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Stan Lee, legendary comic writer and co-creator of iconic Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, is a spry 94 years old, and he’s still trying to outdo himself career-wise. (Sadly, Lee’s wife, Joan, passed away July 6 at the age of 93.) He arrives to work every day at the Los Angeles offices of Pow! Entertainment, where he continues to generate ideas for cutting-edge films and television projects, including the popular U.K. sci-fi crime series “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man,” starring James Nesbitt and Eve Best.
“I might come up with a new character who is more popular than the ones I’ve already done, or I might want to come up with a whole new kind of entertainment,” says Lee, whose hand and footprints will be captured in cement in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre on July 18. It is an event paid for and sponsored by the fan-funded media »
- Michael Tedder
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Spider-Man movie for a new generation -- a generation that desires to see a franchise reflective and representative of the world they currently live in. Yes, Tom Holland's Peter Parker still has to balance crime fighting with homework; and yes, he's still white, but the cast of characters around him are not.
"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein.
By David Kozlowski | 7 July 2017
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The original Chinese language movie poster from 1978!
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- David Kozlowski
The third time should, at least, be charming.
That’s because Tom Holland is playing the friendly neighborhood webslinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Exuberant and super-friendly, the 21-year-old English actor is the third person to play Marvel Comics’ most popular superhero on the big screen since the turn of the century. And if the overeager, sarcastic teen approach to Peter Parker that he introduced in last year’s Captain America: Civil War is maintained, we’ll have a much different wall crawler than with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s angstier interpretations.
“I tried to bring a lot of levity to the character, so at every opportunity I got I was trying to crack jokes and be the wise guy,” says Holland over the phone. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
When the torch is passed from one director to another, and franchises either continue on or reboot, it can be a bit of a ceremonious process. After all, the 90+ minutes of footage we see on-screen is the culmination of years/ months of planning and hard work. Leaving a project is sure to be an emotional process for any director. Which is why it’s no surprise to hear that The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb had some sage advice for newcomer Jon Watts prior to beginning production on Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Watts relayed the advice that Marc Webb gave him via e-mail: “He emailed me, and he said ‘I’m not gonna tell you anything, I’m just gonna say: make sure you get to hang out with Stan Lee.’ I did. I did, and it was great. It was great advice.”
Wise advice indeed. »
- Jordan Jones
Author: Zehra Phelan
A number of photos from the set of Avengers Infinity War has started to show up in various places over the internet cementing the coming together of Marvel’s very best.
Related: Avengers Infinity War News
The likes of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, Mark Ruffalo as the human form of the Hulk, Bruce Banner and Benedict Wong’s Wong form the boy’s only club in the images accompanied by the first look at Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit. The new photos have surfaced in the final stages of filming Infinity War which is being filmed back to back with the fourth film in the series.
- Zehra Phelan
To celebrate Simon & Kirby’s legendary patriot hero, Fighting American, returning to comics – Titan Comics’ new series debuts on October 11th 2017 – the date of Joe Simon’s birthday, and also during Jack Kirby’s centennial year – with an incredible cover by fan-favorite artists, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson!
From the press release:
Hard times require hard heroes and in Titan Comics’ all-new series, written by Gordon Rennie (2000Ad, Starship Troopers) with artwork by Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd), the original patriot superhero returns with faithful sidekick, Speedboy!
First published in May 1954 and originally written and drawn by two of the greatest names in the history of comics, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Fighting American was the embodiment of the homegrown, god-fearing, patriotic, apple pie-eating American superhero. Where Simon and Kirby’s other patriotic hero, Captain America, socked it to the Nazis in World War II, Fighting American brought square-jawed justice to »
- Phil Wheat
Something Marvel fans have been wondering about for a while now is where the heck has Pepper Potts disappeared to? Over the three Iron Man movies, Tony Stark and Pepper seemed to have grown into an unbreakable couple, but then Captain America: Civil War dropped the bombshell that the pair had separated. After that, we thought we’d seen the last of Gwyneth Paltrow in the McU. As it turns out, though, we thought wrong.
That’s because the actress has a cameo role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. GeekTyrant‘s got a hold of the full cast list for the movie and it reveals that Paltrow is reprising the role of Pepper, marking her first appearance in a Marvel film since 2013’s Iron Man 3.
