Before Infinity War: Black Panther

*Avengers Theme played creepily a note at a time on the piano* Back in 2005, there was an idea…to bring together remarkable and individual comic book movies based on Marvel-owned characters…to see if it could become something more in a crossover film; so that when we the fans finally saw it, we would throw as much money at the screen…that we humanly could.

We are literally one month away from the biggest cinematic event since famous man-child Ernest graced the silver screen and scared Stupid (or was it direct to VHS?). Like most people, I have been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Marvel Studios released a little indie hit called Iron Man back in 2008. And here we are ten years later: truly and successfully hyped for a movie that has had a decade and a hundred other films to build and campaign. Iron Man successfully knocked the piece that would eventually domino into what we know as Avengers: Infinity War today. The film where they finally get to face off with the villain that has been waiting in the background for the right chance to strike his balance in the universe: Thanos.

…and his diabolical self-titled helicopter!

If this is going to be anything like the comic book event in which the film takes its name, a lot of people die. And when I say “a lot,” I mean everyone. Other than the dreaded finger snap that makes half the Earth disappear from existence, there are some major deaths that are actually quite “comical” (I don’t get it). For example in the big fight against the rest of the heroes, Thanos wills an impenetrable cube to exist around Cyclops’s head to guard his optic blasts which ultimately suffocates him. Wolverine’s bones are turned into rubber. Iron Man is killed off-panel, but we can make the assumption that his head is still in his helmet that was knocked off from the rest of his body. Thor is turned into glass I think. And then Captain America gets killed with a back-hand from Thanos after a rousing speech about not falling to Thanos (that’s an example of irony right?). Something to that effect will still probably happen since the preview has revealed a stand off between Cap (Nomad or whoever he is now) and Thanos.

Me fighting my depression after Infinity War

But not to worry. Everyone is snapped back into life by Nebula after retrieving the Infinity Gauntlet from a husk of Thanos since his consciousness is now Eternity (I’m not exactly sure what I wrote) and proceeds to undo everything that Thanos has willed with the Gauntlet. Eventually, Thanos has to team up with everyone to defeat Nebula. Nebula ends up going to space jail on Titon which seems kind of unfair. Then the foiled Thanos goes to live on a farm (which is definitely unfair).

“And stay away from my tomatoes!”

For a movie of this caliber, it would be a shame if Thanos’s reign came off as inconsequential by resetting everything so easily. I mean with the Infinity Stones anything is possible (like with prayer…I guess), but still there has to be higher stakes for the movie to really have an impact on the audience. And as we all know, film contacts are ending (the true super villain) which is a good reason to clear the way for a new set of Avengers to take the helm.

“So in this next scene, you will die over here. And we won’t pay you anymore.”

I know this is not going to be a direct adaptation of the comic book story lines, but it can act as a nice blueprint of some of the direction they decide to take for the film.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. Every year since I’ve been in my position, I’ve taken my employees to the Marvel releases in May. And obviously, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest film of them all. Everything is coming together in this one big event. I’ve been providing them supplemental materials to give them a background on Thanos, the Infinity Stones, and the Black Order. So I thought to myself it would be kind of fun to write up a little piece on where our heroes are prior to the events of Infinity War. I’m writing this up for my employees but figure I’d write it in my blog if anyone else is curious. I’m going to break this down into multiple posts for ease of reading (and to make myself feel important). The easiest thing to do would be start with the characters of the latest film and move my way backwards until I’ve covered the important characters. So we’ll start with Black Panther and the Wakandans. Please keep in mind, I will only be doing the characters that have been credited in Avengers: Infinity War.

As I always do, I like to preface my posts by letting you know that I am not an expert at really anything (except love-making of course, which I’m told I’m a solid 4 stars…………*cough* out of 10 *end cough*).



Black Panther acted as more of a standalone film offering up more than just a superhero movie with its social, political, and cultural commentary as well as a lesson on the downsides of isolationism. It gave the main hero a solid back story and offered underrepresented communities a comic book movie hero to be inspired by.

As far as Infinity War goes, Black Panther gives the backdrop for one of the major battles we have seen in the trailers. We know it takes place in Wakanda, and we know they’re going to be fighting for an Infinity Stone. I have two guesses. Vision is taking refuge in Wakanda because of the Mind Stone. Our heroes want to protect him the best they can. Or it is revealed that the Soul Stone is actually in Wakanda, and the Avengers protecting that instead.

