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‘The Avengers’: The First All-Star Movie By Design


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Jeff Gomez is CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, a New York based production company that consults with Hollywood studios on some of their most popular entertainment franchises. Follow him @Jeff_Gomez.

With some industry observers projecting global box office revenues as high as $2 billion for The Avengers, it’s clear that the film is an unprecedented success. Many have pegged Marvel Studios franchise producer Kevin Feige’s creative and strategic approach in building a shared “story world” out of a series of movies (Iron ManIncredible HulkIron Man IICaptain America and Thor) that coalesced into a kind of all-star movie in Joss Whedon’s Avengers.

But contrary to popular belief, this is not the first time a mess of heroes (or anti-heroes) have been assembled in the service of a greater purpose‚ or multiple revenue streams.

Our love of team-ups, in fact, dates back to the Stone Age. Early man imbued all things around him with animus, and the coolest things — the sun, the moon, the ocean — were either the incarnations of, or controlled by superior beings, gods. It was just a matter of time before pantheons formed, relationships got complicated, and villains arose to challenge the benevolent.

Crafting For Greatness

So what makes Marvel’s Avengers different from all of these previous mash-ups? A few things, actually. By all accounts, Kevin Feige and his team laid out a vision for how every Marvel movie would dovetail into the others, each introducing characters and elements that come into play in the others, all building toward Avengers.

No writer, director or studio exec had incorporated this level of planning into how his or her franchise would unfold and interlock, not even George Lucas for his Star Wars movies.

In addition to somehow skirting all the reasons why such an endeavor could not be possible under contemporary Hollywood business and creative constraints, Marvel Studios also played the technology and digital distribution cards like no other in history.

Armed with the knowledge that their superheroes are the closest things we have to a godlike pantheon, Marvel worked triple-time over the several years to dust off these characters and reintroduce them to the world. Animated series, chapter books, action figures, video games, Blu-rays loaded with crash courses in Avengers lore, even a million-dollar Facebook game that mixed X-Men and Spider-Man into the four-color stew. We were set up like ten-pins and Avengers, as recounted by the cleverly chosen Joss “Homer” Whedon, could only bowl us over.

Here’s both the takeaway and the challenge studios face in the wake of Avengers: a well-known and coherent story world is a rare and precious thing, and there is great power in a grand unifying narrative.

Replicating Success

The threads that tie 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise together are loose at best, with various filmmakers fraying even those with different, often contradictory takes on the material. Warner Bros. approach to the DC heroes has been almost entirely auteur-driven, with Batman, Superman and Green Lantern existing in entirely different universes. It will be some years before any of those characters can meet on the big screen, even if the studio wanted them to.

We experience a certain kind of exhilaration when our gods unite toward a common purpose. That’s why we have All-Star baseball games, and why we’ll forever remember how Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and a host of others joined forces to sing “We Are the World” for starving people in Africa. They are our champions, and their adventures together forge national, and now global narratives.

To repeat the success of The Avengers, however, studios will need visionaries up to the cause, new kinds of storytellers as savvy with how narrative unfolds across multiple media platforms (and in their ability to use marketing and licensing campaigns to build equity in lesser known characters), as they are with how to turn a good scene. Super nerds, thy time has come! 

In the Beginning

 

In the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, stalwart and charismatic Jason assembled a crew of some of the hottest celebs of his day in order to retrieve the Golden Fleece. These included Hercules, Medea and Orpheus, all stars of their own myths and legends. In The Iliad, the epic poet Homer (the Joss Whedon of his time) brings together dozens of Greek gods and heroes and crashes them into the Trojan War. The story was such a hit, Homer followed up some years later with a sequel in The Odyssey. Sigue leyendo

Who is the Superhero of the Social Web? [INFOGRAPHIC]


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Who is the most discussed Marvel character on the social web? Spiderman, of course.

Data analytics company Networked Insights has collected data on the most popular Marvel characters on the social web in the last 30 days, and although it’s not surprising that Spiderman topped the list — especially in light of the franchise’s latest movie debut — the Avengers clinched the second most socially-discussed spot.

According to Networked Insights, the Incredible Hulk is most discussed Avengers character on social media sites, followed by Thor and Iron Man. Meanwhile, the top mutants are Wolverine, Magneto and Northstar.

SEE ALSO: ‘The Avengers’: The First All-Star Movie By Design

The firm also highlighted the most-discussed villians, with Loki — the adopted brother of Thor — taking the top spot. The Lizard and Venom rounded out the top two.

Meanwhile, social media users in New York City are chatting about Marvel characters more than any other location nationwide, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

“It’s been established for a while now that social media is the digital water cooler for all kinds of discussions,” Sean Reckwerdt, senior analyst at Network Insights, toldMashable. “We’re witnessing through social media the dissolution of comic superheroes being beloved only by niche communities. The commercial success of these recent Marvel films are indicating that people are willing to invest several years of their time to a franchise and are definitely willing to check out a series reboot if it is well executed.”

For a deeper look at which Marvel characters are getting the most social buzz, check out the inforgraphic below.

Note: The infographic doesn’t highlight Spiderman as the overall most-discussed Marvel character on the social web. That information was provided to Mashable directly from Networked Insights.

Image courtesy of The Incredible Hulk on Facebook

Marvel Infographic

45 Kick-ass Deadpool Illustration Artworks


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Wade Winston Wilson who also go with the name Deadpool is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel. A mercenary and anti-hero, Deadpool first appeared as a villain in the series entitled The New Mutants on its 98th issue. The character, who was also known as “Merc with a Mouth”, is depicted as a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary and was also famous for his talkative nature and his tendency to “break the fourth wall”, which is used by writers for humorous effect. Deadpool was included among many hit lists as a great comic character during its publication.

This next post showcases 45 Deadpool Illustrations for your inspiration. Witness how several artists were inspired by this cool character and let its magic influence you as well.. Enjoy!!!

Catch__ love, Dead Pool

Catch__ love, Dead Pool
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Dead Pool: jpm1023

Dead Pool: jpm1023
By: Nubry
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Deadly Red

Deadly Red
By: Sanveganza
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Deadpool in Cable’s Undies

Deadpool in Cable's undies
By: Dave-Wilkins
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30 Fabulous Superman Wallpaper Collection


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The cult who flew in the sky, smashed walls and rescued the dame, our all time favorite super hero, the Superman is obsessed my millions of his fanatics till date. Superman wallpapers remain in great demand, everyday marking record-breaking downloads on internet.

Amazing Superman graphics, 3D series and his anime wallpapers, all enjoy great popularity worldwide. Here’s a collection of 30 fabulous Superman wallpapers that include cool Superman pictures, exciting graphics and adorable Superman comic wallpapers for your love for the greatest superhero of the world.

If you liked our selection, perhaps these other posts will interest you too, Mac Desktop Wallpapers, Apple Desktop Wallpapers, Flower Wallpapers, 3D Desktop Wallpapers.

Superman Returns

High resolution 3D Wallpaper from the Superan Returns series.

Superman Returns

Superman Returns

Superman In The Clouds

Clouded Superman logo backdrop for the desktop.

Superman In The Clouds

Superman In The Clouds

Superman Loves

Retro Superman love wallpaper set in comic style.

Superman Loves

Superman Loves

Batman on Superman

Cool comic graphical wallpaper from Superman and Batman series.

Batman on Superman

Batman on Superman

S is for Superman

Flaunting the Superman ‘S’. It’s not a brand, but the cult!

S is for Superman

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Designers, “Hacks” and Professionalism: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?


“The need is constant. The gratification is instant.” That’s from the American Red Cross, and it was copy that I plugged into a poster for a blood drive at a comics convention. Sitting beside an image of the sexy and well-endowed Vampirella, the words took on a different meaning. Oops!

But I was struck by how these words are a perfect assessment of our society. We want it all, instantly and as cheap as possible. We are a Walmart culture. Fast and cheap have entered our every pore and changed our society, our lives and our livelihoods. Compounding our daily worries and pressures, we now fight to keep our industry professional and profitable. Clients want our blood for free, and the “hacks” are designing us out of existence.

Most people blame the laptop and easy-to-use software. Many blame art schools for favoring quantity over quality. Can any of these be blamed merely for doing business? If someone who has no idea what they’re doing wants to purchase a computer and a slew of graphics software and call themselves a designer, then they’re in business.

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All you need is a computer, software and beard and you are an ARTIST!.. Right?

Should we call this “competing in the marketplace” or just “giving it away… and eroding respect for what we do in the process”?

Every freelancer who has dared to provide an actual estimate for their work has heard in reply, “I can get it done cheaper.” And the client can. The job, which requires thousands to be done properly, can be delivered for hundreds, and its horridness would never be noticed by the client. They will not notice the lack of a return on their investment or the consumers avoiding their service or the people making sport of their new logo online. And if they do — which would likely happen after they’ve gone out of business for making all the wrong, cheap decisions — they will blame graphic designers. All of us.

When a staff designer makes a blunder — even if only a perceived one — all designers need to have a watchful eye. We are the weird kids, the ones who drew pictures in math class while the kids who became marketing directors and account managers told on us. Yes, we need watching.

If you ever wondered how the practice of presenting several ideas in a meeting gained such a foothold in our business, just imagine some of the incompetents in the Floogelbinders Guild in the 7th century who really screwed up and codified the practice… before their heads were chopped off and their limbs burned. Ah, the good ol’ days, when they really knew how to maintain professionalism.

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that we are publishing a Smashing eBook Series? The brand new eBook #3 is Mastering Photoshop For Web Design, written by our Photoshop-expert Thomas Giannattasio.]

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Captain America Inspired Artwork


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With the Captain America movie coming in 2011, it is only fitting that I post the seventh installment of comic book inspired artwork about Captain America . It’s promising to be a huge hit with a stellar cast such as Chris Evans playing Steve Rogers / Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones just to name a few stars. While we are waiting for the movie to come out in 2011 let’s check out some really awesome Captain America inspired artwork from some really talented artists. Hope you enjoy!

Want more articles on comic book artwork? Check out some of my previous post:

Comic Book Inspired Artwork: The Joker

Batman Inspired Artwork

Comic Book Inspired Artwork: Wonder Woman

Comic Book Inspired Artwork: Iron Man

Comic Book Inspired Artwork: Spider-Man

Batman Inspired Artwork


As you probably already know from the last couple of comic book inspired artwork posts, Batman is one of my favorite superheroes. One of my childhood memories was coming home after school and patiently waiting until Batman staring Adam West aired on TV. In this post I have compiled an amazing collection of Batman inspired artwork from some very talented artists. Without further ado here is the the caped crusader. Enjoy!

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