Who is the Taskmaster? I talk about the newest Black Widow teaser trailer as well as break down the characters powers and some of their uses in the comics. Plus, there’s Eternals news, when does it fit in the timeline? I just want to thank…
There’s a chunk of news to start off, first we’re getting some new Black Widow footage, but that was airing after I recorded the episode, so go track it down now. Instead, the news focuses on a Marvel movie, but not one in the MCU,…
Last #10MinMarvel of 2019 is out. What am I looking for in 2020? That’s what I’m talking about this week, plus possible characters showing up in Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness.
I’m excited for what’s coming out in 2020, but I’m really excited for one that wasn’t mentioned at that point in time, WandaVision was moved up to 2020. What are you interested for from Marvel in 2020? Is there a movie, show, or comic book that you want to check out? You can let me know in a comment below or on twitter by tweeting to me @TheScando or by using the following hashtag #10MinMarvel.
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Alright, so two episode have come out since I’ve been posting, this one, 24, came out on Christmas Eve, December 24th. This episode I talk about some news, but it’s mainly about my top 5 Marvel highlights from 2019. What are somethings that you remember…
Tomorrow I’ll be doing an article looking forward to my 2020 resolutions, and I just wrapped up things that I’m looking forward to in 2020 for movies, games, and more. Today, I’m going to look back at 2019, it was a big year for nerdy things with Endgame toppling Avatar in the box office and more, but what are my highlights from my nerdy 2019?
Avengers: Endgame – This has been years in the making, but I have enjoyed every single Marvel film, and this was such a great culmination of the first three phases. But more than that, it was something that I had hyped up for a long time for myself. I loved Avengers: Infinity War, and I wanted it to end in an awesome way, especially since Captain Marvel fell a little flat for me. Endgame didn’t disappoint, and there was something so exciting about going to that movie, but something exciting about getting tickets for opening night and having it work and the buzz around that movie was just so much fun. I don’t know when there will be another movie with buzz like that or one previous really, but I’m so happy about it.
GenCon – Probably the biggest thing, though, for me was being able to go to GenCon this past year. I knew I was going to love it because I’m an extrovert and I’ve dived so far into board games so why wouldn’t I love a packed place where I can see all the new cool games. And it was amazing. The best experiences there were playing the games. The RPG’s were fine, but playing board games, just wandering around the dealer floor and finding a random game to try was amazing. There were so many demos that were great and meeting designers and developers of these games was a ton of fun. I remember playing Roll Player Adventure and just having such a grand time or trying to demo Deranged 3-4 times before we were able to actually do it. Not great for the wallet, but so amazing. And got to meet some people who were really cool, The Dice Tower folks were cool, running into Chris Renshaw was fun, and having someone recognize my brewery cap from Duluth was a blast.
Ice Cool – You might have noticed that I didn’t mention Ice Cool in my GenCon post, but that’s because it’s separate from the previous one. Ice Cool was an experience in and of itself. I didn’t know what to expect because Ice Cool is a silly little game, but I didn’t know what to expect. I thought people might be fairly serious about it, and a few were, but for the most part we had a ton of fun. I made it to the semi-finals and found out that Canadian money does indeed smell some like Maple Syrup. That was a surprise to them as well as me. There were some awesome shots I pulled off, and then I had one terrible round, otherwise might have made it to the final. And there was a fun age range of players as well. Definitely a unique experience and it made me love the game even more.
Reading All of The Dresden Files – Technically, I think I started this late in 2018 and I wrapped it up in the middle of 2019, but it’s been a series that I have loved, I would just always start it and get distracted, but I did it this year, and I’m super excited. Now I’m waiting for the next one to come out this year. The world building is just so great, and I like Harry a lot as a character. It’s definitely a massive story with a lot of twists and turns, but I feel like the characters are people and do a lot of things that people would do instead of just being more supernatural than they actually are.
Beating Gloomhaven – It took a long time, in fact almost two years, but we have bear the base game of Gloomhaven, just in time for Frosthaven to be announced. Gloomhaven has been a great experience and the group I’m playing with is a ton of fun. It’s been so much fun to try and figure out how to make our group of characters work together. And I really love the game, clearly, since it’s my #1. Overall, it’s been a long time in the making, and just when I thought I was ready for Gloomhaven to wrap up, Frosthaven made me excited about it all over again.
