Powers of X #6: Recap and Review

I have often pointed out that I found Powers of X to be inferior series to the House of X. A large reason for this the future timeline that I find to be uninteresting. Set a thousand years into the future, this timeline mostly depicts how “humanity” or the current inhabitants of Earth end. I think this issue makes a case for why this timeline matters or at least made the timeline more interesting. It turns out that mutants still exists, but in a zoo, the Preserve, for “near extinct species.” The Librarian encounters Wolverine and Moira that have been trapped in the Preserve. The Librarian informs them that they will be absorbed by the Phalanx, which will then merge with the god intellect, a Dominion. He will have Moira and Wolverine sent “off-world.” He believes that if Moira dies that timeline reset, resulting in the intellect of the Librarian not getting carried on.

However, if he is absorbed before Moira dies he will be absorbed into the Dominion, which exists “beyond space and time.” This would allow his knowledge to exists even if Moira does reset the timeline. He is uncertain of his decision to ascend. Would it be better to “existence as a portion of a divine intelligence or to continuing to exist as he does.” The Librarian notes that “mutants are an evolutionary response to their environment,” but humanity “stopped being beholden to the environment.” With “man” freeing itself, using the “building blocks of biology and technology,” a new “superhuman race” was born, Homo novissima. We were given the impression that the machines took over humanity, betraying them. According to the Librarian it was the opposite. Using machines to “stall for time,” humanity was finally able to transcend mutant kind.

Despite his assumption that humanity has won and he will be “immortal,” Wolverine kills him. I found this moment funny even if it was intended to be. Regardless, Moira sixth life finally ends as Wolverine kills her again. Armed with the knowledge of how humanity evolves, Moira meets Charles Xavier once again. She tells him that this time she plans to ” break him of his hope and idealism,” and “unite all mutants.” In the present, Magneto and Xavier discuss the first meeting of the Quiet Council. Moira makes it clear that they cannot resurrect Destiny, at Mystique’s request as ” they (precogs) will see the truth Moira has endeavored to keep secret; that mutant kind always loses.” This is a potentially interesting conflict that could arise. Mystique isn’t stupid so it’s only a matter of time before she realizes that they don’t intend to give her what she wants.

To that point, it seems implausible that there isn’t another precog mutant in existence or that there won’t be in the future. How would Xavier and Magneto stop those mutants, how far would they go? Anyway, that’s a question for another day I guess. Despite my criticism of the future timeline, I loved this series. I assumed the Librarian was a future mutant, but it turns out he was a future human. This and the House of X series make it clear that humanity is inferior to mutants on an evolutionary level. This issue showed us what happens when humans simply ignore evolution. House of X and Powers of X have set a new bar for storytelling in comics (or at least recent X-Men series) creating a new status quo. Unfortunately, I’m certain this quality of art and story will not be the standard. Hopefully, Hickman will continue to write new stories and I’m hoping other writers can keep up.

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Powers of X #1: Recap and Review

Powers of X #1

Story By: Jonathan Hickman

Art By: R.B. Silva

Colors By: Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel Comics

This week was the debut of Power of X #1 (X is pronounced 10), the sister series of the House of X. The first thing you learn is the reason that it’s pronounced “Powers of Ten.” The first page of the series reveals that four time periods will be the focus. There are referred by exponents. X⁰ is Year Zero, the period when Professor X created the X-Men. Followed by, X¹ as Year 10, the present time in X-Men depicted in House of X. Then, X² is 100 years later. And finally, X³ is 1,000 years after that.

Hence, the Power of Ten. Make sense?

I think it can feel overwhelming at first but after re-reading it, I got it. Powers of X #1, primarily focuses on the period 100 years in the future. During this period, Mutants are engaged in a war against the alliance between humans and Sentinel robots. Hickman includes the explainers like in House of X, helping us ease into this new information. At some point between X⁰ and X², Mr. Sinister was permitted to create the “Sinister breeding pits of Mars.” Similar to the Sentinel HOUND program, this program would breed mutants that had powers with “aggressive, militaristic traits.”

