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Avengers Assemble this October with Avengers #0!

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are reforged, retooled and recharged in October for the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe! Avengers #0 kicks off the new area for Marvel, and features new stories setting the stage for six new ongoing series! Someone is watching, carefully studying the movements of the Avengers and those in their orbit. But are they friend, or foe?! Find out in this exciting launch issue featuring new stories of All-New, All-Differet Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, New Avengers, Ultimates, and Uncanny Avengers. Featuring all-star talents from across the comic industry, be there for the genesis of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a new era.

AVENGERS #0 (AUG150696)
Wraparound Variant by ART ADAMS (AUG150697)
Kirby Monster Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ (AUG150699)
Cosplay Variant by MICHAEL COX (AUG150698)
FOC – 09/14/15, On-Sale – 10/07/15


Marvel Launches All-New, All-Different with Cosplay Variants

Marvel is making sure their All-New, All-Different launch is ordered heavily. The company has announced a third variant for the launch that will be featured on 20 different comics. The Cosplay Variants feature individuals in their homemade, hand-crafted costumes, some of which are pretty well known cosplayers.

The full list of the comics are:

  • A-Force #1 Cosplay Variant by Jay Justice
  • All-New Inhumans #1 Cosplay Variant by Yaya Han
  • Amazing Spider-Man #1 Cosplay Variant by Aaron Rivin
  • Astonishing Ant-Man #1 Cosplay Variant by SoloRoboto Industries
  • Avengers #0 Cosplay Variant by Michael Cox
  • Captain Marvel #1 Cosplay Variant by Judy Stephens
  • Daredevil #1 Cosplay Variant by Patrick ‘Rick’ Lane
  • Doctor Strange #1 Cosplay Variant by Allen Lee Hansard
  • Extraordinary X-Men #1 Cosplay Variant by Amanda Lynne Shafer
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Cosplay Variant by Contagious Costuming
  • Invincible Iron Man #1 Cosplay Variant by Dale Oliver
  • Ms. Marvel #1 Cosplay Variant by Soni Balestier
  • Nova #1 Cosplay Variant by Cap Santiago
  • Sam Wilson Captain America #1 Cosplay Variant by Eddie Newsome
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Cosplay Variant by Kathrine Zan
  • Spider-Woman #1 Cosplay Variant by Yashuntafun Cosplay
  • The Mighty Thor #1 Cosplay Variant by Sarah Jean Maefs
  • The Mighty Thor #2 Cosplay Variant by Kevin Spooner
  • Uncanny Avengers #1 Cosplay Variant by Miss Kit Quinn
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Cosplay Variant by Kalel Sean

Check out some of the covers below!

What Could Be Expected in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

After its initial success with Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and Thor, Marvel Studios quickly realized that it had a formula for success on its hands and seemed ready to take advantage of it.  To do so though required a plan, and studio head Kevin Feige soon had broken down the movies into various phases, with the most recent Ant-Man signaling the end of phase 2.  Aside from the developments inside the movies, there have been some developments outside the movies which have affected the universe as well, chief among those the partial reversion of the rights to Spider-Man back to Marvel, or at least the use of Spider-Man inside the shared universe in a collaboration with Sony.

At the moment, we kn ow the entire lineup for phase 3, starting with Captain America: Civil War and continuing through two new Avengers movies and the Inhumans.  What might be expected in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  The release of the newest Fantastic Four might signal some of the changes which we can anticipate ahead (there are some spoilers below).

Ant-Man and Wasp

waspMany expected Ant-Man to be one of the bigger disappointments thus far in the MCU, due to its ongoing problems with the direction, after it passed from Edgar Wright to Peyton Reed.  It seemed as though the studio was not going to take any risks with the character as they could not even confirm his role in any future movies.  This presumably will all change now that the movie has been released.  Although it can’t compare to the financial success of the year’s other Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, it also is noteworthy as being a better critical success, with a better rating at Rotten Tomatoes than Avengers.  With both financial and critical success it seems as though there will be more to come from these characters.  As was hinted at the end of the movie, there is still a lot of story left to tell as well, as the end hinted that Janet van Dyne might not be truly lost.  Furthermore Hope van Dyne was presented with a Wasp suit by her father.  There could be a lot of places to take the story of the two heroes, though one in particular might make the most sense …


micronautsThe Micronauts are a bit of an oddity in comics.  They started out as a line of toys, who were written into comics after in the 1970s after Marvel writer Bill Mantlo saw his son open a box of the toys.  The series started as somewhat of a standalone, but slowly was incorporated into the Marvel Universe, with appearances by some other mainstream characters.  While the rights for the characters do not presently rest with Marvel, there is a long publication history with the characters and as the rights rest with other smaller comic companies, it would likely not be too difficult to reacquire the rights.  Furthermore for the film studio that might try to replicate the runaway success of Guardians of the Galaxy, they might look smaller instead of bigger and find their next surprise hit there.  There would be some hurdles, but also there might be a few benefits, as Janet van Dyne disappeared into the smallest dimension, the Microverse.  This small universe is not in itself small, but the pathways to enter it are, and could give an explanation as to where the character disappeared.  They might find Janet in the Microverse, but they might also be able to find some other heroes there as well…

Fantastic Four

fantastic fourThe Fantastic Four is one of the best known Marvel properties that does not lie within the company’s grasp at the moment, instead being controlled by Fox.  While Fox has managed to control the X-Men franchise strongly enough with some decent movies, the Fantastic Four has mostly been a sequence of failures.  The first of the series was good enough to warrant a sequel, but this was before the wake of Marvel movies changed how fans expected superhero movies to turn out.  Marvel Studios was looking to be innovative, not just rehash generic action/sci-fi plots with superheroes thrown in.  The most recent attempt by Fox to revamp the Fantastic Four might have been an attempt to do the same, to get some new excitement into the mix, but it evidently did not turn out that way.  Critical response (and probably financial) will mean that the characters will have to be shelved for a while before the public has forgotten enough about them.  Using the Sony/Spider-Man approach, lending the characters back to Marvel Studios might be a wiser choice, one that would probably make more money for both, and one which would keep the fans happy.  By this point though, with two origin movies behind them, it might make sense to jump straight into the Fantastic Four with them already established as heroes.  They could exist in a similar sense to Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unknown but still present.  More so, one of the places that is visited by the Fantastic Four is the Microverse, and if they were stuck there then it would be an easy bridge between Ant-Man and the return of Marvel’s first family.


namorIt is not entirely clear where the rights to Namor presently rest.  Kevin Feige has indicated that Marvel, if they desired, could make a Namor movie, but that there would be some “entanglements”.  Rights to the movie have rested with Universal, but seem to have at least partially lapsed.  What remains is speculated to be the same arrangement with 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, that Marvel creates but Universal distributes.  While it was not a problem when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still nascent, it seems moving forward that Marvel likes to create and distribute, and to get rewarded financially at 100% for its efforts.  It might make exceptions for Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four but maybe less so for Namor.  Another factor to consider is what DC Comics will manage to do with its own movies.  The other of the big two comic companies is playing catchup, but also has the benefit of controlling the movie rights to nearly all of its characters.  They have already greenlit an Aquaman movie, but it remains to be seen just how well it will do.  Aquaman is after all a hero that is taken not so seriously in pop culture, but if DC can make it work, maybe it will give Marvel second thoughts about its own underwater hero.


thunderboltsThe fact that DC Comics is playing catchup in the movie game can also be to the advantage of Marvel.  Marvel has already taken its gambles and seen those pay off, as with Guardians of the Galaxy.  DC Comics, who are eager to catch up, are also taking their own gambles, and chief among those is the Suicide Squad.  Featuring a group of villains forced into a heroic role, it might catch on, or it might flop.  Fans certainly will not be very familiar with the concept, and the concept in itself is strange enough that it might not work.  On the other hand, it might work, and if yes then it could serve as a gamble that Marvel gets to witness the results of without gambling anything itself.  If popular it could use its own villain-turned-heroes team the Thunderbolts and catch the wave of people wanting more Suicide Squad before a sequel to the DC movie comes out.  If played right as well it could help quieten those that think that the MCU’s villains are the weakest part of the movies.


defendersMarvel is already a long way along in its development of the Doctor Strange movie, and holds the exclusive rights to the Hulk as long as he is not the featured character in a movie.  A Namor movie could be forthcoming depending on the success of Aquaman, and if Fox sees the benefits of doing so, a collaboration might be in the works to return the Fantastic Four and associated characters to the MCU, which would include the Silver Surfer.  Those four make up the original four members of the Defenders.  For those that are getting a bit tired of seeing the Avengers over and over again on the big screen, it might be an excuse to feature this other Marvel team (although Marvel is working on a street level Defenders television show as well.)  One interesting aspect about this team is that as opposed to the Avengers that the original team is made up of all non-street level characters, meaning that the stakes could be higher and that bigger things might happen as a result, such as …

World War Hulk

wwhThis has been a long rumored development in the MCU, but also not one that has not yet come to fruition.  Marvel has been careful to include in story arcs from the comics, and it has made for some great connections for fans of both mediums.  Although World War Hulk is not necessarily the best all time Hulk story, it is up there, and would be a better vehicle for putting a new spin on the Hulk stories, more so than what we are seeing at the movies, with both Hulk movies fitting the same general pattern of the Hulk being hunted by the government after smashing up a bunch of stuff.  It would also allow the character to move beyond the Avengers, which is a connection that is not as strong in the comics.  Also if all the pieces fell into place, it would mean that a lot of the major players from the crossover might be able to make it into the movie, save for the X-Men.


