Fantastic Four

April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Mark Waid on ‘Original Sin,’ more from Marvel panel

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Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]
April 01, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.

‘Fantastic Four’ finds villain: Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom

Toby Kebbell in a scene from "Wrath of the Titans." (Warner Bros.)
It looks like “The Fantastic Four” might have found its Victor von Doom. Actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to play villain Doctor Doom in director Josh Trank’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four.” Kebbell appears set to join the cast, which includes Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), Benjamin Grimm (the Thing) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), respectively. The English actor has a history in cinematic blockbusters — his résumé includes turns in such large-scale films as “Wrath of the Titans,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and Oliver Stone’s 2004 feature “Alexander.” Kebbell also has worked in  more critically well-received films including the Joy Division movie “Control,” Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama “War Horse” and last year’s […]
March 20, 2014 | 10:09 p.m.

‘The Wolverine,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ sequels due in 2017

Hugh Jackman’s next solo outing as loner Logan officially has a release date, as does the sequel to Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. Fox confirmed Thursday that “The Wolverine 2″ will open March 3, 2017, with “Fantastic Four 2″ opening several months later, on July 14, 2017. Of course, audiences will have the opportunity to see Jackman’s antihero and the Fantastic Four long before those dates. Jackman is featured prominently in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is based on the acclaimed “X-Men” comics penned by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in the early 1980s and marks director Bryan Singer’s return to directing the mutant franchise. The reboot of “The Fantastic Four,” which will star Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and “Divergent” actor Miles Teller, is set for release June 19, 2015. “The Wolverine” director James Mangold […]
July 18, 2012 | 2:26 p.m.

‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator Mark Frost seeks ‘Paladin Prophecy’

Author and screenwriter Mark Frost (Credit: Tom Lascher)
If you mapped the career of Mark Frost you’d see a line that veers across medium (he’s written, produced and directed in television and film, and as a bestselling author he’s published four novels and four nonfiction books) and lingers in unexpected terrain (acclaimed golf histories, historical fiction, a sitcom, writing stints on “Hill Street Blues” and “The Six-Million Dollar Man”). But the 58-year-old may be best known as the co-creator of “Twin Peaks,” the strange, hypnotic mystery dance that lasted 30 unique episodes in 1990-91. We caught up with Frost at Comic-Con International to talk about “The Paladin Prophecy” — his ninth book but his first for the young adult shelf — which arrives in September with a sci-fi mystery about a special youngster who is destined to join an ancient struggle against dark forces. HC: “The Paladin Prophecy” looks […]
June 12, 2011 | 8:10 a.m.

Stan Lee: The only Marvel character I didn’t like was…

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Comics icon Stan Lee churned out hundreds of characters during the great Marvel renaissance of the 1960s and his collaborations with artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck and John Buscema created a vast and history-making tapestry of heroes and villains. But surely there were some duds in there, too, right? That was essentially the question posed by Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times and it led to this answer: “Oh, no, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have written it. Wait a minute, there was one. Jack Kirby and I were doing the Fantastic Four. We needed a new villain — we always worked under tremendous deadlines; we were doing dozens of books a month. I said: “Jack, I think a great name is Diablo; why don’t you draw a guy called Diablo, and we’ll give him some kind […]
Feb. 16, 2011 | 7:23 a.m.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Super-Skrull is master of Four-play

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting game debuted in arcades — yes, arcades — in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds just arrived for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Here at Hero Complex, to mark the release, we’ve been doing a series of posts looking at the game’s Marvel villains, their history and their combat moves. Today: Super-Skrull The Skrull Empire used to be an intergalactic force to reckon with. Before the Kree-Skrull War, before the destruction of their Throneworld of Tarnax IV by Galactus and before the Annihilation Wave, the green-skinned baddies were the mightiest villains in […]
Feb. 08, 2011 | 12:39 p.m.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Galactus cometh with … the cosmic clap?

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 A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting game debuted in arcades — yes, arcades — in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is about to arrive for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Here at Hero Complex, to prepare for that Feb. 15 release, we’re doing a series of posts looking at the game’s Marvel villains, their history and their combat moves. Today: Galactus             When it comes to the fate of our fragile planet, there’s no truth more inconvenient than Galactus. Known at various times as Devourer of Worlds, Pillager of the Planets and Ravager of Worlds (sensing a theme […]
Feb. 04, 2011 | 6:51 p.m.

CAPES/NO CAPES: Daytripper and The Fantastic Four

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A comic book store can be a vast and wonderful landscape, but sometimes it’s nice to have a compass to help you as you wander those aisles. With that in mind, the Hero Complex and the mighty G4TV.com have teamed up for a weekly series of video recommendations. Geoff Boucher of the Hero Complex will select and celebrate a new release  from the vivid world of superheroes and more traditional-minded fare, and the always insightful Blair Butler of G4′s Fresh Ink blog will recommend a worthy new release from the “non-Spandex” side of comics, those graphic novels and alternative press titles that use their comics panels in the name of memoir, literary experimentation or underground voice. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED: Capes/No Capes: “Rat Catcher” / “Infinite Vacation” Capes/No Capes: “Next Men #1″ / “The Sword” Capes/No Capes: “G.I. Joe/Cobra” / “The Black Mirror” Capes/No Capes: “Earth 1“ / “Acme Library”
Jan. 26, 2011 | 9:40 a.m.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: It’s Doctor Doom’s time

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting-game sequel debuted in arcades — yes, arcades — in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is about to arrive for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Here at Hero Complex, to prepare for that Feb. 15 release, we’re doing a series of posts looking at the game’s villains, their history and their combat moves. Today: Doctor Doom A sorcerer, scientific genius and brutal dictator, Dr. Doom is the constant thorn in the side of the Fantastic Four. One of Marvel’s most cunning villains, Victor von Doom was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee […]
Jan. 25, 2011 | 8:31 a.m.

Fantastic Four: Human Torch snuffed out — but for how long?

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The Fantastic Four became the Fantastic Three on Tuesday when Marvel Comics snuffed out Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Our Geoff Boucher caught up with Jonathan Hickman, the writer of the story that is making national headlines. GB: “Fantastic Four” has 50 years of publishing history and the weight of names like Kirby, Lee, Buscema, Byrne and so many others. Did you find yourself hesitating between keystrokes? JH: No. You can’t really think about it like that. In addition, this was my first big job at Marvel and I was pretty hungry, so I probably would have said yes to the adaptation of a sequel to “Apocalypse Now.”  Thank goodness it was this, and that I had a pretty solid plan. GB: As you listened to fan chatter over recent weeks it must have been even more interesting. Was there […]
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