Hero Complex Gallery has a great selection of art available now for those you don’t want to wait for the last minute for the perfect Valentine geek gift. Currently they have art that will appeal to any fanboy or fangirl dream item. As well as the new four artist show with James Rheem Davis, Matty Ryan Tobin, New Flesh and Vance Kelly that opens Friday, February 2nd with artists in attendance.
NEW BLIZZARDWORLD ART – by Glen Brogan – AvailableHERE
CRAIG DRAKE SOLO IV ART – Available HERE
REMINDER – QUATTRO 3 – Our 4-artist show with artists James Rheem Davis, Matty Ryan Tobin, New Flesh and Vance Kelly opens Friday, Feb. 2nd – all artists in attendance!
Flight to Duskwood
by Glen Brogan
Panels are an opportunity for fans to connect with their favorite creators. Los Angeles Comic Con took place on October 27-29 and offered dozens of panels for fans to attend when they were not walking the floor. The convention may have ended, but these panels left a lasting impression on me. Read more of this article »
I’m ready to party with the Black Eyed Peas & Friends at Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con where they are performing at the FREE LACC Halloween Cosplay concert with friends! It’s even more excited that they will be at the LACC all weekend with the Marvel graphic novel Masters Of the Sun mixes L.A. Gang culture, B-Boy-ism and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a Hip-Hop group from East L.A. who must battle an ancient, alien God sent to earth to continue a Black Curse–which turns drug dealers and gangsters into zombies! With a deep love of the Hip-Hop culture, Zulu-X and his crew go head-to-head with a nefarious ancient order that has infiltrated the inner cities to settle an ancient score. What happens next can only be described as the perfect blend of action, ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure. Boasting one of the most eclectic ensemble cast of characters, Masters of the Sun delivers a powerful social allegory in the form of a new movement! Wear comfy shoes for a fun weekend at LACC and dancing every night!
FREE IN CONCERT: BLACK EYED PEAS & FRIENDS
LIVE ON STAGE AT L.A. COMIC CON!
Awesome photo of the Peas by Jarod Harris.
Let’s Get It Started! L.A.’s very own Black Eyed Peas joins L.A. Comic Con all weekend long to celebrate the launch of their new graphic novel, Marvel’s Masters Of The Sun – The Zombie Chronicles!
But we’re not stopping there! Live and on stage, the Black Eyed Peas and a bunch of their rad friends headline the Saturday night Halloween Cosplay Ball at Club Novo, to celebrate Masters of the Sun AND the upcoming star-studded Augmented Reality edition that literally jumps off the page! And it’s all FREE to 3-Day and SaturdayBadge
holders*, as the Black Eyed Peas’ way of saying Thank You to their hometown crowd!
Plus, fans that purchased the Marvel’s Master of the Sun UPGRADE will have VIP access. But hurry – because there’s only A FEW LEFT! Get yours HERE.
Get a hold of your 3-Day Badge – and come party with the Black Eyed Peas & Friends! This show is made possible by our friends at Cosmunity!
*Space is limited. Priority will be given to 3-Day Badge Holders, then SaturdayBadge Holders. Wristbands that grant access to the Cosplay Ball will be distributed Saturdayafternoon; check StanLeesLAComicCon.comfor more information closer to the show. Purchasers of the Marvel’s Master of the Sun upgrade will be given a VIP badge to the VIP lounge at Club Novo. Purchasers of the sold-out Ultimate VIP Upgrade automatically have access to the VIP lounge at Club Novo.
And Don’t Forget Our Friday Party:
CLUB COMIC CON presented by HOT TOPIC!
HALLOWEEN is on the horizon and it’s time to party! With a DJ set by a bonafide vampire, Jackson Rathbone from Twilight, who will be spinning some sick beats, this Halloween bash is the official after-party for Day 1 of StanLee’s Los Angeles Comic Con! Hosted by Disney personality Leo Camacho and The Geek Gatsby, enjoy a rockin’ 90’s set by tribute band “Hit Me 90’s,” special guest performances, and beats by DJ Bubblewrappe, one of LA’s premier ladies on the decks.
