Character Introductions: Top 5 Portrayals of Shazam/Captain Marvel to see before the movie

Character Introductions: Top 5 Portrayals of Shazam/Captain Marvel to see before the movie

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Home, News, Source Material, Uncategorized

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So recently images of Zachary Levi’s portrayal of the DC hero called Shazam graced the Internet and it got some people excited. Some thought Levi’s suit was an excellent portrayal while others criticized the suit for being a bit too cartoonish for a live action movie. Me, I’m glad the photo came out because I forgot the movie was happening overall. Shazam or Captain Marvel as he was previously known is a popular DC hero whose origins trace back to the Golden Age of Comics but this is his first time on the big cinematic screen. So to help give the non-nerdy people context about who the World’s Mightiest Mortal and the Shazam Family are, here’s 5 appearances of Captain Marvel aka Shazam that should not only inform you but get you excited for the movie’s debut on April 5th, 2019. SHAZAM!

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1. Justice League Unlimited: (2005)
Captain Marvel’s second (although first formal modern) animated appearance was in the DC Animated Universe during the Justice League Unlimited series. In the episode titled “Clash”, Captain Marvel voiced by actor Jerry O’Connell joins the Justice League but his positive and at times naïve opinion about Lex Luthor and his attempts to reform strains his relationship with the League, specifically Superman. The tension culminates in a harsh battle between Superman and Captain Marvel over Luthor’s latest project, Lexor City and their conflicting opinions about Luthor’s innocence. Although Captain Marvel was proved to be “correct” and Superman apologizes for his actions, Captain Marvel resigns from the Justice League, highlighting his disappointment in how he used to look up to the Justice League and Superman and his disgust for what the League has become.

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2. Batman: Brave and the Bold: (2009-10)
Captain Marvel’s fifth and more frequent modern animated appearance was in Cartoon Network’s Batman: Brave and the Bold series. In this rotating guest spot, Captain Marvel was voiced by actor Jeff Bennet and his alter ego Billy Batson was voiced by actress Tara Strong. Not only did he help Batman fight the occasional villain, this portrayal expanded on the character and his rich universe. In “The Power of Shazam”, we learn about Captain Marvel’s Fawcett City and his struggles with Dr. Sivana and his family, the evil Black Adam, the immortal wizard Shazam, the bitter Aunt Minerva and his sister Mary Batson aka Mary Marvel. In “The Malicious Mr. Mind!” we see Batman and the Marvel family take on Dr. Sivana, the alien Mr. Mind and the other member of the Monster Society of Evil. He would work alongside Batman and other heroes and eventually bec0me a member of the Justice League International. The right mix of goofy and serious, this interpretation of Captain Marvel was both accurate to the comics portrayal but also balanced the juxtaposition of Captain Marvel’s powers and responsibility with Billy’s child-like optimism and innocence. It’s also one of my favorite depictions of the character and one I recommend for those unfamiliar with the Big Red Cheese.

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3. Young Justice: (2010-2016)
Captain Marvel’s seventh and other frequent animated appearance was in Cartoon Network’s other DC Comics series Young Justice. He is a member of the Justice League and he volunteers to be the den mother to the Young Justice team after Red Tornado abruptly leaves the position and team. This version of Captain Marvel shows him acting more like his Billy Batson who is 10 years old at the beginning of the series who seems to prefer hanging with the group of younger heroes instead of the Justice League. Billy idolizes the team and prefers to spend time in Mount Justice even when he’s not on monitor duty, seeing them as peers closer to his own age. A few episodes reference or allude to him living with his uncle in Fawcett City instead of at a foster home and even his tiger Mr. Tawny makes a cameo. His youthful nature is constantly used against him by the team who find it a little too easy to confuse and manipulate him when necessary. This version of Captain Marvel is important because Billy Batson ages throughout the series storyline. He goes from 10 years old in 2010 to a 15-year-old by 2016, a change indicated simply in size since his attire has changed very little. Although the series doesn’t go deep into Captain Marvel’s mythology or backstory, the idea of the World’s Mightiest Mortal being a den mother to a group of young teenage superheroes is an amusing concept worth viewing.

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4. Superman/Shazam! : The Return of Black Adam: (2010) This short animated film centers on Superman and Captain Marvel aka Shazam, voiced by returning actors George Newbern and Jerry O’Connell, joining forces to deal with the returning threat of Black Adam, voiced by The Mummy actor Arnold Vosloo. At only 25 minutes long, this short-animated story reiterates the story of the Wizard Shazam, his mistake in appointing Black Adam as one of his champions, Black Adam’s return from exile and Superman’s vulnerability to magic which gives characters like Shazam and Black Adam an upper hand in battle. This version also introduces a silver age Captain Marvel character known as Tawky Tawny, a humanoid tiger and companion of the Wizard Shazam. For those not interested in watching the animated series, this simple but enjoyable film is the perfect introduction to Shazam for those of any attention span.

