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Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham City

When Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced, it was met with almost unanimous groans in pain. Superhero games up to that point had been almost unanimously awful and why would this one be any different? Over the next few months, everyone quickly realized that this game was not only going to be better than almost every other superhero game, but that it was going to be genuinely good. When Arkham Asylum was released, it was met with rave reviews and numerous game of the year nominations. So when Arkham City was announced in 2009, people had unrealistically high expectations for the sequel. Luckily, those unrealistic expectations were actually met. Batman: Arkham City is a better game in every conceivable way than Arkham Asylum but manages to not make the predecessor not look absolutely terrible (unlike the jump from Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed II)

Arkham City occurs a number of months after the events of Arkham Asylum when former Arkham Warden now mayor of Gotham Quincy Sharp shuts down the old asylum and walls off a section of Gotham and throws all of the criminals (and people who dare to oppose his new police state) inside a world with no order or security. A world where supervillians run homicidal gangs and are forever engulfed in massive, bloody turf wars all under the supervision of the new warden, Hugo Strange, and his TYGER Guards.

Bruce Wayne is highly opposed to this sudden and horrifying change to his city, so he gets political, which leads to him being thrown into Arkham City as a political prisoner (this is actually only half true, Hugo Strange knows Batman’s secret identity and he wanted Batman inside the walls of the prison). Wayne is immediately captured by Oswald Cobblepot, also known as the Penguin, over a feud that the Cobblepot family has had with the Waynes for a few generations, but old Bruce-y is able to fight off the goons and escape to a rooftop where Alfred dropped off the batsuit and the game really starts. Batman must get information from various super villains about the prison and Strange’s secretive Protocol 10 all over the course of one night in Arkham City.

There is another major plot arc that I won’t speak about, as it is spoilers for Arkham Asylum, and that is a game that everyone should play despite Arkham City being a better game.

Arkham City is much more of an open world game than it’s predecessor. The prison is huge, but that’s not a problem for Batman, as he can glide, grapple, or zip line across buildings with ease and speed. The larger size of the world increases the Riddler trophies and challenges, though. The Riddler scattered 400 trophies, riddles, and challenges throughout the city and unlike the previous game where you could just find maps that would show you the approximate location of each item, you now have to find the henchmen working for Riddler and interrogate them to get the locations added to the map. This adds a level of added strategy to the game as the henchmen are interspersed throughout the various gangs and you can’t interrogate them unless they are the last ones standing. The need to keep one of the goons conscious adds a new level to the thought process behind how you fight.

Combat got a massive overhaul in Arkham City. The game continues with the timing and counter based combat, but adds a lot more options to the fighting through the new quick select items. You can be punching one bad guy, counter one of his associates, knock him out, fire your Batclaw at another guy to pull him towards your fist, shock another one with a pipe to make him swing it around and hit everyone around you, and then finish the combo with a flurry of bats that surround you. The combat possibilities are almost endless with enough practice and it makes the combat honestly one of the most fun parts of the game. Luckily for this game, you start with almost every item you had in the previous game, so you start with the remote explosives, remote controlled Batarang, Batclaw, but there are plenty of new items like smoke bombs (which honestly should have been in the original game) and the remote electrical charge, which is essentially a taser that shoots out balls of electricity. It’s just a shame that I kind of suck at the combat (as my friends will tell you with much enthusiasm), but that skill will come from playing through the Riddler Challenge Maps.

The story is better, the world is bigger, the combat is more varied, and even side quests are more interesting. Really the only side quest in Arkham Asylum was the Riddler challenges, but now there are additional ones that have Batman team up with Bane to destroy TITAN canisters, or have you track down Deadshot or a serial killer who surgically removes people’s faces. These really help to make the gameplay longer, but keep it interesting to play. A New Game + feature (which guarantees a second playthrough for me) helps expand the single player experience and makes it considerably harder with more difficult enemies appearing from the beginning and Batman’s counter Spider-Sense going away.

