Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Breakdown (and Pinocchio Connections)

Have you watched the trailer for the Avengers sequel? Of course you have it's on CV's Front Page! Have you seen it again? Obviously! Want to watch it again? Of course you do:

Notice anything new? Here are a few things I noticed:

Our first look at the Avengers Quinjet
Is this where "the twins" are being kept?
Who's getting operated on?
Nothing relevant. The Hulkbuster simply looks cool.
Half a second of this guy and I already like him better than the "Days of the Future Past" version. Check out the light up clothes!
Those clothes and hairstyles are very trendy to a past era. Are we time traveling? Flashbacks?
Who the heck is this guy? (Andy Serkis) EDIT: The internet is suggesting Ulysses Klaw.
I wonder what astute excuse was made to get this guy shirtless (again).
There were rumors about the Hulk and Black Widow having some sort of romantic relationship encounter. This confirms its validity.
I wonder what relevance do these ballerinas have to the story.
So, she's basically just going to scream in agony.
Yup.
Not the shield!
Am I the only one who can actually see James Spader's face in this?

EDIT: I missed one that the internet is still buzzing about:

I can see Cap, Hawkguy, Stark, Thor, Banner, Widow, Rhodey, Maria Hill and some mystery woman next to Thor. She's too brunette to be Pepper Potts. She's too tall to be Natalie Portman's Jane Foster. Could she be the actress Kim Soo-Hyun that was cast for a mystery role in the movie? There was a mention of her being a doctor or scientist, but the only "super" person I can think of that might have something to do with all this is the Ultimate's Monica Chang. She was in charge of the AI division in SHIELD.

This trailer went through its own series of troubles since it was earlier leaked online. Originally it was going to air first with the next episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.But apparently this was rushed because of the leak. The only thing that Marvel Entertainment had to say was:

Which is awesome 'cause Marvel continues to keep composure as well as a sense of humor.

Now here's another tidbit about the trailer. The eerie song that you hear in the background should sound familiar to all Disney fanatics. In Walt Disney's 1940's film Pinocchio there was a song that the main puppet sang called "No Strings". The ongoing analogy that seems to be going on as to do with puppets and Ultron not having any "strings":

Sound familiar yet? Disney is making a cameo in the Marvel trailer! (It is the same company after all.)

Bottom line is I can't wait for the film to premiere and Joss Whedon keeps knocking them out of the park.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Breakdown (and Pinocchio Connections)

Have you watched the trailer for the Avengers sequel? Of course you have it's on CV's Front Page! Have you seen it again? Obviously! Want to watch it again? Of course you do:

Notice anything new? Here are a few things I noticed:

Our first look at the Avengers Quinjet
Is this where "the twins" are being kept?
Who's getting operated on?
Nothing relevant. The Hulkbuster simply looks cool.
Half a second of this guy and I already like him better than the "Days of the Future Past" version. Check out the light up clothes!
Those clothes and hairstyles are very trendy to a past era. Are we time traveling? Flashbacks?
Who the heck is this guy?
I wonder what astute excuse was made to get this guy shirtless
There were rumors about the Hulk and Black Widow having some sort of romantic relationship encounter. This confirms its validity.
I wonder what relevance do these ballerinas have to the story.
So, she's basically just going to scream in agony.
Yup.
Not the shield!
Am I the only one who can actually see James Spader's face in this?

This trailer went through its own series of troubles since it was earlier leaked online. Originally it was going to air first with the next episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.But apparently this was rushed because of the leak. The only thing that Marvel Entertainment had to say was:

Which is awesome 'cause Marvel continues to keep composure as well as a sense of humor. Now here's another tidbit about the trailer. The eerie song that you hear in the background should sound familiar to all Disney fanatics. In Walt Disney's 1940's film Pinocchio there was a song that the main puppet sang called "No Strings". The ongoing analogy that seems to be going on as to do with puppets and Ultron not having any "strings":

Sound familiar yet? Disney is making a cameo in the Marvel trailer! (It is the same company after all.)

