July 08, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.

‘Marvel Method: Cosplay’ builds toward a Comic-Con reveal

They might have called it “How to Cosplay the Marvel Way.” After all, Stan Lee and John Buscema’s “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” has proved enduringly popular. But “The Watcher” host Lorraine Cink’s and Marvel cosplay blogger Judy Stephens’ new video series is titled “Marvel Method: Cosplay.” The duo will explore the method to cosplay madness in chapters released every Tuesday and Thursday until Comic-Con, with input from costume designer Carly Bradt, wig specialist Katie Hondrogen and cosplayer Yaya Han. The plan: Choose a character, design and construct the costume, and reveal it at Marvel’s booth at the pop-culture exposition in San Diego later this month. So, which mighty Marvel hero did they choose? “After considering so many powerful women of the Marvel Universe, we continued to be drawn back to the Scarlet Witch,” Cink said in a […]
June 26, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Quill explains his motivations

So why does Peter Quill want to save the galaxy so much anyway? “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!” he declares to Rocket Raccoon’s surly grilling in the most recent look at Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The latest of several trailers that Marvel has released in the run-up to the film’s Aug. 1 release, the sneak-peek ran during this week’s World Cup action. Check it out below. Besides Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord)  clearing up his motivations for his quest in typical wise-cracking fashion, the spot is also soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” “Guardians” follows Quill, played by Chris Pratt, who’s on the run from […]
June 25, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.

Original Guardians of the Galaxy back in Dan Abnett’s ‘Guardians 3000′

Marvel is launching the first Guardians of the Galaxy team back into comics with a new series this October. “Guardians 3000,” from popular cosmic writer Dan Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval (“Wolverine,” “Cable and X-Force”), stars the founding foursome and a familiar fifth hero and pits them against their first foes: the merciless alien invaders known as the Badoon. For the unfamiliar, these Guardians look nothing like the lineup of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot from the buzz-generating Marvel cosmic adventure film set to hit theaters in August. The original Guardians of the Galaxy arrived long before (or depending on how you look at it, long after) the Blue Swede-grooving outcasts now familiar from movie trailers and posters. In a 31st century AD-set tale published in 1969, psychokinetic Earth astronaut Vance Astro (a.k.a. Major Victory), blue-skinned, red-mohawked […]
June 23, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.

Marvel celebrates its 75th anniversary with new anthology issue

Marvel 75 featured
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 […]
June 23, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Nathan Fillion will appear in ‘fun’ cameo

Nathan Fillion poses for a portrait in the loft on the set of the ABC show "Castle" in 2011. (Anne Cusack /Los Angeles Times)
This weekend James Gunn, the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” gave audiences yet another reason to anticipate the Marvel space adventure’s Aug. 1 release: “@STARS_TyranT: Are the rumours true that he has some part in the film?” @nathanfillion has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014 Nathan Fillion, of “Firefly” and “Castle” fame, will have a small part, much to the delight of sci-fi TV fans everywhere. But take note: It won’t be the one that’s been discussed in the rumor mill: The rumors of my pal @NathanFillion playing Nova in #guardiansofthegalaxy have been greatly (and entirely) exaggerated. Sorry, humans.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014 Even before this auspicious addition, the cast for “Guardians of the Galaxy” was stacked. “Guardians” follows roguish antihero Peter Quill (played by a pumped-up Chris Pratt) on […]
June 20, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.

Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ series

Rosario Dawson will star in Marvel's "Daredevil" series on Netflix. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Hell’s Kitchen is getting populated one face at a time. The latest performer to join Netflix’s “Daredevil” series is Rosario Dawson. Marvel announced the actress would be joining the cast of the 13-episode series on Friday. According to Marvel, Dawson will be playing a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life.” No word on what her character’s name will be. In a statement, “Daredevil” executive producer Jeph Loeb said, “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” Charlie Cox was previously announced to play blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio will play the main villain Wilson Fisk, “The Kingpin.” The “Daredevil” series is expected to debut on Netflix in 2015 and will […]
June 17, 2014 | 5:14 p.m.

‘Avengers’: Mark Ruffalo calls stand-alone ‘Hulk’ film a possibility

A little over a year ago, Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to dispel rumors of a stand-alone Hulk film. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.”  Ruffalo then added, “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.” Today, it seems as if the future of a new “Hulk” movie may be one step closer, as Ruffalo told Digital Spy that Marvel Studios has made the project a consideration. “I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” he said. PHOTOS: The Hulk at 50: We love him when he’s angry “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the follow-up to […]
June 17, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Gamora speaks, Quill rallies gang

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is ramping up the roll-out for its big-screen debut, which is just a little over a month away. Fresh off this week’s release of four character posters from the Marvel cosmic adventure film, a new international trailer is out. Like the domestic trailer, the clip does a good job of setting the stakes for the motley crew. As Glenn Close — playing intergalactic police chief Nova-Prime — puts it, “the fate of 12 billion people are in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac.” The international trailer also features dialogue from Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora, who asks Chris Pratt’s roguish antihero Peter Quill, “Why would you risk your life for this?” Check it out below. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Quill, who’s on the run from […]
June 16, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ posters: Marvel cosmic crew shoots, struts

The Guardians of the Galaxy don’t look like anyone you’d want to mess with. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and the duo of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are seen armed and confident in four character posters released Monday for the upcoming Marvel cosmic adventure film. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, a.k.a. Peter Quill, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes Bradley’s gun-toting critter, Saldana’s green alien assassin, Bautista’s vengeful bruiser, and Diesel’s tree-like humanoid. In addition to the five guardians who make up the squad of misfits, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast also […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:44 p.m.

‘Daredevil’: Vincent D’Onofrio to play villain in Marvel Netflix show

Vincent D'Onofrio will play Daredevil foe  Wilson Fisk in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix.(Jennifer S. Altman/For The Times)
Vincent D’Onofrio will channel his inner villain for Marvel. The actor will play Wilson Fisk, the rotund foe of the Man Without Fear, in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix, the comic book studio announced Tuesday. The news comes on the heels of last month’s selection of actor Charlie Cox to star in the new show as blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Steven S. DeKnight, whose previous television credits include “Spartacus,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” will serve as showrunner for the series. Drew Goddard, who wrote the first two episodes, will serve as executive producer while simultaneously working on Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” spinoff, “The Sinister Six.” The Emmy-nominated D’Onofrio is well known for his work on television in the long-running procedural “Law & Order: […]
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