Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
20th Century Fox looks to have cast its female lead in "Gambit": Deadlinehas word that Léa Seydoux has been offered the part of Bella Donna Boudreaux in the 2016 film, opposite Channing Tatum in the title role -- while that doesn't sound like a completely done deal, it sure appears to be close. Seydoux was previously reported to be one of three actresses in contention for the part, along with Abbey Lee and Rebecca Ferguson.
Bella Donna was created by Scott Lobdell and Jim Lee, and first appeared in 1992's "X-Men" #8. She's closely connected with Gambit, with the characters knowing each other since childhood and sharing a subsequently complicated relationship of being both lovers and (given her status as a member of the Assassins' Guild) enemies. Like Gambit, Bella Donna is also a mutant, with powers of astral projection and plasma blasts.
Seydoux will play Madeleine Swann in "Spectre," the next James Bond film, scheduled for release this November. Her breakthrough performance was in 2013's acclaimed "Blue Is the Warmest Colour," based on a French graphic novel by Julie Maroh.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt, "Gambit" is scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Who's the best or strongest superhero will never end. When it comes to female Marvel superheroes, there are so many badass women to choose from. A new infographic surely will stir up more conversation based on its rankings of these comic characters based on fighting skills and strength.
The graphic from Morph Costumeslists the fighting skills, strength and superpower to create a Badass Rating. Carol Danvers, better known as Captain Marvel, tops the list, but Elektra, Black Widow, Rogue and Gamora are not far behind her. These characters make sense based on their fighting skills and reputation. Most of the female Marvel superheroes are represented, but we would have liked to see characters like Psylocke, Black Cat or Valkyrie, though credit is due for selecting Meggan Puceanu and Misty Knight. Jean Grey is probably ranked low on the infographic because it doesn't include her stint as Dark Phoenix.
With Captain Marvel topping the list of fictional characters, it would only make sense that a real badass woman, Ronda Rousey, would be reimagined as a superhero. Artists have depicted the UFC women's bantamweight champion as Captain Marvel and Rousey has shared a few of her favorite images on Instagram. The most powerful superhero meets the strongest female fighter in the world seems pretty perfect.
The Badass Female Marvel Superheroes infographic can be viewed below.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
UNCANNY AVENGERS #2
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
Variant Cover BY OSCAR JIMENEZ
• The devastation in Boston worsens, and the Uncanny Avengers fight a world gone mad.
• An unexpected figure makes a surprise entrance.
• So, hang on -- Deadpool is STILL an Avenger?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1
James Robinson (W) • Marc Laming (a)
Cover by Mike Deodato
• The only good Nazi is an undead Nazi...
• The Uncanny Avengers take on magic in this supernatural adventure!
• Featuring Deadpool! Doctor Voodoo! Agatha Harkness! And the Emerald Warlock makes his marvel debut!
40 PGS/ RATED T+ ...$4.99
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Thanks for taking fan questions! Big time Rogue fan here and I just want to know if Rogue will get some time to shine. I gotta say, we Rogue fans were spoiled before "Uncanny Avengers." Rogue led her own series ("X-Men: Legacy") for about 50 issues! She used to have gorgeous covers and big time story lines. The last few years in "UA" have been rough. From her faceless design to being a secondary plot device, "UA" has not been kind to Rogue. Will Rogue become a more central character this time out? Will you be exploring the impact of the Wonder Man powers? And last, will Rogue remain co-leader of the team?
Rogue is an important character. She's got a heavy cross to bear in this series. She's in a leadership role, and she's going to have some personal problems right out of the gate that I don't quite want to comment on. I have some very interesting plans for her, on the battlefield and off. When we first meet Rogue eight months later, she'll be dealing with the high price of saving lives. On a personal note, she's always been one of my favorites, and readers who are in for the long haul will get to enjoy big stories that move all these characters forward.
Friday, August 7, 2015
In 2012, writer Rick Remender and artist John Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" was the flagship of Marvel's "Marvel NOW!" publishing initiative. The last volume of the book ended prior to the currently unfolding "Secret Wars" event, but is set to return with a new #1 in October during Marvel's All-New, All-Different era.
