‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Dave Bautista To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Portland, Philadelphia and Chicago

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Dave Bautista To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Portland, Philadelphia and Chicago

‘Drax the Destroyer’ To Appear Saturday at Three Of Wizard World’s Longest Running Events

LOS ANGELES, January 16, 2018Dave Bautista , who wowed fans as “Drax the Destroyer” in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and in last summer’s blockbuster sequel, will make triumphant returns to Wizard World Comic Con events in Portland (April 14), Philadelphia (May 19) and Chicago (August 25). Bautista, whose budding film career has also included a role in the Sony feature Spectre, the 24th installment of the James Bond series, will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions at his Saturday appearances at each show.

In addition to his Guardian and Spectre roles, Bautista also appeared on-screen last year in the much-anticipated Blade Runner 2049 , the sequel to the science fiction cult classic. In 2016, he appeared in several films including Kickboxer: Vengeance and Marauders , and the year prior he was also in the action film Heist starring opposite Robert DeNiro and Jeffery Dean Morgan .

Bautista can also be seen in last year’s independent film Bushwick starring opposite Brittney Snow, and has numerous films scheduled for 2018 release, including Avengers: Infinity War and Final Score .

A more complete current roster of celebrities for each event is available along with dates, times and other information at www.wizardworld.com , with additional headliners to be announced.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The Portland show, held at the Oregon Convention Center, is set for April 13-15. The Philadelphia event is set for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, May 17-20. Wizard World will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. At all shows, kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Fans can interact with Wizard World at www.wizardworld.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally.

The 2018 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon .

On Sale This Week: Avengers, Kill Bill, Valiant, Sin City and Jay & Silent Bob!

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This week’s New Toy Day sees Diamond Select Toys delivering a trio of titanic team-ups to your local comic shop! First up, Marvel Select action figures of Black Widow and Thor team up their diorama bases to re-create a scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron! Next, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar take a licking and keep on teaming up in the super-deluxe Valiant Comics Minimates Battle-Damaged 2-Pack! Thirdly, Bluntman and Chronic team up to take on Cock-Knocker in the Series 2 of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back action figures! Plus: Dwight teams up with the ladies of Old Town to take on the mob, while the Deadly Vipers team up to take down their old friend the Bride! They’re all coming to stores this week from Diamond Select Toys! Read on for more info, then team up with your favorite retailer to order!

 
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Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Select Action Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s an all-new assortment of 7-inch action figures from the popular Kevin Smith movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back! Comedy duo Jay and Silent Bob dress up like their alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, and face off against the villainous Cock-Knocker! Each figure comes with an energy-sword weapon and part of the Bluntcave set – collect all three to re-create the famous climactic scene of the movie! Each figure comes packaged in a display-ready Select blister card, with spine artwork for shelf reference.

Bluntman Figure (Item #JAN152166, SRP: $24.99)

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Chronic Figure (Item #JAN152167, SRP: $24.99)

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Cock-Knocker Figure (Item #JAN152168, SRP: $24.99)

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Kill Bill Minimates Deadly Vipers Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Black Mamba. Copperhead. Sidewinder. California Mountain Snake. Along with Cottonmouth, these four killers made up the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, commanded by the Snake Charmer, Bill. When Beatrix Kiddo was left for dead, she came back to kill every one of her old comrades, and now Beatrix, Vernita Green, Bud and Elle Driver make up the fourth Kill Bill Minimates box set! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB152159, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Select Avengers Age of Ultron Black Widow Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Finally, the figure fans have been waiting for has arrived! After three blockbuster film appearances, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow joins the Marvel Select Avengers line-up, just in time for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron! This 7-inch scale figure features her look from the new movie, has 16 points of articulation, and includes a diorama base that connects to Age of Ultron Thor’s to create a scene from the film. She comes packaged in the now-famous Marvel Select display packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #FEB152166, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Select Avengers Age of Ultron Thor Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to put the hammer down! Thor, prince of Asgard, returns to Earth in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and DST is revisiting their sold-out action figure from Thor: The Dark World with an all-new paint scheme and an all-new base! Standing almost 8 inches tall, this Thor figure sports 16 points of articulation and a spot-on likeness of Chris Hemsworth from the film, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #JAN152175, SRP: $24.99)

