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Marvel has put out another one of its mysterious Summer 2015 teaser posters, and it's a doozy for Spider-Man fans. Illustrated by Adam Kubert, the teaser is titled Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows and despite being a simple image, it's absolutely loaded with callouts to some of the most controversial moments in Spidey history. There are few sore spots in Marvel Comics canon like the Spider-Marriage. Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson way back in the landmark 1987 comic Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, in a story called "The Wedding!" by David Michelinie and John Romita, Sr. Unlike a lot of comic book story decisions, »
- Joshua Rivera
A quick review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I don't know how to vacation like a normal person... Sister show "The Flash" is the shiny new thing understandably getting all the attention, but "Arrow" has had a fine start to its third season. I didn't write about last week's episode, but it did a good job dealing with the emotional repercussions of Sara's murder, while "Corto Maltese" dealt nicely with the Malcolm/Thea relationship(*) and the way it in turn has altered Oliver and Thea's relationship. I don't much buy Diggle's rationale for Oliver not telling her the whole truth, but in general I have a much more anti-secrecy philosophy than the shared "Arrow"/"Flash" creative team, and Thea as secret ninja is a much better direction for her than Thea as underage club owner. (*) I particularly appreciated the tabling of the Hong Kong flashbacks in »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last month we brought you some of the Legend of the Yokai artwork completed by artists from around the world to coincide with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (read our review here). Flickering Myth were lucky enough to sit down with artists Matt Taylor and Sam Gilbey to talk about their artwork…
FM:For the benefit of our readers could you tell me a bit about your work previous to Legend of the Yokai?
Mt: I’ve been illustrating for 12 years now. I guess at the moment I’m better known for doing a lot of work through Mondo, illustrated film posters, book covers, that’s my stock in trade. I did the John LeCarre novels in the Us, which have been reused over here as well and that’s probably the highest profile thing I’ve done recently or the thing that people might actually know me for. »
- Luke Owen
No one can question David Hayter's geek credentials. Not only is he the one, true voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid game series, but he also voiced Captain America in the '90s Spider-Man TV show and played the titular hero in The Guyver: Dark Hero. Hayter's not just an actor in geek-friendly properties, though. He was writing superhero movies before superhero movies were the big business they are today. Hayter's very first produced screenplay was for X-Men, which led to X-Men 2 and Watchmen. And as he revealed in our below interview, he was even attached to direct his adaptations of Watchmen and Black Widow, though neither of those projects panned out. Instead his directorial debut ended up being Wolves, starring Lucas Till as a freshly...
- Peter Hall
Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...
There's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie out. It's a franchise reboot, bringing the iconic brand back to the big-screen in a fresh live-action feature. You're probably familiar with Tmnt having consumed the Turtletastic mythos in some format - comics, cartoons, older movies, videogames, action figures, Lego and/or Vanilla Ice music videos.
Don't worry if you're not clued up on this cowabunga business, though, because I'm going to break it down and run over the basics on which this mighty multimedia property is built. Here's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a nutshell - or rather, in a turtle shell - as conceived by comics creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird way back in 1984.
The basic story - or at least, the high concept - goes like »
You can tell how boring a movie year is by the state of new Halloween costume ideas each fall. At least in terms of memorable characters. When I walk into one of those seasonal pop-up shops and see the same superheroes year after year joined still, a decade after, by Napoleon Dynamite-style “nerd” package costumes, I worry that there isn’t enough fresh and popular movie iconography being entered into the history books of late. What is the 2014 film zeitgeist but more Spider-Man, Captain America, X-Men, Transformers and Hunger Games? New costumes are repeats of old, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and even my old unlikely X-Men meet Forrest Gump and Smurfette ideas), or based on already familiar icons, like Lego people. Frozen is new but familiar. Same with most of the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, to a degree. If you want to go against the grain of the mainstream and easily recognized »
- Christopher Campbell
Welcome To Issue 65!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie/TV news, rumors, and speculation.
That’s what this all is based on, right?
As some of you might know, I’m a Spider-Man fan and over at Marvel we’re leading up to a Spider-Man comics event called Spider-Verse. Put simply, every Spider-Man across the multi-verse is actually connected to a spider-totem and web of life that makes them the target of an ancient race of...you know, comics are complex.
The cool thing about it is that they’re running a series called “Edge of the Spider-Verse” where we get to spend »
This past week, you’ve likely seen it: Denise Dorman, wife of “Famed Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Fantasy illustrator Dave Dorman,” decided to write an op-ed concerning the decline of sales she and her husband have been privy to over the last years. She has since posted a second response to make her points more clear.
Denise’s original piece began: “Privately, famed comic book industry personalities everywhere are discussing with each other whether to stop exhibiting at comic book conventions. There’s a fine line between being accessible to and pleasing the fans vs. losing money at these conventions.”
Unshaven Comics has been independently producing comic books and attending comic conventions regularly for only seven years or so. In no way, shape, or form do we come close to the level of fame and success her husband has enjoyed. But in the time that we have been active, I have »
- Marc Alan Fishman
• Amazing Spider-man Vs. Superior Spider-man! • The Spider-Army doesn’t have time for this squabbling as the Inheritors tighten their noose. Amazing Spider-man #11 Written by Dan Slott Pencils & Cover by Olivier Coipel • Miles Morales And Ultimate Spider-man (from the Ultimate Spider-man cartoon) Team Up! • Gwen Stacy Spider-woman goes to a universe to recruit a Peter Parker who never got over her death! Spider-verse Team-up #2 Written by Christos Gage & Gerry Conway Pencils by Dave Williams & Paul Smith Cover by Dave Williams Well, this should be fun! We never got to see a physical confrontation between Peter and Otto due to the fact that they were sharing the same body/mind during the controversial Superior Spider-Man series, so seeing them battle it out here before being forced to put their differences aside to take on Morlun should be very interesting. Who will ultimately be...Superior? We'll know soon! »
In the four-part Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors event known as Spider-Verse, Spidey chases Goblin into the medieval era, where he comes face-to-face with a very interesting version of himself. Meet Spider Knight (also sometimes known as Spyder Night) (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Peter Parker in the 90s).
Watch as Peter Parker saves the Knight with a little web-slinging action as the villagers try to stab him with a pitchfork. Modern day Spider-Man proves he's no fool in this latest sneak peek, but can he save Spider Knight from The immense power of The Goblin in The Spider-Verse: Part 3?
Marvel's most popular super hero, Spider-Man, swings into a new season in "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors". Accompanied by Nova, Iron Fist, Power Man and White Tiger, Spider-Man and the team take on dangerous S.H.I.E.L.D. missions and encounter some of their most thrilling adventures yet. »
Last month, we reported that Community star Donald Glover is voicing Miles Morales in the Disney Xd series Ultimate Spider-Man, with the new season entitled Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. As it turns out, Donald Glover is just one of several new cast members who are lined up for a multi-episode arc known as Spider-Verse, where Spider-Man (Drake Bell) meets up with a number of familiar characters such as Spider-Girl, Spider-Ham, Sand Spyder-Knight and Spider-Man 2099.
First, we have two new clips from the Spider-Verse episodes, which give us our first look at Spider-Man 2099 (Freddy Rodríguez) and Spider-Man Noir (Milo Ventimiglia), then read on for more details about the new voice cast members.
In a big multi-episode event known as "Spider-Verse," Spider-Man will be chasing the Goblin through different worlds where he meets Spider-Men of all shapes and sizes! Spidey will be crossing paths with Miles Morales, voiced by Donald Glover (Community), Spider-Man Noir, »
We already knew that Donald Glover (Community) was going to be voicing Miles Morales in the upcoming four-part Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Spider-Verse event and now Marvel has revealed the rest of the special guest cast, which includes a few familiar voices. The guest cast, in addition to Glover, will also include Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Spider-Man in the hit '90s animated series, as Spyder-Knight, Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) as Spider-Man Noir, Freddy Rodríguez (Scrubs) as Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099, Olivia Holt (Kickin' It) as Petra Parker/Spider-Girl, and Ben Diskin (Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) as Peter Porker/Spider-Ham. Additionally Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!) will be voicing Norma Osborn, an adversary of Spider-Girl's. Marvel also promises that Spidey will be running into even more Spider-Men later in the season. Check out two new clips from Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors that introduce Spider-Man 2099 & Spider-Man Noir below: Marvel's most popular super hero, »
Licenses to “Star Wars,” “The Simpsons,” DC and Marvel’s superheroes, and its own films like “The Lego Movie” have helped make Lego the world’s largest toy company when it comes to revenue and profits, beating Mattel and Hasbro.
At least that’s for the first six months of the year.
Lego attributed much of this year’s success so far to “The Lego Movie,” which helped boost sales by 11% during the first six months of the year, the company said.
“The Lego Movie,” which was produced for $60 million, went on to earn more than $468 million worldwide, and was backed by 17 playsets, minifigures, a videogame, theme park attraction, and slew of branded merchandise. The film is also available on homevideo platforms.
See Also: Will Summer Releases Get Blocked By ‘The Lego Movie’?
- Marc Graser
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Kraven the Hunter - Spider-Man Cosplayer: Nicole Marie Jean Photographers: Ernesto Javier Photography & Mineralblu Photography ........................................................................ The Comedian - Watchmen Cosplayer: Nicole Marie Jean Photographers: Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art & FirstPerson Shooter Someone's killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us? Watchmen (2009) was directed by Zack Snyder ("Man Of Steel"), from a screenplay written by David Hayter and Alex Tse. It's an adaptation of the comic book of the same name created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The cast included: Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew »
What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!
Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.
Word on the street says that 2014 was »
- Darren Franich
Last night, amidst the butts and the Feminism and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to Daniels, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the »
- Christopher Campbell
During an interview with IGN, Jaimie Foxx revealed that he was approached to play Luke Cage. He also discussed his superhero fandom and where it spawned from. He also talks about why Spider-Man is his favorite superhero.
As for Luke Cage, all he says is that he was approached to play him back in the day but that it didn't work out at the time. I really like the idea of Foxx as Cage. I think he would still be an awesome choice for the role.
Marvel is currently moving forward with Luke Cage as a series on Netflix, but if that series is a hit, I guess there is always a chance the character could find his way to the big screen, he just most likely won't be played by Foxx. The actor has also been wanting to play Spawn for Todd McFarlane for years, and hopefully one day that happens. »
- Joey Paur
“I’m the guy who asked my parents to get back in line at the Indiana Jones stunt show in Disneyland immediately after seeing it” is the thing I said to Mike Ryan after seeing Marvel Universe Live! at the Barclay’s Center last night. That was the statement I should have lead with when I explained why I wanted to see what everyone seems to describe as “Marvel on Ice without the Ice.”
I am the completest geek for things I love, I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Our Shells Tour at the Denver Coliseum. I’m the guy that wants to see all the stage shows at Universal Studios instead of going on the Jurassic Park Ride again. I’m the guy that took theater classes and learned about suspending people for Peter Pan and thinking: “This would be more fun if it were Spider-Man. »
Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...
As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.
It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.
So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it...
Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »
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