Erik’s “Daniel Craig / James Bond Grief Theory” (Spoiler Alert)

Reblogged from ProbablyWork.com

Theory originally posted on the James Bond sub-reddit in 2020.

So I was re-watching “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” recently (as you do) and it occurred to me that this whole run (the Daniel Craig Bond films specifically) might actually represent the Five Stages of Grief!?

At first, I shrugged it off as ridiculous, but then I started to notice things. For starters, there’s now *5 films* with the new one (“No Time to Die” which was delayed until October, 2021) – which is set to be Craig’s last. Something that sets these new films apart from the first 20 Bond movies, is that each one is tied together by an overarching narrative. What’s more is that the first movie was an origin story and the new one appears to be the character’s swan song before they inevitably reboot the franchise once again. Now I should point out that no one involved with the franchise has never come out and publicly said that this is what they intended all along, this is just my personal head cannon after watching and re-watching these movies dozens of times.

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“LOKI” Episode Five – Recap

Check out my last recap here!

EPISODE FIVE: “JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY”

We start where we left off with Loki waking up in “The Void”, a realm at the end of time riddled with all the “pruned” variants and remnants of forgotten timelines. Loki is approached by “the Council of Lokis” – made up of 4 Loki variants: Classic Loki (an older variant from the future played by Richard E. Grant), Kid Loki, “Boastful Loki” (an African American variant with what looks like an alternate version of Mjolnir?), and last by not least, Gator Loki… who is just an alligator with Loki horns?!

Gator Loki living his best life
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Comic Zombie Podcast #10: Ranking the Spider-man Movies!

COMIC ZOMBIE – Issue #10: Ranking the Spider-man Movies!

Chris and Erik try and rank all the (live action) Spider-man movies! (so far!)

  • Spider-man (2002)
  • Spider-man 2
  • Spider-man 3
  • The Amazing Spider-man (2012)
  • The Amazing Spider-man 2
  • Spider-man: Homecoming
  • Spider-man: Far From Home
  • Venom

*Note: Although we didn’t include “Into the Spider-verse” on our lists, we’re planning on covering that one in a future episode. Like our ‘Ranking the X-Men Movies’, this episode was also recorded several months ago.

Also on this episode:

  • What we’ve been reading (Chris: “The Immortal Hulk” by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett, Erik: Donny Cates’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”)
  • What we’ve been watching (CW / DC “Arrow-verse” shows, “The Mandalorian” Season 2)
  • Essential Reads: Spider-man (“Marvel Knights: Spider-man” by Brian Michael Bendis and “Spider-man: Blue” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)

(Episode edited by Erik Slader)

For more random shenanigans, check out our blog at ComicZombie.net – Including our Spider-man movie articles!

*Also listen to us on Podcasters Assemble!

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Comic Zombie Podcast #9: Ranking the X-Men Movies!

COMIC ZOMBIE – Issue #9: Ranking the X-Men Movies!

Chris and Erik try and rank all the X-Men movies (so far!)

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Deadpool
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Logan
  • Deadpool 2 / Once Upon a Deadpool
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

*Note: when this episode was recorded (several months ago), we hadn’t yet seen “New Mutants”, but we reviewed it on the previous episode (Issue #8). We also discuss Tom King’s “Mister Miracle”, Chip Zdarsky’s “Spider-man: Life Story”, our initial thoughts on “The Three Jokers”, and speculate about the Snyder Cut (see Issue #7 for our review on that one).

(Episode edited by Erik Slader)

For more random shenanigans, check out our blog at ComicZombie.net – including our X-Men Movie articles!

*Also listen to us on Podcasters Assemble!

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“LOKI” Episode One – Review

Marvel’s new “LOKI” series is a wild, off-the-rails, jaunt through time – once again starring Tom Hiddleston as the Asgardian Trickster God himself. Following this first episode and the success of “Wandavision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, I think it’s safe to say that the MCU is *still* going strong on Disney+!

LOKI 101

For those who somehow don’t already know, Loki is a supervillain in the pages of Marvel comics (first appearing in ‘Journey Into Mystery’ #85, 1962), loosely based on the Norse deity of the same name, he’s the adopted son of Odin, and brother to his greatest adversary, Thor – the God of Thunder. He was also the first villain to fight the Avengers in “The Avengers” #1 in 1963! In the comics, like in Norse Mythology, Loki has taken on a number of forms throughout the years, including a female persona. While Loki has an array of powers, including shape-shifting and conjuring illusions, his most cunning weapon is his mind and his innate ability to persuade and manipulate others for his own ends.

