It all started at a Comic Con. Marvel Editor Joe Quesada spoke to the legendary Joss Whedon, not for the first time, and tempted him with the idea of writing the X-Men – with art by John Cassaday, of whom Whedon was a fan. It led to the critically acclaimed, award-winning series of ‘Astonishing X-Men‘! [Read more…] about Astonishing X-Men Overview & History! – The Joss Whedon, John Cassaday Era (2004-2008)
Love or hate, shows like Smallville and The Walking Dead have opened the door for live-action comic book adaptations on television.
With Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D we’ll finally have the real test for comic book tv: Can a show set within a comic book universe, loosely embedded in comic book continuity, successfully please critics and long-time fans alike?
You’ve already read most of the superlatives, and in all likelihood you’ve already seen the film. At this point you get it: Marvel’s The Avengers is a great movie. I won’t sit here and pretend I have anything to add to that discussion outside of “squee!!!” and “Whedon could do anything he wants to me and I wouldn’t even care, man.” The Avengers is constantly exciting, does a great job tying together the entire Marvel Universe, and gets increasingly hilarious as characters are established. Go see it. Review over.
I’d like to spend the rest of the post taking a look at why one particular character had to be the focal hero of The Avengers. Naturally, with a team of super heroes, there are quite a few options Joss Whedon had to choose from. It’s my contention that the primary hero of the film was perfectly chosen. Spoilers follow, so run like blazes away from this post if you haven’t seen the film yet. [Read more…] about How Joss Whedon and Tony Stark brought Marvel’s The Avengers Full Circle
You heard that right. Summer 2012 is shaping up to be the best season of comic book movies of all time. Aside from the glorious summer of 1990, few summers have ever come close. And guess what? That’s not even counting DC’s The Dark Knight Rises. My premise is based purely on the onslaught of Marvel trailers released since the Super Bowl. How do I know all this? I’ve got 12 reasons: