Ultimate Marvel Handbook #15: (170)

Hello everyone I’m Jim Trabold welcome to the Ultimate Marvel Handbook.

Hey Daron how are you today bud?

I’m okay, could be beter”¦

I’m good. I’m going to put out a warning. I’m in shock over Civil War # 2 and I’m betting everyone else is too. So next week I’m voicing my opinion on what happened. I want everyone else to email theirs. We’ll still take normal questions but this is the biggest Marvel event and I know that people will talk.

I think I can say what happened but I’ll hold the information off till later in the Civil War update.

Indeed. As a side note, the column is late this week because of my wonderful work schedule that had me on overnights for the last few nights. Sorry about that everyone. With that in mind, I’ve had VERY little sleep since I last got off work so I’ll be keeping my responses brief for the sake of everyone’s sanity, and in order to actually get this thing up.

Yeah good idea. Let’s start this up

JG emails

Yeah, i liked the X-Men movie myself. The only downer for me was it was a bit shorter, a good half hour shorter than the last one. They certainly could’ve used that time for character development, like at least hinting at Juggernaut’s relationship with Professor X, or even have Angel as a last minute recruit to help the X-Men. Or even save Cyclops ’till the end, have him try to snap Jean out of it, only to sacrifice his life. But that’s certainly the only thing bad about it, as everything else was good, from Colossus and Logan doing the fast-ball special, Iceman turning into ice, the final battle (i thought Beast was awesome in that scene, when he spun around the pole and knocked out a bunch of guys), the whole drama about the cure (which was taken out of the Astonishing X-Men storyline, nice touch!). As some of the cast says, X-4 really depends on how well this movie does, and from the looks of it it’ll do real well.

So far a couple of people posted their thoughts on what X-4 should be. The Hellfire Club is a good idea, as well as having Sinister in it. Also having Sinister hinting at Apocolypse, and you have at least another trilogy right there. Though if you want the 4 horsemen, Angel almost HAS to be in it. For X-5, you can do The Mutant Massacre storyline, Sinister and the Reavers (with Sabretooth returning) against the X-Men, have them rip out Angel’s wings, then to have Apocolypse get him, with him talking about the horsemen and conquering the world and all that jazz. Thats a nice tie-in to X-6.
As for the characters, Colossus, Kitty, Rogue and Iceman are all young enough to be in a few more sequels. Angel can join in as well. Have Hugh Jackman come back, as he seems to have a blast playing Wolverine, and probably wouldn’t mind playing him again if they asked. And of course, given the ended, Prof. X can definitely return. You can have Havoc come in, knowing what happened to Scott, and have him join as a way to honor his brother. Also either bring back Halley as Storm, or get someone else, as i’m sure there are other people who can pull off Storm. Jubilee was also in the first 2 movies, so X-4 could be a good way for her to graduate to the big leagues. They can also bring back Nightcrawler, and I still dont know why he was out, as I thought he signed on for this one, and I thought he was pretty cool. You can also have Psylock come in, and have her start a romance with Angel, like in the comics. Plus Beast showed that he is willing to fight along side his old teamates when they needed help, so you can gave him for another sequel or so.

But there is ONE character that, if they do make another movie, they have to bring in, and that is Gambit. Daron’s opinion’s aside (no offense dude) I think you can agree that Gambit is one of the most popular characters, second only to Wolverine. In fact, he was slated to appear in not only X-3, but X-2 as well. There were also pulls from when X-3 was in production, as they asked which new character would you like to appear in the movie, and the majority of them answered Gambit. Gambit can certainly be an awesome character if played right.

So how’s that for an X-team to carry the next few movies: Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Colossus, Rogue, Iceman, Kitty, Nightcrawler, Psylock, Havoc, Jubilee, Gambit, Angel

Very good ideas. All the ones most of the fans would enjoy and most everything that would make movie goers and comic fans happy. It’s like a second trilogy. Hell it’s like Star Wars lol.

The first trilogy to really get into the characters and introducing the main members allowing them to fight Magneto and his crew. The second set being an Apocalypse style story with darker tones. I think everyone would love the ideas to. It brings back all the right cast and adds members.

We all know there will be more movies. They have to do it now. X-3 showed that. X-4 has to be done and they should listen to the fans for ideas. We’ve all agreed on villains and how the franchise could go from here. Thanks for the email JG. Your feedback is always welcome here.

Opinion about Gambit aside (and I don’t honestly think Gambit is as popular as he used to be”¦I think most people have woke up and realized how much of a tool shed he is), Psylocke was in this last movie”¦and apparently died, so I don’t think she’ll be in any of the others.

A faceless Name posted

How many characters in the MU get their powers from being Gamma radiation? Obviously the Hulk Clan, Doc Samson, Abomination, and I think Madman, but there must be more.

This should be simpler but it’s not as simple as it used to be.

Betty Ross Banner (for a time)
Crawling Unknown
Doc Samson
Dr. Feldstadt
Dr Rikki Keegan
Gamma Kids
Gamma Storm Victims
Hubert St. John
Hulk 2099
Lucy Ryker
Max “The Hammer” Stryker
New York (for a time)
Rhino (for a time)
Rick Jones (for a time he was Hulk II)
Spider-Man (for a time)
Tyrannus (for a time)

Soak1313 posted

i completely forgot about madman!!!! wasn’t he totally unkillable or something? i remember him getting his head cut off and putting it back on i think. how about some background on just him?

Real Name: Phillip Sterns
Occupation: Nuclear researcher
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: Samuel Sterns (brother, aka Leader)
Group Affiliation: None
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk Vol.2 #362

History: Phil Sterns was a below average student who seemed to hold Bruce Banner up to hero worship. Phil followed Banner’s career and even attempted exposing himself to gamma radiation to gain Hulk-like powers. The only problem was that the personality created with the “birth” of Madman was more in control of their body than Phil Sterns was. Phil eventually ended up “working for” his own alter ego.

Dardis posted

On an non-gamma note, maybe someone can help me with a query.

Been happily making my way through 40 years of the Avengers (two decades down and a tad upset that Hank is going to have a breakdown soon), but Moondragon is throwing me.

Ignoring how irritating she is, she keeps referring to herself as a god. As I read her origin, she was a human who was taken to Titan and became a priestess. Where’d the idea she’s on Thor’s level come from ?

If it helps, seems to have started just after Swordsman died and Mantis married a tree. As you do.

Of course this one is odd.

Moondragon, Heather Douglas, the daughter of Arthur Douglas, whose reanimated corpse was made into Drax the Destroyer. When Heather was still a girl, her father was driving her and her mother through the desert when they accidentally happened to see the spaceship of Thanos land; the space villain didn’t want any witnesses so he blew their car up. Heather was thrown clear off and survived, but her parents were killed. She was found by Thanos’ father, Mentor, who took her to his home world, Titan, to be raised. While there, Heather studied the Titans’ ways and gained her mental and physical powers. However, she came under the influence of a powerful entity called The Dragon of the Moon; she believed she had resisted it, which filled her with pride, and she took the name Moondragon as a result.

So in reality the Dragon of the Moon was driving her mad. She actually came to Earth as a villain even. She first returned to Earth under the guise of “Madam McEvil” for the purpose of developing means to combat Thanos; this led to the creations of some villains, like Angar the Screamer. She then revealed her true identity and helped the Avengers in their first confrontation with Thanos.

So she thinks she’s a god but became more close to one with the infinity Gem.

Greetings True Believers! And what the heck, greetings to the False Believers too!

Hey Jeff. Good to see you too.

Jim, I hope you can help me figure out the answer to the following question. I figure if anybody can, it’s you.

Is the recently deceased Ant Man’s name Scott Lang…or Scott Harris?

Now, certainly I can go through a multitude of Avengers issues up to the point where Bendis murdered him, and he’ll be called Scott Lang. However, I recently purchased a Taskmaster Action Figure which came with a reprint of Avenger 196. Taskmaster has captured a few Avengers in that issue, Wasp, either Hawkeye or Yellow Jacket and Ant-Man. And in one of the narrative boxes, their real names are given, “Janet…blah blah blah…Scott Harris.” And I read it, read the next page and then screeched to a halt. Huh?!? Since when was he Scott Harris? Or better yet, since when did he become Scott Lang? So Jim, dust off that No Prize and help a brotha out.

