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Everything posted by ADour

  1. Thanks for the clarification, your comments really put Poe's law to test so a heads-up is probably the only thing good in them.
  2. I can understand some of the aversion to modern character looks, but I feel some of it is unwarranted and exaggerated. For major characters, I think classic versions should take precedence. But once that figure is out of the way, I think the top priority should be for modern versions. Nowadays, characters are bound to change looks frequently, so I think Hasbro should bank on their pertinency and make figures based on new looks while they're still topical. I think the recent Fantastic Four wave is a good move on Hasbro's part. I can't see Hasbro making figures for this version of the Fantastic Four five years down the line when they're probably back to turquoise and black or giving red another shot. Other looks for the team like the inverted colors are more evergreen because of the nostalgia that comes with them, so Hasbro can make figures for it any given time. I think it's all about balancing topicality with nostalgia-influenced evergreenery. For minor characters, I think it all comes down to aesthetics. Let's be honest, the Silver and Bronze Ages were pretty hard on most villains. I love the recent Living Laser figure because I think his look is unique and appealing... but I'd only get a retro Living Laser if it was the only version of the character available. This is more or less how I feel about the upcoming Spymaster figure. I'd rather have gotten a more modern version of Spymaster, maybe even the Sinclair Abbott version, but I'm still gonna get it. I don't feel as much aversion for classic Crimson Dynamo and I'd rather have a figure that represents Dimitri Bukharin, but I have to admit I find Gennady Gavrilov's armor to be much much more visually appealing. I also think some characters have the advantage to have maintained a modern look for a long time, or to have something that can be considered "modern classic" (for example, while I think the Model 4 Armor is Iron Man's classic look, the Extremis Armor is his modern classic look). For instance, the Living Laser debuted his modern look in 2012 and it's still kicking (... even if it's due to him being reduced to cannon fodder or minor villain). Something similar happens with Ghost, whose poltergeist look is something I can't see Marvel ditching any time soon.
  3. Fun covers, but I worry for her spine in the Venom one. Or maybe I shouldn't since it looks like it's rubber.
  4. Jesus that cover of Namor has more beefcake than what could be made with all the cows in the world.
  5. I love that you claim I lost the argument when I clearly laid out all the points that disprove your point of view, and you didn't even try to counter any of them. All the "insults" and "name-calling" I did was just call you ignorant once. And that's because it's simply and objectively what you are. I didn't even bring out any actual insulting words, but sure, whatever you say.
  6. I like to take potshots because you're ignorant and seem to relish on that. You like to talk out of your butt almost as much as an anti-vaxxer likes to pretend they're a doctor, and then get offended when somebody shows you up. If what you said had any actual substance, things would be different. This question you're posing really shows how simple-minded your way of thinking is. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going for over 10 years, and the overall character arcs are laid out well in advance, so they can't just decide to adapt a story from two years ago right now when they've been working with more or less the same pieces for the last decade. Not only that, the movies move at a much slower rate than comics. Hundreds of comic stories will be written between Movie 1 and Movie 2, and since Movie 1 and Movie 2 use comic elements released before them as groundwork, Movie 3 can't suddely use comic elements from the hundreds of stories written in-between Movie 1 and Movie 2. And even then, it's very easy to show that the MCU does eventually work its way up to newer stories, they're just like a reader that needs time to catch up. But better that than a reader who doesn't actually read, right? Let's take a look: 2008's Iron Man took cues from the "Extremis" storyline from merely 4 years prior. 2012's Avengers was greatly influenced by 2002's Ultimates, from merely 10 years prior. 2013's Iron Man 3 also took cues from "Extremis." 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took cues from a storyline from 2005. 2016's Captain America: Civil War from 2006's Civil War. 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming had elements and characters from 2011's Ultimate Spider-Man. 2017's Thor: Ragnarok from 2006's Planet Hulk as well as Jason Aaron's 2013 Thor run. 2018's Black Panther had among its influences the almost concurrent Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates' run that had started in 2016. 2018's Avengers: Infinity War was not only inspired by 1991's Infinity Gauntlet, but also 2013's Infinity. 2018's Captain Marvel was heavily influenced by Kelly Sue DeConnick's run from 2012. 2021's Thor: Love and Thunder will adapt the saga of Jane Foster Thor from 2014. On the Disney+ side of things, Ms. Marvel who debuted in 2014 will be getting her own series, and WandaVision will take cues from Tom King's 2016 Vision run. See? Movies from the 2010s took elements from comics from the 2000s, and now movies from the 2020s will take elements from comics from the 2010s. There's also the obvious fact that older stories are much more ingrained in people's minds than newer stories, and since they have longetivity on their side, they usually take priority. And since older stories also feature a more simpler version of character's mythos, they're much easier to take cues from. To sum up, sit down.
