There were a lot of great geek moments in 2014, but, with a few exceptions, it was mainly an announcement year. There are big shake-ups in the comics, like a female Thor, and Falcon taking over the mantle of Captain America. There are great TV shows based on comic books, like Gotham, The Walking Dead, and even Arrow is watchable. There are a LOT of movies that have been announced to look forward to all the way to 2020. It’s enough to make this geek start taking better care of himself just to make sure he lives long enough to see all of this. But with all this geekness in 2014, I picked the 10 moments that excited me the most.
WARNING: Potential spoilers if you haven’t watched everything.
10. “Sony Hack” Spider-Man Reveals
The “Sony Hack” revealed E-mails between Sony and Marvel discussing the possibility of Spider-Man appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The thought of Spider-Man returning home and being treated properly set the net nerds in a frenzy and almost broke the internet.
“Sony Hack” also shed some light on the mindset of those that hold the Spider-Man cinematic rights. These studio execs couldn’t escape this spotlight without a lot of egg on their faces, and embarrassing clueless studio heads is always entertaining.
9. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is easily one of the most anticipated movies since the credits ran on “Avengers.” Any continuation of the very well planned out Marvel Cinematic Universe makes even the most negative net nerd giddy as a school girl. Plus, there’s Hulkbuster Armor, Vision, Ultron, and Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch!
8. Reverse-Flash reveal on “The Flash” TV series
“The Flash” TV series has proven to be one of the more entertaining comic book TV shows on. It’s certainly more entertaining than its predecessor “Arrow.” Fans of the show have been speculating on who was Flash’s archenemy Reverse-Flash and when he would show up. Due to Barry Allen’s (Gustin Grant) friend and mentor Dr. Harrison Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) suspicious behavior, a lot of that speculation fell on him. Those fans were proven to be right after the final scene of the mid-season finale. But it also just raised more questions: Which Reverse-Flash is he? And what time period is he from? Why is he helping Barry? Is Reverse-Flash actually fast enough to kick his own ass?!
7. InHumans reveal on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series
Season 2, Episode 10 of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was a BIG payoff for fans who remained dedicated to this show. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost many viewers halfway through Season 1 when it slowed down to coincide with the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” But since then, the show has excelled by leaps and bounds. This was the result of a carefully laid groundwork of clues since the first episode of Season 1. The reveal that the alien whose blood brought Coulson back to life was Kree, that Coulson’s compulsive carvings were a blueprint to, not just a city, but an InHuman city, and that Skye was really InHuman Daisy Johnson aka Quake was mind blowing, and proved that Marvel has a plan – a damn good plan – and that plan has made any other studio look like a bunch of monkeys with etch-a-sketches.
6. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” leaked teaser trailer
Despite a lot of fanboys not liking “Man of Steel” and loathing the idea of Ben Affleck being cast as Batman especially after his lackluster performance as Daredevil, this leaked teaser trailer sent nerdgasms echoing across the internet. The reveal that Batman would be wearing the Bat Armor from Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed 1986 graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” was enough to restore faith in the franchise… for now.
This fanboy is rooting for the Batfleck!
5. Marvel’s Phase 3 Announcement & Lineup
Marvel proved that they didn’t even need San Diego ComiCon when they held their own event to announce that Robert Downey Jr. would appear in “Captain America: Civil War” as Tony Stark/Iron Man, there would be a Black Panther movie with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, and that Avengers 3 would be a two-parter. This both excited geeks to know there would be Marvel movies to at least 2018, and depressed geeks, because they knew they still wouldn’t have dates by then.
4. Bat In The Sun’s “Super Power Beat Down: Batman vs. Darth Vader”
C’mon! It’s Batman versus Darth Vader! What’s NOT to geek out over?! This episode of the Web series from independent studio Bat In The Sun shot across the internet faster than The Flash running a hundred yard dash. It’s not just the subject matter that makes Bat In the Sun’s videos great, but the production, camera work, casting, costumes, special effects, and everything that goes in to making these videos! Plus, Kevin Porter is the best Live-action Batman ever! Kevin Porter is the REAL Batman!
3. “Guardians of The Galaxy”
“Guardians of The Galaxy” proved that the Marvel brand is strong, and could take a lesser known property and turn it into a blockbuster film that all kinds of people, not just comic book fans, could enjoy. “Guardians of The Galaxy” is the epitome of the Summer Pop Corn Flick. It’s just damn fun to watch!
2. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer
Seriously? It’s frickin’ Star Wars! Any Star Wars is good Star Wars! Well, except for the Holiday Special. And Jar Jar Binks. And midichlorians. And Hayden Christensen. And Natalie Portman. And probably the Prequel Trilogy as a whole. That’s why any new Star Wars movie with the potential to remove the bad taste of all that from our collective mouths was enough to make all of us geeks sit in front of our computers on the morning of Black Friday constantly refreshing our browsers waiting for “The Force Awakens” teaser to appear and give us just a taste.
1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Arguably one of the best comic book movies, if not movie period, to date. The Russo Brothers took it to the next level, and the cast followed. You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this movie. And of course who can forget the day the geeks inherited the Earth when award winning actor Robert Redford spoke the line, “Hail Hydra.”