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What songs should be in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2?

I have to say that Guardians Of The Galaxy is still one of the best films I have ever seen in my life. This movie had brilliant characters, the best writing, look amazing and had the most appealing soundtrack I have ever heard. True, all the songs are from the 1970’s and had been out previously, but that didn’t stop them from fitting in perfectly to the film. So I have been thinking, that first album was so awesome…but what will Volume 2 be like? I have got 15 songs on this list which I really hope will be part of the upcoming MCU feature and why they would work. How about some Queen? Maybe a dip into the 80’s? Let me know what you would choose (this is just my personal opinion, but I hope you like the choices)…

Blondie – Heart Of Glass

We know that Peter Quill’s fellow guardians are fans of the music. So how about a scene in which Gamora is dancing along to this 70’s hit? Blondie is perfect mixtape material. The band has got so many tracks which would work well in the Marvel sequel, but ultimately this one would just really set a great tone for the film!

Queen – Radio Ga Ga

I know for a fact this would already break the barrier from Awesome Mix Vol. 1, but as Peter’s mum gave him the second tape in 1988, there is a good chance to have one of Queen’s mightiest anthems. There is a lot of songs to choose from, but I am sure a great montage could be formed using this classic tune.

Pretenders – Brass In Pocket

Yet again I can just imagine this classic being a good song for the cast to be dancing around to. Maybe if a love scene between Star-Lord and Gamora was to come. Romantic? Maybe not. But there is something about this song and the belief from many listeners that this relates to intercourse just sounds like it could fit in.

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

There is something about this song which just screams comedy gold to me. I don’t know how exactly it could fit in, but there is just something about this Number one track from Kate Bush which would surely benefit from Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord trying to sing along to it.

The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

There needs to be one or two emotional songs in any soundtrack. I am sure meeting his father would be a very emotional time. How about taking one of the more gripping tracks from their back catalogue and placing it front and centre when he finally meets Ego?

Elton John – Ego

Speaking of Ego, how about the Elton John track of the same name? I will be honest, there isn’t much that can be done with this track. But you never know. It could be a fun track to chuck in there somewhere, otherwise ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ could also be a great addition.

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You

So I said there had to be some emotional tracks in the film. While I was thinking of the 80’s for inspiration, I just think this would be another great track for the relationship of Star-Lord and Gamora. We will see if it does happen.

A-Ha – Take On Me

Could this be the tune to a fight scene? It would certainly work well for a chase scene in the movie! Again, I know nothing of what is to come apart from what has been officially released, but I know this song would fit in perfectly. Blending the 70’s and 80’s music would certainly be highlighted with some A-Ha.

Madness – Our House

The one thing we get from the Guardians is that they are very much a family. They also are living together on the Milano and I reckon they must have a family feel to them when we see Vol. 2. ‘Our House’ is fantastic and would be great for the start of the film.

Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

Will we get another sequence like the escape from The Kyln? If so, why not give a spin of the famous Thin Lizzy track which I think would have been perfect for that scene in the first movie. A great rock tune and another fine addition of the playlist.

Bee Gees – Stayin Alive

Why not include some disco in the mix? Bee Gees and Chris Pratt sounds like a match made in heaven, but imagine Bautista’s Drax getting into the groove? Baby Groot could be in the background with Gamora and Rocket singing along? Please make it happen.

Abba – Mamma Mia

What would be wrong with Abba? Nothing!

Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth

I am sure something will encourage Star-Lord to return to earth, and I think it would be this song that would make him want to return. It is just a great song which does great as a pop tune and a more serious track overall!

AC/DC – Highway To Hell

Every film needs to have a kick arse song to end it…and I think this would be great. It is presumed that the movie will be a lead in to Avengers: Infinity Wars, which needs something big to bridge that gap. If you are about to take on the most dangerous being in existence, there has to be something that really sets that tone. The classic rock track is indeed perfect to close the film!

