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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5 Hard Truths About the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As we get more movies from the popular Marvel Studios, we find that there are some things that are evolving faster than we can process them. Some things are beautiful, some things are not so great, and both casual fans and comic book nerds will have to learn to accept these things. The Marvel train is going full speed and there’s no stopping it now. Here are five hard truths about the MCU, whether you like it or not.

Everything begins and ends with Iron Man (Tony Stark).

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When Marvel announced an Iron Man movie was coming out, People weren’t sure what to expect, as Iron Man wasn’t the poster boy (it was a tie between Wolverine and Spider-Man). Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s performance and influence, the world of Marvel was born and now Iron Man is at the crux of everything. Building Ultron instead of Hank Pym, becoming the first public hero, and leading the Avengers, Iron Man will have a part in every major plotline in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There will be humor.

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DC movies (and shows) have been on a streak of seriousness, aside from CW’s The Flash. On the other hand, Marvel seems to work humor alongside the action and drama. Avengers Age of Ultron may have as many humorous moments as it did incredible action sequences, and even Guardians of The Galaxy incorporated humor into its very conclusion.

Everyone is hanging out together.

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Both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have sidekicks, but Tony Stark is also known to hang out with Bruce Banner. Nick Fury is in everything and knows everybody. Much like in the comics, these characters appear in each other’s stories and with Captain America: Civil War’s casting list, the cameos are endless.

No movie will ever match the comic that inspired it.

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This is both a good thing and bad thing. While Captain America: The Winter Soldier mirrored the comic that inspired it, the movie took some liberties to make sure it fit the time frame of the movie universe. There’s also the case where not so great comics inspire the movies, and the differentiation between the two is a good thing (see 2013 AGE OF ULTRON event).

At least 10% of the movie is setup for the future.

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The initial fun of the Marvel movies was the endings. After the credits rolled, audiences were treated to a small scene that would give a slight nod to the future of the movies. No moment was greater than seeing Nick Fury in Tony Stark’s house to talk about the Avengers initiative. However, as Thor’s cave scene in Age of Ultron was any indicator, these movies also have to make sure everything ties in together. The problem I have is that some scenes, like Thor’s little side-story, seem to detract from the main plotline that was being built over the course of the Phase 2 Marvel movies. In my opinion, these moments may seem more fitting in one movie, at the end of the credits, or to be completely removed altogether. The end scenes used to be fun and surprising, but now they feel expected and the fun seems to be gone.

Going into Ant-Man in July, we’ll see how he fits into this strange new world where everybody knows everybody.

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Things I’ll Miss About Marvel’s Ultimate Universe

Secret Wars hits the shelves this month, and this week marks the release of Ultimate End, the final issues left of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. For those who don’t know, the Ultimate Universe is an alternate reality that updated many of the Marvel mainstays for modern readers. Back in 2000, Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men launched the characters in a new way. As the universe formed, so did the titles, as Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (aka Avengers) came to the forefront. With this year being the 15th and last year of the universe, I’d like to note some things I’ll miss about the beloved alternate reality.

Costume Design

Ultimatum05FinchWraparoundCoverWhile some characters maintain similarities to their main universe counterparts, the Ultimate Universe allowed for some much-needed redesigns. The main avengers cast had great updates, with Thor being one that truly separated him from his legacy. The Ultimate Nick Fury is what brought about casting Samuel L. Jackson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as his likeness was used for the design. The designs used for the Amazing Spider-Man movie were closer to the Ultimate designs, and that was a great thing, especially for Electro. Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man, and Moon Knight all had different designs that were used as influences for the main universe’s updated designs. Even the X-Men sported more manageable and realistic outfits that fit just right.

Keeping Things Close

Spider-Man. Fantastic Four. X-Men. Ultimates. While there were plenty of mini-series featuring single heroes, these four books carried the whole Universe. It was much easier to jump into these titles to get a grand sense of the Marvel world. Ultimate Spider-Man alone introduced Hulk, Daredevil, many of the street level heroes, and his whole world on top of all that.

Bold Choices

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The Ultimate universe was a playground where characters can be reworked, within reason. A big change that came was the event titled Ultimatum, which saw Magneto trying to destroy the world when it was thought his children, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, had died. The whole world was affected, and our heroes fought to save a flooded New York. It may not have been the most well-received event, but the writers stood by it and continued on, with the event having lasting effects in every book. Plus, if it wasn’t for Ultimatum, we wouldn’t have J. Jonah Jameson give the best apology to Spider-Man ever.