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PODCASTERS ASSEMBLE: Mortal Podkast!

Check out Chris and Erik on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble!

Podcasters Assemble (Probably) is a hype/re-watch podcast. Season 1 covered the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Iron Man to Endgame, Season 2 reviewed the Star Wars saga, Season 003 tackled all 24 James Bond films, and Season 4 was an epic countdown to GODZILLA VS KONG!

Now, podcasters from around the globe are once again assembling to face off against one another – as they prepare for “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021)!

  1. MORTAL KOMBAT (1995)
  2. MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION (1997)
  3. MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: SCORPION’S REVENGE (2020)
  4. Bonus: MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY (The Series)
  5. MORTAL KOMBAT (2021) – coming soon!
  6. The Best / Worst MK Games (Promo Special)

*Also, in case you haven’t already, be sure to check out their MK character breakdowns on Geek to Geek Media:

MORTAL KOMBAT: Who’s who? (Round 2)

Reblogged from Geek to Geek Media!

With the upcoming release of “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021) in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday, April 23rd, we figured what better way to prep than to do a deep dive into the rich mythology and ever-evolving backstories of this epic video game franchise? (Click here for Part One!)

Mortal Kombat II (1993) is often considered by many old school fans as the best game in the series, it built on the first game in a number of ways: increased the roster, added several new characters, deepened the story, upped the blood, and doubled down on the fatalities. Following Liu Kang’s victory in Shang Tsung’s tournament, Shao Kahn hosts a second tournament in Outworld with plans to invade Earth should Raiden’s warriors fail. It was a smash hit at the time, but also caused quite the controversy, eventually leading to the creation of the ratings system. The wave of popularity that followed soon lead to the first “Mortal Kombat” feature film in 1995 and a not-so-great sequel, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” in 1997.

ROUND TWO

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MORTAL KOMBAT: Who’s who? (Round 1)

This article first appeared on GeekToGeekMedia.com

With the upcoming release of “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021) in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday, April 23rd, we figured what better way to prep than to do a deep dive into the rich mythology and ever-evolving backstories of this epic video game franchise?

In the original, somewhat controversial kontroversial 1992 arcade classic (created by Ed Boon and John Tobias), the evil sorcerer, Shang Tsung, hosts a tournament on a mystical island to determine the fate of Earthrealm. The game was revolutionary at the time, featuring 7 playable fighters who were all brought to life with digitized frames of live action actors. The game has since spawned 10 sequels, spin-offs, komics, action figures, kartoons, and three live action films.

As one of the longest-lived fighting game franchises ever, Mortal Kombat has always had a large, diverse, colorful cast of characters- sorry, kast of kharacters (this is exhausting). But after nearly a dozen games the sheer number of characters has exploded, and unless you’re a die hard MK fan it kan be a bit konfusing (UGH) trying to keep track of who is who and how they all relate to each other.

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Podcasters Assemble: KONG-ZILLA-THON!

“KONG-ZILLA-THON!”

This is it, the battle of the century: It’s King vs God, Zilla vs Kong – as a Fire-Breathing Lizard takes on one Giant Angry Ape – in this no-holds barred clash between the King of the Monsters and the Titan of Skull Island! Who will come out on top? Why are they fighting? How that monkey get so big? Will we survive to find out? Find out on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble (probably)

  1. KING KONG (1933)
  2. GOJIRA / GODZILLA (1954)
  3. GODZILLA (1998)
  4. KING KONG (2005)
  5. GODZILLA (2014)
  6. KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)
  7. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)
  8. KING KONG vs GODZILLA (1962)
  9. GODZILLA vs KONG! (2021)
  10. The Best / Worst of Godzilla (and Kong)!
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Podcasters Assemble! (Star Wars / 007)

While Chris and Erik are hard at work on an all new season of the Comic Zombie podcast (now on Anchor.Fm!), be sure to check out their work on the last couple seasons of Podcasters Assemble!

Although they initially missed out on the first season (covering the Marvel Cinematic Universe films), they both eagerly jumped on board with the Star Wars saga for Season 2 (after skipping the prequels) and have since been working on Season 3 where they’ve been covering *ALL 25 Bond movies* in a countdown to the latest film in the franchise, “No Time to Die”! (See below for links to episodes.)

Podcasters Assemble: Seasons 1-3

Season 2 – Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The Star Wars Skywalker Saga
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