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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.

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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 Super Bowl XLVI Commercial (Extended)

6 Feb

 

Here it is, sports fans. Enjoy!

10 Future Scenarios Worse than a Sarah Palin Presidency

5 Nov

Does the prospect of Sarah Palin in the White House scare you? Comic books show us it could be much, much worse.

Following gains by the Republicans in the US House of Representatives during the recent mid-term elections, there is renewed speculation that Sarah Palin will emerge as the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2012. While there are many who are elated by this prospect, the possibility of a Palin presidency is causing concern both from within the Democratic Party and the GOP itself.

Relax, people! Let’s put this possible future into perspective. Those of us who have read comic books all our lives are no strangers to disastrous futures. Here’s a list of my favorite future scenarios … all of which are far worse than having a self-described “Mama Grizzly” as leader of the world’s most powerful nation:

10. The Kamandi future

Sometime in the future, most of the human race is wiped out in a calamity known only as the “Great Disaster”. Intelligent animals (who now walk upright like humans) become the dominant life forms, including gorilla, tiger, lion, rat and dog men. Humans regress into a more primitive state and are used mainly as slave labor by their animal masters.

This is the world of Kamandi, the last boy on Earth, first published in 1972 (DC Comics).

9. The Judge Dredd future


Following nuclear holocaust, mankind is forced to live in over-crowded “Mega-Cities” because what’s left of the US is an irradiated wasteland called the “Cursed Earth”. Crime is rampant and the cities are policed only by “Street Judges” (like the hero) who have the power to arrest, sentence and even execute those they deem criminals on the spot.

Judge Dredd first appeared in the British science fiction anthology 2000 AD in 1977.

8. Days of Future Past

A group of mutants assassinate a US Senator, prompting the government to activate the Sentinels, deadly giant robots, who then decide that the only way to eradicate the mutant threat is to take over the government. Thousands of mutants, super-powered humans and ordinary humans alike are slaughtered in the process. The survivors are herded into concentration camps.

We saw a glimpse of this future in “Days of Future Past”, X-Men #141-142, published in 1981 (Marvel Comics).

7. The Hellboy Apocalypse 

The elder gods known as the Ogdru Jahad invade the earth from their hellish dimension and sweep over the planet, killing everyone. Hellboy fulfills his role as the Anung Un Rama (the Beast of the Apocalypse), ushering in the End of the World.

Hellboy’s role in the Apocalypse was first foretold (though not actually played out) in the first miniseries Hellboy: Seed of Destruction in 1994 (Dark Horse Comics). We also got a glimpse of these scenes in the first Hellboy movie.

6. The Dark Knight Returns future

The Cold War never ends, criminal gangs run wild in the cities and the US government is a fascist state with Ronald Reagan as President. All super-hero activity has been declared illegal, except for a certain blue and red-clad Kryptonian who operates in secret on the orders of the government.

This future was seen through the eyes of an elderly Bruce Wayne, forced out of retirement in The Dark Knight Returns, published in 1986 (DC Comics).

5. The Kingdom Come future

Super-human activity reaches its apex. Battles between meta-humans spill out daily onto the streets of America’s cities, without heed to property damage or civilian casualties. The conflict erupts into full civil war, prompting the United Nations to order a nuclear bomb dropped on American soil.

These events were chronicled in the miniseries Kingdom Come, published in 1996 (DC Comics).

4. The Y: The Last Man future

A mysterious plague wipes out every living mammal possessing a Y chromosome — including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. The only survivors are a male New York resident and his pet monkey. The survivors (all women) must deal with what remains of the world, including humanity’s impending extinction.

This future was depicted in Y: The Last Man, published in 2002 (Vertigo / DC Comics).

3. The OMAC future


Sometime in the future, a catastrophe puts an end to civilization as we know it. Cities lie in ruin and zombie-like monsters roam the subways. The world is policed by the Global Peace Agency and its single super-human operative, code name: One Man Army Corps (OMAC).

OMAC: One Man Army Corps was first published in 1974 (DC Comics).

2. A Better World

Lex Luthor is elected President of the United States and then assassinated by none other than Superman. The Justice League then decides to take over the United States government, running the country as a police state. They then change their name to the Justice Lords.

This alternate future was shown in the two-part “A Better World” from the Justice League cartoon TV series in 2003.

1. The Old Man Logan future

In the not-too-distant future, the United States is taken over and divided between a number of super-villains, namely Doctor Doom, Magneto, the Red Skull and the Abomination. (The latter’s territory is then seized by the Hulk.) Most of the population, including the super-heroes, is dead and most of the US is now a barren wasteland.

We saw this future through the eyes of an elderly Logan (aka Wolverine) in the miniseries Wolverine: Old Man Logan, published in 2008 (Marvel Comics).


Captain America: The First Avenger – All You Need to Know

10 Sep

Looking for news / rumors / leaks about the upcoming Captain America movie? Grumpy Fanboy does it for you.

If you’re like me, you’ve waited for decades in frustration for a decent on-screen adaptation of Captain America. You’ve thrilled to Cap throwing his mighty shield in the original cartoon. You’ve also grimaced through the live action attempts that followed, from the helmet-wearing, plastic shield-bearing 1970s television series to the more faithful but still clumsy straight-to-video 1990 production.

This time our hopes are actually high because the upcoming Captain America: the First Avenger (target release date: July 2011) is coming to us from the same people who have (so far) delivered two excellent Iron Man films and have a grandmaster plan to assemble all their main characters, including Cap, the Hulk (released June 2008) and Thor (due in May 2011) in a star-studded Avengers film in the summer of 2012.

With Captain America still 10 months away, only so much information has been released officially. Here’s what any self-respecting fanboy needs to know:

THE CAST

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America – He played Johnny Storm / the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. I would not have picked him myself but I remain hopeful because he’s charismatic enough and has proven he can do physical roles (The Losers, Push).

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull – Best known as Agent Smith from The Matrix trilogy and Elrond from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I have no doubt he can capably pull off the role of Cap’s arch-nemesis.

Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

Tommy Lee Jones as Col Chester Phillips

Stanley Tucci as Dr Abraham Erskine

Sebastian Stan as James ‘Bucky’ Barnes

Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan

Toby Jones as Arnim Zola

JJ Field as Montgomery Falsworth

What the casting reveals about the story:

With so many well known actors playing characters like Peggy Carter, Col Philips, Dr Erskine and Bucky, you can guess that much – if not most – of the film will take place during World War II, when Cap first became active. Arnim Zola’s casting indicates there will be more than one villain and hints at the involvement of the criminal organization HYDRA. Falsworth is the first of many in the comic books to wear the costume of Union Jack, Britain’s own version of Captain America. Will Union jack make an appearance? Finally, Barnes becomes Cap’s sidekick in the comics. Will Bucky be in costume and meet an untimely death towards the War’s end?

The presence of Tony Stark’s dad and Nick Fury underlines that this story is part of the same continuity as the Iron Man films. Sam Jackson as Fury (with no casting announcements about a younger Fury) tells us that a good chunk of the film will be set in the present, though it’s hard to tell whether his appearance will be as brief as in previous films. The presence of Dum Dum Dugan, Fury’s second-in-command at SHIELD, also suggests more modern-day scenes.

IMDb also lists Bruce Willis, Nicholas Cage and Helen Mirren as part of the cast, though their roles have not been listed. (IMDb has made bad calls before so this should be considered just a rumor.)

THE COSTUME

Artist renditions of Cap’s new costume first began surfacing last June.  The suit is more reminiscent of the Cap from Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, rather than the classic Cap outfit with wings on the mask and shirt made of chain mail.

In contrast, an eyewitness account by an extra describes Chris Evans in costume, though the version he saw was dramatically different from the ones in the artist renditions. He describes an outfit made of old fashioned materials that did not fit as snugly as in the drawings. This description clashes with Chris Evans’ own description of the suit in an interview with MTV. Most recently, shots of a stunt double in Cap’s costume filming a motorcycle chase sequence have surfaced, showing Cap’s outfit as more loose-fitting than in the drawings.

What these sneak peeks at the costume reveal about the story:

All these imply that we will see not one but several costumes as we follow Cap’s career from his origins in World War II to his being discovered in suspended animation in modern times.

Personally, I would be very happy to see the Jack Kirby-esque Cap suit, no matter how briefly. The new costume design looks great, with updates that make it look like it belongs in the real world. The shield looks beautiful, as it’s pretty faithful to the comic book. But I do miss the little wings in Cap’s temples.

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Grumpy Fanboy’s Top 10 Comic Book Doctors

30 Aug

Comic book heroes and villains alike have earned – or presumptuously adopted – the title “Doctor”, hinting at a capacity for greater for good or for greater evil. Here are the most prominent Doctors in comic books:

10. Doctor Faustus

First appearance: Captain America #107 (Marvel Comics), November 1968

Born Johann Fenhoff in Vienna, Austria, Faustus was a criminal mastermind specializing in psychological methods of combat. In the Marvel universe, he fought the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, and allied himself with other criminals such as the Red Skull.

Why he’s on the list: He was behind the plot to assassinate Cap … and he succeeded!

9. The Doctor

First appearance: The Authority #1 (Wildstorm), May 1999

The Doctors are shamans gifted with elemental powers and assigned to protect the Earth. There is always only one Doctor at any given time and each retains the wisdom and abilities of previous Doctors. The most famous is Jeroen Thornedike, a Dutch heroin addict and a member of The Authority.

Why he’s on the list: The Doctor is among the most powerful beings in comic books, displaying abilities that include telekinesis, gravity control and time manipulation. Linked to the planet itself, his powers are virtually without limit.