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5. Justice League: War (2014): In this adaptation of Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, the presence of Captain Marvel was an original idea and not one from the film’s source material. He replaced the original member Aquaman who would be featured later in Throne of Atlantis. Orphan Billy Batson sneaks out of his foster home to watch the football game that Victor Stone plays in who he memorably interacts with after the game. Later Billy’s foster home is attacked by Parademons forcing him to transform into Shazam voiced by actor Sean Astin. He fights alongside the Justice League and despite some impulsive actions on his part, his mystical lightning bolt is the missing ingredient that helps Cyborg return Darkseid to Apokolips. Depowered, he and Cyborg have a moment where Cyborg agrees to keep Billy’s secret from the League. Referencing Shazam’s membership with the Justice League in the past, this version balanced the bratty kid of Billy Batson with the star struck adult burdened both with the responsibility of his powers and learning to play well with others.

So I hope that helps you on your journey to learn more about the hero that Dr. Sivana calls for some reason “ The Big Red Cheese”. I hope the new movie properly balances the proper levels of seriousness and fun that I always associate with Cap… I mean Shazam and his family of superheroes. Until then, enjoy this clip from Batman: Brave and the Bold that a younger part of me relates to in more ways than one.

 

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The Guardian of the Marvel Universe: A Countdown of ALL Stan Lee cameos in Marvel Movies Part 1

The Guardian of the Marvel Universe: A Countdown of ALL Stan Lee cameos in Marvel Movies Part 1

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Home, News, Source Material, Uncategorized

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One of the most treasured Easter Eggs in the Marvel Universe has always been the Stan Lee Cameos. Ever since X-Men (2000) began the reemergence of superhero films that paved the way for the MCU and other comic book style films, the creator/co-creator of many iconic Marvel Comics characters has gone from a whimsical sort of gimmick to become a treasured seal of approval for films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a treasured reference like Jon Ratzenberger’s cameos in Pixar films. This year marks ten years  since the MCU debut in Iron Man (2008) and technically 18 years since the first modern Marvel superhero film X-Men (2000) so what better way to celebrate than reference every single Stan Lee cameo in all that time? As Stan the Man would say “EXCELSIOR!”

Honorable Mention: Blade (1998)

Stan Lee was supposed to cameo as one of the officers who come into the club after the blood rave and find Quinn’s body stapled to the wall on fire. It was cut from the film.

