A Few Marvel/DC Thoughts from San Diego ComicCon

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So this is all based from sources that I read, so I'm sure I'll get something wrong here or there:

Thor: The Dark World: Early word is that it looks underwhelming.  We said that 2 years ago and were proven extremely wrong on that.  I've really enjoyed Chris Hemsworth's interpretation of Thor (adding more humor than we were expecting) and Tom Hiddleson is fucking genius....worst case, it turns into Iron Man 2.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The concept art is selling this movie right now.  It should be as good as the first movie....and as long as they get the nationality of the Winder Soldier's handlers right, it's still a thousand times better than the Matt Salinger movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy: In a conversation I had with a friend, he was worried that it would get weird by being left in the hands of the director of Tromeo and Juliette.  First off...Disney isn't going to be giving James Gunn a very long leash.  Secondly, the movie features a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon....what could possibly be weird about that?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Joss Whedon is going to be fully involved in this...Coulson's back (resurrection, apparently, totally blow off), as is Agent Hill (Colbie Smulders will be needing a job after How I Met Your Mother wraps this season).  And Ron Glass from Firefly plays an agent, opening the door for everybody from Whedon's stock players to make an appearance!

X-Men: Days of Futures Past: First off, in 2011 when we had 4 superhero movies released, X-Men First Class turned in the best production!  Now, we're melding the two casts together.  It could be awesome, or it could be a convoluted mess.  But Peter Dinklage and Sentinels should balance it towards the "awesome" column!

The Flash/JLA:  Imagine, if you will, that Hawkeye got a stand-alone movie before Thor.  Then, imagine that you spent two hours watching a guy who's sole ability is to be really good at archery.  Don't get me wrong, I looooove me some Hawkeye.  But Thor needed the added benefit of being fully drawn out in a movie prior to being featured in The Avengers.  Now, replace "Hawkeye" with "The Flash" and "Thor" with "Wonder Woman."  The Flash is a decent character (albeit, with a rouge's gallery that consists of villains too stupid for Superman to face), but I fear for this turning into another Green Lantern, and nobody wants that...

Superman/Batman: I guess the bigger question is, do they just simply replace Christian Bale with somebody else (and with a 2015 release date, they better get cracking at finding that person) and continue the continuity of the Nolanverse, or start fresh?  I don't think that Batman's origin needs to be retold again, but establishing what type of Batman this will end up being (Nolan, Burton, Schumacher, or *shudder* West) remains the bigger question.  This is definitely a step in the right direction, but with Man of Steel struggling to hit the $300 million domestic marker (and fall substantially short of the $1 Billion world marker that Iron Man 3 hit earlier in the summer) they will need to tread lightly and really have a plan going in to all of this....

What are your thoughts?

Go forth and be nerdful!

Andy

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