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Helmets for Thor, Loki, and Odin? Sure. Captain America’s shield (see below)? Stands to reason. After all, these are key props from Marvel’s next two potential blockbuster movies, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. But at Marvel’s booth at the San Diego Comic-Con today, the Infinity Gauntlet was reavealed in all its giant-sized glory. And now, let the speculation commence …
(via Agent M)
Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, once upon a time, was “big movie day” at the con … back before every day became big movie day at the con. Still, today somewhat lived up to its reputation for being eventful, as the Avengers assembled on stage, Green Lantern movie footage was shown and one poor fan was stabbed in the eye while attending programming in Hall H, where several of the big movie panels took place. The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center, while his attacker was taken away by police after attendees detained him.
In happier news, here’s what was announced on the comics front:
• Marvel Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada confirmed that Marvel is “gonna be doing some CrossGen stuff.” CrossGen, which published numerous titles like Sojourn, Way of the Rat, Abadazad and Meridian starting 1998, went bankrupt in 2004. Disney bought their assets that same year.
Their titles covered many different genres, from fantasy to horror to detective stories. “I think with the CrossGen stuff you’re going to see us attempt a little more genre publishing, which I think is much-needed in our imprint,” Quesada said. No word yet on what properties they plan to bring back.
• Kurt Busiek announced that American Gothic, the urban fantasy comic announced at last year’s WildStorm panel, will now be called Witchlands. The series will be drawn by Connor Willumson. Busiek is also working on an Arrowsmith novel titled Arrowsmith: Far from the Fields We Know, which will include illustrations by Carlos Pacheco.
Comic-Con International in San Diego doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but they are hosting a preview night tonight. And not surprisingly, there were some announcements today, albeit not as many as we’ve seen on Wednesday in years past — or at least not as many as I remember on Wednesdays from years past. Maybe the fact that we’ve had so many announcements leading up to Comic-Con over the last week or so led to a quieter pre-con Wednesday. I won’t complain; instead, let’s see what was announced …
• BOOM! Studios announced at a press conference this afternoon that writers Paul Cornell and Chris Roberson would join Mark Waid as the trio of writers working with Stan Lee on a new line of comics. Cornell and artist Javier Pina will bring Soldier Zero to life in October, Mark Waid and Chad Hardin will tackle The Traveler in November, and Chris Roberson and Khary Randolph’s Starborn debuts in December.
Sometimes covering comics-related news gets Harry Dean Stanton’s gut-wrenching cry from Red Dawn — “AVENGE MEEEEE!” — stuck in my head. Today’s one of those days.
First up: First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston has been making the rounds in support of his new horror remake The Wolfman, and that means the nerd press has been wringing info out of him about his upcoming take on Marvel’s most patriotic hero. So far, we’ve learned that the film’s villain will be the Red Skull, that the previously promised World War II-era superteam the Invaders will in fact play a major role throughout the film’s entire second half (via), and that Cap will, uh, perform for the USO (via). Here’s hoping Bob Hope brings him out in a bathing suit and tells the troops “I just wanted you boys to see what we’re fighting for.”
Second, as you’ve seen on CBR, today Marvel announced the May launch of Secret Avengers, a new series written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Mike Deodato. Unlike the promo images unleashed by the company for Brian Michael Bendis & John Romita Jr.’s adjectiveless Avengers last week, this one is just a silhouette of a crouchy superhero — leading candidates around the Internerd appear to be Spider-Man, the Beast, Black Panther and Gorilla Man after a few months on Jenny Craig.