The Marvel Animated Universe as presented on the Disney XD network has been focused on four different series, sometimes connected, and sometimes not, but now, with a series of shorts, they’re beginning to fill in continuity gaps and spaces between seasons. Meet me after the jump as I look at how Disney XD is expanding the Marvel Animated Universe, and a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Without a doubt, the biggest movie coming out this weekend is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios. The first movie in this franchise within a franchise was a surprise hit, and one of the best of the Marvel movies. How did its sequel hold up? Meet me after the hyperspatial jump for my thoughts. Heed my warning, folks, there be spoilers ahead.
Just as the first season of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series began with a gauntlet of shorts on Disney X-D, so does the second season. Come on, with a movie sequel coming, you knew a second animated season was coming as well, right? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts…
Sure, Marvel had been knocking it out of the park, both critically and monetarily, with their series of interconnected film franchises. I mean… Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Avengers… how could you second-guess the brain trust that was making those kinds of studio decisions?
But Guardians of the Galaxy?
A gun-toting raccoon and a giant walking, somewhat talking, tree? In space?
Admittedly, I thought it would be a hot mess, singlehandedly signaling the demise of the superhero film franchise.
Boy, was I wrong.
Boy, was that an awesome film.
Boy, I can’t wait for the sequel next year!
To tide us over until then, today, Marvel Comics launches two new monthly series’ starring the coolest characters from the Guardians franchise: Gamora #1 and Star-Lord #1.
Finally the Guardians of the Galaxy have found the Cosmic Seed, on Earth, where Thanos found them and took it from them like they were children (I could make a Star-Lord joke here, but I’ll refrain). Now Thanos is using the Seed to make the Earth into his own super-weapon, who can stop him? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “I Feel the Earth Move.”
We all get sick from time to time, it’s just part of life. Everyone and everything gets sick, even plants and trees. But what happens when Groot, the humanoid tree creature from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” gets sick? Meet me after the hyperspace jump for my thoughts on “Can’t Fight This Seedling.”
When we last left our heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy had come into possession of a puzzle box, called the Cosmic Seed, with clues to Star-Lord’s true heritage. While investigating its meaning on Knowhere, the dead Celestial’s head began to return to life, shaking things up quite a bit. Meet me after the quantum jump for my thoughts on “Knowhere to Run.”
Look, if you’re over thirty (oh hell, if you’re over forty!) years of age, and you were a comic book reader as a kid, you’ll remember the old Marvel What If and Team-Up comic book titles. Boy, they were fun!
DC had them too. Remember The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents? They were great!
Sometime during the 1980’s, those kinds of comic books fell out of favour with their publishers, and, it must be said, their fans. I won’t dwell on the why’s in this particular column. Sure, comics like that were still being published, but not to the same degree and certainly not to the fanfare of those earlier decades. Maybe it had something to do with comic books stories becoming more “realistic”. Maybe it had something to do with the end of the “one and done” single issue stories. Maybe it had something to do with the comic book audience growing up and getting old.
In any case, there’s been a particularly fun team-up comic book being published for eight months now and it’s high time you, or your young son or daughter, turned an excited eye towards it.
I’m talking, of course, about issue #8 of the Guardians Team-Up monthly comic book series!
Follow me after the jump for a modern take on our love of nostalgia!
While editor-in-chief Andy Burns is partying at the FAN EXPO Canada and talking “Twin Peaks” with the stars of the show, this is Glenn Walker filling in with the weekend box office report here at Biff Bam Pop!. Did The November Man triumph over the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Find out after the jump!