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‘Akira’ Adaptation Gets Release Date!

Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the classic manga, Akira, is set to open May 21st, 2021.

 

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Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, this cyberpunk story revolves around teenage biker gang leader Kaneda, militant revolutionary Kei, a trio of Espers, and Neo-Tokyo’s military leader Colonel Shikishima to prevent Tetsuo, Kaneda’s mentally-imbalanced childhood friend, from using his unstable telekinetic abilities to ravage the city and awaken a mysterious individual with similar psychic abilities named “Akira”.

Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha before Marvel Comics published the book in the United States under their Epic Comics imprint, becoming one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety into English.

 

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Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own work, directing the film adaptation in 1988. Akira had a production budget of $9 million, making it the most expensive anime film of its time, but the expense proved to be worth it. The film gained an international cult following following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.

The film paved the way for Japanese popular culture to influence Western culture from animation to comics to film to music to television to video games.

Perhaps it was only inevitable that a live-action adaptation would be made. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film has been in development hell. “Back in 2012, a version that would have starred Garrett Hedlund was shelved, with various filmmakers coming and going on the project that would have been an Americanized version of the story.”

I’m getting Ghost in the Shell flashbacks.

 

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Now Leonardo DiCaprio and Andrew Lazar, through DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, are producing the film with Taika Waititi as director, who “is expected to go a more authentic route, stating back in 2017 that he would want to cast Asian actors in the roles.”

 

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Taika Waititi is known for his Academy Award nominated short film Two Cars, One Night and his masterpieces Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well as this little film called Thor: Ragnarok.

Back in 2017, when Thor: Ragnarok was in full swing, Taika Waititi told IGN:

“Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent.”

He also told them that:

I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books

Now, according to Empire, Warner Bros. has dated the film for May 21st, 2021, which puts it up against John Wick 4. Given that John Wick 3: Parabellum has already passed $180 million at the box office, this might be a tough fight.

But as Vulture reports, this could be “an excellent idea for a potential crossover sequel if we’ve ever heard one”.

 

 

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Rejoice! Loki Comes Back to Life in New Comic Series

Loki, the cunning god of mischief and half-brother to Thor, has always been a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, he met his untimely demise at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War. But don’t worry Loki lovers, the man lives on in the comics.

Marvel Comics announced that a new Loki comic series will launch in July. This new series will be a spin-off of the War for the Realms story arc, in which Thor was caught in the middle of a massive war between all the ten realms. Asgard fell, Mjolnir was destroyed and Loki gets eaten alive by his own father, the King of the Frost Giants.

Since the new Loki series takes place after the War for the Realms, which hasn’t finished its run yet, it is unclear how Loki survived his death. Marvel isn’t telling, so we’ll just have to read it and find out.

Here is the cover of the first issue featuring Loki and Mjolnir. How Mjolnir got restored, and the reason Loki is holding it, looks like another mystery just waiting to be solved:

 

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The 20 Most Inspiring Women in Comic Books

Today is International Women’s Day, and I think its fairly appropriate to give some props to some of the most inspiring women from comic books. These are women who—with or without superpowers—inspire young girls (and those of us who are still young at heart). Real heroes are those who are willing to sacrifice everything for the betterment of others, those who are strong, and brave, and have heart and hope through the darkest of times. These are just a few of the endless inspiring women who encompass these ideals of heroism… and a few of their most iconic, empowering quotes!

 

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1. Captain Marvel

“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”

 

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2. Wonder Woman

“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”

 

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3. Agent Peggy Carter

“Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say: ‘No, you move’.”

 

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4. Super Girl

“No hero can save everyone, not even Superman. But a real hero never stops trying.”

 

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5. Black Widow

“Don’t think I’m helpless just because I’m soft and cuddly!”

 

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6. Mera

“I don’t bow to any king.”

 

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7. Storm

“You counter despair with hope. You strive forever for the best you are capable to be! Therein lies the victory!”

 

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8. Batwoman

“Sitting at that desk, staring out that window, watching the city that we grew up in rot at its core. You find a way to not break.”

 

 

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9. Jessica Jones

“I can control myself, which means I’m more powerful than you ever were.”

 

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10. Bat Girl

“I’m strong enough and smart enough for anything you throw at me.”

 

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11. Gwen Stacy

“There will be dark days ahead of us too and there will be days when you feel alone and that’s when hope is needed most. Keep it alive.”

 

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12. Harley Quinn

“You think I’m just a doll. A doll that’s pink and light. A doll you can arrange any way you like. You’re wrong. Very wrong.”

 

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13. Shuri

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

 

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14. Vixen

“I have all the powers of Africa now. From the fox to the Elephant… I am the life of Africa, and I believe in life.”

 

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15. Jean Grey

“We come into this world alone and we leave the same way. The time we spent in between is all that makes life worth living.”

 

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16. Black Canary

“To fight the unthinkable, you have to be willing to do the unthinkable.”

 

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17. Mystique

“But they wanted more. They wanted it all. And I gave it to them.”

 

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18. Bumblebee

“I call the shots! Got it?!”

 

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19. Gamora

“I have spent most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends.”

 

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20. Starfire

“On Tamaran we appreciate the past. We respect it. But we don’t live there. We live here. Now. In the moment.”

 

Honorable Mentions include Okoye, Zatanna, Scarlet Witch, Poison Ivy, Sharon Carter, and Valkyrie. In truth, there are too many heroes to count!

 

 

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Marvel Is Coming to Serial Box

There are many different ways to enjoy Marvel comics. You can watch the films or cartoons, play one of the many video games or just be old-fashioned and pick up a comic and start reading. Even with Marvel mania sweeping the country, there are still some people who don’t have time to follow up on their favorite superheroes. Serial Box might have the solution to that.

 

For those that don’t know, Serial Box is a digital publishing company that specializes in “Serials”, long-form stories that are broken up into 10-16 individual installments similar to a television series. Once you sign up, you can subscribe to your favorite series for a small fee and get access to new instalments as they are released.

 

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Marvel announced that it is teaming up with Serial Box to produce episodic content based on some of its famous superheroes. Stories centered around Thor, Jessica Jones and Black Panther are in the works, with the Thor story being the first to come out. The stories will be available in both print and comic versions.

 

CEO of Serial Box, Molly Barton, expressed her excitement for the upcoming partnership.

 

“We are thrilled that Marvel is entrusting us to extend and expand the story worlds for these beloved characters. Our writer teams could not be more excited to share the new stories with listeners and readers everywhere.”

 

Will you subscribe to Serial Box for Marvel content?

 

 

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