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

The Oscar Reviews: The Bipolarity of Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash

I will firstly state the obvious fact: Whiplash is not an accurate representation of the Jazz genre, in more technical areas of it at least. It has garnered its fair share of criticism from reviewers for its rather uncompromising and dictatorial portrayal of a jazz conductor/teacher.

Whiplash is compelling. Nerve racking. It has an industrious approach to nail biting drama. And so, solely for its dramatic excellence, I give it a 10 on 10.

The film is about an impossibly abusive Jazz teacher at a fictional musical institution in New York and an overly ambitious drumming student.

That does not, in any way, take away the credibility of this film as an ineffably mind-numbing drama. From the get go we can feel the tension bearing down our necks, as it does on Miles Teller’s character Andrew’s, from the very first appearance of Jonathan Kimble “J. K.” Simmons’ Terence Fletcher.

J. K. Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson, the dictatorial boss of the Daily Bugle in the original Spiderman trilogy. Miles Teller is a new yet extremely talented actor who has recently featured in the romantic drama Two Nights Stand. Whiplash is his defining performance. He gave it his all.

The film is accurately named Whiplash. Terence Fletcher lashes at your soul and whips out every ounce of confidence. He is scary. Okay, that is an understatement. How do I put his attitude to words? I am a man who is obsessed with verbose, but I am at a loss of words to describe how truly terrifying J. K Simmons’ character is.

I have recorded the scariest parts of his performance to upload as a visual reference for the readers. But I will write a few of them out as well.

Screenshot (4601)The first of them being Miles Teller’s first take in the practice sessions. Simmons starts off with patience, asking Teller to match his desired tempo. Teller fails repeatedly and Simmons stops him every time, asking him to redo it; then Simmons lets Teller continue playing for an extended period of time, Teller is visibly happy…and bam! He narrowly escapes a metal contractable chair chopping his head off. Simmons hurls the chair out of the blue at a rugby-esque pace. And then he doesn’t stop at it. He approaches Teller and hounds him for an answer. Was he too fast or too dragging. Teller says I don’t know. Simmons insists. Teller responds. Simmons blasts him with racial and homosexual and parental slurs and Teller weeps, and Simmons ups the ante by 10 notches and bombards him with verbal abuse the equivalent of a Hydrogen Bomb. And he doesn’t stop at it. He also inflicts physical abuse by repeatedly slapping Teller real hard while hurling abuses at him.

Its psychotic. Really psychotic. And though many reviewers found this as unrealistic, trust me…I have seen and experienced teachers at school behaving in a very similar manner and still going unscathed and continuing with their jobs.

Screenshot (4605)Then in the second notable scene – prior to a performance before a musical evaluation committee – he rambles to his students saying, “I will not have my reputation tarnished by a bunch of f***ing limpd****s sour note flattered under girlfriends flexible tempo dips***s.” and then he tells a poor fat boy who he had kicked out abusively before to “Stay out of my f***ing way or I will demolish you. I can still f****ing see you mini-me!”

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He reminds me of a mentor I once had, someone who had mentally abused me for a long period of time…making me feel crap about myself and my talents. An Egotistical douchenozzle.

Screenshot (4609)In the third notable scene, he holds his students hostage for 5 hours while he makes his three drummers go through hell by repeatedly making them play and instantly stop and play and instantly stop because he cannot find them playing fast enough. He hurls insane abuses at them without giving his students a second of respite. The abuses he uses are too personal, immensely racist and outright homophobic.

He makes them take turns, not letting them have water, not letting them take a moment to gather themselves….they tire out and they cannot drum fast enough…but he doesn’t stop. And then Teller’s character starts his final turn and he drums at F1 racing speed constantly for two whole minutes; his hands bleed and Simmons forces him more, hurling abuses and smashing things…and then stops him saying, “You earn the part.”

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It looks really unrealistic to cosy reviewers who’ve grown up in very cultured environments of gentlemen. But, such abusive teachers do exist. A moral education teacher in my school punished a 15 year old for speaking during a lecture by making him do 300 sit-ups under the noon sun out in the playground in the peak of a simmering summer temperature of 48 degrees Celsius. The student had an iron rod in his right thigh due to an accident, and he begged not to be punished. He was threatened…he continued…he died due to exhaustion right on the spot. The teacher was left scot-free.

Damien Chazelle is a 30 year old film-maker and Whiplash is his second film as a director. He cites his music teacher in his school as the inspiration for Simmons’ character. He – unlike Andrew – quit on music and pursued film-making instead. He has now received several Oscar nominations for the film. And deservedly so. The film is compact. It is concisely shot and precise on its acts. There is a growing tension with the growing tempo of drums and drama.

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Also to be noted is the effect Simmons has on Teller subconsciously. Even though Teller resented Simmons at first, his will to be the best and accept Simmon’s dictatorial tutelage led him to act as cold as Simmons and he very rudely and bluntly breaks up with his girlfriend – who is a sweetheart; he demeans her.

