The MARVEL Gods were shining upon San Diego Comic-Con last night, bringing forth so much goodness it could barely be contained. From the new Hasbro action figures featuring DOCTOR STRANGE and SPIDER-MAN to the first trailer for the Netflix Original Series, MARVEL's LUKE CAGE, it looked like a big night... but then it became a HUGE night. Also released were the first trailers for MARVEL's IRON FIST and MARVEL's THE DEFENDERS - a New York superhero team-up that features characters from all of the Netflix/MARVEL collaborations coming together as a team. Let's look at that one first - a teaser set to NIRVANA's "Come As You Are."
I'm completely digging this. With a soundtrack of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" setting the tone, the trailer for the Netflix Original Series, MARVEL's LUKE CAGE is here, and Mike Colter is busting bad guys (and abusing cars) in the process. Spun-off of MARVEL's JESSICA JONES and eventually followed by MARVEL's IRON FIST (he's in this trailer), the small-screen connection to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe continues to build. Check out the trailer below (not kid-friendly!), and look for all episodes to begin streaming exclusively on Netflix, September 30, 2016.
One of these days I will get to SDCC (likely when I have a personal project to promote again), but in the meantime my friends that are there keep sending me the latest news and official pictures to share with those of you, who like myself, are thousands of miles away. One of the most-anticipated reveals of today comes from the folks at Hasbro, who continue to expand their fantastic line of MARVEL Legends figures. While I've got fresh pics of the latest SPIDER-MAN assortment, of particular interest today is the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE assortment, which pairs both comic and movie-style figures into one collection. Here's your official look at the first-ever figures of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo!
Are you ready for the apocalypse? Specifically, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE -- the ninth installment of 20th Century Fox's long-running super hero franchise based on characters appearing in MARVEL Comics. With the film opening this weekend, there's going to be many viewing options depending on your theater preference, and for readers in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, one such option is one of my personal favorites: 4DX -- a truly immersive cinema experience that involves all of your senses. To celebrate the release, 4DX has teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and 20th Century Fox to get three (3) lucky readers hooked up with a fantastic X-MEN APOCALYPSE 4DX Prize Pack! We're going to do something a little bit different this time around, though... with one (1) reader winning right here through the website, and two (2) readers winning prize packs on my Facebook page. This should make things interesting!
In my recent travels, I discovered that I was a little behind on my PopTaters news... that my friends at PPW Toys had slipped out early details on some new characters to join their ever-growing assortment of pop culture-infused Mr. Potato Head dolls, each crafted under license from Hasbro. With the success of their MARVEL line, which recently added some new members of THE AVENGERS, PPW Toys is unleashing Black Panther (hot off CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), and the first-ever Benedict Cumberbatch PopTater: DOCTOR STRANGE! Ahead of the November 4 release of the next chapter in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, this strange addition to the PopTaters collection will hit retail in August. Check it out below, and pre-order now through Entertainment Earth!
It's a bummer that seemingly came out of nowhere this afternoon, the news that Disney is exiting the video games publishing business and shutting down Disney Infinity following the upcoming release of figures from ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and FINDING DORY. Shocking as it may seem, I can't say I'm terribly surprised, as the hints of a crash have been coming - the "toys-to-life" gaming category having already peaked, its shelf life already dwindling. We've seen this before, with trends like music gaming dominating retail aisles with massive interactive displays and an ever-growing array of hardware, games and accessories. Eventually, consumer overload takes place, retailers get tired, and interest eventually plummets no matter how good the latest game in the series is. The biggest problem with games and toys and merchandising in general is pretty simple: there's just too much stuff available. We'll swing back to that in a minute, though...