kateRumors abound that another major character will die in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (especially that there are pictures from the set of a funeral sequence), and without any other way to verify this other than by seeing a movie that will not be released until 2016, it still seems likely that one of the characters that might be easiest to kill off would be Hawkeye.  He is among the less popular of the main characters in the MCU, and has been almost a footnote to the movies series, appearing to provide fans with another superhero, but also one that doesn’t really do much.  Even if he does not die in the movie, it is also worth noting that the character is one which is on the verge of retirement, being somewhat older than the other heroes and with responsibilities to his family.  This could leave open the possibility for a Hawkeye movie except not as we might expect.  As the movies expand in popularity it makes sense to be closer to four quadrant movies, and one way to do this is to introduce more female characters.  If Clint Barton were to retire on screen, it could open the door for Kate Bishop to step up, providing the MCU with another superheroine, and one with a lot more of an edge than Clint.

She-Hulk and Spider-Woman

shehulkOn that same note, if Marvel is looking to keep its female fans happy it might look to develop these characters as well.  Most of the main Marvel superheroines would be tied up elsewhere, with most of the major heroines being members of the X-Men, and other such as Sue Storm or Medusa mostly only operating as parts of teams.  Others such as Elektra and even Hellcat are tied to the television series, which mean that only a few major female characters would be left to get the big screen treatment.  She-Hulk and Spider-Woman could both be strong contenders to hold down their own movie, especially if Marvel did something unexpected and went off the script with the Spider-Gwen version of Spider-Woman.  It would also help to fill the ranks of the Avengers, a team which needs to be mixed up a bit from time to time to keep the roster fresh and the fans intrigued.


tigraKa-Zar is one of the longest running Marvel characters, but also one that has not had a very solid fanbase in modern years, although unquestionably popular among many.  Although Marvel is keen on taking risks, could it make the Savage Land work the same as it made Guardians of the Galaxy work?  The Savage Land is the source of many stories within the Marvel Universe, though most of them with the X-Men.  Why might the MCU be interested in the Savage Land?  It is a fantasy setting, and while it does not match up with other heroes, could still serve as an explanation for the re-appearance of some characters who also happen to be Avengers – Hercules, Tigra or even the Black Knight.  It might be a stretch, but Marvel will be looking for new blood for its Avengers as it moves forward, as is evident from the new roster after Age of Ultron.  Tigra especially might be interesting, as she not only is her own character, but is also indirectly responsible for the development of Hellcat, whose non-superpowered version is already set to be introduced in the Marvel television show Jessica Jones.

Iron Man 4

iron manThis is perhaps the biggest question to solve in phase 4.  A big part of what made the MCU so popular is that it based its hopes on the initial movie, Iron Man.  If this movie had failed so too would the plans for the shared universe.  Success would probably have still come the way of the studio, but it would have been a longer road.  Part of the runaway success of the original Iron Man was that Robert Downey Jr. was perfectly cast as Tony Stark, what some might say is not even really acting as he seems to be mostly playing himself.  That having been said, superheroes never really age but actors and actresses do.  While the studio can get a few more years out of Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson (all in their early to mid 30s), and even a lot more out of Paul Bettany (whose character the Vision wears so much makeup as to be ageless) and Elizabeth Olsen (who is in her mid 20s), it can probably expect less out of Robert Downey Jr, who is now 50.  They might push him for a couple more movies, but eventually he will need to be replaced, and the biggest question would then be by who, as the character is one that is of highest importance to the MCU.  There might be no bigger question heading forward in the MCU than who will fill this role.

Sideshow Collectibles Has New Art Prints from Marvel and DC

Sideshow Collectibles has launched new art prints featuring the Avengers and Power Girl. Released today, the Avenger’s Trinity Premium Art Print is a 18×24″ hand-numbered, limited edition art print featuring an authorized pencilied artist signature by pinup artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. Limited to 500, the print retails for $89.99.

Not to be outdone, Power Girl also gets her own print, also by Lau. The limited edition print is the same size with same signature, but an edition size of 600. It retails for $239.99. Endowed with the powers of Krypton, this strong and sassy superheroine is sure to knock your socks off!

Check out the art below!

