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Marc Alan Fishman: The Mystery of Crowdfunding

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First thing is first: I hope you had a most festive holiday – be it Chanukah, Christmas, Festivus, Kwanza, or the Winter Solstice. Second thing is second (geez, now I sound like a Katie Cook Facebook post…): I’m truly perplexed over crowdfunding these days.

Recently I’ve backed a pair of Michigan-based Kickstarter campaigns that were right up my alley. The first was for a table at the upcoming Detroit Fanfare  comic book and pop culture convention. Unshaven Comics has attended this show several times, and we’re big fans. The show-runners are nice, honest, and bring a solid block of comic-focused attendees every year. But, as it would seem, their show is under some kind of duress. With a shorter runway then I’ve been privy to seeing prior, they launched a campaign seeking $10,000. The rewards range from tickets to the show for attendees (with optional collectible artwork, »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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The Week in Spandex – Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam, The Sinister Six and more

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Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Agent Carter, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Sinister Six, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and more…

Well, here we are at the final Week in Spandex of 2014 (Happy New Year to one and all!), and it’s been another great year for the superhero genre on both the big and small screen (okay, maybe not for Spider-Man fans…), as the year’s four big superhero movies all surpassed $700 million at the global box office (with a suprise box office champion in Guardians of the Galaxy), and DC launched three new shows in Gotham, The Flash and Constantine. And of course there’s plenty »

- Gary Collinson

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Among Us Hide The "Inhumans"

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Further to Marvel Comics confirming ''Scarlet Witch' and her twin brother 'Quicksilver' are not 'mutants' but 'Inhumans', take another look @ the origins of the "Inhumans", soon to be a Marvel Studios feature connecting with the rest of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe':

The "Inhumans", created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator/co-plotter Jack Kirby, debuted in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #45 (December 1965). 

Millions of years ago, at the beginning of the alien 'Kree'-'Skrull' war, the Kree set up an observation station on the planet Uranus, to observe sentient life on Earth that had genetic potential. 

The Kree then began to experiment on homo sapiens by splicing 'Eternals' DNA into 'Cro-Magnons', to circumvent their own evolutionary stagnation, while creating a powerful strain of soldiers for protection against the Skrulls.

Their test subjects, known as the 'Inhumans', formed their own society, thriving in seclusion from the rest of humanity, »

- Michael Stevens

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - Close On 'Scarlet Witch'

24 December 2014 3:00 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a closer look @ actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' 'Wanda Maximoff', aka 'Scarlet Witch', an 'inhuman' character in director Joss Whedon's upcoming "Avengers" sequel "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.

They were originally recruited by 'Iron Man', under the leadership of 'Captain America'.

Created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch debuted in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.

The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.

Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers". 

Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »

- Michael Stevens

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James Gunn intended to kill off Stan Lee in Guardians of the Galaxy

24 December 2014 2:51 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To say Stan Lee got off easy in the Guardians Of The Galaxy would be an understatement. The man apparently narrowly escaped death!

James Gunn has already explained how he wanted Lee to appear in a glass case as part of The Collector’s gallery in his film Guardians Of The Galaxy, but in talking with Jeff Goldsmith during a recent podcast Q&A, the director explained how if it were up to him, Lee’s role in the film would have played out in a far more sinister way. From the sounds of it, he would not have survived the ordeal. “We were going to murder Stan Lee,” Gunn said of the Spider-Man, Hulk and Thor co-creator. “Yeah, we killed him. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s not in the movie.”

Gunn went on to detail how they filmed two different versions of Lee’s »

- William Fanelli

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Stan Lee’s Original Guardians of the Galaxy Cameo Would’ve Been Fatal

24 December 2014 5:40 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn visited "The Q&A" with Jeff Goldsmith to discuss the creative process behind Marvel's massive summer hit, and, in the process, revealed that Stan Lee's originally planned cameo was not a pretty one. "We were going to murder Stan Lee. We killed him, that's one of the main reasons it's not in the movie," Gunn said. The writer-director explained that the scrapped scene had the 91-year-old comic icon appearing — in two versions — as a prisoner in the Collector's museum. In one, Lee was shown sitting in his holding box and flipping off a curious Groot. In another, he, along with the Collector's museum, exploded. "I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Stan Lee's — these are the kinds of ideas I come up with, and Marvel would say, Uh, I think that's super James Gunn — 'where Stan Lee's head is rolling »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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James Gunn Reveals His Original Plan for Stan Lee's 'GoTG' Cameo

24 December 2014 12:35 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Even the most casual Marvel fan knows to keep their eyes peeled for a Stan Lee cameo in every movie; it's never if he'll show up, just how or when.

As it turns out, James Gunn's initial plan for Stan Lee's cameo in "Guardians of the Galaxy" was even quirkier than the one he posted a pic of a few months ago. (That one, which you can see below, shows Lee as one of the Collector's intergalactic prizes, but it was nixed for creative reasons.) On Jeff Goldsmith's podcast "The Q&A," Gunn revealed that another idea he had for Lee's cameo was to straight up murder the Marvel mogul when the Collector's museum blows up at the end.

Gunn told Goldsmith, "And I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Stan Lee's - these are the kind of ideas that I would come up with and Marvel would say, »

- Jenni Miller

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Stan Lee Media Can't Revive Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Against Disney

23 December 2014 2:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Is it all over Stan Lee Media? While the company abandoned by comic book genius Stan Lee has proven that decision after decision won't deter it from attempts to vindicate rights to iconic superheroes like Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man, Tuesday's ruling against Slm from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals feels like the final nail in the coffin barring any unexpected intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court. Slm has been on a litigation rampage for the past few years over assets it believes were improperly raided in bankruptcy more than a decade ago, but a phalanx

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- Eriq Gardner

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‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn Says He Originally Planned to Kill Stan Lee in Cameo

23 December 2014 1:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While discussing Marvel’s blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” on “The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith” podcast, director James Gunn revealed that Stan Lee was supposed to die during his cameo appearance in the movie.

Originally, Gunn had planned two scenarios with Lee — in the first, Lee would appear in the Collector’s museum and flip off Groot when he caught his eye. The second scenario would have Lee sitting in his box, the museum exploding, and Lee’s head rolling into frame.

The first tactic would require digitally placing Lee’s head over a double since he couldn’t make the shoot, and Gunn decided that the scene would be too similar to a previous scene, when Quill flips off the Nova Corps.

As far as killing Lee, Gunn told Goldsmith, “We very clearly saw Stan Lee’s box exploding, when the thing explodes. I said, ‘Wouldn’t it »

- Lisa Schulz

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10 Problems With The X-Men Nobody Wants To Admit

23 December 2014 1:33 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Comics

Marvel’s mightiest mutants had a bit of a troubled birth. After the success of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were on something of a roll, creatively and financially. The Mutants, as they were initially (not-so-imaginatively) named, were set to be their next big hit in their series of flawed, conflicted superheroes.

But they weren’t. In fact sales on X-Men were so dismal Marvel stopped producing new stories with issue #66, later reprinting a number of the older stories in issues #67-93. It wasn’t until the team got revitalised with the addition of Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and the like that they managed to claw their ways into being of the most popular and successful titles they published.

It was during that classic Chris Claremont run that all the things people love about the X-Men were solidified. The epic high adventures, »

- Tom Baker

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James Gunn originally planned to kill Stan Lee in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

23 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Stan Lee's cameos have become a hallmark of Marvel's films, but rarely is the legendary comic book creator put in harm's way when he appears among all those superheroes. All that might've changed in Guardians of the Galaxy—at least if director James Gunn had gone with his initial plan. While appearing on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast, Gunn spoke about the production of Guardians. The director has previously revealed that the plan originally was to include Lee among the Collector's museum of oddities and captured living specimens. But Lee wasn't going to make it out of the Collector's holding cell unscathed, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Stan Lee Could have Been Decapitated in Guardians Of The Galaxy

23 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A few months ago we learned that Stan Lee almost had a different cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy than what we saw. It was explained that, originally, director James Gunn "had planned to have Lee in one of the Collector's exhibits. Groot would then look at the exhibit aghast, to which Lee would flick off the large tree creature." You can see a test photo of that here.

It turns out there was another very morbid idea that Gunn suggested for Lee's cameo and it would have involved an explosion and his head being decapitated. The director talked about the idea during a Q&A with the Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

Gunn explained that Lee was originally going to be unveiled in one of The Collector’s glass chambers when Star-Lord and his pals bring the Infinity Stone to The Collector. It was during this scene that Gunn planned to »

- Joey Paur

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James Gunn Reveals He Almost Killed Off Stan Lee In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

23 December 2014 8:04 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there has been one tradition the Marvel-verse that Kevin Feige and company could happily dispose of, it's the now standard, and usually awkwardly inserted, Stan Lee cameo. What was once a nod to the man who gave birth to generations of characters has turned into an increasingly unimaginative chore, and a piece of fan service that, frankly, nobody would miss. And if James Gunn had his way, he would've ended it once and for all in "Guardians Of The Galaxy." If you're one of the five people on the planet who hasn't managed to see the movie by now, it's currently available on home video, and never one to let press opportunities pass them by, Marvel has Gunn doing one last run on the interview circuit. Chatting with Jeff Goldmith, the filmmaker revealed his original plan for Lee, who would've been caught in one of The Collector's glass boxes. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - 'Hawkeye'

23 December 2014 6:28 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a closer look @ Marvel Comics superhero archer 'Hawkeye' (Jeremy Renner) from Marvel Studios' upcoming "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

'Hawkeye' was created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Don Heck debuting in Marvel Comic's "Tales Of Suspense" #57 as a villain who reforms and joins the Avengers.

"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.

"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.

"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a cut of the stolen »

- Michael Stevens

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First Look @ Marvel's "Doctor Strange"

22 December 2014 11:14 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the first image tweeted by director Scott Derrickson of actor Bendedict Cumberbatch as Marvel Comics' 'Doctor Strange' from Marvel Studios' prepping "Doctor Strange" superhero feature:

Pre-production is now underway @ the UK's Pinewood-Shepperton studios with principal photography scheduled for May 2015.

