Longtime Marvel Comics writer Peter David has always risen above his peers through the quality of his work and his tenacity, and never has it been more true than now. At the end of 2012, the iconic "Incredible Hulk" and "X-Factor" writer suffered a stroke which was so severe that a complete recovery was considered impossible. Although his path to recovery and rehabilitation has not been perfect, he has not only managed to keep on writing "X-Factor" on a monthly basis, but he continues to branch out onto other titles. He will be relaunching "Spider-Man 2099" this month alongside artist Will Sliney, and by the fall he'll be handling the "merc with a mouth".
Beginning in October is his four part mini series, "Deadpool's Art of War", Peter David takes on the infamous mercenary in a story which sees Deadpool seeking to imitate Sun Tzu to craft his own tome on warfare. Unfortunately, he's insane enough to seek to provoke a world war to maximize its' potential. The art will be handled by Scott Koblish and sees David handling a character he as compared to DC Comics' Ambush Bug.
Created at the end of the 1980's, Deadpool's popularity has risen to the point that he once commanded up to five monthly series only a few years ago. As with most fads, Marvel cashed in until it crapped out. However, Deadpool's single ongoing series continues to sell steadily, and so it makes sense for Marvel to risk branching out with him once again. Sales wise, it makes more sense than more Wolverine comics.
"Hunger Games" alum cast as Foggy Nelson in Netflix's "Daredevil"!
As Marvel Entertainment's "Daredevil" TV series for "Netflix" comes closer to being produced, more revelations about the casting for the show have been revealed. The entire month of June has been spent with revelations about who has been cast as Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) or an unmentioned female lead (Rosario Dawson). As June came to a close, one final key part was revealed.
Elden Henson, best known for roles in "The Hunger Games" films as well as "The Mighty Ducks" series, has been cast as Matt Murdock's faithful best friend and law partner Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. Marvel TV czar and co-producer of the show, Jeph Loeb, stated, "Elden plays one of the most important characters in the world of Marvel's Daredevil, and we're thrilled to see Foggy Nelson brought to life by such an incredibly talented actor. He perfectly captures the heart and soul of this series, bringing an added resonance to Matt Murdock's fight against the injustice in their great city". This is naturally drastically different than Fox's 2003 "Daredevil" film, where Jon Favreau was cast in the role. As key as the chemistry between Cox and his female lead will be to the series, the presence of Foggy is actually more key to the franchise to the point that this series could rise or fall by how well Elden and Cox work off each other on set.
Character posters for Disney's "Big Hero 6" revealed!
Lost amid all the fury about "Guardians of the Galaxy" is another Marvel Comics related film coming down the pipe later this year. On November 7th, Disney will release an adaptation of the obscure comic book team "Big Hero 6" as a full scale CGI animated epic on par with "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Frozen". It will be directed and co-written by Bob Hall, best known for the recent "Winnie the Pooh" reboot. Not considered a part of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" (to the point that the Marvel logo is nowhere present), what is known is that the film will be set in a fictional city of "San Fransokyo", which is based on both San Francisco and Tokyo (the latter being the setting of the comic version of "Big Hero 6"). Now, the Beat has a scoop as to what these heroes will look like.
The new posters not only showcase characters who already appeared in the trailer such as Hiro Hamada and the robotic Baymax (whose "fat man being stuffed into a tight suit" gag is lifted right from 2004's "The Incredibles"), but additional team members such as GoGo Tomago, Fredzilla (who no longer looks like the 1998 film version of "Godzilla" for legal reasons), Honey Lemon, and Wasabi No-Ginger (who has been "race lifted" into a dreadlocked man). It will star the voice talents of T.J. Miller (Fredzilla), Jamie Chung (GoGo Tomago) and Maya Randolf in an unknown role. The obscure 1998 franchise by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau has become the first Marvel Comics franchise to be adapted into a Disney animated feature. As such, much spectulation and pressure will ride on its' success.