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“Marvel Announces Creative Team for America Chavez Solo Series”

America yes!

A little more than a month after Marvel announced a solo series for America Chavez at New York Comic Con, the company has finally revealed the series’ creative team.

As first reported by Refinery29, YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) will write the series, while Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) will serve as the series’ artist, and Maguerite Sauvage as cover artist. The new series will see the young hero face off against alien hordes and travel through different dimensions, while also trying to attend class on alternate Earths and make space for her personal life.

“America doesn’t know how powerful she is, but she’s gonna find out. And the powers she does have are going to be expanded upon and she’s going to learn how to control and develop them,” says Rivera of what readers can expect from the upcoing series. “Some of the really fun Marvel moments are gonna be when we bring in key players like Captain America and Storm. They are going to be able to help America on her journey. And teach her things about her powers or lead her along the way.”

Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, Chavez – a queer Latina raised in another dimension – first appeared in their 2011 seriesVengeance. Since then, she has taken on the mantle of Miss America from Madeline Joyce, and gone on to earn herself a loyal fan following.

“America has one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic fanbases out there, so we wanted to make sure we could deliver a solo series worthy of that devotion,” says editor Will Moss. “That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Gabby Rivera to the Marvel fold, as she’s got America’s voice down pat, plus she’s got a ton of surprising and fun ideas for the series. And combining that with the one-of-a-kind stylings of the great Joe Quinones? Well, we’re ready to deliver that solo series now…”

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/18/marvel-america-writer-gabby-rivera

 

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“X-23: 5 Essential Stories To Read Before Seeing Logan”

“X-23 is a character with an interesting history. She belongs to the special club of comic book characters that debuted in other media, in X-23’s case the X-Men: Evolution animated television series.

X-23, a.k.a Laura Kinney then made her comic book debut in NYX #3 in 2004. Since then she’s become an integral part of the X-Men family, trained under the wing of her mentor and “father” Wolverine, joined the violent hit squad X-Force, and even spent some time hanging out with the Avengers.

Now she’s taken up the mantle of Wolverine and soon Laura will be making her big screen debut in Logan, the final Wolverine movie to star Hugh Jackman in the titular role.

This article is here to help fans looking to get to know Laura a little better. It covers Laura’s journey from birth all the way up to her earning the Wolverine name. Read these stories and you won’t be able to wait to see X-23 in Logan.

Logan opens in theaters March 3, 2017.

Innocence Lost

X-23: Innocence Lost was X-23’s first time headlining a comic book. The six-issue limited series is written by X-23’s creators Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost and illustrated by Billy Tan and reveals X-23’s origin story.

X-23’s story begins at The Facility and offshoot of the Weapon Plus program that created Wolverine. The Facility wants to create a new Wolverine and attempt to accomplish the goal by cloning him. A brilliant scientist is brought on board to figure out how and decides to alter the sample to be a female. The catch is that she has to carry the clone to term herself.

She gives birth to X-23. Despite The Facility renting the child out as an assassin, Sarah manages to imbue Laura with humanity and a conscience, which leads to conflict with Sarah’s employers…”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2016/11/23/x-23-5-essential-stories/

“Luke Cage Is The Biggest Marvel Netflix Series Of The Year”

“When Marvel Television confirmed they were giving Luke Cage his own solo Netflix series, fans of Power Man rejoiced. The character made his live-action debut on the site through Jessica Jones, and audiences fall for Luke Cage’s charm. And, now, one media company is reporting that the hero’s standalone show is the biggest Marvel/Netflix hit of 2016.

Symphony Advanced Media has done the math and found that Luke Cage is Marvel Television’s biggest hit on Netflix. The streaming site does not provide ratings or viewership numbers for its original series, but the company estimates that Luke Cage had a bigger opening than Making A Murderer and Stranger Things.

According to Symphony, 6.34 percent of Netflix users aged 18-49 were watching Luke Cagein the 32 days following its premiere. Those numbers make it a competitive series on Netflix’s roster, but it doesn’t push it above titans like Orange Is The New Black or Fuller House. And, when Gilmore Girls returns for its special miniseries, the beloved sitcom stands to bulldoze Luke Cage if given the chance.

Of course, fans already knew that Luke Cage was one of Marvel’s more popular series on Netflix. The show has the highest rating on Rotten Tomato of all Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, and Luke Cage became a buzzworthy topic after it debuted. In fact, Netflix even crashed shortly after the series went live, and fans began speculating that Luke Cage was behind the site’s struggles.

Those rumors were only fueled further when the official Luke Cage and Jessica Jones accounts on Twitter began bantering over the outage. Their NSFW chatter kept fans occupied while Netflix sorted out the issue and got Luke Cage back online.

Marvel’s Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as Carl Lucas, a.ka. Luke Cage, who debuted in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Luke Cage also stars Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is now streaming on Netflix.”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2016/11/16/luke-cage-is-the-biggest-marvel-netflix-series-of-the-year/

“Marvel’s World of Wakanda Will Spotlight Women, on the Page and Behind It”

“The world of the Black Panther, the Marvel Comics hero who hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda, is about to get bigger. Marvel announced on Friday a companion series, World of Wakanda, which is to premiere in November.

And just like the current Black Panther series, which is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author and a national correspondent for The Atlantic, the new comic will be written by newcomers to the industry: the feminist writerRoxane Gay and the poet Yona Harvey.

“My agent was not thrilled that I was taking on another project,” Ms. Gay said. But learning to write comics exercised different creative muscles, which she said she found exciting.

“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way,” she said.

Her story, written with Mr. Coates, will follow Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who are former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s female security force. “The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that,” she said.

The first issue of World of Wakanda will include a 10-page second story by Ms. Harvey about Zenzi, a female revolutionary who incited a riot in the first issue of the Black Panther series. Mr. Coates, who recruited both writers, said he thought it was important to have female voices help breathe life into these characters. “The women in Black Panther’s life are very, very important,” he said.

Mr. Coates recalled a conference about two years ago, where Ms. Gay read a zombie short story. “It was the most surprising, unexpected, coolest zombie story you ever want to see,” he said. “When we started thinking about writers, she popped up right away…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/books/black-panther-marvel-comics-roxane-gay-ta-nehisi-coates-wakanda.html

“New Mutants Aims to Shoot in Spring 2017”

“Fox’s X-Men franchise is in a tricky place following the success of Deadpool and the relative disappointment of X-Men: Apocalypse. It is still a little unclear what the studio is specifically planning for the future, but a couple of projects still seem to be moving forward as planned. One of those projects being The New Mutants, which a new report claims may start shooting next year.

The Hollywood Reporter recently published a piece that gave a pretty big update on the future of the X-Men franchise for Fox. One of the things revealed in the report was that director Josh Boone may be shooting The New Mutants as early as March. It was stated that Fox may be looking to roll cameras in Spring, so we might have that to look forward to.

Josh Boone is probably best known for directing The Fault in Our Stars and has been attached to The New Mutants since early this year. Fox is going to have to cultivate some new directing talent to handle the X-Men franchise going forward, because Bryan Singer is not coming back and even Tim Miller decided to part ways with the studio on Deadpool 2 over creative differences. So guys like Josh Boone are going to have to step in and bring the next phase of the X-Men franchise to life.

For those who may not be familiar, The New Mutants are a group of teenage mutants who are still in training that has some overlap with the core X-Men team. Josh Boone took to his Instagram several months ago and seemingly revealed that the mutant team in this new movie will consist of the mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. As for casting? An unconfirmed rumor surfaced in March that claimed Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane and The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly may have signed on to play Magik, the younger sister of Colossus…”

http://movieweb.com/new-mutants-movie-production-start-date-2017/

“The Defenders: Elodie Yung’s Elektra Confirmed”

“Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have all now made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as part of the Netflix corner (which is based in New York) of Marvel’s shared movie and TV show universe. Danny Rand/Iron Fist will see his own Marvel/Netflix solo series debut in the first quarter of 2017, before he and the other three street-level superheroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem) join forces during the miniseries, The Defenders.

Production on The Defenders is currently underway and Marvel/Netflix has taken to confirming returning supporting players in the miniseries (via the official DefendersTwitter account), before they are “discovered” via leaked photos from The Defenders‘ set. Among those Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage TV series players confirmed for The Defenders are Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – and now, Daredevil season 2’s Elektra Natchios, once again played by Elodie Yung.

A video confirming Yung’s return as Elektra in The Defenders was posted to the miniseries’ official Twitter account. The video includes the tagline “The Strong Survive” with Elektra, but it does not elaborate on her role in the Defenders‘ storyline beyond that.

Daredevil season 2 concluded with the revelation that Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) old flame, Elektra is in fact Black Sky: a deadly “weapon” forged by The Hand, forreasons that have yet to be revealed in full. Elektra was killed not long after this reveal, but the final shot of Daredevil season 2 showed Miss Natchios about to be resurrected by The Hand; setting up for her to potentially return as an antagonist in The Defenders. It’s been speculated that when Elektra does come back, she will possess dark supernatural abilities and be powerful enough to necessitate the street-level heroes of New York coming together and saving their city from her and her mysterious “boss” (Sigourney Weaver)

http://screenrant.com/defenders-elektra-elodie-yung/

“Benedict Wong Gives ‘Doctor Strange’ a Needed Asian Superhero”

“Beyoncé. Adele. Wong.

All one-named icons in their fields, though the latter is magical rather than musical in Doctor Strange,which topped the box office this weekend with $85 million. But Wong conjures something never seen before in Marvel’s multiverse of comic-book movies: an Asian superhero.

Who better to play a mystical drill sergeant and hard-nosed librarian with that moniker than British star Benedict Wong?

“Honestly, I was watching Marvel films and was always crestfallen: Where are the super-Asians?” Wong says with a laugh. “People are looking to be represented by their heroes.”

A regular on Netflix’s Marco Polo (as Mongol leader Kublai Khan) who also has appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Prometheus, Wong co-stars as one of the sorcerers of the Kamar-Taj, a group of magic folks dedicated to protecting Earth. When the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to bring darkness and doom, Wong (the character, not the real dude) wields the Wand of Watoomb to help out alongside Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It’s a different take on Wong than the one familiar to many Doctor Strange fans. He first appeared in 1963 as Strange’s sidekick and valet, and while he has come into his own as a martial-arts master, the filmmakers wanted Wong to stand out as a figure of influence.

“Wong at his worst in comics is a dated stereotype, the obedient Chinese manservant, and there’s so much more possibility in him,” says screenwriter Jon Spaihts. “It was important that Wong be powerful in his own right.”

Growing up in Manchester, Wong (the real guy, not the wizard) was a big Spider-Man fan and comics collector. Yet when it came to role models, “I looked to space, really,” says Wong, the son of two Hong Kongimmigrants, who loved Star Wars and Steven Spielbergas a kid…”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/11/07/benedict-wong-doctor-strange/93236974/