Marvel Comics Collectors Editions Cell Covers

Guys. I drop my phone. A lot. So when I buy a cell cover, it’s a serious thing for me. The case has to be cute, first, but it also really needs to offer me a bit of protection–namely from accidental droppings and throwings (I once accidentally threw my cell when a wasp got all up in my grill). So when I got the chance to check out one of the Marvel Comics cell covers from SkinIt and Speck. I kinda rolled my eyes. Still, when I took a peek at the cell covers offered, and I had to admit they were kind of awesome.

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So I thought Sure, I’ll try your little cell cover for a bit, and then I’ll go back to my actual cell cover. I grabbed myself a Thor cover, and popped it on my phone. It was cute, I had to admit it, even in the midst of my skepticism. It also went with just about any outfit.

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Not too long after I got the cell cover, I had a medical emergency take over my life (I’m fine). But that meant I was in bed a lot. Which meant my cell phone didn’t get treated as carefully as it should have. It fell between cracks on the couch, it fell off my super tall bed, but the cover kept my phone safe. It’s rubbery with a nice bumper around the screen, so when it fell to the ground, it was protected. Now, yes, this isn’t some magical impenetrable case, but when you’re used to all cute cases offering no phone protection at all, it’s pretty freaking amazing when they do.

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Regardless of who your fave is, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, or more, they’ve got a SkinIt cover for you. The designs are exclusively for the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus, and they are a thing of beauty. So check them out today! Not sure which hero you want? Might I try to inspire you with the latest hero to enter the MCU on November 4?

Do you have a SkinIt Marvel Comics cover? Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

Should You Go See Ghostbusters?

Hey, guys. It’s been a while! I’ve been taking some much-need rest from writing at Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, AND my new gig at a wedding website (because I’m a diverse writer, dammit) AND trying to populate my own website. I love this site, but since it doesn’t pay the bills, I let myself take some serious time off to recharge a bit.

But I’m back! So let’s get to it!

SO! Should you see Ghostbusters? Here’s the short answer:

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For some reason, this film has garnered a lot more ire than any of the hordes of remakes and reboots coming to big screens lately. Frankly, I think its ridiculous, and if you aren’t going to see this movie, you’re straight up missing out. There are plenty of reasons I love this movie, but a huge one can be summed up in this tweet:

The fact of the matter is, this movie is giving today’s little girls something that I didn’t have when I was a kid. We get to see four very different women come together to chase ghosts, kick ass, and not worry about things like a makeover, getting a guy, losing weight, or any of the other “chick issues” we often saw in movies. No, instead we watch them chase their passion, wrestle with believing in themselves when literally no one else does–and even when they’re mocked for their beliefs–and it shows them supporting each other as they do it. It’s awesome, and I’m so glad little girls growing up today get to have them as examples.

Of course, all of those mushy feelings mean nothing if the movie is crap. These women had big shoes to fill when they strapped on their proton packs–Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver are legends, and the original film is a modern comedy classic. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters would totally lose its empowering punch if it couldn’t live up to its predecessor.

Thankfully, the movie is effing hysterical.

I don’t even know where to start with this film. The entire cast is fire, and they have a chemistry that is so palpable. My personal favorite is definitely Kate McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann.

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No one can make me laugh like Kate McKinnon can. She is my all time favorite cast member on SNL right now, and she definitely wins the award of Kendall’s Favorite Ghostbuster. Holtzmann is brilliant, she’s weird, unintentionally and intentionally funny, and she’s also got great taste in hats. Also, she kicks so much ass. Seriously.

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Of course, one McKinnon does not a movie make. The other women in the film, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig also bring amazing performances. All of these women are hilarious, and each of their characters are interesting, funny, and make the movie a fun adventure fighting ghosts. I have loved Leslie Jones since I first saw her marry Martin Freeman on SNL, and she absolutely delivers in this movie. Her character, Patty Tolan is sweet, funny, and knows more about the history of New York City than anyone I’ve ever met. I loved watching her against Kristen Wiig’s character, Erin Gilbert. Wiig played a more serious character, but she was still absolutely hysterical. Plus, her friendship with Melissa McCarthy’s character, Abby Yates, is a hoot (and reminded me a bit of the friendship between me and my bestie). And, of course, Thor himself has a role as the Ghostbusters’ administrative assistant, Kevin.I had no idea that one of my favorite Asgardian Avengers was so effing hilarious.

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The main cast had such great chemistry, that even though the movie is a bit far-fetched it kept the story grounded. Sure, there are some dumb jokes here and there, but all in all the movie keeps you laughing and having a great time, which is why you go see a Ghostbusters movie in the first place. By the end of the film, I just wanted to hang out with Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holztmann and hunt ghosts for them.

But one of the things I really loved about the film was how intentionally they credited the original Ghostbusters. The movie has cameos from Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, the Slimer ghost (a character that was created as a tribute to the late John Belushi, who was set to play Venkman before his death), and has a dedication to the late Harold Ramis at the end of the film. The movie does everything it can to recognize its predecessors while also telling a fun, new story for a new generation of fans. It’s everything you want in a reboot. Sure, the movie has some flaws, but every movie has flaws. You watch a Ghostbusters movie to have a fun, exciting escape from reality with characters you care about that also make you laugh, and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is just that. Don’t believe the haters, kids. Ghostbusters is good cinema, and definitely worth the trip to the movies.

Have you seen Ghostbusters? What did you think of the movie? It looks like there is officially going to be a Ghostbusters sequel in the works–what do you hope to see in a second movie? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Well, That’ll Do: My Winter Soldier Hoodie

Guys. I have a real problem. I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s somewhere between delusions of grandeur and over committing. Either way, I think I have the time and ability to do all sorts of magical things that I simply do not. Case in point? The Winter Soldier hoodie.

I was certain, absolutely certain that I’d be able to easily re-create a low-key winter soldier hoodie for myself. Did I flake out on the project? No. I made myself a damn hoodie, but it was at quite the personal cost. Here’s what I learned, and I’d like to impart that knowledge on to you.

Don’t Have a Sewing Machine? Rethink Your Lofty Plans…

Guys, sewing something without a sewing machine takes a lot of work. Trying to do something intricate without a sewing machine and solid sewing skills? Yeah, it’s kinda like this:

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The initial tutorial I linked to was fairly straight-forward with very little sewing. Take a gray hoodie arm, sew it onto a black hoodie, and draw on the black marks to make your arm look like Bucky’s. But this girl was like, “That’s too easy! I want it too look ~authentic~”. I decided I would leave the black hoodie arm on and sew on gray strips. It felt more authentic to me, but it really was just a pain in the ass that ended up leading to me drowning about 16 hours into a project that I ultimately scrapped and started from scratch.  If you’re a sub-par seamstress with no equipment, keep it simple, kids. Definitely measure and pin stuff, but keep the end goal easy to achieve.

Know Your Limits, and Bail When You Need To

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Like I said, I definitely didn’t give up. I made myself a Winter Soldier hoodie, but after I realize what a dumpster fire my first attempt at a hoodie was, I just left it alone for a while.

Whether or not you need to bail on the project completely is up to you, but don’t be afraid to admit you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, and either scrap the project or just re-imagine it.

Get Advice and Support From Other People

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If this is your first time sewing anything more complicated than, hypothetically, ribbons on your pointe shoes, seek out the advice of others who have done this before. Sometimes they’ll freely offer advice, sometimes you’ll have to ask for it, but either way glean as much experiential knowledge as you can. Learning from other people’s mistakes is way easier than learning from your own, right?

