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Prince of Orphans - Marvel Martial Artist

Who is the Prince of Orphans





The Prince of Orphans is a Marvel character known for being an experienced, moral and powerful member of the Immortal Weapons.  As an Immortal Weapon he is on of the greatest martial artists in the world with added on powers.  He has lived for a long but unknown amount of time and over that long history he has been both an ally and enemy to multiple Iron Fists.


Name: John Amman

Alias: Prince of Orphans, Green Mist of Death

Home: Z'Gambo (Jungle mystical city that appears in Africa)

First Appearance: Immortal Iron Fist #8 (2007)



Quote:
Easy boy.  I've got you. Now listen.  I'm going to teach you something about having a code. (Prince of Orphans as said to Davos in the tournament)

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Bio:


Origins
John Amman also known as the Prince of Orphans is one of seven Immortal Weapons who represents the city of Z'Gambo.  His true origins are shrouded in mystery.  Like the other Immortal Weapons he is a fierce martial artist and has the added ability to alter his form into a green mist.

Earliest known mentions of John Amman come from WW2.  It is known that he fought alongside both Captain America and John Steele.  John Steele is the super soldier predecessor of Captain America and its possible that the Prince of Orphans fought alongside him in WW1.  This is never made clear and John Steele also fought in WW2 so either war represents a potential meeting place for the two warriors.

Orson Randall and the Seven Stolen Coins
Orson Randall was an Iron Fist who refused to battle in the Tournament of Heavenly Cities.  Instead, he stole 7 coins belonging to the 7 Heavenly Cities.  Orson had his reasons for believing that something was sinister was going on.  He suspected that the coins were evidence of someone traveling between Earth and the 7 cities outside of the ordered times where the cities appear on Earth.  John Amman / Prince of Orphans was ordered to pursue Orson Randall and retrieve the coins with extreme prejudice.  Unaware of the potential corruption that Orson had discovered he pursued him for many years.  The Prince of Orphans was more powerful than the young Iron Fist so when ever he caught up to Orson, Orson fled.

Along the way Orson creates a group of adventurers called the Confederates of Curiosity.  These adventurers help Orson unwind the conspiracy in the cities of heaven but also come into conflict with the other Immortal Weapons that are hunting for Orson.  The Confederates manage to elude the Prince of Orphans when they first meet which greatly frustrates the Prince of Orphans.  On the 2nd meeting the Prince of Orphans baddly wounds one of the group, Chores MacGillicuddy.  The Prince allows Orson to heal Chores stating that he has no desire hurt any of the Confederates.  However, he warns that from that moment on any who stand with Orson will be treated as enemies.  Only a young Wendell Rand who wishes to become the Iron Fist himself follows Orson.

The Prince of Orphans then tracked down Orson at Castle Frankenstein where he interupted a bizarre scene.  Apparently, Wendell had been shot and Orson had brought the boy to Frankenstein for surgury.  However, Frankenstein had turned on the pair and sought to take over Orson's body for himself.  The Prince of Orphans then killed Doctor Frankenstein.

The Prince then took Wendell from Orson saying that Orson deserved to be alone for punishment of his crimes.  He promised to heal Wendell.  The Prince of Orphans also took back the coins but is taken aback some by Orson's warning.  Orson chastises the Prince of Orphans for blindly following orders and to begin asking questions.  Notably, how the coins left the 7 Cities of Heaven in the first place.  Later this leads the Prince to discover he was taking orders from far darker forces than that of Orson Randall.


Tournament
The Prince of Orphans is summoned to the tournament of the Seven Cities where he represents Z'Gambo against the other Immortal Weapons.  The winner of the tournament's city is allowed to appear every decade as opposed to every 5 decades.

Initially the Prince of Orphans is set to battle Fat Cobra in the tournament.  However, the Prince asks if he can battle Davos instead after witnessing the bout between Davos and Tiger's Beautiful Daughter.

In the tournament Tiger's Beautiful Daughter faces Davos the Steel Phoenix in the first round.  She cuts off Davos's hand in the battle and appears to have defeated him.  Somehow though Davos regrows his hand, and unleashes a violent storm of blows upon brutal blows on Tiger's Beautiful Daughter he does not stop dropping blows even after she was clearly beaten.  He is eventually pulled off of Tiger's Beautiful Daughter by his own father the Thunderer.  His actions of nearly killing competitor are against the rules of tournament where the warriors are not meant to turn into murderers.  The Prince of Orphans another Immortal Weapon takes Davos's actions as a grave insult and challenges him in the next round.  Making a point The Prince of Orphans decimates Davos never giving him a chance to land a single blow.  After thoroughly beating Davos the Prince of Orphans tells him that he is going to teach him a lesson about having a code.

