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– International soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a publishing deal with Graphic India CEO Sharad Devarajan for three graphic novels to be published in Europe later this year. Ronaldo released a special edition comic book called “Striker Force 7,” based on a currently in-production animated series, for Free Comic Book Day. The book is written by Merrill Hagan and illustrated by Jeevan J. Kang, wherein a fictional Ronaldo teaches a team of superheroes how to work together.
– According to Bleeding Cool, comic writer Jamie Delano (“Hellblazer”) is looking for a publisher for his series “2020 Visions.” The series was originally published by DC Vertigo but is now without a home and Delano holds full publishing rights to the comic. The first three issues of the science fiction series were illustrated by Frank Quitely (“All-Star Superman”), who was followed by Warren Pleece (“Incognegro”), James Romberger (“7 Miles a Second”), and Steve Pugh (“The Flintstones”).
– A pair of Argentine creators are penning a graphic novel in an effort to educate young readers about the country’s so-called “Dirty War.” Writer Juan Carrá said, “It’s a book that aims to tell what happened in this place to new generations,” referring to a naval detention center known as “EMSA” and the end of the military dictatorship in 1983.
– David Steward II, the co-founder of Lion Forge Comics, has announced the launch of his new animation studio via his holding company, Polarity. The new studio will be one of the few animation companies in America owned by a black person.
– Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, have revealed Katherine Langford’s role in the film and why it was cut. (Warning! Spoilers ahead.) In an interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the directors revealed that Langford was cast to play a grown version of Tony Stark’s daughter who would appear after his sacrifice at the same “metaphysical way station” Thanos saw Gamora at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The scene was cut due to poor test screening results and audience confusion. For more from the Russos, listen to Happy Sad Confused here.
– Finally, Marvel Studios released the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. You can watch it here, but be warned, it also contains heavy spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. You can read a breakdown of the trailer with director Jon Watts at Fandango. Far From Home hits theaters July 2.