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The Avengers Initiative Progress Report – Marvel’s TV Efforts

Next week, Marvel Studios will release its 10th feature film in the Avengers film franchise – James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In light of that, I’m doing a series of articles here where I take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the One-Shots, TV series, and the films themselves – and breaking down what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Last week, I reviewed the One-Shot short films included on the Marvel Blu-Ray releases. This week, we’re discussing Marvel’s attempts to branch out to television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as with the upcoming Agent Carter and the Netflix Defenders shows.

More after the jump.

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Comic Book Tropes: The Circus of Crime

For this week’s episode of “Because Comics,” I ended up re-reading the original six issues of “The Incredible Hulk” (because they are just so bananas), and noticed something odd… In one of the issues, the Hulk fights an evil gang of circus folk, and I realized that circuses show up a LOT in comic books, and that most of your favorite heroes have fought an evil gang of circus folk at some time or another.

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Magneto, the Joker, and the Supervillain Sympathy Spectrum

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What’s your favorite superhero and supervillian?

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I’ll be honest, considering how much time I spend thinking about comic books and superheroes, I have a hard time pinning down a favorite supervillain. I think the main reason for that is how much the quality of a supervillain can depend on the writer; A talented writer can turn even the least interesting villains into genuine threats (Kraven the Hunter was a fun concept, but compared to most of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery he was fairly one-dimensional, until “Kraven’s Last Hunt” writer J.M. DeMatteis managed to make him an incredibly engaging villain). On the other hand, a terrible writer can ruin great villains (like when Brad Meltzer turned Dr. Light into a serial rapist in “Identity Crisis”).

However, I have noticed that most villains, especially in comic books, tend to break down into one of two categories – the Sympathetic Villain and the Monster.

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And It Begins…

Hi, everyone! Not sure what to write here, but my name is Mike, and this is my first post! I hope you’ll join me as I figure out what sort of blog this will—

Yeah, okay, you know what? This is a fairly cliche way to start a blog. Basic, obvious first post. So instead, and in honor of this being my first post, here’s a picture from Daredevil #1, written by Mark Waid, and drawn by Paolo Rivera.

So, yeah. Welcome to my Tumblr.

– Mike

EDIT: This blog began on Tumblr, and when I started this website I migrated all of these posts over onto the supergeekmike.com page – thus why I weirdly refer to this blog as my Tumblr in this post.