Don’t Freak Out If This First Project Knocks You Out Or Isn’t Perfect

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I’ll be honest. This project was a lot of work, and the end result…it isn’t perfect, y’all. The red star isn’t centered enough, the stitching isn’t gorgeous, and I sort of lost steam when it came time to adding the lines. It’s just a straight up, two-toned gray arm. But I’m kind of unreasonably proud of it. Yeah, I know it’s not great, and the entire thing was a LOT harder than I expected for a result WAY below what I was hoping. But I did it! I completed a project, as crappy of a final result as it might be. Now I know what I can do better going forward, and I’ll always be able to look back on this first project fondly. Here’s how it turned out (and please enjoy my picture with Bucky-inspired eye makeup).

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So like I said, it isn’t perfect, but I sewed the entire thing by hand, and I’m pretty excited to say that I actually finished a project I wanted to attempt. My next project will be far better, and by then I’ll hopefully have a sewing matching that will keep me from wanting to kill something.

Tell me some of your less-than-perfect cosplay/sewing stories, and feel free to give me any tips and tricks in the comments!

Ways to Deal After the Captain America News

If you haven’t heard the news about the craziness Marvel is pulling with the Captain America comics, check out the write up I did about it over at Nerdist (did I mention I write for Nerdist now, too? Because I totally do…). If you don’t want to hear the big Cap twist, turn back now because I’m about to get into it. Spoilers ahoy, kids.

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Okay, so by now you’ve likely heard that Captain America is being revealed as a long-standing undercover agent for Hydra. Understandably, the internet is freaking out over Marvel taking the most noble, truly good, and brave character from it’s universe and completely ruining everything that we love about him. Cap has a long and storied history of being one of the few characters who is 100% good. Watching Marvel kind of ruin that legacy by putting him on Team Hydra has been hard to watch for all of us–even Chris Evans himself.

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Okay, so that wasn’t his actual reaction the Cap/Hydra news… This was Chris’ actual reaction to the complete destruction of the character of the First Avenger:

Of course there are loads of theories on why we don’t need to freak out about this whole Cap/Hydra business, but until reality is restored it’s gonna be tough for those of us on #TeamCap to deal with this heartbreaking reveal. So I’ve got some ways to help you handle Marvel’s decision to remind us all that we just can’t have nice things.

 Deny, Deny, Deny

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Bad Cap can’t get you if you pretend he doesn’t exist…*rocks self and hums quietly*

Say It With Me: Not MY Cap!

Okay, but really, this is the Cap we all know and love, right?

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If you don’t even want to mess around with the new Hydra-Cap, and you don’t even want to see how Marvel tries to make this right, then just don’t even buy into it. Stick with MCU Cap and pre-Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 Cap. Sure, you know it exists, but just ignore it. You know, treat Hydra-Cap like an annoying person at a party and pretend to be on your phone when you pass it in the comic book store. That always works.

Re-Join the Hail Hydra Meme Train

Remember the hail Hydra memes that came out after Winter Soldier released?

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Super fun, right? Well now that Marvel has cursed us with this abomination:

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…it looks has though the meme has been reborn from the pile of old meme ashes and fan tears. Why not jump on board and channel your rage and heartbreak into internet memes? I’m sure that’s healthy…

Enjoy the New “Let’s Ruin Cap Together” Meme

Since everything we love about Cap is arguably gone (I know, I know, his Hydra stint could be a ca-razzzayyy twist, but for now I’m allowed to feel sad), why not join together as an internet community and ruin Cap in a way that feels more palatable than having him revealed as a member of the group that tortured and brainwashed his best friend? Nothing is more beautiful than watching the internet is fight back to the whole Hydra business by joining hands to ruin him together:

Ultimately, whether it’s denial, ignoring, or humor, we can all get through this Darkest Timeline together. After all, supporting each other when our faves get ruined is what the internet is for, right?

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How are you dealing with the Cap news? What do you think of the Hydra twist? Let’s have a Cap therapy session in the comments! 

A Brand New Ghostbusters Trailer!

