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What two big stars just got on the set of X-Men Apocalypse? Is the biggest star in the world on the Captain America: Civil War set yet? When is Stan Lee‘s graphic memoir coming out? Why isn’t Daredevil called Batman? How is James Gunn‘s work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming? Which superhero director […]
- Germain Lussier
So today (Sunday, which is yesterday), Editor Mike sent me a link to a column on The Jewish Daily Forward’s website which asks the question “Do Marvel Movies Have An Anti-Semitic Problem?” – which also happens to be the dumbest article I’ve ever read on their site.
Granted, The Forward – which was born way back in 1867 as a Yiddish language daily newspaper published by dissidents from the Socialist Labor Party – is a left-leaning paper whose heart and soul is the Jewish-American experience, with strong ties to Israel, and its articles are purposely written with that audience as its primary target. And granted, The Forward has not been the only news media outlet that has noted and remarked upon the recent rebirth of overt and increasingly violent anti-Semitism around the globe, especially in Europe. And yes, The Forward should be praised in its unadulterated and unabridged journalism that consistently calls out the perpetrators. »
- Mindy Newell
“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. For months, that actually feel like weeks, I have promised to reveal my take on the popular Marvel Comic book, X-Men. With school work rising to an all-time high, the pitch took a backseat to far more important things, such as wood-work and badminton. Anyway, alas, I have returned to my MacBook Air, and have decided to reveal my take on the controversial Marvel characters. Now, before we begin, let it be known that I am a huge fan of what 20th Century Fox is doing with X-Men property, and that this is just my own take. Children Of The Atom When it came down to revamping this concept, I decided to go back to it’s original material. The X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as »
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You know how it is. You’re promoting your new film, you get asked questions about whether you’ll have a cameo in the new Star Wars movie, and then you accidentally reveal Daniel Craig will appear as a Stormtrooper. If the Newsletter had a penny…
“The name’s Trooper. Storm Trooper.”
That’s what Simon Pegg appeared to do this week. Although he then retracted his statement, saying it was just a load of Sith. What is confirmed, though, is the latest actor for Star Wars Anthology movie Rogue One – Elysium’s Diego Luna. For additional Star Wars goodness, »
- Oli Davis
Josh Boone, coming off the well-received, The Fault in Our Stars, just landed a big gig with 20th Century Fox, directing and writing a new X-Men spinoff film, the New Mutants. X-Men fans should breathe a sigh of relief as Boone and his fellow co-writer Knate Gwaltney, are lifelong comic book and X-Men fans as evidenced in the photos Boone tweeted a short while ago. Created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in 1982, the New Mutants comic book followed a new, younger group of students at the Charles Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters. The original team consists of Cannonball (invulnerable human rocket), Karma (telepath), Mirage aka Dani Moonstar (manifests empathic 3D illusions), Sunspot (solar powered flight and strength) and Wolfsbane (werewolf transformation). Rather than trying to save the mutant race, the New Mutants stories typically focused on what it meant to grow up away from home, possessing awesome and »
At the time of writing, Marvel have not yet confirmed a third standalone Hulk movie, but without giving anything away, the closing events of Avengers: Age of Ultron definitely leave that door wide open. With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to re-appraise ol' greenskin's first big screen outing, Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama, Hulk.
Released in 2003, Hulk took a total of $132.2 million at the Us box office, just short of its reputed £137 million budget. Though it eventually took over $245 million worldwide, it was perceived as a flop, significantly under-performing compared to the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man or Bryan Singer's X-Men movies. Hulk not box-office Smash, in other words. Critics weren't overly kind either – it earned 62% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, indicating decidedly mixed reviews albeit with a positive slant.
The Supergirl upfront has garnered strong reactions online, not all of it positive. Here's a response to its critics...
It's fair to say the Supergirl trailer (actually an "upfront" – a précis of the entire pilot designed to sell the show internally and to advertisers) has attracted a lot of praise. It's also attracted a lot of criticism. But how valid are those criticisms? I'll say now that none of us has any idea whether this show will actually be good or not – I think it will, based on what I've seen – but I don't know. What I do know is that some of the things people are saying about it don't seem fair.
Criticism of the trailer's rom-com influences, perceived cheesiness, comparisons to a certain Saturday Night Live sketch, and complaints that its version of Kara Zor-El isn't (we'll come back to this) a "strong female character" are all problematic, »
Unless you are a committed X-Men fan, we imagine your first thought was: 'Who are the New Mutants?'
Not wanting to see you left in the dark, here is our beginner's guide to everything you need to know about the New Mutants:
Simply put, the New Mutants was a training group for young X-Men.
The New Mutants comic was introduced at the height of the '80s X-Men craze, when Marvel's mighty mutants were the biggest property in comics.
According to reports, director Josh Boone ("The Fault In Our Stars") will co-write a screenplay and direct Fox' next "X-Men" movie spinoff "The New Mutants", for producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, based on the Marvel Comics' 1982 teenage superhero team , created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Bob McLeod:
"The New Mutants" were teenaged students of 'Professor Charles Xavier' and his 'School for Gifted Youngsters', much like the original 'X-Men', who had since grown into adulthood.
Original members included 'Samuel Guthrie' aka 'Cannonball', a mild-mannered Kentuckian and eventual co-leader, who became invulnerable when rocketing through the air;
'Xi'an Coy Manh' aka 'Karma', a 19-year-old Vietnamese girl and the team's original leader, who can mentally possess other people's bodies;
'Danielle Moonstar' aka 'Mirage'/'Psyche', a Cheyenne who can create visual empathic three-dimensional illusions;
'Roberto da Costa' aka 'Sunspot', a Brazilian who gained superhuman strength fueled by sunlight, »
- Michael Stevens
Not content with the upcoming spinoffs Deadpool and Gambit, 20th Century Fox has announced it is expanding the X-Men universe further with The New Mutants, with Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) signing on to direct and co-write.
