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Howard the Duck gets a shot at a reboot in this remixed trailer

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Maybe — just maybe — when Howard the Duck made a cameo last year in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel wasn’t merely dropping an Easter egg to reward longtime fans but instead laying the groundwork for a solo movie. It’s been nearly three decades since his last film; Howard’s rested and ready to go!

Vulture imagines his triumphant return to a starring role in this “remixed” trailer by Louis Plamondon that plunks Howard down squarely in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Judging from the release date, he’ll have to usurp Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2, but stranger things have happened. OK, no they haven’t.

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Comics A.M. | Edinburgh Zoo names Cartoonist in Residence

By Cameron McPhail and the Kartoon Faktory

By Cameron McPhail and the Kartoon Faktory

Creators | The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has named its first Cartoonist in Residence: Cameron McPhail, who left his job in 2002 as chief executive of wealth management at the Royal Bank of Scotland  to become a full-time cartoonist. He and his colleagues in the Kartoon Faktory collective will produce books about the animals in the zoo and possibly a comic strip as well. [Edinburgh News]

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Thor drops the hammer on zombie Hulk in animated fan short

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Thor and the Incredible Hulk have faced each other on so many occasions that it’s virtually impossible to keep count (although I’m sure somewhere there’s an intrepid fan who knows the exact number), but it’s safe to say this new animated short is the first time Marvel’s new Thor has fought zombie Hulk.

The work of Milton Pool of Miltonius Arts, the video is a little heavy on fan service, with Thor (or “She Thor,” as he refers to her) clad in a costume apparently deemed too skimpy by Red Sonja. However, the short possesses an undeniable frenetic appeal, with a story — OK, there’s not really a story: Thor smashes some zombie skulls, only to be confronted by an undead Hulk.

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Quicksilver action figure races in for Hot Toys’ official reveal

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After teasing collectors a couple of weeks ago with a tantalizing glimpse from Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong, Hot Toys has officially revealed its Avengers: Age of Ultron Quicksilver figure in a series of photos that features some familiar faces. (Ahem: Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Hawkeye figures sold separately.)

With the release of the 1/6th-scale Pietro Maximoff figure, presumably sometime early next year, Hot Toys’ Age of Ultron team will be complete.

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It’s Stan Lee vs. Jim Henson (and Kermit) in an Epic Rap Battle

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Forget Drake vs. Meek Mill, the greatest rap beef of our time is clearly between Stan Lee and Jim Henson.

In the latest installment of “Epic Rap Battles of History,” the co-creator of the Marvel Universe and the father of the Muppets (or at least a couple of guys who look sort of like them) settle old grudges by spitting mad rhymes.

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Here’s how to create your own Iron Man arc reactor

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Dustin McLean of “DIY Prop Shop,” who only recently demonstrated how to create a hoverboard like the one from Back to the Future Part II, is back, this time to reveal the secrets of Iron Man‘s arc reactor. Not a working arc reactor, mind you (I’m not sure the local hardware store even carries those parts), but rather a pretty convincing replica.

The cost? About $39.

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The Fifth Color | Mythology, Marvel and what makes a superhero

Hercules by Luke RossMarvel announced this week that as part of its “All New, All Different,” post-Secret Wars lineup, a new Hercules series will debut from writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. That’s awesome for many reasons, not the least of which is because Ross will set the tone, for sure, as his art has a clean, classic style that wouldn’t be out of place on a major title, as evidenced by his work on Captain America.

However, there’s a rhythm to his storytelling that goes beyond just choreographing big fight scenes and powerful figures. He can do everything form subtle humor to weightier emotional beats that tell me, even from the initial design work, that this title is going to be a different kind of Herc than we’ve seen before. Gone is the little Grecian wrap around the waist as Ross has updated the demigod.

However, that cocky smile remains.

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Hot Toys’ ‘Age of Ultron’ Hulkbuster gets a serious upgrade

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When Hot Toys teased it had more in store for its previously announced 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster figure, that wasn’t mere marketing hype. And this morning there are photos to prove it.

