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Marvel Studios Announces Upcoming Release Slate of Phase 3 Movies

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This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

The next two films to be released by Marvel are Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, and Ant-Man on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

Two of these films, Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. Marvel’s The Avengers went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s Iron Man 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

Earlier this year, Marvel’s Captain America; The Winter Soldier, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

For full coverage of today’s event, visit marvel.com.

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Marvel Studios officially announced the following movie titles and release dates.

2015:

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May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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July 17: Ant-Man

2016:

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May 6: Captain America 3

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November 4: Doctor Strange

2017:

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May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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July 28: Thor: Ragnarok

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November 3: Black Panther

2018:

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May 4: The Avengers: Infinity War, Part One

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July 6: Captain Marvel

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November 2: Inhumans

2019:

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May 3: The Avengers: Infinity War, Part Two

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Doctor Strange

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Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of “Sherlock,” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the upcoming The Imitation Game, has taken the leading role in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who made his first appearance in 1963’s “Strange Tales” #110. It follows the adventures of Stephen Strange (nodded at in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), a brilliant neurosurgeon who, following a car accident, loses precision in his hands. His quest to regain his former skills sets Strange on a path to become the “Master of the Mystic Arts.”

Although no official release date has been set for the film, the time table for production would lead one to believe that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 release date that Marvel has already bookmarked for a theatrical release.

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Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest On October 25, 2014

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On Saturday, October 25, 2014 participating comic shops across the US, Canada and internationally will hand out free comics to anyone who comes into their shop to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year- Halloween ComicFest!

Anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

During Halloween ComicFest (HCF), adults and kids can get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for the occasion. There are 19 titles available to choose from that are great for kids and adults, with twelve full-sized comics and seven mini-comics making it easy for everyone to find a story they will enjoy.  Titles for this year include: DC’s Scooby Doo Team-Up with Batman #1 , Marvel’s Secret Wars #1, Afterlife with Archie #1, My Little Pony, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, and other haunting and fun tales.

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This year anyone can celebrate Halloween ComicFest in their homes with the HCF Mini-Comic packs, which are available to purchase solely from comic shops. Each pack contains 20 HCF mini-comics that are great to pass out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters, providing a healthy alternative to candy and great stories that keep kids reading and visiting comic shops for more.

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Currently taking place and running until November 9th  is “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” presented by Halloween ComicFest.  The contest takes place on the Halloween ComicFest website, where anyone can enter one of five categories just by uploading a picture of themselves in costume holding one of the free Halloween ComicFest 2014 comics and submitting it into the appropriate category. Prizes include $500 and $100 shopping sprees to the winner’s comic shop of choice in addition to category prizes for the participants who receive the most votes for their costume from website visitors.  Voting will take place November 2-9 and it is crucial to remember that only photos with a Halloween ComicFest 2014 comic in the picture will be accepted.

For more information about Halloween ComicFest, more details about the free comics, more information about the costume contest, and to find a participating comic shop, go to www.halloweencomicfest.com.

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MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman Gallery Show Opening On October 24, 2014

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MONDO Gallery just announced a 75 Years of Batman Gallery show in Austin, Texas that will open on October 24, 2014 and run until November 15th.

To whet your appetite MONDO will release this Joker print by Jason Edmiston at Comic Con this week. Follow @MondoNews for on sale info and more info about the upcoming Dark Knight themed gallery show!

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The Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer & Poster

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Although it was supposed to premiere during next week’s new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel Studios has gone ahead and officially released the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer following an online leak.

“Dammit, Hydra,” Marvel tweeted in response to the rapid spread of the leaked trailer.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen on May 1, 2015.

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IDW Releases The Joe Hill Treasure Box

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Each IDW Limited Treasure Box will featured a curated set of items worth well-more than their cost on the site. The Joe Hill Treasure Box will be priced at $95 and limited to just 24 sets.

Each Box is hand-stenciled and contains:

- 3 Hardcover Books

- 1 Skelton Crew Locke & Key replica key

- 1 Signed comic from author, Joe Hill

- 1 Piece of original art from artist, Rafa Garres

More information can be found HERE.

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Guardians of The Galaxy Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tape On November 17, 2014

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Marvel and Hollywood Records announced that a limited edition The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack will be finally issued on cassette November 17, 2014.

The cassette will be made available only to independent retailers partnered with Record Store Day (get a list of participating stores here). The cassette, which is the first audio cassette Disney has released since 2003, will only be available until December 31, or until supplies last.

The release of ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1′ on cassette times nicely with the release of the DVD and Blu-ray on December 9, 2014. The cassette will even come with the classic mix tape cover art, with all the song titles written in pen.

Here’s the track listing for the soundtrack:

1. Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”
2. Raspberries – “Go All the Way”
3. Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”
4. David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”
5. Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”
6. 10cc – “I’m Not in Love”
7. Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”
8. Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”
9. The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
10. Rupert Holmes – “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)”
11. The Five Stairsteps – “O-O-H Child”
12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Director James Gunn has confirmed he’s already thinking about “Awesome Mix Vol. 2″ which will be included in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2‘ opening on July 27, 2017.

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition Hardcover

Written and drawn by the masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, this epic reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to The Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own! Now in a deluxe format with exclusive extras and bonus material! The 96 page hardcover will be released on March 18, 2014 and retail for $17.99.

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Cartoon Network To Air LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered On October 27, 204

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Cartoon Network announced that LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered will debut on the channel on October 27, 2014.

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The story centers on Batman, who is reluctant to become part of the Justice League and prefers to work alone. However, when the heroes begin to disappear, The Dark Knight must get down to work and save his comrades.

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Toys R Us To Host LEGO Batman Bat-Signal Build Event On October 18, 2014

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Toys R Us will host a LEGO Batman Bat-Signal build event on October 18, 2014.

What’s noteworthy about this set is that it comes with a rare Batman printed dish piece that has only appeared in LEGO DC Super Heroes The Batcave (6860).

The event runs from 12PM – 2PM but make sure to get there an hour or two early. The giveaway at each store is limited and these events seem to getting more popular each time.

In-Store LEGO Event: Event intended for children ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit 1 per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. All participating Toys “R” Us US locations.

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