2/28/2013


If you could only have one superpower, would you rather be able to fly or have super strength?

Above Image: Avengers (2012)  Hulk (Mark Rufalo), Superman Returns (2006) Superman (Brandon Routh)

This week's poll asks which superpower would you rather have? If you've ever seen Superman or Hulk or the Avengers maybe the thought crossed your mind: "I'd love to have that power." Well here's your chance to pick from two of the most popular ones.

But, first we have to set some ground rules. This is the only power you have, so it limits what you can do.

Flight
You can't breathe without oxygen, so you can't fly higher than 8,000 feet (2500 meters). No flying to the moon and back. You can't fly faster than 300 mph either. But there's a bunch you can do with this power. You can't fly around the world in five seconds, but you can fly taller than most buildings. The tallest man-made structure is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 2,722 ft (829.8 m). So you can look down on the city.

Strength
You have super strong muscles, but normal skin, tendons and bones. Have you ever seen "The World's Strongest Man" competitions? I love that show! It shows even normal people can do incredible feats of strength. So, let's say you can do what they do, times two. The most they lift is 1,100 lb (500 kg) straight off the ground. You can lift a car at 4,000 pounds, but you can't hold it over your head and walk around with it because your bones couldn't stand the strain. You can't punch through a brick wall because it would turn your hands into hamburger.

There you have it. Which would you choose? Personally, I vote for strength because I get nervous at tall heights. Vote using the poll below or in the comments.


Ask your friends to answer this question too. The answer may surprise you.

Would you rather have flight or super strength?

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2/27/2013

Cinemasins has done "Everything Wrong With The Dark Knight Rises." Now they tackle Marvel's The Avengers. This video tackles sixty-four of the biggest problems with Avengers, from minor nitpicks to major plot holes. (Warning: Contains spoilers for the movie, as well as point out things that will change the way you see the movie...forever.)


"Bigger eyes. Gnarly web shooters." that's how director Marc Webb described the new costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and we finally have enough information to see he's right.

Above Image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) costume

We finally have a few looks at the new costume.  Thanks to Superhero Hype we have our first official look at the new Spider-Man costume. Plus, some behind the scenes images of the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 costume from NY Daily News give us more information on the drastic changes to the costume.

Thank goodness. While the last costume was exciting and original, I never liked it.

Here are the pics:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Behind the scenes


Ultimate Spider-Man

The costume feels a lot like the Ultimate Spider-Man design. Marvel's been dipping into the Ultimate series for their movies since Thor, and it looks like Spider-Man is moving in that direction as well. Comic book artist Mark Bagley did an amazing job redesigning the costume and the movie has taken a few cues from it. Most notably, the enlarged eyes.

Mask - The Better to See You With
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Spider-Man has always had a distinctive set of eyes and these are as close to the comic books as we're ever going to get. That's why Marvel used his mask as their logo. This costume is the closest to the comic books

Fabric - Basketball Skin Is Gone
The Amazing Spider-Man  (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)


The last costume had a weird sort of basketball leather pattern on it, but it's gone now. The production team for The Amazing Spider-Man developed the texture partly because of 3D. Kym Barrett "We found that we could print shadows on the fabric of the suit, and that gives the suit real density and depth on the screen." This time the costume has a more subtle texture similar to the Sam Raimi costume.

Logo - It's Back
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man had a very aggressive and unique looking spider logo, but the new one is more traditional. In the first film, costume designer Kym Barrett said, "We wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, someone incredibly agile; the legs of the spider-symbol on the chest were used to emphasize that." It was very non-traditional. Apparently they've decided to keep it closer to the comic books.

Web-Shooters

In the comic books, Peter Parker invents web-shooters to go with his Spider-Man costume. Sam Raimi got rid of them because he thought it was unrealistic to have a high-school kid build them.


We know Marc Webb went through a lot to design the mechanical web-shooters going so far as talking with creator Stan Lee for advice. “I had a meeting with Stan Lee and we talked about the web-shooters,” Webb said. “I was curious about the incarnation of them [because] of course in the previous films [they went away from them] and we wanted to reestablish ourselves. That was one thing but the other thing was the fact that the web-shooters were able to dramatize Peter’s intellect and I thought that was really cool. … It was in the comics and we have a different design but it’s a cool element to have. It’s not something we over-use or over-exploit. To me, it’s something I remember from when I was a kid and thinking ‘It would be cool if I could build those.’” The ones from the first movie were designed to look like a watch. We know the mechanical web-shooters are back, but what does he mean by "Gnarly"? Expect another drastic change.


Boots - It's Gotta Be the Shoes!
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
In the first film Spider-Man wore shoes that looked like Nike's, but this time, he's wearing more traditional set of shoes.


Here are some images for comparison.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2






Official Synopsis
New York, February 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.

The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit "The Amazing Spider-Man," the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field.

In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy -- between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away -- but that's a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.

The film's key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.

Shailene Woodley plays Mary Jane Watson, Paul Giamatti plays Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich, aka the Rhino

(Via Superhero Hype)

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What do you think of the new costume?
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2/26/2013


There are many ideas how to bring the original cast from Star Wars (1977) to the new Star Wars movies, but these make the most sense.

Above Image: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) Han Solo (Harrison Ford), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew)

We don't know what the plot of Star Wars VII will be, but most reports suggest that Lucasfilm is going to bring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa into the next trilogy. The new films will focus on the next generation of Solo and Skywalker children, but bring back the geriatric heroes we've grown to love. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker said, "They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts—they would write us out." Screen Rant said, "Considering modern remakes of retro TV shows and films are all the rage these days, direct ties to the original Star Wars trilogy could re-energize less-impassioned viewers who might have been under whelmed by the prequel trilogy."

I know lots of people have suggested going to the "Expanded Universe" of books and games for Star Wars character development, but I say there's enough material in the original films to make a rich character back story. I've read a few of the books, but I'm not impressed. Most diverge wildly from the original films and some are just terrible. No, I'm not talking about Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire." But the Emperor's clone? The Yuuzhan Vong? Gimme a break.

So, let's assume that the original cast is returning to the films. What should their characters be like?


1. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

The one guy we all want to see in the prequels is Luke Skywalker. While he says he won't do it without the others without him we won't watch the movie. Luke was raised the son of a farmer, but he is descended from a master Jedi and soldier. He was taught the ways of the force by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, but his training only went so far. We see force ghosts of them at the end of Return of the Jedi, so why couldn't they complete his training? After all, Obi-Wan was still giving him flying tips after he died. In fact, we see Anakin too, so why couldn't he return to help him as well? Anakin could teach him that trick with the two lightsabers and how to pick up older women.

After 30 years of training himself in the ways of the force, we have to assume he's become a grandmaster of the force, and a master needs an apprentice. In the new films he should be on a quest for a new apprentice. This could easily tie into whatever new characters are created for the films. Sure he's an old man with dyed hair, but remember thanks to CGI, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) was a formidable enemy in his seventies. They could easily make Mark Hamill a Jedi master and swordfighter. Plus, he should wear Anakin's robe. He looks better in black.

2. Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher)
Star Wars Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)

Unfortunately, the years and generous plastic surgery haven't been kind to Carrie Fisher. But she's still a beautiful woman and her spunk and energy will live on. The movies wouldn't be the same without her.

Leia is the daughter of a famous queen and senator. She was raised by Jimmy Smits...I mean Senator Bail Organa. When we meet her in A New Hope she's on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan. Politics are in her blood.

No doubt The Galactic Senate is reinstated after the Empire is overthrown and she should become Supreme Chancellor, head of the new Galactic Senate. Maybe not the whole time, but definitely when we see her 30 years later. Maybe she's up for re-election.

That life of politics probably wouldn't sit well with the life of a free-wheeling drifter like Han Solo, which means their relationship will probably be strained. This leads to my most controversial idea.

3. Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
Star Wars Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

Han Solo is a loner and a rebel. Sure, by the end of Return of the Jedi he settled down with Leia, but could he ever really settle down? Solo should get married to Leia, but somewhere along the way, separate from her. When we pick up with him thirty years later he's traveling the galaxy as a trader in the Millennium Falcon.

The story should be about the two of them finding love again. It would open up lots of opportunity for the verbal sparring and tension between them. In the expanded universe, the two have children. I think Solo is above being a deadbeat bad, so let's assume he either never had kids or left after they grew up.

This is the perfect way to bring his character back without compromising the things we love about Solo. Harrison Ford hasn't been confirmed to be on board, but /Film reported that Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII.

They could even write in a cantankerous personality to match Ford's real-life personality as a cranky old Star Wars hater.  Imagine him making fun of midi-chlorians. We hate them too.

4. Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) 
Star Wars Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew)

Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, is a loyal friend and powerful warrior. No doubt he stayed close to Han all these years.  When we meet him again he's still by Han's side, although he'd probably go back to Kashyyyk for a while to raise a family and check on his relatives every "Life Day".

When we see him years later, maybe he's let his son take over as mechanic of the Millennium Falcon while he teaches him the ropes. Peter Mayhew uses a cane to walk now, but that can be fixed with clever editing or explaining that he got hurt in a gunfight.

The "Walking Carpet" must return.


5. C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)
Star Wars C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)

C-3PO was built as a protocol droid and an expert on human-cyborg relations. He is fluent in "over six million forms of communication". Threepio's main skills are assisting with etiquette, customs, and language translation.

Sure, Anakin rebuilt him to help around the house, but he was never good at that anyway. When we meet Threepio later he should be helping Leia in the Galactic Senate as her top adviser. Actor Anthony Daniels doesn't have to wear the suit anymore, but he'll need to do the voice. It wouldn't be the same without him.


6. Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Wiliams)
Star Wars Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Wiliams)
 
Solo said, "He's a card player, gambler, scoundrel." But that's not all. Lando is a leader, ladies man, politician and general. When we first meet him in Empire Strikes Back he's a former pirate and administrator of Cloud City. In Return of the Jedi he becomes a general leading the Rebel forces.

What would be next for this man of power and nobility? Would he go back to being a criminal? Not likely. I say he'd become an Admiral and military commander of the Galactic Senate's Armed Forces. After that auspicious career, he retires from the military and we find him back on Cloud City relaxing with his beautiful wife and children. That's the way Billy Dee Williams would roll in the new Star Wars.

So, what about other characters like R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), Yoda (Frank Oz) and Obi-Wan Kenobi? I dunno. Frankly, they don't interest me much, but they can easily be brought back.


How would you like to see the Star Wars characters return?

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2/25/2013

One of the great geek debates for the last generation has been Star Trek versus Star Wars. We can all debate which is better in terms of characters, story, realism, and fun forever. However, there are some real world numbers we can crunch to see which franchise is best. Which franchise has more movies? Which franchise sold more toys? All these numbers and more are analyzed in this infographic by Hark. See who wins by clicking below:



[Via Blastr via Trek News via Hark]

Do you agree with the infographic? Which franchise do you think is the winner?

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See Spider-Ham beating Howard the Duck in a fire hydrant.

Deviant Art user Kidchuckle created this aewesome fan art drawing of the Spectacular Spider-Ham fighting Howard the Duck. I used to love reading Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. I didn't know anyone still remembered him.


"my 2 most favorite parody characters from Marvel. Howard the Duck- dressed up as iron man from issue #30. and Spectacular Spider ham" - Kid Chuckle


In case you've never seen them (and I'm guessing that's 99% of you) here are some samples.

That's what I love about fan art. They can make the goofiest stuff cool.

What do you think of the image?
[Image Source: DeviantArt]


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2/24/2013

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In an interview about her work on the movie Thor, Natalie Portman had some choice words to say about her prior film roles.
"I've worked on several large-scale productions, and this is the first one that I've really felt this level of intensity and focus on performance from a director. I find it unique to have so much emphasis on performance, story and detail, and I feel that all of that only makes the big, entertaining moments more real—and, in a way, more entertaining."
Gee, wonder what large-scale productions she could be talking about? Oh, snap.

[Via Comic Book Movie.com]

2/22/2013

Jest.com created a series of twelve fake newspapers imagining what headlines might look like in Gotham City during the events of The Dark Knight Rises. Here are our five favorites.



You can read all twelve of the fake headlines at Jest.com.

Which is your favorite? What other headlines would be in Gotham City?

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Welcome to Geek Bits where we share the geekiest bits of the Internet with you.

Above Image: Iron Man 3 (2013), Mandarin (Ben Kingsley)

 Who played the best Bane? What do we learn about women from Star Trek: The Next Generation season one? What if Anakin hadn't gone to the Dark Side? Which original trilogy actor is confirmed for the next Star Wars film?

DOCTOR WHO
Doctor John Wayne (via Wired)

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: The Top Ten Patrick Troughton Stories

STAR WARS
Long lost pic of Carrie Fisher as Slave Leia via Blastr (It doesn't look like her to me. But what do I know.)

Mark Hamill told  ET  no one's signed on to the new Star Wars movies: "They're talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am.

"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister – I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'" (via io9)


What If Anakin Didn’t Become Vader? via Screenrant

IRON MAN

Character poster of Ben Kingsley as Mandarin (via Colider)

STAR TREK


What I wish I could unlearn from Star Trek TNG / 1: Women are equal to men. In theory  

ARROW

Emily Bett Rickards computer geek character Felicity Smoakwill change during the show now that she's joined Oliver in his crime-fighting.
"Her lines won't necessarily blur, but they start to shift. They start to change over the course of getting deeper and deeper into it. As soon as you witness some of the seedy things happening, you can't un-witness them. There's an innocence that's lost. She's doing this to find Walter. She has strict morals. She doesn't want to see good people get hurt and die. She starts to have more respect for what they're doing because they're trying to protect the city. [But] there's the question always in her mind: Who am I becoming? Should we be giving these people a chance to redeem themselves?"
(via TV Guide via io9)
BATMAN
Batman villains from the movies and animation (Via Screenrant)

FIREFLY
Firefly cake (via /Film)

ODDS & ENDS
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