New York Comic-Con always brings a slew of new announcements concerning your favorite comic book properties, and this year was no different. Marvel’s new Uncanny Avengers, which sees a team lineup that’s an amalgamation of the Avengers and the X-Men, is on the stands now. They’re also retooling their monthly Avengers, Avengers Assemble, New Avengers and Secret Avengers for their new Marvel NOW push, along with all-new combat-centric books like A+X and Avengers Arena.
But you’re here for the movie news, right? Marvel had that too, and even though Iron Man 3 is still several months away, they announced a few more reasons to get excited.
All-New Animated Movies!
Marvel unveiled full trailers for two new Iron Man-centric animated feature films. The previously announced CG-animated Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United has the titular Avengers facing off against the old Hulk villain Zzzax, a monster made of electricity. It’s timed to be released on April 23, 2013, very close to the release of Iron Man 3. A little further from release is Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, from Japanese animation studio Madhouse (Ninja Scroll). The story follows Iron Man as he’s framed for a terrorist attack by his rival Ezekiel Stane and has appearances from other Marvel characters like War Machine, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Punisher (looking decidedly off-model). The trailer reminds us a lot of the looping intro videos that would play leading up to the “Press Start” screen on old Playstation games. (Source: CBR)
Iron Man Joins New Guardians of the Galaxy Book
Let’s be honest - Guardians of the Galaxy lacks star power. Yes, this team of ragtag, conflicting personalities all working for the greater good of the universe have appeared in some very cool stories, but their popularity has waxed and waned over the years. They’ve never had a lengthy, uninterrupted monthly comic book run like Spider-Man or the X-Men. The year 2014 will see the team brought to the big screen for the very first time, and Marvel is serious about putting the team in the A-list spotlight.
The superstar creative team of Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers) and artist Steve McNiven (Civil War) are teaming up for an all-new Guardians, with Iron Man front and center as the team’s newest member. Bendis jokes, “He’s up here (in space) for green ladies. Who doesn’t want to live the William Shatner Star Trek fantasy? But that fantasy will blow up in his face.” The new title launches in February 2013 with a 0.1 issue that retells the origin of the team’s hotshot leader, alien-human hybrid Peter Quill, aka Starlord.
Interestingly, there has been no word on how this might affect the Guardians movie. Could the concept use an established presence like Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to help it achieve its box office potential? Definitely. (Source: Newsarama)
Agent Coulson Returns!
The biggest casting news for Marvel’s new S.H.I.E.L.D. television series is the return of fan favorite Agent Coulson as played by Clark Gregg. It looked like Gregg might not be returning to the Marvel Universe after Avengers, so it’s exciting to see this bridge from the films to TV. What’s more is that Coulson will be the lead, not just a sweeps week guest star. Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada is still keeping things mum but was happy to talk about the casting, if not plot specifics: “I really can't tell too much more than that because I'd be revealing too much of the show's structure, but we're thrilled to build the show around him.” (Source: CBR)
Ant-Man Gets a Release Date.
As if to say, “Hey, this is actually happening for real” Marvel has locked down a release date for Edgar Wright’s long-gestating Ant-Man feature. Mark your calendars for November 6, 2015, because that’s when Ant-Man will finally be coming out. Audiences at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a bit of test footage, and Wright has been cagey, but enthusiastic about his second comic book movie (after Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). Will this mean Hank Pym will first appear in Avengers 2, scheduled for May of that same year? Possibly. The year 2015 may be the Year of the Ant.