David Bowie – Space Oddity

Yes, there was a Bowie track on the first film, but would it hurt to have another? David Bowie sadly left us earlier this year and it is a shame he never got to become part of this brilliant film world. But how great would it be to have ‘Space Oddity’ play in this film? I think it would be perfect for the film and I reckon James Gunn must have considered it at some point! Please please please have this as part of Awesome Mix Vol. 2!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION MARVEL TV CHARACTER PORTRAYALS

Marvel TV shows have been a big extension to the MCU since Agents Of SHIELD debuted in 2013. With four shows currently in this universe, and a number more still in production, we have got lots to enjoy. There has been some fantastic performances so far in the last three years and I am sure Luke Cage this month will continue the trend. With ABC making a great start with the Agents side of the MCU and Netflix bringing us The Defenders, this list had a great mix of portrayals. Honourable mentions go to Mike Colter’s Luke Cage who narrowly missed the list, though will be right in the Top 10 from the previews of his upcoming series. Elodie Yung giving us a great Elektra really did well and Agent Carter actors James D’Arcy for being Mr Edwin Jarvis and Wynn Everett as she became the villainous Whitney Frost!

  1. Deborah Ann Woll – Karen Page (Daredevil)

All heroes need something to keep them grounded and Karen is definitely a character that is needed in the show.Deborah Ann Woll is cast well as the love interest to the title character and is at the centre of the story in both seasons. Karen may not be the toughest character, but she is willing to do all she can to help her friends and fight for justice. Her life changes when she comes to Nelson and Murdoch, but it is her investigation into The Punisher which really shows her worth.

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  1. Clark Gregg – Agent Phil Coulson (Agents Of SHIELD)

The man who was the backbone to the MCU throughout phase one was warmly welcomed back when talks of a spin-off begun. His death was maybe not liked by many, but there is a lot of good that came from this. First, we got a great mystery which lasted quite a while as to how Coulson came back to life. Clark Gregg embodies Coulson perfectly and he is a fan favourite. For a character that was made especially for the MCU, you can find him in all the different medias of Marvel and I am grateful for how much we get of this brilliant character.

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  1. Elden Henson – Foggy Nelson (Daredevil)

Every show needs some comic relief, and it works better if they also become the heart of the show. Foggy Nelson, best friend and business partner to Matt Murdoch. Their friendship changes forever when Foggy finds out Matt is actually Daredevil. As a lawyer, Foggy is definitely very resourceful and willing to do all he can to help those he cares about, that includes Matt and Karen. For most of the series, he is a source of humour and a break from the gripping drama in the show. But from the moment he finds a bludgeoned Matt in his apartment, that is when Foggy became his best!

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  1. Ming-Na Wen – Agent Melinda May (Agents Of SHIELD)

What happens when you get a character that is able to overshadow your main star, you get Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May. Known for her nickname The Cavalry, May is one of the toughest agents in SHIELD history. The character at one point stopped doing missions after something big happens and her life is in tatters. Though she may not be too social with her team, she is very protective and can kick the arse of any person that gets in her way. You wouldn’t want to get in a fight with May, but you would definitely appreciate her assistance if it was needed.

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  1. David Tennant – Kilgrave (Jessica Jones)

A man who is able to manipulate any person just by talking to them, Kilgrave is indeed a very dangerous character. He hasn’t got super strength, he can’t fly and can’t shoot beams from his hands, but he can control practically anyone. At one time, he was able to bend the will of Jessica Jones for his own gain and she had since lived with the nightmares of her actions. Kilgrave proves numerous times he is not to be messed with and David Tennant brings to the MCU his best performance since starring in Doctor Who.

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  1. Charlie Cox – Matt Murdoch/Daredevil (Daredevil)

From the first episode, we know that Matt Murdoch has been fighting crime both in and out of the court room for some time. Matt Murdoch is just truly wanting to get justice in his city. After his father died, he wanted to do all he could to protect the innocent. His path leads him to face The Kingpin and later the vigilante The Punisher. Daredevil was one of the first MCU heroes to prove just how vulnerable they can be, seeing Matt an inch from death is really hard to watch, but it may just be the most intriguing thing about the man without fear!

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  1. Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)

Much like Coulson, Peggy has been a backbone to the MCU for quite some time. Since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, she has appeared in other Cap films, a short and in Agent Carter. Taking her role as a founder of SHIELD, Peggy continues her fight against those who could threaten the world while still holding some hope of seeing Steve again. Fighting her way through a sexist 1940’s America, Hayley Atwell gives her greatest performance as she gives the world the first true female hero in the MCU!

