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Star Lord

Gamora

Drax The Destroyer

Groot

Rocket

These are the Guardians of the Galaxy, and James Gunn has crafted an amazing movie.

Thanos

The Kree

Nova Corps

Marvel Phase 3

These things are in Guardians, and if Captain America changed the landscape of the Marvel Film Universe, then Guardians of the Galaxy gives us our first taste of Phase 3.  That taste was delicious too.

Everyone was worried about how this will work, because it is not the typical Marvel Film Universe…  Film.  Well it worked perfectly!  This movie benefits from the fact it doesn’t have to play by the rules of what the Avengers have set.  This movie fully knows what and who it is and it bathes in that glory.

This movie is funny, goofy, action packed, and character developed to the max.  Rocket Raccon is the star of the show and if I didn’t already know that Bradley “I made to many Hangover Movies” Cooper was the voice for Rocket I would have never guessed it.  He sounds nothing like himself.  Star-Lord is the leader that nobody wants but what this group needs.  Every character gets their time to shine.  Granted I think Drax was a bit rolled over because of how awesome the rest of the team is.

Hands down this movie has the best comic book movie soundtrack EVER!!!  The songs add a certain clever goofiness about the movie that I think everyone will enjoy.  The action scenes are thrilling and fun, but they also have the impact that wil shape the Marvel Universe going forward.

This movie finally gives us the bigger universe that was hinted at in The Avengers, especially with the Thanos ending scene appearance in the Avengers.  We get a bit of explanation about the Infinity Gems, and if you look very closely you can see other items from other movies, that gives us a clearer scoop of the Marvel Universe.

It is so much about this movie I can’t wait to talk about with my friends, but I don’t want to spoil anything (Rico you would be proud).  Now the after credit scene was PERFECT to me.  Now the crowd I was with was tremendously let down, because you got so many nuggets in the movie that everyone expected something Earth, or rather Terra shattering.  Instead you get something FUN, just like this movie is, fun and oddball off beat for a Marvel movie.  So it is fitting that the after cred is just that.  Go in with an open mind and enjoy the craziness that James Gunn has crafted.  This movie has me “Hooked on a Feeling”  and I will have to put Guardians in  my top 5 Marvel movies (Capt 2, Iron Man, X-Men 2, SpiderMan 2, and now The Guardians of the Galaxy I exclude the Avengers, because its a mash up/crossover).

Only thing that could have made this movie better is if it had Adam Warlock in it.  I know I’m jumping the Gunn, but bring on Marvel Phase 3, i can’t wait for Tony Starks and Peter “Star-Lord” Quill to ham it up and one up each other on scene, Groot vs Hulk, Rocket vs Thor, Gamora vs Widow/Hawkeye, and Drax vs Capt.  The possibilities are endless and Guardians of the Galaxy has shown us that the Marvel Universe is too.

I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To!

Written By:

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

If you like more Man Geek Stuff follow me @UnsportsmenBigJ

With me just watching Captain America 2: Winter Soldier I got to thinking, what awesome things that could and should be in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron to give movie goers everywhere a geekgasm or geekoner and I’m not talking about the one that Black Widow gives us every time she is on screen.

Now this list is going to be of stuff that can actually happen, not a “I wish” scenarios ala SpiderMan, X-Men, or Fantastic Four showing up.  Sorry geeknation they are owned by different companies and they wont permit a crossover situation hell Joss Whedon and Co. can’t even use the word Mutant, because it is owned by Fox for X-Men.  With that being said lets get into it.

1.  Lets get an actual death in this one.  Yea we can recon it later, but no Coulson shenanigans.  Kill someone and keep them dead.  If I had to chose it would be either Stark (because Robert Downey Jr. is talking about not reprising the role.) or Captain America we can have the Winter Soldier take over his role ala in the comics.

2.  Acknowledge and talk about other heroes in the Marvel Universe, we got a Stephen Strange shout out recently, but I would love to hear about Pym particles, Wakanda, Vibranium (which is used to make Capt Shield and was the secret element in Iron Man 2).

3.  Going along with that, if it is a huge battle that ensues can we please get other heroes making cameos to fight.  Can we see a Power Pack team battling, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist), Cloak and Dagger, and if I’m right they should have just got Blade back.  It doesn’t have to be long scenes maybe just see people with identifiable uniforms fighting off hordes of Ultron bots.

4.  Please have Ultron thrash the Hulk!  It is so hard for the Hulk to have a formidable foe because of his resistance to any and everything. with that being said:

5.  Can we see different versions of the Hulk, maybe during the time Starks and Banner spend together at the end of Avengers 1 they try to find a way to make the Hulk not a total beast, but retain some of Banners intellect enter the Gray Hulk.  This could help throw Ultron off who knows the Avengers and all their strengths and weaknesses.  This would also get us a talking Hulk, which would be cool.  It would add to our excitement to see big Green return to help thrash shit!

6.  The major thing I would love to see in the movie that would make my head explode would be Captain America picking up Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, and battling Ultron.  Imagine Mjolnir in one hand and the Shield in the other.  In the books Capt. was deemed worth to use and wield Mjolnir.  Make a way for Thor to get disarmed and have Cap pick it up and go to work parkour style on Ultron.  Like I mentioned before this would switch up what Ultron is used to.

I also have some honorable mentions that would be cool, but I’m sure couldn’t fit into the movie.

-Find a way to take the Avengers team to another of the 9 realms.  I would really like to see Hel, maybe they go there looking for Loki and surprise surprise he is not there.

