Marvel has some big changes in store for Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. While their corporate siblings over at Marvel Studios prepare to reunite the Big Three onscreen in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Comics will debut radical new looks for the three most iconic Avengers. It’s all part of a much larger initiative known as Avengers NOW!, which will see the debut of new Big Three books and several other new ongoing series. READ FULL STORY
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(Spoiler alert: This post contains details from Captain America #21.)
On Monday, Marvel plans to announce who the new Captain America will be following the tragic events in Captain America #21. Over the weekend, Marvel posted the above photo to its official Tumblr with the caption,”Who will be Marvel comics’ NEW #CaptainAmerica? Learn more this Monday on Marvel.com! #4thOfJuly.”
The question on every non-comic reader’s mind is probably: What happened to Steve Rogers, the current Captain America? During a battle with the villain the Iron Nail, Steve Rogers had the Super-Soldier serum sucked from his body, leaving him powerless and causing him to rapidly age into an old man. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, writer Rick Remender confirmed that Steve Rogers will no longer be in the field as Captain America. READ FULL STORY
Clark Gregg is best known these days for his role as Agent Phil Coulson, go-to everyman of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and current headliner of Agents of SHIELD on ABC. But Gregg also has a longtime side career as a filmmaker. He wrote, directed, and starred in Trust Me, a noirish Hollywood tale about a morally compromised agent (for actors, not of SHIELD).
The film’s available now on VOD and iTunes, and Gregg swung by the offices of EW Radio to chat about it on Entertainment Weirdly. During the chat, Gregg also talked about his early work (he wrote Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath, aka “the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer in the bathtub”).
The conversation inevitably turned to comics, when Gregg revealed that he was a big fan of Jim Starlin’s character Adam Warlock, the spacefaring fantasy-messiah whose worst enemy…was himself. Or anyhow, a future version of himself. Take a listen: READ FULL STORY
Two weeks ago, news broke that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing Ant-Man. This was a surprise for many reasons. Wright had been developing the movie, in one form or another, for close to a decade. The film had already lined up an impressive cast, including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as various Ant-Men and Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. Reports circulated that Wright departed the project over creative differences with the studio, including an unsatisfying script rewrite. Marvel began searching for a new comedy-friendly director, but both Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber passed. With the release of Ant-Man just 13 months away, the whole project appears to be in jeopardy.
Disney is still trying to find a new director — supposedly Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame. If that fails, they’ll need to find another director. As it happens, EW managed to obtain an exclusive transcript of Disney executives pitching a potential director on the Ant-Man job. It begins: READ FULL STORY
Maybe you can’t visit Tony’s mansion, or the Avengers Tower, or the Triskelion (R.I.P.). But Marvel’s The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (that’s Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network to you) exhibit, which opens today in New York, might be the next best thing. Actually, scratch that: It’s definitely the next best thing.
Conceived in conjunction with NASA, Discovery Times Square and Victory Hill Exhibitions, the interactive deep-dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the science behind all your favorite characters — is an exhibit more than worthy of its $27.00 admission price (or $19.50, if you’re a child age 3-11). Rich with real costumes and props, artifacts, and up-to-date technological, hands-on, interactive science, the entire walk-through is a delight. But don’t take my word for it: “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” comic legend Stan Lee told EW exclusively after seeing the exhibit for the first time. “I thought of them as simple fictional characters that could have great adventures, and people could enjoy reading them — but now I realize, unintentionally, I was one of the world’s scientists. [laughs] And what they have done with these characters, this building, and this display is indescribably wonderful and creative. I think that it’ll make any young people that walk through it leave saying, ‘I’ve gotta be a scientist. It’s the most exciting thing in the world!’” READ FULL STORY
The X-Men have been around for more than 50 years. They multiply: rapidly, frequently, endlessly. They aren’t really a superteam like the Justice League or the Avengers, those all-star crews built out of solo-series stars (Superman, Captain America) mixed together with B-list glue characters (Martian Manhunter, Wonder Man). With one very obvious exception and a few other arguable exceptions, the X-Men aren’t Solo-Star people. They are a team.
Or rather, teams. Chris Claremont’s iconic decade-and-a-half run on Uncanny X-Men cemented the idea that the X-lineup was eternally fluid: Characters died, left on sabbatical, joined the Avengers, got replaced by their time-traveling alternate universe daughters. And then there were so many X-Men teams (Blue, Gold, Xtreme) and X-Men teams who weren’t technically X-Men, even though they were entirely composed of past and future X-Men (X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X.) READ FULL STORY
Following the success of last summer’s Disney Infinity — a magical mash-up of collectible toys and interactive adventures — the House of Mouse is readying a sequel. Officially dubbed Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the “2.0 Edition” once again lets fans bring plastic playthings to in-game life by placing them on a portal-like peripheral. This time, however, Disney’s pretty princesses and playful pirates are taking a backseat to Marvel’s iconic line-up of day-savers and do-gooders.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Marvel’s attempt to bring its tentpole movie franchise to the small screen — burst onto the scene almost a year ago as one of the most anticipated gambles of the 2013-2014 season. On the surface, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had everything going for it: seasoned showrunners who knew how to build a cult series, an expansive universe full of rich history, the promise of enticing characters. But it took awhile for the show to find its feet; early episodes seemed more like a CBS procedural than an action-packed spy show. Obviously, we couldn’t expect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be Iron Man. But those who tuned in hoping for something more fast-paced were initially disappointed.
And then the back half of the season happened. Or rather, Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened — and all of a sudden, the show picked up speed. S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped holding back, instead throwing in unpredictable twists and raising the stakes of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the television world. Sure, the show’s first season will remain polarizing – but personally, I’m excited about what we’ve set up for season two. Coulson is set to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. as Director, per Fury’s request — but we’re not sure if his brain is actually okay after all. Garrett is dead, at least one of Skye’s parents are alive, and there’s something about her past that may make her more evil than innocent. (Plus, the promise of more Patton Oswalt!)
After a season filled with numerous ups and downs, I tried my best to round up (and sum up) the good and the not so good. Don’t worry — I’m pretty sure I’ve passed Koenig’s lie detector test. READ FULL STORY
Stand back, world – Marvel is taking over the universe.
On the heels of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s renewal for a second season last night, ABC also announced the official pick-up of Agent Carter: a series centered around the popular Captain America character played by Hayley Atwell, based on the one-shot of the same name first released on the Iron Man 3 DVD last year.
True to form, Marvel is keeping the details of the project under tight lock and key. But until we can confirm more at ABC’s Upfront presentation next week, here’s what we do know: the series will most likely be a short order (13 episodes or less) that would air as a “bridge” during the hiatus period of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It will be set in 1946, with Peggy working for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) while also fielding covert missions for Howard Stark during the earliest days of S.H.I.E.L.D. (No word on specific casting, but it’s rumored that Dominic Cooper will be a recurring guest star.) It will focus on Peggy’s role as a woman in a post WWII world, when the men are returning from war and she is finding herself highly marginalized, while attempting to deal with the aftermath of her love, Steve Rogers. Should the series be successful, it will most likely continue as a short order, similar to the Mad Men model of moving forward a year or two in time with each new season (likely ending or leading up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s complete formation.)
So why should we be excited about Agent Carter? (Aside from the obvious answer of getting to watch the amazingly talented Hayley Atwell own our TV screens once a week.) A female protagonist, a period setting, and an open field of storytelling are only some of the qualities that the series offers, all of which promise to help make it successful. In the wake of our enthusiasm, we break them down below. [WARNING: Slight spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to follow.]
It’s pretty much impossible to leave a film set in the Marvel universe without having something to talk about, whether it’s a notable character, a plot development, or a storyline that you really enjoyed. Mostly, though, when you leave a superhero film, your focus isn’t on the present — it’s on the future. We want to know where this franchise is going. We want to know now. Thus, we speculate. And speculate and speculate and speculate…and sometimes we dissect just enough to keep us busy until more detailed intel comes out.
There’s always something to discuss about the end sequences and credit scenes, and if you’re reading this, you’ve likely been to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So, without further ado — and heeding the massive SPOILER ALERT below — let’s dig in.
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