Posted: May 8th, 2013 by Staff


We just reported that Robert Downey Jr is in talks with Marvel to return for “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3.” But the actor isn’t even discussing “Iron Man 4,” and we may now know why.

Downey earned somewhere between $50 million and $80 million on “The Avengers,” and has already earned over $35 million for his work on “Iron Man 3,” but his “The Avengers” co-stars aren’t making anything close to that. In fact, most of the actors are being paid around $200,000, far less than they would earn on any other movie.

Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth received only a $500,000 pay increase for returning for the “Captain America” and “Thor” sequels. And unlike Downey, the actors will earn only $500,000 more if their movies break the $500 million mark at the box office.

Despite having a contract, Hemsworth considered backing out of “Thor 2,” because he earned $5 million working on “Snow White and the Huntsman” and Marvel isn’t offering anywhere near that, despite the fact that “Thor” and “The Avengers” are massive franchises. Scarlett Johansson is also fed up and isn’t willing to take a pay-cut to return for “The Avengers 2.”

Marvel is known for low salaries and replacing any actor who doesn’t accept the company’s way of doing business. In fact, the studio has already threatened to replace Hemsworth. But Marvel doesn’t want to replace Downey at this point and it seems that the actor is using that leverage to fight for his co-stars by threatening not to return for “Iron Man4” and possibly any other Marvel film unless they all get appropriate pay raises. 

Source: Deadline

DAMMIT MARVEL WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. This set of actors got it right and are earning you TONS of dough in book sales, movie sales, whatever damn merchandise you making sales. DON’T YOU DARE FUCKING CHANGE THEM. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH




#MOVE BITCH GET OUT THE WAY GET OUT THE WAY BITCH GET OUT THE WAY #Ludacris is totally Loki’s choice of music


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Three times Thor protects Loki from someone close to him.

So, yes, I have been quite angry with Thor in the past when it came to how he treats his little brother. He’s not the best with kids, you can see that, he’s rash and he can’t always control himself, he doesn’t pay as much attention to Loki as I think he should. But apart from that -and really, that is so much more important- he loves Loki. As in truly, completely, utterly loves him.
And he forgives him. I don’t know how, but I suppose that this is the beauty of their relationship, that is runs deeper than blood or a shared childdhood and far too strong to be destroyed by whatever Loki does, be it trying to kill Thor, his friends or even bring Asgard down to her knees.
It’s plain to see that when Thor brings Loki back, ignoring all warning, all rational thoughts, really, but for me, it is even clearer when he comes to defend Loki. It is one thing to resurrect him, but to be there for his little brother when he needs someone to stand up for him, when his trickery and silver tongue are not enough anymore. Because with this, he sides with Loki, shows that he cares and that no matter what, he loves Loki more than he loves his Midgardian friends and fellow Avengers, his Warrior’s Three and his father.
And goddamnit, that is a lot of love.
While everyone else sees only the Loki they knew when they look on his new, younger version, Thor actually sees the boy he grew up with and the man this boy could become if he had the chance (and I hope that Marvel will give him this chance for otherwise I might die) and he is willing to fight for Loki’s chance to become that. A better, wiser man, a man who will return the love Thor holds for him. And right now, it looks like it. Loki might have unconventional methods and they might not always work, but he is trying to be good and above all, he loves his brother, so much that he is willing to sacrifice damn near everything to keep Thor safe.

I love all of the panels and I think each of them has its special, heartbreaking aspects, but it’s the first one which makes me want to curl up and cry at the beauty that is them. Because at last, Loki has come clean to Thor about what he has done, about all the pacts, all the good and all the bad choices he has made and Thor does not only forgive him and pull him into a hug (which made me die a little on the inside because of brotherly feels), he tells Loki that they will fix this, together. And he is still prepared to fight for Loki, to die for him, to defy his friends and his city, even after he knows that it might have been Loki who doomed them all.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, that is love in its purest form. And to me, it is absolutely beautiful.



