Marvel Studios Phase IV-What can be some new franchises? *Spoilers for Infinity War*

Since 2008, across TV and film, Marvel’s been committing many of their properties to live-action in the shared Marvel cinematic universe. There’s 21 films-with 3 in production (Captain Marvel,  Ant-Man and the Wasp, and of course, Avengers 4) Four TV shows on networks and cable, Seven streaming series, five short films and two webisode series. Phew!…and more coming, naturally.

However, there are some corners the MCU hasn’t looked at yet. The big one of course is Fantastic Four and X-men, who are now more or less fair game once the Disney/FOX merger is complete. But everybody knows they’re going to show up or be worked into MCU sooner or later.

 

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A Black Widow project is also in the works, but that’s pretty much confirmed so there’s not much need to discuss that.

 

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However, there’s still unexplored stuff from what they currently own.

First up, Nova. The Nova Corps are already established in the MCU, as they appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, mainly represented by Glenn Closes’s Nova Prime, John C Reilly’s Rhomann Dey, and Peter Serafinowicz.

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We learn that Xander was Thanos’s first stop in collecting the stones in Infinity War (The purple power stone, the macguffin of Guardians) and presumably destroyed most of the corps doing that. In the comics, a similar attack is what spurs Rhomann to journey to earth, where he transfers his powers to teen Richard Ryder.

 

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(The Novas are basically pretty much Marvel’s take on the “Green Lantern” concept, you could say, although Rider is a teenager kind of like Peter Parker as opposed to Hal Jordan the air force pilot.) Later, a new character, Sam Alexander, also becomes a member of the Nova corps.

So basically you’ve got the setup for Nova right there already, and producer Kevin Feige has said that a Nova film is probably coming (I’m presuming Guardians III might also build on him as well, as well as the destruction of Xander).

 

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She-Hulk is Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner. She’s also a lawyer. However, during a case, she was shot, and Bruce, who was visiting, gave her a blood transfusion.

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Which of course, due to the gamma-irradiated blood, led to her developing her own green skinned transformation.

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However, unlike her destructive cousin’s alter-ego(s), She-Hulk retained her identity (and for the most part, the ability to switch back into human form and back again without stress/anger, although this was temporarily taken away from her-although she often preferred her She-Hulk appearance, which, apart from being taller and green, wasn’t quite as distorted as the Hulk’s features), and was able to be both an effective lawyer and superhero, and became a long time member of the Avengers and one of the occasional reserve members of the Fantastic Four, as well as on a few other teams. Also, long before Deadpool did it, she often broke the fourth wall.

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Although there’s been some recent changes to the character which have made her more like her cousin, due in part to a massive injury and the death of her cousin during the second “Civil War” crossover (although she seems to be getting “better” recently, restored to her green self but still looking a bit more like her cousin)

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Question is, how would a She-Hulk movie work? While the Hulk in the current MCU is realized using CG, She-Hulk’s largely a different case for many reasons.

I’m thinking perhaps they could do something like Chris Evans in the first Captain America film-use CG to have She-Hulk be ‘shrunk’ in human form, while having the same actress-a tall woman, of course, and painted green (Hey, it worked for Gamora) be the regular She-Hulk.

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Fan’s choice has been Angie Harmon for years, but we’ll see I guess, if they decide to go ahead with one.

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On a side note, there were some publicity shots taken for a She-Hulk TV movie in the late 80s/early 90’s with Brigette Nielsen (An actress who was fairly prolific in the 80s for co-starring in action movies such as Cobra, Beverly Hills Cop II, Rocky IV etc.) that Bill Bixby was interested in creating. Pretty sure it only got as far as a few publicity shots.

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Also, it’s a bit unclear, but it’s possible She-Hulk’s rights are sort of tangled…although not 100% confirmed, the reason we haven’t had a Hulk solo movie since the Disney purchase-despite the popularity of the Mark Rufallo take-is that the rights for a solo outing are still tied to Universal.

