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Wolverine and Iron Man Anime Series Forthcoming

A Quick update on my post from yesterday:

Madhouse is currently in production on the first of four new series (12 x 30 minutes), which are scheduled to launch in spring 2010. The initial series will feature characters including Iron Man and Wolverine, among others, and Madhouse will ultimately look to adapt the entire Marvel Universe, creating in essence a whole new character base for Marvel (Anime News Network)

So we now know that these are actual series, 12 episodes 30 minutes each and that Iron Man and Wolverine are 2 of the 4 in production.  I hope Doc Strange is in the mix.  I can only imagine that Anime glory that would be.

Superheroes to Be Recast for Japan -

Marvel is teaming up with Madhouse, a renowned Japanese animation studio, to develop new versions of its characters for four anime series that will premiere in spring 2010 in Japan (NYTimes)

This is exciting and a little worrisome.  It is exciting because this is the same talent that gave us Vampire Hunter D and Paprika, but how those talents will translate into the Marvel universe is uncertain.

The success of Gotham Knight brought this partnership into being.  I am excited to see these flicks, but they are being made for the Japanese market and there is no word when or if they will be available in the States.  They have also not named the characters will turned into anime


Wolverine and Iron Man Anime Series Forthcoming

The Avengers Reborn into Heroes of Tomorrow

The Next Avengers Heroes of TomorrowThe Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is fifth in a series of animated Marvel Comics movie by Lions Gate Entertainment.  It will be released on September 2, 2008.  The first sneak peek of the film was featured on the Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme animated movie but was under the name Avengers Reborn which sounds much cooler.

I'm excited to see this one because they did such a great job with the other movies.  That said I also have some concerns.  This movie has a PG ratting instead of the usual PG-13 rating that the other movies have.  I hope that they didn't dumb down the story or make it too kidsy to get the PG rating.

Plot / Story: The Avengers united to protect earth against evil and after defeating earths enemies they returned to their personal lives. They fell in love, had children Captain America and Black Widow had a son, Thor had a daughter, Black Panther had a prince, Hawk Eye a son, Giant Man and Wasp had a son.

Ultron arrives on earth wanting total domination but the Avengers stand in his way. One by one with his knowledge of their weaknesses he defeated each avenger. They hid away their children from Ultron to have hope for the future.

Now with the hope of the future in their hands Iron Man and The Hulk must raise and train the children so that one day they may unite the Next Avengers and overthrow Ultron.

  • Voice Actors: Tom Kane, Dempsey Pappion, Aidan Drummond, Brenna O'Brien, Fred Tatasciore
  • Director: Jay Oliva
  • Studio: Lions Gate

As a little side note Giant Man is the scientific genius Hank Pym also known as Ant-Man.  So no worries he and Wasp have a son.

The Official Site sadly void of information

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The Avengers Program Who Will Make The Cut

Get your copy of The Avengers animated movie here The rumblings of a special team being put together has received some new light recently.  With mixed results from the super soldier program Marvel sheds some more light on their Avenger project.  They really proved their capabilities to handle this project with Iron Man and The Hulk.  So now we are left wondering who will be in the avenger movie? The lineup has changed some as they are working on the individual film but Favreau tells us that "The ones Marvel is talking about now are Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man."

He left out Nick Fury, I hope it is only a slip up because Samuel Jackson was awesome as Nick Fury in the cut scene after the credits in Iron Man.  He didn't get to show up in Hulk other than in name.  Then again I don't expect him to have his own movie but I hope to see him have some cameo roles in the future films.

Iron Man was in theaters in May

Hulk just came out in theaters

Thor is scheduled for June 4 2010

Ant-Man doesn't have a time set yet for the film but he could be placed into the Iron Man 2 film scheduled for April 30 2010.

The First Avenger: Captain America: May 6 2011

It's all still a ways off so we will have to see what changes between now and then.  One of my concerns is how much will the Avengers movie cost if they have a full cast of headlining actors & actresses?  This could be the limiting factor on any Avenger movie where they will have to do something either getting them to share more of the cut of the film or to have a smaller number of superheros in any given film.  I found it interesting when Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' president of production, put forth the idea of "heroes can cross into each other's adventures and occasionally team up if there's a foe too great for any one of them to handle."  This could be a way to have Avengers films with out having to have more then a few headliners in any one film and to maintain a sense of setting consistency.

