The Further Adventures of Marvel Comics
aka Marvel Worldwide Entertainment
Marvel criticism spreads from Ardian Syaf debacle
April 14, 2017: Marvel Comics' is taking it in the teeth and kneecaps right now. Some articles from around the internet - More Ardian Syaf
Star-Lord will appear in Avengers: Infinity War
April 2016: Chris Pratt has been confirmed around the internet to be making an appearance in the May 3, 2018 Avengers Infinity War film coming from Marvel Entertainment.
Marvel's Infinity War set to bring together the entire Marvel Universe
Jan 9, 2015: Article at Inquisitr
"Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are at New Orleans Wizard World this weekend and spoke with Comicbook about this new revelation. Now, they never quite jumped the gun and said that the Guardians and Doctor Strange, and others were confirmed or not for Avengers: Infinity War, but their hint may give the answer anyway.
“We will say this: People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”
The way “Marvel universe” is dropped in casual conversation like that, it makes one think that there could be a huge cast of characters in the two part Infinity War. You may not realize it, but when you sit back and think about it, that could be huge."
Asia Pop Comic Con signs deal with Marvel
Oct 2015: Article discussing the development of the "world-wide comics craze" in the Middle Eastern market
"Mohammed Khammas: The young Emirati businessman who has signed a lucrative deal with Marvel to tap into the global comic craze
In a couple of months’ time, Abu Dhabi will host its own version of Comic Con.
Asia Pop Comic Con — Abu Dhabi, to give it its proper title, will be a three-day festival of popmania — anything that’s cinematic, or related to pop culture, licensing, and movie screening, comic books and cosplays.
Hosted by Universal Events, a subsidiary of Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG), it’s the type of large-scale event that could help to fill the void in the city’s annual calendar vacated by the film festival.
...“We have a tie-up with Marvel now where we will be developing across all of their movies and comic books, on a whole range of products. That was our first formal launch with Marvel, but we have more to come in the next few months,” he adds.
Khammas, still a couple of years shy of his 40th birthday, has been the driving force behind the group, which now has 30 diversified companies, spread across 20 countries, employing 9,000 people. Growth and diversification are bywords that describe how the group has grown under his leadership."
Full artricle at ArabianBusiness
Sony teaming with Marvel
Feb 2015: Marvel and Sony have worked out the kinks in their relationship and are planning a way to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel/Disney films, and to bring over some Marvel talent to help Sony to produce the next Spider-Man film (set for a 2017 release).
Nothing can stop the Juggernaut
By Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott
Disney - Marvel Insider Trading Case
"Scammell used the information that he learned from his girlfriend to acquire 659 call options to purchase Marvel stock for $5,465. He bought more than half of the options in his brother’s account. Scammell did not tell his girlfriend or his brother about the purchases of the Marvel call options. Marvel’s stock rose about +25% after the deal with Disney was announced on August 31, 2009, at which point Scammell immediately sold his options, realizing $192,000+ in profits."
Marvel in trouble in Russia?
July 18, 2014:
Businessweek article: Marvel accused of inciting ' Violence and cruelty'
"Russia’s media watchdog agency is investigating whether a forthcoming Russian-language version of the Avengers comic book series makes improper use of Soviet symbols and promotes “violence and cruelty,” according to a report this week in Izvestia. The newspaper said it obtained an advance copy of the series, set for release in August, that showed the Avengers battling foes wearing hammer-and-sickle insignia and describing themselves as Russian soldiers.
Izvestia quotes a spokesman for the watchdog agency as saying the investigation was requested by Rospechat, another government agency that oversees print media and mass communications. In its request, Rospechat described the Avengers series as targeting “middle-school aged children” and criticized its use of “Soviet symbols, the presentation of characters as Russian servicemen, and using propaganda to incite violence and cruelty,” the newspaper said."
The Three Marvel Movies now in Release
Captain America 2 - The Winter Soldier
Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men Days of Future Past
June 23, 2014
Even with only minimal support from Marvel itself (no toy tie-ins, no special promotions) X-Men Days of Future Past keeps pounding along, pushing past DC's Man of Steel to now reside in the position of #11 highest-earning superhero film of all time.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man 2 and Captain America 2 are petering out, particularly Captain America 2 which is now only adding a few hundred thousand per week to its $710 million world totals (making it #9 in the highest earning superhero sweepstakes.) With 80 days of release behind it, Steve Rogers is getting near the end of the line, but it is still 3 months until the film will break out into DVD / Bluray release (coming Sept 9, 2014).
There were predictions that Amazing Spider-Man 2 would stall out in the $600 million range, but here it is, #10 on the all-time list and still able to pull $1.5 million last week, with a total cume now of $702 million. With only 52 days in release, it still has a way to go before ending its run, but there doesn't appear to be any chance it will eclipse the first Amazing Spider-Man $752 million grand total earned in 2012.
Sean Howe's History of the Company
"Marvel Comics the Untold Story" coming
Though this book covers some of the intricacies of story-development and how characters have been fashioned (and refashioned) to fit the various eras which Marvel has lived through, one of the main themes of the book is the friendships and the fighting that has gone on in the 'bullpen' at Marvel. Just the section on Jim Shooter's governorship of Marvel is an eye-opener for how off the rails the creative people at Marvel could get (the animosities between Gerber, Englehart, etc.,and how this got injected into the plots and stories is fascinating).
A major part of the story, at least in the latter section of the book, is the legal troubles between Marvel and Stan Lee (who comes out of it with a $10 million dollar settlement plus an endless salary). But not so Jack Kirby (or his estate, Kirby died in 1994). The legal bills and maneuvers are part of the tale.
Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films
List Updated April 17, 2017
*Currently in release in movie theatres
- The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
- Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
- Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
- Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
- Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
- The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
- Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
- Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
- Spiderman (2002 Sony) $821.7 Million
- Spiderman 2 (2004 Sony) $783.8 Million
24. Logan (2017 Fox) $599,177,028 million
26. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017 Warners) $552,346,181 Worldwide
29. Kong: Skull Island (2017 Warners) - $479,628,833 Worldwide
52.Ghost in the Shell (2017 Paramount) - $152,123,283 million worldwide
53.Power Rangers (2017 Lionsgate) - $128,263,748 worldwide
See a complete list: The Top Earning Super Hero Movies
Avengers 2 - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby together again
Check out the IMDB record for Avengers 2:
Writers: Jack Kirby (comic book), Stan Lee (comic book)
Joss Whedon Writing and Directing Avengers 2
Scheduling for a 2015 release of the sequel to Marvel Studios billion dollar earner.
Joss Whedon was reported on Aug 8th to have signed a deal with Marvel Studios to make Avengers 2, and also to be in on some televsion work, too. i.e.,
"...live-action TV series involving Marvel characters."
Dave Lieberman at Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood has the whole story
Thor 2 Coming
Chris Hemsworth returns to fight Christopher Eccleston in the role of Malekith The Accursed for "Thor - The Dark World". Alan Taylor (of Game of Thrones) is directing.
Update Aug 6, 2012: Avengers has pulled $1,461,368,487 worldwide
"The Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman now in production
July 25, 2012: The Australia-based shooting is now in start-up for the planned 2013-release production. Actress Jessica Biel has dropped out of, leaving open the question of who will be taking on the role of Viper. Filming is happening primarily at studios in Sydney, Australia. Story at Deadline Hollywood.
Spider-Man and the magazines of America
Daredevil vs the Most Dangerous Man in the World
I suspect this is a product placement that would get people into a lot of trouble in totalitarian Iran. Daredevil gets some circumspection, though, via the auspices of the Barnes and Noble magazine rack. See enlargement of photo.
May 29, 2012: Experts in the movie business are looking at a potential $3.7 Billion in earnings off the Avengers film with tie-ins and home video. That is a big licensing check, Marvel.