Eight City of Heaven
The Prince of Orphans leads the Immortal Weapons against an invading force sent by Hydra.  The Immortal Weapons united together easily defeat the Hydra Mercenaries.  The Weapons discover a map that tells of an Eighth City of Heaven.  They leave to investigate it.  There they are overwhelmed and captured by a force of demons and an Eighth Immortal Weapon.  Tiger's Beautiful Daughter manages to free herself and rescues her comrades. Together they escape the Eighth City.

Ghost Army and Secret Avengers:
The Prince of Orphans stops an ancient army of ghost warriors from entering the world.  He also helps Captain America and the Secret Avengers and Shang Chi defeat Zheng Zu whose followers were attempting to bring him back from the dead using an artifact called the Eyes of the Dragon.

 Powers and Skills:


The Prince of Orphans full power set is partially a mystery.  In general he is depicted as the powerful and experienced member of the 7 Immortal Weapons.  He can transform himself into a green mist.  In the green mist form he can move and strike targets but is difficult to attack.  The mist abilities of the Prince of Orphans may also make him immortal he has lived a long life where he has never been depicted aging.

Mist Powers
-Can move through small cracks, or under doors
-Can allow strikes or bullets to pass through him without any apparent damage
-Can strike quickly from a nearly infinite array of places, and angles.  Any where his mist can go he can attack from.
-Can enter people's body and strike from within them.
-Can enter the land of the dead
-Healing - He has been shown to be able to heal others.  It is unclear if this is related to his mist form or a separate power.
-Immortality- He seems ageless but the extent of this ability is unknown.

The Prince is also very wise and patient.  He is thoughtful and not prone to making knee jerk decisions.  He has little issue with meditating for large amounts of time (In one story 2 weeks on end).

Weaknesses: 
The prince of orphans has shown to strongly avoid killing.


MCU:
There has not yet been any sign of Tiger's Beautiful Daughter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



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Argument for casting Ronda Rousey in a Super Hero role




Update 11-29-2016
Ronda did not get the part of Captain Marvel and after losing to Holly Holm has lost some of her aura of invincibility.  That said Ronda is still a superstar personality.

Rousey has not fought after being knocked in November of 2015 by Holly Holm.  In that fight her jaw was broken.  She has since recovered but many fighters are openly questioning if Ronda still has enough will to re enter the fighting ring.   Rousey has the potential for many lucrative deals from Hollywood that do not require the training or physical punishment of fighting.  Ronda is currently scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes for a title fight in December of 2016 in UFC 207 for the UFC woman's bantam weight title.  During her retirement ceremony former rival fighter Miesha Tate was questioned about Rousey and responded that she does not know what to expect.

"I guess what's really difficult for me to decide is what we're going to get out of Rousey. Is she doing it because she wants to or is she doing it before she feels obligated? Is that knockout going to be in the back of her mind? Is she going to be punch shy? It's kind of like – I remember when I went skiing for the first time, I was like 5 years old and I just blitzed down the hill. I had no fear. The first time that I wrecked really, really hard is when I realized this is actually dangerous ... so you kind of wonder what has that put in the back of her mind?" 
Tate said, as quoted by Townsville Bulletin


Rousey has done about as much as she can in MMA.  The next fight perhaps proves that she is capable of coming back after a bad loss.  After this fight though one must question what she has left to prove?  A new batch of young fighters will emerge like Nunes the current Bantam Weight Title Holder and she can attempt to maintain the title for a few years but eventually all fighters lose.  Rousey herself though has openly talked about not want to be fighting past her prime and would like to retire gracefully on top.  If she wins against Nunes it would allow the venerable fighter to do just that.  From this point on she would be open to pursue acting projects.

Rousey has had roles in action films like the Exenpables but its an open question of what she might accomplish once she fully focuses on acting as profession as opposed to fighting.




Update 10-2-2015:
Kevin Feige says that he loves the campaign to get Rousey the role of Captain Marvel.   He does not outright turn down the notion either.  He points out Bautista was chosen because he was an athlete and a great performer.

Also a sensational video featuring the life of Ronda debutes before UFC 193.




Argument for casting Ronda Rousey in a Super Hero role
Should Ronda Rousey be offered a Super Hero role:

Some people ignore fighting sports or even all sports.  I get it.  Its violent and watching real people pulverize each other in an enclosed space as a sea of gawkers look on sipping champagne has a barbarous gladiatorial feel to it.   I could talk about how the participants are doing so out of their free will, are paid, and yada yada....but lets just move past that to what I tell my kids.

Greatness is rare, you know when you see it, enjoy it while it lasts.

When I was young man I marveled at the football /baseball playing phenom named Bo Jackson.  Bo Jackson was.....GREAT.  He broke no records, he holds no titles, but he was for a few years flat out amazing to watch, he was GREAT.  Then a few years in to the Bo years, he was injured and it was over.  Boom done.  Hope you didn't blink.

Greatness is rare, you know when you see it, enjoy it while it lasts.

