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Fashion Spotlight: Spider Experiment, Imperial Ranger, and Springfield Comics

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Spider Experiment, Imperial Ranger, and Springfield Comics from vale.vfKff, enerimateos, and AtomicRocket will be for sale on April 17, 2015 only!


Spider Experiment by vale.vfKff

Spider Experiment

Imperial Ranger by enerimateos

Imperial Ranger

Springfield Comics by AtomicRocket

Springfield Comics




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Around the Tubes

It was new comic day yesterday! What’d everyone get? Did folks read Convergence?

Around the Tubes

The Beat – CONsolidation: MegaCon purchased by Informa – Expect more!

The Outhousers – East Coast Comic Con Blasts Bloggers and Podcasters, Says Coverage Doesn’t Help Con – How not to make friends 101.

Robot 6 – ‘Unhealthy’ Spider-Man toys aren’t welcome in Chechnya – Well ok then.

The Telegraph – School makes annual report a pageturner by turning it into a comic book – Very cool!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Bill & Ted’s Triumphant Return #2

Comic Vine – Birthright #6

Comic Vine – Convergence: Batgirl #1

Comic Vine – Convergence: Superman #1

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #4

Comic Vine – Deadpool #45

The Outhousers – Descender #2

Comic Vine – Descender #2

Comic Vine – Howard the Duck #2

IGN – Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties Vol. 1

The Importance of Faithfulness in Comic Book Costumes

It wasn’t that long ago that the world’s first glimpse of a new superhero costume for a live-action project would premiere in, say, the pages of a fan magazine, or even an early trailer. Now, we live in a time when every major news outlet scrambles to score the first run of such an image. The recent debuts of Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Melissa Benoist‘s Supergirl costume from the upcoming CBS show got me thinking.

With so many examples of superhero costumes for fans to examine, which have been the most faithful to their four-color roots? And is there any connection between the loyalty of a costume to its source material and the quality of the adaptation; that is, do they go hand in hand? Let’s take a look through some of the most reverent examples and see what we can find. All of the costumes I considered for this article were from live-action projects, as animation doesn’t carry as many challenges for transitioning a costume. I also omitted CGI characters such as The Hulk and The Silver Surfer, since their creation was primarily digital.


1) Christopher Reeve as Superman, Superman: The Movie (1978): What better place to start than with an icon? While the suit doesn’t conform expressly to any one comic artist, it does replicate all the hallmarks of the widely accepted Superman look: spit curl, wide “S” on the chest, secondary yellow “S” on the cape, thin yellow belt with circular buckle, even the subtle “M” shapes cut into the top of the red boots. The thorough translation of that look, along with Reeve’s heartfelt performance, lifted Superman: The Movie to its status as both the first serious superhero blockbuster and the grandfather of the entire comic-book film landscape.

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2) Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): Another iconic hero, another familiar costume, though perhaps not from a film afforded the same affection as Superman: The Movie. Whatever your thoughts regarding Marc Webb’s second stab at Spidey, you have to admit that the costume is hard to criticize. It’s all there, as if he just swung in from an early Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. issue: the rounded white eyepieces (not pointed; a detail that bugged me about the Raimi films), the bright blue and red in their classic configuration, even the black web-rings that encircle the web-slinger’s fingers. If anyone ever thought that the Spider-Man costume wouldn’t work on film as is, here’s proof to the contrary.

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3) Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): A more recently created character, but another successful translation from page to screen. The Winter Soldier springs from the mind of Ed Brubaker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, complete with metal arm and a half-mask that makes him look like a Cobra trooper. The comic design of the Winter Soldier already lent itself to cinematic copy, and the recent debut of the character allowed much of the general audience to experience the character on film without prior knowledge.

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4) Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman (1975 – 1979): Much like Christopher Reeve’s super-wear, this costume was a crystallization of Wonder Woman’s history of slightly modified battle attire (sometimes shorts, sometimes a skirt, etc.) by cementing the “swimsuit” style look in the public’s mind. Like Reeve, it helped that Carter was a solid physical match for the character. This is generally what springs to mind when one thinks of WW: golden tiara with red star, gold and red top, blue star-spangled lower piece, bullet-stopping bracelets and striped red boots. While the show suffered from an overabundance of camp and the absence of a generous budget, the costume would continue to appear in much the same form across multiple media formats for decades.

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5) Robert DowneyJr., Iron Man, Iron Man (2008): An instant classic. Utilizing Adi Gradov’s Extremis-era armor design from the comics (which made sense as Gradov worked as a concept artist on the film), the Stan Winston Studio delivered a detailed, believable armored battle suit that filtered the multitudes of Iron Man suits into a crowd-pleasing singularity. Bonus points for the design of the Mark 1 armor, capturing the DIY feel of a clunky, first-draft walking tank with panache. A rare example of all elements of a film working together to produce something special and unexpected.

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6) Brandon Lee as The Crow, The Crow (1994): While admittedly a relatively simple look to replicate on film, the late Brandon Lee’s striking performance leapt out from behind the rage-mime makeup to create a truly memorable character: raw, emotional, caring and vengeful. The unadorned black clothing kept the focus on the power of the character and his mission while satisfying the fans of James O’Barr’s graphic novel.

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7) Billy Campbell as The Rocketeer, The Rocketeer (1991): Such a period-evocative costume design that feels as if it could only have exploded out of the 1930s, yet Dave Stevens’ high-flying aviator first appeared in 1982. Disney’s 1991 film followed Stevens’ lead exceptionally well, nailing the thick-buttoned leather jacket, jet pack, puffy pants, boots and that Art Deco helmet that looks like Dr. Fate’s blue-collar cousin. This adherence to Stevens’ design helped the film achieve its rollicking derring-do and high adventure as an energetic throwback to the early days of cliffhanger serials.

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8) Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider (2007): Ghost Rider’s costume design isn’t necessarily the most eye-popping, from the neck down. From the neck up, well, it’s just hard to beat a burning skull that can talk, laugh and spew brimstone. But the filmmakers did an admirable job of equipping that flaming skull with all of his comic-accurate accoutrements: lots of leather (with buttons that transform into metal spikes), a long length of lethal chain, and of course, that seriously intimidating bike. While the film may have stumbled with wild shifts in tone, the look of the main character was handled with aplomb.

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9) Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Hellboy (2004): A great example of an above-and-beyond creation of costume design. The Hellboy design team, under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, duplicated Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic design even down to the underbite that gives him that tough-guy profile. The devil’s in the details: the filed-down horns, the symbols cut into his skin, the worn duster jacket, and of course the Right Hand of Doom. The character’s relative human-like size allowed practical effects to create him believably in live-action, as opposed to Michael Chiklis’ Thing in Fantastic Four, who was rendered much smaller than his on-the-page counterpart. Coupled with Ron Perlman’s surly yet lovable performance, Hellboy translates improbably well into our world.

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10) Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Watchmen (2009): Aside from the shifting mask, the rest of Rorschach’s ensemble may seem a bit pedestrian. But this one’s all about the little touches: broken belt loops, old bloodstains; all the effects of an obsessive crime-fighting mission on a man without Bruce Wayne’s resources. This wear and tear, combined with Haley’s mastery of the character’s objectivist rage and bulldog tenacity, made Rorschach as much of a standout in the film as he was in the graphic novel.


Now obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list, or even particularly ranked on a subjective scale of comic-faithfulness. It’s simply my opinions regarding the examples that bridged the visual gap between comic and film in the best way. But within these picks there seems to be one through-line that pertains to the best examples: attention to replicating a character’s costume usually runs parallel to attention paid to the character’s inner workings and personality. Not always the case (Ghost Rider may be an exception) but many times a commitment to the legacy of a character’s outside equals a respect for the character’s inside.

President Obama Talks Comics. Asks Your Origin.

In an email sent to supporters, “President Obama” (in quotes because it’s not like he sends these emails), talks about growing up and his enjoyment of comic books, citing Conan the Barbarian and Spider-Man, and that every character has an origin story.

The email goes on to ask individuals to write Organizing for Action about their “origin story.”

It’s very cool to see this in an email “from” the President, but it’s SPIDER-MAN people!!!!!

Read the email below, with identifying data scrubbed.



The Parker Family Swings Into the Warzones! in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1!

This June, not even the Amazing Spider-Man is safe from the Secret Wars – and neither are you True Believers! Prepare for a seismic Spidey story the likes of which has to be read to be believed in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Dan Slott and Adam Kubert pull out all the stops on this next evolutionary step for Peter Parker.

In an interview with Marvel.com, Slott said:

Father. Husband. Hero. In that order. With great power must also come great responsibility. That’s the horse before the cart. But what happens when you have the greatest responsibility of them all? Having a great power is something you have to share with the world. But what if two people become your whole world? What then? Renew Your Vows. You do NOT want to miss this one.

Peter, Mary Jane and their daughter may not have much – but they have each other. But a new foe has taken their city by storm, its heroes falling by the dozens to this mysterious new adversary. Who is this “Regent,” who has claimed the lives of so many heroes? And what does this mean for the street-level Spider-Man?

Just how far will Peter Parker go to protect the family he’s finally gotten back? Find out when the story fans have been waiting for lands on Battleworld!

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
On Sale in June!