Why anyone would trust Mr. Sinister is beyond me. Regardless, Sinister created a “Chimera” class of mutants. The first generation had a “singular DNA source,” the second one had “DNA composed of two separate X-genes,” the third produced mutants that had a “amalgamated DNA featuring up to five X-genes.” Sinister created a fourth generation that resulted in “systemic failure,” the “destruction of 40 percent of the mutant population,” the “fall of Krakoa,” and “mass suicide.” One fourth generation mutant that survived was Rasputin.


Review of House of X #1


She was given DNA and powers from, Quentin Quire (telepathy), Colossus (Metal skin), Unus (force-field shield), Kitty Pride (Intangibility) and Laura Kinney (Healing Factor). Of course, Mr. Sinister betrays mutant-kind, and defects to the Man-Machine side. They publicly executed him. The mutant population has been decimated to merely ten thousand that mostly live out their lives as refugees and soldiers in the Shi’ar Empire. Some of the older X-Men remain alive like, Wolverine, Magneto, Xorn and Black Tom Cassidy (he looks like Groot). Meanwhile it’s revealed that Nimrod and Omega Sentinel Karima Shapandar are running the Man-Machine Supremacy on Earth.

While I prefer House of X, Power of X is really interesting. There’s a lot to grasp here but like House of X the explainers help. I also prefer the art style of Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva is pretty good as well. Power of X does spoil what happens to the mutant nation of Krakoa. I’m not bother by this, but it does make the revelations in House of X feel worthless or at least knowing it will all be destroyed undermines it significance. On a side note I am interested in the Empress of the Shi’ar Empire, Xandra. It was indicated that she was interested in taking over the Sol system. Also she’s the “daughter” of Charles Xavier and Lilandra.

Overall, Powers of X #1, manages to include old characters with some new ones, while introducing interesting events. Future timelines in comics an become problems, but Power of X may get them right.

Sources: Marvel fandom

House of X #1: Recap and Review

I’ve said this many times before, but I often prefer Japanese Manga to American comic books. This has nothing to do with there countries of origin (I’m American), it’s more about the way comics and manga are made. To be specific, manga series are generally written and drawn by one or two people. Comic books are similar, however, sometimes a new writer or artist can take over a series an change it. There’s also the problem of continuity. Changes to character histories and backstories can be good or bad depending on the series. These changes can become a problem if they feel forced or simply don’t make sense. This inconsistency has largely put me off of reading comics. However, there are series that have a single artist and writer. I’ve decided that I should at least focus on so of those series. One such mini-series is Marvel’s, House of X/Power of X.

House of X is suppose to show how Professor X starts a new beginning for mutants, whereas, Powers of X will focus on “mutantkind’s secret past, present, and future.” Once, House of X/Power of X (pronounced “Powers of Ten”) is over, Marvel will release six new ongoing series. They are X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, Fallen Angels and X-Force. House of X #1 by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Pepe Larraz, was released yesterday. This series has been anticipated for a while, as a reboot for the X-Men, the first issue is a lot to take in.


House of X #1

Story By: Jonathan Hickman

Art By: Pepe Larraz

Colors By: Marte Gracia

Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Marvel Comics

House of X #1 operates as new begin for the X-Men. Xavier frees various X-Men from what looks like a tree. Then when see various X-Men planting flowers around the world. Throughout the comic, Hickman has several explainers for the reader. The first one explains what Flowers of Krakoa are. The “primary economic resource” of Krakoa, these flowers can produce several different things for humans and mutants. From humans three drugs, one to extend “human lives for five years,” one that’s a “super drug,” and finally a drug that cure “diseases of the mind.” Xavier offers these drugs to the nations that recognize Krakoa as a nation.

To this end, Xavier has invited six ambassadors from Israel, China, France, Russia, the U.K., and America. They’re invited into the Krakoan habitat by Esme and Sophie and greeted by Magneto. He will be giving the Ambassador’s the tour. Meanwhile, a group called Orchis, is preparing to take on mutant kind. Hickman explains Orchis protocol. By recruiting assets from the A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., ALPHA FLIGHT, HYDRA, A.R.M.O.R., and H.A.M.M.E.R., Orchis is preparing for “doomsday.” The problem is that despite earlier predictions, the mutant race is repopulating at a higher rate than anticipated.

