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Video+Story: TNTM Talks Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Marvel used their movies to build up to the big confrontation in Avengers Infinity War. They teased Thanos here and there throughout their other movies so that when he made his big appearance in Infinity War, most people already knew all about him and what a big threat he is.

We are hoping that Marvel starts building up to another of their epic stories after the Thanos situation is resolved in Avengers Infinity War part 2. They have plenty of great line wide story arcs that would translate nicely to the big screen.

Another thing we are hoping for is to start seeing more crossover between the movies and TV shows. Cross your fingers!

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Video: Daily Nerd Brief – September 9 2018

Not a lot of nerdy news to pass on to you today. Here is what I did find to tell you about.

TV

Crane Sisters appear in Iron Fist season 2

COMICS

Comic creator, Terry Wiley passed away at age 56
Phoenix Force Wolverine vs Thor in Thor #5

OTHER

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Video+Story: Netflix Daredevil Season 3 Discussion

Daredevil season 1 on Netflix is the series that started the wildfire of Netflix Marvel superhero series. The popularity of Daredevil made it possible for Netflix to produce series for Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and the team-up series The Defenders.

Daredevil season 2 improved on what we saw in the first season. The fight choreography was phenomenal and the story gave us more depth into Matt’s past. The Hand and Elektra were introduced and clearly defined. We were also introduced to fan favorite character The Punisher.

Season 3 promises to be even more epic. Kingpin is back and the Hand is still around. Hopefully we will see some cameos from the other Netflix series characters. I’d like to see this be the push for a second season of The Defenders.

If you haven’t watched any of the Netflix Marvel series, you have time to catch up on all of them. Watch all the individual season 1’s before watching The Defenders so you have a back story for all the team members.

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Video – TNTM: Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is the movie MCU has been building up to ever since the first Iron Man movie. They pulled in so many characters and each one received their fair share of screen time. They did all this while staying true to each character’s persona.

Marvel didn’t skimp out on extra characters like they did in Civil War. They brought in nearly all their heavy hitters for this epic battle against Thanos. The CGI was very good and did not distract from the movie. Watching Thanos systematically collect all the Infinity Stones for the Gauntlet was compelling. I don’t remember any lull in the movie. The action sequences were very captivating. I can’t find any fault with the movie.

If you’re a big comic book fan you’ll notice some deviations from the source material, but they are explained very well. The end result is the same, the movie just takes a slightly different route to get there.

There are multiple superhero deaths in Infinity War. You might want to bring some Kleenex cuz there are some tear-inducing moments. You will want to stay through the end credits because this IS a Marvel movie and you know there will be a clip at the end.

Just like all Marvel end credit scenes, you get a hint at the next upcoming Marvel movie.

We loved Avengers: Infinity War. Everyone that gave us their review also gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews. You will want to go watch this movie on opening weekend BEFORE someone spoils the big scenes for you.

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Video+Story: TNTM – Marvel Cloak and Dagger to Air on ABC

Marvel is working their winning formula again. They are making the big blockbuster movies starring their most popular power-house characters.

For their TV/Netflix series they are using their lesser known characters. This time they have chosen Cloak & Dagger to be on ABC Freeform (formerly ABC Family).

Cloak & Dagger is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and shares continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. You should see and hear references to other Marvel characters and events. The duo made their first appearance in Spectacular Spider-man #64, so maybe we will have a Spidey cameo. I like the inter-connectivity between Marvel’s TV and movie titles. It makes it feel like a much larger superhero world.

Cloak’s body is a portal to the “Darkforce Dimension”. Cloak is linked to a pocket realm of that dimension dominated by the Predator, which compels Cloak to absorb the life forces of other beings.

Dagger has the ability to generate and throw “light daggers” which stun targets by forcing them to confront the darkness in their own souls. Her light also alleviates Cloak’s thirst for light and warmth.

The previews I’ve seen so far look promising. Hopefully Cloak & Dagger will be just as good as the Runaways. I am also hopeful we will see those two shows crossover as they did in the comics.

