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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: July 17, 2015, 05:27:31 PM
Saw Ant-Man, and I must say it's up to Marvel's standards of excellence. Definitely worth a watch if you're at all into Marvel movies.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: June 28, 2015, 08:18:02 PM
Chris Squire, the bassist from Yes.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 14, 2015, 09:33:42 PM
Man, I noticed that right away. It helped that I'd seen Winter Soldier again less than a week earlier...
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 11, 2015, 05:46:59 PM
Quicksilver should have been Space, but the Scarlet Witch has Reality written all over her powers.

Of course, there is the possibility that the Mind Gem didn't grant them their powers, it just turned on some already existing Kree wackiness and they're actually Inhumans.

Well, Wanda's powers do look awful similar to the Aether from The Dark World. And Pietro left behind a blue-white glow similar to the Tesseract energy...

I'm gonna go with a third option (other than gems or inhumans) and say that they were born with their powers (gasp! Mutants!), but they had mental blocks in place preventing them from using them. Clap Your Hands if You Believe in reverse. As soon as they had an "excuse" to have their powers manifest they started using them. Or whatever.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 11, 2015, 06:09:15 AM
Do you feel like events at the beached wreck were well in hand/understood when the scene cut to downtown?

This complaint I don't understand at all. We see Tony looking for news reports of the Hulk, and we see him flying toward the Hulk... what more do you want?

What happened to Ulysses? They went to a lot of trouble to establish this massive operation even Tony had to play nice and then... eh? I saw 1 stun arrow for closure. Not even a "we'll gettem next times, superfriends!"


Hawkeye noticed that they were pretty much all out of commission and needed to book it, so he got everyone back in the Quinjet ASAP. Despite his bravado he knew that if the Maximoff's came back for him he'd be SOL. After they get out, they've got bigger things to worry about than some arms dealer.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 08, 2015, 06:53:01 AM
Well the thing with AoU is that arguably it's already undone everything to do with his PTSD that IM3 resolved (though a charitable interpretation would be that Tony wasn't as over it all as he thought) and then didn't fix anything apart from Tony realising that his current way of doing things isn't the right one. It most certainly did nothing to make him back away from a world in armour ideology.
How did it undo his character growth from IM3? He seemed to be living in New York and talking about the wormhole without having a panic attack. He was doing just fine until Wanda's vision reminded him that there was an alien threat he needed to prepare for.

Look, my biggest problem isn't whether they can make it a reasonable seeming decision or not, it's that we've seen Steve and Tony fight for two Avengers movies now and I really don't need to see it again.

"Like the old man said: 'Together'."
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 07, 2015, 07:31:44 PM
That's the thing though, those movies already resolved those issues. If Tony goes Pro-Reg 'put the world in armor mode' then he's backsliding, and the character development he had in AoU just gets undone, and instead we see the exact same conflict in a new frame. It's OK in comics where you get a lot of stories to tell, but the movies are much more limited in scope, and hitting the same plot points will drive people out of theaters in boredom.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 07, 2015, 01:02:27 PM
Nah, Marvel seems pretty invested in Captain Power as the big coming out party for a female superhero lead movie. Plus they likely don't have the rights to the actual Inhuman Royal Family, those are likely tied up in the Fantastic Four liscense at Sony.
Inhumans is slated for after Captain Marvel.

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I think the Civil War bit will be less involved since Steve and Tony have done a lot of bonding over their PTSD since A1. There might be a few brawls (like Tony and Rhodey or Thor), but by and large it'll be two brothers (since Steve is as much a creation of Howard as Tony is) with different views. I expect that the real leader (although Tony may be the face) of the Registration will be Citizen V, aka Baron Zemo.
Sounds about right.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 07, 2015, 10:28:42 AM
Ok, two insane theories based on watching Agents of SHIELD and Age of Ultron.
1) The Inhumans movie they've announced? It's a smokescreen for a Black Widow movie. They're going to continue trying to conceal the truth until the last minute, and Agents of SHIELD gives them a nice way to do that: They can announce casting decisions for Medusa and Black Bolt and Crystal (etc), and have them show up on AoS instead of a standalone movie. Then, halfway through production when the marketing starts? Reveal that it was a Black Widow movie the whole time and watch people flip out.
2) Civil War will be very very different than the comics. They'll be very picky about how they advertise it to make it seem like more of a straight up adaptation, but the actual film will be very different. They hit too many of the story beats of Civil War already in Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, and it'd seem like too much of a rehash of those movies. Plus the way things ended in Age of Ultron does not lead well into Tony suddenly becoming Pro-Reg and Cap leading an Anti-Reg rebellion. If nothing else the movie will correct the original sin of the comic and have Cap be the Pro-Reg leader.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 02, 2015, 10:00:10 AM

So you don't find Thor's jump cut from shorting out in the waters of vision to leaping onto the cradle with the intent of finishing Stark's attempt to download Jarvis into the super body just a little jarring?

