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Superhero Bits: The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, Stan Lee

23 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Why is Stellen Skarsgard unsatisfied with The Avengers? Want to see Brett Ratner dressed up as Wolverine? What does Hans Zimmer have to say about his Catwoman theme in The Dark Knight Rises? Does James Mardsen want to play Cyclops again? Which prop from The Avengers is Tom Hiddleston's favorite? Would you like to see some new photos from The Amazing Spider-Man? What is the name of Stan Lee's new comic character? How much would you spend on a Bane mask from The Dark Knight Rises and what does a baby doll look like dressed as The Joker from The Dark Knight? Read about all of this and much more in the biggest Superhero Bits to date. . Very cool minimalist Dark Knight Rises poster by BatmanIsMyHomey [1]. Thanks to Comic Book Movie [2], which has another one too. Get More: Movie Trailers [3], Movies Blog [4] Hans Zimmer teased MTV [5] about the Catwoman theme he's writing, »

- Germain Lussier

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The Week in Spandex – The Dark Knight Rises goes viral, Thor dominates Twitter and The Amazing Spider-Man gets a new poster…

13 December 2011 11:38 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Presenting our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…

The Dark Knight Rises continued to dominate the headlines this week as a Los Angeles press screening of the six-minute prologue was accompanied by the first steps in the viral marketing campaign of the hugely-anticipated sequel, code-named ‘Operation Early Bird’. Beginning with the arrival of a series of mysterious documents – a CIA Bulletin on Dr. Leonid Pavel (Alon Abutbul) via Wired, a censored transcript via Empire and a third document from the Twitter account @thefirerises, which pointed to this website. At the time, it featured a countdown that ended at 6pm GMT yesterday - at which time the site ground to a halt under the weight of half the internet – before revealing itself as a map allowing fans to book tickets for early screenings of the IMAX prologue. If you’re yet to get yourself tickets, »

- flickeringmyth

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Stan "The Man" Lee To Headline The London Super Comic Convention

10 December 2011 5:15 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last year saw the launch of Kapow! Comic Con and next year sees not only the return of that event, but also the first ever London Super Comic Convention. Needless to say, it's a very good time for comic book fans living in the UK who have spent years dreaming of the opportunity to get even a small taste of the San Diego Comic Con experience. So, if the chance to meet the creator of such characters as the Avengers, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man sounds appealing, the London Super Comic Convention has some very good news for you. Stan Lee, legendary comic book creator best known as the man who created the Marvel Universe, will be the headline guest at The London Super Comic Convention 2012 - his first comic convention in the UK for nearly 40 years. Organisers of The London Super Comic Convention 2012 are going all out to make the »

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Comics: Looking Back At The 6 Other Times The Avengers And The X-men Have Exchanged Fisticuffs

10 December 2011 12:15 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Note: MTV Geek used as a reference for this article With helpful assistance from MTV Geek, I take a look back at 6 previous times the Avengers and the X-Men have come to blows in preparation for the big 2012 showdown between the two superhero teams. Tales of Suspense Vol 1 #49 January, 1964 Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee Cover Artist: Jack Kirby Writer: Stan Lee As pointed out by MTV Geek, this comic marked just the third ever appearance by the X-Men and pits Iron Man against Angel. During an explosion at a Stark factory, Angel gets doused with radiation rays that turn him evil. In short, this issue featured a lot of aerial dog fighting with Iron Man basically being unable to keep up with his winged adversary. With all the advancements Tony has made over the years, I'm pretty sure this outcome would be reversed if/when these two meet again. In the end »

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SciFi Mafia’s Comic Release Watch: 12/07/11

7 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s what hits stores this week! Nothing new from Dark Horse Comics.

Boom! Studios

Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Gabriel Hardman), $3.99

Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Declan Shalvey), $3.99

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #8 (Cover A Tim Bradstreet), $3.99

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #8 (Cover B Nick Percival), $3.99

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #8 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), Ar

Cliver Barker’s Hellraiser Masterpieces #3, $3.99

Elric The Balance Lost #6 (Cover A Francesco Mattina), $3.99

Elric The Balance Lost #6 (Cover B Dimitri Armand), Ar

Elric The Balance Lost #6 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), Ar

