Civil War was perhaps the most earth-shattering comics event of the 00s. It fundamentally changed the Marvel Universe, pitting two of its greatest champions against each other. Two years later, the premier of Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Three years later, Captain America: The First Avenger brought the Star-Spangled Avenger to the big screen. It was only a matter of time before they clashed, and boy, do they ever clash. This week on Contest of Champions, we take a look at perhaps the biggest and best Marvel movie yet. It’s Captain America vs. Iron Man!
The movie we’re commenting on this week is Captain America: Civil War.
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe made its leap into the world of subscription TV, Daredevil seemed like a no-brainer choice. A popular, iconic character who nonetheless lacked the pop-culture cachet of an Iron Man or a Spider-Man, and would benefit from a gritty, R-rated approach? Slam dunk! Marvel’s second Netflix foray? A relatively new, little known, super complicated character named Jessica Jones. How would they pull it off? Would Marvel keep up its Cal Ripken-like streak of on-screen successes? And would JJ be able to take down a merciless nemesis with terrifying power? Find out this week on Contest of Champions! It’s Jessica Jones vs. Kilgrave!
The show we’re commenting on this week is season 1 of Jessica Jones, the web television series created for Netflix.
You might be familiar with Jayna and Zan, the wondrous warriors from the legendary Superfriends cartoon, BUT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM LIKE THIS! We mean that literally, actually, as this is their comic book debut. This isn’t your dad’s Wonder Twins, though. They’re EXTREME! This week on Contest of Chimpions, we monkey around 90s style. It’s the Wonder Twins vs. Gorilla Grodd!
The books we’re talking about this week are Extreme Justice # 14-18.
We’ve seen a monkey editor. We’ve seen a monkey president. And to kick of Ape-ril, we’ve got a matchup between comics’ preeminent monkey detectives. This week on Contest of Chimpions, it’s Sam Simeon vs. Detective Chimp!
A former resident of Gorilla City, Sam Simeon struck out on his own to become a cartoonist, but eventually found his way into a partnership with Angel O’Day, forming a detective agency. As a resident of Gorilla City, Sam has some telepathic abilities, as well as super strength and agility.
Bobo T. Chimpanzee started his career as something of a sideshow act until a drink from the Fountain of Youth gave him enhanced intelligence, the ability to talk to any animal, and eternal youth. Today, Detective Chimp counts as his peers some of DC’s best detectives and most powerful mystics.
Voting ended on: Saturday April 23rd, 2016, 11:59pm
Timmy/any and every version of Detective Chimp beat Miles/post-Crisis Sam Simeon, 7-5!
Batman versus Superman. Truly a clash of titans. A battle of behemoths. A, dare we say, contest of champions. Probably the argument to begin and end all arguments got the big screen treatment with last weekend’s premier of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s an event so big and momentous that we’ve upended our normal biweekly schedule. So fire up your Bat signal, wipe off your spectacles, and get ready. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Batman vs. Superman!
The movie we’re talking about this week is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU, in the latest trailer for Civil War, has blown up the internet. But fans of the Marvel movies might be surprised to learn that the character Spider-Man is actually based on a comic book character of the same name! This week, we’re taking a look at the latest revamp of the iconic Spider-Man series. This time around, the web-slinger faces off against perhaps his most unfamiliar adversary: success! Oh, and an international terrorist syndicate. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Spider-Man vs. Zodiac!
The comics we’re talking about this week are The Amazing Spider-Man volume 4 # 1-5.
To say we’re living in a golden age of comic book adaptations. Marvel has perfected the shared cinematic universe, DC is getting the tweens hooked on comics with Flash and Arrow, and Batman vs. Superman is finally going to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen. But where did it all begin? Find out how far we’ve come as we talk about one of the first comic-to-film adaptations. This week, it’s Hop Harrigan vs. The Chief Pilot!
The movie we’re talking about this week is the 1946 serial, Hop Harrigan: America’s Ace of the Airways.
Did you know there are other websites seeking to answer the simple question “who would win in a fight”? Did you know there are websites out there using media like videos and podcasts? Did you know there’s such a thing as a “wet cajun”? Neither did we, until we hooked up with the guys over at Geek Battle Royale, an awesome website about everything geek. This week’s battle is going to be a little different. Instead of us being at each other’s throats, we’re going to be allies against a common foe. And instead of reading our inane comments and dopey gifs, you get to watch an extra special Geek Battle Royale webisode. Blaine and Blake were kind enough to invite us on their show to debate a couple battles. They’re great guys, but we had no choice but to destroy them. This week, it’s Contest of Champions vs. Geek Battle Royale!
Contest of Champions
What can we say about Contest of Champions that hasn’t already been said about the Beatles, the works of Shakespeare, and a lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup? It’s just the best.
Geek Battle Royale
We’ll let the GBR guys describe themselves: “Geekbattleroyale.com is an interactive website built by a geek for geeks. Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Red Tornado or Robocop? Let’s find out.” [Ed. note: who would win in a fight between Red Tornado or Robocop? Let’s steal this idea.] GBR has a ton of content, from articles to web videos to podcasts. Check ’em out!
Voting ended on: Saturday March 12th, 2016, 11:59pm
Miles defending pre-Secret Wars Peter Quill / Star Lord & Timmy defending any and every version of Azrael beat Blaine defending any and every version of Cable & Blake defending any and every version of Gambit, 12-6!
If you’ve been alive in the world for the past few weeks, you know that the Deadpool movie premiered this weekend. The Merc with a Mouth has finally gotten a proper film treatment, and people are hyped up beyond all hype. Just in time for the premier, a brand new Deadpool series has started up, with an epic battle between Wade Wilson and his arch nemesis. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Deadpool vs. Madcap!
The books we’re talking about this week are Deadpool volume 4 # 1-5
Twenty years ago, the PC gaming world was a grim, joyless landscape. If you weren’t shooting at Nazis, you were shooting at demonic hellspawn. (Or, if you’re like certain members of the Contest of Champions team, your folks were making you solve math problems and shoot ink pellets at blowfish.) But then a hero came along. A foul-mouthed, alien-blasting, stripper-enjoying hero who changed the world of PC gaming and first-person shooters forever. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Duke Nukem vs. Alien Queen!
The game we’re talking about this week is Duke Nukem 3D.