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Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Says Smarter Hulk Is Under Consideration

It seems a smarter Hulk may make an appearance when he and Thor team up in Thor: Ragnarok next year.

HitFix reports director Taika Waititi and Marvel are discussing the emergence of the smarter — possibly even verbal — Hulk, with Waititi saying “at the moment, there’s a big conversation that’s happening about how far to push that.”

Part of the discussion is how the Hulk’s intelligence will play out over the course of Ragnarok and the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. Late last week, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo said the storyline for Bruce Banner and his alter-ego would be epic. “We’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie,” he explained.

“I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer,” Waititi continued. “They have a lot of stuff that they have to consider. But I do think that’s the best way to track it. I think we all want that. I think we all want to see that development and the evolution of that character. I also think you can do it in a fun way.”

And though Hulk seems to be getting a lot of attention at the moment, Waititi clarified that the movie will still feature Thor front and center. “My focus really is making sure that Thor is the best character,” he said.

Thor: Ragnarok debuts on November 3rd, 2017.

Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Says Smarter Hulk Is Under Consideration

A Bunch Of Thieving Magpies

Andrez Bergen writes,

At the moment I work with an incredible artist names Frantz Kantor — and have no idea how he creates half of what he does, like this video teaser for ‘Magpie’.

It doesn’t help that I’m unable to peer over his shoulder while he works.

Frantz lives in my old hometown Melbourne, while I reside in Tokyo. So we’ve never met and do everything via email.

Oi_Oi_Oi issue 8 cover up by Frantz Kantor

Yet we get on like a house on fire, probably because we grew up with similar influences, a lot of them obscure, and I already loved the man’s art more than 20 years ago.

Typically, our creative process goes something like this – which relates to the development of a new character for #5:

ANDREZ: How about we do a Hello Kitty rip?

FRANTZ: Hello Kitty can be a menacing idea with a deadpan expression.

ANDREZ: Hah. I love the deadpan expression. You know the Japanese name for Hello Kitty is Kitty-chan, right? We could call her Hitty-chan, an anthropomorphic character tiny in size like Rocket Raccoon, but with big fists…

FRANTZ: Hah! I like it.

ANDREZ: She’s in, then! ;) Which animal? Australian, I guess, since it’s Oi Oi Oi! A possum? We could make possum pie jokes.

FRANTZ: There could be references to both Granny Clampett’s possum pie and Dame Edna’s “Hello, possums.”

ANDREZ: Ha-Ha-Ha… Oh god… YEAH!!!


3d Man reading on loo_MAGPIE_ by Frantz Kantor

As you can see, high-brow stuff.

But with ‘Magpie’ we’ve been allowed to go crazy concept-wise, involving word-play as much as art, and after #1 (we’re now working on #5) I was already bouncing off Frantz’s artwork as I nutted out scripts.

Humour plays first position, but a brewing drama undercuts that.

We’ve already thrown in references to the Terminator movies, film noir, ‘Fantastic Voyage’, ‘Ghost in the Shell’, M.C. Escher, Wally Wood in his ‘MAD’ magazine days, Roy Thomas, media manipulation, and Russ Manning.

3D_Man_Sketch_ by Frantz Kantor

Personally, I’m having a blast — while one day I’ll find out exactly how Frantz does create these wild, three-dimensional images. Every page he produces and attaches to an email to cross the Pacific via digital means… Well, each single one blows my brain.

And don’t let the character’s somewhat skimpy costume fool you.

Magpie’s a scrapper as much in the mold of Wolverine as she is Black Canary – and ‘The Incredibles’ this ain’t.

MAGPIE by Frantz Kantor

‘Magpie’ #1 hits newsstands on February 15, but only in print in Australia, inside a quarterly comic book anthology zine called ‘Oi Oi Oi!’.

The magazine can be ordered internationally here

MAGPIE thumbs up by Frantz Kantor

A Bunch Of Thieving Magpies

We Will Know Final Fantasy XV’s Release Date At The End Of March

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The one thing that has followed Final Fantasy 15 for a long, long time now is the question of a release date. It seems we have a little bit more to do, but at least we have a date to point at.