 

 

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The Thunderbolts were kind of an interesting concept for a team-basically, in 1996, the “Onslaught” crossover happened, in which a giant monster that was basically a mix of Professor X and Magneto caused a lot of mayhem. At the end of the conflict, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four were presumed dead (They were actually resurrected/ transported to another world with new ‘memories’, in the “Heroes Reborn” imprint-long story), leaving Earth pretty much stuck with the X-men and some of the more street-level heroes like Spider-Man & Daredevil around, as well as a Hulk who had become separated from Bruce Banner again (and becoming more savage and destructive than the relatively sober “merged” Hulk).

Into this vacuum emerged the Thunderbolts, seemingly out of nowhere, as a new superhero group. However, they were in fact, the Masters of Evil, a supervillain group once responsible in part for trashing Avengers mansion in the 1980’s, as well as other battles with the Avengers over the years, who were posing as heroes to deceive the world.

 

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However, the Thunderbolts discovered that they kind of didn’t mind being heroes, and many of the team actually decided to stick with the heroism (minus the deception). They also welcomed a new leader in Hawkeye, as well. (Hawkeye’s comics incarnation was, himself, briefly a villain).

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….and of course he helped Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join the team (Although Quicksilver didn’t quite last that long).

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The team has of course gone through many shakeups over the years, with many different leaders (even the Green goblin at one point!) The current incarnation of the group is led by the Winter Soldier, so either he or the Hawkeye connection could work out well in film.

The only major problem is that a lot of the MCU villains are dead, and a lot of the main characters in the comics-Songbird, Atlas etc…. haven’t been introduced yet. I suppose that they could sort of introduce them in one movie. Worked with Guardians.

 

Technically, we’ve had a similar concept in the DCEU’s “Suicide Squad” as well, although the movie’s quality is up to the reader…

 

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Avengers: Infinity War-Where do we go from here? *SPOILERS*

“There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could.”-Nick Fury

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Infinity War has been released; and it’s possible that the Marvel universe has changed dramatically, although it’s also fair to say that a lot of the deaths-in particular the ‘ashes’ deaths created by Thanos getting all the stones-won’t stick-especially since most of the deaths are those of characters who are still relatively new to the new MCU-Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther all have had successful solo films that could branch into future sequels-especially true in Spider-Man and Black Panther’s case (and sequels of course have already been greenlit).Also, with all the Guardians ‘dead’ except for Rocket, I’m pretty most of them will be restored by the also greenlit Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Although Gamora might be absent, seeing as she died a different way. This could perhaps mean a new female lead for the series. Although the comics briefly used the X-men’s Shadowcat as the leader, she was mainly a stand-in for her fiance at the time, Star Lord (Hence, “Star Lady”) who was jailed; and of course there’s the whole thing of the X-men not yet incorporated into the MCU yet….

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…or maybe a certain Captain who Nick Fury just summoned to Earth to maybe help with the conflict….

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Anyway, the Avengers aren’t in great shape either, but it’s worth noting that, despite all their losses, the original lineup-provided Hawkeye didn’t die offscreen-is fully intact, although Hulk doesn’t want to emerge from Banner quite yet (although Banner still could perhaps easily restore the Hulkbuster armor, and it’s possible the green Goliath could still make an appearence).

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It’s also possible that maybe-maybe-Vision isn’t as far gone as we think-his body is, after all, still intact minus one mind stone, although it’s possible Shuri was somehow able to isolate his persona from that. The androids was incapacitated in the classic Kree-Skrull war storyline (Which we might see in some form in “Captain Marvel”.)….and Ant-Man was brought in to fix things (Although this was the Hank Pym version). So maybe Scott Lang-who perhaps still has a part to play-will be doing something similar.

 

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There’s the possibility however that the revived Vision will lack some of his humanity, something that happened in the “Visionguest” storyline in the late 80s/early 90s.