You have until September 23rd to submit an application for the STEM Challenge from Marvel to celebrate Thor: Ragnarok
This is an opportunity for science minded girls to show off STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) powers and win a trip to the world premier of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, a 3 day mentorship with Disney Imagineering and appear on Good Morning America! So get it girls! All you have to do is have a great idea to help others and shoot a demo video (follow the rules see below) with your STEM idea! I hope they show ALL the entries to see the face of science, technology, engineering and math!
GIRLS, SHOW US YOUR SUPERPOWERS!
Have you discovered the superpower of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Can you imagine sharing your superpower of STEM on national television?
Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more!
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide – just like you – ages 15 to 18 in grades 10 through 12, currently living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM for good by creating and sharing an original Do-It-Yourself project that could help your family, your community, or the world be safer, healthier, or happier. The project you make can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be something practical or something that would bring people joy – a robot, an app, a toy – anything that harnesses the superpower of STEM! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
JUST FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:
Think of a Do-It-Yourself, demonstratable project that could be used for the good of others.
Make your project.
Create a 7-minute (or shorter) video in which you demonstrate your project and tell us how you used your superpowers of STEM to design and complete it.
FIVE (5) FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED, AND EACH WILL:
Receive an expenses-paid trip to Hollywood, California for the finalist and a parent or legal guardian.
Have an opportunity to present her completed project in front of a panel of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Walk the red carpet at the premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK.
One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge winning project.
The Grand Prize Winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the Nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America.
The video created during the Grand Prize Winner’s mentorship will be made available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website, ScienceNetLinks.com.
Finalists will be notified by September 28, 2017. Each finalist and her parent or legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on or about Sunday, October 9, 2017.
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE is proudly presented by DISNEY, MARVEL STUDIOS, SYNCHRONY BANK, DOLBY, BROADCOM MASTERS, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, and SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC.
READ THE OFFICIAL RULES. Make sure you qualify for the challenge: you are between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 through 12, and a legal resident of and physically living within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
USE YOUR STEM SUPERPOWERS TO DESIGN AND COMPLETE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT. Your project can have a practical use – it can be a robot, an app, a design plan, etc. Or it can be something that is just plain fun and that could bring joy to others! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
You must be able to instruct other students in how to complete your project.
Your project must be replicable by other students with your instruction.
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM. Come back to the website MarvelStudiosSTEMChallenge.com and click on the APPLY page to complete the online application form. Applications will be accepted on or about 4:00am PDT on August 23, 2017 until 6:00pm PDT, September 23, 2017. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration.
RECEIVE CONFIRMATION. Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email (processing takes approximately 48 hours).
CREATE YOUR CHALLENGE ENTRY VIDEO. Once your application is accepted, and once your project is complete, it’s time to create a video in which you demonstrate your project, and tell us how you used your superpower of STEM to create and complete your project. If you are not sure how best to share your project whith others, check out your favorite instructional videos on the Internet for inspiration.
You may use a smartphone, computer, tablet, or camera to make your video. Please make sure we can see and hear both you and whatever you are describing/demonstrating clearly. Make sure you have adequate lighting, and the background is free of any copyrighted image, object, or obvious brand. Do not use any identifiable music in your video.
WHAT THE VIDEO MUST INCLUDE:
Your first name (and only your first name).
A demonstration of your project in an instructional format to show others how to recreate your project.
An explanation of how you used STEM to develop and create your project.
An explanation of how your project could help your family, community, or the world to be safer, healthier, or happier.
If the video does not feature you, your working project and answers to all of the questions listed above, it will be disqualified.
ALL VIDEOS MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
You should be the only person who appears in the video.
Please only include your first name in the video. Videos that include last names, physical addresses, high school names, or any other identifying information will be immediately disqualified from further consideration.
The video and the “script” (wording and presentation) must be original.
If the video is taken by a third party, you must have secured all rights and clearances to the video from the third party.
The video cannot contain any music or any identifiable background images (posters, logo shirts, objects with brand names, identifiable brand products, etc.).
Materials, products, and other objects used in the video should have their brand names obscured.
The video cannot contain materials displaying copyrighted images, names, likenesses, photographs, or anything else that identifies any person, living or dead, without permission.
The video cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about people or companies.
