Friday, April 29, 2016

Marvel Characters Who Should Appear On Marvel's Most Wanted Part 1: The Swordsman



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already been used to introduce several classic Marvel Comics characters such as Deathlok, The Absorbing Man, and Blizzard and I feel like there are several more characters who would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe quite nicely. Now, with Marvel spinning off a show from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. called Marvel's Most Wanted it seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce several more classic characters. Now then, the first of these characters I feel needs to be on Marvel's Most Wanted is none other than The Swordsman. Now, their have been several men who have used the Swordsman identity over the years but I am speaking about the original Swordsman, Jacques Duquesne. Before I tell you how he would fit into both Marvel's Most Wanted. and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe allow me to briefly sum up his history.



Taken from Wikipedia: "Jacques Duquesne was born to a wealthy French family in the French occupied fictional Southeast Asian nation of Sin-Cong. Unlike his father and other French people living in Sin-Cong Jacques held no prejudice against the native people and was asked to join a communist rebellion against the French after openly helping his Asian servant. Jacques was given a costume and, in his mind, became the freedom fighter The Swordsman. However, after helping overthrow French rule his father was murdered by the rebellions leader Wong Chu. Wong Chu insulted Jacques for siding with people who hated him and soon Jacques left Southeast Asia a broken man. Jacques Duquesne began to show up at various circuses and carnivals under the Swordsman name performing tricks with swords, daggers, and various other bladed weapons. The Swordsman eventually ended up the star performer at the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders, however he was far from wealthy as he had descended into both gambling and drunkenness. It is at this point that The Swordsman took a young runaway by the name of Clint Barton under his wing. Barton would go on to become the Avenger Hawkeye and the greatest enemy of The Swordsman.  Eventually The Swordsman was busted stealing money from the carnival promoter by none other than Clint Barton, however years later it would be revealed the promoter was cheating Jacques of money owed to him. The Swordsman would float around as a sword for hire for years before becoming an agent of The Mandarin. It was the Mandarin who would build the Swordsman's sword from alien technology. The Swordsman would then join the Avengers while secretly working for Mandarin and come to find he liked being a hero, although circumstances would force him back into villainy. Swordsman would straddle the fence between hero and villain for years before sacrificing his life to save the life of fellow Avenger Mantis."



The Swordsman would fit perfectly into Marvel's Most Wanted and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Using The Swordsman on Marvel's Most Wanted would allow a peak into the past of Hawkeye without actually needing Jeremy Renner to make an appearance on the show. This tease of Hawkeye's past would also lead to greater interest in one of the "lesser" Avengers. The Swordsman connection to The Mandarin would allow more insight into the actual Mandarin, the real Mandarin was only hinted at in the Marvel one shot movie All Hail the King, and allow this character to get more backstory and set him up for a debut in Iron Man 4. Lastly, as a villainous mercenary with realistic powers and a technology based weapons it would give Bobbi and Hunter a villain they could fight on equal footing while also show that everyday villains have been upping the ante since the appearance of The Avengers. Lastly, a Swordsman appearance would also show how good intentions and idealism can go wrong, showing us how Bobbi and Hunter could easily slip over to the other side. Another great thing the Swordsman could bring to the show would be the idea of mercenaries being made and paid to hunt down heroes and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents hinting at bigger villains and even more classic characters and evil organizations from the Marvel Comics being active in the MCU.



Well, that puts an end to part 1 of Characters Who Should Appear On Marvel's Most Wanted. Although I have quite a few characters already in mind for this ongoing series of post I am always open to suggestions from anyone who reads this, As always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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Avengers Age of Ultron: Crazy Theory #2 The Vision didn't kill Ultron!


Once again we are back with a crazy Avengers Age of Ultron theory, this time I will be telling you why The Vision did not in fact kill Ultron at the end of the movie. First off, every major death in the MCU has been completely on screen and in your face. In Age of Ultron we see Quicksilver get gunned down, in Daredevil we see the piles of bodies The Punisher leaves behind, and in Jessica Jones we see Jessica walk over and snap the neck of The Purple Man. None of these deaths can be denied or seen as anything else. However, in Age of Ultron when The Vision "kills" Ultron the camera does something very odd...it pans out.



