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February, 2017

  • 24 February

    La Jetée (1963) and the Big Reveal

    One of my favorite sci-fi movies of the last year was the Oscar nominated The Arrival(2016). When I watched it, I was reminded how much the big reveal has become a part of modern science fiction. Being a big fan of science fiction, I also took in last year’s Westworld, the TV series, and was again […]

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  • 23 February

    Follow the History of the Black Panther Pt. 33

    For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

    Storm returned to Wakanda to help a young mutant named Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #1, but found herself attacked by her husband The Black Panther. After T’Challa then publicly disowned her, she discovered his possession at the hands of her foe The Shadow King. She fled into the jungle with Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #2 with the Panther hot on her trail.

    Turning to fight her subjugated husband in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #3, Storm contacted the Panther God after defeating T’Challa and made a pact with the deity. In X-MEN: WORLDS APART #4 she beat The Shadow King, freed T’Challa, and saw herself accepted as Wakanda’s queen throughout the nation.

    The Panther attended the funeral of Sue Storm’s future self in FANTASTIC FOUR #562, and then joined with the Avengers to check in on a newly de-Hulked Bruce Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #601.

    Black Panther (2008) #1

    Black Panther (2008) #1

    • Published: February 04, 2009
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 29, 2009
    • Rating: T
    • Writer: Reginald Hudlin
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    In BLACK PANTHER #1, T’Challa’s jet crashed in Wakanda, sending him into a deep coma. Wakandans turned to his sister Shuri to perhaps become the new Black Panther in his stead in BLACK PANTHER #2, and T’Challa’s mother conferred with Storm on a plan to save her son. In BLACK PANTHER #3, Storm prepared for a special mystical rite to enter the netherworld, while Shuri sought the Panther God for the transference of power. Elsewhere, the villainous Morlun rose from the dead to rampage anew.

    Near death, T’Challa saw and spoke with his departed father in BLACK PANTHER #4, but the Panther God rejected Shuri for the role of Wakanda’s official savior. With Morlun swiftly approaching the capital city in BLACK PANTHER #5, Shuri defied the deity and donned the mantel of the Panther as Storm readied herself to take her husband’s place in the afterlife and allow him to return to the land of the living.

    Ultimately, a Wakandan mystic managed to trade Morlun’s soul for T’Challa’s and Storm’s souls after Shuri battled and failed to stop the menace in BLACK PANTHER #6. Because of T’Challa’s necessary convalescence after his ordeal, Shuri became the true Black Panther in BLACK PANTHER #7 and fought mercenaries while on a trip to the United States.

    The new Panther tracked down a Wakandan agent in BLACK PANTHER #8, and back in her home country, T’Challa underwent a strength-renewing ritual which revealed to him their true foe: Doctor Doom.

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  • 23 February

    Unleash the Beasts: Vandoom’s Monster

    With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.

    Artists have always wondered what would happen if their creations sprang to life. In the pages of 1961’s TALES TO ASTONISH #17, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby turned that dream into a nightmare by introducing Vandoom, a man who created a massive monster to help bring in business for his failing wax museum.

    The Transylvania-based artist got to work designing the creature and putting it together, but took great care in the process, noting, “I must do this slowly, cautiously. Each feature—each particle of wax—must suggest inhuman ferociousness!” Vandoom’s creation proved so large that he cut a hole in the roof of his museum to accommodate the wax statue. As the vicious visage took shape, the townspeople tried to get him to stop, but he kept on working.

    Finally, with the piece ready to unveil the next day, Vandoom scrambled to the roof during an intense storm. Like something out of a storybook, the monster slowly came to life after lightning struck. Revealing its huge, gaping mouth, the orange beast smashed its way out of Vandoom’s museum to run amok.

