Day 2 at Wizard World Tulsa! Cosplay… cosplay everywhere!

Today we spent our time out with the people! We love just taking some time to sit back and admire all the work people put into these amazing costumes. There was everything from beginners to pros walking around! It was truly inspiring to see all the fantastic costumes that were there. 

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It was not entirely one sided on any certain fandom either. There was everything from Starwars to comics. The endless amount of people kept us quite busy for most the day. Make sure to flip through the huge gallery we have below and enjoy some of them yourself! We were talking with a ton of you and feel free to leave a comment below, letting us know who you were!

But, just because we did all that does not mean that we did not take the time to go and explore the convention and see what they had to offer. We stepped into a few panels and just soaked in some of the awesome information that the presents were offering. There were numerous Q and A’s that we saw for a small period of time and don’t forget the awesome cosplay contest that some of you were entered into no doubt!

The exhibitorsDSC_3053 floor was awesome to walk through. There was a little bit of everything and even some items that I had never seen before. The amount of craftsmanship and art that we saw was astounding. I even picked me up a couple of pop dolls to get me closer to completing my Assassins Creed collection! (As you can see on the left)

 

And finally there was the celebs! The people that many of us have dreamed of meeting but never had the chance to. Today there was more than enough time for everyone to go by and say hello, pick up an autograph, or even get a photo op! We will be talking with a few tomorrow and we will bring you those interviews as soon as possible! Who were you guys most excited about seeing?

To us, this was a big step for Tulsa. We brought a major comic con to town, and we sold it out! We made sure to show them that we can handle having the stars come to town. I love the smaller, more home grown, cons as much as the next guy but sometimes it is nice to enjoy the spectacle of something this massive. We will see them back in the years to come, I am sure of that! Enjoy the gallery below and make sure to find us on facebook at the link below!

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Is Cumberbatch feeling a little strange?

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By now, I am sure that everyone has heard the news that Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to be Doctor Strange in Marvels upcoming movie.(All thisnews coming from Deadline.com) Now, while some people say that this is confirmed and that he is officially going to play the sorcerer supreme, but this is not the case just yet. Nothing is set in stone and you know the world of  movie “news”. But lets say just for a second that Benedict is planning on taking the role.

  • Will he make a good sorcerer?
  • What plot line will they take with the movie?
  • Will he be apart of the new set of Avengers after Age of Ultron?

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Well according to the good old eye ball test we can see that even photoshop can make him look like an excellent choice for the role. Now just think about what the awesome wardrobe and make up people over at Marvel can do. You add in the way he just draws everyone in and the voice that can make you believe anything is true. He has just the flair from bringing a magic using superhero to the masses on the big screen. From what I have seen online, there is next to no one who doesn’t think that this is a great movie by Marvel.

As for the plot of this movie, I believe they will stick to the KISS rule. Not familiar with that rule? Keep it simple stupid! I do not think they will do anything to extreme, besides just explaining who Doctor Steven Strange is and go through the entire story of him loosing his ability to be a surgeon. The entire movie will lead to the Ancient One teaching him to be the next Sorcerer Supreme, and then ending with a final fight against Mondo. Maybe you use the end credit scene to show him finding Dormammu from the dark dimension or use this time to tie him into the Avengers. A little sneak peak of the future for Dr. Strange.

This sets up the last point. Will Dr. Strange appear in the third Avengers film. This week we got news from the big wigs at Marvel that the roster of Earths mightiest heroes will not stay the same after Age of Ultron. With Feige giving this statement, it leaves the roster wide open. (also makes me love it even more. I love that he plans to make the Avengers what they should be.)

“The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins,” says Feige. “It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”

I think that he will in fact be a part of the third Avengers installment. With them aiming for such a high profile actor, it only makes sense to add him into the main story line as fast as possible. With that said, here is my line up for the next Avengers: Cap, Dr. Strange, Antman, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon. I think that most of the “major” Avengers will be split up for the next movie. After the probable Civil War story line, it would make sense for it to be a little less star studded. Disagree? Put your line up in the comments below and let’s talk about it!09pi9okm,

Pictures leaked from AoU trailer… but why the Hulkbuster now?