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Mixing Things Up

The Ultimates hate each other. Wolverine gets ripped in half by a Hulk who eats people. Deadpool hosts his own “The Most Dangerous Game” by hunting X-Men on a deserted island. The Watcher pops up all over the world. Kitty Pryde dates Spider-Man? These are a few things that kept the universe fresh and unexpected. The fun of the Ultimate Universe is that it kept things moving and expanding, never stagnating.

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Ultimate Spider-Man

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If nothing else, the Ultimate Spider-Man series is by far the greatest contribution the Ultimate line gave to comics. Ultimate Spider-Man revitalized the hero as a high school student and kept him there. This Spider-Man faced the sinister six, the Ultimates, the X-Men, Venom, Carnage, an actual Green Goblin and everything under the sun, while still doing his due diligence with his Aunt May, in school, and with friends. He passed the mantle to Miles Morales, who made his own impact as a fantastic, if not better, Spider-Man. Both of these heroes made their mark like no one else, and the world they leave behind will be missed. It’s a touch personal for me because my first time reading Spider-Man from start to finish was the original Ultimate Spider-Man run, and for that, I’m forever grateful to have enjoyed it as it came.

I am happy that Mark Bagley and Brian Michael Bendis will be helming the Ultimate Universe’s final moments, as they are the team that created this world that I’ll forever cherish. Thank you for 15 great years.
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8 Mutant Powers That Are Too Impractical

When you think of the X-Men, you think fantastical, mutant powers like Cyclops’ optic blast, the magnetic prowess of Magento, and the weather altering powers of Storm. Mutants and their portrayal in the Marvel universe are revealed to be awakening, with powers coming into being during puberty when other physical and emotional changes occur. Becoming a mutant is a big deal, but not everyone gets to pop claws out of their hands and gain the ability to teleport. With that, here are ten mutant powers that are just bummers to have in everyday life.

Ice Powers (Original Ice-Man)

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Slush, the Snowman. Bobby is an Omega level mutant, meaning at his peak, his power level can match Magneto. However, Bobby Drake is a goofball and has no intention of living up to his potential in the current timeline. So let’s say with that lack of discipline (or lack of proper training), you were stuck as a slushy snow-person who can make ice slides and throw snowballs.

Immovable skin (The Blob)

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If it didn’t seem obvious, why be the blob when there are so many other larger characters that benefit more from their size, such as Colossus and Juggernaut (although Juggernaut is not mutant, just more of an X-character).

Evolving Beast Transformation (Beast aka Hank McCoy)
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Don’t get me wrong; the athletic abilities and strength are all valuable and practical abilities that come along with the transformation. However, the lack of control on both the evolving nature of the mutation and the borderline chaotic line between human and beast make being the beast not all that it’s cut out to be. Plus, the blue can’t help trying to assimilate into everyday society.

Neither does having only one horn, a reptile tail, and an obsession with time travel.
Neither does having only one horn, a reptile tail, and an obsession with time travel.

Portable Digestive System (Maggot aka Japheth)

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Now here’s a gross one. Maggot’s powers involve sending out these creatures who consume things and return to Maggot, giving him the digestive nutrients and gaining power from what’s been eaten. Takes the term “carry out” to an all new level.

Hypersonic Scream (Banshee aka Sean Cassidy)

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Having this power means you can never cheer for anything again. Nope.

Light Manipulation/ Energy Manipulation (Dazzler & Jubilee)

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Unfortunately, both these ladies suffer from underwhelming, glamour styled powers that don’t evolve much past the base level. Dazzler has seen some advances in her powers, being able to manipulate light to photon levels to damage others. Jubilee, on the other hand, have seen changing power-sets over the years since her introduction, leaving much to be desired. If I ever had the misfortune to have either of these powers, I would look into work as a light specialist.

Flight Via Enlarged Wings (Angel aka Warren Worthington III)

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It’s hard to justify giant wings when Rogue, Storm, and Sunfire have more practical ways to fly.

There’s a lot to love about the X-Men, but outside of the Marvel Universe, sometimes powers seem ridiculous when you’re not trashing giant sentinels.

