Marvel Studios upcoming picture Iron Man 3, the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first major release in the franchise since the Avengers movie crossover is officially set to hit this may, Director Shane Black and Producer Drew Pearce are bringing Warren Ellis “Extremis” story arc in Iron Man 3. For those who aren’t familiar with the Extremis story it was first a six-issue comic back in 2005-06 that is regarded as one of the best Iron Man stories written, each of the past films have taken cues form the fan favorite arc. This time around the armored hero will have to deal with his archenemy The Mandarin, who in this film is a he leader of a terrorist organization.
Iron Man 3 will hit the theaters May 3, 2013, checkout the Theatrical trailer.
Robert Downey, Jr. – Tony Stark / Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow – Virginia “Pepper” Potts”,Don Cheadle – James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall – Dr. Maya Hansen, James Badge Dale – Eric Savin, Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan, Ben Kingsley – The Mandarin, Ashley Hamilton – Jack Taggert / Firepower, Wang Xueqi – Chen Lu, Paul Bettany – JARVIS
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Ron Garney & Jason Keith
Published by: Marvel Comics
In an earlier time during the AVX saga there was a moment, a key moment where Captain America and the world deciders wanted to hope for something else.
New Avengers #29 jumps into the time machine, we see the secret council brought together one more time in the darkest hours of the Phoenix taking over and the Avengers feeling helpless to it all. The same group that debated the fate of Hulk and so many other cases in private for the good of the world. It’s not something they pride themselves in, instead they often debate and dread the grouping of the team as it always brings so much conflict and a deep seeded sense of regret for the outcome that follows.
For Captain America, this reunion isn’t just about doing something for the Earth, it’s about trying to understand where times split and how to get back to a sense of normal again. With the group so emotionally split it’s a tough debate that follows and leaves them split on where this all will go, so many are at a crossroads given the advancements to humanity and the world that going against it seems equally as damaging. We get an insight into Reed Richards as well and his MIA nature in this whole battle.
It’s a good read and it helps explain why Captain America is so torn apart on what he’s doing, he knows what these changes bring but it’s the condition that lurks on him and drives him to create these resistance attacks. For those following AVX that want a good break from the battle and a bit of time to feel bad for Cap this is a solid read.
Free Focus is a weekly installment from Marvel to deliver new samples from around their collections. This spans new comics, older comics and vintage issues as well. The idea being mass exposure to areas people normally wouldn’t take as much interest in.
With that said we have the new list and it’s all a series of recent items from 2011, check it out below.
Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Matt Fraction
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Ryan Stegman & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics
So we’re a bit late to the AVX party on this one but we’ve been following the series so far and wanted to continue at least with some coverage of the latest happenings after that 3 week break that Marvel took.
We’re back on the Moon and Hope is merging with the Phoenix, the Avengers and X-Men are clashing on the moon and it’s about to go down in a bad way. Hope is feeling the limits of this event she’s prepared so hard for and no amount of training and preparation she attempted is providing much help right now. Regardless of this bad situation, everyone is battling out their own personal pursuits on the surface as the apocalypse itself sets in.
Avengers vs X-Men #5 dives into the dilemma that is Hope’s mind, she’s torn on what it is she’s exactly doing anymore, the force is too strong and she has no idea on how to tangle with this cosmic bird trying to overwhelm her. Instead of embracing it like the warrior pictured through all of this lead-in, she’s still the scared girl and now she’s trying to get away.
The issue is one of the strongest yet, we see a bit of everything in the pages of issue 5 including where this whole story goes once the Phoenix Force and Hope have their difficulty in bonding. Many have had an issue with the Avengers beating down every X-Men member they see but that will not be the case anymore, honestly everyone on the Avengers just died a little inside. Balance issues with Red Hulk dominating everything that gets in his way and so on seem flipped for the next arc.
I’ve been hoping for a brighter side to this story for the X-Men side, I don’t know if that’s exactly what happened in this issue. Some fans will of course be cheering because of the cool new attire and powers but at the same time it could very well mean doomsday is just around the corner for Earth yet again with 5 avatars full of stupid amounts of power. I can say I’m really looking forward to seeing where this whole twist goes in issue #6.
