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When it was revealed a couple years ago that the new Fantastic Four movie would star Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, a divide was created in the audience. Some fans are excited by the casting, recognizing Jordan as a talented young actor; but others hate the choice simply because Jordan is black and The Human Torch in the comics is white. Many have theorized why this divide was created, but Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee has his own opinion on the matter, believing that people are riled up simply because they don't like change. Entertainment Weekly recently interview the Marvel Comics legend. and dedicated a portion of their time to talk about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Noting that he personally thinks that the casting is a "great idea," Lee offered his view on why some are upset »
It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four has struggled when it comes to getting fans of Marvel’s First Family on board. A lot of hate has been thrown at the movie from the moment it was first announced, which much of the early criticism aimed towards the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.
“I thought it was a great idea”, said Lee, before turning to critics of the casting: “They’re outraged not because of any personal prejudice. They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, »
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan's casting as the 'Human Torch' in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot caused quite a stir in the fanboy community. While many praised Fox for their efforts to increase diversity onscreen, a few complained about the drastic deviation from the character's appearance in source material. Jordan himself recently weighed in on the controversy in the form of a heartfelt letter. In it, he added that "if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?". EW have since contacted the legendary comic book writer for his own thoughts on the matter - and it seems like he's a huge fan of Jordan's casting. However, he was also able to empathize with those who weren't quite on board with the casting yet - claiming that the majority of the criticism has not come out of racial prejudice, »
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.
Stan Lee helped create "The Fantastic Four" for Marvel, and Lee just weighed in on the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the new movie coming out August 7. The character was originally written as blond-haired and blue-eyed, and some fans objected to casting a black actor. In May, Jordan wrote an essay on the subject for Entertainment Weekly, addressing his critics and saying Lee had given his Ok. Lee updated in a new chat with EW to say he was "more than Ok" with the plan: "I thought it was a great idea!"
However, the Marvel legend can see both sides of this, and doesn't view the criticism as a race issue as much as a knee-jerk reaction from fans who want to see a faithful adaptation of the characters they've embraced. As he told Entertainment Weekly:
They're outraged not because of any personal prejudice. »
- Gina Carbone
With Aquaman finally coming to the big screen, a mere 75 years after his comic debut, DC now has to make the Atlantean hero interesting and entertaining to casual fans, as well as comic readers. They have a lot of damage to undo since Aquaman’s image has suffered over the years. Here are 5 ways that Zack Snyder and Jason Momoa can make the King of the Seas cool again.
Aquaman, Aka Arthur Curry, was created in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Since then, he’s been seen in several animated series, most notably the Filmation studios Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour in 1967, and the Super Friends (1973-82). He’s also appeared in live-action form in Smallville, and the pilot film for a TV series, Aquaman: Mercy Reef, starring Justin Hartley. Now he’s making his way to the big-screen.
What most non-comic readers remember about Aquaman is that he’s a »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
- Gary Collinson
Gotham is adding yet another tough-as-nails member to the Gcpd, and this time they’ve called in the big guns. According to TVLine, the Batman prequel show has recruited The Shield alum Michael Chiklis, who will take on the role of the new captain of the Gotham City Police Department as a series regular.
Chiklis will not be taking on the role of a DC Comics character, but will instead play Nathaniel Barnes, who has been created solely for the series. Judging by the character description, it won’t take long for the infamous city to corrupt him, either:
Barnes lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism. »
- James Garcia
Just a little Gotham update here, but one that gives us a few clues about the new season. Michael Chiklis (perhaps best known to our readers as Ben Grimm from the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies) has signed up for a role in the show.
Chiklis – who’s also appeared in American Horror Story, The Shield, Sons Of Anarchy, Vegas and No Ordinary Family – will play the Gcpd’s Captain Barnes, described as ‘a hero and a mentor for Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon’.
We’re told that Barnes "lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham's police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies -- on either side of the law. For Gordon, Barnes is a hero and a mentor, »
According to producers, Barnes is a hard-headed stickler for the rule of law who’ll cause headaches for gangsters and colleagues alike, as well as forming an alliance with Ben McKenzie‘s proto-Commissioner Jim Gordon. However, this being Gotham City, friends can often become enemies at the flip of Two-Face’s coin!
Season Two sees Cameron Monaghan‘s fledgling Joker become a key part of the action, so it looks like the beleaguered police force are really going to have their work cut out.
In addition to his dirty duties as a TV lawman, Chiklis is well-known in comic book circles for his role as The Thing in the studio’s short-lived Fantastic Four movie franchise. »
- Steve Palace
He was once attached to direct the 2005 film of Fantastic Four that Fox at the time was putting together. The film would go on to star Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis in the lead roles, and would lead to one sequel. The reboot, as you probably know, is two weeks away, with Josh Trank directing.
Reed's time on the original Fantastic Four project, however, didn't seem to be too happy. "I was a huge Marvel fan when I was a kid", he told Yahoo, "and knew Fantastic Four inside out and felt they were always the crown jewel of Marvel. »
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
What’s that you say? Marvel are about to introduce another female superhero into their testosterone-soaked universe? Indeed, in what some might characterise as a welcome sign of progress, while others might call it long overdue, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has verbally confirmed that The Wasp is included in plans for ‘Phase 3’ of the franchise-generator’s output, having popped on the radar in the recently released Ant-Man.
