It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Nicolas Delort & Dark Hall Mansion - Undead Monday

This Halloween... kicks off this very Undead Monday with this amazing rendition of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by artist Nicolas Delort and Dark Hall Mansion.
It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Nicolas Delort & Dark Hall Mansion - Undead Monday

Inherent Vice: First Look

What's up, Doc? Brace yourself, fans of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, as critically acclaimed film-maker Paul Thomas Anderson steps in for one live-action adaptation of the well-received 2009 novel with a stellar star-studded cast spearheaded by Joaquin Phoenix as Private Investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello.
Inherent Vice: First Look

Interstellar: New Trailer, Featurette & Posters

Thanks to the recent onslaught of marketing campaign for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar by Warner Bros. Pictures, we continued our coverage of the most anticipated film of 2014 as the opening date of the sci-fi drama draws ever closer.
Interstellar: New Trailer, Featurette & Posters

Gone Girl: Final Preview

Fresh off its critically lauded premiere at the opening night of the 52nd New York Film Festival, David Fincher's Gone Girl is set to hit theaters everywhere tomorrow. The Daily Zombies take a final look at the thriller drama.
Gone Girl: Final Preview

Tomorrowland: First Look

Finally, Disney has officially unveiled their heavy hitter of the studio, Tomorrowland, at the New York Comic-Con. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at the second live-action directorial feature of Brad Bird.
Tomorrowland: First Look

Big Hero 6: NYCC Trailer & New Poster

We all knew Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 is going to be big. At the New York Comic-Con, we finally have a chance to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the much-anticipated animated film. Brace yourself to see just how BIG the first-ever Disney/Marvel collaboration is going to be with this "Sizzle Reel" released at NYCC.
Big Hero 6: NYCC Trailer & New Poster

Daredevil: First Look

At the New York Comic-Con, Netflix and Marvel Television unveiled the much-anticipated first glimpse at their upcoming 13-episode TV miniseries, Daredevil. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at the show that will lead to a series of miniseries leading to The Defenders miniseries.
Daredevil: First Look

Secret Wars: First Look

So what happens when "Time Runs Out" next year? Apparently, multiverse warfare as unveiled by Marvel Comics at the New York Comic-Con. Marvel Zombies, brace yourself next Spring for the return of Secret Wars.
Secret Wars: First Look

Captain America 3: Civil War Announced

Marvel Zombies, brace yourself for Civil War on the big screen as Chris Evans' Steve Rogers / Captain America takes on Robert Downey Jr. to ignite the next big chapter of Marvel Cinematic Universe: Civil War.
Captain America 3: Civil War Announced

Avengers: Age of Ultron - First Trailer & Poster

Lo and Behold, True Believers. Brace yourself for our first close look at one of the two most anticipated films of 2015: The first trailer of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron has arrived.
Avengers: Age of Ultron - First Trailer & Poster

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Special Look Clip

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For those who are dead set on checking out the original first look clip of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron screened exclusively, it has finally arrived online courtesy of ABC's latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 


Just last week we saw the release of the first trailer of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was originally scheduled to premiere during the latest episode of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the trailer eventually leaked, Marvel Studios was forced to release it officially ahead of the original premiere plan. As a result, Marvel has decided to go even bigger by releasing the special First Look clip formerly exclusively screened at San Diego Comic-Con.

A remarkable departure from the cut we saw last week with the first trailer, the SDCC clip actually started light-hearted with some awesome humor inserted. Nevertheless, the sharp change of tone generate an even deeper sense of foreboding darkness which will lead us to an expectedly sense-shattering ending setting the stage for Civil War for Captain America 3.

Without a doubt, a better paced-out cut than the official first trailer, you can now check it out right below. 

 

Here's the official synopsis for the film:


Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently scheduled for release on May 1, 2015 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.


Avengers: Age of Ultron - First Trailer & Poster

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Lo and Behold, True Believers. Brace yourself for our first close look at one of the two most anticipated films of 2015: The first trailer of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron has arrived. 


