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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Ep. 211, “Aftershocks”

Season 2B starts off with a young man in a red box. He’s clearly special: he’s teleporting around the room but without any control. His eyes are missing – as in completely not there – and he looks like a certain someone who made an ominous phone call previously. Skye’s mother Jiaying arrives to comfort him. Patiently, she guides Gordon to her, helping him to understand and manage the changes that have happened to him after stepping through the mist. After calming him, Jiaying discusses her role with Yat-sen.

Jiaying: Without me guiding these poor kids through their changes they would be lost.

Like Skye, who is quarantined with S.H.I.E.L.D. and having nightmares about poor Trip’s rough break. She wakes to Coulson standing vigil and Skye expresses her guilt; she feels like Trip wouldn’t have ever gone into the city if it weren’t for her, but Coulson insists he gave his life to save millions. Skye wants to know how everyone else is adjusting and they’re largely distracting themselves: May is beating the tar out of a punching bag, Mac is still being a mechanic with his faithful assistant, Fitz, Morse reminisces, and Hunter is drinking his woes away.

Get me some Cactus Cooler, stat.

Coulson tells Skye that Mac cleared to be released from quarantine quickly. Apparently the force that was controlling him doesn’t like to stay long. And Simmons is still in the city collecting specimens with the plan to blow the whole city so no one can enter again. No sign of Raina yet in the rubble, and Coulson was surprised that Skye is unharmed in all the destruction. But she’s freaking out.

Skye: We lost! Game over, man, game over! If I didn’t go down there, you could have just blown the place like you wanted to originally!
Coulson: Hey! Get it together! We lost a battle but the war continues until we cut off every head Hydra has! While they scramble for a new head, I WILL DESTROY THEM.

The current incarnation of Hydra have a meeting to discuss Whitehall’s death and the management vacancy it left. They know that S.H.I.E.L.D. will retaliate and set a contest between them: whoever takes out S.H.I.E.L.D. gets to replace Whitehall. Back down in the city, some poor scientist is attacked by someone. Something? We can’t see the attack, but we do see the pool of blood travelling around the corner and a hand covered in spiky quills that might just belong to the missing Raina.

Continuing with the systematic excavation of the city, Simmons gives orders to two more besuited scientists to collect samples from a particular area quickly so they can hurry up and flood the place. Not two seconds after she leaves them, our spiky attacker slashes the two scientists’ throats and gets a glimpse of itself. Yup, it’s Raina and depending on who you talk to, she’s not as gorgeous as before. Simmons unloads a clip at her but Raina is able to escape to the surface.

Morse brings Skye an awesome quarantine care package: cards, homemade trail mix (healthy), candy bars (not healthy), trashy magazines, and the sweet, orange glory that is the exclusively Californian Cactus Cooler. Skye feels like a leper but Adrian assures her that she’s dope: “You were taken hostage by three known murderers, gunned Ward down, and were blasted by an alien chemical weapon and walked away unscathed. You’re a rock star, not a leper, silly.”

Fitz is struggling to make sense of the fragments of Skye’s biometer watch. If he can fix it, he can get an idea of what happened to her, but his wires are crossing. Mac offers his small electronics kit for tinkering, but Fitz is more curious about how he’s doing.

Fitz: How’s your head?
Mac: I told you it won’t do me any good to give you a play by play.
Fitz: You know you can talk to me.
Mac: WELL YOU WEREN’T THERE AND IT WASN’T YOU AND DO YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO SEE YOURSELF HURTING THE PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT AND NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL YOUR BODY AT ALL?!?!
Fitz: …Yeah.
Mac: Oh. Yeah. Sorry.

Simmons reports on the deaths in the city and her Raina sighting. She informs Coulson and May that she wounded Raina who seemed to have been covered in spikes. Simmons says she collected a specimen but really doesn’t want to go on a manhunt for Raina. She’d rather come back to headquarters to see everyone and run tests on Raina’s DNA and Coulson agrees. Then he tells May to gather everyone to plot how to take down Hydra.

