Thursday, May 31, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Marvel Mash-Up

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Hey, remember those old Marvel cartoons from the 60s and 70s? Weren't they just the best? Well...no, they weren't. They weren't that good. But what else are you going to expect from 60s and 70s limited animation?

But you know what does make those cartoons great? They make for great fodder to be mocked. So when Disney purchased Marvel, they decided to take some of the old cartoons in all their insane cheesiness and make them even cheesier through a parody series.

The result is Marvel Mash-Up: a series of parody shorts created for Disney XD using old Marvel cartoon footage and dubbing over them with humorous tongue-in-cheek dialogue. If you to check out how something can go from so-bad-they're-good to so-bad-they're-hilarious, check them out on this YouTube Channel. Or check out the playlist below.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Fan Art Friday: To Infinity War And Beyond (Part Deux)


I would give a spoiler warning for this artwork for anyone who still hasn't watched Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie has been out for a little more than a month. So if you haven't watched it already, why not? Go see it. Right now! Even if you've already seen it, see it again because it's an awesome movie. But yeah, spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Spider-Man Atari 2600 Game

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For nearly half a century, Spider-Man has had his adventures on various mediums, from comic books to television shows to theatrical movies.

But such mediums have only offered fans a passive experience of the spider-powered superhero’s web-slinging adventures.

For many fans, they don’t just want to see Spider-Man in action: they actually want to take part in the action themselves by swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper and trapping bad guys in webbing.

Fortunately, by the 1980s, one revolutionary medium allowed fans to experience such active first-hand experiences: video games.

Spider-Man has appeared in many video games over the years, but his very first digital adventure occurred in 1982 on one of the very first video game consoles: the Atari 2600.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ducktales Recap: The Missing Links of Moorshire


A Ducktales crossover episode with My Little Pony? What other 80s nostalgia will this nostalgic 80s reboot cross over with? Ninja Turtles? Transformers? Thundercats? (Well, let's just hope it's not with the recently-announced Thundercats reboot because...just...no!)

All kidding aside, as a fan of the current My Little Pony series, I was rather intrigued to learn that this episode would feature two characters who are brightly-colored talking ponies, especially since they're both voiced by the same voice actresses of two actual My Little Pony characters.

From the preview footage provided by Disney, I assumed that these two would be the main antagonists, but it turns out that they're just one-off joke characters. Even the show acknowledges that two brightly-colored talking ponies that want to drown people in the sea come across as "menacing" as...well, two brightly-colored talking ponies.

No, the real antagonist of this episode--aside from the mysterious mist that turns people into stone, of course--is the jealousy that Scrooge has for his nephew, Dewie, and his excellent golfing skills. Turns out that when you've been a master golfer all you're life, you're a little bit envious when a novice much younger than you is also much better than you.

Of course, Scrooge learns in the end that a teacher should never take pride in his own skill, but in his own student, but that lesson isn't really important. As one character says: "Not everything has to be an object lesson."

What really makes this episode great is the simple character moments with each and every character, from Huey and Launchpad providing sportsman commentary to even the most ludicrous situation, to Louie milking Glumgold for all that he's worth as a caddie, to Webbie being as innaproporiatly optimistic as you can be in a golf game, and of course, to the two murder ponies that try and fail to get you to ride on them to a watery grave. (Confound those ponies! They drive me to the drink!)

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why Squirrel Girl Is The Most Super Special Awesome Marvel Character Ever!

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Since blogging about Disney also means blogging about Marvel, which is owned by Disney, I'd wish I could be one of those verbose comic experts who can extensively wax poetic about comic book lore and history. Sadly, I can't do that because I'm a Marvel newbie.

I've only started watching the MCU movies three years ago. Outside of those, I've never watched any other Marvel film save for the first two Spider-Man movies. I've never even read any of the comic books or watched the animated shows.

Of course I knew who characters like The Hulk or Captain America were because of their ubiquity within popular culture, but I never really knew much about them. I was more of a DC Comics fan, watching shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Teen Titans.

As such, I'm more familiar with the DC characters than the Marvel ones; but unlike the DC fans trying to futilely review bomb the Marvel movies, I at least understand that the MCU is vastly superior to the DCEU, as much as I would love to see a good DC movie outside of Wonder Woman.

But as much as I love the Marvel movies, I only know so much about the characters within them through the movies themselves, having never engaged into any other Marvel media. Essentially, I'm the type of fan who needs to check the internet to find out what the end-credit scenes mean!

I've recently started reading some of the comic books, but even then, my knowledge about the Marvel universe outside of the movies remains limited. If you want in-depth exposition into those comics, I'd recommend following people with more expertise including Linkara, Moviebob, and Comic Drake.

