Marvel Reveals Limited-Edition Marvel Comics #1000 Variant For D23 Expo 2019

As the world continues to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary this summer, Marvel revealed an exclusive new MARVEL COMICS #1000 D23 Expo variant cover to honor its birthday on August 31, featuring Mickey Mouse alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, drawn by legendary artist Humberto Ramos with colors by Edgar Delgado.

Exclusively revealed on D23.com, the limited-edition variant cover will be given away at D23 Expo 2019 to attendees at the MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary panel on Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT at Stage 28. During the panel, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort will take fans through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics, looking back at the history of the Marvel Universe and honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world.

MARVEL COMICS #1000—a massive, oversized, special edition book on sale August 28—will feature the greatest array of luminaries from both classic and current comic books (and beyond!), revealing a long-kept secret of the Marvel Universe and some startling discoveries along the way.

“Marvel Comics #1000 is a chance for 80 great creative teams to do a segment that encapsulates what they love about Marvel, the characters, the tone, the style, the flavor—what Marvel means to them. As a result, it’s a book that has something for just about everybody,” Brevoort told D23.com. “It’s as wide-ranging a project as there’s ever been. No other comic in the history of comic book publishing has had this many creators in a single project.”
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J.J. Abrams Makes His Mark On Marvel In The Spider-Man #1: Trailer

J.J. Abrams, the modern master of mystery, makes his mark on Marvel in the Spider-Man 1 Trailer. The All-Star team of J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, and Sara Pichelli assembles for this sensational series.

J.J. Abrams takes the webbed wonder to new heights when he and his son Henry partner with legendary spider-artist Sara Pichelli for a Spider-Man story like you’ve never seen before! Cadaverous, a terrifying new villain, will force Spidey to make some of the hardest choices of his life. Can he protect MJ, Manhattan…or even himself? Check out this brand new trailer for SPIDER-MAN #1 featuring Executive Editor Nick Lowe and writers J.J. and Henry Abrams.

“Having these geniuses working together on Spider-Man, the greatest fictional character of all time, couldn’t be better,” Lowe exclaimed, a sentiment shared by the Abrams. “We knew [Sara Pichelli’s] stuff – she’s a genius,” J.J. added. “The fact that we got Sara to do this book was the luckiest gift of all time.”

Henry Abrams went on to shed more light on the creative team’s thinking behind the scenes. “Spider-Man in general has been one of the most interesting super hero characters to me – how when he gets stronger, his problems get bigger,” he said. “A large focus on our series was [Spider-Man] as a person and not just him as a mask. So how does he deal with these real issues? It’s been a pleasure exploring that.”

“Cadaverous is one of the most terrifying Spider-Man villains of all time – and that’s saying something,” Lowe warned. “Spidey has faced the Green Goblin, Carnage, Venom, and Cadaverous might be even scarier and a little bit grosser than any of them.” SPIDER-MAN #1 arrives September 18 in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com.

Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At TIFF

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The star of upcoming film “Joker” is set to receive one of the inaugural Tribute Actor Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as announced Friday morning by TIFF.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” festival co-head Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his caliber with this inaugural award.”

Phoenix will be at the festival to promote his highly anticipated film “Joker”, a psychological thriller based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

Meryl Streep is also set to receive the honor and will also be at the festival in support of her Steven Soderbergh-directed film The Laundromat, which will also screen at the festival.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 5-15.

“Joker” is directed by Todd Phillips, best known for writing and directing The Hangover Trilogy and Borat, for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Also in the film are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.

Joker is set to invade theaters on October 4, 2019.

DC Universe’s Titans Season 2 Gets Exciting New Trailer

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After DC Universe’s Titans Season 2 debuted at last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, Warner Bros. has finally released the stunning new trailer online, giving fans a first look at all the great characters the show has in store.

The first teaser featured our first look at Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen’s Bruce Wayne as well as Superboy (played by Joshua Orpin).

Here is how’s Wayne’s character is described: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”

The gritty live-action adaptation brings back Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), along with Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), Hawk (Alan Ritchson), and Dove (Minka Kelly), who all appeared in season one.

The action-packed trailer closes with the a stunning reveal of enhanced elite soldier and assassin Deathstroke, played by Esai Morales.

Based on various incarnations of the characters from DC Comics, the tv series follows the young group of superheroes who join forces to fight evil.

