Spawn movie update and Why Dark and seriously Tone Comic Book Movies can be successful today.

With recent success of R-Rated comic book films some studios are now more open towards R-rated superhero films now, or so it seems. Let’s be real ladies and Gentleman Wolverine and Deadpool are considered adult friendly comics, while fox tried the PG-13 route with Wolverine and the movie straight up flopped, as for Deadpool, it was in hiatus for years because of the rating issue.

That open the door for more darker superheroes to hit the screen, whether it be a reboot or the birth of a franchise, making darker mature stories and heroes, if done right, have a chance on the big screen today.

It was only a matter of time before others follow suit, in comes Todd McFarlane. Years ago, he announced a Spawn reboot was in the mist, but because of how dark the movie would be studios didn’t want any part of it. Jump to 2017 and once again McFarlane gave fans an update on his Spawn Reboot at Emerald City Comic-Con stating

“Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R…If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty.”

Multiple sources have said the movie will be a The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, this would be something very interesting, a mob movie with an unseen force taking them down, tag that along with its biblical Judeo-Christian mythology and you got the next Spawn movie, McFarlane is dead set on directing the film, and rightfully so, as a fan I’m excited for this reboot. In fact, I wish characters like Constantine, Blade, Ghost Rider, X, and Hell boy, other than X most of these movies where made and while most of did okay, the tone of the films wasn’t even close to the comic’s dark tone.

R-Rated superhero movies can be here to stay if Studios are willing to say F***it and give the films the proper support like 20th Century Fox did with Deadpool, you’ll see more great R-Rated hero movies, but if studios want to use the “We can make it better” formula like in the past then expect more facepalm worthy movies.

MARVEL-ous NEW Collectibles from Gentle Giant ltd.!

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Thwip! You don’t need web shooters to hold your books upright when you have the snazzy new Spider-Man Logo for this dramatic and functional addition to your shelves, the Spider-Man logo bookends run the risk of overshadowing the books that they are supporting!

Crafted by Gentle Giant LTD the hand painted Spider-Man logo bookends are manufactured using high quality polystone and are felt-lined to grip and keep your books in pristine condition. They are perfect for holding comics, graphic novels, books, DVD’s and video games or for simply displaying them together as the iconic Spidey logo! make mine Marvel!

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Some things in the Universe just belong together: peanut butter and jelly, biscuits and gravy and Rocket and Groot! The Marvel Universe’s favorite dynamic duo come to life in a most animated way with the new Groot and Rocket animated Star-Lord statue, Groot and Rocket continue to cross the cosmos as vital and inseparable members of Peter Quill’s Guardians of the Galaxy team.

The world’s favorite talking tree and sarcastic space raccoon are together in this delightfully fun 2-for-1 addition to your Marvel Animated Statue line from Gentle Giant LTD. 

The Groot and Rocket animated was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificated of authenticity. Make mine Marvel!

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Sometimes a villain, sometimes an antihero, the alien Symbiote know as Venom strikes fear into the hearts of the Marvel Universe! When he is a villain, the hulking brute that is Venom is one of the deadliest foes of Spider-Man. With his origins in the original Marvel Secret Wars and his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #300, Venom has been a thorn in the side of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man for almost three decades!

The Venom Collector’s Gallery Statue has been digitally sculpted, and hand-painted by the amazing artisans of Gentle Giant Studios. This 1:8 scale statue of Venom features a lot of teeth, a lot of tongue and a lot of terror that he will bring to your collection!

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Born on Earth to an Earthling mother and alien father, Peter Quill quickly found his way to the stars, surviving among the space pirates known as Ravagers. Peter’s adventures have taken him from one end of the galaxy to the next. He has encountered thousands of alien life forms from hundreds of worlds, and continues to protect them all as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! The Animated Star-Lord Statue was digitally sculpted, and then 3D printed on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!

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Review – Avengers (2016) #1 MU

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Sean Izaakse
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Cover Artist: David Nakayama

In the past runs that feature the more popular have more interesting stories in my opinion, and Avengers Monsters unleashed appears to be in the same category.

Avengers (2016-) #1 Monsters unleashed is one of those fun teamups that’s not to be taken seriously, now I’m not saying the team it’s self is not filled with star power like the original team was, but it does feature characters’ that aren’t house hold names.
Everything seems to be normal for the Avengers in fact alittle to normal in the begin of the issue, with nothing more than street level bank robbers the team of Wasp (Nadia Pym), Thor (Jane Foster), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Vision, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), and Hercules finds themselves bored, so when Spider-man is given a tip of criminal activity in Boston, they jump on it quickly despite the lack of danger it presents to the world. Most of the comedic comes from Spider-Man usual sarcasm, the issue picks up when the team runs into The Controller, he was the man behind the criminal activity in Boston.

After taking out the Controller the Avengers are hit with a series of attacks form Leviathons, the danger has jump from a 1 to 10 when vision informs them that similar attacks are happening in Los Angeles, London, Venice, Wakanda and more.

Conclusion: This was clear a setup chapter of whats to come in future issues, because of that not much was revealed, I found it a bit simplistic like most setup issues are. But that’s not saying it’s bad, just a straightforward “this is what’s going on right now” issue. The dialog between the Avengers is noteworthy, especially times when Peter Parker is trying to act as the group’s leader and Sam reminding him he’s not. As a Tie in arc Avengers Monsters Unleashed has some potential and because of that I’ll have my eye out on this Jim Zub Run.

