Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Kelly Thompson

The acclaimed writer of Hawkeye and Rogue & Gambit joins the House of Ideas for new and exciting projects

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Kelly Thompson will bring her creativity and captivating storytelling to Marvel in an exclusive agreement.

Thompson’s run of Hawkeye, which wraps up this March, has received critical acclaim thanks to the sharp characterization of its female-led protagonist Kate Bishop. Along with the series being spotlighted in several “Best Of” lists, including CBR’s “Best Comics of 2017,” Wired’s “6 Best Comics of 2017,” and IGN’s “Best of 2017 Nominees,” Thompson has been heralded by Vox as “one of the best new talents in comic books” and has a resume at Marvel that includes acclaimed books such as Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps and Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma.

Currently, Thompson is writing the mini-series Rogue & Gambit, which has drawn rave reviews and excitement from X-Men fans and new readers alike. With more fun surprises in store for the future, she will continue to bring her talents to both fan-favorite characters and well-known Marvel heroes going forward.
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DCEU’s “Flashpoint” Has Found Its Director

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The guys responsible for writing the screenplay of last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will now be directing DCEU’s “Flashpoint.” John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are set to direct the Flash stand alone film, Variety is reporting.

Ezra Miller will be reprising his role in Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” released last November and will play it Barry Allen incarnation.

The report also mentioned Ben Affleck to have been offered to direct the film but passed on the opportunity. Affleck played Batman in the DC Extended Universe, including 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.” Affleck was originally set to return in Flashpoint. Though Justice League portrayed Batman as somewhat a mentor to Flash, it is unclear if Affleck’s character will still be used in Flashpoint at all.

Other directors once attached to helm the film were Rick Famuyiwa, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, and Sam Raimi.

In addition to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, Daley and Goldstein have penned Horrible Bosses and 2015’s Vacation which they also directed for Warner Bros., home studio of DCEU and “Flashpoint.” They recently completed action black comedy “Game Night,” set for release later next month.

“Flashpoint” production start date has not yet been announced, and the film currently does not have a release date.

“IT” and “Conjuring” Producer Walter Hamada Named President of DC Films

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As part of the restructuring of DC Films operations at Warner Bros., production executive Walter Hamada is moving in to oversee DC Films, the studio reports.

Walter Hamada is not new to cinematic shared universes. He is one of the executive producers that spearheaded the highly successful ‘Conjuring’ franchise, the first installment of which was released in 2013 and was directed by “Aquaman” director James Wan. Aquaman is is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe and is set to be released later this year.

Hamada also executive produced this year’s supernatural horror film ‘It’ from Warner Bros.’ New Line division. He will be reporting to Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films,” said Emmerich. “He’s a terrific production executive and served as an executive producer on two of the summer’s most popular films, New Line’s ‘IT’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation.’ I’m confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Walter’s a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post.”

At New Line Cinema, Hamada worked on the production of 2009’s Friday the 13th, The Final Destination, 2010’s Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Gallows and Lights Out.

DC Extended Universe films collectively grossed over $3.7 billion at the global box office, including last year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League.

2017 Top Grossing Domestic Films

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Walt Disney Studio’s latest film in the Star Wars saga is officially the top grossing film of 2017 in North America. As of Sunday, December 31, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has grossed $517 million, ahead of the studio’s own Beauty And The Beast which ended its theatrical run at $504 million.

1Star Wars: The Last Jedi$531 millionBV
2Beauty and the Beast (2017)$504 millionBV
3Wonder Woman$412 millionWB
4Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2$389 millionBV
5Spider-Man: Homecoming$334 millionSony
6It$327 millionWB (NL)
7Thor: Ragnarok$311 millionBV
8Despicable Me 3$264 millionUni.
9Logan$226 millionFox
10Justice League$225 millionWB

The Countdown Begins As The Marvel Universe Discovers Who Holds Infinity

…and its discovery heralds the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy

With a CRASH and a BANG, the cosmic strike of the Countdown begins as the greatest epic in the history of the Infinity Stones explodes onto the pages of INFINITY COUNTDOWN! And it’s a beginning so huge, it can only be told in one sweeping, mind-bending tale.

This March, Gerry Duggan (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy) and Aaron Kuder (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy) are bringing you a spectacular, huge Infinity tale that will lead to an even greater story – and one that will impact the entire Marvel Universe! The Infinity Stones, thought to be lost forever, have suddenly reappeared — bringing with them the ultimate power for good and evil. Three stones have fallen into the hands of the mightiest heroes in the galaxy…but where are the rest?

As the hunt for the stones begins, a new weapon of unimaginable power is being forged…and it’s a weapon like nothing the universe has ever seen! What is its purpose? And who – or what – is the destructive force that will be unleashed on the world? The race for power in the post Secret Wars universe has begun, and its search will impact every Marvel character from the street to the cosmos, from the Avengers to Spider-Man to the X-Men, even bringing about the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
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“Ready Player One” Official Trailer

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After unveiling a sensational, crowd-pleasing teaser for it science fiction adventure film “Ready Player One” at last summer’s Comic-Con, Warner Bros. has now released an exciting new trailer for the film, full of pop-culture references and some trademark Spielberg-visuals galore.

The trailer, like the novel it is based on, featured plenty of our favorite characters crammed into its short running time, from King Kong to Harley Quinn, to Child’s Play‘s Chucky and Gundam (and many other characters that may require multiple viewings to identify) as our protagonist Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) enter the virtual-reality world of “OASIS.”

Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name and directed by Steven Spielberg, the trailer is visually stunning and futuristic, yet still retro, with Van Halen’s 80’s anthemic track “Jump” playing during the second half, providing some feel-good, nostalgic energy.

“Ready Player One” arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.

Here is Ready Player One’s official synopsis:

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Marvel To Launch New Animation Franchise “Marvel Rising”

Feature Length Film And Six, Four-Minute Digital Shorts Set to Debut the Property. Key Voice Cast Includes Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kim Raver and BooBoo Stewart Among Others

Marvel Entertainment announced today, “Marvel Rising,” a brand-new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes set to launch in 2018. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of “Marvel Rising.” Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” will premiere later that year. Distribution partners for the content to be announced at a later date.

The content features an all-star line-up of voice talent including Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others. Future stories and content are also being developed across Marvel’s digital and publishing platforms and will be announced at a later date.

“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is a long-anticipated event, bringing together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters that have garnered major fan excitement over the last few years. Powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely, but formidable crew of aspiring heroes. When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name.

“Marvel characters are so relatable because they live in our world and face the same challenges we do. So I’m very excited that our Marvel Rising team of heroes is so inclusive, reflecting characters with different backgrounds, particularly a set of strong female leads that our young audience can connect with,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment.

Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development, added, “This project is unlike anything we’ve done before—from featuring the rising and fan-favorite stars of the Marvel Universe, to a visually distinct animation style, this is a groundbreaking animated event. It’s an action-packed adventure, full of comedy, heart and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan.”

Marvel partners with Stitcher to launch its first scripted podcast, ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’

Actors Richard Armitage, Scott Adsit, Bob Balaban and Brian Stokes Mitchell cast in key roles for spring 2018 series

NEW YORK CITY – December 5, 2017 – Marvel New Media and top podcast listening service and content network Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Katie Couric,” “The Paris Review”) today announced “Wolverine: The Long Night,” the first-ever Marvel scripted podcast, launching in spring 2018. The 10-episode series will be available exclusively on Stitcher Premium until fall 2018, when it will see a wide release across all podcast platforms.

The show’s cast includes notable actors Richard Armitage (“The Hobbit”), Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Mr. Robot”).

The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

The process behind the making of “Wolverine: The Long Night” brings Marvel’s storytelling expertise into the podcasting world, breaking new ground for the medium. To provide listeners a sense of immersion into the story, outdoor scenes will be recorded in realistic-sounding locations including forests and a cabin. In the studio, actors will be recorded in an ambisonic — or fully surround-sound — environment, allowing them to move, interact with one another and fully inhabit their characters.
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First Pic Of Brenton Thwaites As Robin Revealed

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It looks like Robin is getting ready to step on his own spotlight sans crime fighting partner Batman. On Friday, Warner Brothers released the first image of the Boy Wonder as played by Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites.

The moody character photo shows a side profile of Robin with the dark clouds on the background and his bo staff weapon resting on his shoulder.

From what is shown on the image, the iconic costume is faithful to the comics overall, somewhat a combination of the classic look from the animated Teen Titans and the modernized version we see in Arkham video games.

Designed by Laura Jean Shannon (who is also credited for Black Lightning, Iron Man and The Jingle Book), the stylized outfit incorporates the red and green with the yellow R badge, color palettes that followed the character’s costume since its introduction in 1940 by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.

The actor is clearly excited about his new role. “Here we go!!! First fight scene with my R Kicking ass in a downtown Gotham alleyway. #robinrevealed #titans,” says Thwaites on Twitter. Thwaites recently appeared in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and in 2016’s Gods of Egypt.

Based on various incarnations of the characters from DC Comics, the upcoming tv series follows the young group of superheroes known as Titans, with Thwaites’ Robin as the leader of the band of heroes which also includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Hank Hall / Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger / Dove (Minka Kelly), and Amy Rohrbach (Lindsey Gort).

Titans is set to launch in 2018 on DC Comics new digital service.

Here we go!!! First fight scene with my R Kicking ass in a downtown Gotham alleyway. #robinrevealed #titans

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Marvel Announces The Return of The NEW MUTANTS

Members of the New Mutants and X-Factor join together in this terrifying tale

Who are the best heroes to bring together when paranormal events need investigating? Fans will find out in NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS, a six-issue limited series debuting this March from superstar creative team Matt Rosenberg (Phoenix: Resurrection, Secret Warriors) and Adam Gorham (Rocket).

“To me, The New Mutants exemplify everything I love about a superhero team,” said series writer Matt Rosenberg. “They are true underdogs, doubted and dismissed, but always ready to prove themselves. They’re the weirdos, the outcasts, the leftovers, and the misfits, but they are there for the people who need them.”

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS finds Magik, Wolfsbane, Rictor, Boom Boom, and Strong Guy attempting to figure out why strange events are occurring in the universe. But there’s more to their mission than meets the eye…and a bigger mystery is brewing, as the team realizes Karma – the mind-controlling mutant who has brought them together — may not be telling them the entire story. With each issue serving as a standalone tale, the mutants will try to uncover the truth behind these paranormal events – no matter who they have to battle.

“They’re constantly in way over their heads, but always rise above. Our series takes all of that, collects some of the best New Mutants alongside some oddballs better known for their time with X-Factor and X-Force, and throws them into a mission they aren’t at all ready for. We pack it full of nods to the history of the team and hints about their future, and enough creepy moments, epic battles, offbeat humor, and dysfunctional family dynamics to make a book worthy of the title The New Mutants,” continues Rosenberg.

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