The last Marvel Comics related news round up for December 28th - 30th, 2013!
Marvel plans a bloody wedding for April 2014!
Marvel Comics have had a long history of many of their most well known characters tying the knot. The first major characters to do so were Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Girl in "Fantastic Four Annual #3" back in 1965 during the legendary run of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby on the series. Later decades would see the famous marriages of Wolverine and Mariko Yoshida ("Uncanny X-Men #172", circa 1983), Spider-Man with Mary Jane Watson ("Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21", circa 1987), Cyclops with Jean Grey ("X-Men #30", circa 1994), and Wolverine (due to being a widower) with HYDRA leader Viper ("Wolverine #126", circa 1998). Former editor in chief Joe Quesada seemed to be a fair weather fan of the company's characters being wedded, at least in regards to the web-slinger; "One More Day" at the end of 2007 demonically annulled the marriage between Peter and MJ on its 20th anniversary. Despite that, 2006 would go on to see Black Panther marry Storm as well as Luke Cage marry former "Alias" star Jessica Jones. With the exception of the first in 1965 to that of Luke Cage, however, all have ended in often violent manners.
Why bring this all up? Marvel Comics have released a teaser which promises a wedding - with a blood drop visible - for April 2014. The puzzle themed image features many characters in the gallery including Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, Alpha Flight, and members of the X-Men student roster as well as those in Avengers Academy. It is ironic that considering Spider-Man's wedding in 1987 was once so "big" that actors once performed it at Shea Stadium, Marvel sought to shatter that union yet the company has had no issue with subsequent unions.
Marvel stopped selling comics to bookstores & the Internet only noticed now!
Both Comic Book Resources and Publishers Weekly broke the same story; that Marvel Comics had canceled periodical comic book sales to book stores - namely "Barnes & Nobles" and "Books-A-Million". This will not effect sales of graphic novels and trade paperback collections of comics which Marvel sell via bookstores. The reality is that this "news" is supposedly three months old and only hit the web now.
On a personal note, when I began college at the turn of the century, I used to buy my comics at a local bookstore which was near my apartment; which went on to close around 2004-2006. However, the logic is that most customers who buy comics monthly do so either digitally or at official comic book shops rather than book stores, so this is likely seen as a cost cutting measure. As the direct market for comics has become more insular since the late 90's, comics have mostly abandoned places such as grocery stores or book stores for more specialty shops. Marvel Comics will continue to sell trades and comics at Disney stores, owned by their parent company.
Empire magazine shows "Captain America 2" images!
Empire magazine begins its 25th anniversary year by profiling the next Marvel Studios film, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in its next issue. The new costume worn by star Chris Evans is featured on the cover, and subsequent images show Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and the Winter Soldier himself (Sebastian Stan) in action. The film hits theaters April 4th, 2013 and will also feature Anthony Mackie as the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones, as well as a cameo by Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
Fox Studios' crossover of "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" still not confirmed!
The Motley Fool raised a bit of a stir online in an article going over the studios who are profiting from Marvel Comics related films which aren't parent company Disney. The article appeared to claim that a long time rumor that Fox Studios, which still owns the film licenses for "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four", would produce a film crossing the two franchises over. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" comes out on May 23rd, 2014 with "X-Men: Apocalypse" set for May 27th, 2016. Fox hasn't produced a "Fantastic Four" film since 2007, but apparently retains possession of the license after getting an extension from Marvel Entertainment in exchange for relinquishing the license of "Daredevil". However, an update now claims that no official word from Fox has come in regards to this, and for the moment both film franchises remain separate.
Spider-Man makes New Year's Eve appearance!
As part of Sony's promotional scheme, Spider-Man (or at least an actor posing at him) will appear as part of the New Year's Eve celebration tomorrow night in Time's Square. The Daily News even offered as part of a contest a fortnight back a chance to be a part of the celebration. Meanwhile, Sony continues to promote "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" next summer, and the latest character appearance rumor are that of the Enforcers, a trio of villains created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in the 1960's.