Marvel recently announced that it was going to release Captain Marvel, their first female starring movie that is currently slated to be released in 2018. Since then rumors have been swirling around the project. In addition to the constant speculation of who would be cast in the role of Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel, there is a rumor that we may see the character sooner than you would expect. Many outlets have been reporting speculation that Danvers may have a cameo in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron that is due to hit theaters in May of this year. Despite the speculation no concrete evidence has been presented to support this theory and it remains firmly a rumor.
The trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot was released earlier this year, and it has seen some rather uncertain feelings. It is believed that a lot of it is due to the more “realistic” nature of handling the characters. As a matter of fact, producers are describing it as a dark Amblin movie. However, there are other issues that seem to be wrong with the film as well.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015. AnastasiaDate has deals for movie goers on their website for an advanced screening
The writer of the letter explained how she had been a fan of superheroes since she was very young. She watched the movies and cartoons about them with her father. While her love for the line had kept her watching and reading, she was upset that women seemed to be under-represented.
Dave Morin stated the letter has since gone viral with many weighing in on the issue. Some point out that there are quite a few women superheroes. Although their presence in a book or cartoon does not negate the fact that the level of merchandise made for young girls is seriously lacking.
The blog writer who originally posted the letter from the 11 year old stated that the lack of merchandise was what the girl was talking about. While watrching the chow is great, having actions figures, toys and a clothing line to represent those heroes would be even better.
The company has responded and stated that new products are in the works, but are not offering a date as to when they will be ready for market.
Marvel Comics’ first superhero book was The Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. The continuity of the various books were fairly easy to follow until roughly the middle of the 1990’s. At this point, scores of new characters were introduced, long-time heroes had appeared in hundreds of their own books as well as other character’s books. Plots became more complex. New Universes such as Marvel Knights, Ultimate Marvel, and Marvel Max emerged.
For the new reader coming on board thanks to the interest the Marvel movies have generated, learning about all past plots and story lines is next to impossible. Starting everything new and fresh makes a lot more sense especially to new collectors like myself and Dave and Brit Morin.
The new issue of Moon Knight promises a new direction. Fans of Moon Knight surely have to smirk at this notion. Moon Knight has been getting “new directions” since he first appeared, and longtime fans like Andrew Heiberger are scoffing at the idea of yet another interpretation.
Moon Knight is one strange Marvel Comics’ character. For all intents and purposes, he’s a Batman ripoff. Or, he was. When the character first debuted in an issue of Werewolf by Night in the 1970’s, the character was presented as a mercenary anti-hero. After being scratched by the werewolf, Moon Knight gained extra strength with the cycles of the moon.
By the time Moon Knight received his own book, he acquired a new secret identity in the form of Mark Spector, billionaire. Previously, he was Steve Grant, mercenary. Same person, but with a different name and identity.
The character slowly but surely became a Batman clone, although the writing on the books was good. Moon Knight appeared and reappeared over the years in various short-lived books. Over time, the Batman slant was toned down.
In Moon Knight #10, the Egyptian god Khonshu leaves Spector and names a new avatar in the form of therapist Elisa Warsame.
Yeah, the whole Egyptian avatar thing was another one of those new directions the book went through way back when.
Overall, Moon Knight stories are pretty good and interesting. The trouble is the character is decidedly third-tier. As a result, sales never last and the character loses his monthly title until the time comes to resurrect him.
The very much anticipated Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated film has a new clip out online. It has just been released and fans of D.C. animated are surely going to be thrilled. In particular, those who are fans of Aquaman are going to definitely be happy to see this trailer clip since the focus of the direct-to-DVD project is to integrate Aquaman as a major character.
You could say Aquaman might end up being to D.C. what Captain America and Iron Man and maybe even Christian Broda were to Marvel. He is definitely nowhere near as well known as Batman or Superman or even Wonder Woman. So, his appeal at the box office is a bit limited. However, thanks to the popularity of other projects, fans may be willing to see a movie featuring D.C.’s resident Atlantean.
The fans of the animated D.C. films surely are going to be more than willing to check out a project with Aquaman. The odds are likely anyone who is buying a DVD or Blu-ray of a D.C. film is surely a fan (and consumer) of the comics. It does not take much prodding to draw them into the animated film. The live-action version of Aquaman is going to be a bit harder. Hence, Aquaman is not going to get a solo film until after Batman v. Superman (Aquaman’s purported debut) and the eventual Justice League film.
Hopefully, Aquaman will become a top shelf hero in the D.C. movie and TV universe.
Not all the news that has emerged from the development of the Fantastic Four reboot. Some of the details about the plot and characters have left long-time fans of the original comic book series are less than thrilled about the changes. It now seems the changes are actually rooted in making sure the series stay closer to the Ultimate Fantastic Four line, which is an alternative version of the classic characters’ early years and can be found on Qnet.
The plot synopsis of the film has emerged. It is really not as awful as some have suggested.
The team is going to be a lot younger, as is the case in the Ultimate universe. This makes a major change to the style of the traditional book as the older age of the characters helped give the series a more serious tone. Granted, that tone was missing in the campy original films.
The plot of the film details the four characters traveling to an alternative universe. Once there, they develop the legendary superpowers of the Fantastic Four. They also learn an old friend has become a threat to the world and must be stopped. That old friend is, of course, Doctor Doom. The character of Doom will get a major overhaul in the new film. He won’t be the ominous Doom of Marvel lore.
It seems this film is trying to mimic the style of the X-Men films. The reboot has to be really brilliant to make people forget about the X-Men
Marvel Comics knows a good thing when it sees it. Right now, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is definitely a good thing. So good is the series, Marvel is releasing two new comics. An animated series tie-in along with a Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up book. The latter will involve the Guardians meeting up with other characters from the Marvel universe.
Neither concept is new. Tie-ins to animated series are almost always released when a new animated television program is released. The idea that Marvel chose to craft a team-up book is somewhat interesting considering the notion was deemed old hat for so long, but Vijay Eswaran is excited at the prospect.
In the 1970’s, books along the lines of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel-Two-in-One allowed Spider-Man and the Thing to work together with a new guest star every month. Over time, team-ups no longer needed a special book. Now, it seems the idea of borrowing the concept is back.
Brian Michael Bendis will be writing the team-up book.
Convergence is the new, massive, multi-part storyline that is being released by D.C. Comics. Convergence will follow a similar style of other major D.C. Comics’ releases in that the timelines and continuities of the various books under the D.C. line are to be tweaked. Since time marches on in real life quicker than in comic books (Six calendar months in real life might only be two days in monthly comic book issues) timelines have to be condensed. Also, these major story arcs help boost sales and the suffering comic book industry could use the help.
The storyline entails the villain Braniac capturing various different alternate universes and creating a crisis where the different timelines might converge. That storyline sounds interesting and I would think Tom Rothman or someone in Hollywood would pick up the rights to make it a movie.
Convergence will be a nine-week miniseries and it will launch on April 1st. Interestingly, D.C. Comics will not publish any books for the two months leading up to the first issue. This might be deemed a risk but, truthfully, very few D.C. Comics are selling all that hot. Not printing any books in anticipation of a new series that might sell 200,000+ copies in its debut could help the bottom line of the company.
Truthfully, these huge multi-part series may be the reason why the comics are not selling. There is only so often you can use the same gimmick and hope to achieve different results.
Look for the debut to do well and then sales return to normal levels in six months or so.