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TNTM: Marvel Comics Secret Empire review

Marvel’s Secret Empire story-line made Captain America a complete opposite of what we have known about him for decades. They made it so Captain America had been an agent of Hydra ever since his childhood. Understandably, a lot of people were very upset over this new Captain America identity. The narrative is set in place long before the Secret Empire series kicked off. Let me take you back to the beginning.

S.H.I.E.L.D. was experimenting with using fragments of Cosmic Cubes to reshape reality as the agency would deem necessary. This caused the pieces to merge together into a single being. This being named itself Kobik. It suffered from a damaged and splintered sense of consciousness. As a result it decided to adopt the form it felt it most resembled in its confusion, a child.

Kobik wanted to be loved. Kobik decided to go to one person who had held dear one of the Cosmic Cubes that now partially composed Kobik, the Red Skull. The Red Skull took advantage of the child’s affinity and naivety and taught her the ways of Hydra.

Red Skull used Kobik’s powers to rewrite history and make Steve Rogers a Hydra agent. We will call this character Hydra Cap to avoid confusion. Hydra Cap set out to turn the world into Hydra’s idea of a perfect place. In the process he searched for all the fragments of the Kobik Cosmic Cube so he could completely control reality.

Hydra Cap collects all but one cosmic cube fragment. A group of superheroes fighting against Hydra Cap have the last remaining fragment. They use a bit of subterfuge (Ant Man and Winter Soldier shrink down and are on the fragment) to get in touch with Kobik as the cube is completed.

Kobik returns Captain America to reality and strips the Cosmic Cube’s powers from Hydra Cap. There is a huge battle with Hydra Cap and Captain America. Of course, Captain America wins and Hydra Cap is placed in a high security prison.

Kobik returns things to normal, but it is not revealed whether characters who died during Secret Empire will be brought back. This would have been a great opportunity for Marvel to correct all the things they have done over the past few years and “reset” characters and story-lines with a plausible reason, much like DC Comics is doing with Rebirth.

If nothing else, Secret Empire gave us a villain that is the equal of Captain America in every way. One advantage Hydra Cap will have is not Captain America has some self doubt. He knows the people will never fully trust him again due to Hydra Cap rising to power. That little bit of inner reflection during a fight could cause a moment of hesitation which may be all that is needed. If Marvel has gone through all the trouble of creating Hydra Cap, I say they should use him to his full effect.

Hail Hydra!

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VIDEO – TNTM: Marvel Comics Secret Empire

Captain America is a Hydra agent. Ever since Captain America uttered “Hail Hydra” on the last page of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Marvel Comics fans have been in turmoil. Marvel Comics received lots of hate mail and Nick Spencer received death threats.

It was later explained that Red Skull used Kobik, the living cosmic cube, to rewrite history so that Cap had always been Hydra. This revelation lead into the Marvel Comics event “Secret Empire”. This event has Steve Rogers as the leader of Hydra. Some of the super-heroes have sided with Hydra. Others are actively trying to overthrow the regime.

One group discovers fragments of the cube are spread out over the world. They believe if they can reassemble it they will be able to reverse what has been done. Black Widow takes the pragmatic approach and sets out to kill Captain America. Her reasoning is Steve Rogers wouldn’t want to live as a traitor to his country.

There have been a few surprising reveals in this story-line. The “Hail Hydra” by Captain America was the first. In the FCBD Secret Empire issue we see Steve Rogers hold up what appears to be Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Then at the end of Secret Empire issue #2 we see a different Steve Rogers dressed in what appears to be a World War II uniform saying he just wants to go home. Just when you think you have a handle on what’s going on another curveball comes.

I am interested to see where Nick Spencer is going with Secret Empire. I like the fact he took Steve Rogers where no one would’ve dreamed. If you don’t take risks with the character you keep getting the same story retold time and time again. I only hope the resolution to Secret Empire isn’t too hokey or contrived.

I would like to see Captain America come out of this back to his original self, but with the memory of what happened. It would be a battle scar for him that won’t heal. I think they could do a lot in future stories referring back to this event.

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Video – TNTM: Lego Marvel SHIELD Helicarrier build

What is the Helicarrier?

The Helicarrier is the flying aircraft carrier used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel comics and movies. It was originally designed by Jack Kirby. The first Helicarrier was proposed by Stark Industries as a political compromise in response to fears that any nation hosting the S.H.I.E.L.D. main headquarters would be subject to attack by organizations such as HYDRA.

