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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thor, Capatin America, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman & the Death of Spider-Man

I can remember when we were approaching Y2K and the world was concerned about a worldwide technological collapse.  Now, we are approaching the end of 2010 and starting another decade in 2011.  In the last ten years we have seen the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, 2 wars, 2 economic recessions, 1 of which nearly collapsed the entire world economy, bank closings, the biggest Ponzi scheme in world history by Bernie Madoff, a major tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina, several typhoons and earthquakes, the world's worst oil spill in human history by BP, the death of Saddam Hussein, a nuclear threat from South Korea and Iran, the rising power of China, several school shootings and the list goes on.  These are just a few of the astonishing events that have taken place!  If the world ever needed a hero/heroes then this has been the decade for it!  That is exactly what we have gotten, too; so to speak!

This last decade, 2001-2010, has seen an increase in the interest of comic books, superheroes and the love of fantasy.  Marvel stock continued to rise even during recessions and was eventually bought by Disney.  Comic book movies have become more and more in demand.  We have seen Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Superman, the Hulk and more.  Iron Man, probably the biggest success of them all, has become iconic.  Who can look at Robert Downey, Jr. and not see Tony Stark?  We also have animated films and TV shows featuring the X-Men, the Avengers, Batman and, one of my personal favorites, The Super Hero Squad.  We love our heroes and we love to be entertained by them.  Yet this is just the beginning!

2011 is going to be a pivotal year for comic book films and comic book events.  Fans the world over are in expectation of seeing major heroes on the big screen.  Planned for release in 2011 is Thor, Captain America, The First Avenger,  and Green LanternIron Man 3, Superman, Batman, The Avengers, Wolverine 2, X-Men: First Class and Transformers are all scheduled for release in the following years.   While these films are definitely anticipated by comic book fans, they have also generated a new era of fans; movie fans.  This generation loves the movie screen heroes but have no interest in comics themselves.  For comic book companies, however, this avenue has captured new revenue and new customers.  The fact is though that the world wants heroes and lots of them.

As a comic book fan myself, I have longed to see these characters come alive.  While some films have been dismal failures, i.e. Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Elektra, it is still a totally cool thing to see living, breathing crime fighting heroes saving the world; even if it is only fictional.

The 2 big guns, Marvel and DC, have lots of plans headed into the new decade.  One in particular is Marvel's plan for Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe where just about anything goes.  It is basically a recreation of the Marvel Universe but with altered stories and origins from the originals.  The biggest thing to see in early 2011, will be the Death of Spider-Man.  This will prove to be the biggest, boldest move Marvel has attempted in the Ultimate Universe.  Recently we saw the death of Captain America in Marvel's regular titles.  Naturally, it he did not stay dead.  For Ultimate Spider-Man, however, it seems that this may not be the case since many characters in the world of comics always find a way to return (Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Bruce Wayne, Aquaman, Firestorm, Superman, Captain America and others).  It seems the only well known character who has remained dead is Gwen Stacy, unless you count her emergence in the Spider-Man movie trilogy.  In any event, the death of iconic heroes always seems to draw readers.  Whether it is a publicity stunt to sell comics or not it will certainly prove to be a key moment for Marvel and Spider-Man fans.

Of the upcoming films, which do you think will be the best?  Cast your vote! VoteWhich Upcoming Comic Film Will Be The Best?
Captain America, The First Avenger
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Green Lantern
The Wolverine

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  1. Batman!!! The First Two Were Amazing And Now Comes Time To Finish The Trilogy. If The Dark Knight Could Surprise Everyone The Way It Did, I Have No Doubt The Dark Knight Rises Could Be The Best!!! Thor, Captain America, Green Latern All Look Good, I Have High Hopes For Them. Transformers DOTM I Hope Will Be Better Than ROTF. (I Wanted To Kill Michael Bay After That Flick!!!) Wolverine Will Be Good Because Origins Was Good. I'm Worried About Iron Man 3, With Jon Favreau Saying He Wont Be Directing, I Wish He Would Reconsider Because The First Two Were Great And I Really Dont Like When A New Director Becomes Involved Because 9 Times Out Of 10 We Suffer!I'm Praying Superman Will Be Good, Its Been So Long Since We Had A Good Outing On The Big Screen From The Man Of Steel And Also So We Can Finally Get A DC Team Up Movie. And That Brings Me To The Avengers, I Am Really Worried About This Movie, So Many Heroes Means So Many Things Can Go Wrong. But I Do Hope It Will Be Good.

  2. I had to go with Captain America, although that may be more wishful thinking than anything. As I've gotten older I've learned to appreciate characters like Cap that have been absolutely decimated by their previous live action appearances (that old Cap movie was SOOOO bad). I am more hoping than thinking that this will be the best as it is the one I am looking forward to the most (except maybe the Avengers, but Cap is supposed to lead into it).