The comic book industry is in mourning today, as we’ve lost one of our most beloved, and talented creators. Comic book writer/editor Len Wein, co-creator of characters such as Swamp Thing and Wolverine, passed yesterday at the age of 69.
A master of many aspects of the comic industry, Wein worked as an artist and editor, but was primarily known for his writing, having written for a who’s who of classic comic characters, including Batman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Flash, Daredevil, and more. Wein even served as Lead Editor for Watchmen, after working on Swamp Thing with fellow legendary creator, Alan Moore. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family in this difficult time.
20th Century Fox is going all-in on their recent success with their comic book franchises, and added six tentative dates for upcoming mystery Marvel films. With three planned releases already, including The New Mutants on April 13, Deadpool 2 on June 1, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2.
The new dates include: June 7th and November 22nd in 2019, March 13th, June 26th, and October 2nd in 2020, and March 5th in 2021. A few of those will most certainly be X-Force and Deadpool 3, as well as possibly the rumored Fantastic Four reboot, the second in a few short years.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released next November, and the cast is finally starting to come together, with details about where we can expect the story to go. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Lilandra, leader of the Shi’ar Empire.
The trade is reporting that Lilandra is the film’s primary antagonist, so it looks like we can expect the X-Men to go cosmic, as well. An interesting thought, but with such a hit-and-miss record on Earth, we’ll see how well the film can do off-planet from a storytelling perspective.
The first full trailer for Bryan Singer’s new X-Men television show, The Gifted, has finally hit, and it’s honestly a lot better than I was expecting. The more personal story of mutant persecution sees a family on the run after their children are outed as powerful mutants, with a few well-known X-Men names thrown in for good measure, such as Blink, Polaris, and Thunderbird.
The visuals in the trailer are immensely beautiful, and the story already seems much more interesting than I initially thought. Stephen Moyer’s character, Reed Stucker, the father in said family, is actually a high-level agent of a shadow organization that imprisons mutants, but when his own children become involved, he refuses to give in to the organization, and betrays them all. That alone gives this quite a few more layers than I was expecting. The last TV show from these characters, Legion, was a massive success, so I’m hoping for the best with this one.