27 January 2007

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - Puma

We are under 100 days to go. This week, its Spidey's orangeiest foe, Puma

Puma's real name is Thomas Fireheart, and he is of Native American descent. The tribe he belongs to has had an ancient prophesy of the coming of a powerful being who might destroy the world for generations. Long ago, they began making preparations for this coming doom. They used mystic ceremonies and selective breeding to create a perfect warrior. Thomas Fireheart is the latest in this line of men. Though he never believed in the prophesy, he took his duties as protector of his tribe seriously, and has strived his whole life to be the best he could be, mastering his ability to turn into a powerful humanoid mountain lion werecat. He also trained in Martial Arts in Japan under a man named Master Muramoto.

Very intelligent, and with a good business sense, he became owner and CEO of Fireheart Enterprises. Headquartered near his tribe in Hartsdale, Arizona, it is a multinational corporation involved in many different endeavors, with regional offices around the world. Becoming bored with corporate life, he began to seek greater challenges, and offered his skills as Puma for sale.

When he originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #256, he was operating as a mercenary and had been hired by The Rose to kill Spider-Man, but was thwarted by the Black Cat. In the following issue, he again attempted to attack Spider-Man, but changed his mind when he witnessed Spider-Man save an innocent bystander.

He was able to learn Spider-Man's secret identity, Peter Parker, thanks to his enhanced senses, and now felt he owed him a debt of honor. He offered him a job at his company, which Parker declined, and later attempted to clear Spider-Man's name of a crime he didn't commit.

At one point, Fireheart actually purchased 51% of the Daily Bugle, made Robbie Robertson publisher, and began a pro-Spider-Man campaign in the publication. During this time, he was nearly killed in an attack by the Hobgoblin, but was saved by Spider-Man.

Fireheart agreed to join Spider-Man's rag-tag superhero group called The Outlaws, along with several other Spider-Man adversaries-turn-allies (including Sandman, Rocket Racer, and the Prowler). The group clashed with the Avengers, until it was revealed that both groups were actually being manipulated by the shape-changing Space Phantom.

He eventually sold the Daily Bugle back to J. Jonah Jameson for $1, and he and Spider-Man settled their debt of honor on a vision quest in New Mexico.

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon
Doctor Octopus
the Green Goblin
J. Jonah Jameson
Jack O' Lantern
the Kingpin
Kraven the Hunter
the Lizard

Spider-Man 3 debuts in 97 days!

25 January 2007

Radar Blips - The Fifth Element

The Year: 1997

The Players: The Good: Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich The Bad: Sideshow Luke Perry and Chris Tucker

The Take: $64 mil in the US and $200 mil more internationally

So there are 5 elements?: Yep, in the classic sense not the periodic table kind. You know Water, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Turns out Alien Chick is also an "element." These 5 elements are necessary to stop a moon-sized (and shaped) evil ball from destroying Earth.

Why you should see it: There are so many reasons especially if you like comedic action sci-fi. Milla Jovovich plays Leeloo, and alien being that must find a reason to save Earth. It just so happens she is a pro at beating up aliens and loves saying "multipass." One fight scene in particular set to an operatic performance, is awesome. As a treat, I am including it in this blips rather than the trailer. Enjoy.

The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition)

24 January 2007

Optimus Prime Time

Say Cheese!

Beam Me Up... Tumnus?

According to ign.com, James McAvoy AKA Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is in talks to play Scotty in Star Trek XI.

Read the story here.

23 January 2007

Ink Blots XLVIII - The Flight of Dragons

After success with TV projects The Hobbit and Return of the King, Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. tried their hands with Flight of Dragons. Though finished in 1982, it wasn't until 1986 when aired as an ABC Movie of the Week, that I ever heard of this project.

The world of magic is dying as man is yielding to logic and losing inspiration from the fantastical realm. The movie introduces 4 wizards: Carolinus, the Green wizard governs the earth, Lo Tae Shao the Yellow wizard governs light, Solarius the Blue governs the skies and oceans, and Ommadon (voiced by Vader/Mufasa) the Red governs the underworld. Carolinus wants to get the others' help to create a last realm of magic that will allow magic to continue after humans become overly scientific. Mr.'s Yellow and Blue agree, but Ommadon wants instead to dominate and destroy mankind. Thus, the three plan a quest to capture Ommadon's red crown (the source of his power). But before the quest can begin, they need a leader.

Peter Dickinson is a 20th century scientist / inventor who is trying to make a living by selling a game based on the characters we have already met. Turns out he is the descendant of an ancient hero. He is recruited, falls in love with Carolinus' foster daughter, and gets his mind trapped inside of the dragon Gorbash... all before bedtime. The quest begins, several other heroes join up, and Peter uses his knowledge of "ologies" to take on the superstitious Red Wizard.

One odd thing is that Peter Dickinson was a real person who actually wrote the book The Flight of Dragons. But, as far as I can tell, that book was more of a scientific book ala Darwin's The Origin of the Species and did not much resemble this film. The book, was a speculative scientific look at how dragons may have been real creatures. It is this real life Peter on which the character Peter in the film is based. Its an interesting, though somewhat confusing, idea for a story.

Another nice part of the film is the title song by Don McLean of American Pie (the song, not the movie) fame. In all, the music of this production is a nice fit reminiscent of the score for The Hobbit.

So, Flight of Dragons is a pretty good lesser known flick with so-so animation worthy of a solid B.

While unavailable on DVD, you can watch this show in its entirety as segments here on YouTube. Here is part 1 (of 11):

22 January 2007

Spider-Man 4 Villain Revealed

Funny that all this hype for Spider-Man 4 is beginning when for all I know, Spider-Man 3 could end up being a total turd. Nah, Spider-Man 3 is going to be the most awesome movie ever... or at least pretty good. Building on news that the hunt for a writer for Spidey 4 is underway, we have some villain news.

So, Dr. Conners, Peter Parker's one-armed professor in Spidey 2 returns for part 3. And according to this interview at iFMagazine.com with Dylan Baker AKA Dr. Curt Conners, when asked if el Lizardo would be in the next film Dylan says:

"All I can say is we’re going to see a lot more of [me] at some point if what Sam says is true, and Sam is the guy who knows, so I am sticking with him."

We know Sam likes the Lizard and also loves villains with personal connections to PP. The seeds have been sown in SM2 and 3.

Basically Spider-Man 4 will feature The Lizard. Bring it on.

Click here for more Lizard facts.

21 January 2007

Presenting the New Green Goblin

Here are a couple images of Harry Osborn AKA the New Goblin and his "Sky Stick" from Spider-Man 3. I gotta admit, I am not too crazy about these designs, but at least its not Morphin' Time like it was with the first Green Goblin costume in Spider-Man 1.

Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Editions)