Fashion Spotlight: Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER

Ript Apparel has three new designs for Marvel fans, and two for Looney Tunes. Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER from JozVoz, Barbadifuoco, and Fernando_Sala will be for sale on February 28, 2015 only!

Spider: The Animated Series by JozVoz

Spider The Animated Series

Wile E. Symbiote by Barbadifuoco

Wile E. Symbiote

THE BUNNYSHER by Fernando_Sala




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Toy Fair 2015: New Marvel Toys from Hasbro

This past weekend’s Toy Fair showed off a lot of what we can expect to come to toy aisles in these coming months. Hasbro showed off the various toys we can look forward to based on Marvel Comics and their movies.

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2.5-Inch Figure 2-Pack Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available: February 2015)

Join the battle with the heroes of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of ULTRON and stop Ultron! Each figure 2-pack features a 5 point articulated 2.5-inch AVENGERS hero facing off with a two piece Sub-Ultron figure. Kids can collect the drone figures to build their own terrifying Ultimate Drone figure. 15 Figures available, including IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WAR MACHINE, HULK, HAWKEYE, NICK FURY and Ultron, among others.

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2.5-Inch Deluxe Figure Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available February 2015)

Join the battle with the heroes of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of ULTRON and stop Ultron with this pair of 2.5-inch scale action figures, decorated like the characters in the film. Each assortment includes a 5 point articulated hero figure and either an oversized figure or another hero figure with a Blast-n-Go vehicle to give this Avengers duo the edge! Figures include Thor and Iron Man with ATV, Captain America & War Machine with motorcycle, Hulk and Hulk Buster, Ultron and Iron Man with motorcycle and Hulk with Iron Man.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: February 2015)

Styled just like the jet in the hotly anticipated new film Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the CYCLE BLAST QUINJET includes a CAPTAIN AMERICA figure on motorcycle! The jet has a hidden ramp underneath. Press the tail fin to open the ramp and launch Captain America and his motorcycle into battle! Cockpit can fit up to 4 figures (not included). Compatible with all figures, vehicles and playsets within the 2.5-inch system (sold separately).


MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2.5-Inch Movie Action Set Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: February 2015)

These playsets are the perfect backdrop to bring the world of the AVENGERS to life! This assortment of three playsets captures key battle moments from MARVEL’S Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, allowing kids to reenact their favorite moments or tell their own heroic story! Plus, you can stack all three playsets to form a giant AVENGERS HQ TOWER playset! Playsets come with 2 figures each. The figures and deco are movie-based with 3 playsets, available over 2 waves. Compatible with all figures, vehicles and playsets in the 2.5-inch system.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

This TITAN HERO TECH Electronic Figure assortment is bigger and better than ever! These figures feature phrases that simulate conversation with each other, as well as great sound effects. Iron Man and Ultron also have awesome light effects – bringing the movie characters to life! These movie-styled electronic

figures are highly decorated, heroically posed, with 5 point articulation. The assortment of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Ultron are all recognized by the Titan Hero Tech Interactive Hulk Buster (sold separately), setting the stage for great storytelling! Each TITAN HERO TECH figure sold separately.

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(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

This 12-inch scale Titan Hero Tech Hulk figure has the massive strength of the gamma-green superhero, but he combines it with high-tech speech and sound effects! He has great phrases like “Hulk smash puny robot!” And Fans and kids can team up their Hulk figure with his fellow Avengers against Ultron, and start the battle for the fate of the world! Hulk is recognized by the Titan Hero Tech Interactive Hulk Buster (sold separately), setting the stage for great storytelling!



(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Spring 2015)

The ultimate TITAN HERO TECH figure will lead your AVENGERS into battle! When near the Titan Hero Tech Electronic Avengers (each sold separately), this over-sized, movie-inspired Interactive Hulk Buster recognizes and responds to each character with unique speech, sound and light effects! The Interactive Hulk Buster can recognize and respond to multiple figures at one time for an exciting, interactive play experience. He also has a great signature jackhammer punch and repulsor chest lights. Kids can lead their figures into battle against the evil ULTRON and save the Earth!


(Ages: 5 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: February 2015)

Imagine you’re blasting into battle like IRON MAN with these articulated Arc FX gloves, featuring a light-up repulsor in the palm. Raise your hand to activate lights and blasting sound effects. One repulsor and two fully-articulated gloves included. Requires one AAA battery. Demo battery included.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: February 2015)

Imagine battling evil like the most powerful member of the AVENGERS: HULK! Pretend to smash your way through any obstacle with these foam hands. Two flexing hands let you grip and grab to make sure no villain can escape your grasp! Two flexing foam hands included.


