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Marvel Studios 10 Chrome Funko Pop Figures

To celebrate 10 amazing years of Marvel Studios films, Funko has created a series of ten gold chrome Marvel Pop! figures to commemorate
the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With so many memorable and iconic heroes, villains, and personalities in the MCU, Funko chose a select group of their favorite characters to re-issue in a spectacular gold chrome format.

Figures coming throughout the year!

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Check Out The Shazam! Entertainment Weekly Cover

The upcoming DC superhero film Shazam! has landed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, featuring Zachary Levi bringing out his inner child. The issue will be handed out for free at San Diego Comic Con.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.

David F. Sandberg is directing for New Line Cinema. The Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director will step behind the camera with Peter Safran producing. Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the script for Shazam!

Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, Shazam first appeared in Fawcett Comics’ Whiz Comics #2. By saying the world “Shazam,” teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the “world’s mightiest mortal” and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods.

Shazam! will debut in theaters on April 5, 2019.

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Mondo Announces Batman: The Animated Series – Mr. Freeze 1/6 Scale Figure

Continuing Mondo’s Batman: The Animated Series 1/6 Scale Figure line, they’re very proud to bring their Mr. Freeze to you in all his melancholy glory. First introduced in the Emmy-winning episode ‘Heart of Ice’, Mr. Freeze quickly became one of the favorite villains in BTAS. Once considered one of the lesser villains of The Dark Knight’s rogue gallery, it was this episode that changed Freeze’s origins to one of tragedy and revenge. It proved so popular, that the character’s origin was changed in the comic to match it.

The Mr. Freeze 1/6 Scale Figure stays true to the animated television classic, sculpted to match the iconic style of the show and with a paint scheme evoking the bold, graphic look of an animated cel. Featuring approximately 28 points of articulation, multiple switch-out hands, heads, accessories, and a Bat Symbol figure stand, Mr. Freeze is ready to extract cold vengeance on you and your collection.

Mr. Freeze 1/6 Scale Figure (Mondo Exclusive and Regular versions) are available now for pre-order!

Mr. Freeze 1/6 Scale Figure. Approx. 12.5” in height, Material: PVC, ABS. Approx. 28 points of articulation. Artists: Bigshot Toyworks, Ramirez Studios, Jason Wires Productions, Joe Allard. Expected to Ship 2nd Quarter of 2019. $130 – Payment Plan Available

Mr. Freeze 1/6 Scale Figure (Mondo Exclusive). Approx. 12.5” in height, Material: PVC, ABS. Approx. 28 points of articulation. Mondo Exclusive features a switch-out “Mourning” head, shattered dome collar & tombstone of Nora Fries. Artists: Bigshot Toyworks, Ramirez Studios, Jason Wires Productions, Joe Allard. Expected to Ship 2nd Quarter of 2019. $145 – Payment Plan Available

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See All The Exclusive First Looks from Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 Comic-Con Preview

Click HERE to see all the exclusive first looks from Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 Comic-Con Preview. Check out some great images from the upcoming films and television shows: Glass, Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Castle Rock, Mr. Mercedes and many more!

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Deadpool 2 The Super Duper Cut Is Coming In August

But wait…there’s more! 

If your second time wasn’t enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!

Add Deadpool 2 to your Digital collection on Movies Anywhere August 7 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD August 21.

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Shazam! Reveals Zachary Levi’s Costume In First Official Photo

Ready for an official first look at Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in DC’s Shazam! movie? Here is Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive first image from the actual film that comes out next year.

Here we see orphaned 14-year-old Billy Batson, who can transform into a grown-up superhero (Levi, who starred on NBC’s Chuck) with an array of powers by saying the magic word. Billy is shown on a soda run with fellow orphan Freddy Freeman (Grazer, who played the hypochondriac Eddie in It).

To re-design the iconic superhero costume for the big screen, director David Sandberg (Lights Out) took elements from throughout the character’s appearances in comics and animated shows.

“I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman,” the director tells EW. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.” Yet Shazam also has a hood from DC’s 2011 “New 52” relaunch, a glowing lightning bolt that can appear across his chest and wears the gold gauntlets from one of Shazam’s animated movie appearances.

In the film, Billy (whose younger version is played by Disney Channel star Asher Angel) is assigned to a new foster home where he befriends comic book superfan Freddy. One day, Billy’s subway ride is interrupted by a mysterious Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) whose been searching for ages to find the right successor to inherit his powers. He reveals the teen’s been selected to gain an assortment of abilities, and all it takes is for Billy to say “SHAZAM!”

Shazam! will be released on April 5, 2019.

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Introducing DC Universe: A First-of-Its-Kind Digital Subscription Service Designed Exclusively For Fans

DC Universe is a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

“Developing new ways for consumers to access some of our most popular and iconic brands and franchises as well as exclusive new content whenever they want, on the devices they choose, is one of our studio’s top priorities,” said Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “The DC Universe platform gives fans a place to tailor their experience and build a direct relationship with DC in a way they never could before.”

Members of DC Universe can:

– Watch exclusive originals and classic favorites;
– Read from an extensive list of curated comic books;
– Connect with the DC community;
– Explore the latest breaking news and the ever-expanding DC encyclopedia;
– Win premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests;
– Shop for exclusive merchandise.

Fans can sign up today for an opportunity for beta access, which will open in August 2018. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide valuable feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall 2018.

“DC Universe is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment.   “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”

Watch

At the heart of DC Universe will be all-new exclusive original live-action and animated series based on DC’s iconic characters. Developed by Warner Bros. Television, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol are scheduled to debut in 2019, following the dramatic, live-action adventure series Titans which premieres later this year. Warner Bros. Animation is also developing a slate of animated TV series based on existing fan favorites, including Harley Quinn and the highly anticipated third season of the popular Young Justice: Outsiders animated series which are both scheduled to debut in 2019.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.

Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

An assortment of DC’s most beloved superhero films will also be available at launch for exclusive streaming windows, including all four original Superman movies as well as a selection of epic animated movies including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman. The service will also feature classic TV shows, including Batman: The Animated Series and the original Wonder Woman series available for the first time in HD.

Read 

The DC Universe comics reader will include native, untethered access across devices from a smartphone or tablet to a living room screen rendered in vivid detail. Fans can scroll through some of their favorite comics from the comfort of their couch with family or friends and see this vibrant art form come to life like never before. A curated selection of thousands of DC comics will be available to DC Universe members from a library that includes decades of comics creations.

Members can read some of the most famous stories in comic book history such as the first 1938 Action Comics that introduced Superman to the world as well as Detective Comics #27which first introduced Batman in 1939. Other titles include Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s iconic Justice League (2011), Swamp Thing (2011) written by Scott Snyder, and Harley Quinn (2013) written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Rotating selections will cater to both members new to comics and passionate fans looking for hard-to-find titles. Comics can also be downloaded for reading offline on a smartphone or tablet.

“We wanted the DC Universe comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fan’s experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC Universe,” said Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. “This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital longbox to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it.”

Connect

The community within DC Universe will be a place where members can rate, create and share their own personalized playlists of their favorite heroes and villains. Members can personalize their profile and select their own avatar, be it Superman, Wonder Woman, or another heroic character or symbol. Designed to be a place for finding commonality and sharing favorite rivalries or the latest list of must-read comic books, members will have a forum for posting information, finding friendship and sharing their DC passions in a shared, moderated space within DC Universe.

Explore & Win

Latest news, an extensive DC encyclopedia, and chances to win round out the membership benefits of DC Universe. Short-form news, interviews and previews in daily video segments will keep fans up-to-date on the latest from all corners of the DC universe. The ever-expanding DC encyclopedia, to which fans can contribute, will house bios of hundreds of DC characters and places. In addition, members will have chances to win premium rewards, including game unlocks, first-chance access to pop-culture events, exclusive experiences and more.

