The first full trailer for the upcoming Marvel and Netflix series Iron Fist has finally made its way onto the Internet. The fourth in the fantastic Marvel/Netflix street level superhero universe brings us the last of the upcoming Defenders and sets the stage for bigger things. There’s more than just one familiar face in the trailer. Rosario Dawson‘s Claire, the glue that seems to hold this universe together is there along with the villainous Madame Gau played by Wai Ching Ho. (more…)
Production has begun on the second season of Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil in New York. We’ve got some images from the set thanks to Shelly Kelly featuring Charlie Cox and Elden Hensen. Another interesting tidbit is the code name being used for filming, Ringside. (more…)
We know that the comic book business has been changing just as much as any other business that has seen modern reading habits shift from what’s printed to what’s posted. The digital revolution has changed things, and the only thing anyone can really agree on is that things are changing. So they are changing again. Marvel Comics announced a deal today with the e-book/periodical digital distribution platform Scribd to offer hundreds of Marvel comic books via Scribd’s subscription service. Think of it as Netflix for comics, and now, for just $8.99 per month, you can read some of your favorite adventures of the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. (more…)
Fair warning — Bill Lustig is a personal hero.
The work Lustig has done in the arena of film preservation and presentation with his company Blue Underground (whose output has sadly slowed down to a halt recently) is top tier stuff, bringing us amazing exploitation gems that would otherwise be lost forever. It also helps that he’s made a slew of bonafide classics (fuck that condescending “cult classic” bullshit) such as Vigilante, Maniac, Relentless and, of course, the Maniac Cop films. I got to meet the big man from 42nd Street a few years back (at a 35mm screening of Maniac, after which he gave one of the best Q&As I’ve ever witnessed) and was literally shaking with excitement to get my Vigilante blu-ray signed — to the point that wife actually had to do the talking for me because I was so nervous. That’s just who I am. If Tom Hanks were to start talking to me, I’d play it completely cool. But Bill Lustig? That man’s a goddamn knee-clack-inducing legend.
All of this is a long-winded intro to the news that Maniac Cop (yes, the Larry Cohen/Robert Z’Dar collabo.) is being remade. Now, most people would be mad that one of their heroes’ best films is being redone for a new audience. But when you tell me that Lustig himself is producing, along with modern exploitation auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), my eyes light up like stars. Now they’ve added none other than Ed Brubaker (Captain America: the Winter Solider) to script the redux, and I am literally counting the days until I can watch it.
When Joss Whedon and the powers that be at Marvel announced they were bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen many people wondered if DC might do the same with their critically popular, although commercially unsuccessful series, Gotham Central. In fact, Gotham Central has been on the Hollywood radar before, back when Christopher Nolan was still working on his Dark Knight trilogy.
There’s a story that often repeats itself in Hollywood. Creator/writer sells a script or story to a movie production company. Later, the creator/writer can’t hardly recognize any of their work besides the title and a couple of character names. Yeah, I’m looking at you World War Z. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Ed Brubaker and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
There’s big news hitting the Internet about Marvel Studios upcoming sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Robert Redford is in talks to join the cast. Sources are saying that Redford would play an older member of the super secret government spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D..
If you recall Ed Brubaker‘s Winter Soldier story line than you know that Bucky Barnes, Cap’s sidekick, was not killed in World War II, but recovered and brain washed by the Soviets, who then turned Bucky into the Winter Soldier; a super-secret-soviet-spy-assassin.
Perhaps Redford’s character will be the agent who has been trying to track down the Winter Soldier all those years or he could be playing a character much like the Gareth Mallory Skyfall role played by Ralph Fiennes. Mallory was a government liaison to the spy department, that later became M’s replacement in the James Bond movie.
Joe and Anthony Russo are directing the movie, which stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson.
What do you think about this news? We got Tommy Lee Jones in the first Captain America movie, if nothing else it does give younger fans a talking point to convince their mom to take them to the movie.
For months now I’ve been touting Avengers vs. X-Men as an ambitious comic that stands to be something more than another predictable event comic, a merging of superhero badassery and truly big ideas that could have truly big consequences in the Marvel Universe. Clearly that’s what Marvel’s hoping everyone will think, but it’s up to the book to deliver on the promise, and honestly I keep waiting for something to underwhelm me. I keep waiting for the ambition to level off, for the elements to fall into a predictable place. But then the Marvel Architects deliver a comic like issue 10, and I’m even more convinced we’re heading for a truly heavy conclusion.
(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)
After his heyday in the late ’70s and early ’80s as a part of Heroes for Hire and the best buddy of Luke Cage, it was a bit hard to keep tabs on Iron Fist. He had a rather spotty time of things at Marvel, and then Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker and David Aja launched this short-lived but amazingly fun ongoing series that brought things back to basics and reminded us all why Iron Fist is one of the Marvel Universe’s great badasses.
At some point Marvel was going to have to address how exactly Avengers vs. X-Men isn’t just another Civil War, and they were going to have to do it in a way that wasn’t just a self-assured press release. The only way they’re really going to convince us that they’ve done something new here is to do their convincing in-story. I’ve been pleased with the story so far, but Avengers vs. X-Men #3 is where the event really starts to become something more than a superhero vs. superhero bloodfest. It’s an important turning point, but does it pay off?