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The MCU’s Black Widow Inspires Variant Covers Showcasing Marvel Comics’ Black Widow

Marvel has revealed that select Black Widow comics will receive new Marvel Cinematic Universe variant covers featuring artwork inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Widow! To celebrate the superspy Avenger’s upcoming solo adventure, fans can find these variants by exploring her action-packed world of espionage in Black Widow #3, the next issue in her current ongoing series by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande, as well as one-shots like Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 by Ralph Macchio and Simone Buonfantino and Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova #1 by Devin Grayson and Michele Bandini.

Drawn by some of the industry’s hottest talents, these eye-catching covers showcase characters and imagery from the highly-anticipated film. One of the most popular Black Widow artists in recent years, Eisner award-winning artist Chris Samnee returns to the character with a movie poster-style cover depicting the film’s main cast for Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova #1. On superstar artist Stefano Caselli’s Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 cover, Natasha Romanoff races to her next mission. And fans will be delighted at Jen Bartel’s vibrant depiction of Scarlett Johansson’s iconic portrayal of the character in her cover for Black Widow #3!


MCU Variant Cover by STEFANO CASELLI (AUG200683)


BLACK WIDOW #3 (APR200951)

MCU Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL

BLACK WIDOW #3 (APR200951)




Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Fury Might Be Heading to Disney+

Samuel L. Jackson might be going solo and will reportedly reprise his role of Nick Fury in a series for Disney+. The show is under development. Variety broke the news saying the show will feature Kyle Bradstreet writing and executive producing.

The series is just being worked on and not a definite greenlight. It’d join numerous other projects including this year’s WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier and Loki which are scheduled for 2021, and other shows including She-Hulk, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight.

Jackson’s Fury has been a thread throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe tying the various films together going back to Iron Man in 2008. He most recently portrayed the character in Spider-Man: Far From Home.


In that film Fury was revealed to be on board a Skrull ship in deep space in a post-credit scene. What that really means and the implications are unknown. He may have been in space the whole time. It may point to the formation of space defense force S.W.O.R.D. There’s a lot there to debate until we get more details.

WandaVision Gets a Trailer

On tonight’s Emmys, the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision got an official trailer.

WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Jonathan Majors Goes from Lovecraft Country to Ant-Man 3

Jonathan Majors

Deadline is reporting that Jonathan Majors has been tapped for a lead role in the third Ant-Man film. While the exact role is unknown, the rumor is he’ll play Kang the Conqueror, the next major villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadline also hints that there “could be a twist” with how the character is featured in the franchise.

Peyton Reed who directed the first two Ant-Man films will return to direct the third and Jeff Loveness is penning the script.

Majors is currently starring in Lovecraft Country on HBO and was recently seen in Da 5 Bloods from Spike Lee.

Kang the Conqueror debuted in Fantastic Four #19 in 1963 as Rama-Tut and The Avengers #8 in 1964 as Kang. The character is a time-traveling despot with a rather complicated history where he has played both hero and villain and even battled himself. Depending on how the character is depicted, it would point to the introduction of other classic characters soon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kang was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He has appeared outside of comics in numerous Marvel animated shows and multiple video games.

Though mainly known as a villain of the Avengers, Kang has also clashed with the Fantastic Four, Inhumans, Young Avengers, and X-Men.

Hero Collector blasts Into retail with the announcement of NEW Marvel Heavyweights Wave 2 figurines

After a successful reveal at New York Toy Fair earlier this year, Hero Collector – designers, manufacturers, and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture – is proud to announce Wave 2 of their Heavyweights collection featuring the world-famous Super Heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), captured in full cast metal!

These hand-painted figurines will be the second wave of the Hero Collector Heavyweights range, and faithfully reproduce the likenesses of the MCU’s most beloved costumed characters at 1:18 scale (approximately 4-5 inches tall) atop a metal base. Each figurine comes in a stylish collector’s tin, emblazoned with the character’s logo and movie of origin.

With the first wave scheduled to hit retail in September, this second wave will follow in Q1 2021, and feature characters including:

  • Ant Man, the smallest hero around! Scott Lang, ex-con and single father, was hand-picked by genius scientist Hank Pym to keep his awesome technology out of HYDRA’s clutches. The figurine is clad in his iconic shrinking suit from Ant Man, complete with his insect-like helmet.
  • Captain Marvel, the mightiest Avenger of all! Gifted with incredible cosmic powers by alien technology, Carol Danvers spent years as an amnesiac Kree warrior – only to reclaim her past on Earth. The figurine is cracking her knuckles after the battles she faced in Captain Marvel.
  • Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Abducted from Earth as a child, Peter Quill has roamed the galaxy ever since as a legendary outlaw… at least, that’s what he says. The figurine poses with the guns he used to fight Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • War Machine, the armor-plated patriot! Frustrated by Tony’s irresponsible antics in Iron Man 2, Colonel James Rhodes stole and modified an Iron Man suit to become an armored Avenger in his own right. The figurine is wading into battle with all guns blazing – and that’s a lot of guns…

This is all part of Hero Collector’s concerted push into retail with new products, new packaging, and new concepts, designed to reach a larger mainstream audience. The Hero Collector Heavyweights will be available from September 2020 at Hot Topic, comic shops, and specialty retail, and direct from the Eaglemoss shop online.

