COMIC BOOK NEWS: MARVEL PHASE 4, NEW VERTIGO BOOKS, MORE BATMAN MOVIES, AND MORE!

Let’s start with Endgame: Yes, it was very good.  No, it’s not in my top 5.  That would be Guardians, Captain America, Iron Man, Infinity War, and Avengers.  Not necessarily in that order.

Also: Yes, I was disappointed with the derivative nature of the Captain Marvel movie, and yes I fear that the next phase will feature a bunch of characters I didn’t grow up with and don’t care about nearly as much (Falcon Cap, either a mom or daughter Iron Man, more Captain Marvel, etc.), but it will also have another Black Panther movie and Fat Thor with James Gunn behind the lens again.

Side note: Captain Marvel is, according to market forces, the 10th best comic book movie of all time.  It pushed The Dark Knight out of the top 10 after grossing over a billion globally.  But Endame will push it back to #11.

Here’s what’s coming:

  • First, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which as I understand it is actually a Phase Three movie (because the phase fours aren’t laid out yet), and will feature Spidey and Mysterio in Europe.
  • Then, in 2020: The Eternals,with Angelina Jolie cast in a lead role and Chloé Zhao attached to direct, for a 2020 release.  It will focus on Jack Kirby’s characters Sersi and Ikaris, and supposedly will have an openly gay actor playing an openly gay hero.

  • Black Widow.  A prequel, obviously.
  • Inevitable sequels to Black Panther and Doctor Strange.  Hoping those will both be great.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which has the most riding on it: GotG was Marvel’s best film, and it will include Thor as well.  Presumably, it will be a search for Gamora and should include Warlock, who was teased at the end of GotG 2.  It’s pushed back to 2022 so James Gunn can finish up a sequel to the (terrible) DC movie Suicide Squad.
  • Shang Chi.  In early development, it would be Marvel’s first karate movie and first film with an Asian lead.  I’m very much hyped for this one.

So, what else is news?  This:

BATMAN: HUSH.  Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s controversial Batman story—which has a lot of story beats similar to Daredevil: Born Again—is getting the animated treatment.  DC tends to do a good job with these original, made-for-streaming/cable flims.  Looking forward to it.  Another one on the horizon: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Come on.  Who’s gonna miss that one?

INVISIBLE WOMAN: AGENT OF SHIELD.  Sue is getting a solo book, which will take place back when she was a SHIELD agent in the 1990s.  I’d say “ho-hum,” but it’s written by Mark Waid, who is always worth checking out, and drawn by Mattia De Iulis.  I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the Fantastic Four’s profile is getting upped, and the X-Men are getting a dramatic re-boot by no less than Jonathan Hickman, just as Marvel Studios gets the rights back and is working on movies for these two teams.

DC ANIMAL.  The imprint comic run by Gerard “My Chemical Romance” Way will return in July with new issues of Doom Patrol.  I enjoyed his first run on the book, even if I found myself confused at the end.  It’s nonlinear (and in some cases I think it nonsense), but overall it’s packed with interesting ideas and good character moments.  I’m looking forward to the next story.  Along with DP, we’ll see two new books:

Collapser by Mikey “Gerard is my big brother” Way and Shaun Simon, with art by Ilias Kyriazis, about a radio DJ who gets powers when he’s drawn out into space by a black hole collapsing.

Far Sector, which will be about a Green Lantern, and created by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell.

No word on whether my personal favorite DC Animal book, Eternity Girl, will make a comeback.

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE.  And speaking of Mark Waid, he and artists Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez (Exiles) will produce a six-issue series taking you through the entire timeline.  These kinds of things are rarely good, but when they are good, they’re really cool. We’ll see in July, when issue #1 arrives.

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