Marvel wasn't going to let the recent announcement of 10 forthcoming DC Comics movies go unanswered: On Tuesday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel laid out its own slate of films in its so-called "Phase 3," going into 2019.
Marvel announced the full titles of nine new films (in addition to the already announced "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Ant-Man"). Here's a complete rundown of the new films and what they mean:
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
Civil War was one of the most iconic storylines in modern comics, pitting Captain America against Iron Man in a battle over civil liberties as the government called for heroes to register their secret identities with the government. Iron Man sided with the government while the American icon Cap stood for his freedom-centric ideals.
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The cover of a near-mint copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman.
The 1938 Action Comics #1 is the first appearance of Superman and only 50 to 100 copies are known to still exist, making it the most valuable comic of all time. The copy in the best-known condition of the comic classic sold in August for more than $3.2 million on eBay.
Not all of us have the money rattling around in our Scrooge McDuck vault to buy our own, especially the best of its kind. But thanks to modern technology, we can all flip through what a nearly pristine 1938 comic book looks like.
The comic book received a 9.0 on a scale of 10 from the Certified Guaranty Company's comics grading service. To put that in perspective, some dings in a newer comic can take it down to a 9.0 pretty quickly. CGC has put scans of this exact comic up for viewing on their website. Watch this video of the eBay seller flipping through the book, take a peek at a few pages below or check out the full issue at CGC's site:
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Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It's a big week for Neil Patrick Harris. The 41-year-old actor's kids had their fourth birthday, his autobiography hit stores — and now, he's hosting the Oscars.
NPH made the announcement in a video on Twitter. It was shot in the horribly gauche style of vertical video, but since he was scrolling down a long list in the video, we'll forgive him.
In the video, he tells someone on the phone "I'm in," before the camera pans over to "NPH's Bucket List" and scans down items he's already checked off. They include the more serious ("Win a Tony Award"), less serious ("Rap with Snoop Dog") and just plain awesome ("Saw a lady in half"), before finally getting to the last item on his list: "Host the Oscars."
"It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards," Harris said in a Motion Picture Academy's press release. "To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."
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Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian receiving the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award.
Utah State University staff received an anonymous terror threat over a live event with Anita Sarkeesian, a vlogger who's angered some gaming fans with her feminist critique of sexism in video games.
The anonymous email sent to Utah State staff promised "the deadliest school shooting in American history" because "feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they've wronged," the Standard Examiner reports.
Despite the threats, Utah State is going ahead with the presentation by Sarkeesian, according to the Standard Examiner. The FBI says that the threat was similar to ones that other venues who've hosted Sarkeesian have received, and they don't believe it came from a student at the school.
Sarkeesian has come under fire from gamers who disagree with her critique, and Sarkeesian has also been caught up in the recent #gamergate controversy, which began this summer. It started when an angry ex-boyfriend accused female game developer Zoe Quinn of an inappropriate relationship with a reporter for video game news site Kotaku, and while evidence hasn't shown that this relationship affected any coverage, it ignited an online firestorm.
Jan Hooks, who was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986 to 1991, has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was 57.
Hooks first appeared on television in the late night show "Tush." She went on to join the cast of "Not Necessarily the News" before landing "SNL." Her celebrity impressions on "SNL" included Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Kathie Lee Gifford and others. One of her most popular non-celebrity recurring characters was as one of the Sweeney Sisters, a pair of lounge singers, which paired her with Nora Dunn.
In addition to "SNL," she was also a regular on "Designing Women" and "3rd Rock From the Sun." She had a recurring role on "The Simpsons" and most recently appeared in 2010 on "30 Rock." She also appeared in films including "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Batman Returns" and "Coneheads."