IMG_4721 So, let’s start with first things first. No one is sitting at home saying, “Why does the stupid Hulkbuster armor have to be in this movie? It’s just dumb.” No one… not one single soul. The Hulkbuster has always been a fan favorite and getting to see it in “live action” (or CGI action if you will) is going to be pure awesome! In the last Avengers movie we saw Thor and the big green machine go at it and now its the man in the iron armor to give it a swing.

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After seeing the awesome “leaked” photo of the suit, from what we all figure is the trailer set to release next week, the only question I have is… Why? Now you can see the picture to the right if you have yet to see it. It looks awesome, it looks massive, and it looks like I always hoped it would, but that does not stop me from asking, why now? The timing seems interesting. Lets consider a few thing here. The Avengers have assembled yet again to take down the greatest villain the comic movie world has seen yet. (Beside Thanos in GotG) There is a war raging like nothing any of them have ever seen, given the poster that was released at SDCC this year. There are new Avengers in the group and that takes training and getting used to. All of this going on and now… Let’s take the hulk down!

The only reason this suit is ever used is to stop the Hulk, or something just as big, so we know that it’s not Ultron. The loss of speed would be too much of a disadvantage against him. So the Hulk gets so out of control that in the middle of this war that Tony is forced to pull out a suit strong enough to stop him…or at least slow him down. Here are the only reason I could see him using the armor at all for this movie:

1. It is the start of the movie and the government calls in Tony to stop the Hulk. He has lost control and something has to be done. Tony will say yes because he is the only one with an ego big enough to take him on. Thor is not in the picture yet, so there is no using him. This is also a perfect out for Tony to make a new suit after Iron Man 3. Oh and don’t forget, remember the end of the Hulk movie where Tony walks into the bar to find Thunderbolt Ross? Makes a little sense now doesn’t it?

2. Ultron some how takes control of the Hulk. This seems the least likely to me, but if it can be done Ultron would be the one to do it. Even though it seems Loki really wanted to, I doubt if would have be able to wrangle something as powerful as the Hulk. Will Ultron use the Hulk against the Avengers?

3. Even though the question has been asked before and the answer was no. Is this the start to a Planet Hulk movie? Will they shoot the Hulk into space to get rid of him? How else do you control something so violent, with Banner not running the show upstairs. Think about this too though… With Civil war being the story for Cap 3, can we have Civil War with Hulk and Banner running around? Is this how you get rid of him for the time being? Of course, they did say that some of the Guardians of the Galaxy would meet up some some of the Avengers… is this why? Do they find the Hulk? Maybe in a post credits scene?

Now some of these theories may be a little off, hence the theories part, but they could all be viable with a little fleshing out. What do you think they are doing with this move? Does it matter to you at all or do you just want to see them go at it? Let us know in the comments!Screenshots_2014-10-22-16-04-35

Before you go… enjoy this leaked picture of Ultron as well… What is there to say about that besides…. Hell Yes! He looks awesome and with James Spader doing the voice, I’m sure there will be no disappointment! Till next time guys!

 

What makes RDJ such an awesome Ironman…

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….the same thing that I believe will make Ben Affleck a great Bruce Wayne/Batman.

So is this the end of Robert Downey Jr as Ironman?  Will this be the last time we see him in the suit? Can anyone replace the legend he has become? These are all questions we’ve seen passed around the last few weeks. While they may be decent questions they are a little misleading to the general public. Last week we were flooded with post about Robert Downey Jr moving on after the Avengers 2, but if you took time to read it you would know that’s not what he said…

“Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: How do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky on that part either.”
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We already know that he will be in Avengers 2 and he wants to continue and he loves the character. I believe he will comeback in Avengers 3 as well to finish up the story arc at least.

