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Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Iron Man. Captain America. Fantastic Four. The Hulk. Subscribe to our Newsletter Sign up below to receive our weekly email with the best content about movies, news and television from the team at CinemaBlend. Blended From Around The Web. Leave a Comment. Back to top. Hot Topics. Follow Us. Cookie Settings. As mutants, they were all born with their abilities rather than imbued with them by science, magic or aliens.
Consequently, many of these people face mistrust and bigotry from the general population who view them as freaks of nature. However, despite their persecution, they still use their powers to protect the innocent. Brought together by Charles Xavier, the X-Men not only combat threats ranging from fanatical humans to fellow mutants, but their overall mission is to fight for the rights of their fellow mutants and usher in a world of acceptance and peace.
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Facebook Copy to clipboard 9. The Flash Barry Allen In the s, DC Comics decided to relaunch several of their most successful superheroes from the s as new individuals. The Flash was the first to receive this treatment, being reintroduced in as forensic scientist Barry Allen. While working late in his lab one night, he was struck by lightning, which subsequently knocked him into shelf full of chemicals.
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Many non-comic book fans saw this origin told for the first time back in October on the CW series The Flash. This time around, test pilot Hal Jordan inherited a special ring after it was bequeathed to him by a dying alien named Abin Sur who had crash-landed on Earth. While demonstrating some of his creations abroad, Tony Stark was injured and taken captive by enemy soldiers. While in captivity, he was forced to build weapons for these terrorists, but with the help of scientist Ho Yinsen, he built a mechanical suit that allowed him to defeat his captors and escape to freedom.
With a renewed perspective on life, Tony uses his new armor to protect the innocent as Iron Man. Not only is it one of best redemption origin stories and full of action as Tony escaped his imprisonment, it also showed that not everyone who becomes a superhero starts out as a moral individual. Steve Rogers wanted to serve in World War II, but his scrawny body and ill health prevented him from enlisting.
The story was about an aging Wolverine who wanted nothing but peace but was never really allowed to have it. The performance by Hugh Jackman perfectly portrayed this version of Wolverine who went from weary to fed up to fighting for his family. Iron Man 3 gets a lot of flak for deviating from the source material, especially since "Extremis", the storyline it was based off of, is universally loved. This storyline saw the introduction of a virus created by ambitious Maya Hansen and weak-willed Aldrich Killian that grants powers.
This virus empowers Mallen and Tony is forced to inject himself with it to defeat him.
Despite it being a good movie, Iron Man 3 is very cavalier with the source material. Still, the alterations to the storyline were, for the most part, used to better the movie. Mallen was scrapped completely, Killian was the more ambitious one, and Tony never injected himself with Extremis. But the end result was a solid and actually surprising movie. Emma Stone has given us a version of Gwen Stacy that may never be topped.
Devilishly smart, driven, quirky, and extremely likeable, Stone was everything that Gwen was supposed to be and more. And the chemistry she had with Andrew Garfield, Peter Parker, was nearly tangible. Though the writing seemed to be on the wall for her character, it still hurt us deeply when she was gone. Plus, the method in which she fell, with Peter being unable to save her despite his absolute best efforts, had the same effect it did in the comics. There are many reasons why an easy slam dunk like Batman v Superman turned out to be a jumbled mess.
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The biggest had to do with the studio stuffing the some of the best Batman and Superman stories into one movie so they can catch Marvel. The comic drew genuine sadness from audiences because they had come to know and love Superman over nearly 60 years of material. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best movies that Marvel Studios has produced, and is the superhero spy thriller that put the Russo Brothers on the map. Cap desperately tries to save his friend, risking his life over and over to help Bucky remember who he is.
Once again, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Also once again, they missed the mark of what made The Dark Knight Returns so special. This story features an older, embittered Batman who struggles to take his city back while dealing with his old age.
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