Links: Preview | Order (Digital)      Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Marvel and Square Enix strike multi-year licensing deal for gaming

That licensing shuffle never ends does it? Today Marvel has locked in a deal with Square Enix for a multi-year license that allows for multiple properties from the Marvel universe. Of course this isn’t without guidance and goals, the first of the projects will center around The Avengers and the sequels will build from there, thankfully there’s hope in the project not being a movie tie-in product as their brief reads.

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018.

With Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal involved there’s promise for a product that turns out rewarding to fans looking to experience something new from a Marvel gaming product. Both teams have produced some large hits for Square Enix over the years so the combined talents should deliver something interesting if everything comes together just right.

Let’s hope that Square Enix and Marvel can stick to the idea of providing a unique universe for players to experience Marvel storylines in though, having these teams devote all their energy into an Infinity War game designed to accompany the movie wouldn’t be the best use of that talent pool. I only say this with comments like this also thrown into that brief

The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film.

We’ll have to wait and see if a new unique universe awaits, or a movie tie-in or Kingdom Hearts 3 – Ultron Rising. If they keep the titles as a subtle wink and nod as some of their current tv / streaming franchises do that would be nice but everyone will just have to hold tight for now.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Trailer #2 – Spider-Man

Finally the your family neighborhood Spider-Man has appeared and it looks as if he’s team Iron Man. Since Marvel announced Spider-Man’s debut in the cinematic universe fans have been eager to see this rendition of a fan favorite.

Civil War hits theaters May 6, its sure to be another hit from Marvel!

Batman V Superman, Captain America and X-Men Age of Apocalypse set the tone for 2016 and beyond

2 days removed from Super Bowl Sunday, we got to see a collection of hit and miss super bowl commercials, but let’s be real here, we all wanted to see the Batman v Superman, X-Men Age of Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War trailers, and that’s exactly what we got.

Age of Apocalypse trailer surprised us with some new shots, the first one of them of Psylocke in action, along with an Angel vs Nightcrawler. From the looks of the trailer Apocalypse and company has started a war against humanity with this statement “Everything they built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we will build a better one!”

“United we Stand! United we fall!” is the theme for the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, we get better look at who’s on Caps side and who’s on Iron Man’s side, again we get a good look of Black Panther, and we see he’s on iron Man’s side, I doubt he’s with the registration act, probably after Winter Solider. This movie is setting up to be a blockbuster, and one I personally can’t wait to see.

Last but not lease is the Batman V Superman trailers or should I say ads, instead of dropping a trailer the gaves a series of Turisk Airline Ads that feature Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) both pitch the wonders of their respective cities in a double promotion commercial for Turkish Airlines and Batman v Superman, is what the fans wanted? No but its creative we to market the movie. Fans shouldn’t have really expected much since the movie’s release date is right around the corner.

The question is What Movie got you excited? was it’s Batman V Superman Vacation ad like trailers , or was it Captain America’s Civil War’s action pack trailer.

Disney Infinity 2.0 lands on PC Today

Dying to get into Disney Infinity 2.0 but you don’t have the funds to get started? Well there’s a free starter edition for free on the PC. If you want more characters you’ll have to buy them in-store (comes with redemption code) or through their web shop but there are options to enjoy the game.

Currently downloading it to see if they’ve addressed common issues like local co-op for the PC (not possible with 1.0) so we’ll get a larger slate of impressions next week. For now grab a copy and get started in the new Marvel Infinity world.

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Dark Horse Comics will end its Star Wars partnership in 2015

With the New Year comes new beginnings and Disney is starting off with major changes for the future. One of those changes are the pulling of all marvel based video games, an assortment list games have already bit the dust, Spider-Man games Edge of Time, Shattered Dimensions, Friend or Foe, and Web of Shadows, as well as X-Men entries Destiny, Origins: Wolverine,  So how The Amazing Spider-Man game hasn’t been removed form shelves. Digital stores like Steam, Xbox Live and PSN have also taken down its marvel collection of games.

Just recently Disney made another move with the Star Wars franchise; first they announced a new Star Wars Episode VII film with J.J. Abrams as the supposed Director,then at the start of this year they ended its partnership with Dark horse. For years Dark horse has kept the Star Wars franchise alive through its comic publications, Dark horse rep Mike Richardson released this statement:

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

As you can see Disney has plans for the franchise, and let’s hopes they can’t continue the success Dark horse has established. As for Dark Horse, the loss of the Star Wars license is a significant loss, but with its future and present franchises they have established the loss shouldn’t affect them in the long run and recent news has stated so (Year Of The Horse).The concern most fans have with this move is that Disney will not give the Comics the proper attention it deserves.

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Marvel News: Vin Diesel as Root in Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Fast and the Furious Star Vin Diesel will be the voice of Root in the live action film Guardians of the Galaxy. Diesel has been on a roll since the reveal of the Fast and the Furious Franchise grossing over a billion dollars, with Chris Pratt ( Star-Lord), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Marvel wants to show us more of what the Marvel Universe has to offer and August 1, 2014 will be that day, until then check out Marvel.com for more.

 

BAMFAS brings hourly news updates from everyone

Writing updates takes time, finding all the relevant information to your audience is just as hard. With that, we’ve joined our brothers and sisters at BAM. and released their NewsWire platform with a comic focus.

http://newswire.bamfas.com/

We’ll poll active publishers and creators for information, if you’re a publisher or indie that we haven’t indexed yet, follow the contact link on the NewsWire site and submit your site for consideration. There are no promises but the goal of the site is to capture as much data for readers as possible.

Check it out, we’ll continue to post updates on BAMFAS but this is an effort to level the playing field for everyone that reports comic news, stop running everywhere, just stop by our newswire from now on.

This is the start of many new developments as our teams push into new phases, we hope to continue seeing everyone around.