(Ages: 6 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: February 2015)

Be like CAP with this disk-launching shield! Pull the rip cord to deploy the center disk and send it flying for a surprise counter attack! Once the disks are deployed, you’re still prepared for battle with a movie inspired Captain America shield on your arm! Includes two disks.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and fans can collect these impressive 6-inch scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures, featuring fan-favorite characters from Marvel Comics and the hotly anticipated new film MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON! Each figure features extensive articulation and detailed sculpting and deco, and each comes with a piece of a large Build-A-Figure! Characters include IRON MAN Mark 43, CAPTAIN AMERICA, HULK and more. Each sold separately.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man 6-INCH LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Summer 2015)

Kids and fans can collect these impressive 6-inch scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures, featuring fan-favorite characters from Marvel Comics and the hero of the new film MARVEL’S ANT-MAN! Each figure features extensive articulation and detailed sculpting and deco. Collect them all to assemble the Build-A-Figure: the villain from MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the nefarious ULTRON!! Characters include ANT-MAN (movie), WASP (comics) and more.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man 3.75-INCH FIGURE WITH ANT

(Ages 4 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Summer 2015)

The hero of the new film MARVEL’S ANT-MAN gets big action out of a small package with this 3.75-inch movie-accurate action figure! This item features ANT-MAN and his unique vehicle — an in-scale winged ant that he can ride into battle!

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(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Summer 2015)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate hero. With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! Ant Man figure comes with 2 ant-shaped accessories.



(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Summer 2015)

Kids can have their action big with this 12-inch versions of ANT MAN! This action figure features multiple points of articulation and a likeness of the star of MARVEL’S upcoming movie, ANT MAN.


Marvel’s 500 Series 2” Collectible Figures

(Ages 4 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $1.99/Available: Summer 2015)

It’s a Super Hero invasion! Marvel 500 features 2-inch-scale figures of your favorite Marvel characters with stylized deco and dynamic poses. Collect the universe of Marvel Super Heroes! Each Marvel 500 Series features 24 classic Super Heroes! Each sold separately.

MARVEL’S 3.75-INCH INFINITE SERIES Action Figure Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and fans alike can collect their favorite characters from MARVEL’S vast universe of comic-based characters. These impressive 3.75-inch scale figures feature detailed articulation, sculpting, and deco. Characters include THUNDERSTRIKE, SHANNA, DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-MAN, COLOSSUS and more. Each figure sold separately.

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(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and fans can collect their favorite comic-based SPIDER-MAN characters in this INFINITE SERIES LEGENDS assortment. These impressive six-inch scale figures feature detailed articulation, sculpting and deco. Figures include CLASSIC SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-WOMAN and SPIDER-MAN 2099. Collect all figures to assemble a Build-A-Figure. Each figure has BAF piece(s) and are each sold separately.

Wave 1

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Wave 2

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(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate hero. With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! 18 figures will be available in this assortment in 2015, featuring favorite Marvel characters like Star-Lord, Rocket, and Agent Venom. Each figure is sold separately

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Marvel’s SUPER HERO MASHERS Hulk Buster vs. Hulk

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2015)

This MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS pack features a Hulk and Hulkbuster Super Hero Mashers figures, with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate heroes. Face off in an epic battle, or mix it up with some instant mashing. With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up!

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(Ages 4 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Summer 2015)

Light up your titan-sized action figure battles with Titan Heroes figures and their light-up accessories! When these superhuman defenders of the world need extra power, they use their specialized LED light-up gear!

Each package in this assortment includes a 12-inch Marvel Titan Hero figure with 5-point articulation and a light-up accessory that fits most Titan Hero Series figures!

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Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 3.75” Stealth Team 2 Packs (TRU Exclusive)

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Styled after the characters in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, these 3.75” 2-packs feature a projectile shooting feature weapon and other great accessories. Characters include kid favorites like Captain America and Black Widow in one pack, or Iron Man and Nick Fury in the other.

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Marvel’s AVENGERS 6” INFINITE LEGENDS 3 Pack (TRU Exclusive)

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and fans can collect these impressive 6-inch scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures in this Toys R Us Exclusive, featuring the SHIELD team of Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill styled. Each figure features extensive articulation and detailed sculpting and deco accurate to the first Avengers movie.

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Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Hulk Buster Gauntlets (Walmart Exclusive)

(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

When Iron Man needs to take on the Hulk, he puts on the Hulk Buster armor! These role-play fists let you bring the Avengers action into your home.

Walmart Hulkbuster Role-Play

Marvel’s AVENGERS 6” INFINITE LEGENDS 3 Pack (Target Exclusive)

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Kids and fans can collect these impressive 6-inch scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures in this Target Exclusive, featuring fan-favorite characters Hulk, Vision, and Ultron from Marvel Comics. Each figure features extensive articulation and detailed sculpting and deco.