During the tour, Magneto explains that “mutants are the evolutionary inheritors of this world,” the island of Krakoa is for mutants only. House of X clarifies what an omega level mutant is. In Marvel, “Omega level” was often used to simply suggest that a particular mutant was powerful but didn’t go into too much detail. Hickman describes an Omega level mutant as “a mutant whose dominant power is deemed to register or reach an undefinable upper limits.” Hickman notes that in mutants with multiple powers, usually only one is omega. It is the priority of the nation of Krakoa to protect it’s “greatest natural resource,” the Omega level mutants. Magneto finally proclaims to the ambassadors that they’re (mutants) are not negotiating, and they (humans) need to understand that they have “new gods now.”

I’m excited for these mini-series. It combines my to favorite things, a great intriguing story with amazing art. Pepe Larraz art style is beautiful and detailed, with perfect color by Marte Garcia. This may not work for everyone but the use of infographics, to explain the world was really helpful and well done. Many of my favorite X-Men are here and some villains as well. However, Xavier comes across a little creepy to me. He wasn’t feature much in this issue. Maybe it’s that helmet that make’s him seem to detached or the fact that he seems to have abandoned his dream of seeing human and mutant kind live together. Regardless, I’m skeptical of him and his goals. Overall, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. If your not familiar with what happen recently I don’t think that’s an issue. House of X #1 introduces a lot in explaining the new world, but it’s accessible to everyone.

Next issue, Power of X #1, July 31, 2019.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #30: Your Favorite Event

Civil War

Civil War was an Marvel event that began after a battle between Nitro and the New Warriors results in the death of 60 school children. In response the U.S. government tries to institute the “Superhuman Registration Act.” With this tragedy and the events that saw the Hulk go on another rampage (killing 26 adults and 2 children) the Act became necessary. Sympathy for mutants fell in public after M-Day, when 90% of the mutant population became depowered. The public support for the bill was 50%.

Tony Stark was against the act until the events between Nitro and the New Warriors. The public began to hate the superhero community. The New Warriors were called “baby killers,” and Hindsight (Carlton LaFroyge (Earth-616)) began leaking their secret identities, resulting in many of them being lynched. Human Torch was beaten into a coma outside a Manhattan nightclub. Many of the superheroes are apprehensive that they should become “civil servants,” or “Super cops.”

Captain America disagreed with the act claiming that ” heroes needed to be above direct government control, because when politicians could control the heroes, they could decide who the villains were.” What follows is a very interesting conflict that splits the superhero community. Ultimately we get what the event promised, a fight between the worlds greatest heroes. While it’s never in question whether any major would die, there was still concern about who would get harmed. The most important aspect of this event was whether you agreed with one side or the other. I was more on the Captain America’s side but I could see the other side as well.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #29: Your Favorite Series

Thor: God of Thunder

I don’t really have too many series that I’ve followed to completion, but one that I did was Thor: God of Thunder. Written by Jason Aaron and Penciled by Esad Ribic, the series focuses on Thor and his encounter with Gorr the God Butcher. The series is part of the larger “Marvel NOW! (2012) event,” and part of the “The God Butcher” story arc. What initially drew me to this comic was the magnificent art style of Esad Ribic. The story tries to flesh out who the God Butcher is.

I found the story to be great from start to finish. It combined mystery and action with an interesting villain. The God Butcher is the opposite of what Thor is. He’s rather heartless and aims to destroy the world of Gods. The God Butcher feels like he’s a threat. Most of the time in comics you can predict the ending. Obviously, Thor will win, but reading the series allowed you to think that it wasn’t going to happen. The biggest problem with this series is the multiple timelines. Jason Aaron bounces occasionally back between them and it can be confusing (also the older Thor looks exactly like Odin).

