whatdoesthebatsay  asked:

I've never been a huge Marvel fan outside of their cinematic universes, but I feel like I need to expand my horizons. Any recommendations on books or arcs that are absolutely required reading for the Marvel universe?

Tough one - there’s lots of great Marvel comics, but few I’d consider, like, Absolute Artistic Imperatives to check out in the way DC has a solid number of. I’ve always seen that as one of the big differences between the two companies: Marvel’s generally putting out more quality material at any given time, but DC’s putting out the handful of books people will actually remember in 20 years. With the likes of Hawkeye, Young Avengers and Vision though, that gap might be closing.

Continuity-wise, there’s little-to-no point in trying to say what’s ‘essential’. I haven’t read Kree-Skrull War, about as major a book as it gets for Marvel’s cosmic front, and I still get along just fine. Marvels by Busiek and Ross however, along with being absolutely terrific, is a pretty great refresher on the essentials of the first few decades. 

Quality-wise and in rough chronological order by group (and know I’m going by reputation rather than personal experience for a lot of these), these would be my recs, bolding those books I’d especially suggest checking out:

* Avengers: Roy Thomas’ work, Under Siege, Kurt Busiek’s work, Secret Avengers by Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman’s run if you’re good with some heavy continuity, Al Ewing’s work (including Ultimates, Contest of Champions and Ultron Forever)

* Black Panther: Don McGregor’s run, Jack Kirby’s run, Christopher Priest’s run, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run

* Captain America: Jack Kirby’s stuff (especially Bicentennial Battles), Stan Lee/Jim Steranko’s arc, Steve Englehart’s run, Roger Stern and John Byrne’s run, Mark Waid’s work (especially Man Out Of Time), Ed Brubaker’s run (not a fan, but I’m in the minority)

* Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin (if this works for you, I understand it essentially continues in Warlock)

* Damage Control by Dwayne McDuffie

* Daredevil: Born Again, Man Without Fear, that whole beautiful decade-plus straight shot of Brian Bendis > Ed Brubaker > Mark Waid (with the blip in the middle of Shadowland, which can be safely ignored)

* Doctor Strange: Steve Englehart’s run, Triumph and Torment (I’ve heard this is the best Doctor Doom story), The Oath, Season One, Jason Aaron’s run

* Fantastic Four: Stan Lee/Jack Kirby (I’d at least check Essential Fantastic Four volumes 1&3 for the high points), John Byrne’s run depending on who you ask, 1234, Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo’s run, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s run for some regular fun and to set up the next recommendation, Jonathan Hickman’s run - again, if you’re good with a great deal of continuity poking its head in

* Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and company

* Hercules by Greg Pak

* Howard The Duck by Steve Gerber

* Iron Fist by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & David Aja

* Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle, Extremis, Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca’s run, Fatal Frontier

* Loki: Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Kieron Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery (haven’t read it, but I feel safe giving it the highest recommendation), Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s Agent of Asgard (including Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm between volumes 1 and 2)

* Marvel Boy by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones

* Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross

* Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

* Nextwave by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

* Nick Fury: Jim Steranko’s work, Garth Ennis’ stuff

* Punisher: Garth Ennis’ everything, Jason Aaron’s run (haven’t read, but no doubt it’s great), Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s run

* Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (never read, but it’s considered a classic)

* Sentry: The Sentry Volume 1 by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, Age of the Sentry

* Spider-Man: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko, Stan Lee/John Romita (really Amazing Spider-Man up through, like, #200 or so) Roger Stern’s work, Kraven’s Last HuntSpider-Man: BlueBrian Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Coming Home, Mark Millar’s run, To Have And To HoldNo One Dies

* Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

* Thor: Stan Lee/Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson’s run, Thor: The Mighty AvengerJason Aaron’s run

* Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta

* Wolverine: Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s mini (hasn’t aged well, but it’s the bedrock of everything that comes after), Weapon X, Origin, Mark Millar’s work, everything by Jason Aaron, All-New Wolverine

* World War Hulk by Greg Pak and John Romita Jr. (big dumb fun fight comic, one of the best of its kind)

* X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, X-Force/X-Statix by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, New X-Men by Grant Morrison & company, Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron & company, X-Men: Legacy by Mike Carey

* Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Doctor Strange; 14 days

Logan; 133 days

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; 196 days

Wonder Woman; 224 days

Spider-Man: Homecoming; 259 days

Untitled Fox/Marvel movie; 350 days

Thor: Ragnarok; 378 days

Justice League; 392 days

Untitled Fox/Marvel movie; 448 days

Black Panther; 483 days

The Flash; 511 days

Avengers: Infinity War; 560 days

Ant-Man and the Wasp; 623 days

Aquaman; 644 days

Untitled DC movie; 714 days

Captain Marvel; 868 days

Shazam; 896 days

Untitled Avengers movie; 924 days

Justice League 2; 966 days

Untitled DC movie; 1106 days

Cyborg; 1260 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1288 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1358 days

Green Lantern Corps; 1372 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1477 days

Deadpool 2; TBD

Gambit; TBD

New Mutants; TBD

Suicide Squad 2; TBD

The Batman; TBD

Untitled Harley Quinn movie; TBD

Booster Gold/Blue Beetle team-up; TBD

Captain Marvel MCU concept.

For this I tried my best to replicate the feel of the Marvel films’ promo art. Sure was tough and I don’t think mine is up to par, but I learned a lot!

This concept takes heavy inspiration from Kris Anka’s design for Captain Marvel. I was going for a military, air force feel, so my main point of reference were various types of pilot gear.

The face is no one in particular. I did however, refer to Katheryn Winnick and Elizabeth Debicki’s faces constantly.

OFFICIAL: Brie Larson Is Captain Marvel - Heroic Hollywood
After recent reports and speculation on who is set to play Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel, actress Brie Larson has finally been confirmed.

The wait is over, folks. It looks like the search for our big screen adaptation of Carol Danvers have finally come to an end, and now we have an Academy Award-winning actress playing her. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed that Brie Larson is set to portray Captain Marvel during their Hall H presentation.

It seemed plausible that Larson would have made her inevitable appearance if her casting as recently reported were truly official, knowing that she was present at the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation alongside Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston in promotion for their upcoming film, Kong: Skull Island. Brie Larson won an Oscar this year for her remarkable performance in Room, and adding her to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only indicative of the top-level performers the studio is aiming for to lead this new phase of movies.

I have been a big fan of Brie Larson since her performance in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and to have seen her break out over the years always made me smile. As someone who loves following up-and-coming actors/actresses make it big, I am more than happy that she was Marvel’s pick to play Captain Marvel. I can only imagine what her dynamic alongside Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers will be like.

What do you guys think of this casting news? Do you think Brie Larson is going to kick major ass as Captain Marvel? Sound off in the comments below, and keep checking back here at Heroic Hollywood for more news and information regarding San Diego Comic-Con.

Source: SDCC