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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – IDW Media Holdings files $8 million IPO – More on that IDW move.

New York Times – 5 Y.A. Graphic Novels to Dive Into This Summer – What would you add to the list?

The Wrap – ‘Faust’ Animated Series in the Works at Sony – Huh, this is an unexpected one.

Review

Collected Editions – Batman: Earth One Vol. 3
That Hashtag Show – Magic #4

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Goes from Quicksilver to Kraven the Hunter in Sony Film

Kraven the Hunter

Sony has announced that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has nabbed the lead role in Kraven the Hunter. The character is a Spider-Man villain and the film is part of Sony’s plan to expand their corner of the Marvel film universe. The first step beyond the Spider-Man films was Venom which blew away the box office and is getting a sequel later this year. Numerous other films have been announced or are rumored to be in the works. Kraven the Hunter is set to be released on January 13, 2023.

J.C. Chandor is directing the film with a screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Richard Wenk.

This is the fourth comic film franchise for Aaron Taylor-Johnson to be a part of. He starred as Dave Lizewksi/Kick-Ass in the film Kick-Ass which spawned video games and a sequel. He then went on to play Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He will also play Lee Unwin in The King’s Man, the latest entry in the film franchise based on the comic series The Secret Service which has released two previous films.

Kraven the Hunter was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #15. The character is usually depicted as a big-game hunter who constantly wants to prove himself to be the world’s greatest hunter. He has been a villain clashing with Spider-Man, Black Panther, and more and is a founding member of the supervillain team, the Sinister Six. But, he’s also at times been a hero allying with Squirrel Girl and even Spider-Man.

It’s No Way Home for Spider-Man in December 2021

Marvel and Sony have revealed the title of their third Spider-Man film out December 2021. Spider-Man: No Way Home completes the latest Spider-Man trilogy. Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon all return along with director Jon Watts for the film.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Along with the title, we get some images of the film along with some teased, but wrong, titles.

Rumors have suggested the film will continue Marvel’s dip into the multiverse with Holland dealing with Doctor Strange and also coming across previous iterations of Spider-Man as well as villains from previous films.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Arrives in theaters on December 17, 2021.

Alfred Molina Will Reportedly Return as Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 3

Alfred Molina Doctor Octopus

Either the rumors are all over and full of it, or Spider-Man 3 is putting it all on the table. Alfred Molina is the latest actor who is rumored to be reprising their role in Sony‘s Spider-Man universe. The actor would return as Otto Octavious, the villain from Tobey Maguire‘s Spider-Man 2 (different trilogy). Neither Sony nor Marvel commented on the news.

The actor had been rumored for some time and was spotted on the set but there have been some confirmations to various news organizations that he’ll play some sort of role, though it’s unknown as to what extent.

Molina joins Jamie Foxx who also will return as Electro. Foxx’s Electro terrorized Andrew Garfield‘s Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Foxx, in a now deleted Instagram post, hinted that Maguire and Garfield would appear in the upcoming film.

Marvel and Sony have been leaning into the “multiverse” making this sort of thing possible. Sony’sSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a massive hit both in grosses and awards. In that film, multiple “Spider-Man” from around the multiverse teamed up and came together, a riff on the popular Marvel comic storyline. Marvel Studio’s next Doctor Strange film has hinted at a focus on the multiverse. It’s the next logical progression for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and directions to take it. Benedict Cumberbatch who stars in that film will appear in Spider-Man 3 which stars Tom Holland.

Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, and Tony Revolori will all return to the film with director Jon Watts back at the helm. Watts directed the first two Holland films. Spider-Man 3 is currently slated to be released on December 17, 2021.

Elysium Debuts on 4K Ultra HD on February 9

Elysium

Sony has announced that Elysium is coming to 4K Ultra HD on February 9 with hours of behind-the-scenes bonus materials.

Directed by Neil Blomkamp, the film features Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner.

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium—but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

BONUS MATERIAL 
4K ULTRA HD BONUS DISC:

  • Exoskeletons, Explosions and the Action Choreography of Elysium
  • The Hero, The Psychopath and the Characters of Elysium
  • The Art of the Elysium Miniatures
  • Bugatti 2154
  • Theatrical Trailers

BLU-RAY™ DISC:

  • Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium
  • Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky
  • Extended Scene
  • Visions of 2154 – An Interactive Exploration of the Art and Design of Elysium
  • In Support of the Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium
  • The Technology of 2154
  • The Journey to Elysium
    • Envisioning Elysium
    • Capturing Elysium
    • Enhancing Elysium

Jamie Foxx is in Talks to Reprise his Role as Electro

Jamie Foxx

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jamie Foxx is in “final talks” to reprise his role as Electro in the next installment of Spider-Man starring Tom Holland and being produced by Marvel and Sony.

Jon Watts who directed the first two films will return for the third film which has a tentative release date of December 17, 2021.

Most of the cast including Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, and Tony Revolori will return. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing.

Foxx played Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which starred Andrew Garfield. The film earned $708.9 million globally but was considered a failure which led to Sony and Marvel striking their eventual deal that brought Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speculation has run rampant as to how this might happen and if this will be the same character brought over through the multiverse established in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Electro is one of the original members of the Spider-Man rogues group the Sinister Six and the first two films have featured members of that group. Sony has been attempting to create their own Spider-Man universe which saw the release of Venom and has numerous other projects in the works. A film focused on the Sinister Six has been rumored for quite some time. The second set of Spider-Man films with Garfield teased the group which originally consisted of Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Five of the six characters have appeared in previous Spider-Man films. Two in the Toby Maguire films, one with Garfield, and two with Holland.

J.K. Simmons returned in Spider-Man: Far From Home as J. Jonah Jameson, a role he played in previous films, but the brief cameo gave no indication this was the same Jameson from the previous Spider-Man films. Simmons’ Jameson didn’t appear in The Amazing Spider-Man films but he has also reprised the role for animated shows like Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? 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.

Kotaku – Sony Confirms There’s No Free PS5 Upgrade For PS4 Spider-Man Players – This was expected?

The Beat – 2021 Angoulême Comics Festival splits into two events – An interesting move.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Magick #14
Games Radar: Doom Patrol: Weight of the World

Black Magick #14

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gets a Gameplay Demo

During today’s PlayStation 5 reveal event, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales got a further spotlight with a brand-new gameplay demo.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the follow up to the best-selling and award winning Marvel’s Spider-Man that’s available now for the Playstation 4. The game will be available on the PlayStation 5 and is coming “Holiday 2020.”

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New Mutants #12

We’ll have a relatively abbreviated Monday due to Labor Day here at GP but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of articles coming at you. Stay tuned throughout the day! And while you hopefully have a relaxing day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – Amazon In Talks For Sony’s Suite Of TV Series Featuring Marvel Characters, Led By ‘Silk’ – Intriguing.

The Mary Sue – Warner Bros. and Ray Fisher Clash Over Justice League Investigation – A good rundown of where things are at.

Reviews

Batman News – Batman: Three Jokers #1
Talking Comics – Empyre #6
Monkeys Fighting Robots – New Mutants #12

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