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March, 2017

  • 27 March

    Mad Men: Putney Swope (1969)

    To view Putney Swopeclick here. In 1969 Robert Downey Sr. waited outside a screening of Putney Swope  (1969) at the Cinema II in NYC to see if the film was still working as intended. As reported by Stephen Mahoney in Life magazine: “Two couples emerge. A woman is tearing at a handkerchief. ‘Tasteless. An exhibition…Filth’, she stammers. Under the […]

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  • 27 March

    Charles Soule Lays Out His Astonishing Mutant Landscape

    It shouldn’t be too astonishing that the X-Men are as popular as they are. After all, their collection of diverse of mutants offers a never-ending grab bag of super powered mayhem that usually goes toward saving the day–when they’re not too busy butting heads with the Inhumans, that is. Simply put, there is no shortage of classic “X-Men” content and one particular title is about to re-enter the limelight.

    After a four-year hiatus, Marvel is bringing back the “Astonishing X-Men” series this summer under the confident pen of writer, Charles Soule who’s not too worried that he’s got some big shoes to fill. We’re also excited to announce that Jim Cheung, Ron Garney, ACO, Phil Noto, Greg Land, Ramon Rosanas and more will be bringing the serialized, ongoing story to life with some incredible artwork.

    Get pumped for the returning title by checking out our interview with Charles who discusses the book’s iconic cast, its use of the entirety of Marvel history and how the series will mutate under his skilled direction.

    Marvel.com: “Astonishing X-Men” is a title whose original run spanned from the mid-1990s to 2013. What was the most exciting part about being the person responsible for relaunching it?

    Charles Soule: “Astonishing” is one of the fundamental “X”-titles for me, especially the Whedon/Cassaday run. It’s some of the best “X-Men” storytelling of all time. So, exciting, yes – also somewhat terrifying. But like any book I take on, I’ll do my best.

    Marvel.com: Over the years, the series was written by a litany of big Marvel creative minds like Joss Whedon, Warren Ellis, Marjorie Liu and Greg Pak. How were you hoping to approach it differently than these writers did in the past? How did you pour your own heart and, forgive me, soul into the writing?

    Charles Soule: I’d like to think that any story I do will be different from the other incredible talents who have worked under this banner in the past, just because I’m not them. This sort of “Murderer’s Row” legacy isn’t anything new to me, though – from my very first Marvel project (“Thunderbolts”) to Daredevil to pretty much everything I’ve done, I’ve been working on titles that have superstar creators in their past. You just put your head down and write your story and hope that it can stand next to the other books in the line.

    Marvel.com: Going off that, can you talk a little bit about the artistic vision you had for the look and feel of the series?

    Charles Soule: I mostly want it to feel epic. I’m trying to go as big as I can both for character moments and “page-feel,” if that’s a term I can coin. I remember when Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch were working in what was termed “widescreen” back on their “Ultimates” project. I’d say it’s something like that, but within every massive beat there’s a character moment (or ten) to back it up. Mostly, I wanted to anchor “Astonishing X-Men” in the real world, so-to-speak. Many times the big superhero stories take place away from population centers, especially mutant stories. I get it – a superhero slugfest with a bunch of civilians around complicates things immensely. I’ve done it myself many times. Setting your battle scene on a remote glacier solves a lot of storytelling problems. However, I think the X-Men are at their best story-wise when they’re not only fighting super-villains, but their activities are seen through the lens of the human world. So, we’ll get a lot of that here – a lot of the action takes place in the heart of London, with all the attendant repercussions. Good times all around.

    Marvel.com: We know the series will feature a veritable Who’s Who of fan favorite X-Men (i.e. Old Man Logan, Archangel, Mystique, Rogue, Gambit, Psylocke and Fantomex), but what can you tell us about the villains being featured in the story?

    Charles Soule: Not too much just yet… but we’ll get there! I want it to feel like a nice reveal, but the way the story is designed I can pull in bad guys from literally any era of Marvel history. The book is built like a bit of a puzzle box, with multiple layers of reveals. Part of the fun of certain “X”-stories is speculating about what’s really going on, and this is definitely one of those.

    Marvel.com: Now onto the heroes. What was the decision process behind choosing these specific characters to make up this team other than being adored by fans and veterans of the original run?

    Charles Soule: It’s a mix of characters who I really wanted to write and characters who hadn’t been seen in a bit, or both! I wanted a bunch of people I knew I could write well, but who also had lots of history with each other. All of these people have been “bad guys” at one point or another – checkered pasts all around. Many of them have dated each other, or have been in love triangles… it’s just a feast of drama, and the soap opera stuff is part of what makes the X-Men great. It’s fun to write all these folks, especially in a really focused story like I’m telling in Astonishing. The book has a specific point, story and end goal… which you’ll see soon enough!

    Marvel.com: Will we be seeing a different team dynamic than we’ve seen in the past and were there any specific characters you had a blast writing?

    Charles Soule: I’ve said this before, but this book doesn’t have a team. It has a cast. It doesn’t have a leader, either. It’s like a novel, or a film, or a TV series. There are characters who are more or less prominent from scene to scene, but this isn’t a story about superheroes coming together with a shared goal to fight bad guys, with a base, and cool coordinated costumes and so on. This is a bunch of flawed, extremely powerful individuals who find themselves in the same place at the same time as something very intense and potentially world-ending happens. Then, we see what they do next. It’s a pretty cool ride, I think.

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  • 27 March

    Women’s History Month: Sara Pichelli

    This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

    Artist Sara Pichelli burst onto the scene in 2007, earning fans right off the bat thanks to her dynamic, yet emotive style. By the following year, she did her first book for Marvel – NYX: NO WAY HOME #3 – and the rest, as they say, is history!

    After finishing that series with #6, Pichelli moved right over to RUNAWAY with #10 and stuck around until #14, the last issue of that volume. From there she drew books like X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK, the NAMORA one-shot and contributed to both HER-OES and GIRL COMICS.

    Then, the artist skyrocketed into the public consciousness when she joined Brian Michael Bendis on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN starting with #15. The series then jumped back to its previous numbering with the next installment and ran until Peter Parker died in the pages of #160

    Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2009) #160

    Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2009) #160

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    Pichelli drew up to #155 on that volume, but then contributed the very first look at Peter’s replacement, Miles Morales, in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4. She then proceeded to debut ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN with Bendis, returning for other issues and covers throughout the book’s run. 

    Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

    Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    Pichelli and Bendis also teamed up on SPIDER-MEN, the first meeting of the classic Peter Parker with the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales. The duo, proving both well suited for one another and incredibly popular, joined forces in 2013 for another major series, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

    The collaborations don’t stop there, of course. They worked together on issues of ALL-NEW X-MEN and also came together to bring Miles Morales into the Marvel Universe after SECRET WARS in a series called SPIDER-MAN that’s still going strong to this day. 

    Spider-Man (2016) #14

    Spider-Man (2016) #14

    The Women Of Marvel

    As Pichelli herself related in a 2014 Marvel.com interview, she credited C.B. Cebulski with discovering her. “In 2008 I lost my job at an animation studio where I was working as a character designer,” she said. “And since I was starting to feel the urge to explore a new media—in order to have more control of my artwork—I took advantage of this transition to take a stab at becoming a comic book artist. I started to be interested in comics thanks to my amazing partner—and also a comic book artist—David Messina a couple of years before, and it was love at first sight.” She then did work for IDW, but entered Cebulski’s international Marvel talent search called Chesterquest contest which drew attention to her skills and lead to those early Marvel books!

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  • 27 March

    Cole Hauser Reteams With Bruce Willis for Action Thriller ‘Acts of Violence’

    Shawn Ashmore, Mike Epps and Sophia Bush are already on board the movie, which began production this week. read more

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  • 27 March

    ‘Tomb Raider’: First Look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft Released

    The video game heroine is born again ahead of next year's big-screen reboot.read more

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  • 27 March

    Why Are Bad Guys in Superhero Team-Up Movies Always Faceless Drones?

    Enough with the armies of superpowered minions already.read more

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  • 27 March

    Get Ready For a New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer

    Spidey swings by Avengers Tower and takes a perilous flight in three new posters and a teaser for tomorrow’s new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer!

    First up, we’ve got a brief look at tomorrow’s brand-new trailer, featuring your most menacing look at the villainous Vulture yet!

    Take flight. A new #SpiderManHomecoming trailer is landing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bogivDIuVC

    — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 27, 2017

    Then, scope out three new posters for the film as Spidey stops by Avengers Tower, takes a moment to relax, and tries to hitch a ride on the freeway.

    Spider-Man: Homecoming teaser poster
    Spider-Man: Homecoming teaser poster
    Spider-Man: Homecoming teaser poster

    Keep your eyes peeled right here to Marvel.com for the latest on “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in theaters July 7!

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  • 27 March

    Breaking News: Katie Cassidy Returns to Arrow

    Breaking News: Katie Cassidy Returns to Arrow

    Fans worldwide were shocked and saddened when Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance met an untimely demise last season on Arrow.

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  • 27 March

    Report: JASON BOURNE Director to Helm BRIAN BENDIS Adaptation

    Brian Bendis's long-in-development TORSO has reportedly signed a new director.

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  • 27 March

    Paul Greengrass Tackling Eliot Ness Movie

    The famous lawman who chased gangster Al Capone is getting the movie treatment.read more

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  • 27 March

    First Official TOMB RAIDER Images, Synopsis

    Here's your first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER.

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  • 27 March

    Orphan Black: The Game Available Exclusively on the App Store

    Orphan Black

    Boat Rocker Media announced Orphan Black: The Game, the first interactive digital adventure based on the critically-acclaimed television show now entering its fifth and final season.  Available exclusively on the App Store the game takes players into the feverish cloning conspiracy world of Orphan Black, challenging them to escape from perilous …

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  • 27 March

    Evolution Complete! Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft: Remastered

    StarCraft Remastered

    One of the highest rated, most celebrated games of all time has evolved. Blizzard Entertainment unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, a reverently crafted modernization of the original award-winning real-time strategy game. StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion, while preserving the sublime gameplay that captivated millions of gamers around …

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  • 27 March

    New GHOST IN THE SHELL Clip Ramps Up Anime Homage

    A new clip from GHOST IN THE SHELL hammers home the homage to the 1995 anime adaptation.

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