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Kevin Feige Rebrands Marvel TV

Well, that didn’t take long, as Kevin Feige has apparently re-branded the ousted Marvel TV brand that was previously run by Ike Perlmutter and Jeph Loeb. The press release for the casting and character descriptions for the Hulu animated series M.O.D.O.K. reveals that Marvel TV is now being called Marvel TV Studios. Among the changes …

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No Marvel Marvel Movie & TV Crossover Because Of Marvel Creative Committee

Fans have been asking (begging?) for their favorite television personalities to appear in the Marvel movies.

While you may have heard the reason being that the Marvel TV and movies schedules don’t sync up, the real reason is because of the Marvel Creative Committee.

The Marvel Creative Committee consists of Marvel CEO billionaire Ike Perlmutter’s boy’s club of: Alan Fine, who came with Perlmutter to Marvel through Toy Biz; Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Michael Bendis, Marvel Comics publisher Dan Buckley, and Joe Quesada, the former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and the current Chief Creative Officer of Marvel.

To add to that they are all good buddies with head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb.

Long story short, last year saw Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige part ways with both Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee over interference in the movies and creative differences. Captain America and Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo stated the following back in May:

“We’ve been on that [Marvel] journey from Winter Soldier, and it may have been some story points from Civil War that caused the civil war within Marvel. I think that there were years when Kevin was absorbing the pain inflicted on the company. [Marvel Studios is] much healthier, happier” [and is paving the way for] “really compelling choices.” 

Regarding the crossover between Marvel Studios and TV not happening, head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb recently appeared on Nerdist’s Comic Book Club podcast where he was asked about The Defenders appearing in the movies with mention there’s friction because of the Marvel Creative Committee. Via reddit:

When asked if The Defenders would be in the movies, he scoffed and went on and on about how Marvel Television is a 3 year old company and how they want to do their own thing, but specifically mentioned that they’ll see where the company is in 2019.

He then mentioned that Marvel Television projects are still all under the thumb of the Marvel Creative Committee, so that could also cause some friction between the possibility of television and movie crossovers.

Adding in my own two cents, if you have been a fan of this website or any of the Marvel COSMIC comic books, you know the Marvel Creative Committee aren’t fans of COSMIC-type stories. With the upcoming Marvel Studios movies looking like they’re heavy cosmic flicks (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers 4, Inhumans, rumored Richard Rider Nova movie), it’s no wonder Feige booted them from being involved (in addition to whatever trouble they caused). 

It’s also apparent the Marvel Creative Committee and Marvel TV like to use their comic book creator-driven work as: Agents Of SHIELD is heavily influenced by the Bendis comics; Netflix is heavily influenced by Quesada’s favorites, and Jeph Loeb went so far as to cancel the 2007 Nova comic book and replace the character he now uses in his animated TV series. There’s also the fact that Bendis cancelled and took over the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series when word of the movie getting green lit became known (and fired the writers on the Nova and GOTG comics that inspired the movie and new billion dollar Disney franchise).

It also recently became known that Kevin Feige is introducing the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse in Doctor Strange. Is Kevin Feige going to make Marvel TV a part of the multiverse and directly disconnect it from the movies, which would enable Feige to use the same characters, but with different actors?

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X-Men Legion TV Series Details Revealed

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Marvel and Fox recently announced two X-Men TV series with Legion and the Hellfire Club. Regarding the former, which features Professor Xavier’s schizophrenic son David Haller, showrunner Noah Hawley recently offered up some details while speaking with TV Insider including that the series will start shooting at the end of January or the beginning of February.

Probably the biggest eye-opener about the press release was the absence of “X-Men” or “mutants,” and Hawley offers up the reasoning, at least in regards to his Legion TV series.

It’s interesting; I do think that the show needs to stand on its own two feet. The people who care that it’s an X-Men title are going to know it’s an X-Men title. You’re looking for the largest possible and most diverse audience, so that’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is the show itself.

It’s also wondered how both shows will tie into the X-Men movie universe — if at all.

[Legion is] conceived more as a standalone. I don’t want to say too much more about it on that level, but certainly it’s not constructed as a back-door anything. It’s more just that there’s a story that I want to explore that has to fit into that larger universe, which is exciting.

Hawley continues with mention that Legion will basically stand on its own while also hinting that Hellfire Club may be tied more to the movie universe.

We certainly haven’t had any conversations about crossovers. I don’t know anything about it, but I think that one is more linearly taken out of the world of the movies. Ours has its own world to it.

The interview also reveals that Fox does own the X-Men TV rights, but did have to work things out with Marvel.

It’s been in the works for a long time. Some of that was Marvel dealmaking process. Fox has rights to make movies and sort of tacitly the rights to do TV, but they’ve never done it before so they had to work out all the details.

FX Productions is the lead studio. My relationship is with FX primarily, and I’m just getting to know Jeph Loeb and the people at Marvel, and I think it’s going to be collaboration in the best sense. 

Hawley also offers what he likes about Legion and offers a possible direction of the series:

What I really like about him is, here’s a character who is schizophrenic on some level, a character struggling with mental illness. Is he crazy or does he have these powers? The answer is, kind of both. I’m a big believer that the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story. And so I liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, that is also the audience’s journey.

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Exclusive: Jeph Loeb Done Writing Marvel Comics

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Cosmic Book News is presently attending the New York Comic-Con where we learned two tidbits regarding Jeph Loeb.

A fan asked Tim Sale (currently doing the art on Captain America :White) when he and Loeb were going to collaborate next.

Sale let it be known that, “Jeph doesn’t write anymore,” to the shock of the fans surrounding Sale while waiting for autographs (note: Sale had a HUGE line) in Artist Alley.

“He’s too busy running Marvel television to write anymore,” Sale said. 

The fan who asked the first question then responded hopefully, “Well, maybe some day.”

Sale replied, “He makes way too much money.”

Cosmic Book News also learned that Jeph Loeb wil be making a surprise signing at the Marvel booth tomorrow, Saturday, at the NYCC from 10-10:45 am, which also sees Dan Slott, Will Sliney and also Sale attending.

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Advanced Review: Captain America: White #1

It has been a very long time, seven years to be exact, since the duo of, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, have put out Captain America: White #0. Why the long wait? Not too sure, all I know is that when Loeb and Sale get together to work on one of Marvel’s “Color” books, something profound is created.

Captain America: White #1 is a brand new tale dealing with the emotional shock Cap faced after awakening in a time not his own amidst modern marvels and Avengers. Loeb immediately takes the tale back to WWII as Cap reminisces about the loss of his best friend and compatriot, Bucky. We see the brutality of war and how even the greatest of soldiers can have their focus distracted when it comes to the safety of a dear friend. We are also graced with Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos and how they react to America’s “Boy Scout” both on and off the field of battle and deal with the duality of heroism.

Loeb and Sale have done an exquisite job on molding a tale that delves deeper into the consciousness and sorrow of one of the greatest comic book characters ever created. It, like their other “Color” tales, not only focuses on emotional upheaval in a first person point of view, it also takes us to the true core of the characters. They show first hand how even the mighty need to persevere tragedy and come out stronger due to their emotional scars.

This is a tale to be revered with the highest standards and, in my opinion, is the best read of the week. Don’t let the high price point of $4.99 deter you from one fantastic story, because you actually receive two! Not only do you get the first installment of this limited series but you also receive a reproduction of Captain America: White #0! And as an extra bonus, you will also be able to read an interview with Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb conducted by Richard Starking, from seven years ago, chock full of Tim Sale sketches, drawings, birthday cards and photos of the creators from their childhoods! You couldn’t ask for anything more!

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Kevin Feige Breaks Free Of Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter & Marvel TV

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We get some very good news regarding the future of Marvel Studios in that it’s being reported Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige will no longer have to report directly to Marvel CEO billionaire Ike Perlmutter.

THR reports that Feige will now report to Disney chairman Alan Horn.

It’s said following “several years of frustration,” Feige recently “vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger earlier this summer.”

Regarding the frustration, there have been numerous reports that Perlmutter has been stingy with the cast of the Marvel movies, with most notably Robert Downey Jr. It was once reported that Perlmutter wanted Robert Downey Jr. written out of Captain America: Civil War; however, it was said Feige smoothed things over. A while back there was also reports that Perlmutter was responsible for tensions between Marvel and the cast of the Avengers, with Robert Downey Jr. backing his fellow Assemblers in getting them re-signed and paid what they were owed.

Perlmutter also seemed to be the one holding up Marvel Studios from creating standalone female movies as leaked e-mails revealed he felt they wouldn’t work.

Perlmutter is also said to be behind the tensions between Marvel and Fox Studios, as the eccentric billionaire ordered no merchandise to be developed for the various Fox-licensed movies (Marvel owns merchandise rights) with X-Men and Fantastic Four and also cancelled their respective comic books. With Perlmutter now out of the Marvel Studios equation, those earlier Avengers X-Men movie rumors are now rather interesting.

The report also makes mention that Marvel TV will still report to Perlmutter. That’s rather interesting as, at least  in my opinion, everything Marvel TV has recently done under Jeph Loeb has been rather horrible, which includes cancelling the popular Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon for Avengers Assemble, relaunching the goofy Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, and the lackluster attempts at the ABC shows with Agents Of SHIELD and Agent Carter. With Loeb reporting to Perlmutter and Feige reporting to Horn, we see there appears to be some distance and a gap created between the movies and TV, which is a good thing considering TV’s poor attempts at the Marvel brand (again, in my opinion).

A Disney spokesperson released the following statement:

“Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president;Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.”

According to the article, an insider says “Feige has earned the opportunity to break free from Perlmutter, who is not only controlling, but also obsessed with thrift.”

“Everybody knows Ike is difficult,” the source said. “This has been a long time coming. Kevin has grown his entire career under Ike and now it just makes sense.”

Sorry comic fans, but it’s also stated in addition to Marvel TV, Perlmutter will “maintain oversight of publishing, animation and other New York-based operations.”

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NINO Sales Down With AXIS; DnA Nova Still Selling Better

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More bad news for Marvel’s marketing department as the sales for November reveal issues of NINO to have actually gone down even though they were tied into the AXIS event.

NINO#23 is listed at 21,706.

NINO#24 at 21, 575.

October’s NINO #22 had 22,485 in sales.

NINO is out of the top 100 (again).

Comparing NINO to the 2007 Nova by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (which received none of the promotion that NINO has been getting) says a lot.

DnA’s Nova #23 actually saw an INCREASE in sales coming in at 26,409 from the previous issue’s 25,060.

Likewise, DnA’s Nova #24 saw 26,238 in sales.

Tom Brevoort has again been trying to spin things in favor of NINO on his Tumblr page. Brevoort made another snarky remark insinuating that Richard Rider Nova was canceled because of sales. Brevoort also likes to make it sound as if the sales numbers and rankings released by Diamond and sites online are incorrect. While true, the numbers may not be exact, they probably do give an overall general indication of sales. We know that former editor on DnA’s Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, Bill Rosemann, said the sales on the cosmic titles were rock solid. We also known whenever Marvel cancels a title, it’s around a certain number, which NINO is near (around 20K seems to be the cancellation threshold). Joe Quesada also stated sales on DnA’s titles were not the main factor in cancelling them (it was the Guardians of the Galaxy movie).

(numbers via ComiChron)

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NYCC Dardevil Soundbites: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio & More

Marvel released video from the recent New York Comic-Con of Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Jeph Loeb talking about the new Daredevil Netflix series.

Check it out:

Daredevil will be released in 2015 featuring 13 episodes starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock / Daredevil),Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Vincent D’Onofrio (WilsonFisk), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Scott Glenn (Stick), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich)and Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna).

Synopsis:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (Bendis)

Writer, BMB, graciously consented to an interview with this independent reporter.  He was met in his Soho apartment where he was found relaxing in a beanbag chair, smoking Kretek via hookah, and sipping a Dr. Pepper slushie apparently acquired from a local Taco Bell.

TL:   I must say that I’m surprised you granted me an interview given my critiques of your work.

BMB:  [offers TL a hit from the hookah] Peace pipe dude.

TL:   No thanks.  Allergic to cloves.  But I do appreciate the gesture.  

BMB:  [Winks and makes the shooter gesture]  No prob.

TL:  You know, I just finished reading GotG #17 and I have to say that I just don’t resonate with the change in the tone of this series since you took over from DnA.

BMB:  [takes a hit from the hookah and a sip of slushie]  D-n-A, Shcmee-n-A.

TL:  Excuse me?

BMB:  Look.  You cosmic fans clearly don’t understand the business of comic books.  Brevoort has told you that over-and-over.  Here’s the skinny.  We just want to sell as many books as we can as fast as we can.  Period.  None of us Architects much cared about cosmic in the past, so we let DnA play by themselves, and they sold a few books.  Nothing like the sales of one of our headliners like, say, Avengers or X-Men – but enough to keep a book going for a while.  Small potatoes – you know.

TL:  And then their material was used as the basis for a major motion picture that was expected to be a big hit.

BMB:  [sips the slushie]  Right.  So us Architects decided we better get on board and ride that tidal wave of cash [mimes water skiing actions] coming from the movie hype.  So, Schmee-n-A had to go.  Like I said – small potatoes.  And it paid off, didn’t it?  The movie hype sent sales of the book up, and I got a payday.

TL:  Sure – but that doesn’t explain the change in tone.  Why un-necessarily deviate so far from the source material?  I mean – your portrayal is not even that close to the movie portrayal – so what’s the point?  For instance, in #17, Star-Lord gets rescued by an Avenger, is inexplicably worried that the Avengers will be mad at him, processes his daddy issues once again, and once again accomplishes very little in the big scheme of things.  This is very different from past continuity when the Guardians didn’t take marching orders from Earth, weren’t overly concerned with Earth, and single-handedly dealt with the big issues.

BMB:  [takes a hit from the hookah]  Continuity, schmontinuity.  Too much is made of continuity among you fans.  Sales is what’s important.  Sales.  Get it?  If I throw in as many Avengers as possible, write the book like these third-rate space jamokes are B-team Avengers, and ride that wave of cash from the movie hype (again mimes water skiing actions) – we all get another big payday.  

It’s simple really – I just make up a few new curse words for Rocket and try to find him a catchphrase every issue.  “Glarkgin” is the new curse word this issue.  Brilliant, huh?  He says it about 9 times over 4 panels.  I thought of that one when I put some gin in my Dr. Pepper slushie while I was eating a Clark bar.  Mouthful of gin and Clark bar at the same time equals Clarkgin, right?  Then you just science-fiction it up by changing a letter and you get Glarkgin.  If I can find a made-up curse word or a catchphrase that catches on; it’s gonna be all over t-shirts and bumper stickers – and there’s another payday.  The rest is just a few contrived fights and a bunch of meaningless conversations about little issues.  Gotta save the big issues for Avengers and X-Men, you know.

TL:  Yeah.  That’s what I thought you’d say.

BMB:  [Takes hits from the hookah, blows smoke rings, stares into space]

TL:  The editing has been lackluster on this book from the start, but with a few notable exceptions; the art has been pretty good.  Until this issue, that is.  The art was pretty bad this time out.

BMB:  Art, schmart.  Who cares about the art?  We’ll sell thousands if for no other reason than the movie.  Marvel Zombies are brand loyalists.  They’ll buy anything with the brand on it – regardless of art, regardless of writing.  Quality, shmality.   Why pay for good art, when the zombies will buy it anyway? It’s all about sales, baby! 

TL:  Well – at least we agree on the brand loyal thing.  What about the editing?  I noticed quite a few grammatical errors – and you even spelled Rich Rider’s name wrong at the end.

BMB:   Editing, schmediting.

TL:  How did I know you’d say that?  Seriously – Rider is spelled with an “i” and not a “y.”

BMB:   [grins and sips the slushie]  So I spelled Dick Rider’s name wrong.  So what?  He’s history.  Loeb’s version is where it’s at, baby!  Cha-ching!  You know?  Out with the old and in with the new.  We’ve been busy shoehorning Loeb’s version into everything we possibly can.  Hey – Loeb’s gotta eat too, ya know?  Can’t have Dickie-boy around stealing attention away from Loeb’s version, right?  Just wait till you see the number I do on old Dickie-boy next issue!

TL:  And here I was going to apologize for calling you Minister of Hackery for the A-Holes.  No apology will be forthcoming now.

BMB:  [laughs]  Yeah – we all got a laugh about that in the bullpen.  The A-Holes, huh?  Funny.  After next issue, you’ll have to promote me to King of the A-Holes and demote Brevoort to Cardinal of Douche-Baggery.

TL: [winks, makes the shooter gesture]  No prob.  Is there anything else you’d like to say to the Cosmic fans before we close?

BMB:  Well, I don’t normally concern myself with small, vocal minorities like the cosmic fans.  That is, other than to just call them small, vocal minorities anytime anybody asks about why they’re so upset with how Loeb and I have treated them.  Especially since there is no more “Marvel Cosmic.”  I mean – cosmic, shmosmic.  It’s all about the Marvel Universe, baby!  And by Marvel Universe I mean Earth.  Well, just New York City, really.  And maybe a few of the boroughs around NYC.  I mean, come on – we sell Earthcentric superheroic fantasy stories.  Who needs cosmic anyway?  Cosmic is just about giving some funny-looking characters some goofy things to do in space and making up a few new words along the way, right?  As long as we make it read like Avengers and somehow tie it to NYC, we’re golden, right? Don’t believe me?  Just ask Loeb.

(Editor’s note: This continues our series of satirical parody reviews)