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So last month I took a month off from blogging to finish up a book series. During my time off, I thought about the MCU and how they are doing, and how they will be going forward. Now I’m a huge fan of Marvel films, they are fun and very entertaining, but there are some issues within the MCU, that I think needs to be said.
Let’s begin with the largest storyline Marvel is doing right now. Marvel has worked since Avengers to bring Thanos to the big screen. Now Thanos is one of the biggest villains in the entire Marvel Universe, and bringing him in with the Infinity Stones is probably the only way to do him justice. But they have already made a huge mistake with him.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, part 1, Thanos gets his first lines in the MCU, and the exchanges created an issue that is not easily undone. Thanos is supposed to strike fear in the hearts of every being that knows of him. Ronin wasn’t scared of him though. Hell at times it appeared Ronin was ready to fight Thanos, even before he got an infinity stone. Now I’m not knocking Ronin at all. I know Ronin is a strong villain, but it would have sold Thanos better if Ronin was scared of him.
Now you may be thinking, I’m just complaining about the MCU. I mean look at me, my last three articles were about the DCEU. To those who think that, thanks for reading the other articles. Honestly though, I want Infinity Wars to work. When you are using villains like Ultron, Ronin, Loki, to move the phases forward, they needs to be someone at the end that scares you. Marvel has done good storytelling, they have shown epic fight scenes, but they haven’t done fear yet.
So how can they rectify Thanos? Well for starters, take the gloves off with the villains. It looks like they may get the opportunity to do so with Thor going home. They can use that. Don’t send him back to Earth at the end of Ragnarok. Having Thor in Asgard, then having Thanos attack and easily defeat all of Asgard adds power to Thanos. It can also humanize Thor a little, which is another discussion. If Thor did go back to Earth though, they can still have Thanos attack and killing Odin would do about the same thing.
Here is the last thing on Thanos then I’m changing to something else that’s been annoying me. Thanos needs to win. If you are not a fan of comics, even if you are one, most of the time the villains don’t win. Thanos is different from most villains though. He has to be the winner in the Infinity War part 1.
So the Civil War happened. I thought the film was good, one of Marvel’s best, I was happy with the entire thing. The issue I have with it wasn’t its execution, more of its timing.
So what do I mean by that. The registration act in the comics exists from 2006 all the way to 2010. It changed the Marvel Universe on the same level the Death of Superman did for DC. Now I know the events that led up to Civil War started much earlier with Secret War, and Avengers Disassemble. Secret War was done in the form of Cap 2, and Disassemble could have been done for Cap 3 without needing to label it as Civil War.
How I would have done it, and these are just my opinions. I would have had New Avengers created during the first phase after Infinity War, as a response to the Thanos attack. I would then have the government respond with the registration act. You can have an Ironman movie in there with him going to congress to fight the bill. Then you have an incident where the Hulk loses control. It is one of the events that triggers the registration act. Hulk is sent off Earth, setting up Planet Hulk. Congress passes the registration act, Ironman is on one side Cap on the other.
Fighting breaks out, Cap needs a new avengers to fight Ironman’s. This is where you can call in your TV heroes and other movie heroes. The Civil War starts, two part fight with it ending with Ironman winning, Cap escaping, and the death of an avenger. After that we get another movie, this time Ironman loses, but Cap surrenders after the people ask him to stop.
I know it sounds like I just want them to follow the comics, but following the comics’ sets up the events that create future storylines. From this storyline we get Planet Hulk, and World War Hulk. Not to mention that this would lead directly to the Secret Invasion, then sets up Siege. All they have to do is have Sentry in the background and we have a hero and a villain more powerful than Thanos.
My final thoughts are simple. If you’re a comic book fan, you want the MCU and DCEU to work for a long time. Civil War is one of the most successful comic storylines ever, it deserved more than it got. Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe, you got to do him justice or they shouldn’t have used him.
Thanks for reading, let me know what you think in the comment section.
So its been a bit since i posted. I thought I would update everyone on what is going on in Hazard City. The chapter is progressing well I just been detracted by a few other things. Lucifer and Eva has been mostly edited just have a few more pages to go through. I have mostly decided I am going to end the first Chronicles of Hazard City book at Chapter 9 – After.
