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Who Is Rhino? Spider-Man Villain Comics Origin & Powers Explained

There’s a special group of supervillains beloved by every Spider-Man fan, no matter how unimpressive their big screen adaptations may be. Briefly glimpsed at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the comic book version of the Rhino first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #41 and joined Spider-Man’s growing rogues’ gallery of animal-themed villains soon after. But how well do fans really know the Rhino?

Despite his impenetrable hide, many Rhino stories expose a surprisingly vulnerable man hiding behind an intimidating exterior. Here’s what you need to know about Spidey’s thick-skinned sparring partner, Rhino.

The Rhino began his career as a thug named Aleksei Sytsevich working for an organization that experiments on him with drugs and radiation and bonds a bullet proof suit to his skin. Hired to kidnap Colonel John Jameson, son of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, the Rhino battles Spider-Man who develops an acid web that dissolves the Rhino’s suit. However, the Rhino gains a new suit which also becomes permanently bonded to his skin. Eventually, the thrill of being a super villain wears off, and the Rhino starts stealing money to have his suit surgically removed.

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The Rhino has quit crime multiple times and even gives himself up to the law in The Amazing Spider-Man #617. Authorities remove his suit and he is paroled for good behavior. Aleksei ends up marrying a waitress, and finds honest work as a casino bouncer. However, when a new Rhino kills his wife, an enraged Aleksei becomes the Rhino again and serves the Jackal during the Clone Conspiracy storyline to get a cloned version of his wife. When that clone also dies, Rhino goes on a rampage, but Spider-Man calms him down and offers to visit him in prison as a friend. Although the Rhino is a Russian immigrant, different writers vary his speech patterns, with some emphasizing his Russian accent and formal speech, while others having him use typical American slang.

Thanks to chemical and radiation treatments, the Rhino possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability. His greatest asset, however, is an artificial hide bonded to his skin which renders him virtually invulnerable. Rhino’s suit also has a sharp horn on his head that lets him charge through most obstacles. Although usually dimwitted, the Rhino once tried impressing a girl by having brain surgery to give him superhuman intelligence. However, he becomes so smart he finds life pointless. To cope, he uses another procedure to make him even dumber than before so he can be satisfied with life as an unintelligent thug.

As one of Spider-Man’s earliest foes, the Rhino has appeared in a variety of other media. He has been a villain in multiple animated shows, including the 1967 Spider-Man animated series, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. He has also appeared in many video games and is frequently featured in boss fights. Paul Giamatti played the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, first as a Russian mobster and then in an armored rhino suit at the very end. According to Giamatti, if The Amazing Spider-Man film series had continued, he would have returned as the Rhino in the third film. The Rhino may still make his return to film, however, in one of the many other Spider-Man-related movies under development at Sony, including a Sinister Six film.

Given the surprising depth writers and artists have given this character – who would normally be portrayed as a one-dimensional brute – it would be gratifying to see some of the pathos and tragedy from the comics translate into his film incarnations when the Rhino charges back onto the big screen.

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2019-10-08 04:10:19

Michael Jung

Who is Doctor Octopus? Spider-Man’s Villain Origin & Powers Explained

One of Spider-Man’s most recognizable foes–and a highlight of Spider-Man 2–the comic book version of the supervillain Doctor Octopus nearly destroyed Peter Parker early in his career. And through the years that followed, his later appearances dealt many blows to Spider-Man, both emotionally and physically.

But even devoted Spider-fans may not know that the modern Doctor Octopus has not only shed his villainous past, but also taken up the mantle of Spider-Man! Here’s what you need to know about the tangled career of Spider-Man’s multi-limbed foe, ‘Doc Ock.’

First introduced by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in The Amazing Spider-Man #3, Dr. Otto Octavius was a nuclear physicist who designed four mechanical arms to manipulate radioactive isotopes from a safe distance. Later stories reveal the arms were influenced by Octavius’ overbearing mother, who pressured her son to never get his hands dirty. When a lab explosion fuses the arms to Octavius’ body, the now-eight limbed scientist learns he can control the arms with his mind and begins a criminal career using the name his co-workers teased him with – Dr. Octopus.

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Dr. Octopus’ arms allow him to easily overpower Spider-Man in their first encounter, nearly destroying the hero’s confidence. While Spider-Man would return to defeat him, Dr. Octopus delivered lasting wounds to Spider-Man over the years – killing George Stacy (father of Peter Parker’s then-girlfriend Gwen Stacy), nearly marrying Peter’s Aunt May, and even switching minds with Spider-Man, causing Peter to perish in Octopus’ dying body. Surprisingly, this mind swap also instills Dr. Octopus with Peter’s sense of responsibility, and Octavius decides to become the heroic, albeit arrogant and deadly, Superior Spider-Man. In a nod to the infamous One More Day Spider-Man storyline, however, Octavius recently attempted to make a deal with Mephisto to save a child and seemingly became Doctor Octopus again.

Doctor Octopus’ powers originally came from four mechanical limbs fused to his chest which he can control via thought. (The same accident that gave him his powers also possibly damaged his brain, making him a violent criminal). The arms can lift several tons and propel Dr. Octopus with superhuman speed. Even after being separated from his arms, Octavius can mentally control them from a distance.

After swapping his mind with Spider-Man’s, Dr. Octopus acquires all of Spider-Man’s powers, including his strength, wall crawling ability, and spider-sense. Although he eventually gives up Spider-Man’s body, allowing Peter to live again, he later places his consciousness in a cloned body with identical powers. Using his genius in robotics, chemistry, and physics, Octavius often augments his abilities with an armored suit, mechanical limbs similar to his original arms, Spider-Bots, and other gadgets. Octavius also claims his new body does not have his original body’s brain damage, although whether this is true or not remains unknown.

Dr. Octopus’ popularity has made him a mainstay in many types of Spider-Man media. He has appeared in many animated shows, including the original 1960s Spider-Man TV series, 1980s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and 1990s Spider-Man: The Animated Series. One animated series, Marvel’s Spider-Man, explores Doctor Octopus’ transformation into the Superior Spider-Man. Octavius has also appeared in many video games, including the 2018 Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 video game. This version of Octavius starts as Peter Parker’s mentor and develops his arms to help with a neurological disease paralyzing his body, although a problem with the arms’ mental implants soon drives him mad.

Alfred Molina plays Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 as a friend to Peter Parker, prior to his accident (which cause his arms to “speak” inside his head and inspire his criminal actions). The mechanical arms make a brief appearance in the Sony reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and a female alternate universe version of Doctor Octopus (Oliva “Liv” Octavius) plays a prominent role in 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse.

Given how this character is constantly reinterpreted in such radical directions, it’s a sure bet fans will be seeing a new Doctor Octopus rise to prominence soon.

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2019-09-29 06:09:59

Michael Jung

Who Is Vulture? Spider-Man’s Villain Origin & Powers Explained

Michael Keaton reintroduced one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes to a new generation in 2017 when he portrayed The Vulture in MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. But while Keaton’s winged villain proved popular, he differs considerably from the one in the original Spider-Man comic books.

Introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1963, the Vulture was the first villain Peter Parker faced with physical super powers. His character contrasts with the teenage Spider-Man, since the Vulture is an elderly man who can overpower young heroes. Here’s what you need to know about Marvel’s terror of the skies.

While the Vulture first appeared in the 1960s, it wasn’t until 1983 that writer Roger Stern and artist John Romita Jr. crafted his origin in The Amazing Spider-Man #241, which was further fleshed out by Peter David and Scot Eaton in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #15. In these issues, readers learn Adrian Toomes was once a sensitive child caring for his paralyzed brother Marcus. Marcus despised his crippled body, believing it made him unfit to live, and told Adrian to be strong like an animal. Years later, an elderly Toomes invented a flying harness that augmented his strength. When he discovered his business partner was cheating him out of company profits, Toomes used his invention to become the become the supervillain Vulture, first to destroy the company and then to become a thief.

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The Vulture first battles Spider-Man when Peter Parker tries making money by taking photos of the villain. When the Vulture discovers this, he grabs Spider-Man and drops him in a water tank (a move referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming when the Vulture nearly drowns Spider-Man in a lake). Spider-Man survives and goes on to beat the Vulture even after Vulture teams up with other villains to form the original Sinister Six. Other criminals have also taken up the mantle of the Vulture, including Toomes’ cellmate Blackie Drago (who stole one of Toomes’ suits) as well as Dr. Clifton Shallot and Jimmy Natale (who both mutated into bird-like creatures). In Spider-Man 2099 #7, future Spider-Man Miguel O’Hara encounters a new version of the Vulture who enjoys consuming human flesh.

Vulture’s powers stem from an anti-gravity flying harness that lets him fly silently with the aid of his costume’s bird-like wings. The harness also grants him superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability, enabling him to deliver superhuman blows and take extreme punishment. Without his harness, Toomes is frail, but once he dons his costume, his vitality returns.

Unfortunately, repeated exposure to the harness also gives Toomes cancer in The Spectacular Spider-Man #186, driving him to create another suit that drains life force from others, aging people while rejuvenating him into a healthier, younger form. This effect is temporary, however, and the Vulture must constantly “feed” on others to survive. Eventually, he reverts to his elderly (but cancer-free) form. Aside from his physical powers, Toomes is a brilliant engineer who can build a flying harness out of any usable devices. He once built a new pair out of some hospital equipment and used them to escape custody!

