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New Captain America: The Winter Soldier Stills And Info!

Howdy people, time for some more Marvel film news! Okay so just after we got the first official poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier we get two new pictures to check out along with some more information on the film from the directors. The following information comes from ComicBookMovies:

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“Following today’s brand new poster and ahead of Thursday’s official trailer debut, USA Today has an exclusive look at Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – two new stills of Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson, plus new info from the Nick Fury actor and the Russo bros. “There’s nobody better at that kind of [action] than Marvel if you’re going to attempt to pull that off and go for it,” Joe Russo says. “We all tried to up the ante with what happens in this movie in terms of what’s come before, and I think we’ve done that.” On the Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo says, “He’s an amazingly drawn character. He’s so well conceived. [Ed Brubaker has] one of the best comic runs in the last 20 years, one of our favorite comic runs of all time & we really want to do it justice. It was important to us to make sure he just jumped off the page to the screen.” 

“Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies,” Samuel L. Jackson says. The new film has Captain America “trying to figure out, ‘Well, how do we trust those guys?’ or ‘How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you?’ And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area.”

spke nlwdWell firstly these two stills look pretty cool. First one with Steve Rogers and Nick Fury looks nice with the two of them looking at something with some degree of intensity and this shot also re-confirms the fact that Cap’s costume is receiving a new look in this film or is at least one of a few. As for picture two this must be that scene I heard about at Comic-Con when Cap took out several dudes in an elevator, it sounds badass on paper, hope it unfolds in the same way too.

As for what the directors say about the film, as usual they sound really enthusiastic about working with Marvel and all this talk about loving the source material and upping the ante in this sequel just makes me feel so good about this sequel you don’t even know yo. As for what Samuel L. Jackson, I love all this talk about trust, good and bad guys and the grey areas, I love thrillers and the conspiracy, lies and confusion that ensues and I hope that’s the kind of stuff that’s brought to this film.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Samuel L. Jackson’s Next Marvel Movie is Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I’m loving the influx of information on comic book films at the moment, even if it’s just little snippets. In the end it’s all relevent. Today we have another bit of information on returning cast member from Phase 01 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Nick Fury. For more information read the superherohype article below:

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“Even though he didn’t see a lot of action throughout Phase One, Nick Fury is still an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he’s not going anywhere. In an interview with Total Film, seen here via Examiner.com, Jackson said the next Marvel movie he’ll appear in is the Captain America sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier

“I think my next time as Nick Fury is in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” said the actor, “because I’m not in Iron Man 3. None of the Avengers are in Iron Man 3. It’s a standalone Iron Man movie.”

This could mean you’ll have to wait two more movies before you see the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. with both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World hitting theaters before Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this isn’t final as Marvel could have other plans.

The film is slated to star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Also confirmed to be returning, as was long rumored, is Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is planned to hit theaters on April 4, 2014.”

Now with the information back in October we got a confirmation that Cobie Smulders would be back as Maria Hill, so I assumed that S.H.I.E.L.D. would have a bit of a presence along with their director, Nick Fury. I mean it makes sense considering that Cap is the one superhero who is out of time and in a way would need supervision and help in order to adjust to the modern world. With Sam Jackson back as Nick Fury I’m happy. Sam Jackson is a badass and I’ll watch him in anything, and if he were to return in any Marvel film before the second Avengers film then this would be the logical choice.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Captain America 2 News Part 2: Familiar Marvel Faces Returning

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome back to my three-part blog post on the latest new on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now this article from superherohype is pretty cool and to be honest has gotten me even more hyped the Captain America sequel:

“On the heels of word earlier today that Frank Grillo has joined the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes confirmation, via Variety, that a few familiar S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will be appearing as well. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Also confirmed to be returning, as was long rumored, is Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

The film is slated to star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomer Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon.”

