The Man Who Murdered Time – Pt. 1

The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio.  HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.

For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.

The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels.  This idea of identities within identities  is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.

Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?

Avengers: Infinity War Official Featurette

Avengers: Infinity War has begun filming in Atlanta and I know this because Marvel has released a featurette telling me so!

And it looks really, really awesome. I know it’s early days yet, but it’s as if Marvel has built this massive edifice; they’ve shown us some of the rooms and we’ve seen how sprawling a structure it is.

Though there are some rooms that we have yet to see, and the most interesting spaces have yet to see, amd I get the feeling thst they hold something amazing…

To be contimued.

No, No Power Rangers?

I have never been a fan of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (though oddly enough, I liked VR Troopers despite it being an obvious knockoff trying to cash in on their popularity). 

Go figure. 

I think my issue was that it didn’t even pretend to be interested in anything but the 12 and under set, as far as the audience goes.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing to know the demographic that you’re aiming for, but it brings the problem of not growing with them.

I’ve got to admit though, their more modern interpretations are pretty cool looking.


As I said, they look pretty awesome but I just wish they had done away with the lower half of their ‘faces’ being part of their helmets, which doesn’t make a lick of sense (other than that was the way it was done prior, most likely because, having originated in Japan, the American actors you see on the television show aren’t the same people wearing the costumes). 

Another pretty clever detail in the reboot was making the lone African-American the Blue Ranger (instead of the Blackfrom the television series) which was frankly a little odd and made no sense when you take into account that the Red Ranger wasn’t played by a Native American or the Yellow Ranger, an Asian person (I’m pretty sure about the former being the case, not at all sure about the latter). 

Which is good because I am mildly offended and I typed it!

Though perhaps more importantly, if the Power Rangers movie does well wemight eventually get a live-action movie based on Battle Of The Planets (admittedly not as cool a title as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) or Star Blazers

Either of those would be <a href=“http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=so+money”so money.

Iron Fist Official Trailer

Marvel Studios was the first studio to create a interlinked series of movies– known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU–based upon preexisting properties (like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk) that culminated in event movies (such as The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) that featured all (or the bulk of) the characters introduced prior.  

Marvel Television?   A bit of a late bloomer.  Their first shows were Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, the latter of which lasted only one season.  

This is while DC Comics has made significant inroads into the television space with shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, with more on the way.  

Though a curious thing happened.  Marvel Television began developing Daredevil as a television series on Netflix and it did well enough to warrant a second season.  

Then came Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and most recently, Iron Fist

And since all the Marvel Television series were on Netflix, as opposed to regular television, there was less of a need to appeal to everyone so they possess a grittiness, an edge the Marvel movies can’t touch. 

Oddly enough, Marvel’s television arm seems to be employing a strategy that didn’t work too successfully for DC Entertainment on the big screen–which is building a more noir-ish world –but appears to be paying dividends on the small one. 

Iron Fist revolves around Danny Rand (Finn Jones) who reappeared after having vanished for over ten years to claim the company started by his parents, Rand Enterprises.

Though the people running Rand Enterprises have somehow become involved with the deadly Madame Gao, and she thinks Danny Rand needs to vanish again… 

2017 Super Bowl Trailers I Genuinely Care About

Because let’s be honest, I have no one intention of seeing movies like Transformers:  The Last Knight because ‘Fool me twice, shame on you.  Fool me three times, shame on me.’

I also don’t particularly care about the Pirates of the Carribean movies either, because…pirates. 


Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 Super Bowl Trailer

What amazes me most about the trailers released thus far for James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 is how Drax (Dave Bautista) manages to steal the show. This is all the more interesting when you take into account Rocket and Groot (a fifth of him, anyway) are back as well.


John Wick, Chapter 2

The original John Wick flew under my radar so efficiently you’d think the reels were smuggled to theaters via Stealth aircraft.  