Beyond his comic book appearances, the Vulture has been featured heavily in Spider-Man media for years. He first appeared in the 1960s Spider-Man animated series and subsequently showed up in virtually every Spider-Man animated show including the 1990s Spider-Man: The Animated Series (where he was portrayed as a youth-draining energy vampire) and The Spectacular Spider-Man (where he was voiced by horror actor Robert Englund). Two animated shows, Spider-Man Unlimited and Ultimate Spider-Man, even featured versions of the Vulture who became heroic allies of Spider-Man.

In live action, John Malkovich was originally slated to play the Vulture in Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4 project. The role eventually went to Michael Keaton in the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose Vulture wore a suit powered by alien Chitauri technology and had a personal vendetta against Tony Stark.

With rights to future Spider-Man movies returning to Sony eventually, it’s still possible fans will see the Vulture soaring back into theaters. Sony is reportedly still interested in filming a Sinister Six movie, which could see the Vulture teaming up with other Spider-Man villains. While any reference to the Vulture’s time in the MCU (such as his hatred of Stark) can’t be referenced, the bird man himself can return. Ironically, despite his elderly status and frequent brushes with death, the Vulture’s enduring popularity almost guarantees he will survive to plague Spider-Man for years to come.   

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2019-09-27 11:09:40

Michael Jung

Who is Ra’s al Ghul? Batman Villain Origin & Powers Explained

Ra’s al Ghul is one of the most dangerous foes Batman has ever faced. A gifted warrior and fighter, an anarchist leader of a revolutionary collective of assassins and technically immortal. Ra’s has been wreaking havoc as a member of Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery for decades. In some ways he’s one of the most pivotal villains in the entire DC Universe, considering he is the grandfather of Damian Wayne. In others, he’s sought to destroy “the Detective’s” world in every way possible. Most famously, Liam Neeson brought the character to life in Christopher Nolan’s famed The Dark Knight trilogy.

In 2005’s Batman Begins, Neeson’s al Ghul led the League of Assassins as a pseudo-revolutionary group that had brought various civilizations to their knees. After training a young Bruce Wayne in the art of Ninja, he sets his sights on Gotham. A decisions Batman obviously disagreed with. Ra’s al Ghul terrorizing Gotham with his League of Assassins is nothing new to the comic world. However, his comic origin and motivations are much more insidious than they appear.

Ra’s al Ghul first appeared in the pages of Batman #233 in June of 1971. He was created by the incredible team of Denny O’Neill and artist Neal Adams. In the issue, Batman is tasked with finding the kidnappers of Ra’s daughter, Talia. A group known as the “Brotherhood of the Demon”. In a a fairly unsurprising twist, it turned out that the mission was actually a test. Ra’s al Ghul and Talia were testing whether or not Batman would be a suitable suitor for his daughter. Whether Batman would be, as Ra’s put it himself, a “worthy successor….a worthy son-in-law.”

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Ra’s and Talia’s next appearance is a few issues later in Batman #235. Once again Batman is set off an adventure after a member of Ghul’s science team has potentially released a deadly virus. Throughout their travels Talia shows off both her skills and her willingness to kill, much to Batman’s dismay. At the end of the issue, when Talia rewards the Dark Knight with a kiss, he begins to question whether or not he should pursue the “Daughter of the Demon”. Ra’s al Ghul was always the head of this mysterious and elusive group of warriors, but he wasn’t always a villain. The character’s connection to Batman was calculated and planned. The result of a mission that would lead to the creation of the one of the most interesting and controversial characters in modern DC history.

Like any villain with a long and storied history, Ra’s al Ghul’s powers can vary. His most notable source of power is the “Lazarus Pit”. After being submerged, the Lazarus Pit grants Ghul immortality as well as temporary insanity. It’s been shown to improve his endurance, strength and health. Recently in the New 52, Ra’s al Ghul dunked himself into the “Well of Sins”, the first Lazarus Pit. This granted him true immortality, the power to fly/levitate, and magical powers of telekinesis and construct creation.

In the early days, the “Demon Head” was able to switch souls with anyone by merely touching them. This would ensure that his soul could survive to live a long a healthy life even is his body was destroyed. Thanks to Ra’s extended life, he’s also developed a vast knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. And he’s an incredibly gifted warrior with detective and chemistry skills that rival that of the Caped Crusader. However, getting your powers from a Lazarus Pit can come with a downside. After being exposed to the pit, Ra’s tends to suffer from brief fits of insanity. Over time, Ra’s al Ghul will become more and more insane as he continues to use the Lazarus Pit.

