– Jamie Foxx has continued to dish out some details about his upcoming role as Matt Dillon/Electro in “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2” by director Marc Webb in summer 2014. This incarnation – the first in film for the long time Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creation – is more of a company scientist whose work is ignored who apparently forms some working relationship with Spider-Man that goes wrong. In describing the costume designs, Foxx dismisses the green and yellow outfit and describes something which “bolts and stuff” on the arms with “liquid rubber” and that the suit would probably be colored black. While that would be different for the mainstream Electro, the incarnation of the character in the 2000 era ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN wore a black body suit, so it isn’t unheard of. To date there are no rumors of a secondary villain, which is wise; stick to one foil per film and avoid the tradition of Batman cinema.
– The lead up to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 on sale next week after Christmas has taken more extreme turns. The issue – or at least the ending – was apparently digitally leaked online, leading editor in chief Axel Alonso to swear that Marvel will “investigate this matter”. The pressure on Dan Slott has gotten to the point where he has gotten numerous death threats on social media forums. While Slott has joked that he’d have to “hide in a bunker” once ASM #700 debuted and at October’s NEW YORK COMIC ON he quipped about having gotten “his first death threat from the Philippines” during a signing I attended, the situation has gotten intense enough that he intends to forward all such threats to the proper authorities. While passion for comic book characters is part of the biz, there has always been a small section of “fandom” which goes to extremes. Stephen King’s “MISERY” covered such fanatics and one can imagine they existed since fiction has existed. Social media has seemed to foster more of this, so it is a fair step. Expect a review of the landmark comic in this column soon!
– The next cartoon series coming from the new Jeph Loeb era of Marvel TV will be “HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H.”, which will hit Disney XD next year. It was known that it would feature the Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, Skaar, and A-Bomb; however, a free comic book day offering also features Devil Dinosaur. Considering Loeb’s “ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN” production caters to every lowest common denominator assumed of children, few should be surprised if a dinosaur really is part of the cast on this.
– Hugh Jackman has been confirmed as reprising the role of Wolverine for “X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” to be directed by Bryan Singer and released by Fox in July 2014. He rejoins a cast mixed of actors from the previous X-Men films as well as the stars of “X-MEN: FIRST CLASS”. Jackman is currently producing and starring in “THE WOLVERINE” for Fox, and this would mark the sixth film in which Jackman played Wolverine.
– Newsarama had a telephone conference with Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, the creative team behind February’s NOVA #1. Naturally, the series features the newest Nova, Sam Washington, who debuted in 2011’s MARVEL POINT ONE #1 and had a cameo role in this summer’s AVX event. Imitating similar “tactics” to Red Hulk, after over a year Loeb will get around to telling Washington’s origin while claiming it was planned all along and not made up as he went along. He notes that he will be an “everyday teenager” and there will be additional Nova Corps characters as well as guest appearances from other characters such as Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. Washington will naturally seek to escape the shadow of the original Nova, Richard Rider, and be joining the Avengers. Picking up on the new meme of featuring characters outside New York, Sam will be based in Arizona and battle large scale galactic threats. Given that “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” and “AVENGERS 2” will feature galactic themes, expect more along that front for Marvel in the near future.