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Thursday, July 7, 2005

FANTASTIC FOUR PREMIERE

Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench into the Fantastic Four premiere on Wednesday night at Liberty Island in New York City.

Festivities were delayed for more than an hour because of heavy rains around the Manhattan area. With things dried up, red-carpet interviews and photo opportunites proceded, but the actual outdoor screening of the film was halted after just a few minutes because of weather-induced projection difficulties.

Nevertheless, the cast and creators of Fantastic Four seemed to enjoy the event, which was highlighted by a fireworks display capped by several booming 4's lighting up the sky.

"I just can't get over it," Ioan Gruffudd, who plays Mr. Fantastic, told The Continuum. "This whole being on Liberty Island, this is my first visit anyway. And having a big premiere of a movie that I'm in, it's tremendous."

Julian McMahon, who plays Doctor Doom, said he is taking a wait-and-see approach if his character will return for a likely sequel.

"I think on how well the movie does and I think it also depends on the response to Doctor Doom," McMahon said. "There's a lot of things that goes into it. Obviously, there are contractual things in regards to who owns what. You have to be careful about pulling other villains in because you might want to use them in other movies."

Chris Evans, who plays the Human Torch, said he would be "ecstatic" about returning for a sequel.

"I have no idea what they're thinking about," Evans said. "It depends on how well it does. If it does well, we'll jump back int the tights."

Asked about what he would like to see happen to his character in a sequel, Evans said, "I'd like to see Johnny kind of taste the sharp-edge side of fame. Fame's a double-edge sword. He kind of jumped in head first, and there's kind of a ripple effect to fame. I'd think it would be nice to see him grow and get burned a bit -- no pun intended."

Producer Avi Arad of Marvel Studios said Fantastic Four has a unique tone among the company's releases to date. "We didn't want to make a movie about villains," he said. "We wanted to make a movie about heroes, and how they all interact."

* According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, Fantastic Four will open in 3,602 theaters on Friday, about 300 less than last week's box office champion, War of the Worlds, will be in.

* Before attending the premiere, Gruffudd was a guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Thursday.

* Look for more Fantastic Four coverage on Friday, including a press conference with Arad and director Tim Story.



EARTH X DELUXE HARDCOVER

Alex Ross has painted a new cover for the release of the deluxe hardcover edition of Earth X, due in stores on Aug. 31.

Earth X, Jim Krueger's and Ross' tale of a grim, future Marvel Universe where all ordinary humans are given superpowers, is being released for the first time in am all-encompassing hardcover.

The new Earth X hardcover captures the entire Earth X experience by including 12 issues of the Earth X regular series, the #0 and #X bookends, the #1/2 issue, and the Epilogue. It will also contain extras, including Ross sketches of the Earth X characters.

Associate Editor of Special Projects Mark Beazley says, ≥Marvel is striving to put together the best possible HC collection of Earth X, pulling together materials from the Graphitti HC, Marvel's TPB, and the Sketchbooks," said Mark Beazley, Marvel's associte editor of special projects. "Plus the story is presented in full color for the first time in HC along with the Earth X 1/2."

The 592-page book will cost $49.99.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on July 27, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Fantastic Four #529 and New X-Men #16.

Look for more First Looks on Friday here in The Continuum.

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* Above is a first look at the covers to New X-Men: Hellions #3, Amazing Spider-Man #522, Arana #6, Daredevil vs. Punisher #2, Daredevil: Redemption #6 and Hercules #5. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

* For Thursday, June 30, including Vampirella news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, June 29, including news on the partnership of Steve Niles and Thomas Jane, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, June 28, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, June 27, including Marvel solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, June 25, including Marvel solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, June 24, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, June 23, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, June 22, including IDW's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, June 21, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, June 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, June 17, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, June 16, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, June 15, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, June 14, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, June 13, including an interview with Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, June 10, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.




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