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Issa Rae Enters the Spider-Verse as Mystery Character

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

Issa Rae has joined the cast of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel. She’ll voice an unknown character in the animated film from Sony Pictures Animation.

Issa Rae is a writer, actress, and producer known for projects such as Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show, The Lovebirds, and The Hate U Give.

Rae is the first addition to the cast that includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man, and Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen.

The plot of the film is unknown but it’s again expected to feature numerous versions of characters from the Spider-Man universe. Rae is rumored to be joining the cast as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be the credited writers on the project along with David Callaham. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson are directing the sequel.

The film is currently expected to be released on October 7, 2022. It was pushed back from April of the same year.

The original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a massive hit and critically praised. It won the Oscar for “best animated film”.

Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will direct the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A trio of directors will tackle the sequel to the hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sony Pictures Animation has tapped Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson for the difficult task.

Dos Santos had been previously reported as directing the film but all three have been working on the project from the start.

Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Amy Pascal, Avi Arad and Christina Steinberg are returning to produce the project. Alonzo Ruvalcaba co-producing. “Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey will executive produce, along with Aditya Sood.

David Callaham, Lord, and Miller are all credited as screenwriters.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a hit earning $373.5 million worldwide and won an Oscar for the best-animated feature. The film focused on Miles Morales bringing together various Spider-Man from around the multiverse. The sequel is expected to repeat that with even more added.

The film is scheduled to come to theaters on October 7, 2022.

(via Variety)

TMNT, G.I. Joe, Into the Spider-Verse, and HeroClix are Part of Free Comic Book Day 2021’s Merchandise

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the upcoming release of this year’s Free Comic Book Day PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible merchandise available during the event on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at participating local comic shops.

Playmates leads the way for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2021 exclusive collectibles with their PREVIEWS Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Elite Series Black & White 4-Pack (APR210052SRP $110.00). The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in black and white comics in the early 1980s, and this August they come to life as an action figure 4-pack of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael in classic black & white designs. On sale at your local comic shop exclusively for FCBD, and limited to only 3,600 pieces, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Elite Series Black & White 4-Pack is a set that Turtles collectors won’t want to miss!

Free Comic Book Day Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Elite Series Black & White 4-Pack

Based on the popular Real American Hero designs, this PREVIEWS Exclusive G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Minimates Box Set (APR210053SRP $29.99) from Diamond Select Toys includes Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Storm Shadow, and Cobra Commander. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure comes packaged in a full-color blister card and features 14 points of articulation and includes interchangeable parts and accessories.

Three years after its release, Sony’s animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to captivate audiences and fans. Mondo Tees celebrates the animated film with a PREVIEWS Exclusive Spider-Man: Spider-Verse 4-Piece Enamel Pin Set (APR210085SRP $40.00) available exclusively at your local comic shop for FCBD and limited to only 3,000 pieces.

Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man: Spider-Verse 4-Piece Enamel Pin Set

Like the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers figures of the 1990s, Lineage Studios’ special PREVIEWS Exclusive Power Rangers: Auto-Morphin Green Ranger Pin (APR210084SRP $25.00), features the beloved “auto-morphin” spring-power action. This unique pin converts from the Green Ranger to Tommy, his civilian identity, with the press of a finger and is limited to only 2,000 pieces. The only place for Power Rangers fans to get this one-of-a-kind pin is at local comic shops on FCBD. Each pin features a signature by Jason David Frank, the actor who so memorably portrayed the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Spider-Man HeroClix Figure (MAR210030)from WizKids/NECA features a brand-new costume for Spidey. This FCBD 2021 promotional item includes an exclusive HeroClix figure and character card in a polybag with a hangtag.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from participating Free Comic Book Day stores.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Into the Spider-Verse/Stilt-Man BAF wave

Let me get this out right up front: I like this wave a lot, even more than I expected to like it. Obviously, we’re dealing with a wave that is half-pulled from an absolutely outstanding piece of work in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but Hasbro made a tremendous effort to make the four figures from the film match the particular stylized look of their animated counterparts. As for the other two, one is an early contender for the year’s best.

Peter B. Parker: I know that some people don’t like this figure. That’s crazy. This is a perfect representation of what the character looked like in the film, right down to the fast-food drink cup. From the “I’ve let myself go” body to the mismatched shoes, this is a figure that was crafted with care to match the source material. I like the inclusion of the second, partially unmasked head, but I prefer the completely unmasked version. This is a case study in interpreting the look of an animated character and realizing it in figure form.

Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen/Ghost Spider: Let’s start with the unmasked head. You know that I pay close attention to hair sculpts, and this one is just great. It totally captures the (accidental) asymmetrical haircut that Gwen has in the film. The masked head is solid. I find that the overall figure is faithful to the film and doesn’t simply copy the earlier comics version of the character in the ML line. In particular, the detail on the ballet-style slippers is well done. Gwen also comes with Spider-Ham, which is essentially a PVC with a moveable head. However, the design is tremendous and it looks great standing with the other figures.

Miles Morales/Spider-Man: This is top-notch work. Obviously, the two heads are great. But the figure really exists in layers, as real effort was made to differentiate the shorts, the hoodie, and the shoes. The figure also has thinner legs that the normal teen body, demonstrating the extra care and tooling that went into making the figure. It’s a complicated paint-app, too, with several different colors evident in the overall body. I hate to totally belabor the point, but if you’re gonna recreate an animated character, you recreate the character. And they nailed it.

Prowler: The Prowler is a cool figure, and the design is neat overall, but it falls a little short of the sense of menace that the character conveyed on-screen. It still looks pretty great, but given the choice between the two, I would take the earlier comic-centric version of the character every time.