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Sin City Minimates Series 3 Big Fat Kill Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Sometimes, sticking up for your friends means having to kill a whole lotta people. At least, in Sin City it does! The third storyline from the groundbreaking 2005 movie is now a four-pack of Minimates mini-figures, including Dwight, Gail, Miho and Jackie-Boy! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories. Comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JAN152170, SRP: $19.99)

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Valiant Minimates Battle Damaged X-O Manowar and Bloodshot 2-Pack

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Prepare to enter the world of Valiant Entertainment! The Valiant Universe has been reborn, and heroes X-O Manowar and Bloodshot are back in new monthly comic-book adventures! Kick off your collection of Valiant heroes with this two-pack of X-O Manowar and Bloodshot fresh from a skirmish, maybe even against each other! Each two-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB152162, SRP: $9.99)

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In Stores Next Week: Mr. Freeze!

Find your nearest comic shop using ComicShopLocator.com, or order through DiamondSelectToys.com!

Diamond Select Toys and Marvelshop.com Announce Exclusive Marvel Select Hulkbuster Iron Man Action Figure!

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In one of the most anticipated scenes in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark goes toe-to-toe with the Hulk in a massive new suit of Iron Man armor, one long-time comic readers may recognize. Dubbed the “Hulkbuster” armor, this massive suit was designed with one purpose in mind – stopping the Hulk in his tracks ­– and now Diamond Select Toys and marvelshop.com have teamed up to offer an exclusive figure of the famous armor as it appeared in the comics!

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First appearing in Iron Man #304, released in 1994, the Iron Man Mk 14 “Hulkbuster” armor was an add-on to Tony Stark’s modular armor, one that would allow him to stop the Hulk from tearing apart a factory that was manufacturing gamma bombs. While the battle was a misunderstanding, Stark kept the armor in case he ever needed it again, and it has occasionally been shown as part of his “Hall of Armor.”

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This new, fully poseable action figure was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and stands 8.5 inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Like all Marvel Select action figures, he comes packaged in display-ready packaging with comic artwork down one side, for handy shelf reference.

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Pre-orders are open now at marvelshop.com, and the figure will ship to customers later this summer. It will also be made available at Disney Stores across North America at that time, as well as on DisneyStore.com.

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Hulkbuster Iron Man joins previous marvelshop.comand Disney Store exclusive figures Avenging Hawkeye, Mighty Thor, Unleashed Hulk, Superior Spider-Man, Unmasked Captain America, Bleeding Edge Iron Man and Electro. All are currently available on marvelshop.com and disneystore.com!

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Avengers Age of Ultron review

