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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Red, White, Black & Blue Edition

The MS-QOTD is a complex beast, involving thoughtful contemplation on the issues of the day, balancing the sublime and the gross into the ideal meringue of pop culture goodness, balancing hopes, dreams, hearts and minds to philosophically address the most pressing issues of our shared hobby. Then, sometimes, we just wanna see people fight. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) slings it’s mighty shield, asking: Uncle Sam Versus Captain America… Who wins?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Re-Boot To Da Head (YA YAAA!) Edition

Recent events in the Marvel Universe (Schism, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Spider-Men) have started me thinking about the nature of comic book realities.  In the 80s, when their stories became overwhelmed with different iterations and universe, DC Comics streamlined their stories with Crisis On Infinite Earths, and have periodically made additional changes, with the most recent being the 2011 re-tooling of their entire publishing line.  While reading Spider-Men, I was struck by the parallels between it and the old JLA/JSA summer team-ups, and one need look no further than Nick Fury, Junior to see the effect of the Marvel Movie-verse, another…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: I Always Liked Kimber Best Edition

The recent announcement of the SDCC-exclusive Jem doll (excuse me, “action figure”) is intriguing to me, as I have only recently begun watching the show, 30 years late.  When I was a young’n, Jem was “for girls” and no self-respecting Transformers fan would watch it.  Ironically, I find both the animation AND story of Jem to be superior to those first seasons of TF.  Having a girl child, I find myself fascinated by what she likes and doesn’t like in terms of her pop culture, and am at least a little bit pleased to find that her favorite shows aren’t…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: A Shadow Shall Fall Across The Universe Edition

Marvel has made their official announcement of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and given the appearance of a certain Titanian in another of their movies, I wonder if there might be some tie-in to the rest of the cinematic Marvel Universe.  But, more importantly, there have been quite a few Guardians to choose from since their debut in 1968.  For me, it wouldn’t be a GoTG movie without Groot and Rocket Raccoon (presuming they go with the latest incarnation) or Nikki and Starhawk (if the go with the originals.) The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”), bands together from…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: How Come You’re Always Such A Fussy Young Man Edition

Probably the most wonderful story to come out of Nerdtacular for me was the saga of the Critical Hit crew (minus myself and Adriana, to both of our disappointment) and their visit to a fast food restaurant which shall remain nameless.  Like Stephen says, if you’re not following us on Twitter, you’re not getting the full Major Spoilers experience. The delicate balance between food and our shared hobby is a troublesome one, as I learn every Sunday morning as I search for the perfect balance between sorting/bagging comics and breakfast.  (My boss was both impressed and appalled when I was…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Where We Shall Spend The Rest Of Our Lives Edition

While merging on the freeway yesterday, I began to think about the promises made to us by science fiction about the future, and how the d-bag in the Prius could have killed me much more efficiently in a Flying Car than he could with his mere two-dimensional crappy driving.  Sure, a flying car would be cool, but given that my Chrysler’s brakes are grinding and squeaking like the cell doors at Azkaban Prison, I’m certain my theoretical flying car would be equally ill-maintained and hazardous to life and limb, balancing any George Jetson thrills with the occasional plunge to Earth.…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Dang Ol Ah Tell You Whut Edition

The first impressions of Pixar’s newest film, Brave, are rolling in, and many of them tend to fall in the realm of “I’m glad Cars 2 was an aberration!” or “Pixar has their groove back!”  Major Spoilers very own Stephen has repeatedly remarked that the plot of C2 was basically the plot of “A Man Called Flintstone,” which affected the quality, but the plot of the original Cars was basically that of the Michael J. Fox vehicle (pun fully intended) “Doc Hollywood.”  For my part, Cars 2 was an okay story, with nice performances by Michael Caine and Eddie Izzard,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: No Kill Quite Like Overkill Edition

Among the great joys of pop culture come those wonderful moments where the creators pull out all the stops and abandon reason to deliver a spectacularly unnecessary but completely awesome moment.  The Venture Brothers cartoon delivers these about twice a season, and I am still awed at the sight of 199 superheroes (or, even more impressive, 199 stuntmen/suit actors) in action in the Super Sentai 35th Anniversary movie.  It’s the equivalent of a live-action Crisis On Infinite Earths, a truly mind-blowing moment in the annals of superhero films. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never misses a chance to use…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Herb Tarlek Memorial Edition

Recently, Marvel Comics has gone to great lengths to deliver an in-universe 616 version of Nick Fury that resembles the one seen in the movies (i.e., looking like Samuel L. Jackson instead of Napoleon Solo.)  The only real carry-over between the two characters is Nick’s eyepatch, which got me thinking about the visual cues that make a character who they are.  Batman’s 1990’s Azrael variant doesn’t say Batman to me, even with the cowl ears, but the all-black variant does, because it keeps the scalloped gloves from the original design, a key indicator of “Batman” for my eye.  Even The…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Rude And Not Ginger Edition

It’s a common belief among the Doctor Who fans I interact with that the first Doctor you encounter tends to be your favorite.  This explains my great fondness for the Fifth Doctor, the incumbent when I began watching the show in the early 80s, as well as my daughter’s crush on Matt Smith, whom she calls “the one with the silly eighties hair.”  Over the last decade or so, though, my love for Five has been joined by a broadening appreciation of his successor, The Sixth Doctor, a character that got the shaft for a number of creator-driven reasons, and…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →, B, A Edition

A long time ago, in a galaxy…  Wait, no.  That’s the other guys.  Back in the 1990s, I have many fond memories of Star Trek: The Next Generation, many of them involving watching chunks of the show while working at the campus television station.  (Don’t tell Stephen!)  This morning, some 20-odd years later, Scott Johnson asked what was up with the number 47, which pops up in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of TNG.  As someone who likes to sneak Easter Eggs into my Major Spoilers work, Critical Hit and the MSP, I was happy to find that people are still analyzing…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: There Have Always Been Four Turtles Edition

Legendary Marvel creator Roy Thomas coined the term “retcon” (short for retroactive continuity) in the early 1980s to describe the stories he was telling in All-Star Squadron.  Since that time, retcons have been used both to insert stories or explanations (as Roy was doing) but also to remove concepts or characters deemed problematic.  As a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, I am well-accustomed to having favorite stories no longer count, and I still miss the characterization of Matter-Eater Lad as a smooth-talker with political connections all over the galaxy and the adoration of women on every one of the…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: You Must Beware His Wrath Edition

One of the awesome pluses of having a Digital Video Recorder is that ability to save certain shows in an easily accessible format indefinitely.  My DVR contains a number of gems, including the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Mayhem of The Music Meister,” a true classic of both the superhero and musical genres.  Naysayers would bray that Batman could NEVER work in the format of a musical, but naysayers are, by and large, full of beans. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) gives you a C, a bouncy C, asking: What character or property would make for the…

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