Supergirl Dropped by CBS, CW Picks up the Torch

Supergirl Dropped by CBS, CW Picks up the Torch

Supergirl Dropped by CBS, CW Picks up the Torch

Bob McFadden

 

Supergirl’s time at CBS is over, but the series will live on at the CW, along with partner-shows based on DC properties including Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. CBS took a risk with Supergirl, which ranked as its most expensive first-year show to make. CBS made great efforts to generate positive buzz for the series, potentially including a suspicious HD leak of the pilot episode that randomly appeared almost a full year ago. The buzz was at least somewhat effective, as Supergirl was able to achieve the rank of #1 CBS drama with adults 18-49.

But in the end, the average viewership of about 10 million was not enough for CBS to justify continuing the expense of about $3 million an episode. Rather than cancelling the show, however, production will continue in the more cost-effective Vancouver, where all of the other DC-comics shows are filmed. Greg Berlanti will head Supergirl, along with the other three DC TV shows, under the same tent.

Fans have no need to fret about this switch, however. These lower operating costs are nothing new, as the series had already begun the switch part-way through this season. After an expensive start filming in Los Angeles, the latter part of Season 1 was already produced less expensively in Canada. So if you didn’t notice a difference then, you have nothing to worry about for the future. Additionally, what the show may lose in expensive CG pizazz, it can now make up for in shared-universe storytelling. Supergirl, which has already had one crossover with The Flash, now has an open opportunity for even more crossovers with DC shows. A move to the CW will allow Supergirl to embrace the geeky vibe that makes comic book fans love shows like Arrow and The Flash so much.

Cancelled: Agent Carter & Marvel’s Most Wanted

Cancelled: Agent Carter & Marvel’s Most Wanted

Cancelled: Agent Carter & Marvel's Most Wanted

Bob McFadden

Watching the Season 2 Finale of Agent Carter at a viewing party back in March, as soon as the credits began to roll someone asked, “So, do you think it’s gonna come back for another season?” I said that I doubted it. After all, ABC had given the green light to Marvel’s Most Wanted to effectively fulfill the same purpose as Agent Carter did, which is to keep Marvel fans interested and content over the winter break. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Hunter and Bobbi received a “Spy’s Goodbye” in S3 Episode 13, I knew exactly what was going on. These great characters had to leave this show, but it wasn’t really goodbye, as we would continue to see them in their own series.

So it did not shock me when the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Agent Carter would not be back for a third season. What did make my jaw drop, however, was the unexpected news that Marvel’s Most Wanted would never see the light of day, either. Right now, we are in the midst of the box-office-crushing success of the Marvel film division with Captain America: Civil War, which has already brought in more money than Captain America: The Winter Soldier ever did during its entire run, and it did so all in less than a week.

So it provides quite the contrast to find out that Marvel’s TV division has such a dark cloud hanging over it right now. They have to be asking themselves what they have done. Not only has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the most heavily punctuated show on TV) lost a great deal of strength in giving up fan-favorites Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, but now it was all for nothing. What will happen to these amazing actors now that the writers at S.H.I.E.L.D. have adjusted the story to move on without them, and ABC has flipped the script to move on without them as well? Will they come back to Marvel’s flagship TV series? Can they, and do so in a way that makes sense? How about Agent Carter’s cliffhanger ending? Is Chad Michael Murray destined to lie in a pool of his own blood for the rest of eternity?

There are many questions, and they may or may not ever be answered. Only two things are clear. First, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be the only Marvel property surviving on broadcast television. And second, mistakes were made.

Click It: an Introduction to Miniatures

Click It: an Introduction to Miniatures

Click It: An Introduction to Miniatures

Brian Peterson

Are you the kind of person that enjoys superheroes? Do you have figures of your favorite heroes and villains locked in an eternal battle for the fate of mankind? With the average price of a figure starting at $50 and the sky’s the limit from there have you ever thought about a more economical way to collect? Would you like more use from our collection other than gathering dust? Heroclix just might be what you have been waiting for.

Heroclix is a collectable click game that features heroes from all of your favorite comic universes. You can assemble the Avengers to battle your friend with the Justice League while the Guardians of the Galaxy fend off the heroes in a half shell. You can have all their might combine against super bosses like Galactus or Darkseid. All you need is a fabric tape measurer and some imagination to start playing.