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At some point well before the close of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, it’s hard to shake the fact that Marvel has created a real, modern day mythology.  Even before seeing a literal rendering of The Avengers as marble statues, it’s a safe bet that nearly everyone in the audience understands that we’re not watching a movie about heroes and villains; we’re watching a movie about gods and monsters.  Long gone are the days of the strongmen and minotaurs, the gods up high and the chimera plaguing the innocents.  Long live the Age of Ultron – the days of Iron men and thunder gods, protecting a world not too different than our own from a villainous and hyper intelligent robot.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is exactly what every fan has hoped for since the close of 2012’s landmark film “The Avengers.”  It’s quite possibly what every non-fan and “general audience” member expected it to be since the first teaser last year.  A giant, loud, popcorn machine of a movie reuniting all of your favorite heroes and actors that have played them since 2008’s “Iron Man.”  Robert Downey Jr?  He’s back and reprising his role as the figurative godfather of the franchise.  Chris Hemsworth?  Marvel couldn’t let audiences forget about their favorite Norse god, especially since it’s been two years since we last saw in “The Dark World.”  Don Cheadle?  Wait, Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes is in this?  And he’s War Machine??  Yes sir, Cheadle’s back too.  By now you should already be getting the point of how large the scope is of Joss Whedon’s “Age of Ultron”, cast alone.  As for the story?  The climax to phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with an epilogue of sorts to be found in this July’s “Ant-Man”) provides every bit of fan service that you could possibly hope for in a giant, comic-book movie kicking off the summer movie season.
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Opening where “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” left off (during the mid credit scene) we are reintroduced to the Avengers as they strike Baron Strucker’s (Thomas Kretschmann) fortress in Slovenia.  They’ve been successful in dismantling the last vestiges of Hydra, and Strucker’s fortress of technological weird science is the last wall that needs to come down.  In a brilliantly shot and choreographed battle, we not only have each member individually highlighted, but we get a complete “nerd-gasmic” moment (as Mr. Downey Jr would say) in a frame that shows all the Avengers alongside one another in the snowy forest.  It’s a scene we’ve glimpsed in the numerous trailers and t.v. spots, but when seen in continuity and relation to the rest of the film, it pays off even more.  They return home after battling Strucker, Hydra, and the Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson), only to face a newly created threat – Ultron (James Spader).
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Clocking in over two hours, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is an ultimate celebration of everything our digital and social media savvy generation of theater goers have come to enjoy out of event movies of this size.  Director and writer Joss Whedon doesn’t just follow a color-by-numbers format for creating en exciting and engaging picture – he creates his own coloring book!  “Age of Ultron” is a visual spectacle filled with flawless special effects.  Be it our most current rendered version of The Hulk, which is incredible, the quickness of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, or that of the animated life of Ultron, it’s hard to find any marks outside the lines.  Each scene is filled with something to look at and be in awe of – the Avengers Tower set, the arms of Thor, the mesmerizing quality to Scarlet Witch’s powers, everything is awesome.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” succeeds in more ways than just being a pretty picture filled with pretty people.  There is a story and heart beating at the very center of Marvel’s machine, just like Ultron himself.  The exploration of heroes and what it means to be one is still at the forefront of Marvel’s eleventh film.
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Make no mistake that “Avengers” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the closest kind of movie series we’ll get to that of the success that Star Wars had back when the three original films were released.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a proper summer blockbuster that will certainly drive box office sales in the coming weeks.  It’s only right that people flock to the theaters.  We need more than heroes and villains to inspire, entertain, and caution us.  Long gone are those days.  Welcome to the new age of gods and monsters returning, only this time in the form of Robert Downey’s Iron Man, Chris Evans Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.  The “Age of Ultron” may be over.  But the Age of Avengers is everlasting.  Just like any classic myth!
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MARVEL TAKES OVER HOLLYWOOD FOR MARVEL’S “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” PREMIERE

 

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MARVEL TAKES OVER HOLLYWOOD FOR MARVEL’S “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” PREMIERE

 

Watch the red carpet world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Monday, April 13!

 

Marvel proudly invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” LIVE from Hollywood! On April 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET visitmarvel.com/AvengersPremiere and watch as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary Dolby Theater. Plus, stay until the end of the live stream to see the debut of an EXCLUSIVE clip from Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”!

 

Sponsored by Hasbro, this LIVE event will get you up close and personal with the cast of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” like no one else can!

 

Co-Hosted by Marvel.com’s Tamara Krinsky and Lorraine Cink, hear directly from the biggest names in the biz. Scheduled to appear are: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and many more.

 

While you’re watching you can also tweet using the hashtags #AgeOfUltron and #AvengersPremiere, follow @Avengers on Twitter and like Marvel’s Avengers on Facebook at Facebook.com/avengers.

 

MARVEL TAKES OVER HOLLYWOOD FOR MARVEL’S “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” PREMIERE

 

Avengers NOW! Titles Fly Off Shelves As Three New Series Return to Press!

Avengers NOW! Titles Fly Off Shelves As Three New Series Return to Press!

A tremendous amount of fun.” 
– ComicBook.com on All-New Captain America #1

                                                                                               

New York. NY—November 21, 2014 – All-New Captain AmericaSuperior Iron Man & Thor are smash hits! Exciting and ambitious, these Avengers NOW! titles are bringing seismic changes to some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, reinvigorating and recharging some of the most popular characters in all of fiction. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that three of these hit titles have completely sold out and will immediately head back to press! Missed out on these energetic and action-packed comics the first time? Now is your chance to get your hands on ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 and THOR #2 when they return to comic shops this December!

