In a world, where Marvel continues to make very well executed, but cookie-cutter factory-approved movies, exists a rare example of something that is more of a risk than their prior creations: Doctor Strange. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, along with an incredible supporting cast, the film takes us into a world of magic, “wizards”, and sassy one liners – the kind that Marvel needed more than they ever thought they did.
On Tuesday, Oct 25, Marvel author Chelsea Cain tweeted that she was facing online harassment, and deleted her Twitter account early the next day. Cain is an established novelist and writer of the Marvel series Mockingbird. Most of the harassment centered around a tweet she had made earlier last week about the comic’s cancellation, saying “We need to make sure @Marvel makes room for more titles by women about women kicking ass” and the cover for the 8th issue, which featured Mockingbird wearing a shirt that says, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”
Like in all great literature, comic books rely on two facets to deliver their stories: plot and character. Without a good plot, the audience will get bored, but without solid, interesting, well-developed characters, the story won’t stick with the audience after they’re finished reading. Balancing the two can be tricky. While I enjoy the fantastic escape that comics can provide the imagination, every now and then there are issues that master this trick and create something that truly tugs at the heartstrings and makes the audience think.
This week, I’ve pulled two issues that center around Ben Grimm, of the Fantastic Four. These two explore the importance of loving yourself and being surrounded by people who love you. While the themes of self-esteem and body confidence are not unusual for the ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing, these two issues in particular balance the character development with interesting, deeply personal, and well-told narratives rarely seen in the normally fast paced and action packed life led by the Fantastic Four. Let’s take a look at these two stories that should definitely be part of your reading lists.
Last week, our Comics Contributor Kat covered the first two issues of Marvel’s ongoing Civil War II arc. Although that particular story won’t wrap up until October of this year, Marvel Entertainment is already teasing viewers about what comes next. Today’s big announcement: Riri Williams will succeed Tony Stark as Iron Man.
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 reality altering, super powerful, spell casting wonder that is the Scarlet Witch.
The internet is blowing up right now with news that Captain America is… a Nazi. Or at the very least, Hydra. Supposedly, Steve Rogers has been Hydra all along, and readers are just now finding out about it. Why is this such an issue for Marvel readers? Steve Rogers has been the voice of the American comic fan since his creation during World War II. With the popularity of the recent movies, that patriotism has had a huge resurgence. There is so much vitriol being spewed at the book’s writer, Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel executives, and this is just the first issue! Geekettes Kayla and Carly teamed up to pen a calmer, but no less thought-provoking examination of the topic.
The hype was strong this past week as rapid-fire announcements were made about Black Panther‘s expanding cast. Unfortunately, we have to wait two years to see Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan accompany Chadwick Boseman on the big screen. To keep the hype train going, Marvel confirmed the actors and characters for a closer MCU installment, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Welcome Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Good versus Evil. The North versus The South. The Rebels versus The Empire. These are just a few of the great battles throughout history, non-fiction and otherwise. They were intense, blood filled, but someone came out on top, and whatever side you chose dictated quite a bit about yourself. Now in 2016, we have many other sides to chose, but the most important of all (in the nerd community that is) resides in the simple question: Are you Team Cap or Team Iron Man? Personal choice aside, both teams have an argument to be made. But until you see the evidence (aka Marvel’s latest release, Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers), the choice rests on your own inner nerdy core.
Warning: If you consider even the tiniest of mentions a spoiler, even if they are in the trailer, you might want to wait to read this review!
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 down right 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 is all about the ambassador, king, and millionaire from the most remote part of Africa (and also the most technologically advanced country). The Black Panther stalks the night!
1.) An individual who believes or represents the idea that existence is uncertain chaos and it is they who must fight a constant inner struggle concerning morality and assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without ever knowing what is truly good, bad, right, or wrong.
2.) Tony flippin’ Stark.