Bottom line is I can't wait for the film to premiere and Joss Whedon keeps knocking them out of the park.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Breakdown (and Pinocchio Connections)

Have you watched the trailer for the Avengers sequel? Of course you have it's on CV's Front Page! Have you seen it again? Obviously! Want to watch it again? Of course you do:

Notice anything new? Here are a few things I noticed:

Our first look at the Avengers Quinjet
Is this where "the twins" are being kept?
Who's getting operated on?
Nothing relevant. The Hulkbuster simply looks cool.
Half a second of this guy and I already like him better than the "Days of the Future Past" version. Check out the light up clothes!
Those clothes and hairstyles are very trendy to a past era. Are we time traveling? Flashbacks?
Who the heck is this guy?
I wonder what astute excuse was made to get this guy shirtless
There were rumors about the Hulk and Black Widow having some sort of romantic relationship encounter. This confirms its validity.
I wonder what relevance do these ballerinas have to the story.
So, she's basically just going to scream in agony.
Yup.
Not the shield!
Am I the only one who can actually see James Spader's face in this?

This trailer went through its own series of troubles since it was earlier leaked online. Originally it was going to air first with the next episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.But apparently this was rushed because of the leak. The only thing that Marvel Entertainment had to say was:

Which is awesome 'cause Marvel continues to keep composure as well as a sense of humor. Now here's another tidbit about the trailer. The eerie song that you hear in the background should sound familiar to all Disney fanatics. In Walt Disney's 1940's film Pinocchio there was a song that the main puppet sang called "No Strings". The ongoing analogy that seems to be going on as to do with puppets and Ultron not having any "strings":

Sound familiar yet? Disney is making a cameo in the Marvel trailer! (It is the same company after all.)

Bottom line is I can't wait for the film to premiere and Joss Whedon keeps knocking them out of the park.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Reasons Why Marvel's Ant-Man Movie is in Danger

After Avengers: Age of Ultron the third Marvel Cinematic Universe phase will begin with Marvel's Ant-Man. The thing is that there have been so many problems with it that makes me think this movie is in trouble.

First, let me establish why the movie started out with so much potential. Ant-Man has been "in progress" since before Marvel released Iron Man in 2008. Since then, the man ready to direct the movie has always been Edgar Wright. Actually, in 2006 he was interviewed about his idea for the movie:

What we were originally going to get, according to the interview with SuperHeroHype, is a movie where Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) was a super hero in the 60s, just like in the Tales of Astonish comic. After a prologue like that, in the present, Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man) would be introduced to take the Ant-Man suit. For whatever reason, the two characters would eventually team-up through astute measures, and there you have your movie.

"Homework"

This all made sense up until January of this year (2014), when Wright blogged an image with the simple subtitle of: "Homework". (I wrote a blog about it some time ago.) The image was taken from the fith episode of the second season of the animated series: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (EMH). The title of the episode was: "To Steal an Ant-Man". In this episode Scott Lang was introduced and he steals Pym's work in order to save the life of his daughter Cassie.

The premise, at the moment, didn't sound too bad. I was excited for it. It seemed in agreement with the fist appearance of Lang in the comics: The Astonishing Ant-Man #47 (that has a lot of parallels with the EMH episode and according to Wright, the initial inspiration for the movie). It was afterwards, when the official anouncements began, that everything seemed to go on a downward spiral.

Age

It began with the cast announcements. Michael Douglas was added to the cast as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd would be Scott Lang. This agreed with what we already knew about the premise. In the animated series (and parts of the comic) the story worked perfectly because Pym was going through some sort of depression and had quit the Avengers. The age difference between Pym and Lang were nonexistant, and the villain was William Cross (Crossfire). The episode was fun and emotional (when you put a kid in danger, in this case Cassie Lang, things get emotional). The team-up between Ant-Man (Lang) and Pym's new hero persona, Yellowjacket, worked. Proving that Hank didn't have to be old to be somebody's mentor.

In the comics, Hank has taken on many identities as a super hero: Ant-Man, Giant Man, Yellowjacket and even Wasp. The only identity he has ever shared with anybody else has been Ant-Man and it was with two other super heroes (Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady). What am I getting at? To talk about the villain of the movie in question.

Villain

Time goes on and it is announced that the movie villain would be William Cross. In my mind that made sense, even though Crossfire is escentially a Hawkeye villain, in the planned story, Scott and Cross have some rivalry. It's also good to consider that Ant-Man's rougue gallery is not that vast since his challanges tend to be more on the scientific side. A borrowed villain is not a problem, but when we were told that William Cross would be Yellowjacket instead of Crossfire, geeks got mad and I was one of them.

In San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year it was announced that the actor who would take the villain role would be Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris). Along with this announcement came another controversy, but I'll get to that later. It wasn't very long after when the man we all trusted in left. You should all know that one of the reasons, at least the fan in me, I had such high expectations about the movie were because of the director: Edgar Wright.

