Dumb Stuff in Comicbook Movies: Vol 2.

Last time I wrote about how DC have been fucking up their characters on film since the 1970s (Man of Steel wasn’t the first film to get Superman all wrong).

This time around I’m going to have a moan about a trope that has thankfully died out but was over used and bloody stupid while it lasted…

Flamin’ Superhero Logos

For the best part of 20 years, shittier comic book movie directors have soiled their pants over the idea of having the hero intimidate their foes with a version of their logo that’s on fire.

My earliest memory of this trope was in The Crow (1994). Now I’m gonna give this one a pass. It was a solid comic book film in a decade littered with shite comic flicks like Judge Dredd, Steel, Batman and Robin, Barb Wire, Spawn, and Dick Tracy. It was the first to do it and it also works in the context of the film.

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On a related note, there was a sequel starring a chubby, tired lookin’, goth John Connor in the titular role. If there was a burning bird in that one, I’d be less forgiving. Look at this straight to DVD bullshit!

No Wonder the T-800 lowered himself into the lava; he’s seen the future and it would seem that there’s a worse fate than surviving a Robopocalypse.

The next film to employ the fire intimidation tactic was The Mask of Zorro (1998). Was that film any good? Who cares! It’s not based on a comic so let’s move on!

Daredevil (2003)

Before pulling on a big black rubber suit and murdering a bunch of people whose mothers were (presumably) not called Martha, Ben Affleck pulled on a crimson leather suit and murdered people as Daredevil.

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After throwing a man onto train tracks and “watching” as the C-Train turns him into two half men, Daredevil takes the time to perfectly recreate his DD brand in lighter fluid on the subway platform. Sure he’d just killed a man, traumatized a train driver and ruined the day of a few train carriages worth of passengers, but branding is important. Did he light it himself? Nope! The silly bastard relied on the fact that Ben Urlich would know to throw his cigarette on precisely that spot for dramatic effect.

How did that DD logo survive a few dozen cops, several paramedics, and at least one reporter stomping all over it? How did Ben know to throw his ciggy at that bit of the platform? How did he throw it in such way that it ignited the fluid? Maybe Urlich was also exposed to radioactive chemicals and has heightened senses too.

The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher is known for murdering baddies in grandiose ways. He likes to make a statement to strike fear into the hearts of evil doers. That said, who the hell is this for? Was there a passing helicopter that he really wanted to send a message to?

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Frank Castle spent weeks planning John Travolta’s demise and part of that planning was to ruin a carpark full of innocent people’s cars so he could have his burning skull. Sure he needed to protect the world from the dangers of Scientology but this is just overkill.

Fantastic Four (2005)

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Fine… you get a pass because you have a fire guy on the team. NEXT!

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No, we didn’t get a flamin’ GR logo but I just wanted to include this Gif of Ghost Rider pissing fire.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I have many problems with this film. Not only does it retroactively ruin the first 2 films with its shitty plot holes, it has a flamin’ Bat logo 8 years after the shittier Marvel films had stopped doing it.

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Here we have Batman, returning to Batmanning after quitting due to a sore knee (those 6 months of Batmanning the first time around were tough).

He returns to Gotham, its police force in the sewer, nuclear bomb being paraded around, villains getting their Purge on, back still healing, and his knee still fucked. Before doing anything to help Gotham, he climbs up a bridge and paints a bat logo in petrol on the bloody thing. Not the best use of your time and energy, Bruce. Surely you have a spare Batsignal mothballed somewhere in Gotham.

Maybe watching The Mask of Zorro right before watching Thomas and Martha (Why did you say that name!?) were killed didn’t just inspire his vigilantly ways, maybe he really liked that scene with the big burning “Z”.


Hopefully we’ve seen the last of this nonsense but if writing this pointless rant has taught me anything, it’s that Empire Ink needs a fire logo to instill fear into the hearts of Evil Doers…

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Dumb Stuff in Comicbook Movies: Vol 1.

