I have to admit that I’m not particularly passionate about this day’s challenge. I’m generally not one to wonder before hand who should be cast in any particular role. Of course that doesn’t mean that I think casting is irrelevant. Casting can have a profound effect on whether you by into a series or not. When it comes to casting I think that studios should aim to find actors that aren’t necessary famous. It seems that they often try to find an already famous actor/actress then choose from them.
That’s not to say that established actors/actresses aren’t good choices, just that when casting studios should expand their searches. As I mentioned before it’s important that the actor playing the superhero look like them. For example, Tom Holland is the perfect person to play Spider-Man. Not only does he look the part, he also possess the sense of humor that Spider-Man is known for. He was also the appropriate age and wasn’t really famous yet. Matching the actor to the role is important as well.
Chris Evans was cast as the Human Torch, not a terrible choice but it could be better. Then he was cast as Captain America, as more perfect choice. A similar situation happened with Micheal B. Jordan as Human Torch. Let’s just say that didn’t work. However, Jordan as Killmonger was a fantastic casting choice, resulting in one of the best Marvel villains on screen yet. So do I have any good casting ideas? Not really. However, I have been checking the internet to see if anyone had ideas I agree with. Here’s one I really agreed with:
Human Torch/Bobby Lockwood
Over at What Culture, Fergal Harte thought that Lockwood would make an excellent Human Torch. I agree. Lockwood isn’t particularly well know and he looks the part. According to Harte, ” Storm needs an actor who can somehow manage to portray said arrogance, whilst also being charming enough so that he is actually believable as hero, instead of just a celebrity with flame powers” . . . ” Bobby Lockwood should be the one to play the character, his appearance reflecting the blond and square-jawed way the hero is typically depicted as having in the comics, and his previous performances showing that he is able to enjoyably portray the personality that Storm is known for.”
As I’ve stated before, I’m a fan of Fantastic Four. So you probably wouldn’t be surprise that my least favorite adaptation is the FF movies. The first Fantastic Four movie that I saw was the 2005 movie and the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. There was a third film, Fantastic Four reboot from 2015. They were all terrible. I didn’t even bother to see the third one, but it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t good. According to reviews I was correct to avoid it.
If I had to pick a character in these movies that was the worst it has to be Ben Grim. Played by Michael Chiklis and then Jamie Bell, the suits for the Thing was terrible. To be fair it was always going to be difficult to render The Thing well. The Thing looks ridiculous and is clearly a costume. For some reason they would rather use costumes instead of CGI. The Hulk has been CGI for a while (to various degree of success). The Thing is suppose to be made out of rock but since it’s a costume it look soft. It was all terrible. Hopefully, now that FF is directly under Marvel’s control they’ll get it right.
Choosing actors for comic book characters can be hit or miss. Generally, you at least want someone that looks like the character. Then you want someone that acts like them. The MCU has managed to do a generally good job with these character adaptations, but it’s not perfect. While there are many good ones, Tom Holland (Spider-man), Chris Evans (Steve Rodgers/Captain America), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) but I think the best one is Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
In 2011, Chris Hemsworth began playing the role of Thor. He would also appear in in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Unlike the comic book version the MCU version of Thor doesn’t have a superhero alter ego. Thor was considered to be a more marginalize character before the well received Thor: Ragnarok. After this movie many felt that Thor was no longer a typical “meat head” character. Hemsworth both manages to embody the personality of Thor and manages to look like him, he plays Thor with wit and humor and that’s why I like him.
The Marvel universe has incorporated the Gods from ancient mythology into their universe. They are considered to “Gods of Earth,” an “extra-dimensional race of beings who once existed on Earth in its distant past and are now or were once worshiped as gods or deities by the different cultures on Earth.” The Gods are all immortal, have allspeak (communicating in all languages) and strength. Almost every culture on Earth has their own pantheon, the most famous being the Asgardians (Norse Gods), and the Olympians (Greek Gods).
The most favored Gods of Marvel are the Asgardians and my favorite God is Odin. Considered to be the All-Father, his true origin is unknown. He’s presumed to be the child of Bor, a powerful warrior and Bestla, a giantess. Odin along with his brothers, Vili and Ve created Asgard. After his brothers die in battle against Surtur, Odin takes their powers for his own. His greatest power is his Odinforce. With this force he could use massive amounts of magic. He was once able to transport all of humanity when Surtur and Skagg was sent to Earth. He’s so powerful that when fighting against Seth, they fought on several planes of existence at the same time and the energy that was released destroyed galaxies and reignited dying suns. He uses a magical spear named Gungnir.
