Marvel News Mash-Up
Remembering Stan Lee In All Of His Marvel Cameos
We will always miss Stan Lee, but he will always be with us, especially through his many appearances that he has made in so many of the Marvel movies. This video does a great job of capturing some of the best Stan Lee moments in the MCU, as well as some early appearances on the The Incredible Hulk TV series, Big Hero 6 and his latest cameo in Venom. Check them out.
Bill Maher Slams Stan Lee After His Death
Talk about a Grinch! Seems like Bill Maher was never a fan of Stan Lee and he feels that all of the the work that Stan has done throughout his life is responsible for dumbing down America.
From Bill Maher:
The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.
But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle.
I’m not saying we’ve necessarily gotten stupider. The average Joe is smarter in a lot of ways than he was in, say, the 1940s, when a big night out was a Three Stooges short and a Carmen Miranda musical. The problem is, we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.
This guy, for as smart as he thinks he is, just doesn’t get it. Comics are entertainment. It’s a form of escapism for both children and adults. Stan Lee may not be John Steinbeck, but what is so bad about preferring The Amazing Spider-Man over Of Mice And Men? And why can’t we enjoy both? As far as dumbing down America, I rarely have met an avid comic book reader that I would consider uneducated or lacking of intelligence.
Just because we all have to grow up doesn’t mean that we have to lose our childhood wonder. If anything, Stan Lee helped make us strive to be better people by providing us with stories that instilled good values in all of us. Sometimes if you “don’t like something” or “don’t get it”, it doesn’t make it wrong and doesn’t make it stupid. Maybe Bill Maher should be reading more of Stan Lee’s works and less of George Orwell and he might actually find a reason to be happy.
Source: Real Time With Bill Maher
Marvel Artist Joe Quinones Re-imagines Brie Larson On One Of His “Captain Marvel” Covers
WOW! This looks fantastic! Comic book artist Joe Quinones showed his fans what Brie Larson might look like on one of his classic “Captain Marvel” comic book covers. Just makes me hope that March comes sooner than later!
Source: Joe Quinones
Leaked “Avengers 4” Promotional Art Seems To Be A Fake
Well, you could have fooled me. At first glance anyway. This apparently leaked art from Avengers 4 hit the net a few weeks ago and got a lot of people excited to see the Avengers all suited up in what looks like their Quantum Realm suits that were first seen in Ant Man And The Wasp. But after careful examination by many, it appears to just be a pretty good forgery. The heads seem to be photo-shopped on and from older movies. But….you never know. We have all seen some really horrible photo-shop artwork, as well as official MCU posters. Only time will tell for sure, but don’t hold your breathe for this one to be true.
That Time That Stan Lee Went Over And Wrote For DC
Yes, there was a time when Stan Lee packed his bags and actually wrote for DC. The series was called Just Imagine and basically it was what if Stan Lee created some of the most popular superheroes in the DC universe. And his stories were definitely…. different. Below are a few examples of Stan’s tales, but if you are interested in even more of Stan Lee’s interpretations of some of DC’s greatest superheroes, you can find them at the the official “Just Imagine” Wikipedia page.
Batman, real name Wayne Williams, debuted in Just Imagine Stan Lee with Joe Kubert Creating Batman (September 2001). Creators Stan Lee and Joe Kubert based this version on the character created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.
Like the original, this Batman has no superpowers. Unlike Bruce Wayne, Wayne Williams is African-American, instead of Caucasian. He is in excellent physical condition, and has a vast personal fortune allowing him access to custom equipment including: night vision lenses, Kevlar costume and sensors to magnify sound and cape-like bat wings to glide.
Wayne Williams’ father was a policeman who was killed in an ambush. Wayne is framed for a crime, so he vows revenge on “Handz”, the gang leader who set him up. In prison, Williams befriends a scientist named Frederick Grant who teaches him how to “develop his mind”, as well as sewing and bodybuilding.
