The Rise Of Cinematic Universes

I'm sure it is only a matter of time...
I’m sure it is only a matter of time…

Recently, it was announced that a new Scooby Doo movie would launch a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.  We also know that the Men in Black/21 Jump Street movie is supposed to actually happen.

Basically, that means that anything can be a cinematic universe these days.  While sitting around the Gabbing Geek Editorial Office, I came up with a few of my own.  See them after the cut.  Hollywood, feel free to use these for a small piece of the gross.  Not the net.  I won’t be screwed over that way.

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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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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Case Files #24: Night Man

"I am the Terror that Flaps  in the Night...wait, no, I'm not!"
“I am the Terror that Flaps in the Night…wait, no, I’m not!”

While DC and Marvel are the best known of the different superhero producers, they haven’t been the only ones.  In 1993, Malibu Comics attempted a superhero line of its own.  Called the “Ultraverse,” the books featured a series of characters called “Ultras” who did the superhero thing.  There was a Hollywood Superman type called Hardcase, a kid who grew a giant muscled body in some sort of gooey version of Captain Marvel called Prime, and a superhero team made up of seven strangers who were all riding a San Francisco trolley when a mysterious energy beam gave everybody onboard superpowers.  That team was called The Strangers.

The most popular of the bunch was arguably Night Man.

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Movie Remakes That Actually Make Sense

remakesRemakes are always a controversial subject.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about how a remake of my favorite Hitchcock film made my nervous, even though it was to be helmed by one of my favorite directors.  I think that is why Roger Ebert once said that they shouldn’t remake great movies; they should remake movies with great premises which were poorly executed.  Here are ten movies that fall between interesting stinkers and some of the most beloved classics of all time.

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Weekly Box Office Report

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Peter Jackson struck a deal with AT&T to send you not one, but THREE cell phone bills!

 

A New Year, a new box office report.  Hobbit:  Five Armies holds the Box Office crown for a third weekend, meaning that all six of the Middle Earth films held the one ring for at least three weekends.  Hobbit 3 brought in $21.9M in the first weekend of the New Year and is approaching the magic $750M globally.  We assume that now Peter Jackson and team are wondering if they can go There and Back Again…and back another time.

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