s original run had young Peter Parker going up against just about everyone. From the Sinister Six and Hulk to the spot and Venom, Spidey just never caught a break. And while he’s had many team ups, the odd team of Moon Knight, Iron Fist, and Shang-Chi can’t be matched. It was the street level smack down that only lasted a few issues. For more of that street level goodness, you can read Shadowland or wait anxiously for Daredevil and the rest of the Marvel Netflix series.

Young Justice (Young Justice TV Show)

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A team of Teen Titans, Young Justice broke the mold by spitting right in the face of what it meant to be a sidekick versus a main hero. The team of young heroes formed together out of convenience more than unanimous decision, and had been thrown up against the worst of the worst. Red Tornado’s family, AMAZO, Deathstroke, heck even a whole Injustice League (Joker, Count Vertigo, Black Adam, Poison Ivy, and more!).  The team was constantly lied to, built up their own base of operations, and survived countless surprise attacks. Unfortunately, toy sales for the team were not ideal and Cartoon Network pulled the plug. If you ask me, they are the most deserving of a third season.

 

Justice Guild (Justice League TV Show)

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The Justice League’s Justice Society of America, this team was meant to encapsulate the Golden Age heroes that would inspired the Justice League via comics. These heroes mimic Golden Age Heroes such as the Flash, Black Cat, and Superman. Unfortunately, the team is lost when they discover they have been doomed all along and sacrifice themselves to save the JLA. It would have been nice if the Justice League were able to travel to this universe again and save these heroes from their world.

Legion Lost (New 52)

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While there a plenty of Legion teams, Legion Lost is a team that captured my attention instantly. A team that we are introduced to mid mission, they are flung into the 21st century after a crucial mission goes wrong. Left stranded out of time and with failure on their heads, the Legion finds a way to track down their original objective while trying to find a way home. With a hybrid creature who makes teleportation holes (Portal style), a radioactive kid on the verge exploding (only to be contained in a suit), a young Wolverine, a double agent shape-shifted, and a leader who can’t act in charge but still uses his voice as his main power (Black Canary style), this rag tag team of heroes is the Teen Titans I’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, as is the way with most new 52 DC books, it was cancelled after 16 issues. Hopefully we’ll see the team regroup after the big Converge event of 2015.

Umbrella Academy (Umbrella Academy Comics)

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The “what” Academy? This team of unexpected, super-powered kids, were all randomly born at the same time when a wrestler was giving the finishing blow in a cosmic boxing match. The women who gave birth to these children showed no signs of pregnancy beforehand. 7 of these children are taken under the guidance of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an adventurer who molds the super-powered youngsters into a team of heroes. Yes, this is all the first few pages.

The team has two books and writer Gerard Way (lead vocals for My Chemical Romance) is supposedly working on a third and fourth volume. More people should know about this dysfunctional team, as they are the most refreshing team on this list and in the modern era of comics.

Pre-2012 Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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In the end, they’re just a bunch of people arguing over the fate of the universe.

I’ll have to thank Brian for reminding me that only comic book people cared about the Avengers before the movie blew everyone way.

Did you really care about Thor before Chris Hemsworth requested another coffee? Did you really care for a Captain America movie, knowing it was just a lead-up for the Avengers (just because that type of movie had never been done for superheroes)? The answer was no. Before Iron Man, the world wanted more of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and for a better Spider-Man, a better X-Men, and a better Fantastic Four. It wanted more Transformers, more Avatar, and a completely new Superman movie. The world was not ready for Joss Whedon’s Avengers and now every kid wants to be Iron Man (or at least have his suit) or Captain America (modern Winter Soldier version) for Halloween.

Before this movie (and Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), the Avengers had been disbanded, raged a Civil War, and fought off a Skrull Invasion, all under the lead of Brian Michael Bendis (among many great writers and artists). Bendis now successfully helms the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy (among plenty of other books), but his contributions to the Avengers have paved the way to success and interest in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Honorable Mentions go to teams I’m not fully informed on

  • Doom Patrol
  • Suicide Squad (They’re slowly getting the respect they’ve earned with books and movies left and right).
  • Challengers of the Unknown
  • Fearless Defenders
  • Plus many more…

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The 10 Most Popular Nerd Swole Articles of 2014

2014 was a pretty cool year for Nerd Swole, we got more guest writers, we hit a new threshold in subscribers/likes, and we just put out more articles in general. While it was more demanding and sometimes very difficult to draw ideas out to write about, it was worth it because we got great comments/interaction and it even inspired people to write for us. We did a few giveaways and you guys seemed to really enjoy those, and we’re always happy to have more people added to our little community. Since I anticipate a growing community, I figured I’d list all of the most popular articles.