Marvel’s Kirby Monster Variants this October

When monsters ruled the Marvel Universe, the wildly imaginative brain and pencil of Jack Kirby brought dozens upon dozens of these creatures to life. Monster comics may be a thing of the past, but Marvel is celebrating their legacy this October with over twenty-five Kirby Monster Variants coming to some of Marvel’s biggest new titles! Featuring some of the industry’s most legendary and iconic artists, witness the inimitable imagination of Jack Kirby brought to life by Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Art Adams, Eric Powell, Simon Bisley, Cliff Chiang and many, many more!

October also sees the release of Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants…..

Groot! Fin Fang Foom! Orrgo! Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom! Look for these exciting  Kirby Monster Variants coming later this year:

  • A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
  • Avengers #0 Devil Dinosaur Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by PAUL POPE
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 Elektro Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
  • Amazing Spider-Man #2 Infant Terrible Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
  • Ant-Man #1 Scarlet Beetle Variant by TRADD MOORE
  • Captain America: White #3 Jinni Demon Variant by GLENN FABRY
  • Civil War #5 Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom Variant by JOHN CASSADAY
  • Contest of Champions #1 Xemnu the Titan Variant by DAN BRERETON
  • Doctor Strange #1 Awesome Android Variant by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Extraordinary X-Men #2 Yeti Variant by PHIL NOTO
  • Groot #5 Quonian Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Groot Variant by MIKE ALLRED
  • House of M #4 Kraa the Unhuman Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
  • Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Orrgo Variant by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
  • Invincible Iron Man #2 Fin Fang Foom Variant by MARK BROOKS
  • Karnak #1 Rommbu Variant by ERIC POWELL
  • Ms. Marvel #19 Wrecker’s Robot Variant by CLIFF CHIANG
  • New Avengers #2 The Blip Variant by SIMON BISLEY
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 Poker Face Variant by JAMES STOKOE
  • Sam Wilson, Captain America #2 Zetora Variant by TONY MOORE
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Hypno-Creature Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • Spider-Man 2099 #2 Ulvar Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Thorr Variant by CHRIS BACHALO
  • Uncanny Avengers #1 Mangog Variant by GEOF DARROW
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Vandoom’s Monster Variant by ART ADAMS

The Redneck Avengers, a Bad Lip Reading

In this new prime-time drama, the Redneck Avengers explore the backwaters of obsession, relationships, and crime-fighting in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s still better than the West Coast Avengers…. right?

Check out this new video from Bad Lip Reading.

Fashion Spotlight: There There, King of the Heroes, and Ultrovania

Ript Apparel has three designs for Avengers and Age of Ultron fans. There There, King of the Heroes, and Ultrovania from Fortune-Cake, Ninjaink, and AtomicRocket will be for sale on May 16, 2015 only!


There There by Fortune-Cake

There There

King of the Heroes by Ninjaink

King of the Heroes

Ultrovania by AtomicRocket




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Listen to Marvel’s Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

GraphicAudio-Avengers-HeadphonesBuckle up for this ride! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are scattered around the globe as they take on their most nefarious foes: Baron Strucker in Berlin, A.I.M. in the Savage Land, the High Evolutionary in Madripoor, Dormammu in Siberia, and, on the homefront, Ultron in Washington. Marvel’s Avengers typically stand as one, but how successful will they be when they are forced to divide and conquer?

Based on the original Prose Novel, Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World, written by New York Times best-selling author Dan Abnett, this adaptation from GraphicAudio comes alive with a full cast, music and sound effects to create an unforgettable listening experience.  This exclusive first LISTEN gets you a seat alongside Marvel’s iconic Super Hero team while they embark on an all-new adventure across the planet!

Demo-Graphics: Age of Ultron

I have the habit of going in and using Facebook’s advertising platform to see what the demographics of individuals who like certain terms is. With Marvel‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron dominating theaters this weekend, I decided to hop in and see what the stats might be.

Usually when it comes to films, the percentages returned are similar to the reported demographics. In this case, things are a bit off. You can see the stats below. Both terms for the Avengers, as well as Marvel are included.

Interesting that this one is so far off. The movie was actually 59% male according to reports. It is also interesting the film didn’t meet its projects and the gender split wasn’t as close for the audience as the first film when it debuted.

Avengers Facebook Data


Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get?

Around the Tubes

Game Industry – IGDA: Gender, GamerGate and the need for action – Better late than never?

ArtsBeat – Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist to Stop Drawing Muhammed – Hrm.

CBR – Fox Greenlights “Kingsman: The Secret Service” Sequel – Um, not a shocker.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #44

CBR – Batman #40

Newsarama – Batman #40

Flickering Myths – Bitch Planet #4

The Beat – Fight Club 2 #1

The Outhhousers – Fight Club 2 #1

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #2

ICv2 – Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure

CBR – The Multiversity #2

CBR – Quantum and Woody Must Die #4

CBR – Silver Surfer #11

The Beat – Silver Surfer #11

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