I think the FF should definitely be introduced in a post-credit spoiler. I have an image of the heroes standing triumphant at the end of Avengers 4 (or whatever movie they decide to use), when a sleek-looking spaceship lands nearby. The hatch opens, and a tall, middle-aged man in a form-fitting navy blue suit with greying temples and a few days' beard scruff walks out. He turns back to the interior of the ship, says "Sue, darling, we're home," and the screen fades to black. I add the beard scruff because first, it implies a long, difficult journey. Second, every time Reed was distracted by a long-term project in the comics, he had beard scruff (especially in the Byrne years).
Oh, and I want Tom Cavanaugh to play Reed Richards.
Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Since we no longer have Alan Rickman, I think I can live with Jason Isaacs. He was pure, over-the-top *evil* in "The Patriot."
Cole Deschain wrote:
As an aside, I did a good bit of the optical design for that rocket...
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
We still need a proper Dr. Victor Von Doom.
On a related note, we need a proper Reed Richards as well. I mean, Ioan Gruffudd was OK, but not great. You need someone with a bit of age to project Reed's wisdom. Reed Richards is not a 20-something (and teen Reed never happened). I'm thinking someone like Tom Cavanaugh (from "Ed" and "The Flash") as Reed Richards. He's old enough that he looks mature, but still young enough to handle the demands of a superhero role. Plus, he has a strong physical presence and experience spouting comic-book technobabble. If only CW would let him go...
Did you see the first "Major League?" (i.e. the one that was actually funny?) Wesley Snipes was great as Willie Mays Hayes, and pretty darn hilarious. I think *that* Wesley Snipes could have played T'Challa. Don't get me wrong -- I think Chadwick Boseman is a great actor (which reminds me, I still need to see "Get On Up"), and I think he is all but perfect for the role. I just think an early 90s Wesley Snipes could have done it well, too. Much like the way Tom Holland is great as Spider-Man, but I can still appreciate Tobey McGuire from the first two Raimi films.
The other thing to remember is that in comics lore, "Black Panther" is not a superhero name, but a title and duty of the rightful King of Wakanda. If Killmonger is making a grab for the throne, then it is only fitting he is claiming to be the rightful Black Panther as well. In that case, an "evil Black Panther" makes sense.
The thing about reading Priest books is that there is a warm-up period. It usually takes him six months or so to really get going, but once he gets going, he's incredible. For instance, Black Panther was good for the first few issues, but was untouchable until about issue #50 or so when Kasper Cole entered the story.
As for Deathstroke, I confess I bought the first few issues on faith, because again, it takes him a few issues to start drawing the threads together. Once he did, however, I was hooked.
I'm thinking a less-likable version of Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast," for instance. Or maybe Gaston as the audience sees him, not the village. Good looking but completely obnoxious and self-absorbed.
I just have a problem with a Lex Luthor that sounds like the "Camille" voice from a Prince album.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the dream we all dream, man of steel vs. the bat of Gotham..."
4 TJ of energy? OK, let's do the math. Kinetic energy equals 0.5 x mass x velocity squared. Let's say Barry has a mass of 80 kg (a little under 180 lbs, probably about right for Grant Gustin). We have mass, we have energy, we can solve for the speed Barry has to run to generate 4 TJ of energy. v^2 = 2 x (4 TJ) /(80 kg) = 10^11 (m/s)^2. Therefore, Barry has to run at 316,227 m/s, which is approximately 0.1% of the speed of light. That number also converts to ~1,140,000 km/hr, or ~700,000 mph. We'll see if CW Barry can run that fast in an attempt to generate the necessary energy, and if so, what numbers the writers *actually* come up with.
Oh, and the sun produces 4 x 10^26 J/second, or approximately 100 trillion times 4 TJ. Cisco may be a great engineer, but he's a horrible astronomer. ;)
Well, they leveled a little faster, and at higher levels, got better bonus hit points. But yeah, thieves were fairly fragile. They mostly existed to bypass otherwise very dangerous obstacles.
That's a good point -- every class advanced at a different rate, so at some extremes two characters with identical XP could be two levels apart. The thief/rogue leveled the most quickly, as I recall, so if you could survive a few encounters you at least had a chance to roll more HP faster.
I don't think there is ANY point in the timeline which explains this version of Snart. He is a fundamentally different / more malevolent character than he was even before meeting Flash and starting down his 'road to redemption'. Maybe they used that mind rewiring gizmo on him like they did to Rip.
I don't know -- his personality is pretty close to Snart's first appearance now that I think about it, where he was a straight-up, cold, calculating, murdering bank robber. Over the course of a season-and-a-half of the Flash and the first season of Legends he transformed into an anti-hero. The "warm and fuzzy" version of Snart is stuck in our heads because it is our most recent reference.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Count me in as a Weasel's Luck fan. Galen Beknighted, too, although I don't actually remember what happened in it.
I recently picked up both books. I have finished the first, but not the second. I enjoyed the first so much I insisted my son read it, and he devoured it in one sitting. Granted, it was the 7-hour ride back to college, but still...
I just finished Brian Wilson's autobiography. Unlike the 1991 book ghostwritten by his former domineering quack doctor, this one reads like a conversation with Wilson. It was surprisingly entertaining, despite BW re-treading many topics that are familiar to Beach Boys fans, and his stream-of-consciousness narrative style. In particular there's one paragraph where he talks about going to an instrument rental house to get a particular type of organ for a recent solo record. He talks about the family pedigree of the owner (Jan Berry's brother, or something like that), somehow segues to a comment about Neil Young (he's a real nice guy), and then goes back to the story of renting the organ. Which he ended up omitting from the final mix, anyway.