The resulting Vision had a white look for about five years before returning to his familiar look, and also did not have any real emotional links. His relationship with Wanda/Scarlet Witch fell apart and-despite eventually getting emotions again-never really recovered in the comics. But we’ll see if this happens in the films, if he’s even revived at all.

 

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As for the refugees from Asgard….well, I think the writing’s on that wall from the last Avengers movie. People at the time assumed that this was going to be a reference to Thor Ragnarok, but it looks like it was this instead, with the Asgardians all in “Hel”.

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  • Heimdall: Is it him? Is that the first son of Odin?
  • Thor: Heimdall, your eyes?!
  • Heimdall: Oh, they see everything. They see you leading us to Hel. Wake up!
  • Thor: I can still save you.
  • Heimdall: We are all dead. Can you not see? You’re a destroyer, Odinson. See where your power leads.

Add to that, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are extremely busy actors at the moment, and I believe in several interviews they’ve stated they’re not likely to come back, at least for now.

 

…..although there’s still one lady unaccounted for…

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There’s also the guestion of new players on the field. In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2″‘s post-credits sequence, we’re introduced to the cocoon of Adam Warlock.

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Warlock plays a big part in the original Infinity Gauntlet storyline….in fact, he pretty much ends the whole thing. However, I doubt they’ll bring him in. He was important to the original Guardians storyline in part because he had a history with Thanos already in the comics, whereas in the MCU he’s not technically ‘born’ yet so it’d be kind of weird to have him stick around.

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….and of course Captain Marvel. Both the Carol Danvers incarnation and her predecessors have tangled with the Titan.

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….and then there’s Nebula. In the comics, Nebula is reduced to a corpse-like state by Thanos at the beginning of the saga. This isn’t all too dissimilar from what happens to her in “Infinity War” with her cyborg implants all removed and messed up in order to coax the location of the soul stone from Gamora.

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Thanos keeps her as a sort of grotesque pet, but when deciding to use the gauntlet to become omnipotent (but apparently not omniscient) he has an ‘out of body’ experience, that leaves of course his body prone-and the stones perfect for the taking….

 

Oops.

 

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This puts Thanos in the unlikely position of actually siding with the heroes (Who eventually are resurrected entirely). However, Thanos manages to use Nebula’s own inexperience and madness against her, and ultimately this leads the gauntlet falls to Warlock (in the original storyline, that is).

Thanos retires to a peaceful life for a time, although he eventually returns to his villainous ways, especially  by the time of  2013’s “Infinity”, a storyline which used the Black Order we saw in Infinity War. However, “Infinity War” does sort of show that Thanos, although kind of nuts, does feel a sort of remorse for his actions. So maybe Farmer Thanos isn’t too far off an ending….

 

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….as for the stones themselves, either they might get destroyed, or perhaps they’ll fall into new hands. In the comics, each stone was given to the Infinity Watch-a line-up which included Thanos for a while as well!

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….although eventually-and perhaps this is a more likely outcome-they were split among Marvel’s “Illuminati”, a group of Marvel’s “smart” heroes or major leaders. (Although in MCU, Dr. Strange already has the time stone of course). Although Namor, Professor X, and Reed are absent from this lineup in MCU, and I’m not quite sure they’d use Black Bolt given the ‘meh’ the Inhumans TV series got,…

 

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the Marvel series’s lineup of Illuminati has changed over the years anyway…so you can easily substitute Bruce Banner, T’ Challa (or Shuri, even) Hank Pym etc.

But we’ll see what happens. MCU doesn’t always follow the comics, but it certainly borrows many ideas from them, or flips them around. Nevertheless, it’s one hell of a cliffhanger in “Inifnity War”, and we’ll see how it all eventually ends next summer.

 

Star Wars: Return of the Marvel Part II: Vader in the dog house

Marvel’s “Darth Vader” series ran cocurrently with their Star Wars comics, featuring at first, the tale of Vader’s humiliation after Yavin and his attempt to discover the identity of the mysterious boy who destroyed the Death Star and-as related in the Star Wars monthly-possessed his old lightsaber and was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

 

Kieron Gillien, who was noted for his runs on X-men and Iron Man, became the writer (and now he’s currently writing the latest arc of the Star Wars monthly) while Salvador Larocca-also an X-men vet-was the artist.

 

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Following Vader screwing up both the Death Star *and* Cymoon-1, Palpatine is of course not pleased, and technically demotes Vader, placing him under the authority of General Tagge, the officer in Star Wars who warned Admiral Motti that the rebellion was no laughing matter. Turns out he left the station before it was destroyed (Which makes sense, as he doesn’t appear in that many later scenes along with other members of the DS council-Motti, Bast, and of course, Tarkin).

 

I can’t help but wonder setting up Tagge as a rival for Vader here was a nod to the old Marvel comics, where the Tagge family became a major thorn in Vader’s side. (Although in that continuity, now “Legends” Tagge died along with Tarkin and Motti on the Death Star).

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Vader-somewhat unnerved by this and the Emperor talking with another agent-a man called Cylo with an alien eye and other enhancements-he heads to Tatooine, appearing before Jabba the Hutt much like his son would years later-in part, to request a deal for his resources as had been the intention on Cymoon-1, but also to gain two bounty hunters-Boba Fett and the Wookie Black Krrsantan-to aid him. Fett would try to find the identity of the boy (Luke) while Krrsantan would try to uncover what was up with the Emperor’s agent.

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Vader also takes the time to indulge in his favorite Tatooine past-time. No, not Podracing…

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Vader-not too pleased with servitude under Tagge and seeking to earn his way back into the Emperor’s favor, starts to work to undermine the “Grand general”‘s authority, using a pirate attack to frame Tagge’s agent….

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…As well as meeting some old Clone Wars enemies (although modified)

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Vader, impressed with the souped-up Droidekas, decides to find the woman who had modified and programmed them- Doctor Aphra, a former archaeologist and droid programmer (and now a lady with her own comic, but I’ll get into that a bit later).

 

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….but soon he’ll have to content with his rival for the Emperor’s favor-Cylo IV-and of course, certain personal revelations coming to him via Boba Fett very soon…

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Star Wars Comics history-Return of the Marvel Part One)

*Jumping ahead a bit here from the other Star Wars comics history, but don’t worry, I’ll get back to the many Dark Horse Star Wars comics eventually!*

In 2009, Disney studios bought Marvel.

In 2012, in a surprising move, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, launching new films (Of which we now have III). For over twenty years, Dark Horse comics held the licence to the comics, mixing post-ROTJ fiction with spin-off stories such as Crimson Empire and Rogue Squadron, as well as a great deal of prequel tales, with some of their continuity bleeding over to the films themselves (The blue Twi’lek Jedi, Aayla Secura).

However, by 2014 the licence shifted back to Marvel, along with much of Dark Horse’s canon relegated to non-canon status (or “Legends”) . Marvel’s initial line-up for the series was an ongoing monthly series, a 25 issue Darth Vader series that pretty much tied in with that series (A second Vader monthly was launched recently, but is set at an earlier time after ROTS, although “Doctor Aphra” continues the adventures of characters introduced in DV, although with fewer appearances by the Man in Black) and a rotating series of limited series focusing on a character, starting with Princess Leia.

 

For this article we’ll focus on the first few arcs of the ongoing monthly.

 

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The series was written first by Jason Aaron, well-known at Marvel for his X-men and Thor work. It was drawn by John Cassidy, who had a memorable run on Astonishing X-men with Joss Whedon.

The series begins with the rebels, fresh off the Yavin victory, heading towards Cymoon-1, an Imperial factory world, in order to destroy it. Han-not quite on the Empire’s most wanted list yet-tries to pose as an emissary of Jabba the Hutt, while Luke and Leia try to destroy the facility and also free Imperial prisoners at the same time. Unfortunately, the mission quickly goes south when Vader arrives, and Luke finds himself meeting his father in person for the first time. Except he doesn’t know it yet. Vader however, is kind of puzzled that the boy has his old lightsaber, although he does get a partial answer-that he was trained, in part, by his old friend turned enemy Obi-Wan.

