early doctor strange comics

The new Doctor Strange movie has done what 50 years of comic book lore could not – it has made the the Marvel Universe’s master of the mystical arts into a household name. Like Iron Man before him, Stephen Strange is no longer a B-tier superhero, beloved only by dedicated comic book readers. He now belongs to movie fans around the world.

Any character who has existed for half a century undergoes significant changes. But at the same time, any character who can exist for half a century has something at his core that allows him to endure for so long. So I decided to revisit the earliest Doctor Strange comics, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, to see just how much the Sorcerer Supreme has evolved… and how much he’s stayed the same. (Spoilers ahead for the Doctor Strange movie, if you haven’t seen it yet.)

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inhumans tv series

When Marvel Studios initially announced its ambitious “Phase Three,” the titles included movies like Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans, a cinematic take on one of Marvel’s weirder superhero teams. And while every other movie saw forward momentum, Inhumans seemingly stalled and was yanked off Marvel’s release schedule earlier this year.

But the Inhumans are coming to a screen near you, just not in the manner you were expecting. Marvel Television has announced that The Inhumans is now a television series that will air on ABC in 2017, with the first two episodes set to premiere in IMAX theaters prior to their television debut.

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Jeremy Renner Not Returning for Mission Impossible 6

It’s getting to the point that almost every good actor out there has some kind of role in the Marvel cinematic universe. Thankfully, they can’t all be in every single movie in the Marvel franchise, so they get a break for a couple years at a time. But with The Avengers: Infinity War coming up, pretty much the entire roster of Marvel’s surviving characters will be utilized in some capacity, and while that doesn’t appear to be a problem for most of the cast members involved, it could create an issue for one member of The Avengers.

In a recent interview to promote Arrival (a movie that you simply must see as soon as possible), co-star Jeremy Renner revealed that the shooting schedule for The Avengers: Infinity War might keep him from reprising his role as agent William Brandt in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Read More »

arnim zola concept art

One of the strangest surprises to come out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the return of Toby Jones‘ Arnim Zola, who had managed to negotiate his way into the good graces of the American government after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger before uploading himself into a computer to achieve post-human immortality. This version of Zola, a creepy face on a computer screen with a disembodied voice, was a toned-down version of how he looks in the pages of Marvel comic books.

Well, it turns out that we were, at one point, going to see more of Zola and in a from closer to his comic book counterpart. And we were going to see it in Ant-Man, of all movies.

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Tony Stark's Secret Message to Spider-Man

Despite how long Marvel Studios tapdanced around the prospect of Spider-Man appearing in Captain America: Civil War, we were certain the webslinger was going to show up in the movie. However, one thing we didn’t know about until around the time the movie hit theaters was that the post-credits scene for the movie featured a tease for Spider-Man: Homecoming. And that scene almost featured a more overt tease for what’s to come in the Spidey franchise reboot.

Some concept art from the visual effects company Perception, who created the digital readout projected by Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) webshooters that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gave him, reveals that there was almost a secret message that the genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist left for the webslinger. Find out about Tony Stark’s secret message to Spider-Man after the jump. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Love Interest

Rumors have pegged the actress/singer Zendaya as playing Peter Parker’s usual love interest Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the name Michelle that she’s been given on call sheets and by director Jon Watts has been deemed to be nothing but misdirection. However, for those who don’t buy the overt cover-up, Zendaya has just thrown out more details about her character that certainly don’t make her sound like the Mary Jane Watson we know. And to go along with these new details, a rumor has surfaced pegging who might actually be Peter Parker’s love interest in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Honestly, when word came that Zendaya could be playing Mary Jane Watson, I was a little disappointed. No, I wasn’t upset because a traditionally white character may be played by a black actress, because that’s ridiculous. But I was disappointed to hear that Mary Jane was going to end up becoming the Spider-Man Homecoming love interest again so soon. However, if Zendaya’s statements from yesterday are to be believed, that might not be the case.

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bullseye

We’ve now had two seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil tv series which has introduced a lot of classic antagonists: The Kingpin, Elektra, The Hand and Punisher. But the biggest omission so far has to be Bullseye, a merciless assassin that never misses his mark, able to turn anything into a lethal weapon. Daredevil star Charlie Cox is fighting to bring in Bullseye for Daredevil Season 3, but some of his co-stars don’t want it to happen.
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Ghost Rider Spin-Off Series

The ABC TV series Agents of SHIELD has been reinvigorated again by the arrival of Ghost Rider in the Marvel cinematic universe. Gabriel Luna has been playing the Robbie Reyes iteration of the hellfire anti-hero, and the show revealed that he even obtained his powers from a previous incarnation of Ghost Rider. But it sounds like there might be a future for the fiery biker beyond Agents of SHIELD.

According to Gabriel Luna himself, there have been discussions about where Ghost Rider can go next, and there’s already deals in place to allow the character to continue outside of being a guest star on Agents of SHIELD. Find out about the potential for a Ghost Rider spin-off series, or even a movie, after the jump. Read More »

tom holland as spider-man in civil war

How much can we expect to see Tom Holland in his Spider-Man suit? The actor has revealed that he is signed on to play Peter Parker (aka Spiderman) for six Marvel movies. But which films? Hit the jump to learn about Tom Holland’s Spiderman contract.

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Spider-Man in Captain America Civil War

I remember watching the trailers for The Avengers and seeing that shot of the Marvel’s superhero team facing down the giant flying leviathan in the streets of New York and just knowing that I was looking at the film’s climactic moments, at the final threat Iron Man and Captain America and the rest of the crew would face. That just turned out to be canny marketing, as that giant beastie was one of many and Marvel had accomplished something pretty damn cool: it managed to hide its biggest surprises from audiences until they were in the theater.

So I remember that moment whenever the folks representing Marvel Studios play coy with the details and dodge questions and don’t explain who certain actors are playing. It’s for our own good! That brings us to today’s little comic book news blast, as Michael Keaton has been finally confirmed to be playing the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming while Zendaya remains tight-lipped about her role in the film.

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