Everything you always wanted to know about Gwen Stacy (SPOILERS!!!)

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Amazing Spider-Man is definitely a hit—$91.6 million opening weekend—but the questions are just beginning. As are the spoilers just in case you DO NOT KNOW THE CENTRAL CANON OF SPIDER-MAN LORE. Look away, look away if you haven’t seen the movie or read the comics. If you have…you may proceed.

C2E2: Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez on Storm Solo Series

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TweetIt’s happening, hurrah! Marvel have today announced the news that Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez will be the creative team for a Storm ongoing series. Starting this July, the series will see the character take off around the world on a one-woman peacekeeping mission. She’ll be toppling corrupt governments, stopping natural disasters – it sounds […]

Marvel Tempts Fans With More Than Apples During Original Sin Panel

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Tweetby David Nieves Marvel got their C2E2 Saturday off to a running start with a panel dedicated to their next big event, Original Sin. The panel consisted of Mark Waid (who wrote last weeks zero issue) alongside James Robinson and editors Nick Lowe, Mike Marts, and Jordan White. Waid gets things started by talking about […]

Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a little over stuffed

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As I’ve written before, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is probably my favorite superhero movie after the original Christopher Reeve Superman. (I’m not in love with the Nolan Batmans although I get why people like them.) It’s one of the very few superhero films with an autuer’s imprimatur, and it’s just plain goofy as heck, veering between horror pastiche of the directors own work, sappy musical and a sad meditation on middle-aged loneliness. Raimi is old enough to have the original Ditko Spidey as his inspiration, from the upside down kiss to the rogue’s gallery of old men in greying wife-beaters—supposedly one of the reasons Raimi and the studio parted ways on Spidey 4 was that Raimi wanted the Vulture as the villain, and the studio wanted a more up to date bad guy.

In Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, all the references have been updated. This is the ultimate world of Bryan Hitch, Greg Land and Greg Horn, all blazing cgi and mottled, gloomy photoshop. The soundtrack has been similarly updated, with a group known as the Magnificent Six—which includes everyone from Pharrell Williams to Johnny Marr—blasting catchy singles. In what passes for innovation here, a scene where Peter Parker does the obligatory Google search to find out a mystery, instead of the chugging string music of every other superhero movie, we get a Phillip Phillips song.

Marvel’s July Books: Spiderman 2099 and Rocket Raccoon

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If you want to know what Marvel is shipping in July, the answer is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: March 2014 — the two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s

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Now before we get deep into the numbers, I want to point out a trend that I’ve been noticing, and would love to hear your thoughts on in the comments below.

So there are two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s. The first is something like Black Widow or She-Hulk, where the new #1 is a new series featuring a new or returning character and a new creative team, so basically a new book. The other is what I call the soft relaunch. They take an ongoing series with falling sales and they give it a new #1, but not much else changes, same creative team or if maybe the artists changes, the writer stays, and maybe a slight tweak on the storyline or premise. Examples of this are Secret Avengers or X-Factor.


Fox and Sony cross-over in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 secret scene — SPOILERS

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It seems that Fox—which controls the X-men and Fantastic Four film franchises— and Sony—which controls Spider-Man—have come to an agreement to create their OWN variant earth-2 Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with a cut scene at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Foreign viewers are already tweeting about it. I’ve greyed out the relevant info below.

Final X-Men Days of Future Past trailer debuts

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Tweet Spoiler: I am totally going to see this movie. Unlike past teaser trailers this one is all about the plot, and all the “You sent me 50 years from now!” fun of time travel stories. Also: Sentinels.

Marvel’s Tom Brevoort on the diminishing returns of relaunches

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Tweet Brief and to the point — over on his Formspring Tom Brevoort was asked about Marvel’s continued hammer-blows of relaunches, Do you think the frequent relaunches will eventually lose their sales-boosting effect? marvelmaster616 Maybe. Many other things have over the years. ..and that’s where the creativity of comics comes in, I guess. Rich has […]

What are the real secrets of Marvel’s Original Sin?

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TweetDespite my previous move towards being chipper, there are still some distress signals out there. Marvel’s full court press on their next event, Original Sin, has been relentless. Maybe a little too relentless. After promising “unprecedented marketing support,” inclduing the eyeball giveaway, I notice they pushed the FOC forward a day, and released the first […]

A tale of two Kevins: Feige and Tsujihara

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The two most powerful people in comics— Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige—were both the subject of fairly hagiographic profiles recently. The Feige piece in Businessweek was probably the more revelatory, as it offered ACTUAL INFORMATION on the very secretive Marvel Studios process, and the legacy of Ike, such as the following account of the dorm-level offices.

Deathlok gets his own series spinning out of Marvel’s Original Sins mini

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Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort were back on a press call to talk about Original SinS wth an S, a companion anthology to Original Sin, the current Marvel Event mini series which kicks off in May. Original SinS (that’s my spelling for emphasis) will launch in June with bi-weekly shipping issues. The core of the anthology will be a Young Avengers serial written by Ryan North of Adventure Time fame, but the rest of the stories will include an eclectic line up of creators including Ramon Villalobos. James Robinson, Don Slott, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley and even Rick Geary, is drawing a Lockjaw story.

Nice Art: Marvel offers some Elektra previews

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Normally I’m not in favor of digging up characters who were done perfectly by their creator, but Elektra has been revived so many times, we might as well give it a go again—this time as part of Marvel’s experimental push for female-led titles. This new version comes out in April and features writing by Haden Blackman and are by Mike Del Mundo. In fact these pages by Del Mundo look pretty sharp and remind me of….another book with a female lead.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch debut in sneaky Avengers 2 set photos

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming in Aosta, Italy which has to be tough because one bowl of pasta and it’s going to show in your spandex, but luckily, as these photos show, some of the costumes have pasta-concealing features. Elizabeth Olson said she wasn’t going to go around in a scarlet swimsuit as The Scarlet Witch and she is sure not wearing a swimsuit. Sensible shoes and everything!

“They Won’t All Get Along”: Dan Slott and Nick Lowe on ‘SPIDER-VERSE’ [Press Call]

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TweetIt’s been an age since I went onto a Marvel conference call – heck, it’s been an age since I did anything over here which wasn’t an interview. So today when Marvel set up a call with Dan Slott and Nick Lowe to discuss the next Spider-Man event storyline, I decided to nip across and […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: February 2014 — How soon is Now?

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Hello and welcome to an All-New month of Marvel sales numbers NOW! Before we get started let’s look at a breakdown of what we have this month.

69 Marvel comics out this month
8 Titles double-shipped
8 new #1s (I did not count the Annuals)
8 Avengers Titles
6 X-Men Titles (9 if you count X-Force, X-Factor and Marvel Knights X-Men).

This month several titles get relaunches as part of All-New Marvel Now. Some of these are new teams, or characters getting a solo title for the first time in a while. Some are soft relaunches of recently ended titles.