Category: Comics and Graphic Novels

‘Spider-Man’ Screenwriter Alvin Sargent Dies

Sad news for Spider-Man fans. Alvin Sargent, the man who wrote scripts for the Spider-Man films to life has, according to the BBC, passed away. Sargent died in his home in Seattle due to natural causes, passing away peacefully at the age of ninety-two. He wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3as a rewrite of The Amazing Spider-ManSargent began his career as a writer for television, breaking into films with his film Gambit starring Michael Caine. He went on to write Julia and Ordinary Peopletwo dramas that netted him two Oscar wins.

 

Spider-Man sits crouched on a runaway train, facing the villainous Dr. Octopus

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However, it is safe to say that fans today will remember him for his work on the Spider-Man films, with Spider-Man 2 being the fan favorite of the franchise for its thematic focus on Peter Parker grappling with his double life as Spider-Man, the memorably evil Doctor Octopus, the funny and witty dialogue, as well as a feel good nature of the film that helps it feel fresh for the entire family. While the latter two films aren’t as beloved, it is doubtless that any superhero fan feels gratitude toward Mr. Sargent for bringing these films to life.

Rest in peace, Alvin Sargent! You had a wonderful career as one of Hollywood’s best talents.

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Out-Earns ‘Titanic,’ James Cameron Congratulates Marvel

Avengers: Endgame has smashed box office records since its debut, and hasn’t stopped since. One of the film’s most significant accomplishments was passing $2 billion in global box office revenue in two short weeks. It now joins the same high-earning club as Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Titanicand Avatar.

 

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James Cameron directed these latter two films, previously the two highest-grossing movies of all time. When Endgame crossed the $2 billion mark, it broke Cameron’s monopoly on the top two spots to become the second-highest-grossing film of all time. It is now less than 500 million away from surpassing Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Even if its doesn’t hit that mark, there’s no reason to downplay the massive success the film has already achieved: Titanicreleased in 1997, had maintained its record for two decades before Avengers: EndgameWhile Avatar is a more recent film, its earnings are impressive… but, of course, Avengers: Endgame already beat its opening weekend.

After passing Titanic, James Cameron tweeted his congratulations to Marvel Studios on the success of the film:

 

James Cameron congratulates Marvel

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This isn’t the first time studios congratulated others on a successful weekend. Star Wars did the same with Marvel Studios when Infinity War broke the record back in 2015.

 

Will James Cameron have to make another tweet if Endgame passes Avatar? Most likely.

 

 

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Archie Comics Congratulate Royal Couple on Newborn Baby

The royal baby is finally here!

 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their first child yesterday, the seventh in line for the British throne. They named their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The name prompted many different reactions, but the most significant one came from one of America’s oldest comic book publishers.

Archie Comics took to Twitter to congratulate the birth of the newborn with a fun little tweet riffing off the popular ‘i’m baby’ meme:

 


It wasn’t long until #Archie and #RoyalBabyName started trending on Twitter. And with this tweet came plenty of funny reactions, most of which referencing the popular CW show Riverdale, based on Archie comics character Archie Andrews and his friends. Here are some of the best ones:

 

Not every tweet was about the Archie comics character. Some took it even further and referenced Archie Bunker from All in the Family:

 

One thing’s for sure: Archie may be prince, but Jughead wears the crown.

 

 

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Watchmen

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Teaser is Finally Here!

The Watchmen legacy is everlasting and still going strong.

Deadline shared the trailer that HBO just released for the new Watchmen series coming this fall. It’s all sorts of dark, weird, intriguing, epic, and thrilling—everything fans have come to expect from a Watchmen installment.

 

 

We make a return to the alternate history where superheroes are real, gritty, and viewed as outlaws. But we’re now in the present day, as opposed to the tense, Cold War, arms race era setting that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons used as the backdrop for their groundbreaking graphic novel.

The series has not yet been confirmed as either a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation or a modern day remake of the comic book classic. It’s a reasonable bet, though, that the presence of what seems to be an older Ozymandias (played by the legendary Jeremy Irons) and a Rorschach-honoring cult, proves that the series will likely be a sequel of some sort.

 

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This also wouldn’t be the first time that DC Comics has added more narratives to Watchmen’s chronology. Prequels dedicated to the novel’s characters (Before Watchmen) were published only a few years ago. The big-event sequel series, Doomsday Clock, is currently being released chapter by chapter as well. It’s a very good time to be a Watchmen fan one way or another, and it’s only about to get better.

 

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‘GoT’s Richard Madden in Talks to Join Marvel

Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame is now in talks to join Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in Marvel’s Eternals. Jack Kirby is a name you should know. He once was Stan Lee’s boss, but after losing his job thanks to a crackdown on comic books he quit before coming back, now the writer-edit under Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. Infamously, he created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Menthe Hulk, and even the Silver Surfer.

 

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In 1976, Jack Kirby created The Eternals. The story goes:

Millions of years ago, the fictional aliens called The Celestials experimented on primitive humans and created The Eternals as an offshoot of the evolutionary process. Newly born, the Eternals are tasked to defend Earth, but find themselves caught in a war between their creators and their destructive counterparts, the Deviants, in what is already an eon conflict.

Eventually, the Eternals battle with Greek, Roman and Norse gods before leaving Earth to explore the stars.

 

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The film based on this property will be directed by Chloe Zhao and set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chloe Zhao’s previous film credits include Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider.

 

Chloe Zhao

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Scripting the new movie is Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The duo previously wrote Ruin and their near-future thriller Mimi From Rio is currently set up at Netflix with Ridley Scott producing.

 

 

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According to Variety, Richard Madden, most famously Robb Stark on Game of Thrones before his infamous death scene, is now in talks to join the cast alongside Angelina Jolie, who played the titular character in Disney’s Maleficent and Kumail Nanjiani, who played Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Right now information is scare. In fact, much of the film is not known. We don’t know who Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani have been cast as and we don’t have a release date.

All we know that The Eternals, Black Widow and Shang Chi are all in development, but no specifics will be revealed until the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this July 2nd.

 

 

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