Her part in Homecoming makes a lot of sense from what we know about it. The trailers have revealed that Stark will play a »
- Christian Bone
Back in April it was announced that Titan Comics is resurrecting the classic Joe Simon and Jack Kirby comic book Fighting American for a brand new series, and now the publisher has announced that the first issue will arrive on October 11th, 2017 – the date of Joe Simon’s birthday. Take a look at the cover to the first issue from Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson here…
First published in May 1954 and originally written and drawn by two of the greatest names in the history of comics, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Fighting American was the embodiment of the homegrown, god-fearing, patriotic, apple pie-eating American superhero.
Where Simon and Kirby’s other patriotic hero, Captain America, socked it to the Nazis in World War II, Fighting American brought square-jawed justice to “the Commies” and villains such as Double Header, Hotsky Trotsky, and Round Robin!
Throughout their long partnership, Simon and Kirby »
- Gary Collinson
James E. Galton, the former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group, has died. He was 92.
He died Monday at his home in Naples, Fla., while surrounded by his family, Variety has confirmed.
Galton spent 16 years at Marvel between 1975 and 1991. He is credited with improving Marvel’s fortunes by selling directly to the consumer and comic-book collectors’ shops, broadening exposure to characters like Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man, acquiring the rights to make Star Wars comic books and launching an animation studio in Los Angeles, with Stan Lee heading those operations.
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His family said in a statement, “He maintained that comic books were a legitimate form of literary expression that deserved respect and he used the medium to bolster social change like energy conservation, civil and women’s rights, child abuse prevention and universal literacy.”
Marvel was acquired by Disney for $4 billion in 2009, elevating »
- Dave McNary
For some time now, Captain America has been split into two titles – Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson – each chronicling the respective journeys of two men taking up star-spangled shields, with the former being a secret Hydra agent and the latter being a bit more heroic.
Well, as of this August, Marvel will seemingly be paring down to one Cap title. The big mystery, however, is which man will remain the focus. Truth be told, we’re betting it’s Steve Rogers considering that a patriotic version of him stands proudly at the front of promo art for this fall’s Marvel Legacy one-shot, but I digress.
The official solicit for Captain America #25 is actually quite vague and doesn’t help matters, but here it is anyway:
Nick Spencer (W) • JESÚS Saiz (A/C)
Secret Empire Tie-in!
• Two Heroes, »
- Eric Joseph
Although I have not read a lot of classic Iron Man comics I did grow up a big fan of the character. During the 90’s I remember waking up early on Sunday mornings prior to going to church in order to watch The Marvel Action Hour. Not only was it my first introduction to Iron Man and Fantastic Four, but it was also my first exposure to this strange energetic man named Stan Lee.
That cartoon also impacted my first love at the time which were action figures. I collected so many of the Iron Man figures and still have many to this day. On »
- Dan Clark
Kirsten Howard May 22, 2017
If Marvel want Robert Downey Jr to return to the McU after Avengers 4, they’ll have some serious negotiating to do. The man’s contract will be up at that point, and he’ll be free to move on to other things, which also leaves the studio in a position to write the character off.
"I can't imagine how they could but that doesn’t mean that they can't,” original Iron Man director Jon Favreau admitted to IGN last year. “I just can't wrap my head around that one. To me he's the one element that has unified all of it, »
Author: Zehra Phelan
There isn’t a day that goes past without having to report on something related to Marvel and today is no different as the first look image and teaser trailer from another Marvel TV series; Inhumans has made an appearance featuring the Royal Family.
Related: Inhumans news.
Marvel will carry out something quite unique in its airing of the first two episodes, which were shot in IMAX, by showing them on the big screen in the autumn. Giving the two episodes the movie experience could well frustrate those fans that have been waiting patiently for the film, only for Marvel to postpone it indefinitely after it was initially scheduled to be released in 2019.
Inhumans is set on Earth and in the Inhumans’ technologically advanced city Attila. The Royal Family will face a critical juncture where everything they’ve ever known is at risk. The Inhumans are led »
- Zehra Phelan
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 UK box-office: The latest Marvel movie smashes records
The incredibly well-reviewed Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has debuted at the top of the UK box-office over the bank holiday weekend and instantly became the second biggest opening film of the year. Only Disney’s Beauty and the Beast surpassed the £17.85 million in revenue that the Marvel Studios sequel received from UK fans since Friday. The three day opening is an out of this world estimated £13.06 Million, according to the studio. More on the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 UK box-office below.
