Star Wars Comics are going to Marvel

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It doesn’t come to a surprise that Disney will bring the Star Wars comics back to Marvel after the Disney/Lucas deal. It has been at Marvel before but Dark Horse was the publisher that took care of the comic franchise. They will finish up the Star Wars stories At Dark Horse but once the contract ends they will loose one of their bigger projects.

As from 2013 Marvel will handle the new story lines and it is to be expected that they will take over fully in 2015. Right on time for the next movie!

At this time it is unknown if Marvel will create ongoing titles are if they will keep on the short 4 to 6 issue stories as was the case at Dark Horse. However, it can be expected that Marvel will create a new stand alone Star Wars universe within the Marvel comic house. It would be way to odd to see Darth Vader fight the Avengers! Would it not? So let’s hope that this will not happen.

There is no info on the writers and artists working for the current Star Wars series and if they will continue their work under the Marvel flag.

The Wasp

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

There was an interesting article about Josh Whedon and his Avengers movie out there today. He was available for a Q&A session after a screening with Josh and the article talked about some of the things that “could have been” the Avengers movie. One of the biggest changes was the draft without the Black Widow and the Wasp instead. Not only was she one of the founding members of the Avengers but she has also been the leader of the Avengers. Whit her in the picture the movie could have gone in a whole different angle. Not only would we be without the Black Widow or the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, we would also miss one of the best scenes in the movie where the Black Widow makes Loki give away his plans while he was being kept imprisoned on the helicarrier.

Another big thing Josh wanted for the movie was a second villain besides Loki. He said that this was a battle he couldn’t win from the film studio.

Josh didn’t talk a lot about the sequel that is planned for 2015. The only news on this so far is the fact that he is working on it and that he wants to bring in some new characters to the Avengers II movie. According to the article Disney made sure no more information about the next movie would be spilled. They say there where about 3 Disney publicist in the room that made sure Josh would stay on topic and only talk about the first movie.

At the “Comic” Movies

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The Avengers was a big success for Marvel and Disney so expect to see a whole lot more Hero movies coming your way. One of them was just announced during this years San Diego Comic Con. The long rumored Guardians of the Galaxy is now official. A little less known Marvel comic with some obscure characters like Rocket Raccoon. Other characters that will be portrait in the movie are Drax, Groot, Star-Lord and Gamora. For those collecting comics, go and buy the Guardians of the Galaxy books now as they will go up in value just like the books with Thanos did after the Avengers movie came out.

Other movies that where mentioned where a whole bunch of sequels. Captain America: Winter Soldier (Scheduled for April 4, 2012) and Thor: The Dark World (Scheduled for November 8, 2013). The Captain America movie has the subtitle Winter Soldier and this appears to confirm that the story from the comic with the same title will be used. In this story Bucky is alive and operates as a brainwashed Soviet Assassin.

Also discussed during the San Diego Comic Con was the Ant-Man movie. This project has been in development for a while but Director/Screenwriter Edgar Wright said that they shot some test footage. This could take the movie to the next level.

Some might think this is a strange choice but Ant-Man is a founding Avengers member and does have a lot of comic fans. When this movie project goes ahead, and it sure looks like it, expect Ant-Man to appear in the next Avengers movie. This is only an assumption, but it would make sense.

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We Are Back

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It has been a while since you’ve seen an update here but as you can see we are back in action.

So what happened? Why where we gone?

Well, we had to fight some technical difficulties on the blog that had forced it into a complete black-out.

It took a while to find the error, but as you can see the Mousekingdom blog is back on-line. Unfortunately we did loose some date, but that will not stop us from adding new stuff.

So if you like Walt Disney, Disney Parks, Disney movies and anything else related to the world of Disney (and more), brace yourself as we are ready for GO!…

Two Disney Marvel Mystery Movies for 2014

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We’ve just had Thor, Captain America is going strong at the time and The Avengers will be coming soon. Thor 2 is planned for a release in 2013, but Disney has just release information on two new superhero movie dates. First date is May 16, 2014, with the second release date set to June 27, 2014. What they didn’t mention yet is the titles of the movie, or the superhero’s that will feature in them. A couple of titles have been floating on the web; Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. It could well be that one of them is in that list, or even both. However, some rumors indicate that the first date would be the Captain America sequel. Let the guessing game begin!

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Avengers Assembly… at Disneyland

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

It looks like it is less and less a question of if, but one of when will we see a marvel theme attraction in a Disney park. The rumors so far have been a third gate at Disneyland Paris, Marvel attractions in the Asian Market and Iron Man getting his first attraction in Disneyland Anaheim. Next in the line of rumors for Marvel orientated attractions in the Disneyland resort Anaheim is an Avengers attractions. According to the rumors their might already be some early concept art related to the Avengers.

Disney purist might hate this idea but it makes sense that Disney is looking at adding these characters in their park. Not only because they paid enough for them, but they will bring in new guests that love either the super heroes or the movies. The Avengers, or any other Marvel group or character, could be the new thrill for the Disney parks and the future to bring in those guests that visited other parks for thrills instead of Disney.

The Avengers movie is produced by Marvel Studios and will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The talented Joss Whedon will be directing the movie and some of the actors are Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Cobie Smulders. If this movie is successful an attraction would be an instant winner.

Release date for the movie expected May 4, 2012, opening Avengers Attractions… still a rumor for now.

Source Screamscape

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Pirates Jumps the $400 Million Mark

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In less then a weeks time the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has easily surpassed the $400 million mark. With this it sets a very big new record as the first movie that reached the $400 million target the fastest.

It made $104.4 million in North America and made about three times that much, $310.8 million, in other territories.

