Pull Box: July 18

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THOR
This book has been so ridiculous. It’s lighthearted in a way that’s refreshing for Thor after the incredibly emotional ride that was Jane Foster’s tenure. Thor’s dysfunctional family at the heart of it all, as they slowly mend fences to bring an end to a war that’s raged on for actual years in comic book time. And now, with Hela restored to glory, Thanos steps in to break up a wedding? I love it.
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This was a surprising follow-up to Bruce Wayne’s heart getting broken by Catwoman. Batman is out of his element, being emotionally damaged once again by opening himself up, and he takes it out on those around him, particularly the villains at his disposal, and now Bruce Wayne must pay the price, having his mistake put directly in front of him, and forced to confront his demons. Yet another interestlingly personal story for The Dark Knight.
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Luthor’s plan is still so elaborate, and while it’s starting to take shape, and we’re getting answers for some questions, it’s still such a mystery. So, the baby was a reincarnated Turtle, fully attuned to the Still Force, the opposite of the Speed Force, and one of the mysteries of the Multiverse past the Source Wall. But, how does Luthor know so much? What is he trying to accomplish? Still so many questions!
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That was not the ending I was quite expecting for Book One. It was a bit all over the place, with even more questions than answers. Fights that should have raged for more time were over in the blink of an eye, and the pacing was all over the place. Not the best ending, but hopefully it at least sets up more stories in the future for this world that they’ve created. This world of Monsters and Men.
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Honestly, I feel as if this entire event, which has been fantastic, was building to that incredible splash page of the Rangers teleporting to their Command Center, like brightly colored shooting stars across the sky. Then, to see all these incredible Rangers in one place… it actually gave me goosebumps. That’s the reason I’ve been so into this story, and it’s finally coming to the beautiful climax I’ve been expecting.

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Numan Acar Cast as The Chameleon?

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It’s been rumored that classic Spider-Man villain, The Chameleon, would be showing up in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and now it seems we’re a little closer to that confirmation. Deadline is reporting that Numan Acar (Homeland) has been added to the cast of the sequel, though no details on his role have been revealed, we know that he’ll be playing a character named Dmitri, which could signify his role as Dmitri Smerdyakov, a.k.a. The Chameleon.

This is still speculation, but given the that Acar can speak numerous languages, and the globe-trotting nature of the film, it could certainly be true.

Duncan Jones is Directing a Comic Book Movie

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The acclaimed director of genre films Moon and Source Code, took to his Twitter this morning to announce that his next project will be a comic book movie. He goes on to say we’ll learn more in a few days. With that timeline, it nearly eliminates Marvel from the competition, but things look good for DC. Could Jones be directing Green Lantern Corps? What project do you think he would be best suited for?

A little nervous about this, but hell, nervous is where the fun is! I’m going to be making a comic book movie next! A pretty special one. That’s the initial tease… Second tease to come in a few days!

Jones was one of the first directors approached for Man of Steel back in 2010, but passed on it, believing that Moon, the only film under his belt at the time, didn’t yet prepare him for such a large scale film. Now, with Source Code, the surprisingly great Warcraft, and Mute, on his resume, perhaps Jones feels now is the time? His cinematic sensibilities certainly line up with DC, and his eye for wonderful shots would make for some incredibly beautiful alien worlds alongside the Green Lantern Corps. Additionally, with Geoff Johns recently signing on fully as screenwriter, that could shape up to be something special.

Cate Shortland to Direct Black Widow Solo Film

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After a long and intensive search, the much-anticipated Black Widow solo movie finally has a director. The Hollywood Reporter is bringing word that Australian director Cate Shortland will helm the Marvel Studios movie starring Scarlett Johansson. Shortland’s past credits include World War II drama Lore, and horror film Berlin Syndrome from last year.

THR is also reporting that Jac Schaeffer has penned the most recent draft of the script for the film. Additionally, the Black Widow movie will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Nick Fury Returning for Spider-Man: Far From Home?

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It would seem that Nick Fury has more to do after his return in Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed over on his Instagram that he’s in the United Kingdom, and that he’s making his return as Nick Fury. However, it looks like the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director will be rocking some facial hair, confirming this role likely won’t involve Captain Marvel, but instead the currently filming friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

How the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will play into the story has yet to be seen, but seeing as Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film after Avengers 4, meant to lead us into a new chapter of the MCU, it makes sense to see the man that started it all.

Analog EP56: It’s What’s For Dinner

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The guys are back from a brief, technical hiatus, and they’re better than ever! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The trailer for Mandy, casting for multiple Spider-Man films, DC Universe updates, and more on this weeks episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Pull Box: July 4

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All of this build. This incredible slow-burn to the only wedding in comic book history that I would be excited for. And it comes to a beautiful crescendo, and they can’t go through with it. Doubt in Catwoman’s mind tells her that Batman is too important, and if he’s happy, that Batman will fail. Her mistake is thinking that Batman’s misery is his only strength. But then comes the letter, from so long ago, where Bruce had confessed that he truly died long ago. What does this mean for the future? What about Bane and his gathering of villains at Arkham? Was the Thomas Wayne? What is going on?!
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The Cosmic Ghost Rider was easily one of the best surprises from the most recent run of Thanos books, so giving him his own solo title was a no-brainer. Then, having him go back in time to kill baby Thanos, only to have him take him to space to try to redeem the kid? That’s just ridiculous, and genius. This will definitely be a fun book to keep an eye out for. Hopefully there are some parallels to Cable and baby Hope, because if there’s one thing Marvel is good at, it’s hero and baby stories.
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Luthor has quite the elaborate plan in place. Manipulating these forces of nature such as the Still Force, and the Ultraviolet Spectrum to his own ends. In anyone else’s hands, it would be absurd, but against all odds, Scott Snyder pulls these threads together and it actually works. Justice League is one of the best things going in comics, and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
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Well, this ended in quite the crazy twist! The deal with Jor-El happened before the battle with Rogol Zaar, who destroyed the deep-space communicator in the Fortress battle, which only added to Superman’s grief and worry. The memorial to the city of Kandor was beautiful, and the cliffhanger that Superman had been setting the fires across Metropolis seems strange. Maybe it’s the alternate reality Jon? Even more questions, now!

Jared Leto Set to Star in Morbius The Living Vampire

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Academy Award-winner Jared Leto has officially signed on to star as Dr. Michael Morbius, a.k.a. Morbius the Living Vampire, in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius The Living Vampire. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) will direct the film with a script from the writing duo of Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, whose past credits include Power RangersThe Last Witch Hunter, and Dracula Untold.

The film currently has no release date set, but we should expect to hear more news out of San Diego Comic-Con alongside new information on Venom, and perhaps even the newly announced Silk.

Pull Box: June 27

NEWCOMICS

THOR
That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
FLASH
I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Revealed as Sequel Title

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Tom Holland has let slip another secret, which has since been confirmed by Kevin Feige. The official title for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is now Spider-Man: Far From Home. The script is finished, and Tom Holland used that to reveal the title on Instagram video while at ACE Comic-Con Seattle, this weekend.

The title confirms the rumored globe-trotting adventure the film is set to consist of, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing Mysterio, and Michael Keaton reprising his role as the Vulture.

Sony Developing a Silk Spin-Off Film

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According to The Wrap, Sony is hoping to expand on the hype of their upcoming Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse films, as they begin development on a Spider-Man spin-off film starring Cindy Moon, aka Silk. Silk was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 as a character that was bit by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker,and gave her the same powers as him.

Currently, there is no script or director attached, but we should expect to hear more on the project, soon. Perhaps as early as Comic-Con.

Pull Box: June 13

NEWCOMICS

THOR
This was a great way to get back to basics with The God of Thunder. Now that Jane Foster is no longer Thor, the Odinson must prove himself worthy once again, and he must do this all the while trying to rebuild a destroyed Asgardia. The moment where Juggernaut revealed himself as a the avatar of a God to fight the God of Thunder was fantastic. Cain Marko seems to have really supplanted himself in the face of pop culture lately, and it’s pretty great.
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The Council of Reeds has returned with a more personal task to complete: No More Dooms. Victor is given yet another task to redeem himself in the face of his rival, and once more he fails the test. I want to hope that this quest with Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm would help show him the his virtue even more, but it looks like it may end up with the opposite effect. The big thing here? His memory revealed that Reed and Sue are still alive, with their children, traversing the cosmos.
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This one had less repercussions than the other Prelude to the Wedding books, but it was still a fun read. Batgirl has proven herself time and time again in the face of adversity, being easily the best of the Bat-Family. But, the big takeaway is the reveal that Harley Quinn is looking for the Joker during his pre-wedding rampage. Probably in an effort to stop him from ruining her friend, Catwoman’s big day. But, who knows?
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There were some great revelations and unity happening in this book. Just like Wonder Woman wearing Element X in Dark Knights: Metal created the New Gods, Hal Jordan wearing it created the Darkstars. Both wishes made on a darkened universe that were twisted and warped. It’s a fantastic way of pulling things together and unifying the universe, Post-Metal. Also, the personal story of Guy and his Father, being saved by Arkillo in a show of friendship was great. Those two have real chemistry, and it elevates the book even more when they’re together.
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As this series has gone on, it’s gotten less confusing, and more charming. Showing more of the mundane work that goes into Wars between planets full of Gods. Like peace summits, and small moments. It was amazing to see Kalibak pull out a pair of glasses because he needs to see the terms. It was a bit predictable in the end, with Jacob Free, the son of Big Barda and Mister Miracle, being the biggest bargaining chip, though not one that they put on the table.
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Hawkman has always been one of the richer characters as far as lore is concerned. His past allows him to work in more mythical things, like the introduction of Gorilla City into the history of the Earth, trade-routes and such. Not to mention the reveal of a Kryptonian Hawkman, as well as a Hawkman from the planet Rann, and the confirmation that the Thanagarian Hawkman was one and the same. All through reincarnation. With the history of DC Comics at its feet, this should be a fun read.
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Yes! Oh man, it’s so nice to have Eel O’Brian back in his own solo story. Plastic Man is one of the best heroes in all of comic books, and I missed his plucky humor so much. He’s so nonsensical. It was smart to re-tell his origin story for newer fans as he’s a bit older of a character who hasn’t been explored much in the last 20 years. But, now he’s back! And I could not be happier about it. On top of that, Gail Simone was a perfect choice to write the character.
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And the race is on! I can’t help but side with Wally West on this one. Barry Allen has lost things, but he always still remembers those pains, and exactly how they were taken from him. Wally’s children, his entire past, was taken from him and he never even knew it. That was Barry’s fault. It’s tragic that this is happening, but things are building to quite the head in the world of The Flash.
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This was some seriously heartbreaking writing. Kandor has been a mainstay in Superman lore for years, and its destruction – the murder of millions of Kryptonians trapped in a bottle for centuries is simply tragic. And it showed. The loss that Superman and Supergirl felt was real, and their anger and panic showed on the page. That was the masterful writing we’ve been looking out for with Bendis and he finally broke it out here.
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First off, Jason seemed to fit in pretty well with the rest of the Justice League. I could very well see him filling in for Diana on a Justice League International team, or something along those lines. Next, King Best is one of the most throwback villains I have seen in quite some time. He’s massive, styled like the 60’s villains of old, and honestly already quite the delight of a villain. This is a great new rogue for Wonder Woman if he manages to stick around.

PhE3: PlayStation Keynote

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Sony kept with the predictable format for companies at this year’s E3 show, and stuck to their guns, showing off previously-announced titles that hadn’t been released from last year’s show.

Plenty of new gameplay for Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and new trailers for Death Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II were the stars here, and for fans of Sony’s first party games, they were not disappointed. Hit the jump to check out what Sony had on offer for this year.

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Iron Fist Season 2 Later This Year

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It looks like most of the Marvel’s Defenders will be getting a new season this year, as Jeph Loeb has confirmed that we will see Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 later this year, with Daredevil Season 3 hitting in 2019. Marvel’s Iron Fist will again star Finn Jones as the titular hero, Danny Rand. The cast for the series will also include the return of Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Sacha Dhawan as Danny’s childhood friend Davos.

However, for fans of the crossover series itself, you shouldn’t be holding your breath, as there are currently no plans for a Marvel’s Defenders Season 2, but it’s not completely out of the question.

Not in the plans right now, but you never know….We loved Defenders and so did our fans. We’ll see about doing it again — as you can guess it messes with the schedules on other shows – so do you want more Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones or another Defenders?

First Avengers 4 Promo Art Leaks Online

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The first rumored promo artwork for the still-untitled Avengers 4 has leaked online, showing off a few new costumes, and new looks for the post-Infinity War team, as they prepare to face Thanos again. This may still be fan-made, but given the similarities to past artwork, it’s very likely official. The most interesting takeaways are Hulk’s new costume, Hawkeye and Ant-Man are there, with Hawkeye not yet sporting his new hair, and Captain Marvel joining the fray.

Most, however, will likely point out Captain America’s lack of his now-famous beard. Which, is simply tragic. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the film soon, as Marvel Studios has opted out of Comic-Con this year, leaving us with quite a few mysteries to unravel.