Networks Pass on ‘Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ TV Shows, but ‘Hulk’ Still in Play

You might think, after successfully reinventing the superhero movie genre with a series that has just hit a high point with the multiple-record-breaking The Avengers movie, that television networks would be eager for a piece of the Marvel superhero pie. Turns out, you’d be partially wrong: Of the most recent flurry of Marvel properties vying for live action television adaptations, currently only one is showing much strength. But then, we already knew that Hulk is the strongest of them all.

During a conversation with reporters ahead of the official upfront presentation to advertisers, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee revealed that, while the network was still developing a Hulk TV series with Marvel TV and Guillermo Del Toro, the network had passed on a series based on Brian Michael Bendis’ cult favorite detective series Alias. Telling reporters that, despite the latter show stalling, he’d like to “see some Marvel projects come to television,” Lee confirmed that Hulk is still a go, if a somewhat delayed one. “It wasn’t going to be ready this season but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season,” he explained.

AKA Jessica Jones — renamed from Alias to avoid confusion with the ABC series starring Jennifer Garner — had been in the works since December 2010, with Twilight and Dexter veteran Melissa Rosenberg producing and writing the pilot script. Hulk has been in preparation a couple of months longer, with Del Toro and Battlestar Galactica‘s David Eick in place as executive producers. According to Del Toro, despite the character’s prominence in Avengers, the television series would take place in a different continuity – something that may ultimately doom the project if Disney decides to move ahead with a full-scale movie spin-off for the character from the hit Joss Whedon flick.

While ABC is keeping the familial synergy alive (The network, like Marvel, is owned by Walt Disney Co.), Fox seems to be closing the door on its partnership with Marvel TV with the news that its potential Punisher television series – co-created with Criminal Minds‘ Ed Bernero – has also met an untimely end with the network not picking up the pilot. Unlike the promising AKA Jessica Jones, however, this one might be considered a mercy killing; according to sources, the series would have recast Frank Castle as an NYPD cop who went after those who slipped through the fingers of the system by himself after clocking out every night. Somehow, I don’t think that would’ve really appealed to fans of the merciless, messed-up character as written by Greg Rucka, Garth Ennis or Jason Aaron…

[Via THR, The Wrap]


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What Could Have Been … ‘The Avengers’ Movie Poster Remix: The Goofiest Costumes

In the afterglow of The Avengers movie’s prosperous opening weekend, it’s easy to picture the team in their movieverse attire — especially since it’s inspired by the most recognizable components of their comic book costumes. Not every outfit donned by Earth’s Mightiest heroes fits into that design equation, however… in fact, some of their costumes from over the decades might be outright unrecognizable to casual moviegoers. In the spirit of celebrating some of the team’s endearingly goofiest comic book looks, we had Chris Haley (Let’s Be Friends Again, Captain American Idol) and colorist Daniel Butler cook up this alternate version of The Avengers poster featuring the Hulk’s Mr. Fixit look, Hawkeye’s circus duds, Iron Man’s skirt-enriched oldschool armor, Captain America and Thor’s overtly ’90s costumes, Black Widow’s flashy caped costume and, well… David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury. Celebrate the awesomeness after the cut.

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New ‘The Avengers’ TV Spot ….

Let the summer ad campaign madness begin, with this new TV Spot for ‘The Avengers,’ which premiers on May 4, 2012.  I have faith that director Joss Whedon will give us an exciting action-adventure story that won’t disappoint.  What superhero based movie are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?

-Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.


Halloween Comes Early With New ‘Avengers’ and ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Movie Costume Images

It may feel a little early to start thinking about Halloween, but considering the recent release of new footage from The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man movies, the timing of Costume Craze’s recent blog posts revealing the film’s licensed costumes should suit fans just fine. The Avengers line consists of updated costumes for characters that got previous costumes based on The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, joined by first timers at the licensed costume corral, Hawkeye and Nick Fury. Spidey’s Amazing suit is also brand new, and sports its signature texture, plus mechanical web-shooters (but no silver slippers). The costumes and accessories aren’t available for pre-order just yet, so there’s no pricing info. If you’ve shelled out for a licensed superhero costume before, though, I imagine you’ve got an idea of how much to budget come October. See what you think of the upcoming Avengers and Amazing Spider-Man movie Halloween costumes after the cut.

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The Amazing Spider-Man


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The New ‘The Avengers’ Movie Toys From Hasbro…..

The Avengers movie action figures of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki got some new press photos today following Marvel’s toy-centrice liveblog with Hasbro today. The press photos of the 3.75″ figures follow a few initial reveals during San Diego Comic-Con International over the past summer and at New York City Comic Con in October. During the liveblog, Hasbro promised more familiar figures would pop up in the line, including a few comic book versions of characters ala the comic sublines that accompanied their Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The First Avenger series. Fans can also count on an assortment of as-yet-unnamed vehicles, exclusives and possibly variants. One bummer, however, is that an Agent Coulson figure sadly won’t be a part of the 2012 Avengers movie toy line (NOOOoooooooooo!!!!!). There’s always next year, though. Check out the new Avengers movie action figure images after the jump.

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Hulk Smashes The New York Comic Con (Oh and The Avengers Also)….

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Marvel’s Incredible Hulk panel gave fans a look into the Jade Giant and his extended family’s smashing schedule for the coming year yesterday at New York Comic Con. In addition to the Hulk’s upcoming battle against Banner, Red Hulk’s Arabian adventures and Red She-Hulk’s team up with The Defenders, the panel announced a new title called Hulk Smash Avengers, a weekly five-issue series running through the month of February. Senior Vice President of Creative and Creator Development CB Cebulski, Editor Bill Roseman, Editor Jacob Thomas, Director of Communications Arune Singh and new Incredible Hulk writer Jason Aaron gave fans the lowdown on what’s in store for the strongest heroes there are while select fans were brought on stage to preview Incredible Hulk #1. Absent was Senior Editor Marc Paniccia, as he and his wife spent the weekend welcoming their new child to the world, but he made time to text Cebulski, “Tell everyone thanks for the support and keep on Hulking.” Hit the jump for the full rundown of the panel.

The panel began with Singh praising Aaron and artist Marc Silvestri’s upcoming run on Incredible Hulk for essentially converting him from a fair-weather Hulk fan into a true believer. “I have a hard time believing anyone half skeptical will come to this issue and leave unhappy. It’s awesome stuff. It’s an amazing book,” said Singh.

Aaron acknowledged that this wasn’t the first time the Hulk and Banner had split, but it was certainly the first time fans will see them come to blows in the way he has planned. “With Hulk I just wanted to focus in on that Hulk/Banner dynamic and do a twist on that,” said Aaron. “In some ways what I wanted to do was flip the idea that Banner was this sweet little super smart scientist that has this burden he must bear,” said Aaron, “The way he sees it, Banner is his burden, Banner is the guy who’s kept him back.” Though the Hulk has finally found peace, it’s Banner that pulls him into a conflict, said Aaron adding, “Plus there are weird monsters and things to punch in the face.”

The roughly half a dozen fans selected to read the first issue of Incredible Hulk on stage next to Aaron told the crowd that they enjoyed reading the first issue and characterized it as a good jumping-on point for new readers.

Perhaps the biggest announcement of the panel was the Hulk Smash Avengers title. The five-issue weekly miniseries will run every week through February, with each issue by a separate creative team focusing on a specific era of Hulk/Avengers history (although the modern Marvel Universe is still loosely only about 12 years old). All five covers will be illustrated by Lee Weeks.

Issue #1 will take place in the “Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby]” era of the ’60s with writer Tom Defalco, artist Ron Frenz and inker Sal Buscema pitting the Hulk against Captain America and the rest of the early team in a story that fits between The Avengers vol. 1 issues #7 and #14.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Max Fiumara will team for the second issue will take place in Marvel’s ’70s era, right before the events of The Avengers vol. 1 #84-97.

Hulk will face one of the Avengers’ ’80s lineups, including Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau in issue #3 by writer Roger Stern and artist Carl Moline.

Jim McCann and an as-yet-unannounced artist will match Hulk against the West Coast Avengers in a ’90s-style story set before the events of WCA #5 in HSA #4.

Lastly, Red Hulk will fight the Mighty Avengers in a story set in relatively recent times in a story by Fred Van Lente with art by Powers‘ Michael Avon Oeming.

Singh emphasized that Marvel’s many hulks would have a strong presence on team books in the coming months, with Red She-Hulk on The Defenders by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson starting in December. The panel also characterized the team’s foe as something of a “Black Hulk” character, although the name isn’t official. A version of the original Hulk will also star alongside the rest of the Avengers movie team lineup Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s upcoming Avengers Assemble title, though it’s unclear whether or not this Hulk will still be separated from Banner.

Check out art from several upcoming Hulk Books below:

Hulk Smash Avengers #1

Hulk Smash Avengers #2

Hulk Smash Avengers #3 (Inks)

Hulk #47


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If You Havent Seen It Yet, Here is THE “OFFICIAL” AVENGERS Trailer!!!

Well, here it is: The first official trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers has arrived online, and if you’ve seen any of the set videos or previously-released still images, then you’ve already got a sense of where this one is heading. The trailer teases a little bit of everything — from the explosive New York-set action centerpiece, which involves superheroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) battling something fierce on the streets of Manhattan, to all the quirky chit-chatter that we’d expect to see once you put all these giant egos in a room together — this thing looks like it will deliver on all cylinders. And hey, now Captain America has a machine gun. The only bummer we spot is no Incredible Hulk just yet. Marvel looks to be saving that money shot for a little later on.

Check it out below (or in HD over at Apple) and let us know what you think. More footage is expected to premiere this weekend at New York Comic-Con, but until then feast your eyes on a piece of the film you Marvel geeks have been anticipating for a long time.


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