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A New Captain America Coming to Marvel?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel announced on July 4 that Steve Rogers may soon be out of a job. The company took to Twitter to tease a new Captain America.

The company tweeted: “Who will be Marvel comics’ NEW #Captain America? Learn more this Monday on http://Marvel.com ! #4thofJuly”

Obviously, fans can look forward to an announcement on July 7.

Many fans are speculating that Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, will step into Cap’s boots. This would make him the first African American to portray Captain America.

Previously, Steve Rogers’ former partner Bucky Barnes stepped into the role after Rogers’ apparent assassination in the story arc The Death of Captain America. He subsequently returned in Captain America: Reborn.

Source: @Marvel on Twitter

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Superman (Apparently) Comes to Gotham in New Batman v Superman Teaser

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Judging by Warner Bros’ new promo image for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is coming to Gotham City.

Released this week, the image shows us Henry Cavill’s Superman for the first time since Man of Steel, standing in a dark and rainy city. While it’s not “officially” Gotham City, it can certainly be considered Gothamesque.

In an interview with USA Today, Snyder confirmed Superman will indeed come to Gotham in the new movie, and that he will be interacting with various other heroes. Snyder added these interactions will change his view of the world at large.

In addition to Batman, Cavill’s Superman may be crossing paths with Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (rumored to be played by Jason Momoa).

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 16, 2016. Principal photography is in progress.

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Deathstroke Gets New Ongoing Series in October

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Deathstroke will get another crack at his own ongoing series this fall, as Deathstroke #1 hits the stands this October.

The series will be written by Tony Daniel, with Daniel illustrating alongside Sandu Floreau. In an interview with MTV, Daniel said he’s always been a Deathstroke fan, as he’s “always been drawn to characters with a dark side and I think that makes him complex and compelling.”

Daniel continued, noting that while Slade Wilson was cast in a more heroic light in Forever Evil, the man he’ll be writing in Deathstroke is still a mercenary, and thus a more sinister character.

“I’m writing him in a way where he is still pretty much a bad guy but because of his methods…But the people he’s up against here are clearly evil bastards. If anyone deserves to be disemboweled, it’s this group. Deathstroke is a murderer by all definitions, for the most part, he’s going after his targets.”

However, Daniel added that in the book’s first story arc, Deathstroke is not only the hunter, but “also the hunted.”

When DC Comics’ “New 52″ initiative began in September 2011, Deathstroke was given his own ongoing series. It was eventually cancelled in May 2013 after 20 issues. The character, however, has continued to be largely featured throughout the DC Universe. He was also prominently used in the second season of Arrow, and in Batman: Arkham Origins.

Deathstroke #1 hits the stands October 22.

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Chris Jericho, Miz, AJ, and the Night of Returns. Plus, Other Ponderings From WWE Raw

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Thoughts From Raw:

Chris Jericho returns to Raw, spoils The Miz’s return, comes face-to-face with The Wyatt Family. The news about Chris Jericho returning to Raw this week leaked a bit before the show aired. Happily, yours truly avoided the spoiler, and experienced Jericho’s latest comeback in all its glory. Seeing him come back in that segment with The Miz would have been enough, I suppose. But adding the Wyatts to the mix made it a true Raw moment. That’s the match that’ll sell Battleground, or at the very least, get folks to tune in for the next few weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how long Jericho stays around this time.

While Miz’s return obviously played second fiddle to Jericho’s, it’s great to see him as a heel again. The whole “cross brand” star thing, or whatever it is, should be a good fit for him. Miz is as easy to dislike as just about anybody. The question is, can he make his act in 2014 different from his act from two or three years ago?

AJ Lee returns, wins the Divas Title from Paige. I was honestly convinced we weren’t going to see AJ Lee again. At least not for awhile. She just got married, to CM Punk no less. Thus, the rumors she was pregnant weren’t exactly unfounded.

John Cena wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Money in the BankLike a lot of folks, I’m not particularly upset that Cena won the title at Money in the Bank. It’s a means to an end, folks. And that end is Summerslam. You want a big money pay per view match? John Cena’s been a key ingredient in a lot of big money pay per view matches. And if the rumors are true, that opponent will be Brock Lesnar.

Incidentally, Stephanie should do more “rap dancing,” or whatever she was doing when that WWE 2K15 poster dropped. Those five seconds were pretty damn entertaining. She seems to be having as much fun out there as she’s ever had.

John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane announced for Battleground. Eh, I’ve seen worse filler between major pay per views.

