Thursday, March 10, 2016

Captan America: Civil War Trailer

HOLY $#!T I think I died and went to Geek Heaven! 

Unless you live under a rock, or somewhere with no internet connection, or both, you've probably seen or at least heard of Marvel Studios dropping the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War! And let me just say, I think I'm in love!

You can see the full trailer here:

 I'll be honest, as I started watching this trailer, my first thoughts were, "Yawn, just more explosions, and out of context dialogue." But then about half way through, my thoughts changed completely.

Among all of the explosions and dramatic music, we see scenes of a character dressed in what looked to be a techno cat suit. This is none other than Black Panther, the king of Wakanda himself. 

My thoughts on this were, "Cool, we're actually gonna see more of Black Pather, rather than just a quick cameo." Which previously had been the formula for previous Marvel movies when introducing a new character. Hawkeye had like 3 lines in his first appearance in Thor. Black Widow didn't do anything until the end of Iron Man 2, and there's that deleted scene of Captain America frozen in the ice in the Incredible Hulk (Although there is still some debate as to weather that one is canon.) But this...this looked like Black Panther might actually get himself more than a few lines and an action sequence. I started to get a bit more excited, and then it hit me...

"Hey, isn't Spider-Man supposed to be in this movie?"

For those who don't know, previously Spider-man had been a prisoner of Sony. Long before Marvel Comics had their own studios, they sold the movie rights of some of their most famous characters off to Fox and Sony. This brought us movies like the X-Men, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and 5 different Spider-Man movies. And while it was nice seeing the web slinger on the big screen, it was always kind of bitter sweet knowing that he could never interact with other characters from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Spidey would have to stand alone against all the villains he faced, and more importantly, he could never grow into the character that I had come to know and love in my 25 plus years of reading comics. He would never be handled with the care and compassion that the company who had created him would have give him. It seemed like a lost cause, and Sony had plans to roll out several more Spider-Man movies, and several spin-offs. Each sounding more and more ridiculous. That is until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bombed at the box office. Quickly taking advantage of the situation,  Marvel, armed with Disney's almighty checkbook, made a deal to bring Spider-Man to the MCU where he truly belonged. 

Which brings us back to the trailer, and my thought bubbles. 

As the title screen pops up at what I thought was the end of the trailer, with no sign of the Web-Head, I thought to myself, "Oh well, I guess Marvel is just saving him for the actual movie, or maybe we've been teased about him showing up and we would have to wait even longer to see Spidey amongst his super powered companions....and then it happened!

What will probably go down as one of the coolest moments in a trailer I've ever seen did not disappoint. Tony Stark (Iron Man) starts talking some smack to Team Cap, and then just like that, there's that all too familiar "thwip" sound and a shot of a web like substance sticking to Cap's shield. Then, to top it off, the masked hero descends from the sky, scooping up Cap's shield and landing in the always iconic 3 point stance. 

The shot of Spider-Man, finally back where he belongs, holding the shield of Captain America, one of the most definitive symbols of Marvel (if not all of comics), was just too much to handle! I got goose bumps, I gave a fist bump to the imaginary person next to me and even let out a cheer! 

I know this movie is about Captain America and Iron Man. I know it's about choosing sides I know Spider-Man will probably only be in a scene or two. But I don't care! This has been a long time coming and I could not be more thrilled! Welcome home, Spider-Man...I've missed you!
So regardless if your're on Team Cap...

Or Team Iron Man...

You should flock to this see this movie when it opens and enjoy what it sure to be another masterpiece of epic proportions from Marvel Studios!

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments. 

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters everywhere Friday, May 6th.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Project Superfriends

Growing up in the mid 80's and early 90's I had the great pleasure of having some of the best Saturday Morning Cartoons in the history of ever! Especially once Cartoon Network showed up and brought a lot of the cartoons I was too young to enjoy when they were on back to the forefront. Everything from Thundercats and GI Joe to Scooby Doo and Josie and the Pussycats. If it was animated, I was in! Among all of those amazing animated treasure was a little show called Superfriends! The cartoon showcased some of DC Comics finest super heroes facing off against some of its most dastardly villains.

The shows roster changed through each of its itinerations. Each one adding a character or two to the main roster.

These characters ranged from the useless...

To the obscure...

To the downright stereotypical (I mean seriously, Apache Chief??)
All of that being said, the show really hit a chord with me. It struck a nerve as a young boy and opened my eyes to this world of Super Powered beings! To be honest, this show pretty much sent me down the road of geeky, nerdy goodness that I've been on ever since.

So, given how important this show was to me, I have decided to start a series of drawings which I entitled "Project Superfriends" I will most as many as I can, when the time becomes available. By the end of his project, I plan to have drawn every hero that has ever made an appearance on Superfriends, or any of its later titles. (Yes, that means even Marvin, Wendy and Wonderdog) So without further ado, I give you the first offering of "Project Superfriends!" Enjoy














There's more to come so stay tuned. And thanks for reading!

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Obligatory Introduction

Hi there! Thanks for finding your way over to my blog, Building A Hero! I know, I know, you're thinking "Wow! What an amazing title for a blog! This guy must be some kind of super amazing writer!" Well please, hold your applause. No need to get crazy. (OK, but I didn't expect to hear crickets!) 

In all honesty, this is my very first crack at blogging (Shocking I know!). I've wanted to do something along these lines for a long while now, and with some much needed nudging from my lovely wife, I finally sat down and started one. 

So what is this blog? What is the content you can expect to receive? What words of wisdom will I be dropping on you from the World Wide Web? The truthful answer is that, I'm not really sure. 

I've been told that one should write about what they know, and well, I know quite a bit about a lot of things...mostly things based in Pop Culture. I'm sort of a Geek of all trades, if you will. There are quite a lot of things that interest me. I dabble quite a bit in the fantasy/science fiction world. Anything from Star Wars to Harry Potter, Batman to Dr. Who, the Wizard of Oz to Peter Pan and pretty much anything in between, or in the far reaches of space and time. So expect some entries on those subjects as we go along.

As I create this blog, I have several I ideas floating through my head. I feel as thought I could do lots of things on here, and as time progresses, we will see which of those ideas come to fruition. Some of them include, movie reviews, posting pics of my artwork, talking about and reviewing Lego sets (Yep, I'm an AFOL (more on that later)), and hopefully sharing some words about my adventures in raising my little girl.

So if you came here looking for commentary on religious and political topics, or you're looking for the scoop on what Justin Bieber is up to these days, well, you should have been redirected by now. If by chance you're still here, thank you! I hope to make this something you will enjoy reading and add a little bit of fun to your day.

So follow me, if you dare, into the wardrobe, through the looking glass, down the yellow brick road and straight on til morning to a world of fantasy and fun!