Karen: Surely by now everyone has seen the trailers for the upcoming Avengers and Spider-Man movies -and if you haven't, then check out the links on the left hand side of the blog. So let's all share our thoughts about these tantalizing glimpses of these films. I'll get the ball rolling. I've been very excited about the Avengers, and this trailer didn't disappoint. Wow! Love that little bit with Hulk battling ships in mid-air! My only complaint so far is that Chris Evans looks kind of puny, and his Cap mask just is goofy. But otherwise, I am very excited. I had sort of dismissed the Spidey reboot as a film aimed at the Twilight generation. But now that I've seen this trailer, I am really interested. I like Andrew Garfield (the kid playing Peter) much more than I ever did Tobey McGuire -I never thought he was right for the role. And it seems we will get some much-needed wise-cracking by Spidey. I'm not completely sold on the Lizard or Dr. Connors -he seems too sinister -but I like the tone they are taking with Spidey as outlaw. Dennis Leary is an interesting choice for Captain Stacy but I think it will work.
Doug: I have been a big booster for the Avengers since the component films have been released. The little Hawkeye teaser in the Thor picture was great, as was the Easter egg of Cap's shield in the background of the first Iron Man film. All of this calculated build-up has me in great anticipation for this film. While I loved the "Ultimate Captain America" look of the Cap movie, I'll side with Karen on Cap's current headgear -- tell me Chris Evans isn't channeling his inner Reb Brown! But if that's the worst thing about the Avengers, I think we'll make it. As to Spider-Man, count me also among those who were put off by the initial publicity. As Karen has stated, I figured this was just a retooling with the Gossip Girl/90210/Hart of Dixie crowd in mind. Perhaps I've been hasty. We get just enough of the Lizard to make me want to see more, and my first impression is that they'll do him up closer to the depiction of the Sandman than to the Green Goblin -- a bit more faithful to the source material. And isn't Gwen Stacy just gorgeous, as she should be?
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
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