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James Hunt Oct 20, 2016
What clues were there in the Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 trailer? We take a look...
After what seemed like forever, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn finally offered us our first glimpse of footage from the much-awaited follow-up: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Set just a few months after the first film, it brings back the gang for what promises to be another fun, pop-tinged dance across the stars.
But what did we see? And for that matter… what Didn’T we see?
This trailer shows a lot of Chris Pratt back in action as Star Lord, and as the breakout star of the first movie (well, behind a CGI raccoon and tree…) it’s hardly a surprise that »
The parties will jointly produce a slate of pop culture and music-focused documentaries and TV series for worldwide distribution on XLrator Media’s Lifeframe documentary label.
The first title will be the TV series Origins, which will explore the roots of pop culture’s biggest comic book franchises through the eyes of creators, industry legends and fans. The completed pilot focuses on X-Men comic book creator Chris Claremont.
The companies’ first feature documentary co-production will be Cosplay Universe (pictured), styled as a definitive look at the worldwide cultural phenomenon in which participants transform themselves into iconic pop culture characters. The parties have earmarked a late 2017 release.
XLrator Media and J2 Films will also collaborate on the North American release of the documentary Man In The Camo Jacket about Mike Peters, lead singer of the Welsh rock band The Alarm, and his inspirational battle with cancer and his work to help others with the disease.
Earlier this year »
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In the past few days, we've seen quite a few photos from director James Mangold's Instagram. And for the most part, they've been very mysterious black and white images teasing the upcoming X-Men adventure Wolverine 3, which has the confirmed titled Logan. Today, we get a look at one very mysterious location. But that's not all. We also get the reveal of an iconic Marvel villain.
That's right! While Mister Sinister had been previously confirmed as the villain in Logan, we're now being told that Donald Pierce is also in the movie. Though here, he is simply called Pierce. He will be played by Boyd Holbrook, who joined the movie early on. This is our first look at the actor in character.
Last week Greg Rucka, current writer on Wonder Woman Rebirth, confirmed in an interview that Wonder Woman is queer. Whether you agree with Greg Rucka’s approach on the character, it’s a good interview and worth your time. Basically, the ideas delved into are that since Wonder Woman’s home Themyscira is an all woman’s paradise that whereas they may not exactly consider it being queer since same sex relationships are all they could have, we would consider it queer by our standards. And certainly any women that come to our world from there would almost certainly be queer by our standards.
This is certainly important for queer representation in comics. However, there are some factors here that limit this milestone that are worth discussing.
First, Wonder Woman has not always been queer. Some sites like this one make the claim that she always was, and that was »
- Joe Corallo
I did a little bit of research for today’s column just to make sure I had my facts right, Googling “Jewish influence on comic books” in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. There were 509,000 hits, from Den of Geek’s Mensch of Steel: Superman’s Jewish Roots to the Daily Beast’s Superman is Jewish?: The Hebrew Roots of America’s Greatest Superhero to Stormfront’s How and Why the Jews Stole the Comic Book Industry.
Stormfront is a white supremacist site whose “welcome” page reads:
“We are a community of racial realists and idealists. We are White Nationalists who support true diversity and a homeland for all peoples. Thousands of organizations promote the interests, values and heritage of non-White (sic) minorities. We promote ours.
“We are the voice of the new, embattled white minority!
“Tell the truth and fear no one!”
The article is a mixture of facts, »
- Mindy Newell
James Hunt Oct 3, 2016
Luke Cage is back! In his own show! And so are our Marvel-Netflix episode notes where we’ll do a bit of commentary and reference-spotting for each episode of the series. Feel free to read along as you watch too, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments!
This first episode spends a lot of time placing Luke in Harlem, allowing us to get a feel for the man and his friends and enemies. You may know Luke Cage from his appearance in the previous Netflix series, Jessica Jones, but if you don’t then rest assured you get all you need to know in this episode: he’s a good guy with bulletproof skin.
Reference-wise, there’s a »
Cranston wants to play 'Nathaniel Essex' aka 'Mister Sinister', a super-villain debuting in Marvel Comics' "Uncanny X-Men" #221 (Sept. 1987) created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Marc Silvestri.
The character is a genetically altered human with super physical/mental abilities, including telepathy. He is also able to manipulate the minds of others and capable of energy projection through telekinesis.
Using genetic material from the mutant 'Courier', 'Mister Sinister' gained complete control of his body at the cellular level, allowing him to shape-shift, teleport, regenerate, be virtually immune to injuries and have a prolonged lifespan.
Mister Sinister is also a scientific genius, with expertise in the fields of biology, genetics, cloning, physics, and engineering.
He is a master manipulator and planner, with decades of genetic research at his command, »
- Michael Stevens
We don't even have an official title for Wolverine 3 yet, but the picture is starting to come together for Hugh Jackman's last turn as Logan in the X-Men universe. Today, we learned that legendary X-Men villain Mister Sinister will indeed be appearing in James Mangold's sequel to The Wolverine, likely as the main bad guy. Now we are just waiting on the first footage of the movie and a title, which is likely to be coming sooner rather than later.
The Mister Sinister appearance was discovered by Cinema Blend who had a listen to the commentary track for X-Men: Apocalypse. In the commentary track, it was revealed by Simon Kindberg and Bryan Singer that the supervillain will indeed be appearing in the upcoming Wolverine movie. This also helps to clarify what exactly that post-credits scene in Apocalypse was related to, which was previously a bit ambiguous, though it »
Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…
Multiple Multiplying Madroxes Make Merry Mayhem
Hello, and welcome to episode 196 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.
It’s our final excursion into the world of Giant-Size Fantastic Four, with the fourth issue of the oversized not-quite-an-annual. Of all the issues, this is the one with the most impact on the Marvel Universe, as it introduces one of the most enduring secondary X-Men of all – Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man.
