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.

Marvel Welcomes Artist David Baldeon To DOMINO

Marvel’s femme fatale returns to comic books this spring – and so does superstar comic writer Gail Simone. DOMINO will unleash her risqué, hard-core action on the Marvel Universe in an all-new story, and Marvel can now announce the full creative team that will help to bring the soldier of fortune to life.

Joining Simone in crafting Domino’s journey is rising star David Baldeon (Spirits of Vengeance, Nova), who will bring his unique style to the pages of Simone’s story.

“I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino! I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake!” said Baldeon. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she´s fun and she´s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”

“Since Marvel first asked me to write Domino, I knew there was one element that attracted me SO MUCH to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word,” added Simone. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this THING that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David Baldeon Gonzalez, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s MISCHIEF. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she KNOWS it.”

With Simone’s excitement and Baldeon’s explosive design, DOMINO’s creative team is officially ready to blast off this April.

“That really sealed the deal for me,” continued Simone. “David was our guy and I could not be happier. He draws gorgeous people doing dirty deeds, and it’s just exactly the roller-coaster ride I had hoped for. He’s adding so much heart and fire. I just love him.”

With gunplay and glitz galore, DOMINO brings you action, adventure, and antics like you’ve never seen before. Join Gail Simone and David Baldeon this spring when DOMINO hits your local comic shop.

“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.

DOMINO Takes The Spotlight with a New Series by Gail Simone

Marvel’s coolest mercenary arrives this spring

Get ready for risqué, hardcore action — the femme fatale of the Marvel Universe is BACK, and she’s ready to kick butt and take names! After bringing everyone’s favorite Merc With A Mouth to life with her legendary Deadpool run, acclaimed writer Gail Simone returns to Marvel ready to unleash her trademark storytelling in DOMINO, an all-new series debuting this spring.

Marvel’s soldier of fortune has found herself on the wrong side of the Marvel Universe merc community. Hunted by enemies, a danger to her friends, and chased by the one man who hates her more than anything in the world, Domino must fight for her life against her biggest threat – herself.

“My favorite characters are always the unpredictable ones, and with Domino, you literally never know which way the dice are going to roll,” says series writer Gail Simone. “I love her, and I can’t wait to show her best bad side!”

“Domino will continue to be one of the breakout stars of WEAPON X, but fans have been clamoring to see her get the spotlight for some time now…well, your wish has been granted!” says series editor Chris Robinson.

One Final Mutant Prepares For Battle In X-MEN: RED

When Jean Grey leads her new team in the all-new series from Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar, she’ll be joined by a uniquely qualified strikeforce that includes heroes such as Namor, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine, her sister Gabby (Honey Badger), the Wakanda mutant Gentle, and a mysterious new character named Trinary.

And now, one more hero will join the fight.

Marvel is excited to reveal the cover to X-MEN: RED #3 featuring fan-favorite Gambit, who will team up with Jean to help battle against mankind and mutantkind’s most dangerous evil.

“Things have heated up with attacks on mutants across the globe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “We know that one of the X-Men’s most powerful villains is behind the chaos, but will Jean, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine and Honey Badger have a chance to stop the next deadly wave? A favorite Cajun mutant might be able to tip the scales in their favor… but at what cost?”

The adventure begins this February, and Gambit officially joins X-MEN: RED this April

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

Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin: The Final Battle

The biggest Spider-Man story ever starts this March

It’s the Spidey story that’s been ten years in the making, and one that will shake fans to their core – this March, Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen bring you the start of the biggest and most harrowing Spider-Man arc yet, with GO DOWN SWINGING.

Take a moment to re-live one of the most epic rivalries in comic history, as Spider-Man faces off against his nemesis, the Green Goblin…but this story is about more than just Norman Osborn…

“The last time we saw the Green Goblin was in ‘Goblin Nation’ at the culmination of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN” says Spider-Editor Nick Lowe. “You’d almost think that was the biggest Green Goblin story Dan Slott had in him. You’d be wrong. And make sure you watch to the end of the trailer!”

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER: Third Month Covers Revealed

Plus, see the linked variant covers for the second month by Nick Bradshaw

Avengers: Disassemble. The epic weekly takeover continues this February when Paco Medina takes the reigns to draw the third month of Marvel’s biggest team adventure, and Marvel is excited to reveal the covers for issues #683 – #686 of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER by Mark Brooks as well as the first look at February’s interlocking variant covers by Nick Bradshaw.

Month three of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER takes its epic storytelling to another level, as Jarvis’ life hangs by a thread and the Black Order is on the attack. And as if the Avengers don’t have enough to worry about, they’ll need to deal with a betrayal of one of their own.

Co-written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto and Paco Medina, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into one weekly book of exciting action. It all starts with AVENGERS #675 this January, when the teams of THE AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, and U.S. AVENGERS come together in a story as exciting and powerful as the Marvel Universe itself.

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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