Marvel’s ‘Generations’: Original Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man and more to return

 

Does this really mean the return of the original Wolverine, Hulk and more?!

 

Last month, Marvel set the internet ablaze after sharing a tweet with just four simple words.

 

“GENERATIONS – coming Summer 2017,” was posted on Feb. 16, along with a picture that led to far more questions than answers.

 

An Alex Ross art piece had the likes of Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson both sporting Captain America garb, Peter Parker and Miles Morales wearing Spider-Man gear, and Logan and X-23 in the classic Wolverine yellow and blue — wait, what?! Wolverine died in 2014!

 

There were 10 pairings in all, the rest just as shocking, given the current status of the fractured Marvel Universe. Fans have already mourned Logan and now the same can be said for Bruce Banner, whose 55-year-run came to a close when he died last year in “Civil War II.” So what’s going on?

 

ABC News got on the horn with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso to answer the questions running through fans’ minds right now.

 

Marvel ‘Generations’

 

“Generations” launches in July and runs through September. The full list of pairings includes:

 

-Iron Man (Tony Stark and Riri Williams) – written by Brian Michael Bendis

-Spider-Man (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) – Brian Michael Bendis

-Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan) – G. Willow Wilson

-Thor (Odinson and Jane Foster) – Jason Aaron

-Hawkeye (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop) – Kelly Thompson

-Hulk (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho) – Greg Pak

-Jean Grey (young and older) – Dennis Hopeless

-Wolverine (Logan and X23) – Tom Taylor

-Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers) – Margie Stohl

-Captain America (Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson) – Nick Spencer

 

Aside from a late Logan and Banner, not to mention Stark left in some sort of coma following the end of “Civil War II,” you also have a reeling Barton, struggling with the fact he just killed off his long-time Avengers teammate. There’s more! You also have Rogers, who’s just been outed (to fans) that he’s Hydra! The heroes in the Marvel Universe will soon find this out too during the events of “Secret Empire.” (Issue No. 0 hits stands next month).

 

So, the universe is a mess, but these iconic pairs could unite the heroes. But first, really, how is this possible?

 

“We are looking to honor the legacy of the entire universe, so we are taking the iconic legacy heroes and pairing them with the new class,” Alonso said. “It very much indicates where we are going in the future with all of these characters and what we’ve been planning for some time for the universe.”

 

The trials and tribulations that this series will bring for the 10 pairings should “illuminate” who they are and “indicate where they will be moving in the future.”

 

Alonso is well aware of the question at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

 

“How did we do this is part of the fun,” he said. “Right now, Rogers isn’t much of a good guy. Why would Sam want to team up with him? Banner’s dead! Logan’s dead! These are questions that demand to be seen. What I will tell you is we have an ingenious device [to bring them back].”

 

Is this self-contained? Is this an alternate timeline?

 

In one word: No.

 

“These stories do happen, they really count. They really matter. This isn’t some alternate reality story or some time-travel story,” Alonso explained.

 

There was real excitement coming from the 20-plus-year veteran of the publishing industry when Alonso added, “I wish I could tell you the mechanism [to bring these characters back], but that’s also a bit of a spoiler.”

 

The series will tell 10 stories and will affect the younger generation of superheroes as much as the classic ones coming back.

 

For instance, Bendis told ABC News that “Riri is at the MOST impressionable stage of her life. Every reveal to her has fascinating potential,” so you can imagine what teaming up with Stark could do.

 

Furthermore, “The spiritual connection between Peter and Miles is so fascinating because they are SO different. They have different temperaments, different motivations, different upbringings, but their connection allows writers like myself to delve into the core principle of Spider-Man ‘with great power, must come great responsibility’ and examine it from a completely different perspective.”

 

For someone like Danvers, this can be a time to mentor a young Kamala Khan after she may have taken a bit of an image hit within the universe for her stance in “Civil War II.”

 

“At its heart, ‘MS MARVEL’ is about growing up, and a big part of growing up is discovering that your idols have feet of clay — and forgiving them for their flaws as you gain an adult understanding of your own. Carol and Kamala have a close, mentor-and-student kind of relationship, but it’s been tested in some very serious ways. They’ve come down on opposite sides of important questions,” Wilson said.