  1. X-Men (2000): The X-Men Co-creator and Executive Producer is a man near a hot dog stand on the beach that Senator Kelly emerges from the water, naked and now a mutant.
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2.Spider-Man (2002): The creator of Spider-Man appeared in a scene reacting to the Green Goblin’s attack on the balcony at the World Unity Festival. He sees the attack and helps usher a little girl to safety.
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3.Daredevil (2003): The creator of Daredevil finds himself saved from walking into ongoing traffic by a young Matt Murdock. Lee’s character was based on the senior blind man that Matt Murdock saves in the comics but his interjection causes the accident that gives him his powers.
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4.Hulk (2003): The creator of the Hulk appeared as a security guard alongside Lou Ferrigno who famously portrayed the Hulk in the Incredible Hulk (1978). Lee was encouraged to ab-lib his lines.
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5.Spider-Man 2 (2004): Stan Lee was originally supposed to be the guy who shouted “Hey, Spider-Man stole that guy’s pizza!” But there were problems with the shot, so the scene had to be re-filmed with another actor. Stan was given a different yet more valiant cameo as a bystander who saves a woman from falling debris during a fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus.
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6. Fantastic Four (2005): Co-Creator Stan Lee made a rare cameo portraying one of the characters from the comics: Willy Lumpkin who was the Fantastic Four’s friendly old mailman. The character was a constant presence at the Baxter Building and even jokingly applied for membership to the Four, his superpower being the ability “to wiggle his ears.” In the movie, his line was originally “Welcome home, Dr. Richards,” but Stan changed it to “Welcome back to the Baxter Building, Doctor Richards!”
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7. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006): Stan Lee would cameo (along with fellow X-Men writer Chris Claremont) in the opening of this film as a neighbor whose water hose flow on his front lawn get disrupted by Jean Grey and her emerging powers.
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8. Spider-Man 3 (2007): Stan Lee appeared early in the film commenting to Peter Parker about Spider-Man’s sudden high in popularity and how great the character was. When Peter looks at him with nothing to say, Stan adds his signature phrase “Nuff Said!” and walks on.
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9. Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Surfer (2007): Co-Creator Stan Lee made another rare cameo as himself who is refused entry at Reed and Sue’s wedding. Not only is it hilarious to imagine that Stan wasn’t on the list but this is a direct reference to Reed and Sue’s wedding in the comics when both Stan Lee AND Jack Kirby were both refused entry at the wedding, the moment being a rare moment of breaking the fourth wall in comics at that time.
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10. Iron Man (2008): Creator Stan Lee cameos in the first official MCU movie at Tony Stark’s party as playboy figurehead Hugh Hefner, accompanied by three beautiful blonde women. Lee would comment that it was among one of his favorite cameos.
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11. Incredible Hulk (2008): Creator Stan Lee cameos as a man who accidentally drinks a soft drink that’s been mixed with Bruce Banner’s blood. The beverage proves to be lethal and helps the military zero in on an elusive Banner. To date, this is the only Stan Lee cameo where he dies.
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12. Iron Man 2 (2010): Stan Lee cameoed again in the second Iron Man movie as Larry King indicated by his well-dressed clothes, glasses and trademark suspenders.
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13. Thor (2011): Although Creator Stan Lee said he always wanted to play Thor’s father Odin, he cameos as an eager truck driver who fails to tow Mjolnir out of its crater
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14. Captain America: First Avenger (2011): A rare exception seeing that Lee had nothing to do with Captain America’s creation but honoring the revival of the character that he and Jack Kirby were responsible for in the 1960s, he appeared as an officer both at the medal ceremony for Captain America and at a later ceremony where he continues the running joke about Captain America’s height when he mistakes the messenger as Steve Rogers. I thought he’d be taller, too.
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15. The Avengers (2012): The creator of many of the characters featured in this film, he cameos during a montage after the Battle of New York where he sarcastically scoffs at the idea of superheroes in New York. Stan also filmed a deleted scene where he witnesses Steve and waitress flirting at a café and flat out insists that he ask her for her number, you moron.
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16. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): Stan Lee would cameo as Peter’s high school librarian listening to classical library while he worked, oblivious to the fight between The Lizard and Spider-Man going on behind him.
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So that’s all for Part 1. Stay Tuned for Part 2 coming soon. And in case you didn’t want to read all of that, here’s all of them in one video!

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Who are Cloak and Dagger: 10 Things you should know about Tyrone and Tandy

Who are Cloak and Dagger: 10 Things you should know about Tyrone and Tandy

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Home, News, Source Material, Uncategorized

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The upcoming Freeform (formerly ABC Family) series just released its second trailer recently for this latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe set to debut June 7th. But who are Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen aka Cloak and Dagger? Despite being characters created in the 1960s who have remained relevant in the modern Marvel Comics universe, they remain unknown to the overall public. But Marvel has a great track record with taking secondary Marvel characters and introducing them to a bigger audience to great success such as Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, or Hulu’s Runaways. With other upcoming Freeform series such as Cloak and Dagger and The New Warriors set to debut in 2018, more and more Marvel characters are prepared to be introduced into the mainstream consciousness. But who are they, people may ask or more importantly, why should we care? So here is a list of 10 things you should know about Cloak and Dagger that hopefully encourages you to inquire about their stories at your local comic shop or bookstore.

