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A Marvelous Weekend

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“Marvel Comics presents cvr” by Elde;gado

Next to having too much fun during a birthday party and a Mark Knopfler concert this last weekend, I found a way to make Friday till Sunday even more awesome by squeezing in some Marvelous pastimes. Yes, that’s Marvelous with a capital M, since both of the games I played this weekend use the Marvel universe as their setting. Together with Dee, I explored the rules of Cortex Plus and the Civil War campaign in the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game, while I was also able to take a quick look into the final beta weekend of Gazillion’s free-to-play game Marvel Heroes. What’s my opinion about both games? Well, read on to find out.

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Iron Man 3 – an opinion

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“Iron Man” by doppingqnk

Even though I think most of you know this, I still feel legally obliged to say that the following post will be filled with spoilers of Iron Man 3. If you still have to see the movie and don’t want to be…well, spoiled, keep on scrolling and read one of my other articles.

With that out of the way, let’s dive right into my opinion on the newest Marvel cinematic universe flick, starring our man in a can and his entourage. I’ve been waiting for this movie for quite a while now, and my excitement reached its peak when I sat down in my local cinema to see it with my girl. After more than two-and-a-half hours, I felt like I had been both rewarded and punished for my patience, and here’s why.

Before I say anything else, let me say that I think that Iron Man 3 is a really good movie. It’s great to see the comic book movies grow, seeing how lame the first heroes-gone-cinema were. The third movie, still with the ever brilliant Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is a really entertaining and action-packed piece. The special effects are really neat, and even the dialogues are fun to hear (kudos to the writers here). When Tony talks with that kid he meets while being stuck in some backwater town, you will laugh your pants off. When Tony and Rhodes work together to escape from the bad guy’s mansion and save the president, you get a genuine buddy cop movie-feeling. Indeed, it’s impressive how many things Iron Man 3 is at one time: a continuation of the cinematic universe, the next step in Tony Stark’s personal development, a movie about friends and love and, to my big surprise, a damn fine Christmas movie.

And there lies the problem with this film: it might try to be too many things at once. While I did enjoy all the different storylines, I feel that the movie could have used a bit more focus on the more important plot lines. Killian, the bad guy of this movie, could have used somewhat more development (though his motivation to be evil is legit), and I would have loved some more interaction between Stark and Potts. Also, what the flying frakk was up with that Mandarin twist? I’m still shocked by what they did to this badass, and I won’t forgive Marvel for it. Ever.

Bottom line, Iron Man 3 is a strong foundation for Phase Two of the cinematic universe. We have to wait and see how the next Thor movie builds upon it, and what more lies in store for us. Nevertheless, if you enjoy an action-packed comedy with a dash of drama and a great surprise after the credits, you should see Iron Man 3 when you have the chance.

4 out of 5 Chins!

Geek Jitsu – what you can learn from the Avengers

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“The Avengers” by kanapy-art

With Iron Man 3 hitting European cinemas this week, and Thor 2 on the horizon, Marvel is slowly preparing us for the next Avengers movie and the next chapters in their cinematic universe. It’s fantastic to see how the 2012 movie brought together all these cool superheroes, making it one of the most succesful comic book movies ever (if not the most succesful).

Superheroes are of course an inspiration for every Geek Jitsuka (yeah, I got a word now for a geek who practices the art of living healthy), and the Avengers are no different. Fortunately, they can inspire more than just a need to gain a body like Captain America or amass wealth like Iron Man. In this week’s Geek Jitsu, I want to highlight the healthy lessons three of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes teach us when it comes to healthy living.

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Showin’ some love for Cortex

One of the rules I try to live by is “practice what you preach”. If I tell someone to act in a specific way, I should be able to lead by example. If I tell someone to go play game X, I should have played said game myself. In most cases, I can hold up this rule, but today, dear readers, I am breaking a habit. I will tell you how damn awesome the Cortex (Plus) rules are, while not having used them myself.

That’s right, once I’m done showering in shame in the corner, you can click past the cut and read more about why you should give the Smallville, Leverage or Marvel RPG powered by Cortex a spin.

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