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There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
Marvel’s villains are boring. No two ways about it. The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be an absolute powerhouse, dominating the box office and redefining pop culture, but the studio proves time and again incapable of making a bad guy you can actually fear.
That’s not saying they’re overtly rubbish characters, just that they’re so bland it’s as if they’re simply present out of obligation; a trope that must be included akin to Stan Lee’s cameo, rather than an essential part of the movie.
There are exceptions to the rule. That Loki’s awesome goes without saying and the way Thanos has been slowly built up over the past few years makes him an imposing figure, even if nothing has actually been revealed about his plan on screen. I even found Ronan, Guardians Of The Galaxy’s hammy Kree warlord, a rather empathetic antagonist on rewatch, »
- Alex Leadbeater
With a little over a week to go until its release, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new featurette for the superhero reboot Fantastic Four entitled ‘Together’. Check it out here…
The 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.
- Gary Collinson
It looks like Marvel wants Rachel McAdams for “Doctor Strange.” Sources tell Variety that McAdams is the choice to land the female lead opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” although it’s currently unknown if an offer is in hand.
Heroic Hollywood first reported the news earlier this month, and McAdams confirmed to the L.A. Times that she was talking to the studio about the role. “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all,” she said.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics vets Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.
- Justin Kroll
When it was revealed a couple years ago that the new Fantastic Four movie would star Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, a divide was created in the audience. Some fans are excited by the casting, recognizing Jordan as a talented young actor; but others hate the choice simply because Jordan is black and The Human Torch in the comics is white. Many have theorized why this divide was created, but Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee has his own opinion on the matter, believing that people are riled up simply because they don't like change. Entertainment Weekly recently interview the Marvel Comics legend. and dedicated a portion of their time to talk about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Noting that he personally thinks that the casting is a "great idea," Lee offered his view on why some are upset »
It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four has struggled when it comes to getting fans of Marvel’s First Family on board. A lot of hate has been thrown at the movie from the moment it was first announced, which much of the early criticism aimed towards the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.
“I thought it was a great idea”, said Lee, before turning to critics of the casting: “They’re outraged not because of any personal prejudice. They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, »
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan's casting as the 'Human Torch' in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot caused quite a stir in the fanboy community. While many praised Fox for their efforts to increase diversity onscreen, a few complained about the drastic deviation from the character's appearance in source material. Jordan himself recently weighed in on the controversy in the form of a heartfelt letter. In it, he added that "if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?". EW have since contacted the legendary comic book writer for his own thoughts on the matter - and it seems like he's a huge fan of Jordan's casting. However, he was also able to empathize with those who weren't quite on board with the casting yet - claiming that the majority of the criticism has not come out of racial prejudice, »
She is a human-appearing entity, maternally related to the inter-dimensional 'Faltine' race of energy beings.
The daughter of 'Umar' and niece of 'Dormammu', Clea has been the ruler of the 'Dark Dimension'.
As 'Sorceress Supreme' of the Dark Dimension, Clea possesses knowledge of magical lore through extensive studies of sorcery under her teacher and lover, Doctor Strange, who also trained her in hand-to-hand combat.
She also possesses vast powers involving manipulation of the forces of magic for a variety of effects, including transmutation, forming and throwing magical bolts of concussive energy...
...conjuring objects and energies...
- Michael Stevens
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
Stan Lee helped create "The Fantastic Four" for Marvel, and Lee just weighed in on the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the new movie coming out August 7. The character was originally written as blond-haired and blue-eyed, and some fans objected to casting a black actor. In May, Jordan wrote an essay on the subject for Entertainment Weekly, addressing his critics and saying Lee had given his Ok. Lee updated in a new chat with EW to say he was "more than Ok" with the plan: "I thought it was a great idea!"
However, the Marvel legend can see both sides of this, and doesn't view the criticism as a race issue as much as a knee-jerk reaction from fans who want to see a faithful adaptation of the characters they've embraced. As he told Entertainment Weekly:
They're outraged not because of any personal prejudice. »
- Gina Carbone
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1 (2001)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Matt Wagner
Colors by Jc
Published by Marvel Comics
Back in 1972, Marvel’s most iconic character got a second solo title. With a twist. It was called Marvel Team-Up and featured Spider-Man (and sometimes Human Torch) meeting and fighting crime with a variety of guest stars, both famous (X-Men) and obscure (Werewolf by Night). This stories acted as fun standalone superhero adventures while also introducing readers to the wider Marvel Universe in a pre-Wiki era.
