Marvel Rising Series Review: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan

Synopsis

The Secret Warriors are a group of up and coming super powered teens led by Daisy Johnson aka Quake. The team also includes Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Ghost Spider (aka Spider Gwen), Patriot, Inferno, America Chavez, and Ironheart. Together they learn how to overcome their differences to fight with each other against evil villains and save the day.

My history with Marvel Animation

I am a 90’s kid, so if you’d ask me what my favorite animated superhero shows were my immediate answer would be Batman Beyond, Batman the animated series, Superman the animated series, Teen Titans, and Static Shock. That’s because I feel that even still to this day DC has a better library of animated properties. That’s not to say Marvel didn’t have any at all in fact they had two other favorites of mine Spider-Man the animated series and X-Men the animated series. Beyond that however, there hasn’t been much else at least in my opinion. That’s a shame too because with all the amazing things Marvel has done for live action movies you would think that they could also make a great animated show too. With Marvel Rising I think they have pretty close but still haven’t reached that mark.

What I liked

Marvel Rising was trying to make a series that was appealing to everyone but mainly focused on girls. This was a similar attempt done by Disney with the Star Wars Forces of Destiny short series. One of Marvel Rising’s strengths is the fact that more than half their cast is female with only two men. I feel that this is a strength for the show because a lot of superhero animated shows are usually male dominated. Another strength was using relative unknown superheroes or heroes that haven’t gotten the spotlight. The animated series that I grew up with were, for the most part, my first introductions to characters like Batman and Spider-Man. Because of this I found a love for them that continues today. So why not introduce kids and adults to characters they’ve probably never heard of like Squirrel Girl or Ms. Marvel. For example, I was happy to see Ghost Spider (aka Spider Gwen) in the group because I like the character and ever since her appearance in Into The Spiderverse I would like any opportunity to get the know the character more. Daisy Johnson aka Quake’s inclusion was something that I also liked because it was a node to any adults watching the show. For those of you not aware Daisy is a character from the comic series Inhumans. But she is commonly know from the live action Agents of SHIELD series played by Chloe Bennet. It was kind of nice touch for the show runners to get her to reprise her role in Marvel Rising, even if the character is different from her live action counterpart. Another strength for this series is the animation. The animation sort of reminded me of older cartoons I used to watch like GI Joe or ThunderCats. While the animation isn’t perfect it does it job very well. I mainly liked the action scenes which flow very well and definitely have some anime influences.

What I didn’t like

I applaud Marvel Rising for attempting to try something new and for trying something different. Yet there are some problems I would like to discuss. Starting with my biggest problem, the potential for great story telling was kind of wasted. The series has a good set up, interesting back stories for a lot of the characters, and room to expand on those characters. They come very close but they miss that mark. For example we get introduced to Ghost Spider and her back story is very similar to what we see in Into The Spiderverse and in the comics but instead of Peter Parker getting killed it’s some random guy named Kevin. This was a golden opportunity to explore an alternate universe, one that we aren’t completely familiar with but instead they don’t go there. Even though you can see that Gwen and this Kevin guy were close friends it doesn’t pay off as much as other stories have. Marvel has a plethora of interesting villains that haven’t been used yet. In Marvel Rising they don’t use any villains to their full potential. A good example is exile, the main antagonist, you’re not really sure of his intentions from the beginning and worst of all his powers aren’t really explained to well. This just makes him a very confusing villan and worst of all a terrible main antagonist. Like the heroes I applaud them for trying something new. The villains aren’t proper used to their full potential or stand out and that’s a big problem for your overall story. This is just a personal preference problem but how Disney+ puts Marvel Rising on its service is weird. The first few episodes were released originally as seven minute long shorts. Then each of the episodes that followed released as movies. These movies range in length from 45 minutes to an hour. Instead of putting them altogether Disney+ has put all of them separate and doesn’t tell you which one came first so it’s kind of a guessing game, this is frustrating. They should have just put them all together which would have made for an easier viewing experience.

Conclusion

Marvel Rising was a good attempt at trying something new and reaching a broader audience. While I didn’t hate watching it I couldn’t help but think they could have done more with it. As of the writing of this review I couldn’t find any plans to continue the series. So that potential, at least for now, will never be fully realized. Which is a shame because while I do have some problems with the show I don’t see it as a complete failure. If you have young kids who like superheroes this show is a pretty good show to sit down with them and watch. If you don’t have kids and you like superheroes and have a free afternoon I say give it a watch. Just have Google ready so you know what order to watch the episodes.

Have you watched Marvel Rising what are your thoughts? Comment below!

Series Review Score: B+

Skywalking Through Neverland Article

Hey, hey Arcaders Joshua here! Recently I had the privilege of doing an article for our friends at Skywalking Through Neverland about my experience seeing Star Wars A New Hope on the big screen for the first time. Please go to their site to check it out https://skywalkingthroughneverland.com/star-wars-a-new-hope-at-35/

If you never heard of Skywalking Through Neverland, they are a great on-line community of Star Wars, Disney, and Marvel fans that span many generations. Every week Richard and Sarah host an extremely great podcast that dives into these three subjects with behind the scenes interviews, fan reactions and reviews, and more. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Disney, or Marvel I highly suggest checking out their podcast. Skywalking Through Neverland is also the flagship podcast of the Skywalking Network which includes other podcasts like Talking Apes, a podcast about the Planet of the Apes franchise, The Culture Popcast, a spin-off podcast that includes other areas of fandom, and Sabers and Spells, a podcast that also talks about fandom from film and TV to collecting and fashion. If you love to listen to podcasts I recommend all of these as well. just click the link above to head to their site.

Thank you again to Skywalking Through Neverland for this opportunity.

