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Solo Mode – Captain America and the Avengers

With the kids asleep and some free time on my hands I take a shot a making a video by myself. Hopefully I can be as entertaining as my 5 year old son. Captain America and the Avengers was a game I played endlessly on Sega Genesis. Not because it was so good that I couldn’t put it down, but because there weren’t many games I could actually beat and this was one of them. Enjoy!

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Iron Man 3 Review

Iron Man 3 Iron LegionMarvel’s Phase 2 is officially underway with the release of Iron Man 3, and after everything I had heard about the movie and where the next series of films were going, the word that best describes the movie is “surprising.”

Set after the events of The Avengers, Iron Man 3 spends a lot of time showing us what Tony Stark went through following a battle where a guy in a metal suit fought with a super solider, a green beast and a norse god against aliens from another dimension. Here lies one of the movie’s greatest strengths as Tony basically goes into shell shock after such a huge battle. It’s a completely logical reaction that puts Tony against a mental condition that can’t just be fixed with science and technology like his broken down body in Iron Man 2. Of course this wouldn’t be a super hero movie if there wasn’t some type of physical threat, and that’s where the Mandarin and extremis come in. Exremis is essentially a genetic steroid that destroys the body it’s given to only to rebuild it to an almost indestructible state. This makes regular people a match for Iron Man. Led by the Mandarin, soldiers injected with extremis turn into a terrorist organization set on killing the president of the United States and doing other things that terrorists do. Meanwhile Aldrich Killian, the man who developed extremis, has an axe to grind with Stark after an encounter before Tony became Iron Man that comes back to haunt him. Sir Ben Kingsley plays the Mandarin about as realistically as you could expect such an over the top villain to be portrayed in a movie, leading right into another one of the movie’s strengths. Surprises. This movie has more twists than a bag of pretzels. You never really know who is aligned with who, and at one point it seems to be more political thriller than action movie. Don’t worry, it hits plenty of those action notes though. I guarantee your jaw will drop more than once.

The action and special effects sequences are top notch of course. Like the previous couple of movies, Stark doesn’t actually spend too much time in the Iron Man suit, only this time there are a lot more suits and he doesn’t need to be in them in order to have them function, This premise is used in a lot of creative ways throughout the film, leading to some very unique and thrilling action sequences and even some dramatic moments. The much talked about attack on Stark’s Malibu home was very impressive, and even made you care about the sentient machines as the house is going down. The final battle also spares no expense, and found a way to match the single shot fight sequence featuring all of the Avengers by just having a ton of Iron Man suits doing the same thing (Hulkbuster FTW!)

A big part of this films success goes to Robert Downey Jr, who has his most developed performance as Tony Stark to date. Unlike the Iron Man 2, where Downey seemed to be doing an impression of himself, there is a real depth and natural progression to Tony’s behavior. The laughs and quirks are still there, but it comes with a certain charm that was previously missing. This is specifically so when Tony is without his suit and has to be a hero anyway. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts gets a little lost in the shuffle during the middle section of the movie, but comes on strong in the beginning and ending, essentially becoming as much of a hero as Stark. The same can’t necessarily be said for Happy and Rhodey but it isn’t Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle’s fault as there is only so much movie to go around. Rhodey specifically just gets dumped on for practically the entire film series now that I think about it.

One of the main questions supergeeks liked to ask was how could Iron Man work in a solo movie after the Avengers assembled. What is to keep him from calling his buddies if things got bad. In what was one of very few sticking points I had while watching, they do and don’t answer this question at the same time. On the one hand, you can see how Tony would not contact his superfriends (although it is revealed that he is still in touch with them) but on the other hand, somehow there is no presence of SHEILD as a terrorist group tries to kill the President with fire breathing super soldiers (yeah you read that right). I’d imagine that would be right up SHIELD’s alley.

There was a certain finality that came after the finale of the movie. Characters seemed to resolve all of their issues and move forward, passed the adventures of the last handful of films. If this indeed was Robert Downey Jr’s last appearance as Iron Man, his story was certainly told in it’s entirely. There is very little in terms of loose ends here.

I thoroughly enjoyed Iron Man 3 but not in the way that I thought I would. I expected an action packed movie filled with witty one liners and comic easter eggs that would leave me thinking as much about the next movie as I would this one. One I got instead was an interesting character piece with twists, heart and a personal journey to go along with those explosions and action scenes.

Also, of course you need to stay through the credits, but don’t expect the earth shattering reveals that you were getting in phase one.