In a year that will see the release of the previously thought unthinkable Episode VII of Star Wars, easily one of the biggest franchise in pop culture, it is intriguing that the upcoming film directed by J.J. Abrams is not an automatic choice as the most anticipated film of 2015. All thanks to the unstoppable success of Marvel Studios, which has in more ways than one reshaped Hollywood with tremendous impact felt throughout print, television, and of course, cinema.

Attendees of this year's San Diego Comic-Con was fortunate enough to witness a genuine spectacle with the pulse-astounding first look clip of Avengers: Age of Ultron. For those who bemoaned their fates for not being in San Diego on the fateful day of Marvel's panel at Hall H, bemoan no further. Because Marvel Studios has released the first trailer featuring an edited version of the SDCC clip while omitting some of the cool elements. Nevertheless, it will always be insanely cool to see the live-action version of Earth Mightiest Heroes, namely Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), along with new-comers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch) taking on the villainous robot hellbent on the destruction of mankind, Ultron (James Spader).  

Suffice to say, the first trailer generates one hell of an excitement for the sequel of the box-office stomping first film while promising some substantial doom and gloom. With no further ado, check out what could just be the most anticipated trailer of the year right below.





As always, here are some of the coolest scene captured on screenshots.
































And the first teaser poster released to coincide with the release of the first trailer.


Here's the official synopsis for the film:


Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.



Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently scheduled for release on May 1, 2015 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.



Warner Bros Announces 11 New DC Superhero Films

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It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman and his colleagues from the Justice League in 11 new DC Entertainment films set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema through 2020. 


Earlier yesterday, we reported on the exciting news from Marvel Studios that the third installment of Captain America will be covering the popular comic book story arc as Robert Downey Jr. 's Tony Stark AKA Iron Man takes on a somewhat antagonistic role against Chris Evan's Steve Rogers AKA Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. 


Marvel Studios is undoubtedly the leader in this particular two-horse industry of comic book superheroes with their Distinguished Competitor being kept a good distance behind them in terms of franchising their very lucrative properties into Hollywood blockbusters. This is despite the fact that DC, as well as Warner Bros, have everything to do with the emergence of superhero films thanks to their inspiring take on the tried-and-true Dark Knight back in 2005's Batman Begin by Christopher Nolan. And of course, we are more than familiar with how The Dark Knight took everything up to another level and the superhero genre never looked back in 2008. However, without a doubt equally important in 2008, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury surprisingly showed up in a post-credit scene of Jon Favreau's Iron Man to explain that Tony Stark is "not the only superhero in the world" and the rest is cinematic history.

While Warner Bros. has somehow surprised us by their uneven resolve to roll out their superhero franchise despite their convenient accessibility of the entire DC Universe (as opposed to how Marvel Universe is split among Marvel, Fox, and Sony), we are hopeful that business will pick following 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And with today's announcement at a Time Warner investors meeting, Kevin Tsujihara, the Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. announced a slew of live-action films based on the superheroes of DC Universe. While one might incline to something along the line of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige's idea of Phase One or Two of the mega-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe where five to six films are released and leading to an explosive finale, Tsujihara announced a stellar slate of 11 new films set to be released from 2016 to 2020. Talk about ambition.

And to add more favor to the announcement, we have several firsts in the superhero genre. We will have our first-ever female superhero film in Wonder Woman, the first ever superhero film starring a "queer" actor as its protagonist in The Flash (Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, we presumed), and the first-ever black superhero film (totally disregarding Will Smith's Hancock) led by an actor who have not even a feature film credit to his name in Ray Fisher for Cyborg.

With no further ado, check out the full details from the official press release, covering other franchises such as the Lego Movie and J.K. Rowling's continuation of the Harry Potter mythos:

WARNER BROS. DETAILS STRATEGIC CONTENT PLANS AT
TIME WARNER INVESTOR CONFERENCE


AREAS OF FOCUS INCLUDE INCREASED OVERALL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION, GLOBAL FRANCHISES, CABLE AND PREMIUM TV PRODUCTION, KIDS AND INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

THREE “FANTASTIC BEASTS,” TEN DC ENTERTAINMENT AND
THREE “LEGO” FILMS CONFIRMED

(October 15, 2014 – Burbank, CA)  Today at a Time Warner investors meeting, Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined an aggressive content strategy for the Studio aimed at increasing profits while “doubling down on outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great.”

“The demand for high quality video content is growing fast – in the United States and around the world – as new technologies have created new platforms and millions of new connected consumers,” said Tsujihara.  “The opportunity is huge.  And no studio is better positioned to take advantage of it than Warner Bros.”

As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises.  Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”   Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
  • “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
  • “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
  • “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
  • “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
  • “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
  • “Shazam” (2019)
  • “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
  • “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
  • “Green Lantern” (2020)

On the television front, Warner Bros. Television Group is the undisputed industry leader, providing 32 shows to the five broadcast networks and an overall roster of more than 60 shows among network, cable, first-run syndication and animation.  WBTVG will grow its leadership across multiple fronts, including cable, premium platform and kids programming as well as further its precedent-setting activities in SVOD and international television production and format sales.

Among the Studio’s programs are network TV’s #1 entertainment series in “The Big Bang Theory” and #1 unscripted series in “The Voice,” as well as favorites such as “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “The Middle,” “Mom,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Bachelor” franchise, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and many more.

For Turner, Warner Horizon Television’s “Rizzoli & Isles” and Warner Bros. Television’s “Major Crimes” are two of the top three scripted series on all of basic cable for 2014, and the #1 and #2 shows, respectively, on TNT.  The Studio has a number of future projects set up at TNT, including a pilot production order for an untitled drama set in the unpredictable world of the Florida cocaine trade in the 1970s, from Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Michelle Ashford, and is in development on “Titans,” from Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, based upon the DC Comics characters.

At HBO, WBTV’s first series for the premium television company, the critically acclaimed “The Leftovers,” debuted this summer and has already been picked up for a second season.   WBTV has also produced the pilot “Westworld,” from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, Jerry Weintraub and Lisa Joy, and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood, and has a number of other projects in development at the company.

Warner Bros. Animation is producing new series based on the Studio’s iconic brands, such as the upcoming “Be Cool Scooby-Doo!” and “The Tom and Jerry Show.” WBA’s “Teen Titans Go!” ranks as the #1 show in its timeslot against all kids’ networks.

For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution has licensed the exclusive subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to one of television’s most successful series ever, WBTV’s “Friends,” to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada.  Starting  January 1, 2015, Netflix members will have access to the entire 236 episode run of the series, which is still an enormous linear hit on cable (Nick at Nite and TBS) and in broadcast syndication.

Worldwide Television Distribution has also sold the off-network SVOD rights to the hit Warner Bros. Television series “Person of Interest” to Netflix in the United States.  The first three seasons of the series, which currently airs on CBS, will be made available to subscribers in fall 2015, at the same time the series premieres off-network on WGN America.

These two deals are just the latest examples of how the Studio’s hit series continue to serve as annuities for decades beyond their initial broadcast.  Further increasing the value of Warner Bros.’ library, since 1999, WBTVG has developed and produced 20 series that have reached the 100-episode milestone or will do so during the 2014–15 season.


“At Warner Bros., we are united to not only continue to create the world’s greatest entertainment content, but to over-deliver on our financial targets,” said Tsujihara.  “I’ve been with the company for over 20 years and I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more confident about our future.  We’re committed to maintaining and enhancing the great legacy of Warner Bros., the world’s most iconic and profitable studio.”

Talk about a game-changer. Whatever this could mean for the film or even entertainment industry at large, you can bet your ass that Marvel Studios will be responding to this.


Captain America 3: Civil War Announced

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Marvel Zombies, brace yourself for Civil War on the big screen as Chris Evans' Steve Rogers / Captain America takes on Robert Downey Jr. to ignite the next big chapter of Marvel Cinematic Universe: Civil War. 



Are there any other ways to add even more excitement to the ever-prosperous Marvel Cinematic Universe? Apparently, in more ways than one, a very resounding yes. 

