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Movie Review – Logan


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James Mangold’s Logan, the third Wolverine solo film in the X-Men series, seems to take place after the events of Days of Future Past. Yes, so did X-Men: Apocalypse, but this one more specifically takes place after the altered version of DOFP‘s future storyline – the one with the “old” cast – where everything’s fine again, all the characters who died didn’t actually die, the Sentinels never attacked, and so on. Sadly, I’m told that this will be the final movie to ever feature the old X-Men and that it’s Young Xavier and company from here on out. As for this being Hugh Jackman‘s final time as Logan/Wolverine, I believe he deserves the break after 17 years of the same thing.

The movie is loosely based on the 2008 Wolverine storyline Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted). That comic book storyline took place in a world where supervillains actually defeated superheroes and split the United States up into territories ruled by different villains. Wolverine, now old, retired and lived with his family. When his family died, Wolverine came out of retirement and destroyed everyone who got in his way.

In a Children of Men-esque near future where mutant kind is going extinct, he hides with an infirm Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) on a remote farm, providing medicine for the aging professor so as to prevent seizures that, seeing as they’re happening to the world’s most powerful telepath, are significantly more dangerous than regular seizures. The two are kept safe by Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant-tracker who may or may not be the same Caliban who runs the mutant trafficking business in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The acting in this movie is just spectacular. Patrick Stewart steals the show as Charles Xavier. He has played this role many times before but playing the character as a dementia-ridden old man who has a tragedy that his own brain has hidden from him makes for a fascinating character study. Seriously, this is Stewart’s defining moment as Charles Xavier and might be one of the best acting moments in any comic book movie.

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The standout is, of course, newcomer Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney. I’ve seen some reactionary chat along the lines of “Will Logan be the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture!?!?” (no), but if Keen got a surprise nod in the acting categories, it genuinely wouldn’t seem like such a terrible shout on first viewing (though it’s obviously too early to say).

What holds Logan back from being the “masterpiece” many are prematurely claiming it to be is the fact that the quality dips noticeably as the film goes on. For a start, like all superhero films clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes, it’s twenty minutes too long. The “rest and recuperation” section drags, as does its neighbouring, all-too-standard sacrificial lamb sequence.

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All in all, I’d recommend Logan to any high-octane film fan. X-Men and Marvel fans I’m sure will be all over it regardless, but if an X-Men virgin and regular critic of the genre such as myself can enjoy its hard-hitting set pieces, interesting character development, and freshly dark tone, then that can only be a good sign.

Rating – 4 out of 5

Logan Trailer Breakdown: A Peek into Wolverine’s Last Days


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Logan has been talk of the movegoers for a while. Confirmed as Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, Logan is said to be inspired from Old Man Logan storyline and the trailer certainly has vibes of the classic tale.

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The basic description of movie suggests that it is set in a dystopic future where mutants are extinct. In this future Professor X’s powers are malfunctioning and Logan is on a run from a new group of villains. We meet a much older Wolverine, who is under guilt of going something that is eating him from the inside.

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The movie opens as Johnny Cash’s hurt plays in the background; the track perfectly sets the tone of the film.

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Professor X asks, ‘what did you do?’

We meet Logan. Is he under guilt of not being able to save to X-Men or is he the one who killed them?

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This is the world from where Wolverine time traveled in Days of the Future Past. While X-Franchise has made it clear that they don’t believe in the concept of timelines, it is more confusing to understand that if Wolverine saved mutants in Days of the Future Past then why did they die again.

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The scene fades into more glimpses of the post-apocalyptic world. Something happened, something bad.

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Logan sports a beard, he looks broken, drinking in a cemetery, may be this is where his x-friends are buried. This Wolverine has scars, he is aging and it is clear that healing factor is not working anymore.

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Here’s our first look at Professor X himself, and it’s noteworthy for two reasons. First of all, it’s genuinely painful to see a character known for his great power, a man who has led and mentored some of our favorite superheroes, dying in a filthy hideout in the middle of the desert after his life’s mission has seemingly failed. Second, it’s kind of astonishing that Patrick Stewart looks so good at 76 that they’ve literally had to cover him in makeup to sell his old age.

We meet a girl standing in a building overlooking a desert. Wolverine asks, ‘what is she,’ Professor X replies, ‘she looks a lot like you.’

X-23 was born through experimentation on Wolverine’s DNA. X-23 was successful after 22 clones died. We saw in the after credits of X-Men Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister of Essex Corporation might be responsible for her creation in this timeline.

We meet convoy of armed mercenaries on a hunt. It seems they are after Laura who is seeking refuge with Wolverine.

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We then meet a man in a shawl and faced covered with a mask and shades who may be Stephen Merchant’s Caliban. I am again not sure how he lived this long because he was last seen in X-Men Apocalypse.

‘She needs our help’

‘Someone will come along’

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It is clear that Professor X wants Logan to help her but he is reluctant to get into the fight. He thinks someone will come help her. He looks at his old dog tags, he wonders if he should help or not.

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The scene is cut by arrival by arrival of armed guards lead by the Donald Price. It might be possible that Logan cut off his arm and this is the reason why he has a hatred for mutants.

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We see the room shaking, Laura crawling, Logan carrying Professor X in his arms. It seems that either that they are in the middle of a big fight or just running away from it.

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While the trailer proceeds and we see some happy moments, Laura Watches Wolverine as he sleeps.

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A few cuts to Pierce and The Reavers, we see Wolverine with his claws pointed at Pierce faces. There are shots of him chasing armed guards, killing them one by one. This scene is followed by Laura doing the same thing.

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We see Logan trying to control Laura, he is blocking her claws, in the comics she was created with a trigger scent that will activate her to kill anything in her path. May be this is why Logan is trying to control her.

Professor X tells him that he still has time. If he killed X-Men then saving Laura is probably the only way to his redemption.

Logan opens in theaters on March 3, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Good and 5 Bad Things about X-Men: Apocalypse


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The latest entry to the never ending Saga of X-Men Franchise failed to make the same impact like its predecessors. There was hardly any buzz during the release or any impact after. I got to catch up the movie a lot later. It might be one of those underrated movies that you end up watching after renting home video and realize it could have been a lot better in the theaters.

Here is what I liked and disliked about the movies

The Good

  1. Apocalypse’s story – This movie seems to have done judgment with Apocalypse’s backstory. His arc is fairly dealt with and he comes out at a formidable villain with his own agenda to cleanse the Earth and give a fresh start. He is not presented as one of those sympathetic villains with a tragic backstory that a lot of movies are going with. He is evil, pure evil.
  2. Introducing Xavier’s institute – Xavier’s institute is introduced as if it has come straight out of the comic books. Cyclops is recruited and as he enters the compounds of the institute he goes through the same experience that Wolverine went through in the first X-Men movie.
  3. Meeting Weapon X – When Wolverine comes on the screen, for the first time he seems to have come out of the pages of the comics. He is feral, vicious and in the most animalistic way you can imagine him. The way he cuts and slashes through the armed guards and goes on this rage mode is something that I was dying to see for a long time now.https://i2.wp.com/www.cosmicbooknews.com/sites/default/files/x-men-apocalypse-hugh-jackman.jpg
  4. Justice to Phoenix – If Wolverine was well dealt with then we also got glimpses of phoenix when Jean Gray gets in the battle with Apocalypse. We see her in Phoenix mode of which I can hope that is done justice to in some future installment.https://i1.wp.com/static.srcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/X-Men-Apocalypse-Jean-Grey-as-Phoenix.jpg
  5. Quicksilver – The X-Men universe Quicksilver is seriously OP. He saves an entire school in a few seconds. What other franchise can think about doing the same with their speedsters?

The Bad

  1. No impact on status quo – X-Men: Apocalypse makes no impact on the status quo of the X-Universe. The school is destroyed and repaired again. Magneto becomes good and then leaves, the world is almost destroyed and then the movie pretends that nothing happened. Think about other cinematic universes, Superman is dead, The Avengers are disbanded, we know the impact these events are going to make. Fox faces a problem of no actual paradigm shift in their universe.
  2. Underused Jubilee, Psylocke and Angel – Why was Jubilee present on the promo material when they used her just for a shot? We didn’t even get to know if she was alive or dead after the mansion exploded. Same with Angel, he is criminally underused. His arc is written just to serve as a member of the Four Horsemen otherwise he serves no other purpose. I hope Psylocke gets a better role in X-Force movie.