Coulson begins to outline a preliminary plan for destroying Hydra and a great ping ponging scene of dissent begins to play out. Mac is grumpy because Coulson’s choices seem to be getting people hurt, Hunter likes to make ill-timed jokes to “lighten the mood,” and May is still a company woman. Mac is pissed off at how Coulson’s orders – even when they’re to save one of their own – usually end with people getting hurt and everyone explodes into an argument. Inside her quarantine room, the stress and anger is getting to Skye and she’s about to spill the rest of that orange gold in a can, but no one notices. Coulson checks Mac.

Coulson: Enough! If Trip were here he wouldn’t be arguing or bitching. He’d gear up to do what needs to be done. Yes, we’re dealing with forces we don’t understand, but I do understand Hydra. Get your crap together and be ready by sun up. Coulson out!

Meet your new bestie, Bakshi.

Down in their lovely prison cells, Coulson begins to reveal part of the plan: he is trading Bakshi to Talbot in the military in exchange for their help in eliminating the remaining Hydra leaders. Coulson and May transport Bakshi and discuss their plan. May is relatively sure they can trust Talbot, but what about the people around him? We know how insidious Hydra is; any of them could be working for the enemy. Just as they reassure themselves of their need of Talbot’s help – and let slip that Bakshi might be more important to Hydra now that Whitehall is dead – their SUV is T-boned by a speeding Mack truck.

The truck pushes the vehicle through a wall and into a warehouse of sorts and a shootout ensues. Coulson and May are taking heavy fire and toss some grenades. May is all, “I count four left. You know what that means.” Then she does an awesome action star flip over the hood and takes the rest out single-handedly. I love this woman. They remove Bakshi to escape and May is shot, followed quickly by Coulson. One of the opposition is saving Bakshi: “Come on, the SUV is still running!”

In their escape vehicle, Bakshi is asking his savior about the current state of Hydra and that voice sounds familiar. The shooter takes off his mask and it’s Hunter but with an American accent! He tells Bakshi that he supposes he’s working for him now that Whitehall is dead. Back in the warehouse, all the dead bodies come back to life: everyone involved in their dramatic display was an agent and Morse speeds off on her motorcycle after Hunter and Bakshi.

Mac tells Fitz that the plan has worked so far but Fitz is still having trouble with Skye’s watch. His hands are getting better but his head must be getting worse because he can’t explain his findings. Skye’s DNA will help, but he doesn’t think he’ll be able to truly understand until Simmons returns. Bakshi calls Bloom to report he’s alive and Hunter pulls a gun on him.

Hunter: Don’t try anything sneaky, this will be painless.
Bakshi: WHOA MAN WHAT’S WITH THE GUNS?!
Hunter: I’m under orders to kill you once you make contact. My employers don’t want any of you nutters to get in the way.
Bakshi: Don’t kill me! If you take me to Bloom you’ll be financially set for life, I’ll braid your daughter’s hair, and if you ever need a kidney you have a donor in me!
Hunter: Ah, alright. Get in.

While another blood sample is taken from Skye, Simmons reflects on how changed Raina was when she saw her. Raina’s DNA contains extra macromolecules and Simmons is freaked out that Skye’s exposure to Raina might have far reaching, epidemic-like consequences.

Skye: That’s a hasty conclusion, don’t you think?
Simmons: I was so curious about powers and unearthly powers, hoping to understand and control it. I should have been trying to destroy it. It’s a plague and it only brings us death! Donnie Gill, Chan Ho Yin, Creel…
Skye: But you’ve helped people with powers before! The Avengers —
Simmons: The Avengers wouldn’t be necessary if we hadn’t gone poking that alien bear! Trip was in fragments.

Simmons is determined that Trip be the last casualty caused by her thirst for knowledge and says flooding the city is the first responsible thing she’s done to protect the people she cares about.

Raina Inhuman
!!!

Back in Puerto Rico on a pier, Skye’s dad Calvin is making a deal for travel. “Quiet as a mouse, just like last time.” Raina finds him and shows her how she’s evolved. “What the hell have I become?! What happened to me?”

