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14 Geek Wishes Movies & Television 2014 Revisited

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

2014 was geektastic year for comic book and sci-fi fans with Marvel movies, a new Doctor Who and Godzilla’s comeback!

 

Here’s what I hope to see or announced in 2014 – and here’s what actually happened.

 

1. All New Cast for X-Men: Apocalypse!

Bryan Singer revealed he’s on board for 2016 film set to star the First Class cast. After the time twisting elements of X-Men: Days of Future Past – it’s a perfect opportunity for Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) to start over and discover a young Cyclops, Jean, Storm and even the impossible task of recasting a wild loner named Logan!  (UPDATE: The new film will be set in the 1980’s and feature new actors in younger versions of Scott Summers, Jean Grey and Storm. Oscar Isaac has been cast as Apocalypse.)

 

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

2. Hugh Jackman in Wolverine and Kitty Pryde.

I know I’m countering my previous wish but if Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold return for a solo Wolverine movie I hope it’s based in part on this other classic tale by Chris Claremont set in Japan. Ellen Page as Kitty could join Jackman in this supernatural tale of family, honor and demons. (UPDATE: Hugh Jackman will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse but no official word on a new Wolverine solo film)

 

3. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SPECTRE!

Don’t “Khan” it! Producers have the rights to bring back the classic S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and their sinister leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, back to the big screen for the first time since the Sean Connery era! I want to see Craig’s Bond kill and seduced his way up the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. food chain until a final showdown with the bald, bad criminal genius with a fondness for white kitties. (UPDATE: We nailed this one! Bond returns in SPECTRE – the new title for then next 007 film is based on the evil organization from classic Connery movies. Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista of Guardians of the Galaxy are part of the cast.)

 

4. Fantastic Four teaser in X-Men: Days of Future Past!

I think Fox’s Marvel movie team (including Mark Millar) have a “Fantastic” teaser moment in the post-credits sequence for us! How about Dr. McCoy calling on a young Reed Richards in class or Logan and Ben Grimm sharing a brew?  (UPDATE: The rebooted Fantastic Four will veer from comics canon and not be in the same cinematic universe of the X-Men.)

 

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

5. The Massive will become a movie or television series!

Brad Pitt as sniper/professional soldier turned conservationist Callum Israel and executive producing a big-screen version of Brian Wood’s epic series of pacifist environmentalists now fighting for survival and searching for their sister ship in a post-apocalyptic world. With Naomi Campbell as Mary, Callum’s tough devoted lover and Dwayne Johnson as Mag, Callum’s fellow soldier turned activist. (UPDATE: The final arc Ragnarok is underway. No word on a film but fingers crossed.)

 

 

6. Rian Johnson

The director of Looper should be up for any superhero movie he wants! How about Doctor Strange? (UPDATE: Scott Derrickson will direct Doctor Strange for Marvel but Johnson is signed up for Star Wars IX and VIII.)

 

7. Lex Luthor in Superman vs. Batman!

Enough speculation – let’s have the charming but ruthless genius/C.E.O. manipulate the conflict between the DC titans but in a sequel having him fitted for a Lexcorp Battlesuit! (UPDATE: Jesse Eisenberg will play a young Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.)

 

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

8. Doctor Who, Agent of ?

 

I’d like to see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) forced to an agent of a greater power. I always enjoyed when the Time Lords forced the Third and Fourth Doctor to go on missions for them. My first Doctor Who arc was Tom Baker on a quest for The Key to Time by the White Guardian. The Time Lords forced Baker’s Who to investigate the Genesis of the Daleks. Capaldi reminds me of Jon Pertwee, who was a UNIT scientific adviser. I liked seeing the anti-authority rebel Doctor sometimes forced to work at the whim of a higher authority.  (UPDATE: The new Doctor explored time and space with Clara while a mystery woman named Missy (Michelle Gomez) has a brief appearance before the two-part finale revelation: Missy was the Doctor’s oldest enemy: The Master. The regenerated renegade Time Lord was secretly building an army of Cybermen.)

 

9. Spacey cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Collector, The Nova Corps and Ronan the Accuser will appear in the big screen adventure based on Marvel’s space faring team. I’m sure if Ronan is a villain then we’ll see the Supreme Intelligence or Yon-Rogg, the Kree officer connected to the transformation of Carol Danvers into Ms. Marvel – now known as Captain Marvel. (UPDATE: Guardians of the Galaxy featured the cosmic comeback no one was expecting – Howard the Duck! Kevin Feige has announced a Captain Marvel film in 2018 but expect Carol Danvers to appear in an earlier film.)

 

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

10. Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man 2! Sony is spinning spinoffs starring Venom and the Sinister Six but have about Peter Parker’s femme fatale? There are some reports Felicity Jones will play Felicia Hardy – the cat burglar anti-heroine. (UPDATE: Sony is reportedly planning a spinoff starring a female superhero. Felicia Hardy was the logical choice but what about Spider-Gwen? The Spider-Verse story introduced Gwen Stacy as the costumed hero of an alternate Earth and already has a solo book on the way. With Spider-Gwen’s sudden popularity and Emma Stone’s star power, Sony could move this new heroine with a classic heritage into the solo slot.

 

11. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing in Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones.

The tough private detectives (Knight Wing Restorations) aka the Daughters of the Dragon are integral players in the world of Murdock, Cage, Rand and Jones. Misty and Danny Rand always made one hot couple. (UPDATE: No word on Knight & Wing but Rosario Dawson is playing Claire Temple and Deborah Ann Woll will play Karen Paige.)

 

 

12. Steranko in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Stan Lee deserves every cameo he wants but how about giving the legendary Jim Steranko a role in the ABC series or flashback arc that salutes the groundbreaking Steranko era of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. UPDATE: Who knows? But you can see his weekly take on the series on Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision.