While a lot of fans had counted on this happening many months ago I’m still glad to see that the presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t disappeared in the Phase 2 Marvel films. I guess it’s only logical that they would stay around Cap because he is the man out of time and really does need time adapt to the present-day world. I assume that S.H.I.E.L.D. will help him in that regard. Also I am not surprised that Sebastian Stan would return as Bucky Barnes, it would be foolish for him not to come back and would only add to the already confusing shifts Marvel actor switches. Plus Stan would have to be in this next film to play the important Winter Soldier character. In any case the Marvel Phase 2 film are shaping up pretty well and Cap 2 is definitely grabbing my interest with every new news story released.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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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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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 4 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to be giving you my review of the fourth 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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Okay I am just going to say this right now. I do not like this episode. I think it is the worst one yet. After finishing the episode I felt like my time had been robbed and I wanted it back.

So the story in this episode features more of Peter’s life as he happens to be at odds with Harry because of the time he spends with his superhero teammates, meanwhile Doctor Octopus’ newest creation Venom shows up at one of Harry Osborn’s parties and attacks Spider-Man and the other trainees, jumping from host to host.

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Now I was glad that the show decided to focus a little more on Peter’s personal life, I mean the show is about Spider-Man after all (though I think the creators of this show forget that on a good few occasions). Though the way this story was tackled was a little too childish and simplistic for my liking. Really I think that was down to major issues; 1) The Peter and Harry conflict and 2) The use of Venom. Firstly I think that the conflict in Peter and Harry’s friendship was a little premature, I can understand that Harry feels a little left out due to Peter’s commitment with his teammates because they’ve been best friends for so long, but the fact that he goes into a whole strop about it seemed really childish and out of character for him. And funnily enough I finally in this episode I can partially relate to Peter due to his need for his personal life to be his and not constantly have to be involved in his superhero antics. However the team keep saying that Peter made a commitment to them and S.H.I.E.L.D. as a superhero and I can see where the team are coming from, but they seem to be very heartless about Peter’s situation and it frustrates me how emotionless they are and how they couldn’t even try to find a compromise. It also bugs me how Peter and Harry eventually make up, it seems like the issues from before are completely forgot about and swept underneath the carpet without confronting the issues. While I know I know there’s only so much time in an episode to sort things like that out, I just hate how they resolve things so quickly like I am watching an episode of Recess where a lot of actions have no consequences or proper resolve.

Secondly the other major issue with this episode was the use of Venom. Now as an avid Spider-Man I LOVE Venom, he must be my favourite Spidey villain. There is such a great history of this character in the comics and the previous Spidey animated shows, so when I saw the trailer for the Ultimate Spider-Man I was interested to see what they’d do with the character… But what I did not expect was this.

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Now I am all for change or updating the basic formula for the sake more interesting television, but this is just silly. In my opinion the character Venom has been butchered. Firstly the origin story was completely changed and I don’t like what was done here, it just seemed unlikely and a bit cheesy. Secondly there was no sign of Eddie Brock, the quintessential character that was responsible for Venom’ existence, what the hell!?! Thirdly the fact that the symbiote had to keep moving from person to person was a tad annoying, while was interesting to see what it did with everybody’s different abilities, I think it was done just to pass time rather than serving a purpose. I mean if the symbiote really wanted Spidey it could have had him. And lastly I want to talk about the way Venom eventually made it onscreen. Now it was a surprising twist, but for me it was a tad silly and just a cheap way to get the character onscreen. Again I can see where they were going with it because it was made from Spidey’s DNA and it’s meant to be dark version of Spidey. But for me I didn’t like what was done with the character and Venom really is a character that needs to introduced and tackled over more than one episode. Venom’s appearance was incredibly rushed and lacking in substance.