Director

Wright's repertoire has many movies that match the genre hoped for a super hero story. (To get what I'm talking about watch Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.) It was expected that the final product would impress. Everything changed when --the Fire Nation attacked-- the announcement arived: Edgar Wright Officially Leaves Marvel's Ant-Man.

If you didn't know about this: What rock have you been living under?! For all of us who knew this announcement was a punch to the gut, just a cm away from our nerd senses. Apparently, Wright and Marvel couldn't agree on some things so they decided to go their separate ways. Allow me to explain why this is so relevant:

Like I mentioned before, way before Marvel Studios existed, even before Iron Man, Edgar Wright wanted to make an Ant-Man movie. In interviews and more he made that fact very clear. Marvel worked with him to try and make this a reality, but his other movies got in the way of this happening. Meanwhile, Marvel began building the MCU. Marvel was great by allowing Wright to catch up since they didn’t include Ant-Man in their plans... yet. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne (Wasp) in the comics were founding members of the Avengers (even before Captain America) and she was even the one who named the team. Still, Marvel didn't include them in the Avengers movie because, apparently, they were waiting on Wright. This was a more-than-ten-years process and recently we could finally see some fruits of Edgar's labor; just before he left the movie.

Post-Wright changes

My frustriation was not towards Wright leaving the potentially great Ant-Man adaptation (well, just a little bit.) It was directed towards the high-expectation turned disapoinment that made me think of a "What If" world where Marvel could've included Ant-Man and Wasp in the Avengers movie. Sure, it's too late for that... Afterwards I thought: We could just enjoy what we have. But we had it re-written. Peyton Reed (Yes Man!, Bring It On!) was chosen as the new director and Adam McKay gave Edgar Wright's script a bit of a "push" by re-writing parts of it. I don't question their capacity in the industry, if they had worked with Kevin Fiege (president of Marvel Studios) from the start, I'm sure the final product would have been amazing. But it's just an "if". They didn't "from the start" and there were over ten years of expectation that went down the drain.

“Wasp”

Shortly after the second controversial announcement from SDCC about the casting choices arose: Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Real Steel, The Hobbit) would play Hope Van Dyne. Not Janet; Hope. For us Marvel fans, Ant-Man without Wasp is not something we are used to. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne will always be together and it is a hard thing to separate them (Not even domestic violence!). Making Michael Douglas Hank Pym left one question: Is Janet the same age?

This is what we know about Wasp in the movie: Janet and Hank were married; they probably were super hero partners in the 60s. There was an accident that killed Janet and left Hank alone with their daughter Hope. Then, Janet exists (or existed) but let us dwell more: Did Wasp exist or just Janet? If Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne had a daughter, why is her last name Van Dyne and not Pym? Does this mean that Hope will be Wasp?

I don't have the answers, but I can tell you that Hope Van Dyne does exist in the comics. Se exists in an alternate universe where Hank and Janet had a daughter named Hope Pym ("MC2"), but she grew up to be a super villain with very bad fashion sense named Red Queen. Will she be a villain in the movie? Probably not. Marvel needs a romantic interest for Paul Rudd's character and will eventually need a Wasp for their Avengers. If we don't have Janet, why not use her daughter from an alternate universe. (WTH?!) Just when I got used to the idea that this would be a totally different character than expected, Evangelline Lilly shows off a new haircut that makes her look a lot like her "deceased mother". In other words, she's esentially playing Janet Van Dyne-Pym/Wasp completely for the exception of her name.

As you can see, the production process of this movie has only caused me frustration. It started out as a great idea with lots of potential, and now it just looks like Marvel Studios are making it up as they go. I don't deny the possibility that this movie will be a complete success and might win me over with an incredibly entertaining, cinematographic experience. (It worked with X-Men: First Class) Remember that moment when you watched The Hunger Games and the part with the Avox girl and Peeta’s amputated leg were omitted? Well, that is how all of us comic book readers feel when a movie adaptation is not done right. I hope that when this movie comes out on July of 2015 I won’t feel this way, but I can’t help but think this movie is in danger of being Marvel Studios first legitimate flop.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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The 5 Super Heroines that Deserve their Own Movies

If you haven't noticed by now, super heroines (or female super heroes) get the short end of the stick when it comes to starring in movies. It's true that we have Black Widow in movies like Iron Man 2, Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and soon Age of Ultron. Agent Peggy Carter was in Captain America: The First Avenger and will next star in her own television series titled Agent Carter.

