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Marvel Releases New Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum Concept Art

The new concept art shows off the Sorcerer Supreme’s famous home, the Sanctum Sanctorum. Located in New York’s Greenwich Village, Stephen Strange’s townhouse is mystically warded against supernatural intruders, and contains numerous mystical artifacts.


'Creed' and 'Fruitvale Station' Director Ryan Coogler Tapped To Lead Marvel's 'Black Panther'!!!!

After numerous rumors surrounding the director of Marvel’s forthcoming flick “Black Panther” -- including Ava DuVernay forgoing the opportunity -- it appears the comic movie studio has finally made its decision.

In the February issue of Empire magazine, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed “Creed” and "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler as the film’s director -- which will feature a majority black cast and star Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa. For Feige, he said it is important for the film’s script to reflect the comic’s story of incorporating T’Challa’s origins in Wakanda.

"This one is important," Feige said. "Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore.”

Feige went on to add that the action adventure will focus on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa as he discovers what it means to be king. The developing motion picture will mark the studio's first stand-alone black superhero movie.


Daredevil Season 2 to Debut March 25th Against Batman V Superman

It seems rumors of Daredevil releasing earlier this year than it did in 2015 are true. ComicBook.com has learned from independent sources that Marvel and Netflix are aiming to launch Daredevil season two on March 25, 2016.

If that date sounds familiar and you somehow missed the headline, that's the release date of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, making this debut announcement a firm salvo in the war between Marvel and DC Comics. Daredevil season one launched the Marvel TV/Netflix partnership to critical acclaim, and releasing the second season, which also introduces the Punisher and Elektra to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the same day that WB is trying to build their own cinematic universe for DC Entertainment's cast of characters is clearly a deliberate plan.

It will present an interesting challenge to both pieces of comic book based entertainment. One is 10 hours, and comes at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers, meaning fans can sit and watch it at home. The other is probably 2-2.5 hours, and costs an average of $9 a ticket (plus involves heading out). Die-hard fans of both sets of heroes will likely make time for both in opening weekend, but more casual fans could be affected, potentially choosing one or the other.

This isn't the first instance of these "release date wars" between Marvel and DC. After DC/WB had announced a release date for Batman v Superman of May 6, 2016, Marvel went ahead and announced the same date for Captain America: Civil War, with the first weekend of May traditionally being the debut of a Marvel-related movie for the last decade or so. DC/WB blinked first in that game of chicken, bumping their release up by five weeks.


Vanilla ISIS Are Already Getting A 93 Percent Discount

The takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon appears to be more than just a protest of the impending imprisonment of two ranchers who set fires that spread into public lands. The armed demonstrators are led by Ammon Bundy, whose father, Cliven, has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the federal Bureau of Land Management to own some public lands or to regulate their use for grazing. But the government is giving the Bundy family a pretty good deal on the grazing rights it refuses to pay for.

In 1993, the bureau declined to renew Cliven Bundy’s grazing permits in parts of Nevada that were reserved for a threatened desert tortoise. But Bundy continued grazing his cattle there anyway and refused to pay any fines or fees. He claimed that the land really belonged to him, so why should he have to pay over $1 million in fines?

Now his son has furthered the fight by seizing the Oregon refuge. In a news conference Sunday, Ammon Bundy explained that he was there in protest of the “unconstitutional transactions of land rights and water rights.”

Those transactions, though, can be a pretty good deal, regardless of their constitutionality. According to a 2015 report by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Bureau of Land Management’s fees for grazing cattle on public land are much lower than the fees charged by private landowners, and they’ve only become cheaper in recent years.


Holiday spending up 8 percent; online sales surge

NEW YORK — Americans spent more on items like furniture during the holidays this year, with online shopping in particular seeing a big spike, according to a report released Monday.

Overall spending rose 7.9 percent from a year ago, according to the MasterCard SpendingPulse report, which tracks retail sales across cards, cash and checks from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. The uptick was driven by people sitting in the comfort of their homes or at work, with online shopping up 20 percent.

Shopping at physical stores still accounts for the majority of spending during the holidays. But the continuing shift to online shopping is forcing retailers to improve their websites, or offer perks like faster or free delivery. Earlier this month, another report by First Data also found that online sales growth was outpacing sales growth at physical stores. That report was based on payments from Oct. 31 to Dec. 14.

The SpendingPulse report does not include spending by dollar amounts. But the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects sales for November and December to rise 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion from a year ago.


CNN To Host Town Hall About Gun Control With President Obama

CNN announced Sunday that it would host a live town hall Thursday with President Obama on gun control.

Obama is scheduled to sit down with CNN host Anderson Cooper on the fifth anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

The event, called "Guns in America," is slated to be broadcast live beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


Ryan Coogler Confirmed to Direct Marvel's 'Black Panther'

When it comes to the best films of 2015, you're fooling yourself if you weren't feeling Ryan Coogler's Creed. Many took notice, and earlier this month there was talk of Coogler being in negotiations to direct Marvel's 2018 Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan prince. Creed was Coogler's second film, with his first being Fruitvale Station, and he seemed like the right man for the job...for fans, and apparently, for Marvel.

In the February 2016 issue of Empire, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Coogler will be directing Black Panther, and in a first for Marvel, Black Panther will have a mostly-black cast. Feige called Black Panther important, saying that you "get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore."

The importance goes further, though, as Black Panther is the last film in Marvel's Phase Three before the massive Avengers: Infinity War—Part 1, which brings everything from the films before them (primarily, Thanos' search for the Infinity Gems) to a head. One could imagine Black Panther's Wakanda being the location of the final Infinity Gem...or something else.

Marvel has been killing it so far, but Black Panther is one of those films that they have to get right, for critics, fans, and their Cinematic Universe.


Daredevil Season 2 Possibly Debuting In March 2016 on Netflix

Ever since fans finished the debut season of Marvel's Daredevil (ranked the #1 Comic Book based TV show) on Netflix, the question everyone has been asking is “When is Season 2?” For a long time, most of us believed that Marvel and the streaming service would debut the followup of the critically acclaimed series in April of 2016. However, it looks like we might be getting it a month earlier.

Inside Entertainment Weekly’s 2016 preview issue, there is a sizable chunk of Daredevil news inside. On one page however, Entertainment Weekly has marked that the show will debut in March of next year. In the article (part of which you can see below), you’ll see that production is just about to wrap up on the show, which would make the timing seem accurate.

We’ve reached out to Marvel and Netflix to see if they can confirm the timing, since nothing official has been released from either yet but as of press time, we have not heard back.


Bizarro Is Coming To ‘Supergirl’

During an appearance on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has revealed that a version of the Bizarro character is coming to CBS’ hit DC television series.

Kreisberg did not specify whether Melissa Benoist’s Kara would find herself going up against Bizarro Superman or Bizarro Supergirl, although speculation is pointing towards Bizarro-Girl.

Supergirl is currently on its midseason break and will return for the second half of its first season on January 4th.



Original Comic Characters CONFIRMED In ‘Preacher’; AMC TV Show Release Date Set On 2016

Original DC Comics' Vertigo characters are coming to AMC's newest TV show, "Preacher" set for on a 2016 release date.

Fans of the DC Comics "Preacher" have been waiting a long while for AMC to reveal details of its newest TV show. Apart from the release date that has been vaguely set next year, producer Seth Rogen revealed in-depth details about his newest project.

In a report by Gamespot, Rogen revealed what's different in the new TV show "Preacher" and what fans should be expecting as its release date approaches. While admitting that most characters from the "Preacher" comics will be included in the TV show, there are a few surprises along the way. "We are changing the specifics of how the narrative is unfolding," explained Rogen. "A lot of the building blocks we are not changing, a lot of characters we're keeping, but we want to make a show that if you're a fan of the comic, you don't know what to expect."
"There's some things that even Garth will argue, is quick to admit that we probably should not even attempt to put on television," he added. "There's some characters, we're talking about maybe we combine these two into one person."

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