Here are some more images from the two previews for Doctor Strange and Iron Man animated DVDs that are on the upcoming Ultimate Avengers 2 DVD (August 8 ). Both of the two direct to DVD movies tell origin stories of the lead characters, so you don’t have to see either of the Ultimate Avenger movies to know what is going on. A couple of facts: Iron Man will be a 3D generated character, while Doctor Strange will be a real S.O.B. at the beginning of the feature.
X-Men: Phoenix Warsong, the sequel to the fan-favorite and best-selling X-Men: Phoenix Endsong, continues the story of the Phoenix Force as it returns from the ashes once again. Plus, Mike Mayhew is providing a variant cover to X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #1 featuring the Three-In-One Stepford Cuckoos. The Phoenix Force returns, but what part do the Stepford Cuckoos play in it all? Plus, with the Phoenix Force back, who will the primal creature tap as its host this time around? It’ll be up to the Astonishing X-Men to quell the Phoenix’s hunger. Be sure to pick up the next chapter in
Just a few more days before Ultimate Avengers 2 is released on DVD, but we got an early look at the trailer for one of the next DVD releases from Lionsgate and Marvel Studios. Doctor Strange will more than likely release in the first quarter of 2007, and will be an origin story. Via Comics Continuum (link)
Sony Pictures TV has launched a direct to DVD to distribute projects that have no network attachments. The new division is called Culver Entertainment and will launch with a 13 part animated Spider-Man collection. The DVD will be released next year. Culver Entertainment will focus on franchise stuff first, and eventually release original scripted comedies and dramas. While the company is currently in talks with potential advertisers, they are also considering broadband distribution for their content as well. Via Variety (link)
Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled for August 2, 2006. There may be items on this list that are not shipped at the last minute, or new material may be added. Check with your local retailer for more details. Thanks to Collector’s Pair of Dice for assisting in the building of this list. This list was last updated August 1, 2006
Sci Fi Wire has an interview with Thomas Haden Church, who plays Sandman in the next Spider-Man 3 flick, on the amount of training needed to get in shape for the film. “No. … I mean, … you know, you just … try to once again … toe the line and do what’s asked of you. … But it’s different. … It’s been a great discipline. I worked out for about probably 16 months, and … it was a good … discipline to have in my life. It was very invigorating to reincorporate that.” Via Sci Fi Wire (link)
Jon Favreau posted on his blog on his take on the villian for his upcoming Iron Man movie. I just got back from San Diego. The Marvel panel was great. The crowd seemed to really dig that we hired Adi Granov to help with the suit design. He joined the panel and got an enthusiastic response. He is listed in my top 8 if you want to send him a post. We signed the teaser poster he drew at the Marvel booth until the line was gone. It lasted well over an hour. For those of you who haven’t heard,
–by Stephen Schleicher Love it or hate it, the Clone Saga has made its way to the Ultimate universe. The controversial series from the mid 90s (or 70s depending on which one you think of first), turned the industry upside down and had many fans decrying and cheering at the same time. Well true believers, it looks like it is back in Ultimate Spider-Man #97.
Tomorrow July 26, 2006, you can catch the first 10 minutes of the Ultimate Avengers 2 DVD online at Habbo.com. The first DVD did “okay”, and it is good to see companies willing to launch themed titles directly to DVD (see Warner/DC announcement earlier today). Lionsgate (press release) — Through a partnership with HABBO, one of the world’s largest and hottest on-line destinations for teenagers, Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, will premiere the first 10 minutes of its highly-anticipated Marvel™ animated feature, Ultimate Avengers 2, on the popular website, Habbo.com. This event marks the first time the online
Fans at the San Diego Comic Con snapped pics of the new poster for the Spider-Man 3 film. I have loved all of the posters done for each of the Spider-Man films (I even snagged one of the original double sided posters from the first film), and I am very pleased with the images I have seen of the latest installment. Granted, this isn’t the best image out there, but the rich colors and fine detail done in the past will make this a nice one to add to my collection. Via Superhero Hype! (link)
One of the attendees at San Diego Comic Con has posted an image of the Iron Man preview poster over at director Jon Favreau’s Iron Man movie blog site. These poster were handed out during the Marvel presentation at the Con on Saturday. During the presentation, Favreau did remind the crowd that this will not be the final costume design. Via MySpace forum (link)
Marvel Inc. Press Release LOS ANGELES (July 20, 2006) – Continuing its strategy to independently develop and produce a new slate of feature films, Marvel Studios – a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) – has signed top rising director Louis Leterrier to direct a new big screen adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Michael Helfant, President/COO of Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios.
Marvel has released the text and images for titles scheduled for release during October 2006. ULTIMATE MARVEL ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #35 Written by MIKE CAREY Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY “GOD WAR” Stranded on the alien world called Acheron, the F.F. face certain death at the hands of the literally explosive being called Gallowglass! But even he pales besides the true enemy on this bleak planet, the greatest threat the multiverse has ever known: Thanos the Destroyer! Part 3 (of 6) 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99