Conventional wisdom regarding most franchises is that the sequels are never quite as good as the original. With rare exceptions, each installment is sort of like a recording of a recording from the analog days – diminishing with each iteration. After seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier over the weekend, though, I couldn’t help thinking that the geekier side of Hollywood might be… Continue reading The Geek Beat: How Comic Franchises Escape the Sequel Curse
No matter how frustrated I may get with the Academy Awards, it’s difficult not to be curious about how the Oscars race will pan out – especially when it comes to the categories like “Best Visual Effects,” which always includes at least one or two of my favorite films from the previous year. (I’m a sucker for great FX sequences.)
Experience has taught me that my… Continue reading The Geek Beat: Actual Comic Creators Tell Us Their Favorite Movies of 2013
The immense popularity of comics-based film can be attributed to a lot of different factors. Everybody loves heroes, and something about the hero’s journey manages to really resonate with audiences, but there’s also a large degree of spectacle that goes into the best superhero films that makes almost every single one of them an event unto themselves. No one is really proving the viability and longevity of… Continue reading Comics on Film: Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Might Transform Comic Book Movies
A common misconception about Marvel Studios is that the people there are incredibly invested in what Marvel is doing in its comic books. This extends past Marvel Studios proper and into their agreements with Sony and Fox as well. When Superior Spider-Man launched — the current comic that stars Spidey villain Doctor Octopus in control of Peter Parker’s body — fans assumed that the book would… Continue reading Marvel Studios Countdown: How Much Do the Marvel Movies Influence New Comic Books?