MMA Weekly Web-Up, 10-05-14

Marvel’s series of prose novels continues to grow by adapting popular comic story lines, such as “Civil War” and “Gifted,” the first act of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run. This week Marvel released Neil Kleid’s take on the popular story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” and has an interview with the author. Netflix also revealed the logo for their upcoming Daredevil series, and it’s a look comic readers.might recognize. Also in the Web-Up, two actors from the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot continue to distance the film from the comics, and rumors persist that Marvel may do something similar with their books.

MovieNewsBannerFantastic Four. Miles Teller, the actor portraying Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming reboot, spoke on the tone of Josh Trank’s take on the story. As usual, a member of the cast made sure to distance the movie from any “kitschy, overly comic-book” vibe, such as Fox’s earlier two movies featuring Marvel’s First Family.

Teller’s costar, Michael B. Jordan – whose ‘controversial’ casting as the new Human Torch continues to set the internet ablaze –  spoke out on the Fantastic Four’s costumes, or lack thereof. According to Jordan, the suits will be “modern, new, fresh without going to the cheesy superhero outfits.” He also commented on the negative buzz surrounding the project and his casting.

Dr. Strange. Marvel Studios is widening their search for a star to headline their upcoming mystic-horror film directed by Scott Derrickson. Negotiations with decorated actor Joaquin Phoenix officially ended when the parties could not reach an agreement.

Ethan Hawke was the next actor speculated to circle the part, but that rumor proved to be false shortly after appearing. That’s not to say Hawke wouldn’t be interested.

GuardiansMondoGuardians of the Galaxy. The biggest movie of the year will be making its way to Blu-ray/DVD this December, but as is the recent trend, the film will be available in Digital HD, November 18. In addition to the typical features such as deleted scenes, a gag reel and audio commentary, the Blu-ray will feature an exclusive look at Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Mondo is bringing the movie’s popular soundtrack, the Awesome Mix Volume 1, to vinyl collectors next year with a limited edition album featuring collectible artwork by Mondo artist Tyler Stout.

Deadpool. In case anybody was wondering where the Deadpool movie fit in with the rest of Fox’s X-Men films, writer and producer Simon Kinberg confirmed the upcoming solo flick will indeed take place in a shared universe. No comment on how that relates to the character’s appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.


Fantastic Four. After weeks of rumors cast doubt over the future of the Fantastic Four comics – along with a quiet trend of Marvel downplaying the character’s prominence in their marketing – solicitations in Hachette catalogs seem to imply “the End is Fourever” next June. Comics being cancelled is nothing new, and the family of space-time-adventurers will surely be back, but all signs point to the Fantastic Four taking more of a backseat in the Marvel Universe while Fox begins to promote its latest film.

All-New X-Factor. Peter David’s latest entry in the X-Factor mythos is coming to an end after 20 issues, but David has responded and said it is not so Quicksilver can dash back to the Avengers in time for Age of Ultron. The writer seems to place some of the blame on Gambit, stating similarly poor sales tanked the character’s solo title as well.

Spider-Woman. Fans of the recently debuted Spider-Gwen character, can rest assured she will live on past the upcoming Edge of Spider-Verse event. Jason Latour confirmed she will appear in Dennis Hopeless’ Spider-Woman series.

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female Thor Puzzle QuestMarvel Puzzle Quest. Popular strategy, gem-swapping game is celebrating their first anniversary. To commemorate the event, D3Publisher and Marvel Entertainment announced that the new female Thor will be a character to recruit starting October 17. Several other fan-favorite in-game events will also return building up to the character’s début.

Marvel Heroes. For a limited time, Marvel Heroes is featuring their popular 15% bonus G sale. Act on the deal now and you can buy Cyclops’ new Age of Apocalypse costume.

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Mockingbird SHIELDAgent Carter. Howard Stark, as portrayed by Dominic Cooper, will show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe once more in ABC’s upcoming spin-off show.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Adrianne Palicki isn’t let her status as the new kid on the block, diminish her hopes of big screen adventures. Palicki will portray Mockingbird, presumably as an undercover agent within H.Y.D.R.A.’s ranks, and says that her Bobbi Morse has the potential to crossover with the A-List team in the movies.

Wayward S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor Grant Ward’s older brother will appear in upcoming episodes of the show and be portrayed by Tim Dekay. The casting may offer an opportunity to explore the tortured childhood Grant experienced that set him down his dark path.

Take this latest casting announcement with a grain of salt, but Whedon-alum, Fran Kranz, may have hinted at another superhero coming to S.H.I.E.L.D. Kranz recently alluded in a tweet that Robbie Baldwin, the New Warrior known as Speedball, could appear in the show.

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