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.”
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.
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.
(Don’t worry, I thought I meant breasts too at first. Damn clickbaits! )
Kicking off my Age of Ultron 3 day post series, I thought it would be essential for those not overly familiar with the 2 to get some background info before the movie drops. Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are the children of Erik Lehnsherr, better known to most as Magneto. The result of a short lived relationship with one Magda Eisenhardt. OBeing children of the great Magneto, each were gifted with amazing abilities.
Pietro Maximoff (Quicksliver): Super Speed and everything that comes with it. Running across water (Take THAT, Jesus!), creating cyclones, etc. Not a bad pickup if you ask me.
Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch): Reality Altering abilities. Her powers are a *tad bit more complex than Pietro’s, and without proper training, she doesn’t have quite a full hold on it like her brother. Still very much a threat nonetheless as she can deflect objects, manipulate their size, weight & basically defy gravity as seen above. Damn Wanda, you scary.
Now that you have some idea of who they are, lets cover the movie versions. I’m still unsure of how BOTH companies are able to use the twins, but there was some sort’ve loophole in their contract which allowed room for 2 different interpretations of the characters.
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, we’re introduced to this guy:
Young Pietro is a bit of a showoff with amazing talent. Sounds about right. However his origin is only alluded to in a quick (BAZINGA!) elevator scene with Erik where he asks about his metal bending powers and mentions that his mother knew a guy who could do that. [Awkward pause here.] Unfortunately, we never get to see or hear any mention of Wanda. 🙁
Age of Ultron Origin:
Due to licensing and contraction obligations, Pietro and Wanda’s origins had to be changed. With FOX owning the rights to the word “Mutants” (To sum it up, Marvel leased the term along with the X-Men to fox to distribute and make movies. Seeing as though the contract is still valid, they can’t use it in films.) , Marvel had no choice but to alter a few things to make it work. So for one, these 2 are not the kids of Magneto. Infact, “Mutants” don’t exist in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe.) There are just ‘inhumans’ with special ‘gifts.’ In the case of the Maximoff Twins, their powers are the results of Hydra experiments using Loki’s Scepter + it’s Infinity Gem from the 1st Avengers movie. Thus why they were locked up in the prisons above. If you haven’t seen the end credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, check it out below for a quick summary.