The Wasp is the superhero identity of one Janet Van Dyne, also known as the mother of Hope Van Dyne – the character played by Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man. The Wasp first appeared in Marvel comic books in Tales To Astonish #44 in 1963, and went on to become a founding member of The Avengers – even giving them the team its name. Her father was killed by an alien, so she enlisted the aid of scientist and colleague Hank Pym, and underwent bio-chemical enhancement to »
- Sarah Myles
"You gotta follow the white guys," director Ava DuVernay told a crowd of female bloggers (via The Hollywood Reporter) during her closing keynote address at the 2015 BlogHer Conference, offering up advice for women and minorities looking to make it in their industry. It was an interesting point for the Selma director to make. After all, the conversation has grown louder and louder when it comes to the discussion regarding women and people of color blazing their own trails and charting their own paths to the top in industries that have been primarily dominated by white males. But according to DuVernay there is an advantage to utilizing the roads paved by those already in positions of privilege and power. "They've got this thing wired. Too often, we live within their games, so why would you not study what worksc Take away the bad stuff -- because there's a lot -- and »
- Jordan Benesh
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Force, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman: Bad Blood, The Lego Batman Movie and more…
Marvel Studios unleashed the second superhero movie of 2015 – and the twelfth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – on Thursday evening as Ant-Man began its roll out around the globe. In the States, the film kicked off its run with $6.4 million in Thursday previews and is tracking a domestic opening weekend in the region of $60 million, with around $125 million expected worldwide. Here’s an excerpt from Scott Davis’ ★★★★ spoiler free review of the film:
While its troubled production history »
- Gary Collinson
Before he succeeded Edgar Wright on Marvel Studios’ latest offering Ant-Man, director Peyton Reed had a brush with the superhero genre when he was attached to 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four back before Tim Story brought Marvel’s First Family to the big screen for the first time. Speaking to Yahoo!, Reed has offered up a few details on his involvement, and what he had planned for the movie.
“I was a huge Marvel fan when I was a kid and knew Fantastic Four inside out and felt they were always the crown jewel of Marvel,” states Reed. “So I went in and got [hired for] the movie and I developed it for the better part of a year with three different sets of writers. But it became clear after a while that Fox had a very different movie in mind and they were also chasing a release date… so we ended up parting company. »
- Gary Collinson
Where are the Easter eggs in Ant-Man? Want to see some more Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art? Why does Ian McKellen prefer the X-Men over Superman? Is the movie Flash (Ezra Miller) a fan of the TV Flash (Grant Gustin)? What does Kevin Feige have to say about Marvel’s track record with female superheroes? Could Constantine show up […]
- Angie Han
The long road to the goofy, 2005 version of "Fantastic Four" is littered with a handful of directors who came and went from the project, and the one who got closest to directing was Peyton Reed. Creative differences with 20th Century Fox eventually saw him replaced by Tim Story, which is somewhat ironic given his position of replacing Edgar Wright on "Ant-Man." With Reed's Marvel outing getting generally good notices, the director is candid that Fox didn't treat the characters as seriously as he wanted to. "I felt like I couldn’t make the movie I wanted to make in that environment,” he told Yahoo. “The environment at Fox in 2003 was very different to the environment at Marvel in 2015. Fox at that time had a very specific idea; they wanted to pitch it much younger than I wanted to and I always felt like they were treating those characters like b-level characters. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marvel Premiere #47, April 1979 (as Ant-Man)
Powers and Abilities
After repeated exposure to a gaseous form of size-altering Pym Particles, Scott Lang now possesses the innate ability to shrink in size at will. In addition to this superhuman ability, Lang is also an expert in electronics, and a passable thief.
Gadgets and Accessories
The helmet Lang wears as Ant-Man grants him the ability to communicate telepathically with ants and other insects, and is equipped with a sound amplification system so he can be heard when shrunk down. The helmet can also be sealed off to outside air, and carries a limited air supply of its own.
Before gaining the ability to shrink on his own, Lang kept a gaseous form of Pym Particles in the belt of his costume to facilitate his size changes.
Friends and Allies
Cassandra “Cassie” Lang (Stature, »
- Austin Gorton
If you thought that your love for Channing Tatum had already reached maximum capacity, think again. The Magic Mike Xxl star attended Comic-Con last weekend and, besides putting his smoldering good looks on display, he also revealed his softer side. When the casts of X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool came out on stage to take the most amazing superhero selfie ever, Stan Lee, whose movie credits include Thor and Avengers: Age of Ultron, made a surprise appearance and joined them. While the packed stage recovered from their epic snapshot, Channing, who is set to play Gambit in Fox's upcoming film of the same name, graciously helped 92-year-old Stan off the stage. Keep reading to see more of the adorable moment, then check out the hottest guys who graced Comic-Con this year. »
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