IDWs Marvel Action comics starts with Captain Marvel

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the latest addition to their Marvel Action line of comics aimed at middle grade readers: Captain Marvel! From the stellar creative team of writer Sam Maggs (Marvel: Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World), artist Sweeney Boo (My Little Pony), and colorist Brittany Peer, the first thrilling chapter hits stores in August!

Carol Danvers’ quiet night with BFF Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) takes a catastrophic turn when Manhattan’s bodegas are suddenly overrun by a host of angry felines! And not just any felines—Flerkens, the most terrifying, pocket-dimension-holding, tentacle-devouring kitty-look-alikes in the entire universe! Can Captain Marvel overcome the formidable foes before it’s too late?

“I feel so privileged to help launch Captain Marvel’s solo title for Marvel Action,” says Sam Maggs. “Carol has always been my favorite super hero; I love how she’s truly come into her own, culturally, and is finally being widely-recognized as the star that she is. Being able to write for Carol is the most exciting and terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t wait to share this arc with everyone!”

Sweeney Boo says, “This comic is for everyone! If you have seen Captain Marvel’s movie and want more of her, and if you are a cat lover, this is definitely for you. This title has everything – it’s funny and sweet, it has powerful moments, and it’s absolute cat madness!”

“Working with Sam and Sweeney on a story featuring one of the most iconic super heroes of our time has been a dream,” says Megan Brown, assistant editor. “I adore Carol — she’s strong, capable, funny, and someone that anyone can look up to. In Marvel Action, we’re also highlighting the strength of her friendship with Jessica Drew, and it’s been such a positive, uplifting experience bringing this rock-solid bond between two absolutely amazing ladies to life.”

Spider-Man Far From Home – IMAX!

Spider-Man™: Far From Home Will Be Specially Formatted For IMAX Cinemas!

IMAX have announced Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home will feature select sequences specially formatted for IMAX cinemas. IMAX fans will experience Spider-Man to the fullest and see 26% more picture from your friendly neighbourhood superhero when he swings into IMAX cinemas July 2nd!

The IMAX release of Spider-Man: Far From Home will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized cinema geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will transport fans into the action like no other movie-going environment can. Fans can get their IMAX tickets here

About Spider-Man™: Far From Home

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Directed by Jon Watts. Written by McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

ENDGAME SPOILERS in the Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer. – You have been warned!!!

Make The Most Of Avengers: End Game – See it in IMAX

Seeing Avengers: End Game in IMAX means that audiences will get to experience the full scale and emotion of this finale – the way the Russo Brothers intended. The crystal-clear images will fill the IMAX screen for the entire film, showing up to 26% more picture than audiences would see in standard cinemas. Add IMAX’s heart-pounding audio to the mix, and this is one cinematic event that fans cannot afford to miss.

Fans in mind we have some Questions and Answers with Endgame’s Russo Brothers:

To get your tickets to see AVENGERS: ENDGAME in IMAX, please visit IMAX AVENGERS TICKETS

About the IMAX Cameras

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo utilised the ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera to film AVENGERS: ENDGAME. It is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The camera, when combined with IMAX’s digital re-mastering process, delivers the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colours and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast. This camera is no stranger to the world of superheroes as it was first used by the Russo Brothers to shoot the airport battle sequence of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and again for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (in its entirety).

For more information about IMAX, visit www.imax.com.

New MARVEL Exhibition in London

Our friends at Marvel have recently announced a new interactive experience where fans of the popular movie franchise can “become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline”.

S.TA.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for ‘Science Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network’. This offers the opportunity for Marvel fans of all ages to explore the workings and backstory of every original Avenger as they train to be an agent at S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The training allows the fans to have the opportunity to connect with and interact with props and characters from the films. Some of the highlights include:

  • Thors Suit Avengers Marvel Station LondonStep inside the Thor observatory – dedicated to Thor Odinson, King of Asgard and son of Odin. Test your worthiness by attempting to lift Thor’s hammer, view Thor’s outfits, Mjolnir and study the universe and its current parameters using NASA’S eye on the exoplanets program.
  • Check out Captain America’s personnel file and explore the cutting-edge science that made Steve Rogers into Captain America.
  • Iron Man Engineering Bay – trainee agents have the chance to not only get up close and personal with Iron Man’s iconic suits of armour but also experience what simulated flight inside the suit would be like.
  • Ever wondered what Bruce Banners Lab looks like? Explore the Bio Lab transformation of Dr Banners superior brain as he morphs into The Hulk.

Honestly, having a go at flying one of Tony Stark’s suits? Count me in.

Avengers Age Of Ultron Vision's CradelThis London experience also includes never before seen displays on Black Panther, The Wasp and Thanos.

Booking/attendance information:

-You must arrive a couple of minutes ahead of your chosen timeslot.
-The booked timeslot is a 30 minutes window in which the experience will start and groups will enter every 10 minutes.
-The full main experience lasts around 70 minutes once you have entered. It is advised you allow 2 hours for your full experience.
-Location: This will all be located at the ExCeL in London, between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.

Full details are on the www.avengersstation.co.uk website…

Will we see you there?

 

MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Video

(All images from www.avengersstation.co.uk)

New TV Channel Klaxon – PARAMOUNT NETWORK is here.

Agent Carter

Paramount Network, the brand new free-to-air UK destination offering premium scripted drama, high quality comedy and movies featuring some of the brightest stars.

Launching on 4th July, it’s the channel with big stories and big characters for adults of all ages with strong appeal to Generation X, Millennials and fans of cinematic storytelling, iconic moments and non-stop action. 

Paramount Network is the home of various free-to-air premieres, including the seventh season of SUITS, the critically-acclaimed US drama from creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh and starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle. Earlier seasons of SUITS will also air on the Paramount Network, allowing fans to catch the series from the very beginning.

The biggest news for us at Scifind.com is that Marvel’s Agent Carter is featuring heavily in the launch.

Marvel’s Agent Carter starts on Paramount Network on launch night at 8pm, then airing weekly Thursdays at 9pm.

There is a lot more to expect from this channel though:

Confirmed to premiere on the channel is brand new Kiefer Sutherland drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and US comedy series THE MICK starring Kaitlin Olsen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), both joining the slate later in the year.
 
Ben Frow, Director of Programming, Channel 5, overseeing the UK launch of Paramount Network said: “Paramount Network is set to deliver high end Hollywood entertainment with blockbuster movies, scripted drama and critically acclaimed comedy featuring some of the biggest names on the planet. Supported by Channel 5’s creative scheduling and audience insight and underpinned by Viacom’s brand-building expertise, Paramount Network is a popular premium content destination in a free-to-air world.”

Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central and Paramount Network International said: “Launching on TV screens in the UK is another critical milestone for the Paramount Network brand, which we’re convinced will resonate strongly with British viewers given Paramount’s distinguished and successful history of epic, cinematic story-telling for global audiences. Delivering free-to-air content to millions of UK households, underlines our belief that, despite the growing popularity of on-demand, viewers continue to value highly TV channels that offer an intelligently scheduled linear line up of quality entertainment.”

Paramount Network is home to box-office smashes; from WAR OF THE WORLDS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and DANCES WITH WOLVES to critically acclaimed and cult classics THE SHINING, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY and JACKIE BROWN to much loved titles including PRINCE OF TIDES, GROUNDHOG DAY and ROXANNE.

The channel also plays host to the premiere of LIP SYNC BATTLE US including the huge Michael Jackson special from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  The network’s slate also includes action drama SIX, fantasy drama HEROES REBORN, and the Emmy® Award-winning comedy WILL & GRACE.

The UK becomes the third Paramount Network after the US and Spain, and there are separately 11 locally scheduled versions of Paramount Channel internationally.  Paramount is one of Viacom’s flagship global brands including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon and its fastest growing international entertainment brand.

Paramount Network will launch in the UK on Freeview (57), Sky (159), BT (57) and TalkTalk (57) platforms.