T’Challa (Black Panther)


I think it’s safe to say that he is in Wakanda. Probably minding his own business ruling Wakanda until all hell breaks loose. That can happen one of two ways. They’re endanger because they have the Soul Stone and Thanos is coming for it, so the Avengers are coming to their aid. Or the other Avengers bring the trouble to Wakanda to find a safe haven for the Vision and the Mind Stone.  He’ll be a core part of getting his armies ready and preparing Wakanda for the battle.



T’Challa’s brainy, little sister. She is in Wakanda and is responsible for Winter Soldier’s rehabilitation as we saw in the end credit scene. It’s hard to tell if she is in the offensive running towards battle in the trailer. My guess is she’ll play a part in developing the strategy on the defensive side: keeping the Infinity Stone/Vision safe.



General of the Dora Milaje and head of Wakandan armed fores. She is going to be in Wakanda. She’ll probably be part of the big battle when the times comes and also help with prepping Wakanda for the fight.



Wakanda’s Queen Mother will be in Wakanda to support T’Challa. I mean I really don’t know how she’ll play into the movie. My guess is she’ll have a quick scene with T’Challa about doing what he needs to do to save the world.

Everett Ross


Not sure if he’ll be in Wakanda or back in the States. I can see him playing a more diplomatic role trying to warn political officials about the danger, but it will be quick and insignificant. Or he could be at Wakanda more or less doing the same thing. I don’t know.



After reconciling with T’Challa, he and his army will definitely be in the battle. I’m guessing he will just be there, because they assume you’ve watched Black Panther, know M’Baku’s significance, and that T’Challa and him made up.

Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier)


The last end credit scene of Black Panther had Bucky step out of a tent while being called White Wolf. Not sure if this is a call back to the comic book character (who is not Bucky), or if the Russos are planning to set Bucky off in different direction where he is the White Wolf. Regardless, he is seen still without an arm and thanking Shuri for her help. He’ll have some bromance scenes with Cap and then be there for the battle. He’ll also have a new vibranium arm courtesy of Shuri I assume. I have a feeling he’s going to watch Steve fall to Thanos which would be a good plot device to set him up to become Captain America unless that privilege belongs to Falcon.


Feeling Kind of Spooky: My Halloween Costume From the First Grade (Review)

With Halloween quickly approaching, here is a spooky review (emphasis on spooky) about a Halloween costume I wore over two decades ago. Now, I don’t have any pictures of this costume. Coming from deeply religious parents, most of the pictures from my youth revolve around going to church and Christmas. Although, there is the occasional vacation picture (us going to church on vacation). Granted, Halloween was probably not celebrated back in their country. So for my parents, Halloween didn’t translate with the same sentiment we have here in the U.S., so unfortunately no picture of this moment. But to supplement the absence of an actual image, I’ll try my best to provide some visual context with other pictures from the internet.

Fortunately for me, I had four other siblings before me to establish the practice of Trick or Treating with my parents. So despite probably not truly understanding Halloween, my mom would still take us out to do that. In the small Texas town that I’m from, being an Asian boy would have probably worked well enough as a Halloween costume. It’s original and just scary enough in a predominantly white town to pass, but it would have been too easy. So my mom got me a little devil costume that I assume came from a rummage sale (which can be spooky.) Though very religious, my mom somehow found it okay for me to dress up as one of her worst fears.

She’s also God-fearing. Also, do they still make Savage Dragon comics?

The devil costume had three components: a one piece, a cape, and a hood. The one piece was red (obviously) and baggy with a long pointed tail (no goat legs). It also featured a trident branded on the chest as if Satan needed some sort of logo to distinguish himself from other demons, or he’s some sort of superhuman (but I guess he’d be known as Trident Man which is very lame). My costume was very similar to this:

…but as equally, if not more, spooky and sexy

The cape was red and simple. No markings (not even a pentagram or sacrificial image, very disappointing). The hood, also red (surprisingly), had two horns. Now that I think about it, the devil costume was more akin to the one the kid from the movie Problem Child wore.