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The 5 Best Comic Book Shower Thoughts

If you’re wondering what a shower thought is, it’s something that you think of in the shower or really anywhere and you end up having this face. REvelation It makes you think, makes you laugh a little bit, and sometimes pondering your very own existence. And of course reddit being the site that it is (the front page of the internet!) they had to have some comic book shower thoughts.

5. If the Flash was really good at chess, he would be Grandmaster Flash

by TheTwentyTwo character_bio_576_flash     This is just kind of a funny coincidence really.

4. When The Hulk gives up and reverts to Bruce Banner, he just rage quit.

by wildxlion bannerhulk Pretty straightforward, but still pretty funny. Consider a Hulk playing games and getting mad about campers and throwing his controller down through the ground and it coming out in China.

 

3. If Green Lantern smoked some Green, he’d have a lot more creative constructs.

by TheTwentyTwo character_bio_576_greenlantern I mean guns, walls, and jetpacks are cool, but imagine the super psychaledic and hilarious constructs he would make if he were high.

2. Spider-Man is just a boy going through changes shooting white stuff all over the city.

by cmonkey9876 spider-man That’s quite an interesting complex that Spider-Man is going through. Puberty is tough, man.

1. Batman and Daredevil should switch names.

by Skiddle1138 Batman_Daredevil Matt Murdock is blind and relies on his incredible sense of sound to orient his surroundings, something bats are known to be very apt at. Bruce Wayne is constantly grappling hooking around and jumping around off of buildings and just in general doing adrenaline junky type activities (base jumping, driving at incredibly fast speeds, etc) or done by someone you might call, a daredevil.

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5 New Comics to Kickstart Your Summer

With everyone hot on the spree of comic book movies hitting theaters, why not take it back to the source material? Here are 5 new comics to kickstart your summer!

Descender by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen

No one paints a picture quite like Dustin Nguyen, whose watercolors are well-known from his tenure on Batman and work on Lil’ Gotham. So when the man needs to illustrate robots taking over, I think he captured what we were all thinking…

Absolute fear and domination.
Absolute fear and domination.

With such striking visuals, we have a dark story about the destruction of a robotic future and an isolated sense of adventure. We follow a single robot left out of the great disaster as he finds purpose in a world that hate robots. Truly emotional, captivating, and dynamic, Descender is a modern-day Astro Boy and that is a beautiful thing.

Chrononauts by Mark Millar & Sean Murphy

Science Bros? Check. Time Travel? Check. Excellent art from Sean Murphy, known for The Wake and Punk Rock Jesus? Check. Helmed by writer Mark Millar of Superman: Red Son, Marvel’s Civil War, Kingsmen, and Kick-Ass fame? Quadrouple Check.

This book tackles time travel in an interesting way: the main protagonists innovate the science of horology by sending a drone into the past. What this drone does is record video of the past and the time travelers became famous because of their successful broadcast of the American Civil War as it happens. As the fame goes to their heads, we get a sense of who these hotshot bros are, who just happen to hold doctorate degrees. As their success show that time travel is possible, the climax of this is what happens once they venture into the past. This is one not to miss, as the accompanying art is dynamic and colorful? Don’t believe me? Just watch.

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Secret Identities by Brian Joines, Jay Faerber, Ilias Kyriazis, & Charlie Kirchoff

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Sometimes a refresher is needed when a majority of comics on the stands are about Marvel and DC characters who have been around forever. Secret Identities is the answer when all superhero titles seem to retread old territory. Taking place after an alien invasion, this world’s heroes, named The Front Line, are learning to work together as they are experiencing controversy, fame, new members, and global threats altogether. One huge highlight of the book, as a proponent of artists, is the intensely packed panel layouts and striking costume design.

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In this single splash page, the book pits the heroes in a dynamic battle and then resolves it, with everyone getting equal spotlight. The books leave plenty of room for character development, team chemistry, and just enough intrigue to separate this from the normal superhero fare.

Cyborg by David Walker & Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

The only book not currently out, I’ve been a huge fan of Cyborg ever since I was introduced to the character in the Teen Titans animated series. The show took influences from the New Teen Titans run by Wolfman & Pérez, such as character development, team dynamics, and the series arcs. Since then, I’ve seen Cyborg rise through the ranks to become a Justice League member (and even getting a future movie!). However, him getting his own series will show off this hero’s who is usually connected to every other team in DC. With the work of Ivan Reis bringing life to Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman, I’m excited to see what he does with Victor Stone.

