Expect Everyone Outside Of The X-Men and Fantastic Four In Avengers: Infinity War

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Co-directors and gluttons for punishment The Russo Brothers have revealed they currently have 67 characters lined up to appear in the two part Avengers: Infinity War.  My immediate reaction was “Holy $#@*!”  That has got to include EVERYONE.  The MCU regulars of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, new blood like Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Blank Panther.  Even the TV crowd most be represented.  Anyone from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Luke Cage and/or Jessica Jones.  The Captain Marvel movie is scheduled in between Infinity War Parts One and Two so you’d think she’d be involved somehow.  And there are sure to be characters making their debut here as well.  Sounds like a whole lot of awesome.

Joe Russo teases:

“People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of ‘Infinity War’ is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”

All that said, maybe we need to keep expectations a little in check.  I’m sure we will see a lot of the crowd mentioned above.  And the TV shows do make occasional reference to the movies so they clearly take place in the same universe unlike whatever mess DC has going on.  But keep in mind the phrasing here…67 characters.  There could be villains other than Thanos that appear.  Aunt May is a character.  Night Nurse.  Agent Carter.  Pepper Potts.  The cop picking up Twinkies for his wife before heading over to Nakatomi Plaza.  That S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent with the red shirt on that Thanos kills on an away mission.  You get the point.

And it won’t be any day soon we’ll get much clarification here as Avengers: Infinity War Part One is not scheduled until May 4th, 2018.

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Robot Chicken Asks The Question We All Wonder About With Shared Universes

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“So I says, ‘Coulson, I’m sure your group of non-powered agents can handle it. We’re pretty busy over here fighting Galactus!’ Haha! And he fell for it! Everyone knows Galactus is over in the Fox Cinematic Universe.”

One of the biggest problems with shared universes in any medium, especially when it comes to super heroes, is where is everybody when you need them?  How come Iron Man or Thor never showed up to help Cap in Captain America: Winter Soldier?  Whenever the Joker shows up to taunt Batman, why can’t he call Superman to take care of him in seconds?  It’s one of those things that Tom Kelly would tell us all to not think about too much.

After the cut, Robot Chicken tackles this subject with an eye to skewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – September 28, 2015

powerThe best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1.  This presents 49 different jumping on points.  Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading.  With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series.  Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – September 21, 2015

powerThe best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1.  This presents 49 different jumping on points.  Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading.  With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series.  Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – September 14, 2015

powerThe best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1.  This presents 49 different jumping on points.  Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading.  With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series.  Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: Thor

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Today’s Cosplay of the Day comes from Dusty Lofink, a resident of San Jose, California and huge admirer of Thor. We post plenty of lady cosplay entries around here, but let’s not forget the gentlemen! Dusty was totally 120% committed to his costume, growing his hair and man-scaping his beard to get the total Thor look. This guy was super determined to make himself look like Thor, and the efforts paid off because he looks fantastic. His costume is vivid and detailed, and we love how he added thunder bolts to his pictures to give that ultimate thunder god effect. Son of Odin, you rule.

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Infographic Wars! The Badass Score Of 30 Fictional Weapons

4711898-fictional-weapons1Ever wonder what was more badass, Cap’s shield or Wolverine’s claws?  A light saber or a wizard’s wand?  The bride’s sword or Zelda’s, uh, sword.  Find out on the infographic after the break.

 

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Need A Refresher Of The MCU Before Seeing Ant-Man?

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Editor’s Note: “Jimmy, why does a ‘refresher’ post have an image of future movies?”

Ok, I could have put any image above that was MCU related, but I saw this cool “Road To Infinity War” image and used that.  After the break, check out two videos that cover the MCU from Iron Man to Ant-Man (no Ant-Man spoilers), with…a bit of a sarcastic view of things.  (Note, some NSFW language.)

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Infographic Wars! All Of Stan Lee’s Marvel Cameos

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Ant-Man comes out Friday and is sure to have a Stan Lee cameo.  Need a refresher on all the cameos Stan has made over the years in Marvel films?  Check out the infographic from morphsuits after the break.

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Nine (Old Man Logan Edition)

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Old Man Logan was a popular storyline that ran through the regular Wolverine title (and one Giant Size) for eight issues back in 2008/2009.  Written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven it is set fifty years in the future where supervillians have won the day and Logan is long since retired.  I won’t spoil anything here, but it is well worth hunting down in trade format.

The story has proven to be so popular it has caught the eye of Doom who made it a domain on Battleworld.  There are even rumors of it being the basis for Wolverine 3.  I’m skeptical of that, but it would help to explain how ageless Wolverine has aged so much since the 2000 release of the first X-Men movie.

After the break we’ll look at Old Man Logan #1 and #2.  Or as Ryan likes to call them, #1 and #1.5.  We’ll get into that…

Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com.  The reading materials are online here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six and Part Seven.

And that course is a prerequisite to the other parts of this series: Part One, Part Two, Part Three,Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight

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