Talkin’ Nerdy: Nitpick the Rainbow

Today I’ve got to pop off for a bit about Marvel Comics’ Infinity Gems.



For those who don’t know, the Infinity Gems are 6 fictional gems (duh!) in the Marvel Universe. They are very powerful, and can be used in unison to make anyone who wields them omnipotent, basically a god who can control time, space and reality and generally be a really bad muchacho.



Each gem is small, smooth and oblong (basically Magic Skittles) and each performs a particular special power:

  • SPACE: Allows the user to exist in any location (or all locations), move any object anywhere throughout the universe and warp or rearrange space.
  • MIND: Allows the user to boost mental power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. When backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously.
  • SOUL: This gem is sentient and allows the user to steal, manipulate and alter souls, living or dead. This gem is also the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe.
  • REALITY: Allows the user to fulfill wishes, even if said wishes are in direct contradiction with scientific laws.
  • TIME: Allows the user total control over the past, present and future. It allows time travel, can age or de-age beings and can also be used as a weapon by trapping enemies or entire worlds in unending loops of time.
  • POWER: Accesses all power and energy that ever has or will exist, and can back the other gems and boost their effects. It also allows the user to duplicate almost any superhuman ability and become invincible.

-In addition, each Gem is a respective color:

  • Power=Red
  • Time=Orange
  • Reality=Yellow
  • Soul=Green
  • Mind=Blue
  • Space=Purple
Bling-Bling Boy


When Thanos of Titan first popped up in The Avengers, it became obvious that the Infinity Gems were going to be the all-powerful MacGuffins that would permeate throughout the Marvel Universe (MCU), (though in the movies they’re called Infinity Stones–I think Gems sounds better, but whatever), and that’s all well and good, fine and dandy, BUT……

For some reason, Disney/Marvel decided to switch the Stones’ colors around!


To be fair, this isn’t the first time this has happened: as Jason noted in his Videots of Marvel Super Heroes, for that game Capcom mysteriously changed the colors of 2 of the Gems (they changed the Time Gem from orange to magenta and the Reality Gem from yellow to orange) while leaving the other 4 Gems intact, but the MCU swapped the Gems’ colors completely.

In the MCU as well as the video game Marvel VS Capcom Infinite, the Stones’ colors are now:

  • Reality=Red
  • Soul=Orange
  • Mind=Yellow
  • Time=Green
  • Space=Blue
  • Power=Purple

And this is my reaction to this.

Why you do this thing, Disney?? The Gems’ colors were fine the way they were, why switch them around? Why make the Reality Gem red? Red is traditionally the color of strength and power, making the Power Gem red is therefore a no-brainer. And the Mind Gem is yellow? No! Blue is often associated with the mind, but here the Space Gem is blue. And the Power Gem is Purple? Double-No! The inky abyss of space is often purple, the SPACE Gem should be purple!

Gems VS Stones

What I find particularly jarring about this is that there doesn’t seem to be any reason for the change; Disney/Marvel Studios just wanted to do this for some reason, maybe to establish that the Marvel Movie Universe is different from the Comics’ Universe, I don’t know. I realize this is a little thing that bugs me more than it should, but it still bugs me. It took me long enough to memorize the Gem colors from the comics, now I have to memorize a whole new set of colors!

Tommy Wiseau


*Side Bar: I can’t believe it took us this long to make a Tommy Wiseau joke!

Unpopular Opinions: Jubilee

Here’s an unpopular opinion for ya: I don’t think Jubilee (of the X-Men)’s mutant power is lame. Never have and never will.


Let the sparks fly!

Whenever some comic book or superhero site makes a list of the lamest X-Men and their powers, Jubilee invariably makes the list, and I’ve never gotten that. Yes, over the years the gang at Marvel have come up with some seriously dorky mutants….


…Like Jazz, the mutant whose only power was having blue skin, and nothing else. Oh yeah, and he was also possessed mediocre rapping skills. Cool?




Or Longneck, who had a six-foot neck.


He’s the hero to call should Geoffrey the Giraffe ever decide to knock over a bank.

Or Forget-Me-Not, with the power to be forgotten. And this is useful because…?


What was I talking about? I forget.

But why is Jubilee always placed in this category? Jube’s original powers were cool. Who wouldn’t want to be able to fire multicolored hot electric destruction from your finger tips?


Often I hear folks say, “Hur-hur. Jubilee’s powers are stupid. They’re just fireworks. She can’t do anything.” Ah, no. Jubilee’s projectiles are not mere fireworks, they are globules of plasma fired in varying degrees of intensity. Do you not know what plasma is? Allow me to elucidate:

Plasma is the 4th state of matter, after solids, liquids and gases. It is an ionized gas consisting of positive ions and free electrons in proportions resulting in more or less no overall electric charge, typically at low pressures (as in the upper atmosphere and in fluorescent lamps) or at very high temperatures (as in stars and nuclear fusion reactors). One possessing this power could easily short out electrical devices or destroy a house with this power. Jubilee’s powers were actually nerfed on the FOX TV show because a) she was just a kid and her powers hadn’t reached their full potential yet and b) in the comics, anyway, she chose not to use her ability to its’ maximum out of concern for seriously injuring or killing someone. One’s power is not weak just because one chooses to hold back on it. The potential for serious damage is still there.

Jubilee is similar to DC’s Wonder Twins, who are similarly lambasted by fans, critics and comedians for being lame-ohs when in fact their abilities are actually potentially formidable and were more extensive in the comics than they were in their TV incarnation.


-Speaking of which, let me side track for just a second here. Recently I had a bit of back-and-forth with the same horndog jackass with the Blackfire fetish on the DC Superhero Girls comments section on YouTube. When I casually mentioned that I’d like to see Zan and Jayna on DCSHG, this smug piece of talking moose excrement quipped:


“I dunno, man. You come off like a weirdo.”

Says the guy who’s obsessed with a D-List villain character. You wanna see a weirdo, douche? Look in the mirror!


-There, I said it. I feel better. Now back to Jubilee.

Now with the level of respect and enthusiasm that I have for Jubilation Lee, you may be wondering what I think of Marvel’s new incarnation of the Generation X comic book series, with Jubilee at the forefront? My answer is…


Yeah, I haven’t read the new Generation X, and I have no plans to. Why? Because it looks dumb and not like anything I’d be interested in. I have no problem with the cast being basically misfits who don’t fit in with any of the other more serious X-Factions; that could be fun if they decide to do it as a comedy, you know, wacky roommate antics, but the characters they chosen for it are unflatteringly lame. Eye-Boy?  A kid with eyeballs all over his body? Disgusting! Nature Girl? A girl with deer antlers who can communicate with animals and plants? What the actual what? It’s like someone at Marvel saw that Robot Chicken sketch about Kid Venison and said, “We should do that for real!” Bling!? The daughter of rappers who’s made of living bling-bling? Seriously?? Yeah, these ideas are too ridiculous, even for comics. (Though I do think that Bling! is a cool name.)

You’re probably asking:


“But Damon, you should be looking forward to the new Generation X. Jubilee’s back, and she’s the leader this time!”

-Yeah, but it’s Jubilee NOW. Not the Jubilee that’s cool. The current Jubilee has been depowered and without her plasma fireworks for nearly a decade; now Jubes is a vampire who was bitten by the son of Dracula and has a baby?!?

Pardon my French, but….



Nah, folks can check that out if it tickles their collective fancy, but I’ll stick with my memories of the Jubilee that I liked, thanks.


Nerdvana: Castles in the Air (aka Dee-Luxe Apartments in the Sky)

Today’s Nerdvana focuses on one of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi locations: the futuristic self-contained floating city.

The rent on these things must be reedonkulous!

The rent on these things must be reedonkulous!

Two of my favorite examples of this are from the comics. From DC, we have Supertown.


Though it’s official name is Celestial City, it was named Supertown by the young Gods known as the Forever People. Supertown is a vast flying structure that constantly glides over the skies of the planet New Genesis.

Supertown is the only technologically advanced structure on the otherwise unspoiled paradise planet of New Genesis, and is designed in such a way as to in no way interfere with the planet’s ecosystem. all the Gods have abodes in the city. And it is in the towers of this city that the Chamber of the Source is located, where the Highfather communes with the Eternal Source by watching the flaming messages written on the Wall of Prophecy.
The entire city is riddled with statues, paintings and other beautiful works of art which echo the Gods’ celebration of life and happiness. In fact the city itself is so beautiful that visitors often stare in awe of the majestic complex, rightfully believing they have come to heaven.

The colors, dude, the colors! There's reddy-purpley, orangey-pinky, bluey-whitey-silvery, greeny-magenta-purpley...Bro, I an so baked!

The colors, dude, the colors! There’s reddy-purpley, orangey-pinky, bluey-whitey-silvery, greeny-magenta-purpley…Bro, I am so baked!

The city possesses impressive mobility, and is capable of interstellar travel, demonstrated when Darkseid’s use of the Micro Mark cause the destruction of New Genesis. The Supertown was simply jettisoned off of the planet awaiting its doom and relocated to another planet as New Genesis was rebuilt.

-Plus, Supertown is such a cool name. It’s just fun to say. Try it. Supertown! Rolls off the tongue like honey on biscuits.

On the Marvel side, there’s the City of Attilan.


Gonna fly now!


Attilan is the ancestral home of the Inhumans, a highly advanced offshoot of the human race. About seven thousand years ago, the Inhumans grew tired of centuries of persecution by their more primitive parent race, and decided to create a place of refuge for themselves. Under the leadership of King Myran, the Inhumans chose as a site for their city a small island in the northern Atlantic Ocean, located about two hundred miles southwest of Iceland. The city, which took several decades to complete, was named Attilan, a name derived from Atlantis, the former pinnacle of civilization on Earth that had vanished beneath the sea about three millennia before. Attilan has been the sole center of the Inhuman population ever since.

Attilan was relocated from its’ original location in the Himalayas, to escape the effects of Earthly pollution and disease. Attilan is currently located in the “Blue Area of the Moon,”


Dark side of the...well, you know.

Dark side of the…well, you know.


….nestled in the ruins of an ancient city built by the alien Kree whose technology gives the “Blue Area” its own artificially created atmosphere.

Now, this may come as a shock, but I’m a bit of a geek who’s not the most social person in the world.


As such, I’ve often fantasized about there being a magical, high-tech place where myself, the mutants, the mages, the mega-minds, the super artistes and other ‘special people’ could dwell, live and just plain be unique and different, enjoying all of the modern amenities away from all of those pesky normals.

Pity the name Astro City is taken.

Pity the name Astro City is taken.

But you know, maybe it’s high time the Specials reconnected with the natives down below. Maybe they’ve lived in isolation from the outside world too long. Maybe the Uppers and the Lowers should come together. Let’s see what it’s like down there.

"'MURICA! #$%* YEAH!!"

“‘MURICA! #$%* YEAH!!”


"Thug Liiife!"

“Thug Liiife!”

Never mind, I take it all back. We’re better off up here. Pour me another sparkling nectar.


TV Special Tonight!: Generation X


X-Tremely Bloated and Wrong

Think the current 20th Century Fox X-Men movieverse is the most messed up, convoluted clusterf*ck representation of the popular comic book franchise?


Yes, believe it or not (see what I did there?), before there was the First Class Trilogy or even the 2000 X-Men trilogy, there was an X-Men film which somehow managed to be an even bigger train-wreck than any of those films combined. It’s the subject of today’s TV Special Showdown: a made-for-TV movie based on Marvel’s Generation X.


X Marks the Shlock

For those who don’t know, Generation X was a made-for-TV film directed by Jack Sholder, which aired on FOX on February 20, 1996. It was based on the Marvel Comics comic-book series of the same name, a spin-off of the X-Men franchise, in which X-Men characters Banshee and newly reformed Emma Frost (the artist formerly known as the White Queen) starting a new Xavier School for Gifted Children in upstate Massachusetts. The TV special was produced by New World Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment, and it imitated the comic it was based on the same way that a castrato imitates a man. X-Kuteer Droll Call:

The first thing you’ll notice about this TV movie is that half the cast of the comic were nowhere to be found, and the other half were barely recognizable. Gone from the get-go were the characters of

Chamber (Jonothan Starsmore) is a crazy powerful psionic whose immense psionic energy powers have already blasted a huge gaping hole from his jaw to his upper chest, with free-floating energy oozing around inside it.


Say, would you mind facing the other way?


“Are you kiddin’? Do you know how much special FX that would cost?!?”


So bang goes his application. Next was Husk (Paige Guthrie, younger sister of Sam Guthrie, X-Force‘s Cannonball), whose mutant power was the ability to rip away her skin, revealing a new form underneath (either animal or mineral) each time.


Take it off. Take it all off.


“DUDE! We can’t do anything like that! It’s not in the budget! We can barely afford the muffin cart!”

I’m sensing a pattern here. Also absent was Penance, a Yugoslavian mutant (originally, anyway, but more on that later) whose entire body was diamond hard and razor sharp.


And I honestly didn’t give 2 candy-coated squats that she wasn’t used, since I always thought Penance was lame anyway. Moving on…

The final character not to make the cut was Synch (Everett Thomas) who possessed a bio-genetic aura which allowed him to synchronize with and duplicate the powers of other mutants as long as he was in their proximity.


Purty colors!

I guess this character isn’t within the budget either, right?


“Nah, we’re just lazy. We could audition another character, but I’ve got me a hankering for Firehouse Subs!”

-Now let’s move on to the characters “lucky” enough to make it into the film.

First up, fan favorite Jubilee, who actually was featured in the Generation X comics and was already a popular character on the X-Men cartoon series which was enjoying success on Fox Kids at the time.

THIS is the movie’s version of Jubilee.

White Jubilee

Wow. Just…wow.


Looks just like her, huh? They sure captured the character there.


“That is the whitest Jubilee I’ve ever seen!”

Word. FOX freakin’ whitewashed Jubilee. A fan favorite character, and one of the few Asian characters in popular fiction who isn’t a stereotypical computer nerd or a martial artist, and they give the part to a white girl with neon yellow lipstick that makes her look like she just French kissed a lemon!



I can understand altering the character’s back story so as not to include Wolverine, but changing Jubilee’s race was unforgivable. Jubilee is Chinese-American, not Caucasian. If you’re trying to honor the character and/or please fans of the comic, casting a white actress in the role is not going to do that. Not only is Jubilee the wrong race (as these executive geniuses probably didn’t know, the character’s code name is merely a portmanteau of her actual name, Jubilation Lee, and her mutant power is a nod to Chinese fireworks, so being Chinese-American is part of the freaking character, ya morons! You DON’T change that!), but the rendering of her power is also totally wrong. Cheap yellow sparks that look like they were done in Mario Paint.

Stupid Yellow Fireworks

Hey movie producers, you may not have been aware of this, but Jubes’ fireworks are MULTICOLORED. They’re not all just yellow.


“But different colored filters cost money!”

The First Class trilogy at least got Jubilee’s look down,



Of course, the one scene in X-Men: Apocalypse where she uses her powers ended up on the cutting room floor.

OK, rant over. Back to discussing this joke of a movie.

We also got M (Monet St. Croix), who was about as necessary to this film as an 11th finger.


In the comics, M’s powers were basically being superstrong, a genius, psionically powerful, invulnerable and able to fly, but all of these abilities were merely offshoots of her true power*, which I’ll get to in a minute…

Here, we get this chick, who basically fell into the ‘high school bitch’ stereotype and did literally nothing other than the occasional display of super-strength.


“Hi, I’m Monet. I have several amazing powers, but you’re not going to see any of them in this movie because the producers blew the budget on a Happy Meal!”

*Incidentally, comics writer Scott Lobdell, M’s creator, didn’t originally plan for there to be an actual Monet at all, but rather the character known as ‘M/Monet’ was in reality prepubescent twin girls, Nicole and Claudette St. Croix, ‘Monet”s younger sisters, assuming the form of the originally made-up Monet.

M Twins

…This explained many facets of the character: the reason for her childlike mannerisms and habits, such as enjoying climbing trees and having the handwriting of a 1st grader despite being a genius, was because ‘she’ was in fact a pair of little girls, and the characters period bouts of catatonia were due to one of the twins, Claudette, possessing a bit of autism. But Marvel later retconned all that away, and I think that sucks, as that was much more interesting than the whole “the twins were just posing as Monet while the ‘real’ Monet was revealed to be Penance trapped in that form by their brother, the evil empathic vampire known as Mplate” BS they changed it into later.

-Where were we? Oh yeah, this crappy movie…

We also got Skin (Angelo Espinoza), a kid from the LA ‘hood who possessed several extra layers of skin which we could stretch and contort (Angelo couldn’t stretch his bones like Reed Richards, so the extra skin was always there), but unfortunately this made him look like a Chinese Shar Pei.



You know, in retrospect, this might have been why the comic lasted such a short time: it wasn’t very marketable since so many of the characters were grotesques.


“That’s right. I went there.”

Of course, this movie didn’t have the budget for anything like that, so instead we get…This guy.

TV Skin

Some wimpy dude with a Geri curl, who’s basically a sawed off Mr. Fantastic and only uses his powers like twice in the whole movie. Yawn.

The final member of the comics’ hit parade was Mondo, who in the comics was a fat, easy going Samoan who could assume the physical properties of whatever organic object he touched…


…But here was a cocky, loudmouthed douche-nozzle played by an African-American actor, Bumper Robinson (presumably because no suitable Samoan actor could be found, though that doesn’t explain why they gave Mondo Skin’s personality)…

TV Mondo

And whose sole scene using his powers was so limp that he literally had to inform everyone that he did it (“Hey I picked up a rock and absorbed it”), otherwise we would have missed it entirely.


As an added bonus, we got 2 other X-Teens who didn’t even exist before, but were stand-ins for Chamber and Husk, whose powers were too expensive to portray on screen. On the boys’ side we had Kurt “Refrax” Pastorius, some dude with a Billy Idol hairdo who possessed controllable eye beams and X-Ray vision.



To be fair, Refrax’s power was kind of cool: X-Ray vision and heat vision…


Vyvyan Basterd

…Even if he looked like Vyvyan from The Young Ones with his hair dyed blond.

For the girls, we had Arlee “Buff” Hicks, who possessed super-accelerated musculature, giving her amazing strength and an incredible physique, as well as body issues up the wazoo.


Despite possessing an awesome physical form (which we only got to see once, and then it was an obvious body double), Buff is super-insecure about her muscled-up bod, so she hides it by wearing sweats most of time so nobody can see it.


Not to mention how since M here was so Nerfed that the only power we saw her do in this movie was super-strength, so M and Buff were more or less interchangeable power-wise. Given how extraneous M actually was to the “story”, they could’ve written Monet out and it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference.

Trivia Time: Generation X was the first FOX X-Men movie to use the Hatley School for the exterior shots of the X-Mansion.