Well Ronda Rousey is GREAT

When I talk about Ronda Rousey other great athletes come to mind.  Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Dan Gable, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Aleksandr Karelin, Bo Jackson, Wayne Gretzsky these were athletes that were so insanely dominating that even when up against the best in their sports they were unstoppable.  Ronda fits into that group very well.

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These are people who can break others wills with a stare.  They are so dominating, so much better that the competition spends half the time eating their dust.  The competition doesn't know what to do they are so insanely outgunned.

The weird thing with Rousey is that she finishes off her competition so freaking fast, that we don't get many weird looks, of what am I supposed to do.  Or how did she just do that.  She just takes them out one way or another in seconds........That is right SECONDS.  A lot of Ronda's fights can be seen in a GIF because they take about that long.



Ronda is also a Role Model:
The other cool thing about Ronda is that she has an aggressive take no prisoners attitude.  That attitude is pretty unique amongst the pantheon of female role models out there.  She stands out with a unique message.  She doesn't care what you think of her body.  She is
She says things that other females just won't say.



But should she be cast as a Super Hero?
Ronda can fight, she can lead, she has a dynamic personality that pulls people in.  She has also done some acting she has been in Expendables 3, Furious 7, The Athena Project,  and Entourage.  Most of these roles have been limited to cameos.  She is not a highly trained actress and shouldn't be thought of as such.   However, she does have some experience.

I think given who Ronda is that she would make an awesome fit for a Super-Hero team film.  In these features not all of the acting burden would be on her.  She could still shine in limited roles.

However, Ronda has stated she is out for the Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) role.  This role is big, and one entire film will depend on the actress cast for the role of Carol.  Carol will then undoubtedly appear in other films after that.  My initial reaction to the thought of Rousey being cast in that kind of demanding role is no way.  First, its a ton of time for her to be away from her sport and training.  Second, there are other professional actresses who can likely do it better.

BUT....

Greatness is rare, you know when you see it, enjoy it while it lasts.

In a way a movie with Rousey is worth watching just to see Rousey.  Also seeing Ronda with super powers taking down some super villains like Dr. Minerva or Ronan has kind of its own appeal.  She could mix together real fighting skills (Which few have higher), her real athletes body, with super powers in a way that has never before been done.

What do you think?  What role would you cast Rousey in?  Or do you think she should stick to cameos and fighting?

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Who is Dormammu?

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Who is Dormammu?

Dormammu is a powerful, evil entity known for being an antagonist of Marvel hero Doctor Strange.
Actor Mads Mikkelsen is set to play the Doctor Strange villain known as Kaecilius in the Doctor Strange film. Fans still wonder of Dormammu may appear in some form in the film.



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Bio:


Dormammu is not a demon.  In fact Dormammu is credited for creating numerous Demons particularly Sataanish.   Dormammu is a member of an alien, interdimensional  race called the Faltine.  The Faltine were beings of pure energy.  He existed in a realm where our natural laws of physics and time do not apply.  He and his sister, Umar where banished from their energy realm after they killed their father Sinnifer.   The two also were intensely interested in the physical world which was taboo to their energy based race the Faltine.

Once Dormammu took physical form he quickly began growing in power by various means.   He found himself in the dimension known as the dark dimension.  The dark dimension was ruled by a group of dark wizards who Dormammu quickly corrupted and took over.  He joined with a fire energy power.  He acts  as a warlord conquering entire dimensions and merges them into his own.

Battle with Doctor Strange:
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Dormammu has made a pact that prevents him from entering the Earth dimension directly however he continues to eye it for conquest.   He looks for an intermediary that can harness his power and destroy the Ancient One.  If the Ancient One is destroyed then the pact that he made preventing him from entering the dimension will be overridden. He finds the perfect intermediary in the vengeful Baron Mordo who already wants to destroy the Ancient One. For a time Dormammu satisfies himself with lending Mordo power. He also supplies Mordo with creatures from the dark dimensions like wraiths to find and locate Strange.

Doctor Strange battles and defeats Dormammu.   Strange at one point aids Dormammu defeat a dangerous and powerful race called the mindless ones.  For doing this favor he is forced to promise not to invade the Earth dimension.

This promise does not stop Dormammu from trying to conquer the Earth dimension however.  He uses agents like Baron Mordo and finds other loop holes in his oath to try to gain control of the Earth Dimension.

Powers:

Dormammu is extremely, extremely powerful in total control of vaste energies and entire dimensions.  His only weakness is his arrogance.


MCU:
Dormammu's presence in Doctor Strange was kept secret for quite awhile.

One of the first clues about Dormammu was in a picture from Don Harmon:
It is not yet confirmed Dormammu will appear in the film Doctor Strange.  Don Harmon director of Community was brought in to film some extra scenes for the film.   In a previously posted video he told Community fans that he was planning to bring the series and teased them with files he was working on.  Among those files was one labeled, "Doctor Strange confronts Dormammu".  Eagle eye fans caught the title and are now speculating that in some fashion Dormammu may appear in Doctor Strange.

