Thursday, January 15, 2015

Avengers Age Of Ultron Trailer # 2

What's up folks, check out the new Avengers 2 trailer.
What can i say that i haven't said already?

This movie is going to be amazing, great, bad,epic, one of the greatest Marvel films to date? I mean man, What more can I say about this film other than, May 1st needs to hurry up and get here!!!

I do however have one question , who is the mystery lady, that is shown twice by my count in this trailer, hmmm?
 Stay tuned!!

Avengers Age Of Ultron Trailer # 2

What's up folks, check out the new Avengers 2 trailer.
What can i say that i haven't said already?

This movie is going to be amazing, great, bad(good bad) , epic, one of the greatest Marvel films to date? I mean man, What more can I say about this film, other than May 1st needs to hurry up and get here!!!

I do however have one question , who is the mystery lady that is shown twice by my count in this trailer, hmmm?
 Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ant-Man Shows up Big in New Trailer!

Alright, I am officially sold on how successful Marvel's Ant-Man will be, super excited about this trailer. Marvel strikes again in making such an off the wall character work on the big screen. I said it about the 
Guardians of the Galaxy and I will say it about this film, it will be a huge hit! I mean come on man the power of Ant-Man includes shrinking to a size of an Ant, but it looks awesome.

The trailer supports my belief that the inclusion of 
Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) gives the film a strong veteran presence with Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) offering up the comedic side, along with his ability to act. This film absolutely looks like a comic book come to life within the cinematic tone that the Marvel universe has created, seeing the classic image of Ant-Man riding on a “flying Ant” speaks true to what the character represents in the comics. This will be yet another slam dunk for Marvel.

Ant-Man shrinks into theaters May 1, 2015. 
Ant-Man shrinks into theaters May 1, 2015. 

Also Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer #2 coming on the 12th Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Farewell to an ESPN Legend

As we continue to move forward into 2015 I was saddened by the news that ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott died this morning at the age of 49. He has been battling cancer for years now, but never let it kill or destroy his spirit to live or inspire. He is survived by two daughter Taelor 19 and Sydni 15. As someone who grew up watching and playing Basketball, I always look forward to watching him commentate over my Chicago Bulls highlights, things I still have to his day. The style, energy, street lingo he brought to ESPN totally defined a new era and absolutely changed ESPN forever. He bought such a style that had never been seen before the symbolic nature in how he would commentate over highlights for any sport, or when Hosting sports shows will forever stay with. 
Below is one of my old Chicago Bulls highlights with Stuart doing his thing.

This once again shows me how each and every day is a true gift and it is up to me, to all of is to live each day come what may with all the joy , hope and faith we can because tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Thank you Stuart, for serving as an inspiration to us all, rest in peace man.

Marvelous 2015

Happy New Year, I am so excited to see what another year has in store for us all. Last year we witnessed some exciting movies and TV adventures with Captain America: The Winter Solider, the surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy, Arrow launching its third season, Gotham coming on the scene and Flash becoming an instant hit.
The most anticipated film of 2015 is none other than AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTORN, this film will no doubt be another milestone for Marvel to place in their ever so amazing utility belt (sorry Batman). The trailer is set to hit the airwaves January 12th (only a few days from now); I feel this will give us our first cinematic look at Vision seeing as he was not shown in the film’s first trailer.  Then we have Marvel launching its Netflix universe which ties directly into its cinematic universe. I was extremely impressed with the shows incorporating characters such Luke Cage who was recently casted, Mike Colter, who is featured in films such as the video game cult classic brought to the big screen Halo as well as other films The Following and Good Wife. From what I have seen from Colter, and judging from fan reaction, I feel this is a solid choice for Cage; although I was really wanting Terry Crews as I feel he fits the Luck Cage role to a tee; however trust Marvel as Colter will do this role justice. 