 

Taylor shared very different sentiments about Logan’s effect on an impressionable X-23.

 

“Being alongside Logan will only strengthen Laura’s resolve to be the best there is at what she does,” he said. “Logan battled his demons, literally, until his dying breath. Laura has overcome most of her own demons in ‘All-New Wolverine.’ She’s ready to show what else her claws can do. She’s ready to step away from her violent past and use her claws for good. You know, good stabbing.”

 

Is this world big enough for the both of us?

 

Can the Marvel Universe handle all these dual characters? Alonso said that is the space they’re now testing and playing in.

 

“There’s that old cliche, ‘absences makes the heart grow fonder,'” he added. “You don’t take these characters off the board with the intention to keep them off the board forever. One of the tropes of our medium is characters get a second wind. They die and come back. That’s part of the beauty of what we do.”

 

Marvel has spent the last year supporting and embracing change. They’ve let characters like Morales step up as THE Spider-Man, along with the likes of an Amadeus Cho taking up the mantle of the Totally Awesome Hulk.

 

But can the two coexist? Sure, someone like Stark can mentor Williams and Logan can certainly do the same for X-23, but what about both Spider-Men, the Hulks and two Jean Greys?

 

Alonso says this question will certainly be answered in this series. Fans will have a grasp on what to expect moving forward.

 

“[But] the answer might be different for each character,” he added. “There’s potential for friction, there’s potential for team-ups. Minimally, it’s something that’s going to require food for thought and introspection on the part of every character. That’s part of the goal when we were sculpting it.”

 

The stories will all intertwine but still be different at the same time.

 

“Particularly in the United States, we culturally enshrine the idea of unique genius and shun conformity; we like our hero to be the Chosen One, not the Chosen Two. That’s the tension that makes every legacy character so rich and fraught and complex,” “Captain Marvel” writer Margaret Stohl added.

 

ABC News and Marvel are both part of parent company Disney.

Peppy Pets Fever On National Puppy Day  – March 23rd

The Next Best Thing to a Real Puppy – Peppy Pets from TPF Toys

 Love is… a new Puppy!  Puppies emit oohs and awes, a je nais se quoiemotion that is nearly universal.  And while so many would love a new puppy, a real life new dog is not always in the cards.  

 

Peppy Pets to the rescue!   Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of these adorable dogs! They are great for training kids how to take care of their pup without the mess by going for walks with Peppy Pups and playing with them so they get all the attention they need! Or a great companion for your other pets!

 

Peppy Pets™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.    The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog.

 Whether for National Puppy Day (March 23rd), or anytime – Peppy Pets are a perfect addition to the family.

 Brimming with personality and no batteries needed, Peppy Pets have ultra soft fur, distinct paw pads and springs in their feet that help these eager Peppy Pups move and prance, just like a real dog.  Peppy Pups bounce, jump and waddle as they go for “walks” with their kid owners, and turn heads as they go. Peppy Pups adore cuddling, snuggles and squeezes, showing characteristics of a real dog that all pet lovers embrace.

 Peppy Pets from TPF Toys is  available at retailers nationwide.   Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in available in – soft brown, and black and white – and are available at Toys “R” Us nationwide, priced at $19.99.

 

THE FLASH – MUSIC FROM THE SPECIAL EPISODE: DUET SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE

 

SPECIAL MUSICAL CROSSOVER EPISODE FEATURES NEW

RECORDINGS PERFORMED THEFLASH STAR GRANT GUSTIN

AND SUPERGIRL STAR MELISSA BENOIST, PLUS CAST

MEMBERS CARLOS VALDES, JESSE L. MARTIN, VICTOR

GARBER, JEREMY JORDAN AND JOHN BARROWMAN FROM

WARNER BROS. TV/THE CW’s DC SUPER HERO SERIES

 

FEATURES SONGS CO-WRITTEN BY CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND’S