People had All the Opinions about the first Ghostbusters trailer, and whether you liked the first trailer or not–I didn’t really have strong feelings myself as its, you know a trailer–you’ve got to check out this second trailer:

Like I said before, I didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the first trailer. It was a trailer, after all, and I knew it was starring women that I think are hilarious, so I made up my mind about seeing the movie long before the trailer hit. However, I do think this second trailer is definitely stronger than the first. To be fair, it’s less of a teaser trailer, but I was happy to get a better picture of what to expect in the movie, plot-wise, which is, apparently a giant, world-ending paranormal event. Alright, Ghostbusters, you’ve got my attention! Plus,  they fleshed out Chris Hemsworth’s Kevin character a bit more, and it looks like he might end up being the Big Bad (or at least a bad guy) in the movie. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that, as I really started to love the goofy, hapless Kevin we met on Administrative Professional’s Day, but I trust Thor to rock any role he gets. Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15, and definitely I cannot wait to see this one.

So what do you think of the new trailer? Are you going to see Ghostbusters, or are you over reboots?  Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

#TeamCap Civil War Premiere Outfit

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I am unabashedly #TeamCap for this Civil War business in the MCU.

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So I want to be sure I show my party alignment when I go and see Captain America: Civil War this weekend. While there’s always options in the everyday cosplay realm (I made a few Civil War everyday cosplay outfits for Geek & Sundry), maybe you want to explore some different ways of expressing your side. Here are some options:

Nails and Makeup

I’ll be honest with you guys. I’m terrible at makeup. I wear as little as possible, and even then I’m pretty sure makeup gurus would tell me I’m applying the stuff wrong. So the thought of doing fancy makeup for a movie premiere makes me a bit itchy (I’ll stick to nails, really). BUT after watching this totally awesome makeup tutorial for Cap makeup, I couldn’t help feel a bit inspired. Her nail choices were also amazing.

Of course, in the video I posted above, she uses gel polish. Here’s a nail tutorial in case you’re not on the gel nails train:

Hair

If you’ve got longer hair, you’re not going to be able (and probably won’t want) to recreate Steve’s hairstyle. While you might be able to swing Bucky’s hair, ever since the whole Winter Soldier thing his hair is more bedhead-chic with an emphasis on bedhead. So instead of trying to copy Cap or Bucky, why not channel a more Peggy Carter-themed hairstyle and don a classic forties ‘do? Here’s a tutorial for some vintage waves:

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You didn’t think I’d actually leave you without a new everyday cosplay outfit, did you? Of COURSE you can’t go to the premiere in your regular old clothes! With this outfit, there will be no DOUBT that you’re 100% in on #TeamCap

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Are you seeing Captain America: Civil War this weekend? What are you wearing to the movie? Tell me about it in the comments, and if you’re #TeamIronMan let me know! I promise I won’t be angry…

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Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day With Chris Hemsworth

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

If you’ve ever spent some time in an admin role like I have, you’ll be agree that the role can often go unappreciated, despite an admin’s vital part in keeping the company running smoothly. Admins and assistants like to joke about doing nothing more than filing and getting coffee, but they do behind-the-scenes stuff and occasional administrative grunt work that those in higher positions won’t (or can’t) do themselves. So as we’re celebrating the unsung hero of office life, let’s talk about Kevin, the administrative professional that is (sort of) keeping the Ghostbusters office afloat.

Okay, so maybe Kevin isn’t the shining example of administrative professionalness that we’re celebrating today, but Kevin looks like he’s a hilarious addition to the characters in the new Ghostbusters film. Turns out Chris Hemsworth’s not only a Norse god, but also pretty freaking hilarious. I can’t wait to see him onscreen with Melissa, Kate, Leslie, and Kristen. Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t watched it yet:

What do you think of the new Ghostbusters movie? What do you think of Hemsworth’s role? Are you doing anything special to celebrate the administrative professionals in your life? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to watch Ghostbusters when it hits the big screen on July 15!

Let’s Wildly Speculate About the Rogue One Teaser!

It’s been quieter around here on the blog, and that is because for the past two weeks I’ve been backpacking across the UK, France, and Italy! The trip was AMAZING, and I’m definitely going to be talking about it more here (though you can see some geeky travel tips I compiled over at Geek & Sundry), but we’ve got something WAY more important to talk about first: THE FIRST ROGUE ONE TEASER HAS DROPPED!!!

