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Captain America: the Winter Soldier Trailer #2

2 Feb

Check out the latest 2:30 min trailer for Captain America: the Winter Soldier!

Virtual Action Figures

6 Apr

Some people collect action figures. I collect virtual action figures. 

Freedom Force - Iron Man

All right, I also collect action figures. But nevertheless …

Behold! My Virtual Action Figure collection.

Using the game Freedom Force (Irrational Games, 2002), I have built (or I like to think curated) a collection of character meshes and skins. I’ve always considered it a collection of digital action figures, which I have preserved by meticulously copying files from PC to PC as I’ve upgraded my hardware over the years. Recently I re-installed Freedom Force from Steam and have been spending time with my collection again.

In the run up to Iron Man 3, I am dedicating this entry to ol’ shellhead himself. In my collection I have eight Iron Man suits.

My collection represents heroes from what I consider to be the best age of comic books (i.e. when I was feverishly collecting comic books as a kid in the late 1970s to the late 1980s). Today, one of my favorite pastimes is to run the game in “Watch Mode” and recreate some epic moments from my childhood. In the run up to Iron Man 3, I am dedicating this entry to ol’ shellhead himself.

For example, here’s Iron Man facing off against the Raiders, three mercenaries in the employ of the Cord Conglomerate (a rival of Stark Industries). Here’s that first encounter with the raiders straight out of Iron Man #145 (April, 1981).

What about this classic battle between shellhead and the Titanium Man? (You have to remember that this was during the height of the Cold War. So billionaire/industrialist/super-hero Tony Stark had to have an arch-nemesis who was from the Soviet Union and wore similar hi-tech armor, right?)

For those of you who have only come to know and love Tony since the first movie (Iron Man, 2008), here’s a recreation of Tony in his Mark I armor escaping from the desert camp of the terrorists of the Ten Rings. (I am using the Mark I from the comics, not the movies, by the way.)

Again, for the movie fans … most of you probably don’t know that the alien race called the Chitauri, Loki’s invasion force, was originally just another name for the Skrulls in the Marvel Ultimates universe. Here’s my comic book-style recreation of the movie’s final battle scene, with the shape-shifting Skrulls standing in for the Chitauri. I decided to throw in a special guest star, too!

And finally … the one disappointment from the Avengers movie (The Avengers, 2012) was that we never got to see Iron Man go toe-to-toe with the Hulk. So here’s what might have happened.

(I think the computer gets the outcome right.)

You might have noticed that I have tons of characters in my collection: from Marvel, DC Comics and even some others. Who would you like to see in action? I just might have them in my collection.  Let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

NOTE:

I must emphasize that I am not an animator nor a digital artist. I didn’t create any of these skins or meshes. I owe everything to what the awesome Freedom Force modding community has generously shared on the web for free for over 10 years. Special shout out to folks like the Beyonder, Courtnall6, Tommyboy, Renegade, Grenadier and the gentlemen of Heroforce, who keep Freedom Force modding alive even today. Thank you all!

Avengers Blu-Ray trailer

2 Jul

 

The trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers Blu-Ray special combo pack is out. I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on it, either. A lot of the footage is familiar but I swear there are parts there I’ve never seen before (and I saw the film three times).

The Avengers in Blu-Ray will be out 25 September 2012.

Top 5 Most Improved Superhero Franchises

5 May

Can you imagine David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury? Yes, it really happened. Be happy Samuel L. Jackson replaced him for the Marvel movie francises.

Super hero franchises don’t always get it right the first time. A number of comic book franchises today flopped miserably in their first forays into television and film. Through some trial and error (Captain America with a plastic shield? A Batman suit with nipples?) , various comic-book movies and television shows have gotten their acts together and delivered incarnations that audiences have finally come to embrace.

See the full list published in Yahoo!

