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‘Maus’ Creator Art Spiegelman Says Marvel Rejected Essay With ‘Orange Skull’ Dig at Trump to Stay ‘Apolitical’

Lauded cartoonist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus,” Art Spiegelman is a canny choice for any and all essays about the power of comics, so a decision by the Folio Society to task him with writing an introductory essay for a book about the “golden age” of comics should come as no surprise. What is surprising, however, is what happened when Spiegelman included a reference to President Donald Trump as “Orange Skull” in the piece, which is built around illuminating how so many beloved superheroes (particularly Captain America) were created to literally battle fascism. “Orange Skull” is an allusion to the Nazi villain Red Skull, who was first introduced as a nemesis for Captain America in a 1941 comic and appeared onscreen, portrayed by Hugo Weaving, in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

The Folio Society did not publish the essay, and over the weekend, The Guardian published
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Here’s Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Memorial at the End of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Here’s Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Memorial at the End of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
(Major spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame” and the whole situation with Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, but you probably already knew that given the headline)

Even though Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) didn’t get a movie with her name on it in the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’s been just as central to the franchise as anybody. She was introduced back in “Iron Man 2” and has been instrumental in so many major events. So it’s puzzling that “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t really spend any time memorializing her at the end of the movie, which spends so much time saying goodbye to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

It’s puzzling also just within the context of the movie — Natasha’s sacrifice made everything that came after, including Tony’s own sacrifice, possible.

If Black Widow hadn’t killed herself on
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War Machine’s Captain America Plot Hole In Avengers: Endgame Makes No Sense

Last month, Marvel released a deleted scene from the recent Avengers: Endgame in which James Rhodes asks Steve Rogers a question that has been bothering a section of the McU fanbase for years: Why didn’t Cap jump out of the plane before it crashed?

For those in need of a recap, 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger concluded with Steve crashing a plane into the Arctic in order to neutralize the bombs on board. Sadly, his heroic act came at a price, as Chris Evans’ character spent the next few decades as a frozen “Capsicle.” In the subsequent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, however, the Super Soldier showed himself to be perfectly capable of jumping out of a plane and into the water, raising the question of why he didn’t do the same in his first movie.

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Hayley Atwell Says She’s Done With Peggy Carter After Avengers: Endgame

Ever since the character’s first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger almost a decade ago, Hayley Atwell’s fan-favorite Peggy Carter has been all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As well as appearing in the Captain America franchise, Atwell would also reprise the role in a Marvel One-Shot, two Avengers movies, an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the upcoming Disney Plus animated series Marvel’s What If…? and even her own spinoff show Agent Carter that lasted for two seasons before being cancelled due to poor ratings, despite solid reviews from critics.

Atwell’s most recent appearance in the McU came at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, as Peggy finally got to share a dance with Steve Rogers, which ended the biggest movie of all-time on an incredibly character-driven note. The scene appeared to draw a line under the narrative arcs of both heroes, and in a recent interview,
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Marvel Universe Secrets on the Avengers: Endgame Bonus Features

Rob Leane Aug 15, 2019

With Avengers: Endgame now on home formats, there's lots of things to learn about the McU and the wider Marvel Universe.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

With Avengers: Endgame now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital we thought you might like to hear some of the things that we learned from our binge of these extra features, so we put together a round-up to give you an idea of what to expect. And since this is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we managed to fit our findings into 22 points.

There were alternate versions of Stan Lee’s Thor cameo

There’s a really sweet featurette about the late Stan Lee and his famous cameos, which includes heaps of heart-warming behind the scenes footage. Of particular note is a shot of Stan Lee coming up with an alternate line for his cameo
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Disney Reportedly Planning To Remake The Rocketeer

20 years before he directed Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston helmed another superhero movie. The Rocketeer was a throwback to adventure serials of the 1930s/40s starring Billy Campbell as Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot with a jetpack who battled Nazis in old-time Hollywood. Though it was a financial disappointment for Disney in 1991, it’s developed a cult following over the years.

Given that and the widespread popularity of superhero cinema nowadays, it’s no surprise that the studio is apparently working on remaking it. We Got This Covered has been informed by our source – the same one who revealed that an Aladdin sequel was in the works last month, before it got confirmed this week – that Disney is looking to reboot the property. It seems the project is in its earliest stages though, as we’ve heard that it could either develop into a movie or a TV show set for Disney Plus.
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Amanda Seyfried Apparently Turned Down McU’s Gamora Because of That Green Makeup

Amanda Seyfried Apparently Turned Down McU’s Gamora Because of That Green Makeup
Comic book movie fans can add Amanda Seyfried to the long list of actors who reportedly turned down a chance to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a.k.a. one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. Seyfried’s recent video interview with MTV has gone viral for revealing the actress rejected a role in an unnamed superhero tentpole. What Seyfried says has many believing the role was Gamora in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise.

“I turned down [a superhero movie] once and they haven’t called back since,” Seyfried responded when asked about her interest in playing a superhero. “And it was a big one. I don’t regret it because I didn’t want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter’s now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I’d done it, but
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Avengers: Endgame Directors Reveal How Cap’s Reunion With Red Skull Would Play Out

While many fans had hoped Red Skull would once again appear in the McU, I don’t think a single one expected that the villainous character would play such a massive role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Having previously been zapped into oblivion in Captain America: The First Avenger (in addition to Hugo Weaving’s penchant for bashing Marvel Studios), most assumed the Hydra founder’s time had come and gone.

Cut to the summer of 2018, where a cloaked figure on the planet Vormir revealed that he was actually Red Skull, forever cursed to watch over the Soul Stone as punishment for his attempted misuse of the Tesseract. Now a solemn shell of his former evil self (and recast with Ross Marquand), Captain America’s arch-nemesis only managed to interact with Thanos, Gamora, Black Widow and Hawkeye over both movies, leaving many fans upset that a reunion
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Captain Marvel’s Gemma Chan Isn’t The First Actor To Play Two Different McU Roles

While we expected a more recognizable franchise to help kick off Phase 4 of the McU next year (alongside the standalone Black Widow) film, it looks like Marvel Studios is doubling down on The Eternals, which is set to build upon the cosmic side of the series. So far, we don’t know all that much about the upcoming project – plot details are being kept tightly under wraps – but Kevin Feige himself seems excited to have the opportunity to get moviegoers hyped about a relatively unknown group of characters.

At last month’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel pulled back the curtain on the film’s talented cast, which includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. Recently, however, we heard reports that Gemma Chan was looking to join the roster, too, and some of you might remember her appearance in Captain Marvel,
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Russo Brothers Explain That ‘Agent Carter’ Cameo in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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Russo Brothers Explain That ‘Agent Carter’ Cameo in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Avengers: Endgame” featured many, many cameos, but one of the more surprising ones was when James D’Arcy briefly appeared as Howard Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis, reprising his role from the short-lived ABC series “Agent Carter.”

During a Reddit Ama on Thursday, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained why they included Jarvis in “Endgame,” which marked the first time any Marvel Studios film referenced a character exclusively from Marvel TV’s McU-adjacent universe.

“Because we love James,” the directors wrote. “Also, because Markus and Mcfeely were instrumental in engineering that show, and because [Joe Rosso] directed one of the episodes. It seemed appropriate.”

Also Read: 'Agents of Shield' to End on ABC After Season 7 in 2020

The Russos were referring to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who have co-written many Marvel Studios’ films including “Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and all three “Captain America” films. The duo co-created “Agent Carter,” which ran for
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Howard Stark Actor Says He’s Down Play The McU’s New Iron Man

Dominic Cooper is arguably best known for his role in AMC’s Preacher, where he plays Jesse Custer, a man with the power to make anyone do whatever he wants, using only his voice, and on a mission to hold God accountable. However, this take on the popular Garth Ennis creation of the same name isn’t the first time Cooper’s played a comic book character.

