Saturday, April 19, 2014

News Saturday (or what passes for it these days)

Ugh.  Truth is, there is a pathetic lack of interesting news today.

Shatner was such a great Star Trek lead because he came across manly.  Nobody since has quite pulled that off.

Report: No X-Men/Fantastic Four Movie Planned (Comic Book.Com)
"There had been reports, around the time Fox brought on comics writer and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar to serve as the “Joss Whedon” of their comics franchises, that the next handful of Marvel properties being developed at Fox would share a universe together — but according to an anonymous source close to the Fantastic Four production, apparently that isn’t the case, at least at present."

Well, I'm surprised.  Granted, Mark Millar is a very poor man's Joss Whedon, but still...  I thought for sure that the Fox folks were gonna try to do an Avengers-style story build to get to some kind of shared universe movie, and this particular story would've answered that bell nicely.

The Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men #4.
Back in the 80's, Marvel ran a crossover event where Kitty Pryde got hit by an energy weapon wielded by a mutant named Harpoon.  After that, Kitty couldn't un-faze, she was stuck in her intangible mode, and her molecules subsequently started drfiting away.  In desperation, the X-Men went to Reed Richards for help, but Richards couldn't find a cure.  However, Dr. Doom claimed that he could.

And madness ensued.

For what it's worth, I really liked this story.  Granted, it involved an important retcon of Kitty's powers--up until then, she couldn't breathe when she was intangible, so without the retcon, she'd have suffocated--but beyond that, I thought the story was pretty great.  Much better than the X-Men vs. the Avengers that came out that same year.

"The Unit­ed States plans to car­ry out small ground-force ex­er­cis­es in Po­land and Es­to­nia in an at­tempt to re­assure NA­TO’s East­ern Eu­ro­pean mem­bers wor­ried about Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in and near Ukraine, West­ern of­fi­cials said Fri­day...

The ex­er­cise in Po­land, which is ex­pect­ed to be an­nounced next week, would in­volve a Unit­ed States Army com­pa­ny and would last about two weeks, of­fi­cials said. A com­pa­ny con­sists of about 150 sol­diers."

I'm gonna go ahead and say it.  The President's would-be pivot towards Asia is an utter failure.  He might want to focus on China, but unfortunately, the rest of the world has other plans.

See?  That's all I've got.  And even that is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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