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  1. Jon Bernthal – Frank Castle/The Punisher (Daredevil)

Anyone who is a fan of The Punisher character will know that it’s not been easy to make this character appeal to an audience (Looking at 1989 and 2008 on this one). But, Jon Bernthal not only does a great job, but he steals the show every time he appears. He is more than a match for Daredevil, he has one of the greatest revenge stories in the comic book world and he honestly believes he is doing the right thing. Tormented by the death of his family, his path for vengeance and personal pain won over everyone…no wonder he is getting his own TV series!

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  1. Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)

For anyone who has seen Krysten in any other show, you will know her versatile she can be. Appearing in shows such as Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 was proof of her dedication, Jessica Jones is no exception. The character has not had the best of upbringings (how many superheroes actually did?), but she still tries to do what’s best. After her initial altercation with Kilgrave, Jessica struggles to get her life back together. She becomes a private detective and also has some powers too, not someone to mess with. PTSD plays a big part in the show, and to see the suffering Jessica has been through and goes through in the first season, you can’t help but feel for her. Sure she is drinking a lot, having sex with someone she is investigating and generally not caring about a lot of people. Inside, Jessica Jones is a character I feel the most for as she seems to put on such a strong front to forget her past.

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  1. Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk/Kin gpin (Daredevil)

Coming up with a villain like Kingpin was a masterstroke for Marvel Comics, seeing him on screen is even better. Michael Clarke Duncan made the character fantastic in the 2003 Daredevil movie, but Vincent D’Onofrio made for a superb addition to the cast. We see him gradually in the first few episodes, but we know who he is immediately when we finally meet him. Wilson Fisk starts as a very private businessman who eventually comes to the light when he looks to “save” his city. We also get to see what made him into the Kingpin by seeing flashbacks to his childhood and also watching him fall in love with this to-be wife Vanessa. Don’t let this sensitive side fool you, he will still beat you to death (thinking of a certain car door scene). Definitely a powerful character and the best portrayal from Marvel’s TV line-up.

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Constantine is finally coming to Blu-Ray and DVD

The strength of the short-lived NBC show is unbelievable. Since the show finished airing in 2005 after just 13 brilliant episodes, we do seem to find it hard to let go. On a recent post, I revealed Matt Ryan’s John Constantine as my favourite DC character on TV. If you have seen this show before, chances are you will want to watch it again very soon. For those who haven’t, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming release.

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RELEASE DATE

As of this moment, the release is set for October 4th 2016 in the US. Although at the time of writing, there was no UK date set. Hopefully this will be rectified soon as I would very much like to own a copy of one of my favourite shows from the last few years. Worldwide I am not too sure on when it will be released, but it is a better promise than saying IF it will be released.

WHATS IN THE BOX

Being called The Complete Series, you know you will have all 13 broadcast episodes of the Hellblazer adaptation. The extras are there, just not too many to get excited about. First we have the Constantine Trailer (trailers have always been a popular feature). There is also Behind The Scenes footage for the release too. For the Comic-Con lovers amongst us, there will also be the 2014 SDCC panel which features cast and crew of the show from before it made its debut and finally a feature known as ‘DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014’.

WHY YOU SHOULD BUY IT

As we know, there has been a lot of internet buzz around Constantine returning in some shape or form. The biggest moment so far was Matt Ryan reprising his role for an episode of Arrow (please make more appearances, that was a great one!). With Matt Ryan coming back again to play the character for the animated feature Justice League Dark, there is certainly an audience for his take on the DC character. I think this may get some wheels into motion for potentially a new Constantine series (still think CW should have done Constantine Season 2 instead of Legends Of Tomorrow) and if popular enough, plenty more from this character in the future. Plus if you haven’t seen the show, I guarantee that having this in your collection will be a wise move and one you won’t regret.

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Constantine: The Complete Series is out October 4th in the US and will be available through Amazon and other retailers. Expect international release dates soon!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With Captain America: Civil War just a couple of months away, the start of Phase Three will see some huge changes come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With favourites such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Spider-Man about to debut in the world, there is plenty of excitement growing for the upcoming movies. But, we should not forget the past. The 12 films in the series so far have proved just how far the series has come. With a great majority of films doing a splendid job, tight casting and some of the most memorable scenes in cinema through the 21st century. The MCU is definitely going to leave a huge mark on cinema history forever. Let’s see how the films so far rank from worst to best…

  1. Iron Man 2

Maybe the obvious choice, but it had to be. First off, we get Mickey Rourke after he wowed in The Wrestler and Sin City being given very little in terms of character development and being made to look too much like a slimmed down Iron Monger suit. We finally get Samuel L Jackson making his first full appearance as Nick Fury, but where exactly does he go for a majority of the film? Then we had Terrance Howard being replaced (though I did grow to like Don Cheadle a lot more from Iron Man 3 onwards). Though not a bad movie on its own, it is certainly misguided.

