Marvel Phase 4 & 5: The Beyonder, Heroic Thanos & Greater Universal Threats

I have just started writing for moviepilot.com and I did post this on the website. But I also posting it here.

Major Spoilers concerning Marvel Phase 4 and 5!

Alright, I know you will read the spoilers. After all, who isn’t tempted to even though one hates to?

So, here goes.

Thanos does not die at the end of the Infinity War.

He becomes an ally instead.

Thanos, though once wiping out half the sentient life in the universe, is not an outright villain. He is more of an anti-hero. Why? Because even though he did destroy half the universe once, he saved the whole of four times after.

When his mad love for lady Death ended in not so ceremonial way, he decides to become a lone farmer and sought redemption for his acts. Because Nebula had restored all that was destroyed, nobody really died and everyone eventually ended up being safe.

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Thanos then becomes the guardian of the reality gem and successfully thwarts both Magus and the Goddess and the inter-universal consuming entity to save the universe.

The Infinity War isn’t a single cosmic event; it is the second of the six cosmic events in the Marvel Universe. And technically the event that is to be shown in the 2018 and 2019 films is not the Infinity War, rather Infinity Gauntlet. It starts with Thanos’ Quest and ends with Thanos’ exile.

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So even though Thanos – The Mad Titan – was the villain of the first and second events, he was the saviour in the rest.

We will be introduced to cosmic entities like The Celestials, Galactus, Lord Chaos and Master Order, The Living Tribunal, Eternity, Infinity, manifestations of love and desire et cetera.

Saying all that let’s speculate story-lines for the Marvel Cinematic Universe post Infinity War.

Marvel Phase 4: The Secret War/Beyonder Saga

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After a universe spanning 21 films until the Infinity War, many would think there will not be any content of epic proportions to adapt. But, as mentioned above, there is much more.

I truly believe that the rights for the Fantastic Four will return to Marvel sooner rather than later. The reboot will sink. People will boycott it and unassuming viewers will not be too excited because of how sucky its marketing is.

When the rights will return to Marvel, we will have the Skrull, Galactus, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom at our disposal.

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Doctor Victor Von Doom was heavily involved in the Infinity War and he is a scientific, psychological and supernatural threat. He is one of the most revered and famousest (that’s a word…the Hobbits use it) villains of all time. What better honour for him than being the inspiration for Darth Vader?

But a true threat for the heroes will come in the form of the Beyonder. He was once an Inhuman (also a mutant) who was exposed to the Terrigen Mists and his Terrigenesis bestowed upon him godlike powers. The memory of his existence was erased from the minds of Blackbolt and everybody else.

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He creates an alternate reality within himself. He then becomes infatuated and obsessed with the lives of Earthlings. He throws a trap for our heroes and transports them to another galaxy; he also intrigues and ensnares the villains and eventually pits heroes and villains against each other on a new planet called Battleworld with the promise of a great reward.

He is usurped by the overly ambitious Doctor Doom who in turn is thwarted by the Beyonder and soon after both are vanquished by the heroes. Once defeated therein, he returns to Earth to study mankind and experience love. After several convoluted plots he enters a Sanctum Sanctorum and creates an alternate universe for himself. But he is confronted and defeated there as well and turns into a cosmic cube.

This could be the plot for the fourth and fifth Avengers films. Characters like Doctor Strange and the Inhumans are directly involved in this conflict. And this will lead into Phase 5 which is the Infinity Crusade.

Marvel Phase 5: The Infinity Crusade

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When Adam Warlock takes the Infinity Gauntlet, he decides to nullify his emotions and his will to be good and bad so as to be a neutral judge akin to the Living Tribunal. But, in doing so he created two sentient entities called the Magus and the Goddess.

The Magus was the villain of the Infinity War and the Goddess of the Infinity Crusade.

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The Magus is a malevolent entity who wants to end all life for the sake of ending all life. He creates doppelgängers of the heroes and villains and goes after the Cosmic Cubes. Their working is similar to that of the Infinity Gauntlet. He collects the five cosmic cubes, incapacitates the cosmic entity Eternity and creates an inter-dimensional realm from where he creates evil duplicates of everybody else, including Thanos. (See? I told you Thanos isn’t a hard-core baddie)

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The Magus, Adam Warlock’s malevolent entity

Thanos discovers the plot set by the Magus and apprises Warlock of it. Galactus, who again isn’t an outright villain, investigates along with Earth’s heroes and attempts to revive Eternity because the entity is needed to petition the Living Tribunal, who had the use of the Infinity Gems in unison. If the Gauntlet was reactivated, the heroes could erase the Magus existence.

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After several mini events on Earth and elsewhere, the story climaxes with Quasar, the Magus, Warlock, Thanos, Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror vying for the cosmic cubes.

