PHILADELPHIA – A new look and a new suit are in store for Ultimate Spider-Man, but the fate of Peter Parker — the awkward teenager who catches thieves like flies — is still a mystery.
Marvel Comics said Monday that Parker is taking off the Spidey costume for good as part of its “Death of Spider-Man” story in its Ultimate Comics imprint, but it has offered scant clues as to what ultimate fate may befall the high schooler who was bitten by a radioactive spider.
One thing is for certain: The iconic red-and-blue spider suit is history, replaced by a sleek, streamlined black outfit with a deep red spider on the chest and cobwebs on the shoulders and head.
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said that while Parker’s fate is still uncertain — “Let’s just say that Peter acts like the hero he is, and pays a price for it,” he said — there will be someone new slinging webs across Manhattan this summer after the current story arc written by Brian Michael Bendis with Mark Millar wraps up in “Ultimate Spider-Man” No. 160.
As for who that person may be, Alonso won’t say.
“We’re confident that once readers get to know the person who wears the new Spider-Man, they are going to fall in love,” he told The Associated Press. “This is a whole new voyage of self-discovery for the 21st century.”
Spider-Man fans need not worry because the Ultimate imprint is separate from Marvel’s bigger universe and whatever fate befalls Parker won’t count in the pages of the other series, including “Amazing Spider-Man.”
It looks like work has started on the grim and gritty animated movie adaptation of Frank Miller andKlaus Janson‘s classic The Dark Knight Returns. With recent adaptations of New Frontier, Under the Red Hood, All Star Superman, and Year One it’s not that surprising that The Dark Knight Returns will be getting its own treatment from DC Universe Animated. Word has it that several Batman veterans will be involved in this series.
The New York Times has provided a clear photo of Baraka from the new Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.
Starring Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Michael Jai White as Major Jackson jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs and Darren Shahlavi as Kano, Mortal Kombat: Legacy will take gamers deep into the history of the warriors they know in love. In a series of shorts, the web series will bring to life the motivation behind each character’s participation in the Mortal Kombat tournament.
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As HBO prepares to unveil its epic-sized series adaptation of George RR Martin’sGame of Thrones this Sunday, the payweb has begun talks to acquire the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods to be developed into another fantasy series. The project was brought to HBO by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and it was brought to them by Robert Richardson. The plan is for Richardson and Gaiman to write the pilot together.
Richardson is the renowned cinematographer who just completed Hugo Cabret and whose recent credits include Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterdsand Kill Bill. He is a regular collaborator with directors that include Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone and has won Oscars for The Aviator and JFK. It is his first significant scripting effort. He’ll do it in collaboration with Gaiman, a fanboy god for works like The Sandman, whose script work includes Beowulf. His novels Stardust and Coraline have been turned into films, and Neil Jordan is directing an adaption of Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.
American Gods, the 2002 book that won both the Stoker and Hugo Award among other prizes, lays out a battle between two sets of gods. One consists of the traditional gods and mythological creatures who got their power because people throughout history believed in them. They are losing steam as people’s beliefs wane and are in danger of being supplanted by a new set of gods who reflect America’s preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs. The protagonist is an ex-con who becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities.
Playtone just completed its run of the HBO series Big Love, and generated the miniseries The Pacific, John Adams, Band of Brothers and From The Earth To The Moon for the network.
Found this during my usual procrastinations;
In the upcoming three issue series Carbon Grey, four well-trained and well-armed sisters are put at odds when the ruler they were sworn to protect is assassinated – and one of them is the prime suspect.
Interview with the artist/creator Hoang Nguyen Here
Hopefully these striking long-exposure shots from one of SILENT HILL: REVELATION’s sets will have as much pop on screen.
SlashFilm brought attention to the images, which come from photographer Sara Collaton, shot late one evening in an amusement park/carnival set that will apparently see a good deal of screen time in the upcoming sequel. Achieved with long exposure, Collaton really captured some gorgeous and ultimately spooky images. Note: While there are no spoilers, the set could be something really stunning and atmospheric in the film, so if you’d like not to be privy, be warned.
Currently shooting in Toronto, SILENT HILL: REVELATION’s synopsis reads, “For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.” The film stars Malcolm McDowell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington and original SILENT HILL returnees Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Deborah Kara Unger.