 

 

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Before Vader can interrogate Luke any further, however Han literally crashes the party by commandeering an AT-AT. He also attempts to smoosh Vader with it, but Vader’s got an advantage…..

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Although he doesn’t get stepped on, Han uses the AT-AT’s blasters on him which knock his helmet off-and once Vader recovers, isn’t too happy about that and would rather not his face be shown. Scratch one Stormtrooper witness.

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Eventually, the factory is destroyed and the group escape, although this encounter leaves Luke and Vader with more questions about each other’s identity. Luke takes a leave of absence for the alliance, while Han and Leia go on a scouting mission of their own, but end up getting shot down by TIE fighters. Their unlikely savior? Solo’s “wife” Sana, although this in fact part of a con he had pulled years before.

 

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Meanwhile, looking for more answers, Luke goes back to Tatooine to see if he can glean anything from Obi-Wan’s hut (He does find a journal). However, Vader has also hired Boba Fett to capture him. Although he’s unable to capture the young jedi, he’s able to glean something else from one of Luke’s fellow Tatooine youths. A name: Luke Skywalker.

 

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These events sort of match up with the “Darth Vader” monthly, in which Boba tells Vader the name of the youth (I’ll cover the DV issues a bit later). Vader-shocked by this revelation and that the Emperor sort of lied to him, uses his force powers to crack a Star Destroyer window, and vows to not only make Luke his, but the Empire as well….

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Marvel after “Infinity War” I-Fantastic Fourth Times the charm?

It’s been stated that the upcoming Avengers films-the third and fourth-will be a sort of ‘back to back’ production dealing with the team and their allies (including the Guardians of the Galaxy)-battling the “Mad Titan” Thanos, a character that’s been sprinked through the Marvel films. Thanos’s guest is mainly to assemble the six Infinity gems-each controlling an aspect of the universe with almost limitless power. Once he gets all six, he’s pretty much omnipotent. The movie’s storyline-of course with some changes-is based on the “Infinity Gauntlet” series and it’s sequels, which came out largely in the 90’s (although they still have the occasional sequels today).

 

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It’s been stated by Kevin Fiege that the films are sort of a “finale” but that Marvel has at least twenty films planned after that. Here in these articles, I wonder what’s left for them to cover….starting with Marvel’s “First family”.

 

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Fantastic” Fourth time’s the charm?

Reportedly, Disney is doing another round of negotiations with at least the film division of twentieth century Fox, which has been holding on to the film rights of the Fantastic Four and the X-men for quite some time. Such a deal would-presumably-bring the FF back under the umbrella of Disney and Marvel studios. Fox’s attempts to adapt the team to film have had somewhat of a mixed reaction; the 2005-2007 releases were OK, but the 2015 Josh Trank film was a legendary flop. IMHO, having them integrated into the MCU sounds a lot better than the rumored “Franklin and Valeria” or “Doom” spinoffs FOX is planning to do on it’s own.

Bringing the film back into Marvel could have some more reference for the source material, and it also works because the FF are more ingrained in the going-ons of the Marvel Universe in the comics (Not now of course, as the title has been canceled for a while, but in the past), while the X-men have largely been doing their own thing. Pretty much every FF member for instance, has been an Avenger at one time or another, and even some Avengers have crossed over to the FF.

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Plus why not finally see on screen one of the greatest comic book rivalries of all time?

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Also, many characters and aliens introduced in FF have been integrated into the MCU already. Ronan the Accusser and the Kree race for starters…

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and the Inhumans…

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Plus, y’know, it’d be great to have a decent Doctor Doom for once….

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And especially Galactus.

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Yeah, the general look of Galactus might need some tweaking, but I think Thor Ragnarok in particular managed to capture the “Kirby” look without making it look too silly. And anything’s better than that cloud.

