20170628 – MARVEL LEGACY Announcement Coming Friday – ‘Changes the Comic Book Industry!’ Says Marvel

Marvel has released a new image teasing a Marvel Legacy announcement that the publisher says fans « have been longing for, » to be made on Friday, June 23 – one that it also claims will « change the comic book industry. »

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20170507 – Meet The Royal Family In First INHUMANS Photo

The first image of the Inhuman royal family for ABC’s upcoming Inhumans series has been revealed (via Entertainment Weekly).

The image shows the entire assembled royal family – Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Medusa (Serinda Swan), Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), Karnak (Ken Leung), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), and Maximus (Iwan Rheon) – with Triton, played by Mike Moh on the show, the only regular member of the classic Inhumans line up not represented.

Inhumans is currently in production. The first two episodes will premiere in IMAX on September 1 before moving to ABC on September 26 for the remainder of the first season.

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20170502 – DC and Marvel Comic Book Movie Lineup – 2017 to 2020

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2017:
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 
June 2: Wonder Woman
July 7: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony release, Marvel Studios-produced)
August 25: Death Note (Warner Bros.)
September 1: The Inhumans (Marvel/ABC) [Editor’s Note: The first two episodes of this planned 8-episode series will debut in IMAX theaters, with the remaining episodes to air on ABC starting September 26.]
September 22: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Fox) (new date)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
November 17: Justice League

2018:
February 16: Black Panther
March 16: The Flash [Editor’s Note: The departure of director Rick Famuyima has led to reports the movie may be delayed.]
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War
April 13: The New Mutants (Fox) (new)
June 1: Deadpool 2 (Fox) (new)

July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 20: Alita: Battle Angel (Fox)
October 5: Venom (Sony)
November 2: Dark Phoenix (Fox) (new)
December 21: Aquaman
December 14: Spider-Man animated feature starring Miles Morales (Sony)

2019:
February 14: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
March 8: Captain Marvel
April 5: Shazam (New Line Cinema)
May 3: Untitled Avengers film
July 5:  Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel (Sony) 
November 1: Untitled DC/Warner Bros. film

2020:
April 3: Cyborg
May 1: Untitled Marvel Studios film
August 7: Untitled Marvel Studios film (new date)
July 24: Untitled DC film (presumed to be Green Lantern Corps)
November 6: Untitled Marvel Studios film

Unscheduled:

– Justice League, Part 2 reportedly pushed back on schedule in favor of the Ben Affleck-directed The Batman solo film. We’re keeping the date of June 14, 2019 off the schedule until official confirmation from Warner Bros. The Batman is taking that slot.

By various reports, Warner Bros. is reportedly also developing a Man of Steel sequel, Gotham City Sirens film starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and directed by David Ayer, Deadshot and Nightwing solo films, a Suicide Squad sequel and a Batgirl film by Joss Whedon.

Gambit (Fox): Delayed indefinitely due to script changes and departure of its second director. There are no recent reports suggesting the film is close to going into production.

Fantastic Four 2 (Fox): While there hasn’t been any official confirmation by Fox, this seems like a very unlikely bet with the future of the current incarnation of the franchise very much in doubt.

Source : DC and Marvel Comic Book Movie Lineup – 2015 to 2020

20170320 – Bernie Wrightson Passes Away

Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson passed away on March 18 at the age of 68 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer according to a post from his wife, Liz, on Facebook. Wrightson had announced his retirement from creating new art in January owing to complications from recent surgeries.

Wrightson was best known as one of the greatest horror artist in comics history, and as the co-creator of Swamp Thing. Wrightson created many stunning Frankenstein drawings in the 1970s and 1980s which were used in Marvel Comics’ first illustrated novel, Frankenstein, in 1983. A 25th anniversary edition of the illustrated novel was published by Dark Horse in 2008.

Wrightson also contributed art to several movies including Heavy Metal and Creepshow.

He is survived by his wife, Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, and stepson Thomas.

Look for more on Wrightson’s life and career in the coming days.

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20170226 – News /Coming to Marvel… HULKVERINE?

Perhaps the most unique Wolverine/Hulk crossover yet.

Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel ALonso has tweeted an image sure to get fans attention. The image, shown at right, depicts a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid in holding tube of some kind, being overseen by two scientists. Alonso labeled the artwork « Under construction », and the artist has been identified as Skan.

Currently, both the original Wolverine and the original Hulk are dead. Bruce Banner’s hulked out body however, was last seen being passed from the Hand to Captain America – you know, the one who’s a sleeper Hydra agent. Could this be one more weapon in advance of Secret Empire?

For his part, Wolverine’s iconic claws aren’t unique to him and have been implanted, with various designs, into other characters. That being said, Wolverine’s adamantium-encased corpse was last seen in possession of the X-Men.

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20170224 – News / What Made THOR Unworthy? Answer Coming In March According to AARON

Nick Fury’s secret will be revealed.

The secret that Nick Fury told Odinson which made the Asgardian unable to lift Mjolnir will be revealed in March 22’s The Unworthy Thor #5, according to long-time Thor writer Jason Aaron. The former God of Thunder and previous wielder of Mjolnir has been « Unworthy » since 2014’s Original Sin, leaving Jane Foster to take up the mantle of Thor.

“I always said we’d eventually find out just exactly what Nick Fury whispered to Thor Odinson that made him unworthy,” Unworthy Thor writer Jason Aaron told ComicBook. “The words have been scribbled in my trusty Thor notebook for years now. Words that speak to the overall story I’ve been telling with this character going back to Thor: God of Thunder #1. The next phase of that story begins now.”

The Unworthy Thor has sent Odinson on a quest to claim a new Mjolnir – that of the former Ultimate Universe. The story will end with a showdown between Odinson and Thanos – and of course with the revelation of Odinson’s secret.

Aaron gave no indication what the revelation would be, but editor Wil Moss did have some insight into how the secret fits into the overal tapestry of Aaron’s ongoing Thor saga, saying, “I remember when Jason told me what it was that Nick Fury whispered, it just felt so satisfying – like, it’s definitely a big curveball, but it feels so organic to Jason’s overall larger Thor story – it feels earned.

« If you’re looking for some insight into who Thor Odinson is as a character and if you’re looking for a sense of where Jason is going to take things from here (both with Odinson and with Jane – and with all Ten Realms!), then brace yourself, ‘cause this secret hits harder than Mjolnir.”

Source : What Made THOR Unworthy? Answer Coming In March According to AARON

20170220 – Comics News : JIM STARLIN & ALAN DAVIS Team for New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Series, Add a New Member

Jim Starlin continues his journey through Marvel’s Cosmic wing.

Marvel has announced Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy, a new five-issue limited series from writer Jim Starlin and artist Alan Davis, just in time for the May release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The story focuses on Mother Entropy, a new cosmic villain created by Starlin for the story. Starlin has created numerous Marvel Cosmic characters, including Thanos, the Infinity Stones, and even the Guardians’ own Drax and Gamora.

Starlin bills the series as a standalone story that is accessible to fans of both the Guardians of the Galaxy films and their ongoing comic series.

Alan Davis did some minor redesigns for the characters as well, giving Star-Lord a goatee and putting Gamora back in a suit that’s « less Stormtrooper and more ninja, » according to Starlin. The series also brings Pip the Troll into the Guardians lineup, something Starlin says he’s surprised didn’t happen sooner.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #1 is due out on shelves in May.

Source : JIM STARLIN & ALAN DAVIS Team for New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Series, Add a New Member

20170211 – Comics News : Marvel’s SECRET EMPIRE Event Unveiled

 

Is that a Chitauri cruiser from the AVENGERS movie?

After several teaser images, the plan for Marvel Comics’ next event, Secret Empire, has been unveiled in an article with its Disney sister company, ABC. The Hydra sleeper agent Captain America pushes his secret machinations public in what Marvel Senior VP Tom Brevoort described as « a Watergate moment » which mobilizes Marvel’s other heroes to stop him.

« Steve has been kind of lining his dominoes up around the Marvel Universe to be able to make his move and bring about a Hydra revolution, a takeover, » Brevoort said. « At the point of Secret Empire, they are ready to go. That’s the moment we hit as we go in. »

Nick Spencer, who crafted Steve Rogers’ « Superior Soldier »-style turn last year, will write Secret Empire, with a rotating team of artists to include Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, Leinil Yu, and Daniel Acuna. Mark Brooks is lined up to illustrate the series’ primary covers.

Since the revelation of Steve Rogers’ sleeper agent status was revealed in May 2016’s Captain America: Steve Rogers, the classic Marvel hero has been shown to be slowly orchestrating a series of events to equip himself and Hydra for a takeover of the world. Rogers has been shown to have orchestrated many of the events of Civil War II, including the murder of Bruce Banner – for which he later took possession of the original Hulk’s zombified body.

According to Brevoort, Secret Empire is where Hydra’s private plans go public.

« We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program, Secret Empire if the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, huge colossal struggles and battles across the Marvel Universe, with all of our key characters and players taking on a big role, » said Brevoort.

Credit: Marvel Comics

Secret Empire comes at a time where all of the founding Avengers save semi-retired Janet Van Dyne (a.k.a. the original Wasp) are either dead, incapacitated, or off the board. With the advent of « Divided We Stand » last year, a newer crop of heroes – many taking the names of older heroes – have become front-and-center in the Marvel U.

Alonso said that Secret Empire will feature all of Marvel’s major teams and families, including the Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, the Champions, and the Defenders.

The event kicks off with Secret Empire #0 in April, which Brevoort frames as « the worst day of the Marvel Universe. »

« Where not one, not two, but three separate events break out all at once. Cap, as head of S.H.I.E.L.D., is able to mobilize forces to all three of those situations. And those three situations represent Hydra’s first move. It comes off the blocks explosively right from the get-go. »

Secret Empire is expected to run for nine issues, culminating in an August finale.

Source : Marvel’s SECRET EMPIRE Event Unveiled