Playing Through Pandemic Legacy Season 1 on Malts and Meeples – Whoo that’s a long title, but it’s true. I had a lot of fun live streaming those. Even though I don’t know how many people have watched them off hand, I had a lot of fun with it and I’m looking forward to doing more streaming. Even knowing what was coming up, it felt like it took a few twists in different times on them than I thought they were. Hopefully in future streams I can interact more as I play some more campaign games solo.
I know I’m missing things from my list as well. Just the random board game nights were a lot of fun. Becoming more active in the Rolling Solo community was a blast and joining GloryHoundd for their weekly Kickstarter streams has been a good time. I feel like I’ve connected more to the board gaming community as well. It’s been a very nerdy year and I’m excited to see what nerdy things await me in 2020.
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Last week I talked about the Black Widow trailer and some of the characters in that and what we know of the story thus far, which isn’t much. But there was a lot of other news, so I wasn’t able to talk about the character…
In terms of the movies I saw in 2019, the number was pretty small, mainly because with the exception of big event movies or a larger group outing, we don’t go out to that many movies. So I think in theaters this year, I saw Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, and John Wick 3. I’ll be going to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in about a week.
Will any of those movies make my list, you’ll have to see, but the big movies this year, for me, were primarily Marvel movies, and with #10MinMarvel podcast, I might like Marvel a little bit.
5 – Tucker & Dale vs Evil
What happens when a group of college students go out to a remote cabin to have a fun weekend? Clearly, the locals are going to attack them, but Tucker & Dale vs Evil does a fun twist on that. If you want a horror comedy film with some over the top deaths, this is a great film. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk do amazing work in this film being the locals in this film, and how everything happens around them is great. I think that even if you don’t love horror, this is a film that it’s so on the edge of everything that you’ll like this film. If you do like horror, you’ll appreciate the tropes that they use throughout the film and how they subvert them often.
4 – Dog Soldier
Probably the least well known movie on my list, but one that I enjoy a lot. This is from Neil Marshall who directed the battle of the wall in Game of Thrones, or at least one of the episodes around that. He also has done The Descent which is really good as well, but Dog Soldier is my favorite. It’s not a big budget film, but it does horror well. What works well in this film is that it creates a limited area for the characters to interact with the world. So they are cut off, but more than that, they are stuck in a small area, and I think when horror films go too big with the world, it makes it less of a horror film, and that’s actually a trope that another film I like picks up on, see the honorable mentions below.
3 – John Wick
This was a new to me movie this year, and it was a lot of fun to binge through the series of movies quickly. But the first one is my favorite of them. The world in this movie and the sequels is cool, but what everyone is there for is the gun fu/gun kata action, and John Wick has some great action. There’s a scene at a club where there is a gun fight that goes across several floors and it works really really well. This film doesn’t have an extremely heavy plot, but it works well enough to get you into the action and Keanu Reeves is a lot of fun in this film. If you are looking for a straight up action film, this is one of the best that has come out recently.
2 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
I really enjoy this film in terms of a dumb pulp sort of film. You get a convoluted plot where you have a giant mystery that ties everything together. I really like the performances in this movie. Robert Downey Jr. does a great job especially in this film, and it’s before Iron Man. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a lot of fun. It isn’t a deep film, but probably my most watched film of all time. I also like that this is a satire of the buddy cop genre of films as well, and done really well that way.
1 – Avengers: Infinity War
Now, as you’ve seen, I don’t have Endgame on the list. I think that the two movies are tied together so closely, that it felt a little bit odd putting them both on there. For me, Infinity War is the slightly better film. Some of it is that it doesn’t have that superhero ending, you end up in a bad place, and that is really interesting, without it being a super dark and depressing again, for a superhero movie. So you get something you’re very familiar with because it has that heroic feel, but at the same time, it subverts expectations. While it might not be the Marvel movie I want to watch the most, but for me, it’s the best Marvel movie.
There are so many good movies, I could easily do my top 5 Marvel movies and it would be pretty close to my top 5 movies of all time. I didn’t want to repeat anything on the list, but that’s what honorable mentions are for.
Cabin in the Woods
The Fifth Element
The Last Witch Hunter
As you can see, I really love the highly critically acclaimed movies, outside of superhero movies. My taste is really all over the place, but most of the time I just want to sit down an watch a movie that is fun, and not have to think about things too much, so that’s why t hings like The Fifth Element and The Last Witch Hunter make my list.
What are some of your favorite movies? Is there any crossover with my top 5 list?
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There’s a lot of MCU news that’s come out over the past week. We’ve have the Black Widow trailer, and then there was CCXP (Comic Con Expo) in Brazil where there was Eternals footage, a WandaVision still, and some production photos from The Falcon and…