Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains Archives

Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains Archives

Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains Archives

Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains Archives

Marvel, EA join forces for battle between forceful villains, slick superheroes

When video game powerhouse Electronic Arts announced that it was creating a fighting game featuring characters from Marvel comics as well as the Imperfects, characters in a new EA created super-villain game, the gaming community let out a collective “huh?” Does that mean that John Madden will fight the Hulk? Will Doctor Doom duke it out with the car from “Burnout Revenge”? Will a fighting game from EA be worth our time? Well, “Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects” is out and the answer to all the aforementioned questions is “No.”

EA’s brawler is part beat-’em-up, part fighter and all mediocre. The multiplayer environment is entertaining for about a half an hour. It’s fun to see superheroes slug it out in the game’s 3-D environments. It’s fun to watch Spider-Man grab someone with a web and then kick them into the air. It is fun to throw a large flaming truck at your buddy. But the novelty quickly fades when you realize that the combat system is about as complex as “Super Mario Bros.”

Single player is so dull you almost forget about it while playing the game. To add insult to injury, you have to play through the single-player mode if you want to unlock any characters. There are only six characters unlocked from the outset. These characters are fairly standard and get stale after a few plays.

If you are a huge fan of Marvel and are willing to do some legwork to play a mediocre fighting game then you should rent it. The rest of you go pick up “Def Jam Fight for NY,” if you are looking for a good brawler.

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The surprising cinematic origins of superheroes (and villains)

And Douglas Fairbanks wasn't just an inspiration for Superman.

Batman artist Bob Kane drew on a more sinister cinematic tradition, such as the creepy The Bat Whispers

When DC Comics' bosses were looking for another character to add to their roster alongside the Man of Steel, writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane came up with the Batman.

Kermode says: "1920’s The Mark of Zorro [starring Fairbanks] features the classic trope of a hero with a secret identity, which influenced not just Superman but Batman, whose comics hit newsstands in 1939.

"Unlike the colourful Superman, Batman was a darker figure, a costumed vigilante with no actual superpowers, who set out to strike fear in the hearts of his enemies. And his artist, Bob Kane, drew on a more sinister cinematic tradition, such as the creepy 1930 mystery, The Bat Whispers and its silent precursor, The Bat, which even features a version of the famous Bat-signal.

"The convention of the secret identity goes back to characters like Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernel, who posed as foppish idiots so no one suspected they were avenging outlaws."

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Excelsior! Super Superheroes

Like mythological Greek gods of old, superheroes captivate the imaginations of people of all ages. Superman’s 1938 debut kicked off the golden age of comic books, and superheroes have used their breathtaking powers to fight evildoers ever since. More superheroes have emerged throughout the decades, thrilling comic readers with their exploits, and their massive success in making the leap to movie screens around the world makes this a new golden age for these larger-than-life characters.

Stan Lee (born Stanley Lieber, December 28, 1922–November 12, 2018) was one of the creators of the modern superhero template. His gift for storytelling, with multi-dimensional heroes and villains, thrilled audiences around the world. His work on early comics featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and The Avengers helped lead Marvel to success. Lee used his Marvel platform to speak out against bigotry and racism by proclaiming the availability of the hero's journey for everyone. Lee and Jack Kirby famously created the first black superhero in mainstream American comics; the Black Panther made his first comic book appearance in 1966. Lee continued to reinvent himself and create modern global superheroes while delighting fans in movie cameos as a cultural icon in his own right.

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