1. Cloak and Dagger were inspired by a visit to Ellis Island.
Co-creator Bill Mantlo detailed that duo came to him the night after a visit to Ellis Island, the famous gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. from 1892-1954. “They came in the night, when all was silent and my mind was blank. They came completely conceived as to their powers and attributes, their origin and motivation. They embodied between them all that fear and misery, hunger and longing that had haunted me on Ellis Island.”
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2. Tyrone and Tandy were kids from two separate worlds who coincidentally found each other.
Tyrone and Tandy would meet each other as runaways in New York City. Tyrone “Ty” Johnson was a 17-year-old from a poor neighborhood in South Boston, Massachusetts with a horrible stutter. He ran away when him and his best friend Billy witnessed a robbery gone wrong and fled the scene. When confronted by the police, Ty’s speech impediment prevented him from proving Billy’s innocence and watched the officer shoot his friend dead. Tandy Bowen was a 16-year-old from a rich neighborhood in Shaker Heights Ohio. She ran away because she felt her millionaire supermodel mother and distant stepfather were too busy with her career and their privileged social status to spend time nay attention with her. They both met in New York at the Port Authority Bus Terminal where someone attempted to steal Tandy’s purse. Despite originally wanting to steal her purse himself, Ty tackled the thief and returned the purse to Tandy. It was friendship at first sight.
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3. Tyrone and Tandy were guinea pigs for experimental drug tests for the mob.
An offer of shelter from strangers took a turn for the worst when both teenagers were delivered to a criminal chemist named Simon Marshall who was employed by the Maggia. The Maggia is a Marvel Comics crime syndicate paralleling the Mafia who are known for employing super criminals and mad scientists. Simon had developed a synthetic alternative to heroin dubbed D-Lite and was looking for test subjects. He would appear to run a shelter for runaways and then inject them with the drug with terminal results. Somehow, Ty and Tandy survived their injections and the drug’s properties would give them their powers. Simon Marshall drugs would also be responsible for transforming a young Chinese man named Martin Li into the superpowered crime lord known as Mister Negative.
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4. Their powers over time created a codependency for each other.
Simon Marshall’s drugs had an unexpected effect on both teenagers. Ty appeared to be plunged into a kind of darkness with an insatiable appetite, these changes he managed to conceal within the tattered remains of an old cloak. Ty gained the ability to create openings into something called the Darkforce dimension along with intangibility and teleportation of himself and others at will through the dimension. Tandy gained the ability to create psionic “light daggers” through her hands with the capacity to drain living creatures of their vitality when struck. Their powers would add a symbiotic level to Ty and Tandy’s friendship. Tyrone’s constant hunger from his connection to the Darkforce could be temporarily satiated by Tandy’s light daggers while Tandy could rely on Tyrone’s powers to keep her powers from becoming overcharged.
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5. They would get final revenge on the people who did this to them.
Realizing their powers, they dubbed themselves Cloak and Dagger and declared war on drugs. Their first target was their accidental creator: Simon Marshall. Their quest for vengeance crossed paths with Spider-Man who attempted to protect Marshall from the vengeful teens. He failed as Marshall would fall to his death. Not content with Marshall, Ty and Tandy would take their vendetta to his employer, the Maggia boss Silvermane. They murdered the elderly crime boss but would battle him again when it was revealed his consciousness was transferred over to a cyborg body. They would continue to combat drug dealers and likeminded enterprises but despite their limited reservations about lethal force, both vigilantes would become less ruthless over time.
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6. Are they mutants or aren’t they?
At one point, Cloak and Dagger fought the New Mutants team who had been kidnapped by fearful drug dealers and injected with the same drugs that gave the duo their powers. With the help of Spider-Man, the entire situation was rectified and they would help the New Mutants a few times later , once even turning down an offer to join the X-Men and Xavier’s School. It was revealed that both Tyrone and Tandy are mutants which is the only reason they were the sole survivor of Marshall’s drug trials. In later years, their status changed to be mutates, meaning their powers were granted from an external mutagenic source. This was later confirmed  when Doctor Nemesis of the Uncanny X-Men ran a full genetic examination on Dagger and reported that their powers derived from the drug that transformed Tyrone and Tandy and not from the mutant gene.
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7.  Although they are together, they sometimes do better apart
         Although the nature of their powers has them constantly together, there have been times that Cloak and  Daggers lonely lifestyle has left the young vigilantes hungry for more. Worried about the destructive capabilities of his powers and its effects on Tandy, Tyrone has run away more than once despite the fact that Tandy willingly uses her powers for the benefit of both of them. He sees Tandy as some of his last remaining shreds of humanity and can appear overbearing and possessive of her especially considering her habit of getting into trouble without him.  Once on an undercover mission, Tandy posed as a Eurocirque performer called Lady Light and started a romance with an FBI Agent who later sacrificed himself to save Tandy despite being a criminal. Tandy also was a member of the New Warriors for a time which she enjoyed working alongside friends and “fellow” mutants but the arrangement strained her relationship with Tyrone. Tandy was also a member of Daredevil’s Marvel Knights team when they searched for a missing Cloak who had become possessed by the malevolent entity known as Nightmare. While they don’t mind working with others, in the end Ty and Tandy always find their way back to each other.

