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CBF #2 : Diversity NOW!

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Leave it to Marvel to start the hype train a week before San Diego Comic Con.

Marvel announced their “Avengers NOW!” initiative for this fall – bringing about another year of the “NOW!” changes that have become custom for the publisher to do to shake things up. The shake-up they’re doing this year though is truly groundbreaking as they take their Avengers triumvirate to a whole different level. What will matter most is if it’s an organic progression for the characters that will justify the change and if Marvel can stick to their guns with it for the foreseeable future.

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CBF Quick Picks #131 : Before Watchmen Minutemen #5

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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A lot has been said about the necessity of the Before Watchmen event as a whole. Whether or not you agree with that, you can’t deny the great storytelling that Darwyn Cooke is bringing to his Minutemen run. It’s the one side of the Watchmen equation we don’t know really well and Cooke is peeling back the layers in great fashion.

Marvel NOW has not been discussed much on this site, but shout-outs to a couple that are personifying the creative jolt that Marvel is getting with their titles:

  • All New X-Men #3 is making me wish Bendis was writing X-Men a while ago.
  • Avengers #1 is banking on Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena to bring the goods. It’s a solid start, but not mind-blowing. Patience is required though because this is a Hickman book now.

CBF Quick Picks #126 : American Vampire – Lord of Nightmares #4

September 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Scott Snyder’s penultimate issue of this mini-series keeps delivering the goods with great action and more great history of Carpathian vampire lore. He does what great monster movies tend to do, which is build up the presence of a great evil without actually showing him. And having Dustin Nguyen on hand to create this aura/presence is what makes this mini-series just as fantastic as the main one.

Snyder, along with Greg Capullo, also gets to play with New 52 origins with Batman #0. Bruce Wayne’s origin story is not anything we haven’t seen before, but is still solid enough of a build as we get into next month’s Death of the Family arc. James Tynion IV’s back-up story though was great, as we see the impact of Batman on his eventual partners’ lives.

And then there’s Avengers vs. X-Men #11. If you didn’t catch my rant on Twitter or Facebook last week after reading this issue, then you’ll want to listen to this.

Marvel Studios Talking To Fox About Galactus?

August 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

SDCC 2012 : Marvel Movie Plans Revealed

July 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Marvel’s Avengers movie only made about a gazillion dollars, so there was skepticism as to whether or not sequels to their popular characters and introducing new ones was going to fly with the SDCC audience at yesterday’s movie panel.

Nah, just screwing with you. Marvel announced five different movies in the works for the next 2-3 years. 3 of them were pretty much a given with the core Avengers getting sequels, but doesn’t take the excitement away:

We know Iron Man 3 is next on the Marvel list, scheduled to come out May 3rd, 2013. Shane Black is directing and Ben Kingsley looks like he’s set to take the role of Iron Man’s biggest villain, Mandarin.

November 8th of next year will see Thor : The Dark World. The majority of the cast returns under the direction of Alan Taylor this time, who a few of you may know as the guy behind HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sounds like a good fit to me.

The sequel was not surprising, but the subtitle was. Reportedly producing the biggest positive reaction from the crowd, it looks like we’re getting one of the best Ed Brubaker arcs adapted to the big screen. Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Arrested Development and Community, are directing the movie, scheduled to come out April 4, 2014. Interesting choice for a release date.

And then there was the confirmation we were waiting to hear about after the rumors went out a few weeks ago. Guardians of the Galaxy will be the 2014 movie to watch for, giving Marvel plenty of time to build the name up for audiences not familiar with the cosmic team. The team is set to be Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. Here’s some concept art to salivate over:

And then lastly, Edgar Wright (of Scott Pilgrim fame) ran a test clip of Ant-Man to the panel, which reportedly received positive approval. Still no word on casting and given what we’ve learned of the movies coming out so far, we’re probably still way too early to get anything notable of this flick for a while.

Just looking at this lineup (along with the inevitable Avengers sequel most likely hitting 2015), it’s clearly showing that Marvel is hitting its stride with movie adaptations compared to what DC has had to offer (minus the upcoming Dark Knight Rises).

SDCC 2012 : Marvel TV Panel Re-Cap

July 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Marvel has seen a renaissance in its animated programming the last couple of years, starting with Avengers : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and working its way up to Ultimate Spider-Man earlier this year. Shake-ups have been the rumors lately along with new shows on the horizon. Today’s Marvel TV panel, headed up by Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, gave us some insight as to where the programming is going next:

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Leave it to Loeb to kick it off with this new series, considering he was the mean that introduced Red Hulk to the world of comics a couple of years ago. Given Hulk’s rising popularity between the animated show and the Avengers flick, it comes to no surprise that this would get the green light to come on.

“We thought it would be good to be able to show Hulk as a hero,” he said. Loeb, who launched the Red Hulk and ultimately extended the Hulk family, showed test footage of the upcoming show, which features Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, and A-Bomb.

The Hulks, including Skaar, fight bug beasts and other monsters, ending with the rallying cry “Time to smash!” The show will debut in 2013.

Ultimate Spider-Man

Expect more shenanigans with Spidey and his S.H.I.E.L.D. teammates as they tangle with villains like Kraven, Lizard, and Rhino. There’s speculation that Spider-Ham will be an episode of the show. That’ll do just fine.

Marvel Knights

Many may remember some of the mature movies Marvel took on such as Thor & Loki : Blood Brothers. Loeb confirmed that they have more in the pipeline including Astonishing X-Men, Inhumans, Wolverine : Origin, and Wolverine : Weapon X.

Avengers Assemble

And then of course, there’s the giant elephant in the room. It was noted earlier in the year that Marvel was ending Avengers : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once its completes this season’s run as a way to take the animation in-house. Ultimate Spider-Man is already under Marvel, hence it only made fiscal sense to roll up its other popular property under it too. Loeb though had this to say:

“Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” was always going to be 52 episodes, an animation industry standard order. When that show concluded itself, we had an issue on our hands, what to do next.

Avengers Assemble plans to continue that continuity though fortunately, though obviously with different animation and voice acting not yet finalized.

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