How Effective Does Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Ties with the MCU.

TV RECAP: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

This week’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD delivered one of the best episodes of the season as well as provided a lead into Avengers: Age of Ultron.

AoS has played a small part in phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its premiere in September 2013. What initially appeared as pedestrian first season, the show really started picking up when producers started feeding loosely tying into the films as release dates approached starting with Thor: The Dark World (2013).

*Spoilers from here on out*

In the eighth episode of the first season for AoS, “The Well” deals with the aftermath following the events of TDW where the Phil Coulson(Clark Gregg)’s team encounter the remnants of an Asgardian berserker staff following Thor(Chris Hemsworth)’s fight with Malekith(Christopher Eccleston). The staff taps into the user’s rage upon contact. Those who initially discovered it which were members of a Norse hate group. SHIELD ultimately procured the staff which basically ended up as an excuse to tie Thor’s universe into the episode. You didn’t have to see the film to understand the events of this episode.

The biggest defining moment of the young show came surrounding the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

The film signified a major turning point for the MCU in that SHIELD, the elite tactical force responsible for assembling the Avengers, has imploded on itself after being infiltrated by its greatest mortal enemy, HYDRA. The events of the movie concurred with the AoS 17th episode of the first season, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

The biggest plot twist revealed John Garrett (Bill Paxton) as a SHIELD turncoat, HYDRA collaborator and the “Clairvoyant” who Coulson was pursuing all season. His right hand man was revealed to be Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), who was his “surrogate son” he raised to be everything he is today. The reveal dealt a major blow to Coulson and company since Ward’s was one of his most dependable and loyal agents on the team.

The episode forced SHIELD to go underground as they battled not only with HYDRA, but also the world they’re trying to protect that now viewed them as a threat.

The mix of survival, intrigue and facing such adversity made AoS must-watch TV.

Enter the events of “The Dirty Half-Dozen.” If you’re wanting to see how it ties to the upcoming The AoU, tune in the last five minutes. Everything else is kind of inconsequential in regards to the film with the ongoing Inhumans story arc going on.

This is what it looks like to have five staring daggers at you.

This is what it looks like to have five staring daggers at you.

Coulson reveals to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) the results of his latest infiltration (with the help of Ward in the most awkward of circumstances, sans the late Garrett) of the HYDRA base that held the location of Loki’s scepter, which caused a lot of trouble during the first Avengers when Coulson initially died at Loki’s hands. The scepter also holds mind controlling properties, which will play a part AoU.

Coulson "drops the mic" on Gonzalez about Fury's status.

Coulson “drops the mic” on Gonzalez about Fury’s status.

Project: Theta Protocol, which was initially revealed its existence by Gonzalez(Edward James Olmos)’s “real” SHIELD, was kept hidden by Coulson from everybody including his most trusted agent, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), became unlocked as the code to release the Avengers.

Meanwhile Raina (Ruth Negga), who was revealed to have precognative abilities was in the middle of challenging Jiaying(Dichen Lachman)’s authority with the Inhumans, came across a vision with the incoming events of the film with what’s presumably Ultron (James Spader)’s minions tearing apart cities and Loki’s scepter.

The base ran by Dr. List (Henry Goodman), experimented on “special” people like Deathlok (J. August Richards) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), eventually fled to meet with Strucker (Thomas Kretchmann) following Coulson’s successful rescue.

While we will see List and Hill, who were both featured in this episode in AoU, one has to wonder if this was really needed. As much attention and prior success the Avengers is already getting, there really isn’t much of anything the show’s added that won’t likely be revealed in the new film.

This sort of begs the question, what will AoU’s after-credit scene be? Since AoS is ultimately leading up to Inhumans and new Avengers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are being introduced in that fashion with Fox owning “the mutants” in the X-Men universe, will AoU give the rub back to AoS furthering the Inhumans story?

The next episode of AoS will follow the events of AoU and it will be interesting to see how the show wraps up its second season.

I presume these questions must be asked.

  • After Ward’s narrow escape from Simmons’ (Elizabeth Henstridge) attack and subsequent sparing of her life, will he still act as Coulson’s wildcard to continue to “make up for past transgressions?”
  • Will Gonzalez’s committee revert back to their previous positions once Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) reveals himself?
  • Is Fury going to take back his director position?
  • Will any of AoS cast appear even in a cameo in AoU?
  • How will SHIELD operate during and after events of the film?
  • Will AoS shift focus toward the events of Captain America: Civil War?
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Tampa Bay Bucs Primary NFL Draft Needs and Preview

NFL NEWS: NFL Draft

The NFL Draft looms as the Bucs are looking to fill some major holes with top-tier talent.

Here are the position analysis of team needs.

Offensive Line

The Bucs have done very little to address the position signing center Ben Gottschalk and two to reserve/futures contracts in center Jeremiah Warren and tackle Matt Patchan. They’ve released tackle Anthony Collins.

Don’t be surprised if the team picks up 2-3 linemen in the draft. Here are some of the players I’ve covered in the past that might make a good fit for the Bucs.

Guards

A.J. Cann

Canns been touted as a second-round prospect, according to CBS sports. The South Carolina standouts strengths are suited for a power scheme absorbing bull rushes while recognizing stunts and blitzes.

His 6-3, 311-pound frame and solid fundamentals will definitely also get him some first-round looks as well. If the Bucs do trade down for more picks, dont be surprised if he becomes one of the guys they pick up in the process. They may still luck out should he be available in the second round.

Cann can learn a lot from Mankins to help reach his full NFL potential.

Tre Jackson Florida StateTre Jackson

If Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gets drafted by the Bucs with their first pick, dont be surprised if Jackson follows. As a two-year starter and All-ACC second team selection, Jacksons been known to pick up blitzes and rushers. He can also run block effectively downfield.

Jackson wields a 6-4, 330-pound frame and his biggest asset of his play is his strength, but at times has shown struggles against speed rushers and isnt often called upon to pull on plays.

Jackson is projected to go within the second or third round.

Tackles

T.J. Clemmings

In a draft loaded with top-tier first-round caliber talent at tackle, the opportunities are primed for the Bucs to capitalize if theyre to trade down from the top pick. First on this list is T.J. Clemmings. Standing at 6-foot-6, 315 lb., the Pittsburgh standout is a converted defensive lineman with long arms who utilizes his strength to keep defenders at bay. A stronger run blocker, Clemmings can be coached up to be a staple at the left tackle position. If the Bucs were to trade down, he may be available at the mid-late first round.

Cameron Erving

The Florida State tackle has versatility at his side playing both left tackle and center. Erving, who stands at 6-feet-5, 309 lb., has shown the ability to fend off edge rushers while remaining stout against defensive tackles at center. Ervings versatility may be his biggest strength in a unit that often demands its players to play multiple positions. While Erving is a smooth puller, he loses track of his target at times.

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Iowa vs Louisiana StateBrandon Scherff

CBS Sports ranks Scherff as their top offensive tackle in the 2015 draft. Scherff provides one of the most sound run and pass blocking in the current crop of tackles. He is considered by scouts as one of the countrys most pro-ready lineman. With a 6-foot-5, 315 lb. frame, Scherffs been known to have some hip and joint tightness in his technique.

Scherffs been compared to four-time Pro Bowler Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers, which is certainly not too shabby. If Scherff becomes the Bucs first overall pick, he could very well fulfill the staple force at the position Paul Gruber was for the team for 12 seasons.

Defensive End

The positions accounted for 15.5 of the 36 team sacks among six players compared to the 16.5 among three players in 2014. Here are a couple of players who can make an immediate impact.

Mario Edwards, Jr.

This prospect from Florida State stands at 6-foot-3 and 300 lb. with first and second round potential. Edwards versatility can allow him to function as a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle, according to CBS Sports. His power and height can present problems for quarterbacks as an edge rusher and run stuffer. Edwards was a main factor in helping the Seminoles runs in 2013 and 2014 compiling a combined 72 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks within their title and Rose Bowl runs.

While the Bucs may focus on QB and offensive line help within the first two picks, Edwards could be an option should the Bucs invest an extra pick within the first three rounds by trading down.

Trey Flowers

Flowers is an ideal defensive end for a Tampa 2 system with his speed off the corner posting a 4.8, 40 time. The Arkansas prospect stands at 6-foot-2 and 268 lb. Voted second-team All-SEC in 2014, Flowers amassed 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, plus three forced fumbles and an interception. He posted similar numbers in 2013 with 50 tackles, including 13 for loss and six sacks.

According to CBS Sports, he may not have the ideal flexibility, explosive quick twitch or the straight-line speed to be a featured stand-up rusher in the NFL, but makes up for it with his versatility and pursuit.

Should Flowers drop to the third round, dont be surprised if the Bucs pick him up to shore up their pass rush.

It’s very possible the Bucs can trade for extra picks to pick up at least 1-2 of these guys on this list. I predict if no dramatic trades are made with the Bucs the team pick up offensive lineman and defensive end in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Quarterback

The main reason why this will likely be the first overall pick is because this will essentially be job security for Lovie Smith as the player can share the blame for any struggles the team will face in the coming year. Here is a look at the two top picks.

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston

Winston’s success has definitely benefitted by very talented FSU team. Make no mistake, FSU stands to be one of the most represented draft classes in 2015. Does that diminish any of his raw talent? That seems to be a huge question.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Winston possess the raw athleticism and psychological game to go through his progressions scoring 25 touchdowns through the air, significantly down from the previous year where he threw for 40 in winning the Heisman. While most of his 18 interceptions were deflections, he has the ability to recover through adversity.

Winston’s biggest test in transitioning to the NFL level is if he can be successful in the Bucs system without having Jimbo Fisher‘s offense and his talent around him.

The off-the-field issues are a non-factor since the Bucs have stated that it’s not playing a factor in his decision. I’m 90 percent sure he’ll be their first pick.

ncf_a_marcus-mariota_mb_576 (1)Marcus Mariota

If any other NFL team is convinced the Bucs could make a move on him, he could very well be the trade fodder the Bucs need to build more depth. One big difference between Mariota and Winston is that Mariota plays in a spread offense while Winston plays in a more pro-ready system.

Mariota’s a much a physical specimen as Winston is standing at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. While the 2014 Heisman winner is highly efficient with his throws with 36 touchdowns and five interceptions, the product of Oregon does have a tendency to fumble the football. He’s been compared to Ben Roethlisberger, who ran the shotgun a lot in Ohio.

I consider Mariota a five percent chance at no. 1 and the possibility of trading down the pick is also at five percent.

Breaking down career numbers in averages per season since Mariota played three seasons and Winston played two.

AVERAGES PER SEASON
Name Completions Attempts Completion Percentage Yards TD INT Rating
Marcus Mariota 260 389 66.8 3599 35 5 171.8
Jameis Winston 281 426 66.0 3982 33 14 163.3
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What is the Future of Star Trek?

Movie News: Star Trek

With filming for Star Trek Beyond slated for later this year, one has to wonder what the future will hold for the franchise?

In a recent interview, Simon Pegg, who plays the rebooted franchise’s Scotty and is co-writing the screenplay with Doug Jung, said that the film will go “forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story of frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun…”

That’s quite refreshing since the spirit lately in the films have been more action-oriented dating back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation films.

*Spoiler alerts from here on out.*

While J.J. Abrams‘ reboot with Star Trek (2009) revitalized the franchise, it took the crew being more action-oriented than ever before, but at least it didn’t involve the well-aged TNG crew. Here’s a video that might explain its success.

After the first film rebooted the franchise to an alternate universe, what did Abrams follow up with? Star Trek Into Darkness which re-introduced Kirk’s greatest enemy Khan this time played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but this time without the “Space Seed” original series episode to provide any form of background.

To top that off, what was originally a passing-the-torch moment for Leonard Nimoy to endorse the new franchised turned to a shoehorned cameo as Spock-prime explaining to alternate-universe crew somehow alternative-universe Khan is just like Khan-prime in every way even though alternate Khan never met him ever. Unfortunately, it would also be the last time Nimoy would don the Spock makeup with his passing earlier this year.

So with Beyond allegedly going back to the franchise’s roots what can this mean?

A Return to TV

I can see everyone but Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Pegg reprising their roles for the TV show due to their successful film careers. Perhaps if Paramount and a major network would be interested in committing to a new TV show contingent of Beyond’s success. If the network were to commit to the show, you’ll either see a whole new cast taking place in Abram’s universe or a very expensive show retaining the films’ cast.

Another idea could be a return to the prime universe, but it may not work due to continuity’s sake and potential confusion since the new universe was already introduced.

Netflix

The company’s known to be creatively loose when it comes to shows and revivals. The success of original shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil to name a few and the revivals of Fox’s Arrested Development and ABC’s Full House (as the sequel Fuller House) make the network a much more attractive option.

The Future of Trek

The question you have to ask is, “Is Star Trek still relevant” after 13 films and five TV shows going into the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the original series in 1966? I would say, “Yes” since the film franchise is still alive as well as some fan projects that involve actors from all five shows.

It would seem there’s certainly more the likes of Kirk, Spock and Bones can teach us in the 21st century.

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Top Five Tampa Bay Bucs Quarterbacks in History

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Bucs

Quarterback isn’t something that’s been historically great for the Bucs, but here are the five most productive in franchise history.

The criteria for their standing is a balance of quarterback rating, passing yards, completion percentage and finally wins and losses. Wins and losses get a bit muddled since so few ended up finishing with winning records with the team.

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Doug Williams

Williams, a first round pick (17th overall) in the 1978 NFL Draft, has 12,648 passing yards, a 66.2 quarterback rating, completed 47.4 percent of his passes, and throwing for 73 touchdowns and interceptions. He finished with a .500 record with 33-33-1. He lead the team to three playoff runs with a 1-3 record taking them as far as the NFC title game in 1980 in a losing effort to the Los Angeles Rams.

His most productive year statistically was in 1981 when he passed for a career high 3,563 yards,19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Williams played for five seasons with the team leaving following the 1982 season, all under head coach John McKay.

Brian Griese

Griese, journeyman quarterback, had two stints with the team playing from 2004-2005 and 2008 for head coach Jon Gruden. Greise was perhaps the most accurate passer the Bucs ever had who was a regular starter at 65.6 percent completion percentage through 22 games. Despite never playing a full season for the team, he had a 12-9 record with the team passing for 4,841 yards, 32 touchdowns, 26 interceptions and a respectable 85.5 QB rating.

Putting Griese on this list is a bit sketchy considering there are only five Bucs quarterbacks with over 10,000 passing yards. Greise makes his list rather than Trent Dilfer because he has a higher TD-to-INT ratio, higher completion percentage, better record and QB rating.

Jeff Garcia

Garcia, a slightly more successful journeyman than Greise, played in 25 games in two seasons with the Bucs from 2007-2008 under Gruden, producing a 14-10 record. Garcia had a 64.4 percentage, a franchise high 92.2 QB rating , threw for 5,152 yards, 25 TDs and 10 INTs.

What surprised me the most about his time with the team is how head coach Raheem Morris didn’t make a conscious effort to re-sign him to help mentor Freeman instead opting for former Jacksonville Jaguars/Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich, who never saw anywhere near the success Garcia did.

Bucs QB Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman

Freeman, who was drafted in the 2009 draft, was also picked 17th overall selection by the Bucs by head coach Raheem Morris. He nearly topped all Bucs career passing records in his near five seasons with the team. He completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 13,534 yards (2nd overall), franchise-record 1,144 completions, 1,967 attempts (3rd overall), a franchise record 80 passing TDs, 66 INTs, 78.8 QB rating and a 24-35 record.

Freeman produced one winning season, which was a 10-6 record in 2010. Unfortunately tiebreakers eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention, which funny enough, the Green Bay Packers, who shared the same record, ended up winning the Super Bowl. Freeman made the most of his time with a team before a falling out with coaching staff and the team resulted in his untimely release in 2013.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

It’s no surprise the best QB to ever play for the Bucs was also the most successful one since he was the team’s QB during the Super Bowl.