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Video – TNTM: Marvel Entertainment Avengers: Infinity War discussion

If you’ve been paying attention at all during all the Marvel movies you should have noticed they keep centering around these things called Infinity Stones. They have been called different things in the comics (Infinity Gems, Soul Gems). The different stones are even different colors in the movies than they are in the comics. The one thing that is the same is the power they hold.

Each Gem is powerful in it’s own right. When you put all six together on the Infinity Gauntlet the wearer is probably the single strongest entity in the Marvel Universe. Since we are talking about the movie let’s focus on the cinematic Infinity Stones.

Space Stone (Blue): This stone is in the Tesseract. It allows the owner to travel through space.

Mind Stone (Yellow): This one is in Loki’s scepter. It is what allowed Loki to take control of Hawkeye’s mind.

Reality Stone (Red): is the Aether from Thor Dark World. It is capable of turning anything into dark matter or sucking the life force out of mortals.

Power Stone (Purple): The orb from Guardians of the Galaxy contains the Power Stone. It is capable of destroying entire civilizations with just a touch.

Time Stone (Green): The Eye of Agamotto has the Time Stone inside. It allowed Doctor Strange to manipulate time and eventually defeat Dormammu.

Soul Stone (Orange): We haven’t been introduced to this stone yet. There is speculation that it is Heimdall’s eyes. We will just have to wait and see.

They have promised to have a lot more characters in Avengers: Infinity War. This is a world shattering battle affecting every living superhero. It would feel a bit anemic without a lot of characters (cough.. Civil War.. cough).

If you haven’t read the story, there is still time to get a copy of the Infinity Gauntlet. The comic should help fill in a lot of the backstory they won’t be able to cover in the movie. If the movie is as good as the comics, Marvel will have another hit on their hands.

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Story in Many Pics: Heroes Join Forces With Operation Hope

Heroes from the pages of comic books, TV and the big screen gathered at Barnes and Noble at the Fountains Saturday Morning to support El Paso’s own Operation Hope.

Our very own superhero – Photogman! (aka: Andres Acosta) was there to capture the event and brings your his view of the action in today’s ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Operation Hopes Heros at Barnes & Noble El Paso, Tx July 29, 2017

TNTM: Thor Ragnarok movie preview

Chris Hemsworth will be returning to the MCU as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok. This is the third movie in the Thor series. Even though the name is Ragnarok it will be pulling material from several sources (Ragnarok, Planet Hulk, and Contest of Champions). Don’t go into the movie expecting to see the Ragnarok story-line.

The plot as we understand it pre-release is Thor is imprisoned on the gladiatorial planet of Sakaar without his trusty hammer, Mjolnir. He must defeat Hulk in battle so he can return to Asgard in time to save it from Hela and the impending Ragnarok. In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki).

Thor: Ragnarok promises to be a very entertaining movie. With the introduction of elements from the Planet Hulk story-line we are hoping to see a new Hulk movie telling that story.

Ragnarok will be in theaters November 3, 2017. We will be doing a review of the movie opening week so keep an eye out for that video here on this YouTube channel.

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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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Features

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 Video: Lego Spider-Man Bridge speed build

Lego Spider-man Web Warrior Ultimate Bridge Battle description from Lego.com – Role-play battle scenes with the web warriors protecting Aunt May from Green Goblin. Green Goblin has a flaming pumpkin bomb and a Goblin Glider with stud shooters. There is also Kraven the Hunter and Scorpion mini-figures.

Press the bridge’s flag to launch a net to trap the villains. You may also launch a Super Hero from the side of the bridge to swing into action. The bridge walls can create explosion effects in this action-packed set. The bridge features a trap door, catapult, Spider-Man’s web prison, and Kraven the Hunter’s secret lair.

Included in the set

This set comes with 7 mini-figures: Spider-Man, Spider-Girl, Scarlet Spider, Green Goblin, Scorpion, Kraven the Hunter, and Aunt May.

