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  1. You can tell by the stop-and-start journey that Iron Fist took to get to production that Marvel didn't really want to do it. Their heart just wasn't in it, and it showed.
  2. Kevin Feige has spoken with Hugh Jackman about doing exactly that. If they reached any kind of agreement, they've been completely silent on the matter.
  3. We don't know the point in time--from the timeline of the "Raimy dimension"--that Molina's Doc Ock comes from when he crosses over into No Way Home. One must presume it is from before he dies in Spider-Man 2.
  4. I think a book that re-prints characters from all their editions is of great academic value, but probably of little practical game value. But that's what I find so compelling about it. As a student of the system since 2nd edition, I find the evolution of the game to be truly fascinating. There's probably no better way to see that evolution in action than through character design (and presentation).
  5. I think you may be confusing Rob Liefeld with Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee. Liefeld was responsible for revamping New Mutants, not the X-Men, and it was McFarlane who created the new Spider-Man design that breathed new life into the title and made him a comic book artist rock star.
  6. Agreed. But over the years Dark Champions became this catch-all genre space for anything born from action cinema, like espionage/spy thrillers, military action, dystopian future action/adventure, etc. simply because there was no place else within the brand to cover all of that. Dark Champions in effect became Action Hero without having the name to match. It's focus became blurred, in my view. Splitting Action Hero off from it would allow Dark Champions to re-focus itself on the dark, street-level vigilantism that was its original charter, while allowing the broader category of action cinema it
  7. I think it is worth pointing out that in that particular case, the plaintiff was trying to argue that the "things the characters do in the game" (via game mechanics) are part of the copyrightable "expression" (of the characters), which the court dismissed in its judgment. This was ultimately a copyright infringement case, which the plaintiff lost (as they should have), and not a patent challenge for the game mechanics. The game mechanics only figured into the case tangentially, and ultimately, irrelevantly.
  8. I can get on board with that edict. Applying it to other franchises would mean that, for instance, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ought to drop their obsession with pizza. Which I am perfectly fine with.
  9. The most infamous case of that kind of narrow-minded litigation I can recall is when Kevin Siembieda sued Wizards of the Coast for providing Palladium conversion information in their Primal Order books.
  10. I think it has been pretty well documented that the suicide of Zach's daughter had little-to-nothing to do with his departure from the project. That was merely the cover story given to the public.
  11. I grew up during the 1970s loving Godzilla. But for me the Legendary Godzilla is the design my adult self sees as the "way he should have looked all along", conceding of course that it benefits greatly from exceptional CGI production. But Edwards' movie was the first time in 60 years that, to my eyes, Godzilla and the monsters he fought looked 100% real. I also really enjoyed the entire aesthetic of the 2014 movie along with its patient storytelling, and the decision to be sparing with showing the monsters. We had decades of Godzilla movies that were non-stop monster slugfests. For
  12. I remember the bad old days when RPG publishers would pretend to own invented game terms through trademark even though none of them were actually registered, and would never receive trademark protection in any case. It was the era of rulebooks filled with Uppercase Terminology and a veritable paragraph at the bottom of the edition notice devoted to convincing the reader that all the terms were trademarks. All in an attempt to prevent anyone else from writing and publishing their own supplements for the game system.
  13. Robin was part of a literary tradition of young boys taking on wild, dangerous adventures, such as Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. I think he works best in that context. But when you take Batman and make his stories dark, grim, and ultra-violent, then kid sidekicks no longer make any sense. You either remove the tween sidekicks from the stories, or you end up looking like an idiot for suggesting that it makes any kind of sense for Batman to bring kids into his lethal world of vigilantism. Pointing out that Batman is a poor mentor of young boys on the basis of stories--and the grimdark setting
  14. WB put that movie on the path to failure from the very start. Firing Snyder and bringing on Whedon out of desperation only made matters worse. But rather than pulling up his big boy pants and just getting through the crappy situation with as much grace as possible, Fisher went the route of passive aggressive resentment, and has turned this into the cross he has chosen to bear for what will probably be the rest of his rather brief career in Hollywood. Was WB responsible for cultivating and fostering a completely miserable on-set environment? Absolutely. Was Fisher being way too prec
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