Welcome back for the fourth installment of What’s On Ronnie’s Calendars 2013. Let’s see what the Gods of Calendars have in store for April.
My “Best of Shakespeare Calendar” gives this month over to everyone’s favorite Prince of Denmark. One of The Bard’s better-known tragedies, “Hamlet” tells the story of how the young prince exacts his revenge on his uncle for murdering his father in order to marry his mother. Or something like that.
The play is best known for its many notable quotables, such as the “to be or not to be” soliloquy. Pictured is Laurence Olivier and Yorick from the 1948 film version which won best picture and best actor Oscars and APRIL FOOLS!!
Did you people really think I had a “Best of Shakespeare” calendar? Really?
The Avengers Movie Calendar gives my birth month over to the three major movie S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who are not superheroes — Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson. Phil, you will recall, was killed by Loki in the movie. He’s being resurrected for the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. Maria is a relatively new agent, having joined the spy group in 2005. Fury has been running the organization since it was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. He was also white back then, but I’ll save that story for another month.
FUN FACT: S.H.I.E.L.D. originally stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. It was changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. In the movies it stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. S.H.I.E.L.D. is either an international organization or a U.S. organization depending on who’s writing it at the time.
On the one hand, I’m glad they picked April to be Avengers month on the freebie Marvel calendar. On the other hand, on the actual calendar they couldn’t fit the entire image so they cropped it at the right, cutting out Hawkeye and the Spider-people. Not cool.
As part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, The Avengers are currently a massively large and ridiculously overpowered team. The emphasis is on big ideas and stories as opposed to character development, so I’m not too big on the new direction.