I applaud Marvel Studios for taking on such a large project in a fan friendly manner and for not trying to cut corners.  I do not envy them for having to make some very hard choices regarding how to fit in a ton of superheros into an avenger film which is what I would love to see yet staying within budget for talent costs and to have enough money left over to make sure that the effects look great.  Good luck, and God speed, I eagerly await the next project.

(via USA today)

Marvel Comic|Facebook

marvel Marvel Comics has launched a new Facebook app to help us collect and read our digital comics. The App seems to require a account to activate, but it does give you access to at least 100 comics with an invitation to subscribe to their digital comics service. The app is fairly easy to navigate, but still has some annoying feature-lack.

  • You have the ability to add comics to your must reads, but there is no "not interested" or read shelf.
  • No user rating for comics.
  • No discovery mechanism for finding new comics.

Having said that, it is easy to find titles that I was already interested in, and they are enjoyable to read online.

Link (via Pink Kryptonite)

Iron Man Invincible Comic

2557new_storyimage2827313_thumb Marvel announced that an all new ongoing comic series titled Invincible Iron Man will launch latter in the month of May. I wish they would have green-lighted this project for an animated series either for TV or direct to DVD.  This will follow the May 2nd premier of the Iron Man Movie and although it will benefit from the movie hype and excitement if they had done it as a series they could have really launched something to fill the void left behind by the writer's strike. The picture is the Cover by Joe Quesada which is planned for the first issue cover.  The cover graphics are exciting and compelling and hope that the rest of the artwork matches.

The Invincible Iron Man will be written by Matt Fraction and penciled & cover by Salvador Larroca & Joe Quesada.

Tony Stark – Iron Man, billionaire industrialist and director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – faces the most overwhelming challenge of his life. Ezekiel Stane, the son of Tony's late business rival and archenemy Obadiah, has set his sights, his genius and his considerable fortune on the task of destroying Tony Stark and Iron Man. What's worse, he's got Iron Man tech, and he's every bit Iron Man's equal and opposite…except younger, faster, smarter…and immeasurably evil.

I really like Iron man but question his opponent in this series and how tight of a story it will make. But "Have faith true believer" and I do look forward to more info.

(via Marvel)

The animated video Doctor Strange

I watched a great animated video a couple of days ago. It is called Doctor Strange and was released straight to video on August 14, 2007. This is a superhero video using one of the marvel characters. The video was dark and the action tight. Going into this film I had no fore knowledge of the Dr. Strange character or comic but I was still able to really enjoy the story and didn’t leave the film feeling like I was left out, yet I could tell that there was some things put in certain places that were for the comic fans too. This amazing balance is a hard one to reach and I applaud them for obtaining it. The tale opens with an intense chase scene with the pupils of the Ancient One pursuing a servant of Dormammu. This chase passes by the car of the gifted and selfish Dr. Strange. The tale continues and Dr. Strange is struck with a tragedy that sets him on a path to recover his life. During the quest he is led to the training temple of the Ancient One and receives healing and instruction while there.

One of the qualities that I really enjoyed in this tale was the clear development of the character of Dr. Strange. In the beginning he is a selfish, self-obsessed, cruel, haunted man. They did a great job of creating a feeling of disgust and pity over his character in the start of the film, I found my self caring about the character because I knew something obviously led him to be the creep that was before me and yet he was still a creep that could just walk away from the woman’s suffering. Then as the tale goes on we learn about what happened to him that hardened his heart and we watch Dr. Strange forgive himself and grow into a wonderful person. It was quite a delightful experience that gave so much depth to the story. The setting and animation was wonderful and crisp. The movement was fluid and action dynamic. One aspect of the setting that I really enjoyed was how the creators limited the abilities of the magic users. Everyone learned how to manipulate their environment by realizing the oneness of it all but each person was limited to their own innate abilities. This way each character had both power and limitation, they did a great job of showing both. This helped to give great tension as you watch the characters being powerful and when they were faced with their limitations their downfall as well.

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