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When it comes to characters they were alright to sub par. Norman Osborn and Doc Ock were the best characters in the episode and there were there for the least amount of time. I guess I like them because they are the bad guys operating from the shadows. When it comes to Spidey’s teammates I really don’t care that much about them, the only person I like Iron Fist. White Tiger still annoys be with her know-it-all attitude and Sam just has to talk to come across as a bad character. Harry Osborn in this episode was a bit of stroppy child but it was great to see him do things more in line with his character from the comics. Mary Jane in this episode just annoyed me, she has that annoying know-it-all attitude when talking with Peter and other characters. But the main offender  of bad characters continues to be Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He doesn’t seem to be growing as a character, but still at square one like at the start of the series. There’s no sense of progression or cohesion with his teammates. He just talks and makes bad jokes and it doesn’t help that I still don’t like Drake Bell’s voice as our main character, it just doesn’t sit well with me. Another problem is with this version of Peter Parker is that for every time he says something smart it is followed by some stupid joke or form of foolish behavior that really doesn’t work in his favour.

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It seems like the presentation is the only good thing that keeps me coming back to watch the Ultimate Spider-Man. The art and animation are pretty damn good and really is the best of any Spider-Man show to date. While I still don’t think the animator have taken the production to the highest degree yet, what we have seen in this episode has to be the best yet. There is a lot of fluid animation and continuous sequences travelling across the screen, there’s many scenes from dynamic and interesting camera angles and there is also some decent tracking and panning shots in the action scenes. Spidey’s fight with Venom and opening sequence with Spidey in the subway was pretty nice.

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In conclusion I guess it’s pretty clear I didn’t like this episode. But it is for good reason to be honest. I guess it’s because I know the rich history of the story that came with Spider-Man and his time with the symbiote. It played a very big part in the comics and has been adapted very well in the 90s Spider-Man TV series and more recently the Spectacular Spider-Man TV series. The symbiote carries a lot of weight and easily shaped some of the best Spider-Man story arcs n the past with the way it affects Peter’s life and how it changes him as a person during and after his time with it. But unfortunately the Ultimate Spider-Man decides to through the basic rules out the window and give us very underwhelming experience in episode 4. With pretty sub par story, no character development and completely butchering of the Venom character, this show takes a huge step backwards and verges on bad animated TV programming. This needs to be rectified!

Rating: 5/10

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

 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 3 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, tonight I’m going to be giving you my very late review of the third episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Ah the Ultimate Spider-Man… A show that in my opinion started off a little rocky, but did show a lot of promise and with a little tweaking and time it really could be the best Spider-Man cartoon in existence. However! This episode unfortunately doesn’t scream the words “Awesome!” Its more along the liens of “okay to average” or “more of the same” which is okay for kids and viewers who like the way the show is handled, but for me regardless of whether this is an adaptation of Spider-Man this show seems to sink deeper into the area of okay to mediocre.

So what’s the story this time? Continuing from the last episode, Peter continues his time in school except now his other superhero teammates are long for the ride. However tension soon begins when Peter sees Nova interacting with his friends Harry and MJ which doesn’t sit well with him. Nova doesn’t seem to care about Peter’s need to separate him and the other superheros from his personal life and from there a bitter feud/rivalry is formed between the two of them. Soon afterwards Spider-Man and his teammates are sent to the S.H.I.E.LD. Helicarrier to have their first training session together. However Spidey and Nova decide to turn the training exercise into a competition, though after they are finished Nick Fury tells them that they failed the exercise because they didn’t follow the rules. So after that the group come to the conclusion that they need instant respect and the only way to get that is by capturing a high-class villain from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s wanted list, so then the team head off  to Latveria to capture Doctor Doom, however through a series of events their plan soon backfires and puts not only in turn do they put their own lives in danger, but many others in the process. So it’s up to Spider-Man and company to save the danger before all hell breaks loose.

