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Tom Holland Is The Newest Spider-Man

Tom Holland has been cast as the latest actor to portray the web-slinging superhero on the big screen in both the upcoming Sony standalone films as well as in Captain America: Civil War. Sony will be lending the character to Marvel Studios for its Avengers universe tie-in, and since Spider-Man plays an integral part in that storyline in the comics, it would have been near impossible to do the story justice without him.

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.” – Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman

This will mark the second time fans will see a reboot of the franchise, as in most recent years we’ve seen Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield take on the role. However, this time Peter Parker is going to start out as a teenager with the time period entirely set in high school. Exploring more of Peter Parker’s adolescent years is an exciting new take on the film franchise.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 111, “The Path of the Righteous”

Fisk, Wesley, Leland, and Fisk’s guards stride into the closest emergency room with a poisoned Vanessa asking for help. The medical professionals immediately spring into action as Leland continues to half-heartedly ask if he should be checked out, too, since he had the champagne as well.

Karen comes to visit Matt all, “What the hell, bro?” since Foggy won’t answer her calls. When he lets her in, she suggests they sue the negligent jerk who “hit” Matt but after noticing how wrecked his apartment is, she starts asking more important questions like, “Were you really hit by a car?” She correctly infers that Matt’s injuries are related to his visit to Vanessa (and Fisk) but he wants to just drop the subject. So Karen gets to the reason she’s there: the discovery of Fisk’s mother in the nursing home upstate. He tells her that it was reckless for her to visit the woman and Karen’s like, “Well I couldn’t reach you and didn’t want the opportunity to slip by.” She tells Matt what she learned from Fisk’s mom about how he murdered his father and she thinks they might be able to use that to convince people to look into Fisk’s past for criminal activity, but Matt isn’t so sure. He tells her to go to the office and tell Foggy about what she found anyway, though.

Foggy wakes up to a call from Karen and it’s clear he spent the night with his ex, Marci. He’s grumpy and tells Marci he doesn’t want to work with Matt anymore and she doesn’t care at all, wanting to avoid “getting sucked into the drama.”

Leland tells Wesley that Fisk is in no fit state to lead their joint venture and expresses concern at how someone would so publicly try to kill Fisk (risking his and Wesley’s lives in the process). Leland doesn’t think Madame Gao had anything to do with the attack and Wesley assures him that the Japanese aren’t responsible, either. A guard informs Wesley that three of the other people who ingested the champagne have died but Leland still wants to talk business. Wesley instructs him to reach out to Gao and, still jumpy, Leland agrees.

Claire (!) has come over to check on Matt’s wounds and has to stitch the gash in his abdomen again after he tore the stitches trying to move around too soon. He tells her meditation helps with pain control and healing but she says he still needs to take it easy or she’ll be stitching up his corpse next. Claire suggests that he gets some kind of armor which reminds him of the armor in the lining of Fisk’s suit he saw in the warehouse. As she’s prepares to leave, Matt offers Claire a drink but she says she can’t stay because she needs to pack to get out of the city for a while. He continues to pry and she finally tells him that nothing has changed about how she feels about his nighttime activities so she’s moving on. Claire says she’ll always be there to give him stitches and stuff but that has to be it.

Karen meets Ben on the dock and he’s upset with her for taking him away from his wife to go on a wild goose chase. He lays into her for lying about why they really went upstate but she presses that Ben should print the story about Fisk killing his father. Ben tells her it’s a bad idea because in the end, Fisk can just turn it all into a sob story and use his mother to back him up, absolving him in the eyes of the public and getting them nowhere in prosecuting Fisk. Then Ben clues Karen in on the spiked champagne from the benefit and points out how Fisk has people in the media on payroll to cover it up as they both conclude that someone is trying to kill Fisk.

Wesley joins Fisk as he waits for news about Vanessa in the hospital. Fisk is a mess at the prospect of Vanessa dying and Wesley says he sent Leland to speak with Madame Gao to see if she can shed some light on the situation. Fisk implores Wesley to find the person who did this so he can “look into their eyes as he salts the earth with their blood.” So he’s pretty serious about his vengeance. He tells Wesley to personally make arrangements so that if Vanessa recovers she can be sent away someplace safe. And in a rare show of humanity to someone other than Vanessa, he thanks Wesley for…well, I don’t know what, exactly. But Fisk doesn’t run around thanking people. Anyway, the doctor finally emerges and tells Fisk that Vanessa will pull through and Fisk goes in to see her while Wesley leaves to handle some business.

Matt, his wounds, and his feelings turn up at Holy Eucharist but Father Lantham isn’t for dancing around the subject this time. He talks to Matt about trying and failing to kill Fisk and how he feels about that, but Matt evades the question. Lantham says that he knows who he is and what he does, but he’s unsure how he’s doing it, and Matt says it’s from the accident in his youth which both gave him heightened senses and put the Devil in him. Father Lantham isn’t so sure Matt’s crusade isn’t just both his good and bad sides manifesting themselves as he treads the path of the righteous.

Back at home, Matt tries to meditate but keeps flashing back to the particularly brutal parts of his fights with Nobu and Fisk. He’s distracted but the flashbacks have given him an idea, so he pulls out his trunk and becomes the man in the mask once more.

Turk Barrett runs through several streets and alleys and Matt finally stops him on a rooftop after Turk trips. Matt tells Turk he wants information about who makes Fisk’s suits. When he threatens to throw Turk off the roof, Turk spills about the connection.

Fisk gets a call from his mother while he sits with Vanessa but ignores it. Instead, he steps outside to speak with Wesley (who is telling someone “we’re on the same page” over the phone). He asks Wesley to returns his mother’s call to see what she needs and Wesley obliges, natch. Leland arrives and Fisk slips back into Vanessa’s room before Leland can talk business with him. Stepping aside, Leland tells Wesley that he spoke with Madame Gao who he thinks doesn’t appear to have been responsible for the attack. Brushing that topic aside, Leland presses Wesley about Fisk’s recent absences from the business, claiming that the person who came after Fisk will come after him again and take advantage of the void in the market. Wesley says Fisk will return when he deems it appropriate and sends Leland home to wait for an update. Then he calls Fisk’s mother back and his first name is James? Okay. And Marlene spills about her recent visitors.

Matt breaks into a garage and after looking around a bit we can see it’s the same place Fisk brought Leland to get fitted. Matt takes a quick look around, immediately coming across the super durable fabric from the lining of Fisk’s suits, just as a man arrives. The man walks directly to the fabric hanging on his dummy and senses it’s been messed with and Matt shows himself from the shadows. Matt asks if the man works for Fisk and, instead of answering, the man begins to throw Matt all around his garage.

Wesley wraps up his call with Marlene by telling her he will have Fisk call her as soon as possible. Then he asks for one of the guards gun and keys, ordering him to be the gatekeeper to Vanessa’s hospital room while he’s away and to tell Fisk that he won’t be long should he come looking for Wesley.

The man in the garage continues to beat Matt senseless and they both alternately gain the upper hand by incorporating more than one dangerous object lying around the garage. The man is very strong and a skilled fighter but Matt regains control when some chains allow him to flip and kick the man to the ground. After he is defeated, the man begins to sob, saying that Matt shouldn’t be there because “Mr. Fisk is gonna be mad and hurt her.” Matt surprises the man by using his name (Melvin Potter) and asking who Fisk is going to hurt. We learn that Betsy, who helps Melvin with his memory, is under constant threat from Fisk as part of the consequences of Melvin letting anyone into the garage that Fisk didn’t bring there personally. Matt gently calms Melvin, telling him that they have that in common, but instead of working for Fisk he wants to stop him. Melvin perks up at this and tells Matt that he’s made many suits for Fisk lined with his special fabric. Matt asks Melvin to make him a costume out of the material so that he can help keep people like Betsy safe and Melvin’s on board.

Karen finds Foggy drinking his sorrows away at Josie’s and joins him for one. She tells him he’s a dick for ignoring her calls all day and he says basically the same things Matt said about the information she uncovered when she and Ben visited Fisk’s mother (that the woman’s old and has a faulty memory and no one will care). Foggy asks about Matt and she tells him that Matt asked about him, too, and they go back and forth as she tries to pry out of him what their problem is. Foggy says he and Matt are going through a rough patch and that although he wants to talk to her about it, he can’t. Karen reminds Foggy that Mrs. Cardenas’ tenement building was torn down that day, telling him that he and Matt need to hug it out and move on because Fisk is still out there destroying Hell’s Kitchen, then leaves him there to finish his bottle.