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  1. So much Mystique – Mystique holds the same status in the X-Universe that was once held by Wolverine. Without any character development she clings as the center plot point of most of the story. Her presence is simply irritating and feels forced upon the audience.
  2. Cringy Second Half – While the first half is the strongest point of the movie , it becomes dull and forced in the second half. Evil villain and his evil plan, mass destruction and good guys win. As predictable as it can be.
  3. Timeline still confusing – The X-Timeline still leaves us with many loopholes. If Wolverine was captured by Mystique masquerading has Trask then how did the actual Trask got hold of him? What happened to Sabertooth and rest of Wolverine’s crew? What timeline do Deadpool, Colossus and Negasonic exist? Can’t they simply hit the reboot button and start afresh?

The only reason Apocalypse failed to make an impact despite being a good movie was that people have stopped caring about the franchise at all. It needs a shift in the status quo or some collaboration like Sony did with Spider-Man. The world is changing, we all know that the mutants exist in ‘everything gets right by the end of the movie’ and no one is interested in knowing that.

Movie Review – Deadpool


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I went to watch this movie with expecting a slapstick comedy with superheroes. The promotion was impressive but given Ryan Reynold’s two previous ventures into comic-book movies I was a little less hopeful.

Deadpool is a satire on comic book movies. As a comic book character that breaks 4th walls, he is the parody of everything superhero. Deadpool is the brilliance of Marvel comics and shows their balls to take jabs on their work. The movie might have been directed by Tim Miller but the truth is that Deadpool belongs to only and only Ryan Reynolds. As the movie is concerned, Deadpool breaks all the rules of Superhero and adopts only those jokes and gags that draw out the most amount of ‘WTF’s from the crowd, and in doing so, gives us one of the most faithful comic-book adaptations to date.

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Deliciously meta and embracing the irresponsible, and goofy persona of its superhero (as well as the actor who portrays him), Deadpool is the kind of superhero that no matter who tries to make it with another character, you are not going to get as faithful as this one. It was a unique creation when it came to Marvel Comics in 1991, and succeeds in gleefully shocking cinema audiences in 2016.

Created by Rob Liefield and Fabian Nicieza as a parody of DC Comics’ Deathstroke, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, expert swordsman and mercenary who came out the other end of cancer with a regenerative mutation. He is armed with the Wikipedia of pop culture references and is the one who never plays by the rules. In Tim Miller’s cinematic take, Wade (Ryan Reynolds) falls in twisted love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) – a match made in heaven. Wade hangs out at an assassin’s bar run by Weasel (T J Miller), the closest thing he has to a friend. Then one fine day, when cancer comes a-knocking at his door, so does a mysterious man with the promise of curing his ailment in exchange for being part of a superhuman experiment. We all know what happens next.

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As a movie it follows  a plot which is pretty straight-forward, but what makes Deadpool  magical is how it gets the beat of that narrative. A large part of this is owed to Ryan Reynolds, himself born to play the Regenerating Degenerate, who has almost single-handedly resurrected the character from Origins: Wolverine hell, marking it as his own to play with. The movie has everything to offend you. The dick jokes, the fourth-wall-breaking, and the delightful references – he’s got it all down to the dot, and we’re along for the ride, which is as entertaining as it can be. This is an incredibly self-aware film, perhaps even the most self-aware one there is, landing meta punches right from the opening credits and not letting up till the protagonist shoos you out of your seats in the post-credits scene. Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds could not have asked for better timing with this film, as 2016 cements the superhero genre in the future of cinema for years to come. Deadpool manages to pick on the obvious trends that plague the genre today, from clichéd hero landings to franchises that birth confusing timelines. Are the villains pretty generic? Yes. Does the plot hit all the usual beats of a superhero film? Yes. But it doesn’t matter, since it’s how Deadpool reacts to each of these things that make this film a masterpiece.