As long as the fans support him I think he will keep coming back. Does that mean an Ironman 4? No. Does that mean he will be in every Avengers movie? No. But when he is needed I believe that RDJ will show up the play the invincible Ironman!

The thing that makes him Tony Stark in our minds is the connection he has with the Character. He has had to deal with some demons in his life to come back and be the amazing actor that we know him as now. If you don’t believe me, just do a quick Google search about him and see what you find. That time allowed him to connect to Tony and make our hero come to life.

This past weekend Ben Affleck made the same comparison to himself and Bruce Wayne. He said he could understand the rage that Bruce held on too… well hell. Here’s what he said:

‘For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts.

‘I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put with, put up with, put up with…then when it emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over.

I think this connection to the character will drag out an awesome performance and bring Bruce to life in a way that we may not have seen yet. This is definitely going to be a little different that the Batman we are used to but I think it’s going to be great!
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Do you think I am right? Do you think they will/should recast Ironman? What about Batfleck? How do you think he will do? Let’s have all these conversations in the comments below!

What is James Gunn telling us?

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There are plenty of ways that we could interpret what James Gunn said during a recent interview about the new kids on the block, the guardians of the galaxy,  meeting up with our beloved Avengers. But the best place to start?  With what he actually said:

“You know, there’s probably at some point in time where the Avengers, some members of the Avengers and maybe some members of the Guardians will perhaps meet.”

Gunn continued, “But at the same time, we are in a different place. And the most important thing to us is the mythology of the Guardians and the cosmic mythology of Marvel Cosmic end of things. And that’s the thing that interests me the most. To not have the Guardians necessarily be subservient to the…we’re not all trying to lead to some Avengers 3 or Avengers 4, it really is about where are the Guardians going after this and what’s happening with them”

There was a lot about this that I found interesting. He said there was a chance that the two would meet, at least some members of each group would have contact. Here are my options for what is going on here…

1. The Hulk vs Iron Man fight ,that has everyone so excited, ends in the Avengers sending Hulk into space. This could easily.lead the Hulk joining up with the Guardians and maybe fighting some huge space creatures that would be cinematic wonders and just pure awesome. That would lead to the meeting of the groups especially with Hulk/Banner trying to find his way home.

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2. With Thanos being the main puppeteer behind the scenes of almost the entire Marvel movie franchise,  will this ultimately lead to all the movies fusing for one final fight against Thanos in the end?

3. With the Nova Corp being a large group. This could be the connection once the Avengers are facing an enemy from beyond Earth. They may need some help and the Corp are a great hand in that area. Especially if the bring in Nova himself, which I am certain they will.

4. He could also just be saying that some of the members, possibly of both groups, might not be alive to see the meeting. Who knows? I can tell you… the Avengers will not look the same come soon. I’m not saying it’s going to turn into a Game of Thrones wedding or anything, but some of our favorite hero’s may be leaving us.

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One of those 4 options is bound to be the answer to the mystery to Gunn’s comments. Not that there was much of a mystery to it at all. I think that most of us knew this would be the case. But for those of you who didn’t…  now you know 😉

Does anyone care about Jurassic world and Murder Nurse > Barbie

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Welcome back to the Playground guys! After a long week we find ourselves back here and looking for more to keep our mind off the real world just a little longer. Got some awesome news for you guys this week and we will be trying a few new things! Make sure to tell us what you liked and the things you never want to see again in the comments below!

Wanted to take a quick second and say thank you to any of you reading this! We Hit 700 followers on Facebook this week and without you guys we wouldn’t be able to keep writing and entertaining like we do! Please follow us on Facebook and here to keep the fun going! Also, make sure to enter the giveaway! The details are below.

But let’s get the report on the week! Welcome to the Internet Intelligence Report!

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According to multiple reports Lou Ferrigno will reprise his role as the incredible Hulk and by reprise his role we mean that we will be doing the voice for the violent green rage monster. This time Ruffalo will be ding Banner and Ferrigno will be the Hulk.