The video cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group, or be derogatory to any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group.
The video cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Disney wishes to associate.
The video cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
The video may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person, or any image that violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.
The video cannot be more than seven (7) minutes in length.
UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO.
Do one last check of the quality of your video. Review the list above and make sure you have followed all of the instructions. Verify the video is no more than seven (7) minutes in length.
Please label your video in the following manner: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Challenge (e.g., DOE_JANE_CHALLENGE)
Click the unique video upload link found in your application acceptance email and follow the directions to upload your video to the site.
I’m so excited to see what Hasbro is bringing to San Diego Comic Con with TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, HANAZUKI, G.I. JOE, DROPMIX, WIZARDS OF THE COAST, Disney’s Tangled The Series, Descendant 2, STAR WARS, MARVEL and so much more! It’s fun for fans of all ages who’ve grown up loving all things Hasbro, kids and GRANDKIDS!
It’s going to be days of fun at the Hasbro booth (#3213) and all around the convention center with fun Hasbro experiences for all. You can keep up to date at Hasbro’s information booth each day for updates and follow @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram for the latest happenings within the booth. Highlights include a giant eight-foot tall statue of Songbird Serenade from the new ‘My Little Pony: the Movie’ and makeup artists will get you groomed with Cutie Marks and ‘Ponified’ hair & nails! Fans can look forward to a Transformers team Q&A session and a poster giveaway for Transformers: Generations. Following San Diego Comic Con, a limited number of each item will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
Providing Captivating Experiences for Fans of All Ages Across Hasbro’s Iconic Brand Portfolio & Premier Partner Brands with Autograph Signings, Giveaways, Exclusives and Photo Opportunities
The following highlights some of the activities for Hasbro’s brands and licensed properties happening within the Hasbro booth (#3213) and around the convention. San Diego Comic Con attendees are encouraged to check the schedule posted in Hasbro’s information booth each day for updates and follow @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram for the latest happenings within the booth.
The TRANSFORMERS panel, held 11:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, July 20th, will get the collectors excited as the team provides an exclusive glimpse of the latest and greatest toys that have yet to hit shelves from the TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES product line. Fans will also be able to go behind the scenes of the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT film line, as well as the movie Masterpiece Collection. In addition, members of the TRANSFORMERS team will host a Q&A session to answer some of your burning questions.
Other exciting TRANSFORMERS brand booth activities include a poster giveaway for TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS, along with a glimpse at upcoming products across the TRANSFORMERS portfolio.
MY LITTLE PONY
The MY LITTLE PONY brand is returning to Comic-Con this year with extra special activities for everypony as Hasbro anticipates the exciting premiere of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, which will be released by Lionsgate on October 6th. Making her premiere at the Hasbro booth will be a dazzling eight-foot tall statue of Songbird Serenade; fans can get up close to the new character, voiced by singer-songwriter Sia in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Fans can also dive into Seaquestria with a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity or get “Ponified” at the Hasbro booth at special “Ponification Stations” where make-up artists will apply Cutie Marks and “ponified” hair and nails for fans of all ages.
The MY LITTLE PONY panel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. will feature the cast and creatives behind MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE and will include a sneak peek at the upcoming film followed by a Q&A. Word around Equestria is that there may be a surprise guest! After the panel, fans can meet the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGICvoice talent for an autograph signing in the Hasbro booth.
Other exciting MY LITTLE PONY brand booth activities include giveaways each day, nail art demos featuring China Glaze’s new MY LITTLE PONY nail polish collection, autograph signings with voice talent, Little Brown authors and Enjoi Skateboarding artists, a live drawing session with IDW artists, and more.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
This year, MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans will be treated to a series of high profile autograph sessions at the Hasbro Booth with game designer James Wyatt at 4:00 p.m.on Thursday, head designer Mark Rosewater at 10:00 a.m. and artist Tyler Jacobson at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, and artist Brandon Holt at 11:00 a.m.on Saturday. Holt illustrated the screen print of Nicol Bolas, produced in collaboration with Mondo and part of the brand’s Comic-Con exclusive 2017 Planeswalker Pack. The exclusive also includes six Planeswalker cards with artwork from Vincent Proce. The set will retail for $180 and is available at the Hasbro Toy Shop.