Johnson was also a journeyman who recruited by head coach Tony Dungy in 2001 before Gruden took over the following year. He would play from 2001-2004, amassing 10,940 passing yards, 61.8 completion percentage, 83.2 QB rating, 64 TDs, and 41 INTs. He also owns the highest winning percentage (53.1) for the most games as a Bucs starting QB with a 26-23 record.

Johnson may never achieved hall of fame numbers, but the trend the franchise has a starting QB is that, the longer you stick around, the best you can possibly do is a .500 record as indicated by Dilfer (38-38-0) and Williams’ runs.

So there you have it. For the five worst, here it is. Perhaps the biggest goal is the Bucs could ever achieve is if they can have a quarterback ever last more than five seasons with the team.

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Gotham – A Comic Book Spin on the Gritty Crime Drama

TV REVIEWS: GOTHAM

Fox’s Gotham has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2014-2015 season.

I must admit when I first heard about the show, I wasn’t sure about how they could pull off Batman‘s universe without Batman and make it completely about his most trusted confidant in law enforcement, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie).

Don’t get me wrong, the fact that I get to see how Gordon starts from a young idealistic cop to a person nearly broken by the corrupt system he wanted to change sounds appealing, but are we seriously going to wait all these years before Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) takes the cape and cowl and makes those said dramatic changes? That’s what showrunner Bruno Heller intends to do.

DC’s been enjoying a string of stability on TV particularly in recent years with Smallville (2001-2011), Arrow (2012-) and The Flash (2014). While the other three show focuses particularly on the main protagonist in their respective worlds, Gotham’s primary focus is Gordon, an auxiliary character in the Batman universe.

Also adding to the challenge of making Gotham a success is that Fox is a major network compared to the CW which aired the three other DC shows. Prior to the creation of CW, Smallville was on the WB in its first six years.

The world of Gotham takes place around the events of Bruce Wayne’s parents’ murder. Despite spending his entire young life in and around the city, he’s discovering nothing is what it seems. This results in persistent trust issues with those around him like Gordon and Selina “Cat” Kyle (Camren Bicrondova). Currently Wayne’s investigating his parents’ murder on top of the ongoing corruption with his parents’ company, Wayne Enterprises which included an attack on his faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee).

It will be interesting how Heller plans to develop Wayne as a resourceful character in future seasons as the series was announced for renewal on January 17 for a second season.

Gordon, meanwhile, is finding his bend, but don’t break demeanor is leading him to more trouble than anyone could have imagined as he finds himself looking over his shoulder not only from criminals, serial killers, the mob, his shady colleagues and the corrupt Police Commissioner Gillian Loeb (Peter Scolari).

The show’s anchored by the rogue’s gallery of criminals that may be Batman’s greatest foes. You have Carmine “The Roman” Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas) as the principal mob figures in Gotham battling it over turf who command dominating presences on screen. You have Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who’s making his way through the mob, planning and scheming his way to the top. Personally, I’m wondering if the Penguin will be growing more into the form we’re used to seeing him in later seasons. The final cog to this piece is Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Fish Mooney, a mob figure who becomes the Penguin’s biggest rival.

Her scenes are some of the biggest scene chewing. Her presence adds credibility and she can prove she’s as dangerous, if not more so than Falcone and Maroni.

Back at Gotham City Police Department, you have the future Riddler in Edward Nigma (Cory Michael Smith), who plays him so pathetically timid, you’re just waiting for him to ultimately snap and you have Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who’s the one lifeline he’ll rely on for his very survival.

Bullock, despite everything he’s seen and done, becomes Gordon’s biggest ally throughout the show becoming one of the first officers to help turn over an ongoing leaf despite the uphill battle.

As the show closes on its final two shows of its first season, we’ve seen the evolution of a universe that can live beyond its gimmicks. You can have the stories where you can discover the origins of the Scarecrow who kills people to harness their fears and you can have a more traditional serial killer in the Ogre (The very talented Milo Ventimiglia) building up that suspense as you would any crime drama without having to resort to Batman’s theatrics.

It suddenly makes the people of Gotham very real and capable people while at the same time, leaving enough to the audience so that there’s much more to do.

I don’t mind that since often in Batman, you often don’t really find anyone who really helps Batman at a civilian level outside of Gordon and Pennyworth. Batman is always doing the brunt of the work and Gordon just picks them up when the criminals are brought to them. The only real form of help Batman ever gets, when it’s not Alfred minding the batcave, is when another costumed vigilante like Robin, Batgirl or Nightwing comes to help. The police, I find, are either misunderstanding Batman’s presence or too inept to do anything. The closest of true cooperation Batman does get with the police is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as he takes back Gotham with the help of the police.

Maybe Fox’s Gotham will let Batman naturally grow so he can be a part of the change and not become THE sole beacon of hope.

Gotham airs Mondays 8/7c on Fox .

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Why Marvel’s The Avengers Succeeded Where Others Failed

MOVIE NEWS: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel’s the Avengers was able to do what no other loated superhero franchise could ever do: exceed all expectations and continue the juggernaut of success.

It’s something the X-Men franchise failed to do with X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and the Spider-Man franchise failed to do in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). While other franchises like Fantastic Four, Batman and Superman deserve mention, we’ll focus on Spider-Man and X-Men.

*Spoiler alerts from here on out*

The success of the X-Men franchise was in large part due to Bryan Singer’s first two films. When Singer left to direct Superman Returns (2006), leaving Brett Ratner in charge of X3. Despite box office success becoming the highest grossing film of the franchise, X3 would rank 58 percent on RottenTomatoes.com, the reviewer aggregation site. Fox reinvigorated the X-Men franchise under Matthew Vaughn with X-Men: First Class (2011) and later Singer’s return to the franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), which undid the events of X2 (2003), X3 and possibly X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

To explain how bloated X3 was, every single popular mutant that was barely an Easter egg or left out completely was shoehorned in including Beast, Juggernaut (now a mutant) and Psylocke to try to finish the Dark Phoenix Saga. Summary of what went wrong with X3:

The Spider-Man franchise was helmed by Sam Raimi for his Spider-Man run (2002-2007) and Marc Webb (2012-2014) with his Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Raimi’s Spider-Man series had balanced stories focusing on its characters with one villain until his third movie Spider-Man 3 when Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) had to face not one, but three villains…rather one real villain in the Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church); one former best-friend-turned villain then given amnesia later back to being a dick who later learned the error of his ways Harry Osborn/New Goblin (James Franco); and one villain who had five minutes (maybe) of screen time as Venom (Topher Grace). Venom, whose rivalry with Spider-Man is comparable to what Joker or Bane are to Batman, is reduced to a glorified cameo.

When Webb got a hold of the franchise, he redid the origin story of Peter Parker and added the mystery of his parents. Parker (Andrew Garfield) was given Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), his original girlfriend before Mary Jane Watson, and a villain in the Lizard/Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) in the Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Two years later, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 we had not one, but three villains. The primary villain was Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), who unfortunately never the threat or developed enough that Spider-Man villains were in the previous films. Electro might as well been a Joel Scumacher Batman villain. Rhino (Paul Giamatti) was essentially reduced to a glorified cameo. The new Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), introduced in this film, became the Green Goblin without that long screen time build up that Raimi did to really show that “friendship.”

Green Goblin or Evil Ed from Fright Night?

Green Goblin or Evil Ed from Fright Night?

What was the fallout from that movie? How about the lowest grossing film in the franchise? Now that Sony’s announced Spider-Man’s release to the MCU, there’s yet another reboot!

So now let’s get to Joss Whedon and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Five movies to build it up with each superhero having his own film with end credit scenes to hype up the film. There were two Iron Man films, released in 2008 and 2010; The Incredible Hulk (2008); Thor (2011), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

You know who were the major villains were in Marvel’s The Avengers? How about Loki and the Chitauri?

