Once again, I’m battling SDCC envy. For the past 5 days, like thousands of geeks around the world, I’ve been living vicariously through the army of weirdos who have descended upon San Diego for this year’s Comic-Con International aka San Diego Comic-Con aka Geek Heaven.
But while I may not have experienced the magical — and I imagine very smelly — congregation of pop culture fans, creators, and retailers, the Internet was there to keep me updated on what went down. There were a few things that caught my attention and got me genuinely excited — and some made me totally anxious. Here are my thoughts on SDCC things:
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Good News: The sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers will not be based on the recently concluded Age of Ultron event. I read the mini-series and most of the tie-ins and honestly, it was one big stinking pile of meh. Besides, there’s a whole bunch of reasons why the event would not translate well to the big screen, including the fact that it sucks. Joss Whedon and Marvel are aiming for an Ultron origin story and I guess that’s the best way to bring in the character into Marvel’s cinematic universe. This brings us to the bad news.
Maggie bought me Avengers shirts from Paper Toss Designs and they are awesome! I picked the Agent Coulson shirt and two Hulk shirts. Let me show you it.
Sorry about the face. And the vintage effect cliché.
With all due respect to The Dark Knight, I’m calling The Avengers the greatest comic book movie so far.
Notice how I didn’t say “Greatest Comic Book Movie OF ALL TIME”. As much as the overacting Internet hooligan in me wants to say it, and as much as I absolutely loved the perfection that is Marvel’s The Avengers, I’m not willing to believe that this is as good as it gets. I say “so far” with the hope that this is the beginning of the new age of comic book movies — an age where films based on superhero comics would not be ashamed of their source material; an age where comic book movies would embrace the absurdity and the larger-than-life events seen in superhero sequential art. I’m looking at you, Superman Returns.
The Avengers is where it starts, hopefully. This film sets the bar for all future superhero movies whether they star an individual costumed vigilante or another super team. The Avengers is not your standard superhero fare. It is, or should be, The Standard, period. I’m looking forward to the day when superhero movies stop trying too hard to satisfy what the general public wants (dark and depressing movies rooted in reality) and start showing everyone what they can really offer — flamboyant moving pictures with humanity, extraordinary circumstances, inspiring heroism, despicable villainy, amusing banter, and lots of explosions. Until then, The Avengers is the mightiest of them all.
Last week, I got Thor and Hulk tumblers from Petron. Yesterday, thanks to my awesome girlfriend, I got Captain America and Iron Man. My Petron Avengers tumbler collection is now complete!
If you want to get these Petron Avengers tumblers too, you’ll have to shell out at least Php1,000 for gas at any Petron gas station, plus Php60 for each tumbler. Don’t worry, they’re worth it. The figures on top of every tumbler is surprisingly detailed. Also, they can perform pretty neat actions!
We’ve experienced the hype. We’ve suffered through all the debates and discussions about what the event is all about. We’ve read issues #0 and #1 of Avengers vs. X-Men (if you haven’t, be warned — here be SPOILERS). The war has officially begun and here’s what I think about what’s happened so far.
The Scarlet Witch Goes Solo
She’s back and she’s fighting crime again. It’s been years since Disassembled and Decimation, and I for one was looking forward to the day she comes back to face an army of angry mutants and a team of superheroes she ripped to shreds. I’m one of those people who hoped that she wouldn’t be killed off because it’s more fun if someone who royally screwed a bunch of super people hangs around to face the consequences of said royal screwing.
Aside from ruining M.O.D.O.K.’s day in Avengers vs. X-Men #0, Wanda also does one thing that I’ve been waiting for her to do since she indirectly disbanded the Avengers years ago — visit the new Avengers Mansion. While this Scarlet Witch story doesn’t have an obvious connection to AvX, I really enjoyed the awkward confrontation between Wanda and the Avengers, particularly her synthezoid husband who just came back from the dead.