Michael Keaton Returning as The Vulture!

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Good news for fans of Michael Keaton’s fantastic portrayal of the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Keaton has officially signed on to return to the role of Adrian Toomes in the upcoming sequel, alongside Tom Holland, and newly Jake Gyllenhaal. Variety has officially confirmed the casting, which now heavily inspires the potential for the Sinister Six to make their big-screen debut.

Toomes was last seen, refusing to give up the identity of Spider-Man to Mac Gargan, aka The Scorpion, while in prison together. Additionally, Feige has confirmed the next film will be a globe-trotting adventure, dealing with the repercussions of Avengers 4.

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Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks to Play Mysterio

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It’s been confirmed by Deadline this morning, that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is finally making his move towards the comic book world, as he’s in final talks to play the villain, Mysterio, in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Mysterio has been one of the more often requested of Spider-Man’s famous rogue’s gallery, with many fans wanting Bruce Campbell to play the character in Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films.

While the casting is phenomenal, it’s unclear as to whether this will have any bearing on Matt Reeve’s upcoming Batman film, as Gyllenhaal was the favorite to replace Affleck in the role, should he elect to leave.

Pull Box: May 16

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Skinny and bearded Booster Gold was, for some reason, one of the best things I have ever seen in a comic book. This was a great ending to a story that was so insane, that it had to end in this insane, tragic way. Booster Gold carries the weight of so many of his unknown adventures, but it was interesting to see him actually reveal this one. To tell Batman and Catwoman of his “gift” and how wrong he was, and how the world was changed. Because of one, life-altering gift.
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I think I may be done picking up Damage. This book continues to suffer, and the random addition of Gorilla Grodd working with Poison Ivy was a bit much for me. It’s sad when the two-panel piece of character development with Ivy turning back into Pamela is more interesting than the starring character. He’s just so flat, and while I’m supposed to root for him, and be sympathetic, I just can’t get behind him as a character.
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I cannot handle how amazing Starro is as a character in this book. Adding him to this series was the most inspired choice anyone could have ever made, and it’s all the better for it. This story is moving a lot slower than expected, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I was hoping for a little more crazy character interaction. The Lobo and Beast Boy exchange was only a taste, but it was a great one. Pretty much the highlight of this entire issue, so hopefully there’s more where that came from.
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The art and storytelling in this book is so beyond comparison. It’s like reading a fairy tale, as it should be. What’s most interesting is that in this world of magic and war, Batman seems more at home than Wonder Woman. Diana is so obsessed with keeping the peace between these people that she seems almost blinded, glamoured as it were, by the entire realm. Blind to its mysteries. But Bruce is seeing through trick after trick, mystery after mystery. Each issue, more questions mount, with fewer answers given. Hopefully things start to pull themselves together soon.
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An interesting premise gives this a good shot at being an interesting book, but yet another team up out of the New Age of Heroes seems a bit redundant. Additionally, nothing is going to be better than The Terrifics. Though, it’s very possible that they could link up eventually, as I think that was Tom Strong in the Museum with the Challengers? I can’t be sure, until I get better acquainted with the history. Let’s see how the next few issues fare and go from there.
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Thus concludes The Mighty Thor. The War of the Realms is finally imminent in one of the most slow-burning stories I’ve ever seen in comics. Jane Foster still has a role to play, but it would appear that, starting next month, the Odinson will return to his rightful place as the eventual King of Asgard. I have no idea how that will happen, but it’s sure to be an interesting book. I’m just hoping the creative team sticks around for a bit longer.
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Shattered Grid just keeps piling on the hopelessness. Each time the Rangers start to make strides toward evening the odds, Drakkon just pulls two more steps ahead, gathering more power and defeating more Rangers. It’s interesting that Drakkon spent so much time with the Zeo Rangers, where Tommy was a leader, and at his most beloved. It shows his weakness, but also belies a lot about his character and the regret over the choices he made in his own past.

