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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 & 2 In Review…

Posted in Film, Film Review, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on March 31, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start by saying, I read ‘Captain America’, ‘The Flash’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The West Coast Avengers’ & ‘Strange Tales’ Comics in the late 80’s/early 90’s

That said, Captain America & The Flash were my favorite all time Superheroes

I didn’t care for the first ‘Captain America’ Movie, though I really like Chris Evans as an actor (He was great in ‘Fantastic Four’)

But each time the Captain America character was in one of the Marvel Movies, his character improved, to a point that he is awesome

Now in ‘The Winter Soldier’ I immediately liked Sebastian Stan and his Bucky character

I’ve never been a huge Falcon fan, but Anthony Mackie is a great actor, and played him well

Moving onto the series

Episode 1

SPOILERS!

They began the Episode with a bang, aiming at all those people who love action in Superhero movies I think

I love action, but the best scenes in the original ‘Avengers’ movie (And in comic books), was all the character back and forthing in between action scenes

So, big action opening, then it slows way down to soap opera speed (The production isn’t in a hurry, and why should they be, they have time, it’s a series)

I felt it must have been a challenge to do the Winter Soldier character in episode 1, he was largely silent in the Marvel films, and in this format, he has to talk a lot more

The bad guys seem ok, nothing special

For me, bad guys always need to be strong characters, or who cares if the good guys defeat them

The best part about Episode 1, was the ending scene, when the new Captain America is announced

Very comic book, in fact when I was reading Captain America 30 years ago, part of the storyline was a new Captain America

Episode 2

Episode 2 was immediately better, because Bucky hooked up with The Falcon, though I wasn’t completely clear why they were working together again, maybe it was explained in the movies

That said, their chemistry was right back on point from the movies

The bad guys, however, were physically strong, but not interesting in the least

What really bothered me most about Episode 2 was that they introduced us to the new Captain America, who seemed like a really good guy, trying to do his best to help people…

…but by the end of the Episode, he was a full blown jerk… It didn’t feel right at all, flat out bad writing, bad directing, or both

Still, I’m looking forward to continuing to watch the series, if for nothing else, to watch the two lead actors and the Winter Soldier character in action

Nuff Said

Thanks for listening/reading

A Hero Rises, A Hero Falls… Nature Can Be Cruel, But Chadwick Boseman Will Always Be With Us

Posted in Acting, Actor, Film, Film Making, Films of Meaning, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on August 29, 2020 by darkjade68

Parker (Spider-Man Fan Fiction) Episode III

Posted in Fan Fiction, Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , on July 31, 2020 by darkjade68

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Parker

by DarkJade

Fan Fiction based on Stan Lee & Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man Character

Episode I – You’re Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Episode II – Hustle & Bustle

EPISODE III – Mary Jane

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – MORNING

Student, after student, after student run up the several adjoined stairways leading to the campus

Meanwhile, Peter Parker nonchalantly makes his way up the stairs, holding his camera, looking about

‘PETER!’ suddenly he hears his name called out by his High School crush, and friend, Mary Jane Watson…

…and his handsome, dark haired buddy, Harry Osborn

Mary Jane grabs onto, and squeezes Peter, ‘Did you change your mind!’

‘Are you joining us in college this year?’ she finishes…

…her big green eyes blinking with hope

‘Come on Pete, you’re only a year behind us, we can still mess around for the next 3 years’ interjects Harry

‘Nah… Like I said last year, I don’t have the money for that.’

The light goes out of Mary Jane’s eyes

Harry notes this, ‘Ah, come on Peter, I don’t get why you didn’t take one of those genius scholarships,’

‘Hell even my dad Dad would hire you part time working for him, he could use a mind like yours… He’s run into all sorts of delays in his work due to his scientists lack of ability… That would pay enough, and still allow you time to school with us.’

‘Yeah Pete,’ interjects Mary Jane, her hope slightly reinvigorated

‘I really appreciate it Harry… I do, but,’ Peter holds up his camera, ‘I’m a Photo Journalist now… Finally got a gig with none other than ‘The Daily Bugle’

‘Ahhh…’ Harry dismisses Peter with an arm gesture, then steps away, ‘Come on MJ, we’re going to be late… See yah Pete’

MJ’s sad eyes slightly sparkle as she kisses Peter’s cheek, ‘It was sure great seeing you Peter… I’ve… I mean… We’ve missed you’

With a final look deep into his eyes, MJ turns away, and disappears into the last of the students rushing to class

Meanwhile Peter reaches up and touches his cheek, ‘She kissed me’

For Stan Lee

DarkJade-

Parker (Spider-Man Fan Fiction) – Episode 2

Posted in Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , on July 29, 2020 by darkjade68

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Parker

by DarkJade

Fan Fiction based on Stan Lee & Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man Character

