Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Heroes Case File #60: Ronin

You'll never guess who's behind the mask. Seriously. Even I'm not sure here.
You’ll never guess who’s behind the mask. Seriously. Even I’m not sure here.

When Brian Michael Bendis took over the Avengers titles, he decided to blow up the team.  That was literal in more than a few cases, like Jack of Hearts.  Hawkeye, who Bendis claimed was his favorite character, died in another massive explosion but emerged later thanks to House of M.  These things happen.

But Bendis then brought in a new team that he saw as a chance to do an all-star team like the original Avengers line-up was, but with the all-stars that existed then.  Not all of them made sense, and some of them were questionable picks.  But among the promotional art was a “new” character called Ronin.  Who was Ronin?  Well, that depended on what comic you were reading.

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Marvel’s Birthday Gift To Me: Spider-Man In New Civil War Trailer!

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Expect to see this picture a lot. Spider-Man!

I’m too excited to even look too closely at the suit yet.  Classic Spidey, not sure what I think about the flairs.  I like that his eye slots are animated…which make no sense “real life” wise, but is typical Spidey.

Oh, yeah, the new trailer itself is awesome and you can check it out after the cut.

Spider-Man!

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars 54 (House Of M Edition)

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Extremely late, but I am contractually obligated to bring you the penultimate post in my Secret Wars read through.  In this installment we’ll turn the clocks back to 2005 and visit a domain based on the mega House of M event.

Remember the tie-in series to the original House of M where Peter Parker was a famous actor and businessman, believed by the world to be a mutant and happily married to Gwen Stacy?  Yeah, go read that instead.  But if you insist, after the break I’ll look at House of M: Battleworld Edition.
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Super Bowl 50 – Captain America: Civil War

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The Cap 3 commercial after the break is short but gives us a clear drawing of lines between the Avengers in the upcoming Civil War.  Still no sign of a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

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Bento Review: Marvel Masterworks Iron Man Volume 2

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I finished off the December Bento box pile with one I had some minor mixed feelings for:  a Marvel Masterworks volume of old 1960s Iron Man adventures.

The mixed feelings were because while I actually get a kick out of Silver Age screwiness, I’m not much of a fan of Iron Man when he’s not also Robert Downey Jr.

Review and maybe some mild SPOILERS after the cut.

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First Black Panther Footage In The First Captain America: Civil War Trailer

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In a bit of a surprise last night, the Captain America: Civil War trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  I think the smart money was on it debuting with the release of something called The Force Awakens: Corporate Synergy, but Disney/Marvel decided to let Kimmel get the glory.  (And probably feared a leak in the near future regardless.)

It’s an interesting trailer with definitely a dark, brooding feel to it.  We get our first look at Black Panther, but no Spider-Man as of yet.  I’m sure they will keep him under wraps for as long as they possibly can.  I still have a gut feeling that his role in the movie is not going to be all that big.

View the trailer after the cut and let us know what you think.  And I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but catch Civil War in theaters on May 5th, 2016.

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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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These Aren’t The Real Captain America: Civil War Opening Credits

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But they’re pretty good.  And also a reminder that almost everyone in the Marvel Universe is in this movie.  Check them out after the cut.

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Lessons Learned From Superheroes

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We all know “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility”, but what else can we learn from the superheroes?

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Agents Of SHIELD Spin-Off? This Time For Sure? I Thought That Was Off…

Hey, It's One Interesting Character!
Hey, It’s One Interesting Character!

ABC and Marvel have said they may or may not have an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off featuring Mockingbird and her ex-husband-who-is-not-Hawkeye.

Well, now it looks like it’s back on.  I have some opinions after the cut.

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