New York ComicCon 2013 Recap
Many people were outside enjoying the fall weather, pumpkin ales, and football games this weekend, but while you were out experiencing Fall as a season, others were experiencing it as their favorite fictional characters at New York Comic Con. Not as popular as the San Diego counterpart, NYCC is still a big time for comic publishers to present their new series (Marvel has Ghost Rider and Silver Surfer series incoming) and video game publishers to show off what’s about to be released in terms of tie-in titles. In case you weren’t following it along the way, here’s a quick recap of everything this weekend that I found to be more than interesting. Pick your topic for more information on it.
Movies, TV, and Comic Books
Per director/writer James Gunn, initial filming has wrapped on the film. This means that there will be some more revealing tweets from the director as the days go, but no more on-set pics (unless they do pickups). Don’t expect a trailer soon, but we may begin to see promotional art coming to light. My hopes are a Superbowl trailer in 2014. He put a message out on Facebook to publicly thank those involved.
"And that is an Official Wrap on Guardians of the Galaxy. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of you involved with this film. Everyone down the line has been one hundred percent supportive of me and the Marvel team at every turn, and although I can be harsh or hurried at times, it has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. I feel profoundly fortunate to have been surrounded by the people on this film - because of your talent, your insight, your passion, your liveliness, and your friendship. From the cast to the producers to the costumers to the A.D.s to the stand-ins to the P.A.s to the extras to the stunties and on and on, this movie is what it is because of all of you. Thank you thank you thank you a thousand times, from the bottom of my heart. I love you all." -- James Gunn
Evan Peters (American Horror Story) has confirmed that he WILL have silver hair in DOFP when he plays Quicksilver. We reported earlier that the scene will be filmed at 3600 frames-per-second and had intense lighting to ensure everything was exposed properly on the film. I guess the biggest surprise is that Bryan Singer is following source material for once.
The Thor films are always going to be about family and loyalties, as those are were their conflicts exist. We get the father/son relationship struggles between Thor, Loki, and Odin, but what we’re going to get in Thor: The Dark World is a glimpse at Odin’s father, Bor. He will be played by Tony Curran (Gladiator) and is considered the person who built Asgard, including the prisons in which Loki and some marauders are kept. The closer we get to TDW, the more excited I get. I feel Alan Taylor and Marvel will have a lot of surprises in store for us and truly flesh out Asgard and the Nine Realms.
On ComicUI’s Facebook, we reported that Sony is shopping around some alternate titles for the film that truly sucked. I hope they don’t pick either of them and diminish the film’s actual meaning. That doesn’t mean we can’t get some good news and at NYCC, Sony showed off the faithful and iconic suit we’ll see Peter Park showing off in ASM2. I love the white eyes and the webbing on the suit, which mimic Ultimate Spider-Man but also feel very Raimi-series-esque. I can’t wait to get my eyes on that thing in action.
Doctor Who has been one of my most recent fascinations. Starting with the 2010 Christmas episode, I’ve seen all the 2005-present series and a few of the older ones. This November marks the 50th anniversary of when the show first aired and for that episode, we get a bunch of eye candy all at once. First up is the second to last episode for Matt Smith as the Doctor. He’ll be leaving the series in the following Christmas episode. Secondly, David Tennant is returning for the episode as the 10th incarnation of the doctor (also Billie Piper as Rose Tyler!!!!!) and he looks every bit the part, especially having been out of the role for 4 years. Lastly, John Hurt as a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor who had some part in ending the Time War (which kicked off the 2005 series). Lots of questions and I’m sure plenty of answers. I’m truly excited, so check out these images that will been seen in SFX Magazine.
Star Wars: TCW was one of my favorite television shows of the past 5 years. Starting with the premiere, I caught it weekly until the show was recently ended by Disney (to make room for Rebels, which I have renewed faith). This show went dark and serious and really showed how an animated series could be thought provoking and still child accessible. If you haven’t had the chance to watch it, I encourage you. With the ending, which I feel was just and extremely well done, there were a handful of episodes left that served to lead the show directly into Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Including several Jedi being killed, Storm Troopers going crazy, and more dark sided goodness, including the ultimate fate of Darth Maul I hope. Dave Filioni, producer and director of the series, has said that the production on the remaining episodes has completed and in early 2014 we can watch them. Via which means, I’m not sure, but there’s a disturbance in the force that says it’ll be a digital method, with an ultimate disc based released later in the year.
Star Wars Rebels is also due to air next year as well and we have our first look at the main villain, The Inquisitor. This show takes place 14 years after Revenge of the Sith and focuses on the Empire’s efforts to destroy the remaining Jedi in the galaxy (still?). The art style seems very VERY close to The Clone Wars, but a big more refined. There appears to be more lighting and detail in this image, as well as a kick ass new type of double bladed lightsaber. Take a peek and let me know what you think of the Inquisitor. Click for a bigger version.
Apparently this is a thing. Neil Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham created a superhero comic years ago and was left on a cliffhanger, specifically issue #24. So when Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada showed a video of Gaiman talking about MiracleMan #25, it could only mean one thing. Starting January 2014, MiracleMan will return in reprints of old material and culminating in the ending of the arc and release of issue 25. It appears several variant covers are being made for the release, including one done by Brian’s favorite, Skottie Young.
Beenox has been making Spider-Man games for a while now and next year they’re set to release a tie-in for Amazing Spider-Man 2 on current AND next gen consoles. From this teaser, it seems the world is a bit darker, but doesn’t seem to stray too much from the original Spider-Man 2 formula: open world sandbox. With GTA released, I hope ASM 2 takes the sandbox genre to new heights and really sticks its landing. Take a look at the trailer and maybe mark your calendars for next spring?
A week before the release of the game and they’re still unveiling characters for the upcoming TellTale title. The newest additions to the cast include: She-Hulk, Shocker, Pyro, Nightmare, Absorbing Man, Malekith, Kurse as a bigfig, Taskmaster, Power Man, Iron Fist, Havok, Polaris, Moon Knight, Aunt May, Superior Spider-Man, and two different versions of Electro. The most exciting news is Moon Knight, but the funnest part is playing as Aunt May. Apparently she has no super powers, but instead a large hand bag to smack villains with. Also announced was Day 1 DLC and it includes The Dark World characters: Malekith, Kurse, Odin, Sif, Volstagg, Hogun, Fandral, and Jane Foster.
Here’s a peek at Superior Spider-Man and how they created a LEGO poster from the original Ryan Stegman art.
Endless runners are big in the app store right now and they come via Temple Run or side scrolling views. Apparently there has been a Marvel endless runner available in Korea for some time now and we’ll finally be getting it state side. Titled “MARVEL RUN JUMP SMASH” has players doing just that. You can play as Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and a few others as they run…forever. It may not be the best game out for mobile (Avengers Initiative is, but sorely needs an update) but it looks to be a time killer which can be played in your downtime. Have a look at the reveal image and gameplay below.
There you have it, people: all the greatest news of NYCC all in one post and available here at ComicUI. Don’t forget we’re giving away a first print issue of Infinity #1 still when Facebook gets to 150 likes. Get all your friends onto ComicUI and you could have yourself some free stuff for the effort.