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March, 2017

  • 29 March

    ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’: First Reactions From CinemaCon Screening

    "You don't think you need more Jack Sparrow and then you realize you needed more Jack Sparrow."read more

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  • 28 March

    Manage Your Great Expectations (1946)

    To view Great Expectations click here. The phrase “read the book, see the movie” was something you heard a lot in the second half of the 20th century, and using a work of popular literature as the basis of a film was once considered a badge of honor. There are a few classic authors who […]

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  • 28 March

    Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Shows Off Creepy First Footage at CinemaCon

    Natalie Portman stars in the followup from 'Ex-Machina' director Alex Garland.read more

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  • 28 March

    Avengers Point One: Working Retro

    In 1965, three criminals joined Captain America to redefine and rebuild the Avengers. Cap, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye became known as The Kookie Kwartet in one of the most momentous storylines in Avengers history, “The Old Order Changeth”—but, 52 years later, turns out their story wasn’t over.

    AVENGERS POINT ONE writer Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson have woven a new history into the fabric of the Marvel Universe. And the epic story, set across time and space from 1965 to 2017 and beyond, will conclude on March 29 with AVENGERS #5.1!

    We sat down with Mark to discuss the art of telling an untold tale across Avengers eras, characters, and creators.

    Marvel.com: What excited you most about enhancing a story that’s existed for so long? What new emphases did you want to bring to these characters?

    Mark Waid: The appeal to me here was diving into a period of the Avengers that was really fraught with emotion and really fraught with soap opera, in a way they maybe haven’t been before or since quite that much. The idea that Captain America, who has been out of the ice—at this point in Marvel history—for about eight minutes, is handed the keys to the Avengers Mansion. Adding in three new criminals, who were not his choice to join the group. I was really intrigued by the ability to go back and deepen some of these relationships and do a little bit more, in a contemporary comics way, with how they felt about each other.

    Marvel.com: Cap’s alignment with these three criminals—Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch—is one of the most fascinating components of this story. What’s your favorite aspect of writing that dynamic? How did you see it as specifically relevant today?

    Mark Waid: My favorite element is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch having to really acclimate to American culture. They’d never seen a television before. They weren’t stupid, but they were impoverished kids who came from an area in Europe where there was no industrialized background. So being able to play with that and being able to play with how they feel about suddenly being adored by people—going from being criminals to being, not only accepted, but considered heroes. That was the most fun of it for me.

    Marvel.com: Is there a difference between the way you write the 1965 iterations of these characters and the way you write the 2017 versions? Do you approach them differently?

    Mark Waid: The characters, no, I don’t approach them differently than I would today. That’s kind of what makes it fun. Taking my modern bag of tools and doing the kind of emotional beats that Stan Lee couldn’t do back in the day because it just wasn’t done. And doing that in the context of a much simpler Marvel Universe is what makes the whole thing appealing.

    Marvel.com: What are the in-universe challenges of telling a new story that’s set in the midst of an old one?

    Mark Waid: The specific challenge, and it’s one that I actually enjoy—working with editor Tom Brevoort trying to deal with this—is making sure that it fits. Constantly making sure that we get it right, making sure that we don’t screw up anything, or make it impossible to consider this something that actually happens between issues #16 and #17 of the 1965 series. And it’s not easy; sometimes I would plot something and have it ready for scripting and then I would realize, or Tom would realize, that the Avengers hadn’t done that by that point, or these characters hadn’t met yet, or this guy’s wearing a different suit, or whatever. But that wasn’t a hindrance to us, that was actually the fun of playing in that sandbox.

    Marvel.com: Are there specific or unique creative obstacles that come with this kind of project?

    Mark Waid: Not really, because here’s the thing: I have grown incredibly tired of pastiche. I don’t enjoy the attempt to emulate something so perfect [like Stan Lee’s voice] so concretely that it’s indistinguishable from what you’re trying to copy. We already had enough elements that are reflective of 1965—the style of lettering, the way the display lettering is done. So, to me, if I wanted to write this as if it was published in 1965, if I wanted to write it in Stan Lee’s voice, then I could have done that, but then it would’ve felt cheap. We wanted to have our own story, using more contemporary storytelling tools.

    Marvel.com: You’ve worked with Barry Kitson for years now, so considering the source material, was your process for the Point One series any different relative to your past work together?

    Mark Waid: No, actually it was very similar. The first issue had actually been written full script before we even had an artist, so I’m not used to working that way with Barry. But for the next four issues, once we had Barry on board, then its about letting Barry run with the action and the pacing. And then I would do the dialogue based on my original notes and whatever notes Barry gave in the margins. So it was very much the same way we’ve worked for years and years. We know each others’ rhythms by now and how to work together and how to trust each other.

    Witness the grand finale with AVENGERS #5.1, by Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson, on March 29!

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  • 28 March

    ‘Ghost in the Shell’: What the Critics Are Saying

    The critical verdict isn't great for Scarlett Johansson's new sci-fi thriller if you were hoping for some human connection.read more

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  • 28 March

    Infamous Iron Man: Infamously Reed

    Reed Richards makes an appearance in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #7, out April 26, but it’s not the famous Mister Fantastic of the equally famous Fantastic Four, but rather the infamous alternate Reed from the equally infamous Ultimate universe. And that ain’t a good thing.