Dormammu is does appear in the film and is very similar to his comic counterpart.  Dormammu is a ruler of an altertanate dimension called the Dark Dimension and seeks to conquer Earth.  He promises immortality to various followers / zealots on Earth led by Kaecilius.  Kaecilius uses extra powers granted to him by Dormammu to attempt to take down the sanctums that protect Earth.  With Dormammu threatening to overtake Earth Doctor Strange charges into the Dark Dimension and craftily outsmarts Dormammu.  This forces the evil being to leave Earth alone for the time being.

The appearance of Dormammu is generally a giant floating head.  This look has generally been well recieved but has garnered some criticism for looking like the highly panned versions of the cloud Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and giant head Parallax in Green Lantern.  It is actually less clear what Dormammu's form is like however as an arm and fist do appear briefly.  It is possible that he is so large that it is hard to understand what his true form actually looks like.

Concept Art:
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What is the Fault?



 What is the Fault:

 

The Fault is a huge rip an inter-dimensional space and time rip caused by a battle between the super powerful Vulcan and Black Bolt.  Various evil universes have gained access to the main Marvel comic universe (616) thought Fault.  Many heroes and alien empires are currently focused on it to eliminate potential threats.


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History:
In the War of Kings story line Blackbolt created a T-Bomb designed to end the war between the Inhumans and the Shi'ar.  It was Blackbolt's hope that the bomb would kill the Vulcan the highly dangerous Omega level mutant.  However, the bomb seemingly killed both leaders and created the massive rip in space / time/ dimension that is the fault.  The fault immediately threatened to destroy the entire universe but Adam Warlock sacrifices his life by anchoring the run off from the fault into an empty universe.  This attempt stabilizes the universe but the rift in the universe remains open.

One of the univeress that access the other side of  the Fault is the evil Cancerverse to enter the 616 universe in the story the Thanos Imperative.  It is suggested that fault is an entry point of multiple universes though its impossible to control where one exits once one enters.

A variety of heroes including the Starjammers, Luminals, Shiar Imperial Guard, Quasar, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy and even Thanos go into fault in an attempt to keep the the threats there at bay.

Fault in All New Marvel Universe:
The fault has not been depicted since the end of Secret Wars.  This means that the anomaly may no longer exist in the All New Marvel Universe.  It does appear that there is a space anomaly in Nova #11 vol 6 (2016) that looks similar to the Fault.  This is shown during Sam Alexanders search for the Nova World Mind.  This is still an ongoing subject of research.



Growth:
The Fault would have kept growing until it consumed the Universe until Adam Warlock managed to anchor it into an unused Universe.  It is still unable to shut completely.

Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Fault is shown on Dr. Selvig's chalk board along with a reference to 616 universe. It is not known if this means there is a Fault in the Cinematic Universe of if Selvig knows about 616 through the Fault.
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Legend of the Fist a film review by Sir Kent Said!

Legend of the Fist a film review by Sir Kent Said!



Sir Kent is Toylab's resident Film Critic
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Donnie Yen (born 27 July 1963), also known as Yen Ji-dan (甄子丹), is a Hong Kong actor, Chinese martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.[1][2]

Yen is credited by many[3][4][5] for contributing to the popularization of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun. He played Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man in the 2008 film Ip Man, which was a box office success. This has led to an increase in the number of people taking up Wing Chun, leading to hundreds of new Wing Chun schools being opened up in mainland China and other parts of Asia.[6] Ip Chun, the eldest son of Ip Man, even mentioned that he is grateful to Yen for making his family art popular and allowing his father's legacy to be remembered.[7]


Yen is considered to be one of Hong Kong's top action stars; director Peter Chan mentioned that he "is the 'it' action person right now" and "has built himself into a bona fide leading man, who happens to be an action star."[8] Yen is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) into the mainstream of Chinese culture, by choreographing MMA in many of his recent films. Yen has displayed notable skills in a wide variety of martial arts, being well-versed in Tai chi chuan, boxing, kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Taekwondo, karate, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wing Chun, and Wushu. Seen as one of the most popular film stars in Asia in recent years, Yen was one of the highest paid actors in Asia in 2009.[9] Yen earned 220 million HKD (28.4 million USD) from four films and six advertisements in 2013



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Now some of you are saying “Well where's the movie review?” Well, namaste bitches, here it comes!


.............drum roll.............................


LEGEND OF THE FIST: RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN

Trailer:






The film is set in post WWI China around 1941. It revolves around the horrible living conditions of Chinese citizens. Some of whom returned home after helping the French during the war. Most volunteered with little or no training to do manual labor. They were not told in advance that said labor would be performed while under fire.


Did I also mention, they were not given anything? After all that, they were ignored by the French after the war. Those who survived returned to a China that was not the place they used to call home. The Japanese who had long wanted to plunder China and used the war as a way in. Plus, the British had designs on China's for trade purposes.


Basically, if you were Chinese then, you and your country were getting squeezed like a f'BEEP'n pimple on a high school kids forehead! The people needed a symbol to rally behind. A person to restore their believe. Enter Chen Zhen. A widely recognized hero from the war, by his own people.


He kept the spirits of the Chinese workers high even during their most darkest hours. He even led a charge during a battle against the Germans that was unheard of until then. He returned to China under an assumed identity, to rid the city of crime, corruption and the Japanese. The love care and respect for a period peace is all there when Donnie Yen is involved. He not only starred in this movie but was involved in some of the writing, production and of course, the fight choreography.

Even though the movie was set after WWI, Yen wanted to show respect to the great Bruce Lee's role as Kato on the Green Hornet series. In China, Bruce Lee was so popular that everybody referred to it as “The Bruce Lee Show”. Thus, Chen Zhen dawned a latex version of the suit that Lee famously wore in the series. Plus a hat and mask as well. The Fist would serve as a rallying point for people.


I wanted to write a review on an older Donnie Yen movie because of his upcoming appearance in

STAR WARS: ROUGE ONE. He hasn't been exposed to mainstream American moviegoers much. With the exception of his woefully underused role in BLADE 2: BLOOD HUNT. You would do good to check out some of his earlier stuff and notice the difference in what he is capable of and what we may have in Star Wars. Notice how with all the accomplishments he has had, he is truly dedicated to keeping the old style martial arts action movie alive.


If you need any recommendations, let me know. 


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Pokemon Go Thanksgiving Event








Pokemon Go Thanksgiving Event is beginning November 23, 2016

The Thanksgiving event will feature double XP and double Stardust recieved when completing ingame actions.  There may also be changes to what Pokemon spawn but I have not been able to confirm this as of yet.

Message from Niantic on the event

Trainers,
It has been an incredible experience since we launched Pokémon GO a few short months ago in July. We are passionate about creating experiences that encourage exploration and promote exercise. We are humbled that hundreds of millions of you around the world have joined us on this journey. So we would like to say thank you – and what better way to say thank you than to celebrate our community.
So, starting November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and going through November 30th 00:00 UTC, we will double the amount of XP and Stardust you receive when completing in-game actions.
The Pokémon GO team



What will happen during the event?

Increased XP and Stardust

ActionThanksgiving Event Reward
Throw a curveball20 XP
Get a “nice throw”20 XP
Get a “great throw”100 XP
Get an “excellent throw”200 XP
Hatch a 2km egg400 XP
Hatch a 5km egg1000 XP
Hatch a 10km egg2000 XP
Successfully capture any Pokemon200 XP
Successfully capture a new Pokemon species1000 XP
Unsuccessfully capture any Pokemon (i.e. the Pokemon flees)50 XP
Capture your 100th Pokemon of the same species (then 200th, 300th, etc)200 XP
Evolve any Pokemon1000 XP
Visit a Pokestop that has fewer than six items100 XP
Visit a Pokestop that has six or more items200 XP
Visit 10 unique Pokestops within 30 minutes200 XP
Defeat a Pokemon in an enemy gym200 XP
Successfully clear an enemy gym100 XP

The Appearance of Bird and Slowbro Pokemon!


Similar to the Halloween event that had marked increases in certain spooky Pokemon it is expected that Thanksgiving will feature some increases in Thanksgiving themed Pokemon.  So far the expectation is for the Thanksgiving Pokemon Go event to increase bird Pokemon and Slowbro.  This is not confirmed at this point and is only a rumor.


TOYLAB TIP: Use this event with a Lucky Egg to get 4x XP!


A Lucky Egg doubles XP and this event double XP so the effect of using a Lucky Egg during this event is 4 times the amount of XP you would normally receive.  This is a great time to do some evolutions and go pidgey grinding.


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Who is Beta Ray Bill?

Who is Beta Ray Bill?


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Who is Beta Ray Bill?

Beta Ray Bill is a monstrous looking cosmic hero who is very popular with comic fans..
He is most known for his connection to the character Thor.  He is a warrior, that has been genetically augmented to be the protector of his alien race the Korbinites.

First Appearance: Thor 337



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Bio:

The Korbinites were attacked by the evil Asgardian Demon Surtur (Also a Thor villain) and their planet was destroyed.  The Korbinites travel in a fleet of vessels with the primary vessel called the Skuttlebut.

Beta Ray Bill is initially mistaken for Thor because his outfit is so similar.  It turns out that Beta Ray Bill is capable of picking up Thor's hammer.  Which due the hammer's bizarre power of only allowing the worthy to pick it up is very unique.  Intrigued Odin has the two heroes battle in a duel on a fiery world.  The battle for who is most worthy is an epic hand to hand battle and eventually they knock each other out.  Due to his resistance to heat Bill wakes up first but instead of killing Thor he saves him.    He found Thor to be too worthy of an opponent to let him die.
Eventually, Bill is given his own hammer the Storm Breaker by Odin and he and Thor go on to battle Surtur together.

Beta Ray Bill appears from time in both the Thor comics and occasionally his own series.

Beta Ray Bill godkiller Mini Series:


In this mini series Galactus has killed off all of the remaining Korbinites and Beta Ray Bill sets off to kill the world eater.  He nearly succeeds in this by destroying Galactus's targeted worlds before he can feed.  This effectively starves and weakness Galactus.  However, Bill relents when he learns that Galactus has important part to play in the cosmic ecosystem.

Galactus as payment for letting him live creates one other Korbinite the female Ti Asha Ra with whom Bill can repopulate his race.

Powers:
Bill's mind was transferred into a super powerful body that had great powers including:
Great Strength - Equal to Thor
Super Speed -
Super Endurance -
Ability to survive in space -
Super Durability - Equal to Thor
Heat resistance

In addition to these powers Bill is a great hand to hand fighter.  He has fought Thor to a standstill.  He also has his own enchanted hammer called Storm Breaker which is very similar to Thor's Mjolnir.  Bill also has access to advanced alien technology that includes a space ship called Skuttlebutt.  Storm Breaker gives Bill the ability to manipulate electricity, the weather and the ability to fly.


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The Oregon Trail Card Game







The Oregon Trail Card Game is a new card game that is currently sold through Target.  The game is designed to be a card version of the popular 80s computer game the Oregon Trail.  The Oregon Trail video game was known for being very difficult to beat but still being extremely popular.  I will say that I am one of those kids who DID BEAT the game.  So no it was not impossible it just did not happen very often.

I will say that I played the game many times to just go hunting which I think was very common among kids.  Enough about the video game though lets look at the card game.

Is the game simple and easy to learn?
Yes, very simple.

Would the game be fun without ever having played the video game?
No, without the nostalgia factor the theme of the game would be pretty meaningless.

Is this card game good? 
 I would say yes and no.  It does capture a lot of the feeling of the Oregon Trail game and that can be fun.  However, it is also pretty brutal.  You draw calamity cards and some of the cards just flat out kill you, without any recourse.

"You have died of dysentery"  Yes, you can still randomly die from dysentery in the card game just like you randomly died in the video game as well.

Some people will find this random form of instant death to be dreadful however, I found it absolutely hilarious....Uh that likely says something bad about me doesn't it.......drat!

At any fate I think so long as you expect the game to be pretty random and sometimes brutal you will likely have some fun playing it.

In the end, this is not a game that is going to set the game world on fire but is a descent beer and pretzel game that you can have fun playing while reminiscing on the old video game.  I think it would be really great for class reunions and things like that where nostalgia is already a major factor.



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Marvel Becoming

Marvel has created a new video series called Marvel Becoming.  Each video focuses on a cosplayer and shows them putting on and setting up their cosplay.  The series focuses on some of the more epic cosplays of Marvel characters.


Cosplay is increasingly growing in a massive cultural phenomena with huge amounts of participants and fans. There are now shows based on cosplay, clubs based on cosplay and massive throngs of people at every convention. Marvel has done comic cover variants featuring cosplayer but this series takes it to a new level.

The quick vidoes are interesting as they show the transformation from the person to the super hero right before ideas.  The videos also highlight fun facts about the costume.

One thing I would like see is a brief interview section with the cosplayer describing the costume, why they chose the character, how they act in costume, and of course how they went about constructing it.  I think show a bit more about the construction of each cosplay would be really interesting.


Here is a cool one with cosplayer Mike Prost and his Spider-Punk cosplay.




Cosplayer Keastin becoming Spider-Gwen





So there are two Marvel Becoming videos the first focused on Yaya Han "Becoming" Scarlet Witch and the other was on Hex Mortis "Becoming" Doctor Doom.









Hex Mortis on becoming Doctor Doom




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Lucifer review by Sir Kent - New knowledge comes with a price




Written by Guest Blogger and Movie Expert Sir Kent 


Update on Lucifer 11/18/2016

Time to catch up with our favorite Devilish Devil.  A lot of crazyness has happened since we last covered the show.


Seeing the good doctor (Dr. Linda Martin/Rachel Harris) get back to what she she knows and loves was good. Not, of course, without a LOT of help from good ol’ Maze. The most impressive thing was Maze did it by simply being Maze. Let me explain, in arguably the most selfish act of selfishness and stupidity, a few episodes ago, Lucifer revealed himself to the good doctor. Who, as one might expect, handled it VERY poorly.

I mean seriously, what did he expect? He HIMSELF had worked long and hard on keeping the actual truth from humans. Yet, in his OWN desperate need for answers, he did it anyway. And by proxy, blew Maze’s cover as well! Of course, Maze had no idea of what had transpired when she went to the doctor to seek guidance.

Finding out left both of them hurt and feeling VERY lost. Maze more so than Lucifer who was busy dealing with the actions of his mother and oh yeah THE MURDER OF AN ANGEL!!! Lost there, are you? Well, I didn't post when it went down so, let me give you the 411 so you can be all caught up, eh? Urial (Michael Imperiloi) was sent by God (PLEASE be Morgan Freeman!) to help move along the progress of getting his wife back to Hell.

He had grown impatient with both Lucifer and Amendial’s ability to put her back in Hell ESPECIALLY now that they both knew who and where she was. Only Urial had other plans for the mother of all creation. He has stolen a dagger from the Angel of Death. A dagger that has the ability to kill Gods. Not just return their souls to Heaven or Hell but to completely erase them...like DEAD DEAD!

Of course, he went about it all wrong when he threatened the life of Det. Decker AND beat down Amendial who has lost his grace due to him shagging Maze, indulging, enjoying his time on Earth. In other words, letting Lucifer rub off on him. So, after an epic showdown between Lucifer, Maze and Urial, Lucifer managed to get the dagger away from Urial and in order to save the life of Maze, ran Urial through with it! This is all in a desperate attempt at NOT returning their mother to Hell, where father wants her. This week, that f'BEEPin’ plot thickened.

The dagger was dug up and it’s power corrupted several humans into killing for its desire. That’s what this dagger does. An angel could handle the power of it but a mere human, hears it calling to it. It takes the smallest slight that human may feel and multiples it 1000 times. Its DRIVES people to slay each other.

At the end of this week's episode, after Lucifer was able to retrieve the dagger, we saw he and his mother get into a heated argument while he had the dagger in hand. The dagger reacted to his anger and glowed and began to flame slightly. His mother smiled, apologized, grabbed Amendial and got the fuck out of dodge! I think her plan to get back at her husband and back into Heaven, just got a boost. While smiling she referred to Lucifer as The Sultan.

Is this an angel that, much like the Angel of Death, has the ability to kill God? If so, is her end game now to use Lucifer as a tool to do just that? OH! Before I forget. I was SO RIGHT about why Amendial was losing his powers!

I wanted to circle back to the good doctor and how people affect us in ways we don't realize. The good doctor was just another human, as far as Maze and Lucifer were concerned. One to be used, and ignored on a whim. And yet, somehow, by simply BEING HUMAN, she became a major part of their lives. She became not only a guide along the path to humanity but, a friend, a confidant and someone who showed the HOW to care.

I think that's an important thing to mention for a lot of people who said that her role was unimportant in the scheme of things on this how. Probably the same people who thought Baron Zemo wasn't important in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.



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What did I tell y'all? What the F'BEEP did I tell y'all? Did I not say that Maze and Amenadiel were going to shag? That was not the only dynamic that had a light shined on it during this episode. Now that Lucifer knows that Detective Decker is the root of his mortality, what is he going to do with that knowledge?


SURELY the Devil will decide to save his own ass and find a way to either steer clear of her or possibly even just kill her? Or, has he been exposed to her for so long now that, he may decide to continue on his present course? Simply enjoying his adventures among humans too much to care about his own demise. The bigger question here is what happens when Maze and Amenadiel find out? You just KNOW they both will. Will Maze, armed with this knowledge, consider her a threat to be eliminated?


She has already been known to stalk the detective. Or will Amenadiel himself try to kill her just to force Lucifer’s hand towards a war that he secretly wants? I think after this week's episode, I will be ready to make my predictions for the season finale. 


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Who is the Inhuman Royal Family?


Who are the Inhumans?


The Inhumans are a branch of homo sapiens that have lived apart from their human brethren for most of their existence.  The most most well known Inhumans are their super powered royal family that rules the rigid caste system that forms their society.

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Society:
The Royal Inhuman society is a rigid caste system based upon the mutations that occur after Terrigen exposure.  After the mutation occurs a Genetic council  places the individual in his place in society.  This place can not be changed.
The ruling class is the Royal Family, however even they are suppose to answer to the Genetic Council.  I say ''suppose to'' because Blackbolt is powerful enough to do whatever he wants.  The dude is like the Honeybadger of the Marvel Universe.  Blackbolt don't care, Blackbolt don't give a crap.
He and his wife are forbidden by the council to have a child because they fear what his awesome power could create in a offspring.  He has a child anyways.   The Genetic Council asks Blackbolt to let them raise the child and he complies.  However, when he learns that they plan to use the child against him he takes the child back.  Blackbolt is often wise and very measured in his actions, but he still does whatever he wants.

Inhuman Royal Family Multimedia:
Inhuman Royal Family Cosplay

Location/Home:

What is Attilan? 

The Inhumans live on a mobile City called Attilan.  It has been located in various places on Earth.  It has even traveled to the Kree throne world of Hala, but has typically resided on the Moon of Earth.  The blue side of the moon the area built up by the Kree during the Cotati/Kree competition was Attilan's most well known and common resting place.
Attilan

Powerlevel:
While the Inhuman Royal Family are not the most well known Marvel characters and some fans may have never heard of them, they are still extremely powerful.  They are basically humans who have been genetically engineered and mutated to maximize the celestial mutations that were built into humanity.  When you begin discussing who is more powerful than who in the Marvel Universe, Blackbolt's name is near the top.  Only a few humans can claim to be at an equal power level; Jean Grey and The Hulk come to mind.

Notable members of the Royal Family:

Ronan bowing before his new master Blackbolt


Blackbolt
The leader of the Inhumans and the most powerful of their members.  Blackbolt can manipulate sound and greatly expand upon its power.  He can fly, create sonic force fields and augment his strength with sound.  He can release extremely powerful sonic blasts capable of wiping out Space Armadas and even destroying planets.  The dude is a walking sonic Deathstar.
Due to his extreme power he typically does not speak.  Allowing his wife, Medusa provide a voice to his thoughts.

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Medusa:
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 Medusa is a very distinctive character.  She has long flowing hair that she can manipulate and use like arms.  The hair is super strong, making her into something like a super powerful octopus.

She is the Queen of the Inhumans and often acts as the voice of her Husband King Blackbolt and for the Inhumans in general.


Crystal:
Crystal can control the  elements Fire, Water etc.  She has been attached to Johny Storm, served on the Avengers.  Recently she was married to Ronan the Accuser.

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Triton
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Brother of Karnak adviser to the King


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Gorgon
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 Bodyguard of Blackbolt


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Karnak

Adviser and Master Strategist of the Inhumans.  He is multiple the favorite Inhuman of multiple Toylab bloggers and the star of a very interesting comic series.

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Maximus the Mad
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Brother of the King

Inhuman genius, and insane.  Sometimes he acts as an antagonist and sometimes as a friend.

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Ancient Inhuman Royal Kings:
Inhumans have been around for a long time and many have done important things:

King Randac - Invented process of Terrigenesis

Who is Eldrac the Door? - Ancient Inhuman Teleporter once part of Attilan

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Who is Silver Dagger?



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Who is Silver Dagger?

Silver Dagger is a Marvel character that is appears in the adventures of Doctor Strange.  He is an enemy of Strange. 

First Appearance: Doctor Strange  #1

Alias: Isaiah Curwen

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Bio:


Isaiah Curwen is a reformed criminal who found God and became a holyman.  His holy career was robust and he rose to the rank of a Catholic Cardinal.  Things turned for the worst when Isiah read from a Grimoire called Shiatra Book of the Damned (Another form of the infamous Marvel Grimoire the Darkhold).  The Shiatra caused Isaiah to become a psychotic zealot.  Creating the guise of Silver Dagger, he began hunting down magical creatures, sorcerers and others who he deemed wicked.  In his hunts he would use a large amount of blessed silver daggers as weapons.

Silver Dagger breaks into Doctor Strange's home the Sanctum Santorum.  There he attempts to assassinate Strange.  Doctor Strange in Silver Dagger's mind represents a massive supernatural threat.  He throws a dagger at Strange stabbing him in the back. Strange survives this brutal assault.  During the attack, Silver Dagger kidnaps and prisons Strange's pupil, Clea.  He attempts but fails to brain wash Clea.  The entity of Agamotto reaches out and traps Silver Dagger in his dimension.  He becomes trapped in the dimension of Agamotto and sets about conquering it.  He manages to steal the Eye of Agamotto that for a time he uses as his left eye.

For many years he comes and goes as he escapes from the dimension of Agamotto.  Eventually, he is forced to return his magical left eye to Agamotto who in turn gifts the eye to Doctor Strange.  He battles other heroes including Spider-Man, Ms Marvel, and as always Doctor Strange.

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He returns and battles the Werewolf by Night and Marie Laveau who stabs him.  He had attempted to use the Voodoo priestess as the means of capturing Strange but her attack left him close to death.  He is also left for dead after being bit by a werewolf in a battle with the werewolf gang the Braineaters.  His left eye returns around this time without any explanation.


Powers:
Silverdagger uses advanced martial arts, athletic ability combined with an array of blessed Silver Dagger that can kill many supernatural creatures.  Silver Dagger is highly adept at using the Silver Daggers by throwing them or by using them in close hand to hand to combat.

He is a highly skilled and charismatic leader who can both acquire followers and use them strategically.  He is well versed in small commando tactics and guerrilla warfare.

Silver Dagger is highly educated in magic and theology.  He forgoes the use of magic because because he considers it unholy.

For a time he uses the original Eye of Agamotto as his left eye. This allows him to project an essence of Silver beam that can harm magical creatures.

MCU:
As of yet there has been no mention of Silver Dagger in the MCU.


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