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Marvel’s AVENGERS 6” INFINITE LEGENDS 4 Pack (Amazon Exclusive)

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and fans can collect these impressive 6-inch scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures in this Amazon Exclusive. This 4-pack features fan-favorite characters Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Bruce Banner from the highly anticipated movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron! Each figure features extensive articulation and movie-accurate sculpting and deco.

Amazon 4-Pack

Push Comics Forward – The Female Super-Scientist

j4p4n_Scientist_Woman_(comic_book_style)Recently the head honchos at BOOM! Studios put out the idea that comics needs to change and to not be stagnant as a medium.  Long since dominated by superhero stories, the medium has indeed made a number of changed in the past couple of decades and the change is noticeable in some regards.  Equally though, comics are somewhat of a niche when it comes to their perception in popular culture.  Although there is an increasing amount of female readers, the medium is slower to make the changes to draw in fans of all backgrounds, and especially at the big two publishers instead still focuses on mostly a collection of characters who are both white and male.  While the interest in push comics forward doesn’t necessarily lie solely with the big two publishers, change has to happen there as elsewhere in order for the medium to evolve.

Science in comics was a bit of an x-factor until the onset of the silver age.  Until that point, science was usually grossly misapplied in order to move along a plot.  Gross inaccuracies were made and aspects of scientific knowledge would be presented, leaving what was actually used of the science to be misappropriated and simplistic.  As the silver age started, the focus on science is what rescued comics from being a medium for children, and instead allowed the medium to mature.  The changes first came at DC, though with the generally more god-like powers of the characters, the science was not as pertinent.  Hawkman and Green Lantern became intergalactic police, the Atom used White Dwarf matter to give himself powers, and the Flash became a scientist that gained powers by a scientific accident.  While the science was there, it was not until Marvel arrived that it redefined science in comics.  Although still unreal, the science was still presented in a way that it could be real, at least in our imagination.  Instead of characters that were either given or born with their powers, the new wave of heroes earned it the hard way, by building it themselves.  Not every Marvel hero was a scientist, but there were a few – Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Hank Pym, and Reed Richards.  While this did push the envelope forward for comics as a medium, what was left behind were the women.  The female leads to these heroes were still sometimes heroes, but they fell back into the template of having powers given to them.  Sue Storm was a college dropout, and Janet van Dyne was just an girlfriend.  They even did better than Betty Ross, Pepper Potts and Mary Jane Watson, who were often relegated to secondary status as damsels in distress (though Sue Storm also performed this role despite being a power superhero.)

lego women scientistsWhile there are perhaps more men than women in science still as a profession, there is no real clear reason why.  Women at younger ages are as adept as their male counterparts, and the interest for science is equally there.  Some consider it to be a genderized problem, that the “old boys club” of science discourages women from entering its field in some cases, and that women are taught gender roles by society to be less focused on science as opposed to other ventures.  While there is debate on these assertions, it is true that women have no more or less natural inclination to science than men do.  So why can’t there be a female version of a super scientist?  There are of course some very intelligent women in comics.  The female version of the Hulk is an accomplished lawyer, and others have shown an ability to pursue more academic fields than what is traditionally typified by their genders, but there is still a gap in terms of the heroes, and who can do what.  Female characters can still be powerful, but it is unlikely that their minds are capable of giving them those powers.  In fact a large portion of female characters derive their powers from either magic or the supernatural.

What has been an interesting and worthwhile development in the cinematic versions of comics, is that the women characters are presented in a way which is a lot more progressive.  Jane Foster is an astrophysicist and in the previous round of Fantastic Four movies, Sue Storm was shown to a be a scientific genius in her own right.  This is because as the characters move to a more popular medium, they are forced into a more acceptable presentation of the role that women play, more so than just damsels in distress, but also as able thinkers on their own.  So why is there no female superscientific genius yet in comics?  This comes back to the inherent idea behind #pushcomicsforward, that there can and should be such female characters, because the medium simply has not caught up yet to the reality of the world.  There is even maybe not a need for as many as Marvel has, but a character that is at least adept at science, and who knows the periodic table from the kitchen table.  There is no reason not to, as such a character wouldn’t even have to carry a series, but they could still be there, guiding the scientific discussion to a place that is more realistic.

6 Actors Who Should Play Spider-Man in the Reboot

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 Miles VariantYesterday, Screen Rant posted six actors they think should play Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot (of the reboot). The thing that ties all six choices together is that they’re all white men. Screen Rant overlooked the much more inspired, and I’d argue lucrative, path of replacing Peter Parker with Miles Morales and giving us a Spider-Man for the next generation. I guess thinking out of the box isn’t that site’s style.