Last week, Robert Downey Jr. shocked fans when he first said "yes" to an Iron Man 4 film on The Ellen Show, then said "no" later that night on The Late Show with David Letterman. To quote Downey Jr. in his exact words:


“Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

Thanks to this particular exquisite exclusive scoop by Variety, we now know what that"fun stuff' is all about. And it is indeed one hell of a fun stuff. According to the article, Captain America 3 will see the launch of the next big chapter of Marvel Cinematic Universe with Downey Jr. currently on the verge of signing on the project. So what's up with the two of the Big Three Avengers (Thor making up the trio, for the uninformed) in a film that is supposed to be a solo outing? The beginning of the Civil War in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For the longtime comic readers or Marvel Zombies, the title needs no further explanation. But for the benefits of the non-comic readers, Civil Wars chronicles the implementation of the Superhuman Registration Act, a legislative bill that imposes the mandatory registration of any person based in the United States with super powers. The bill is designed have these superpowered characters under official regulation. Tony Stark became the pro-registration figurehead, along with the support of Mr. Fantastic, Henry Pym, and (earlier on) Spider-Man, while Captain America went underground to lead the anti-registration front with the support of Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and (later on) Spider-Man. The resulting "Civil War" ended tragically with catastrophic consequences (as far as comic books are concerned).

With this intriguing set-up that essentially put Tony Stark in an antagonist role, we can certainly understand why Downey Jr. considered this as "fun stuff" as he is free to explore another side of the character. 

Apparently the development of the plan has met with tremendous difficulties as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige went through rounds of negotiations with Marvel COO, Ike Perlmutter, (incidentally the person purported to have decreed the earlier-rumored banning of creation of new characters for X-Men as well as cancellation of Fantastic Four) over Downey Jr.'s rising payout. Here's an excerpt on the process from the Variety article:


"Originally, Marvel wanted to hire Downey for a small role, which would have required just three weeks of work. But Downey wanted Stark to have a more substantial role in the film’s plot, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday. This angered Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Even though the deal appeared dead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Downey’s reps at CAA continued talks in hopes of working out their issues. Feige was bent on executing his grand vision for extending the life of the Marvel characters over many years.

The executive needed his boss to see the big picture, considering the introduction of the Civil War story is seen as a way to drive the plots of sequels and new franchises for the next seven years, given the dramatic possibilities it offers for future films. The fallout from the government and Stark’s actions would factor into a new “Avengers 4″ film and beyond that will assemble new characters being introduced like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, among others, in their own movies.


Downey, who earned $50 million for “The Avengers” alone, will collect around $40 million plus backend participation for “Captain America 3,” said sources, and will get an additional payout if “Captain America 3″ outperforms “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” $714 million worldwide haul. Since the actor did not appear in the first two “Captain America” films, the thinking is that if the third installment surpasses the last movie, its success could be attributed to Downey."

 In a follow-up article by Badass Digest, it was suggested that the title of the third outing of Cap will be either Captain America: Civil War or Captain America: Fallen Son. The entire situation has also been further analysed with the following points supporting to that conclusion:

  • The fact that the scene where Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, testify in front of Congress in The Winter Soldier, was a late addition to the film. Obviously, the scene adds on to the demand of responsibility and accountability of the superheroes.
  • The fallout of Age of Ultron could potentially leave Stark in a more determined position to legitimize "superhero-ing" to prevent anyone repeating his error in creating Ultron.
  • With Cap 3 setting up as an Avengers 2.5, continuing the particular film series' tradition of reshaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers 3 will open with a vulnerable Earth for Thanos to claim. That will lead us to Avengers 4, which is now rumored to be helmed by Cap 3 directors, the Russo Brothers. And yes, this one will likely involve the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with every other superheroes that have shown up by then (here's looking at you, Stephen Strange).
  • Speculated talks of Sony's collaboration with Marvel Studios for a Spider-Man appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may well be resulting in this sweeping crossover that reaches every corner of the Marvel Universe (not the mutants or the fantastic, for obvious reasons). What better place for Spidey's participation and confirmation that Peter Parker lives in the Marvel (Cinematic) Universe.
  • And finally, the chance to off either Iron Man or Captain America in the conclusion so that Perlmutter can finally save the budget in his money-printing scheme. Funny how that sounded.

