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Spider-Man: Far From Home Passes Spider-Man 3 while Avengers: Endgame Inches Closer to the Record

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.


2018 wraps up… or not

It looks like there’s still life when it comes to 2018’s films. Venom, which debuted in October 2018 saw an increase in its international earnings. The film added about $70,000 to its international total. Whether that’s actual dollars in or an adjustment is unknown but it pushes off our final evaluation of the year for another week.

But, so far…

2018 is a record-setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.563 billion internationally, $7.260 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.048 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.563 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.260 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.048 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $726.0 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $672.0 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.


And on to 2019!

In what wasn’t a surprise, Sony‘s Spider-Man: Far From Home took first place again, repeating on last week’s performance. The film brought in an estimated $45.3 million which is a 51% drop from the previous week. Domestically the film has earned $274.5 million.

Internationally, Spider-Man: Far From Home added $100 million to bring that total to $572.5 million. When it comes to the international total, the film is in first place, beating Spider-Man 3‘s $554.3 million.

Globally the film has earned $847 million after 17 days. The movie is $33.2 million behind 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and $43.9 million behind 2007’s Spider-Man 3 for worldwide total.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #12 earning an estimated $1.7 million to bring its domestic total to $851.2 million. It also added $5 million to its international total over the week. It seems like the film is struggling to take the worldwide all-time total despite the “re-release,” but has gotten closer and now stands less than $8 million away from that record.

Dark Phoenix continues to slide coming in at #25 the past weekend. The film added an estimated $189,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $65.1 million after six weeks. The film has shown some life internationally, where it added $3.5 million to that total. With $249.6 million worldwide, the film now ranks #77 for all-time comic films when it comes to grosses.

Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. Over the week, the film added $7,000 domestically. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.128 billion.

Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money over the week. The film added $135,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $140.2 million. Along with its $224 million international earnings, the film has earned $364.2 million worldwide.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.895 billion
Total International Gross: $4.030 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.925 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.197 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.728 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $503.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $740.6 million
Average Budget: $149.6 million
Average Profit: $591.0 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Preview: Captain Marvel #8

Captain Marvel #8

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Amanda Conner
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL: FALLING STAR! From the moment she returned to full-time Avengers duty in New York City, Captain Marvel’s life has been nonstop…and slightly weird. But she’s about to take on a brand-new threat – and a very old one! When her Kree heritage is exposed to the world in dramatic fashion, Carol goes from most beloved hero to public enemy number one overnight – and it’s pushing her to the darkest edge. Can she save the day even while the world turns on her? Does she want to?

Captain Marvel #8

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Sets Records while Avengers: Endgame Inches Closer to the All-Time Record

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.


2018 wraps up…

With no films from 2018 grossing dollars in the past week, it looks like the year is finally wrapping up. If no film earns any money in the next week, we’ll officially call it and post our roundup and dive looking at 2018 compared to previous years. But, so far…

2018 is a record-setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.


And on to 2019!

There was no doubt Spider-Man: Far From Home would win the weekend box office. The film had the largest six-day opening ever for a Tuesday release with $185.1 million. The film helped the top 12 films outperform the same weekend last year, the first time in four weeks this has happened.

The film earned about $91 million in its first three days and then topped that over the weekend bringing in another $93.6 million. That’s the 22nd largest six-day performance of all-time. It also earned the largest Tuesday opened day ever and second widest opening ever with 4,634 locations.

Far from Home is outpacing Spider-Man: Homecoming for the six days by over $30 million. It shouldn’t be a surprise the movie is a hit as it earned an “A” CinemaScore from opening crowds and a high rating online. The opening weekend crowd was 60% male and 42% aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film earned $244 million from 66 markets to bring its overseas total to $395 million so far. Already the movie has earned $580.1 million worldwide off of a $160 million budget.

Avengers: Endgame dropped 49.3% to come in at #9 this past weekend. The movie added $3.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $847.9 million. Internationally, the film earned $4.6 million over the past week bringing that total to $1.925 billion. Worldwide, the film has earned $2.772 billion.

The move to re-release the film with an extended scene gave the movie a boost but may not put it over the top of all-time worldwide box office leader of Avatar. It’s still about $16 million short. There’s still a chance it’ll break the record but it’ll be close.

Dark Phoenix continues its slide coming in at #15 with an estimated $439,000 to bring its domestic total to $64.6 million. Internationally, the film earned just $5,000 over the past week. There it has earned $181.1 million for a worldwide total of $245.7 million. The film moved up to #79 for worldwide earnings passing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, 2003’s Hulk, and 2014’s Hercules.

Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. Over the week, the film added $37,000 domestically and $60,000 internationally to bring those totals to $426.8 million and $701.4 million. That’s a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money over the week. The film added $84,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $140.1 million. Along with its $224 million international earnings, the film has earned $364.1 million worldwide.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.802 billion
Total International Gross: $3.848 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.649 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.197 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.453 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $225.2 million
Average International Gross: $480.9 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $706.2 million
Average Budget: $149.6 million
Average Profit: $556.6 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Avengers: Endgame Closes in on Avatar

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

It looks like 2018’s films have stopped bringing in money so we’ll give it one more week and then do our overall dive into how the year ranked.


The big news over the past week was the “rerelease” of Avengers: Endgame. The movie got a boost expanding into 2,025 locations, an increase of 1,040. The film added an introduction from director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene, and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Far From Home. estimates had the film earning $2.5 million. It exceeded that, earning an estimated $5.5 million over the weekend. That’s an increase of 178.5% from the previous week. Internationally the film added $5 million over the week.

Domestically, the film has earned $841.3 million. Internationally, the film stands at $1.920 billion for a worldwide total of $2.761 billion. The “rerelease” is a ploy to topple Avatar as the top grossing film of all time (though it still wouldn’t be when you take into account inflation). The move has closed the gap though and stands now just $26.7 million away from becoming the “top grossing” film worldwide.

Dark Phoenix continues its slide coming in at #13. The film added $1.7 million to its domestic total for the weekend bringing that to $63.6 million after four weeks. The movie also earned $8.3 million internationally over the week. That total stands at $181.1 million for a worldwide total of $244.7 million. The movie has passed Batman & Robin to become #80 when it comes to worldwide grosses for a comic adaptation.

Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. Over the week, the film added $38,000 domestically and $6,000 internationally over the week to bring those totals to $426.8 million and $701.4 million. That’s a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money over the week. The film added $160,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $140.0 million. It film also added $600,000 to its international total to increase that to $224 million. Worldwide, the movie has earned $364 million.

We’re still waiting for 2018’s films to wrap up their earnings. Aquaman saw a boost of $200,00 in its international total. Domestically, the film has earned $335.1 million, $812.9 million internationally, and $1.148 billion worldwide.


Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

SDCC 2019: Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Exclusives

San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. will be there! Not only will they present a panel on Saturday at 12:00, they’ll also bring a bunch of awesome exclusive products that will be for sale at booth #2607. Check out the list below, and put them on your to-get list, because quantities are limited!

Real Ghostbusters Action Figures Spectral GB Box Set

The classic tan costumes return with a surprise twist in this new Ghostbusters action figures box set! Composed of ectoplasmic energy, the Spectral Ghostbusters step off the screen and into your hands, their first time in the 7” Select scale! The creepy quartet are joined by an exclusive angry Mr. Stay-Puft and an exclusive Spectral Terror Dog. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. $120

Lost in Space Vinimates Retro B9 Vinyl Figure

B9 goes back in time in this new exclusive Vinimates vinyl figure! Decked out in a classic red-and-blue paint scheme inspired by the tin toys of yesteryear, this 4-inch vinyl toy comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Limited to 250 pieces. $10

Forbidden Planet Vinimates Retro Robby Vinyl Figure

Robby the Robot gets a new paint job in this new exclusive Vinimates vinyl figure! Sporting a classic red-and-blue color scheme inspired by the tin toys of yesteryear, this 4-inch vinyl toy comes in a full-color window box. Limited to 250 pieces. $10

Invader Zim Vinimates Extra Doom Vinyl Figure 2-Pack

Doom! This exclusive Extra Doom Edition of Zim and Gir shows them at their most evil, all shadowy and doom-forecasting. Each 4-inch-scale vinyl figure has an articulated head, and both come packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 250 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! $20

John Wick VInimates Chapter 1 Vinyl Figure

John Wick is back, and this time he brought a change of clothes! Wearing his classic white shirt-black suit combo from the first film, John is ready for revenge at 4 inches tall, with an articulated head. Packaged in a full-color window box, limited to 250 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! $10

Iron Giant Vinimates Weathered Vinyl Figure

Check out the Metal Man! The Iron Giant is his shiniest ever in this new, exclusive paint scheme. Painted in a metallic paint with weathering effects, this 4-inch vinyl figure has an articulated neck, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 250 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! $10

