The latest Marvel Comics related news items for September 28th – 30th, 2013!
ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a hit!
Once upon a time, TV show mastermind Joss Whedon was unable to produce a “Wonder Woman” film after years of working on a script for Warner Brothers and failed to keep any TV show he produced on air on a major network for longer than two seasons since the end of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spin-off “Angel” in 2004 after five seasons. Still a cult favorite, he was handed the reigns to direct “The Avengers” last summer which went on to earn over $1.5 billion worldwide. Now, Whedon (alongside his brother and other favorite writers) has launched a new TV show on Disney owned network ABC which spins off from the “Marvel cinematic universe” which began in “Iron Man” circa 2008.
Having debuted last Tuesday, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has supposedly been seen by over 22 million viewers according to ABC and Hollywood’s bible of a website, Variety. According to the network, over 12 million people saw it when it debuted last night, in addition to 4.7 million viewers tuning in for a repeat airing on this past Thursday. In addition, over 5 million people have viewed the show via DVR recordings and online sites such as Hulu or ABC’s own website. The series stars Clark Cregg as the infamous Agent Coulson alongside originally created agents played by Wing-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain DeCaestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. The pilot also included an extended cameo by Cobie Smulders’ agent Maria Hill, who also appeared in “The Avengers” (and whose “day job” is appearing in CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother”).
Not intending to lower the buzz on the show after the pilot, Marvel is teasing an appearance by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the second episode, which airs tomorrow. While DC Comics has long dominated the small screen in terms of live action superhero shows (with Superman related properties, historically), Marvel Entertainment seeks to lead with quality over quantity and create a lovable and cohesive universe which can enthrall people in the same way as their comics have. For the record, this is the first live action TV show to air on a major network which involved Marvel Comics since the end of “Mutant X” in 2004 after airing in syndication for three seasons.
Reading the tea leaves with more vague “Marvel NOW” teasers!
In advance of the next round of solicitations as well as the New York Comic Convention in just over two weeks, Marvel Comics have released more teasers in regards to future comic projects. They feature a creative team and a vague word (or two) in regards to the projects themselves.
These include “Global” by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Stephano Caselli, “The End” by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli (which could mean “the end” of “Superior Spider-Man”), a double dose of Brian Bendis projects in “Judgement” with Sara Pichelli and “Trial” with Stuart Immonen, which likely involve his X-Men books. Additional teasers note another Slott project, “Rad” with Michael Allred, as well as other mysterious projects. Expect more to be known about all of these at the NYCC towards the middle of the month.
“She-Hulk” gets a new ongoing series!
For the first time in years, “She-Hulk” will return to having her own ongoing series alongside her cousin, the Hulk. This time, writer Chris Soule (“Thunderbolts”, “Swamp Thing”) alongside previous She-Hulk artist Javier Pulido. Previous incarnations of the book played on screwball comedy, but Soule plans to use his own knowledge of the legal system (being a lawyer himself) to create a more mainstream series playing with how Jennifer Walters juggles that alongside being a strong confident super heroine (who currently is in Matt Fraction’s “FF” series). This new series kicks off in February.