Monthly Archives: July 2013

Up Next: Kick Ass 2


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Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) do-it-yourself vigilante bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as the super-villain The Motherf%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

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When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young masked hero Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do with their shared calling, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

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Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, a new self-proclaimed super-villain, The Motherf%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. http://www.kickass-themovie.com


Winter Soldier: The Movie Origin


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In the comics it is well-known that the Winter Soldier is Bucky brought back from “death” by the Soviets and brainwashed to be their assassin. While the Winter Soldier in next year’s Captain America sequel seems to be the same character from the comics Marvel Studios is infamous for making changes to either characterization, or origin. These are my theories about who exactly the Winter Soldier is.

Brainwashed HYDRA soldier: Arnim Zola survived World War II and is somehow still alive to this day. There is also the fact that Arnim is responsible for Bucky’s “death” in Captain America: The First Avenger. He could have easily gone back to the place where Bucky fell to take him back to some lab in order to revive him and then brainwash him to be a HYDRA assassin.

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Rogue SHIELD agent: Since Captain America, Black Widow, and Nick Fury seem to be fighting a rogue SHIELD led by whatever villain Robert Redford is portraying, it is also possible that Winter Soldier is working with them. In Avengers Tony Stark says that Nick Fury’s “secrets have secrets.” I believe that SHIELD may have secretly found Bucky and kept him a secret from Steve as they did whatever was necessary to save him. With a villainous Robert Redford leading SHIELD now leading SHIELD he could have chosen to unleash the Winter Soldier to destroy Captain America, Black Widow, and Nick Fury.

Brainwashed Soviet agent: 
The only reason this seems to be a possibility is because there is the red star on Winter Soldier’s arm. This is true to source material and will open room for more stories in Captain America’s storyline.

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I also have to wonder about the Winter Soldier himself. Unlike in the comics, Bucky does not “die” from an exploding drone plane, but falls to his doom in a fight with HYDRA soldiers on a train. This begs the question of whether the arm is the only thing done to him, or if other measures were taken to save Bucky’s life and that’s why he covers up everything except his hair.

Continuty Issues in Avengers Arena


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Avengers Arena is a spin-off from The Avengers (and sequel of sorts of Avengers Academy) created by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker as part of Marvel’s Marvel NOW iniative. Avengers Arena stars sixteen of the Marvel Universe’s teenage superheroes as they’re put onto an isolated island and forced to fight and kill each other for diabolical mastermind Arcade’s amusement.

Since the series has started there have been a few continuity issues with the series. I wonder if they are intentional or just innocent mistakes.

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  • Nico casts the spell “Chill Out”, which she cast in Civil War : Runaways/Young Avenges #2. The Staff of One can only cast the same spell once and tends to have a random or negative effect when a spell is recast by doing something different. Though the effect is different, the results are very much the same. It’s very odd. This could be intentional, as she mentions her magic is not functioning properly.
  • On a similar note, despite receiving plot point power ups in Joss Whedon’s run with the kids, neither Runaway carries their new weaponry and skills into this book. This also counts as bit of Off Model as the designs for their weaponry were changed with the upgrade.
  • During a flashback in #3, Agent Brand shows Cammi a picture that has her with Nova, Drax the Destroyer, and Starlord. The problem is that Peter Quill didn’t become Starlord again until the after Cammi left.

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  • Nico and Chase’s trust problems in this series are culled from Runaways volume two. In volume three, the two of them seem to bury the hatchet and have a budding relationship.
  • Within the series, the timeline and time skips have caused no end of confusion, the latest coming in #11 and really does problems to linear time. What was a clear few days for the rest of the cast was a week and a half for Hazmat and Reptil. This could be explained by the method the other kids joined the duo: magic portal. However, this would require Apex to basically be sitting around doing nothing for all the time in between.

Where is the original Captian Boomerang?


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Original Captain Boomerang got himself killed in some botched assassination attempt during a the Identity Crisis. Although honestly this was one character needed the retcon/Reboot desperately.

But then Capt. Boomerang was fun to read with his Australian slang and his all around annoying personality he was one of the things that made The Suicide Squad a fun read.

I wish we new more about his son however. He does have a cool new look and with his super speed power. Then Blackest Night changed all that. The son was killed and the father resurrected.

He’s back and in the pages of The Flash and Brightest Day. Sadly, he’s now throwing black energy boomerangs around and is far less of a joke. His golden age will always be as the foil in Suicide Squad.

Slowly, the Blackest Night and Multi-Colored Lanterns thing took over pretty much every DC Book on the market in late 2010

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However, “Digger”, as he was portrayed in the Squad series, will always be one of my favorite characters of all time. I never thought that he needed “super powers”, and the fact that he fought the Flash without them made him even more bad-ass.

Want to know more about him? Here’s a Justice League episode ( Task Force X) featuring Rick Flag, Deadshot, Plastique, Clock King and none other then the original Capt. Boomerang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymDVBXeZGMs