The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.
German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who last month showed us how to unleash an angry Hulk from within a BMW X6 simply by adding water, has turned his attention to another of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Captain America.
Using a thermochromic paint layer applied over his original artwork, he’s transformed a Lamborghini Gallardo into what he’s dubbed “The First Avenger.” Exposed to warm water, the car’s seemingly standard paint job gives way to Captain America and an appropriately star-spangled motif.
After countless defeats at the hands of his arch-nemesis over the past 75 years, The Joker finally discovers the secret to defeating the Batman: more firepower. Or does he?
In this amazing stop-motion short, created by counter656 over the course of 20 days using nearly 3,500 images, S.H. Figuarts versions of the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime go at it, mano a mano, until the supervillain calls in the big guns — a trio of Gundams.
LEGO has added one more item to the rapidly growing list of must-have exclusives from Comic-Con International: the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sam Wilson Captain America minifigure.
However, you won’t simply be able to walk up to the LEGO booth and buy it. No, USA Today reports the limited-edition figure is one of the toymaker’s giveaways; winners will be drawn each day during the July 8-12 convention.
If you thought “Captain America” star Chris Evans couldn’t get any more adorable, you’re about to be shown just how wrong you are.
His younger brother Scott Evans, an actor known for his work on “One Life to Live” and for his appearances with Chris on “The Tonight Show” and elsewhere, has posted a video of the two of them singing the James Taylor classic “Fire and Rain.” What’s more, Chris accompanies on piano, smiling sheepishly as each of them messes up.
Hot Wheels, whose relationship with Marvel dates back to 1979, is teaming with the publisher for a Comic-Con International-exclusive Secret Wars Character Car 3-Pack.
Available for preorder at MattyCollector.com, it features die-cast cars representing Miles Morales, Superior Iron Man and Sam Wilson’s Captain America, each with is own window-box display with custom art by Jim Cheung, plus a book-style slipcase.
QWERTY is fine and all, but after a 142-year reign, it may be time for GEEKY to inherit the keyboard throne.
A company called GeekKeys offers a selection of plastic and metal key caps inspired by comic books, movies, television video games and more, from The Avengers to Star Wars to Big Hero 6.
When Electronic Arts shuttered EA Chicago in late 2007, the plug was pulled on an unfinished Marvel fighting game that had languished in development for some time. The big selling point of the game, as Polygon recounted in this 2013 overview, was the ability for players to wreak havoc on their surroundings, bringing down buildings, statues and elevated trains as the characters exchanged blows. It was so big, the rumor was that the game would be called Marvel: Destruction.
In times of financial crisis, the world turns to colorful comic-book heroes and villains in this series by Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti.
For “Facebank,” Rabatti reworked graphic elements of banknotes from U.S., British and Chinese currency to merge George Washington and Mao Zedong to create Spider-Man, Queen Elizabeth II and Zedong to make Wolverine and Catwoman, and Abraham Lincoln and Zedong come together to form Batman, and so on. Clearly the takeaway here is that Mao Zedong is incredibly versatile.
ThinkGeek may have just won the competition for best Avengers: Age of Ultron licensed product — lord knows there’s enough of them — with this ingenious Captain America Shield Backpack. It’s a shield and a backpack!
Measuring 18 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches deep, it’s clearly designed for kids and adults — at least those adults who can pull off walking around with Captain America’s shield strapped to their backs. The shield is plastic, rather than a vibranium-adamantium alloy (undoubtedly to keep down costs), but that should be enough to protect the contents within.
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.
Those impressive life-size Marvel Cinematic Universe statues will soon be available in North America, for the right price.
Bluefin Distribution has announced an exclusive agreement with Taiwan’s Beast Kingdom Toys to offer a lineup of 1:1-scale fiberglass replicas that includes the Hulkbuster, Hulk, Iron Man Mark XLIII, War Machine and Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Mark XLII and Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3.
By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.
Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.
The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.
Enter Post-It notes.
Bandai has officially unveiled its Figuarts line of action figures for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which apparently doesn’t include Black Widow or Hawkeye. However, along with the previously revealed Iron Man Mark 43, there’s those stalwarts Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, as well as the Iron Man Mark 45 variant.
The fully poseable figures come with interchangeable heads and hands. Iron Man Mark 43 arrives next month, but you’ll have to wait until August for the variant. Captain America and the Hulk go on sale in July, followed by Thor in September.