Seems like an odd choice of villain for the MCU to bring in, to me. I mean, Dr Strange only appeared in a single Iron Man story -
Tales of Suspense #41 - and has basically never been referred to since. Still, I suppose they know what they're doing.
I mean, seriously, was this because launching Squirrel Girl would have broken some kind of upper quota limit? Sort it out, guys.
This weekend past saw the ninth annual New York Comic Con take place, not in San Diego as expected, but in the surprise venue of New York. One half of the main PanelBeats team (James) was there; so it makes perfect sense for the half that wasn't (me) to be the one to do a round-up of what happened. So in a completely unfocused and to be honest somewhat ill-informed manner, here are my five favourite things that were announced, or otherwise happened, at the convention.
Yes, Marvel's First Family are being cancelled, and this time they're definitely never coming back. Of course, the big question now is what we'll see first: a new Fantastic Four #1, or the final part of The Death of Wolverine.
My bet's on the former.
Look, I know it's the easy/done thing to rag on Aquaman, but there's a reason for that: it's because Aquaman is rubbish
. Nobody (except Geoff Johns, for some reason) wants to see an Aquaman movie. I can look for the good in just about any character that DC have ever published, and even I don't want to see one. And yet they're apparently going ahead and making one anyway.
So just to prove how I can look for the good in just about any character that DC have ever published (except Aquaman), here's a list of a hundred of them who have yet to appear in a film but would be guaranteed to make for a more interesting/entertaining one than Arthur Curry.
Not spoilery in a "one of the tracks is titled Requiem for a Raccoon" kind of way or anything, just that the content of Peter "Star Lord" Quill's mixtape is by all accounts a pretty central thematic element that will presumably be quite good fun when revealed gradually. But, fuck it, it's a fantastic set of tracks that helps build anticipation yet further for what's clearly going to be one of the most tremendous superhero flicks ever made, so go and give it a listen and dial up your hype meters. And if you know someone who can get us into an advance screening, let us know. We'll be your friend.
Following the horrifying news that Matt Ryan's dishy young interpretation of John Constantine won't ever be shown smoking cigarettes in NBC's upcoming Constantine
TV series, we at Panel Beats were startled to uncover a SECRET DOCUMENT from somewhere or other that reveals that the no ciggies rule is actually just one of TEN things that fans might have thought would be integral to the character of Constantine, but which he won't be allowed to do in the series. Hit the jump for our exclusive list of the other nine...
It's the rumour that's been impossible to avoid online. Thanks to a personal grudge from Marvel Chief Executive Officer Isaac Perlmutter, stemming from the recent Fox/Marvel negotiations over the X-Men
and Fantastic Four
film properties, Marvel would cease publishing comics bearing the Fantastic Four title and would be downplaying characters and properties connected with the franchise in their stories and marketing. Backed up by anonymous testimony from sketch card artists forbidden to drawn Fantastic Four family characters, and evidence such as the Marvel 75th Anniversary magazine note featuring any FF characters on the cover, the rumour quickly grew beyond Rich Johnston's feverish imaginings
into the comics story of the week. The lack of an official response from Marvel at the time of writing only fuels the rumour, and many now believe it possible that in a few months' time, Marvel will no longer be publishing the title that started the company on the road to success.
As you may know, there's an X-Men movie out. We haven't written much about it here yet, but we have put a few pieces online elsewhere that might catch your attention.
11 Questions About DOFP Answered - James goes extra-nerdy on all the continuity questions he had after watching Days of Future Past.
Explaining the Days of Future Past Post-Credits Scene - Who WAS that guy with blue lips? And what was he doing to that pyramid? James speculates on who it was and what it means for the franchise.
Simon Kinberg Interview - James interviews the screenwriter to find out how he felt about adapting Days of Future Past, working with continuity and the future of new characters introduced in the movie.
And if that's not enough, stick around and we'll soon have up a post where Seb and I debate the finer points of the film. He liked it a lot, I wasn't a massive fan. Oh, the drama that results.
Following the ghastly news that DC are "celebrating selfies" with their August variant covers, we've done some digging and turned up an EXCLUSIVE LEAK of a September cover that represents the next stage of their plan to belatedly piggy-back on to shit things from the internet. Rumours that a new hardcover of Infinite Crisis will come complete with a Goatse cover are sadly, at this point, unfounded.