  1. Thor: The Dark World

Now, in my defence I think this film is very funny and the chemistry between the cast was great. It definitely gave us a better look at Asgard and was the first MCU film to really feature alien planets prominently. Though, the lack of menace from Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith and the story was almost non-existant. It did seem the film was just throwing ideas at a wall, hoping something would stick. Though seeing Stellan Skarsgard running around in the nude at Stonehenge is definitely something fun and unexpected, it couldn’t save the film.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

Don’t make Edward Norton angry…oh, they did! Clearly a huge improvement on the unrelated 2003 ‘Hulk’ by Ang Lee, this film still had a lot to prove. Luckily, the biggest improvement was the actors who stepped up. While Edward Norton may not be the favourite Hulk anymore, he certainly made a good attempt at being Dr Bruce Banner. With Liv Tyler being the heart, Tim Roth proving to be a top villain and William Hurt giving us the true General Ross, what could go wrong? Well not much, but from this film we could see it seemed almost unrelated to the MCU, save for that little post-credit scene which I still believe is a flash-forward to ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

  1. Iron Man 3

After The Avengers did the best job possible for superhero movies, it was then left to Robert Downey Jr. and his friends since 2008 to somehow continue after this peak. While it was not as good as the 2012 team-up, it certainly did keep the entertainment levels up. Breaking the previous formula slightly from the first two films, we see Tony Stark go against someone with powers. The extremis-powered Killian was certainly a good match for strength and proved to be a greater danger and a better villain than some that came before.

  1. Thor

We get to meet Thor, God of Thunder and our first true “alien” for the Avengers. But also, we get to meet Loki. Possibly the best villain the MCU has shown, Loki really gets to have fun and he really gets to show his descent into evil with emotional consequences. The fight between the “brothers” is certainly a highlight for the MCU and to see the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins take the part of Odin was too great to be true. The film may not be perfect, but it is a fun piece and will be regarded as taking a huge step in the development of the MCU.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Bringing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together for the second time was no easy task, and the ripples of it still resonate nearly a year later. Joss Whedon had previously done so much for the MCU from taking on The Avengers and giving his touch to phase 2 overall. Though Whedon has said about his struggles with the movie, he certainly did give 110% and maybe put in a bit too much into the runtime of the movie. Setting up many elements for phase three, bombarding many characters into the film and not giving them the necessary breathing space, it was a huge task. Though the film is great, I am sure we could have had a few changes. Ultron was great though!

  1. Ant-Man

Funny name? Think it’s a gimmick? Well, it isn’t. Many didn’t know that Ant-Man actually came to comics before many of the Avengers you may know, and it was a worthy wait to see him finally come into the MCU. Bringing a huge amount of humour and truly creating a different character for the screen, it was indeed a lot of fun to finally explore the world from a different perspective. Plus, how many comic actors can really make a character who is a thief become a popular film hero? Paul Rudd really made this character his own, and I am sure Civil War will see him shine again!

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

We had Iron Man, we had Hulk and we also just had Thor. To complete The Avengers, we needed the super soldier from the 1940’s. Going back in time, we get a few ties to the other avengers in regards to the serum which would later be adapted and create the Hulk, or even Howard Stark meeting Cap before his son would by 70 years. Also, we get to see a character that possibly is the most vulnerable of all the heroes we had seen so far. Plus, the iconic Red Skull is well achieved by Hugo Weaving, and we need Red Skull back! Plus we got Peggy Carter, and she is awesome!

  1. Iron Man

Iron Man kicked off the MCU, and he made the Marvel world cool again. The bad taste of Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand and Fantastic Four made the mid-2000’s a bit dull for comic adaptations. Iron Man though, proved you could be fun and serious. Robert Downey Jr. made himself the coolest guy in Hollywood by taking this B-list Marvel character and making him challenge and better many heroes that came before. Also, it showed that big stars wanted to be in superhero movies, a trend which still continues today.

