Check out Hulk’s gladiator armor from Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel hasn’t exactly been secretive about Thor: Ragnarok using elements from the Planet Hulk storyline and new armor found on the Comic-Con show floor all but confirms fans will get what they’ve been begging to see for years.

As revealed by Ryan Penagos, Marvel digital media executive editor, Hulk will most definitely don his gladiator armor in the upcoming film.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming confirms its villain, plus first concept art

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man stole the show when he made is Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, and he apparently stole the show again at Comic-Con this past weekend. While no official footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming has been released online, Marvel showed off some early clips of the movie to an audience inside Comic-Con’s famed Hall H and it sounds like it went over quite well.

For those of us who couldn’t make it into Hall H, we have second-hand accounts and official concept art (above) to tide us over.

The concept art, by artist Ryan Meinerding, finally confirms Vulture will be the movie’s main villain. Vulture’s costume looks wonderfully mechanical and modular, and those talons are looking pretty deadly, too. Marvel didn’t confirm who will play the baddie but we’ve been hearing Michael Keaton is all but signed on to play the part.

Along with the art, Marvel shared a small synopsis for Homecoming:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

As for the footage, io9 described what was shown off as “John Hughes meets Freaks and Geeks,” which sounds like the best movie ever. I’d watch that even if it had nothing to do with superheroes.

Filming for Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently underway—you can see some set images here—with a release set for July 7, 2017.

Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos show off action sequence

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The first set photos from Spider-Man: Homecoming have begun to hit the internet, giving us our first glimpse at the superhero’s anticipated solo outing. So what do we have in this fresh batch of images? Well, not a whole lot, but it does give us a very clear view of actor Tom Holland in full costume—and we even get to see the character’s phone of choice, which looks like it might be an older iPhone (you can see it in the gallery above).

What’s fun about these photos is that they capture the youth of Peter Parker. Check out his slick Jansport backpack; it looks like maybe he just got out of school. Aside from that, we get to see some of the tricks used for filming: wires, a trampoline, and one very important umbrella.

We also get a more detailed look at Spider-Man’s suit. Notice the detailed webbing along with the mechanical web shooters. It essentially looks identical to the outfit given to him by Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War. While there don’t appear to be many changes, there’s always the possibility we might see the character get a suit upgrade mid-way through the film.

I’m still holding out for the Iron Spider but I doubt we’ll see that happen anytime soon if at all.


Pokémon GO SDCC Panel: Game is Only 10% of Final Product, More Features on the Way

At this year’s SDCC, a lot of attention was paid to the Pokémon GO panel, featuring members of the Niantic Lab’s team. A lot of details were revealed, but most importantly, it should be known that no legendary Pokémon were released for those in attendance to catch. That would have really chapped my hide.

According to what was discussed, Pokémon GO is hardly finished, with the developers stating that the game is at about 10% of what they want it to be. Yes, you read that right, only 10%. As for which features we can expect in the future, Niantic wants to bring more Pokémon (as in later generation Pokémon), release legendaries (but only when everyone in the world has access to the game), as well as new functionality for Gyms. 

Pokéstops will also be getting updated with added functionality. According to Niantic, players could go around and customize Pokéstops, adding new functions which have not yet been detailed. This would give more reason for players to leave the house and go meet up with other players in the neighborhood.

Intriguingly, Niantic states that the game has a lot of Easter Eggs, too, all of which are currently undiscovered. Get to work, Internet! On top of that, the idea of breeding Pokémon is currently being tossed around, but there is no concrete intel on whether it will ever come.

Oh, and the developers state that they are working on the 3-step glitch that has plagued the game for the past week or so.

So, the major takeaway is that Pokémon GO development is far from over. If you have yet to start playing, don’t worry, we assume you will have at least a couple more years to get in on the action while Niantic continues to improve upon the gaming experience.

Via: The Verge | Kotaku

Comic-Con 2016: First The Flash Season 3 trailer debuts

Dr. Alchemy will be one of The Flash‘s primary villains in season 3, the first trailer for the upcoming season reveals.

