|Avengers assemble! Then reassemble.|
Then assemble some more.
Anthony and I take off our shoes and socks to count upcoming Avengers sequels and ruminate on these other bits of news in the latest edition of Inside The Mouse Castle:
- Guardians of the Galaxy continuing to climb up the box office charts is hardly news anymore, but darned if it's not still doing it. It's now the third biggest Marvel movie ever in the U.S., taking in $319.2 million domestically since its August release and trailing only Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.
- In legal wrangling dating back to 2009, Marvel has finally reached an agreement with the estate of the late writer/artist Jack Kirby. Kirby was the co-creator of classic superheroes including Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. He is considered one of the all-time greats in his field and worked alongside fellow comic book legends Stan Lee and Joe Simon, among many others. Kirby's family had filed suit against Marvel and other media companies including Disney in an attempt to acquire copyrights and back profits for characters and stories created by Kirby. A brief statement released by Marvel and Kirby's estate on Friday said, "Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."
- On the Star Wars front, actor Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), who will be in Episode VII, laments like so many of us the changes George Lucas made to the original trilogy. Meanwhile, director David Fincher (Gone Girl), once considered to direct Episode VII, reveals his take on the trilogy.
- Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star in Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, opening in U.S. theaters on October 10. Anthony and I debate our likes and dislikes of Carell and whether or not it's okay to hate him. No, really, it's a serious debate.
- Huntington Beach resident Jeff Reitz hit a significant milestone last week. He visited Disneyland for the 1,000th straight day. His streak began on New Year's Eve 2011 and shows no sign of stopping.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend starts Friday at Walt Disney World. The 10-mile race is a rare runDisney nighttime event that begins and ends at Disney's Hollywood Studios by way of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Other events are the Happy Haunted 5K Run on Saturday morning followed by the runDisney Kids Races. The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For more details, visit www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler.
- On the opposite coast, Gay Days Anaheim kicks off on Friday and runs all weekend long at the Disneyland Resort. It's an unofficial Disneyland event that will attract 30,000 members, families and friends of the LGBT community--and it's one hell of a great party. For more infomation, visit www.gaydaysanaheim.com. Be sure to wear your red!