Franchise Wars

With the release of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer dropping earlier this week, and the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi due out in a few days, nerd-dom is at its highest of levels right now. And while I cannot wait to see The Last Jedi in theaters on opening day, I’ve come to realize that I am more excited for Avengers than I am for Star Wars.

To some, this may seem sacrilegious. The franchises aren’t even in the same category or genre. How can they even be compared?

Earlier this week, Mark Hamill expressed his feelings about the Star Wars franchise on Good Morning America:

“When I read the script, I was stunned. These films now are being made by people that were children when the first films came out. They were the generation that grew up as fans and now are in charge of the franchise. It’s wonderful to be associated with something that makes people so happy. It’s escapism…we don’t want real life, it’s too harsh…”

Hamill isn’t wrong. Star Wars is quite the escapism for fans to leave the real world behind. And while I long for a release from the monotony of the day to day, Marvel has taken this idea on a different path.

In 2008, Marvel Studios’ Iron Man rocked box offices and started a ten year journey to the moment fans have waited for next year. In one film, they created the foundations for a franchise that rivaled Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars. What Marvel Studios did was allow the world to see that superheroes were still relevant in modern society.

I was never much of a comic reader as a kid (surprise!), mostly because they were expensive and I nor my parents could afford them regularly. But where older comics dealt with issues plaguing the WWII era – Captain America punching Nazis – many of the modern comics did not line up nicely with modern worldly issues. (Again, I’d like to restate that I did not read many comics as a kid, so perhaps I just never noticed that they did.) So when Iron Man rose to meet the challenges of war during our currently state of affairs in 2008, a realistic type of escapism occurred.

Maybe it could also be that I never discovered Star Wars until I was in my teens. Maybe those that grew up with the franchise connect more closely. Maybe it’s Marvel’s marketing to produce two movies a year that intertwine so seamlessly , where Star Wars is playing catch up with Rogue One and the upcoming Solo film.

Hamill’s right in that we all want an escape, but for me I want that escape to seem real. That doesn’t mean that I still don’t want to be a Jedi at heart, or that I don’t want to create screen-accurate Jedi cosplay, or that I can’t wait for an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film. But for me, I watched that Infinity War trailer, ten years of emotion and excitement game me goosebumps. I love the Star Wars franchise for its fantasy entertainment, but the Marvel films to be more a more realistic, hopeful sort of fantasy escape for me.

What do you think? Which movie are you excited to see more? Do you think these franchises will see in an end in the near future? I’d love to continue the conversation in the comments below.

Avengers: Infinity WarTrailer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

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Ironheart Gets A Live Action Debut

In case you weren’t aware, last May, Marvel comics inroduced a new hero to the Iron Family (hey, if Bruce Wayne can have a Bat Family, why not Zoidberg?), Riri Williams. Riri is a 15 yr old girl with an advanced genius intellect. She just so happens to have a strong interest in becoming an inventor and engineer.
She’s so smart, in fact, that she is awarded an early scholarship to MIT’s prestigious campus where, in her spare time, she secretly designs and builds her own Iron Suit out of materials acquired from the campus. She does get caught, but manages to escape in her suit, where, while acclimating herself to the operations of her new armor, she travels to New Mexico. While there, she assists in the apprehending a pair of escaped convicts, but damages her suit in the process. Upon her return, Tony Stark, the Iron Man himself, hears of her achievements, and contacts her, offering to take her under his wing jetpack, and train her as Ironheart.

Now, the current rumor mill has Ironheart making her big screen debut in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. However, in an unofficial yet excellently portrayed manner, we get to see her a little earlier than 2019.

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Amanda’s Spring TV Line Up 2015

springlineupAs we all know, there are a plethora of TV shows continuing as well as airing for the first time this spring. For those of us who had a full fall schedule of new and old TV shows, this whole mid-season break was both awful and amazing. Awful because waiting just a week to see a cliffhanger was hard enough, but amazing because we were actually able to live our lives and DO THINGS (or at least pretend to).

Fall 2014 has had some of the best television shows that I’ve seen in a while. It was a bit too much on occasion because even if I fell one or two nights behind, my DVR was filled up.

In no particular order, here are the list of Spring shows that I’m looking forward to most:

1. The Flash (Returning January 20 at 8:00 PM on The CW)
flash-wait-so-the-storyline-for-cw-s-the-flash-ended-in-episode-1With the big success of Arrow, DC gave the CW another super hero to grace our televisions with this fall, Barry Allen aka The Flash. Grant Gustin plays Allen perfectly, a hero when he needs to be, and a normal, awkward twenty-something the other times; Gustin really gives this character heart. The costume design is modern and fresh, and the chemistry between all of the characters is perfect. Although Arrow helped The Flash kickoff by introducing Barry in an episode, knowing Continue reading

NYCC ’14 Breaking News! Marvel Releases Netflix “Daredevil” Costume!

Marvel has released the first image of what Daredevil’s costume will look like in the upcoming Netflix series.
Black suit and bloody fists, looks very reminiscent of a combination of the black Daredevil costume from his first live action appearance in the TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk and Marvel’s Noir series.
(This will be updated later when they release the actual image.)

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Joe Quesada concept art for Daredevil Netflix series
CREDIT: Marvel Entertainment


*******UPDATE!! THE FIRST OFFICIAL IMAGE HAS BEEN RELEASED!!*******
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Behold! Charlie Cox as Daredevil!

Guardians of the Galaxy tumblr Q&A

GuardiansOfGalaxyI’ve said this for the past couple of months, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy started making its presence known with the media, this has been some of the best promotions and marketing I’ve seen with a movie for a very long time. When I attended Philly Comic Con (Wizard World) in June, Marvel had a large green screen and table set up by the entrance. Fans would stand in front of the green screen, have their picture taken, and when they got their print, they would be added in the famous Guardians line-up along with the other characters. Anyone who did this would receive a large, double-sided (light box) Guardians of the Galaxy poster (like the ones that you see in movie theaters). This was all free. Then again a few weeks ago, Marvel released a 17 minute preview of Guardians in many theaters across the nation, giving fans a taste of what’s to come (aside from just showingScreen Shot 2014-07-22 at 7.03.58 PM a few movie trailers on TV). Fans that attended that would also receive a (smaller) poster, but it was an exclusive, something that you couldn’t just buy online. I’ve worked in promotions for several years and whenever I see great marketing, I appreciate what they’re promoting even more. I was already very excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy to begin with and this just whet my appetite for more.

Last night was another great promotion for Guardians. Marvel teamed up with Yahoo!Live to give fans, both in the audience and online, a chance to do a Q&A with the cast, director James Gunn, and even President of Marvel. What made me appreciate this even more was that they did this all through Continue reading