 

 

Speaking of Avengers joining the FF…

 

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She-Hulk

Jennifer Walters is Bruce Banner’s cousin, a lawyer who was shot, and then who got a blood transfusion from him, turning her into the She-Hulk. However, unlike her cousin, she mostly retains her personality (although a bit more uninhibited), and the transformation, while making her more muscular, taller, and with often longer hair, doesn’t look as somewhat neanderthalish as the Hulk does on ocassion.

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Her various series have also tended to be more based on comic relief, and her appearances in the other titles have her be more of an active, responsible hero than her unpredictable and often dangerous cousin. (Although this has lately changed in the comics, much to the chagrin of some fans like myself). During a large chunk of the 80’s, she became a member of the Fantastic Four when the Thing decided to self-exile himself on Battleworld…..

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Since then she’s ocassionally stuck around as a reservist, in particuarly when the main FF were off on an outer space adventure for a bit.

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The problem with a solo She-Hulk film may be in She-Hulk’s look herself. While the CG used for Hulk is pretty good, It’s partially because the Hulk isn’t a very realistic character. Lou came close of course….

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but I think it’s generally agreed that the Rufallo Hulk looks more like the actual comic character.

 

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However, the more human appearence of She-Hulk might be a bit more of a CG hurdle. Granted, the films have done well with CG,  managing to shrink Chris Evans for a good deal of the FF movie. Perhaps have the ‘full’ She-Hulk be mainly a tall woman in green makeup.  After all, they have some experience with that already…

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There actually was one previous attempt at a She-Hulk film, with Brigette Nielsen in the role. However, the film was never made, apart from these makeup tests here.

 

Star Wars comics history-Experience it for the first time in 3D!

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Star Wars has had an interesting history with 3D. While the current Disney films are of course 3D (It’s hard to think of big budget blockbusters these days which *don’t* have a 3D option, save maybe the Bond films which have stayed away from the trend), Star Wars has dabbed in it long before Disney.

TOPPS has of course made many card lines using “lenticular” technology-something that’s often used on Blu-Ray/DVD covers (especially the 3D ones, naturally).

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And of course, there’s this-The 2012 re-release of The Phantom Menace, which also featured a lot of heavy marketing-and of course, a heavily mixed reaction. Lucas also intended to 3D the remaining episodes as well, but only II-III seemed to have finished conversions, which were never released wide and screened only at conventions (I think).

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I can’t help but wonder if the lukewarm reaction to the film was one of the reasons George decided to sell the franchise to Disney later that same year.

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But anyway, back to the comics. Blackthorne Publishing, a short-lived comics company known mainly for reprints of classic comic strips and 3D comics for various franchises at the time, did a short Star Wars 3D comic, using the traditional 3D “tech” of the time, with red/blue pages.  This came out during Star Wars’s 10th anniversary, and between the end of the original Marvel series in 1986, and Dark Horse acquiring the license in 1991 (and keeping it for the next 23 years).

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The comics are set between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, and tell of the Rebels fleeing to Hoth, although the first issue has Luke revisit Tatooine and give the Lars farm to an alien.

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The series ends with Luke confronting Vader on Dantoine (Site of an abandoned rebel base, as mentioned in the original film.) Further issues were planned that would’ve dealt with the Bothan spies (Those guys from ROTJ that either resemble elves, camels, dogs, or horses depending on the artist), but ultimately the series was cancelled.

These comics are pretty much mindless fun, and nothing too special. It’s worth noting however that the writer was none other than the late Len Wein, the same guy who co-created these guys…

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In addition to that, he incorporated Wolverine into the relaunch of the X-men….which also featured the debut of Storm, Collosus, and Nightcrawler, as well as the ill-fated Thunderbird (Two other members, Banshee and Sunfire, had appeared earlier in the series). Although the first writer on the series, Chris Claremont pretty much took control of the series after this, although he heavily credits Len for giving him a starting point.