We at Empire Ink love comic book movies. Thankfully we live in an age where we get multiple comicbook movies every year. They aren't all great but even if 10% of them are good each year, it's still more good comic films than we used to get... and we watch them all! We gush over the good ones and rant about the dumb ones.

The dumb stuff has always been there though, it's not a new thing.  It's the silly shite I'm going to focus on in this blog but, good or bad, if you want a portrait of a comic character, you can book here and we'd be more than happy to tattoo it for you.

Part 1: Giving Unnecessary Powers to the most Powerful Character

Christopher Reeve’s Superman

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Superman is very powerful (probably too powerful). He has super speed, super strength, can fly, has freeze breath, and X-Ray and heat vision. That said, when written well, he's a bloody great character. You can write scenarios that put him in a tight spot but, using his aforementioned abilities, he saves the day.

The Christopher Reeve version of Superman does not do this. Yes, those films hold a special spot in the hearts of the older comicbook movie fans but that doesn't mean they’re good. Here’s a few of the dumb powers (that don’t exist in the comic) that they gave this God like hero:

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Superman II has a fight scene towards the end during which, Superman peels a layer off of the S shield on his chest. He then throws it, it grows large enough to wrap up a 6’ 6” man before vaporising.
This confuses the shit out of me. How many cellophane S’s does he have? Why didn’t he use it before or ever again? Where did it go? Why didn’t he just freeze the big prick with his icy breath?

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Take a look at this stupid bullshit? Who came up with this? Who greenlit this? Why did nobody tell them how bloody ridiculous this is? So many questions that we’ll never get answers to.

Magic Wall Building Eyes

So what can Supes’ eyes do? Burn things, see through things, and (according to Superman IV) build bloody walls. What?! Why?!

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If this selfish dickhead has had this power all along, why is the Kent farm such a shithole? Come on Clark, get your shit together, mate. Your Mum lives in a scabby wooden house and you could easily whip her up a brick one with a passing glance.

Roofie Flavoured Kisses.

So here we are back at Superman II and, after telling Lois his secret identity, Clark returns things to the status quo by giving her a snog that wipes her memory of the film’s events.

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How the hell does this shit work? Is it the longer the kiss, the more memory he wipes out? What did Lois think she’d been doing for the last few months? What other unsuspecting woman has he given the Men in Black treatment to?

I think that Superman III should have ended with Superman slipping his tongue down Richard Prior’s throat for 10 minutes and hereby making him forget all of his computer hacking skills. Threat neutralised, no more dumb plots about wiping out coffee crops and tar infused kryptonite.

-Baz

Destiny 2: Forsaken and Spider-Man

Destiny 2: Forsaken is a bloody big new update for Destiny 2. Destiny 2 is a great game, that sucked for a bit with the Osiris DLC, got good again with Warmind, and is now Amazing. There was a big dip in players after Osiris but if you gave up on it then, you really should come back now. With Forsaken,Destiny 2 feels different than it did two weeks ago. Maybe it’s just the weapon slot changes but it feels like more than that. The world, the music, and the story is darker than it was.

I've spent most of my time in the new Tangled Shore destination, which is filled with Fallen (nice ones and the usual prickish ones) and some new hordes that are fun to pop a shot into the heads of. When you first land this barren wasteland, it looks to go on forever with nothing to see or do. As you dive deeper, making your way into the anchored-together asteroids via chains and gravity lifts, the wasteland goes from moisture farm to Mos Eisley.

Whilst Alex and Laura have barely put it down since its release on Tuesday, I haven't had the chance to spend too much time with it. That said, this is the most interested I've been in Destiny for almost a year.

I'm really keen to give the newer game modes a bash, especially Gambit. With Gambit, instead of attacking opposing PvP teams directly, you murder a bunch on NPC baddies and they drop currency. Once you have enough currency, you can deposit the currency an it spawns a big bad to do the killing for you. You can then send one of your team to make their lives a little more difficult. It all sounds like a bloody good time.