Now, one could argue that the death was off screen to maintain the Avengers no killing stance, letting the kids know that heroes do not kill and all that. However, during Ant-Man we clearly see Ant-Man cause the death of Darren Cross by causing Cross' suit to malfunction and implode with Darren still inside so that nullifies that argument. We also can eliminate any arguments against seeing a bloody death scene out due to Ultron being a robot. So, where does that leave us? Well, we know that The Vision considers himself a force of life as opposed to Ultron's force of death so killing Ultron would not be in character for Vision. Add to the fact that The Vision clearly states he doesn't want to kill Ultron because Ultron is unique. Add in to the fact that Ultron used part of his own programming to create Vision and we have a robot that is not just created by Ultron but a part of him. In the comics it is this "piece" of Ultron inside of The Vision that not only prevents The Vision from destroying Ultron but makes him try to restore him should Ultron ever fall. So, if I don't think Ultron was killed by The Vision, what do I think?



Simple, he allowed his body to be disintegrated while his mind was absorbed into the Mind Stone. It is through the Mind Stone that Ultron will come back and inadvertently allow Thanos to acquire the last Infinity Stone during Avengers Infinity War Part 1. You see, inside The Vision there will be a nagging at the back of his mind which is Ultron telling him to build another body and release Ultron once again. Ultimately I believe that Ultron being inside The Mind Stone will also be how The Avengers defeat Thanos, since Ultron would not want to serve a flesh bag like Thanos and thus from inside The Infinity Gauntlet he will bring Thanos down. So, what do you guys think? Is Ultron done for good? Will The Vision resurrect Ultron? Is the Vision trying to rehabilitate Ultron with the Mind Stone? As always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

3 Movies The Marvel MCU Needs For Phase 4!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU as we geeks tend to refer to it, is chugging away with plans extending all the way into 2028 if rumors are to be believed. With that said there are a number of Marvel properties that deserve to be involved in the MCU. With that said I submit to you, 3 Movies The Marvel MCU Needs For Phase 4!





Marvel Team-Up is a property Marvel can use to help launch lesser known characters while still making money hand over fist. This is exactly the strategy the comic book Marvel Team-Up used to help launch comics of new heroes, get eyes on comics with declining sales, or to give the fans a great adventure between two or more characters that might never interact otherwise. The MCU is full of heroes that many consider B-Level at best so they will never get their own movie, but a Marvel Team-Up movie would be totally plausible. Imagine Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and Hawkeye, Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and The Falcon, or Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and Hercules! The Possibilities are endless and despite my toting of Spider-Man being the figurehead for a Marvel Team-Up movie series you could use any other the "big" heroes like Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America. Heck, a Marvel Team-Up Netflix series featuring The Hulk would also work in my opinion. Whatever the route they choose, a Marvel Team-Up film series needs to happen!



The Thunderbolts are like a Marvel version of the Suicide Squad with a few key differences. First off, The Thunderbolts are not seen by the public as villains. The fact that they are villains is a secret not known to anyone outside the group. Secondly, The Thunderbolts are embraced by the people of the Marvel Universe as a team on the level of the Avengers. Lastly, these villains turned heroes are not gritty and prepared to die, no they are trying to pull off the greatest con in Marvel comics history. A con they succeed at for many months until they reveal themselves and attack the Avengers. At the heart of The Thunderbolts is B-List villains that turned into A-List heroes despite their best efforts not to and the struggle to go through with their plan or remain as beloved icons. We already know Baron Zemo is in Captain America: Civil War so having him transition into Citizen V would be an easy task. Toss in some previously mentioned villains from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. like Blizzard and Graviton along with a few villains from the MCU that have been M.I.A. since their defeat like The Abomination and you have a team that could be seen as The Avengers equals. With a few of the villains already having tragic back stories, it won't be hard to imagine them wanting to stay as heroes while Zemo tries to get them to turn back into villains. Hawkeye briefly le this team in the comics so if they wanted to add him to the group it would add an extra level to things. However they handle it, this would make a great movie.



With many people already saying that we are getting oversaturated with superheroes a group of anti-heroes and monsters would be a great way to freshen things up. The Midnight Sons would be a great way to shift focus from Iron Man as the MCU figurehead to Dr. Strange. Imagine Dr. Strange gathering a group to handle the various supernatural threats popping up around the globe. With characters like Blade and Ghost Rider already having movies based on them the MCU could adapt certain elements of those movies and ditch the need for origin stories like they did with The Incredible Hulk movie starring Ed Norton. Another thing this could do is give Marvel and the MCU a reason to make R rated movies with these events almost separate from the main MCU. It would be like a second MCU that operated in the shadows adding a gritty realism and dark tone that shows that everything isn't all sunshine and rainbows.

