Paul Bettany Talks "Age of Ultron," Working with James Spader & More
Tired of being taunted by a pair of apparently free-roaming (and clearly evil) parakeets, a cat named Prince Michael turns to science in this video from filmmaker Aaron Benitez. When that fails him, he finds inspiration in Marvel’s Iron Man 2, and with the help of Benitez becomes … Iron Cat.
“No cats or birds were harmed” in the making of the video, the filmmaker assures, but that’s probably only because Prince Michael isn’t equipped with repulsor rays.
There’s been a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional material, but there may not be anything quite as distinctive and as capable of holding large amounts of beverages as this Australian souvenir cup, shared by on Instagram by Tim Dillon, Marvel Studios’ executive director of marketing.
Shaped like the iconic Avengers “A,” it’s perfect for grabbing with two hands as you excitedly slurp down Coke Zero while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attempt to fend off Ultron’s minions.
Virtually everybody wants to forget 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but no one more than Deadpool, who became virtually unrecognizable as an optic blast-firing, teleporting killing machine.
And in this new “Minute Match-Up” from Ismahawk, Wade Wilson is determined to make sure his discount doppelganger doesn’t resurface to mar his upcoming solo film. Weapon XI doesn’t stand a chance.
Never mind the movie posters and original action figures (still in their boxes, naturally!), no Star Wars fan’s home is complete without this incredible R2-D2 coffee table. Did I mention it houses an original 1991 Star Wars pinball game?
Altar Furniture is selling this unique piece, which rolls on wheels and comes equipped with a flashlight, sounds (chirps and whistles), lighting program and miniature slide projector that shows an image of R2-D2 inside the Death Star.
Coinciding with the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Diamond Select Toys has unveiled the Marvel Select Hulkbuster, available exclusively from the Marvel Shop and Disney Store.
Unlike most of the Hulkbuster action figures we’ve seen over the past few months, this one isn’t inspired by the Iron Man armor seen in the Marvel Studios sequel. Instead, it’s based on the comic-book version, which debuted in 1994 in Iron Man #304.
If you had dreams of being a superhero, you better aim to be bitten by a radioactive spider, exposed to gamma radiation or recruited by a secret government program, because there’s no way you can afford to become Iron Man.
A new video from Super Comic Fun Time uses some pretty solid real-world prices, ranging from Bill Gates’ house to Japan’s K computer to the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, to arrive at a price for living like Tony Stark — clothes, Stark Tower, multiple Iron Man suits, the works.
Passings | Inker Rick Ketcham has passed away. Details are sparse, but Ketcham’s Facebook quickly filled with tributes from friends and colleagues who hailed his kindness, his professionalism, and his willingness to mentor others. Ketcham worked on a number of titles for DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image Comics and other publishers, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, G.I. Joe, New X-Men, Runaways and Venom. [Tsunami Studios Facebook]
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when you can stock up on free comics, while Tuesday was National Superhero Day, when you could’ve … loaded up on free doughnuts. But today? It’s Batman Day. Apparently.
Sure, DC Comics long ago established Feb. 19 as Bruce Wayne’s birthday, and then just last year declared July 23 as “Batman Day” as part of the promotional celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. However, this Batman Day is set aside to honor the anniversary of the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27, covered-dated May 1939.
In what we can only hope is a preview of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, Beat Down Boogie delivers a tribute to those horribly dubbed martial-arts films of the 1970s and ’80s that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers in an epic face-off.
If Marvel doesn’t incorporate techniques like “Iron Fist,” “Bald Eagle Claw” and “Drunken Playboy Style” into its comics and films, then they’re missing out.
Although Convergence races on, it’s not DC Comics’ only cosmically minded title. This week brought a couple more takes on everyone’s favorite bit of heavenly housekeeping, as Justice League #40 kicks off “Darkseid War” and The Multiversity #2 concludes Grant Morrison’s meta-epic. Each makes clear connections to Crisis on Infinite Earths (and thus, by extension, to DC’s pre-Crisis output), and each reflects its writer’s philosophy.
However, where one extols the virtues of infinite creative diversity, the other focuses on the cyclical nature of it all. Today we’ll see which issue uses its approach more effectively.
SPOILERS for both issues, of course …
Teased in February at Toy Fair 2015, Square Enix’s Batman: Arkham Knight Harley Quinn Play Arts Kai action figure is at last officially unveiled in a series of new photos.
Based of course on the upcoming video game from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the highly detailed 6-inch figure boasts three pairs of interchangeable hands, two head sculpts, interchangeable ponytails, a police hat, a pistol, a candy-striped baseball bat and a display stand.
And a new website is looking to bring together webcomic creators under one roof to build an audience and a business for them.
Describes as a “curated not-for-profit comic-sharing” website, Zco.mx was inspired by the community nature of artist-oriented conventions like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Using a straightforward web design (both for readers and participating cartoonists), Zco.mx aims to provide a hassle-free, high-quality anthology-like approach to webcomics, in part by using file-sharing systems like BitTorrent.
Superheroes sprang from the era of pulp icons like The Phantom and Doc Savage, and now cartoonist Chris Schweizer has some of today’s most popular costumed characters back to their roots.
In a project undertaken just for fun, the creator of The Crogan Adventures imagined some of the Avengers and X-Men as they might’ve appeared in the 1920s and 1930s in a series called “Marvel Pulp.”
I hope it was by design that DC Comics released both The Multiversity #2 and Justice League #40 on the same day the two-month Convergence event reached its halfway point. However, it’s difficult to identify a plan in the publisher devoting the bulk of its output for the final week of April to three unrelated stories about the Multiverse. DC released 18 comics this week, and, of those, just five had nothing to do with its Multiverse.
If you haven’t been reading any of those titles — and if you haven’t, I’m afraid you’re not going to find this review terribly engaging — here’s a quick reminder of what’s going on in those three stories about the Multiverse:
When her high school was failed by an “awful” prom theme — “Sweet Dreams (or Candy Land)” could only be the work of Ra’s al Ghul — Danielle Taylor set out to make things right … by attending in a dress inspired by Arrow.
In a Facebook post written to series star Stephen Amell, Taylor showcases photos of herself in an emerald-green gown, hood and matching sneakers (for a round of after-prom crimefighting, undoubtedly), and carrying a bow. Her friend Ashlyn, dressed in red, stood in for The Flash.