He does have a weakness, Odinsleep. He has to sleep for a week to restore his godly powers. During this moment he’s as vulnerable as a mortal. His power also depend on Asgard as well. Odin’s personality can be of putting. He’s prideful and arrogant, such that he’s willing to defy comic entities like Celestials and Galactus. He does value those that have been proven “worthy,” and has shown that he’s capable of forgiven others.
Marvel has a number of “all powerful beings” that sometimes run together on me. Most of them can manipulate space and time, reality. Some are “abstract entities” that exists for a specific purpose. They’re Eternity, Infinity, Oblivion, Death, and the Phoenix Force. Together they balance each other. There are the Eternals, the Deviants, the Celestials, and many other beings of great powers and influence. There has been some humans who even reach the levels of some of these beings most notably Franklin Richards. However, there IS a hierarchy in the Marvel universe.
I am the One Above All. I see through many eyes. I build with many hands. They are themselves, but they are also me. I am all-powerful. My only weapon is love. The mystery intrigues me.
Marvel abstracts, Celestials, Supreme cosmic beings, and The Living Tribunal are all under the Beyonder. However, the Beyonder is second only to the most powerful being in the Marvel universe, One-Above-All. Not to be confused with the Celestial of the same name, the One-Above-All is considered to be the “entity believed to be the supreme being/creator of the Omniverse.” The One-Above-All is responsible for the ” existence of all life in the Multiverse and possibly beyond.” To be honest I find the existence of these uber powerful beings to be confusing. I feels that many of them do the same thing and the other. Basically, Marvel really didn’t explain it’s cosmic system well.
Part of this is due to many different writers can create different characters. This doesn’t even consider the Gods like Odin or Zeus. Regardless, the One-Above-All is THE GOD of the Marvel universe. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, his abilities are “beyond any known system of abilities.” How can anybody top that.
Your fancy claws can’t cut what they can’t hit. An’ your hotsy-totsy healing factor… won’t save you… when I rip out your heart!
Wolverine and Sabertooth
The rivalry between Wolverine and Sabretooth is legendary in comics. It’s not always clear as to why these two are rivals exactly. That said it is likely that Sabretooth and Wolverine see each other as rival simply because they’re so similar. It also may be the result of their “animalistic” nature. There first encounter is traced back to Power Pack Vol 1 #27 and continued in Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 #212. Wolverine is searching for survivors after the massacre at the hands of Power Pack and Sabretooth. In the sewers their clash for the first time. At some point Wolverines healing powers gets nullified and Sabretooth thinks he can take advantage of it. He breaks his hand on Wolverines adamantium skull and is stabbed in the heart in return.
Why is that, Creed? You’re not my father, my brother, or my clone. Why is it we can never get rid of each other?
They’ve had numerous battles since. Often their fight are brutal and violent. The brutality is in part due to the fact that they both have violent fighting styles, a love of fighting and those fights are prolonged by both having healing factors. They were both in the Weapon X project and received training. In Wolverine Vol 3 #50-55, the rival comes to it’s end with Wolverine kills a feral Sabretooth, who is barely able to ask for Wolverine to end his suffering.
Creators: Chris Claremont, Michael Golden, Jim Lee, Mike Collins
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (Gambit) #266, Avengers Annual #10 (Rogue)
Marvel has several storied romances, Jean Grey and Scott Summers, Storm and Black Panther, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible and Mary Jane and Peter Parker. The romance that I was my favorite was Rogue (Anna Marie) and Gambit (Remy LeBeau). I was first introduced to them during the X-Men animated series. In the comics they first met while Rogue and gambit were under the control of the Shadow King on Muir Island. Their relationship was often strained due to Gambits lying and Rogues inability to touch due to her absorption powers.
This of course meant that they could never have a completely physical relationship, but flirting was an option. They both seem to at least enjoy this aspect of their relationship even if it was limiting. Eventually, they would both lose their powers allowing them to explore their relationship more. However, evetually Rogues powers return and even when trying to have sex telepathically her powers still absorbs Gambit. A new student, Foxx (Mystique in disguise) tries to use this moment to break them up. She even offers to sleep with him as Rogue, since that somehow wouldn’t be cheating. She fails, but succeed in furthering the rift between them.
