Archive for the ‘Alter Egos’ Category


Alter Egos: Betty Ross.

March 22, 2010

That card spells big trouble for any little opponent of Hulk in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. Not only will it boost the Health of all your large green Supporters, but it will add three more points of obstacle to enemy victory.

Yes, Betty Ross protects your Hulk Leader like a magic Elf.

Sure, Liv Tyler is the daughter of that dude from Aerosmith. Yes, she was great in Empire Records and had a wicked cool cameo in U-turn. Still, she will always be Arwen to me.

Now she will be hitting the table in Marvel Superstars, and her Hulk will be swelling to nearly unbeatable proportions. It’s enough to chase a bunch of Nazguls down the river all over again. Happy Monday!


Fantastic Four Week: Torch’s Alter Egos.

February 26, 2010

Before Chris Evans caught fire in Fantastic Four, he was already surrounded by high-temperature females.  When we build our Human Torch decks in Marvel Superstars, we will have some hilarious potential nicknames.

Starting with Jake Wyler in Not Another Teen Movie

… continuing as Harvard Hottie in The Nanny Diaries

… and concluding as Nick Gant in Push.

(Wow.  What a career.  This guy is a trip!)


X-Men Week: Storm’s Alter Egos.

February 16, 2010

In terms of pure power, this girl stands above all the other Marvel Superstars cards that have been previewed.  For purely aesthetic reasons, its eye candy thrills like nothing else we have seen.  It is no wonder, therefore, that Storm currently has a commanding lead in our Miss Mutant Universe poll.

Now let’s look at who else she has been.

Yes, we get to play 007 when it comes to naming our decks.  Halle Berry was a Bond girl.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

No, that is not Tony Stark.  This is a shot from the movie Gothika.  It was a bit of a bomb, but maybe you have a taste for bad movies.  If so…

Yes, Storm was Catwoman.  No, I don’t know anyone who considers it one of her finer moments.  It will provide some crossover kookiness when we are selecting nicknames for Marvel Superstars decklists, and Halle Berry had the last laugh.

Yes, Oscar, you will have a new home in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game, especially when playing a Storm/Rogue combo.  Good times straight ahead, one month away!


Marvel Knights Week: Daredevil’s Alter Egos.

February 10, 2010

The blind guy in brick red is one of our favorite actors for three specific roles.  His cardboard persona is Daredevil in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game, but he will always be an angel to us.

Ben Affleck started small with Good Will Hunting. He advanced to the Academy Awards on the first turn. His career has been a mad bungee jump since then, with some rather embarrassing moments. I would not, however, begrudge anyone who wants to name a Superstars deck after Chuckie Sullivan. In fact, with that Boston accent, I am plotting to create a Wicked Pissah list myself.

If you have never seen the movie Dogma, you are living in sin. Fly immediately to the nearest DVD place and watch it tonight. The first scene? In the airport? Absolutely brilliant writing. Maybe the funniest scene Ben Affleck has ever delivered. Bartleby deck, check.

Saving the best for last, in our humble opinion, we come to Ned Allyen. As Mercutio. Shakespeare In Love. The Rose Theater is the stage. The rest is history. Ben Affleck is bringing the bard to trading card games.


Alter Egos: Obadiah Stane.

February 3, 2010

That card is simply amazing. If you are itching to build a Marvel Superstars deck jam-packed with different versions of your all-time favorite character, the spotlight will be shining on you. Don’t take my word for it, check out Jaron “Vylokx” Tomsky on the Play Marvel Facebook page:

Media Darling is cheaper than X-Men United, and will be easier to build a deck around with the rule that allows you to play any number of supporters that match your leader. The article is also interesting in how it explains the mechanics of responding, and the lack of a degenerative denial strategy.

What article? Click here to find out. Dan Scheidegger has mapped out our journey to cardboard paradise. The Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game is packing more fun per punch than any game before. Make sure you are on board, this ride is headed for the stars.

But who is that standing next to Tony Stark on the Media Darling card? In the Iron Man movie he was Obadiah Stane, but he will always be The Dude to me.

Jeff Bridges will probably play a big role in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game for the Villains team, he already has been revealed on the Media Darling card, and he also has previous superpowers for use in nicknaming decks. Remember Starman?

Well, maybe not. I bet you remember this one. Especially since it is receiving a fresh new re-make and has already been immortalized in the Kingdom Hearts video game. Get ready for some Tron decks!

Jeff Bridges is the favorite to take home the Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards this year. As Obadiah Stane, he is already a winner in Marvel Superstars.


Alter Egos: Hannibal King.

January 28, 2010

Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is an official, real, actual Marvel Superstars trading card. We will be battling our buds with Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King, and his ability is harsh.

Enemy supporters will think twice about intercepting when this guy is in play, especially with Blade charged up and ready to eliminate them as soon as they get tagged. Today, however, we are focusing on the actor. If the Hannibal King strategy is your favorite flavor, killer deck names are guaranteed.

We are actually going to skip the Deadpool references. Why? Because the braintrust on the mothership has already hinted him into the future of Marvel Superstars. This means that every actor who has multiple superheroic Hollywood identities has a chance to appear many times in the game.

We don’t have any Green Lantern pics, so that one is a non-starter. It is probably inevitable eventually anyway. Marvel Superstars decks with DC Comics monikers? Obviously.

With those out of the way, let’s dive into the sick spice that is Ryan Reynolds on film. When building Hannibal King constructed combinations, keep these in mind.

Wicked cool and hot as ice, Adventureland is a gem. Mike Connell is an absolute trip.

The wealth of possible deck names in that movie truly blows my mind. My first suggestion? Nailing Bella.

Moving on, we have Smokin’ Aces. Richard Messner, anyone? There is quite a bit of card playing in that movie, so it will be a natural fit.

And then we come to a fitting finale. Ice hockey and kooky nerds. An immortal attitude and an unforgettable name. I am convinced about this one. Someone will build a Van Wilder deck, I can feel it.

Ryan Reynolds, we cannot wait to play Marvel Superstars with your card. Thanks for the rich wealth of roles for nicknaming purposes, you have the best Alter Egos… so far.


Alter Egos: Invisible Woman.

January 6, 2010

I have always considered Jessica Alba to be a beautiful oxymoron when it comes to the Marvel mythos. Casting her as the Invisible Woman is like making silence from a scream. Soon we will be able to play with her as our Leader character when building a Marvel Superstars deck.

How will you choose to use her when it is time for nicknames?

A Nancy deck would be nice, if Sin City is your kind of place. As for me…

Make mine Muppet.

Jessica Alba, we can hardly wait to turn you sideways on our kitchen tables. Your cardboard incarnations cannot come soon enough!