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March 24, 2015 | 12:30 p.m.

Spider-Man and ‘Marvel Universe Live’ swing into SoCal this weekend

The heroes of Marvel Universe Live. (Marvel Universe Live)
Spider-Man may not be teaming with the Avengers on the big screen for some time, but Southern California fans can watch the webslinger side-by-side with Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow and even Wolverine and his fellow X-Men this week. The arena stunt show, “Marvel Universe Live,” which has been performed in various U.S. cities over the last year, opens in Anaheim on Thursday, before eventually making its way to Ontario and Inglewood. Bringing together more than 25 Marvel icons, the Feld Entertainment-produced show pits Spidey and other superheroes against some of the Marvel Universe’s most nefarious villains. The powerful cosmic cube — once shattered by Thor — has been reconstructed by Loki, who teams with baddies like Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, to use the cube to destroy the planet. To celebrate the show’s Anaheim kickoff, the first 250 attendees dressed in a […]
March 23, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.

Russo brothers to direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ movies for Marvel

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel)
Joe and Anthony Russo are ready to redeploy. The sibling directing duo are set to helm the two-part superhero showdown “The Avengers: Infinity War,” Hero Complex has confirmed. Plot details have yet to be revealed for the two films, set for release in 2018 and 2019, but they are expected to bring together an all-star roster of big-screen heroes (and villains) and mark the culmination of Marvel’s third wave of blockbusters. The Russos are thus shaping up as the next architects of Marvel’s cinematic universe, having directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and already signed on for “Captain America: Civil War,” due next year. Badass Digest first reported news of the brothers boarding “Infinity War.” They’ll take over stewardship of the franchise from Joss Whedon, who directed the original “Avengers” film and its sequel, “Age of Ultron,” opening May 1. If the Russos were originally […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ poster offers glimpse of Vision

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (featured image)
A new poster for Marvel’s upcoming tentpole superhero movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” unites the entire team as well as revealing new character Vision. The poster, which was released on The Avengers Twitter feed, features the original cinematic Avengers — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new recruits Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But flying above the pack is a caped figure, obscured by the sun, whom comics fans may recognize as Vision, an evolved form of Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent butler Jarvis. The character, voiced in the film by Paul Bettany, was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema and introduced in a 1968 issue of “The […]
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 […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 11:55 a.m.

Avengers battle Ultron in Ryan Stegman’s new C2E2 poster

Key members of the Avengers Now! team are battling it out with the villainous Ultron in artist Ryan Stegman’s new poster for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. Known for his work on Marvel titles including “Superior Spider-Man,” “Wolverine” and “Fantastic Four,” among other projects, Stegman created the custom image for the convention. The event is set to take place April 24-26 in the South Building at McCormick Place, just days before the release of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Set for release May 1, “Age of Ultron” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest (and most profitable) 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 the technological villain Ultron (James Spader). The film arrives as writer-director […]
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. 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, […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 7:21 p.m.

Marvel chief Kevin Feige unveils Phase 3 films stretching into 2019

Actors Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images  for Disney)
A line of comic-book movie fans stretched down Hollywood Boulevard late Tuesday morning, each person hoping for a seat inside the historic El Capitan Theatre, where the electronic marquee had been taken over by the Marvel Studios logo. Bringing a touch of Comic-Con International frenzy to Disney’s movie palace, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige took the wraps off the company’s latest lineup at a launch event that felt like an Apple product unveiling, only for superheroes. Feige, wearing a ball cap and jeans, stood alone at the side of the El Capitan stage while release dates and titles for nine new films were projected onto the screen behind him like a road map to box-office gold. Particularly notable were the introduction of actor Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, the first black character to anchor his own Marvel film, and the […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 12:10 p.m.

Marvel unveils movie lineup: Captain Marvel, Black Panther, more

Marvel's "Black Panther" is slated for November 3, 2017. (Marvel)
Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans will be starring in their own films as part of Marvel’s Phase Three wave of comic-book blockbusters. The announcements about Marvel’s upcoming movie projects took place Tuesday in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theatre at a special event attended by the company’s brass and key filmmaking partners. Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige identified key dates for new releases that will make up Phrase Three. They included: May 6, 2016 — “Captain America: Civil War” Nov. 4, 2016 — “Doctor Strange” May 5, 2017 — “Guardians of the Galaxy 2″ July 28, 2017 — “Thor: Ragnarok” Nov. 3, 2017 — “Black Panther” May 4, 2018 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” July 6, 2018 — “Captain Marvel” Nov. 2, 2018 — “Inhumans” May 3, 2019 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part II” Actor […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

Jack Kirby legacy: Kirby4Heroes aims to assist comic book creators

Two years ago, at the age of 16, Jillian Kirby began a campaign designed to honor the legacy of her late grandfather, Jack Kirby, the comics legend who created or co-created a host of iconic Marvel characters — Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Avengers and Thor, among them. Titled Kirby4Heroes, the charitable venture was launched to generate donations for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers. Once again, this year Kirby is hoping to raise money while celebrating the wide-ranging influence of the artistry of her grandfather, who dreamed up many of his heroes in the basement of his Long Island home. (Jillian’s father, Neal Kirby, wrote a first-person account of his childhood in the house for Hero Complex in 2012.) On Aug. 28 — what would have […]
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