MAX’S TOP 100 VILLAINS (HONORS part 2)

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Here is one last round of honorable mentions for your reading pleasure. For the sake of getting back to the main point, I’ve only decided to highlight lesser known villains from Marvel and DC Comics. If I were to name off more villains from video games and movies the honorable mentions would last an eternity. I will say that John Doe from Seven would be on here otherwise (but it’s kinda taboo to spoil that movie anyway).

Honors3Purple Man (Daredevil)
Purple Man was an Yugoslavian spy sent to infiltrate a chemical factory but was doused with an experimental chemical that turned his skin purple. On the plus side he gained the power to control people’s actions by voice commands through pheromones released by his unique skin defect. After much practice he was able to command Jessica Jones (Luke Cage’s current wife and former heroine “Jewel”) to live with him, be willingly tortured by him, and presumably raped by him for months. One of the creepiest comic book panels I’ve ever seen was Purple Man placing control over Jessica and ordering her to take off her clothes. Yeesh.

Typhoid Mary (Daredevil)
Ex-girlfriends with dissociative identity disorder are a pain. Even worse; this one is a mutant! “Bloody Mary” was initially hired by the Kingpin to kill Daredevil while “Mary” began a romantic relationship with Matt Murdock… while “Typhoid” began a romantic relationship with the Kingpin. They’re all the same person, if you didn’t put that together. She’s crazy! Oh and she has telekinesis and pyrokinesis. That’s pretty overpowered for a villain that fights a blind guy regularly.

Stryfe (X-Men)
He’s a bad clone of Cable raised by Apocalypse as a son in an alternate future. His helmet and armor are a bit ridiculous but let’s not forget that he created the Legacy Virus which killed a ton of mutants (like Pyro, Illyana Rasputin, and Colossus to name a few). Plus, unlike Cable, he’s not infected by a Techno-Organic virus eating his body (which is a huge crippling factor in using the full extent of Cable’s powers). Stryfe is the unrestricted psychic genetic specimen that was meant to be created from Mr. Sinister’s long devised plan to have Cyclops and Jean Grey procreate.

Honors4Anton Arcane (Swamp Thing)
A physical demonic avatar of death and decay. Just look at him. Any form you see him in is absolutely disgusting. Just to give you some perspective: that’s his (New 52) daughter’s decapitated head he’s holding in that picture. Twisted. In his origin he is hand picked by the elemental forces of The Rot after an encounter he had with a dead bunny rabbit when he was a child. Instead of being uber grossed out, Anton was fascinated by it’s rotting flesh and had an uncontrollable urge to eat the carcass, maggots and all. He gets pleasure out of things rotting and dying. This was before he became a demon…

D’Kay D’Razz (Martian Manhunter)
The Martian Manhunter thought he was the last of his kind? This female martian wants J’onn to reproduce with her to repopulate the martian race… Only problem is she’s a psycho. She kind of has an evil twist to the Adam and Eve story and I like it.

Animal Vegetable Mineral Man (Doom Patrol)
Name and powers says it all. Any animal, any vegetable, any mineral (all at once!). One man.

 

Xbox One Getting A Holiday Price Cut

 

Gamers will be praying for mercy as their wallets are being emptied this holiday season. A plethora of great AAA games are on the way, everything from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to Farcry 4 will be hitting store shelves during the month of November. Some of you are probably thinking now would be a great time to upgrade to a new console and you’d be right, especially if you’re looking at Xbox One.

Starting November 2nd and running through until January 3rd Microsoft will be offering their console for $349.99 or $449.99 depending on if you want Kinect or not. That’s $50 off the face value right off the bat, but the value doesn’t stop there. Microsoft is offering the price cut on the numerous holiday bundles they have announced as well. These include the Sunset Overdrive bundle, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare bundle, and the Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle. So not only are you getting an Xbox One for $50 off, but you can also get a free game to boot.

Of special note is the Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle, it includes Assassin’s Creed Unity AND Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. That’s two blockbuster games for free! This is an excellent time to upgrade to an Xbox One, there are are ton  of great exclusives either coming out or already on store shelves.  So take the plunge gamers and jump into the new generation!

Destiny’s First Expansion “The Dark Below” Gets A Release Date


Bungie has given us some new details on their first expansion for Destiny, including its release date. Starting December 9th you will be able to access The Dark Below, which grants you access to brand new Crucible maps, new strikes, weapons, and armor. The expansion will carry a price of $19.99 USD when purchased by itself. If you bought the $35 expansion pass you will already have access to the expansion, as well as the second expansion which is set for release sometime in 2015.

The Dark Below will raise the light level cap to 32 and will also allow you take take on 5 more bounties at a time, which brings the total number to 10 bounties at anyone time. The Dark Below will feature a brand new story-line which will focus on the Hive god Crota. There will also be a new strike mission, 3 new PvP arenas, and a bevy of new equipment for you to try out. Playstation gamers will be getting an additional new strike mission on top of the one that will be appearing on all platforms. Destiny will also be getting its second 6 player raid with the expansion. Prepare yourselves guardians, time to get back on the grind!

MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER To Star Chadwick Boseman

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We’ve now learned that actor Chadwick Boseman, most known for portraying Jackie Robinson in the film 42, will take on the titular role of Marvel’s Black Panther!

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A Black Panther film has been long rumored, but also a well kept secret over at Marvel. Black Panther is also known as T’Challa, the chief of the Panther Tribe in the African nation of Wakanda. Though he will eventually join the Avengers, Black Panther’s sole purpose is to protect his people.

You can also view the concept art for the characters iconic suit, which was debuted at todays Marvel media event, so it’s pretty safe to say it will look very similar in the film:

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We here at ACR are pretty excited to see such a fresh young face get a shot at the big leagues, and we are pumped to welcome Chadwick into the MCU. What do you think, Marvel fans? Do you dig this casting choice?

