Contest of Champions is nothing if not behind the times. Ant Man has been out for a month and a half, but we’re only getting around to it now. But good things come to those who wait, precious readers. This summer’s superhero blockbuster, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly, is a delightful romp, and at the center is a miniature melee between two tiny titans. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Yellowjacket vs. Ant Man!
The movie we’re talking about this week is Ant-Man.
All right-thinking people can agree: the less said about the new Fantastic Four reboot, the better. Ok, now that that unpleasantness is out of the way, let’s crank up the ol’ time platform and travel back to a simpler time, when you could make a movie about a man made of orange rocks who could say “it’s clobberin’ time” (relatively) un-self-consciously. The year was 2005, and the flick was Fantastic Four, featuring a battle between Marvel’s first family and their most fiendish foe. This week, it’s Doctor Doom vs. the Fantastic Four!
The movie we’re talking about this week is 2005′s Fantastic Four
The treasure hunt is among the most persistent tropes in storytelling. What’s the difference between a treasure hunt and the story of a mysterious artifact that very predictably stays hidden? A top notch treasure hunter, of course, and this week Contest of Champions pits two of the best against each other. It’s Scrooge McDuck vs. Indiana Jones!
Scrooge McDuck is a zillionaire duck, probably the richest guy in Duckburg if not the world. Along with his nephews–Huey, Dewey, and Louie–Scrooge is always hunting for new sources of wealth, or defending his fortune from an exotic cast of villains.
A professor of archaeology, Dr. Henry Watson Jones periodically gets out of the classroom to recover precious artifacts, and foil Nazi plots of world domination, as the high-flying adventurer Indiana Jones.
Voting ended on: Saturday August 8th, 2015, 11:59pm
Miles and Scrooge McDuck from the television cartoon, DuckTales beat Timmy and Indiana Jones from the Indiana Jones movie franchise, 21-10!
We talk a lot about comics on this site. And comics movies. And comics TV shows. But we’ve never talked about a new kind of medium: the comic book Netflix streaming show. That changes today. This week, Miles and Timmy yap it up about the new frontier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the debut of the Man Without Fear on the small screen. It’s Daredevil vs. Kingpin!
The show we’re commenting on this week is season 1 of Daredevil, the web television series created for Netflix.
When Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, the cries across fanboy-dom could be heard: “didn’t we JUST have a Batman reboot?” Well, true believers, that all depends on what your definition of “JUST” is. It seems like only yesterday that Batman Begins came out, ushering in a whole new vision for the Caped Crusader. Guess what? That was ten whole years ago! To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the start of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, we’re taking a look at the battle that would come to animate the whole series. It’s Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul!
The movie we’re talking about this week is Batman Begins
Summertime is baseball season. Just because Miles and Timmy are probably the complete opposite of what you’d consider to be “athletes” doesn’t mean we can’t get in on the national pastime. This week, we’ve got two classic baseball movies from the 1990s on deck. So step into the batter’s box, choke up, and get ready for the high, hard stuff. It’s Angels in the Outfield vs. Rookie of the Year!
Angels in the Outfield
Young Roger and his buddy JP are in foster care and love baseball. When Roger’s father sarcastically remarks that they’ll be a family again when the Angels win the pennant, Roger prays for help for his favorite team. A group of real angels that only Roger can see descend from heaven and help the hometown team reach the championship.
Rookie of the Year
Young Henry Rowengartner loves baseball. One day, he breaks his arm fielding a fly ball. After Henry’s tendons heal too tight, he discovers he now has a rocket arm. Henry catches the attention of his beloved and hapless Cubs and is asked to join the team. First seen as a gimmick and mascot, Henry helps the team surge to the top of the standings and eventually the championship.
Voting ended on: Saturday June 27th, 2015, 11:59pm
Miles/Angels in the Outfield beat Timmy/Rookie of the Year, 41 – 13!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this month saw the release of the epic Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron. The film tells the story of the Avengers’ greatest villain–Ultron–as well as one of their greatest teammates–the Vision! If you saw the movie and thought “this movie is great, but I wonder how it played out in the comics,” then you’re in the right place. This week on Contest of Champions, we take a dip deep into the Marvel archives to look at the origin of both of these awesome robots. It’s Vision vs. Ultron!
The books we’re talking about this week are Avengers Volume 1 #54, 55, 57 and 58
Every monkey wants to be the prime-ape, but some chimps wind up playing second banana. This week on Contest of Chimpions, we’ve got a fierce battle between two of the most beloved monkey sidekicks out there. It’s Blip vs. Gleek!
Blip is the monkey sidekick of Space Ghost and his young partners Jan and Jace. Like the rest of the Space Ghost team, Blip has a jet pack and a costume equipped with inviso-power.
Gleek is a space monkey and the sidekick of the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, who are members of the Superfriends. Gleek has a stretchable prehensile tail, and is smarter than the average space monkey.