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“Mutant Massacre”, a storyline running through various issues of Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants (as well as Thor, Power Pack and one loosely-connected issue of Daredevil) in the fall of 1986 is superhero comics’ first crossover event storyline. It’s a style of storytelling that, following the success of “Mutant Massacre”, became a recurring device used by Marvel and DC, so much so that nowadays, these events are annual occurrences with the entire lines of superhero comics from both companies impacted by their narrative gravity. Thus, “Mutant Massacre” represents not only a significant occurrence in the narrative of the X-Men, but for superhero comics as a whole.
While “Mutant Massacre” is preceded by both DC’s reality-altering Crisis on Infinite Earths and Marvel’s superhero smashup Secret Wars, both of those stories are relatively self-contained. Crisis has its “red sky” tie-ins, while various Marvel titles spent a few panels an »
- Austin Gorton
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
A mutant, Gambit can mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy. He is also incredibly skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat and the use of a bō.
Originally a professional thief, Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself with the mutant 'Rogue'. Proud of his Louisiana heritage, he speaks in a thick Cajun accent.
As well as the solo "Gambit" feature, Tatum »
- Michael Stevens
Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop! Director who brought Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler to screens, will next direct Gambit for Fox, a spin-off from the X-Men movies. Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop – English helmer to direct for 20th Century Fox
Rupert Wyatt, who helmed the brilliant The Escapist, before going on to direct big-budget Hollywood blockbusters Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler, is being lined up to direct Channing Tatum in the Gambit movie over at Fox. The English director is set to take control of the film for a potential October shoot with Tatum in the lead role.
- Paul Heath
It looks like 20th Century Fox has finally found a director for its Channing Tatum-led Gambit movie, with Entertainment Weekly reporting that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to helm the X-Men spin-off.
Gambit has been written by Joshua Zetumer from a treatment by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont, and will see Tatum taking on the role of the Cajun mutant remy LeBeau, who was portrayed by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Gambit is set for release on October 7th 2016, and is one of three X-Men movies arriving next year – the others being Deadpool, out on February 12th, and X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits cinemas on May 19th in the UK and May 27th in the States.
- Gary Collinson
Tatum is also producing with partner Reid Carolin, along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Wyatt, who helmed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” for the studio and Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler,” will direct from Josh Zetumer’s script.
Wyatt is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre.
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox's X-Men film franchise will expand with another superhero solo film, scheduled for theatrical release on October 7th, 2016. Entertainment Weekly reports that Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt has signed on to helm the picture which focuses on X-Men teammember Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee, Gambit debuted in Marvel Comics in the early 90s. The fan-favorite Cajun mutant has the ability to mentally create and manipulate kinetic energy, which he uses to "charge" items -- in particular playing cards -- as explosive projectiles. Channing Tatum is set to star as the title character as well as act as a producer on the film, along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. Several unconfirmed »
- Pietro Filipponi
Imagine a world where Hank McCoy is a sadistic geneticist, or where Cyclops is the right hand man of Mr. Sinister, or where Mystique is not nearly as neglectful of a mother, or where Magneto leads the X-Men. This reality was presented in The Age of Apocalypse, the most ambitious and sprawling of any X-Over, where Charles Xavier is dead, Magneto is the planet’s last hope, and Apocalypse has reshaped half the world to suit his own hellish designs. As far as crossovers and event comics go, The Age of Apocalypse is the summer blockbuster of all crossovers. Whereas Onslaught was like The Matrix Reloaded, a complete and utter failure that did its best to murder a franchise, The Age of Apocalypse was akin to Jurassic Park, a mile-a-minute thrill ride laced with breathtaking visuals and an intriguing central concept.
Essentially a gargantuan “What If…”, the X-Over event of »
- Andrew Doscas
Wolverine is not just a mutant and member of the X-Men. He is arguably the most identifiable mutant and X-man in existence, at first slowly growing in popularity after his debut brawl with Hulk and and then exploding into a fan favorite when Chris Claremont took him on during his epic run on the X-Men some decades ago.
Sure, the character has had his missteps in comics or other forms of media (the less we talk about Wolverine: Origins, the better), but throughout his fictional life Wolverine has captured the imagination of countless fans intrigued by his mysterious history (that eventually was revealed in the shocking Origin mini-series), tough-guy attitude, and healing-factor that is as cool as it is admittedly kind of gross.
Considering how much love Wolverine gets, when not too long ago Marvel finally confirmed the rumors that everyone’s favorite cigar-chomping badass was going to die in an epic comic event, »
- David Bitterbaum
1602: Witch Hunter Angela #1
Written by Marguerite Bennett and Kieron Gillen
Art by Stephanie Hans and Marguerite Sauvage
Published by Marvel Comics
The latest Secret Wars tie-in is set in the Marvel 1602 universe. This universe was created by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert and transplanted the major Marvel superheroes created in the 1960s to height of the English Renaissance during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James and just before the settling of Jamestown. Writers Marguerite Bennett and Kieron Gillen and artists Stephanie Hans and Marguerite Sauvage make this universe their own by transposing the angelic bounty hunter (and daughter of Odin) Angela and her friend Sera to the Marvel 1602 world where they hunt mutants or “Witchbreed”.
