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Updates: February 16, 2007

News: February 16, 2007

  • Ain't It Cool News spoke recently with Ioan Gruffudd about Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer...
    I'm very excited about it because it takes our movie and our franchise to a whole new level. It's up there now where they're comparing the effects to those of the SPIDER-MAN movies, which is a film that is $100 million more expensive than our movie, and rightfully so, it's an awesome franchise. I think the fans will not be disappointed. It is as he arrived in the comic books. He's an ambiguous character. Is he the protagonist or evil, or just the messenger of evil? We're not quite sure...

    The benefit of this film is that we don't have to set up who we are. The first movie struggled in that sense. The fans were a bit upset and thought it was a bit lame the way we set it all up, but for a wider audience we had to explain how we became superheroes...

    In this movie, we start out totally embracing our super powers within the context of a normal life, as normal as you can be, because they are under the scrutiny of the paparazzi and the public. And Reed Richards, this great mind, is now more interested in his fame than his work. So we start off on this light note, and then when the Silver Surfer arrives: Bang, we're off; we're up and running. And it becomes very dark by the end...

    [Galactus'] presence is felt in the movie. He doesn't physically appear, no...

    It's more of a finite movie than the first one. It's not open-ended in that sense. But Galactus doesn't actually appear, so it does leave room for that possibility...

    There is a wedding. That's interesting because when the Silver Surfer arrives, he sort of drives a wedge between Sue Storm and myself. She finds him mysterious and appealing, much to Reed Richards chagrin. And then there's the element of, do they want to be superheroes or not, struggling with that fact and having enough of being under the microscope, in the public eye...

    It was strange when he came back, because it's not clear cut us against the Silver Surfer. Dr. Doom being Dr. Doom, he attempts to manipulate the situation to his own means and ends. It's all about the surfboard itself being the source of all the Silver Surfer's power...
  • We've also got issue solicitations for May...
      Written by Reginald Hudlin, penciled by Francis Portela, cover by Niko Henrichon.
      Part 1 of 4. It's slobberin' time! The New Fantastic Four just made a wrong turn on the inter-dimensional super highway -- and they've landed in the middle of Zombie-verse! That's right, True Believer, if the Black Panther, Storm, the Human Torch and the Thing can't come up with the perfect escape plan, they're going to be the next hors d'ouvres for Zombie Galacti intent on eating the entire universe! Spinning from the pages of Marvel Zombies.
      Written by Dwayne McDuffie, art by Paul Pelletier, cover by Michael Turner.
      The Fantastic Four is helpless against the cosmic power of Epoch. The Black Panther goes one-on-one vs. The Silver Surfer. And oh, yeah, there's a new Protector of the Universe and he's got a bone to pick with Galactus.
      Written by Greg Pak, art and cover by Gary Frank.
      When the Hulk returns to Earth for the senses-shattering events of "World War Hulk," we can all guess which puny humans will fight against him. But which of Earth's heroes will fight for the Hulk? Don't miss the shocking revelations as Amadeus Cho, the boy genius who took on Reed Richards on behalf of the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #100, confronts She-Hulk and Doc Samson -- and precipitates a gamma-powered smash-fest in the wilds of Jersey! Featuring the return of Hulk artist extraordinaire Gary Frank!
      Written by Fred Van Lente, pencils by Clay Mann, cover by Carlo Pagulayan.
      A trio of priceless tridents has been stolen from Atlantis, and the prime suspect is ... the Invisible Woman! Can Mr. Fantastic trade his scientist's hat for a detective's and uncover the real culprits before the Sub-Mariner declares war on the surface world?
      Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Brian Reed, pencils and cover by Jim Cheung.
      Years ago a mysterious creature called the Beyonder gathered the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe for an epic called Secret Wars. Now, finally, after decades of mystery, the true origin of this powerful creature is revealed when the Illuminati try to stop the Beyonder from interfering with the Earth once more. What powerful connection does the Beyonder's true origin have to one of the power players of the Illuminati?
    • SHE-HULK #19
      Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Rick Burchett, cover by Greg Horn.
      "The Gamma Defense" She-Hulk's law firm has defended super-villains before, but never one of "the big ones." Has Mallory Book finally gone too far? Can she honestly expect She-Hulk to help her represent her cousin's greatest foe -- the twisted, mass-murdering genius men call The Leader? Plus: If you thought a certain someone was dead and'd be wrong. And you'll never guess where they are now!
    • SILENT WAR #5
      Written by David Hine, penciled by Frazer Irving, cover by John Watson.
      In the days of the Cold War, the nuclear powers put forward the theory that if two superpowers each possessed the firepower to obliterate the other, they would never go to war. This was known as Mutual Assured Destruction. MAD. Now, once again two great superpowers face one another. On one side, the Sentry. On the other, Black Bolt. Totally MAD.
      Written by J. Michael Straczynski, paints and cover by Esad Ribic.
      The latest offering from the Marvel Knights line. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four! For untold years Norrin Radd has surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars, witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilizations. Now his ride is about to come to an end. It starts with a small spot -- a blemish that will spread until he is no more. Until then, the Silver Surfer would undertake his final voyage -- to the one destination that has always eluded him. His journey starts where it began.
      Written by Jeff Parker, art and cover by Mike Wieringo.
      The invasion of Earth proceeds smoothly as no heroes can stop the process that will bring about the Silver Age of humanity! To find the key to stopping the aliens, Reed Richards leaves his planet and his team. Now with Spider-Man joining, the world still has a Fantastic Four ... but will it be enough to save the Earth?
      Written by Mike Carey, art and cover by Pasqual Ferry.
      "Silver Surfer," part 1 of 5. Reed Richards' attempts to create a Cosmic Cube have caused him to pierce the barriers of a hundred universes. And falling through the opening into our unsuspecting reality is the keeper of the Power Cosmic -- Ultimate Silver Surfer!


At the 1971 Phil Seuling Comic Book Convention, artist Mike Zeck won first prize for his Black Bolt costume. In 1973, writer/artist Wendy Pini attended Tom Fagan's Rutland Halloween Parade as Crystal.

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