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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE GREATEST SUPERHERO EVER!!


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The greatest and the most popular heroes in comics and pop culture who represent the average humans with burden and responsibility are Superman, Batman, Spider-man and Captain America. They all are iconic and have a sense of responsibility to protect the innocent and help the weak at all cost. But of all of them I always believed that Captain America is the greatest and purest of all three and in this write up I’ll try to prove it. Because even if you don’t like the character, Captain America has to be admired and respected for being the person that he is and doing what only he can do.

Big time props should go out to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for creating a truly inspiring hero for all kids to see in December of 1940 with Captain America #1 from Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel). In that era a character in comic books actually punched Hitler was a big deal. He was most popular and enduring in those days as a pop culture icon.

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Captain America is one of the few who rose from this disabled kid who lived for patriotism of his country. He read the propaganda and he bought into it all the way. So much that he agreed to be part of an experiment that would allow him to “serve” his country as a supersoldier and help win the war and then realized the lies within the propaganda. But that didn’t stop him from loving his country and trying to live up to the values of what got him there, even if his own country didn’t stand behind them.

Captain America is again better than Superman who was the first true comic-book superstar risen from the pages of Action Comics #1 in 1938. Superman started the trend that followed later and put him up high in the pantheon of our modern-day heroes.

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Superman’s biggest flaw is that he represent everything good. No one can beat him and he’ll always win over the wrong. This is what gives the character the biggest flaws compared to Captain America. Cap despite being a Super Soldier he is still a man. Despite being a weak kid from Boston who became a Super Soldier and a symbol of peace and freedom still has to train everyday to stay this way. His suit makes him a target of all enemies. He is the most respected and recognizable hero in the Marvel Universe who inspires a nation and even other super-powered beings as well as powerful Gods from far off fabled lands.

He can’t fly at super speeds, survive direct hits from atomic missiles and lift buildings over his head with ease. He is a human being who shows the common man that each of us possesses all the superpowers we need to be heroes ourselves. For this reason I shall always believe that Cap is a better “pure” hero than Superman.

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Another comparison is Batman who is just perfect. But he represents the darkness that Captain America can never embrace. Steve Rogers is not a rich kid like Bruce Wayne and whatever he has today is a result of his hard work and losses he suffered in the path. The two are very comparable when it comes to overall abilities, grit, determination and willpower. It’s anyone’s guess who really is the better (even though Cap is physically Batman’s superior). Both put their lives on the line against all comers and are usually the last ones left standing in battle. But that is where the comparison’s end. Batman uses fear, stealth, gadgets and his own plan regardless of what his teammates want also Batman is egoistic. Even Batman in the JLA/Avengers limited-series (2003-2004) steps back and is lead by, who else…Captain America!! Why? Because even he knew the Cap would do a better job than him. When it comes to pure RESPECT by his peers even Batman takes a back seat to Cap. This is why Cap is a much greater “pure” hero than even Batman.

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Spidey is a true hero because the superhero life has never been easy for him. People always loved Cap (most of the time) and Superman. They’re recognized as heroes, supported by the government, and their battles are usually straight up right vs. wrong. Spider-man’s life, on the other hand, would be much better if he stopped being a hero. Being Spider-man has made his life hell and he sees no reward from it and is even recognized as a criminal, but he keeps doing it because it’s the right thing to do. Spider-man is a symbol for overcoming adversity, not giving up, and doing the right thing even when it hurts you. And this is everything needed to be a truly great “pure” hero. But truth be told, Spidey is this way because of Captain America. He looks up to Cap as the living, breathing and fighting symbol of freedom and wants to be just like him. That’s the big difference between the two; Cap is doing what he will always do in the face of adversity because he has too and everyone around him knows it and is inspired by it! And Spider-man is one of those many faces in the crowd looking at Cap for that inspiration. Even though Spidey is a “pure” hero in every sense of the word, Captain America IS the hero he’s trying to be.

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Captain America is the symbol of hope in despair, light in darkness and yet everything wrong in the world that he stands against for. His morals, values make him what he is. He stood for vigilantes and masked superheroes in Civil War and ultimately took a bullet because he believed in his principles and his values didn’t allow him to take Tony Star’s side.
Steve Rogers truly deserves respect and is the purest and greatest Superheroes ever.

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Movie review: Transformers Age of Extinction


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Title – Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Director – Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J Miller

Plot – Are you kidding? Plot in Transformers. just a lot of Robots, fighting, more robots, Mark Whalberg, comic relief, robots, product placement, eye candy in the form of a young hot female (definitely not an actress), robots, Frasier and explosions. Don’t forget the explosions!

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With 3 films well and truly done and dusted and with this 4threleasing this year, there is no question that by now everyone knows that what Transformers movie is all about and it totally depends on the viewer if he likes the way these movies take place or not.

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It has been four years since the destructive battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons in Chicago, leaving over a thousand civilians dead in the process.  Humans have since cut their alliance with the Autobots, and instead are hunting down and destroying them one by one with the help of Lockdown; a Transformer bounty hunter .  Optimus Prime has decided to go into hiding in Texas, where he is discovered by inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his co-worker Lucas (TJ Miller) as an old, worn-out truck.  The Government- led by Kelsey Grammar & Titus Welliver’s CIA characters- realizes Yeager is in possession of an Autobot, and threatens him and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), only before Optimus helps them escape.

One thing the movie does that is interesting though is it greatly reduces the groups in play. Optimus and the humans soon recruit the last few Autobots still surviving by hiding out; Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Hound and Drift. Acting as a rogue group with their backs against the wall gives them an edge that the previous movies lacked. It was hinted at in “Dark of the Moon” when Optimus proclaims that they will kill all Decepticons once and for all but here, he’s completely lost his faith after losing countless friends protecting humans that ultimately betrayed them.

