Hometown Heroes: Marvel Characters from America for America

Hometown Heroes: Marvel Characters from America for America

While heroes come in all shapes and sizes and from all over the world, there’s something about a local person using their gifts to keep their own communities safe that is inspiring. On this July 4th, we are celebrating real American superheroes, meaning those heroes who take great pride in saving America as an American. Peter Parker said it best: You can’t be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man if there’s no neighborhood. So, here’s a look at some of the protectors of the local streets of America and beyond!

Captain America

Beneath the costume, Steve Rogers is just a guy from Queens, New York. Before he became a super-powered Avenger, Steve Rogers enlisted in the US Army to defend his country in whatever capacity he could alongside his best friend Bucky Barnes. Of course, his service to America has greatly increased since becoming Cap. He’s gone from protector of the country to protector of the planet to protector of the universe itself. But it’s his living up to the “America” in his name during his illustrious career as an Avenger that has secured Steve Rogers in our hearts forever. The 4th of July also happens to be his birthday, so Happy Birthday Steve Rogers! America (and the universe) thanks you.

Spider-Man

What can we say about Peter Parker at this point? The kid can’t stop putting himself in harm’s way to save New York (and sometimes other places, too) from criminals, monsters, aliens, and just about anything else that comicbook creators can think of. Born and raised in New York, Spider-Man is the epitome of an American hero who just wants to protect his neighborhood and all the innocent New Yorkers in it.

Captain Marvel

Before Carol Danvers became a Kree warrior and then an intergalactic superheroine, she was just a girl from Boston. It makes sense that she went on to be a protector of the galaxy since she first got her start protecting her own planet as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. While she travels far beyond America and planet Earth these days, her roots in Boston and the U.S. Air Force remain a major part of her.

Gambit

Remy LeBeau, the playing-card-wielding and crime-fighting mutant, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although his mutant powers first led him to become a part of the Thieves Guild, he eventually made his way to the X-Men and became a full-time superhero. He may have changed his public name to Gambit, but his southern upbringing was never forgotten throughout all the different teams he became a part of.

Fantastic Four

The four members of this crime-fighting team—Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Susan and Johnny Storm—all have different backgrounds as scientists, a test pilot and a hot-rod enthusiast. However, after they gain their super abilities and become the Fantastic Four, they come together as a team in New York City. Unlike some masked superheroes, thanks to their public identities, the citizens of New York (and the rest of the world) know exactly who is saving them and where they came from, proudly proclaiming this super-group as one of their own.

Daredevil

Although Matt Murdock is very much in touch with his Irish
heritage, the blind lawyer and vigilante is a New Yorker through and through.
The neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen is the setting for most of the Daredevil
stories in comicbooks, film and television. Murdock does his best to defend his
neighborhood and city from corrupt politicians, supervillains, and any other
threat that he detects with his heightened senses. Daredevil has even been
known to team up with other local New Yorker heroes like Luke Cage and
Spider-Man, among others.

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6 Comicbook Heroes Who Have a Soft Spot for Certain Villains

6 Comicbook Heroes Who Have a Soft Spot for Certain Villains

It’s always complicated when you find out that your significant other is a villain—or vice versa—but it makes for very interesting stories in the comicbook universes and the films adapted from these tales. Below are a few examples of Marvel and DC character pairings that go to show you that just because your loved one is across enemy lines, it’s not always a dealbreaker!

Daredevil and Elektra

Daredevil’s battles against the bad guys have always been in the name of justice. But Elektra, his on-again off-again girlfriend, has a much blurrier moral line when it comes to winning the fights she picks. Regardless of how much Matt Murdock tries to stay in the light, love keeps bringing him back to Elektra. Daredevil empathizes with her, but their opposing views about how far they should go in their “work” gets in the way of their relationship.

Batman and Catwoman

No misunderstandings here, since the Bat and the Cat are well aware of the other’s differing stance on justice from the very start. Through comicbooks, TV series, and film adaptations, Batman is drawn to Catwoman and has an unspoken understanding with her, and vice versa. Catwoman is more like an anti-hero, but that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of disagreements, fights, and eventual make-up sessions.

Spider-Man and Black Cat

Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, may be a cat burglar who often finds herself being thwarted by Spider-Man, but these characters’ battles usually have a fair bit of flirting, as well. Eventually, Black Cat even decided to mend her ways and fight for the good guys with Spider-Man at her side. Unfortunately, once the masks came off, the romance kind of fizzled.

Nightwing and Harley Quinn

While most people can only picture Harley with the Joker, there are a few other comicbook stories that have her falling for someone quite unexpected: Nightwing. As their storylines within the comicbooks moved forward, there were certain times that the two Gotham-ites showed an undeniable attraction to each other, regardless of their super-affiliations. In some animated films, the two of them actually get together, and just recently, they even got married in one of the comicbook runs.

Cyclops and Phoenix

To be fair, Phoenix is sometimes the gentle and reasonable Jean Grey, who has a lovely relationship with Scott Summers, aka Cyclops. It wasn’t until later that her powerful psychic abilities got the better of her and Grey became the larger-than-life, astronomically powerful force of destruction that is Dark Phoenix. It became very difficult for Summers to handle the dangerous direction that his love had gone in, but the two did their best to make it through.