 

Here are clips from the Captain America TV movies:

 

Here’s a clip from that awful Justice League live action pilot:

 

And finally, here’s “The Hoff” as Nick Fury:

The Avengers: movie vs comic book

30 Apr

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As a reader of almost four decades, I place a great importance on faithfulness to comic book canon. I winced when Spider-Man spun biological webbing instead of from mechanical web shooters. I groaned at an original X-Men lineup that didn’t include Scott, Jean or Warren. I was furious when Galactus appeared as a formless space cloud.

Where The Avengers (and its forerunners Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger) differ from other super-hero movies is Marvel’s retention of full creative control. That is, unlike most other films based on comic books where the characters are simply licensed to a film studio, they instead remain in the hands of the comic creators at Marvel themselves.

My expectation is that The Avengers should stay true to the original comic book source material like no other film franchise. So does it deliver?

I answer the obvious questions about how the Avengers movie compares to the original comic book source material in this story written by myself and published in Yahoo! 

Join the Avengers!

14 Apr

SingTel allows you to create your personalized Avengers Priority Card

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Get your very own Avengers identity card that grants you access to special offers at retail partners right here in Singapore, including the SingTelShop.

This is for a limited time only so better sign up for one now! Only at SingTel’s Facebook page.

The Avengers opens in Singapore on 1 May 2012.

Avengers Trailer #2

1 Mar

The Avengers opens in Singapore on 1 May 2012.

Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Commercial (Extended)

6 Feb

 

Here it is, sports fans. Enjoy!

Here it is: the first full Avengers trailer

12 Oct

The first Avengers movie trailer shows Loki as the principal villain, a bunch of cars blowing up and tensions flaring between members. It is also probably the coolest two minutes of video on Youtube today.

Avengers will hit screens in Singapore 1 May 2012.

Comic vs Movie: Captain America Trailer

2 Apr

How will the movie Cap differ from the comic book? Grumpy Fanboy goes frame-by-frame on the new Captain America: the First Avenger trailer to see how the film compares to comic book canon.

How frail is the pre-Super Soldier serum Steve Rogers?

Steve Rogers as a 90-pound weakling is disturbingly realistic. It’s amazing how they managed to make Chris Evans look small and frail. Marvel worked with the same special effects wizards that did similar effects in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The scenes showing Steve attempting (and failing) to enlist in the Army should be familiar to most long-time Marvel fans.

Will we see Cap’s sidekick Bucky?

The movie version of James Buchanan Barnes (aka Bucky) is not the camp mascot or teenage sidekick like in the comics. Instead he is the same age as Steve and very much a peer. This scene actually puts Bucky in more of a mentor role to the smaller, less formidable Steve.

Is Operation Rebirth just like in the comics?

For the most part, yes, including the participation of Dr Abraham Erskine (played by Stanley Tucci). One small difference is the link to previous Marvel movies. In particular, Erskine is assisted by Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).

Does Cap’s classic costume make an appearance?

Maybe. Apprently Cap’s costume goes through an evolution of sorts, from the more “soldier costume” look to the more functional armored version. In this shot, we get a glimpse of Cap’s blue jersey underneath his army fatigues. Other images from the production also show Capt with his original shield.

How does the Red Skull look?

Just like in the comics! Though as with the previous teaser trailer, we only see his face for a split-second.

Will the Howling Commandos make an appearance and are they led by Nick Fury?

Yes and no. From the trailer, we see that the Howling Commandos are the elite team of soldiers assigned to work with Cap. (Look! There’s Dum Dum Dugan in his bowler hat & moustache.) But unlike the comics, Bucky seems to be taking up the role Fury played. No sign of Samuel L. Jackson, who played Fury in the Iron Man films, in the World War II scenes.

Does Captain America throw his mighty shield?

Hells, yeah! A few fans were concerned that, because previous footage and photos showed cap carrying a gun, he wasn’t going to throw his shield like in the comics. This trailer lays those fears to rest.

Here we see Cap catching his flying shield …

Throwing it …

And we see the shield carom off the walls just like in the comics.

Woohoo! I’m excited. What about you? Captain America opens in Singapore on 4 August 2011. Click here for release dates in your market.