For the first episode of a new series of videos titled “Will It Fly,” YouTube channel Flite Test chose the Helicarrier, the massive flying base of operations for Marvel agency S.H.I.E.L.D. seen in 2012’s The Avengers.
While not full size (I mean c’mon now, that’d just be bonkers), they did build a fairly large remote control version of the Helicarrier (their version of it, anyway) and brought it out to see if they could get it to fly.
Iron Man. Tony Stark. Ten years ago these names weren’t nearly as well known as they are today. Marvel was always proud of their Iron Man comic franchise but as with most comic characters, only the readers had the whole scoop. And then came the movies. Now these are household names, the movies are cinematic blockbusters and you cannot help but see Robert Downey, Jr. as the face of old Shell Head. The films did more for the name than the four decades of comics prior, I enjoy them and think they cast Tony perfectly. To celebrate this trilogy of action packed films, Marvel and Insight Editions produced this Iron Man Manual. A beautifully bound book with so much going for it that it’s sure to be a hit!
That said, I am profoundly disappointed that no one saw fit to include anything from the comics. I’m not kidding. Not a single piece from any Iron Man comic is in this. There is a comic cover shown at the beginning of the book, but it’s a Captain America cover! Seriously? This should have more fittingly been called the Iron Man Movie Manual, because that’s what it is. Every single page, every insert, every thought is based on the films. What a huge let down this was for me. Comic fans will open this up and feel the same shock I did, of this I have no doubt. But now that I have that off my chest, let me review what is actually in there, okay? I’ve vented and feel a little better.
Sleigh bells ring are you listening? In the lane, something’s glistening, a beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, because we’ve got some comic book gift suggestions! That’s right guys and geeks, “The Hench” and “The Fac3” have reunited (and it feels so good!) for the sole purpose of giving all of your crazed souls a nice long list of comic books for everyone on your holiday gift list. This one’s going to be hefty, so make sure to pull out that list of folks you’re giving gifts to this holiday season, compare it with our list of all of this year’s top releases, and give Santa a head’s up on what everyone should be getting. Speaking of “should be getting,” should we be getting this list started? Yes. Yes, we should. Also, speaking for “The Face,” I’m pretty sure you could also get these for us. I’m just saying…
Two weeks ago news broke that Vin Diesel of Pitch Black and the Fast and the Furious franchises was meeting with Marvel Studios about a possible mystery role in one of their forthcoming movies. How did we find that out? Diesel revealed it on his Facebook page!
So then began speculation about what role that could be, and how exactly would the established action star fit into a cinematic universe that has launched more than a few acting careers but whose parent studio has become infamous for its draconian business practices. Fueling the rampant theorizing, Diesel posted this picture on his Facebook today…
We’ve heard about the possible Marvel TV series based on S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while now, and now comes great news for those of you have been eagerly looking forward to a little Marvel action on one of the big networks.
According to reports, ABC has already decided to pick up the series, which will apparently be called Agents of SHIELD, for an entire first season. Until now, there was only a pilot being made to try and impress the suits into ordering the series. Mission accomplished.