 

 

Iron Man 3 Trailer and Screenshots Revealed

The trailer for Iron Man 3 debuted today, and it doesn’t look like things get much easier for Tony Stark after the events of The Avengers. Check it out:

Pretty grim huh? Marvel Studios has also posted this synopsis on the movies website:

“Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”

The movie is based largely on the Extremis storyline, where Tony Stark is severely beaten by a stronger, faster opponent who is using a test drug called extremis. To counter him, Tony is forced to undergo the extremis procedure himself. During the process he injects himself with a control sheath that allows him to control and apply the Iron Man armor mentally, making him faster and more powerful. In the comics, while it does increase several abilities, extremis is considered a virus that will kill most people it inhabits. Only those with a rare genetic code (like Stark) will be enhanced by it. This is where Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin fits in. The Mandarin sets out to expose large amounts of the population to extremis in order to reshape the human race. He is not aware of the consequences and obviously Iron Man must stop him.

It’s a great story that goes into the struggles that Tony has with all of the decisions he has made, both as a former arms dealer and as a hero, and the consequences that he faces, both personal and on a larger scale. The trailer certainly takes steps in that direction. In addition, we also get a shots of the Iron Patriot armor (most likely War Machine), as well as glimpses of the extremis armor being developed and Mandarin himself. Several screenshots are also available on the website. You can check them out here though too:

Iron Man 3 is set to be released on May 3rd, 2013.

How Does Daredevil Fit in the Marvel Movie Universe?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Marvel characters going from Fox to Marvel Studios lately, but this week some news actually happened as the movie rights to Daredevil have officially be relinquished by Fox and are now controlled by Marvel Studios. It’s a big deal for Marvel, who also announced that the Avengers’ sequel (currently unnamed) has been given a tentative release date of May 1st, 2015. It’s also a little surprising since Fox seemed to be working toward producing a 70s style retro film directed by Joe Carnahan. Based on the sizzle reel he made, it looked like it could have been pretty good too:

Regardless of how cool Carnahan’s vision might have ended up, we can be pretty sure that Marvel Studios will have their own take on the man without fear. Marvel has managed to make all of their movies blend into each other, and that brings up my question; Where does Daredevil fit in the Marvel movie universe?

The short answer is that he doesn’t. The rumors suggested that Marvel was willing to give Fox an extended period to get things going with Daredevil, as long as they released the rights to some of their other properties, specifically Galactus and Silver Surfer from the Fantastic Four franchise. This would make sense considering that there is a Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the works and that Thanos and the Cosmic Cube will be in play for the sequel. The devourer of worlds and his messenger boy would fit right into all that.

Would this work on the big screen?

Not so much for Daredevil though. Marvel seems to have their eyes set on space and technology, and I’m not sure how a blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen fits into all that. What’s more, Daredevil has never been a big team guy. In fact, he turned down being an Avenger twice already. I would think that while Marvel ended up with the bigger name, they might have preferred the other characters instead. Let’s not forget Ben Affleck’s failed DD movie as well. The stench from that one might be part of why Fox let it go in the first place.

So now that they have him, what to they do with him? Daredevil has been more involved in the rest of the Marvel Universe lately, most recently teaming up with Spider-Man and Punisher (not Marvel properties, I know), and did hook up with the Avengers during Fear Itself. Daredevil has also been among the hottest comics Marvel has had to offer lately, with Mark Waid giving us a lighter take on him than we have seen in the past. Since the movies have tried to reflect the current comics and vice versa, putting one of its current top sellers in the mix does makes sense. Iron Man 2, Captain America and The Avengers were all largely based in New York, so Matt Murdock wouldn’t have to go too far to find his new super buddies.

The other option of course is to make a movie in Joe Carnahan’s original vision. Hell maybe he could even direct it. No one said that every Marvel character has to work together. The idea of a more mature 70s style action movie sounds pretty great to me. It would also give them the opportunity to get more characters into the mix without everyone having to be in the Avengers sequel and fight for screen time. This could be a place for Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Songbird and other characters that don’t necessarily fit into the grand scheme of what Marvel has called, “Phase 2.” Only time will tell how they incorporate Daredevil into Marvel Studios’ grand scheme, but I would bet that Joss Whedon is working on it as we speak.

The Avengers Movie Review

For seven years we have watched Marvel Studios pump out movie after movie. Each one teased us a little more on what was coming. A movie combining four different franchises? Never done before. The Avengers promised to be the Smash Bros. of summer blockbusters. Could it be done? Would the final product pay off in the end? Well after almost a decade of waiting, I can tell you that it can, and it most certainly did.

The Avengers is pretty much a 143 minute money shot. Pretty much all of the Marvel films had that one moment that made the entire audience applaud in geek pride. Well The Avengers does that almost every 20 minutes. There are big reveals, huge set pieces, familiar faces in despair, with some real drama thrown in. And that’s just the prologue.

If you saw either of last year’s Marvel films (Thor and Captain America), then you have an idea of the plot already. Loki comes back to steal the cosmic cube (the Tesseract in the films) so that he can take over the universe. Nick Fury then assembles the Avengers (see what I did there?) in a last ditch effort to save the day. But guess what? They don’t get along initially. Will they overcome their differences to keep Loki from destroying the universe?

SO MUCH AWESOME ALL OVER!