I have long awaited Cage’s arrival to the Marvel’s cinematic universe and now they are making this a reality. Not only does it add more diversity, but a different type of hero: no nonsense, street smart guy who was wrongly convicted of a crime, and through it all after his time in prison rose above all his challenges to become one of the most pivotal characters within Marvel. For those of you who do not know, he took up the leadership of the Avengers during Captain America’s death and he was at the forefront of Marvel’s huge comic events Civil War, Secret Invasion as well as World War Hulk. I have been a fan of Cage from back in the day when he had the afro and steel tiara, when he used to call  himself Power Man. Cage is set to debut in the “AKA Jessica Jones” series which has casted Kryten Ritter as Jones. He will then spin-off into his own series.
The official synopsis of the AKA Jessica Jones series reads:
During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage - a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Cage definitely deserves to be seen not only on the small screen but that of the cinematic universe as well; something I think will happen as Marvel has its huge massive event with Infinity Wars 1 and 2 in 2017 and 2018.  I feel we will see some of everybody within these films from Avengers to Guardian of the Galaxy to Agents of Shield (well at least director Coulson).
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones will form the Defenders, which is absolutely an amazing idea to incorporate a second team of Avengers to the mix. First up to launch the Netflix run is Daredevil which is set to air this year. I mark this as a must see for me.

One major thing I hope to see in 2015 from Marvel would be to bring back Spider-man, there has been a lot of speculation on what is to become of the Spider-man franchise moving forward as there has been talk that ol’ web head could possibly return to the Marvel Universe in time to be in Captain America Civil War due out in 2016. Bottom line: Sony has had its chance with the character; Marvel on the other hand- look at their track record; it’s like Michael Jordan verses someone who doesn’t know how to play basketball, you know who is better. Moving forward with all the creative magic Marvel has with all its properties thus far Spider-Man belongs with the MCU, keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned

Have a safe and Prosperous New Year!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Marvelous Mid Season Finale

Week before last I received an early Christmas present, the Flash vs. Arrow crossover episodes which were absolutely on point from beginning to end with a rich and exciting story. The character’s stories continue to be developed and grown to even greater heights. One of my most favorite thing was the relationship between Oliver and Barry more like an older brother (Oliver) looking to teach his younger brother (Barry). Flash and Arrow is DC’s answer to those who will go see Batman vs. Superman who question if Batman will be able to hold his own against a super powered being; the Arrow was very strategic in his battle with Flash whose mind had been turned into that of one filled with rage.

Let’s get into the other BIG gifts that were given in the form of some exciting mid-season finale in the form of Flash, Agents of Shield and Arrow. Before I start ranking the three show I will say that this is truly a comic fan’s dream to see what is staring to develop outside the big screen as the Flash, Arrow and Shield have started something that is beginning to catch on as there are already other made for TV comic inspired shows in the works such as Titians which will be featured on TNT in 2015, Super Girl, as well as Syfy Krypton written by The Dark Knight and Man of Steel writer David Goyer; this is not even mentioning the Marvel Netflix series that are on their way in Daredevil , Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Now let’s get down to ranking the surprising seasons finale, which had the internet buzzing

#3 Agents of Shield “What They Become”

The big mystery, besides explaining how Director Coulson was resurrected from the dead after Avengers has been who and what is Skye (Chloe Bennet). Rumors have been reported throughout the internet suggesting that she is an alien, those questions were answered as she is “Daisy” aka Quake and her father is Hyde. The show’s finale played out very well with the action as well as the drama, as the Shield team sought to uncover the mystery surrounding the lost alien city. I feel this is one of many bases of operation for the Inhumans who are set to make their cinematic debut as part of phase 3 of films. When touching the ancient relic  “true self” was reveled, however the show did not go without a tragic loss of a Shield member in Agent Trip. It was bit surprising to see him die in the chamber while the ancient relic released its power, but I will have to say I never really could get into his character. I always felt that I could not get info his portrayal of the character, but with that being said I bid farewell to Trip (B.J. Britt).

