Each new preview of the November 2013 release Thor: The Dark World gets us that much more anxious for its release. Earlier this year we previewed a teaser here and trailer here at borg.com for the follow-up to The Avengers and the 2011 Thor starring Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins. The first full trailer was pretty extensive, maybe revealing a little too much, but this newer version is a bit more fun, showing up in theaters and on TV screens since Wednesday. It focuses on Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster and Tom Hiddleston’s superbly played, villain-we-can’t-get-enough-of, Loki.
After The Avengers, fans of the Marvel Comics characters are waiting for the next movie to rival that blockbuster. Iron Man 3 didn’t seem to be that movie, so maybe this one will deliver the goods?
If you want to understand why Marvel Comic’s Hawkeye series is up for five Eisners next month–for Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, Best Penciller/Inker (and could easily win them all)–all you need do is ask your comic book store to get you a copy of Hawkeye Issue #11, which hit the shelves last Wednesday.
Matt Fraction has delivered what I had been after for some time–when writers like Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns get endless acclaim and you never quite get that one issue that solves for you why they have such a great following–Fraction’s Hawkeye series has cemented his status for me as a top comic book writer. We at borg.com also loved David Aja’s cover art for the Hawkeye series last year, declaring him our runner-up for Best of 2012 for comic book cover art. Together Fraction and Aja gel together to make what we’ll look back on years from now as a classic Marvel Comics creative team. Matt Hollingsworth’s color art rendering plays an integral role in the series, too, highlighting Aja’s panels just where it is needed. Their Hawkeye series is subtle, slow-paced, beautiful, and thought-provoking.
Disney XD will air a one-hour preview to the new animated series, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The series features the entire slate of Avengers characters, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, plus some superheroes and villains that have not yet made it to the big screen Avengers movies like Falcon and M.O.D.O.K. The special preview airs at 10 a.m. Central Time Sunday and the regular weekly series begins its first season July 7, 2013, on the Disney XD channel.
Avengers Assemble features the voice of Heroes’ Nathan Petrelli, Adrian Pasdar, in the star role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and a slate of voice actors familiar to superhero animated series.
Rounding out our week of dark-themed 2013 movie previews, Marvel Studios just released the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World, sequel to the hit film Thor that we reviewed here at borg.com back in 2011. We liked the first big screen run at translating the classic popular comic book series starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, and Anthony Hopkins. It’s probably the most notable for giving us the backstory of Hiddleston’s Loki, who became the villain bent on Earth’s destruction in 2012′s megahit The Avengers.
Hemsworth, Portman, Hiddleston, Skarsgård, and Hopkins all return as Thor, Jane Foster, Loki, Dr. Selvig, and Odin in Thor: The Dark World, and are joined by Chuck’s Zachary Levi as Fandral, Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, Get Shorty’s Rene Russo as Frigga, and Lost’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim.
Check out the first studio preview for Thor: The Dark World:
Thor: The Dark World hits theaters November 8, 2013.
If you have any doubt Patton Oswalt (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Starsky & Hutch, The King of Queens, Dollhouse, Community, Caprica, Burn Notice) is a genius, or comedian, or improv performer, good actor, or all-around cool guy, this week should remove that doubt. borg.com writer Jason McClain is a fan of Parks and Recreation and has championed the series at borg.com here before. To advertise Oswalt’s guest appearance on the show last night NBC released this completely improvised scene of Oswalt performing a filibuster before the show’s city council. It illustrates a lot about how this guy’s brain works and that he’s solidly a genre fan like the rest of us.
So check out Oswalt’s vision for the next Star Wars movie (a cool Boba Fett opener!), tying in the Marvel Universe (Moon Knight! Wolverine’s clone daughter X-23! Hercules!) and some good ideas you could actually see J.J. Abrams taking seriously (um, minus the Chewbacca one, that is), as well as a good recall of tidbits of Star Wars and Marvel trivia.
The background extras really had their work cut out for them by keeping straight faces, although you can see five young guys in the back that are totally engaged in Oswalt’s story almost ready to crack.
We almost missed this one and with one hour left in the promotion it isn’t much notice. You must sign up for a (free) Comixology account to get on the list to receive a free code starting Thursday, April 11, 2013 to begin selecting your free issues for digital download (digital downloads available only). Comixology is the website most comic book shops use to manage pull lists. There is no obligation ($) to sign up for this promotion.
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Basically ignoring the first standalone Wolverine film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the new film, simply titled The Wolverine, picks up after Logan/Wolverine’s life was shattered from the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Based in part on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller run on the Wolverine comic book mini-series from back in 1982, we meet a girl from Japan named Yukio who takes Logan to Japan for her dying employer, who looks like he’d pass for one of those villains with strange medical maladies like Dr. No. Logan evidently saved this man’s life and he wants to return the favor by helping to make Logan normal. With a taste of mortality will Logan really give up his mutant powers?
Marvel Studios has released two full-length trailers for The Wolverine, a better and longer international version and a shorter U.S. version that doesn’t give much of the story away. Check out the international trailer for The Wolverine:
Marvel Comics, under its new Marvel NOW! brand, released Savage Wolverine #1 Wednesday, Frank Cho’s new writer/artist project. And it’s everything you want it to be. Better yet, it might as well be titled Shanna and Wolverine.
My wager is that, if there were enough artists that drew Shanna like Cho, you could have as many Shanna titles at Marvel as DC Comics has Batman titles. Savage Wolverine definitely is a Wolverine book, but it wouldn’t be a Frank Cho series without one or more beautiful, spirited women, and of course, dinosaurs. And it has all that. So even though it isn’t the long-overdue, eagerly-awaited Guns & Dinos, it might as well be, sans guns and armored tanks.
As for the Wolverine angle, because issue #1 was also written by Cho, we get to see some of Cho’s humor come through in Logan/Wolverine’s dialogue, humor we haven’t been able to see in a Cho series in a while. And this humor includes an appearance, albeit short-lived, by none other than Cho’s old pal Mike McSwiggin, well-known to avid Frank Cho fans, this time as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. What I would do to be mentioned in a Frank Cho book…
If there is a constant as we look ahead to movie franchises and other entertainment properties in 2013, it is the sequel, spin-off, and remake. We’re sure someone will provide new content and stories for us for movies and TV from entirely new characters and worlds in 2013, but just take a look at the 24 biggest genre movies coming out next year and it is obvious that Hollywood is following the “tried and true” model of investing in current properties rather than investing money in “the new”.
So with that in mind, what are the big characters to watch out for next year–the characters we already know that seem like they can only get bigger?
10. Jack Ryan. Back in the 1980s and 1990s it seemed like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan was everywhere, first with Alec Baldwin taking on the role in The Hunt for Red October, then mega-star Harrison Ford in two sequels, followed by a big break and then Ben Affleck in the prequel Sum of All Fears. With Star Trek star Chris Pine bringing us yet another prequel effort next December, we think a wide audience will come back again to see what this CIA agent has been up to.
9. Wolverine. I’ve always thought Wolverine should be Marvel Comics’ key property. Spider-man always relied on Peter Parker (well, until recently) who seemed pretty planted in the psyche of the past. The Avengers seemed too cartoony with characters with too little in common to really be a huge property (happily I was wrong!). But Wolverine has a certain modern grittiness that readers, especially young readers, would seem to really attach to. Audiences seem to like Hugh Jackman’s take on the character and his incredible fifth outing as Logan/Wolverine in July, titled The Wolverine should tell us if this will be the end of a big-screen Wolverine for a while or whether he will only get bigger.
Available as a free promotional item at comic books stores, the All-New Marvel Backlist Reading Chronology is a new, thick, nearly 100-page, comic book-sized publication that will serve Marvel fans as a reference for years to come. Offering suggested reading chronologies and ordering codes for hundreds of in-print trade editions and hardcovers, readers can view by subject their favorite characters and catch up on missed story arcs and crossovers.
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