I say all that as a preface and as a request to take with a grain of salt my following opinion, which is that the overall best Marvel comic book character ever is The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

To learn more about why Squirrel Girl is the best, click READ MORE:


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Spider-Man On The Electric Company

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For more than 50 years, our favorite web-slinger has made countless apperance on the small screen, from his first animated series in 1967, to his latest animated incarnation in 2017.

But did you know that during the 1970s our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man once helped teach children how to read on PBS, and on a show created by the same people who brought us Sesame Street?

To learn more about Spider-Man’s apperance on PBS, click READ MORE:


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What Wakanda Can Teach Trump's America

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Black Panther was recently released onto DVD and Blu-Ray, and if its box office numbers are any indicator, those DVDs and Blu-Rays are sure to be flying off of store shelves.

To date, Black Panther has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Not only has it become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year, but also the highest grossing solo superhero movie of all time, as well as the third-highest-grossing film in America and ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So the clear message to take away from the film is that there is indeed a high demand for greater and better representation of people-of-color within cinema, and that Hollywood should follow suit in supplying that demand.

But there is one message from Black Panther that proves even more important. While the movie takes place within the fictional African country of Wakanda, its fictional setting very well reflects the political and economic realities within our own country, especially under President Donald Trump.

As such, America would be wise to follow the example of Wakanda and learn from its leader who wants to build bridges, as opposed to our own leader who wants to burn bridges and build walls.

To learn what lessons America can learn from Wakanda, click READ MORE:



Monday, May 14, 2018

Ducktales Recap: Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System


Gizmo Duck is by far one of the best Ducktales characters. Not only does he have a super cool robotic suit that can do anything and everything, but he's one of the few characters to make a simultaneous appearance in another Disney Afternoon show, Darkwing Duck, thus offering a not-so-subtle hint that the two shows share the same universe--even though the creators claim that the two shows exist in different universes.

So how apropos is it that the very first apperance of Gizmo Duck and his alter ego, Fenton Crackshell, in this reboot starts off with a cameo apperance of the "Terror Who Flaps In The Night"? Sure, it's revealed that Darkwing Duck only exists as a television show (or does he?), but this double whammy of pure nostalgia is enough to tickle any fanboy's member berries.

But is nostalgia alone enough to make a good episode? Eh...

This episode leaves me rather conflicted. On the one hand, the appearances of both Gizmo Duck and Darkwing Duck are making my inner child squeal in delight after remaining silent for more than 25 years.

On the other hand, the very first apperance of the best Ducktales character ever involves the weakest plotline ever based on the overly cliché Man vs. Machine storyline, which has not only been played out since John Henry, but carries a very problematic anti-science, anti-progress message: "New technology is evil, kids, and those machines are terking er jerbs!"

I don't know. I just feel that the appeal to nostalgia is nothing more than a distraction for an otherwise poor episode and an overall poor introduction to such a cool character. Let's just hope that future appearances of Gizmo Duck are much better.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:


Friday, May 11, 2018

Fan Art Friday: To Infinity War And Beyond


One of the hardest things about sharing fan art based on Avengers: Infinity War is the potential of accidently providing spoilers. So for the sake of this week's Fan Art Friday, I'm going to provide a fair warning that the following art may or may not contain spoilers. Consider this a warning. Otherwise, check below the break for this week's selection.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Universal’s Gotham City

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If you’ve ever visited Universal Studios in Florida, chances are you’ve visited Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure. How can you not when it has two of the best rides in the park: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Sadly, the park is also one of the main reasons why Walt Disney World hasn’t built a similar Marvel-related land, despite the fact that the company now owns Marvel, as well as has planned similar lands for other Disney Parks worldwide.

However, did you know that before Universal built rides based on Marvel superhero characters, they were planning on building attractions based on characters from Marvel’s rival, DC Comics?

Yes, instead of having Spider-Man and The Hulk, Universal was originally going to feature Batman, who would have had his own themed land based on his home city of Gotham.

So what made Universal decide to go with your friendly neighborhood web-slinger rather than the  Dark Knight? Find out as we delve into the discarded plans for Universal’s Gotham City.

To learn more about how Batman almost came to Universal, click READ MORE:


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Top 11 Dumbest MCU Moments (Part 2)

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Here are the Top 5 Dumbest MCU Moments. For the remaining 6 of the Top 11, CLICK HERE. For the rest of this list, click READ MORE:


Monday, May 7, 2018

Ducktales Recap: The Spear Of Selene


One of the overarching story elements of the new Ducktales reboot since its very premiere has been the mystery behind the parentage of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, specifically of their long lost mother, Della Duck. Her disappearance has had an evident impact on their family, most notably with it being the reason for Donald and Scrooge's falling out. But this episode offers a greater insight into the overall impact that her absence has had on many of the individual characters.

