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Guardians of the Galaxy S01 E07: The Backstabbers

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With Ronan the Accuser out of the picture, Nova Corps is tracking the next second-in-command to Thanos. They’ve narrowed it down to three people – Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, and… Gamora. This is news to Gamora’s teammates in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.” Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Backstabbers.”

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Golden Glitter & An Underlying Darkness-The Legacy of Tony Stark In The MCU (Part 2)

Tony Stark2Part one of Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Golden Glitter & An Underlying Darkness-The Legacy of Tony Stark In The MCU took a close look at the similarities between father and son, Howard Stark and Tony Stark, including their personalities, business interests and shared legacies. At the same time, it laid the groundwork for the younger Stark’s role as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest purveyor of malice.

Tony Stark and his Stark Industries conglomerate create weapons of mass destruction. This is known.

Midway through the first Iron Man (2008) film, after being tortured and, after seeing his company’s products sold to terrorist organizations and used for evil purposes, Stark comes to a marked and important turning point in his life wherein he states: “I don’t want a body count to be our only legacy.” An altruistic statement, to be certain, by a man who’s bravado is only surpassed by his bank account. Still, it’s a significant distinction to make that, at this time, Stark truly sets out on the path to becoming heroic.

But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything that Tony Stark creates for noble, upstanding and heroic purposes always gets twisted in ways that transform that sense of benevolence into objects of mankind’s destruction.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy – Animated

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The film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is less than a month away, and the promotion engines at Marvel are going full blast. First there’s the amazing faux travel site, Galaxy Getaways, which if you haven’t seen it, go now. And earlier this week, Marvel released three major new comics featuring characters from the film, and now this morning, Disney XD broadcast a triple shot of the animated Guardians of the Galaxy. Check out my thoughts after the jump.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E22: Beginning of the End

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This is it, the exciting season finale of the series that would not die. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been quite a roller coaster this season with a slow start and a rocky ratings road, but it’s finally found its groove, and is headed toward its exciting climax. Phil Coulson and his Agents of Nothing put it all on the line to take on Hydra and former comrade Ward in “Beginning of the End.” Meet me after the jump for my review of the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” season finale.

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Avengers Assemble S01 E18: Mojo World

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I find it very refreshing (sarcasm mode on) that after a rather mediocre episode last week, we get back to basics with the “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” series. Basics of course being having the Avengers face villains not traditionally their usual foes. I can’t help wondering if I’ll have to wait for a new X-Men cartoon to see folks like Kang, Ultron, and the Masters of Evil. Anyway, meet me after the jump as the Avengers (or more specifically the Hulk and Hawkeye) fight another old X-Men villain in “Mojo World.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E11: The Magical Place

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And we’re back, after a multi-week cliffhanger where Agent Coulson was kidnapped by the Rising Tide in the final moments of Episode 10, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is finally back. The bad guys were looking for ways to stabilize Centipede, a variation of Extremis from Iron Man Three, but in their search, they found something juicier – a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who had come back from the dead! Can the team rescue Agent Coulson from the clutches of the Rising Tide, and how did Coulson come back from the dead? Find out, after the jump, in my review of “The Magical Place.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E12 Avengers: Impossible

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Today’s episode of “Avengers Assemble” features the Impossible Man. Once again, a Fantastic Four foe, rather than someone (anyone) from the Avengers’ own formidable rogues gallery, the Impossible Man is Marvel Comics’ answer to Mr. Mxyzptlk, an imp with magical powers who can do anything. In “Avengers: Impossible” he turns up to match wits with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts.

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Galactus Hungers

hunger1As a side effect of saving the day in Age of Ultron, Wolverine apparently broke space and time. Yep, you read that right. One of the things this causes is dimensional rifts opening up, making passage to parallel universes possible. The ramifications are huge, and many, but there’s one that we’ll be focusing on as Hunger #1 hits the comic shop shelves. This week, Galactus comes to the Ultimate Universe, and he’s hungry! Get your appetizers, after the jump!

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Marvel Is Avenged Thrice – AvX, The Kree Skrull War and Fury Highlight The Wednesday Run – May 2, 2012

Last fall, the weekly Wednesday run to the local comic book shop was hurriedly made on account of one specific publishing company: DC Comics. With their New 52 launch, great, irresistible titles were out every week! Who could say “no” to that many cool first issues?

This week turns the tables with Marvel Comics leading the way, the entertainment company releasing a whole host of goodies.

It’s Avengers week, after all, didn’t you know?

Make the run to your comic book shop. You’re going to find something you’ll like. Here’s a quick sampling in case you need a few specific suggestions I’ve “avengingly assembled” for you:

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