Rosewater will also appear at a one-man panel on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 25ABC in which he re-creates his popular blog about MAGIC: THE GATHERING, “Blogatog,” and participates in an audience Q&A.
Hasbro will offer fans several exciting brand experiences surrounding their favorite Super Heroes
and Villains from the MARVEL Universe. On Saturday, July 22nd from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Hasbro and MARVEL will discuss exciting news around Hasbro’s popular MARVEL Legends lineup. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming MARVEL action figures, followed by a Q&A.
Additional Hasbro MARVEL brand booth activities include an autograph session with Joe Quesada – comic book artist and editor, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, and Executive Producer of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and MARVEL’S Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. Joe also provided new original art for Hasbro’s MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 12 INCH DAREDEVIL convention exclusive. There will also be an autograph session with Magic: The Gathering artist Tyler Jacobson also who created the epic packaging art on Hasbro’s MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES BATTLE FOR ASGARD 5-PACK convention exclusive.
Hasbro will share its latest STAR WARS news from a galaxy far, far away with fans from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Friday, July 21st, providing an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings and several fun surprises including a special product reveal. The Hasbro STAR WARS team and designers will also host a Q&A with fans in the audience following the presentation to address the latest product news.
At the Hasbro booth, fans can partake in daily Lightsaber Training, show off their best Star Wars cosplay at the STAR WARS Costume Showcase and will also have the chance to get their hands on a poster giveaway (while supplies last) only available at the Hasbro booth in collaboration with diorama artist Stephen Hayford.
About Hasbro Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institutefor the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
I’m so excited about the upcoming D23 Expo 2017 from July 14 – 16 in Anaheim
Marvel is brining the movies to the Marvel Studios Pavillion with props and costumes from upcoming films … can we say Black Panther <scream>, Thor: Ragnarok and get to play new Marvel Games for mobile and console content with announcement all weekend. I can’t wait to get my hot hands on Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spiderman!
I’m all about Black Panther so D23 is calling my name with the display of costumes of T-Challa as heads home to Wakanda after Captain America: Civil War. It’s good to be king of one’s one African Nation!
Marvel is bringing Thor: Ragnarok pops and costumes as we wait for the film where Thor loses his hammer, has to fight the Incredible Hulk and a race against time to save Asgard before it’s destroyed by the new enemy Hela!
Marvel Studios is bringing more that props, costumes and games they also will have giveaways and events at the pavilion in Hall B. Filmmakers, the development and talent from Marvel will be giving fanboys/fangirls life with special signings and exclusive artwork giveaways!!! It’s going to be three full days of fun so download the D23 Expo App to schedule your days/nights. You can find it now on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
Now hurry up and download the app so that you don’t miss ANYTHING
LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.
Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo,Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes. Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards, Marvel Heroes Omega comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.
Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight. Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.
Marvel Puzzle Questis where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC. Marvel Puzzle Quest combines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more at www.marvelpuzzlequest.com.
Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joeon Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m.in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel! That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.
Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club canpurchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club forfans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through itsquarterly publication, Disneytwenty–three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, followDisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates blend of hip-hop, commentary and animated comics is the re-introduction of an iconic character. The monthly animated comic series which enriches the story Ta-Nehisi is writing has a new track by Kipp stone called ‘100 Black Panthers’.
MARVEL COMICS PROUDLY PRESENTS
“BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET – PART EIGHT”
FEATURING THE WORLD DEBUT OF
“100 BLACK PANTHERS” BY KIPP STONE
“It feels really good having the opportunity to work Marvel,” said Stone. “I have always rocked with Marvel characters when it comes to superheroes, so doing a song that reps Black Panther wasn’t that hard. He stands for what I stand for, solidarity, strength and loyalty.”
