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Agent Coulson Will Not Appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Howdy people, time for some film news yo! Today we’re again talking about the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and I felt like this news was substantial enough to talk about so let’s discuss this a little bit. As usual the following information comes from the ever reliable superherohype:

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The death of Phil Coulson rocked the Marvel Cinematic Universe in last summer’s The Avengers, but luckily for fans, he’s getting resurrected (in one way or another) for the upcoming TV series” Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” This has lead some fans to speculate that Coulson might pop back up in the films one day, but it doesn’t appear that will happen.

In an interview with the The Associated Press, writer/director Joss Whedon says  that Coulson is not present in his current draft of the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, when asked if he could return for the film.

“He could. Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in ‘Avengers 2.’ Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie. That’s better than the other thing.”

Whedon elaborated on why this is the case when speaking about Samuel L. Jackson appearing in the upcoming TV series. 

“But we also have the movies and we have TV and we need to make sure there’s some crossover, but not so much that people go, ‘Well, I don’t need to see that movie. I saw it on TV.’ If we do that (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige is going to come after me with a pitchfork.”

So if you want to get your Coulson fix, you’re going to have to tune into “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Featuring other favorites from the first “Avengers” film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in theaters on May 1, 2015.”

This is definitely an upset for fans of Coulson, I mean he was an integral part of the Marvel’s Phase One films and his role was so cool and memorable in The Avengers last year, so to have his character not available in the sequel sounds a bit wrong. But at the same time I can accept it, I mean we wasn’t in Captain America or Hulk and he’s gonna be in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so yeah we’ll be getting plenty of Coulson love on TV so I can’t be hurt too about it. Again I am surprised, but it is as Joss said, with such a meaty story as one involving Ultron, adding Coulson to the mix would be a bit more on his plate to tamper with.

Even though some of Joss’s recent choices revolving Avengers 2 has been kind of questionable and has left many fans to question his logic, however I can’t say I’ve given up hope so I’m just gonna hope for the best with Avengers 2. As for Coulson I’ll wait for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for my fix of Clark Gregg with all his awesomeness yo.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Official Trailer Review

Ah yes mate, all this news surrounding Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.L.E.D. has been great and after a few videos and promos we have an extended/official trailer giving us a damn good look at the show and what kind of stuff to expect and I think it looks pretty awesome! There’s also some new information that comes from superherohype relating to the show too, check it out below:

“ABC has announced their 2013 – 2014 primetime schedule and with it comes the reveal that “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will air at 8PM on Tuesday nights. No word yet on a premiere date or an episode count for the season, but check back here for those updates.”

Anyways have a look at this awesome trailer below:

Wow, all I can see here is awesomeness and so much potential badassery. I like how in the first 25 seconds we are made aware that the events of The Avengers are there, they did happen and that people in the world know that these heroes exist. That already is a good sign. Then we enter Agent Grant Ward played by Brett Dalton, he’s asked a question about S.H.I.E.L.D. and then about what happened to Agent Coulson. Ward states he’s got clearance level 6 and the obvious that Coulson was killed during the battle of New York. but then hold the phone, Coulson steps into the scene and says “Welcome to level 7.”

Holy man! AGENT COULSON! WOOO! If you didn’t know already I am a MASSIVE Agent Coulson fan and just seeing him here in this trailer just gets me so excited to see what kind of crazy explanation they have as to how he survived or faked his death in The Avengers. Anyways moving on…

What follows in the trailer is ll these scenes of action, conversations and humour. Seems like there is A LOT going down in this show from what this trailer shows off. It seems like we’ll be getting super-powered people in all shapes and sizes with different abilities and what not. And I also like how we’ll not only be seeing the agents of S.H.I.L.E.D. but the characters on the outside who have to deal with being tracked down by such a big organization. I see a lot of Joss Whedon’s style in this trailer from the badass fighting chick to the style of humour too, it’s very nice. It’s cool to see that Coulson is still as great as ever with his mannerisms and trademark humour  and it looks like he’s open to converse with those who are opposed to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s methods too.

