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.

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New Comic Books: October 18

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This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
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After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
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The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
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You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.

New Comic Books: September 27

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Weeks like this are the reason that I love comic books so much. So many surprises, great endings, new beginnings, and fantastic starts. This week was filled to the brim with some of the best stories that comics have told in years. It’s a great time to be a fan of comic books, right now, as DC and their continued run of wonderful events such as Metal, and the upcoming anticipated Doomsday Clock have forced Marvel to up their game exponentially. Not since Civil War have I been this excited about a Marvel event, with Legacy recapturing the magic that used to make Marvel the “House of Ideas.”

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Even Diana is back on track, now! Wonder Woman tackling with Darkseid as he attempts to kill the Old Gods, and steal their energy. That’s going to be a hell of a ride. James Robinson is one of the best writers in comic books, and the art was amazing. That Diana looked like Gal Gadot was a bonus, making things feel more fun and alive. I’m excited for this arc.
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Can we please just get past the Negative Speed Force, already? I’m glad to see Kid Flash back in the fray with Barry, but these “horrible” powers are really getting old. I know that Bloodwork, who was actually a great, quick antagonist was just to help him get a hold of them, and I hope that now we’re on the right path to Barry inevitably entering the Speed Force to get his real power backs.
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A good way to end one of my favorite arcs in quite some time. A battle between the Green Lantern Corps and these Kirby-inspired cosmic golems was where it always ended. That the Highfather got involved, and John Stewart got to be a sniper to take one out was always just a bonus.
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Tim Drake has always been truly the greatest Robin. Dick’s strength lied in his independence, and ability to lead without Batman. Tim’s has been his ability to truly strengthen Bruce. That was evident in his origin here. Now, the Tim Drake of Tomorrow seems to have a different view-point, so it should be interesting to see where truly leads.
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This Metal tie-in wasn’t quite as great as Red Death. Murder Machine’s back-story was sad, with the death of Alfred, but he just wasn’t quite as dynamic a character for an evil Batman. Little by little, though, we keep learning more and more of what brought the Dark Knights into existence, and lured them to our world, though.
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There was never going to be any way that Thor could defeat the War Thor without revealing herself to Volstagg as Jane Foster. But, that didn’t make it any less an emotional moment for her character. This almost felt the most Jane Foster we’ve seen of Thor herself during her run. Perhaps Mjolnir is letting more of Jane in. Maybe she’ll save her from the cancer spreading throughout her body?
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Of course the lesson that Miles learns is about how personal the role of Spider-Man is. That no matter how hard he tries, he can never fully distance his personal life, from the life of Spider-Man. No matter how hard he tried, Peter Parker could never do it, either. It’s a consequence of being a hero, and it was a great lesson for him to learn, even if it was the most uneventful of all the Generations adventures.
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The Generations line has been wonderful, but this was on a completely different level. The prescient message that was said, and the strong characters and themes. It was obvious that Sam would have the largest shadow before him, but I wasn’t expecting him to live an entire lifetime. Start a family, and inspire Captain America himself. It was something else entirely, and completely changed the way I was thinking the Generations titles were happening. It wasn’t time travel, it was a message.
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Holy shit. That was fantastic. That was the best single issue of a comic book that Marvel has put out in the last 20 years. The resurrection of Wolverine, the impending resurgence of the Fantastic Four, and the coming of the celestials. It all feels so… Marvel. So wonderfully Marvel. A Marvel that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Maybe this really is Marvel’s Legacy…
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Jor-El’s experience was immensely tragic, and the obvious intervention of Doctor Manhanttan sets up so much for Doomsday Clock. This event is going to be something special, and I can’t wait. DC’s events are the best in comics, right now. They encapsulate everything that’s great about the medium, and what it allows.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Pre-Order Costumes Revealed

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Capcom has unveiled the first batch of DLC costumes, available to players who pre-ordered the game. Those costumes are Warrior Thor, Evil Ryu, Gladiator Hulk, and Command Mission X. The game’s release is imminent this month, so if you’re hoping to get your hands on these babies, you might want to get on it.

However, which costumes you get depends on which version of the game you pre-order. The $59.99 standard edition only gets you Evil Ryu, and Warrior Thor. If you want all four? You’ll need to pre-order the $89.99 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Deluxe Edition that includes the game and 2017 Character Pass or $199.99 Collector’s Edition that includes four statues, six LED Infinity Stones, and the Deluxe Edition of the game. Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the costumes.

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Happy 100th Birthday to The King, Jack Kirby

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Today marks the 100th birthday of one of the single-most influential people in the history of modern pop culture, Jack Kirby. While often not being given as much credit as he deserves, Kirby pioneered new art styles in the field of comics, and helped create some of the most important characters in all of comic books.

He co-created the Fantastic Four with Stan Lee, the superhero team that saved Marvel from bankruptcy long ago, on top of countless other mainstream Avengers. He created the Inhumans, the New Gods, and a near endless library of who’s who in comics everywhere. Without him, we wouldn’t have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor would we likely have the DC Extended Universe, either. Happy 100th Birthday, to the King… Jack Kirby.

New Comics: August 23

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It was a pretty great week for reading, with several new titles debuting this week, and a couple wonderful stories progressing further. Particularly the Jack Kirby-inspired Green Lantern story happening in the current arc, that I can’t seem to help but just absolutely love.

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The penultimate issue of Secret Empire was pretty straightforward, with the heroes dealing the deathblow to Hydra itself. We all figured out that Shiny Steve was inside Kobik, but it’s still a mystery if she’ll bring him back, and how our heroes will even react to that. The Taskmaster and Black Ant moment was by far the best, knowing full well that mercenaries are only in it for themselves, and recognizing the thunder of Thor’s hammer was essentially a signal that the tide was shifting.

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I do love fun books like this. Witnessing The Mighty Thor partnered with the Odinson of old to battle Apocalypse was a lot of fun. However, discovering that in the new Marvel Legacy, Odin was married to the Phoenix Force, and loved her even… well, that was quite the discovery indeed. In fact, it was even enough to get me excited for Marvel Legacy proper.

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I can’t help but feel as if this is meant to be more of an in-between arc for something bigger. The Negative Flash idea is cool, and with Barry forced to work around life with an entirely newer and more dangerous powerset, it shakes things up quite a bit from a story perspective, but I still just can’t shake this feeling. Barry has always been resourceful, so we’ll see just how he gets himself out of this one.

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Once again, I am reminded why Green Lantern is my favorite. This arc has been so fantastic, with the Kirby inspiration, beautiful art, and subtle tie-in to Dark Knights: Metal. I’m so in love with this arc because it’s been so much fun, already. Now we’re getting a race between Hal Jordan and Lightray in the next issue? You heard the man: all systems go.

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So, the New Order is essentially the upcoming FOX tv show, The Gifted, but instead of mutants, it’s metas, and Nightwing is leading the charge. I can get on board with this. A lot of questions still remain, but we’re able to put a lot of pieces together just from what we’re given in this issue. I’m a little perplexed as to who the mother of Nightwing’s child is, though. Supergirl? Starfire? Who knows with that cliffhanger ending?

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A lot of twists in this issue, with The Stag revealed to be an army, and not an immortal. Not to mention his plan to destroy Shamba-La, rather than use its power for his own ends. But where does that leave The Joker? This has been a great detective story so far, with two of the greatest detectives, and it’s nearing its conclusion in pretty dramatic fashion.

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The issue started off well enough, with Superman and Lex getting back to their roots. Lex transforming into Darkseid the more he used the Apokaliptian tech was a crazy moment, but the real star of this issue was the end. The revelation that it was Mr. Oz who supplied The Machinist, appearing before Lex and striking his ego back down to size. Next month, we finally get his identity, after what seems like ages.

New Trailer for Thor: Battle Royale

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If you’re unsure of the film I’m talking about, well, it’s actually the official title of Thor: Ragnarok in Japan. Thor: Battle Royale sounds way cooler, so I am intensely jealous of that update. With that in mind, Thor: Battle Royale has a new trailer with a new glimpse of Doctor Strange in the film, and plenty of new footage.

You can hit the jump to check out the full trailer, which Avengers’ Japan social media accounts posted to Twitter this afternoon, in their awesome, localized Japanese formats.

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New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

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I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

Empire Reveals New Thor: Ragnarok Cover

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Empire has revealed an absolutely breathtaking new subscriber-only cover for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. The cover features original art by Russell Dauterman, with the God of Thunder battling The Goddess of Death, Hela. While the art is clearly a mixture of comic book and film-inspired, we know the result of this battle ends with the destruction of Mjolnir.

Issues of Empire featuring well-known comic book films usually also include new details and images, so we should expect to be seeing those shortly, as well. Hit the jump to check out the gorgeous cover in full.

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Marvel Legacy Reviving Value Stamp Program

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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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Thor: Ragnarok Cosbabies Revealed by Hot Toys

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Hot Toys has been on a rampage, adapting essentially every major blockbuster this year into their beloved Cosbaby line of bobblehead figures. This time, it’s Thor: Ragnarok getting the treatment. The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands about 10.5 – 15cm tall and includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela and Valkyrie. Hela, Valkyrie, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk and Loki’s helmet with metallic finishing are only available in their respective collectible sets!

These adorable Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby bobbleheads are armed with their unique weapons and will be available approximately Q3 – Q4, 2017. Hit the jump for a complete gallery of the upcoming line.

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New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

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Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, unveiled during their Hall H presentation. The new trailer is filled with new footage, as well as better looks at the new Hulk, whom, after being in that form for so long, has developed an increased intelligence and more of an ability to speak!

The trailer even gives us more story, and what to expect as far as Loki’s role in all of this. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd.

New Comic Books: July 19

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While not a jam-packed release week for new comics, everyone brought their A-Game with some fantastic stories that ran the gamut as far as what their goals really were. Ranging from tragic story, to educational fare, it was a great week for readers.

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The second installment of the War of Jokes and Riddles seemed incredibly confusing, at first. I wasn’t sure where it was going, but at the end, when all the pieces fit into place, the origin of Kite-Man had unfolded before me. The tale was tragic, and unsettling. A fitting origin to the best running joke in all of comics. If you’re a fan of Kite-Man and his ridiculous antics, I would absolutely implore you to read this, my recommendation for the week.

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The other DC book this week is on the absolute other end of the spectrum. Superman and the Kent Family decide to unwind with a nice family trip across the Continental United States, educating each other on the history of our country, and instilling the merits of kindness and good in those that they meet. Even helping a wounded veteran secure a part-time job with their kindness. It was a feel-good book that was great to read after the tragic origin of Kite-Man.

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And with that, we have our best issue of Secret Empire. Twists relating to the Hydra mole, and the shocking destruction of the resistance home-base. Alliances were shifted all over the board in this tense and emotional issue, and it made for an overall fantastic read.

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My last book for the week was one I was absolutely looking forward to, as Volstagg has taken up Ultimate Mjolnir and become the War Thor. Venting his frustrations and unleashing hell on the army that made him, the War Thor laid absolute waste to the armies of Muspelheim, and it was badass in every sense of the word. With Jane Foster’s Thor inching closer to succumbing to her cancer, will we see Jane become Thor permanently?

Avengers: Infinity War D23 Footage Description

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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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Is Marvel Bringing Back Their One-Shots?

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Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been a boon of secret-spilling when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m sure he has Marvel pulling their hair out, but I’m pretty satisfied with what he’s been saying. According to Holland, Marvel is planning to bring back their acclaimed One-Shot series of short films. While not confirmed, the recent success of the Thor and Daryl shorts indicate a renewed interest for the studio.

I want to do a short. That’s what I want to do. I want to do a 20-minute short with me and [Ant-Man star] Paul Rudd… I think they are planning on doing [one-shot shorts] again. I probably just spoiled a big spoiler. [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige’s probably going to be furious.