Comic Strip: ‘Sinister Six’ Teases, Marvel Heads to Infinity, and Wolverine Finally Bailing?
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, 'The Sinister Six' makes a confusing announcement, DC preps nine new movies, and the X-Men kick butt in a trio of new clips.
The Final 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Tidbits
After nearly two years of casting and teases and trailers and TV spots and posters, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is finally in theaters, but that didn't stop the news coming out of the film, which reached a crescendo this past week. After all, it wouldn't be a major superhero movie opening weekend without talk of sequels and spinoffs! Let's hit the highlights.
- First, it was revealed that if you used the Shazam app during the closing credits of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' you were treated to a serious of images teasing the infamous Spider-Man supervillain team known as the Sinister Six. Since a 'Sinister Six' movie is currently on the way, courtesy of writer/director Drew Goddard, it all makes perfect sense and feels like Sony's marketing department being perfectly on point ... right? Well, not quite. Only hours after "Sinister Six lineup revealed!" headlines started hitting the internet, it was clarified that the official roster for the film has not been finalized and that the characters teased during the credits don't guarantee anything. Um, okay.
The good news is that it's looking like 'Sinister Six' could start filming as early as 2015, and considering that subject matter and the filmmaker, this is a project we'd like to see sooner rather than later. In the meantime, here are the characters who were teased in the closing credits. You know, just in case. In order: Green Goblin, Rhino, Doc Ock, Vulture, Kraven and ... well, it's either Mysterio or Chameleon. Take your pick.
- From slightly baffling but ultimately cool news, we move onto some pretty disappointing news. With the 'Amazing Spider-Man' series plotted out for four entries (not including spinoffs), franchise producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach were asked if they would ever venture beyond Peter Parker. More specifically, they were asked if we'd ever get to see Miles Morales, the half-black, half-hispanic Spider-Man currently wearing the costume in Marvel's Ultimate comics line.
And the answer is no. And it's not just a "no," It's a wildly dismissive statement where they wrongly claim that the character almost "ended" Spider-Man. That means that we'll be seeing another Spidey origin movie around 2022 or so. The only thing worse than the thought of this franchise getting rebooted again is the fact that the powers that be are so quick to dismiss one of the coolest and most progressive characters in modern comics.
- Speaking of things that make your skin crawl, this is what the special edition of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Blu-ray will look like. Yes, the disks live inside the severed head of Jamie Foxx's Electro. No, your eyes aren't deceiving you -- it really is that awful.
Don't worry. You can wash that out of your brain with this really excellent look at how Spider-Man's current cinematic costume came to be.
The Cheapest Batman Cosplay Ever
- Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, but it's never too late to admire these print-out Batman masks that were available at many stores. This is easily the most affordable Batman cosplay you'll ever find. Whether you're a Frank Miller fan or an Adam West fan, these have you covered.
- Speaking of Adam West, the star of the wonderful '60s 'Batman' series wrote a warm and funny column reflecting on his colorful legacy as the Caped Crusader. It's a must-read if you like good things.
DC and Marvel Get Animated
- While Batman is prepared to go to war against Superman on the big screen in 2016, he's becoming a father on the small screen. Writer Grant Morrison's celebrated run with the character is getting the direct-to-DVD treatment with 'Batman and Son,' which will introduce the character of Damien Wayne to a whole new audience. A new clip from the animated movie has made its way online and you should definitely check it out:
- But that's not all of the animated Batman news to hit! They've also gone and released cover art for the upcoming 'Batman: Assault on Arkham,' a new movie that takes place in the same universe as the massively popular Batman: Arkham video games.
- DC didn't monopolize the world of animated superhero movies this past week! Marvel's upcoming 'Big Hero 6' cast two new cast members. The first of them is Jamie Chung, who appeared in 'Sucker Punch' and can be seen in the upcoming 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.' Chung will be playing the character of Go Go Tomago, a "daredevil bike messenger." The second is the far more well known Maya Rudolph, who you should know from her years on 'SNL' and 'Bridesmaids.'
For more information on 'Big Hero 6,' click HERE.
The X-Men Marketing Onslaught Continues!
- 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' may be in theaters, but the superhero movie news keeps on rolling with 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' which seems to be working overtime to remind everybody that it's coming out later this month. The biggest and most exciting reminder came in the form of three new clips, each of them showcasing a different set of characters. You've got Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique facing off with Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask, Michael Fassbender's Magneto having an intense moment with James McAvoy's Professor X, and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Nicholas Hoult's Beast battling it out!
- Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman reiterated that he may be getting a little old for all of this superhero stuff. He says that he'll most likely do 'Wolverine 3,' but after that? Well...
We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.
As much as we love Jackman's take on the character, it may be time for him to hang the claws up and give another actor a shot at the role. More than anything, we want him to enjoy a hamburger again. We look forward to watching a less
veiny ripped (and by extension, happier) Jackman continue to act in non-superhero movies for decades to come.
Fun and Video Games With Marvel
Superhero movies may be a big deal, but it's just about the films. It's also about the comics ... and the toys and the video games and the lunch boxes and the bed sheets and the "everything else in your life that has Wolverine on it."
- First, check out this built-to-scale Hulk and Bruce Banner action figure set. Is it worth $509? Uh, probably not, but those sculpts sure are impressive. If you've ever wanted a Bruce Banner toy with Ruffalo-accurate stubble and Hulk with realistic body hair, this is a must-buy.
If your idea of fun and games is of the electronic variety, don't worry, Marvel has got you covered. The Marvel superheroes are coming to Disney Infinity later this year, giving Captain America and Iron Man the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Woody the Cowboy and Captain Jack Sparrow. Ah, this is what happens when Disney owns everything you love! It's equally terrifying and awesome in equal measure.
- Meanwhile, the president of Marvel's game division addressed the scarcity of Marvel-related video games with a fairly blunt admission: they're concentrating on quality over quantity. Says TQ Jefferson himself:
What we’re also doing now is we’re being much more selective and measured in how we approach partnerships. I think in the heyday of the movie licensed game, it was just, ‘Let’s churn out something, let’s do the the smash and grab, get the money and get out’ and most of those games sucked, to be perfectly blunt.
You know what, guys? Take your time. We'll wait. Make something good. In any case, Jefferson does promise that a game centered around the Avengers will exist eventually.
- And just in case you thought Marvel was going to hog all of the video game news, it was revealed that a sequel to the very popular superhero fight game Injustice: Gods Among Us is in the works, but it won't be out until 2015 at the earliest.
Marvel Studios Never Sleeps, But DC Is Coming For Them
- Ever since it got that Disney money, Marvel Studios became the peacock of the superhero movie world -- it just doesn't stop showing off. Even when other superhero movies are hitting theaters, they still share indelible details about the upcoming 'Defenders' Netflix series, they still reveal that the great Andy Serkis is involved in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' somehow, and there are even crazy rumors about a new solo 'Hulk' movie floating around. When they announce things like a Times Square exhibit exploring the science of the Marvel universe, it feels like they're just showing off at this point.
- But they can't rest on their laurels -- Warner Bros. and DC are gunning for them. With 'Batman vs. Superman' and 'Justice League' set to film back-to-back, it was revealed that the company has nine more films in development. Until we hear something concrete, we can play the guessing game. In any case, it's clear: DC is tired of playing second fiddle and they're coming for Marvel.
'Fantastic Four' Casts a Mole Man
- The amazing character actor Tim Blake Nelson has been cast as Mole Man in the upcoming 'Fantastic Four' reboot.
Yes. Mole Man. The new 'Fantastic Four' has Mole Man in it.
You know what? Throw out everything negative we've ever speculated about this production. It has Mole Man. And Dr. Doom. And Doombots. It's feeling pretty legit already.
That is all.
'Arrow' and 'The Flash' Tease Future Superheroics
- Let's not forget that some of the best superhero stories are currently being told on the small screen. To be more specific, let's not forget that some of the best superhero stories currently being told are happening on 'Arrow.' The next episode looks fantastic.
- And is it just us, or is this tease of the score for The CW's 'Flash' TV series more cinematic and grand than anything actually in theaters at the moment?