Birthright movie

A new report says that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will produce a film version of the comic Birthright at Universal Pictures as part of the studio’s first-look deal with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. If you’ve ever wondered what Flight of the Navigator might look like as a fantasy story instead of a science fiction story, this sounds like it might be pretty close to that.

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I Kill Giants Trailer

It’s been an incredible decade for graphic novel adaptations, and an even better one for coming-of-age films. I Kill Giants offers the best of both, adapting the critically-acclaimed Image Comics series from Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura, which was released in 2008.

The film follows a troubled young girl who escapes from her family and school conflicts by engaging in even more fantastical ones: battling giants.

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Power and who gets access to that power is the root of the conflict in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And where does that power lie but in the Force, that all-encompassing, vaguely defined power that only the Jedi and the Sith can wield, and no one else. Until Rey.

She may be one of the first “ordinary” people has a natural knack with the Force, but if the events of Last Jedi are anything to go by, she won’t be the last. For many Star Wars fans, this has become a point of contention — the moment where director Rian Johnson loses them and blatantly disrespects all Star Wars mythology that has been built up until now. But these new rules of the Force are canon, whether they like it or not. And now a canon Star Wars comic book is re-enforcing those rules.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.

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valkyrie marvel comics

In a movie jam-packed with scene-stealing characters (Korg!) and moments (Thor imitating Loki turning into a snake!), Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie threatened to steal the entirety of Thor: Ragnarok. Her beer-guzzling, tortured mercenary swaggered into Thor’s life and into the pop culture pantheon, becoming far and away the fan favorite character of the movie. And now she’s making her way to the Marvel comic books, too.

A new version of Valkyrie, modeled very closely on Thompson’s mercenary introduced in Thor: Ragnarok, will make her debut in the Marvel comic Exiles.

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Marvel Comics Reveals Thanos’ Original Birth Name

thanos true name

I know what you’ve been thinking every time you lay eyes on Thanos, the Big Bad who has terrorized the Avengers for decades and who looms large over the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming Avengers: Infinity War: What’s beneath that crinkly, purple exterior? What is he thinking? What’s his original name?

Yes, Thanos’ name was almost not Thanos. That’s something you’ll only learn in the ongoing Marvel Comics series Thanos, which revealed the Mad Titan’s true birth name in issue #14. And no, it’s not something mundane like “Todd.”

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Venom movie

Venom, the movie that is definitely real and not an elaborate early April Fools’ hoax, will be based on some very real comic book storylines.

Director Ruben Fleischer has the unenviable task of bringing the popular Spider-Man antihero to the big screen, sans Spider-Man. Thankfully, he has a plethora of Venom comic book arcs and issues to draw from. But no one Venom storyline will do — he’s going to adapt two.

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labyrinth comic book

Say it with me: dance, magic, dance, the Goblin King is returning to our lives! This time, Jareth — the original Babe with the power of voodoo (over my heart) — will be casting his spell over readers of a new Labyrinth comic book from writer Simon Spurrier and artist Daniel Bayliss. The comic book series, titled Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, will explore the origin story of Jareth the Goblin King and how he came to reside over the titular mystical labyrinth.

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The Magic Order

Mark Millar made history when he signed a deal to bring his Millarworld to Netflix. Now, Netflix won’t just be focused on original programming, they’ll have a hand in the publishing world as well. Today, Millar and Netflix have announced The Magic Order as the first comic book to be published as part of the Millarworld Netflix deal. The comic is described as “magic meets the mob.”

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jedi purge

How did we end up from there being thousands of Jedi Knights to The Last Jedi? The Jedi were rendered myths after most of the Order was destroyed by Emperor Palpatine and his first-in-command Darth Vader, during the events of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. Nearly 10,000 Jedi Knights existed at the time, and it was presumed that all of them — except for Yoda, Obi-Wan, and a select few who were off the radar — died.

But…there is another. At least, according to a new Star Wars comic book issue of Darth Vader, which explores the Sith Lord’s attempts to exterminate the survivors of Palpatine’s Great Jedi Purge.

Spoilers follow for Darth Vader #6.

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Back to the Future comic

Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale has been filling out that movie trilogy’s universe in the pages of IDW comic books for years, but now a new comic series called Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train is poised to answer a question that fans have been wondering about since the third film hit theaters in 1990: what exactly did Doc Brown mean by his final line in that movie trilogy?
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