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.
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).
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 FiftyShades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips 1
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.