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In the last avengers movie Ferrigno did the grunts and screams of the Hulk like only he could but the one line of dialog was given to Ruffalo. Seeing that Lou was probably the most loved Hulk in history, this movie not only makes sense but is awesome. Not really any big news or spoilers but incredible none the less (see what i did there?)

 

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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have our first photos from the set of Jurassic World. Incase you didn’t know, this movie is taking place 22 years after the “events” of the older movies and is going to be about… wait… no one knows? Maybe the name is implying that the dino’s are taking over and trying the entire planet of the apes thing?

“You damn dirty dino!” It might work below are a couple of on set images. Enjoy and maybe this movie will be worth actually talking about some day soon

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Now a couple of new things for you guys! We are having a contest on our facebook page! It is our first giveaway and we are proud to have one of the sexy Karen Sakai’s prints signed and ready to go! The winner will be announced next week and below is all you need to know to enter! Make sure to follow all 3 rules to enter and good look!

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Now what’s a playground without some drama and fun. This week we will start doing a weekly meltdown where we take a popular topic and talk it over. Let’s get started then, i found the perfect one to start with!

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Valeria Lukyanova, or the real life Barbie as most people know her, posted a picture this week on Facebook that seems to have caught peoples eye. As I’m sure you realized, she is not called the real life Barbie for nothing. She wear tons of caked on make up and has had tons of surgury to make herself more “doll like”. Some people are turned on by this while it leaves others just confused. I was in the camp that just didn’t give a crap about her…. until this.

valeria-lukyanova-without-make-20140421-142005-446she isn’t a bad looking girl without all the caked on make up. I always figured if you took away that than the elephant man was probably undernieth. I mean who really wears that much make up for no reason? But after seeing this, I am left confused. Which do you think looks better? Let us know in the comments below!

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And now let us move on to a awesome woman is in not fake, nor Barbie.  She is our kinda woman and funny and nerdy to boot! Welcome Murder Nurse to the playground and keep reading to get to know her just a little better!

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1. What video game world would you love to live in?

There are so many! My favourite video game in the world is No More Heroes, so I’d love to live in Santa Destroy. But I can’t deny Azeroth from World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and the Persona universes would all be just as kick ass to exist in. And I can’t deny, I’m a little tempted to say Silent Hill and Raccoon City – but only if I had a pretty good chance at surviving either of those situations, of course.

2. What’s a snack you can’t get enough of?

Green Tea Ice Cream. I could eat a pint a day if I let myself, it’s bad. That stuff is so addicting. That and Pirate’s Booty!

3. What is your favorite horror flick?

Asking the hard questions are we? Haha. There’s no way I could pick just one, that’s absolutely impossible when you’ve seen as many as I have. So I’m going to separate them into groups: Classic – “A Nightmare On Elm St”. Foreign – “Ju-On”. New – “Curse Of Chucky”. Horror Comedy – “Cabin In The Woods”. Honorable Mentions – “The Orphanage” & “Lost Boys”.

4. which would you rather… try walking over hot coals or base jumping off a skyscraper?

Hot coals, because I have a pretty high pain tolerance and I’ve never been adverse to heat or fire. I actually think it’d be pretty cool to see if I have some sideshow worthy hidden talent like that.

5. What are your plans for the rest of the 2014?

Tons of cosplay, modeling, music, writing, filming & more! 2014 is going to be a VERY busy year for me, and I have so many things for my followers to look forward to, that I can’t wait for myself! All I can say without spoiling anything further is, keep an eye on my Murder Nurse page in the coming months, where I will be regularly releasing news of my projects and the projects themselves! It’s going to be pretty sweet, I promise.

well ladies and gents, that’s all from the Murder Nurse, Make sure to check out her Facebook as well here! and enjoy the small gallery below!

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That’s it guys. Until next week make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and join us on facebook for even more weird and odd fun! Join us next week for another great time escaping to the Playground! As always, this is Steps!

