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ICT / Angel vs. Spike
« on: Today at 01:47:13 AM »
I fell down the youtube rabbit hole and ran across their fight in season 5 (which Spike won), so here's an old but good one.  If this fight takes place after the Cordelia episode where Angel comes out of his depression, does the outcome change?

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Game Cage / Rank the current iterations of fighting game franchises
« on: March 07, 2019, 07:58:19 PM »
Best to worst in terms of quality, list how you see the current iterations of these franchises:

Street Fighter V
Mortal Kombat X/11 (11's out next month and extensive gameplay vids and discussions exist)
Tekken 7
Soul Calibur VI
Dead or Alive 6
BlazBlue (Central Fiction? Cross Tag Battle?  Not super familiar with this franchise and if CTB is a main entry)
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

Most of us have probably not played every one of these, so do the ones you can.  I didn't include everything but I tried to remember the more established franchises with multiple sequels.  Smash Bros feels like a different animal than the above, but please feel free to include Super Smash Bros Ultimate if you'd like.

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ICT / MCU Thanos/Black Order vs MCU Hela/Thor/Loki
« on: January 08, 2019, 03:22:29 PM »
Thanos' family vs. Odin's kids.  Scenario:

-No infinity stones at play
-For the purposes of this thread, it is stipulated that Thanos' fight with the Hulk did not involve the power stone
-Fight takes place in Asgard
-Thor has Ragnarok powerup but wields Mjolnir instead of Stormbreaker
-Loki has Gungnir.

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Death and the MCU
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:17:12 AM »
A lot of articles and fan comments written about the upcoming Avengers movie seem certain that some major characters are going to die.  I'm curious what the board's thoughts are about the following

1.  Is there any major character you feel absolutely needs to die?

2.  Is there anyone whose death would ruin the movie for you?

3.  In general, when actors contracts are up and/or the character's solo movies and arc are finished, should the character be killed off?

   

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ICT / MCU Hulk vs. Fenris
« on: July 14, 2018, 11:36:58 AM »
Ultrabender's latest mismatch made me wonder whether MCU Hulk could have beaten Fenris without the waterfall.  So who wins if they fight straight-up without environmental factors coming into play?

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I saw this in an interview on io9 and I very much agreed with his words.

Quote from: Ta-Nehisi Coates
I can’t write this book as Ta-Nehisi the essayist. I don’t think that would make for a very good Captain America. I have to accept Steve Rogers. It’s like acting; I try to write as an actor. I’m not really in the interpretive place where I ask how true the things Steve believes really are.

That’s the place of the essayist or the critic, but as a writer, I have to believe this dude. It’s the same way that I have to believe T’Challa, you know? I have my own thoughts about kings and queens, but I have to believe that T’Challa believes in Wakanda and the importance of royalty even as he struggles with it. I have to accept that in order to convincingly write the character.

It’s very, very easy to take a character and just filter your own thoughts through them, but that’s not what I wanna do.

- https://io9.gizmodo.com/ta-nehisi-coates-captain-america-is-a-timely-story-abou-1827366981

So many modern writers want to work out their issues at the expense of the character they're writing, often undermining the foundations of the franchise/mythos.  Coates also seems to understand that a good story idea does not necessarily make a good *insert character* story.

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Marvel Zombies / Silver Surfer and Eternals/Evolutionary War question
« on: June 03, 2018, 07:23:01 PM »
I was reading Silver Surfer Annual #1 which tied into the Evolutionary War storyline and came across this bit where Surfer talks to the Eternals.  Does anyone with more knowledge know what the deal is with Olympia not being present when Surfer was there previously?  The Eternals think it should have been, and Surfer indicates the Eternals understanding of their own origins may be incomplete, but I can't find any info on the net how this plot point turned out.


