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Sony Announces The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six Release Dates

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The near future of the Spider-Man movie franchise has officially been set by Sony.

This week, Sony announced Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11, 2016. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and written by Drew Goddard, it will mark the first time a Spider-Man film has been released outside the summer.

In the Marvel Universe, the original Sinister Six consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Various incarnations have since existed since the group’s debut in 1964.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will then follow in 2018.

Spidey’s most recent film venture, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, made more than $706 million worldwide.

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Sam Wilson (a.k.a. The Falcon) is the New Captain America

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Right off the heels of Marvel’s announcement regarding a female Thor, the company’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on The Colbert Report July 16 to announce that Sam Wilson, a.k.a The Falcon, will take over as Captain America this fall.

Wilson stepping into take Steve Rogers’ place has been suspected in recent months, but Marvel made it official with the announcement of All New Captain America #1, written by Rick Remender and pencilled by Stuart Immonen. Rogers is ultimately forced to retire the mantle of Captain America after losing the effects of the super soldier serum, and aging 65 years.

While Sam Wilson has often served as Steve Rogers’ partner, Remender noted Wilson will be a very different Captain America than his predecessor.

“I’ve been having a lot of fun writing Sam,” Remender said. “It’s a completely different attitude. The fact that he’s not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam’s not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.”

Marvel editor Tom Brevoort added: “While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community. So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself. He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders. Sam, like Steve, will be led by his personal morality and beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong—and where his beliefs may differ in their shading from those of the previous Cap are where the interesting stories will be found.”

Source: Newsarama, Marvel.com 

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Marvel to Introduce Female Thor in New Series

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

On the July 15 edition of The View, Marvel broke the news that, starting in October, a new character would wield the hammer of Mjölnir. A female character.

In essence, that means comic book readers will have a female Thor.

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” said Marvel Editor Wil Moss said. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy.”

The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman.

“This is not She-Thor,” Aaron said via press release. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Source/Images: Variety

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Harry Potter Returns in New J.K. Rowling Short Story

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Just shy of seven years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has returned to Harry Potter in a new short story on PotterMore.com.

Formatted as a newspaper article in the by gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story takes a look at the adult Harry Potter, his wife Ginny, as well as Ron and Hermione as they attend the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Oddly enough PotterMore.com also notes that the Skeeter character will have a new book, Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob, published on July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday). In the world of Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Army was the name given to a group of rebellious students led by Harry who rebelled against the ultra-strict Dolores Umbridge.

Rowling is currently involved with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film trilogy, based in the world she established in the Harry Potter series.

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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 Superman v Batman Teaser

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Judging by Warner Bros’ new promo image for Superman v. Batman: 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).

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

Image from usatoday.com.

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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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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

Front page image and image 1 from comicvine.com. Image 2 from dadsbigplan.com.

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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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