News, movies, video games and comic books in this episode of Talking Nerdy! We also place bets on when Dan’s heart will explode and Charlie Lightning visits the future! Exciting show!
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Set for a release date of April 4, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will serve as a follow up to The Avengers, following Steve Rogers’ story after the events in New York City. Comic book fans know who The Winter Soldier is, but for those of you who are curious…(Possible Spoilers)
Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s best friend and “sidekick” was thought to have died in the accident that also ended with Steve Rogers being frozen in time. In fact, Bucky got his shit pushed in, but remained alive. He was given a replacement robotic arm and a new memory by the Soviets for Department X, and became…(drum roll) The Winter Soldier. His next assignment was assassination jobs which turned out to be pretty grisly…such as when he launches a terrorist attack in Philadelphia killing hundreds of people.
You’d think these acts would be unforgivable, but keep in mind that the Soldier doesn’t know who he is. There are many stories about The Winter Soldier including him being romantically connected to the Black Widow; however, the plot with the most impact may be in Marvel’s Civil War.
In Civil War, the Soldier has retained his memory as Bucky, but retains the memories of all the atrocities he’s committed. When Steve Rogers is killed, it’s Bucky who takes up the mantle of the Cap. But, it’s not likely this plot point will be brought to film.
So let’s get into it, already! What can we expect from the next chapter in the Captain America story?
Falcon! The first black superhero in mainstream comic books will be brought to life by Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and looks pretty bad-ass…even without the giant silly wings. Falcon is set to be Captain America’s partner in ass-kickery, and if Winter Soldier is going to be as killer as he should be, Cap is going to need all the help he can get.
JJ Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel to his re-imagined franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness, is released on May 17 and speculation has already gone crazy among fans. Unlike Star Wars (which Abrams is also bringing back to theaters), Star Trek has always been a bit esoteric. While its fans are worldwide, it just never peaked the excitement and broad appeal that George Lucas’ fantasy epic held.
Abrams has created a juggernaut out of his new series which has captured the praise of older fans and spawned a whole new generation of enthusiasts.
What is most fascinating is the huge debate over who the villain (played aptly by Benedict Cumberbatch) will be. Ever since his first appearance in a teaser trailer last year, the guessing games began. Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait much longer. Many believe the upcoming baddie to be Starfleet Terrorist John Harrison, while those lucky enough to get early screenings have confirmed that Cumberbatch will indeed be playing the infamous Khan (previously portrayed by Ricardo Montalban). Since we don’t know, we can’t say. But the wait is almost over.
In other news, screenshots from the upcoming film have revealed a slightly redesigned Klingon race. We first met the new Klingons in a cut scene from the first JJ Abrams Star Trek, but they were armored and helmeted. Below is a somewhat clear shot of the new Klingons. What do you think?
I’m glad Michael Bay was forced to continue his downhill spiral of Transfomers films because it keeps him away from projects that people actually give a shit about. The fans (and I use that term loosely) had finally managed to open Bay’s eyes about his upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project, changing his concept from alien turtles back to ooze-created mutant turtles. This is, of course, a great sign, but we must also remember that it is Michael Bay and whether alien or mutant, there’s a good chance the film is a clusterfuck anyway.
In this fourth–and hopefully final–installment in the Transformers franchise will feature actors Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci taking lead roles, leaving behind the Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox days of old. And now we’re getting the news of the big bad villain!
That’s right! Kelsey Fucking Grammer, whom I have no doubt can play a convincing bad guy. I mean, even real Kelsey Grammer freaks me out–let alone him portraying Harold Attinger, a counterintelligence agent who presumably decides to take on giant transforming robots.
The real question at this point is: Who cares anymore? Really. No matter what you thought of the Transformers franchise as a whole, surely it’s lost its appeal from the first time you saw that larger-than-life trailer for the first installment. It just goes to show that not everything you loved from your childhood should see the light of day again.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand any decision Michael Bay makes. But in most ways, I think I’m better for it.
Josh Trank, the writer/director of one of my favorite films from last year Chronicle, has been chosen to helm the upcoming obligatory reboot of Fantastic Four. More interesting, however, has been the onslaught of rumors and speculation regarding this release. And finally we have some concrete information.