Spider-Man was just released yesterday and, as such, I've had even less time to give it a bash. I made the mistake of pre-ordering it from Amazon and had to hang about in the studio for 3 hours after we shut as I sobbed and watched the Amazon tracking drive my copy of Spider-Man all around the town. I think I'll be sticking to digital downloads from now on. I may have not been having much fun but Laura had a good chuckle at my despair.

Anyway, after an hour of downloading the 47GB update, it was 10pm and I finally got to swing around New York... and what a fun swing it was. Spider-Man is a fun ride. The swinging mechanic is fluid. You dart around the city with ease. The fighting mechanic is similar to the Batman Arkham games but different enough that I got my webbed butt kicked by the Kingpin before getting the hang of it.

That's all I've got right now due to having bugger all time to properly game but I'll add updates after sinking my teeth into these bad boys.

Funkopop feud: Superhero Super bowl

What do you do when you have an excessive amount of Funko Pops, an audience, and a love of geeky debates? I don't know about you but we at Empire Ink decided to ask people who would win in a series of battles.

Since early this year, we've been having our Funkopop feuds. They've been a lot of fun. Then, during the World Cup, Alex had the great idea of having our own tournament. We put together a list of Heroes in our collection and pitted them in a series of elimination battles.

The rules are simple: "In a coliseum, with only the powers and weapons they would normally have on them, who wins the fight?" Basically, I envisioned the heroes being teleported into an arena, identifying their opponent as a threat, and dealing with the threat in a way that was in keeping with their character and power-set.

I worded it that way mainly because of Batman. People are forever justifying Batman wins by saying he can beat anyone given enough time to prepare. By the same token, Batman will always try to incapacitate rather than kill.

It has been a tonne of fun. Every day the entire Empire Team (and our clients for that day) have debated how the fight would go. We've also enjoyed watching the results unfold... even though we've not always agreed. For example:

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Deadpool is a bloody great character. Issue 11 of his original run in the 90s is my all time favourite comic. If you like the character but haven't read those first 11 comics, I wholeheartedly recommend you get your hands on them and have a good read.  He's a lot of fun because he can be brought close to death and will joke it off whilst he heals. That said, even though he's near impossible to kill, that doesn't mean he won't lose a fight.

Deadpool is currently in the semi-finals. It looks like he may have met his match with Thor but he went up against Vision and Silver Surfer in his previous rounds and won... Infinity Gem powered Vision and herald of Galactus, Silver freakin' Surfer, got beaten by a bloke that can punch well, shoot guns, and heal quick.

Here's how the fight should have gone down:

Even if Deadpool was reduced to a head, he would heal... but would the spectators really hang around for several days whilst he healed? Even if they did, what's to stop Vision from blasting the body parts as they reformed? At some point a winner needs to be declared.

The Yoda Paradox

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Yoda has been another strange one. I love Star Wars. Yoda's appearance in The Last Jedi is a large part of why I love that film (even with its questionable Rose and Finn subplot) but to suggest that he could beat Scarlet Witch, Cyborg, and least likely of all, Superman, is bloody crazy talk.

It was a close battle but if anyone can convincingly explain to me how Yoda can possibly scratch Superman, let alone beat him in a fight, I will eat my favourite hat. I'm not kidding... I will pull the cap off my head, slather it in sauce, then gobble it down as if I was on death row and the hat was my last meal.

What does Yoda have to fight with? First up, the lightsaber. As I explained in a previous blog, Lightsabers are bloody mint but even if they can cut through most metals, they aren't cutting through the Man of Steel.
Next we have the Jedi mind trick. The ability to influence the weak minded would be handy when being asked about droids by a pair of poorly trained stormtroopers but you can't tell me that an advanced Kryptonian mind could be even slightly influenced by a parlor trick that doesn't even work on a Hutt or a junk dealing Jewish stereotype?
Lastly, Yoda can hurl a bunch of crap at Superman using the force. Yoda can throw rocks, an X-Wing, or even a star destroyer (if non-cannon expanded universe is to be believed) at Superman. None of that would even slow Supes down.

Remember Superman II? You know, that one where Superman kissed Lois Lane and made her forget that he and Clark Kent were the same bloke? I think Superman could use a combo of his superspeed and some amnesiac lip service to snog away all of Yoda's Jedi training... fight's over, Yoda loses.

This is one of 200 ways that Superman could destroy Yoda.

So why did Yoda win? We've been writing off anomalies to popularity but Superman is one of the most iconic characters of all time. I can't be arsed researching this but I'm sure that, at one point, the Superman logo was more well known than the bloody MacDonalds's M logo. I guess people just have a soft spot for super powered Muppets that speak in broken English.

This weekend is the finals of the Superhero Super Bowl but the Supervillain Super Bowl will be starting in a few weeks. Will the Joker beat Thanos? Only time will tell but if he does, I can see another headwear based snack coming my way. -Baz

Ross Opens His Diary

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Ross has been a great addition to the Empire Ink. He's a top bloke to work with and, day after day, he's produced quality tattoos in his smooth black and grey realistic style.

His Diary has been close since starting here due to his long waiting list but he's now ready to open it. We're having an Open Day on the 26th of August between 12pm and 6pm. There's only limited bookings available so fill out our booking form HERE during the open day to get yourself one of Ross' sweet tattoos.

Check out some of Ross' more recent pieces below to get yourself some inspiration.


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Geek Science Presents: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp has finally hit cinemas here in the UK and Ireland. After an agonising wait of 5 weeks (allegedly because of the World Cup), 66% of the Empire Ink crew got to see it at a midnight screening last night. I bloody loved it but I have some crap to get off my chest.

We all had a great time with it but whilst I was watching it, I kept wondering about how scientifically viable it all was. Now I'm willing to chalk up the basic concept to silly comicbook science but if you're going to establish a set of rules in your film universe, you should bloody well stick to them. You may say it doesn't matter and that I shouldn't be so obsessed with films about silly books with pictures. To that I say Shut up, Dad! It is bloody important! No, I don't wanna go outside and play football. No, reading comics doesn't make me less of a man! Yes, I will get laid one day, just you wait and see! ...er ...what was I saying?

Both the first Ant-Man and this new one are great films but they have elements that make no sense. I'll break this all down but I won't spoil anything from the new film that isn't in the first trailer. Spoiler alert for the first Ant-Man though. 

Darren Cross is a Stupid Prick

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Darren Cross, the evil "genius" from the first Ant-Man, had the cunning plan to re-create Hank Pym's technology to harness Pym Particles so he could mass-produce his own Ant-Man suits to sell to terrorists. He kept failing to make the shrinking technology work and would instead turn cute little lambs into bubbling piles of goo. Side note: if you work for Cross Technological Enterprises and didn't realise that your CEO is an evil dickhead after watching him repeatedly turn lambs into puss, you're a dumbarse and I'm glad your place of employment was destroyed!

He then uses it on a bloke that he had a minor disagreement with and reduces the guy to a bloody glob of jizz that can easily be disposed of with quick wipe of a spank-kerchief. Here's an idea, idiot, why don't you sell the raygun that turns people into snot to Hydra instead of a suit that makes them tiny? Hydra would jump at the chance to have an army of agents armed with goop guns. What easier way for them to achieve Red Skull and Hitler's final solution?*

Sure, it could be argued that Cross had gone a bit nuts due to his excessive exposure to the Pym Particles and he only cared about figuring out the secret of his former mentor. That said, you're a crap business man if you can't see the marketability of your accidentally created disintegration gun.

