Marvel s latest film is one of its most critically acclaimed releases ever, an it s also pushing gamers to the company s games and other digital products.Following the release of Captain America: Civil War late last month, apps like Marvel Future Fight have seen a huge bump in popularity.Marvel is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which recently revealed it is applying the Marvel and Star Wars model to its entire roster of properties.Marvel provided GamesBeat with an exclusive look at some of the numbers for its games from April 28 through May 11, which is the two-week period following the international release of Civil War.And it s clear that the movies are a huge reason that people get excited to install and play apps featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man.Here are those figures:But these impressive performance metrics are not limited to Marvel s games.The entertainment company also saw people hop on its content apps and website as well: Marvel s Captain America: Civil War has had an incredibly significant and sustained impact on our digital portfolio, Marvel general manager for interactive and digital distribution Peter Phillips said in a statement provided to GamesBeat.Phillips explained that people were so quick to install these games in part because Marvel worked with its partner developers to introduce all of the characters and themes from Civil War.But this is not a one-time bump, because Marvel purposefully held back certain heroes until the movie-going audience had a chance to learn about them.
Riot Games, the Los Angeles-based maker of the game, wants to make it last forever, and Sean Haran, director of business development and publishing at Riot Games, will speak about this at our GamesBeat 2016 event next week.You can register for the event here.He leads a team dedicated to supporting the massive League of Legends community through marketing, social media and live event efforts that highlight the diversity and passion of its players.He has more than 15 years of experience in both the video game and entertainment industry, including a stint at Marvel Entertainment, where he was a leader in their successful console, mobile and PC game licensing business.His fireside chat will be moderated by Taylor Cocke, an esports analyst, writer, and video personality who specializes primarily in League of Legends, but also covers Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.Our previously announced speakers include:Mike Minotti is the community manager at GamesBeat, but he also handles plenty of writing duties.Unlike all of those fancy guys covering video games from San Francisco, Mike reports on the industry from the magical land of Ohio.Known as Lasercorn, Moss has been playing video games on YouTube since 2010.
In what can only be described as a sign from the comic book heavens, next month brings not only some of the best releases of the year so far, but it also brings them on the very same day: Oct. 5.In the meantime, here are the books you should definitely be saving your pennies for.The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe Marvel Entertainment The best monthly comic book currently published at Marvel suck it, Vision; although you re also pretty amazing becomes the best graphic novel Marvel has published in recent memory, as Ryan North and Erica Henderson ask the obvious question: If Squirrel Girl really is unbeatable, does that mean she could take on the entire Marvel Universe and win?Shade the Changing Girl 1 DC Entertainment YA author Cecil Castellucci revamps an old Steve Ditko concept—back then it was Shade the Changing Man, because of course it was—in this fast-moving, effortlessly fun new series that showcases the art of Marley Zarcone to full effect.
Marvel Entertainment has published the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, the sequel to a film that some considered to be the surprise hit of 2014.The star-studded cast of characters are all back including Star-Lord Chris Pratt , Gamora Zoe Saldana and Drax the Destroyer Dave Bautista as well as Rocket Bradley Cooper and his accomplice Groot Vin Diesel .The trailer, set to Blue Suede's lovable "Hooked on a Feeling," doesn t reveal much of anything with regard to the movie s plot but that s probably for the best at this stage.2 is scheduled to arrive on May 5, 2017, in 3D and IMAX.
November is traditionally a quiet month in comics: the year is winding to a close, and publishers enjoy a brief lull ahead of the holidays.This year, however, there are all manner of wonders to be found in your local comic book emporiums, including comics that celebrate the history of one superhero universe and build diverse new casts and creative teams for another.Black Panther: World of Wakanda 1 Marvel Entertainment Spinning out of the current Black Panther series, Ta-Nehisi Coates teams with Roxane Gay to write the lead story in this new series, which focuses on Ayo and Aneka, the women who rebelled against tradition for love.The amazing Alitha E. Martinez illustrates.The first issue also teams poet Yona Harvey with Afua Richardson for the origin of Zenzi, the woman behind the flagship series conflict.
Netflix has officially announced that Luke Cage is getting a second season, making this the sweetest Christmas indeed.— Marvel Entertainment @Marvel December 4, 2016This isn t exactly the most surprising news in the world, given how well the first season was received, but it s awesome to hear that Luke Cage is coming back after his turn in The Defenders.His show stands apart from most other Marvel superhero adaptations for its dynamic storyline and commitment to representing Harlem, and Luke Cage himself is a powerful and fascinating character who I m excited to see more of.Of course, if Netflix continues its plan of releasing two Marvel shows per year, that means season 2 of Luke Cage may not come in until late 2018 at the earliest.We ve still got Iron Fist s debut, the second season of Jessica Jones, and the third season of Daredevil.
