Posts Tagged ‘news’

ComicBookMovie – Coulson’s Revival In AGENTS OF  S.H.I.E.L.D. Explained? – It’s not proven but it is the most logical explaination… though is that enough?

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Earning More Than The Avengers Overseas

CinemaBlend – Did Joss Whedon Hint That Avengers 2 Could Include Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver? – Yes, please, what do I need to do to make this happen??

ComicBookMovie – DC’s VP Marketing John Cunningham On A JUSTICE LEAGUE & WONDER WOMAN Movie: “Decisions Have Been Made” – He’s just not telling us what they are.

ComicBookMovie – Jaimie Alexander Talks THOR: THE  DARK WORLD Trailer, Characters And WONDER WOMAN

CinemaBlend – Marvel’s President Hopes Guardians Looks Nothing Like Green Lantern – I think we all hope that…

Newsarama – Kevin Feige Confirms DAREDEVIL Rights at Marvel Studios

ComicBook Movie – Jim Starlin Clarifies His Thanos  In AVENGERS 2 Comments– basically, he doesn’t know for sure if Thanos will be in the films or not

CinemaBlend – Amazing Superheroes Designed By Little Girls Cosplaying

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Brian Singer tweeted a picture of Halle Berry in her new Storm outfit for Days of Future Past.

I have to say… not a big fan.

The hair I don’t mind, as one commenter on the twitter feed said, she’s about one movie short of wearing her famous mohawk (which would be awesome) and it’s definitely better than X1 and X2 (her hair was one of the few things done well in X3).

It’s the rest of the costume that bothers me. Gone is the leather suit which we already knew was happening. Instead we get what looks like a really dusty flight suit? It’s just a bunch of layers strapped together and some weird shoulder pieces. I know, it’s apocalyptic times so style is not a high priority but could they have at least added some dash of color (even if it was just Storm’s signature white from the 80s)?

Or, you know what, it’s the cape. That’s the biggest problem with this outfit and what’s dragging it down. It literally looks like she grabbed a bed sheet and cut it at a curve. The cape is one of Storm’s most iconic pieces of wardrobe and this… it’s just horrid. Maybe if they got the cape from the previous movies and put it with this outfit that would be a lot better?

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Peter DinklageVariety is reporting that Peter Dinklage, who was just added to the DOFP cast, will be playing a villain, knocking out the rumors that he would be playing Puck. Newsarama are betting on either Ahab or Nimrod (when he takes human form).

There is, of course, the possibility he will play someone altogether new, though that’s less likely than perhaps Dinklage playing a known character, just with a whole new back story/place in the X-Men universe (Stryker or Shaw for examples). Seeing that there is a trend for really mucking with the villain’s back story, this is a high probability and really, anything goes.

Whatever is planned, should be interesting.

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Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd which is only three months away so they are really starting to hit the advertising hard. Below is a selection of news information, photos, etc, but before I get to that, I want to point out something that kinda bothers me: What kind of movie will Iron Man 3 be?

Kevin Feige has said that this is not a serious movie, but the ad copy for the film seems to beg to differ. Every trailer focuses on destruction, and not in the ‘oh, fun action movie mayhem’ but ‘Iron Man has failed, what he loves he can’t protect’ stuff. Almost every picture is either neutral or some kind of ‘look how Iron Man looks crappy and beaten’. I’ve only seen one image that is remotely not-serious. There is a touch of humor in the extended look at the Super Bowl trailer that can be seen on their Facebook page or embedded here.

So, are the ad people simply focusing on the dark and gritty stuff, attempting to capitalize on the ‘TDK effect’? After all, a certain amount of grit is to be expected in this film and that’s perfectly understandable. Tony did go through a lot during the Avengers movie and Pepper Potts could turn into Rescue.  But doesn’t focusing on this aspect of the film constitute a total mis-representation of the film?

If this isn’t the ad people taking liberties, then will this movie end up being a hot mess as no one really knows what it’s supposed to be in the first place? I’m hoping this isn’t the case cause I’m really looking forward to Iron Man 3. However, since Iron Man 2 did waver in quality and tried too hard to levy on the emotional introspective side of things… it’s possible that the third movie is somewhere in between and more the woe for it.

Official Iron Man 3 website

Marvel – Iron Man 3 poster

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Super Bowl Spot Takes To The Air And Suggests A Major Character Death
You can watch the embedded Super Bowl ads here.

ComicBookMovie – Official IRON MAN 3 Stills Released

BleedingCool – Let’s Over Analyse This New Iron Man 3 Image For Fun

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Below is the casting call for Days of Future Past courtesy of ComicBookMovie. Fittings starts in mid-February (which isn’t capitalized?) but the actual filming will be April to August, this gives plenty of time for post-production unless there is another  chunk to be filmed later. We can probably expect to see set pics starting in May.

The big thing is that apparently “most of the film takes place in 1973” which is ten/eleven years after First Class. I don’t see a problem with this, they need to move things forward in the timeline and allow them to go farther with the current actors.