    Tales to Astonish (1959) #17

    Tales to Astonish (1959) #17

    • Published: March 01, 1961
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 08, 2010
    • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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    Vandoom tried reasoning with the villagers, positing that the new being might just be trying to get a feel for life and mean them know harm, but they didn’t appreciate his dose of level-headedness and got a torch-bearing mob together with characteristic quickness. The monster did his best to avoid the mob, but they came at him relentlessly. Just then, a spaceship full of Martians landed to conquer first Transylvania, then the world. Though they used telepathy, the signal proved so powerful that the surrounding humans could easily understand them.

    As the monster came face to face with the aliens, Vandoom tried explaining to his creation that these new faces planned to hurt the planet. The creature plowed through the Martians, completely diverting the invasion in the process. After they fled back to their planet the monster collapsed, having exhausted its reserves. The villagers came to understand that they attacked the being without cause and that it had never even tried to harm them. They offered to help bury this version and assist the artist in creating another one which succeeded in bring in plenty of visitors to the museum.

    Next, John Cummings enters the Dimension of Doom and confronts the Hypno-Creature in TALES OF SUSPENSE #23

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  • 23 February

    Black History Month: Miles Morales

    Celebrate Black History Month by delving into the first appearances of Marvel’s most prominent African and African-American characters on Marvel Unlimited!

    In the wake of Peter Parker’s death in the pages of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, the void was felt in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT by friends, family, teammates, and strangers alike. So, it’s appropriate that Miles Morales, a teenager of African American and Hispanic descent, first appeared in the fourth issue of that limited series in a tale by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and eventually went on to fill Peter’s web-lined boots.

    When a new Spider-Man in a costume very much like Peter’s appeared to take on Kangaroo, a lot of people thought the demonstration to be in poor taste. Even Miles agreed at the end of the short story that set up the new ongoing series ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN.

    The series, also by Bendis and Pichelli, actually started out before the events of FALLOUT to show how Miles got his powers after his uncle, who also happened to be The Prowler, robbed Norman Osborn and a genetically altered spider hitched a ride with the loot. The creepy crawly then chomped into young Miles during a visit and a new hero was born.

    Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

    Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

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    As he got used to his powers Miles realized his abilities mirrored Spider-Man’s though he also could camouflage himself and paralyze assailants with a venom sting. With these abilities, the youngster decided to become a hero and pick up where Peter Parker left off, donning a new costume and eventually using his predecessor’s web shooters for a time after Aunt May gifted them to him.

    Miles went on to become an important part of the Ultimate Universe, meeting the Marvel Universe’s version of Spider-Man, helping save the world from Galactus in CATACLYSM, carrying on into another ongoing series called MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and then playing a major role in SECRET WARS.

    At the end of the reality-altering event, Miles found himself integrated into the main Marvel Universe, much to his surprise. Better yet, his mom, dad, and friends also made the jump! Now he’s training to be New York City’s protector while Peter Parker continues his more global exploits.

    Spider-Man (2016) #1

    Spider-Man (2016) #1

    • Published: February 03, 2016
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 01, 2016
    • Rating: Rated T
    • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
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    History Lesson

    In addition to starring in his own post-Secret Wars series, simply titled SPIDER-MAN, Miles also became an important player with ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS. Plus, in CIVIL WAR II, Ulysses envisioned the younger Webslinger murdering Captain America! As you know by now, that didn’t happen—yet—but Miles did join up with a group of fellow young heroes including Nova, Ms. Marvel, the time-displaced Cyclops, Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk, and Viv Vision in the pages of CHAMPIONS. He even recently started a romance with Earth-65’s Spider-Woman, otherwise known to readers as Spider-Gwen.

    Next, another newer African American character takes center stage as we dive into Lunella Lafayette and her giant red pal as seen in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR.

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  • 23 February

    Mighty Captain Marvel Visits ‘Avengers Academy’

    The heroes and villains of “Marvel Avengers Academy” grace a variant cover for this week’s MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #2. Avid players will surely look to pick this up, but those unfamiliar with it can get a peek at some of the game’s many characters, straight from the pen of “Avengers Academy” artist David Nakayama!

    We sat down with David and pulled in Tim Hernandez, Game Production Director at Marvel Games, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this cover came together.

    Marvel.com: How did this project come about?

    Tim Hernandez: Looking back, it has actually been in the works for a while. We had partnered with Marvel Publishing on multiple cool variants for other games last year that all turned out great.  Our fans really dig them and we knew we wanted to put together an “Avengers Academy” cover to showcase David and the TinyCo team’s amazing character designs and youthful spin on the Avengers. Being hardcore comic fans, the TinyCo team was just as excited to collaborate, so then it became a matter of picking the right comic series and timing. In September, Marvel Games Creative Director, Bill Rosemann and Creative Assistant, Isabel Hsu, and I took a look at the upcoming calendar of books to see what would make a good fit. We knew that Captain Marvel would be joining “Avengers Academy” in the “A-Force” event in December, and that the MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL series would be launching in early 2017. It was also roughly the one-year anniversary of the game’s launch so we all felt like it would be the perfect way to celebrate both the game and the new series. We then approached the Publishing team with the idea and they were all for it.

    David Nakayama: Yeah, for me it started with my boss saying “Hey, so we’re going to do an ‘Avengers Academy’ variant cover—you want to do it?” and before he could even finish the sentence I’m going “OMG!! OMG!! YES, PLEASE!!” because I’m about as big a Marvel fan as you can be, and this was such a unique opportunity. I mean, I love working on our game, and I adore drawing covers for the comics, but obviously, it’s not every day that you get to put those two things together, so I really, really could not have been more jazzed about it. Also, as a die-hard comic fan I can’t help but think—in a “First Appearance” kind of way—that having the characters appear in print, in their native medium, on an actual Marvel comic was like welcoming them into the larger Marvel multiverse, which is just really special to me.

    Marvel.com: When did you bring David on board to design it?

    Tim Hernandez: Honestly, I think we always assumed it would be David doing the cover due to his massive creative involvement on the game, and his previous experience creating awesome covers for Marvel. When we shared the news with TinyCo that the cover was a go, they requested it be David on art duties and for us it was a no brainer to make it official.

    David Nakayama: I definitely made my interest known at the very first whiff of a rumor that this might be happening. No way was I going to miss out on this if I could possibly help it!

    Marvel.com: What was the process like for putting this cover together? Did you run through several ideas or did the Captain Marvel/Iron Man arm wrestling come up early?

    Tim Hernandez: We proposed a couple of high-level ideas, but David really came up with the arm wrestling idea. I think Civil War II was still on everyone’s mind but with Tony being the unofficial “big man on campus,” it was a great way to introduce Carol to the Academy in a fun and humorous way that also allowed us to feature a nice diversity of characters, which really speaks to what “Avengers Academy” is about. Throughout the process we ran the concept, sketch, pencil and color phases by Sana Amanat and Charles Beacham who were editing MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL and they loved it too.CAPMARV2017002_DC31

    David Nakayama: Yup, Tim nailed it. Civil War II established Tony and Carol as rivals, so it felt natural to translate that relationship into the context of the Academy. One of my goals with this cover was a feature as many characters as possible, and the arm wrestling idea gave us a nice excuse for the other students to be present. Even better, they could all be emoting and reacting to the match in their own way: Loki’s taking bets, Pepper’s freaking out, Black Widow is disgusted, Cap thinks Carol got this one in the bag, etc. I was thinking basically, if we have just one image to show comic fans what “Avengers Academy” is all about, this would be a great way to present a lot of character and story all at once.

    Marvel.com: The cover is chock full of “Avengers Academy” heroes and even shows off one of Vision’s fan-favorite actions from the game. How did you decide whom to include in the cover from the now 90+ characters in the game?

    Tim Hernandez: As long as Vision made it in, I was happy! David came up with the line-up and I think we were pretty locked in on the cover featuring the characters that make up the core story. We also teased a couple of new additions, like Hawkeye and She-Hulk, who we knew were coming to the game by the time the cover would hit and the fans would want to see.

