This weekend "The Avengers" hit the $1 billion mark worldwide. But long before the film's astronomical success, the 3-D glasses, the action figures and the sponsorship deals, there was the the imagination of one man -- Stan Lee.
Walt Disney will incur a $200m writedown on John Carter, the action film based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel which has failed at the box office despite a $300m production budget and an extensive global marketing campaign.
Does Captain America have what it takes to wow cynical 21st-century kids? And more to the point, can Marvel resurrect a brand forged in the heat of World War II and resell it to a global audience no longer inspired by the Stars and Stripes?
As one of the most anticipated games of 2011, "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds" (Capcom) doesn't disappoint with new characters, a story line with uber-villain Galactus and a new mode designed to make it easy to get involved in the action.
"Hello 'true believers,' this is Stan Lee," said the world-renowned comic book creator as he filmed a video segment for CNN.com. His booming voice and magnetic demeanor made jaws drop and eyes widen everywhere in the room.
Everyone from "Twilight Moms" to "Family Guy" fans is waiting in line at Comic-Con. This nearly 40-year-old convention is mainly devoted to comic books, and it was sold out before the exhibitors and speakers were even announced this year. Why are so many people there?
The acquisition of Marvel Entertainment by the Walt Disney Co. is, on a surface level, a perfect, if expensive, fit. But it also represents an interesting evolution in the company's direction under CEO Bob Iger.
U.S. stocks were poised to open sharply lower Monday, following another steep decline in global markets, despite some deal activity, including an announcement by Disney to acquire Marvel Entertainment.
The Dark Knight and Iron Man are the two biggest movies at the American multiplex so far this year. It's become rote that super-heroes rule the box office, just as the conventional wisdom is that the old print comic book is a dying art form that has found a new lease on life in its onscreen iterations.
If Stan Lee is the father of the modern comic book super-hero, then Avi Arad is the godfather of the modern super-hero movie - at least those that were adapted from Mr. Lee's creations for Marvel Comics.
On Friday, Marvel Entertainment releases "Iron Man," the saga of Tony Stark, a hard-drinking, amoral war-profiteer who redeems himself by donning high-tech armor and trouncing bad guys. Marvel is in the midst of a similar redemption.
When Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird idly sketched perpendicular reptiles wearing ninja masks and bearing nunchaku in 1984, it was primarily for their own amusement. They gave them a name that was also a logo, and having nothing more profitable to do at the time, they inked out their first comic book, a spoofy homage to Frank Miller and Marvel Comics.
The much-anticipated X-Men: The Last Stand pulled in a boffo North American box office of $107 million this weekend. You'd think that would be good news for Marvel Entertainment, the creator of the X-Men comic-book series, which has seen films based on its characters gross more than $3.6 billion to date.
When the mighty band who made "X-Men: The Last Stand" strode into Cannes recently to promote the third and avowed final chapter of the Marvel Comics franchise, Hugh Jackman fluttered the hearts of Logan/Wolverine groupies everywhere by mentioning a spin-off for his rebel with adamantium claws.