Sue Storm and Dr. Doom

At the start of several X-Men comicbook runs and at the beginning
of the film franchise, Sue Storm and Victor Von Doom are either dating or
married. However, even with all of Doom’s intellect, his desire for power
always gets the better of him and he turns into a dangerous supervillain. This
not only steers Sue Storm right into the arms of Mr. Fantastic, but it leads
two people who once loved one another into some pretty brutal fights.

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Stan Lee Trivia: First Superhero Movie Cameo

Stan Lee Trivia: First Superhero Movie Cameo

It’s Trivia Tuesday!

Stan Lee’s cameos were infamous, especially his appearances in films with Marvel characters. Which superhero movie featured his first “official” cameo?

And the answer is…

X-Men (2000), in which Stan popped up as a hot dog vendor on the beach.

Interesting fact: Stan filmed a cameo for the 1998 movie Blade, but the appearance didn’t make the final cut.

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Watch Chris Evans Struggle To Explain Avengers: Endgame’s Steve And Peggy Timeline Continuity

Watch Chris Evans Struggle To Explain Avengers: Endgame’s Steve And Peggy Timeline Continuity

 

Watch Chris Evans Struggle To Explain Avengers: Endgame’s Steve And Peggy Timeline Continuity

This is above Cap’s pay grade. At least Rhodey had a decent explanation.

Bless his heart to 3000, but Chris Evans is not the person to go to for Avengers: Endgame timeline continuity questions. And he really won’t know what to say when you ask if Steve Rogers went “Alabama” with Peggy Carter‘s niece, Sharon Carter. However, Evans did land on some nice compliments for the Marvel Cinematic Universe storytellers, and Don Cheadle jumped in with a decent enough timeline explanation. Also, the Russo Brothers provided a longer explanation on the Steve/Peggy front.

 

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Movie Review

‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Movie Review

Spider-Man: Far from Home is the second Spidey movie
to come out in less than a year, after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,
and the third if you count Venom. The movie is also the first Marvel
Cinematic Universe entry following the end-all be-all superhero confrontation
in Avengers: Endgame.

You’d think that a movie with that much burden to bear, coupled with a character as frequently seen as the Web-slinger, would crumble under its own weight, but no. People just can’t seem to get enough of your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

Far from Home, funnily enough, takes Spidey out of
the neighborhood and off to Europe on a high school field trip. The exotic
locales and road trip vibe are a fresh take for the arachnid superhero who is
most known for swinging through the concrete canyons of New York City.

Similar to its predecessor, Far from Home plays like
an homage to 1980s John Hughes teen coming-of-age films, coupled with Cameron Crowe-style
relationship dramadies, and a hint of inspiration from Richard Linklater’s European-set
Before Sunrise series.

After the harrowing events of Avengers: Endgame, the movie takes a quick moment to establish the new status quo of a world where half its inhabitants were blipped out of existence, only to be brought back to life five years later.

In the aftermath of the cosmic calamity, all Peter Parker wants to do is go on vacation with his friends, and maybe tell his classmate crush Michelle that he has romantic feelings for her. But wouldn’t you know it, Nick Fury is in need of some superhero help, and all the other Avengers are either dead or off planet!

It seems that with the overuse of the Infinity Stones, a
hole has been torn in the space time continuum. The effects are bringing people
and creatures from alternate dimensions into our reality.

The monstrous Elementals are cosmic beings made of earth, wind, water, and fire who came through the dimensional hole and are set to destroy the planet. A superhero named Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio, has followed them here after they destroyed his Earth, in the hopes of averting another planet ending disaster.   

Nick Fury, who is still trying to get his bearings after
being blipped away for five years, joins forces with Mysterio and recruits
Spider-Man to help based on Tony Stark’s recommendation. At first Parker turns
Nick Fury down, but when the super spy manipulates his school trip itinerary to
the same tourist attractions under attack by the Elementals, he’s forced to
join the fight.

From here on out the spoiler-heavy plot prevents further exploration of story details, but let’s just say that Peter makes a monumental mistake that puts his friends and Europe in grave danger. In the vaguest of terms, he must make amends by creating a new suit and out-thinking his adversaries. And that’s about all that can be said without ruining the surprises ahead!

Reminiscent of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, this movie does a fantastic job of putting Peter Parker’s personal life through the ringer. He has to juggle Nick Fury, the Elementals, the class trip, his romance with MJ, and his new friendship with Mysterio, all while keeping his superhero identity a secret.

Tom Holland does a masterful job of portraying the earnest
but inexperienced Peter Parker, who tries to do good but causes much damage.
Jake Gyllenhaal brings the seedy weirdness of his former roles in films like Night
Crawler
and Velvet Buzzsaw to craft a truly memorable and surprising
Mysterio. Zendaya rounds out the trio of leads with her performance as the
lovably morbid Michelle Jones, who is a perfect romantic and intellectual foil
for Peter.   

Overall, Spider-Man: Far from Home is a delightfully
light and breezy MCU palate cleanser after the tear-jerking goodbyes of Avengers:
Endgame
. If you’re looking to sit back and go on a summer vacation with
Spider-Man, this is the flick for you.

Don’t forget to stick around for not one but two truly shocking end credit scenes that will have long lasting effects on ole’ Webhead and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

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