7 items from 2016
He’s the King of Comics! A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. All this week, join Marvel.com for a celebration devoted to all things Kirby with Marvel’s Kirby Week.
Jack “The King” Kirby is one of the founding fathers of the Marvel Universe and from August 22nd to the 28th--what would have been Kirby’s 99th birthday--Marvel will pay homage to the incredible and iconic contributions Kirby has made to the House of Ideas, entertainment, and pop-culture.
During Kirby Week fans will get to explore how Jack Kirby brought his creative genius to the Marvel Universe through several articles devoted to “The King” himself. Check out the first in-depth article devoted to the origins of one of Jack’s most monstrous creations - The Incredible Hulk.
Marvel.com will »
- Michael Connally
Luke Owen keeps track of the highest grossing superhero movies of all-time…
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to hit cinemas this weekend and could break March opening records and Deadpool smashing records all over the place, we thought it was high time we kept track of the highest grossing superhero movies were.
Below are two lists collated from BoxOfficeMojo which detail both the domestic totals and worldwide grosses. Keep this page bookmarked as we’ll be updating this with each new superhero release – which will of course include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and X-Men: Apocalypse this year.
Note: You can debate what classifies as a ‘superhero’ in the comments section at the bottom of the page. We’re happy to take feedback on board and add any in you feel we missed. »
- Luke Owen
The Flickering Myth team react…
The second trailer for Captain America: Civil War landed online yesterday [watch it here] and introduced us to the McU version of Spider-Man. Well, briefly, anyway. Despite what Latino-Review claimed, we only saw the Wall Crawler for the briefest of brief moments at the very end of the trailer under the nickname of Underoos. Very clever Tony.
The Internet was abuzz talking about Spidey and Black Panther, but what did the Flickering Myth writing staff make of it all…
Gary Collinson: Yeah, Spider-Man was so heavily featured I don’t think I need to see the movie now.
Jackson Ball: My main concern after the first trailer was that the story was going to be too heavily centred around Winter Soldier, but this trailer makes him »
- Luke Owen
The sequel to the epic Julie Andrews road show picture wasn't a hit, but it tells a good story of its own. Charlton Heston is okay but the central character is a Chinese immigrant played by Tina Chen. Against all odds, the peasant matriarch survives plagues and leprosy to found a family dynasty for the new Hawaii. The Hawaiians Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako, John Phillip Law, Alec McCowen, Miko Mayama, Virginia Ann Lee, Chris Robinson, Naomi Stevens, Keye Luke, Khigh Dhiegh, Mary Munday, Harry Townes, Lyle Bettger, James Hong, James Gregory, Harry Holcombe, Victor Sen Yung Cinematography Lucien Ballard, Philip Lathrop Film Editor Byron Brandt, Ralph Winters Original Music Henry Mancini Written by James R. Webb from the novel by James A. Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by »
- Glenn Erickson
Throw a stone at your local multiplex and you’ll more than likely hit someone on their way into a comic book movie. When I grew up I had to make do with Nicholas Hammond as Spider Man and Bill Bixby as The Incredible Hulk. We didn’t have any of that CGI sorcery in those days, you know. Today’s audience is treated to a smorgasbord of costumed cinematic mayhem every other week, be they acne-ridden teens or life-ridden adults.
Such is the hold that Marvel and DC exert on the box office the non-spandexed competition is squeezed out like a frankfurter from the bun of an overloaded hot dog. 1989’s Batman changed the rules of filmic conquest, and since then studios and indies alike have wanted a bite out of that super-powered pie. The solution is clear to a lot of filmmakers – if you can’t beat ’em, »
- Steve Palace
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, the latest news on Star Wars: Episode VIII, Labyrinth getting remade and much more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday, along with our Online Streaming Movie Pick, Article of the Week, exclusive competitions and other stuff.
“We own your childhood.” – Bob Iger
There was a lot of talk last year about whether the superhero bubble had burst. Avengers: Age of Ultron made less than its predecessor, Ant-Man’s opening weekend was Marvel’s second lowest, and Fantastic Four was, well, not that fantastic.
Enter Disney chairman Bob Iger – the man who ultimately decides the fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (think Corporate Thanos). He said the McU will “go on forever, »
- Oli Davis
Spidey is finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’ll look an awful lot like young British actor Tom Holland, and he’ll make his first appearance in this year’s Captain America: Civil War movie before spinning out into his own solo adventure expected in cinemas in July 2017.
Jon Watts of kids-in-trouble drama Cop Car and grizzly family horror Clown will direct the solo film, building on the groundwork laid by Joe and Anthony Russo in the huge Civil War crossover film. And Sony will be hoping that these two movies can set right Spidey’s cinematic stock after the disappointing-according-the-studio takings of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (That’s one of the few circumstances when $700 million worldwide can be made to sound like a bad thing.)
We don’t yet know which villains the new web-slinger face, or who is love interest will be. But, thanks to a little digging, »
- Rob Leane
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