It was basically a foregone conclusion, but Marvel Entertainment and Netflix made it official this week: Luke Cage will be back for a second season.One of the most-watched original series on Netflix, and the recipient of extremely positive reviews from critics and general audiences, Luke Cage debuted September 30 on Netflix and was the third solo series to come out of Marvel s partnership with the streaming video service.Although the announcement video that confirmed the series return didn t reveal the exact date when star Mike Colter will return as the titular, steel-skinned superhero, it did offer a nice reminder that Pop s Barber Shop — a central location in the Harlem-based show — is indeed staying open for business.— Luke Cage @LukeCage December 4, 2016Along with Colter in the lead role, Luke Cage also starred Simone Missick The Road to Sundance as Misty Knight, who will return for the upcoming crossover miniseries The Defenders.That series will bring together many of the main characters and supporting cast from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Iron Fist series.
It s short, it s sweet, and it s our very first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming.On Twitter, Marvel announced that the first full trailer for Homecoming will be appearing tomorrow evening on Jimmy Kimmel Live.But for now, we ve got a brief look at what s to come:Tune into @JimmyKimmelLive for a first look at the SpiderManHomecoming trailer!— Marvel Entertainment @Marvel December 7, 2016The teaser itself seems to be drawn from recent footage shown at CCXP 2016, of Peter Parker receiving a new suit upgrade courtesy of Tony Stark; the classic web wings from the very first Spider-Man suit in the comics.
It s short, it s sweet, and it s our very first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming.On Twitter, Marvel announced that the first full trailer for Homecoming will be appearing tomorrow evening on Jimmy Kimmel Live.But for now, we ve got a brief look at what s to come:Tune into @JimmyKimmelLive for a first look at the SpiderManHomecoming trailer!— Marvel Entertainment @Marvel December 7, 2016The teaser itself seems to be drawn from recent footage shown at CCXP 2016, of Peter Parker receiving a new suit upgrade courtesy of Tony Stark; the classic web wings from the very first Spider-Man suit in the comics.
Sony Music has said sorry to pop star Britney Spears, after an official Twitter account suggested the pop star had died.The entertainment firm quickly removed the hoax tweets, saying its global account had been "compromised" but that the situation had "been rectified".Sony added it "apologises to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion".The 35-year-old did not react directly to the tweet but her manager confirmed the singer was "fine and well".The tweets were quickly dismissed as a hoaxCyber hacking group OurMine claimed credit for the hoax tweets.
Marvel and Square Enix took to Twitter on Wednesday, teasing fans that an exciting announcement was heading their way the next day.The general consensus, based on the fact that Marvel is in the superhero business and Square Enix develops, publishes and distributes video games, was that a superhero-based game announcement was imminent.The duo didn t disappoint.Marvel and Square Enix this afternoon announced a multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement to develop and publish new games based on Marvel s various superheroes.The first title to come out of the partnership will be based on The Avengers franchise.Drawing the assignment for this project is Crystal Dynamics Rise of the Tomb Raider and Eidos-Montréal Deus Ex: Mankind Divided .
Peter Cuneo, former CEO of Marvel Entertainment, has joined virtual reality and augmented reality startup Uncorporeal Systems as chairman.The move shows that VR is already well on its way.The field is expected to become a $25 billion industry by 2021, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital.San Francisco-based Uncorporeal Systems will tap Cuneo s vast experience as it expands its business of making technology tools for AR and VR.Cuneo has played a lot of business roles over the past 30 years, including president of a Black and Decker business group.He is currently chairman of Valiant Entertainment.Peter is a game changer, said Uncorporeal CEO Kul Wadhwa, in a statement.With an esteemed career leading major companies working in everything from entertainment to consumer goods, Peter brings us an unparalleled understanding of what customers need to embrace VR and AR.When you add his shrewd operational acumen and extensive relationships at the highest levels of industry, Peter is an ideal partner to bring Uncorporeal s technology to scale.
With more than $272bn in global sales of retail merchandise last year, a License Global magazine report lists the Walt Disney Company as the world’s leading licensor with brands that include Lucasfilm, Marvel, ABC, ESPN, DisneyPixar and Walt Disney Studios and a total of $56.6bn in licensed merchandise sold in 2016.With 55 out of the 150 brands profiled in the report earning $1bn or more in retail licensing sales last year, the report notes seven new companies earning over $1bn including Viz Media (No.134); American casual dining brand Tony Roma's (No.138); gardening brand Scotts Miracle-Gro (No.139); premium ice cream franchise Cold Stone Creamery (No.142); and Biltmore, inspired by the iconic Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, N.C. (No.