Underrated: The Incredible Hulk

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Incredible Hulk.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe started off with Iron Man in 2008. You all know that, I’m sure. Just as you know that the second film was Incredible Hulk, released just over a month later. Unlike the other Marvel movies, Bruce Banner is play by Edward Norton in this film, the actor’s only appearance as the jolly green giant. This movie is also slightly harder to find than the rest of the MCU movies because it’s the only one that Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to, as Universal own the distribution rights to the Incredible Hulk – as well as first refusal on any Hulk movie (which is why you haven’t seen a Hulk movie since this one).

When I first saw this movie I remember thoroughly enjoying the near two hours I sat in the theater, thinking that Marvel had gone two for two with their opening salvo.

Back to the bullet points!

  • Don’t expect to see the humour from Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. This movie has odd lighter moments, but for the most part it’s much closer to a straight action film featuring a very reluctant hero.
  • Edward Norton plays a very good Bruce Banner. The years of running and hiding are etched into his face and body – do I prefer him to Ruffalo? I don’t know – each man takes a very different approach to the character, neither of which I dislike.
  • Emil Blonsky. I haven’t read a lot of comics featuring Emil Blonksy or the Abomination, but the former marine’s decsent into a power hungry, uh, abomination felt quite believable as the movie progressed. You knew it was coming, it was never a surprise to anybody – except Thunderbolt Ross. But watching a slightly powered up Blonksy thinking he can go toe to toe with the Hulk is…. pretty awesome.
  • The Hulk looks awesome. I enjoy the look of the Hulk in the later MCU movies, but there’s something savage and raw about how this Hulk looks on screen.
  • The CGI holds up. Ten years is a long time in the world of technology, and the advancements are often noticeable in the films of yesteryear verses today. Not so here.

The movie does have its moments where it doesn’t quite measure up, though. The inherent charm of the early (and most of) the MCU movies is missing, but given that this is only the second movie that’s to be expected. the MCU hadn’t found its identity just yet. The chemistry between Liv Tyler’s Betty Ross and Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner is spotty at times, but it’s far from being a reason to avoid the movie.

There’s been a lot said over the years about the MCU, and a lot of people have, and will continue to, overlook this film because, they’ve heard it’s not as good as the rest of the movies released around this Phase in the MCU. It is. But as I mentioned before, it’s also harder to find; it isn’t on Disney+ right now, and I haven’t seen it on Netflix in awhile (bear in mind I live in Canada so this may be different for you).

Thankfully, I still have the DVD I purchased when the film first came out – one of only two MCU DVDs I have since I started going for Bluray with Iron Man 2. If you can find it, then it’s well worth checking out one of the most underrated movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

“For the Moment the Door is Closed” for Spider-Man’s MCU Return

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Spider-Man‘s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s a chance of a return.

Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra also said “it’s a long life” cryptically hinting there is a chance for a return down the road.

Vinciquerra also stated that there’s “no ill will” between Marvel and Sony after the failure to reach an agreement and it’s been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio due to the fan reaction to the news.

Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige being stretched thin with the next phases of the MCU bwas part of the issue.

Sony is going ahead with their own Spider-Man universe as the company is in production on a sequel to Venom, a film based on Morbius, and “five or six” television series set in the Spider-Man world in the works.

Vinciquerra pointed towards Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Boys as to evidence their future endeavors will be fine and the studio is “pretty capable of doing what (they) have to do here.”

In the same talk, Vinciquerra stated Sony Studios wasn’t for sale and touched upon the studios’ decision to stay out of the streaming wars. That decision allows them to be “more transparent” to creators by not becoming “beholden to any platform.”

Spider-Man Far From Home, Ripped from the Headlines. Listen on Demand

TV writer Tom Ciaccio and Cayden Mak of 18 Million Rising webswing by to talk about the latest MCU movie. Wherein we discuss:

  • The Post Blip Economy
  • What makes a Spider-Man story
  • Unionizing tech workers
  • Seeing the world through weapons colored lenses
  • Give the trans actor lines you cowards!
  • “At every movie now people are always waiting for Sammuel L Jackson to pop out after the credits”
  • Young Justice S3

Cayden Mak is Executive Director at 18MillionRising.org, where he has been rabble-rousing and nerding out in various roles for the past seven years. Outside of work he keeps busy with local organizing projects in Oakland, California, where he lives with his two cats. On Twitter @Cayden 

Tom Ciaccio is a television writer and producer whose recent credits include truTV’s HACK MY LIFE, Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, and the forthcoming web series, LO: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ULTIMATE MAN’S EX-GIRLFRIEND. He grew up in Queens but has yet to be bitten by a radioactive anything. He is on twitter at @tomteevee

(and I’m https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

Taika Waititi to Direct Thor 4 While His Akira Gets Delayed

Thor Raganarok

It should be no surprise that after the success of Thor: Ragnarok it looks like director Taika Waititi will be back for Thor 4. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director has inked a deal to write and direct the follow-up film.

But, that will come at a cost. The long in the works Akira from Warner Bros. will get pushed back. The film was to be released May 21, 2021, and a worldwide search for actors is going on.

The two projects conflict and one has to go, so Akira is losing out. It’s unknown if the project will go forward with Waititi or not but according to the report, Warner Bros. would like to and have him pick up the film after Thor 4.

The last time we saw Thor was in this year’s Avengers: Endgame where he was leaving Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy for adventures unknown.

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