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Okay, let’s take a peek one at the trailer. I’m sure you’ve already watched it by now, but one more viewing is probably best, right?

What We Know About the Movie

  • The movie is set between Episode III and Episode IV
  • Felicity Jones’ character is called Jyn Erso. She’s apparently been super busy during the rebellion.
  •  The story centers on the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star.
  • We’ve got a young Mon Mothma, people!

Aaaand…that’s about it. That’s really all we know for sure. We don’t even know other major character names. But since this is the internet, let’s do what we internet-folk do best and wildly speculate on what’s to come based on under two minutes of footage!

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This movie definitely seems to have a grittier feel than the other Star Wars movies. Not only is Jyn is a bit rougher around the edges than characters like our other protagonists like Luke or Rey, the story itself is more of an underground, battlefield-level mission. I’m definitely a HUGE fan of that, and I think that a story with a bit of a different tone will just serve to make the universe larger. So what do I think we’ll see in this movie?

We’ll meet young Han Solo. Officially, this actor’s not been cast, but we do know that his standalone movie is on the way and that they’re actively casting for it. Rumors have been swirling about who’s been cast (my favorite rumor is Taron Egerton, though he may not be game for that role), but it stands to reason that the reason they’re rushing with the Solo casting is to introduce him in Rogue One. I’d totally be for that.

What about Chewie, then? I know we’re kind of acting like the prequel trilogy doesn’t exist with the new Star Wars series, but since Chewie was in Episode III, I’d say it’s totally possible that we’d see him in Rogue One. However, he wasn’t paired with Han in Episode III, so we ~could~ see the two meet for the first time if Han’s in Rogue One. The origin story for one of my favorite bromances ever? Yes, please!

The Jyn and Rey Theory. It hasn’t taken long for the internet to cook up a CRAZY theory tying Jyn to The Force Awakens‘ Rey. Rey was left on Jakku by her parents, and one of my favorite theories on Rey’s parentage is that Luke is her father. So the question is, who is Rey’s mom? Well the bets are in calling Jyn Rey’s mom. Not knowing anything about Jyn, I’m a fan of this theory for now. Of course, if Jyn is Luke’s baby momma, does that mean that…

We’ll meet the young Luke? I’m dubious on that front. As far as I know, we’re not in for a young Luke movie (I mean, how exciting can a movie be that’s about moisture farming and whining about going to Tosche Station), and both Luke and Mark Hamill were pretty young in A New Hope. I’m betting that, even if she does end up with Luke, that action will happen off-camera. But I could be wrong there.

Is Jyn going to go Dark Side? There’s a pretty striking image of Jyn in an Imperial uniform with the voiceover asking who she’ll be. However, it really seems way too obvious for me. I think they’re trying to make us think there’s a chance she’ll cross over to work for the Imperial Army, but she likely won’t. My bet is that she’s actually on an undercover mission.

Will we meet other characters from the original trilogy? We know from the trailer that we’ll see a young Mon Mothma. But outside from her and a potential appearance from Han (and maybe Chewie too?), can we expect to see others? I’d love to see an appearance from Leia and Boba Fett, (though we run into the same issue as we did with Luke based on both Leia and Carrie Fisher’s age in New Hope), and with a Boba Fett movie in the works as well, maybe we’ll get a cameo from our favorite bounty hunter.

Regardless of what we’re in for with Rogue One, the trailer looks AMAZING and I cannot wait to see what is in store for us when the movie hits theaters in December. What are your theories for Rogue One? Let me know in the comments!

Is Zack Snyder Right About Grant Gustin?

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/the Flash on the CW’s wildly popular show, The Flash, wasn’t allowed to play his character in the DC Cinematic Universe. While Grant has been characteristically classy about it, fans were certainly curious why Zack Snyder decided to start over from scratch with the Flash in the films.