As she walks home, she leaves Matt a message about her run in with Foggy and tells him they need to get their shit together. (Seriously.) Then she calls Ben and explains what little she knows about the rift between Foggy and Matt, saying she thinks everything is about to fall apart. He tells her that the only way he can continue to do what he does is to keep putting one foot in front of the other to do his part and she thanks him for being there for her and caring. Then we see Ben’s been looking into Fisk’s past – via old photos of Fisk’s father’s failed campaign posters. When Karen gets to her building, she is immediately grabbed from behind by a man.

Fisk talks to Vanessa about his lack of personal faith or religion. He goes into all the ways he was exposed to it and how it seemed it should be, but he never could believe in praying. Fisk promises Vanessa that, since he can’t pray for her and mean it, he will make the person who did this to her pay.

Karen sluggishly wakes up in a chair at a table. The building around her is empty and behind her, Wesley says he almost thought she wouldn’t wake from the drugging. He sits at the table across from her and says he wants to chat. Wesley says that he originally thought Karen wouldn’t be a problem after the Union Allied article since she signed the non-disclosure agreement and was supposed to go away. He says her choice not to do that brought her to the building now, and she’s like, “I’m not scared of you.” Then he pulls out the gun and puts it on the table before asking her if she loves Hell’s Kitchen. He confesses that he doesn’t and hates a great many things about it, but he stays because Fisk needs him. Wesley says Fisk might love Hell’s Kitchen as much as he loves his mother, and he was surprised that Marlene remembered her. He says Fisk would be disturbed to find out Karen had found out about his mother let alone gone to see her, so he’s taken it upon himself to handle the situation. When she finally gives him the “if you’re gonna kill me, kill me” kiss off, Wesley says he’s not there to kill her, but to offer her a job.

Fisk leaves Vanessa’s room and, after requesting some coffee, wonders where Wesley’s gone off to.

Wesley says he wants Karen to convince Ben that she was wrong about Fisk being a villain and that he’s a great guy, and then give the same speech to anyone else she’s talked to about the Union Allied scandal. Karen holds tough again, saying she’d rather die first, so Wesley’s like, “Oh, I didn’t tell you? We’ll kill everyone you love first and let you watch as they all die knowing it’s your fault. And then we’ll kill you.” Wesley’s phone rings and Karen makes a quick grab for the gun and she’s got him dead to rights.

On the other end of the call, Fisk waits by Vanessa’s bedside for Wesley to answer. Karen’s eyes glaze with the power of her position and Wesley bluffs about whether the gun is loaded. He takes a step to get up and Karen fires a shot into his chest! Then, to make sure she’d done the whole “kill someone in self-defense” thing right, she shoots him a few more times. Wesley’s phone begins to ring again in front of his body, now slumped in the chair, and Karen hastily wipes her fingerprints from the gun and table before hightailing it out of there.

The Questions: Who is behind the spiked champagne? Will Matt and Foggy finally be able to bury the hatchet and restore their friendship and Nelson & Murdock? Will Karen tell anyone about killing Wesley? And what in the world will Fisk do without Wesley?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 110, “Nelson v. Murdock”

Alright, things are getting really real on Daredevil. Honestly, if you’ve gone ahead and watched the rest of the season, I wouldn’t even be mad. No blame, no shame. But keep coming back to relive your favorite OMG moments!

A severely battered Matt wakes on his couch. He is absolutely covered in cuts and angry looking bruises. He even has stitches in some important abdominal areas. As he struggles to lift himself off the couch, Foggy tells him he wouldn’t do that if he were him, but maybe he would because he really doesn’t know this guy who’s supposed to be his best friend. Foggy says Claire came by to stitch him up after but what he really wants to know is, is Matt really blind?

Flashing back to college, Foggy (plus a bunch of shaggy hair) and Matt meet for the first time and Foggy goes down his list of “things I can tell just by looking at you”: Matt is blind, and as his last name’s Murdock, he must be that kid from Hell’s Kitchen who saved the man crossing the street all those years ago. Matt downplays the situation but Foggy thinks he’s a hero and takes to Matt immediately. Assuming that hanging with Matt will undoubtedly score him access to ladies he would otherwise never have a shot with, Foggy suggests they go meet some at a coffee shop.

Back in Matt’s apartment in the present, Matt has explained the “world on fire” to Foggy, but all Foggy can hear is that Matt has had some kind of visual acuity all along and feels super betrayed. Foggy’s pissed that he told Claire about his vision and vigilantism, but Matt insists he had no choice but to clue her in when she found him in the dumpster. Then Foggy asks Matt if he had anything to do with the building explosions like the news has been alleging, but Matt says everything – including his current state – is Fisk’s fault (well, part Nobu’s fault, too). Just then, Karen calls Matt and Foggy guilts him about not wanting to get her involved. When she calls Foggy’s phone after not getting an answer from Matt, Foggy tells her that he’s looking after Matt, who has been in a car accident. He rushes her off the phone, telling her to stay at the office, but Foggy isn’t happy. He wants to know every detail of what Matt’s been keeping from them.

Fisk meets Madame Gao in a lovely garden where she says what happened to Nobu was “unfortunate.” She says he was prideful taking on the man in the mask himself, and asks if Fisk has found the man in the mask yet. Gao expresses concern that Nobu’s clan will be out for revenge soon and Fisk is like, “I know that already.” So then she gets to the point, asking, “What happens when your ambition turns to me?” Fisk assures Gao that she has always had his respect, but this doesn’t assuage her. She says when she met him, he was of a single mind, determined to make the city better, but now he’s got two minds – and the second one is clouded by love. He needs to choose between being the savior or oppressor, light or dark, and must choose wisely or others will choose for him.

Ben visits his wife, Doris, in the hospital and lies that the doctors think her heath is improving. She asks him about his work and when he tries to brush it off saying he should focus on being with her, Doris says he wouldn’t be Ben Urich if he wasn’t chasing down leads for a story. As she convinces him that he has learned from his youthful recklessness and become a responsible and careful reporter, her eyes glaze over and she forgets their conversation and greets him anew. Shirley arrives to speak with Ben and tells him that she did everything she could, but the extension he filed for was denied. :(

Foggy goes through Matt’s stuff and finds his vigilante gear. Matt tells him the Internet helped him acquire everything and Foggy wants to know how Matt can fight so well, because he definitely didn’t learn it from his dad. Matt says an old man named Stick taught him how to fight and helped him realize that his blindness wasn’t a disability. Foggy presses, wanting to know exactly what Matt can do, so Matt gives him a taste: Matt can tell that Foggy hasn’t showered since yesterday morning, that he had onions in his lunch yesterday, that his heart beats faster every time Matt says anything more, and on. Foggy is completely weirded out and gets pissed when he realizes that Matt has always known every time Foggy lied but played along instead of confronting him. He wonders if anything between them was ever real.

In another flashback, the jovial buddies drunkenly walk around campus talking about their futures as lawyers and weighing the importance of Spanish over Punjabi. As they take a breather on some steps, Matt comes perilously close to revealing his abilities but is able to cover it when Foggy asks him when he had his first drink. Matt recalls the sip of scotch his father gave him before stitching his eye up after a fight that he lost, and Foggy thinks Jack would be proud of Matt today. They dream about futures as successful defense lawyers before heading back tot heir dorm.

At work, Ben peruses a pamphlet on hospice and it looks like that’s the next step for Doris. His editor, Ellison, stops by his office to ask why Ben gave his most recent assignment to another reporter and Ben brushes it off as a personal matter. Then Ellison gets to the point: there’s going to be an opening on the Metro desk at the end of the month and he thinks Ben should take the position, dangling the “better benefits” in front of him as incentive. Ben says he’ll think about it.

