Here’s your daily rumor to take with a heaping teaspoon of salt: a new report suggests that Marvel Studios may have canceled The Inhumans, the final film in their Phase 3 plan following Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. It’s not entirely implausible, but what makes this rumor a little difficult to swallow is the idea that Marvel Studios has shelved plans for the project due to ongoing conflicts with Marvel’s TV division.
The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair --- it's time to catch up on that greatest of all mediums: comics! What's been going on this week? NYCC has fallen upon us all like a giant comfy pillow filled with news, so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.
The countdown is on to Incredibles 2.
When Marvel originally revealed their plans for Phase 3, conspicuously missing was a date for Ant-Man 2. There was some concern that Ant-Man may never get his sequel and would have to be content appearing in other Marvel things (like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War), but those concerns have been allayed by Marvel who officially announced Ant-Man and the Wasp will open in theaters in 2018!
Back in June, Benicio Del Toro didn’t seem too certain of his future in the MCU. While the actor said he’d love to keep developing his eccentric role as The Collector, he wasn’t sure if there was a place for him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As it turns out, there is, and his co-star Zoe Saldana has just confirmed it.
At the end of the month, nine popular comics podcasts will take part in a huge crossover event called Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts. It's an epic undertaking that crosses between shows including Wait, What?, House to Astonish, War Rocket Ajax and Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men.
Each show will tie-in for one episode, in which guests from the other shows intervene and take part in the discussion. Each show focuses on a different, criss-crossing topic relating to the world of comics, including 'Guilty Pleasures', 'Complex Continuity', and 'The Comics We Share'.
Cartoonist Eric Orchard, creator of the all-ages graphic novel Maddy Kettle from Top Shelf and the webcomic Fox and Duck, is launching his next project through First Second in 2016, Bera the One-Headed Troll, and we have an exclusive first look at the book's cover.
David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely's Shaft: A Complicated Man was one of the best comics of the past couple of years. Focused on the first case for the legendary private eye, it was the origin story that I never knew I wanted, an engaging and very, very personal revenge case that set the stage for the character in a brutal and highly entertaining way and left me wanting to read a whole lot more.
Fortunately, that's exactly what we're going to get. Today, Dynamite announced that Walker would not only return to Shaft with Imitation of Life, a new comic with artist Dietrich Smith, he'll also be writing Shaft's Revenge, the first new prose novel about the character in over forty years.
One of comics' best known buddy teams, Luke Cage and Danny Rand, will make a comeback early next year courtesy of a new Marvel series from the creative team of David F. Walker and Sanford Greene. Titled Power Man & Iron Fist, the book will be the second new Marvel title by a black writer/artist creative team following the recent announcement of a new Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze.
This week marks the arrival of thousands of cosplayers, fans, and gamma ray-fueled heroes in New York City for New York Super Week --- starting today --- and the 10th annual New York Comic Con. The city will undoubtedly be sprawling with enthusiasts of every fandom, but NYCC and Super Week festivities aside, New York is already a treasure trove of geeky gems.
To help guide you through Gotham’s geek-friendly hangouts, the folks at Foursquare and ReedPOP have joined forces to create the Ultimate Geek Guide to New York --- an infographic map that highlights some nerd-tastic, comic-centric hidden gems, stores, bars, restaurants, and museums to visit during the week’s festivities.