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  1. Cloak had a small but notable part in the Infinity Gauntlet
    Cloak and Dagger have been participants in quite a few Marvel events such as Maximum Carnage, House of M, and Civil War to name a few. But one notable appearance was during the Infinity Gauntlet (1991). Thanos had been given the power to sacrifice half of the entire universe’s population in his desire to please Death and Dagger was among the countless who vanished when he did so. Cloak joined Adam Warlock and the other remaining heroes’ task force to face Thanos. During their battle with him, Cloak successfully pulled the Mad Titan into the Darkforce Dimension as he had done to dozens before but it wasn’t enough to stop him. Thanos released a surge of energy so powerful from within him that it not only killed Cloak but left only shreds of his signature cloak behind. Fortunately,both Tyrone and Tandy would be returned to life when the events of the Infinity Gauntlet ended ( no spoilers here if you haven’t read it).
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  2. Cloak and Dagger’s powers were granted from the merging of pieces from a Demon’s soul
    Eventually Cloak and Dagger were confronted by a creature called D’Spayre, a demonic essence which constantly meddled in superhuman affairs and gained its strength from the fear and despair of it’s victims. It was revealed that this entity had been orchestrating the events that granted Ty and Tandy their powers that turned them into Cloak and Dagger. D’Spayre saw the potential of their power and instead of letting their capabilities manifest naturally, it assisted in the creation of D-Lite and put Simon Marshall into their paths. While the drugs began to trigger their (at that time) latent mutant abilities, D’Spayre merged two aspects of his power, One Dark Form and One Light Form, to both vigilantes which helped to reshape their mutant abilities. These forms were simply meant to act as mutant storage batteries of the duo’s pain and suffering that D’Spayre could tap into if needed. When the entity attempted to reclaim the forms, Cloak and Dagger resisted and D’Spayre was apparently destroyed.
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  3. The Cloak and Dagger show will continue storylines from Agent Carter.Regarding it’s connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both the Roxxon Energy Corporation and the Darkforce dimension will both be prevalent in the series. The Roxxon Energy Corporation, formerly Roxxon Oil Company,  has appeared or been alluded to in both MCU films and related television series such as Agents of Shield and Agent Carter. They are a company with alleged illegal and immoral activities dabbling in all sorts of technological and science study and advancement. The Darkforce dimension also known as Zero Matter was discovered in Agent Carter Season 2 where repeated tests and exposure resulted in individuals capable of opening rifts into the Zero Matter dimension similar to Cloak’s abilities. It remains to be seen if this version of Cloak and Dagger will take inspiration from their Ultimate Comics counterparts who receive their powers when Roxxon uses their bodies, critically injured during a car accident,  as test subjects in an experiment involving dark matter. Perhaps Cloak and Dagger will take a page out of Hulu’s Runaways and allow the story to evolve on its own away from the influence and shadows of MCU’s other heroes and villains. Time will tell.
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    So what do you think? I hope you enjoyed what you read and that you’re interested to give Tandy and Tyrone a chance when June 7th rolls by.
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6 other characters who wielded the Infinity Gauntlet

6 other characters who wielded the Infinity Gauntlet

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Home, News, Uncategorized

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Although most people associate Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet, the glove that adorns the six omnipotent Infinity Gems, the Mad Titan isn’t the only person to wear the iconic glove and wield its awesome power over the years. Since Marvel Comics Infinity Gauntlet (1990) where Thanos wield nigh infinite power and then lost it, the Infinity Gems were separated to prevent such moments from reoccurring but select individuals have found circumstances where they wield power that most mortal beings weren’t meant to fathom much less control. So in the spirit of the fully powered Infinity gauntlet’s debut on Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), lets look at the six other people from the Marvel Comics Universe who assembled and then used the gloves terrifying power for their individual purposes. Don’t worry there are no spoilers here…..I think.