Let’s put that into context. After just 4 days, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is bigger than the lifetime grosses of Captain America (£10.3m), Thor (£14m), Ant-Man (£16.3m) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (£16.3m), Superman Returns (£16.4m) , Batman Begins (£16.5m) and Iron Man (£17.4m) from the McU and DC universe. Its haul is huge. »
- Paul Heath
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' with Chris Pratt as Chris Pratt Star-Lord a.k.a. Peter Quill and Drax (voice by Dave Bautista): When 'the pressure to be good isn't as intense as the pressure to not be bad.' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Entertaining pop culture references help to alleviate James Gunn's 'weight of obligation' Pull up a chair, gather your friends, and warm up those texting thumbs: the hour is nigh for our biannual ritual of packing ourselves into theaters and watching the ultra-caffeinated exploits of whichever Marvel superheroes we're obligated to obsess over this time. Punishment for non-compliance is harsh; your Facebook feed will be clogged with posts about a topic to which you are indifferent, the modern definition of social pariah. This time, it's Guardians of the Galaxy, a second-tier Marvel property whose refreshingly saucy first film, released in 2014, earned $773 million worldwide. »
- Mark Keizer
Stan Lee has popped up in various Marvel adaptations as everything from an oblivious librarian, a Hugh Hefner look-alike, and a security guard who ‘loses’ Captain America’s WWII costume. The 94-year-old comics icon has become a talisman to Marvel’s cross-studio comic book films, his cameos acting as a respectful nod to the mind that birthed a multibillion dollar superhero empire.
So it’s got to be a good omen then that Bryan Singer has posted an Instagram picture (seen below) of Lee shooting his cameo for the upcoming X-Men TV series, titled The Gifted. Compared to Marvel’s recent foray into surreal Lynchian art-tv in the excellent Legion, this looks to be a more familiar take on the X-Men mythos. For those unaware, the show revolves around two ordinary parents, played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker, who discover that their children are ‘gifted’ with the X gene. »
- David James
As we look back at what came before ‘Iron Man,’ we marvel at the miracle that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Earlier this week, the Fsr team brainstormed the plot of Avengers 4 based on the idea that its mysterious subtitle was a potential spoiler for the still unseen Avengers: Infinity War. It was a fun exercise that briefly allowed me to nerd out over a few spandex epics penned by personal favorites, Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman. The resulting conversation spawned some excitement, and a good heap of cynicism as well…or better yet, apathy. How much further can the Marvel Cinematic Universe expand? Will Thanos ever sit up from his chair, and prove he’s the big bad Mad Titan comic book fanboys claim him to be? Next week, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will mark the 15th entry in Marvel’s unprecedented shared universe machine, and by the time we get to Avengers »
- Brad Gullickson
Let’s teach Marvel about spoilers.
Does Marvel know what spoilers are? We’re skeptical. On the subject of the title of the follow-up movie of Avengers: Infinity War, a yet untitled sequel, they appear to be confused. Yesterday, Cinema Blend published an interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who answered the direct question of “I’m curious if the reason [they’re not going to announce the title] is because it’s a spoiler” with “Yeah, for sure.”
This led to all sorts of speculation as to what kind of spoiler would be so hot that Marvel wouldn’t want to release the title of the Infinity War sequel until after we’ve seen the first movie. For a time, it was fun. Then later in the day, a BBC News reporter talked to Zoe Saldana on the red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who said that after Infinity War, they had to go back for Gauntlet. This »
- Film School Rejects
Welcome to another new blog series I am starting with the focus on graphic novels and comics. I have long been a comic fan. Growing up in the 90’s most of my Saturday mornings were spent watching X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man cartoons. Although I have been a fan of comic book properties for some time I have begun to realize I have yet to read some of the most infamous comics and graphic novels.
I tended to stick to what I liked, which was Marvel specially X-Men and X-Force. When the cartoons stopped and high school began my comic book reading pretty much died. It did not help that I grew up in rural Pennsylvania with no local comic book sore. After high school I slowly began my way back into comics due to a local comic store finally opening up and my friends getting back into them as well. »
- Dan Clark
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