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Marvel Comics news: Spider-Verse and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" photos

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Spider-Man event, "Spider-Verse", set for November 2014!

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Marvel Comics held a "press conversation" earlier today in which they wasted no time dishing out their plans for their relaunched "Amazing Spider-Man" for the fall. Called "Spider-Verse", it will be written by longtime series writer Dan Slott and will be drawn by Oliver Coipel for a five issue run starting in November. The story will also see a prelude in May's "Free Comic Book Day" issue of "Guardians of the Galaxy", which will also be written by Slott and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Having a larger scale than previous Spider-Man events run by Slott such as "Ends of the Earth" in 2013 or "Spider-Island" in 2012, this story will see "every Spider-Man ever" uniting for a grand scale adventure across dimensions against Morlun, and possibly some grander threat behind him. A teaser image by Gabriele Dell’Otto not only includes the traditional Spider-Man and alternate versions of "eras" that are well known (such as the Black costume Spidey, Six-Armed Spidey) or newer ones (such as Miles Morales, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir or Manga Spider-Man), or even alternate versions entirely such as Spider-Ham or Ben Reilly. Other spider-related characters such as Arana/Spider-Girl or Kaine may also be involved. Morlun is a villain who was created by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. in 2001 who headlined a previous "Spider-event" in 2005, "the Other", where he briefly slew the wall-crawler. Slott says that this adds pressure to Peter, especially as he's just come back from being possessed by Dr. Octopus for over a year.

Slott claimed that he got the idea for this event back in 2009-2010 when he worked on the story for the video game "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" which saw a crossover between the traditional Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, Ultimate Spider-Man, and "Spider-Man Noir". Slott would go on to have Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 to become a supporting character during his "Superior Spider-Man" run, and has often favored to over-the-top spectacles since his solo run on the franchise began in 2010. To wit, November 2014 would celebrate Dan Slott's fourth anniversary as solo writer of the franchise (who is occasionally aided by Christos Gage). He's been involved with the comic series since the "Brand New Day" era began in 2008 when he was one of three regular writers involved with the book (which included Mark Waid and Zeb Wells, among others). With Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" hitting theaters this summer, Marvel looks to capitalize on the Spider-hype this year.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" set photos revealed: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron!

Filming has begun on one of the most anticipated sequels of all time, "Avengers: Age of Ultron", and as such, photos of the shoot have begun to leak online to help build the buzz for summer 2015. They include some good quality first looks at not only Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, but also Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver. These have emerged online months after Fox's version of Quicksilver was revealed for "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

The shots not only showcase an action scene between the three, but a first look at the titular villain, Ultron. As with most major characters, he will be created with a combination of CGI and practical effects and costumes; thus, these first shots may seem simple and may not involve James Spader, who has been cast as the villain. The scene seems to imply that Hawkeye comes in to rescue, or aid, the twins against Ultron. If so, it means that director Joss Whedon is paying homage to the "quirky quartet" era of the Avengers comics when the core roster of the team consisted of those three being led by Captain America. The film hits theaters May 1st, 2015.

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