Pacific Rim Uprising Battle Damaged Gipsy Avenger Action Figure

The main Jaeger of Pacific Rim Uprising rejoins the fight in this exclusive battle-damaged variant figure. With the scars of a Kaiju battle all over, she stands nearly 8 inches tall and features multiple points of articulation. Packaged on a blister card. Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks. Limited to only 250 pieces. $20

Muppets Select Deluxe Messy Swedish Chef Action Figure

Bork bork bork! The Swedish Chef has caused a kitchen catastrophe in this exclusive variant action figure from the Muppets Select line. With food splattered all over his apron, he comes with a slew of food and dishes, plus a table to cook on and even a chicken! Packages in a full-color window box with fifth panel. Limited to only 500 pieces. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. $30

Star Trek Starship Legends Gold Enterprise NCC-1701-C

The Enterprise C has left space dock, and her first stop is SDCC! Painted gold as it is often seen on the walls of the Enterprise, this model of the Enterprise C measures approximately 16 inches long, the first time the iconic ship has been done in this scale. Packaged in a full-color window box, it includes a display stand. Limited to only 250 pieces. $60.00

Star Wars Concept Sandtrooper Mini-Bust

This exclusive mini-bust is inspired by the pre-visualization artwork of the original Star Wars films. Depicting one of the first known illustrations of a sandtrooper, this 6-inch scale bust is limited to 750 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. $120

DC Premier Collection Harley Quinn Gem Edition Statue

Harley’s got the diamonds, and now you can get Harley! This exclusive limited-edition statue of Harley Quinn shows her holding one of the Joker’s Jokerfish, and has real diamonds set into the leg of her costume! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, it was hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore and includes a certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 200 pieces. $200

Marvel Comics Gallery SDCC X-Force X-23 as Wolverine PVC Diorama

She’s back in black – and grey! Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. the all-new Wolverine, changes her clothes in this Comic-Con-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a menacing pose in her grey-and-black X-Force uniform, Laura stands approximately 9 inches tall atop an X-logo base and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Sam Greenwell. Limited to 6,000 pieces. $50

Marvel Comics Gallery SDCC X-Force Deadpool PVC Diorama

Deadpool returns to SDCC in style! Unfortunately, his ride got trashed along the way, and Deadpool is posed atop a destroyed taco truck base, sporting bunny slippers and wielding twin finger guns with the safeties off! This exclusive X-Force Edition of Deadpool stands approximately 10 inches tall and is made of high-quality PVC with collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Limited to 10,000 pieces. $150

Legends in 3D Marvel Comic SDCC X-Force Deadpool ½ Scale Bust

X-Force Assemble! This exclusive ½ scale bust of the Merc with a Mouth in his X-Force colors measures approximately 10 inches tall with exacting sculpted details and the highest level of paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! $50

DC Gallery SDCC Speed Force Flash PVC Diorama

Time to enter the Speed Force! This exclusive 9-inch scale PVC diorama of the Flash racing across a wave is the latest in the DC Gallery line. Made from high-quality plastic, this detailed translucent sculpture delivers the look of a resin statue at a fraction of the price, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC dioramas. Flash Fact: It comes packaged in a full-color window box, and is limited to only 7,000 pieces! Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Joe Menna. $50

Marvel Gallery SDCC Captain Marvel SHIELD PVC Diorama

She’s Carol Danvers, Agent of SHIELD! Captain Marvel dons the black and silver of a SHIELD operatice in this SDCC-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a graceful pose in her new uniform, Laura stands approximately 10 inches tall atop a logo base, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. Limited to 4,000 pieces. $50

ON THE SHOW FLOOR:

Ghostbusters Movie Slimed Action Figures Box Set

Available at participating retailers on the show floor (get a list at booth #2401)! To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the classic horror-comedy Ghostbusters, Diamond Select Toys has created the ultimate movie collectible – the slimed action figure 4-pack! Featuring Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston in their slimed appearances, each action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable hands, removable walkie-talkies and more. Packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth panel, this set is limited to only 1984 pieces! Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. SRP: $80

Dark Phoenix Continues to Flame Out Domestically But Shows Life Internationally

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

It looks like 2018’s films have stopped bringing in money so we’ll give it one more week and then do our overall dive into how the year ranked.


