Games as costumes

You might think the new movie "Battleship" represents some appalling new direction in "creativity", as it builds an entire movie on a game you used to play when you were five years old. But basing lousy ideas on games you used to like as a child with no relevance to the new medium is not a recent innovation. Oh no, my friends. For instance, there's Marvel's character "Quantum" who at one point based his visual identity on the game of "Jacks":

I do like the unintended(?) side-effect that if the jack was just a bit larger, all of his naughty bits would be covered. Then they could dispense with all other clothing, change him to a her, and have every single other super-heroine outfit!

Regardless, if you take the ill-advised creative direction of designing based on old games, and you're an adult male running around in spandex, you probably shouldn't go with a game that involves getting "picked up". I'm just sayin'.

12 Responses to Games as costumes

  1. Ugh. What a bad wanna-be Captain Marvel knockoff. I love Marvel’s cosmic stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this turd before. If I did, he sure didn’t leave an impression.
    Also, speaking of that Battleship movie, I read an article where Universal wants to make more movies based on board games, to try to take on Marvel’s movies. Seriously.

  2. Dan:
    Ugh. What a bad wanna-be Captain Marvel knockoff. I love Marvel’s cosmic stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this turd before. If I did, he sure didn’t leave an impression.

    He was introduced back in the 80’s as a West Coast Avengers villain. He was the nuclear strong rep in a team based on unified field theory assembled by Graviton. The other members included Xaxxx and some green skinned chick named Half Life. It was pretty bad but then again, how many WCA villains weren’t?

  3. Mr.MikeK: He was introduced back in the 80′s as a West Coast Avengers villain.

    Why am I not surprised that this guy would be in the Worst Dressed Team of All Time’s rogues’ gallery?

  4. Regardless, if you take the ill-advised creative direction of designing based on old games, and you’re an adult male running around in spandex, you probably shouldn’t go with a game that involves getting “picked up”. I’m just sayin’.

    I’m sure that Marvel was feeling left out, what with DC having sewn up a few games with the likes of Checkmate and the Royal Flush Gang.

  5. Myro: I’m sure that Marvel was feeling left out, what with DC having sewn up a few games with the likes of Checkmate and the Royal Flush Gang.

    and they were cool until they went overboard in later versions.

  6. Fear the wrath of the PAWNBROKER!!!!

  7. I’m just picturing Mr Monopoly reimagined as a mob boss

  8. spidercow2012

    Tremble before me as I spin the bottle …of DOOM!

  9. spidercow2012: Tremble before me as I spin the bottle …of DOOM!

    He’s spinning Doctor Doom’s bottle?

  10. Frevoli: He’s spinning Doctor Doom’s bottle?

    Wait, does Joshua know about that? Somebody is getting in trouble…

  11. Gabe Puratekuta

    Frevoli:
    I’m just picturing Mr Monopoly reimagined as a mob boss

    I kinda want to see that

  12. Why did it have to be purple and yellow?