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up was launched by Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis and his editor Ralph Macchio (He didn’t act in Karate Kid.) to introduce important Marvel characters to the Ultimate Universe without taking time away from Spider-Man’s personal stories in Ultimate Spider-Man. The book also was a showcase for a smorgasbord of comics talent, who normally wouldn’t draw Spidey, the month’s guest star, »
- Logan Dalton
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
They were pitted as the fiercest of rivals during their struggle for late-Nineties chart domination. But the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync have officially buried the hatchet – and a couple of zombies – by teaming up to make a horror film with the movie studio behind the hit SyFy franchise Sharknado.
"It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie," Backstreet Boy Nick Carter tells Rolling Stone. "My character is still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day."
Carter will write and star in the post-apocalyptic drama, »
"It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3," said Marvel Studios Ken Feige about 'The Wasp'.
"It is going to be a very important moment (in 'Ant-Man') and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her...
"...and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It's gonna' be a very big part of one of our upcoming films..."
"I was raised by two superheroes," said Lilly about her character, "so, I'm a pretty screwed up human being.
"I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how »
- Michael Stevens
“Ant-Man” demonstrates both the power of the Marvel brand and what can hold it back.
The film’s $58 million debut would have been a strong start for nearly any other company, but for Marvel, which has fielded a dizzying number of blockbusters, it is something of a disappointment. “Ant-Man’s” opening ranks below the numbers that films centering on Captain America, Thor and Iron Man put up during their launches. More importantly, it failed to top the $60 million domestically that most analysts predicted it would make this weekend.
There is a crucial difference, however, between “Ant-Man” and other superhero movies. In the Marvel universe, Ant-Man is more of a utility player than star attraction. Given the dubious pedigree, it’s doubtful that many other companies could have made a movie about a man with the powers of a household pest and enjoyed stronger results.
“The media expects a lot, maybe too much, »
- Brent Lang
Marvel Premiere #47, April 1979 (as Ant-Man)
Powers and Abilities
After repeated exposure to a gaseous form of size-altering Pym Particles, Scott Lang now possesses the innate ability to shrink in size at will. In addition to this superhuman ability, Lang is also an expert in electronics, and a passable thief.
Gadgets and Accessories
The helmet Lang wears as Ant-Man grants him the ability to communicate telepathically with ants and other insects, and is equipped with a sound amplification system so he can be heard when shrunk down. The helmet can also be sealed off to outside air, and carries a limited air supply of its own.
Before gaining the ability to shrink on his own, Lang kept a gaseous form of Pym Particles in the belt of his costume to facilitate his size changes.
Friends and Allies
Cassandra “Cassie” Lang (Stature, »
- Austin Gorton
If you thought that your love for Channing Tatum had already reached maximum capacity, think again. The Magic Mike Xxl star attended Comic-Con last weekend and, besides putting his smoldering good looks on display, he also revealed his softer side. When the casts of X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool came out on stage to take the most amazing superhero selfie ever, Stan Lee, whose movie credits include Thor and Avengers: Age of Ultron, made a surprise appearance and joined them. While the packed stage recovered from their epic snapshot, Channing, who is set to play Gambit in Fox's upcoming film of the same name, graciously helped 92-year-old Stan off the stage. Keep reading to see more of the adorable moment, then check out the hottest guys who graced Comic-Con this year. »
Aside from being co-creator of many of Marvel Comics. most iconic heroes and villains, comic book legend Stan Lee also has another prestigious title: the king of cameos. In most Marvel movies, you can usually catch him on screen for a brief moment, sometimes even getting to deliver a humorous line. While his decades-long list of cameos is diverse, from the TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to May.s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Lee just revealed he.s really psyched about what he.ll be doing next year in X-Men: Apocalypse. When asked by a fan what his favorite cameo has been so far last Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con (via Business Insider), Lee admitted that while he loves them all, he particularly liked the one he did "for the next X-Men movie." This led to the panel.s moderator whispering something, presumably about how he.s »
The X-Men movies took comic books seriously, exploring themes of isolation and prejudice present in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Marvel creations. It's fair to say that without the X-Men movies there'd be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.
To mark X-Men's birthday, Digital Spy dived back through all seven franchise instalments to present a (non-definitive) ranking:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Oh, Fox. If this is how you try to make up for The Last Stand, we need to have a serious talk. Logan's origin story proves, at best, an unnecessary and forgettable outing that could have been so much more.
For all his hard work, Hugh Jackman couldn't elevate this film above its poor script, by-the-numbers storytelling and laughably bad CGI. Now »
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