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Marvel Comics to Abandon Social Justice Storylines?

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The customers seem to have gotten through.

Tom Knighton writes: For a lot of comics fans, Marvel just isn’t what it used to be. While the comic line that gave us Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and the X-Men has often been tinged with a bit of politics — for example, discrimination liberal-huhagainst mutants is common in the Marvel universe — recent comics from the company have been overwhelmingly political, and always politically left.

[Meanwhile, sales of comics are nosediving.]

[Read the full story here, at pjmedia]

Many fans have been less than appreciative. Luckily, it now seems those days are over:

Of late this kind of storytelling has become more pronounced, probably kicked off with the likes of The Authority, Ultimates and Civil War, with more recent stories in comics such a s Captain America, The Champions and Ms. Marvel wearing their politics firmly on their spandex sleeves.There has also been reaction from some fan communities and retailers to these kind of stories as having no place in superhero comics, despite all the many examples that have preceded it. Maybe it’s a little more obvious now? Maybe everyone is interpreting everything politically? Maybe fans wish for a time when they didn’t realise their superhero comics had political elements? Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] Why does Iron Man Support Government Oversight in ‘Civil War’? 

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Tony Stark‘s support of government oversight for the Avengers Team can be traced to the grieving mother, Miriam. After a speech at M.I.T., Stark met Miriam who lost her son in the Sokovia. Miriam puts a face to collateral damage the Avengers leave in their wake. She indicated that her son was planning to help the world but was killed in an Avengers mission gone wrong.

Miriam suggests that Stark has innocent blood on his hands. Following the encounter, Stark works with General Thaddeus Ross to develop and sign a bill, the Sokovia Accords. Read the rest of this entry »


Marvel Comics: That Time When Captain America Face to Face With Hitler

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Marvel: Captain America vs. Adolf Hitler

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Captain America: ‘His Brother’s Keeper’

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Captain America Inked Panels

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Comic Book Artwork: Captain America ‘Red Skull in the Morning Cap Take Warning!’

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[VIDEO] Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Godzilla, like Conan and Tarzan, is in the Marvel Universe


Classic cover by Bernie Wrightson from ‘Chamber of Darkness’ #8, Marvel, December 1970

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Captain America Trilogy Motion Posters


Mighty Thor Scooter Wind-Up Toy, 1967

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Marvel Comics: Star Wars #47 Cover by Frank Miller and Jim Sherman

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Star Wars #47 cover by Frank Miller and Jim Sherman


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[VIDEO] Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Trailer 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 promo for 3×01 “Rise Of The Inhumans”.A New Preview video for the next Agents of SHIELD season 3 episode 1 titled “Laws of Nature”.In the United States Agents of SHIELD S03E01 will air on Tuesday night, sept 29th at 9pm central time on ABC.


[VIDEO] Deadpool | Redband Trailer HD

Deadpool | Red Band Trailer : Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.


[VIDEO] Animation Convention: Characters Turn Out for Hong Kong’s Comic Fair


The city’s biggest animation convention draws thousands of comic lovers each year. Fictional characters too make an appearance. We speak to superheroes Spiderman and Captain America, and Minions. Photo/Video: Joyu Wang/The Wall Street Journal

 


The Incredible Hulk: Hostess Fruit Pie?

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Marvel Comics: DAREDEVIL #16 (2014) Writer Mark Waid, Cover Artist Chris Samnee

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In order to preserve the new life he’s built, Daredevil is faced with a critical decision–which may mean the death of Matt Murdock! Plus, with a new rival in town, is DD’s time in San Francisco coming to an end?

Published: June 24, 2015
Writer: Mark Waid
Cover Artist: Chris Samnee

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Original Art: Daredevil #232 by David Mazzucchelli, 1986


Marvel Unleashing New Wolverine, Spider-Man and ‘Controversial’ Hulk This Fall

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Marvel Comics is starting with a clean slate this fall, and fans should get ready for some huge changes — and controversy.

The company said Thursday that after its Secret Wars event ends it will launch an “all new, all different” Marvel universe which, according to Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, will include no. 1 issues for about 60 titles.

[Read the full text here, at Speakeasy – WSJ]

“I think they’re going to offer diverse and exciting and, above all, accessible entry points into the Marvel universe,” Alonso told Speakeasy. “There will be a lot of flavors.”

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Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso

“In the fall, the Marvel universe will see the arrival of an all-new Hulk, a Hulk you’ve never seen before that’s sure to be exciting and controversial. It’s going to be water-cooler talk. There will be a new Spider-Man in town, and — spoiler alert — there will be an all-new Wolverine. So let the speculation begin.”

The editor said Marvel is moving toward a more seasonal approach to its comics, much like cable TV shows, which will make them more accessible to a wider range of readers. There will also be big changes for some of Marvel’s most iconic characters.

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“It’s important to point out that these were rooted in story. It was more that there was either a character or opportunity that came up in conversation that we examined and bore fruit.”