- Gary Collinson
Before Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner landed the highly coveted role of the young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, there were rumors that the likes of Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Elle Fanning were also in the running, and this early concept art from Alan Villanueva (via twitter user Greg Hopwood) seems to confirm that Fanning, at least, was being considered. As you can see, Jean's costume was also going to be much more faithful to Jim Lee's depiction of the ultra-powerful mutant in Chris Claremont's 1991 X-Men series. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, »
One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.
Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.
I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless. »
- Ed Catto
Turning 50 doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. In fact, those typical black-and-white “50 years old” party decorations, suggesting that the celebrant is “so old,” seem out of place to me. Fifty can be fun. Fifty can be optimistic. Isn’t Hollywood’s most famous re-invented party boy, Robert Downey, Jr. over 50? Isn’t the always-engaging Marisa Tomei over 50?
This year Star Trek turns 50 and the phenomenon never looked better. There’s a new movie, a new fascinating Star Trek podcasts out there. And now, more than ever, there’s top TV show and even new stamps from the U.S. Post Office. There’s a bunch of -notch merchandise from innovative companies like Titan and Eaglemoss.
But it wasn’t always so. Back when Star Trek was turning 20 the future wasn’t so certain. It was a struggle. Fans were ridiculed. The world at large did not associate »
- Ed Catto
Channing Tatum was recently cast as the merman in the Splash remake but let's not forget about that Gambit movie just yet. Producer Simon Kinberg previously called Fox's Gambit solo film "a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way." Speaking with /Film recently he gave a few updates reminding us that good things come to those who wait: “I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone,” Kinberg said. “Deadpool feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that Gambit doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right. The character has such a specific voice in the comic »
- Jill Pantozzi
Disclaimer: This editorial contains spoilers for Issues 1 & 2 of the Marvel crossover event, Civil War II.
In the words of singer Edwin Star, “War! What is it good for? Aboslutely noth’n”. This is exactly how I feel about the “Civil War” going within the Marvel Universe right now. Why would I feel that way? What can make me believe that a follow up companywide crossover to one of the biggest storylines for Marvel is “good for noth’n”? Well there quite a few reasons for such a conclusion, but first a little background on how Marvel works for those unaware.
Each year the great editors and writers of Marvel go off to a “retreat” where tons of ideas, plots, and concepts and just about anything for the company are discussed. This not so secret retreat has been going on for quite a few years with much of the focus apparently »
- Jeremy Scully
It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »
After Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, few creative types have had as big an influence over the current state of superhero TV than Brian Michael Bendis. Netflix's current line of Marvel Comics shows may as well be called the Bendis Cinematic Universe, since in the comics he co-created Jessica Jones, promoted Luke Cage from Marvel's C-list into the vital character he is today, and wrote one of the definitive modern Daredevil runs. (He also put Iron Fist into the Avengers, though it remains to be seen what comics influences his upcoming Netflix show will draw upon.) He's also co-creator of Powers, a comic about human cops who investigate murders tied to superheroes and villains, and an executive producer of the TV version, which is in the midst of its second season on the PlayStation Network. And during an appearance at the Atx Television Festival earlier this month, Bendis let slip »
- Alan Sepinwall
Yesterday was a big day for Noah Hawley. Before the Fall, his fifth book — and his first since becoming the award-winning creator and showrunner of FX's Fargo — debuted to rave reviews(*) and a spot at the top of Amazon's bestseller list. And FX chose Hawley's publication date to officially order Legion — an X-Men spin-off of sorts (in the comics, the character is Professor X's son, but the show won't be connected to the films at all) starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller — to series. (*) I raced through my copy of the book — which cuts back and forth between the story of a man who survived a plane crash and the backstories of the passengers who died — then went back and reread large chunks of it again and again. It's fantastic. Part of Hawley's day involved an appearance at Word Bookstore in Jersey City, where we talked »
- Alan Sepinwall
I read your piece “The Case Against Dan Didio.”
I’m rarely impressed, but you wrote an impressive article. The attention to detail, footnotes, research and overall thoughtfulness you put into making your case was indeed extraordinary.
I’m a bit taken aback by your use of my article as the motivation to write yours. My article why are we still complaining about Dan Didio had little written about Mr. Didio. It certainly wasn’t a defense of his work nor a damning of it. He and others mentioned were only used to illustrate my outlook.
Much of what you wrote regarding my views and work can do with a bit of clarity. I fear what you’ve constructed in your narrative is somewhat unbalanced and frankly unfair.
For example, placing quotes around a word when no one is speaking gives the distinct impression you don’t believe, »
- Michael Davis
Have you ever attempted to make sense of the X-Men movie continuity? As in pick apart the entire timeline of events across the eight, soon to be nine films in the franchise? Of course not, you all have lives. You have friends and family and loved ones, and probably spend time with them. I, on the other hand, give a worrying amount of time over in my brain space to consider these things, and recent conversation with my good friend Lee Chrimes, ostensibly about the merits (or lack thereof) of the brand new X-Men: Apocalypse, led to a very deep exploration of X-Men chronology which drove us toward one inescapable conclusion: the writers have no idea, and are probably hoping we’re past the point of worrying about it. Well I have news for you, Simon Kinberg – this matters. »
- Tony Black
It seems like the Gambit movie has been in the works for a long, long time right now. They've had a star in place for well over a year with Channing Tatum, and the production is now on its second director. Still, the 20th Century Fox X-Men movie universe seems to be functioning just fine, with the recent success of Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse just weeks away, and Wolverine 3 just getting underway for a 2017 release.
“We’ve got to get the script right” he told Flickering Myth. “We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. »
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