Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. This week will be Part 1 of a two-part series concerning the X-Verse and the future of their film franchise. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “What do you want to see as DC’s follow-up to The Man of Steel: Man of Steel 2, World’s Finest, or Justice League?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@paul_bowler: I think I would like to see a JLA film, it would be so exciting, but Worlds Finest would be good as well. / I think Man of Steel has just got me wanting an all out action JLA film now LOL :O)
@MerryLandOfAus: None of the above, at least not until Wonder Woman and The Flash get their own films.
@Riaaanna: MOS 2 then JL.
@AvantGarve: Justice League (b/c it kinda shoulda been done YEARS ago 😉 ) / It’d be good to see them go the Marvel cinematic route; just wish they’d done it by now, or WERE doing it
@philbova: A second Superman needs to be done. The fans need more mythos to back a JL movie. More Easter eggs! Hint hint
@dustinstauffer2: Brainiac in a movie is what I want to see. But long term I think you build other movies off Man of Steel. Worlds Finest could be a good start or just start building toward a justice league movie
@DanielKalban: World’s Finest
@vintagelaureate: Man Of Steel 2, then Worlds Finest, then Flash, then Wonder Woman, then Trinity, then Aquaman, then Justice League!
“Which Marvel mutants would you like to see make their debut in an upcoming X-Men film?”
On July 18, 2014 we are going to be treated with X-Men: Days of Future Past, a movie that will feature mutants new and old in a movie that they are calling their equivalent to the Avengers. New characters that are confirmed to appear include Blink, Warpath, Bishop, Trask, and Quicksilver alongside returning favourites such as Magneto, Mystique, Xavier, Storm, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Rogue (just to name a few). This got me thinking of which characters I’d like to see appear in a future installment of the franchise, what characters hadn’t gotten their just due. I’ve limited my list to 5 heroes and 5 villains so without further ado, here it is:
Originally he was going to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past but they decided there were just too many characters already featured in the film. In the comics he was the son of Scott Summers and a clone of Jean Grey that was born in the present but raised in the future. He’s an exceptional solider with advance telekinetic and telepathic abilities but suffers from having to constantly fend off a techno-organic virus that he holds back with his powers. He marches to the beat of his own drum much like Wolverine and would provide for some really amazing action scenes. His backstory would take some tweaking but I’m sure they could work around it.
In my mind, he is the X-Men’s most notable foe besides Magneto. He’s also their most significant threat and most dangerous adversary with a wide assortment of powers and loyal followers by the bucket loads. He tends to recruit fellow mutants to his cause as his own personal Four Horsemen in order to accomplish his goal of starting a genetic war that mutant-kind would emerge victorious from and then watch as the mutants turn on one another until only the strong survive for him to rule over. Never before have the X-Men faced such a foe that could handle the combined might of the entire team in the movie franchise so it would be quite a sight to behold seeing the team working together to put down this seemingly unstoppable foe.
Hero: Rachel Grey
This was a character that hailed from the Days of Future Past timeline, her parents being alternate versions of Scott Summers and Jean Grey. I’d be shocked if she didn’t make an appearance in the upcoming movie but if not there then with some creativity she could pop up down the line. She is a power telepath with telekinetic abilities as well who was ripped from her timeline into the regular Marvel universe. She would act as a perfect fix to fill the hole left by Jean Grey’s death and would come in handy facing off against one particular telepathic enemy I have listed further on down, maybe even succumbing to his powers before regaining control.
Villain: Mister Sinister
Mister Sinister and Apocalypse usually go hand-in-hand so introducing the two of them together is not out of the question. He is the only individual on this list that is actually human. He is an extremely intelligent scientist that over the years altered his genes to give him extraordinary abilities such as regeneration and shape-shifting. He’s obsessed with obtaining DNA from other mutants to use in his experiments and tends to dabble in the science of cloning. His high level of intelligence allows him to concoct elaborate plans and deceptions that the X-Men don’t ever see coming. A villain that could test our heroes on not just a physical but a mental level brings something completely new to the table and connecting the dots between his various plans to see the larger picture would be fun for the viewer as well.
Illyana is the little sister of X-Men Colossus. After being kidnapped to a demon dimension and having a portion of her soul corrupted, she developed the power of teleportation, became an excellent dark sorcerous, and had the ability to create a soulsword from her very life force energy. She’s interesting because she straddles the line between good and evil and can be considered a tad crazy at times. Her dynamic with the team would be entertaining to watch as would their reactions to her various decisions and the brother-sister relationship between her and Colossus.
Villain: The Shadow King
He is a manifestation of the dark side of humanity’s collective consciousness, spawned by the first nightmare. He enslaves the bodies of powerful telepaths unable to exist outside of the astral plane without a physical body. He lacks self-control and seeks vast riches to satiate his never-ending greed. He’s run across the X-Men countless times over the years and his battles with their various psychics on the astral plane would create some visually stunning results that would pop off the screen while also enabling Xavier to actually wage war against a foe in the physical sense.
She is an expert hand-to-hand combatant, has exceptional marksmanship, and has a really unique look. Usually she’s associated with Cable so having the two of them come in as a package deal would be a must. But wait, I left out the best part: Domino has a unique ability to affect probability which means in extremely dangerous situations she can be very, very lucky. An X-Woman that can seriously lay a beat down while getting out a sticky situations would equate to an interesting character handled by the right creative team.
Villain: Selene Gallio
Besides being usually connected with the Hellfire Club, Selene is also virtually immortal as she has the ability to suck the life force out of others to maintain her beauty and youthful appearance. She also has a good mastery over various magical spells and can animate and/or levitate inorganic matter on a molecular level. At one period over her long life she was worshipped as a goddess and to this day she still seeks that feeling once again and will do anything by any means necessary to achieve her rightful place at the top. Usually on the outs with Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost over wanting sole leadership of the Club, the former’s death would open up an easy way for her to slide into the picture while also bringing in some of other members of the Hellfire Club that never got their chance to make their debuts in the first movie. She opens the door for a lot of interesting visuals on the power front as well.
With all the talk over Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver there is one green-haired child of Magneto that seems to be left out of the conversation. Like her father she has control over the power of magnetism but unlike him decides to fight with the X-Men instead of against them. She also has had a long romantic history with Havok, a character that was introduced in X-Men: First Class and a romance that I’d love to see play out on the big screen. Seeing the two masters of magnetism square off against one another with their powers and seeing her prove to her teammates that she can be trusted, that she isn’t just a spy sent by her father would add a nice element to the team’s chemistry and is ripe with possibilities.
Villain: Quentin Quire
Quentin is the only villain on this list that I’d eventually have work his way back to being a hero. He’s an Omega level mutant with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers that rival the best. He joined Xavier’s school and quickly impressed but everything came to a crashing halt when his parents revealed he was adopted and he snapped. He rebelled and recruited students to his cause challenging the schools’ very belief system about human-mutant cooperation and eventually elevated this into attacking human groups that were against mutant-kind. Eventually, Wolverine of all people got through to him and he mellows out a bit but still maintains his anti-authority views and rebellious nature. His character arc and eventual redemption is a story that is just begging to be brought to life and he’s always a source for some terrific dialogue.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Mario Espinoza. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
Ramblings From A Comic Newbie – http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
The Pure Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
X-Men X-Pert – http://xmenxpert.wordpress.com/
A great blog that covers all things related to the X-Verse.
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That wraps up the sixteenth edition of The Comic Connection. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 where I’ll discuss characters that need a do-over in their movie-verse. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.