‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Mutants of a Different Age

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Turner, Sheridan and Shipp are the new mutants on the block.

Director Bryan Singer has revealed the newest members of the cast of the newest X-Men movie, next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Sophie Turner (Sansa, GAME OF THRONES) will portray Jean Grey/Marvel Girl/Phoenix;  Tye Sheridan will play Scott Summers/ Cyclops; and Alexandra Shipp will be Ororo Munroe/Storm.

On Jan. 22, Singer (@BryanSinger) tweeted:

Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse

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The X-Men. All of Them.

The good folks over at gaming site IGN apparently had a little free time on their hands, so they decided to make a video covering every X-Man in the Marvel Comics universe — ever. That’s a pretty daunting task on its own, but the editors also decided to try to explain X-Men continuity! They do a pretty good job for such an expansive subject.

It all goes by too quickly to be sure IGN got everyone, but it looks to be pretty inclusive.

Captain America’s New Status Quo

capwilsonAfter losing the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his powers and vitality, Steve Rogers rapidly aged and was forced to surrender the role of Captain America. But his on-again, off-again super sidekick Sam Wilson (a.k.a. the Falcon) is picking up the shield in October’s Captain America #35, and will headline a new ongoing series, All-New Captain America, launching this fall.

Writer Rick Remender (along with artist Stuart Immonen) promised Marvel.com an exciting new status quo:

This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at. I think that it’s important with these stories to do things that are natural and make sense and have an inherent logic to the universe, but are also constantly shifting and exciting, keeping the drama high. In order to do that it really comes down to creating new dynamics.

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New Faces Taking Over for Two Avengers

Two of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters — Captain America and Thor — are undergoing big changes in the pages of their comic books: an African-American will wield Cap’s shield, while Thor’s hammer will be toted by a woman!

Following the events in Captain America #21 — in which Steve Rogers’ super soldier serum was neutralized, causing him to age 65 years in a flash — Cap’s frequent sidekick Sam Wilson a.k.a the Falcon dons the iconic costume in October’s Captain America #25 and will fight on in the new ongoing series All-New Captain America in the fall, to be scripted by current Captain America writer Rick Remender and All-New X-Men artist Stuart Immonen, The official announcement was made by Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative OfficerJoe Quesada, last night on THE COLBERT REPORT.

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It’s Free Comic Book Day!

FCBD14rectangle_2014Today is the first Saturday in May, the annual Free Comic Book Day, when comic book shops have designated comics available for free!

The first FCBD was way back in 2002, and since then publishers create special issues of popular comics or teaser anthologies or reprints and give them away in a bid to generate interest, especially among children and new readers. There are comics for all ages, from kiddies to the grownup collector, from superheroes to indie titles. Here is a list of available titles. As you might expect, some of these books disappear fast.
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Another ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer!

This second official trailer for this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past really ramps up the action by showing a lot of the heroes using their powers and the Sentinels looking menacing.

I think the fire guy is supposed to be the (silly) new version of Sunspot (Adan Canto). Looked like a snippet of Rogue in there, too, so maybe Anna Paquin isn’t being entirely exorcised from the theatrical version?

My favorite bit is seeing Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) armoring up, while the most disappointing had to be Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) doing his ice slide.

But the most eye-opening sequence had to be Evan Peters as Quicksilver in the scene with Magneto reclaiming his helmet! Quicksilver — also part of a rival film studio’s competing Avengers franchise — has been allowed to cross over. (In the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the mutant speedster.) Pietro Maximoff has ties to both teams, so it makes perfect sense for him to be in both movies, but… 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios playing nice for the good of the film properties and the fans? It appears the unique crossover was made possible because the siblings were covered by the rights packages sold for both the Avengers and the X-Men.

Now that’s uncanny!

Elizabeth Olsen Teases Scarlet Witch’s Wardrobe

?????????????????????????????????After Elizabeth Olsen was cast as the Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans know Wanda Maximoff is in the competent hands of a beautiful and talented actress, so only one question remains: What will she wear?

The Witch has had one primary costume for decades, and that has been changed up and reworked in more recent times, but whenever you say “Scarlet Witch” to a true comics fan, only one image comes to mind: her classic “red swimsuit over red mesh” uniform.

However, following the trend of the Marvel movies to redesign characters’ outfits — even Captain America and Iron Man were tweaked for the big screen — director Joss Whedon is giving the Witch another makeover.
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What’s Next for the Movie X-Men? Apocalypse!

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Perhaps it won’t be so easy for the collective might of the X-Men to repair the twisted, wibbly-wobbly timelines in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past — word is, the next movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, will spin directly out of next summer’s anticipated blockbuster.

Mutant mastermind Bryan Singer first used his Twitter feed to announce X:A as a summer 2016 release, and now he has confirmed that he will direct the film, which will adapt another popular storyline from the comic book franchise. “The Age of Apocalypse” story saw the evil mutant Apocalypse take advantage of someone else altering the past to take over the world and install mutants as the ruling class.

X:A will focus on the versions of the characters that first appeared in X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence et al.) — but can Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) be far behind? Singer also Tweeted that Apocalypse will not be an alien in the movie continuity.

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones Coming to Netflix

marvelnetflixNetflix has just announced that it is joining with Disney and its Marvel brand to produce and distribute four new 13-episode on-demand TV series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones — and, on the horizon, a Defenders miniseries!

According to the announcement:

“The epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”

The whole plan will kick off beginning in 2015, and it is expected that entire series will be in the can before Netflix releases the first episodes.
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Just When Is ‘Days of Future Past’?

dofpcoverWhile we all know that the next X-Men movie is adapting the time-traveling “Days of Future Past” storyline from the comics, it was never clear how the convoluted and somewhat contradictory timelines of the X-Men’s movie universe would be molded to fit together for the latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Well, now director Bryan Singer has told us how he’s going to do it. By setting it in two different futures — one of which is the past for some characters. Singer says:

“It takes place about 10 years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about 10 years after First Class… It’s its own story, inspired by ‘Days of Future Past.’ [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables [Wolverine to be sent into the past]. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles [Prof. X] is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik [Magneto] has been gathering his power. They’re in a radically different place.”

Yeah, I’m still not crystal-clear on how it’s all going to fit together — but it is implied that that’s part of the movie’s plot. And I’m not sure how Kitty sends Wolvie into the past unless she’s getting some new powers.