It’s Scott Lang as far as I know. Always was. But note the full name of the character: Scott Edward Harris Lang.

Origin helps to:

Scott Lang turned to burglary when his occupation as an electronics expert failed to support his family. Apprehended, he served his prison sentence and was paroled after three years for good behavior.

So it quite possible he went by HARRIS at first because he was trying to reform. Someone later would change it to Lang as his real name. But they never went back and fixed the fact he called himself Harris after coming out of jail.

I thought I’d give my two cents on wrestlers as comic movie actors, since wrestling is my other passion. In the current climate of the WWE, actual athletic skill takes a backseat to being a) bigger than Andre the Giant and b) good on the microphone. Vince McMahon, who makes the Balco people look like their peddling Pez, gets a raging hard-on for the big musclemen. And if they can talk at all, they get pushed all the way to the top. John Cena really isn’t that great of a WRESTLER but he’s cut and can work the crowd.

Wrestlers as actors – I think most of the WWE wrestlers actually have Screen Actors Guild cards, because that’s what they are. They’re actors in a soap opera for men. They act like their beating each other up. And they have crossed over to mainstream entertainment from time to time. Sabertooth in X-Men 1 was a former tag team partner of Kevin Nash. Kevin Nash himself as played a version of Shredder in one of the TMNT movies, and the Russian in Thomas Jane’s Punisher. Nathan Jones, a former WWE preliminary wrestler, play Ajax in Troy (the big giant fella at the beinning who gets his ass handed to him). MY all time favorite, the Macho Man Randy Savage, didn’t stretch much to play Bonesaw McGraw in Spider-Man. And of course the Rock is probably the most successful crossover so far. I hear he’s rumored to be Namor the Sub-Mariner at some point, and Triple H has been suggested for the lead role in the Conan reprisal (almost forgot, HHH was the best part of Blade 3, at least the best part not named Jessca Biel). So your suggestion of Trish Stratus isn’t bad, she could certainly fill out the White Queen suit nicely. However, I don’t see her as Emma Frost personality wise. Trish has been a heel (bad guy) in wrestling, but even then she never came off as the complete and total ruthless bitch that Emma is. And I don’t know if she’s capable of reaching that level even through coaching. Some people just don’t have it in them to be that damn mean. She’s also shorter than you might think, and I always pictured Emma as a taller female. She was a stripper when Xavier met her, you know. 😉 Not that there’s anything wrong with short strippers.

I personally think that given Trish’s athleticism, she’d be better served playing a fighting role. I think considering all Rogue did in the first three X-Movies was whine and run away all the time, if you were to do a movie with the more confident, less damsel-in-distress Rogue, then Trish would be a decent choice. She might also work for Lorna Dane. I don’t know who I’d pick to be Emma, but she’d have to be comfortable being a softcore mutant pornstar. Scarlett would be REALLY REALLY nice to see in the outfit, but she’s still so young. How about Catherine (Jag) Bell in a blond wig? Or maybe Angelina Jolie (for the sex appeal) or Ludivine Sagnier, the French actress who played Tinkerbell in the 2003 Peter Pan? Or they could save a little money and let Rebecca Romijn play both Emma and Mystique. She’s usually all blue and scaled-out as Mystique anyway, she could be blond and fleshy as Emma and look different enough to be two different people.

I must say you really have an opinion on wrestlers in movies. I agree with you on the most part too. I was more thinking on the looks for Emma. Trish has the look. Not saying the entire attitude though. But I think there’s been an angle or two in the past with Trish as a bitch and slut. Which is Emma Frost. I’m not positive it would work but it was an idea.

I like your Rebecca idea though too. She could pull off both parts. I don’t think fans would get that pissed. I know the study went to her about another movie. What if it was not a Mystique movie? What if it was Emma? I wouldn’t put it past them and I could see her in the role. Good choice too.