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Marvel Zombies / Starlin's Infinity OGN's
« on: May 25, 2018, 01:28:37 PM »
The Starlin Infinity storyline reading order, with OGNs in bold and non-essential side-stories in italics:

Thanos Annual
Thanos vs. Hulk
Infinity Revelation
Infinity Relativity

Infinity Entity
Infinity Finale

Infinity Siblings (Start of a new trilogy)
Infinity Conflict (November 2018)

I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about these on the net, usually about how Starlin writes Thanos as the male equivalent of a Mary Sue (it's Warlock he really loves you guys), but I have to say I enjoyed them a lot.  Breath of fresh air compared to 99% of modern Marvel comics.

Anybody else read these?  What did you think? 

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ICT / Hercules vs. Adam Warlock
« on: May 20, 2018, 05:46:49 PM »
Warlock can't use the soul gem.  Who wins?

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ICT / Phoenix vs a Celestial
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:31:53 AM »
Thought I'd get this in before Jason Aaron makes a mess of it.  Can the Phoenix take a Celestial?  Is it close?  Give your thoughts.

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ICT / What is the Power Primordial?
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:28:59 AM »
The Marvel wiki is vague:

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The Elders of the Universe refer to the power they possess as the Power Primordial. It seems to be the use of cosmic energy similar to the Power Cosmic.
http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Glossary:Power_Primordial

Maybe that's all there is on it, but I figured I'd ask some questions here.

-If the Elders of the Universe are all different species (each one is the last of their race) why do they share the same power source? 

-What is the Power Primordial and where does it come from?

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ICT / Thanos vs. Graviton
« on: May 05, 2018, 11:14:07 PM »
This is comic versions, though it was inspired by Agents of Shield. 

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ICT / Rank these cosmic beings
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:07:15 AM »
Grandmaster (I wanted the strongest Elder of the Universe, is it Grandmaster?)
Shaper of Worlds
Ego
Mephisto
Tyrant
Kronos

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ICT / Article: 8 heroes the MCU made too strong, 7 too weak
« on: April 01, 2018, 01:07:52 AM »
What do you guys think about this list of 15 MCU characters which the author feels were made too strong/weak compared to their comic counterparts?

https://www.cbr.com/overpowered-and-weakened-mcu-heroes/amp/

Here's the list for quick reference, you can click the link for their reasoning:

15.  Too Strong - Star-Lord
14.  Too Weak - Drax
13.  Too Strong - Black Panther
12.  Too Weak - Luke Cage
11.  Too Strong - Daredevil
10.  Too Weak - Thor
9.    Too Strong - Captain America
8.    Too Weak - Iron Fist
7.    Too Strong - Elektra
6.    Too Weak - Scarlet Witch
5.    Too Strong - Vision
4.    Too Weak - Gamora
3.    Too Strong - Winter Soldier
2.    Too Weak - Medusa
1.    Too Strong - Punisher

Drax being too weak is correct, but the author's wrong about Black Panther being too strong imo.  Some of these get complicated because Vision, for example, feels higher tier in the MCU than he generally does in the comics.  At the same time, he doesn't really do anything Vision shouldn't be able to with his powers.

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This is from 3 days ago, but I just came across it.  Looks like they're redefining how the stones work in the comics.  Also, it's hard to break the habit of automatically typing "gems" instead of "stones."

Quote from: Marvel
Who Holds Infinity? Find Out With the INFINITY CIRCUIT!

Separately, they’re all-powerful. Together, their power is limitless. To help you prepare for the biggest Infinity epic yet, Marvel is excited to present INFINITY CIRCUIT: the guide that will make YOU the master of the Infinity Stones, just in time for INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1!

Serving as a handy guide designed to show which stones our mighty Marvel heroes currently hold at the start of INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1, the INFINITY CIRCUIT also provides a description of their specific power, detailing how they can be used to rule the universe. Mini-posters will be available in comic shops along with the release of INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1 on March 7th, but fans can download the INFINITY CIRCUIT right now, and get started mapping out the power! (Retailers can find a file on the Diamond retailer page.)

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/02/08/marvel-reveals-infinity-circuit-diagram-help-understand-infinity-countdown-event/


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