Villains snatch Iron Man suit and more Marvel gear

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Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in “Iron Man 2”©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Col

A geek crime wave has hit Hollywood — as villains are pilfering pricey Marvel memorabilia.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, robbers have stolen fanboy treasures including an Iron Man suit reportedly valued at $325,000, a shield from “Captain America” and a set of claws from “Logan.”

Former execs at Lucasfilm and Marvel have also been robbed, as sales of such collectibles have reached $400 million per year.

Legitimate sales are robust.

One LA auction house CEO told the magazine, “I have hedge funds looking to diversify into this market.”

The crooks have taken notice, too.

Muddying the market further, fraud can be rampant with fewer safeguards in place than in the fine-art world, and overly sentimental collectors often don’t care about the quality of the artifacts.

“Veep” exec producer David Mandel, a major collector of “Star Wars” stuff says of wealthy buyers: “If [these individuals] were buying a company, they’d go up and down over it a million times and not take anyone’s word for it — they’d do due diligence. But yet people buy stuff all the time and merrily go, ‘I don’t care.’ ”

One LAPD detective who specializes in fine-art theft says, “It’s a difficult field to investigate.”

Some costume pros have started weaving DNA into the garments for tracking purposes.

Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says Avengers 4 the end of a 22-movie arc
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel will be a fresh start for the franchise
  • The contracts of most of the existing stars would have expired by then

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in the cinemas now, and as we noted in our review, it’s an exuberant film that brings a fresh flavour to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland played a brief but memorable part in Captain America: Civil War, and with Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll be happy to know that he’s able to sustain the viewers’ interest over the course of an entire film as well.

But as it turns out, Spider-Man has a much bigger part to play in the canon that Marvel has been building ever since it first came out with Iron Man in 2008. Talking to the Toronto Sun, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, said that Avengers 4 (which will release in 2019, and doesn’t have a title as yet) will be the last of the current MCU films. And after that, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will come out, starting off a new era for the MCU. To appropriate Star Wars a little – he’s not the last of the old Avengers, he’s the first of the new.

When you consider the ownership of the Spider-Man franchise – created by Marvel Comics, owned by Sony Pictures, with merchandising rights in Disney’s hands – that’s a weird place to rest the future of your cinematic universe, particularly as it will come at the end of an arc that Feige said spans 22 movies.

But it makes sense too – after all, Spider-Man was always one of Marvel’s top-tier characters, which is why he was much more saleable back when Marvel was bankrupt, before it was acquired by Disney.

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By the time this new “arc” beings for the MCU, many of the actors’ contracts would have expired. Almost all the Avengers, from Iron Man to Captain America to Black Widow to Thor would either have to be recast, or the character retired in some manner. Perhaps we’ll finally see some stakes emerge in the Avengers movies, as so far, the films have actively shied away from killing off characters.

That’s because, thanks to the “shared Universe” concept, writers had some limits on their freedom. It might have been narratively sound to have the Vision accidentally kill War Machine in Civil War, but if he has a part to play in one of the upcoming movies, then you can’t really take that plot line forward.

There’s a lot of new characters in the mix now, such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, which will allow Marvel to ease off the earlier characters without thinning the ranks too much, and over the course of the next two years as we move towards the new MCU, perhaps the company can start looking at new characters to spotlight.

For one, the company has two new movies lined up that a lot of people are excited about, with Black Panther and Captain Marvel planned for February 2018 and March 2019 respectively. Beyond that, perhaps the MCU will also take a page from the comics again, and start finding new characters to take up old mantles.

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Some of the most interesting characters that Marvel has right now are young enough that they can look up to Holland’s Spider-Man as a mentor figure of sorts, such as Moon Girl, or Ms Marvel, or even Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk.

In the new phase of the MCU that Feige talks about, Spider-Man could well occupy a role similar to that of Tony Stark today, as a leader who brings the whole team together.

Whether this will be possible with the deal that Marvel has in place with Sony is of course a different matter, but with the lineup that’s on hand, there’s a real risk that the MCU could lose the vibrancy that made it so successful to begin with, and that’s why Feige’s comments about basing the future of the MCU on Spider-Man makes us hopeful.

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Iron Fist actor defends series after wave of negative reviews

Iron Fist’s Finn Jones has come to the defense of the newest Netflix and Marvel series after it received numerous negative reviews.

Jones told Metro that shows like Iron Fist are not made for critics,” but are designed entirely for the fans. As such, the lower scores and bad reviews the show has received from critics are coming from people who weren’t fans going into it, according to the actor.

“I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see,” Jones said.

Jones’ comments have caught the ire of both critics and fans online who argued over the weekend that claiming enthusiasts couldn’t watch a show through a critical lens was insulting. Likewise, critics argued they could be enthusiasts going into a series, but that didn’t deter them from giving their honest opinions during reviews.

Jones added that he believes Iron Fist stands on its own and is just as good as other series in Marvel and Netflix’s Defenders franchise. In comparison, however, both Luke Cage and Jessica Jones debuted to mostly positive reviews, and even Daredevil managed to impress both critics and fans.

This isn’t the first time that someone has used the “it’s made for fans, not critics” defense, either. When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, Amy Adams claimed that the movie wasn’t made for critics and people needed to keep that in perspective.

“I know that Zack doesn’t make the movies, and none of us are making the movies for the critics, so to speak, you can’t go into it from that perspective,” Adams told Yahoo! Movies. “So, I know we really hope the fans like it, and so far the reaction’s been really positive on that front.”

Suicide Squad’s Cara Delevingne also used the defense while talking about the DC and Warner Bros. film that was also panned by critics.

“The critics have been absolutely horrific. They’re really, really horrible. You know, I just don’t think they like superhero movies,” Delevingne told Reuters. “It doesn’t really matter what the critics say at the end of the day, it’s the fans that we made this movie for.”

We’ll see if Iron Fist lives up to fans expectations on March 17 when the season is released in its entirety on Netflix.

Snapdeal raises $200 million from Canadian pension fund, Iron Pillar

In August, Snapdeal raised $500 million mainly from Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, Foxconn Technology Group and existing investor Softbank Group, which valued the Delhi-based firm at about $4.8 billion post moneyIn August, Snapdeal raised $500 million mainly from Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, Foxconn Technology Group and existing investor Softbank Group, which valued the Delhi-based firm at about $4.8 billion post money

India’s second largest e-commerce firm Snapdeal on Sunday said it has raised $200 million in fresh funds from investors led by Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Venture capital fund Iron Pillar and other investors also participated in the round.

In August, Snapdeal raised $500 million mainly from Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, Foxconn Technology Group and existing investor Softbank Group, which valued the Delhi-based firm at about $4.8 billion post money.

The company didn’t disclose the current valuation.

“We continue to make targeted investments in building internal and external capabilities that will enable us to consistently deliver optimal experience for the millions of buyers and sellers who transact daily on Snapdeal,” said Anup Vikal, chief financial officer, Snapdeal.

Founded in 2010 by Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal as a deals site, Snapdeal, promoted by Delhi-based Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, has become the biggest local rival to Flipkart. The company has more than 275,000 sellers and over 30 million products.

It currently delivers goods to over 6000 cities and towns in India. Ontario Teachers’ is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan with $154.5 billion in net assets. Iron Pillar is a venture capital fund focused on mid-stage technology investments in India.

Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, the parent firm of Snapdeal, reported losses widening to Rs.1,328.01 crore for the year ended 31 March from Rs.264.6 crore in the previous year as it spent heavily to maintain its market share amid growing competition from Amazon and Flipkart.

Other investors that have invested in Snapdeal include Premji Invest, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Ratan Tata, among others.

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