Uncle E goes easter egg hunting!

SPOILERS WILL BE INCLUDED!!

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Here comes Uncle Excelsior!  Hoppin’ down the Marvel Trail!

Hippity Hop, Easter’s on its way!

That’s right, True Believers!  It’s Easter weekend and what better time, I thought, than sift through the many Easter Eggs Marvel has left scattered throughout their awesome set of movies!  Now, I’m not going to go through every one of them.  Hecks, that would take a while and I would just bore you; seeing you have already read a myriad of things about this subject.  NO, I’m going to pull out the choice eggs from my basket; the ones that I think will drive next phase!

First of all, let me reiterate that Marvel/Disney sticks the closest to the comic continuity than any of the big three superhero movie companies.  And, after digging through all of these, I am thoroughly convinced that Marvel is going to continue this with few variances.  I have laid out what I think they are doing and where they will be going in an earlier article.

 ( http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/02/19/the-next-phase-for-the-avengers-continuity-at-last-1243272?lt_source=external,manual )

 

THE VISION/HUMAN TORCH CONNECTION

(EASTER EGG FROM CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER)

Word is that there is a scene in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron that is being filmed in London right now that takes place in the 40s. It includes Chris Evans (Captain America) and Haley Atwell (Peggy Carter) in what may be a flashback scene.  What is odd about this shoot is one other ‘third wheel’ actor that seems a bit out of place. I’m talking about Vision actor, Paul Bettany. What would he be doing there? There are only two options I can think of.  Time Travel; the Time Gem is involved or the Vision is involved in the flashback.  In other words, Steve Rogers met him in the past or the android is fashioned after someone that Steve Rogers/Captain America knew back in the 40s..  Is that possible?  Does it have comic precedence? YOU BETCHA!   And the oldest nerd alive is here to give ya the lowdown!!

According to Marvel Comics Cannon, the Vision was built using an older android. One created by one Dr. Phineas T Horton in the later 1930s. This android had a unique reaction to exposure to oxygen; he exploded into flame! Yes, this android was the ORIGINAL human torch! The good doctor kept the ‘TORCH’ in a glass case until the now (get this) sentient android could gain control of its powers! It did gain control of those powers and took on the human identity of Jim Hammonds and joined Captain America, Bucky and Namor as the super Ally group, THE INVADERS.

Now, and this is why I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they dropped a major Easter Egg in Captain America: The First Avenger concerning the original Human Torch. Check out the scene below showing a display in the World’s Fair sequence of the movie which seems to be a man in a glass container wearing the Torch’s trademark red garb! It was part of a science exhibit at the fair, with a big sign hanging above that says “Dr. Phineas Horton Presents The Synthetic Man.” Beginning to get it?

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Now, back to the Vision. In the comics, Henry Pym aka Ant-Man made Ultron and the fifth incarnation, ULTRON V, made the Vision using parts from the disassembled original Torch.  Although they are passing the blame to Tony Stark for creating Ultron, this could definitely be the plan for AGE OF ULTRON.  To have Cap remember seeing the original android on display at the World’s Fair back in the 40s and finding the resemblance with this Vision which was created by a renegade sentient AI we call ULTRON!

 Remember that scene from Iron Man 2 where Happy talks about the robot in the basement?  Is this the deactivated Human Torch Android waiting to be tinkered with?  Most everybody else assumed he was talking about the ‘dummy’ who Tony made fun of all the time.

No, the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that this option is where they’re going! It just makes sense and proves that the MCU is sticking the closest to continuity than any of the movie companies!

Another tidbit concerning A.I. (Artificial Intellegence) was the successful experiment of Arnim Zola to transfer himself  into the old computer system as revealed by Cap and Widow in the old Shield base.  Does Arnim’s success and his algorithm have anything to do with the creation of the Vision and/or Ultron?  I guess it’s wait and see.