I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, Snyder might disagree with how well the Flash is characterized on the CW show. Here’s what he told NY Daily News:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world.

Sure, I get it. The Flash is super lighthearted, and Barry himself is particularly bright and sunny. Just look at this happy smile:

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Understandably, Zack Snyder might not want such a sunny character ruining his dark and twisty vibes. And to top it all off, Snyder has even come out to say that Batman and Superman hail from an entirely different universe from The Flash and Arrow (which is evidenced by the Flash/Supergirl crossover ep).

But…

Snyder is still including the Flash in the Justice League movie, and Ezra Miller’s Flash will get his own movie. So clearly, there’s enough there to add him to the DC Cinematic Universe, right?

Side note: I should also point out that word on the street is that, should the Green Arrow find his way to the Justice League too (which he should since he’s a vital part of it), Stephen Amell will probably not be the movie Green Arrow. That brings up an entirely different argument of Zack Snyder inadvertently shooting DC Comics/DCTV in the foot by turning the CW’s Flash and Arrow into the “poor man’s Flash and Green Arrow”. While I could talk about that more, I want to go back to what he said about Grant Gustin and the tone of his Barry Allen.

There was a lot of success behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the dark and twisty-ness that came with it–despite the fact that Batman properties have been lighthearted in the past. Like this:

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Or even this:

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Of course the Dark Knight trilogy was based on the equally dark and twisty Dark Knight comic book series. Still, there have been plenty of times where Batman is depicted in more lighthearted stories both in movies, series, and comics. Superman, too.

So is Snyder and the DC Cinematic universe making a mistake planting their flag in the dark and twisty superhero camp? After all, Man of Steel didn’t exactly blow the doors off an box office records, and the fact that Brandon Routh has a solid place in the DC TV Universe as Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow means that most of us probably forgot that he had a run as Christopher Reeve’s doppelganger/the protector of truth, justice, and the American way in 2006’s Superman Returns.

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Meanwhile, the MCU is dominating ALL THE THINGS because they’ve allowed their superheros to be for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, MCU heroes may have some rough stuff in their backstory, but their films are ultimately fun and uplifting to watch–and just about everyone takes the MCU seriously. Even if you’re over superhero movies and the MCU, there’s no denying that they’re doing something right.

But, Kendall, you say, what about Deadpool? He wasn’t necessarily uplifting and he definitely wasn’t for kids!

I’m so glad you brought Wade up! Let’s talk about Deadpool! Remember when we first met the mouthless, laser-eyed”Deadpool” in the Wolverine movie?

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Deadpool fans were pissed. Why? Because that was not our Deadpool. Hell, it wasn’t even Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, and he played the abomination. The Deadpool we all know and love is foul-mouthed, he’s crass, and any story involving the Merc is hella gory. Deadpool’s origin story is also a heavy one, and unlike a lot of our favorite superheroes, his doesn’t have the happiest of endings. Wade will always be disfigured, and he’ll always be in some sort of pain, despite his healing factor. If anyone has a reason to be dark and twisty, my friends, it’s Wade Wilson.

But he isn’t. Like a lot of us, he masks his pain and anger in snark, silliness, and several asides. And unlike a lot of us, he also masks his anger in wielding weapons and killing bad guys. You know, whatever works for you, Wade.

So when Ryan Reynolds took over making an actual Deadpool movie, he focused on doing it right. As a fan of the Merc himself, he was obsessed with sticking true to the Wade we’ve all come to love, and worked for eleven years to make a Deadpool movie the right way. Which, as we all know now, he did. The movie has exploded at the box office, because it was true to the source material. Reynolds made sure of it. We got a good balance of the tough moments:

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and the silly:

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They made him feel familiar, right down to the illogical eyes on his costume that change shape depending on what expression Wade is making. By staying true to the source material, they made a solid story that not only brought in new fans to the series, but they also made sure not to alienate their core group of Deadpool fans.

