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Earlier this year, comic book writer Tom King was hired to co-write New Gods, the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of Jack Kirby‘s cosmic superhero series. But King is praising his co-writer and the film’s director Ava DuVernay as the real expert who carry on Kirby’s legacy.

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Eternals Movie

For years, Marvel Studios made waves by announcing its movies years in advance, building hype like no other studio and giving fans plenty of teases of what was coming. But Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are almost certainly going to feature some major deaths that drastically change the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and since the studio wants to keep those deaths a secret for as long as possible, it’s been announcing future release dates but not telling the world what their upcoming film slate looks like.

Now a new rumor claims one of Marvel’s upcoming projects will be an Eternals movie, based on the characters created by Jack Kirby in the mid-1970s.
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Ava DuVernay New Gods

A Wrinkle in Time and Selma director Ava DuVernay briefly considered directing Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, but Marvel’s loss is DC’s gain: DuVernay is heading to Warner Bros. and DC Films to direct an adaptation of The New Gods, based on the comic created by Jack Kirby.

Discover the details of the Ava DuVernay New Gods movie below. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp photo

Today would have been the 100th birthday of Marvel Comics legend Jack Kirby, a man who co-created some of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the page and whose artwork is a guiding force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today.

While filming Ant-Man and The Wasp, actress Evangeline Lilly (the titular Wasp) paid tribute to Kirby’s birthday and released a new image of herself in costume – or at least, in partial costume. Check out the newest Ant-Man and The Wasp photo below.
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Spider-Man PS4 - Negative Man Fights Spider-Man

Want to take a look behind the scenes of the making of Spider-Man PS4? Is Warner Bros. going to announce Wonder Woman 2 at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend? Is Tony Stark the real villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming? Is there any chance Avengers 4 is a soft reboot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Could Enchantress be brought back for Suicide Squad 2?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Jack Kirby Google Doodle

Though everyone knows the name Stan Lee because of his contribution to the legendary characters from Marvel Comics, there is another iconic name from the history of those comic book paages who everyone should know.

Jack Kirby was a comic creator who worked closely with Stan Lee, co-creating characters with him like Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Hulk. Kirby also had a hand in creating Captain America with Joe Simon. This August, Jack Kirby would have turned 100 years old, and in honor of Kirby’s contribution to pop culture, fans want a tribute that millions of people will see by way of one of the celebratory Google doodles.

Find out more about the Jack Kirby Google doodle petition below. Read More »

Marvel Kirby settlement

As of today, Marvel Comics and the estate of Jack Kirby are friends again. Or, at least, they’re not fighting out a dispute in court.

Kirby was the creator or co-creator of many of Marvel’s biggest characters including The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the original X-Men. But his work for Marvel was under a work-for-hire contract. Despite being one of the brightest talents who built Marvel’s greatest age, Kirby ended up with no copyright ownership for his characters. Now, after several lower court battles over Kirby’s rights, and an impending date with the Supreme Court, Marvel and the Kirby Estate have reached a settlement. Read More »

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Want to see X-Men: Days of Future Past standout Quicksilver in action? Was the Green Goblin going to look different in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Could Y: The Last Man still see the light of day? Will Fantastic Four be in 3D? Will you be able to buy a returned Comic-Con badge this year? How will Apocalypse play into X-Men: Apocalypse? What does Mel Gibson look like as Wolverine? Which comic book lawsuit will soon end up in front of the Supreme Court? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Stan Lee Cameo

Stan Lee is the father of many of the great Marvel comic book superheroes we now watch every year on the big screen. Its hard not to notice Stan’s cameo appearances — I think even non-geeks recognize Lee.

Stan has appeared in a lot of the Marvel movies: X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. He even had a cameo in Marvel’s ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

But Lee will not be appearing in Marvel’s 2014 release Guardians of The Galaxy, the first Marvel Studios film without the legendary creator. Find out why after the jump.

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When ‘Argo’ Was Called ‘Lord of Light’

The following story and excerpt come from Jeff Goldsmith:

After winning BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture, Argo continues to enjoy its festive awards season glow.

For all the things going right for Argo, it’s interesting to learn more about the history behind the real script’s difficult past (the movie/script inside the movie). The digital iPad magazine Backstory just published issue 04, their awards season issue, and in it they did a profile about a script called Lord of Light by screenwriter Barry Ira Geller — the writer of the script that went on to become known as Argo.

Not only did Backstory track down and interview Geller, who in real life had his script supposedly stolen by the C.I.A., Backstory was also given permission to run original Jack Kirby storyboards and even the first 20 pages of the script that fooled the Iranian government! Now, Backstory gave /Film the exclusive permission to reprint the first four pages of their article, which you can see after the jump as screenshots.

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