Back at the office, Karen calls Foggy again and notices a box on her desk. Ben surprises her, having slipped in through the unlocked front door. He tells her that the box is hers now, and it contains everything he has on the Fisk/Confederate Global story. Ben tells her that the story can’t be the most important thing for him right now because of Doris’ health, that he needs to take some time off to look after his wife at home. Struck with an idea, Karen asks Ben to take a ride with her up north to a nursing home she’s heard about and he agrees.

As Wesley helps Fisk finish dressing at his apartment, Owlsley expresses his displeasure at how Fisk indirectly dispatched Nobu, and Fisk tries to convince him to speak to Madame Gao on his behalf. Owlsley isn’t into this idea, because although he never really liked Nobu, he also sees how Fisk has changed since he began seeing Vanessa. In the end, though, he agrees to speak to Gao.

Matt dresses as Foggy speaks with Mahoney. Mahoney said that the junkie who killed Mrs. Cardenas jumped off the roof of the shooting gallery he frequented, and Foggy wants to know if Matt did it. Matt says he only told the guy to go turn himself in and that he didn’t kill him, it was Fisk. He also assures Foggy that he’s never killed anyone although he did go to the warehouse intending to kill Fisk. Foggy is disgusted at Matt’s presumption and Matt says sometimes the law isn’t enough.

Flashing back again to their intern days at Landman and Zack, Matt and Foggy sit in on a settlement and witness a sick man being railroaded by the firm. In their tiny office, Foggy tells Matt that he heard they’re going to be offered permanent positions, but Matt is hesitant because what happened today wasn’t right. He challenges Foggy to consider whether he wants to be part of litigation that defends corporations and, seeing the logic in Matt’s argument, Foggy begins to pack up his stuff so they can go save the world together.

And in the present, as Foggy hesitates to ask Matt something, Matt reminds him that he knows when he lying – and can tell from his breathing patterns when he wants to say something.

On the way north, Karen and Ben discuss the advanced stage of Doris’ Alzheimer’s. Karen expresses her sympathies and Ben thinks Doris would like her, saying he wishes he’d taken her to meet Doris when she was a little more lucid. Then they arrive at the nursing home.

Inside, Karen signs a visitor’s log and Ben wants to know what they’re doing at this opulent nursing home with its grand staircases. She tells him to hang in there and have a look around with her.

Foggy yells at Matt for recklessly running around town picking fights in costume. He wants to know how Matt goes from getting heightened senses as a child to vigilante. Matt says that listening to how the city suffered every night eventually spurred him to do something after many years of turning away from things. He heard a girl crying over her father who was abusing her after her mother was asleep and after realizing social services and police wouldn’t or couldn’t help, he followed the man one night and beat him to a pulp. As he made mince meat of the man’s face, Matt told him if he touched his daughter again, he’d know and he clearly loved the empowerment he felt from getting some justice for the little girl. Foggy thinks this is evidence of Matt simply needing an outlet for his violence and Matt’s like, “Yeah, I don’t want to stop.”

Karen and Ben wander around Saint Benezet (which is so much more awesome than my apartment building, btw) and Karen “randomly” wanders to a door and knocks so that she and Ben can “get a feel for the place.” The occupant, Mrs. Vistain, lets them in but realizes – after she puts her glasses on – that she doesn’t know Ben and Karen, but amicably answers their questions anyway. We find out that the woman has been at Saint Benezet since her husband died, but he wasn’t her first husband – he was her third. The first, she says, “tried so hard, but he drank, you know?” Karen asks if she had any children with her first husband, and Mrs. Vistain reveals that her sweet boy is none other than Wilson Fisk. Then, because she got used to spilling the beans, I guess, Mrs. Vistain begins to tell Karen and Ben about Wilson’s involvement in the death of his father.

At a benefit, Fisk, flanked by Vanessa, gives a gruff speech about being the kind of guy who steps forward when his city is in a time of need. He glad hands after getting off stage and runs into Owlsley who says, “It’s all taken care of.” Senator Cherryh approaches and pulls Fisk aside to talk about zoning, and Wesley, Vanessa, and Owlsley discuss Cherryh in their absence. As they talk, a man, and then a woman hit the floor, foaming at the mouth. The only thing they have in common is the champagne they were drinking, which Leland drops when a third man hits the floor. Fisk orders Wesley to get the car – just as Vanessa, too, hits the ground from ingesting the champagne.

Foggy continues in on Matt and argues that Matt has put Karen and himself in danger by keeping this from them. Matt tries to convince Foggy that if he doesn’t continue, Fisk will win out – exactly the way he won over Mrs. Cardenas. He tells him that they don’t live in a world that’s fair and he’s just trying to make it a better place. Foggy thinks he sounds an awful lot like Fisk and worries at Matt’s potential for murder. Then he throws down a couple of consequences that could have emerged from Matt’s deception: Matt could go to jail, and Foggy could have been implicated in his deeds. Foggy can’t move past this and questions his entire friendship with Matt and leaves Matt to break down in sobs.

In a more recent flashback, Matt is covering his latest fighting injuries with a lie about getting hurt taking out the trash at Josie’s. Foggy sketches a mockup of the Nelson and Murdock sign that they’ll hang at their firm (when they officially start one). He tells Matt that he’s nervous, but he trusts him and he’s with him, for better or worse. Mirroring the moment they met in college, Foggy is excited about their new frontier together and they toast to the future.

At their offices, Foggy boxes up his stuff and throws the new Nelson and Murdock sign in the garbage before leaving.

The Questions: What will Ben and Karen do with their new dirt on Fisk? Did Leland have something to do with the poisoned champagne at the benefit (he looked real shaky in that scene)? Is Vanessa going to die? And will Matt and Foggy be able to repair their friendship?

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NerdyBound: Conventions

It’s summer! This means convention season is upon us. Whether you’re sticking to your local cons or making the pilgrimage with your fellow nerds to one of the big cons, there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you’re somewhere that GETS you. Conventions are the only place where we’re encouraged to let our fandom flag fly high, and the best place to get one of kind merch. If you’re not planning to cosplay at the conventions, or if you just need something to help you live everyday like you’re at your favorite con?! We’ve got you covered! This week’s NerdyBound is inspired by some of the best conventions around!

 

ComicCon: some of the must attend are San Diego Comic-Con, Emerald City Comic-Con, Wondercon, New York ComicCon and GeekGirlCon!

ComicConShop the Look: Suspenders Star Wars Comic Circle Skirt $60, On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink $20, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $37, Avengers Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack $60, Star Trek Uhura’s Makeup Bag $25, 8-Bit Hair Bow $9.99, Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver 11th Doctor Dangle Earrings $15, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant $25, Star Trek TNG Communicator Badge $20

 

 

GamingCons: some of the must attend are PAX, E3, IndieCade and GenCon!

GamingShop the Look: ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall $69, ASOS PETITE Whitby Low Rise Skinny Jeans In Washed Black With Rip $58 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Ankle Grazer Jeans in Washed Black with Shredded Knee $29, ASOS Denim High Waist Mom Shorts in Washed Black with Rips $54 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Side Split Denim Shorts in Washed Black $54, Leg Avenue The Smoking Gun Sheer Pantyhose $14, Maxstar 777 Back Zipper TC Wedge Heel Shoes White $44, TravelBoy Backpack $40, The Sprite Bag by Pixelle $50, NES Game Necklace, The Legend of Zelda $14, Portal Scarf $20, Princess Peach Crown $18, Pillow Fight $20, Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 6 $9.99, Ring goth ring Spikes $15, Gaming Cartridge Flasks $20

 

 

AnimeCon: some of the must attend are Anime Expo, Sakura-Con, FanimeCon and Anime Japan!

AnimeShop the Look: Anime Babes $32, Baby Pink Cheerleading Skirt $58, Studio Ghibli Dream Garden Cardigan $15, Sweet ice cream Little Twin Stars Unicorn Pastel Sneakers $51, Sailor Moon with Tail Lolita Tights $15, Rainbow Cloud Handbag $40, Melody Pearl-mint and pink flower crown with golden spikes $20, Vaporeon Clinging Earrings $8, Crescent Moon Wand from Kuma Crafts $30, Pokemon Badges Charm Bracelet $10

 

 

CatCon: okay so maybe this was done as a joke, but seriously there’s an actual CatCon happening this year and I kind of, sort of, really want to go.

CatConShop the Look: ModCloth Cats Mid-length Sleeveless A-line $80, You and Meow Forever Heel $65, ModCloth Quirky Cat to the Chase Bag $40, Claws for Celebration Headband $14.99, Feline Like Royalty Earrings in Prince $13, ModCloth Cat Person Circle Scarf $20, Know an Eccentric or Two Swimsuit Bottom $40

 

 

Did we miss your favorite type of convention? Let us know in the comments and we’ll cover it on another NerdyBound.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 109, “Speak of the Devil”

You’re back for week nine of Daredevil recaps? What patient Netflix viewers you are! Thanks for sticking with me, dear hearts. On to the episode!

Things are getting thick quick! The episode starts with an awesome fight. Matt, along with his sticks, fight a ninja-type in red, who gains the upper hand. He trips Matt up like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, complete with a “get over here!” moment. As the camera zooms in, you can tell from the eyes that the red ninja is Nobu. (Or maybe I can tell from the eyes? Hard to say.)

A pensive looking Matt parks on a bench outside Holy Eucharist and Father Lantom approaches, offering some quality confession time, so Matt takes him up on the offer (as long as it includes lattes and a less formal, communal dining room setting). Lantom begins by trying to get Matt to admit that he’s the man in the mask, but Matt asks him if he believes in the literal Devil. So the priest begins a tale about his younger days in the seminary when he believed the Devil was just a construct. He says theologians reinterpreted mentions of “satan” in the Bible for propoganda, which actually means “adversary” in Hebrew. But then, when working in Rwanda, Lantom saw the Devil in the militia, who forced Hutu villagers to murder their neighbors and whose commander viciously murdered a respected village leader and his family. So, yeah, Lantom believes in the actual Devil.

Ben is pissed that Fisk undercut his story and that his editor loves him so much, and Karen and Foggy thinks they should keep digging. Ben thinks that’s how you get beat up when Matt arrives and agrees with him. Then Ben shares that he got a visit from the man in the mask – along with the documents that were on the thumb drive he got from the “man.” After discussing the connections between Fisk, the Russians, the man from the bowling alley, Hoffman, Blake, et al, the gang decides to pursue connections from Confederated Global to Westmeyer-Holt to Fisk and leave the rough stuff to the “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.”

Fisk reviews construction plans for Hell’s Kitchen as Wesley catches him up on public opinion and upcoming meetings. Fisk wants to know where Hoffman is and no one knows, but Wesley promises that he’ll be found. Wesley adds that the man in the mask is an active target for authorities when Nobu barges in, breaking a guard’s hand in the process. He’s clearly pissed off and when Wesley doesn’t accurately translate his words to Fisk, we learn that Nobu speaks English! Nobu tells Fisk that he hasn’t held up his end of their land deal and doesn’t want to hear Fisk make excuses as to why he hasn’t gotten the full city block he was promised. Fisk offers another block, since the one originally designated for Nobu is held up by a tenement building (presumably Mrs. Cardenas’ building), but Nobu doesn’t want that, either. Nobu says that even he has those he must answer to, and tells Fisk to do what he needs to do to clear his block quickly. Fisk tells him that is Nobu could go ahead and get rid of the man in the mask, it might make it easier for Fisk to give him what he wants, so they make a deal to draw out their foe by tugging at his heart strings so someone from Nobu’s organization can take care of him.

Back at their offices, Foggy, Matt, and Karen talk through their case and all the dead ends they’re turning up. Just then they get a visit from Mrs. Cardenas who says Fisk has doubled the payouts to her and her neighbors and some of them are thinking about taking it. Foggy tells her to stand firm and she says that she won’t take the offer and will do her best to convince enough neighbors to stand with her to make a difference. After she leaves, Matt says Karen and Foggy shouldn’t have encouraged Mrs. Cardenas because they’re naive about how dangerous Fisk is. They decide that knowing your enemy is the best move against Fisk so they have to keep digging – quietly – to find hard evidence. Then Matt takes off to visit Vanessa at her art gallery to try to get to Fisk.

As he enters the gallery, he notes several armed guards as Vanessa greets him. They banter about his need for art to impress the ladiez and she describes a painting to him: it sort of looks like the way Matt sees the world, “a world on fire.” Then, apropos of nothing, he asks about the art choices of her boyfriend, so she’s like, “Ask him yourself.” Fisk – and more guards – walk in and Matt barely controls his anger. Vanessa introduces the two and guides a strained and layered conversation about art and the tenement case. As Fisk goes on about his dedication to making the city a better place, Matt grows more and more uncomfortable and eventually makes a rushed exit.

Looks like he needed some spiritual guidance, because he went to see Father Lantham at Holy Eucharist. Lantham says he was worried Matt would go do something foolish, and Matt says he hasn’t done anything – yet. He recounts his visit to the gallery and says he only learned that Fisk has someone who loves him and would mourn his loss. Lantham says judgement and vengeance are best left to God when murder isn’t in one’s heart, and Matt’s like, “How do you know I’m not a murderer?” He grapples with the notion of allowing Fisk to ruin Hell’s Kitchen and Lantham reminds him that there’s a lot of ground between doing nothing and killing. Lantham says that committing a murder can be as harmful as poisoning a public well, that the consequences of the action will spread to one’s friends and family. He doesn’t believe Matt truly wants to kill Fisk, but that he went to Vanessa looking for a reason (or a way) not to.

The next day, Matt returns to the office and tells Karen that he didn’t get the info he needed from his visit with Vanessa. She says that she and Foggy had better luck and identified the guys who attacked them outside Mrs. Cardenas’ building via their contracting licenses – and they work for Westmeyer-Holt. But, after reaching out to Ben, they discovered that the guys are off the map, just like Hoffman and Tully, so they won’t be able to use them to flip on Fisk. Then, to boost morale, Karen presents Matt with the new Nelson and Murdock plaque to mark their business officially and they gush over the good they’ll do for the world. Karen answers a call to the firm and from the sound of it, it’s bad news.

Karen, Matt, and Foggy positively identify Mrs. Cardenas’ body at the morgue, and Mahoney tells them that a known junkie was seen fleeing with Mrs. Cardenas’ purse. Mahoney says she died from multiple stab wounds before ambulances could arrive on the scene and a broken up Karen tells him that Cardenas had no next of kin, only them. Foggy offers to take care of the funeral arrangements and while he and Karen hug, Matt gets white-knuckle pissed.

Back to the fight from the beginning of the episode! The man in red uses his weapon to cut Matt several times and after Matt kicks him in the face he is revealed to be Nobu (was this really meant to be a surprise?). Nobu says it’ll be an honor to kill such a worthy opponent and proceeds to cut and slice Matt some more before hooking and dragging him across the floor.

The gang gathers at Josie’s for some somber drinking and Matt tells Foggy that maybe the idea of a criminal element at Cardenas’ building was a load of bull, suggesting that Fisk had her killed. Speaking of the devil, Fisk shows up on TV saying he knew Cardenas’ building was unsafe which is why he offered her and her neighbors payouts to leave. He goes on about the awful things in the city threatening good people – calling out the man in the mask for being a coward. Karen’s in her cups and wishes Fisk would get buried by a pile of raw sewage, or barring that, that the man in the mask would knock his head off. Matt takes this opportunity to make an exit and Karen tells him that he has to believe that Fisk will get what he deserves.

Back home, Matt stares at the trunk in his closet with his father’s boxing gear and memorabilia inside before opening it before reaching into the false bottom for his own crime fighting gear. He hits the streets and pummels several people as he asks about the junkie who “killed Mrs. Cardenas.” Finally someone talks and Matt shows up at a shooting gallery and finds the man just after shooting up. Then Matt finds Mr.s Cardenas’ purse and snatches the man, who thought Matt was a hallucination, up and starts beating him up. He asks the guy who paid him to kill Mrs. Cardenas but after more punches to the head, the guy reveals that he was approached by two guys who took him to Pier 81 for the job. Matt tells him to turn himself in to Mahoney and threatens to find him again if he doesn’t.

