Sept. 26, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.
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. 18, 2014 | 5:47 p.m.
Another Marvel superhero is coming to the big screen. “Deadpool” is officially set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016, after Fox shifted release dates for several productions, including “The Fantastic Four” and “Assassin’s Creed,” on Thursday. “Green Lantern” star Ryan Reynolds, who played a version of the character in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” has long been expected to headline a Deadpool movie, but Fox did not immediately confirm who will take the role in the upcoming project. Meanwhile, “The Fantastic Four” reboot, originally slated for a June release, now slides into the Aug. 7, 2015, spot previously held by “Assassin’s Creed.” Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “The Fantastic Four” stars “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic; “Chronicle” alumnus Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman; […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
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 […]
June 04, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.
Josh Trank is set to join “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards as a new recruit to the “Star Wars” universe. Trank will direct one of the multiple standalone movies that Disney plans to release that will explore the world created by George Lucas outside of the primary episodes of the franchise. Lucasfilm announced Trank’s selection Wednesday, but revealed no details about the film’s story line. It’s been a busy time in the “Star Wars” universe. Earlier last month, Edwards, who enjoyed a blockbuster success with his big-budget “Godzilla” reboot, was tapped to helm another of the “Star Wars” standalone projects, which will be written by Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli,” Telltale Games’ adaptation of “The Walking Dead”). Also in May, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, officially went into production, with a cast […]
April 26, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Marvel is sending some of its most famous characters into the future this summer. The comics giant unveiled plans Saturday at Chicago’s C2E2 convention for a limited run of five 100th Anniversary Special issues of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” “The X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” The one-shot issues will arrive weekly in July, hypothesizing what shape the characters’ adventures will take in the year 2061. “We thought that it would be a really fun idea to … almost treat these like time capsules from the future,” said Marvel editor Nick Lowe in an interview with Hero Complex. “We were talking about how we’d just been through a bunch of 50th anniversaries — we had the 50th anniversary of the Fantastic Four a few years ago, we had the 50th anniversary of the Avengers and the X-Men last […]
April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]