There have been more than twenty known Helicarriers built. Those ships are:

Luxor – A class prototype, not yet seen.
Hermes – Allegedly scuttled after being hijacked by the Red Skull.
Argus – A Luxor-class Helicarrier.
Behemoth – Specially designed Helicarrier commanded by Dum Dum Dugan for use against Godzilla. Destroyed by S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to neutralize an attack by Amadeus Cho.
Black Hawk – Destroyed in action against a HYDRA-Hand alliance of forces.
Alpha – First mentioned by name in New Avengers #4.
Pericles III – Punisher War Journal vol. 2, #1.
Pericles V – Infiltrated by the vampiric Order of Tyrana and scuttled by Blade.
Samuel Sawyer – Named for Nick Fury’s World War II-era commanding officer in the United States Army.
Iliad – Named in Secret Warriors #17.
Argonaut – Named in Secret Warriors #17.
Prometheus – The Prometheus was stolen from a secret U.S. facility in the Sonoran Desert by a rogue faction of S.T.R.I.K.E. during the 2011 “Fear Itself” story-line.
Tempest – named and destroyed shortly after launch with two thousand crew aboard by the Electric Ghost.
Hercules – Capable of operating in submarine mode. Described as Constellation-class.
Odyssey – First shown and named in Captain America: Living Legend # 1.
Pericles – First shown and named in X-Force v.4 # 7. Already decommissioned and abandoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. under unrevealed circumstances in its first appearance, and taken over as a base by X-Force.
Bellerophon – first named in New Avengers v.4 # 14.
Douglass – first named in U.S.Avengers # 2.
Helicarrier Gold – After Iron Man replaced Maria Hill as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he designed a new class of Helicarrier whose red and gold design resembles the Iron Man Armor. This helicarrier was severely damaged and crashed by the Red Hulk.

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s replacement agency, H.A.M.M.E.R., has decommissioned the surviving Helicarriers. Three of them were stolen by Nick Fury. H.A.M.M.E.R. subsequently commissioned at least one new carrier to Norman Osborn’s specifications which was destroyed over Broxton, Oklahoma, during the Siege of Asgard.

The Lego Helicarrier

The Helicarrier is one of the most iconic vehicles in the Marvel Universe. The Lego Helicarrier is undoubtedly one of the bigger completed sets. Make sure you have plenty of shelf space before you build this beast of a set.

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Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier™. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets™, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes™ minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury™, Black Widow™, Captain America™, Hawkeye™ and Maria Hill™.

Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle stand to display them on.

Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents). Also includes a detailed runway

Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!
Includes a plaque with facts about The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883, and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)
Rotors can also be turned manually. Includes a display stand.

Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm)wide

Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)

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TNTM Theater Edition: Captain America Civil War

Jack and Troy from watched Captain America Civil War at Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso and give their review of the movie.

Don’t go into this movie expecting to see the Civil War comics played out on the big screen. A different name for the movie would have made much more sense. There are a lot of differences between the movie and the Civil War comics. Don’t get us wrong, the movie was great. It followed the typical Marvel formula (little bit of drama, little bit of comedy. and lots of awesome action sequences).

The problem for us was the misleading title.

**Spoilers may follow**

In the comics it was the fallout from the Stamford, Connecticut disaster involving the New Warriors that prompted the government to start the Superhuman Registration Act, not the Sokovia and Wakanda incidents.

In the comics Peter Parker was actually older, married, and working for Tony Stark at the time. The suit Tony built for Spider-man was Iron Man’s colors and had other spider arms on it with special little attachments. Tony convinced Spider-man to unmask on national TV in support of the Superhuman Registration Act.

Nearly every mutant, hero and villain, was involved. Government backed mutant police forces were set up in every state to find mutants that refused to register and arrest them. The “criminals” were sent to a prison in the Negative Zone called Project 42, not the Raft like in the movie.

Another difference is the Fantastic Four, mostly Reed Richards, play a big part in the comics. Reed helped develop the Project 42 prison. Tony Stark also cloned Thor from a hair sample. They programmed this clone to follow their orders. Something went wrong and the clone killed one of Team Cap (Goliath).

During one of the bigger battles Captain America realized all the injury and devastation they were causing by fighting. He decided to surrender himself to stop it all.

While being transported Captain America is assassinated by Crossbones (under orders from Red Skull) and Sharon Carter (brainwashed by Doctor Faustus). It was actually Sharon Carter who pulled the trigger.

These are just a few of the differences. The Civil War comic book could easily fill 2 movies. Captain America Civil War would have made much more sense with a different name.

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