Then Matt arrives at the warehouse at Pier 81 – and it’s the scene of his knock down, drag out fight with Nobu. He finds the place largely empty but for some city plans on a table, then begins to hear a faint, slow heartbeat. Nobu drops down into the room and they remember each other from the docks. It becomes clear that killing Mrs. Cardenas was Fisk and Nobu’s plan to lure Matt via his emotions all along. Matt says he came there for Fisk but will settle for Nobu and Nobu starts the fight by throwing several daggers at Matt, who blocks them with his sticks. Up close, the two kick and strike each other until Nobu catches Matt across the face with a well-placed punch.

Back at Josie’s, Foggy and Karen are rapidly approaching wasted so she helps Josie cut them off. Foggy feels responsible for what happened to Mrs. Cardenas and feels like he’s failing at helping good people by following the rules. He wonders what can be done to someone who owns everything and everyone, and Karen says they’ll do the only thing they can: make them pay.

And Matt flips himself out of the hook and drag to boot Nobu in the chest, sending him flying into a wall. They are both hurt and a fluid leaks copiously onto the floor at Nobu’s feet. With some last words, Nobu throws his final strike at a downed Matt. Matt flips out of the way just in time to grab and throw one of his sticks at the lamp above Nobu, sending sparks flying down at the flammable liquid on the floor and burning Nobu alive. Then Fisk comes in with Wesley and a guard, like, “Ooh, thank you! That was so necessary, I just couldn’t figure out the least messy way to get it done.” Fisk confirms everything we already knew about his plan to lure Matt by killing Mrs. Cardenas and seems to enjoy goading him.

Matt is very hurt and can barely stand, but he isn’t impaired enough that he can’t threaten to kill Fisk. Fisk is like, “Come at me, bro!” so Matt does – but maybe he shouldn’t have. With heavy, swinging blows, Fisk strikes Matt a few times, but honestly, that’s enough. Matt’s down again and uses Nobu’s weapon to strike at Fisk, only to discover his suit is lined and the blade didn’t penetrate it. Enraged, Fisk, throws Matt into a desk and pounds on him like a gorilla before throwing him through a table. Fisk tasks Wesley with killing Matt, but with another precise throw of a stick, Matt saves himself before leaping out of the building into the river below, bleeding heavily. Fisk orders men on the dock to kill Matt should he resurface and says he’ll let Nobu burn.

Drunk Foggy shows up at Matt’s apartment vowing to make Fisk pay for what happened to Mrs. Cardenas. Then he hears a crash inside and goes to the roof entrance to get into the apartment. As he creeps down the stairs, Foggy notices all the broken furniture and grabs a weapon (smart!). Just then, Matt stumbles out of his bedroom dressed as the man in the mask and falls to the floor. He grabs a phone to call the police but hangs up after staring at the face a little longer. Moving closer, Foggy looks his friend over and removes his mask, discovering that the man in the mask was Matt all along.

The Questions: Is Karen getting a taste for vengeance? How will Matt come back from this latest defeat against Fisk? Will we get to see Claire again (please say yes)? Should Owlsley and Madame Gao be watching their backs? And how does one make someone who owns everything and everyone pay for their misdeeds?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 108, “Shadows in the Glass”

Wilson Fisk wakes from a fitful sleep to stare at the “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” painting he bought from Vanessa. This seems to calm him and he begins to go about his daily routine: chop fresh veggies for a perfectly cooked omelet to be enjoyed alone, choose from many similar suits and shirts what to wear today and dress, and choose the same exact cuff links from a lovely collection to wear every day and examine his reflection. Except it’s not him. When he looks into the mirror, he’s sees the image of a boy who looks an awful lot like him covered in blood.

Remember when Matt and Stick wrecked Matt’s apartment having that knock-down, drag out fight? Matt never cleaned that mess up. His alarm wakes him at 7:00 and the showrunners give us such much appreciated gratuitous shirtless Matt, and he braces himself to face the day.

Karen doesn’t want to tell Matt about her investigation with Ben, but Foggy thinks it’d be better to clue him in on things. He also thinks he should finally tell Karen her coffee sucks and I guess Foggy should learn to make coffee, eh? Foggy begins to bandy the idea of “keeping Matt in the dark” (poor choice of words!) just as Matt arrives, so Foggy hastily tries to change the subject. Matt isn’t fooled, though, and asks what’s up so Karen spills about her Union Allied investigation. Matt thinks the whole idea is half-cocked and dangerous but Karen says she won’t sit by and not do something for the people Union Allied might hurt next. She adds that Ben is the guy helping them investigate and break the story. In a successful effort to help Karen and Foggy stay out of his way while he continues his vigilante bit, Matt insists that they all promise not to take unnecessary risks and to make sure to try Union Allied on their turf: the courtroom.

Nobu is pissed at Fisk because his Black Sky shipment went belly up. Fisk insists that he held up his end of the bargain and adds that it’s not his fault Nobu didn’t tell him how important his shipment was before he went and lost it. Fighting words! Nobu spouts a flow of angry Japanese, prompting Fisk to apologize and Nobu leaves with a final threat. Once he does, Wesley chimes in that he doesn’t like Nobu’s attitude, since the yakuza aren’t really contributing anything like Madame Gao or Leland. Fisk says they have to keep playing nice while Nobu remains a necessary evil to endure.

In a flashback, we get a peek at little Wilson Fisk back in the…’70s? His father, Bill, is running for election and Willie is helping make endorsement posters while his mother, Marlene, tries to balance their bills nearby. Throughout, Bill exhibits all manner of dubious parenting (who encourages their kid to idolize corrupt politicians?) and spouts a lot of macho crap (“My dad let me swig his beer before I could even talk!”) that Marlene disagrees with, but Bill ignores her. As Willie chokes on his first sip of beer, Marlene wants to know who else is worried about the family’s finances besides her. Bill says he got a loan from Rigoletto, referring to it as an “investment.” He tells her she knows nothing John Snow, that Willie is smarter than her, and she’s got to spend money to make money. He’s a real gem.

Back in the present, Fisk has another famously awkward conversation with Vanessa over the phone when Wesley calls and interrupts. He says Detective Blake has woken up and if he recovers from his extensive injuries, Blake might not be too happy that Fisk had him shot. Wesley says “taking care of him” will be an issue since Blake’s hospital room is under guard by police (two of whom are Fisk’s) from the man in the mask. So Fisk tells Wesley to set a meeting for him with Hoffman, and Fisk will convince him to do the job in person.

As Foggy tries in vain to convince Matt that he’d be put to better use on the streets taking skulls and cracking names (his words, not mine), Matt reads something about Confederated Global Investments – the same company that hired them to defend our favorite bowling alley assassin a few episodes back. He asks Karen if Westmeyer-Holt Contracting is one of the subsidiaries that she tracked down from the Confed Global check, which it is. The contracting group has several complaints against it just like Mrs. Cardenas’, so it’s up to Foggy to call her landlord, Tully, to see if he can shed some light on the situation. Just then, Karen sees a news alert that Blake has regained consciousness and it looks like the man in the mask has another job tonight.

Fisk makes the hard sell to Hoffman and says things will end badly for him and Blake if Blake “speaks out of turn.” Hoffman is reticent and says Fisk doesn’t have to worry about him talking, so Fisk tells him the real reason Blake needs to go: he didn’t call when his phone (and thus the addresses for the Russians) was compromised and that led to a string of unfortunate events for Fisk (a huge no-no). With another veiled threat, Fisk asks Hoffman how much his friendship with Blake is worth to him and it seems Fisk has broken Hoffman.

Hoffman shows up at the hospital looking like he’s got a midterm but didn’t study. He approaches one of the officers guarding Blake’s room who searches him (and his paper bag) before letting him into Blake’s room. Hoffman pulls a syringe out of the bag and injects its contents into Blake’s IV – just as Blake wakes up and the man in black arrives with a stick-aided sleeper hold. After lying an unconscious Hoffman on the floor, Matt puts a chair under the doorknob and begins to question Blake. Officers begin forcing their way into the room as Blake’s heart monitor goes off the charts and Blake leaves Matt with a small clue. He says, “Is it my turn for this?” and Matt flees into the night.

Fisk has taken a squirrelly Leland to visit his suit guy, Mr. Potter. Leland doesn’t love needing a specially lined suit to protect him from the man in the mask and Fisk offers to move Leland to a safe place with a dozen guards. Wesley arrives to report on Blake’s assassination. Neither Fisk nor Leland are pleased to learn that Blake spoke to the man in the mask before dying and Fisk assures Leland that he’ll handle it, which doesn’t sway his opinions on Fisk capabilities of late.

