How Marvel can improve the X-Men

On March 20, 2019, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. Now there was a lot involved in this buyout and a lot of assets that came along with the package. But, you see, Disney also acquired Marvel and the rights to almost all of its characters some years ago. 21st Century Fox has had the rights to the X-men through an acquisition years prior.

So, what most fanboys and girls got out of this whole thing is Disney now owns the X-men movie rights and Marvel can now take over the X-men. That’s the dream. Forget the technical and legal aspects of the whole acquisition, we want to see Marvel execs tell the mutant story we deserve. Here are some things that would be cool to see with the X-Men under Marvel control.

Timeline

First things first: reboot everything with one timeline. Fox had two sets of timelines and they just could not get their act together on which one was canon. The first 3 X-Men movies were a trilogy done with the same actors with a connecting storyline. Then they used different actors to tell a prequel story. Then they mixed actors from both storylines to tell a past and present story and a poor version of the days from future past story from the book. The one constant in both timelines is that Hugh Jackman is Wolverine in both timelines. It’s like Fox wanted to reboot with new actors and didn’t want to let their favorite character go. Stupid.

Make Mystique a villain again

One of the changes that was made in Days of Future Past was that Mystique went from being a villain to being a good guy leading a team of X-Men. Although in the books, Mystique did at one point join an X-Men group and occasionally did good deeds she is ultimately a bad guy who cannot be trusted. Whenever she is on a good team it is to suit her own means. This was done because Fox had big box office star Jennifer Lawrence to play Mystique and switched her from being a shape-changing assassin to a shape changer with a heart. Give us back the assassin.

Rouge’s story done right

Rouge was first introduced as a villain and the foster daughter of Mystic as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Rogue has the power to absorb the powers of others. Her first appearance was in Avengers Annual #10 where she absorbed too much of the powers of Ms. Marvel and seemingly obtained them permanently leaving Ms. Marvel powerless.

With this newfound power along with her own, Rogue and the Brotherhood were very close to defeating the Avenger. This epic storyline is something that follows Rogue and Ms. Marvel through the years. Ms. Marvel becomes Captain Marvel and Rogue becomes a good guy and that’s where we stand today. But now that Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, is part of the MCU with a smash success of a movie it is now possible to play out this storyline.

Aliens

Once Marvel establishes the X-Men firmly in their own universe they have to introduce the related characters. the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already established other races in space and now they can include some great X-Men Storylines with The Starjammers, The Shi’ar, and the Imperial Guard and the Brood.

Jean Grey No More

At this point, the Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline has been overdone. It’s like watching Ben Parker or the Wayne’s get killed again and again and again. We’ve already seen this play out poorly in X-Men 2 and 3. Not sure what that was but it wasn’t the Phoenix story we deserve. The jury is still out because this year’s Dark Phoenix has yet to be released but I’m really not expecting a lot. I’m not saying do not use the character but we can really do without the 3rd telling of that story.

Leave Deadpool Alone

Ryan Reynold’s vehicle was about the only thing that Fox did right with the mutant franchise. The first Deadpool was awesome and the second one even better. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Don’t change the way the scripts are written. Don’t change any of the actors. Don’t change the R rating. LEAVE DEADPOOL ALONE.

What would you like to see out of the S-Men franchise moving forward? Leave a comment and let us know what you think Marvel should do with the X-Men franchise.

Kenny Walker Jr

Diverse Superheroes That We Need to See In Live Action

With the success of Wonder Woman in 2017, Black Panther in 2018 and the recent success of Captain Marvel in 2019, it is clear to see that the world is ready for more diverse superheroes in the very near future. In the past, the genre has been focused on the most popular predominately white male superheroes from comic books. We were excited to see Captain America, Batman, Superman, Iron Man and the rest because to comic book fans it was a dream come true.

With the early exceptions of Steel with Shaquille O’Neal, Wesley Snipes’ Blade and Michael Jai White’s Spawn, we have not had any lead character portrayals of comic book characters of color on the silver screen. Early attempts at lead comic book women consisted of Red Sonja and Tank Girl but not much else. The recent controversy of Brie Larson and having more diverse characters in comic book movies caused quite a stir. Her call for a more diverse showing in not only the movies but in the news media outlets that cover them caused a lot of “fans” to start trolling it with bad reviews.

Not a pretty site. But with the success of Captain Marvel along with Black Panther, last year has paved the way for more diverse heroes to take the lead on the big screen. The following is a list of comic book characters of color, characters that are women and characters that represent the LGBT community that we feel deserve a shot at keeping the diversity on the big screen.

Ms. Marvel

Kamala Khan – First Appearance Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013)

The latest version of Ms. Marvel has become a very popular character of late and has already made appearances in cartoons. Having a Pakistani American who so happens to also be Muslim would be a very diverse change in the makeup of the MCU. If done correctly she would definitely have the same appeal that Spiderman has on younger fans.

Miles Morales Spiderman

First Appearance Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011)

The Afro-Latino teenage hero that assumed the role of Spiderman when that universes Spiderman was killed, quickly became a fan favorite. So much so that actor Donald Glover petitioned hard to portray him as the next Spiderman. The studio went with the classic Peter Parker but the thought was out there to fans. In December we were treated to an awesome Miles Morales animated movie on the big screen that even won an Oscar. Imagine what a live action movie could do.

Static Shock

Virgil Ovid Hawkins – Frist Appearance Static #1 (June 1993)

Static burst on the scene as part of the DC Comics Milestone line of books. he became the immediate star of that line. Milestone was created to appeal to a more diverse audience because even in the early ’90s there were not a lot of lead characters of color in comics. Static eventually had his own cartoon series which was very popular and appeared in other DC animated shows with other DC superheroes. There has always been a call to put him on the big screen in live action. Now is the time.

Northstar

Jean-Paul Beaubier – First Appearance Uncanny X-Men #120 (April 1979)

Why this virtually unknown character. Well because a character that made such an impact and leads the way for other characters should have his day. The character was one of the first openly gay characters in a major comic line. The issue in which his character came out (Alpha Flight #106 1992) made news headlines and sold out in a week. As a celebrity with mutant powers that worked for the Canadian government, I think we can come up with an interesting storyline.

Shang-Chi – Master of Kung-Fu

First Appearance – Special Marvel Edition #15 (December 1973)

Shang-Chi coming to any screen is another much-anticipated event. This character came about because Marvel wanted a character that was a little like the television show Kung Fu. There are talks of a movie coming with a screenwriter and director attached but with these things you have to wait to make sure it happens. I don’t see how a movie about the greatest martial artist in the Marvel Universe could not be interesting.

John Stewart Green Lantern

First Appearance – Green Lantern #87 (December 1971/January 1972)

Since John Stewarts run to replace Hal Jordan in the comics, he has always been a fan favorite. When the Justice League came to TV in 2001, John Stewart was the version of Green Lantern that was used. Fans have been anticipating the arrival of a live-action John Stewart Green Lantern when the ill-fated Green Lantern movie came out and when the Justice League movie came out. There is supposed to be a Green Lantern Corps movie and let’s hope he’s in it.

SheHulk

Jennifer Walters – First Appearance Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980)

The cousin to the Incredible Hulk would be a perfect character to bring to the screen. With the rumors of contracts being up of some of our lead Avengers, she would be the perfect character to fill the gap. Her background is a lawyer who, unlike her famous cousin, maintains her intelligence when she Hulks out would make for a great storyline.

Apollo & Midnighter

Andrew Pulaski & Lucas Trent – First Appearance Stormwatch (vol. 2) #4 (February 1998)

Same-sex relationship of a couple that is often compared to Superman and Batman. If done correctly this sounds like a formula that could make right what Batman vs Superman wasn’t.

Blue Marvel

Adam Bernard Brash – First Appearance Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel #1 (November 2008)

Blue Marvel is an Afro-American character that was created in modern times but comic storyline dates back to the ’50s and ’60s. His costume in those times covered his whole body because it was believed society would not accept a Black man as a hero. When it was revealed that he was a Black man after his costume was torn in a public battle he went into seclusion and helped the world with his science. Now he has rejoined the world as a hero. This backstory would make a perfect movie.

Spider Woman

Jessica Drew – First Appearance Marvel Spotlight #32 (February 1977)

There were a few Spider Women along the way but let’s stick with the first one. Jessica Drew has been a hero with and without her costume even helping along with other women who have taken the role of Spider Woman. With her backstory, you can actually pull off a movie with Spider Woman and Spider Man not even be mentioned. In 1979 she had her own animated TV show so I think now is the time for live action.

Leave a comment and let us know what diverse characters that have never been on the big screen that you think belong there.

Kenny Walker Jr

News Round-up

 

Punisher and Jessica Jones Canceled

The inevitable has happened. Netflix has canceled Punisher and Jessica Jones. This news is not really a surprise as the other Marvel Netflix shows were canceled in 2018. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Defenders were all canceled by Netflix previously. Punisher season 2 debuted on January 18, 2019, and Jessica Jones season 3 is slated to be released later this year. With the recent streaming war, this move was to be expected. Disney, which now owns Marvel, announced that they would be starting their own streaming channel eventually.

This news comes after the other Marvel Netflix shows had been canceled. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders were all canceled last year. The disheartening thing for fans is that some of those series ended with you wanting more. Luke Cage ended with Luke on the outside of the law running the Harlem gangs and being on outs with some of his closest neighborhood allies. Iron Fist ended with Colleen Wing possessing the Iron Fist but a post scene with Danny having a similar Iron Fist power that involved guns. That’s something that had me waiting for a third season.

Also, the chemistry between Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing and Simone Missick’s Misty Knight screamed for a Daughters of the Dragon series to come out. That was the dream for many fans as they were the best part of Iron Fist season 2. It has been said that the final season of Jessica Jones will wrap up the story and of the cast so far the only reveal has been the regulars of Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Rachael Taylor as Patricia “Trish” Walker, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth. I am hoping we get to see Luke Cage, Danny Rand, Matt Murdock, Misty Knight, and Colleen Wing one more time before we say farewell to these actors in these roles.

The Captain Marvel Controversy & Zach Levy Squashing Beef

Before you misunderstand the title, there is no beef between anyone at DC/Warner Bros. Studios with anyone at the Marvel Universe Studios. Far from it. Zach Levy went on Twitter to come to the defense of the Brie Larson and Marvel’s Captain Marvel against internet trolls who have been bashing the soon to be released movie. Here’s the story. Brie Larson made this comment “I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. It sounded like across the board (women of color) weren’t getting the same opportunities as others.”

This was just a statement suggesting that she wanted to give other outlets and publications a fair share of the story. Nothing more nothing less. With that said, some “fans” and I use this term loosely, started going online and giving this movie bad reviews before it even came out. Specifically, the pre-review section of Rotten Tomatoes where the trolls took to in order to discredit the film before it hit theatres. Rotten Tomatoes took that feature from the site as well as the “Want To See” feature during any pre-release period of a movie.

Because some of these trolls on other websites brought up DC/Warner Bros upcoming Shazam! in comparison because that character was also named Captain Marvel in the past, Zach Levy decided to put a stop to the nonsense. Telling fans that no one is doing anyone any favors by trashing another movie. He tells fans that this is not a competition between the two studios and they hate should stop. Zach was pretty disgusted.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Similar incidents have happened with female lead movies such as Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman and The Last Jedi. As well as Marvel’s Black Panther. I never thought I would see this kind of behavior from my fellow nerds and geeks and I am sorely disappointed. As in today’s society, the comic book world and the fantasy world have become diverse places. It’s time we accept it, welcome it and continue to enjoy those worlds. I eagerly await Captain Marvel.

Marvel Represents at the Oscars

Marvel Studios walked away with major victories at the Oscars held on Sunday night, February 25. Black Panther won for Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture. The award was accepted by designer Ruth Carter who made Hollywood history by being the first Black woman to ever win in this category. Nice way to end Black History Month. Black Panther also won for Best Production Design in a Motion Picture and Best Score in a Motion Picture.

Sony Represents at the Oscars

Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse nabs the Oscar for Best Animated Film. This makes this the first time since 2912 that Disney Studios did not walk away with this award. The highly acclaimed movie was a bit of a shoo-in for the win. Personally, it was probably the best animated movie I have ever seen.

Kenny Walker Jr

Brightburn – If I Go Evil, Will You Still Call Me Superman?

If you have ever heard the 3 Doors Down song Kryptonite, and been a hardened comic book fan, you may have thought of the possibility of what might happen if Superman, literally, went crazy. Certainly, we have been exposed to the idea of an alternate, possibly evil, Superman. From DC Elseworlds where Kal-El has ranged from being raised by Darkseid or being a Soviet Super-Communist, or even becoming Batman to the DC standard example of Bizarro, the idea of the favorite Kryptonian deviating from his boy scout-esque persona has always been intriguing.

Recent incarnations in Smallville and Man of Steel, though keeping with the general idea, have given Clark Kent more doubts and loneliness as to what he is and who he should become. However, there has never, really, been a true form of an Evil Superman, until Brightburn. Brightburn is an upcoming film starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Jackson A. Dunn as the titular character which explores the idea of what IF Superman was inherently evil. The movie is produced by James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame and though his previous films had strong light-hearted elements, to include the sci-fi horror Slither, this one is aimed at pure horror.

Brightburn explores the standard superhero trope of the last survivor of a dying race coming to Earth, recognizing his or her power and using it. However, for the character of Brandon Breyer, played by Dunn, the use of his power involves terrorizing his version of Smallville. If the latter element was removed one could easily argue that the idea is a clear copy, but with the character’s sinister aspect, the film is sure to be a kick in the gut of those hoping for a super-savior. Though we only have the initial trailer to go on, it is clear that the character is a true to home abandonment of a hero or a villain, more so a pre-teen psychopath with god-like powers.

Another important element more than likely will be how his parents, seemingly very Jonathan and Martha Kent-like, who yearned for a child, will have to weigh their love against the possible fate of humanity. I must admit, I am anxiously awaiting seeing this movie (in fact I will probably set aside a day to go see it). Honestly, as far as DC characters are concerned, I have never been a “Superman-Fan.” Growing up as a child primarily given the pre-Crisis Superman mold between the Christopher Reeves films and the Superboy series of the late 1980s, I never had an appreciation of “Boy Scout” Superman.

My growing appreciation came from Smallville, roughly the first few seasons, and the big change came with Man of Steel. While these representations kept the absolute good guy persona, they explored the personal “what if’s” of Clark Kent; however, still no bad guy at heart. Brightburn is sure to give that and possibly more. Within this, we as fans must also ask, in this modern Hollywood age, will there be room for a universe with the Evil Dark Knight or the Evil Amazon. Conversely, will we be rooting for them or the good Lex Luthor or good Joker who will be thorns in their sides? The hope and possibilities are there and I’m hoping not to be disappointed on Memorial Day when the film is released.

James Hales

The 10 Most Influential Black Comic Book Superheroes

To kick off Black history month, we thought we would give a listing of who we think are the 10 most influential comic book superheroes.

We went through a lot of heroes and could not put everyone on the list as we wanted because we wanted to keep it down to 10. Every hero is equally important and believe me if I could have put 20 or 30 on this list I would have but if I mention every Black hero I know that would not make these 10 stand out. So here it is.

Black Panther – Marvel

Besides having a hit Oscar-nominated movie, Black Panther makes this list for being the first mainstream hero of African descent. Debuting in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966, Black Panther even pre-dates the political Black Panther Party. Black Panther was the first hero to identify with Black people in America. This is the same renewed effect when the character was made into a movie in 2018. Black Panther has stayed relevant enough to inspire more than one generation.

Storm – Marvel

The African goddess made her first appearance in Giant-Size X-Men in 1975. She was the first major Black female character in the mainstream comics. She was also the first Black X -Man. Storm has been on many X-Men teams and often leading them. Once when she temporarily lost her powers, she had to duel Cyclops for leadership and at the time her powers had been taken away from her. Storm proved she could lead the team by taking on the fully powered Cyclops and defeating him with no powers of her own.

Blade – Marvel

Blade debut in The Tomb of Dracula in 1873. Blade is a mix of vampire and regular humans who hunts vampires. Blade was the first Black character that put Black people in the horror situation. Blade was brought to life by Wesley Snipes in the Blade movies starting in 1998.

Black Lighting – DC

Black Lightning first appeared in his own self titled book in 1977. What makes him important is he was introduced as not being a criminal but a teacher. In the Bronze Age of comics, a lot of characters of color were introduced as characters who could possibly be a villain with various criminal pasts. Black Lightning was introduced as an educator.

However, his early depictions had him wearing an afro wig and speaking “Harlem jive” to conceal the fact that he was educated so people would not link him to his secret identity as Jefferson Pierce. The character was supposed to be used in the 1970’s Super Friends cartoon but due to disagreement with the creator, Tony Isabella, Hannah Barbara made a character based on Black Lightning named Black Vulcan. Black Lightning has also managed to capture a new generation with the CW show that deals with issues facing Black people in America today.

Falcon – Marvel

Introduced in Captain America #117 in 1969, the Falcon is the first Afro American superhero in mainstream comics. He would become Captain Americas partner and at a time shared the titles of the book with him. Falcon would grow out of Captain America’s shadow into his own books, guest appearances in other books, a member of the Avengers and even taking on the mantle of Captain America when he had to retire. Today Falcon, being played by Aaron Mackie, is a main character in the Avengers movies.

Luke Cage Marvel

Luke Cage has always been a hero for the people. Debuting in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire in 1972, Luke Cage was the first Afro American superhero to be featured as the protagonist and title character of a comic book. He was created at the height of Blaxploitation movies and was jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. Luke Cage has gone on to work with the Defenders, filling in for the Thing on the Fantastic Four and lead the Avengers. Brought to live action on Netflix, Luke Cage displayed true Black culture and history in Harlem, NY.

Cyborg – DC

Debuting in DC Comics Presents in 1980, Cyborg makes this list because he is a technologic hero that can be well identified and related to by Black youth in America. This is a hero that has the computer world at his feet because he can get into any system. Cyborg was brought to life by Ray Fisher in the Justice League movie.

Static – Milestone/DC

Static is the young hero from the Milestone universe that the fans are just waiting to see turn into live action. Created in the Milestone universe in 1993, static was the main character of his own cartoon. Because of his age, Static is a character that is relatable to youths of color in America.

Miles Morales – Marvel

When Peter Parker Spiderman died in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, Miles Morales took over the mantle as Spider Man. Miles Morales debuted in Ultimate Spiderman #64 in 2011 and has remained a popular version of Spiderman. Miles was later integrated into the mainstream 616 Marvel universe giving fans a teenage Spiderman once again. The character’s popularity is so much so that he was used to star in Marvels latest animated movie Into the Spiderverse

Spawn Image

Spawn was created by Todd McFarlane and debuted in 1992. The cursed hero is a powerful lead into the world of the supernatural. His popularity has garnered the character a movie in the late 90s and talks of a second Spawn movie are rumored.

Let us know what you think of our list and what characters would you add or take off to make your own list.

Kenny Walker Jr

Superhero Weaknesses

Sometimes the power of a superhero can be overwhelming. They can be created so powerfully that they seem impossible to defeat. Superman can move mountains; Green Lantern can do anything in his imagination and Thor is literally a God. However, for all their power there are some drawbacks. They do have weaknesses. 

Superman Kryptonite

Let’s tackle the obvious and easiest one first. As we all know Superman was born on another planet which was destroyed. Apparently, shards from the destroyed planet can weaken Superman and even kill him and small meteorites have made their way to Earth to keep the man of steel humble.

Green Lantern yellow

The Guardians power ring choose Hal Jordan to become a Green Lantern because he was fearless and with this ring, he can do whatever his mind can create. Green Lantern can combat any foe that he comes across ….as long as the color yellow is not involved. The power of his ring cannot even touch anything yellow meaning if you paint his whole world yellow, he’s just a guy with a glowing green ring.

Green Lantern (Golden Age) wood

The first Green Lanterns ring has more of a mystic background. There is no space corps involved. However, this Green Lanterns weakness is wood. So, if a tree is falling on you and there’s nobody around to save you if this Green Lantern shows up you are still out of luck.

