Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Category

Marvel Studios Talking To Fox About Galactus?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

And I thought this type of trading was reserved for the Marvel Masterworks trading cards from 20 years ago. By the way, does somebody have that Magneto hologram card I need to complete my set?

IGN received word earlier today that Marvel was in talks with Fox to re-claim the rights back to their Galactus and Silver Surfer characters in exchange for what seems like an extension to the movie rights to Daredevil that Fox currently owns. There’s even talk that Marvel will help co-finance the flick.

The talks most likely reflect Marvel’s focus on the cosmic side of its movie universe given the Thanos cameo we received in Avengers and the announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy is coming in 2014. Of course, there are some wrinkles to this considering that Fox is on-board to rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise and losing two prominent characters of that side of the Marvel universe seems to be slowing those talks down.

It’s too early in the game to say where this is going, but it’s darn fun to watch. I propose a fantasy comic book movie character league should be started with the hopes of trading characters of different publishers together for each team. My dream of a Batman/Groot crossover is coming.

X-Men : First Class Sequel Is Now ‘Days of Future Past’

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

X-Men : First Class was a big surprise for everybody last year, who all had bad tastes in their mouths from the atrocities that were X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins : Wolverine. Taking things back to the past to see how it all started made it fresh and with a smart script to boot. The inevitable sequel talks of course came afterwards, though what direction would take was unknown. Until now.

In an interview with IGN, Bryan Singer announced that the First Class sequel will be heading to “Days of Future Past” territory. They plan to hit upon some aspects of the story while expanding upon the direction they took the previous movie. Matthew Vaughan is still on to direct with an anticipated release around July 2014.

If you’re not aware of this story, this was a very short 2-issue run during the classic Chris Claremont/John Byrne days about a post-apocalyptic future where the Sentinels ran society and either imprisoned or killed most of the mutant population. It’s always been hinted at that this is where the X-Men’s future was heading in the books since the 1981 storyline, but nothing concrete came out of it. It’s still exciting to see them take this next step, though one has to wonder if we really are getting our dream of actual Sentinels this time rather than the lopped-off head of one courtesy of Wolverine back in X-Men 3.

BREAKING : 14 Dead, 50 Wounded At ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screening in Colorado

Friday, July 20th, 2012

You never want to hear this story…ever.

We just learned that there was a shooting at an Aurora, Colorado midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises, reportedly resulting in 14 dead and 50 wounded. Reports say the gunman wore a gas mask, tossed some sort of smoke bomb or tear gas, then opened fire. Cell phone videos have been popping up of the scene, showing teenagers coming out of the theater with blood on their faces.

A suspect has been arrested, but there’s not much else we know so far. This is absolutely tragic and not something you want to hear about on moviegoers looking just to enjoy the new movie. We at Comic Book Fury send out our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families during this tragic time.

Thomas Jane Wants You To Know He Loves The Punisher

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I’m not a big Punisher fan, but of all the Punisher adaptations we’ve received lately, Thomas Jane’s was close to the character we know in the comics. It’s just a shame the movie’s script and setting didn’t do his work justice.

That being said, Thomas Jane wants you to know that he truly knows what the character is about. Hence, the following video (NSFW: language and blood)

If this is a plug to get a web series going, I’m all for it.

Full Trailer For Amazing Spider-Man Released

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The official trailer for Sony’s reboot of the popular spider franchise went live yesterday. Here it is in all its spandex glory:

Personally, I’m not feeling it yet. Much as it’s nice that they’re exploring a different direction with looking into Parker’s parents, the trailer seems to be trying too hard to be Nolan’s Batman but with cheesier effects. I’ll keep an open mind of course when the movie comes out in July, but it feels like Sony rushed this to keep the move rights. I’m starting to wish that rumor was true of Spidey being in the Avengers movie…

DC Reveals ‘Before Watchmen’ Prequels

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

You knew it was coming. You laughed and kicked and screamed at the thought of DC even considering committing blasphemy by way of doing prequels for this critically acclaimed story. This morning, DC made it a reality. Behold the ‘Before Watchmen’ plans for this summer:

BEFORE WATCHMEN includes:

– RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
– MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
– COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
– DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
– NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
– OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
– SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

The covers have also been released, showing off the usage of the new DC logo and its interpretation of how it fits with these particular stories:

 

One would expect Alan Moore to comment right away upon hearing this news and sure enough io9 got the scoop:

“I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”

Moore’s artist and collaborator Dave Gibbons put a more positive spin on it:

“The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist.”

And I think Gibbons’ statement is the key thing to take from these announcements. We all get caught up in sacrilege and say that a classic story should be left on its own to stand the test of time. You may think there’s validity to that when Frank Miller decided to do “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” a few years ago, but despite it bombing critically, it has yet to put a dent on the appeal of Miller’s original tale. We don’t know yet what’s going to entail each of these series, but DC once again is doing something they did when they announced the new 52 last year – they’re getting noticed.

And let’s look at it from this perspective – look at the plethora of talent involved in these mini-series! Brian Azzarello alone fits PERFECTLY for Rohrshach and Comedian tales. The name Darwyn Cooke sells alone (that Minutemen cover is amazing). Yes, you can make a case for JMS and whether or not he’ll actually finish the books with good enough quality to them, but one would think DC will keep a close eye on things to assure that everything goes smoothly.

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