Flashing back again, Marlene comforts Willie with some zuppa (delicious!) after he comes home bloody from a fight. Apparently some kid named Bernie is to blame. Then here comes Bill being a hard ass, taking Willie’s cake and making Willie tell him the truth: Bernie was knocking Bill’s election signs down and called the Fisk men losers. Bill and Willie visit Bernie and, after a little verbal provocation, Bill begins beating the crap out of Bernie with his own bat. Then he forces Willie to join him, screaming, “Kick him!” until a crying Willie kicks Bernie in the ribs again and again.

Fisk wakes from another fitful sleep with a start and stares at “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” again, and we’ve got a repeat of the opening sequence. The only difference is that Madame Gao has invited herself over this morning. Fisk makes sure that his BFF Wesley will be there and makes tea for himself and Gao. Then two shoes drop: Wilson speaks and understands Mandarin and Madame Gao speaks and understands English. Not only that, Gao speaks Japanese and knows Wilson does, too. With this new transparency, they dismiss Wesley to converse in private.

Madame Gao starts in on Fisk in much the same manner as Leland and Nobu, saying he’s gotten sloppy and emotional in recent weeks (how else could she know where he lives?). She tells him that she’s not there to chide him, but as a courtesy. She warns him to get it together or she’ll take her business elsewhere. Then Fisk rage flips his gorgeous dining room table and screams Wesley out of the apartment.

Flashing back again, Bill parks Willie in a chair in front of a white stucco wall (that looks an awful lot like “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” tbh). Bill tells Willie to stare at the wall and think about the man he wants to be until he comes back home. This concerns Marlene, who doles out a couple of “I told you so’s” when Bill says he’s going to sort out his loan to Rigoletto. Bill puts on the same cuff links Wilson wears as an adult and then flies off the handle at her questions and slaps her. Then takes off his belt and whips Marlene as Willie sits crying, staring at the wall.

Wesley has come back to Wilson’s apartment with Vanessa. She asks Fisk what’s wrong and insists that he tell her, no matter what he believes she’ll think of him.

Back to the traumatic domestic abuse evening, Bill continues to attack Marlene and blames her for all his problems. Fed up, Willie grabs a hammer and warns his father to stop. Bill goads him and Willie hits him in the head with the hammer once, then twice, then a few more times as he yells “Keep kicking him!” (like Bill did when they attacked Bernie). Marlene comforts Willie, who is splattered with blood, then tells him to the saw as they begin the dirty business of dismembering and disposing of Bill.

Fisk tells Vanessa that he and his mother carried bags of his father each night for a week to the river. No one asked questions about the disappearance knowing Bill owed money to Rigoletto, and Willie was sent away to live with relatives on a farm. Fisk says he wears his father’s cuff links to remind himself that he is not cruel for the sake of cruelty (debatable) and Vanessa tells him he isn’t a monster. He goes on to tell her that people just don’t want to see him shine and are trying to take him down, but he won’t let them.

The man in the mask visits Ben as he leaves work in the pouring rain and asks him to expose the man responsible: Wilson Fisk. Ben wonders why he didn’t go to another reporter and Matt says it’s because he knows people who trust Ben, who realizes this is about Union Allied/Karen. Then Matt begins to feed Ben info, including Leland Owsley’s name and the dirt on Blake, Hoffman, and Fisk. Unfortunately, none of his proof is reliable, but Matt says exposing Fisk will do enough to get the city to turn against him.

For the third time, Fisk wakes from a fitful sleep with a start – but he doesn’t stare at “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” this time. He rolls over and gazes at Vanessa instead. His morning omelet has doubled as Vanessa joins him for breakfast, and he is clearly at sea. She picks his suit, shirt, and cuff links today, and in a voiceover, we hear Ben reading his Fisk expose. Then Fisk appears on TV in a press conference, demonizing “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen” and publicly blaming him for all that’s gone wrong recently. Stunned, Matt, Karen, and Foggy all tune in to this press conference as well, which has effectively killed Ben’s story. Fisk announces his name loud and proud, vowing to take back Hell’s Kitchen.

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Fan Film Friday Covers “Kung Fu Avengers: Civil War”

This week, we watched and reviewed Beat Down Boogie’s Kung Fu Avengers: Civil War – Iron Man VS Captain America for four very fitting reasons:

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk-smashed the box office as the second biggest opening weekend in North America ever. The movie set up some serious internal conflict and friction between our previously chummy Avengers.
  2. Marvel fans are already looking forward to the film Captain America: Civil War, which started production this month and is scheduled to come out May 6, 2016.
  3. Leaked concept art of Iron Man and Captain America battling it out circulated the interwebz recently!
  4. Beat Down Boogie is just so much fun! (Obviously the best reason on the list.)

Watch Beat Down Boogie’s Kung Fu Avengers: Civil War – Iron Man VS Captain America here!

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 107, “Stick”

Alright, we’re in week seven of our Daredevil recaps. Are you still with me? Sure you haven’t skipped ahead and finished the season? Even if you have, relive it here! No shade.

This episode begins with a man running down the service stairwell in his office building to grab a pistol he stashed. He loads it then fires several times into an empty elevator. Then a man puts a katana to his neck and asks him in Japanese where the “Black Sky” is located. After the shadowy figure cuts his hand off, the first man reveals that the “Black Sky” was put on a ship bound for New York City. Shadow Man decides he no longer needs the one-handed man and kills him. As he enters the elevator to leave, we see that he is blind.

Foggy does not like the man in the mask and scoffs at the newspapers dubbing him “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.” Foggy thinks he’s a coward but Karen defends the “innocent until proven guilty” tenant that is usually a defense attorney’s life’s blood. Which is sort of what Matt says when he chimes in, but Foggy is blinded by the media’s portrayal of the vigilante. As Karen prepares to leave for the day, Foggy clumsily asks her on a date, but she wriggles out of it, saying she’s “got a thing to do.” When Karen goes, Foggy implies that Karen might be hiding something from them, then asks Matt how things with “Hottie McBurner Phone” (aka Claire) are going and finds out that even Matt can’t keep some ladies interested. Then Matt reads up on Leland Owlsley.

Leland meets with Nobu in a parking garage and reports that his funds have been reallocated and his shipment can arrive unimpeded. Then he pokes his nose where it doesn’t belong and asks pointed questions about said shipment. Nobu brushes this off and Leland presses that he thinks they should form something of an alliance so they don’t find themselves unceremoniously edged out like the Russians did. Nobu believes a “man must stand on his own, or fall with the unworthy,” and leaves Leland to put some ice on his burn. And then the man in the mask shows up! He wants to know about Fisk, but when he’s distracted by the sound of a walking stick, Leland tases him and drives away, leaving Matt lying on the ground. The owner of the stick – the blind man from the elevator – walks up to Matt and pokes him, like, “Dude, get off the ground. It’s gross down there.”

In a flashback, Matty is having trouble getting a hold on his senses and is troubled by all that he can hear. One of the nuns at his orphanage brings the blind man to Matty to try to help him, and the man’s like, “Just make sure the check clears and I’ll do what I can.” He goes in to speak with a currently freaked out Matty and judges from his quick reflexes that Matty isn’t getting worse (like those silly nuns thought) but growing stronger in his senses, and they “get started.”

The man takes Matty to the park and they have ice cream on a bench as he lays down some rough truths. Like how no one is going to feel sorry for him and no one ever will. He tells Matty that he won the lottery as far as ailments, so there’s that. Matty recounts the story of how he was blinded and tells the man that after he lost his sight, he began to hear things acutely and far away and began to sense even slight movement. The man tells Matty that these things are gifts, and says that smart is making the right decision at the right time. Then he sticks the real question to Matty: is he going to continue to freak out about his heightened senses or work to refine them? To drive his point home, the man shows Matty how he uses taste and smell to pinpoint the exact ingredients of the ice cream they’re enjoying. Matty practices using his senses with passersby and learns more about people than he ever could have before, then asks the man how he even found him. The man doesn’t really answer, but says he’s there to train Matty for “the war.” As he declines to elaborate on this as well, Matty asks him a question maybe the man’ll actually answer: “What do I call you?”

