MARVEL : When Do They Know To Stop?

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grossed over $7 billion worldwide in the space of eight years. Taking away all the budgets of the films and marketing for the films it brings the profit total to around the figure of over $5 billion.  Whether you like the films they produce or not, there is no doubting that MARVEL (or Disney) have done something right in their planning for the MCU. And with eleven films set to be released between now and 2019 the question lies when will Marvel know to stop?

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Since 2007, the MCU has seen ten films released and has already become the second highest ever grossing film franchise, just behind Harry Potter, and they aren’t even halfway yet. It feels like everytime you go to see what’s on in the cinemas Marvel has a film out, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Every Marvel film in…

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Black Vortex: legendary Star-Lord #9

I would have to stay that this issue is by far the best one out of the all 3 issues it certainly raises the bars. As we know Gamora and beast are infected by the vortex and they get one more Allie. Warren, Gamora, and beast are fighting against everyone else who is trying to take way the Vortex from them. There are some great moments in this book for example when Storm and Gamora are fighting the art work is amazing! Knife is also trying to find the vortex he comes at the end of the book right after Gamora And her team fly away with the Vortex. I’m actually glad that the book didn’t focus to much on petter and kitty’s relationship. I don’t know but for me it gets a little annoying but other than that I thought the book was good I would rate it an 8/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

Black Vortex: Giardians of the Galaxy #24

In the last issue after things got a little out of hand Gamora took matters into her own hand and submitted to the power of the vortex. Now in this issue the X-Men and The Guardians of the Galaxy are arguing about what they are going to with Gamora and the vortex. The slaughter lords try to kill Gamora but Gamora is stronger than ever and beats the Sloughter Lords like they are pre-school students. After Gamora beats the Slaughter Lords Magik teleports them to Spartax’s Moon. When they are there they start arguing about what they should do with the Balck Vortex. Peter thinks they should submit to it and get powers to protect it while Kitty thinks they shouldn’t use it and Drax just thinks they should destroy it. While they are arguing Henry submits to it giving him strength. After this Nova comes by because Petter sent an emergency signal to anyone who could help. Laura gets mad and says “Well I have just about had it with this thing and I know how to end this.” She try to destroy the vortex but Henry stops her from it. In all I thought this was a good issue. The artwork was good and it was easy to understand it. I would rate this book a 7.5/10 

By the way I’m going to start reading Spider-Gwen the first issue came out today so I’m going to try to get it and read it as soon as possible. I’m also going to start reading Legendary Star-Lord because I am a realy big fan of Petter. That’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. Leave comments if you want me to read specific issues! 

Preview: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1

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SPIRAL Begins Here – Your First Look at
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN#16.1!
Spider-Man Legend Gerry Conway Returns For
All-New Spider-Man Story!

Peter Parker may be back from Spider-Verse, but his troubles are far from over! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1, the first chapter of SPIRAL! One of the most celebrated Spider-Man writers of all-time, Gerry Conway returns to the webhead alongside blockbuster artist Carlo Barberi for an all-new tale of crime and corruption in the dark corners of the Marvel Universe. That’s right, the man who brought you some of the most shocking and iconic Spidey stories in history returns for a new story that’s sure to be no exception!

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Infinity: Nova #8

in this issue we see Sam getting involved with infinity. Thanos finds out that Sam is on earth and since he isn’t very experienced in fighting, Thanos isn’t very worried about him. Thanos sends general Proxima to kill Sam. Mean while Speedball and Justice try to team up with Sam. The issue ends of by proxima askings Sams sister where he was. The artwork on this issue was pretty good except the Super Heroes looked super young but other than that everything was fine. I’m excited to see how Sam will fight of Proxima and will he team up with Speedball and Justice. I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

Infinity #1

Infinity #1 Review
Here we go again guys: another Marvel Event. Ready? Let’s go – Readers Assemble!
Not willing to let the dust settle from their last “epic” Event, Age of Ultron, which ended just a few weeks ago, Marvel have kicked off their latest end-of-the-world, cosmos-spanning, life-or-death-stakes Event, Infinity, starring everybody’s favourite after-credits cameo, Thanos. Avengers and New Avengers scribe Jonathan Hickman is leading the charge this time around, his first Event title in the driver’s seat, and, though I’m wary of Marvel Events, Infinity isn’t bad. Well, it’s more complex than that – but then this is a Jonathan Hickman comic!
First off, I’m pleased to say Hickman does a fine job of setting the Event up in this first, bumper-sized issue. We know who the heroes and villains are, we know the stakes, we know the story, it’s all nicely established by Hickman through a series of mini-chapters. Right away though, the opening two pages are going to confuse anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with Hickman’s Avengers books. Is that the Illuminati? What’s that thing Black Panther’s holding? A massive explosion – was that… a planet? What does it all mean? You won’t find any answers to those questions in this issue but without recapping a year’s worth of story into this review, I’ll just say that the Illuminati were faced with a choice between letting two worlds destroy each other or destroy one to save the other. And the Infinity Gems were involved.
Infinity Gems, Thanos… uh oh. Is this heading where I think it’s heading? Well, it is called Infinity. So if you’re completely new to Marvel comics, The Infinity Gauntlet is this amazing book from the early 90s by Jim Starlin starring Thanos as he takes control of the Infinity Gems, placing them in the Infinity Gauntlet, and wielding seemingly unlimited cosmic power as he takes on EVERYONE in the Marvel U and beats them. And all to impress his girlfriend, Mistress Death. Really. It’s amazing, go check it out if you haven’t already. A few years ago Brian Michael Bendis attempted a rehash of this great story, unsuccessfully, in his New Avengers series. So it seems it’s Hickman’s turn to have a stab at this storyline – at least it probably won’t be as bad as Bendis’ attempt (please Marvel!).
Besides Thanos, the other bad guys in this book are The Builders, who’re ironically all about destroying stuff like entire planets, at least in this comic. These dudes created everything in the Universe and have decided to feng-shui some of their stuff by razing a series of planets. Guess which planet is in their line of sight? Bingo! Isn’t it always? Skrulls are also involved but from the way Hickman’s handling them, I’d say they’re in here more for comedic effect.
That’s enough about the villains – who’re facing these dastardly foes? The Avengers, of course, but also, interestingly, the Inhumans have been thrown into the mix to play a big role. Because as (most of) the Avengers head out into space to stop The Builders from reaching Earth, the Inhumans are left on Earth as our planet’s last line of defence. It’s an interesting choice not least because they’re hardly the most famous group in the Marvel U so it’s going to be interesting seeing what this lot get up to. They’re also the best part of this issue as King of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, fends off an assassination attempt in his home city of Attilan (floating above Manhattan), in a good sequence that works not just as great action but also cleverly sets up the Infinity Gems as a plot device.
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Hickman is certainly a smart man who’s done a great job of ticking the boxes of what a first issue should accomplish, and kudos to him for that, it’s just – and it feels really churlish to say this – the comic is really boring! Hickman has a way about his writing, at least with his superhero work, that reads in a way that’s totally devoid of any passion or excitement or emotion. He can intelligently set up a story, albeit in a cold, clinical way, but completely distance the reader from it and the characters so that you feel little, if anything, at all while reading it. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of the writing, I just don’t care about the story. And that’s not just this comic, it’s a lot of Hickman’s Marvel comics, especially his Avengers stuff this past year.
Don’t get me wrong, you can’t fail to excite readers with Thanos, the guy is a great character, but he’s barely in the issue and is more of a momentary blip. He says two words, grins that famous grin, and that’s it. Cap is white bread. I know people like him but Captain America has always seemed to be one of the blandest characters in the Marvel U, and this comic did little to sway my opinion otherwise and he’s in this comic a lot. There’s a lot of space set aside to characters we’ve never seen before, and never will again, like aliens from distant galaxies, and, again, while I understand why Hickman is doing this – to set up the storylines of this series – it’s just no fun to read. The Inhumans saved this comic for me, if it weren’t for their inclusion I would’ve dozed off completely.
I mentioned Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet earlier not just because that book and this comic share some features, but to juxtapose the two stories. Reading Starlin’s book is fun. It’s big and silly, ridiculous at times, and completely insane towards the end – but you read it with a grin on your face, kind of like Thanos’ grin. It’s really enjoyable and is a perfect example of the kind of colourful, inventive stories Marvel built their name upon. Reading Hickman’s Infinity? Not only are you not smiling, none of the characters in the book are either. Everyone’s so grim, so serious, so dour – miserable even! Iron Man even says “I’m getting tired of end of the world scenarios” – wow, Tony, not even a quip? A joke? None of the famous Stark charm? It’s like he’s become the armour: a personality-free robot.
Hickman’s said that his biggest influences in comics are Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison, and it definitely shows. He can tell a story in an unorthodox way similar to Morrison while he can pull off technically brilliant stories like Ellis, and both writers are known for their ambitious storylines, which Hickman emulates. But unlike Ellis and Morrison, Hickman’s simply unable to bring his characters to life, to make them feel even somewhat vital. In his hands, they’re like chess pieces, dead and wooden, and the board is his story. He moves them about. There’s intelligence here. There’s imagination. But no soul. No wit. No pulse.
Infinity is a big Marvel cosmic story that’s as cold as space.
Infinity #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung is out now

thats all for today and as always keep on marveling.

Avengers #14-17 Prelude To Infinity

I just got done reading these 4 books and they where exciting! Don’t let me get started on the artwork! Just phenomenal! I’m not going to get into much detail but something attacks earth the avengers must find out what it is and where it came from. They find out and go fight it. Later this robot thing comes and knocks out all of the avengers. AIM agents come and actually capture the robot thing. But in all that’s what it’s really about. The reason I’m not going to get much into detail is because it’s way too much writing! So I would rate these four books. An 8/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling.

Morena Baccarin Joins Deadpool

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Morena Baccarin, better known as Inara Serra from Firefly, has signed on for the Deadpool movie. The 35 year old will take on the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Gina Carano and T.J. Miller have also recently been confirmed for the film.

Deadpool is a wise-cracking mutant mercenary from the X-Men universe. He wears a mask to conceal his horribly disfigured face and possesses accelerated healing powers.

Ryan Reynolds first played the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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