2014 was filled with some of the best moments in nerd history, and some of those are just announcements of more moments in nerd history to come, but this list is my best crack at narrowing down everything that happened into a list of my favorite moments.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: One of my new favorite films in history, filled with some of the best nerd references (Adam Warlock, The Infinity Gems, Howard the Duck, etc.) and with the best humor in a comic book film I have ever seen, Guardians of the Galaxy was an enormous hit, and for good reason. With the catchiest soundtrack, a great cast, and references to Kevin Bacon and the best dance off in film history (“I’m distracting you you big Turd Blossom!”), I really don’t know where to begin praising this film. If you haven’t seen it, I just have to ask: Why were you in prison?
- The Foo Fighters’ Ice Bucket Challenge: Not many people would disagree with the fact that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the biggest moments of 2014 (50 Cent calling out Floyd Mayweather on his reading skills, Chris Pratt doing shots, Benedict Cumberbatch getting iced over and over again) and it is truly difficult picking one challenge out of the bunch, but I think the Foo Fighters might have taken the cake, here, with their challenge being a remake of sorts of Stephen King’s Carrie.
- The Death of Wolverine: With comic book characters’ deaths not being final, and in the case of any member of the X-Men, almost a sure thing to NOT last, it’s hard to include the Death of Wolverine on this list without some justification. First of all, Wolverine’s death is not an enormous shock, but the way it happened was a big deal. He lost his healing factor after a virus or something negated it, and you’d think someone like Sabretooth or Mystique would have the honor of impaling him or beheading him, but that’s not the case. Wolverine got a truly unique death, encased in molten Adamantium, the metal that covers Wolverine’s bones. Starting in January the comic Wolverines starts, which may or may not already be leading up to his return. Let’s hope they can manage to keep Logan dead for a while, unlike most popular characters (Captain America, Batman, Superman, etc.)
- The End of the Colbert Report: I don’t have much to say on this topic, as I will never watch clips from the last airing of the Colbert Report. I don’t know if I want to live in a world without Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central telling me my news. With Stephen Colbert moving to the big time and taking over for David Letterman on the Late Show (another world I don’t know if I want to live in, a world without David Letterman on the Late Show), we’re going to lose the unique political humor Stephen Colbert brought to the Colbert Report, in favor of his hosting the Late Show. Some of us might never move on.
- The Long Awaited Star Wars Trailer: After months of speculation on the upcoming Star Wars film, fans were treated to the trailer, filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. We get to see a new villain, some new heroes, and the Millennium Falcon in all it’s glory. No words can describe my inner joy and terror at the trailer, so here’s another look!
Zac’s Wedding: I’d like to make this number one, but I decided the list was in no particular order. Zac’s bachelor party (LAN Party) and wedding were a couple of the biggest events of my year (about time they tied the knot!) and I thought I’d share a few moments from it:
- The Hendo Hoverboard: The eighties teased many great things about the future, and one of the biggest ones was the Hoverboard. Hendo is on the case, finally bringing us what we’ve all been waiting for. It may be a long way off of being the technological advancement we all hoped for, but we’re on the right track!
- Marvel and DC Announce The Next 10+ Years In Comic Book Films: The phase 3 announcement from Marvel came with the news of a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, along with news regarding Black Panther, Doctor Strange (and one of the biggest moments was the rumor turned to fact of Benedict Cumberbatch bringing the role to life), Captain America 3 will in fact be Civil War, and more, with DC having already announced a long list of films, including Wonder Woman, Shazam!, Aquaman, and others. The next decade is going to be nerd paradise!
- The Golden Age Of Nerd Television: Comic book properties do well on film, but the fun doesn’t stop there. We currently are living in a golden age of Comic Book related TV Shows, and here’s a short list: The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Gotham, The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, and many more cartoons and CGI shows (Star Wars Rebels, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, etc) dominate the airwaves. If you’re a nerd and you have cable, welcome to the golden age. There are plenty more coming, as well! Krypton, Supergirl, Titans, Agent Carter, Daredevil (Netflix), AKA Jessica Jones (Netflix), Preacher, and more are on the way! What an exciting time to be alive!And that’s my list. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Have a great 2015 everybody!
- Comic Books Of Note: 2014 was the start of many great comic experiences and titles, such as Batman Eternal, Original Sin, and Edge of Spider-Verse (written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame), and although some of these titles aren’t the best titles of the year, some of the moments within are pretty great. The death of Uatu the Watcher in Original Sin, and the Anime references found in Edge of Spider-Verse (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell) were pretty great. Uatu was one of the last hold overs of the classic Marvel universe, and by killing him off, it brought Marvel into a new modern age of stories that held a lot more gravity. Other events were pretty big (Batman Eternal putting Jim Gordon behind bars, Walking Dead jumping forward 2 years into a new golden age of civilization, and AXIS inverting heroes and villains, possibly changing the Marvel universe forever), and comics may never be the same.
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