Mantis

25 Apr 19
Best/Worst Entertainment

Infinity War opens with Thanos and his four children/supporters boarding the Asgardian ship. He has killed half of the people on the ship. He already has one of the six infinity stones. Thor is heavily wounded. Thanos tells Loki to give him the Tesseract, but Thor says that it was destroyed on Asgard. However, it […]

24 Apr 19
The Everything Blog

This segment of my blog is just a jotting down of some random thoughts that occur. This segment should not be confused with the “Food Thoughts” section where I share my ideas and recipes. Now that thats all cleared up lets begin… Olives are awesome. That’s just a fact. Is just lettuce and croutons still […]

24 Apr 19
Monkeys Paw Power

I wish I could see all the colors mantis shrimp and butterflies can see/a> Touch here for the full post on Monkeys Paw Power tumblr

24 Apr 19
Monkeys Paw Power

I wish I could see all the colors mantis shrimp and butterflies can see/a> Touch here for the full post on Monkeys Paw Power tumblr

24 Apr 19
Monkeys Paw Power

I wish I could see all the colors mantis shrimp and butterflies can see/a> Touch here for the full post on Monkeys Paw Power tumblr

24 Apr 19
Onarcade

James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, completing the trilogy he’s overseen from the beginning. Chris Pratt, the actor behind the lead character Star-Lord, recently said he’s “thrilled” to have the director back. “I was so thrilled, so excited,” Pratt told People. “I think it’s the right move, […]

24 Apr 19
Onarcade

James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, completing the trilogy he’s overseen from the beginning. Chris Pratt, the actor behind the lead character Star-Lord, recently said he’s “thrilled” to have the director back. “I was so thrilled, so excited,” Pratt told People. “I think it’s the right move, […]

24 Apr 19
Andy's Allotment Garden

Well just a quick update.  What a glorious sunny easter weekend we had………….Until i caught the dreaded man flu! Friday kicked off quite productively if not a little slowly because of the warmth.  I do enjoy the feeling of the sun.  My first target was to weed and dig over the patch that runs along […]

24 Apr 19
Moorish News

Join us Wednesday 24 April 1439 @ 7:30pm for Moors Heritage & History School live broadcast: Live Broadcast of Moors Heritage and History School presents Circle of Readers at Morocco Book: Is Administrative Law Unlawful by Philip Hamburger This is the Uniting of Asia – Family We must activate our voice with law and speak […]

24 Apr 19
GeSem 120: Strangers at Home

Another Caribbean Science Fiction novel, much like “Midnight Robber”, but right off the bat, a new theme unexplored by Nalo Hopkinson comes into play during “Social Worker” – tourism. The characters of xenoids, terrestrials, and the subsequent dynamic the two sections of beings have (among other classes of beings mentioned as well) is clear symbolism […]

24 Apr 19
Sound Books

https://soundcloud.com/conidj/all-230419 ALL++ every month on LYL radio lyl.live/show/all++ special episode video game soundtracks HALF-LIFE: Kelly Bailey – Vague Voices (Black Mesa Inbound) TOMB RAIDER III: Nathan Mcree – Track061 METROID FUSION: Minako Hamano, Akira Fujiwara – Title Theme GOLDENEYE 007: Graeme Norgate & Grant Kirkhope – Jungle TOMB RAIDER III: Nathan Mcree – Track008 HALF-LIFE: […]