The list of coming Marvel Studios films :
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
- Captain America 2 (2014)
- Ant-Man (2014)
- Deadpool (2014)
- The Incredible Hulk (2014)
- Thor 2 (2013)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- The Avengers 2 (2015)
Related pages Marvel Comics
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby The Wonder Years, TwoMorrows Publishing, 128 Pages amazon.com
Marvel Comics Encyclopedia - 400 Pages, amazon.com
Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book - 320 Pages. By Josh Raphael and Tom Spurgeon at amazon.com
Ronin Ro biography of Jack Kirby - 304 Pages at amazon.com
Kirby King of Comics by Mark Evanier, Neil Gaiman introduction amazon.com
Avengers Movie Setting Records
May 6, 2012: Avengers has set the biggest opening day numbers ever seen, if you don't count the final Harry Potter film (Deathly Hallows Part 2, which had a 7 film prequel trail to build toward the final). With Avengers, the "Superhero mash-up," Marvel (and Disney) has let Joss Whedon drive a cash train down the track and we won't know until next week a final tally on the numbers, but so far everything is so big and beyond expectations that there may be a few more surprises yet. If Nikki Finke's analysis catches on (that Avengers winning numbers are a reflection of the content being molded by actual comic book people and a cast that wanted to do the material); then there might be some interesting developments in future superhero films.
One certain element of Avenger's success (which will be even further cemented if Chris Nolan's 3rd Batman, "Dark Knight Rises" does as well as expected) is that the idea that audiences were getting weary of superheros after last years Green Lantern film crashed and burned with low numbers was simply incorrect.
(For context, the 1989 Tim Burton Batman made $43 million on its opening weekend, which at that time was the largest opening ever, further evidence of the appeal of comic book hero films over decades)
May 2, 2012: It is being reported that Marvel's AVENGERS film has already hit $268 USD million in receipts overseas, with the USA opening just a couple of days away.
Estimates are proposing a total take of $585 USA million by the time the American weekend opening is over.
The Triumph of 'Work for Hire'
July 2011: The Kirby Estate loses in the effort to claim (or reclaim, depending upon your view point) the character properties which Marvel Comics has owned and was sold to the Disney Company in 2009.
Marvel "dodges bullet" as Stan Lee Media suit fails in court once again
February 2011: Stan Lee himself long ago severed his relationship with the company he founded with his name on it, but because of conflicting problems over ownership of the Lee penned heroes at Marvel (X-Men, among others) the shareholders in SLM keep trying to find a way to get a finger on that lucrative stable of superhero properties. The latest legal gambit has been smacked down by District Judge Robert Sweet:
"A federal judge has dismissed a $1 billion lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment that claimed copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract when Stan Lee left the company that bares his name, Stan Lee Media Inc., for Marvel about a decade ago. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds and the judge slammed the plaintiffs for trying to circumvent prior legal rulings."
Full story is at the Hollywood Reporter
Jack Kirby Estate and Marvel Comics face off in new legal judgment
December 2010: Federal Judge Colleen MacMahon has made rulings which are speeding up the legal contest between the Kirby Estate and Marvel (and Disney) over copyright ownership of a whole list of Marvel comics characters. Hollywood Reporter Eriq Gardner summarizes:
"In sum, the judge has narrowed the case to its most crucial issue. Both sides disagree about Kirby's working environment in the 1950s and 1960s when he, along with Stan Lee, conceived many of Marvel's most popular characters. The judge will soon be tasked with looking at Kirby's work history and some of the loose contracts and oral agreements that guided his efforts in those years.
Finally, Disney will be a part of this lawsuit, whether it wants to or not.
Marvel, which was purchased by Disney for $4 billion late last year, had attempted to dismiss its new corporate parent from the proceedings, shielding it from liability. Marvel had argued that the termination notices were sent a few months prior to the Disney acquisition.
However, Judge McMahon rules that it's immaterial, that Disney is now in the position to exploit Marvel's assets -- including the rights that Marvel has to Kirby-created characters -- and that Kirby's claim for declaratory relief must include Disney as well."
Chief Executive Officers of Marvel Comics(Marvel Entertainment, etc.):
- Bruno Maglione, president of Marvel International November 2003
- Scott Sassa, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman October 1996
- Terry Stewart, president and Chief Operating Officer (COO), 1993
- Morton E. Handel, chairman of the board, October 1998
- Joseph Ahearn, October 1998 - November 24, 1998
- Eric Ellenbogen, November 24, 1998
- F. Peter Cuneo, July 1999 - December 2002
- Allen Lipson, December 2002
- (Current) Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter is an American businessman and financier. He has been the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Marvel Entertainment since January 1, 2005.
Forbes listed Perlmutter as one of the 400 richest Americans (at #250) with $1.65 billion. It was reported Perimutter benefitted greatly from the $4 billion sale of Marvel Comics to Disney in 2009.
Presidents of Marvel Comics
- Stan Lee, 1972-1973
- Al Landau, 1973-1977
- Jim Galton, 1975-1991
- Terry Stewart, 1993
- Bruce Stein, 1994
- Terry Stewart (and vice chairman), May 1995
- Jerry Calabrese, May 1995-Mid 1996 also October 1998-November 1998
- Scott C. Marden, (interim) Mid 1996-September 1996
- David Schreff, (Chief Operating Officer) September 1996
- Joseph Calamari, October 1998
- Eric Ellenbogan, November 1998 - July 1999
- Peter Cuneo, July 1999
- Bill Jemas, 2000
See a list of ALL MARVEL COMICS movies
- The Amazing Spider-Man Movie 2012
- The Amazing Spider-Man II Movie 2014
- Amazing Spider-Man II - "Yellow" Poster
- Spider-Man Comic Books
- Spider-Man III - 2007 Sam Raimi film
- Venom and Sinister Six Movies coming from Sony
- Amazing Spider-Man - Andrew Garfield Entertainment Weekly Cover
- The Amazing Spider-Man #86, July 1970, Black Widow
- The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19, Nov 1985, Mary Wilshire and John Romita cover
- Journey into Mystery #648, March 2013, Jeff Dekal artwork
- Amazing Fantasy #15, Aug 1962, Jack Kirby - First Spider-Man
- The Man Called Nova #12, Aug 1977, John Buscema Cover Spider-Man
- Spiderman the Stage Play
- Spiderman Reboot Magazine Rack
- Spiderman Street Art - Crack in the wall
- You two, fight to the Death! - Spiderman and DC Comics
- Spiderman 686 and DC Nation #1 together (Barnes and Noble mag rack photo)
- On the Racks: Spiderman reboot Geek vs Christian Bale Dark Knight Batman
- Spider-Man - Hamburger Protection Services (Photo)
- Spider Man Paternity
THE AVENGERS MOVIE CAST
Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans Steve Rogers / Captain America
Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Scarlett Johansson Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston - Loki
Clark Gregg - Agent Phil Coulson
Cobie Smulders Agent Maria Hill
Stellan Skarsgård - Professor Erik Selvig
Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Paul Bettany - Jarvis (voice)
Alexis Denisof - The Other
Tina Benko - NASA Scientist
Directed by Joss Whedon
Running Time - 143 minBLACK WIDOW (Scarlett Johansson) - Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) : Movie Poster (Thick) 24" x 36" Inches - Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Scarlett Johansson
iron Man 3 Succeeds across the board on bringing in the fans
May 3, 2013: Iron Man 3 now out, and making money. The $200 million dollar budget film has already flown past $345 million in foreign markets, and is looking at a opening weekend in the domestic markets with $174 million possible (Iron Man 2 rolled up $128 million domestic on it's release).
(November 2012) Updated Release schedule at Marvel Studios:
- Iron Man 3 - The movie is now a scheduled 3D release - coming May 3, 2013
- The Wolverine - July 26, 2013
- Thor 2 - The Dark World - November 8, 2013 (Oct in UK) - 3D release
- Captain America 2 - Winter Soldier - April 4, 2014
- X-Men: Days of Future, Past - July 18, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy - August 1, 2014
- The Avengers II - May 1, 2015
- Ant Man - November 6, 2014
Sept 2012 Release schedule at Marvel Studios:
- Iron Man 3 - May 3, 2013 (Temporary halt in production in August, because Robert Downey hurt his foot. Marvel: "While performing a stunt on the set of Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. sustained an injury to his foot. There will be a short delay in production while he recuperates."
- Thor 2 - November 8, 2013
- Captain America 2 - April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy - August 6, 2014
- The Avengers II - May 1, 2015
Where's Daredevil? The rights to the cinematic adventures of the character revert to Marvel in October. Director Joe Carnahan ("The Grey") was trying to get a Daredevil film made at 20th Century Fox, but the time limit on the contract rights about to expire, so it will be up to Marvel/Disney with what happens next, and with whom.
As per this daunting schedule, Deadline Hollywood bluntly puts it: "Disney continues to make the most out of its $4 billion acquisition of the Marvel superhero factory."
See a list of ALL MARVEL COMICS movies
Original Page 2012 | Updated April 2016