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Now I was really looking forward to this episode before it came out when the preview trailer when up months ago. Here we would get to see Spider-Man and his team go up against one of the most badass super villains ever, Dr. Victor Von Doom! However this is not the awesome episode that it should be, if anything it is worse than the previous two. Now granted this show has only just started and normally most TV shows need a few episodes before it finds its feet and becomes consistent. But in my opinion the Ultimate Spider-Man should have gotten it right by now and been totally awesome by at least episode 3. That’s how long it took The Spectacular Spider-Man to be awesome and that show started off on a much note than this one did. So what is wrong with this episode? Well its a number of things, for the humour is still as dull as ever and somehow has gotten worse than before, characters are either clichéd or annoying, the action sequences aren’t anything special and the story overall felt like a missed opportunity focusing on stupid trivial issues that belong in other high teen TV comedies or something.

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Now let’s talk about the main thing that bugged me, the whole Peter/Nova rivalry thing. Now it’s not uncommon for guys to get into a bit of rivalry from time to time in life as long as it’s for a justified reason or if it seems like it would happen in a natural way. But in this episode it was just flat-out annoying and unnecessary. Peter and Nova’s feud seems to spring out of nowhere, firstly Peter flips out about Nova hanging with his friends because he doesn’t want his superhero life to crossover into his personal life, which is understandable. But Peter seems to freak out a little more than I thought that he should, it’s not like Nova was hitting on Mary Jane or anything. It also doesn’t help that Nova is a right hothead who doesn’t really care for Peter’s opinions or feelings and this makes him come across as a bit of an inconsiderate jerk. So the whole time throughout the episode they spend the time squabbling and competing against each other in some male testosterone battle which feels so immature for this kind of show and totally out-of-place for the kind of person that Peter Parker/Spider-Man is. Which leads me into my issues with main character himself. In principle Peter is a smart guy, a very smart guy. He applies logic to everything he does, he knows a lot about many things inside and outside of his suit. And because of the superhero status and the life-changing situations he’s had to deal with he’s mature for his age. BUT! None of those key factors about Peter/Spidey come across at all in this show. Peter is just a dull teenager and as Spider-Man he’s a dummy who has super powers and cracks a lot of stupid jokes. This iteration of Spider-Man is only a mere shadow of his former glory.

Also what was the deal with how the Ultimate Spider-Man seems to treat the guys on the superhero team like brain-dead dummies and constantly keep giving all the praise to White Tiger? Obviously there are times in life when guys can be a little dumb and need a bit of female direction and I am all for a little female empowerment, but I swear they lay this stuff on way too thick in this show. The males in the team (Spider-Man and Iron Fist included) seem to be pretty dumb or useless in most cases while White Tiger is always the efficient one and constantly makes remarks how stupid the guys are or how great she is. I dunno, but it felt like there was some serious hating on the male species in this episode. It’s silly things like that which the writers need to sort that stuff out, it is ruining their characters. And speaking of the writing, my goodness. It sucks! I was gonna forgive the writers and give them the benefit of the doubt with the first two episodes, but now there is no excuse, the dialogue here is weak, uninspired and lacks a level of quality found in the comics. And then there’s those jokes, those horrible, cringe-worthy jokes. The written dialogue and story along with horrible visual representations and breaking the fourth wall result in some poor, unoriginal and basic humor that is nowhere near funny. It feels so watered down for children it’s beyond belief now. In the comics and previous Spider-Man TV shows the humor was always natural and came from the writing with actual wit and good timing. It didn’t need all bells and whistles that occupy this show. This show treats the viewer like a child, a very dumb child who has never comes across humor before and it is insulting to children and the older audiences like myself who watch the show. Also how comes Iron Fist and Luke Cage (aka Powerman) seem to have such little screen time? Do the makers o the show hate them? If so, why even put them in there unless they have a proper presence in the show?

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Okay, so I’ve ranted for long enough. Was there anything creditable in this episode? Well Dr Doom was pretty cool, he was pretty menacing and formidable. And while his presence wasn’t as great as it should have been and his voice sounded completely off at first, but after a while you get used to it. Now I will applaud the writers for taking Spider-Man out of his homeland of New York into the land of Latveria. Besides Spider-Man the Animated Series in the much later seasons, there’s not been many occasions where we’ve seen Spider-Man leave America and take on bigger problems in another country. That felt more along the lines of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, so yeah it was a nice touch. The animation still proves to be one of the main areas where this show can stay consistent, though the creators have hardly done anything incredible with it yet which is a shame. And lastly I did like Clark Gregg’s  Agent Coulson, his moments onscreen when he had to deal with the issues at the school was pretty funny.

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Alas in the end this episode was largely frustrating because it didn’t feel like the Spider-Man I know and love. There was just several instances where things just felt out-of-place, generic or just clichéd. Now I am not expecting some form of innovative new animated TV show, but this show feels like it’s doing a disservice to the Spider-Man fan base with its questionable story and dialogue, stupid jokes, a dumbed down version of Peter Parker and this whole female dominance thing with White Tiger. All of it just doesn’t sit well with me and feels like it belongs in another cartoon and not Spider-Man. As I said in my before The Spectacular Spider-Man only needed to get to episode 3 before it became completely solid as a great Spidey show. I hate having to keep going back and comparing this show to the last Spider-Man show, but its impossible when that one was so great and this one has only just begun and quite frankly it sucks. That show was smart, it had great dialogue, great character development, a simplistic art style but very fluid and incredible animation and most importantly, the show had drama! One thing that the Ultimate Spider-Man severely lacks. This show will really have step it up in the character development, drama and humour departments if it wants to succeed in the long-term.

Rating: 6/10

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Ultimate Spider-Man Episode 2 Review

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

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If you haven’t check out my review of the first episode read it here! But to summarise it was a pretty good opening to show and showed a fair amount of promise. So here we are with episode 2 that came out in coincidence with the first episode. So does it succeed or fail? Let’s have a look. Oh and by the way I’ll be talking about this episode in a bit greater detail than before so I’ll try to avoid spoilers but ultimately may dive into them. You have been warned!…

Episode 2: Great Responsibility

In this episode we see Spider-Man start his training at S.H.I.E.L.D., we also see the return of the Frightful Four and get introduced to a new group of superheroes in the form of Iron First, White Tiger, Luke Cage and Nova. This episode is a decent continuation from the first episode, but in a lot of ways it falls short of the “awesome factor” that should come with Spider-Man cartoons.

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Now as I said before this is the episode where Spidey starts his training at S.H.I.E.L.D., he gets tasked with defeating a set of robot enemies in a set time to trying to make web parachutes in the air and naturally Spidey is cocky and thinks that it’ll be a walk in the park, however he does have a tough time. Later on he is taken to meet Dr. Curt Connors (now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and also sporting a right arm!) who is the person who has designed Spidey’s tech including his new web shooter and this new bike. Now at first Spidey says he doesn’t need the bike, but it is explained that the big is faster than Spidey and it’ll save him webbing and muscle power when cruising around New York. So Spidey tries it out and chaos ensues. We rides it all over the place throughout the Helicarrier and then into the city where it is eventually stopped by Iron First, White Tiger, Luke Cage and Nova. And it is at this point that Spidey says he doesn’t want to be part of a team, even when Agent Coulson (yes the same one from the Marvel live-action films) tries to explain the situation Spidey isn’t having any of it. On his way out Spidey happens to run into Nick Fury and explains why he doesn’t want to be in a team and while Fury explains to Spidey that he has the real-world experience in saving people and the other heroes have the training to make a good combination, Spidey still leaves. It is after this that Spidey runs into the Frightful Four (again under the orders of Norman Osborn and Doc Ock), they engage in battle but Spidey gets into a comprising position until the other heroes come to help him. So then it becomes a battle between Spidey, Iron First, White Tiger, Luke Cage and Nova against the Frightful Four. the heroes eventually take out the villains much to the disappointment of Norman Osborn who tells Doc Ock that he shall not accept failure again. While in school Peter happens to be saved from another day in his locker by a group of teenagers who he eventually finds out are Iron First, White Tiger, Luke Cage and Nova. Peter then hurry’s off to speak to the principle, but then we find out that Agent Coulson is there to and says that Fury wants to keep an eye on Peter using Coulson and the other heroes in close contact of Mr. Parker.