Other movies that are going strong at this time are Universal “Fast Five” with a grossed total of well over $500 million, Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” with over $450 million in total and Paramount’s Marvel production “Thor” that is also on the $400 million mark.

Good times for the movies!

Disney Imagineers / Marvel Imagineers

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Will the first Marvel attraction find its way into a Disney park? With Disney owning Marvel this question wasn’t about “if”, but “when”. Now it looks like the Disney Imagineers are working on an idea to bring a first Marvel attraction into the parks. This rumored possibility comes from the mouse itself in the form of an interview in the next issue of D23, the Disney magazine.

In an interview with Kevin Feige, president of the Marvel Studios, some ideas are put forward regarding bringing Marvel to the Disney parks.

“It’s the biggest dream of all. We get to tap into this spectacular team that is better than anyone else on the planet at bringing fantasy to life, not only on the big screen but in the real world,” said Feige.  (via Movies.IGN)

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Will Disney Buy Out Universal?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

The moment Disney bought Marvel people started to speculate what would happen with the Marvel Park section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Now a rumor is floating around that Disney is looking at offering Universal a buy out on the franchise use rights. Disney already bought back the rights of some of the franchise from Paramount and with it the distribution rights of Avengers and Iron Man 3. It’s a rumor at the moment, but it would make sense and I see this happening in the future. Universal could well agree on this as they might want to break anything that binds them to Disney and avoid to pay royalties for the use of the Marvel name in their park. While I would hate to see the Marvel part leave Island of Adventures, I would welcome a complete Marvel park made on Disney domain. I know there are people that would not like this but if you like it or not, Disney is a company and a complete Marvel park would bring in a lot of people (if not done on the cheap with A+ E-ticket rides) and make them money. (more…)

Tron Heroes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Marvel has finaly released some of the Tron variant covers. Here are 10 of the covers.

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Iron Man 3 and Avengers are Disney Movies

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Both Iron Man 3 and Avengers are coming home… sort of. Disney has struck a deal with Paramount Pictures. Disney offered Paramount a nice amount to get 2 of the 6 Marvel movie distribution deal back under their wings making their billion investment just that little better. Irom Man and the Avengers are now part of that big Disney/Marvel deal that was made a good year ago.

Disney will now distribute the above two movies under their label but will leave the Marvel team in charge of the movie itself. Paramount will not loose out much as the deal will give them approximately the same amount of money what they would make if they distributed the movies. The difference is that they will not have to spend any money to advertise the movie.

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Tron Variants

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Marvel and Disney! They are one and the same (sort of) as Disney bought Marvel. You can already notice this joint venture by the Tron movie adaption’s that are going to appear. But Marvel has more plans. There will be 4 variant comic covers related to Tron in November. There are no pictures yet but the titels of the comic books with variants are: Thor #617, Avengers #7, Captain America #612 and Secret Avengers #7.

Comic book store can order these variants in a ratio of 15 other books of the same title. So if a store orders 15 regular Thor covers it can order 1 extra Thor Tron Variant cover.

Tron Comic Adaptation (updated)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

With Marvel being owned by Disney we can’t be surprised to see Disney related comics to appear. Movie adaptations are very common so, again to no surprise, a Tron Original movie adaptation would hit the shelves too. Marvel will release the “Tron: Original Movie Adaptation 1” in November. Release date is set for September 3rd.

This is more then a month before the next movie will hit the theaters (December 17) and should be a good reed before the sequel comes out.

I have the comic on my pull list!

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Tron: The Betrayal

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Tron is hot, so we expect to see a lot of Tron stuff appear the coming months. As a comic collector I am delighted to see a comic make it to the stands too. Marvel is releasing a Tron: The Betrayal comic book. It looks like the story in the comic will take place before the events in the upcoming Tron: Legacy movie.

Get a first look at the world of the upcoming Tron: Legacy! Following the events of the original Tron, the year is 1983 and Kevin Flynn is now in charge of Encom. He’s built it into the largest videogame company in the world. But that’s not all Kevin has accomplished – he’s also secretly built the Grid, a digital world filled with living programs! More than a place where he can race light cycles, it’s a place where he can build and test environments only limited by his imagination. But the Grid is far more complex than even its creator realizes, and even Flynn can’t be in two places at once. As this new world develops a life of its own, Flynn is going to first need the help of an old friend, a security program named Tron. Showcasing a key time of the mythology of the Tron world, part one of THE BETRAYAL will show the early days of the Grid, and the first appearances of the heroes and villains that will be seen in Tron: Legacy. (Marvel.com)

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Josh Whedon is an Avenger!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

OK, Avengers will not be distributed via a Disney company but via the Paramount company, but as Avenger is a part of Marvel Entertainment Company and Disney owns the Marvel Entertainment Company I have enough reason to do a little happy dance and write about it here on the blog after hearing the news that Joss Whedon confirmed his role as Director for the Avengers movie during his appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. I have always been a big fan of Buffy, love his Serenity movie and now can’t wait to see his Avengers movie.

This is not the first time Joss Whedon is involved in the comic industry. He wrote the Buffy Series 8 for Dark Horse, but also had a 24 part Astonishing X-Men series written for Marvel. For this run he was nominated for multiple Eisner Awards including Best Serialized Story, Best New Series, Best Writer and winning the Best Continuing Series award in 2006. Let’s hope this is enough to Joss Whedon bring the Avengers to the screen as they should be. We don’t want to see a repeat of Marvel’s the Fantastic Four 2, a disaster of a movie. But I have high hopes with Whedon in the director’s chair.

Did you know that Joss Whedon was one of the script writers of Toy Story. There! Another link with Disney, another reason to write about it on the Mousekingdom blog!