In this week’s episode of Podicus Wrecks, we’re discussing Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Why would we discuss a 23 year-old mini-series, you ask? Well, because Anthony has never read it, and we felt strongly that this was a must-read series. It is just a fantastic look at the beginnings of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of a photographer. Also included in this episode, Jacob attempts to convince us to play Persona 5 and Changeling is featured in this week’s “Better Know an X-Man.”
In this episode, we have a follow-up to how terrible Anthony and J.R.’s brackets have turned out, we discuss writers being duly credited for the stories they write (2:09), this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Husk (7:32), Jacob gives us a lesson on the convoluted history of Xorn (12:47), and we wrap out by talking about some video games we have been playing (43:28).
In this episode, J. R. shares some thoughts on Kong: Skull Island, another “Better Know an X-Man” with Jacob talking about Skin (5:26), Anthony and J. R. reminiscence about pep band trips (11:49), and talk about their soon to be disastrous brackets (39:03).
Since Hugh Jackman started playing Wolverine, we’ve had 3 different Spider-men, 2 Batmen, Chris Evans went from being a cocky Human Torch to being Captain America, and people are questioning if there are too many comic book movies being released on a yearly basis. When X-Men debuted in 2000, we were a few years removed from the debacle that was Batman & Robin. There were no cinematic universes. It was a different environment 17 years ago.
I do not remember there being much fanfare surrounding the release of X-Men. I remember going to see it on a whim, even though that whim did happen to be on opening day. But there was no reason to think then that we would still be talking about those actors playing those characters. And while some have been replaced by younger versions since they went backwards in the timeline, there has been one constant. Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine throughout. That all comes to an end with Logan. Logan is expected to be the final time Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine on film. I say “expected” because you should really never say never.
I say all of this, because I believe Logan works better when viewed as the swan song for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, rather than as the next movie in a long line of X-Men movies. It is easier to think of the movies in two distinct timelines. You have the original timeline, which includes X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Wolverine. Then there is the First Class timeline, which includes X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Days of Future Past links the original cast with the First Class cast, but I think it is simpler to put it in the new timeline, since it retcons events in previous movies anyways. Now, the question is where does Logan fit in. The answer to that is a giant shrug. They do not attempt to fit it in anywhere, and that is fine. (more…)
In this episode, we briefly discuss our first impressions on the Nintendo Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Logan. Our very first “Better Know an X-Men” segment features Marrow. We then go in depth with our review of Doctor Strange.
The Twitter exchange you see below is from a while ago, but it is a topic I have been thinking about off an on. The gist of it is that Comic Pro A (red) is bragging how Marvel has been on top without their most popular character, Wolverine, 3 years. (I remember this came up when defending the sales of Marvel Comics, but Twitter isn’t the easiest to search.) This struck me as odd, since the last I seen there were actual multiple Wolverines running around. And honestly, I had actually forgotten that the original had died, or something. There were some replies agreeing with their sentiment, and hoping that the original Wolverine would return. However, there were some replies that had the same sentiment as I did. It is these replies that I want to focus on, because I think the disagreement is more interesting. The gray and black boxes are fans, and the blue box is another professional.
There are two things I am picking up here: they do not consider legacy characters to be the character they are replacing and they do not consider alternate versions of the character to be that character. I have issues with both of those sentiments, because history shows them both to be wrong. (more…)