What is next to come for the Shield crew? How will Skye cope with her new found heritage of power that she has come to know(her farther reveled to her  in so many words that her Mom was that of alien origin)? How has Mac (Henry Simons) recovered from being possessed by the ancient temples power well falling down into its sanctuary? Will he retain any of the alien power that he has been exposed to? How will all of this tie into the man without any eyes who is shown at the end of the episode who has a similar relic that Skye was exposed to in the ancient temple? Many are speculating that he is a part of the Inhuman society. All of these questions will hopefully be answered when Shield comes back after a very long hiatus come March. Everything that Shield has brought to the table in season two has definitely been a continuation of the steam it picked up during season one’s last eight episodes. I look forward to being surprised in how all of this ties even more into the Inhumans as well as Avengers Age of Ultron.

#2 The Flash “Man in the Yellow Suit”

This episode was at the time my #1 mid-season finale episodes until I was knocked on my butt by Arrow, however Flash absolutely brought it. We finally got to see Flash face off against the mysterious man in Yellow who not only killed his, mother but framed his father in the process. You clearly see in this episode that Barry has a ways to go before he really becomes Flash as his fighting skills leave a lot to be desired as the Reverse Flash kicked his butt all throughout the episode. This is something Oliver sought to teach Barry during the crossover, the need to hone his skills and 
technique, and not just rely on speed, Barry will find at some point in his
crime fighting career. Now back the events for the finale, the episode played out very well aside from too many Iris scenes that I feel hurts the show, too much time is spent on a character that should be more in the background. We saw Barry finally admitting his feelings to Iris, something her boyfriend Eddie Thawn had presumed. Rumors are that Eddie will turn to be more than just a cop, but possibly one of the shows villains,

 which explains why when the Reverse Flash broke out of the security field team flash had encased him, he just looked at Thawn without attacking him; but attacked everyone else in the room, I’m sure more is to come on this. The most jaw dropping moment at the end when you find that Dr. Wells is apparently the Reverse Flash. How he is able to be in two places at once? I felt that was explained when it seemed that he uses the classic Flash ring to place his essence within the Reverse Flash custom to do his bidding while he remains around the rest of the crew as Dr. Wells. I was happy to see what I always thought at the end during the big reveal on who is the Reverse Flash, I was even more intrigued when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) mentioned to Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) that during their examination of the battle between Barry and the Reverse Flash that there might have been two Flashes the night of Barry’s mother’s murder, which begs the question who was the other. My theory is that Flash’s father, who actually portrayed the Flash in the 1990s, will turn out to be an older Flash like the one in the comic who sports the metal helmet and jeans. I feel that despite his efforts he was not able to save his wife that night and in terms bear that burden while in prison. I feel that even though he did not kill her, he feels he was unable to save her, leaving him with the notion that he actually did that night as well.

Things got really hot (pun intended) when Firestorm Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) appeared on the scene to stop the Reverse Flash from killing the Flash. Ronnie who is Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) fiancĂ©, who was presumed dead the night of the particle explosion which gave so many around the city meta –human abilities. Either way this story wraps up by the end of the season I am sure it will take all the excitement and mystery surrounding the mid-season finale and turn it up a notch to even greater heights. This show is absolutely a hit and I feel it will only get better with its villains (Gorilla Grodd anyone?) as well as with its heroes as I look forward to seeing Firestorm join team Flash, once he gets his head together as the accident has his mid fused with yet another individual in Doctor Martin Stein (Victor Garber), which has him acting a bit crazy and confused for the time being.

Things I am looking forward to as the second half of the season unfolds: Another crossover, the debut of Gorilla Grodd, the Flash team or someone finding out who and what Doctor Wells is and his grand plan, Flash’s father being released from prison and maybe showcasing his own meta human ability. There is so much to look forward to and so many surprises that the show’s producers have yet to reveal. Flash races back into action January 20.

#1 Arrow “The Climb”

The Arrow mid-season finale had the internet buzzing with shock, awe, upset as well as excitement for what this could all mean down the road. If you are wondering what in the world I am talking about, well let’s start first with what absolutely shocked and left me stunned: the reveal of Sara’s (the original Canary) killer. The first episode of this season saw Sara (Caity Lotz) who was a member of the League of Assassins killed. She was fatally shot in the stomach with three arrows falling to her death. The result has lead Team Arrow on a hunt for the killer throughout the season. The death of Sara has also inspired Laurel (her sister) to train with Wildcat and become the new Canary, something we will see once the show resumes. 