All of the above pointers are speculations, but one thing is for sure: The third outing of Captain America's adventures on the big screen will hit the theaters on May 6, 2016. 

Meanwhile, on a related note, following Marvel Comics' announcement of Secret Wars as the 2015 big crossover event at the NYCC, they will apparently be revisiting yet another "war" of their past. Yes, you guessed it. Civil War. For now, only an image was released for the project.



The humor element of this image of Iron Man and Captain America fighting over Spider-Man would have been enhanced by infinite times if we have Wolverine replacing Captain America. Anyway, based on the outfit of the characters, this could just be a revisit to the Civil War period not unlike the few times Marvel Comics revisited Age of Apocalypse. More importantly, this might as well could be a instrument to promote Captain America 3 with its Civil War treatment announced now.


Secret Wars: First Look

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So what happens when "Time Runs Out" next year? Apparently, multiverse warfare as unveiled by Marvel Comics at the New York Comic-Con. Marvel Zombies, brace yourself next Spring for the return of Secret Wars. 


Clear and simple, as Marvel Comics editor Tom Brevoort put it in an interview with USA Today: "When time runs out, Secret Wars is happening".

Since taking on the writing reins for The Avengers and New Avengers titles in 2012, it is obvious that writer Jonathan Hickman has an end game in play with key elements planted in Infinity and . Just last month, both titles were brought eight months into the future in a storyline known as "Time Runs Out". Exclusively unveiled by both USA Today and the NYCC panel, Brevoort confirms Marvel's big crossover event of 2015: Secret Wars.

Announced with only the information that the event will be written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Esad Ribic, and an absolutely gorgeous promotional image depicting heroes in battle by the one and only Alex Ross, Brevoort was coy about the storyline though the intriguing promotional image contained more than a few hints of what we can expect in the event. With no further ado, check out the image below (and do click on it to view it in its astonishing hi-res glory).


So there we have it: Classic Captain America taking on the new Captain America (Sam Wilson AKA Falcon), classic Iron Man against the new douchebag Superior Iron Man, classic Thor versus the new female Thor, and a whole bunch of oddly-assembled versions of superheroes from Squadron Supreme's Hyperion (the classic edition), the female Captain America known as the America Dream from Avengers Next, various versions of Jan van Dyne, AKA Wasp, and the Miles Morales Spider-Man. Conspicuously absent from the image are the X-Men and Spider-Man. Given their obligatory participation in all Marvel big crossover events, does their omission lend more weight to the recent story broken by writer Chris Claremont that Marvel has decreed that no new characters are to be created for the X-Men as they will be used by Fox in their mutant film franchises and that Fantastic Four comic book series will be cancelled next year with the triple-sized issue #645, Fantastic Fourever? If these news are indeed genuine, it is truly a sad day in comics. What an ironic fate that when comic book characters are getting popular via tentpole movies but their titles are either cancelled or getting cramped for their writings due to profit/film copyrights issues as such.

Anyway, apart from sharing its namesake with the classic 1984 crossover event, the 2015 Secret Wars will also be having a multi-platform release from Marvel as a full-blown branding assault (the original 1984 series was tied to a toyline from Mattel) with various consumer products. With Marvel already announcing several merchandising partners from toyline giant Hasbro, collectibles company Gentle Giant, trading card and games maker Upper Deck, bobblehead makers Funko, and retail chain Hot Topic, we can assuredly expect plenty merchandise under the branding (which also explains the return of classic version of the superheroes).

Secret Wars is currently scheduled to be released next Spring.


Daredevil: First Look

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At the New York Comic-Con, Netflix and Marvel Television unveiled the much-anticipated first glimpse at their upcoming 13-episode TV miniseries, Daredevil. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at the show that will lead to a series of miniseries leading to The Defenders miniseries. 


Marvel Studios has been pretty much unstoppable when it comes to their box office-stomping capabilities, but their television wing, Marvel Television has been surprisingly struggling despite the best efforts of their cinematic counterparts. For now, no one can say for certain that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be making a third season return although we must add that it is too early to speculate that.

Which brings us to the bigger picture here: Marvel Television, in collaboration with ABC Studios (for the uninformed, that's the television wing of Disney, the parent company of Marvel), will be producing a series of four 13-episode miniseries leading to a big one that will be the culmination of the entire project. Does that sound kind of familiar for you? Well, taking more than a page from their cinematic counterpart, Marvel Television and ABC will be releasing the miniseries exclusively via the streaming device Netflix, which means that you can opt for a good ol' fashioned binge-watching marathon lasting 13 hours. So what are in stores ahead? First up, Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones (that's the protagonist of the critically acclaimed comic book series, Alias, for the uninformed), Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Yes, you are counting four so the big one will be The Defenders, which at this time sounded like an "Avengers-style" gathering of the street-level superheroes. All of the above have been old news since it was first announced last year. And it is only until now that we get to have our first glimpse at the launch of the initiative, Daredevil, arguably the most anticipated of the lot. 

At the recent New York Comic-Con (NYCC), Marvel Television took to the dedicated panel of the show to unveil the first images of the series while assembling the entire cast (with the exception of Rosario Dawson) at the panel of an intriguing discussion and some exclusive clips for those in attendance. Speak of the cast, Charlie Cox will be taking the lead of Matt Murdock, AKA The Man Without Fear, AKA Daredevil himself. Undoubtably making his ominous presence, Vincent D’Onofrio will be Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, an excellent casting since we are well aware of the terrifying air that D'Onofrio brings to his characters. Rounding up the cast are Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Scott Glenn as Stick, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna (that's Mrs. Fisk for the uninformed), Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Urich (investigative journalist for, no, not The Daily Bugle, but The New York Bulletin for copyrights issues), Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley (that's the supervillain , The Owl, for the uninformed) and Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley, the second-in-command for The Kingpin's outfit).

For now, let's have our first look at Charlie Cox's dual identities, Matt Murdock by day, and Daredevil by night.



And before the fanboys implode into outcries, Marvel Television has make it a point in their official press release following the NYCC panel that the costume is based on the original image by Romita, Jr.'s work on Frank Miller's Daredevil: Man Without Fear (image below for your reference). 


Does this means that similar to the comic book series, the costume will be undergoing radical changes and before we move to the classic red devil outfit, we will get to have a glimpse at the incredibly dorky brown-and-yellow get-up? We can't say for sure for now but one big question lingering above our collective undead heads is the setting of the show. Earlier reports have showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (creator of the Starz series, Spartacus) speaking freely about the 1970s feel of crime-ridden Hell's Kitchen:

“We’re going for a very gritty, 1970s New York feel for the ['Daredevil'] show. We love the idea of beauty in the decay of the city, and Hell’s Kitchen being a place that is both horrible and beautiful at the same time. That’s why Matt Murdock loves it so much and wants to protect it.”

But a good look at Matt Murdock's suave attorney outfit doesn't exactly translate into a 1970s vibe. Or is it a man's classic that is timeless? Well, only time will tell and the fact is we are already intrigued. For now, check out the concept art poster of the show conjured by none other than Joe Quesada himself, followed by some images taken during the NYCC panel.


Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio.

More images of Vincent D’Onofrio.


The official logo unveiled for the show. In short, classic Daredevil.



Here’s the official synopsis for the series:

"Marvel's Daredevil" follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel's first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus," "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Angel") and Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods," "Lost," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," in addition to writing the first two episodes of "Marvel's Daredevil"), along with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Smallville," "Heroes").

"Marvel's Daredevil" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Vincent D’Onofrio, Ayelet Zurer, Vondie Curtis Hall, Bob Gunton and Toby Leonard Moore, all episodes of Daredevil are expected to premiere in May 2015. 




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