Kevin Conroy returns as Batman and Mark Hamill gives his last performance as the Joker, and while the rest of the Batman: the Animated Series voice cast didn’t return, the new voice actors do a fantastic job. The most surprising one was Nolan North’s Penguin, as he doesn’t just do his normal “I’m Nathan Drake” voice. The always amazing Corey Burton’s Hugo Strange is made to be very calm and calculating, but also menacing through Burton’s very deep voice.

Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games of the year and everyone should play it, you don’t even need to be a big Batman fan to enjoy it, either.


Cinematic Adventures: Captain America: the First Avenger

I meant to review this over the summer after I saw it in theatres, but for some reason (I’m putting the blame squarely on the 51 Days of Disney) it never happened. This is an issue that will now be remedied.

Captain America is a damn good movie. Unlike Thor (which was a good movie in it’s own right, but it basically just existed to introduce people to the character of Thor) this movie is a complete origins story that not only introduces the character, but provides a very entertaining cinema going experience.

The film chronicles Steve Rogers transformation from a tiny, asthmatic wimp with a heart of gold to a super powered super soldier in order to fight HYDRA (HAIL HYDRA!) and the Red Skull. The plot is exceedingly simple, but it is honestly part of it’s charm. The movie was specifically written and designed to resemble the pulpiness of the original Captain America comics and to represent the 40’s in general in all it’s sepia toned glory. This design decision is precisely why the movie is special. It is heavily similar in both tone and style to the Indiana Jones films and really helps to set the time frame convincingly.

The movie has some great performances from Chris Evans as Cap, Tommy Lee Jones as his commanding officer, and Hugo Weaving as the sinister Red Skull. Weaving’s Red Skull manages to both be exceedingly comic book-y in his mannerisms and performance, but still be very evil and menacing. Chris Evans manages to bring some humanity and warmth to the super-human boy scout while balancing out the more action hero side of the role. Tommy Lee Jones was… Tommy Lee Jones. Nothing really new there, but he easily had the best and funniest lines in the movie. The real surprise of the bunch was the relative newcomer Hayley Altwell. She is really shaping up to be a great actress and I hope that she is brought back as Peggy Carter’s grand-daughter in Captain America 2, as her chemistry with Chris Evans was rather fantastic.

Quality-wise, I consider this movie to be slightly better than Iron Man (which is honestly the best superhero movie out now besides the Dark Knight, which really isn’t a superhero movie. It’s a crime movie that happens to have a superhero as it’s lead). What manages to put this movie over Iron Man for me is the music. Alan Silvestri did the score for the movie, and it is normal Silvestri (which is not a bad thing) but there is a musical number in the film done by Alan Menken. Yes, a musical number in a superhero movie. Trust me on this, it works perfectly within the story of the film.

When I saw Captain America in the theatre, I saw it in 3D and it was surprisingly worth it. It’s rather odd that all of a sudden, the film studios seemed to have figured out 3D post-conversion, as starting with Cars 2, there were 4 movies this year that were actually worth paying for to see in 3D (those movies were Cars 2, Captain America: the First Avenger, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, and of course the Lion King). This actually gives me hope (and makes me rather happy that my family got a 3D TV) for the future of 3D movies.

My only problem with the film is that it needed more punching Hitler in the face. Also, it made me want a Nick Fury and His Howling Commandos movie, and unfortunately that will probably never happen.

Definitely go out and check out Captain America: the First Avenger. It’s a pulpy superhero romp that manages to introduce the character, set up for the Avengers, and be a genuinely good film. I would say that I am eagerly awaiting Captain America 2, but the Avengers is a much more pressing beast to be looking forward to at the moment.


It should be noted that there is now a Tumblr for Adventures of a Lost Boy. It can be found over here and I mostly just post stuff related to Disney, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Pokemon. Also, be expecting some Ponies and Pokemon content in the coming weeks, as I don’t know how I held off this long not talking about them.

Lost Boy TV: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

I love superheroes. That is a statement that is actually something that is kind of hard to say for some geeks. Superhero comics are usually pretty bad with some of the stupidest deus-ex machina that allow heroes to die, come back to life, die again, realize that they aren’t dead but are in the past or in an alternate dimension, come back, and unmake the universe (but only their particular section of the whole universe). Also, you have to wade through 40-80 years in some cases of past comics if you really want to know the history of everything. There are some serious problems inherent to the idea of having a series run for decades, which is why when I read comics I tend to stick more towards the self contained stories and mini-series like the absolutely fantastic Planet Hulk (and it’s sequel World War Hulk, which is awesome but for very different reasons), Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, and of course Alan Moore’s seminal Watchmen.

That being said, I love superhero movies, especially the most recent Marvel films, and I absolutely adore superhero TV shows. Batman the Animated Series is the best animated show ever. Spectacular Spider-Man could have been as good as Batman if it had more time. Wolverine and the X-Men is basically just “OH SNAP, IT’S WOLVERINE” and Wolverine does awesome things with the X-Men. Superheroes really tend to work best in the TV medium, as the producers can do a lot more with the expanded time spread and they can pick and choose various stories from the different eras of the comic and make them flow together to make a coherent narrative over the course of a season. That is exactly what Wolverine and the X-Men did and what Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes did.

The show follows the Avengers (made up of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, Ant/Giant Man, Wasp, and Black Panther) as they fight against HYDRA, AIM, and various super villains from across the entire Marvel universe in order to keep the world safe. It’s a very simple premise (as most superhero properties are) but a strong narrative runs through the season that ties each individual threat together. The season features threats like the gamma-radiated super villains of the Cube being set free due to a plot by the Leader, Ultron contemplates how to save humanity and decides that humanity can only be saved through eradication, Loki attacks Asgard. Everything is based off of stories from the comics, and the last one is actually from only a few years ago! SHIELD is also highly present through the first season and there is a major event near the end of the season that really spells some ominous things to come dealing with the organization.

The show feels like it is much more of a character study than it is a superhero action show. The first five episodes of the show introduce the various main characters and focus only on them for that entire episode, showing the audience their personality and superpowers. The show doesn’t even focus just on the characters that have appeared in movies, which makes me very happy. The best characters in the show are easily Wasp, Hulk, and Thor. Wasp is just sarcastic and hilarious, Hulk revels in the destruction that he causes and only wants to prove that he is the strongest, and Thor does the same fish out of water stuff that he does in the live-action movie.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes even manages to develop the characters outside of their superhero side. Thor starts to has a burgeoning romance with the human paramedic Jane Foster, Hank Pym (Giant Man) and Janet van Dyne (Wasp) have relationship issues and she doesn’t like the fact that he is so tied up in his work. Pym is an incredibly interesting character not only because of his constant identity crisis with the changing of his superhero identiy, but also his insistence on having non-violent resolutions of conflict. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) has a very conflicted relationship with his ex-SHIELD partner, Black Widow, but I will leave that statement exceptionally vague as I don’t want to ruin that sub plot. Hulk is great because Bruce Banner is barely present in the show. This is an all Hulk show and it really shows how well the Hulk can be written when writers focus only on him and not try to flesh both him and Banner out. Some characters that eventually become superheroes in the Avengers even show up before they get their powers. This is the kind of thing that only geeks would get, but it’s nice that it’s included and if you know who they are and who they become, it’s a nice bit of foreshadowing of what will be coming in future seasons.

One of the best thing about this show is that it not only takes a number of rather silly villains from various comics like Kang the Conquerer, Baron Zemo, M.O.D.O.K., and Arnim Zola and makes them not only viable threats, but actually rather menacing and can do all of this while having them wear costumes similar to how they first appeared in the 60’s. They look completely ridiculous, but are completely competent and manage to do some serious damage before getting stomped by the Avengers.

