Marvels Age of Ultron Trailer is finally released!

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Warner Bros reveals DC Comics movie slate!!

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Exciting times are ahead! Although I hate that I have to wait six years for a solo Green Lantern movie. No doubt Justice League will feature all these hero’s before their own solo films!

Taken from superherohype.com:

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While speaking at Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara fully revealed their DC Comics movie slate, which was previously filled with nine untitled films.

2016 will see the release of the previously-confirmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but also the Suicide Squad movie has now been placed in the August 5, 2016 release date. Additional releases for the year will include the previously-reported LEGO Ninjago on September 23 and the “Harry Potter” spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18.

2017 will see the release of the just-announced The LEGO Batman Movie on May 26, 2017 with a Wonder Woman solo film coming June 23 and the Zack Snyder-directed Justice League Part One, featuring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles, on November 10.

2018 will see the release of two solo DC films with The Flash on March 23, 2018, starring The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s Ezra Miller in the title role, in addition to Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, on July 27. We’ll also get a sequel to The LEGO Movie on May 25 and the second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later that year.

In 2019, WB will release Shazam, starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, on April 5, 2019, and Justice League Part Two, once again to be directed by Zack Snyder, on June 14, 2019 .

2020 brings us two more solo films with Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher, on April 3, 2020 and a reboot of Green Lantern on June 19. A third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be released later that year.

Furthermore WB has also confirmed that solo films for both Batman and Superman are also in development though no release date has been set for either.

Robert Downey Jr Joins Captain America 3!

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Looks like Iron Man and Cap might just face off in Captain America 3!

Taken from superherohype.com:

Breaking: Marking a major twist to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase Three,” Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is close to joining the cast of Captain America 3 as Tony Stark and that the film will launch elements of the hit comic book crossover event, “Civil War” in the MCU!

The news comes on the heels of an announcement from Marvel this morning that a new “Civil War” comic book is on the way next summer.

Just last week, Downey hinted that something big was on the way, although it was briefly believed that he was referring to a fourth Iron Man film. Now, it seems quite likely that Marvel Studios has even bigger plans for Iron Man!

Anthony and Joe Russo, the sibling director pair behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are directing the May 6, 2016 film, which features a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and, of course, the return of Chris Evans as the star-spangled superhero.

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All New X-Men and Guardians to crossover in next years “Black Vortex”

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Sounds like an exciting event.

Taken from comicbookresources.com:

CBR News: Marvel’s cosmic titles have a rich legacy of big crossover stories and “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex” is the first big event story for this new cycle of cosmic books in the Marvel NOW! era. How long has this story been in the works? And how does it compare to previous cosmic events like the “Annihilation” crossovers, “War of Kings,” “Realm of Kings,” and “The Thanos Imperative?”

Mike Marts: I believe the idea for this particular story existed prior to my return to Marvel. So it may have been something that was talked about as far back as a year ago, but we really got into the meat of it at a story summit back in April. A lot of this came out through discussions with Sam about what we were going to do with the new “Star-Lord” title. Then Brian Bendis quickly joined in. He was excited about the idea and had some thoughts on how the Guardians of the Galaxy could be involved. Then before you knew it we had full blown cosmic storyline on our hands. So it was pretty exciting.

Then to answer your second question about how it differs from previous events, this is a completely different story that ventures into territory that we haven’t explored before. It is similar though in that we’re approaching it with an “everything but the kitchen sink” attitude. We know people pick up the cosmic titles because they want to see a bunch of different characters and different alien races. They want to explore different planets in the galaxy. They want to visit extremely exciting locales. So we’re going to give them all of that in this storyline.

Sam, what do you want readers to know about the “Star-Lord” issues leading up to this event? How do they help set the stage for the “Black Vortex?”

Sam Humphries: “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex” is a Marvel cosmic event, and you can’t achieve that epic scale without planting some seeds in advance. The Black Vortex is an ancient artifact with the power to unlock the cosmic potential within yourself. Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norrin Radd into the Silver Surfer — or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix — available to you. This is an artifact with the ability to change any character, or alter the Marvel Universe forever, and it will make its debut in “The Legendary Star-Lord” #5.

You’re no stranger to these big crossover collaborations having worked on a few for the Ultimate Universe. How does it feel to be back working with other writers on a big story? What do you enjoy most about writing these types of crossovers?

Humphries: It’s amazing. I pitched this event at two Marvel retreats and set up the event outline, but I give all the credit to my co-authors — Brian Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Gerry Duggan and more — who have made this event truly epic. With them, our editors Mike Marts and Katie Kubert, and our fantastically talented artists, “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex” has become one of the most electrifying stories ever to hit the Marvel Universe.

Marts: The excitement that’s been building around this storyline has spread throughout the entire editorial staff and certainly with the creators as well. After a long weekend Sam and Brian will send us a long e-mail with a bunch of new ideas and it’s just been so exciting to work on this thing and to see it come together. Now that we’re finally getting into the real production stage of things and starting to talk about art work it’s like seeing a child born in a way. So it’s really exciting and we’re anxious to get this story out to the readers.

How is “The Black Vortex” structured? The story begins in “Black Vortex: Alpha” but does it flow in a linear fashion from one book to the next? Or is it structured differently?

Marts: It does follow an almost chapter format. We kick things off in February with the “Alpha” issue and we wrap things in an “Omega” issue in April. Both of those bookends will have the same creative teams. Then we’ll have about 10-12 chapters in between and those chapters will span across various different Marvel monthly titles.

The story really does flow from one issue to the next. So if people want to get the complete story they’ll want to tune in for all parts.

Let’s talk a little bit about “Black Vortex: Alpha” starting with its artist Ed McGuinness.”

Marts: Yeah, we were extremely lucky to get Ed excited about this project. For the last half year Ed has been contributing in a major way to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and this just seemed like a natural progression for him. It was almost too easy of a sell. When I told him what it was about and who was involved he signed up right away. So we’re extremely fortunate to have such a good anchor artist on the series.

Humphries: Ed McGuinness is the perfect choice for “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex” He’s so amazing at drawing epic action scenes and amazing galaxy-scapes, I suspect he grew up as a gladiator on Saturn. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s got going here.

Let’s talk a little more about the story Ed is drawing and the titular artifact. In the “Alpha” story will we learn more about the history of the Black Vortex and its transformative powers?

Marts: You will. The Black Vortex has existed for eons in the Marvel Universe, but for reasons which we’ll learn in this storyline the artifact stayed hidden for a long time.

Humphries: The Black Vortex can change anyone into a titan of the cosmos. That gets a lot of characters’ imaginations firing. “What if I submit to the Black Vortex? What if a bunch of my people do? What if an entire planet does?” “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex: Alpha” starts ten billion years ago at the birth of the Marvel Universe, and potentially ends in a transformed cosmos.

Marts: We will see the Black Vortex surface and make an appearance in the pages of “Legendary Star-Lord” over the next few months. So if people want to see how this whole event came together and get a little background on what this artifact is about they might want to check out the next few issues of “Star-Lord.”

Humphries: Like we said, the seeds for this event have been planted in “The Legendary Star-Lord” all along — and Peter has been as unaware as our awesome readers! For a character who gets by on his wits, it’s going to take some fortitude for Peter to confront an object like the Black Vortex — an object that can change everything.

Let’s talk a little more about the titles involved in “The Black Vortex” starting with the team books. What can you tell us about the “All-New X-Men” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” involvement in this story?

Marts: What’s great is we saw both of these teams interact with each other last year in “The Trial of Jean Grey.” I think that laid the foundation for some fun interaction between these two amazing groups of characters. Of course at the forefront we have the romantic relationship that is blossoming between Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde, but beyond that we have a lot of interesting relationships developing amongst the two teams.

I can promise some great comical moments between young Iceman and Groot and some friction between Storm and Gamora. That’s really just the beginning too. We’ll have a lot of interesting interactions between the two groups during this run.

You said Storm and Gamora?

Marts: Yes, so even though “All-New X-Men” is the primary X-Men title involved in this book that doesn’t exclude other X-characters from participating. So you will see a few other characters like Storm, Beast, and Magik get involved.

Let’s shift to some of the solo books involved like “Legendary Star-Lord,” “Captain Marvel,” “Nova,” and “Cyclops. What kinds of roles will these characters and their solo titles play in “The Black Vortex?” With “Cyclops” involved does this mean we’ll get a full “All-New X-Men” reunion?

Marts: The nice thing about all the solo titles is that they all tie-in naturally and organically to the overall story. And yes, this will be the first reunion between Cyclops and his other original X-Men teammates. So that should be exciting for readers.

Then we have Captain Marvel participating and since she’s been a member of the Guardians the last few months that’s a natural fit. Nova is participating and it will be exciting to see him get involved on some different levels. He may have some objections or agendas that are different from the other heroes.

Then of course the prime motivating figure in this entire storyline is Star-Lord. He’s going to be front and center throughout this entire thing. So we hope people enjoy the character of Peter Quill because he’s going to be around for most of this storyline.

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Sam, one of the joys of writing crossovers is the chance to play with other writers’ toys. Which characters in “The Black Vortex” that you don’t normally write are you especially enjoying writing? What do you find most intriguing about these characters?

Humphries: I’ve already been borrowing Kitty Pryde from Bendis. I’ve been having a lot of fun with Beast, Captain Marvel, Nova and the original five X-Men. What’s great is finding new connections and friendships between these characters. Of course, it’s not just new alliances being formed, but old friendships broken, characters confronting dark things about themselves they’d rather ignore — drop an artifact with the power to change everything amongst a group of driven characters, and watch them explode.

Of course, the heroes aren’t the only ones out to recover the Black Vortex. I understand that a veritable who’s who of nefarious intergalactic figures and great powers will be gunning for it as well, is that right?

Marts: Exactly, we have Mr. Knife, who is currently causing trouble over in the “Star-Lord” monthly series. He’ll be involved. Thanos’ son Thane will be participating in this event. There will probably be a few alien races that readers have come to dread over the years, and there will be some new players too; new faces on the villains’ side of things who will certainly throw monkey wrenches into the heroes’ plans.

Sam, Mister Knife is a mysterious character that’s slowly emerging from the shadows in “The Legendary Star-Lord.” What else can you tell us about the character and his role in “The Black Vortex?” Just how dangerous is he?

Humphries: Mister Knife is central to the events of “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex,” and he is someone who is very, very dangerous. He sees the cosmos like a toy store, pulling pieces and people together for his grand plans with little thought as to the consequences for anyone but himself. More than that — you’ll have to wait for “The Legendary Star-Lord” issues #5-8!

Finally, Not all of the books involved in “Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex” are being revealed now. What can you tell us about the books being announced later?

Marts: There are a few additional books that will be involved and I can’t say any more about at this point and time. Maybe one or two could be something new, and one or two of them could be books already existing. We’ll announce those other books at a later date.

 

New Secret War series coming 2015

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Taken from bleedingcool.com:

Following up on their announcement of a new Secret Wars by the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic launching in May of 2015, Marvel gave out the first details to USA Today.

Marvel Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort called Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars “overwhelming huge,” describing it as the “biggest thing” Marvel’s ever done. The long-time Marvel editor went on to state that this new Secret Wars has been on the drawing board as far back as 2012 when Hickman took over the Avengers and New Avengers titles.

An image accompanying the article, painted by Alex Ross, depicts multiple versions of Marvel’s top heroes — Captain Americas, Thors and Iron Men — as well as other notable heroes as well as some relative unknowns — but Brevoort says none are new or random. Click above for a large but somewhat scaled own version of the image, or click here to see an even larger super-sized version of the image.

Following up on their announcement of a new Secret Wars by the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic launching in May of 2015, Marvel gave out the first details to USA Today.

Marvel Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort called Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars “overwhelming huge,” describing it as the “biggest thing” Marvel’s ever done. The long-time Marvel editor went on to state that this new Secret Wars has been on the drawing board as far back as 2012 when Hickman took over the Avengers and New Avengers titles.

An image accompanying the article, painted by Alex Ross, depicts multiple versions of Marvel’s top heroes — Captain Americas, Thors and Iron Men — as well as other notable heroes as well as some relative unknowns — but Brevoort says none are new or random. Click above for a large but somewhat scaled own version of the image, or click here to see an even larger super-sized version of the image.

“However massive you think this is,” Brevoort says,” let me assure you it is bigger than that. It’s by far the craziest thing I’ve dealt with.”

Of all the various prominent and obscure characters in this image by Ross, it’s certain absences that are curious. There is no X-Men characters, no mutants even, as well as no members of the Fantastic Four or Namor as well — all characters whose movie rights are not currently owned by Marvel. The one characters whose movie rights are held outside of Marvel who appears here is Spider-Man — albiet not the most well known Spider-Man, Peter Parker, but Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales.

Of further note, of the 33 characters depicted, only six are women; three of which are variations of the Wasp. Prominent female superheroes such as Black Widow, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue and the Invisible Woman are all absent.

X-Factor to be cancelled with issue 20

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Taken from bleedingcool.com

Such sad news as so far it has been an awesome comic:

X-Factor writer Peter David writes,

This isn’t a secret because I announced it back at Dragon*Con, but Bleeding Cool seems compelled to announce it incorrectly by stating that X-Factor is cancelled with #19.

Which is not true. It’s cancelled with #20.

Also for some reason Bleeding Cool is associating it with the fact that Quicksilver will be returning to the Avengers and that’s why the book is going away. No, it’s because not enough people are buying it. Which is exactly the reason they cancelled “Gambit” as well, so it’ll probably be a long time before he gets to star in another book.

All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups. Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that. Whatever.

 

Fantastic four to be cancelled in 2015

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Taken from bleedingcool.com:

That, as a result of Disney’s highest single shareholder and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter’s anger with Fox Studios over negotiations regarding the film-and-related rights to The Fantastic Four, that Marvel would cancel the Fantastic Four comic rather than provide any promotion, however small it might be, towards the Fox Studios film. Merchandise and licenses were scrapped and even Fantastic Four posters in the offices were pulled down lest Perlmutter see one and have his ire raised. It may not have been logical, but it was a decision born of personal emotion. It was steadied by sense. X-Men wasn’t cancelled, for example as the Xbooks sell so well. But Fantastic Four? It may have been the first book of the Marvel Universe, but its sales have continued to drag, even after multiple relaunches with high profile creators. There would be less of a hit to the bottom line if this comic was dropped.

Our story was pooh-poohed by all and sundry, save for CBR who independently confirmed that it was intended for the Fantastic Four to be cancelled. Then the letter about sketch card artists being forbidden to use Fantastic Four characters was made public, Mondo talked about being forbidden to use Fantastic Four characters and today, we we were already planning to run another story about Diamond Select Toys confirming that they are unable to make any Fantastic Four toys.

Right now we are not able to make characters from the FF, but as soon as that changes we will consider them.

But events moved on too quickly. Now the catalogues of Hachette, Marvel’s bookstore distributor, seems to confirm the cancellation at least. With June’s solicitation for James Robinson and Leonard Kirk‘s Fantastic Four: The End Is Fourever.

THE END IS FOUREVER! Witness the closing act on the First Family of the Marvel Universe! THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues. Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan. But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in? And how does this all lead to…The END?! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #642-644 and the Triple Sized Final Issue 645!

Fantastic Four Vol 3 ended with legacy numbering of #611, Matt Fraction‘s run went to #16, which would add up to #627. December’s 2014′s solicited issue for the current volume is #14 which would add up to #641. Which would slip into a renumbering of January’s #642 nicely.

On that basis we might expect Fantastic Fourever to begin in January and the final issue to be published in April. Although the collection before Fantastic Fourever is listed on Amazon as going up to #16… though I can’t work the addition on that at all. Anyone?

And how this tallies with Tom Brevoort’s statement back in June that,

We are publishing FANTASTIC FOUR. Next month, we will be publishing FANTASTIC FOUR. A year from now, assuming that it’s still selling well, we will be publishing FANTASTIC FOUR.

…I don’t know. I suppose if it isn’t actually being published, then it won’t be selling well. August’s stats has #8 of the comic selling more than Wolverine & The X-Men, Punisher, Nightcrawler and Storm, and way ahead of other to-be-cancelled titles.

Expect the announcement of the cancellation of The Fantastic Four at NYCC. And expect a story-based reason for the cancellation – that they have a great final story for the team and want to give it impact.

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We have also noted that the Time Runs Out storyline in the Avengers titles, looking forward to April and May, sees Susan Storm as a member of an Avengers team hunting the Illuminati, specifically her now bearded husband Reed Richards, who is in hiding. The Fantastic Four is clearly no more.

They will say there’s a story-based reason and also say they feel that the comic could do with a rest, as happened with Thor in the past. Maybe that because the film is so different to the comic, they don’t want confusion in the marketplace. I’m sure there will be a reason given. But people working at Marvel who have spoken without attribution say that, from the beginning, it was all about Ike.

It’s also worth noting that this comic may be cancelled just before the Fantastic Four movie was originally planned to come out. Now that it has been delayed, you may have to wait even longer for the comic to return – after the DVD is out, perhaps?