New Poster for Wonder Woman released!

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Warner Bros. released a new poster for Wonder Woman’s feature film that is due out next summer in 2017. The poster is bright, powerful and with the tag line; Power, Grace, Wisdom, Wonder.

Wonder Woman is intended to be the fourth installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins who was behind the Oscar winner “Monster” starring Charlize Theron.  It’s being written by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, Johns which is the “God father” of all things DC and behind dozens of A list productions in television, film and comics. It stars Gal Gadot, of course, from the Fast series and Chris Pine.

If you would like to know a bit more about Wonder Woman, check out my earlier post about Diana Prince by clicking on the link below.

https://younerditfirst.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/wonder-woman-the-amazonian-princess/

There’s a new Hulk and he’s totally awesome.

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Amadeus Cho was created by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa and first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15. Amadeus is a Korean American teenager and at a young age, it was discovered that he had the ability to calculate and perceive the endless possibilities of a moment. He has a superhuman brain called a hypermind, which makes him one of the smartest people on the planet. At the age of 15, he was a senior in high school and competed in an online quiz sponsored by the Excello Soap Corporation.

The Excello quiz was actually a way  for a paranoid genius named Pythagoras Dupree to find other hyperminds like himself and kill them. Amadeus would have died in an explosion that destroyed his home and family, but he was distracted on his way home by a girl and was late for dinner. Scared and alone, Amadeus went on the run and eventually met up with The Hulk while in trouble and was saved by him. After that, Amadeus became a fan of The Hulk and saw him as a hero. Amadeus would soon become an ally of the Hulk during numorous story arcs through the years.

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In 2015, Amadeus Cho was announced as the new Hulk in the series The Totally Awesome Hulk. Following an incident where the original Hulk (Bruce Banner) absorbed a lethal amount of radiation that would have been dangerous even to him, Amadeus used some special nanites to remove the Hulk from Bruce Banner and place it into his body which allowed him to become his own version of Hulk fearing that Hulk’s meltdown due to over radiation exposure would kill a lot of people.

Amadeus Cho becoming The Hulk and being Korean-American shows Marvel’s continued willingness to diversify. This is a Hulk that we have never seen before; in control, powerful, intelligent, witty and most importantly wants to be The Hulk and loves what he does. Amadeus, a minority, has taken up the mantle of yet another top tier superhero with no indication of retiring those purple stretchy pants. The Totally Awesome Hulk could be found along side Ms. Marvel and others in Marvel’s Champions due out in the upcoming months.

A new Marvel for a new age

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Meet Kamala Khan; she made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) before headlining the Ms. Marvel comic book series in February 2014 Kamala Khan was created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Scott Hepburn. Kamala is a teenage Pakistani American born in New Jersey after her parents moved from Pakistan. She is a huge fan of superheroes, her favorite being Carol Denvers, the former Ms. Marvel who had recently started going by Captain Marvel.

Although Kamala has the same superhero alias as previously Carol Danvers, her powers are not the same at all. Kamala is a polymorph after being exposed to the Terrigen Mist. This gives her the ability to stretch her body in almost anyway imaginable. Kamala can also increase and decrease her size to both the size of a small building or a toy action figure. She can also selectively increase and decrease the size of any part of her body, although she prefers to increase the size of her fists. But she also uses the ability to increase the length of her legs so that she can travel great distances in a short amount of time. Kamala also has the ability to shape shift. In theory she can look like anyone she wants, but so far she has only changed into Carol Danvers and her own mother. Kamala also has healing abilities since she has been shot in the stomach but was able to heal over the wound when she transformed back to her original form. She cannot transform again until the healing process is complete.

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Kamala isn’t the first Muslim character in Marvel’s history but she is the first Muslim character to headline her own book. G. Willow Wilson which is Ms. Marvel’s lead writer, has made us fall in love with our new favorite heroine who isn’t just another superhero, she’s a minority and she’s a nerd. In her first issue, we’re shown a young woman who is altogether aware of superhero culture. When we first see Kamala at home, it’s at her computer, writing Avengers fan-fiction. This is important, not because it builds a relationship between reader and protagonist, but because it builds a solid foundation where the reader and the protagonist feel one in the same.

