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Marvel's 'Punisher' Could Be Heading to Fox

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2011 11:50AM
Punisher FoxMarvel Comics' resident violent anti-hero Frank Castle, aka 'The Punisher,' could be heading to the small screen.

After three flop movies (one in 1989, another in 2004 and the last one in 2008), Marvel and Fox are working on bringing the vigilante to TV. The network has ordered a pilot based on the comic series. According to EW, 'Criminal Minds' executive producer Ed Bernero is working on the project.

The character first debuted in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' comic in 1974. In the series, Frank Castle becomes a murderous vigilante after the death of his family at the hands of the mob.

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Marvel Reveals New TV Project Details, Announces 'Mockingbird' Development

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 25th 2011 2:00PM
Jeph LoebMarvel Comics is having a superb summer at the box office, but that hasn't kept them from aggressively continuing TV development.

At Comic-Con 2011, Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel's TV division, revealed new details about 'AKA Jessica Jones' and 'Cloak & Dagger,' and announced 'Mockingbird' for ABC Family. As we previously reported, Marvel and Disney are working on a bevy of projects for both ABC and ABC Family.

According to Comic Book Resources, ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones' will feature Marvel superheros Luke Cage and Carol Danvers alongside Jessica Jones. The show, based on Brian Michael Bendis's 'Alias' comic book about a superhero-turned private eye, is still in development at ABC.

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Casting Marvel and ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 31st 2010 3:00PM
Jessica Jones, AliasTo bring Jessica Jones to life, ABC needs a talented actress who can pull off snarky, yet wounded. What's 'The Good Wife' without Julianna Margulies? Not the same that's for sure. Whoever ABC casts in 'AKA Jessica Jones' must be able to have the same thing said for her.

The Marvel Comics character Jessica Jones used to be called Jewel and Knightress and possesses the abilities of flight, super strength and physical resistance. The TV version of the character has been described by Variety as "deeply flawed with a biting sense of humor."

Melissa Rosenberg of 'Dexter' and 'Twilight' fame is writing the series that follows Jessica Jones, a former superhero who retires after suffering post-traumatic disorder. She decides to open up a private detective agency and helps superheroes.

Brian Michael Bendis created the character in the series 'Alias,' under Marvel's MAX line. He'll act as a consultant on the series, so hopefully comic fans will get a taste of screwed up Jessica Jones they came to love.

So, settle into your casting chair and let's help Marvel and ABC get started!

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Five Marvel Comics That'd Make Good TV Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 1st 2010 7:30PM
Pretty soon, you might not have to go to the movie theater to see your favorite Marvel Comics superhero in action. Jeph Loeb, a comic book scribe who has written for both DC and Marvel has been named executive vice president and head of television for Marvel Entertainment.

Loeb (right) previously served as a writer and co-executive producer on NBC's 'Heroes.' More on the announcement can be found here at ComicsAlliance.

After conquering movies with hits such as 'Iron Man,' 'Spider-Man' and 'X-Men,' it's about time Marvel got into TV.

My love of the X-Men franchise runs deep, but there are countless other Marvel properties that deserve the TV treatment. I'm not talking about cartoons exclusively, it's time Marvel launched a proper live-action adaptation of some of its comic properties. Here are five franchises begging to be consumed by a mainstream audience.

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Why Disney trembles in fear

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 18th 2009 5:02PM
Marvel ZombiesOne question I've had with the Disney acquisition of Marvel is how the House of the Mouse is going to deal with certain un-P.C. franchises. The one which came to mind was the comic series Marvel Zombies, which deals with an alternate Earth in which all superheroes were turned into flesh-eating undead and consumed the rest of the world's populace.

While I don't think I"ll be getting my answer anytime soon (perhaps the zombies will simply get locked in the Disney vault), some animator decided to redo the introductions to the 1960's Marvel Comics television cartoons in the zombie style. The original cartoons were essentially stop-motion comics of the original Lee/Kirby works. It's rather impressive how accurately the animator duplicates and parodies the original intros.

These videos can either be taken with humor or disgust as Zombie Captain America decapitates several soldiers and the heads of Norse Gods are thrown around. I leave it to you to judge for yourself. The videos are after the jump.

[via Topless Robot]

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Disney holds its first ever Disney Con

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 14th 2009 11:30AM
The Walt Disney CompanyDisneyland hosted its own Disney Convention, called D23, in the style of Comic Con this past weekend. The name comes from the year Walt Disney moved to Hollywood and the event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center across the street from Disneyland . Among other announcements was that of a new Muppet movie called The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made (hopefully it's a working title). There was also a live performance by Miley Cyrus, whom Disney owns the soul of.

Admittedly, it's a pretty good idea which caters to the real Disney enthusiasts out there (having met a few, I know they certainly exist). Disney is one of the few companies that is large enough to have its own version of Comic Con. While the convention had announcements for most of its franchises, I noted the absence of any mention of the recently-acquired Marvel Comics.

On the other hand, the company already has a Disney convention open all year round. It's called Disneyland (or Disneyworld for the East Coast). What do you think of this development?

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Marvel's Super Hero Squad teaser site now live

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 30th 2009 8:04AM
marvel super hero squadBeing a big fan of Cartoon Network's goofy Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I'm really looking forward to the debut of Marvel's Super Hero Squad. The show premieres Sept. 19 on Cartoon Network, and Marvel has already launched a teaser site featuring a fun video preview that could turn out to be the show's opening montage.

