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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008


Paramount's Rob Moore, Marvel Studios' David Maisel, Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige at the Los Angeles premiere of Iron Man last week.

Following a huge box-office performance of Iron Man over the weekend, Marvel Entertainment on Monday announced a series of Avengers films, beginning with an Iron Man sequel.

Iron Man 2 is scheduled for an April 30, 2010 release. During its first quarter conference call on Monday morning, Marvel Studios' David Maisel said that the date will continue Marvel's tradition of kicking off the summer movie season. "We view that as an optimum time," Maisel said.

Thor is scheduled for a June 4, 2010 release and The First Avenger: Captain America for May 6, 2011, with The Avengers for July 2011.

Maisel did not list personnel for an Iron Man sequel, but stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard are all signed for three films, and director Jon Favreau has expressed interest in returning.

"It would be premature to discuss any kind of detail at this point in time," Maisel said. "We're going to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

Maisel said Iron Man 2 will be used to introduce Thor. He also noted The First Avenger: Captain America is a working title.

Ant-Man remains on Marvel's development slate, with no scheduled release date.

Maisel said one week of post-production remains on The Incredible Hulk, which is scheduled for June 13.

"We're extremely happy with the results," he said of Hulk, noting that the television marketing for the film will begin on May 19 and that Universal is reporting that the Hulk trailer is the most viewed in the studio's history.

Asked about chances of expanding Hulk into a franchise, Maisel said Marvel won't reveal any plans until after the release of The Incredible Hulk. "We definitely plan on continuing," Maisel said.

Marvel's outsourced movies schedule remained unchanged Punisher: War Zone from Lionsgate on Dec. 5 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 20th Century Fox on May 1, 2009.

Maisel said development of Spider-Man 4 continues with Sony Pictures. "I can't give any other updates other than to say it's in development and everybody's excited about Spider-Man 4," he said.

Marvel also announced animation plans.

The new Iron Man series -- which, like Wolverine and the X-Men, will debut in spring 2009 on Nicktoons -- has been titled Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

New series announced include Hulk Gamma Corps and Super Hero Squad.

Direct-to-DVD movies will include Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow for late 2008, Hulk Vs. for early 2009, Thor: Son of Asgard for late 2009 and Planet Hulk for early 2010.

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The CW has released 13 images from "Quest," the Thursday, May 8 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) is attacked by a cloaked stranger who carves kryptonian symbols into his chest -- a message for Clark (Tom Welling). Chloe (Allison Mack) and Clark investigate and discover one member of the Veritas clan has survived and is hiding in a church. Clark and Lex race to be the first to find this mysterious Veritas member, who holds the key to Clark's survival."

Robert Picardo guest-stars as Edward Teague

The episode was written by Holly Harold and directed by Ken Biller.

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In other Smallville news, the Thursday, May 22 episode of Smallville on The CW will be a repeat of "Bizarro." - More Product. More Exclusives.


Sony Pictures Television has released descriptions of the next two episodes of The Spectacular Spider-Man on Kids' WB!.

"The Uncertainty Principle" will air on Saturday, May 10.

Here's how the episode is described:

"Itıs hard to find clarity amid the masks, mysteries and menace of Halloween. Colonel John Jameson struggles to land his damaged space shuttle, while Spider-Man struggles to defeat Green Goblin, who also threatens Hammerhead and Tombstone. But Peter Parker's biggest challenge will be facing the awful truth when he finally learns the Goblins 'true' identity."

"Persona" will air on Saturday, May 17.

Here's how the episode is described:

"Spider-Man -- wearing a new black costume courtesy of an alien Symbiote -- learns the hard way not to judge a book by its cover, when another Spider-Man starts making a crook! It's the Chameleon, master of disguise, looting the city and laying the blame at Spidey's feet. The Web-Slinger's forced to team up with another crook, the lovely Black Cat, to stop his foe's faux-Spidey crime spree and clear his name."

Look for more Spider-Man news soon here in The Continuum.

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For covers and five-page previews of Virgin Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Dock Walloper #4 and The Megas #3.

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

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

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For covers and five- to nine-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Man with No Name: The Good, The Bad and The Uglier #1, The Boys #18, Battlestar Galactica: Origins #5, Savage Tales #7 and Adolescent Radioactive Black Best Hamsters #3.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Presss.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* The Hero Initiative announced that the first 50 covers of Hero's Hulk #1 Project will be on display at Emerald City ComiCon on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle.

To the right is a look at the covers by Dale Keown and Sean Phillips.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Archie Comics has released the cover to Archie #588, "Freshman Year: Fall Semester."

The issue continues the story written by Batton Lash, with art by Bill Galvan.

Here's how Archie describes the issue:

"Archie and his friends are starting the fall semester of their first high school year. Having survived a summer that saw the departure of Jughead and bickering parents, the gang arrives at high school... to find elementary school Principal Mr. Weatherbee has now become the high school principal! But it's not just about reunions at Riverdale High. Archie also makes a new friend in Pencilneck G., although he prefers his more laid-back buddy Jughead. He also makes some new enemies in Jared McGerk and his band of bullies! Along the way the other classic faculty members are introduced, as well as Pop Tate and his Chok'lit Shop!"

The issue will be in stores on August 20.

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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.

* Monday, April 28: Iron Man's Jon Favreau, IDW Publishing's Galaxy Quest, IDW collects Love and Capes, Devil's Due's Drafted and First Looks.

* Monday, April 28: Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 27: Iron Man and Smallville. Family Guy on - Shop now!

* Saturday, April 26: DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Friday, April 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel First Looks, Iron Man movie and Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Thursday, April 24: Iron Man, Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Selma Blair, The Spectaculer Spider-Man's Vanessa Marshall, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 23: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Desperado Publishing for July, Viper Comics for July, First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Simpsons.

* Tuesday, April 22: The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Speed Racer, Smallville, Avatar Press for July, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Virgin and Stan Lee team and Marvel roundup.

* Monday, April 21: Iron Man movie, Boom! Studios for July, First Looks, Family Guy, The Simpsons and from New York Comic Con: Vertigo, Top Cow and Boom! Studios.

* Sunday, April 20: From New York Comic Con: Incredible Hulk producers, Marvel's Cop O' Joe and Chesterquest panels; and Red 5 Comics for July.

* Saturday, April 19: From New York Comic Con: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted and Make Mine Marvel panel; Image Comics First Looks, Smallville and Dabel Productions for July.

* Friday, April 18: From New York Comic Con -- DC Nation panel, Secret Invasion panel and Mondo Marvel panel; Marvel First Looks, Image Comics for July, Black Panther animated and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 17: Bongo Comics for July, Oni Press for July, Invincible Iron Man variant and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 16: Platinum Studios' Atlantis Rising optioned, Stan Lee's Legion of 5, Radical Publishing for July, Transformers: Animated in May and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 15: Marvel Comics for July, The Simpsons, DC Comics' Prototype and First Looks.

* Monday, April 14: DC Comics for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, April 13: Family Guy, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 12: Dark Horse Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, April 11: The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Kabillion's Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 10: Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Comic Book Tattoo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 9: The Batman: Brave and the Bold's Diedrich Bader, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Bluewater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 8: Top Cow Productions for July, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, April 7: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville, Voltron, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Invincible Iron Man, Freshmen and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 6: Iron Man movie and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 5: IDW Publishing for July, DC First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, April 4: The Dark Knight, Speed Racer, Marvel First Looks, Ben Templesmith exclusive to IDW Publishing and Digital Webbing for June.

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