Comic Tidbits: Umbrella Academy Movie / Nick Fury in Iron Man 2
A few small updates from the comic book world today. We already covered the update from Terrence Howard yesterday regarding being recast in Iron Man 2, which is definitely the big story of the weekend. What really did happen at Marvel? Moving on to more exciting news, Latino Review checked in with Samuel Jackson earlier today to see if he would still be in Iron Man 2 as Nick Fury. The short answer - Jackson will definitely be back as Fury and will have a much more prominent role this time around. In a separate update, IESB talked with My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and learned that his comic, The Umbrella Academy, has been optioned by Universal and is on its way to become a feature film.
Fans who stuck around past the credits of Iron Man were treated to a special ending scene where Samuel Jackson donning an eye patch spoke to Tony Stark about an organization called S.H.I.E.L.D. This was exciting because S.H.I.E.L.D. is the foundation of the Avengers and so much more in the Marvel universe. Additionally, Jackson has always been talked about as the perfect on-screen iteration of Nick Fury, who is the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. This final scene was like a dream come true for comic fans, so it's exciting to know he'll be back in Iron Man 2. Jackson told Latino Review that he had talked with Jon Favreau the night before and was told that Nick Fury would be involved in the sequel in a bigger way.
The Umbrella Academy is a six-issue comic book series written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The first issue was published last year by Dark Horse Comics and the series eventually went on to win the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. In the comic, the members of the Umbrella Academy, a disbanded group of superheroes, reunite after the death of their adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Hargreeves, an alien disguised as a famous inventor, collected the seven members of the Umbrella Academy shortly after their birth and trained them to save the world from an unspecified threat. Now they'll carry on his plan to save the world.
I don't know much about the comic, but Grant Morrison called it "an ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas." Not even sure if that's a compliment, but it sounds very interesting, to say the least. Way told IESB that Universal optioned the rights and that they've only just had their first meeting about it. They're currently looking for screenwriters, with Universal suggesting Diablo Cody above all others. As for a director, Way is a fan of Alfonso Cuarón, but is open to other directors, although they haven't gotten to the stage of development yet. The comic seems a bit too emo for me, but I'll be open to seeing how the film adaptation turns out. For those who have read the comic, would it make a good movie?