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ICv2 – Cryptozoic’s Response to WotC - This should be interesting.

Kotaku – Making Batman Poorer Might Actually Be a Pretty Good Idea – Its been done with other characters. Has it been done with Batman?

Kotaku – Metallic Iron Man Figures Are the Best Iron Man Figures – This is impressive.

Gizmodo – Animated GIF clearly shows the massive scale of sci-fi ships – Also impressive.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Arkham Manor #1

Batman News – Harley Quinn #11

ICv2 – Honey Blood Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #9

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There Are No Strings on Me

no strings 02Somewhat unexpectedly yesterday, Marvel Studios released earlier-than-expected the first live action trailer for what might be the most anticipated comic movie in history – Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  Not to be listed as being light on action, the trailer relied heavily on the battle between Tony Stark in Hulkbuster armour against the Hulk.  Perhaps more interestingly though is that the trailer introduced three new characters, new Avengers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as well as the movie’s antagonist Ultron.  While there is bound to be analysis and over-analysis of the trailer by those that can’t wait until next May, there is very little in terms of plot which can be discerned from the trailer.  It would seem as though after the teaser scene at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that it is Ultron that rescues the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and the battle between the Hulk and Iron Man which might set up the rumored next Hulk film focused on World War Hulk are both present, but no plot is there, and anything else beyond some speculation would only border on gossip.  What is interesting though is the theme of the trailer, and whether that will be an underlying theme of the movie.

Ultron and the twins

Ultron and the twins

Even dedicated fans of Disney would have been unlikely to recognize the melancholic version of “There Are No Strings on Me” playing in the background of the trailer, and if not for the final words of the villain at the end of the trailer, might have even gone unnoticed.   Robots searching for their humanity is one of the most common themes in regards to stories involving the artificial beings, and forms the basis for many of the most famous characters and stories in science fiction, whether it be Data in Star Trek or the replicants in Blade Runner.  Often times, and especially with well-established characters, there are references made to the artificial men of literature.  For instance, in one episode of Star Trek TNG, Data is compared to the Tin Man, who himself sought his own heart.

In a bit of a twist, Ultron though he is a robot with artificial intelligence has never been very concerned with his humanity, declaring his own sentience to supersede that of humans, despite having been patterned on the  persona of Hank Pym, though presumably someone else in this movie seeing as Pym has not yet shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The artificial man in reference in the trailer is Pinocchio, who as far as artificial men go is in a category of his own.  As the story goes, the wooden boy was first sculpted from a piece of magical talking wood, and strove for true humanity, but with a background based on magic, the impulse is still the same, to be truly human or as the song says “there are no strings on me”.  As a choice for the underlying music of the trailer it is therefore a little bit confusing.  Ultron is not the best example of a robot trying to understand humanity, and it is even seen as one of his fatal flaws, as the hero The Vision was able to overcome Ultron in an early appearance because The Vision had a conscience whereas Ultron did not.  Perhaps then, another reading of the music is necessary, not holding true to the story or the genre at all, but rather taken at face value.  Ultron and machines will not be ruled by man and this is all the setup that the new Avengers movie needs.

Fashion Spotlight: Loki Charms Reprint, Capn’ Ameri-Crunch, and Iron Bran

Ript Apparel has three designs today for fans of Marvel ComicsLoki, Captain America, and Iron Man. Loki Charms Reprint and Capn’ Ameri-Crunch and Iron Bran from AcidFree will be for sale on October 18, 2014 only!

Loki Charms Reprint by AcidFree

Loki Charms Reprint

Capn’ Ameri-Crunch by AcidFree

Capn' Ameri-Crunch

Iron Bran by AcidFree

Iron Bran

Exclusive Marvel Select Bleeding Edge Iron Man Action Figure Coming to Marvelshop.com!

Since his comic-book debut in 1968, brilliant inventor Tony Stark has always stayed at the forefront of technology as he developed newer and better versions of his Iron Man armor. He’s come a long way from the transistors of the 1960s, and his latest suits of armor can respond to his very thoughts! Now, Diamond Select Toys and marvelshop.com have collaborated on an all-new Marvel Select action figure immortalizing one of Iron Man’s most high-tech armors ever: Bleeding Edge Iron Man!

Debuting in Invincible Iron Man #25, the Mark 38 armor is actually made up of millions of nano-machines stored inside Tony Stark’s body, which exit through the pores of his skin using repulsor technology to form a protective layer over his entire body. While Stark has since developed other armors, the Mark 38 represented a new way of thinking about Iron Man, and was truly on the “bleeding edge” of comic book technology.

Exclusively available at marvelshop.com starting October 13, this 7-inch action figure has 16 points of articulation, and comes with a display base that simulates Iron Man’s flight path through the wing of an enemy fighter jet. Base and figure will come packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging, with comic art on the side panel for easy reference during on-shelf storage.

After October 27, the Marvel Select Bleeding Edge Iron Man figure will be made available on disneystore.com, and will begin to make its way to Disney Store shelves in the U.S. and Canada.