So, what do you guys think? Would these be good ideas for movies? Should Marvel Studios consider making one or all of these? As always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Stealing DC's Thunder: The Squadron Supreme in the MCU


 
Even with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice debuting to mixed Warner Brothers is forging ahead with its plans to make a Justice League movie. Now, many people are saying that comic book movies and television shows are reaching a tipping point, with market oversaturation and diminishing returns right around the corner. Now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoyed huge success and has several films and TV shows on the horizon, so it would behoove them to squash all DC plans to make more lackluster movies. Now, there isn't anything that Marvel can do legally to stop them from making movies except to do it first and much better. Well, Marvel has done just that according to some but DC is still moving ahead with its plans. So, what could Marvel do to stop this market oversaturation and put DC off of making movies in the near future? Marvel could introduce the Squadron Supreme to the MCU!


Who are the Squadron Supreme? Well, according to Wikipedia "The Squadron Supreme first appeared in Avengers #85–86 (February–March 1971) and were created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema." However, that is not the first appearance from these characters. You see, the Squadron Supreme is based off the Squadron Sinister a group of near identical members, except these guys were evil. Once again, according to Wikipedia "The Squadron Sinister first appeared in the final panel of The Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969) and were created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema." The Squadron Sinister consisted of four members, Hyperion, Nighthawk, Doctor Spectrum, and The Whizzer with each member based off one of DC Comics most popular characters. In case you couldn't tell which was which, Hyperion is based off of Superman. Nighthawk is based off of Batman. Doctor Spectrum is based off of Green Lantern. Finally, The Whizzer is based off of The Flash. Over the years they have added new members to the roster with Amphibian being based off of Aquaman. The Skrullian Skymaster, originally just The Skrull, being based off of Martian Man Hunter. Power Princess being based off of Wonder Woman. Golden Archer, originally called Hawkeye then the Black Archer, is baed off of Green Arrow. Skylark, originally Lady Lark, based off of Black Canary. Tom Thumb loosely based on The Atom. Blue Eagle, originally American Eagle then Cap'n Hawk, based off of Hawkman. Arcanna being based off of Zatanna. Lastly, Nuke is based off of the DC Character Firestorm. Eventually the Squadron Supreme got their own comic book limited series and added to their back story several villains based off of DC Characters as well as original creations with no DC Comics origins.

 

With that quick and basic introduction as to who the Squadron Supreme are, you may be wondering how and why Marvel would introduce them into the MCU. Well, there are two ways Marvel could use them to kill DC Comics hopes of getting a Justice League movie to be as big or even bigger than the Avengers. The first way would be to introduce them as a group of villains from another dimension that escaped into ours during an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With that basic set-up and a brief on screen appearance the stage would be set to debut the Squadron Sinister/Supreme in Avengers Infinity War Part 1. I'd have The Avengers brought together to face this team, then completely mop the floor with these DC analogues, showing that Marvel is the better brand. This could all be done in the first ten minutes of the movies with Iron Man quipping that they could have called in just him to deal with these "losers." The audiences world wide would realize these characters were basically the Justice League and DC Comics would be completely embarrassed and forced to reconsider their Justice League plans.


The second way, and the way in which I would want these characters brought out and used would be to once again introduce them in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a team of heroes from another dimension. I'd quickly show some highlights of their powers in action so we get a real sense of what they can do. I'd then debut the team in a Netflix or ABC produced series which would lead up to a full length feature film that sees the team leave their dimension and join the MCU with no hope of returning home thrown in for good measure. With a back to basics approach Marvel could give DC Comics fans the versions of their heroes they want and ruin the darker, grittier versions of the Justice League once and for all. Not only would Marvel kill off the chances of a Justice League movie they would gain DC Comics fans fed up with the distorted versions of the beloved characters they grew up with.

Well, there you have it folks, the sure fire way Marvel can stick it to DC Comics and Warner Brothers while also making a little money. Feel free to comment, like, share, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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