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Feb. 11, 2015 | 4:30 a.m.

Spider-Man: Sony deal could reshape Marvel’s cinematic universe

Spider-Man will appear with his Marvel comic book cohorts before beginning a new film franchise. (Niko Tavernise / Columbia Pictures)
Spider-Man first swung into the imaginations of comic book readers more than 50 years ago in the pages of “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15. The character soon became Marvel’s icon of the Silver Age, appearing not only in comics but also on television, video games and even migrating to Broadway. Now, he’s poised for new life on the big screen — and he’s under new management. Under a deal revealed Monday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will have an opportunity to reframe the iconic character, bringing Spidey into Marvel’s blockbuster cinematic universe before the hero goes spinning back to anchor his own franchise for Sony Pictures, his movie home since 2002. Feige’s expanded involvement in Spider-Man’s movie future might be the best thing to happen to Peter Parker since Mary Jane Watson moved in next door. The architect of Marvel’s movie […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Netflix for comics': Scribd adds 10,000 Marvel, Archie, IDW comics

The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection. (Scribd)
It seems the long-awaited “Netflix for comics” has arrived. The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection, from top publishers including Marvel, Archie, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Valiant, the company announced Tuesday. For $8.99 per month, subscribers will have access to the comics selection in addition to Scribd’s catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd, in a press statement. Readers will be able to browse comics by character, by series or using Scribd’s curated collections. The addition of comics increases Scribd’s library to more than 1 million titles. While Scribd isn’t the first subscription service to offer comics […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 1:43 p.m.

Marvel-Sony ‘Spider-Man': Who should play the new Spidey?

Who should play Spider-Man?
Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger? Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.

Princess Leia faces life after Alderaan in Mark Waid’s Marvel series

Princess Leia
Princess Leia takes center stage in her own limited comic series this spring, and on Tuesday, fresh images arrived teasing the adventure from Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (“Daredevil”) and artist Terry Dodson. Set just after the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Princess Leia” No. 1 chronicles the heroine’s life as she struggles to come to terms with the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan and continues the fight against the ruthless Empire. “How does she really cope with losing her entire world once the events around that loss have calmed down somewhat? Does she choose to be a princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?” Waid said in an interview with Marvel.com. “Princess Leia” No. 1 arrives March 4, with Terry Dodson providing interior and […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 10:34 p.m.

Spider-Man shuffle: Marvel, Sony deal delays ‘Thor 3,’ ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther fans will have to wait a little longer to see the character star in his own solo movie. Marvel’s newly announced partnership with Sony, which paves the way for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe before returning to Sony for his next solo outing, required some changes in Marvel’s previously announced release schedule. To make way for the new Spider-Man solo film that is now set for release July 28, 2017, four other movies have been pushed back. Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will arrive in theaters Nov. 3, 2017; “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, will open July 6, 2018; “Captain Marvel” will follow on Nov. 2, 2018. “Inhumans” will now land in theaters July 12, 2019. The previously announced dates for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 4, 2018 and […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 9:33 p.m.

Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios, the iconic character will appear in an unspecified Marvel film before headlining a new installment in his own franchise for Sony, which will arrive in theaters July 28, 2017. The next Spider-Man solo film will be co-produced by Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who recently segued from her executive post at Sony into a producing deal. According to a release issued Monday evening, Marvel and Sony are exploring ways of possibly integrating characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films. “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Feige in the statement. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel, ‘Doctor Who’ and more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2015
Was your meet-cute at Comic-Con? Do your date nights involve dice or game controllers? Do your love notes feature panels and word bubbles? If so, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide is for you and your geeky sweetheart. Whether your lover would rather command the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise or ride rogue in the Millennium Falcon, fight with the Avengers or the Justice League, capture ghosts or cast spells, we’ve got you covered for your last-minute gifts. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at our Valentine’s Day selections, or check out the list below, organized by price. Under $25 “Bounden” game, $3.99. Developed by Netherlands-based three-person studio Game Oven in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, “Bounden” is a mobile game that aims to teach players ballet, or at least inspire them to get closer […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

All-women ‘Avengers': Marvel brings its ‘A’ game in new comic series

"A-Force" (Marvel)
Earth’s mightiest heroines are assembling in a new Marvel comic series featuring an all-female Avengers team. “A-Force,” which launches in May, is to be co-written by G. Willow Wilson (the scribe behind the extremely popular “Ms. Marvel” series) and Marguerite K. Bennett (“Angela: Asgard’s Assassin”) with artwork by Jorge Molina (“X-Men”). The series marks the first time an all-women team has taken on the Avengers name and features power players from across the Marvel universe, including She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies,” Wilson said in a press statement. The artwork released for “A-Force” (check it out in the gallery above) also reveals a glimpse of a starry new character, the cosmically powered Singularity. “Singularity […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 7:22 a.m.

‘Daredevil': Marvel’s first trailer for Netflix show reveals a conflicted hero

A screenshot of the trailer for "Daredevil." (Netflix / Marvel)
The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series is out, revealing a hero conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante. The blind superhero Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox in the Netflix series) is shown in a confessional with a priest. “I’ve been preoccupied of late with questions of morality, of right and wrong, good and evil,” Murdock says. “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do. I’m just trying to make my city a better place.” And if the trailer is any indication, Murdock’s quest for justice will take him to some dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
Feb. 02, 2015 | 2:10 p.m.

‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones': Carrie-Anne Moss set for Marvel Netflix series

Carrie-Anne Moss. (Marvel)
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble — Carrie-Anne Moss is set to join the ensemble of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. Her character is identified on Marvel.com as “a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica.” Executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jones sets up shop as a private investigator in New York, but things become complicated with the re-emergence of a figure from her past, the mysterious Kilgrave, who will be played by Scottish actor David Tennant. Tennant, who recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor […]
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