Later under the influence of Apocalypse and now the horsemen Death, Gambit would attempt to kill Rogue. With the help of Xavier, Rogue learned to control her powers. However, considering the past events she was hesitant to continue their relationship. Later, at the failed wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus and some encouragement from Storm, Gambit proposed to Rogue. They were married shortly after. Rogue and Gambit had a lot of problems that could have ended their relationship. Despite them the managed to stay together and I always found their flirting in the animated series to be fun to watch.
From what I can tell many Marvel fans find Scott Summers (Cyclops) to be the worst. He’s one of the original X-Men. The oldest son of Christopher Summers (Corsair), Scott became the first student of Professor X. He was given a visor made of quartz. He was also made the deputy leader of the X-Men. In the X-Men animated series Cyclops was presented as a “boy scout,” always following the rules regardless of the consequences. He was a bit of a teachers pet and often though he was superior to others. Furthermore, he would often find himself in conflict with fan favorites Storm and Wolverine. In the comics Cyclops became a cheater and a murderer.
Treatment of women
Scott had developed a tendency to move on to quickly or abandoned women. When Jean Grey dies (the first of many deaths) he moves on quickly with Colleen Wing when he thinks Jean dies in a volcanic explosion. When Jean dies during the Dark Phoenix saga he moves on with her clone, Madelyne Pryor. Worse, when he found out that Jean was actually alive he abandoned Madelyne and their child. At some point he became unsatisfied with his married to Jean, he began a psychic affair with Emma Frost. His excuse? It didn’t really count because it wasn’t physical.
Power hungry murderer
During the Avengers vs X-Men event, Scott becomes possessed by the Phoenix Force. While he initially wanted to protected Hope Summers, he became drunk with power. When the Phoenix Force spits in five among Scott, Emma, Magik, Namor and Colossus, he goes full Dark Phoenix. He tries to kill many of the Avengers and X-Men that try to stop him. During this arc Scott kills Professor X as he tries to stop him. Cyclops was imprisoned in a ruby quartz cube.
Revolutionary and war criminal
While in prison Scott becomes more political. He originally sees himself as a matyr but after the murder of a fellow mutant he decides that he would be more effective on the outside. Magneto frees Cyclops from his prison. He then goes on to attack cops and attempts to start a “mutant revolution.” He also becomes inspiration for a mutant uprising called “The Ghosts of Cyclops.” While you could argue that Cyclops was justified in fighting for mutant-kind, his means were violent.
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962) Appearance of Destruction: Mighty Thor #705 (May, 2018)
Mjolnir is the hammer that is wielded by Thor. Odin ordered the Dwarves of Nidavellir to forge Mjolnir. The dwarves Eitri, Brokk and Buri used heat from a star to get the forge hot enough to manipulate Uru. The star exploded, destroying Midgard. Odin couldn’t wield it so he cast an enchantment on it to prevent others from doing so. Odin gave the hammer to Thor after he successfully past several trials.
Mjolnir is a powerful “nigh-invulnerable Asgardian metal.” Odin placed additional enchantments on it making it almost indestructible. Almost nothing can survive a blow from Mjolnir. The most well known enchantment is the “worthiness enchantment.” Those who are deemed “worthy” can lift the hammer gaining the ability to manipulate the weather, fly, energy projection, barriers, energy sensing, energy absorption, teleportation, and matter manipulation.
The reason I love Mjolnir is pretty clear, it’s cool. However, I have always personally loved mythology and seeing it in Marvel always gave me joy. Finally, I love a weapon that seems to have a mind of it’s own.
Emma Frost and Illyana Rasputina with the Phoenix force, using telekinesis to destroy.
Art by: Olivier Coipel
From: Avengers vs X-Men
As I briefly mentioned when I choose Jean Grey as my favorite character, my favorite power is telekinesis. The simple reason was that it was cool. However, more importantly I think that it’s one of the more versatile powers in Marvel. For those that may not know, telekinesis is “the psionic ability to move, manipulate and control a multitude of people and objects with the mind without physically touching them, especially over long distances. Depending on the user’s skill and power, they may be able to levitate themselves and other objects (including heavy objects), and form powerful pushes/blasts and protective shields.” The ability has more varied uses, such as: