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DISNEY/MARVEL BYTE: Big Hero 6 is yet another Marvel Comics property to get the Disney big-screen treatment. The Japanese super-team was originally created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau and appeared in Alpha Flight vol. 2. Expected popularity was so high that Marvel Comics immediately ordered a mini-series. Scott Lobdell and Gus Vasquez were tapped as creators due to scheduling conflicts. A second mini-series was produced in 2008. Walt Disney Animation Studios saw the potential of the property and has been working on a computer-animated film adaptation, which will be the first Marvel-based production from Disney’s animation division. The film will be released on November 7, 2014. This first trailer isn’t much, but check it out anyway.
Marvel’s AXIS BYTE: Marvel Comics is never one to sit still. They remain a leader in their industry by always being ahead of the game. Their summer event, Original Sin is just getting going and they are already promoting the next event. How do you follow-up the murder of Uatu the Watcher and the revelation of the greatest secrets in the Marvel Universe? Well, you get Rick Remender to team up the Avengers and the X-Men against a cabal of their greatest enemies. There is not a lot of information on this project yet except for a teaser image that appeared on the cover of Previews, which I’ve included here. The image is by one of my favorite artists, Jim Cheung, but there has been no confirmation that he will be the series artist. He could be just doing covers. Nerd Bytes will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
MOVIE TV ROUND-UP: So the lead for the upcoming Gambit feature film has been revealed and it’s Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe Retaliation, 21 Jump Street). I’m not sold on this choice. Don’t get me wrong, I like Tatum, but is he right for the Cajun master thief turned X-Man? I suppose time will tell. The speculation now has turned to who his leading lady should be. A lot of people want to see Rogue recast, and in this film, but this is not her time. This should be the origin story of Remy Lebeau. It should be the story of his pre-X days in New Orleans and there can be only one female lead for that story, Bella Donna Boudreaux. Now let’s get talking about who should play her. Hugh Jackman recently said that he is nearing the end of his run as Wolverine on the big screen. This is not good news for fans or casual movie-goers, but it’s understandable considering the years and effort he’s given to the character. Jackman recently said that he would love to fight the Hulk in an Avengers sequel. It would take some serious work but considering the massive dollars that such a match could bring, anything is possible. In a recent interview Jackman had this to say;
“I would love to see him as part of The Avengers. Because there’s a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He’d like that. There’s no doubt he’d get in a fight with Hulk at some point. Those two bad, rage-filled characters are going to square off at some point. It would be quite fun. I don’t know how much fun to shoot it would be because I’m sure I’d be on the worst end of it, but hey, he can heal.”
ARKHAM KNIGHT BYTE: Batman: Arkham Knight has been highly anticipated by gamers and fanboys alike. The announcement that the main villain would be a new character, The Arkham Knight was met with mixed feelings. I have a feeling that this villain might not be as new as they want us to believe, but maybe an old villain taking on a new aspect for a specific purpose. We’ll find out soon enough. Until then check out this latest trailer. It’s truly 2:19 of Heaven!
STAR WARS BYTE: JJ Abrams took some time to film and release this short video from the set of the long-awaited Star Wars Episode VII. Fans will be excited because although it was short there was a lot of cool stuff packed into it. Not only did you get to see a little bit of the location, filming and even a creature from the movie, but you get to hear about a cool new charitable initiative. This project has Disney teaming up with UNICEF’s Innovation Labs for a project titled ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ which aims to raise money for needy children around the world. One lucky donor will get all of the following;
- Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
- Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
- Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
- Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII
WICKED AND DIVINE BYTE: So you think being a God is easy? Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie may not agree. The pair have reunited to bring you a tale of the downside to having great powers. Described as;
“Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.”
Watch for The Wicked + The Divine #1 on June 18th from Image Comics.
NERDITORIAL: Last week marked the 25th Motor City Comic Convention and it was bigger and better than ever. Certainly not the mega cultural event that the San Diego Convention has grown to be, but a spectacle none-the-less. This year the Convention expanded in many ways. They increased the overall size of the event space using then entirety of the Suburban Collection Showplace floor this year. This also increased parking since they didn’t have to share spaces with other events. Last year there were huge lines and long waits on both Saturday and Sunday. This year those problems were avoided with more ticket booths. The increased floor space was a huge boon to business allowing for more concessions, vendors, and guests, all of which served to benefit the throngs of fans that attended. The media guests they had this year were outstanding. The line-up included superstars like William Shatner, Karl Urban, Scott Wilson, J. August Richards, Jason Momoa, Bret Hart and many more. There were some growing pains though. The biggest was the layout. Guests like those listed above along with Chris Claremont, and Mark Waid on the comic side, had lines so long that other guests were rendered almost inaccessible even though the wait to meet them was short by comparison. The vendor area was also very limited in space despite the larger floor space. At peak times it was next to impossible to fight your way through the throngs of people to get to a vendor. I’m not sure if it hurt sales, or if fans are determined enough to be patient and wait to get through. Nerds are not well-known for their patience and understanding, so you make the call. All-in-all the convention was a rousing success. With 113 exhibitors, 28 publishers and organizations, and 220 comic industry personalities the event attracted over 40,000 attendees. This is fully 10,000 more than last year’s record attendance. Way to go Motor City, for all your flaws you sure do know how to throw a party!