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SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019



MARVEL STUDIOS ANNOUNCES PLANS

Marvel Studios announced its upcoming plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday.

They include:

* Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020.

* The Eternals, with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. Directed by Chloe Zhao. In theaters November 6, 2020.

* Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, with Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.

* Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Scott Derrickson returns as director. In theaters May 7, 2021.

* Thor: Love and Thunder with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. Taika Waititi returns as director. In theaters November 5, 2021.

* Blade with Mahershala Ali.

* The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Bruhl. Streaming on Disney+, fall 2020.

* Wandavision, an original series with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris. Streaming on Disney+, spring 2021.

* Loki, an original series with Tom Hiddleston. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, spring 2021.

* What If...?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. Streaming on Disney+, beginning summer 2021.

* Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner, an original series that will also introduce Kate Bishop. Streaming on Disney+, fall 2021.



SHE COULD FLY TO AMC

Dark Horse Comics' Berger Books has announced She Could Fly has been optioned for television development by AMC. Based on the comic series created by Christopher Cantwell and Martin Morazzo, She Could Fly marks the first property from the Berger Books line to be optioned for film or television.

She Could Fly tells the story of Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl who becomes obsessed with an unknown woman who appears in the Chicago sky flying at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Suddenly -- the mysterious woman dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman's inner life lead to the liberation from Luna own troubled mind?

The second series of She Could Fly, She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #5 arrives August 14, with the collection arriving December 17.

Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of She Could Fly has past experience with AMC through AMCfs Halt and Catch Fire as a co-creator, showrunner and executive producer.

Executive producers of She Could Fly include Mark Johnson, executive producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Melissa Bernstein, also an executive producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Karen Berger, founder of Berger Books and Vertigo; Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment's founder and executive producer; and Keith Goldberg, Dark Horse Entertainment senior vice president and executive producer.



ELFQUEST: STARGAZER'S HUNT

Dark Horse Comics has announced a Nov. 13 launch for ElfQuest: Stargazer's Hunt, a series by ElfQuest co-creators Wendy and Richard Pini, and a script by Wendy Pini.

Veteran ElfQuest alumnus Sonny Strait returns as the artist (over layouts by Wendy Pini) and colorist for the new series.

"I feel both thrilled and anxious as I hurtle into new writing territory with Stargazerfs Hunt. Always the 'championfs companion,' Skywise is now a hero unto himself, questing for a prize no one could possibly guess," said Wendy Pini. "While Cutter's story arc on the World of Two Moons was meticulously planned, Skywise's hunt encompasses all of space and time, and surprises await. Who can know what will befall him?"

When ElfQuest: The Final Quest concluded, it ended the hero's journey of Cutter Kinseeker, chief of the Wolfriders. But that was only the start of a new adventure for Cutter's "brother in all but blood," Skywise. Now the stargazer elf, who thought he knew everything about Cutter, discovers how mistaken he was. That, combined with a tragic accident involving his daughter Jink, sends Skywise on a quest of his own, from the elves' ancestral Star Home through uncharted space, and back to the World of Two Moons.



BRIEFLY

DARK HORSE OGN: Dark Horse Comics has announced a March 18 release for Jia and the Nian Monster, a graphic novel from Mike Richardson and Megan Huang.

Here's how the book is described:

"Each new year is marked by a monster's attack on their mountain village. This year, young Jia and her friend Deshi have decided to fight back. For Deshi, it is the grand adventure he has always dreamed of taking part in. For Jia, it is revenge for the loss of her mother -- who was taken by the monster five years before. But it will take more than mere pluck and courage to best the beast of the mountain, which is where the mysterious stranger who has befriended Jia and Deshi comes in."

The 80-page book will cost $12.99.

KING RULES: The Lion King topped the domestic box office over the weekend with a projected $185.0 million.

Spider-Man: Far From Home was second with $21.0 million, pushing its total to $319.6 million. Avengers: Endgame was 11th with $1.2 million, pushing its total to $854.2 million.



SEPTEMBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

Below are solicitations posted for September. Click on the publisher's name for the full listings.

* ARCHIE COMICS.

* ASPEN COMICS.

* BOOM! STUDIOS.

* DARK HORSE COMICS.

* DC COMICS.

* DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT.

* IDW PUBLISHING.

* MAD CAVE STUDIOS.

* MARVEL COMICS.

* VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT.









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