The Russo Brothers set to direct Avengers: Infinity War

If you told me that Joss Whedon would not be back to direct the third (and fourth) Avengers movies, I would be very sad.

But if you told me that instead of Whedon, we’d be getting the Russo Brothers, well, I’d get over my sadness pretty quick.

That’s precisely what Bad Ass Digest is reporting, that the Infinity War two-parter will in fact be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Ever since its theatrical debut, I’ve been lauding Captain America: Winter Soldier as my favorite Marvel Studios film, and perhaps one of my top 5 films of all time. I’ve seen it half a dozen times, if not more, and I cannot really find a flaw anywhere in it. It’s that good.

If the guys who crafted that masterpiece want to step in to take on the entire Avengers roster, I’m good with that.

Thanks to Bad Ass Digest for the scoop!

New Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation trailer tries to convince me this will be a fun film

I really should stop being swayed by movie trailers… I’m pretty sure I’ve loved the trailers for the last three or four Mission: Impossible films, but didn’t actually like any of the finished product.

But here I am again, a big fat toothy grin watching 50 year old Tom Cruise kicking ass, motorcycles exploding, hanging off a plane, and thinking how fun this new movie looks.

Dammit I shoulda learned from Ghost Protocol!

Sigh. Check out the trailer for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation below and let me know what you’re thinking.

Agents of SHIELD “Love in the time of Hydra” features some humerus Banner banter

Yeah, I know a lot of the Marvel Cinematic tie ins during Agents of SHIELD are a bit contrived, but I always geek out a little bit with the connective tissue that ties the TV show and film world. Heck, the fact that Steven Rogers’ blood was such a crucial piece of the Agent Carter TV series was pretty awesome.

They’ve posted a clip for the upcoming episode “Love in the time of Hydra” and there’s a little Bruce Banner in joke that just makes me smile a bit.

Also, this episode features the introduction of Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, and judging by the slightly different SHIELD logo behind him (matching the one seen at the end of the previous episode) he is most likely involved with this mysterious “Real SHIELD” faction.  It will be interesting to see this dynamic unfold.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Motormaster

I go through phases when it comes to my love affair with Transformers, and typically those phases follow along the track of a particular animated series. This started in the 90s with Beast Wars, then resumed with Transformers: Animated, then Transformers: Prime.

Interestingly, however, is that while I am once again aggressively buying retail Transformers, it’s not because of Robots in Disguise now, it’s because of Combiner Wars. No, there’s no cartoon to draw me into that universe, but I’ve always loved Combiners, and yes, I know Hasbro has done plenty of them in the past, but they’ve always seemed somewhat hacked together and an afterthought. I thought that maybe, just maybe, an entire line devoted to the combiner concept might get some of the ideas right.

Oh yeah. They did.

I hesitated to pick up Skydive a couple of weeks ago, using a gift card left over from Christmas, and I was immediately hooked. It was a great figure with a pretty basic transformation that functioned really well in both modes. Considering Superion was one of the only combiners I actually owned every piece of in my childhood, this was a no-brainer.

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But I just couldn’t leave Drag Strip on the pegs, and so once I got Drag Strip, I knew I’d get all the Stunticons, too, which was okay, because everyone knows that a Superion needs a Menasor. It’s just how it’s done.

I haven’t gotten my hands on any limbs beyond Drag Strip yet, but I picked up a Motormaster from Amazon and I have to say, he’s pretty awesome. I still use Classics Optimus Prime as my default Prime, so I felt no need to pick up the new Combiner Wars version. As such, Motormaster is a brand new experience for me, and even though he doesn’t very strongly resemble the full semi truck of the old days, he’s a great, fun toy nonetheless. He has his familiar new head, and just the right amount of scattered tooling changes to make him feel new, even if you have Optimus. Like the other Combiner Wars figures, his transformation isn’t overly complex, a fact that I love. I don’t want to have to have an engineering degree just to play with my toys.

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I love this figure in truck form and in robot form, and even though I only have one of his limbs, he looks good so far in Menasor torso mode, too.

Now, one thing I didn’t realize is that Menasor would look horrifically incomplete without Blackjack, leaving a large cavity in his chest, which didn’t look entirely right to me. But that will be the subject of a different review.

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I don’t always buy Transformers, so when I do, it’s because Hasbro is doing something right…normally it’s the aesthetics of the animation models that hook me, but this time it’s straight up awesome looking toys that did it, and I’m glad for it.

Menasor looks woefully incomplete and Motormaster stands somewhat alone at the moment, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating the other Stunticons to arrive.

Hot Toys Captain America: Winter Soldier Captain America and Falcon now available!

While it’s a bit later than originally expected, both “Stealth Suit” Captain America and Falcon from the incredible Captain America: Winter Soldier Hot Toys line are available at Sideshow Collectibles now.

I received my Falcon a little over a week ago, and it’s quite simply one of the finest action figures I’ve ever held in my hands.  I’ll have a review posted this week, but trust me, it’s astounding.

Check the links below to grab these excellent figures!

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