Seth Rollins wins the Money in the Bank briefcase. Not surprised to see Seth Rollins take the briefcase home. The briefcase element always works best when used with a heel. It just doesn’t behoove a babyface to attack a champion when he’s vulnerable. Oddly enough, the only face to really have a great Money in the Bank briefcase pay off (no pun intended) was the man Rollins faced tonight, Rob Van Dam. Come to think of it, Cena was the champ back then too…

Kofi Kingston is annihilated after come-from-behind win over Cesaro. As good as Kofi Kingston is, it’s gotten to the point where when I hear his music, my brain goes: “Heel enhancement match.” Tonight was no different. Even when Kofi wins, he loses. He beats Cesaro, but then proceeds to take one of the worst ass kickings of his career. Some things never change, I suppose.

Intercontinental Championship vacated due to Bad News Barrett’s injury. That separated shoulder is a terrible break for Bad News Barrett. He was obviously doing some of the best mic work of his career, and he and WWE had turned the whole “Bad News” persona into something entertaining and cool. Here’s hoping he can parlay a comeback into a babyface turn in a few months.

Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter emerge to challenge Rusev and Lana. This segment was packed with intrigue. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter as babyfaces? Why not? The fans seem like they’ve been ready to cheer Zeb and the whole “Real American” thing for awhile now. And they were actually chanting for Swagger! Who’d have thought that?

The Wyatt Family def. Sheamus & The Usos. That big boot from Luke Harper to Sheamus deserved all the replays it got. Right in the damn face!

Nikki Bella is placed into a handicap match with the Funkadactyls. I can’t hear either of the Bella Twins talk without thinking of the Kardashians…

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Vickie Guerrero’s Sloppy Swan Song, and Other Ponderings From WWE Raw

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Thoughts From Raw:

Stephanie McMahon def. Vickie Guerrero, forcing her out of the company.  A Vickie Guerrero babyface turn? A bunch of Eddie Guerrero references? Well damn, there was no way this wasn’t her last night. Some might cry fowl over it being a slop match. But really, what else were they going to do? Neither of them are wrestlers. And in the end, Vickie got her moment in the sun. Incidentally, Layla El gets a lot of crap here, but that splash she made into the slop was awesome!

I give Vickie Guerrero a world of credit for going above and beyond expectations during her WWE tenure. Did anyone ever envision her becoming the heat magnet she became? She was never the best pure promo on the roster, but what she delivered was so over, it really didn’t matter. Once she started with the “Excuse me!” line, and started venturing into that annoying teacher/boss routine, she was made. So kudos to you, Vickie, for living up to the Guerrero family name, and ultimately doing your husband’s memory proud.

Kane is added to the WWE Championship Ladder Match. Um…sure? This makes sense, I suppose. Although I wish they could have added Kane sooner. That way he could’ve taken the place of someone like Cesaro or Bray Wyatt, who might have benefitted from carrying the briefcase around for awhile. But Kane was kind of in that weird limbo space for awhile, due to Daniel Bryan’s injury. So I suppose it is, what it is.

Triple H announces that Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Bad News Barrett, Kofi Kingston, and Jack Swagger will join Seth Rollins in second Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday. What really interested me was Hunter’s remark about the audience thinking he doesn’t appreciate Ziggler’s talents. That’s a curious thing to say about someone the office is supposedly trying to “bury.” Even Jim Ross has speculated on The Ross Report that Ziggler “isn’t high on somebody’s list.” But why? And how long do we all have to wait before Ziggler moves up said list?

Also, Rollins had a really focused, effective promo this week. Much better than anything we’ve seen him do on the mic previously. That. combined with the match he put on with Rob Van Dam, gave me a bit more hope for his future as a solo act in WWE.

Dean Ambrose baits Triple H and Rollins into adding him to the ladder match. I always have to roll my eyes a bit when something like this happens. I understand we’re dealing with wrestling logic, but come on. Rollins wants to “keep an eye” on Ambrose, so he gets Hunter to put him in a position to earn a guaranteed title shot any time he wants? Yeah, that makes sense.

Alicia Fox def. Naomi, as Cameron and Paige join the announce position. Cameron’s definitely a heat magnet, I’ll give her that. She’s somewhat reminiscent of Michelle McCool and Layla El back when they were a team, in that her heel mic work is so grating and irritating that it almost prompts one to hit the mute button. Even Cole seemed to be irritated: “Well, I have no idea what you’re talking about, but you just continue to ramble on.” Paige on the other hand, as good as she is in the ring, came off like the stereotypical white meat babyface.

Big E. def. Damien Sandow, who is dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Okay…so the idea behind Sandow doing all the crazy stuff he’s being doing lately is that he wants to be “entertaining.” Alright, I guess that kind of makes sense. But where does it go from here? Also, what the heck was Big E. trying to do in that post-match promo? Was he channeling some kind of overcharged preacher? Either way, I don’t recommend he revisit that idea.

Bo Dallas def. Titus O’Neil. Did they really need to start calling him “The Inspirational” Bo Dallas? I think most of us got the point…

Images from WWE.com.

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A Ninja Turtles, Vol. 8: Northampton Review – Cutie Pie Turtles?

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 8 – Northampton
AUTHORS: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
PENCILLERS: Ross Campbell
COLLECTS: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29-32
FORMAT: Softcover
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2014

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

When the Turtles need a break, they head out to the country. It’s kind of a tradition. It happened in the original Eastman & Laird comic, it happened in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, it happened in the 4Kids series, and now it’s happening in the IDW series in Northampton.

After the events of City Fall, Leonardo is still suffering from the effects of The Shredder’s brainwashing, and Splinter is injured. Thus, April takes the Turtles, Splinter, and Casey Jones to her parents’ home in Northampton, Massachusetts. But little do they know, they’ve been followed by Alopex. But where do her allegiances lie? And is she the only one that’s tracked them down…?

Ross Campbell is on the pencil for Northampton, in his first multi-issue story arc for the series. Campbell is a more-than-capable artist, and I especially enjoyed his work in the Leonardo one-shot from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries. He has a style that we’re not necessarily used to seeing on a TMNT story. He’s good at making his characters look vulnerable, which obviously comes in handy here, particularly in issue #30. Not only is Michelangelo is being sentimental as he writes home to Woody, but we also see more with Tang Shen (Splinter’s wife and the Turtles’ mother, long story), which is obviously a great source of deep-rooted emotion for our characters. We see Shen interact with Leo, and then Splinter. Both scenes offer great visuals, and Campbell is better suited for these kinds of interactions than Mateus Santoulouco was. Colorist Ronda Pattison is also able to really show off here, and give us some great colors to suit a number of moods and tones. Campbell’s rendering of what I’ll call “black and blue Leo” makes for a very satisfying reveal in issue #31. We also meet a new villain named Koya, who I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

But we run into problems when the intensity cranks up. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Leonardo #1, the fact that Leo was a bit more muscled, combined with the emotional subtext, and the story being set during a cloudy, rainy night, provided us with a mood that was very emotional, but also dreary and dangerous. Northampton is obviously an emotional story, but many of the other factors that made the Leonardo issue a success are gone. By and large the Turtles look very skinny, their arms looking downright flaccid at times. They don’t need to be hugely muscled. But remember these guys are ninjas, and should ideally have at least a little tone to them. The Turtles in Northampton don’t look like they can kick your butt. They often look like cutesy, friendly cartoon characters you’d see on Nick Jr. Considering the audience the creators are playing to, that’s not a good thing. Campbell is still capable of injecting plenty of intensity and anger into their faces, which obviously helps during fight sequences. But it’s not enough to shake the cutesy image.

The heart of this book deals with Leo struggling with his brainwashing by the Shredder. In that sense, this book is very much what I wanted to see when I closed City Fall, Part 2. The story is fairly predictable in that we know where Leo will be by the end. But the journey itself is interesting to watch, especially when we see Leo’s interactions with Splinter, and their respective interactions with Tang Shen.

Alopex is also along for the ride in this book, and she’s on a journey that loosely parallels Leo’s. We see her connection to Raphael grow, and they journey into that gray romantic area that Ninja Turtles stories occasionally venture into. It’s the same kind of relationship Leo tends to have with Karai in various different incarnations of the TMNT. Giving Alopex a redemption story is fine, but connecting him to Raphael in a flirty, romantic sense raises the same old questions about inter-species fornicating, and how one of the Turtles would go about having a relationship with someone, be they human or mutant. That’s both a little too complicated, and a little too gross for my personal tastes.

After a story like City Fall, we needed a book like Northampton to calm things down a bit, before they inevitably ramp up again. From a writing perspective it delivers, and also manages to raise an intriguing question about the “ooze.” Was Ross Campbell a good artistic choice? Given what he’d contributed to the series in the past, the answer is yes. But what he delivered was largely flawed. He’s a very talented artist, and I’m interested to see more from him. But live and learn, Mr. Campbell: The boys in green are not meant to be cute.

RATING: 6.5/10

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Kevin Feige Talks Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige recently opened up about three upcoming installments in the saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange.

Feige was interviewed at Barcelona’s CinaEurope, and noted that the title role in Doctor Strange will likely be cast within the next two months, before production begins in Spring 2015.

“[Doctor] Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis,” Feige said. “There’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel Universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.”

