The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World

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(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.

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Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.

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The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website: www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.

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Marvel Monday Update – Marvel Comics News

pcm-monday-marvel(PCM) Monday June 22, 2015 It’s our first Marvel Monday Update. Let’s get right to them…

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Hulk: Seems Mark Ruffalo had it wrong when he said Marvel Studios couldn’t make a stand alone Hulk movie due to Universal. After some digging, folks at Forbes learned that when Universal failed to deliver another Hulk movie within a contracted timeline they can’t make another Hulk movie, but they still have right of first refusal to distribute. This means Marvel Studies can make all the Hulk they want. They just need to give Universal the first right of distribution. If Universal passes on distribution, Marvel takes on that task, which has no impact on Hulks future in films. Can you say “Planet Hulk”?

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Thor: Rumor has it Marvel Studios wants Kenneth Branagh back for the third Thor installment, Thor 3: Ragnarok. His first Thor film turned non-Thor fans into fans. It is a smart choice.

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Spider-Man: Jumping from film to print, Spider-Man no more? It’s coming down that the social justice warriors and thought police have completely mind f’d Marvel management, editors and writers. Spider-Man will no longer be Peter Parker after the completely inaccurately named series, Secret Wars is over in the summer of 2015. In the Secret Wars, separate Marvel Universes collide (literally) to combine and subtract the characters Marvel sees as it’s future franchise players. Seems Marvel just wanted to leverage the name Secret Wars from past Marvel history. From this shake up, or should it be called ‘breakdown’, characters such as Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker permanently as Spider-Man. In Marvel’s own words, they do not want Miles Morales to be a Spider-Man with an asterisk (*). Marvel wants the public to know him as ‘the’ Spider-Man. Those are the words of Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man. It’s not entirely fair to blame Morales as being mind F’d by social justice police. Bendis has a mixed race family and the cause is close to home.

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Spider-Man: Again? Yes, in other Spider-Man news, more leaked Sony hack information has revealed that Spider-Man must fit old school expectations in Marvel films. What’s shocking is that it’s Sony making the rules. Sony requires Marvel to not make Spider-Man Black in films unless he’s the main black Spider-Man in print. Somehow that last Spider-Man piece now has more meaning doesn’t it? Spider-Man has other requirements too, look for a separate Spider-Man Film Contract article here at PCM for the details.

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Wolverine: Yep he’s still dead in the comics but Hugh Jackman has been confirmed through on-set sightings in Montreal back in May to be in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Ant-Man: Marvel is clearly concerned this could be their first flop. They are hard at work releasing stills and offering high profile quotes that the film is ‘good!” to gain some tracking and buzz leading up to it’s July 17th release. It’s entirely possible many Marvel fans intend to pass on it’s theatrical release and see it on Blu-Ray. On Father’s Day Sunday June 21st Marvel released a special Father’s Day trailer with the intention of building excitement for the film. Yet every trailer installment released reinforces the lackluster impression everyone has already formed towards Ant-Man.

Come back next week for more Marvel Comics News.

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Batman Arkham Knight Explained

(PCM) Note this is not a Batman: Arkham Knight game review. It’s a review of the Batman game series on a whole – culmatating with Batman: Arkham Knight.

Batman: Arkham Knight is expected to be the most elaborate game of the Batman franchise from Rocksteady games. In fact, they call it the biggest game they’ve ever made. If you’ve played previous Batman games you understand the magnitude of this claim. Being Batman is only part of the experience, yet that immersive element is how Rocksteady nailed it. Imagine dropping off a building and gliding through the city.

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You control your glide, freefall, and direction to settle to a building top, ground or even take out a thug. The many gadgets you’ve read about come to life in an intricate but simple to use combat system. Rocksteady has never failed in the Batman game franchise, consistently outperforming previous efforts. For any Batman game player, you can take it to the bank, Batman: Arkham Knight is video game perfection.

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How can this be said of a game yet to be released? Simple. History. Rocksteady has never released a broken Batman game.

It all started in 2009 – An all star cast was assembled for Batman: Arkham Asylum with talent from iconic Batman writer Paul Dini and long time Batman voice character actor Kevin Conroy topped off with Mark Hamill as the Joker.  The the game didn’t just make a splash. The Batman Arkham series created a massive environment which without a map or aerial view, you’d be lost in. With each new addition to the series, the environment is enriched. Now with Batman Arkham Knight, Rocksteady has raised the stakes. A Batmobile with no rails.

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Batman: Arkham Knight hasn’t come without bumps in the road. Originally set for release October 14, 2014. In the fall of 2014 word was a release wouldn’t come until early 2015 and finally during that delay yet another date was set; June 2, 2015. It too was pushed back to June 23, 2015. Legacy gamers may lament the delays but don’t complain. they understand what they are receiving in the end.

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Another bump Arkham Knight experienced is its M rating. It wasn’t planned as previous titles were teen rated and the current game isn’t filled with swearing or gratuitous blood.

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Every element of Batman Arkham Knight is crucial to it’s expected success. Long ago Rocksteady developed a world for Bat enthusiasts to explore as it’s own character. What are other keys to Arkham Knight as game perfection? Story evolution. After the 2009 success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady’s second Batman game was released in 2011. Arkham City was as a continuation from Arkham Asylum with a year break and once received added credibility and help by writer Paul Dini. What made these titles special is their replay ability for completionist gamers. Respect for existing Batman canon iced it’s credibility.

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It’s a game true to both the world of Batman while mixing up to major elements of gaming, puzzle solving and interactive action. One can argue there are various games within any Batman game.

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The Arkham series centers around story. Few know Paul Dini. He’s noted for writing on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995 Fox TV) and creator of the character Harley Quinn. Dini was instrumental in the first two Batman game stories for Rocksteady.

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With a full world created, Rocksteady has opted not to resource Dini for this last episode in the Arkham series. Still, Rocksteady consults with DC directly and does resource legendary writer Geoff Johns to keep the game true to canon. It’s this respect for the Batman universe which plays into the genuine immersive feel during gameplay. Not only has the Batman mythos been instrumental in the game, the game has impacted the mythos with it’s own comics which stand in their own Batman universe.

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Each video game release is a story with many many sub-plots. In gaming these are side-quests. Yet unlike most fantasy role-playing games the Batman franchise requires you to stick to the role of select characters such as Batman or Catwoman. In the latest installment of Batman by Rocksteady Studios, Robin is expected to get a bit more love.

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In previous games in the the Arkham Series players had a chance to play as alternate characters such as Catwoman.  One addition in Arkham Knight is Batgirl.

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The Batman Arkham series never holds back with its supporting cast. There is always a full cast of rogues and allies but the latest game offers up a new mysterious character, the Arkham Knight.

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If the Rocksteady Batman series has any knocks, it is that the game is not created for children. From the Teen rated titles to the new M rated title the language and gritty realism of the adult situations is far too raw for kids. Sadly, parents don’t regard game age warnings. While parents can knock the game for not making itself accessible to kids, adult fans are thankful for the mature approach in its storytelling.

The Batman franchise has a fantastic engine too. That is the framework in how the game environment plays.

One the most remarkable aspects of the Batman Series and the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight video game is the level of  visual detail and attention to the existing mythos of Batman’s world. From Batman’s suits, his rogues gallery, to the city of Gotham – all are treated with dear respect. From the beginning Rocksteady secured the long time voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. He’s been the voice in most all animated TV and features for 20 years.

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In fact many who play the video game hold it up as a benchmark to both writers and film makers in cinema as their expected head canon. One look at Fox’s TV show Gotham and you see the similarities of the GCPD’s bullpen in relation to the video game’s design.

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Ultimately the success of the Batman Arkham series has created its own Batman universe with comic books which provide additional stories to support the game and take you beyond the game when you’ve finally completed your last Batman mission. Rocksteady may close this series out, but let’s hope they find a new Batman series to helm next. Gamers would be lost without them.

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Batman Arkham Series Release Order:

  1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
  2. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
  4. Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

Batman Arkham Series Chronological Order:

  • Batman: Arkham Origins (Timeline – years before Arkham Asylum)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Arkham City (Timeline – one year after Arkham Asylum)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Timeline – one year after Arkham City)

Who are the voice actors?
Kevin Conroy: Batman
Jonathan Banks: Commissioner James Gordon
Ashley Greene: Barbara Gordon/Oracle
John Noble: Scarecrow
Troy Baker: Robin and Two-Face – Arkham City
Nolan North: Black Mask – Arkham City

Who are the actors behind the voices of Batman Arkham Knight? See the video below:

Rocksteady tells the story in the video below:

We hope you learned a lot from Batman Arkham Knight Explained. Look for a full Batman Arkham Knight Review as a game review next.

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Will Wolverine Make A Cameo In The Deadpool Movie?

(PCM) Want to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine make a cameo in the Deadpool movie? It may happen.

If Ryan Reynolds gets his way, Wolverine will be in the new Deadpool movie due in February 2016. In an recent interview (May 2015) with News.com.au Reynolds was questioned if we’d see Wolverine in Deadpool and Ryan revealed, “God I hope so, that would be really nice. I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else.”

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It’s strange, once there was a time Deadpool fans only needed a Deadpool movie for their lives to feel complete. Then the truly impossible came to be, the movie was allowed to be made in it’s true spirit with an “R” rating. It seems far too greedy to ask for Wolverine to be in the Deadpool movie, yet it stands an honest chance of happening.

So what is standing in the way of Hugh Jackman appearing as Wolverine in the Deadpool movie? Just about nothing.

Rumor is that Hugh Jackman is willing too reprise his Wolverine character, but it comes down to scheduling. This puts both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman on record as being willing to make a Wolverine cameo happen.

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The script doesn’t call for Wolverine – if Wolverine appears it will only be a cameo. With this being true, one is lead to have little hope that Hugh Jackman will actually be Wolverine in the Deadpool movie. It’s almost not worth being excited over because a cameo is not scene, nor does a cameo offer any real punch to the film.

Now here is something to consider. Hugh Jackman has made it clear he intends to retire as Wolverine after 2017. Do you recall his tweet around April of 2015 (Like the last day of March) around the same time filming of Deadpool began?

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With Ryan Reynolds recent interview comment you can’t help but wonder – was Hugh Jackman’s tweet a coincidence? When did X-Men start filming in Canada?

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Scheduling isn’t so far out of the realm of possibility either. Both Deadpool and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are still shooting during May of 2015 in Canada. X-Men in Montreal, Deadpool in Vancouver.

So if Wolverine makes a cameo what could it be? Those that have been privy to the script know it calls for Deadpool attaching a photo of Wolverine to his face.

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Perhaps a bathroom shot in the mirror where Wolverine’s reflection looks back at Deadpool can take place. This and many other cameo possibilities don’t even call for a flight to the Deadpool set.

All this is speculation and hope. If the worst occurs, you still have Wolverine to thank for Deadpool’s existence. Sorta. Go read the comics to understand that best.

The good news is there are a number of Marvel mutants Deadpool, however only one X-men so far, that is Colossus.

Cast members:

  • TJ Miller as Weasel
  • Gina Carano as Angel Dust
  • Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle aka Copycat.
  • Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
  • Ed Skrein as Francis aka Ajax.
  • Daniel Cudmore won’t be reprising Colossus but we’ll get Colossus!

Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller.

Deadpool screenwriters are, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Theater release date: February 12, 2016

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Japan’s Age of Ultron Gets Spoiled At The Door

(PCM) Okay, by now everyone in the U.S. has seen Age of Ultron. If you haven’t then avert your eyes!

But if you live in Japan, you have no choice. You’ll have to witness this spoilerific movie poster!

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Most people with common sense will understand the inference of Hawkeye holding a number of people in his arms. Let’s just assume that this graphic is lost in translation and to the average Japanese audience member they have no idea what it means.

Stay tuned for a follow up story for reaction.

Anti-Black Johnny Storm Arguments Are Not All Racist

(PCM) May 23, 2015 Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot scheduled for release in the summer of 2015 is trying hard to build hype.

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Amidst the Fantastic Four hype, a brewing argument against its cast by purist comic book readers is gaining attention beyond pulp circles. It’s a retread of an old debate comic book enthusiasts had in 2013. It was rumored a Fantastic Four reboot may have a black actor (Michael B. Jordan) portraying Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. The debate re-ignited in 2014 when it was confirmed. Now once again in 2015 it’s back. This past week Michael B. Jordan responded through social media to criticisms a black man shouldn’t be playing a character that has has only been portrayed as white. He has a right to stand his ground. Let his performance speak and then judge.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy? But extreme critics on each side of the issue along with thought police won’t let it go. Let’s look at this situation with an attempt to explain how we got here.

