Oh no, I hear you groan, not this guy again!
Well yes, it is me! But don’t worry, because I’m here bearing the gift of six answers to six amazing themed questions, from the bastion of heroicness (is that even a word?) Heather, keeper of Just Geeking By, and all round good egg! Today’s theme is superheroes, and you can bet your on-the-outside-undies I have some thoughts on this!
Disclaimer though, I only know the movies, I’m otherwise pretty naff at superheroes!
It’s superhero day on April 28th and we’re well overdue for a theme dedicated to superheroes. Don your capes, check your utility belts and grab your sidekicks as we head into the world of superheroes this week.
Question 1 – Who are your favourite superheroes?
I would be very remiss to pass on Iron Man for this, as it was Mr. Stark that got me into the whole genre. I’ve never been one for superheroes, and my imagination can’t seem to process comics, so naturally it just passed me by, until Iron Man 2 came out, and my friends forced me to go see it with them… it blew me away! It was funny, action-packed and the effects were top tier.
And the main character was cool as hell! Funny, sassy, and flawed as hell, Tony Stark made for a compelling protagonist. Powerful bank account, unstoppable power armour, the very real mental health of a man who’s led a chaotic life, despite being raised in the lap of luxury. For me, Iron Man never really stopped being cool, thanks, in no small part, to Robert Downey Jr’s brilliant portrayal.
He was a total dick to Bucky Barnes in Civil War though, no need for that.
Question 2 – Do you have a favourite sidekick?
There’s one sidekick from the MCU who is guaranteed to crack me up with pretty much every single line he says, the mighty Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy!
It might be his complete lack of understanding when it comes to figures of speech, or maybe his total lack of empathy that make him such a funny guy… maybe it’s his almost deranged levels of bloodlust?
Or maybe it’s because he’s played by Dave Bautista, who by all accounts is a really cool guy?
Either way he’s amazing, and should definitely get his own movie! Imagine it, a big, burly maniac just bouncing from planet to planet, getting into scrapes that are way over his head, insulting all of his friends and hating on dance wherever he deems to go.
As long as he takes Mantis with him, obviously.
Question 3 – Who is the most underrated superhero in your eyes?
Like I said at the top, I only know superhero movies, and I reckon that the movie Shazam! was a bit underrated, you know!
The story of young runaway in search of his mother… who somehow inherits powers from wizardy Djimon Honsou that turn him into a handsome, buff superhero whenever he says the titular phrase, this movie was great fun from beginning to end, combining teen drama, superhero action and plenty of comedy.
It also featured the ever-fantastic Mark Strong as the baddie, who not only had super powers of his own, but can summon a literal gang of demons! Wicked!
Question 4 – Marvel, DC or another superhero franchise?
I’m very much an MCU fan, the wife and I often watch through them, especially the best ones such as Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther. They just seem to have the right mixture of visuals, comedy and flawed but likeable characters for me. The Marvel movies also seem to have some really good soundtracks too, the movies I mentioned above were both supreme in this regard, and Captain Marvel also had a killer ’90s soundtrack as well.
I also have a confession to make: I have no time for Batman and Superman… I know, you’re unsubscribing…
Batman just doesn’t hold any joy for me. He’s grim, grim, grim, has a silly costume and I just don’t like any of the villains all that much. Superman is just too goody-goody and too powerful, not my cup of tea really. At least Cap was interesting and flawed as a character!
I don’t hate all the DC movies though. I enjoyed Wonder Woman (even if the main baddie looked hilarious in his magical armour) and Aquaman and the aforementioned Shazam! were both criminally underrated, in my opinion!
Question 5 – Who is the scariest supervillain of all time?
I don’t know about scariest per se, but I really do think Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Vulture was amazing in Spider Man: Homecoming.
Keaton’s turn as this iconic villain was brilliant for a couple of reasons: he had a motivation that I understood (though not to the point I sympathized with him, I’m not a baddie), he was menacing as hell when encountering Peter Parker in a social setting, as they both danced around the fact that they knew each other’s secret identities, and he looked so freakin’ cool in those metal wings, mask and bomber jacket combo!
Question 6 – What is your favourite superhero movie and/or TV show?
It’s gotta be Thor: Ragnarok, this is the absolute nadir of superhero movies for me.
It’s stylish, bold, full of action and, perhaps most importantly, really taps into Chris Hemsworth’s talent for comedy. This time around, Thor is at his absolute best, joined by his evil/not evil brother Loki, re-introducing Bruce Banner/the Hulk after a long absence, and introducing Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, the excellent Cate Blanchett as the evil Hela and, most brilliantly of all, the incomparable Jeff Goldblum as the Grand Master, a rather villainous sort indeed!
So, there we are. Another week another fun set of questions answered. I hope you all had a good old time reading my brain offal, and that you also check out similar output from the other Avengers of blogging, who hide behind the #SeriouslyGeekySundays hashtag… ready to strike!
See you all next time!