Calvin: Metamorphosis, by the look of it.
Raina: It wasn’t supposed to be like this! I was supposed to become something divine, transcendent. My grandmother said I’d be an angel, not some gnarled creature covered in thorns.
Calvin: You always did like flowers.
Raina: They hurt and this is your fault! Your daughter got a gift too and she’s still beautiful! She took what was mine!
Calvin: We all have our disappointments. I dreamt of a perfect reunion with my daughter and revenge for my wife and Coulson rained on ALL OF MY PARADES! But you said she’s changed! She’s gonna be afraid, but I bet she went back to Coulson. She’ll come to me when she sees how they treat her. I’ll wreak some havoc with the help of their index, remind Daisy that she needs me.
Raina: What about me? Aren’t you going to help me?
Calvin: I did. We helped each other achieve our goals and now you’re on your own.
Raina: I can’t live like this! My insides feel like gravel and I cut myself when I move. I can’t live as this repulsive creature.
Calvin: Then don’t.

Cold blooded. (Is it wrong that I was distracted from this scene by noticing that Raina’s makeup could have been done better by a Face Off All Star? Seriously, she couldn’t emote through that face application at all! I could only read emotion in her voice. Anyway, back to the recap.)

Hunter and Bakshi arrive at Bloom’s. Bakshi says once he’s inside he’ll send for Hunter, who is joined in the car by Morse as Bakshi passes through the gates.

Morse: Can you drop that accent? It makes you sound like a douchebag.
Hunter: Now you know how I feel living in this country.

They begin to discuss the argument back at headquarters and Hunter knows that Morse and Mac have some sort of secret they’re hiding. She tells him that she and Mac are in a support group and he laughs because her news could have been so much worse! They could be double agents or something.

I’m sorry, dude.

Back at headquarters, Mac and Simmons report to Coulson that their ventilation system is sound so they aren’t being exposed to the quarantined Skye’s contaminants. Mac also apologizes to Coulson for his outbursts and blames it on the alco- I mean, the alien influence. He says he’s having a hard time controlling his temper, but he’s working on it and hopes he can still work on Lola one day.

Coulson: After that little RC version you built for me, I’m genuinely considering it. Although, I couldn’t figure out how to make it fly.
Mack: Er, it doesn’t.

Simmons warns Coulson and May about Raina. She thinks that because Raina might be carrying catastrophic contaminants of the plague variety, agents should definitely go ahead and kill her if there is no other absolutely safe option of bringing her in. Look who’s learning to be ruthless!

Back at Bloom’s, Bakshi and Bloom are talking to another Hydra head. They think there is infighting among the heads and that the Sheik, the Banker, and the Baroness have issued orders to have them wiped out. Their only recourse is to take them out first, naturally.

And Raina has become so suicidal that walking headlong into traffic seems like a great idea. Fitz visits Skye in quarantine and tells her that her heartbeat was 300 BPM at the time of the explosion.

Skye: That’s…very fast.
Fitz: No, that’s inhuman.

Fitz thought he’d made a mistake because of the corrupted data in his head, but nope. It all points back to Skye. How could they have found her unharmed in the collapse with destruction all around her? Skye’s stress levels are skyrocketing from this line of questioning and as Fitz realizes that not only was Skye the one who caused the explosion, but that she was changed just like Raina, she freaks out and lots of expensive looking equipment is destroyed.

May comes to see Skye who’s hiding her wounded hand. Skye is worried about Coulson and May clues us in on the rest of their plan while Coulson pays a final visit to Trip’s mother.

May: For Coulson, Trip was the embodiment of the principles he wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to be built on: compassion, loyalty, heart. And that is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s strength. And Trip’s death reminded Coulson that Hydra doesn’t have that. That is their weakness.

Bloom activates a red alert that triggers the coordinated assassinations of the Sheik, the Banker, and the Baroness, effectively wiping out the heads of Hydra. Outside Bloom’s manse, Hydra soldiers unload automatic weapons at Hunter and Morse’s car – which is thankfully bulletproof and equipped with it’s own impressive range of weaponry. The soldiers are put down in two seconds flat. Hunter and Morse infiltrate Bloom’s home and take out everyone inside except Bakshi.