The art of Esad Ribic is a really impressive. I lack the words to describe what makes his art so great but you have to decided for yourself. The color in this series is profound. Ive Svorcina appears to use pencils or watercolor (although it’s probably all computers) that give the pages a soft look. The contrast between the blues and reds are really impactful.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #28: Your Favorite Comic Time

The Modern Age

The Modern Age of Comics is generally considered to have begun from the mid-80’s to today. The age followed the Bronze Age and is noted for having more dark and complex stories and characters, like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Horror, Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction became more mainstream at this point. Alan Moore’s Swap Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman featured some elements from these genre’s. Many characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and Wolverine got costume changes.

Antiheroes rose in popularity and characters became more sophisticated, focusing less on being good or evil but more nuance. In Marvel, Galactus became a force of nature that didn’t have any person malice towards the worlds he consumed. In 1996 Marvel declared bankruptcy resulting in “X-books” being cancel. However, with the X-Men movies being released in the early 2000’s and a new animated series, X-Men: Evolution the X-Men series increased in popularity. I believe that the Modern Age will end up being know for an increase of diversity. Heroes like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan will be one of the legacies of the Modern Age.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #27: Your Favorite non-human race

Inhumans (Inhomo supremis)

My favorite non-human race is the Inhumans. Mostly because I’m the most familiar with them and they have a lot of variation among their race. This variation exists both in their powers and how they look. Created by the Kree, the Inhumans are ruled by their King Black Bolt and Queen Medusa. They have a caste system, which is determined by the genetic development, physical and mental ability after exposure to the Terrigen Mist. Once an Inhuman is assigned to a place in society they cannot move in society.

Inhumans aren’t permitted to engage in racial combining. Crystal broke this rule when she married Quicksilver, a mutant. The Inhumans tend to isolate themselves from other races, but they have come into conflict with other races before. Black Bolt once declared war on the United States during the events of Son of M. The average lifespan of an Inhuman is 150 years, they’re greater than the average human in speed, strength and other physical abilities. However, most Inhumans being raised in a pollution and germ free environment they have a hard time dealing with Earth’s pollution.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #26: Your Favorite Elementalist

Ice Man (Robert Drake)

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Iceman is one of the original X-Men. Born in New York, Bobby first discovered his mutant abilities when he found himself unable to stop feeling cold. When a bully, Rocky Beasely orchestrated an assault on Bobby and his girlfriend Judy Harmon his powers finally emerged. The town of Fort Washington organized a lynch mob and broke into the Drake household. Sensing that the situation was becoming dangerous Bobby was taken into custody. Professor X discovered this story and sent Cyclops to recruit Bobby. He became the second member of the X-Men.

In the X-Men: Animated Series, Iceman was portrayed as a troublemaker that left the team after becoming feed up with Cyclops and Professor X’s rules. Iceman seems to have maintained his comical personality, often cracking jokes. Drake is an Omega Level Mutant. He can manipulate his external and internal body temperature. When his body temperature decreases, so does the surrounding moisture. Bobby has learned to increase his coldness allowing him to change from a snow like appearance to a more crystalline ice. He also has thermal vision, as well as cryokinesis (ability to generate, manipulate and fully control ice, snow and cold temperatures.) Despite being one of the original X-Men, Iceman is largely a minion character. However, I always found him to be one of the coolest (LOL) X-Men.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #25: Your Favorite Video Game

Spider-Man 2

Marvel video games can be hit or miss. When I was a kid Marvel games were largely limited to the arcade. One of my all time favorite games were “X-Men: The Arcade Game (1992),” a side scrolling fighting game. The goal of the game was to basically fight through waves of Sentinels and other villains like Pyro and Juggernaut in order to stop Magneto. Up to six players could play and like many arcade games I would end up playing with random players. Ultimately, I wasn’t very good at games then so I never got very far in that game. However, it was impact on my childhood and my first memory of a Marvel game.

I haven’t played the latest Marvel Spider-Man game which I hear is great. Regardless, my favorite Marvel game is Spider-Man 2. The game was not only a Marvel game but even worst a video game based on a movie. The history of good movie games isn’t great, so my expectation for this game was low. Spider-Man 2 is a open world action adventure that was published by Activision and developed by Treyarch. It was released for basically every console at the time. What makes the game so phenomenal is how the gameplay was able to emulate Spider-Man so closely.