Also Wonder Woman will make an appearance in Batman Vs. Superman and will be in the Justice League movie. Other characters like Pepper Potts, Gwen Stacy, Lady Sif, Catwoman and the ladies of the X-Men have demonstrated heroism acts in movies lately.

But even with so many female characters in the movies none of them have had the lead. Let me tell you of five movies with female protagonist that the studios must make:

5. Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman

One of the most prominent Avengers characters is Jessica Drew, who has one of the most extraordinary origin stories in the history of comics. Actually, her story could easily be translated into a movie. Even though her name tends to relate her to Peter Parker she has nothing to do with Spider-Man...

Concisely I'll explain her origins: Jessica Drew is the daughter of a scientist who experiments on her when she is still in her mother's womb. The experiment consists of using spider venom which gives her abilities that parallel that of a spider's. For some reason, she is raised by hybrid human/animal creatures on Mount Wundagore just to be later be adopted by Viper/Madame Hydra who raises her to be a double agent between HYDRA and SHIELD.

Obviously she redeems herself later thanks to Nick Fury and she is now an essential part of the Avengers. Why would her movie work? SPOILER Just look at what's happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). S.H.I.E.L.D. has disappeared thanks to H.Y.D.R.A.'s infiltration in the special force for years. It would make sense for Agent Jessica Drew to question her loyalty to H.Y.D.R.A. after working undercover in S.H.I.E.L.D. for so long. Wouldn't that be a cool movie? Add Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to the cast, maybe Maria Hill and/or Clint Barton/Hawkeye (they are dating in the comics), and you have your movie.

Hail HYDRA!

4. Birds of Prey

Simple, Birds of Prey is the team that consists of (mostly) women who fight crime (usually) in Gotham City. The original members are Oracle (the super-intelligent ex-Batgirl), Black Canary (with the voice of supersonic proportions), and Huntress (the daughter of an alternate universe Catwoman and Batman). Of course, there have been other members that have joined after.

Why make a Birds of Prey movie? We have to admit it, the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics exists and if Warner Bros. wants to catch up to the MCU then they need to introduce characters of their universe as fast as possible. Team movies are the way to do it so that you don't need to dedicate time to each of their origins.

Added to that... What is the only thing Marvel/Disney has not done? Female centered movies. That the way to beat Marvel!

3. Black Widow

Now, it's very hard to say super heroines and not think of Wonder Woman or Black Widow. After three movies (soon to be four) I think Black Widow deserves the spotlight. Originally, Black Widow was a Russian double spy who ended up working for SHIELD. Starting out as a villain who later redeems herself, Natasha Romanov has history with almost every available guy in the Marvel Universe. There is enough history there to flesh out her own trilogy.

The problem with our Russian Avengers is that she has already been established in the movies, her origin story might be a little late in the game. Unless, cue the suspense music please, this is all done in flashbacks. Natasha's more recent story, in her own comic book Black Widow, created the prefect plot for flashbacks. This is where, for past burdens, Widow must go back to Russia.

The only thing I would do is wait for Scarlett Johanson's movie to premiere: Lucy. If the actress can hold her own in the spotlight of this movie, then she deserves her own movie in the MCU.

2. Captain Marvel

DC Comics has Wonder Woman as their feminisim icon, who's Marvel's? It has to be Carol Danvers, known as Ms. Marvel and recently renamed as Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios has mentioned interest in making the character appear in the MCU, she was even confirmed to appear in the cancelled TV series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The thing is, it is a bit hard to tell her origins without introducing a few characters first.

Captain Mar-vell of the Kree alien race is responsible for passing on his powers to the Air Force pilot. After interacting with an alien this way your only option is to become a super hero, right? She went from being Pilot Danvers, to Binary, to Ms. Marvel and now Captain Marvel. During this time she was even the leader of her own team of Avengers. She had to deal with super villains and amongst them her arch nemesis: Mystique.

In this case, making a movie about Danvers is a bit complicated because we would need the story of Mar-Vell first. The good thing is that the alien race will be introduced in August. This year Guardians of the Galaxy will introduce the Kree. After that it would be easy to begin the story of Captain Mar-Vell and eventually Captain Marvel (Carol). Imagine a movie titled Captain Marvel where throughout the whole movie you think that Mar-Vell is the protagonist just so that by the end we figure out the titled referred to the woman of this story. Of course, if Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) were to make an appearance, it'd be better.

