[video] X-MEN: APOCALYPSE | Official Trailer

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

[video] Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer [HD] |

Looks epic.

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Marvel Announces Black Panther Movie for 2017

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Marvel finally pulls the trigger on the highly anticipated Black Panther movie, along with a slate of diverse movies according to USA Today:

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Robert Downey Jr. greeted Chadwick Boseman’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic universe Tuesday at the El Capitan Theater in L.A., where Marvel Studios unveiled a slate of movies that will have fanboys psyched until 2019.

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Natalie Portman is cast in Marvel’s THOR

We all grew up on Thor, this should be another Marvel blockbuster

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Natalie Portman has been cast as the female lead in “Thor,” Marvel Studios’ adaptation of its comic book featuring the Norse god of thunder. Kenneth Branagh is directing.thor01cvrturner.thumbnail

Portman will play Jane Foster, who in early comic book lore was a nurse who became Thor’s first love. The studio said the character will be updated for the feature adaptation, with Foster being a doctor-scientist type. 

Chris Hemsworth is already cast as Thor. Tom Hiddleston is Loki, the god of mischief who serves as the movie’s villain.

“Thor” is Marvel’s stab at an epic fantasy adventure, spanning from present-day Earth to the realm of Asgard. The story centers on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans but once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

“(Jane) is the human lead, so to speak, who helps ground the film in reality,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who is producing. “We spend a lot of time amongst the other realms of the Nine Worlds of the Thor mythology and our human anchor to that.” Continue reading

Hudlin Leaves Black Panther, New Team Formed


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Reginald Hudlin has been the regular writer of Black Panther for over four years now. After Hudlin renewed interest in the character with “Who Is the Black Panther?”, T’Challa went on to take a much more active role in the Marvel Universe, including help lead the fight against Iron Man’s pro-Registration forces in Civil War and temporarily joining the Fantastic Four.

With Dark Reign remaking the Marvel Universe, Black Panther has followed suit by undergoing some drastic changes. The series recently relaunched with a new #1 issue, wherein T’Challa was grievously injured and Wakanda was left without a Black Panther. With Wakanda’s enemies closing in, an all-new, all-female Panther must rise to defend her homeland.

As this turns out, this storyline will be Hudlin’s last. After almost five years and dozens of issues, Hudlin is leaving Black Panther, making way for a new writer. That writer is horror novelist Jonathan Maberry. Maberry will be joined by new regular artist Will Conrad.

The two writers will collaborate on August’s Black Panther #7, after which Hudlin will move onto a new Marvel project and continue work on the upcoming BP animated series. Hudlin will still be involved with the series as a consultant going forward. We chatted with both writers – as well as editor Axel Alonso – about the past, present and future of Black Panther, and how Maberry plans to steer the series forward with its new lead.

IGN Comics: Let’s run through the creative changes that are in store for Black Panther. Reggie, you’re stepping aside as writer and Jonathan is coming aboard – but you guys will be co-writing for an issue, right?

Jonathan Maberry: Yeah, we had a blast banging ideas back and forth. Reggie’s been lighting a lot of fires in Wakanda and that gave me a chance to hit the ground running. I did a little consulting on the second half of the “Deadliest of the Species” arc. We worked as a team on BP #7, which is the first installment of the “Power” arc, and we bounced so many intriguing ideas off of one another that the arc starts with some eye-opening events.

Reginald Hudlin: When we relaunched the book, I had over a year’s worth of plans starting with the attack on T’Challa that would lead to a bold new direction for the series. I was very happy that the first arc is being as well-received as it is. We were going to co-write the second arc together, but by the time I finished the first issue, I was ready to move on.?? Continue reading

The Real Origins of Wolverine, From the Men Who Created Him


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The man with the claws is back, and this time he’s bringing his memories. For comic fans X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the realisation of two long-held dreams: to see Wolvie go berserk in his first solo screen adventure and, more importantly, to discover how he became the hero he is. The latter. however, could prove to be a bitter pill.

Ever since Wolverine first appeared in the pages of the Incredible Hulk in 1974 and later in The Uncanny X-Men, fans have craved an origin story. Like Jason Bourne, Wolverine is a mysterious figure whose past is a muddy soup of government secrets, black ops and tragedy. Most of his life he could not remember and the parts he did, he wasn’t telling. And that was part of his appeal – that and the claws.

Most superhero comics deal with origin stories in the first few issues but Wolverine was different. Readers became intimate with his mutant abilities – heightened senses, a healing factor that allows him to recover from almost any wound and retractable claws – and his gruff yet noble heart, but not his past. Over the years writers have fed readers little snippets but these have only served to make him more of an enigma: he fought in the Second World War, sinister government scientists erased his memories and covered his bones with an indestructible metal alloy, he may have been the first mutant, he is somehow connected by blood to the villain Sabretooth and his real name is not Logan but James. Teasing readers for almost 30 years is a dangerous game: once you decide to tell the origin story, as Marvel did in 2001, it better live up to expectations.

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Samuel L. Jackson is Marvel’s man. The actor, who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role as Nick Fury, agent of spy outfit S.H.I.E.L.D., has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.

The movies include “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers” and its sequels. Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie, which is in development. The actor, repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, made a surprise appearance as Fury at the end of the first “Iron Man,” throwing geeks into a tizzy and showing the first glimpse of Marvel’s plan to link all their slate of movies into one filmic universe.

Jackson and Fury were expected to be part of the sequel, but as Marvel negotiated with its cast, deals proved hard to come by. Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle. Mickey Rourke still doesn’t have a deal for the part of a villain despite almost two months of negotiations.

Marvel Comics Coming to iTunes Store


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As those who have been following the news from this week’s ComicCon event in New York City are well aware, Marvel announced that it will be selling its new “In-Motion” comic books in Apple’s iTunes Store. The comics differ from old-school physical comics by having animated panels and voice-over work from popular actors, making them well-suited to the iPhone and iPod Touch, with their sharp screens and various multimedia capabilities.

Fret not, diehard classic comic book fans — Marvel will release traditional paper copies of these comics (after the In-Motion versions are released on iTunes). No word yet on cost or availability.

Big-name Marvel aside, there’s plenty of comics to be found online (and on mobile phones) that’s optimized for the digital world. We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of our favorite Web comics for your time-wasting, on-the-clock pleasure (after the break). Just remember to Control-Tab when your boss comes a-wandering by. [From: TUAW]

‘Leading Artist Say Obama Makes Room For New Black Superheroes’


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FOXNews.com asked leading artists, authors and editors in the comic book industry about the absence of black superheroes and the impact President Obama may have.

Here’s what they had to say: Jerry Craft, creator of the “Mama’s Boyz” comic strip: “Without people like Oprah Winfrey coming into America’s homes there would be no Barack Obama. Because of people like her and Denzel Washington and Will Smith, America realized that they can let us into their homes and not have to worry about us stealing their TVs.” Spike, creator of the “Templar, Arizona” series: “I think it’s a mistake to market any character, new or old, as ‘the black superhero.’

If you want to draw parallels, consider Obama. He never ran as ‘the black candidate,’ and he hasn’t got any interest in being ’the black president.’ His skin color is incidental to his identity and motivations, not the core of them.” Zuri Stanback, creator and artist of the “Epiphany Park” series: “In general, having a black president will help continue the destruction of negative black stereotypes. There will be an increased desire to have more accurate depictions of the diversity, values and intellect that exist within our community. We are not just a collection of singers, dancers, athletes and thugs, and that will be better reflected in mainstream pop culture in the near future.” Continue reading

‘Captain America’ To Be Helmed By Special-Effects Wizard Turned Director: Report


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They are men of unfathomable ability and intelligence, a group that is collectively rewriting the superhero rulebook. Now Joe Johnston is joining Marvel’s elite team: the directors.

The Academy Award-winning former special-effects wizard has been tapped to helm “Captain America,” according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter. No writers or actors are currently attached.

A World War II period piece, “Captain America” will follow Steve Rogers, a scrawny Depression-era boy who develops a “body as perfect as a body can be and still be human” after participating in “Operation Rebirth,” an experimental Army program to create a class of super soldiers. At the end of the movie, he will be frozen solid in the Artic tundra and awakened some 60 years later to fight alongside Thor, Iron Man, Nick Fury and the rest of “The Avengers,” a development teased by a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in “The Incredible Hulk.” Continue reading

Toby Maguire Snags $50 Mil for Spider-Man 4 & 5

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Tobey Maguire may be Spider-Man, but before that he’s a Family Man. The actor who played Peter Parker and his webbed alter-ego in the first three Spider-Man films has signed a deal for his appearance in Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5, and according to the Times Online, he has a clause in his contract that gives him time off specifically to spend with his daughter.

Maguire, who will film the two movies back-to-back over six months has insisted that he get early mornings and evenings off to play with his daughter, Ruby, who is 22 months old. Maguire will earn $50m in salary and profit shares from the two movies.
cguire the family time, for fear of setting a precedent. However Sony Chairman, Amy Pascal, stepped in saying that six months without family time would be unfair to any parent. Continue reading

Will Marvel Tap Will Smith to Appear as Captain America? Survey Says…

…during an MTV News interview regarding his role in “Miracle at St. Anna,” actor Derek Luke let slip that a very prominent – and surprising – face could be the star of Marvel Studios’ next blockbuster film. “I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” said Luke, adding that the intriguing casting rumor “just shows you how times have changed.”

In an interview with MTV News, Derek Luke leaked the possibility that Marvel Comics may be considering Will Smith to appear as Captain America in their film adaption of the popular comic book franchise. This leak practically broke the dam, causing an intense backlash by comic book enthusiasts who said they would boycott Marvel if they cast Captain America as anything BUT a blonde-haired Caucasian. To get in on the argument, or to read the corrosive statements being made about this ‘far-fetched’ scenario CLICK [HERE].

Iron Man 2 Rumors Confirmed and Debunked

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I’ve been looking around and reading different things regarding Iron Man 2 and I took a moment to find some rumors that are pretty solid, but still just rumors. There’s information that we got from the Iron Man film that is pretty straight forward about various characters we might see, but it’s still not known what the overall plot will be. So sit back and read up on these possible Iron Man rumors that I read on the net, and be warned if you don’t want to know, some of the stuff might be spoilers:

You’ve been warned!
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Comics Coming to iPhone

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TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – After taking on the big and small screens, comic book heroes like Spiderman and Superman may soon be appearing on an even smaller screen — your mobile phone.

Suit-clad businessmen reading comic books are a common sight on Japanese trains, but they could soon be poring over their phones with publishers increasingly digitalizing their comics to cash in on the country’s mobile-savvy consumers.

The July 11 launch of Apple Inc’s APPL.O iPhone could also spur the growth of the mobile comic market as the device’s touch-screen would make it easier and more appealing to read comics on handsets, analysts say.
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“The Incredible Hulk” Smashes Box Office

The Incredible Hulk

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A bigger, meaner “The Incredible Hulk” crushed the competition at North American weekend box office with a $54.5 million take, but still fell short of its predecessor, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The action-oriented film revival starring the hulking green superhero is only the second self-financed production from Marvel Studios, which paid General Electric Co’s Universal Pictures a fee to market and distribute the film.

Marvel and Universal brought the first “Hulk” to theaters in 2003, but that more introspective version failed to follow through on its muscular $62 million debut after disappointing comic book fans. Its ticket sales fell quickly and the movie ended its run with $137 million at domestic box offices.
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