Marvel took to Midtown Comics in New York City to herald the end of the Marvel Universe as fans know it and announced a series of comics tying into their upcoming Secret Wars event. Fans of Game of Thrones should brace themselves; winter is coming to the X-Men franchise.
X-Men: Apocalypse. Director Bryan Singer revealed the casting of three key characters in his next X-Men film via his Twitter account. Sophie Turner, known for her role as Sansa Stark in HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series, will play the telepathic teen Jean Grey. Tye Sheridan will portray Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp will feature as Storm. With the focus on the younger characters, it should come as no surprise that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will not return to reprise their roles as the older Professor Xavier and Magneto, respectively. X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters in May 2016. superherohype.com
Avengers: Age of Ultron. Reports around the internet seek to prove what many fans have accepted as fact: that Andy Serkis is playing Black Panther villain, Ulysses Klaw. Representatives for the actor have yet to confirm the role for the upcoming film. schmoesknow.com
Marvel recently debuted a second trailer for the Avengers sequel focusing more on the action, including some new shots of that sweet Hulk-on-Hulkbuster action.
Secret Wars. Billed as the “announcement to end all announcements,” Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort held a live event to give some details surrounding the Secret Wars event. The Battleworld, a “melting pot” of all the Marvel Universes, merges into creation from the Avengers being unable to prevent an incursion between the main Marvel 616 Universe and the Ultimate Universe. All the comics revealed over the past months which feature the alternate universes will play major roles in rebuilding the “All-New Marvel” universe. Alonso and Brevoort stressed that the Marvel Universe as fans know it will cease to exist and the new status quo going forward will feature these worlds inhabiting one universe. comicbook.com
Marvel is releasing three new branding initiatives to flesh out the Battleworld story. “Last Days” will showcase the Marvel heroes questioning how to spend their last moments on Earth. “Battleworld” will seek to explore the intricate details of the new motley map of worlds. “Warzones” will give insight into the future of the All-New Marvel universe.
Free Comic Book Day. Marvel plans to release two comics for May’s Free Comic Book Day. The “Gold” title, Secret Wars #0, leads into the event of the same name. The “Silver” title, “All-New, All-Different Avengers,” will show the line-up of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes post Secret Wars. The Avengers title will also include a preview of Charles Soule’s Uncanny Inhumans series. newsarama.com
Once Upon A Time. ABC has never shied away from showcasing Marvel comics in its show, highlighting the synergy between ABC and Marvel, two Disney-owned properties. Now Marvel is returning the favor by releasing a Once Upon a Time graphic novel this April. The story will explore the background for some of the show’s biggest characters including the Mad Hatter, played by Sebastian “Bucky Barnes” Stan. comicbook.com
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Disney Interactive kicked off the new year by releasing their first batch of new figures. The wave of characters includes Loki, Ronan and the Green Goblin, with the third batch featuring Loki and Falcon expected in March. Superherohype.com interviewed John Vignocchi, the game’s executive producer, who answered questions about the new characters as well as the potential for variant costume figures such as a black-suited Spider-Man. superherohype.com