Chris Evans and Chris Pratt have made a bet on the outcome of this weekend's Super Bowl that will see one of them show up at the other's choice of children's hospital or hospice in their Marvel superhero costume brandishing their rival's team colors. Either Captain America will carry the flag of Pratt's Seattle Seahawks, or Star-Lord will don the jersey of Evans's New England Patriots. We couldn't let this titanic tussle between two of Marvel's super-Chrisses pass by without a contest of our own, so we're pitting the worlds of Star-Lord and Captain America head-to-head in a series of polls that we call... the Superpoll.
Round one is shaping up to be a 2-to-1 victory for Evans, with Cap and the Avengers trouncing Star-Lord and the Guardians, but Star-Lord's jam -- Hooked On A Feeling -- is easily besting Cap's jam, the Star-Spangled Banner. Today we look at the parallel forces in our two heroes' lives; the villains they face, the lost eras they belong to, the extraordinary women who put up with them, and the venerable Hollywood legends that inexplicably deign to appear in their movies. Welcome to the Superpoll: Round II.
Captain America and Iron Man won’t be the only ones brawling in ‘Captain America 3’. While the juiciest part of ‘Civil War’ will surely be seeing the two (former?) Avengers squaring off against each other, there are still going to be some common villains they’ll have to deal with. For one, the Winter Soldier is still on the loose. For another, so is Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones. And, as if it couldn’t get more difficult, Cap will also have to deal with yet another villain. Daniel Bruhl (‘Rush’) signed on to star in the film back in November and now comes some confirmation that he’ll be playing classic comic villain Baron Zemo.
Like a lot of kids who grew up in the '90s, I loved Nintendo's monthly magazine Nintendo Power with a passion, and one of my favorite things about it was reading the comic version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I loved that series largely because it made the weird adventure of the video game even weirder. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized the story was written and drawn by legendary manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori -- you know, the guy who created Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai franchise, among other things -- and realized just why it was so good.
Sadly, the story has been out of print for several years, but now it's coming back: Viz Media announced over Twitter today that they will publish a new collection of Ishinomori's Zelda comic, set for release on May 5.
Funko's had its hand in just about every major license on the planet since its wildly successful and lucrative Funko Pop vinyl figures became a hit. So it should come as no surprise to learn Funko has a whole range of Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles planned.
In standard Funko fashion, you can expect to find Pop! vinyls of all your favorite Avengers... provided of course that they're the male members of the team. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Hawkeye (and his ridiculous trenchcoat) will all be available this March. Joining them for the first time will be Ultron and the Vision, with a very atypical magenta and grey color scheme.
I only watch anime involving moon princesses and the "Legendary Silver Crystal," but I've been to enough conventions over the past couple of years to be vaguely aware of Attack On Titan, Hajime Isayama's wildly popular story about teens in half jackets fighting weird skinless giants that eat people pretty much all the time. The manga and anime have been hugely successful, to the point where there is now a theme park attraction in Osaka's Universal Studios Japan, where visitors can experience the thrill of being eaten by monsters themselves.
As revealed in a video from the debut of the attraction, you can check out a 49-foot statue of two Titans engaged in battle, as well as have your own picture taken as you're cheerfully devoured by a drooling giant. You know, fun for the whole family!
Netflix's Marvel TV show AKA Jessica Jones may have found its lead villain in former Doctor Who actor David Tennant. Marvel has announced that Tennant will play Kilgrave, "an enigmatic figure from Jessica's past", and fans familiar with the show's inspiration, the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Gaydos comic Alias, will know that Zebediah Killgrave is the name of Jessica's most dangerous nemesis, The Purple Man.
Created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando as a Daredevil villain in Daredevil #4 in 1964, The Purple Man is a former spy who gained mind control powers following a mad science accident that also turned his skin and hair purple. A minor but notably sinister villain, he appears in Alias as the cause of the trauma that led Jessica Jones to quit her superhero career, and will likely serve as the lead antagonist in AKA Jessica Jones. Based on the evidence of Marvel's announcement, the TV version does not go by the name The Purple Man, nor even Killgrave, but the more prosaic 'Kilgrave', with one L. He may not even be called Zebediah, which would be a terrible shame. Come to think of it, he may not even be purple.
Hey, have you heard about these "Internet Webbed-Comics"? They're like comic books, but on the Information Super-Highway, and they seem to be all the rage with the kids these days. So much so, in fact, that Crunchyroll is hoping that holds true for their new line of original manga, which is set to kick off with Hiroyuki Takahashi and Patrick Macias' Hypersonic Music Club.
Set to launch this Friday, January 30, Hypersonic Music Club will tell the story of "a group of young cyborgs [who] must battle the extra-dimensional monster girls for final control of the enigmatic force known only as…The Mystery Frequency," and that's exactly the combination of manga weirdness and Jack Kirby bombast that gets me interested in checking it out. I mean, really: You had me at extra-dimensional monster girls.
With the growing popularity of cosplay in the world of pop culture (as well as our own Best Cosplay Ever feature), the cosplay community has grown rich with costumers who specialize in creative and intensive skills, from sewing to prop work to makeup artistry, to help bring their beloved fictional characters to life. However, one cannot deny the integral role that cosplay photography plays in the cosplay community, both in properly documenting costume work and in utilizing their own artistic talents to complete the transformation that brings a fictional character to life.
Best Cosplay Photography Ever will place an occasional spotlight on a specific cosplay photographer whose skills could put Peter Parker to shame! Today’s featured cosplay photographer is Mike Saffels, who showcases talented cosplayers with his signature stunning portraiture.
Revealed earlier this year at Toy Soul, Hot Toys' Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America finally got the spotlight this weekend with a host of new images. The first official pictures of Hot Toys' upcoming Captain America, the eighth such figure of Steve Rogers, show off his new Avengers uniform in great detail, as well as the all-new shield he'll equip in the sequel this May.
Team-up comics are the best. The simple fact is that if one superhero (or team of superheroes) is great, then two is going to be twice as great, and books like DC Comics Presents, Marvel Team-Up, and Brave and the Bold have shown that this is exactly the case. Now it's time for the Powerpuff Girls to prove this point yet again.
Following up on the events of IDW's big Super Secret Crisis War, this week sees the release of Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1, where writer/artist Derek Charm sends Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup on a trip across the Cartoon Network multiverse to team up with other characters. The first issue involves a trip to Dexter's Lab, but before they get to that, they've got to deal with Fuzzy Lumpkins and some stampeding zoo animals.