While we still don't know what exactly happened to Della Duck after this episode, we do know that whatever did happen to her was traumatic enough that it not only caused Donald to distrust and drift apart from Uncle Scrooge, but also transform him from a plucky, adventurous duck into someone much more timid and cautious, as he is no longer willing to go on adventures anymore.

Even then, what encourages him to continue going on said adventures, as was evident in both this episode and the very first, has been his concern for the overall well-being of his family, especially his three nephews. Because when his family faces grave danger, no matter how sheltered his sister's past has forced him to become, he's always there to heed the call to adventure.

Of course, the character who shines most in this episode is Dewey. Of all three nephews, he's the one most interested in learning about his mother's past and uncovering the mystery behind her absence. His search for her is driven by his desire to learn more about her and the type of person she was, especially since her never really knew her.

However, the closer he comes to the truth about her, the more he learns that she may not have been the greatest person he once imagined her to be, and it's this revelation that makes him hesitant to continue his search. Of course, just as his Uncle Donald decides to continue adventuring for the sake of his family, so too does Dewey continue his search for his mother, accepting the fact that learning the honest truth about her is more important that maintaining his preconceptions about her.

Overall, this was a really jovial episode that creatively weaves Greek mythology into the Ducktales universe. Watching the antics of characters like Storkcules, Selene, and even Zeus made me want to see more of these characters, especially since they apparently have a history with Donald, Scrooge, and their family. Seriously, am I the only one who want to see a prequel to this episode where we see exactly what kind of adventures they all went on together? Or at least a prequel comic? Can we at least flesh out Donald and Storkuleus' not-so-subtle bromance?

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Fan Art Friday: May The Fourth Be With You


I know this is supposed to be May of Marvels, and as such, you were probably expecting this Fan Art Friday to feature Marvel fan art. But since this is May the Fourth, I couldn't pass off doing something Star Wars related. So Star Wars this week, and Marvel the next few weeks.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: The Incredible Hulk Returns

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Did you know that Thursday is named after Thor? So what better subject for this week’s Throwback Thursday than the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder himself?

Last year, Thor brought down the thunder into theaters with his movie, Thor: Ragnarok, where he fought against (and eventually teamed up with) the Hulk.

But did you know that this was not the first time that the God of Thunder sparred against the Green Monster on any screen big or small?

Nearly 14 years before appearing together on the big screen with The Avengers, Thor and Hulk made their first appearance in the NBC television movie, The Incredible Hulk Returns.

To learn more about the first time Thor sparred against Hulk, click READ MORE:


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Top 11 Dumbest MCU Moments (Part 1)

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Avengers: Infinity War was released this weekend, and just like every other Marvel movie before it, it's dominated the box office with rave reviews. Hard to believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for the past ten years and counting. Even against all odds, they've managed to defy expectations and be nothing short of perfect. So that means they're all perfect, right?

Well, not quite.

As great as these movies are, they're not without their flaws. Being comic book movies, they have their fair share of campy, goofy moments, and while some of those moments like Loki getting tossed around by the Hulk or Star Lord distracting Ronan with Footloose get a pass from fans, others prove to be quite the knot in the Persian rugs of the MCU, even to the point of creating plot holes and inconsistencies.

So for this list, we'll be counting down the Top 11 dumbest Marvel movie moments. Why top 11? Because like the Nostalgia Critic, I like to go one step beyond.

This list will only be focusing on the dumb moments from the movies and not the television or Netflix shows--especially since I haven't watched any of them! Also, these moments will be from all of the movies up until Black Panther, and as such, will contain spoilers. So don't read this list if you haven't caught up with all of those movies yet.

To count down the first half of these dumb MCU moments, click READ MORE:



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War

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10 years! Hard to believe that a superhero franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not only been going on for 10 years, but has been continuing to go strong when most other superhero franchises have since fizzled out during that time.

What started as a bold experiment to create several films within the same cinematic universe with a crossover movie tying them all together not only proved successful during the first attempt with The Avengers, but has continued to succeed with each and every subsequent sequel and addition to the franchise.

While other attempts at cinematic universes from the DCEU to the Dark Universe have failed to successfully replicate their formula, the Marvel movies has continued to set box office records and receive rave reviews, no matter how ridiculous their underlining premises, with characters ranging from a man who can shrink to the size of an ant to a talking tree and raccoon.

Now the entire franchise culminates with its third and grandest crossover, bringing together each and every character from all of the previous movies, and helping to bring closure to its overarching storyline involving the villain Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones.

Will this third and nearly final installment of The Avengers send the franchise to infinity and beyond, or has the MCU run dry of its alleged infinite success?

To learn whether or not this movie achieves infinite possibilities, click READ MORE: