Posts Tagged ‘Mr. Sinister

03
Dec
10

Nerd Fight: Battle #34

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2 🙂

Thirty-fourth week in the random selection:

Superman vs. Sinister

  Superman   Sinister
Origin Like you don’t already know this…Baby Kal-El was born on Krypton, a dying planet in a galaxy far, far away.  When his father Jor-El (a highly regarded scientist) discovered his planet was doomed, he and his wife Lara placed their infant son in a space ship and sent it on its merry way to Earth. The Alien baby was discovered by John and Martha Kent. The Kents decided to adopt him and named him Clark. Clark would discover that he had amazing powers and felt it his duty to help others.   Nathaniel Essex has two versions of his origin. The first is that he appeared to be an 11-year old boy in an orphanage with Scott Summers. In actuality, his mind was roughly 50 years old, and he ran the orphanage. Essex’s lifespan is said to be roughly a thousand years by creators, therefore his appearance did not match his mind. The second origin is that he was a scientist from the 19th century obsessed with evolution who made a pact with Apocalypse to become virtually immortal. Origin differences aside, later he shows up as leader of the Marauders during the mutant massacre. It’s revealed that Sinister has been manipulating Cyclops’ life since early childhood and has even cloned Jean Grey in order to get Cyclops to produce a child with her. From then on, Sinister is a constant in the X-Men’s lives, particularly with members Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Gambit.
Edge? Superman – It’s simple yet powerful.  Sinister’s, while interesting is convoluted at best.
Powers/ Abilities Superman’s powers are derived from the yellow Sun of this solar system. Because of it he has super strength, endurance, longevity, durability, hearing, sight, breath and laser eyes! While Superman is pretty much indestructible, he does have a few weaknesses. He cannot see through lead and he is vulnerable to magical attacks. His one true weakness though is Kryptonite – the radioactive remnants of his home world that followed him to Earth. Exposure to the green stuff weakens him and makes him sick, prolonged exposure is lethal.   Essex has a genius level intellect, especially when it comes to genetics, biology, and cloning. On top of that, he has superhuman strength, durability and longevity, telepathy, telekinesis, and molecular manipulation, which allows him to heal himself and shape shift.
Edge? Superman – This might be a real throw down, if Sinister could strike Supes telepathically he might stand a chance, but most likely, Essex would just be too distracted at the thought of what he could do with Kryptonian DNA, giving Supes the opportunity to pound him into oblivion.
Love Interest Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, Lyla Lerrol  – none of these chicks has gotten to the Man of Steel quite like Lois Lane. They’ve been co-workers, rivals, friends, lovers and husband and wife.   Sinister biggest love is, and always will be, mutant DNA! Genetics is a jealous b*tch that doesn’t let him give his time to a woman. Plus the whole Dracula look only works for those silly Twi-tards.
Edge? Superman – A strand of DNA isn’t going to keep you warm at night…Freak.
Costume Though he’s been given a black and silver costume as well as a blue or red costume with a lightning bolt motif, Superman always goes back to the red, yellow and blue costume. Maybe it’s because he likes to wear his underwear on the outside, maybe it’s because he’s a great big mama’s boy (Martha made the original suit!) or maybe it’s because his fans will picket DC headquarters if they try to change his iconic look again. Whatever the reason (it’s the third one) it works for him.   Dracula-chic. Sinister has chalky white skin with jet-black hair, red eyes, and a red diamond on his forehead. He wears an inexplicably evil-looking costume with a ridiculous shredded cape that he, for some reason, thought would look most fearsome in a purpley, bluish black color, depending on who’s drawing him.  In other words, his costume is awesome.
Edge? Superman – How many little kids are clamoring for Mr. Sinister costumes for Halloween? We rest our case.
Most Entertaining Personality People like to dismiss Superman as a Big Blue Boy Scout, and frankly, he can be a little rigid. But if you were the super hero everyone else was measured against, you’d probably feel the pressure to be a goody two shoes too.

 

  Sinister is one of those ridiculous villains that has his hand in everything and likes to explain, at length, how genius his evil plan was while the hero thinks of a way to escape. Science smarts, yes. Street smarts, not so much.
Edge? Sinister – Evil, maniacal genius = more entertaining dinner guest than a boy scout.
Best story arch In War of the Supermen, Superman and the rest of Earth’s heroes go up against a crazed General Zod (is there any other kind?) Zod has declared war on Earth when he discovers that General Lane and Lex Luthor assisted Brainiac’s assault on New Krypton. While Zod’s super powered troops are on a rampage on Earth, Reactron is on New Krypton and succeeds in blowing it to pieces. Supergirl, who barely escapes with her life is bent on revenge, but is calmed down by Superman who convinces her that they have to stop both sides or they’ll destroy each other. Back on Earth, Lex Luthor launches a missle into space and creates a red sun, effectively nullifying all the Kryptonians powers, including Superman and Supergirl’s until Flamebird turns the sun yellow again. Eventually both groups are defeated; General Lane commits suicide rather than answer for his crimes against humanity and Zod is sent back to the Phantom Zone by his own son.

