Tag Archives: X-Men

When an Iceman Loved Women

A huge spoiler hit the Internet today regarding the one of the main characters of All-New X-Men. It’s a pretty big deal so I’m going to give you a chance to bail on this now.

Ok. I’m going to spoil it now, so consider yourself warned. (more…)

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Where Are All The Blue Collar Superheroes

The simplistic employment dividers in the world are based on the worker’s collar. Blue collar workers generally do manual labour – construction, plumbing, garbage collector, etc. White collar workers push paper and wear suits – accountants, lawyers, bankers, etc. Today, I’m not sure why, but I started thinking about the way that superheroes earn their money. Most of the ones that I could think of are definitely more white collar. (more…)

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Graham Makes An Observation

Something occurred to me this weekend that I’d like to discuss here. It’s not important, or culturally relevant, just something that struck me. I also have not any research into this, so it’s purely anecdotal based on stuff that is rattling around in my head. So, with those disclaimers out of the way, here’s my thought: Until recently, the most important characters within the Marvel universe were the least important outside of it. (more…)

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Lesser Known Canadian Superheroes

Happy Canada Day! This is the first time that I can recall this most prestigious of days falling on a Tuesday and thus allowing me to write about it. Not that I’m actually going to write about Canada Day. I don’t actually know that much about it, except that it gives us an opportunity to be unabashedly patriotic and shoot fireworks. Oh, we also get the day off work which I’m sure plays into the whole patriotism thing. What I will write about are some of my favourite Canadian superheroes. (more…)

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An Even Better Review Of Days of Future Past

I feel like this is an all too common sentence that I use at the beginning of my columns, but here goes: I finally saw a movie! X-Men Days of Future Past, to be precise. It was last week and I really enjoyed it! It was a nice mix of the styles of X-Men 1 and 2, and First Class. More so than just the casts interacting, but even the tone. First Class is a bit more melodramatic than its predecessors – for example, I don’t recall Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier being on the verge of tears ever while James McAvoy’s Xavier is perpetually there. Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies, though, tended to be a bit smaller. The climax of the first movie takes place at the statue of liberty, but it’s in essentially two rooms and the place is closed for the night. First Class featured the Cuban missile crisis and nukes being launched. (more…)

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X-Men: Daze of Future Past

The latest X-Men movie seems like it might be kind of silly since there’s time travel involved.  I think I’ve seen enough time travel plots to see what’s coming.  What inevitably happens is that the heroes go back in time to save the day.  I’ve never seen a time travel movie where the heroes go back in time and horribly eff things up.  It just doesn’t happen.

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Three Time-Traveling X-Men Stories

So, there’s pretty much one thing on every geek’s mind right now, and I haven’t seen it yet. That’s right, I’m so cheap that I’ve waited until Tuesday to see X-Men: Days Of Future Past. So, you’ll have to wait until next week to hear my thoughts on it. For now, I will discuss some of my favorite X-Men time travel moments as a fun little primer for the movie. (more…)

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Big News Tuesday!

Good evening! I spent a good chunk of yesterday racking my brain trying to come up with a topic for this week’s post. Nothing came to me. I figured I’d wait and see if anything inspired me. Then, Tuesday came and it came hard! Interesting comic news was plastered all over the place! So, let’s begin with the biggest news:

Batffleck Begins!

Batffleck in the Batflesh

Batffleck in the Batflesh

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Three Trailers

I think it’s pretty clear that The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was the nerd trailer of the year. If not the decade. I think the only trailer I’ve ever watched more was the one for the first X-Men movie. That’s probably also the only time I’ve downloaded a trailer and watched it frame by frame. It was summer break. I didn’t have much to do. That being said, there have been a triumvirate of nerdy trailers that have debuted and I would like to discus my thoughts on them. (more…)

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Days Of Future Trailer

I was going to write about something completely different today. I was going to write about how out of touch broadcast sports can be with the rest of the entertainment business. It was going to be very interesting and something for me to be genuinely grumbly about, as opposed to my usual which has veered more towards praising. Then they decided to release the X-Men Days Of Future Past trailer today and I immediately slingshotted back to praise mode.

Initial impressions – It definitely looks like they took some of the DNA of the excellent Age Of Apocalypse (AoA) storyline and mixed it in with the Days of Future Past (DoFP) comics. For example, in DoFP, it’s a really ragtag group of X-Men who are left in the future. Old Wolverine, wheelchair Magneto, Franklin Richards. But, in AoA, there are entire teams of mutants running around. In the trailer, they definitely still have uniforms and it looks like they’re on the run, which is pretty different from the prison camp they are in in the DoFP comics. And finally, Bishop. That character hadn’t even been created when DoFP came out, but he was integral to AoA.

Secondly, it is already nice to have Bryan Singer back as the director. I liked X-Men First Class, but it didn’t have the same precision and polish as the best X-Films (namely X-Men 1 and 2.) I can’t quite but my finger on it, but First Class had this sort of looseness to it. It was almost like they wanted to put as much cool stuff on screen as possible, without considering how it would all come together as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, with a cast of seemingly thousands, it’s entirely possible that DoFP could end up exactly the same. But, I put my trust in Singer. At least for now.

One of the things that bugs me about the trailer is Peter Dinklage. I love him in just about everything I’ve ever seen him in. Game of Thrones, The Station Agent, Penelope, even the borderline unwatchable Tiptoes. But, I don’t get why he was cast as Bolivar Trask (the creator of the Sentinels). I guess they’re doing a new twist on the character, but it seems like stunt casting except that the whole movie is so jam packed with name-actors you’d be excused for not realizing he was even in it. I mean, I guess there is something to the idea that a littler person would be the creator of giant robots. Still – an odd choice.

Finally, some quick hits

–          Speaking of Sentinels, there’s no sign of them in the trailer. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next trailer to get a glimpse at the big guys.

–          Lots of new mutants that I didn’t quite recognize. I’m pretty sure I saw Blink, and Warpath, but there was one I couldn’t put my finger on. (Looks like that might have been Sunspot, judging by the IMDB cast list.)

–          There are also a bunch of characters that don’t appear at all in the trailer, like Havok and Quicksilver.

–          Good for fellow Canadian and once and future Iceman Shawn Ashmore getting another chance at the big screen.

All right, I think that’s about all I have to say based on 2 minutes and thirty seconds of a film. I’m sure I’ll have another column or three as more info gets released. See you then!

Graham Becksted is the once and future grumbler. He is also the author of Graham’s Grumbles, the second blog by that name that is listed in Google results when you search for Graham’s Grumbles. If you would like to be his 91st follower (thank you, bots), he can be followed on Twitter @GrahamBecksted.

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