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Ultimatum #1-5 (2008-2009)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Pencils by David Finch
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Steve Firchow (1-3), Peter Steigerwald (3-5)
Published by Marvel Comics
This week, I am deciding to eat my vegetables before dessert and am reviewing the Ultimatum crossover series many weeks before I get to it in my History of the Ultimate Universe series. I am also combining my column with our mini event “Worst Comics Month”. This is because after I finished binge reading Ultimate Spider-Man Volume One and decided to read this “Ultimatum” series, which filled the gaps in some of the final issues, I (the neophyte comics fan) felt like I had truly experienced a bad comic with its ugly art, “shocking” plot reveals with little or no build-up, and jarring switches in tone from Hulk switching from dumb to smart to in between in the space of a panel to »
- Logan Dalton
One of the more surprisingly fun and enjoyable action movies of this year was Kingsman: The Secret Service, the adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic book from director Matthew Vaughn, which hit theaters all the way back in March and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The Matthew Vaughn film starring Colin Firth and introducing […]
The post ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Honest Trailer: We Get It, This Isn’t James Bond appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The original Marvel Comics' 'Zemo' was one of the top scientists in the Third Reich, creating weapons of mass destruction...
... including a large-scale death ray cannon, a disintegration pistol and androids of considerable strength and invulnerability, resulting in Zemo becoming one of the most reviled figures throughout Europe.
In an attempt to regain a level of anonymity, Zemo began wearing a reddish-pink hood over his face as he continued to build weapons.
His scientific breakthroughs also included 'Adhesive X', which after a confrontation with Captain America, bonded to his face, quickly seeping inside and permanently attaching the hood to his flesh, preventing Zemo from ever removing his hood.
His sons and direct descendants also picked up the name of 'Zemo' as they continued the original villain's penchant for destruction. »
- Michael Stevens
Remember when Cap and Falcon find Bucky in the Ant-Man post credits scene and Rogers mentions that "The Accords" won't allow Iron Man to give them any assistance? Well it's being speculated that this is going to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's equivalent of the Superhero Registration Act from Mark Millar's Civil War comic book. In the comics, the catalyst for this act being implemented is the New Warriors wiping out over 600 civilians in an attempt to subdue the supervillian known as Nitro, which became known as "the Stamford Incident". So what will be the Captain America: Civil War version of this devastating event? According to Heroic Hollywood, it involves Cap (Chris Evans) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) going up against Crossbones (Frank Grillo), who just happens to be wearing a suicide vest packed full of powerful explosives! "In order to protect the civilians on the ground, Captain America »
A movie based on the Mark Millar and Steve McNiven limited comic book series Nemesis has been in the works at Fox since 2010, but The Tracking Board is reporting that the project has moved to Warner Bros. According to the site, Ridley Scott's production banner Scott Free has also made the jump, as well as Joe Carnahan, who is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Matthew Michael... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Mark Millar, the creator of "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" has revealed that his next film will be based on his comic book series "Nemesis", that will now be developed and released by Warner Bros:
"Nemesis", the 4-issue Icon comic book series, written by Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven, will be the next film from a screenplay by Joe Carnahan ("Narc"), that Millar describes as "fantastic."
"Morrow has his family put in protective custody, as Nemesis hijacks 'Air Force One' over the District of Columbia, taking the president hostage..."
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- Michael Stevens
After being stuck in development hell over at 20th Century Fox, Nemesis has been put into active development now that Warner Bros. has picked up the project. The Grey director Joe Carnahan is still attached to helm and he’s currently re-writing the screenplay with his brother, Matthew.
No actors have been recruited yet for the adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic series, but now that things are moving, expect some names to start popping up. A big screen version of Nemesis has been talked about for a while now, so I’m sure that many actors have their eye on the character, and we definitely have a few of our own candidates in mind.
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For those unfamiliar with the source material, Nemesis follows Matt Anderson, a man “hell-bent on avenging the death of his parents, who were notorious villains themselves. Traveling the world as a costumed menace, »
- James Garcia
At this point, a number of Mark Millar's creator owned comic books have been successfully brought to the big screen, with pretty much every other single one he's written also in various stages of development. One of the best - Nemesis - still hasn't been adapted, though the sad death of original director Tony Scott had at least something to do with that. Since then, The Grey director Joe Carnahan has rewritten the screenplay with his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan, and the former is now confirmed to direct (he was also attached to helm Nemesis when it was at Fox). While it had been at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. are now developing the project with Scott Free. It's a little strange to see the movie at the studio considering their ties to DC Comics because Nemesis was actually published through Marvel's Icon imprint in 2010. "Nemesis follows the devious »
With "Kingsman: The Secret Service" being one of the big success stories of the year, it's no surprise that other film adaptations of the works of comic author Mark Millar that are currently in development have scored another look at by the studios.
One previously talked about project is his 2010 comic "Nemesis," a super villain origin film about a billionaire genius and fighter who travels the world as a costumed menace. Joe Carnahan was slated to direct at last report, taking over from the late Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott's shingle Scott Free would produce.
