‘Grunge is a good look for you.’ – Captain Marvel, 2019

Happy Monday folks! I somehow forgot to post last week, but my excuse was it was a super hectic week in the lead up to Easter. Seb was with me a few weeks ago and we went to see the big Superhero movie out – Captain Marvel. Check out my thoughts!

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, using her powers – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

We’re in the year that this librarian was born – 1995 – on the Kree planet of Hala (yes those bad guys). A member of their starforce, (Carol Dan) Vers, suffers from amnesia and recurring nightmares with an unknown woman. Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander (played by Jude Law, in a pair of contacts which just makes him look so uncanny valley I struggled to look at him), trains her to harness her powers and not let them take over, whilst the Supreme Intelligence, who runs the Kree – and turns up looking like the person someone most respects (In Ver’s situation, it’s the unknown woman).
Long story short – Carol is on an adventure to find out who she actually is, with all the crazy Marvel shenanigans along the way!

Agent Fury and Carol Danvers, chilling in a warehouse – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

I have to say I liked Captain Marvel. It was a good date night film. We both seemed to enjoy sitting there for a couple hours and watching it. @sebonthesilvermountain has more wrong with it than I did. But I’ve never watched all of the Marvel movies, as I have no inclination to. I pick and chose which look best to me – and Captain Marvel looked interesting. I’m totally for female empowerment.
However, I’m not sure Brie Larson was the right pick of Captain Marvel. Tom Holland can hold a scene as Spiderman, but I’m not sure that Brie can as Captain Marvel. I’m interested to see how she is in Avengers before I make a final decision on her – but right now I think the plot was great and it looked stunning… but maybe she’s not right for the role?

What were your thoughts on Captain Marvel? Did you love it or hate it? Was it 1990’s enough for you? What about Brie Larson?

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‘Only best buddies execute pedophiles together.’ – Deadpool 2

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extra day of weekend! I sure did, which is why this review is out on a Tuesday and not a Monday! I have done a lot of walking, enjoying myself at my local county show, and then going to the cinema. My review of that movie next week. This week is my review of the movie I saw last weekend – Deadpool 2.
Without further ado, review incoming!

 

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Deadpool loves you. – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

Deadpool 2 is the 11th (yes 11th!) installment to the X Men franchise. The storyline for this movie is hilarious, and is as follows, I can’t describe it better than this:

 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

I don’t know what I can say without giving spoilers so SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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The Creation of Deadpool – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

I loved this movie. Every second. Whilst some of the scenes felt a tad rushed (the Xforce bit especially). And sure some of the skits were played for laughs, but it works for a Deadpool movie – it’s meant to be stupid and funny. I actually think it was better than the original movie. This one felt better planned, the jokes were just as funny if not funnier, and there were more characters having to deal with Deadpool’s crap. I would be annoyed to have to deal with him all day too. Domino is a babe, and I love her a lot. She was amazing. Go Domino! Also go Cable, Negasonic, Yukio (Hi Wade! Hi Yukio!) and Firefist! Go team!
Much of the dialogue in Deadpool is ad libbed, which makes the movie funnier in my opinion. Ryan Reynolds has been seen saying that he had many different lines for each joke, and wasn’t burning any film so felt like he could just say lines until one stuck or felt right.
The death of Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa, was very sad. But hey it’s been all retconned so never mind! (The end credits scenes were probably the best part of the film. Very funny)

The writing out of the X-men from being in the movie was hilarious. They just shut the door on helping him out. Purely ignoring his existence. Very funny. Also means they don’t have to pay lots of money for all of the X-Men for the whole of the film. His X-Men clothing was very funny, the yellow shirt over his uniform, and his call back to his X-Force clothing (white and black) was also very good.

I would really recommend people watch Deadpool 2. Especially if they’ve seen the first. Go watch it. It’s a good 2ish hours of your life.

[Header Image: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018]

‘Tell Gamonda to call me!’ – Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, 2017

Hello everyone! I’m back! I enjoyed my randomly gifted weekend off from our resident Man on the Silver Mountain. It gave me enough time to begin writing again! I’ve really enjoyed getting back to my stories. Oh – and to play a lot of video games… don’t judge me, okay?

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Our daring team! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

This weeks review is (almost) a sequel to my previous review about Telltale’s Batman. While not of the same branding, it’s almost Marvel’s answer to it. Firstly, I want to point out that – like Batman- this is Telltale’s Guardians, not the movies. All the characters are based on the comics, not the movies. And the movies aren’t mentioned. Remember, no movies here. Okay – now that’s been set straight, here we go!

Let’s get in the mood for it with some ELO, which just so happens to be the theme song for this game!

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Spaaaaaaaace! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

Anyway, back to the review! –
The plot centers on the Guardians finding an artifact of great power, the ability to bring people back from the dead. Each Guardian individually covets this power (for spoiler reasons). Some want to get rid of it completely some want to use it to bring back a loved one. I’ll let you play the game to know who wants what. But I can let you know that the Guardians must protect it from the malicious Kree Hala the Accuser who wants it for herself. The Kree were all killed out, and her ship is the last of their kind. She wants her son back. She wants her people back. It’s an understandable want. Except she’ll kill to get it.

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Gamora and Nebula look much more like their comic counterparts – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

The writing for this game was superb. I loved that it wasn’t even about the films; I was able to feel like I was playing each and everyone of the characters was fully rounded, even the secondary character arcs, and I felt sad at each death, maybe-death and even when things just didn’t work out properly for our characters.I loved every moment of this game. At certain points you get to see Peter’s Mum, go back inside his memories of her. It was incredibly sad watching her die, especially because you’re playing a 10 year old character at the time. Drax’s family was a crazy minefield, and I just want to hug him now. Rocket’s girlfriend Lylla was hella amazing, as was Gamora’s upbringing and even playing as Groot was so cool! I love Telltale storytelling, and there were points I wanted to laugh, points I wanted to cry. It was amazing. Seriously, give it a go.

Like Batman I will put my choices down below! SPOILERS AHEAD:

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Have you played Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you love or hate Telltale? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017]

‘Children want to read Fairy Tales. Adults want to read Superheroes’ – Superheroes Decoded,

I hope you enjoyed last weeks review from Man on the Silver Mountain! He’ll be back many times in the future, so look out for more posts from him!
In other news, I spent my time researching and came across Superheroes Decoded. It talks about the story of America and the history in conjuction with the Superhero story. From the 1930s to the blockbuster films of today, it details how they evolved to become a modern mythology – Superman equating to Hercules. The documentary includes film clips, vintage comic artwork and interviews with creators, experts and fans – including new creators such as Patty Jenkins, the director of 2017’s Wonder Woman, as well as George RR Martin or Neil Degrasse Tyson the scientist. They also have Stan Lee on, which is amazing because he literally wrote half of the Supers we know today!

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Even the Supers couldn’t get enough! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

This documentary is amazing. It goes into some of the immense detail of each superhero, linking them to the history of the time.
Our first superhero, Superman, became a run away hit for Action Comics (later DC). He’s first seen throwing a car over a cliff. He was the first superhero to have a television and radio show, his own merchandise – his popularity was through the roof. His origin story is a modern legend – everyone knows that Jor El sends his son to Earth to save his life.
Our next big superhero was Batman, a complete opposite from Superman. Not a symbol of hope but almost a symbol of darkness. “Bring me something like superman but not Superman” – Batman is a superhero with a dark side.
Our next big supers were during the 1940s, which were our favourite captain, Captain America. The attack on Pearl Harbour threw Cap into the forefront of World War II comics. He is created as a super soldier, but his super power existed way before the serum was injected into him. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, empowering women to fight against Nazis and enemy spies at home.
This episode was a real indepth look into how our supers were formed, and it was an amazing watch. I found out things I never thought I would have known!

 

Episode one talks about our love of Legends, the Superheroes that have stayed with us forever. Episode two however talks about those breaking the mould. Not every hero wears a cape! This story is about the outsiders that were made to redefine what it means to be a superhero – think Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy etc.

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1950’s comic history, here we come! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

For instance, the X-Men are one of our rebels. The foundation of the Xmen; “We’re different but the same as everybody else.” The Sentinels were supposed to be bigots – the X-Men theme of fighting prejudice was an allegory about society, about how blacks fought back against whites. There are two factions in the X-Men; Charles Xavier who believes that they can all get on and Magneto who believes that X-Men are better than humans. This story is the story of the relationship between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X – King wanted an integrated society whereas Malcolm X wanted to keep fighting against society. Storm became the first female and black leader of a team, made to subvert the idea that only white men could be leaders. Jean Grey, no longer the token female, was changed into the super powered woman she was today – the woman we know as Phoenix. She has to be one of my favourite characters, her struggle for power, a woman that eats stars, versus her strive to do good.  The heroes and antiheroes of the X-Men really helped bring everyone together!
This brings us to The Falcon – Stan Lee wrote this to change the stereotypical idea about blacks and whites. He was significant, he was there to show that blacks and whites can and should work together. According to the documentary, he was made just after the Civil Rights act, the bringing together of people.
And what about Luke Cage? The man with the most amazing fashion sense and the best catch phrase “Sweet Christmas!” Cage’s origin is a man treated unfairly, going to jail for something he never did.

If there’s one thing I recommend you do, it’s watch Superheroes Decoded because if I explained EVERY SINGLE THING I wouldn’t have enough time to write everything! Catch it online or repeated on the History channel!

Catch the scene about the sexualisation of women in the ’90s below!

 

Did you see Superheroes Decoded? What was your thoughts – love the history or don’t really care? What was your favourite fact? Leave a comment below!

[Header Image: Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017]

‘I’m fluent in Google Translate’ – Dr Strange, 2016

I’ll be the first to say it, I struggle to keep up with Marvel’s films. I wasn’t really into comics when Iron Man came out, so in my head the character is a bit over-rated. I have seen Avengers #1 and #2, Antman and now Dr Strange. I had always wanted to see it due to it having Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s name I was sure was a fake name until 3 seconds ago when I wiki’d it). It was on Sky Cinema, so as I was at Luke’s house he decided to put it on.

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Strange learning how to magic with Mordo – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

Dr Steven Strange is a world renowned brain surgeon – the beginning of the movie shows him operating, while dancing to a 1970’s song I can’t remember the name to. Unfortunately, his career comes to a steaming halt as he has a car crash (after basically texting and driving! Don’t do it kids!) His hands become unusable; they shake uncontrollably and he undertakes multiple operations to become healthy again. All of these fail, his hands still shake and he is now out of money – he presumably had to sell the dozens of fancy watches he owned to pay for his treatment. He travels to Japan for “treatment”, Jonathon Pangborn (a man who had no use of his legs and can now walk) tells him where to go, and our valiant hero Dr Strange is born.

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The Eye of Agamotto, worn by strange as one of his legendary artifacts – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

He’s kind of thrown into the deep end. Without prior warning he’s told he has to basically save the world – be an Avenger for the mystical. The Ancient one basically decides that he’s the next messiah, even though she has powerful Mordo by her side, and tells him he has to save the world. Without giving too much away he does, and he uses that clever little Eye of Agamotto to do it. If it’s used too often the user happens upon a time loop and repeats the same place in time again and again and again.

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KISS HIM PROPERLY, CHRISTINE! The cheek doesn’t count! – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

My one issue? Christine Palmer and Steven not kissing. I spent most of the movie on the heights of sexual tension; looking at each other, making jokes about children (the Palmer-Strange / Strange-Palmer technique)
The one time she gives him a kiss it’s on the cheek! I was so mad! I like a good romance in a film, and I thought there’s was cute – exes who still work together and still obviously like one another.

All in all I really liked Dr Strange, and look forward to the next one. He’s probably one of my favourite Marvel heroes, he’s smart and arrogant but has a softer side about him. Perhaps his American accent will be better next time! Now I just need to watch all of them in order!

Check out the trailer below!

 

Have you seen Doctor Strange? What did you think? Did you like the character? What about his American accent? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016)

Free Comic Book Day 2017!

I’m out of the Library this week, so thought I’d do a quick celebratory post this week, with my one sentence reviews of the few comics I got for Free Comic Book Day 2017.

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Comics mentioned – Rick and Morty, Oni Press, 2017; Riverdale, Archie Comics, 2017; Secret Empire, Marvel Entertainment, 2017; Wonder Woman, DC Comics, 2017; Lady Mechanika, Benitez Productions, 2017

Have you read any of the free comics? Looking forward to reading the actual comics? What did you get for Free Comic Book Day? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Free Comic Book Day Icon, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/)

‘I am Groot’ – Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Does it live up to Volume 1?

I’ll be the first to admit that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is amazing. I will also be the first to admit that I have seen but a mere handful of the films, (please don’t hate me just yet!) One of my favourite actors at the moment is Chris Pratt, and seeing as he’s the protagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy, I just had to see it! Though I have not read any of the Guardians of the Galaxy, I don’t feel like you need to to  enjoy the story from the film. Without futher ado…I am Groot.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017

If nothing else the music in this film is amazing. Within the first few minutes of the film starting, Groot was dancing along to Electric Light Orchestra’s Mister Blue Sky. If that’s not a masterpiece in itself then I don’t know what is. For anyone that’s come into the library, they’ll probably have heard this on quietly in the background many a time. It is one of my favourite songs. I am also a fan of George Harrison’s Sweet Lord and Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. If you’re also into music of this time period, you’ll enjoy this movie purely for it’s musical value.

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I am Groot! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017

There’s one bit at the end of the film that seemed a bit OTT to me. Two characters, who’s identities shall remain secret, get into a big battle and begin to destroy everything around them. Though this is key to the plot, I felt like the out and out destruction seemed a bit much. The last super hero film I saw that had that much destruction in it was Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we know how well that film did! It’s redeeming feature at this point is that I actually cared about the people fighting; unlike in Batman VS Superman where I couldn’t care less who won.

This is slightly spoliery, but not really – but the MCU loves it’s after credit scenes. Obviously Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would have one. What I didn’t expect was it for to have five! Some of them are a bit Easter-egg-y (like the Groot one), whereas others set up new characters and plot points. I have no idea how the cinema’s staff feel about people sitting in the theatre until the last minute!

