Marvel Announces Star Wars Original Marvel Years #50 Facsimile

In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, Marvel is releasing a special Facsimile edition of the 1977 STAR WARS #50. Coinciding directly with May’s upcoming STAR WARS #108 one-shot from Matthew Rosenberg and artists Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, this Facsimile features a full reprint of the issues’ classic story – ads and all – from writer Archie Williams and artists Al Williamson, Tom Palmer and Walter Simonson.

With new stories of original series characters such as Jaxxon, Amaiza, Domina Tagge, Valance the Hunter, and more, STAR WARS #108 acts as a direct sequel to Star Wars #50 – making this a truly epic 80th Anniversary celebration.

“So many true comic legends worked on those books- Archie Goodwin, Roy Thomas, Walt Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Al Williamson, David Michelinie, Klaus Janson, Jo Duffy, and so many more. It’s pretty overwhelming to think about, actually. What they made was the product of a very different time in comics, and it’s something modern audiences aren’t really accustomed to. So while it would be fun, if a little humbling, to try and just impersonate them, we wanted to do something a bit different, something that would appeal to classic and modern fans alike,” Matt Rosenberg told Comicbook.com of writing STAR WARS #108.

Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Finds Its Director

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Destin Daniel Cretton has been tapped by Disney to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel‘s first film with an Asian protagonist.

The talented writer/director is best known for the critically acclaimed 2013 independent drama about a group home for teenagers “Short Term 12,” which earned multiple accolades including three Independent Spirit Award nominations.

Coincidentally, that film was the first lead feature film of actress Brie Larson, who herself is flying high this week as the titular superhero in another Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Dave Callaham is writing the script for “Shang-Chi”. Callaham recently wrote the screenplay for “Wonder Woman” sequel “Wonder Woman 1984”, set for release summer of next year.

Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, “Shang-Chi” was first published by Marvel Comics in 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15 and is often called the “Master of Kung Fu.”

In the comics, the character is raised by his father, genius supervillain Fu Manchu. Shang-Chi is trained in martial arts and developed super-human skills. He later found out about his father’s true evil nature and the two became enemies. Decades later during the Marvel NOW! relaunch, he was recruited by Captain America and Iron Man to join Avengers.

Cretton recently directed the upcoming biographical drama “Just Mercy,” which stars Michael B. Jordan and reunites the director with Larson.

“The Dark Knight” Trilogy Is Returning To Cinemas In IMAX 70mm

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In celebration of Batman’s 80th birthday, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, which features Christian Bale as Batman, is set to return to IMAX theaters for a north american five-city special engagement.

First created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, the iconic superhero, published by DC Comics turns 80 this year.

The first screening will take place on Saturday March 30th in Los Angeles at the AMC CityWalk at Universal City. That screening will include a Q&A with director Christopher Nolan in attendance to discuss the movies. The trilogy will also screen in New York and San Francisco on April 13, followed by Toronto and Indianapolis on April 20.

Goldstein stated, “Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen. To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’s insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The English director, screenwriter and producer is a big supporter of the format, with his other epic films Interstellar and Dunkirk released in the United Kingdom and the United States in IMAX 70 mm.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Those who get the tickets will also receive a lanyard and special “Dark Knight” Trilogy collectible.

Idris Elba Joins Cast Of “Suicide Squad 2”

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The English actor is set to replace Will Smith in the upcoming sequel. Smith played Deadshot in the original 2016 supervillain team-up.

Warner Bros. immediately moved to Elba after Smith left the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Production in the film is set to start in September with James Gunn set to write and helm. Gunn previously directed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The rest of the cast has not yet been announced though Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn character will be in a spin-off film called “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).” Yes you read that correctly, that is the title of the film.

Smith has a few films set for release this year, his much anticipated portrayal of The Genie in this summer’s live-action film adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin from director Guy Ritchie.

Suicide Squad 2 is currently set for release on August 6, 2021.

Tyrese Gibson In Talks For “Morbius”

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Tyrese Gibson is said to be joining the cast of Sony’s upcoming comic book film “Morbius,” Variety reveals.

He will be joining Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049), who is set to play the title role. Also expected to be in the film are Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, and Jared Harris. Recently Jared Leto shared on instagram that filming has already begun.

Just like last year’s “Venom,” “Morbius” is a Spider-Man spinoff. Daniel Espinosa of Safe House is attached to direct with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless set to write the script. The character first appeared in 1971 in The Amazing Spider-Man #101.”

In the comic Michael Morbius is a biochemist who is searching for a cure to his rare blood disorder, who in the process gets vampiric super human abilities after a failed experiment.

“Venom”, which starred Tom Hardy playing the title character, was a surprise global hit for Sony Pictures, grossing $855 million globally, so it only makes sense that Sony is moving full steam ahead with the production of Morbius.

Gibson is best known for his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious film franchise as well as Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. He is next to be seen in later this year in the drama film “Black and Blue.”

The film is currently slated for a July 31, 2020 release.

“Aquaman” Sequel Release Date Confirmed

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A couple of months after The King of Atlantis smashed the boxoffice, it was only a matter of time for the studio to announce a sequel.

And on Wednesday, Warner Bros. confirmed the release date for the sequel Aquaman is set to Dec. 16, 2022, Hollywood Reporter announced.

Though no director is currently attached to helm the sequel, the report mentions that the original film’s director James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) is “making a deal to return as producer.”

The Jason Momoa-starrer had a surprising run at the boxoffice the past few months, eventually becoming the highest grossing DC film at the global boxoffice, grossing nearly $1.140 billion worldwide, though Wonder Woman is still currently DCEU top grossing film domestically.

The film’s screenplay was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall and co-starred Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman.

DC has now dated eight films, including two this year such as next month’s “Shazam,” and a Joker origin film on October 4.

Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan

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The “Thor” actor is set to play wrestler and 80s’ icon Hulk Hogan in the upcoming biopic.

The film is set to be directed by “The Hangover” film series creator and director Todd Phillips, with the script to be written by Scott Silver. The two recently worked together in the upcoming “The Joker” film with stars Joaquin Phoenix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will focus on the rise of Hogan’s popularity and is described as an origin story of Hulkamania.

Hogan, who’s real name is Terry Gene Bollea, has had a big following in the world of pro wrestling, which later led to his mainstream popularity. He also appeared in a few films including his portrayal as “Thunderlips” in “Rocky III” (1982). In recent years, Hogan has faced scandals which led to WWE, formerly WWF (World Wrestling Federation) terminating his contract.

Bollea himself will be serving as a consultant on the movie as well as executive producer.

Hemsworth will next be seen in this summer’s upcoming blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame” and “Men in Black: International” and possibly later this year in “Dhaka”.

Venom, Punisher, Conan, Wolverine, Brother Voodoo, Elektra: THE SAVAGE AVENGERS

An all-new series by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato

Following his critically acclaimed and sold-out SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN series, writer Gerry Duggan, along with his best-selling INFINITY WARS artist Mike Deodato, will embark on a new and epic adventure this May in Marvel’s all-new series SAVAGE AVENGERS! Spinning out of the events of AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME, SAVAGE AVENGERS will find Conan fighting alongside an “unsanctioned team of heroes” in the Marvel Universe – including Wolverine, Venom, Punisher, Elektra, and Brother Voodoo!

“We envisioned a threat, a magical green zone where the evil wizards of Conan’s world are trading spells with The Hand in Japan,” Gerry Duggan told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview. “Conan is on a very Conan-like mission; he’s heard a tale of an amulet so he’s chasing it, and the evil magic sorcerers are doing something that would be a Marvel Avengers problem. It feels like we have found some very fertile ground that is a Venn diagram between those two worlds.”

“SAVAGE AVENGERS is just what it says on the label—it’s all of the biggest badasses of the Marvel Universe brought together uneasily in one explosive series—and with Conan as a wild card,” SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort told Marvel.com. “It’s big, it’s brash, it’s explosive, it never slows down—the only scenes in SAVAGE AVENGERS that involve a table is when somebody is being thrown through one.” Head to Entertainment Weekly and Marvel.com to learn more, and head to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to pick up FCBD AVENGERS for an all-new 10-page SAVAGE AVENGERS story launching the ongoing series.

FX’s ‘Legion’ Will End With Season 3

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FX’s sci-fi drama “Legion” is set to conclude with the upcoming third season, the network’s CEO John Landgraf announced on Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Noah Hawley had always considered Legion to be a three-season show,” FX CEO John Landgraf told reporters, “and he has confirmed that he’s going to stick with his plan. This will be the final season.”

Season 3 of Legion is currently set to debut this June.

The TV series is connected to the X-Men movie series, and is centered around the character of the same name David Haller / Legion.

English actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) plays the title character, a conflicted mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia who later discovers his illness could be superpowers that could change his life. He is also the son of X-Men leader and founder Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.

Legion also stars Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart, Amber Midthunder, Jemaine Clement, Navid Negahban, Katie Aselton and Hamish Linklater.

“The Batman” Slated For Summer 2021 Sans Affleck

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Warner Bros. has dated their upcoming Matt Reeves directed Batman film simply titled “The Batman.” The DC film is now set to hit theaters on June 25th, 2021.

Reeves is said to be casting for a younger version of Bruce Wayne, and is taking a more detective treatment to the story.

Having also starred as the caped crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), actor Ben Affleck was originally attached to both star and direct The Batman. But there has been plenty of speculation over the past couple of years of whether Affleck’s version will actually materialize.

But that didn’t stop the actor from throwing his support to Reeves, posting on Twitter his own excitement for the film. “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life,” Affleck posted.

Aside from helming the superhero film, Reeves is also producing and writing the script. Matt Reeves previously directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017).

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