Along with a new #1, the series will also have a new creative team in writer Gerry Duggan -- taking over the reins from Remender, who's currently focusing on his creator-owned work -- and artist Ryan Stegman, recently of "Inhuman." The series will continue in its tradition of uniting Avengers and X-Men team members as the "Avengers Unity Squad," but now with an Inhuman or two joining the fray.
Duggan & Stegman's "Uncanny Avengers" roster features characters both new to the book (Spider-Man, Deadpool) and familiar (dramatically-aged former Captain America Steve Rogers, Rogue, Brother Voodoo, Quicksilver), plus the Inhuman Toro and a new character named Synapse. We spoke with Duggan about the team's line up, how members like Spider-Man and Deadpool will impact the group's dynamic and the adventures he has lined up for the new Avengers Unity Squad.
CBR News: Gerry, you've co-written issues of "Uncanny Avengers" before with your friend Rick Remender, who wrote both of the book's previous volumes. How does it feel to be taking over the title? And I know you've written books with large casts before, but is this your first monthly team book?
Gerry Duggan: I would have to say yes. We did at times make "Deadpool" a team book, but this is my first classic team book and that's a little bit of a different muscle group. You can always focus on one character for an issue, but I really have to make sure that every character has their moment to shine, and that the book feels balanced. Luckily, I have [editors] Tom [Brevoort] and Alanna [Smith] to keep me in line. The danger for me is actually with Deadpool. Sometimes a little Wilson goes a long way in an ensemble.
People forget that it wasn't that long ago that we didn't have an "Uncanny Avengers." In a short amount of time Rick Remender, Daniel Acuña, Tom Brevoort, and everyone else who worked on "Uncanny," made some of the most fun comics to ever roll off a printer. So it's a little bit intimidating, but at the same time I'm ready for it. I'm really looking forward to making some fun Avengers comics. I never imagined that I'd be writing anything with "Avengers" in the title.
Your Avengers team lineup is intriguing. Let's talk about it, starting with Steve Rogers. You've written the elderly Steve Rogers before and he'll play a supporting role in your new volume of "Deadpool," but what's Steve like here, eight months in the future? And what's his role in this new incarnation of the Avengers Unity Squad?
Any team with Steve Rogers on it would most likely have him in a position of leadership, but actually it's Rogue who is the group's commanding officer in the field. After aging, Steve Rogers is still in the fight, but he's not in the field every time out. So he's very much a part of the team, but Rogue is actually the Unity Squad's commander.
Rogue is a returning cast member. What made you want to keep her on the team?
Rogue has been a personal favorite since her debut. She's always been cool, and her mutant gift comes with a curse, and her ability to absorbanother person on contact is so isolating. We've added a few new wrinkles to Rogue's life that will test her mental toughness. She was recharged with Wonder-Man's ionic energy; that story will come to a head in the coming months. This weekendI happened to write a beat for her that will surprise fans, because it surprised me. I think it will pop up towards the end of year one.
I also see this team features some of her other comrades from past incarnations of the squad, in the form of Doctor Voodoo and Quicksilver.
I love Doctor Voodoo. Rick [Remender] and Jefte Paolo did a great series with the character a few years back. It really got me excited about Voodoo and I love what Rick and Daniel Acuna were able to continue to do with the character in the latest volume of "Uncanny." He's in an interesting spot eight months later. He's got some issues with the spirit of his brother, and the team's new headquarters will present him with some challenges.
Pietro is unburdened by the revelation that Magneto is not his father. After the eight-month gap, he's a bit more lighthearted than we've seen him, and determined to enjoy life. I wonder how long that will last.
There's a fiery character in the teaser image, and my first guess was that it was perhaps Toro, Thomas Raymond, who is an Inhuman.
Good guess. [Laughs]
There's a new Inhuman character on our first cover; her name is Synapse. I think she has some pretty interesting abilities. I don't want to talk about them too much, but I can say if I was thinking about the team as if they were a "Dungeons & Dragons" group I would imagine Synapse very much as a Priest class. She's not flying and punching as much as she's maybe buffing and nerfing people around her in I think some fun and cool ways.