As long as Vince McMahon doesn’t get a turn as Mr. Sinister, or Hulk Hogan as Dum-Dum Dugan, it’s all good!

Keep on rockin’!

Jeff “The 5th Horsemen” Ritter

Ewwwww those are scary images. I thought David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury was scary, Now I’m going to have nightmares.

And now back to you regularly scheduled COMICS column”¦

Legion posted

I have a question, and I can’t remember if I asked it before or not. But what has Thanos been up to since the The End mini a few years back? I know he had some sort of series but I didn’t follow it after the first issue. And why is Death a little girl in the Annihilation series?

officially after Marvel The End his series started.

1-6 Thanos decides to make amends for his past misdeeds. His first stop, a Rigellian colony, where he offers any aid he can render, a move that eventually pits him against Galactus. But Galactus is pursing his own mysterious goal, one which could endanger all reality.

7-12 Thanos journeys on a pilgrimage of sorts to an area called “The Crunch”, which lies at the very border of the expanding universe. There in the intergalactic prison run by the powerful police-force known as Omega-Core, Thanos encounters not only his lost love, Death, but also a mystery from his childhood. One that could threaten not only his life, but also the lives of everyone around him.

He of course now is in Annihilation causing more trouble.

As for Death. She takes all different forms. She has taken a few forms in the past like that of the little girl right now or of death herself. She’s able to look the way anyone sees Death.

Must read picks of the week

We start with last weeks books with a top 3:

1. CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE # 1: Embedded” There’s a truth buried deep in the heart of every war, and reporters Sally Floyd and Ben Urich will be there, uncovering that truth in the midst of the biggest conflagration in the Marvel Universe! In the wake of the Stamford Disaster, the public cries out for Super Hero Registration. Are the costumed heroes of the Marvel Universe protectors or ticking time bombs? Find out here when Spider-Man has his say. And you won’t want to miss as one hero makes public a painful secret.

“Accused” The lone survivor of the team that caused the Stamford Tragedy has been found. But living through one of the worst superhuman disasters in history may be the worst thing that could happen, as this vilified hero is placed under arrest for the deaths of an entire town. Unfortunately, the trouble’s just beginning… Also, with the lives of Marvel’s heroes in turmoil what opportunities lie for their nemeses? Norman Osborn has a few ideas…

And, in “Civil War Correspondence,” see stories inspired by tales of war correspondence throughout history!

2. Annihilation: Silver Surfer # 3: Can even the combined might of the ex-heralds of Galactus stand against an all out assault by the Annihilation Wave? It gets worse. Thanos, the near omnipotent mad Titan, commands the Annihilation wave assault. It gets EVEN worse. With the heralds otherwise occupied, a shocking character moves to strike at Galactus! You don’t want to miss this one! No. Really. You don’t.

3. New X-Men # 27: Another New X-Man has fallen and it’s not over for the kids yet. Can they rise together to defeat Rev. Stryker and his army of mutant-haters? Pick up the book that has everyone talking!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

It’s that time again everyone. This weeks top 5 Marvel books of the week.

1. Civil War 2 Turner Cover – : The super-heroes split as the CIVIL WAR heats up! Registration has become law, household names have gone rogue and a Marvel legend makes a decision that will change a life forever. Featuring the NEW AVENGERS, the FANTASTIC FOUR, the YOUNG AVENGERS and pretty much everybody else!

And, no fooling, true believer… this issue features one of the most shocking climaxes in Marvel Comics history. Miss THIS one and you might just regret it for the rest of your life!

2. Thunderbolts 103 – : The superhuman registration act has been signed into law — sides are being chosen — but what side do our former villains fall on?

Well… time for the T-BOLTS to kick some spandex butt!

3. Wolverine Origins 3 – : The new ongoing series continues as Logan’s quest for revenge takes him deep into the jungles of Vietnam where he must face one of the more formidable ghosts of his past—the psychotic super-soldier, Nuke! How can Logan, a man who has committed innumerable acts of atrocity, hold Nuke responsible for his actions? Then again, with Nuke raising the body count by the minute, how can he not? Logan already has plenty of innocent blood on his hands—is he willing to spill more in order to get what he wants? Part 3 (of 5).

