Monday, March 28

Who is Who in Each Team: Captain America Civil War

UPDATED 4/11/16

I wrote this up for my nephew who was confused about the alliances.
Captain America
Real Identity: Steve Rogers
Actor: Chris Evans
Powers: superhuman abilities 
Motivations: Championing civil liberties, he forms a rogue team after registration looming and his buddy Bucky is in danger
Previous Movies: Captain America, Captain America 2, Avengers, Avengers 2

Real Identity: Clinton Barton
Actor: Jeremy Renner
Powers: Really good at shooting arrows
Motivations: There could be a fallout between him and Black Widow, he named his daughter after her. Drawn out of retirement to stand beside Captain America, Hawkeye is military man through and through and doesn't have any use for politics. He is there for Cap at any cost — against anyone, even his closest friends.
Previous Movies: Thor (Cameo), Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ant Man
Real Identity:  Scott Lang
Actor: Paul Rudd
Powers: Shrinking
Motivations: He went to prison as a social justice warrior so he probably is anti-government. Plus, probably wants to keep his secret identity to protect his family. Sam Wilson recruits the unwitting Ant-Man for Cap’s team. He is some what star-struck in Captain America’s presence.
Previous Movies: Antman

Former Winter Solider 
Real Identity: Bucky Barnes
Actor: Sebastian Stan
Powers: Bionic Arm, Enhanced reflexes/speed/etc
Motivations: He was brainwashed to be evil, now recovering and still have his 'shakes.'  He might have to pay for his crimes. 
Previous Movies: Captain America & Captain America: Winter Solider, Antman (Cameo)

Real Identity:  Sam Wilson
Actor: Anthony Mackie
Powers: He can fly with his suit
Motivations: Sam Wilson’s Falcon is now a full-fledged Avenger and he is fiercely loyal to Captain America and the team. Opposing the government and Tony Stark at the same time poses no problem for the winged Avenger, who sets out to recruit Ant-Man as an added bonus for Team Cap.
Previous Movies: Captain America: Winter Solider and Antman (Cameo)

Sharon Carter
Actor: Emily VanCamp
Motivations: She was Captain America's body guard in his last movie, she is Peggy's daughter and she still supports Steve. 
Previous Movie: Captain America: Winter Solider

Overall they are for super-powered individuals being registered with the government and controlling those who are more destructive than helpful. 

Iron Man
Real Identity: Tony Starks
Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Powers: Suit, Mind
Motivations: Let's start with the big guy, he wants to protect the world from super-powered people who have proven in the past to be more destructive than helpful.
Previous Movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Avengers 2

War Machine
Real Identity: James Rhodes
Actor: Don Cheadle
Powers: Power suit
Motivations: Iron Man's main man
Previous Movies: Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3

Black Widow
Real Identity: Natasha
Actor: Scarlett Johnansen
Powers: Spy, different weapons
Motivations: Despite her loyalty and friendship with Steve Rogers since the early days of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha disagrees with his position and in a surprise move joins Tony Stark’s team, in support of governmental oversight. Always strategic in her thinking and heroic in her actions, Black Widow is an asset that Tony needs — but one that he cannot control.
Previous Movies: Iron Man 2, Avengers, Avengers 2, Captain America: Winter Solider

Black Panther
Real Identity: T'Challa
Actor: Chadwick Boseman
Powers: Absorbs attacks, enhanced strength, endurance, reflexes
Motivations: T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, the King of Wakanda, joins the ranks of those who support government regulation after innocent citizens are collateral damage from an Avengers’ mission. But when events turn ugly, T’Challa must reveal himself as Black Panther and follow his own path. With his own agenda driving him, Black Panther aligns with Iron Man to achieve his own deeply personal goal.
Previous Movies: None, will be his first appearance in MCU

 The Vision
Actor: Paul Bettany
Powers: Synthetic body, superhuman durability, density manipulation, energy blasts
Motivations: He is an idealist, he believes registering superheroes with the government can serve with that goal. 
Previous Movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Scarlet Witch
Real Identity: Wanda Maximoff 
Actor: Elizabeth Olsen
Powers: Psionics, telepathy, mental control
Motivations: She might be the wild card she is confused and conflicted even though her character poster is blue. With her powers of mental manipulation and telekinesis, Wanda brings a new dimension to the newly formed Avengers team. Just as Wanda begins to feel like she is no longer an outsider, she is unwillingly at the center of the controversy over government regulation of the Avengers. Following Hawkeye, the one Avenger that she knows will always have her back, Wanda joins Cap’s team.
Previous Movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Real Identity: Peter Parkr
Actor: Tom Holland
Powers: Agility, throwing spider webs
Motivations: According to the profile, he was recruited personally by Tony Stark, teenager Peter Parker aka Spider-Man brings his youthful energy and exceptional — though not totally mastered — skills to Iron Man’s team.

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Saturday, March 26

My Idea/Dream Casting: Young Avengers TV Series

With Jessica Jones and Daredevil doing really well on Netflix and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter not pleasing fans, I see more opportunity for TV series from Marvel. My idea is the popular comic Young Avengers, young superheroes that are sort of inspired by the adult Avengers. I'm not the only one thinking this:

Superpowered teens team up and defeat a villain but one of the Avengers come in and confiscate their stuff and threaten to tell their parents. The Young Avengers save the day and prove themselves to the Avenger. In the comics, it was Iron Man and Captain America. But if this will be on TV, they can either go with Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) or even Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). Most dream casts online have included Iron Lad or Spider-Woman but I decided to steer clear to it and focus on the power couple of Wiccan and Hulkling. 

Teddy Altman/Hulking
Description: Hulking in the comics is the hybrid offspring of a Kree/Skrull mating. Hulking is usually easygoing, polite and respectful, and only really loses his temper after extreme provocation.While he sometimes adopts an aggressive persona to intimidate when ’Hulked-up‘, he rarely actually gets angry, usually only at serious threats to those close to him, particularly Wiccan. 
Powers: His shapeshifting abilities allow him to impersonate others, alter parts of his body or add entirely new abilities. He can add claws, extend his reach, create body armor, or grow wings. 
Dream Cast Actor: My dream casting would be Peyton Meyer (Lucas in "Girl Meets World") who is still a teenager and has that 'awe shucks' appeal. 

Billy Kaplan/Wiccan 
Description: Regularly bullied in school because of his homosexuality. While patterning himself after Thor in the guise of 'Asgardian,' he flew and did lightning based spells. By stating an intent and focusing on the outcome,  In the comics, he is linked to Scarlet Witch but if they can't get the actress for the show, they can cut that out or allude to it like CBS' Supergirl has done with Superman. Billy is generally even-tempered, except when Hulkling is in serious trouble. While he’s still easily rattled in combat, he generally keeps a cool head, and can get irritated by Hulkling’s impulsiveness.
Powers: Wiccan is capable of mass teleportation, telepathy, telekinesis, portal creation, clairvoyance, mind control, pyrokinesis, telekinetic force beams and etc.
Dream Cast Actor: Keir Gilchrist of United States of Tara and It Follows, many fans have agreed he would be a perfect fit. 

Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
Description: She is the sort-of co-leader of the Young Avengers for a time in the comics, I say in my imagination of the TV series she is the active leader. To avoid confusion, I might just refer her to as Kate. Kate comes from a rich family and is not comfortable with it. Self-confident and forthright, Kate can be outspoken, and has no hesitation about standing up to anyone. If she believes them to be wrong she will just ignore their advice as soon as they’re out of sight.
Powers: Kate is highly skilled at archery, fencing, swordsmanship, jujitsu, boxing, and other forms of combat. She carries two battle staves similar to those once used by Mockingbird, a sword similar to the Swordsman's, as well as Clint Barton's bow and arrows. In the comics, Black Panther had also supplied her with trick arrows.
Dream Cast Actor: Sarah Hayley Orrantia of the Goldbergs (Erica Goldberg), she is also a singer/songwriter, having been on the show "X Factor." She is hilarious on the show. 

 Tommy Shepard/Speed
Description: In the comics, the team find him in a high-powered facility in Springfield that Kate initially describes as "just juvie", though the facility and its staff are equipped with advanced offensive and defensive technology such as robotic suits and power dampening containment cells. Tommy is there because he "accidentally" vaporized his school. When they release him from his cell, it is immediately noted that Tommy, a white-haired speedster, bears a striking resemblance to Billy ("twin-like") and Quicksilver, sharing the latter's hair color and similar abilities. In fact, spoiler alert: they are indeed brothers.
Powers: Speed is a mutant with the power to move and accelerate at speeds far beyond those of normal human beings. His physiology is designed to move at high speeds which also grants him superhuman reflexes, agility, and durability. 
Dream Cast Actor: Thomas McDonell plays Finn in "The 100", he was the bad boy in Disney's Prom and has appeared on shows like "Suburgatory" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." 

Ms. America/America Chavez
Description: A Latin-American LGBT teenager named America Chavez was raised by her mothers in the Utopian Parallel, a dimension out of time and in the presence of the Demiurge. In the comics, America's mothers sacrificed themselves to seal the black holes pulling Utopia into the Multiverse resulting in their particles being smeared across the Multiverse itself. She is quite a tough independent staunch personality and disposition, and has independent sass and anger issues in Young Avengers,
Powers: She appears to have inherited or absorbed some or all of her superpowers from the Demiurge's ambient magical presence. She possesses superhuman strength and move at super speeds, and the power of flight. Chavez also has the power to kick open holes in reality, allowing her and her teammates to travel through the multiverse and into other dimensions. 
Dream Cast Actress: Cierra Ramirez from The Fosters on Freeform (ABC Family). 

