Marvel Fresh Start

What was the alternate ending for Black Panther? What is this “Fresh Start” that Marvel Comics is kicking off this year? Why didn’t Ruth Wilson take a Marvel Cinematic Universe role that she was being considered for? What villains does Jon Bernthal want to show up in The Punisher‘s new season? When can we expect the first look at Shazam? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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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fantastic four rights

Put away your Fantastic Four and Avengers figurines, and roll up your shirt sleeves: We’re going to talk movie rights. One of the biggest deals in the superhero movie landscape could soon take place and it has vast implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond.

Disney and 21st Century Fox are finalizing a deal that would see the House of Mouse acquiring the rights to all of Fox’s movie and TV divisions. This ostensibly means that Fox’s superhero franchises like X-Men and Fantastic Four could be folded into Disney’s Marvel Studios — though there are plenty of other chilling implications outside of superhero movies. But while the X-Men movie rights are wholly under the jurisdiction of 20th Century Fox, Fantastic Four is another matter. In fact, because of Fantastic Four‘s long and troubled history with its movie rights, the foursome could be excluded from the Disney-Fox deal altogether.

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George RR Martin Marvel Comics Letter

Today we know George R.R. Martin as the man who created the sprawling, epic, fantasy world of Westeros for Game of Thrones. The author is currently working on the sixth book in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the HBO series is based, but a little while back, he took some time to do some interview segments for History Channel’s new documentary series Superheroes Decoded, which premiered last night. There he revealed that a letter he wrote to Marvel Comics was the catalyst for his entire writing career.

Watch the segment about the George RR Martin Marvel Comics letter after the jump. Read More »

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Marvel diversity

Marvel Comics has been praised recently for its uptick in diverse characters, the executives are now blaming diversity for the downturn in comic book sales.

The Marvel Retailers Summit was intended as a meeting between Marvel executives and retailers, but when Marvel allowed website ICv2 to report on the summit, it spawned a surge of outrageous headlines about Marvel’s business practices, including the inner circle’s real thoughts on the push for diversity.

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Female Iron Man - Ironheart

Back in July, Marvel Comics announced that Tony Stark would be stepping down from the mantle of Iron Man and passing it off to a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. Since the Iron Man title didn’t really apply anymore, she was revealed to take on the name of Ironheart.

Tony Stark already encountered Riri Williams in Invincible Iron Man #12 after the MIT prodigy reversed engineered an old Iron Man suit and used it to stop a prison break, but an upcoming issue of the comic gives us a little more insight into her backstory, including a glimpse at one of her suits. Read More »

Bruce Lee - SH Figuarts Figure

The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This edition of The Toy Box has a great new figure for The Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series, a special Mandalorian backpack just in time for you to go back to school, a nice set of Marvel bookends to help keep all your comics organized and more.

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Civil War II Death

Marvel Comics already shook up the comic book world by revealing that Captain America was an agent of Hydra in a recent story arc. While there was plenty of outrage and even death threats towards the writers, the real reason for Cap’s apparent turn to villainy was just a typical comic book twist brought on by the Red Skull using the Cosmic Cube. However, another big moment has arrived in the Marvel Comics universe, and this one likely won’t be undone for awhile.

In the most recent issue of Marvel’s Civil War II comic book event, one their biggest superheroes was taken out, and this one was a longtime Avenger. What’s even more surprising is who actually ends up killing the hero in question. Find out about the latest Civil War II death after the jump, but obviously beware of spoilers. Read More »

Fantastic Four Canceled

If 2015 was already a bad year for Fantastic Four, it doesn’t sound like 2016 is shaping up to be much better for Marvel’s first family. 20th Century Fox’s franchise reboot of the comic book property bombed hard at the box office and now Marvel Comics is shelving the superhero team, at least for awhile. Get the details below. Read More »