4. Cable Deadpool 29 – : There’s a new president in charge of Rumekistan and he has a blue glowing eye and a buncha metal on his arm… but he also has a gun to his head. Will DOMINO pull the trigger?
Meanwhile, DEADPOOL finds out that the man who jeopardized the country to begin with is still involved in Rumeki politics… it’s DP vs. CV as CITIZEN V, the spy with style, goes up against the Merc With a Mouth!

5. Exiles 82 – : This is it folks! The earth-busting conclusion to the World Tour epic that has ripped through the Exiles’ lives is here! One of their own has been taken by Proteus! Is it too late to save them? It’s all been building to this! Part 2 (of 2)!

The Civil War update!

(for the Super-Human Registration)

Agent Hill Civil War # 1)
Colleen Wing (Daughters of the Dragon # 3)
Dallas Riordan (Thunderbolts #104)
Doc Samson (Civil War # 2)
Henry Peter Gyrich (Thunderbolts #104)
Hindsight Lad (She-Hulk # 8)
Iron Man (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Mister Fantastic (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Ms Marvel (Civil War # 1)
Nighthawk (Civil War # 1)
She-Hulk (She-Hulk # 8)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Civil War # 1)
Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man # 530)
Thing (Civil War # 1)
Tigra (Civil War # 2)
Titanium Man (Amazing Spider-Man #529)
Yellowjacket (Civil War # 1)

Hero Hunters (with Iron Man’s group)

Atlas (Thunderbolts #104)
Baron Zemo (Thunderbolts #104)
Blizzard (Thunderbolts #104)
Fixer (Thunderbolts #104)
Joystick (Thunderbolts #104)
Mach IV (Thunderbolts #104)
Radioactive Man (Thunderbolts #104)
Smuggler (Thunderbolts #104)
Songbird (Thunderbolts #104)

(against Super-Human Registration)

Black Bolt (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Black Panther (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Cable (Civil War # 2)
Captain America (Civil War # 1)
Cloak (Civil War # 2)
Dagger (Civil War # 2)
Daredevil (Civil War # 1)
Debrii (She-Hulk #8)
Doctor Strange (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Falcon (Civil War # 1)
Firestar (She-Hulk #8)
Goliath (Bill Foster) (Civil War # 1)
Hawkeye II (Kate Bishop) (Civil War # 2)
Hercules (Civil War # 2)
Hulk (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Hulkling (Civil War # 2)
Invisible Woman (Fantastic Four #536)
Jane Foster (Civil War # 2)
Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk # 8)
John Jameson – She-Hulk #8
Justice (She-Hulk #8)
Luke Cage (Civil War # 2)
Namor (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Nick Fury (Civil War # 2)
Night Nurse (Civil War # 2)
Patriot (Civil War # 1)
Quicksilver (Thunderbolts #104)
Rage (She-Hulk #8)
Slapstick (She-Hulk #8)
Speedball (Civil War #1)
Spider-Woman (Thunderbolts #104)
Stature (Civil War # 2)
Stingray (Thunderbolts #104)
Timeslip (She-Hulk #8)
Ultra Girl (She-Hulk # 8)
Vision (Civil War # 2)
Wasp (Civil War # 1)
Wolverine (Civil War # 1)


Human Torch (Civil War # 1)

Casualties (dead):

Cobalt Man – Civil War #1
Coldheart – Civil War #1
Microbe – Civil War #1
Namorita – Civil War #1
Night Thrasher – Civil War #1
Speedfreek – Civil War #1

Issues and synopsis so far:

Amazing Spider-Man #529-531: After receiving a new costume from Tony Stark he goes to Washington with the man to speak to Congress about a Superhuman Registration act. Tony Stark as Iron Man pays Titanium Man to combat Spider-Man. Spidey agrees to stick with Tony no matter what.

Fantastic Four #536-537: Thor’s hammer returned to Earth crashing into Oklahoma and then put under U.S. Army protection. Six months later Doctor Doom, who had escaped from Hell during the hammers return, tried to claim the hammer for himself but was unable to lift it. After this, a man wearing a backpack with the initials “D.B.” is seen boarding a bus for Oklahoma.

New Avengers: The Illuminati: Iron Man was handed a copy of the Super-human Registration Act. He told the rest of the group about it. Reed Richards went along with Iron Man, but Namor, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt all disagreed and left. With most of the members gone, it implied that the team was over, with Mr. Fantastic telling Iron Man that it “was fun while it lasted” before leaving.

Civil War # 1: The New Warriors, filming a reality television show, and a cadre of villains in Stamford, Connecticut. The battle goes wrong for the heroes, resulting in villain Nitro creating an explosion that takes out a local school, the surrounding neighborhood, and all but one of the Warriors. This event catalyzes a government movement to register all super-powered beings as living weapons of mass destruction. The event has also turned the public opinion against the superheroes as many of them are blamed for the incident. Due to this, many superheroes Johnny Storm has been attacked by the public. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to recruit Captain America to become part of the team that will force superheroes to register. Captain America refuses and after being attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D., goes underground. Iron Man, Yellowjacket and Mister Fantastic will deal with Cap somehow.

Wolverine 42: Wolverine learns of the events of Stamford, Connecticut and goes to help out. He also wants to personally deal with the true villain behind it Nitro. He also seems against the act.

She-Hulk # 8: She-Hulk is split. Jennifer is against the act while She-Hulk seems for it as she defends the remaining New Warriors. This brings back quite a few old New Warriors and explains who’s side they are on. John Jameson also talks to Captain America who’s gone underground

Amazing Spider-Man #532: We see the events through Spider-Man’s eyes here in this story and of course Peter talks to his family about the ramifications of outing himself or joining Tony. In the end he is wearing his original costume about to speak to the public.

Civil War: Front Line# 1: Iron Man shows his support for the Superhuman Registration Act by revealing his identity as Tony Stark in a press conference. Speedball is revealed to be alive after the Stamford Disaster, his kinetic powers having knocked him 500 miles away. He is promptly arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D., and is powerless as a result of the strain. Spider-Man meets with Sally Floyd making the proposal for her to investigate the Pro-Registration faction on Iron Man’s behalf.

Civil War # 2: We start seeing sides formed. As Iron Man leads a group of heroes against a super villain. Elsewhere we learn Captain America is underground and he’s building an army of his own. The Young Avengers get involved by fighting crime without registering. They are about to be taken captive till Captain America and Falcon save their butts. Reed and Sue seem more at odds as we see the biggest event in Marvel history so far. (Spoilers in black In a Times Square press conference Spider-Man tells the world that “My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old. Any questions?”

I’ll state my opinion on that spoiler big time next week. I’m still in shock. Now one more review:

Thunderbolts # 104: The Thunderbolts battle Quicksand as the press conference in Civil War # 2 takes place. We see their reaction. Baron Zemo and a few others are invited to meet with Iron Man and his crew. The Thunderbolts are asked to recruit villains to help capture the heroes who do not register. Zemo accepts and we find out Zemo has already been building quite an army of villains already.

There’s another edition of the Marvel Handbook for everyone. So Daron what did you think?

Pretty good stuff, sorry I was so quiet. I guess it’s a good thing it was a short one this week.

I thought we could’ve had more questions but I did save 1 email for next week and I’m sure that our readers will have a lot to say about Civil War # 2

I’m sure next week might be the biggest column for awhile. I’m hoping to get a lot of opinions for the Handbook for the big event.

Alrighty I’ll let you finish us off this week bud.


1. Marvel.com pollThe Civil War is upon us! Whose side are you on?

2. Digital comics Comics you can read online

3. Marvel is in the process of adding new bios and added a ton of new ones. Check them out here

4. As always your opinions on anything in the article or out on the shelves is welcome. After all you never know what type of response you will get.

5. Keep those emails coming and make sure to label them Marvel Handbook. The more emails the better

That’s it from my end. Reporting from my corner of the Marvel Universe I’m Jim Trabold. Have a great week and see you at the comic shop.

That’s it for me as well. Sorry again about the lateness. Send in your questions this week as we should be good to go for Friday. Have a great week everyone!