  1. The Avengers

The results of years of work paid off in a huge way. The highest-earning superhero movie of all time, and for a great reason, and some of the greatest fun I have ever had at the cinema. Seeing the return of Loki, we saw the god come to earth to claim it as his own. The Avengers then assemble and bring everyone on their A-game to make a brilliant work of art. Also, who knew that a superhero movie could be that funny, and the biggest laughs coming from the Hulk of all characters? Definitely a spectacle in cinema.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The film which many people apparently dreaded (many people felt mixed on Cap, and few were originally interested in his next solo outing). Coming out in the UK in MARCH! Yes, that is MARCH. It seemed too early of a date to become a blockbuster, but we was wrong. Captain America came back on fighting form and within minutes, proved himself to be one of the most popular characters in cinema today. Chris Evans took the superhero to new heights and brought in “The Dark Knight” of the MCU. It was gritty, intelligent, tough, fun and had heart throughout. The reveal of Bucky may have been obvious from day one, but nobody cares when you leave that film thinking “Captain America is F***ING AWESOME!”. He may not fly, have weapons coming out of his arms or can turn green, but he certainly knew how to fight his critics.

  1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Where do we begin? This film was almost doomed from the start. An unknown group of heroes, a director known more from Slither and the live-action Scooby Doo films (Yep, he wrote them. No joke!) and how about the idea of a sentient tree and talking raccoon being friends? Well, you was wrong! This film was just incredible. It was a hug punch of adrenaline into the mainstream and showed that risks should still be taken in Hollywood. The film was just a delight for the eyes, the music from the 1970’s was a perfect complement to the visual treat and the acting was second to none! James Gunn is currently making the sequel, due to be released next year. If it is half as good as this movie, I will be very happy indeed.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Top Ten TV Characters Of The Last Year

In the last 12 months, there have been some fantastic performances in the land of television which saw these ten characters take the heights of popularity on the small screen. Whether it is a TV superhero, a former crook, a crooked lawyer or even a cartoon character, there is something for everyone here. Before going through this list, I want to add that barely missing this list was BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in The Walking Dead and Joe Potter (Rafe Spall) in Black Mirror: White Christmas.

Taraji P. Henson – Cookie Lyon (Empire)

This character has become a phenomenon worldwide since Empire debuted early in 2015, giving Taraji P. Henson her best part in her career. With Cookie Lyon coming out of prison in the pilot after 17 years, she returns to the company she begun with her ex-husband Lucious and demands her share of the record company she help put together when Lucious was a struggling artist. With this hip-hop show producing some very catchy music and outstanding performances, it is all about the sassy Cookie as she makes you laugh with her attitude and cry with her heart. With Empire coming back for season two, I wonder where she will go next after trying to kill her ex-husband.

Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin (Daredevil)

Daredevil normally comes as a package with Kingpin, and the 2015 Netflix series was no exception. Casting the fantastic Vincent D’Onofrio, he makes Wilson Fisk a complex and fascinating villain who compares to other Marvel Cinematic Universe antagonists such as Ultron and Loki for the sheer effortless portrayal and bringing something more unique to a series where so many villains are too one-dimensional. D’Onofrio has rightfully been earning praise and award nominations for his character, all of which he deserves and more. With season two of Daredevil due for 2016, let’s hope that The Punisher isn’t the only guy going for The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen!

Peter Capaldi – The Doctor (Doctor Who)

When you take on the role of The Doctor, you have to be prepared for a lashing from the fans. Peter Capaldi brings an older perspective of the Time Lord to the 21st century and it is brilliant. Starting the first of his regeneration cycle, The Doctor begins as a confused man and eventually becomes the tough and grouchy Doctor that we had waited for. After a Doctor that was full of life and regret, he is given the chance to enjoy his old age and show a new edge. His interactions with returning companion Clara are gripping and at times hilarious. Peter Capaldi gets his second series this autumn, and I can’t wait to see him fight the evil aliens once again.

Gemma Chan – Mia/Anita (Humans)

Portraying a character that isn’t human is not easy; portraying something that isn’t actually alive is even more difficult. But, it should be said that Gemma Chan has given a breath-taking performance as synthetic Anita. She doesn’t twitch, her focus is immense and you are honestly convinced that she is not human. You wouldn’t want to be left alone with her, as you feel you couldn’t trust her intelligence. How many times have we seen androids on screen? Movies like A.I. and characters such as Michael Fassbender’s David in Prometheus couldn’t even topple this subline performance. Give this woman the BAFTA!

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash)

In an age where many popular heroes have been those who rely on skill and money to be at the top of their game, but you can’t keep a character that can run fast enough to travel through time out of this list. Debuting as non-powered Barry Allen in Arrow in 2013, it was then in 2014 when we finally saw Mr Allen become the superhero he was destined to be. Determined to free his father from his fate in prison and later looking to rescue his mother from her death. Barry brings heart to all the superpowered mayhem in Central City and shows he is a hero who will do anything he can to save the day, while choosing different methods to his mentor Oliver Queen. Grant Gustin went from Glee to Flash with little problem, and definitely the coolest superhero on TV today.

Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

Before Gotham began, I would have barely put Penguin into my top ten list of Batman villains. But, the sheer performance and look of Robin Lord Taylor as gangster Oswald Cobblepot made me re-evaluate said list after just one episode. He is portrayed as creepy, smart, lethal and unpredictable. Showing himself as manipulating both of the main gangs of Gotham, Oswald is eventually shown as becoming one of the big players in the city after defeating Falcone and seeing the end of Fish Mooney. The main reason I can’t wait for Gotham is for this character, to see how we will next use Jim Gordon and watch him pace the city with his crippled walk.

Uzo Aduba – Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is The New Black)

As a starring character on the Netflix original show, Suzanne – accurately nicknamed Crazy Eyes – comes across as eccentric and easy to obsess, as she does with main protagonist Piper Chapman, but her character develops as the show continues. Mainly seen with other inmates such as Poussey and Taystee, she is controlled by her friends when having a behavioural episode and protected when people try to take advantage of her because of her natural naïveté. Despite her differing due to her mental illness, she can show that she is still as humane as all others. Even if she does write erotica about alien orgies.

Estelle – Garnet (Steven Universe)

No one would decide that a character from a kids’ cartoon could have such an impact but Steven Universe isn’t a normal cartoon. Based around beings formed around gemstones saving the world from evil, one stands out among the others: Garnet. As a fusion formed from two loving gems, Garnet pushes the boundaries that those working on kids’ shows are afraid to. Especially if you split Garnet to get the gems that form her, Ruby and Sapphire, and see that the feminine characters are in love, making them Cartoon Network’s first canonical same-sex relationship – even if they are really gemstones. It’s a big step to take in the world of children’s entertainment. Well done, Garnet.

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Better Call Saul)

Being seen as the source of comic relief during the run of Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk was really given an opportunity to expand on his popular character and show that there was more to the lawyer than a number of quirks, funny henchmen and a terrible comb-over. Showing his caring side for his sick brother Chuck, his loving side for his close friend Kim and also showing the days before he was a lawyer (back when he was just a criminal). With Jimmy slowly becoming the shady lawyer which we knew from the parent series, this spin-off will soon see a more familiar Saul Goodman spread his wings very soon.

Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Marvel’s Agent Carter)

2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger saw the debut of not only Chris Evans as the heroic Captain America, but we were also introduced to the charming Agent Peggy Carter, a British Agent working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (the early version of S.H.I.E.L.D.) during World War II. What we didn’t know, was that this would soon lead to the fantastic mini-series starring Hayley Atwell once again. We see her become a hero in her own right as she looks to help her old friend Howard Stark in 1946 and save the world. She takes on the evil forces of Leviathan while looking very stylish and kicking arse with some great looking outfits and crafty gadgets.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove with contributions from Joanna Cosgrove (Uzo Aduba and Estelle)

The Biggest Moments On TV In The Last Year

This could be filled with some major spoilers, so read at your own leisure.

An EYE Popping Display – Gotham

after a number of deaths and multiple story threads, we finally get to see Miss Mooney as she goes from being at the top of her game to becoming a prisoner. When she is held by The Dollmaker and his mercenaries, she knows that they are taking body parts. Knowing they require an eye, she goes to scoop it out with a spoon and stomps on it. Not as graphic as you may think, but seeing an eyeball squashed is not a pretty sight (not an attempt at a joke there).

Jimmy Vs. Tuco: Battle For The Twins – Better Call Saul

Before becoming Saul Goodman, Jimmy McGill was a struggling lawyer who tried his best to climb the ladder. One scam he tried to pull went wrong when he hired Cal and Lars to do a “hit and run” con. The con goes wrong when they try to trick the grandmother of Tuco Salamanca. Tuco then abducts Jimmy and the twins and threatens to kill them all for the scam. Jimmy gets out of it because of his Lawyer status, and then manages to leave the twins with a broken leg each instead of a bullet in the head.

