Jessica Jones Season 2 Gets a Release Date and a Trailer

Netflix announced that Jessica Jones will return on March 8, 2018, for a second season of our favorite booze-soaked, super-powered private detective.

We don’t know a lot about what Jessica will be facing in the second season, but we do know that she is not finished dealing with the past. David Tennant is back as Kilgrave, whispering into Jessica’s ear from beyond the grave.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter, David Tennant

Having David back on set was amazing. We had such a great run the first season, and it felt like a celebration, having him back.” star Kristen Ritter told Entertainment Weekly. “The content is maybe not much of a celebration [laughs], but having him be present and spending time with him on a personal level kind of felt like one.”

While Kilgrave left an indelible mark on our heroine, there are more issues in Jessica’s past that need to be dealt with, according to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.

“In season 1, we focused on Jessica’s trauma, on Jessica facing her abuser, but in season 2, we wanted to go even deeper than that, she said. “As you’ve seen in season 1, she was somewhat of a mess even before Kilgrave came into her life, so it was really just about digging deeper into this chaos and peeling back those layers, just going to the core of her being. That was our objective.”

New ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Trailer Has Powers and ‘Old Lace’

We loved Hulu’s first Runaways trailer, but like the recent trailer for The New Mutants movie, we were left wondering, “Are there superpowers in this superhero show?”

The second trailer gives us a definitive, “Yes.”

We see Molly (a.k.a. Princess Powerful) crushing a metal seat with her hand. Chase Stein is wearing his trademark x-ray specs (the “fistigons also make an appearance – but worn by his evil father Victor). Karolina Dean appears in her beautiful “rainbow” form. Nico Minoru has her hands on the “Staff of One” and damn it looks cool when it glows, and we even get a glimpse of Gertrude’s genetically modified telepathic dinosaur from the future, “Old Lace.”

I loved the comic Runaways, and I am hoping this show will live up to its predecessor.

Hulu is launching the first season of Marvel’s Runaways on Tuesday, November 21.

NYCC: Marvel’s Retailer-Only Panel Erupts into Anti-Diversity Chaos

Retailer blames “blacks,” homos” and “freaking females” for the recent slump in sales.

Marvel hosted a retailer’s-only panel at New York Comic Con yesterday. The panel was part of the Diamond Distributors’ breakfast event, and it started harmlessly enough with Marvel’s panel — consisting of Tom Brevoort, Nick Lowe, Christina Hanigan and Charles Soule — making a series of announcements regarding upcoming titles an events. But when it came time to take questions from the crowd, the event turned ugly.

After answering questions regarding issue numbering, their ability to put out a weekly comic on time and making the Marvel Universe feel more interconnected; the event went off the rails.

Bleeding Cool gives us the play-by-play:

Then one retailer got lots of applause for objecting to the ordering process for the Marvel Lenticular covers, and got lots of applause, Bleeding Cool has covered repeatedly objections to the way Marvel Comics have handled this.

But he kept going with his objections and soon he was bringing up the fact that Marvel now had female versions of characters instead of the males, with echoing shouts from the crowd of retailers about not changing all the characters all at once – which is something I have also heard Marvel executives themselves echo. But things were getting tense.

Two older retailers started raising their voices arguing about diversity and how it does not work. The words “black”, “homo” and “freaking females” were used multiple times, at which point other retailers started to boo those retailers and the room started to turn on itself. Marvel editor Nick Lowe tried to get calm by saying that Marvel try and they tell stories for everyone, that the old heroes are not going anywhere, neither are the new ones, there is room for them both.

Marvel ended the event amid the chaos and cleared the room, but angry retailers confronted editors and executives in the hallway, continuing the argument.

While analysts have pointed to a number of causes for Marvel’s sales slump (too many “events,” the constant cancellation and resolicitation of books with a new #1), the idea that “diversity” is what has caused a sales slump at Marvel has been a staple among the “angry white male” demographic for a while — but it’s almost always prefaced with the caveat that they just “really respect the original characters,” and that they aren’t “sexist or racist or anything.”

We’ll be sure to let the “blacks,” “homos” and “freaking females” know.

Mary Jane Watson Variant Month

You Hit the Jackpot, Tiger! Marvel’s Announces Mary Jane Variant Covers

To celebrate the launch of the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel is elevating the profile of one of Peter’s most popular supporting characters: Mary Jane Watson with a series of variant covers that portray her as some of Marvel’s most popular heroes.

“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #21 by David Lopez
  2. AVENGERS #8 by Mike Allred
  3. CHAMPIONS #9 by Helen Chen
  4. DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Francisco Herrera
  5. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #17 by David Nakayama
  6. HULK #7 by Rahzzah
  7. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 by Marco Checchetto
  8. IRON FIST #4 by Stephanie Hans
  9. SPIDER-GWEN #21 by Kevin Wada
  10. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Chris Samnee
  11. THE PUNISHER #13 by Dave Williams
  12. VENOM #151 by Francesco Mattina

Look for these additional Mary Jane Watson Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics in June:

  1. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 by TBA
  2. BLACK BOLT #2 by Ryan Stegman
  3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
  4. DAREDEVIL #21 by Humberto Ramos
  5. DEADPOOL #32 by Elizabeth Torque
  6. I AM GROOT #2 by TBA
  7. MIGHTY THOR #20 by Patrick Brown
  8. SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Humberto Ramos
  9. X-MEN BLUE #5 by TBA
  10. X-MEN GOLD #5 by Anthony Piper

Get Ready to Pledge Allegiance to ‘America’

Check out our preview of America Chavez’s solo series, coming in March.

Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense, hard-hitting heroine – America Chavez – is now starring in her very own series! That’s right, True Believer, it’s dimension-punching, high-octane super hero action as only the fan-favorite character can supply. And Marvel is pleased to present your very first look inside the hotly anticipated AMERICA #1 – coming to comic shops everywhere on March 1st! Superstar YA writer Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) joins critically acclaimed artist Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) to take Marvel’s Latina powerhouse to the next level!

As the new leader of the Ultimates, America has cemented herself as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe. But when your punch is enough to shatter the barriers between worlds, sometimes being a super hero can get in the way of self-discovery. So what’s a super powered teenager to do for a little fulfillment? She goes to college! …Right after she punches out a few interdimensional monsters and takes down a pesky alien cult.

She’s stood side-by-side with some of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, but now it’s time for her to fly solo. Be there as America plants her feet, punches her way through dimensions and faces off against an oncoming alien horde — all while managing a social life and a full class load. Don’t miss the highly anticipated AMERICA #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on March 1st!

AMERICA #1

Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Covers by CLIFF CHIANG, JAMIE MCKELVIE  and SKOTTIE YOUNG

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER  CHRISTOPHER
Hip-Hop Variant by JEFFREY VEREGGE