1. Adam Warlock: An artificial, perfect human created on Earth who later called himself Adam Warlock was not only one of the earliest introductions of the Infinity Gems but his temporary alliance with an early version of Thanos was what introduced the Mad Titan to the Infinity Gems and their power. During the Infinity Gauntlet, he would witness Thanos’ resurrection and acquisition of the Infinity Gems. He helped gather the Earth’s heroes in response to fight him and eventually he would claim the Infinity Gauntlet. However, his new status as a near-supreme being alarmed the Living Tribunal, a cosmic three headed entity whose power and authority exceeds Adam’s. It believed Warlock could not be trusted with the Infinity Gauntlet and commands him to divide the gems amongst beings of Adam’s choosing. Adam divides the gems between himself and other cosmic allies including a “reformed” Thanos and dubs the group The Infinity Watch. At one time, Adam’s power allowed him to purge the good and evil from his body so while he remained a creature of logic, his good side manifested as a woman called the Goddess and his evil side Magus reincarnated. When both manifestations threatened the universe, Adam defeated them with the help of the Infinity Watch and absorbed both entities into the Soul Gem in his possession. Adam Warlock would have repeated encounters with both the Infinity Gems and Thanos in the years to come.
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2. Reed Richards: Reed Richards is a member of the famous Fantastic Four and is considered one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe. He is also a member of the clandestine Illuminati, a gathering of some of the most powerful and influential people on Earth who weigh in and occasionally influence major Marvel events. In New Avengers: Illuminati #2 (2007), Reed Richards reveals to the group which includes Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Professor X, Namor, and Black Bolt that he has been collecting the Infinity Gems and requires their help to gather them all. Despite a group reluctance to assemble the weapon again, they succeed in acquiring all six of them. With the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet at his disposal, Reed tries to simply use their power to will them out of existence but is unable to do so. This failure plus a rare appearance from Uatu the Watcher to chastises him and the group for their efforts results in Reed inadvertently following in Adam Warlock’s footsteps. He decides to give each Illuminati member one gem each, so the gems would not only be prevented from being assembled but they would be in the possession of known people they could trust.
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3. The Hood: At one time, Parker Robbins was the Hood, the leader of a group of super criminals who had gained some prominence in the Marvel underworld. But after losing power from the dread Dormmamu and Loki alike, he was just another jailed ex-super criminal in the Raft. In the Avengers (2009) #9-12 (2011), he learned about the hidden Infinity Gem in the Inhuman city Attilan from an incarcerated Inhuman. After his escape and acquisition of the second Gem at the Baxter Building, his search alerted both the Avengers and the Illuminati. Although the Illuminati’s adventures eventually revealed their existence to three separate Avengers teams, they attempted to keep the remaining Infinity Gems from the Hood. Although his shift in power from the Infinity Gems managed to defeat many of the Avengers and granted an appearance from Thanos (who proved to be an illusion), Robbins opportunity to wield the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet was robbed by the Avengers. Depowered once again, he was teleported back to the Raft.
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4. Iron Man: Avenger and Illuminati member Tony Stark aka Iron Man saw the Avengers battle with Parker Robbins aka The Hood swaying more and more towards the Hood gaining the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet. When the battle started to end, a clever illusion stole the opportunity from The Hood and the power remained with Iron Man who became the first human to ever wield the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers #12 (2011). He used its power to will the Gauntlet out of existence to the satisfaction of all heroes who participated in the battle to protect it from falling into wrong hands. But as the readers would know such an action is impossible (as Illuminati member Reed Richards failed to do so in the past), the Illuminati would retrieve the Infinity Gauntlet later and divide the Infinity Gems amongst its members who now included Captain America. They were once again tasked with finding new hiding places to prevent the Gems from falling into the wrong hands.
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5. Captain America: Avenger and Illuminati member Captain America saw a gathering of the Illuminati over the news of Black Panther’s first-hand account of an incursion in the New Avengers #1 (2015). After capturing and learning information about the universe colliding events from the enigmatic Black Swan, Captain America argued against the idea of destroying another universe for the sake of saving their own. The covert group gathered their Infinity Gems and activated the Infinity Gauntlet to prevent an incursion. Wielded by Captain America himself, Steve Rogers was able to push back the other Earth but at the expense of the Infinity Gems. The Gauntlet itself broke and the gems shattered, something new and unheard of in the gems history. Despite the setback, Captain America remained steadfast against the idea of creating weapons meant to destroy other planets. The other Illuminati members crossed a line they would regret by removing Captain America from the group and wiping his memory of everything Illuminati related in New Avengers #3 (2015).
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6. Black Panther: Longtime Avenger and former Illuminati member Black Panther found himself one of the few sole survivors of the ultimate incursion: the destruction of Earth 616 (the main Marvel Universe) in the Marvel Event Secret Wars (2015) Searching with his enemy and fellow Illuminati member Namor, they explore the strange Battleworld ruled by the omnipotent Doctor Doom. As Doom attempts to cover up the truth about the world’s true existence with a slew of bodies, Namor and T’Challa arrive at the Isle of Agamotto in Secret Wars #6 (2015). Using the key Strange gave them before he was killed by Doom, they come across an armory full of powerful and awesome weapons including an Infinity Gauntlet. Apparently the good Sheriff Stephen Strange’s intuition about Doom was enough to insist on the location of Doom’s castle to be a precise spot, this location being the only place where the Infinity Gauntlet would be effective. T’Challa and Namore face Doom armed and ready for battle with an army of the dead on their heels. During the battle, Doom holds his ground but realizes the attack is nothing but a distraction for Reed Richards to confront the Molecule Man and thus begin the final battle which would determine the fate of the Marvel Universe forever.

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Honorable Mention: Santa Claus
In Marvel Holiday Spectacular 2009 #1,  the Illuminati has to stop Santa Claus who has a negative reaction to wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and goes 100% evil. Not only do they need to stop Jolly ol’ St. Nick from going full Grinch but they also have to save Christmas as well. Absolutely ridiculous but still funny.

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Until we see the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet, enjoy this scene from The Wizard (1989) which I can’t stop imagining Thanos saying.

 

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Who is Thanos: 10 Facts about the Mad Titan you might not know

Who is Thanos: 10 Facts about the Mad Titan you might not know

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Source Material, Uncategorized

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He is one of the most powerful and feared characters in the Marvel Universe. He has been featured in comics, animated series and has made cameos in multiple Marvel Cinematic films. He will be the primary villain of Avengers: Infinity War portrayed by actor Josh Brolin. He is the leader of the Cull Obsidian, he is the wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet and he is the unrequited lover of Death. He is called the Mad Titan, but the galaxy knows him by another name: Thanos. But for those who want to know more about the character in preparation for Infinity War debuting in theaters on April 27th, 2017, here’s 10 facts about Gamora’s adoptive father that may help you understand and appreciate the character enough to wonder what kind of changes his actions will bring to the MCU in the near future.

  1. Co-creator Jim Starlin created Thanos during a college psychology course.
    According to Starlin, “ I went to college between doing U.S. military service and getting work in comics, and there was a psych class and I came up with Thanos. So I came up to Marvel and editor Roy Thomas asked if I wanted to do an issue of Iron Man. I felt that this may be my only chance ever to do a character, not having the confidence that my career was going to last anything longer than a few weeks.” Originally Thanos was a thinner character but Thomas encouraged him to size up the character compared to Starlin’s original sketches, something that Starlin continued to do as the character continued to appear in Marvel.Image result for jim starlin thanos drawing
  2. Thanos was inspired by Jack Kirby’s The New Gods but not the Dark God you’re thinking of.

According to Starlin “Jack Kirby had done the New Gods, which I thought was terrific. He was over at DC                     Comics at the time. I came up with some things that were inspired by that. You’d think that Thanos was                         inspired by  Darkseid, but that was not the case when I showed up. In my first Thanos drawings, if he looked                 like anybody, it was Metron. I had all these different gods and things I wanted to do, which became Thanos and           the Titans. Roy took one look at the guy in the Metron-like chair and said “Beef him up! If you’re going to steal            one of the New Gods, at  least  rip off Darkseid, the really good one!”
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  1. Despite a rocky start, Thanos was a originally a pacifist.
    Born to Mentor and Sui-San of the Eternals, Thanos carries the Deviants gene which causes random physical or cosmetic mutations. When his mother first saw him, she was so startled by his appearance that she almost killed him. According to Thanos Rising #1, Thanos was a pacifist during his childhood and only played with his brother Eros, who would become the hero Starfox, and pets. It wasn’t until his adolescence that he became a nihilist who worshipped and fell in love with the physical embodiment of death whom he called Mistress Death.
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  2. In his early attempts to impress Death, he would destroy his planet and unintentionally create two Marvel heroes in the process.
    Eager to impress Mistress Death, the adult Thanos left his home planet Titan and returned with an army of mercenaries and began a nuclear-powered assault that killed millions of his race including his mother. Unsatisfied with his efforts, he then traveled to Earth in search of the Cosmic Cube. Upon his arrival, his ship destroyed a nearby car and a family who witnessed his approach. Somehow the father and his daughter survived the explosion. The father Arthur Douglas’ spirit was preserved and given a new form and identity as Drax the Destroyer, a character Jim Starlin originally created along with Thanos in his college years, and his daughter Heather was found by Thanos’ father Mentor and was raised to become the heroine known as Moondragon. Both characters would battle Thanos repeatedly in the years to come.
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  3. The Infinity Gauntlet was not the first time Earth’s heroes fought Thanos
    During a temporary alliance with Adam Warlock against his evil future counterpart Magus, Thanos is introduced to the Infinity Gems and creates a plan to combine reserved energy from Warlock’s Soul Gem and the other Infinity Gems to create a weapon with enough power to destroy a star, specifically Earth’s sun. When Adam learned of this plan to gain Mistress Death’s attention, he summons the Avengers and Captain Marvel to stop Thanos which fails when the Mad Titan not only defeats and captures the heroes but also kills Adam. The Earth heroes are eventually freed and during the final battle in Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1 #2, the Soul Gem releases Adam Warlock’s spirit and turns Thanos into stone.
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  4. Mistress Death brought him back as a balance but then refused to speak to him when it fails.
    In Thanos Quest, it was revealed that Mistress Death sensed a great imbalance in the universe with a steady shift in life rather than death and this disproportion was the reason Thanos was restored to life in Silver Surfer #4 (1990). Shortly after, Thanos would gather up the Infinity Gems and attempt to talk to Death on her level. The irony now was in achieving his new status, Thanos had become superior to Death and as a result, Death would not speak to him which had to be relayed to Thanos through one of her minions. The events of The Infinity Gauntlet (1990) was nothing more than proof of Thanos’ love for Death yet she says nothing as he destroys much of the known Marvel universe in her name.
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  5. Squirrel Girl defeated Thanos all on her own
    He may have defeated most of the Marvel Universe at one time, but he was no match for Squirrel Girl and her girl-squirrel Tippy-Toe. Over the years, Squirrel Girl has come across a few of Marvel’s villain powerhouses and managed to come out on top. In GLX: Christmas Special #1 (2006), this silly Holiday anthology about the Great Lakes Avengers ends one of their segments with Squirrel Girl coming across a downed spaceship. Thanos emerges holding a new weapon dubbed the Pyramatrix stating that once it’s charged with all the lifeforce of Earth, he’ll be ready to take over the universe. Not if Squirrel Girl has anything to say about it! The pure ridiculousness of the moment is cemented afterwards when Uatu the Watcher appears to congratulate them both and assure them that that wasn’t a clone or a robot but actually Thanos himself.
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  6. Thanos and Death had a “child” named The Rot
    In Avengers: Celestial Quest #5, it is revealed that when Thanos died, all of his collective energy merged with Death and somehow they created an entity together. The entity dubbed “ the Rot” was a moving void of nothingness that grew the more it consumed. The Rot began to follow all living things as if it was “alive” and eventually the Avengers and special allies were encased inside it with Thanos and his minions. Both Thanos and Mistress Death learned of the true origins of their child and they decided to work together, and their united plan managed to destroy the Rot and restore its victims.Related image

