SDCC Roundup: Comic Book Movie Edition

Posted 7 years ago by Movies


Going on vacation during the biggest week for Geek news is kind of overwhelming. I came back from a fun-filled day at Disney World to an RSS Reader full of news stories. Since I don’t have the time to write about all of them in-depth, I’m going to be posting SDCC roundups a few times this week. Today’s edition is all about comic book movies, and there’s a lot of news.
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Marvel Phase 2 Character Guide: Falcon

Posted 7 years ago by Comics, Movies

Captain America #117

I swear I didn’t plan this, but on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we’re kicking off our week of Marvel Phase 2 Character Guides with Falcon, mainstream comics’ first African-American superhero. For some reason I always thought that title belonged to Luke Cage, but I was wrong. I’ve had a passing understanding of Falcon as a member of the Avengers in various shows I watched as a kid, but I knew I wanted to brush up his history before he debuts on the big screen in Captain America 2: The Winter Solider.

As with the rest of the character guides this week, this should give you a brief overview of the character, show you how he’ll fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and then point you in a few different directions so you can learn more, like I’ll be doing.
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Introducing Marvel Phase 2 Character Guides

Posted 7 years ago by Movies

Marvel Phase 2

Even though I’ve been hooked on comics lately, I still only consider myself a casual comic book fan. When I was fifteen or so, I read a lot of graphic novels and religiously bought new issues of Wizard Magazine, but I didn’t make it to comic book shops often enough (or have the money) to keep up with ongoing stories. When you take into account the decades and decades of history most of the major superheroes have now, not to mention all the reboots and parallel timelines it can be overwhelming to get into a new character.

Being way more of a movie buff than a comic one, I am a huge fan of what Marvel has done with their Cinematic Universe. Iron Man was a big surprise, and although The Incredible Hulk was just alright and Iron Man 2 was a disappointment, the shared universe really picked up steam when Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers all came out within a year of each other.

With Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe kicking off in a few months with Iron Man 3, I’ve been wanting to prepare and learn about all the new characters that will be on screen. With Phase 1, I knew the backstories of all the characters but this time around things are getting a little more obscure.

Phase 2 Character Guides

So, I decided to do some research on the main new characters in Phase 2 and share it with you all, as well as open it up for discussion. I’m sure there are plenty of comic book nerds out there who can point us in the right direction as far as what we should read before seeing the new movies. These won’t be histories or biographies. Think of them more like bibliographies. A collection of stuff I’ve found that should help better understand the characters.

So, throughout the next few months we will be looking at different characters from the next batch of Marvel movies, which are:
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‘The Avengers’ Podcast and Mini-Review

Posted 8 years ago by Movies


The Avengers has been out for quite a while now, but Tim, Rob, and myself just had a chance to sit down and talk about it on the latest episode of Bubble Pipe Theater over on our podcast network. We discuss the movie and geek out about the next phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and you should have a listen.

Avengers Mini-Review

I usually forget or don’t get around to typing up my official thoughts on geek movies on here until it’s too late, but The Avengers could very well be the geek movie of the decade so I wanted to go ahead and get my thoughts down.

I didn’t get a chance to see The Avengers at midnight on May 4th but I went the next morning with my wife to a packed IMAX theater, filled to the brim with geeks of all ages. We didn’t really want to see it in 3D, but for this film I knew I wanted to see it on as big of a screen as possible, so I made an exception. My wife was just as excited as me, having loved Thor and Captain America last summer, and having watched Iron Man for the first time that week. We were ready to see them all team up on the big screen.
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Missing Links: ALF, The Dark Knight Rises, The Simpsons, The Avengers

Posted 8 years ago by Missing Links

Missing Links

The Top Hat Sasquatch team reads a lot of blog posts every day, and some slip through the crack or just don’t warrant their own post. That’s where Missing Links comes in. Every few days we collect the best links we’ve come across and pass them on to you.

ALF Movie in the Works? Maybe | /Film
For one reason or another, I haven’t written about Alf much on the site, but I love Alf. I still watch it occasionally and find it to be pretty funny still, and I’ve been patiently waiting until Gordon Shumway makes his way to the big screen. Plus, I’ve been wondering what Paul Fusco has been up to since the Alf days. I’d go see an Alf movie. Would you?

How Does THE DARK KNIGHT RISES End and Where Will BATMAN Begin Again?
I agree, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Batman dies at the end of TDKR. Think about it, Nolan’s Batman seems like a temporary hero, not a long term solution to Gotham’s problems. They’ve been marketing TDKR with phrases like The Epic Conclusion and The Legend Ends, almost like they’re preparing audiences for the possibility.

3D Simpsons Short Starring Maggie Simpson In Front Of “Ice Age 4″
I have no interest in seeing an Ice Age movie again, but seeing a Simpsons short film might be worth the price of admission. I’m still bummed I didn’t get to see the Simpsons Movie on the big screen, but seeing a short might help numb the pain.

Pixar’s “The Avengers”
What the Avengers would look like if they were Pixar characters. Some interesting choices here, but you have to love Sully as Hulk.