After ‘Secret Wars': 5 Predictions for the New Marvel Universe
The last “event book” I followed was Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis way back in 2008. I’m just not an event guy. I didn’t read Civil War, I didn’t read Avengers vs. X-Men and I never had more than a (very) fleeting interest in DC’s currently ongoing Convergence — too many ’empty calories’ for my taste. Nonetheless, I bought Secret Wars #1 and I was not disappointed. Marvel has been building towards this reality-breaking event for years, and judging by the debut issue, they mean business. It seems like we’re actually witnessing the beginning of a whole new Marvel Universe, and I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out in the end. So, before issue #2 hits the shelves this Wednesday, here are my top 5 predictions for the new Marvel Universe that awaits us:
Ultimate Nick Fury will become the Nick Fury.
Seems like a complete no-brainer. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made bald, black Nick Fury a household name, so it only makes sense for the comics to follow suit. They tried (and failed) once by pulling the character of “Nick Fury, Jr.” out of a hat, but I think Secert Wars is the ticket. I don’t know whether it’ll be a straight-up replacement or some weird cosmic revision of history, but I’d be willing that bet that the Nick Fury of the new Mavel Universe will a look and act a lot like Samuel L. Jackson when it’s all said and done.
So I saw ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
“Everyone creates the thing they dread.” – Ultron
After three years of speculation, anticipation and teasers, Avengers: Age of Ultron hit German cinemas this past Thursday. Did it live up to the hype? Well, no. Nothing could have. The Second Coming of Christ couldn’t have lived up to the hype. Was it worth the wait though? Oh, hell yes!
Age of Ultron is a worthy succesor to the bombastic Avengers. It’s a surprisingly typical sequel in a lot of ways, hitting many of the same beats as its predecessor, only with the volume turned way up. If Avengers was an iPhone 5, then Age of Ultron might be the iPhone 6 Plus (Not an Apple guy, but you get the picture).
Pop Art vs. High Art — A Look at the Neverending Struggle
First of all, let me make one thing clear: I was perfectly happy with this year’s Oscars. All the awards went to top-notch projects and deserving artists. I might’ve chosen differently here or there, but there was no decision on that Sunday night that baffled me. What did baffle me were the unnecessary digs at superheros and other genre movies. During the ceremony’s musical opening number, Jack Black proclaimed:
Opening with lots of zeroes,
All we get is superheroes,
Superman, Spider-Man, Batman,
Jedi-Man, sequel man, prequel man, formulaic scripts
And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips
Yes, I realize it’s a joke. I laughed too. I mean, let’s face it, the idea of DC’s Justice League receiving a fetish make-over to draw in the Fifty Shades crowd is pretty funny. Black’s critique isn’t entirely unwarranted either — I myself have done my fair share of eye-rolling over the flood of remakes, prequels and sequels that Hollywood has been churning out for the past few years. The jab at an entire genre, just hours after a similiar comment by director Dan Gilroy, still felt out of place.
15 Comics & TV Shows for 2015
So, comics and TV shows I’m looking forward to in 2015. As much I’d like to keep up the ’15 for 15′ theme in this final look ahead, it’s just not going to happen. Comics and shows are not usually announced as early as books and movies. Besides, I’m not going to add 15 ongoing monthly comics to my existing pull list, and I’m certainly not adding 15 new shows to my watchlist — there are only so many hours in a day. Still, I found 10 comics and 5 new shows that I’m geniunely looking forward to in the new year:
15 Movies for 2015
2014 was quite a good year for cinema, and 2015 is shaping up to be as good, if not better. So, after picking my 15 must-read books for 2015, here are 15 movies I’ll be watching, come hell or high water:
01. Joy (01/14) – Jennifer Lawrence plays single mom Joy Mangano, whose invention of a special mop makes her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country. Jennifer usually knows how to pick ’em, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. I love a good underdog story.
02. Project Almanac (01/29) – This is a time travel movie, a sci-fi sub-genre I’d love to see more of on the big screen.
15 Books for 2015
I daresay I read more novels in 2014 than in the previous three years combined — yay for me! I intent to do even better in 2015, and it looks like the publishing industry is not going to make it hard for me either. So, after looking back at the best books, comics, movies and shows of 2014, I now want to look ahead to 2015, starting with 15 books I’m definitely going to read this year:
The Best of 2014
It’s once again that special time of year where I honor the sacred blogger code of reminiscing about the awesome stuff I read, watched and experienced during the last year. And boy, there’s was a lot of awesome in 2014. With that in mind, I’m going to go ahead and give you my top 3 picks for each category.
listen to: ‘I Like You’
Boy meets girl. Girl meets Boy. And it’s all downhill from there as speakers Ulrike Weidemüller and Roman Rehor proclaim: “I like you!”
If I Was in Charge of… Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’-Franchise
Even though it made it made a hefty amount at the box office, word is that Sony considers The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (TASM2) a flop or an underachiever at least (I sure hope to see the day when something I create makes $700,000,000 and is considered a flop, but that’s a story for another time). The studio seems genuinely befuddled. I’m not. TASM2 played it too safe. Once upon a time, you could sell a comic book movie based on novelty, effects and what flashy villains you were going to pit against the hero. That era is dead — Marvel’s Avengers, the Dark Knight trilogy and X-Men took it out behind the barn and put it down. ‘Enemies unite’? What else is new?
Sony appears to be in the middle of reevaluating the franchise right now. The third installment in the Amazing Spider-Man series has been pushed back to 2018, while a female-led spin-off has been pencilled in for 2017. That got me thinking: What would I do, given the chance to call the shots on Sony’s Spider-Man franchise? Soon enough, the creative juices flowing. So here’s my answer: