Pull Box: May 8

While the Magic Lands story hasn’t exactly been captivating by any means, everything happening in the background has been amazing. Black Adam races to the Funlands to destroy Billy Batson, fearing for the future of the World if the Magic Lands get word of each other. Now, the sudden appearance of Doctor Sivana forcing Black Adam to join Mr. Mind or fight him? That’s a pretty fantastic matchup.

With Carter’s will restored, the Deathbringers were no match for him and his many past lives, given all that they’ve been through. Now that they’ve been defeated, and all of his memories restored for countless generations, it will be interesting to see the repercussions of storing that much information in your head. There has to be a limit, right?

This has been one of the best starts for a new book that I’ve seen in quite a long time. The Outsiders have spent well over a year establishing their chemistry in other books, and they’ve earned the right to have their own. They all have their own individual styles and issues to deal with, but they work well together. Throw in a potential time travel plot, and you have the makings of an interesting new title.

This is an interesting twist to the Arkham Knight that I did not see coming. Astrid Arkham, the daughter of the Arkham family itself is the Knight, twisting and contorting Batman’s rogues gallery to her own end. After releasing Damian without a fight, he seemed a bit more jovial than usual, and something seemed entirely off. Almost as if he was possibly considering betraying Batman, but more to his owns ends.

The War of the Realms has been a heavy-hitting, emotionally charged battleground, and this light-hearted baby chase that is Journey Into Mystery has been a breath of fresh air, giving some much needed levity to the story. I love the rag-tag team that’s been assembled to escort the baby, as well, and then throwing in random things like off-grid Skrulls that live in an RV camp is just icing on the cake.

This issue seemed to move as fast as The Flash himself, with attempts at establishing a new origin for Barry Allen and his powers. The obvious here is the end scene, and the effort it puts into establishing Turtle as a threat to the future for Central City. A little too heavy-handed in that narrative (Green Lantern: Secret Origin did it considerably better with Atrocitus), but I’ll wait to reserve too much judgment for the next issue.

Truthfully, I know very little about the Agents of Atlas, and I haven’t read any of the Champions books, so I go into this only looking for more War of the Realms goodness, and I can’t say I was disappointed. A whole bunch of international superheroes with elemental powers with Amadeus Cho, Shang-Chi, and Silk – all fighting the Queen of Cinders. I can get behind that.

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Marvel’s Shang-Chi Finds its Director

The upcoming live-action adaptation for Marvel’s Shang-Chi is taking a massive step forward to becoming a reality today, as Deadline has learned that Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) has been tapped to helm the upcoming film. The report stresses that Marvel is looking to take a similar approach to Shang-Chi as it did with Black Panther, putting a strong emphasis on cultural mainland China and its traditions and customs. The film will also include a predominantly Asian cast, marking Marvel’s first Asian lead film.

Cretton’s previous credits include a collaboration with Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, and he will be directing the film from a script by Wonder Woman 1984 writer, David Callaham.

Marvel Studios Developing Shang-Chi Film

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It was reported a few weeks ago that Wonder Woman 1984 scribe, David Callaham, was picked up by Marvel Studios to pen an upcoming film, and that film has now been revealed to be a live-action Shang-Chi film. Marvel is  focusing on delivering a powerful and authentic story with an Asian or Asian-American director to helm the adaptation with the hopes of creating a world focused on Asian and Asian American themes.

Deadline also adds a bit of background on Shang-Chi, himself, who may not be familiar to many fans:

In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.