Thursday Trending Topics: Marvel NOW! News

In a trend that’s sure to continue over the next week — and in the months to come — a few new tidbits about Marvel NOW! loomed large in the day’s news cycle.  With lots of buildup to happen between now and October, and weekly launches thereafter for five months, Marvel NOW! news should be a regular trending topic here for quite awhile, just as New 52 was a year ago.

Most-Read Comic Stories Today:

Marvel NOW!: New Avengers #1 By Jonathan Hickman And Steve Epting For January 

As well as Jonathan Hickman writing the Avengers Marvel NOW! Relaunch, he will also be writing New Avengers, with Steve Epting on art, with #1 on sale from January 2013.

Black Lightning Or Black Lightening?

Tony Isabella has always maintained that the creation of Black Lightning for DC Comics was intended as a publishing partnership, with Isabella receiving a greater creator royalty for the use of the character, with an increased amount for extra-media use. But for that reason, it seems that DC Comics went out of their way not to use the character in other media, to the extent that the character was renamed and redesigned as Black Vulcan for the Superfriends cartoon even if the character and his powers remained unchanged.

Marvel NOW!: Scarlet Witch Fights Alongside Rogue In Uncanny Avengers #1 

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (who are still claiming an exclusive on revealing the existence of Marvel NOW, the bastards) is the cover to Uncanny Avengers #1 by John Cassaday, showing the team, at least initially, of Wolverine, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Rogue and Havok.

Most-Read TV/Film Stories Today:

Sony Specify Their New Spider-Man Trilogy Game Plan 

It’s obvious from watching The Amazing Spider-Man that the film doesn’t quite work as a standalone piece at every turn. Indeed, I feel the last act, particularly the closing scenes, offer a lot of dangling threads that could perhaps have been tidied up nicely.

Amazing Spider-Man Concept Art For The Lizard And Scary Spider-Man That We Never Got 

It seems that early designs for The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man were based upon Chris Cooper. It seems fairly likely, then, that he was attached to the role at some point, or at least on the Want! list.

Elysium Image – A Gun So Big It Has To Hold On To Matt Damon As Much As He Holds On To It 

Very little is known about the film’s plot so far, though we did have a little blurb recently, and there’s almost certainly going to be some footage unveiled at Comic Con next week. I don’t know about you but I’m rooting for a more “classical”, less “seasicky” style than District 9.

 

Look For Adam Warlock To Appear In The Guardians Of The Galaxy Cartoon

Roller

Television Without Pity’s Pamela Ribon And Veronica Fish Bring Roller Derby To BOOM!

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer Is Incredibly Guy Ritchie

Marvel Announces Secret Wars, The TV Show, With Ms Marvel, Captain Marvel, Black Panther And Jane Foster Thor

The Black Panther Featurette Chadwick Boseman Showed At SDCC

Kong

Kong: Skull Island Trailer Pushes The Eigth Wonder Of The World

Jim Lee Announces That Wildstorm Will Rejoin DC Rebirth – But You’ll Have To Wait To NYCC

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[Update] Suicide Squad Gets A New Trailer Where You Can See The Main The Villain

Making The Killing Joke Canon Again – The DC Rebirth: Batman Panel At San Diego Comic-Con

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Justice League Gets A Surprise Trailer During The Warner Brothers Panel (And It Is Funny!) – Watch It Here