Stature/Cassandra Lang
Description: Even though she appeared in Ant-Man film as a little girl, we don't know exactly where this series can take place. So either it is made a few years later or takes place years in the future. The show could have interesting daddy issues sub-plot if they manage to get Paul Rudd to guest star. 
Powers: Cassie Lang has the ability to increase and decrease her size. Her abilities seemed to be fueled by her emotions. She grows when she gets angry and shrinks when she feels guilty. 
Dream Cast Actress: Skyler Samuels from Scream Queens

Sunday, March 6

Care Bear Cousins through the years

While the Care Bears started in 1982, the Care Bear Cousins were introduced in 1985. Meaning their 30th anniversary was last year. The cousins went from 9 originally introduced in toys and the Dic series to 10 in the Nelvana series (Noble Heart Horse added) to 9 for the 2004 revival toys (Treat Heart Pig omitted) and to now 4 for the Netflix series.
The Hub had a show called "Welcome to Care-A-Lot," sequel series has now showed up on  Netflix called Care Bears & Cousins with four of the Care Bear Cousins.

The four cousins are Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant and Cozy Heart Penguin.

Proud Heart Cat
Originally a peach color, he was given a turquoise color in 2004 for the revival in merchandise and toy. He was a baby in the Care Bears II: New Generation. He doesn't get much attention. He was made female in 2004. Left to right; 1985 promotional art, Dic cartoon and Nelvana cartoon. Her symbol is a heart in a star.

Loyal Heart Dog
A blue dog. Left to Right: 1985 promo art, Dic, Nelvana and 2004 toy. The 2005 toy he got a heart-shaped patch over his eye. His symbol is a bar holding a heart.

 Gentle Heart Lamb
A female light green lamb. She is shy and sweet. Left to Right: 1985 Promo image, Dic, Nelvana and 2004 toy. Her symbol is a pin-cushion heart.

Playful Heart Monkey
Male yellow-orange monkey. He is the jokester of the group. Left to Right: 1985 promo image, Dic, Nelvana and 2004 toy. His symbol was a heart with a party hat on it with a birthday horn. For the revival, the horn was removed and the party hat went on top of the heart.

Swift Heart Rabbit
Female light blue fur rabbit. She is super fast and is overconfident. In 2004, the wings went from in front of the heart and to the bottom to being behind the heart on the top. In the Dic cartoon, she was referred to as a 'he' even though in the Nelvana cartoons she was a she. Left to Right: 1985 promo image, Dic, Nelvana, 2004 toy

Treat Heart Pig
Yellow female pig with a ice cream cone symbol. She was not included in the 2nd Care Bears movie and was not included in neither the 2004 nor the 2016 revival. In the 1985 promo info, she was referred to as a he. 
Left to Right: 1985 promo pic, Dic and Nelvana

 Noble Heart Horse
He was introduced as the dad-figure in Care Bears II: A New Generation. His fur is purple but the toy was multi-pastel color. He did have a 2004 revival toy even though wikipedia pages say no. In a comic book he appeared to be on all fours and Proud Heart Bear rode her. His symbol is  a heart with a star on it.

 Cozy Heart Penguin
Left to Right: 1985 art, Dic, Nelvana, 2004 revival and 2016 series. She is a lilac color, she is sweet. Her 2016 revival is the shortest and trills instead of speaking. Her symbol is a heart with a hat on it. 

Bright Heart Raccoon
 Left to right: 1985 promo art, dic, nelvana, 2004 promo art and 2016 series. His symbol was a heart like a lightbulb and for the 2004 revival, it became light sparks around the heart to back to the original symbol for 2016. He is the smart one. 

Lotsa Heart Elepehant
He was a strong and caring pink bear. For the 2016 revival, he was changed to female. Left to Right: 1985 promo art, Dic, Nelvana, 2004 toy and 2016 series. Symbol is a weight with hearts on it. 

 Brave Heart Lion
The de-facto leader/male brown-orange lion. Left to Right: 1985 promo art, Dic, Nelvana, 2004 revival and 2016 series. The symbol is basically a crown on a heart but changed. He is the only one that his symbol has changed the most out of the four chosen for the revival. Originally the crown was to the left and had pink on top. In the revival it was purple and to the right. For 2016, stayed to the right without a cushion.

If this series succeeds, I would love to see them all back. I am guessing the Lamb, Monkey and Rabbit are most likely to be revived.