In fact, his first dalliance with a comic book property was when he portrayed Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, way back in 2011. He would then go on to reprise the role in the ABC spinoff, Agent Carter for both seasons that the show was on the air.

And while Cooper has ostensibly moved on from his time in the McU, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about it or is unwilling to return. During a recent interview, the actor
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Avengers: Endgame Writer Says Old Captain America Was at Peggy Carter's Funeral

Rob Leane Aug 5, 2019

Were there actually two Steve Rogers at Peggy Carter's funeral during Captain America: Civil War?

The debate around Avengers: Endgame and its "Old Man Cap" scene continues, with one of the writers of the movie now stating his belief that the aged version of Steve Rogers (who appeared at the end of Endgame to pass his shield to Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson) attended Peggy Carter's funeral way back in Captain America: Civil War.

This theory ties into the biggest argument about Cap's time-travel antics: even the makers of the movie can't agree on whether Steve lived out his later years in the main McU timeline, or whether he created a new timeline by travelling back in time to reunite with Peggy.

The film's writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, believe that Cap found a way to break the time-travel rules of the film to remain
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Endgame Fans Discover Another Original Avengers Callback Easter Egg

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Endgame Fans Discover Another Original Avengers Callback Easter Egg
The Russo Brothers set Avengers: Endgame up with a lot of references to the past. Some of the references are easy to pick up on, but others are so subtle that they fall into the Easter Egg category, like this newly discovered scene. As it turns out, the epic battle at the conclusion of the movie between Captain America and Thanos mirrors a scene from the first Avengers movie where Thor is fighting Hulk. When looked at simultaneously, one can easily see how much extra credit work went into making Endgame.

Speaking of extra credit, the Marvel Cinematic Universe fan who first noticed the new Endgame Easter Egg should get some. The fan goes by the name Thanos on social media, though we know it's not really the Mad Titan's official account (he's dead), and he figured out that the fight scene between Thanos and Captain America strongly follows the
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Avengers: Endgame writers are done at Marvel Studios but open to returning

Marvel Cinematic Universe writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who have written Marvel Studios films including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, confirm their break from Marvel but are open to returning in the future.

In a recent interview with Los Angeles Times, McFeely said, “We’re gone, no. We are not working for Marvel at the moment.”

“We’ve written for every character they have. It’s incumbent upon us, one, to let other people play with the toys, but also for us to go recharge our batteries, develop other skills, and then come back, should the opportunity arise,” Markus added.

“We love them, hopefully they like us, we would gladly go back when the need arises. But at the moment we’re not there. We were on, literally, continuously from [Captain America: The First Avenger] to the end of Endgame.
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Marvel Intro for Avengers: Endgame Hides an Emotionally Impactful Easter Egg

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Marvel Intro for Avengers: Endgame Hides an Emotionally Impactful Easter Egg
Avengers: Endgame is now available to purchase digitally and fans are discovering new Easter Eggs. The latest discovery has to do with the opening Marvel intro and how it differs from past movies, specifically Infinity War. Marvel Studios has a pretty crazy eye for details when they make their movies, even with different directors, writers, and producers. The continuity is one of the reasons Marvel Cinematic Universe fans keep coming back and watching the movies multiple times, often discovering hidden connections and Easter Eggs in the process.

While watching the Marvel intro for Avengers: Endgame, it looks like the previous McU intros. However, upon closer inspection, one can clearly see that all of the dusted characters from Infinity War have been removed. Black Panther and Scarlet Witch are removed, making for an emotional start to the movie. It's a small and subtle detail, but that's why the fans are so loyal.
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"The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" In Georgia

Despite Disney's threatened boycott of film production in the state of Georgia, following the company's opposition to a 'Heartbeat Bill', Marvel is moving ahead with the Disney+ 6-episode live action miniseries "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier", directed by Kari Skogland, shooting in Atlanta, Georgia August 12, 2019, with 'Sam Wilson' becoming the new 'Captain America':

"...in the new series, 'Sam Wilson' aka 'The Falcon' will become 'Captain America'. Unfortunately that's not good news for some, with 'deep state' forces working subversively in a shadow Government, preventing him from becoming the new Cap."