Features a bridge section, Goblin Glider, taxi and a police ATV. The bridge features a movable roadway and detachable suspension cables, catapult function to fire the trash can, trap door, Spider-Man’s web prison, Kraven the Hunter’s secret lair with translucent diamond elements, traffic lights to stop the traffic, exploding pillars on the bridge, and movable signposts for the Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider to smash through.

The Goblin Glider features movable wings and 2 stud shooters.

Police ATV features attached walkie-talkie and handcuffs elements.

Attach the web rope or web blast to the door of Kraven the Hunter’s secret lair in the base of a pillar, then pull it away to steal the treasure.

Press the bridge’s flag to launch a net to trap the villains.

Open the trapdoor with the side lever and make the villains fall into Spider-Man’s web prison in the base of the pillar.

Swing open the removable roadway section and attach a web net element to the bridge to stop the taxi from falling off.

Attach the villains’ hands to the back of the police ATV and split it in two—or crush it together!

Weapons include Kraven the Hunter’s spear and gun.

Accessory elements include 2 web blasts, 2 web ropes, web net, Green Goblin’s flaming pumpkin bomb, 3 translucent diamond elements, 2 translucent fire elements, and Peter Parker’s camera.

Combine this set with another bridge set to form an even bigger bridge!

This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 8-14.

There is also a mini-comic book inside!

Dimensions

over 12” (33cm) high
5” (13cm) wide
17” (44cm) deep

Goblin Glider
under 1” (2cm) high
over 2” (6cm) long
3” (9cm) wide

Taxi
over 1” (5cm) high
3” (10cm) long
1” (3cm) wide

Police ATV
over 1” (3cm) high
1” (5cm) long
1” (3cm) wide

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TNTM: Marvel Comics Inhumans versus X-men

Is Marvel making everyone Inhuman?

Marvel is building up to something big.  The DEATH OF X mini-series is leading to a bigger event, INHUMANS VS. X_MEN .  When the Terrigen Mists (from which all Inhumans spring and all mutants die) reach saturation point the imperiled X-Men decide to wipe the source of their peril from the Earth once and for all.  Of course this means war.

INHUMANS VS. X-MEN is a six-issue limited series beginning this winter.  It details that war and the incredible soldiers who’ll fight it on both sides. Writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule and artist Leinil Yu promise a battle so big it’ll mean bringing in everybody to fight it, and they do mean everybody.

When the dust settles from that confrontation Marvel will give us Resurrxion.  So far they have been quiet on exactly what Resurrxion will be about.  Judging by the mispelling of the word by placing the letter X in it is causing speculation that Marvel may be trying to phase out the term “mutant” since FOX owns the rights to use that word in movies.

Is Marvel gonna resurrect all their characters as Inhumans in Resurrxion in an effort to jam their thumb in FOX’s eye?

Marvel.com interview with the writers

Marvel.com: Jeff and Charles, who discovers the situation with the saturation? And will there be one event that highlights it to the X-Men?

Jeff Lemire: I’m not sure how much we want to spoil. I guess a hint will be safe. The X-Man who discovers this is one of the original X-Men known to have a keen scientific mind. He has also been working closely with the Inhumans.

Charles Soule: Exactly. If you’ve been reading UNCANNY INHUMANS in particular, the answer to this will be pretty straightforward. As far as any one event…yes, and in the tradition of Marvel events, it’s big, and in this case, pretty tragic.

Marvel.com: Is there a real-world equivalent to the broader scope of this story?

Jeff Lemire: X-Men stories have always been very allegorical and very symbolic for real world events. I think there is a permeating sense of fear and mistrust that is driving a lot of world events at the moment, and a lot of hatred and violence. So it’s not hard to see the mutant/Inhuman conflict as a metaphor for much of what’s going on around us.