I spent over a hundred hours largely swinging through NYC, travelling from Manhattan to Liberty Island. You felt like you WERE Spider-Man and of course it was fun. Like most open world games I got distracted from the main story and barely finished it. However, that is the point. It didn’t matter that I followed the linear story because I didn’t care to have the game end. With the realistic NYC environment, variety of crimes to stop, variety of Spider-Man powers and the realistic swing mechanics, Spider-Man 2 is my favorite Marvel video game.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #24: Your Favorite Cartoon

As I’ve mentioned before the X-Men: The Animated Series was my primary introduction to X-Men and Marvel. Although there was an animated series for the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Fantastic Four as well. The series debuted in 1992 and ended in 1997. The series spanned 5 seasons and 76 episodes. The first thing that I will always remember about the series is the theme song that was composed by Ron Wasserman. The show had the line up from Cyclops’s Blue Team, that featured Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, and Professor X.

The series focused on social issues like divorce, Christianity, the Holocaust and AIDS. Of course as a child a lot of this stuff was over my head, but had some impact on my views of the world. Many of the series story arc’s were original, several of the story-lines were direct adaptations of comic book events. In season 1 the series adapted, “Night of the Sentinels,” “Enter Magneto,” “Captive Hearts,” “Come the Apocalypse,” and “Days of Future Past.” Season 2 saw the adaptation of, “Whatever It takes,” “Weapon X,” “Legacy Virus.” Season 3 adapted my all time favorite arc the “Phoenix Saga,” and the “Dark Phoenix Saga.”

The series fell apart (in my opinion) after this season with season 4 & 5 focusing on “One Man’s Worth” and the “Phalanx Covenant.” Overall, this series marked a moment in my and many other lives became familiar with Marvel and comic books. The series had tremendous influence on me and presented X-Men as being more people with cool powers. It also has a lot of humor (which was mostly Wolverine one liners). I would recommend this series to anyone (up to season 3 (LOL)), you can stream the series on Hulu. If you want to read another take on the series effect check out this article.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #23: The Best Transportation


The Blackbird

Technicality this day’s challenge is “the best form of transportation.” I’m going to cheat a little and choose two. One is a technology and the other is a mutant power. I have always found the X-Men’s iconic Blackbird. While a conventional means of transport the Blackbird is both in real life and in Marvel a cool means of transport. The original Blackbird was modeled after a scaled up version Lockheed SR-71. It was often destroyed during the many X-Men missions, at great cost to Professor X. It has also been upgraded with Shi’ar technology. The software for Cerebro was added as well as the addition of a cloaking device and the ability to fly in space.


Magik fighting Scarlet Witch, Art by Olivier Coipel

The second form of transportation the “Stepping Discs” from Magik(Illyana Rasputina). She can mentally control these “discs,” which permits her to transport herself and others teleport “across interstellar distances or through time.” She must use the dimension Limbo as a midway point. She has teleported herself across continents, planets and even galaxies. Magik is also able to teleport through time and space. She has managed to teleport into the future and past by days or centuries. Obviously compared to the Blackbird, Magik’s discs are far more useful and varied. She has complete control of where she and others go, where the Blackbird is severely limited.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #22: Your Favorite Universe

Magneto’s family from house of M

The number of “universes” in the Marvel is extraordinary. From a quick glance apparently there’s at least 10,000. Check here if you would like to count. There are multiverses, megaverses, dimensions, realms, realities, and alternate-realities, all that is collected within an Omniverse. Also, the Omniverse apparently includes Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, Harvey, Shueisha, Boom Studios, Rebellion, Dynamite, IDW, Graphic India, Derby Pop, Vertigo, Oni Press, Udon, Valiant, it even includes anime and manga not to mention our own world. Obviously, this is all made up, which doesn’t make the concept any less impressive.

Artwork for a variant cover of House of M 1 (Aug 2005) Art by Joe Quesada.

