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Avengers Agent Phil Coulson Lives! Clark Gregg To Be Featured In SHIELD TV Series

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Today at the Marvel Television Panel it was announced that, indeed, Agent Phil Coulson lives!

Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, appeared to meet his demise during The Avengers movie in a battle with Loki; however, his remains were never seen thereafter.

This led to rampant speculation that Coulson was either a Life Model Decoy or will go on to become the Vision.

Now we learn at the New York Comic-Con that Agent Phil Coulson and Clark Gregg will appear in the upcoming ABC S.H.I.E.L.D. television series from Joss Whedon.

Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, introduced Clark Gregg, where the actor said he loved his time with Marvel playing the role.

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Then The Avengers director Joss Whedon showed as did Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, who sported a “Coulson Lives!” t-shirt.

“We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that,” Whedon said, reports CBR. “From before we made ‘The Avengers,’ we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I’m really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don’t stretch the bounds of reality.”

“There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson!” said Feige.

“He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.” said Whedon.

(updated pics via CBR via PeteLabrozzi.com)

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NYCC 2012: Return of Star-Lord and Thanos To Be Explained In Avengers Assemble #8 – Partly

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While DC Comics continues to push out the cosmic comic books with the recent addition of Keith Giffen’s Threshold, a new book featuring a new Green Lantern that is being compared to Annihilation and Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel continues to fumble the cosmic ball as we learn – not much –  at the New York Comic-Con about how Star-Lord and Thanos all of a sudden reappeared in Brian Michael BendisAvengers Assemble, which left fans scratching their heads.

A fan questioned the Marvel NOW! Panel about just that, how Thanos and Star-Lord came back to life, with Tom Brevoort stating it will be explained – at least partly – in Avengers Assemble #8.

And as we have been hearing – for what feels like the past dozen years – Brevoort says to “stay tuned” for more on Nova.

While Marvel chooses not to offer much about their Marvel “cosmic” plans (at least at this panel), you can be sure to hear everything about the Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man.

Marvel chose to scrap the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book that the movie is based on for – what is thought – to be a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic from Brian Michael Bendis, a writer not known for science fiction or sci-fi.

Nova has already been replaced by Jeph Loeb into a more teenage “Spider-Man in space” version, much to the dissatisfaction of Nova fans everywhere.

Both Nova and Star-Lord will be featured in the upcoming Point One.

Recently, Marvel sales have showed a decline as this past September, none of the Marvel core books reached 60,000.

I blame Marvel’s decline in sales on the lack of diversity, as we are all not Avengers fans; for me personally, their cosmic stuff was my gateway into the Marvel Universe.

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First Look At Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Animated Movie; Hits April 23rd

Marvel has released a look at their new animated movie, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which sees the pair of Assemblers taking on the villain known as Zzzax.

While not specifically dubbed a follow-up to The Avengers movie, Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, says you can take it that way if you want, and offers details on the plot.

“We welcome people to interpret any way they like,” says Loeb. “In tone and character, we want to follow our best leader.”

“We see his [Zzzax] origin in the movie,” Loeb continues. “It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out. The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame. Calamity ensues.”

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United debuts April 23rd.

(Via EW)

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Kid Nova Fights Diamondhead By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness

Cosmic Book News knew 2 years ago or so that Jeph Loeb was to take over Marvel Cosmic.

And now, Marvel released the following new Marvel NOW! Point One teaser announcing Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness on a Kid Nova story.

This is the third Kid Nova story of the year, I believe, and the forth since Loeb introduced him in the first Point One.

Kid Nova also appears in the last issue of Avengers vs. X-Men #12, after waking from a coma that has seen Kid Nova down and out since AvX began.

I suppose it’s technically not “official” that there will be a new ongoing featuring Kid Nova after this, but it seems as much.

Oh, on the cover we see Kid Nova fighting classic Nova villain, Diamondhead.

Getting beat up.

Sacrilege, I tell ya.

(Image via Buzz Feed)

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Dale Keown Draws An Awesome Maestro in “A Plus X” Featuring Hulk and Wolverine

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CBR gets the first look at Dale Keown’s art from A+X #1 that features Wolverine and the Hulk, written by Jeph Loeb. The series features an X-Man and an Avenger team teaming up. The first issue also sees Captain American and Cable by Dan Slott and Ron Garney.

In Dale Keown’s pics below we see the Maestro taking on the Hulk! Old Man Logan is present as well to take on the little whippersnappers!

This brings back the glory years of Peter David and Dale Keown’s Incredible Hulk run from the 90s, probably my all-time favorite Hulk arc. There, we saw the debut of the Maestro with Future Imperfect written by PAD with art by George Perez. The Hulk was recruited to battle his future self who had become an evil despot — and also the last super powered being on Earth! Remember the double page spread with all the heroes’ weapons and artifacts – Rick Jones’ trophy room – how cool was that?

I remember feel uber disappointed when Keown left the book as the very next issue featured Banner Hulk taking on the Juggernaut — something I wanted to see from Dale Keown. However, what we ended with wasn’t at all bad with Gary Frank!

Here’s Keown’s art from A+X #1, head on over to CBR for more.

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Joss Whedon’s Marvel TV Show Is S.H.I.E.L.D.! How about Agent Wendell Vaughn?!

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We finally learn the Marvel television show that The Avengers director Joss Whedon is involved with.

As part of his new contract with Marvel Studios and Disney, Joss Whedon will not only be directing The Avengers 2, but also — S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Deadline has it that Whedon may co-write the new live-action S.H.I.E.L.D. (not to be confused with the F/X series?!) and also possibly direct.

The series has been immediately green lit by ABC – the first Marvel project to do so – and also will have Marvel Comics scribe and Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, involved.

In addition to Joss Whedon on as writer, his brother, Jed Whedon, and also Maurissa Tancharoen are listed.

Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are also said to be executive producers with Jeffrey Bell and Loeb.

Deadline states that time permitting, Joss Whedon will direct.

It’s previously been said that the new TV series would involve characters not in The Avengers movie.

I saw The Avengers twice — and didn’t see S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Wendell Vaughn, better known as Quasar!

Interestingly enough, Vaughn was rumored to appear in The Avengers movie.

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Phineas and Ferb Meet The Marvel Heroes in Disney’s “Mission Marvel” Special (Video Preview)

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Well, now it’s official.

The mouse is da‘ house!

First announced at the San Diego Comic Con, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel sees the likes of the popular Disney toon meet the heroes of the Marvel Universe, the Avengers.

Marvel.com has released the following video showcasing the show’s creators, including head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, as well as a preview.

We see the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk teaming with Phineas and Ferb as they try to stop the diabolical Dr. Doofenshmirtz, the Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K.

The Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel special airs next Summer on Disney XD with possible more cross-overs in the future.

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Jeph Loeb Creates New Nova and Now Cancels Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1610:]]Hey, Jeph Loeb and Axel Alonso can cancel Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy and replace them with Kid “Nino” Nova and a rumored Marvel Cosmic Bendis book — why not cancel the popular animated toon on Disney XD with Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

And to boot, replace it with something more in line with the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, which is a sure hit with fans! Right?!

Jeph Loeb is heard of Marvel TV, and the current rumor (via CBM) is that Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is getting the axe. This should come to no surprise to us cosmic fans as — Guardians of the Galaxy is appearing next episode!

Yep, sounds like a cancellation is coming to me.

While still just a rumor, CBM has apparently been tipped off to some information about the upcoming cancellation, that Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be replaced by a new Avengers cartoon set in the universe of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.

In addition, the creators surrounding the show all seem to be tight lipped and have not confirmed a season 3 as well.

I don’t know, is Marvel so high on their mountain top that they have no idea what the heck their fans want?

 

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Dear Jeph Loeb: We Like Richard Rider Nova

Up at CBR:

Another major piece of the Marvel U Loeb had a hand in reintroducing was Nova – the teen hero who debuted ahead of “Avengers Vs. X-Men” and who’s full story – and connection to new Nova Sam Alexander of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon – has yet to be revealed. “All I can tell you is that I really love Nova,” Loeb said of where the hero will pop up next. “I’m a huge fan, and I honestly believe that Nova fans of all the fans in the Marvel Universe are so stoked about Nova. There are Nova sites and Nova everything. This is a character who needs to be one of the big players in the Marvel Universe, and it’s certainly one of the reasons we made him a part of the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ show – so that more people can have that thrilling experience that Nova fans have in whatever incarnation he’s going to have. I feel like people are getting to know Sam on the show, and we’ll see what’s going to happen next in the comics.”

From a Nova Fan:

I’ve been a Nova fan for over 30 years and work with/speak to a lot of the Nova Fan core base at several fan sites – this is the kind of article that makes me wonder whether I should ditch Marvel and head for DC! Loeb and Marvel can do their best to try and convince everyone that the last 35 odd years Richard Rider has been Nova Prime is no more than a mirage fast fading on the cosmic winds…..
 
….but try as they might, Sam Alexander will never be a replacement that the core fans will ever accept – nor it seems new fans who appreciated the character from Annihilation – through Nova’s run with Dna to the events of the Thanos Imperative. They can push it all they want in the new Spiderman cartoon series and the innovative Digital format….but it just won’t work long term. All they’ll do is drive fans away and we’ll be left with nothing but a tepid teenager who is a pale shadow of the character most Nova fans truly give a damn about! If Loeb truly wants to make us believe he’s a True Nova Fan…do what’s right and make sure that when that helmet comes off we have a Rich Rider – and not Nino – which is our nick-name for the newbie! We’d prefer a time tracked Rich thrown out of the Cancerverse than this!
 
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Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man Nova Is Not Richard Rider

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This April sees the premiere of the new animated Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD.

We already knew that Nova was going to play a role as some early footage was leaked.

Now, Marvel has officially released some artwork, along with comments from Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television.

We learn that this Nova will not be Richard Rider, but a teenager with an attitude, Sam Alexander.

“Nova is an enormously popular character,” Loeb stated to Marvel.com. “When the decision in publishing was for Rich Rider to sacrifice himself [at the climax of THE THANOS IMPERATIVE] we wanted to respect that.   We all know that there are other members of the Nova Corp and this is the story of one such member –Sam Alexander.”

As fans of the comic book will note, there is also a new younger Nova partaking in Marvel’s upcoming mega event, Avengers Vs. X-Men. Is it the same character? Time will tell. Furthermore, Jeph Loeb penned this Nova’s first appearance in Point One.

Loeb goes on to compare this version of Nova to Spider-Man. 

“He’s very much like Peter Parker was at the beginning of Spidey’s career–he’s got a lot to prove,” said Loeb. “The difference is that Sam comes with a full blown attitude—which, as we may suspect, might be covering up some insecurities.”

We also learn that Sam will be getting a big push from Marvel, as Loeb states the character will be a breakout star.

“We’re huge Nova fans as well, so rest assured Nova will be front and center with the heavy-duty action.  There’s no task he’s not willing to get into and that bravery–even at personal risk–will put him in harm’s way more often than not. He loves playing the hero, so look for Nova to be the breakout star of the series!”

The costume featured by Sam Alexander in Ultimate Spider-Man was recently released as an extra (DLC) for Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 as well.

Ultimate Spider-Man premiers on Disney XD April 1st, from a creative team that includes Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis and Man of Action  (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle).

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Review: Avengers X-Sanction #2

Falcon has been taken down from above and Captain America has been beaten into submission. Next on Cable’s hit list? Iron Man!

Issue one ended with Cap and Cable fighting each other, with Cap losing at gunpoint. The final panel has a resounding “BLAM!” across it and you are left pondering the fate of America’s star spangled hero. Issue two tells us that Cap has been stun gunned and harnessed into a chair that can scramble his neurological system. Cable doesn’t want him dead –yet! Then he decides to take on Iron Man, and every other Avenger, until they can tell him why the alternate future he just left didn’t have Hope there to save it. Oh yeah, Cable is also dying from his techno virus and only has twenty-four hours to accomplish his task!

I have to say, this one is just not working for me!

I’m sorry, but there is nothing in the first two issues, of this four issue mini, that has made me want to see where the story is going. It has no heart or emotion, save the continual moaning from Cable that he needs to save his “daughter.” There is nothing that grips the reader and makes you care about any of it. The fight scenes, though rendered well by McGuiness, are quick and bland — it is only four issues mind you. And the battle set-ups are continually the same. Cap sees Red Wing flying toward a freighter with no Falcon in sight, lets follow him and get captured. Iron Man sees Red Wing flying toward a freighter with no Falcon around, lets follow him and get captured. At this point, one has to wonder if Cable is paying Red Wing off with small rodents in order to betray his human cohorts! The story is just not there, and to have Cable come back from the “dead” after such a great send off in X-Men for this — it tarnishes the great ending of Second Coming.

I know this mini-series is just a set up for Avengers vs. X-Men, but I really expected more from the amazing talent of Jeph Loeb. Only the absolute collecting purists need to buy this book. Otherwise, spend your four dollars on lunch while you read something better!

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Brian Michael Bendis On Guardians Of The Galaxy Summer 2012?

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My “big” prediction for 2012 is that Brian Michael Bendis will be on a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, based on the following:

• There is going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

•  At the recent NYCC, I was coyly asked, “Would Marvel not have a Guardians of the Galaxy comic if a movie was coming out?”

•  Tom Brevoort stated a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic would come out around the Summer of 2012.

•  Brian Michael Bendis’ run on both Avengers comics finishes up Summer 2012.

•  Axel Alonso recently stated, “As for Brian, if you’re a fan of his work, you won’t believe what he’ll be writing next for us. My lips are sealed.”

•  The Avengers movie may have a reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

•  Disney recently moved up a release date for an as-of-yet unnamed Marvel Studios project to April 2014.

Fact is, with Disney launching a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel is going to need to place one of their big guns on the comic book so that it sells relatively well. And with Bendis, comes the full Marvel hype machine — something DnA’s Guardians lacked — including an A-list artist and money for promotion. While arguably, DnA’s Guardians was by far better than anything Marvel was putting out at the time, for some reason or another, the head honchos just didn’t back it 100%. That all changes with Bendis.

Fans either seem to love Bendis or hate ‘im. But there is no denying that Bendis brings with him a guaranteed audience – especially when Marvel attaches a top name artist. And let’s be honest Marvel Cosmic fans, we’re not going to believe this until we see it!

Regarding The Avengers movie, as stated above we could see reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy as there is a heavy cosmic vibe to it (of course, in addition to the upcoming GoTG movie would make sense). Furthermore, The Avengers comes out in May 2012, Bendis ends his Avengers run the Summer of 2012 – could Bendis end his Avengers run with a lead in to the new Guardians of the Galaxy

The close #2 choice right behind Bendis would have to be Jeph Loeb. Back in January of 2012, we were told he was to helm a new era of Marvel Cosmic (hence Nova and GoTG being placed on “hiatus”); however, I’m thinking Loeb is going to be on the new Nova based on Loeb and McGuinness’ prior involvement with Point One.

Now regarding just who the A-list artist might be that is paired with Bendis on the new Guardians of the Galaxy – how about Andy Kubert?

And I’ll leave the debate over which Guardians team up to you guys! All new? Whaaat?!

My choice to take over for Bendis on The Avengers?

Rick Remender!

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Timelord Reviews Point One #1: Nova: “Harbinger”

This take on Nova made my teeth hurt from all the grinding I did of them.

 
Where do I start?
 