 

  During the Messiah Complex, while Rogue’s powers had been upped to an instant death touch, Mystique pushed Sinister’s face against Rogue’s, killing him instantly. Once he died, his Cronus Machine activated his genetic code that he had implanted decades ago into 5 mutants – Cain Marko (Juggernaut), Amanda Mueller (Black Womb), Sebastian Shaw, Carter Ryking (Hazard), and Charles Xavier. Every 24 hours the genetic code hopped from one of the 5 mutants to the next, trying to gain control of a weakened body. Sinister was finally reborn through Xavier when Charles was shot by one of Mueller’s mercenaries. Sebastian Shaw and Gambit joined forces to destroy the Cronus Machine and eventually Charles is able to regain control of his mind, driving Sinister out. But, of course, we know that Sinister always has a back up plan… enter: Miss Sinister (see WTF moment).
Edge? R2 – DRAW –  This is tough. On one hand Sinister’s is original, and on the other, Superman’s is pretty grand scale. I’m not choosing between them and you can’t make me.   R1 – Sinister – I know, surprising, right? Well, although Supes’ story is bigger, we’ve heard the “world was almost destroyed” many times before. Sinister pulls off an original storyline that showcases his evil genius.
Hotness The Last Son of Krypton is a black haired, blue eyed hottie. The farm-boy muscles and charm don’t hurt either.   Well, for some stupid reason vampire-looking creatures are totally “in” right now, so I’m sure SOMEBODY might throw his crazy, pale ass a lay.
Edge? Superman – Anyone for a pity-lay? Anyone? Crickets…
Fiercest foe Lex Luthor! Lex was originally your run-of-the-mill evil scientist bent on ruling the world. But he’s tried his hand at everything from criminal mastermind, to corporate billionaire, to president of the United States. Lex and Superman go together like Batman and the Joker, or Professor X and Magneto.   The X-Men are his greatest foe and his greatest asset, specifically Scott Summers, Jean Grey, and Remy LeBeau. Sinister has created a clone of Jean Grey to breed with Scott Summers and create a child to kill Apocalypse. In X-Men: The End storyline, it was revealed that Gambit is actually a clone made up of Sinister and Cyclops’ genetic make up. Although these people are usually the ones trying to stop him, they also provide him with the excellent genes he’s obsessed with.
Edge? Superman – Lu-THOR is the peanut butter to Supes’ jelly. Sinister is only as committed as your DNA is impressive.
Biggest WTF Moment Oh there are so many…From Krypto the Super Dog to the many different colors of Kryptonite (Pink makes Supes gay!) to the red underwear on the OUTSIDE of his clothes to the overabundance of LL names. You can take your pick.   Like our beloved Thor, Sinister was turned into a female version of himself, Miss Sinister.  Or, more accurately, Mister Sinister created a daughter that upon Sinister’s death would awaken and transform into a new Mister Sinister.
Edge? Superman – PINK KRYPTONITE…Game, set, match.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal There have been several men who’ve been in Superman’s tights, (unintentional double entendre!) but no one has bested Christopher Reeves performance in the Superman movies. He truly got that Superman was the real identity while Clark Kent was the disguise. While the movies themselves were a product of their time, Reeves Superman was spot on, and everything you could want the Man of Steel to be.   RALPH FIENNES and no one else. Have you seen Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort? As Hades in Clash of the Titans? Yes, Ralph Fiennes IS Mister Sinister.
Edge? R2 – Superman – While I believe Fiennes was born to play Sinister, Hollywood has yet to see the light.   R1 – DRAW – While Christopher Reeves IS Superman, I can’t deny the epicness of Ralph Fiennes as a baddie.

Superman: 10

Sinister:  4

And the winner is….  Superman! Duh, Sinister would kill even some of his favorite X-Men to get his hands on some Supes DNA.

 

 

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15
Jul
10

Casting Update: X-Men: First Class

Mystique has been chosen – Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play Mystique in X-Men: First Class. “But Carmen, isn’t Mystique super old anyway and uses her power to look younger, so shouldn’t she still just look like Mystique in the X-Men movies?” Quiet, common sense! No one asked you!