    David Nakayama: I started off with the intention of including everyone who’d appeared in the game so far but quickly realized there were just too many. So instead I went for core Avengers first, then fan faves, then deep cuts and in-jokes—I’m looking at you, British Bulldog!—all with an eye towards building as diverse and interesting a color palette as I could. Managed to get in just about all the main heroes, but I wish I’d had a lot more space—and drawing time!—to include more villains and newer arrivals like Doctor Strange. Plus, I happen to know everyone slated to arrive in future “Avengers Academy” events, and it’s a monster list of AAA characters that could easily fill their own cover. So yeah, with a whole universe of characters to draw on, it’d be easy to fill up another one of these with just as many characters.

    Marvel.com: Were there any particular Avengers Academy characters you were eager to include?

    David Nakayama: In every version of the Avengers, I just love Tony and Cap’s dynamic, so that was a main focus for sure. In our game, Wasp, Loki, Pepper, and Enchantress are huge fan-favorites, so I definitely wanted to give them their due as well.

    Marvel.com: Fans of the game will certainly be eager to know if they’ll see more of these. Are there currently any plans for more Avengers Academy variants down the line?

    Tim Hernandez: We’d love to do more. Whenever you’re ready for round two, David! How about double the amount of characters this time?

    David Nakayama: OMG!! OMG!! YES PLEASE!! Bring it on. Any time. Seriously. Call me.

    Track down the special variant cover for MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 now, and play “Marvel Avengers Academy!”

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  • 23 February

    Making Captain Marvel Mighty

    By Josh Weiss

    Following the events of Civil War II, the Marvel Universe continues to reel from the fallout. Beloved heroes died, close friendships have seemingly broken forever, and one of the conflict’s key players has become an international celebrity.

    That’s right, Carol Danvers—aka Captain Marvel—has, for better or worse, become a household name after her squabble with Iron Man over the future-telling abilities of the Inhuman known as Ulysses. But it’s not all bliss for a somewhat broken Carol.

    Writer Margaret Stohl, talented author of the young adult novels “Beautiful Creatures” and “Icons,” chronicles Carol’s post-war trauma and drama in MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, issue #3 of which hits March 22. With her writing experience in both the world of video games and best-selling publishing, Stohl stood out as the obvious choice for the job. We caught up with Margaret despite her busy schedule to chat about taking on her first-ever comic book series and the perils Captain Marvel now faces.

    Marvel.com: We’re now three issues deep with your take on Captain Marvel, so first off, congrats! What’s the experience been like so far?

    Margaret Stohl: Empowering. Carol is my hero in a time when not that many things feel heroic. I’ve just sent [editor] Sana [Amanat]—#FearlessEditor—the last script for my first series arc— issues zero to four—and it’s hugely fulfilling. Of course, Sana will send it back to me a thousand times now, but that’s why I love her: she cares about Carol as much as I do.

    Marvel.com: This is your first foray into writing comics. Is the process of making a comic book wildly different from that of writing novels? Do you prefer one over the other?

    Margaret Stohl: They’re very different gigs. I write comics out of love. It never feels like a job, which is funny, because it’s basically the biggest time suck in the world. It’s also kind of like being an ER surgeon—you’re always working against the clock and the patient is always bleeding to death on the table right in front of you. The minute you catch your breath, another patient rolls in the door—sometimes two at once. That said, it’s exhilarating and the adrenaline is incredible. I got my start writing games, and to me, comics has that same frenetic high-energy production pace. The stakes are still high—if you mess up, the Marvel fans will call you on it, every time—but I love that. I feel constantly exposed, but I sort of love that too.

    Marvel.com: You’ve written for Marvel before with your Black Widow novels. Do you think there are any salient similarities between Carol and Natasha? Did any of those qualities carry over to this series?

    Margaret Stohl: Carol and Natasha are both strong, powerful women at the top of their game who would rather kick your butt than have a heart-to-heart talk with you. I can sometimes relate. What I’ve carried over from Black Widow to Captain Marvel would be a deep respect for the characters and a willingness to celebrate their human flaws as well as their heroic attributes—and the nature of their hearts.

    Mighty Captain Marvel #3 cover by Elizabeth Torque

    Mighty Captain Marvel #3 cover by Elizabeth Torque

    Marvel.com: In your opinion, how is post-Civil War II Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel different from other versions of her we’ve seen in the past?

    Margaret Stohl: She’s got a serious side, an edge. She’s a little more openly broken. She misses Tony’s and Kamala’s friendship, and Rhodey’s companionship. She feels terribly for Bruce. In general, Carol is processing a whole lot of fallout. She followed her conscience and stood up for what she thought was right, and now she knows she has to take the heat for it. And she will, because Carol’s Air Force, and she knows the thing about heat is, you take it.

    Marvel.com: Now that she isn’t squaring off with Tony Stark over the fate of the future anymore, are you able to let slip what kind of enemies and villains Carol and Alpha Flight will be fighting?

    Margaret Stohl: In this first arc, she’s been squaring off against a mysterious, shape-shifting alien bounty hunter. As we progress, her enemies will multiply and develop into more than she’s expecting. Before she gets through the next two arcs, she’ll be taking a hard look at her fundamental identity as a part Kree, part human hybrid.

    Marvel.com: Are the threats all physical ones?

    Margaret Stohl: Great question. No, I think part of being a super hero is always fighting your own bad self—self-doubt, responsibility, isolation, alienation—and Carol is certainly no different.

    Marvel.com: Some of the central themes in your books deal with mysteries and the onus of being an outsider. Will Carol be experiencing either or both while she’s in your hands?

    Margaret Stohl: Another great Q. All heroes are outsiders, just like all villains. Carol’s never accepted her family’s or the world’s definition of what she could be; as a girl, then a woman, then a soldier, then even as a hero. She’ll be working that out for the rest of her life—as we all are.

    Marvel.com: Carol is now dealing with her newfound celebrity in this run and in the real world with the announcement of Brie Larson taking up the mantle for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s it like being at the center of all the Danvers buzz at the moment?

    Margaret Stohl: I love it, and I love Brie. We’re lucky to have her. Strong, smart women for the win!

    Soar to the stars on March 22 with MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 by Margaret Stohl and Ramon Rosanas!

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  • 23 February

    ‘Captain Fantastic’ Director Matt Ross Tackling Sci-Fi Novel ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’

    Mark Gordon is producing with Entertainment 360 as well as Lynette Howell Taylor. read more

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  • 23 February

    Report: NIGHTWING to Join the DC Cinematic Universe

    With an animated BATMAN director in talks.

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  • 23 February

    Warner Bros. Plotting Live-Action ‘Nightwing’ Movie With ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Director (Exclusive)

    Chris McKay will helm a film based on the DC character Dick Grayson, best known as a member of the Batman family. read more

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  • 23 February

    Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct ‘The Batman’

    Ending weeks of speculation and swirling rumors about the future of one of its most important comic book franchises, Warner Bros. announced that director Matt Reeves — whose films include “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — will take the reins of the next solo Batman...

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  • 23 February

    ‘Alien: Covenant’ Teaser — The Callbacks You May Have Missed

    Five ways in which Ridley Scott's new 'Alien' teaser wants you to remember the movies that came before.read more

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  • 23 February

    Official: THE BATMAN Finds Its New Director

    Now will Ben Affleck stay in the lead role?

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  • 23 February

    ‘The Batman’: Matt Reeves Closes Deal to Direct and Produce

    Prior to Reeves, star Ben Affleck was set to direct the DC stand-alone.read more

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  • 23 February

    DANNY RAND Strikes Out on His Own in IRON FIST #1

    Here's your first look at interior pages from IRON FIST #1.

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  • 23 February

    Powerless: Who the Heck are Crimson Fox and Jack O’Lantern?

    Powerless: Who the Heck are Crimson Fox and Jack O'Lantern?

    They may not inspire the adoration and instant recognition (to say nothing about their value in the Super Hero Fantasy League) as Superman or Batman, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not every bit the hero.

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