Back in the present in the parking garage, Matt calls the man Stick, and wonders what he’s even doing in town after disappearing for 20 years. Stick says he’s back to save the people of Hell’s Kitchen from a horrible death. Fairly ominous.

The “thing” Karen had to do was yet another clandestine meeting with Ben. Karen is frustrated that she’s had no luck following Union Allied’s paper trail and Ben’s like, “Them’s the breaks, rookie.” He says investigating is not supposed to be easy, so she’d better, you know, get used to this kind of hard work and waiting around for results. Then he adds that he found links to the yakuza, the Triads, and the Russians, but can’t prove much of anything. Karen asks about the person who shot the cops, and Ben recounts how he stood next to Blake as he was shot. He thinks that if Blake wakes from his coma, perhaps he’ll tell the truth about what went down that night.

There is clear, palpable tension between Stick and Matt as they arrive back at Matt’s apartment. Stick’s judging every aspect of Matt’s life, from the woman who was recently there to Matt’s choice of sheets. Matt thinks Stick’s just jealous that he got along fine without him in his life. Cue your abandonment issues. Stick doesn’t think Matt’s comfortable life is fit for such a warrior and urges him to cut all ties from his friends. This is laughable to Matt but Stick thinks Matt is worse than his father, since at least Jack got paid to go out and take hits. This sets Matt off and Stick reacts quickly, twisting Matt’s arm and ushering us into another flashback.

Stick has Matty’s arm twisted in the same way, hurting him. It’s a lesson in quitting, maneuvering, and resilience, and Matty’s up to the challenge. He gives it his best go, throwing lots of punches and kicks but hitting nothing. Stick tells him that he can’t let his anger fuel him because it makes him sloppy, and when Matty tries again to hit Stick he fails again and Stick knocks him off his feet. Matty begins to break down about his dad’s death, saying that his father only bet against the fateful dive he was supposed to take to make Matty proud (which is true). Stick tells him that people pay for their own choices and he needs to let that go and learn to fight. Matty’s resolve returns and, with lots of flourishing kicks and flips, he proves to Stick he’s worth the effort.

In the present, Matt uses the aforementioned flips to get out of the arm twist, remind Stick that he’s a dick, and share some beers. Matt asks again why Stick’s back and he finally spills about “the war.” Stick says it’s with the Japanese now, mostly, and it’s bigger than the yakuza. He tells Matt about how Nobu is importing the Black Sky tonight, and it’s a dangerous weapon that they need to destroy. He says Nobu is close to Fisk, which is news to Matt, and Matt thinks it’s rich that Stick would come to him now, needing his help. Stick tells Matt that not killing people to protect the city remains his weakness, but asks for his help in destroying Black Sky anyway. Matt agrees on the condition that no one is killed, and Stick promises.

Karen has seen Mrs. Cardenas home along with some fresh groceries. She tries to repay Karen, saying she doesn’t take charity, so Karen asks if she can be paid in information. Karen explains that she’s working on making connections between a “case” she’s working and the men Tully hired to tear up Mrs. Cardenas’ apartment. Mrs. Cardenas wonders why she doesn’t speak to Tully about the men, but Karen says he’s on vacation and that sets Mrs. Cardenas off. Karen asks if the “repair men” gave her any papers to sign which they didn’t, but Mrs. Cardenas describes them to her instead: one was bald and the other had a tattoo on his arm. She describes the tattoo as an ugly pattern that went up to his neck, then tells Karen that this whole thing worries her. Karen tries to reassure her, saying they’re going to wreck these dudes once she can prove their illegal connections.

And, when Karen leaves, she immediately notices a bald man walking toward her, then following her. She gets a hand on the pepper spray on her key chain while looking over her shoulder, and just as she reaches an alley, the man with the tattoo on his arm grabs her and throws her against a fence. They try to question her about the time she spends with Mrs. Cardenas – but Foggy shows up with a baseball and a bat and saves her. With a fierce pepper spray and a swing from the bat each, Foggy and Karen make their escape.

On the docks, Matt and Stick scope out the scene of Nobu’s shipment. They note that there are no police around for blocks, indicating a payoff, and Stick gives Matt a couple of sticks so he can begin taking out goons while Stick focuses on removing the threat of the Black Sky. (How much you wanna bet someone gets killed?)

Matt sneaks about, taking the henchmen down one by one, facing their automatic weapons with sticks. Simultaneously, Stick assembles his own weapon, a bow, as a shipping container is lowered onto the dock. Matt continues to take out the armed men and the doors of the shipping container open to reveal a young boy, dirty and bound in chains. Immediately, Matt tunes in to the new heartbeat and we see from Nobu’s approval that the boy is the Black Sky. A couple of Nobu’s men release the boy and walk him out of the container and, as Matt finally catches on to what’s happening, Stick takes aim and fires at the boy. Matt intercepts the arrow and the boy is rushed to a car and away while Matt finishes the fight he’s just wandered into. Then he checks Stick’s post and he’s disappeared.

Flashing back, Matty practices fighting with the sticks and has greatly improved. He’s disciplined and focused and gives Stick as much as he gets when they spar. Stick tells Matty that he needs to learn to meditate to truly control his feelings, adding that it’ll help his wounds heal faster, too. Matty has some clear admiration for Stick and is so excited to learn to fight with knives tomorrow that he gives Stick a present: a bracelet made from the wrapper of the ice cream they had on the first day they met. Stick bristles at the sentimentality, rudely crushing the bracelet and telling Matty that his training is over because he expected too much of him, and leaves Matty there deep in his feelings.

In the present, Matt arrives back at his apartment and finds Stick waiting for him. The first thing he asks is why he tried to kill the boy and Stick says the boy was not a boy at all, but the mission. Matt is pissed that Stick would have killed a child so casually and Stick says Matt will never have what it takes to fight his war because he’s too soft. Agreeing that they are disappointments to each other, Stick goes to leave and Matt tells him he won’t let him kill the boy. Then Stick drops a bomb: he already killed the boy when Matt was fighting the last group of Nobu’s men. Flames erupt in Matt’s eyes (in my imagination) and he attacks Stick in anger. The blows are heavy and powerful from each and Stick taunts Matt as he gains the upper hand with a knee to Matt’s face. Then he throws Matt through his coffee table, kicks him across the face a few times, all the while telling Matt to get up (not unlike some of those flashbacks). Matt finally does and gives Stick the business. After Stick gets him in a head lock, Matt body slams Stick down the stairs. With a few more punches and kicks to his face, Matt puts Stick down and tells him to get the hell outta Hell’s Kitchen. (These fight scenes are so good, I swear!) A defeated Stick leaves the sticks Matt used to train with for him before leaving.

Karen and Foggy turn up at Ben’s office and he’s not pleased at all that Karen has told someone else about what they’re doing. She’s insistent that they’d need a lawyer in on this, anyway, so Ben tells Karen to show Foggy The Board. They toss around their theories about the Union Allied scandal and discuss how the man in the mask relates to it all, wondering whether he trumps the King in the scheme of things.

Matt cleans up his apartment and finds the bracelet he made for Stick all those years ago. It’d appear the ornery cuss kept it after all, despite all his bluster. This touches Matt who tears up for a moment.

In a dark room, Stick reports to someone that Black Sky is no longer a threat. A voice says, “For now. How’s Murdock?” Stick says that he’s fine but stubborn, but the large man we now see is attached to the voice wants to know whether Matt will be ready when “the door opens.” Stick says, “I have no idea.”

The Questions: What was Nobu planning to do with Black Sky? What exactly was Black Sky? Who is the man at the end? And what “door” is he talking about?

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Samsung Teases Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

You may soon be able to rock an Iron Man edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6!

Samsung recently tweeted an image of what appears to be a red Galaxy S6 Edge box with Iron Man’s face embossed in gold with the words “coming soon” glowing above.

The tweet has since been deleted by Samsung, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that any plans to release the special edition Iron Man S6 are being scrapped from the table.

Samsung’s head of marketing for their mobile division announced earlier in the month that the new phones would be released late May or early June.

This new phone will have been created due to a partnership between Samsung and Marvel.