Innovative Marvel Video Series Bridges Marvel Comics with Top Music Talent that has stories propelling the mythology of the African hero. Will Ramonda, his surrogate mother recover from the bomb injuries or will her broken body succumb? His sister Shuri has returned from Djalia but is she still herself or something more? A legend or a danger to Black Panther and his people? Marvel’s hero T’Challa, the Black Panther is an exciting series that will keep new and old fans excited and hungry for more after the introduction in the last Avengers film. This series play homage to the classic series I’d read as a kid but with a modern sensibility that shows a an independent African nation with a hero that will defend his people. It’s especially exciting that Marvel has reached out to artists to create original music tied to the video comic book that fans can watch on youtube. I especially like when the artists discuss how the feel about the character and how it fed into the creative process. The image of the Black Panther is so important to many fans of the genre and the Marvel universe is enriched because of the contribution of the writer, artists and musicians. I hope the fans love T’Challa and that the popularity of this series is a catalyst of more comic books and video series representing new diverse characters.
I saw the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie aka MCU: 14 Doctor Strange. I must admit when Marvel announced they were making the film I got SO excited. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a kid and would read the comics.
I must admit I was over the moon imagining whom they would cast as this character that I had loved as a little black girl in Iowa that scoured the comic book shop for characters of color (COC). I decided a long time ago that my Doctor wasn’t black but he wasn’t white either I always thought he was Indian or from Asian country that after his injuries decided to explore the medicine of his ancestors (who he had turned away from as he completely assimilated to American culture) so when they announced they had cast Benedict Cumberbatch I was very upset. Disappointed that once again a character that could have no SHOULD have been a man of color was instead cast with one of the whitest men on the screen. Now in his defense he’s a great actor and I’m a huge fan of Benedict. So I weakly decided to forgive Marvel for that choice since I was sure the Ancient One would be an Asian actor either someone US audiences know already like Jet Li or Daniel Dae Kim or Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa but instead they cast Tilda Swinton freaking TILDA SWINTON the whitest woman in the entire world. mind blown I got so mad that I pledged to not see the film EVER! I was done DONE with the two leads. Even after they cast Chiwetel Ejiofor I was no. But than my friends insisted we see the Suicide Squad and I saw Benedict in the cape I started to yearn for the movie. Despite my pledge to stand strong with my Asian Brothers and Sisters against the whitewashing of the first superhero film that SHOULD have been predominately Asian but I still thought I will not see the film BUT will watch it on HBO or DVD.
But happily I’m on a screening list and got to see a sneak preview of the film with a good blerd chick friend. So lucky you get a review of the film.
So I’m going to go on and say one of the things that I found strange ABOUT Dr. Strange. How the holy freck is a movie that takes place in a mythical Asian country that all of the supporting stars are either WHITE or a Black guy (notice I say GUY as in the ONE). Now they do have two supporting Asian actors one is Wong (Benedict Wong) the librarian and an actor who I can’t even find listed on IMDB <URGH>.
But it’s a solid MCU origin story where you get to know Dr. Strange (and yes you will call him DOCTOR) a hotshot surgeon who’s a bit of a talented douche who likes to take high profile cases that will go in his ‘win’ column so that he can keep collecting awards and money to fund a very expensive Manhattan lifestyle. All that changes when he gets in car accident in his BMW (should have sprung for the self driving) where he mangles his precious surgeon hands but no his mind . This starts him on a path to fix his hands so he can get back to his life as a world class surgeon and so be first tries Western medicine (the best money can buy) before finally deciding that he wants to figure out how a former patient of his rehabilitation nurse was able to get back on his feet (I think releasing personal medical records to prove your right is illegal but let’s just go all in and ignore that too). This path takes him half way across the world to and he begins a journey that eventually leads him to Kamar-Taj (Tibet to everyone else). Once he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) or The White Ghost the story picks up the pace and careens to the final showdown with the big bad. Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is an OK villain seduced by power but despite his being a solid actor I don’t think the part was as fleshed out as I’d have liked and it just felt like so many other villains that he didn’t make that big of an impression. But of course as a nod to diversity he gets a black bestie Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and enigmatic Asian guy Wong (Benedict Wong) who seems to a stick in the mud ‘follow the rules’ type of guy both characters seem to be all about making Dr. Strange a better white superior to all . Did I mention that they justified the Ancient One with a throwaway line of how she’s Gaelic and doesn’t talk about how she got to be the leader .
I don’t want to throw shade but Benedict get a major tan because he’s not as pearly as he normally looks!