*We at Empire Ink in no way endorse the racist agendas of genocidal super-villains

Unprotected Exposure to Pym Particles Make you a Crazy Person

As touched upon in the previous section, it's established in the first Ant-Man film that if you get repeated direct exposure to Pym Particles, it erodes your brain. In the comic, it's the reason why Hank Pym beats his wife. Whilst it seems to make Hank Pym a bit of a grumpy tosser he clearly wants no harm to come to his wife in the film version. Grumpy ol' Hank makes it clear to Scott that the suit is needed to stop this brain damage.

In the sequel, Ant-Man Sr, Ant-Man Jr, and Wasp Jr are tooling about in a miniaturised van. What happened to needing the suits to avoid brain rot?  You can't tell me that an automobile (with the windows down no less) can provide the necessary protection. Maybe Disney wants to include spousal abuse in their next Ant-Man flick but I hope not: I like my good fun comicbook films to be largely devoid of domestic violence.

Regardless of Size, Mass stays the Same

The reason that an ant sized man can knock out a regular man is that he retains the mass of Paul Rudd sized man. Ignoring the fact that Ant-Man's density would probably create a black hole, this rule only seems to apply when a human is ant sized.

Carrying around a pocket sized tank would be pretty bloody challenging if it also retained the mass of a full sized tank. That keyring in the first film should be as difficult to lift a Thor's hammer. The second film sees our heroes dragging a building around like a suitcase...A FUCKING BUILDING! Good luck with that, morons. I guess hyper-intelligent characters shouldn't be written by simpletons but hey, it works for the show Big Bang Theory. 

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So maybe it's only organic material that retains its mass. Maybe you can lug a tank in your pocket as long as it looks like it was created by Matchbox. Plot hole explained, I can move on with my life and play football like my Dad always wanted me to... not bloody likely.

That would be all well and good if Scott Lang didn't also have the ability to grow to be Giant Man. There's no denying that half the movie going public soiled their undies when Ant-Man grew to the size of a small skyscraper in Captain America: Civil War. I myself had to apologise to the employees of Cineworld for the condition I left their seat after my first screening.  That scene would be way less impressive if Giant Man retained the mass of a Paul Rudd sized man. To watch him pathetically bat at his fellow superheroes in that airport wouldn't have the desired impact but it would be more in keeping of the rules of their universe.

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So what's a geek to do? Should I enjoy the fun film for what is and just accept sometimes dumb shit is going to happen in a film that's basic premise is a physics nightmare? Probably.
Am I going to? Not bloody likely.

All that said, shitty science aside, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a good fun film and you should see it in the cinema so we get more of them.

-Baz

James Gunn isn’t as bad as twitter is making out.

Back in 2008, I went back to Australia on holiday and caught up with me mate, Adam. Adam is a great guy with a beautiful family. We've been mates for years and have always shared a similar sense of humor and a love of Star Wars. As such, one of the first things we spoke about on this particular trip to Australia was the first Family Guy Star Wars Special. We both agreed it was good but Adam had a problem with the Obi Wan character being a pedophile. I didn't understand why he didn't find it funny but then I didn't have a kid. That was 10 years ago but I get it now.

Family Guy wasn't the only media making jokes about things that wouldn't be joked about now. You can watch any number of films or TV series from the 2000's and you'd be surprised by the number of homophobic, transphobic, pedophilic, or rape jokes that aired with little complaint. Check out this skit from The Whitest Kids U Know which aired on prime time TV about 10 years ago:

Good thing we've all evolved as a society since then and that we applaud anyone that has made the effort to better themselves... oh wait, we haven't.

10 years ago, James Gunn was a relatively unknown film maker. He'd made a few good films and had gained indy fame working with the great Lloyd Kaufman on Tromeo and Juliet. At the time, he was making a web series called PG Porn. PG Porn featured bestiality, misogyny, and manslaughter... it was actually pretty bloody funny...