Right now a lot of fans are wondering if this show will lead into anything related to Marvel’s Phase Two films and while that’s certainly possible, I’m not sure if it’d really apply to the 2013’s films like Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 because their pretty much done, but I’d say there could certainly be possibilities for Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy and maybe even Avengers 2. But I think they may just stay within this TV universe and not mention the upcoming films but that doesn’t mean we can’t have other easter eggs from other comic materials that haven’t been made yet. With some of these super powered people lurking around this could be a good chance for Marvel to give us some foreshadowing, Runaways would fit in very well here I think or possibly Luge Cage and Iron Fist. I’m just saying as cool as this TV show could be, it’d also be a good opportunity for Marvel to show how much more is out there in the way of new heroes and villains.

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Either way Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking cool and I can’t wait to see how it turns out when it debuts later on this year, I just hope this isn’t the one thing that Marvel make that sucks and kills the cool aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am still cautiously optimistic, I just hope that Joss Whedon’s powers translate into TV like his former work like Buffy and Firefly. Here’s hoping for a great Marvel TV show.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Media, Reviews, Television

 

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Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is Now Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I know this story technically came out a few days ago so I am late but I just had to post about it yo! So it seems like a good deal of time has passed since our last major update concerning Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show, however it seems like now is the time for the next major announcement as superherohype reports in the following article:

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“ABC has announced that their upcoming small screen foray in Marvel’s cinematic universe has a new title. Formerly known as “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the new series will now be called “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The newly-released synopsis for the show reads as follows:

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

There’s no word yet on when the show might premiere, but check back for details as soon as they become available.”

Alright, now we have an official announcement complete with synopsis too, I’m liking the sound of this. It looks like there will be various character with different traits, personalities and skills and there is going to be a great focus on these agents to show what hard work they do when the superheros aren’t around. The concept behind the show sounds interesting and if pulled off correctly then it could be something incredible. I just hope this show doesn’t completely forget about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hopefully there will be ties to the movies be they visual or verbal or possibly some easter eggs for upcoming projects too? Who knows? All I know is that I am hyped for this especially with the return of my man Agent Phil Coulson! Yeah yeah! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Media, Television

 

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Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Take Place After The Avengers

I think this is the best news to be released relating to the upcoming pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. When I saw the headline for the article on IGN I just blew up! Anyways I decided to pull the article from superherohype so read on here:

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“Ever since it was announced that Marvel favorite Clark Gregg would be returning as Agent Phil Coulson in the upcoming TV series Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., questions have abounded about where it takes place in the timeline of the films. That’s now been put to rest. IGN spoke with ABC President Paul Lee, who said flat out that the series takes place after the events of The Avengers.

“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.”

Lee, like Whedon said yesterday, made sure we know the series will take place on it’s own terms and be it’s own story.

“This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”

The biggest question that this brings up is how Agent Coulson is around for this series given his unexpected demise in last summer’s The Avengers. Life Model Decoys anyone?

The pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin filming later this month and is expected to air this fall if picked up for series. In the show, Clark Gregg is joined by Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, and Chloe Bennet as Skye. Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and co-write it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.”

While I am glad that we finally have a point of continuity for the show, the real good news comes in the form of the return of Agent Coulson. *OH AND JUST TO MENTION POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR ANY PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVEN’T WATCHED THE AVENGERS* Finally after all these months of speculation he know that he’ll be back from the dead and alive and kicking in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. The people of the internet have been waiting for this, there is a legion of Agent Coulson fans across the world just waiting to see their main man back in action, and now they’ve finally gotten their wish. I’m also just going to point something out right now, never really thought that Agent Coulson died. When I watched The Avengers for the first time I just assumed that Nick Fury told the team that he was death in order to kick them into gear, but when the internet kept saying that he was dead, then the subsequent interviews with Clark Gregg said that he wasn’t sure if his character was going to come back, it left me feeling uneasy. But hell that’s all in the past now, we finally got a badass agent from S.H.I.E.L.D. back in action so bring it on!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Two More Agents