Doom Patrol Series Greenlit at DC Universe

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Greg Berlanti is a man on a mission. He now has 13 series greenlit at once, giving him the record for most active television series in production at once, and he’s added an adaptation of Doom Patrol set to debut in 2019 on The DC Universe streaming service. Doom Patrol will pick up after the events of Titans, where the group will make their debut, with Cyborg appearing to the group with a warning.

Doom Patrol is an adaptation of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast heroes. Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder, aka The Chief. Members of the Doom Patrol each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities – but left them scarred, and traumatized. Afterwards, the team found purpose with Chief, who brought them together and helped form the family they know today.

European Spider-Man Cover Art Revealed

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Insomniac Games’ upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and the PlayStation 4 exclusive is expected to do quite well after years of build-up. James Stevenson, community director for the development team, has posted a new image for the game that will serve as a cover art for various European outlets. The artwork was made by Alexander Lozano, the artist that created concept art and promotional images for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, and more.

Hit the jump to see the artwork in full, and expect to hear more on Marvel’s Spider-Man at Sony’s E3 keynote on Monday, June 11th at 6pm PST.

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Marvel Has Plans for Ms. Marvel

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In a move that’s not surprising in context, but still fantastic, Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with the BBC Arabic’s Husam Asi, that after Captain Marvel is released to the world, Marvel has plans to reveal fan-favorite Muslim hero, Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. A Pakistani-American, Khan was introduced to Marvel readers back in 2014. She capable of stretching her limbs to great lengths and widths, as well as the ability to grow or shrink to incredible sizes.

We’re doing Captain Marvel right now. Captain Marvel‘s shooting right now with Brie Larson. Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort-of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.

Pull Box: May 9

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I’m honestly sad to see this story end. White Knight has been one of the best original stories I’ve read out of any comic book publisher in years. Such original ideas, with such iconic characters. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and there’s no other way I could have seen it end. The reveal that Joker was never the real White Knight of the story was expected given the focus that Harley Quinn as a character has had this entire time, and how instrumental she was at moving the story forward. Absolutely amazing story, that will always be one of my most recommended books.
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It’s nice to see that both of those amazing Batgirl’s haven’t been completely forgotten. With any luck, the reveal by Brother Eye of their alternate selves could spur Bruce on to fully bringing them into the family and making them their own versions of Batgirl, though they’ve both proven they don’t need it. It would still be nice to see those awesome costumes back in action, particularly Cassandra’s spooky black Catwoman-esque costume.
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The Green Lanterns partnering with everyone they’ve been involved with since Rebirth began is a great way to call-back to all of the crazy things that have happened. Additionally, John Stewart had one hell of a moment to be so badass against Zod that he cemented himself as truly the best Green Lantern. At least in the case of planning. Lastly, Hector Hammond, who I assume is now being referred to as the God Brain, being used as a weapon against the Darkstars is somehow tragic, and redeeming, though he’s almost guaranteed to return to his villainous ways.
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The entire premise of this crossover is so ridiculously absurd that only Scott Snyder could possibly dream it up. Seeing all of these heroes and villains team up to fight an insane cosmic threat is absolutely the coolest way to start his run on Justice League, and out of all of this, I hope that we get a solo Starro book after all is said and done. Starro is easily the most ridiculous choice, and almost immediately made an impact on being both an incredible threat, and comic relief. That’s range.
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Sideways has been such an interesting book, with gorgeous artwork, and incredibly detailed characters. Sadly, it’s also one of the only New Age of Heroes books that hasn’t totally immersed itself in the wider DC Universe. Hopefully the next issue, with Derek beginning his dimensional training will kick-start the story in a few new ways, as the story has been starting to drag a bit, and could use something to get moving.
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This was both a great re-introduction to Hunter Zolomon, and a fantastic prelude to the Flash War, which I’m absolutely looking forward to, as Flash rarely gets his own events on this level. The mystery behind Wally’s memories, and how they’re going to factor into the changing landscape of the DC Universe remains to be seen, but month by month, DC continues to shift the focus back to the original universe and characters, and it’s been fascinating to read.
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I’ve been waiting for this arc to start, and Wonder Woman isn’t messing around. The Dark Gods are finally coming, which will hopefully give us some answers surrounding Jason and his mysterious armor. But, to immediately jump into Supergirl being affected by these coming Gods is a crazy choice. On top of that, we get an inevitably brutal fight between two of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. That sounds like a win-win.

