CM Podcast 154 – Avengers Infinity War

You know summer is in the air when the blockbuster movies start to make their way to the movie theater and there is no bigger summer movie than Avengers Infinity War!

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This is a big movie, with a big story and even bigger cast.  I can say without any hype, there has not been a movie so many years in the making with a bigger pay off than this.  You may think the Star Wars movies have an epic storyline – Avengers Infinity War’s story is even bigger!  The stakes are huge and the heroes are desperate to “save the day”.

Now, I will not give any plot points away in this post but I can guarantee you that there are plenty of spoilers regarding the movie in our podcast.

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So this is your first and last spoiler warning – we talk about the movie and go over critical plot points.

If you have not seen the movie and don’t want anything spoiled – DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST YET!!

Go see the movie (which we advise you to do) then come back and hit play on the podcast.

Your Comics Pal.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 154

The All New, All Different… MARVEL! (I am starting to have doubts).

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You have probably already seen the promo pictures at Marvel.com or over a dozen web and social sites.  It’s the All-New, All-Different Marvel!  Why when I look at these pictures I am getting a sinking feeling that most of these changes will not be for the better.  Here is the gut feeling that I get when I look at these photos:

The Good

  • The are bringing back Wolverine, Hyperion and Spectrum – supposedly, these 3 characters were dead but now they are all alive with the reset of the new marvel universe.
  • More diversity – X23 is now the new Wolverine, the new Ms. Marvel will be part of the new-after-Secret Wars-Avengers and they are introducing a native american hero.  Add these new heroes to the recent Thor, Spider-Man and Captain American changes and you can see that Marvel is really committed to having a universe that better reflective of the real universe.
  • The Thing will now be a Guardian!  This seems like a logical choice – The Guardians of the Galaxy are a bunch of misfits that all have good hearts and like to save… the  galaxy.  Blue Eyed Ben Grimm is a good fit on that team!!
  • I like that they are bring back Citizen V.  Does that me the Thunderbolts are coming back?

The Bad

  • Agent Coulson – Is it me or does anyone else have a problem with Marvel hammering the Cinematic and Television Universes into the Comic Universe?  Come on, Marvel – Let’s keep the moving media and the static media separate.  No need to put these characters into the comics.
  • Getting rid of the mutants and the Fantastic Four – Where are the other members of the X-men and the Fantastic Four?  I know that Marvel had made some bad movie deals with Fox and Sony so now they are marginalizing the presence of X-men and Fantastic Four (and Peter Parker too) but some of us fans still love these characters.  Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, Disney/Marvel.
  • Stephen Strange… with a battle axe?!  Why would the Master of the Mystic Arts need a physical weapon?  I am not too sure I like this.
  • Teenage-Angst Karnak – I have been told that the person in the hoodie and jeans is Karnak – one of the inhumans.  Why does he look so moody?  Karnak is a martial arts master, not a teenage mutant ninja turtle!
  • I don’t know if I want to read a Vision comic.  I like Vision in an ensemble book.  I don’t know how I will like him in a solo book.

The Odd

  • Why is Iron Man in both pics?  Are there 2 Iron mans… er, men?
  • Why are you changing Daredevil’s costume?  Is it because the show because the show is closer to the all red costume.
  • Well, that’s all I have for now.  How are you all feeling about these changes?

– Jim