Sunday, June 01, 2014

THE WEEKLY CRUNCH: Marvel Sulk Could Halt The Fantastic Four, Daredevil's Cox And The Ghost In The Shell Live Action (NSFW)

Fantastic Four by DeviantART's Jimbo02Salgado
CRUNCH: Coca-Cola is to pull all additional flavours from its range, on the proviso that Marvel once published Shadowcat under the name 'Sprite'. Sure, that's ridiculous, but a memo from Marvel/ Disney has been leaked, where some buttmunch states The Watcher, Skrulls, The Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, Galactus and The Silver Surfer are "off-limits" to artists, with the FF comic set to go on hiatus, in order to damage Fox's Fantastic Four movie plans.

Thankfully, on Tumblr, Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort stated, "My denying rumors isn't likely to keep anybody who’s prone to paranoia from panicking. But really, does this even seem remotely plausible to people? Does it make any sense? Folks have a very strange idea as to the way a business is run." Otherwise the notion would give rise to the notion Marvel doesn't return calls at 9am and 3pm is because Mary Poppins has flown in, and it's time for a communal management nappy change. 

You can't pause The Fantastic Four - it is the dawn of the new Marvel. No other title outside Amazing Spider-Man is as important. Pausing to hurt sales of an audience that largely doesn't even know the title publishes in favour of The Avengers, is like DC just promoting Batman. Ohh wait... they do. And look where that's got them.

CRUNCH: If the above indicates what's more important, the modern movie or the basis comic that's been around for decades, I guess we'll start seeing Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil get a massive marketing push too? Especially now Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox has signed on to play The Man Without Fear for Marvel's upcoming live action Daredevil series on Netflix? Magic 8-balls unitedly say 'watch this space'.

CRUNCH: One of the biggest manga influences in the world, especially for movies like The Matrix, is Masaume Shirow‘s cyberpunk Ghost In The Shell. Now Mamoru Oshii‘s anime adaptation is getting an amazingly faithful fan-recreation from 'Project 2501' which might just outdo the American movie being made out of the project at Dreamworks.

Check out the behind the scenes teaser below - but be careful - nudity is as faithfully adapted as everything else is, so watch who's watchin'!


  1. SO upset and Goddamn F*****g A?NGRY about this dreadful news. I cannot believe that Marvel is even considering cancelling the FF.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something has to be done about this, something.
    It wouldn't surprise me in the least if ithis os all a blind in order to pave the way for a new FF comic featuring the movie cast [a black Human Torch, etc] when the film comes out. I mean we now have a black Nick Fury which is accepted as the standard [ I still have no idea where the white one went!].
    Really, this is BAD news all round. Without then FF I shall no longer be collecting anything Marvel, no point.

  2. Hey Karl, completely agree. if it does turn out to be true, I don't think I would collect Marvel any more as it would highlight, like their Distinguished Competition did with their '52', that the publishing arm isn't important and just secondary to the licensing generators and franchises that movies can create.

    I don't think they'll bring in a new cast to the FF, to be more like Fox, when this sounds more to hurt Fox's movie than help it, but yeah, if true it really pokes holes in the dam that Marvel is The House of Ideas any more.

    There is the notion that they are going to do to the FF what Avengers Disassembled did to The Avengers. Split the core into other books - expose them to other audiences and then reunite them for hopefully better sales, but that concept is a little harder to pull off when the team is a family, in both terms of reason and justification.

    Guess we'll see.

    Meanwhile, I hear Simonson's Ragnarok at IDW will be pretty cool.