Hunter: Fortunately for you, you’ve been promised to Talbot. Let’s go.

May notices that Skye’s hand is bleeding and just as she’s about to confess Fitz arrives with a likely cover story and Skye’s exoneration: he says Skye’s DNA is an exact match to what it was before. Fitz cleverly sends Simmons away to straighten up Skye’s bunk for her (“The last time I was in there, there were lots of…lady things. And she’s a slob.”) while he patches her hand up. Skye wants to know what he just did, and so do I.

Fitz: I switched your new sample with one from before. Your new sample is drastically different and I don’t think we should tell anybody. Not with the way Simmons is freaking out about epidemics and such.

Skye is distraught that he’s having to keep this secret for her and says there’s something very wrong with her. “No, there isn’t,” he tells her. “You’re just different now.”

Raina begins to cross the street but is swarmed by a bunch of armed men in black. They want her to surrender but she’s all, “If you don’t kill me, I’m going to kill you. There’s no capture option.” Just then our friend Gordon arrives in a ball of blue electricity, much older and clearly in control of his powers. He’s like, “Come with me if you want to live,” and he and Raina disappear.

Back at headquarters, the model Lola that Mac made activates in Coulson’s office. It scans the whole office and finds a few hidden spots, and we learn that Mac and Morse have been working together to find Nick Fury’s toolbox. Everyone is bonding over dinner and drinks, but everyone also has a whammy of a secret and it clearly weighs on them all.

The Questions: Hydra never dies, so how are they going to come back from this? Will Skye learn to control herself without her father’s help? What are Mac and Morse up to? Are we seeing the beginnings of a Skye and Fitz pairing (Skitz? Fye?)? And how will everyone react when they find out Fitz’s lie? (Poorly, I expect.)

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Recap: Ep. 8, “Valediction”

The season finale begins as we watch a production of a radio play about Captain America and we get to remember how glad we are for female characters who aren’t defined by how well they simper. Peggy, Sousa, and Thompson arrive at the scene of the movie theater massacre. Forty-seven people tore each other apart and everyone’s confused. Sousa enters the theater and notices Dottie’s baby carriage and *whew* there’s no baby inside. He does find the Item 17 canister and sprays himself in the face, causing him to attack both Thompson and Peggy.

Dr. Ivchenko and Dottie are on the run discussing American strength and ingenuity when they are pulled over. Ivchenko wants to play it cool, so Dottie turns on her silly goose charm when the officer tells her she blew through a light. He’s just about to let them go when he hears a call go out matching Ivchenko and Dottie and turns to find Dottie aiming a gun at him, point blank.

Sousa wakes up handcuffed to a bed and Peggy explains to him that he found Item 17 and attacked Thompson. SSR scientists figure that the canister is filled with a chemical that induces psychosis and Peggy is surprised that Howard Stark would make something like that. Though Thompson brilliantly assumes that Ivchenko is just being a big jerk by doing this, Peggy knows that he has an end game, something that he wants. Enter Howard Stark.

Thompson and Sousa arrest Stark to bring in information about the gas, Midnight Oil. It was supposed to keep soldiers awake for days at a time but had unintended rage side effects. Sousa tells Stark he doesn’t need to imagine what it’s like because 1) they just saw it in the movie theater, and 2) he was dosed himself. Stark is surprised he’s still alive because everyone else asphyxiates when exposed to Midnight Oil. Peggy finds a file in Stark’s box containing the real identity of Dr. Ivchenko: he’s really called Johann Fennhoff, a psychiatrist with a specialty in hypnosis. Stark wants to be the cheese in the SSR’s game of Mouse Trap to catch Fennhoff.

Dottie and Fennhoff arrive at an airstrip and are being turned away, so naturally Dottie uses all her teeth to charm and then murder the guard. Meanwhile Fennhoff hears a news bulletin on the radio that Howard Stark is back in town and their plans have changed.