    So, that begs the question “Do all alternate versions of Reed Richards stand for evil?” Well, come with us on a brief tour of Reeds and we’ll see if we can answer that…

    The Maker – ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1

    The real problem with this Reed lay in his serious belief in the “ultimate” tag. With heightened intelligence from cosmic rays and a monstrously big ego, Ultimate Reed eventually declared himself “The Maker” and tried to ditch his own reality for a “better” one, which led him to ally himself with the real Reed during Doctor Doom’s whole Secret Wars deal. Then he betrayed everyone and the Molecule Man zapped him into pizza. And now he’s back somehow and…we’re betting Doom’s not going to be too happy about that. 

    Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #1

    Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #1

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    The Brute – MARVEL PREMIERE #2

    The Reed Richards from the High Evolutionary’s Counter Earth discovered he could transform into a giant purple evil thing called the Brute, which prompted him to join the Frightful Four to destroy the real Fantastic Four. In the end, he managed to sacrifice himself to help our Reed defeat Annihilus in the Negative Zone, but rumors of his survival keep surfacing. 

    Marvel Premiere (1972) #2

    Marvel Premiere (1972) #2

    • Published: May 10, 1972
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
    • Cover Artist: Gil Kane
    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    The Dark Raider – FANTASTIC FOUR #387

    Another Reed Richard unsatisfied with his own name, the so-called Dark Raider fell into madness after losing his family to Galactus and decided to seek out and obliterate every other Reed that existed anywhere. A rogue Watcher called Aron seemingly destroyed the Raider, but he returned just so the Invisible Woman could destroy him herself. 

    Fantastic Four (1961) #387

    Fantastic Four (1961) #387

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    The Zombie – ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21

    This Reed really took the cake when he deliberately infected the rest of his team with a zombie virus, just because he basically thought it seemed pretty cool. A real nutjob, Zombie Reed met Ultimate Reed for a showdown before ultimately falling to pieces when he ran up against the righteous indignation of Ultimate Invisible Girl. 

    Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #21

    Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #21

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    The Council – FANTASTIC FOUR #570
    Hmm, maybe we’re getting somewhere now. Okay, our Reed Richards discovered an entire council of alternate versions of himself, banded together to compare notes and whatever stuff brainy science-types do when they get together. At first Reed thought he’d enjoy the company, but upon realizing the others lacked his compassion, he left the group. Good thing because, uh-oh, Celestials killed all but four of them and those survivors invaded our Earth and…dang. Evil Reeds. 

    Fantastic Four (1998) #570

    Fantastic Four (1998) #570

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    The Ape – MARVEL APES #1

    Wait! Can it be? A good alternate version of Reed Richards? Yes, simian Reed helped the Gibbon return to the real Earth after meeting him on Ape Earth, and also identified the vampire Baron Blood posing as Captain America before regretfully being killed by said baron. Whew. Leave it to an ape to make an ape out of all those bad Reed Richardses… 

    Marvel Apes (2008) #1

    Marvel Apes (2008) #1

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    Doom is the hero? Richards is the villain? It is a world gone mad! Found out who will come out on top in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #7 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, available April 26!

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  • 28 March

    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Premieres April 18

    True Believers, strap yourself in because we’re so close to the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series! The interactive episodic game series is now available for pre-order at your preferred retailer.

    The first of five episodes, ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ will be available to download beginning April 18th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android-based devices for $4.99 USD. Several digital retailers have a special pre-order deal on the season pass, so be sure to check your retailer of choice to see what they have in store for you. The North and South America PlayStation 4 pre-order deal includes an exclusive premium theme. In addition to the digital release, players will be able to find the special season pass disc at retailers across North America beginning May 2, and elsewhere across the globe beginning May 5.

    Take a look at the gallery above to see new key art and packaging art, including Thanos joining the ring! Are the Guardians any match for him?

    Stay close to Marvel.com as we’ll be releasing a new trailer for you this Thursday and for all upcoming news on the series! Or sign on for updates on the official website, like the new ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series‘ page on Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.

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  • 28 March

    How ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Brings a Fan-Favorite Comic to the Movies


    At the 0:40 mark in the new trailer, a news report on a television includes the words "Damage Control" onscreen…

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  • 28 March

    STX will adapt ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ with Elton John

    Caesar’s Palace Colosseum -- the sizable auditorium that has been home to Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart -- is the place where major film studios come every spring to unveil their splashiest titles to movie theater owners. Last year, STX Entertainment, then a 2-year-old upstart, infiltrated...

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  • 28 March

    DJ Juanyto and Stat Guy Greg Join The Marvel Podcast

    DJ Juanyto (Hot 97 and Feed the Meter podcast) and Stat Guy Greg (ESPN’s Cheap Heat podcast) join the show to talk about Marvel Comics and its connection to hip hop, growing up in New York City, wrestling, Spider-Man, the ‘90s X-Men cartoon, and much more.

    Download episode #281.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel including our latest episode!

    This Week in Marvel focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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  • 28 March

    ‘Baywatch’ Cadaver Penis Joke Shocks (and Delights) CinemaCon

    Paramount's reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson, hits theaters May 26.read more

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  • 28 March

    Report: TERMINATOR Sequel Terminated From Studio Schedule

    Is James Cameron waiting to take over?

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