Marvel Zombies : The Movie!

Marvel Zombies was one of the coolest ideas of come out of Marvel Comics in the last few years. The premise: Marvel superheroes are turned into zombies. The combination of their super-powers and their hunger for brains make them a force to be reckonned with. The first series ended in a terrific fashion. They abused their Army-of-Darkness license and made a Zombies/Ash spin-off (that sucked). The Marvel Zombies sequel came out last year and its five issue run was also strong. My favourite part of the second series: the cover art. Each cover took a classic comic book cover and zombified it.

Some fans with superhero costumes and zombie make-up put out a video on the web: it's YouTube quality but it's got alot of spirit.

More on Marvel Zombies from wikipedia:

Publication history

The Marvel Zombies concept first appeared in Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 (2005) by writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Land. The overriding plot premise is that almost all superpowered beings on Earth have become flesh-eating zombies. Although encountered by a character from the Ultimate universe, the zombies originated in the alternate universe of (Earth-2149).[1] The zombies later appeared in Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 - 32 (2006).

In December of the same year Marvel published a five-part limited series titled Marvel Zombies, written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Sean Phillips, with painted covers by Arthur Suydam.

In 2006, an issue of Wizard Magazine (October) featured a one-page Marvel Zombies comic by artist Sean Phillips called "Eat the Neighbors." It parodied Hostess Fruit Pie advertisements featured in Marvel titles in the 1970's which showcased Marvel superheroes defeating villains by offering them snacks. In this instance, Spider-Man, Colonel America (this world's version of Captain America), and Iron Man serve two children as "Hostess Meat Pies" after the children mistake them for legitimate superheroes.

In 2007 an intercompany crossover between Marvel and Dynamite Entertainment provided information as to the source of the zombie infection in the 5-part limited series titled Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness (Marvel) and Army of Darkness (Dynamite). A one-shot titled Marvel Zombies: Dead Days (May) continues the story. The zombies also appear in a four-part storyline in Black Panther vol. 3, #27 - 31, and encounter the Earth-616 Fantastic Four.

In the same year a humorous one-shot comic book featuring the alternate universe animal hero Spider-Ham and titled Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis was published. Spider-Ham accidentally crosses over into Earth-2149 and becomes, as J. Michael Straczynski puts it, "Undead Ham".[2]

On July 17 2007, Marvel confirmed a sequel by releasing details of Marvel Zombies 2, a five-issue limited series detailing the return of the Zombie Galacti to Earth after forty years in space.[3]

Time magazine's Lev Grossman names "Marvel Zombies" as one of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2007. [4]

Plot summary

The exact cause of the infection is unknown, although anti-hero Ash Williams initially believes the zombies are deadites, it is later revealed that the plague is extraterrestrial in origin.[5] The mutants Magneto and his aide Fabian Cortez apparently negotiate with an unknown force to bring the infection to Earth-2149 and so reduce the human population, although this backfires when mutants also prove susceptible. The infection spreads via contact with the blood of the victim, usually through a bite by an infected individual. The zombified superbeings largely retain their intellect and personality, although they are constantly driven by the hunger for fresh meat.

Ultimate Mister Fantastic is tricked by an older version of himself into teleporting to Earth-2149 - now inhabited by zombie versions of Earth's superheroes. Reed is saved by Magneto, one of the few uninfected survivors. Magneto explains that the infection was brought by a version of the hero Sentry from yet another dimension. Once Sentry began consuming humans, the infection quickly spread. [6] At the onset of the infection Magneto instructs Fabian Cortez to take all uninfected mutants to Asteroid M for safety. Nick Fury of the organization S.H.I.E.L.D has a similar plan, and summons all uninfected superhumans to the Helicarrier. Unfortunately, Reed Richards, having become deranged after the death of his children at the hands of a zombified She-Hulk, purposely infects the Fantastic Four with an injection of the Zombie virus, believing their zombified form to be the next stage in human evolution. They storm the Helicarrier and all aboard were zombified. Fury orders Thor to destroy a device that would allow travel across the dimensions - thereby preventing the infection from spreading - but is killed by the Fantastic Four.[7]

Having picked the planet clean of their human food, the zombified Reed Richards contacts his Ultimate Universe counterpart and tricks him into visiting the zombie dimension. Ultimate Mister Fantastic is horrified to discover a ruined world when he arrives and is almost consumed until rescued by Magneto. After explaining how he arrived from his alternate universe, Magneto realizes that it may prove to be their only hope for escape from their destroyed world. Magneto teleports Mister Fantastic and a small group of human survivors to the Ultimate universe, but stays behind to destroy the teleporter and help ensure the zombies do not follow and infect other dimensions. However, zombie versions of the Fantastic Four had already teleported to the Ultimate universe but are incarcerated in the Baxter Building upon their arrival.[8]

Magneto then learns that the Acolytes and Forge have survived on Asteroid M, but is later killed and devoured by the zombies. The Silver Surfer then arrives on Earth and informs the zombies that his master Galactus is en route to devour the planet. The zombies attack the Surfer, who is eventually overpowered and devoured by several of the former heroes: Colonel America, Iron Man, Giant Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, the Hulk and Wolverine. They in turn acquire a portion of the Power Cosmic, and then slaughter the remaining zombies.

The Acolytes return to Earth to find Magneto but instead discover a still-living Black Panther. The Panther has escaped from the lab of the zombie Giant-Man, who has been keeping him alive as a food source. As a result of several feedings, the Panther is now missing an arm and a foot. The Panther is aided in his escape by the head of the zombie Wasp, who lost her body in a fight with her husband Giant-Man. Fabian Cortez takes them to Asteroid M in order to study Wasp and find a cure. The mutant Forge tells the Black Panther that he can replace the Panther's lost limbs with cybernetic replacements. The Panther also guesses as to the true nature of the zombie addiction. Observing the Wasp's head begging for flesh, even though unable to feed, he reasons the hunger is more psychological than physical.

Galactus then arrives on Earth and although attacked by the zombies, easily repels them. Giant-Man, Iron Man, and Bruce Banner create a device that will amplify the powers they gained from the Silver Surfer, and together they are able to injure Galactus. The cosmic-powered zombies once again fight off the other zombies, and then proceed to devour Galactus. Colonel America, Giant Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Man and Wolverine are then infused with Galactus' power cosmic. The cosmic-powered zombies then ascend into space and leave the Earth, deciding to find new worlds for nourishment. [9] While this is occurring, the Ultimate universe version of Mr. Fantastic seeks a cure to the zombie plague for the captive versions of the Fantastic Four. The zombies, however, escape, and are eventually defeated by Mr. Fantastic, who at the time was trapped in the body of Dr. Doom. Doom regains control of his body at the last instant, and crosses over into Earth-2149 just as the cosmic zombies are finishing off Galactus and prepares to battle them. [10]

Five years later, Forge, the Black Panther and the Wasp return to Earth. The Panther and the Wasp are now equipped with new cybernetic limbs and the Wasp is also lucid once more and cured of her addiction. On Earth they find nothing but plant life, with the zombies having long since departed.

Sometime after this, a new version of the Earth-616 Fantastic Four — consisting of the Panther, his wife Storm, the Human Torch and the Thing — find themselves on a Skrull planet in the Earth-2149 universe, and encounter the cosmic-powered zombies. After an extensive battle, the Fantastic Four escape, with the cosmic zombies intrigued by the fact that there's a reality where uninfected versions of themselves exist.[11]

Marvel Zombies 2

Forty years after leaving Earth, the cosmic powered-zombies have systematically devoured all other life in the universe, as well as infecting the Titan Thanos (who is killed shortly thereafter by the Hulk after squabbling over food), the mutant Phoenix, Shi'ar warrior Gladiator and former Herald of Galactus Firelord with the zombie plague. They then decide to return to Earth and rebuild the interdimensional portal that Magneto destroyed forty years ago. En route to Earth, they feast on Ego the Living Planet to ease their hunger.

On Earth, an elderly Black Panther rules the surviving humans in the enclave of New Wakanda (in the ruins of New York), but is at war with the Acolytes, led by Fabian Cortez's son, Malcolm. The Panther's grandson accidentally discovers the severed head of Hawkeye, who has gone mad and amnesiac from decades of being alone and unable to move. One of Cortez's assassins attacks the Panther in his sleep and fatally wounds him, but the Panther is saved from death by the Wasp when she infects him, leaving him a zombie. After devouring the assassin, the two struggle with how to manage their raging hunger, while the cosmic zombies continue their approach to Earth.[12]

Cortez decides to have the Panther executed after he has Wasp and Hawkeye exterminated, but the execution is delayed by the arrival of the returning cosmic zombies. Giant Man wishes to start a "breeding program" to create more human food, but a battle then ensues in which Spider-Man and Luke Cage switch sides, knowing what they have done is wrong now that their hunger has subsided enough to allow them to think rationally. The Hulk reverts to Bruce Banner and is captured. [13]

After killing Gladiator, the human resistance drives off the remaining zombies and restore Luke Cage and Spider-Man's lost limbs with cybernetics. Spider-Man then reveals that the other zombies seek the dimensional teleporter, which Forge reveals he has stored in their base. Knowing that the zombies will not depart without the device, the heroes prepare for the next battle. It is then revealed that the Black Panther's deceased son T'Channa has been revived with a portion of Colonel America's brain inside of him.[14] During the next battle, Iron Man breaches the compound and battles Forge, T'Chana and several Acolytes. Just as the cosmic zombies gain the upper hand and prepare to feast on the remaining humans, Giant Man is surprised to realize that he has lost his hunger. [15]

Giant Man then convinces the zombies that their hunger is in fact gone, and while he is successful, they are interrupted by an enraged and starving Hulk. The Hulk destroys several of the zombies (Phoenix, Firelord, Hawkeye and Iron Man) as they attempt to stop him from eating the remaining humans. Robert Reynolds, having fallen in love with Wasp and believing her to be dead, offers himself to be devoured by the Hulk to stop the Hulk's rampage. The Hulk consumes Reynolds and then reverts back to Banner, who requests to be killed by the survivors to prevent the Hulk ever returning. New Wakanda is rebuilt, and Cortez then uses the teleporter to transport away the last of the zombies, intending to seize power for himself. [16]

Major zombified characters

Added on in Marvel Zombies 2


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