The Black Canary Comes Crashing Out Of The Sky – Arrow

Season Three of Arrow has provided many big moments. We had the return of Slade Wilson, the rebirth of a character via the Lazarus Pit and the exposure of Oliver Queen’s secret identity to the one man who could destroy him. But, in the opening episode we saw Sara Lance as she was confronted by a mystery assailant (worth checking out who did it) who then went to shoot arrows into her chest and Sara then fell from a rooftop to the ground below, and was found by her sister Laurel. A shock death, which may be far from the end if the Legends Of Tomorrow trailer is anything to go by.

Danny Dies…And Dies Again! – Doctor Who

Series Eight of Doctor Who was a big curve. We got a new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi and we also got some great stories in the form of ‘Listen’ and ‘Flatline’. But, we had possibly one of the most shocking moments when Clara Oswald’s boyfriend Danny Pink died after getting hit by a car. Death is not final, as we see Danny’s mind (attempt to) and body changed to become a Cyberman. The tragic character then gets a chance to finally shine as he saves the world from destruction and sacrifices himself to free the world from the plan created by Missy.

A Massive Headache For One Series Regular – The Walking Dead

Beth Greene has unfortunately never had a huge presence in her time on the show. Actress Emily Kinney is such a sweet star and I think demanded more of a role, which is possibly why it wasn’t until the prison was destroyed that Beth really shined. After being kidnapped, she ends up in a hospital in Atlanta and finds it is led by a group of survivors (a number of them formally cops). The leader Dawn is seen to take interest in Beth, and manipulates her to help her plans. Eventually, the two come head to head and Beth stabs Dawn out of anger with a pair of scissors. Dawn instinctively shoots Beth in the head and is shocked herself at her actions, which results in Daryl putting a bullet through Dawn’s head.

Bunkie Takes A Dunkie – Empire

Probably one of the biggest surprises in this TV season, Empire came from nowhere and became one of the most talked about shows of the year. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson lead the fantastic cast about a former couple who own a record company and Howard’s character Lucious Lyon looks to name a successor between his three sons after he receives news that he has ALS. With all the clashes between brothers and the arrival of scene-stealer Cookie, it is when we see Lucious gun down Bunkie (Cookie’s cousin and his assistant) after Bunkie threatens him for three million dollars. Can you come back after committing murder?

Getting The Truth Without Saying A Word – Black Mirror

Black Mirror returned over Christmas with an extended special. We first see the two stars Matt (Jon Hamm) and Joe (Rafe Spall) as they are in a remote outpost. It is Christmas and they share stories about their pasts. It isn’t until the end we learn that the remote location is not real, and is in fact a digital creation which houses a copy of Joe’s consciousness. Matt is hired to learn the truth about the death of his former father-in-law and the child Joe believed to be his daughter. When the copy of Joe’s mind finally admits his part in the deaths, the real Joe is then arrested and Matt is then allowed to go after his own troubled past saw him arrested.

Foggy Can’t Turn A Blind Eye – Daredevil

Matt Murdock gets into a rather bad fight; he winds up nearly dead after facing off against Wilson Fisk. Struggling to get to safety after the attack, Matt escapes home before he succumbs to the injuries he has suffered. Matt then collapses in his apartment just as Foggy arrives there to go and see him. Foggy is shocked to see that the intruder in the apartment is actually his long-time friend. The shock is hard to take for Foggy, but the emotions really flare up when Matt is patched up and they finally begin to talk. It is at this time that Daredevil really hit a peak, and we get to see a friendship come to pieces.

The Snow Finally Falls – Game Of Thrones

Well, this is only a surprise if you hadn’t read the books beforehand (or saw the internet at any time between 2011 and now). Jon Snow met his end when the men of the nightwatch acted out mutiny against their Lord Commander and all got their opportunity to stab him “…For The Watch”. Whether or not this truly is the end for Jon Snow remains to be seen as the storylines in the books have very much been seen on screen up to date. 2016 should see what happens next in both Season Six of Game Of Thrones and the sixth book ‘The Winds Of Winter’. For now, let us remember that solemn oath…

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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