Avengers: Endgame | Rant

Today’s rant is brought to you by Avengers: Endgame (not really though–it’s just a gag)

At first, I found it ironically funny when I heard about people lining up for the latest Marvel movie days in advance or when I saw someone wearing an Avengers t-shirt.

When I was younger, I read comics, wore superhero t-shirts, and had other Marvel/DC merch. And everyone, and I mean everyone, would pick on me. I was called a geek or freak. I was told I was lower than pond scum. I was called a monster, an alien, and a few not so nice things.

Teachers and everyone would say I couldn’t read because I read comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy. Even though I would be sitting there reading War of the Worlds or Lord of the Rings, everyone would be like, “Pfft, he can’t read. He stupid.” Even though I got straight A’s and was in the top ten percentile in mathematics for the nation.

If I said my favorite show was Batman The Animated Series, I’d get all sorts of name-calling. For years, I thought I was the only person on the planet who liked the show.

So when people started talking about how awesome Marvel movies where or that Batman The Animated Series was a great show, I was like “Whaaaaat?” Then I found out about a thing called Comic-Con. I thought, “There are other weirdos like me out there?” It felt like I’d just discovered extraterrestrial intelligent life. I was close to running down the streets shouting, “I’m not an alien! I’m not an alien!”

At first, I figured everyone was liking Marvel movies because that was the latest “thing.” Just like how everyone suddenly liked wizards after Harry Potter or vampires after Twilight. But I slowly began to realize that they were “True Believers.” They were geeks!

But…why had I been so ostracized for liking fantasy back when I was younger? For years, I seriously thought that books like The Time Machine and Around the World in 80 Days were considered garbage by society–because that’s what people (including teachers) told me. I never suspected them to be classics. If so many people liked fantasy and sci-fi, how had I been a freak?

Finally, I figured it out. It wasn’t the genres; it’d been me. The bullies didn’t think I was stupid. They knew I was smart–smarter than them in most cases. I also didn’t go around bragging about being smart. Finally, it was because I did wear the novelty t-shirts–publicly. I let my geek flag fly. I wore what I liked, not what was cool or “in.” They were closet geeks while I was proud of my pocket protector (symbolically of course, I never wore a pocket protector).

That’s probably why Harry Potter, the MCU, Fortnite (and other video games) and so on are so popular–people can publicly “nerd out.” It took me years to figure out why everyone loved Harry Potter and what was so special about it; it was the “first” time it was socially acceptable to be a freak. Forget your Inner Child, people could let out their Inner Nerd!

So thank you Marvel Cinematic Universe for bringing us all together and showing us that we are all indeed…nerds.

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Bendy and the Dark Theory

After watching Treesicle talk about their theories regarding the new Bendy game–Bendy and the Dark Revival–(see Bendy and the Dark Revival: New Game BREAK DOWN (BATDR/BATIM) for more), I thought I would throw my hat into the theory ring.

OFF SCREEN: [Cars crashing] [People screaming]

MAN (OS): MY LEG!

OS: [Cat screeching]

BRAIN: They did not mean to literally throw your hat into a ring. Next time, try aiming.

Ooh.

In the video the Treesicle team, mostly Grant–since he was on camera, talked about if the new game would be a prequel or a sequel. They mentioned how the word “revival” makes it sound like a sequel but the trailer shows the ink machine being lowered into the studio…so it could be a prequel.

The video continues on until a blurry picture of a new character is seen. Grant, after some investigation, says that it looks like the character is wielding a banjo. He also states that the character looks dog-like. Finally, he says how the character Boris is a cartoon dog-person. During one scene from the Bendy and the Ink Machine game, a banjo is seen with Boris. Grant states that maybe the new character could have some connection to Boris, like being a love interest. Or, it could be an imperfect Boris clone.

My theory is that it is Boris, but not an imperfect Boris. I’m thinking it could be the original Boris. If you know anything about animation and character development, you know that a character goes through many revisions before the final publication. Even after the character is published, the animators will tweak it. Look at Micky Mouse; he has a ton of different variations. He’s been altered many times over the years to fit in with new technologies or styles.

So, the plot could be someone is “reviving” the old original versions of the characters. Also, in storytelling, the original characters are usually seen to be more powerful or deadly than the “published” versions. Oooh! Henry and Bendy could team up to defeat OG Bendy! (Probably not going to happen but it’d be cool.)

My other theory involves the ink machine being lowered into the studio and the word “revival.” Maybe someone is doing a remake/reboot. Someone has bought the rights to Bendy and is bringing the cartoon crew back. The “new” character might be an updated/remake version of Boris.

This plot could also fit into the themes from the last game (ie doing whatever it takes to be successful, even if it endangers your friends and employees). The new game could relate to people doing remakes of old shows. AH! The evil Bendy creatures are the rabid fans who say that the remake isn’t as good as the original! Hee, hee.

According to a The Game Theorists’ Bendy video, one of the creators stated that Dark Revival is not a prequel or a sequel, so…it could be a remake (or reboot). I wouldn’t put it passed the creators to have a “remake” game of a game they made. Whew, that’s a whole new level of confusion.

But who knows. At least it makes for good discussion fodder.

PS: I love how the abbreviation for Bendy and the Dark Revival is BATDR. It looks like it is Bat-Dr. It sounds more like someone Batman would go see when he’s ill than a title for an indie horror game.


Sparks of Rebellion has been released!