The R Rating of the movie was a risk but it turned out to be the biggest blessing. Being a character notorious for his unmatched ability to creep out the likes of Wolverine and Spider-Man, the red-clad prankster cannot be done justice without crossing the lines. However, the R-rating isn’t here to simply service the crass humour, but to stay true to Deadpool’s other character essence – his gleeful bloodlust, showcased to the maximum in the highway sequence toward the beginning of the film. Above and beyond his regenerative mutation, what makes this wise-cracking antihero a force to be reckoned with is his way with guns and swords, coupled with a conscience that is the polar opposite of Batman. Deadpool makes full use of the faculties of its protagonist and delivers to us meaty, excellently directed action scenes that blend gore and comedy so well that it’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
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You’ll also no doubt have heard that Deadpool has become the biggest grossing R-rated film (that’s the US equivalent of our ’18’ certificate, though curiously Deadpool only has a ’15’ rating here) ever released, and was shot on a budget of approximately $58million, about a quarter of the budget for the last X-Men film, Days of Future Past, opening up some interesting possibilities on a series of lower-budget comic-book movies – something which must be tempting for studios.

Ryan Reynolds’ acting persona can be a bit marmite, but he embraces that here with enthusiasm and sufficient self-depreciation that ought to win over even his most harshest of critics. Reynolds’ turn makes the film, his personality barely concealed by the leather suit and deeply infectious. His campy stylings throw his enemies and warm viewers; they also hint at a sexual ambiguity present in the character. Deadpool is on record as having a fluid sexuality, something that sets the character out further as part of the alternative counter-culture, though this film does tend towards heteronormative relationships.

Ed Skrein makes for an engaging foil, even if he is the latest in a long line of British bad guys in American movies. There’s a sparkle to his playoffs with Reynolds which reminds us of the childlike quality of many cinematic squabbles.

The female members of the cast remain somewhat underused – Morena Baccarin makes for a feisty love interest, but Brianna Hildebrand (Teenage Negasonic Warhead) and Gina Carano (villainous Angel Dust) are powerhouses, but effectively mute making them little more than tools. Considering recent conversations about female characters in sci-fi and fantasy (eg. the Star Wars: The Force Awakens debacle) one would have expected better – particularly as there’s a clever moment of concealment during a fight with Angel. The writers clearly know what’s going on, but while they call it out, they’ve yet to redress it.

Ultimately though, Deadpool is a rich text, and the most interesting comic adaptation in years, rewarding multiple viewings, which has buoyed the coffers of the studio. Deadpool 2 is eagerly awaited, but has much to live up to.

 

 

6 New Comic Book Animated Shows (And 2 Revived) – I want to see on TV


 

We live in a golden era of Comic book movies and TV shows coming to life. For someone who grew up watching animated shows, I still believe that it is the best medium to tell a story. Animated shows have a power of storytelling that no other medium has. Spanning a number of episodes, these shows build a story layer by layer. Animation is cheaper compared to TV or movies and hence uses graphics and action sequences in a much elaborate way.

Over time and time animation has given us some great ones like Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. My last favorites, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Young Justice were axed by their respective networks because the executives thought that it was too mature for their audience. Over time and time I have been wishing for more animated shows and here are some that I want to watch.

Marvel Max – Made for a network like Netflix or HBO, Marvel Max can elaborate adventures of Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage and have an opportunity to introduce new characters like Moon Kinght, Ghostrider, Blade in the process. The opportunities with this show is unlimited and so are the number of stories they can go with.

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Teen Titans v2 – The current Teen Titans is so dumb and stupid that even the kids of this era are refusing it to watch. What we need is a Teen Titans animated show on the lines of Young Justice. We all know the origin of the classic Teen Titans team. This show will give a chance to introduce new members and departure of some old ones.

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Fantastic Four – It’s been a while that we have seen anything decent related to Fantastic Four on TV. Marvel’s first family is a house of strong characters in terms of both heroes and villains. A new Fantastic Four show is the best way for Marvel to show Fox who is the boss. A more source material friendly style of storytelling can follow Hickman’s brilliant run on the family before he started working on Secret Wars.

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Adventures of Superman & Wonder Woman – its canon, Clark and Diana are a couple in DC universe, so why wait? We have an amazing opportunity to tell adventures of this power couple while introducing their friends in every episode. Just like Batman: Brave and the Bold we will get a cool show loyal to DC’s new 52 run.

