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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2006


An avalanche of Comic-Con news -- and much more!!!


It's now official: Venom, in his full slobbering-mouth glory, is a villain in Spider-Man 3.

Before a raucous crowd at Comic-Con International on Sunday, director Sam Raimi unveiled a presentation from the film, that, despite include many temporary special effects, raised the roof and gave fans the moment they had been waiting for.

The black ooze dripped down toward Eddie Brock -- who earlier in the clip prayed for Peter Parker's death -- bonding with him, and then for a brief flash, Venom looked square at the screen.

Raimi, who admitted he was more of a fan of the 1960s/70's Spider-Man villains, said he was convinced to use Venom by Marvel's Avi Arad, a producer of the film.

He also noted that principal photography wrapped about two weeks ago.

Raimi was joined on the panel by cast members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Before the panel, The Continuum was part of two roundtable interviews with Raimi and cast, where they divulged some details and shed some light about the film.

To read the interview with Raimi, Maguire and Dunst, CLICK HERE.

To read the interview with Church, Howard and Grace, CLICK HERE.

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Before the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday, Iron Man Jon Favreau revealed to The Continum that the film's villain will be The Mandarin.

"You want to pay homage to the comics, but you want to say what The Mandarin is today," Favreau told The Continuum. "Back then, we were very paranoid about Asia and paranoid with Communism. We live in, I think, a more culturally enlightened time. Things you got away with them, you don't now.

"But I think there are aspects to the character than you can maintain and make a formidable enemy."

Favreau said he feels this is the foe fans want to see.

"They all gravitate toward this guy because he was always one step ahead," Favreau said. "Well, we're going to keep it all tech-based. I don't want a magical character. But I'm definitely pay attention to what was written and how do you transpose that in a way that you're showing the fans that you're paying attention, but you don't sell the reality of the movie out where you have this magical, Fu Manchu type of character."

Look for a report on the Marvel Studios panel soon, as well as The Continuum's complete interview with Favreau.


-- Image Comics announced several new projects and provided updates on current ones at its panel Saturday at Comic-Con International.

For a rundown, with more than a dozen new images, CLICK HERE.


Todd McFarlane displayed some images from his upcoming Spawn/Batman projects and talked a lot about toys at his Comic-Con Interational panel on Saturday.

To read more, CLICK HERE. - Anime Super Store


* Superman Returns star Brandon Routh is providing a guest-voice on Kids' WB's The Batman.

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Retursn.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

* Saturday, July 1: DC Nation, Joe Quesada and Warren Ellis panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 30: Rosario Dawson panel at Heroes Con, Blade: The Series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero, Aspen Comics' Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Blue Water's Lost Raven and The Batman.

* Thursday, June, 29: Image Comics First Looks, Superman Returns, Image Comics' The Cross Bronx and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Wednesday, June, 28: Superman Returns, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Krypto the Superdog in July.

* Tuesday, June, 27: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics First Looks, Civil War, Wolverine: Origins, Top Cow's Freshmen, Arcana Studio for September, The Batman in July, Lone Ranger and DC First Looks.

* Monday, June, 26: Civil War special, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans episodes, Komikwerks for September and Silent Devil's Antigone.

* Sunday, June, 25: Blade: The Series, Superman Returns, Oni Press for September and First Looks.

* Saturday, June, 24: Spider-Man 3, Starz's Comics on Film, Ali Russell writes Isis, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

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