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Recommended #22

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Film Theory: How Game of Thrones SHOULD End! (Game of Thrones Season 8) by The Film Theorists

Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network)

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“Raindrops” by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

“Let’s Stop Passing as Non-disabled” by Jenna B. Neece (writer)

Books/Stories

“Endurance” from How To Get Away With Murder (In Under 250 Words) by Hafferby

Jazz, Monster Collector in: Crash Down (Season one, Episode One) by RyFT Brand

Brian’s Last Ride by Marianne Curtis

Podcasts/News

Kid Friendly Joke of the Day – Episode 260 – Falcon by Kid Friendly Joke Of The Day

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Episode 5: Mario – Yo’ster’s Story by Hidden Pixels Podcast

Comics

Green Lantern #30 (New 52) by DC Comics

Back in Time | Superman #10 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Shazam! (2018-) #1 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Game Theory: How to WIN the Mr Beast $100,000 Challenge! by The Game Theorists

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – Part 4 – The Tinkerer Boss Fight! by Blitzwinger

Dreams – Dream Surfing – Cats + Dogs (Early Access) by stampylonghead

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The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Blogs

I Am An Artist Because… by Cristian Mihai (irevuo)

A Forest Walk by Literary Titan

Taking A Breather by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

Books/Stories

“My Secrets” from PENNED DOWN by Masquerade (Shreya_VA)

The hidden Playground With Mr. X Dreams & Raggedy Anzy by Madame Raven

“Whispers from the Closet” from Dreamer of Death by violetsintherain

Podcast/News

TMNT Updates! NEW Shredder In Rise?! Batman TMNT 3 Comic In May! by THE OLD TURTLE DEN

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Welcome to Marwen

Green Book

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Official Teaser Trailer (2019) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega by IGN

Comics

The Heroverse | Dial H for Hero #1 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The Flash # 1 (DC Rebirth) by DC Comics

Earth 2: World’s End #5 by DC Comics

Everything Else

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Our First I Love You by It’s Alex Clark

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Recommended #20

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Books

The Boy in the Woods by Katherine A. Ganzel

Beach by Ghettoceratops by Madame Raven

Movies

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – Opening Scene by IGN

Netflix’s The Silence – Exclusive Official Trailer by IGN

Comics

Trouble In Time | Heroes In Crisis #7 by Caped-Joel

Greatest Detectives | Detective Comics #1000 (80 Year Anniversary Issue) by Caped-Joel

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Rocksbox Review: Is It Worth The Money? by Roses + Rouge

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Taking A Breather by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

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Terry Huddleston on marketing at comic cons by Dreamer Comics Highlights

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Say My Name | SHAZAM! Review

Reviews are my opinion. Spoiler alert.

Holy Moly! The SHAZAM! movie is finally out, and it was awesome.

I do have to agree with other reviews that the beginning was kind of slow and awkward. If you know the origins of Shazam, the opening can be a little long; but if you don’t, you might see it as more interesting. But once Billy get’s on the subway train…heh, heh, the fun begins.

They did a really good job balancing the movie. It wasn’t too dark/serious and not too comical/silly. You had some serious, emotional moments–and some intense moments–layered with some humor.

The Shazam costume looked a lot like it does it in the comics. It almost looked like it was taken right off the page. I mean, there were some differences but not enough to really matter. I liked how they went with the bright red instead of trying to make it a dark red or muted red.

The acting was well done. The actors seemed to get along; they seemed to know their character and how they would react. Nothing seemed forced or unnatural. Zachary Levi did an excellent job of pretending to be a 14-year-old in an adult’s body. Sometimes when they have those “age shift” movies, the actor acts too silly and comes off as acting younger than the age they are supposed to be. For instance, they are supposed to be a 14-year-old but the adult actor acts more like a 6-year-old.

Rating GuideI did have a problem with how when Billy was Billy he was serious and kind of mopey; but when he was Shazam, he was a little more immature and kid-like. It seemed like an awkward unexplained shift. I can kind of give it a pass because he is hanging out with Freddy. When you’re hanging out with friends, especially when you’ve been on your own like Billy had been, you let loose. Plus, as Shazam, he was a powerful adult thus probably feeling more like he could let down his defenses.

All the Easter Eggs also made the movie enjoyable, like the nod to the movie Big at the toy store or the Mr. Mind reveal. Also John Glover, who played Lex Luthor’s father on Smallville, plays Sivana’s father. In the Shazam! movie, Sivana’s father is a wealthy jerk…just like Lex’s father. Sivana is a bald genius. Lex is also a bald genius.

Finally, I liked that Freddy and Billy never came up with a superhero name. They go through hundreds of names but never settle on one. It was a nice nod to the comics where Billy’s hero name is a little unclear. Is it Captain Marvel? Is it Shazam? Is it just Billy?

I had a hard time finding things wrong with it. I’d really like to see it again and use more critical thinking. I don’t think it was a perfect movie, but it was pretty close. If DC can continue this balance of serious and humor–don’t have the movies be kiddy-goofy but also don’t make them apocalyptic-gloomy either, I think their movie future will be bright. 4.98/5

Other SHAZAM! related videos–contains spoilers.

Shazam! End Credits Scene Explained (SPOILERS!) by IGN

Shazam!’s Big DC Superhero Cameo Revealed by IGN


Sparks of Rebellion is available for preorder. It releases April 19, 2019.

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