Another character Feige cites as “very important” is Ant-Man, who will get his own cinematic spotlight in July 2015.

“We like that people don’t necessarily know what Ant-Man is,” Feige said. “We like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character. He’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of ‘Ant-Man’ that we could have.”

Of course, Marvel fans can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy this August. Feige noted that the Guardians franchise could go in several different directions after this initial film.

“There are dozens and dozens of Guardians of the Galaxy storylines,” Feige said. “There’s a group that came about in the ’60s, were revamped again in the ’80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago. So there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we’d like to go with it.”

A key character in Guardians of the Galaxy? Thanos, who moviegoers saw during the credits in The Avengers.

“We learn a little bit more about him in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he – and his band of followers – is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future,” Fiege said.

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1. Ant-Man comes out July 17, 2015.

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Rian Johnson Will Reportedly Write/Direct Two Star Wars Movies

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Rian Johnson, director of films like The Brothers Bloom and Looper, as reportedly been recruited by LucasFilm to direct Episode VIII and Episode IX in the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

While no official announcement has been made regarding Johnson’s involvement, Johnson did post a YouTube clip this week, perhaps hinting at his state of mind. The clip, from The Right Stuff, sees Sam Shepard’s character about to launch into space. Nervously, he whispers to himself: “Dear Lord, please don’t let me f*** up.”

Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, comes out December 18, 2015. Two additional Star Wars spin-offs have also been announced, one directed by Josh Trank, the other by Gareth Edwards.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Blatant Insubordination: Podcasts, Snooki, and Noise

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

I like podcasts a lot, and find myself listening to them as often as I can. I think they appeal to my secret desire to be a radio personality of some sort, and “perform” on the air. For awhile, I actually considered doing one here at PI. And hey, never say never.

But it’s a hell of a lot less likely now.

My favorite resource for podcasts is PodcastOne.com. Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, and Jim Ross all host shows there, and there are a lot of other cool broadcasts like Man School, the Ask Women Podcast, among others. But this week, they added a new podcaster to their roster: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame. Polizzi will host The Snooki Podcast – Naturally Nicole with “off-the-cuff commentary that most people would only dare to say in their heads.” Ah, yes. Cultural commentary from a girl who’s claim to fame is being a dimwit on an MTV reality show. Why don’t we just give Steve-o a podcast? Or has he had one already? Wouldn’t surprise me…

Perhaps I’m being too hard on good ol’ Snooki. In truth, my complaints aren’t really directed at her. It’s at the entire landscape of podcasting. Having a microphone or a camera to talk into doesn’t make your opinion relevant. It doesn’t make you a “cultural commentator.” It makes you someone with an outlet from which you can provide compelling commentary, or say something relevant, intriguing, and thought-provoking. In a way, it’s the same principle you find in stand-up comedy. You’re not funny just because you’re talking into a microphone.

This is the problem that arises when everybody has a podcast. The market becomes oversaturated, and suddenly a podcast is no longer special or cool. It’s just more noise. Noise that makes it harder for listeners to discover the voices of the broadcasters who are actually saying interesting things.

As someone who writes things on the internet, this is a disconcerting notion for me, as it obviously translates to what I do. How many people out there write about comics, movies, TV shows, pro wrestling, etc? So how does one know they’re not just adding to the noise? It’s hard to say.

What keeps my conscious fairly clear is that most of what I write here comes from a place of passion, heart, and in the end, humility. Primary Ignition is made up mostly of my opinions, which I aim to make as informed and entertaining as possible. It all comes from what I feel to be a good place, as opposed to one of self-glorification, or saying things just for the sake of saying something. I’m writing about things I love. There’s an undeniably purity in that, no matter what your subject matter is.

So is it passion and truth of heart that separates quality and genuity from the noise? Maybe it depends on what people are looking for. I just know I’m not willing to talk into a microphone quite yet. I’ll stick to my proverbial pen for now. But one thing’s for sure: If Snooki has a podcast, then every damn broadcaster in America had better step up their game…

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Another Hulk Solo Movie in the Works?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While Hulk’s previous two cinematic ventures haven’t exactly been smash hits, Marvel may be willing to give the character one more go-around in theaters.

The news comes from Mark Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner in The Avengers.

“I think [Marvel is] for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” Ruffalo said in a recent interview. “When we did The Avengers it was basically ‘No!’, and now there is some consideration for it. But there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut. I think the Banner/Hulk storyline is obviously not easy a tough nut to crack.”

When asked about the possibility of Hulk appearing in a team-up film, Ruffalo said: ”If they do Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that would be great.”

 Source: ComingSoon.net

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