When it comes to the Marvel films, most people have a good idea of who the characters are. However, as the MCU begins its next big phase, we as an audience are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters who are not going to get their own films to flesh them out. For viewers who have not read the comics, it can be confusing (and downright irritating when you meet those fans who have and are condescending about it). At the end of the day, you don’t have to read the comics to enjoy the films, or the Cinematic Universe as a whole. However, it can be helpful to know the comic origins of the characters who won’t be getting their own stand-alone films. Fortunately, I have read the comics and I have no qualms in helping my like-minded MCU fans fill in blanks and learn a little more about the characters they are seeing on the big screen.
This week, we’re taking a look at the under-appreciated, always amazing, and deadlier than her namesake….The Black Widow!
With coloring books saturating bookstore shelves, and articles popping up about their calming nature, coloring is clearly gaining in popularity. Hey grown ups! It’s cool to color now! That’s super cool for everyone, whether you believe in the psychology of not, but it’s ESPECIALLY cool for the geeks.
From Disney to Game of Thrones, specific fandom coloring books have been popping up everywhere! These one-time use books range from affordable to fairly expensive. Here are some reviews of the nerdier adult coloring books available:
Once upon a time, in a movie industry filled with dark adaptation after adaptation, a little company called Marvel came and reinvented how one makes a Superhero genre film, and the world has not been the same since. Now, in 2015, Marvel releases their next highly anticipated addition to their MCU, titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it has all the hype surrounding it that any film could wish for. But, does it indeed live up to such a grand status?
Ah, Marvel is at it again. This time we have yet another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to review. One that is indeed full of all the action, Sci-Bros, and Black Widow we want out of such an advertisement. If you haven’t checked it out, you can click it below in all its “Puppet String” glory.
“This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us.”
It’s not as catchy or menacing as Ultron’s “there are no strings on me,” but hey, it gets the point across. Even though any AoU release is going to rouse excitement, this trailer dropped like a feather pillow rather than the ton of bricks that trailer #1 did. In-between shots of terrified civilians running for their lives, we get Hawkeye arm porn, which is apparently so scandalous since the next time we see him he’s all covered up in practical gear. Not sure why, considering he’s chillaxing in the forest while things explode. Other highlights include Hulk playing soccer with a cop car, some frightening peeks at Natasha’s backstory, Andy Serkis doing who the hell knows what, lots of car damage, Black Widow hair porn, and HULKBUSTER ARMOR IN ALL ITS GLORY. *cue fan drooling* It’s a nice change from the last trailer where we saw Hulk giving it a beatdown.
Some of the footage is similar, albeit in a different order, but the new stuff does raise a few questions:
Yes, the moment has arrived. The first little bits of footage, knowledge, and fandom approved squeals have come to us all in the form a 2 minute and 17 second edited mash up. To some it was a sign from God (Stan Lee), to others it was just another average movie trailer, but to the rest of us it was just something we’ve been waiting to see for quite some time. Below the one, the only, The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser.
First let’s get this out of the way – Marvel has presented something truly unthinkable: they made Pinocchio bad ass. No, seriously, I am not joking, in the short span of this advertisement they were able to make not one, but two references to the Disney movie (cross promotion for the win) and make the little annoying puppet cooler than he has ever been before.
I’ll come right out and admit that my exposure to the Marvel universe is strictly film-based. In the past, I’ve always been more of a DC girl (though some recent faux-pas from DC as a company have made me rethink that these days). So I hope you’ll forgive my lack of comics canon knowledge on this one.
I do, however, have a great fondness for the Marvel movieverse and Paul Bettany. As mediocre a movie as it was, Bettany’s captivating performance in the Da Vinci Code was a total stand out. He’s a really talented actor, and I could definitely seeing him playing a superhero android like Vision.