Luke Cage Season 2 Full Trailer Now Online

Netflix and Marvel Studios has released the first full trailer for Luke Cage season 2, set to drop on June 22nd. After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a hero to Harlem, and a cultural icon in his community. He’s become untouchable, and feared on the streets, but the sudden appearance of Bushmaster, the only man who seems to be able to break the Unbreakable Man, puts all the security Luke has built in jeopardy.

Mike Colter returns as Luke Cage, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Theo Rossi as Shades, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. Newcomers to the series include Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) as John McIver, aka Bushmaster; and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) as Tilda Johnson.

Has Lindsey Morgan Auditioned to Play Batgirl?

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If rumors are to be believed, Lindsey Morgan (The 100) has officially auditioned for the role of Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, and is now simply waiting on final word from producers. The original news is a bit dated, as it was reported the auditioned happened a little over a month ago, but with the recent push for Batgirl’s introduction in Birds of Prey, it’s likely we’ll hear more soon.

Birds of Prey is being directed by Cathy Yan, and will introduce Batgirl to the wider DC Extended Universe, after which she’ll receive her own solo film. With that in mind, expect a massive push from whoever is cast in that role down the line.

Fortnite Getting Avengers: Infinity War Crossover

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Fortnite’s next big limited event will feature a Marvel crossover that will change the entire landscape of the game for a short time. Starting tomorrow, Thanos will be making an appearance in FortniteAccording to Entertainment Weekly, the mode will feature 100 players vying for the top spot, with an available Infinity Gauntlet weapon hidden on the map. The player that finds the Gauntlet will transform into Thanos, granting them some pretty superhuman abilities.

Currently, what those abilities are exactly remain under wraps, but expect some pretty ridiculous happenings as the biggest villain in cinematic history makes his presence felt across all media.

Did Thanos Kill You?

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A new website is making the rounds asking a very simple question, with a very simple answer. If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, you may want to stop here! At the end of the film, Thanos snaps his fingers and erases half of all life in the Universe, and now you can stop wondering whether you would have survived.

DidThanosKill.Me is answering the question in a very minimalist way, and it’s worth checking out for the novelty. Good news: I was spared. Let me know in the comments if you survived, or not!

Deadpool Debuts New Celine Dion Single… Yup

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Yes, you read that correctly. Celine Dion has unveiled a new single titled “Ashes,” alongside the official video for it, starring The Merc With a Mouth himself, Deadpool. Deadpool 2 has, like the first film, been firing on all cylinders from a promotional standpoint with a clear understanding of the character and how to promote him.

You can check out the hilarious music video after the jump, and make sure to stay for the ending, which is, of course, the high point.

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Jamie Foxx Eyed for Title Role in Spawn

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According to That Hashtag Show, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn with Blumhouse Productions is moving along nicely, with news that Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx is being eyed for the role of Al Simmons, aka Spawn. Foxx has officially been offered the role, after he himself pursued in 2013 in an earlier reboot attempt.

If he accepts, he’ll be sharing the spotlight, as the film will supposedly follow Twitch Williams as he teams with Spawn to track down a supernatural serial killer.

Live-Action Swamp Thing Announced for DC Universe

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of the DC Universe, it’s been revealed that James Wan will be producing a live-action Swamp Thing series for the streaming service, as well. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.

The story will follow CDC researcher Abby Arcane as she returns to her home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she meets Alec Holland, who is quickly taken from her, but morphs into the elemental Swamp Thing after his resurrection.

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DC Universe Streaming Service Announced

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have finally officially announced their newest streaming service. Titled DC Universe, the service will play host to a number of exclusive series including the live-action Titans, the animated Harley Quinn, and the highly anticipated third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.

Not much is currently known about the service aside from its exclusives, but you can sign up to learn more when it’s available over on the official announcement page, or you can hit the jump to take a look at the official title-cards for those 3 exclusive series.

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