The Message Behind Ant-Man’s Box Office

What’s more troubling is that “Ant-Man” shows that even with the strongest brand in comicbook movies behind it, audiences won’t show up to see just any costumed vigilante. Marvel may have felt emboldened by the success of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which took marginal figures and fashioned them into film stars, but James Gunn’s pop culture-infused direction helped elevate that material. There simply wasn’t enough to distinguish “Ant-Man” from the onslaught of origin stories and superhero films.

Standing out from the pack will only get harder. In the coming years, Marvel is delving deeper into the comicbook archive, backing movies based on more obscure heroes like Black Panther and Doctor Strange.

At the same time, the studios it licenses its characters to, such as Fox and Sony, plan to raid the recesses of the X-Men and Spider-Man universes to produce movies based on niche figures like Deadpool and Venom. That’s to say nothing of DC Comics, which is about to embark on its own ambitious cavalcade of superhero movies with the 2016 releases of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.” All these movies will beget an endless array of spinoffs, prequels and crossover films, testing enthusiasm for the genre. It’s a slate that has the Comic-Con crowd in a state of euphoria, but the rest of the public, not versed in the fruits of Stan Lee’s off-days, may need convincing.

via ‘Ant-Man’ Box Office: Marvel’s Power and Limitations | Variety.

Why Don Rosa Is One Of Comics’ Greatest Living Creators

Despite having no formal training as an artist other than a degree in civil engineering, Rosa’s pages are beautiful and detailed, with his characters possessing a slapstick weight to them that makes every single gag land beautifully, coupled with an incredible knack for building amazing story premises that deliver as the foundation for both comedy and adventure. He also has an impressive knack for character work, especially in stories that are nominally meant to always return their characters to the status quo by the end of each adventure. They’re always instantly and engagingly defined, and in the case of Life and Times, seeing Scrooge’s fall from the hope and optimism of youth to this adulthood as a bitter, jaded industrialist before ultimately ending up as an isolated, lonely recluse is one of the best character pieces I’ve ever read.

Don’t worry, though: The story ends with Scrooge meeting Donald and the Nephews just in time for his first appearance — taking him right back to that same status quo that fans already know and love.

via Why Don Rosa Is One Of Comics’ Greatest Living Creators.

Marvel Comic-Movie Synergy: It’s (Not) All Good (from Comic Book Resources)

Right now, it feels like Marvel is trying to have it both ways, trying to cater to new fans by remaking the MU in the MCU’s image, which means they’re also trying to cater to Disney — the massive entity that purchased the company because of it’s character library and has seen great success with it on the big screen. It’s also catering to hardcore comic book fans by publishing some of the most artistically inventive superhero comics on the shelves today. This is the company that gave us a nearly all LGBT team in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s “Young Avengers.” This is the company that let Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu do “Hawkeye” on their own terms. Marvel Comics gave Dan Slott and Mike Allred “Silver Surfer” and said “Go nuts!” This is why these efforts to shoehorn elements from the films into the comics feel disheartening.

via Marvel and the Danger of Synergy – Comic Book Resources.

Travel Theme — Disney Merchandise

I haven’t done a Travel Theme post in a while, but when I saw this week’s challenge, I knew what I wanted to do:

Show off the stuff I bought off of DisneyStore.com and Disney Movie Rewards. 🙂

My first Disneystore.com purchase: Ay! Jent! PEEEEEEEE! ^_^
My first Disneystore.com purchase: Ay! Jent! PEEEEEEEE! ^_^
My Kermit plushie.
My Kermit plushie.
My Constantine plushie.
My Constantine plushie.
I redeemed some of my Disney Movie Rewards points for this Funko Pop! Star-Lord Bobbler.
I redeemed some of my Disney Movie Rewards points for this Funko Pop! Star-Lord Bobbler.
Star-Lord unboxed.
Star-Lord unboxed.

D23 EXPO, Sept. 10-13

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Offer a Glimpse ‘Behind the Magic’ at Disney’s D23 EXPO, Sept. 10-13:


“BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ — What will Disney’s theme parks and resorts look like in the future? Fans will learn the answer to that question and many more as they take a ‘behind-the-magic’ tour of their favorite Disney destinations at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13.

“Through a series of stunning displays and not-to-be-missed presentations, D23 EXPO attendees will explore the rich legacy and future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – a story that began in 1955 with Disneyland and has since grown to include 11 theme parks at five vacation destinations around the globe, as well as new immersive vacation experiences including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo will share some behind-the-magic details as he pulls back the curtain on several new projects – including the 12-acre Cars Land that’s set to open at Disney’s California Adventure in 2012.”


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New Attractions at Disneyland This Summer

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Video: Disneyland Resort Celebrates Summer Nightastic! With New Shows, Surprises in the Night Sky and Valuable Offers:

“Nighttime entertainment, always an exciting part of summer at Disneyland Resort, appears in a whole new light – bigger, bolder and brighter – during Summer Nightastic! Dumbo makes his debut in the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in the ‘Magical’ fireworks spectacular and Tinker Bell leads the way in ‘Disney’s Electrical Parade.’ New creatures will thrill guests in this summer’s ‘Fantasmic!’ show, rockin’ bands and DJs heat up a great new dance club in Tomorrowland and the fairies of Pixie Hollow play under the lights for the first time. Later this summer, a new, 40-foot-tall dragon will breathe fire across the Rivers of America in ‘Fantasmic!'”

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The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience to have special one week only engagement in select IMAX(R) 3D theatres February 27, 2009

The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience to have special one week only engagement in select IMAX(R) 3D theatres February 27, 2009:


“LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – February 5 , 2009 – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that the highly anticipated The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, directed by Bruce Hendricks (Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour), will be released for a one week engagement in select IMAX(R) 3D theatres, simultaneously with the film’s wide release in 3D on February 27, 2009. The IMAX(R) 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.”

— from PRNewswire

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From the Silver Screen to Disneyland Resort: ‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Films Inspire New Attractions & Entertainment During Disney’s Year of a Million Dreams Celebration

From the Silver Screen to Disneyland Resort: ‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Films Inspire New Attractions & Entertainment During Disney’s Year of a Million Dreams Celebration

The Walt Disney Studios Teams Up With Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studios, India’s Premier Studio, to Create Computer-Animated Feature Films

The Walt Disney Studios Teams Up With Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studios, India’s Premier Studio, to Create Computer-Animated Feature Films:

“Collaboration Marks First Time Both Companies Enter In A Co-Production To Produce Films In India”