24 Apr 19
Consequence of Sound
The biggest battle in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to ignite on screens. After 10 years of build up, Avengers: Infinity War left cinema’s biggest heroes decimated and our jaws on the theater floor. This Friday, Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest will dust themselves off (too soon?) and face down Thanos for the last time, with the fate of half the universe in the balance. As the Avengers suit up in those snazzy white-and-red space suits, it’s natural to reconsider how they got here. You could follow the path of the Infinity Stones themselves, from Red Skull’s discovery of the Tesseract to Thanos’ sacrifice to reveal the Soul Stone. Or you could go crazy and recap every single movie — but we already did that. Instead, with the final fight ahead, let’s take a look back at the clashes that set the stage for Avengers: Endgame. Although they may not all be the most memorable encounters, they substantially shaped the MCU. These are the duels that arranged the Avengers on the board, laid out for Thanos’ Snap to knock them all down. Before it ends, it’s worth remembering how the game was played. _______________________________________________________ Battle at Mar-Vell’s Laboratory Movie: Captain Marvel (2019) Combatants: Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, Talos, Maria Rambeau, Goose vs Yon-Rogg, Minn-Erva, Korath, Att-Lass, Bron-Char, Ronan the Accuser’s Fleet T-Minus Snap: 22 years Impact: From Nick Fury’s point of view, this is the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and not just because his literal point of view got a whole lot narrower. Though barely a fracas compared to the Battle of New York, Fury’s adventure with Carol Danvers led directly to it. The very concept of the Avengers was born in the aftermath, and the Tesseract landed in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, setting the stage for Thanos’ first invasion. What’s more, Fury and Danvers’ battle-bond would also eventually give half the universe a fighting chance thanks to the souped-up beeper, which summons the MCU’s most powerful hero to join the fray. In fact, Danvers’ refusal to back down during the ambush is what led to her unlocking her full potential, something the Avengers are going to be grateful for in the war to come. _______________________________________________________ Iron Man’s Cave Escape Movie: Iron Man (2008) Combatants: Iron Man vs Raza and The Ten Rings T-Minus Snap: 7 years Impact: Captain America may have been the first Avenger, but it was the origin of Iron Man that truly kicked off the Age of Heroes. Tony Stark’s kidnapping, chest injury, and escape set the course as much for the entire history of the MCU as it did his own. Just as it inspired the billionaire playboy philanthropist’s desire to protect people, activating the bulky Mark 1 suit essentially triggered the Avengers Initiative. Although Cap would grow to be the true leader, the team started with Tony. _______________________________________________________ Battle of New York Movie: Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Combatants: The Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye) vs Loki and the Chitauri T-Minus Snap: 5 years Impact: That moment where the camera circle-pans across the entire team pretty well sums it up: The Avengers had arrived. And so had their secret advisory. Thanos turning and smirking at the camera is arguably as big a moment as the heroes assembling, since it put the Mad Titan on a collision course with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It also put Loki’s Scepter in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s — and by extension, HYDRA’s — hands, which connects right to the next battle… _______________________________________________________ Battle of Sokovia Movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Combatants: The Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Scarlett Witch, Vision, Quicksilver) vs Ultron and his sentries T-Minus Snap: 2 years Impact: On a small scale, the skirmishes leading up to the rise and fall of Novi Grad, Sokovia gave the Avengers their first clues to the Infinity Stones, one of which was their new teammate, Vision. Longterm, this extinction-level conflict sets all the groundwork for what results in The Decimation. The United Nations signing the Sokovia Accords furcated the Avengers — who had just lost Hulk to a mood — right as Thanos decided to “do it myself.” Without Ultron’s attempt to recreate the Chicxulub impact, the Most Powerful Being in the Universe would have faced unified opposition instead of fractured heroes, and that could have made all the difference. _______________________________________________________ Duel at Maggie Lang’s House Movie: Ant-Man (2015) Combatants: Ant-Man vs Yellowjacket T-Minus Snap: 2 years Impact: How could such a small, humorous one-on-one fight have such major implications for the MCU at large? Well, we don’t rightly know yet. We do know that this is when Scott Lang first enters and, more importantly, exits the Quantum Realm. Although we get a lot more information about why the dimension is relevant in Ant-Man and the Wasp (hello, time vortexes), it’s this fight that breaks the seal. Exactly how that all plays out will be revealed in Endgame, but good money is on hearing the words “Quantum Realm” and “time travel” a lot come April 26th. _______________________________________________________ Battle at the HYDRA Siberian Facility Movie: Captain America: Civil War (2016) Combatants: Iron Man vs Captain America and Winter Solider (vs Helmut Zemo vs Black Panther) T-Minus Snap: 1 year Impact: Whoa, you say. Did you just skip over the Clash of the Avengers, you ask? I sure did. The Airport Battle would be an easy top three if we were ranking best fights, no doubt. In terms of impact, though, the beautifully choreographed tussle between Tony, Cap, and Bucky is more fundamental to where the Avengers go next. True, Cap’s team become fugitives or are put under house arrest as a result of the Germany confrontation, and we are introduced to Black Panther and Spider-Man in a big way (Giant-Man too, while we’re at it). However, as crazy as it is, Zemo’s plan worked, and that’s of far greater consequence. The Sokovia Accords split the Avengers, but Zemo’s plot cleaved them in two, making Earth easy pickings for Thanos and his army. _______________________________________________________ Ragnarök Movie: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Combatants: The Revengers (Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie, Loki), Heimdall, Korg and the Sakaaran Rebellion, (and Skurge) vs Hela, Fenris, the Berserkers, Surtur, (and Skurge) T-Minus Snap: Days Impact: Imagine the trouble the Asgardians could have given Thanos and the Black Order if Hela hadn’t taken care of them first. The Mad Titan was on his way to wrestle the Tesseract from Asgard’s vaults; instead, he only had to wipe out a handful of refugees thanks to the Goddess of Death, Surtur, and Loki’s sticky fingers. If you consider Thanos would have likely gotten the Space Stone either way, perhaps the more crucial outcome of Ragnarök is where it left Thor, the Mightiest Avenger. In a very short run, Thor lost his father, then his hammer, then his home, then his people. His “rage, vengeance, anger, loss, regret” become his motivating drive to stop Thanos, and though he’s failed (twice), he’s not dead yet. And after the Decimation, he’s only angrier. _______________________________________________________ Attack on the Statesman Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Combatants: Hulk, Thor, Loki vs Thanos, The Black Order (Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive) T-Minus Snap: Days Impact: For starters, Loki, Heimdall, and hundreds of Asgardians die when Thanos and his Children board the Sakaaran Rebellion’s escape vessel. It’s Thanos’ fisticuffs with Hulk that, however, the has the largest effect on the coming conflict. Not only does it demonstrate the insurmountable might of the Mad Titan, but it ends up locking one of the Avengers’ most powerful assets, Hulk, inside Bruce Banner’s body. That doesn’t leave the good Doctor useless, of course, as he’s the only one who can explain what the hell is going on once he crashes back to Earth. While the fight we actually see on screen is relatively short, it establishes the context for everyone’s plans throughout the Infinity War. _______________________________________________________ Battle of Titan Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Combatants: The Avengers (Iron Man, Spider-Man), Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, Nebula), Doctor Strange vs Thanos T-Minus Snap: Hours Impact: Star-Lord’s fist against Thanos’ prune face, which prevents the heroes from stopping the Mad Titan when they had the chance. It’s the stupidest move in the MCU, but undeniably important. That little freakout leads to Thanos getting the Time Stone, leaving him one away from the Snap. Before that, we witness how powerful he is with only four stones; since the Snap will no longer be an option in the Endgame, how Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet is key. Also important is how his relationship with Nebula advances, considering how pivotal she is in the comic books. Killing her sister and stranding her on Titan after torturing her probably hasn’t ingratiated her to dear ol’ dad. She’ll be looking for some revenge come Friday. _______________________________________________________ Battle of Wakanda Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Combatants: The Avengers (Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Bruce Banner/Hulkbuster, Thor, Vision), Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Okoye and the Dora Milaje, Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket, Groot), M’Baku and the Jabari, Shuri, Golden Tribe, Border Tribe, Wakandan Royal Guard vs Thanos, The Black Order (Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive), the Outriders T-Minus Snap: Minutes Impact: The Decimation. Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from Visions head, survived a Stormbreaker to the chest, and snapped his fingers. Half the life in the universe turned to dust. A handful of heroes were left, either stranded on Titan or dealing with their devastating defeat on Earth. Welcome to the Endgame. _______________________________________________________ Bonus Battles: Battle on the Norco Movie: Iron Man 3 (2013) Combatants: Iron Man, War Machine (as Iron Patriot), Iron Legion, Pepper Potts vs Aldrich Killian and his Extremis Soldiers T-Minus Snap: 5 years Impact: Pepper Potts gets to go super for a minute here, and when she wields that Iron Man gauntlet to blow Aldrich Killian to bits, fans had one thought: Rescue. That’s the name Potts takes in the comics when she gets her own Stark armor. Seeing how devastated their ranks are, the Avengers may need to call on Potts to suit up if she survived the Decimation or is brought back somehow. This fight proves she’s up for the challenge and can lend a hand. Battle of the Mirror Dimension Movie: Doctor Strange (2016) Combatants: Doctor Strange, Ancient One vs Kaecilius and his Zealots T-Minus Snap: 1 Year Impact: This one is pure speculation, but Tilda Swinton is expected to return as the Ancient One in Endgame. Considering she died in the Mirror Dimension, how she factors in is totally unknown. There are some clue though: One, the AO draws power from the Dark Dimension, and her experience working between dimensions could be valuable to the Avengers. As could, two, her knowledge of the Time Stone, as it seems clear time travel will be a huge factor in the Endgame.
24 Apr 19
Saints Wire

[jwplayer v7x3YCUj-ThvAeFxT] New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton caught up with Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune after winning the celebrity shootout event in this year’s Zurich Classic golf tournament, and took a few minutes to survey how the Saints measure up going into the 2019 NFL Draft. “I think that you’re always looking for […]

24 Apr 19
2 Sisters Online

A brown-skinned teenager with sandy dreads walked with her friend through a town square on the planet, Nadeem. Nadeem was a fascinating world with crystal clear lakes, beautiful beaches, tropical mountains that provided the most beautiful views, constant warm weather, and glamorous cities that had some of the finest offerings anywhere in the galaxy. She […]

24 Apr 19
Random Thoughts Illustrated

One of the characteristics that have endeared the Marvel Cinematic Universe to its fans has been the high-quality quips and quotes delivered by its stars. As Avengers: Endgame prepares to open, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at some of the more humorous, memorable, or important quotes of both main […]