Marvel Opens The Door To A New Magical Saga With Strange Academy

Through its history, the Marvel Universe has seen magic rise and fall to warp minds, control the future, and even destroy the very fabric of reality. Now, magic has changed and is more powerful – and dangerous – than ever, and Doctor Strange is forced to do what he’s avoided for decades: he’s opened a school for young sorcerers…but as they will soon learn, magic always comes at a cost. Welcome to STRANGE ACADEMY.

Announced by the Associated Press, STRANGE ACADEMY will launch this March as a new ongoing series helmed by best-selling comic book veterans: Eisner Award-winning writer Skottie Young (Deadpool, Rocket Raccoon) and critically acclaimed artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man, Champions). The new series will bring together a whole new class of students from Earth, Weirdworld, Asgard, the Dark Dimension, and beyond to learn how to control their gifts in the Mystic Arts under Doctor Strange, Brother Voodoo, The Ancient One, Scarlet Witch, Magik, Hellstrom, and all of Marvel’s most iconic magicians. But with a new threat looming on the horizon, is it too late?

“What we’re really trying to do is tell those classic coming of age stories that we’ve seen in so many other properties or other projects out there in the world whether it be TV or film or novels or comics,” Young told the AP. “Whether it’s kids running around mazes or kids at a magic school or people running around trying to survive a post-apocalyptic landscape.”
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First “Black Widow” Trailer Features The Character’s Long Awaited Solo Movie

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After a long wait since her introduction to the MCU franchise in Iron Man 2 (2010), Natasha Romanoff’s standalone movie is almost here, with Marvel Studios releasing the film’s first trailer today. Scarlett Johansson returns to play the character with Cate Shortland directing.

The thrilling new trailer is heavy on action and delves into Romanoff’s past. “Nothing lasts forever,” Black Widow, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff says. “I’ve lived a lot of lives, but I’m done running from my past.”

Given what transpired in this year’s blockbuster juggernaut Avengers:Endgame, the film takes place during the period of time between “Captain America: Civil War” where the Avengers split in two teams battling each other, and last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The footage also features Yelena (played by Florence Pugh), a character referred to as Romanoff’s sister-figure and also uses the name “Black Widow” in the comics. We also see the rest of her assassin family such as Russian super-soldier Red Guardian (David Harbour) and seasoned spy Melina (Rachel Weisz).

Black Widow is set for release in theaters on May 1, 2020.

Both “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad” Expected To Be R-Rated

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After the massive success of “Joker,” its probably not that surprising for WB/DC’s upcoming comic cook films to take the same path. As Variety reports, “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad” are expected to the be Rated R.

“In the case of Birds of Prey, the film won’t be in the pitch-black, grim vein of Joker,” says the article. “Insiders describe the film has a more humorous, spirited, girl gang adventure, albeit not one for younger children. A series of recent reshoots dramatically improved test screening results and the studio is confident Birds of Prey will be a hit when it opens in February.”

Although “Logan” and the “Deadpool” films were released with such restricted ratings, Hollywood superhero blockbusters have largely avoided it. During the past two months however, Joker proved to be a strong precedent for filmmakers to appeal to more adult audiences, earning over $1 billion worldwide and emerged as a strong contender for the upcoming awards season.

Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan, is set for release on February 7, 2020, while The Suicide Squad sequel from James Gunn will be released on August 6, 2021.

Crowdfunding Campaign For Christopher Dennis aka Hollywood Superman’s Funeral Launched

Christopher Dennis, AKA Hollywood Boulevard Superman, tragically passed away November 2 at the age of 52. Chris had been homeless, off and on, for three years prior to his passing, sometimes sleeping in shelters. Family, friends, and fans who had helped him find lodgings over the years, hope to raise funds to give him a final resting place where he can be at peace for eternity.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise funds for a funeral service, cremation, grave/niche plot, and a memorial plaque at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-service-for-hollywood-superman

The GoFundMe page was created on behalf of Christopher’s widow, Bonnie Finkenthal Dennis, by Vladislav Kozlov, his long-time friend and director, who produced of a short film starring Christopher, as himself, and film legend Franco Nero, called “The Kid,” and has been filming with Christopher for the hybrid documentary feature about Christopher’s life, called “American Superman” since 2013.
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The Dawn Does Not Break For All In The Faller Angels #1 Launch Trailer

All mutants have a home now on the island nation of Krakoa, but that doesn’t mean they all feel at home. See what happens to the outsiders in this Fallen Angels #1 launch trailer featuring Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and writer Bryan Hill.

Three mutants are unable to find their place in a new homeland, and struggle to find their place in the world. Psylocke grapples with a return to her own body and the loss of a purpose. X-23 hopes that she can still be accepted by her comrades and that her past won’t catch up with her. And Cable contends with living in the shadow of his future self – whom he murdered.

“Fallen Angels is going to be a really terrific book because it’s going to show a different side of some classic X-Men characters,” promises White.

“[Szymon’s] visual storytelling is really peerless and I’m excited for people to see the combination of my voice with its intensity and his voice with his intensity and how that jumps off the page,” says Hill. Fallen Angels #1 by Bryan Hill and Szymon Kudranski is on sale this December in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com.

The Next Generation Claims The Dawn In The New Mutants #1 Launch Trailer

Following the events of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X, the outlook for mutantkind has never been brighter! But with challenges still on the horizon, it’s up to the mutant youth to continue the newfound success of their species into the future. See what’s coming for mutants next in this launch trailer featuring Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and writer Ed Brisson.

The New Mutants have reunited under the banner of Krakoa, but they won’t be staying in the new home for long! Their first mission: retrieve their errant comrade Cannonball from the depths of space. Joined by former Generation X members Chamber and Mondo, the New Mutants head for the stars, but quickly come into conflict with both the Shi’ar and the Starjammers.

“Rod Reis is doing the art. It is absolutely gorgeous. It has echoes of the classic Bill Sienkiewicz art, but it’s doing its own thing and it’s really beautiful,” says White.

“It just makes for this magnificent mutant manifesto that you cannot miss,” proclaims Cebulski.

New Mutants #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson, and Rod Reis is on sale now in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com.

Stitcher And Marvel Announce Premiere Date For Highly Anticipated New Fictional Podcast Series “Marvels”

Top content network and podcast listening service Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Marvel’s Wolverine: The Lost Trail,” “The Dream”) and Marvel New Media today announced the premiere date for “MARVELS,” a new Marvel fictional podcast series. The 10-episode series will air weekly beginning November 20, 2019, exclusively on Stitcher Premium. It will see a wide release across all podcast platforms in 2020.

The series is part of the celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek’s and Alex Ross’ award-winning four-part comic book “Marvels,” which was released to critical acclaim in 1994. Based on “Marvels,” this new saga revisits the world of photojournalist Phil Sheldon as he navigates through the chaos caused by the Galactus invasion of New York City. As with the original comic book inspiration, this story explores what it means to be human in a universe inhabited by super heroes.

The show’s cast includes Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Wu-Tang Clan, HBO’s “The Deuce”) as Ben Urich, AnnaSophia Robb (Hulu’s “The Act”) as Marcia Hardesty, Ethan Peck (“In Time,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) as Mr. Fantastic, and Seth Barrish (Showtime’s “Billions”) as Phil Sheldon.

“MARVELS” takes place in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City, for the fate of the world. One intrepid photographer, an ambitious college student, and a cynical journalist embark on an investigation to confirm or debunk one of the most super-powered conspiracy theories of all time.

Also cast in the series are Louisa Krause as Sue Storm, Jake Hart as Ben Grimm, Ehad Berisha as Johnny Storm, Teo Rapp-Olsson as Peter Parker, and Gabriela Ortega as Charlie Martinez.

Stitcher and Marvel have assembled a writing and production team of some of the biggest names in the podcasting industry. ‘MARVELS’ is written by Lauren Shippen (“The Bright Sessions,” “The AM Archives”) and directed by Paul Bae (“The Black Tapes,” “The Big Loop”). Mischa Stanton (“The Bright Sessions,” “LeVar Burton Reads,” “The AM Archives”) will oversee sound design. The series is produced by Harry Go and Jennifer Manel of Marvel and T. Square of Stitcher.

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‘Joker’ Becomes Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movie Ever

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Warner Bros’. psychological thriller “Joker” is now the highest-grossing R-rated film ever at the global boxoffice.

As of Thursday, the surprise boxoffice phenomenon has earned $788.1 million, beating Deadpool and its sequel 2018 Deadpool 2 which grossed $782 million and $785 million respectively. Joker recently set the record for the biggest October opener of all time domestically, internationally and worldwide.

The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Todd Phillips’s bold, creative vision is evident in every frame of ‘Joker,’ matched only by Joaquin Phoenix’s incomparable interpretation of this iconic character. What they and everyone who worked on this film created has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide. We congratulate them and our colleagues at DC on reaching this extraordinary benchmark, and I personally want to congratulate the entire Warner Bros. team on the roll-out of this film.”

Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, Joker won the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival where the film premiered last month.

Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes Sharpens Her Sword For New Solo Series

Announced today at MCM Comic Con London, Robert E. Howard’s swashbuckling heroine, Dark Agnes, will helm her very first comic series. Dark Agnes will be making her Marvel Comics debut this December in CONAN: SERPENT WAR, introducing this beloved swordswoman to a new generation of readers, before taking off on her own adventures in February’s DARK AGNES #1.

The five-issue limited series will depict the journey of Agnes de Chastillon as she frees herself from an arranged marriage to live the dangerous life of a sellsword in 16th-century France. Joined by Etienne Villers, the mercenary pair’s daring exploits will be penned by writer Becky Cloonan(THE PUNISHER) with art by Luca Pizzari(WEAPON X, BLACK KNIGHT).

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you’d never heard of Dark Agnes. Well, that’s about to change,” says Cloonan. “Agnes is the unsung anti-hero of Robert E. Howard’s legendary body of work. She’s a swashbuckling, musket wielding, doublet wearing bad ass swordswoman from the early Renaissance. A fierce warrior, a stalwart friend, and a brutal, unrelenting force in a bloody, chaotic world. Agnes is just as relevant today as she was when Howard dreamed her up, and as she is in her own time: the filthy 1500’s. Join us for a tale of mystery, adventure, and revenge!”
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Zoe Kravitz cast as Catwoman in “The Batman”

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Zoe Kravitz has been cast to play in the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves’s upcoming “Batman” film.

The director himself confirmed the casting, in the same way he announced Pattinson’s casting last summer: via a tweet on Twitter.

Kravitz follows in the footsteps of Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer and Lee Meriwether who all have portrayed Catwoman previously on film.

Some fans may be already know that Kravitz has previously played Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie (2017). She also appeared in another superhero film X-Men: First Class, as well as roles in the acclaimed action film Mad Max: Fury Road, and iFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel.

She will next appear in “Viena and the Fantomes” and the TV series “High Fidelity.”

“The Batman” will be released on June 25, 2021.

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