Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
Kirk Jenkins doesn’t seem to notice the young woman suspended in the air in front of him, contorting her body through a hoop, or the man in a nearby corner, spinning a fighting stick. Instead, Jenkins sits on the side of the room of the Cirque School studio in Hollywood, intently focused on the steel blades in his hands. The Wolverine-reminiscent weapons are called kamas, and Jenkins grips them with controlled strength as he quietly goes through the motions of his 30-second audition routine. Jenkins, 24, who flew to Los Angeles from his home in Warrenton, Va., along with his father and coach Ron Jenkins, is one of hundreds of people to audition for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show that will unite many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. The Los […]
July 19, 2013 | 10:40 a.m.
Fans whose spider-sense has been tingling in anticipation of more “Amazing Spider-Man 2” news can now sneak a peek — and a listen — at Jamie Foxx in character as the supervillain Electro. A new 42-second teaser video, embedded below, opens with Electro obscured amid a tangle of wires while strapped onto some sort of high-tech gurney. As the camera pores over the equipment, Foxx says in an ominous whisper, “No matter what you do … you can’t contain me. You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Finally, a shot reveals the villain’s visage, with eerie bluish skin and a bald head, as he says, “I’m Electro.” Electro’s look in the movie is markedly different from his counterpart in the classic Spidey comics, in which he wears […]
June 18, 2013 | 5:18 p.m.
Morbius and Spider-Man go way back: The living vampire was first introduced to Marvel Comics readers in the pages of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 1971. And it’s been a turbulent relationship, at best. But Morbius and the Superior Spider-Man – still Peter Parker’s body, but now controlled by the consciousness of arch-nemesis Dr. Octopus – will first cross paths Wednesday in “Morbius, the Living Vampire” No. 6, and writer Joe Keatinge is making the introduction. The tragic Michael Morbius is, as Keatinge had the character introduce himself in No. 1, “vampire-ish” – he has a taste for blood, yes, but also for garlic (especially in a nice pesto dish). His vampire traits came not from the bite of a bloodsucker, but from a failed experiment to rid him of a rare blood disorder. So far in the new series the […]
June 17, 2013 | 1:10 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is gearing up for more cinematic adventures. Sony announced Monday that the third and fourth installments in the saga of Peter Parker, as played by Andrew Garfield, are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years,” said Jeff Blake, Sony’s chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution, in a statement. In the more immediate future, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to 2012′s Garfield-starring “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due out May 2, 2014, and like its predecessor, is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Shailene Woodley joining the cast as Mary Jane Watson, Chris Cooper […]
April 16, 2013 | 7:33 p.m.
Fans can get a first look at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, in new photos snapped on the film’s set. The photos, taken while the filmmakers were shooting in New York’s Times Square, show Foxx wearing creepy blue makeup and prosthetics, as well as an LED-lined hoodie, revealing an Electro that might not be familiar to some fans of the classic villain. In the original comics, Electro is an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. He turns to a life of organized crime. The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask. But Foxx’s Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the […]
April 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
“Superior Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott may have shared more with the audience at his WonderCon spotlight panel Sunday than he’d intended. After a technical worker hooked up Slott’s laptop to the large display screens in the room at the Anaheim Convention Center, the writer’s desktop was visible, and it included a couple of items labeled with the name of a different Marvel hero: the Silver Surfer. “What in here should you not see?” he said as he began looking it over and rearranging items. “This is dangerous,” he said a few minutes later. Asked about the Surfer, Slott told the crowd that Marvel has “cosmic stuff” in the works and said, “It would be fun, and I’m, you know, toying around with it — I won’t lie, I am toying around with the idea. But let’s be serious — I’m […]
March 13, 2013 | 5:51 p.m.
Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, along with other live shows such as Disney on Ice, is teaming up with Marvel Entertainment to produce a live arena show featuring Marvel characters. It’s the latest in a series of new ventures for the company that created the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Hulk, including two upcoming animated series, a Web series and a new digital comics platform. An arena or stage show featuring comic-book characters has been done — witness last year’s ‘Batman Live’ and the accident-prone “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — but Kenneth Feld, CEO of Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, believes that his company’s experience with these types of acrobatic shows could make the difference. “What [the 'Spider-Man' Broadway show] tried to do was new for them, but it’s the stuff we […]
March 06, 2013 | 2:31 p.m.
Young artists looking to break into comics might want to take a page from David Marquez. Based in Austin, Texas, the illustrator is one of the industry’s fastest-rising stars, working alongside veteran writer Brian Michael Bendis on such titles as “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “All-New X-Men” and working in his second graphic novel, “The Joyners in 3D,” after arriving on the comics scene only three years ago. Soon after college, Marquez got his start as an animator for Richard Linklater’s 2006 rotoscoped film “A Scanner Darkly.” His first graphic novel “Syndrome,” co-written by Daniel Quantz and R.J. Ryan, was released by indie publisher Archaia Entertainment in 2010, soon followed by “Days Missing Vol. 2: Kestus” in 2011. His work earned him a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer award, given out each year at the prestigious Eisner Awards, and […]
Jan. 19, 2013 | 9:37 a.m.
It’s been an eventful time for Spider-Man. Marvel’s most recognizable hero starred in a feature film reboot that cast Andrew Garfield as a sweetly sarcastic Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” directed by Marc Webb. In late December, Peter Parker gave up the suit — and the ghost – in the final issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a controversial creative decision that saw Peter’s arch-nemesis Otto Octavius inherit the web-slinging mantle. Now, Spider-Man is starting a career as a government agent and leader of his own squad. The second season of Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man,” set to launch Monday, sees Spidey joining up with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. organization — he’s part of a teen team that includes White Tiger, Nova, Power Man and Iron Fist. The move sets him up to face two new challenges: sharing his home with Aunt […]