Or so says Joe Quesada to MTV when speaking about the Kenneth Branagh film adaptation of the Norse god story.
“It’s going to be pretty epic, and regardless of what you think it’s going to be, it’s going to surprise people,” he added. “It’s an interesting piece for a superhero movie. It’s going to change the conventions of the superhero movie.”
Joe Q. goes on to say that he’s sat through meetings with Branagh and says that the director has immersed himself into the subject matter.Â When one looks at the library of Branagh films, and understands his love for classic storytelling, I expect Thor will be something akin to Henry V.Â And if that is the case, then don’t be surprised if Thor becomes one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
While the Marvel banner hasn’t been around for 70 years (Marvel proper began in 1961, but Timely Publications goes all the way back to 1939), Marvel will host a 70th Anniversary celebration at comic book stores across the nation on August 11, 2009.Â Sounds like a good time, until the announcement that Marvel was sending creators and Marvel characters not to the LCS, but to Barnes & Noble book stores.Â That’s sure to cause some controversy among all the fun.
We’re going to start a new series of Friday events and see how long it lasts.
There is no doubt the comic book industry is in as big a crisis as the newspaper industry.Â Fans are quick to point out the faults and foibles of each of the publishers out there, but few have ever come up with suggestions or ideas on how to rescue a particular company and increase the number of issues sold, beyond the typical “Fire INSERT EDITOR IN CHIEF NAME HERE!”
So here’s your chance to fix the industry, and here’s how it works:
The previous Editor in Chief has been fired, and the publisher is looking to hire a replacement.
In the comment section below, outline your ideas on what you would do to boost sales and improve the company’s bottom line.
In your comments you need to not only state the change, but why you believe the change would be for the greater good of the company.Â For example, if your idea is to capture the young reader market (kids between 8 and 12 years old), how are you going to do it?Â What needs to change?
Convince everyone that your ideas are the best direction for the company, by selling your idea.Â Get us excited, get us fired up, and best of all make sure it is for the good of the company and the industry as a whole.
This week, we’re starting at the top of the comic book chart as named by Diamond Comic Distributors, with Marvel Comics. Joe Quesada is out, and you want his job.
The person with the best, most thought out answer will be named The Major Spoilers Fan of the Week, with all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto.
Marvel Comics has teamed up with Eminem and XXL magazine to celebrate his anticipated upcoming album Relapse with an all-new story featuring the renowned rapper and Marvelâ€™s notorious vigilante, The Punisher, in Eminem/Punisher: Kill You.
Back from a three-year hiatus, Eminem is set to grace two XXL covers posing as The Punisher for the magazineâ€™s June issue on stands May 5, two weeks before his fifth solo album, Relapse, hits stores May 19.
A special collectorâ€™s edition, the magazine also includes the first part of an exclusive collaboration between XXL, Shady and Marvel Comics — Eminem/Punisher: Kill You — a special edition Punisher comic book starring Eminem and created by Marvel Comics.
Well this is an interesting turn of events.Â The weekly conversation with Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is ending over at Myspace’s Comic Books.
Yeah. This will be our last week here. We didnâ€™t really give any advance warning, â€™cause we wanted to go out business-as-usual, and hopefully with a bang as well. The big thing is, right now my schedule is just inâ€¦sane with work, and I find myself not being able to find the time and devote myself to this column as Iâ€™d like toâ€¦
Weâ€™ve had a lot of fill-ins that have been great, but itâ€™s more than Iâ€™d like in a column we call MyCup oâ€™ â€œJoe.â€ Someday Iâ€™d like to come back to thisâ€”hopefully sooner rather than laterâ€”but Iâ€™d like to come back to it in a way that I can really devote the proper time to it. So really, I need to thank all the editors and creators that helped and filled in. They were great. And the editors have really, really helped me with the fan questions. Iâ€™m still hands-on with all the macro-, more global planning of the Marvel U, but not so much in the fine detail. I usually donâ€™t know specifically what villain will be appearing in issue #87 of a title, so theyâ€™ve helped me fill in all the blanks. Kudos to the guys and gals, theyâ€™re the best team of editors in the world and Iâ€™ll kick anybodies ass who says otherwise.
MySpace Comic Books promises to continue the Marvel coverage with exclusive Marvel Previews during the all-new Marvel Fridays!Â That can mean one of two things; 1) MySpace Comic Books will actually have exclusive previews, or 2) the rest of us will have our Marvel previews taken away as Marvel gravitates toward alienating all the other comic websites out there.Â Let’s just hope the Marvel goes with #1.
This week, Joe Quesada hands out some sage advice on how to break into the comic book industry as a writer of fine tales.
So my suggestion to those guys is always, â€œKeep it basic. If your character is the Silver Surfer, then write a Silver Surfer, but keep it basic, the way he is now in his current incarnation. Donâ€™t give me the reinvention yet. Weâ€™ll see what you can do first in the current boundaries that we have, in the current continuity.â€ And I think a lot of people miss the fact that 90% of the stuff our writers are working on today is not reinventionâ€”itâ€™s writing the character in the status quo. Thatâ€™s what we do for the bulk of the job, so thatâ€™s the starting point. And donâ€™t worry about a five-issue storyarc at this point. Just a single, done-in-one, 22-page comic.
He and Jim McLauchlin also talk about Pet Avengers, and more news about Marvel’s 70th anniversary.
Marvel unveiled the cover of The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic Hard Cover book featuring the work of the artist who’s done Daredevil to Thor and the X-Men.
â€œA friend of [Marvel Editor-in-Chief] Joe Quesada sent me some of the designs Marko posted online and I was blown away,â€ said Editorial Talent Coordinator Chris Allo of how Djurdjevic came to Marvel. â€œHe jumped at the opportunity to work in comics and even though his digital painting process was new to many in the industry, he won over anyone on the fence once they saw his X-Men: First Class covers. The rest, as they say, is history!â€
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic HC, written by John Rhett Thomas arrives July 1, 2009 with a suggested cover price of $49.99.
Fans of Marvel’s Noir series, get some interesting news this week in the latest MyCup o’ Joe from Joe Quesada.
Marko Djurdjevic created that amazing Spider-Man Noir look taking into account a lot of influences, from the fashions of the era to the airmanâ€™s uniform and other fabrics a boy like Peter Parker would have used to make his own costume in the â€™30sâ€”and obviously he pulled off a spectacular job. But hey, if you liked Spider-Man Noir, and if you like steampunk, keep your eyes open for news in the futureâ€¦you may yet get to see an interesting take on another classic Spider-Man rogue or two.
There’s also some interesting Wolverine news that explains what’s next following the Old Man Logan storyline.