It was bound to happen sooner or later: universes will collide when two of Disney’s largest properties, Marvel and Club Penguin join forces later this month. Details appear to be sparse at the moment, but beginning June 14, Club Penguin members will have the ability to suit up as their favorite Marvel superheroes and villains.
Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release Marvel’s The Avengers, production on the highly anticipated film Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, Iron Man 3 returns Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
It’s been (over) 25 years since Howard the Duck debuted in theaters in 1986 and now he, along with Marvel’s Joe Quesada are making an appeal to George Lucas to give the go ahead for a silver anniversary edition blu-ray of the box office bomb hated by critics and moviegoers alike.
You can witness the appeal here in a video posted to Marvel’s YouTube page, in an episode of ‘Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!’
The Avengers have assembled once more, but this time in wax. Late last week, Madame Tussauds in New York City’s Times Square introduced a new Marvel experience to commemorate the theatrical debut of Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4, 2012.
The exhibit is comprised of several figures, amongst which are Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, although only the latter two are new figures for the Museum chain. In fact Hulk stands at an astounding 15 feet tall, which is almost double that of the film’s character, and while Tony Stark may be made of wax, the Iron Man suit on display is not. Captain America and Thor, however, are absolutely true to their individual film counterparts, dress in film accurate costume and patterned after actors Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.
Since he was first introduced to the world some fifty years ago, he’s been called a lot of things, but statuesque is probably not one of them. In honor of their new Marvel license and the 109th American International Toy Fair New York City, LEGO has assembled this slightly less than life-size sculpture of The Hulk, which is indeed Incredible. Based on the film version from Marvel’s The Avengers, Hulk will be greeting industry professionals at the Toy Fair when it kicks off tomorrow morning.
After making full-scale prop replicas and collectibles for some of the most iconic science-fiction, fantasy and action franchises of all time, eFX Inc. announced today that it will unveil an all-new line based on film and comics characters in the Marvel Universe.
eFX, which has acquired worldwide rights to create Marvel collectibles, plans to reveal its new line of Marvel collectibles in the first quarter of 2012, and to display the first collectible prop replicas from the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers at WonderCon in Anaheim, California, from March 16 to March 18.
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today that two more storybook app titles based on the original Marvel Origins series will join ‘The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story‘ app, which launched last month. The new titles, both narrated by comic book legend Stan Lee, include ‘Avengers Origins: Hulk’ and ‘Avengers Origins: Assemble!’ which will be available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch in February 2012.
We have learned that the widely anticipated animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, based on the Marvel comic title of the same name, will debut on Disney XD on April 1, 2012. The show will be the centerpiece of a programming block dedicated to Marvel properties.
The series follows Peter Parker (Drake Bell) one year after he became Spider-Man. Still learning how to make the most of his powers, he is approached by Nick Fury (Chi McBride) of S.H.I.E.L.D. who promises to help Peter, but first Peter must learn to work as a team with his fellow teenaged superheroes. Expected to appear in the series are Tony Stark/Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar), Norman Osborn (Steven Weber), J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), Agent/Principal Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Wasp, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.
Marvel Comics today announced that it has joined forces with Disney Publishing to produce a new limited series of comics based on Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. This will be the first new issue of a title previously produced by BOOM! Comics who no longer have the Disney license.
‘Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney/Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,’ said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. ‘Toy Story allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!’
Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with the official character descriptions for their upcoming release, The Avengers, in theaters on May 4, 2012. In Marvel’s The Avengers, it’s the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.