Elric The Balance Lost Volume 1 Tp, $14.99

I Thought You Would Be Funnier Hc, $17.99

Irredeemable #32 (Cover A Trevor Hairsine), $3.99

Irredeemable #32 (Cover B Matteo Scalera), $3.99

Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian), Ar

Planet Of The Apes #4 (Sdcc 2011 Photo Variant Cover), $9.99

Rinse #4, $3.99

Stan Lee’s Starborn Volume 2 Tp, $14.99

Valen The Outcast #1 (Cover A Liam Sharp), $1.00

Valen The Outcast #1 (Cover »

- Brandon Johnston

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Superhero Bits: X-Men First Class 2, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises

21 November 2011 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Want to see some new set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man? How much does James McAvoy know about the X-Men First Class sequel? What does the new Avengers website reveal about the characters? Has Paul Bettany been asked to return for the film? Did Donald Glover talk about Spider-Man in his new Comedy Central special and what is the best Superman video game of all time? Read about all of this and much more in today's Superhero Bits. MTV [1] says the new Superman game for Ios is "the best Superman video game I've ever played." James McAvoy spoke to Collider [2] about the X-Men First Class sequel and, while not revealing anything, did give some cool insight. Here's a piece, head there for more: I’ve heard a little bit about what’s happening. The director has got a fantastic idea for what the story will be. I can’t really »

- Germain Lussier

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Comic Release Watch: 11/16/11

16 November 2011 6:47 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s what hits stores this week!

Boom! Studios

Decision 2012 Michele Bachmann #1 (Cover A Jeffrey Spokes), $3.99

Decision 2012 Michele Bachmann #1 (Cover B Jeffrey Spokes Superhero Variant), Ar

Key Of Z #2 (Of 4), $3.99

Planet Of The Apes #8 (Cover A Carlos Magno), $3.99

Planet Of The Apes #8 (Cover B Damian Couceiro), $3.99

Planet Of The Apes #8 (Cover C Scott Keating), Ar

Stan Lee’s Starborn #12 (Cover A Jonboy Meyers), $3.99

Stan Lee’s Starborn #12 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers), Ar

Dark Horse Comics

Conan Road Of Kings #10, $3.50

Drawing Down the Moon The Art Of Charles Vess Tp, $29.99

Mass Effect Invasion #2 (Of 4)(Massimo Carnevale Regular Cover), $3.50

Mass Effect Invasion #2 (Of 4)(Paul Renaud Variant Cover), Ar

Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #4 (Of 5), $3.50

Star Wars Invasion Revelations #5 (Of 5), $3.50

Valve Presents The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories Hc, $24.99

DC Comics

Astro City The Dark Age Volume 2 Brothers In Arms Tp, $19.99

Batman #3 (Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion Regular Cover), $2.99

Batman #3 (Francis Manapul Black & White »

- Brandon Johnston

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Stan Lee To Receive PGA Vanguard Award

9 November 2011 8:58 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Producers Guild of America will bestow its 2012 Vanguard Award on comic book icon Stan Lee when the group holds its 23rd annual PGA Awards ceremony January 21 at the Beverly Hilton. The award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Lee helped create such indelible superheroes as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and the Avengers during his career at Marvel Comics. The characters that have been translated into books, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and some of the past decade’s most profitable tent pole films. Lee co-founded Pow! Entertainment in 2001 to develop properties for multiple platforms; most recently, Pow! teamed with Michael Eisner’s Vuguru to produce original digital content. “Stan Lee’s creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Stan Lee To Be Presented With 2012 Producers Guild of America Vanguard Award!

9 November 2011 8:18 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Deadline report that the creator of such iconic Marvel characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and more, will be presented with the Producers Guild of America 2012 Vanguard Award when the group holds its 23rd annual PGA Awards ceremony January 21 at the Beverly Hilton. "Stan Lee’s creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history," Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim said while announcing the award earlier today. "He not only has created content that will forever be in our culture but continues to make strides in the digital and new media realms, keeping the comic book industry fresh and exciting. Stan’s accomplishments truly encompass the spirit of the Vanguard Award and we are proud to honor him." »

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'Avengers' #1 sells for $$250,000 in auction

3 November 2011 10:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Avengers #1 has been auctioned off for $$250,000 (£156,000). Metropolis Collectables sold a Cgc 9.6 graded copy of the landmark Marvel Comics title for the record price last week. Avengers #1 was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby with inks by Dick Ayers. The comic, cover-dated September 1963, sees a team of Thor, Wasp, Ant-Man, Iron Man and Hulk take on the villainous Loki. The Metropolis auction sale marks the highest price ever paid for the issue, but is some way behind the world record set by Action Comics #1's $$1.5 million (£995,000) transaction in 2010. "This exceptional (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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Shane Black talks Iron Man 3 cast, rules out Mandarin and Demon In A Bottle story

3 November 2011 9:29 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Shane Black has been giving fans a few more clues about Iron Man 3, which is expected to hit cinemas on May 3, 2013.