Each hero has its own unique clix dial that is used to display the hero’s combat stats. You also have the point cost of the hero and collection number. When a hero takes damage as the fight progresses you click the dial down to indicate the hero is getting weaker. This mechanic makes it so heroes can develop new abilities as they get desperate for a victory as they are close to death or loss power as the candle of hope blows out.

The heroes also have a point cost associated with them, which allows the battling teams to be more evened out as well. For example, iIf you are playing a 500 point game and your totally killer Superman figure is 300 points you will not be able to have as many figures as your opponent. Figures have to rest between turns you use them as well. This adds a level of strategy and fun to the game. Playing a powerhouse can kill low cost figures easily but with only being able to play every other turn the y can be ganged up on.

Booster packs will typically fall within the price range of $8-13 dollars, and you get 3-4 figures a booster you can acquire a nice collection for the price of one regular figure. These packs can usually be found at most hobby shops. There is also a heavy competitive play aspect if you are interested in exclusive figures.

Storm Predictions: What I want from Thor: Ragnarok

Storm Predictions: What I want from Thor: Ragnarok

Storm Predictions:

What I want from Thor: Ragnarok

Ben Flygare

Superhero movies have become and continue to be the big film events each year and gain massive popularity with each one. Marvel Studios have been the heaviest hitter thus far with not only a large amount of movies released and being released, but also have great reviews with each one (usually). When it comes down to it, there is one hero that has a more personal stake to me and that man is the Thunder God, Thor.

Thor has been my favorite comic character since I was but a wee lad. I remember that I had a VHS containing an animated adaptation of “When Meet the Immortals” which is the storyline wherein Thor reveals his identity to Jane Foster only to lose her when Hercules shows up and steals her away.  Over the years I continued to gobble up everything Thor related that I could. Comics, books, figures, 7-11 Big Gulp cups, the list goes on.  I was always enthralled with not only the character of Thor but his mythos as well. Having a background and heritage in the Nordic side of things was also a huge help in that interest. The world of Thor is so expansive, magical and vivid and takes the reader to lands and realms that can take your breath away. The characters, as well, are a main selling point. In addition to the titular character you have the wonderful Warriors Three: Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Voluminous Volstagg, the Lion of Asgard. The beautiful and dangerous Sif (who is a thousand times better than Jane Foster), and then the dastardly cunning Loki. Above all in majesty is Allfather Odin, Thor’s dear old dad.

Since I was a kid I had always wished to see my hero on the silver screen and each year was disappointed when there was no word or announcement. Then in 2011, my wish was granted and Marvel Studio’s Thor was released. I remember how amazed I was with the movie. It definitely had its flaws and I had my gripes, but as whole the movie was so enjoyable and met my satisfaction with what I wanted in a Thor adaption. Thereafter I eagerly awaited the sequel which took the form of Thor: The Dark World. It was then that I realized what a bad Thor movie could be. Now, Dark World wasn’t a terrible movie but it was one of the weakest in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. My biggest complaints are found with character choices and how the plot played out, but as I said it wasn’t that bad.

Here we are now, awaiting the third installment in the Thor movie collection, Ragnarok. This movie will be, in a sense, the make-or-break movie for me. We have had two movies for the character that are polar opposites and this one will be the tie breaker. There is a lot riding on this film: Will it be great or will it flop? What would it take to satisfy my interest in the new Thor movie?

What do we know about the movie? Two new characters are being added, played by Catherine Blanchett (Lord of the Rings) and Tess Thompson (Creed). Although it is all speculation who they are playing, it sounds pretty solid that Blanchett is playing Hela, the dark mistress of the dead, and Thompson is playing Valkyrie, the chooser of the slain who was appointed by Odin. Valkyrie will be an interesting character because we also know that Natalie Portman will not be reprising the role of Jane Foster. Could Valkyrie be the new love interest for the Thunder God? Considering the movies take heavy influence from the Ultimate comics and Thor was very romantically interested in Valkyrie it seems that is a very possible outcome.

The other “newcomer” that is in the third installment is not actually a newcomer for Marvel movies but is in the sense that he has never ventured outside Midgard. Who is that? Well it’s the Incredible Hulk! The inclusion of Hulk is definitely a strange decision at first but I think it could be a great idea. One possibility is that Loki and Hela could bring Bruce Banner to Asgard with him under their control. With a mind controlled Hulk under their belt, they proceed to wreak havoc on the Asgardians and the city. This would give us the super awesome, hyper epic fight between Thor and Hulk that we all deserve. It has been confirmed that Hulk and Thor will be teaming up in the movie so I would speculate that this chapter in the story would be short and most likely in the beginning to middle.