In other X-Men: First Class news. Kevin Bacon has signed on as an undisclosed villain – most likely Sinister. Yeah, he’s no Ralph Fiennes.

04
Jun
10

Comic Book Cartoon DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 2

Review: Volume 2 hosts the famous Phoenix saga, and only continues the greatness from Volume 1.

Disc 1 opens with “Red Dawn,” which features Omega Red, Darkstar and the return of Colossus. Meanwhile, Xavier (with his working legs) and Magneto are trapped powerless in Savage Land, where they’ll stay for quite a few episodes. This episode also served as a reminder to me of how sweet Storm’s powers are. “Repo Man” is an episode about Wolverine’s past, featuring his old team, Alpha Flight. “X-ternally Yours” gets into the origin of Gambit and Thieves vs Assassins. We also see Remy’s ex-wife Bella Donna, and of course, we get to watch him pick Rogue over that crazy hussy. In “Time Fugitives (Part 1 & 2)” we catch up with Bishop and Cable as they try to stop a mutant plague. “A Rogue’s Tale” catches us up on Rogue’s origin, including her permanently acquiring Ms. Marvel’s powers. “Beauty and the Beast” centers around our favorite fuzzy blue mutant, Beast. We also get to see Garydon Creed’s mental breakdown this episode when Wolverine so kindly reminds him of who his daddy is (athough they do call him Graydon Creed Sr. instead of Victor Creed, but I get they were doing it to help us 10 year olds get from point A to point B on that one). “Mojovision” is a cracked out mess of an episode that I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with. Mojo and Longshot are so ridiculous and over the top corny, but it’s an entertaining trainwreck. I don’t know how else to describe it. Plus, Longshot has a glorious blonde mullet and you get to see Spiral.

Disc 2 opens with Reunion, where we get back to Magneto and the Professor under attack in Savage Land and Mr. Sinister trying to harvest Jean and Scott’s goods. We also get to see a lot of side characters in this, including the ridiculousness that is Brain Child (or Brrrrraaain Chiiiilllld as he calls himself). And, of course, we see our first on-screen Gambit/Rogue kiss *fangirl scream*. “Out of the Past” is the two-parter with Lady Deathstrike and the Alien force. Also, Gambit and Wolvie in cut-off shorts and no shirts. HA! Last on Disc 2 is the 5-parter Phoenix Saga. Do I even need to explain the epic-ness?Princess Lilandra, D’Ken, the m’kraan crystal, Erik the Red, the StarJammers, Banshee’s hideous power, PHOENIX! I mean, come on! Just go watch it!

Best Episode: “The Phoenix” saga, of course. And “Reunion” was always a memorable one for me.

Episode You Can Skip: “Repo Man” – seems like a filler episode.

Fun Easter Eggs:

  • In “Repo Man,” when Jean is trying to locate the Professor on Cerebro, we see come other well known characters, such as Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.
  • I never noticed this before – but in “Reunion” when the X-Men lose their powers and Wolverine exclaims that there’s nothing mutant about his claws, he screams out in pain when they come out. Nice attention to detail.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Jean – “Wolverine! I felt him… such pain.” Gambit – “Man been a pain from the get-go, chere.”
  • Wolverine – “If that ain’t Morph, I’ll eat the BlackBird!”
  • Gambit to Rogue – “Gambit never say dis to anyone before, but Gambit loves you.” Hahaha, so sweet… and weird.
  • Sinister to Rogue – “So beautiful, yet so strong.” Wolverine – “Well, I always did think I was kind of cute. Nice of you to mention it.”
  • Beast – “My Kingdom for a Rosetta Stone!”
  • Professor – “It was here!” Storm – “What was here, Professor?” Professor – “I don’t know!”  hahaha I  don’t know why but that part cracks me up.

-Rogue 1

    23
    May
    10

    Comic Book Cartoon DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 1

    With the growing amount of Comic Book cartoons coming out on DVD, we thought we’d let you know what’s worth picking up and what’s not. First up, X-men cartoons (90s version) – Volume 1!

    Review: Storm making grand speeches before fighting; Rogue’s “sugah” and southern sayings (“You look ’bout as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs); Gambit’s talking in third person; and Jubilee taking over the usual role of the annoying Kitty Pryde. All things I loved about the 90s cartoon. I’m sure I’m biased because this is cartoon I grew up with, but I definitely think it’s the best and most accurate cartoon adaptation to date. Wolverine is angry and harboring a love for Jean, Beast sounds like a Harvard scholar, and they’re all wearing their best uniforms.