For decades, Ra’s has believed Batman to be the only man worthy to both succeed him and be with his daughter, Talia. So much so that he has tried to manipulated Batman into the relationship numerous times to no avail. However, one fateful night Talia drugged and seduced Batman into a night of passion in a story concocted by comic madman and genius, Grant Morrison.

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This night of passion led to Batman’s biggest connection to Ra’s: Damian Wayne. Talia became pregnant with Batman’s child. She raised him under the watchful eye of Ra’s and the League of Assassins. Damian was trained to be the most successful assassin and warrior in history before he ultimately decided to follow in the footsteps of his Father. The history between Talia, Ra’s and Batman has been violent and complicated, his relationship with Damian hasn’t. And while Ra’s insidious plan to have Batman marry his daughter and lead his army of Assassins never worked out, he likely gave Bruce the greatest gift he could ever receive. Some might recall that in the Under the Red Hood animated film, Ra’s brought Jason Todd back to life using a Lazarus Pit. One of the only times Ra’s has shown genuine remorse for his actions.

Ra’s al Ghul is one of the most interesting villains in Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Not because he possesses some massive collection of powers, or because of some ridiculous costume, but because of his true motivations. Much like the Joker, Ra’s al Ghul doesn’t “win” his battle when Batman is dead. Al Ghul doesn’t want to kill Batman, he wants to turn him. He wants him to take up the mantle of “Demon Head” and lead the world into a downward spiral of Chaos as the head of the League of Assassins. The world that Ra’s envisions is one of mass destruction, with his daughter, his grandson and Batman standing on top of the ashes.

Thanks to his Lazarus Pits, Ra’s al Ghul will always lurk in the corners of Batman’s world. A man whose mission is to turn one of comic’s greatest heroes into a true “demon”.

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2019-09-25 07:09:12

Daniel Mills

Who is BANE? Batman’s Comic Villain Origin and Powers Explained

The world was given its most famous portrayal of Bane in 2012, when Tom Hardy brought the role to life in The Dark Knight Rises. For audiences who didn’t already know the musclebound Batman villain, it was shocking to see him violently break the back of the caped crusader, and take Bruce Wayne’s city as his own. But while the movie version was grounded, and effective in striking fear into the hearts Gotham City’s citizens, the true comic book origins of Bane are rather different.

Unlike many of Batman’s most famous foes, Bane was not created alongside the DC heroes of the mid-1900s, or even in the following years as DC Comics took shape. This masked villain’s first appearance came in 1993 with the comic Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1. Since he was a later creation, Bane has only one primary origin story, which may be the darkest and most brutal in Batman’s entire Rogues Gallery. It’s outlined in the Knightfall comics that followed his arrival, but we’re here to break down the points fans will want to know.

While Bane’s mother was still pregnant with him, his father (Edmund Dorrance/King Snake) escaped Santa Prisca’s prison system after he had been caught trying to lead a revolution in the corrupt country. Due to this national corruption it was decided that, should Bane’s mother birth a male child, the baby would carry out his father’s sentence. Of course, Bane was born a male child and thus he was raised in prison. His mother quickly died, which meant Bane had to learn to fend for himself and outsmart the prisoners around him. In many ways, Bane’s origin story mirrors that of Batman, a parentless child who had to overcome his fears in order to rise from his deepest beginnings (a parallel emphasized in Tom King’s post-Rebirth Batman series).

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Similarly to Bruce Wayne, Bane is incredibly intelligent, having read whatever books he could in prison, learning up to ten languages by adulthood, and mastering discipline in his self-made training regimen. In Bane’s first origin story, he’s said to do 1,000 sit-ups, 1,000 pull-ups, and 1,000 pushups every day along with practicing his own form of meditation. Both the hero and the villain are incredibly disciplined, but one happened to be raised in a mansion while the other was born into prison. In the modern origin, Bane’s cell would also flood with the tide every single night, meaning he would spend it treading water… with only the rats that swam by his face for food.

Bane’s incredible strength and discipline is what would incite his transformation into the muscular villain fans know today. The prison warden forced Bane to be a test subject for a new drug called Venom, which had killed every other test subject before him. Alas, Bane did not die but instead was bestowed with incredible strength–which he used to escape Santa Prisca with his minions Trogg, Zombie, and Bird. Only Zombie was able to craft the Venom serum, which became vital once Bane was addicted to the drug and needed it every 12 hours to survive (it’s this drug that is administered through a series of tubes and a tank connected to his body).

That being said, Bane is an expert tactician and master of martial arts… who just so happens to also have Venom-induced super strength to make these abilities pack that much more of a punch. This is why he is still considered the only villain who was able to physically and psychologically break the bat, when he famously shattered Batman’s spine over his knee. In the reality of the comic books, Bane swore off using the drug in 1995’s Vengeance of Bane II and only wore the tubes out of habit. In the 2005-2011 series Secret Six by Gail Simone, Bane even stated he would never use the drug again for as long as he lived. Which made it significant when he ends up using it to save Scandal Savage, his teammate in the series.

