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Comic-Con 2015: The Future Is Here… According To Marvel
If you get to your comics shop this week — and of course you will — you may be handed an issue of All-New, All-Different Previews of what Marvel has in store for us in October. Some of the titles featured have already been announced — some you can find right here on Fanboy Planet!
And it’s all part of Marvel’s grand plan for Comic-Con. You can bet that next week people will be buzzing about these books… and more. Marvel Studios might not be bringing Captain America, but it’s good to see a company remember that at its heart, Comic-Con is still about comics.
“Dropping the mic right before San Diego Comic-Con has become a Marvel tradition,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in Marvel’s press release this morning. “The ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS magazine provides a large snapshot of what’s to expect in the fall: new characters, new teams, new wrinkles for our heroes, and most importantly, fresh creative directions. And we’re just getting started. We have a few more aces up our sleeves.”
That may be. So why don’t we take a look at the aces they’ve dropped on the table?
|Marvel announced the return ofA-Force earlier, and it’s a book that garnered a lot of attention when it was first announced before Secret Wars.G. Willow Wilson, co-creator of the new Ms. Marvel, has the chops to not only make this a compelling ongoing, but I have it on good authority that her take on Dazzler — yes, Dazzler — is amazing.|
|Agent Coulson kissing up to Hydra?Though some have groused about the changes made to Coulson so that he could more closely resemble actor Clark Gregg, it’s welcome. Not just so that fans of the show can walk into a comics shop and recognize something they like, but also because the movie and TV version of Phil Coulson is kind, gentle, and decent — and still kicks ass as a (relatively) normal human among superbeings.|
|This book, too, was leaked earlier, and like A-Force, shows that Marvel really has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. But it’s not pandering — these characters have become popular because they’re well-written, interesting, and fun to watch interact.|
|It looks like they’ve aged Clint Barton, a bold move considering how Jeremy Renner has made the character much more well-known. Pitting him against a younger woman for the right to be Hawkeye — it could be an interesting story.And Jeff Lemire did pretty well making people interested in a certain other more emerald archer over at the distinguished competition…|
Fifty Shots of Barrowman
Yes, he said quite a bit to the Comic-Con 2015 audiences who came out to see him in two different panels. First, John Barrowman opened up and talked seriously (and hilariously) about being bullied growing up as part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition panel, End Bullying!
“When pop culture icons make a stand based on their own hard experiences, it sends a powerful message to people who have been bullied or oppressed,” said organization founder Chase Masterson. “We’ve been where you are, or somewhere close. You can get through this. You can heal. And you can be there for other people. That victory spreads like wildfire. And that’s heroism, IRL.”
“I was called fag, queer, and everything else,” Barrowman told the audience. He recalled being severely bullied, beat up and stuffed in his locker by a kid at school. “I got all my friends around me, and I confronted this kid. And I said, ‘You can hit me, you can push me, you can bully me, you can do everything you want. You can punch me in my face. But you know what? I will get back up. I will always stand back up.’”
And he continues standing back up. Barrowman has been a role model and a hero to many. And to his fans, the real joy is just watching the man go crazy as he holds his “Anything Goes” panel. He’s there for all his fans, and for you.
So, for your enjoyment, here are a few more than fifty shots of John Barrowman entertaining fandom at this year’s Comic-Con International!
All photos by Ric Bretschneider
Comic-Con 2015: Bill Murray Rocks Hall H
You know how Bill Murray just sort of appears places? Sometimes you turn around and there he is — or at least that’s how the media often portrays it.
Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H always has its share of surprises, and if we knew Bill Murray would appear there, we still didn’t know how he was going to make his entrance.
Murray came to promote his new comedy Rock the Kasbah, which early buzz says is a return to greatness for director Barry Levinson as well.
The film sees Murray as a faded music manager touring Afghanistan, where he discovers a teenage girl with phenomenal talent. Sensing new energy in a new country, he takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show Afghan Star.
Timely, interesting, and Mitch Glazer’s script sounds exactly like the kind of thing that both Levinson and Murray could take to the next level — satirical and hilarious. The film also stars Bruce Willis and Zoey Deschanel, but… at least at Comic-Con, this is Murray’s show.
To prepare for Murray’s entrance, the lights went down and the trailer played. And then the music continued…
Except it was Murray at the back of the hall, playing his axe. If not rocking the Kasbah, he was certainly rocking Hall H.
As has been noted elsewhere, this guy seems completely comfortable in his own skin, and absolutely in touch with his fans. Is there an ounce of pretension there? You can’t see any.
Take a look at the pictures and see a star perfectly happy to be here.
(some photos by Ric Bretschneider)