Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli Bring The Band Back Together in WEST COAST AVENGERS

The all-new team-up begins this August

The West Coast Avengers are getting back together – with an all-new team! This August, join Kate Bishop, Clint Barton, America Chavez, Gwenpool, Quentin Quire, and Fuse (a.k.a. Johnny, Kate’s way-in-over-his-head boyfriend) in a brand new story from Marvel exclusive writer Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Rogue & Gambit) and Stefano Caselli (Invincible Iron Man).

“They all need and want something from being on that team together,” Thompson told Marvel.com in an official announcement. “Kate needs to help save LA, and she needs help to do that because villains have taken notice that there are no Super Heroes out there. I think there’s part of her that misses [being on a team] too.”

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3: Peter Parker VS. Spider-Man?! What?

Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley do the unthinkable

MAZING SPIDER-MAN is kicking off an all-new adventure this summer, when celebrated creative team Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) and Ryan Ottley take the webslinger to new heights – featuring new villains, new challenges, new relationships, and more.

Fans got a taste of Peter’s new story in this month’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Free Comic Book Day issue – and it’s only the beginning of what’s to come.

“The best Spider-Man, his personal [trouble] is mirroring his troubles in costume, and the two stories are feeding each other and being Spider-Man always comes with considerable costs to Peter,” Spencer told Comicbook.com. “It’s always getting in the way of his life. So, to me, it’s kind of a dance between those two things at this stage.”

Peter Parker vs…Spider-Man? Find out in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3, out this August.

“Lois Lane” Margot Kidder Dies At 69

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Actress Margot Kidder passed away Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana. She was 69 years old.

The Canadian-American actress appeared in 135 films and television shows, including Brian De Palma’s cult thriller Sisters (1973), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) opposite Robert Redford, and the hit horror film The Amityville Horror (1979).

But it was her role as a plucky reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Richard Donner film “Superman” with Christopher Reeve that would invigorate her career. The film at that time, was one of the most expensive ever made and later became one of the highest grossing films of the year.

It is considered by many as inspiration for today’s comic book films. Kidder would continue to play the role for its sequels “Superman II” (1980), “Superman III” (1983) and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987).

Reeve was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident in 1995 before he died died in 2004. In 1996, Kidder told in an interview with Barbara Walters that she had struggled with mental illness for decades.

The past few years, Kidder have been away from the spotlight, and spent most of time living in Montana.

History’s Favorite Duo is Back in CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1!

David F. Walker & Paco Diaz take readers on a time-travel mission this August.

Deadpool’s got a new job…and to get it done, he’ll need to call in help from his old pal, Cable. This summer, CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 will bring the two heroes back together in a brand new story from David F. Walker and Paco Diaz, featuring a host of stellar artists who will bring readers a dose of history’s favorite duo.

When Deadpool is hired to track a woman through time, he assumes it’s your standard, run-of-the-mill rescue mission. But time-hopping villains are no joke, and nothing is ever simple when the Merc With A Mouth is involved! Enter Cable – the only chance Deadpool has of completing his mission without destroying the timestream…or the entire Marvel Universe.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Pre-Sales In Record Pace

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Disney has another boxoffice phenomenon on the horizon as its “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is pacing ahead of Black Panther in advance ticket sales, according to Fandango. The film’s tickets went on sale May 4th.

This would put “Solo” among 2018’s best first days of presales, and second to “Avengers: Infinity War.” Current projections puts the film’s four-day Memorial Day holiday in the $170 million range.

If these estimates hold, it would put the Disney and Lucasfilm Star Wars spin-off ahead of the current record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which opened to $139.8M during Memorial Day weekend in 2007.

According to the press release, fans who buys a ticket or more from Fandango will receive a poster of the movie while supply lasts. To see the promo, please go to fandangofanshop.com.

Directed by Ron Howard and produced by Lucasfilm from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film is an origin story of the iconic character and focuses on his adventures. Alden Ehrenreich is playing the younger version of the title character, while also in the film are Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is slated for release on May 25, 2018. The spin-off is set to premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2018, ten full days before its official release in the United States on May 25, 2018.

“Avengers: Infinity War” Reaps $1B Worldwide In Record Speed

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The superhero ensemble continues its march towards the record books as “Avengers: Infinity War” tops the weekend box-office once again, surpassing the $1B faster than any movie in history.