Now, The Tracking Board reports that the project has jumped studios to Warner Bros. Pictures where it is now in active development. Carnahan and his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the most recent script draft. »
- Garth Franklin
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Thor clashes with Hulk in an animated fan film, check out everything wrong with Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg poke fun at sexist interview questions. But first, we have a Breaking Bad and Seinfeld mashup and an animated fan film that pits She Thor against Zombie Hulk. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Back in May, Marvel revealed that, in the comics, the new Thor will be Jane Foster, played in the movies by Natalie Portman. While it's still unclear how this will affect the movies, Miltonius Arts has put together a wonderful animated »
From the director of the brilliant, inventive Chronicle, the producers of X-Men and Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service), on board as creative consultant, comes Fantastic Four, a reboot of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s comic book series that started all of the way back in 1961. With that amount of creative talent on board, we’re in for something quite special… right? Unfortunately not.
I’ve heard the words ‘best super-hero movie of the year,’ and some other really quite positive things said about Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four over the past few days. I’ve also heard some quite negative stuff said about his movie, one which the distributors failed to show international critics until the last-minute on its week »
- Paul Heath
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four is released into Irish cinemas today (our American friends, will have to wait till Friday), and to mark the event, Fox have released these pretty cool Doom (Toby Kebbell) related pieces. First up is a pretty intense clip featuring Doom using his powers in an incredibly violent and bloody fashion (this was a lot more than I was expecting from the movie). It's also our first proper look at the villain, so well done to Fox on not spoiling this till the very end. This was followed by this awesome poster done by legendary comic book artist Bryan Hitch, who is no stranger to Marvel’s First Family, providing the art for Mark Millar’s (creator of Kick-Ass) run on the book. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
New crime drama Narcos portrays the rise and fall of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, there’s a second season of schlocky horror-thriller From Dusk Til Dawn, plus corruption-busting in pre-Batman Gotham, and films including Kick-Ass 2
Narcos 28 August
Related: From Dusk Till Dawn TV series: just a more boring version of the movie?
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- Guardian TV
Mark Millar isn't happy about having to pay the BBC licence fee.
The writer of Kick-Ass and The Secret Service responded to the backlash from fans of Top Gear, who are unhappy about having to pay an annual fee to watch Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's new show.
He wrote on Twitter: "People gasping at £70 a year for Amazon prime/ Top Gear, but I pay £145 a year for BBC shows I don't watch & go to court if I don't pay."
The message prompted a number of replies, both for and against the licence fee, with fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock quick to defend how the money is spent.
During Comic-Con earlier this month, Hugh Jackman dropped by 20th Century Fox's Hall H panel, where he confirmed, once again, that Wolverine 3 will be the last time he plays the iconic Logan character. 20th Century Fox has set a March 3, 2017 release date, with James Mangold returning to the helm after directing 2013's The Wolverine. Earlier today, Hugh Jackman posted new teaser art for Wolverine 3, which features the actor holding up just one of his adamantium claws, with the hashtag #OneLastTime. The actor also reached out to fans, asking them to tell him what they want to see in Wolverine 3, in 50 words or less.
"My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I'll read as many as I can."
No story details have been given yet, but it was rumored that the beloved comic book story line Old Man Logan would be used for this superhero movie. »
Take another look @ the origins of Marvel Comics' super-villain 'Ragnarok', appearing in Marvel Studios' next "Thor" solo movie "Thor: Ragnarok", that will reportedly feature horse-faced warrior 'Beta Ray Bill':
"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor.
"Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of Thor including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to Earthly diseases, superhuman agility and reflexes.
"Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted 'Mjolnir', is constructed of a 'vibranium' and 'adamantium' alloy, able to absorb and discharge lightning, with circuitry in its head, »
- Michael Stevens
Since the casting of Martin Freeman in Captain America: Civil War was announced, everyone has been trying to figure out who he is playing. Mark Millar said the role is pretty obvious and that he will not be in costume, but Marvel Studios has yet to confirm his character's name. In an interview with Bad Taste, Freeman himself shed a little bit of light on his role without divulging exactly who... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
It’s a common complaint from comic book fans whenever the first images of their favourite characters from a new movie are released: “they don’t look like the comics”.
Even going back as far as Bryan Singer’s X-Men, there were those in the comic book community who bemoaned the fact Wolverine was not in the classic yellow suit, or that Cyclops wasn’t clad in blue, or Storm wasn’t in white. Daredevil’s suit looks like it’s left over from a bondage party, Thor isn’t wearing his trademark helmet, Superman is missing his red panties. The list goes on.
But what people seem to forget is that these are movie adaptations and interpretations of comic books, not literal translations. And, as such, things are going to change.
- Luke Owen
Mad Max: Fury Road is easily one of the best movies of 2015 and a favorite of the JoBlo.com crew. The movie has already been spoofed and parodied online in countless ways, but this new one may be the very best. The one and only Mark Millar, creator of Kick-ass, Wanted, and Kingsman, alerted us to this very special mash-up of Mad Max: Fury Road and the classic screwball comedy It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. For... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
As we all know, Hugh Jack will be popping the claws one final time with 2017’s third Wolverine movie, saying goodbye to the character he has played for fifteen years. Up until now, the plot has been the subject of much speculation, but, speaking at the Fox Comic-Con panel this weekend, Jackman himself may have spilled the beans. Taking to the stage at the final, X-Men centric part of the panel, he addressed those in attendance with, “I’ve got three words for you: Old Man Logan”, no doubt sending many X-Men fans into a frenzy. For those of you not in the know, Old Man Logan is the name of an uber-popular 2008 storyline by writer Mark Millar (creator of Kick-Ass) and artist Steve McNiven which took us to a post apocalyptic future for the Marvel Universe, one where the super villains had won and divided America amongst themselves. A »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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