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#1 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@hexthis said:

Marvel, in all honesty, is somewhat stupid about casting when it comes to their own studio. They approached Scarlett Johanssen for Iron Man 2 but just for an unspecified female role, they wanted to work with her but tailored a role around her which is an awful idea. They floated Moonstone and the Scarlet Witch by her but ultimately decided on Black Widow. She does a sufficient job as Black Widow but not necessarily amazing in any way the way RDJr is as Iron Man.

I imagine it's something just as boulder-headed when it comes to Vin Diesel. "Hey Vin, the 18-45 male age bracket likes you so we do too. What role do you want to play?" - so silly.

Is that how they went about it for Scarlett...? That's not how you cast roles. Story first, then find out who would best portray the characters (irrespective of how famous they are), then cast them. Nina Gold (casting director of Game of Thrones) should cast everything – she gets it right.

I agree Scarlett is sufficient, but not as great as Black Widow could be. Avengers gave her a lot more room to work with Natasha, but still lacking something.

In any case, I wouldn't be surprised if this were casting for Guardians of the Galaxy, because all of the casting in that has been kinda wonky. Strange choices all around. Zoe Saladena as Gamora seems to be the most appropriate casting in the entire film so far. Hopefully this is for Vin as Groot or Thanos, which I think would be decent choices. But who knows, at this rate they may cast him as Moondragon.

#2 Edited by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@batmanikk said:

He might make a suitable DareDevil. I hope it's tht because he really needs a re-boot

Thank the lord you are not a casting director. I can not think of a more off-the-mark casting for Daredevil.

I'd say a lot of people are off the mark with their casting ideas for Vin as well. Vision is just a weird choice for him. I know he has more acting ability than we see in Fast & Furious... Iron Giant, Saving Private Ryan, and Boiler Room shows some decent chops, and Pitch Black some good action stuff, but there are way better unknowns out there.

He could work for Groot, Absorbing Man, Drax, and Thanos, but the more sensitive and subtle characters are not the best fit. Utilize his voice, his most distinguishing feature.

#3 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@shackle said:

I'd be willing to bet the new show will be superior, and the whining over the demise of EMH is going to look pretty silly when AA debuts.

I'm willing to bet that there is a good chance it won't be better, unfortunately. Jeph Loeb is in charge of the cancellation/new show and wants to make something more along the lines of the silly Ultimate Spider-Man show. Loeb was once a mighty storyteller, but much of his experience in TV has been rather lack-luster.

Although I had my qualms with the animation/character designs at times (Wasp's hair), I really enjoyed the writing and storytelling. Not only that, but the show was a great mini-Avengers-history-lesson and hit a lot of great points throughout the first season.

Most importantly, people really liked it and followed it, which like others have said helped to prepare newcomers for the film.

#4 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@JonesDeini said:

@Miss_Garrick said:

@Nudeviking: The 2nd Ant Man, Scott Lang, was only a thief to pay for an operation to save his daughter's life, so he is the least dirtbag of the bunch.

Word. I wouldn't consider Hank a dirtbag either. Did he hit Wasp, yes. And as a man who grew up in an a household I would NEVER belittle the real toll of domestic violence. But Hank Pym was A) Never intended to hit her by the writer, it was too late to change the art B) In Story was having one of his (now) sadly familiar psychotic break downs. As a man who struggles with mental illness I can relate to doing things out of character while not fully in control of oneself. Quiet as kept Hank Pym's one of Marvel's most noble and relatable characters, but continues to get a bad wrap because his most iconic moment is an infamous one. Writers like Dan Slott have done their best to rehabilitate his image and move him past his past, but most readers either don't read those stories (Mighty Avengers stands out as the best example) or simply write them off by saying once a wife beater, always a wife beater. Funny how that same logic doesn't apply to Reed Richards or Peter Parker...

On the topic of Eric, I actually like that he's a bastard at his core. I think characters like him are the most interesting to read because they challenge us as readers. Making a character that supposed to be hated, while not making them a caricature is one of the most difficult challenges any writer can face. Doing so while making a reader connect with the character is a twice more herculean trial. A prime example of it being done right would be Ike of Nick Spencer's Morning Glories. He's a smarmy, narcissistic, self-serving, unrepentant bastard and he embodies all the things I hate. But damned if he isn't humorous and charming. And worse yet, damned if I don't relate to him on multiple levels and have to confront that fact and examine myself because of it. John Constantine is likely my second favorite fictional character ever and I find myself at least once an issue going "John, you fraking bastard!!! How could you, man?!" but the thing is I'd hate to see John or Ike "redeemed", that would break the characters for me. It would make them less real if you follow me. Not every character needs to be molded into what the general populace considers a "true" hero. As far as I'm concerned the world needs their irredeemable bastards.

Great, great post. I wish there was a way to "like" or give a rate a post, because that one would get 5 stars.

I agree 100%. I personally prefer the flawed, the rough-around-the-edges, the anti-heroes. The ones who get things wrong sometimes. I think Marvel in general is pretty good at delivering characters like that, ones that are "whole people" – meaning real and relatable. That's why Hank Pym is such an interesting and great character. And Christos Gage is carrying on that kind of story with him in the pages of Avengers Academy, which I hope you are getting to read too, as it is full of great characters. I think what is also important to realize about Hank is that the Wasp forgave him, and he made amends with it too. He still feels guilt over the incident, but it is something they have dealt with together, which is a characteristic of a true hero in my opinion. (I can only hope that your personal situation bore such fruit for you and your family)

But you are also right that even despite all that, Hank will never be fully redeemed in many people's eyes, least of all his own. It's funny how much flak he's gotten for it when Magneto and Wolverine have murdered hundreds of people (one in genocide, the other in the name of "good" supposedly), and yet those two can be on the X-Men and Avengers and whatever else, and Hank takes a back seat in a lot of ways... but again, I think that is self-imposed for him. He doesn't believe he can handle the pressure of the spotlight the way his peers can... (again, read Avengers Academy for more great moments that highlight these qualities)

And as for O'Grady, I have only gotten to know him from his time in the Initiative onward, and I'd agree that his path is certainly one in which he may never be fully redeemed, but that is part of the charm and attraction of the character. You don't necessarily like him, you don't want to be him, but you can still relate, and oftentimes more so than the straight-laced heroes. Because you, me, and everyone else, are human, and we make mistakes too, and that is okay!

My favorites in comics who exhibit some of these characteristics (to varying degrees):

Daredevil (not a wrong-doer, more a "flawed" soul & his "disability"... the ultimate "triumph over adversity" hero in my opinion, I also love him as a person with a "disability" of my own: a learning disability),

Namor, Quicksilver, Prince Charming from Fables (arrogant cads, the lot of them, but with their own set of morals buried beneath their bluster),

Hawkeye (forever in the shadow of his powered and more famous cohorts),

Black Widow (flawed past, love, less-than-altruistic actions),

anyone in the cast of Ed Brubaker's Criminal, Incognito, Sleeper, and Fatale series,

Peter Quill/Starlord of the Guardians of the Galaxy (in a very general sense, he is Marvel's Han Solo. Favorite line, said with defensive vigor: "I get by!"),

Wylie Times and Cole Burns of 100 Bullets (checkered past, reservations on their actions..etc.),

Bras de Oliva Domingos from Daytripper (one of the most real characters I've read in a monthly series, and we get to see him at so many different points in his life – a really beautiful book that might just make you cry),

Asterios Polyp of Asterios Polyp (positively brilliant book written and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli who drew Batman: Year One, starring a arrogant and frustrating central character and a journey of some self-discovery – must-read),

and Casanova Quinn of Casanova (Matt Fraction's acid-trip-time-traveling-spy story that is disorienting, mad, fun, and beautiful all at once).

#5 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

This Ultimate Spider-Man comic is the first Ultimate book I've read or had interest in reading at all, personally. I've been a long-time (well since like 1994) follower of Marvel's 616 universe and tend to stick to that rather than reading alternate versions of them. I personally don't care for the look and feel of a lot of the Ultimate characters I have seen, so I've stayed away. But when I read about Miles taking over as Spider-Man, how young he was, and the different kind of perspective that may bring to the character, I was all for trying out someone else in the mantle with a fresh history, attempting to fill the void of Peter frickin' Parker... Those are some big, much-loved shoes he has to fill, and he is going to have an uphill journey to even be accepted as a real hero... And the main thing is that Miles isn't a clone of Peter (no offense Spider-Woman), and so the book doesn't read like they are trying to make him be like Peter. That's one of the best things about Miles's story as Bendis has been writing it – Miles is totally and completely his own person. He's going experience and see things differently than Peter did, and that is GREAT. I love Peter like everyone else, but the benefit of this Ultimate U version is that he had a lifespan. We loved him while he was here, and now he is gone. So now it is time for Miles's story.

Personally, I think this is one of the best books Brian Michael Bendis has ever written (and I have had mixed enjoyment of his work - loved his Daredevil & Dark Avengers, not so much New Avengers), and I'm on board for Miles's journey for as long as it remains interesting/I can afford it!

