Last week, Disney and Marvel announced a metric ton of new shows and characters coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’re getting Ironheart, we’re getting Secret Invasion, we’re getting She-Hulk, we’re getting America Chavez, we’re getting Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania; we’re getting so so so much content over the next few years! It’s going to be great!
Most exciting at all (debatable) is the fact that Stingray could finally make an appearance in the new TV show Armor Wars, starring Don Cheadle as War Machine.
Why is this the best chance to get Stingray into the MCU? I’m so glad you asked!
Armor Wars is a classic Iron Man story from the late 1980s, wherein Tony Stark discovers that his armor technology has been stolen and integrated into several armored villains from around the Marvel Universe. So Tony launches a crusade to shut this stuff down, taking on all of these villains…and then it evolves to taking on anyone with armor. He wants to get his tech out of the hands of everybody.
And one of this suspects is, our favorite, Stingray.
So Iron Man goes after Stingray and battles his fellow Avenger. It’s hero vs. hero! But in the end, after defeating Stingray, Tony learns that Stingray’s armor is not based on Stark designs. He attacked a hero and fellow Avenger for no good reason!
It’s a bit of a turning point in the Armor Wars story…and easily something that could be a turning point in the TV show! It’s one thing to take on the likes of Stilt-Man and the Controller, but to beat up a fellow Avenger? A fellow hero? That’s a big deal! And great for TV drama.
If you’d like to learn more about what the heck I’m talking about, the Iron Man cartoon from the 1990s did an Armor Wars two-parter. And both episodes are available on YouTube! And Disney+, if you’re subscribed.
But YouTube clips are easier to share on this blog. So check out this episode. The Stingray portion begins at the 4:00 mark.
How fun is that? Such an underrated show.
Also, now that I think about it, Armor Wars is also our best chance of getting Stilt-Man into the MCU. That’s also exciting!
Welcome back to another week of quarantine comics! New issues are trickling out here and there, and big changes are coming to everything. DC has cut ties with Diamond! What does that mean? I don’t know, I’m not a business guy. All I know is I enjoyed the comics I read this week.
I got two of my favorite comics: Force Works 2020 and Far Sector! I think Force Works is my favorite thing Matthew Rosenberg has written, and it was my favorite of the two this week.
Meanwhile, life goes on and the world continues to fall apart. I had a bit of a fever scare earlier this week after a doctor’s appointment, but I pulled through without any sickness. I’ve started playing Star Wars: Battlefront 2 because it was free on Playstation, and I just finished the third season of Killing Eve. Both are pretty good.
And, obviously, #BlackLivesMatter.
Comic Reviews: Far Sector #6 and Force Works 2020 #3.Read the rest of this entry
I have been fairly good this quarantine in that I haven’t splurged on a bunch of expensive LEGO just to pass the time. I did buy a couple of sets, but I waited at least a month! Well it looks like the horizon has plenty in store for an old sap like me.
There’s going to be a new, smaller LEGO Avengers helicarrier!
It looks a little awkward, having to shrink down to a more manageable size. But it still looks like a beauty worthy of building.
The set isn’t available yet, but you can set a bookmark and check out some more pictures on its LEGO webpage. The $119 price tag isn’t too bad. Between this set and the upcoming Razor Crest from The Mandalorian, I’m going to be down about $250 in the near future.
More excitedly, this new helicarrier is far more manageable than the previous LEGO helicarrier, which was a monstrous beast for $350. I never did splurge on that one.
These might be my last batch of comic book reviews for the foreseeable future! Diamond Distributors announced this past week that they’re going to shop distributing comics to retailers, and we don’t yet know if any of the major publishers are going to go digital-only during this virus apocalypse. If they do, I’ll be fine, because I read all my comics digitally. But if Marvel, DC and the like shut down all releases…welp, that’s the whole ball game!
Perhaps I’ll start doing reviews of all the tpbs I’ve been catching up on…
Comic Book of the Week goes to the second issue of Force Works 2020 for being the most entertaining comic this week! A lot of comics were just moving the story along, whereas Force Works 2020 was really fun to read with some solid character work.
Meanwhile, speaking of those tpbs, I read through the entire collected edition of Nick Spencer’s Astonishing Ant-Man and it totally held up! Great series. I started on Dennis Hallum’s Cloak and Dagger, and the first tpb was good, solid. But I cannot recommend the latest tpb of Rat Queens, with a whole new creative team. That was a disappointment.
Comic Reviews: Far Sector #5, Force Works 2020 #2, Hellions #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #5, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #49, Wolverine #2 and X-Men #9.
Howdy ho, everybody! Did you check out my review of the Harley Quinn cartoon earlier this week? That show was great! The first season just wrapped up last week, and season 2 is coming in April! DC really nailed this one!
Speaking of which, I don’t review very many DC comics this week! Really just Far Sector, which remains awesome. Though I do check out stuff like Ant-Man and Force Works from Marvel, as well as a new Power Rangers comic.
Comic Book of the Week goes to X-Men #7 for an issue that might just be exactly what I’ve been waiting for in Dawn of X. This issue is bonkers in all the best ways!
Meanwhile, speaking of Dawn of X, I glanced through the Giant-Sized Jean Grey and Emma Frost issue and it’s fine. It’s one of those totally silent issues, relying on the art to tell a crazy story set in Storm’s mindscape. I’m not a fan of dream settings, but Russell Dauterman’s art is fantastic. Why Marvel hasn’t put him on a main X-Men title yet, I do not know.
Comic Reviews: Ant-Man #2, Far Sector #4, Force Works 2020 #1, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #48, New Mutants #8 and X-Men #7.