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Taschen To Publish The Stan Lee Story XXL Edition

First published as a signed Collector’s Edition and sold out within a week, this is an unparalleled account of the life and times of Stan Lee, written and edited with the Godfather of comics himself. His tale is told by Roy Thomas, who brings “you are there” insights to Lee’s journey alongside never-before-seen photographs, original comic art, and rare comicbook facsimiles—a tribute worthy of the Man.

Now available as an unlimited XXL edition, this is the big one, True Believers! The mostly true tale of Stan Lee: a Giant-Size extravaganza, nearly ten years in the making, about the one and only Godfather of Comics. From his childhood in Depression-era New York, to transforming Marvel into the number one comics publisher in the world, to his 21st-century reinvention as Chief Creative Officer of global entertainment company POW! Entertainment, Stan “the Man” Lee stands the test of time as the most legendary name in comicbook history.

Stanley Lieber began working at Timely Comics in 1940 at the age of 17 and found himself at the helm of the bullpen as its top editor just two years later. But it wasn’t until 1961 that he ignited a revolution known as the “Marvel Age of Comics.” With a legendary stable of art partners including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and Jim Steranko, Lee unleashed a dizzying cascade of seminal comicbook creations—the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers to name a few. After moving to Hollywood in 1980, he did it again, developing TV and film projects that laid the groundwork for the “Marvel movie.” Stan’s constant cameo presence in these billion-dollar worldwide events is a testament to his influence. As the man behind POW! Entertainment, he became a master of all media—working with rock stars and professional sports leagues, movie mavens and reality TV shows—reinforcing his creative stature the world over.

The book was written and edited with Lee’s full cooperation. His tale is told by his successor at Marvel, renowned comics writer, editor, and historian Roy Thomas, who brings “you are there” insights and wide-eyed clarity to key moments of Lee’s journey to pop culture immortality. Featuring hundreds of treasures of comic book art, intimate photographs sourced straight from his family archives, a foreword written by Lee himself, a novel-length essay and new epilogue by Thomas, and an appendix with complete reprints of Stan’s comics from throughout the decades, this is a titanic tribute worthy of the Man.

The Stan Lee Story XXL Edition measures a whopping 11.5 x 17.2 in. and includes 624 pages. The book will be published in the summer of 2019 and you can pre-order it HERE for $200.

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Petition For A Stan Lee Memorial Statue In New York City

Stan Lee is one of the most beloved figures in the comic book world known for revolutionizing the industry in the 1960s, when he created the mythic figures that are still inspiring new generations to flock to the cinema. Lee’s creations – Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, most of the Avengers (Hulk, Iron Man, Thor), Daredevil and Doctor Strange – helped to rescue the costumed superhero from obscurity and to usher in the silver age of American comic books.

When Lee passed away last November, a small group of fans came together to campaign online in an attempt to get the City of New York to commission a memorial statue for the late publisher and it seems now that a petition for the proposed monument is gaining a lot of steam on the internet.

The group of fans created the petition on Change.org in hopes of getting the attention of some of New York City’s most prominent figures, capable of erecting the statue. Fans chose the famous city for the memorial statue as it was the original home of Lee, where he was born in December 1922. Lee lived in New York City with his wife Joan until they moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Chick HERE to sign a petition for Marvel Legend Stanley Martin Lieber (Stan Lee) to get a statue in his hometown of Manhattan, New York City, NY, to forever immortalize and honor his amazing legacy.

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Captain Marvel To Be Released On Digital May 28 & Blu-ray On June 11

Marvel Studios officially announcing the release dates for Captain Marvel’s Blu-ray and digital versions.

The film is scheduled to be released on May 28 on digital platforms and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on June 11. It will feature a lot of bonus footage including The Origin of Nick Fury, extended scenes, deleted scenes, gag reel and many more.

Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set more than a decade prior to the events in 2008’s Iron Man, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Annette Bening, and Jude Law. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace, and returning once again to a Marvel Studios film will be Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include Mississippi Grind and Half Nelson. An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW) and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

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There Are 6 Marvel Movies In The Works After ‘Avengers: Endgame’ — Here Are The Details

“Avengers: Endgame” is currently breaking records at the box office and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” comes to theaters in July. Beyond that, details about the MCU’s future are scarce, but Marvel Studios will make official announcements later this year.

But we do know that Marvel Studios has eight release dates for yet-to-be-titled movies from 2020 to 2022, and we know what some of those movies could be.

The release dates are May 1 and November 6, 2020; February 12, May 7, and November 5, 2021; and February 18, May 6, and July 29, 2022. (A July 2020 release date was cut from the schedule last year.)

Disney, which owns Marvel, closed its merger with Fox last month, and now owns the film rights to Fox’s Marvel characters, including the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. It’s unclear how Marvel Studios would use these characters — Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, was not approved to develop projects for them until after the merger— but Marvel still has other movies in the works that could fill those release dates.

In a stunning move, Disney last month rehired James Gunn to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” after firing him last year when offensive tweets resurfaced. And Marvel Studios hired the “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, to direct “Shang-Chi,” starring Marvel’s first Asian superhero to lead a solo movie.

Here are six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the works:

“Black Panther” sequel

“Black Panther” was the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office last year, with over $700 million, and it made over $1 billion worldwide — a sequel was inevitable. Ryan Coogler has signed on to return to write and direct it.

“Black Widow”

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been an Avenger since the beginning. She debuted in 2010 in “Iron Man 2” and has since starred in every “Avengers” movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

But right when she’s getting her own movie, she gets killed off in “Avengers: Endgame.” Black Widow sacrifices herself on Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone, so it’s likely that her solo movie will explore her backstory as a Russian assassin-turned-agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland will direct the movie.

“Doctor Strange” sequel

Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has been positioned as one of the anchors of the franchise in a post-“Endgame” MCU.

The director Scott Derrickson is returning for the sequel to 2016’s hit first movie, which grossed $678 million worldwide.

“The Eternals”

Chloé Zhao, who directed “The Rider,” is directing “The Eternals,” based on the legendary creator Jack Kirby’s comic about godlike beings.

The movie is likely to push the MCU’s cosmic stories into new territory, beyond just “Guardians of the Galaxy” or, more recently, “Captain Marvel.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy 3”

In a surprising reversal, Disney last month reinstated James Gunn to direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie after firing him in July when years-old offensive tweets resurfaced.

Warner Bros. has also hired Gunn to write and direct a new “Suicide Squad” movie, which he’ll complete before Marvel Studios starts production of “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.” So it’s likely we won’t see “Guardians 3” until at least 2022.

“Endgame” sets up an interesting premise for the movie, in that Gamora (who died in “Infinity War”) is brought back to the present from the past. At the end of the movie, the Guardians, now with Thor in their ranks, are searching for Gamora.

“Shang-Chi”

Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed “Short Term 12,” will direct “Shang-Chi,” Marvel Studios’ first movie starring an Asian superhero. In the comics, he’s known as the “Master of Kung-Fu.”

Reprinted from Business Insider – LINK

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To Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Year of Marvels, Alex Ross & Kurt Busiek Present Marvels Epilogue #1

When Marvels made its debut in 1994, Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross gave Marvel fans a brand new perspective on the Marvel Universe and its heroes. Marvels spanned decades of Marvel history – and now the story will continue!

This July, Busiek and Ross will join forces once again in Marvels Epilogue #1, a brand new, standalone story that will take place in the 1970s and feature a new “Marvels” look at the “all-new, all-different X-Men” from that decade. The story’s main character, photojournalist Phil Sheldon, is now retired with two adult daughters. While visiting New York City for the holiday season, they find themselves in the middle of a clash between the mutants and the Sentinels.

In addition to Ross’s cover, variant covers will be provided by Dave Johnson, Ron Lim, Skottie Young, and Fred Hembeck, plus a Hidden Gem variant cover by Dave Cockrum. The issue itself will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at the story, giving readers an inside look to the process behind the production and fun facts from the creative team.

Marvels Epilogue #1, written by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross with art and a cover by Ross, goes on sale this July!

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Check Out A New Special Look At Marvel Studios’ Avengers Endgame

Watch a new, action-packed look at Marvel Studios’ Avengers Endgame and get your tickets now… only 10 days to go before the opening of one of the most anticipated movies of all time!

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers Endgame is in theaters on April 26.

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Avengers: Endgame Ticket Sales Break First Day Record Set By Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Following the start of ticket sales this morning, Fandango has announced that Avengers: Endgame has destroyed the competition and set a new record for first day sales in the U.S., breaking the record in the first six hours of sales.

“’Avengers: Endgame’ sales have exceeded all expectations and surpassed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ the previous record-holder, to become Fandango’s top-selling title in its first 24 hours of sales, and it accomplished that feat in only 6 hours,” Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis points out. “We’ve never seen anything like this – it’s truly a groundbreaking accomplishment – as fans simply cannot wait to see how this epic saga comes to a close.”

The top five movies by first day pre-sales are now: Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Last year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his attempt at exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones. But it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of all life from existence in a cloud of ash.

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, confirmed cast members for the fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

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Avengers: Endgame LEGO Sets Announced

On April 1, LEGO will release 5 sets inspired by Avengers: Endgame. The sets range from $19.99 to $99.99 and feature fan favorite characters including Captain Marvel, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Thanos.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America: Outriders Attack

Take on 3 Outriders with Captain America’s bike! Fight back with the Captain America shield shooters. Then jump out of the cockpit, detach the blasters, and battle those enemy Outriders one on onw.

The 167 piece set will retail for $19.99.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes War Machine Buster

Emergency! Ant-Man is under attack by the dangerous Outriders. Fly to the rescue with the mighty War Machine Buster! Fire the 6-stud rapid shooter and the flick missiles. Grab an Outrider with the massive mech’s powerful hands. Then detach the stud-shooting cannons and battle the enemy on the ground with War Machine

The 362 piece set will retail for $34.99.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man Hall of Armor 

Join Tony Stark in the Iron Man Hall of Armor and experiment with new tech! Make a smoothie in the kitchen. Work at the desk and get suited up using the robotic arms. Lift heavy objects in the Iron Man lab wearing the massive Igor Suit. And if your experiments go wrong, get the robot to put out fires with the fire extinguisher. But watch out—an Outrider is trying to break in so grab a weapon and capture this dangerous invader! You can rebuild this awesome Hall of Armor in loads of different ways, so the action never stops.

The 524 piece set will retail for $59.99.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers Ultimate Quinjet 

Get set for battleagainst the Chitauri with the Avengers Ultimate Quinjet! Prepare the weapons with Rocket and Thor in the passenger compartment. Jump in the cockpit with Black Widow and take off. Fire the stud shooters and the 6-stud rapid shooter. Make a smooth landing and continue the fight on the wings. Then surprise the enemy with the stud-shooting trike.

The 838 piece set will retail for $79.99.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers Compound Battle 

Team up with Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Hulk, Nebula and Ant-Man and defend the Avengers’ compound! Make plans in the office and grab weapons from the table’s secret compartment. Monitor Thanos and the Outrider’s approach to the Avengers HQ with the radar, then speed into action. Activate the rooftop defense system. Target the Outrider with the offroader’s dual stud shooter, then launch the Avengers’ helicopter and fire its rapid shooter.

The 699 piece set will retail for $99.99.

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Watch The Avengers Endgame Featurette: ‘Imagine If For The First Time Our Heroes All Lost’

Marvel Studios has revealed a new Avengers: Endgame featurette featuring some of the stars discussing what it’s like to see our heroes lose and how we find hope again.

Last year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his attempt at exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones. But it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of all life from existence in a cloud of ash.

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Confirmed cast members for the untitled fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

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Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi

Marvel Studios is bringing Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) on board to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first superhero movie franchise starring an Asian protagonist.

Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 2) wrote the script. Marvel’s goal with the new project is to introduce a hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

Shang-Chi, also known as The Master of Kung Fu, was first introduced in the pages of Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973 after they’d failed to obtain the rights to the then-popular TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine. A master of fighting, he eventually gains the ability to create an infinite amount of replicas of himself. After Special Marvel Edition changed its name to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the character went on to appear in issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One. He’s also been a member of The Avengers and Heroes for Hire, the latter alongside fellow kung fu masters Daughters of the Dragon.

As the MCU moves into Phase 4 and beyond, the studio has started to branch out, working with more filmmakers who come from diverse backgrounds. Included in this roster are Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Ryan Coogler, who helmed Black Panther as well as its upcoming sequel, and Taika Waititi, who directed the acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok. Also in the pipeline is The Eternals, which is being helmed by The Rider’s Chloé Zhao and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, who will direct Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited stand-alone film following Black Widow.

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