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The Nevers Looks to be a Pretty Cool Joss Whedon Show!

Joss Whedon is a controversial character these days for reasons I’m not going to go into. This isn’t the sort of blog that does that. But say what you will, the man made some pretty awesome television back in the day! And he’s got a new show coming out on HBO Max: The Nevers. I believe it’s about people with super-powers in Victorian-era England?

I think it looks pretty cool. Some of my favorite TV, movie and comic book writing comes from Whedon, so I’m a fan, in spite of the controversy. It’s a shame he’s already left The Nevers.

Also, this sounds an awful lot like the plot of Whedon’s stint on the Runaways comic. Remember that? He sent the team back in time to early 20th century America, where they met a whole bunch of people with super-powers. I didn’t particularly like that story at the time…but perhaps Whedon has decided to give the idea its own proper home? We’ll see!

The Nevers comes out in April.


Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is like a new episode of the biggest, most expensive TV show of all time. It’s not the event that the first movie was, and it might not be as Earth-shattering as I expected, but Age of Ultron is nonetheless a fun, exciting and action-packed movie starring all of our favorite superheroes. And therein lies my biggest complaint, which is really a non-complaint.

There’s a familiarity to Age of Ultron that leads to contentment. The movie doesn’t really give us anything new to get excited about, instead delivering just another solid chapter in this ongoing saga.

Movie Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

I liken Age of Ultron to a TV show because that’s exactly what it felt like while I was watching. I may have been in a packed movie theater, and it’s been three years since the last episode, but Ultron was definitely the ‘monster-of-the-week’ in the latest episode of The Avengers. All of our favorite characters are back, their friendly, comfortable banter is exactly what we’d expect, and everything is more or less tied up in a nice, tidy bow by the end. Lessons are learned, a little romance is slipped in, and now we just sit back and wait for the next episode.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way with any movie sequel before. It’s a weird feeling.

But the episodic feel doesn’t keep the movie from being entertaining. It’s an exciting film from beginning to end. In the big picture sense, the movie is amazing. But when you step back and really think about all the moving parts, it’s not without some flaws. Director Joss Whedon juggles a few too many characters, so that some get a lot of attention — like Hawkeye, in some standout moments — while others are little more than props — like Thor, who spends most of his time dropping hints about future movies.

The new characters are a mixed bag. The titular villain, Ultron, is too entertaining to be menacing. That’s an odd way to describe a super villain, but it’s exactly how actor James Spader pulls it off.

I like Age of Ultron, a lot. It’s not as good at the first Avengers film, largely because the spectacle has worn off, but also for a lot of little reasons. Yet overall, it’s another exciting film in my favorite franchise of all time, despite those little reasons.

Join me after the jump for my full, detailed review. And there will be SPOILERS!

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6 Thoughts on the First Season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been over for a few weeks now, and I would have done this list sooner, but Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past had to be addressed (and both were entertaining movies). I’ve come to the general conclusion that I don’t think I would be a very good TV reviewer. I don’t have the time or energy to really tackle each episode when it airs, and I’m pretty subjective when it comes to TV. So in order to tackle these popular shows, I like to wrap up my thoughts in a List of Six.

Expect my thoughts on the second season for Arrow next week. And today, let’s talk about the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.!

What a pain in the butt title to have to write out

First things first, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t live up to the hype. There’s no way around it. This was billed as a TV tie-in to the amazing Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Joss Whedon himself, and the hype was through the roof last Summer. But I think we can all agree that the show just didn’t measure up. But I stuck with it every week and saw every episode, and I’m going to be tuning in next season. So you better believe I have some thoughts.

Join me after the jump! Also, expect FULL SPOILERS for the entire first season.

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Speaking of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Check out this new, three-minute long preview for Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

That just looks fantastic. It’s witty, Agent Coulson is awesome, and it sounds a lot like what my List of Six was about earlier today. It seems these agents are going to investigate superheroes, and my boy J. August Richards is playing one of them. Internet speculation puts Richards as playing Rage, from the New Warriors. If you look at the Marvel logo at the start of the clip, with all the comic book panels flashing by in the background, you can see Rage in the panels. Why would they put someone like Rage in that logo buzzer if he didn’t matter?

And having Rage show up in the show is exactly like what I based my list on: random Marvel characters getting a cameo or guest spot on the show! Perfect! It’s like I can see the future, or something.

So attention, Joss Whedon, if you read today’s List of Six, feel free to use any of my ideas free of charge (and then hire me to write for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

I could make this look good

First Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Promo!

Joss Whedon is soon to be back on TV! Here’s our first look at the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I think it looks pretty neat. As we all know, Joss Whedon is a master of the TV arts, and any show he makes is bound to be amazing. The fact that it’s based in the Marvel Movieverse and stars Agent Coulson is just icing on this delicious cake! I can only hope that the show will be filled with juicy Marvel Universe Easter Eggs and cameos!

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