All in all I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Though there were times that characters sort of said how they felt rather than showed it, it still had the same quirkiness and love that the original had. It’s not a disappointing watch at all.

Check out the trailer below!

 

 

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 or 2? Going to see it at the cinema? Who’s your favourite character? I am Groot? Leave a comment below!  

(Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017)

Marvel’s X-Men Gold #1 and the Controversy Around it

Sorry for the missing post last week! Thing’s have gotten hectic at the Library – it’s the Easter holidays so lots of people have come in! So firstly let me apologise for that. However, when I was thinking about what to post, something bad hit the comic book world. The artist for X-Men Gold Issue #1 has come under fire for antisemitic references, hidden in the art of the comic.

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Cover art of Kitty Pryde leading Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey – X-Men- Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017

X-Men Gold, a splinter team of the original X-Men, lead by Kitty Pryde; known for the power of intangibility (or the ability to phase through solid objects). X-Men Gold #1 was her first comic as leader, and unfortunately she has become included in the disaster that now surrounds it.
A brief summary of the events are as follows. Ardian Syaf, the artist of X-Men Gold #1 referenced a verse from the Koran and the date of a Jakarta protest, all hidden quite well in the artwork. The Koran verse, 5:51, states something along the lines of “Oh you who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians as leaders/advisers.” The Jakarta protest is a Muslim protest against their Christian governor Ahok.

Here’s the full statement from Marvel Comics; “Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”

 

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Kitty Pryde, a Jewish American, standing by to a store that says 212, date of the Jakarta protests. Next to her a store that says ‘Jewellery’ with the ‘-ellery’ bit obscured – X-Men Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017

Now this is all my own opinion – I am unsure what to think about this. I am very much of two minds. Though I understand fighting against tyrants, and am fully for being inclusive and what Governor Ahok did was wrong, I do not agree with the way Syaf has gone about it. Just putting it in a comic book about being inclusive (the X-Men date back to the times of Luther King and Malcom X, and the fight of blacks Vs whites) I don’t agree with the antisemitic way that it this has all taken place. I think placing it any other comic wouldn’t have been so damming for Syaf, but a comic that is all about living peacefully together in an unpeaceful word? That was not the way to go. It’s unfortunate he probably won’t work in the comics industry ever again, his art is very good, but after this I don’t think he deserves to work in such an inclusive business. All in all, I’m glad that Marvel are firing Syaf for his actions. I just hope this doesn’t tarnish Marvel more than they already have been.

 

Have you read X-Men Gold? Will you after all this? Do you have the super rare Issue 1, with all the references in them? Do you believe they were antisemitic? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: X-Men Gold #1, Marvel Entertainment, 2017)

‘Logan… I have to pee’ – Marvel’s Logan, is it as good as everyone says it is?

I ventured out of the library last night to go see Logan. The question I had when I left was ‘Is it as good as everyone says it is?’ The simple answer to this is YES. You can leave now, you don’t have to read the rest. In fact, go and watch it, ASAP.

Oh…you’re still here, right…I should get down to my review then…

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X-23 and Logan holding hands – Logan, Fox 2017 

In the near distant future, mutants are basically non-existent. They’ve been wiped out by a mixture of an incident that Charles caused and the laboratory Transigen – part of the same company that put the adamantium into Logan’s bones. It is important to point out that Logan and Charles are getting old; Charles is a ‘nonagenarian’ and Logan is starting to be poisoned by the adamantium, causing him to not be able to heal the way that he used to – each time he is forced to use his healing powers he gets sicker.

X-23 (or Laura) comes into this in a very unusual manner. Logan is working as a chauffeur, driving a rather nice limo for movie-moguls, hen nights and prom goers. He has Charles locked away (I think for his own safety?), being cared for by Caliban – a mutant-hunting mutant. X-23 comes along from the Transigen Lab program (a mutant with the same powers as Logan), and bam, Logan has to try to be the Wolverine again, except this time he’s actually capable of dying.

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Cool guys don’t look at…sunsets? – Logan, Fox 2017

This movie made me have feels. Many feels. So many feels that I cried twice during it. All the feels. Though, I cry about a lot of things – I am a very emotional person. As a Librarian this is pretty counter productive to my job – I have to tell myself to shush!

Don’t go into this movie expecting it to be a superhero movie. It’s more a character development plot, with fighting badassness on the side. Though, saying that, I don’t think the movie would work without the fighting; the fights are a show of Logan, Charles and Laura’s character development. The fights bring them all together.

I really think everyone should watch this movie. I give it a solid 5 star rating. It’s absolutely amazing.

Below is the trailer for the film, just to get you wanting more!

 

Have you seen Logan? What did you think of it? If not – why? What’s your thoughts on all these Wolverine movies? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Logan, Fox 2017)