Wonder Woman bound at the bracelets by man

Ok now, this is a bit sexist and slightly pornographic. Wonder Woman’s power rivals that of Superman and she has stood toe to toe with him. One of the things that makes this possible even though he is stronger is her training as an Amazon warrior. However, if an ordinary man happens to be able to sneak up on her and bound her by her bracelets, she is powerless. Considering the times in which she was created, this was a simple fix in making a woman submissive.

Daredevil loud sound

Daredevil is the man without fear. He is blind with heightened senses. He doesn’t need to be able to see. In fact, his heightened senses are much better than sight making him a very formidable superhero. However, if you overload him with noise then you have a good chance of defeating him. You must overload his high senses. Makes sense.

Flash too much Speed

The fastest man alive has a weakness that is his greatest strength. Running too fast. For as powerful as Flash is if he runs too fast, he can destroy himself.

Thor more than a minute away from his hammer

We’re putting this in even though it no longer applies. But this is too classic to let go. when Thor first appeared, he had a human alter ego named Donald Blake which was a handicapped doctor who used a cane to walk. When said doctor tapped this cane on the ground, he became the demigod, Thor. The cane reverted to its true form of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Thor had to be connected to his hammer. If the hammer left his side for more than 60 seconds than Thor would revert to Donald Blake. Marvel decided this was a dumb foil and got rid of the concept back in 1984.

Human Torch asbestos

Johnny Storm the Human Torch is a very powerful being. His ability to go supernova and literally be able to destroy everything if he chose is a power to be reckoned with. However, if you happen to have some asbestos on then you can have the fight half won.

Martian Manhunter fire, matches

A lot of people aren’t familiar with the Martian Manhunter. His powers put him in league with Superman and in my opinion, make him even more powerful. He’s got super strength, flight, invulnerability, heat vision, shapeshifting, invisibility, and telepathy. However, if you got some gasoline and light a match to set the whole room on fire than it is literally on. Martians weakness for fire is what helped Batman defeat a room full of Martians in a classic Justice League story.

Firestorm organics

Firestorm the Nuclear Man is very powerful indeed. I mean, come on, he’s the nuclear man. One of his main powers is his ability to transmute objects. So, you try to shoot him with a hail of bullets and he turns them into flowers or cotton balls. He can transmute anything except anything organic. He can not transmute humans or animals in any way.

Shazam & Captain Marvel Jr saying their own names

These two heroes go in together because not only are they related to each other of sorts but they have the same weakness. Shazam used to be called Captain Marvel but because of rights and confusion, he is now called Shazam. However, for Billy Batson to become Shazam he has to say his name for the lightning to strike so if he is in his superhero form and says his name again, he reverts back to Billy Batson. The same applies to Captain Marvel Jr who has to say Captain Marvel to get his powers. In Captain Marvel Jr’s case, this may no longer apply since Shazam has been retconned and Captain Marvel is no longer a thing in the DC universe.

Gladiator self confidence

Gladiator is like a space Superman. You name it he can do it. Strength, speed, slow aging, invulnerability, the whole thing. However, an attack on his ego and give him doubt then you have him right where you want him. For all his grandiose posturing and bravado, if you shake his confidence than the battle is won.

Power Girl raw unprocessed natural material

Power Girl has a slightly confusing background. Originally, she is the Earth 2 cousin of Superman but that has been changed in so many different ways. She is now on an Earth 2 that I care not to go into but that doesn’t change the fact of why she’s on this list. Her weakness is raw unprocessed natural materials. So, man-made bullets she can handle but if you try to drive a wooden stake through her heart like a vampire you are on to something.

Wolverine The Muramasa Blade

Over the years, Wolverine has become annoyingly hard to kill. Don’t get me wrong, Wolverine is a great character but over the years they kept throwing things at him and he would not die. So, what do you do with a character you make too powerful? You create a special sword that can actually kill him. For good.

Adam Strange too long away from Earth

The hero Adam Strange is not so much a hero on earth as he is a hero on the planet Rann. He was drawn there by the zeta beam. However, this is also his weakness. He can not stay away from Earth for more than a year at a time. So even if he’s in the middle of a mission and his year is up, he vanishes back to Earth.

Kenny Walker Jr

Black Panther Makes Film History

In a world where the superhero genre does not seem to get the respect it deserves, comic book fans have been patiently waiting for this day. The day when the Academy recognizes that comic book movies are worth being recognized for more than just technical awards. Our place at the big boy’s table

Black Panther has given us our seat at that table. Not only has Black Panther been nominated for six other different awards but it has been nominated for the granddaddy of awards: Best Motion Picture. This makes Black Panther the first comic book movie to be nominated in this category.

Scoring 98% on Rotten Tomatoes the Marvel film has also been nominated for Best Achievement in Music for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Music for Motion Picture (Original Song), Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.

The competition is pretty fierce in the Best Motion Picture category. Black Panther will be going up against Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, and Green Book. All pretty solid movies in the box office for 2018 along with Black Panther. But I think the movie that had a budget of approximately $200,000,000 and grossed approximately $700,000,00 will have no trouble giving all nominated movies a run for their money.

The closest a comic book movie has come to being nominated to a top award category such as this is the posthumous win of Best Supporting Actor award won by Heath Ledger in 2008. The first comic book movie to get nominated for an Academy Award is the Max Fleischer Superman cartoon of 1941 nominated for Best Animated Short Subject. The first comic book Oscar went to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie for Best Art Direction.

If Black Panther doesn’t get the Best Picture Oscar, the Marvel movie won’t have an empty award shelf. The movie has previously won best movie awards at MTV Movie & TV Awards for Movie of the Year, Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture, BET Award for Best Movie, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for Best Picture, AFI Award for Movie of the Year, and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Comic to Film Motion Picture among some other wins for the film. More than a few awards have also been won by Michael B. Jordon for his portrayal of Killmonger.

Hopefully, this sets a new trend for comic book movies and they are taken more seriously by the Academy. I was surprised to find that Black Panther was the first to ever get nominated in this category. I would have thought for sure the 1978 Superman, the 1989 Batman or Nolan’s 2008 the Dark Knight would have been nominated but I couldn’t remember until I researched it. As good and classic as those movies were, they mainly only got nominated for technical awards. These comic book movies are very rarely nominated for the acting ability of the stars which is a shame.

These actors do a stellar job because as cheesy as it sounds, they often have to play two characters in one movie: that of the hero and that of the person with the secret identity. Regardless here’s to a hopefully bright future and turn around for the comic book movie genre.

Kenny Walker Jr

News Round-up

The biggest news in comic book culture in a quick review. Once a month Obsidian Nomad will run through some quick need to know stories that we may come across. If you have any stories you would like for us to report on, please do not hesitate to drop a message in our comment section of this article. Enjoy.

Spider Man: Far Away From Home Trailer

The trailer for the new Spiderman movie dropped on Tuesday, January 15 and boy did it set the internet on fire. We got so much in this first trailer that I hope there is more to surprise us when the movie is finally released. Assuming this takes place after Avengers: Endgame we see that Peter Parker has made is through the event alive. There was really no doubt. We see that Nick Fury also made it out alive and has a prominent role in recruiting Peter for an important mission.

Apparently, Aunt May has not only accepted that her nephew is Spiderman but she also appears to have a growing relationship with Happy Hogan. Peter seems to be making his move on M.J. and she seems to be ok with that. As villains go Mysterio looks awesome and the hope is that one of these water elementals is Hydro Man. Internet speculation is that we don’t see Tony Stark in this trailer because he may not make it out alive in Avengers: Endgame.

I’m not so sure of that because I’m under the belief that the MCU just wants you to wonder at this point. Come on, can you really kill Tony Stark? Another internet speculation is that Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury is either classic Spiderman villain Chameleon or a Skrull. This could go either way but seeing how they are in Europe and Chameleon is of European origin this could be possible. And let’s not forget we were promised a return of Michael Keaton in this movie. Spider Man hits theatres July 5. We cant wait!

Punisher

Season 2 of Punisher hits Netflix on Friday, January 18. Jon Bernthal returns as what is considered one of the best of many Frank Castle adaptions. Season 1 was hard and gritty and was everything a fanboy or fangirl would want from a Punisher show. I still get a kick out of the guys wanting to pick a fight with the man knocking down a concrete wall alone.

The thirteen-episode series is centered around Frank Castle saving a young girl from being murdered and contemplating his life as the Punisher. Like all the Marvel Netflix series, this takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with the movies and tv shows. Seeing how this might be the last chance we get to see this adaption due to Netflix not renewing these Marvel shows, I hope the Punisher goes out with a bang just as Daredevil did last year.

Reign of the Supermen

The sequel to last years animated Death of Superman hits in January. The movie played at select Fathom Events theatres on January 13 and was released digitally on January 15. The DVD and Blue-ray will come out on January 29. This is an animated retelling of the now classic story about the ones who came to replace Superman after his sacrifice defeating Doomsday that took place in the Death of Superman animated movie. Steel, Superboy, Cyborg Superman, and the Eradicator are all featured along with Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and the Justice League leading up to the eventual return of The Man of Steel himself.

Second Coming

DC Comics has announced that it will be publishing a comic called Second Coming which one of the 2 main characters will be Jesus Christ. The premise is that God sends Jesus back to Earth to learn what traits he should have to be more successful this time around from a superhero called Sun Man. Jesus, of course, is upset about the state of the world and Christianity today. There is no mention of Jesus having God-like powers. However, with DC Comics new endeavors, we can probably expect more news down the line from Christian groups when the book hits in March of this year.

Kenny Walker Jr

Movies To Get Excited For In 2019

There’s going to be a lot to get hyped for in the cinema for 2019. We have an eagerly awaited sequel to a 2018 blockbuster, heroes returning to the screen, reboots, mutants, and a new powerhouse to the MCU among other great projects.

ObsidianNomad is going to give you our short take on some of these upcoming projects for 2019. Let us know what you think of the 2019 movie year.

January

11th

Glass – Universal Pictures – Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson

This movie serves as the last part of a trilogy by writer/director M. Night Shyamalan after the two successful films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). Using the same formula as the previous films with the same showrunner and acting talent this will no doubt be a third success.

