Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially begins in less than two weeks with Iron Man 3, but the second installment is already in place for a fall release, the second solo adventure of everyone’s favorite thunder god, Thor The Dark World!
Thor returns to Earth to defend both Midgard and Asgard from the forces of Malekith, Kurse, and Loki. The film stars returning cast members Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins among others, along with former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
While they may have followed Walt Simonson’s memorable run on The Mighty Thor, Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz had the longest creative team run ever on title, from 1987 until 1993. Hot off their success on The Amazing Spider-Man, their fast-paced and entertaining storytelling demonstrated what a serial comic could really accomplish with a sense of energy and momentum.
There’s lots of buzz about this film with the new remake in theaters. The flick is close to the heart of many people. I remember the outrage of some of my friends when they heard they were remaking this movie. Confession time, I have never seen it. Let’s find out why the original Red Dawn is such a classic together, and why “Wolverines!” is such a part of our culture, after the jump.
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For the past few months, the Marvel Universe – and comic fandom – has been in a tizzy: favourite superhero has been pitted against favourite superhero with the fate of the human species (and the muties!) in the balance: Captain America versus Gambit. Colossus versus Thing. Wolverine versus his old X-Men chums. Iron Man versus Magneto. Wow! Talk about a main attraction, eh?! (See what I did there?)
Since April of this year, it’s been nothing but X-Man versus Avenger.
All of this staring and jawing and bickering and with each other has been for control over the power of the Phoenix force – an energy that has come to our planet to either annihilate us all or usher us into the next stage of human evolution. You know, depending upon which superhero team you’re on.
In Avengers Vs. X-Men #11, someone – and I’m not saying who – is going to bite the dust over that important decision.
Avengers fans assemble!
A new iOS/Android Avengers game is coming titled Avengers Initiative, and it’s is deemed to be the “mobile gaming event of the year.”
According to the trailer, the premise is somewhat vague, but what we do know is that someone has released every super-powered criminal you’ve captured, and those criminals are now running rampant through the city. The trailer shows specific game-play controlling the Hulk only, and – though it doesn’t show any on-screen control buttons – claims that the game’s controls and high-definition visuals have been built exclusively for touch-screen devices, which could mean a better gaming experience for those jaded by shoddy controls in previous action/adventure games.
As previously stated, the trailer shows Hulk footage only, but it is revealed that this is only the first installment, and that there will be free – I smell micro-transactions! - episodic content coming that looks to include other fan favorites Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
Stay tuned to BiffBamPop! for the official review after the release!
You can check out the trailer here:
Dark Shadows Falters In The Shadow Of The Avengers – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend Of May 11th 2012
You can’t stop The Avengers, that’s for sure. The film is breaking records all over the place, including this past weekend, which saw it become the first movie in history to gross over $100 million in it’s second weekend.
As for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows…well…
Read on after the jump.
Tim Burton, Johnny Depp And Dark Shadows Battle Marvel’s The Avengers – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of May 11th, 2012
Most weeks I’d love to be Johnny Depp. Or even Tim Burton, for that matter (minus the kidney stones but I’ll take the mop of hair). This weekend, though, I’m really just happy to be me. Because no matter what happens to me over the next three days, I’m definitely not going to have my ass handed to me by The Avengers. Sadly, neither Johnny or Tim can say the same thing, as their latest film collaboration, Dark Shadows, debuts in theatres. Here’s our prediction for that film’s return, along with what we expect to see The Avengers bring in during its second weekend in release:
I think Joss Whedon owns a shawarma franchise. But I get ahead of myself.
There were a bunch of ways to watch The Avengers opening day. Okay, a bunch of legal ways. You could go see it during the normal evening hours on the Friday it opens. You can go to the Friday midnight screening. Or you could attend a marathon screening of all the films in the Avengers series, followed by a midnight premier.
The experience was definitely a unique one. I met with a group of friends at a local Denny’s for breakfast (it was convenient to the theatre as much as anything else).
Following that, it was fifteen hours of film madness.