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Marvel Teases Armor Wars #1 for Summer 2015

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Downey on Gibson and Iron Man 4… aka We Were Right

During an interview with Deadline, and joke was made between the interviewer and actor Robert Downey Jr. and the idea of Mel Gibson directing Iron Man 4. Numerous sites ran the joke as fact, we knew better and reported the news correctly, sticking to fact not fiction. The lesson is, don’t fall for click bait from other sites.

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything, the actor was asked again about Gibson and future plans for Iron Man.

Zedab: Hello, Iron Man. You’ve spoken before about your willingness to re-don the Iron Man Armor if Mel Gibson was to direct. First of all, on a scale of 1 to 11 how serious were you? Secondly, what do you think Mel Gibson would bring to the Iron Man series and would you still consider returning if he does not direct?

Robert Downey Jr.: It was an offhanded remark to a journalist and friend. I have other projects in mind for Mel and I – sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered.

So, once again, we correct in how we reported the story and other sites, that are consistently wrong with rumors, continued to be so.

Now, some, when it comes to Iron Man 4, Downey in that same interview with Deadline stated negotiations are underway. On The Ellen Show, Downey breaks down and confirms another movie is coming, though they are still negotiating details. If it is Iron Man 4 or something else is still up in the air.

And another answer on David Letterman.

No Robert Downey Jr. Did Not Suggest Mel Gibson to Direct Iron Man 4

RobertDowneyJuniorIronManSome sites have posted in his interview with Deadline, actor Robert Downey Jr. suggested that controversial actor/director Mel Gibson should direct Iron Man 4. Except, those who read the original article know that’s not what was meant, or said.

While promoting his new movie The Judge, discussion turned towards the chances of Iron Man 4, and Downey’s interest. He gives an update that discussions are being had, and the issues including his age, time commitment, his interest in doing other projects, and his wanting to spend time with his family. Basically, it’s a discussion of the right exit strategy for all.

About three quarters of the way through the article the topic turns towards Downey’s friend Mel Gibson, and the article writer’s suggestion he deserves a new chance, and also Downey’s second chance. It’s an excellent reminder of Downey’s past troubles, and that his rise is truly a second act, one many wrote off as wasn’t going to happen.

The suggestion of Gibson directing Iron Man 4 doesn’t come from Downey though, it comes from the interviewer.

DEADLINE: That’s the project Steve McQueen developed for himself.
DOWNEY: Yes, and I’m like, God, if I could find a part for Mel. But he also likes to do his own thing and sometimes he goes out of his way to do the unexpected. Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and is seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.

DEADLINE: True, but the year he made Apocalypto, I didn’t see a better movie and he was ignored and hasn’t directed since. Marvel badly wants Iron Man 4 and you’ve said you aren’t doing it. How about the idea you’ll do that movie if Mel directs it?
DOWNEY: Correct.

DEADLINE: Is that our headline?
DOWNEY: Why not? That movie would be bananas.

 

Take it all out of context, and you have a tantalizing headline from sites trying to get hits. In context, it’s just a joke between interviewer and interviewee. Not story here folks, move along, and remember, read the actual source to get the full details, and don’t fall for clickbait.

Marvel HeroClix: The Avengers Quick-Start Kit

29567Marvel HeroClix Quick Start_LGWizkids is looking to repeat this year’s Free Comic Book Day offering with a new Heroclix starter set for individuals to get an easy introduction into the game.

The Marvel HeroClix: The Avengers Quick-Start Kit will include two figures, Captain America and Iron Man, as well as character cards, quick-start rules, and a board game map. The set will retail for $4.99 and the two figures are meant as non-collectible figures, so not to be used in tournaments.

The next Free Comic Book Day is on May 2, 2015.

Fashion Spotlight: Iron Samus and Iron Bender

Ript Apparel has two new designs today. One mixes Iron Man with Samus from Metroid. The other mixes Iron Man with Futurama‘s Bender! Iron Samus and Iron Bender from CoinboxTees and Ninjae will be for sale on July 31, 2014 only!

Iron Samus by CoinboxTees

Iron Samus

Iron Bender by Ninjae

Iron Bender

Marvel Officially Announces the Superior Iron Man

Marvel has announced the release of Superior Iron Man #1 by series writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Çinar. Beginning in November 2014, Tony Stark will give into his ego and return to his billionaire playboy roots of self-obsession and superficiality.

In a release Taylor explained

He’s self-obsessed. Cunning. Superficial. Superior. He has given Extremis to the people. Extremis can now be downloaded as a mobile app through any smart device in San Francisco and this creates Tony’s idea of a Utopia, which he is very happy to be at the heart of. But not everyone is buying Tony’s Paradise.

Superior Iron Man will also feature recent “City by the Bay” transplant – Daredevil!

Taylor continued in the release:

Daredevil may be blind but he can see the cracks in Stark’s Brave New World. In a way this is all an allegory for the technology that now rules our lives. The corruption that comes from this technology and the dependence we each have on it.

Superior Iron Man #1 will be available this November.

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