Though clearly not everyone had the same issues because it marked a comeback of Shyamalan-ian proportions for Keanu Reeves, though my problem is always the same, namely I am fine with most of his performances, till he opens his mouth and whatever believability (and more important, credibility) he’s managed to build up to that point just dissipates. 


Ghost In The Shell Super Bowl Trailer

Looking at the last trailer for Ghost In The Shell I suspect my greatest problem with the movie will not be whitewashing but that I have seen the anime that the movies is based upon, and can already tell they’re going to frak things up (for instance, the trailer stresses the Major (Scarlett Johansson) searching for her identity, while I barely recall that being central to the plots of any of the episodes I have seen.


Logan Super Bowl Trailer

I haven’t seen it but I am already irritated withLogan. Reason being, you mean to tell me that it took Deadpooldoing really, really well with an R rating for some genius at Fox to figure out that a character who’s calling cards are razor-sharp Adamantium claws and a very short fuse perhaps isn’t well-suited for the under-17 set?

The Damned Thing – Ep. 185

Hugh Morgan is dead, which why an inquest to determine how he came to be was assembled.

Suspects were plentiful, as were motives but no one had considered was the possibility that the killer was something no one had seen before. Something powerful.  Something feral…something deadly…

The Damned Thing Ep.185 is based in a story by Ambrose Bierce, and originally aired on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater December 10, 1974.

3 Reasons We Need to Stop Speculating Peter Dinklage Will Play M.O.D.O.K in Avengers: Infinity War

Some fan sites have speculated that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) would appear as M.O.D.O.K,  which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (though I get the feeling the people who are making this suggestion are not only unaware who M.O.D.O.K is, but how ultimately insulting an idea that actually is

And speaking of ‘insulting,’ that’s also my first reason.

  • It’s Really Insulting Toward Dinklage

Here is an image of M.O.D.O.K.

He has such tiny arms and legs because he was created to lead AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) so all their efforts went toward developing his mental abilities, which are pretty impressive.

Now keep in mind that some characters don’t make the transition from comics to movies visually intact–this was the case for the Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Zemo and many others so it’s entirely possible that M.O.D.O.K could be played by Dinklage and translate to the screen in such a way that is reminiscent of the character from the comics, yet reinterpreted, like with the case of Arnim Zola from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

The problem is that M.O.D.O.K’s massive cabeza IS his most distinctive feature, and I am unsure how they could reinterpret that and capture how bizarre and unusual the character actually is.

Which is strangely enough where our problems start.

Here is a picture of Dinklage from the after party of The Station Agent.   He’s a person of short-stature, and while he’s played a whole gamut of roles I am not sure how playing a giant head doesn’t become more than a little offensive.

And while some people may call that PC, that’s just a cross I’ll have to bear.

  • AIM Has Barely Been Introduced Into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The organization known as AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) was introduced into the MCU in Iron Man 3 (in the movies it was a company started by Aldrich Killian, who developed Extremis) though it was one of those ‘blink and you’ll miss it‘ sort of moments.

With Hydra on the decline it would be nice for the movies to introduce another villainous organization to take up the slack, and AIM could serve that purpose admirably (plus we’d get a chance to see people wearing those cool yellow ‘beekeeper’ helmets, so there’s always that).

Though to introduce MODOK as a main villain means reintroducing AIM, something not likely to happen if Avengers: Infinity War has half the characters it’s supposed to have.

  • Most Importantly, M.O.D.O.K Has No Connection to the Infinty Gauntlet or Infinity Watch Storylines 

I am aware that Marvel Studios movies don’t adapt any storyline verbatim from the comics, though introducing  M.O.D.O.K would be worse than clutter because it would be adding a character and a supporting organization the film would hardly need.

So those are the reasons why Dinklage will not be M.O.D.O.K but instead be playing…

Pip the Troll!  It’s not exactly rocket science, and actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Dinklage already looks like Pip, all that’s required to complete the look would be a shave and a loincloth (which isn’t necessarily to say that that’s the direction they’re going with visually, though if it is, it would be really work).