The Kiss Kiss Bang Bang filmmaker, who was appointed director after Jon Favreau stepped away from the Marvel franchise, spoke about the upcoming film at Long Beach Comic Con, reports Comic Book Resources.

Revealing that he had been involved in the first film in a very small way - "Downey and Favreau came to my house and said 'we need your help' and we talked for a few days" - Black (pictured right) had at first planned to write Iron Man 3 as well as directing it.

He spoke of his surprise at learning that screenwriter Drew Pearce had been brought on board "but what happened was this great collaboration and friendship with this great, lovely British writer."

So who do the pair have in mind as armoured crimefighter's opponent this time around? »

- David Bentley

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Comics: The Avengers #1 Sells For A Record Price!

2 November 2011 5:12 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bleeding Cool point out that a Cgc 9.6 copy of The Avengers #1 was sold for a record $250,000 by Metropolis Collectibles last week. With the movie a little over six months away, it appears as if interest in the superhero team is at an all time high. Written by Stan Lee with art from Jack Kirby, the book features the Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp (the founding team of Avengers) and was released September 1963. Metropolis Collectibles COO Vincent Zurzolo had this to say: "This exceptional copy is tied with two other copies of Avengers #1 Cgc in 9.6. The other two copies have never been brought to market. Their owners have no interest in selling. This makes this the only publicly sold copy of a Cgc 9.6 to date. We are very proud to make this the highest price anybody has ever paid for a copy of Avengers »

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Comic Release Watch: 11/2/11

2 November 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s what hits stores this week!

DC Comics

Absolute Sandman Volume 5 Hc, $99.99

Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Regular Cover), $3.99

Action Comics #3 (Gene Ha Variant Cover), Ar

Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), Ar

American Vampire #20, $2.99

Animal Man #3, $2.99

Batman Noel Deluxe Edition Hc, $22.99

Batwing #3, $2.99

Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Detective Comics #3, $2.99

Flight Of Angels Hc, $24.99

Green Arrow #3, $2.99

Hawk And Dove #3, $2.99

Joe The Barbarian Deluxe Edition Hc, $29.99

Justice League International #3, $2.99

League Of Extraordinary Gentlmen Omnibus Hc, $49.99

Men Of War #3, $3.99

O.M.A.C. #3, $2.99

Red Lanterns #3, $2.99

Scooby Doo Where Are You #15, $2.99

Static Shock #3, $2.99

Stormwatch #3, $2.99

Superman The Return Of Doomsday Tp, $14.99

Supernatural #2 (Of 6), $2.99

Swamp Thing #1 (Yanick Paquette 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Swamp Thing #3, $2.99

Sweet Tooth #27, $2.99

Marvel Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #673, $3.99

Anita Blake Circus Of The Damned The Scoundrel #2 (Of 5), $3.99

Avengers 1959 #3 (Of 5), $2.99

Avengers Academy #21, $2.99

Avengers Origins Ant-Man And The Wasp #1 (One Shot), $3.99

Black Widow The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Hc (Premiere Edition »

- Brandon Johnston

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Comic Release Watch: 10/26/11

26 October 2011 7:21 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s what hits stores this week!

DC Comics

Absolute All-Star Superman Hc (New Printing), $99.99

All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold #12, $2.99

All-Star Western #1 (Moritat 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

All-Star Western #2, $3.99

Aquaman #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Aquaman #2, $2.99

Batman The Dark Knight #1 (David Finch 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Batman The Dark Knight #2, $2.99

Blackest Night Black Lantern 1:4 Scale Power Battery And Ring Prop Replica Set, $35.00

Blackhawks #1 (Ken Lashley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Blackhawks #2, $2.99

DC Comics Presents Catwoman Guardian Of Gotham #1, $7.99

DC Comics Presents The Jack Kirby Omnibus Sampler #1, $7.99

Dmz #70, $2.99

Flash #1 (Francis Manapul 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Flash #2 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $2.99

Flash #2 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Edition), Ar

Flash #2 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover), Ar

Flashpoint Hc (per DC Comics), $22.99

Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #1 (Ethan Van Sciver 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #2, $2.99

Gears Of War #20, $2.99

Green Lantern New Guardians #1 (Tyler »