Peggy brings Howard a protective vest after he trims the spider’s nest in his nose but he says it’s junk. “Where’s MY stuff?!” She takes him to the storage room and he gripes about how they haven’t been properly caring for him volatile materials. Peggy tries to talk Howard out of being the cheese, but he knows this whole situation is his fault because, you know, his inventions are destructive.

Peggy: You’re hell bent on getting yourself killed, aren’t you?
Howard: That’s not my preferred outcome…

“I’m a hero and a credit to mankind.” Say it.

Thompson holds a press conference vindicating Howard of wrongdoing while Howard feeds him lines. It’s a setup to catch someone trying to assassinate Stark and when shots ring out Peggy spots the shooter’s window. While Howard escapes, the traffic cop who pulled Fennhoff and Dottie over, hypnotized, says in his best robotic voice, “Dr. Fennhoff would like to see you.” Jarvis realizes too late that the vehicle’s original occupants were dead in the alley and runs to alert Sousa that Howard’s been kidnapped. Peggy and Thompson make it to the hotel room where the shots came from and see an automatic rifle propped in the window to fire on its own. She notices that the bullet was never meant to hit Stark but was a diversion and Peggy and Thompson hear news of the abduction over the radio.

Howard tries to reason with a hypnotized robot to no avail. Peggy and Thompson continue to puzzle out where they could be taking Howard and deduce that it must be Times Square. Sousa nad Jarvis finally catch up to the car Stark was in to find the robot cop dead and no Howard. Dottie has a gun trained on Howard in the back seat of a car and she’s clearly upset that their nice weekend wasn’t as memorable for him.

Dottie: You don’t remember me, do you?
Howard: Er, should I?
Dottie: WE SPENT A WEEKEND TOGETHER AND IT WAS MAGICAL!
Howard: Ohhhhh! Umm…what was your name again? Alice? Maggie?

And she Hulks out for a second and punches him.

Sousa reports that a witness saw a Dottie forcing Stark into a black sedan and heading out of the city. Jarvis thinks Fennhoff is heading to Howard’s stashed private plane in order to place total blame on Stark for the impending gas attack in Times Square. Sure enough, that’s where our happy trio is. Dottie has Howard tied to a chair and is punching him so he’s like, “Wait, is it Lorraine?”

Fennhoff begins his villain explanation speech. He tells Howard that his brother and comrades were killed when Midnight Oil was released in Russia and he’s been holding onto his chance for revenge ever since. Howard is very sorry, but Fennhoff is like, “You aren’t yet, but you will be.” And he begins to hypnotize Howard. “Focus. There may still be a way to atone for your sins.” Playing on his biggest regret, Fennhoff tricks Howard into escaping as though he were on a mission to save Captain America just as Peggy and the agents arrive to watch him fly away.

Reach for a ring or a gun and I will shoot!

The agents deduce that someone needs to radio the plane to try to talk Howard down, but someone in the air to shoot his plane – that is full of poisonous gas – down over the water is the plan B. Jarvis volunteers to pilot while Peggy goes to the radio room to thwart Fennhoff and Dottie. Peggy’s got her shotgun trained on them, but wild-eyed Dottie loves hand to hand combat.

Thompson is bolstering Jarvis’ confidence as he sets out to maybe kill his employer, but he knows that HOward would want to be stopped no matter what. Dottie relishes beating up Peggy and tells Fennhoff to scram. Cue Dottie’s villain explanation speech. “I was always jealous of girls like you.” That’s it. She was jealous. Okay. Peggy kicks her out a window.

Peggy is on the radio trying to convince Stark he’s seeing a fantasy and Thompson heads back into the hangar to catch Fennhoff but is cracked in the back by a lead pipe instead. Sousa catches Fennhoff and Fennhoff tries his mind control on him, too. “All you have to do is focus on your pain.” Howard really thinks that Fennhoff has helped him save Captain America. Thompson regains consciousness and just as Fennhoff thinks he’s tricked Sousa into killing Thompson, Sousa gives Fennhoff a good whack with his pistol.