Characterization:  Hated it.  After Annihilation, we had a Nova who had finally broken away from the teenage Peter Parker-ish personality, acquired an Alpha-Plus power set, and through his wartime experiences had evolved into a respected leader of men.  Now, Loeb and Brevoort hand us something more akin to the silly side-kicky teen Nova most recently seen in the alternate universe Marvel Adventures Superheroes “all ages” book.  This new and not very powerful Nova easily gets his ass handed to him by Terrax while shouting “Nooo!” like a little girl.  He then flies away from the battle crying — that’s right, I said crying — he’s drawn with tears flowing from his eyes as he whines about what an “Epic Fail” he was in his mission.  Seriously Mr. Loeb?  Seriously Mr. Brevoort?  This is your understanding of Nova and of Cosmic? Epic fail indeed on the part of both of you.  This weak characterization will not attract new fans, will alienate old fans, and will only reinforce the disrespect of the character by those who never bothered to learn about the true renaissance of the character in Annihilation.  Maybe Nova’s tears were triggered by the disrespect of this characterization. If Marv Wolfman bothered to read “Harbinger” — I’m sure he was as saddened as all the rest of us long term fans by this concept rape.
 
New Uniform:  Hated it.  This uniform looks like a bad combination of Mega-Man, Tron, and Power Rangers.  It’s sure to turn off every non-fan of manga-influenced art.  To add to the disrespect — the ranking system of the uniform is incorrect.  This Nova wears a Denarian star on his helmet and Centurion stars on his chest.  What’s his rank? I don’t know.
 
Storyline:  Hated it.  The writers of the Superhero Squad cartoon appear to understand Nova and Cosmic well enough to identify all the old cliches and skewer them.  Sadly, “Harbinger” trots out all the old cliches with a straight face.  Weak teenage Nova faces a vastly superior foe, makes bad or impulsive decisions, gets beaten up, fails his mission and has self-esteem problems, etc.  Let me guess what’s next.  The Phoenix Force destroys Xandar leaving the entire Nova Corps and all of Xandar dead except for this new Nova who then journeys to 616 Earth to warn the Avengers the Phoenix is coming and ask for their help.  He takes up residence on Earth and becomes a teen sidekick for The Avengers.  The “Lone Ranger”  teen Nova rides again! (Playing second fiddle to Cap, Thor, and Iron Man of course).
 
When I first saw the solicits for “Harbinger” I was afraid we were in for a Kyle Rayner treatment of Nova.  Now I’m desparately hoping this is a Kyle Rayner treatment.  I really hope this is an alternate universe version of Nova (who is not named Rich Rider) and not some brutal retcon of 616 continuity ignoring everything that happened between Annihilation and Thanos Imperative.  Why? Because we can then forget about this version and work to bring our 616 Rich back from being marooned in the Cancerverse.
 
There was never any reason for a new Nova to be created.  Rich could’ve easily been brought back from the Cancerverse to play a big role in this Phoenix storyline.  This reboot of Nova stems from a mistaken belief by editorial that a teen rookie Lone Ranger Nova will attract more fans than a powerful more mature young adult military commander Nova.
 
I’m glad Marvel Editorial finally wants to make Nova a star by promoting him and involving him in the major upcoming storylines.  I just wish they’d shown that kind of love to Nova right after Annihilation.  If they had, maybe Volume IV would still be being published.
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Read The Defenders/Avengers X-Sanction Sketch Book For Free

If you happened to stop by your local comic shop today — and if you didn’t you really missed out on an all-around week of good comics — Marvel provided a free Defenders/Avengers X-Sanction Flip Book.

Inside are all sorts of goodies on two of Marvel’s most anticipated new books, both due to hit December 7th, including sketches by Defenders artist Terry Dodson and Avengers X-Sanction artist Ed McGuinness. In addition, comments from Marvel SVPP and Editor Tom Brevoort, Matt Fraction and Jeph Loeb can be found inside, as well.