New Comic Books: January 17

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Issues such as this are exactly why comic books, comic book movies, and all of the like will never truly die. These characters are capable of inspiring, and being a light to children and adults the world over. They’re capable of putting smiles on faces, and even though they may not be real, they can still create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for those around them. This issue illustrated that beautifully, and truly captured the reason that Superman is, and always will be, the greatest hero.
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This seemed like a very short and inconsequential new book. Introducing new characters is great, but I can’t help but think this may have just been better suited to taking place in an issue of Suicide Squad. I do appreciate the throwback style that this book represents, with the large destructive 90’s-style monster hero. Hoepfully things can pick up in future issues, but I think this may need a bit more time and space to really open up and allow a story to be told.
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This was an interesting and unique story if ever there was one. An alternate dimension, or plane of existence where time passes differently, and an endless army of beasts, made by the sins of man is conjured forever. I honestly wasn’t expecting Bruce and Diana to go that route at the end, but given a few hours meant ten years there, it makes sense. Being so unsure if they would ever see the world again. I just hope that this doesn’t change things between Bruce and Selina. Their relationship has made some of the best stories these last several months.
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That decision has been building for months and months, with its slow-burn being one of the best in all of comics. The Mighty Thor has consistently delivered incredible art, with an amazingly fleshed out story, and this was no different. A forced intervention to convince Jane to let herself be saved, was emotional and tense. Her attachment to Mjolnir has been more than just power, it’s been an intense friendship between the storm and herself. It will be interesting to see if this changes things, or if Mjolnir is truly able to understand the sacrifice that Jane is making. Comics, man…

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Marvel Moving Forward with Black Widow Film

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After years of fan requests and outcry, Marvel Studios has announced it’s moving forward with a standalone Black Widow film, starring Scarlett Johannson. While still in the early stages, Variety has revealed that the studio has added screenwriter Jac Schaeffer, who will provide the script for the solo film about the Russian spy-turned-Avenger.

“Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer,” according to Variety’s sources, “and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a [Black Widow] writer.” This is some of the best news to come out of the Marvel camp in a while, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

 

Jude Law Cast as Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel

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The cast of Marvel Entertainment’s much-anticipated Captain Marvel is slowly taking shape, and the studio is pulling no punches on big names for the film. Variety is reporting that Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) has been cast as Kree hero, Mar-Vell, the alien responsible for giving Carol Danvers her powers.

This casting is terrific, but rumor has it that Keanu Reeves was offered the role, but turned it down. Perhaps it’s for the best.

First Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Entertainment has followed up this crazy week of Avengers: Infinity War coverage with the first official trailer for one of the most anticipated films in cinematic history. Infinity War brings together our heroes from across the galaxy, with many of them interacting for the first time to combat the intergalactic threat of universal destruction at the hands of Thanos.

It’s an epic trailer that just barely seems to touch on anything in the film. It even holds back on Marvel’s usual depth of key scenes to draw the viewer in, knowing full well that everyone on the planet plans to see it in theaters.

First Infinity War Teaser Poster

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If I didn’t know any better, I would say that most studios have shut their cool news down for the week, as Avengers: Infinity War has taken over the internet with its massive endless stream of coverage, trailers, images, and more. Now, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has debuted a new teaser poster for the upcoming film.

You can hit the jump to check out the beautiful, cosmic-inspired poster in its full glory.

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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Dropping Tomorrow

Marvel Entertainment dropped a massive bombshell to continue the week of coverage and excitement for Avengers: Infinity War with the announcement that the first trailer for the film will be debuting tomorrow.

The announcement alongside a goosebump-inducing video featuring key scenes and trailer reactions throughout the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this is any indication, then the MCU is going to be pretty emotional for many fans the next two years.

Avengers: Infinity War Vanity Fair Covers Unveiled

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Vanity Fair has debuted the exclusive covers for its upcoming Holiday issue, that give us our first official look at characters from Avengers: Infinity War. Captain America is still sporting his Civil War costume, and Thor is sans eye patch, but a look at all is still a look.

The covers feature a total of 17 different characters: Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly); and finally Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Hit the jump to take a look at the covers in full.

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Lizzy Caplan Joins Gambit in Mystery Female Lead Role

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The long-awaited cast of Gambit is finally taking shape, with actress Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Masters of Sex) joining the film in a mystery female lead role. Early in production, it was rumored that Lea Seydoux (Spectre) would be the female lead, cast as Bella Donna Boudreaux, but that has clearly been passed on. It’s currently unclear, if Caplan will take up the role, or this is entirely new, given the constant re-writes the films has undergone.

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is set to helm the project with a script from Josh Zetumer (Patriots Day). Filming is expected to begin next year in New Orleans.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Extended Season 5 Trailer

At the end of season 4, Coulson and his rag-tag group of agents were captured by a mysterious organization, and upon waking up, found themselves in deep space. Season 5 is set to continue that story, with the gang being kept aboard what looks like a Kree vessel, attempting to stop a threat to the Earth, and save themselves.

