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Legendary Comics has announced three new comic miniseries for late 2015: a new Pacific Rim title, an espionage series byiZombie’s Chris Robertson, and a crime-thriller series by Steven Grant and Pete Woods.
Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift follows up the bestselling Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero OGN, with new Kaiju battle tales set in the universe of director Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham’s Pacific Rim. The four-issue series is written by Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elk’s Run), with art by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA). The series will launch in November.
Oni Press will launch a new ongoing comic series based on the Jhonen Vasquez Nickelodeon series Invader Zim on July 1. The comic series will be produced in a collaboration between Oni, Vasquez, and the network. The story will be “a new chapter” in the story, according to the announcement.
Creators working on the comic will include Vasquez, Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, and Rikki Simons.
The series, created for Nickelodeon by Vasquez, launched in March of 2001, and was canceled after 26 episodes. But Vasquez was very popular due to Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and Invader Zim a cult hit, with figures produced by SLG and Palisades. Media Blasters had the DVDs; more recently, Nickelodeon released a best-of DVD.
“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head,” Vasquez said of the appeal of the show. “Hopefully this comic makes the world a better place.”
Marvel’s Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal
(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
The Cup O’ Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday featured one of the biggest announcements of the weekend as Marvel unveiled the creative teams for its first three all-new Star Wars comics. The new books have been hotly anticipated since plans for Marvel Star Wars books were first announced back in January.
Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will team for a Darth Vader ongoing series; Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will author a five-issue Princess Leia mini series; and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have been named as the creative team for a Star Wars ongoing series. The three series will launch through the first quarter of 2015.
The new series will tell original stories set between the events of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back — the obvious place within the original trilogy to expand the universe and explore the characters. The core Star Wars title from Aaron and Cassaday will naturally focus on the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo as they go up against Darth Vader’s imperial forces.
Star Wars: Darth Vader, from Gillen and Larroca — with covers by Adi Granov — will explore the Star Wars story from the celebrated villain’s point of view, presumably in a way that gets to the core of his humanity. Or maybe it’ll just be about him killing younglings. Sounds good either way.
Star Wars: Princess Leia, from Waid and Dodson, follows the Disney princess as she comes to terms with the destruction of her homeworld, Alderaan, and goes around kicking butt. The book is a five-issue mini series, and we would speculate that further mini series focusing on other popular Star Wars characters will follow.
Disney acquired Marvel back in mid-2009, and snapped up Lucasfilm in late 2012. Disney’s focus has obviously been on producing a new Star Wars film trilogy and spin-off movie franchises. While a Disney/Marvel/Star Wars synergy always seemed likely, Disney owns a great many properties that Marvel hasn’t exploited. BOOM Studios did a great line in Muppets comics until Disney bought out The Jim Henson Company, and now Muppets comics have essentially dried up under Marvel.
Yet Star Wars is obviously a more promising license for Marvel; it serves a similar audience to the publisher’s core audience, its reach and appeal over the next few years should be huge, and most of Marvel’s editors and creators probably count themselves as hardcore Star Wars fans.
Playboy Tony Stark Regresses
Marvel has announced the return of Tony Stark’s ego, which is big enough to fill an entire comic book series on its own. Superior Iron Man will launch in November. The series will be penned by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars: Invasion) with art by Yildiray Cinar (Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans). The series will see Tony Stark regress to his pre-superhero personality: a narcissistic, egomaniacal profiteer. The story will also feature an appearance by Daredevil.