Stan Lee died yesterday at age 95. He was the co-creator of Marvel Comics and the man most responsible for their success. Most of the popular Marvel superheroes, including Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men and many more would not exist without the fertile imagination of Stan Lee. I grew up reading Marvel comics and I still cherish my collection of comic books that I’ve owned since I was 12 to 16 years old. Stan’s influence along with other great writers and artists like Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Steve Ditko and more can still be seen in my … Continue reading Stan Lee R.I.P.
After seeing the new movie, Dr. Strange a few nights ago, I’m giving it the following two ratings: for Entertainment Value for Content Concerns The 2 symbols I’ve used above are called SPLARS, a hybrid of a STAR and a SPLAT. A SPLAR means the movie falls somewhere between good and bad. Entertainment Value In many ways, Dr. Strange was a very entertaining movie. Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for the role. Not only was his acting right on, but he fit the part physically as well. The character arc for Dr. Strange as a character was very effective. He was somewhat unlikable … Continue reading Thoughts on Dr Strange Movie
The kids of today are more influenced by fictional characters than in any time in history. That’s because our society has somehow come to the conclusion that in order for our children to grow up properly we must give them their own personal viewing device (cell phone), at the earliest sign of puberty, so that they never have to be separated from instant entertainment. So, for that reason, and because I just like thinking about these kinds of things, I’ve decided to create a list of some of the best fictional role models for kids in today’s entertainment. For my list, … Continue reading 6 Movie Characters Who Are Great Role Models
Another Marvel superhero comes to the big screen this week. He’s Ant-Man, a name that is not exactly a household name like Spider Man, Superman or Batman. Marvel Comic book fans will instantly identify Ant-Man as one of the founding members of The Avengers. That fact alone gives us an important clue as to why Ant-Man is being deemed important enough to be given his own big-budget movie. We can expect to see him joining Iron Man, Captain America and the rest in upcoming Avengers films. It’s already been confirmed that Ant-Man will be in the upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War, … Continue reading Who is Ant Man?
The video below is an awesome parody of The Avengers movies. It features, and was created by the very talented folks at Studio C. The costumes are a little goofy, but if you listen closely you’ll hear some hilarious stuff in the song and rap lyrics. To see more from Stuio C, go here. Continue reading Avengers 2 Parody
This is my list of summer 2015 movies that have great promise of being well-made entertaining movies AND appropriate for kids (some are for older kids, maybe 12 and up). These are the ones I’m personally looking forward to. I plan to see every one of these eventually, but the two that have me about to jump out of my skin in anticipation are The Avengers 2 because the first Avengers movie is possibly the greatest movie every made, and Inside Out because it’s the first Pixar movie that isn’t a sequel since Brave in 2012. And, in my opionion, Pixar movies are … Continue reading Summer Movies For Kids
Big News. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally struck a deal to allow Spider-Man to appear in Avengers movies, and vice versa, the Avengers will also appear in his movies. This great news for Marvel fans, and movie fans in general. Read the official announcement below from Marvel.com. Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider-Man Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man. Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures … Continue reading Spider-Man & the Avengers Back Together Again
One of my earliest creative influences was an off-beat Marvel comic book series called Howard The Duck. The original series ran from 1976 – 1979. Sure, I loved the superhero comics of the day, but for some reason, this strange series about a talking duck with a bad attitude, trapped on a planet where he doesn’t belong, instantly became my favorite. I counted the days every month, waiting for the next issue. I learned to draw by copying some of my favorite Howard the Duck scenes onto paper. I found one of my drawings in my attic (drawn when I was 13) … Continue reading Howard The Duck is Back!
This is only a fantasy movie, but it’s a really fun fantasy, so why not indulge a little. What if there were a movie that pitted Marvel superheroes against DC superheroes? I don’t think it will every happen, but the trailer below allows us to dream a little. It’s created by fan, Alex Luthor. It’s very well made with sharp editing, great music, and clips of probably every superhero that’s hit the big screen in the last 10 years. There are even a few who, I’m pretty sure, have only appeared in trailers, no actual movies yet. There’s even one … Continue reading Marvel vs DC Epic
The new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of heroes, adapted from a Marvel comic book series, much like another group of heroes from Marvel Comics, The Avengers. I have yet to see Guardians, but it’s receiving high praise from critics with a 91% at rottentomatoes.com. For the sake of comparison, The Avengers received a 92%. Guardians of the Galaxy has the polished look, plenty of hype, and strong reviews, setting it up to be another big superhero movie for Marvel, much like The Avengers back in 2012. The similarity between the two teams of heroes stops there. The … Continue reading Guardians, Not The Same As Avengers