I will say that Thor's appearance in that scene was a little unexpected, but I understood exactly why that decision was made. Thor's little subplot did seem a little unfinished, I'll give you that, but there's so much going on in the movie that it's understandable that we don't get to see everything. We see exactly as much as we need to see.

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Do you feel like events at the beached wreck were well in hand/understood when the scene cut to downtown?

This complaint I don't understand at all. We see Tony looking for news reports of the Hulk, and we see him flying toward the Hulk... what more do you want?

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The chitaurri battle in Avengers was actually a little long for me, but at least it had clear phases, with the fight evolving form a bunch of individual bouts to a cascade of mini team-ups. Also, the chitaurii forces had some variety from the boney leviathans to sky chariots to ground pounders. This was just the same bots over and over and over (and over...). With lots of 'Oh my goodness we'll all have to die to stop this thing' that just didn't ring true.
Yes the robots were same-y, but that's kinda the point, isn't it? I liked that both sides had clear objectives and the win conditions were spelled out ahead of time. In the first Avengers movie, the Chitauri's objective was "blow shit up" and the Avengers objective was "Stop shit from getting blown up." It wasn't exactly clear what either side would need to do to win, and thus the ending seemed a little like an Ass-Pull. In this movie, the Avengers goal is "Clear everyone off the island before we explode the rock." and Ultron's objective was "Drop the rock and kill as many people as possible." Nice clear-cut goals, reasons for everyone to be together at one point in the fight and apart for the rest.

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I also have to say (with geeky amusement) Nick Fury is mounting a serious campaign to seize the title "biggest douche-bag in the Marvel Universe" from the current long-time champion Reed Richards. I'll just whistle up a helicarrier and crew and lifeboat pilots after handing Agent Coulson the keys to the kingdom... a kingdom so destitute he nearly gets his cadre killed trying to steal one measly quin-jet. Roll Eyes

See, I imagine that he and Coulson were working on that for a while behind the scenes. Theta Protocol? Coulson's team couldn't use a Helicarrier if they wanted to, not enough people to man it. It would not surprise me that Fury has a lot of people working behind the scenes to set things up. We know he had Coulson working SHIELD, and Maria working with Stark (and secretly reporting back to him). How many other people did he put in strategic places? Is Agent 13 reporting to Fury? Mockingbird?
Nick Fury has always been the type to pull the strings behind the scenes, even behind his friends backs if necessary. Coulson's work has been essential, he's eliminated lots of Hydra's leadership, and gotten an understanding with the US Military that Fury himself would have had trouble setting up.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 01, 2015, 08:33:40 PM
I didn't think I'd have to say this, but I disagree with the above assessment of the movie. It was phenomenal start to finish. Stark's actions at the beginning make sense when viewed through the lens of the vision that Wanda gave him plus his PTSD plus his savior complex. To quote him from way back in Iron Man 1: "I have to protect the people that I put in harm's way." He thinks he's got the Holy Grail of world security, so of course he tries to use it.
I've already watched it twice, and have plans to go again tomorrow morning and next Thursday.

Also, Joss Whedon is the biggest troll ever with that last line of the movie (not counting the stinger).
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 28, 2015, 08:22:55 PM
ME 2 was my favorite of the series. I haven't actually finished 3 yet, last I left off I was about to head out to the Migrant Fleet. That was in January Something about the length and frequency of the cutscenes is irritating. ME 1 was good, but the side quests were incredibly samey, and the main plot quests didn't have a whole lot of meat to them. Fighting through the same prefab building for the 5th time was a bit annoying. ME 2 had a nice feeling, I liked the recruitment + loyalty mission for each crew member, I thought the characters were interesting and fun, the leveling system was nice. The main plot wasn't too bad, though not the best in the world. But for me, the main plot of 2 wasn't the point, the recruitment and loyalty missions were. I think I'd be super happy if the plot of ME 1 with the recruitment/loyalty paradigm of 2 were somehow merged.
I have high hopes for ME4, I wonder which ending of ME 3 is cannon. Or are they going to let you import a save file? I imagine that would be tough to write around.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 06:45:33 PM
He looks less like The Joker and more like a member of the Jokerz biker gang from Batman Beyond.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 14, 2015, 05:48:38 AM
Ok, so we finished with Daredevil. Thoughts in spoiler box below.

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15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 12, 2015, 12:57:29 PM
My girlfriend and I just finished episode 6. I'd still be watching, but she wanted to take a nap and I said I wouldn't watch without her...
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