While incarcerated, Williams learns his mother has died and blames Handz. After rescuing the warden during a prison riot, he was given a full pardon. On the outside, Williams is on the run from Handz, so, to keep a low profile, he shaves his head. Williams needs money, so he becomes a wrestler under the name “Batman”, never unmasking in public. In a few short weeks, “Batman” has become a superstar in wrestling and has become extremely wealthy. He searches for Grant and entrusts him with his secret identity. Wayne Williams has the money, skill, and strength to fight Handz, but Frederick Grant has the technical know-how, so the two become partners. To keep a low profile, Wayne gives Frederick a mansion and acts as his bodyguard. Batman eventually finds and fights with Handz, who accidentally falls to his death in the conflict. No longer seeking vengeance, Batman begins a mission of justice to fight crime and protect the innocent from villains like Handz.
Lee’s version of Superman, real name Salden, debuted in Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Buscema Creating Superman (November 2001). Creators Stan Lee and John Buscema based this version on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
His powers include super-strength and super-speed. Salden was the weakest member of the Kryptonian Police Force. He used a flying harness and managed to capture a dangerous criminal in a teleportation lab. However, the criminal put Salden and himself on a one-way trip to an insignificant little blue-green planet: Earth. The two men arrive separately, both discovering they have enhanced physical abilities. The criminal sets himself up as the king of a jungle tribe.
Earth is too primitive, but it has the potential to develop the technology Salden needs to return to his homeworld. The problem is that there are too many obstacles to the peaceful future necessary for technological advancement: war, crime, poverty, etc. Salden decides to become a superhero in order to rid the world of these impediments.
Wonder Woman, real name Maria Mendoza, debuted in Just Imagine Stan Lee with Jim Lee Creating Wonder Woman (October 2001). Creators Stan Lee with Jim Lee based this version on the original DC character created by William Moulton Marston.
Maria is an activist, protesting against the corporate excavation of an ancient Incan holy site near her village. The CEO has a plan: gain power from the site and take over the world. When Maria’s father is kidnapped by the CEO and taken to the excavation, Maria follows, only to arrive too late to prevent her father’s death. The CEO gains demonic powers from artifacts at the site, and then travels to Los Angeles. Maria finds the staff of Manco Capac, granting her the powers of the Incan Sun God, and uses them to pursue and defeat him. She then decides to remain in Los Angeles, taking on the name of Wonder Woman.
“Venom” Is Definitely A Blockbuster Hit As It Comes Closer To A $700 Million Worldwide Take
If you would have told me a few months ago that Venom would be profitable at the box office, I would have laughed. But Venom is no joke as it just seems to be gobbling up more and more money at the box office, especially overseas. As of this writing, Venom has made $209 million in the U.S. and $470 million overseas, bringing its global total to $679 million. Last week, Venom brought in a whopping $111 million in China. And its still not opened in all overseas markets, so who knows how high this movie will go?
Source: Box Office Mojo
Marvel Wallpaper: “Infinity War”
This is just some more beautiful Marvel wallpaper I found. This time around the heroes of the MCU, and Daredevil and Jessica Jones, are united together to probably take on Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. It would be nice to see Daredevil make an appearance with the Avengers one day.
SideShow Collectible Corner
“Venom” Life-Size Bust
You want to give your kid nightmares? Pop this baby in their room on Christmas morning. But it might set you back a bit as it is going for $1,195.
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The Venom Life-Size Bust measures 27.5” tall, bringing Eddie Brock and his symbiote straight from the Marvel universe to your collection. Venom’s massive maw features jagged fangs and his iconic, terrifying tongue on full display. Clear resin drool glistens from his teeth and tongue, giving the Venom Life-Size Bust an added degree of disgusting realism!
The fiberglass Venom Life-Size Bust has been sculpted with painstaking detail to capture his monstrous presence. His muscular shoulders are detailed with dynamic black symbiote textures, providing a stark contrast to his glossy white eyes and the raised spider-symbols on his chest and back. A sleek, simple black base puts the focus on Venom’s terrifying silhouette, while complimenting the other Marvel Life-Size collectibles from Sideshow.
That’s it for this time!