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Infinity Stones? Purple guy? Man, what? An MCU Cheatsheet.

“What is a Thanos? Death is a girl? Why is everyone after skittle colored jewels??? THERE’S 18 MOVIES????” 

18 movies,  6 different Netflix series & 3 tv shows to be exact. To call Marvel’s Universe big is a severe understatement. It’s massive. And everything has been leading towards the very reason you came to this post. Thanos. The Infinity Stones. THE Infinity War.

By now most of your cooler friends are bouncing off walls with pure excitement for Marvel’s upcoming 19th (which is insane, btw) full length film over the course of 10 years. And hey, you’re cool. Hip, even. But you’ve only seen a handful of those movies and feel out the loop. With more than a month to go, there’s certainly enough time to simply watch all 18 movies if you can carve out about 31 hours of your life. However, there’s still Agent Carter, Shield, Netflix…

TV Shows:
Agent Carter – 2 Seasons = 18 Eps.
Agents of Shield – 5 Seasons* = 100 Eps*
InHumans – Who cares.
Netflix Series
Daredevil – 2 Seasons = 26 Eps
Jessica Jones – 2 Seasons = 26 Eps
Luke Cage – 1 Season = 13 Eps
Iron Fist – 1 Season = 13 Eps
The Defenders – 1 Season = 8 Eps
The Punisher – 1 Season = 13 Eps

You read that and panicked. I know. Don’t worry, this IS a cheatsheet afterall, so don’t expect to watch even half of that list. Infact, you aren’t watching ANY of the tv or netflix series. Feeling a little better so far? Good. We’re focusing on just the MOVIES. And to be even more specific, the movies with Infinity Stones in them or have a substantial role in the overall storyline.  That way you aren’t completely lost April 27th when Infinity War drops. Take a look below:

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We cut 18 films down to 10*. 11 if you watch Thor 2. If you start today and watch 2 movies a week, you’d be done by April 14th/15th -ish. That leaves you more than a week to decompress from all the info, easter eggs, etc you’ve just taken in over a month. And if you want to, you can even double back and catch the other films you skipped. Speaking of the other films, there will be links below to 4 min summaries of each. Watch them in the correct order of the chart above so everything still flows correctly.

WATCH (in order)

What Are Infinity Stones?

KEY: List of Each Infinity Stone color coded to match the movie it was featured in.

  • Space Stone (The Tessaract)
  • Mind Stone
  • Reality Stone (The Aether)
  • Power Stone (The Orb)
  • Time Stone (Eye of Agamotto)
  • Soul Stone (???)

Ok…but… WHO THE HELL IS THANOS..?

Is he strong tho?

I’m all caught up. This is exciting! So wait… The Avengers are gonna die? 🙁
Yeah, it’s pretty quiet for most of them. Glad you’re all caught up though. Go buy your ticket! 

Marvel vs Street Fighter Prints


This Friday, all of our Marvel vs Street Fighter prints will finally be available for purchase in the shop. Keep an eye out for them!

Ranked! Superhero TV Shows

Constantine got canned and well, I haven’t given Gotham or Agent Carter a proper watch yet. Once I do, I’ll rework the list. For now, of the other shows I watch (which is like 95%), here’s where your favorites rank in my humble nerd opinion.

8. Supergirl
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Getting Supergirl off of CBS was a great start. The Flash crossover, Martian manhunter being a regular and even Superman himself appearing in it are all great signs of what I hope means more improvements down the line. What I think Supergirl suffers from the most (other than living in the shadow of her popular cousin) is the cheesy romance stuff. I understand they are hoping to build a strong market in the female dept. but who’s to say that women don’t want to see more ‘beat em up’ scenes from Kara as well? All I ask is some more balance between action and romance. Just keep in mind what it did to Arrow..

7. Legends of Tomorrow
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You have Firestorm, the Atom, Canary, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, and time travel all under the same roof. Should be a smash, right? Well, it is for the most part. One thing it suffered from was predictability. Each week they’d follow Vandal Savage through time in hopes to catch him. Every week they’d fail. And you know they’d fail because that would basically end the series. So how do you go from A to C while making B, where the bulk of the show takes place interesting on a weekly basis? That’s what they have to master. Seeing all the characters interact is fun, but it needs a bit more depth. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fun watch. With different characters being replaced, it’ll be interesting to see the new team dynamic. It’s ranked low on the list, but don’t let that deter you.

