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On the off chance that you thought there was anywhere you could go to escape the presence of The Avengers now that they were the stars of a series of films that have taken in roughly 48 trillion dollars, don't fret: They are everywhere. Or, to be slightly more accurate, they're now in Japan, thanks to a series of comics designed to introduce Japanese children to Marvel's team of superheroes.
Created by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya as part of an effort to promote Marvel and Toie's new Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime, Marvel Avengers ran as a twelve-page one-shot in Monthly Korokoro Comic for kids, introducing Captain America, the Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man to younger readers in a lighthearted comedy.
One of the coolest things about Spider-Man is unquestionably his web-shooters, the devices that allow him to swing around the city to fight crime without having to worry about all the questionable anatomy that would be brought up if he produced webs the same way as actual spiders. They're one of his trademarks, to the point where the new The Amazing Spider-Man series of films has reverted back to the idea of mechanical ones, replacing the previous movies' "organic" web-shooters, and they're the kind of thing that it would be really cool to own in real life.
And if you happen to be Patrick Priebe, you actually do. In honor of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Priebe has constructed a homemade version of Spidey's webshooter that can launch fishing line out of a wrist-mounted coil and retract it, triggered by the same motion that Spidey uses in the comics. Also, there is a brass-tipped harpoon pointed directly at his palm that is launched out with a surprising amount of force. That seems like a good idea, right?
If you were reading Marvel Comics in 1999, you read Fastlane. For four solid months, it was absolutely unavoidable, an eight-page anti-marijuana insert that would pop up right in the middle of every single Marvel Comic to let you know about the dangers of weed, a drug that was glorified in the media and would lead users to a dangerous world of addiction and deadly hallucinations that was so over the top even the producers of Dragnet thought that maybe they should tone it down a little. And if you're a certain kind of person who was reading Marvel Comics in the '90s, you actually kind of love it.
I mean, I do. And that's why, with 4/20 and all its attendant celebrations coming up this weekend, it's time for a look back on what might actually be the highest circulating (and most bizarre) Marvel Comic of all time with a Complete Oral History of Fastlane, from artist Gregg Schigiel, Editor Steve Behling, Head of Marvel Creative Services Mike Thomas, and Senior Vice President for Strategic Promotions and Advertising John Fraser.
If you're heading to the Marvel Universe LIVE! show when it kicks off an arena tour this summer but don't want to be lost in all the movie sequel action and dirtbike stunts, I have some good news! There's going to be a comic book tie-in to the show that will serve as a prequel, giving the modern theatergoer a chance to catch up on what's going on with the Cosmic Cube, the Avengers and Spider-Man before they hit the stage. Of course, while this is meant to answer questions, it also raises a few of its own. Namely:
1) Wait, there's going to be a live Marvel arena show?
2) Wait, it's going to involve dirtbike stunts?!
There's going to be a lot of toys on the shelves both before and after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2, but only one is going to come with a puffer vest. Hot Toys has just released scads of press images for its new 1/6 scale collectible figure of the latest cinematic incarnation of the webslinger and on top of its array of superheroic accessories, it'll come dressed for success (at not being cold).
Last week's Agents of SHIELD saw some major changes for the characters, and a major change for the viewers -- it was actually a decent episode!
As the ramifications of Captain America: The Winter Soldier continue to unfold on the small screen, the question we have to ask is, can the show keep up the quality? We're all pulling for you, Agents of SHIELD!
Please note that this episode recap once again contains spoilers not only for Agents of SHIELD, but also for the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
We've seen a ton of promotional material for X-Men: Days of Future Past -- there's been more teasers, character images, early trailers and featurettes than you can shake a pair of claws at -- but the newly-arrived final trailer does us all a favor and just spits everything out in an easy-to-digest fashion. Finally.
Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations (such as the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 20th anniversary screening), Mondo has announced its next comic book-inspired event will be an exhibition of portraits of Marvel Comics characters illustrated by artist Mike MItchell. Running from April 25 through May 17 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, Mitchell's show, officially called “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo,” will include pieces inspired by the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and more. Read on for an exclusive peek at some of the excellent pieces on offer.
Disney has long been known for how meticulously it localizes its movies for countries all around the world (for proof, here's a video of Frozen's "Let It Go" in 25 languages).
Apparently, the company has applied that approach to its Marvel Studios output. Reddit user DavinderB has tracked down 10 different screenshots of Captain America's list of things he needs to learn about to catch up to the 21st Century in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and depending on the country where the movie's being shown, the list is different. Check out the differences after the jump.