Of course they will! It’s a comic book franchise turned summer blockbuster. You know damn well what is going to happen. That’s not the point though is it. In the process of getting this team together you get every possible confrontation you ever saw in the comics and wanted to see on screen. Captain America vs Iron Man, Hulk vs Thor, Black Widow vs Hawkeye, it’s all there. You get just enough of a taste of what everyone can do individually that get the sense that they are all equal, which of course is the point. It then makes it that much sweeter when they eventually work together and form a cohesive unit against the bad guys. This of course is headlined by the movies primary money shot which is the money shot to end all money shots.

While everyone gets their screen time and chance to shine, it’s the Hulk that surely stole the movie. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is great. Where Ed Norton, who I like a lot, played a man on the run who happened to be a scientist, Ruffalo plays Banner as a scientist first. Also, like all of the characters in this movie, Banner is more of a smart ass as well (even Tony Stark). We get teased with the Hulk for most of the movie, but when he finally shows up, he’s here to stay and totally worth the wait. The Hulk does something every time he is on screen that is amazing, and by the end of the movie is he is on screen a lot. You might even see a little more of the Hulk in The Avengers than you did in The Incredible Hulk. You will find yourself simultaneously in aw and laughing at the awesomeness of what the Hulk is capable of.

Perhaps the greatest testament to this movie was that despite everything thrown at you, from metal power suits to super soldiers to aliens to gods, at no point did it seem too over the top. Everything, and I mean everything, was giving reason and purpose and dosed with just enough reality that you buy that it could possibly almost kinda happen. A big part of this was just from how everyone referred to each other. No one calls Iron Man, Iron Man. They call him Tony. Hawkeye is just Clint. Their “superhero” names are only veiled at for the most part. Thor is Thor of course but you get the idea. The point is that by making such detailed origin stories that explain all of the details of how each individual entity came to be, The Avengers is able to get away with concepts and ideas would normally be completely unbelievable, yet we’re still able to accept them.

The Avengers puts its foot on the gas from the very beginning and never lets go. The best thing I can say is that I didn’t want it to end. If I had to nitpick I would say that if you didn’t watch the previous movies you might get a little lost, but it was made for you anyway and you’ll be very entertained regardless. It’s everything that’s right about the summer blockbuster and I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing it again as soon as possible.

Also the post credit scenes are amazing.

All Marvel Films ‘Assembled’ into an Avengers Movie Marathon

Do you love the Marvel Universe? I mean do you REALLY love it? Well you can test the limits of your Marvel obsession on May 3rd, because AMC Theaters will be having a marathon showing all 5 of the previous Marvel Studios pictures (Iron Man through Captain America) with the long awaited Avengers movie to be shown at the end. Throw in some Marvel 3-D glasses and a $5 AMC gift card, and you’re getting a fairly decent value for 40 bucks. The only question is, can you stand to be in a movie theater for 15 hours with a bunch of nerds watching six movies, five of which you have already seen.

For a list of theaters showing the marathon, click here.

I’m personally on the fence right now. I’ll definitely be seeing The Avengers on Thursday at midnight, but I’m not sure if I really want to get to the theater at 11:30am and watch all the other movies to do it. Can I leave the theater to get food? With all the other geeks be in costume? Then there is the idea of getting a second person to agree to go with you. So many things have to go right to make it worth it.

What are your thoughts? Would you pay 40 bucks to watch six movies in one sitting?

KMI TV invades the New York Comic Con

Starting Thursday, we will embark on a full court press of the New York Comic Con. Check here all weekend and into next week for interviews, news and highlights. Follow us on twitter too as we’ll be updating live from the panels and more!

Among the things we will be covering:

Adult Swim
Cartoon Network isn’t playing around, sending most of their Adult Swim lineup to New York. On hand will be talent from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Superjail, and the upcoming miniseries The Heart, She Holler starring Patton Oswalt and Kristen Schaal.

Shoot Many Robots
We’re going to demo Demiurge Studios’ upcoming action-RPG Shoot Many Robots. So far it looks like it has a little Metal Slug in it. If so we’re in for a downloadable treat!

Activision
Activision will have a number of titles headlining their booth (I won’t get into X-Men Destiny) centered around the soon-to-be-released GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and PROTOTYPE 2. Hopefully we can get some information on the new Transformers game as well.

Voltron
With all of the 80s cartoons and shows coming back, it was only a matter of time before Voltron made it’s presence known again. Will new toys, a THQ video game, comic books and a new TV series, we’ll see just how much Voltron I can handle before I throw up.

 

Avengers
Fans have been waiting years for the Avengers to assemble on the big screen, and with the trailer debuting this week it’s that much closer to actually happening. Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleson and Cobie Smulders will be on hand to debut some new footage from the movie, and most likely start the biggest nerdgasm of the weekend.

We’ll have that and plenty more to talk about from games, to movies, and even comics (this is a comic book convention after all). So don’t forget to check the site periodically for videos, stories, and more!