Okay I know there’s been a good few happenings in the world of film and superhero movies, but I’ve had other priorities to take care of, plus there hasn’t been too much solid information that’s grabbed my eye. However when it comes to the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show from Joss Whedon and Marvel I’m always interested, and as per usual superherohype have got the information:

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“THR is reporting that actors Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge have been added to Joss Whedon’s pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.Henstridge will play Agent Gemma Simmons and De Caestecker will portray Agent Leo Fitz. The names and descriptions of these characters were released at the beginning of October, they’re described as follows:

These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

The pair join actress Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Clark Gregg, who will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson.

Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and co-write it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. It’s expected to begin shooting in January.”

Well I’m glad that there’s more cast members being announced for the show and while I have no clue who they are, I can’t wait to see what kind of elements they’ll bring to this show. Also I wasn’t aware the show had production starting point, so January is the month when they begin shooting eh? That’s nice to know that everything is flowing along in a good smooth manner. I really hope that this will be as interesting as The Avengers and help expand S.H.I.E.L.D.’s presence and make them feel more relevent. There is plenty of source material to work from and we are in the capable hands of Joss Whedon and his brother Jed. Here’s hoping yo.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Media, Television

 

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Clark Gregg to Return as Agent Coulson on TV!

Okay so here I have another Marvel-related blog post, but this one is just as important if not more important than the last as it regards Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. The following information and image is provided by superherohype:

At today’s Marvel Television Presents panel at New York Comic Con, Head of TV Jeph Loeb announced that Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson in the live-action pilot “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.”! Gregg previously played Coulson in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, as well as Marvel One-Shots “The Consultant” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer.”

The actor made a surprise appearance at the panel to talk about his role as Principal Coulson on “Ultimate Spider-Man” before playing a special video from Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, announcing Gregg’s return to the role of Agent Coulson in the upcoming pilot. Whedon will also co-write the pilot to “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
“Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be Executive Produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.

Even though I can’t say I’m totally surprised by this announcement, at the same time I am relieved to see Clark Gregg back as Coulson, he really is a legend. Agent Coulson has a massive fan base and to not have him in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show would be a missed opportunity in my opinion and I don’t think us fans would forgive Marvel for not including him. Now there is a big question floating around now, at which point does the S.H.I.E.L.D. show take place? Is it set before or after The Avengers? I guess it would be nice to see the life of Coulson when he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and see what other perilous missions he went on before meeting the team. although it would be equally interesting to see him alive after the point of The Avengers and seeing how those events have affected his life and job. I guess we’ll discover the answers to this all in due time. All I know is that Agent Coulson is badass and he deserves to be everywhere! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Films, Media, Television

 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 9 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, I know it’s been a LONG time coming but  today I’m finally going to be giving you my review of the ninth episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Alrighty then here we are at episode 9 (Field Trip) and after the abysmal episode that was episode 8 (Back in Black) I was really hoping to be impressed with this one instead, mainly because of the guest appearance of one of my favourite Marvel characters, Thor… However even with the addition of Thor and elements of his world, it couldn’t safe the Ultimate Spider-Man from having just another average episode.

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So what’s the story this time around. Well it goes a little something like this:

“While on a field trip, Spider-Man and his superhero friends encounter the mighty Thor, who is transformed into a frog by his mischievous half-brother Loki. Now, the heroes must venture to the magical world of Asgard in order to save the nine realms from Loki’s wrath.”