It was shortly after that version of Bane became a familiar, non-villainous face that 2011 happened, and with it came the reboot of DC Comics with the New 52. Venom use found its way back into Bane’s story, with the Rebirth era of Batman making him once again inject the drug after being humiliated and beaten by Batman in his own prison. That being said, it was not rare to see Bane still using Venom right before the comic reboots, as it was a central point of the Arkham Asylum video games starting in 2009. Bane’s addiction to this drug continues to be his greatest weakness, as his life is structured around his dependency on it.

With 2021’s upcoming film The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, it is still unclear which villain(s) the movie will feature. Though the possibility of seeing another live-action Bane seems slim due to him being the primary villain of The Dark Knight Rises so recently, there is always a chance that we will soon see the genius-but-gruesome gargantuan take to the screen once more.

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2019-09-24 06:09:59

Olivia Luchini

10 Shagadelic Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Austin Powers Movies

The Austin Powers franchise is like no other. It can’t even be compared to any other spoof movies and most cinematic parodies out there. Mike Myers’ curious creation combines a parody of the tropes and motifs of the James Bond franchise with a satire of the swinging culture of the ‘60s. It’s also a fish-out-of-water story that’s filled with delightfully absurdist gags and unforgettably goofy characters.

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Naturally, with a series of comedy movies this unique in tone and premise and comic vision, there are plenty of interesting nuggets of trivia behind their creation and production. So without further delay, here are 10 shagadelic behind-the-scenes stories from the Austin Powers movies.

10 Mike Myers wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil

Surprisingly, given the fact that he’d eventually play four characters in the franchise and was inspired primarily by Peter Sellers, Mike Myers originally didn’t want to play multiple roles in the Austin Powers movies. Instead, he sought out Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil.

Carrey was interested in the part, but the scheduling of filming conflicted with Liar Liar, so he had to decline. Of course, Myers would go on to play Dr. Evil himself and did the voice as an impression of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels (an impression that Dana Carvey feels that Myers stole from him).

9 The Rocket Gag Was Shorter

The scene with the rocket in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (“It looks like a giant…”) has become one of the most iconic moments in the whole movie. It was initially a lot shorter, but it performed so well with test audiences after shooting had wrapped that the filmmakers decided to go back and add to it.

It’s a great gag that no matter how many times the same simple punchline is used, it never gets old. Even celebrities with double-entendre names like Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson appeared in the scene.

8 Some Familiar Faces From  Seinfeld Appeared In The First Movie

The supporting cast of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery features a number of actors who will be familiar to fans of Seinfeld. The blackjack dealer in the casino scene is played by Larry Thomas, better known as “the Soup Nazi.” The U.N. Secretary is played by Brian George, who also played Jerry’s Pakistani friend Babu Batt.

And the Virtucon tour guide is played by Patrick Bristow, who will be recognized as the wig master who came to stay with George and Susan. Plus, Robert Wagner guest-starred in “The Yada Yada” as a dentist who heard Jerry was “an anti-dentite.”

7 Mike Myers Made Austin Powers Instead Of Wayne’s World 3

Since the two Wayne’s World movies are beloved cult classics, many fans want to see a third movie. However, any chance of a Wayne’s World 3 has gone out the window. If it got made today, it would be another Dumb and Dumber To or Zoolander No. 2.

There was a time that it could’ve been made and been a lot of fun, but Mike Myers knew he had to choose one idea to focus on – Wayne’s World 3 or Austin Powers. In the end, he made the right decision because as Barney Stinson said: New is always better.

6 The dialogue was 30-40% improvised

Since Mike Myers has a background in performing improvised comedy, it’s unsurprising that the Austin Powers movies feature a lot of improvised dialogue. According to Myers, 30-40% of the lines were improvised. For example, the scene where Dr. Evil repeatedly shushes Scott was improvised by Myers and Seth Green.

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Also, the scene in which Frau Farbissina jokes about the Lucky Charms commercials was improvised by Mindy Sterling. When Austin jokes about London looking like Southern California, where The Spy Who Shagged Me was shot, it’s clear that it was a spur-of-the-moment improvisation when Felicity (Heather Graham) replies, “What?”

5 The Title Of The Spy Who Shagged Me Caused Marketing Problems

The Spy Who Shagged Me ran into all kinds of marketing problems. For starters, the word “shag” was either censored with asterisks or removed entirely in favor of the simpler title Austin Powers 2 on the poster. Secondly, marketing the film internationally was a problem, because most languages don’t have a word for “shag.”

The producers originally considered calling the movie Austinpussy – which would eventually be used as the title of the film-within-a-film starring Tom Cruise as Austin in Goldmember – so just imagine the problems that the marketing team would’ve run into with that on the marquee.

4 Sean Connery Was Considered For Nigel Powers

Goldmember introduced us to the International Man of Mystery’s father, Nigel Powers. The producers considered casting Sean Connery in the role. This would’ve been interesting, since Austin is a parody of James Bond and Connery was the first Bond actor ever.

It was for this reason that Steven Spielberg cast Connery to play the father of Indiana Jones, his American answer to James Bond. It’s fair to say that the eventual choice for the role of Nigel Powers, Michael Caine, was even better. Movies like The Italian Job proved that Caine has the comedic chops that Connery might not have.

3 Mike Myers Plays One More Character In Each Austin Powers Movie

One of the trademarks of the Austin Powers movie is that Mike Myers adds another character to his repertoire in each installment. In the first one, International Man of Mystery, he only plays two characters: Austin and Dr. Evil. In the second one, The Spy Who Shagged Me, he added Fat Bastard to the cast.

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And in the third one, Goldmember, he played the titular villain. If Myers ever makes the fourth movie that he’s been promising fans for over a decade now, then he’ll need to reprise all four and add a fifth character to maintain the series’ momentum.

2 Goldmember Had A Ton Of Alternative Titles

Since MGM was initially threatening legal action over the title Goldmember, which they felt was too close to Goldfinger to constitute “fair use” (the magical phrase used by makers of parodies), the Austin Powers producers came up with alternative titles, such as: License to Shag, Live and Let Shag, Never Say Member Again, and You Only Shag Thrice.

In the end, MGM let New Line use Goldmember on the condition that trailers for their then-upcoming releases, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the Pierce Brosnan-starring Bond movie Die Another Day, would be included in the theatrical release.

1 The Spy Who Shagged Me Saved Heather Graham From A Career In Porn

Before Heather Graham was asked to audition for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me by Mike Myers himself, it had been close to two years since she’d had a major role in a movie. This led Graham and her agent to seriously consider accepting an offer for a softcore lesbian porno.

She nailed the audition and the Austin Powers franchise saved her from a career in porn. Reportedly, the first thing that Graham did after receiving her paycheck for The Spy Who Shagged Me was go out and buy a copy of the porno she would’ve starred in.

NEXT: 10 Wild Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Reservoir Dogs


2019-09-11 05:09:43

Ben Sherlock

She-Hulk: Comic Book Origins & Powers Explained | Screen Rant

Bruce Banner’s most popular cousin, Jennifer Walters, is set to make her live-action debut in the Disney+ series, She-Hulk. Jennifer’s Marvel Comics journey as the titular character started nearly four decades ago. Even though she shared many characteristics with the Hulk, she was more than just Bruce’s green cousin.

Jennifer was first introduced in the 1980 comic, Savage She-Hulk #1. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, where her father, William Morris, was the local sheriff. Growing up, Jennifer was small and noticeably shy in nature. She had a good relationship with her cousin Bruce during her childhood. Jennifer often visited Bruce at his house during the summer months. When she got older, Jennifer went to UCLA and got a law degree.

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Since her comic book debut, Jennifer and her alter-ego, She-Hulk, became a prominent member of the Marvel universe. She fully embraced her Hulk condition but never gave up her career goals in the field of law. She-Hulk joined a number of superhero teams over the years, including the Avengers. She also took up the offer to work alongside Bruce whenever she had the chance.

Jennifer was already a lawyer by the time she transformed into She-Hulk. She was defending a man who had evidence on a local crime boss, Nicholas Trask, and prepared to go to trial. His associates got to Jennifer first and she was shot during an attack. Bruce was in town at the time and found her before she succumbed to her injuries. Jennifer didn’t have much time left so Bruce broke into a doctor’s office and performed an emergency blood transfusion.

Bruce had no choice but to use his own blood in the transfusion. They shared the same blood type and DNA so the radiation in his body overtook Jennifer. Bruce took his cousin to the hospital but was viewed as suspect in her attack so he fled from the building. Trask’s men then arrived to finish the job. Jennifer’s anger activated her Hulk condition and turned her into a giant green-skinned woman. One of the men referred to her as “some kinda she-hulk” so she latched onto the name. She handed the men over to the police and turned her sights to Trask.

After her transformation, Jennifer had trouble controlling her Hulk condition. The rage that came with her new persona was dangerous and it took her a while to get a handle on her capabilities. Jennifer was able to track down Trask after he abducted her father. She was able to save herself and her father while burying Trask deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

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From there, She-Hulk briefly became a member of the Avengers before she replaced the Thing in the Fantastic Four. Around that time, she entered a romantic relationship with Wyatt Wingfoot. Over her comic book tenure, She-Hulk became affiliated with other teams such as the A-Force, Defenders, Lady Liberators, and the Mighty Avengers. She also kept up her career as a lawyer, while notably advising both sides during the Civil War arc.

