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Marvel Comics

If you read comic books then you know that the major publishers are always shaking things up, Marvel and DC are particularly guilty of mega-event shake-ups that rejigger the status quo in an effort to get fans into a frenzy and into the comic book stores. So here we again, on the cusp of another huge Marvel Comics event, and one that has a simple goal: “We want fans to get fired up. Simple as that,” said Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso in a media release. But fired about about what? The eternal question of whether the Marvel Universe is big enough for two of every character… (more…)

Marvel Sees A Slump In Sales – Is Diversity To Blame?

Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke. You may not know it, but comic book sales have been taking something of a dive lately, especially for Marvel. It’s an odd phenomenon considering the fact that so many comic-related products are all over film and television right now. More and more people are being exposed to the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Preacher thanks to media development, but it seems this is not translating to an increase in sales and Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel has something to say about it.

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Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord. (more…)

Strange that in the process of talking about the end of Wolverine on the big screen in just a month’s time with the release of Logan, we get this news: Marvel Comics wants to bring Wolverine back. The character was killed off a few years ago in the creatively titled miniseries Death of Wolverine, but it seems that three years is enough in the afterlife for the mutant that’s the best at what he does. “Why?” you may ask. Well, it turns out that it’s part of a strategy to recruit and keep A-list talent at Marvel Comics, whose retention has suffered a little in recent years. (more…)

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Given today’s precarious job market it may be quite incomprehensible for young people to think that they could be at one company for three-quarters of a century. It’s not impossible, you just would have had to be hired in 1941. Like Stan Lee. Lee is well-known for creating the entire Marvel Universe as we know it in the 1960s, but his career at Marvel – and it’s various previous identities – goes all the way back to the 1940s. The Walt Disney Company took time out recently to remember that, and remember the long career of the man that made the company they now proudly own. (more…)

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Captain America, the Star Spangled Man, figure of recent controversy and (possibly) the most popular Marvel comics superhero right now thanks to two very successful movies from directing brothers Joseph and Anthony Russo, is more than something of an icon in the modern American myth. He’s considered (or supposed) to embody what is good and wholesome about the American spirit, even when America doesn’t feel very great. It only makes sense to honor the good Captain, given he’s now 75 years old, and what better to kick that off than San Diego Comic-con?  (more…)

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Remember when Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back? You probably do; after all, it has resulted in the massively successful relaunching of Star Wars, including The Force Awakens, Rebels, and the upcoming Rogue One. But Disney didn’t just acquire a galaxy far, far away when they bought Lucasfilm. They also acquired one much closer to home—a world of nazi punching, tomb raiding, pistol slinging, and whip cracking; a world where magic is real, adventure is alive, and anything worthwhile “belongs in a museum”. I mean, of course, Indiana Jones. Now it seems Disney is looking to continue the success they’ve had with Lucasfilm properties, and ‘Indy’ is up to bat.  (more…)

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When Marvel Comics promised in issue #3 of Civil War II that “One of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall!” they weren’t kidding. Literally or figuratively. The newest Civil War has been cutting a bloody swath through the comic book Marvel Universe since May, and has already claimed at least one marquee name, but in the latest issue of the event miniseries, which hits comic book store shelves today, a superhero that’s been at the forefront of the MCU for decades falls and – you guessed it! – nothing will ever be the same again. Spoilers follow, obviously. (more…)

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Marvel is in the midst of Civil War II, the new face-off between that comic universe’s superheroes that has divided them and forced them to fight each other rather than, you know, the bad guys. While these big events are used to get readers back to the comic book store, the secondary objective is to shake things up so that the fans don’t get too used to where their favorite characters are, what they’re doing and who they’re do it with. The first Civil War was followed by “The Initiative,” which showed how the fallout of the war effected the Marvel Universe; Civil War II, meanwhile, will be followed by “Divided We Stand.” (more…)

C3PO

The one constant throughout the Star Wars films has been everyone’s favorite droid duo C-3PO, and R-2D2. Although the two spent most of The Force Awakens on the sidelines in favor of newcomer B-88, they still are very much a part of the heart and soul of Star Wars. They have gone on adventures with both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke throughout both trilogies. When the promotional material for The Force Awakens first began to surface, there was a slight change in our favorite protocol droid’s appearance. No longer did he have his gold plating throughout his body. For some unexplained reason, C3PO was seen sporting a red arm on his left arm. Even though it was clear that he had a red arm, in typical C-3PO fashion, he spent some time to irksomely explain that he had a brand new red arm that everyone had to notice. While this was an interesting aesthetic, it was not explained at all during the film, it was just something that “happened” and now we’ll just have to get used to it. This left some fans to ponder: Why is his arm red? What happened? In typical JJ Abrams fashion, we didn’t get an answer… until now.

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