"(Strange) is a classic Marvel origin story, because he’s got one of the best origins ever, and it’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural," said Marvel Studios Kevin Feige

"Now what is the definition of ‘supernatural’? It varies...based in physics and based in quantum explanation of how sorcerers do what they do..."

Director Derrickson is no stranger to the 'occult', having previously directed "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Sinister".

"I wanted it really bad," said Derrickson. "More than any other project that I've gone after, I felt compelled to do everything in my power to get on that project. »

- Michael Stevens

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"Ant-Man" and 'The 'Wasp'

19 December 2014 9:45 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress Evangeline Lilly playing Marvel Comics' 'Hope Van Dyne' in Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man", provides some updates about her character and her superhero parents in anticipation of her becoming a modern-day version of 'The Wasp':

Lilly is signed for several 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' films.

"I was raised by two superheroes," said Lilly about her character, "so, I'm a pretty screwed up human being.

"I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how messed up she was from being raised by two superheroes. 

"And the clear message sent by name is that I'm not a big fan of my father and so I took my mother's name."

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 'The Wasp' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Tales to Astonish' #44 (June 1963), with the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters...

...grow to giant »

- Michael Stevens

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Marvel's "Daredevil" Updates

19 December 2014 9:42 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new images of  Brit actor Charlie Cox as Marvel Comics' blind lawyer 'Matt Murdock' and as costumed superhero crime-fighter 'Daredevil' from the upcoming Marvel/Netflix live-action TV series:

"...Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed writer, director and producer Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus") has joined 'Marvel's Daredevil' as Executive Producer & Showrunner...

"...on the all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015.

"Drew Goddard, who also wrote the first two episodes, will continue to serve as Executive Producer on 'Marvel's Daredevil' as he writes and preps 'The Amazing Spider-Man' spin-off film, 'The Sinister Six'..."

Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and illustrators Bill Everett and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in "Daredevil" #1 (April 1964).

" in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, 'Matt Murdock' is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle.

"While he no longer can see, the »

- Michael Stevens

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Full list of Free Comic Book Day 2015 titles and covers revealed

18 December 2014 8:59 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week the twelve Gold Sponsor Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2015 were revealed [check out the covers and solicitations here], and now the remaining 38 Silver Sponsor Comics have been announced. Check out a list of the titles, along with a gallery of the covers here…


Silver Titles:

12 Gauge Comics| I.C.E.: Bayou Blackout

Action Lab Entertainment| Gronk And Friends

Antartctic Press| Steampunk Goldilocks

Archie Comic Publications| Sonic/Mega Man: “Worlds Unite” Flip-book

Aspen Mlt Inc. | Worlds Of Aspen 2015

Automatic Publishing| Hatter M: Love Of Wonder #1

Avatar| Mercury Heat Debut

Beguiling Books| Comic Festival! 2015 #1

Capstone| March Grand Prix

Cbldf| Defend Comics

Chapter House/Captain Canuck| Captain Canuck

Comixtribe| And Then Emily Was Gone #0

Dark Horse Comics| Avatar, Plants Vs Zombies, Bandette

DC Comics| Tba

Drawn & Quarterly| Supermutant Magic Academy/ Step Aside, Pops!

Fantagraphics Books Inc.| Hip Hop Family Tree Three-in-one Featuring Cosplayers

Gemstone Publishing| Overstreet’S Comic Book Marketplace

Hermes Press| The Phantom Fcbd »

- Gary Collinson

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6 Wacky Marvel Comics Crossovers

17 December 2014 11:26 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Over the years, Marvel has done a ton of crossover comics, one of the most recent was The Avengers and Attack on Titan. It was short, but it was really freakin' cool. Affter doing a little research I came across six Marvel crossover comics that were ridiculous. The comic book publisher sure has some doozies over the years. Most of them offer some good, fun entertainment, while others simply sucked. Check out the list below:

Eminem/Punisher - Kill You

In 2009, Frank Castle and Marshall Mathers team up after the Punisher kills a bunch of Eminem’s bodyguards over a misunderstanding. After a concert, Punisher stops the limo from leaving so Slim-Shady and his entourage get out angrily to make him get out of the way. So what does Punisher do? He just automatically opens fire, killing many of them. After Eminem pistol whips Punisher, and an assassin named Barracuda »

- Joey Paur

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - 'Quicksilver'

16 December 2014 7:46 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Marvel Comics' 'Quicksilver', aka 'Pietro Maximoff', played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass") from the set of Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

Debuting in Marvel Comics' 'X-Men' #4 (March 1964), 'Quicksilver' was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as the son of 'Magneto', twin brother of 'Scarlet Witch' and paternal half-brother of 'Polaris'.

An example of a ruthless villain turned good, the character is first revealed cinematically in a mid-credits scene in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

"...'Quicksilver' is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. Originally capable of running at the speed of sound, the exposure to 'Isotope E' made it possible for the character to run at supersonic speeds of up to 'Mach 10', resisting the effects of friction, reduced oxygen and kinetic impact.

"The character's speed allows him to perform feats such as create cyclone-strength winds, »

- Michael Stevens

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