Today our pals at Marvel supplied us with Joe Quesada’s all-new look for Angela, the character that comes over to the Marvel Universe from Image Comics. Originally conceived by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane for Spawn, the character was the source of a lawsuit between the two regarding ownership of the character (read about it here).
With Gaiman’s return to Marvel, he brings Angela with him. She’ll play a part in the culmination of the Age of Ultron mini-series, and then appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy. I’m actually excited to see how Marvel utilizes Angela – how about you?
Phase 2 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with a huge bang this weekend with the arrival of Iron Man 3. Here’s how it did!
With new director Shane Black on board and excitement high because of the phenomenal success of the Avengers, Iron Man 3 was virtually bound for greatness, which it delivered. Bringing in an estimated $175 million (as predicted), the film scored the second-highest opening weekend of all time, sitting comfortably behind the Avengers’ $207 million. This number is significantly higher than Iron Man 2′s $128 opening, which might be attributed to the perception of Iron Man 3 as a real follow-up/sequel to the Avengers. Regardless, it’s an outstanding number, as is the $680 million the film has already grossed worldwide. Look for Iron Man 3 to hold onto the top next weekend as well.
Find out how the rest of top five performed after the jump!
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Let’s just get right to it shall we – how much money will Iron Man 3 make this weekend?
The first post-Marvel film following the amazing success of last year’s Avengers, one would think Iron Man 3 has a lot riding on it, especially after the somewhat muted response to Iron Man 2. However, this flick has nothing to concern itself with. Reviews have been glowing, overseas reaction has been financially phenomenal (the film has already earned more than $300 million there), and audiences genuinely love Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. While it won’t grab the record from the Avengers opening weekend haul of over $200 million, with buzz and 3D showings lending a hand, you’re going to see Iron Man 3 hit theatres with a simply outstanding $175. I’ll be watching this weekend; will you?
As for the rest of the top five, look for last week’s number one, Pain and Gain, to fall to second place with $11 million. Oblivion will hit third with $9 million. 42 will grab fourth place with $6 million, while The Croods will close things out in fifth with $5.5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Iron Man 3 – $175 million
2) Pain and Gain – $11 million
3) Oblivion – $9 million
4) 42 – $6 million
5) The Croods – $5.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to find out how the weekend turns out!
The worst thing that can happen has happened to the Marvel Comics universe. Ultron, the Avengers’ most dangerous enemy, a machine monster built by one of their own, has conquered and laid waste to the planet, and decimated and enslaved mankind. The few surviving heroes of the world have escaped to the Savage Land where they have come up with a plan to save us all.
With access to Doctor Doom’s Time Platform, half of the heroes have decided to go to the future, from which Ultron has masterminded this conquest, and defeat him once and for all. However, Wolverine has different plans, he will go to the past and kill the Avenger Hank Pym, who created Ultron in the first place, before it happens. Now, enter the two Ages of Ultron, after the jump…
2013, “The Year of Marvel” continues in earnest this week. And, like last week when I recommended the first issue of the Thanos Rising mini-series, everything kind of runs through Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers.
Not only are the various Avengers titles currently setting the stage for a cosmic event to be published later this summer, but the cast of characters is also front and centre in Marvel Comics’ present-day tent-pole series, Age of Ultron. Of course, all tent-pole comics have spin-offs and tie-ins inherent in their publishing schedule, and Age of Ultron is no different. So that’s what we get today: an interesting one-off, tie-in, succinctly called Ultron.
But it’s not about the big robot bad a title like that might suggest. No. It’s about the big robot bad’s cyborg son!
As part of our Mighty Marvel March feature, we were lucky enough to talk to Morbius The Living Vampire scribe Joe Keatinge about his brand new series, the place Morbius has in the Marvel Universe and much more!
Andy Burns: Joe, congrats on making a vampire (ish) comic that’s got a great, street vibe to it. Morbius neither shimmers nor pines for human woman. What’s the secret to making the character appealing for you?
Joe Keatinge: Hey, thank you. I’m glad you enjoy it. As far as the ‘secret’, I dunno, I’ve always liked characters who aren’t so easily classified as something so simplistic as ‘heroes’ or ‘villains.’ The story we’re telling isn’t one of redemption, really, as much as he’d want it to be or even about a flawed character embracing the hero within or whatever. It’s a guy who’s prone to making a lot of awful mistakes dealing with a lot of awful consequences all while fighting this disease, this addiction, he can’t overcome. I think everyone can relate to elements of all that, which gets into the ‘secret’ you’re talking about. If you can make a character as fantastical as a ‘living vampire’ relatable at their core, that gives them an appeal.
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This week saw two different yet similar Avengers releases from Marvel Comics, both written by Jonathan Hickman – Avengers #8 and New Avengers #4. Both show vastly different sides of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in drastically different yet similar situations. You’ll have my thoughts, after the jump.