How do you describe Johnny Storm? You know, one fourth of the Fantastic Four. The comic book super hero. Johnny’s cocky. He considers himself a ladies man. He’s athletic. He’s loyal while being a bit of rebel team player. He’s Sue Storm’s brother. Oh and he’s pyrokenetic.

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Johnny Storm’s  skin color is hardly important to his character. So why is his skin color making news? First it’s good for hyping the film and second it gives the Social Justice Warriors (SJW) a platform in which to preach. There we are done. You can stop reading now.

Still here? Oh, that’s right, a pointing fingers back at the SJW requires a proper explanation otherwise you are labeled a racist. Let’s begin.

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First, understand that comic book readers are the base audience. Without them, any movie is a non-starter. Comic book readers are vital to the process. They are like any other reader. They long to see on the big screen what they’ve experienced from source material.

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The comic book purist argument has been over more than Johnny Storm’s skin in the Fantastic Four. Purist argue the entire team of Fantastic Four members have been adulterated. They’ve been altered in the upcoming 2015 reboot in ways that drift far from canon. It’s happened before with The Punisher (2008). The Fantastic Four reboot changes don’t beg criticism, the changes demand criticism — even if The Fantastic Four are no longer A-list superheroes.

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Changes to The Fantastic Four in the 2015 reboot are numerous.  The first concern isn’t so much a change but the reason for the changes. Director Josh Trank. His vision is to make a Christopher Nolan type Fantastic Four. The 2015 Fantastic Four reboot won’t be a lighthearted Marvel affair.

Trank told the actors not to read any Fantastic Four comics. The film wouldn’t follow them. Trank himself is also in an interracial relationship. So in the end, the director has decided his vision of what he wants the Fantastic Four to be is beyond the original source material. Josh Trank’s goal to make the Fantastic Four film he wants the world to experience has come at a price. Signs of dissatisfaction hit Fox studio executives too.

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The signs of poor story telling are so bad studio executives have insisted and gotten their way with a list of re-shoots. These warning signs are where this film began to make the discussion rounds with comic book readers in 2014. Talk of how the re-shoots involved mistreatment of film crew built up even more animosity towards the film. Where was the Social Justice Warriors on this issue? Yet racism is now center stage in the talking points against comic book fandom’s criticisms.

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The most dramatic change to the Fantastic Four are the origin powers. Diversifying the race of the members isn’t even a comparison concern. Social Justice Warriors (SJW) love it when comic book purists rail against changes because historically most popular comic book super heroes are male and/or white. So if a change hits that category, racism becomes the only point in the argument to matter. It isn’t just raised to the top of the list, nothing else can be debated. Kind of like now — with actor Michael B. Jordan tweeting his feelings regarding the anti-black Johnny Storm concern. YES, Jordan has a legit gripe but for him to debate only that concern is unfair to the larger argument — Many changes have potentially ruined the Fantastic Four reboot.

To those that argue his character shouldn’t be black and direct their outrage at him, the question is “Why”? He’s performing a role. He has zero to do with the character change you don’t agree with. Many don’t like that Ben Affleck will portray Batman. Until he’s on screen and you see the performance don’t judge the actor.

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Purist note that Johnny Storm is changed from white to black in their criticism of the up-coming film, but they are more concerned with other damning changes to the Fantastic Four. Johnny Storm’s skin color doesn’t impact anything and most – let’s repeat it – MOST purist don’t care if Johnny Story is black. His skin color is not tied to his history in the comics at all.

Take a character like Black Panther and change him to white, and a purist will argue that change should never be made because Black Panther’s skin color is tied to his culture and heritage. The argument holds up better if you ask if Wonder Woman can be a man.

Returning to the point of why no one cares if you change Johnny Storm to black is The Fantastic Four is hardly a popular title in the modern era. This argument of skin color is over almost nothing.
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Yet, anything that involves the male/white argument in comics is a trap the SJW’s won’t allow anyone out of. Mention skin color or race and it’s ‘gotcha’ social politics. The problem is when you start an argument with a true geek who has little to know social skills and you’ll find some extremely inarticulate words being spewed.  SJW’s jump to point to these few as an example of all who appose the current politically correct point of view.

