What does Death mean in The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

On May 4th Avengers Infinity War becomes a reality, and for at least 10 years, we have been focusing on those damn infinity gems. Where are they, which one is which, and who currently has them? Also, how prepared will Earth be? Will we see S.W.O.R.D.? How hard core will Thanos be?

Thanos and Death MARVELMy question after Black Panther, however, is not on Thanos or the infinity gems so much, but more on what all of this was about to begin with, for Thanos at least. His number one motivation in the comic? To impress a woman… The Woman. Death herself.

Will the story start off with Thanos killing a bunch of people with the Infinity Gauntlet only for Death to not be impressed? Will Thanos then have to fight for her affection his self? And since this is the woman who basically has the mantle most commonly refereed to as The Grimm Reaper… will that come into play at all?

Red Skull Cosmic CubeI’m sorry. I’m beating around the bush. Red Skull is either dead or just M.I.A. since Captain America: The First Avenger.  In Avengers, Agent Coulson dies but comes back in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resurrected. Will either of these characters play a role?

quicksilver age of ultronQuicksilver was killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron after he gets spoilers heroically while spoilers spoilers out of the way of the spoilers. I had thought that he was going to return during Thor Ragnarok in Valhalla, but maybe he comes back during this movie, possibly as a bad guy zombie character or something.

Ronan The AccuserRonan The Accuser from Guardians of The Galaxy? Who cares. I would literally rather see Luke Cage’s wife come back to life than Ronan The Accuser. The Purple Man? More interesting of a character than Ronan… but let’s get real… outside of some cameos here and there… none of the TV characters are showing up…

Peggy_Carter…unless it’s Agent Peggy Carter. They made it a point to have Peggy pass away during Captain America: Civil War, but before that, Peggy appeared in a vision to Captain America thanks to Scarlet Witch’s… hex… powers? Seriously… I have no idea what Scarlet Witch can do in this universe. Telekinesis and telepathy? Anyways, that happened in Age of Ultron when everyone was having plot points revealed to them as hallucinations.

Maybe Hella will come back. She is the goddess of death, while not death herself, right?

In that next big movie, Civil War, Tony Stark had to deal with the fact that Bucky, as The Winter Soldier, murderd Tony’s mother and father on the side of the road.

Black panther movieWill Cap see a vision of Peggy? Scarlet Witch see her brother Quicksilver? Tony see his mother and father? Will Bucky be haunted by them and his other victims from his Winter Soldier days? Will Drax see his wife again? Star Lord his mother? Most importantly though, will T’challa see his spoilers again? Will he have to fight spoilers all over again?

For a movie universe that supposedly doesn’t kill a lot of people, there certainly has been a little bit of a toll recently.. and…

oh my god!

DID THEY LEAVE OUT UNCLE BEN IN SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING SO HE CAN BE IN AVENGERS INFINITY WAR?!?!?

*gasps for air*

death and thanosOr, you know… whatever.

I just hope that Marvel does not just push aside Death. She is a strong independent woman who needs no Thanos and she deserves to be seen, felt, and above all else… feared.

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Capcom Games that could come to The Switch… Maybe?

Capcom has said that they are willing to put games on The Switch that might not have ever been released on Nintendo platforms before due to the immense popularity of the console handheld hybrid. Below are 10 games I think deserve to be on The Nintendo Switch, with no reasons justifying my choices. Fight me.

Dead Rising (Xbox, Xbox One, PS4, Steam)
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Power Stone Collection (PSP)
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Megaman Powered Up (PSP)
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Cannon Spike (Dreamcast)
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Dreamcast, PS3, Xbox 360)
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Project Justice (Dreamcast)
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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, Steam)
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Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)
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Red Earth (Arcade)
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Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3, Xbox 360)
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I’m sure Switch will get games like the umpteenth port of The Gamecube exclusive title Resident Evil IV, and that Resident Evil V might come to the system because hey… it even has motion controls from the PS3 version… but I thought it would be fun to dream on possible ‘future’ titles.

Mary Belle and The Mermaid

Happy Mer-Monday everyone! I’ve been on a Leo and Diane Dillon art trip lately, and was curious what mermaid art they have done, and well… I was not disappointed! I discovered Mary Belle and The Mermaid from the book Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton.
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I have not read this story yet, but I am going to try and keep it on my radar. Apparently, it is really sad, and that is unfortunate.

If Switch doesn’t get KHIII, then what was the point?

khIIIArielandSoraKingdom Hearts is coming to The Xbox One this console generation, and since I do not own a Playstation 4, this is awesome. I remind people of this, because it is rare when a properly numbered entry crosses over from Sony to another platform. Thus far… this is… the first? Really? Huh.