COULSON AND THE TEAM ARE LOST IN SPACE, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’

“Orientation (Part One)”/”Orientation (Part Two)” – Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that’s just the beginning of the nightmare to come, when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for its highly anticipated fifth season with a special two-hour premiere, FRIDAY, DEC. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Multiple Man Film In the Works

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Surprisingly, Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has added a new mutant-centric spin-off to its ranks, with a Multiple Man movie now in the works, starring James Franco (The Disaster Artist). Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is attached to pen the script for the film which has Kinberg, currently in post-production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, attached to produce.

Jamie Madrox, aka Multiple Man, is a mutant with the ability to create duplicates of himself. He can also reabsorb the duplicates, absorbing the collective of their memories and experiences.

New Comic Books: November 15

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At first, as this Cyborg-centric story started to unfold, I began to worry that things for our heroes were about to make an abrupt about-face, with them suddenly having the upper hand against these villains that have been made to be unbeatable. Seeing Cyborg, who has been sidelined and mutilated this entire story, get his due, was satsifying, but the rest seemed off. Then, as if expected, it was revealed to be a ploy. A trick to allow the Justice League to spread the darkness of Barbatos across the galaxy, and the status quo still remained, with our heroes unaware of just how badly beaten they’ve truly been.
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Admittedly, I thought that the Mangog’s ridiculous appearance was too much for me to get past as a believable threat in this world. A vicious creature sent to brutally murder Gods wouldn’t look like that, would it? Well, my concerns were quickly brushed aside as one of the most brutal beat downs I’ve seen in comics in years went down and the War Thor was murdered handily. That was intense, and suddenly it’s starting to feel like Thor is headed for a soft reboot of sorts.
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I still find it wonderful that Superman is the one who ends up in the most trouble in this situation, and his less-experienced, and non-super-powered family members all come out taking control of their situations. Lois being a fury is still a great bit of story-telling, and Jon being the leader of the Hunger Dogs is hilarious. But, the fires of Apokolips being snuffed out is sure to have some serious ramifications not only for the planet, but for the universe, as well. Darkseid is regaining his power, and soon he’ll return to the world he called home.
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It’s always been an unspoken fact that The Batman Who Laughs is the most intimidating and dangerous of the Dark Knights. He’s an amalgamation of Batman and his greatest foe. All the skill of a fully-fledged Batman, without the moral compass. No emotional baggage to weigh him down, or horrifying war that pushed him to where he is, today. He simply is. That makes him, by far, the most dangerous of them all, and an obvious choice by Barbatos to lead the Dark Knights into battle against the Multiverse.
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Charming moments like Talia telling Batman that she likes his “betrothed” after she stabbed her in the back and bested her in combat will never not be funny to me, in any context. I’m glad DC is taking their time with the story of Bruce and Selina. Their marriage is one of the few big things left in comics that have never happened that we’ve been waiting for years to see, and it deserves to be built up to, and brought to a head, much in the way a normal marriage would. If there’s anything Batman deserves at this point, it’s a sense of normalcy, in anything that he does.

First Deadpool 2 Teaser Hits

The first teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 has hit, and it’s not exactly what anyone expected, and yet, seems completely normal for the Merc With a Mouth. The teaser starts as a ridiculous Bob Ross parody, before jumping into a series of jump-cuts with our first look at footage from the film.

On top of that, 20th Century Fox released the first synopsis for the film, and it falls in line with the teaser trailer pretty well, in that it makes absolutely no sense.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Morbius The Living Vampire Spin-Off Now in the Works

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Sony has announced that its next Spider-Man spin-off is set to be based on Morbius The Living Vampire. The screenplay for the movie was penned by the team of Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, two of the writers of Power Rangers, The Last Witch Hunter, and Dracula Untold. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a brilliant doctor with a rare blood disease, and after attempting to cure it, inadvertently receives superpowers, and a thirst for blood.

Currently, there is no director attached, but with the studio giving the film the green light, we can expect to hear something very soon.

Black Panther Character Posters Released

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Marvel Studios has released a series of new character posters for the highly anticipated Black Panther film, featuring several members of the cast, as well as a tagline, showing what they’re all fighting for.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, reprising his Captain America: Civil War role, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis. Black Panther will debut in theaters on February 16th, 2018. Hit the jump to check out all the new posters.

UPDATE: Added 4 more posters, featuring Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, and more.

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Brian Michael Bendis Signs Shocking Deal with DC Comics

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Brian Michael Bendis has been a powerhouse writer for Marvel Comics for many years, creating some of their most memorable new age characters, such as Jessica Jones, and Miles Morales. He has written many of their biggest events over the last decade, as well as creating the Ultimate Universe. Now, he’s made the ultimate power-move: he’s switched sides.

Bendis has signed a multi-year exclusivity deal with DC Comics. Giving him the opportunity to work with some of the most iconic characters in comic book history. It should be interesting to see who he latches on to first.