Category Archives: The Avengers
In the comic book universe, it’s no secret that I fall on the side of DC Comics, the home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. You know, the holy trinity of four-colour, sequential periodicals – the world’s most recognized pop-culture heroes – the Justice League.
As evidenced by the many debates with comic book loving pals (many of whom write for and/or read this very site) about the pros and cons of the DC and Marvel universes, that means I’m not a big Avengers fan. You can’t love the Leafs and the Habs, City and United, Yankees and Mets. You have to choose. At ten years of age, I chose DC.
And on the eve of one of this summer’s most highly anticipated movies, I’m still not a fan. Not really. How could I be?
The discussion has gone on for decades, has been ‘decided’ by more than a few corporate crossovers, some legal, some not, and it will be argued for decades more – who’d win, the Avengers or the Justice League?
Now the purpose of this article is not to bring up this old who’d win bugaboo and start barfights the world over, honestly. The real reason I bring it up is that by comparing the two teams is the best way to show what makes the Avengers stand head and shoulders above their counterparts at DC Comics, in other words, what really makes the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
First off, if you had asked me a decade ago, two decades ago, even three decades ago, hell, let’s go there, I’m that old, or four decades ago, if I would ever live to see such an animal as an Avengers movie – a real mainstream big screen epic summer blockbuster Avengers movie – I would have laughed at you. And I am one of the biggest Avengers fans you’ll ever know. It is just not something I would have even dreamed possible. Add in the fact that it would be preceded by two Iron Man movies, two Hulk movies, a Thor, and a Captain America movie, and that it would have its own internal continuity – my mind would be blown.
Everywhere you go these days folks are talking about the Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from Marvel Comics are ultra-hot. The big screen movie is just a month away. The comics event of the year, Avengers Vs. X-Men is just getting underway. And here in the United States, this past weekend marks the season two premiere of Disney XD’s animated TV series “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
Of course animation is no big deal for the Avengers. They have been animated almost as long as they’ve been around. In fact, the Avengers have been animated as long as Marvel Comics has been animated.
The Avengers is gearing up for a huge release on May the 4th, and right on cue comes a brand new behind the scenes featurette. Maybe it was put together in a hurry since the title, Assemble the Ultimate Protection, sounds reminiscent of a condom ad… but it offers a great peek at what The Avengers movie will offer.
Featuring interviews with Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and more, this Marvel and Norton Antivirus promotional piece is a great way to get excited for the film to come.
Watch The Avengers: Assemble the Ultimate Protection after the jump…
Kang the Conqueror is the archenemy of the Avengers. A case could be made for Ultron because his vengeance is personal, being an indirect member of the Avengers family. And there have been too many iterations of the Masters of Evil for any one group to qualify. But Kang is always there, lurking in the shadows of time itself waiting to strike. He fits perfectly in the theme of the month here at Biff Bam Pop! as Kang is quite mad. It’s that madness that makes him such an impossible and unpredictable foe.
Madness isn’t the only thing he’s got going for himself in the super-villain category. Kang is one of the few baddies who has won. That’s right, he’s defeated the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in combat, more than once. Kang has even conquered the entire planet Earth while it’s been under the Avengers’ watch.
“The last five minutes of St. Elsewhere is the only television show, ever. Everything else is a daydream.”
So explains the late, great, comic and animation creator Dwayne McDuffie, introducing one of the great television conspiracies of all time. But who is Tommy Westphall, and why does he turn almost all of television into a single, overarching conspiracy theory?
Three new series (and one miniseries) were launched by Marvel Comics this summer, in the wake of the Big Event “Death of Spider-Man”. Before you get too worried, it was Ultimate Spider-Man whose story came to an end – more on what that means in a moment. While providing a rare opportunity for closure to a long-running comics character, this gave Marvel a chance to make something of a splash during a few months when, obviously, big things were happening over at DC.