The animation is fantastic, which is to be completely expected from any animated show that has a major company funding it’s production. The voice acting is great, especially Eric Loomis (Iron Man) who does a fantastic job of channeling Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. Colleen O’Shaughnessey manages to make Wasp hilarious and sarcastic, but not annoying by any stretch of the imagination, and has a great rapport with Chris Cox’s Hawkeye. Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor, Kurgan from Highlander, Grune from Thundercats) is Odin and is actually not playing a villain for seemingly the first time in his career. The music is passable if not completely forgettable except for the theme song. The theme is easily one of the worst theme songs I have ever been forced to sit through and actually has made people not want to watch the show. Seriously Marvel, you need to change the theme song for season 2 (which is supposedly starting in October on Disney XD).

The entire first season of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is available to watch on Netflix Streaming, so I would suggest watching it on there.

The X-Men Rise to Greatness Once More

The first two X-Men movies were good. Really good. Fantastic even. They managed to take a universe that was so massive and make it into manageable, bite-sized portions that genuinely worked. Then came X3 and Wolverine, the cinematic bullet to the head of the X-Men movie franchise. They made the universe far too large for a single movie to focus, managed to make Wolverine boring, and had the perfect casting of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and ruined the character! After those two steaming piles, I hoped that Fox would pull the plug on the whole franchise and let the rights default to Marvel Studios as so that the X-Men could join the Marvel movie-verse.

Well, I still want that to happen, but X-Men: First Class is a really good movie.

When this movie was in production, I was not looking forward to this movie at all. The last two X-Men movies had left a very bad taste in my mouth and almost everything I was seeing was not looking too peachy. There had been reports of the script being re-tooled to appeal more to the Twilight crowd of theatre goers (not exactly the core group of people going to see comic book movies there, Fox) so I had naturally expected the movie to be full of lip biting passing as acting and nothing but annoying teenage angst.

When the trailer was released earlier this year, I still could not get behind this movie. Sure the trailer looked good, but after the cinematic atrocity that was the Last Airbender managed to actually trick me into thinking that it was a good movie, I still was not convinced. This was a movie that would need to prove to me that it was good, and so it did. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, so on a complete whim, I went over to the local AMC this afternoon and took in a matinee showing of the first good X-Men movie since the early 2000’s.

X-Men: First Class, of course, centers around the earliest X-Men and the forming of the team, but it is also about the Cuban Missile Crisis and Cold War Politics. You now have my full attention, movie. Sebastian Shaw, of the Hellfire Club and played by Kevin Bacon of all people, is trying to start World War III by pitting the USA against the Soviet Union in Nuclear War. CIA agent Moira MacTaggert finds out about this plan and ends up enlisting the help of a young Professor Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) to help stop Shaw’s plot. The film also delves into the past of Magneto, his friendship with Xavier, and the forming of the Brotherhood.

The film manages to not only tell an interesting origins story, but also weave it into the threads of history to make the story have some real weight to it. With the background of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the first mission actually has some serious connotations to it if they fail. This isn’t just a “oh no, the villain is going to take over the world if we fail!” It’s a “oh no, if we fail the world will be obliterated by a nuclear war and we need to try to cool the hostilities.” Director Michael Vaughn proved that he can can work well in the comic adaptation field when he directed Kick-Ass and managed to make the source material into something better while still keeping the same story and feel, and with X-Men: First Class now under his belt, I will be eagerly anticipating more of his comic adaptations in the future. My only real problem with the movie is that Fox tried to make it be part of the X-Men movie franchise that they ruined. This film should have been a reboot as they could  have done so much more with it.

That being said, Wolverine’s cameo is easily the funniest thing in the entire movie.

Top 10 Movies of 2010 (Part Deux!)

5. Scott Pilgrim VS the World

In the back half of my list, I mentioned that Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors, so is it surprising that the movie he released this year would not be on my list? Edgar Wright’s third film (and his first adaptation) is actually better than his previous ones, and that is really saying something. Shaun of the Dead is a zombie parody that also succeeds at being one of the best zombie movies ever, along with being the best romantic comedy. Hot Fuzz is does the same thing that Shaun did, but this time for action films, and depending on how you look at it, it is another one of the greatest romantic comedies ever. Scott Pilgrim doesn’t really parody anything in particular, but rather encapsulates an entire generation perfectly with all of it’s idiosyncrasies and quirks while wrapping it up in a video-game themed action comedy.