Doom and Kang approach Magus after searching for the cosmic power’s source.

The Magus captures Adam Warlock and the inactive gauntlet. They battle each other and Warlock loses the fight. Magus is severely weakened and attempts to use the cosmic cubes but finds the containment units stolen. Doom betrays Kang and demands Magus to relinquish the gauntlet.

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Coincidentally Eternity is revived and convinces The Living Tribunal to reactivate the gauntlet. A near omnipotent Magus defeats Doom and erases Quasar’s existence. Thanos enters the scene, battling his doppelgänger and distracting Magus. Adam Warlock grapples the Magus for the gauntlet and releases a composite being made of Eternity and his twin Infinity. This being incapacitates the Magus and Warlock traps him in the Soul Gem. But Warlock – spending most of his energy – falls into a coma.

Thanos reveals to the assembled heroes that Magus had never gained true omnipotence. Thanos had replaced the Reality Gem with a convincing fake and declares that he had always been the secret guardian of the Reality Gem. The heroes return to Earth as everything is turned back to normal.

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The Infinity War story ends with the Goddess collecting the containment units and in the Infinity Crusade we find that she has created a new planet Paradise Omega with the help of the cosmic egg. She brainwashes many of the Earth’s heroes and recruits them for her army.

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Her aim is to end all evil. Professor X (who could be replaced by Doctor Strange in this movie version), Thanos and Adam Warlock join forces and plan an assault on the Goddess’ defences. They are thwarted by Moondragon and Professor X goes into a state of coma.

Thanos and Warlock are approached by Mephisto, who gives them vital information regarding the Goddess in exchange of a containment unit. They agree.

Thanos assembles the heroes of Earth and frees the Silver Surfer from the control of the Goddess. The Silver Surfer destroys the planet’s defences. Thanos using his telepathic powers attacks the Goddess the very moment she decides to activate her plan. She was determined to rewrite all existence in order to nullify evil itself.

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But she was tricked into it by Warlock, who had created an illusion in order to make her reveal her true intentions to the heroes of Earth. Thanos, Warlock and Professor X (here Doctor Strange) attack the Goddess on the spiritual plane, where the cubes have no power, and trap her inside the Soul Gem.

The heroes return to Earth as the battle is undone by the Cosmic Egg. Thanos deems that the power of the Cosmic Egg mustn’t be used by anyone else. Thanos takes one of the cosmic cubes to Mephisto to deliver the promised payment. He then destroys the Paradise Omega and the Egg, making the artefact useless for Mephisto.

Hence, Thanos saves the universe time and again and receives full redemption for his previous acts of jealous love.

This could effectively end Phase 5 and also the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself. It will also be enough to make films until 2028 as Marvel has already planned.

Let me know your opinions. I could have added several other mini plotlines, but it would only make this already long post a saga. I guess I’ll write another piece on those itty bitty details.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/The Mad Bard

How Marvel’s Black Panther Will Bring Respect To Superhero Films

There are superheroes like Captain America, Batman, Green Arrow, Superman, Wolverine, Iron-Man…Hulk.

And then there is Black Panther.

He isn’t a science experiment. He isn’t a Super Soldier. He isn’t an X-Man. He is no Billionaire Playboy. He is no Alien.

He is a King.

King T’Challa of Wakanda.

A man who pours hot wax on his enemies and stamps regal authority.

And he isn’t no clichéd White man nor is he a coloured man living in some adopted nation. He is T’Challa. He is the king of the world’s most technologically advanced nation. He is a man who is well versed in numerous languages. He is sound in his arguments and boasts superior intelligence to his peers. He is an alumni of the world’s most prestigious universities and leader of the Panther clan.

He is Black Panther. He is no loony superhero with a vengeance or a twisted definition of justice wearing tights and prancing around running away from authorities. He is a king. And people often forget this.

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Christopher Priest, one of the comic book greats, had a long run on Black Panther. As the third volume of this iconic king of Wakanda, Priest penned Black Panther (62 issues, 1998-2003) and gave T’Challa real substance. An unmatched respect amongst Earthlings. Even the mighty Thor has to yawp and remind people who he is…an Asgardian Prince..and people still take him for granted. But never with T’Challa. He calls the Avengers his friends but is never really part of the superhero band. He never plays anyone’s tune. He marches on his own leitmotif.

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Hence, the Black Panther film will be really important to not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but to the image of Comic Book Movies itself. It will bring respect to the comic book industry. And we have Christopher Priest’s excellent character development to thank for.

And I’m really glad that Marvel respect the work done by Priest and in that honour they have soundly cast Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. Chadwick is a classy actor. He knows how to carry himself around. Having been the star of two acclaimed biopics, one concerning an African-American’s struggle and overcoming of racial segregation in early 1900’s America…it is commendable that Marvel saw in him the King and quickly declared him as the Black Panther.