So what does this have to do with Zack Snyder and Grant Gustin? It all comes down to the fans and the source material. Like it or not, Barry Allen isn’t a dark and twisty superhero. He’s just not. Yes, he’s got some demons and a tragic past, but he’s ultimately a pretty upbeat guy. I fear that by forcing DC into this dark, tormented hero box, they’re going to alienate their core fan base–which we saw in Man of Steel when they tried to make a stylistic, darker Superman movie. A superhero doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids, Deadpool proves that, and a dark superhero franchise can work as we saw with the Dark Knight trilogy. However, making a darker, R-rated superhero just to try to bring “legitimacy” to superhero films or make them feel more realistic while not necessarily sticking to the source material is usually where superhero movies tank.

Or not. I could be totally wrong. After all, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks crazy badass (and inspired by the New 52 Aquaman), and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has got me ALL KINDS of excited for her debut in the DCCU. Still, I can’t help but think that Zack Snyder is making a mistake by making all of his DC movies have that darker, stylistic vibe, regardless of what we see in the comics. I hope I’m wrong, but if Deadpool is any indication, comic book movies do much better when they stay true to the source.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s choice to cast a new actor to play Barry Allen? Do you like the darker vibe that the DC movies have, or do you think it’s too forced? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

Easy and Fun Ways to Celebrate Your House Pride Day

This week is all about Hogwart’s house pride! Let’s hear it for our favorite wizarding school!

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Today is Slytherin Pride Day, which is my favorite thing since I was recently re-sorted into Slytherin with Pottermore’s new and improved Sorting Hat quiz. While I did suffer a bit of an identity crisis, I feel more at home in Slytherin than I ever did in Gryffindor. Being sorted Gryffindor didn’t really make a lot of sense–apart from my desire to share a house with Hermoine. I’m a Slytherin through and through, and I’m super proud of it! This is the first year I really feel “at home” in my house, so you KNOW I’m celebrating Slytherin Pride Day!  But how do you really celebrate a day dedicated to a fictitious grouping of people from our favorite, fictitious school? So glad you asked…

Quick note: I realize the entire world is not made up of Slytherins, so even though my suggestions will lean Slytherin, you can modify them to better celebrate your house’s unique attributes. Not a Slytherin? Here are your house pride days: Hufflepuff was March 20 (so…I hope you celebrated!), Gryffindor is March 22, and Ravenclaw is March 23. 

Dress for the Day

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Whether you’re wearing an everyday cosplay outfit inspired by your house, or you’re simply adding a house sweater to your outfit (like I’m doing today), dressing for the day is the key to starting off your house pride day right. If nothing else, just wear something with your house’s colors to show your house pride.

Read Up on Your House History

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Each Hogwart’s house has a rich history behind it. You can find loads of info on the different houses on Pottermore, and once you’ve been sorted you’ll get a bunch of info about your house (and some downloadable house wallpaper for your phone and computer, because obviously). But learning about your house is a great way to really boost your house pride, especially if you’re feeling weird about where you’ve been sorted.

Host a Quidditch Match

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Unless you’re already in a Quidditch league or you’ve got a TON of Potterhead friends in the immediate area, this one may take a bit more planning. Still, playing Quidditch is a great way to boost house pride, and keep the magical spirit alive. There are even official rules for the Muggles among us.

Watch Your Favorite Harry Potter Film

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Jamming eight movies into one day is a tall order, especially if you’ve got work or school. Instead, just pick your fave and watch it on your house pride day. Of course, if you want to watch all of them, watch about a film a day to stretch your Potter celebrations out over the course of the week.

Live Up to Your House Traits

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The best way to honor your house is to hold true to those traits it values most. For Slytherin, that’s cunning, ambition, resourcefulness, shrewdness, and being determined. For Gryffindor it’s bravery, nerve, chivalry, courage, and daring. For Hufflepuff it’s dedication, patience, kindness, tolerance, and loyalty. Ravenclaw‘s house traits are intelligence, wisdom, creativity, individuality, and acceptance

What is your favorite thing about your Hogwart’s house? How are you celebrating your house pride day? Let me know in the comments!