Xavier's_School_for_Gifted_Youngsters_(Earth-10005)_01_Hatley School

So this flick did one thing right.

I know I haven’t said much about the plot of this movie, that’s because there isn’t much to say about the plot, other than it was gobbledeygook. Instead of Mplate or Bastian or any actual villains from the comics, we got Matt Frewer as some psycho named Russel Trech…

Russel Trech

A sociopathic, psychopathic borderline pedophile whose mugging, spasms and contortions would later be emulating by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever.



There was some nonsense regarding virtual reality and jumping in and out of people’s minds and invading their wet dreams…

VR Troopers


And I hope you like this shot…


…Since it’s at the very end of the movie and the ONLY time we see any trace of the team’s costumes. And Buff is covered up again. Surprise, surprise.

Generation X wasn’t just a bad TV movie, it was also a bad pilot for what was planned to be a bad TV series, but alas, the movie earned dismal ratings and the proposed series never happened.

You Don't Say

And we’re all the better for it. This team of super zeroes was so lackluster, I’d have rather gotten a TV movie starring these guys.





Talkin’ Nerdy: Beauty of the Beast

We saw X-Men: Apocalypse in the theater last week. First, let’s get the gripes out of the way:


“I’m in a mood!”

  • After re-aligning the timeline in Days of Future Past, the next movie should’ve been in the present day, with the current set of actors. I’m ready to move on from the Charles, Erik, Raven and Hank Show now.
  • OK, can we stop pretending that Mystique was ever an X-Man now? I know Jennifer Lawrence has since become Big Stuff at the box office, but why even have Mystique in the flick at all if she’s hardly ever going to be seen as the blue lady and she’s going to be completely out of character? I kind of puked in my mouth twice: when they had Storm saying that Mystique was her hero, and again when Mystique became the team’s drill sergeant. Can we go back to evil blue Mystique now?
  • No, movie. Storm did NOT get her trademark white hair from Apocalypse. She was BORN with white hair. Storm is a descendant of a line of African tribal priestesses and sorceresses who have white hair and blue eyes. I get that it’s a Hollywood adaptation, and no comic book movie is going to be 100% accurate to the comics, but kindly cut that shit out.
  • Quicksilver is fun, but the mansion scene in this flick was just a rehash of the prison scene in DoFP. Also, I know it’s likely an ownership thing, but I can’t stand that we keep getting Quicksilver without so much as a mention of Scarlet Witch. Pietro (I refuse to call him Peter) without Wanda is like Donny without Marie. And if this movie takes place 10 years after DoFP, then why is Quicksilver still a teenager?
  • If you’re going to put Jubilee in a movie, have her use her freaking powers already, dammit! But to the producers’ credit, at least this time they remembered that Jubilee is Chinese-American, not white. I’m looking at you, Generation X TV movie!

Good. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, on to what, or specifically who, this article is really about. One of my favorite X-Men, nee, one of my favorite Marvel characters or one of my favorite fictional characters of all time is and always has been Henry “Hank” P. McCoy, aka The Beast.

Beast W&TXM

Like many I presume, my first real exposure to X-Men was the FOX cartoon series (though I glanced at some of the original comics prior to that) and from the start, Beast was the character that I immediately latched on to. I enjoyed and related to him more than any of the others. Beast wasn’t an angst-filled, scene-chewing rage-a-holic badass like Wolverine, he wasn’t the super-serious, straight-arrow leader like Cyclops, he didn’t rock the sexy like Rogue and Storm, he wasn’t crazy-powerful like Jean Grey or Professor X or Magneto, his powers weren’t mega-cool and dazzling like Jean’s, Wolverine’s, Cyclops’ or Jubilee’s, but Beast was always my guy. Why?