We’re working on our NerdSwole Mailbag, it’s taking a little longer than anticipated just because it’s the first time and some kinks need to be worked out. 2014 has been really great, but here’s hoping 2015 is an even better year for Nerd Swole. I expect 2015 to be full of fun, great ideas, new writers, videos, and even more giveaways!

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10. 5 Reasons Shulk Should Be In Smash 4

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Just an article written out of my own selfishness honestly, I really really wanted Shulk to be in Smash 4, and he made it! Even if I played the most minor role in the endeavor, I’m glad I contributed.

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9. The 4 Most Shocking Final Fantasy Moments

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An article written on a whim because I was rewatching old Final Fantasy cutscenes, and was feeling the feels.

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8. Thoughts About Stuff: Will Marvel Studios Make a Flop?

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A question I legitimately wanted to ask, seeing as Marvel released both a very plot heavy film in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and had a film with a talking tree and a racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy that were both box office smashes.

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7. 5 Reasons To Date A Nerd

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An article that just felt appropriate to write around Valentines day, turns out you guys like love a lot, who knew?
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6. Superheroes Play Football: Marvel Edition

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Football season was starting and I was excited, and I pondered to myself what superhero would play what position. In retrospect, I definitely should have had Iron Fist be my Punter/Kicker.

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5. The 5 Best Cids In Final Fantasy

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To be honest, I’m more surprised than anything about this article getting views, it was one I was heavily criticized for (which is cool, I’m all for feedback). I wanted to do followups with jobs like the best black mages, but I haven’t gotten around to it quite yet.

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4. Classic Games Appreciation: Suikoden I

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I replayed this game and I absolutely still love it, and look forward to playing the second now that it is on PlayStation Network. Thank you Konami/Sony for working that out. I’m super happy to write articles like these, because I would love to just keep playing old classic games.

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3. 5 Iron Man Suits That Would Be Awesome In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Just a list of suits I really want to see in the MCU, and still hope to see.

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2. The 5 Best Bromances Of The DC Universe

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Ah, this was like the prodigal son returning, I wanted to write this article for a long time to follow up my Marvel Bromances, but got sidetracked by news and numerous other articles. I’m really glad this one was well-received by most and created fun discussion for every one.

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1. The Smash 4 Roster Has Leaked

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It’s fitting that this is number 1 and my reasons for Shulk were number 10. I’m glad you guys love Smash Bros. as much as I do and I was happy to be able to report news on a great game.

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Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future

It seems that in comics, movies, and apparently with movie studios, Spider-Man never seems to catch a break.

I’ve been waiting for the Spider-Man Sony Hack news to settle down before making some assessments on Spider-Man’s future.

We’ve been over the Amazing Spider-Man 2 in depth, but with the Spider-Universe out of control, I have a few ideas on how to fix this whole debacle, depending how things go.

If Spider-Man sticks with Sony…

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Sony knows it’s hanging onto a huge money maker, even if the latest film failed to meet both critical and financial expectations. They were a lot of movie plans initially announced and I’m just as confused as ever, so let’s tackle them.

Venom

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Ultimate Spider-Man featured one of the best Venom and Spider-Man stories of all time, and luckily, the game based off the series, used the storyline as a jumping on point. You can check it out in this video here. Basically, Peter and Eddie were friends when they were kids (much like Harry and Peter in the movie) and their fathers worked together on the symbiote. It’s healing and adaptive properties were going to be used to cure cancer, but legal issues kept it from seeing the light of day. Spidey attempts to get the suit, gets corrupted, loses the suit, and Eddie finds the symbiote, learning about the previous owner. A movie using this story would benefit from the story being a year or two into Spider-Man’s heroic career. It would also provide a fresh take on Venom, instead of being solely a venom film (seriously, not a good idea).

Women of Spider-Man’s Life

I’m not sure what the idea was here. We’ve got Felicia Hardy, Aunt May, a dead Gwen, a cut out Mary Jane, and who knows who else. If the idea was to work a MC2 Spider-Girl into the mix, try out Spider-Gwen before it hits the comics, or even try a whole new type of film, who’s to say it can’t work? However, the idea doesn’t seems to be fleshed out in the slightest and I feel this may not come to fruition, much like using X-Men Origins: Magneto as a template for X-Men: First Class.

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Sinister Six

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Now this is the big set-up of Amazing Spider-Man 2, which would be exciting if the villains hadn’t already been ruined. Electro’s is either dead, or is basically unbeatable, both which leave his spot vacant (Electro’s spotlight began and ended with ASM2. Goblin is likely to be on the team, although usually, he doesn’t usually get along with others. Rhino will be on the team, but all these other members will find a spot. Which leads me to think the approach of the movie will be similar to Assault on Arkham, featuring the Suicide Squad. With Andrew Garfield’s lead in question, who knows what would be the plot for these villains to get together. And without other heroes to fight (unlike Ultimate Six, where the Sinister Six went up against the Avengers when Spidey couldn’t contain it), it’s tough to see where these misfits could go.

