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Disney…I, Am Your Cash Cow

What is up my Misfits? I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far and that my posts have been helping get through your Tuesday bluesdays for the past few weeks. It has Been (Kenobi, haha, that joke will make sense in a few paragraphs) an absolute blast writing for you guys and getting your various forms of feedback. I am pleased to inform you that the podcast that will accompany this blog is just under two weeks away from launch! We actually just recorded our pilot episode yesterday. We are all so ecstatic to get this thing going and we hope you are excited to start this journey alongside us! That being said, we will continue to post on the blog along with releasing podcast episodes very very soon, hooray!

Now that my weekly update is finished, let’s get on to my topic of discussion this week. We’re talking about Star Wars! I know, you’re all like “fuck yeah.” Don’t worry, me too.

So before it was the fourth installment in an ever-expanding saga, Star Wars was its own movie. Before it became the brilliant and smash success that it is, it had to be its own stand-alone movie that people liked enough to have sequels made. Luckily for George Lucas (and us, praise be unto the holy lord father Lucas), the first movie was a success and sequels were given the green light. Lucas said he had always planned for more movies because he had a larger story to tell. So the sequels were made and I think we can agree episodes 4-6 were awesome (awesome, they were mhmmmmmm -Master Yoda). Now it was also said that he wanted the prequels and was always planning for them, however, there is (as there always is on the internet) doubts and speculation about that. But hey, more Star Wars, so I’m not complaining. I know there is a sweeping opinion that the prequels blow, but I personally don’t mind them. Alright, Phantom Menace is a bit tough to grit your teeth through but the other two aren’t that bad. I enjoyed them for the most part. Plus the whole conspiracy about Jar-Jar being a Sith Lord and Lucas scrapping the idea because of backlash about the character is amazing. I’m serious, that conspiracy shit is real, check it out here. For a long time, we thought that was all the adventures we would get in this universe.

Then the new trilogy was announced. I, like many others, was fucking PUMPED. People had their qualms with The Force Awakens, but for real, fuck people, it was a new installment and I dug the fuck out of it. I also can’t wait for The Last Jedi and the ninth, unnamed film. Rogue wasn’t my favorite movie, but it was cool to see a prelude to the original story. Even though it felt like a filler, I could see it being necessary.

Now there are talks about standalone movies about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo. Now people may be excited about this to learn about the past of some fan-favorite characters, but me, I am a little wary. Now that the new trilogy stirred up so much excitement and the recent purchase of Lucas Films by Disney, it feels like the company is set to pump out as much Star Wars content as our fan base can stomach before all the hype dies down.

To me, this feels like more of a money grab than a dedication to the fans and the SW universe. I think some things and details are better left unsaid and left to the imagination of the viewers. That is half the fun of movies sometimes. If you have everything nailed down and solidified for you, there is no imagination left. Not to mention, if this canonized info is created and thrown together in the midst of a cash grab scenario, we may have another Phantom Menace situation on our hands and that would make me pretty unhappy.

If you just read that and said “Shut the fuck up, JJ” I have a few things to retort. First, Hey, come on guys chill out 😦

Second, yes maybe you’re happy to see some of your favorite characters explored more deeply, I understand that and I really hope the movies are good. Like. seriously who am I kidding I am going to see those movies 100%. However, to further my ‘milking of a cash cow’ theory; there is a live-action Star Wars series in the works as well as a new ‘blank canvas trilogy. The trilogy will be headed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. This trilogy will tell a new story with new characters in a different corner of the galaxy but set in the same universe. That sounds like it could be cool but I kind of feel like trying to strike gold twice with the same franchise, but with a complete overhaul may be a bit too ambitious. I feel like it could water down the excitement that comes along with Star Wars, the fact that we have followed this story for so long and now it is being completely reset in a sense.

The series, likely set for 2019, doesn’t have a set storyline yet or what characters it will feature, but it has been officially announced (along with a High School Musical show, God help us all). While this series may be exciting and fun, it feels forced. Also, during the superhero movie boom that occurred in the past few years, we got a shit load of superhero shows and look how most of those turned out. They strayed from the real vision of the characters and seemed to become normal tv dramas. With a few exceptions, I will admit.

However, my main point here is that it feels like there is too much SW shit coming out in too short of a time. You know what they say, too much of a good thing is bad. Am I boycotting and condemning all of these things? Absolutely not, I am just skeptical and hope that Disney continues to uphold the integrity of Star Wars and doesn’t flood the market with rushed projects and hollow shells of what the beloved franchise once was.

So? What do you think? Do you agree with me or not? Wanna talk about it or let me know your thoughts? Drop me a line, I would love to discuss this with you guys. Be sure to like, subscribe and follow our blog and social media accounts.

As always, it has been a pleasure Misfits, stay classy San Diego (and everywhere else).

