Time in the Marvel Universe is broken, and a crisis has arisen that might wipe the world of 2099 entirely out of existence. That century’s Spider-Man knows his only chance is to team up with the original Spidey to save his world and the whole of time…
Too bad the original Spider-Man is dead, and Otto Octavius has taken his place. Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Sometimes, I get bored. That’s really my only excuse. And because I get bored, I like to think about silly things, most of which deal with semi-obscure super-types from around the various worlds. For some reason, last night’s thought process involved assembling my own five-color Super Sentai-inspired team, featuring:
- Commander Montgomery Scott (Red)
- River Tam (Blue)
- The Beak (Yellow)
- She-Hulk (Green)
- Pleather bikini Saturn Girl (Pink)
Because I am a giving soul, I started to wonder how many ridiculously innovative and cool variations might occur if other people were playing along with me (keeping in mind that we’re talking about a TEAM here, so having Superman be your blue and do all the work isn’t any fun) which begs a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) had two rules: First, no actual Super Sentai/Power Rangers allowed, and the “standard” color scheme rules – Red, Yellow, Blue, Green or Black, and Pink, no other substitutions allowed, otherwise things get inordinately complex, asking: What five characters from anywhere in pop-culture would you choose for the ultimate team?
It’s Villains Month, and the Swamp Thing couldn’t make it to his book thanks to a mani-pedi at the Home Depot. Luckily (for some values of the word, anyway) Anton Arcane has a few minutes to spare, and he wants to tell you something…
Something horrible. Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
While watching ‘Blue Harvest’ (The Family Guy ‘Star Wars’ parody episode), I was impressed with how much The Widget caught in terms of the references to the original film. (She also laughed out loud at Doctor Who and Asteroids jokes, but that’s clearly my influence showing through.) Afterwards, we talked about how Vader is Luke’s father, and how Ben Kenobi stole him away as a baby to keep him safe from his father. The child then asked me a question that didn’t occur to ME until 1989 or so:
“How come Darth Vader didn’t just come get him? Isn’t Tatooine his home town?”
The conversation made me realize once again the flaws inherent in Obi-Wan’s plan to keep young Skywalker safe from his dad’s corrupting influence (and also that I’m doomed when she becomes a teenager) but our conversation did beg a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) isn’t in the business of rhetoricals, and thus is asking you to come up with a reasonable and/or funny explanation, asking: Given that Luke Skywalker was stashed on his old man’s home planet under his father’s real last name, why didn’t Vader ever seek out his child? (Bonus points for NOT using an existing Expanded Universe rationale!)
Regular Major Spoilers Podcast listeners may be familiar with my rant about the overuse of the “villain as dark mirror” of the hero archetype, but as with any complaint I have about comic bookery, there are always exceptions.
Here’s one of ‘em. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
We’ve talked before about the “earworm,” a song or snippet thereof that gets stuck in your head, repeating and repeating, chiming endlessly through your poor skull until you want to run your head over with a clockwork train like Gomez Addams. This afternoon, it happened to the Widget in the car, forcing me to play OTHER songs at top volume to keep her from humming three seconds of a song that she didn’t know the end of, thereby making it impossible for her to end the process by singing the song all the way through. I once knew a woman who would go into a fit of utter rage if you even began to sing the ‘Small World’ song from Disneyland, while another college friend couldn’t stand Jethro Tull. For my part, I tend to have the biggest problem with songs that aren’t in English that I encounter around the web and/or in various episodes of Super Sentai, but having spent an afternoon dealing with pernicious rhythms at least begs a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has heard some ignoble earworms in his time, but has always been able to defeat them with John Denver’s ‘Country Roads,’ which overrides other songs without sticking in your head, asking: What single song would you (given absolute power, albeit only over this one thing) erase from the time/space continuum?
This week I was shocked to find that the endless promos heralding the return of ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ weren’t just some elaborate joke on the viewers (insert remark about how the show itself is the joke blah blah blah fishcakes.) For my part, if they were gonna reanimate the pop-culture corpses of the Clinton Administration, I’d have preferred that they bring back Mystery Science Theatre 3000, or perhaps throw Jim Carrey’s floundering career a bone with a retake on ‘In Living Color.’ Even though, when it comes to talk shows, I’m not particularly interested in watching even when I love the host and/or hostess-type person, I am genuinely confused about the expectation that Arsenio is a big-name draw in the year 2013. Is he still a big deal? Have we officially reached the point where everybody gets their own show? Is it just me? And what’s the deal with airline food? Whether I’m crazy or not, this whole line of thought does beg a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really misses ‘The Higgins Boys & Gruber,’ just like the other eleven people who watched, asking: What other 90s-era programming would you like to see revived in the present day?
As a young lad on the plains of Kansas, I enjoyed the arena-rock stylings of Styx, Journey and especially Boston. One of Boston’s most impressive songs, ‘Rock & Roll Band,’ is a classically embossed tale of their rise to prominence, the kind of self-aggrandizing madness that I find myself having to admire. Later, I encountered the works of Tenacious D (the greatest rock duo in the history of the universe), a band that actually has several different songs explaining their history and/or cosmic origins. Maybe it’s because of my love of professional wrestling and the traditional badass entrance theme (I’m fond of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’, m’self), or maybe just the Disney tradition of the villain song, but either way, my fascination with that kind of song begs a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is ready to join forces and form a band the likes of which has NEVER been seen, asking: What’s the best “I Am Awesome” song in pop-culture history?
Recently, Grant Morrison made some waves with his interpretation of the last scene of the 1988 Alan Moore/Brian Bolland graphic novel opus, ‘The Killing Joke,’ (which also triggered our discussion of that rather imposing tome in the latest Major Spoilers Podcast.) Morrison opined that “no one gets the end” of the book, explaining that (in his analysis) the final sequence depicts Batman finally crossing the line and snapping his old enemy’s neck just off-panel, finally giving their decades-old rivalry an ending. The roots of the idea do touch something which admittedly is an appealing concept for comics, providing the story with something that Batman tales almost always lack: the metaphorical final act. Regardless of the thought process involved, it’s a controversial stance. Even here at Stately Spoilers Manor, there has been much spirited discussion about Grant’s theory, which in turn begs a query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) does prefer a Joker with no origin at all, but understands the appeal of illuminating the roots of his madness and still enjoys Moore’s TKJ backstory, asking: Do you think Grant Morrison’s analysis of The Killing Joke is the “correct” one?
The core membership of the Fantastic Four (along with Reed & Sue’s children, Franklin and Valeria) have gone on sabbatical, searching the breadth of time, space and dimension in order to find a cure for their rapidly devolving cosmic-ray-induced powers. Will they find a cure before their bodies betray them? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!