6. Arrow
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Without Arrow, there is no Flash or Legends of Tomorrow. Supergirl would still be on CBS and who knows how long that would’ve lasted. But, somewhere along the line things went wrong. At one point, Arrow was the best superhero show on TV. It technically set the foundation for all future DCTU (DC TV Universe) series. It’s known as the ‘Arrowverse’ for a reason. The Flash, Firestorm, Ra’s Al Ghul, Black Canary, White Canary, The Atom, Vixen, Constantine, etc have all stepped foot in Central City at one point or another. I’ll go as far as to say the first 2 seasons of Arrow in terms of story and character development are the best in ANY hero series period. However, season 3 and much more so season 4 lost that “UMPH”. The olicity romance, boring villains, being overcrowded with vigilantes, etc really hurt the show. Season 5 looks promising thus far. Perhaps Ollie and his merry men will move up the ranks. Until then, sorry bud.

5. Jessica Jones
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Depending on the person, you may or may not switch JJ and LC. Regardless, Jessica Jones was another great series under the Marvel umbrella. What I particularly enjoy is how each of the 3 series gives you an entirely different perspective. The Blind guy, The Woman and the Black man..but I digress. The entire series has a real ‘Noir’ feel to it. This isn’t as much of a beat em up series as it is a psychological thriller. Jessica has to face her inner demons and confront the lovable (in a twisted interesting way) Purple Man who can make people do his bidding at will. It was certainly worthy of the praise it got.

4. Luke Cage
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Luke Cage was a breath of fresh air in the genre. At least for me. It was the perfect blend of superhero and hip hop. Episodes named after Gang Starr songs? Check. Wu-Tang soundtrack? Check. Barbershop talk? Check. You have a guy that’s barely holding down his monthly rent, looking to do the right thing and it just so happens bullets don’t hurt him. Sure you can’t write home about the fight scenes, but let’s keep in mind that the guy is 6’3 and practically indestructible with super strength – would you feel the need to dodge a punch? There’s no roundhouse kicks or ninja flips here. His name is Power Man for a reason. And with the way things have been going on the news, a superhero in a hoodie that can’t die by gunfire? Pretty damn cool to me.

3. Agents of Shield
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This may come to a surprise for some. How can Shield be top 3? AoS was a slow burn, trust me I know. It took some time to heat up but they’ve progressively gotten better each season. And one thing you have to love about Marvel, EVERYTHING is connected in 1 universe. AoS fills the gaps left from the Avengers movies and the rest of the cinematic Universe. I.e. During the Winter Soldier fiasco and fall of Shield (spoiler?), AoS followed that storyline on a ground level and we even got to see Nick Fury himself, Samuel L Jackson make an appearance. Same goes for the registration act in Civil War and the fall outs during Age of Ultron. Now with the rise of Inhumans and Ghostrider, it’s as good as it’s ever been. Watch it, seriously.

2. Flash
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I can admit it. I had my doubts about The Flash before the series started.. but here we are, season 3 and I’m hooked. Yes, it’s on CW. Yes, there’s some cheesy scenes in it. He whines. I know all of that already. It’s still local television after all. But in terms of bringing a character I wasn’t OVERLY fond of to life? CW has a gem in Flash that I hope they keep building on. If not for the Netflix shows, I would’ve ranked Flash as #1.

1. Daredevil
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Hands down the best superhero series on Television. Considering that unlike the others, Marvel had to rebrand DD after the Ben Affleck disaster back in 2003, they were able to breathe new life into the character and use him as the foundation towards their new “gritty” netflix MNU. (Marvel Netflix Universe. I totally just made that up.) And what’s a superhero film without a strong supporting cast? Foggy Nelson, Ben Urich, Fisk, among countless others are the ones who really make the show pop. One of the major keys to an interesting superhero show is it should still be entertaining OUTSIDE of the costume. If you’re looking to start down the rabbit hole of hero shows, this, in my opinion, is the best place.