February

14th

Alita: Battle Angel – 20th Century Fox – Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

Produced by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and directed by Robert Rodriguez this movie is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm. Translation of manga and anime to live action has not always been successful, especially to the fans of the original. Let’s hope this movie can turn things around for that trend.

March

8th

Captain Marvel – Marvel Studios – Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Annette Benning, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

This much anticipated Marvel addition is sure to be a hit. Captain Marvel is a superhero that’s going to bring two well-needed concepts to the MCU: a female lead and Skrulls. One of the things that woke up fans about this movie is the introduction of the alien race to the MCU because of the other possible storylines that can spin out of it. Also, we get the return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson back to the MCU where he belongs

29th

Dumbo – Walt Disney Pictures – Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin

The classic Disney animation is coming to live action with some great acting talent on the screen. With the names listed above, it would be conceivable that the movie will be a hit. However, with Tim Burton directing, there is a chance that the classic will take an unrecognizable dark turn as Tim Burton remake projects tend to do sometimes. I’m already a little put off that this movie is not coming from the animal point of view and seems to be more focused on the humans around him. Surprisingly enough he has not called on his main go-to actor Johnny Depp to fill yet another over animated part.

April

5th

Shazam – Warner Bros. Pictures – Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Djimon Hounsou

Another addition to the DCU has come and taking a hint from the trailers it seems to be along a much lighter tone than previous DCU projects. Hopefully, director David Sandberg and writers Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke can maintain the upswing Aquaman has begun to set the DCU towards. Although to some, it looks too campy, hopefully, a lighter tone will revive whatever Warner Bros. and DC Films are trying to do with these properties

12th

Hellboy – Summit Entertainment – David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim

Based on the Dark Horse Comics character this movie is a reboot with David Harbour taking over the title role. Directed by Neil Marshall, this movie seems to be taking a darker and gorier turn as it was given an R rating. Hopefully, this works out for them and is well received by fans.

19th

Avengers: Endgame – Marvel Studios – Far too many stars for us to list. Know that just about every person you have seen in the MCU since the first Iron Man movie will probably be showing up here.

This is it. Endgame. After over a year wait, we get to see the aftermath of the mad God, Thanos’, snap. Now we are not stupid and there’s not total suspense on this. Due to their success and already knowing that there will be a sequel to their first movies, we know Black Panther, Spiderman, and Dr Strange will come back and be survivors. The question is how this all unfolds. We also await the reunion of Captain America and Iron Man after the events in Captain America: Civil War. Most importantly, we will be looking for a post humorous appearance from the late great father of comics, Stan Lee.

May

10th

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – Warner Bros. Pictures – Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe 

Directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlman, this adaption is taken from the video game and is an American and Japanese joint project. With a different, more adult take on the character and Ryan Reynolds voicing the lead character this may be the cult hit of 2019.

24th

Aladdin – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures – Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzan, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar

The second live-action remake of a Disney classic in 2019 this one directed by Guy Richie and written by John August and Venessa Taylor. Aladdin has been an animated movie with a sequel, a cartoon series, and a Broadway play so a live-action remake will be filling a big shoe. I like Naomi Scott from Lemonade Mouth and Power Rangers and think she will make a perfect Jasmine and I’m hoping Will Smith can deliver as the Genie which is a big shoe to fill within the movie itself.

31st

Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Warner Bros. Pictures – Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance

Directed and written by Michael Dougherty, King of the Monsters will be the sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie. This movie marks Millie Bobby Brown’s debut in a feature film and judging from her work on Netflix’s Stranger Things I doubt she will be overshadowed by the enormous monsters such as Godzilla and Mothra.

June

7th

Dark Phoenix – 20th Century Fox – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, 20th Century Fox is taking another shot at redeeming the mess they have made of one of the most cherished franchises in comic book history. As a true X-Men fan from the comics, I’m not sure how this is going to work in one two-hour movie especially without any involvement from the Mastermind, The Hellfire Club, The Shi’ar and the Imperial Guard. But once again, 20th Century Fox takes its own liberties. So glad they let Ryan Reynolds have more say in the Deadpool movies.

14th

Men in Black: International – Sony Pictures – Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Najiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

This spin-off to the hit trilogy is directed by F. Gary Grey and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. MIB International utilizes the chemistry and success Hemsworth and Thompson shared on Thor: Ragnarok. The only cameo connection you get from the previous films is Emma Thompson reprising her role as O from MIB III and the alien worms.

July

5th

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Sony Pictures – Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson

This sequel collaboration with Sony and Marvel Studios is directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The two things that stick out to me is that apparently, Peter Parker survives the snap and Tony Stark is not mentioned as prominently as he was in the first movie. Hmmmm.

19th

The Lion King – Walt Disney Pictures – Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, James Earl Jones

Another live action adaption of a Disney classic, this one directed by Jon Favreau. From the trailer, the special effects look awesome. Bonus: James Earl Jones will be back in his role as Mufasa from the original animated movie. That alone is enough to put me in the theatre.

August

2nd

The New Mutants – 20th Century Fox – Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga

Directed by Josh Boone and written by him along with Knate Lee this does not seem to take the typical mutant superhero theme as past X franchise movies. I’m hesitant on this as I feel 20th Century Fox does not handle these properties correctly. I remember picking up the first New Mutants graphic novel and reading the comic until it became X-Force and beyond. You can not do a proper New Mutants film without heavily involving the actual X-Men in some capacity.