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Time to Get Down With a Thor Showdown Countdown

By: JJ Ferrigno

First off, I want to apologize to you, my wonderful readers. Last week (on such a hallowed day no less, haha) I lied to you. I am so sorry. Haha, yeah, I said I watched 19 hours of Stranger Things for you, while what I really watched was 17 hours because 8+9=17, silly ol’ me. Now that my groveling is done, onto the article.

As you may or may not know, Thor Ragnarok premiered on November 3rd, 2017. For those of you Marvel movie lovers that dig Thor you probably have seen or have plans to go see this movie soon. For those of you that don’t necessarily vibe with Thor, let’s be real, it’s a superhero movie and if you’re reading this article, you’re probably going to go see it anyway. Yeah, that’s right! I know you! I can see into your soul! Haha, just kidding…or am I?

This installment of the franchise’s God-liest Avenger holds many surprises inside. Without giving anything away and only sharing what can be seen in the trailer anyway, Thor gets a haircut (God forgive whoever dared cut those luxurious locks), He reunites and fights (haha rhymes are fun) with his “friend from work” The Incredible Hulk, and his hammer, Mjolnir, is destroyed apparently. Poor thing. An added thought to increase the sadness of that fact, Mjolnir is said to be alive in some way, so technically his hammer was…murdered? That is pretty dark Marvel, leave the innocent sentient weapons alone!

In honor of this movie premiering and the hype surrounding it, we at Misfit’s Tavern want to keep the hype train chuggin’ along all week. So to keep you excited, happy and entertained (I do so much for you guys) I have compiled a list of some of Thor’s Greatest battles and fights. 

Let’s get down to our throwdown showdown!

 

#5. Thor vs Hercules: The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136

This was a long-awaited battle by fans of Hercules and Thor alike. The premise behind this fight is a bit convoluted, but the battle itself is fun, humorous and entertaining as hell. Hercules is duped into impersonating Thor to carry out a dark deed that is necessary to the complicated plot. Thor arrives thankfully, disguised as Hercules (wait…what?) This comedically influenced fight culminates when Thor-Hercules kicks Hercules-Thor square in the holy trinity and follows it up with a nice atomic wedgie. If you don’t believe me or want to check out this visually impressive fight for yourself, take a gander at The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136.

 

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#4. Thor vs The World Serpent: Thor #380

In this showdown, Thor battles Jormungand, the World Serpent! Thor, who was previously injured in earlier events, is pitted against a serpent that was destined to destroy him. Throughout the entire stunningly beautiful fight, the two send powerful attack after powerful attack at each other, until finally, the serpent clamps its gigantic jaws around our beloved Asgardian. So sad to see, the serpent seemingly fulfilled his purpose, until….his teeth are shattered from the inside of his mouth. “Outh, thahh wreawy hurrr, thawwww” -The World Serpent. The issue ends with a final clash between the two, resulting in Jormungand being killed and Thor’s armor laying on the ground, empty. Oh, sure he kills a giant serpent and then leaves so someone else has to clean up his mess. Real classy guy.

 

#3. Thor vs Iron Man: Thor Vol 3 #3

After such events of the superhero civil war, like Tony Stark championing a government registration system for supers as well as creating a clone of Thor, named Ragnarok (OMG LIKE THE MOVIE??) that murdered Goliath, Thor and Tony meet in New Orleans. Tony informs the god of the new registration system which is welcomed by lighting bolts and insults courtesy of Thor. Thor easily shrugs off any attacks attempted by Tony and informs him that he is no longer holding back from using his full strength on his former metal friend. Tony is embedded into the ground by a blow from Thor and is rebuked with “learn the difference between a god of thunder and a mortal man in a metal suit”. Tony hastily offers a compromise which causes Thor to walk off, leaving a battered Iron Man to walk home in broken armor. While this is an excellent fight, it is sad to see these two former friends great each other with such malice and contempt.

 

#2. Thor vs The Incredible Hulk: Hulk Let the Battle Begin Vol 1 #1

This is one of my favorite fights between Thor and The Hulk. These two always have interesting and fun to watch battles, however, this battle was the first definitive win for The Hulk. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But this is a list of all of THOR’S best battles”. I hear you and my answer is simply, calm down. As Drake would say: you win some, you lose some, as long as the outcome is income. Now I am not 100% sure that the outcome was income, what I do know was that this was a great battle. It took place at Mount Rushmore which is pretty freakin’ cool (fuck it, let’s have them fight at a national monument for some reason). Plus, Hulk earns his first official win by grabbing Thor’s hand and pull-off the ol’ “why are you hitting yourself? why are you hitting yourself?” with Mjolnir and Thor’s beautifully sculpted face. Overall, enjoyable battle, humorous style of fighting and two great characters duking it out.

