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Before the all-new Secret Wars takes the comic world by storm in 2015, relive the complete Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars legacy in one complete, stunning package. Hot off the heels of this year’s sold-out Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set, Marvel have announced the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, a deluxe collection of 11 (yes, eleven!!) hardcovers chronicling the history of one of Marvel’s most storied events.
Coming in June 2015, readers will be transported to Battleworld and back as they experience over 30 years of Secret Wars stories in one of the most comprehensive collections we’ve ever released! Plus, each of these extremely limited box sets comes complete with a full-size poster: legendary painter Alex Ross’s rendition of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1!
“Our Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set was a huge hit with fans and retailers, »
- Phil Wheat
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." executive producer Jeffrey Bell has confirmed that the blue alien appearing in the 'Guest House' is a member of an intergalactic race, originally appearing in Marvel Comics, that will be officially revealed December 2, 2014 in the series episode "Ye Who Enter Here":
"...our people don't know anything about the 'Kree' or that there's a planet full of them," said Bell. "What they do know is that the strange carvings created by 'Coulson' after he was injected with the Kree serum are actually the map of a city, and they need to find that city before 'Hydra' does. But where is it? Here or on another planet?"
'Ronan the Accuser', the super-villain of "Guardians of the Galaxy", was also a member of the Kree race.
Click the images to enlarge. »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel is clearly kicking DC's ass when it come to their comic book movies, and I think they will continue to do so. DC is sure to make some great upcoming movies, but I don't think they will be as good as what Marvel is accomplishing. Marvel just has a better grasp on their stories and the universe they've created. This isn't the only thing Marvel is great at, though. They also show a respect for their fan base and they know how to treat them.
GeekTyrant.com was launched at the same time Jon Favreau's first Iron Man film was released, and my very first post was a review of that film. In a way, Marvel was the catalyst for what GeekTyrant would become. I think that’s all thanks to Favreau and his love for the fans. That guy knows what he’s doing when it comes fan interaction, »
- Joey Paur
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League and more….
We’ll kick off this edition of The Week in Spandex with Marvel Studios, and this week has brought us an extended trailer for the next instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can watch the extended trailer here, while the behind-the-scenes Age of Ultron featurette from the Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy has also arrived online, »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome To Issue 71!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony probably isn't too psyched with me either right now.
This Week: Let's elaborate more on that Aunt May thing. Then, Did You See Attilan On TV Last Night?!?!?!
I guess the best place to start would be with this week’s Aunt May story, namely that Sony is developing an Aunt May solo movie, or that’s what I said. Because Comic Book Resources reached out to their source and got a denial:
When reached by Cbr News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”
Now, it’s a battle of the unnamed sources, although »
There has been a debate amongst comics wags that the rumor about Marvel cancelling their flagship title, Fantastic Four, during their 75th anniversary celebration was just that – a rumor. Marvel/Disney couldn’t possibly be that petty. Bleeding Cool.com‘s Rich Johnson, who carried the story, steadfastly stood behind his sources. Good for him.
Evidently, Marvel wasn’t happy with how 20th Century Fox was treating the property in the forthcoming movie reboot, they didn’t want to support it and so were cancelling the comic book. Ok, but would they cancel all those X-Men titles if they didn’t like the way Fox handled their latest X-movie? Of course not. Nor did Marvel cancel the Spider-Man titles despite the atrocious way Columbia handled the Spidey flicks of late – and they’ve got release dates for three or four more.
To be fair, compared to the profits of the »
- Mike Gold
No shirt, no shoes, big problems. Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) learns a little something about human bondage Tuesday on his supernatural ABC drama “Forever.” In TheWrap's exclusive photo from the episode, Gruffudd's character, an immortal New York medical examiner named Dr. Henry Morgan, finds himself in a deliciously sexy pickle (for viewers anyway) when he finds himself chained, bound, and um, shirtless. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity Of course, Gruffudd's character tends to be naked often as part of his multiple returns from death involves coming back sans clothing. The Bdsm-themed episode — titled ”The Ecstasy of Agony” – pits him up against “One. »
- Travis Reilly
Earlier today, we posted a couple of highlights from Marvel Studios' documentary Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! That included the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man sneak peek, as well as an extended clip from Agent Carter. The full documentary is now available to watch online thanks to ABC. This gives fans a little history on the comic book company, taking us through how it was started, the challenges it has had over the years, and where it is going. This was made for people who have jumped on the Marvel bandwagon over the last few years and might not know a lot about the company and people who laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today in these epic blockbuster films. If you grew up as a Marvel fan, then there's a good chance that you already know a lot of the information presented, but it's still worth a look. »
- Joey Paur
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
For anyone who has seen more than one Marvel movie but would shrug perplexedly at the mention of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, “Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp To Pop!” — an ABC special, giving “Agents of Shield” the week off — should probably be required viewing. Fun, fast-paced and encompassing many of the company’s highlights along with a few lowlights, it’s a solid primer on Marvel’s history, while weaving in inevitable self-promotion and synergistic plugs. Frankly, an hour doesn’t do the topic justice, but it’s still a timely recognition of the outfit that started out 75 years ago as, yes, Timely Comics.
