Luke Cage has been around for 44 years, originally conceived as a character to pull in readers and money from the 1970s blaxploitation film craze. Whole swaths of his publishing history are filled with poorly executed stories cranked out on deadline, but even these offer some surprising moments of poignancy.
I’m really glad that Marvel’s publishing a new Power Man and Iron Fist series. But, man, it’s a real bummer that Jessica Jones is coming across like a bitchy housewife.
Characters frequently swear in Marvel comics, but you’ll never see a foul-mouthed curse make it to print. They’re always censored by a string of nonsensical skulls and symbols... that is, except for Luke Cage in his new team up book with Danny Rand, and it makes perfect, adorable sense for the character.
At the San Diego Comic-Con's Mondo Marvel panel, Marvel luminaries including Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning divulged new Avengers-esque projects lined up for 2010-2011. What's on the docket? Oodles of Cap and Ultimates projects.
With Marvel's A-listers ensnared in preexisting movie franchises, it appears Disney's cultivating the publisher's second-tier superheroes. Two writers behind the upcoming Conan flick are penning a Dr. Strange script, and Disney's apparently producing short films for heroes like Luke Cage.
If Marvel really wants to make four movies a year, then they're going to have to dig deep into their toybox to find enough characters to fill them. Luckily, we're here to help out with some suggestions.
The Pitch: "Man's struggle against himself made flesh."
The Explanation: Artificially created to be the perfect human, Adam Warlock struggles against his own evil side... literally; his nemesis, the Magus, is a future version of himself gone bad, and attempting to speed along the transformation. Is the only…
The Pitch: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but with spies instead of assassins."
The Explanation: While Hawkeye's been kicking around with the Avengers, Defenders and even Thunderbolts for years, the ideal Hawkeye movie should avoid all that and skip straight to Jim McCann's recent New Avengers: The Reunion mini-series -…
The Pitch: "Harry Potter meets Nip/Tuck."
The Explanation: What happens when one of the world's greatest surgeons loses the full use of his hands in a car accident? If your answer is "He goes to Tibet and becomes the world's greatest magician," then you clearly know your Strange. We're saying, keep him…
Power Man and Iron Fist
The Pitch: "Shanghai Noon meets 48 Hours. Meets I'm Gonna Git You Sucka."
The Explanation: Yes, yes, I know that Luke Cage has a respectable career with the New Avengers these days, and Iron Fist has his own series back, but these two characters (Both born of Marvel's 1970s bandwagon-jumping…
Nova, the Human Rocket
The Pitch: "Spider-Man meets The Last Starfighter."
The Explanation: Rich Rider, an everyday American teenager, is chosen by the last surviving member of intergalactic police force the Nova Corps, to take his place and defend the universe from the space pirate who's out to kill them all. Part …
Awesome Marvel superheroes Power Man and Iron Fist have both had movies in development hell for nearly a decade — so why not put them together in one movie? After all, it worked in the comics. Up-and-comer Malcolm Lee (Soul Men, The Best Man) threw his director's hat into the comic-book ring, calling a Power Man/Iron…
This morning we have spoilers so intense, they earned someone a cease-and-desist letter with the Hulk on it. There are rumors about the Iron Man movie, and a new set picture from the live action Dragonball. There are also new hints about Lost, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica. And comic-book spoilers for Marvel…