 

#1. Thor vs Superman: Justice League of America/Avengers #2

With the JLA and Avengers pitted against one another in a deadly scavenger hunt across the multiverse, many intense battles ensue. When the score is 6 to 5 in favor of JLA, Thor and Superman battle over the cosmic cube. What is better to settle a religious debate than to have your gods kick each other’s asses to prove whos best? The world would be so much simpler (and cooler). With their teams fighting messily around them, Supes and Thor proceed to decimate a forest around them (STOP DEFORESTATION!) while hurling insults and attacks at one another. One thing you have to love about large scale battles in comics is all the shit talk that goes on during the altercations. I can barely sip soup and listen to music at the same time, let alone use superpowers and think of witty zingers to mentally demoralize my opponent. Props to you superheroes, that’s impressive. The thing I love about this fight is that it actually has the balls (can a battle have balls?) to declare a winner. The winner, after a well-fought battle on both sides, is ultimately Superman (Line up and shake hands, good game, good game, good game). Though Thor lost, this battle deserves the number one spot because not only is it a stunning fight visually and has some incredible sequences, it brings together both universes for an exciting battle that puts all of our favorite heroes in jeopardy, facing off against one another. Good job breaking down barriers comic book people.

 

So? What did you think? Did you like my list? Anything you think I missed or should have added? Are you still hyped to see the new Thor Movie? Let me know the answers to any of those questions or just say hi, either down in the comments or on any of our social media accounts.

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Peace and love Misfits. May the many-faced God bless you all.

Welcome Home

We have all felt as if we don’t belong.

The nagging thought that we don’t fit in wherever we go.

But the truth is we just haven’t found our place yet, we’re just searching for people who encourage us to be unique.

Fortunately, I am here to tell you, this is a place for misfits and oddballs alike. If you have ever been called a nerd, you have been asked to “pause” an online game or you can give a detailed description of why Batman could kick Superman’s ass (or vice versa) you have come to the right place. My team and I have been working together to create an atmosphere where enthusiasts of games, movies, comics and all other forms of entertainment can come to read about, discuss and hear about their favorite things in life. Welcome to Misfit’s Tavern!

My name is JJ (try and guess what that stands for) and I am excited to be continuing the week of introductions. You have already met Mo, our team’s self-proclaimed weirdo.  Now it is my turn. Here at Misfit’s Tavern, we not only want to be successful, we want our fans and community to get to know us and enjoy hearing from us each week.

I was born and raised in a small town called Washingtonville, on Sesame Street. I shit you not, that was my real street. My town was very small and spaced out, for example, I literally passed three farms on my way to school every day. Aside from seeing my friends at school, I didn’t have much of a social life when I was younger. Due to this, I turned to TV and video games to be my best buds. I guess that’s why I always considered myself somewhat of a nerd. My first video game was the original SpyFox for pc and I made my debut into consoles with Spider-Man for the PlayStation 1. After that, it was “game over”, I’ve been gaming ever since. In regards to television, Saturday was my holy day, the morning cartoons were on as soon as they started and would stay on all day. It was then that I discovered my inexplicable love for Batman. The caped crusader always impressed me, in that he could kick so much ass without superpowers, it took me a few years to realize being rich as hell helped him in that department.

My interest in movies came a little later, however, it has only grown over the years. Nothing feels as good as seeing an awesome or obscure movie you love and talking to others that love it just as much. So if you love movies as much as me, you’ll be delighted to know that I rarely shut up when it comes to them. I love cult films, thrillers, crazy twists, horror films, action movies and fantasy based flicks. Game of Thrones has been a passion of mine for a while now. Since season seven just ended I have been having withdrawals, so I began reading the books. Now when the Final season premieres I can be one of those people you always hear saying “the shows not as good as the book.” I also love when people suggest new shows/movies/games for me to check out, so if there is something you want me to talk or write about, just let me know!

To further your trivia knowledge regarding myself, here’s a list of some games/shows/movies and other things that I enjoy and do:

I hope this post helped you get to know me. Let me know what you thought in the comments or through our social media accounts that you can subscribe to on the side! Keep an eye out this week for introductions featuring our other two co-hosts: Jared and Nick, as well as our weekly posts about your favorite forms of entertainment.

To close my introduction, I would like to speak directly to you, the reader, a prospective member of our growing community. You are and always will be welcome here, no one will ever tell you that you do not belong. To quote the picture at the top of this post “If you don’t belong, don’t belong.” I love this quote because it speaks volumes to us “nerds.” We have been told we don’t belong countless times, so why should we try to belong? We are meant to stand out and band together. Let’s make this community somewhere we all belong, let’s make Misfit’s Tavern somewhere all the oddballs can call home. So to all my fellow misfits, I am overwhelmingly pleased to say:

Welcome Home.