In a little less than a month we’ll be seeing two things: a new Star Wars movie and the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. While it’s possible that we’ll see a short teaser-for-the-tease-trailer for the latter in the week leading up to its official theatrical debut, director Bryan Singer has shared a new photo from the film in case you were feeling a tad anxious.
Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
Dis week we lookin at Gambit, chere. De worl's mos famous t'ief in pink shirt and metal boots, de ragin' Cajun is --- okay, I can't do that any more. No wonder Chris Claremont's mind snapped and he wrote Sovereign Seven. Anyway, in this video you can learn the strange history of Gambit's original intended storyline, which of his iconic elements were different in his earliest appearances, the answer to whether Gambit could blow up the whole planet if he wanted to (yes), and as many as nine other equally interesting facts.
Deadpool had a long road to production — following the disappointing version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds became devoted to giving the Merc With a Mouth the big screen treatment he deserves, but it wasn’t easy. With the help and persistence of director Tim Miller and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Deadpool is finally hitting theaters next February, but it’s taken a lot of work — and some special help — to get it there.
Hugh Jackman has remained steadfast that the upcoming third Wolverine movie will be the next and last time he plays the iconic X-man on film, after sitting out the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. But it turns out there may be more to that story as Jackman may indeed be filming a role for Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men adventure.
The heroes of fiction tend to conform to a certain type — straight, cisgender, male — and the quests that they go on tend to share common elements. 'Boy meets girl' is a familiar phrase because we expect a male protagonist to meet, seduce, and try to save a female love interest as part of his 'quest'. And because finding a mate is so often part of the hero's journey, villains often get to represent a counterpoint; they challenge the narrative, subvert the norm, and... queer things up. With so much fiction being heteronormative, villains often get to play with gender and sexuality in ways that heroes don't.
The queer or queer-themed villain is a trope that has led to some frustrating and upsetting stereotypes, but it's also led to some rich, compelling, and magnetic characters — characters that sometimes have a lot to offer to audiences hungry for representation and uncomfortable with the expectation of 'boy meets girl'. A villain's methods may be questionable, but their desire to overturn the accepted order can hold some appeal.
To celebrate Villain Month on ComicsAlliance, and to mark that intersection of villainy and queerness in fiction, we've asked our writers, 'Who is your favorite queer comics villain'?
Colossus has been a mainstay in the X-Men comic book universe since the mid-’70s, but we’ve seen so little of his character in the actual films — he’s appeared in three of the five X-Men movies, but his involvement is always so brief. That’s going to change in the Deadpool film, as actor Andre Tricoteux has revealed that we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Colossus.
Marvel has revealed a slate of new titles at a retailer summit in London ahead of this weekend's MCM Comic Con, including the long-touted second Iron Man book from Brian Michael Bendis, International Iron Man, which sees him reunited with his former Daredevil collaborator Alex Maleev.
Marvel also announced a new Punisher series from Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon; a Nighthawk series from David F. Walker, with no artist named; and a Hyperion series from Chuck Wendig and Nik Virella, plus a digital first five-issue mini series, X-Men: The Worst X-Men Ever, from Max Bemis and Michael Walsh, which is not about Maggott and is therefore misleadingly named.
Minds behind the live-action X-Men universe surprised us all with the announcement of not one, but two distinct series based on characters from the mutant universe, but somewhat unclear was their relationship to the films. Now, Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley offers a bit of clarification, seemingly distancing all three branches of the X-Men properties.
The X-Men cinematic universe has been mulling around a TV branch for some time now, and at last we've learned that mutants will invade not one, but two new series. FX has tapped Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley to helm a series around Professor Xavier's son Legion, while FOX will join the club, literally and figuratively, with a Hellfire TV series.
X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t just the conclusion of the recent trilogy kicked off by First Class; it’s basically the conclusion of six X-Men films, which began in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie, and comes full circle with Singer’s Apocalypse, hitting theaters next spring. As such, the director says that we can probably expect a longer runtime for the new sequel, while also warning of potential spoilers in the forthcoming trailer.