Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to get a Comic Boost!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Disney is working its merchandising magic again. This time the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get a heavy dose of cross promotion with a few new titles introduced at this year’s New York Comic Con.

A new Ant-Man title was announced. The new comic will focus on Scott Lang, the second hero to use the Ant-Man name in the Marvel Universe. Not much in the way of details was readily available, other than that the Superior Iron Man will offer Lang the opportunity of a lifetime. Series writer Nick Spencer has high hopes that this comic will let people see that Ant-Man can be one of the A-list heroes of the MU. Artwork will be handled by Ramon Rosanas.  The first issue is set to come out in January 2015.

The Ant-Man film directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang is the film chosen to launch the Third Phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. As of now it is set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Rich Ellis bring us Operation S.I.N. starring Agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. Spinning out of Marvel’s Original Sin crossover event from this past summer, we see Carter and Stark in the 1950’s as they learn about a new threat to freedom called HYDRA. The five issue miniseries is also slated to start in January 2015.

Peggy Carter was one of the standout characters from Captain America: The First Avenger. And next to Agent Coulson’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer, the Agent Carter mini movie was one of my favorite Marvel One-Shots. Agent Carter was an independent woman in a time when that behavior was frowned upon. I’m all for young girls getting as many strong and positive role models as they can.

The new Agent Carter series, starring Haley Atwell and Dominic Cooper, will debut on ABC in January, taking the place of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during its midseason hiatus. The eight episode series will predate the new comic as it takes place in 1946.

Finally, Gamora from Guardians Of The Galaxy will get her own ongoing solo series. The new series will be written by Nicole Perlman, the co-writer of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie that is taking the world by storm. Outside of the character and writer the only other details given were that the series would drop sometime in 2015.

With Guardians Of The Galaxy, Guardians 3000, Rocket Raccoon, and Legendary Star-Lord this will be the fifth Guardian-centric title Marvel is printing. Add on the recently announced Guardians/X-Men crossover Black Vortex set to come out in early 2015 and you’ve got quite a lot of reading material for our Guardians fans. I just hope they don’t over-saturate the market like they did with Deadpool a few years ago. I’d hate to see people get sick of these characters too quickly and have that have an adverse effect on any future projects.

What do you think of these recently announced projects? Are they destined for greatness or the quarter bins?