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.
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).
I’d never thought I live to see this day happen, but it may be coming true at this year’s Comic Con:
Hollywood Reporter reports that Marvel will most likely be announcing at their San Diego panel that Guardians of the Galaxy will be on their 2014 movie calendar. Speculation was rampant that Black Panther would be on that schedule, but it’s more looking like Marvel wants to expand the cosmic side of their universe as a result of the mid-credits reveal of the next villain for the Avengers movie sequel.
It’s still early in the ball game with these plans. While scripts have already been penned by Nicole Perlman (she also scripted Thor), there are no actors nor a director tagged to this project yet. One thing’s for sure though is that Marvel has a recipe for the same type of success Avengers got them given the epic and also comedic tone of this rag-tag space team.
The hump to get over of course is their unfamiliarity with the mainstream audience. Guardians of the Galaxy was introduced back in 1969 and has been a cult hit for the longest time, particularly in its last iteration starting with the Annihilation event of the mid 2000′s to their last team-up in Thanos Imperative. Nevertheless, Marvel seems confident that its premise will sell itself over time. I’m sure we’ll get more details at San Diego.
And listen…as far as selling you guys on how awesome this movie is going to be, this is all you need to know:
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning finished up another cosmic masterpiece in Thanos Imperative and what could possibly be the last of Marvel’s cosmic line for a long time (we’ll see for sure after the prologue issue and the Rocket Raccoon/Groot mini-series comes out). If that’s to be the case, then it ended with a bang. Big space battles, great character interactions, and a big sacrifice or two make for one great thrill ride. A shame this wasn’t picked up more in the stands – may the trade paperback fare better.
American Vampire #8 came very close to getting Quick Pick honors. Scott Snyder is really making a name for himself with this book and it’s all thanks to him not only juggling well-developed characters, but expanding upon a mythos that at one point thought it had nothing more to say. Rafael Albuquerque’s pencils are a big star in this too with the fantastic face and body renditions.
Bryan Q. Miller also continues to amaze me as to how much he brings to Batgirl with issue #15. The first 3 pages alone made me laugh out loud with Stephanie Brown’s take on the Batman family. Then it gets into her continuing adventures on campus and the mysteries she’s involved in. It says much to Miller’s talent when he can craft great stories out of a big character in the Batman universe and yet keep the stories self-contained so that it’s easy to follow.
Let us know your thoughts on everything that came out this week. Any stand outs to you?
My deepest sympathies to my wallet last week – it cried and went into the fetal position knowing how many books it had to get. Then I showed it the latest issue of Thanos Imperative and all was well. Fantastic space saga as one would expect in the capable hands of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Lots of character growth, great-looking battles, and unexpected twists. I have no idea what’s happening to the Marvel cosmic universe once this ends next month.
Too many other books to talk about, but I do highlight some goodies:
- This guy named Bruce Wayne is supposedly coming back if you look at the 10+ books that came out last week bearing his name. All of the Bruce Wayne : The Road Home one-shots were way under my radar, but it was good to see Return of Bruce Wayne back to form and taking us one step closer to what happens when a ticking time bomb gathering Omega energy returns to modern times. I’m sure there won’t be any pizza parties.
- If you’re not done with DC zombies, then Untold Tales of Blackest Night will satisfy your hunger. Apparently, we need to find out what happened to Donna Troy, Scarecrow, Animal Man, and a bunch of nobodies during last year’s epic Blackest Night event. As is the case with anthology books, you get your hits and your misses. Probably for the hardcore.
- Mark Millar is not done getting movies green-lighted as soon as new series of his comes out. Superior #1 came out (you can check out the preview for #2 here) and it definitely is not the most controversial of books if you’ve read Nemesis lately. Touching story so far of a kid with Multiple Sclerosis who is given one magic wish by a space monkey to become the super hero character he grew to love on the big screen. Yes, I did type all that AND said it was touching. Take that for what it is.
Brightest Day and Green Lantern Corps came out this week, but I put those aside to highlight a couple of books that were saved by cool fanboy moments in Batman Beyond #3 and Secret Avengers #4, a welcome surprise in Supergirl #55, and then finally a bang-up job by Zeb Wells on New Mutants #16. This one is building up really good and setting itself apart from all the Heroic Age crap that X-Men now is finding itself under. And being able to tie into the Inferno storyline with brand new villains is no small feat, which speaks well to the talent of Wells and company.