Stay tuned here at ACR for more Marvel updates!

‘Avengers 3,’ ‘Captain Marvel,’ And ‘Black Panther’ CONFIRMED

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Hot off the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Marvel has released even more information as to their upcoming movie slate, and it’s huge!

Marvel held an exclusive media event today, and at said event they revealed their plans for phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only have we now confirmed that Captain America 3 will be based upon the popular Civil War story line, we have also confirmed some new heavy hitters to enter the ‘verse. Check out the full list of movies:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015

Ant-Man: July 17, 2015

Captain America 3: Civil War: May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange: November 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017

Thor 3: Ragnarok: July 28, 2017

Black Panther: November 3, 2017

Captain Marvel: July 6, 2018

Inhumans: November 2, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1: May 4, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2: May 3, 2019

A photo taken at the event.

A photo taken at the event.

Yep. Black Panther, The Inhumans, and Captain Marvel are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and The Avengers 3 is coming at you in two parts, Twilight-style.

We realize this is a ton of awesome all at once, so we’ll let you soak it all in. More as it develops!

 

MAX’S TOP 100 VILLAINS (HONORS part 1)

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Woah! Hold up!

Hey everybody, with the villains list coming to an end soon (and I am definitely happier for that), I thought I’d take a quick step back and look at some people who didn’t make it onto the list. These are mostly characters that I like or respect but maybe there isn’t enough to write about them or they resembled someone else that I already had on the list a little too much. There are so many good villains out there…. so many that I divided my honorable mentions into two parts. Anyway, take a look at the first batch:

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Doll Maker (Batman)
Creepy as hell. Made a mask out of the face of his dead cannibal father that he used to watch eat people. Need I say more?

Lady Shiva and Bronze Tiger (DC Comics)
Love these two characters but outside of being amazing fighters/assassins what are they? I pretty much covered the awesome martial arts expert article with Shiva from Streets of Rage and even then there wasn’t much to go with. Although to be fair; these two have tons of more depth and background information than a Sega Genesis boss fight. I suppose I chose the one I grew up with at an earlier age more than anything.

Mad Hatter (Batman)
A nastier and creepier villain than most might think. The Batman Animated Series did his stalker-iffic persona justice as he obsessed over a girl coincidentally named Alice but the New 52 took things a bit further by having him mind control a majority of Gotham’s populace into reenacting his favorite childhood day spent with a girl named Alice from his youth. Anyone who acted out of character got a bullet hole in the head or was beaten to death by the Hatter who was riddled with experimental steroids as a result of his Hypogonadasm as a child. With a severe lack of testosterone, his body wasn’t able to fully develop at an early age. This condition left him resembling a disfigured dwarf as the drugs took a heavy toll on his mental stability. After killing Alice for becoming an “imperfect” resident of a trailer park AND killing his replacement “Alices” he mind controlled his extras into drowning themselves in the Gotham Bay.

Honors2Atum the Demogorge (Marvel Comics)
Here’s an interesting concept; a being that EATS GODS. Wish I knew more about him though. When I dove into the research it directed me to a place in the Marvel Universe that I was unaccustomed to and a bit overwhelmed (and that almost never happens when it comes to comics!). He had a role in Marvel’s Secret Invasion as part of HerculesGod Squad… and he ate a Skrull God. Pretty sweet.

Hobgoblin (Spider-Man)
I wasn’t ever too familiar with the original Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley. But the more recent one who first attempted to be a heroic version of the Green Goblin, Phil Urich, reminded me of a more human Peter Parker-like jokester who didn’t have any long-term agenda like so many other villains. He was just a guy trying to get by as hired super powered muscle for the bad guys and found himself in over his head occasionally. Plus his Hobgoblin design was awesome.

Shuma Gorath (Dr. Strange)
Singular-eyed demon squid creature? Of course I love it! Shuma Gorath is an “Ancient One” from the “Chaos Dimension” meaning he’s all-powerful and he likes to mess stuff up. His physical form is actually indescribable in that he resembles your greatest fear while gazing upon him. I would love to see this quirky thing in a live action Dr. Strange film (and we just might). Can you imagine him breaking through a dimensional barrier and squiggling around New York? Throw in his raspy-but-slimy voice that he has in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and I’ll suddenly appreciate magic.

Galactus (Fantastic Four/Marvel Comics)
I count Galactus as somewhat not a villain in the sense that he has a higher purpose beyond good or evil. He’s really a force of nature or an act of God more than anything. He eats planets and doesn’t give a crap about lesser beings, sure, but his ultimate purpose in his origin makes him out to be a necessary evil so that the universe will rebirthed from his death when there are no planets left for him to consume (inevitably recreating and consuming countless lifeforms in an ongoing cycle). His coming is a natural occurrence in the vast scheme of things no matter how dramatic the effects may be. But I guess he can be a jerk about it sometimes?

BREAKING: Benedict Cumberbatch Is DOCTOR STRANGE!

fan art provided by deviantart user: pappersflygplan

fan art provided by deviantart user: pappersflygplan

The myth, the man, the legend known as Benedict Cumberbatch-the guy who literally every comic book fan associates with almost every role ever, is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let’s take a deep breath and say it together:

*Inhale* Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange…*Exhale*

It’s hard not to write this with the affect of a giddy school boy, but sweet lord…this one gave me palpitations.

Doctor Strange is a character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, making his first appearance in Marvel’s “Strange Tales” comics circa 1963. Dr. Stephen Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon who, after a debilitating automobile accident, embarks on a strange path to become a Master of the Dark Arts.

Played by Benedict f*cking Cumberbatch.

While no release date has been set, the film appears to be set for July 8th, 2016, a release date that Marvel has already booked.