…except not as tight or ginger-ish.

Oh, I completely forgot that the costume included its own candy bag. If memory serves me right, it looked like a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. But instead of Chester, it had a weird picture of a demon and said “Hot Stuff” on it (because everyone knows the Devil roams around Hell with bags of hellfire and brimstone with cautionary text on it.)

The costume wasn’t exactly scary, I guess unless you’re a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD (but that probably wouldn’t be due to the costume). It was more “cute” than terrifying which was probably intended for a costume for a 6 year-old. As far as practicality goes, it worked well. I put on the costume and was able to Trick or Treat without anyone questioning if I was in costume or not. However, it did not get me more candy than my brother and sister. Perhaps because the costume wasn’t scary enough, or maybe I was too convincing as the Devil that people didn’t want to gamble their prospect of Heaven by giving additional candy (like an offering) to Lucifer himself. Or maybe it’s because of the unspoken rule that you only get one piece of candy per house. Oh, well. The costume was also made of a really thin cloth, so I still had to wear a jacket. It really ruined the effect of the costume, because who would believe that Satan would walk around with a Bugle Boy jean jacket on.

Overall, it was a pretty decent costume and did what is was supposed to do. It was definitely way better than those Ben Cooper costumes which was essentially a poorly drawn mask and a plastic bag with a graphic on it.

Lucifer? More like Loser-fer.

My First Grade Devil Costume: 4 out of 5 pieces of candy


Feeling Kind of Curious: Gilmore Girls (Review)

I don’t really want to acknowledge the absence of updates, but I guess I will. Sorry, been busy.

There are two reasons for this blog post:

  1. I want to continue to encourage myself to write. It may not be good, no one will probably read it, and it may not make a whole lot of sense. But it’s something I enjoy doing when I get the time…and I eventually want to get better at being funny in my writing.
  2. I’m hoping this review of Gilmore Girls will help me understand how I truly feel about the show.

I’ve really only watched a handful of episodes. It’s my girlfriend’s favorite show to have on in the background. So by no effort of my own, I’ve been able to gather pieces of storylines and a hodgepodge of characters like the guy from Heroes, backward-hat restaurateur, Melissa McCarthy, and James Gunn’s brother. From those episodes of Gilmore Girls (or what I will now call Girlmores since my fingers tend to want to type that), I gathered that there is a woman and her daughter who are very sarcastic and talk fast surrounded by other characters that suffer from the same ailment of being very sarcastic and talking very quickly. The parents are also sarcastic with a quick tongue but are also very rich, so you know they earned it (and like most parents seem to hate each other).

They actually all hate each other.

I assume the show takes place in New Haven, Connecticut since the daughter goes to Yale and her commute doesn’t seem to be all that bad. And like any other show, stuff just kind of happens. Like in one episode, there was an election for a local office where someone runs against the incumbent who owns a candy store I think. The guy wins but realizes the huge mistake he’s made by getting into politics in general. I’ve actually seen that episode twice now. Then in another episode, the little Girlmore was dating some rich jerk, but the guy from Heroes came back into town in and the drama ensued. I just remember the rich jerk guy being mean at some show or performance or something. Needless to say, he got his (I suppose. I don’t think I’ve watched the episode after that one).

Now, it would be difficult for me to review Girlmores in its entirety since I’ve only seen a couple of episodes (none of them being in season one I don’t think). So in an effort for fairness, I’ll just jot down a couple of thoughts I had during the episodes I actually watched.

Are the Girlmores attractive?

Girlmore mom looking lovingly at  Girlmore daughter

Let me preface by saying this: whether or not a cast is attractive is not a factor in why I watch something. But remember, I’m not really watching the show in the first place for storyline or substance, so my viewing of an episode is fairly shallow. Anyway, I find myself struggle with that question with each episode I have seen. Yeah, I guess they are.

Why is the lead singer for Skid Row in this show?

My girlfriend told me that the Asian actress is actually 60 years old playing a 19 year-old.

That settles it. The Girlmores are rock and roll. That’s why Sebastian Bach is on the show. 