So, thus far there is no PC port of any of The Kingdom Hearts game, and Switch is well…less likely than PC. Nomura says that they are focusing on the versions that are already announced thus far.

The Switch came out last year in a generation where Nintendo Wii Existed. If Switch is not powerful enough to run Kingdom Hearts III well, than I just do not get why I should buy one? I told myself ‘No KHIII on Wii U? Okay… but wait, Nintendo is releasing a system literally right before the new Kingdom Hearts game? Surely it will be powerful enough for it… right?’

KingdomHeartsIIImagicFinal Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said that The Switch really can’t handle The Luminous Engine so as of last year they were looking into Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. Kingdom Hearts III uses Unreal Engine 4, which is compatible with Nintendo Switch, and Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4 source code for Nintendo Switch for developers for free, so in theory… Switch should be able to play Kingdom Hearts III… in theory.

kh3SoraMonstersincI think the major bottle neck in a switch port might be processing power or memory, as Switch uses 2015 Nvidia technology similar to The Nvidia Shield. Nomura thinks that it is possible though, so here’s hoping that he is correct.

I feel that Nintendo needs Kingdom Hearts more than Square Enix needs their game ported to Switch. I also feel that if Kingdom Hearts III does not hit the console in any way shape or form… that wont look good to fans and 3rd party developers.

CloudSmashWhat if the PS3/4’s KH collections hit Switch and in 2-3 years Nintendo releases another console that gets Kingdom Hearts III while Switch fits the 3DS’s place, maybe getting it’s own Kingdom Hearts spin off. That would be, to me, terrible. Even if Nintendo had exclusive content, it would be a major failure to not have the game on Switch, and I’ll leave it at that.

Leo and Diane Dillon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s weird that I have yet to gush over the illustrations created by the husband and wife team Leo and Diane Dillon before this. One reason might be due to the fact that I only became aware of them a year or two ago after randomly discovering the book The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Nancy Willard.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a completely re-imagined and slightly gender bent version of the popular public domain book by the same name. The story written by Willard is great but the illustrations… oh my goodness… the illustrations are fantastic!

img_3165What I love is that not only is every other page illustrated with an amazing piece by Leo and Diane Dillon, but every single page has a detailed  illustration in the corner as well!

These smaller illustrations really help flush out the world Nancy Willard created, sometimes even showing what happens immediately after what Leo and Diane created in the larger illustration on the page! Simply amazing!

I am still discovering their art,and below are some of the really awesome book and album covers that I discovered from this blog: http://leo-and-diane-dillon.blogspot.com/

What role does Ariel play in KHIII

Ariel does not exactly look like a mermaid in the next Kingdom Hearts game. That is to say, not only does she look like something that swims in the water, she seems to be made out of it as well? Also, she is apparently a summon.
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KHI and II pretty much scraped whatever there was to be had from the first movie, and unless they want to age her a bit and have it be about Tara Strong’s character Melody… there really is nothing left for that world. My real question though… is she just a summon because she is Ariel, or is she a summon based on an attraction at one of their amusement parks? Sora in this game uses teacups and roller coaster as summons, and I think this is the first character based one we have seen in this game. Will there be more, or am I on to her representing something else in The Disney Amusement world? Who knows. KHIII comes out this year.

Today is Sunday, and while for many it is a boring and useless day, for me… I’m about to go to work. Before I started getting ready though, what was I doing to fill my time, since Chick-fil-a is closed today. Well… I’ve been doing Twitch a lot lately… which games though?

Deadrising_boxartDig Dig? Well… no. that was a terrible idea, and I got no one watching me. I think I made it to level 8 once yesterday? So what is better? Dead Rising! It is a great game for a useless Sunday… and well… it was the only one I’ve played so far that got an audience, although it was just a couple of die hard Dead Rising fans.

Now that Dead Rising is on Steam, why not stream it, right? My new motherboard/processor is doing really well streaming this game.

What other titles have I tried? Dragonball FighterZ, Pac-Man Arrangement via Pac-Man museum.

FFX-2_boxIn the coming days, I’m going to try and play some more games on twitch casually. I do not have a capture card so nothing from Nintendo right now or Sony… but it turns out that I have a bunch of Sega games that I legally own on Steam that I bought on sale via Amazon a long time ago. Maybe I should take on Phantasy Star, Sonic, or Toe Jam & Earl? Definitely not Ristar… that game is too difficult.

So, with what’s left of today, I highly suggest playing some old games, even if it isn’t streamed on Twitch. Maybe Final Fantasy X-2? But not XII.

Anyways… I have to Pants-Up™ and go to work. Later!

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