Episode I – You’re Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

EPISODE II – Hustle & Bustle

THE DAILY BUGLE – 9:00am

The hustle and bustle of an extremely busy newspaper…

The ‘Daily Bugle’
And what would the ‘Daily Bugle’ be without the yelling of JONAH JAMESON, the Editor and Chief
This is the energized, relentless environment in which the hopeful Peter Parker enters, his camera in hand, and otherwise totally unprepared
‘Out of my way kid!’ snaps a reporter rushing by
‘Oh… Pardon… Sorry… I–‘ Peter begins to reply, but is cut off
‘YOU, YOU AND YOU!’ Jonah Jameson walks by pointing at Peter and two other photographers who apparently entered the office right behind him
‘Hi,’ says Pete, to no reply
The two of them sneer at the younger Peter Parker, and brush by him, following Jameson into his office
Jameson stands behind his desk, places the palms of his hands against his desk, and speaks
‘Alright, which one of you has something I can take the Web Slinger down with!’
Peter is stunned by the harsh words, as one of the two other photographers slams a photo on his desk
‘Here sir… Spider-Man exiting a T.V. store with a stolen television under his arm…’
‘What! Wait-‘ starts Pete
‘No me sir,’ speaks the other photographer, slamming his on the desk
Jameson picks them both up, ‘One in pajamas… The other is a woman… GET OUT!’ he yells at the other two photographers as he tosses their fraudulent photos to the floor
‘But-‘ one of them attempts
‘OUT!!’ the Chief yells, and the photographers are gone
He then sits behind his desk, lights a large cigar, and kicks his feet up on the desk
Pete is terrified, and overwhelmed, looking down at his photo of a bird
Jameson takes a big hit, and blows the smoke out, ‘Whatya got for me kid, I don’t have all day.’
Peter hesitantly places the picture of the bird on his desk, his hand shaking
Jameson grabs it just as one of his assistants rush into the room with coffee, placing it on his desk
‘A bird?’ Jameson speaks
Suddenly three reporters enter all yelling at one another, and trying to speak to the Chief
‘Hold on, hold on!’ the Chief snaps at them
Meanwhile, Peter, with his tail between his legs, meanders out of the office, defeated
‘KID! GET ME SOME PICTURES OF SPIDER-MAN, AND I’LL PAY YOU $50!’ Jameson yells out to Peter
Peter can’t believe it, ‘Yes sir, Mr. Jameson!’…
…and runs out of the office
Thanks Sam
DarkJade-

Parker (Spider-Man Fan Fiction)

Posted in Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , , , on July 28, 2020 by darkjade68

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Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, sits atop a high rise looking down upon the city he protects

On a large banner, a huge picture of him in his costume, holding his thumb up
‘Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man’ written In large neon lights below
‘Oh, man… Why does it have to be ‘friendly’… I’m 19 now, I need to get meaner… Like… Wolverine”
He then dismounts from the side of the building, and plummets downward
‘Yeeeeehooooo!’ he yells as he falls, casting a web at the building across the street just in time to pull himself into a swing heading down the street
Launching new webs along the way, but the streets appear to be well this night…
…crimeless
Just before midnight he enters the window of his bedroom in his Aunt Macy’s apartment, slips off the costume, and gets beneath the covers just as Aunt May enters his room
She smiles
‘Goodnight love’ she speaks, then closes the door
Peter lays on his back, staring at the ceiling
‘Tomorrow, the ‘Daily Bugle’… They gotta have some work for me,’ he says to himself, then rolls over on his side and goes to sleep.
Thank You Stan, We Miss You
DarkJade-

Dark Light

Posted in Blog Series, Superhero, Writing with tags on September 23, 2019 by darkjade68

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DARK LIGHT

by Darkjade

THE YEAR 2037

NEW YORK CITY

A DOCKYARD 

Several shady individuals gather around a single, young individual.

“I didn’t see anything… I swear,” speaks the youth, as they begin to draw short blades to take him out.

Suddenly, in a flash of light, a Masked Man, one might refer to as a ‘Hero’… Or, ‘Vigilante’ appears, taking down three of them in a blink…

…the others run off.

“Thank man—” the youth speaks, but the mysterious figure is already gone.

APARTMENT BUILDING

WEALTHY DISTRICT

60TH FLOOR

JADEN DARIUS TUSK exits the elevator, his conditioned body notable, though he is in his low 50’s, and silver haired.

He opens the door to his apartment, and enters a dark chamber…

…dark save the city lights which blare through his all glass outer wall.

He peers out upon the city, then steps to his desk, and switches on his computer.

He brings up 8 photos on his screen…

…Twenty year olds, to late 30’s.

There’s a Red X across one of the girls, a dark haired one.

Hybrids.

He stands and pours himself some expensive whisky.

“You Really Should Consider Including Your Daughter In This Team You’re Assembling…”

“We’ve discussed this M-6… No… Send the locations of the remaining 7 to my Cell…” Jaden speaks, sits down the empty whisky glass, and heads to his room to sleep.

