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In case you missed it yesterday, Marvel and Hulu announced four new animated series (Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Marvel’s Howard the Duck) which will lead into a special called Marvel’s The Offenders. AfterShock also announced “Killer Groove” for May.
– Kicking off, Marvel has announced another tie-in to Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson’s “War of the Realms,” in “Tony Stark: Iron Man.” Gail Simone and Paulo Villanelli will be taking over from Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti for a two issue tie-in beginning with #12 in May. CBR ran an interview about her and Villanelli’s story, which will feature Tony and allies “keeping Avengers Mountain out of the hands of Malekith and his invading armies.” This also comes on the heels of the announcement that Jim Zub would be co-writing upcoming issues with Slott. Marvel also revealed Arthur Adams’s cover for “War of the Realms” #3, which you can find here.
– Image Comics announced a new fantasy series called “Fairlady” from writer Brian Schirmer, artist Claudia Balboni, and colorist Marissa Louise that is set to debut this April. The series takes place in a post-war, fantasy world and follows private detective Jenner Faulds battling sexism and solving crimes. The first issue will feature a variant cover by Tula Lotay and hit shelves April 10th.
– Netflix revealed the entire main cast of the first of its Millarworld projects: a serialized adaptation of Mark Millar, Frank Quietly, and Peter Doherty’s “Jupiter’s Legacy.” The series will star Josh Duhamel (Transformers) as The Utopian, Ben Daniels (The Crown) as Brain-Wave, Leslie Bibb (Tag) as Lady Liberty, Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies) and Andrew Horton (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) as Chloe and Brandon Sampson, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Skyfox, and Mike Wade (For the People) as The Flare. Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Millar, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott, and Quitely are set to executive produce. No release date has yet been announced.
– Warner Bros. has officially begun development on Aquaman 2, hiring the first film’s co-writer, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, to start scripting the sequel. Producers James Wan and Peter Safran are in talks to also return, though it is unclear if Wan will also direct again: according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Wan was in no rush to jump back in (and still remains noncommittal to directing at this stage), and the studio did not want to pressure him or his collaborators.”
– Paramount has picked up the rights to the Oni Press graphic novel “Kill Them All” from creator Kyle Starks. The graphic novel, in the vein of ’90s action movies, tells the story of a former cop and a murderess as they team-up to take down a crime lord. James Coyne is attached to write the screenplay with Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) producing.
– The upcoming Red Sonja film, with Bryan Singer attached to direct, has been shelved by Millennium Films after recent allegations that Singer sexually assaulted multiple underage boys. The film had not yet announced a cast but was set to shoot this year. Singer has continued to deny the allegations.
– Shane Rahmani has been hired by Marvel Entertainment as the new Senior Vice President/General Manager of New Media. Rahmani previously was Chief Business Officer of CH Media, which oversees CollegeHumor and Dorkly among other brands. This is a newly created position and Rahmani will oversee Marvel’s “digital platforms, video production, and general online content.” Congratulations!
– “Battle Angel Alita” (or “Gunnm” as the manga was originally called in Japan) creator Yukito Kishiro, has created some new artwork for the upcoming release of the live-action movie: you can find the pieces here. The film has already been released in the UK and other places, and is set to release this week in the US. You can check out our review of the film here.Continued below
– Japanese manga creator Jinji Ito is set to make his first North American appearance at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 11-12th. Ito is best known for his horror manga stories like “Uzumaki” and “Gyo,” and has a new short story collection called “Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection” coming out in April from VIZ Media. Ito also created the poster for the two day art festival. You can find more information here.
– Finally, “Non Sequitur” comic strip creator Wiley Miller is under fire, after Sunday’s strip included the phrase “Go f— yourself Trump” in one of the panels. Miller has apologized, saying he did not intend the words to appear in Sunday’s strip, but many papers have already pledged to drop the comic strip going forward. The Washington Post picked up the story, which you can find here.