Snack brand Doritos and Disney's entertainment powerhouse Marvel have assembled what may be one of the most confounding movie marketing products ever rolled out.To celebrate the launch of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2, Doritos has unveiled limited edition bags housing cassette decks and the movie’s much anticipated soundtrack, looking to emulate upon the chart-topping prowess of the debut album.The bags are purchasable on from 28 April running up to the launch of the movie on 5 May, featuring as the leading activity in the joint 'Rock Out Loud' campaign.Mindy Hamilton, senior vice president of global partnerships at Marvel Entertainment, told Billboard: “Marvel and Doritos have a very similar set of core fans, so we wanted to maximize availability of this soundtrack by making it as accessible in a unique way.”In the first movie, Chris Pratt’s lead character Peter Quill often reverted to his old 80s mixtape, a final gift from his dying mother, that just so happened to feature some really captivating tracks.
Today’s announcement from Marvel Entertainment (a division of the Walt Disney Company) and Amazon’s comiXology digital comics platform may lack the costumes and the overcooked dialogue, but the implications are no less earth-shattering for fans who like their Marvel adventures served as bits (digitally) rather than atoms (paper).According to Amazon, “select Marvel Comics titles are available through comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading… fans can now read a best-selling selection of Marvel Comics single issues and collections as part of their comiXology Unlimited membership featuring superheroes like The Avengers, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Black Panther, Iron Fist, Guardians of the Galaxy and more.”So what does this mean?If you are not a hardcore fan - or even if you are - that adds up fast considering most comic stories sprawl to multiple titles and issues.Paying one monthly price for access to a whopping stack of comics, including complete storylines, is not only a good deal, but a great way to dip your toe in the water if you're not sure a particular series, or comics in general, is for you.These include comiXology Unlimited (selected digital comics from various publishers, $5.99 per month after 30-day free trial), Kindle Unlimited (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and comics for $9.99 per month after 30-day free trial), and Prime Reading (selected books, comics and other publications included with an Amazon Prime membership for US customers).
p To celebrate the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Samsung has launched a special edition version of the Galaxy S8 inspired by the movie.Pictures of the device were uploaded to Chinese social site Weibo, while news.mydrivers provided some details on the unit.This isn’t the first time Samsung has teamed up with Disney on a product, as it has previously produced an Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 in 2015 (Marvel Entertainment is owned by Disney.)Unlike the Iron Man Galaxy S6, however, the Pirates of the Caribbean version of the S8 is just the regular edition of the phone with a smart case.Similar to the Iron Man version, though, the Pirates of the Caribbean S8 will have access to a custom UI.This, it seems, would be applied automatically when the case is clipped to the device thanks to an NFC chip inside.
Disney unveiled the first Marvel virtual reality game: Marvel Powers United VR.The new game from Marvel Entertainment is being built for the Oculus Rift + Touch VR headset and hand controls.You can play as various Marvel characters, from the Incredible Hulk to Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy.In the game, you can team up with other players and use hand gestures to use your superpowers against enemies in a 3D virtual world.The title shows growing momentum for the fledgling medium of VR, which is expected to be a $25 billion market by 2020.
FoxNext Games has wasted no time figuring out what to do with its Aftershock game studio, which it acquired from Kabam last month.Aftershock is working on a Marvel mobile game as its first title.Marvel Entertainment is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Aftershock to make an action role-playing game based on the expansive Marvel Universe.But the companies aren’t saying what the game is called or what it’s about yet.Aftershock’s Los Angeles studio is made up of industry veterans who have created some of the world’s most successful games at companies like Blizzard, Riot Games, and Electronic Arts.The action-RPG game will have fans engaging with their favorite Marvel superheroes and villains and battling players from around the world in a unique gameplay experience.
After an announcement of a Disney content pull from Netflix, the company further expressed the possibility of doing so with Lucasfilm and Marvel content.Not that they’d necessarily pull the content that’s been licensed under Netflix brand specifically, but that they’re considering more separate streaming services.If they do decide to split these other brands, we’d have one whole heck of a lot of streaming brands to choose from – or perhaps we’ll see it the other way – that we’ve got too many services to pay for.When it was announced that Marvel comics TV shows were coming to Netflix, it was an unprecedented deal.It was a good deal for Netflix, too – they now have some of the most-watched superhero shows in the world, exclusive to their streaming service.It was Disney that stood to profit in the long term – they’ve owned Marvel Entertainment since 2009.
On Friday morning, Marvel made a huge announcement on Twitter, and fans are not happy.Marvel Entertainment is joining forces with Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defense technology company, and the world's fifth-largest defense contractor.We don't know much yet, but it looks like there will be a promotional comic featuring the Avengers and "Northrop Grumman Elite Nexus," or N.G.E.N.The arms manufacturer generates over 20 billion dollars in revenue a year.Marvel Entertainment didn't reveal anything more about the partnership, and to learn more the company encouraged fans to head to their New York Comic Con booth on Saturday afternoon.The partnership comes as a surprise to many Marvel fans.