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The E.A.R.: Not All Heroes Wear Capes

 

I didn’t have a chance to comment on Stan Lee’s passing last week, but it did hit me quite a bit. I’m not an avid comic fan. I read a few comics in my day, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I was exposed to Stan Lee’s work through TV shows, video games, the first wave of Marvel movie adaptations and in 2008, which I like to call the Renaissance.

My first memory of Stan Lee’s works were the cartoon adaptations of Spider Man, and X-Men that were aired on Fox Kids. I remember being drawn to both of these shows of their distinct art style, complex characters, and complex story lines that spanned multiple episodes. While I liked many cartoons, my favorite shows were the ones that had a continuity. I liked always having a reason to watch the next episode.

Fast forward to the gift of a Sega Genesis, I was introduced to video game adaptations of the said franchises. A cousin introduced my brother, and I to the first X-Men game on the Genesis. My mother eventually bought us Maximum Carnage, based on a comic arc of the same name. By this point, my brother and I were entrenched in the Spider Man lore. Through that game, we were introduced to a handful of characters like Cloak & Dagger, Captain America, Deathlok, Firestar, etc.

We were eventually introduced to Iron Man, and War Machine through action figures an older cousin got us. We’d see all of these characters make cameos in various shows in one form of another. It was great seeing multiple universes of comics come together to form one shared universe. In 99′ I was introduced to Capcom’s Vs series, first starting with Marvel Super Heroes, followed by X-Men Vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, and then the penultimate Marvel Vs Capcom. MvC was something special as it was the first time two of my favorite franchises came together to duke it out in brawls that at the time only seemed possible via the myriad of action figures my brother and I shared.

We eventually got the first wave of Marvel films in 2002, and I was so excited to see these heroes on the big screen as an angsty teen that I didn’t realize how bad these movies were. Marvel got its act together in 2008, and got better directors, and writers to craft what we know today as the current Marvel Cinematic Universe; A universe that better mimics many of the crossovers I grew up with in TV shows, the crossovers created through various video games, and the crossovers we imagined as kids with our many action figures.

I just wanted to thank Stan Lee for creating pure magic in what was at times a crappy childhood. Stan Lee’s universe is a reminder of the power that can come from people of different backgrounds and abilities coming together to fight evil. I pray that his legacy will be forever honored and cherished for what it inspired and whom it inspired.

Rest in Power Stan Lee.

Stay classy y’all….

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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The E.A.R.: Knee Jerk Reactions to Black Panther

 

1. Every single one of those women slayed both in looks, and in combat.

2. I love how the movie spends a lot of time taking jabs at how the rest of the world perceives Africa, particularly those who pass judgement based on that one “feed the children” advert they saw one evening when they had nothing better to do.

3. We of the Beaubrun family would like to adopt Shuri as our honorary sister. We will accept no trade offers at this time.

4. This movie was a pretty accurate reflection of the rift between native Africans and, diaspora Africans.

5. Killmonger is a great villain, but nothing will ever top Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.

6. Why does Killmonger look like he beat the shit out of Vegeta, took his armor and screamed, Who’s the greatest Saiyan now?

7. Michael B. Jordan can get you pregnant just by looking at you. If you ain’t ready for kids, i suggest you don’t make eye contact with him.

8. After nearly getting murdered at the hands of a white family obsessed with stealing the gifts, and talents of talented black people; Daniel Kaluuya has found his way back home to the wonderful land of Wakanda where he has found himself a Wakandian beauty.

9. I’ve learned that barking is an appropriate response to people speaking out of turn on matters that are beyond them.

10. The musical score impressed me way more than I thought it would. It was a nice mix of typical movie style score with touches of African music and hip hop.

11. The costume designers for this film better win a damn Oscar. The wardrobes of many African countries were beautifully represented throughout the movie.

12. We should handle all successions of power via combat on giant waterfalls.

13. If anyone wants to buy me a shock absorbent suit made of vibranium, that would be wonderful.

14. It still humors me to this day that people are still leaving Marvel movies before the damn credits are over. I’m so much of an avid Marvel movie watcher that I stayed past the credits of Logan even after the guys who just desperately wanted to clean the theater told us five times that there wasn’t a post credits sequence. I thought they were just being dicks.

A fantastic movie overall. My only complaint is that I want more!

10/10

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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A Twist of JP Lime: LSP’s Syllabus

 

at #JPLMagazine, we’re always looking for new ways to explore the world of Hip Hop, both its sonic and cultural influence. Our own DJ LSP has a passion for a particular literary subgenre, that of the Hip Hop memoir, and in the coming months he’ll be sharing his syllabus with you our readers.

I’m really interested in the stories of the people from our generation (Hip Hop) being told. Memoirs used to be about people and events before our time.

“And Hip Hop is still growing and changing.”

Yeah. My parents and people in their generation didn’t understand the movement when it started. Now Hip Hop is widely, globally recognized and being taught as a genre of music as well as a culture and philosophy.

 

Be sure to follow LSP on Twitter and Soundcloud, and stay tuned right here at #JPLMagazine where he’ll be providing an insightful look at the tales of the emcees, producers, agents, and icons of our beloved artform, Hip Hop.

 

LSP’s Syllabus – The First Ten

Prodigy of Mobb DeepLL Cool J – I Make My Own Rules (1997)

Rev Run – It’s Like That: A Spiritual Memoir (2000)

DMC – King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC (2001)

DMX – E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX (2003)

Ice T A MemoirProdigy – My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (2012)

Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats (2008)

Kool Moe Dee – There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs (2003)

Ice T – Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-From South Central to Hollywood (2011)

Cee Lo – Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer (2011)

Taboo (of The Black Eyed Peas) – Fallin’ Up: My Story (2011)

 

For more takes on music, culture, politics and more, visit JP Lime Productions.