                                                                          
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Be there when Sam Wilson dons the stars and stripes as the new Sentinel of Liberty, when Tony Stark unleashes Extremis on the city of San Francisco, and when the new Thor tests her mettle against a horde of angry Frost Giants! Don’t take our word for it – here’s what the critics had to say!

 
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“…these new directions are taking readers to some very fun places” – The AV Club

 

“Tom Taylor does have a knack for bringing out the worst in some of our greatest heroes…this is a title to keep an eye on.” – Comic Vine, on Superior Iron Man #1

 

“…all I really want out of my Thor comics.” – Newsarama, on Thor #2

 

The biggest creators are bringing you the biggest stories in comics and its happening NOW! Don’t miss your chance to get on board some of the most exciting comics in the industry when ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 and THOR #2 return to comic shops in December!

                                                                                                                                                             

ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT148170)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN
FOC – 12/01/14, On-Sale – 12/24/14

 

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT148171)

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by YILDIRAY CINAR
Cover by MIKE CHOI
FOC – 12/01/14, On-Sale – 12/24/14

 

THOR #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT148172)

Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
FOC – 12/01/14, On-Sale – 12/24/14

Marvel vs Attack on Titan

Here come the guardians

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the “Marvel/Attack On Titan” crossover have finally emerged, including the news that The Guardians of the Galaxy will also take part in the tale.

Through Anime News Network, we now know that the Marvel Universe/Anime mashup will feature The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Female Titan, Colossal Titan, Armored Titan, and more in a New York City-based story. Past artwork has confirmed that Spider-Man will also participate in the story.

Details on the story’s creative muscle have also surfaced. Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama will provide the “Scenario” (which we assume is the plot), Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Creative & Creator Development C.B. Cebulski will provide the “Breakdown” (which we assume is the actual scripting), and artist Gerardo Sandoval will provide the art. Marvel’s Executive Editor Tom Brevoort edited the series, with fellow Marvel editor Jake Thomas assisting. In an introduction to the comic story, Cebulski teased that a major Titan characters could die in the crossover, saying that “Nothing is sacred.”

The issue hits shelves tomorrow, as a special feature inside the latest issue of Japanese pop culture magazine, Brutus. The story will be published in English, with Japanese translations. We don’t know if the story will be published in the North American comics market, but hopefully it’s just a matter of time.

Avengers find their witch in Olsen

“Oldboy” actress Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed what Samuel L. Jackson let out of the bag more than a month ago: that she’ll reunite with her “Godzilla” co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the brother-sister pair Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“We get to play husband and wife, and we get to play twin brother and sister,” Olsen told MTV, joking that Jackson freed her from the “awkwardness” of sidestepping questions about the sequel. “It’s also fun because even though in ‘Godzilla’ we play husband and wife, we don’t have a lot of scenes together. I just love him, I love his family, I love his kids. I’m so excited … to actually work with each other. I think it’s going to be fun.”

Although the actress conceded she doesn’t know many details about the role — she hasn’t even seen costume designs — she had plenty of praise for writer-director Joss Whedon. “He’s very smart. He’s too smart. He might be too smart,” Olsen said. “Some people are too smart for their own good, but he’s amazing.”

Olsen, the younger sister of “Full House” veterans Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, landed her breakthrough role in the 2011 indie drama “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” appearing alongside John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy. She’ll next be seen in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake, which opens Nov. 27.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives May 1, 2015.

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Article originally posted in Comic Book resources

Avengers vs X-Men Minimates

A few months ago, Diamond Select Toys asked you to vote on the next exclusive box set of Marvel Minimates for Toys “R” Us, based on the blockbuster Avengers vs. X-Men crossover event. The poll pitted three Avengers against three members of the Phoenix Five, with dominance of the box set hanging in the balance. Well, now the results are in!

The Avengers were the clear winners, with Phoenix Buster Iron Man, the Scarlet Witch and Protector taking three of the four spots in the set, with the remaining slot filled by Phoenix Five leader Cyclops! Plus, Iron Man’s armor will open up to reveal a more bare-bones Iron Man Minimate inside! Phoenix Five Emma Frost and Colossus may not have made the cut this time around, but don’t count them out yet –they’ve both cheated death more than once.

Check out the figures below, and look for the set in Toys “R” Us stores (and at toysrus.com) this holiday season!

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