The story in this episode wasn’t half bad, but with the additional material that had to work with in regards to Thor, Loki and Asgard the writers could have done so much better. At first I hated how this episode started out, with Peter complaining about field trips because he keeps getting bitten by different animals on each one, then cue the visual gags to represent what he means. It was just ridiculous especially when there was the visual gag about the radioactive goat-man. Again it’s that poor and simplistic humour that really isn’t all that funny and it annoys me, but if you’ve been reading my reviews on this show then you already know what I’m on about. The story moved at decent pace though it started to move strangely after Thor brought the team into Asgard and dealt with Loki. It really is down to the writing that makes this show suffer and it doesn’t really improve here. After Thor gets turned into a frog for the majority of the episode so many frog jokes are told and they all suck!

The Ultimate Spider-Man seems to thrive on making  jokes at any given moment, whether they be visual gags or verbal ones with horribly cheesy sound effects found in slapstick cartoons and when they are used in this show they are not funny. THEY ARE NOT FUNNY!.. Unless you are a child watching cartoons for the first time. But besides the jokes, the writing is the thing that really breaks this show, the stories are never overly compelling, they never challenge the viewers perception of anything. The show really is aimed at young kids, that’s their true demographic and in that regards this show may succeed with them. But with the way things are going at the moment, the creators of this show are seriously alienating a lot of their fan base by not including the quality found in the previous Spider-Man show or the currently airing show, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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When it come to the characters, oh goodness gracious. How can Spidey, Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist still be so detached and uncoordinated. Its like this show likes to develop their characters only a little bit only to undo their own work a few episodes later. What I mean by that is that the team still hasn’t solidified yet, they don’t act like a unit and they still bicker like little kids, most notably Spidey and Nova, again! It’s been 9 episodes already, you’d think their would be some character development and the team would have some form of strategy when they fight. But no, they are almost as useless together as they were when the series started. It’s tragic really. Peter/Spidey is still lame as ever, with cheap jokes, no logic and no nods to his scientific genius (like the comics imply!), and the rest of the team are just annoying or just there for show. Oh and speaking of the team, when will Power Man and Iron Fist ever get some proper screen time in this show, they are part of the team right? So how comes both Nova and White Tiger have their own main episodes with Peter, but the other two haven’t? Do the creators of this show just not like Power Man and Iron Fist that much?

Anyway now let’s talk about the guest appearances from Thor and Loki. While they were technically a good representation of their comic book counterparts, both characters felt like they were lacking. Thor had all of his strength and bravado, but I didn’t like how he was so absurdly arrogant in this episode, he just seem to come across as a bit of a douche at times coz of his pride and big-headed nature. I thought he would have learnt his lesson in humility long before meeting this team, but I guess that’s why he was turned into a frog in the first place. As for Loki he was okay, I didn’t get that evil vibe from him, he just seemed like a generic bad guy who you knew was gonna get his comeuppance at the end of the episode.

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So when all else fails with the story and characters it’s normally down to the presentation of the show to save the day and as usual its the best part of the Ultimate Spider-Man. The art and animation looked good for the most part and the fight scenes were decent especially after the team got their fancy new weapons from Eitri the Dwarf King. Though the action sequences still never have any stand-out moments and the fighting choreography between the team still lacks quality, style and most importantly creativity (something the Spectacular Spider-Man excelled in). The character designs for Thor and Loki looked decent enough, though their overall design looked a tad bland and lacking in detail, both of them looked much better in The Avengers: EHM. Costume-wise Thor’s looked similar to the comics thought I found Loki’s costume looked similar to the one worn by Tom Hiddleston in the live-action version of Thor & The Avengers (which I thought was a nice touch). Also the frost giants looked okay but like Thor the seemed to come across as a bit bland too.

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In conclusion this episode was a cut above the last one, but not by much. The core team hasn’t bonded yet, Thor and his realm of things didn’t add much spice to the basic formula the humour is still weak. Again you as the readers may be asking yourselves “Why is he watching a series he clearly doesn’t like?” And as I said before in one of my previous episode reviews the only reason I watch this show is because it’s Spider-Man and some part of me what’s this stupid show to actually be good, to improve and be a show worthy of the name Spider-Man! However so far it still seems to be content with basic, conventional stories, dull characters and dialogue and having nothing smart or intelligent that challenge the viewers like Marvel’s other current and far superior show The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Rating: 6/10

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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My love for The Avengers continues!

