Incredibles 2: 14 Years Too Late?

by Nathan on June 17, 2018

On some winter day one winter week 14 years ago, my parents dropped my sisters, then 6 and almost 1, off at my aunt’s and uncle’s house and took me to see Pixar’s latest flick: The Incredibles. The studio, having tackled toys, monsters, bugs, and fish in their previous films, now entered the superhero realm, four years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted. While I have vague memories of that initial showing—a scene where Dash runs on water to escape henchman of the evil Syndrome is most vivid in my mind—it’s the countless rewatches that stand out. My dad bought a 2-disk DVD the day the movie came out, and I’ve seen in numerous times since then.

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The 10 Best Amazing Spider-Man Stories by Dan Slott, Part 2 (5-1)

by Nathan on June 2, 2018

In my previous post, we looked at the first five stories of my ten story list, covering some of Dan Slott’s best Spider-Man stories of all time (or, well, the past decade anyway). Now, we’re all geared up for the next list of five. So what’s Slott’s greatest tales of the last ten years? Find out…

Now.

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The 10 Best Amazing Spider-Man Stories by Dan Slott, Part 1 (10-6)

by Nathan on June 2, 2018

For the past decade, Dan Slott has been helping guide the shape of Spider-Man stories in the “Amazing Spider-Man,” whether alongside a team of writers post-“One More Day” or on his own as solo scripter of the series post-“Brand New Day.” As a writer, he’s written almost 200 issues in total, with several storylines under his belt. Like most other writers, he’s helped create new characters, reintroduce old ones, kill certain characters off, resurrect a few, and has done a lot to participate in the craziness of Peter Parker’s life.

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Courting Death: Characters Who Might Die In Avengers: Infinity War

by Nathan on April 3, 2018

Before we begin, a brief note: I typically dislike articles like these. I see a post with a title like “Characters Who Will/Probably/Are Going to Die In [Insert Movie Title Here],” and I brush them aside, mainly for two reasons: 1. I don’t want to actually spoil a potential movie death by reading someone else’s ideas and convincing myself they actually make sense (so why are you still reading this, then?). 2. Since so many of these articles speak in absolutes or at least close to absolutes, it’s a little hard to take them seriously. “Cap’s going to die for sure in Civil War!” they scream, or “Tony Stark has got to die in order for the plot to go anywhere!” This generally makes me scratch my chin and wonder “Really? You’re that certain?” So, I offer you the alternative: I’m just making assumptions here. Those articles do too, sure, but let me be really clear that I am only offering my beliefs on what may occur. I’m not pushing anything but my interpretation of canon; no other grandiose statement is being made.

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When Nostalgia Isn’t Enough—How “The Last Jedi” Substitutes Subversion for Shock

by Nathan on December 17, 2017

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog detailing my deep appreciation for Rogue One, the Star Wars anthology film that told the story of how a group of rebels stole the plans for the new Death Star base. Slotted between prequel film Revenge of the Sith and the original trilogy’s A New Hope, it enabled storytellers to craft a tale in part separated from much of the lore, characters, and concepts of the Jedi stories found in the old, original, and new trilogies. Not a clean break, certainly, but it was original in the sense it gave us something new and refreshing. For me, it worked well, for that reason and a variety of others detailed in that blog.

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