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Nov. 26, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Ultron Forever’ assembles time-traveling Avengers team

'Avengers: Ultron Forever' No. 1 (featured image)
Marvel is assembling a team of time-traveling Avengers from the past, present and future to fight mega-villain Ultron in three oversized comics, slated for release just in time for the much anticipated Marvel Studios blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” next spring. The 90-page “Ultron Forever” story, which will unfold in “Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, “New Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1 and “Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, aims to introduce casual readers to the robot baddie in addition to appealing to devoted fans’ nostalgia. And since comic book newcomers are more familiar with the big-screen incarnations of Marvel’s mightiest than the African American Captain America and female Thor currently in the pages of comics, time travel seemed a clever way to bring more familiar versions of the superheroes to the story, said Tom Brevoort, Marvel senior vice president of […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Captain America: Civil War': Fans respond to Daniel Brühl’s casting

Actor Daniel Brühl. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Speculation is ramping up about the role Daniel Brühl will play in “Captain America: Civil War” after Marvel announced his casting Friday. Brühl — who is known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Ron Howard’s “Rush” (incidentally opposite “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth) — will star alongside Chris Evans (Cap), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chadwick Boseman (newcomer Black Panther) in the third “Captain America” installment. “With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” producer Kevin Feige said in Marvel’s blog post announcing the casting. The film sees directors Joe and Anthony Russo returning after this year’s hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which has raked in more than $715 million at the international box office. Brühl’s role has yet to […]
Nov. 13, 2014 | 7:59 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ exclusive clip: James Gunn talks Groot

Groot in a screen shot from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
Of all the characters in Marvel’s groovy space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an unexpected fan favorite might be Groot, a tree-like creature who somehow manages to be both adorable and deadly. With a five-word vocabulary and lethal fighting skills, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) protects his partner Rocket (Bradley Cooper’s snarky gun-toting raccoon) and the rest of the Milano’s oddball crew while his own motivations remain mysterious. Hero Complex readers get a closer look at Groot’s character design in an exclusive clip from the bonus features on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” home video release, out Dec. 9. “Once we got the function right, then we started to refine the look of Groot and give him that ability to be both very innocent and very fearsome,” director James Gunn says in the clip. “And Vin came in … and his […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer: Ultron threatens human extinction

A screenshot from the trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Marvel)
An extended version of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer is out, offering a few more seconds of the villainous Ultron’s ominous monologue. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). The majority of the extended trailer features footage we’ve already seen in previous teasers, but adds a few additional moments. The trailer begins with Spader’s technological villain confronting the Avengers. “I know you mean well,” Ultron intones. “You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.” Then the video launches into the previously released trailer for the film, […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘All-New Captain America’ lands at Marvel’s diversity front line

All New Captain America (featured image)
When Marvel took to ABC’s “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in July to announce that a woman would become Thor and a black man would become Captain America in its comics, debate ignited over what in Asgard’s name the House of Ideas was thinking. Such dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands – names that front blockbuster film franchises at its sister company Marvel Studios – were celebrated by many people as positive progress, but others decried the decisions: “This is political correctness run amok,” “Affirmative Action Man” and “PC Avengers, Assemble!” read parts of some readers’ reactions posted on Hero Complex stories about the announcements. Whether they’re meeting fans or foes, the new Captain America and Thor represent two ongoing concerns for Marvel and the comics industry’s growth: minorities and women. […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 9:43 a.m.

Rick Remender considers rewards, risks of ‘All-New Captain America’

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“All-New Captain America” No. 1, starring former Falcon Sam Wilson in the red, white and blue title role, launches Wednesday, and as the story unfolds in the coming months, writer Rick Remender, supporters and doubters will finally see how this change flies. That Sam would replace his longtime friend Steve Rogers as Captain America was announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” back in July, part of a two-part TV reveal that also saw ABC’s “The View” tell its audience that the comics giant’s next Thor would be a woman. Those choices were hailed by some as progress and derided by others as politically correct pandering and/or sales stunts. Rather than coming from an editorial edict, Marvel, Remender and “Thor” writer Jason Aaron have said, the ideas for the changes to the two […]
Nov. 07, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6′: Writing group Man of Action recalls Disney movie roots

The four writers of Man of Action are, from left, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle and Joe Casey. (Man of Action)
“Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s latest theatrical feature, is a classic superteam origin story. But what’s interesting is that the characters’ original creators function as a kind of superteam themselves. The writing collective known as Man of Action is credited on screen with the characters of “Big Hero 6,” but in reality the group consists of four individual writers: Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly. They have distinct points of view, but together they share everything: both the glory and the workload. “We have a very socialist business model,” says Seagle, who co-created the “Big Hero 6″ characters with Rouleau for Marvel back in 1998. “It shocks and appalls a lot of people. At first we were all skeevy about it, whether that would work in Capitalist America, but it’s really panned out pretty well.” The […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 7:16 a.m.

‘Star Wars’ returns to Marvel, green rabbit Jaxxon returns to comics

'Star Wars' No. 1., John Tyler Christopher party variant Jaxxon (featured image)
“Star Wars” comics are back at Marvel after more than 20 years away from the publisher, and heralding the title’s homecoming is none other than Jaxxon, the giant green space rabbit who fought alongside Han Solo in the comic’s early years. But don’t worry. It appears Jaxxon isn’t around to stay. The character cameos on a variant cover for “Star Wars” No. 1, due out in January. The variant, by artist John Tyler Christopher, will only be available at the comic’s launch parties. “We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover,” said Marvel’s David Gabriel in a press statement. Unveiled Wednesday, the cover is meant to be “a callback to the original Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars’ series,” Gabriel said. Marvel published […]
Nov. 05, 2014 | 8:15 a.m.

‘Agent Carter’ clip: Peggy Carter meets the original Jarvis

Screen shot of a clip from "Agent Carter." (Marvel)
A new clip from Marvel’s upcoming adventure series “Agent Carter” offers a glimpse of Iron Man’s father Howard Stark, the original butler Jarvis and, of course, Hayley Atwell as the titular heroine Peggy Carter. If you ever thought what was missing from the Marvel universe was a dash of Indiana Jones and a drop of Downton Abbey, ABC’s upcoming series “Agent Carter” might prove a perfect recipe for adventure and humor. The series, set in 1946, sees Atwell reprising her role from “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The clip, released Tuesday, shows Peggy Carter at a harbor seeing Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) off on a secret mission and accepting a mission of her own — to locate a buyer of a formula for a substance so explosive, “this much would level a city block,” Stark warns. “And I’m not talking […]
Oct. 29, 2014 | 7:56 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ clip: Who’s worthy to wield Mjolnir?

A scene from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment / Marvel Entertainment)
A new video clip from the upcoming superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” features Marvel’s mightiest in a fun-spirited faceoff involving an otherworldly weapon. The clip, which debuted during Tuesday’s episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” shows the Avengers gathered at what appears to be Stark Tower, enjoying drinks and takeout. When Thor (Chris Hemsworth) places his hammer, Mjolnir, on the coffee table, a challenge of sorts is issued. “Whosoever, be he worthy, shall have the power — yeah, whatever man, it’s a trick,” Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye says, mocking the inscription on the Asgardian hammer. “No, it is much more than that, my friend,” Thor laughs. “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) challenges. “I will be fair but firmly cruel.” What follows is a comedic montage of superheroes attempting to lift the […]
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