Greetings from the Odinson,
From the cartoons of our childhood to the comic books of middle school, from the novels that stretch our imaginations to the movies that tantalize our intellects, if you are reading this column, then like me, you are a pop culture enthusiast.
There are some years more than others that have an impact on the lexicon and annals of history. The Odinson has stated many times before that 1987 and 1999 are easily the two most noteworthy years in Hollywood history as they produced more perennial films in our lifetime than any other two years in history. Seriously, just look at the lists. The sheer number of film classics, pop culture phenomenon, and cult films produced in those two years alone is staggering.
Now, in 2019, we may be standing on the precipice of a month that just may be a contender for the single biggest month in entertainment history.
(Or at the very least, 2019.)
April 2019: A Month for the Ages
In DC Comics, the Terminus Agenda storyline kicks into high gear as Damian Wayne’s Teen Titans set out to do what the adults have failed to do for years – bring Deathstroke the Terminator to justice once and for all.
This April, IDW will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the most enduring properties from the pop culture gold mine that is the 1980s – The Ghostbusters.
Archie Comics is going to present an old standard, werewolves vs. vampires, but with an Archie twist in Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica.
First introduced in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight and making his stunning comic books debut in the pages of Detective Comics #1000, April will see the enigmatic Arkham Knight set his sights on the Dark Knight Detective as the mystery surrounding him begins to unfold in earnest.
And finally, Marvel launches their most ambitious crossover event since 2015’s Secret Wars.
War of the Realms has potential to be the biggest event comic fans have seen in years.
It is a massive campaign that will sweep across and engulf all Nine Realms and plunge the Marvel Universe into a Ragnarok-size war against the united armies of chaos and darkness. No corner of the Marvel U will be untouched and everyone from heroes to villains to supporting cast members will be affected.
And, we are just getting warmed up.
April 2019 will see the premiere of one of the most anticipated events in Television History – the final season of Game of Thrones.
Whether you believe Game of Thrones is the greatest show ever (which it is) or you have never seen a single episode (shame on you), no one can deny the impact this show has had on the entertainment landscape. It is a pop culture phenomenon that millions have passionately discussed and debated and countless more have at the very least heard about.
From the shocking demise of the story’s Hero to the Red Wedding, from the Mountain vs. the Viper to the Battle of the Bastards, with writing, directing, and production value on par with the best Hollywood movies, Game of Thrones has never failed to surprise, tantalize, and ultimately entertain. The final season premieres Sunday April 14 and is sure to have even more surprises, twists, revelations, and what is being reported as the single longest largescale onscreen battle in television and movie history!
Winter has finally arrived.
From the small screen to the Big Screen, April has big plans instore.
From horror to science fiction to comic books, April 2019 promises to provide a feature film every week this month to scratch every fanboy and girl’s itch. April 5th sees two highly anticipated films hit theatres.
The remake of Pet Sematary promises to pull no punches in its adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most beloved and scariest books.
Also on April 5th, the long overdue Big Screen debut of SHAZAM! As a lifelong fan (I go all the way back to the live action SHAZAM!/Isis Hour TV show from the 1970s), the Odinson is more than excited to finally see Earth’s Mightiest Mortal get his due.
I recently read a minor spoiler for the film, which I will not post here. I’m an easy sell. They sold a ticket when I saw the costume and he actually looked like Capt… I mean SHAZAM. But after reading that article, I’m even more excited to see the film than before.
I still call him Captain Marvel. (SHAZAM is the wizard!!!!)
Movie and comic fans will hardly have time to catch their breath as one week later on April 12th, Hellboy hits theatres. I am a big fan of Mike Mignola’s comic book. I think the universe Mignola and his partners have created with Hellboy and B.P.R.D. has been consistently one of the most entertaining reads in comics for over two decades now. I also liked Guillermo del Toro’s two Hellboy films from 2004 and 2008.
After watching the trailers, I do believe this new adaptation is at least attempting to stay true to the spirit of the source material. At the very least, it will be visually stunning. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can nail the landing.
April 26th – Avengers: EndGame.
There is really not much else to be said. 10 years and 21 films have led to this moment. To say that this is the most anticipated film of 2019 would be a huge understatement. There are so many predictions and even spoilers out there, easily found, so I will not get into all that here. What I will state is there are two things the Odinson WANTS to see in this film.
1 – In the pages of Jim Starlin’s landmark Infinity Gauntlet, the Mad Titan, empowered with the might of a god, has systematically beaten the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, and all the other heroes that survived the initial SNAP. As Earth’s Mightiest Heroes lie all around him utterly defeated, Thanos gloats. That is until he hears a defiant voice.
He turns to see Captain America who bravely strides right up to the Mad Titan, stares him in the eyes, and tells him he has not won yet. Now, even I know Cap does not stand a chance alone against a foe as powerful as Thanos. That’s not the point. The point is that he will do what is right, even in the face of certain death.
Avengers: EndGame could provide us with this remarkable moment and punctuate it with a seed that was planted all the way back in Captain America: The First Avenger.
“I can do this all day.”
The Odinson has waited his whole life to hear those words ring out with a powerful BOOM in the kind of surround sound only a movie theatre can provide. 10 years and 21 movies and the closest we ever got to the Earth’s Mightiest Battle Cry was a trail off tease at the very end of Age of Ultron.
If Avengers: EndGame can provide this glorious moment just once, the Odinson cannot promise that he will not shed a tear.
And to prove that April 2019 will have a little something for everybody…
On April 7th, WrestleMania 35, sports entertainment’s Super Bowl, will show once again why it is called The Showcase of the Immortals.
Either you are a fan of pro wrestling or you are not. If you are, then it does not get any bigger than Wrestlemania. Scripted as it may be, just like any other form of fictional entertainment, it will never get old seeing these super athletes perform mind-blowing stunts and avoiding serious injury for our entertainment.
April 23rd will see the release of Mortal Kombat 11.
This storied franchise has been going strong for over a quarter of a century and it has simply never failed to entertain the Odinson. Like all the great video game franchises that have longevity, MK has evolved and improved and become better and better with each new installment.
For the Odinson, the driving force for Mortal Kombat has always been the storyline and the colorful characters. It has never been afraid to shake things up, and with a world inhabited by super fighters, demi gods, and demon sorcerers, the MK Universe is every bit as rich as any other fictional universe out there.
Finally, April sees the 2019 Major League Baseball season get into full swing, setting up the summer’s glorious American Pastime, and this year is special.
2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of the MLB. For a century and a half, baseball has provided us with legendary heroes like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, athletes whose nigh super human achievements have cemented their names in the stars alongside the immortals.
So, whether your bag is comics, television, movies, video games, or even sports (if you are like the Odinson, all of the above), there will be something in April 2019 to whet the appetite and grease the wheels of pop culture entertainment for everyone. The Odinson is excited, for rarely has a single month held such potential for endless entertainment.
The Odinson bids thee Happy Spring, and let the games begin!
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell
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