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Thor - Jamie Alexander

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has been getting better with every episode. The cast is gelling with each other and everyone plays a roll. The mysteries of Agent Coulson’s return from the dead and Skye’s mysterious past are front and center and building, along with the question of who is The Clairvoyant (aka the first season’s “big bad”).  Now we have news that Thor‘s Lady Shif (Jamie Alexander) will be joining the mix in an upcoming episode. Will The Clairvoyant end up being tied to Asgard? Does Lady Shif hold the key to who he might be? Will anyone else from Asgard end up visiting our Government sponsored Scooby Gang? I’d love to also see Thor: The Dark World‘s Fandral (Zachary Levi) show up. It has been too long since we have seen Levi on the small screen.

Captain America

Agent Carter is one step closer to becoming a reality as Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (writers on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse) have been chosen as potential showrunners. The pair created the supernatural comedy Reaper, which was very enjoyable in its early run. It is interesting to think where they might go with Agent Carter, as we learned in the Marvel One-Shot short that she will be the co-head of the newly formed SHIELD, along with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Rumor has it that Hayley Atwell will return as Peggy Carter, but no word on if Cooper will reprise Stark or if we’ll see other familiar faces from Captain America: The First Avenger, including Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) or any of the other Howling Commandos.

On one hand, if the series gets made we’ll be able to visit some of the unseen Marvel history between the first Captain America and Ironman. But on the other hand, we already have a SHIELD series, do we really need a second one? I’d love to see a different side of the Marvel Universe, like Black Panther or Doctor Strange. But I guess both of them are rumored to be the center of future films. I guess we’ll see.

All New X-Men 20

Here we go! With the end of “Battle of the Atom”, the coin has flipped and the original X-Men have deflected from Wolverine’s side to join with Cyclops. How will this change the status quo? It’ll be nice to see the team back with Angel and from the cover and description writer Brian Michael Bendis has found a clever way to bring Wolverine into the mix through his younger female clone, X-23. Pairing her with young Cyclops is intriguing also, although covers have known to be very deceiving in the past. I love the promise of more Kitty and Illyana interactions and would LOVE to see Colossus added to the book.

All New X-Men #20
Official Description: The fallout of X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM continues! X-23 is back and kissing… WHO IS THE MYSTERY MAN??!

The issue hit stands this past Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. What do you think about the addition of X-23 to the original X-Men? Would you like to see any other characters join the team?

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Marvel Agents of Shield

Okay, we are five episodes into Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and I have to say, I dig it. Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson genuinely looks like he is having a blast as he chews through the scenery. I love the nods to the movies and seeing both Maria Hill and Nick Fury earlier in the season was shocking (I figured we’d get one, both both? Awesome.). The show feels like it is firmly set in the Marvel movie universe and I love that we’re getting to see more of the said universe. What will happen when the new Thor movie is released? Will we see any of the supporting characters? How about the big guy himself?

My only complaint so far is that the rest of the team needs to be fleshed out a bit more. I want to know more about them. Fitz and Simmons are a lot of fun, Agent May has shown shades of her dark past, but why should we root for Agent Ward or Skye? Neither have drawn me in the way past Whedon leads have. They don’t have the Buffy and Angel chemistry, Captain Mal’s wit, or Echo’s mysterious past and circumstances. Than again, we have plenty of time to learn more about the team and I’ll be along for the ride.

Official Description, “Girl in the Flower Dress”: Coulson and the team travel to Asia to rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power. Meanwhile, Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs tonight at 8pm on ABC. What else is on tonight?

8PM
NCISCBS: NCIS (crime drama)
CW: The Originals (supernatural drama)
NBC: The Biggest Loser (competition)
ABCFAM: Pretty little Liars (teen drama)
FOX: Dads/Brooklyn Nine Nine (comedies)
CNN: Anderson Cooper 360 (news showcase)
DIS: Wolfblood (info)

9PM
Supernatural, Show LogoCW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABCFAM: Ravenswood (teen drama)
NBC: The Voice (competition)
CBS: NCIS Los Angeles (crime drama)
ABC: The Goldbergs/Trophy Wife (comedies)
SYFY: Face Off (competition)
FOX: New Girl/The Mindy Project (comedies)

10PM
TV Logo - Sons of AnarchyFX: Sons of Anarchy (drama)
NBC: Chicago Fire (drama)
CBS: Person of Interest (thriller/drama)
TNT: Cold Justice
LIFE: Chasing Nashville (reality)
MTV: (10:30) Awkward (teen)
CNBC: Car Chasers (reality)

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (3)
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deadpool-17

Deadpool has reached the halfway mark with part three of the five part “The good, the bad and the ugly” arc as writer Brian Edmund Posehn sheds new light on the Merc with the Mouth’s origin. Joining the anti-hero are Avengers Captain America and Wolverine, both of whom are tired to Deadpool’s past. All are joined as weird siblings of sorts due to the Super Soldier/Weapon X/Weapon Plus programs. How do you think this will all come together?

