Monthly Archives: November 2015

News for Gambit, Thor, and More

Superhero news
Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice comes out in March of 2016

Some interesting Superhero movie news abound this week! With Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning in May of 2016 with Captain America: Civil War, we’re being drop-fed bits and pieces of other movies, including Gambit, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Batman v Superman, and Thor: Ragnarok.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is prepared to be one of next year’s biggest films. Coming out on March 25, the movie pits DC’s biggest names against each other, with a healthy dose of extras: Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, and more. Such a huge production usually ends up with a lot of extra film, which producer Charles Roven said could end up in an extended edition of the film: “I don’t know if you’ll ever get the 4-hour version, but there may be something that’s coming along that might be slightly less long than that.”

Less happy news from the Marvel side: Channing Tatum will indeed play his favorite superhero as the star of Gambit, but production has stalled for the film about our Ragin’ Cajun. With an original release date of October 2016, initial director Rupert Wyatt left the project after creative differences. Doug Limon, director of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Edge of Tomorrow joined, with production starting in spring. Producer Simon Kinberg said the film will be like a “heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way.”

Thor: Ragnarok is the third movie in the Thor Franchise, and will feature the only two Avengers not present for Civil War: Thor, natch, and Hulk. Moreover, the movie is set to introduce a major female villain, as well as Valkyrie, a heroine related to Asgard but not fully understood. As far as the plot of this film, it’s possible Surtur, leader of the fire demons of Muspelheim, is the next big bad.

With scripts delivered to actors, shooting looks to begin for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in February. News headlines say Matthew McConaughey turned down the role of the main villain which – for good reason – some suspect could be Peter Quill’s father, though this is far from confirmed. The story is supposed to be emotional, and “about fathers”; it deviates enough from the comics to make Marvel executives call it “risky.” It will almost certainly feature Star-Lord’s dad, as well as a possibility for other relationship conflicts, such as Gamora and Nebula’s relationship with Thanos, or even Drax’s assumed-dead daughter Moondragon.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this news dump of upcoming Superhero goodness. Come back next week for more fun fan information!

A Costume for Every Superhero

Superhero CostumeHalloween, now being concluded, means your costume must return to whatever closet they inhabited for the last eleven and a half months. The candy bags may finally be empty, the ghosts and vampires have been taken down and replaced with decorations for whatever next holiday you consider most worthwhile, and the Holiday season has begun in earnest. The sugar-addled weekends since then got us thinking: what outfits would Superheroes wear if they went trick-or-treating?

Superman:

Being a classic himself, Superman is a fan of outfits from the days of yore — simple looks that everyone can recognize. Now, nothing could possible scare Superman, save perhaps someone dressed up as Kryptonite or Darkseid, and that seems like asking for trouble, but he did grow up in Kansas. Know what else is from Kansas? Corn. Lots of corn. Even more, Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz is from Kansas. And who does Dorothy meet on her way to meet the wizard? Superman’s costume would be a scarecrow. The answer is simple.

The Flash:

Flash’s ability gives him a number of interesting options. He could, conceivable, dress as the wonder twins or two people doing a mirror routine. For the fastest man alive, the options are endless. However, Olympic figures like Usain Bolt, Pietro Mennea, or Jessie Owens would probably suit him better.

Black Widow:

There’s no shortage of red-haired figures Black Widow could become: Ana from Frozen, Merida, Jessica Rabbit, Poison Ivy, Raggedy Ann. But what is Black Widow? A spy. Spies go undetected. They blend in. They don’t stand out. What would Black Widow be for Halloween? Anything except a red-haired character. The best costume for Black Widow is probably an Iron Man suit.

Thor:

The God of Thunder’s lack of subtlety is well-known. For Halloween, his costume will end up being something either ham-fisted or simple . . . or:

Thor costume
I really hope you get this

Wonder Woman:

Since she hails from a female-dominated society, Wonder Woman would undoubtedly choose a famous woman from history to emulate like Amelia Earhart or Cleopatra. Or maybe she really likes soccer and dresses as Mia Hamm or Cristiane Rozeira.

Batman:

Can YOU think of something scarier than Batman? We can’t!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Superhero costume list. Come back next week for more fun fan information!

Jessica Jones Character Corner

Jessica JonesReleasing all at once on Nov 20th, Jessica Jones is the second Netflix-Marvel creation (the first being Daredevil, of course). The series, spanning thirteen episodes, will play out much like the comic book series Alias. Today, we’ll take a look at the classic Marvel character, her painful past, and her connection to the enigmatic Purple Man – played by David Tennant in the Netflix series.

Jessica Jones (Originally introduced as Jessica Campbell) went to school with Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man, apparently witnessing the spider bite resulting in Peter’s powers. While riding in the car with her family, they were struck by a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed and Jessica fell into a deep coma, recovering only after several months. The time she re-awoke coincided with the Fantastic Four’s battle against Galactus, during which heavy amounts of cosmic radiation were released.

Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Jones after spending time in an orphanage, Jessica discovered she possessed numerous abilities: strength, durability, and flight. She was enrolled at Midtown high but ostracized by her classmates except for Peter Parker, whom she falsely believed only pitied her. She lashed out at him and flew away, only to lose control and crash into the Hudson River, eventually rescued by Thor.

After witnessing a fight between Spider-Man and Sandman, she felt urged to use her powers to help others. She named herself “Jewel,” and became a super heroine, but her career was less than stellar. While simply trying out her powers, she crash-landed on Scorpion while he was robbing a Laundromat, stunning him enough to be apprehended.

David Tennant's Purple Man
David Tennant’s Purple Man

Sometime later, she came upon a fistfight in a restaurant, discovering Zebediah Killgrave – AKA the Purple Man – had demanded the men fight. Killgrave overpowered Jessica using his pheromone-based mind control, telling her to take care of the police while he finished his meal . . . among other things. She was captured by the Purple Man and kept prisoner for eight months, eventually sent to attack Daredevil due to the Purple Man’s rage. Once out of range of his pheromones, Jessica began to reclaim some semblance of control, though still focused on her mission. She ended up attacking the Scarlet Witch simply because she wore red like Daredevil, but after the first hit she regained control and was nearly killed by the Vision and Iron Man.

Jean Grey of the X-Men helped Jessica wake up from another coma, and after a period of recovery became a violent, hardened vigilante known as Knightress, bitter about her time spent under the Purple Man’s control. She broke up a crime meeting between the Owl and a Mafioso, meeting Luke Cage for the first time (whom she would later marry). One of the thugs at the meeting had brought his children, and Jessica ended up looking after them for the night after revealing her identity to the police. Luke Cage later joined her, and the two talked long into the night.

She soon retired from the superhero life, becoming a detective at the firm Alias Investigations, specializing in super hero activity. After a number of interesting investigations, some involving characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and more, Jessica is alerted to the presence of the Purple Man, who again turns her world upside down.

It’s probable this is the timeline where the Netflix series will pick up, though details are sparse. Tennant’s Purple Man promises to be a chilling character, Krysten Ritter (Jane Margolis from Breaking Bad) looks to stun as the titular character, and Mike Colter (whose biggest role is likely boxer Big Willie Little in the film Million Dollar Baby) will appear as Luke Cage, setting up his own Netflix series.

Krysten Ritter on the set of Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter on the set of Jessica Jones

We hope you’ve enjoyed a rundown of Jessica Jones! Come back next week for more fun fan superhero information!