Everything is more awesome with a Stan Bush soundtrack. If I had the time and savvy I would re-cut the airport scene from "Civil War" to start "The Touch" as soon as Ant-Man hits his "reverse" button.
Double "yes" to Guardian Legend! I loved that game, and wish you could get it on Virtual Console. Am I the only one who misses the old Pro Wrestling, with Fighter Hayabusa, Starman, and the like?
If you are only going to do one service, Netflix is best. Between the fantastic marvel shows, and this, Netflix has better original programming than the major networks. I've canceled cable for 8 years and have been steaming only. I don't know your budget, but it's worth it.
I totally agree. I cancelled cable in 2006 and haven't looked back. Even with the most recent price increase Netflix is, what, $10 a month? The convenience and sheer volume of programming is worth that to me. My only minor nitpick is that they lose shows every so often (I miss "Lois & Clark), but I have certainly never run out of things to watch. Then again, I'm old enough to remember when you would pay $3-4 a night in 1985 dollars to rent a videotape, so maybe my economic perspective is different...
Good call! Don't forget the immortal "Flash, I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth" during the fight in Vultan's palace.
That Brawler also certainly did not dump CHA, as he picks up allies throughout the campaign, convinces the BBEG's evil daughter to turn good, and even causes the BBEG to call for a truce and offer the hero a position of power.
At the risk of going all fanboy, he didn't break the rules as much as he is given credit. It was usually with reluctance to correct a greater evil. I don't think a CG officer could rise to Captain in Starfleet, so I would argue he is NG. In any case, he is not LG. Spock, on the other hand, is so LG it hurts, at least until TWOK.
Does anyone else have the 3.5 Draconomicon? If not, I highly recommend it, and it may be the best non-core book from 3.0/3.5 aside from the Forgotten Realms campaign guide. Anyway, the Draconomicon gives example dragons for all off the color & metallic types at all ages. It gives advice on when to use a breath weapon versus melee attacks. It also gives rules and advice for how to assign feats to dragons. After all, that 1000-year-old Wyrm must have picked up a few tricks over the years.
With all that in mind, I try to play the dragons according to type. Whites tend to be more brutish and stupid, Blues more talkative and vain, etc. And dragons are *never* to be taken lightly. Even the smallest Wyrmling can TPK a low-level party.
Already seen it, and I give it thumbs up. In the interest of full disclosure, I build stuff for NASA contracts, so I know a little "inside baseball." Aside from a few minor quibbles (dust storms on Mars aren't *quite* that powerful, no one on a flight project would ask for overtime to save a man's life, astronauts never leave the vehicle without an MMU or tether), the movie (and book) get everything right. I think the director made good choices in what to excise from the book while leaving the feeling of danger and getting across the technical challenges to be solved. Finally, I think all of the actors gave good performances.
Circle of 8 fixes a lot of ToEE'd problems, and the combat is the most tabletop accurate I've ever seen.
Thanks DM & knightnday! I remember being excited about this game when it came out, but passed because of the awful reviews. I'm glad to hear it's been fixed up. My son is into NWN, but I am looking for something a bit more turn-based, like the old SSI games. I have Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, but they were too clicky to hold my interest for long.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Have you ever read GRRM's Fevre Dream? That was pretty good by vampire book standards, with some interesting character twists and a slightly different take on the "mechanics" of vampirism.
Just so you know where I come from, I view vampires in general as abominations for my Clerics and Paladins to take out, and they are NEVER sparkly. ;)
While Tommen may have "won" the War of Five Kings by attrition, could one argue that Daenerys is still the rightful ruler of Westeros? If not, then I think the Iron Throne should go to Ser Pounce. ;)
I don't get what the big fuss is about, either. I just re-watched "Winter Soldier" with my daughter a few nights ago, and there's a scene in that one where he takes a 15-20 story fall out of an elevator, lands on his shield, and pretty much shrugs it off and runs away. MCU Cap is slightly superhuman.
Has anyone else read any Charles Sheffield? His background was in math and physics, so his stories tend to be fairly "hard." I thought his "Between the Strokes of Night" was a brilliant take on time dilation and surviving World War III. His "Heritage" series started great, but got worse as the series went on (don't even bother reading book 5).
Lord British from Ultima: Exodus. OK, so technically he wasn't an enemy, but you could fight him. You would lose, as he did an absurd amount of damage per hit and never flinched no matter how much damage you did to him. My brother and I always wondered why he needed adventurers when he was so powerful...
"Flash" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" are two of the finest songs ever written for film. Both capture the moods of their films *exactly,* and they work as stand-alone pieces.
FLASH! AAHHH-AAHHH! SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE! KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE!
Do we really need anything else in a theme song?
OK, so the "Conan the Barbarian" theme music is pretty cool too...
Celestial Healer wrote:
I think I am going to start Stephen King's The Shining as my annual October thriller. I was having a conversation with some friends earlier this year, and the subject of favorite King novel came up. A few agreed upon The Shining, and I have somehow never read it, so I suppose that needs to be rectified.
Just be warned that there are not many similarities between the Kubrick film and the King novel, if you have seen the former. If not, enjoy!