The Black Panther storyline itself is a game changer. Aye, there have been several superheroes of coloured origin in comic books. But have any of them really stood out of the clichés that surround their races? I do not think so. There have been Muslim superheroes and superheroines, and African-Americans, and several others….but they’ve all given off a vibe of *O yeah…we are here to fill the equality vacuum*. It is only the Black Panther who really commands true and untainted authority. Intelligence. He is a brilliant character. He is a hard act to follow, someone who is worthy to look up to.

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Let me brief you on his history.

The Black Panther comics are very gritty in the manner that they are political and social in nature. They deal with the issues of inequality, rights of the commonwealth and other matters that concern the people. It is semi noir in nature and intelligently written.

T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a fictional African nation the size of New Jersey. Wakanda – in Marvel Universe – is the most technologically advanced nation on earth. It is the only source of the magic metal Vibranium; the aforementioned metal has absorbing abilities, also it is impenetrable. Any blow against the metal leads to the metal absorbing the vibrations and the force that comes with the impact and strengthening itself even more. Captain America’s shield is made of the same metal, acquired by Iron Man’s father Howard Stark, albeit in questionable circumstances. It is also the same metal that the evil AI Ultron is made of.

Apart from being a mine for Vibranium, Wakanda boasts technological advancement in several aspects of science, medicine, security and engineering. Wakandan engineers are pure geniuses. Wakanda is respected and feared all over the world…it is always hidden from foreigners…just a wee less than Attilan…and has a tight foreign policy.

The people of Wakanda do not trust foreigners easily….and rightly so. They say the outside world is corrupted beyond repair and has not only forgotten basic morality but has also sadly forsaken humanity. They like to keep their country a safe haven for good will. Captain America loves it there.

T’Challa was crowned when he was just 14. His father T’Chaka died at the hands of Ulysses Klaw, T’Challa’s arch-nemesis played by Andy Serkis of Gollum/Smeagol fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

T’Challa had received super strength, agility and immensely sharp senses through the consumption of a rare flower’s extracts. He was also anointed leader of the Panther clan, a spiritual and military faction of Wakanda, revered by one and all therein.

Hence, he has no superhero costume. The cat-suit he wears is a ceremonial garb and his name Black Panther is a title bestowed unto him by the sacred Panther Spirits.

T’Challa is a calculating man; he is a philanthropist, a scientist, an engineer, a martial artist, and a man boasting an I.Q equal to Sherlock Holmes. He is a clairvoyant solely through practice. He foresees politics and danger much before it is executed.

He is uncompromising in his values. He is a man who is all about staying true to his values and ethics. He is focused, resolute and unwavering.

He is often unrestrained when he puts his mind to something. He never issues an apology for controversial decisions that need to be taken in times of turmoil. He looks to the greater good, always counting potential casualty.

Such a hero…a king of an African nation unspoilt by any invasion from the west, a man whose nation stands on its own feet with no aid from any outside source. A hero who needn’t run away or hide from any authority; a man who isn’t an alien to earth, a man who is someone from amongst us yet superior.

boseman1-the-black-panther-chadwick-boseman-speaks He is a hero movie-goers do not need, but a hero we all truly deserve. It will be a delight to see Chadwick Boseman deal with the likes of the determined loyalist Hunter, the looney psychopathic schizophrenic murdering usurper Achebe and his arch nemesis, foe of his kin, slayer of the king, robber of his father’s soul, treacherous ambitious selfish man of heartless science: Ulysses Klaw.

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And aye…it will be a lot of fun to see our very dear Mister Ross too. (I smiled). Ross is the narrator of Black Panther’s adventures and exploits in the comic books written by Christopher Priest. He is a White House representative, an Oxford alumni who is a wunderkid, a strong lawyer…but also a geeky, nerdy, half shy-half cocky happy go lucky doof, a personal ambassador and representative of the United States to King T’Challa…and a great, loyal and adorable friend. He is Peter Parker with an acute angle. I cannot wait to see who is cast in that particular role. He is will be the comedy catalyst for the grim and rarely smiling T’Challa. Marvel films need to have comedy as must…and he is that doofus sidekick who will provide us with a ton of that.

Whatever storyline or storylines are used as inspirations for the live-action adaptation, it will be revolutionary. It is a shame that I need to wait till 2017 for the film. So long…so very long to wait.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

6 Reasons Why Spiderman Should Be A Netflix TV Series

I have read far too many Marvel Comics (and a great many DC ones too), and my favourite superheroes lists is always huge and fluctuating. But, Spiderman is this one superhero who is not a favourite superhero of mine, but the one who is very dear to my wee heart. He has always held a special place because of how much I could relate to him ever since my childhood.