For those that may not be as well versed in the Thor comics, or even Norse lore in general, Ragnarok is never a good thing for Asgard and the gods. “Ragnarok” means “twilight of the gods” and is the end of the world. Pretty heavy huh? Anytime a “Ragnarok” anything is used in Thor comics it usually ends with all the gods dying or Thor dying. Now am I saying that we will see Thor’s death in the new movie? Possibly, but not likely. With the coming of Avengers: Infinity War I hold to the belief that Thor will be around for that. He is one of Marvel’s strongest hitters and will be needed in the fight against Thanos. I do think that Asgard will be destroyed in some fashion though. Like I stated earlier, Ragnarok is a big deal and is destructive to the extreme. Along with Asgard’s destruction I do think that a major character will be killed and that man is Odin.

Comic-wise, Ragnarok also meant another imminent danger:Surtur. Surtur is a fire giant who holds a huge grudge with the Asgardians, particularly Odin. Surtur’s whole motivation is to burn the universe to ashes and rule over that nothingness. Odin is one of the few members of the Marvel Universe that is able to go head-to-head with the monster and almost every bout between the two ends with both of them losing their lives. I think in Ragnarok, Hela and Loki will be working with Surtur in order to bring Asgard down. They have the mutual hatred and the sheer power to do so.

The end battle of the movie will consist of the now-paired God of Thunder and the Jade Giant, the forces of Asgard, and the Valkyries against Hela’s army of the dead, Loki at the helm, and Surtur with his host of Muspelheim. The clash will leave Asgard in ruin, Odin slain and Thor either dead himself or the new Allfather. This is not a new element for the comics either. With the death of the Allfather his power, the OdinForce, is then transferred to Thor and he becomes the Allfather and King of Asgard. Not only would this bring a new element to the character’s story in the future but it would be a huge help in the fight with the Mad Titan in Infinity War.

Of course this all speculation and is more than a little wishful thinking but the cogs are always turning in my mind when it comes to what is next for Thor. I definitely think that Marvel knows what they did wrong with Dark World and can make up for it in the new film. So far, with all we know, it is looking bright. We have a great cast, a director who is already making waves, and wonderful source material just waiting to be adapted. Let’s hope this film is worthy to wield the hammer.

Captain America: Civil War Review

Captain America: Civil War Review

Captain America: Civil War Review

Ben Flygare

In October 2014 Captain America: Civil War was announced along with all of Marvel Studio’s films until 2020. Of all the films that were announced, Civil War was one I was most excited about. Since that time, I have been impatiently waiting until May 6, 2016 when it was released and that wait has most definitely been rewarded in a major and positive way.

I walked into Civil War knowing that it was going to be a good movie based on early reviews and things I had seen in the trailers, teasers, and TV spots, but I was not prepared with how great it really was. The story was very well done, the casting was, again, spot on, and the action left me breathless. Marvel Studios did not pull their punches with this movie at all. A few things I want to touch on (without spoiling anything) is the story, the newcomers, and the action scenes.

While Marvel has never disappointed in the action department in any of their previous films, the scenes in Civil War really set it apart from the rest. Marvel movies typically have two kinds of action scenes, the super epic and over the top CGI fests and the carefully choreographed and badass hand to hand fights. While it is always fun to see the scenes where Iron Man is blasting aliens with his repulsor rays, or Thor tearing the sky with an onslaught of lightning, the most satisfying scenes are the fights where Cap is going toe to toe with a group of soldiers or in this case, other superheroes. Civil War had both kinds in abundance. It seemed that this film had more action than the previous ones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it never got old or made one bored. In fact I was eagerly waiting each new scrap because of how well they were put together. The airport part of the movie was definitely the most awe-inspiring and the teasers and trailers simply didn’t do it justice (thankfully).

We had a few newcomers show in Civil War but the most important were Black Panther and Spider-Man. Marvel has never disappointed in their casting of beloved characters and this is no exception. Chadwick Boseman is every bit as regal and brutal as T’Challa as he needed to be. Without saying too much, you could relate and sympathize with both his plight and the role he had in the film. Then there is Spider-Man. When Marvel announced that Tom Holland was their choice to be the Web-Slinger, I was a little hesitant. They told us they wanted a younger Peter and he seemed to fit that a little too well. As time went on and Tom posted more of his devotion to the character, that doubt was eased away little by little. Then I saw him in the movie and all doubts and fear were blown away. It may be a little cliche and silly but I can honestly say that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man we have seen to date. He nails the character in both aspects that make Spider-Man who he is. He has Peter’s nerdy awkwardness and Spidey’s comedic charm. You won’t be disappointed in either of these new additions to the Universe.

