ILM and the Creation of The Hulk for the Avengers Film

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Industrial Light & Magic have released a couple of new videos showing what went into creating The Hulk for The Avengers film. They had this to say in regards to said Hulk creating:

“Creating The Hulk for Marvel’s “The Avengers” was a daunting task but it would have been infinitely more challenging had we not been able to partner with actor Mark Ruffalo to capture a performance worthy of the green guy. Learn more about the process from ILM’s lead talent on the film,”

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Marvel Comics Strength and Fitness

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So in 1976 Marvel Comics released The Mighty Marvel Comics Strength and Fitness Book. It was written by Ann Picardo and drawn by Joe Giella with some additional words by Stan Lee. I am a fitness fan and having looked at the excerpts below there aare not too many of these I would make part of my workout but maybe in 1976 these were some good go to’s. I’m sure this was directed towards kids anyway. Still it is a rather strange release made all the stranger by some color errors on Hulk that on one page make him appear to have ethnic diversity as a new power. Take a look below to see what I mean. Alos that exercise the Thing is doing along with the Jameson Roar don’t add much validity to the book. Oh who am I kidding…..Bashful’s Brutish Bottom Basher anyone?

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Sample from Marvel’s New ‘Avenger’s’ Comic Book

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Marvel released this little bit from the upcoming refresh of The Avengers. Jonathon Hickman writes and Jerome Opena provides the art. December 5th will see the first issue released. Above is the pencil worl for a frame involving Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk. Below is an excerpt of dialogue that will be going with it.

It’s not much but it is something and I’m really interested to see how The Hulk is dealt with in this new comic.

Marvel Comics – A+X #1 (Preview)

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They fought each other in A vs. X and now it’s time to team up. This new series has an Avenger and X-men join forces to be all heroic and stuff. Each issue will have two stories. This first one has Cable and Captain America tag teaming and Wolverine and The Hulk as well. Check out the preview below.

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Marvel Comics – The Incredible Hulk #15 (Preview)

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Here is a preview for Incredible Hulk #15 featuring a knock down drag out fight between The Hulk and Doctor Doom. Hulk is a little conflicted right now and this may be the right time for Doom to capitalize.

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Avengers vs. X-men #11 – Who Fell In Battle Today??? (SPOILERS)

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This Avengers vs. Xmen crossover event has been going for quite awhile now and has been mostly lackluster in my opinion. I like what I like and don’t what I don’t and I’m not taking anything away from what the creators make but it just has not done much for me. I never understood the whole let’s pit all the good guys against each other thing but it’s something to do, a bit of a spectacle and with the restart (not reboot) coming up they can afford to shake things up a bit which is what seems to be happening here. Marvel is doing very well for themselves with the success of their films and they are trying to create a more cohesive universe overall. It does seem though that a lot of creative decisions are being made both at Marvel and DC in order to get press. The gay marriage beteen X-man Northstar and his companion in the X-men books and DC’s reimagining of Green Lantern Alan Scott as a gay man. More recently the announcement of another new Green Lantern who would be a Muslim character. I have no problems at all with any of this. Our real world is full of a variety of people in many walks of life and the comics should reflect that, it’s just when it’s done in the way they are doing it in which they try to force the impact on us that it seems like more of a hollow gesture with ulterior motives. Maybe I’m wrong but it does have at least a sliver of truth to it. Deaths in comics can be considered the same kind of thing. Something done more for shock value than purposeful direction. In comics for a long time now deaths seemed to not really even matter as any number of fantastic reasons can be concieved to return a hero or villain to the fictional living world. In todays release of the newest Avengers vs. Xmen comic a death occurred and while it can be looked as just another bit of comic book death fluff there is also purpose to it. If you would like to know what went down and who is no more. Click the read more tab but be warned…..SPOILERS ahead. Who fell in battle today???

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Marvel NOW – Introducing The Avengers

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Starting this December one of my favorite writers in comics, Jonathon Hickman teams up with artists Jerome Opena to bring us the newest team of Avengers in Marvel NOW’s new phase of the Marvel comic Universe. This recently released picture shows the interconnected covers of the first few issues and showcases this rather eclectic new roster. As you can see the new team will consist of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Falcon, Spider Man, Spider Woman, Wolverine, Captain Marvel along with Cannonball and Sunspot of The New Mutants. Those are interesting additions with the Avengers Vs. X-men storyline still going right now. There is also a shadowy figure in the bottom left of the picture that many are speculating could be Ant Man. this is one of the biggest teams yet and Hickman plans on making sure that everyone gets their moment to shine and feels important in the stories. Looks interesting. We will see what comes to be.

The Avengers Are Back in Theaters For Labor Day

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Starting today The Avengers heads back into theaters (in some it has not even left) to continue its dominant run as one of the biggest film money makers of all time. It is the fastest movie to gross a billion dollars worldwide and nows your chance to throw a few more bucks on the pile. If you have not seen it or would like to see those larger than life characters on the big screen once more then now’s your chance. Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and the rest are ready to be all super heroic for your entertainment. Rumor has it there is a special treat for fans after the credits as Marvel is want to do. Stick around and see what’s what.

Don’t forget that The Avengers will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on September 25th. Pre-order your copy at the link below.

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Concept Art and Video from Cancelled Avengers Video Game

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An Avengers first person action video game that would have been loosely based on the Secret Invasion storyline was in the works these past couple of years but ended up getting cancelled. While it isn’t certain as to why it got the axe it is most likely due to other plans being put into motion. It seemed pretty far along though and it’s sad that it didn’t get its chance to be made and released. It looked promising and the concept art by the super talented, Jeremy Love is very, very cool. Check out all the pictures and video below to see this might Marvel game that didn’t get to be.

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The Marvel Relaunch/Marvel NOW

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Beginning this October Marvel Comics will begin relaunching a number of their flagship titles and will be starting a few new ones. Last year DC did the same kind of thing but it was more of a defined new beginning as it disregarded much of the continuity of it’s comic book storylines for all the years up to that new zero point. With Marvel this is a new beginning as well but not a reboot or reimagining. Just a new direction for Marvel’s cast of characters. The history stands but the future is one of a more overall cohesive Marvel universe with their films, comics, games and more. This whole new direction is occuring under the Marvel Now banner and anything with that logo will fall into that new direction. Continue reading