Among the many interesting “what if’s” that we can ask in regards to the recent Ant-Man, there is the question of how the movie would have turned out had the original director, Edgar Wright, finished the movie he’d worked on for so long. Wright still got a story and script credit for the work, and had parted ways due to some sort of creative differences with Marvel Films. Wright had been linked to the project for ages, well before The Avengers hit the big screen, such that many hoped or assumed Wright’s longtime friend and collaborator Simon Pegg might have been cast as Hank Pym.
Why would anyone assume that? Well, you’d need to see the Cornetto Trilogy to get that.
In an effort to educate you sweaty animals on something other than Daredevil infographics, we bring you another article on science. New discoveries indicate that the use of tools predates what we have long thought launched the dawn of civilization.
The latest episode of the award winning Gabbing Geek podcast is out and it’s amazing. We’re talking about TV shows and movies which we haven’t done since…what…episode 36? Take a listen now to hear about next fall’s geek tv shows, James Cameron film rankings, and some discussion on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and the amazing movie Krull! Find out more after the break!
You’re terrified aren’t you? No, he isn’t the man hiding under your bed right now waiting for you to go to sleep….but he has created images that haunt your dreams all the same! Who is this terrifying creature? He isn’t the devil. He isn’t a dark wizard. He isn’t even the bike shop owner that molested poor, pitiful Dudley in Diff’rent Strokes. No. This man is our Background Geek of the Week! Continue reading Background Geek of the Week: The Stuff of Nightmares
Most superheroes at some point deal with aliens. Heck, many of them are aliens. I’m looking at you, Superman. The same holds true for science fiction that goes into space in any way, shape, or form. In fact, space-based sci-fi that completely omits aliens might be more noteworthy than the ones that include them. Aliens have a tendency to be silly at times when they aren’t handled right, and it is way too easy to not handle them right. Glue a forehead ridge on an actor, give him a couple of odd quirks, and then call it a day.
Aliens in fiction offer too much of an opportunity to really stretch a creator’s creativity. It is easy to see why so many would look down on aliens, so let’s consider some of the more successful attempts to create otherworldly races and cultures.
Letter 44 is a fascinating comic book about a President who recently won the office from an unpopular man who started some wars and was generally seen as incompetent. But the moment the new President takes over he discovers why the last President acted the way he did–aliens have been discovered inside the solar system and the old President was preparing for war. Oh, and a space expedition travelling to see what these aliens are up to will reach their destination shortly. And then it gets really interesting.