Because I have two books ending rather than just one, next month will be an editing month. Will still be writing chapters, but it wont be the focus. I will be doing blog articles with different comic book theories, if i have time will do few on writing.
I am also going to doing the Nanowrimo writing contests in November. Anyone who doesn’t know what that is, that is a writing contest where you write a novel in the month of November. A full novel is around 50,000 words, so that’s the goal for November. I have a novel in mind, but I’m going to have to outline it. I looked it up I am allowed outline in October so that will be a goal for October.
So goals for Octobers:
Chapter 12 should be done soon.
Business cards and bookmarks have arrived!
My first published book was called Nina. I did it as a school assignment in 2012. It was the back story to a side characters. I published it a few months on Fastpencil.com. Was probably my first mistake since I didn’t edit it first. I edited it and then republished it on Amazon a couple months ago, but never got around to doing the cover for it.
Ok so late in the month of August I moved. During the move I lost internet and wasn’t able to post publish the second part of Lucifer and Eva. I have since managed to get the book up and is currently on Amazon.
We will be continuing Chronicles of Hazard City. I should get chapters 10-14 up this month. That will put us a few months from the first draft being completed.
For Lucifer and Eva we will be having the third and last part coming out at the end of the month.
Ask for blog posts. I’m probably not going to be doing any this month. I am going to be prepping to open up small cart about half way through October. So I’ll be making and ordering things like bookmarks, and business cards. I’ll be posting those in place of the blog posts.
The DCEU has had a bit of a rough start, but after the release of Suicide Squad, it seems like they are turning it around. Time will only tell if the DCEU will ever be able to compete with the MCU, but things might be looking up. Each studio has shown that they are building towards a bigger story line. Marvel is going with its Infinity War, but that leads to the question. What is DC doing to counter this?
So what is DC countering Infinity War with? Well clearly in direct competition we have the Justice League movies that are coming out. These movies won’t be competition, though. When I ask what is DC countering with I’m asking what is DC doing long term? What is the event that they are going to use to bring the entire DCEU together?
Let’s start with Superman, the man who started the DCEU. We saw in Batman Vs Superman, something happens to connect Superman to Darkseid. In the animated show, made in the 90s, Superman is brainwashed by Darkseid. He is then sent to Earth to attack and conquer it. Now if Superman is really dead, it is possible that they may have Darkseid resurrect him. Superman would be fighting against Earth and the newly formed Justice League.
Now, why would they do this? Well, first they can’t have Superman just get up from being killed. That would remove all the tension from every Superman movie going forward. To know that if Superman fails, and dies, as a result, it will be temporary will make us not worry when he is facing someone stronger than him. If Darkseid resurrects him, it’s a little better. It won’t be perfect, but still better than just having him get up.
The second reason why they would have Darkseid resurrect Superman. Having him sent against Earth will confirm everyone’s fears about the superheroes. This lends itself to the creation of things like Cadmus. This leads me to Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad.
Amanda, The Wall, Waller, leader of Task Force X aka the Suicide Squad. The mid credit scene between Amanda and Bruce Wayne showed a little tension. Amanda knows about Bruce’s late night activities as Batman. Bruce knows about the Suicide Squad and tells Amanda to shut the squad down or his friends will. This eludes to the Justice League going up against the Suicide Squad.
Ok so now that we got some facts out of the way. Where do I think the DCEU is heading? First Superman is coming back evil, but will redeem himself at the end of the movie. The Justice League will be formed, with Superman being part of it. Tensions will continue to build between the governments of Earth and the Justice League. This will continue until the event Trinity War.
Trinity War is the event where three different Justice Leagues square off against one another, the usual Justice League, a Justice League of America controlled by Amanda Waller, and Justice League Dark. They fight over Pandora’s Box which is then used to create a portal bringing The Crime Syndicate to Earth. They can change some of the details around, and manage to get the Trinity War to work. Like having the Suicide Squad for the Justice League of America, and instead of Pandora’s box they can just use a mother box. After doing that, they can move on to doing the Forever Evil storyline which is one of their better-rated stories.
Now in this theory, there is one big gap. As of right now, no movies are coming out for any of the Justice League Dark characters. With the events of Suicide Squad, we can assume that someone would have taken notice of the magical nature of the world ending event. We can’t be sure if anything will be done yet, but it could be that a team will quietly form to deal with some of the more magical threats.