- Brandon Johnston

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The Week in Spandex - The Dark Knight Rises prologue, Marvel Phase Two, The Punisher, Ghost Rider and more

25 October 2011 2:42 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…

It seems that Tom Cruise’s latest impossible mission, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, will enjoy a hefty IMAX opening when it hits North America this December, with /Film breaking the news that the sequel will be accompanied by a six-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. employed the same tactic back in 2007, attaching the opening sequence of The Dark Knight to the post-apocalyptic Will Smith actioner I Am Legend and giving us our first glimpse of Heath Ledger’s Joker in action. Assuming Nolan follows suit and takes the opportunity to introduce Bane, then my guess is we’ll get some kind of origin montage that makes use of the footage shot in India back in May when Josh Pence filmed scenes as a young Ra »

- flickeringmyth

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Stan Lee Earns Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award

19 October 2011 2:08 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Without big-screen superheroes, special effects masters would be forced to subsist on big budget natural disaster flicks for work, and we all know those have been out of style since "Acid Rain 3D"... which, uh, is not a real movie.

It’s no surprise then that the industry would feel a debt of gratitude to Stan Lee, without whom some of Marvel’s most beloved heroes — like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Avengers — wouldn't have seen the light of day.

THR reports that “the Man” will be honored with the Visual Effects Society's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ves Chair Jeffrey A Okun released a statement explaining the choice.

"Stan Lee's imagination has created a completely original and profitable niche in the entertainment world and has allowed visual effects to flex its muscle in service to it! Thanks to Mr. Lee's fantastic creations and amazing stories he not »

- Rachel Molino

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Marvel’s “Phase 2″ May Result in ‘Avengers 2′

17 October 2011 2:48 PM, PDT | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Now that we’ve seen the first trailer for 2012’s The Avengers, a culmination of Marvel’s superhero movies for the past three years, the studio is shifting its focus to what comes next.  At the New York Comic-Con on Saturday, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige was on hand to discuss what he calls “phase 2″ of their comic book movie universe.

Feige was joined by Captain America star Chris Evans and The Avengers’ lesser-known actors, like Clark Gregg, “How I Met Your Mother” actress Cobie Smulders (a reminder she’s also in this), Tom Hiddleston (Loki from Thor), and Mark Ruffalo (who is taking over as the new Hulk).  But some of them may have more to do soon, since Feige announced, “Iron Man 3 will be the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this saga that will culminate, God willing, in »

- Jeff Leins

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'The Avengers': Mark Ruffalo salutes Edward Norton, Tom Hiddleston emerges a rock star, and more at Nycc

16 October 2011 3:36 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Avengers assemble!

And so they did. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg and Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige took the stage at New York Comic Con’s IGN Theater Saturday night to screen new footage from 2012’s The Avengers and geek out on all things super and heroic.

While the wildly enthusiastic crowd oohed and aahed over a clip of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow recruiting a down-and-out Bruce Banner in an Indian slum (one guy yelled, “I want your baby, Scarlett!”), they were every bit as reactive when it came to the panel itself. »

- Christian Blauvelt

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B-Roll Footage From The Avengers New York Comic Con Panel

16 October 2011 1:07 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Marvel has posted these B-Roll clips from New York Comic Con to help promote The Avengers so promote we shall! Man, they really need to practice saying Avengers Assemble in a unified fashion. But all jokes aside, I better hear Cap shouting that line by himself come May 4, 2012. The Avengers is a team of superheroes, appearing in magazines published by Marvel Comics. The team made its debut in The Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist / co-plotter Jack Kirby, following the trend of super-hero teams after the success of DC Comics with the Justice League. The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man »

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'Avengers' Astound At New York Comic-Con

16 October 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

There were thousands of New York Comic Con attendees crammed into the IGN Theater at the Javits Center Saturday night, and thousands more hopefuls waiting in another hall in case someone was willing to give up their seat from the previous panel. Not many were budging, because the biggest nerd event of the entire weekend was about to unfold: "The Avengers" panel.

Onstage were Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige, along with stars Clark Gregg ("Agent Phil Coulson"), Cobie Smulders ("Agent Maria Hill"), Tom Hiddleston ("Loki"), Chris Evans ("Captain America") and unannounced surprise guest Mark Ruffalo ("Hulk").

Feige remained tight-lipped when it came to revealing much about next summer's "Avengers" film, currently being edited by its director Joss Whedon. He did mention that there will be the traditional Marvel post-credits scene at the end, and that Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" will be a gateway into an eventual »

- Max Evry

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