Trank has chosen to once again work with newcomer Michael B. Jordan who played popular kid-turned-super-human Steve Montgomery in Chronicle. This news is brand-spanking-new so I doubt Twitter is ablaze (no pun intended) with Donald Glover-level race-rage about casting a black Human Torch, but we’ll see how the public takes on the news.
After all, Jessica Alba was a Hispanic Sue Storm in the previous Fantastic franchise. No word on any other casting decisions–or if Sue Storm/Invisible Woman will be African American as well, but I’m excited for the updates to come!
Fantastic Four is evidently hitting theaters in 2015 along with every other Blockbuster for both Disney and Marvel, but we’ll see how that pans out.
And so Marvel’s Phase Two begins, with a crash, a bang, a wallop and, strangely enough, the unmistakable, toe-tapping intro to Eiffel 65’s late-’90s Europop hit, “I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee, Da Ba Da).” “Iron Man 3” is Marvel Studio’s first theatrical release since their epic superhero team-up “The Avengers” kicked movie-goers’ butts in the summer of 2012 (and in doing so, raked in over $1 billion at the international box office), and it was feared that everyone’s favourite man-in-a-can would crumble under the immense weight of Joss Whedon’s huge-scale juggernaut – just how would Tony Stark’s next solo outing fare without the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes tagging along for the ride?
Quite well, it turns out: co-written and directed by legendary “Lethal Weapon” scribe and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” helmer Shane Black – as should be obvious from the get-go, what with Robert Downey, Jr.’s meta-riffic opening narration and the otherwise inexplicable Christmastime setting – this first film in the build-up to 2015’s “The Avengers 2” stands sturdily and mightily on its own two feet, bursting with personality, sizzling with wicked humour, soaring with high-octane thrills and packing an almighty wallop of a plot twist that’s guaranteed to split the comic-book crowd in two – in the age of pesky internet spoilers and overly revelatory studio marketing, it’s refreshing to see a blockbuster with genuine shocks and surprises in store.
Most surprising of all though, is how mature Marvel’s latest output is – have you ever seen a superhero movie tackling the harrowing effects of PTSD? That’s what super-snarky superhero Tony Stark is having to deal with, and it’s turned his high life upside down: following his near-death experience in New York (i.e. the alien-busting finale of “The Avengers,” wherein Tony travelled through a wormhole into space), the self-described “genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist” is now an insomniac, frightened for the safety of his beloved Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), crippled by anxiety attacks and spending his nights in the basement of his ocean-view pad, obsessively building new armours to help keep his mind busy and distracted. (Continue Reading…)
Covering everything from Star Wars logic and upcoming films to the CMA awards and the NCAA championship game, this milestone episode is dressed to impress…so be impressed!
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The amazing Technicolor dreamworld of Oz, as originally imagined at the turn of the 20th century by children’s author L. Frank Baum, was unforgettably brought to life in the iconic 1939 screen musical “The Wizard of Oz,” a groundbreaking masterwork that would enrich and live on in childhood memories for decades to come — just think of the glimmering green towers of the Emerald City or the swirling golden spiral that births the Yellow Brick Road, and feel that flood of sweet nostalgia wash over you and cleanse your soul. Seven decades later, we return to director Victor Fleming’s fantasy wonderland in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney’s spiritual prequel to the MGM classic, which — copyright issues kept in mind — rebuilds the land brick by yellow brick, albeit with more than a little help from computerised jiggery-pokery.
Of course, this is not the first time Oz has been paid a grand revisit by Hollywood — 1978’s “The Wiz” retold Dorothy Gale’s tale with a Harlem-inspired urban environment, while 1985’s “Return to Oz” continued her adventures with a dark and twisted steampunk edge — but not since the Golden Age has it been so richly detailed, elaborately designed and vividly realised. Director Sam Raimi, whose blockbusting “Spider-Man” trilogy was a technical marvel, seamlessly blends practical sets with computer-generated imagery and presents Oz in carefully orchestrated 3D that bursts out from the screen — here, Oz is as immersive as the alien moon Pandora in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” (Continue Reading…)