Thanksgiving For The GOTG Holiday Special?

The trailer for The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special debuted right before Halloween. The Disney+ special presentation premiered right after Thanksgiving. For international readers, that’s the American gluttony holiday with a parade to make folks paranoid about getting everyone presents on time for the greed holiday. (Canada has its Thanksgiving earlier than the states, so substitute Battle Of The Haligonian Kaiju here.) So my annual Thanksgiving post became more of a Black Friday/Cyber Monday post due to this awkward scheduling. The headline’s going to be obsolete until next year. It just says holiday in the title, but it’s clearly meant to be a Christmas special. Can we please give the autumn/winter holidays room to breathe? This review contains SPOILERS, but you can inoculate just by watching this feature first since it’s under an hour. Just come back & read this or I’ll cry.

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Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever Boogaloo!

The Wages of Cinema reunited to collaboreview the bittersweet Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. If you’re not ready for SPOILERS, I have a mishmosh of X-Men ephemera for you in the meantime.

Wakanda Forever refutes all MCU movies being formulaic. While I’m predisposed to enjoying them, this feels like one that could appeal to those who’ve sworn off the MCU. (Of course those are least likely to see it unless they’re dragged along or stumble upon this recommendation out of morbid curiosity.) It’s a meditation on grief & legacy. (These wouldn’t be so rare if rightsholders weren’t compelled to reboot main characters not just their mantles.) This feels tonally consistent, which is a notion I often dislike. While there is humor, it’s used sparingly. You don’t need to have seen all the other MCU movies & shows to understand it. The geopolitical stakes are easier to get invested in that multiverse metaphysics. Ruth E. Carter’s costumes & Ludwig Göransson’s score are immersive. Nothing is phoned in. It’s not a rehash of the first film, & there’s forward momentum!

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The Legitimutant X-Men Blog

This mutie miscellany was excised from my Marvel Comics Halloween post. It’s getting harder to title these in any meaningful way. This time I added one of the neologisms I coined, legitimutant. It refers to something that is actually a mutation such as the above standard number of toes on my cat. D-Cat is a legitimutant polydactyl with the power of ensnugglement. It can also be more broadly used to describe things that are genuinely out of the ordinary as opposed to hoaxes. For instance, Riverdale season six is legitimutant because supernatural forces were objectively involved throughout. Riverdale season four is ill-legitimutant because Cheryl’s other dead brother’s ghost was not possessing a doll. (Stop reporting this as otherwise to gullible readers & closing comments so it can’t be corrected, other news outlets!) Her mother was just gaslighting her by ripping off The Boy. Whether Cheryl literally gave Archie’s dad the kiss of life in the season two debut is a gray area. Regardless, Cheryl Blossom is an Omega level mutant.

Oh, yeah! This was supposed to be about X-Men. This contains backlogged rambling on the comics, others’ repackaged jokes about comics canon, commentary on existing Fox films but not much speculation about the MCU, toon talk, rants about toys, & action figure photography. None of this is necessarily in order because organization is hard, & there may be SPOILERS depending on what you’ve already been exposed to.

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Witness the secret origin of how Polaris made her second X-Factor costume!

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Marvelous Hellfire Halloween!

It’s Samhain Season again! That’s another excuse for me to unload more outdated Marvel Comics ephemera. This is distinct from Marvel Cinematic Universe ephemera. (Watch Werewolf By Night again!) Toy talk has been sequestered to the end for your convenience. I’ve also removed the muties so they can get their own post soonish. The DC Comics equivalent could probably fill out more.

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Its flickering candle makes a groovy strobe effect.

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Captain Marvel’s Endgame Is Marvel Legends

Now that Black Adam’s been banished, it’s time for Captain Marvel’s time to shine. No, not SHAZAM! (yet), the other Captain Marvel. Or maybe it’s the other other other Captain Marvel depending on whether you’re more of a comics or movie person. You actually saw a sneak peek at this custom when I touched up King Valkyrie & Jacked Jane Foster. Now here are some (debatablely) better photos of it along with some minor MCU speculation.

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“SHAZAM! Feel free to tremble.”

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Should You Bet On Black Adam?