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Wolverine – Remember Wolverine and the X-Men and how it was canceled just after a season. It was the best thing to exist on TV in those days and it went off for no reason. Why I want a Wolverine animated show, is because he is one of the most well-known characters in X Universe. A Wolverine animated show will tell us his origin story while introducing his life as an X Man. We will get a chance to meet his friends and enemies, most importantly Deadpool, Taskmaster, Omega Red and The Hulk.

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New Avengers – One of the best episodes on Avengers: EMH was the one that told us the origin story of New Avengers team. What if Marvel could plan a spin off series about the team. Who wouldn’t love to hear banters between Wolverine and Spider-Man?

Apart from these shows there are two shows that were canceled the moment it started to go interesting. If there is some way to revive them then I’ll be the happiest man on this planet.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – I am still waiting for Season 3 and 4 of this series. The Galactus finale was too rushed and was without purpose. After Secret Invasion they could have gone on the Civil War route while slowly foreshadowing the coming of Thanos, followed by a grand finale where Galactus comes to satisfy his hunger. Come on Marvel you can do this.

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Young Justice – There are still question left unanswered. I am still waiting for the big bad to show up. I still need to know what the big plan was. Is that too much to ask? I guess not.

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I know my hopes are high but a fanboy can only wish. Who knew that one day you’ll be watching Batman and Superman fighting on screen. It could have been just a dream a few years back.

Top 10 Superhero Teams


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We all know that there’s a lot of Superhero Super Teams formed in the whole comic universe, but ever wonder which one is arguably the strongest? Better? The answer to that is no, no one is better than the rest of them, there all doing the same thing over and over again, they are just simply saving the world from terror , but it is up to you to rank them as your own.

Superhero Teams have been an incredibly large part of the superhero genre. Since of the inception of the first superhero team, The Justice League of America, comic fans have loved the interaction of their favorite heroes fighting evil. The following list based on fans pick for the top ten superhero teams. Each of the groups below takes into account the different incarnations and variations of those said teams, such as the Ultimate line of comics.

Here is a list of the TOP 10 superhero teams that was voted by fans in my opinion
1 – X-MEN
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The X-Men came about at a time of great strife and have long mirrored many of society’s issues about fearing those that are different then the rest of us. The X-Men take the top of the list due to many reasons. They have long been one of the most popular comics in history and have spawned a mountain of, “X-Titles.” Multiple cartoons, TV series, and now movies have made The X-Men a juggernaut in the world of comics.
2 –Justice League of America (JLA)
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The Justice League of America is comprised of the top superheroes of the DC universe. With a roster full of A-list powerhouses, the JLA is arguably the toughest superhero team in existence. The JLA has been a huge part of the DC universe and has been widely popular since its inception.
3 – Fantastic Four
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The Fantastic Four is the first of the superhero teams to bring about a real humanness to the genre. With real world problems surfacing in the comic, this first, “family” of superheroes has been an incredible force in comics. Movies, cartoons, and more make the FF not number four, but three.
4 – Avengers
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The Avengers assemble in position number four. There have been many different incarnations of the Avengers, such as the West Coast and Great Lakes avengers. With the latest comics The Ultimates and the New Avengers, The Avengers have rocketed to new heights. A movie is in the works based on The Ultimates and when it does, The Avengers will be knocking on the doors of numbers one through three.
5 – Teen Titans
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The Teen Titans have had a rocky past, but presently, they are enjoying great success. A hugely popular cartoon has made the Teen Titans a smash hit with younger audiences and the comic has had an impressive run on the charts and with comic book fans.

6 – Guardians of The Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy has gone through a number of changes and is one of the most amazing teams of dysfunctional characters in comics. The current series lead by Star Lord is an amazing team with foul mouthed Rocket Raccoon, kind Groot, feared assasin Gamora and deadly Drax. Guardians of the galaxy has been part of some of the most popular cosmic adventures and has a cult following among Marvel fans.