The wait is over for the latest Marvel Super Hero installment, Marvel has released The Avengers to theaters this weekend and it’s taking off like mad. The new movie spearheaded by Joss Whedon sets out to combine the lives of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye into a single classic package from the comic world. The article will try to stay as spoiler free as possible so everyone can read it without feeling like I just killed the ending.
Given past experiences this isn’t something that’s a given to go well, many have felt the burn from bad group movies like Fantastic Four and some of X-Men as well. Fortunately Whedon has a history with Marvel in writing story arcs and developing characters across their roster, as a result he has a bit of an understanding about how they work. Add onto this he’s a creator from the genre and understands developmental trends from the Marvel Universes, as a result we get a mixture of hero profiles that set up a great experience without trying to reinvent the wheel, instead he just borrows from the best of all there is to pick from.
The basics are easy, Loki has returned and he’s in for payback, he has an army with him and a plan to launch a full-scale invasion if he’s lucky. With his brother preoccupied elsewhere and his existence thought to be lost to the void he’s on a limited free ride ticket to get into action while he can. Unfortunately this is where things go horribly wrong, in his last trip to Earth he didn’t take the time to absorb the level of the heroes on the planet, as a result he’s stuck with something he didn’t account for, some big names that don’t take kindly to getting shoved around.
As a Marvel movie this hits a lot of points that get missed in regular releases, while running at around 2 hours and 30 minutes from previews to credits it uses the time to create story, relationships, conflicts and resolve without axing too much off. It’s very common to see critical development skimmed through in favor of being flashy or saving time, Whedon doesn’t dive into this all that much and the experience is richer for it. We see a band of heroes that had no real relations jump into the fray with genuine conflict instead of magical cooperation, given the fights that happen in the comic universe it was a relief to see that no one was really happy-go-lucky in the story.
The result of this is an intense experience and one of the most impressive accomplishments is the development of the best Hulk I’ve seen yet in the movies from Marvel right now. The personality development is critical and the focus goes from the random generations of Banner to something closer to the Hulk seen in arcs like Planet Hulk. If there’s a chance to keep that thunder going it would likely prove to renew faith in the franchise even if it was yet another reboot. Other characters like Captain America get a heavy kick to the modern age, we left off with him trying to cope with the modern age but Whedon helps crank a reluctant Captain into full gear by making him step up to the situation at hand.
Other developments include a reformed Thor, while headed toward greater responsibility he’s less of a hot-head figure in the development, using calculated attacks and complete control of the hammer to dish out heavy damage to anyone in his way. The other step up in development came from Iron Man, while there’s no doubt that Tony Stark likes to let it rip, he’s at a technological point where he’s more interested in knowing more and doing more than ever before. While he still gets to be a bit of an ass it’s nothing that dwarfs the rest of the cast in the movie and often serves to develop the story around other characters even more.
While I had a lot of excitement going into The Avengers, it was a true test to see if it held up to expectations, it’s safe to say that it delivers on multiple levels. As a comic movie it brings intense action and storytelling to new levels, it doesn’t short the audience to meet a deadline and it draws a full story experience from start to finish. Joss even finds time to tease other parts of the universe throughout the film to the final seconds before the MPAA rating screen closes out the movie, yes that’s right sit through EVERYTHING, if you leave early you’ll only hurt your own experience.
Visually The Avengers brings intense environments through heavy use of locations and CG implementation, the story sells because they took the time to go through how they sold the comic and kept to that. With so much time taken into making this a major accomplished piece there aren’t any areas that just blatantly scream out that a corner was cut. It’s easy to know so many things are CG in the film but the immersion remains strong throughout the movie and owns what it is by utilizing the technology to the extreme.
Overall it’s an experience to catch although some may need to prepare themselves for it based on the running time. While it is action driven it’s very much about the drama and adventure throughout the story and that may set some fans back. If you’re a general movie fan hoping for a blind rush of action that lacks depth I’d still say try to see this, if you’re looking for a well executed comic movie, you’d only rip yourself off by skipping The Avengers. Now the question remains if Marvel can hold the rest of their movies up to the same bar. For my experience this was one of the most rewarding installments I’ve come across for Marvel movies, I was interested going in with minimal fears and I came out wanting to see it again.
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Additional background on the Heroes Reborn series from Marvel:
Taking place in an alternate universe created by Franklin Richards, HEROES REBORN: AVENGERS #1-12 re-tells how the team first gathered and became the super group they are today. In HEROES REBORN: IRON MAN #1-12, witness Tony Stark gradually become the Invincible Iron Man while also finding time to flirt with Pepper Potts and hang with James Rhodes. And in HEROES REBORN: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-12, discover how Steve Rogers adjusts to present-day life in a world full of global threats and super villains.
Fear Itself flooded the release schedule this week for the digital releases, next week we get a shift to some classics and we get a Band of Heroes inclusion as well. With Marvel digging to the 80’s and even 50’s it’s hard to say they’re not working to get readers a full experience across the board. Check out the list for the play-by-play for next week and schedule your time to read all those issues accordingly. With recent changes to the Digital Store, these releases should be accessible across iOS, Android and the PC now to give you full comfort to read these where you want.
SPIDER-MAN MONDAY APRIL 16
POWER PACK (1984) #12
POWER PACK (1984) #13
POWER PACK (1984) #14
POWER PACK (1984) #15
POWER PACK (1984) #16
IRON MAN TUESDAY APRIL 17
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #1
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #2
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #3
IRON MAN (1998) #2
IRON MAN (1998) #3
X-MEN WEDNESDAY APRIL 18
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #1
POWER PACK (1984) #17
STARJAMMERS (1995) #2
STARJAMMERS (1995) #3
STARJAMMERS (1995) #4
THOR THURSDAY APRIL 19
JUGGERNAUT (1999) #1
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #2
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #3
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #4
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #5
FANTASTIC FOUR FRIDAY APRIL 20
THE ‘NAM (1986) #11
THE ‘NAM (1986) #12
THE ‘NAM (1986) #13
THE ‘NAM (1986) #14
SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK (1992) #1
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It was getting a bit much with all the Avengers posts but one highlight of this interview by Marvel stood out as a lovely moment that had to be shared.
Zack Zeigler recently talked to both actors for the movie on characters and costumes, we got some gems of the following that had to get passed forward.
“We are humans with high skill sets,” Renner said. “[Hawkeye and Black Widow] fight well together…and they complement each other.”
Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson star as Hawkeye and Black Widow in “Marvel’s The Avengers”
Added Johansson, “Both of us fight hand-to-hand…but we’re fighting in a different way than everybody else. We do a lot of fighting on the ground.”
Johansson made her debut as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” where we learned of her affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and that she wouldn’t hesitate to lay the smack down on bad guys. Renner made a brief cameo as the bow-and-arrow wielding Hawkeye in “Thor.”
For both Renner and Johansson, getting into character never posed a problem. The issue was getting comfortable in their characters’ clothing.
“It was like 800 degrees in my costume…and everybody looked incredibly uncomfortable until the cameras were rolling,” she said. “And then ‘Cut!’ and we were all like, ‘Ugh, this thing! Get it off me, it’s awful!”
There’s one more part that makes this priceless, although I’m not sure how great Mark Ruffalo feels about it.
Added Renner, “I think the humility award goes to [Mark] Ruffalo. [He was] in a thong or wearing something unflattering, and he’s supposed to be the [Incredible Hulk].”
Keep that in mind future potential Hulk actors, running around in a thong might be part of your job requirements. Outside of that you do get to look like a badass on the big screen and that just might make up for all of the labor invested.
To top things off we have the latest TV Spot showing a roll call of the team.
Preview pages are always an amazing thing, today we bring you a peek at the new Invincible Iron Man pages for issue #516 from Marvel. Catch them down below. Without captions it’s a bit hard to see where things are going but it seems to be an intense battle across the city for Tony Stark.