...He was also posting tweets, for shock value, that made jokes about pedophilia. Now I'm a little disappointed by these tweets. Not because it's taboo subject (prime time TV were making similar jokes at the time) but because James Gunn is funnier than that.

6 years ago, James Gunn made a public apology for said tweets. Disney then hired him to helm a film about a largely unknown comic franchise featuring a talking raccoon and a sentient tree. He did an amazing job and the film was a huge success. He also made a sequel that may be my favourite modern film.

During this time, his twitter posts became largely about pointing out political problems (most recently about the thin skinned, tangerine bell-end, Trump). Last weekend, supporters of Trump dug up these old tweets to use as ammunition against the film maker. Mike Cernovich (a truly horrible man that has tweeted much worse himself), urged his followers to attend SDCC and give Gunn shit. Disney, fearing the backlash, behaved cowardly and distanced themselves from Gunn even though they absolutely had prior knowledge of the tweets in question.

This sets a couple of startling precedents. Firstly, what’s to stop the next dickhead from digging up old dirt on a celebrity that they disagree with politically and then ruining their career? Secondly, what incentive is there to better yourself if you can't escape your past?
-Baz

Geek Science Presents: Lightsabers Vs Cap's Shield

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Anyone that is following our Instagram page will be familiar with our #Funkopop Feuds. Picking questions each day is great fun and often leads to debates between everyone in Empire Ink that day (including our clients).

There has been a question going around the internet for the last few weeks that epitomises everything we at Empire Ink stand for. It's a great question that led to much debate. So we asked the question on our Instagram stories:

Could a Lightsaber cut through Captain America's Shield?

Depending on how you view each weapon, this seems pretty obvious: "You dumb bastard, of course it can. Lightsabers cut through everything" or "What are you, a moron? Cap's shield is indestructible"

55% of you voted on the side of lightsabers, which is a perfectly reasonable choice, but I'll explain why (like Brexit) the majority are incorrect. I base this argument on my many sexless, teenage years of reading both Marvel and Star Wars comics and books, and watching all of the films and cartoons. That said, if you think I'm wrong, book in for a tattoo here and we'll debate it in person.

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Lets look at the Lightsaber

Lightsabers are mint. What human in their right mind wouldn't want one? They can slice through anything! But can they? if you've been paying attention, they can't.

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First up we have these idiots: General Grievous' Magnaguards. Sure, the Jedi lopped their heads off with ease but could they cut their Electrostaffs? Apparently not. Both Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker hacked away at these bellend's staffs with little result. The reason being is that it's made from one of the few metals that lightsabers can't ruin, Phrik.

Phirik is an unbreakable metal in the Star Wars Universe that, once forged, can't be damaged. Pretty bloody handy metal to have in the Star Wars Universe. They probably should have made their robot bodies out of it rather than their fancy sticks.

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Next example, the First Order trooper commonly known as TR8R. He had the "Z6 Riot Control Baton". He easily defended against the lightsaber wielding Finn in Episode VII with nothing more than the Star Wars equivalent of a bloody nightstick. Sure, you can argue that Finn is a useless prick but it doesn't change the fact that he bashed away at a bloody baton with a lightsaber and only still lives because Han Solo shot TR8R in the head with Chewie's crossbow.

Why did this fancy Stormtrooper stick hold its own against a Lightsaber? It's made from a compound called Cortosis that can absorb and re-channel the energy from a lightsaber. If Snoke wasn't the silly prick he is (was?) he would have outfitted his entire army with armor made from this compound and not just their flippy sticks. I think I should have led the First Order and not that scabby dickhead; maybe the rag-tag group of rebels wouldn't be doing as well as they are.

Now we look at Captain America's Shield

"When Captain America throws his mighty shield.
Those who choose to oppose his shield must yield!"

Due to the ownership rights of the Marvel films, there's 2 versions of Captain America's shield. In the comics, Cap's shield is made from an alloy consisting of adamantium (Wolverine's bones) and vibranium (Black Panther's everything).

The adamantium has the same properties of Star Wars' Phirik metal. Once you make stuff out of it, that stuff ain't breaking. Would a lightsaber cut Wolverine in half the way it did Darth Maul? Don't be silly. Wolverine once survived a nuke. Wolverine was once shot in the balls by the Punisher with a rocket launcher. Sure, he probably had that ball ache that every bloke experiences when they get a sack-tap, but he's Wolverine, of course he got through.

The film version's shield is entirely Vibranium. That shit is the MCU magic metal that managed to keep Thanos and his minions at bay for a good chunk of the third act of Infinity War. It's basically the MCU version of Star Wars' Cortosis. It can absorb and re-channel energy. You think a saber that can't cut a shitty stormtropper weapon is holding up against that? I don't think so!

Not convinced? Here's a gif that shows Cap defending against Thor's Hammer in the first Avengers film. THOR'S BLOODY HAMMER! Do you really think that a glow stick is more powerful than a MAGICAL GOD HAMMER?!

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I rest my case!
-Baz

Rant-Man and the Wasp

...Or How Marvel Fans Were Screwed Over by the FIFA World Cup 2018

People all love the FIFA World Cup and nobody would have time to watch a 2 hour film with the rigorous football watching everyone will be doing. When your entire week is filled with 8 hours worth of people kicking balls, there is no way anyone can possibly fit in a fun romp about a tiny/huge bloke and his (more competent) flying, shrinking girlfriend.

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Balls are being kicked alright... and those are the figurative balls of every MCU fan in the United Kingdom.

The entire Empire Ink team is in love with the MCU. Even the weaker films bring us joy. Alex, Laura, and myself attend the opening night, midnight screening, for every Marvel release. Imagine our horror when we (as people that have zero love for football) discover that the rest of the world were getting the first MCU release (post Avengers: Infinity War) a full 5 weeks earlier... and the reason was football.

Apparently the powers that be thought that the box office would suffer if the film came out during the World Cup. Whilst I'm sure there is a cross section of the population that are both big fans of football and big fans of comicbook movies,  I doubt that it would be a big enough blip on the global box office to warrant shafting those of us that love these films. They released it in Brazil on the same weekend as the United States and murder is not out of the question when it comes to football and Brazil.  They are clearly more passionate than those of us in the UK (World Cup 1994).

So what's a geek to do? Well our solution was to look at the release schedule in the Republic of Ireland and fly there to watch the film. It was looking good! Vue Dublin had Ant-Man and the Wasp listed for release on the 28th of June. Alex and Laura were already going to be in Ireland for a wedding and I was going to fly over for the afternoon to watch the film. Crisis averted... but no, it turns out that Vue Dublin was working with outdated information. Our cunning plan had been foiled. The jocks (sports guys, not Scots) beat the nerds again.

So what do we do now? Do we completely avoid the internet as to not have the film spoiled, or do we fly to Australia to see it in a timely fashion? Both are ridiculous options! So we silently prey to Thor (the one true god) that we can make it to the 3rd of August without the surprises of the film being spoiled for us.

Here's a spoiler for you, Scotland isn't gonna win the World Cup (and England probably won't either)!

Have a look at how great this looks! Why would anyone wanna watch a bunch blokes kick a bag of air around when you can watch the glory that is a bloke growing to 65 feet?

-Baz

Watercolour Tattoos

We've had a new artist as part of the Empire Ink team for the last month, the lovely Kirsten Stevenson. Kirsten does (among other styles) lots of cute watercolour tattoos. She creates great pieces that look like they've been painted on the skin. Below is a few of her previous watercolour pieces.

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Kirsten has dozens of sweet designs available. Here's just a few of them but if you have a design in mind, she's happy to put one together for you.

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If you'd like to make a booking with Kirsten or any of our other artists, please click the link here and let us know what you are after.