This team also features new members, Deadpool and Spider-Man. I know many writers find balancing these two characters out when they appear together to be a daunting task. How has it been writing them in this book?
I always look for ways to make these characters grind against each other and that's a big source of sparks. Sparks for me are very much a big piece of the equation. Eight months later there are some brewing situations in the Marvel Universe that will put a lot of these characters at the intersections of some conflicts.
I will also say about Spider-Man and Deadpool, that I know what's coming. I'm very excited about what Joe [Kelly] and Ed [McGuinness] are cooking up [in the upcoming "Spider-Man/Deadpool" series]. I don't think this book will step on what they're doing at all.
When the new volume of "Uncanny Avengers" begins, eight months has passed so I assume you're dealing with a squad that has a few completed missions under their belt. Or are we seeing the group come together for the first time?
No, this will be a team that has been together for a while. The fun of that is at this point is they've sort of matured. The cover that Ryan [Stegman] drew is wonderful but… in the end it will also be notable when you look back for what is not on the cover.
As you mentioned, this incarnation of the Avengers Unity Squad features at least one Inhuman, which is something we haven't seen in past lineups. So it looks like with this new team, the definition of "Unity" has expanded to include the world's burgeoning Inhuman population?
One of the things that Uncanny Avengers was supposed to do was project unity for humans and mutants. The Inhumans were obviously always there, but now they're a population that's on a rapid increase. That's going to be a problem. Mutants and Inhumans in particular will have a very legitimate reason to want to go at each other. So this team is going to be tasked with leading by example in a very visible way.
When it comes to group dynamics and infighting, you have two characters in your cast, Steve Rogers and Rogue, who saw how disastrous things became when the Unity Squad couldn't work together back in the first volume of "Uncanny Avengers." So I imagine they might especially want to make sure that people are getting along?
Absolutely. If history repeats itself, disaster awaits. You'll see the lengths that Steve and Rogue will go for one another in our part of "Avengers" #0. We only have eight pages in that book, but I think fans will get a kick out of that story.
We know that Mark Waid's cast in "All-New All-Different Avengers" will be a relatively cash-strapped team, but your lineup includes two affluent characters in this time-jumped period, Wade Wilson and Peter Parker. How does that translate in terms of things like the team's funding and headquarters?
Yeah, we're definitely in a situation where we do have some pockets on this team, but no one had deeper pockets than Tony Stark. So the days of possibly jumping into a service elevator and then into a Quinjet parked in a hanger overlooking the West Side Highway might be over. Deadpool though does have access to helicopters and gunships. There's also a super fun headquarters that I think will set it apart from other Avengers teams.
Deadpool and Spider-Man won't be getting along very well though. So maybe that will be about money and maybe part of it won't.
You're working with artist Ryan Stegman, who has experience drawing heroes like Spider-Man, mutants like Wolverine, and most recently, the Inhumans. So it seems like he'd be the perfect artist for this book.
He's incredible and he's doing the most amazing work of his career. When the pages started coming in from issue #0 I thought, "Well this can't get any better." Then the first issue really blew that out the door.
I'm super happy to be working with Ryan. His visual style is setting the tone for this book. It's frenetic and fun, and his "acting" on the faces of the characters is tremendous. We're really enjoying the work. I love polishing the lettering script after his art comes back, I couldn't ask for a better collaborator. He's one of the best artists working today.
Finally, "Uncanny Avengers" is essentially the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of Marvel teams. You've got two great teams that go great together. That means you also have a lot of fun villains you can draw from. Can you leave us with a hint or tease of some of the villains we might see in your initial stories?
Yeah, the initial story is actually going to be a new situation. Something the Avengers haven't faced before. I actually think, in a weird way, the genre of this story is almost more horror than high adventure. It could be just the mood I'm in now, but it has more of a Stephen King vibe than maybe some of the other stuff I've written.
Then we're going to see some very big heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe show up in that first year. I've basically plotted almost a year. I may have to change some stuff around, but I am reaching for some of the toys that have been on the higher shelf. [Laughs] I hope not to break them or get people mad at me. We're having a lot of fun and I hope that fun translates to the page for the reader.