Cyborg #1 debuts in July.

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Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman & Esad Ribic

It’s no lie that Marvel and DC are guilty of continuing event after event, with some of them adding up to nothing noteworthy in terms of consequences and relevancy. Secret Wars aims to tackle that problem by resulting in changes to the whole Marvel line. My big plus for the series is that this event has been in the making for over 3 years, when Jonathan Hickman took over both Avengers and New Avengers.

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This is what the Avengers have been dealing with in secret since the beginning of Marvel Now! and folks who have been following both Avengers titles are reaping the reward of sticking with these incredible titles in this huge Marvel event. While folks may be a bit confused, as the first issue shows off many Marvel mainstays in their current incarnations, the event looks to shape up life in Marvel as we know it. What Secret Wars is actually about it the main Marvel Universe colliding with the Ultimate Universe, an alternate Marvel that has been in development over the last 15 years. What happens when both worlds have to fight for their right to exist? We’ll see this summer! With Esad Ribic’s art showcasing beautiful chaos, Secret Wars is ambitious, but looks to succeed where other Marvel events have failed.

The talents of Esad Ribic, everybody.
The talents of Esad Ribic, everybody.

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Thoughts About Stuff: What if a Male Character was the Hero in Captain Marvel?

We’re not asking what if Captain Marvel was a guy, she is going to be Carol Danvers. When I say hero, I mean the person that saves the day at the very end with the city/country/world/universe in danger. So then what would happen if Carol Danvers was in a situation where she went toe to toe with her villain, and almost won, but ended up in a dangerous situation, and was saved by a supporting male character?

Would the internet explode in a huge rage? I’m pretty certain it would, but why? In the very first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it’s Pepper Potts that kills Obadiah Stane, not Tony Stark. In Thor: The Dark World, it’s Jane who creates the weapon for Thor to use to kill Malekith, in Iron Man 3, it is again Pepper Potts who actually kills the villain Aldrich Killian, and Black Widow closed the wormhole in The Avengers and certainly had a lot more to do with killing Alexander Pierce than Cap himself did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

So why would it upset people if Captain Marvel was saved by a male supporting character? It’s a question I’ve given a lot of thought, because recently there is an e-mail going around from one of the CEOs of Marvel listing unsuccessful female-lead movies.

If you haven’t seen it, this is what it says:

“From: “IP” 
To: “Lynton, Michael”
Subject: Female Movies
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400

Michael,
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples.  There are more.

Thanks,

Ike

1.  Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm

2.  Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film
was a disaster.  http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm


3.   Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie
came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.

Best,

Ike

I have not seen other e-mails in this conversation or the context, so if they are out there please correct me, but I don’t see anything in here about not doing female movies because those were movies were unsuccessful. This could just as easily be an e-mail about what to avoid doing when working on Captain Marvel. Like I said, I absolutely admit, I haven’t delved into deep research about the context, so if there is more to it proving that this e-mail is an argument against female lead movies, please let me know. But as of right now, it appears a lot of assumptions are being made.

The reason I’m discussing this in relation to the question posed in the title is that I’m just wondering if maybe, just maybe people are looking for a reason to be mad with Marvel sometimes. I understand getting behind Mark Ruffalo’s comment about the lack of Black Widow toys (a totally legit complaint), and Scarlett Johansson’s spoof on Marvel’s lack of a female lead movie, because Black Widow has proven she is incredibly popular among fans.

But why is it assumed that everything Marvel does now is in some way anti-feminist? This article about the e-mail above is one example, I’ve seen tweets where people are upset that Ant-Man has only one female character (even though it is slated to also have Haley Atwell and Judy Greer), and the anger over Black Widow being captured in Age of Ultron. And if Captain Marvel doesn’t deliver the finishing blow to the villain and is saved by a male character, I’m 99% there would be an internet rage shitstorm, even though Iron Man has never defeated any of his villains on his own, and twice where he was saved by Pepper.