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In the fourth notable scene, Teller’s character – after being awarded with the spot to perform – reaches the auditorium 20 minutes before the performance. Not really late considering he had to travel outside the city and his bus had a puncture and he had to race a rental car to the auditorium. Simmons tells Teller that he is giving his spot away as punishment. Teller loses it and demands that it is his rightful spot. Simmons disagrees. Teller insists on ragingly. Simmons says Teller doesn’t have his drumsticks and that he won’t be allowed to play if he doesn’t get them back. Teller had forgotten them at the car rental shop. He drives there and gets the sticks and races back, but is hit by a truck and his car is crushed completely. He crawls out of the debris, gathers the drumsticks and limps to the auditorium in time.

He gets onto the stage, bleeding from his hands and his face…completely wrecked and in need of medical assistance. Yet he performs until he falls exhausted midway. Simmons, contrary to the audience and Teller’s expectation, doesn’t express a hint of sympathy. He says, “You are done. You are out.” Teller loses it and attacks him in front of the entire audience, swearing at him and pouncing upon him in rightful resentment until he is dragged away.

It is insane. As a result Teller is dismissed from the institution. His father appoints a lawyer and they persuade him to anonymously report on Simmons. Teller is reluctant at first but agrees eventually. Simmons is fired from the institute.

Later Teller meets Simmons at a bar where the former instructor is playing piano for a jazz group. They share a rather educated conversation and Simmons insists that he has never felt guilty for his actions and never will and that what he does is for the betterment of his students because, in his words, “The two most dangerous words in the English language are: Good job.” He later offers Teller a spot in a grand jazz performance. Teller – unbeknownst to Simmons’ ulterior motives – accepts.

Teller calls his ex and asks her to attend the Jazz performance and share a pizza, only to be declined and informed that she has a boyfriend now. He is left to rue his wrongdoings.

On the performance night, right before the orchestra commences, Simmons walks up to a very gleeful and placid Teller and says, “I think I’m f***ing stupid.” Teller, bemused, asks, “What?” smilingly. Simmons says, “I know it was you.” referring to his exemption from the institution due to Teller’s anonymous complaint.

He doesn’t stop there. He tells the audience that they will be playing a new standard, while he had told Teller that they will be playing Whiplash and Teller must play because he knows it like the back of his hand.

Teller is dumbfounded. Simmons turns to him and smirks and conducts the performance. Teller, knowing jacksquat about this new piece and not having the musical sheet for it, embarrasses himself on the drums and ruins the performance much to the chagrin of the audience, and his peers.

He walks off and Simmons is overjoyed. Teller’s father embraces him and says “Lets go home.” Teller refuses and returns to the stage. Simmons is about to make an announcement. And as Simmons as three words, Teller starts playing the drums and breaks his speech, embarrassing Simmons and saying, “Follow my cue.” Everyone has to follow it of course and Simmons conducts it. The performance is brilliant but even when its done Teller doesn’t stop and continues drumming at inhuman consistency. Simmons asks him to stop. Teller is deaf to all opposition and starts to give the performance of a lifetime. Simmons is furious and envious at first but as he sees Teller give an awesome performance, he aids Teller in continuing the momentum. They both smile and Teller proceeds with the performance…drumming solo for 6 mind-blowing minutes and then he comes to an end of it and smiles. And then the screen fades to black.

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I recommend this film to my readers, though not gladly because that would be sadistic; it is a truly torturous film.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis.

The Oscar Reviews: In Appreciation of the Birdman Soundtrack (and everything else in it!)

Oscar night is up next month. Save American Sniper the contenders for the Best Motion Picture Award are flawless.

BoyhoodSelmaThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameThe Theory of EverythingWhiplash and Birdman (also known as The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). I have absolutely adored every single aforementioned film. My first view of the contenders was The Grand Budapest, and I loved every itty bitty bit of it because: Wes Anderson!

Benedict Cumberbatch gave a gut wrenching performance in The Imitation Game and Eddie Redmayne made sure he gives Smaug a fight to the announcements with an uncannily terrific performance as Professor Stephen Hawking. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood saw Ethan Hawke return for yet another decade spanning film, and to see Ellar Coltrane grow up on screen in just under 3 hours was beautiful. Selma and Whiplash were hauntingly endearing to watch.

But the film I abso-frickin-lately enjoyed is  Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman.

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And my number one reason for it? The Soundtrack. THE SOUNDTRACK. It bloody deserves an Oscar. Antonio Sanchez has already won an award at the Venice Film Festival, where the film debuted in September. The soundtrack in the film, which is mostly comprised of captivating drums reminiscent of the New York street music scene, has a life of its own; it is an active player, the most important character in the film. Its outright genius. It draws you in, it bloody draws you into the claustrophobic lobbies and gives you a rush. It maintains a constant playful, energetic and lively upbeat; gives you an effing adrenaline rush. It also keeps the comic undertone of the film up and cawing from start to end. I’d run out of parables to describe it if it were performed right before me.

