Last night I learned of the passing of this youngman and felt a instant shock. Seven years my younger and the same age as my wife, it threw me for a loop. Our family has experienced loss over the past few months, the most recent being this past week. With how bad 2020 has been going, in every direction possible, I sought help and I feel like I am able to work on my coping mechanisms much better now. After this week, news like this would have shut me down for a few days or even weeks. While I am intimate with my own mortality, and accept it freely, I have great difficulty accepting the deaths of others… I am not sure why.
It may be odd to say, but right now I am finding strength in the loss of Chadwick. He was a level headed leader in life, and the way he chose to face his illness astounds me. He brought encouragement and strength to others with his words and deeds. He did not pass in vain, his inspiration will live on.
I’ve noticed that, increasingly, drawing and writing has helped me in these increasingly difficult times. Chadwick’s words and how he chose to face life’s problems as well as how he faced his own mortality are filling me with a feeling of peace and strength that I hadn’t felt in a very long time.
I thought this was just going to be a simple re-dressing of the current Avengers series, and in essence it is, but it seems like they retooled the entire format of the show to spotlight the Black Panther. Black Panther was one of the highest grossing films of the year, so it stands to reason that they would wish to capitalize on its popularity. It ranks up there in my top ten favorite films, so this could be a fun watch.
“Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” (EMH) was a superior show to these current incarnations, and it featured T’Challa within the 4th or 5th episode. The stories were better, the animation and character design was smoother and more detailed, it was just a well rounded series. It only lasted two seasons before the simplified programing that was adopted by Disney XD was churned out.
But some, animated Avengers is better than none at all. Even though I’ve been without cable for a few years, I catch an episode of the show every now and then on YouTube when Marvel posts one for free. I may find a way to watch this new season though. Or I’ll re-watch EMH since I own the series, and still adore it.
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest premieres on Disney XD on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Today we bid a fond farewell to Marvel’s Avengers Alliance. September 30th marks the final day of this wonderfully simple game. I, for one, will miss it.
A few years ago I was pretty excited for this little game to come out. I liked the premise of it and the design. On launch day I played a few levels and was a bit discouraged so I dropped it for a month, but eventually I returned. I am not sure if I had changed or the game had. Something clicked, and I was enjoying myself. Avengers Alliance was my jam. I had only been playing a few games on Facebook with my Wife, so this was like a fun breath of fresh air for me. Something I was familiar with, old friends that I could spend a few spare moments with a few times a day. There were friends that had joined me from the “real world”, but after a time most didn’t stick with it. In the end, today, only two remain. Even they didn’t play the last month. What was the point of sticking around?
The point, for me, was to celebrate the years of fun that this game had generated. There was a glitch in some of the reward mechanisms for completing tasks that I ended up reporting, and the nice folks at Marvel/Disney/Playdom loaded my account up with a ton of extra gold. I was able to get everything that I had ever wanted in the game. What a great month of fun it has been.
A the end of the day this will be a favorite of mine, forever more. Sure there were some misses in the hero offerings. Some things were pretty difficult to get by without purchasing gold. There were moments of too much repetition. I did have a few times when I took extended breaks, or I just would log in just to send heroes out on missions. All that aside. I give the game a solid B+ average over its lifetime. I only played it on FaceBook and that’s where I kept my game play. This game weaned me off of playing more involved games that I would spend a majority of my free time in. It was a great casual game that I shall miss.