Currently, there are also two untitled movies coming up in the DCEU. The first one is in 2018, and could be a Batman movie, or another Suicide Squad. Either way, both heroes can show more of the universe. Batman being the head of the Justice League would always be on the lookout for threats, or allies. Amanda Waller would also be looking for people who could take on the Justice League. All members of Justice League Dark do use magic which is one of Superman’s weaknesses. The other untitled movie, it’s a little hard to speculate, but that would be enough time for something like the second Man of Steel movie. Another movie that is coming is the Shazam movie. Shazam is a magic based hero. There may be another Justice League Dark member lurking within that movie.
Now this is all speculation on my part. The reason why I think it is credible is that DC has made it a regular thing to make it look like the DC universe already exists within the DCEU.
So that’s my theory on what’s going on with the DCEU. I could be wrong, but it feels like the storyline they would like to do.
Lucifer and Eva part 1: Hell Gate
Before the creation of Earth, and the birth of humanity, the world
was much smaller. Heaven and Hell were all that was in it. The devils of
Hell fought against the gods of Heaven. To get through a wall that the
gods created, the devils sent a small group of demons to scale the wall.
Lucifer is sent to stop the demons, but before he can. They open a Hell
Gate into Heaven and the archangel Lucifer must stop the army from
coming through it.
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This last week was the San Diego Comic Con. Both of the big comic company revealed new trailers for upcoming universes. Arguably the greatest trailer of the con was the first trailer for Wonder Woman. The trailer was a hit, making it big with most fans. The one thing that stood out, there was no obvious villain.
So Wonder Woman was created back in 1941 and because of that most of her rogue’s gallery is from World War 2. When considering villains, I looked through those WW2 villains to see if something could match up to anyone in the trailer. One thing that I found interesting was a woman that was wearing a partial mask across her face.
The mask is what drew me to her. Personally, I think regardless of who she is she will be the main villain of Wonder Woman. When looking through the rogue’s gallery of Wonder Woman, I found a woman that looked similar, though admittedly not perfect. This villain is named Doctor Poison known as Princess Maru. She is a master of toxins, poisons, and plagues. To me having her in this movie would be interesting. World War 1 was the first war of the modern era. One of the marks of World War 1 is the use of chemical weapons. This environment would lend itself to someone like Doctor Poison.
The specialty is not the only reason why I think that Doctor Poison is in this Wonder Woman movie. The mask is another reason why. When looking at Dr. Poison is was drawn in a full black costume with a mask over her face. While the costumes don’t look much alike she the image shown is taken a ball.
Now it has been said that the woman in the mask could be the DC villain Morgaine le Fay. Now I can see why someone would think that. The mask is very similar to hers. The reason why I don’t believe she is the villain is that she doesn’t really fit the story’s time. She is powerful there is no question about that. She can be controlling, she is mystical, but she strikes me as someone that DC would hold back for now and wait for the proper moment to use her.
As mentioned the setting for this movie is during World War 1. The scars from WW1 are still seen in Europe. It is a massive war that has a bigger casualty count than several wars put together. When you consider this, I have to think that there is no way Ares isn’t in this movie somewhere.
When I recognized the commander in this picture, I started putting the pieces together. If you don’t know, this actor is Danny Huston. He has been many movies, including his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he played William Stryker. It’s hard to me to believe they would have cast him as some random general.
The other reason is that Wonder Woman is at that ball. She walks in, I’m assuming in the blue gown, and she is reaching for her sword.
She is not there to celebrate. She is at that ball to fight, and it looks like she is there to see that commander.
The reason why this movie has two villains, I don’t buy that Wonder Woman would get involved in World War 1 for no reason. She is an Amazon, who has lived her whole life not being part of the world. Why would she get involved now? If Ares were there, then she would have a reason to get involved, but another reason would be because Ares likes to work from the shadows manipulating events. World War One would be a playground for him.
Now I could be wrong. There is a rumor floating around that the main villain is actually Circe, and Wonder Woman will be told in two parts, one in WW1 the other in present day. Circe makes sense, but I think she is too powerful to be paired with Ares on the first outing. I also think splitting the story would be a terrible idea. Also, the entire first trailer is set in WW1, to start going back and forth in time would just be weird.
If you feel I missed something or think I’m wrong let me know in the comments.