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Although these are far from Len’s only contributions to comics, as he wrote for years on various titles for DC, Marvel, and other companies, as well as for various animated TV shows (Including the animated X-men).

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear similarities: X-men Part II: The Best they are at what they do

*Spoilers* for Logan and the Metal Gear games follow.

X-man. Avenger. Ronin. Hero. But also, the result of a government testing program to weaponize mutants-“Weapon X”, which left him with years of traumatic and confused memories. James “Logan” Howlett, The Wolverine. “The Best he is at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice”.

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Solid Snake. Fox-Hounder. Hero. Loner. Soldier. “The Man who makes the impossible possible”.

 

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So what’s the similarities between the two? Well, there’s of course the gruff nature, the permanent scruffiness, the adeptness at hand-to-hand combat (although Wolverine has a slight advantage there with the claws and all) and the fondness for tobacco products. Although like Big Boss (Heck, it’s pretty much the last thing he ever does!), Wolverine smokes cigars, while Solid Snake’s more of a cigarette guy. Although Metal Gear of course comes with it’s own warnings on the risks 🙂

 

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(and yes, Wolverine did have a short-lived era where he wore an eyepatch as a cover)

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But apart from the many surface similarities there’s a few other things which make the characters kind of similar.

Both have somewhat plain introductions into pop culture. Wolverine debuted in “Incredible Hulk” as a guest character, with the intent that the claws were in fact just part of his gloves. He also had a much smaller face mask (which eventually was traded for the larger ‘ears’ when he made his X-men debut, although-apart from the “brown” costume in the 80’s, he’s largely stuck with the “yellow spandex” ever since)

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We don’t even see the character’s face (and of course the unusual hair) until a few issues into him joining the X-men.

Solid Snake, likewise, is a bit of a cipher (heh) in the first Metal Gear-he’s given fairly little dialogue, and not a lot of his nature is revealed.

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Although the cigarettes are pretty much there from day one. Their in-game purpose being to slow time down (or accelerate it, as seen in Metal Gear solid V), calm snake’s nerves, or the smoke being used to detect infrared sensors (They also drain health, an extra deterrent in addition to the Surgeon General warning).

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Their actual-and unusual origins were both revealed after their debut. Part of Wolverine’s story was told in the “Marvel comics Presents” arc “Weapon X”, while going further back, his full origin-and his real name, James Howlett-were revealed in 2003’s “Origin” miniseries.

 

Both are “born” in a lab, the result of experiments. With Wolverine, adamantium is bonded to his skeleton, making his bones and claws unbreakable-a process only made possible by his other major power, his healing factor.

 

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Solid Snake was created as a clone of Big Boss by Major Zero, an attempt to extend Big Boss’s legacy should he ever leave the Patriot’s organization (Which, ironically, he did upon hearing of this). Two others-Eli (Liquid Snake) and George (Solidus Snake) were also created.

Although the project was pretty much abandoned and the Snakes given to handlers, eventually they all became soldiers in their own right, and face their “father” Big Boss.

It’s worth also noting that the fates of the movie version of Logan and Solid Snake have a few similarities as well. In “Logan” Wolverine’s healing factor is starting to fail, with the adamantium in his bones starting to poison him.

 

 

Likewise, Solid Snake’s nature as a clone in Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots has caused him to rapidly age (and the Foxdie viruses in his bloodstream don’t help either).

 

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Both are old and worn out, but go on one last mission. Ironically, they kind of end in a very similar fashion.

Logan dies next to his clone daughter at the end of LOGAN.

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….Big Boss, likewise, dies next to his clone “Son” in Metal Gear Solid IV.

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There’s one final connection that’s worth noting. The man who wrote the first X-MEN movie? David Hayter.

The same David Hayter who provided the renowned English voice of Solid Snake and Big Boss (Up until Metal Gear Solid V, where he was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland) and made a cameo as himself in Metal Gear Solid IV’s strange talk show segment.

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