With QuickSilver making his first proper silver screen debut (he, arguably, made a cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), it seems that the Age of Geeks has finally begun. We are living in an age where the once impossible is happening before our eyes. As a life-long geek, I never thought I’d live to see the day where The Guardians of the Galaxy, or Ant-Man would get their own feature film. Finally, we can watch a super-hero film that isn’t about Batman, Superman, or Wolverine (and his pining of Jean Grey). This is not to say that those heros aren’t awesome in their own rights or that I think poorly of the Batman Vs Superman film, which has started filming, or that I’m not excited to hear that Hugh Jackman wants to continue to play Logan. It has more to do with the fact that with a host of amazing characters in comic book history, and in other media, it is great to see fan favorites finally appearing on both the big and small screen.
Villains like Apocalypse and Thanos, can finally give Magneto, and viewers, a break from the same worn out storylines. Plus, DC is taking great pains in adding to their lineup of live-action heros, to the extent that they’re even trying to bring Aquaman to the big screen; Aquaman, who’s been a strong force in comics, but hasn’t translated well on screen. This means that the new Flash tv series, the renewal of Arrow, and Damian Wayne appearing outside of comics, in the animated feature Son Of Batman, is only the start of DC’s long awaited counterattack against Marvel’s super successful films. As all-out war breaks out between those two comic book rivals, fans around the world are sure to benefit in the near future. With new Marvel show’s like Agent Carter (also: Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones) and a Justice League (also: a possible Green Lantern sequel) movie in development, the added news that Star Wars VII started filming is like icing on the cake! With old fan favorites returning and new faces appearing in the coming installments, what fan wouldn’t be overjoyed? On a side note, let’s not forget that an Avatar sequel is within sight now that the script has been completed. Also, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out later this year. If it does well at the box office, it may be a new start for the live-action movie franchise.
As new stills and information leak, geeks have more than enough to look forward to and discuss (with joy or rage) this year, and also for the next decade (Marvel Studios has planned up to 2028). One thing is clear: the days of hopelessly wishing for characters like Deadpool to get their own movies, or miniseries, seems to be drawing to an end. Hell, Squirrel Girl could even get her own movie. The age of the geeks has begun.
Still of Son Of Batman courtesy of comicbookresources.com. The still from Days Of Future Past taken from unleashthefanboy.com