At least we have the Black Panther … but my Asian Brothers and Sisters get bupkis with this film. I felt like a kid when I’d watch TV or movies desperately looking for someone who looked like me that were always either in the background or were the hooker or drug dealer. Things have changed but comic book movies still aren’t moving fast enough for me.
“Black Panther #1 drove new fans into stores across the county, topping the sales charts and selling out in two days,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “This series of videos will direct even more eyes toward the most discussed comic book series – and character – of the year.”
Marvel comics is introducing the Black Panther to a new generation of fans with the new spotlight video series. It’s timed with Black Panther on the big screen in the Captain America: Civil War (out Thursday, May 5th) where a lot of people might not know the guy in the all black body suit!
Marvel is showing comic book love as they prepare for his breakout movie in a few years with this tie in with the characters best selling comic book series. This video series merges animation, comic book, narration and commentary for a immersion into his world. It’s a great addition for old fans as well as new that don’t know his backstory.
If you haven’t had a chance to grab Black Panther #1 by The Atlantic national correspondent and National Book Award winner, Ta-Nehisi Coates, accompanied with outstanding art by Brian Stelfreeze that debuted as the best-selling comic for the month of April. Head to your local comic book shop and grab one! It looks gorgeous and is a stunning story for a character that had been put on a back burner by fans who forgot how cool the Black Panther is!
“After decades of great work done on Black Panther — everyone from Reginald Hudlin to Don McGregor to Christopher Priest — it really is an honor to be writing King T’Challa,” says Coates. “Add to that the masterful performance by Chadwick Boseman as the ruler of Wakanda and it really feels like this is Black Panther’s time.”
Once you pick up your copy watch the new video produced by Bow & Arrow and bookmark the page for a monthly release. These new bold hip-hop driven animated videos will present not only Black Panther but his kingdom of Wakanda and his place in the Marvel Universe. It’s time for an all new audience to know this hero who has an origin story unlike any other. The iconic visuals of his costume as well as the vistas of his village looking over his people has always struck a cord within my heart.
So I am very happy that every month fans can enjoy a new “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet”video that will coincide with the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther. The “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet”videos will introduce new and old fans to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series with commentary from Mr. Coates, motion graphics and a entrancing hip-hop score from some of the world’s largest hip-hop acts.
The addition of this video series with a hip hop feel .. hmmm would Marvel’s Super Hero T’Challa, the Black Panther be a hip-hop guy or more jazz with sharp edges .. I’ll let you be the judge of that after watching the series and getting a feel for the character but to me he’s Miles Davis a cool cat who walks his own path in dark smokey rooms!
I didn’t realize that I would want a Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War t-shirt or sweatshirt after seeing the movie but Araca Group is reading my mind with this great selection that will be so convenient after seeing the film! I do love easy impulse buys and the Limited Edition ‘Live Event’ Marvel’s items at select stores has my geek collector senses tingling (did you see the Spiderman reference spidey senses) with commemorative ticket and tour t-shirt. The popups will be available at select retail locations in movie theaters in the continental US selling eleven limited-time products of the ‘Battle Begins’ collections.
I’m already drooling over the limited addition ticket but the artwork will be unique to the popups available 88 locations across North America. Hmm I wonder if my friend up in Canada will want me to pick something up! I know he loves Marvel and the choices between t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats with a custom design for the release of the movie will be popular for any fan even if your more team Scarlet Witch. I hope that the designs include some of my favorite characters that aren’t getting all the merch love they deserve! Check out thebattlebeginsmerchandise.com for specific locations to get your geek fashion on and don’t hesitate since I’m sure certain designs will fly onto our bodies.
“We aim to expand the movie going experience by bringing fans unexpected products in a unique shopping experience” said Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group. “We are thrilled to offer fans limited-time Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War merchandise for the ultimate live-event experience.”
The Pop-Up Retail Locations will open May 6th in theater lobbies for a limited time, so don’t wait to get your Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War products before they are gone.
I’m not sure what I’d like to buy since the selection appeals to my Captain America AND Iron Man side! Arghh I hate to choose only two <guffaw>. I’ve already chosen Team Captain but will have to check on my friends on their choices! What do you want to grab? I want the t-shirt! Leave a comment below…