VIBRANIUM

 Another EASTER EGG that has popped up in more than one Marvel movie has been the fictional element/metal, Vibranium.  The first mention of Vibranium was in Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark created a new element.  It was unnamed in the movie, but, in the written adaptation, they called it Vibranium.  Now, actually, Tony Stark rediscovered the element after decoding a hidden message containing the structure of the element left in the diorama of the 1974 Stark Expo by his father, Howard. It is possible that JARVIS was using its existing knowledge & analysis on Vibranium structure given by Tony’s father.  Tony Stark synthesized Vibranium.

 Strangely enough, Captain America: The First Avenger had a mention of it too.  Howard Stark talked about it as if it was already a known element.  Stark mentioned that Vibranium was stronger than steel and one third the weight.  Unfortunately, Stark used all the Vibranium he had to make Cap’s shield that was able to withstand a hit by Thor’s mighty, mystical hammer!

 It is also assumed that THE WINTER SOLDIER’S metal arm is made of Vibranium.  That would explain why it does recoil off Cap’s shield in their many battles and Bucky was able to catch the shield with no problem or vibration.  You see Vibranium is thus called because it absorbs vibrations and doesn’t reflect it back.  This would make the lack of throw back when Cap fought Thor make sense.  But where is all of this Vibranium coming from?

Now, also in Iron Man 2 was another tidbit linked to Vibranium.  If you blink you’d have miss it, but there’s a map of Antarctica amongst Howard Stark’s possessions in the crate that SHIELD gives Tony.   Well, back to comic book cannon.  It’s also possible that Antarctica is the source of the Vibranium that is used in Captain America’s shield.   According to official Marvel Comics Cannon, Vibranium was first discovered in Antarctica, but there’s somewhere else where the metal is found in abundance… Wakanda

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According to the comics, the main source of Vibranium on Earth is Wakanda, home of T’challa, the Black Panther.  Back to the end of Iron Man 2.  As Tony is being debriefed by Nick Fury, we see a world map in the background.  There are hot spots marked and the most focus seems to be in Africa.  Could the ‘red incident icon’ be marking Wakanda?

 In the animated Ultimate Avengers movies, the Chitarri use Vibranium in all of their personal armor and ships hulls.  Apparently, they were low on a source because they attacked Wakanda to get at more. (Ultimate Avengers: the Movie and Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther)  And in, Agents of Shield, they have a special interrogation room made of Vibranium (Episode: ‘The Well’)  Also, in a comic book connection with the Star Spangled Avenger, the story FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS set in World War II tells the tale of how the Black Panther and Captain America along with Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos fight the Nazis to protect the Wakandan source of Vibranium.  This is the first chronicled meeting of Cap and T’Challa who fight none other than Baron Von Strucker and the Red Skull!

 So, Vibranium factors heavily in, not only, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in Comic Cannon also.  I would not doubt that the filming in Africa have a direct connection to Wakanda and their Vibranium mines. What would happen if an A.I. Renegade android got access to vast quanities of this powerful and strong mineral/metal?  I think this is one of the moves AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is making.  Vibranium would make Ultron nearly unstoppable and if he makes an army of these Vibranium covered androids as Ultron is prone to doing, then the Avengers will have their hands full!

THE TEN RINGS!

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The Ten Rings debuted in the original Iron Man.  They were the terrorist organization that kidnapped Tony Stark and used him to create weapons.  The TEN RINGS is also a direct reference to the greatest IRON MAN villain of all time, THE MANDARIN.  But, did you know that the TEN RINGS were in Iron Man 2? You wouldn’t be alone if you didn’t.  In fact, Jon Favreau who plays Happy confirmed this in an interview.  

 

‘The guy who gives [Whiplash] the Monaco ticket is from Ten Rings,’ Favreau  was reported as saying.  This would mean that the Mandarin’s terrorist arm was working behind the scenes to help Whiplash get his revenge on Tony Stark, which means that they’re involved throughout the Iron Man sagaa

I know what your thinking.Isn’t  the ten rings actually AIM?

