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Presenting: Joss Whedon’s (not Christopher Nolan’s) Scarlet Witch.

AGE OF ULTRON. By the time this movie comes out, we’re going to know everything about it. That’s why I hate the internet. It’s also why I love it. Sam Jackson and Anthony Mackie, the only black Marvel superheroes to hit the screen, both say they don’t have much to do in the Avengers sequel. I can’t say I’ll miss Nick Fury, but I would have loved ot have seen some Falcon. Of course, if they gave Falcon his own film—or a TV show—that would more than make up for it. And there can’t be any doubt that A3 will have Black Panther, right?

QUEEN AND COUNTRY UPDATE. The movie adaptation of Greg Rucka’s brilliant black-and-white secret agent comic book finally has a director attached, Craig Vivieros (he hasn’t done much—don’t bother IMDBing him). Mostly, I’m writing this item to keep hope alive for the film. Ellen Page is attached to star as the lead, Agent Tara Chase of the Special Operations Section of Britain’s SIS.

SIXTH GUN 2. And speaking of Oni, their hit supernatural Western comic by Cullent Bunn and Brian Hurtt will get a prequel. Also, Bunn’s “Helheim” project with Joelle Jones will get a sequel. That one is about Vikings. Bunn apparently likes to do period pieces.

OCCUPY COMICS VOLUME ONE. A collection of the anthology series has hit the shelves. In addition to a new story by Amanda Palmer and David Mack (and a new cover by Mack as well), it features the work of too many legends to count, but I can name drop these: Mike “creator of the X-Men’s Doop” Allred, Alan “I created everything ever worth reading—just ask me” Moore, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joseph Infurnari (the team on the great indie comic, “The Bunker”), veteran author J.M. DeMatteis, Charlie “Walking Dead” Adlard, Joshua Dysart (writer of the criminally under-read and underrated Vertigo reboot of The Unknown Soldier), Art “Maus” Spiegelman, Ben “30 Days of Night” Templesmith, and many many others. If you like short stories told in comic book form, it’s a damn fine one to get. From Black Mask Press.

AMY ACKER: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Actually, girlfriend of Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. She’ll play a former lover of Agent Coulson, who she thinks is dead. Amy is another member of Joss Whedon’s traditional ensemble, having had a major role on Angel and appearing in his recent Shakespeare film (which was great, by the way).

FAST AND FURIOUS #7. Yes, I’ve seen every single FnF movie, several more than once, and I love them in all their loud, stupid fury. #7 will include Jason Statham and Kurt Russell in the cast. How can that be bad?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 WILL FEATURE SINISTER SIX. I hated the first movie. I really, really want to like the second one.


MORE MARVEL REBOOTS or: Ultimately, What’s Old is New Again

Last week, it’ became official, and it’s officially no surprise to anyone that it will happen in the Spring, just before the next movie comes out: Peter Parker is returning.  Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos have been killing it with this book.  Slott’s been writing Spider-Man now longer than anyone, ever.  And he’s still full of ideas, still keeping it fresh.  This is an example where I trust the logic in the reboot, even if it irritates me that they are renumbering Amazing Spider-Man with #1 instead of #701.  I’m an old-fashioned fan of sequential numbering.  Sue me.

But at the same time, the Ultimate Universe is getting a complete facelift…And talent lift.  When the UU launched 15 years ago, it was a grand experiment in updating Marvel heroes in the modern era.  But with so much time passing it’s…Not modern anymore.  And the stories have gotten stale.  It really started with Ultimates 3 when Jeph Loeb killed everything and told stories that didn’t make any sense.

In April, after Galactus eats a bunch of stuff, the Ultimate U will be reborn with just a few books.  Frankly, all of these titles have potential—mostly because of the people attached to them:

  • Ultimate Spider-Man.  Brian Michael Bendis has written every issue of this comic, and he’s stay on board for the reboot along with artist David Marquez.  This is one of Bendis’ best titles, and always has been, so there’s no reason to break it.  It’s the one thing in the Ultimate Universe that’s never been broken.
  •  All-New Ultimates.  Mike Morales, the man behind the Ultimate Spider-Man’s mask, will lead a new team of young heroes in a book to be written by indie favorite Michael Fiffe.  Fiffe’s “Copra” book has been praised by pretty much everyone as a great update of DC’s Suicide Squad concept.  Personally, the book didn’t excite me—but I didn’t hate it.  The art will be by Amilcar Pinna, who did some nice work on X-Men: First Class (a very underrated title).  The team is pretty female-centric, and all teenagers: Kitty Pryde, Spider-Woman (who will now go by the name Black Widow, even though she’s still red), Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger.  It appears to be a street-level book.
  •  Ultimate FF.  The Fantastic Four haven’t had an Ultimate book in a while, and this one will be written by Joshua Hale Fialkov—who is currently writing for the Ultimate Universe—with art by Mario Guevara.  I’m a fan of Fialkov’s writing, but I haven’t loved his Ultimate work.  So, we’ll see.  It looks like the foursome, based on the cover, are Falcon, Susan Storm, Iron Man, and Machine Man.  Since the first two titles feature Spider-Man, we can assume this will be the “big threats” type book.  Also, because there’s no Avengers.  At least, not yet.

I’m reserving judgment on this.  Marvel appears to be rebooting its titles regularly now, and I’m not against that concept, but so far the reboots haven’t improved the overall quality of Marvel’s comics.  They still have a large number of good, solid reads; a few gems like Hawkeye; and a bunch of run-of-the-mill titles that are about as good as the best DC books out there.  Marvel is still the leader in superhero storytelling (although a few upstart books are definitely giving Marvel a run for its money), and it makes sense that they’re trying to be the leaders in marketing as well.