The Scott Pilgrim series of comics is one of my favourites of all time and this movie is an adaptation that, while it changes a lot of things and cuts stuff out, is a perfect adaptation of the comics. It definitely gets the same feeling and the same themes that the comics touch on, which is more than can be said about other adaptations (I’m looking at you Harry Potter movies that aren’t the first, second, or seventh movies).

The movie is brilliantly written, conceived, and acted (also casted, seriously, this movie has a better cast than the Expendables). The fact that it wasn’t nominated for any Academy Awards is a bloody travesty.

Also, get your hands on the soundtrack. “Black Sheep” in and of itself makes the album worth it.

4. True Grit

At this point, if there was a Guillermo Del Toro film released this year, you just know that it would be on this list. I was spoiled this year when it comes to my favourite directors, and next year is not going to be quite as fun because of that.

This movie is both very different from most of the other Coen Brothers films, but also very similar. The film is a straight up Western (well it is a remake of a John Wayne film), unlike No Country for Old Men which was what a western would be if it was set in the current time period. It is a fairly serious film, and is also very violent. That being said, it still has that traditional Coen Brothers wit to it’s writing, and the Dude is even the main character. At this point on the list, it’s kind of hard to talk about these movies, as most of the same things can be said about them. Great story, great cast, great acting, fantastic writing. Damn near everything in this movie is great. Go see it.

3. The Fighter

Also known as: Batman is a Crack Head

When I see “Based on a True Story” on a movie poster or trailer, I usually refuse to see it. This stigma definitely comes from  the fact that basically every crappy horror movie that has come out in recent years that hasn’t been torture porn like Saw has had this label posted all over it. For some reason, this movie didn’t have that happen to it.

Christian Bale plays a crack using former boxer who thinks that HBO is filming a documentary about his comeback. Mark Walberg is his much more talented younger brother who is giving boxing one last (and very serious) go before he gets too old and regrets it. The Fighter has a wonderful secondary cast including the conniving and controlling mother of the two brothers, the cop trainer that has Marky Mark’s best interests in mind, and the boys back-boneless father who just can’t get out from under his wife’s thumb. The film is incredibly long, but it is hardly noticeable as it is just so damn interesting to watch.

2. Black Swan

Now we are getting into the movies that greatly affected me while watching them. I saw this movie in a theatre-hopping double feature with True Grit and unintentionally created a theme for the day of finger mutilation. Black Swan is one of the only two good horror movies released last year (the other being Let Me In) and ho-lee crap did it scare me.

Natalie Portman’s performance truly made it seem like she was going insane and her little freak outs made the entire theatre wince (except for the guy who was sitting next to my friend and I who we are pretty sure was masturbating through the entire movie. I’m not kidding).

The film is absolutely gorgeous. Darren Aronofsky has an amazing talent for making any thing he touches into a piece of art visually. Black Swan has some brilliant set and costume design that represents Natalie Portman’ character’s, Nina, descent into madness through just the consistent use of whites and blacks throughout the film.

This movie is rather weird to describe to people because whenever I tell them that it is about ballet, they give me a very bizzarre look like “why are you watching a movie about ballet?” I then procede to tell them that it is really about a young woman going insane from the stress of her finally landing her dream role in Swan Lake and that it is a very disturbing movie to watch. (And if they’re a guy, I throw in the fact that there is a lesbian sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. I will pull any string to get people to watch this movie)

Overall, Black Swan is a visually stunning and incredibly disturbing look into madness that should net Natalie Portman an Academy Award.

1. Toy Story 3

Who didn’t expect this one? Seriously. Anyone? Just go read my review for the reasons why it’s a good movie the BEST movie.

What Exactly is a Lost Boy?

One day, my friend and I were talking about the correct terminology in referring to Disney fans. Eventually, we decided to call them Mouseketeers (for obvious reasons), but then that got us thinking about what to call people like us. People who have been told all their life not to grow up and have actually taken that advice to heart, people who still buy and play with toys into their adult years. People who watch animated movies as often (if not more) than live action ones. But above all, people who realized that becoming an adult doesn’t mean that you have to give up what you found to be fun as a child and can still function perfectly well (if not better than most) in society. We are children who should have gone to Neverland, but could never get off the ground and get to that second star to the right and fly straight on til morning. We are Lost Boys, and this blog is all about being a child in an adult’s body.

