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    A solid enough, if not particularly inspiring start to the DC rebootlaunch, containing little to criticise – and little to…

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    May 13, 2012 5:12 pm Last panel in Batman and Robin made me laugh out loud.
    May 10, 2012 6:45 pm Yes to a sequel because Whedon is capable of better than this. I can't think of another person that could be guaranteed to pull it off. Maybe go the same route with someone else who is obviously capable but for whom it would be a big step up - Drew Goddard for example. Guillermo Del Toro? Edgar Wright even, if he toned down his style. But this would only be if Whedon bowed it - I guarantee he has first dibs on this. But sure, if they gave it to someone like Leterrier or Bay, then hell no to Avengers 2. I wouldn't even see it. All depends how they play it.
    May 9, 2012 1:04 pm Annihilus is actually credited as "The Other". And played by Alexis "Wesley" Denisof.
    May 8, 2012 7:08 pm "And it wouldn’t mean anything to anyone but the pittance of comic fans among their audience." Unless of course, it was done right. There's not really a counter-argument to that. There isn't. At least not until AFTER you've seen someone's best shot at something. You can do ANYTHING in a story IF you do it right. I thought comics readers were all over that theory. If we're not, then stories can't surprise us any more and we may as well pack up and go home. Joss Whedon, if he chose to, could - conceivably - bring Coulson back as The Vision and do it so well that you'd be saying "That was awesome. Why did I think that wouldn't work? I'm so glad he went down that route". - I could name dozens of examples from comics. Bringing Bucky back? Hello? Nobody ever thought that would work as well as it did. Again, why are we already back to doubt? Doesn't take long does it? No! No! That would be rubbish! The Infinity Gauntlet is simply unfilmable! Adding Pymm to the team would be terrible and pointless! Bringing Coulson back as The Vision would be lame! Am I kissing Whedon's butt too much? Nope. Bear in mind that despite the way everyone is raving about this movie, and as much as I loved it: It's not even close to the best thing he's done. I'm one of a very small minority who was shitting himself with excitement since the day Whedon was announced two years ago. Never did I doubt that he would knock this out of the park. Watch enough of his other stuff and it should become a foregone conclusion for anyone. The only thing about this that was new to him was having a budget. So yes, if he was announced tomorrow for a sequel, I am going to start shitting myself with excitement all over again, knowing that he's likely to kick it up a gear if anything, and knowing that it's going to be awesome regardless of what story he chooses to tell, because he only tells good stories. It's what the man does. So there. PS. Oh and by the way, a major Oscar nomination for Whedon for the Shakespeare adap he filmed at his home in a couple of weeks off from The Avengers. I'm calling that now.
    May 7, 2012 8:46 am The Marvel Movies haven't set limits on anything that could happen so far - anything goes as far as we know, so what leads you to arbitrarily state that would be one step too far? Realistic integrity? Really? It wouldn't undermine this movie if, again, it was handled correctly. Lots of people thought Whedon couldn't do this film, I'd suggest that he's earned the right that we can be confident he could pull of anything in the next one.
    May 7, 2012 7:59 am Err...No it wouldn't, not if it was done right. You could say anything in this would have been lame if it wasn't handled correctly, but it was. Plus they hinted at it, with the cellist comment. Isn't Wanda a cellist?
    April 11, 2012 3:21 pm Denying stuff like that will ever happen is part of the marketing game. If you ever hear anyone at Marvel or DC saying that, put money on exactly that thing happening five to ten years from then.
    April 9, 2012 12:28 pm It's not even a question of whether you trust the ifanboys. It's a question of whether you trust marvel ad buyers not to make demands of the editorial. And they totally would. An advertiser would not even consider doing a site takeover, plus sponsoring this week's show, if there was ANY chance the book could receive a bad review. It would make the product a joke and undercut the spend. It would be a waste of money. Ergo: It. would. not. happen. As I understand it, the guys are not the owners of the site anymore? They have bosses? And if there were ultimatums made (which happens all the time - people threaten to pull not just this campaign but every subsequent one) and if the amount of money was significant, there would be nothing they could do about it. Regardless of how much they may have argued. Graphicly is not a charity and exists to make money - its actions cannot be construed as morally or ethically bad (I actually disagree with this point - but I've heard at least Josh passionately making the case that business is simply business on many occasions). So, you could assume Marvel would try to manipulate this. And then you'd have to assume that Graphicly would agree to it. There is no amount of trust you can "prove" in the past that makes you unquestionable for as long as you live. You have to keep earning it and keep proving it. Again, I'm not saying I necessarily think there is foul play here. Just explaining why "Advertising and editorial are separate" and "haven't we earned your trust?" are not really convincing arguments to the latter. And so we're transparent - yes, I'm bitter about the fact that I have faced the same pressures myself in the past. I have notched a score up or removed an offending sentence when an advertiser has demanded it. Quite a few times. I've argued, passionately, and I have lost, because unless you are willing to pack your desk up and quit, then you will lose every time. It's a tough call. Should it have been omitted from the running for PotW simply so these accusations didn't occur? No, that would be just as bad. So basically, they can't win. if this was simply Conor's favourite comic last week, then that's just a damn unlucky position for his taste to have put him in.