7 – Justice Society of America (JSA)
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The Justice Society of America has recently seen a rebirth into the world of comics. With a group of superheroes thought of as has beens and second stringers, the JSA have quickly shown that it has what it takes in the world of comics. We can also thank the JSA for being the first superhero team comic book. The success that JSA had early on spurred on the other comic companies to follow suit. Thanks JSA.
8 –  League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen broke the boundaries of what is a “superhero team.” Comprised of some of the most popular characters in literature. The series was brought to us by superstar writer Alan Moore. Although they haven’t been around a long time and the book has been plagued with issues between Moore and DC, it is still a great comic book team.
9 –  The Defenders
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The power cosmic, magic, brute strength and more make up this team equivalent to the superhero odd couple. The Defenders have a great history behind them and the latest incarnation of this superhero team has been widely accepted by fans. The Defenders are a rising star in the world of superhero teams.
10 – The Authority
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The Authority are one of the few superhero teams not from the big two, (Marvel and DC) but Wildstorm Publishing company, to make it onto the list. Although their might may have waned in recent years, The Authority is still ranked high on the list for how it has pushed the boundaries of comic books. The Authority is ultra violent, politically charged, and boasted the first openly gay couple. These items make The Authority controversial, talked about, and one of the top superhero teams of all time.
 

Stop Overusing Wolverine


Wolverine is among few of the awesomest comic book personas ever created. He’s headlined major comic books, animated TV shows, Major toylines and four major movies. He once brought an uncanny appeal to comic books. His past was a mystery, and he wasn’t afraid to cross boundaries the only thing he cared about getting the job done. He was the badass character that became an icon among comic book lovers. Yet over the years, Wolverine’s extreme popularity lead to Marvel including him in any comic book title they can. He is being overexposed.

The way Wolverine is overused and hyped it makes many comic book fans angry and frustrated . when Wolverine is able to switch his position again and again between X Men,  -Force, Avengers, The New Avengers and his own series the whole sense of continuity which is liked by fans get quite complicated.Last year’s X-Men event X-Men: Schism happened at the same time with Fear Itself where wolveine was a center. Comic books deserve some respect, they at least have to follow some sense of continuity, and that all is spoiled after Marvel just to get some extra sales they decide to throw Logan on the cover, it certainly would get fans angry and unsatisfied with lot of question marks.

With a level of insecurity surrounding the comics industry in current times, there is some logic as to why Marvel sticks Wolverine in anything they can,may be because when a newcomer comes with an idea of buying a comic book for the first time they dont know most of the characters so they go with the obvious names like Batman and Wolverine. At times Mavel sticks with him in major storyline without giving in any significance. Eg. Wolverine could easily be removed from Fear Itself or the main Avengers series. Especially since the character’s lost the appeal he had. His origin has been explored and explored over and over again, taking away the original appeal that went with the character.  Why include him in two Avengers titles, if fan favourite characters like Bucky Barnes and Hawkeye are going to get pushed aside? It’s frustrating and stupid.

It also makes people frustrated how Wolverine continuously stars in X-Men movies when Marvel and Fox studios can move forward with projects for other characters. Fox have the rights for The Fantastic 4 and Daredevil. It’s about time they use them, instead of giving us more mediocre Wolverine origin movies . Or at least maybe expand on the Wolverine mythos, and give us a movie based on his son Daken,Who have became a far edgier, more compelling character than his father in recent years.Also the Deadpool movie in works for almost 3 years needs to be released now following with a R Rated X-Force movie or a Cable origin movie.They already spoiled three X-Men movies just to hype that Character and forcefully threw in his cameo in X-Men First Class. Also Hugh Jackman adds a tone of his own to that character and doesn’t satisfies the fanboys as the qualities of Wolverine. Wolverine in comics is short blood thirsty mutant while Hugh Jackman is a tall mysterious guy who who doesn’t has the thirst to kill instead more of a military strategist and a savior.I nowadays prefer Tom Hardy more as a likely wolverine than Jackman.

Wolverine’s days are over now. There are far better characters deserving of the attention and popularity Wolverine has. If he is removed from the Avengers line up then it would become clear why he is much better with X-Men than the attention he is getting. Perhaps now the Avengers movie draws near, we might see a more classic Avengers line up without him.