I decided, after enjoying Jonathan Hickman’s work leading up to Secret Wars (you know, that thing I did that series of near-Wikipedia entries on), to go back and read through what was by all accounts an equally epic Fantastic Four run.
Yesterday as I type this, I read the trade that included the “death” of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Yeah, even if I didn’t know he was coming back, I wouldn’t have believed it.
This week’s recap of Jonathan Hickman’s dual Avengers runs leading up to the new Secret Wars will cover the Infinity crossover, which brought Thanos into the story in a way that his creator Jim Starlin has probably already retconned as out-of-character behavior, possible the work of a clone. Because that’s what he does any time anyone other than he uses Thanos in a story.
This entry will probably be one of the longest and densest since it covers the Infinity storyline. You’ve been warned. As always, SPOILERS behind the cut.
There are SO many Marvel/DC superhero movies that have already made it to the Silver Screen. Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. X-Men. Green Lantern. Hulk. Iron Man. The Rest of the Avengers. GotG. Daredevil. Fantastic Four. Blade. Even Ghost Rider! There are even more announced in the DC/Marvel slates; franchises such as Dr Strange, Suicide Squad, Black Panther, and of course the legendary AQUAMAN. So how bad do you think the others feel who aren’t even announced? How sad they must be! Who has the biggest reason to complain? Click on for the answer!
Marvel’s big Secret Wars mega-storyarc is coming soon, and if you’ve been following Jimmy Impossible’s posts, you’ve probably gotten a lot of information on what worlds and zones are going to exist and a few of the more recent steps leading to the start of this epic storyline. But Jimmy hasn’t been reading Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers/New Avengers work from the beginning. I have. Jimmy actually goes out sometimes.
Secret Wars looks to be an epic story in the making, and Hickman’s been setting this thing up for the past couple years. People who skipped those steps and jump right into Secret Wars might feel a little lost since they missed the preliminaries.
So, as a public service, here’s what you need to know from the build-up to Secret Wars. SPOILERS behind the cut.
Marvel confirmed a few more zones on Battleworld this week. Some have been rumored for a while and already have tie-in books announced (like Planet Hulk above), while there were also a few surprises. What any of this all really means, we’re not really sure yet. Let’s have a look at the updates…
Greenland – PLANET HULK
Savage alien planet. Oppressed barbarian tribes. Corrupt emperor. Deadly woman warrior. Gladiators and slaves. Battle axes and hand blasters. Monsters and heroes… and the Incredible Hulk!
The X-Men were created for two primary reasons. One was because Stan Lee needed another superhero team and was feeling kind of lazy, so he threw up his hands and said, “You know what? They were just born that way!” The other was as a at-times heavy-handed anti-racism allegory. The year was 1963, and the Civil Rights Movement was heating things up across the country. Younger readers of comic books could be taught a lesson on tolerance, and comics were a good medium for that, so here were the X-Men, mutants who were feared and hated by non-mutants for the crime of being born different. But the X-Men were good and defended regular folks against the evil mutants of the world, in an attempt to prove that not all mutants were evil.
Even given the sliding scale of Marvel time, where everything outside Captain America and the Invaders’ exploits during World War II depicted in a Marvel Comic (barring the upcoming Secret Wars) has taken place over a roughly 12 year time period, the X-Men really suck at their task of promoting tolerance.
The Gabbing Geek water cooler is a lot more interesting now that Tom and Jimmy are here. Before they joined, any time Watson, Jenny, and I stood around the cooler talking about an interesting subject Watson would tell us to shut up and “Save it for the podcast!” (It’s true, I do. – Watson) Which is really awkward when we’re just trying to order at a restaurant.
But now that we have more people we can actually have water cooler conversations without Watson shutting it down. And so we thought we’d kick off this first Gabbing Geek Water Cooler chat with the following topic. Superhero movies are all the rage. Seriously. Look it up. And yet there are so many great characters that still don’t have movies announced.
The question is this–in the modern superhero movie age (defined as starting with Iron Man) what iconic comic book character still doesn’t have a movie announced/released that needs one?