Episode 14: Jam-Packed – Beyond the Start Button Podcast Season 2

Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Joshua the Ubernerd take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics,  to Anime and Manga, and of course video games. This month @ultrasonic9 , @ubernerd527 , @raygunn1 have a jam-packed episode with trailer reviews for Wreck-it-Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse. Ubernerd’s thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story and Voltron: Legendary Defender. We’ll  also be talking about Mega Man Legacy Collection, Let’s Go Pikachu/Evee, and BlazeBlue Crosstag Battle  for the Nintendo Switch. As well as our reactions to Cobra Kia, Power Rangers, Thundercats Roar!  With an Episode this jam-packed you better make sure that you are strapped in to go “BEYOND THE START BUTTON” season 2!

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Episode 6: MegaCon 2017- Beyond the Start Button Podcast

Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Joshua aka Ubernerd527 take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics,  to Anime and Manga, and of course video games. This month @ultrasonic9 and @ubernerd527  talk about their trip to MegaCon 2017, one of Orlando, FL’s Largest Pop Culture conventions. Also in this episode we: pay tribute to the late Adam West and Sir Roger Moore, Talk about the new Black Panther Trailer, Review the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, RWBY Chibi Season 2, Talk about the new Pokemon Direct, and more! So strap in and get ready to go “BEYOND THE START BUTTON”!

 

 

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Episode 1: Inaugural Episode – Beyond the Start Button Podcast

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Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Ubernerd527 take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics and Manga, Anime, Pokémon, and of course video games. This month is the Inaugural episode of the podcast and in this episode Danny and Ubernerd talk about the podcast and what to expect. Then we kick it off with Press Start where we talk about what we are passionate about this month. Next, we talk about the subject that has been on all our minds for the past few months: Pokémon. We talk about Disney getting the broadcasting rights for the Pokémon anime and we talk about our journey through the Alola Region in Pokémon Sun and Moon. So strap in and get ready to go BEYOND THE START BUTTON!!

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Tales From The Game Grid #15

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Clocks and Kanji Square Bottomed Dice Bag by Marsbarn Review

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I love these dice bags! Not only are they so cute but they also stand up on their own which makes them awesome. Marsbarn‘s got the best dice bags around the best part is they are reversible.

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I love both of the patterns to this bag but there are tons to chose from. The bag is also very well made. It has nice tight stitching so you don’t have to worry about seems breaking. It also looks great no matter what side you have it on. So there isn’t an issue of one side looking better then the other, it reverses seamlessly.

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The bags looks great when it’s closed as well! The ends of the pull string are also dipped in epoxy so you don’t have to worry about the ends fraying. They are some of the best dice bags I have seen in a while. I also think that although it’s not there purpose but there are many awesome greektastic patterns such as Doctor Who, Marvel, and Star Wars just to name a few but I feel like these could also be used as awesome hand bags as well.

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I do think that the clock is my favorite side since to me it has a steampunk feel about it. I can’t wait to show this off at my next game!!! With the holidays coming this is also an awesome gift for yourself or someone else.

Exploding Tardis Necklace By The Mythical Merchant

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The first thing I would like to say is photos just don’t do this necklace justice! It is fantastic; The Mythical Merchant did an amazing job on it.

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This photo is slightly better! The coloring is so vivid and the image is so clear. The pendant is also good size, about the size of a half dollar. So it will stand out when you wear it. I wore it out to an event last night. I received several compliments on my pretty necklace although they weren’t Whovians so they didn’t realize how cool it really is. I also really liked the chain it came on. Instead of it being a plain silver chain, its a black toned chain.

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The Exploding Tardis isn’t the only awesome necklace they have at The Mythical Merchant! There are Marvel, Pokemon, Zelda, Nightmare Before Christmas, and so much more. I didn’t see an option for custom orders so that might not be an option for you. Necklaces start at $14.00. Which is totally worth is for this geektastic accessory.

Brony Hair Clips By The Monostache

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Remember the amazing phone/console pouch by The Monostache; I reviewed the other day? Well those wicked cool pouches aren’t the only cool thing they make; they also make snazzy hair clips!

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The  clips I reviewed are Brony or My Little Pony style clips. I love them. They add a touch of cuteness to our outfit. They are also well made so you don’t have to worry about breaking a favorite accessory. They also add a bit of geek to your day. They are even something you can wear to work without anyone being the wiser!

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So your thinking Brony isn’t your thing? No problem you can also get Marvel ones or Avatar the Last Air-bender or Pokemon. You can also place custom orders to you get what you want. For $10 you can get a set of hand made hair clips. That not only look good one but also when you take them off!

Beautiful Disasters Creations Review

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Beautiful Disasters Creations designs incredible necklaces. These aren’t for the meek! The two that I got to review were absolutely fabulous! They were two of my favorite things Jason Voorhees and Deadpool!

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Both necklaces are very pretty. I know your thinking how can they be pretty? Well I will tell you how they are both are adorned with rhinestones. The Jason necklace is his hockey mask with jeweled eyes and Deadpool is in the shape of a heart with jewels running down the one side.

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I love both styles they fit great and they aren’t heavy! They also add a bit of flash to my outfit. I enjoy wearing pop culture items of my favorite things. Both of these necklaces are eye catching. I have gotten several compliments while wearing them! I can’t wait until my next horror convention to wear the Jason one!

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There are several other styles In the shop you can choose from depending on what’s favorite. I personally hate clowns but she has an amazing Pennywise necklace! She also has some band stuff such as Sublime and Misfits. I’m not sure if you can do custom orders but the prices are right! The prices range from $8 to $12. I don’t think you can find a better price for what you get.

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