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Marvel Movie Marathon: Are You Up for the Challenge?

9:00 AM, Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

AMC Theaters, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Megaplex, Harkins and National Amusements theaters are making the lead-up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron a little more fun and challenging. Right before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st (airing first on April 30th as part of this marathon), the participating theaters are planning "The Ultimate Marvel Marathon" playing every single Marvel Studios film in succession beginning on April 29th and ending on April 30th.

There are ten films, starting with 2008's Iron Man, ending with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's the list and the times they will be playing:

6:00pm IRON MAN

8:25pm THE INCREDIBLE HULK

10:35pm IRON MAN 2

1:00am THOR

3:10am CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

5:30am THE AVENGERS

8:48am IRON MAN 3

11:15am THOR: THE DARK WORLD

1:45pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

4:20pm GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

7:00pm AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (RealD® 3D)

For those who don't want to do the math, that's over 27 hours of film, back-to-back!

If that's a bit much for you, the chains will also be doing a double feature with both Avengers films (The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Are you up for the challenge?

If not, I have an alternative for you all out there that I myself will be doing. There are roughly 9 weeks until the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and 10 films to get through before then. I propose watching one each week leading up to the release of the film. Obviously this means doubling up one week. My recommendation and plan for that, then, is doing Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers in the same week.

Whichever challenge you take up, do go see Avengers: Age of Ultron regardlress! Then come back here and let us know what you thought of the film.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Starring stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany and Stellan Skarsgard, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

9:15 PM, Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

I'm not a huge Star Trek fan. Sure, I've seen a few episodes here and there over the years, and I love the new movies that fans complain about. But I do certainly know who Mr. Spock is. And I know who Leonard Nimoy is. Though I'm probably more familiar with him from his guest appearances on Fringe than I am his Star Trek work.

I still recognize talent and genius when I encounter it, and I can certainly respect and appreciate what a man like Leonard Nimoy brought to us in terms of entertainment over the past several decades. His portrayal of Spock in what I have seen defined a whole new type of being that spawned an enormous following and fan base, making anything else he did - be it a music video, a comic, or a guest appearance in a film or TV show - a special occasion, even for lesser fans like myself.

Because I don't have the words to properly celebrate such an iconic actor, especially in the "geek culture" that we so love and endorse, I will defer to the New York Times' post about the life and career of Leonard Nimoy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=0

From all of us here at Comic Related, we sincerely miss Mr. Nimoy and send out our thoughts to the friends, family and fans that supported and followed his career all these years. We have lost one of our own this day. We salute you, Leonard Nimoy. You will be missed.

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The First Trailer for Daredevil on Netflix Hits the Interwebs

4:00 AM, Friday, February 6th, 2015 - Posted by Chuck Moore

(UPDATE: Check out a reaction video from CR's Brant Fowler below)

Marvel and Netflix teased it yesterday, and now the first official trailer for the Netflix-airing Daredevil series is live! You can watch it below:

Daredevil is the first of four new series coming to Netflix from Marvel, as we well know by now, and focuses on the early years of Matt Murdock as he becomes the vigilante protecting Hell's Kitchen. We have long awaited footage from the series, which hits Netflix in April, and now we have to wait no longer!

The above trailer gives us a small taste of what's to come from the Netflix series. Are you excited about it yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Here's the official synopsis for Daredevil:

"Marvel's Daredevil" is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple) star alongside Scott Glenn (Stick), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Vincent D'Onofrio (The Kingpin), and Peter Shinkoda (Hachiro).

Daredevil premieres on Netflix on April 10, 2015.

Here's a reaction video from CR's own Brant Fowler over on Comic Frontline for this teaser trailer:

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Released

10:45 AM, Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Whether you've anticipated it, feared it, or have been indifferent about it, the official teaser trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot film is finally here. You can watch it below.

The Directors of the film also provided an inside-commentary about the trailer and the film on Yahoo! Movies, which you can find here:

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/the-fantastic-four-teaser-trailer-with-commentary-109246554892.html

It's an interesting trailer, but just a teaser with the most minimal information we could get. It opens with a choppy narrative and some very dramatic music reminiscent of Man of Steel. From what we gather, the four are brought together at a young age, ala the Ultimate Universe version. They've made a discovery and head to space and things go very wrong, much more dramatically wrong than the previous films portrayed.

We barely get a glimpse of the powers each possess, but The Thing looks much less clean or polished and more rough and dirt-like coming off the rock. We still really have no idea what kind of background these characters will have at this point.

If you missed the early look at the suits, you can find that here:

http://comicbook.com/2015/01/26/fantastic-four-reboot-costumes-drawn-from-descriptions/

I'm still very much on the fence about the film, but I do have to say I'm intrigued now having seen some visual of the film finally. And hearing the directors talk about the Fantastic Four in the comics, and how they spoke with Stan Lee, it does give me hope that they were at least faithful to the concept of the team if not the execution. But only time and a full trailer will tell.

You can watch my reaction video on Comic Frontline below:

What did you think of the teaser trailer? Let us know in the comments below.

Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7, 2015, and stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell.

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Casting News for X-Men: Apocalypse

3:30 PM, Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

A new, fresher, younger cast is coming into form with the new casting news for X-Men: Apocalyspe announced by Bryan Singer and Fox today. Joining the ranks of the mutant race are Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp! They will be playing the roles of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm, respectively.

I recorded a video announcing the news on Comic Frontline, which you can watch here:

Sophie Turner is probably the most well-known of these three young actors, having played Sansa Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones since the show's inception. She takes on the role of Jean Grey, one of the most powerful telepaths in the world. That role was formerly played by Famke Janssen in the previous X-Men films. I've only seen Sophie in GoT, but aside from looking the part, she definitely has the acting chops to pull this off.

Tye Sheridan I'm not at all familar with. He had a run on sitcom Last Man Standing, and has many projects in production for 2015 and 2016, including something called Scouts vs. Zombies. He played Will Cutter in The Forger and Ellis in Mud. Hollywood has obviously taken notice of the young talent, so we'll see what he can do with the role of the battle leader of the X-Men. The role of Cyclops was previously played by James Marsden.

And finally, I am familiar with Alexandra Shipp from House of Anubis, where she played a lead character named KT. She is also a singer/songwriter currently recording her first album. She played Valentina in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel as well. She is a fine actress and is a welcome breath of fresh air to the role of storm, which was previously played by Halle Berry.

Overall, this is good news for the X-Men franchise going forward. If Fox is holding on to them, at least they are going in a different route and taking the cast in a new direction. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the film is cast, and how they handle the all-powerful Apocalypse.

What do you think of this casting news? Leave a comment below!

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to release in theaters on May 17, 2016. Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Evan Peters and Nicholas Hoult are expected to reprise their roles, and Channing Tatum will be joining as Gambit.

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New Trailer, Another Day: The Walking Dead: Season 5

5:00 PM, Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

The new trailer for the second half of AMC's The Walking Dead, Season 5 has hit the internet today, and it looks like things are about to get dark. Check out the trailer below:

While the trailer portends dark times for the group, it also speaks of hope and a fresh start. So it seems, from this short teaser anyway, that we're going to see some struggle before they come into a new, brighter (for the moment) day.

What do you think this season will lead to? We already know Negan will be showing up on the show at some point in the future. Are we getting Mountain Top or will the show carve its own path? Leave a comment below and let us know your theories, and what you think of this new trailer.

AMC's The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 8th.

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More Clues Offered in second trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

7:00 AM, Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

"I'm going to tear you apart ... from the inside."

The new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted yesterday that didn't show us much, but at the same time did.

On the surface, the second trailer featured much of the same footage the previous trailer did, but upon further inspection we discover that there actually is more here than we realize.

Watch the trailer below to see what we mean:

There are a few things of note. One, that Ultron starts off as a global police force put in place by Stark, but keeps improving itself as it becomes sentient. And while we see no sign of the Vision in this trailer either, we know that it is a similar process that creates the sentient humanoid AI Avenger.

Second, there is a lady standing by a pond inside of a cave that we see ever so briefly from behind. We have no idea who this woman is, or what her role in this film is. There is speculation she is in Wakanda, a place where the precious metal Vibranium is mined, which also happens to be the homeland of the Black Panther who has a film in 2017. There's also the theory that she's Inhuman, a species that was quietly introduced in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, and there's also an Inhumans movie upcoming. With Andy Serkis' character being featured here again, however (wearing a claw pendant around his neck, no less), it points more toward Wakanda and him being Black Panther rival Ulysses Klaw.

We see more of Iron Man in the Hulkbuster armor fighting Hulk, and likewise, we see other conflicts within the team, harkening back to that quote I started this post off with, which is a line by Ultron in the trailer. Somehow he influences the Avengers and turns them against one another. We know that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver at least start off aiding Ultron, which kind of makes sense given Wanda's history with the Vision in the comics, and both of their (Pietro and Wanda) criminal past. Is Wanda's chaos magic the culprit here?

We also see various team members in what appears to be a temple of some sort, and there's a glimpse of a woman within, who may very well just be an extra. Some are speculating that this may be a call-out to another upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange, but I'd have to see more to make that leap.

In conclusion, the trailer offers plenty of areas for speculation, and just adds to the excitement for the upcoming Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron in just a few short months.

We'd love to hear what you think about the new trailer. Leave us a comment below!

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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The Walking Dead Season 5b Teaser Released

5:00 PM, Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

AMC has released a new teaser for Season 5b of hit television series The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's comic of the same name.

The teaser is titled 'Surviving Together' as we see the group each ferociously attacking unseen assailants in the woods before walking toward the camera together.

As we know, the first part of Season 5 saw some shake-ups that could have either torn the group apart or brought them together stronger, and the latter seems to be the case. How will they recover from the losses they incurred and move on? We have to wait until February to find out sadly. But for now, check out the new teaser!

AMC's The Walking Dead returns for the second half of Season 5 on February 8, 2015. Will you be watching?

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New Clip from TMNT Season 3, Episode 7, Eyes of the Chimera

3:00 PM, Thursday, January 8th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

This Sunday, January 11th, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns in its new time slot (11am ET) with an all-new episode to kick off season three and 2015.

The new episode, titled "Eyes of the Chimera," sees Raph, Mikey and Donnie captured by a flying mutant who has some strange, distant connection to April. Elsewhere, Leo and April have to overcome their disabilities to save the others.

Looking ahead to season three, we are in the aftermath of a Kraang invasion that separated the fearsome four and their surrogate father, Splinter. The Turtles are regathering their strength at April's family summer home in North Hampton, Massachusetts. There they also train to get back to the point where they can return home to Manhattan.

If you want to widen your experience of the show, you can log on to Nick.com to find full episodes as well as quizzes, and games like "Shadow Heroes" or "Mikey's Day Off." In this newly released game, crime has taken the night off, but that doesn't stop Mikey from sneaking around the lair throwing paper balls at his brothers to aleviate his boredom.

If you haven't yet checked out Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you really should. There are so many versions of these characters from the original comics, to the Archie version, to the current IDW version, and the movies and cartoons. This one does keep the spirit of each of the brothers and Splinter alive, though, and is a lot of fun.

Give season three a try this Sunday at 11am and leave us a comment letting us know what you think of the new episode!

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed

8:00 AM, Friday, December 12th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Just when you thought fans settled down about the teaser trailer, now the official names of the new characters for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens have been revealed!

Entertainment Weekly reported on the news, as JJ Abrams used classic Topps style cards to display the new characters as seen in the teaser trailer.

We get such names as Rey, Finn, BB-8, and more. You can see the cards below, courtesy of EW:

(Poe Dameron - Played by Oscar Isaac)

(Rey - Played by Daisy Ridley)

(BB-8, aka NOT-R2D2)

(Finn - Played by John Boyega)

(Kylo Ren - Played by Unknown (narration voiced by Andy Serkis))

Abrams also said the numbers on each card are significant. "I'm only sorry we couldn't give everyone a stick of gum," Abrams says.

What do you think of the character names? Leave us a comment below!

Here are some other card images they released as well:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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