Many of the negative things I saw while we awaited the movie came from the worry that they wouldn’t be true to the source material due to the fact that it was a small cast compared to the comic. While the movie and the comic are definitely two separate entities, it really captured the spirit of what the original story was about. Rather than being a complete carbon copy of the comic, the movie centered on the idea of a scenario where the heroes we have come to know and love are separated by a difficult choice. Honestly, I feel the idea of the comic was almost silly and not as dire as the scenario in the film. The idea that the Avengers needed to be under control of the UN is a much more realistic idea and one that I could see actually splitting the team. Although I can proudly proclaim I am Team Cap, there were moments while watching the movie where I could see what the other side saw. What also separates it from the original comic is the other side of the story involving Bucky. We get to see what really is driving Bucky and why he is so important, not only to the plot of the film, but also with Steve. I have always enjoyed the strength of Steve’s friendship with Bucky and the lengths he would go to, to make sure he was safe. In comparison with the other versus comic movie of this year, Batman v Superman, it really got the emotional punch of beloved characters against each other. There were many moments where it hurt to watch our heroes fight each other such as Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, against the Vision who they are building a relationship with.

Civil War was by far one of the best comic movies released so far and, in my opinion, the best Marvel Studio’s to date. The Captain America series just continues to get better with each movie and pushes the Universe along into something truly great. I highly recommend the movie and give it a solid 10/10.

Captain America: Civil War – Review (Spoiler Free!)

Captain America: Civil War – Review (Spoiler Free!)

Captain America: Civil War – Review (Spoiler Free!)

iGeekOut

Before we get too far into a review of how good or bad I thought Captain America: Civil War was or was not, there are two things that I need to address. The first is that since this movie literally just came out, and not everyone has had a chance to see it (as I was lucky enough to) I will do my absolute best to avoid any kind of spoilers. Second, I must admit that I am an absolute Captain America fanboy. I absolutely love the character, his story, and his progression over the years. I will do my best to try and keep that fanboy under wraps for the sake of this review, but I will say that it is going to be difficult. Needless to say, this means that I am definitely (and staunchly) on the side of Team Cap! Now, on to the review.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. From start to end it was a pleasant romp through one of the darkest sagas in the Marvel Comic Universe. While that may seem a little contradictory, it is nonetheless true. The dialogue was scripted wonderfully, and the action sequences for this movie was simply fantastic and breathtaking. Civil War continues in much the same vein as the previous Captain America movies. Unlike many of the other movies in the MCU, Captain comes across as more of a Jason Bourne spy thriller…though with MUCH more action.

The central issue that is at debate in this movie is how much oversite the Avengers team needs to have, and just who they should answer to for any perceived wrong doing on their part. Keep in mind that this movie takes place with a year’s time frame of the Avengers: Age of Ultron and the world (and the team) is still dealing with the fallout from that incident. In fact, this is even reflected in the “laws” that are proposed and accepted by roughly half of the Avengers team (i.e., Team Iron Man). However, as with the previous Captain America movies there is much more going on that appears at first glance.

Now, while there was definitely a bunch of times where the movies seemed to be dwelling on the doom and gloom of friends/family fighting each other (this is a civil war after all) there were plenty of light hearted, and even touching moments. One of my personal favorites was when (Without going into detail) three of the heroes almost seemed like a bunch of college boys on a road trip with the banter and exchanges that were going on. One of the more touching scenes was when Peggy Carter (from Captain America: First Avenger and Agent Carter fame) was actually mentioned and addressed in this movie. I will not go into details (don’t want to ruin anything) but it was to me, probably one of the most pivotal scenes for Steve Rogers as he struggles to come to grips with what is about to happen.

I could easily continue going on about Captain America: Civil War, but frankly I would be too tempted to say something to specific and give away too much. In a nutshell, I would say that the latest addition to the MCU not only knocks it out of the park, but definitely sets the bar very high for anything that follows. But then, what else can you really expect from Captain America? I would rate this movie as a 9.5 out of 10. Oh, by the way, be sure that you stay until the very last credit rolls…you REALLY don’t want to miss any of the credit scenes.

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