If Marvel Studios gets their shot with Spidey…

…the heavenly light will reign down on the comic book community and the world. Smooth sailing ahead.

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Thank you, Marvel.

Marvel’s various attempts at a deal really make for some strange cameos, as opposed to starring roles. With that in mind, there are a few ways it could work out.

Peter Parker: Unmasked in Civil War

Basically, everyone wants the following to happen because of how crucially important this is in Spider-Man’s life.
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This is the emotional, political, philosophical crux of Civil War. For who it matters the most, we find Spider-Man, one of the most vulnerable solo heroes, unmasking himself in support of Iron Man (Tony Stark) and the Superhero Registration Act. This directly opposes Captain America, one of Peter Parker’s idols. This tension is what has everyone excited for the possibility of Captain America 3: Civil War, along with several other incredibly revolutionary events that happen in Mark Millar’s Civil War.

There’s also the matter of sharing vs completely owning Spider-Man. If Marvel completely has control over the character, then everything will go well. However, if Sony chooses to retain Spider-Man, but solely allows for the cameo in the movie, then we may see a connected universe. This universe could have Spider-Man gone astray after the loss of Gwen Stacy. He may have lost more loved ones or become completely recluse. The scene from the end of ASM2 could have just been a preview of the upcoming movie and Civil War could explore the year Peter took off as Spider-Man.

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What happened before this? Only time will tell.

There are a lot of possibilities for this one universe and Spider-Man’s inclusion / availability can truly change the whole movie.

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Use Ultimate Comic Spider-Man (aka Miles Morales)

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While Andrew Garfield and The Amazing Spider-Man took a lot of cues from the Ultimate universe, I think Spider-Man would need to be recast and detached from Sony’s Spider-Man universe. In the same way that we will have seen 2 Quicksilvers, Marvel Studios should use a Spider-Man separate from Garfield’s. In this case, I would argue using Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker (Yes, everyone is still hoping for Donald Glover to don the suit). The main reason for this is timing. See, in the Ultimate Universe, (SPOILERS) heroes have been around for a few years, have seen some devastation (Ultimatum), and heroes have fallen, namely Peter Parker. Miles finds powers in a similar fashion, but also has to adjust and prove himself in a world where heroes are willing to use manipulation as a tool and do what’s necessary over what’s right. (END SPOILERS) In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Miles could have received his powers and been inspired by the heroes around him to protect innocents. However, he would have a problem showing his face, unlike the Avengers, and this would be a great idea to explore in Captain America 3: Civil War.

Personally, I favor this last option, as it gives Marvel some breathing room, some leeway with the timeline, and can introduce another major player while having the freedom to establish a whole new history for our favorite web slinger. I think Marvel just wants Spider-Man in good hands, choosing not to make a solo movie for him, but establish his place among the Avengers (which are expanding exponentially, in case you haven’t noticed).

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Awesome Things To Look Forward To In 2015

2014 is ending, and it has been a pretty awesome year in regards to nerd/geek pop culture type things. Epic happenings in gaming, movies, comic books, and so on and so forth. We got to see what many assumed a D-List comic book group become house hold names (Guardians of the Galaxy), there were significant expansions to the DC TV universe (Flash, Gotham, Constantine), we now have a female Thor, a black Captain America(Captain Falcon?), a super douchey Iron Man, the return of Peter Parker, and there were just a bunch of cool games that came out (Smash Bros, Dragon Age, Destiny, etc.)

And with all of that, I just wanted to list a few things coming in 2015 that are totally worth being excited about. Obviously there are a bunch more, consider this a quick fix.

Batman: Arkham Knight – 6/2/15

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 12/18/15

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It’s out of George Lucas’ hands, and JJ Abrams has rebooted another beloved franchise with pretty incredible success.

Xenoblade Chronicles X – Spring 2015

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I’ve mentioned multiple times that I loved Xenoblade Chronicles and it is one of my favorite games of all time. So naturally, I’m looking forward to its spiritual sequel that includes giant badass mechs.

Mad Max: Fury Road 5/15/15

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Basically I didn’t care, and then I saw the trailers, and then it looked awesome. Plus, Tom Hardy is a pretty cool dude.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 2015

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While i’m not really sold on the voice change for Snake, I can’t stay away from an MGS game. And goodness gracious look at those graphics.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – 5/1/15

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I feel like this doesn’t really need a description.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – 1/27/15

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DC’s next animated movie is looking to be a pretty good one. Look up the trailers when you get a chance. Plus, Aquaman getting some shine is pretty cool.

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