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Two years after launching its Infinite line of digital comics, Marvel Entertainment said it intends to expand the line’s offerings with its first all-ages titles as it moves to attract younger readers familiar with characters like Spider-Man from animated television shows.
Announced Sunday at the annual South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and Kristin Vincent, the vice president of its digital products, called the new Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man digital title the publisher’s first for kids in the Infinite format.
“We’re trying to reach the next generation of comics fans,” Vincent said. “These stories resonate with kids.”
By taking tales from the television series of the same name, the publisher hopes the digital comics will find an audience in kids who are more used to reading on a tablet than traditional paper.
“The story telling just lends itself naturally to a tablet. Images replace the other images,” she said, adding that while it’s not animation, the pages and story are bright, vivid and redolent of what kids see on television.
With the Infinite format — a digital-only medium that features stories and art native to digital readers — Alonso believes kids will get their first hands-on experience with comics in a way more akin to what they’ve experienced with TV.
“It will excite them and it’s in a format they understand,” he said of the title, which is due out later this year and will eventually be available in more than 10 languages around the globe.
The stories feature writers known to readers of traditional comics, including Eugene Son, Matt Kindt, Cullen Bunn and Tim Seeley, along with artists Luciano Vecchio and Soutchey Leimetry and storyboards by J.L. Mast and Geoffrey Beaulieu.
Like the ongoing TV series on Disney XD, the Infinite series will focus on Peter Parker and his adventures as Spider-Man. It will also feature other teenage heroes, too, including Iron Fist, Power Man, White Tiger and Nova, Alonso said.
“This is going to be the first time that our Infinite Comics format will feature Spider-Man and the team of young heroes. It’s… a very diverse, multi-ethnic cast with very different power sets,” he said. “All of them are going to appeal to very different types of kids.”
Marvel’s animated Avengers get even more muscle in the feature-length film Marvel’s Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, which unites Thor, Iron Man, and their pals with the two titular supers — voiced, respectively, by Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s Brian Bloom. We’ve got a first look at the trailer for this direct-to-DVD release below. Warning: Dramatic music and astounding feats of heroism ahead.
In the blockbuster movie The Avengers, Tony Stark cultivates a friendly relationship with Dr. Bruce Banner, all the time preparing to wield the Hulk as a secret weapon against the aliens. In the new animated feature Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk gets to return the favor — quite literally.
In the new adventure, which arrives on Blu-ray on Dec. 3, the two Avengers reunite to fight an energy devouring monster called Zzzax. Alone against an army of electricity-shooting robots, the heroes are doomed. But when they reluctantly team up, they’ve got a chance — even as Hulk gives Iron Man a little bit of the Loki-treatment. At the end of the exclusive clip below, you almost expect to hear the green giant say dismissively, “Puny billionaire.” READ FULL STORY
Scoop on the 'Phineas and Ferb' tribute to 'Star Wars'; Plus, what would a 'Star Wars'/Marvel universe crossover look like?
Disney has started to cash in on the countless crossover opportunities presented by the studio’s 2012 purchase of LucasFilm. Last month, the House of Mouse announced that a one-hour TV special will feature characters from both Star Wars and Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb. EW now has more details on the special that will air in 2014.
As previously announced, step-brothers Phineas and Ferb will appear as residents of Tatooine who are thrust into a galactic rebellion when the plans for blowing up the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands.
While promoting their upcoming crossover with the Marvel universe, Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh told EW that the Star Wars tribute takes place during the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
'Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel': How Danville and the Marvel universe came together for the crossover TV special
Disney has quite the large collection of beloved properties under one roof, so it was only a matter of time before kids were treated to an animated team-up of favorite characters from different worlds. That’s the big appeal of the Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, the first animated crossover for Marvel and Disney, which airs this Friday on Disney Channel.
Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh grew up as fans of Marvel superheroes (Marsh learned how to draw by tracing images of Iron Man), so the one-hour TV special was an exciting endeavor for the two of them. Povenmire recalled teachers telling him, “You can’t make a living drawing superheroes!” Turns out they were wrong about that.
'Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.': Eliza Dushku talks voicing She-Hulk in the new Disney XD show -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP
Disney XD’s “Marvel Universe” television block is expanding. New animated series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. joins the Sunday morning superhero lineup on Aug. 11 and brings together five larger-than-life Marvel characters.
The show features the voice talent of Fred Tatasciore (longtime voice of the animated iterations of the biggest and greenest Avenger), Clancy Brown (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Red Hulk, Ben Diskin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Skaar, and two Buffy the Vampire Slayer alums — Seth Green as A-Bomb and Eliza Dushku as She-Hulk.
Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is an opportunity for Disney and Marvel to introduce these characters to a new generation, while also showing a new side of these characters for fans already familiar with the most smash-prone Marvel heroes.
For Hulk, it’s his chance to finally be a leader. “He’s definitely a father figure who’s aware of trying not to be a monster” on the new show, Tatasciore told EW.
Hulk’s cousin Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk, is the most human-like of the show’s heroes who have found their bodies transformed by gamma radiation and other encounters or experiments gone wrong. So, Dushku says, She-Hulk “brings a lot of the humanity and empathy to this unconventional family unit, yet she can also be pretty fearless. She’s still a fighter.”
Below, check out an EW exclusive clip of She-Hulk’s crash-landing entrance into Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., then read on for more from Dushku about her work on the new series: READ FULL STORY
As a kid, Stan Lee wanted to be an actor. Fortunately for millions of superhero fans, he carved out a different career path and created iconic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Hulk, and Iron Man. But Lee still has found his way onto both the big and small screen, though if you had told him at the beginning of his career that his work in the comic book industry would someday earn him dozens of cameo roles, he “wouldn’t have believed it, no way,” he told EW.
Just as he’s had his few seconds of screentime in movies like Spider-Man and The Avengers, Lee will appear in Disney Channel’s upcoming special, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, which teams up Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Spider-Man with enterprising step-brothers Phineas and Ferb. He reprises his cameo role from 2000’s X-Men, a hot dog vendor.
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel is the first animated crossover for Marvel and Disney, something Lee is very excited to see.
'Disney Fandom' to celebrate fans of Disney, Pixar, 'Star Wars,' Marvel, and more -- EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK
Comic-Con may be over, but that doesn’t mean fans are done celebrating. Starting tonight, Disney XD will air a three-day programming event called Disney Fandom in honor of fans that will showcase exclusive looks at the latest from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. The special channel takeover aimed at fans 13 and older will highlight fan favorite content, airing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as specials such as the Star Wars Tech documentary and Once Upon a Time: For the Fans. On The Red Carpet: Disney Fandom Edition kicks off the event with a look at what went down at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Also featured are sneak peeks into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two, which includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The programming event has an online presence with features such as a printable show schedule, fan polls, and games from Marvel and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Check out what serious Star Wars dedication looks like in this sneak peek for Live Well Network’s special edition My Family Recipe Rocks – Star Wars, airing Thursday at 8 p.m.:
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'Marvel's Avengers Assemble': Jeph Loeb on bringing the super team to the small screen -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP
It’ll be two long years before Marvel’s live-action Avengers reunite at multiplexes around the world. Thankfully, diehard comic fans, casual film-watchers, and everyone in between can get their fill of Iron-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow — along with Falcon, a new addition to the team — each week in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, an animated series that premieres officially on Disney XD Sunday, July 7. (An hour-long sneak peek at the cartoon already aired Sunday, May 26.)
Avengers Assemble replaces The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a previous series that aired from 2010 to 2012. “I think the best way of saying it is that there is a continuity, but as in publishing — when a new team takes over for a book — it doesn’t necessarily have to work off those storylines that have come before it,” explains executive producer Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television.
In tone and feel, though, Assemble has less to do with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — and more to do with Joss Whedon’s big-screen Avengers, which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. READ FULL STORY
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