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Now sorry for that long story synopsis but there was no way for me to break down this episode without getting a little deeper into what actually happens yo. Anyway this episode continues a lot of the goof points from before like having amazing art direction and very smooth and slick animation even when it incorporates small areas of 3D into the action and foreground objects. I also like the way in which technology is incorporated into the show with electronic billboards, people with smartphones with videos on them and obviously with the presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. there’s bound to be some fancy tech available in their facilities. The characters are also pretty decent too. Having Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Coulson in this series is great, he is serious, cool and very funny too. Plus Mary Jane continues to be an interesting character, she even gets a camera (a great nod to Parker’s usual profession) as she now wants to find Spider-Man to get an interview for her journalism studies. The new group of heroes seem to be pretty cool with my favourites being Iron Fist because of his very calm demeanor and great strength and Luke Cage (aka Power Man) because of his great dialogue and badass persona. Stan Lee continues his little cameo role as the janitor from the last episode into this one and I have to say it’s one of the best scenes ever, it’s frigging hilarious (okay it’s not that funny, but you should smirk at least a bit.) Even Drake Bell as Peter Parker/Spider-Man was decent offering some funny lines and being pretty tolerable from time to time.

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However the same issues that plagued the first episode are here in the second episode. There are just too many moments of stupid humour in here that is so old, out-of-place and straight up wack yo. It’s like basic slapstick 101 with the old cheesy sound effects and everything, but there’s one problem… It’s not funny! And a lot of this humour comes from silly antics of Peter/Spidey. It is so annoying and frustrating to think that our once great teenage superhero has been rendered into such a buffoon. I’m sorry but that’s just the way I see him, just a smart idiot, who seems oblivious to basic facts, has an overly inflated ego and with Drake Bell’s annoying voice he’s os high-pitched and hard to listen to especially when he’s screaming, argh, painful! I feel if the creators had toned down the level of humour a fair bit then the show would be a lot better for it. I also don’t like how Spider-Man just wants to be alone in the superhero business, sure I can understand why he’s want it that way, but in this episode he just comes across as a big crybaby who doesn’t want his ego to be crushed or want to share the limelight with anyone else which doesn’t make for a cool or even a good-looking superhero in general. There also seems to be an inconsistency in Spidey’s fighting abilities as seen when he is fighting the Frightful Four, I mean sometimes it looks like he has things under control and other moments he’s getting his ass handed to him which sucks. I know he’s only on the earlier side of his Spider-Man career but for me I wish the creators would make up their mind as to how far Spidey can go with his abilities in combat. And lastly while I like this concept of high-tech in the modern world, I hope it doesn’t take over the main core of show. What I mainly mean is Spider-Man before now has been able to get around with his own powers and tech, but now he’s gotten web shooters from S.H.I.E.L.D. and that horrible new bike. I know they justified the reason for the bike, but I still don’t like it, it’s just too clunky for a hero like spider-men to need. Also if Spider-Man keeps getting all this tech from S.H.I.E.L.D. it’ll feel like he doesn’t really do anything on his own without help from Nick Fury and company. I’m just saying I hope Spider-Man will still be able to get stuff done on his own terms in the future.

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Overall this was a nice second episode but I have yet to go “Wow this what I want to watch on my TV all the time!” Now I know I shouldn’t expect it from a show that’s just started but I like to think that a good show could hook me in from the first few episodes. The Spectacular Spider-Man got to episode 3 with the Lizard when it had my interest and my heart forever, let’s hope Ultimate Spider-Man can do the same.

Rating: 6.5

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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