Dark Phoenix dropped to #9 from last week’s #5. The film earned $3.6 million, a drop of 61.5% as it shed 1,1667 theaters. Domestically, the film has earned $60.2 million after 3 weeks and most likely will be the lowest grossing X-film domestically. Internationally, it’s a different story. The movie added $20 million over the week to bring that total to $172.8 million. That beats the original X-Men film from 2000. X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine earned $192 and $193 million which puts Dark Phoenix in range to pass both of those. Unless a miracle happens, the film will likely be the worst performing X film worldwide since they began to be released in 2000.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #13 earning an estimated $1.9 million after 9 weeks. The film has earned $834.5 million domestically. The film also added $3.1 million internationally to bring that total to $1.915 billion. Worldwide the film has earned $2.750 billion.

Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. The film added $230,000 domestically and $5,000 internationally over the week to bring those totals to $426.8 million and $701.4 million. That’s a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money. The film added $214,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $139.8 million. Along with its $223.4 million internationally, the film has earned $363.2 million worldwide.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.


Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Messages from Midgard #12- Analog Iron Man

With only a single issue left in the War of the Realms core series, the tie-in writers have fallen into the unenviable trap of wrapping up their story, connecting it to the event’s inevitable conclusion, and maybe leaving a loose thread or two when their comic returns to its normally scheduled programming.

Six comics came out this week, and one was heads and shoulders over the pack: War of the Realms Journey into Mystery #5. The McElroys, Andre Araujo, and Chris O’Halloran have finished crafting an ensemble cast that I want to read an ongoing series about, made Ares sympathetic, Laussa more than a MacGuffin, connect all the seemingly random plot threads of the series, and made me laugh out loud a couple times. No other book came close to this, but with snark, grit, and one hell of a Wasp cameo, Gail Simone and Paolo Villanelli made up for last month’s disappointment and delivered a nifty science vs magic clash in Tony Stark, Iron Man #13. I enjoyed it and wish Simone had more time on the book.


War of the Realms: War Scrolls #3

War of the Realms’ anthology tie-in War Scrolls wraps up with its third issue. There is the conclusion to Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino, and Matthew Wilson’s Daredevil serial as well as a Dr. Doom story from Christopher Cantwell, Cian Tormey, and Dan Brown and a She-Hulk one from Charlie Jane Anders, Simone D’Armini, and Federico Blee. Daredevil, God without Fear continues to be an accomplishment in panel layouts, fight scenes, and theodicies. This three part story is a turning point in Sorrentino’s career as an artist as he transitions from flowing tapestry layouts to strict grids that work like slow-mo while Daredevil fights Malekith with Bifrost shruikens. Aaron’s narration continues to show the perils of omniscience, and even if Daredevil can’t defeat Malekith, he can inspire his blind children hostage to escape and cut God a break along the way.

Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell tells the story of the Dark Elf invasion of Latveria from ordinary citizens’ POVs. Dr. Doom has a godlike status in this country, and even when he makes silly mistakes like wasting his troops on a Saving Private Ryan-esque rescue mission, they look to him to save them. The switching point of views can be disorienting, but Cian Tormey gives the story a documentary feel and builds to one badass crescendo where Doom is part-Superman, part-God of the Old Testament, and still authoritarian. It’s a tasting menu that really needs to be expanded to a full feast of the regular lives of Latverians.

War Scrolls #3 wraps up with a story of She-Hulk and Freyja fighting dragons and talking about relationships. Charlie Jane Anders’ writing sometimes feels like she’s making her characters have her interests like making Blade a Beyonce fan and Punisher a Joni Mitchell aficionado, but she nails the conversations between Jennifer and Freyja. She-Hulk talks about how she is dating Thor and not sure how serious it is, and Freyja understands how much She-Hulk cares for her son and that they are both insecure about their “worthiness” and status as heroes. The cherry on top of this pretty good story is D’Armini’s artwork that makes She-Hulk incredibly muscular and monstrous. For the most part, War Scrolls has been full of thought provoking character studies and memorable visuals, and issue three is no exception earning an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery #5

Journey into Mystery #5 wraps up this god demon baby starring road trip saga into a neat little bow and uses continuity to enhance and deepen character development and humor instead of as a crutch. The McElroys seamlessly transition from podcasting to mainstream comics while Andre Araujo and Chris O’Halloran enhance their jokes and punch up the action scenes beginning with Wonder Man sweeping to save Laussa. They keep their character portrayals internally consistent like having Wonder Man continue to be a pacifist and having Sebastian Druid being uncertain about his powers, but reminding readers he had a relationship with Ares’ son back in Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors.

This kibble of continuity isn’t just a piece of cute, fanboy trivia, but sets up Ares’ road for redemption. He isn’t a bad guy and doesn’t have a quarrel with this book’s cast; he just like to fight and wants to be reunited with son in the afterlife. Journey into Mystery #5 isn’t just a slugfest between the team and Ares, but is filled with twists and turns about Laussa that aren’t 100% deus ex machinas. The comic does have a pleasing plot, but its real magic are in the small moments like any time Miles Morales and Thori interact, or Laussa’s expressions with the world around him. And for this mastery of both the macro and micro aspects of comics, Journey into Mystery #5, and by extension, the whole miniseries earn an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #3

Unless it’s for a storytelling purpose, having two or more artists on a comic usually means it was rushed to meet its deadline, and that seems to be the case with Spider-Man & the League of Realms #3. Gone are Nico Leon’s slick cartooning and well-choreographed set pieces of the previous two issues, and writer Sean Ryan giving each League member a distinct personality beyond fantasy race action figure. This issue is mostly a slugfest against Malekith’s lieutenant, Kurse and peppered with awkward poses, constipated facial expressions, and basically, generic visuals from Leon and Marco Failla.

The angel Fernande goes a bit ballistic in the middle of the fight, and Spider-Man finds a shared connection because they have both lost loved ones. But this was already covered in the previous issue so it feels a lot like padding in Spider-Man & the League of Realms #3. The main plot point of this issue (and a cool connection to War Scrolls #3) is that Kurse was once League member, Waziria, and for the first time in all of War of the Realms (Except the Cul Borson story in Thor.), the Dark Elves aren’t treated like evil cannon fodder. In the end, this comic was about saving people instead of punching evil, and that’s a good sentiment from Ryan and Leon. However, it ends on this week’s “standard” heroes pose together and jump into the final battle panel and earns an Overall Verdict of Pass because of art issues and the difficulty of writing a large cast.


Captain Marvel #7

Spider-Man & the League of Realms #3 wasn’t the worst “War of the Realms” comic this week. That honor goes to Captain Marvel #7, which wraps up the unbearably banal if well-colored by Tamra Bonvillain body swap story featuring Carol Danvers and Dr. Strange. This issue does have a few positives like Kelly Thompson’s gift for quick banter and cutting one-liners like Strange roasting Carol for only knowing magic from various pop culture things. However, it’s pretty shallow, Strange and Carol’s ineptitude with each other’s powers are quickly resolved, and afterwards, they and an underutilized Black Widow go separate ways.

One slight positive about Captain Marvel #7 is Annapaola Martello’s art. She’s equally good at drawing fun facial expressions/hints of flirting and things that go boom/pew pew. Even if the story is thin, it’s pure joy to see Dr. Strange in Carol’s body go Binary and kick undead ass and then steal a little moment at the end. And about the ending, it seems random and tacked on even if it’s our first glimpse of a post-War of the Realms world. Carol is hanging out in her apartment like everything is normal, and the last story had no effect on her. Honestly, this is for the better as Thompson no longer has to shoehorn a quick tie-in and can tell her full story. My Overall Verdict for Captain Marvel #7 is Pass, and it’s worth skipping for regular readers of her title and those just following “War of the Realms”.


Deadpool #14

If there’s any comic that Deadpool #14 shares DNA with, it’s Simon Bisley’s Lobo books of the 1990s with their combination of serious, detailed fantasy art and silly dialogue and situations. In this comic, Skottie Young and Nic Klein chronicle Deadpool’s defense of Australia from Ulik (Which is apparently a very common name for trolls.) and his minions with the help of a knock-off Captain Britain and Daredevil and then an assist from some real superheroes. Young continues to have fun breaking the fourth wall and poking fun at his own writing like ending the issue with a deus ex machina and commenting on the legality of including a figure that’s all but named Tasmanian Devil.

Nic Klein draws and colors his own work in Deadpool #14 and turns in some gorgeous splash pages of Deadpool, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and various Z-list Australian heroes beating the shit out of trolls. He can also do funny too like his depiction of the solution to Australia’s troll problem, which is feeding them and putting them to work at New Zealand’s copyright-friendly version of a Lord of the Rings set tour. The panel of trolls chasing tourists with selfie sticks around a “bobbit” hole is like something out of Mad magazine and a wonderful Deadpool-esque way to wrap up the plot. For its humor, skilled art, and ultraviolence, Deadpool #14 earns an Overall Verdict of Buy. (And, apparently, the next issue is the final one of the series.)