 I think I can safely say it was the actual TEN RINGS involved throughout most of the story.  They’ve been real from the very beginning.   Iron Man 3 was a huge ruse to set up the most powerful, most dangerous villain Tony Stark has ever faced.  This is the next phase of IRON MAN.  It’s what they have been hinting at from the very first movie.  And whether they planned this or did this to appease the fans, I don’t care!  This fan will take it gladly, True Believer!

 PROJECT PEGASUS

 If you pay close attention in Iron Man 2, you would see a crate that he retrieves things from while he is ‘creating this new element’.  On the box was the name PROJECT PEGASUS.  Now this may be just a nod to old school Marvel comics, but the MCU doesn’t waste much on trifling cameos.  Usually, their chance encounters with comic book cannon are signs of things to come.

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 In the comics, PROJECT PEGASUS was a government facility for researching alternative energy sources.  In the end, it became, strangely enough, a prison for super powered beings.   In the AVENGERS, it was the subterranean facility where the Tesseract is being studied by Erik Selvig. It collapses during Loki’s escape with the infinity gem at the beginning of the movie.  Also the files brought to Tony Stark later on are all related to the destruction of this project.  Will we see it come back?  Will it be involved in the incarceration of super criminals?  

THE CONTINUED EXISTANCE OF THE SUPER SOLDIER SERUM

 What gave Bucky the power to be THE WINTER SOLDIER?  What was it that they gave Blonksy the ability to transform into the Abomination?  The super-Soldier Serium!?

 You’re no doubt aware that it was the mysteriously named “Super-Soldier Serum” that transformed the weak, skinny Steve Rogers into Captain America in The First Avenger. But were you aware that this same formula was the one given to Tim Roth’s bad guy Blonksy in The Incredible Hulk, so that he would be able to battle the Hulk?

Seriously: Blonsky is even told that the serum was developed “during WWII,” and is granted super speed, agility and strength by way of a small dosage. Of course, he eventually succumbs to the serum’s inherent flaws when it begins to decompose his skeleton and he transforms into the Abomination.

 “The serum amplifies everything that is inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows… compassion.”

―Abraham Erskine to Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

 This would explain why Blonsky became the Abomination and not a super-Soldier like Steve Rogers.  This brings us to a little known corner of the Marvel Universe and Iron Man 3.

 Ellen Brandt, who was played in Iron Man 3 by Stephanie Szostak and created those nifty exploding plants,  was a character who was in part responsible for the creation of Man-Thing.   Ted Sallis, who she was involved with romantically, was a scientist who worked for S.H.I.E.L.D attempting to recreate the very Super Soldier serum that made Rogers the Star Spangled Avenger.  However, A.I. M. (YES!  The same A.I.M. That was in Iron Man 3) infiltrated the project and compromised Brandt and influenced her to turn on Sallis; shooting him near fatally.  Sallis attempted to save himself by using the experiment Serum on himself.  The result?  The Man-Thing!

 The Man-Thing lived his life out in the swamps of Florida as the guardian of the NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES which was there in the swamps.  Dr. Strange has been involved with this Nexus many times and it would play into the story nicely considering we’re dealing with gems of time, space, reality etc.

Kevin Feige did say that there will be hints of what’s to come in Iron Man 3 that might not be recognized at first, and Doc Strange is also mentioned by Shield Agent Sitwell as targets of Hydra along with Bruce Banner in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.  So, The Super-Soldier serum, Brandt’s mutanagetic work with exploding plants/people, Dr. Strange and the Man-Thing could factor in especially if they looking to hook up Doc with the rest of the Marvel Universe in his own movie.

 
Erik Selvig’s chalkboard 

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As Selvig is holding class in the insane asylum during THOR: THE DARK WORLD, he stands in front of an innocent looking chalkboard with a lot of nonsense on it, right?  Well, to the trained eye aka a Marvel True Believer, some of that nonsense makes perfect sense.