Mid-season finales call for big reveals and man did it give me something. I have been impressed with how Oliver’s flashbacks are strategically used to help explain and fill in the gaps for how he became who we see in present day , which is what happened when Oliver found out about the power of mind control through a substance which has come back to haunt him in present day. His sister Thea (Willa Holland), who at the end of season two went away with her father Malcolm Merlyn, after dealing with a series of things that were kept from her on top of her mother’s death at the hands of Deathstroke. In leaving with Malcolm, Thea has grown to do as well as become all that she despised in Oliver, Roy and her Mother and that is not being honest and keeping secrets. She has received training from Malcolm which Oliver finds when confronting Thea during this episode, but the biggest find for team Arrow was that it was Thea who killed Sara via the mind control substance. To kill two birds with one stone Malcolm exposed the mind control to get the League of Assassins off his back as they have been looking to kill him for his apparent dishonor that he had brought upon them when attempting to destroy the City in season one as well as the thought by Sara’s former lover Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Nyssa. Malcolm always seemingly a step ahead had video surveillance of Sara’s killing, threatening to send to Ra’s al Ghul, leaving Oliver only one alternative (in his mind) and that was to follow Malcolm’s advice in challenging Ra’s al Ghul to a blood oath by saying that it was he who killed Sara, something that Nyssa as well as Maseo Yamashire(Karl Yune) one his allies from this season flashbacks in Tokyo who has now joined the League of Assassins.

Oliver’s decision leads to his much anticipated confrontation with the man named “The Head of the Demon”. When it was apparent that this battle would actually play out I wondered how Oliver would fair against him. Ra’s is Batman’s most dangerous foe; he is someone who in many battles has pushed Batman to his limits. Oliver is highly skilled, but he is not Batman although in this incarnation he seems close, however no way he should win this battle and in staying true to Ra’s’ abilities Oliver does not win and is killed during the battle’s epic climatic conclusion. The events of the battle had me shocked as hell although I knew that if no one stopped the fight that it should end with Oliver being knocked out or killed which is what happen, and in doing so opens many possibilities for the show moving forward.

First this bring about the notion of the Lazarus pit something I felt was strongly hinted when Ra’s inform Oliver that he had not been challenged to a Blood Oath duel in 67 years. For those of you who do not know what the Lazarus pit does, it is a pool of seemingly magical water which grants extended youth throughout the years even decades as long as they continue to bath in its waters; the pit’s waters can also resurrect the dead, a storyline that was used primarily in Batman story involving Jason Todd who took on the mantle of Robin for a short period of time, however it was cut short when the Joker killed him. Jason was resurrected from the Pit’s waters; however it left him mentally damage. Before I go more into the death of Oliver by Ra’s I will say that this show has been tip toeing over Batman, when you hear Ra’s al Ghul you think Batman, at some point I think this show will have to at least have a cameo from Bruce Wayne to give a wink to how there are other cities with heroes such as Oliver which Arrow has been pushing to the Flash as well as its other heroes they have introduced such as Wildcat, Canary , Arsenal, Flash , Atom, and Firestorm. Even if they cannot have Batman in costume I think it is only fair to at least include the heroes in there civilian attire on the show such as a Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Stay tuned.

The apparent death of Oliver (for the time being) should be milked to the fullest just as in the comics the deaths of Superman (Death of Superman) and even Batman (Battle for the Cowl).  This will undoubtedly give other cast members their time to shine such as Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) who gave us a glimpse into what drives him, which was told in a great way as the show’s producers connected last season Mirakura soldier attack to what has secretly led Ray to create the much talked about Atom Exo suite to become yet another hero for Starling City. Palmers explained during this episode that his wife was killed by one of its soldiers. I feel this will give Ray his time to show off his ability as well as possibly lead team Arrow. We will also see the debut of Black Canary thanks to her training by Wildcat who I hope to see as well during Oliver’s absence. Then there is Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) aka Arsenal Oliver’s sidekick, he will no doubt seek to honor Oliver by carrying out the fight against crime and corruption in Starling City.

