I bought Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in 2019

Marvel vs Capcom InfiniteI bought Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on Xbox One. I did it because I had a crap ton of store credit and it was relatively inexpensive during the spring sale Microsoft was having. Thus far… I’m liking it, even though I think the end boss is difficult to beat even though it takes a while to die, and that the story mode doesn’t look great. that being said…

jedahJEDAH AND FIREBRAND! Oh Man! Please god, let there be another Darkstalkers game, and hey… include Firebrand from Ghouls and Goblins while you’re at it!

Morrigan is also there, but the previous installments included Hsien-ko, Felicia, B.B. Hood, and Anakaris…

Can we please get another Darkstalkers, or Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers at least?

 

Death looms over Marvel Comic’s… err… comics.

Thanos and Death MARVELMarvel comics on December 27, 1996 filed for bankruptcy. Marvel had sold many properties for potential movie and TV deals that would make money such as Blade, Spider-Man, and The X-Men way cheaper than they should have been sold for, just to stay a float. In 2005, Marvel decided to finally start making their own movies instead of selling their properties, taking out a huge loan based on certain characters performing well at the box office… or they would loose those characters… 2008’s Iron Man btw was not one of those characters in the deal. They were then bought in 2009 by Disney.

11 years after the first movie in the cinematic universe, Captain Marvel comes to theater today, and there are rumors that Marvel may stop producing their own comics. I mention this to point out the fact that during this cinematic growth period, Marvel did not actually make their comics stronger.

X-Men, in the 90’s, was way more popular than Iron Man and all of The Avengers, especially after the super popular Fox Kids cartoon show during 1992-1997. Shortly after Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie in 2000, Marvel started really cracking down on toys and comics of the things that they had licensed out. X-Men were huge, but no toy line based on the movies. Fantastic Four was hitting theaters and their comic kept suffering and then completely went away. Meanwhile, a lot of characters who were introduced were just now allowed to be Mutants as once they were, they would be owned by FOX and be able to have a movie under them. Marvel REFUSED to help Fox be a success and retain the rights to their properties.

Iron SpiderSam Rami’s 2002’s Spider-Man was also huge, and thankfully Marvel really couldn’t ruin it. Weird stuff did come out though that either killed him or radically changed him in ways the movies wouldn’t go. The Other, Civil War, etc. You can’t have Iron Man be Spider-Man’s best friend with The Iron Spider-Man costume without Iron Man… which they did do in the later Marvel controlled Spider-Man movies.

Meanwhile, Marvel has embraced women and people of color into their comics while alienating some by having them as characters who take on the mantle of already established characters. Oh, and they made Iceman sort of gay and made Ms. Marvel Captain Marvel and not wear a leotard anymore at the same time.

Marvel tried many gimmicks, such as bringing over Japanese talent because anime and manga were popular, as well as continuing to do all of their major events such as Civil War, Secret Invasion, etc… which might be good graphic novels, but who wants to buy every comic to read one story? That, on top of already having people who were against jumping into comics because they felt that they needed to know at least the last 15 years of comic history just to jump into a #1… which there were many #1’s every month… somehow.

exile c5This all brings me to my main point… Why would anyone want to read a Marvel comic, coming off of The Marvel Cinematic Universe? Unlike the popular and mostly faithful X-Men cartoon of the 1990’s, what they see doesn’t actually look or feel like what is in the comics. When they changed things in the comics, I do not know if many people came over to read the comics, but I do know that it alienated people who had been their loyal fans… and that really sucks.

So no, the current trend of changing characters such as Blink from Exiles from being Asian into being Black, or having a new Korean Hulk isn’t what caused Marvel Comics to be in this state, nor is it constantly pushing the Ms. Marvel into being the feminist icon she was never originally designed to be… but it all might be the final nail in the coffin that Marvel, and to some extent the main stream comic industry at large, has built for themselves since the end of the 90’s and the start of the 2000’s.

So long Exiles

The latest version of Marvel’s Exiles is ending at the end of this month, and to that.. I say GOOD. This female led LBGT friendly version of the team with multiple people of color, in my opinion, was simply not as good as the original female led LGBT friendly version of the team with multiple people of color.

blink exilesBlink was changed from being drawn Asian to being drawn black. Nothing wrong with that, but visually, that’s very different. Her hair was so beautiful, and she was in flowing dresses… and now Blink just doesn’t look like Blink and I am supposed to be okay with that?

Morph took three issues to appear when originally he was the glue of the team? I felt like him just appearing was weird as I was all ‘Wait… did I miss something here?

morph exiles laterEvery time I went to my local comic book store, I would flip through it because Exiles was going to get me back into reading current Marvel comics, and it failed. I thought that maybe it would do this that or the other, and it just kept making me sigh and pass it up… even when they did cool stuff like adding in Peggy Carter as Captain America and having yet another female version of Bucky.

I kept thinking ‘Maybe it’s me. Maybe this book will outlive the writer and/or the artist… and I can maybe end up reading this cheaply in a graphic novel…

exiles 27Then it’s just canceled with issue #12 at the end of this month. That sucks that they couldn’t even keep it popular enough to pass off to someone else to a book that was at one time MY FAVORITE %$#^ing book Marvel was doing!

*Sigh* Here is another picture from the old series… I’m just… so sad that this might be the last time I see Marvel visit this idea of dimension hopping characters where any character could just die at any moment. Oh Well.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse wins at Golden Globes

spiderverseBeating out all of the great animated films that came out this year, including: Ralph Breaks The Internet, Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, The Grinch, and Isle of Dogs, Spider-Verse won Best Animated films last night at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile… Black Panther did not win any awards

Huh. I guess Amy Pascal wasn’t just talking out of her butt when they demanded a bunch of money to sell back Spider-Man to Marvel when Marvel wanted it. She said they had big big plans, and damn… I guess they did considering the fact that Spider-verse is doing well.

spider gwenBut seriously… no awards for Black Panther from The Golden Globes? And Spider-Verse winning for animation at such a weird frame rate? Best soundtrack would have been weird with Queen’s bio picture, Bohemian Rhapsody, but dang. Best Picture? Okay…

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse has already been green lit for a spin off, called Spider-Women, featuring Gwen Stacey Spider-Woman, Asian character from Marvel’s main line Silk as well as the original Spider-Woman Jessica Drew.

 

 

Venom ranks weirdly for me…

venom and batmanvsupermanIn English class, I remember laughing at the idea of self plagiarism, and then I googled ‘Is Venom better or worse than Batman v. Superman’ and learned the beauty of… I guess… cross posting entire articles on different sites? What I mean is… Brian Hadsell gets around a lot.

So, I finally watched Venom, the same day that I watched Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse for the second time… and I was left unimpressed, confused, and wondering which comic book movies Venom beats out.

superman venomFirst three Google searches are the same article claiming that Venom is worse than Batman v. Superman. I made it through 2hr 20 minutes of Venom though, but couldn’t make it through the 3hr 3 minutes of Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice. So… where are is this movie for me then?

Blade trilogy>Spawn>Spider-Man 3>Venom>X-Men 3>Batman V. Superman eh… playing this game isn’t very fun.

Despite how meh Venom is, I feel like it’s a movie that can just be on, and you can chat through the bad boring bits and then you go ‘Ooo, bad cgi fight scene’ and just have it in the background during a party.

Stupid, kind of fun, but ultimately a step back for comic book movies in general. I hear it did well in China, so I guess we will get a sequel? I hope it’s better than the first movie.

 

Once Upon a Deadpool

happydeadpool1I have literally protested seeing Deadpool movies in the past… so why am I SO excited about the thought of re-releasing Deadpool 2 in Theater this December?

Because Disney isn’t giving us a Star War, so once again Uncle Ryan Reynolds has to drop a load in our stockings with a re-gifted Deadpool movie. God bless that man!

once-upon-a-deadpool-m4duaSo.. what is this re-issue? Well… Once Upon a Deadpool is a PG-13 edit with SOME additional story stuff thrown in, told around Christmas time to a kidnapped Fred Savage… oh, and $1 from each ticket goes to the Fuck Cancer campaign… which I guess is being re-branded as Fudge Cancer for this endeavor?

I personally believe that every R-rated movie should get this treatment. Imagine The Dark Knight re-told to a Robin in a way where… wait… that movie WAS PG-13? The Fuh? Lack of blood and no bad words was why? Okay…

December 12-24th… Once Upon a Deadpool… help people with cancer too… go do this?

 

 

I might be creating a new project.

Amazing womanI want to make a website that is similar to tgfa.org. TGFA is a website by Jenny North that I discovered when I was in high school that was a great starting point for gender change comics.

Through it, I learned about Mantra and that The Ultraverse was more than just The Ultraforce cartoon. DC’s Shade The Changing Man, Flare and The Champions, Courier, and Resurrection Man… I had never heard of any of these characters

Since then, new characters have blossomed but sadly the website is mostly dormant. I’m still very much in the planning stages, but it would be awesome if I was able to make the site this year.

SvaughnErinSo what characters have I discovered? Arcee (Transformers), Archina (Archie), Amazing Woman, Captain Power (Spider-Man), Shocking Suzie, Loki, Lord Fanny, G-Girl, Talia al Ghoul (Batman Beyond).

Lately, however, I’ve been obsessing over Shvaughn Erin who was a character from The Legion of Superheroes comics, and was romantically involved with the character Element Lad.

TGFA did mention Shvaughn, but very briefly. I feel like it was because the comics only briefly covered this aspect of the character, and well… comics are expensive to track down, so sadly there were only 4 images on the site of the character.

shocking suziThe other one that I am focusing on, is the previously mentioned Shocking Suzie. She appears for only 4 issues of the Dial H-for Hero reboot they did in the 2000’s called H-E-R-O, or maybe it is just HERO?

I hit up the $1 damaged comics section of my local comic store, and sadly… I only found this one issue there… but it is a start.

Anyways, I wanted to share my ambitious endeavors with the blog here, and I will try and keep people updated.

 

 

Stan Lee rushed to hospital

Stan The Man LeeThe 95 year old co-creator of Spider-Man was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night. He apparently was suffering from shortness of breath, and an irregular heartbeat. According to TMZ, Lee’s condition currently is stable.

Stan Lee’s wife, Joan Lee died last year at 95 after suffering a stroke put her in the hospital.

I know our time with Stan Lee on this Earth is growing shorter with each day, week, and year… Expect Next February to be Comic Book month in honor of this great man, with a lot of it of course leaning towards Marvel and Mr. Lee himself.