Well, I guess that’s really it. From the 5 or 6 episodes I watched out of the 7 seasons, I didn’t have much to go off of. And I really don’t remember anything else from the episodes I watched. Maybe I’ll do a follow-up of this review once I actually watch the show. But at this point, I refuse to watch the show in sequential order so I guess not.

Be sure to check out Season 8 of Gilmore Girls on Netflix November 25th. It will be a great way to spend your holidays…I guess.

Gilmore Girls: 10 out of 10…mainly because I don’t want to offend my girlfriend.

Feeling Kind of Tired: San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Aftermath and Overview

Before I start off this post, I just wanted to say that San Diego has a really strong Pokemon GO game. It is seriously a way of life out there.

Every year after I get back from San Diego Comic-Con, I always get the comment: “I totally want to go to it next year” or some variation of that. Typically my response to that is “you should” and then something along the lines of “are you a glutton for punishment?” That’s not meant to scare anyone away or pull the rug out from underneath them but to shine some light on the painstaking reality of going to SDCC. It’s not all fun and games unless you enjoy standing hours in line with the high possibility of still not accomplishing anything (some people just call that “living life”). When I post pictures, it’s all the fun parts; so it looks like it’s a non-stop party. I’m not going to be posting anything about standing in line for three hours to shake Dan Harmon’s hand, or spending the night on the convention grounds for a chance to sit in the Game of Thrones panel in the infamous Hall H, or even how I fought to the front of the crowd to take pictures of Chris Pratt. So it’s very much like the media where you’re only getting half the picture (except it’s the more positive half instead of the half where everyone dies).

Now that I have downplayed Comic-Con (and you have decided not to try and get badges which will increase my chance of getting badges next year), let’s look into some of the things I was able to check out at this year’s SDCC.

Preview Night
Preview Night is the best chance to check out the Exhibit Hall and buy exclusives before the crowd multiplies by the thousands. It is literally a sea of people for about twelve hours a day in downtown San Diego for the duration of Comic-Con except for refreshing splashes of water you get overpowering hints of body odor (or Hodor…am I right? High five!). And much like the rest of Comic-Con, it starts with a line.

Happiness (not pictured)

I flipped off Iron Man and gave Captain America a thumbs up.


And then it got weird…

Get a room!

Day One
I started the day off right by waiting in a line (Line-Con) for four hours to get wristbands for the Silicon Valley signing…except when I got there, they ran out of wristbands and that didn’t start my day off right at all. It took every part of my being not to throw myself down five flights of cement stairs. Shortly after damning my existence, I joined up with friends I met at Comic-Con two years ago who were waiting in line (Sili-line Valley) for a chance to win an exclusive Conan O’Brien Funko Pop figure. My first victory of the show.

And to think just an hour before this, I would have been rushed to a hospital for breaking every bone in my body if I had thrown myself down the stairs

We proceeded to the Game of Thrones off-site experience for the Hall of Faces. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, cool, you’ll understand what that means. If you’re not, the Hall of Faces is a room with shelves of faces (there, you’re caught up with the show, and winter is here). While we were in line (The Game of Lines), we got to play a rousing round of “Would You Rather” with Buzzfeed and Syfy. I have many goals in my life. Making it onto a Buzzfeed article is not one of them. But I did, so I guess I’ll have to deal with it for the rest of my life.



Still a better king than Joffery Baratheon


I ran back into the Exhibit Hall after the experience, because I was adamant about getting a Stan Lee exclusive figure. Fortunately, his collectible store had a booth and they were selling Stan Lee DORBZ figures with his signature on the box. This is where I ran into Michael Rooker of Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy fame. I look goofy in the picture below, because that’s just how my face is 90% of the time.

Wasn’t sure the picture was worth it when the kid in the back is forever ingrained in my nightmares

With Day One coming to a close, I met up with my friends again who were already in line (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azka-line) for Hall H. Hall H is synonymous with Comic-Con at this point. More than likely you’ve heard of the dreaded hall and how people spend nearly 24 hours in the line (Star Wars: Attack of the Lines) just to get into the panels for the next day. One of my friends that I go with is a “Hall H wHore.” He loves the ever-living crap out of Hall H and, in fact, spent the majority of his time at Comic-Con there. So once we got our wristbands, we headed to the overnight line (Star Trek: Deep Space Line) outside of Hall H and started our shift. It was quiet for the most part. We sat there and tried to start conversations with people around us just to simply pass the time. Suddenly a black Suburban drove up and out popped two actors from Game of Thrones: Isaac Wright who plays Bran Stark and Liam Cunningham who plays Ser Davos Seaworth. After recovering from a short hear-attack, I was able to get a picture with Liam.

Ser Davos Seaworth and Sir Dumb Guy Stupidface

Day Two
The Hall H panels start off strong with Con Man, a show starring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion on Comic-Con HQ which essentially parodies their lives after Firefly (a show if given the chance would have continued to be amazing like its first season which is similar to the pickup line I give when I date someone).

Nathan Fillion “runs a very tight ship.”

I gave Fear the Walking Dead a legitimate chance. It just didn’t quite hook me as well as other shows have. It’s not a bad show by any means. It’s just not as interesting as it’s predecessor. Granted The Walking Dead had very good source material to go off of which helped with character development and story progression. Fear the Walking Dead is just kind of flat. There are maybe two or three deeply-layered characters while the rest seem fairly one dimensional. But after the preview of season 2, I may need to rethink my position and give it one more shot. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures during this panel.

The Walking Dead left us with a cliffhanger for its season finale. It’s a gimmick that I get fairly tired of, and that sentiment is shared within the Walking Dead fanbase. I felt like the producers and even the actors understood the viewers’ disappointment of the season finale with the apologetic tone of the panel. Oh, they also revealed that Rick took Negan’s bat (no they didn’t).

No, that’s not the line from the Omen

I was excited to see that the Game of Thrones panel was being moderated by Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia who added a nice touch of humor to the interviews. What’s so great about these panels is seeing everyone interact with each other. You can tell this is a group of actors and actresses that are as devoted to the show as much its fans. If you haven’t seen Game of Thrones, you need to do yourself a favor. Quit your job, tell your loved ones that you’ll be gone for awhile, find a cheap hotel or somewhere secluded where no one can bother you, continuously fill yourself up with pizza, Red Bull, and caffeine pills, and marathon Game of Thrones before the next season comes out next summer. If you die in the process, just know that you will have a soldier’s burial.

Actor Iwan Rheon who plays Ramsay Bolton desperately reminds fans that it’s only a show and to not have their dogs constantly attack him

After being in Hall H for almost six hours, I needed to do some more exploring. Comic-Con is no longer restricted to the Convention Center. It’s become so big that it has spilled out into the surrounding areas of downtown San Deigo. This is where I found this gem: The Peanuts off-site experience. It’s good to have balance. So after sitting on panels about shows with lots of death and whatnot, it’s good to relax with bright and colorful images of Charlie Brown and the gang.

Who would have thought that Lucy is a diehard Trump fan

Day Three
I waited in line (Wolver-line) to snag a wristband for the Rick and Morty signing. During the signing, I was super excited that Chris Parnell was there. He was one of my favorite actors on Saturday Night Live, so it was a pleasure to take a picture with him. These signings are kind of awkward, because I never have anything to say to these celebrities except “you’re awesome.”

Rick and Morty is awesome

Comic-Con 2016 was a little bit more stressful than previous years (probably because I’m getting old), so I took every open opportunity to grab a drink. I stopped by the sushi shop set up in the Mariott next to the Convention Center, Komic-Kaze Sushi, which was also serving the 50th Anniversary Star Trek beer and the two Game of Thrones beers: Valar Morgulis, a dubbel ale and Three Eye-Raven, a dark saison.

They drink a lot of craft beer in Game of Thrones

During my meal, one of my friends had messaged me that the Guardians of the Galaxy cast was going to be at the Marvel booth on the floor in the Convention Center. Needless to say…

“Embrace me in your arms” is not considered a legitimate fan request and is looked down upon

Day Four

That last day of Comic-Con is very bittersweet. On one hand, you’re sad to see it go. On the other hand, you’re dead. So it doesn’t matter how you feel anymore. So to save you and me some time, here is another picture collage of my friends and myself during the trip.

Filler post and caption

It seems like everything about Comic-Con gets harder  and harder every year, but I would say it’s definitely worth the effort you put into it. I hope by this time next year, I will be able to share my experiences once again. And maybe next time, I will see you there.

San Diego Comic-Con 2016: 7 out of 10

Now, for the moment everyone has been waiting for. My last post, I had uploaded a picture of the exclusive giveaway I got during Comic-Con from UCC Distribution. Here it is again.


To enter, you must like and subscribe to my blog (that’s how I get you); and then comment below with your response to this question:

If Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton were each Pokemon, what would they be called, what type of Pokemon would they be, and what would be their special move?

I will pick a winner next Monday, August 8th.

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Exclusive Item Giveaway

Well, everyone. Comic-Con 2016 has come and go, and there is a lot to talk about (and a lot of sleep to catch up on). But I’m at my Airbnb decompressing from the event,  so that will have to wait for another day. I do want to really quick introduce the item that I will be giving away. With the huge success of Pokemon GO, I wanted to find something relevant. I was lucky enough to snag an SDCC exclusive from UCC Distribution. This item is also in honor of Pokemon’s 20th anniversary  (almost old enough to drink but still play Pokemon).


    Check back really soon for more details. 

    Review: Flying

    Until our technology advances enough to make teleportation a reality, we are all doomed to stuffing our crap into an expensive bag or box which will eventually be a storage of dirty laundry (or broken dreams). Then we have to wait in a line to talk to someone who obviously hates themselves (and us even more) to tell them that you want to go onto a God-defying machine instead of traveling in the safety of not being thousands of feet in the air. After that, you get to wait in another line, take off your shoes, throw your stuff on a conveyor belt, and try you hardest not to look like a terrorist. Then after being poked and prodded, you get to wait again for your chance to get in a flying tube with no personal space and gamble with your life as you laugh in the face of God. If you’re lucky, you’ll land safely and get to do it all over again. In fact, I’ll be doing this very thing in about four hours to head to San Diego for Comic-Con (geeze, shut up about Comic-Con am I right?).

    I actually have no qualms about flying. It’s mainly the process of actually getting into the plane that’s a headache. Sure, I have a feeling of dread the whole time the pilot is figuratively giving God the finger,  but booking the flight, having to check-in, going through security, and then of course getting to the right gate is such a pain in the ass. I do realize those procedures are set in place for my safety, but I’m already living on the edge by willingly getting shot into the air (okay, that’s a bit dramatic…like this whole post).

    Unfortunately (or fortunately), I do have to cut this blog short. As I said before, I’ve got a flight in about four hours, and I still have to finish packing and attempt to get at least two hours of sleep. So in conclusion, flying is not for everyone. What I would suggest is saving the money you would normally spend on plane tickets and instead spend it on the research of quantum physics which I would assume would discover the ability to teleport. Sure you may not travel very much, but you’re just getting us that much closer to an alternative to flying (or in the least, getting us closer to recreational time travel).

    Flying…3 out of 10 flying f*cks.

    One more thing, I will be posting the special item in my next udpate for the Comic-Con Exclusive giveaway (when I actually get there and figure out what that item is). So once again, please stay tuned for that and possible coverage of the show. And feel free to add me on Instagram to check out my pictures from Comic-Con. Instagram: Tinktothepast. Or atleast I will try my best to upload pictures on my Instagram.

    Feeling King of Busy: Filler Post and Pokemon Go

    I’m not sure why I feel bad about missing a post last week (must be the Catholic guilt which makes me feel bad about everything I do), but things have kind of picked up at work which means I’m about to go on vacation. And with Comic-Con a week away, prepping for the show has taken priority. Now throw Pokemon GO in the mix, and my daily life is no longer my own (not that I had much of a life before). I was hoping to continue my Comic-Con-themed posts until right before I leave, but that was a chore to write (and pretty boring to read). But I will write one more post about Comic-Con before I leave, and that will mainly be about your chance to win a Comic-Con exclusive item. I have my eye out on a few exclusives already, but I will not know for sure what that item will be until I get to Comic-Con. Please stay tuned for that.

    Now, I don’t want to leave you empty-handed and since Pokemon Go is now a part of mine and everyone else’s life, here is a comic that I drew over a year ago from a time I wanted to draw webcomics. And much like everything else I do, my drawing skills are right above kindergarten level.

    That was a short-lived aspiration much like this blog will be probably.