“In the fall, the Marvel universe will see the arrival of an all-new Hulk, a Hulk you’ve never seen before that’s sure to be exciting and controversial. It’s going to be water-cooler talk,” Alonso said.

“The world as it is now is not the world of the 1960s. It’s a world where the new Peter Parker can be a 16-year-old Pakistani girl from Jersey City, where an African American can dress in the red, white and blue and ponder what that means.”

— Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso

“There will be a new Spider-Man in town, and — spoiler alert — there will be an all-new Wolverine. So let the speculation begin.” Read the rest of this entry »


More Avengers with a Floral Chinese Twist

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[REWIND] The Avengers on David Letterman

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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Opens to Record $33.9M in China Tuesday

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Furious 7 finally pulled to the side of the road in China to make way for JossWhedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opened to a record-breaking $33.9 million on Tuesday, the biggest weekday opening of all time.

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It’s also Disney and Marvel’s biggest opening day ever in China, exceeding the first two days of The Avengers in May 2012. All told, Age of Ultron commanded nearly 96 percent of the marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »


CW Orders ‘Flash’-‘Arrow’ Spinoff ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,‘ Julie Plec Outbreak Drama, More

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Natalie Abrams and James Hibberd report: CW is stocking up on superheroes, giving a series order to the Arrow-Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, EW has learned. Julie Plec outbreak drama Cordon and Rebecca Bloom’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend also scored series orders.

In Legends, when heroes alone are not enough, the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat—one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?

The drama—which hails from Arrow and Flash executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, as well as Arrow boss Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter—also stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders, Hawkgirl), Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson) and Caity Lotz… though it’s still unclear whether she’ll be portraying a new role, since her Arrowcharacter, Sara Lance, died earlier this season.

With the spin-off going to series, that means Berlanti will have four superhero projects on the air next season following CBS’ pickup of Supergirl. The project—which aims to honor the great team up movies—joins a long line of comic book properties that are either coming to or are currently on television. For its part, Warner Bros. has Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie and Gotham. Read the rest of this entry »


John Anderson: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Review: A Superpowered Spectacle

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Superheroes return in Marvel’s effects-and wit-filled sequel

John Anderson writes: Those truly committed to the Kremlinology of Marvel Comics will find “Avengers: Age of Ultron” a revelatory piece of 3-D entertainment. Who knew that the evil Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) had been working on the kind of robotics that would provide superhero/industrialist Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the groundwork for developing an artificial intelligence that could threaten the existence of all human life on Earth? Who knew The Incredible Hulk could be a romantic lead?

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For those more concerned with what “The Avengers” movies do best—outsize spectacle and wry comedy—“Age of Ultron” has to be declared a victory. “Victory should be honored with revels,” declares hammer-throwing Scandinavian elocutionist Thor (Chris Hemsworth). “Who doesn’t love revels?” answers snark specialist Stark. “Revels” is a good word to describe it all, if one tends to revel in effects-driven mass destruction for the good of mankind.

[Read the full text here at WSJ]

Director Joss Whedon, under the auspices of the almost supernaturally profitable Marvel-Disney alliance, has brought back the core of 2012’s “The Avengers”—Mr. Hemsworth, Mr. Downey, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)—along with several subordinate supervillains and heroes to embellish the plot and set up the sequel (well on its way, to judge by the closing moments of “Ultron”). They include the brother-sister act of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), whose superpowers are the result of Strucker’s experiments and whose antipathy toward the Avengers is rooted in the devastation visited upon their native Sokovia by now-reformed war merchant Tony Stark.

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If any of this seems complicated—the fictional Sokovia, for instance, or that there was also a Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”—you really have to just let it go, the momentum of the movie being too much for cogitation. Read the rest of this entry »


[MAP] From Here to 2019: How All the Future Marvel Movies Are Connected

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A guide to the 19 Marvel movies and TV shows coming out in the next four years

Eliana Dockterman and Heather Jones write: Whether you love or hate Avengers: Age of Ultron, there are plenty more Marvel superheroes to come. Disney and Marvel are releasing 19 movies and TV shows between now and 2019, and they are all interconnected. All these titles are building up to Avengers: Infinity Wars, Parts I and II, out in 2018 and 2019. These films will focus on the villain Thanos, who will try to gather six powerful gems called Infinity Stones to create an Infinity Gauntlet with the power to destroy the universe.

