Happy National Library Week! You guys remember the Valiant giveaway back in January, when we talked about how important libraries are in spreading the comics addiction? Our libraries are incredibly valuable cultural institutions, and like every government service classified as "nonessential," they have to struggle every year: some, to find money for new books, others just to scrape together the money to stay open. Donations, even books that they don't decide to lend out, help bridge that funding gap. So in honor of National Library Week, Oni has graciously agreed to partner with us to try and make our libraries a little bit better. Hit the jump to find out how we're going to help.
In Kill Me Three Times, currently available on-demand/VOD, a mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unraveling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
We're pleased to debut this alternate poster by Transmetropolitan's Darick Robertson, who previously designed a character based on Simon Pegg in Garth Ennis' The Boys. Somehow it doesn't look quite MPAA approved - but it's definitely a stylin' step up from the straightforward photos on the regular version.
Being in a room with all of earth's mightiest mortals is less daunting than you'd think. Hulk is permanently Banner, Thor has short hair and a suit that covers up his biceps, Ultron is an older guy in a hat, and Tony Stark...well, he still owns the room, let's face it. But when they're all relaxing and doing their best to be warm, approachable, and above all, deadpan-dickish in the Downey mold, it's easy to get comfortable.
I was front-row center for the main event. Here are the very best quotes from the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference. Minor spoilers ensue.More >>
The former Attack of the Show and Daily Show correspondent made a name for herself in part by frequently appearing in cosplay - including the White Queen outfit above - and was one of the early flashpoints in the "fake geek girl" non-debate that I hope we've mostly moved past nowadays. Today, Olivia Munn gets to tell the world she'll be playing a comic character onscreen. I liked her in Magic Mike, but I have no idea how that translates to Psylocke.
Maybe - just maybe - she can hold Bryan Singer's attention long enough to tell him that his costumes need work.
Axel Braun likes to get his digs in at whatever comic-book movies are trending, and here he's putting Spider-Man in the Avengers before Marvel, and giving Ms. Marvel a prominent role. That's well and good...
But those neon green Hydra outfits - really? And while he seems to have hired an impressive Adrianne Palicki lookalike, using her SHIELD outfit instead of a comic-accurate costume is a little less than I'd expect from Mr. Braun usually. Sorry, techno-fetishists, no Ultron - evil Spidey (and presumably his "organic webshooter") is the bad guy here. From the press release:
"This is just an awesome movie, and not just because I directed it!" said Braun, who co-wrote the screenplay with longtime collaborator Eli Cross. "It's a fairly complex story, but it unfolds very fluidly while still allowing plenty of action and character development so the viewer can suspend disbelief."Avengers XXX 2 debuts online tomorrow at Vivid.com.
The Terminator one features what would appear to be an unexpected and major revelation regarding the nature of its antagonist...while Ant-Man is pretty much as I described over the weekend.
Both have done their job in making me go from "meh" to "interested how this plays out." Though if Terminator is the period piece it would logically have to be given what they set up, it's interesting how fast cyborgs age.More >>
This weekend I spent about thirteen hours streaming the new Daredevil series. Daredevil is the first of the Marvel/Netflix shows and seems to be a good portent for future efforts. I definitely enjoyed it, though I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to stream it all in one weekend if I hadn't been prompted with a deadline for this list. I've read a decent amount of Daredevil stories and generally like the character, though he's certainly been through a few versions like all good comic characters.
Daredevil is a break with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it has existed up until this point: grittier and darker than what we've seen before. It's closer to a movie feel than the more episodic Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I like it much more than Agents for that and other reasons. This show felt big, like an event. Compared even to my beloved Arrow and Flash, it seemed bigger and meatier, with a little more going on. This isn't to say it was perfect; many of the reviews and commentaries on the show are extremely favorable, but it still definitely has its flaws as well. Be warned, spoilers follow.