As another year comes to a close it’s time to look back at the best things that happened to fanboys in 2012. This list is a combination of things; movies, comics, etc. and is basically a rundown of the things most fanboys will remember 2012 for. So lets dive right in…
1. Disney Buys Lucasfilm
Nothing that happened this year could possibly compare to the shock of Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion. Adding a heart attack to that announcement was that an Episode VII would be coming out in 2015 with a new Star Wars movie every two to three years for the rest of our lives. Nope, there’s nothing even close to that in 2012.
2. The Avengers
Prior to The Avengers coming out, it was popular fodder on message board wars where people would use Joss Whedon as a vehicle to bash the movie and claim that Batman would make more money. Well, now that The Avengers is the #3 box office champion of all time pretty much shut those people up. Marvel set out and accomplished everything they intended when The Avengers was just a slight possibility at the end of the first Iron Man movie and they forever raised the bar for comic book movies.
3. The Hobbit
Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth was everything we expected. But the movie will likely be remembered more for being the first mainstream movie filmed in the 48fps High Frame Rate 3D format, which sharply divided audiences. There are still two more movies on the way, so hopefully those who didn’t like HFR 3D the first time will be more adjusted to it for the next two movies.
4. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan closed out his Batman trilogy on a high note. The third Dark Knight adventure brought the Batman movies into the LOTR trilogy realm by closely tying in the story with the previous two movies and making it look like they had this whole thing planned from the beginning. Unfortunately the movie will be forever remembered by the shooting in Colorado, which likely affected its box office this past summer.
5. The Death of Peter Parker
Dan Slott has had an impressive run on Spider-Man, guiding the character through Brand New Day and some pretty excellent story lines. But with the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, he did something that may seriously hurt the book and Marvel as a whole in 2012. The reason so many people are pissed at the death of Peter Parker is how he died. Instead of going out in an epic heroic battle like Superman, Parker died by having his mind trapped inside the feeble body of an old man. That’s not how you kill off one of the most popular comic characters.
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