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post. Today I thought I’d just make a quick post about my love for The Avengers film.

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Now I made it no secret before this film came out that I was absolutely hyped to an extreme level and then after I saw The Avengers I think I automatically blew up XD If you didn’t read my review you can check it out here! Now it’s been several weeks since the last time I saw the film and that was ONLY my second time! So after around 3-4 weeks I finally got back into the Cineworld in my home town and got to watch the film with my best friend and man… IT STILL KICKS LOADS OF ASS! Now while a lot of the original magic of the film has gone from the first times I saw it, The Avengers is still a great film to watch, it has action, it has drama, character development and it all works in a cohesive manner, I just love it!

I’m surprised that so many of the scenes that I had watched two times before still rocked my socks a third time round. Every character gets their moment in the sun and I guess that’s what I really love, whether it be in the small intimate conversation scenes to the big fight sequences, every character matters, has relevance and advances the plot too. There’s just so much to taken in and enjoy, from Tony Stark squaring up to Steve Rogers because of their different ideals to seeing Mark Ruffalo’s interpretation of Bruce Banner and the Hulk, then there’s the small scenes with Black Window and Hawkeye or the chaotic nature of Loki that works in many dark and twisted ways. Everything just works on a level of awesomeness that hasn’t been present in many other Marvel films until now. I think a lot of that has to do with the dialogue and character interaction and that comes from the script and screenplay done by director Joss Whedon and co-writer Zak Penn. The writing is snappy, tight, smart and relatable. Ah The Avengers, it’s good for casual audience goers and it’s good for people who love films too, but in truth it’s all about the nerds. This film was made for the comic book fans and as I said in my review before, there’s only things in this film that fans of the source material will pick up on and be able to appreciate, especially when it comes to the post-credit endings! The Avengers starts off the summer film season in a fabulous way and sets the standard for all other films coming out this year! As for me I’m probably going to watch this film another 2 or 3 times as I can’t get enough of this Marvel madness!

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AND IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE AVENGERS YET, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?! GO OUT AND WATCH IT NOW!!! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 6 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to be giving you my review of the sixth episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man.

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So after two disappointing episodes I really didn’t have much hope for this show, but to my surprise episode 6 was actually good. It wasn’t perfect by any means and has a long way to go before it actually starts to impress me like The Spectacular Spider-Man or Spider-Man: The Animated Series, but it has to be noted that this is the best episode since the series premiere yo.

So what’s the story this time around? Well it goes a little something like this: “Taskmaster goes undercover and infiltrates Peter’s school to seek out Spider-Man. Peter and White Tiger must put their differences aside and work together in order to save their friends from a foe capable of duplicating their physical fighting skills.”

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The story in this episode was good because it was a little more grounded and in line with what I would expect from the comics, at least from the Spider-Man perspective. I like how Doc Ock is still hiring people to go after Spider-Man, plus it’s nice to see a villain with a little back story which adds a lot more weight to Taskmaster and makes him more memorable than the other forgettable enemies that Spidey and co have gone up against before. The story was also good for pairing up Peter and White Tiger. Both of them are on opposite ends of the spectrum and never seem to stop squabbling, but in this episode they were forced to work together and it was great to see them actually move past their petty differences and work together. It really helped moved this episode along. However outside of those specific points the story wasn’t anything incredible, it was fairly simple and the execution good have been better if the writing was a sharper and witty and not so childish.

