Asian superheroes — assemble. Marvel Comics is giving ink to an unprecedented team-up of its mightiest Asian and Asian American heroes, also known as the new Agents of Atlas. Established icons like martial arts master Shang-Chi and newbies like Wave, the newest Filipino superhero, will team up in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series starting this summer, the publishing giant told The Associated Press Thursday. The roster of 10 super-powered pan-Asian champions made their debut as a team earlier this month in "The War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas." That comic book is one piece of an ongoing saga involving several different groups across the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, doing battle with a fire goddess. But the exclusively Asian limited series is set to roll out in August. The man leading the heroic charge is veteran comic book writer Greg Pak. Pak is credited with ushering in a new era of Asian characters in co-creating Amadeus Cho, a Korean-American genius … [Read more...] about Asian, Asian American Heroes to Power Marvel Comics Series
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“Avengers: Endgame” is coming out on April 26, but that hasn’t stopped Disney’s Marvel Studios from hinting at what could be arriving after the grand finale of its most successful superhero franchise ever, a run at the box office for “Avengers,” which has so far racked up $4 billion. Next up: taking a step back in time. In an interview with ScreenRant, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed the future of Marvel movies, particularly with the “Captain Marvel ” characters and how he thinks there is still a lot of story left that takes place in the past. “I mean, I think one of the things that’s fun to us about the timeline of this film and the potential of future stories with these characters is there’s a great past,” Feige said. “I think the fun part about seeing this portion of the MCU is that gap. ... The potential is there,” Feige later added in regards to whether or not consumers can expect … [Read more...] about After ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Marvel’s Next Big Move May Be a Step Back in Time
By Bob Strauss | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: December 29, 2018 at 6:26 am | UPDATED: December 29, 2018 at 6:37 am What a difference a year makes. At the movies, anyway. Theatrical grosses came off a down 2017 to set both domestic and international box-office records in 2018. According to comScore, the Sherman Oaks-based media audience measurement company, North American ticket sales for 2018 should reach $11.85 billion by year’s end. The amount outside the U.S. and Canada is $29.8 billion, making for a worldwide total of $41.65 billion. Those figures are the highest ever registered, and translate to percentage increases of 6.6 percent in North America, 1 percent internationally and 2.65 percent worldwide, respectively, over last year. The domestic number tops the previous record haul, 2016’s $11.383 billion, by more than $500 million. “Really, if it wasn’t for North America, we wouldn’t be sitting on a global record,” observed Paul … [Read more...] about 2018 movies broke box-office records worldwide. Here’s how.
John J. Kelly Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 Better than frankincense, gold or myrrh, books are the most personal, intimate and thoughtful holiday gifts. Books are timeless — they have a shelf life of forever. The writer Neil Gaiman commented that “books are great gifts because they have whole worlds in them.” A book has the power to magically begin an incredible journey and conversation between the reader and author. This year has been an excellent and exciting year for all kinds of books — big and small, fiction and nonfiction, stories of courage and redemption and books that will not only enlighten you but also make you laugh and cry. Here are some holiday releases and a selection of the best, most-loved books of the year that will make great presents for the readers in your life. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown, $32.50) The hottest book of this holiday season is a memoir by the first … [Read more...] about Gift guide: Books to delight and inform readers on your list
By Noah Berlatsky "Anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask!" Spider-Man, aka Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) exclaims towards the end of the new Marvel animated film “Into the Spider-Verse.” It's a rousing declaration that superheroes are for everyone, including, finally, people who aren't white men. The film gives us a glimpse of a multiverse in which heroes are as diverse and as varied as the world we live in — though it's ultimately still a little unclear whether that multiverse, or that world, really exists. As every Marvel fan knows, young white, male Peter Parker became a hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider. “Into the Spider-Verse,” though, imagines that there isn't just one Spider-Man, but many different spider-folks existing in many parallel universes. On one world, Peter's friend Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) was bitten by the spider. On another, Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) is older and fatter and less heroic. On yet another, … [Read more...] about Miles Morales proves a diverse Spider-Man is possible. But Marvel’s not convinced