When the gamma radiation entered Jennifer’s body, she gained the same powers as the Hulk, but at a less severe level. As She-Hulk, Jennifer almost had what was referred to as an “Amazonian” appearance due to her hair, skin, and eyes. Her powers were also triggered by anger but that would later change. She-Hulk’s most notable power was her superhuman strength. She even enhanced that strength by vigorous physical training, making her more of a threat. She-Hulk’s evolvement made her a sought out ally for various other superheroes.

Besides the superhuman strength, She-Hulk possessed enhanced speed, stamina, and durability. She also had the ability of regenerative healing, just like the Hulk. In addition to the physicality that came with being She-Hulk, Jennifer took the time to train in the use of weapons and hand-to-hand combat. Captain America took the time to personally train She-Hulk for a brief time. Not much could stop She-Hulk but radiation was her biggest weakness. Certain wavelengths of radiation were known to inhibit her if exposed to large doses.

She-Hulk’s best weapon was her brain. Jennifer’s intellect made her one of the most admirable superheroes within Marvel Comics. She held onto her intelligence when she was transformed into She-Hulk. When she wasn’t working as a She-Hulk, Jennifer lent herself as a lawyer to humans, heroes, and corporations. At some point, she even got her a Master of Laws degree from Harvard. After Bruce was killed in the 2016 storyline, Jennifer left She-Hulk behind for a short time to focus on her work as a lawyer.

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Bruce and Jennifer were similar in a number of ways in their Hulk transformations in terms of appearance and abilities. But the biggest difference came in the form of retaining one’s human mind. From the onset, She-Hulk was able to keep her intelligence by holding onto the Jennifer side of her. The Hulk, on the other hand, had no control over his human brain which made him a raging wildcard.

By controlling her intelligence, Jennifer’s personality was unchanged when she was She-Hulk. This caused her to become much more confident than ever before. During her time with the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk was exposed to radiation which stopped her from changing back to her human form. Her Hulk condition became permanent which wasn’t an issue for She-Hulk as she preferred that side of herself. She stayed that way for a very long time before it was revealed the transformation block was psychological, stemming from her self-perception as She-Hulk.

When the She-Hulk TV series premieres on Disney+, Jennifer Walters will officially be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has been on the minds of fans for quite some time but her film rights were a bit complicated. Marvel Studios solved that problem by using the lawyer-turned-hero as the focus of a solo series. The She-Hulk series was announced alongside Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel as the additional shows releasing as part of the MCU’s Phase 4. Hulk actor, Mark Ruffalo, welcomed the character to the MCU family but there’s still no word on who will portray his live-action cousin.

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2019-09-01 06:09:08

Kara Hedash

Captain Marvel Loses Her Powers – Just Like Wolverine

Warning: SPOILERS for Captain Marvel #9

Captain Marvel‘s powers are rapidly draining, and it turns out the reason is very similar to what Wolverine went through in 2013’s The Wolverine! Readers have seen Carol losing her powers over the last few issues of Captain Marvel, and things are going from bad to worse. In Captain Marvel #9 she goes head to head with another kraken, and this time her “full power” blast is shrugged off like nothing happened. Tony Stark convinces her to go to his lab for some testing, where they discover a parasite like device inside her body that just might be the root of these issues. Sound familiar? It should! Because Wolverine dealt with something similar in his second solo movie.

For those that don’t recall, Logan AKA Wolverine, was not healing as he should after fights. The reason was a mystery until he was able to use Ichiro Yashida’s X-ray machine and discover a robotic parasite attached to his heart. It was slowing down his healing factor, which is not exactly a good thing for someone that gets in as many bloody fights as Wolverine does. In true Wolverine fashion, he cuts himself open to remove it. Good thing he got that healing factor back!

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The device that Tony discovers inside of Carol is a mix of organic material and tech — which sure sounds like the robotic parasite Wolverine was dealing with. Other than that, Tony is clueless. And when Tony Stark is clueless, it is hard to have hope. One thing he does know is that is has seemed to evolve INSIDE of Carol.

There is no mention of it evolving and growing more, but in theory it could. Her powers are declining at a rapid rate, which means she needs to remove this ASAP. Will she cut herself open to get it out like Wolverine did? Probably not.