1. Wonder Woman

Who else? Well the representative of feminisim in all comics: Wonder Woman. It's surprising that up until this day there has been over six Batman movies, six Superman movies, five of Spider-Man and one animated Wonder Woman movie. We know that Gal Gadot will play Diana Prince in the the Man of Steel sequel. Still, the most memorable woman in the history of comics is not getting the spotlight.

Aside of the story we all know (Island full of women who avoid man's world is found by a pilot and Diana fills the role of ambassador to the isle to return the man back to the U.S. where she decides to reside in order to save the world against the evils that cause men), there is so much more a Wonder Woman movie could demonstrate. For example, the legend is governed by the confusing rules of the Greek myths. Why not have her fight a few Greek gods? Ares? Medusa? Her own father Zeus? Here is an idea of how to do it.

Nobody can deny that Wonder Woman is a feminist icon and she can hold her own just as well as (and sometimes better than) Superman and Batman. Movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent have demonstrated that you can have a movie about a strong and at the same time feminine woman. We need a Wonder Woman movie! Until then, we'll wait for her debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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At the end of the day, neither Disney nor Warner will see this post and thing they need to get to work on one of these movies, but I think it is time they consider it...

Any other women of comics books that you might consider she deservers her own movie?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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"Power and Responsibility"; What Amazing Spider-Man Lacks

Warning, this editorial piece will come with some spoilers from The Amazing Spider-Man and its recent sequel.

Still here? Okay... Don't say I didn't warn you.

Over the course of these past three weeks I've watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 three times. Just as it sounds, the movie did not disappoint, especially with how much I love the character of Gwen Stacy (if you know me at all you know what I am talking about). But I will have to review the whole movie eventually. Right now I want to talk about the most famous phrase from the lovable Spider-Man lore...

You must know that one of the biggest disappointments in these recent movies was not being able to hear someone utter these words that leave such a huge impact. You can discuss with me all you want about how Uncle Ben said the same thing using some different vocabulary during the first movie, but while I don't hear "with great power comes great responsibility" it does not count.

So I have given myself the task of mentioning where in these two movies the phrase could have been said. I have the power to do so; so I shall fulfill my responsibility:

The Amazing Spider-Man: Uncle Ben

There were two instances where these words could have been said. I don't have the script with me but he said something along the lines of: "if we have the power to do something about it is our moral responsibility to do so". Semantically speaking, it is the same but, was it really that hard to reinforce the statement with a "great power comes great responsibility"?

The second time was when he left his nephew a voice message. This is just after he dies and a moment in the movie that simple touches your heart, I won't deny that. Even so, if Marc Webb didn't want these words to be said to Peter's face, why not the voice message?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Richard Parker

What about Peter's father? According to Uncle Ben, the famous words that give Spider-Man his most important lesson originally come from his father. At the beginning of the movie Richard Parker (not talking about the tiger in Life of Pi) records himself revealing secrets about the spiders that would eventually empower Peter. The revelation can't be really seen until the awesome movie's midpoint. Just as he is regretting what he's done his phrase could've come in: "with great power comes great responsibility" and end with: "and it is my responsibility to discontinue these experiments".

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Gwen Stacy

Please let me catch my breath before I talk about this... I promised myself I wouldn't cry. In the recent line of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy sort of takes on the role of mentor for the new Spider-Man (MIles Morales). Actually it is her who teaches MIles the rule he must follow: "with great power comes great responsibility". Seeing as how Gwen is a very relevant Spider-Man lore character, I have no problem with her being who says the phrase.

Where in the movie would it be appropriate for her to say it? After her death; duh. It is a common thing for Peter Parker to receive his lessons from recordings of dead people. In the movie Peter watches the recording of Gwen's graduation speech. She talks about how great they will all become in their fleeting time. She talks about how they shouldn't be marked by their past. She just needed to mention how big of a responsibility they have on their potentially powerful hands.

Of course, this is just my humble opinion. Maybe you don't all agree. Should the phrase have been included in the movies?

By the way, do yourself a favor and go watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Once you do, check if you still miss Toby Mcguire the "original" Spider-Man.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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First Look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on Avengers: Age of Ultron

Last night on ABC a special documentary-type special came on that recorded the process of assembling the Avengers through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This documentary special, appropriately titled Assembling a Universe, not only revealed behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of the first phase of Marvel Studios' movies, but also about the present second phase.

Among the interviews and BTS footage we also got to see concept art on the much anticipated Avengers sequel: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Including, my personal favorite part, concept art on our favorite twin, mutant Avengers: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

What do you guys think on the cinematic take these characters are veering to? Did you guys catch the documentary? If so, what was your favorite part?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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6-Year Vineversary!