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When it comes to characters there’s only three main people who matter; Spider-Man, White Tiger and Taskmaster. Everyone else irrelevant. Well technically some of the supporting do have some moments in the episode but they really do pale in comparison to the main three people in this plot. So let’s start with Peter/Spidey, he was alright. He’s still as silly as ever, but in this episode he did show off some level of creativity which was great and so Spider-Man-esque, however as usual for every smart thing Spidey does it is offset but some stupid jokes or action which is poorly timed. Now White Tiger, up until now she has been one of the most annoying characters because of her know-it-all attitude and her constant moaning at Peter for not following S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol and training and blah blah blah. and even though she did a fair amount of that in this episode, she actually was helpful and in a few ways a little sexy too (I don’t why she just was!). My only gripe is that at one point she references a quote from Men In Black and it didn’t go down well for me. I won’t say what it is, but for me that kind of line only works when it comes from Will Smith. Fact. And when it comes to Taskmaster he was pretty cool, best villain that Spidey has come up against so far. He is cool, calm and collected and his ability to mimic his opponents moves makes him a formidable enemy. He seems smart and that was illustrated well throughout the episode up until near the end where he seemed to get a bit sloppy in my opinion.

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In terms of the other cast, while Iron Fist has some screen time he takes a backseat to the rest of the action. Luke Cage is barely even in the episode. Nova, well he isn’t there at all which in my opinion is a great thing! Agent Coulson was nice in the episode though at little underused and put in some silly situations thanks to the writers of the show. Harry was there but barely used and Flash Thompson was actually jokes in this episode, at one point he was trying to look cool in front of Spider-Man but it totally wasn’t work and the reason it made me laugh was due to the fact that it’s in Flash’s nature to do things like that. so props to Flash he was actually decent for once. Oh, one other person that has to be mentioned is Stan Lee, he role as the janitor was great, while it’s not his best part, he had some very nice moments that the comic book fans will like.

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When it comes to the visual presentation there still a level of quality that doesn’t stop. Again as I have said before, well this show looks the part and has the highest quality of any Spider-Man animated TV show it has yet to show me anything truly amazing or spectacular. The Spectacular Spider-Man was all about style and quality and it delivered some of the most dynamic action sequences and fight scenes that Spider-Man has ever seen, it was all about choreography and it excelled in it. Even the 90s Spider-Man show had some impressive scenes when it came to the fight scenes. Unfortunately the Ultimate Spider-Man seems quite content with just giving us nice-looking action and fight scenes, but nothing that truly blows us away. The Ultimate Spider-Man has yet to impress me in the animation department.

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While the Ultimate Spider-Man is still rough around the edges, it still has quality buried within its off-putting exterior. The choice of storyline, use of characters and animation was pretty good this time round and for the first time the was some ACTUAL character development! This episode also had some nice references to the comic titles The Amazing Spider-Man and The Spectacular Spider-Man, which I thought was a nice touch though wasted on a show like this. So there may actually be hope for this show yet.

Rating: 7/10

 
 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 5 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to be giving you my review of the fifth episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man. (By the way sorry for my lateness, I swear I’ll get back up to date soon!)

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Oh my god, I swear this show is just trying to annoy me now. I thought that shows were meant to get better as they progressed, but since the second episode the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon has continued to plummet into mediocre territory. I don’t understand how a Spider-Man show can be this frustrating to me, but somehow the Ultimate Spider-Man excels at being bad in so many ways down to its poor humour, weak story development and constant butchering of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character.

So the story in this episode is as follows:

“When Spider-Man meets his idol Iron Man, he receives a specialized gift: the Iron-Spider suit. However, when Spider-Man tries to master the suit’s abilities, the relationship the web-slinger has with his team is put on the line by the relationship he is developing with the armored Avenger. Spider-Man must also deal with the Living Laser.”