Hosted by Emily VanCamp — who not only stars in ABC’s “Revenge” and appeared in the last “Captain America” movie, but also looks like a stereotypical comicbook fan’s imaginary girlfriend — the special races through those early years, when editor Martin Goodman began churning out superhero »
- Brian Lowry
Fleming: Deadline held its annual Contenders Event yesterday, where my colleagues Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten and I interviewed filmmakers, actors, composers and producers behind the Oscar films, directly to a room full of voters. It’s worthwhile on many fronts, not the least of which is reconnecting us to filmmaker passion and reminding us that creative ambition is alive and well. But as Pee-Wee Herman once famously said onscreen, “There is always a big but, so tell us about your big but.” Here’s my big but. I’ve prowled the town the past week, and discovered a profound sense of depression after Warner Bros and Marvel trotted out superhero slates through 2020. Adding Sony’s Spider-Man line and »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Marvel Comics and and the Jack Kirby estate recently settled a lawsuit over the rights to several iconic superhero characters that Jack Kirby created with Stan Lee while working for Marvel back in the 1960s and 1970s.
The terms of the settlement were not revealed, but Marvel and the Kirby estate issued a joint statement that said,
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history."
It looks like they've started the process of honoring Kirby's contribution to Marvel, as they've quietly made a change to some of its comic books. In recent issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men a new credit line has been included that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby." This has not been present in the previous issues of either comic. »
- Joey Paur
The late, legendary creator's name has been included in a series of titles this week after the publisher settled out of court with Kirby's heirs.
All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 feature the credit "Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby", with Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 featuring "Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby" (via Robot 6).
The details of the settlement of the long legal battle between Kirby's family and Marvel over the many characters he helped create have not been revealed publicly.
Their joint statement simply read: "Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honouring Mr Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."
Marvel Studios was previously criticised for ignoring Kirby's contributions, but eventually »
For years the Kirby family have had a legal dispute over the rights of some of the most popular Marvel characters, but in this week´s releases we can see a little change in the credits of some specific comics. The recap/credits pages of All New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #14, Wolverine and the X-men #11, Inhuman #7 and Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 now include a creator credit for Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, as well as Joe Simon in the latter issue. This new additions are said to be part of the settlement between Marvel and Kirby´s family reported about a month ago. Here´s an image for comparison: It may not look like a lot but in an industry full of conflicts over the rights of multiple characters it can be incredibly significant for some people and definitely a step in the right direction. According to ComicBook, »
Just as Marvel was making a big deal about its film announcements this week with a blow out presentation at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles, the company quietly slipped another change into its comic books. The company released new issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men with a credit line that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The line was not present in the previous issue of both comics (h/t to the watchful spotters at Bleeding Cool who first flagged this). The credit line is likely to appear in other comics Kirby had a hand in creating
- Andy Lewis
Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige has confirmed that the studio will adapt Marvel Comics' 'The Inhumans" for a blockbuster feature film connecting to the rest of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe', targeting a November 2, 2018 tent-pole release:
Millions of years ago, at the beginning of the alien 'Kree'-'Skrull' war, the Kree set up an observation station on the planet Uranus, to observe sentient life on Earth that had genetic potential.
The Kree then began to experiment on homo sapiens by splicing 'Eternals' DNA into 'Cro-Magnons', to investigate ways of circumventing their own evolutionary stagnation, while creating a powerful strain of soldiers for protection against the Skrulls.
Their test subjects, that became to be known as the 'Inhumans', formed their own society...
...thriving in seclusion from the rest of humanity, developing their own advanced technology, »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel Studios have confirmed new movies, based on several of their most popular comic book characters, including "Captain America: Civil War", that will be integral to their growing 'Marvel Cinematic Universe':
...which also ran through various other titles published by Marvel at the time.
The plot follows a storyline in which the Us government passes a 'Superhero Registration Act' designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation.
The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility and civil order, with good-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves on different sides.
In other Marvel movie news, »
- Michael Stevens
“I hope fans always have their rumors and their hopes.” - Kevin Feige, Ocotber 28th, 2014
Welcome To Issue 69!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: Marvel announced all their Phase 3 films and I Can't Even.
“We wanted to do this at Comic Con this year, but things were not set.” is what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said yesterday, kicking off the Q&A at the El Capitan theater in California after the studio released it’s complete Phase 3 lineup. What that says to me is that Marvel was willing to put up with the bullcrap people like myself were gearing to throw on them. Marvel had two of the biggest movies of the year, but somehow it still seemed they were in a foot race with Warner Bros and DC whose »
Take that, DC.
We should have known Marvel Studios wouldn't let their bitter rival stay on top for long. Warner Bros and DC last week announced their upcoming slate, which includes the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie, and yesterday (October 28) came Marvel's counter-move.
In the kind of bravura unveiling many were disappointed not to see at Comic-Con this summer, the studio announced no fewer than nine new titles and release dates going all the way through to 2019 – five of them sequels, four of them new standalone projects – and got Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans up on stage to introduce Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Below, Digital Spy runs down the must-know basics about each of Marvel's upcoming titles.
Captain America 3: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
It's long been rumoured that Cap's third outing would be based on the comics' Civil War plotline, and with the title unveiling Marvel have confirmed »
This article contains mild spoilers for the Civil War comics, but nothing major. As ever, the final act of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is discussed here too.
Last night Marvel Studios presented us with a veritable feast of information to gorge ourselves on – a two-part Avengers movie, date confirmations for Thor and the Guardians Of The Galaxy’s next outings and the announcement of Marvel’s debut standalone female superhero and its first bill-topping black character, too.
In all that excitement, the confirmation that Captain America: Civil War will hit screens on May 6th 2016 may not seem too spectacular. After all, we had already heard that some form of Civil War was in store for the Avengers a few weeks ago.
However, there is actually lot of »
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