The footage, debuted during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, shows Barry dealing with the repercussions of his actions in the season 2 finale. Having completely altered the timeline, Barry returns to present day to find a completely different world than the one he left. Cisco is the richest man in America, Barry’s parents are still happily married, and Iris has no idea who he is.

The trailer also teases one of the season’s big bads, Dr. Alchemy. Another speedster can be glimpsed in the trailer, however, as can Kid Flash.

The Flash star Grant Gustin revealed that the show’s take on the comic book storyline Flashpoint won’t likely last as long as many fans are expecting. Additionally, the Legends of Tomorrow panel revealed that villains from The Flash and Arrow will appear in the second season.

The Flash returns to The CW on Oct. 4.

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‘The Flash’ cast talk Flashpoint and more at Comic-Con panel

In a new trailer for The Flash that screened Saturday evening at Comic-Con, Barry (Grant Gustin) narrates, “Some things happen by chance, and some things happen because we make them happen.”

There could be no better theme for Season 3 of The Flash, which — as has already been excitedly reported — will deal with Flashpoint aka a new world thanks the events of the Season 2 finale, where Barry chooses to go back in time, save his parents, and live in a world where they survive.

Needless to say, this is going to have some major consequences throughout the universe, many of which were teased during the panel.

Below, check out 10 things we learned about the new seasons of both The Flash andSupergirl (which had its Comic-Con panel right beforehand). To get it out of the way early: Yes, more crossovers — this time among all the properties — are planned.

1. When The Flash picks up, it’s three months after the events in the finale. “First Barry doesn’t realize how much has changed,” Gustin teased. “The whole reason he did this is his parents would be alive. When we first see him, he’s unaware of what changes are out there.”

2. “We’re doing two Big Bads [this year],” executive producer Todd Helbing explained. “One is a speedster. The other is Dr. Alchemy.”

3. As seen in the new footage, Cisco has undergone quite a transformation in the new timeline.  Cisco is “an ostentatious billionaire,” Carlos Verdes teased about his character. His speciality? “Making money. He’s always flexing how much money he has and how rich he is.”

4. Tom Felton will be joining The Flash as Julian Dorn. Felton was fairly tight-lipped about where his character’s loyalties are, but when asked if Barry and Co. should see him as a threat, he cracked, “I think any guy I play you should see as a threat… There’s definitely some friction between Grant and Julian.” Well played, Draco Malfoy.

5. On the Supergirl front, the show will be moving from CBS to The CW when it returns — making even more crossovers between the various metahuman shows likely. “We’re so grateful to CBS [for] launching this show, but we were all thrilled to learn about this because we do so much with The CW,” Supergirl executive producer Sarah Schechter said. “If you say metahuman, they know what you’re talking about. We’re happy to have everyone in the same place, literally and channel-wise.”

6. What’s Alex up to in Season 2? “What’s really cool about this season is we’ve established so much about who Alex is in the DEO and her relationships with John and Kara,” Chyler leigh shared. “But we didn’t really get to see much of her outside those elements. This season is an opportunity to see who she is and what she wants outside of that. …Where does Alex live? I have no idea [laughs]”

7. Quick recap: Jimmy and Kara kissed at the end of Season 1 of Supergirl. Is that ship going to sail come Season 2? “We ended up in a liplock,” Mehcad Brooks teased. “It’s weird because I read [episode]  201 and it starts with our wedding [laughs]. It’s a workplace relationship; it’s a new relationship it’s going to have ups and down. We’re both figuring out who we are and that may get in the way. We’ll see!”

8. Tyler Hoechlin is joining Supergirl as Superman. How does it feel to step into the iconic suit – which Hoechlin noted he has not tried on yet? “Incredibly surreal. I know this character means so much to so many people. There’s a responsibly to the character. I take it on with great pride. I’m excited to see what we do with that character in the context of this great world you’ve created.”

9. Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is joining the show as the President. “I think we should expect that a female president is going to lead well,” Schechter said with a knowing wink. “We’re with her.”

10. Between Melissa Benoist’s stint on Glee and Jeremy Jordan’s on Smash, it’s no wonder many fans are pulling for a musical episode of Supergirl at some point. “It would be silly not to recognize all the talent,” Schechter noted. “We’ve thought about it.” The cast then pointed out that between takes on set, it already is pretty much a 24/7 musical.

Psst…can we get some footage of that? Thanks in advance.

Supergirl will premiere Oct. 10; The Flash will premiere Oct. 4

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The Killing Joke Movie Is a Disaster, Right Down to Its Comic-Con Panel

The Killing Joke is a 30-year-old Batman graphic novel that goes to ugly places, especially in what it does Batgirl. And when folks expressed anger at Barbara Gordon’s portrayal in a new, controversial scene in the upcoming film adaptation during a DC panel, things got ugly in real life.

Batman: The Killing Joke is most infamous for the moment where the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, a gruesome scene that serves as a mere adornment to a Batman-Joker fight. We already knew that, almost impressively, DC’s animated adaptation of this comic was going to make a bad Batgirl story much, much worse. And then, at the movie’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, things managed to turn into a complete shitshow.

Here’s the deal: Fans knew from the beginning that additional narrative would need to be added to a movie version of The Killing Joke; the comic is iconic, but it’s also very short. Producer Bruce Timm has said that he wanted to use that time to improve Batgirl’s role in the story, to make her a true character and not a footnote. Here’s what he told Empire:

We thought if we were going to expand this to feature length, we didn’t want to just pad out the original story… So we took that opportunity to basically tell a Batgirl story, which we don’t often get a chance to do these days. And it was great, because we could spend more time with her as a character and get to understand what she’s all about and how she’s similar to Batman in some ways, and really different in others. …. The good side of that is we get to spend more time with her and learn that she’s an interesting character. The bad side of that is that we get to like her so much that when The Killing Joke part of the story happens, it’s, like, “Oh, no!”, because we really like her.

That certainly sounds good on paper, but fans first learned something might be amiss when this scene began circulating online:

If for some reason you can’t see it, it’s Batgirl and Batman, i.e. Barbara Gordon and Bruce Wayne, making out and having sex. It’s a very unusual pairing in that Barbara is usually shown to be the same age as the first Robin—and is frequently romantically paired with him. In almost all media, Batman has had a primarily parental relationship with Barbara, which makes this scene problematic for many fans on its most basic level.

(It should be noted that Bruce and Barbara have hooked up in animated Bat-fiction before. The Batman Beyond cartoon that aired from 1999-2001 is set in a future where Terry McGinnis becomes the Dark Knight when Bruce is too old to fight crime. When he meets Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon, she tells him about the ill-fated romance.)

Unfortunately, it’s what comes before and after the sex scene in The Killing Jokemovie that makes it so much worse. Reports from fans who saw the movie at Comic-Con indicate that the first 30 minutes are an all-new prologue, before the remaining 45 minutes address the storyline of the original graphic novel. In that opening, we meet Barbara Gordon as a young librarian who has started donning the Batgirl costume in order to attract the attention of Batman—not just in crime-fighting prowess, but sexually, telling co-workers that she has “a man in her life” (throughout, Batman is apparently portrayed as emotionally distant from Barbara).

This culminates in the sex scene moment mentioned above. After the encounter, Batman keeps away from Barbara, refusing to speak with her, leaving the young woman spurned (the film shows Barbara waiting for Batman to call her on the phone). Then, of course, the rest of The Killing Joke happens—and any fan of Batgirl knows how that plays out. Barbara is paralyzed in front of her own father after being shot in the stomach by the Joker, an infamous moment widely considered to be one of the lowest points in Batgirl’s 40+ year history.

The Killing Joke movie has indeed added more Batgirl—now, she’s a jilted romantic interest who only exists in the story to justify Batman’s ongoing conflict with The Joker.

As such, it should have come as no surprise to DC Comics that some people would voice concerns at The Killing Joke panel at this year’s Comic-Con. The panel, for the most part, started without a hitch. Voice actors Tara Strong and Kevin Conroy talked about reprising their roles of Batgirl and Batman for the film. Mark Hamill, one of the most iconic Jokers ever onscreen, even phoned in to say how excited he was to be returning to the role.

It was during the Q&A that things got dicey. A Joker cosplayer asked the writers why they would downplay Barbara Gordon, such a strong female character, and make her story more about the men in her life. According to Bleeding Cool reporter Jeremy Konrad, the writers insisted she was still a strong female character. Konrad, who’d already seen the film and didn’t agree, himself sarcastically shouted, “Yeah, by using sex and then pining for Bruce.”

That’s when co-screenwriter Brian Azzarello seemed to put it all out there. “Wanna say that again? Pussy?” he asked.

A report by The Hollywood Reporter adds some context to the heated discussion:

“I don’t think she’s pining over Bruce at all,” said Azzarello. “She’s pining over the violence.”

Executive Bruce Timm acknowledged “it’s complicated.”

“I actually like that in that opening story both Batman and Batgirl make a series of mistakes and then it kind of escalates, because Batman kind of overreacts and then she overreacts to her overreaction,” said Timm. That’s a very human thing.”

“There’s clearly an unstated attraction between the two of the characters from the very beginning and I think it’s there in the comics. If you go back and look at the Adam West show, its’ there in the Adam West show,” said Timm. “It’s subtle, but to me it’s always been there.”

Azzarello has a reputation for being contrarian and cantankerous at times. It’s entirely possible that he was reacting to the way the comment was made—shouted from the crowd by a writer who describes himself as frustrated with the film—and not just the content of the remark itself. But, whether he felt he was being heckled or not, his response is crummy. Even if Azzarello disagrees with fans’ reaction or feels attacked, to be so dismissive sours the relationship that fans have with Batgirl, the filmmakers, and DC as a company. The creators can stand by their creative decisions, sure, but they don’t have to be assholes about it.

The Second Doctor Strange Trailer Finally Shows Us Some Real Magic

The first trailer for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange kept things pretty small. But at Comic-Con, the second trailer has been revealed, and it actually shows some of the magic the film contains—both literal and figurative—as well as the potential impact Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) could have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It you have misgivings about the movie, this trailer won’t change that, but at least the film looks uniquely trippy—harkening back to that classic ‘60s Marvel weirdness that defined the character’s adventures, but now in a decidedly modern fashion. Doctor Strange opens November 4. It co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen.

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First ‘Justice League’ trailer is a massive change in tone for Batman

Batfleck’s got jokes! The first ever “Justice League” trailer is here, and it is heavy, heavy, heavy on the rock and roll and superhero jokes. But don’t worry, Ben Affleck is still doing the bat voice.

Watch as Ben Affleck’s Batman assembles the ultimate DC hero squad in the first trailer for “Justice League,” which was released during the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H at Comic-Con.

And to all those complaining about the overly dark “BVS” tone: “Justice League” heard you.


Henry Cavill goes undercover at Comic-Con, surprises Will Smith

In the great superhero movie arms race, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are in the unenviable position of having to play catch-up to their distinguished competition, Marvel. It’s not their fault that Marvel re-calibrated the way sequels work with their cinematic universe. And it’s not their fault that Marvel had a nine-movie head start.

So how did WB/DC respond at Comic-Con 2016? By bringing out the whole bloody Justice League:Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.

Oh, and they delivered the Suicide Squad too: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara and the great and powerful Viola Davis.

Star wattage goes a long way, and the lights were bright in Hall H. But what makes or breaks a presentation like this is the footage. And the footage – a first look at 2017’s Justice League, the first official trailer for 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and a special Comic-Con sizzle for August’s “Suicide Squad” — was heartening.

Heartening because the chief knock against Warners’ DC output has been that it is excessively grim and humorless.

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