Again, a Marvel heavyweight tripped and fell, but this time at the hurdle of better preparation and passion. Yes, The Not-So-Mighty Thor AKA, er, AK-47 (Saif Al Taii Abu-Kandil) stepped into the arena with a lacklustre ill-prepared performance for round 2 of the Battle of the Superheroes show.
Tipped by many of the geek-laden audience at the start of the show, The ‘Thunder’ God was more of a light lazy drizzle as Mike Belgrave turned in a well-informed, high-energy and dare I say it, funny case for Judge Dredd to steal the honours. Yes, we all know that technically he’s not really a superhero, rather a policeman with anger management issues. But the Illuminati decided he was eligible, so he was allowed in. And boy did the Judge do the show justice. He was the law!
To be fair, he wasn’t far off losing to an eye-opening performance from Cyclops represented by passionate and hilarious Kiwi Card & Joke Ninja, Javier Jarquin and a surprisingly adept presentation from Rik Carranza for Aquaman. Laughed at by all of us and many of the crowd, Aquaman rode the tidal wave of ridicule to give dour lawman Judge Dredd and X-Men leader Cyclops a run for their money.
It seems that Aquaman can talk to an audience as well as he can talk to the fishes. Maybe next year we will pit him against Dr Doolittle? He talks to the animals too, you know.
So, a non-comedian and non-superhero advance, while yet another popular Marvel character falls by the wayside. It seems that they can make films, but they can’t make the final of Battle of the Superheroes.
Will their other big guns Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America fare better next week? We will have to wait and see. We also have DC superpowers Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to enter the fray then too.