Titans Season 2 is set to premiere on Friday, Sept. 6.

Marvel Celebrates Its Birthday On August 31

August 31 marks the anniversary debut of Marvel Comics #1 – and the extraordinary beginning of the Marvel Universe.

On August 31, 1939, Marvel Comics #1 opened the doors to the Marvel Universe for the first time ever, creating a tapestry of Super Heroes and stories that have gone on to shape pop culture for generations of fans around the world. As Marvel continues to celebrate its 80th anniversary this year, join fans everywhere to celebrate MARVEL’S BIRTHDAY on August 31 – starting with an all-new commemorative piece of art by comic book legend Adam Kubert.

“Going back to Marvel’s inception in 1939, Marvel Comics #1 was the spark that led to the Marvel Universe we know today,” said Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment. “As one of the most influential milestones in Marvel history, August 31 is the perfect day to officially honor Marvel’s birthday.”

Marvel will be celebrating its birthday with a week of festivities and events at various retailers and Marvel exhibitions & experiences, including the historic debut of MARVEL COMICS #1000.

“For myself and almost every other comic book fan around the world, Marvel’s beloved comics and characters have been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. But it all started with the Human Torch.” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “As we salute Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year, we’re excited to celebrate Marvel’s official birthday!”

As a massive, oversized, special edition book, MARVEL COMICS #1000 will feature the greatest array of luminaries from both classic and current comic books (and beyond!), revealing a long-kept secret and some startling discoveries along the way. Participating comic shops will be hosting Marvel birthday party events and will have a brand-new edition of the MARVEL UNIVERSE MAGAZINE available free to customers. This magazine will feature exclusive art and behind-the-scenes content for some of Marvel’s top comic releases in the fall, so readers will surely want to pick this up along with MARVEL COMICS #1000.

In addition to comic shops, stores around the country including Disney store, Amazon, Box Lunch and FYE will be hosting Marvel birthday celebrations with new and exclusive merchandise, special offers, giveaways and more. Additional details and activations will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Highlights From Comic-Con’s 2019 Panel “The Character Of Music”

BMI and White Bear PR brought together a talented group of composers and directors for the “Character of Music” panel at Comic-Con’s 50th anniversary on Friday, July 19, at the San Diego Convention Center.

The all-star line-up included renowned BMI composer Tyler Bates (R.U.N) and the director of Cirque du Soleil’s new live-action thriller, R.U.N., Michael Schwandt; Emmy-winning BMI composer Frederik Wiedmann along with showrunner Aaron Ehasz (The Dragon Prince); and two-time BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory (Abzu) with video game director Matt Nava (Abzu). This year’s panel was a full house and amongst the most popular seats at Comic-Con.

Attendees who secured a spot to see the panel included a mixture of emerging composers, directors and music fans. BMI’s Anne Cecere and White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling co-moderated the ninth edition of “The Character of Music.”

The panelists touched on several key elements that go into producing a successful score for movies, live shows and video games, along with the key ingredients of a productive and creative relationship between composers and directors.

Wiedmann elaborated on the early stages of harmonic development for the characters on The Dragon Prince, and Ehasz emphasized on the importance of finding a composer who can be brilliant and fast when scoring for television. Bates and Schwandt expanded on music’s vital role in the live-action thriller R.U.N. written by Robert Rodriguez.

Wintory and Nava discussed the benefits of developing a short cut piece in the initial stages of game scoring to align visions.

The panelists also answered questions from the audience, and participants received limited-edition swag from the composers.

“Supernatural” Stars Bid Emotional Farewell At SDCC 2019

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L-R: Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padelecki, Alexander Calvert
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Supernatural has been a staple at the annual fan convention at San Diego throughout its run, and on Sunday, the cast bid an emotional and bittersweet farewell ahead of their 15th and last season.

“I’m trying not to cry. Can we all just start crying so I don’t feel so weird?” said Jared Padalecki, one of the series’ co-lead.

“It really is hard to express the takeaway from the experience. 14 years and change is a long time,” Ackles said. “This guy was just in his early 20s, you were just born.”

Other cast-members Misha Collins Alexander, as well as executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner, and Bob Berens were also present, with co-stars Richard Speight Jr. and Rob Benedict co-moderating the panel.

Panel also clips from each of the 14 seasons, featuring some of the show’s most memorable scenes and catch-phrases which were greeted with cheers from fans in attendance. After the Q&A, the panel also gave away a replica of the 1967 Chevrolet Impala driven by the Winchester brothers in the series and which Dean Winchester refer to as “Baby.”

But it was towards the end of the panel that it hit everyone at Hall H that it really is ending. “Thanks for showing up,” Ackles said, “Without you, we wouldn’t be here. It’s an amazing thing to see this many faces who appreciate what we do.”

“I’m the luckiest man on the planet, my cup floweth over. Thank you guys very much, I’m going to miss you,” an emotional Padalecki said.

The longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series, the show has gained a big following throughout is record breaking run. Created by Eric Kripke, the show recently celebrated its 300th episode and will eventually have aired 327 episodes when all is said and done.

“Supernatural” fifteenth and final season is set to premiere on October 10, 2019.

Marvel Enters Phase 4 Of Its Cinematic Universe

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On the same weekend that Avengers:Endgame established itself as the highest grossing worldwide release of all-time at the boxoffice, Marvel announces its Phase Four lineup, guaranteeing its stronghold at the boxoffice for many more years to come.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made the announcement on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con International, which also brought together a diverse group of movie stars to the stage.

The line-up of projects includes a few sequels and prequels, film based on familiar Avengers characters, and TV series aimed for the Disney’s Disney+ streaming service. Here is the list in chronology of release dates as well as those whose release dates are yet to be announced.

Black Widow: May 1st, 2020
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the Scarlett Johansson is the first film on Marvel’s slate, currently shooting in Europe, and with a stunning new trailer revealed Saturday. Scheduled for release May 1st, 2020, the film also stars David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O. T. Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Fall 2020

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This limited series, set to stream on Disney Plus, focuses on Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Rogers passes his shield Wilson.

The Eternals: November 6th, 2020
With an all star cast that include Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Rdiloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Angelina Jolie, The Eternals is the third film from Marvel Cinematic Universe next year. Set to be directed by Chloé Zhao, who recently directed the stunning The Rider, the film is focuses on immortal alien race created by the Celestials, and are sent to Earth to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: February 12, 2021
Destin Daniel Cretton has recently been tapped by Disney to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel‘s first film with an Asian protagonist. Also on stage, the Hawaiian director announced that Canadian star Simu Liu is set to star in the film. 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.”

WandaVision: Spring 2021
The original TV series for Disney+ is set to star Elizabeth Olsen reprising her Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) role, and reuniting her with Paul Bettany’s Vision and dig deeper into their relationship. Feige describes it as a “mega-event limited series,” and that “‘WandaVision’ will be unlike anything we’ve done before.”
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Stunning New Trailer For TBS’ Snowpiercer Revealed at SDCC

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The first trailer for TBS’ post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer was just revealed at Comic-Con International.

TBS presented a panel featuring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly, Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, Emmy nominee Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall, Steven Ogg and executive producer and showrunner Graeme Manson.

The session included an exclusive first look at this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The series will premiere in Spring 2020 on TBS.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes; Matthew O’Connor; Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

“Star Trek: Picard” Beams First Trailer To San Diego Comic-Con

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“Star Trek’s” Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco Announced to Reprise Their Iconic Roles in “Star Trek: Picard” During Surprise Hall H Appearance

Moments ago at San Diego Comic-Con, Sir Patrick Stewart treated “Star Trek” fans attending the “Star Trek” Universe panel to the first trailer for STAR TREK: PICARD and shocked the audience by bringing out surprise guests and “Star Trek” icons Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco, announcing they will be appearing in STAR TREK: PICARD.

In addition to the surprise guests, it was revealed that “Star Trek’s” Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis will make appearances in the new series as well. During the panel, it was also announced that STAR TREK: PICARD will premiere in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S.

The STAR TREK: PICARD portion of the “Star Trek” Universe panel, moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten, featured a conversation with cast members Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Isa Briones (Dahj), Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal “Chris” Rios), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Harry Treadaway (Narek) and Evan Evagora (Elnor), alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman and Heather Kadin as well as supervising producer Kirsten Beyer. They were joined on stage by surprise guests Brent Spiner (Commander Data), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh).

In addition, it was announced that Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) will make appearances in the new series.

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