In a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comic book characters from The Eternals will be taking the spotlight. The latest addition to the cast were announced at this years San Diego Comic Con.
Supreme Geek and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil brand-new franchise starters at the convention in late July. Chief among them is The Eternals, a series about godlike alien beings to be adapted by indie director Chloé Zhao (The Rider), which has widely been reported to star Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Richard Madden [Game of Thrones], as well as Stranger Things lead Millie Bobby Brown.
Based on the Jack Kirby created title The Eternals, the story is about superpowerful and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by the cosmic beings called Celestials.
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Further details about the plot and cast have yet to be released!
The release of Spider-Man: Far From Home is tomorrow, chronicling the fallout of the mega-blockbuster Avengers: Endgame as well as continuing the adventures of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. Debuting in this film is a new foe for the wall-crawler: Mysterio, as played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Mysterio is a more obscure antagonist in Spider-Man’s rogues galley, even if he is one of the superhero’s iconic foes. While we don’t know the role he will play in the new movie, let’s prepare and take a look at ten essential comics in Spider-Man’s library, featuring Mysterio as his dastardly nemesis. Let’s dive in and see the origins of the fishbowl-wearing menace.
6. ‘The Menace of Mysterio!’
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The Amazing Spider-Man #13 is one of Spider-Man’s earliest stories, featuring the first appearance and debut of Mysterio. We learn in this story that Mysterio has no superpowers but instead an array of colorful gadgets and magic tricks that he uses to pass off as a superhero. Within the story, he courts public approval, finding fame as J. Jonah Jameson supports Mysterio as a crimefighter and Mysterio goes after Spider-Man to become the top dog in town. This is a must-read for seeing the debut of Mysterio, even if the story is very dated and clunky to modern eyes. But it’s a classic that shouldn’t be overlooked.
5. ‘Aliens and illusions!’
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This story uses Mysterio’s illusion abilities to showcase how scary he can be. Aliens are seemingly threatening Peter’s girlfriend, attacking and hounding her endlessly, leaving Peter running ragged as he struggles to defend her. But it’s all revealed to be a scheme by Mysterio, whose been using his illusion abilities to craft the threat. Ultimately, it ends on a classic confrontation and showcasing how Mysterio isn’t so goofy when he wants to be serious, despite his hideous outfit.
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In this storyline, the original Mysterio had been long dead. But then, out of the blue, Mysterio seemingly returns, bringing with him a cache of familiar rogues to antagonize Spider-Man once again. But is this the real Mysterio or an imposter? Whose under the mask? It’s up to Spider-Man and his friend Carlie Cooper to solve the mystery, leading to a twist you’ll have to read to see for yourself!
3. ‘The Madness of Mysterio!’
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This comic is also a showcase of talent for Mysterio, as he drives Spider-Man to the brink of madness. After successfully escaping prison, Mysterio challenges Spider-Man and manages to knock him out during the fight. When he awakens, Spider-Man finds himself shrunken down to minuscule height, now facing a gigantic Mysterio! How did this happen? And can he escape Mysterio’s wrath before he gets squashed? You’ll have to read it to find out!
2. ‘The sinister six!’
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For Spider-Man’s first annual issue, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko pulled out the stops: a big super villain team up with Spider-Man’s deadliest foes! Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, The Sandman, The Vulture, and Mysterio (of course). Mysterio may share the spotlight with others this time but he gets a one on one confrontation with the hero as Spider-Man works his way through each villain of the team, one by one. Mysterio doesn’t last long but he proves an essential member of the line up and has returned again to the Sinister Six each time they’ve reappeared.
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This mini-series showcases the first meeting of Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Hailing from different realities, they needed a big threat to unite their universes and who should prove fitting but Mysterio! Its revealed that the Mysterio of Miles’s reality is actually the same one from Peter’s own world. Its up to the Spider-Men of different worlds to take down Mysterio, whose concocted a far more devious goal than normal and he always got a trick up his sleeve for any would be do-gooder.
Magic: The Gathering is a collectible fantasy themed card that debuted in 1993. A game of Magic represents wizard-like figures called planeswalkers who cast spells, use artifacts, and summon monsters. The game is extremely popular, with twenty million players in its current incarnation and providing a unique fantasy experience that can played anywhere.
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Magic: The Gathering on Netflix intends to be an adult themed animation series, joining the likes of Devilman Crybaby, Castlevania, and Ultraman. According to Netflix, the series intends to cross genres, covering themes of fantasy, horror, and action. The story will deepen the universe of the card game, covering Planeswalkers and their history with an intricate storyline featuring well known heroes and villains of the game. The Russos will be working closely with Wizards of the Coast to adapt the series, with Bardel Entertainment, who worked on The Dragon Prince, Teen Titans Go!, and Rick and Mortywill be animating Magic.
Wizards of the Coast is excited to bring Magic to the big screen, with their rich and diverse cast of characters, monsters, and magic systems being adapted for Netflix’s series. No set release nor cast has been announced yet but the results, with all the creative talent involved, should prove very exciting.