@Dedpool said:

Let Spiderwoman train him. She's the most able,and would understand what he's going through being a clone of Peter and all. I also think he should train with Torch Kitty and Iceman, basically anyone who's known him for a while

That's what I figured would happen when she was the one to present him with the costume. (I'm currently 2-3 issue behind in reading, so that's the last thing I saw)

#6 Edited by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@Lt_Cmdr_Kicker said:

At first I had a very high opinion of the show. However, as the show continues, I notice that almost every episode is virtually the same. The lost criminal does something to gain the attention of the main characters, then they go on the hunt. Bringing each one in at the end of every episode. Between the mystery & the flashbacks, there's a not so healthy amount of repetition in this series & I hope they do something soon to change the status quo or else the show might begin to lose viewers.. This is just my opinion thought.

I think it feels that way in contrast to something like Lost, where you have lots of different individual stories, but if viewed out of order would be pretty confusing, Lost was a show built to be watched in sequence.

Alcatraz is made to be more accessible for viewers starting on any given episode, regardless of the order. So they have a little bit more of that "procedural" feel to them, like a cop show or a lawyer show. All of those shows have a standard formula for every episode, but they also have over-arching storylines (think about Olivia Bennett's arc in Law and Order SVU, which develops slowly over the course of ten-odd years).

Fringe, another JJ show, moved more toward the procedural format, showcasing primarily stand-alone episodes, and then branched out for more continuity-heavy stuff later on when they had solid viewership. Fringe also places nuggets of the over-arching story in each episode so that long-time viewers also get something special. I'd say it works pretty well because my mom just started watching this season and they are in their fourth season or so...?

Where I do agree with you is that they need to give us a little more idea of the bigger mysteries in Alcatraz soon to get more buzz flowing about the show and people watching. We're getting information slowly, but I think the mysteries have to be deeper or more shocking or I dunno something... so far it's still pretty vague. The reveal about putting silver in the inmates blood for its healing properties was an interesting one, but still pretty minor/not crazy in the scope of things. We'll see though. I'm enjoying Alcatraz more than The River which I thought was going to be the one I'd like better between the two this season, but I'm finding myself looking forward to Alcatraz more.

Personally, I think it's cuz I really like the three leads, especially Sarah Jones as the detective. She's got a great personality and spunk that I love in female characters. Plus, to get to hang out with one of my childhood heroes every week – Sam Neill, Mr. Alan Grant himself – is a huge bonus. And the ever-lovable Jorge Garcia!

I really hope Alcatraz gets renewed, because like all of JJ's shows I know it will only grow as it goes on.

EDIT: I also wanted to speak a little more to the repetition that you perceive... I think there is that repetition of structure, but each man-out-of-time is pretty different and brings new mysteries to the table. And they aren't all criminals either... we had the prison guard, whose story was one of the best so far – heartbreaking even. The nasty handsome-bank-robber with the sad past, the chemist had a really interesting past twist, and the bleakness of the new fish kidnapper story this past Monday. And that great second episode this week with the twins, and having the entire present-day story taking place inside Alcatraz, giving it a claustrophobic, haunted-house feel... That was a great one, and full of some talented guest-stars.

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#8 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

Woohoo! And then Gabriel Hardman for the rest of the comics! Woohoo! Psyched!

#9 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:

Pak. Rios. Strange.

I am buying the hell out of this.

Yes! Me tooo! Love Emma Rios's art. It's going to fit beautifully with Dr. Strange..!

#10 Posted by daredeville (84 posts) - - Show Bio

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@papad1992 said:

Poor Husk!! I hope this flaking/pealing gets addressed soon!!!

Yeah, that stinks for poor Paige.. I must have missed when that started...!

We have yet to see Chamber or Cannonball as teachers and we are getting a new teacher with... Deathlok?! I love the character, but I seriously don't know how that guy can be a teacher...! Maybe gym teacher or military tactics...? Hopefully he's not a full-timer. I think he is probably best off with Uncanny X-Force, he fit in really well there.

But seriously, I am loving the attention Kitty, Iceman, and Husk are getting, but I also want to see more Chamber and Cannonball. Either one of them should be seen supporting Paige with her skin issues... and I would love to see a rekindling of love between her and Jono... *sigh* the 90's...

Agree fully... Maybe she should try some Dead Sea Minerals Lotion or something!? :P

He he.. yeah, sure that could do the trick! I foresee some students hassling Paige with something like, "If you can't control your powers, how can you teach us to control ours?!" Followed by:

Drama ensues --> Paige + Jono --> Cannonball getting in the middle --> Someone attacks the school --> Character growth.

Wow u just summed up the entire series till issue #30!! Bravo, u just saved me from spending money on a very predictable book!!

Haha.. no, no.. that's the way I would have written it..! :P

...But I'm a hack! I'm sure if Aaron does even follow that sort of path, he'll make it fun and interesting.