Charles Soule: Pick any situation in the world where both sides have completely understandable and justified points of view that are nevertheless in direct conflict with one another, in a way that seems like it will never be resolved. Unfortunately, you can probably think of about 10 of those right off the top of your head; I know I can. While we won’t be using any one particular situation in the world as a template here, the shape of the conflict, and what we want to say about these types of intractable disagreements, should be familiar [and] interesting to many readers.

Marvel.com: How do the X-Men plan to attack this problem? And do they hope to do it quietly?

Jeff Lemire: That would be spoiling the story! But I will say that the X-Men are a very experienced group. They have been through a lot and learned from it. They will have a very well-thought-out plan of attack. It won’t be haphazard.

Charles Soule: Making the battle plan has been one of the best parts of the story so far. The Inhumans have some very powerful folks in their ranks—but so do the X-Men. It’s neat to line up the action figures and let them go to work.

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Marvel.com: Once it begins, what will the first clash be like between the groups? Will anyone die?

Jeff Lemire: Boy, you really want to know it all, don’t you? I’m not answering this one, sorry.

Charles Soule: The X-Men will die.

Marvel.com: Okay, okay—let’s try this: what are some of the battles that really made you excited to be writing this series?

Jeff Lemire: Old Man Logan vs. Everyone. But really, there were so many fun combinations of characters and conflicts it was an embarrassment of riches when planning the story. I will say that Medusa and Storm both rise to the occasion and become key figures in the story. And as the X-Men writer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Karnak.

Charles Soule: I suppose this is a bit of a spoiler, but I’ve really been enjoying writing Magneto—and Fantomex. I could write Fantomex all day and all night.

Marvel.com: Now, we’ve heard that the Inhumans pull in everybody they can on this one—do the X-Men do the same? If so, who?

Jeff Lemire: Like any large group of people, neither the mutants nor the Inhumans act like they have a hive mind. Meaning they are a diverse group, with many points of view and many agendas. So it’s not so black and white. There are not simply two sides to this battle. So, for the mutants, not everyone will agree with the conflict. And there will be factions within even those groups. So we really tried to draw in as many characters as we could, but to give them all a different voice, agenda, and purpose in the story.

Charles Soule: You can expect to see the casts of EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN, and ALL-NEW X-MEN, as well as many other mutants, some of whom we haven’t seen in a while.

Marvel.com: What will be the reaction to this fight from the rest of the super hero world?

Jeff Lemire: It all happens very quickly, so the rest of the Marvel Universe will barely have time to react before the mutants kill all the Inhumans. Wait, did I just spoil the end?

Charles Soule: Too late, Jeff. I already told them all the X-Men croak.

Marvel.com: And of course, what’s it like working with Leinil on this one?

Jeff Lemire: Leinil has long been one of my favorite Marvel artists. I’ve admired his work for years, so this is really a thrill to get to work with him.

Charles Soule: I did one of my favorite Marvel Universe pieces of work with Leinil last summer: the CIVIL WAR [limited series] that ran during the Secret Wars event. So, I know very well what Leinil is capable of. That said, this event will test even his magnificent powers! He’s also a really kind, generous collaborator. This event, by nature, has a huge cast, and I wouldn’t wish for anyone else to take it on. Leinil’s awesome.

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TNTM: Her Universe Marvel Fashion Line is here

HER UNIVERSE LAUNCHES MARVEL FASHION LINE INSPIRED BY AVENGERS & MORE

Nerdy girls are often an overlooked market at pop culture events.  Most con vendors carry only men’s clothing designs, but call it unisex to appease the female geek couture buyers.  They claim it is too expensive to try to carry both men & women’s apparel.  That means if a nerdy girl wants to wear a Batman tshirt they must settle for a mens cut.

Her Universe thinks women should have their own pop culture themed apparel made just for them.  Her Universe is launching a whole new line of clothing inspired by the heroines of the Marvel Universe.

The new Marvel By Her Universe fashion collection features dresses and jackets inspired by some of Marvel’s female heroes such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Agent Carter, and Spider-Gwen.

