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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2007


During the company's first-quarter conference call on Tuesday morning, Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel said he anticipates the Spider-Man movie franchise will continue with multiple films.

"There's been no specific plans mentioned, although senion executives at Sony expressed their obvious excitement about the record-setting weekend of Spider-Man 3," Maisel said. "There's every reason to believe that there will be more and more Spider-Man films for all of us going forward, but there's been no specific announcements or dates or ideas that have been talked about yet."

Marvel currently has five films in development to produce on its own -- Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Nick Fury and The Avengers -- and Maisel said two of those will likely be released in 2009.

Marvel has Iron Man scheduled for May 3, 2008 and The Incredible Hulk for June 13, 2008. Maisel said he is happy to have the same weekend that Spider-Man 3 had next year for Iron Man and that Marvel will continue to announce release dates earlier than most studios.

In other Marvel movie news:

* Spider-Man 3's record-setting weekend was even better than originally estimated.

Actual figures were released on Monday, with Spider-Man 3 taking in $151.1 domestically over the weekend, betten than the $148 originally thought.

The film's worldwide take was actually $382 million in its first week, as opposed to the original estimate of $375 million.

According to Daily Variety, Spider-Man 3 broke the single-day worldwide take with $117,631,328 on Saturday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CinemaScore polling showed that overall audiences awarded the movie a grade of B-plus.

* Paramount Pictures has provided The Continuum a larger view of the recently released photo of the Iron Man, as well as a shot of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on Iron Man soon here in The Continuum.

* Fox has released a new international banner image from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, showing the Human Torch squaring off against the Surfer.

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* The first Fantastic Four movie returns to Cinemax in June with seven showings.

Air dates and times include Saturday, June 2 at 12:15 a.m.; Saturday, June 9 at 8:15 p.m.; Thursday, June 14 at 10:40 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Tuesday, June 19 at 6:15 p.m.; Sunday, June 24 at 6:35 p.m.; and Friday, June 29 at 10 p.m.


For covers and five- to six-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Ms. Marvel #16, Ultimate Fantastic Four #42 and Silver Surfer: Requiem #1 from Marvel Comics; Champions #40 from Heroic Publishing; and Tales of the TMNT #33 from Mirage Studios.

Look for more First Looks later on Tuesday here in The Continuum.

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Desperado Publishing has provided The Continuum its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted August solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* BlueWater Productions.

* Heroic Publishing.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

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* To the right is a first look at the box art of Legion of Super Heroes Vol. 1, a four-episode DVD collection from Warner Home Video scheduled for an August 28 release.

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* Casting is underway for Kids' WB!'s Amazing Spider-Man animated series.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, rapper/actor Common has joined the cast of Universal's Wanted, based on the Top Cow series. Common will play the Gunsmith, an assassin with an unparalleled knowledge of firearms who is enlisted to help train the lead character played by James McAvoy.

* Dynamite Entertainment is offering a variant edition of 3,000 for Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #3. The variant features an Arthur Suydam cover based on Jim Starlin's Death of Captain Marvel.

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* Sci Fi has announced Ani-Monday, a weekly anime programming block that will air on Monday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (PT/ET), beginning June 11. Ani-Monday will feature a collection of movies, series and shorts from Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga, and marks Sci Fi's first foray into original late-night programming.

Ani-Monday will feature the exclusive premiere of Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society. In addition, Ani-Monday will feature films like Ninja Scroll, Blood, The Last Vampire, Read or Die and Blackjack. The anime block will also be home to premieres of new genre series such as Tokko, Noein and classic series such as Street Fighter II V.

* Archie Comics has announced an August 29 release for Sonic the Hedgehog Archives #5, a 112-page trade paperback that reprints Sonic the Hedgehog #17-20.

* Masterpiece Comics and Panda!Monium Press have announced an agreement that will bring Panda!Monium's The Maniacal Smile under the Masterpiece Comics banner.

The Maniacal Smile, drawn by creator Robert Rhine and written by Mike Foss, was originally produced as a 12-issue black-and-white series over a four-year period and sold at conventions on the Florida circuit. Recently Panda!Monium Press re-launched the title as a full-color, ongoing series.

Under the new agreement, Panda!Monium Press will produce three issues of The Maniacal Smile series to be published by Masterpiece Comics in the second half of 2007.

* Marvel Comics has announced that Ms. Marvel #15 has sold out.


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

* Thursday, May 3: Spider-Man 3's Thomas Haden Church, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Superman Returns on Cinemax.

* Wednesday, May 2: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Spawn Animated DVD, TwoMorrows Publishing for August, IDW's The Claws Come Out.

* Tuesday, May 1: Spider-Man 3's Sam Raimi, Moonstone Books for August, First Looks, Painkiller Jane and Jonah Hex. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Monday, April 30: Spider-Man 3, The Batman, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Family Guy.

* Sunday, April 29: The Simpsons, Spider-Man 3, Image Comics First Looks and IDW's Scarface: Devil in Disguise.

* Saturday, April 28: Spider-Man 3's Tobey Maguire, Heroes and Smallville.

* Friday, April 27: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, BlueWater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 26: Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Peter Tomasi exclusive writer for DC Comics and Heroes.

* Wednesday, April 25: Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, April 24: Spider-Man 3, First Looks, Top Cow's Unholy Union and Heroes.

* Monday, April 23: Spider-Man 3's Bryce Howard, The Batman, Painkiller Jane, Desperado Publishing for July, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Sunday, April 22: Legion of Super Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, April 21: Spider-Man 3, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, April 20: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, April 19: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Devil's Due Publishing for July, Avatar Press for July and Teen Titans.

* Wednesday, April 18: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Mirage Studios for July, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 17: Marvel Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Top Cow Productions for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, April 16: DC Comics for July, Edward Norton in Incredible Hulk and IDW Publishing for July.

* Sunday, April 15: Spider-Man, The Batman, DC Comics for July preview and Marvel Comics for July preview.

* Saturday, April 14: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Devil's Due First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Friday, April 13: Painkiller Jane, Virgin Comics for July and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 12: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, April 11: Spider-Man 3, Top Cow's First Born, Marvel First Looks, Fantastic Four animated, The Ultimates and Flash Gordon.

* Tuesday, April 10: Painkiller Jane, Aspen Comics for July, Marvel First Looks and Dynamite First Looks.

* Monday, April 9: Painkiller Jane's Kristanna Loken, Ghost Rider on DVD, First Looks and Archie Comics Digests.

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