If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.
Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!
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Most people are hoping that Sony eventually uses their wealth of Spider-Man actors to build a Spider-Verse film, which in the simplest terms is wishful thinking (but still an amazing idea). However, if Tom Holland has his way, Tobey Maguire, the actor who played Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi-directed films, would be back sooner than that. But not in the role he made famous.
I kind of want Tobey Maguire to play Uncle Ben. I think that would be super funny.
The age-range given Maguire and Marisa Tomei is 10 years, but with the right make-up, and the fact that Marisa Tomei doesn’t look anywhere near 52, and things could line up pretty well for that.
While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.
You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.
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To say the road to Kingdom Hearts III has been long and bumpy would be quite the understatement. Our last main saga Kingdom Hearts title was Kingdom Hearts II in 2005, and since then we’ve been given a slew of spin-offs and remasters, now, we can put our fears to rest: Kingdom Hearts III is releasing in 2018.
There’s also a new trailer, seen above, that spotlights a brand new world: Toy Story! It’s the first Pixar world to be included in a Kingdom Hearts game, and it looks fantastic, with Sora and friends taking on Lego-like forms, fighting in toy stores, and even changing gameplay styles when they jump into mech-toys. It looks wonderful.
It’s no secret that Disney has been working on getting a live-action Aladdin film off the ground for quite some time, with casting issues being the prime onus on the film. However, it would seem that Disney has worked out the kinks, with a few rumors coming to fruition in this case.
Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) has been cast as the lead role of Aladdin, with Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) taking the role of Jasmine. The Genie is the surprise here, as Will Smith has been cast in the role of wise-cracking magical being. The film is also said to take inspiration from the animated film, as well as 1,001 Arabian Nights, so it should be a fun adventure film.
The Disney live-action panel is garnering a lot of awesome news, with one of the biggest being the above first teaser trailer for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. The star-studded cast looks fantastic, with newcomer Storm Reid taking the lead role, accompanied by Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and more.
A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters on March 9th, 2018.
During tonight’s Marvel Animation panel at the D23 Expo, the focus of the show was on Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man animated series, which premieres on Saturday, August 19th, at 7:00am EST on Disney XD with a special one-hour premiere. The show will follow Peter in his first years as Spider-Man and his attempts at juggling his personal life, and life as Spider-Man.
The voice cast was also introduced, as well! With Robbie Draymond as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Nancy Linari as Aunt May, Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Laura Bailey as Gwen Stacy, Max Mittelman as Harry Osborn, Patton Oswalt as Uncle Ben, Melanie Minichino as Anya Corazon/Spider-Girl, and Joe Quesada as Joe.
While the title is still preliminary, Disney Animation Studios unveiled a new project set in the Cars Universe, tentatively titled Space. The footage opens to a desert, with a photo-realistic render of a crashed plane. Just afterwards, two experimental jet plants blow by, shaking the camera, and racing each other out of the atmosphere, showing a gorgeously rendered Earth (seen above).
Space still has a long way to go, but the film has a release date of April 12th, 2019. NOTE: Once again, that logo isn’t mine, it’s just something I whipped up real quick.
Rumors have been rampant for quite some time after the success of Disneyland Shanghai’s TRON presence in Tomorrowland, and now it’s official- the TRON Lightcycle Power Run is being brought to Walt Disney World. The Tomorrowland Speedway attraction next to Space Mountain is expected to close in 2018 to begin construction on the ride.
Expect a full official announcement at this weekend’s D23 Expo. However, WDW Today states that is all but finalized. Given the success of the TRON franchise, it still boggles the mind how we’re still not getting TRON 3.
It would seem that Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is getting a boost of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Marvel has announced that actor Randall Park (Fresh of the Boat, The Interview) has been cast as Agent Jimmy Woo in the upcoming sequel. Jimmy Woo was the first liaison to the Avengers in the comics, and served as an Agent of Atlas.
Randall Park is more known for his comedic chops, but given the first Ant-Man and its comedic backdrop, he should fit right in here. Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been a mainstay, and an important thread in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception in the first Iron Man film. He’s the man who started it all. Despite that, he’s only been a full cast member of a film on two occasions: The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier.
If rumors are to be believed, we can add Captain Marvel to that list, as well. Nick Fury is rumored to be joining the cast of Captain Marvel alongside his Kong: Skull Island co-star, Brie Larson. It makes sense, given their shared military background, and with rumors of Carol Danver’s powers coming from the Micro-verse, rather than Mar-Vell, we could be seeing a really interesting film take place.
Some shocking news tonight as The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are out on the production of the standalone Han Solo film. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy referred to Lord and Miller as “talented filmmakers” and stated that they’ve “assembled an impressive cast and crew,” but apparently the two of them had some “different creative visions” for the Han Solo film.
However, Variety paints a different picture after speaking with an unnamed source close to the production and claiming that Kennedy wasn’t a fan of the filmmakers style of shooting, or their way of interacting with the cast and crew. With that in mind, they’re stating that Lord and Miller were fired by Lucasfilm, and a new director will be named “soon.” We’ll keep you posted on updates to the Han Solo film.
NOTE: The logo above is not official, but if Disney/Lucasfilm is interested. You know where to find me. 😉
UPDATE: Ron Howard has been confirmed as the new director for the Han Solo spin-off film!
Last night at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Concert in Los Angeles, Square Enix unveiled a surprise trailer for the third and final installment in the saga, and has since put the trailer, with Japanese dialogue, up online.
The new trailer shows action from Sora, Goofy and Donald, and some cutscenes with Hades, Pete, and Maleficent. They also reveal that a completely new trailer with debut on July 15th at the D23 Expo, giving us something fantastic to look forward to on top of all the inevitably amazing news to come out of that show.
Marvel has surprisingly released the first teaser poster for the upcoming Black Panther film, and promised a new teaser trailer tonight, during game 4 of the NBA Finals. Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, and stars Chadwick Boseman, reprising his role as T’Challa from Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther releases on February 16th, 2018. Hit the jump to check out the full beautiful poster in all its glory.
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Disney XD has put the first three animated shorts for their new Ant-Man series online. The series of animated shorts consists of six episodes, with the first three debuting in a few days on Disney XD, and the next three future chapters, “Exterminator,” “Proton Cube” and “Not a Date,” set to air Sunday, June 11 at 11:28am, 5:28pm and 8:58am, respectively.
Josh Keaton is voicing Scott Lang, with Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach directing. You can hit the jump to watch the first three episodes.
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