  7. I'm an Iron Man fan, but I've always disliked the retro look for Titanium Man. With those round eyes he looks like a friedly robot with the body of a metalized Hulk, like the armor equivalent of a baby-faced body-builder. So I'm on the side that wants a late-1980s-to-2000s Titanium Man (basically, a redo of the 2011 Titanium Man figure).
  8. Okay, based on the muscle movements around the mouth, the first writer is totally Al Ewing, so this looks to be his rumored Hulkling-centric Kree/Skrull event. I'm sold. (and inb4 "waaah waaah waaaaaah")
  9. I'm glad that Doctor Doom is Iron Man-adjacent enough so I have an excuse to get it, because this figure looks too good to pass up.
  10. Chief, pretty sure you can't even name them three of these events off the top of your head. Focus on talking about things you can talk about.
  11. One would think that if the story really focused on hero vs. hero, they would at the very least mention it if not flat-out promote it as such, which is what they did with both Civil Wars, as well as Schism. And technically speaking, AXIS wasn't really a hero vs. hero story since the second part of that equation had been turned genuinely evil.
  12. The synopsis does indicate that not everybody will have the same opinion to the outlawing, but it doesn't seem to imply the "whose side are you on" and "debate with fisticuffs" aspects which are the meat of any Civil War story.
  13. The premise is similar to Civil War only on a surface level, really. CW involved the outlawing of heroes, but only if they were unregistered. The focal point of the story was the hero vs. hero angle, the battle of ideologies and the assimilation of vigilantism into the system. This here is a complete prohibition with no "unless" and no sides to take.
  14. And you masterfully make sure that every single one of your posts showcases that.
  15. You're genuinely the first person I've come across that dislikes Al Ewing. The general consensus about him seems to be overwhelmingly positive. Al Ewing is potentially the best writer currently working at Marvel, and I've enjoyed every single one of his works. His plots are dynamic and superb, his dialogue feels fresh, his characters have each their own distinct voice, and he's not afraid to jump between genres; he's as good writing dramatic moments as he is writing funny scenes. And on top of all of that, he uses continuity (both current and past) in excellent ways to either to develop or push stories forward. He made me like Blue Marvel, as well as many other characters I didn't care about. But that aside, you're mixing up Al Ewing with Eve L. Ewing. Eve is the one writing this thing. She's a newcomer, but a rising star. Her only Marvel work so far has been Ironheart, which turned Riri Williams into a bearable character.
  16. I think the similarity with Civil War is only at surface level, since CW included registration, the battle of ideologies, and its main focus was the hero vs. hero angle, whereas this seems to be one-sided. I'm really curious to see the reaction of the older heroes, whether some will help young heroes stay under the radar or tell them to stand down. It'd be fun if this story ends with the heroes and the government reaching a compromise, resulting in the foundation of (another) academy for young heroes. I always liked the concept of Avengers: The Initiative and I'd love to see Marvel take another shot at it without the premise being constantly derailed by the turmoil of the Civil War aftermath, then Secret Invasion and then Dark Reign. I've always had a knack for the concept of superhero academies. Of course our ol' buddy mako is never going to bend, and he probably has us blocked, but it's still funny to show him up.
  17. Why dontcha point out when has this scenario happened ever before? Good luck.
  18. Sounds fun. I trust Eve Ewing, and the concept of outlawing only teenage heroes feels like a much more believable middle point between the extremes of the usual "everything's fair game" and the "no matter who you are, if you wear a mask you're under arrest" from Civil War.
  19. I've been waiting since 2010 for Hasbro to upscale pretty much 90% of their output for the 3.75" Iron Man 2 line. Modern Iron Man, Ultimate Iron Man, Dark Reign War Machine, classic War Machine, modern Whiplash, classic Crimson Dynamo, Iron Man MK I, MCU Whiplash, MCU Hammer Drones... It's painful to think about it.
  20. Yeah, the Valentin Shatalov version. I've seen a handful of eBay listings for it loose at a cheap price, but never pulled the trigger since I've already spent enough money this year. However, what I meant from beggar choosing was in regards to a modern Marvel Legends Crimson Dynamo. Much like the Titanium Man figure that came in the same Iron Man series, that Crimson Dynamo only works well if you hide that it's underscaled, like you mentioned.
  21. Well, so this is what it feels like to be tempted for a wave when you're only interested in the BAF and one other figure. It's not the Crimson Dynamo I would have preferred, but it's still a Crimson Dyanamo so I won't be a choosing beggar. I guess I'll scout for BAF parts on eBay, save for the right leg, since the other figure I'm interested in is Spymaster.
  22. My first reaction to the Cuckoos was "I feel like there's potential for a Peni Parker custom in this."
  23. Fallen Angels writer Bryane Hill has confirmed that his book will evolve into Hellions, so it seems FA is done with issue #6. Doesn't seem like a bad thing, Zeb Wells has a good reputation, and I haven't heard many good things about Hill and Fallen Angels seemed to be the black sheep of Dawn of X. Plus, Stephen Segovia is a hundred times better than Szymon Kudranski.
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