8. Doctor Light

First appearance: Justice League of America #12 (DC Comics) June 1962

The most well known Doctor Light, Dr Arthur Light, was a criminal physicist whose hi-tech costume enabled him to manipulate light waves. He was portrayed for years as a relatively minor villain, fighting the Justice League, the Teen Titans and Green Lantern. His criminal associations included the Fearsome Five (a group he founded), the Suicide Squad and the Injustice Gang.

Why he’s on the list: Although often dismissed as a joke by the super-hero fraternity, Doctor Light did play a major role in one of the DC universe’s most pivotal story arcs, Identity Crisis, when it was revealed he once raped Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man. Identity Crisis would lead to breakdowns in relationships between key Justice League members.

7. Doctor Mid-Nite

First appearance: All-American Comics #25 (DC Comics) April 1941

Three heroes have used the name Doctor Mid-Nite. The first and best known, Dr Charles McNider, was a member of the “Golden Age” Justice Society of America, who fought against the Axis powers during World War II and operated as an elderly super-hero throughout several modern-day JSA adventures. His only superhuman power was being able to see in total darkness, which he exploited with the use of “blackout bombs”. McNider died heroically during the Zero Hour crossover story arc.

Why he’s on the list: Doctor Mid-Nite had the distinction of being one of the earliest costumed adventurers to use the title “Doctor”. He was also one of the world’s first blind super-heroes.  (McNider suffered from a condition known as “Day Blindness”.)

6. Doctor Fate

First appearance: More Fun Comics #55 (DC Comics), May 1940

The original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, was a member of the Justice Society of America whose mystical abilities stemmed from the helmet once worn by the ancient wizard Nabu. Like many of his “Golden Age” contemporaries, Fate fought magical enemies and petty criminals alike, battled the Axis powers during World War II, then fell into relative obscurity before being revived together with the “Earth 2”and later the modern-day Justice Society.

Why he’s on the list: Doctor Fate is one of the most powerful mystical beings of the DC universe, playing critical roles in a number of major story arcs. Apart from the many publications, he has also appeared in the Justice League animated series and the live action series Smallville.

5. Doctor Manhattan

First appearance: Watchmen #1 (DC Comics), September, 1986

Doctor Manhattan was a main character in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic graphic novel The Watchmen. As Dr Jon Osterman, he was killed in a lab accident only to be reborn with god-like abilities that allowed him to manipulate matter at the sub-atomic level or alter time itself. In The Watchmen’s alternative timeline, Doctor Manhattan single-handedly changed the course of human history by helping America win the Vietnam War and introduce alternative sources of energy.

Why he’s on the list: He is among the most powerful beings ever portrayed in comic books or in film, boasting even the ability to create life itself.

4. Doctor Strange

First appearance: Strange Tales #110 (Marvel Comics), July 1963

Strange was a former neurosurgeon who, following a career-ending car accident, studied under the powerful sorcerer known only as the Ancient One. While much of his career focuses on protecting humanity from magical threats such as the demon Nightmare, the Dread Dormammu and Baron Mordo, his skills are often tapped by other heroes against world-threatening opponents.

Why he’s on the list: In the Marvel universe, Dr Stephen Strange is “Sorceror Supreme”, the world’s most powerful mystic. The exact limits of his power are unknown, though one of his spells could cause Galactus himself to scream in terror.

3. Doctor Octopus

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics), July 1963

Dr Otto Octavius was a criminal genius accidentally fused to four titanium-steel robotic tentacles in a lab accident. Dubbed Doctor Octopus (or “Doc Ock” to Marvel fans), he is among the best known and persistent Spider-Man villains.

Why he’s on the list: Doctor Octopus ranks #28 among IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Villains Of All Time and is named as a favorite of Stan Lee himself. Doc Ock has battled Spidey in every media he’s appeared in, from the comics, to video games, cartoons and film.

2. Dr Bruce Banner

First appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics), May 1962

Banner is best known as his alter-ego, the Hulk, following accidental exposure to a gamma bomb. Banner has been treated for the most part as a tragic character due to the loss of his very identity when he transforms into the rage-driven Hulk. He has had a wide-ranging career under a number of writers, who have portrayed him as from Avenger, to conqueror of the planet Sakaar, to the dictatorial ruler of a post-apocalyptic North America.

Why he’s on the list: As the Hulk, Banner is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, whose physical strength grows in direct proportion to his anger. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

1. Doctor Doom

First appearance: Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel Comics), July 1962

Dr Victor Von Doom is a criminal genius, accomplished sorceror and sovereign ruler of the Eastern European state of Latveria. His armored suit hides his scarred face, protects him from injury, enables him to fly, grants him superhuman strength and allows him to manipulate energy. In his many attempts at world domination, he has clashed with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and even the X-Men.

Why he’s on the list: Doom is the textbook comic book super-villain: egotistical, obsessively intent on conquering the world and having the resources to do it. His very name “Doctor Doom” is so deeply ingrained in popular culture that it is often used when referring to real-life personalities, from climatologists to economists.

See the greatest Doctors battle it out in my Youtube channel!