    1. Avengers Infinity War will be the first appearance of Thanos’ posse: The Black Order
      Introduced in Marvel Comics Event Infinity (2013), the members of the Black Order (also known as the Cull Obsidian which means midnight slaughter) appeared individually in New Avengers Vol. 3 #8 and their first full and known appearance was in Infinity #1. During this event where Thanos takes advantage of the Avengers being temporarily off planet to invade Earth, the Black Order is introduced as powerful and ruthless aliens who work for the Mad Titan. They are Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, and Supergiant. They invade alien worlds and demand tribute of adult youth between the ages of 16-22 on Thanos’ behalf. When they arrived on Earth, they searched for the Infinity Gems, defeating and manipulating members of the clandestine Illuminati. They later appeared on the Inhuman city Attilan where they demand tribute from Blackbolt and the Inhumans. It is revealed this invasion and tribute are smokescreens for Thanos’ true search for his son Thane. The Black Order has been featured in three separation incarnations and appeared in the Avengers Assemble cartoon. The Black Order will make their big screen debut in Avengers: Infinity War as Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw and Black Dwarf renamed Cull Obsidian. The directors Joe and Anthony Russo altered their abilities and changed their origin to be children of Thanos instead of assorted aliens in Thanos’ inner circle.
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    2. Josh Brolin based his original characterization of Thanos on Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now
      When actor Josh Brolin accepted the role of Thanos in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), he stated that he based his characterization of Thanos on Marlon Brando’s role of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1978). This is amusing considering Coppola’s opinion of Marvel movies. When Francis Ford Coppola saw Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) , whose director Joss Whedon said Coppola’s film The Godfather: Part II (1974) was the primary basis and inspiration for the film, he declared his retirement from filmmaking permanently. He heavily criticized the film along with Marvel and the current studio system for turning moviemaking into a factory of manufacturing films for the sake of huge profits instead of artistic quality and values that defined the profession in the past.
      Image result for Thanos josh brolinImage result for Colonel Kurtz coppolaImage result for francis ford coppolaWell there you go. If you’re interested, go to your local comic book shop and ask for recommendations or even check bookstores like Barnes and Noble. They’ll most likely have related storylines portrayed prominently for any new readers crazy enough to try and romance Death. While we countdown to Avengers: Infinity War, here’s a clip of Josh Brolin on Conan discussing his feelings on playing Thanos.

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