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‘Doctor Strange’ 2 Illuminati Cut Scenes Include Magneto

A new Doctor Strange 2 rumor involves cut scenes involving the Illuminati, Scarlet Witch, Professor Xavier, and Magneto which are said to be much darker than anything featured in the film or the MCU. The rumor claims that in the original cut of the movie, the Illuminati was going to come off as more villainous …

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Marvel Contest Of Champions Magneto Trailer

Check out the Magneto spotlight trailer above for the Marvel Contest Of Champions mobile video game.

The Master of Magnetism comes to “Marvel Contest of Champions”! See his uncanny powers unleashed! 

Marvel Contest of Champions is the only arcade-style fighting game on mobile that goes beyond the films and dives deep into the Marvel Universe. Heroes and villains from the Avengers, Thunderbolts, X-Men, Inhumans, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Brotherhood, X-Force and more battle it out in iconic Marvel locations, in an epic storyline that stays true to classic Marvel storytelling. 

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Star Wars #1 Magneto Homage Variant

Add one more to the ever list of growing covers for Star Wars #1 with a Darth Vader X-Men #1 Magneto homage.

In fact, there are so many covers for the issue that it will reach a million sales or more.

Not sure what happens with issue #2, though.

Star Wars #1 hits January 14, 2015 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday.

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Robert Downey Jr. Teases Iron Man Vs. Magneto

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Is Robert Downey Jr. hinting that the X-Men are coming back to Marvel similar to the Spider-Man news?

Probably not, but the actor took to his Facebook page to have a little fun with the fans by posting an image of Magneto using his mutant powers controlling Iron Man to hit himself.

RDJ included with the image, “Just wait for my nerds to come out of the woodwork on this one…”

And come out they did as the post has generated almost 300,000 likes, almost 25,000 shares and almost 5000 comments.

Fans are pointing out that Iron Man has created various armors to combat Magneto in that some of the suits are non-magnetic.

However, another fan points out that isn’t exactly true and suggests everybody get offline and open a book.

There is no matter in the universe that’s “nonmagnetic” – literally nothing. All matter is made of atoms, which are orbited by electrons, and electrons constantly emit and absorb virtual photons (quanta), and that transfer of virtual photons results in a magnetic field. Titanium-Gold Alloy has an intrinsic magnetic field. Stark’s plastic “anti-Magneto” suit has an intrinsic magnetic field. Even your body has an intrinsic magnetic field. It’s just that some magnetic fields are stronger or weaker than others. With a strong enough electromagnet, you could be made to levitate, and it has basically nothing to do with the iron in your blood.

Magneto doesn’t manipulate iron, and he doesn’t manipulate metals. He manipulates magnetic fields, pure and simple. Magneto could likely manipulate your naked body to some minor extent, but so weakly that your muscles would overpower his influence, so it would be a waste of his ability. This is similar to the way that a block of copper, which is not ferromagnetic, won’t stick to a Neodymium Magnet, but if you wear a piece of copper into an MRI, the electromagnet will attract it at dangerous speeds. Now obviously, Magneto is a bit stronger than the magnetic field produced by an MRI, so clearly if an MRI can strongly attract non-ferrous metals and affect and be affected by your body’s intrinsic magnetic field (though, like I said, so weakly that you can still move normally), it follows that Magneto can do the same.

No, his suit isn’t made of iron. That’s irrelevant. Iron is ferromagnetic (so are Cobalt and Nickel), but ferromagnetism is only a very limited manifestation of magnetism.

You people really need to spend less time on Facebook and reading comic books, and more time in a science classroom.

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Review: Magneto #1

Turning a super-villain into an anti-hero isn’t easy. Making him or her the star of their own magazine is even more difficult. We have seen it all before with Doctor Doom, Lex Luthor, Morbius, Red Skull and, in his own way, the Sub-Mariner.

Magneto, as the driver said in Wizard of Oz, is “a horse of a different color.”

Since his introduction in the pages of X-Men way back, Mags has been one to champion a cause, that of his own people. Oh, he has “mellowed” his view on some occasions, long enough for Professor X to allow him to take over his New Mutant charges and to run his X-Men, but Magneto has always been straight-forward about his cause: the supremacy of mutants, pure and simple.

Writer Cullen Bunn seems like he wants to bring this new series to an end in one issue, tackling Magneto’s glory days and super-powered forays as those of high achievement, and for those who read those stories good memories abound. Bunn smothers Mags’ present – dwelling in a cheap motel, traveling around in something that makes Scooby’s Mystery Mobile look new wave, acting a lone gun rather than commanding an army – almost to the point that he wants us to read those cherished tales rather than present-day fare.

And then, BOOM!, here comes the Magneto we all love. It was all a sham to put us into some memory-induced bit of “we know where this is going.” This is why I like Bunn as a writer: after 40 years of reading comics, he can still surprise even your humble reviewer.

The art of Gabriel Hernandez Walta is not earth-shattering, indeed it is humble in its simplicity. But such suits the story Bunn is crafting for this man-on-a-mission Magneto. And you should see Maggie’s new costume as designed by Walta (I think): Cool.

This was not the book I expected after the last few months of Uncanny X-Men, but it is the magazine I will be picking up for the foreseeable future. 

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Michael Fassbender Rumored As Apocalypse In new X-Men Movie?

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With Bryan Singer announcing X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the rumors are already beginning to fly.

FirstShowing.net has a real doozy with rumor that Michael Fassbender will be Apocalypse. According to various sources and scripts, at the end of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Fassbender sees something fall from the sky where he encounters an alien that merges with him.

…he encounters what is described as an “alien form” who is “towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes.” It’s Apocalypse and he says, “I have crossed rivers of time to find you.” Magneto asks, “Who are you?”

The alien responds, “I am your future.” Suddenly Apocalypse merges with Magneto, who screams and blasts an insane amount of energy and shockwaves around him. This energy explosion levels everything around him, with a blast radius that goes for miles. As Magneto looks at what he’s done, he has a realization of the power he now holds and a villainous grin begins to form before the film cuts to black.

This early on, it remains to be seen whether the rumor holds true or if Fox is intentionally putting out a feeler, which sounds more akin to the comic book version of Onslaught (merging of Magneto and Xavier into all powerful being).

Personally, this doesn’t sound all that appealing.

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X-Men: Battle Of The Atom Mobile Video Game Trailer

A new trailer for the X-Men: Battle Of The Atom mobile video game has been released by GLEE and Marvel.

The card-based mobile game ties into the upcoming X-Men: Battle of the Atom comic book as well as the 50th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite mutants.

In X-Men: Battle of the Atom players recruit teams of mutants and form alliances with friends to battle against classic enemies spanning multiple eras in X-Men history–including never-before-seen villains from the future. Showcasing original art by popular Marvel artists, the game will feature an ongoing storyline that will be updated with new characters and events on a regular basis. Fans can collect cards, upgrade character abilities, and take part in team battles to shape the past, present and future of the X-Men universe.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Teases Magneto Torture Toys

Bryan Singer has hit up Twitter again, revealing a new prop from X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The director released the following image of various metal instruments – for what use we can only guess – but included was the following text:

Magneto toys

The film will feature both actors who have played the Master of Magnetism with Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

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When the Blair Witch Meets Akira: A Film Review of Chronicle

When the Blair Witch Meets Akira

A Film Review of Chronicle

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:594:]]Chronicle is the most realistic depiction of every nerd’s, comic book fan’s, sci-fi aficionado’s and disenfranchised youth’s unadulterated wet dream come true.  Kudos to this film’s trailers for doing exactly what they should: get the idea of the film across without spoiling the story and without deceiving a potential member of the audience into expecting more than what the film actually delivers (the calling card of the majority of film trailers).  A very small part of me is disappointed that this film comes up short in the “surprise” department, but what it lacks in twists makes up for in impressively effective visual effects reminiscent of Paranormal Activity as opposed to the over the top plasticity of Star Wars.  The estimated budget of $12 million dollars seems far too low for what the overall visual style of Chronicle delivers.  It goes to show you what even off the shelf software is capable of in the hands of a talented CG artist, but without some dedication to story, even the prettiest movies fail in the eyes of the audience (thank you Skyline).  I will not sit here and tell you that this is the best “superpower” fiction ever written, because the story has some glaring deficiencies, but the plot is simplified and layered with some very relatable human drama that is generated from the desire for acceptance in high school (and really, for the rest of our human lives).  I found this film to be entertaining and thought provoking in that it asks the age old question as to why human beings treat one another like garbage.  When you really think about it, answering this question seems like it could unlock the true potential of our species because when we aren’t murdering each other, we happen to accomplish some incredible feats of good when we work together.  Food for thought.

Chronicle, although being a story primarily concerned with what could happen if teenage Americans got superpowers, is really a story about how young people are products of their environments and how not everyone comes from a happy, nuclear household in the ‘burbs.  Without guidance and education, the ignorant are left to their own devices and more often than not, they make some very bad choices.  Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard, seen and felt this before through countless movies and TV shows as well as real life tragedies such as Columbine and the Blacksburg massacre.  Chronicle is most interested in addressing the negativity that results from broken homes and bullying, two things I personally despise and identify as culprits for manufacturing some of the worst human beings in history.  The story is written in a very personal way by co-writers Max Landis (son of director John Landis) and director Josh Trank.  If one is still cognizant of the heaven or hell that high school was for you, instant relatability shouldn’t be a problem.  The one big problem, however, is the fact that the only real character development that the audience is privy to is of the main protagonist/antagonist Andrew because it is his video camera that is “chronicling” the amazing things that happen to him and his friends when they encounter something clearly not of this Earth.  Other perspectives simply do not flesh out any other character in this film, which is a real tragedy because Andrew’s hard luck tale is vintage villainy to be contrasted with.  Magneto never decided to be “evil” on a whim.  There were very real and personal reasons to explain his behavior, and it is only by contrasting an origin like this with another perspective (say, Charles Xavier) that one can find any appreciation for the difference between “good” and “evil.”  Budget limitations aside, this kind of movie needs better character development and unfortunately, the “found footage” or documentary style narratives have been (for the most part) completely unsuccessful at communicating this to an audience.