The Hand Ninja: The Hand Ninja looks good in general; it does exactly what’s it supposed to do, which is be an army-builder. The pair of kamas and the katana are natural accessories, and well-rendered. I’m glad that the figure exists, but I don’t find it tremendously exciting.

Frog-Man: This is hands-down my favorite figure in the wave. I love the fact that this figure even exists, and it’s the kind of deep-bench selection that keeps me excited for future Marvel Legends announcements. This is a perfect realization of the character from the comics, and the figure is festooned with so many great details. Check out the springs under the flippers! Hell, check out the flippers! But the crowning touch is that you can see Eugene’s eyes inside the open mouth of the Frog-Man mask, just like his entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Another bonus is that Frog-Man is a much-different body-type that your standard heroic figure, acknowledging that Hasbro really put in the work to bring him to life (seriously, what other figures are gonna repurpose flipper feet with springs on the bottom?). Again, I love the commitment to producing “lower-level” characters. Which brings me to . . .

Stilt-Man BAF: My second-favorite figure in the wave!  Just look at this guy. Yes, of course, yes; Stilt-Man is a somewhat goofy concept. But look at it; that’s awesome. And he comes with the briefcase! (The briefcase even opens to show sculpted-in money). Of course, there’s a hilarious bonus here in that multiple pairs of legs (packed in with each Hand Ninja) can be added to make Stilt-Man ridiculously tall. I’m only showing one set in the photos. There’s also a secure base to keep the figure standing upright. I just love both this and Frog-Man, both of which are just plain fun. Which is what this hobby should be, right?

What do you think, campers? Tell us your thoughts. Frankly, I want to see some more secondary heroes from Spidey’s books, like Rocket Racer, and other related characters like Will-O-the-Wisp and Cardiac.  How about you?

Into the Spider-Verse Comes to Marvel Legends with Stiltman Build-a-Figure

Hasbro has revealed the last Marvel Legends theme Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The amazing film gets six figures as part of the collection include Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy with Spider-Ham, Peter B. Parker, Prowler, Frog-Man, and The Hand Ninja.

Each of those figures come with a part to put together Stiltman as the build-a-figure of the set. Pre-order your figures now!

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James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

It’s new comic book day! What do you all plan on getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – Black Lives Matter Comics: The systemic racism of policing in comics – A solid read.

The Mary Sue – Things We Saw Today: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Swings Into Production – Yay!!!! Happy dance.

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Comics Bulletin – James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Is Getting a Sequel in 2022

The award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a sequel and release date. The anticipated animated film comes to theaters on April 8, 2022.

Sony Pictures Animation is again putting together the film which won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Film.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to bring their vision for the next adventure of Miles Morales. The original film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman based on a screenplay by Phil Lord.

The voice cast of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker, Mahershala Ali as Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099.

Far From Home Closes in on Captain Marvel

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. With 2018’s films wrapped up, we’ve turned our focus squarely on 2019.


This past weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home earned an estimated $665,000. The movie’s domestic total now stands at $389.2 million. Over the week, the film added about $750,000 internationally to bring that total to $739.1 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.127 billion. It’s now less than $1 million away from Captain Marvel‘s total of $1.128 billion. It’ll be a week or two but the film will likely pass it and become the ninth highest-grossing comic adaptation worldwide.

The Kitchen, based on the Vertigo comic miniseries, continues to struggle at the box office but it’s earning dollars. Over the week, the film earned about $85,000 domestically for the week and $300,000 internationally. The movie has brought in just over $12 million domestically, $3 million internationally, and over $15 million worldwide. That’s far short of the $37 million reported budget. It’s also the worst-performing comic adaptation of the year.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 21 weeks. The movie earned about $8,000 domestically over the week to bring that total to $858.4 million. Along with its $1.938 billion internationally, the film has grossed $2.796 billion worldwide.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.030 billion
Total International Gross: $4.214 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.244 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.234 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.010 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $225.6 million
Average International Gross: $468.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $693.7 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $556.7 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$388,199,554
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,049,257
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,937,901,401
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$739,076,642
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,100,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,000,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,796,274,401
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$1,127,276,196
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,471,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,049,257
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,440,274,401
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$967,276,196
Shazam!WB$264,471,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,950,743
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.85
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.05
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.64
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.41

Far From Home Challenges Captain Marvel

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. With 2018’s films wrapped up, we’ve turned our focus squarely on 2019.


This past weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home saw a dip after last weekend’s boost at the box office. The film came in at #13 at the domestic weekend box office. The film added $1.2 million over the weekend to its total to bring that to $388.1 million. It also added $2 million to its international total over the week. That total now stands at $738.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.126 billion. It’s now just $2 million behind Captain Marvel‘s worldwide total of $1.128 billion. There’s a chance it’ll pass that film’s total before the week is up.

The Kitchen, based on the Vertigo comic miniseries, continues to struggle at the box office but it’s earning dollars. The film earned $180,000 domestically for the week and nothing internationally. The movie has brought in just shy of $12 million domestically, $2.7 million internationally, and $14.7 million worldwide. That’s far short of the $37 million reported budget. It’s also the worst-performing comic adaptation of the year.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 20 weeks. The movie came in at #42 with an estimated $12,000 to bring its domestic total to $858.4 million. Along with its $1.938 billion internationally, the film has grossed $2.796 billion worldwide.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.029 billion
Total International Gross: $4.212 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.242 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.234 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.009 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $225.5 million
Average International Gross: $468 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $693.6 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $556.5 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,365,685
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$388,112,846
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$11,964,741
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,937,901,401
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$738,231,077
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,100,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$2,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,796,267,086
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$1,122,343,923
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,471,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$14,664,741
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,440,267,086
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$966,343,923
Shazam!WB$264,471,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$22,335,259
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.85
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.04
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.64
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.40

“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.”

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