All I’m saying is that there are reasons to be mad with Marvel like I mentioned earlier, the lack of apparel/toys for Black Widow is really disappointing and having no solo movie is also a letdown (it is worth noting Hawkeye doesn’t have one either though). But there are also things that people probably need to dial it back a bit on, the e-mail above is one example (again, if there is proof that this is an e-mail about not greenlighting female movies, let me know), and being mad at Ant-Man for only having Evangeline Lily on the poster seems pretty grumpy for the sake of being grumpy.

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Roundtable: Spider-Man And The MCU

It’s official. Spidey’s coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No one writer can tackle what’s going to happen, so the whole team is here to dissect what can happen to everyone’s favorite neighborhood hero.

From where would you like the MCU to draw inspiration from for Spider-Man’s new appearance?

Alex: I think the Ultimate Universe is a great place to begin dissecting a young Spider-Man. The Ultimates served as a great references point for The Avengers and I think using either Miles Morales or the ultimate Peter Parker are great ways for modern audiences to get into the character.

Brian: The 90’s animated series or The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Yeksson: Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man is a great place to start.  It’s hard to find anyone who didn’t appreciate said actor’s portrayal of the Web Head.

How do you feel about the MCU tackling Spider-Man’s origin (i.e. how are they supposed to explain Spider-Man’s presence in this world)?

Alex: If there’s one thing I don’t want to see, the origin story has to be that. So many great Spider-Man stories understand that the origin is part of the character, but does not necessarily define him. Spider-Man can grow and move on past his responsibilities without dwelling every single moment. I think the events of the attack on New York City (Avengers) inspires young people to act as heroes. One of those kids could be the bullied and beat down Peter Parker. While the spider-bite, Uncle Ben, and the Daily Bugle can be explained relatively quickly, we can enter a world where Spider-Man has been an active vigilante who may be discovered during the events of an upcoming film.

Brian: Spider-Man’s origin has been done so many times now, and honestly, I would prefer it be brushed over or implied to be understood later on, or just revisited in a small section later.

Yeksson: Just to troll Alex, I would like the MCU to include Uncle Ben’s death.  On the other hand, I feel that the Avengers are obviously super well known around the world within the MCU and perhaps NYC’s Spider-Man hasn’t caught attention on a global scale yet.

Many fans speculate Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War. In what other planned movies would you think Spider-Man would fit?

Alex: Doctor Strange and Spider-Man have always shared an interesting relationship and seeing a cameo in the Doctor Strange movie would be great. With Spider-Man child-like nature around the esteemed Doctor, I can see opportunities for them to balance each other. Spider-Man uses his constant rambling as a way of coping with the insane world around him, while Doctor Strange is both a professionally trained surgeon and the Sorcerer Supreme.

Brian: After credits scene of Age of Ultron where he webs the screen or something would be pretty cool.

Yeksson: The 3rd Avengers movie just to see more heroes in action.

In terms of looks, what would you like to see in a Spider-Man suit?

Alex: To be perfectly honest, Amazing Spider-Man 2 nailed the look down. Aside from the logo, everything about the suit was perfect. Big eyes, realistic suit a young man could’ve made, and real web shooters. Leave the real flashy stuff to Iron Man.

Brian: The Iron Spider.

Yeksson: I say the traditional red and blue works well in appealing to the masses.  Plus, you want the younger kids to hop on board with Spider-Man.

In the same respect, what actor could portray this universe’s Spider-Man?

Alex: I think the Spidey look lies within the youthful actors getting up in their careers. I wish Michael B. Jordan wasn’t tied to Johnny Storm for the upcoming Fantastic Four, for he could play a great Miles Morales, with his charm and seriousness blending so smoothly.michael-b-jordan
On the otherhand, for Peter Parker, I’d have to give Brenton Thwaites consideration based on looks and his performances in The Giver and Malificent.

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Brian:

Yeksson: Bring back Tobey Maguire.

Spider-Man is known for big mouth and his iconic team-ups. Of all of the MCU, who would you like to see Spider-Man banter with?

Alex: In the connected Marvel universe, we have the big time Avengers and the street level Defenders. In this connected world, I’d love to see a Daredevil and Spider-Man team up. No one puts Spidey back in his place than the super-loner Matt Murdock. With a tragic origin, a ruthless temper issue, and a long list of endless dying lovers, Daredevil never has a lot to smile and banter about, which perfectly contrasts Spider-Man’s daily struggles of managing work with family, dating, and super-heroics.