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The Avengers (and probably some other heroes, like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange) will have to stop him. See how the heroes and villains connect to one another, and plan out your viewing schedule…

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THE AVENGERS ASSEMBLED: The Visual Evolution of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

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Iron Man and Hawkeye are the most changed since their first appearances

Paul Antonson and Michael Calia have this great item at WSJ:
The bulky physique of the Hulk. The near-impregnable armor of Iron Man. The athletic ferocity of Black Widow. There are certain aspects of Marvel’s Avengers teammates that have remained consistent over the years, which is necessary to keep the characters always present in the minds of fans.
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But times change, and so must the appearance of comic book characters, even if just by a little bit. The Wall Street Journal’s graphics staff assembled Avengers cover images from the Marvel Unlimted app to study just how much things have changed in several of the main characters’ appearances over the past 50-plus years….(read more)WSJ.com

[VIDEO] ‘Are we Promoting a Movie?’ Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of ‘Avengers’ Interview After Being Asked about Politics, Drug Abuse

Kipp Jones writes: A routine interview conducted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Britain’s Channel 4 News turned anything but, after questions regarding the latest action thriller gravitated toward aspects of Downey Jr.’s personal life, including jail time for past drug convictions, the actor’s relationship with his father, and whether or not he is a “liberal.”

“I couldn’t even really tell you what a liberal is… Are we promoting a movie?”

Video of the encounter was posted on Twitter by Guru-Murthy, who describes the end of the interview as “a steely moment from Ironman.”

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“I’m sorry, I, I really don’t — what are we doing? …It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here.”

Things became uncomfortable after the reporter connected the actor’s real-life persona with that of his Iron Man character, Tony Stark. Guru-Murthy then quizzed Downey about a quote from an old New York Times interview. Read the rest of this entry »


An Important Health Message from Captain America

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[VIDEO] Marvel Mania: Who’s Up for Some New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Footage?

 writes: It seems like Marvel can do no wrong these days. Every movie the company releases is a smash hit at the box office, and the upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron should end up being one of the studio’s biggest blockbusters of all time. Now, with the new Avengers movie inching ever closer to its premiere less than three weeks from today, Marvel has once again teased fans with a brand new clip from the film.

We’ve seen several Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers at this point, and Marvel has released a number of clips as well. We even have some great behind-the-scenes footage to enjoy from the upcoming superhero flick. And now, we can toss yet another tantalizing clip onto the pile….(read more)

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Graeme McMillan: A Comic Book Crash-Course in ‘Captain Marvel’

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Graeme McMillan writes: Marvel has managed to convince audiences that raccoons, frozen WWII soldiers and aliens posing as mythical beings can be superheroes, but can it sell the movie-going public on the idea of a woman holding down her own superhero movie? With Guardians of the Galaxys Nicole Perlman and Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve now in the running to write the 2018 Captain Marvel, audiences might be started to get excited about the company’s first female-led movie. For those looking for an entry point into the character, here are the comic books to look for.

Essential Captain Marvel Vol. 1

Carol Danvers, Marvel’s current Captain Marvel, actually debuted during the early days of the first character to use that name in the Marvel Universe. This collection of the first 21 issues of his — yes, his — 1960s series introduces Danvers as a competent USAF officer and security chief who nonetheless falls for an alien soldier’s romantic charms… only to end up in a terrible accident as a result. It’s okay, though; it’s an accident that’ll give her superpowers soon enough. Think of this as Phase 1 Carol: little more than a love interest in less-enlightened times, but worth checking out for historical interest and a crash course in the alien race called the Kree.

Essential Ms. Marvel Vol. 1

Going from being an air force officer to a magazine editor was just one of the surprising changes awaiting Danvers when she graduated to her own comic book in the 1970s. Now part-alien as a result of the accident in the Captain Marvel series, she decided to fight crime and convince comic book readers that bared midriffs were in. This is Carol Phase 2: more independent, but just a little bit more generic at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »


IMAX Treatment for Marvel’s ‘Star Wars: Rogue One,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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Imax Corporation has renewed its exhibition agreement with Walt Disney Studios, ensuring that its wide screens will host a steady stream of Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm productions in the coming years.

The multi-picture deal begins this year and extends through 2017, and includes such hotly anticipated films as the seventh “Star Wars” picture and the stand-alone “Star Wars” film “Rogue One,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” Read the rest of this entry »


Behold: The Stan Lee Action Figure

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The Marvel Universe Co-Creator will be Immortalized in this Nightmare-Inducing Limited-Edition Action Figure

Graeme McMillan reports: He’s the only person to have appeared in all of the Marvel movies to date, so it was only a matter of time before Stan Lee received his own amazingly lifelike action figure. But for all the completists out there who want their own scale version of the co-creator of the Marvel Universe, be warned: There will be only 1,000 available.

The Lee figure is being advertised as the “First-Ever 1:6 Figure” of the writer and celebrity, who worked with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to create characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in the early 1960s. Read the rest of this entry »


Exclusive Excerpt from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World’

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‘Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ 


The Plot of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was Just Revealed

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If you’re a fan of Marvel comics, you probably already know the basic outline of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, but those of us who aren’t up to date with the Marvel universe are still mostly in the dark. Thankfully, the studio is about to begin shooting the sequel, and along with the casting notice, a short synopsis has appeared.

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