Unfortunately, for every large action scene/set piece, there’s also weird establishing shots and largely unnecessary moments that drag down an already overstuffed 165 minutes of run time. The script is just as flimsy as ever and introduces tons of new ideas and attempts to add to the lore while largely ignoring everything from the previous films that isn’t the battle of Chicago. Shane, the boyfriend character, is awful and underdeveloped and at times, him and Tessa both just seem like whiny brats.

Which leads to the elephant in the room; Sam Witwicky, Shia LaBeouf’s hero from the first three films is not mentioned once. Nowhere, nothing. It’s hard to believe because not only did he go to robot heaven and find out it’s his destiny to help the Autobots, but given how hard Bumblee and Optimus fought to protect him, watch him and honestly just liked him, they don’t once ask for him to come help or that he’s safe and ok and that’s a move that becomes more and more glaring as the Tessa/Shane relationship feels more and more shoe-horned in, with Shane even dressing almost exactly like Sam from “Dark of the Moon” in the climax.

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The plot presents several questions to you, such as the origin of the Transformers, which look like they will be resolved by the end of the movie. They’re not. In fact, by the end of the movie it’s apparent that these are mysteries that will fuel future sequels. But until you reach the end, you’ll get this lingering sense that you missed something in the movie.

Chances are if you are going to see Transformers: Age of Extinction then you know what you’re getting yourself into. You’re prepared for the plot holes, the sub-par acting, and the plethora of explosions. If you just want to see more giant robots fighting the movie certainly delivers that, and we can actually tell which robot is which when they are duking it out. I just think the formula is getting old, but Bay apparently doesn’t think so as the movie sets up yet another sequel to come. If you didn’t enjoy any of the previous movies, you aren’t going to like this one. But for those of you who can’t get enough Transformer action, this installment offers more of the same.

My Score: 6 out of 10

Time runs out in Marvel Universe


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Marvel Universe is going through some unexceptional changes, with Original Sin coming to an end there is a lot happening in the corners of 616 Universe. In other words, time will run out in Marvel universe this September when Avengers #35 and New Avengers #24 will jump 8 month ahead giving a glimpse of how Marvel Universe will look like in April 2015.

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Back in April it was announced that Marvel is planning to kill Wolverine, everyone thought that it was another of the gimmicks. As storyline continued Marvel stripped Wolverine of his regenerative abilities and right now Wolverine has around 2 months to live and time is running out for Logan. Death of Wolverine is set for a finale in September.

But this is not where it stops. There are some major changes in Marvel universe. Tony Stark’s group of Illuminati is busy saving their Earth from incursions with another Earths while Fantastic Four fight for their own survival. We are going to meet second person who was bitten by the spider along with Peter Parker. The final incursion is going to take place in September, the same time when Wolverine dies.

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In another set of events Captain America got stripped from the effects of Super Soldier Serum and aged rapidly to a 90 year old man leaving the space vacant for a new Captain America. If we trust the teases by Marvel comics and fan theories then Falcon may become the new Captain America in a few months.

What’s next.

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Yesterday’s big Marvel announcement revealed that Jason Aaron will introduce a new Female Thor soon as Thor Odinson will be deemed unworthy. It seems that Thundra is the one lifting the hammer, although it is not the first time we will meet a female Thor, Earth X had a female Thor but that was Odinson transformed into a woman by Loki’s magic.

So what’s next? There is a major change we will be seeing with Hulk as his storyline in pages of Savage Hulk and Indestructible Hulk continues, Deadpool is going to be a victim as we will soon get to know who his daughter is and what happed to her and what about Richard Rider returning?

Whatever Happened to Booster Gold


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Booster Gold one of the DC’s most underrated characters has vanished from the face of DC universe since the reboot. There is no sign of him except for a short stint in All Star Western there is no sign of the time travelling Superhero.
DC has gone a long way so that no characters remember the world before New 52 but Booster Gold was himself away from the mainstream DC timeline when Flashpoint happened. Booster went to the Flashpoint universe after sensing some trouble and so there are huge chances of him remembering the pre New52 universe even after the reboot. After Booster showed up in All Star Western he slowly lost his memory and it seemed that Booster has no idea of Flashpoint either.
But again and again its been hinted that he still remembers being a time master because he recognizes the vanishing point. In Justice League International we saw an older version of Booster Gold who was working with ARGUS where he drops hints about Booster’s future and about Rip Hunter. This continued when Booster senior started appearing at key moments of DC Universe events and he had a better understanding of DC universe than his younger version. That was the last time we saw both the Boosters with the older version warning him that the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman would have dire consequences. But seconds later, as Wonder Woman and Superman kissed for the first time, young Booster and old Booster faded from existence — implying their future had somehow been erased by this event. Even though Booster was one of the few including the Flash to be present in the Flashpoint-verse, Booster’s character ultimately did not remember anything afterwords and suffered from “too soon for his time” syndrome.
Everyone thought Booster Gold with return in Trinity War and then he was hinted in Forever Evil but till now there is no sign of him. New 52 Futurees End is like an ideal place where Booster can show up because this series is kind of related to time travel and continuity. Also as Ted Kord has made his debut in New 52 it seems that his Gold buddy will return sooner or later to New 52 universe
DC has F****d up the continuity and its own mythos, the compex timeline that I used to love exists no more and New 52 is too stupid for its own sake. They have sidelined my favorite heroes and characters and gives shitty titles that no-one cares about multiple chances, I and a lot of fans are waiting that the Booster Gold issues is resolved as soon as possible.