Deadpool #17
Official Description: In the heart of the enemy’s clutches, Deadpool meets some uncanny friends…Captain America & Wolverine get sucked into the mystery of Deadpool’s past.

The issue hits stands on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 from Marvel Comics.


Check out these Deadpool related trades…

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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X-Factor Issue 262

It is with a heavy heart that I write that X-Factor, one of Marvel’s most consistent, entertaining and best written series, has come to an end. Yesterday, X-Factor #262 hit stores and with it part 6 of “The End of X-Factor”, a very literal end as the series has come to a natural conclusion by longtime writer Peter David. The series set itself part from the X-Universe and the larger Marvel universe by somehow making mutants, time travel, demons, and even Gods somehow more grounded.

The twists and turns kept coming as characters came and left throughout the years, but the core team- all of which were secondary characters, were brought front and center by David and through his writing any one of them would be capable of leading their own series. There is a bittersweet element to the 6 part “The End of X-Factor” arch that closed out the series. Each issue we’ve gotten a look (a coda of sorts) at where each character is following “Hell on Earth”. As much as a love seeing the characters where they are post X-Factor, I’d much rather have seen them all together, at least one last time. Maybe issue 262 will do just that, but I doubt it.

X-Factor #626
Official Description: The end of X-Factor!

Peter David has left X-Factor behind before and returned in the past, maybe he’ll do the same in the future. We can only hope… Maybe Layla Miller could let us know?

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1

Here we go! X-Men: Battle of the Atom is here. After 15 issues of All-New X-Men with the original team in the present fighting to fix “their future” and the fall out from “X-Men vs Avengers” felt deeply in Uncanny X-Men, and Wolverine’s continued growth along with the future generation of mutants in Wolverine and the X-Men, we have a lot coming to head in the first crossover that will take us through these books to deal with the consequences of time travel. A future team of X-Men will be coming to the present in an effort to set things right” and get the original X-Men to return to their time, but there is much more going on with sentinels (as seen above) and a mystery villain from the future.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1
Official Description: The past, present and future of the X-Men collide in this 50th Anniversary event crossover! When investigating a new mutant, something truly horrible happens to the All-New X-Men that shakes time and space to its core. This is so dire that X-Men come from THE FUTURE with a message: THE ALL-NEW X-MEN MUST RETURN TO THE PAST! The ten-part crossover starts here with superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho!

The crossover begins on September 4th from Marvel Comics. Will you be following the X-Men from the past to the future and beyond? What do you think will be the outcome from the story?

The Pit

The San Diego Comic Con has begun and with it we are being flooded with awesome geek news- from both the actual con and the lead up to it. Lets start with one of the biggest comic book movies that is currently in production…

Bishop - X-Men Days of Future PastBishop (Omar Sy- pictured to the left in costume) has been confirmed to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past! The time traveling mutant has been rumored to be part of the cast, but we did not get confirmation until this past week. With Day of Future Past‘s story involving time travel, he was a good candidate for a role, especially when you consider the other notable time traveling mutant and fan favorite Cable, has had his parents killed off before he could be born (Scott Summers is his father and a clone of Jean Grey is his mother- but the real Jean Grey raised him in the future in someone else’s body… yeah, we don’t have to get into the specifics. Maybe it is a good thing that Bryan Singer choose Bishop instead of Cable). I just hope Bishop’s role is not a cameo.

Maria Hill

Lets stay on topic with some more Marvel Comics adaptation news. (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!) Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD just keeps sounding better and better. First they got Joss Whedon on board to write and direct it. They put together an awesome writing/producing team of  Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible). Brought Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson back to life after his tragic Avengers death. Put together a damn good cast with Ming-Na Wen, J. August Richards, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, and Elizabeth Henstridge. And now from the floor of the San Diego Comic Con and the show’s first public screening we have confirmation of the return of Agent Maria Hill (played by the wonderful Cobie Smulders). I am so excited for this show (premieres on September 24th). I just can not wait for the further adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

The Walking Dead - Carl

The Walking Dead premiered a first look trailer for season 4 and my jaw is still on the floor. The footage might be spoiler-y or it could just be misleading. We’ll have to wait for the show to return on October 13th to really find out. You can watch it here. The trailer gives us a first look at Lawrence Gilliard Jr as a very (and I mean very) different Bob Stookey than the one we met in the comics, along with Tyreese in a scene that looks like it is ripped from the comics but in a different location, Michonne on a horse, Rick and Tyreese ready to trade blows, and a bunch of new faces (both alive and getting eaten). We can’t be sure if this was footage from the first episode back or the first few episodes, but it looks like when The Walking Dead returns, it will waste no time in jumping back into the action and racing forward. For better or worse, there was no sign of the Governor in the trailer… We’ll have to wait and see what he might be planning.

Keep checking back as we try to round of the most exciting news coming out of San Diego and we’ll be giving away another DVD this week. What movie? You’ll have to keep checking back to see!

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