Podicus Wrecks #63 – Upcoming movies

This week, Anthony and J. R. are talking about upcoming movies they are interested in, premiering between Nov. 2017 and April 2018. They start with their thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, and continue with their thoughts heading into Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and others. Jacob then pops in to offer his take on the trailer for The New Mutants. Casey then has his minute recaps of the “The Damned” and “Monsters” episodes of The Walking Dead. Finally being wrapped up with some thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey and news from Blizzcon.



Marvel announces new Thor – and she’s a lady

One of those things that the big comic companies do once in a while is take one of their big heroes and replace them with a new character.  Think of Bucky taking over for Captain America or Wally West becoming the Flash.  If you really want to upset me, you can bring up Jaime Reyes, but I really wish you wouldn’t.

Thor is a character who has had this happen a couple of times.  If you were reading in the 90’s, you might remember Thunderstrike, who had been Thor for a while.  The one with the beard.

The God of Thunder is getting another replacement this October when a new Thor series launches (or relaunches, hell I can’t keep up with Marvel’s numbering) and this time…wait for it…it’s a woman.

According to the big announcement:

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

My thoughts on it after the jump.


Lady Sif helps the kids

There are few things that celebrities do that are more awesome than taking time from their busy schedules to make the lives of sick children a little better.  In fact, if there is something more awesome, I’m at a loss for what it is.

Take Jaimie Alexander, for instance, who donned her Lady Sif garb from the Thor movies and visited a Los Angeles children’s hospital.

If that doesn’t make her awesome, I don’t know what does. has the story.

Comic Book Movie Review – Thor: The Dark World

Marvel Studios continues its trek to Avengers 2 with Thor:  The Dark World.  Here’s a reminder of what has happened heading into this movie.  Thor had to destroy the Bifrost in order to stop Loki.  Loki went hurtling through space, or something, only to end up with an alien army, and attacking Earth with the power of the Tesseract.  But, he’s defeated, and Thor returns him to Asgard.  Spoilers below the break.

thor_the_dark_world_ver2Thor:  The Dark World

Directed by Alan Taylor

Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat & Mr. Met

Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith


Dear Uncanny Avengers,

I can’t say I’m that inclined to give you the normal Dear John letter we associate with dropping a title, especially since I only gave you about three issues.  So let’s just say that it’s not you, it’s me.

Oh, not good enough for you?  Fine.

When Marvel announced the aftermath relaunch of the Avengers and X-Men lines (again), it felt like there would be a merging of sorts between the two, and I didn’t really like that at all.  After all, I’m an X-Men fan and I’m used to them being the red-headed step-children of the Marvel Universe.  That’s a part of their whole deal – “the world that fears and hates” them schtick.

So the whole AvX made the Avengers realize they had no idea what the X-Men had been doing and they mistrusted mutants, even the two they had who were supposed to show how beyond that they were.  And thus you were born, Uncanny Avengers, as a place to show mutants and human heroes working together – the bridge between the Avengers line and the X-Men line.

Except you aren’t really that, are you?  You see, you’re not enough of an X-Men book to keep me interested.  It’s basically a six-hero team, split half and half between Avengers and X-Men.  Except the three X-Men heroes you’ve picked are Havok, Wolverine and Rogue.  Havok hasn’t been a member of the X-Men team in years, and in fact he was off in character limbo for most of that time until Mike Carey got around to getting you back into the mainstream, only for you to head off to X-Factor (not that there was anything wrong with that).  But Havok, even as so-called leader of the team, doesn’t have an X-Men connection to keep everyone happy.  Which is a part of his selection – he was a government man and therefore trusted.  A figure head, if you will.  And that didn’t particularly interest me.

Of course, having Rogue was an interesting choice.  Besides the main core of characters, she is one of the best-known members of the X-Men line and has even had her own book for the past few years.  But really, I’m tired of Rogue.  I’ve been reading her book and I feel like I need a break from her.  Not a hooking point.

Then there was Wolverine who has largely become an Avengers character anyway, especially with him going anti-X for most of AvX.  So what if he was right?  He’s already stepped away from his own school now that Storm has taken over as headmistress and he follows the major heroes with the Avengers anyway.

And the Avengers part?  Captain America and Thor are appearing in Avengers, which thanks to my roommate Casey I’m keeping up with.  And Scarlet Witch?  Meh.

So you may be perfectly fine, but you just don’t have my interest enough to warrant dropping $4 all five times a month Marvel’s schedule puts you out.

So stay well and I wish you all the best.


They could have used this in the Thor movie

Whenever I don’t have a specific topic I want to write about, I peruse through my back issues, looking for something that amuses me.  Today, I found that something in Marvel vs. DC #2.  Behold Thor, son of Odin.

Now, isn’t that amazing.  Just look at all that majesty…and midriff.  Using this costume in the movie may have increased the number of female viewers, what will all that Chris Hemsworth abs action that would be going on.  Go ahead, you’ve got time to imagine it.  I’ll wait.

*waits patiently*

Finished?  Good.  Now, I only have one question about this costume.  WHAT THE HELL?!?!  Where did this costume come from.  At first, I thought it might have been the Heroes Reborn costume, but it isn’t.  That costume is far less midriffy.  Is this a Rob Liefeld design, because it kinda feels like one.  What with the useless non-mask, the ridiculous codpiece, the large number of useless straps.  Unrelated, throughout this issue, the strap on his right leg changes color from brown to grey numerous times.

So, if you have the answer to why this costume exists, please comment below.