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The Hands of "Shang-Chi"

Following the success of Marvel Studios "Black Panther", targeting a black audience with an African/American writer and director, the studio is fast-tracking Marvel Comics' "Shang-Chi" (1973), showcasing a Bruce Lee-type oriental master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based 'wushu' styles, that will be the first superhero/monster movie tentpole franchise showcasing an Asian protagonist, written and directed by Asian/American filmmakers:

Created by writer Steve Englehart and illustrator Jim Starlin, "...'Shang-Chi' is the son of a China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world.

"The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills.

"He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact...

"...his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be...

"...and is closer to what others
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eBuying Comics: Week 8

With Christmas on the horizon I wanted to take a look at my ‘Top 4 Holy Grail Comics’. The reason it is four and not five is because the fifth entry on my list is the holiest of holies for Wolverine fans. I believe I have enough content to get a blog post about it on its own! So these are the four comics that are financially out of reach but they would make my collection feel complete. So far in my comic reading/collecting my taste in characters haven’t led me to the poor house. I managed to acquire the first Wolverine mini series and Wolverine #1 all for £30 and under. I also have a good selection of key Daredevil issues in the same price bracket. My biggest regret in my nearly twenty years of collecting is I never kept a record of how much I paid for what. I
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Marvel Studios Developing ‘Shang-Chi’ Movie With Dave Callaham Writing

  • Variety
Marvel Studios is developing a tentpole movie about its Shang-Chi martial arts superhero and has set Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, sources have told Variety.

If the “Shang-Chi” movie gets made, it would mark the first time that a Marvel feature film has centered on an Asian character as a protagonist. The project is in the early stages with no director or actors yet attached.

Callaham, who is Chinese-American, is a co-writer with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns on the upcoming Warner Bros. sequel “Wonder Woman 1984.” He also teamed with Sylvester Stallone to write the original “Expendables” movie in 2010 and has a story credit on 2014’s “Godzilla” for Legendary.

The Shang-Chi character is often called the “Master of Kung Fu” in Marvel Comics books and was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. He first appeared in 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15 as a martial arts expert
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Marvel Fast-Tracking First Asian Superhero Film, Shang-Chi; Dave Callaham to Pen

  • Cinelinx
A new Marvel superhero will soon find its way to the big screen! However, debuting as the latest solo superhero flick in McU isn't the only history that's being made with this character. More on the Shang-Chi flick within...

In a year that had two mainstream films, one featuring a nearly all-Black cast in Marvel's Black Panther and an all-Asian in Warner Bros. Crazy Rich Asians, find incredible success financially, critically, and with audiences, Marvel/Disney has decided to capitalize on that trend, once again, with a relatively unknown hero from Marvel Comics, Shang-Chi.

A report from Deadline has revealed that Marvel has greenlit and fast-tracked the first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi, and has even signed on writer Dave Callaham, who is well-versed in the genre. Dave Callaham co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984, wrote Zombieland 2, The Expendables franchise, Legendary's Godzilla, and is currently writing Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse 2. Oh, and he happens to be Asian-American.
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Shang-Chi Will Be Marvel's First Asian-Led Superhero Movie Franchise

Marvel Studios is expanding their stable of characters and is reportedly fast-tracking a Shang-Chi movie adaptation. This is being eyed as the studio's first superhero franchise to feature an Asian lead character. While Kevin Feige and the brass at Marvel Studios have yet to confirm the news personally, the idea is that they're trying to mirror the success they enjoyed with Black Panther this year by continuing to showcase an increasingly diverse lineup of heroes on the big screen.

According to a new report, Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham, who recently co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984, has been tapped to write the Shang-Chi movie. There is no word currently on who specifically would wind up in the director's chair, but the report notes that Marvel is looking to hire either an Asian or Asian-American director for the gig. As for Callaham, his impressive list of credits also includes the Amazon series Jean Claude Van-Johnson,
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Marvel Studios Announces Shangi-Chi As First Asian Superhero Movie

For these past few months, Marvel Studios has made their intentions clear to improve the level of diversity in the McU, but due to the company’s notoriously excessive anti-spoiler policies, we’ve so far seen few signs of how the studio plan to follow through on their words. That being said, Deadline has now reported that Marvel is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist.

Chinese-American writer Dave Callahan has been tapped to the pen the script, with Marvel also allegedly looking at Asian and Asian-American talent to direct. Shang-Chi is set to be one of several superhero outings that are on the way from Callahan, whose upcoming releases also include Wonder Woman 1984 and the newly announced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. The scribe’s past work includes The Expendables and the 2014 Godzilla.

The character of Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition
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Marvel Studios Is Developing a Shang-chi Feature Film

Marvel Studios is putting a new film into development based on the Asian superhero Shang-Chi, and they have hired Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2) to write the script.

According to Deadline, this film is being put on the fast-track, and the studio is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors “who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther.”

The goal for for Marvel is do something similar with Shang-Chi that they did with Black Panther, by introducing “a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.”

Clearly the studio is taking big important leaps with diversity and inclusion in their future films, both in front of and behind the camera.

For those of you not familiar with Shang-Chi, he first appeared
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‘Shang-Chi’ Marvel’s First Asian Film Superhero Franchise; Dave Callaham Scripting, Search On For Director Of Asian Descent

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. The studio has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline hears Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther. That film tied into African and African American cultures and the sensibilities of its nearly all-black cast, with a black director in Ryan Coogler and writer in Joe Robert Cole. The goal here is to do a similar thing: introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

After Marvel Studios’ unparalleled decade of success following Iron Man, many have wondered how Kevin Feige’s next iterations of superhero franchises will distinguish themselves. Clearly an
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Marvel Developing Shang-Chi Movie with 'Wonder Woman 1984' Writer

Marvel Studios is developing a new feature that will center on hero Shang-Chi in a project that would act as the superhero studio's first stand-alone movie with an Asian lead.

Dave Callaham will pen the screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. A director is not yet attached.

Shang-Chi — or, as Marvel refers to him, the Master of Kung Fu — debuted in 1973’s Special Marvel Edition No. 15, created by Steve Englehart and Thanos creator Jim Starlin after an attempt to acquire the comic book rights to the television series Kung Fu fell through. The son of infamous ...
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Marvel Comics Releases Cover Art For Old Man Quill

Marvel Comics seems to like exploring the “Old Man” versions of certain characters. Old Man Logan was a great comic series and the Old Man Hawkeye series is going to conclude next month. Next up on docket is Old Man Quill and Marvel has released the first piece of cover art for the series featuring a much older version of the character.

We also have some additional details on the story that you can read below:

The comic is being written by Old Man Hawkeye writer Ethan Sacks and it sounds like it’s going to tell a compelling story that fans will love. While talking to Newsarama, Sacks talked about working on Old Man Quill and teases what’s in store for fans:

"We have gotten to see the saga of Logan and Hawkeye in the Wastelands, but there is literally a whole world - make that a whole galaxy - left to explore.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Pays Tribute To Stan Lee

Marvel fans across the globe are still coming to terms with the fact that the legend that was Stan Lee has sadly passed away at the grand age of 95. As well as the countless millions of superhero lovers out there paying their respects to Lee on social media, the stars of the many hit movies based off the Marvel universe he helped create have also responded to the comic book icon’s death.

One of those is Chris Pratt, who features in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The man who brings Peter Quill to life shared a photo of himself smiling with Lee from when they got to meet, an occasion that the actor referenced in his accompanying tweet, voicing that he was “extraordinarily lucky” to have encountered the beloved comic book creator and been a part of the Marvel world.

Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life,
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New Joker Set Pic Reveals Tons Of Cool Batman Easter Eggs

Earlier this week, the internet collectively lost their minds at the first photos of Joaquin Phoenix in full Joker regalia shooting a scene taking place in a subway station. While those pictures were pretty amazing, this shot of the Gotham City subway map (seen below) being used in Joker is absolutely crammed full of references to Batman’s cinematic history, the Arkham series of video games and prominent comic book writers and artists from across the years.

Now, I’m not a certified Batmanologist, but I like to think I know my stuff. So, we have the Snyder District (this could either reference Zack Snyder or writer Scott Snyder), stations called Nolan Lane and Kane County, and references to Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Alan Grant, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean. This might be where my Bat knowledge runs dry, but there’s a ton of names on this map, so
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Guardians Of The Galaxy: 20 Weirdest Things About Star-Lord’s Body

The first time you hear his name in Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord immediately sounds like a character that was built from the name first, then the details filled in later.

Peter Quill is simultaneously a space cowboy and the galaxy’s noblest defender. He’s an orphan, isolated from everyone, but he’s an amazing leader and gifted communicator. He was pulled to the stars his whole life to find his father, but once he gets there he and his father become enemies. Meanwhile he’s the nexus of a superteam at the center of Marvel’s cosmic universe.

When he was created in 1976 by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, he was meant to be an astrology-based hero, born of an immaculate conception from his mother and the Master of the Sun. That idea was for him to become Earth’s mightiest space champion and earn the moniker "Star-Lord
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The Idol O’ Millions: Classic Marvel Two-In-One

Allen Christian looks back at a neglected Marvel classic…

This month saw the return of the Fantastic Four to their own title for the first time in over three years. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the road to this revival began late last year with a new book entitled Marvel 2-in-One, starring the Thing and the Human Torch. You are likely even aware that this title references the original Marvel Two-in-One that ran from 1974-1983. The original book is hardly what one would refer to as “obscure” within the comics world, but neither is it a book that is often referenced, or presented as prime reading to younger readers (i.e. anyone that wasn’t buying comics between 1974 and 1983). Given the Fantastic Four revival, as well as Marvel finally beginning to reprint these stories under their “Epic Collection” imprint, now seems as good a time
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Rumour: Rupert Thorne to feature in DC’s Joker movie?

As Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips continue to assemble their cast for the standalone DC movie Joker, a new casting breakdown has surfaced online, which may suggest that the Batman villain Rupert Thorne could be making his live-action debut in the movie.

Omega Underground has got its hands on a breakdown for ‘Mr. Warner’, described as a 60-70 year old white male and “a deeply-tanned, hair dyed so black it was almost blue, highly successful, New York City businessman, rumoured to be running for Mayor. He’s a public figure in the city and a symbol of wealth.”

There’s no confirmation that ‘Mr. Warner’ is Rupert Thorne, but the description certainly fits the character, a corrupt politician turned crime boss who makes a play to become the Mayor of Gotham City.

Thorne was created by Steve Englehart and Walter Simonson back in 1977, and was originally intended to appear in 1989’s Batman,
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‘The Prisoner: Original Art Edition’ Review (Titan Comics)

Written by Jack Kirby, Steve Englehart | Art by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane | Published by Titan Comics

I’ll be honest here, and say this won’t really be a review. A review is when you approach something objectively, weigh up its pros and cons, and hopefully throw in some entertaining prose. This book, the fabled unpublished Marvel Comics Prisoner, is not something you can objectively review. It’s 70′s Marvel. It’s prime Kirby, and Steve Englehart and Gil Kane are nothing to be sneezed at either. And it’s The Prisoner, an iconic series celebrating its 50th anniversary. I’d give it five stars for any combination of the above, but throw in the way this has been lovingly presented, curated even, by Titan, then this is an absolute slam dunk.

For those not in the know, Marvel Comics bought the comic book rights to The Prisoner TV show back in the early 1970′s.
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"Avengers: Infinity War" - 'Cap' Goes 'Nomad'

According to "Avengers: Infinity War" co-director Joe Russo, 'Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) will become the character 'Nomad' in the new film, with 'Bucky Barnes' (Sebastian Stan) aka 'Winter Soldier', picking up the shield to become the next 'Captain America':

"Obviously you can't deal with a character called 'Captain America' without dealing with the thematics behind that, " said Russo...

"...so we wanted a relevancy to it and we wanted to put him in a position where he was questioning the chain of command.

"You'll see in these 'Avengers' films, he's on a very specific journey as a character. 

"Some people have suspected that he may be 'Nomad'...and I wouldn't say that he is exactly Nomad, but he is the spirit of that character..."

"The 'Nomad' name and costume was created for Marvel by writer Steve Englehart and illustrator Sal Buscema as an alternate identity for 'Steve
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Titan to publish long-lost The Prisoner comic book from Jack Kirby

As part of its celebrations for the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner, Titan Comics has announced the publication of an oversized artist edition of a long-lost Prisoner comic book classic by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane. In addition to reprinting these rare pages, this collection also features unmissable bonus archive material including facsimiles of the original script as written by Steve Englehart.

Meanwhile, Titan is also set to launch a brand new comic book series set in the world of The Prisoner by celebrated writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and artist Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest). Check out the cover artwork to the first issue here…

The Prisoner and © Itc Entertainment Group Limited.
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Kirby & Kane’s Unpublished The Prisoner Comics to Be Released

Jack Kirby and Gil Kane’s elusive 1970s comic series The Prisoner is set to finally get a release. The series, which was never officially released to the public, was an attempt by Kirby and Kane to adapt the 1967 British espionage television series of the same name for Marvel.

Titan Comics will release a hardcover compilation of the unreleased comic series, dubbed The Prisoner: Original Art Edition, to be released this July. The book will contain an issue adapting the television series’ pilot, as well as 18 pages of Kane’s penciling work and an episode script penned by Steve Englehart.
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"Avengers 4" - 'Captain America' Is 'Nomad'

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According to new reports, "Avengers 4" may feature 'Steve Rogers' aka 'Captain America' as Marvel Comics' superhero 'Nomad':

The 'Nomad' name and costume was created for Marvel by writer Steve Englehart and illustrator Sal Buscema as an alternate identity for 'Steve Rogers'...

...debuting in "Captain America" #180 (December 1974).

In that issue Rogers becomes disillusioned with the United States government, when he discovers a respected, high ranking government official is the leader of a 'Deep State' criminal organization called 'Secret Empire'.

Rogers abandons his Captain America identity, convinced he cannot continue to serve America after this latest reveal shatters his faith in the nation's status. 

However, a confrontation with 'Hawkeye' forces Rogers to realize he cannot abandon a life of heroism and he subsequently takes on the name 'Nomad', adopting a dark blue and yellow uniform devoid of patriotic markings. 

"Rogers eventually realizes he can champion America's ideals without blindly supporting its government.
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