– Suggest a possible House of M situation.  This is where the Scarlet Witch went insane and recreated the world where Magneto and his family ruled.  Now I know they couldn’t use Magneto, but maybe they make it so Hydra won the war, once you see Capt 2 you will know why and how this could be possible.

– Have a way for Hulk to get out of control and they are forced to send him to another planet because he is to much of a threat ala Planet Hulk and make that the next Hulk Movie.  Gladiator style Hulk movie, and have him return in time for Avengers 3 to fight Thanos.  You could do this again with a crazy Scarlet Witch hexing the odds of a portal opening and sending him to another planet.

So these are the things that I think can take Avengers 2 to another level and be the best comic movie ever. In Joss Whedon we trust!

Written By:

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Want more Geek Stuff fun follow me @UnsportsmenBigJ

Captain America in my bedroom...

Captain America in my bedroom…

So I will start here….  Yes read the caption…  So naturally you know this review will be unbiased and honest, a “No-Spin Zone” if you want to call it.  Trailer time:

So yes I’m an unapologetic Captain America fan and that picture (thank you Rico for getting it for me) rest in my bedroom, so I wake up to Cap every morning, oh yeah and my wife (and for the record she was the one that hung it there, she’s an Angel, right!).  So I was extremely excited for this film.  The first Captain America was a necessary evil because Cap is a complex character and the set up in the first is needed to make the future adventures relate able and exciting.  So for most the first movie was a bit slow and prodding, yet again a necessary evil for an exciting Avengers and Captain America 2.  Result…  BEST FUCKING MARVEL MOVIE YET!

Besides my bias, honestly this movie is awesome.  It is a political/spy thriller, comic book, and action movie rolled into one.  Mix in the message of finding oneself.  Now I know that sounds like a lot, but somehow it all works.  This movie gives every character their time to shine, which I feel makes the movie special.  What do I mean by that?  What we enjoyed about the Avengers is how the characters played off of each other and when the chips were down worked together to save the day.  Here you have Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Falcon, Maria Hill, and the Winter Soldier.  Each character gets their moment with a ton of laughs (ala the Avengers) to go around.  The character interaction makes you feel like after the incident in New York these characters had missions since then that has helped them bond for better or worse.  Now I know you’re probably thinking “Why does Jason love Captain America so much”, granted no one is really asking but I would like to explain.  It was one of the first comics I read and why I read it?  Because Falcon was the first Black hero I had ever seen.  From that I grew to love Steve Rogers, he was a color blind hero that only cared about Truth, Justice, and the American way!  And he had a Brotha by his side!  How awesome is that?  To 8 year old me that was amazing!  Also in my family I considered myself the runt of the group (now years later I’m the biggest, thus “BIG” J), so I felt like Rogers, never good enough, fast enough, strong enough, but always had enough heart.  I yearned for the day genetics would give me the “Super Soldier Serum”, and it happened in the 11th grade.

This movie is a Marvel Universe game changer.  I wont spoil anything but after this movie the Universe will never be the same.  Up is Down and Down is Up.  In the first Captain America people complained of not enough action or shield play, well Capt. slings that damn shield everywhere especially in S.H.I.E.L.D.  The fight scenes are great, minus a bit of shaky cam issues, but they use the Capt. parkour fighting style to the extreme.  It was good to see Capt. fight enemies that are not “super powered” just so we can see how powerful Capt. really is compared to the average person.  We get to see how the changing of the world is starting to wear on the honest nature of Capt. and if the spy world is a world he can flourish in.  The Black Widow, who I contend is the real hero of the Avengers movie (shout out to Joss Whedon loving the strong female character, and I just might write an article about Widow being the real hero), gets to do her usual butt kicking, while some of Capt.’s honesty starts to give her moral dilemmas to think about.

The WINTER SOLDIER! what can I say?  How about move over Loki, Winter Soldier is the deadliest villain we have seen in the Marvel movies.  We love Loki not because of his brute force of bad assness, we love Loki because he is amusing and just plan interesting.  The Winter Soldier is a pure deadly bad ass, not much dialogue, but boy is he memorable just a total wrecking machine.  Finally in this movie we get to see why Fury is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., in the movie Fury has a moment that reminds me of Kakashi Sensei (where are my Naruto fans at?  None?  Ok fine).  I want to give a nod to whoever did the casting, because getting Robert Redford to be in this movie adds that extra weight that only an acting legend can bring.

The only issue I had with the movie was minor, and it was based on my bias.  No REDWING, I know having Falcon have the power of communicating with birds would be dumb in this movie.  I at least wanted to see a Redwing shout out or throw away moment, you know have Sam feeding a Falcon in his house or something.  Also I wish I would have got a mention of his “Snap” Wilson persona.  We could have also gotten more dialogue from Winter Soldier, I know he is a killing machine, but give us something in the way of a good line or two from him.  So those are my picks of nits.

So I again stand by my statement of Best Marvel yet.  Avengers might have had more action, but the plot here is so deep that it will change the Universe while expanding it.  I’m really interested to see how this changes the S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show.  This movie is like having a really great Appetizer at a 5 star restaurant that puts pressure on the rest of the dinner.  Now you hope the soup and salad is good (Guardians of the Galaxy), and the main course (Avengers 2) can live up to this amazing first course.  Pay for this Movie Because I Did!

Written By:

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

If you want more Geek Stuff Convos Follow me @UnsportsmenBigJ

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