According to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 17 the Omniverse includes “every single literary, television show, movie, urban legend, universe, realm, etc. ever . . . including fan-works. None of this is to be confused with the concept of “continuity.” Realities such as Earth-616 are considered a “single reality,” a continuity. For the record Earth-616 is the mainstream Marvel Universe. The reality of Earth-616 is that it has gone through ” eight different incarnations, all triggered by different instances of multiverse renewal, which constitutes in the destruction and re-creation of everything there is.” The beginning of the Earth-616 begins at the seventh incarnation that is marked by creation of Galactus.

While I found reading about the various Universes to be fun it’s time consuming. I certainly won’t recap it here. However, what is clear is the amount of love and effort that has been put into creating worlds, despite there extraordinary characters and stories manage to somehow feel real. If I had to choose ONE Universe it would simply be the Earth-616 because it’s the one that’s most familiar to me (by the way OUR Universe is Earth-1218). However, there are more Universes that I find interesting:


House of M (Earth-58163)

In the House of M, Magneto becomes leader of the world’s mutants. Mutants control the world and are racist towards humans. They control governments, businesses and culture. Humans like Spider-Man and Captain Marvel are the exceptions. This is all the result of the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff’s) reality warping abilities getting out of control. The X-Men and Avengers consider killing her, but Wanda changes the world be that can happen.

Dr. Strangefate

Amalgam Universe (Earth-9602)

This Universe is a parallel one that was a combination of Earth-616 and New Earth (DC). Two entities known as the brothers (each represent Marvel and DC) pit combatants from each universe against each other. The winner would destroy the other universe. To prevent this the Living Tribunal and the Spectre combine the universes together resulting in heroes that combined together like, Doctor Strangefate. He’s was a combination of Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange and Professor X.

Old Man Logan kills Bruce Banner

The Wastelands (Earth-807128)

In this reality the villains united fifty years prior to Old Man Logan. America is divided up by them an renamed Amerika. Logan kills The Red Skull, many heroes died fighting Galactus, who became a power source. Hulk impregnates She-Hulk and they have inbred children. Most of this universe is the same as Earth-616, except Logan is much older than he is in Earth-616.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #21: The most memorable death

Bucky Barnes death

Even a casual comic book fan knows that in the comic book universe death is cheap. Chances are that most of the prominent characters have die at least once. Professor X has died 4 times, so has Wonder Woman, Wally West (The Flash), Rogue, Iron Man and Superman has bit the dust 5 times each, Batman and Thor (a God) both died 6 times, with Jean Grey (the Phoenix) dying let’s just say over a dozen times. So basically the effects of death is minimal. It is probably more important how a character dies and how he or she is revived at this point.

Comic book writer Geoff Johns stated that, “Death in superhero comics is cyclical in its nature, and that’s for a lot of reasons, whether they are story reasons, copyright reasons, or fan reasons.” Danny Fingeroth suggested that ” the nature of superheroes requires that they be both ageless and immortal.” Sometimes this aspect of death in comics are noted in universe. Professor X has stated that “in mutant heaven there are no pearly gates, but instead revolving doors.” As a result I don’t care about comic book death.

That said their are some deaths that are notable for one reason or another. There use to be a saying that ” Nobody stays dead except BuckyUncle Ben, and Jason Todd.” Of course both Jason Todd and Bucky have been resurrected since. However, Bucky does have the record for the character that had the longest death before coming back. Uncle Ben however, remains one of the few characters that seems to have remained dead. Marvel prefers to have characters return to their “core character concept.” For Spider-Man, Uncle Ben is part of his core archetype, so he will stay dead. Finally, some characters death do manage to have impact. Captain America has died 11 times. His last death in 2007 made real-world headlines. He returned in 2009.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #20: Your Best Casting of a Character (if you were casting)

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.”

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #19: Your Least Favorite Comic to Screen Character Adaptation

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.


30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #18: Your Favorite Comic to Screen Character Adaptation

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.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #17: Your Favorite God

Odin Borson

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #85


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.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #16: The Most Powerful Character

One-Above-All

Universe: Multiverse

Creators: Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #511 (2004)


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.

One-Above-All

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.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #15: The best rivalry

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! 

Sabretooth

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?

Wolverine

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.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #14: Your Favorite Romance

Rogue & Gambit

Universe: Earth-616

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.

Source: Marvel Wiki , Comicvine