Shop

Exclusively for DC Universe members, DC Collectibles—the award-winning line of collectibles from DC Entertainment—will offer a wide range of new action figures and collector’s items based on DC’s iconic characters and stories. Members will have exclusive access to all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures based on designs from the fan-favorite animated series (2001-2004), starting in fall 2018. In addition to DC Collectibles, members will have access to a wide range of exclusive, curated and hard-to-find DC merchandise from a variety of licensing partners before the rest of the world.

The operation of DC Universe will be managed by Sam Ades, general manager and senior vice president, Warner Bros. Digital Network, based in Burbank. The digital media executive formerly served as the senior vice president, direct to consumer, for DC Entertainment, where he was responsible for creating and executing DC’s digital marketing strategy.

DC Universe will be available at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile web. To learn more and register for an opportunity for beta access, visit DCUNIVERSE.com and follow DC Universe on social networks including FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Square-Jawed Justice Returns To Comics In Dick Tracy: Dead Or Alive

One of the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time is back in action, courtesy of IDW Publishing’s new series, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens by the superstar team of Michael Allred, Lee Allred, Rich Tommaso, and Laura Allred, the four-issue miniseries launches in September… so criminals had best beware!

In Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, the All-American​ detective just made the biggest collar of his career… and it only cost him his job. Now, the honest cop has packed his bags for “the city by the lake,” and its criminal community is firmly in his sights! Featuring cover art and co-written by Eisner Award-winning superstar Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie, Silver Surfer), the new series features strange villains, crooked cops, and gunfights galore.

“Dick Tracy is an instantly recognizable old-school icon, like Mickey Mouse and Superman, but he’s been out of the spotlight awhile and due for a curtain call. We want to shake it up and show the glow in the 21st Century,” says Michael Allred. “I always get a big kick working with my first-ever collaborator and big brother, Lee Allred, as well as my favorite colorist and favorite wife, Laura. But I’m crazy excited about working with Rich Tommaso! He is one of the most innovative and thrilling cartoonists working in comics. I’m lit up with giddy shock that he’s letting me slop ink on his beautifully rendered pencils, keeping me on my toes to do the work justice on this thrilling series!”

Co-writer Lee Allred says, “Dead or Alive pits Dick Tracy, champion of Law and Order, against not only brutal crime bosses but the corrupted forces of the Law itself. Every hand, cop, and crook will be against Tracy as he battles the enemies of true justice. With Rich, Mike, and Laura as the art team, classic crime drama has never looked so good.”

“I am thrilled to try my hand at drawing this legendary, pulpy, hardboiled crime classic,” says penciller Rich Tommaso (Spy Seal, Dry County). “Along with Roy Crane, Milton Caniff, Noel Sickles, Jack Cole, and Alex Toth, Chester Gould is a cartoonist that I am perpetually inspired by when I’m working on my own crime stories. So, this is a project that I feel is well within my wheelhouse. The Dick Tracy cast of characters makes this comic so much fun to draw on a daily basis. I only hope we can all bring something great to the comic ourselves while, simultaneously keeping true to its origins. Not an easy feat to be sure, but I feel it’s damn worth a try.”

Since 1931, Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy has thrilled millions with tales of good guys versus bad guys, while showcasing the latest criminology techniques and old-fashioned values. Throughout the years, the quintessential detective had numerous partners and sent thousands of rogues either to the slammer or their graves, but there were always more bizarre, out-of-this-world villains (with funny names and hideous faces) to pursue.

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Could Kronos Appear in Avengers 4?

(image: Comic Vine)

The ending of Avengers: Infinity War left audiences stunned. With over a year until the release of Avengers 4, a lot of fan theories are spreading. One viable theory is the possible appearance of Kronos, a minor yet powerful character in the comic books.

In Puerto Rico Comic Con 2018, writer/artist Jim Starlin mentioned that many of his creations will appear in Avengers 4. Starlin created the villain Thanos and his series, The Infinity Gauntlet, is the basis for Infinity War. Die-hard fans simply narrowed everything down to characters that appeared in the comics but weren’t included in the movie – Adam Warlock, Eros, Kronos, Pip the Troll, and Mentor.

Out of all these characters, the appearance of Kronos in the next Avengers film makes for a strong argument. Movie Web explains that Kronos is one of the founders of Titan, the home planet of Thanos. Kronos’ body was destroyed in a scientific accident, but he lived on as an energy being who could manipulate time. In the comics, he’s the grandfather of Thanos.

Kronos’ connection to Thanos and his time travel abilities may serve as a lead in for the character into Avengers 4. (Spoilers ahead) At the end of Infinity War, the Avengers failed to stop Thanos from killing off half the universe’s population. Granted, Avengers 4 will likely revolve around the survivors restoring the status quo. Still, it won’t be as simple as forcing Thanos to revert everything back to normal. Sharp-eyed fans noticed that the Infinity Gauntlet was seriously damaged. This means time travel through other means will be required. Maybe the Avengers will find Kronos who gives them a chance to change history.

Kronos has always been a character that evoked awe for centuries. In Greek mythology, he is the god of time and ruler of the cosmos. Theoi Greek Mythology describes him as “a destructive, all devouring force.” This is one of the reasons why to this day, comic book creators and game developers like to use the character as inspiration. Foxy Bingo uses his fearsome visage in their Kronos slots game and he looms over gamers as they play. The detailed depiction of the character demands the user’s attention. Ensemble Studios also incorporated Kronos in Age of Mythology: The Titans, and their version stays true to the myth. In the game, he’s a monstrous antagonist with the ability to shift time. With this kind of resume, Kronos could leave a lasting impression on MCU fans. And even if he doesn’t make his debut in Avengers 4, there will be other Marvel movies where he can be introduced.

Comics and movies have always been heavily intertwined. It’s getting to the point where many audiences can’t tell which medium these characters came from. This trend will likely continue with the arrival of new comic books based on TV shows/movies or vice-versa. For more news, check out Firewire’s report on the upcoming Stranger Things comic book series.

Kronos has always been a character that evoked awe for centuries. In Greek mythology, he is the god of time and ruler of the cosmos. Theoi Greek Mythology describes him as “a destructive, all devouring force.” This is one of the reasons why to this day, comic book creators and game developers like to use the character as inspiration. Foxy Bingo uses his fearsome visage in their Kronos slots game and he looms over gamers as they play. The detailed depiction of the character demands the user’s attention. Ensemble Studios also incorporated Kronos in Age of Mythology: The Titans, and their version stays true to the myth. In the game, he’s a monstrous antagonist with the ability to shift time. With this kind of resume, Kronos could leave a lasting impression on MCU fans. And even if he doesn’t make his debut in Avengers 4, there will be other Marvel movies where he can be introduced.

Comics and movies have always been heavily intertwined. It’s getting to the point where many audiences can’t tell which medium these characters came from. This trend will likely continue with the arrival of new comic books based on TV shows/movies or vice-versa. For more news, check out Firewire’s report on the upcoming Stranger Things comic book series.

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Bottleneck Gallery Announces Batman Print By Ben Oliver

This year, Bottleneck Gallery has been branching out and trying to work with some of their favorite artists from every medium, and the gallery is happy to say that we’re teaming up with British comic artist, Ben Oliver, for a bat-spanking-new release! Bottleneck Gallery is proud to present an officially licensed art print of his cover for All-Star Batman #1. Batman’s mean mug has never looked so good!

Ben’s print will be available for purchase Tuesday (6/26) @ 12PM ET at bottleneckgallery.com!

Batman by Ben Oliver
Fine art giclée
16 x 20 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 125
$45

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