During an Active Time Report event this weekend, Square Enix announced that we will know the release date for the game on March 30st. It will take place during another event called Final Fantasy Uncovered.

Yup, a release date for a release date, but in a world where we get trailers for trailers, I guess this is the next logical progression. I’ll be here to tell you about that release date when it does finally come, so stay tuned.

We Will Know Final Fantasy XV’s Release Date At The End Of March

Gwendoline Christie Says She Will Be Returning For Star Wars: Episode VIII

phasmaThough Captain Phasma appeared in only a handful of scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the character was always slated for more in the subsequent episode of the Star Wars saga. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said as much shortly before the film’s release last month, calling her “an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”

And now, actress Gwendoline Christie has confirmed she will indeed be returning. While chatting with People Magazine at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday evening, Christie said, “I will be in the next Star Wars movie.”

“I felt it encouraged diversity and it was doing something new and it was an interesting bit of casting for women,” she said of the character, originally intended for a male actor. “I hope that in something that was such a mainstream success it would breed more of those kind of opportunities for other women.”

She, along with actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Issac return for the next adventure in Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15th, 2017.

Gwendoline Christie Says She Will Be Returning For Star Wars: Episode VIII

All of the Amazing Cosplay from PAX South Day 3

It's the third and final day of PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, and while the show winds down cosplayers are still out in full force. Check out our newly updated mega-slideshow with cosplay from all three days of the convention right here in super convenient photo and video form.

Did you miss the awesome cosplay montages from the first two days of the convention? Fear not, I've got you covered.

And while you're at it, why not check out these awesome Zero Suit Samus cosplays? They were a big hit with everyone on the show floor.

Sean Finnegan is a producer for IGN. You can talk to him all about movies, games, and photography on Twitter.

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The Mark Millar Character That No Longer Looks Like Grant Morrison

Back in September, Wilfredo Torres tweeted a character design for Jupiter’s Circle, the Mark Milar comic from Image.

“Supervillain that may or may not look too much like Grant Morrison… yes the suit is supposed to be all white ;)”

Mark Millar denies that there is any rift between he and his ex-writing partner Grant Morrison. Grant Morrison has said that if he sees Millar, he wants to run over him at 70mph. I am assured that in Glasgow, there seems to be an almost sectarian divide over allegiance to one or the other.

Wilfredo was not to know…

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Well, by the time the book came to print, Professor Prism was no longer bald and no longer in an all-white suit.

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And the change? From sktchd,

I love Professor Prism. He’s completely absurd in a Batman ’66 sort of way…like he’s a guy who watched one too many TV shows and thought, “man, I could make an awesome criminal.” For characters like that, is that pretty much just you having fun? Or are elements like that something Mark’s scripts are pretty tight on?

WT: Professor Prism was a lot of fun. Mark was pretty open about what he wanted aside from the scepter so he was kind of developed on the fly. He originally looked a bit different and then Mark asked me to push it further and we finally landed on this absurd looking goofball. I would’ve loved to have drawn him more but I imagine his criminal career was a very short one.

Maybe some one ran him over…

The Mark Millar Character That No Longer Looks Like Grant Morrison

Jamie Delano, Novelist

20160130_100436-600x450I really like Jamie Delano‘s writing. From Captain Britain to John Constantne: Hellblazer to Animal Man to Outlaw Nation to 2020 Visions to Crossed Badlands to Necropolis to Rawbone, he’s a comic book writer whose work I have been very happy to follow.

It’s just, he’s not writing comics at the moment. He’s a novelist and a publisher of other people’s novels as well.

I saw Jamie yesterday at the Banbury Geek Con, where he was selling and signing Hellblazer collection comp copies – of which he had received a few more of late – as well as his first two novels published in this fashion.

The first, Book Thirteen, was written under the pseudonym, A William James, something he did to test the waters it seems. His second, Leepus: Dizzy, is under Jamie Delano. Which is also a pseudonym, but one we are more familiar with. A second volume of which, Leepus: River, expected to follow soon.

