Name: Keith Amaral
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February 26, 2017 5:07 pm ACTUALLY, Ron, Magneto was de-aged. I'm disappointed in you. He was changed to an infant and aged to his prime. Ewing did some interesting things with the Marvel timeline in the Ultimates, last year. I can't remember the specifics, but he wrote the timeline was constantly cosmically adjusting to the Marvel U. So, it's not so much that the characters are never aging, it's that time is being clipped, unbeknownst to anyone...or something. I remember thinking it was a great way to approach it when I read it. Someone please "actually" this for clarification.
July 17, 2015 8:51 pm As always, thanks for the listening material, guys. I agree with 99% of everything stated. Maybe it was 100%, but I'm leaving it at 99 to cover myself. I may have liked it a little less than the panel, possibly. The movie was okay. It's on par with Incredible Hulk. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything I'll have a desire to rewatch unless I'm partaking in a Marvel movie marathon. Ant-Man is an eccentric-type character that would do well in a more eccentric type film, as Conor pointed out. They didn't do enough to break their mold when the opportunity was there. Yellowjacket was a dud -- Marvel continues to struggle with their antagonists. Hope was your typical tough-as-nails ice queen. I would've liked for them to use Janet's personality for Hope. We already have Hope's archetype in Black Widow and any number of other Marvel females. It would've been nice for them to make Hope "kick ass" in less literal ways. Not every Marvel heroine needs to know how to do that crotch takedown. Douglas was good as Pym, as was Rudd as Scott Lang. They did well with what they were given, I just don't think they were given much. I thought the little girl playing Cassie was great...they could've made Scott's relationship with her more of a focal point. Beyond that, like you guys, I loved the stuff with young Hank Pym. This movie could've worked better telling two stories (past and present) which linked up at the end. It would've provided a different flavor than the standard vanilla we got. I agree, the breakout star of the movie was Michael Pena. He had the funniest gags in the film, and his two scenes where he was "flashbacking" to Scott were probably the two best scenes in the movie. It was okay, but I left wanting more.
May 24, 2015 7:20 pm From what I understand of Secret Wars, all of the territories are a mishmash of realities, occupying the same world. I think that's why the characters are not allowed to leave their area. If a character leaves their area and visits another, they'll see that there's another version of said character, and Doom would have a lot of explaining to do. The only characters experiencing that type of discovery are the 616 and 1610 characters, as their territory was merged into one. With the "616" and "1610" territories, I'm assuming that -- while these characters are technically the characters we've known from each respective ongoing universe -- their memories have been altered. Every character on Battleworld had their memories altered. While these are all alternate realities, these realities never worshiped Doom before the creation of Battleworld. That said, the only characters who seem to maintain knowledge of the prior status quo are those who managed to snag a life raft before the worlds collided. So, with Ultimate End, I think we're seeing the two universes operating with no recollection of any incursions, regardless of these being the 616 and 1610 universes from Secret Wars #1. 616 and 1610 are in the same boat all the other territories are -- Doom is their God, they don't remember when he wasn't, and they can't leave their territory.
May 3, 2015 7:37 pm Conor, you're usually my voice during the podcasts, so thank you for articulating my opinions 99% of the time. This special edition is no different...BUT, I have to disagree with you on Quicksilver. For me, DoFP Quicksilver was nothing more than a vehicle for a special effect. It was a great scene, which I loved, but the overstatements made by the fandom have since turned me into a harsher critic of that version of Quicksilver. Even though he had minimal screen time, I felt the ATJ Quicksilver was much more of a character, and a much truer adaptation. For me, Quicksilver is hot-tempered, arrogant, and annoyed by most people. I felt as if the DoFP version was much less that and much more the precocious and playful type. It's fair, but not QS for me. The "Time in a Bottle" sequence also served to undermine the entire film by making Quicksilver so immensely overpowered that nothing could be done with him after that point. Count me in the AoU camp.