And this fondness for the web shooter’s comic series has resulted in me reading almost every single Spiderman comic issue out there. When I could buy no more, I started digital collecting; and well…digital collections are the best because I can have the entire comixology in my pocket, can read anywhere I go.

So here’s the Squealist-er Six!

1) Because We Can Have the Michael Buble Theme Song Every Single Week! *squeals like a little girl* 

IN ALL CAPS:

Spiderman! Spiderman!
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves- just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spidermaaaan! 

2) Andrew Garfield Will Always Be the Truest Spiderman/Peter Parker on the Big Screen

Even though I adored the first Spiderman film trilogy, Andrew Garfield just ripped my heart out and glued it on his web shooter because of his portrayal of Peter Parker. The same reason why I watched the Amazing Spiderman 2 FIVE times in the Cinema and several times hence; it is a film loathed by critics and fans alike for obscure reasons. Andrew-Garfield-Spider-Man-Comic-Con-Video

His portrayal of Peter Parker is immaculate. His dorkiness, and his cockiness and especially the way he weeps: when Uncle Ben dies and when…Gwen Stacy dies. That Gwen Stacy death scene had me in tears as if my tearducts were laced with napalm and needed the spark to explode.

That one scene – and the whole film showcasing Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker….the adorable Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s relationship…made the film kind of sacred to me.

And as much as I want Marvel to get the rights back from Sony, I – for the life of me – cannot see a recast of Peter Parker on the big screen happen. If you’re going to reboot Spidey, you just might retire Peter Parker for the big screen.

3) Spiderman Has Always Been a TV Adaptation Character

Now, that sounded weird, didn’t it? Yes, I guess it came off slightly wrong but that’s how it is. Even though Spiderman – until very recently – was the most bankable and famousest Marvel name (yes, that is a word – the Hobbits use it. I’m a Hobbit/Dwarf…hybrid…part Took).

Spider-Man19671-610x427But in terms of his storyline, he has always been best for TV, which is why the Spiderman television cartoon (the old school one) is the best Spiderman adaptation out there. [I do not count the Disney’s Ultimate Spiderman cartoon as a spiderman adaptation. It is a load of crap…because it uses the too gimmicky nu-marvel/nu-DC kiddy kiddy animation style.]

A great yet short lived almost-live action television series was the Ultimate Spiderman adaptation for cartoons..the one with real high graphics remember? Yeah. couch_comics_spiderman_coffee_redheads_mary_jane_watson_sitting_marvel_comics_j_scott_campbell_rip_wallpaper_1280x1024_www-wall321-com-the

The thing is, people are not satisfied with either Spiderman movie adaptations because the films try their best to include all things Spidey into really short screen time and have to end up making it too dramatic.

While, the true beauty of Spiderman is in the boy next door dramedy. Wouldn’t it be great to see Spidey in live action be just like Spidey in comics?

To see him romance both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, have the former live with him and the latter go jealous and make out in his basement while Aunt May eavesdrop? Them really being teens even though it is a dangerous world out there.

To see Peter’s school life, his extreme cockiness in full steam, and his many exploits around the Big City.

If there is a Spiderman tv show coming up, it will knock the Flash, The Arrow, Gotham, Agents of Shield, and every superhero show out of the park…because home is where Spidey makes the biggest impact.

2430639-screen_shot_2012_06_26_at_3.15.50_pmI would really love to see the uber flirty yet awkwardly geeky Peter Parker, and him dealing with J. Jonah Jameson and well…the innumerable awesome things that are in the comics. No need of a rush, no need of a calm-danger-spike-peak-calm plot track….just good old campy boy next door spidey going about his life doing what he does best: dealing with the awkwardness of his life.

We can have so much more of Mary-Jane and Gwen (yeah, I’ve always had a crush on those two) and Black Cat and loads of Aunt May motherly goodness. And his interaction with other street fighters of Manhattan.drinking-glasses

4) The Defenders Are On Netflix!

Aye, as is common knowledge by now: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are all getting their own series on Netflix…with a super team series as the Defenders added. Now, we all know Spiderman is as much of a defender as he is an Avenger. 8865.spiderman disney xd.jpg-550x0

It would be great to see both Daredevil and Spiderman tackle Wilson Fisk from time to time.

5) The Spiderman Rogues Gallery In Its Entirety

The best thing about any superhero show, and a reason why I prefer superhero shows over superhero movies, is the display of the superhero’s entire rogues gallery. That’s the downside of superhero movies, we only get to meet the big bad. All other rogues that we so love….no chance for them. So that’s the best part about a Spiderman show.