Her Universe knows that women come in all shapes and sizes.  For this reason their items will range in size from XS to 3X.

“We have had many, many requests from customers for a fashion collection based on powerful female Super Heroes.  We are thrilled to partner with Marvel and Her Universe on this outstanding offering of dresses and outerwear,” said Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic, adding “I can’t wait to get the 1940’s inspired Agent Carter dress myself!”

Her Universe Agent Carter Her Universe Spider-Gwen

“We fell in love with Lindsay Hamilton’s Spider-Gwen design from the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con,” said Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. “While she did not win the competition, Hot Topic loved her jacket so much that they asked if they could buy her design to sell in stores! It was truly a pleasure to work with Lindsay to bring her jacket to retail. It’s gorgeous!”

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New Marvel By Her Universe Fashion Collection Launches at New York Comic Con and Hot Topic

Empower Your Wardrobe with New Designs Inspired by Some of Your Favorite Marvel Heroes

New York, NY (October 4th, 2016) – Fans at New York Comic Con will have the opportunity to get their hands on a coveted new Marvel fashion collection created by Her Universe. The groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand will present the collection, inspired by some of the most popular and powerful Marvel female Super Heroes, in the Her Universe/Hot Topic pop-up shop located within the Official ReedPOP Supply Co. Store at New York Comic Con. New York Comic Con is being held October 6-9 at the Javits Center in New York City. Fans unable to attend New York Comic Con can purchase the spectacular Marvel designs exclusively at select Hot Topic stores and online at Hottopic.com.

Available in sizes XS thru 3X and two styles available in plus, the collection celebrates some of the favorite female heroes from the Marvel universe with a stunning selection of dresses and jackets inspired by Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Agent Peggy Carter and a Spider-Gwen jacket pulled straight out of the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show designed by Lindsay Hamilton.

“We fell in love with Lindsay Hamilton’s Spider-Gwen design from the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con,” said Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. “While she did not win the competition, Hot Topic loved her jacket so much that they asked if they could buy her design to sell in stores! It was truly a pleasure to work with Lindsay to bring her jacket to retail. It’s gorgeous!”

In addition to shining the spotlight on these beloved Marvel female Super Heroes via this exclusive new fashion collection, fans that visit the pop-up shop at New York Comic Con will also receive a coupon for a special offer valid only at Hot Topic stores and online.

“We have had many, many requests from customers for a fashion collection based on powerful female Super Heroes, so we are thrilled to partner with Marvel and Her Universe on this outstanding offering of dresses and outerwear,” said Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic, adding “I can’t wait to get the 1940’s inspired Agent Carter dress myself!”

The new Marvel by Her Universe fashion collection will be available for purchase at New York Comic Con and will be available exclusively at select Hot Topic stores and official website early October.

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TNTM: Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy 2 discussion

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie coming soon

Guardians of the Galaxy’s box office success proved that Marvel can take a group of lesser known characters and make a really good movie.  It is one of those rare movies that received an over 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both the critics and the audience.  The casting was really good for the most part.  The writing for the story was phenomenal.

In 2 short hours ( I say short because it didn’t feel like that long watching it) you were introduced to a plethora of characters.  You got a good feel for the characters, their backstories, and their motivations.  It also introduced the movie going audience to Marvel interplanetary characters.  Most of the Marvel movies have been centered around Earth based characters up to this point.

In 2017 we will be flocking to theaters for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The storyline according to Marvel is as follows:

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. 

We will revisit the original cast and be introduced to some new ones.  One of those new characters is Mantis.

Story of Mantis

Mantis is the half-Vietnamese, half-German daughter of Gustav Brandt (Libra).  She was born in Vietnam.  Her father left her at the Temple of the alien Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree. The Kree believe she might become the Celestial Madonna and mate with the eldest Cotati on Earth to become the mother of the Celestial Messiah, “the most important being in the universe”.

Mantis was trained by the Priests of Pama to become a grand-mistress of the martial arts.  She has demonstrated being fully capable of defeating opponents as skilled as Captain America. Mantis can also instinctively sense weak points in an opponent.