Deadpool, Meet Cable – Deadpool 2 Trailer is Here.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Spider-Man Homecoming to DVD / Blu Ray 4K & Digital

Spiderman 4k DVD Blu Ray Covers

Spider-Man Homecoming – all the details on the UK Home Entertainment releases.

Spiderman 4k DVD Blu Ray Covers
Spiderman 4k DVD Blu Ray Covers

The SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition 2-disc DVD feature an all-new 12-page comic and over 60 minutes of bonus material, including deleted scenes and a gag reel.  Also included are four unseen alternate Captain America PSAs featuring Chris Evans, seven behind-the-scenes featurettes and a photo gallery.  In the featurette “A Tangled Web,” Kevin Feige details how Homecoming came to be and its integration in the constantly evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe.  “Searching for Spider-Man” explores the casting process and what makes Tom the perfect Peter Parker as witnessed from his audition tape.  Meet Homecoming’s adrenaline-craving stunt specialists in “Spidey Stunts,” as they crawl, swing and leap from great heights, and discover why Tom Holland rarely needed a stunt double. “Aftermath” features Kevin Feige and the producers filling in the blanks between the Battle of New York and where Homecoming begins. Explore Michael Keaton’s villainous turn in “The Vulture Takes Flight” and learn why he demands Peter Parker’s fear and respect. In “Jon Watts: Head of the Class,” fans catch up with the visionary director on the set, while he manages colossal set pieces, a massive crew and the daunting task of reintroducing one of Marvel’s most beloved characters.  Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon (Ned) discuss the humorous realities of life with superpowers in “Pros and Cons of Spider-Man.”

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray also contain The Spidey Study Guide, an entertaining pop-up factoid track with facts on the movie in relation to the comics that Spidey fans will love.

The standard DVD edition has 17 minutes of special features including 2 x featurettes ‘Searching for Spider-Man’ and ‘Jon Watts: Head of the Class”.

Limited Edition Figurine box set
Limited Edition Figurine box set

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is also available as a Limited Edition Figurine box set, featuring a high-quality resin figurine of Spider-Man and the Vulture (approx. 12” by 12”) with a numbered base, plus the 4K Ultra HD and all-new comic.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a run time of approximately 2 hours 13 minutes and is rated 12A.

Buy Spider-Man Homecoming Blu Ray, DVD, 4K UHD from Amazon.

Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is directed by Jon Watts from a screen story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

Spider-Man Homecoming 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Limited Edition 2-Disc DVD Bonus Materials Include:

  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Seven Featurettes
    • “A Tangled Web”
    • “Searching For Spider-Man”
    • “Spidey Stunts”
    • “Aftermath”
    • “The Vulture Takes Flight”
    • “Jon Watts: Head of the Class”
    • “Pros And Cons of Spider-Man”
  • Rappin’ with Cap: Captain America PSAs
  • Photo Gallery

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition
January 2017 will see the release of Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition, collecting multiple complete stories, all captured directly from Jack Kirby’s original art. This will be the second Artist’s Edition of Kirby’s immensely popular and influential Marvel work, following the recent release of the highly anticipated Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition.

“These issues of Fantastic Four represent Jack Kirby operating at the top of his game, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay a comic book,” said noted comics historian and Kirby biographer Mark Evanier. “As a reader, I felt like the fifth member of the Fantastic Four—and that was in the small format with the bad printing. When I get the IDW book, I will probably want to move into it and live there.”

Kirby’s work on the Fantastic Four, with his long-time collaborator Stan Lee, is considered to be some of the finest comics ever done. Adding to the prestige, legendary inker Joe Sinnott embellished all the pages in this book. This breathtaking volume will include Issues #82 and #83 (guest-starring the Inhumans), and the 48-page epic from Fantastic Four Annual #6, featuring the birth of Franklin Richards, plus more!

“Kirby’s inventive story-telling set the bar that Marvel has honored for decades,” says David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel Comics. “We couldn’t be prouder to see this fantastic work made available in this new prestige over-sized format that pays tribute to Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s exemplary talent and skill.”