So here we have my own personal interpretation of Loki from the Norse Mythology. There are several theories as to who Loki was (he still remains the most elusive and problematic character for mythologists in mythology) but the most common, as well as my personal favorite, was that Loki was a fire giant. He often referred to as the “Offspring of Lightning” (and in some versions of the canon he is the god of Lighting), Loki was the son of the giant Farbauti (Cruel striker) and the giantess Laufey (Wooded isle) so his birth represents the union of lighting and vegetation, which is wild fire. According to some myths, Loki was born when Farbauti struck Laufey with a bolt of Lightning.

The most common theory as to Loki’s appearance was that he was a red head and I tried to make his hair flow to help represent his fire nature (as well as contrasting against his angular facial features) but I braided it to keep it practical. The green eyes are my own personal touch. I gave him green eyes for the same reason I gave them to my Dovahkiin: green eyes through out history have been regarded as unnatural and often times, a sign of “evil,” an ill omen. 

-So here was have just an full body sketch of Loki. I made his tunic green but I tend to stray away from the color to avoid too many similarities with Marvel!Loki but also because blue is the color more commonly associated with Chaos. Here’s the clothing inspiration

-Loki expression! Clothing reference

-Loki with his lips sewn shut because you can’t draw a bunch of pictures of Loki and NOT draw him with his lips sewn shut. I also made him look scraggy with his clothes falling off because I highly doubt Loki just sat there quietly while this happened.

-Loki and Sigyn. SQUEEEE! I wish there was more stories about Sigyn in the mythos because she’s such a loyal wife. With a fickle husband like Loki she could have just divorced him and been done with it, saved herself a lot of trouble. But while she didn’t help him when he turned against the Aesir, she was at his side when he needed her most. I also drew them flying through the sky because Loki was said to have shoes that could walk on air (hence his nickname “Sky Walker”). It kind of makes me think of Howl’s Moving Castle.

-Then we have chibi Loki and Thor going on an adventure (I’ll explain about this more in a later post)

-And finally Loki being a badass with fire. Aw yiss. Clothing reference

I also went back and fixed up a few spots I missed with Marvel Loki.

EDIT: For people who want the full size you can find them on my Deviant Art page here and here


I was struck with the idea of what the Marvel Universe might have looked like had it only ever have existed in pulp detective, crime and thriller novels - it started with an idea for an ongoing series of The Black Widow adventures, borrowing the cover layout from Mike Shayne detective novels. 

I assigned each character to a dream team pulp writer whom I thought matched the essence of the character. Donald Hamilton was best-known for his Matt Helm series of spy novels, which I thought made him an appealing choice for the Natasha Romanova “series”. Leslie Charteris was, of course, creator of the suave and witty Saint series of novels, so I gave him rein over the socialite adventurer Janet van Dyne and her scientist husband (Also, I thought Dashiell Hammett would have been a little on-the-nose), and Hoke Moseley creator Charles Willeford is assigned to craft the seedy, unsentimental world of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.

None of these writers were particularly known for science fiction, which I thought made it more interesting to imagine them writing characters who - if not traditional sci-fi character - at least often set foot in impossible realms. You would have to imagine they’d be stripped down to characters devoid of super-powers and ladled with intrigue. 

Death to The Black Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #3, originally written by Roy Thomas. I do not have a source for the cover image. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.

The Sting of the Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #7, written by Roy Thomas. The illustration is by Jack Faragasso, and originally appeared on the cover of “Bait” by George Cassidy and “Cravings” by Jack Woodford. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.

No Place To Hide employs the title from Tales to Astonish #54, written by Stan Lee. The illustration is by Robert McGinnis and originally appeared on the cover of “The Wind-Up Doll” by Carter Brown.

Hero for Hire employs the title of the comic Luke Cage Hero for Hire, written by Archie Goodwin. The illustration is by Stanley Borack and originally appeared on the cover of “Hellbottom” by Eric Corder.

And lastly - big ups to Franklin Gothic, the trashy paperback’s go-to typeface CAN I GET A WHAT WHAAT!







Disney Avengers!

Accurate. Right down to Cobra Bubbles as Nick Fury.




Disney Avengers!

Accurate. Right down to Cobra Bubbles as Nick Fury.

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