We’re very pro-Miles Morales here, and as soon as Marvel and Sony announced their joint venture for the next step in Spider-Man on the big screen, we immediately felt Miles was the way to go.

So, presenting six choices for the next Spider-Man.

Damarr CalhounDamarr Calhoun

Calhoun comes to us from the Nickelodeon family of shows where he’s played the role of Aaron Phillips on the television series Instant Mom. The show is in its third year, and is about a 25-year old part girl who becomes a mom when she marries an older man with three children. Before that, he appeared in an episode of Scandal.

Though he might look young, Calhoun is actually about the right age for Miles Morales. Morales in the comics is about 14 years old and Calhoun will turn 11 this year. That makes him a bit young for the part, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing and might help get some continuity in the actor for the type of commitment Marvel looks for. Three films, one every two years, would put him around 16 years old by the third film hits.

Roshon Fegan

Roshon FeganIf I were casting Fegan would near the top of my list. If Miles is supposed to be in high school, Fegan could pull it off with his youngish looks. It also helps that Fegan comes from an ethnically mixed background, like Miles. Even better, he’s already part of the Disney family having appeared in numerous shows and movies of theirs like Camp Rock 2, and Shake It Up!. Even better, Fegan has appeared in Spider-Man 2 as the “Amazed Kid.” Get a fancy writer, and you can say that was a young Miles and he was inspired by Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in the first trilogy.

Fegan is an actor, music producer, recording artist, and songwriter, and if done right, he could bring in a younger, tween, late teen audience, something the movies really need to do. In fact in the direction we’d go, the movie would be specifically focused with a younger audience in mind, and Fegan is already a familiar entity to them.

Born in 1991, he’ll turn 24 this year, so Miles would need to be in high school, but also means we could follow the character through college and beyond, jumping in time between movies.

Marcus ScribnerMarcus Scribner

If you watch the hit ABC television series Black-ish, you know Scribner who plays the slightly dorky oldest son. He has that nerdy thing down, and has shown he has some comedic timing in the show’s first season. Even better, Black-ish is in ABC which is owned by Disney, Marvel’s parent company. He’s already in “the family.”

At age 15 he’s the perfect age to play Miles, and between the television show being a hit, and the movie likely be a sure-fire hit, he’s an actor that a studio could back and build some long-term plans around.

He’s active when it comes to sports, so he’ll likely do well in the type of physical role this would turn in to.

Honestly, we can’t think any reason he wouldn’t be at the top of anyone’s casting list.

Tyler James Williams

Tyler James WilliamsTyler will be turning 23 this year, forcing his portrayal of Miles to be in high school like Fegan above. But Willams is a very known entity, and talented to boot. He was a regular on the series Little Bill back in 2000, but really broke out in the title role of Chris in the series Everybody Hates Chris, and on that he showed off his comedic chops. He held that role for four seasons.

In 2010 he dipped his foot in the “geek” world voicing Firestorm/Jason Rusch on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Most recently, he’s been playing Noah on the hit series The Walking Dead. There he’s shown off his physical side of things and really shown off his depth of emotions.

In his time on television, he’s shown his acting range from the comedic to the dramatic, something anyone who plays Miles would need to do, if they stick to the stories from the comics.

Jaden Smith

Jaden SmithThe 16 year old (turning 17 this year) son of actor/rapper Will Smith, his acting career is actually much shorter than you’d think. But, since he began in 2006, Smith has been in four pretty high-profile movies, and will be getting a sequel to his remake of The Karate Kid.

He’s already been a part of a reboot in The Karate Kid, and clearly has no issues with being a part of a franchise, since he’s getting a sequel to that film. He’s also shown off his physical abilities not just in that film, but also the film After Earth.

There are some downsides, in that he’s rather outspoken and gotten folks to scratch their heads with some of his statements. That will cause anyone to pause when casting him, though doesn’t necessarily reflect his work ethic.

He is a youth ambassador for Project Zambia which helps children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. That is in conjunction with Hasbro, which will likely handle any toys that come out of the film.

Oren WilliamsOren Williams

Lets start with the fact that Williams looks like Miles. That alone gets him on this list. Age wise he’s around the same age as Williams and Fegan. Williams has appeared in both television and the big screen with his most high profile roles being a recurring role on Chicago Hope, a voice in Clifford’s Really Big Movie, and Calvin in Calvin and Freddie’s Cosmic Encounters.

Having done voice over work could be vital for anyone playing the character as Miles will have his face covered up while fighting crime, and we’d expect some CGI, so there’ll be some studio voice work.

He’s shown off a bit of an athletic side in his role of Keith Ellis in the movie Rebound. Looking at his career, he might be the least known of the bunch, but that just means he’s poised for a huge break.