PICTURE CREDIT – Bastion

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Superhero with tags , , on July 9, 2019 by darkjade68

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Wow… Watched this for the first time last night on Netflix

So much heart

And the Animation was Mind Blowing

Aftermath: Chapter VII – Zod

Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , on February 1, 2019 by darkjade68

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Aftermath (A Superman Fan Fiction)

By DarkJade

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7 – Zod

The truth is, I don’t even know if Zod and his disciples are even on the planet anymore.

Zod… An enemy of my father’s.

Irony doesn’t quite cover it.

My father sent me here to have a life, as Krypton was destroyed by the red sun.

But my father’s life continued in the form of this enemy, who I did not know other than what the crystals at my fortress told me.

Information…

But I couldn’t spend the life that my father gave me, the second chance, looking over my shoulders for some remote possibility that he’d ever escape.

And even now, I do not regret the path I took.

As the inhabitants here are fond of saying, “I’m only human.”

Or so I’ve nearly become.

For in all honesty, humans, though they are flawed, have the greatest potential for love, and joy.

I yearned to feel that…

And I did with Lois, though not for as long as I had hoped.

But is that not also human.

Hopes and expectations, followed by adaptation.

Another dark day…

It felt like I was walking forever…

But in a matter of time, I would reach Metropolis.

And perhaps, find out some answers.

Is Lois alive?

Has Zod left the planet.

What precisely happened during those 10 years I was underground, beyond the obvious near destruction of our planet.

Time will tell.

PICTURE CREDIT – General Zod

Aftermath: Chapter VI – Beyond The Glasses

Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on January 29, 2019 by darkjade68

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Aftermath (A Superman Fan Fiction)

By DarkJade

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode VI – Beyond The Glasses

“Good morning,” I woke to the warm words of the older man as he knelt down and handed me a cup of coffee.

And for just one moment, I forgot that the world around us was ash and wreckage.

But for only that one moment, as the black rain was starting to fall once more as they packed up their camp.

One of the ladies, the friendlier one, was combing her son’s hair…

While the other watched me with suspicious eyes as she packed, sawed off shotgun never to far from her.

I smiled slightly at her, to no avail…

…if anything, it made her more suspicious.

“Good morning,” spoke the gentle voice of the little girl, who had somehow snuck up behind me.

Though she was 9 or 10, she was holding a ragged looking stuffed pink bear tightly.

The innocence in her eyes…

“Well hello there,” I spoke, as I stood, and rolled up the blankets they had afforded me.

“What’s their name?” I questioned about the bear, as I pinched one of its’ ears.

“Seymour…” she replied, as she gazed at me softly.

I knelt down next to her, “What about yours?”

“JENNY! Leave the nice man alone,” her mother called, dropping the comb she was using on her son in anxiety.

“Go on,” I spoke, and she walked away, grasping tightly onto her bear, and peering back at me with a bright smile.

Somehow this group had survived just fine on their own… And I would leave it that way, I moved on alone.

PICTURE CREDIT – Superman & Girl

Aftermath: Chapter V – Mortality

Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero, Writing with tags , on January 27, 2019 by darkjade68

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Aftermath (A Superman Fan Fiction)

By DarkJade

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5 – Mortality

It was obvious I wasn’t going to make it all the way to Metropolis alive at this rate…

If those A.I. Robots had wished, they could have simply snapped my neck.

“Think Clark… You’re Not Giving Yourself Enough Credit… You Knew That They Were Military Issue… They Weren’t Likely To Do That”

But A.I. Change, grow, adapt to their surroundings.

And though I tried to make myself feel less foolish, it wasn’t working.

The fact was, I needed to find others to travel with.

But who.

The morning was cold, and as I looked to the sky, I could almost swear the sun beyond wanted to break through the darkness…

…but I was always the optimist.

Perhaps my greatest weakness… But also a strength.

As I entered into some charred hills, the idea of actually finding others to travel to Metropolis with faded from my hopeful mind.

No, I just needed to be more careful than last night.

And then I saw them…

…two girls in their 30’s, an older man and two children… Maybe 9 or 10 years old.

I stopped, “Hello there,” I spoke naively.

With this one of the woman rose what looked like a cutoff shot gun, and aimed it right at me.

“DON’T COME ANY CLOSER!” she spat.

The second girl than grabbed the barrel of the gun, “Laris… It’s alright.”

An optimist… Like me.

“You really shouldn’t sneak up on people like that,” the second girl spoke.

“I’m sorry… I guess I was just surprised to come across anyone,” I spoke, we were standing maybe 50 feet away.

“What’s your name fellow?” spoke the elder man, who had rose from his lawn chair, and stepped in front of the woman…

…meanwhile the two children hesitantly continued to play with some toy trucks…

One a girl, one a boy, the girl kept glancing my way with sad eyes.

“Clark…” I replied.

The man approached me, a sort of warmth in his eyes.

But for the most part, a defeated looking fellow.

“Well Clark,” he spoke as he stuck out his hand, “Why don’t you settle in here with us for the night.”

He was a fool like me…

But this fact would not cost him this night…

“Thank you,” I replied, and made my way to the others.

PICTURE CREDIT – Clark Kent Comic