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Pretend They’re People: The Fifty-Year-Old Answer to Marvel’s Diversity Problem

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It remains a bleak time for the female comic audience, and for other minority audiences. The recent debacle with Hercules is merely the latest of Marvel’s many ghastly faux pas; for every two steps forward, it seems to take two steps back: it publishes more female titles only to end the majority of them with Secret Wars, and it tantalizes us with Hercules only to promote the status quo inside of continuity.

It is easy to lose faith in the publisher’s ability to reform from within, but Marvel has had the key to equal, positive representation for over fifty years now.

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TT Games Talks New Moves, New Characters, and New New York in ‘Lego Marvel’s Avengers’

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TT Games

This year, TT Games continues its brief tradition of rotating comic book Lego game releases from Marvel and DC with Lego Marvel's Avengers. Based on the two Avengers films, Lego Avengers will allow you to play through both movies with the actual cast doing the voice overs. No new audio will be recorded of course; like Lego The Hobbit, this game will reuse the dialogue from the films in place of having actors like Robert Downey, Jr or Chris Hemsworth reprising their roles.

TT Games held a small interview session before the panel at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, and we spoke with producer Matt Ellison about the upcoming action game. As the third Lego game TT will be releasing this year (Lego Jurassic World is available now, and Lego Dimensions arrives this fall), we discussed what makes Lego Marvel's Avengers different and what new elements would be incorporated, from characters to mechanics, to keep the Lego experience fresh.

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Stan Lee Says His ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Cameo Is Very ‘Different’

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20th Century Fox

Stan Lee is perhaps the closest thing we’ll ever have to continuity between all the Marvel films. The legendary comic book creator has had cameos in just about every single Marvel movie regardless of studio affiliation, including X-Men, The Avengers and Spider-Man. He’s the only free agent able to move between properties, offering up silly little appearances in each Marvel movie with a friendly grandpa wink and a nod.

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Whiteness, Nerdiness, and Spider-Man: The Perpetuity of Peter Parker

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Starting this fall in the Marvel comic book universe, Spider-Man will be a half-black, half-Latino teenager. Starring in the character’s flagship series by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles Morales has given a new generation of comic book readers a superhero that reflects our diverse culture. But fans also learned recently that the newest iteration of the web-slinger on the big screen will once again be Peter Parker, as British actor Tom Holland, the third white actor to play the character since 2002, was announced as the new Spidey.

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52 Years Ago: The Debut of the Avengers and the X-Men, the Birth of the Marvel Machine

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On July 2nd 1963, the first issues of two different series hit newsstands, and launched franchises that would some day be recognizable to the entire world: The Avengers and The X-Men, the teams that would truly tie everything together and serve as the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe.

One of these books brought together the company's mightiest heroes; the other featured all-new characters and introduced the idea of mutants battling to save a world that hates and fears them.

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Win A One-Of-A-Kind Set of Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’-Inspired Gillette Prototype Razors Signed by Stan Lee

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As announced at Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters in Boston earlier this month,the company that proudly proclaims itself as "the best a man can get" has partnered with Stark Industries to create a set of four prototype razors built with “Avengers-inspired technology.” While you're waiting to catch Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters this Friday, we're offering you a unique chance to win a set of handcrafted replicas of these prototype razors, signed by Stan Lee himself!

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Bizarro Back Issues: And Then There Was The Time Judge Dredd Fought Stan Lee (1986)

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When I'm looking for something to read, there are certain things that will make me pick up a book immediately. It's probably the same way with you, and while I think we all have the usual soft spots for a favorite villain or a cool plot point, every now and then you run across a story title that's just so weird that you absolutely have to see how it all plays out. This, for the record, is the reason for about 90% of my back issue purchases, and was basically the leading theory on how to design a DC Comics cover for about thirty years.

What I'm getting at here is that when I was looking at the stories included in the new Judge Dredd Complete Casefiles v.10 paperback and I saw that there was one called "The Fists of Stan Lee," I pretty much dropped everything so that I could read it. And yes: It is, in fact, Judge Dredd fighting Stan Lee. Just, you know. Not that Stan Lee.

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Recon:Vergence Week Two: Kingdom Come Vs Zero Hour Vs Wildstorm

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Welcome to Recon:Vergence, a weekly look at what’s going on throughout DC’s new reality-smooshing event storyline, Convergence.

Every week until the end of the event, every comic DC publishes will be a part of this giant storyline – and it’s a little confusing, especially for new readers. To help out, we’re going to provide a timeline of events, let you know which Universes are still in the fight, and try and keep everything on track.

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Stan Lee Presents the Amazing Das Toyz Stan Lee Figure

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Das Toyz

Had your fill of sixth-scale figures of Marvel's heroes and villains? Hoping to branch out into collectibles based on the real creators behind the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers? We've got some good news for you. Soon, you'll be able to add the man himself, Stan Lee, to your collection.

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The Smithsonian Is Offering An Online Course On The History Of Superheroes With Michael Uslan And Stan Lee

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If you're interested in the history of superhero comics --- and I sincerely hope you are, since I've spent an awful lot of time writing about that very subject --- then here's something that you might be interested in. As part of the edX series of online courses, the Smithsonian Institute is launching a series of lectures on the history of comics, featuring Stan Lee and Michael Uslan.

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