Discovering this brings up more questions than answers. Just how did this parasitic device get inside of Carol — and how will she get it out? It is still a mystery as to who put it there, but considering the fact that it is definitely Kree, Carol comes to the conclusion it has something to do with Minn-Erva. However, in the final panel of the issue, it doesn’t look that way. Minn-Erva is chained up alongside a note that reads “You’re not as smart as you think.” So if not Minn-Erva then who? And why? Fall To Pieces continues in Captain Marvel #10, which hits shelves September 11, 2019!

Captain Marvel #9 is available at your local comic shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-08-28 03:08:54

Tessa Smith

Frozen 2’s Story Answers Why Elsa Has Powers & Where Their Parents Went

New details on Frozen 2‘s story confirm the film will answer why Elsa has powers and what happened to her and Anna’s parents. Disney’s animation department is responsible for one of the breakout hits of the last decade. Frozen hit theaters in the winter of 2013 and through a great group of characters and memorable songs, the movie became a sensation. The soundtrack topped music charts and propelled the movie to over $1.2 billion at the box office.

Unsurprisingly, a sequel was announced to take audiences back to Arendelle and continue the adventures of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Frozen 2 is co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee – the new CCO of Walt Disney Animation Studios – and has been heavily promoted by Disney throughout the year. Two trailers have been released so far, each providing a bit more insight into the story, but not revealing everything.

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As part of the Disney movie panel at D23 2019, Buck and Lee took to the stage to discuss what fans can expect from Frozen 2. In addition to showing off one of the film’s new songs, they also revealed the ideas behind the story. The early conversations revolved around questions about why Elsa (and not Anna) has powers and where their parents were going when they presumably died in a shipwreck. These topics gave them a launching point for the sequel, which Buck says builds off the first movie to “tell one complete story.”

Elsa’s powers and the destination of her parents were two of the burning questions audiences were left with back in 2013. Using them as the basis for Frozen 2‘s story will not only help make the sequel feel needed but could also add more context to what happens in the first film. There have previously been theories that the reason why Elsa has powers is that her mother did too. That would make for an easy explanation, while others have theorized that she could be one of four powered princesses, with each possessing powers of a different season.

The parents have been another prolific topic of conversation with Frozen and its sequel. Previously reported plot details stated that Frozen 2 dealt with Anna and Elsa trying to find out what happened to their parents, and that has now been confirmed through these details. There is a new fall-themed location that is featured heavily throughout the marketing, so that could be where the parents were going. The bigger question could be why they were going to this new location. Anna and Elsa will likely find the answer to that as well during Frozen 2. But, these are just the story points we know of so far, and there could be a few more surprises along the way.

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2019-08-24 06:08:27

Cooper Hood

Endgame Video: What If Thomas The Tank Engine Had Captain Marvel’s Powers

What if everyone’s favorite locomotive, Thomas the Tank Engine, had Captain Marvel’s powers in Avengers: Endgame? That’s a question that will be answered today. Avengers: Endgame recently concluded its second theatrical run, bringing its worldwide gross to over $2.7 billion.

Avengers: Endgame was one busy movie. During its global debut, it made over $1 billion, completely shattering the box office. It would go on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide, surpassing the record held by Avatar. There are numerous reasons why this happened, chief among them being that the film feels like a satisfying conclusion to 11 years of stories. The film also has one of the largest ensemble casts of all time. One important character is Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Although technically not appearing too much, she had two vital scenes: saving Tony Stark in space, and destroying Thanos’ ship in the final battle. Without her, the heroes would have had a more difficult time winning the day. Now, what if instead of Captain Marvel entering the climax, it’s Thomas the Tank Engine who rides in to save the day?

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With clever editing, Thomas the Tank Engine has replaced Captain Marvel’s climatic entrance in Avengers: Endgame. The train comes complete with its signature sound effect, which is nicely integrated into the music. Check out the video (via C. Robert Cargill) below.

Thomas the Tank Engine is certainly no stranger to the MCU. Thomas appeared in the climax to Ant-Man, where Scott Lang and Yellowjacket battled before the train turned life-size thanks to Pym Particles. Although Captain Marvel’s appearance was effective in Avengers: Endgame, many fans would certainly have marveled if Thomas showed up to save the day. Thanos’ reaction in the video is priceless. Now, if only someone could add in the Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser.

Hopefully Thomas the Tank Engine will make his way into the MCU again. Meanwhile, the Thomas addition isn’t the only fan edit for Avengers: Endgame. A Reddit user recently posted a video incorporating Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” theme into the famous Tony Stark snap sequence at the end of Avengers: Endgame. It actually works pretty well. Avengers: Endgame released on digital last week (the physical release comes out August 13), so now fans can experience the superhero event over and over. Of course, having watched the above video, it’s going to be hard not picturing Thomas the Tank Engine arriving in the climax.

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Source: C. Robert Cargill/Twitter



2019-08-05 03:08:59

Daniel Alvarez