According to estimates, $1.16 billion worldwide so far as of this weekend, which place it number 15 on the all-time list merely 11 days since its global release. “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in China next weekend, its final location.

Domestically, it continues to be unchallenged, with an estimated $112.4 million from playing in 4,474 locations in its sophomore weekend for a North American total of $450.8 million 10 days since release.

The success of “Avengers: Infinity War” has helped propelled Walt Disney Studios’ boxoffice to $3B so far this year, which according to Deadline is another record, beating the benchmark set by the studio two years ago when Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and The Jungle Book ruled the charts in that year’s first five months.

Marvel and Stitcher to Release Season Finale of ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’

“Wolverine: The Long Night” Episode 10 will be released on May 7 at 9:00am ET

Marvel and top podcast listening service and content network Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Katie Couric,” “The Paris Review”) will release the final episode of “Wolverine: The Long Night” on on May 7 at 9:00am ET. Episode 10 will be available for listeners exclusively on Stitcher Premium.

“Wolverine: The Long Night” 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.

In the finale, Logan and the Agents finally have their long-awaited face to face, and Pierce and Marshall each have to make their hardest decision yet.

“Wolverine: The Long Night” is Marvel’s first-ever scripted podcast. The series was written by award-winning comic book author Ben Percy (“The Wilding,” “Red Moon”) and directed by Brendan Baker (formerly a producer for Radiotopia’s “Love & Radio”) with sound design by Chloe Prasinos (formerly a producer for Gimlet’s “Reply All”). The series is produced by Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher.

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

Also cast in the series are actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host of the popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, will also make a cameo appearance.

New Trailer For Venom Reveals Tom Hardy’s Title Character

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Sony has released a new trailer for its upcoming superhero film “Venom,” and after the first look teaser released last February, its great to finally see the character this time.

Here we see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock learning about his new powers, then later morphing into the scary alien symbiote with superpowers.

We also get to see a glimpse of Michelle Williams’ Ann Weying, Eddie’s girlfriend and Riz Ahmed’s character Dr. Carlton Drake, the bad guy and leader of Life Foundation doing some pretty nefarious experiments.

In the comics, Venom’s character is a sentient alien symbiote which needs a human host to survive, eventually giving the host enhanced powers. Eddie Brock is the journalist who comes in contact and bonded with the alien and become Venom, who is both vengeful and a hero to those he deems innocent.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), “Venom” is a spin-off from the Spider-Man movie franchise, and is the first in Sony’s Marvel Universe, though in a recent interview, film producer and president of Marvle Studios Kevin Feige stated that the film will not be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Venom” is set for release on October 5.

Witness Star Wars History In The Making With Star Wars #50

Don’t miss the start of the Kieron Gillen’s biggest Star Wars story ever in comics

After building their forces in complete secrecy, the Rebel Fleet is finally ready. But how long will they be able to stay hidden from the dark clutches of the Empire – and Darth Vader himself? Star Wars fans won’t want to miss series writer Kieron Gillen’s epic landmark issue where all may be lost…and all hope may die.

“When I was asked to take over the book, having a big story for the magical issue #50 was very much in my goals,” said Gillen. “As such, I’ve spent the first twelve issues building up to this, which is basically the biggest story I’ve told in Star Wars. It’s an event-level tragedy on an epic scale, and it’s designed as the key bridging piece between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I also haven’t written Darth Vader in ages, so now’s the time to start having my lightsaber fun again!”
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Spielberg Joining DCEU With “Blackhawk”

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Steven Spielberg

Hot on the heels of last month’s “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg is re-teaming with Warner Bros. for DC Comics’ “Blackhawk” film.

This may be Spielberg’s first foray into comic book superhero genre, but the story, set in World War II, is familiar turf for the influential filmmaker.

First published by Quality Comics in 1941 and then later by DC Comics in 1956 after the former was purchased by DC, Blackhawk centers on a team of ace pilots of varied nationality, led by the titular character, who battle Nazis and one-off supervillains.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen. They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk,” Spielberg said in a statement.

The director’s Amblin Entertainment will produce the film for WB along with Kristie Macosko Krieger and Sue Kroll. Long-time Spielberg collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will write the script.

The acclaimed director is currently riding high with the success of the film adaptation of “Ready Player One” which has so far made almost 500 million worldwide since its release on March 29. He is currently working on the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and plans to direct a remake of “West Side Story.”

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