Marvel Studios Drops Mega Teaser For Upcoming Films

Scarlett Johannsen
Scarlett Johannsen
Scarlett Johansson as ‘Black Widow’

Marvel Studios wants to remind folks that while the pandemic set their release schedule for super-hero flicks back a bit, they plan to drop several new cinematic adventures soon.

From GMA:

A title card reads, “We go to escape, to get lost in a story, to feel connected, to share moments we will remember forever” before the Marvel montage shows an opening night movie audience going bonkers during the climactic final battle from 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” to prove the point.

The video then switches to Marvel Studios’ opening fanfare and snippets of its pandemic-delayed releases — “Black Widow,” opening July 9, and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” opening Sept. 3 — and then to a never-before-seen peek of “Eternals,” opening Nov. 5, from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao.

The fast-paced video teaser also shares these release dates further in the future:

• “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on Dec. 17
• “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” on March 25, 2022
• “Thor: Love and Thunder” on May 6, 2022
• “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on July 8, 2022
• “The Marvels” on Nov. 11, 2022
• “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” on Feb. 17, 2023
• “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” on May 5, 2023

Marvel Comics Announces Gay Captain America In Time For Pride Month

Out teenager Aaron Fischer as Captain America
Out teenager Aaron Fischer as Captain America

Marvel Comics has announced plans to introduce a gay Captain America this summer as part of a limited-series honoring the 80th anniversary of the star-spangled super-hero.

The 5-part series will be titled The United States of Captain America and will feature the original Cap along with Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker – who have all taken on the Captain America persona in the past.

According to a press release, the foursome will travel the country in search of Captain America’s shield which has been stolen. Along the way, they’ll encounter local heroes, all from different walks of life, who become Captains America for their communities.

In the first issue, which will debut June 2 in honor of Pride Month, readers are introduced to teenager Aaron Fischer, the Captain America of the Railways, who is gay. He is described as “a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused.”

Concept design for Aaron Fischer, Captain America of the Railways
Concept design for Aaron Fischer, Captain America of the Railways

“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” says Joshua Trujillo, who wrote the issue. “He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”

Artist Jan Bazaldua was given the job to bring the young Aaron to life on the page.

“I want to thank Editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” Bazaldua said in a statement. “I really enjoyed designing him, and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society.”

“While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day,” added Bazaldua. “I hope people like the end result!”


Tweet Of The Day

Sometimes, the Twitters can do awesome things. 🙂

For those of you who haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, avert your eyes…

Twitter user John Grosjean remixed Captain America lifting Thor’s hammer during the penultimate fight sequence with the 1986 song “The Touch” (from the Transformer movie) and it’s quite the perfect pairing.

Iceman & Pyro Mix Fire And Ice In New “X-Men: Gold” Comic Book

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Growing up, I was truly a super-hero comic book fanatic. They were my escape.

Little did I know the allegories being taught and the messages being sent by heroic figures in those pages and pages of fantasy.

Fast forward to today, where a member of the X-Men, Bobby Drake (“Iceman”) is now openly gay and in a new issue, has a one-night stand with fire-powered super-mutant Simon Lasker, also known as “Pyro.”

I guess opposites really do attract.

In X-Men: Gold #32, Pyro is revealed exiting the bathroom announcing that the shower is free before adding, “Or, I could go back in if you want company.”

Drake hems and haws as he tries to tell Pyro, “I thought we agreed last night was a onetime thing.”

Pyro offers a cheeky, “Actually, if I’m counting right, last night was a three-time thing…”

Unfortunately, the super-heroes are then interrupted by a noise.

Iceman formally came out in 2015, during a time-travel episode that took him to the future to meet his older self.

In that story line, its the newly-out younger Bobby Drake that addresses the issue with his future, still-closeted self.

I know, I know, that time travel thing gets complicated.

In any case, here’s hoping Iceman works things out for something more permanent with Pryo.

Time will tell.

Issue No. 32 of X-Men: Gold hits stands July 18.

Like other comic book fans, several Twitter users were shook by the development:

News Round-Up: November 19, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk of the day: Alfred Liebl

• Authorities in Turkey have declared a ban on all LGBT cultural events in the capital of Ankara until further notice to “maintain public order”.

• For the comic book geeks (like me): Justice League had a disappointing showing at the box office as the super-hero flick only grossed $96 million domestically in its opening weekend. Compare that to rival Marvel Studios The Avengers which debuted in 2012 raking in a then-record $204.7 million domestically. Justice League earned $185.5 million from 65 markets internationally.

• Anti-LGBT groups continue to stand by embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite the heinous allegations of sexual misconduct with teens.

• A British woman who attempted to renege on her agreement to serve as a surrogate mother for a gay couple, wanting to keep the now-18-month-old child, has lost in court. The mother had no biological connection to the child — both men donated sperm paired with an egg from a Spanish donor.

• How about one more from photographer/model Alfred Liebl?

The Flash Reveals “Kid Flash”

Pardon me as I geek out a bit 🙂

The CW’s The Flash has shared a sneak peek at Keiynan Lonsdale, the show’s upcoming new hero, “Kid Flash.” Lonsdale makes his first appearance in costume during tonight’s Season 3 premiere.

From EW:

The sneak peek comes on the heels of Grant Gustin revealing that The Flash will be adapting the famed Flashpoint comic book storyline, in which Barry Allen finds himself in an alternate timeline where his mother is no longer dead, and most of the world’s heroes are more like villains these days: Aquaman is at war with Wonder Woman; Batman is Thomas Wayne, not Bruce Wayne; and Captain Cold is actually a Central City hero named Citizen Cold.

It’s unclear if Wally’s new powers come as a result of being affected by the second particle accelerator explosion — in which Barry tried to get his powers back — or if this Kid Flash exists purely in the Flashpoint storyline. It’s likely the former since the show has invested in creating this costume, so Wally should be going full Kid Flash this season — maybe even as a result of Barry’s absence. Now the question remains whether Jesse Quick was also affected and obtained powers.

The Flash returns Tuesday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.


Comic book fans have no problem with many of their favorite heroes being gay. But when their stories get translated to the silver screen, their sexuality gets a make-over. Why exactly is that?

This trailer calls for studios such as Marvel and DC to include diverse characters in their films and give LGBT kids a hero they can look up to.

Via press release:

Why are LGBT Superheroes missing or desexualised in hollywood blockbusters?

Iceman, Mystique, Catwoman and many other well known superheroes are written as LGBT in the comic books, only to then appear as straight when they hit the big screen.

Launching in partnership with MCM Comic Con today and following #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend trending last week, this trailer gives fans the first opportunity to see LGBT superheroes accurately brought to life.

“This project has been been completed created by volunteers,” said Director Mike Buonaiuto. “We hope that we can demonstrate to the studios that there is a huge audience for accurate LGBT portrayal on the big screen, and it won’t deter cinema­goers to buy tickets.”

New Trailer: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Excuse me while I geek out a bit.


Clip description:

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

In Theaters – May 27, 2016

CW’s “The Flash” Will Make Cross-Over Appearance On CBS’s “Supergirl”

I don’t know if it’s the idea that we can find more inside us than we suspect, or just the fantasy of all the special abilities we see across the many comic book universes, but comic book super heroes have held my attention as long as I can remember.

I watched every season of Smallville, and I’m completely up-to-date on Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.

When these characters are brought to life on TV well, when they bring a humanity to characters who were in the past only two dimensional, it still gets my engine revved up.

News comes to day that The CW’s The Flash character will be making an appearance on the March 28th episode of CBS’s new show Supergirl. I think it helps that, while on competing networks, the shows share the same executive producers.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Details on the episode are being kept under wraps. There’s also no word yet on whether Melissa Benoist will return the favor and appear on The Flash. However, here’s why this crossover is important: If Barry Allen can make his way to National City, that means so too can Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in the future.

Though the Emerald Archer is missing from this initial outing, having The Flash first crossover with Supergirl seems a little more plausible considering they’re both metahuman and superhero-heavy shows. But since Barry Allen lives in a neighboring town to Oliver Queen, that means that Kara Danvers (Benoist) hails from the same universe. Therefore, the possibility for a future crossover with Arrow isn’t improbable — it’s just not happening right now.

“We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl —The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up!” said The Flash and Supergirl executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg.