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Marvel and Disney hope to reach a broader audience with products tied to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which means more items that appeal to women and fans of individual superheroes.
“For the first film, we primarily focused on the Avengers property and the group shots,” Paul Gitter, Disney Consumer Products’ senior vice president of Marvel licensing, tells Variety. “Now we’re broadening the line and scope to create SKUs that focus on the team and the individuals characters, as well.”
Not content with its conquest of cinemas and the direct market, Marvel has now turned its attention to home appliances. Small appliances, but still …
Soon, fans will be able to eat waffles emblazoned with Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s mask, Captain America’s shield and Hulk’s fist, prepared — where else? — in an Avengers-themed waffle maker from Select Brands. The company is also developing Marvel-inspired toasters, single-serve coffeemakers and more.
After losing one lawsuit after another in its eight-year battle for many of Marvel’s most famous characters, Stan Lee Media is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for a reversal of fortune.
In a filing made public Friday, and first reported by Law360, the failed dot-com asked the justices to revive its lawsuit against co-founder and namesake Stan Lee, arguing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in its October dismissal.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come to us from Mendoza, Argentina, as Eduardo shares his collection of comics and graphic novels, as well as Star Wars memorabilia, Disney statues and a whole lot more.
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It’s usually the local television meteorologist who bears the brunt of criticism when the weather turns bad, but authorities in Harlan, Kentucky, know exactly who to blame for the arctic chill gripping the eastern United States: Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.
On Wednesday, the Harlan City Police Department issued an “all points bulletin” calling for the arrest of Queen Elsa of Arendelle.
“Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song ‘Let it Go!'” reads a post on the department’s Facebook page. “As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend her alone.”
No matter how hectic or crappy your day is, the two minutes or so you spend watching this video will make it infinitely better.
As part of its “Show Your Disney Side” promotional campaign, Walt Disney World Resort surprised shoppers at a Long Island, New York, mall with a hidden-camera prank. As the unsuspecting visitors pass by the covered glass of the “Umbra Penumbra Magic Shop,” they’re surprised to see they cast some awfully familiar shadows — Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Anna and Cinderella, among them (umbra and penumbra are two parts of a shadow).
The manga adaptation of Disney’s Big Hero 6 will conclude with the March 20 issue of Kodansha’s Magazine Special magazine, Anime News Network reports.
Announced in July, the manga by Haruki Ueno marks the first time Disney has used a full-fledged series, rather than a one-off story, to promote a movie release in Japan. Called Baymax, after the film’s Japanese title, the adaptation debuted Aug. 20, following a preview.
You’ll soon be able to enjoy a little time in the sun with Darth Vader and Chewbacca on a Disney cruise ship.
Early next year, Disney Cruise Line will offer a “Star Wars Day at Sea” during eight Western Caribbean voyages of the Disney Fantasy.
Targeting “Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike,” each of the one-day celebrations will include a deck party, meet-and-greets with characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Boba Fett, a Jedi Training Academy for kids, and screenings of all six Star Wars films and the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.
Placing what very well could be the final lump of coal in Stan Lee Media’s stocking, another federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the failed dot-com can’t claim ownership of the Marvel characters co-created by its namesake.
As ROBOT 6 readers are well aware, the litigious shareholders of Stan Lee Media have long insisted that between August 1998, when Marvel terminated Stan Lee’s $1 million-a-year lifetime contract, and November 1998, when he entered into a new agreement, the legendary writer signed over to Stan Lee Entertainment (later Stan Lee Media) his likeness and the rights to all of the characters he co-created.
New concept art has debuted for the Shanghai Disney Resort, revealing plans for a Toy Story-themed hotel.
Released on Disney Insider, the images provide an overview of the resort, which will include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, two hotels and a shopping, dining and entertainment district called Disneytown (complete with Walt Disney Grand Theatre).
Eighty-six years ago today, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie,” the 1928 animated short that helped to launch an entertainment empire (their actual first appearance was in a May 1928 test screening of “Plane Crazy”).
To celebrate the occasion, Biography has released a history of Mickey Mouse (sorry, Minnie), highlighting the iconic character’s origins, his 1935 makeover, and his promotional role during World War II.
Disney, meanwhile, sent a rickshaw-driving Mickey on a trip across India for his birthday in a new animated short called “Mickey Mumbai Madness,” which debuted today on Disney Channel India (you can watch it below, along with “Steamboat Willie”).
Black Widow and Hawkeye made their Disney Parks debut over the weekend, appearing at Disneyland for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the were joined at the event by Thor, Captain America and a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
If you missed them, you may be out of luck, as Disney’s Shawn Slater there are no plans for Black Widow and Hawkeye to visit Disneyland on a regular basis. However, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man maintain a presence at Innovations in Tomorrowland (interestingly, ROBOT 6’s J.K. Parkin noted that Iron Man was nowhere to be seen at the Half Marathon).
If James Spader’s unsettling recitation of “I’ve Got No Strings” in the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser left you reexamining your feelings about Disney’s Pinocchio, you’re definitely not alone.
However, the homicidal robot’s path of destruction doesn’t stop there: In the new animated parody from How It Should Have Ended, Ultron proceeds to stomp out any warm memories you may have of Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King and even Frozen. Clearly, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are powerless in the face of this threat.
Still reeling from its loss Wednesday in the Ninth Circuit, Stan Lee Media today suffered another defeat in Pennsylvania, where a federal judge ruled the failed dot-com can’t insert itself into Disney’s dispute with a theater company by asserting ownership of Spider-Man.
As you may recall, Disney in September 2013 sued Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based American Music Theatre, claiming its musical revue Broadway: Now and Forever used unlicensed elements Spider-Man, Mary Poppins and The Lion King. However, as Disney’s attorneys later noted, that “simple case” was “transmogrified” when the theater announced it had retroactively licensed Spider-Man … from Stan Lee Media.
That conveniently opened the door for the company to sue Disney, seeking a jury trial regarding ownership of Spider-Man, an issue Stan Lee Media argued had never been directly addressed by any court. It was certainly a creative maneuver using one of the few potential paths left to pursue its fight with Marvel and Disney (a clearly annoyed judge had warned in September 2013 that any attempt to amend its previous lawsuit against the House of Mouse would be “futile”).