March 4th, 2015

What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?

[Via Comic Book Resources, via MetaFilter]

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Woman? Frog? Korbinite? What's the difference?

July 23rd, 2014

By some margin my favourite response to the whole Thor-is-being-replaced-by-a-woman fuss:

Iron Man and Thor

[Via Bruce Munro, commenting at More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Candid superhero moments

February 22nd, 2014

Candid superhero moments by Phil Noto:

Nothing shows off Phil Noto's ability to place characters in the decade of his choosing better than his candid Marvel sketches. Emulating vintage color pallettes and film stock, each moment is infused with a small slice of Americana. […]

Some gorgeous work on that page. My favourite has to be the last:

Franklin Richards meets The Hulk

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Meet The Real Loki

November 9th, 2013

Guest-posting at Alyssa Rosenberg's blog, Max Gladstone wants us to Meet The Real Loki:

Let's talk Loki. Norse myths are some of the world's craziest, and while the good folks at Marvel have given us two solid cinematic Lokis so far, and look set to deliver a third, there's a lot of Loki that never makes it on screen.

You see, Loki's a weird character in the Norse pantheon. He's not evil always, or for its own sake – this is something Marvel's first Thor movie got right. He is, however, tricksy. And vengeful. And too smart for his own good. In Norse myths, Loki's as likely to take up the role of "only Norse god who can think his way out of a paper bag" as he is to present as "archenemy of Thor and all that is holy."


With that out of the way, here is one of my personal favorite Loki tales. Feel free to imagine the Triple-H of Hiddleston, Hemsworth, and Hopkins in the central roles below if that tickles your fancy.

Okay, so. Back at the beginning of time, the gods wanted a fortress. But no one wants to build a fortress themselves! The gods remain stymied until a nameless workman wanders into Valhalla and gives Odin an offer: "I'm really good at building fortresses, and in fact I'll build one for you – if you pay me with the sun, the moon, and Freia, goddess of beauty."

This being the beginning of time, Odin hadn't heard this particular scam before. […]

Given the way Loki resolves the problem in this legend, I don't think we are going to see Tom Hiddleston acting it out in Thor 3, but I'd be delighted to be wrong about that.

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Michael Bay's 'The Dark Knight' [Guitar solo]

July 20th, 2013

I can't believe I failed to notice Michael Bay's Rejected "The Dark Knight" Script when it first appeared:


The Batmobile is gunning down the highway at over 200 miles per hour, weaving through traffic. Every time BATMAN is about to crash into a civilian, the camera enters ultra slow motion and we see him barely squeeze by, frame by frame. This happens seventeen times.

As BATMAN whizzes by cars, he attracts the attention of a young passenger in a nearby vehicle.


Mommy, mommy, look! Look!


Stop shouting, I'm trying to drive!

(watching the Batmobile)


The Batmobile races off into the distance. Finally, BATMAN catches up to the JOKER's zeppelin.

Good work.

[Via DirtyOldTown, commenting at MetaFilter]

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Man of Steel

April 17th, 2013

The latest trailer for Man of Steel looks pretty damned good.1

Trouble is, Zack Snyder's films often have impressive-looking trailers; it's only when you get into cinema that you find out how badly the plot falls short of the visuals. Then again, David S Goyer is pretty good at writing comic book movies, and goodness knows they've had enough examples of what not to do. Eventually they have to get Superman right on the big screen again. Why not in 2013?

[Via Mightygodking dot com]

  1. It makes me feel old to see Kevin Costner playing Pa Kent, but that's just something I'm going to have to live with.

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Furlough time forfeit

October 8th, 2012

From the Desk of Director Nick Fury:

The agents responsible for taking Captain Rogers to a screening of Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds', and convincing him that was how the war ended, have been identified, and have forfeited their furlough time until they provide him with a proper History textbook and debrief him.

[Via jwz]

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Same 'Verse

September 20th, 2012

Consider this a job application: S.H.I.E.L.D.E.D.

Nice cameo at the end from Agent Benson.

[Via feeling listless]

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The Dark Knight Rises

July 21st, 2012

I think it's fair to say that The Dark Knight Rises evades the three-films-is-one-too-many curse that befell Spider-Man and Blade and the X-Men. It's a long film but didn't feel like one. It deserves to be written about at length: a task I don't have time for right now, but which I think we can rely upon the internet to take care of over the next few days.

Given how nicely the end of this film took care to geg some characters to where they wanted/needed to be and setting up fresh challenges for others, I'd say Christopher Nolan has earned the right to walk away from the series with his head held high, mission accomplished.1

It's going to hurt a lot five or six years from now, when Warner/DC hand the franchise over to Zack Snyder to reboot.

  1. Also, Anne Hathaway won't get the credit she deserves for her take on Selina Kyle.

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The "Mi-Fi"

June 25th, 2012

The Microscale Sci-fi LEGO contest involves various surprisingly effective minimalist depictions of scenes from science fiction (and superhero) films and TV shows.

My favourites are Tron (1982)1 and 1.21 Gigawatts.2

[Via MetaFilter]

  1. Because once you think about the sort of scene you could easily recreate using Lego it's a blindingly obvious choice. But so beautifully executed.
  2. Simple. Evocative. A classic.

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