Friday Favorites: Superhero Movies

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Lately, we’ve been watching a lot of superhero movies, mainly from the Marvel universe. We’re planning on continuing to watch superhero movies until we officially catch up with everything we want to see, especially since we’re pretty behind in the MCU, haha! This list consists of some of my favorite superhero movies, and isn’t limited to DC or the MCU.

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Big Hero 6

This movie was just a fun experience throughout (almost) the whole thing. Yes, I did tear up at Tadashi’s death and the climax of the movie. Honestly, one of the things I took away from the movie — aside from totally wanting a Baymax of my own — was the diversity of the cast as well as the wonderful way the movie dealt with grief and growing up. I am aware that this is based on a Marvel comic, yes? Has anyone read them?

Megamind

This movie can be silly, but I thought it was well done in the way it explored the circumstances that can create a villain. It was fun, kind of ridiculous, but the lesson you can take away is that you can prevail no matter what the circumstances of your life. I also really enjoyed the music, haha!

Wonder Woman

Alright, so most of the DC movies don’t have a good rep, but I stayed optimistic for Wonder Woman and was not disappointed (seeing Chris Pine in the movie helped). This is one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie was entertaining in and of itself, as Wonder Woman was always one of my favorite comic book characters, but seeing a kick-ass woman on the big screen own her strength and use it for the good fight was so empowering to me. I’ve grown up enjoying superhero stories, the majority of them with male leads, and to finally have a movie — a good movie — with a female lead gave me the confidence to take on the world with my bare hands.

Black Panther

Black Panther is the Marvel movie that I dragged myself to see in the movie theaters despite how far behind in the MCU I had become. Seriously, I think one of the last Marvel movies I saw in theaters before Black Panther was the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Black Panther got me super excited with the promise of the Wakanda tech, the beauty of the cultures that were showed, and a wonderful cast. Not only that, but I wanted to support that movie as much as I wanted to support Wonder Woman because of how strong and in awe Wonder Woman made me, as a female, feel. Aside from the movie itself, my favorite part of Black Panther was when I was walking out of the theater and saw a trio of young black kids proudly smiling and doing the Wakanda salute next to the movie poster for a picture.

What are some of your favorite superhero movies? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Crossover Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday to everyone, and happy Easter to those who celebrated it! Here’s hoping we all don’t get sick from chocolate!

I wonder how an egg-delivering rabbit became the symbol of the holiday. Wouldn’t a chicken make more sense?

aiw_master-1-960x540A couple of weeks ago there was a meme going around on Twitter regarding the newest Avengers movie coming out, with the movie claiming to be the “most ambitious crossover event” in history. The Internet had a field day tweeting out pictures of what they believed to be even bigger crossover events than Marvel’s upcoming movie.

That episode of Full House with Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Video games were, of course, also mentioned.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics? Check. Kingdom Hearts? Duh. X-Men versus Street Fighter, or Marvel versus Capcom? C’mon, Marvel, you got characters in those. And do we even need to say Super Smash Bros.?

One of my favorite crossover games, if you will, is Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: tumblr_nbn6flz7yj1qzp9weo2_r1_1280Ace Attorney. It was Rachel’s and my first taste of the Professor Layton games, and including that kind of game play with Ace Attorney was perfect. Having the familiar characters work alongside ones from a franchise we’ve never played was a great introduction to the Layton games.

I’ve also enjoyed the Dynasty Warriors crossovers, Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. They’re both such fun hack-and-slash games! Pokken Tournament, blending Pokemon with Bandai Namco’s Tekken series, is a great example as well. The fighting genre seems to lend itself well to crossovers among video games, but it’s always fun to see cameos and playable characters from other franchises visiting games outside their norm, isn’t it?

What do you think of crossover games? Do you have any favorites? Any that you believe didn’t work as well as they could have?

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“Nimona” Review

krismii  Happy almost June, everyone! Kris here with my monthly book review. Enjoy!

“Nimona” is a graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson. She’s written for Marvel, DC, and Disney’s Wander Over Yonder, and has been nominated and won a few awards for her work. You can find more information for her at her website here.

Nimona is a bestselling comic from HarperCollins, and details the story of the titular character, a young shapeshifter who shows up at a villain’s doorstep and proclaims herself to be his new sidekick. Lord Ballister Blackheart takes her in and shows himself to have his own moral code versus Nimona’s prone to destructiveness. Together, they go against the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

The champion of the Institution is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, who follows the orders of presumably the king and the Director, a shady figure who only cares for the kingdom’s well-being. Goldenloin and Blackheart definitely have history together, and throughout the story it appears that the pair’s life choices could have been different had a certain incident not sparked the current rivalry. Nimona’s appearance in their lives quite literally involves explosions and forces all the characters to realize why they do what they do.

Rather than video games, this graphic novel is about superheroes and morals, showing the story with witty dialogue, cute illustrations, and quirky characters. It was a fairly quick read, a page-turner with the comic style, and proves that life is not all black and white, not all good and evil.

I definitely recommend this read if you’re into heroics, tough choices, and are a fan of endings where everything is not quite what it seems. If you want a sample of the comic, you can read the first few chapters on the creator’s website!