Samsung has released a few advertising campaigns in cooperation with Marvel, and in one of them you may be able to see what the Iron Man themed phone will look like. View the video below and shortly after the  3:00 marker you will see the Iron Man Galaxy phone, as well as other versions corresponding to the different Avengers.

There is no word yet on what the price of this new phone will be, and we do not know if it will be exclusive to certain wireless carriers.

Samsung’s tweet only specifies that it will be available for the Edge, but there is a possibility that it may be available for the normal S6 as well.

The Edge has nearly identical specifications to the normal S6, but the screen on the Edge is curved, allowing for colorful side notifications when the phone is placed faced down. It is slightly thicker than the S6, but also is slightly lighter in weight.

Both phones run on Android Lollipop and boast a unibody aluminum design with 32 GB of storage available at the base model level. There is no removable battery or external storage slot, which is a huge change from past Galaxy incarnations, where those features were standard.

The Galaxy S6 currently starts at $199.99 USD (with a 2 year standard contract), while the Edge is priced starting at $299.99 USD (again, with a 2 year standard contract).

Would you rock an Iron Man S6 Edge? Let us know in the comments below!

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 106, “Condemned”

Welcome back for week six of our Daredevil recaps!

We pick back up exactly where we left off last episode, with the cops telling Matt as the man in the mask to yield to arrest. It isn’t until they click the cuffs on that we realize these cops are dirty and have been tasked with “taking care of” Vladimir as they were told, and those are fighting words to Matt. He starts off with a well-placed head butt and begins to single-handedly take down all of the officers. A few standing back tucks and elbows to the head later and Matt’s the only man left standing. Hearing sirens in the distance, Matt and Vladimir scram and one of the cops wakes up in time to murder Sergei and sic the rest of the department on the “two suspects on foot.”

Ben uses playing cards to try to figure out the hierarchy of Union Allied, getting stumped when it comes to who the King is. Outside his office, his editor reports the building explosions Fisk and Vanessa drooled over and once he hears the locations of the explosions, Ben is certain it’s nothing to do with gas leaks.

Fisk’s motorcade whisks him and Wesley through the streets and Wesley gets a call that Vladimir is missing. They think that the man in the mask only protected him from the police because he wanted to question him for information about Fisk and Fisk promises to deal with Blake, the reason Matt even knew where to show up, later. For now, he says, they need to contain the situation.

Speaking of Blake, he and Hoffman come upon a seriously injured Russian in one of the explosions. Blake puts pressure on the rebar sticking through the man’s leg and the man swears he doesn’t know as he begs Blake to stop. When he does stop, Blake puts a bullet between the man’s eyes and tells the rest of the officers to shoot anyone else they find alive in the head.

Matt carries a dying Vladimir across his shoulders into an abandoned building and the cops know where he is almost immediately. Vladimir vows revenge for his brother’s death, but Matt doesn’t claim responsibility for that one, telling him that he’s being played by Fisk. Matt says that he wants Fisk on trial for his crimes and Vladimir wants to know what he gets out of ratting on Fisk. Matt tells him he’d get payback but Vladimir is content to die right there on the floor.

Foggy and Karen bring Mrs. Cardenas to the hospital and, conveniently, Claire is her nurse. Explosion footage on television cause them to remember Matt and they worry that he might be in danger with all the destruction in Hell’s Kitchen (ha!). Then Foggy realizes he was hurt in the explosion as Shirley catches up to Claire, wondering what the hell she’s doing on duty after she’s been in a car accident (convenient excuse). Claire chalks it up to a big mistake, and just then, the big mistake calls her.

Matt’s calling Claire for some tips on how to keep Vladimir alive. She’s not pleased to find out Matt’s trying to save the jerk who had her beat up, but she acquiesces. After Matt tells Claire what’s in his immediate vicinity, she leads him through cauterizing Vladimir’s bullet wounds so he doesn’t bleed out while Matt questions him. Sirens wail outside and Vladimir screams as Matt burns his skin, to the attention of a rookie patrol officer outside. The officer enters the building and finds Vladimir, calling it in. Matt appears and gives him a chance to walk away, but the officer doubles down on his calls for assistance instead, so Matt knocks him out. Immediately, Blake picks up the call and a pack of cop cars bear down on the abandoned building.

Blake and Hoffman control the situation and Ben shows up to gather info and Blake pays him back with a veiled threat. The dirty cops call Wesley to report on the situation who then fills in Fisk.

Fisk wants to get the situation behind them but Wesley tells him that Ben is on their tails. He doesn’t think Ben will be such a problem, and tells Wesley to reach out to all of their media contacts so they’ll see “what’s about to happen in Hell’s Kitchen.”

Vladimir wakes to find Matt tying and gagging the rookie officer and goads him. Matt fills him in on how he saved his life and tries to convince him to roll on Fisk. Vladimir has nothing to say on the topic but is surprised to find out how Fisk took out his whole business. This prompts him to spill. He says Wesley was sent as an envoy to invite his cronies to be part of Fisk’s concern and gain access to all of their connections. Vladimir’s amused at how little Matt really knows about all of this and says the only name that matters is that of the accountant behind the enterprise. He whispers and just as Matt leans in close, he head butts him and they fight! Ding ding ding!

With the aid of a 2×4, Vladimir beats the brakes off Matt, eventually plunging him through the old building’s floor down to the first level. Matt falls into a familiar, concrete-eating position. Outside, Blake and Hoffman try to get under Ben’s skin about television usurping newspapers but Ben claps back, saying he’s still got some worthwhile stories and maybe these two dirty ass cops will pop up in one. Blake renews his veiled threat.

Karen tries calling Matt again, who still has his hands a little full, and she and Foggy try not to panic at not having heard from Matt. After convincing a recovering Foggy not to leave to try to search for Matt, Karen goes to find sustenance – and Foggy calls Matt again, anyway.

Back in the building, Matt regains consciousness and peels himself off the floor. Looking over, Vladimir is laid out on the floor next to Matt and Vladimir has no regrets. Then Matt hears Vladimir’s heart stop and immediately starts reviving him, pounding on his chest until he comes back. He tells Vladimir that he won’t let him die until he gives Matt what he needs on Fisk.

Wesley has arranged, with the help of Blake and Hoffman, for Fisk to enter the danger zone outside Matt’s current hideout, all the way down the walkie talkie. ESU arrives to the scene in a flurry of activity and Blake admonishes them to shoot anyone who moves.

Matt uses his acute hearing to find a way out and begins to dig under some rubble, uncovering a sewer grate. As he begins to pry it off, Fisk comes over the rookie cop’s walkie asking to speak to the man in the mask. He answers, and they go back and forth about the validity of each of their motivations and courses of action. Matt vows revenge and Fisk says he’ll fail, and we see a sniper setting up on a nearby rooftop. Fisk says the whole city will believe that Matt is behind the explosions in the city, so he offers to let him live if Matt simply kills Vladimir for him. Matt declines and promises to take Fisk down eventually, and as he reiterates – again – how Matt will fail, Wesley gives the order to the sniper to take his shot.

The sniper shoots at Ben but hits Blake instead, along with two other officers. The scene erupts into chaos and Ben tries to save Blake, and Fisk tells Matt that he did what he had to do before hanging up. And then video of the shooting and of Matt beating up the officers who were going to kill Vladimir are played on every news station – including the ones playing in the hospital. Claire, Foggy, and Karen all see this, and Karen doesn’t believe that the man in the mask is truly behind all this destruction.

Matt laments his lack of super strength when he gets a call from Claire. He tells her that Fisk was behind the cops’ deaths, not him and begins to hear officers infiltrating the building. Matt tells Claire that she was right to guard her heart from him and tells her to take care of herself in case he doesn’t make it.

With the help of Vladimir, Matt finally gets the sewer grate to give and they escape down the tunnel. Officers arrive and find the rookie – and murder him. As they limp through the access tunnels, cops catch up to them and Matt gives them the beatings of their lives in spite of their automatic weapons.

Vladimir is too injured to go on after this, saying he’ll stay and head off the five cops still on their tail. He also finally rolls on Fisk, giving Matt Leland Owlsley as his next target for taking down Fisk. Vladimir sings in Russian while making his last stand against the cops and we hear heavy automatic gunfire as Matt escapes.

 

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