Howard is still en route to the city and Peggy isn’t succeeding at convincing him to turn around. Getting closer and closer to the mark, Jarvis wonders if he should take the shot because they have run out of time. Stark thinks he’s seeing Cap up ahead (really the lights of the city) and explains that he needs to save him because he’s the one good thing he ever did for the world.

Peggy: I know you loved him and I loved him, too, but he’s gone. You have to let him go.

He snaps out of it and realizes he heading toward Manhattan and Peggy tells him to follow Jarvis back to the landing strip. Back in the hangar, Sousa and Thompson have arrested Dr. Fennhoff. Howard bristles knowing Jarvis was going to shoot him out of the sky but thanks him and Peggy for what they’ve done for him. Apparently Dottie escaped during the hustle and bustle and Howard’s steel trap finally spits out Dottie’s name: “Ida! I knew I’d get it.”

Peggy arrives back at the SSR to a round of applause and she’s finally getting her shine from these fatheads! They want her back but she just wants her paycheck. Just then Senator Walt Cooper comes in telling everyone they need to be like the American Hero Jack Thompson who single-handedly saved Times Square with no help at all from any woman! Thompson, unable to shirk a clap on the back, takes all the credit. Sousa is irate on Peggy’s behalf, but she’s like, “Whatever, I don’t need anyone’s approval to know I’m awesome.” And Sousa’s like, “Hey, so, er, uh…wouldyouliketograbadrinkwithme?” Peggy is flattered but she has to meet a friend. “Another time.”

Over at one of Howard’s homes, Jarvis is showing Peggy and former neighbor Angie to their new digs: “Well, Howard feels bad about, you know, your home and workplaces being destroyed. So you two can live here, gratis!” Angie is hyped that there are telephones in every room. Jarvis is plainly ecstatic to return to his butler duties, but offers his services to Peggy any time she should ever need. He also tells Peggy that Howard has destroyed all of his inventions because no government should possess such things. Everything but the vial of Steve Rogers’ blood. Jarvis nicked it to give to Peggy because he knew she would be the only person to know what should be done with it. As it turns out, the right thing to do with Captain America’s blood is to pour it into the East River. Peggy says goodbye, and so do we.

Or so we think. Dr. Fennhoff has been fitted with a face mask that prevents him from speaking and is escorted to a prison cell. Just then a voice emerges from the darkness and if you’ve seen any of the Marvel films recently you know exactly who it is: Dr. Zola. Zola is impressed at Fennhoff’s spectacular failure but would love to hear his thoughts on matters of the mind.

Zola: You’re in prison, yes, but this is an American prison. And America is the land of opportunity.

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Recap: Ep. 7, “Snafu”

Let me be clear: I’m hanging on by a thread with Marvel’s Agent Carter. Each week I get a pulpy detective novel brought to life but the lulls where the author would be describing the setting and characters are agonizingly apparent in the show. And misogyny, regardless of its historical accuracy is always going to rub me the wrong way. Now that I’ve gotten that out, on to the episode.

After the heat is turned up on Peggy and her cover is blown, she’s arrested and interrogated by her fathead cronies at the SSR. When they, predictably, get nowhere with her, Jarvis shows up with a phony confession letter from Howard Stark that only got him arrested rather than assured his and Peggy’s freedom. After she catches Dr. Ivchenko communicating with Dottie, Peggy decides to confess to head off the impending, no doubt unpleasant showing from Leviathan.

“Why didn’t you bring this to us?” the agents asked. “Er, because you dummies never listen to me. I’m a woman and you think I’m worthless unless I make babies or your coffee. You brought this on yourselves!”

Reliably, Agent Sousa believes her and goes to check out her story while Chief Dooley goes back for more quality brainwashing time with Dr. Ivchenko. And because he is so much more observant than any SSR agent, Ivchenko is tipped off and begins to use the complete control tactics he displayed in a flashback at the beginning of the episode: he twists his shiny, shiny wedding ring to make his mark focus and uses his dulcet tones to lull them into a sort of hallucinogenic memory.

