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Rocket Raccoon: Bill Mantlo and Marvel Coming To A Deal Over The Character Rights

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With Marvel Studios going cosmic and using some of the more obscure characters for their movies we are hearing more about creator owned rights.

The Avengers movie saw Thanos appear, and it seems as if Marvel and Jim Starlin are now coming to some sort of deal over that character and perhaps others that might be used in future Marvel Studios movies, such as the rumored appearance of Adam Warlock and The Magus in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Speaking of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon will be amongst the cosmic assemblers.

Comic book scribes Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Keith Giffen brought Rocket Raccoon out of obscurity with Annihilation: Conquest and the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, with Giffen on the Conquest: Star-Lord mini. From there, Rocket Raccoon went to star in the Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 video game (even plastered on the outside of the NYCC) as well as appearing on the popular Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Disney XD animates series, with the episode written by DnA. Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige has also stated he is a big fan, and there is also a Rocket Raccoon action figure and T-shirt line as well.

Rocket Raccoon was created by Bill Mantlo back in 1976, and with Rocket’s popularity skyrocketing, we now we learn there are talks with Mantlo’s representative and Marvel over the character rights.

Bill Mantlo suffered brain damage in 1992 as a result of a hit-and-run accident and now requires full time care. It’s being reported that Marvel and Bill Mantlo might come to a deal over the rights, purportedly a lump sum in the five figure range.

We tend to agree with Bleeding Cool and think it should be at least six figures.

A BC user sent them the following:

I was approached by a lawyer friend about a case he was working on with others regarding comic characters. Apparently a relative – the creators brother- is in contact with Marvel over some sort of reimbursement- to receive a lump sum for characters he created. He asked me about a few obscure characters that was created by this guys brother, but the one name that jumped out was “Rocket Raccoon”. I was told that the brother was trying to get some money for medical expenses, and was offered a five figure sum so far. I asked if the name was “Mantlo”– but my friend smiled and said he couldn’t say just yet.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Announced: Trailer and Screen Shots

Check out 29 images and a gameplay trailer for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 including Ghost Rider, Hawkeye and Strider. 

Update: Nova, Rocket Raccoon, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist and more Capcom characters revealed!

The ULTIMATE heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes collide again in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Every epic character from the original blockbuster returns to the fray alongside 12 new fighters, 8 over-the-top new stages, enhanced gameplay, and more surprises to be announced.

PRE-ORDER TODAY TO UNLEASH YOUR ULTIMATE. Coming November 2011 to XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
 
Check out Strider vs. Ghost Rider Gameplay:
 
 
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CAPCOM®, MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PREPARE FOR EPIC REMATCH IN ULTIMATE MARVEL® VS. CAPCOM 3®

 
London — July 20th, 2011 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, and Marvel Entertainment today announced that Ultimate Marvel® vs. Capcom® 3 is in development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will take the epic battle to all new heights with new iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes, a refined fighting system, eight new stagesand new modes when it releases this November at a mid range price.
 
The highly acclaimed fighting game adds 12 new legends to the robust Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster, bringing the total overall roster of characters up to 50. The first new characters revealed for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 include much-requested Capcom character Strider who slashes his way into the fray along with Ghost ‘n Goblins™ villain Firebrand. On the Marvel side, Ghost Rider will finally exercise his vengeance and Hawkeye will pick apart foes. More characters will be revealed in the coming months.
 
In addition to characters, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a host of enhancements and new features to improve the game’s balance and online functionality. One of the biggest additions to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the fan-requested Spectator Mode, which allows fighters to watch live online matches together. With multiple improvements and 12 new characters, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 brings home the ultimate fighting experience for newcomers and pros alike.
 
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com. 
 
ABOUT CAPCOM
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices.  Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man®and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan.  More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-europe.com.
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Video: Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath Trailers

Capcom released two trailers to their DLC characters Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath. Looks awesome! Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath are two DLC characters that come with either the deluxe edition of MVC3 or purchased separately in a downloadable pack available March 15th. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is available now.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Shadow Mode Screen Shots

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Capcom released “Shadow Mode” screen shots to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.

“‘Shadow Mode’ will be a series of downloadable packs that will let you fight against custom-built computer opponents, modeled after famous players and specific themed teams. A series of downloadable packs, each will contain three unique teams to battle against, with their own programmed special techniques and preferences.  The first pack will include the team and AI Personality of the game’s producer, Ryota Niitsuma, in addition to the Shadow Mode teams for Assistant Producer Akihito Kadowaki and a QA team leader.  More packs will be coming soon, and may feature some personalities you already know.”

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is currently in stores!

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: DLC Shuma-Gorath Hack Fully Playable

The same hackers that brought us a fully – though incomplete (missing sound files) – playable Jill Valentine for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, have just made Shuma-Gorath fully playable, as well.

Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath are two DLC characters that come with either the deluxe edition of MVC3 or purchased separately in a downloadable pack.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 First DLC Pack Announced and Screen Shots

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is available today and Capcom annouced today that the first DLC (downloadable content) costume pack will be a new set of costumes for Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Dante, Ryu, and Chris Redfield.

Check out all the screen shots. Click any image to launch viewer.

Capcom also announced the new “Shadow Mode” DLC will be available March 1st.

The cost, for each, is $5.

The Shuma-Gorath/Jill Valentine DLC will be availalbe March 15th. Those who purchased the special edition should have this DLA available.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is available in stores Tuesday February 15th, 2011.

After a decade of waiting, the biggest names from the Marvel Universe will clash head on with the combined might of Capcom’s best known and most feared roster of gaming characters. Powerd by the mighty MT Framework Engine, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will deliver the best ever match up of legendary fighters and no holds barred fighting action. Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds hits the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3 on February 15th.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine DLC!

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Check out some images of the cosmic demon, Shuma-Gorath, and Jill Valentine (Resident Evil) from Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds!

The one-eyed-wonder and resident zombie hunter are available as a Downloadable Content (DLC) character – meaning not available right out of the box, ie. doesn’t come with the game. Users tend to have to pay for these downloadable “extras” later. However, if you purchase the Limited Edition version of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds from the Capcom store, Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine come with it.

For you gamers out there that aren’t up on your Marvel Comics history, head on over to our featured article on Shuma-Gorath from our M.E. Byron Brewer: Not his Fault: Shuma and the space Invaders!

And for you comic book fans that may be doubting just how cool this game is going to be, check out some screen shots. Or check out the extended intro – or the final boss battle (spoilers, ahoy!).

Be sure to check out pics and info about the Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Shadow Mode!

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is available in stores Tuesday February 15th, 2011.

After a decade of waiting, the biggest names from the Marvel Universe will clash head on with the combined might of Capcom’s best known and most feared roster of gaming characters. Powered by the mighty MT Framework Engine, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will deliver the best ever match up of legendary fighters and no holds barred fighting action. Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds hits the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3 on February 15th.

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