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And it isn’t like Marvel cannot afford to pull of a Spiderman show featuring his rogues in full splendour….The CW – with a really modest budget – have been pulling off Flash week in week out with terrible effect! (I love saying terrible effect…its a phrase used by Gandalf a lot…I love Gandalf…well, I am Gandalf and Gandalf is me!)

So, it will not be an issue for billions minting Marvel Entertainment to give us a high end Spiderman show.

6) One Craves For More & More Spidey!

Yep. That was the sixth point. I mentioned it in bold because: its imperative to do so as its more & more spidey! and because I really wanted to use that 6th bullet point because it feels nice (to that irritated mind). So, yeah…here’s a subjectively pointless 60 more words; a-yep it is reaching the number, aaaand it does!

So, in conclusion… C’MON STAN THE MAN, SPIDEY IS THE DARLING OF YOUR LIFE AND OF THIS FAN….SO TELL FEIGE TO GO TO THE BANK AND GIVE US A NETFLIX SPIDERMAN!

Okay, I’m done.

Bye.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi

Daniel Brühl to Play Mephisto in Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange & Avengers: Infinity War

I had been wondering how and when will we be introduced to the character of Mephisto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the original politician, the supreme briber, the whisperer of chaos. And he corrupts the will of all – from a harmless child of eight in an alley in Brazil to the Mad Titan Thanos.

He is the trader of souls and a desirer of the Infinity Gems…and he has – throughout history – plotted the downfall of nations.

So, it would be very natural for Marvel to add him as a villain in Captain America: Civil War come 2016. And the casting of German-Spanish actor Daniel Brühl in an unnamed villainous role for the film – with possible antagonistic main role in the Doctor Strange film four months later – got my mind deducting (see what I did there?) . And within seconds – as I bent my will to create – I traversed to this fully formed plane of thought:

If Marvel have cast Daniel Brühl as Mephisto, it is a brilliant choice. The myth of Faustus and Mephistopheles, the source for the Marvel villain’s conception is German folklore. Daniel Brühl has a prevailing German accent and he is exactly the type of actor who can nail cunning egotistical villainous roles: much more than being Loki and exactly being the devil himself. Daniel Bruhl - 3

Daniel Brühl has that face, and particularly that smile (and that glint in his eyes when he does so) that by default gives you a vibe of “that man has something up his sleeve.” And his voice also is great for a sinister role.

In Captain America: Civil War, he can assume the role of adding faggots to the flame when the superheroes are embroiled in a cold war over the Superhuman Registration Act. He can be that whispering devil who can keep the embers lit, the man behind the shadows revelling in the collapse of superhuman brotherhood.

Mephisto loves chaos and discord, apart from hoarding souls. Daniel Brühl would relish this role for sure.

And then we can see Mephisto directly lead into Doctor Strange.

As is speculated, there won’t be any origin story to Doctor Strange…most likely flashbacks to it. And I believe that will be so as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Stephen Strange is name dropped as someone who is considered a threat by HYDRA. It can only mean that he is an already established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The only viable way for Kevin Feige and his knights – Scott Derrickson and co – to weave Doctor Strange with the rest of the films is by having Mephisto play a common threat.

It is very likely that Dormammu will not be the main villain in the first Doctor Strange film. And I for one do not want Baron Mordo to be the prime antagonist either. As much as I love everything about the Sorcerer Supreme’s world, I do not fancy Baron Mordo much.

So, a better choice would be to keep Mordo as a minion (as he always is) and keep Mephisto as the main threat. Mephisto can be shown as someone who has had the chance to get his hands on the Soul Gem. At the same time, Mephisto finds it a great opportunity – being given the seed of the vile thought by someone else (maybe Doctor Faustus the other Marvel villain)…to at first cause a great discord on Earth via the chaos of fluctuating desire…something which was a storyline in The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange volume 1 (2010)…and then go for the Infinity Gem itself.

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We can first see Doctor Strange tackle the issue of a collapsing economical and psychological system throughout the world, something which can be the byproduct of a Civil War which creates fear in people of Superheroes and Governments both and causes them to take matters in their own hands and fix the world itself. Of course no superhero or organisation knows how to stop this mysterious wave of rebellion and good will. But Doctor Strange knows that it is something that is being perpetuated by forces from the astral plane.

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He will then investigate and tackle Doctor Faustus, who can be shown as the Doktor of the comic issue, by admitting himself in a mental asylum. Therein we can see in flashbacks how Doctor Strange came to be the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch can throw in bits of his Imitation Game and Van Gogh for this sequence. We can see these flashbacks during a confrontation with Doctor Faustus. As Doctor Faustus tries to mess with his mind, we will see Stephen Strange’s past.

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After this sequence comes to an end, we can then see Doctor Strange face Mephisto. In his dealings and duellings with Mephisto, he unravels Mephisto’s plan to get hold of the Soul Gem.

