Steve Englehart was born on this day in 1947. By his mid-twenties, he was reshaping the Marvel Universe. At thirty, he was reinventing Batman. Englehart is easily one of the greatest comic book writers of all time, and probably the definitive writer of the 1970s.
One of the interesting things about Englehart is that he doesn’t get credit for creating that many interesting characters. In fact, he’s probably most strongly associated with Mantis, a character he introduced in Avengers and held onto (in an incognito form) even when he moved to Justice League of America and beyond. But while Englehart certainly created some peculiar characters, what he was really great at was perfecting characters that already existed.
Who are the greatest X-Men of all time? Over the coming weeks, as we anticipate the coming of Apocalypse, we’re going to try to answer that question, pairing up your votes with the opinions of our own panel of highly opinionated X-Men fans.
Starting from a list of over 300 characters who served in a Marvel Universe X-Men team or have been strongly affiliated with the Xavier School, our panelists have whittled the selection down to just a hundred or so prime candidates. We now need to place that list in order to determine the 100 Greatest X-Men --- and to do that, we need your help.
Who is the greatest Avenger of all time? You probably have your personal favorites. You probably also have a pretty good idea who the popular favorites might be. We wanted to know for sure, so to mark the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron we conducted a giant-size poll to give you the chance to choose between more than 100 Avengers members, and rank them from least to best. Now the results are in. And we think there are a few surprises.
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, it's the return of Apocalypse and Fabian Cortez, so if you want to stop reading now, I'll understand.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer revealed that the movie, as one might assume, will at least partially be based on the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline from the mid-1990s, though " won’t necessarily create an alternate universe."
Coming up with costumes for live action super hero movies must already be a trip, but throw in the opportunity to whip out some '70s style threads, and I'm guessing it's a designers dream. It's not a combination that presents itself very often, but in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past film, you'll see just that. And with principal photography on the movie having wrapped this weekend, an image has arrived online of Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman -- as Beast, Professor X and Wolverine, respectively -- in all their polyester sartorial splendor.
The ink is barely dry on all the reviews of the new Lego Marvel Super Heroesgame coming out of Comic-Con International in San Diego, but developer TT Games isn't letting that stop them from announcing a slew of new characters that will be appearing: Beast, Curt Connors, Doctor Doom, Elektra, Gambit, Green Goblin, Howard the Duck, the Invisible Woman, Juggernaut, Kingpin, Magneto, the Punisher, the Rhino, Sabretooth, Storm, The Blob, and the Vulture.
Check out images of the newly announced characters after the jump!
For X-Men: Days of Future Past, everything old is new again. (And maybe vice-versa.) A set of character portraits -- mostly for characters we've seen, such as Professor X, Wolverine and Magneto, one for Bishop, who's making his movie debut -- hit the comics Internet this week. They offer up a glimpse of the new costumes the movie will feature, as well as a look at the new and old versions of Wolvie. The X-Men DoFP Tumblr has also uploaded some new images of Trask Industries logo and its new Sentinel model.
In the current arc of All New X-Men, the team's resident big brain Hank McCoy uses his time machine (hey, Henry, could you have mentioned you had that before?) to bring his past self to the present day (in apparent violation of Marvel's own time travel rules, but rules are totally boresville), to brainstorm a cure for his chronic MacGuffinism (a serious medical condition that inspires really smart people to do implausible things that get plots rolling; Reed Richards is suffering a similar affliction)...
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