Written by Malcolm Spellman ("Empire"), cast also includes Emily VanCamp as 'Sharon Carter'/'Agent 13' and Daniel Brühl as 'Zemo'.

'Sam Wilson', aka 'Falcon', debuted in Marvel Comics "Captain America" #117 (September 1969), using mechanical wings to fly...

...with a limited telepathic and empathic control over birds. 

Mackie has played the character in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Superman Movie Is Definitely on Avengers: Endgame Writers Want-To-Do List

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Superman Movie Is Definitely on Avengers: Endgame Writers Want-To-Do List
Will the guys behind the script for Avengers: Endgame be tackling a modern day Superman movie next? Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have pulled off a near miracle. With fans worldwide waiting through 10 years and 22 films, the writing duo managed to write a culminating film that satisfied them all. Avengers: Endgame recently took the title of highest grossing film of all time, but its writers are looking beyond Marvel.

Like their counterparts, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Markus and McFeely are taking a step back from Marvel for a bit. Although there is no word yet on when they will return to the comic book universe, in a recent interview, they shed some light on what DC Superhero they would most want to work on: The Man of Steel himself.

Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the task of bringing Captain America to the big screen.
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Avengers: Endgame Fans Discover Howard & Tony Stark Easter Egg

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Some eagle-eyed Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have discovered a new Avengers: Endgame Easter Egg bringing Howard and Tony Stark together. The McU is full of Easter Eggs, some of which have yet to be discovered over the last eleven years. With that being said, Endgame is a massive three hours with a bunch of callbacks to other events within the history of Marvel and as the movie approaches its digital release next week, fans are only going to start finding more.

The Endgame scene in question shows strong parallels to one from Captain America: The First Avenger and centers on Tony Stark and Howard Stark, respectively. One McU fan has taken both scenes and has them playing side-by-side to show the full effect of the similarities. In Endgame, where Tony is compiling his Infinity Gauntlet, it's nearly a shot-for-shot remake of Howard Stark working in The First Avenger, with even
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Mahershala Ali Isn’t The First Actor To Play Multiple McU Roles

One of the best surprises unveiled at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel was that Mahershala Ali is set to star as the titular vampire slayer in an upcoming Blade reboot. Once the excitement had waned a little, though, folks started to realize something: wait, how can Ali be Blade in the McU when he’s already played Cottonmouth on Luke Cage?

Followers of Marvel’s Netflix output will remember that Ali appeared on Lc‘s first season as crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Before fans start tearing their hair out over this apparent universe-breaking discrepancy, though, here’s an important reminder: Ali isn’t the first actor to have more than one role in the McU.

In fact, he’s not even the only actor in Luke Cage to do so. Alfre Woodard first appeared in the McU as a grieving mother who confronts Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War.
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Captain America Originally Teamed Up With Red Skull In Avengers: Endgame

Today at Comic-Con, Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed a load of interesting details about their massive Marvel movie during a panel titled, funnily enough, “Writing Avengers: Endgame.” The most fascinating things we learned came from the ideas they had in early drafts that never made it into the finished product. Like, for instance, how Red Skull could have helped Captain America save the day.

Yup, you read that right. Markus revealed that, prior to work on the Endgame script, Marvel developed a “manifesto” which collated all the loose ends that had developed in the McU over the years that could be cleared up via time travel.

The writer explained:

“We wrote a big document that was everything you could possibly do in these movies. In there, is the Red Skull is clearly alive… He’s awesome! Let’s find a way to use him. Let’s tie this whole thing together…
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