Once upon a time, Marvel Comics got the comic book rights to, of all things, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Anyone who’s seen that movie knows it’s, well, an odd choice for any sort of adaptation for younger readers, but it still happened. It was also an ongoing series. Where do you take a story like that once you’ve recounted the story from the movie? This wasn’t Star Wars with the promise of ongoing adventures for the characters. Part of the answer for writer/artist Jack Kirby was to create a new character that would cross over to the main Marvel Universe, namely Machine Man.
That was not the only time a licensed character got into the main universe. That also happened with Bug.
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.
Normally, I’d avoid a comic based on a licensed property like the proverbial plague, but Comics Bento just ships stuff, so I end up with stuff I normally wouldn’t, like that Youngblood volume, or this trade from Dynamite based off the original Battlestar Galactica.
Raise your hand if you’ve read the original Korvac Saga? Let’s see…anyone? Watson, put your hand down, I know you are lying. I haven’t read it either, and really don’t know much about it besides it had a small Spider-Man cameo. It took place in almost a dozen issues of Avengers at the end of the 70’s, so I assume they were involved. And I think I breifly saw the old school Guardians of the Galaxy as I flipped through looking for that Spider-Man appearance. So, they are in there too. And that’s about all I know.
Maybe if I did know more I might have more appreciation for the Secret Wars version of things. If you have read both, let me know. After the cut I’ll take a spoilery look at the 2015 Korvac Saga #1-#4.
I might be in the minority around here at Gabbing Geek that still purchases physical media and not digital. I do both, but there is just something I still like about having that plastic case and piece of cardboard with artwork printed on it that still appeals to me.
So on December 8th I will begin my yearning for the complete Marvel Phase 2 Blu-Ray box set. I’m still waiting for the Phase 1 box set to become super cheap so that I can pick that one up. Maybe THIS Black Friday is the one!
But back to Phase 2, I can give or take the elaborate Orb and Infinity Stone packaging. But the artwork for the individual movies caught my eye. It is in a similar style to the Phase 1 packaging and really manages to capture the essence of each movie in one minimalist image.
Well Mr. Pratt, it’s new to me and hasn’t been posted on Gabbing Geek and I like to promote Honest Trailers at every opportunity for no reason other than I find them hilarious.
Relive last summers surprise Pratt blockbuster that only made 300 million. That’s ok I guess, but it is no Jurassic World that has made 650 million. That’s over twice as much money…does that mean it is over twice as good? Ryan?