I still don't understand how I missed the date again... Guys, 6 years ago I joined Comic Vine!

"This is me still being a geek!"

On January 30th of 2008, I stumbled upon comic book-related images on Google that then led me here, to Comic Vine. (I think it was Spider-Man images...) I joined the the site under the guise of "sora_thekey" since then and have had a blast these past six years.

Usually I ramble and boast about my accomplishments of the year, but the stats haven't really changed all that much since last time. So I'll make it short:

sora_thekey's stats

  • Wiki Points: 18,690
  • Forum Posts: 8,052
  • Reviews: 30 (7 Video Reviews)
  • Lists: 8
  • Followed By: 71,796
  • Following: 302
  • Blogs Created: 329 blogs
  • Most Comented Blog: The Full Secret Avengers Revealed
  • Total Comments on Blogs: 3488 comments
  • Images: 2008
  • Banned: ONCE, but it was a prank done by one of my fellow Mods.

So, I'm just going to finish this blog by saying this:

"Thank you Comic Vine Staff for creating such a wonderful, geeky, internet home for me. Here I've been able to post my art, my writing, my opinions and even my thoughts. This is where I have made some of the best of acquaintances when it comes comic book banter.

On that note, I'd like to single out a few people that have made my six years so awesome: Tony (G-Man), obviously, for giving me the chance to be a part of your site in so many ways. Mat Elfring (inferiorego) & Tom Pinchuk, for still being the best two people I've ever met online. xerox-kitty, The Poet, Icarusflies, RazzaTazz, and Mercy_ who are the users I've most associated with and grown to appreciate more. (All of them are Mods, but just as a disclaimer, I met most of them before they reached a higher moddier power, so that makes this shout-out even cooler.) The rest of my fellow Mods and all of my friends over at the Artist Show-Off forums, also need a mention for being awesome!"

So yeah, thanks for an awesome six years... and here's to many more!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Edgar Wright "Spills the Beans on Pym & Lang" for the Ant-Man Movie

Surely, you've heard the news? Paul Rudd was cast some time ago as "Ant-Man", but just today it was announced that Michael Douglas is Hank Pym.

Well, as baffled as that may leave us Edgar Wright has talked about how this dynamic would work. The Ant-Man director tweeted this today:

I've read through SuperHeroHype's interview and here's a notion of what we can expect in the final product:

SHH!: I think it's interesting that the Ant-Man you knew and grew up with was the Scott Lang one, since most people I would think know the one who hung with the Wasp in "Tales to Astonish."

Wright: Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of "Tales to Astonish" mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it's like an interesting thing, like the "Marvel Premiere" one that I read which is Scott Lang's origin, it's very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we'd spend half an hour on.

"Homework"

Of course, this was a couple of years ago, so it might not entirely be set up as he said it way back then, but we now know what he's getting at. Some days ago Wright also posted on his blog an image from the animated series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes with a simple caption: "Homework". The image (Right) is from episode five of season two, "To Steal an Ant-Man", where Scott Lang is introduced and steals Pym's work for the sake of saving his daughter. Speculation of Paul Rudd playing Scott Lang fits into all of these plot clues we are getting.

I got to hand it to Wright, he certaintly knows how to tease his work.

Source: SHH

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Hank Pym Confirmed for Edgar Wright's Ant Man Movie

We're all still suffering from an information overload, even Post-SDCC. One of the biggest news revealed this past weekend was The Avengers' sequel title: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This has been confirmed to have no relation to this year's Marvel Comics event with the same name, even so, we did get some information on the villain. As you probably already read in this week's Question of the Week Article, the appearance of Ultron will have no relation or involvement with Hank Pym, the original creator. Well, to all of you who voted "it's a big change and I'm not exactly happy about it", fear not, there is a silver lining.

io9.com just posted this:

Just now, we were interviewing Edgar Wright about his new film The World's End, and he told us that we will, indeed, meet Hank Pym in Wright's Ant-Man movie.

There you have it, Hank Pym not in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in Ant-Man. Now, this isn't exactly a huge reveal since most of us expected Pym's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this movie. Even so, confirmation on this allows some breathing room on the constant questioning for this size-changing, original Avenger. Now we can ask what of Janet Van Dyne? What of the original female member of the Avengers?

With this confirmation is there some possibility that Hank will at least cameo in the Avengers sequel?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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