Creator of Iconic Villain Moving on from Marvel

Creator of Iconic Villain Moving on from Marvel

With all of the hype surrounding Avengers: Infinity War, one would think that Marvel would be doing it’s best to hold onto the creator of the film’s major antagonist. However, Thanos creator, Jim Starlin, is cutting all ties with Marvel Comics.

“I am moving on,” says Starlin.

The writer and artist was working on a series of comics titled, Thanos: The Infinity Siblings. However, he will no longer be involved in the trilogy after the first one is released in February, 2018.

In a statement on Facebook, Starlin said, “What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot. The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone’s enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.”

In his post, Starlin added that he had fought to be the writer of the new monthly Thanos series alongside the trilogy, but Marvel chose to go in another direction. This isn’t the first time Starlin and Marvel have clashed, as he was vocal about his displeasure with the financial compensations he was receiving after the release of 2012’s Avengers, where Thanos was first revealed.

While Starlin and the Marvel comics division may have had a major falling out, it’s worth noting that he feels that the movie division has “treated very well.”


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Is Marvel gearing up for Civil War?

Is Marvel gearing up for Civil War?

According to a recent article in Variety, Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge” of signing on to play a significant role in the third Captain America movie. This has led to speculation that the plot of the movie will be based on the Civil War crossover event of 2006. This could be great news, or this could be terrible news. It all depends on how you feel about the story, with fans standing as divided as Cap and Tony. The potential for a movie version leads to several big questions about the direction Marvel is planning to take their ever expanding movie universe. What changes will be made to the story when adapting it to film? Will Civil War be a lead in to the Infinity Gauntlet? Are we going to get a two-part Avengers 3, and if so, what new characters will we get to see?

And arguably the most important question, especially considering recent rumblings of talks between Sony and Disney regarding the future of the character, will we FINALLY get to see Spider-Man in a Marvel movie?

That last question is relevant for a few reasons, the biggest of which being the fact that Spidey is integral to the plot of Civil War and absolutely essential to any big screen adaptation. Last week rumours began circulating that Marvel and Sony were in “delicate preliminary conversations” around potentially sharing the character in a way that would allow Spidey to appear in a Marvel movie. During Civil War, Captain America and Iron Man compete like Victorian-era marriage suitors for the hand and heart of Spider-Man, who is basically the moral compass of Civil War and the Marvel Universe as a whole. Following the less than fantastic box office returns of the Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s no surprise that Sony is entertaining the idea. For comics fans though, this news is gigantic. If only Fox would stop being jerks and allow the X-characters to show up, I would finally be able to see this moment on screen.

For those of you who don’t read comics, or are unfamiliar with the Civil War storyline, here’s the basic gist of the whole thing. A group of super-humans, while filming a reality show, are having a fairly stereotypical good guys vs. bad guys battle near an elementary school in Stamford, Connecticut. At one point in the skirmish, the villain Nitro explodes himself, resulting in the deaths of 600 people. This is all caught on film and results in a public outcry to implement some form of legislation that would hold super powered individuals accountable for their actions. Enter the Superhuman Registration Act, which requires any super powered being operating in the States to register their identity with the government. Anybody who refuses to do so will be thrown into a super-prison built by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Long story short, Captain America thinks this idea is fascist bullshit, and goes underground to start recruiting other heroes who feel the same way. Iron Man, on the other hand, thinks this forced registration is a fantastic notion, and joins up with S.H.I.E.L.D. to hunt down the rebels. Nearly every major and minor character eventually picks a side, with the central tug-of-war revolving around Spider-Man, who starts off on Tony’s side but eventually realizes he’s doing the wrong thing and signs up with Cap’s guerrilla group.

The event received mixed reviews from fans, and left most feeling that Iron Man had been railroaded into becoming a straight up villain. While it seemed that Marvel really wanted everyone to pick a side and split readers down the middle, it was pretty difficult with the writers strongly pushing the idea that if the pure of heart and impeccably moralistic Captain America thinks something is a bad idea, you best feel the same way or you’re a bastard with no soul.

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This brings us back to the other major issue in adapting Civil War to the big screen. Thanks partly to the unbelievably smart casting choice of Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man has become the mascot for the MCU. He is without a doubt their biggest and most popular character at this point, with the three films grossing over two billion dollars worldwide. How can Marvel successfully adapt a story that made readers hate a character who has become the company’s biggest cash cow while simultaneously ensuring it remains at least somewhat faithful to the source material? There’s always the classic switcheroo plan, which could see the two characters switch roles; an arrangement that most fans assumed would be the setup when Civil War was originally announced but looks pretty unlikely at this point.

There are hints dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3 make this pretty unlikely. Following the events in the Avengers, Iron Man 3 finds Tony questioning the culpability and responsibility super heroes take on- whether willingly or not- when they don the tights and start throwing aliens through office buildings. On the other side of the coin, the end of The Winter Soldier sees a jaded Captain America on the run after losing faith in a corrupt system, and has Black Widow taking the stand at a congressional hearing that is questioning the burgeoning super powered community and who exactly will take charge and ensure it is held accountable for its actions.

Making a big screen Civil War seems like a no brainer for Marvel and the interconnected cinematic universe they’ve been building over the last seven years, but this is worrisome news in regards to another question posed at the beginning of this article. What does this mean for the Infinity Gauntlet? Are we still going to see a monumental struggle between all the heroes and the Mad Titan, Thanos? Ever since the notorious post-credits scene in the Avengers, followed up by a small cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, everyone assumed it was basically written in stone that the colossal finale for all the MCU movies would showcase the gigantic battle against Thanos for the fate of the universe. Civil War is just too much content for one film, and if they do plan on bringing the event to the big screen, how long will we have to wait for Marvel to do it justice while also setting up the Infinity Gauntlet?

It seems pretty likely, given the trend set by film franchises like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, that the third Avengers movie will be split up into two parts. When one takes into account the absolutely massive scale of Marvel’s crossover events, and the slew of new characters getting their own films in the next few years, this might be the only viable option to include everything and everyone on the same screen. However, Marvel might be biting off a lot more than they can chew if they plan on doing both Civil War AND Infinity Gauntlet, and who knows if people will even still care about all of this by the time it happens. Luckily, all this is mostly rumour and hearsay at this point, even if one can easily connect the dots and extrapolate where it’s all headed. I’m all for more Marvel movies, and at the time Civil War was a lot of fun, but I will travel to LA and burn the Disney offices to the ground if I never get to see Thanos, with his cheeky grin and fiery eyes, holding the universe hostage and battling every single hero at the same time in IMAX 3-D.

Comics Out This Week 5/28/14

Comics Out Today 5/14/2014

Hey everyone, another week has another batch of comics ready to be read. This week has alien trees, teenage assassins, a purple tyrant, someone who doesn’t shut up after learning about  his past, and a jungle Batman.

mar140212Batman #31
By: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

This week has the next chapter in Snyder and Capullo’s Zero Year story.

Last month we had a glimpse into what The Riddler had done to Gotham City, and now it’s time for Batman to take it back, but how will a younger and inexperienced Bruce do so with limited resources?

Zero Year was the origin story that most Batman fans didn’t know that they wanted. Snyder and Capullo have told a massive untold story of Bruce’s slow ascension into becoming the iconic Dark Knight that is paced incredibly well.

 

 

 

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By: Rick Remender and Wesley Craig

The next issue of one of the most underrated titles available comes out this week.

Deadly Class tells the story of Markus, an orphaned, homeless teenager who is offered a scholarship to an underground school that teaches teenagers to be assassins.

Last issue had Markus’ friends breaking him out of solitary confinement so they could go on a road trip to kill his friend’s father in Las Vegas. On the way, Markus takes too many hits of acid thinking they are duds and begins to freak out. He’ll have to get his head back soon as the killer who’s been tracking him for the last few issues is nearly at his door.

 

mar140636dDeadpool #29
By: Brian Posehn,Gerry Dugan, and Scott Koblish

Original Sin has only just begun, but its effects are already affecting the Marvel Universe.

This week’s issue of Deadpool has everyone’s favourite Merc With a Mouth discovering his past. When he was taken for the Weapon X Project, the board members had his entire past erased. What will happen when Wade uncovers the mysteries of his past, and what was his Original Sin? Writer Gerry Dugan promises that both sins won’t be pretty. Then again, when are things ever pretty with Deadpool?

 

 

MAR140475DTrees #1
By: Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

A brand new title from the famous Warren Ellis releases today.

Trees is a sci-fi story about a race of aliens that came to earth ten years ago and acted as trees. Ten years have passed since we found out that there is intelligent life on other planets. Unfortunately, they do not see us as intelligent, or alive.

 

 

 

 

mar140692Thanos Annual #1
By: Jim Starlin and Ron Lim

Everyone’s favourite purple immortal goliath gets an annual this week.

Thanos fights huge Marvel forces such as Mephesto, The Avengers, a future version of himself and much more. This issue will show how one of his past defeats set in motion a chain of events that will soon affect the entire Marvel Universe.

This issue is also the beginning to a Thanos graphic novel that is coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Other Titles Out This Week:

BOOM! Studios
Bravest Warriors #20
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #1
Evil Empire #2
Midas Flesh #6
Peanuts #18 

Dark Horse Comics
Captain Midnight #11
Conan The Avenger #2
ElfQuest The Final Quest #3
Furious #5
Halo Escalation #6
King Conan The Conqueror #4
Mass Effect Foundation #11
Massive #23
Mind MGMT #22
Pariah #4
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #5
Star Wars #8
Star Wars Legacy II #15
Star Wars Rebel Heist #2
Tomb Raider #4
Vandroid #4 

DC Comics
Adventures Of Superman #13
All-Star Western #31
Aquaman #31
Batman Eternal #8
Catwoman #31
Dead Boy Detectives #6
Flash #31
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #13
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #5
Justice League Dark #31
Larfleeze #11
New 52 Futures End #4
Nightwing #30
Red Lanterns #31
Secret Origins #2
Suicide Squad #30
Superman #31 

IDW Publishing
24 #2
City The Mind In The Machine #4
Ghostbusters #16
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #12
Monster And Madman #1
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #19
Samurai Jack #8
Star Trek #33
Transformers Robots In Disguise #29
X-Files Season 10 #12 

Image Comics
C.O.W.L. #1
Chew Revival #1
Dead Body Road #6
Elephantmen #57
Fuse #4
Sex #13
Sheltered #9
Skullkickers #27
Southern Bastards #1
Southern Bastards #2
Sovereign #3
Thief Of Thieves #21

Marvel Comics
All-New Invaders #5
Avengers #30
Dexter Down Under #4
Fantastic Four #5
Giant-Size Spider-Man #1
Guardians Of The Galaxy #15
Inhuman #2
Iron Man #26
Iron Patriot #3
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #2
Mighty Avengers #10
Ms. Marvel #4
Thunderbolts #26
Uncanny Avengers #20
Winter Soldier The Bitter March #4
Wolverine #7

Valiant Entertainment
Harbinger #23
Shadowman End Times #2

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer finally arrives

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer finally arrives

The long-awaited premiere trailer for Marvel’s eccentric group of super heroes, which surprisingly wasn’t leaked before its official emergence, finally arrived last night during the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

The Guardians of the Galaxy preview starts off with a cute introduction to Star-Lord, an interplanetary rogue policeman, and leader of the group. It then moves on to brief, yet informative introductions to the rest of his team as they’re all being processed and prepped for prison time due to their rash behaviour across the galaxy.

And yes, one of the team members is a raccoon who shoots laser pistols.

This does lead to one minor disappointment, and it’s simply the fact that we don’t get to hear Rocket Raccoon and his muscle Groot speak whatsoever during the trailer. Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper, while Vin Diesel lends his voice talent to the powerful member of a society of sentient trees. Yet despite these minor let downs, one will quickly realize how incredibly goofy this movie is shaping up to be, while at the same time maintaining a colourful and charming personality that fits right into the Marvel universe. Believe it or not, it’s all going to come together down the road, and we’ll likely see the Avengers, or at least certain members of the group, interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer actually hints at this, as the mysterious figure known as The Collector, who was showcased after the credits of Thor: The Dark World, makes a very brief appearance.

To shed some light on what The Collector means in the grand scheme of things, he is one of the oldest living beings in the universe, and he foresees that beings of great power will arise one day determined to destroy all life in the universe. He builds a ship, constructs several museums across multiple planets, and travels across the universe collecting beings and artifacts that he could one day use to repopulate the universe in case his terrible vision comes to pass. At the end of The Dark World, we see him receive the Aether – that terrible gooey mess in a box that caused all the trouble for Thor and the rest of Asgard – and assures the pair of Asgardian warriors who gave it to him that it will be safe with him. With the Tesseract (the blue cosmic cube) already on Asgard, the concern for the Asgardians was having two “Infinity Stones” together on their home world, which could become very dangerous. When they depart however, The Collector says to himself, “one down, five to go.”

So what did that mean exactly? Well, another powerful being is trying to get his hands on these Infinity Stones, and we saw him after the credits in The Avengers. The purple titan known as Thanos, who just so happens to have a hardcore desire to destroy the universe, is looking to collect all six of them, because with all six, one has the power to rule, or destroy the universe. Whether The Collector is amassing these stones for himself or for Thanos is unknown, but we’ll likely get some more insight on his character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Phew. It may be a lot to take in, but it just shows how far in advance Marvel is looking, and it’s mighty exciting seeing these intertwined comic book story-lines literally coming to life on the big screen.

Check out the trailer for the Guardians of the Galaxy below and let us know what you think!