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We Are Nothing Without Marvel

A world without Marvel is no world at all. With the direction of Stan Lee, MCU has brought the world together through its inclusion of diversity and the ability to insert racial issues. In hindsight, MCU is the reason why comics and science became cool.

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It’s hard to envision pop culture without the impact of Stan Lee. So much so, that in 2017 parents thought it best to name their newborns after their favorite MCU characters. Some of the most common names are Loki, Pepper, Natasha, Wade, and Parker, which ranks at the top with 1,487 females and 4,386 males. This is no surprise as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been attributed to the beginning of the success of Marvel.

 

Stan Lee and his team went further than inspiring kids with the creation of comics like the Fantastic Four and the iconic X-Men. The Fantastic Four and X-Men heroes, like Professor X, Logan, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm, were the outsiders that allowed fans to compare themselves to characters that resembled their own differences. This didn’t stop here. Black Panther, with the most successful release, provided more representation for black audiences. We hailed Wakanda for months on end, taking on the pride of the Panther Tribe with costumes and more.

And let’s not forget, every hero has a villain.

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Among these villains are Ultron, the robot created by Dr. Pym in the original Ant-Man; Loki, son of Laufey the king of the Frost Giants; Red Skull, confidant to Adolf Hitler and leader of HYDRA; Ronan, the radical Kree warlord who formed an alliance with Thanos in order to eradicate Xandarians; Thanos, the most evil, bloodthirsty villain who attempted to conquer the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet and many more. These villains, although vicious, are the greatest villains of all time. MCU has made it so that we not only root for the superheroes, but we also give praises to the villains.

 

Even though Marvel films have a variety of characters within different periods of time, they all share an overarching storyline, making Marvel one of the best universes. As Screen Rant’s article puts it, “if audiences had to pick between listening to a lecture on the nuances of particle physics and watching the Hulk smash through Manhattan, they’d probably pick the latter.”

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Speaking of audiences, if you ever go to a Marvel movie and you try to walk out at the end, best believe you will get the glaring eyes. There is always a glimpse into what will be coming next, leaving the audiences itching for more.

 

MCU aims to not only entertain the audience but also encourages audience members to reflect on the issues that plague modern society. Many of the issues represented within each comic include “delicate topics like sex, race, drug use, violence, and authority.”

Although Stan Lee won’t show up in the movies anymore, the MCU continues on its legacy by keeping the audiences glued to their seats willing and ready for whatever comes their way.

 

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Continuing To Celebrate Stan Lee: Excelsior!

The Amazing Lee, gone too soon! Stan Lee, the creator of the world’s iconic Marvel superheroes, would have celebrated 97 years of life on December 28th.

 

 

Stan Lee was born in New York City in 1922, to his parents Celia and Jack Lieber, Jewish immigrants from Romania. At the age of sixteen, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the Timely Comics. As an assistant, he oversaw making sure that the artists had their materials to make the comics, proofreading, and of course, lunch. Then the miraculous happened. Lee was given the opportunity to write and design his own comics.

 

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Stan Lee originally wanted to use his pen name, now legal name, for his “Great American Novel”. Unfortunately, he was never able to write that, but Stan Lee came in handy for when he co-created his first comic, the Fantastic Four. This allowed Lee the opportunity to continue to work with Jack Kirby on comics we now know today as the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and several other iconic Marvel superheroes.

 

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On December 20th, ABC aired a Stan Lee Tribute Special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee. Lee’s fans and friends were able to commemorate all Lee was known for. The Marvel classics and his cameo appearances in many Marvel Films, never let you forget the legend that he was and continues to be.

 

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee! Excelsior!

 

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Are The Classic 90’s Marvel Cartoons Coming To Disney+?

Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, is set to have a huge lineup of Marvel content ready at launch. This includes new series such as Loki and WandaVision as well as the films in the MCU like Black Panther and Captain Marvel. But nothing can beat the classic Marvel cartoons from the 90’s. Fans of those shows might be excited by this news.

 

 

 

Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, those who have had early access to the streaming service has gone to Twitter to say that Disney+ plus will feature 90’s Marvel cartoons such as the original Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons. Other 90’s cartoons include Silver Surfer, Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four.

 

 

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The tweets came after Disney+ launched a free trial for the service exclusively in the Netherlands. According to the original source, there are even more classic Marvel cartoons on the service.

 

 

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We’re still 60 days away from the launch of Disney+, and the photos and tweets themselves don’t officially confirm anything, but the prospect of being able to stream these classic cartoons whenever you want is surely to get people talking.

 

 

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Marvel’s Celebrates 80 Years With Awesome Comics Collection

 

 

Marvel Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. With a franchise as big as this, a special something ought to be made for longtime fans, and what better way to reward them than with a comics collection of epic proportions.

 

Book publisher Folio Society is releasing Marvel: The Golden Age, a compilation of some of the first Marvel comics. Originally released back in 1939, when the company was called Timely Comics, this gift compilation features classic characters and comics we know and love today, as well as some that don’t exist anymore. In addition, the book will also feature a 64-page replica of Marvel Comics #1.

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This is Folio Society’s first foray into comic book territory, and many hope that this will eventually lead the company to publish special editions for all eras of Marvel Comics.

 

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Folio Society editor Tom Walker feels that publishing comics is very similar to not only the other works they publish, but also literature in general:

 

Marvel Comics have been one of the great literary influences of the past century, and as I started to explore that world, I found the comic form had inspired so many of my own favorite writers, from Neil Gaiman to Margaret Atwood.

 

The collection will be released on September 25th, but is available for pre-order now.

 

 

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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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