Captain America

Sept. 26, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

Marvel settles dispute over superhero rights with Jack Kirby estate

One of the most contentious court battles in comics has come to an end. Marvel and the members of Jack Kirby’s family issued a joint statement Friday to announce that the long-running legal case over royalties related to characters created or co-created by the legendary pioneer has been settled out of court. The short statement read in full: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.” During his decades in comics, Kirby created or co-created Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Doom, the Silver Surfer, Magneto, the Black Panther, Ant-Man, the Red Skull, Galactus and dozens of other comic book characters, helping define Marvel Comics during the Silver Age. The issue had been […]
Sept. 17, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Marvel, George Takei among honorees for LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

Marvel Entertainment and George Takei will receive Vanguard Awards from the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Pictured are Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada, left, and Takei. (: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images / Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Marvel Entertainment and activists George and Brad Takei are set to receive Vanguard Awards at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th anniversary gala Nov. 8. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will also be honored with a Vanguard Award at the ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, which celebrates efforts to promote tolerance and understanding of LGBT people. Marvel is being honored for its LGBT characters and story lines “that parallel the struggle to end discrimination against our community, has helped brighten the lives of LGBT kids — and adults alike — around the world,” Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said in a statement released early Wednesday. Marvel Comics has received a great deal of attention of late for its efforts to bring more diversity to its publishing roster. In July the company revealed major story […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

Jack Kirby legacy: Kirby4Heroes aims to assist comic book creators

Two years ago, at the age of 16, Jillian Kirby began a campaign designed to honor the legacy of her late grandfather, Jack Kirby, the comics legend who created or co-created a host of iconic Marvel characters — Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Avengers and Thor, among them. Titled Kirby4Heroes, the charitable venture was launched to generate donations for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers. Once again, this year Kirby is hoping to raise money while celebrating the wide-ranging influence of the artistry of her grandfather, who dreamed up many of his heroes in the basement of his Long Island home. (Jillian’s father, Neal Kirby, wrote a first-person account of his childhood in the house for Hero Complex in 2012.) On Aug. 28 — what would have […]
July 25, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel touts ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ cast, ‘Agent Carter’ directors

Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb might not have been able to shed much light on the future plot lines of Marvel’s two ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” — the studio really relies on its narrative surprises — but he did reveal some key cast and directors on Marvel TV’s Comic-Con International panel on Friday. Loeb confirmed that Lucy Lawless will join the cast of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the show’s second season as a tough, knife-wielding longtime veteran named Isabelle Hartley. She’ll be joined by a young English actor named Nick Blood (yes, it’s his real name) as the mercenary Lance Hunter, known to comics fans as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British counterpart, S.T.R.I.K.E. The third new cast member is Reed Diamond, who will play Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall. Additionally, guest star Patton Oswalt appeared in character as […]
July 17, 2014 | 8:10 a.m.

New Captain America is revealed as Sam Wilson on ‘Colbert Report’

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When Steve Rogers can’t continue as Captain America, his longtime ally Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, will pick up the iconic shield – and, heavier still, the heroic name. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced the comic-book news Wednesday night to Cap fan Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” continuing a shakeup of some of the House of Ideas’ most successful concepts. “Steve Rogers saved the world again, but not without personal sacrifice,” Quesada told the arch comic host before naming the World War II veteran’s replacement (which, to Colbert’s disappointment wasn’t him) and unveiling the new Cap’s look. “But let me ask you something,” Colbert’s mock-reactionary pundit began. “This guy’s, this guy’s, this new guy is black — doesn’t that make him Captain African America?” Quesada shook his head and replied, “I don’t see colors.” (This being […]
June 23, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.

Marvel celebrates its 75th anniversary with new anthology issue

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In October 1939, Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) was born in New York City, from pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman. This year, the little comics outlier will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a myth-making powerhouse. To commemorate the occasion, Marvel Entertainment will publish the “Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration” No. 1, a new anthology issue coming to comic shops and digital devices this October. The oversized collection will feature cover art from Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera, who collaborated with his inker-father Joe Rivera on “Daredevil.” Inside, the collection continues to boast some of Marvel’s biggest names, including James Robinson and Chris Samnee, who will take readers back to the day when the Fantastic Four was born. Emmy- and Eisner-winning storyteller Bruce Timm will adapt “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,”  the very first Marvel Comics story from the legendary Stan Lee. The original text-only story from the former Marvel president was […]
May 08, 2014 | 9:54 p.m.

Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ renewed for second season on ABC

Make way for more Marvel in prime time. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” will return for a second season, and a new series, “Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell, will join the one-hour adventure on ABC’s schedule, the network announced Thursday. “Agent Carter” will see English actress Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter from the “Captain America” films — the show is set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and follows on the heels of a one-shot centered on the character that accompanied the “Iron Man 3″ DVD. The renewal announcement for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”– which tracks the exploits of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives —  Ming-Na Wen’s Melinda May, Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet’s Skye, Iain De Caestecker’s Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Jemma Simmons —  arrives just before […]
April 14, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ writers revel in Marvel universe

Christopher Markus, left, and Stephen McFeely in Markus' home studio. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
In a competing superhero franchise, the wisecracking sidekick might have summed up “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with a well-timed “Holy meta-narrative, Batman!” Drafting the sequel to 2011’s hit comic book movie adaptation “Captain America: The First Avenger,” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely faced challenges above and beyond delivering the kind of slam-bang action-adventure associated with a nearly unstoppable super soldier dressed in star-spangled fatigues. “Cap 2″ (as the project became known) needed to fit squarely into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is, into a narrative continuum established by the movie’s production company Marvel Studios where costumed heroes such as Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Hulk have turned up in one another’s tent-pole movies since 2008. PHOTOS: ‘Captain America’ stars walk the red carpet Encompassing future films and TV shows whose plot lines and outcomes are all, to […]
April 09, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

‘Captain America': Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury’s ‘Winter Soldier’ turn

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” blasted into theaters this past weekend, bringing to the screen a tale inspired by the famous 2005 comic book story line by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting and earning a record-breaking $96.2 million in domestic theaters. But the movie also has bigger ideas on its mind — drone technology, government surveillance, corruption and the unchecked consolidation of powers are all engines that drive a narrative in which Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers begins to uncover a conspiracy at international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. He finds allies in Scarlett Johansson’s spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who has his own heroic identity as the Falcon, but also in Nick Fury, the cagey operative made famous by Samuel L. Jackson in a growing number of Marvel movies (and even […]
April 08, 2014 | 6:15 a.m.

‘Captain America: Winter Soldier': Anthony Mackie on a superhero high

Anthony Mackie. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
When Anthony Mackie turned up for his first tour of superhero duty as the Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he immediately found himself strapped into a costume with wings and instructed to leap backward through the air and land on a safety mat far below. Mackie isn’t someone who’s fearful of heights — he’s a certified sky diver with more than 30 jumps under his belt — but the situation still gave him pause. “If I jump out of a plane, I have a parachute that I know is going to work, so I‘m good,” Mackie said. “But if I have some dude who’s holding a string who’s like, ‘I got you! Go ahead, jump!’ that makes me nervous, especially if I’m 50 or 100 feet off the ground swinging face-first at the pavement. Everybody had a good […]
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