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So we have twits on twitter making racist stances on Johnny Storm being black and on the other hand we have bloggers and well known publication staff writers writing “in your face” articles that Johnny Storm is black and if you have a problem with it you need to check your racism meter.

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The race argument by itself is obviously worth everyone defending their point of view over, but the fact is with super hero films getting their spotlight in recent years, the changes to characters race show a pattern of treatment towards source material that does has over time raised eyebrows with purist comic book readers.

The Fantastic Four movie is a perfect example of why any argument against a black Johnny Storm is considered harassment or an attack on civilized society. While purist comic book readers on a whole are discounting the film because it drifts so far off cannon and lost relevance in the comic book reading community, social justice warriors are standing on soap boxes scanning the crowd looking for dissension ready to scream racism.

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Is it wrong to oppose a change to a character that has existed for a long time? No. It happens all the time. Characters that jump from print to the big screen are criticized all the time for not being enough like the character readers first became familiar with. Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen is a petite spry thin girl. We got an athletic build in Jennifer Lawrence. Why did it matter to readers? It mattered because in print Katniss took to fighting high tree tops. Her size made her ability plausible. But no matter the argument, people that knew the character wanted ‘the character’ to come to life. Not be re-interpreted.

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Tom Bombadil was completely dropped from the film adaptation Lord of the Rings.  Peeves the Poltergeist – same in Harry Potter films. Speaking of Harry Potter, changes to his eye color? What true believer didn’t take issue with that? It was a fair argument, (btw the eye color change was due to Daniel Radcliffe being unable to wear colored contact lenses).

The issue of character changes seems to only become ugly when it is about changing a white character to a black character. The race card enters the argument and all other points are cast out. This article is meant to make the case that race isn’t the issue among comic book readers. Comic book readers have the same concerns any book to film critic has.

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Does race of a character matter when re-telling a book in celluloid? The change to visual media is meant to take over where words do not. Being faithful to print seem only to important to those that want to experience on film what the experienced in print.  Red in Shawshank Redemption is named Red because he is Irish with red hair. On film Morgan Freeman filled in not just nicely but gave the film more meaning as Freeman the actor is an ideal every-man.

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In the first Daredevil film with Michael Duncan Clarke as Kingpin, the performance was uninspiring. No one in the comic book community readership complained Kingpin was changed from white to black, and the SJW’s where nowhere in sight as the thought police. Why? Because it’s only in recent history has social media empowered so many people that normally have no voice.

To borrow some wisdom from Spider-Man’s uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility“. It’s clear a lot of irresponsibly people have a loud voice on the Internet in this modern day.

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It happens all the time. Directors change characters hair color, eye color, skin color, race, etc… and it always gets criticized.  Yet when the comic book community gets critical of changes to characters in print as they move to film, the call to action for the world at large to do soul searching is a loud and obnoxious drum.

Comic book purists can just about care less that the director of the film has taken the rightful liberty of bringing in a modern culture issue of diversity in current comic books and altering the race of well known characters Sue and Johnny Storm.

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At this time in print Captain America is black. There is not an ounce of backlash in the comic book community about this fact. It’s accepted without question. Why? Because the Captain America helm is being taken up by a long standing character that has been a part of the Captain America circle for decades. That black character is a superhero too. Sam Wilson, aka Falcon. The argument is and has been for some time, source material.

With all these points, comic book purists are not against changes in color. Samuel Jackson is now Nick Fury and again no one is complaining. Make any change it is bound to draw criticism. Make a change and it’s good and you get credit. But make a change no one likes, don’t find a reason to call someone a bigot or racist.

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Race is a discussion racists enjoy arguing over. Those begging for more black super heroes only need to walk into any comic book store and choose from: Luke Cage, Captain America, War Machine, Bishop, Black Panther, Spider-Man (Miles Morales is half black half Hispanic), Batwing, Spectre, Cyborg, Blade, Spawn and many many others.

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Spider-Man / Miles Morales – Cap America / Sam Wilson – Batwing / Luke Fox – Spawn / Al Simmons

Fantastic Four is scheduled for reboot release on August 7, 2015.

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