This would lead Doctor Strange through several perils in the astral plane that we can enjoy (that sounds sadistic on my part, and yours too as you smiled as well. I know…I am a Sorcerer).

The Soul Gem is in the possession of Adam Warlock, who is imprisoned in the Soul Realm, and we can finally have a way to introduce Adam Warlock into the fold as well.

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I do not know how the other elements will be tackled…but I’m guessing one of Strange’s great foes: Nightmare…will be featured in the movie as well. So…yes…Mephisto doesn’t have to be the only baddie of the film.

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And at the end of the film – or somewhere in  its midst – we can see an interaction between Thanos and Mephisto and a plotting that can possibly lead to the acquisition of the Soul Gem by the Mad Titan. Maybe the failure to acquire the Soul Gem leads Mephisto to pledge his allegiance to Thanos for his own sinister purposes, as he has always desired to get a hold of all the Infinity Stones.

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This way we will then have Mephisto established as the counsellor, first minister, whisperer of insanity to Thanos.

Fuelling the Mad Titan’s vain yet innocent desire to see the universe die to please his lover Lady Death and when – as it happens in the infinity saga – Thanos has all the gems in his hold, and has blasted his foes to nothingness, get the Infinity Gauntlet for himself and feast upon not only the gazillion souls Thanos forced to wander, but also the physical realm.

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This sounds perfect to me a plot….connecting the human, the astral and the cosmic realms seamlessly through one entity who is almost always blamed for the cause of all things destructive and evil: the Devil Mephistopheles himself.

Disclaimer: If – by any chance this article does get a lot of viewership – I would request people posting the theory on other websites to cite the source of this theory…that is My Geekdom Come.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi

Random Marvel Fanboying #1

There are several reasons why I religiously follow Marvel Comics.

1) The Name:

There is DC Comics, which is literally Detective-Comics Comics. And then there is Marvel Comics.

Marvel. It makes such a statement. There is confidence in the name. “We will Marvel you.” “We are Marvel.”

2) The Creative Community:

The people at Marvel Studios – be it at the comics, animated or live action offices – never treat themselves with snobby professionalism. They are fanboys. From the Kirby & Stan Lee days to the Whedon brothers and Feige….they are all fanboys.

You always feel a strong sense of enjoyment. Marvel feels like a family, rather than a company. They connect with their fans and always do their best to create an omnipotent environment for everyone linked to the comic universe.

3) The Fictional Universe

I follow DC…yes. I love comics that are under the DC banner. They have brilliant writers with some amazing storylines. But DC’s universe isn’t really a connected one. You get a sense of intimacy in its stories and the scope never seems universal….except when they need to reboot it all and play the crisis on infinite earths card.

Marvel – on the other hand – have this knack for connecting everything with everything. Every comic in Marvel is connected to every other comic in Marvel. That’s how it is with Marvel. The existence of several alliances and the relations shared between them makes for a truly connected universe.

SHIELD, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Inhumans, the several alien kingdoms….somehow everything is always connected. Its a feeling that cannot be put to words easily and doesn’t do justice when attempted.

4) The Marvel Cinematic Universe

They have translated the same with great effect for the Cinematic Universe. You are made to feel like a part of the universe that is created. Thanks to the fanboys in the creative and management department, none of us fans are made to feel as if we are looking at the universe from a third person point of view. Marvel is as much a right of us fans as it is of the ones who mint money from it.

Can you imagine? When Thanos finally makes landfall, we will have so many heroes pitted against him. And I have made a list of all of them. The Avengers (old and new), the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Guardians, Agents of SHIELD…they are so many.

Alright, I’ll just go ahead and mention all the heroes we will see featuring:

From the Avengers:

Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, War Machine, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant Man, the Wasp.

From the Inhumans:

Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and possibly Quake.

From the Defenders:

Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably Spiderman too.

The Guardians of the Galaxy:

Starlord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

And then we can have several SHIELD agents as well.

Imagine how epic it is going to be. And Thanos employing his Mind Gem to cause further trouble and fights.

I only wish Marvel had rights to the Fantastic Four. I wanted to see them, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom in Infinity Wars as well. Guess, we cannot have everything in our plate.

5) The Opening:

I adore the opening of anything Marvel with the comics fluttering in the name. It excites me so much. Its literally the Heroin kick that makes me jump into the story.

So, I end my 1st random fanboying post for Marvel with:

I’m wrapped in strings that hold me down, I love these strings, and all things Marvel.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Marvel’s Inhumans Movie Casting: Black Bolt

When Kevin Feige announced the roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, I rocketed up to Kree and returned seeing The Inhumans title. There is nothing bigger in this Marvel Cinematic Universe than the adaptation of the heavily underrated yet supremely awesome The Inhumans Comics.

The Inhumans are the most ancient race on planet Earth, speculated ancestors of the X-Men, and spawns of Kree Genetic Experiments. They are a population of 4000 living in the City-State of Attilan, currently on the blue side of the moon. If you were wowed by the X-Men, then these special humans will take you off the planet. Being my favourite comic series from Stan Lee, I cannot emphasize the importance of this adaptation.

As it is set to release in 2018, I am starting my own little campaign to promote my preferred casting choices for the film’s protagonists.

In my first post I focused on Lady Medusa and now I continue with His Majesty Black Bolt.

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A Brief of Black Bolt 

Blackagar Boltagon – commonly known as Black Bolt – is the king of the Inhumans and a superhero who shrouds his unrelenting power in meditative silence. He is not too popular amongst those outside ultimate Marveldom, for reasons I still cannot deduce.

Blackagar Boltagon The Black Bolt

Blackagar Boltagon The Black Bolt

He exercises sovereignty over electrons, manipulating them at his will. He wields within his unassuming throat a force so devastating that at his full strength his single scream can destroy planets in its wake. And his cries are enough to sunder the earth and crumble mountains. His whisper can rock a ginormous battleship.

His hypersonic scream is the reason why he meditates every night to make sure he doesn’t utter a sigh in his sleep. His greatest strength – feared by one and all in the universe – is also his vulnerability. Afraid of his nihilistic speech, Blackbolt never speaks and is at caution at all times. He cannot laugh at a joke, he cannot cry, he cannot sneeze, he cannot cough. He is doomed to remain in absolute silence. And this is what makes him so great – his sacrifice.

His electron manipulation also grants him otherworldly powers apart from hypersonic scream. His terrigen-mist induced physique is abnormally strong – even for Inhumans. His reflexes, his durability, his strength and stamina; his agility and his speed; his concussive blasts…they are way beyond the likes of super powered Inhumans.

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An organic mechanism in his brain’s speech center enables him to harness electrons in the very atmosphere. His quasi-sonic scream is one such effect.

The antenna – which looks like a fork – is worn on his forehead and helps him channel his powers in various ways. He can channel them inwards and enhance his strength and speed, can render himself immune to telepathic manipulation and focus the same through his arms to unleash concussive blasts.

He can concentrate electrons into anti-electrons and travel at speeds up to 500 miles per hour without slowing down for upto 6 hours – protected by anti-graviton force field. This gave him the title Black Bolt.

He can also create impenetrable force fields and and manifest interaction fields that are able enough to be traversed upon successfully.

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He is wise in his silence and can communicate semi telepathically with his kin – the royals, primarily with his lover and queen Medusa…who is his sole herald to his courtiers, his commonwealth and everyone else.

Inhuman Lovers

Inhuman Lovers

He has been aided the most by his unquestioning and faithful wife Medusa. They are a romance ancient and pure and one that extends beyond the norm. He has also been hindered on several occasions by his brother and arch-nemesis Maximus the Mad.

Black Bolt has been undefeated in battle and has brought down the likes of Apocalypse, Thanos, The Hulk. He is known to surrender to his foes on several occasions for the sake of sparing everyone else from his true wrath.

The Scream of Death

The Scream of Death

So, here is my list of actors who could wear the darkling garb of Blackagar Boltagon and reign over the Inhumans in the upcoming film. I am excluding Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Black Bolt from the list because he is cast as Baron Mordo in the upcoming Doctor Strange film.

I list the below mentioned 4 actors according to preference.

  1. Alexander Skarsgård
  2. Alex O’Loughlin
  3. Garrett Hedlund
  4. Jensen Ackles
Contenders to the Throne

Contenders to the Throne

Alexander Skarsgård

alexander-skarsgard-covers-mens-journal-october-2011-02Extremely popular with the ladies for his role in the HBO series True Blood, Alexander son of Stellan Skarsgård is my first choice for the role of the Silent King. Standing tall at 6 feet and 4 1/2 inches, and sporting an enviable physique, he is fit to tower over his peers and foes as Blackagar.

He also has the jawline and extremely emotive eyes for the role.

But the real reason why he is my number one choice is because of his brother Gustav Skarsgård, who plays Floki in the History Channel drama The Vikings. tumblr_lzj2t0Kqpa1qicd2n

Gustav Skarsgård is my favourite for the role of Maximus Boltagon, the antagonist of the Inhumans series. Gustav plays the role of a mad, cunning, devilish genius as Floki in the Vikings…similar to Maximus in the Inhumans.

Wouldn’t it be delightful to watch Alexander and Gustav go against each other as brothers in the Inhumans? They can pull off the chemistry in the most natural of ways due to their real blood bond.

