If you want a recap article dealing with horse burgers, the children of the ruling class and twerking, keep scrolling. My review of the year is purely to do with all things in the realm of geek. And boy, has it been a busy one.
Spoilers are go!
12. TREVOR SLATTERY AKA THE MANDARIN
Hopes were high for the Mandarin.
He’d long been teased throughout the Iron Man franchise and audiences were pretty accepting of Sir Ben Kingsley’s more contemporary Colonel Kurtz-meets-Ben Laden portrayal shown in the trailers. And for the first half of Iron Man 3, thats what we got.
Then in arguably the biggest twist of the year, Tony Stark confronts him and it all unravels. “The Mandarin” is actually a work of fiction played by junkie London actor Trevor Slattery, whose King Lear was “the toast of Croyden, wherever that is”. The outcry was so fierce that a rumour surfaced that Marvel was actually retconning the twist in a future one-shot involving Trevor Slattery and the “real Mandarin”.
Its one thing to be alternative, its another to make an excuse for it.
11. THE RED WEDDING
Its kind of a blessing and a curse that one scene from one episode seemingly eclipses the rest of the season. The 9th episode of Game of Thrones in any season tends to be the highlight but the sight of Robb Stark’s little family getting butchered, right down to the direwolf, proved to be just as much as a nadir for viewers as it had been for fans of the book. The cast involved played it to perfection, making sure every heart in the audience broke with every stab.
As horrific as it was, it deserves to be amongst the run-down of nerd highlights of the year.
10. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
In a surprise twist to fan expectation (oh, that Whedon!) Marvel announced that despotic Artificial Intelligence Ultron would be the villain of Avengers 2, not Thanos. Furthermore, in a nifty bit of left-field casting, he’ll be portrayed by James Spader,of Sex, Lies and Videotape fame.
Joss the Boss made it clear that he wouldnt be quite as omnipotent as he is in the comics, nor will he be the by-product of Henry Pym aka Ant-Man. Could the Avengers be facing a more diabolical version of J.A.R.V.I.S.?
9. MAN OF STEEL VS THE CAPED CRUSADER
The biggest announcement of SDCC 2013 was without a doubt Zack Snyder revealing that plans for Man of Steel’s sequel was well-underway and, with a little help from the dulcet tones of Harry Lennix and a little dialogue from The Dark Knight Returns, it would also star Batman!
Cue Nerdgasms galore. Tidbits of information were leaked out in the following days. Apparently we can expect an older, more world-weary Dark Knight, and while fan speculation mounted and casting rumors were rife (my personal pick for middle-aged Bruce Wayne was Jeffrey Dean Morgan) what nobody saw coming was…