And speaking of that filmmaking style, I wonder if director Josh Trank made the right choice in using it in the first place.  The benefits are quite obvious: the documentary style enhances the realism of every visual effect, it’s much easier to set up shots and light scenes and (most importantly) it’s very economical.   The drawbacks are that it limits the perspectives of the story, imagery only progresses in a series of jump cuts that may or may not lose an audience and not everybody likes watching the jarring motion of hand held camera work all the time (although Chronicle features much smoother camera motion as a result of a very clever plot device).  Perhaps if this style of filmmaking weren’t so overexposed with a more impressive pedigree to reference, I would say that it’s a major part of what makes this film unique, but I really don’t feel Chronicle gains much from it.  Yes, the sky sequences are quite fun and the final confrontation is epic in scale, but a traditional narrative style could have vaulted these moments into the upper stratosphere (pun intended).  Much of the actual action during these sequences is masked by Andrew’s single camera or by several fixed cameras of varying sources throughout the city.  Instead of selecting one style over another, perhaps a blend would have served this film better in order to maximize the most exciting action sequences.  Still, when the boys get to using their powers, enough gets showcased to please the eyes and wow the mind.

There were a lot of actors used for this film (especially extras), but there’s only one performance worth analyzing, and that is by Dane DeHaan who plays the hero/villain Andrew.  Dane is still breaking into the Hollywood scene, but he’s already showing the makings of a very intense actor.  Any fans of the HBO series In Treatment season three know Dane by his impressive performance as Jesse and all of that pent up hostility, insecurity and rage carries over to his performance in Chronicle.  Having a relatively skinny and unimposing physical presence makes him a perfect choice for the prototypical high school dweeb, but when his character is called upon to elevate his status, all of that strength is conveyed through the young man’s rather intimidating face.  However, the power of his unbridled anger is bested only by his ability to express profound sadness for being a social outcast at school, not having any real friends, having an abusive father and having a mother that is deathly ill.  It is this aspect of Dane’s performance that is most impressive, and is perhaps the only reason why anyone in the audience would have sympathy for this kind of character and any emotional investment in the movie at all.  Towards the end of the film the Andrew character practically disappeared to me, and I started seeing Tetsuo wreaking havoc like he once did in down town Neo Tokyo in Akira.  Dane DeHaan is definitely a young actor to keep your eyes on in the coming years of Hollywood filmmaking.

Chronicle is a great deal of fun if you have ever been the target of being bullied because an awful lot of knuckleheads get what’s coming to them and I can’t lie, it’s quite satisfying to see.  DeHaan’s performance is soon to be the universal image of nerd rage around the world, but I wonder if a PG-13 rating is a little too light considering the point I’m about to make.  Bullying is still a significant problem in raising America’s youth, but our culture’s continued acceptance of all things graphically violent combined with a little internet research does not provide our kids with the proper tools in handling the situation.  As tragic as Columbine was, the young haven’t quite gotten the message that it wasn’t something to aspire to considering all of the “near Columbine” events that have been thwarted by the combined efforts of teachers, concerned students and law enforcement across this country.  We’re still not addressing the problem at the source, namely, why young people get so negatively charged that they would think about vigilante vengeance so seriously that they rationalize it as an appropriate response.  Even the best school facilities, caring teachers and mentor programs pale in comparison to some good old fashioned love and guidance from a parent.  Chronicle is not afraid to present this scenario for as plainly as it is and as easily as a younger person would come to such a ludicrous response.  Therein lies the most thought provoking aspect of this film, and that alone makes this a more than worthwhile experience.  Oh, and their super powers are totally cool!

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Marvel Avengers Vs. X-Men Iron Man vs. Magneto Teaser Image

Marvel unveiled an Iron Man vs. Magneto teaser image for Avengers Vs. X-Men. The two will duke it out in the first issue of “Versus,” a new 6 issue oversized sister series to the main AvX event title. Via CBR Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 goes on sale April 3rd. [[wysiwyg_imageupload:322:]]

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Extended CG Trailer – HD and Screen Shots

In stores November 15th, 2011 – like in 40 minutes!

Check out the extended trailer for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 featuring Nova, Rocket Raccoon and more!

Updated with some screen shots below, including Nova, Doctor Strange, Rocket Raccoon, Shuma-Gorath, Doctor Doom, Magneto, and Galactus!

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