If anything, San Diego Comic Con can tell us where the entertainment industry is for the upcoming year. What I learned is that the movie industry is dying. Companies that used to make forty films a year are now making two or three blockbusters. People you considered to be movie stars are now digging their claws into a television series. And Marvel movies seem to be the only ones worth talking about anymore. You can see the writing on the wall as there was more video game news to come out of SDCC than actual movie news. Marvel saying they heard the rumors of a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie doesn’t count as news.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
The awesome Mortal Kombat web series that was better than any other project is finally getting a second season. No real details were leaked, but hopefully the second season will be as awesome as the first.
Neill Blomkamp made the awesome movie “District 9″. Now he is back with a new movie called “Elysium” staring Matt Damon. No real info, but an awesome screenshot of Damon holding a big ass future looking gun. “District 9″ and “Source Code” were the only real science fiction films to come out in recent years, and it looks like “Elysium” can be added to that list once it comes out.
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The new season of “Archer” is back Jan 4th. I’ll be happy to see Lana’s big hands again.
Neil Gaiman announced that there will be a prequel to what is probably his magnum opus. It’s been about ten years since “Sandman” finished, which can tell you a few things about how popular it is. The art is done by “Batwoman” artist J.H. Williams III. Nice to see that not every great comic writer in the business behaves like Alan Moore.
Oz The Great and Powerful
After saying sorry to fans for “Spider-man 3″ with “Drag Me to Hell”, Sam Raimi is off to his next project “Oz: The Great and Powerful”. It’s about a dude who goes to Oz and becomes a wizard. That pretty much sums it up.
Now that “Smallville” is over, the CW has a new DC comic series called “Arrow”. It’s Green Arrow with the green taken out for some reason. The name change is probably one of those marketing things that will just end up confusing people.
Hellboy in Hell
Dark Horse comics killed off Hellboy and now he is in Hell fighting the forces of evil where they live. I haven’t been into Hellboy because it was one of those things that came and went before I had a chance to read it. This seems to be a good jumping on point though.
Marvel seems to be bringing some major changes to their line up in the coming year. They are introducing a new comic called “Uncanny Avengers” like we need another Avengers comic. Writers and artists will also be changed up as new people take on old comics. They are also creating a new Nick Fury that looks just like Sam Jackson in the Avengers movie that is suppose to the old Nick Fury’s son or some such nonsense. Yeah, ok.
It’s a short Marvel made to go along with the DVD release of “The Avengers”. You’ll watch it once and never think to see it again. Stop thinking it’s more than it is.
J.J. Abrams new NBC show “Revolution” will hits TV sets on Sept 17. It looks cool and I’ll give it a shot. Gus from “Breaking Bad” is in it. I guess he had to do something after Walt blew his face off.
Marvel Movies: Phase 2
Iron Man 3 stared production five seconds after the ticket sales came in from “The Avengers”. I don’t think they’ve even started filming yet, so there was nothing to show except a release date. Which is May 3, 2013.
Thor: The Dark World will be out next on November 8, 2013. They’re still doing casting and it’s really just an idea on a production board at the moment. The title sounds awesome and ominous. The non-summer release date is a little bit of a surprise, but I think Marvel is trying to rush all the new movies so it will be only a couple years before the Avengers sequel.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014. The title is an obvious reference to Bucky and also the obvious next step for Cap. No details except the title and the release date, but ten bucks says Nemo will be the principle villain.
Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014. Joe Quesada literally said in an interview two hours before this announcement that he couldn’t comment on it. You have to learn to love the insanity of the hype machine. Still, I hope this movie is going to be awesome.
Ant-Man may or may not be happening. The current news is that it IS happening, but for the past two years it’s been one of those “Are eggs good for you?” things. I’m thinking an early 2015 release. A moderate budget with a release in February or March. I really can’t see Marvel putting more support behind it than that.
They are ending the awesome series “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to bring us a “darker” series based more on the movie. I personally am turning my nose up to the idea, but can’t really do anything about it. They are also making a couple other Marvel series, but we’ll see if they’re any good or not. I can’t see them being any better than the current Avengers series.
A teaser poster about a movie they completely screwed up last time they got their hands on it. I’m going to be a jerk about this film until I actually see it. There is no reason anyone should have any respect for this project until they can prove they can do a good job.
Superman: The Man of Steel
News was surprisingly absent from a movie that has been in production for so long. There was news of a teaser being shown that will be released along with “The Dark Knight Rises”. I already figured that would happen, but the teaser better show something concrete. I’m already starting to get bored by this movie.
Avengers vs. X-men #7 (of 12)
Using God like super powers is like driving car. You’re not supposed to do it when you’re angry. Namor (the King of Atlantis who isn’t Aquaman) however is always angry. Unless he’s horny, but that’s a different story. I bring this up because issue seven of AvX heavily uses Namor, and this also makes the issue insanely predictable. Those who can’t figure out what is going to happen at the end by the third page probably isn’t advanced enough to read comics anyway. I won’t say the issue is bad, but a heavy step down from the very awesome issue six. Issue seven is just too sloppy, predictable, and fairly heavy with the tie-ins. It even makes what we already know in New Avengers a major plot point. This aspect of the comic actually sucks for those who have already missed out on what has been going on in New Avengers. The excitement of this series just seems to fade after the huge build up last issue. Issue seven feels like the next two issues will just waste our time as the series approaches its conclusion. Hopefully I’m wrong, but we’ll see.
I’m just going to say it, I hate Sabretooth. I never really considered him to be a true villain, just a really hairy guy that was a big jerk. He also wasn’t really bright, but was always the one guy Wolverine was never able to kill. That was until a couple years back when they finally killed Sabretooth off. The storyline was okay with a plenty of intense dream sequences that I thought would dive deeper into Wolverine’s past, but nothing came of it. I guess they were to be written off as some kind of metaphor. Either way Sabretooth got his head chopped off and left some lingering doubts of someone behind the scenes. Years pass and everyone forgot about it until someone at Marvel felt it was a good idea to bring Sabretooth back to life.
After popping in from out of nowhere, this issue of “Wolverine” takes a step back and creates a story of how Sabretooth is back. The story here holds up fairly well, but I rolled my eyes at the lab full of Sabretooth clones. I might feel differently about this comic if I had any respect for Sabretooth, but I don’t. It just feels like Marvel is grasping at straws to make Wolverine interesting again but just keep recycling the same old clichéd ideas. I know, start a Wolverine storyline without him saying, “I’m the best at what I do.”
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