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To make sure the drums don’t have too much on their delicate shoulders, the camera work by Emmanuel Lubezki is so intimate and exciting. I love the handheld camera work, especially when it works hand in hand with the soundtrack every time a character walks through the iconic lobbies. I enjoyed the pace of the cameraman and the very personal angles at times, like the one where Michael Keaton is highlighted from under his chin and the other when Edward Norton is followed around. Also noteworthy is the lighting in the film. I love the lights. They capture New York’s Theatre scene in its crudest beauty. I love the soft glows, the faint hues, the shadow work. It is an irreplaceable mood setter of the film.

_AF_6405.CR2 Now transcending to the next cog of this enigmatic piece of cinema: the performers. Michael Keaton and Edward Norton steal the show from the get go. Edward Norton is my all time favourite actor and he was one of the first reasons for me to watch this film. And O boy, did he perform! That cheeky bastard brought his usual behaviour with directors into his performance and rocked it naturally. A moment he is this eccentric douche nozzle – aye, that’s my term for an A-hole; it sounds cute to say out aloud – another moment he is this semi manipulative do gooder; and then he is on the stage being a natural perfectionist knowing his trade like his own twisted brain. He is connected to Naomi Watts, to Emma Stone, to Michael Keaton…and he sort of brings them all together while he keeps his calm and chills in the isolation chamber of his brain.

birdman-21-258-3 Michael Keaton – the titular Birdman – must have had several tongue in cheek moments throughout the course of the film’s shooting. Birdman, in this film, was released in the year 1992, somewhere around the same time as Michael Keaton’s Batman films. And he is pretty much super famous for being Batman…I mean the whole “I am Batman!” thing started off with him, he owns that line. In the film, under a different name, he is famous for literally the same role; albeit that of a feather donning superhero.

birdman-2014-movie-review-21803177 It might have been easy for him to play the character, showing off to the audiences a inhibited and riddled-with-befuddlement side of his which he possibly hides post his Batman days. In other words, it was a well paying and very, very satisfactory exercise in unburdening expression for Mister Bruce Wayne.

That other growling baritone voice in his head – reminiscent of his Batman time – was unapologetically straightforward, and very funny. It was a joy to watch all sides of Michael Keaton – the scared wuss, the egotistical douche nozzle, the passionate actor, the compassionate father, the inconsiderate colleague, the determined director, the nervous producer, and the fantastical Birdman!

birdman_stone Emma Stone was fun. She is always fun to watch. She is adorable and she knows it, yet she loves snarking like a puppy and owns it like a boss. Her character was refreshing to watch; she’s got absolutely nothing to do with the production, she contributes zilch, and only goes around being a chatter who wants to be a loner…in short the perfectly imperfect broken child of a once famous and 40s crisis hit actor. I love how she is messed up in the head and goes straight for the guy who is mano-a-mano with her dad. All she wants is her escape and she will find it one way or another. In conclusion, she was fun.

Screenshot (4595) Naomi Watts is a lovely lady. I have sort of a crush on her since her Peter Jackson’s King Kong days. That does not cloud my examination of her performances though, and in all honesty she seldom disappoints. Her desperation to realise her broadway dream, a somewhat similar role to one of her old movies, was a nice angle to view from.

Screenshot (4589)The scene where she is weeping and self loathing, knowing not what to do with herself even though she is passionate and when Michael Keaton barges in and gives her a powerful pep talk and leaves, that was great to watch. In seconds she transforms from a nervous self critic to a confident babe and schools Andrea Riseborough before making out affectionately with her.

Screenshot (4594)Andrea Riseborough is a talented and truly charming actress and she deserves more prominent roles on a frequent basis like this one. She carries herself really well in the role of a confident yet doubtful actress.

Screenshot (4592) Her character is feisty and likes to take the cream off the shake for herself. She knows her place in the production and knows how to get things done around and be there for her colleagues/lovers/friends.

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Amy Ryan was our bridge to Michael Keaton’s past and present and family in the film. She is the sympathetic voice of reason, the unforgiving divorcee and a nostalgic lover who is afraid of her past yet reminisces its glory moments.

And lastly Zach Galifianakis. I missed this man. He was less comedy and more of an authority in the film, but nevertheless attention grabbing (in the right sense). 

Fun fact: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone – the three protagonists of the film – have all played superhero and comic book characters in the past; namely Batman, The Hulk and Gwen Stacy.

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To conclude, everyone was right to eagerly anticipate the film. Its worth every dime. It replenishes that broadway dream inside of you and takes you on a little tour of the theatre’s perilous mirths with an endearing camera and an awesome soundtrack. Its my joint favourite for the win with The Grand Budapest Hotel.

My ratings are much like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, but a little more fair as this was truly flawless: straight 10 on 10, a 100 on 100.

~ 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

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