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In 2011, comic book legend Stan Lee created Chakra: The Invincible, his first Indian superhero after years of brainstorming the likes of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk and many more. Following the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its lesser-known properties like Guardians of the Galaxy, producers in Bollywood, the world's largest motion picture industry, have now set their sights on a live-action film based on Chakra: The Invincible, the Hollywood Reporter writes. An animated version of Chakra aired on Indian television in 2013.
"We've set up some great »
Stan Lee cameos and Easter eggs that are actually visible to the eye are old hat as comic book movie conventions. The hot new thing is apparently to have an unseen cameo from a notable superhero. This trend may include the slight references to the existence of offscreen characters, like the acknowledgement of Black Panther in Iron Man 3, Stephen Strange (aka Dr. Strange) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Adam Warlock in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, but now it’s starting to be bigger than those inconsequential fan-service winks. Characters are showing up in and adding to the action of major comic book movie plots without actually being visible in the frame or named in any way whatsoever. So far, we’ve already gotten Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, in the Captain America sequel and Aquaman in Man of Steel. Don’t recall seeing either? Exactly »
- Christopher Campbell
Stan Lee, co-creator of hundreds of Marvel Comics characters including "Spider-Man", "Iron Man", "Thor", "Ant-Man", "Daredevil", "The Fantastic Four", "Dr. Strange" and "The Incredible Hulk", said that of all the characters in the Marvel Comics Universe, the one most deserving of a live-action big screen treatment is "Black Panther":
The "Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther" DVD release, based on the variant Marvel Comics series by writer Reginald Hudlin and illustrator John Romita Jr., stars Djimon Hounsou as 'Black Panther', Jill Scott as 'Storm', Kerry Washington as 'Princess Shuri', Alfre Woodard as 'Dondi Reese'/'Queen Mother' and Carl Lumbly as 'Uncle S'Yan' :
"...Deep in the heart of Africa lies 'Wakanda', an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by. In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well. Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
Talks are still early, but sources say Derrickson, who most recently directed “Sinister,” is Marvel’s choice and a deal should be struck shortly.
Marvel had no comment.
The pic will be produced by Kevin Feige, who, over the years, has repeatedly said how badly he wants to get a “Dr. Strange” movie made. Executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four, »
- Justin Kroll
Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!
Read my original review of Captain America Here.
Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.
The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.
Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero. »
- Jim Batts
By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggath! If you even remotely recognize this statement, you may be familiar with Marvel’s biggest practitioner of the mystic arts, Dr. Strange. Dr. Stephen Strange is currently the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe and ruminations have been coming in hard and fast about the good doctor in relation to the Marvel movie landscape. It would seem at this point, with rumors ranging from Marvel bringing in Johnny Depp to discuss the character to Marvel studios looking at various directors to helm the project, that it’s not a question of if Strange will find himself joining the ranks of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but when! Don’t know much about the Master of the Mystic arts? Well strap on your Eye of Agamotto and dig out your Wand of Watoomb from the closet, because Collider has you covered. Hit »
- Evan Valentine
So wait, does this mean Marvel really is making a Doctor Strange movie? It would appear so, because the trades are reporting that the studio currently has four names in mind to helm the Sorcerer Supreme’s second screen outing. (As you’ll recall, Stephen Strange previously made his debut in the 1978 TV movie “Dr. Strange” starring Peter Hooten.) The people Marvel is currently eyeballing for the gig include Mark Andrews (Pixar’s “Brave”), Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”); Dean Israelite (“Welcome to Yesterday”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”). So who will get the gig? First of all, Marvel always goes as left-field as possible. So, looking at this list from that Pov, who is the likely candidate? I…have no idea. But hey, they’re definitely making “Doctor Strange” movie! So if you’ve been waiting to see the Sorcerer Supreme get that big-screen treatment he deserves, this is it. »
With the Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier roll-outs well underway, Marvel/Disney is turning its attentions to projects further in the future. Ant-Man is coming together with Edgar Wright and a surprising cast, and now the studio has drawn up its shortlist of possible writers and directors for Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Andrews, Nicolaj Arcel, Dean Israelite and Jonathan Levine are currently having conversations about manning the cameras, while John Abel and Glen Berger might be in the frame for the screenplay.Dr. Strange was originally born from the brains of Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began life as a selfish New York surgeon (named Stephen Strange) who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. »
9 items from 2014
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