Moving in 9 days, plus comic of May 22, 2019

I take possession of my house in 9 days. I think that means I can start getting excited. With the exception of meeting up with my real estate lawyer (he’s waiting for information from the seller) and packing some more, I’m all set. I’ve even got internet ready to go the minute I walk in. Of course I had one of my final appointments this afternoon after work. Even though I only picked up one comic today, I still don’t have much time to write more than a first impressions post for it.

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Comics of May 15, 2019

I only picked up two comics today, and there isn’t much of an intro besides the fact that I’ve finally begun packing all of my stuff. There’s no way I’ve got enough boxes for everything I own and there’s no way I’m taking everything over to my new place right away, but I need to start somewhere, right? Anyway, I picked up War of the Realms 4 and Star Wars 66. I was considering picking up Superman for his brief crossover with Supergirl, but when I saw it was part 5 in a story I hadn’t been reading, and that Supergirl only showed up at the very end, I decided to wait and see. Of those I picked up, here are my first impressions.

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Comics of May 8, 2019

I’m now on my last stretch of evening shifts before I move, which means there are only so many days left where there’s no guarantee I’ll make it home before midnight after work. As for preparations, apart from packing, all I have left to do is figuring out internet and getting a bit more furniture. Anyway, I only picked up two comics today – Captain America 10 and Supergirl 30. Here are my first impressions.

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Comics of May 1, 2019

Today marks the beginning of the 30-day countdown to when I take possession of my first owned property. I’ve handled most of the big stuff, so now I need to figure out how I can furnish the place. My extended family’s donated some of their old furniture, but I’m upgrading from a single room in my parents’ house (a large room at that) to a nearly 1,300 square foot townhouse. It’ll take a while before I fill it out. I’m also hoping to set up internet so it’ll be ready the day I move in. I’ll start working on that tomorrow.

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Comics of April 24, 2019

Now that I’ve finished my MCU blogathon, and I’ve already set up a few things to move in, I may find the time to actually start catching up on a bit of reading over the next month. Although with more preparations to get through, there’s no guarantee. As such, I’m most likely going to take a month off from movie posts. Then after I get settled, I’ll probably do a theme month of some sort before I start my next blogathon. I’m thinking of a Robin Williams theme month, where I look at a mix of his best work and some of my personal favourites. Also on Monday, I swam my first ever 1500m freestyle, and I even found the energy to sprint the last couple of lengths. I’m definitely on track to being able to swim the 1500m freestyle in a 50m pool by this summer, and that’s one of my goals.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Fantastic Four 9, Mr. and Mrs. X 10, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 93. Here are my first impressions.

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MCU Movies 21: Captain Marvel

When Marvel first announced their Phase 3 lineup of films at comic con, the two movies that received the loudest cheers were Avengers: Infinity War part 1 and part 2, and Captain Marvel. At the time, I was actually a bit more excited about Captain Marvel than I was about Infinity War, and Infinity War sounded awesome. It didn’t hurt that Kelly Sue DeConnick was still writing Carol’s solo series, and it was a very entertaining run. My excitement waned a lot between the announcement and the release though. Part of it was weaker writing for the comic series by Margaret Stohl, to the point where I stopped reading it entirely. I still looked forward to the movie mind you, just not as much.

Development for Captain Marvel began in May of 2013, with Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve both hired on as a writing team after they both submitted their own take on the character. Kevin Feige wanted the MCU’s first female centric movie to be about a new character to the MCU, instead of using an already introduced character like Black Widow. At the time, the movie was called Ms. Marvel, as the character hadn’t yet taken on the Captain Marvel name in the comics. The story would also borrow elements from the famous Kree-Skrull War storyline from the Avengers comics in the 70’s. Both writers would eventually move onto other projects, Perlman most notably writing Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

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MCU Movies 20: Ant-Man and the Wasp

The first Ant-Man felt like a fresh entry in the MCU when it released in 2015, shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron. With every other Phase 2 movie going bigger in scale, along came Ant-Man with the smallest scale we had seen yet in an MCU movie. Pun half-intended. It was essentially a heist movie that happened to feature a superhero. This movie takes a similar approach, going for a much smaller scale than most Phase 3 movies. It’s also the 20th MCU movie. It’s remarkable enough that a film franchise reaches that kind of number, but it’s another level to reach 20 films in 10 years, and all of them being financial successes (to varying degrees of course). Only three film franchises have more movies than the MCU – James Bond (24 since 1962), Carry On (31 movies from 1958 to 1992) and Godzilla (32 official movies + 3 American adaptations since 1954). What’s fascinating about the Carry On series (all of them raunchy British comedies for their time) is that they were all produced and directed by the same two men, with a revolving cast of popular comedians.

Anyway, Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place roughly at the same time as Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, one of the post credits sequences takes place at the same time as Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending. Development for Ant-Man and the Wasp began shortly after the first movie released. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed expressed interest, saying he’d “really fallen in love with these characters”, and that “there’s a lot of story to tell with Hank Pym.” He even expressed interest in his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, cast as Janet van Dyne for the potential sequel. However from the start, Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne/the Wasp) wanted to see Michelle Pfeiffer in the role. Kevin Feige also talked about how he had a number of great ideas for the next Ant-Man film. “If audiences want it, we’ll find a place to do it.” Reed also mentioned that there had been talks of doing a standalone movie featuring Hank Pym as the original Ant-Man at work in the 60’s and 70’s. I wouldn’t mind seeing that either.

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