I liked Captain Marvel SHAZAM! more than I expected, but I’m not sure if Black Adam needed a whole movie for himself. (It’s a bummer that SHAZAM! Fury Of The Gods got delayed until next year, but at least it should be coming out.) The supervillain has gotten more nuance since he became a fixture in Justice Society Of America comics, but they also amped up him being a brutal Middle Eastern dictator. Doing movies about him mass murdering is more in character makes more sense than Superman or Batman, but I’m not eager for WB to get stuck in this rut. If the movie is a hit, I worry we’ll be back to a glut of grimdark DC movies. If it bombs, I worry WB won’t attempt adapting any characters riskier than Batman. I’d like to see the Justice Society get more mainstream attention, but I don’t want them being upstaged just to show how badass Black Adam is.

Complicating matters is mess that Warner Brothers Discovery has quickly become. Even though this movie was made pre-David Zaslav trying to ruin the company from within, the current leadership will take credit if it’s successful. (Walter Hamada furiously quit as President Of DC-Based Film Production upon Zaslav unilaterally shelving Batgirl.) Some Twitter randos said it was right to cancel Batgirl because she’s an obscure character nobody cares about, implying Black Adam wasn’t cancelled because he’s much more popular. Seriously? For a movie claiming to open on Friday, it sure had a full day of Thursday screenings. Lightning strike “continue reading” if you want to get to SPOILERS. DC League Of Super-Pets spoilers are a bonus.

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This is more of a misdirect than a spoiler. SHAZADAM is a snappier name, regardless.

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Did She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Pass The Bar?

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law was my most anticipated Disney+ series in theory. In practice, nearly everything about it aside from Tatiana Maslany is troubling. Will SHAAL be greater than the sum of its concerning parts? Did scheduling the finale after the howlingly good Werewolf By Night make it look worse? Smash the “continue reading” link for season one SPOILERS! I swear they eventually manifest after the second image. There will be some pettifogging.

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No offense to the overworked animators, but I couldn’t resist a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” joke.

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Werewolf By Night By Disney+ Is A Howl!

The Disney+ Halloween special, Werewolf By Night, came out the same week as She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s penultimate episode guest-starring Daredevil. It’s also up against Batman: The Audio Adventures season two, Pennyworth: The Origin Of Batman’s Butler season three with its new longer title, the latest Hellraiser, Luckiest Girl Alive, The Midnight Club, & US Netflix finally releasing Derry Girls series three.  They could’ve waited until closer to Halloween so it’d have less streaming competition. (In the trick or treat spirit, I’m tossing in bonus mini-reviews of Fakes & Yellowjackets at the end.) New York Comic Con is on now too.

WBN is definitely worth your attention though. It clocks in under an hour so be warned there’s not much to not SPOIL. (Apparently that counts as feature-length by Oscars standards.) This special is all killer no filler!

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The Boys Season 3 Is Back in Town

This third season overview of Amazon’s The Boys is relatively punctual compared to my review of the first two seasons. (I threw in my reaction to Deadpool 3 news too.) This was also made possible courtesy of my patron, Korey Hughes. SPOILERS for The Boys season three abound, but none for its Diabolical cartoon spinoff because it wasn’t included in the professional quality bootleg DVDs. For instance, there is no sequence set to Garbage’s “Boys Wanna Fight.” I haven’t found any fan edits of this either despite putting the idea out into the world. C’mon, this is low hanging fruit! I like Christopher Lennertz‘s end credits scores though.

This series says “supe” so much it made made me crave lobster bisque. Do not have a drink every time they say it. Your liver will kill you in self-dense. Have a glass of milk instead. Here’s a portrait of my cat reconstructed from The Boys trailer stills!

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MCU Musings

I’ve got a backlog of writing that’s more esoteric than my usual rants. Since my neophyte blogging days, however, I’ve learned it’s better for site traffic to prioritize blogs that are newsworthy in the moment. (Even being well timed, however, isn’t a guarantee they’ll be popular upon posting.) Then when there isn’t anything trendy happening in a given week, I get confused over which ramble is most worth editing into something readable.

That was going to be the case last week, but then I heard D23 was happening. So after postponing to see if anything earthshaking was revealed, it was more of a Loki lowkey affair aside from a Werewolf By Night trailer & Thunderbolts roster. So then I opted not to rush to publish my thoughts. Instead this is mostly rambling Marvel Cinematic Universe cold takes. I held back some stuff that’d be germane to She-Hulk: Attorney At Law & Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In addition to general MCU & adjacent Spider-Man, I’ll start off with hypothetical X-Men. Belated Marvel Comics rants will be a future blog.

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