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Marvel movies that we want Pixar to make.

19 Jul

Since Disney bought out Marvel and Pixar some time ago, the colossal fanboy in me has been dying for some sort of announcement of these two behemoths of popular entertainment doing a team up project of visual spectacle. But alas, every word of Pixar studios picking up a spandex wearing superhero movie has been down played, Pixar have gone on record to say that “they’ve done superheroes” and have not got any Marvel character projects in the works. So things look grim on the superhero front. But this doesn’t stop the want for a Marvel/Pixar combo at all, if anything it makes me want it even more, because I am fundamentally a child, and I want what I can’t have. (I also tend to want something if it’s mine anyways, I haven’t played with it for a while and then you, of all people, show interest in it, then I want it again, that’s just how I roll)

So after much thought I created a set of guidelines to think of even remotely possible projects. This way all my picks don’t sound like complete random fanboy-ism and it has structure, it also makes me feel a bit better about myself, but that’s not the point.

RULES

The rules are pretty simple and state:

  • A movie cannot be made if the character’s licence belongs to a production company that is not Disney. (So Spidey, X-Men and The Fantastic Four are out the hypothetical window)
  • As Pixar are, at heart, a family friendly studio, movies with content that would require anything more than a 12A (PG13) won’t happen. (So no Punisher or Moon Knight then)

Them the rules, nothing too restrictive and easy to work around. Let’s get to the picks.

Doctor Strange

As of yet, Pixar has yet to focus the main theme of its movies on magic and what better introduction to a mainstream audience could the very own Sorcerer Supreme receive. Starting with his origin and the car crash, that would probably be changed for a Disney audience, but then to have Strange search for his mentor, the Ancient One, in the Himalayas, his training and eventual understanding of the mystic arts. Build it up to the final battle with the Lord of the Dark Dimension Dormammu and you have a movie, one that stands up to the live action universe and offers something not yet seen. Every step stands to have an excellent story telling and visual premise that’s on a huge scale.  As story goes, Doctor Strange is very Pixar, a story about a once selfish man, not caring for anyone but himself, having everything taken away from him, being re-built as a decent person and then into a hero.

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5 reasons you should be reading Avengers Academy

30 May

Since it debuted in June 2010 one book has received my praise constantly. Avengers Academy is the story of the ongoing  battle to turn six kids with superhero abilities, who were manipulated by Norman Osborn during his stint as head of H.A.M.M.E.R, into the next Captain Americas and not the next Red Skulls. Since issue one, the tales of this group of dysfunctional super teens have grabbed my interest and have had no intent of letting go. I present to you 5 reasons why you should be reading Avengers Academy.

5. Lack of confusing continuity.

The number one problem with recommending superhero comics to new readers is that nearly all books are wrapped up in long, convoluted story lines that date back years if not decades. Avengers Academy starts off as fresh as a Marvel comic book could be these days. Here it starts off with six brand new characters placed in the newly created academy built by Hank Pym. The book itself does pick up the space left by Avengers: The Initiative and the last few arcs featuring the international team in The Mighty Avengers  continuing the development of characters like Hank Pym and Tigra, but rarely recalls any events happening in previous series to the point where a new reader would be totally lost.

This was one really strange episode of "Saved by the Bell"

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