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Frank MillerMiller revealed during a Reddit AMA that he’d like to tackle Marvel’s Star-Spangled hero. When asked which comic hero he’d like to write for, he replied “I get back to Captain America, because I find him such a wonderful anachronism,” in addition to being a character that “features virtues that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time.” He continued, “I remember telling people at Marvel, just a few days after 9/11, that I hoped they realized what they had there, because Captain America’s reaction to 9/11 would have been pretty direct.”

Asked by a fan about whether Marvel would be interested in working with Miller on any Captain America project, the company’s executive editor Tom Brevoort replied by writing “We’d certainly be interested in the abstract, depending on what story he’d want to tell,” adding “I don’t think, for example, we’d have gone ahead with Holy Terror as a Captain America story.”

Captain America knows that the Illuminati and his best friend, Tony Stark, have betrayed him. In the midst of punching Tony in the face, the Time Gem is throwing the Avengers through time.

Published: May 28, 2014
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

I have always been frustrated by the Avengers and the current storyline is getting me to that point. There’s just too much going on. The problem for me is the time jumping and the incursions with alternate realities. There are just too many new characters that makes it hard to keep track. Also, there are too many alternate versions of our heroes. Hickman really seems to like this device but you’ve got to be a skilled investigator at times to keep everything straight.

I also appears that everyone hates Tony Stark and punching him in the face is a favorite pastime in all times.

 

The Verdict

5Mediocre

The Good: Great artwork by Yu

The Bad: Too many time jumps and alternate realities that its hard to keep track

Captain America remembers everything, and he’s a little punchy in this issue of Avengers 29. This revelation comes from the aftermath from the Original Sin event and the murder of the Watcher. What does Captain America remember? The Illuminati reformed. Captain America kicked out by the other members, his friends, and his memory erased.

Published: May 14, 2014
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

As you may know, the Illuminati has been reassembled with Tony Stark, Dr. Stephen Strange, T’challa, Namor, Reed Richards, Hank McCoy (replacing Professor X) and Captain America. Earths from other dimensions are starting to converge upon one another. The result of the convergence is both Earths are destroyed, that is unless one is destroyed by the other.

Captain America attempted to use the Infinity Guantlet to prevent the convergence but failed. The only other option is to build a weapon powerful enough to destroy a planet. Captain America morally objected, which lead to his removal from the group.

Captain America realizes that not only was his memory erased, but he was betrayed by this best friend, Tony Stark. He was also betrayed by the Illuminati, a group of the smartest heroes, but by its very nature, a dangerous organization.

Of the revealed tie-ins from Original Sin, this is the one I was looking forward to the most. It is the secret with the highest stakes, if revealed, in the Marvel Universe, and it’s coming to light. Let’s just say that Steve Rogers is not happy and Iron Man is the first target of his anger and the result is an epic battle between the Avengers and Tony Stark.

Great story by Jonathan Hickman and art by Leinil Francis Yu. My only problem is that as a tie-in to the Original Sin event, Captain America just remembers what was erased by Dr. Strange. It is not the dramatic reveal, I wanted.

 

 

The Verdict

7Good

The Good: Perfect start to the Marvel Secrets being revealed | The Avengers kick Tony Stark’s Butt

The Bad: Wished for a more dramatic reveal of the secret

Original Sin #1 is the first of an eight part Marvel Big event surrounding the murder of the Watcher. The first issue sets the stage and brings our primary cast of unlikely pairs together.

Published: May 07, 2014
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Deodato

WHO SHOT THE WATCHER? The Watcher, the mysterious space-god who’s been watching us from the moon for as long as we can remember… is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel Comics history. As Nick Fury leads the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an investigation, other forces are marshaling as well and other questions are arising. Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own, including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Dr. Strange? Who is the Unseen? What was the Original Sin? What was stolen from the Watcher’s lair? And most importantly, who now holds the Marvel Universe’s darkest secrets in the palm of their hand?

I’ll be honest. I’m excited about the Original Sin event and its tie-in issues. The only problem I have with the first issue is that it fails to adequately excite the audience to buy the next issue, unless they’ve been following the news and stories we’ve run about the real fallout of the murder of the Watcher. It’s almost as if the editors at Marvel assumes you’re going to buy the whole series. I’m buying issue two because I know the bigger picture of the story, not because of the first issue.

That said, I love the gore in the issue and I find the team-ups interesting. Let me spoil the team-ups.

  • Ant-Man, Black Panter and Emma Frost
  • Dr. Strange and the Punisher
  • Moon Knight, Winter Soldier and Gamora
  • Thing and Spider-Man
  • The return of the Original Nick Fury

The Verdict

6Fair

The Good: Good art and gore | Unlikely team-up

The Bad: Not a good stand-alone issue for the 8-part series

Disney Infinity 01

Today, Disney Interactive and Marvel Entertainment confirmed that the world’s most iconic Super Heroes are assembling for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes – the 2.0 edition of the #1 best-selling new hybrid toy / video game of 2013, according to the NPD Group’s video games retail sales data.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes features more than 20 new interactive figures from across the Marvel universe, original storylines penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis, and an all-new Toy Box mode that makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. In addition, all characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.

“Disney Infinity was, from the start, built to be an interactive experience where players could bring together their favorite Disney characters and stories to create new Disney memories. With the introduction of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, we’re ushering in a new chapter of adventures, featuring a cast of the world’s most popular Super Heroes,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of Disney Interactive. “Bringing popular and iconic Marvel characters to the Disney Infinity platform truly takes this game to the next level.”

“We’ve worked closely with the Disney Interactive team to deliver an incredible line-up of Marvel characters and great storytelling for the next chapter of Disney Infinity,” said Peter Phillips, EVP and General Manager, Interactive & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “The 2.0 edition will allow Marvel fans around the world to interact with their favorite Marvel Super Heroes in entirely new ways, including compelling gameplay and a new line of collectible interactive figures.”

The Avengers’ Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye will debut when the game launches this fall, along with additional Play Sets and characters from other popular Marvel and Disney franchises, which will be announced in the coming months. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the WiiU™ system from Nintendo, PC and iOS tablets and smart phones.

“Marvel Super Heroes fit perfectly into Disney Infinity, and with them we are pushing the platform’s limits of creativity and imagination,” said John Blackburn, VP and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “We’ve enhanced and redesigned the gameplay to match the Marvel characters, while also making it easier than ever for players to express and share their own creativity.”

– See more at: http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-news/press-releases/2014/04/disney-and-marvel-team-super-powered-sequel-disney-infinity-marve#sthash.Y3K1B3Ms.dpuf


Announcing Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)! Bring many of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes into an even bigger Toy Box and all new Play Sets. Unlock the freedom to create worlds and combine Marvel and Disney characters in ways never-seen-before in the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box. Disney Infinity Just Got Super-Powered.

Captain America 02Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominated the box office this weekend, earning $96.2 million. This record-breaking total surpassed the record originally held by Fast Five, Box Office Mojo reports. Secret City Geek Lab gave Captain America: The Winter Soldier a glowing review.

Captain America is yet another box office hero and critical darling produced by Marvel Studios.After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.

Marvel Studios next venture will be Guardians of the Galaxy premiering with an August 1, 2014 date.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.

Release date: April 4, 2014 (USA)
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Running time: 136 minutes Cine21
Prequel: Captain America: The First Avenger
MPAA rating: PG-13
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Marvel’s foray into the political thriller arena. When Captain America: The First Avenger is a patriotic period movie, The Winter Soldier pulls a steroid-built, goody-two-shoes superhero into the present and force him to face a new world where the line between good and evil is blurred.

I am a fan of the political thriller, especially the Tom Clancy movies. In Clancy movies, where dealing with real spy and government organizations and the threat feels real. Where Captain America struggles, you take real world problems and replace the players with costumed superheroes. The movie now becomes spy organization ABC must defeat rival spy organization XYZ or the country headed by MNO government. There is a level in which viewer will find it hard to connect with the politics.

Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers (Captain America). He’s our displaced hero in a new time and is perfect. He shows that he is the super-soldier that can single-handedly sub-due a ship with 25 pirates on board and not have to kill a single one. He’s also the idealistic patriot willing to give up his life for freedom and his fellow soldier. Emotionally, you also see Steve conflicted over just who side he’s fighting for.

At the start of the movie, after the events of the Avengers, Cap is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. whose goal is to bring peace all over the world. Since the attack on New York, S.H.I.E.L.D. is building three new hellicarriers armed with hundreds of gun turrets and missile launchers. As the new carriers fly over the earth, it can easily squash any uprising or violent situation on the ground. I love that fact that we’re never sure in any of the Marvel movies or even the television show that S.H.I.E.L.D. is the good guy. Captain America realizes that to S.H.I.E.L.D. the price of peace is more important price of freedom.

Captain America boasts a cast that is exciting and each given a chance to shine. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), the Falcon, shines in The Winter Soldier and it’s amazing to watch him fly in the Falcon suit. If you’re not a comic book fan, Captain America and the Falcon have been partners for a very long time, esp during the 70’s and 80’s. The designers at Marvel Studios have created a plausible working flight suit for Sam Wilson.

Scarlett Johansson proves once again, why she’s perfect to play the Black Widow. She’s just the right amount of bad-ass and sexy to get the job done as a spy. Her interaction with Steve Roger’s about his love life is classic. Samuel L. Jackson also proves again that Marvel picked the right guy to play Nick Fury from the first Iron Man movie. He’s cool, streetwise and has finally met his match against Robert Redford in S.H.I.E.L.D.

Speaking of Robert Redford, I originally thought his role in the movie was going to be a cameo but he’s all over this film and that’s really cool. Redford plays Alexander Pierce, the true head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Pierce is just as interested in achieving world peace as Nick Fury is. The difference between Pierce and Fury is how to attain the goal.

Finally, let’s talk the Winter Soldier. The character is based on the Ed Brubaker storyline, which help revitalize the Captain America comic book in the mid 2000’s. No one thought you could bring Cap’s best friend back from the dead, but Marvel certainly could. In both the comics and movie, Bucky thought dead was preserved and injected with a variant of the Super Serum used to create Captain America. His mind was wiped and now serves as a mysterious and deadly assassin. He’s become a killing machine and can Captain bring back his best friend or is it too late.

The Winter Soldier is a good political thriller. The political chess game between Steve Rogers and S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps you guessing. The teamwork between Cap, Black Widow and Falcon is fun to watch and the action features an amazing car chase at the beginning of the movie. The fight scenes are good, but since when is the shaky cam style become acceptable. I’m not sure that it’s a style of filming action or just a means to cover up the fact you don’t have the exciting shot you need to pull of amazing fight scenes.

In the pantheon of Marvel Studios movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a good movie but not great. Walk into the theater with low expectations and you’ll have a really good time. The critical and fan hype might just ruin this movie so be warned. It won’t convert the cynic that thinks guys in costumes saving the world is a silly idea, but suspend your disbelief for a fantastic roller coaster ride.

The Verdict

8Great

The Good: Great use of supporting characters esp Falcon, Black Widow and Maria Hill | Robert Redford is all over this movie

The Bad: Must employ your suspension of disbelief almost too much

The Geek Lab has on set interviews with the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


00:21 – Chris Evans – Captain America
03:40 – Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
06:24 – Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
09:20 – Robert Redford – Alexander Pierce
11:50 – Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes – Winter Soldier
15:20 – Frank Grillo – Brock Grumlow
17:40 – Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson – Falcon
21:00 – Emily Vancamp – Agent 13
22:45 – Kevin Feige – Producer
26:33 – Russo Brothers – Directors
31:05 – Nate Moore – Co-Producer
35:00 – Louis D’Esposito – Producer

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.
Release date: April 4, 2014 (USA)