Now that he’s got a Dooley puppet, Dr. Ivchenko succeeds in having Peggy and Jarvis locked in an interrogation room and gains access to the labs where Howard Stark’s inventions are being held; he’s after Item 17, whatever that is. Meanwhile, Sousa and his crutch are overcome by Dottie, who clearly missed her calling as a gymnast. She does some truly impressive acrobatic moves down a stairwell giving no less than four agents the opportunity to shoot her but no one does. Ivchenko nabs his item, convinces Dooley to blow up the SSR with a nifty vest (another Stark invention) and escapes with Dottie. Finally some effing action, and it’s going fast now!

Peggy and Jarvis break out of the interrogation room and everyone finds Chief Dooley wearing the explosive vest. Sousa finds the Morse code communications and Dooley jumps out the window just in time to explode. Dottie drops her baby carriage containing Item 17 off in a movie theater, and just as the SSR realizes it’s missing the lovely citizens in the theater begin choking and tearing at each other savagely. And it’s a massacre. Thanks, Howard!

The Question: Will Peggy finally get some shine from these criminally inept SSR agents or what?!

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Is OUT!

20th Century Fox has just released the first trailer for their upcoming Fantastic Four movie with a glimpse of the new origins story for the tradionally cosmic superpowered quartet.

We are introduced to through imagery to the diverse backgrounds of the group while a voiceover begins, “How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build.”

It has been known since the casting announcement that the studio would be updating the origins story again for moviegoers in an effort to reboot the franchise. Inlisting the talents of Josh Trank (director of the breakout hit Chronicle) to makeover the silver age comic for a generation where the space race is a distant memory.

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. – 20th Century Fox

This reboot comes 10 years after Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis donned the spandex in the first theatrical release inspired by the comic. Chris Evans has now gone on to join Imperial half of the Marvel movie franchise own by Disney with his turn as Captain America.

Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7, and they are already planning the sequel. Marvel comics fanboys be damned!

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Captain America & Iron Man return for “Heroes United”

The new concept art for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was one of the buzziest reveals during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The monster film isn’t hitting theaters until May of 2015, leaving many fans shifting in their seats with anticipation. And unless you want to pull a Steve Rogers and freeze yourself in some ice until May, you’re going to have to tough it up and wait.

But fear not, Marvel fans! You can satisfy your Avengers cravings with “Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United”.

The occasionally volatile team of Captain America and Iron Man have united in this animated adventure to take down the Red Skull and his trigger man, Taskmaster. Together Captain America and Iron Man attempt to stop them from unleashing a Hydra army, essentially doing what these heroes know best: saving the world.

Voice actors Adrian Pasdar and Roger Craig reprise their roles as Iron Man and Captain America, and Clancy Brown enters the Marvel universe as Taskmaster.

“Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” is available today through Digital HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies.

Will you be catching the film? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Could Ultron Be JARVIS?

Ultron2013Potential spoilers surrounding Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron are the buzz this week. One of the biggest questions is the origin of Ultron since Hank Pym (Ant-Man, and Ultron’s creator) is confirmed not to appear in this latest installment in the Marvel Comics Avengers franchise.

Fans have been speculating that JARVIS, Tony Stark’s personal A.I. creation and valet would be the likely candidate for Ultron in this new origin story for the movie. With the animatics that were just released last week adding fuel to the fire, a source at Disney offered a bit of insight by saying,

“That’s the plan so far from what I’ve heard. Obvious, isn’t it?”

The unnamed source then went on to say of Paul Bettany’s (the voice of JARVIS) return and possibly dual role casting,

“He’s returning, but I’m not sure if they’re doing motion capture with him, or if they’ll use someone else. Since he’s only done voiceovers, the contract is new.”

 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated for a summer 2015 release.

Source: Unleash The Fanboy
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Blade Anime on DVD Review and Giveaway

Blade Anime Box ArtBlade, the popular comic book half human, half vampire hero was the last in the series of animes developed by popular anime producers Madhouse in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment. Blade originally aired on Japanese television in July, 2011 and then debuted on G4TV in January of this year. New York Times best selling author Warren Ellis helped to craft the story line for this reimagining of the tragic Marvel comic book title character.