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I’ll start reading later this week. I was just thinking that his status as a novelist information may not be as widely known. And, as he told me, marketing is not his forte.

41xp9dPh67LSo I thought I’d try and share the word a little… a preview of Book Thirteen can be read here.

The Old Writer is losing the plot.  Struggling to complete the long-overdue thirteenth and final volume of his cult ‘Leepus’ series of bizarre detective novels, he is exhaustingly distracted by the anarchic reality of his family life.

Rude Jude, Jilted John, Vile Viola, ASBO Angie, Cracked Jack and Obscene Irene are the characters of his life story—relatives and children whose dysfunctional lives conspire to undermine his efforts to find them resolution and redemption.  He’s written their lives so far, he claims, without invoking disaster; but now he’s worried he’s crossed the line between reality and imagination, sucking them all into the fragile and perilous territory of his subconscious.

The only questioning remaining is: can get his derailed opus back on track before he reaches The End?

51ejbgSYVvLAnd Leepus can be found here with the first five chapters available as a free PDF here.

In the dystopian near-future alternate reality of Inglund, the novel’s eponymous lead character – gambler and ‘detective’, Leepus – guides the reader on an erratic exploration of his strange interior and exterior worlds.

The novel is populated by a cast of outlandish and mysterious characters who both aid and distract Leepus in his pursuit of truth and often rough justice on a path of full-tilt adventure and intrigue.

An energetic tale embracing mystery, black humour and occasional raw violence.

Maybe we could have them as Bleeding Cool book club choices for February? Just a thought…

Jamie Delano, Novelist

Marvel’s Hercules Comic, A Little More LGBTQI Than You May Have Been Led To Think

When Marvel launched the comic book Hercules, Marvel was initially applauded for publishing a comic with a lead bisexual character.

The problem was that the creators, editor and publisher had forgotten that a previous comic had suggested that Hercules was bisexual, with Northstar as one of his previous lovers.

And Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso came straight out with it saying that he wasn’t bisexual. Even though later he would be uncomfortable with saying that Angela was bisexual, because of “labels”.

There were articles. Lots of articles.

Well, while the Hercules situation isn’t changing regarding his own sexuality, it does now have a major cast member who is trans/gender fluid/intersex, however you might like to define their state of being.

Because while Marvel aren’t as happy at representing Hercules’ mythical history as a bisexual god, they are less concerned it seems about Tiresius. Classically the blind prophet of Apollo, Tiresius was a man who transformed by the gods into a woman for seven years, and lived with that experience.

And here Tiresius is still around, an immortal seer, albeit it one who seems to have transfixed on punk-era London. From Hercules #2.

Hercules (2015-) 002-016 And we may even get a glimpse at problems with the state of magic in the Marvel Universe right now.

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Of course, there is trouble and Tiresius sees it coming. Which means a little in the Basil Exposition manner in Hercules #3, including the reason Hercules uses male pronouns to describe Tiresius.

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But that may not be an issue. Again, there are a lack of labels. Some may also have issues regarding the character’s appearance and immediate hospitalisation.

But for those that have dismissed the comic for abandoning one aspect, they may be missing out on a representation of another.

If nothing else, I thought it deserved… an article.

Marvel’s Hercules Comic, A Little More LGBTQI Than You May Have Been Led To Think

[Video] Bumblebee takes center stage in new DC Super Hero Girls short

DC Entertainment has released a new animated DC Super Hero Girls shot that puts Bumblebee front and center a Hero of the Month. via DC Comics

The post [Video] Bumblebee takes center stage in new DC Super Hero Girls short appeared first on Major Spoilers.

Cast and Crew Discuss Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them In New Featurette

Stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogel — and director David Yates and producer David Heyman — discuss the return to the Wizarding World in a new featurette highlighting the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The group also discusses the new take on the world made familiar in the Harry Potter novels and films, and working with creator and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens on November 18th.

Cast and Crew Discuss Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them In New Featurette