RACHEL BLOOM & TOM ROOT; AND LA LA LAND OSCAR®

WINNERS BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL 

 

(MARCH 22, 2017 — LOS ANGELES) — WaterTower Music today released the soundtrack from the special musical episode of The Flash that aired on The CW last night. The album, The Flash – Music From The Special Episode: Duet, features seven tracks from the show, including songs performed by cast members Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon/Vibe) and Jesse L. Martin (Det. Joe West), along with performances by Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirland Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott), as well as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Victor Garber (Prof. Martin Stein) and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn). The soundtrack features the song “Super Friend,” co-written by Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Emmy® winner Tom Root (Robot Chicken). The release also features “Runnin’ Home To You,” which was written by Golden Globe and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). The cast performs new music along with renditions of classic songs “Moon River,” “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” and “More I Cannot Wish.” The collection additionally features musical score by gifted composer Blake Neely (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).

 

This musical episode and soundtrack is exciting not only for the Supergirlcrossover, but also given Gustin and Benoist’s history starring in Glee. This episode pairs them with fellow Gleealum Darren Criss, who plays the villain The Music Meister in this episode. Criss also studied musical theater at the University of Michigan along with The Flash star Carlos Valdes.

 

The Flash – Music From The Special Episode: Duet is now available on iTunes, and the track list is as follows:

 

1. “Meet the Music Meister” – Blake Neely

2. “Moon River” – Melissa Benoist

3. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” – Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, Carlos Valdes and John Barrowman

4. “More I Cannot Wish You” – Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber and John Barrowman

5. “Super Friend” – Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist

6. “Runnin’ Home to You” – Grant Gustin

7. “Runnin’ Home to You (Guitar version)” – Grant Gustin

 

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW; DC’s Legends of Tomorrowairs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.  All three series are based on DC characters and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

DARK DAYS AHEAD FOR THE DC UNIVERSE


Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

 

“Art like this demands an epic story,” says Snyder. “DARK DAYS posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on BATMAN. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for DARK DAYS. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.”

 

“We’re taking all the ethos and excitement of the work Scott and I have been doing in the Batman titles and unleashing it across the entire DC Universe,” adds Tynion IV. “The size and scope of what we’re looking to do with DARK DAYS could only be accomplished by the best of the best. Andy, Jim and John are legends. All of us on this project are pushing one another, and every concept, to the extreme.”

 

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with DARK DAYS, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, further enriching the DC Universe.

 

“Working with Scott and James on DARK DAYS is the culmination of the big ideas and endless brainstorming that came out of a recent creative summit,” explains Lee. “It was tremendous fun having peers like Andy Kubert and JRJR in with some of our top writers. Strategically, Dan and I have talked for a long time about bringing the artist back to the table in the genesis of big, epic events. The creative summit was just that, and the level of collaboration was truly invigorating and electrifying. We can’t wait to share DARK DAYS with the DC faithful…they’re in for a thrill ride!” 

Wonder crew: Superhero James

Wonder Crew is turning the table on the conversation about gender stereotypes and toys, which has largely been focused on presenting more options for girls to play. Wonder Crew brings a great addition to the toy market by offering a buddy that helps boys develop their emotional maturity, including compassion and kindness, to help them grow to be good men, husbands, fathers and more.

Combining the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal, 15″ Wonder Crew Buddies are available now. The crew includes Will (Caucasian), Marco (Hispanic), James (African American) and Erik (Asian). Each comes dressed in superhero gear, complete with matching mask and cape for kids.

Here is our review.

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC RARITY FASHION RUNWAY Playset

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC RARITY FASHION RUNWAY Playset

(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2017)

RARITY loves to create and wear fun fashionable outfits. Fans can dress this 3-inch RARITY pony figure with a twist in the MY LITTLE PONY RARITY FASHION RUNWAY playset! Place RARITY and her outfit on the fashion runway platform and slide the heart-shaped button to dress the pony figure. She twirls as she slides in and out of the outfit! The playset comes with 3 adorable outfits with a clip-and-style feature to dress the RARITY figure by hand or on the playset runway. Add more ponies to the playset with the MY LITTLE PONY RUNWAY FASHIONS sets, each featuring a 3-inch pony figure with 1 fashionable clip-on outfit, hair accessories, and clip-on accessory! Pony figures include FLUTTERSHY, RAINBOW DASH, and PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE. Each sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

• Includes playset, pony figure, and 7 accessories

• Slides 3-inch Rarity pony figure into her fashionable outfits

• Rarity twirls forward and back on the runway

• Comes with 3 fashionable outfits

• Outfits have clip-and-style feature

• Dress pony figure by hand or using fashion runway slider

• Figure scale: 3 inches

• Ages 3 and up

FANDANGO TO PREMIERE “FANSHOP,” ITS FIRST-EVER CURATED MERCHANDISE DESTINATION DEDICATED TO MOVIE FANDOM — LAUNCHING IN APRIL

 Fandango FanShop Will Feature Hand-Selected, Exclusive Merchandise and Experiences for Hot New Releases and Beloved Franchises, Debuting with Offerings from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Despicable Me 3,” Among Others

 

LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2017) – Fandango, the leading digital network dedicated to serving consumers with all of their movie needs, announced today the debut of Fandango FanShop (FandangoFanShop.com), its first-ever online merchandise store, offering a curated collection of unique and exclusive wearables, collectibles, experiences and events tied to theatrical releases and beloved movie franchises.  Launching in April, FanShop’s initial offerings will feature gear from the highly anticipated movies “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Wonder Woman,”  “Despicable Me 3,” and many others.

“At Fandango, we are building a digital ecosystem dedicated to super-serving movie fans with all of their needs throughout a film’s life cycle,” said Fandango President Paul Yanover. “With Fandango FanShop, we will immerse and activate fans at home and on mobile devices with new merchandise, experiences and related content they’ll want to share, beginning at the first trailer drop, building excitement for theatrical, and then extending through the home entertainment release.”

 Leveraging its ongoing movie fan research, Fandango is differentiating FanShop from other merchandise sites and apps by curating select products and experiences that are handpicked by studios, filmmakers and fans.  New merchandise and experiences will be introduced throughout a movie’s life cycle, so there is always something new for fans to discover.  In the coming months, FanShop will also feature dedicated hubs for beloved franchises. 

 Fandango plans to promote FanShop across the company’s digital network, and connect consumers directly to the store to peruse and purchase merchandise.  In the near future, fans will be able to purchase movie tickets and merchandise in the same transaction on Fandango, and buy merchandise with Digital HD movies on FandangoNOW, the company’s video on-demand service.  Fandango also plans to offer movie ticket and merchandise bundles as special promotions, gifts with purchase, and other events. Some of the movie ticket bundles will also include promo codes for merchandise on FanShop. 

Fandango’s digital network is a fully integrated ecommerce and content business dedicated to movies, featuring best-in-class properties that reach more than 60 million movie fans per month.  Fans can discover movies on Fandango Movieclips, the No. 1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube, and decide what to watch by using Rotten Tomatoes’ critic reviews and Tomatometer scores.  Fandango and Flixster are the go-to destinations for purchasing movie tickets, while FandangoNOW enables fans to buy or rent movies at home and on the go. FanShop is a natural addition to the network, giving fans a destination to celebrate their favorite movies, characters and franchises through unique and exclusive merchandise and events.

Fandango’s expanding digital portfolio is driving record-breaking ticketing growth, sending more and more consumers to the theater every year.  The company’s ticketing increased more than 30% in 2016 year-over-year, and is already up 28% to date in the first quarter of 2017.  Fandango continues to pioneer new ticketing innovations on its own site and apps, as well as integrate its ticketing on leading technology and social platforms, such as Messages for iOS 10, Facebook, and others.

The company has also grown its business internationally in Latin America, one of the fastest growing global film markets.  In December 2015, Fandango acquired Brazil’s No. 1 online ticketer, Ingresso.com, and in December 2016 acquired Peruvian-based Cinepapaya, renamed Fandango Latin America (Fandango.lat), expanding its online ticketing business to Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.