Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 5:41 p.m.
J. August Richards loves playing poker, traveling and interacting with a fervent fan base, which is why his new role as cyborg killing machine Deathlok on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may fit him perfectly. Any character in a Joss Whedon-related project — though “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was also created by husband-and-wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen-Whedon — could be on thin ice (ask costar Chloe Bennet, whose character Skye was recently gunned down), but Richards may have staying power. Whedonites recognize Richards as vampire/demon hunter Charles Gunn from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff series “Angel.” In the premiere episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Richards introduced Marvel fans to an equally tough guy, Michael Peterson, who is transformed into Deathlok in this week’s episode and must carry out deadly missions, despite them often being against his good nature. The “T.R.A.C.K.S.” episode is garnering good […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Feb. 06, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
Ben Kingsley is back as the Mandarin — or more precisely, actor Trevor Slattery — in Marvel’s new one-shot, “All Hail the King.” The Oscar winner originated the comic book villain for last summer’s blockbuster “Iron Man 3,” turning up as a dangerous terrorist determined to bring down billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Of course, as the story advanced, the Mandarin was revealed to be something other than what he initially seemed, a character far removed from the scientist and martial artist who first appeared in comics in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense” No. 50. In director Shane Black’s film, Kingsley played to great comedic effect a failed English actor who was hired to create the role of a warrior philosopher with a driving hatred for America to help distract Stark from the machinations of Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 9:27 a.m.
An action-packed new teaser for the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Super Bowl spot debuted Friday, featuring stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie in full on action movie mode. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives with the promise of bringing to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting that inspired the name of the Marvel sequel, and the new film certainly will feel like a departure from Joe Johnston’s 2011 hit “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with its World War II-era focus that chronicled the beginning of Steve Rogers’ transformation into the Marvel icon. The sequel, which is set after the events depicted in 2012′s “The Avengers,” sees Evans’ hero having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., occasionally teaming with Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow, on key […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives in theaters April 4 with the promise of bringing to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting that inspired the name of the Marvel sequel. Star Chris Evans and fraternal directing team Anthony and Joe Russo also looked back to certain cinematic landmarks to help bring a contemporary resonance to the superhero tale. Marvel “told us that they wanted to do a ’70s thriller, and we grew up on ’70s thrillers,” Joe Russo said in an interview with Hero Complex last year. “We’ve seen ‘The French Connection’ 50 times, studied it frame by frame.” Although Anthony and Joe Russo are best known to a certain swath of fans for their groundbreaking work on the subversive cult comedies “Community” and “Arrested Development,” they were able to […]
Jan. 29, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. RECENT AND RELATED Iron Fist: Kaare Kyle Andrews plans martial arts epic Burnham gets the creeps over his, Grant Morrison’s ‘Nameless’ ‘Star Wars’ comics returning to Marvel Warren Ellis to pit Moon Knight against ‘weird crime’ ‘Batman: Zero Year’: Scott Snyder talks young Bruce Wayne Peter Parker’s return: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ No. 1 by Dan Slott Rick Remender on optimism against all odds in sci-fi ‘Low’ at Image Image […]
Jan. 28, 2014 | 3:57 p.m.
Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine and more Marvel superheroes are teaming up against supervillain Loki in “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show set to begin touring this summer. Dates for the 85-city tour show were announced Tuesday, with the show kicking off in Tampa, Fla., in July before making its official world premiere at New York City’s Barclays Center on Aug. 13. Dates for Los Angeles performances have yet to be announced, but scheduled California stops include San Jose from March 20-22, 2015, Anaheim from March 27-29, Ontario from April 9-12 and San Diego from April 16-19. Ticket prices vary between dates and venues, but range from about $40 to over $175. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of ‘Marvel Universe Live’ Feld Entertainment, which is producing the arena show, and Marvel Entertainment also offered a glimpse at the show’s […]
Jan. 23, 2014 | 3:16 p.m.
“Ant-Man” has a new release date. The Marvel film, starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, now will open July 17, 2015. That’s two weeks earlier than its planned July 31 release date; it moves into the date that had been reserved as the opening of Zack Snyder’s untitled “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Marvel announced the change on its website Thursday. Last week, in a surprise move, Warners pushed back its “Superman/Batman” project, which also will feature an appearance from Wonder Woman as played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, shifting the blockbuster to May 6, 2016. A release issued by the studio said the move was designed to allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
Jaimie Alexander’s fierce Asgardian Lady Sif will make a guest appearance on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Marvel and ABC executives are being tight-lipped about what might bring Thor’s ally to Midgard for a crossover episode, but her appearance on the show’s 15th episode appears to be fortuitously timed with the Feb. 25 DVD and Blu-ray release of “Thor: The Dark World.” Directed by Alan Taylor — who’s next set to step behind the camera to helm a reboot of “The Terminator” starring Emilia Clarke — “Thor: The Dark World” saw Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding god face off against the Dark Elf Malekith to save the Nine Realms from being plunged into eternal night. The 2013 film now ranks behind “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3″ as the third-highest-grossing release from the studio. It’s grossed more than $205 million at the […]