If they get this moment on film, it'll be a worthwhile crossover.
If they get this moment on film, it’ll be a worthwhile crossover.

Brian: Spider-Men, as in Miles Morales and Peter Parker together. If we’re talking current MCU, Spidey interacts with pretty much everyone, so I’ll say Iron Man for some fun science, but he also has a history of bantering with She-Hulk, which would imply that she exists, and I’m totally down with that.

Yeksson: I can’t say I have extensive knowledge of who Spider-Man has teamed with in the comics, let alone chemistries but from a MCU fan perspective, I think it would be amazing to see Spider-Man on screen with the likes of Iron Man and Thor.

Make sure to stay updated on Nerdswole, as we’ll cover any further developments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

 

Spider-Man Is Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Welp. Here we go. The prayers of fanboys and fangirls everywhere has been answered. Here is the press release in full if you want to read it.

The deal basically goes to say that first Spider-Man will be introduced in an MCU film and then have a standalone film that will be co-produced by Sony and Marvel in 2017.

Most of the wording and phrasing in the press release would suggest we will be getting a brand new Spider-Man and creative team (sorry fans of The Amazing Spider-Man). This will be especially fun to follow to see who we may see cast as a new Spider-Man. #DonaldForSpiderMan coming back maybe?

The common and easy speculation is that he will appear in Captain America: Civil War. However, it would not surprise me if Marvel wanted to get Spider-Man in the game as soon as possible. An Age of Ultron end of credits reveal/appearance doesn’t seem out of the question. Afterall, if there is so much global fighting, surely someone is defending New York right?

We’ll await more news as it comes out, but there is definitely a perfect panel to describe what’s going on here.

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Obviously, we’re all excited, but we have to pause and really commend Sony and Marvel for coming together on something I never imagined happening with the way the deals were structured.

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Roundtable: Cosplay in 2015.

With a new year it means new cons, and with new cons you can definitely expect some pretty incredible cosplay, and with that Nerd Swole wanted to talk about what to expect in 2015.

What cosplay did you see in 2014 that blew your mind?

Brian: 

Hulkbuster
’nuff said.

Alex:

Even more terrifying when you see this in person.
Even more terrifying when you see this in person.

Yeksson: 

Jessica Nigri, primarily because she cosplay as my 2nd favorite Eeveelution, Umbreon.
Jessica Nigri, because she cosplayed as my 2nd favorite Eeveelution, Umbreon.

What cosplay do you expect to see the most of in 2015?

Brian: I’d expect to see a lot more Star-Lord, considering the smash success that Guardians of the Galaxy was and the relative ease with which the costume could be made/obtained. I’d also expect Flash to be pretty popular considering the success of the TV show.

Alex: I’d say the Star Wars fan-base is about to triple due to the new comic, new trailer for Episode VII, and new projects such as Rebels and the upcoming Battlefront.

Yeksson: I honestly have no idea.  Maybe Little Mac will be up there due to the recent release of Super Smash Bros 4.

Which cosplay would you like to see in 2015?

Brian: Seeing a close to scale Ultron would be pretty dang cool.

Alex: I hardly see a few of these guys alone, let alone together, but a unified Green Lantern corps with all 5 lanterns, plus any of the other corps, would be incredible.

Yeksson: Seeing a CW Network inspired Flash would be really cool.

Sometimes a celebrity walks around on convention floors dressed up (Maisie Williams as Spider-Man, Bryan Cranston as Walter White), what celebrity-cosplay combo would you like to see?

Brian: It would probably make my life if Danny Pudi (Abed from Community) was dressed up as Batman.

Alex: It’d have to be Kevin Conroy as Batman. The voice alone is fanboy worthy.

Yeksson: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and him being in character would be a plus!

If the Nerd Swole team were to do an ensemble cosplay, what should it be?

Brian: As Team Nerd Swole, where we just wear our Nerd Swole shirts. Or maybe the non main 7 of the Justice League, considering I have an Arrow costume.

Alex: It’s more of a game than the costume, but if the Nerdswole team dressed up as sneaking characters in gaming (Batman from the Arkham series, Ezio from Assassin’s Creed, Joel from The Last of Us, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, etc) and tried sneaking around the Con floor, trying to get the jump on each other.

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Yeksson: 

For trolling purposes
For trolling purposes

…or three members of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,

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