“We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters”, producer Simon Kinberg tells Deadline.
The New Mutants was created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod and centres around a team of young mutants in training. There’s been a revolving roster over the years, with previous members including the likes of Kitty Pryde, Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Blink, Cannonball and Warpath.
- Gary Collinson
So confession time: of all of the books Marvel has ever published about any of the characters in the X-Men universe, "The New Mutants" remains my very favorite. Part of that was timing. I was 13 when the series began publication, and I was already a fan of the X-Men. My best friend at the time was a comic nerd the way I was a movie nerd, and he knew my tastes well enough that when the book was about to launch, he urged me to make sure it was on my pull list. It blows my mind that Chris Claremont was basically forced to create the series under duress. From the moment the book launched, I was all aboard for the story of a group of kids who were recruited to attend Xavier's school. At that point, the original X-Men were all adults, and this was a chance for Marvel »
- Drew McWeeny
With Bryan Singer’s take on the X-Men universe potentially winding down with next year’s Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox and writer/producer Simon Kinberg want to keep the mutant party popping. So the studio has hired The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone to make The New Mutants.Fox has made no secret of its desire to build a wider universe around the various mutants and other heroes to which it owns the rights – Deadpool is busy shooting with Ryan Reynolds back in the suit and Channing Tatum is lining up a Gambit film. The New Mutants have been rumoured for a couple of years, but this is the first real announcement about forward motion on the idea.The question will be which of the teams known as the New Mutants will be the focus here. Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod created the original squad of teen heroes »
Boone’s “Fault in Our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, was a surprise hit for Fox, with over $300 million in worldwide grosses on a $12 million budget. He’s also attached to direct Stephen King’s “The Stand” for Warner Bros. and has said that the studio is planning a four-part franchise.
- Dave McNary
X-Men fans have been clamoring for this for a while, and now it’s one step closer to reality. Fox has hired Josh Boone, the director of its teen drama Fault in Our Stars, to develop New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff. Boone will co-write the script with Knate Gwaltney and will also direct. Simon Kinberg is producing the project with Lauren Shuler Donner. New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, is in many ways ideally suited to Boone, who showed a sensitivity to teen relationships with Fault in Our Stars. The comic was the first ever X-Men spinoff, launched in the early 1980s as X-Men
- Borys Kit
Fox is moving forward with the X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants, and has hired The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone to helm the picture. According to Deadline, Boone will co-write the screenplay with Knate Gwaltney (Kidnap), and Simon Kingberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, the stewards of the X-Men movie franchise, will produce. I'm honestly a little surprised that it's taken this long for Fox to move forward on an X-Men spinoff that isn't based on a solo character. I understand if they didn't want to pull focus from the current X-Men movies, but now that Apocalypse is looking more and more like the end of a chapter for the franchise, I'm wondering if the studio is now going to seriously branch out and start launching other teams. The X-Men comics have no shortage of spinoff teams, and this could be Fox's response to Marvel and Warner Bros/DC's crossover films. »
- Matt Goldberg
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
Pietro Django Maximoff
X-Men #4, March 1964
Nicknames & Aliases
Pietro Frank, Matheo Maximoff,
Powers & Abilities
Quicksilver possess the mutant ability to move and think exceedingly fast. He can run at speeds up to Mach 5, and his body is designed to survive the rigors of moving at such speeds.
For a time following the Scarlet Witch’s depowering of 98% of the world’s mutants, Quicksilver was powerless before artificially gaining the ability to briefly move forwards and backwards in time. His original abilities have since been restored.
Weaknesses & Achilles’ Heels
Impatience, arrogance, and a certain proclivity for bouts of insanity.
Friends & Allies
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff, his sister), Crystal (his ex-wife), Luna Maximoff (his daughter), Polaris (Lorna Dane, his sometimes-sister), Bova (his surrogate mother), the Avengers, the X-Men, X-Factor, the Inhumans, the Knights of Wundagore.
Foes & Antagonists
Magneto (his sometimes-father), Maximus the Mad (his ex brother-in-law), Kang, Ultron, »
- Austin Gorton
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Astonishing X-Men #1-6 (2004)
Written by Joss Whedon
Art by John Cassaday
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by Marvel Comics
Astonishing X-Men “Gifted” is one of those storylines that will make long term X-Men fans purr with delight beginning the Claremont era flashbacks in issue one. (Cassaday mimics Byrne’s art quite well.) It also can turn fans (like me five years ago) of the films and cartoons into mutie and comics junkies. Whedon pays homage to older X-Men stories without getting mired in continuity and quickly places his own stamp on the franchise by creating a new alien foe for them (Ord of the Breakworld), exploring the mutant as outsider metaphor with the cure of the X-gene, giving Shield a new branch (Sword), and also bringing a beloved character back from the dead (Colossus) in a touching, visceral way that serves the long term storyline. However, the best part of »
- Logan Dalton
When it comes to cameos, no one is more experienced than Stan Lee. The co-creator of iconic Marvel comic book characters like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and the X-Men appeared in a new Audi commercial, in which he teaches several Hollywood stars the subtle art of cameo acting. Lee’s class consists of writer/director/comics superfan Kevin Smith, “Guardians of The Galaxy” star Michael Rooker, and “Sharknado” star Tara Reid. “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno makes a cameo himself, as a man looking for an anger management class. See photos: 42 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Avengers, »
- Joe Otterson
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