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SDCC 2018: Marvel and IDW to Create New Comic Books For the Next Generation of Readers

Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced today that the two companies will develop middle-grade comic books designed for younger readers. Featuring some of Marvel’s most popular characters, the monthly issues and trade paperback collections, published by IDW, will be available for sale at local comic book shops and book retailers across the country, expanding opportunities for the next generation of Super Heroes to experience the Marvel Universe.

“From Iron Man to Captain Marvel, from the Hulk to Shuri — the Marvel pantheon has something for everyone,” says John Barber, editor-in-chief of IDW. “With this team-up, Marvel and IDW aim to bring exciting, all-new comics to a generation growing up in a Marvel world.”

Launching in November 2018, the Marvel and IDW collaboration will kick off with a Spider-Man series featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, followed by an Avengers series beginning in December and a Black Panther series in January 2019. Each of these titles will serve as an easily-accessible jumping-on point for younger readers to follow the adventures of their favorite characters.

“Marvel is excited to work with IDW to share these brand-new stories with our younger fans,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “Characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Avengers inspire us through their strength and determination, but they resonate with readers because of the struggles they face and the challenges they overcome. We want to share their journeys with our younger fans first-hand.”

“Marvel is committed to delivering unique and accessible content for our younger audiences and fans,” said Sven Larsen, director, licensed publishing of Marvel. “As one of our most valued partners, IDW is the right fit to help us feature some of our most popular characters and publish stories created especially for the next generation of Super Heroes.”

“This partnership reflects the true spirit of collaboration at work,” said Greg Goldstein, president and publisher of IDW. “As comic book publishers, IDW and Marvel are able to produce high-quality visual storytelling experiences for fans both young and old. By combining our efforts, along with Marvel’s ever-increasing presence in popular culture, the results will be spectacular.”

Story details and creative teams for the new line of middle-grade comic books will be announced at a later date.

“Avengers: Infinity War” Knows How To Make An Epic Trailer

Marvel Studios has just released a new trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” and man, is it crazy! We get tons of new footage, more looks at the characters, and a lot more of the big baddie, Thanos. If there ever was a company that made epic trailers, it would be Marvel Studios, and this one just upped the ante for all future movies.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to have its world premiere on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 27, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.

Diamond Select at NY Toy Fair 2018 – Ghostbusters, Marvel & DC Comics, Pacific Rim, and more

Diamond Select unveiled more prototypes from their Ghostbusters 2 line of action figures, as well as the new figures from their Real Ghostbusters series. All of these will come with pieces of a diorama to make the front door of the Ghostbusters Firehouse.

DST debuted a huge amount of new statues and products from DC comics, including the animated and cinematic universe, and even the 1966 TV series! Items include statues from Batman Beyond, The Justice League, and their own take on classic DC characters!

Check out Diamond Select’s offerings from Toy Fair 2018 of characters from Kingdom Hearts and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as Jaegers and Kaiju from Pacific Rim 2: Uprising.

Diamond Select’s expansive line of products based on Marvel Comics characters continues to grow, with all new statues and minimates from a variety of Marvel properties.

Shown here are statues and minimates of Venom, Deadpool, Black Panther, Carnage, Wolverine, X-23, Magneto, Elektra, Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man, Squirrel Girl, Rogue, Dazzler, Domino, Cable, Lady Deadpool, Thanos, and many more.

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Mezco One:12 Collective Marvel & DC Comics figures – NY Toy Fair 2018

Mezco Toyz continued to roll out new One:12 Collective six-inch action figures at NY Toy Fair, and this video showcases some of their offerings for DC Comics. Included in this video is Batman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Green Lantern, Batman Beyond, Superman, Darkseid and figures based on The Justice League movie, including The Flash and Aquaman.

In this video, we see what’s new for the One:12 Collective six-inch action figures from Marvel Comics. Included in this video is The Black Panther, Blade, Cyclops, Spider-Man, Old Man Logan, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok characters like Thor, Hulk and Hela, and Netflix’s Daredevil and Punisher, and more.

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Check out the new “Black Panther” trailer to see more of Killmonger in action

We are weeks away from the premiere of Marvel’s next big blockbuster, “Black Panther,” and the hype is real. In the latest extended trailer, we see some more story details as well as new shots of everyone in action. Looks like we are getting a nighttime chase scene, a rarity in many Marvel movies as most action scenes in their franchise typically tend to happen in daylight.

Get excited, people!

“Captain America: Civil War” Review

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to “Captain America: Civil War” for some time, a film that fans were yearning for years ago before they even knew how it could be set up. While the movie was not as encompassing as the comic event was (since the cinematic universe is much smaller in scale), “Civil War” had a huge amount of hype behind it, and the early reviews were not wrong – for the most part.

Heralded by many as a “game-changer” for the film series, I could not disagree more and simply see it as a chapter closing in the tale of Cap and The Avengers, one that will likely be glossed over by the time the next film rolls around.

Don’t mistake my snarkiness for dislike of the film. “Captain America: Civil War” is the ideal Summer blockbuster, loaded with action, astounding special effects, great acting from an ensemble cast of superstars, and one of the best plots that Marvel Studios has given to us so far. It was an easy two and a half hours to sit through and I was very excited by the end of it and enjoyed it, but once the initial shock and awe of the surprises wear off, I came back to revisit what I saw to figure out how I really felt about it all.

WARNING: HERE COME THE SPOILERS

I still liked it a ton and rank it high up there with my favorite Marvel movies, but there were some big problems that left me unhappy – a pattern very common with this series. They build me up with hype, and while they usually deliver, there is always some lingering downside that makes one wonder what could have been.

Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have some very complex storylines going on in this film, especially Tony who has arguably the strongest emotional and character arc of the entire series. Robert Downey Jr. goes through a ton of ups and downs in this movie, something that has been growing ever since the first Iron Man film and finally gets dealt with in Civil War. This is a character wracked with guilt – guilt over not being able to have a healthy relationship with noticeably absent Pepper Potts, guilt over the innocents deaths that he inadvertently has caused, and guilt over not being able to do something to prevent them. Top that off with trying to come to terms with his parents demise, and you have a character in serious turmoil. This is almost Tony’s movie more than it is Captain America’s.

Meanwhile, Captain America is working through his issues with Bucky, who can not seem to keep himself in control and was caught at the scene of a massive crime later in the film that leads to the death of the King of Wakanda. Enter Black Panther, but we will get to that later. After the events of “Age of Ultron”, the evil US government has decided to create a checks and balances system with The Avengers, giving control of the team to the UN and allowing them to dictate where the heroes will go and who they fight. Cap disapproves, Iron Man is all for it. Strife ensues, punches fly, and things get broken.

The story of Civil War is as complex as the characters, and in terms of balancing all of the characters, this team movie got it right. Directed by the Russo brothers, who also did “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (another favorite of mine), and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, this movie beats all of the Avengers film in terms of keeping all of the characters in as equal of a spotlight as possible. They never feel shoehorned or doing things that are out of place, and considering how many of these characters do not show up until act three, the amount of what they do and how they do it was spot on. Frankly, this was the perfect balancing act between A-plot characters, and the B-plot characters who both intertwine into the main story and have their own things going on.

449337-captain-america-civil-war-spider-man-shield-official-cropThe Black Panther is the stand-out here, played by Chadwick Boseman, and makes a big impact in his on-screen debut. He looks awesome, he fights awesome, and goes toe-to-toe with the best of the Marvel movies. I look forward to seeing much more from him in the upcoming movies, and he will add a lot to the team once they get his stories moving along.

Likewise, Tom Holland as Spider-Man was quite enjoyable and much less annoying that I anticipated. I was against the idea of such a young Peter Parker, but Holland was funny, exuberant, and a good casting choice – plus, how he is brought into the film was excellent. No time wasted on origin stories, we just jump right into using him as part of the main story, and it works. I was a fan of James Garfield’s version of Parker (even if those movies should never be discussed), but Holland brings the character into modernity and offers a younger version of the character that should be interesting to see how he grows up.

Scarlet Witch and Vision get a little time to develop their potential romance, which was nice to see and while it was quick, felt like the perfect amount of time because of how well-written it was. Ultimately, everybody had something to contribute to the story, and that is the keyword. “Contribute.” No one is just there to drop a one-liner, every character moves the story along and also has time to develop who they are. It was very refreshing to see this, especially after how disappointed I was with “Age of Ultron” when it came to ineffectively trying to accomplish that.

There is so much action in this movie, I thought I would feel over saturated with it by the end of the movie. That proved to be far from the truth, as every scene was unique in appearance and also in tone. Every action sequence had a reason behind it and a deeper emotional investment from the characters. There were stakes on the line with each fight, and you could feel those stakes more than just battling an army of robots.

As you can see, I have plenty of good things to say about “Civil War”, but here is where the bubble bursts.

Let’s talk about the villain, if you can really call him that. Daniel Bruhl had the dubious task of playing Baron Zemo, a classic Cap baddie that ends up being a sympathetic heel more than a maniacal madman. It is a very subtle role and a welcome change to the usual bad guys we have seen in past movies (ie., crazy guy from “Ant-Man”). Bruhl was excellent at creating a character that is devoured by guilt (much like Stark) and hungry for revenge, but gets pushed into the background a bit to make more room for Cap VS Iron Man.

Zemo is the puppet master behind the entire conflict, and I wanted more of him. To me, it felt like there were scenes missing when it came to his story, although I stand by what I said about everyone having just the right amount of time overall. Still, I wanted more of Zemo and felt he could have been like The Joker in Nolan’s “Dark Knight” movie. A cerebral bad guy that is pulling the strings and always one step ahead of the good guys. Unfortunately, things had to be squeezed around to fit so many characters and especially to push the Tony VS Steve feud, so it was surprisingly the main villain that has to take a back seat in the plot.

Speaking of that, Zemo’s plans were to defrost a bunch of other Winter Soldiers that were put on ice by Russia in 1991 to kickstart a new world order, which was a tantalizing tease at what could have been a whole bevy of villains from the Marvel comic universe that would have been immediately tossed into the mix. Instead, they end up dead and that story goes nowhere. It was a disappointing wrap-up to something that could have panned out to be huge, but the focus once again goes back to Tony VS Steve and less about shaping up the future of their bad guys. This reinforces how little importance the villains really had in this movie, despite being the driving force behind the entire struggle.

Also, can we talk about how lame Crossbones’ appearance was? Another bad guy brought in to the series, and he gets killed at the start of the movie. Add him to the ranks of Batroc the Leaper, Arnim Zola, and other villains who could have been recurring, but instead are one and done.

Captain-America-Civil-War-movie-image-jpg_8305667_ver1.0I also had some problems with the tone of the movie, especially with how jokey it was. Whedon’s film always had his sense of humor smothered all over it (whether you liked it or not), and I prefer the comedy in the Cap movies, but I felt perhaps the mandate from Disney meant adding more laughs where it was not needed. In particular, I am taking about the epic fight scene between all of the heroes at the airport that was mostly spent with everyone having more fun than fighting seriously. This is where the stakes of the movie fall apart and basically reset themselves. The result of the battle changes the direction of the protagonists, but it felt like a sparring session more than a civil war.

This is the scene where Spidey makes his debut, and I have to add that I really enjoyed the big battle. I just believed that it should not have been as soft. Everyone is making cracks at each other and other than Cap, Bucky, Iron Man and War Machine, no one is taking the fight too seriously. This is bothersome since it leads to a hugely important and serious moment – when War Machine gets shot down.

Was the scene epic? Yes. Could it have felt heavier instead of everyone playing around and once the battle is over, probably sharing a plane to get home? Yes, and that is what I wanted to see. The effects of having to fight your friends over something that you have a strong belief in, but when you look at things, some of these characters did not even have a feeling about the stakes and therein lies the problem. Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Spider-man all have no relation to the Sokovia Accords, and Black Panther is still just in it to fight Bucky at this point. 1/3 of your combatants do not even matter to the overall plot and were just brought in as ringers and have no idea what they are fighting for. Literally. Spidey says Tony told him that Cap was wrong and that was it.

The biggest letdown for me is the “game-changing” element of the film. As I said before, this was hyped up as “OMG EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE AFTER THIS MOVIE”, but I disagree. Things will change, but by the next time we see these characters, very little of the results of this movie will matter. The proof is in the past movies. “Age of Ultron” in particular neglected to explain a lot of what happened in between movies, and I am hoping that this will not be an issue by the next film but I have a bad feeling it will be. War Machine is already walking around and should be recovered more or less by the next movie, the only major difference will be that most of the band is broken up, and unlike “Age of Ultron” where everyone is mysteriously back together, they will need to address the inevitable reunion on-screen to make me feel better.

In the grand scheme of things, these complaints are not a big detriment to me and I still walked out enjoying “Captain America: Civil War” and thinking it was one of the best Marvel movies to date. The struggle between Iron Man and Cap went the distance and was a real roller coaster ride, and fleshed out these characters to depths I did not expect the series to go. I liked the debut of Spidey and can not wait to see how they handle him in his own movie, much like Black Panther who has given me a lot of interest in a character that I liked in the past but was not super-fascinated by. I want to see where all of this goes next and how it will lead up to the inevitable interstellar battle with Thanos, and don’t know where things will go from here – and that is one mystery that I like having and can not wait to be resolved.

Also, next time just let Bucky buy his damn plums.

 

 

 

 

New “Captain America: Civil War” trailer gives us the full story and much more

Just released today was the latest (and most likely final) trailer for Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster, “Captain America: Civil War”. With mostly new scenes and a much deeper explanation of the plot, this trailer is showing you much more than you probably expected to see – I will leave it at that until you watch it!

SEMI-SPOILER: It seems that this trailer is following the “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice” style of giving up 90% of the plot at once, and while I think this works vastly better here than it did for DC, there are still some things that I was shocked to see and thought they would make us buy our tickets before revealing them.

“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters nationwide on May 6.

What do you think of the trailer? Too much?

Superbowl 50 gives us new “Captain America: Civil War” trailer – Whose side are you on?

“United we stand. Divided we Stand. United we fall. Divided we fall.”

During Superbowl 50, the latest 30-second trailer dropped for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”. In case you missed it, here is the video:

Despite being short, there are still plenty of tidbits to pick up. Aside from some new costumes for the main cast, here are a few important things to note in the trailer:

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Ant-Man has a new outfit! Makes perfect sense when you consider the suit was old to begin with, so it seems now he has been upgraded with a sleeker helmet and overall design, along with modern materials and fabrics.

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Tony Stark has a new toy in this trailer to deal with unexpected threats. In this case, when Winter Soldier pulls a gun on him, Tony’s wristwatch goes into action, covering his hand in an iron man gauntlet to fend off the attack. Expect this to be on every kids holiday wish list this year, or at least us big kids.

In case you were keeping track, here is each team’s members:

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Team Cap includes Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye (in a dark purple or dark blue outfit that seems a more militaristic version of what we saw him wear in Avengers: Age of Ultron), Scarlet Witch and her shoulder pads, and Bucky.

team stark

Team Iron Man includes War Machine, Vision, a reluctant Black Widow, and The Black Panther. What will happen when these two teams collide? Other than the sound of millions of fans screaming in joy, I have no idea, but I look forward to find out.

“Captain America: Civil War” is expected to be released in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Funko unveils Pop! and Dorbz Vinyl figures for “Captain America: Civil War”

Funko, AKA the company with every license on the planet, has just uvneiled new vinyl figures based on the upcoming Marvel Comics movie, “Captain America: Civil War”.

Hitting both the Pop! and Dorbz lines, the line includes figures of Captain America, Bucky, War Machine, Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and Crossbones, as well as plenty of exclusive variants of these characters. Frankly, this is probably the most smiles we will ever see Crossbones or Bucky Barnes give to us, so soak it in while you can.

Check out the gallery below for pics of all the items: