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If you haven’t already devoured Daredevil on Netflix, I’m sure you put a pretty good dent in it. And if you have finished, I’m sure there’s a Marvel-sized hole in your media life that likely can’t be filled by the weekly adventures of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now you’re wonder just who, how, and when you’re going to be getting your next fix from this dark and gritty side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course you know the who, it’s AKA: Jessica Jones, the tale of the former superhero turned private investigator starring Krysten Ritter. The when is sometime later this year, but if you’re one of those types that wants everything right now, here’s a treat: Jessica Jones villain the Purple Man, in the flesh. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)

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It’s the lunch hour, so why not make some time to get stoked about the biggest comic book movie of all time (to date): Avengers: Age of Ultron. The internet’s been exploding the last several days with new clips and promotion of the Marvel Studios film, which remains two very anxious weeks away from release. But perhaps your desire for superhero fun and excitement can be fed with the following clips. The stars of Avengers were very busy yesterday with red carpets and talk show appearances, while the studio is busy releasing new scenes, and new advertisements to convince fans who were already excited about this project mere minutes after 2012’s The Avengers ended, why they should be even more excited.
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Well, this was almost sadly inevitable, and things were going so well for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out in less than a year, and Suicide Squad building some solid hype now that productions begun… As of this morning though, there’s news that there’s now trouble in paradise, or rather on Paradise Island. The long suffering superhero franchise in waiting, Wonder Woman, must now endure another setback, and it’s an old story if you’ve been following along with the seemingly decades long attempt to make the Amazonian princess into a big screen action star. Sadly, the search for a director is on again with Michelle MacLaren out of the job. (more…)

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While there’s no Captain Marvel Easter Egg or Cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is some news on the Captain Marvel movie front. Marvel has narrowed their choices on who will be writing the Captain Marvel script to two: Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside-Out). The thing is, it’s not a choice between the two, Marvel wants them both. (more…)

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Now that we’ve all come down from the incredible nerdy high that the Spider-Man Sony/Marvel announcement took us all to, we can get back to worrying things to death on the Internet. Things like, how long will this obviously complicated Spider-Man marriage between Sony and Marvel continue? Will it be just long enough for Marvel to establish Spider-Man in the MCU before Sony pulls the carpet out from everything? Kevin Feige has a thing or two to say about that. (more…)

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Now is an interesting time in comics. Thanks to such strong female titles like Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Thor, Spider-Women, and Wonder Woman, there are more women reading comics than ever before. The industry is putting out stand-out titles with good stories that put focus on strength of character and tenacity. Despite the growing trend, the treatment of women in comics is a work in progress. There have been some bumps in the road. Women are still being objectified. While costumes are covering more skin nowadays (See: Spider-Gwen, Silk, Ms Marvel – even Wonder Woman got a recent full-bodied costume redesign), female characters are still drawn with unrealistic forms and are often posed in sexually suggestive positions. When it’s bad… I mean when when a comic cover drops that is borderline soft-core porn, the Internet lashes out. A lot of the outcry is hyperbolic (hey, that’s the Internet for you) but artists are being called-out and often crucified for the decisions they make. In some ways, this helps dictate the marketplace and forces creatives and publishers to think more carefully about their readership and the type of content they’re putting out there. On the other hand, online lynching stifles creativity and freedom of artistic expression. Artists shouldn’t be bullied into submission.

Now, a recent event amongst comic artists has poignantly showcased what happens when culture goes to war with itself.

Head on past the jump to get the scoop on the showdown of the century (or at least this year). *Note: Get some coffee ready, this is a long read. (more…)

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If you think you haven’t gotten a good enough look at Ant-Man yet, prepare to have your understanding of movie marketing adjusted. As promised, Marvel Studios and Disney have released the first full trailer of the upcoming superhero film this morning, and it shows off a lot of action and character moments while setting up pretty effectively the film’s story. Long in development and highly anticipated, Ant-Man will coming out hot on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which box office experts have reported is expected to make a billion cagillion dollars on its opening weekend. So will Ant-Man be able to captialize on Marvel mania, or will it be the studio’s first real bomb? Perhaps the trailer will give you a hint… (more…)