Witch Hunter Angela #1 is filled to the brim with jokes, Shakespearean-style wordplay, and fun, mainly ironic takes on both Marvel heroes and historical figures. Gillen and Sauvage tell a short lead story »
- Logan Dalton
One of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time is reborn as part of Secret Wars as writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, along with critically acclaimed artist Gerardo Sandoval (Guardians 3000), as Marvel ushers in the Age of Apocalypse! Check out a first look preview here…
His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left standing in the Warzones! Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslave. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – its survivors scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim abyss. They will fight. They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives! A special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. »
- Gary Collinson
In a recent post about Toyo Harada I talked about the order of Valiant character appearances in the original Valiant universe from the early 1990s. I thought about it some and decided to piece together three reviews I did of first three original (post-Magnus and Solar) Valiant properties in their initial arcs as titles. Please note that these are several years old so some of the references might not be up to date and I’m not a good writer now, so you can imagine how I was then. These cover the two hardcovers that the current Valiant owner released of the classic material, Harbinger: The Beginning and X-o Manowar: Birth, along with the classic first Tpb of Rai from the ’90s.
The first page of Harbinger #1 is a splash page, the backdrop is mundane: a traffic jam, trees, a helicopter hovering above, this is the real world, the »
- Jay Tomio
James looks back at 7 previous X-Men TV shows to see what Fox's in-development series could do well to emulate and avoid...
If recent reports are to be believed, Fox is planning to bring the X-Men franchise to the TV in some form or another, doubtlessly hoping to compete with Marvel and DC's ever-growing stable of shows.
And why not? The X-Men are no strangers to television, with a surprising number of TV appearances under their belts. So what are they like, and what can Fox learn from them as it attempts to bring a new X-Men TV series to life?
This 30-minute animated short was produced as a pilot for an animated X-Men show and mostly used the 1970s Claremont/Byrne era team as its basis, though with one obvious exception. Had Marvel gone ahead, we'd have seen a team consisting of Professor X, »
While trailers for Magic Mike Xxl ably demonstrate his near-superhuman physique, Channing Tatum's thoughts are turning toward another character with true comic book origins: Gambit, the X-Man he'll be playing in an X-Men spinoff movie next year. "Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it's killer," he told Empire magazine (Zetumer's script is based on a treatment from longtime X-Men comic book writer — and Gambit co-creator — Chris Claremont). "None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we're going to be
- Graeme McMillan
It cannot be denied that cinema is currently awash with superheroes, and is certain to stay that way for many years to come, if studio release slate announcements are anything to go by. While the partnerships between Warner Bros and DC, and Disney and Marvel respectively are uppermost in the minds of most fans, the reality of comic book film adaptations is less straight-forward, with different characters belonging to different studios. For example, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be considered to have begun with Iron Man back in 2008, 20th Century Fox was way ahead of the game, enjoying success with an X-Men franchise – beginning in 2000. That franchise has so far generated seven movies, with a further six planned. Those upcoming films include spin-off titles for Deadpool and Gambit.
The character of Gambit is a mutant with a heavy Cajun accent and a shadowy personal life. He first appeared in »
- Sarah Myles
Channing Tatum has revealed that his solo Gambit X-Men movie will be an origin story, according to SlashFilm. Score. The actor was talking about the project in the most recent issue of Empire and mentioned that its first draft is done. "[I]t's killer. None of us were sure how [Josh Zetumer] was going to deal with the X-Men world," he says. "But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It's always about saving the world, but maybe we're going to shift things a little bit." Zetumer is reportedly working off of a treatment penned by Gambit's creator, Chris Claremont. The Ragin' Cajun, as Tatum pointed out in his interview, is not exactly a straightforward superhero; his badass kinetic energy control is offset by his vice-driven sketchiness and penchant for thievery. Naturally, Tatum is pumped because that makes for some fun acting, but also because he »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
"Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it's killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies.
It's always about saving the world (laughs), but maybe we're going to shift things a liittle but. There's so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I'm super excited. »
- Garth Franklin
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Daredevil, Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Lobo, Arrow, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll get things underway this week with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as production ramped up on Marvel Studios’ Phase Three-launching Captain America: Civil War, a whole bunch of spy photos have landed online this week, offering up a look at the likes of Cap (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in costume [see here and here], as well as co-stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) visiting the Atlanta set [see here]. Meanwhile, if you’ve been wondering whose funeral Steve Rogers was visiting last week – and you »
- Gary Collinson
The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?
Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »
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