As shocking as Oliver’s death was at the end of this episode this is also exciting to explore a world without the Arrow and how the heroes cope. How will this effect Arrow’s closest comrades Diggle (David Ramsey) or Felicity(Emily Bett Rickards)?This will truly give the show a new dynamic moving forward , something I absolute look forward to seeing. We all know that like many in the comics who have died before such as Batman, Superman and Captain America they never stay dead, the Arrow will return.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flash vs Arrow

On Tuesday, we will be treated to an event that will go down as one of the all time best comic book related depictions to date when we witness the two crossover event between Arrow and the Flash.  Arrow is the show that brought me back to actually watching TV again, after seeing what season one brought to the table and seeing how epic season two turned out, I became a fan. The tone and feel is reminiscent of the Dark Knight Trilogy. With the success of Arrow came the Flash starring Grant Gustin.  Flash has become an instant success and is ranked one of the hottest TV shows; the episode the “Scientist” still ranks among my top favorite Arrow episodes. The Flash show has proven to me that there is no limit to how great this show can be

I am extremely impressed with the characters and plots that the Flash has brought to the table. Fans will soon be treated to Flash finally confronting the Reverse Flash in episode 9, who is responsible for not only killing his mother but framing his father in the process. Then there is the Gorilla Grodd teaser during episode one when you saw a broken cage with Grodd’s name on display to the side. We also saw various meta humans that Barry has faced off against during the show thanks to Dr. Wells who is responsible for the partial Accelerator explosion which not only gave Flash his powers  but a number of Meta Humans. My favorite meta human villain has to be the guy who turns himself into toxic gas.

In the Arrow’s last episode we finally saw Ray Plamer (Brandon Routh) looking at his designs for his exo-suit that he will gear up in at some point in this season as the Atom. The Arrow and Roy Harper “Arsenal” have formed their own version of the dynamic duo like that of Batman and Robin, which is one of the highlights of the season thus far. 

We already have been witness to “Wild Cat” played by JR Ramirex as the episode titled “Wild Cat” is by far my favorite of the season. Wild Cat is now training Laurel who will become the new Black Canary this season in tribute of her fallen sister Sara. Another DC hero is shown on display through Ollie’s flashback scenes of his time in Tokyo in the form of Katanna played by The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima. The last episode of Arrow we got a chance to see just how deadly she is with katanna blades no doubt we will see her in the present time for future team up. The Arrow is creating something pretty special for fans.

Next week Arrow vs. Flash will kick off the 2 day event which will feature both the Flash and Arrow teaming up for the first time since Barry has gained his extraordinary powers. This event will include a little treat for the fans in the form of a one on one fight between Arrow and the Flash. I do not forsee this being a real drawn out fight, maybe a little battle between the two in the form of mind control from someone or maybe for training purposes because we do see Arrow attempting to train Barry in the trailer; let’s face it The Flash is fast, but the boy cannot fight; he can definitely use some sort of training from the Arrow. Both Arrow and Flash teams will work together to track down a super powered villain, who is also created from the particle explosion. At the end of the latest episode for the Arrow we saw Captain Boomerang (George Harkness) in action who will be the featured villain in one of the crossovers. 

The Arrow vs Flash will be followed up by “Brave and the Bold” which will see Oliver and his camp visiting Central City to stop yet another evil doer. Although plot lines and specifics have been under wraps this show will be a favorite to mine because they are doing what the DC cinematic universe has yet to do and that’s create a Universe that makes sense and one that you can truly appreciate with the characters they have portraying these heroes. Make no mistake, at some point we will see a huge team up with all the with Black Canary , Arsenal, Black Cat, The Arrow ,Atom, Katanna and even Fire Storm (who will debut soon on the Flash). Utilizing a shared Universe brings about so many exciting possibilities that I can’t wait to see. Stay tuned. In a one on one battle I have the Arrow picked, but overall both win as the Arrow and the Flash are off to an amazing run.  Leave a comment and let me know who you would predict in a fight: Arrow vs. Flash.