The latest pond-crossing slate of Marvel Comics news related items from Sept. 15th - 17th, 2013!
Marvel U.K. returns in January!
Editor Steve Wacker has released a teaser image online in regards to an upcoming mini series set for January 2014 called "Revolutionary War" featuring cover art by Mark Brooks. It shows two British heroes, Death's Head and Pete Wisdom, among others. This will be the first major outing for Marvel's British based heroes since the cancellation of "Captain Britain and MI13" in 2009.
Announced back in July, writer Andy Lanning (co-writer of "Nova", "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Heroes for Hire") and Alan Cowsill would kick off an eight issue mini series called "Revolutionary War" which is set to involve all (or most) of the British based heroes who were part of the "Marvel U.K." imprint during the 1990's. Considering that "war" is a common adjective in many Marvel comics "event" titles including "Civil War" from 2006, one supposes Marvel have to find different historical wars to title stories after. Death's Head has seen use by writer Kieron Gillen in such titles as the swiftly canceled "S.W.O.R.D." and current issues of "Iron Man".
As filming for "Amazing Spider-Man 2" wraps and the world looks forward to the second Spidey film by director Marc Webb next summer, more rumors will swirl from involved stories. It seems every few weeks or months there is a rumor about a new villain appearing or an aim to build towards the villainous team being seen on screen. The roles of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro have been confirmed, with a rumor of an appearance by Adrian Toomes/Vulture swirling months ago.
In an interview with Total Film, Foxx seems to confirm that "they" - either the director, producers, or Sony brass - had talked about the Sinister Six appearing sometime in a Spider-Man film and Foxx is game to play Electro in more than one film.
Spider-Musical gains fresh meat, er, a new lead star!
Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" musical has had quite a spotty history, from a ballooning budget to replacement of its key producer to rewrites, and no end of accidents involving actors and all the high flying stunt work. Just in mid-August, yet another performer was hauled off in critical condition after another stunt gone awry. This week, the musical welcomes a new Peter Parker in Justin Matthew Sargent, who will replace the departing Reeve Carney who has starred in the role since 2010. Carney is at the end of his contract and is set to appear in a TV show for "Showtime". Given the musical's sporadic rate of injuries, hopefully Sargent knows how to go limp when he has to.