And there you have six solid choices to fill the costume of Miles Morales if Marvel and Sony were to try something rather bold and give us a Spider-Man for the next generation. But, why stop there? How about Spider-Gwen (we suggest Miley Cyrus) or Spider-Man India? Marvel and Sony have a clean slate, why give us something we’ve seen twice before?

Why Spider-Man Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe Isn’t a Good Thing

Amazing_Spider-Man_1_CoverIt was as if the collective scream of joy of a million geeks was heard last night as word came down that Marvel would be entering into a partnership with Sony to create future Spider-Man films. This would mean that Spider-Man would be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe and interacting with Captain America and Iron Man, something before last night that was just a dream.

While Marvel has been a juggernaut at the box office for the last half-dozen years, that wasn’t always the case. Marvel wasn’t always in the move business, and for various reasons the company to licensed out their X-Men universe to Fox and Spider-Man to Sony. This means that those two movie studios have the rights to the characters within those worlds when it comes to movies (among other things) and that they couldn’t appear in the Marvel universe without some fancy footwork. That fancy footwork has happened and Marvel and Sony are now teaming up for future films.

But, is this actually a good thing? Here’s why I’m not convinced and possibly what can be done to make these films special (and I’m not even going into the fact that Marvel’s releases so far have been the same thing over and over).

1) Yet Another Beginning – Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy began a little over dozen years ago and the latest reboot just three years ago, with just five years between the two takes. It was sixteen years between the first Batman films in contrast, and ten years between the last Batman film and the reboot. This introduction possibly means we’d have yet another origin story and absolutely a reboot in another two years.

How to fix this – Skip the origin story, we all know it. Unless this Spider-Man greatly veers from what we’ve seen before, speed through the origin and get right to the meat of the story. The smarter move would be to continue what Sony’s already done, in essence making The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel canon and continue the story from there.

2) Sony didn’t have a bad track record – When you look at films based on Marvel characters, Sony’s Spider-Man films hold 4 of the top 10, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ranks 16th domestically. When it comes to global earnings, all five Spider-Man films are in the top 10. That’s an impressive record when you look at the box office. When you adjust the earnings for inflation, the original Spider-Man trilogy holds spots 2, 3, and 4 domestically. All together the five films have earned just shy of $4 billion at the box office and average $792.66 million dollars a film. Marvel’s 11 films (including the original Hulk and Big Hero 6) have earned $7.9 billion for an average of $719.15 million a piece. Spider-Man has two films higher than their average (40%). Marvel has three (27%). That’s actually a good track record for Sony. Which leads us to….

3) Marvel’s record isn’t better than Sony – Remember all the griping about Iron Man 3? How about Thor: The Dark World? The Incredible Hulk or Hulk? For as much as folks praise the films, and the amounts they earn, the quality of the films vary greatly. Marvel’s record for sequels (and even a reboot) is not better than Sony’s, so why should we expect them to do better than Sony when it comes to Spider-Man? Quality is subjective, but to say Iron Man 3, or 2 are better than the original is just false. Much like Spider-Man 2 and 3 were worse than Spider-man. Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 did out-earn the originals, but so did Spider-Man 3, and even the director of the film has said it was bad.

4) We already have the everyman – Spider-Man’s fantastic role in the Marvel comic universe is the everyman we can relate to. He’s a teenage super hero who deals with similar things we do, dating, homework, getting picked on. It just so happens he has powers and fights crime. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe we already have that covered with Phil Coulson, the character who has appeared in almost every Marvel film and is the “average” person we relate to. He is supposed to be us in the film, much like Spider-Man (and his alter-egos of Peter Parker or Miles Morales) is in the comics.

5) Do we need another white male? – Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, Thor, notice a pattern here? All are white men, and four of the five have had multiple stand-alone movies made. Peter Parker can be a teenager, or he can be in his 20s, the former would be something “new” but the latter not so much. Even Guardians of the Galaxy centered around Peter Quill, another white male, and all of these folks tend to save the day. White male saviors gets old really quick. Do we really need another one? It’s time to switch things up.

How to fix this – Two words. Miles. Morales. Forget Peter Parker, and give us the popular Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man who really paved the way for diversity of characters in modern comics. Imagine the reaction of the public (and kids – see spot 10 below) if their new hero is a teenage half-black, half-hispanic hero.

What we need is more diversity, and that leads us to….

6) Spider-Man’s entry has shifted Black Panther and Captain Marvel (and Inhumans) release date – Marvel has bumped back the release dates for the Black Panther and Captain Marvel’s solo films, by about six months. This is to make way for “Marvel’s” Spider-Man before even more before them. Marvel can only work on so much at a time, and already the two films that would actually focus on minority characters, something the Marvel Cinematic Universe desperately needs, are pushed back for another film starring a white male (though doesn’t have to).