 

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A Twist of JP Lime: Agents of SHIELD – Ghosts and Ghost Rider

 

Agents of SHIELD: Ghost Rider

Welcome back, fellow Agents of SHIELD fans! Though last week’s was an exciting premiere for the fourth season featuring a badass Ghost Rider, this week’s episode introduced many of the upcoming through-lines for the season and the mysterious, possibly canonical elements that we fans love to explore. How will the new characters shape the show’s tone? Will the restructuring of SHIELD feel like a process we’ve already undergone in previous seasons (though now somewhat in reverse) or will a whole new SHIELD emerge as they once again make the clandestine organization public? And how will a character like Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider fit into the new world of the Sokovia Accords?

Agents of SHIELD: Ghost Rider

Agents of SHIELD: Ghost RiderOver the Summer some of us were concerned that adding a character like Ghost Rider – big name, heavy CGI – would be a poor move for the show, overpowering the ensemble style while not adding the correct level of intrigue. There were also those that worried using the fifth, in some ways lesser, version of the Rider (without the signature bike, not a true Spirit of Vengeance, etc.) would leave a sour taste with diehard fans. Thankfully, we critics have been proven wrong, seeing a complicated and mysterious but defined Robbie Reyes, well written so far and well performed.

Furthermore, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen spoke at this year’s SDCC about the connection between Ghost Rider’s arrival and what may be the series’ most curious theatrical tie-in yet, November’s Doctor Strange:

Along with and in mysterious connection to Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange, this fourth season of Agents of SHIELD has already introduced some interesting comic book canonical elements and new plot directions. In the name of avoiding SPOILERS, True Believers, let’s hit the READ MORE link and look at what’s coming on this season of Agents of SHIELD…

*****SPOILER WARNING FOR THE TWO EPISODES OF Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and the upcoming Doctor Strange film SPOILER WARNING*****

Ghosts, magic books, and pesto aioli.. READ ON…

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A Twist of JP Lime: The MCU from ‘Agent Carter’ back to ‘Agents of SHIELD’

 

This week, Professa delves into pop culture and the ever-expanding world of Marvel cinema and television.

 

agent carter agents shield @ www.JPLimeProductions.comOn Tuesday night ABC made a switch between the first two forays into television for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as the first season of Agent Carter ended and the second half of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began in the same timeslot. As I’ve previously written, I’m a fan of just about the entire MCU (parts of Thor(s) and Iron Man 3 notwithstanding..) and I’ve stuck with AoS since its beginning, fascinated by Marvel’s efforts to use a television show to fill in and connect the disparate movie volumes of their franchise. Using a somewhat innocuous back-network from the comic books in S.H.I.E.L.D. meant they could expand the MCU without needing a summer blockbuster to do it and for all its early missteps and critics I think the show has done a good job of staying true to the framework it set up for itself. It is a model quickly being replicated by rival comic giant DC in Arrow and The Flash which could presumably connect with their own upcoming super-team cinematic franchise in the Justice League (though with two different Flashes who knows exactly what their plan is…). Agent Carter‘s first season made further connections with the earlier decades of the MCU, specifically the Captain America films and the hero’s former love, Agent Peggy Carter, as well as a few appearances by his team, the Howling Commandos. We also get a look at the history of franchise player Tony Stark through his father Howard, a fan favorite as played by Dominic Cooper. As featured in the Agent Carter Marvel One Shot (which you can watch below), Peggy goes on to be a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark and though the Season One finale “Valediction” doesn’t bring us quite to this point and it remains to be seen if there will even be a Season Two of the show, there are some indications that as far as the MCU development we aren’t far away from the organization’s inception or that of its nemesis HYDRA.

In the films, the now famous post-credits scenes gave the first hints that these characters were all part of the same universe. When AoS began, they promoted with the hashtag #ItsAllConnected and featured a few guest appearances and mentions. Thor: the Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier were both released during the show’s first season, allowing for interesting tie-ins hinged around the films’ opening weekends. Winter Soldier was the more important connection as the themes that would go on to define the Avengers storylines – abuse of power, the role of superheroes in the world, how much control is too much – as well as the beginning of the dismantling of S.H.I.E.L.D. from within by HYDRA were key to that movie’s plot. As we look ahead to the Civil War storyline coming our way in the next few years of films, these themes will reach culmination and the organization that’s gained its own identity on television becomes somewhat indispensable (there are even rumors of AoS crossovers in May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron). With Agent Carter, the Marvel brains have built the backstory to that quarrel, exploring the forces that would give rise to such a clandestine government organization, what would necessitate it and how it was formed. In true MCU form, the biggest inter-connection and perhaps the show’s greatest stroke came in the final moments of the last episode as Arnim Zola, a main antagonist in both Captain America films emerges from the jail cell shadows (“out of the shadows, into the light..”). It is a critical moment as the mind control/brainwashing techniques that are central to HYDRA are explained as originating with Dr. Faustus/Fennhoff. It is a moment that links the show, already firmly connected with the existing events of the MCU, with what is still yet to unfold. Per delivery from Jarvis, Carter is also still the possessor of Captain America’s super soldier blood, a MacGuffin that drove the last half of the season and will likely resurface in Season 2 or in an AoS flashback.

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–WARNING: INCREASE IN SPOILER LEVEL AHEAD—

What have the <em>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em> become? READ ON…