Super Hero Squad is based on the toy line and video game of the same name. It features cute and cuddly versions of Marvel heroes, like Wolverine, Iron Man, and the Hulk, protecting Super Hero City from a pint-sized Dr. Doom and other baby baddies. Judging by the preview video, the show will even make room for kid-sized versions of more obscure characters like Fing Fang Foom and MODOK.

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One more Comic Con tidbit ... Planet Hulk trailer

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 30th 2009 11:03AM
Planet HulkOne of Marvel's upcoming projects is a new direct-to-DVD animated movie called Planet Hulk. It's based on the comic story of the same name. It looks to be a pretty faithful adaption. I have read the original story and thought was good.

It's a huge story, though, and I doubt they'll fit all the details in a 90-minute movie (or however long it is). If the DVD has big sales, will Marvel release the sequel story in which The Hulk returns to Earth and fights the other Marvel heroes as a DVD as well?

Even though I liked Planet Hulk, there are other, better stories I'd love to see released as a DVD animated movie. Hey, DC, how about putting The Dark Knight Returns on a DVD (a real movie and not the cheap animotion Watchmen DVD)? Marvel, where's my animated movie of Marvel Zombies?

The trailer is after the jump so you can judge for yourself. Which comic storyline would you be interested in seeing animated?

[via Topless Robot]

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Marvel Comics to preview two new TV projects at Comic-Con

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 15th 2009 1:09PM
wolverine marvel super hero squadI doubt I'll ever grow out of my love for superhero comics or TV shows based on my favorite comic book characters. It's kept me from abandoning Smallville for the past eight years, and it's the reason my DVR is currently clogged up with reruns of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Wolverine and the X-Men. I might have two new superhero shows to add to that list pretty soon, and both of them are based on Marvel Comics characters.

As I mentioned on SciFi Squad earlier today, Marvel will preview two if its highly anticipated animated TV projects at this year's San Digeo Comic-Con, Marvel Animé and Super Hero Squad.

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Tim Gunn is Iron Man... obviously

by Annie Wu, posted May 28th 2009 6:02PM
Tim GunnOutside of art school, I'm not sure how many people are really into both Project Runway and comic books. Marvel, however, seems determined to tap into that audience by including the ever-popular Tim Gunn in its upcoming mini-series, Models, Inc., which features some of the finest ladies in the Marvel Universe taking on the catwalk. I guess if you really think about it, it's not really straying too far from comics about chicks with Gunns.

Ha! Yes! I'm just gonna pat myself on the back for that one because I know no one else will.

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Could Battlestar's Katee Sackhoff be Marvel's next star?

by Mike Moody, posted May 27th 2009 2:00PM
Katee Sackhoff Starbuck typhoid Mary Comics daredevil MarvelFirst, let me lower your expectations: This is just a rumor started by fanboys at a comic book shop.

OK, for those of you still reading, former Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackhoff was recently spotted buying a ton of comics featuring Daredevil character Typhoid Mary. According to MTV, Sackhoff visited Golden Apple Comics in L.A. last week and picked up the books and stunned the shop's staff with her smokin' hotness. This, of course, led the staff to believe that she might be doing research to play Typhoid Mary in a new Daredevil movie.

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More Wolverine and the X-Men coming to Nicktoons

by Mike Moody, posted May 7th 2009 9:04AM
Wolverine and the X-MenIt's true. You really can't kill Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman is already hitting the gym for a sequel to the just-released X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Nicktoons just ordered 26 more episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men.

The animated show was a big hit on Nicktoons, helping give the network its highest-ratings ever in key demos. The new eps will kick off May 22.

I know a lot of X-Men fans had problems with Wolverine and the X-Men, but I love the show. Being a Cyclops fan (yes, we do exist), it sorta bugs me that Wolverine is billed as the leader of the X-Men on the show, but that's a minor complaint. The show is fun, packed with cool, somewhat obscure Marvel mutants, and it's pretty entertaining for kids and adults.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 28th 2009 2:02PM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Marvel Comics wants to be on every TV network

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 17th 2009 11:01AM
Marvel Super Hero SquadIt's not enough to have Spider-Man on The CW, Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons and the upcoming Black Panther on BET. Marvel Comics is now creating a new series for Cartoon Network called the Marvel Super Hero Squad.

Obviously, the show is marketed towards the very young viewer who is first being introduced to the Marvel super hero characters. That way, the company can indoctrinate new zombies into its empire. The cartoon is based on Hasbro's anime-like action figure series of the same name.

I can't help but wonder if Marvel is spreading itself too thin with so many movies and cartoon series. On the other hand, rival DC Comics is already marketing to the kiddies with their Brave and the Bold series on Cartoon Network and one cannot help but wonder if Marvel simply doesn't want to be outdone in that demographic.

In any case, kids watching the show will buy the toys and vice-versa. Marvel is learning the lesson of Disney.

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Thor is going animated

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 14th 2008 5:08PM
The AvengersAfter the Thor movie is released in 2010, Marvel will be doing a follow-up by releasing an animated Thor series on television. The series doesn't yet have a channel where it will be broadcast, but given the big Marvel hoopla nowadays, it probably won't be a problem to find one.

Granted, Thor isn't one of Marvel's top tier, like Spider-Man or the X-Men, but he's easily in the second tier. Given Marvel's current strategy of a shared universe of movies leading to The Avengers movie, the character will only get more popular over time.

To me, the classic Marvel cartoon remains the Spider-Man one from the 60's, but Marvel had a bunch of other cartoons in the 60's of the original Avengers characters, including Thor, based on the Kirby comics of the time. They each had some memorable, albeit brief, opening jingles. After the jump, I've included the one for Thor. Sing it! "Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard..."

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