There was a time when Marvel’s X-Force was one of its hottest properties. As drawn by Rob Liefeld, the book chronicled a group of hard-hitting mutants who believed in preemptive strikes against the bad mutants of the world, and likewise for not being so gentle and leaving them to walk away. The original line-up has gotten a lot of mileage at Marvel, with many of the characters appearing in various X-books since the team first premiered in 1991.
Apocalypse is a great X-Men villain. And I really enjoyed X-Men: First Class and loved X-Men: Days of Future Past. But I’m not sure what to make of this first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. Nothing really grabs me about it and I hate the look of Apocalypse. Maybe you’ll feel differently.
That said, I’m sure I’ll be seeing it in the theaters come May 27, 2016.
Marvel has really gotten a lot out of a story line that was surprisingly only two issues of Uncanny X-Men back in 1981. The Chris Claremont/John Byrne classic has spawned numerous spinoffs and tie-ins and of course the best X-Men movie.
(On a side note, the “future” in the original story was 2013. Man I’m old.)
Unfortunately, we also got the Secret Wars tie-in/sequel Years of Future Past. I currently have it ranked as 47th out of 50 in our Secret Wars Power Rankings. Tom would place it last. As might Ryan if he hadn’t stopped reading it in disgust. I’ve already looked at issue 1 and after the break I will finish the series with Years of Future Past #2-#5.
To illustrate how wrong I think the critics are on this one, I decided to examine exactly where Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four ranked relative to the other DC/Marvel superhero movies in the post-Iron Man and Dark Knight era.
While Iron Man was the first film of what we now know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was far from the first Marvel film. That distinction belongs to…ugh…Howard The Duck. But they followed that up with The Punisher…starring Dolph Lundgren. And then Captain America and Fantastic Four films so bad they never received theatrical release. Marvel was really not off to a good start.
But starting in 1998, though there would still be some bumps in the road going forward, Wesley Snipes came along and saved the day. Yes, Wesley Snipes.
For years, Marvel couldn’t get a movie off the ground and DC owned the big screen with Superman and Batman. Eventually, Marvel caught and passed DC; which will try to return to the pinnacle with Batsoup. Today we take a look at the superhero films that excelled despite not having the built in advantage of the DC/Marvel banner. And as a Gabbing Geek bonus, we’ll also tell you where the film’s characters would best fit if you shoehorned it into the DC or Marvel comicverse. Cuz we’re awesome like that. Continue reading Best Superhero Movies That Are NOT DC/Marvel Universe
With Superhero movies becoming more and more popular and prevalent these days, it’s time to discuss the gender balance (or lack there of) we tend to see in such movies. We are familiar with the popularity of Batman, Superman, Spider-man, Ironman, Aquaman(? – if only to Watson), etc. But where do the female superheros fit in this male dominated franchise? With kick-ass characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Blackwidow, and more…how have we failed to properly tip the scales so that movie goers are seeing equal representation on screen?