All that within the first few pages of her comic and we haven’t even reached what has given her the most attention, she is a teenage girl coming from a Muslim family.  She lives in a majority non-Muslim community, she doesn’t wear a hijab all the time, as neither do a lot of inner city young women of Muslim families. Kamala attempts to balance her need for her own identity with not disappointing her parents and acknowledging their love for her.

Marvel’s treatment of Kamala seems to be the exact opposite of some critics which thought it was a political move to create controversy to drive up sales. They have brought a respected writer, penciler and inker to her title and have been slowing integrating her into the bigger Marvel universe. She’s has also become an active member of the Avengers team for several months now which is their premier title, along side Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. She will also be headlining a new comic called “Champions” which will consist of younger heroes that want to be activist/super heroes rather then just caped do-gooders that punches bad guys. Kamala is going to be a main stay at Marvel and she seems like she’ll be breaking new ground during that time. Check out Ms. Marvel at a local comic store or online.

 

Marvel’s push for diversity.

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Marvel recently released their fall lineup and again the company is showing that they are pushing diversity among their superhero ranks. It’s obvious now after so many years and characters being introduced that this isn’t just a a fad or poor attempt to get cool points. These characters are written with depth and drawn by some of the industry’s best. It’s become apparent that said characters aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, they are becoming more ingrained in the bigger Marvel universe and it seems Marvel is in no rush to switch those characters out for the ones they replaced in the first place. In the next couple of days I will be posting here on my blog about these characters, giving a brief bio about them and a publication history. Stay tuned!

Our first Captain America wasn’t who you think…

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Isaiah Bradley is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, an early product of the United States’ Super-Soldier program (codenamed Project: Rebirth) during World War II. Producing the world’s first Captain America.

In World War II Super Soldier program operated by “Reinstein” used African American test subjects to create the formula that will turn Steve Rogers from a skinny, but patriotic, army reject into Captain America.

Project: Rebirth begins as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Dr. “Josef Reinstein” and Dr. Koch. Reinstein’s early attempts to refine the formula are tested on African-Americans. Three hundred of these soldiers are taken from Camp Cathcart and subjected to potentially fatal experiments at an undisclosed location. Only five subjects survive the original trials. In the name of secrecy, US soldiers execute the camp’s commander and hundreds of black soldiers left behind at Camp Cathcart. The government tells the families of the three hundred subjects that their loved ones had died in battle.

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Due to field missions in Europe and internal strife, Bradley emerges the sole survivor of his test group. He steals a spare costume and a shield intended for Captain America before he engages in a suicide mission to destroy the Super-Soldier efforts of the Nazis at the Schwarzebitte concentration camp. There, he is able to assassinate Koch, but the mission ends when the Germans capture Bradley. Bradley is later rescued by German insurgents, only to be court-martialed and imprisoned at Leavenworth around 1943. In 1960, Bradley is pardoned by President Eisenhower and released.

Considered to be the “Black Captain America”, Isaiah Bradley is depicted as an underground legend among much of the African-American community in the Marvel Universe. A number of the most noted Africans and African-Americans of the twentieth century’s last four decades visit Bradley as a sign of respect and, in many cases, hero worship. He receives fictional visits from Malcolm X, Richard Pryor, Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis, Alex Haley, Nelson Mandela, and Colin Powell. Outside the Black community, however, he remains largely unknown. When he arrives as a special guest at the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther, several African-American heroes are awestruck, including Luke Cage (who describes him as “the first me”), Goliath (Bill Foster), Monica Rambeau, Triathlon, and the Falcon. However, the Canadian-born Wolverine is totally unaware of the man’s identity or importance.

Meanwhile, the long-term effects of the test serum severely damage Isaiah Bradley’s mind and body, similar in part to the effects of various steroids and Alzheimer’s. In 2003, Steve Rogers (Captain America) learns the truth behind the Super-Soldier program and attempts a reconciliation with the now-childlike Isaiah Bradley. However, Captain America never discovers that the true mastermind behind the Super-Soldier program is the clandestine organization Weapon Plus and that Bradley is only one in a long line of Weapons, including Wolverine and Fantomex.