“What better way is there to kick off Jack Kirby’s centennial birthday year than by releasing our first Kirby Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition?” said editor (and life-long Kirby fan) Scott Dunbier. “And did you catch how I said first?”

People are Just Mad. What do you think their answer to this important question was?

Iron Man Image from  wikia.com
Iron Man Image from wikia.com
Earlier this year we ran a survey on another site I run PopCultureBox. Among other questions about buying habits, age ranges, magazines subscribed to we decided to put in one of the most important questions in geekdom.

Who would win in a fist fight between Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne?

A simple question with a very obvious answer. But the answer actually tells more about the nature of surveys and their influences.

The real answer is obvious. It is of course Bruce Wayne. Although Tony is physically fit he is not a patch on the Dark Knight and his martial arts training and fitness regime. If the question was who would win in a fight between Batman and Iron Man, Iron Man is the obvious answer as quite simply, cybernetics, rockets and repulsor rays beat a metal boomerang and a black cape.

The results from the survey. Out of a total of 283 respondents 148 pumped for Tony. That is over 52%. Quite simply this is stunning as I would expect any group of comic book fans to back up my own opinion on the subject.

My belief is that the survey results comedown to one factor, character popularity. After 3 Iron Man films and the huge Avengers, Tony is by far a much more popular character than The Dark Knight himself. Maybe it goes further. Maybe people are thinking Robert Downey Junior vs Christian Bale.

Despite the fact that the Batman portrait by Bale is actually an amazing piece of cinema, Marvel is beating DC in the comic book movies race hands down at the moment. Should the question have been asked at a different time the results might have been starkly different.

What are your thoughts on this?

Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

Fantastic Four 2015| Official Teaser Trailer

Fantastic Four (or FANT4STIC if you must) is a reboot movie of Marvel Comics Fantastic 4. 20th Century Fox needed the reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise as Chris Evans defected from being Jonnie Storm to become Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Josh Trank, the film stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara (NOT Kate O Mara Doctor Who Fans), Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.

Fantastic Four is scheduled for cinema release in August 2015

X-Men Days Of Future Past – Official Teaser Trailer

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

We have been informed that X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be released in UK cinemas around MAY 2014

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Weekend Scifi TV

Scifind Weekend TV
Scifind Weekend TV
Hello sci fiends!, sorry sci friends. Or, take which ever you wish. Another weekend is upon us, and though a sparse selection, there is indeed free to air tv for us to watch, companionably or sat with a big thick blanket to throw over our collective heads when the scary bits come along. Something like that anyway!

Friday has become SuperHero day. 8pm on Channel 4, sees episode 3 of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Will it continue to live up to the rollicking pace of earlier episodes? Or have you already fallen by the way side. This household remains split, but I’m probably going to hold out for Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) on Film4 at 9pm, or The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) on ITV2 at 10pm

Saturday is rather light for Fantasy and Scifi – but does at least have The Adjustment Bureau (2011) at 9pm on Channel 4. Its the terrestrial premiere for this scifi thriller, which sees Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as politician and dancer, fighting to determine their own future directions against a shadowy state. Also featuring the divine Terrence Stamp, in a character role that leaves us wondering just who is on which side, and whether this is fantasy or scary reality. Its followed at 11pm by horror flick The Hole (2009).

Sunday makes up for saturday with a good selection of family fantasy fare. ITV2 has a run starting at 2.30pm with Richard E. Grant in The Little Vampire (2000), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004 – the live action version starring Sarah-Michelle Geller) at 4.25pm, and director Ang Lee’s The Hulk (2003) at 6.15pm.

These all wrap up in time for alien invasions in Skyline (2010) on Film4 at 9pm. Although my pick of the day goes to ITV at 10.20pm, and the terrestrial premiere of Senna (2010). Whilst not SF/F this documentary contains technical detail, new (to UK eyes) footage and contributions from Prosr, Stewart, Williams and Dennis; as it looks into the on track achievements of Aryton Senna and his untimely death in the 1994 San Marino GP.