So in terms of scope and scale your "Uncanny Avengers" run will be as big as the volumes that preceded it?
Yeah, I hope so. Out of the gate we have a real serious situation that by the end of the second issue really goes bonkers. There are some big secrets in these first couple of issues.
I grew up reading Avengers and X-Men so to be in a position to write some of my favorites in the same book is something I never thought would happen. I'm very lucky at the moment to have a busy plate, but the thing I'm most excited about is this new volume of "Uncanny Avengers." If you liked the previous volume with Rick and his great collaborators, I hope you give me the chance to have you stick around.
If you haven't checked out the book though, or you're questioning whether Deadpool is the right fit for your Avengers book add me to your pull list for a couple of issues and I'll make a believer out of you.
The new volume of "Uncanny Avengers" is set to debut from Marvel in October.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This October, "Uncanny X-Men"will reach a milestone reserved for just a few superhero titles: issue #600. The milestone issue will finish up writer Brian Michael Bendis' run, which he began back in 2012 with the launch of "All-New X-Men." The issue's contents remain a mystery, although we know that there will be a scene between the two Icemanhaving a long-awaited discussion about their sexuality, as well as interior art from a number of Bendis' collaborators.
Marvel has given CBR an exclusivefirst look at two of the variant covers that will hit shelves along with "Uncanny" #600 this October. The artwork pulls from two distinct eras of X-History. Adam Hughes'piece features the X-Men in their '70s heyday, when a new team of international mutants banded together and witnessed the transformation of one of their own, Jean Grey, into Phoenix. Olivier Coipel's cover pulls from the 1980s era of the title, specifically referencing several elements from the team's stay in the Australian outback like Gateway and Lady Deathstrike
"Uncanny X-Men" #600 arrives in October.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Any Marvel Comics fan will tell you the Marvel Universe can be a volatile place where tensions abound, just waiting to be ignited. Thankfully, this fall the Marvel Universe will also boast UNCANNY AVENGERS, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ryan Stegman, featuring a team devoted to promoting the peace including Steve Rogers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Rogue, the Human Torch, Quicksilver, Doctor Voodoo, and more.
“They are the opposite of the Secret Avengers,” explains Duggan. “Eight months later there are new conflicts and tensions in the Marvel Universe. This group is meant to project cooperation and coexistence between humans, Inhumans, and mutants. That means visible successes.”
Of course, those kinds of hopeful results demand strong teamwork, no guarantee with this new team.
“[Questions of if the team makes sense and what binds them] are questions the cast must confront themselves,” the writer reveals. “Steve Rogers is the reason this particular group is together. Not everyone will be thrilled to be on a squad with [Deadpool], especially [Spider-Man].”
Thankfully for fans, Duggan and Stegman have found collaboration far less bumpy then their fictional cast.
“To be honest, I'm not sure our approaches have had to change much,” Stegman asserts. “We've just kind of fit together like puzzle pieces and it's working out great.”
“Like all great writers, Gerry is extremely collaborative,” the artist continues. “Gerry and I have had a lot of conversations about the tone of this book, and the things we want to do stylistically. The best part about this project is Gerry and I have known each other for quite some time. Heck, Gerry and I have already spent time in Vegas casinos together, which pretty much makes us brothers.”
“He tagged my father instead of me in his Uncanny Avengers announcement on Facebook so, it’s going about as well as you would think collaborating with him could go,” jokes Duggan of Stegman. “The truth is that Ryan’s an amazing collaborator and his art has never been more thrilling. It’s going to be a fun book, even when the characters aren't enjoying themselves.”
To be clear, Duggan and Stegman will be very dedicated to making sure the characters often do not enjoy themselves.
“Gerry is known for his comedic writing on DEADPOOL, I certainly have a ‘cartoonier’ style, and people think that means that this book will be silly and cartoony,” Stegman acknowledges. “But that’s not the case. We are doing some very heavy, dark stuff. Like all good stories, there will be moments of extreme darkness and there will be moments of levity. We are going to cover it all. So stylistically I am pushing to really sell both extremes.”
“We’re going to mess up the personal lives of these characters while we’re throwing them into constant danger, and hopefully we’ll have some moments of levity along the way,” echoes Duggan. “The first arc features a new villain with a definite sympathetic point of view. We’ve been enjoying writing him as much as this group of Avengers. I will say that you will see some unexpected villains and heroes show up in UNCANNY AVENGERS.”
Unpredictable fast becomes the watchword for UNCANNY AVENGERS with the passage of time having made changes, big and small, in many of the heroes’ lives since before Secret Wars.
“Everyone is slightly different eight months later, and I’m looking forward to exploring how this team finds a way to operate together,” Duggan says. “Deadpool has fame and fortune eight months later. Sure, he’s bought a few slushy machines and other frivolous gear, but he’s also diverting most of his fortune to helping fund the Avengers. Quicksilver is in an interesting spot. [He] isn’t just trying to adjust to life as an Avenger, but life not as the son of Magneto. That’s several tons of emotional baggage that falls off his shoulders. He’s loving life and living it to the fullest.”
“I didn't know how much I'd enjoy drawing Deadpool,” confesses Stegman. “He’s really, really fun. Drawing his body language from panel to panel is a pleasure.”
“I am trying to prevent myself from just writing a list of what I like about drawing each character right now, because the truth is I've found something about all of them to enjoy,” he continues. “It’s always a surprise to me how I’m going to react to drawing a character. But all these ones have such distinctive personalities that it’s been a blast so far.”
While having a great time with the work, neither creator has lost sight of the honor of tackling an Avengers book for the first time.
“I’m trying to apply everything I’ve learned from my first two years at Marvel into making the biggest and best Avengers book I can,” promises Duggan.
“It's a team book and that means it’s really freaking hard to draw,” admits Stegman. “You have to keep track of so many characters doing so many things. But, this is an Avengers title, so you just have to bite the bullet and think about how many great artists have tackled them before and succeeded. At this point in the comic book industry, there is no greater property than the Avengers, and to be a part of that is a challenge I look forward to.”
While Duggan continues to keep a tight rein on spoilers, he does not hesitate to give his editors credit or tease readers with some exciting developments to keep an eye out for.
“[Editors] Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith gave me a suggestion that drops like an atomic bomb in the second issue,” he reveals. “I do hope it manages to roll off a printer and into fans’ hands unspoiled.”
“Teams are families,” the writer concludes. “Families don’t always get along, and this team has the added pressure of projecting unity. Difficult but fun times lay ahead. I will say this: there will be surprises throughout the first arc, some dealing with the make-up of this roster.”
UNCANNY AVENGERS begins its mission of unity this fall! Stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest All-New All-Different Marvel news!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
X-MEN: TOP 15 ROGUE MOMENTS
15. Rogue vs. Gladiator
14. Bonding With Gambit
13. Taking the Cure
12. Joining the X-Men
11. Lady Roguepool
10. Learning to Dance
9. Welcome to Genosha
7. Defeating Ms. Marvel
6. Becoming the Reaper
5. A Heroic Sacrifice
4. Saving the Unity Squad
3. Exorcising Ms. Marvel
2. Controlling Her Powers
1. Teaming Up With Wolverine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
UNCANNY AVENGERS #1
GERRY DUGGAN (w) • RYAN STEGMAN (a/C)
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY JASON PEARSON
COSPLAY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT COVER BY GEOF DARROW
New team, same mission. Steve Rogers has formed a new Avengers unity squad compromised of humans, mutants and...Inhumans? A new threat to the Avengers is revealed. Wait, is that Deadpool on the cover? Is he seriously an Avenger now?
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Later, Rogue's powers started to slip from her control, driving her insane; she turned to Professor X for help. Resented by the X-Men at first, Rogue proved herself first by saving Wolverine in Japan, then time and again in battle.
Rogue later became an X-team leader, and one of their most trusted members. Now, she's elevated her status in the Marvel Universe even further, as one of the premier members of the Uncanny Avengers, truly coming full-circle.