[Full Collection] Marvel x Hip Hop Album Covers

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If there’s 2 things I love, it’s comics and hip hop. After sparking a lot of excitement with their recent flip of the rap group Run the Jewel’s (El-P & Killer Mike) logo/cover art made by Nick Gazin, Marvel have gone all out and created a full blown project around it enlisting artists in their arsenal to re-create tons of album cover favorites. Marvel’s current editor in chief, Axel Alonso, went on to say:

Every single #1 that is tied to our current campaign, All-New Marvel Now!, will have one. So there will be about 55-60 covers. All-New Marvel Now! is a campaign where there are new #1s across the board – from Spider-Man to Squirrel Girl to stuff we haven’t announced yet, like Black Panther. What’s been released so far is just the head of the spear.

So many dope pieces below. How many can you name?

Top 10 Marvel Movie Fight Scenes

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters worldwide Friday, and judging from many of the trailers, we (ME. I. DENNIS.) can expect a lot of great fight scenes. So I started to think of many of the past fight sequences within the MCU (strictly MCU. Sorry Sony. You too, Fox.) and ranked my favorites. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t. Feel free to drop yours in the comments below or @ me on twitter. whatever works.


10. Black Widow vs _______
Black Widow isn’t among the Heavyweights on the team (see Hulk & Thor) but she still holds her own. And if we’re keeping it real, they would’ve all been screwed if SHE didn’t get that portal closed in Avengers. Pay your respects.


9. Hulk vs Abomination:
Hulk needs things to smash. For the fight (or movie in general) to really be entertaining, it needs to be an opponent who poses an actual threat to Hulk. In this case, Abomination. While I don’t expect you guys to sit and watch the entire fight, it was still a good one. Certainly good enough to make the list. Seeing Hulk do the soundwave x handclap made it worthwhile for me.


8. Thor vs Hulk
We know how this ends if it kept going. With that said, it’s still fun to see. I would’ve ranked it much higher if we got to see them REALLY go at it. For what it’s worth, great teaser fight.


7. Nick Fury vs Shady Shield Agents:
Of course Cops are trying to kill a bla- ok I’m kidding. While this isn’t a hand to hand fight scene it was still masterfully done. Nick Fury IS the greatest spy in MCU and proves it. Top not decision making, right up until the very end.


6. Thor vs. Malekith
I’m a BIG Thor fan, but the movies never quite did that much for me. This fight was still a great scene. I enjoyed the flipping in between worlds and ofcourse, Mjolnir.


5. The Avengers vs Chitauri:
Just an all around great scene. Every Avengers gets some shine and you get a chance to see what truly makes them great. Coordinated teamwork. From the Tony x Rogers shield blast to the Iron Man x Hawkeye assist to Hulk and Thor taking down the giant worm. Just plain dope.


4. Iron Man vs Killian
Probably my favorite of all the Iron Man movie fights. The suit switches were really dope. Really creative. Although it does make you wonder how strong the extremis soldiers were to rip suits apart yet Thor and Iron Man were evenly matched in Avengers. (Power nerfff.)


3. Daredevil vs Kidnappers (Netflix):
This felt long as hell, but you have to remember, Daredevil is a regular guy. And compared to the other fights listed he’s the ONLY ONE to show ACTUAL fatigue during the fight. You have to appreciate the realism. I hear it was also just one long shot. They did a great job.


2. Thor vs Iron Man
Realistically, Thor should be able to beat Iron Man (atleast at this point.) We’re talking about a God. However, it was pretty cool to see them go at it til the Fun Police shows up.


1. Captain America vs The Winter Soldier (Highway Scene):
Everything about this is awesome. I know all the other fights have over the top powers and cool gadgets but this is great from beginning to end. Just 2 evenly matched up opponents in essentially a fist fight. And that Knife flip mid fight by Bucky is UNDENIABLE.


HONORABLE MENTIONS:


MARK XLII & Tony Starks vs Miami Henchmen
Another great Iron Man 3 fight. If nothing else, they did a fantastic job with the action scenes in part 3.


Hulk vs Loki
How can you not love The Hulk?