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Battle Of The Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier vs Guardians Of The Galaxy (Spoiler Free)

Time to kick back and put on your favourite superhero pajamas! It’s the battle of Marvel Studios’ blockbusters Captain America: The Winter Soldier versus Guardians Of The Galaxy. After going head to head in several categories such as Story, Characters and Overall Awesomeness, we’ll turn the floor over to the all important people’s decision (that’s you!) for your pick for the best Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two movie of the year.


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier avoids the trappings of a mindless spectacle of fights and explosions because at its core it’s a clever espionage thriller wrapped up in superhero awesomeness. As with many great spy-genre movies, a lot of tension comes from not knowing who to trust. Trust, loyalty and betrayal are big themes which are explored on the personal and political front. Because Captain America is more grounded in the real world, it’s easier to make a connection to the broader ideas of the film, in particular to people’s trust/distrust in their government. Story wise, the rug gets pulled out from under the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a spectacular manner and it’ll have lasting implications in future movies.

Only several months after The Winter Soldier hit theatres Marvel Studios premiered Guardians Of The Galaxy. If you’re not familiar with this movie, check out Guardians Of The Galaxy: Everything You Need To Know for the synopsis and why Marvel is expanding into the cosmic universe. It’s a compliment to say that Guardians feels less like a typical comic book movie and more like a Star Wars meets Indiana Jones type of sci-fi action adventure film on steroids. The story shares a common thread with Marvel’s Avengers, it’s essentially about larger than life individuals who butt heads before coming together as a team although there’s nothing generic about Guardians. Director James Gunn’s vision is bold, lots of fun and manic.  Buckle in your seatbelts because the story quickly immerses you in another galaxy, far far away, yet it’s the same universe inhabited by Captain America. Driving the story is the macguffin but what’s makes the movie entertaining are the likeable characters and how dangerous situations are subverted with humour.

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All-New X-Men, Vol 1: Yesterday’s X-Men Review

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• All-New X-Men Volume 1: Yesterday’s X-Men (Collecting #1-5); Release Date: April 2013

• By Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler)

• Featuring: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, Iceman, Wolverine, Magneto

Standing above the glut of current X-Men titles, writer Brian Michael Bendis revitalizes the franchise by returning to what makes X-Men the preeminent super hero team.

Although the premise seemingly sets up a mutant vs mutant civil war scenario, Bendis wisely grounds the conflict within the original X-Men team from the past confronting their disillusioned present day counterparts.

Set after the events of the Phoenix Five, new mutants are popping up around the world after being on the verge of extinction. It’s here that we catch up with Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, formerly possessed by the dark Phoenix Force and now a renegade fugitive. His intent is on starting a revolution, but by attacking humans in order to get to the new mutants, Scott has become everything he once despised.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Everything You Need To Know About The Movie

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The tenth movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe comes to theatres this summer. If you aren’t familiar with Guardians Of The Galaxy, don’t sweat it, neither are many die-hard comic book readers. Marvel guru Stan Lee recently confessed why he won’t be making a cameo in this movie, “No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”

Who are the Guardians Of The Galaxy? What is the movie about and why should Marvel fans care? These are some questions Marvel and Disney need to address in their marketing campaign to get people in the theatres for the all-important opening weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy could be a huge summer blockbuster or maybe it’ll be lucky to barely break even on its sizeable budget. One things for sure, Guardians needs more awareness to get general movie-goers excited.

Continue reading to find out what you need to know about Guardians Of The Galaxy starring Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Batista and many more.

*** Updated with Trailer Impressions and Official Movie Screenshots ***

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Off The Shelf: A Look At Velvet #1 Comic Review

Marvel studios’ highly anticipated movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit theatres this spring. The creator of super villain the Winter Soldier is writer Ed Brubaker and he has reunited with Captain America illustrator Steve Epting in a brand new Image comic series titled Velvet.

velvet1-2x3-72-cc920Velvet is a dark espionage thriller set in the Cold War era. After an elite operative from a highly covert spy agency is assassinated, the Director’s personal assistant, Velvet Templeton, becomes entangled in a twisted murder conspiracy. But no knows about Velvet’s mysterious past. Velvet must draw upon her experience as a super-spy decades ago to stay alive and unravel the assassination plot.

For a complete summary and review of Velvet Issue #1, please continue reading the full length article at The Speech Bubble.  Also, be sure to follow the excellent comic blog The Speech Bubble for daily postings including features such as Retroactive (Flash, Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil), Weekly Rankings, Top Covers and many more. Off The Shelf is a great comic feature about “Trying Something New” each week in the hopes of finding a hidden gem.

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Man Of Steel Movie Review: The Humanity of Superman

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Man Of Steel – Movie Review & Discussion (Spoilers)

Director Zack Synder’s Superman reboot delivered destruction, spectacle and a bold new take on a revered character. Man of Steel is a good summer blockbuster, breaking box office records with the biggest June opening ever in the U.S. but it’s missing something from making it great.

Continue reading my discussion with Cibarra as we give our uncensored thoughts on why ‘Man Of Steel’ is less than super, the humanity of Superman and on the controversial ending.  Read the rest of this entry

Arrow: Season 1 Episode 22 – ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ Review

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Hello Arrow fans! Everything that is fun to watch about Arrow is encapsulated in Season One’s penultimate episode. What could have felt like another hour of set up, turned out to be a thrilling season finale part one. The episode’s climatic quality is the result of the entire cast having significant scenes, a death of an important character, the exciting caper in the Merlyn building and finally a rematch between the Hood & the Dark Archer.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 21 – ‘The Undertaking’ Review

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Hello Arrow fans. With only a couple of more episodes left in the season, “The Undertaking”, brought together several unresolved plot points which as a faithful viewer is fairly satisfying to watch. “The Undertaking” did not rely on any big surprises or last minute revelations rather the episode examined Malcolm’s ruthless plan to destroy the Glades from it’s inception 5 years ago and how it resulted in the sabotaged yacht that stranded Oliver on the island.

Continue reading Arrow Season 1 Episode 21 titled The Undertaking review.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 20 – ‘Home Invasion’ Review

Arrow is back after a 3 week break with an episode that had Laurel protecting a child from a hitman intent on killing all witnesses and Diggle facing off against his brother’s killer.

Since I’m a little rushed for time, this is going to be a quick recap and review. Continue reading Arrow Season 1 Episode 20 titled Home Invasion review.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 19 – ‘Unfinished Business’ Review

One of the most polarizing villains on Arrow makes his reappearance this week. After episode 12’s Vertigo, many fans voiced their objection to Seth Gabel’s take on the psychotic drug dealer The Count. In anticipation to Unfinished Business I was curious if the producers would re-envision The Count to appease dissenting fans or embrace what some have described as a Walmart version of Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Continue reading Arrow Season 1 Episode 19 titled Unfinished Business recap.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 18 – ‘Salvation’ Review

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In Arrow Season 1 Episode 18 titled Salvation, a new vigilante inspired by the Hood, broadcasts online killings of criminals that have wronged The Glades.

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