Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Will MARVEL Comics Continuity Reboot With SECRET WARS Align The Comic And Movie Universes For Good?

Written By Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

Since New York Comic Con a lot of speculation has been bandied about in regards to MARVEL Comics SECRET WARS event due out this summer. Many had speculated that this would bring about the end of MARVEL's Ultimate universe. Many others speculated that SECRET WARS would have such far reaching implications as to even have a major effect on the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. All of which seems like a distinct possibility.

What was absolutely solidified in todays press conference was that SECRET WARS will be a reboot of sorts. Bringing to an end nearly 15 years of Ultimate Universe Continuity and over 50 years of classic MARVEL Universe continuity. What will we end up with? Well, it's hard to say, but if the internet rumors are to be believed the result will torpedo any possibility of MARVEL comics having any correlation with MARVEL character films NOT made by MARVEL Studios. In short, MUTANTS will be no more. 

With the MARVEL Cinematic Universe already setting the stage for the INHUMANS with AGENTS Of SHIELD and AVENGERS: Age Of Ultron, internet speculation has this mysterious and often underrepresented group taking a major role in the comics universe. The theory is that fan favorites like Wolverine, Cyclops, and other X-Men will be recast as INHUMANS. Thus liberating them from the context of being Mutants and possibly freeing the characters from the contractual hell that they have been stuck in, and allowing these new versions of the characters to appear in films. That is of course only a theory.
However, the theory does have a very recent precedent. In the upcoming film AVENGERS: Age Of Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be at the center of the story. Originally, those characters were MUTANTS. For the film though they will be classified as INHUMANS. Thus laying the ground work for this contextual shift for the larger MARVEL comics universe. 
The theory seems even more credible given that MARVEL Comics CEO Isaac Perlmutter was the driving force behind ending the Fantastic Four comic book series this April with no plan, what so ever to bring the characters back to the comics. Presumably because 20th Century Fox who owns the film rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men films has never shown any interest in making a deal to free them up.  Perlmutter has been outspoken in his frustration with MARVEL comics essentially acting a free promotional materials for films that are not being made by Disney and MARVEL.

With all of these factors being present, there is the distinct likelihood that the MARVEL Comic Book Universe that emerges from the SECRET WARS event will either strongly resemble or actually be the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. If indeed that were the case, it would mean that all MARVEL Comic Book stories would be cannon in a shared universe with the films. Much in the same way that MARVEL and Disney have recently aligned the STAR WARS comics and film universes as one cohesive whole. We of course will begin to see what will happen when SECRET WARS begins this May.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

RUMOR: Sony & MARVEL Have Sealed The Deal To Bring SPIDER-MAN To AVENGERS: Infinity War

Written by Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

This morning the internet is abuzz with some pretty stunning MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE news. The much trusted movie spoiler site Latino Review has posted an interesting article that detaile the broad strokes of what will occur in MARVELs Phase 3 films and leads us to a pretty important detail that MARVEL fans have been dying to see. According to the rumor filled article, Sony and MARVEL have reached a deal that will allow Spider-Man to swing in to the MCU in AVENGERS: Infinity War part 1. 

Why will it happen in Infinity War and not CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War? Well, for one that film is about to begin production in a matter of weeks and it seems that the deal was not reached in time to swing in through that window(pun intended). However, it seems that Spidey's presence will be absolutely necessary in term of MARVEL's Phase 3 story. What does that mean? Well we wont spoil the next 4 years worth of MARVEL movies for you here. If you must know all the details you can check out the potentially spoiler filled article at LatinoReview.com

Lastly, it also seems that MARVEL's Spider-Man will not be Andrew Garfield, but an all new actor taking on the Peter Parker role. Where this leaves the future of Sony's Spider-Man franchise is unknown. But if these rumors turn out to be true, the details will surely be presented in due time.

Monday, January 12, 2015

All New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Hits The Net

Official Video Description From MARVEL
Ultron returns to cause even more trouble for our heroes in another trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in theaters May 1!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Check Out These Cool Checklists For Hasbro's STAR WARS Black Series Action Figures

 Written by Admiral Duke for DisFanReview.com

STAR WARS fans are obsessive. Shocking, I know. Like Hunter S. Thompson once said, "Once you get locked in to a serious ACTION FIGURE collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."

Okay, so Hunter S. Thompson wasn't talking about action figures, but the sentiment is absolutely true. STAR WARS fans, particularly adult fans have not only embraced the recent 6" BLACK SERIES line from Hasbro, they have hoarded, hunted and obsessed their collections to completion.

So much so that when Walgreens released an exclusive white 'prototype' Boba Fett last fall, collectors hoarded them to the point that this one single figure was fetching over $200 on Ebay.

STAR WARS action figures have been around for well over 35 years but the 3 3/4 scale was always the mainstay of the line, but the truth is... that scale is really played out. They've made every character from 6 movies under 4".

6" figures were a natural fit. They just felt right for adult collectors who needed something that wasn't the toys they played with as kids but something that also wasn't a $500 statue from Gentle Giant. 

Now, the good folks at ItsAllTrue.net have compiled every figure from the series in two easy to read checklist's perfect for the obsessive STAR WARS fan that has to collect them all.

HASTINGS Stores Are Gearing Up For MARVEL STAR WARS comics

Written by Admiral Duke for DisFanReview.com

It sure seems like everybody is getting excited about the return of STAR WARS comics to MARVEL. For over 20 years STAR WARS comics were published by Dark Horse, but now Disney is moving every thing under the 'HOUSE OF MOUSE' umbrella. Retailers across the world are gearing up for a big day, including HASTINGS store across North America. The entertainment chain is making an advertising push to let fans know that they will have a ton of STAR WARS Items on hand for what they have dubbed as a 'WELCOME HOME' party for STAR WARS comics.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

MARVEL's DAREDEVIL Jumps Into Action On NETFLIX April 10th

Official Press Release From MARVEL

We’ve teased you with casting announcements and photos from “Marvel’s Daredevil,” but now we can finally tell you when you can see the series for yourself: April 10, Exclusively on Netflix.

That’s right Marvelites, Season 1 of “Marvel’s Daredevil” will premiere with 13 one-hour episodes on April 10, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. PT in all territories where Netflix is available.

While you wait for April 10 to roll around, keep your eyes right here on Marvel.com and the official site for “Marvel’s Daredevil” for all the updates, plus follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like the official Facebook page for even more!

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson with Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Lost”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Full Trailer For ANT-MAN Is Now Online

Written By Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

If you watched MARVEL's Agent Carter you got to see the all new teaser trailer for ANT-MAN. Now you get to watch it to your hearts content! What really strikes me about the trailer is that the story of Scott Lang very closely resembles the characters story in the comics and other media, but I'm still not sure what I think of Michael Douglas as an older Hank Pym. However, this first look at ANT-MAN is pretty exciting stuff.

MARVEL Reveals First Poster For ANT-MAN... And Yes, It's Ant Sized

 Written By Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

Okay so the poster is full sized but the subject of the poster is definitely ant sized. Maybe it's just me, but the entire gimmick of showing every aspect of the film in "Ant size" is going to get old really fast. However, it is really smart marketing to keep your audience waiting for the "human sized" version. That, and MARVEL has to be saving a lot of money on printing costs because this is basically a logo printed on glossy white paper.

Fifth Annual ALBUQUERQUE COMIC CON Begins This Weekend

Written By Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

Comic book conventions are it right now. Everybody knows about the big boys. San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Wondercon. Those are the ones everybody talks about. Conventions in smaller markets though, don't get a lot of traction. An exception to this rule has been Albuquerque Comic Con. For the last four years ACC has brought the biggest and brightest to central New Mexico, And much to the credit of the events organizer Jim Burleson, it has gotten better every single year. 

Now in it's fifth year Albuquerque Comic Con lays claim to the title of New Mexico's premier comic book and pop culture event with some of the biggest names in the industry. Headliners include Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, Jason Mewes from Jay and Silent Bob fame. Michael Biehn from Terminator, Aliens, and so much more, and finally Manu Bennett who can currently be seen in The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies and Arrow.

Comic book fans can rest assured that there will be a lot for them as well. Comic book legends Rich Buckler and Bob Layton as well as legendary artist from MAD magazine Sergio Aragones. Of course, this only scratches the surface of what fans will be able to find at ACC this year, as the event has grown so large over previous years that the event will be at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the first time ever.

So now is the time to get your tickets and reserve your space for not only the biggest comic book and pop culture event in New Mexico but also the very first comic book convention on the national convention calendar!

BIG HERO 6 Comes To Digital Download Feb. 3rd and Bluray/DVD on Feb. 24th

Press Release From WALT DISNEY Studios Home Entertainment

Own It Early on Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) February 3, 2015 Bring It Home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on February 24, 2015

From Walt Disney Animation Studios ("Frozen," "Wreck-It Ralph"), Disney's "Big Hero 6" introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) in a comic adventure that will make your heart soar as they learn about teamwork and becoming more than you thought you could be.

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Bring home Disney's "Big Hero 6," featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters — it's fun for the whole family!

Digital HD/3D/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
FEAST Theatrical Short 
The Origin Story of “Big Hero 6”: Hiro's Journey (hosted by Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago) - Join the team behind the team that brought Big Hero 6 to the big screen as they travel on research trips to Tokyo and San Francisco and go behind the scenes of this epic film. Explore everything comic-book about Big Hero 6, from director Don Hall’s passion for comics to the story’s roots in a lesser known Marvel property. We’ll talk to Marvel’s Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb, who were consultants on the film, to learn what makes a good comic-book story, and how these devices were used to help create Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”
Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters - Join the six lead animators of Big Hero 6 as they talk about each of the characters and how they came to be the heroes they are now.
Deleted Scenes (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams) - Includes two alternate openings and more.
Big Hero Secrets (Easter Egg) - The movie is filled with Easter Eggs, and this Buzzfeed-type list piece will give you a sampling of some of the hidden treasures in the film. See if you can find this Easter Egg about Easter Eggs! (BLU-RAY ONLY)
Gag Animations (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams) - For fun, animators made alternate versions of scenes they were working on and threw them into the mix at review sessions. The directors will present some of these gags for the first time to the public in this piece. (DMA ONLY)
Beatmax - Check out some of Baymax's greatest lines auto-tuned like you've never heard before.  (DMA ONLY)

FEAST Theatrical Short
Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters 
“Big Hero 6” Theatrical Teaser