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Isaiah’s grandson, Elijah, became the costumed hero “The Patriot” and carries on his legacy. He was the leader of the Young Avengers and they have helped save the world on numerous occasions before disbanding.

 

Marvel introduces their new Iron Man.

Let’s welcome Riri Williams to the Marvel universe!

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Riri Williams is 15 year old, African American, MIT student who decided to challenge herself and make a Iron Man suit with scraps from around campus. After showing a classmate what she accomplished, campus security was called and forced Riri to don the suit. She flew off and eventually stumbled upon a couple of inmates escaping from the New Mexico State Penitentiary. She managed to stop the speeding truck they were using as a escape vehicle, but at the cost of her armor’s integrity.

She was introduced in Invincible Iron Man #6 and was created by Brian Michael Bendis; the same person who created Miles Morales, the Ultimate Universe’s Spider Man which is also African American and half Puerto Rican. Marvel has been pushing for diversity in their super heroes to reflect society and I think they’re doing a fantastic job. She will be making her debut as Iron Man after the events of Civil War II which ends in the next few months.

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Wonder Woman News

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Some Wonder Woman news has slowly been coming in and it all sounds great. Wonder Woman will start filming this November in London. Its been said that the movie will take place during World War I, if not all of it then about half the movie and then the later half will be in present day. They seem to be taking a page from Captain America: The First Avenger which isn’t a bad thing at all.

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Sources are also saying that Warner Bros is eyeing Sean Bean to play Ares, The God of War and Eva Green as Circe The Sorceress. They will both serve as the films main antagonists. Many will know Sean Bean from Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. You could also see Eva Green in Casino Royale and Penny Dreadful.

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Wonder Woman is shaping up to have a stellar cast and interesting premise. Check back in a couple of weeks for more Wonder Woman news, as the film will be close to production by then.

Religion in Marvel

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Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) is a  superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men. Created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, he debuted in the comic book Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975).

Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include indigo-colored skin which allows him to become nearly invisible in shadows, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears and a prehensile tail. In Nightcrawler’s earlier comic book appearances he is depicted as being a happy-go-lucky practical joker and teaser, and a fan of swashbuckling fiction.

Nightcrawler is a Catholic, and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith. Ironically, his appearance is similar to that of a demonic figure from a faith that he practices.

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The Purifiers, also known as the Stryker Crusade, are a paramilitary/terrorist organization in the Marvel Comics universe and enemies of the X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Brent Anderson, they first appeared in the 1982 graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills.

A force of Christian fundamentalists led by the ruthless Reverend William Stryker, the Purifiers see themselves in a holy war against mutants, believing Mutants to be the children of the Devil and thus worthy of extermination. The Purifiers made only sporadic appearances since their first appearance, but returned to prominence in the 2000s, when they became prominent antagonists in the series New X-Men and X-Force, murdering over 40 children in one terrorist attack.

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Dust (real name Sooraya Qadir), is a fictional character, a superheroine in Marvel Comics’ X-Men-related comic books. She was created by author Grant Morrison and artist Ethan Van Sciver in New X-Men #133 (December 2002), although her character was not fully developed until the New X-Men: Academy X series written by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis. Sooraya is a mutant with the ability to transform her body into a malleable cloud of dust or “Sand”.

Born in Afghanistan, Sooraya is attacked by a slave trader attempting to remove her traditional niqāb; almost instinctively, she lashes out with her powers and flays him alive with her sand-like dust. The X-Men, hearing of the situation, travel to Afghanistan and rescue her, where she is brought to the USA and becomes a student of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. She is a rare example of a positive Muslim comic book character that is shown practicing her religion frequently.

Deadpool and Batman v. Superman released new images

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Fox has released another amazing picture from Deadpool. Every time they release an image, I just can’t believe how close to the comic book his costume is. Well done Fox, well done.

Deadpool is due out in theaters February 2016. Stay time for more information.

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Entertainment Weekly released a handful of images and a full article on the up coming Batman v. Superman film, yesterday. I’m loving the costumes, very faithful to the comics. Gal Gadot seems like a good fit visually, let’s hope her acting chops have improved. Batman v. Superman will be in theaters March 2016.

What do you guys thing of the pictures?