Alex O’Loughlin

Alex-OLoughlin-CelebHealthy_comThe beefy Australian actor is known for his Cop role in the series Hawaii Five-0 and also for the film August Rush. But again, he is relatively unknown yet a great choice for the role.

At 6 feet and 1 inches, his physique and features match those of Black Bolt and his role as a cop has him accustomed to action roles. I’d keep him in the shortlist if I were the casting director.

Garrett Hedlund

garrett-hedlundMy second choice for the role is Garrett Hedlund. He has been cast as James Hook in the upcoming Hugh Jackman adaptation of Peter Pan titled ‘Pan‘.

He is 6 feet and 2 inches tall and sports a chiselled jawline and has a face too popular with the ladies. His acting chops are great as well and he is not a newcomer to action oriented roles playing Patroclus in Troy and Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy.

Being a relatively unpopular face, he would also help give Black Bolt his own identity rather than overwhelming the role with utmost popularity which is the case with most casting suggestions for Black Bolt.

Jensen Ackles

The CW Network's 2014 Upfront PresentationThe most popular actor in this list, Jensen Ackles is too famous for playing Sam Winchester in the television series Supernatural. Once again a 6 feet plus tall actor with features similar to Black Bolt, he is the most talented of the lot in this list as well.

He was rumoured to play the Dark Knight in the upcoming Mega film Batman vs Superman before Ben Affleck was given the role. It is high time he plays the lead in a big name franchise; and with Supernatural likely to come to an end in the next couple of years, he will have the free time to be the King of the Inhumans.

Let’s admit, we all want to see him as a superhero.

Next up is the brother of Blackagar: Maximus the Mad.

 ~ Zalysar Cuvegis

 

Three Reasons Why Benedict Cumberbatch Is An Awesome Doctor Strange

When Deadline reported (and a sleuth of sites viralled the news) Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Phase 3 Marvel Film of the same name, there were – unshockingly – mixed reactions from fandom all over the big, bad world of Geekdom.

As a scourer of the Internet, I had seen the rumblings of this uproar against Benedict Cumberbatch since almost over a year. From Screenrant to IGN (and every comic book news site), whenever the name of the Sherlock actor was suggested for the role, most people said no.

Reasons?

“He is overhyped!”, “Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch everywhere!”, “Why does everyone want to cast him for every role?” “The film is already ruined if he is chosen!”, “He is a good actor but imo he doesn’t look the part!”.

Well, let us now analyse the reasons why he is FIT for the role of Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange.

Firstly, if you read the original Strange Tales from Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko, you will find that they are written in a poetic and archaic style by Steranko. Director Scott Derrickson (who, by the way, has the look of Doctor Strange) is adapting these Strange Tales for the big screen.

And who would be best to deliver Shakespearen dialogues and monologues with a pinch of eccentricity and a whole of lot of class? A highly skilled British actor with a deep register for a voice. Who do we have best in this category? Benedict Cumberbatch of course.

Secondly, to dispel the fear (like Strange does) of those commenting on Benedict’s facial appearance:

Benedict has sported a Goatee before and does look the part with the required styling. There have been several iterations of the Sorcerer Supreme’s appearance since his conception. And in most iterations, Doctor Strange’s face was angular like Benedict.

Thirdly, Benedict has the resonating Baritone and the charisma to command the attention of both his foes on-screen and viewers off-screen.

When it comes to Doctor Strange, a really important aspect (often neglected even in animated series) is the manner of speech.

The Sorcerer Supreme is all about incantations, and incantations need to hold weight and require powerful delivery. There is none better to yawp those incantations with the perfect balance of mysticism and suave than Benedict Cumberbatch.

Compare Benedict Cumberbatch, who voiced Smaug in The Hobbit, is set to voice Sher Khan in The Jungle Book and was Khan in Star Trek to say Johnny Depp. Cumberbatch will win any day over anyone if there was to be a contest of saying,

I am Doctor Strange! Sorcerer Supreme!

or

Ah…like most…dabblers…you understand too quickly. None may claim the Mantle Esoteric — though it can be given. As I do…now…without pause…or lament. But…you’ll find a Sorceress Supreme is not an empress. You fill this…vacancy…to discover humility…in short — TO SERVE!” 

or

Now let the rising tide of power / From birth of stars to final doom / Reveal the place, the form, the hour / Where light’s salvation forth may bloom / Where seen and unseen twine and blend — And darkness end!” 

Benedict Cumberbatch will not only be fit for the role, but he will take the name of the Sorcerer Supreme to legendary levels in modern day cinema with his truly captivating performances.

I, for one, cannot wait to see my favourite Superhero portrayed by Mister Cumberbatch.

May the Vishanti watch over thee!

~ Zalysar Cuvegis