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A Brief History of Comic Book Movies by Wheeler Winston Dixon

By Wheeler Winston Dixon

A short historical past of comedian booklet Movies lines the meteoric upward thrust of the hybrid paintings kind of the comedian ebook movie. those movies hint their origins again to the early Nineteen Forties, whilst the 1st Batman and Superman serials have been made. The serials, and later tv indicates within the Fifties and 60s, have been for the main half designed for kids. yet at the present time, with the continued upward push of Comic-Con, they appear to be extra part of the mainstream than ever, attractive to adults in addition to more youthful lovers. This e-book examines comedian publication video clips from the prior and current, exploring how those movies formed American tradition from the post-World battle II period to the current day, and the way they tailored to the altering tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

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D. agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) were given more depth and screen time, while Tom Hiddleston’s love-tohate Loki returned as the villain who brought together the various “Easter eggs” and shared threads from the previous five films. New fans joined along with MCU diehards to make Avengers the highest grossing film of 2012 and the fourth highest grossing movie of all time, collecting $623 million domestically. This phenomenal success solidified Marvel Studios as a major Hollywood player to be respected and emulated.

In 2005, the feature film Fantastic Four, directed by Tim Story, proved their power extended into the modern age by earning more than $300 million at box offices worldwide. A predictable “origins” story, with a dash of variation from the original comic book version, Fantastic Four was a slapdash action-adventure film with a PG-13 rating. Bankrupt scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) seeks financial and personal redemption by harnessing the forces of a cosmic storm, bringing along astronaut buddy Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), ex-girlfriend Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), and her pilot brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) to industrialist Victor Von Doom’s (Julian McMahon) extra-terrestrial space station.

David Goyer was brought in to write the second attempt, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), keeping Cage as the Ghost Rider, but losing the original supporting cast and most of the mythology. 3 THE MARVEL UNIVERSE 39 Marvel was growing increasingly dissatisfied with the way its characters were presented on-screen in critical flops like Daredevil and Ghost Rider. Kevin Feige, responsible for the TV and film rights for Marvel, decided it was time for Marvel to handle production themselves, using an idea from early Marvel creators Jack Kirby, Stephen Ditko, and Stan Lee: create one narrative continuity among all Marvel titles.

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