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Chloe Zhao Will Take on Jack Kirby’s The Eternals

Marvel Studios has found their director for The Eternals in Chloe Zhao. The film is based on the creations by Jack Kirby. The script is by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

The concept is near-immortal beings known as Eternals and monstrous off-shoots known as Deviants, both created by cosmic beings known as Celetials. Created in 1976 by Kirby, the concept was influenced by such works as Chariots of the Gods which explored ancient gods and aliens.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that one aspect of the story will involve “the love story etween Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.”

The concept of the Eternals have been hinted at in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thanos being on himself and some vision of their world is shown in Avengers: Infinity War and Knowhere in Guardians of the Galaxy is the head of a Celestial.

Zhao has been on Marvel’s radar for a while and was one of the directors considered for the standalone Black Widow film.

The film is believed to be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 which will begin after the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way! Celebrating the Marvel Studios Visual Development Team in April 2019

Black Panther. Thor. Captain America. You’ve seen them fight on the big screen—now, you can paint them yourself! While celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel invites fans of all ages to learn the tips and tricks of painting your favorite super heroes from the masters themselves…with a brand-new book called How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way!

In this beautiful hardcover, you’ll discover insights from some of the industry’s leading concept artists. Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Rodney Fuentebella, Anthony Francisco and more of the artists behind The Marvel Studios Visual Development team will share their method behind creating iconic designs for all your favorite characters, from Captain America to Black Panther!

Within the stunning pages of this keepsake book, readers will learn these artists’ favorite tools of the trade, their tips for visual character development, their process of collaborating with filmmakers and other artists on the team, and the costume and props departments—and how it all comes together to create seamless film designs! Each five-ten page “character study” will take readers on a step-by-step journey through the artist’s approach to bringing a specific hero or villain to life. Not only will readers get a sense of how each artist works, from their tools to their process, they’ll also get to see how a character’s design was created—from blank page to a final approval!

Don’t miss How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way, coming this spring!

How To Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way is out April 17, 2019.

Pint Size Heroes: Marvel Studios this Fall

Even the most ferocious of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains are adorable as Pint Size Heroes.

Bringing previously unachievable levels of charm, hi-tech suits and superhuman abilities to any collection, these Pint Size Heroes are available with a 1-in-12 rarity. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Loki, Doctor Strange, Red Skull, Shuri, Thanos, Black Widow, Hela and Thor are ready to battle over the fate of the universe at a shelf near you.

Pint Size Heroes: Marvel Studios come to shelves from Funko this Fall.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – And now Target has exclusive comics – is the world about to end? – Great to see this!

CBR – X-Men: Dark Phoenix Re-Shoots Expected to Span Three Months – Well ok then.

ComicBook – Marvel Studios Reportedly Trying to Reinstate James Gunn for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ – Mhmm.

Funko Reveals Pop! Marvel Studios 10

To celebrate 10 amazing years of Marvel Studios films, Funko has created a series of ten gold chrome Marvel Pop! figures to commemorate the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With so many memorable and iconic heroes, villains, and personalities in the MCU, we’ve chosen a select group of our favorite characters to re-issue in a spectacular gold chrome format.

Pop! Marvel Studios 10 will be available throughout the year.





Star Lord will be available at BoxLunch!

Cate Shortland Suits Up to Direct Black Widow

After a search that saw meetings with over 70 directors, Marvel Studios has found its director for its standalone Black Widow film. Cate Shortland will sit in the chair for the project that will star Scarlett Johansson.

The movie studio wanted a female director but at times looked towards male directors as well.

Johansson pushed for Shortland whose most known film was the 2012 critically acclaimed film Lore. Her most recent film was Berlin Syndrome in 2017.

While excitement was high for the film, some of fandom has cooled to the Johansson lead film after the actor’s questionable choices of roles and even more questionable responses for the films Ghost in the Shell and upcoming Rub & Tug.

(via THR)

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Perfectly adequate. That’s the best way to describe the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp. I loved Ant-Man, as the film in 2015 was one of the earliest to shake up the Marvel movie formula in many ways. The movie still stuck to a lot of what we’ve seen, evil corporate bad guy (who wears three piece suits and is bald), it broke the mold by adding in comedic aspects. The movie was the first real comedy released featuring a more relaxed style and visual jokes, not to mention a dialed back villain that lowers the stakes of it all. Ant-Man and the Wasp takes a lot of that formula to give us a family friendly film that has laughs but misses some of the charm of the original.

Taking place after Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang is on lockdown attempting to stay out of trouble and be a father. Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym are on the run and need Scott’s help to find Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, Hope’s mother and Hank’s wife. The villain is two fold. Ghost, a character who needs Hank Pym’s technology to cure her and Sonny Burch, a technology dealer who wants Pym’s technology to sell to the highest bidder. Then there’s the FBI who wants to arrest Hope and Hank for having the tech they have.

The story is a bit convoluted and is best to not think too hard about. Things are either over explained or not explained enough and we’re expected to roll with it. Each aspect feels like an excuse to present so visual gag involving size or explore the Quantum Realm, the place Scott shrunk to in the first film and where Janet is lost.

While Ghost is a potentially interesting villain, the actions taken by her leave you wondering why she wouldn’t just reach out to Hank to help to begin with instead of attempting to steal his technology? There’s a backstory but much feels watered down and lost from the original comics’ tech focused anarchist who presented as originally released would have been a much more interesting villain. Burch, as played by the always entertaining Walter Goggins, feels like the villain version of Michael Peña‘s Luis whose entire aspect is to give us a moment of respite (the ongoing jokes about a truth serum) or to set up some action sequence.

And that’s the issue at the heart of the film, it provides little new and you feel like you’re sitting there waiting for the next gag or in my case Michael Peña’s rants. Yes, he steals the show as usual delivering entertaining recaps and there’s far too few of them. There’s an energy about his performance where he immediately creates a spark in any scene he’s in. It’s a fun energy that feels like it’s missing everywhere else and the closest we come is Paul Rudd as he interacts with his daughter with childlike fun.

There’s nothing terribly wrong with the film but it’s clear this is the family friendly release of the year to change things up, much like the original. After the weightier films that are Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a film geared towards families with younger kids who’ll laugh at the visual gags. Ant-Man and the Wasp is empty entertainment that’s a step back from the original missing… something.

The visuals are entertaining and we get a new world to explore in the Quantum Realm but overall the film feels like empty calories that will fill you up temporarily but in the end leave you wanting an hour later.

Overall Rating: 6.95

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

ant-man-and-the-wasp-posterThis is the palate cleanser we needed after the heaviness of Avengers: Infinity War, and like the first Ant-Man, guaranteed to leave you smiling ear to ear. However, as a film, and grading on the curve of what we expect from recent MCU movies, it falls a bit short of the recent genius of Black Panther or Thor: Ragnarok. 

But is that really fair? Do we judge the sorbet, pickled ginger, or simple fruit compared to the course before it? If you eat some apple slices after a particularly hearty main course, shouldn’t you just compare it to other apples? Ant-Man and the Wasp is a particularly good apple, even if it’s a lesser part of the feast of the MCU.

Our story centers back on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, finds himself in the last few days of a two-year house arrest, during which time he has had no contact with Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) or Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). They are reunited after he has a vision of Janet (Michelle Pfieffer) whom Hank and Hope have been trying to rescue from the quantum realm, avoiding detection by the authorities with a truly “mobile” lab they can shrink to a rolling suitcase.

Unfortunately, their activities have also attracted the attention of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) a former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, who needs their tech to fix her condition which allows her to phase through solid matter, but is also extremely painful. They’re also being pursued by billionaire Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and FBI Agent Woo (Randall Park) and aided by Scott’s friends from the previous movie, led by Michael Pena. And we get a glimpse into Hank Pym’s past with the introduction of Dr. Bill Foster (Lawrence Fishburne) who previously used Pym’s technology to grow larger and become “Goliath.”

It’s a lot of characters. And most of the movie ends up being a giant game of keep-away with the lab/suitcase while our stars tell jokes and superhero wackiness ensues. While the first Ant-Man played like a generic heist film, this is more reminiscent of the specific sub-genre of a 60’s caper film which was as much about the romantic chemistry of the two leads as its plot.

Full of sight gags and visuals of little things turning big and vice versa, the film plays with its main conceit of being able to shrink and grow at will, sometimes almost to a fault. It also uses its setting of San Francisco to great effect. The film also depends on the audience being willing to accept a lot of super convenient plot turns to keep everything moving, including the biggest deus ex machina of the entire MCU to resolve its central conflict.

One of the biggest impressions we’re left with from this film is “women do it better.” Hope Van Dyne’s Wasp is infinitely better at her job than Scott is at being Ant-Man, and Ghost as an antagonist is infinitely better than Corey Stoll’s super-weak Yellowjacket in the last Ant-Man film.

The other important thing here [possible spoiler alert?] is the idea that this film exists without a singular villain, continuing Marvel’s recent spate of complex villains with an actual beef and moral weight to their arguments. While Ghost is certainly the antagonist, she is a person acting out of severe pain from her “powers” and more akin to a terminal patient looking to do anything to get palliative medical care. And Goggins, while always fun to watch in a villain role, really doesn’t do enough to qualify as a “villain” in the true sense– other than just being a greedy capitalist.

So this movie has a lot of heart, spectacular visuals, great jokes and performances from its supporting cast, and some nice character moments, but falls short of some of the spectacle, fun, and other recent MCU films.  But as a palate cleanser? It works really well.

Until [again, possible spoiler alert, but this is predictable] in the post credit scenes we see what happens in this corner of the universe when Thanos snaps his fingers. Then it leaves that ashy, sad taste in our mouth again. If you want to preserve the fun and good feelings this movie gives us, you may want to leave at the credits, just this one time.

This is a fun movie which should keep you smiling for almost the entirety of its runtime. While not as good as, say, Incredibles 2, it’s worthwhile just as some fun escapism from the heat and the stresses of summer 2018.

3.5 out of 5

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone looking forward to? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Publisher’s Weekly – B&N to Create Kids’ Graphic Novel Sections In All Its Stores – Says everything you need to know about this segment.

CBR – Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men Canceled by AMC – This is not too shocking based on the fact it was bumped a lot and seemed to be more forced in to the time slot than paired.

Newsarama – Feige: Marvel Studios Will Have Openly LGBTQ Characters In Upcoming Films – Countdown for people losing their shit online on both sides.

Newsarama – Gifted’s Polaris Starring in Live-Action Razor – A good pick.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #801

Talking Comics – Flavor #2

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