From the start, Hank has had to deal with a unique appearance; at first, he just looked like an ape/human hybrid…

Original Beast

…Then later he was transformed into a true, blue-furred beast after an experimental serum gone wrong, a move which I both liked and disliked (more on that later)…


But throughout it all, he’s maintained his sharp intellect, an extensive vocabulary and good humor. His situation would occasionally get to him, but he rarely wore it on his chest. Even Wolverine once said of Beast: “Hank’s usually as steady as a rock”. He didn’t have the coolest set of powers or the biggest fanbase, but Beast was always the mutant I admired and related to the most. More of a thinker than a fighter and always around to keep spirits up and never letting things get to dark and murky. THAT’S the Beast that I’ve always admired.

I’ll confess something to you all: I think the X-Men prequel movies were OK (not great, I have yet to see my ideal X-Men movie), and many of the actors in them have played their parts well, but I’ve never been crazy about the movie’s version of Beast. I have nothing against Nicholas Hoult; he’s a decent actor and he’s done good work (he’s great in those Jaguar commercials), but his take on the Beast has never clicked with me. I actually felt that Kelsey Grammer did a better job as Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand (he was one of the few good things about that movie).

Kelsey Grammer as Beast

Kelsey’s Beast was much closer to the character I wanted to see than Hoult’s ever was. It helps that Grammer’s like that in real life. Kelsey’s Beast was scholarly, he was erudite, he was verbose, he was composed, he was renowned for his intellect and still able to hang upside down and kick some ass when action was called for. THAT was what I wanted to see: the scary-smart super-genius with the body of a big blue gorilla. (DC fans, basically imagine Gorilla Grodd, but as a good guy.) THAT’S Beast, not some awkward nerd who basically functions as a Nerfed Bruce Banner/Hulk who’s macking on Mystique, is dorky and the butt of everyone’s jokes and is only blue sometimes. The Beast I admired would never cling on to some serum to keep himself human all the time; Beast has his moments of being uncomfortable in his skin (who with his particular mutation wouldn’t?), but generally he’s come to accept what he is. I want to see that Beast on the big screen. When we got a brief glimpse of Kelsey’s Beast at the end of Days of Future Past, I smiled at the thought of what could have been.

Part of the reason it may be so hard to get a decent portrayal of Beast in live-action is may be because the part requires so much special effects and makeup. To which I offer 2 solutions:

  1. Make Beast a CGI character with a famous voice, or
  2. Not have him go blue and furry at all, just keep his original look, with the ape-like stance and big feet.
Human Beast Now

I admit, while I don’t mind the blue furry Beast, I have on occasion wondered what he’d look like if he had gotten to this stage in the franchise’s history without being transformed by the serum.

Again, this might require a lot of complicated costuming and animation, so this too might be better accomplished with CG. As long as we get Hank’s real character, his big brain, his big words, his cheerful, thoughtful demeanor, his quiet confidence, his unspoken nobility and his likable goofiness, I’m cool with any portrayal, really.

Beast Old and New

5 giant fingers on one hand, half of 10 giant digits on the other.

-Finally, anyone familiar with Wolverine’s female clone, X-23? This got me thinking about something recently….


What would a female Beast be like?

I imagine a female character with Beast’s particular mutation would be close in translation to Shalimar Fox from the syndicated series Mutant X (give yourself a bonus gold Geek Star if you’re one of the 5 people who remember that show).

Shalimar 1


She probably wouldn’t be blue or furry, since hairy chicks typically don’t test well with audiences (hence why there were no female Lycans in the Twilight or Underworld movies). I imagine that she would be basically like Shalimar: she’d have the heightened strength, speed, agility and senses, prone to the odd bit of animal-like behavior…

Shalimar 2

Some Matrix-like stunt work and FX would be required.

And since Marvel has recently given Hank a ‘secondary mutation’, making him a sort of gorilla/cat hybrid creature (though admittedly I’m not a big fan of the secondary mutations myself; 1 mutation should suffice), again like Shalimar she could physically display her mutation with the occasional flashes of cat-like eyes.

Shalimar 3

Again, just something to think about, Marvel.