Using this with her skills in pressure points she is able to knock out beings as powerful as Thor.  She has only lost in hand to hand martial arts match to Moondragon and her father Libra. She also has mental powers that enable her to manipulate others. In the comics Mantis has been an interesting and sometimes controversial character.

Story of Ego

Kurt Russel will be playing the role of Ego the Living Planet.  They are writing him in as being Peter Quill’s (Star-Lord) father.  The fact he was able to hold the Infinity Gem at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy let us know there was a bit more to him.

Ego is exceptionally intelligent. He has an extreme superiority complex and can be emotional if thwarted. For a while Ego is propelled through space via the engine Galactus implanted on him and can travel at faster than light speeds

Ego has total control over his entire mass down to the molecular level. He often shapes himself into the appearance of a gigantic face on the planet’s surface to address powerful beings.  He is able to create humanoid vessels for his consciousness.   He also possesses psionic abilities allowing him to project blasts powerful enough to destroy other worlds.

This sequel promises to be just as good as the first one if not better.  Going on the record here predicting another huge box office for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  Can’t wait to see how much little Groot has grown up.

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Talk Nerdy to Me Spider-man Homecoming

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about the upcoming Spider-man Homecoming movie

After the hack of Sony Entertainment we found out they were working with Marvel Studios to produce a string of Spider-man films.  We have already seen Spider-man in Captain America: Civil War.  Spider-man was easily one of the favorite characters of that movie.  The prior Spider-man movies have not been able to capture all the little nuances that make Spider-man so popular.  That seems to have changed now with Marvel back at the helm.

The movie has some big names in the cast.  Tom Holland will be returning as the title character.  Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man.  Marisa Tomei is back as Peter Parker’s Aunt May.  Bokeem Woodbine has been signed to play an undisclosed villain.  Add to that Michael Keaton as the Vulture.  The route Marvel wants to take with the Spider-man films is to follow Peter Parker through his high school years.  They want to capture his conflicts as he struggles to balance normal high school issues with fighting deadly super-villains.

Marvel’s Plans

“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and… there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character… I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU…”

—Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios

Feige also said if additional films were made one of the ideas [Marvel] has is for the films to follow the model of the Harry Potter film series.  The plot of each film would cover a new school year, adding “it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years”.

With Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the door is open for other Marvel characters to appear alongside Peter Parker.  While he is great as a solo act, some of the best stories have him working with other superheroes.

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Talk Nerdy to Me: Doctor Strange Preview

A lot of popular comic book mystical characters run into difficulties on TV or the big screen. You could argue it is due to poor casting choices or weak scripts (Keanu Reeves as Constantine comes to mind).

We tend to believe the popularity of a character has more to do with how you relate to them. The more human and flawed a character seems, the easier it is to like that character. Watching or reading how a character deals with their inner demons and struggles with their conflicts add depth to a character. Doctor Strange has all of this to the nth degree.

Dr. Stephen Strange is a former neurosurgeon. He was a brilliant but egotistical surgeon concerned only with the wealth he earned from his career. A car accident shatters the bones in his hands. The damage effectively ends his ability to conduct surgery since his hands now tremble uncontrollably. Too proud to take on a teaching job, Strange desperately searches for a way to restore his hands. He consults doctors, homeopathic treatments, and travels around the world to remote regions for exotic cures.

Meeting the Ancient One

During his travels he encounters the Ancient One. He becomes a student the old Sorcerer Supreme. Doctor Strange becomes a practitioner of both the mystical arts as well as martial arts. He has a costume with two mystical objects. The Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto. These items give him added powers.

Doctor Strange is aided along the way by his friend and valet, Wong. He also has a large assortment of mystical objects. He takes up residence in a mansion called the Sanctum Sanctorum, located in Greenwich Village in New York City. Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.

The movie will be in theaters November 4, 2016. Benedict Cumberbatch is portraying Doctor Strange.

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