New Images From “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”

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With the trailer due to hit next week, Empire have managed to get hold of seven new images from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Whilst there’s nothing massively spectacular, they are rather cool. Personally, I’m digging the Logan picture, and also the fact that we get a look at Bobby freakin’ Drake! I’m an Iceman fan, deal with it.

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The Days of Future Past comic arc features an alternative future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels after a key senator was assassinated by a group of rogue mutants. Using time travel, the Kitty Pryde tries to warn the younger X-Men of what terror is to come so that they can stop the assassination and save the future. The film adaptation is going to have Wolverine be sent back in time by Kitty, mainly due to the audience’s love of Jackman’s Logan.

Forming quite the ensemble…

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Ben Kingsley Working On “Secret” Marvel Project

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After starring as The Mandarin *cough* Trevor *cough* in this year’s Iron Man 3, it appears that Sir Ben Kingsley has been recently working on another Marvel project.

Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph, Sir Ben revealed, “It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see. I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family.”

So, could that be a Marvel ‘One-Shot,’ similarly to the recent Agent Carter short? Could Kingsley’s Trevor have really been The Mandarin?

Expect more on this as we get it.

 

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Why the comics business had such a great year

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This weekend in San Diego, hundreds of thousands of geeks, nerds and pop culture maniacs descended on the Convention Center for the event that has become a consumer show mecca — Comic Con. Attendees were paying tribute to hit TV shows and movies, but it could just as easily have been a celebration for the comics industry as a whole: 2012 was one of its best years in a long time, and a lot of that has to do with digital strategy.

New York Times report this weekend spotlighted Comixology, the digital comics distributor that was the third-highest grossing iPad app of 2012. It also had hit its 50-millionth and 100-millionth downloaded comic, last year, and is now closing in on 200 million downloads.

But the broader industry has also grown sharply. Digital sales tripled last year, to $70 million. The print side, meanwhile, saw sales gains of…

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