Yes the main villain from Thor was also the same for The Avengers. He didn’t just do it all himself, the egos involved with the heroes created their own worst enemies when trying to work together. When Loki wasn’t causing mischief enslaving both Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) with his staff, the Avengers were often at each other’s throats. When they finally came together, you end up seeing moments like this.

Hulk and Loki – Best of Friends!

Really you end up getting is arguably the best superhero movie of all time, but in the very least the highest grossing one.

It gets even better from there, Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), each movie successively getting better and still ZERO reboots for phase two since the Avengers closed out phase one.

Expect more of this in phase three.

Funniest thing is that the Age of Ultron (2015) isn’t even closing out phase two, it’s Ant-Man (2015). Best thing about the Avengers is that they can cycle out and rotate superheroes with phase three to keep things fresh.

What does DC have to build into The Justice League (2017)? Man of Steel (2013)? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)? They cannot even build off of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy due to its conclusion. They’re introducing Wonder Woman and Aquaman in Dawn of Justice. Wonder Woman is slated for a 2017 release and Aquaman is slated for a 2018 release. At least they’re trying?

Marvel’s The Avengers: The Age of Ultron comes out May 1.

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Five Worst Second Round Busts in Bucs History

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Bucs

We discussed the best Bucs second round picks, but now, let’s look at their worst.

Criteria is a bit rough since the worst of the worst really under-performed their standing and in certain cases, never played for another team.

Without further adieu, here are the real stinkers.

Brett Moritz

As a touted prospect spending time with Army and Nebraska, Mortiz had the ideal frame and stature of what Bucs head coach John McKay wanted in a guard, a 6-foot-5 and 250 lb. workhorse. Moritz was selected 44th overall in the 1978 draft.

Unfortunately, he never started a game and became a liability on special teams missing blocks and hesitating to engage defenders. Playing only six games, he injured his back ending up on injured reserve never to play for the Bucs again nor for any other NFL team.

Booker Reese

Originally slated for the 17th overall selection in the first round in the 1982 draft, offensive lineman Sean Farrell‘s name was read instead by personnel director Ken Herock due to a bad phone connection. To make up for their mistake, the Bucs traded their 1983 first round choice to the Chicago Bears for their fourth pick in the second round to take Reese.

Reese spent the better part of his tenure with the team on the bench backing up veteran Dave Stalls, third round pick John Cannon the following year and David Logan following his holdout. When Logan came back to the team, Reese ended up third string backing up Cannon and Brinson Manor.

Reese played 24 games for team, started only seven which was during Logan’s holdout. He registered two interceptions and two sacks. He landed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1984 essentially picking up where he left off, essentially doing nothing for the team through 11 games through the 1985 season before calling it quits.

Danny Peebles

Selected 33rd overall in the 1989 draft, Peebles never amounted to a receiving threat catching only 17 balls for 230 yards and one touchdown through 23 games in two seasons with the team. He became a kick returner in 1990 fielding 18 balls for 369 yards. He wrapped his career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 playing seven games returning eight kicks for 149 yards. He retired shortly after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Houston Oiler‘s Bubba McDowell on Nov. 17.

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Brian Price

The second round choice of the Bucs in the 2010 draft, Price was the second defensive tackle picked by the Bucs after first rounder Gerald McCoy. While McCoy became a staple of the Bucs defense, Price had a lackluster two seasons with the team despite an injury-shortened rookie year. He only played 20 games and starting in 14 registering three sacks and 36 combined tackles through two seasons.

In July 2012, Price was traded to the Chicago Bears for a seventh round pick, who was then waived on September. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a futures contract in December before being released in May 2013.

Dexter Jackson

We’re not talking about Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, but the wide receiver from Appalachian State drafted in the second round in 2008 for returning purposes.

Not only was he a stretch of a pick, but he also only played in seven games for the team and what ended up for his career.

His combine time of 4.27 seconds, faster than any other receiver, drove his stock up and eventually in a Buccaneers uniform. In his seven games, he returned 20 punts for 97 yards and 14 kickoffs for 327 yards. He never scored a touchdown.

Jackson served on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers from 2009-2010 and the New York Jets from 2011-2012. He had a brief stint with the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers in 2011.

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