    On Disc 1, in the premiere “Night of the Sentinels (Part 1 and 2),” the creators took quite a risk. Instead of opening with X-men’s most well-known villains such as Magneto, Apocalypse or Mr. Sinister, they opened with an episode surrounding Sentinels. The only not-so-great part about this episode, and this Volume in general is the addition of Morph. Although I don’t have anything against Morph, it seems like they kind of just stuck him in here. Of course, as you’ll see, Morph is in here considerably less than the rest of the cast. “Enter Magneto” introduces Magneto and Sabretooth with epic destruction, as they should be. “Captive Hearts” has our first Wolverine-Jean moment, as well as our introduction to Callisto and the Morlocks as Callisto tries to make Cyclops her sperm donor. And, of course, our first look at Gambit in his speedos ;). “Slave Island” introduces Moira McTaggart, Master Mold, and Cable. “The Unstoppable Juggernaut” introduces Professor X’s no good stepbrother, the Juggernaut (duh) and Colossus, as well as Rogue’s first absorbing freak out.

    Disc 2 opens with “The Cure.” In this episode we meet Angel (how he keeps those wings tucked in his jacket, I’ll never know), Mystique, Apocalypse, Pyro and Avalanche. We also get our first bit of Rogue/Gambit flirtation that will inevitably continue on for the rest of the season (yay!). In “Come The Apocalypse” we see Angel become Archangel, Apocalypse’s Horseman, Death. “Days of Future Past (Parts 1 and 2)” takes us to 2055 where Wolverine is still fighting the good fight. This is the classic episode where Bishop goes back in time to our present to alter history with the hopes of improving his present. It has a very “Terminator” feel to it. It also features Nimrod and Forge, and lets us in on the fact that Mystique was once Rogue’s foster mother. “Till Death Do Us Part” shows Cyclops’ and Jean’s first wedding that ends up being null and void. We also first see the human we love to hate, Graydon Creed, leader of the Friends of Humanity and Mr. Sinister. We also get to see the Nasty Boys with one of the best named characters in comics – Gorgeous George!  This episode gives us a taste of what in the comics would become a creepy obsession for Cyclops and Jean on Sinister’s part. The volume ends with “Whatever It Takes,” an episode about Storm’s home village and the Shadow King.

    Overall, Volume 1 is a must have in your collection! Oh and P.S. the 90s X-men opening theme IS the end-all, be-all for opening themes. Don’t let anyone tell you different! If they had it for my phone, it would be my ringtone to this day.

    Best Episode: “Night of the Sentinels” – you’ve got to see where it all begins. “Days of Future Past” is also a must-see.

    Episode You Can Skip: “Cold Vengeance” gets a little slow but it sets up “Slave Island,” which is a more interesting episode.

    Fun Easter Eggs:

    • In “Deadly Reunions,” as Professor X is in Sabretooth’s mind, see some fun special guests, such as Deadpool, Omega Red and others.
    • “Slave Island” shows mutant extras Northstar, Aurora, Sunfire and others.
    • “Days of Future Past (Part 1)” shows some kids running with a video game in their hands featuring The Punisher.
    • In “The Final Decision,” when Professor X probes Gambit’s mind, we see Ghost Rider.
    • In “Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)” Morph says “Making copies!” a la Saturday Night Live. This has nothing to do with anything, just thought it was kind of funny 🙂
    • In “Whatever It Takes” Morph transforms into Deadpool, Omega Red, and Maverick.

    Favorite Quotes:

    • Wolverine – the ever-classic “I go where I WANNA go.”
    • Storm – “Storm, Mistress of the Elements, commands you to release that child!” Rogue – “Lighten up on the speeches, Sugah.”
    • Magneto – “I wonder how he’ll look, Charles, after so long… perhaps, a toupee?”
    • Gambit – “How do you sweat so much, petite, and not lose weight?”
    • Wolverine – “What’s the matter? Teacher’s pet got cold feet?” *Cyclops flashes his optic beams* “Anytime, pretty boy.”
    • Storm – “Gambit, the term rec room does not mean you must wreck it.” Gambit – “Even Storm makes jokes now! What next?”
    • Wolverine – “This kid’s crying… do something!”
    • Rogue to Gambit – “Don’t you ever get tired of listening to yourself?!” Gambit – “Not when I’m talking bout you, chere.”
    • Wolverine to Jubilee – “If you knew how much bubble gum I had to sniff to find you!”

    -Rogue 1

    17
    May
    10

    Photo of the Day

    Mr. Sinister by Greg Land and Matt Ryan.