And that leads to….

7) Less of a reason to mine Marvel’s catalog and take risks – If Marvel had a juggernaut of a franchise in Spider-Man, do you think they’d have needed to give us Guardians of the Galaxy? Not having access to Spider-Man and the X-Men is a GOOD thing when it comes to Marvel’s movies. It’s forced them to think outside the box of films to do, and their storylines. Add in the Spider-Man franchise, and that’s less focus on other things they could do, because remember, it’s not just Spider-Man that Sony was planning, but also a film based on the Sinister Six which was to come out in 2016. That’s a lot to work on and wedge in, and as I’ve stated above, Marvel doesn’t always have a fantastic record for their films.

8) Is MORE continuity a good thing? – What’s one of the top complaints about comics? People don’t know where to start, and there’s 50 something years of stories and continuity they need to catch up on. This is such an issue DC Comics is moving away from continuity to focus on stories you can just pick up and enjoy in comics. Marvel is weaving a massive story throughout their films leading up to the two-part Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and 2019. Add in Spider-Man and you have yet another film franchise you’ll need to go see to catch-all of the story. If you want to see how this is already tripping up Marvel, you can just look at last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy whose wedging in of Thanos, and even the Infinity Gems, seemed a bit convoluted and more of just a way to get us from point A to point Z.

How to fix this – Keep it all to nods and cameos. There’s nothing that says Spider-Man HAS to be in the Avengers, or Captain America has to show up in Spidey’s film. There’s nothing that says the Spider-Man film HAS to be a part of the storyline leading up to the Infinity War. Keep it to nods and winks and things will work out great.

But then there’s….

9) Spider-Man in Civil War wasn’t a good thing – Comic fans are pumped for Captain America: Civil War, which is based on the epic Marvel storyline Civil War. In 2006 and 2007 Civil War saw the Marvel heroes split down the middle as the government forces them to register with the Super Hero Registration Act. This forces them to reveal their identities to the government, splitting the camps into a battle over civil liberties. The storyline had some fantastic moments and took on a subject very much in the public eye. This is a good thing. The upcoming third Captain America film will do its own spin on the story. Spider-Man was front and center (in a way the everyman caught in the middle of the debate), and SPOILER, reveals his identity to the world in an act that’s pro-registration. This leads to his Aunt May being shot (showing why secret identities are needed), and Spidey regretting the decision and cutting a deal with Mephisto to erase the fact he demasked. That was the much hated One More Day storyline. He had to give up his marriage to Mary Jane Watson in a sort of reboot. Yes, within a year the unmasking of Spider-Man was so bad Marvel actually retconned it out of the existence. So, tell me again why people are excited about his possibly being included in the film?

10) Will a teenager work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? – A super soldier, a billionaire scientist, a rage machine scientist, deadly assassins, and a god. And you want to throw a teenage in the mix? One of these things is not like the other! There are jokes about how Batman should be in jail for child endangerment, and you want to add the same joke to the Avengers? Unless, Spider-Man isn’t a teenager and in his 20s, which leads us back to the issue of another white guy in the films. The fact that Spider-Man will first appear in an upcoming Marvel film, before his own next one, says the character will likely be tied into it pretty tightly.

How to fix this – The solution I’d prefer is to go with Miles Morales and give him his own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’d save the day, and then SHIELD or Captain America would find him at the end of the film to congratulate him. This ties him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but doesn’t make him beholden to it. The other option is to do what Fox did with the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and change the ethnicity of Peter Parker if you were to make him in his 20s.

11) Sony still has the final say! – Though many folks are acting like Spider-Man will be handled the same way as all the other Marvel films, the fact is, they are putting it together, but Sony has the final say. Here’s the exact quote from the announcement:

Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Want to know why the Spider-Man films have issues? If you ask those involved, it was Sony’s involvement. They are still being involved, and you can expect them to continue to meddle. The world collaboration was used in the release, and a release’s wording (especially a joint one) is gone over with a fine tooth comb. Marvel doesn’t have full creative freedom, they now just have a second boss to deal with.

Which leads us too….

12) Two bosses isn’t any better – Remember the kid in Iron Man 3 and how that entire part of the movie sucked? That had Disney written all over it. Now, when creating these films Marvel will not only have to deal with Disney’s input, but also Sony’s (see above). We all know from our own work experience, one boss is fine, two is WAY worse.

After all of the above, if you’re still super pumped about Marvel’s role then god bless you. I’m taking a wait and see approach. The release put it best “opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.” There’s a lot of opportunity, but that also means a lot of possibilities of failure.

It won’t take long to see, the next Spider-Man film will be released July 28, 2017.

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