Marvel prominently celebrated it eightieth anniversary last year. I recall when Marvel only marked milestones counting back to 1961’s Fantastic Four #1 (with the pre-Marvel debut of Captain America being an asterisk). It seems when DC Comics was celebrating its eightieth anniversary of Batman, Marvel suddenly decided to start counting birthdays back to its Golden Age progenitors, Timely Publications & Atlas Comics. Is this revisionist history correcting an oversight or just a company refusing to let its top competitor have any promotional advantage? You decide, True Believers!
So what does this have to do with this week’s article meat? I just wanted a tangential segue to show off my Jubilee action figure. There’s also a new miscellany of unrelated Marvel musings. Let’s begin with the mootest points. Excelsior!
Once I start writing X-Men, Jubes is officially stealing this catchphrase.
I’ve been spending a lot of time on DC properties lately, what with the Professor Pyg & Joker customs. So before Crisis On Infinite Earths takes over The CW, let’s check in on Marvel’s House of X & Powers of X leading into “Dawn of X.” (HoX, PoX, & DoX for short, soon to be followed by CoX.) Before this SPOILERY dissection of the X-Men’s latest status quo, let’s talk toys! Remember to save Lodge 49 too!
The best part of the MCU having the X-Men & Spider-Man is now they can do a movie inspired by Marvel Team-Up #74! (Which current SNL castmember would an acceptable substitute for Jim Belushi though?)
Last week was a long Legion season three review, so this installment switches it up with fewer words & more amateur photography. (I was working on a Spidey-rant too, but nobody warned me I had to have it edited so fast for it to be topical.) After I debuted my custom Thea “Speedy” Queen, I noted I should spruce up the MCU Scarlet Witch & Vision set too. So I did. It was super easy! Barely an inconvenience! Come for the customs; stay for the Stilt-Man & Typhoid Mary tangents!
Wandavision is proof couple names were a mistake!
Last weekend was very productive for me writing things that weren’t my difficult second novel. I wrote about Agents of SHIELD‘s penultimate season & She-Ra & The Princesses of Power season 2.5 back to back! Now I shall attempt to review the final season of FX’s Legion. (Not to be confused with the angel movie starring Vision, Mockingbird, Speedy, the Blob, & Abe Sapien that was adapted into its own TV show called Dominion?) There’s a reason it doesn’t say “previously on…”
Somebody didn’t commit to their Statler & Waldorf couples costume.
HUZAH! It’s the fiftieth anniversary of San Diego Comic Convention! I didn’t attend, thanks for asking. (I took last week off anyway after reviewing Stranger Things 3.) Did you? Here is my armchair event coverage (loosely arranged by DC, Marvel, & miscellaneous mess) that’s rapidly losing topicality! Wait, shouldn’t it be celebrating it golden anniversary next year?
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, & The Punisher have all been cancelled. Jessica Jones is the last Defender standing. Well her series is done after season three, but it’s the last of Marvel’s Netflix shows to be released. Although I refuse to let go of Kilgrave not being purple, Jessica Jones season one was great. I liked season two more than most thanks to Janet McTeer’s superlative performance as Alissa Jones. Netflix hasn’t released any fun stills to riff on, so I’m falling back on my own natural resource of
cat action figure photos. (Marvel & Netflix care about it so little they didn’t even make any mock covers for it like last season.) Now let’s pour one out with SPOILERS for Jessica Jones season three! Will it finally pay off Chekov’s Stilt-Man?
Had this deleted scene been set after Endgame, Double J could’ve finagled a European vacation from Triple J.
The last X-Men movie was delightful, whereas the last X-Men movie was abysmal! (The pedantic distinction is confusing.) Fox let the co-writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, Simon Kinberg, remake his own crappy movie! Even my The Wages of Cinema pals tapped out on Dark Phoenix. They have no sense of masochism! I was thinking about just writing a whole blog about why I’m not excited about this movie, but I don’t know how many times I can do that after missing the Hellboy reboot. (They took it away just as I was getting motivated to see a matinee.) So I’m doing this SPOILERY review solo! (Don’t worry; I bought a ticket to Godzilla: King of the Monsters instead of supporting this financially.) Shocking no one, this movie is not good. You know who is legitimutantly awesome though? Sauron! Please skip this review to the part where I extol his virtues.