Marvel VS Capcom VS Disney… Come on, You Know You Would Play It

I fully understand that this is the stock picture that everyone uses for Marvel. Shut up.

FROM RYAN’S NEW DORM ROOM: Oh, hello there. It has been a while. Not only am I back, but I have some news/speculation/rants to share.

It was announced today (31/8/09) that Disney is buying Marvel for around 4 billion dollars (to put that into perspective, Disney is spending around 1 billion to remake Disney’s California Adventure into a worth while park and spent 7.4 billion to buy Pixar). Here’s the actual press release:


Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters

Acquisition highlights Disney’s strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value

Burbank, CA and New York, NY, August 31, 2009 —Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney on August 28, 2009, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. At closing, the amount of cash and stock will be adjusted if necessary so that the total value of the Disney stock issued as merger consideration based on its trading value at that time is not less than 40% of the total merger consideration.

Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or approximately $4 billion.

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Marvel have each approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, effectiveness of a registration statement with respect to Disney shares issued in the transaction and other customary closing conditions. The agreement will require the approval of Marvel shareholders. Marvel was advised on the transaction by BofA Merrill Lynch.

The amount raises some questions in my mind. Is that all that Marvel is really worth? I understand that the comic industry is having some major issues at the moment, but 4 billion? That’s a steal considering how expensive Pixar was! The internet is abuzz with people either stating that Disney is going to ruin Marvel (I propose that it was all Stan Lee’s horrible writing, but that’s besides the point) and that it marks the end of the comic industry as we know it or that it is the second coming.

If you haven't read this, what the hell is wrong with you?

I personally think that this will end up being a good thing for both parties (but not for Universal, but more on that later). When Disney absorbed Pixar into it’s ever expanding empire, the mouse kept it’s hands off of John Lasseter’s baby. Pixar continued to be Pixar and continued to create the pinnacle of American cinema and has only gotten better with time, with Disney just controlling the distribution and the massive merchandising blitzkriegs. I forsee that the situation with Marvel will be the same. I just hope that Disney will use this venture to make more Disney comics and that the Marvel animated films will actually be worth a viewing. But seriously, the world needs more Uncle Scrooge comics on the level of the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Another aspect of this merger that people are raising a shit-storm about is what is going to happen to the Marvel video games when the licenses are up with Activision, THQ, and Sega. Considering that every Marvel game that isn’t Marvel VS Capcom 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Ultimate Alliance 2 looks freaking awesome, by the way), X-Men Legends, and Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction has been unmitigated shite, I don’t give a crap. Disney will most likely just buy up the licenses and continue to make abysmal super hero games with a few diamonds in the sea of poop.

Imagine a less gaudy version of this in a Disney park... awesome.

What really interests me is the future of Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando. With Disney now having control of the reigns, might this land be going away? I kind of hope so. Imagine the Marvel characters coming to the Hollywood Studios, or possibly even getting their own park at Walt Disney World? Having the Imagineers designing the area would enable there to be a lot more coherence to the whole area and the thought of being able to ride the Amazing Adventures of Spider Man at a Disney park is just too awesome to be believed.

This is of course, all arm-chair speculation. I would assume that Disney, Marvel, and Universal will be in talks for the next few months trying to work out some sort of agreement, but the future installations of the Spider Man attraction (in Singapore, Dubai, and South Korea) are all probably in production hell right now and will most likely be there for a while. If Universal were to lose the rights to the Marvel characters, I would forsee that the addition of the Harry Potter characters to the Islands of Adventure park might be able to offset the increased amount of people going to Walt Disney World for the new Marvel attractions.

I will probably update this article as new news is announced, but as stated above, all of this (besides the actual acquisition news) is all speculation and should be regarded as such.