A lot of people though, seem to take this as meaning that there will be no JFK assassination ‘magic bullet’ moment. Vaughn originally talked about such a scene when First Class came out as a possible opener for the sequel but seeing as the assassination took place in 1963 people believe this won’t happen. Um, they can still easily do that, if the film mostly takes place in 1973 doesn’t mean they can’t have the movie start in 1963 and do a quick skip to ten years later.

I’m more interested in the fact that this is 1973… what happened in 1973 that would fit with the Days of Future Past idea of changing the future? From Wikipedia:

And that’s just some of the highlights. Seeing as First Class went after the historical event of the Cuban missile Crisis it’s safe to assume that there is a very likely chance DOFP will involve itself either in the Vietnam War or the Watergate Scandal. But the question is, what would have to be changed? Or is more like they have to make sure that everything happens the way ‘we remember it’… i.e. maybe Nixon doesn’t resign or is assassinated in the future and that leads to a mutant apocalypse? Or they could just make something up, a young Senator Kelly or a replacement character?

Only time will tell… but they sure picked an interesting year to play around in…

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Anna Paquin as Rogue

Anna Paquin as Rogue

Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has tweeted that Paquin, Page and Ashmore will be reprising their rolls as Rogue, Shadowcat, and Iceman in the upcoming film. This is in addition to previous news that Stewart, McKellen and Jackman will be reprising their roles as well.

Odds are, these are only going to be cameo performances. I say this because they are kinda bunched together here. Then there is the fact Paquin and Ashmore have their own tv shows to work on, True Blood and The Following. Granted, that hasn’t stopped some actors from making movies but could cause scheduling issues. Paquin also just had twins which might affect how much time she wants to spend off somewhere filming.

Also, Singer went after Stewart, McKellen and Jackman first which denotes that they likely have larger, more important, roles which needed to be locked down. This goes into my theory that Wolverine will be the one doing the time traveling rather than Shadowcat because she’s much to young in the original movies to be able to go back to the 60s/70s.

Odds are, these three will be shown standing around providing exposition right before the fateful trip. There is also the possibility of a little action, maybe they’re protecting against Sentinels and what not while Xavier sends whoever back in time, but again depends on what these guys signed up for.

Some pointed out that Bryan said “thank you @BrettRatner for letting them live!” which means we’ll see no Cyclops (who was treated poorly in the movies) or Jean Grey or anyone else who died. Well, Xavier kinda died and he’s back. Jean Grey does nothing but die and come back. Also, wouldn’t that be a great way to show that the world has indeed been changed by whatever happens in DOFP? With Cyclops being alive?

In the end, I did not like what they did with Rogue in X3, she wasn’t any more Rogue than Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool at the end of X:O:W. As long as DOFP gives us that glimmer that everything has been changed, that X1-3 are now ‘alt-universe’ movies, then I’ll be happy.

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From CinemaBlend: Doctor Strange, Ant-Man Confirmed As Marvel Phase Three Films

The Marvel executive tells MTV News that a Doctor Strange movie “is definitely one” of the movies planned in [the Phase Three] stage of release, joining Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as a Marvel movie we’ll see in theaters after The Avengers 2

“He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have,” Feige says of Doctor Strange. “He’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited.”

Which begs the question, will Marvel treat him as ‘real magic’ or will they try to find a plausible scientific explanation? Also, I know she’s not really known to work with Strange, but if they don’t introduce Wanda in Phase Two, then they could easily give her a role in a Doctor Strange movie. Yes, I have a bit of a one-track mind. 😉

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Gambit #11 Artwork

Gambit #11 Artwork

Is Gambit in Serious Danger of Being Cancelled Very Soon?

After hearing that X-Treme X-Men was cancelled due to sales below 20K, I got to thinking about some of the other titles I read and if they were in any danger of being cancelled themselves. The most important one would be Gambit’s solo series. Here is his sales figures courtesy of ICV2.

Gambit #1 – 40,418
Gambit #2 – 32,336
Gambit #3 – 28,530
Gambit #4 – 27,828
Gambit #5 – 26,723
Gambit #6 – 25,522
Gambit #7 – 23,978

January numbers are not available yet, obviously.

Notice the steady decline? While there hasn’t been any massively huge drops since the 8k drop between 1 & 2, a 1k to 2k drop every issue is nothing to ignore and I’m sure Marvel are looking at those numbers very closely.

Let us compare gambit’s numbers to the Hawkeye solo series which was launched at about the same time and has been ‘critically acclaimed’.

Hawkeye #1 – 41,9256,394
Hawkeye #2 – 33,563
Hawkeye #3 – 35,403
Hawkeye #4 – 34,208
Hawkeye #5 – 34,385
Hawkeye #6 – 33,440

Hawkeye did have a more massive 14k drop from the first issue but unlike Gambit it has remained steady around 34k in readership. And, of course, Hawkeye did get a boost from the current Avengers movie making him better known to the more recent generation of comic book readers.