The company has revealed “upgrades” to the nearly 21-inch figure that include two more interchangeable neck-armor parts that allow the Hulkbuster to be displayed in different stages of suiting up, an interchangeable battle battle-damaged chest armor plate, and improved arm, legs and feet articulations.

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Black Widow Play Arts figure comes out with weapons drawn

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While Comic-Con International attendees got a glimpse of the unpainted prototype at the Square Enix booth, no one had seen the completed Play Arts Variant Black Widow action figure, until now.

Square Enix has unveiled the first two official photos of the upcoming figures, but has yet to provide any details. We can see from the images that Black Widow will come equipped with (for starters) two pistols, interchangeable hands and a blast effect for her “Widow’s Bite.” Plus, whatever those spiky things are at her elbows.

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‘X-Men’ fans give Emma Frost an overdue fashion makeover

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Emma Frost’s 35-year history has been marked by a series of corset calamities, with the former White Queen routinely clad (if barely) in fetish gear, impossibly high heels and/or cleavage-exposing tops. Empowering? Eh, maybe. Dated? Probably. Impractical? Definitely.

Inspired by a recent ComicsAlliance article about the character’s wardrobe, Terry Blas has launched the Emma Frost Fashion Redesign Project, which is exactly what it sounds like: a blog devoted to fan reinterpretations of the White Queen’s look.

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Here’s how those impressive Hot Toys figures are made

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Although this brief video from The Story Plus certainly won’t answer all of your questions about Hot Toys, it offers a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the collectible company’s production facilities.

JC Hong, president of Hot Toys production in South Korea, breaks down the laborious process of creating the often startlingly life-like action figures based on the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Dark Knight and other blockbusters.

“It’s always a hard challenge,” he explains, “like giving birth to a new child.”

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These Marvel Minions mash-ups are bananas

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Clearly Indonesian artist Soegimitro really likes the inescapable little yellow animated stars of Minions. He is, after all, the guy who mashed them up with Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” a couple of years ago. After countless other curious crossovers that saw the henchmen paired with characters from Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, Soegimitro has produced what are perhaps his best mash-ups yet.

Presented as posters for Ant-Man — excuse me, Ant-Minion — the series provides a look at a who’s who of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Minion form, and even offers an early look at Spider-Man. Or is that Spider-Minion?

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Let Baymax be your personal bedtime companion (seriously, he’s a bed)

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Are you satisfied with your care? OK, then how about your sleep? If not, then this adorable Baymax bed may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Better still, it will never deactivate.

Sold by Japanese online retailer DeNA Shopping, the “Baymax Stuffed Animal Sofa Sofa Bed BAYMAX Bed” — honestly, that’s what it’s called! — is a whopping seven and a half feet of adorableness. Made from polypropylene fiber, it’s pliable, allowing you to lay it flat, sit it up or even wrap yourself in a hug from the breakout star of Disney’s Big Hero 6.

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Yes, Hot Toys will release a Quicksilver figure — and here’s proof

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Just when it seemed we might never see an Avengers: Age of Ultron Quicksilver collectible figure from Hot Toys, a prototype has been spotted in the wild — or, rather, at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong — alongside Nick Fury and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax the Destroyer.

There’s no word yet when the 1/6th-scale Quicksilver figure, based on the likeness of actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will be available, but considering the recently revealed Scarlet Witch isn’t expected to ship until the end of this year or the beginning of the next, we may be waiting a while.

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Watch a mighty Thor puppet teach the art of ‘Thorigami’

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Marvel’s god of thunder has always had a penchant for flowery, if antiquated, speech, but as we learn in this new video from Glove and Boots, he also has a fondness for origami and (regrettably) puns.

Titled, somewhat appropriately, “Thorigami,” the segment features a boisterous puppet version of the mighty Thor demonstrating how to create a paper swan … using only Mjolnir and his godly determination. And possibly some off-camera help from Loki.

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