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).
Break out those red markers – it’s report card time!
This week, Jon Stump makes his triumphant return to the show, as we discuss the year so far in comic books and comic book movies. We hit all of the good (the Captain America movie), the ugly (the Green Lantern movie), and the debatable (War of the Green Lanterns) in this show. We also get in some talk about the upcoming DC re-launch in September that’s going to make things all nice and shiny in the DCU.
What do you think of the year so far in comics? Has it been good or has it been “just there”?
Music provided by 2 Sided Story – Time
Marvel Studios has been hitting home runs since they first took on Iron Man three years ago. Now we enter their 5th showing with Captain America hitting the movie screen. Does Chris Evans fill the role of the star-spangled avenger perfectly? Is the movie up to the standards of the original comic book? Was the shield thrown at the proper right angles? All answers to this are an emphatic yes. Click the Play button above to find out why.
Music provided by American Babies – Streets of Brooklyn
The more and more I see of this, the more I’m convinced Marvel’s going down the right path with their franchises:
Amazing. Coming out this July 22nd….during Comic Con.
On the first Saturday of every May, the comic book industry unites with free comic books to promote new storylines and to educate new generations of readers on the medium. There was a lot to appreciate this year including Captain America/Thor : The Mighty Fighting Avengers, Mouse Guard, Baltimore, and Silver Scorpion. The last one really surprised me and is a great example of not only great ideas in comics, but of how young minds across different cultures can come together and tell a great story on equality and inclusion.
You can go visit Liquid Comics or the Open Hands Initiative to download your free digital copy.
The 1st CBF podcast of the new year brings a special guest in Jon Stump, a frequent guest on the Comics Round Table podcast. We go into what we’re looking forward to the most in 2011 as far as comic books go from the plethora of comic book movies coming out this summer to the big event books coming out from DC and Marvel.
Then we switch gears and talk about a very controversial move Diamond and iVerse are making together in terms of a digital initiative that they believe will “benefit” both the print and digital areas of comics. To take it one step further, we also discuss comments from Mark Millar about slowing down on the digital scene until publishers and distributors can get their act together. This one is very interesting and makes you wonder if we’re going about the digital initiative all wrong.
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