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If fans are incredibly lucky, they’ll be treated to the briefest of teasers for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in August at the D23 Expo — perhaps a flickering logo with a voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch. Until then, they can whet their appetites with this fun fan-made trailer, which not only references Stephen Strange’s origin, but also gives us a bearded Sorcerer Supreme.
Produced by David Johns, the teaser features both Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton (it was produced before news of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s casting as Baron Mordo), and a plinky rendition of “People Are Strange” that made me smile.
Sure, Stefanos Anagnostopoulos could’ve bought a Joker mask based on Greg Capullo’s Batman design. But why do that when he can simply make his own? Although not from his own skin, of course …
The designer, whom you may remember from that incredible 3D-printed Ant-Man helmet, decided to turn his attention to DC Comics, which led him to Capullo and Scott Snyder’s “Death of the Family” storyline and that gruesome Joker mask.
Manga | Remember when Kadokawa published a manga based on the BBC’s popular Sherlock television series? Well, maybe not, because the manga hasn’t been licensed for English-language countries. But now the first volume has been translated: Kadokawa, the publisher of the original manga, has released a bilingual Japanese and English version of “A Study in Pink” intended for students of English. [Anime News Network]
Conventions | Attendance at ReedPOP’s second annual Special Edition: NYC, held June 6-7, reportedly increased 40 percent from the first year. [Publishers Weekly]
If that $1 million replica of the Dark Knight’s Tumbler is a little outside of your price range, we’ve found a Batmobile that may work within your budget. It just requires a bit of imagination and a lot of bravado.
Jalopnik spotlights a Craigslist entry for a 1991 Geo Tracker convertible that, for reasons not entirely clear, was transformed into a Batmobile perfect for a crime-fighter not overly concerned with striking fear in the hearts of evil-doers.
If we’ve learned anything from two decades of Power Rangers, it’s that Rita Repulsa can ruin just about any occasion, from a first date to a parade to a picnic. So why take a risk with something as important as a wedding?
Ensuring that Goldar, Baboo and Squatt wouldn’t show up to spoil their special day, bride and groom Nawwal and Ameerul enlisted the Power Rangers to stand guard at their ceremony, held Saturday in Rawang, Malaysia. Ameerul in his navy suit and Nawwal in her white gown passed between the eight superpowered sentinels as they walked down the aisle; they also accompanied the couple to their reception, keeping a lookout for any signs of Rita and her minions.
If neither Cerebro nor the Eye of Agamatto can provide the information you’re looking for, it’s time to turn to iMarvel.
Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto V reached a couple of milestones this week, with shipments of the action-adventure game approaching 52 million, and the introduction of its first Superman mod.
A mere five weeks after the game was released for PC, one enterprising player created his first mod, replacing one of the three protagonists, Trevor Phillips, with the Man of Steel. While it’s not a complete conversion, it does feature a costume-clad Superman who can punch and kick cars across the street and even take flight. He may want to work on that landing, however.
The second Legoland hotel in the United States (the first opened in 2013 at Legoland California Resort, the 152-room structure introduces new features unique to the 150-acre Winter Haven, Florida, park: LEGO Friends-themed rooms, designed specifically to appeal to girls (that’s in addition to pirate, kingdom, adventure rooms), and a daily Master Model Builder Workshop, which allows guests to build alongside professional model makers.
Tony Stark, meet your newest — and possibly fiercest — rival: 26-year-old Xing Yile, a middle-school art teacher from China’s Henan province.
After seeing a trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Xing and some friends decided to recreate Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. According to Business Insider, they worked for two months in an underground parking garage in Zhengzhou, assembling the 11-foot-tall replica out of more than 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components.
Comics | More than 3,000 copies of the comic book Brink City Special Edition: Kids Lives Matter will be distributed to children in Cleveland to promote gun safety and encourage toy gun buy-back programs. Just last November, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed in Cleveland by a police officer who mistook his airsoft pistol for a real one. Funded by private foundations, the comic was produced by the Rid-All Green Partnership. [Fox 8]
Passings | Mennonite cartoonist Joel Kauffmann, creator of the religious-humor strip Pontius’ Puddle, died last week at age 64. The son of a Mennonite pastor, Kauffmann grew up on a farm in Hopedale, Illinois, and started drawing early: “He was always drawing wherever he was, including the many hours he spent in church,” said his sister, Mary Kauffmann-Kanel. Pontius’ Puddle ran for over 30 years in over 200 publications; Kauffmann also wrote the screenplay for the movie The Radicals, which told the story of two early leaders of the Anabaptist movement, and he was producing content for the Museum of the Bible project funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. [Mennonite World Review]
Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
That recent “Saturday Night Live” parody is the closest we’re likely to get anytime soon to a Black Widow movie. However, while fans wait (and wait and wait), they can enjoy this beautiful imagined title sequence created by Christopher Haley as a final project for his After Effect class.
Set to the sound of Portishead’s “Sour Times,” the animated sequence suggests the influence of Maurice Binder and Saul Bass, with bold graphic elements in red, black and white. And Haley doesn’t stop with envisioning a cast –Scarlett Johansson is joined by Rosamund Pike as Yelena Belova, Samuli Edelmann as Red Guardian, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May — he also dreams up a premise:
Fan-favorite Walking Dead character Daryl Dixon goes solo in this stop-motion animated LEGO short by Marc-Andre Caron (aka “MonsieurCaron”).
The wordless and surprisingly bloody (well, for LEGO) video follows Daryl as he takes a detour into the forest to investigate smoke, only to discover a man besieged by walkers. “It’s not really a Walking Dead story,” Caron explains, “more of an homage to Norman Reedus character and the zombie genre.”
With the announcement of the first new “Dragon Ball” television series in 18 years, fans are undoubtedly feeling a bit nostalgic. If you’re one of them, there may be no better — or faster — trip down memory lane than this lovely animated tribute to Akira Toriyama’s creation.
Produced by Arnaud Labbé, Thomas Lebascle, Daniel Savy and Sophie Schweitzer of Collectif Plissken, the three-minute “Journey Through Dragon Ball” is exactly what the title suggests: a quirky, fast-paced survey of three decades’ worth of story arc. The Daily Dot refers to it as “whimsical,” and I can’t think of a better word to describe it.
LEGO enthusiast Michael of MGF Customs/Reviews undertook a daunting task: to create custom “upgraded” minifigs based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was time-consuming task, but as you can see in the lengthy showcase video below, the results are impressive.
Michael overlooked no detail in creating everyone from Captain America and Black Widow to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Ultron and The Vision. However, for the incredible Hulkbuster figure, he turned to Legohaulic.