The first few scenes of episode one set the tone for the rest of the series, as we see the vampire, Deacon Frost, brutally attack a pregnant woman. The woman dies in childbirth but her son, Eric Brooks, lives on to hunt vampires as Blade (voiced in English by Harold Perrineau, “Lost”). Blade tracks the vampire who killed his mother all over Southeast Asia, and discovers a vampire plot to destroy the world as we know it.

Madhouse’s art direction and design really shine in this anime. The action sequences we’re very well put together with colorful nightlife back drops that transport you to the stealthy Southeast Asian underworld. Blade’s Character design is an edgy mix between, Samuel L. Jackson and Mike Tyson. Harold Perrineau does an excellent job of making Blade sound menacing and cool at the same time.

Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened, which takes us into the development process of the daywalking half vampire hero, Blade: The Vampire-Slayer, which compares Blade against other more traditional vampires in folklore, and Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine, is an interview with the creators of both anime series. (Read our review on Wolverine here.)

We are giving away one copy of Blade anime on DVD. All you have to do is comment on this review, by registering for our site, or add us to your circles on google+ and comment there.

Contest will end at 3:00pm PST on Friday August 3, 2012. Contest is only open to US residents.

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Wolverine Anime on DVD Review and Giveaway

Wolverine Box ArtWolverine, the anime, hits stores today. The complete 12 episode series from Madhouse and Marvel Television which debuted on Japan television back in January of 2011 and on G4TV in July of that year, is available now in a 2 disc set. New York Times Best Selling Author, Warren Ellis, helped to craft the story line centered around one of Marvel’s most beloved mutant heroes.

The anime begins with the abduction of Logan’s girlfriend, Mariko Yashida a year prior to the main story. Logan (voiced in English by Milo Ventimiglia “Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls”) travels to Japan to find out that the love of his life is being forced to marry Kurohagi, a business partner of her father Shingen, who just happens to be an evil crime lord. Not one to let the girl he loves get away, Logan does what he does best; he starts slashing his way through until he gets to the bottom of whats going on. He is helped on his quest to save Mariko from her loveless arranged marriage by an Yukio, a young assassin.

Madhouse does a really great job with the animation in this edition to their Marvel Anime series. The fight scenes are well drawn and stay true to the anime look and feel. The only exception to this would be the character of Wolverine himself. In this series, he has been given a very lean and long design that is completely unlike is comic book version. The hairstyle is also a departure from the angular cut we are used to in the comics. However, his is not unlike a true anime hero in his design, even if he has a mullet.

Milo Ventimiglia doesn’t have the usual gruffness in his voice that fans have come to associate with Wolverine. You really have to look at this adaptation as not an interpretation but an all together new envisioning of a popular character that has become ingrained in our collective consciousness.

Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn, which takes a look at the process involved in creating the series, The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined which goes into the development of the character, and Wolverine Meets X-Men is an interview with the creators of both Wolverine and the X-Men anime (check out our review.)

We will be giving away one copy of the Wolverine anime. All you have to do is comment on this review, by registering for our site, or like our facebook page and comment there. Contest will end at 12:00pm PST on Friday August 3, 2012. Contest is only open to US residents.

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Get Soundgarden’s First New Single in 15 Years for FREE!

In preparation for Marvel’s The Avengers coming to theaters on May 4th, iTunes is letting people download the first single off the yet to be released film soundtrack for free. “Live To Rise” marks the return of Soundgarden to the alternative rock scene that they were early pioneers of.

The song was specially written for the film by Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil. The group is still in the midst of producing their official reunion album that is expected to hit stores this fall.

The hard part of writing a song for a film is it has to act as a Soundgarden song, first and foremost, then obviously, it has to coexist with the film.” – Chris Cornell
source: Billboard.com

You can download the track for free until April 24th, and also pre-order the full soundtrack album Avengers Assemble which will also feature tracks from Shinedown, Rise Against, and Bush.

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