Now let’s look at the cancelled X-Treme X-Men title which was also launched about the same time.

X-Treme X-Men #1 – 36,802
X-Treme X-Men #2 – 25,689
X-Treme X-Men #3 – 24,490
X-Treme X-Men #4 – 22,584
X-Treme X-Men #5 – 19,841
X-Treme X-Men #6 – 17,947
X-Treme X-Men #7 – 17,602
X-Treme X-Men #7.1 – 16,682
X-Treme X-Men #8 – 16,536

It didn’t launch nearly as high as Gambit or Hawkeye, but after a 11k drop it also did the steady 1k to 2k drop every issue.

Seeing that Gambit has been slowly declining as X-Treme did is not good. He keeps on this slide and he’ll be below the 20k mark before April when Rogue is set to appear. But this also begs the question: how much will Rogue and the Rogue/Gambit shippers boost the sales? A lot of Romy fans are already reading Gambit anyway because they like Gambit on his own (though I do wonder how many were turned off by the lack of Romy or the Joelle character).

Even if the April Gambit issues jump in sales due to Romy, would it be too late to save Gambit if he drops below 20k in Feb/Mar? How far and how long does the drop have to go? X-Termination, which is the arc that ends X-Treme X-Men, was announced in back in November. X-Treme had already dropped to 19,841 in October.  The question is wether they decided to end X-Treme then or when they got November’s totals? Note: Age of Apocalypse #9, the other cancelled title, did 20,630 in November, and Astonishing X-Men, the only X-Termination crossover that survived, did 27,583.

Granted, if they decided to cancel Gambit in March they would still have to finish out the issues in the works which, since we get them three months in advance, could add a buffer. If they see Gambit spike due to Romy, they would have time to call off any cancellation. It’s also possible they might wait to see what Rogue does for sales.

Gambit has had its best issue yet with what a lot of fans have come to want to see from Gambit, also, news only recently struck that yes, Rogue will be here in April for at least two issues. How did this effect January sales? How will it affect February?

I don’t pretend to be an expert, this whole industry is rather new to me actually, but the numbers don’t lie. If Gambit doesn’t see an increase, or at least a plateau of sales, then he’s going to be gone before the title is even legal to drive.

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X-Treme X-Men Finale Artwork

X-Treme X-Men Finale Artwork

X-Treme X-Men Cancelled


I’ve already commented in my reviews how much I really enjoy the clever writing in this series. It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s everything you want in a comic. So why did it fall below the 20k mark in sales which CBR says lead to it being cancelled?

I’m going to blame the fact that everyone thought it was “a Dazzler title”.

Dazzler leads the team but she doesn’t hog the issues. Logan, Kurt, Sage… all these characters have their share of the lime-light and they all bring something great to the scene. The worlds Pak created had a wonderful sense of depth even if they weren’t necessarily explored. The stories were timely, thoughtful, but not overbearing or on the nose.

I’d jump and whine and complain but I know that won’t do any good.

So while I’m really annoyed as this was one of my favorite titles on my current pull list, at least it does look like it will go out with a bang. I’ve also been introduced to the wonderful writing of Greg Pak, will definitely be on the look out for him in the future.

Goodbye X-Treme X-Men, you join the group of wonderful things ended before their time…

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SyFy has cancelled super-powered tv series Alphas after two seasons according to TVLine. This was a very realistic take on the super-power genre where people weren’t mutants, they were basically humans whose natural abilities were just ‘more advanced’ than normal.

Basically Alphas was a low budget Heroes without the mystique. Heroes was a high budget Mutant X without the B-Film style. Mutant X was a television version of the X-Men without the licensing.

All three of these tv shows did really well, Mutant X had three seasons and high ratings but its production company folded not through fault of the show. Heroes went four seasons, gained lots of awards, but was ultimately done in by its own convoluted writing. SyFy didn’t say exactly why Alphas was cancelled though don’t think it was ratings as it seems to be pulling the same numbers as Warehouse 13 during their season finales. But then Warehouse 13 is more marketable and has a smaller cast, not sure about their FX budget as well.

The audience has spoken though, they like their superheroes… especially when they are the more fanciful/magical kind even if they have a ‘reason’ for being super, like being government experiments in Mutant XAlphas was the most ‘realistic’ and had the worst ratings. This just seems to prove that an X-Men tv series is a no brainer.

You have characters and a style people already love in X-Men that will bring people back, the Animated shows have already proven that X-Men in a serialized capacity sells! In fact, serialized is a much better fit for X-Men than movies simply because you have a huge cast and built in long-arc stories.

Simply make sure you don’t go completely off the reservation like X3 and X:O:W and you have a built in audience who will tune in. Then go a little on the realistic side to save on the FX budget but keep that mystique of super-powers and you’re golden. This can work people!

A girl can dream right?

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