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To be honest after the failure of the last episode, I was really looking to be impressed in this episode. The story overall was passable but nothing overly amazing and that’s pretty bad considering the quality of the Spectacular Spider-Man‘s story which was consistent throughout both seasons. In this episode Spidey and his team battle the Living Laser, and you’d think that after a few episodes they’d have started building bridges and start forming into a team right? However that’s not the case at all. If anything Spider-Man is still trying to do this whole solo act and the team can’t seem to fully gel with Spidey’s personality and style of fighting which is causing even more conflict. And for me it’s really frustrating to see how this show continues to produce episodes that aren’t nearly as captivating the comic book origins it comes from.

Things get worse when Spider-Man gets a new armoured suit after meeting Iron Man (his idol) and it causes Peter’s arrogance to grow even more than usual because of the advanced tech’s powers and so Spidey’s total lack of logic puts him at odds with the rest of his teammates. The conflict in the team, while necessary for this episode I though came a little too prematurely and I wouldn’t expect to see something like this until around halfway through the series with a much more serious incident causing the team to potentially split up, but this show seems to be content with giving us stories that are potentially good only for them to be sub par. Now I understand that some teams take a while to come together especially if they have conflicting personalities, but the fact of the matter is that these guys have been around each other for a little while now and there doesn’t seem to be any sign proper progression or change since they were linked up in the second episode and for that’s not good nor is it encouraging for the show’s story and characters.

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In terms of characters, my god, besides Iron Man and Iron Fist to some degree, all of the other main cast members are just tragic. White Tiger is still a bossyboots, know-it-all character, Nova is still as annoying as ever and when it comes to Iron Fist and Power Man, they are just there, while they do offer up some important dialogue, overall they still haven’t been taken to the max yet. But the main offender is Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I have never seen such an arrogant, clueless and reckless interpretation of Peter Parker, it’s like I look at him and just shake my head in shame. It’s like the creators of this show just wanted to completely change the Peter Parker character and separate him from all of the good aspects that made him awesome in the comics. He is actually just an idiot, he may talk smart on the odd occasion but it’s all for show, he seems to lack basic knowledge, has no modesty and never things about how his actions affect others. He’s just tragic.

As I said before the only saving grace about this episode in terms of characters comes from the appearance of Iron Man voiced by Adrian Pasdar (reprising his role as the character from the Iron Man anime). He was the wit, charm and intellect that comes from the world of the comics and he is a refreshing site in this episode. Adrian Pasdar makes a very nice Tony Stark/Iron Man and carries the character well.

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At least the animation is still consistent in this show. The art and animation are solid, fluid and well-done. Having Iron Man in the show allowed for some interesting and dynamic sequences, also with the Iron Spider in the episode we got some interesting action scenes too. And while there was a lot of good action sequences throughout this episode, I don’t believe its been fully utilized or taken to the maximum. With all the intricate detail and quality that this show it’s predecessor the Spectacular Spider-Man, its frustrating to know that the overall that the visual quality has nothing special about it. The Spectacular Spider-Man had a much less detailed art style and animation quality and yet it produced some of the best animation that Spider-Man has every seen in the world of animation especially in the action and fight sequences and its interesting use of choreography. the Ultimate Spider-Man has none of that creativity and it just comes across as a show with talent, but not that much to be fussed about.

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One other thing to note that was good about this episode was the cameos from not only Spider-Ham, I got a personal little chuckle out of that because my nostalgic memories seeing him in comic book form, but also the cameo of the Super Hero Squad from The Super Hero Squad Show, though I don’t watch that show regularly it was nice reference.

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In the end this episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man has been the second hardest one to watch (the most being the previous episode) purely because it had an absurd amount of potential and it wasn’t completely capitalized on. There doesn’t seem to be any proper character development for any of the members of the team and this version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man continues to be an oblivious idiot barely relating to his comic book roots. Unfortunately it should be noted that this is the best episode since episode 2 and that’s purely based on Iron Man’s involvement and the use of the Iron Spider suit. The Ultimate Spider-Man really needs some better material or I reckon it should be shut down.

Rating: 6/10

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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