Stan the Man…Lee

Thank you to Marvel and Stan Lee for not just creating Superheroes that have been beloved entire generations after generations…But for also creating some serious kick ass Superwomen!  Not just women with ‘powers’ either, but those without powers too! Aunt May, Agent Peggy Carter, Black Widow, etc…Women who have been beloved for generations! 

Stan Lee loved to tackle social and current issues. As Stan Lee puts it himself on his “Stans Soapbox” newspaper reoccurring news column (of which no one knows the precise date). According though to former Marvel writer and editor Fabian Nicieza, the column featured in Marvel titles cover-dated April 1970, which would have included “Fantastic Four” #97, “Amazing Spider-Man” #83, “Captain America” #124 and “Incredible Hulk” #126.

“A story without a message… is like a man without a soul.”

Stan Lee, Marvel Women

As a young girl I knew all about Batman and Superman and…well I think they were the only two to be honest and they are from DC!

It was not until I watched a cartoon in the early 90’s called X-Men that I even knew that Marvel existed and I made up for it quickly after that. However, there was one female character that I could relate and I have loved her ever since (except in the live action films)…Rogue.

Now I know that Stan Lee did not create the character of Rogue, but until I saw the X-Men I never even realised that women/girls could be Superheroes…I thought it was all men, all the time! I had been reading other comics, but it was “The Archie’s” and played with my Barbies, so no real female superheroes there.

Civil War

One of my “birthday presents” over the weekend was to see Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War“.

Now I am going to start this off with saying that this will not have any spoilers in it. Even though there was a character in it that I thought hadn’t been mentioned in any of the other trailers, apparently they were. I had to rewatch the trailers and, yes, they were there but extremely briefly. I must have been literally blinking at the times this character was shown. Because of this though I am not going to talk about this character, just in case you missed the character as well.

I am going to start off with saying that I have actually never watched any of the other Captain America movies…Yes, I know it’s shocking and I was worried that I would have no idea what was going on. It wasn’t too bad though and I think this was something to do with it was a Avenger movie really, with just a really strong story focus on Captain America and more of his past. I honestly also believe that they kept Thor and the Hulk out of this one because it would then make it an Avengers movies. If they keep at least a couple of them out, then it’s not officially an Avengers movie?

It is a great movie, I don’t think we would have expected anything less. Captain America vs Iron Man…It’ll be interesting to see whose side viewers will take. I know I came out liking a totally different character to the one I liked before. Do be prepared for a lot of country and place switching though…One moment they’re in London, the next they’re in Switzerland or something.

Apart from that it was a really good movie, good explanation of how the Captain and Iron Man come to really hash it out. Some good motivation of future possible characters demise? There is also a lot more one-on-one fighting between the heroes rather than involving and destroying a whole city. Which is also a theme throughout the movie, the catalyst if you will for the whole set-up.

Spider”man”…Oh my goodness! He was fantastic! Much MUCH more likeable and much more realistic to believe that he’s a teenager rather than some moody 30 year old playing him. Much more innocence. I might actually go see his Spiderman movies.

4 out of 5 books…The constant switching of places around the world made me not able to settle in and get involve.

Age of Ultron…My Review (attempt)

Finally my partner and I gave into our nerdy side and we saw the new “Avengers” movie “Age of Ultron”…I felt like I needed to write this, because it seems like during the press junkets, they are getting such a bad wrap and I want people to still see this movie. It just seems such a shame these days that social media can make or break a movie these days, instead of letting people to just…escape…

For a sequel movie (which I had to remind myself since so many of Marvels’ movies are now interlinked) it was great! I always have a little fear going into sequels, they tend to either be really great or they are really horrible. Now the other thing is though I haven’t yet seen any of the Captain America movies and you will definitely have to see those movies to get some of the references.

What I liked most about this movie is though it manages to show each character from a different angle, it gave a deeper showing of each characters motivations and background, without dragging away from the story. The movie kept moving and you didn’t even notice the “breaks”. That’s what I love most about movies the chance to escape from reality. When someone can do that and give the characters depth while still moving the story and plot along, I just think that is genius!

(Please click the image below to be taken to “Avengers: Age of Ultron” IMDB page)

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