 (1) 616 Universe

 FIRST, right in the middle of the board is the word ‘616 Universe’.  Any Marvel comics fan of any worth would know that this is Marvel’s own designation for its mainstream comics universe.  This tells us that, unlike was previously thought, the MCU IS the mainstream comic universe.  This explains their relative strictness of continuity.  
(2) THE FAULT.

 This actually has connections with a comic’s cannon Thanos story.  It first appeared in the WAR OF KINGS story-line and involved (grab onto something) the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nova Corps which just so happens to be hitting the big screen this August!  It could also be teasing an INHUMANS movie which has been hinted greatly about and much anticipated.  To be sure, Marvel has concentrated much of its comic energies to following the Inhumans and pushing them in many story-lines lately.

 (The Fault is a tear in the universe that leads to a number of alternate realities. The tear was caused by a Terrigen bomb and was created by Black Bolt, leader of The Inhumans. The story ultimately led to the cosmic crossover The Thanos Imperative, which seems significant considering the involvement of Thanos in both the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)

 (3) The Crossroads.

 The Crossroads has been explained as a nexus point between infinite alien dimensions.  Back in Hulk #300, Doctor Strange (He keeps showing up doesn’t he?) banished the Hulk to the Crossroads when he became consumed by the rampaging beast. Strange was also involved in banishing the Hulk off planet in later stories.  This story-line called WORLD WAR HULK was once rumored to be the basis for AVENGERS 3.

 This leaves us with a lot to chew on.  Will the Fault and the Crossroads become major backdrops for the overall story?  With the THANOS IMPERATIVE drive the scripts from here on?  

 SURTUR

 When the worlds converged late in Thor: The Dark World, one of the portals led to Muspelheim, the realm of fire and we get a glimpse of Surtur.  Now this Fire Demon is the very entity who tries to bring about Ragonarok, the end of Asgard!  According to the comics, Surtur rivals Odin.  Thor can’t defeat him by himself.  With Loki masquerading as Odin, will this demon possibly take the opportunity to attack Asgard?

 I say, YES!

 The rumors around Thor and the MCU have already started to use the word ROGANAROK in hushed whispers.  The fact that the SURTUR SAGA, written and drawn by the excellent Walt Simonson, was one of the most powerful series of Thor EVER should push this idea to the forefront.  The end of Asgard.  Thor with nowhere left to go but Earth.  I could even see Thor have to battle the Midgard Serpent to save Earth.  It would be powerfully dramatic to make him have to chose between Asgard and Midgard (Earth).

 (Tidbit:  Maliketh, the Dark Elfs and KURSE were also story features during Simonson’s run.)

 THE WINTER SOLDIER

 Finally, the revelations of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER have left us with a shattered Bucky Barnes with super speed, strength and reflexes (wonder where that came from?) and out from under the control of HYDRA.  So what now?  

 He becomes Captain America.  It is as simple as that.  Something tragic happens in the war with Thanos.  Steve Rogers is a casualty.  Bucky Barnes is primed to take his place.  He will be the ICON to lead the next phase of Avengers!  This will be where Marvel/Disney will be tested.  If Robert Downey, Jr. leaves the suit behind and is followed by Chris Hemsworth. (Chris Evans is a lock to leave the shield after Avengers 3), then we will be looking a whole new landscape for the AVENGERS.  We will be moving into the next phase of the team and whole new team.  A team occupied by a strange, uncertain lot.  Hawkeye, Black Widow, the Iron Patriot, the Falcon, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and the Vision.  Not to mention, Ms. Marvel who has been rumored for about a year or so now.

 No, the more of the Marvel movies I watch, the more i’m convinced I’m right about where they’re going.  And, if you don’t understand this, read the first 50 or so AVENGERS comics from back in the 60s and 70s and/or read my article  
 ( http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/02/19/the-next-phase-for-the-avengers-continuity-at-last-1243272?lt_source=external,manual )

 So, till next week, have a Happy Easter and enjoy the eggs!