Review: Ant-Man Bonus Features — Small But Mighty

For those of us who are not Marveled out, Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man is a great film to add to our arsenal of movie night selections. You get all the greatness of a Marvel film with the added heist aspects of Ocean’s Eleven and shrinking comedy of Honey I Shrunk the Kids with a bonus shirtless-chiseled Paul Rudd. Continue reading Review: Ant-Man Bonus Features — Small But Mighty

Countdown to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Day 14: The Life Model Decoy

To celebrate the upcoming Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. on September 24, GeekMom is counting down the days to the premiere. You can find all the previous articles by clicking on the show’s tag in this post.

Up today, those artificial lifeforms called Life Model Decoys or LMDs. Until The Avengers movie, they were widely known in the comic and little known to the general public. But one line of dialogue from Tony Stark, and the whole world was clued into them.

What are they? They’re essential artificially intelligent androids that are a copy of a human, usually containing all their memories plus superhuman strength and speed. Like many other elements of S.H.I.E.L.D., they were created in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Marvel Wikia says, “The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the LMD does in the field.”

She-Hulk is not too thrilled with the many Fury L.M.D.s
She-Hulk is not too thrilled with the many Fury L.M.D.s © Marvel

As you can see from the panel, Nick Fury has been one of the most copied humans in comics.

Some LMDs have been known to become sentient. That was the case with Max Fury, one of Nick Fury’s many LMDs. Max even believed he was Nick for some time but when he was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., the original Fury decided he had too many dangerous memories and should be destroyed. Max escaped and later joined a secret shadow organization called, appropriately, the Shadow Council.

Why is that small statement in The Avengers important? Because fan speculation about the cause of Agent Phil Coulson’s return from the dead centers on the possibility that this Coulson isn’t him at all, but an LMD that isn’t aware he’s an LMD. Or perhaps the Coulson that died on the Helicarrier was an LMD.

The creators in the show have said Coulson’s rebirth will be a mystery to be solved sometime this season. But I’ll be checking for unusual feats of strength or speed, just in case.


Star Trek: The Middle School Musical

My husband and I just came home from the movies where we chose to watch Tony Stark ask J.A.R.V.I.S to “drop a needle” instead of watching the Star Trek crew go all dark and broody. However, all was not lost! When I checked Facebook, a friend had linked to Star Trek: The Middle School Musical, which filled my Star Trek void just fine.

The Star Trek: The Middle School Musical video is from the Rhett & Link channel on YouTube. They have other musicals and many videos focusing on the comedy of the geek culture. The channel is worth checking out.


Iron Man 3: Stark is Back and Utterly Compelling

Iron Man 3 © Marvel
Iron Man 3 © Marvel

Unlike the rest of my GeekMom colleagues, my wait for Iron Man 3 is over. The film was released here in the UK yesterday. Tony Stark had a lot to live up to in headlining the first Avengers universe outing since last year’s phenomenally successful The Avengers but, really, was that ego ever going to let us down?

Here’s my look at Iron Man 3 with advice for parents. It is as non-spoilery as possible but plot points revealed in the trailers and in interviews with the cast and crew are mentioned. Continue reading Iron Man 3: Stark is Back and Utterly Compelling