October

4th

Joker Warner Bros. Pictures – Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Shea Whigham

I realize a lot of people are looking forward to this movie but this movie being unconnected to the current DCU storylines makes this movie ridiculous to me. Remember that Venom movie without the main hero Spiderman? How do you expect to make a movie around a villain whose origins take place around an action from his main hero nemesis Batman? Directed by Todd Phillips and written by him and Scott Silver, I hope this movie is as good as Joaquin Phoenix looks as the main character.

November

1st

Terminator 6 – Paramount Pictures – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalie Reyes, Diego Boneta

Linda Hamilton was one of the nicest celebrities I have ever met at a comic con and for that, I hope her return to the franchise is a success. However, I’m not sure how many times we can tell this story. This is to be a sequel from the first two Terminator movies and skipping over the television show and the other movies because they are on alternate timelines. Yeah, really. This potential disaster will be directed by Tim Miller and written by David S Goyer. The people who made Back to the Future knew when to let the timeline flux disruption thing go, why can’t these people. SMH

8th

Sonic the Hedgehog – Paramount Pictures – Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Jim Carrey

2019 seems to be the year to turn any animated cartoon or movie into live action as Jeff Fowler takes his turn at directing Sonic and Patrick Casey, Josh Miller, and Oren Uziel take their hand at penning the hedgehog’s adventures. I think the bigger buzz of this movie will be how Jim Carrey will overact the main villain, Dr. Robotnik.

Kingsman: The Great Game 20th Century Fox – Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Daniel Bruhl, Harris Dickinson, Zander James

Another installment of the franchise directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by him, Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Currently, in production, this movie is set before the first movie to show us how The Secret Service came to be what it is.

December

20th

Star War: Episode IX – Walt Disney Studios – Like the Avengers movie earlier this year there are just too many actors to mention. Rest assured that the usual suspects will return for another space odyssey.

Directed and written by J. J. Abrams, two points stick out to me: I finally get the return of Billy Dee Williams to the franchise as Lando Calrissian as I have been waiting for since the Force Returns and Carrie Fisher has some unseen footage that will be used. I suspect that her real-life death will be explained and done tastefully.

Kenny Walker Jr

The Top 10 Super Friends of Comics

Even superheroes need friends. This week we have put together the top 10 list of super buddies in comics. This is a list of characters who are known to hang together and be friends outside of their adventures together.

10. Juggernaut & Black Tom Cassidy

We are going to start with two super villains because even the bad guys need friends. In a world where most villains do not trust each other and are known for stabbing each other in the back, Black Tom and Kane Marko are known for putting their friendship first before any devilish plot or revenge.

9. Misty Knight & Colleen Wing

The coolest women of the comic book world had to make this list. For years they served as supporting characters in Power Man and Iron Fist known to many as Daughters of the Dragon. Their friendship was the shining moments in the Netflix Iron Fist season 2 series.

8. Wonder Man & The Beast

These two characters created the bromance in comics. With both characters having very different backstories, they came together in the Avengers books. They laughed together, partied together, and most importantly fought together.

7. Harlequin & Poison Ivy

These gal pals are the feminine side of the underworld. They have teamed up for various criminal endeavors and became friends. The depths of their friendship were last explored in the current Heroes in Crisis storyline where Poison Ivy is believed to have been a victim of the carnage that sets off the event.

6. Blue Beatle & Booster Gold

The blue and gold. This duo provided much humor and heroics with the Justice League. Whether it be trying to use their superhero status to pick up women or for a get rich quick scheme, these characters are one of the main reasons you read Justice League and Justice League International in the 90s.

5. Power Man & Iron Fist

Luke Cage and Danny Rand are two heroes who come through for each other no matter what. Whether they are Heroes for Hire or Avengers they continue to have each other’s back. Unfortunately, this relationship was not played out to its fullest on the Netflix series.

4. Green Lantern & Green Arrow

Who is your friend? That dude that travels the highways and byways of the land with you to get you back in touch with your humanity. That’s exactly what Green Arrow did for Green Lantern. They traveled America to experience real-world problems and the showed how each character responded differently.

3. The Human Torch & Spiderman

At a time when Marvel was young, it had young heroes. Two of the youngest were Peter Parker and Johnny Storm. It would only stand to reason that’s these two would become best friends. Their friendship would even have Spiderman replace Human Torch in the Fantastic Four when everyone believed he was dead.

2. Captain America & The Falcon

There were so many heroes we could have paired Cap up with. Winter Soldier/ Bucky. Iron Man. However, since they shared a book together this seemed like the obvious choice. Sam Wilson is such a friend to Steve Rogers that he took up his mantle as Captain America when asked.

1. Batman & Superman

Number one is the super friends that they make movies about. Even if it’s not a good movie. Superman and Batman are the oldest set of friends on this list. They have been on a multitude of adventures together and lead the Justice League. They have trusted each other like brothers and fought each other like enemies. Their names are synonymous with each other.

Let us know what you think of our list and what super friends you would add.

Kenny Walker