 

 

13. Fatale The hit horror/crime noir Image series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips would be a smash and (would have to be on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax.) Josephine is cursed and so is every man who falls in love with her as she runs through the decades from demonic forces and killer cults.

 

 

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This is THE story that made be love Steve Rogers all over again. Ed Brubaker’s epic take on the Star-Spangled Avenger and his resurrected best friend is one of my all-time favorite comic book storylines. I hope this sequel is such a smash that we see a Winter Soldier/Black Widow movie based on Brubaker’s spinoff series.

 

 

There you have it – my 14 geek wishes I hope to see or have announced in 2014. What’s on your wish list? Comment below or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter @comicsblend and check out our Best of 2013 recaps.

 

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Why GAMBIT In All-Female X-MEN

X-Men: Origins: Gambit courtesy Marvel

X-Men: Origins: Gambit courtesy Marvel

Storm, Psylocke, Monet and Rachel Grey investigate a mysterious event in The Burning World starting in X-Men #23.

A fan-favorite outcast X-Man guest stars in the upcoming arc by Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Roland Boschi (Winter Soldier: The Bitter March).

Gambit is known as a ladies man and that makes  him a perfect guest star for the story.

Willow explains why Remy was the perfect choice to appear in this new arc. Continue reading

HAWKEYE & KATE BISHOP in 2015

Hawkeye #1 courtesy Marvel

Hawkeye #1 courtesy Marvel

Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow) and Ramon Perez (Wolverine and the X-Men) will launch a brand new Hawkeye #1 after Matt Fraction and David Aja conclude their run.

How will the new team approach the Avenging Archer (when he’s not on duty as an Avenger) and his protegee Kate Bishop?

“To me Kate is an equal to Clint in terms of who is the ‘star’ of the book is. It’s equal billing. It will be as much Kate’s story as it is Clint’s. Continue reading

Top Comics for December 17, 2014

All-New X-Men #34 courtesy Marvel

All-New X-Men #34 courtesy Marvel

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #8

The penultimate issue of the epic that twists Marvel’s heroes and villains. Apocalypse and his X-Men, A squad of villains who may be Earth’s only hope in a battle for New York City. Where are the Avengers?

 

All-New X-Men #34

Adventure in the Ultimate Universe by Brian Bendis and Mahmud Asrar! Jean Grey and Miles Morales! How will the original X-Men return to their own timeline? Continue reading

YOUNG CYCLOPS is STARSTRUCK

Cyclops #1 courtesy Marvel

Cyclops #1 courtesy Marvel

Marvel gave something for every Cyclops fan thanks to Brian Michael Bendis and Greg Rucka in 2014.

In Uncanny X-Men it’s the Scott Summers you love to hate or staunchly declare “Cyke is Right” as he leads the mutant revolution and confronts his father figure’s big secret in the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier.

In All-New X-Men we have the young Scott Summers who never lost Jean, Madelyne, Nathan or killed Professor X.  After a cosmic crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy, young Cyclops really blasted off literally. Continue reading

BATMAN VS. DARKSEID

Batman and Robin #37 courtesy DC Comics

Batman and Robin #37 courtesy DC Comics

BATMAN VS. DARKSEID!

The penultimate chapter of Robin Rises.

Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have taken Bruce Wayne on a daring, dangerous quest ever since Damian died.

The Dark Knight has battled friends and foes in his obsession with finding Damian’s body and resurrecting him.

After a battle with Ra’s Al Ghul – Darkseid’s forces stole Damian’s body. Bruce defied the Justice League Continue reading

DC COMICS Movie Poster Month

Sinestro #11 courtesy DC Comics

Sinestro #11 courtesy DC Comics

DC Comics goes big screen in March 2015. The next DC Comics variant cover theme inspired by classic Warner Brothers films. MOVIE POSTERS – with your favorite super heroes cast as the stars of classic flicks.

Harley Quinn does the Jailhouse Rock, Grayson in Enter the Dragon and Batgirl rocks Purple Rain!
Look at Sinestro #11 inspired by Westworld by Dave Johnson.
Here’s the full March MOVIE POSTER variant cover list:

ACTION COMICS #40 inspired by BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
AQUAMAN #40 inspired by FREE WILLY, with cover art by Richard Horie
BATGIRL #40 inspired by PURPLE RAIN, with cover art by Cliff Chiang

 

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Truth About SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch courtesy Marvel

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch courtesy Marvel

The House of M is in chaos again.

A major revelation in this week’s Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #7 could shake Marvel, Magneto and Avengers history and future.

Marvel Executive Editor talks about the shocker and what’s next.

We predict a major villain will make a comeback in 2015 after this week’s shocker.

But before we continue here’s a…

SPOILER ALERT. Continue reading

STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Names Revealed!

courtesy StarWars.com

courtesy StarWars.com

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We saw new characters from the upcoming sequel.

Now we know some of the names of the new members of the Star Wars mythos.

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy revealed the characters old school style to Entertainment Weekly. with retro Topps trading cards.

Jon Boyega (the Stormtrooper or hero in disguise as an Imperial soldier) is named Finn. Continue reading

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 Gold Level Books Revealed

courtesy Marvel

courtesy Marvel

The 2015 Free Comic Book Day will be May 2nd but let the excitement begin now!

IGN was first to reveal the Gold Level Comic Book from major publishers that will free for readers. Marvel will kick off Secret Wars while DC is completely top-secret, Image Comics celebrates Savage Dragon and Titan Comics unites the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor Who.

The first Saturday of May you can visit your local comic book shop for FREE comics. Different stores have different rules or limits.

Here are the Gold Level Comics by publisher with the current creative team on aboard at this time and official descriptions: Continue reading