Tony Stark, Iron Man #13

Free of continuing subplot from previous issues (Except for the important Tony Stark relapsing in a VR environment one.), Gail Simone and Paolo Villanelli are free to tell the story of the battle between Iron Man and the wyrm Sadurang, who wants to rob the New York Stock Exchange. They make fantastic parallels between traders and hoarding dragons, and starting off a conversation between Sadurang and a now homeless broker about how riches cloud one’s morals sets the tone for the issue. And what happens is a back to basics Iron Man story where Tony must destroy or deactivate all his magic infected armor and get back to the analog days to defeat this greedy dragon.

Edgar Delgado’s powerful colors match Villanelli’s art, which can be loose and scratchy when Tony is getting his ass kicked and trying to quip his way out of a bad situation or tighter and tougher when he’s in the Mark I armor doing his best St. George impression. Also, Simone brings in the very winsome Wasp as a guest star in this issue, and she brings Tony hope and her stings and fast flying gives him enough time to rally his counterattack. Then, they get to share a sweet moment after the fight is over, but Tony doesn’t tell her about the relapse and is interrupted by Malekith’s initial invasion of New York. This two steps forward, one step forward approach to Tony’s journey works for Gail Simone and Paolo Villanelli and coupled with a satire of capitalism via knight/dragon metaphors, Tony Stark, Iron Man #13 earns an Overall Verdict of Buy.


Even though it’s sad to see Captain Marvel’s portrayal stumble in yet another event, and some writers love doing the “heroes join the final battle” ending to their tie-ins, this wasn’t a bad “War of the Realms” week. Skottie Young and Nic Klein turned their Deadpool two-parter into an exercise in maximum absurdity and pulled off the first funny Lord of the Rings reference of the event while Gail Simone added Iron Man to characters she excels at writing. But the real highlight was Journey into Mystery, which is a redemptive road comedy starring a great mix of heroes, tons of quick jokes, and a coherent plot that zigged where others zag. I’m definitely looking forward to Clint McElroy’s upcoming work on Marvel Team-Up.


Panel of the Week

Mark I armor, Ben Day dots, snarky Gail Simone dialogue. I’m geeking out, y’all. (From Tony Stark, Iron Man #13; Art by Paolo Villanelli and Edgar Delgado)

SDCC 2019: Captain Marvel Gets an Exclusive LEGO Set

Part of San Diego Comic-Con is the exclusives and regularly one of the hottest exclusives is whatever LEGO is releasing. This year, one of the sets features Captain Marvel.

77902 Captain Marvel and the Asis features 271 pieces with the Asis jet and minifigs of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Monic Rambeau. Also included is Goose the Cat aka the Flerken.

The set will retail for $45 during the convention and the ability to purchase it is a random draw.

Dark Phoenix Has the Second Biggest Drop Ever

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

While 2018’s films are winding down as far as earnings, they’re still not done!


Dark Phoenix dropped hard to fourth place at the weekend box office tumbling 72.6% and earning an estimated $9 million. That’s the second largest weekend drop for a film playing in over 3,500 theaters in the second weekend. The film has now earned $51.8 million domestically. The film added $24.2 million internationally bringing that total to $152.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $204.3 million. With a $200 million budget, the film has just barely passed it in grosses after two weeks.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise. No matter how you look at it, the Fox X-franchise is going out on a low note.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #11 earning an estimated $3.5 million domestically to bring that number to $830.5 million.

Captain Marvel fell off the weekend box office results but still is bringing int he dollars. The film earned about $100,000 domestically over the past week and about $17,000 internationally over the same time frame. The film has now earned $426.5 million domestically and $701.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! didn’t chart for the weekend box office but earned about $270,000 over the week domestically. The film has earned $139.6 million domestically, $223.4 million internationally, and $363.0 million worldwide. It’s about $7.5 million behind Captain America: The First Avenger and most likely won’t pass it.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but it’s still earning dollars. The international earnings increased to about $8,000. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million and international total of $185.3 million, the worldwide total is $375.5 million. It’s the last release of 2018 that’s still earning money. Once it’s done, we’ll be doing our dive into the year as a whole.


Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

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