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Show Notes: Episode 62: Jedi Record Keeping & Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Jokers Oscars away

Tonight! Picard breaks records, Mark Hamill gets reunited with a record and we remember Orson Bean and others on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 62 of Multiverse Tonight!

Picard is doing great. And they finally got the old man into space at last. And there are so many backstories that need to be told. All told all the episodes so far leave me in a happy place.

Star Wars fans, I feel bad for you, no Oscars, but it’s an honor just to be nominated right?

ON a completley different subject, Valentines day is in a few days, if you’re new to the podcast, let me just tell you that Valentines day is my birthday. You wanna give me a present? Just spread the word about the podcast and if you want donate a dollar you can find all the appropriate links over at Multiverse tonight dot com. 

Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is breaking records over at CBS All Access. Picard along with the Grammy’s and the end of the NFL season led to record high new signups for the streamer beating it’s previous record se in February of 2019. In fact, the first week of Picard was the second best signup week, the best being the 2019 Super Bowl week. The premiere of Star Trek: Picard also set a new record for total streams, driving the highest volume of subscribers streaming a CBS All Access original series ever. The Picard premiere was up more than +115% and +180% over the previous record set by Star Trek: Discovery, making Star Trek: Picard the service’s most-watched premiere ever.

According to Marc DeBovise, Chief Digital Officer at Viacom CBS and President and CEO of CBS Interactive quote “We’ve seen tremendous continued growth in the service, and the new records we’ve experienced due to Star Trek: Picard, the Grammys and a fantastic season of football are a phenomenal way to kick off what will be a fantastic year for CBS All Access,” “CBS All Access continues to build upon its great mix of programming – from original series, to sports and special events – and we’ve strategically programmed 2020 to bring subscribers an ‘always on’ calendar of must-watch series and events.” unquote Picard has also been declared fresh by rotten tomatoes. 

If your in LA between April 30th and September sixth, why not head on down to the Skirball Cultural Center in Westside for Star Trek Exploring New Worlds, which will be a visual examination of the sci fi franchises impact on culture, art and technology as well as its futuristic vision of inclusiveness. The exhibit was originally organized by the Museum o fPop Culture  in Seattle and will bring 100 artifacts, set pieces and props . Including Captain Kirk’s captains chair, Leonard Nimoys, Nichelle Nichols and Patrick Stewart’s costumes, filming models of the Enterprise, Excelsior, and Deep Space Nine and a bunch of stuff showcasing Star trek’s impact on culture, art and technology.

Picard isn’t the only thing that’s premiered, Star Trek Online has celebrated its tenth anniversary with Star Trek Online Legacy, which has a new mission featuring Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Sonequa Martin Green has Michael Burnham. Jeri Ryan has been in STO for a few years now, having voiced her character for the Delta Rising expansion. Now she’s back as her Picard version of the character. Legacy will have two new featured episodes based around the Excalbians featured in the TOS episode The Savage Curtain. A new 5 person Task Force Operation called To Hell with Honor, the Mycelium TFO and the Anniversary Celebration with a new T6 Khitomer Alliance Battlecrusier. It is available now on PC and on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on March 3rd. And as always, its free to play. If you want to join a Fleet, join The Multiverse Tonight Fleet, do it today.

Blurbs have been released for the new Simon & Schuster Star Trek novels. First off in June is Dayton Ward’s Agents of Influence, an Original Series novel. Here’ the blurb quote For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of the Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus.

After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries. Unquote

Next up is John Jackson Miller’s Discovery novel Die Standing coming out in July quoteNo one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.

But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew? Unquote 

August brings us a new Kelvin Timeline book, More Beautiful Than Death from David Mack quote Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons,” Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt.

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Sarek’s young Vulcan aide L’Nel has a sinister agenda—and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock! Unquote

In October, we have Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, To Lose the Earth, this book has been delayed because of her other work on Discovery and Picard, here’s the blurb quote As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.unquote

Well happy reading or in my case listening, I don’t have much time to actually read.

We close out Star trek news with the passing of actress Marj Dusay at the age of 83. She would be best known to Star Trek fans for her guest appearance on the Spock’s Brain episode in the third season. 

She played Kara, the girl who put the crew to sleep and then stole Spock’s grey matter. She was born in Russell, Kansas in 1936, The role on Star Trek was one of the first she had, se also had roles on the Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-o, The Odd Couple, The Facts of Life, Dallas and soap operas Stana Barbara, The Guiding Light, Days of OUr Lives, All my Children. She won five Daytime emmys for her soap opera work. She was twice married and  had a son and a daughter. 

She passed away from natural causes in her Manhattan home.

Kahless has returned to Sto-Vo-Kor. Actor Kevin Conway, the actor who played the returned Kahless in the Next Generation episode Birthright has passed away from a heart attack.  Kevin was a vetern actor who started acting at the age of twenty four. His first major role was as Roland Weary in 1972’s film adaptation of Slaughterhouse five, he would go on to play such memorable movie roles as Crum Petree the crazy mailman from the Chevy Chase movie Funny Farm, Frank Papale in Disney’s Invincible and Sgt. Buster Kilrain in Gettysburg and the sequel Gods and Generals. His television work included a guest star role on an Episode of Homicide Life on the Street, the Control Voice on the 1995 reboot of The Outer Limits, The Good Wife, JAG and HBO’s Oz. He was 77 years old. 

Star wars

Star Wars actor Jake Lloyd has had many struggles with mental health. The actor best known for his role Anakin Skywalker i nThe Phantom Menace. And has had many struggles including run in with the law and the unexpected passing of his younger sister a couple of years ago.

In a statement with Geek News Now, Jake’s mother talked about her son’s present state quote “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill,” the statement reads. “Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.” unquote  My heart goes out to him. I wish him peace and long life.

The Mandalorian second season comes to Disney Plus this October. In the First quarter earnings call CEO Bob Iger , The show has been very successful for Disney with 65 percent of viewers of the show going on to try at least ten other offerings on the streamer. 

Mark Hamill got a surprise last month. An Arizona bookstore tweeted the actor saying that it had found his original copy of the Star Wars soundtrack and wanted to send it back to him.. How did they know it was his, the record sleeve was personally inscribed by John Williams to Mark. In an interview with the New York Times on Monday Mark said quote I wasn’t completely sure that it was mine,“”But I know that I’d had an album signed by John. How would they know that?” Mark didn’t even know that it was missing and had assumed it was still in the basement of his California home with the rest of his record collection.  How it got to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff, Arizona, who can say. All the store knows is that it showed up in a collection a lady brought in from her deceased father’s collection. The record had even been temporarily [but on sale before it was taken down, it was posted on twitter soon there after where Mr. Hamill saw it. Within days, it was in the mail back to it’s Jedi owner.Mark said quote “This is so above and beyond, considering they could’ve sold it.” Unquote Mark made his grattitude clear encouraging his twitter fans to visit the store and he signed some memorabilia for the store incudingg a Star wars DVD and a replica of the medal given to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope. 

The Star Wars A Galaxy Far far Away Show at Disney’s hollywood studios is closing. The show , which featured classic moments from the Skywalker Saga brought to live on stage will be closing soon, however there apparently is no set end date. However there are rumors that the show will close a week after the scheduled opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March fourth I’m guessing it’s no longer needed with Galaxy’s Edge.

Taika Waititi is downplaying the rumors that he was offered a Star wars film. When asked about it by entertainment weekly, the Oscar award winning director slash actor said quote “Listen, what does ‘approached’ even mean?” “I’ve seen Star Wars, that’s about as far as it got.” Pushed on the subject further he said quote  “Look, I’m not an idiot,” “Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous.” unquote. So it sounds like no, but he wouldn’t say no. So come on, Lucasfilm. Balls in your court, unless this is all a big lie? But let’s just deal with facts and not rumours. 

Some more sad news to report actor Alan Harris has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. His career mostly was as an extra or stand in. But he is known to Star Wars fans as the bounty hunter Bossk in the Empire Strikes Back, he was also a security guard on Bespin. Over his career he showed up in the Living Daylights, Doctor Who, Top Secret!, Return of the Jedi, . Flash Gordon, The Shining, Superman: The Movie, Return of the Jedi and The Avengers among others usually uncredited. He was 81 years old.

Geek

Disney Plus is doing well. The service has 28.6 million subscribers which is nearly half way to it’s five year goal of 60 to 90 million subscribers. This March the service will expand to the UK, Western Europe and India. It will come to the rest of the planet in 2021.

And some more good news for those of you outside the US, Hulu will be expanding outside of North America next year. Hulu will also now be the exclusive streaming service for all new FX Original Programming, plus it will start offering in season streaming of current FX shows and back seasons for almost all of its shows.

Lethal Weapon 5 is now in development. According to It Chapter Two producer Dan Lin it will be the last one. Speaking with the Hollywood reporter an Said quote , “I’m going to knock on wood, because I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie, and Dick Donner’s coming back,” Lin told The Hollywood Reporter. “The original cast is coming back, and it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel [Gibson] and Danny [Glover] are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Actor Orson Bean has passed away after being hit by two cars while walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Orson, who was originally born Dallas Frederick Burrows in 1928 began acting in 1952 on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. He would go on to act in dozens of shows including the twilight zone episode Mr Bevis,  1977’s animated the Hobbit and the sequel The Return of the king. , The Love Boat, The facts of Life, Murder She Wrote, Tiny toon Adventures, 146 episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, 23 episodes of Desperate housewives, Modern Family, and Superstore. His final tv show appearance is in an episode of Netflix’s Grace And Frankie. He’s also done quite a few movies including InnerSpace, Being John Malkovich and The Equalizer 2. He was nominated for a grammy in 1979 for The Hobbit and for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2000 for Being John Malkovich. Orson Bean was 91.

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Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Joker’s Oscars away

Tonight! Owen Wilson might be coming to an MCU show near you, Wonder Woman has a new weapon and who won the Oscars much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 62. 

So did you watch the Oscars this past Sunday. It was…okay. There were a few surprises  like Eminem , the fact that Joker didn’t sweep the awards and John Williams not winning. Really thought that Mister Williams should have won. Anyway, if you missed it apparently you’re not alone, the Oscars Viewership sank to a new low this year. And I’ve noticed a lot of the usual complaints. Lack of diversity in the acting categories. Too much politics. Which is surprising because there weren’t a lot of big moments of politics, a few speeches, maybe not as much as a few years ago. Too long? Eh. It was about three and a half hours. Pretty typical. I could shorten it by not having the best songs all performed during the course of the evening, but having them shown in clips or maybe a medley of some kind?  Maybe no confusing performances by Eminem? I’ve also seen some complaints about how so and so was missing from the In Memoriam section. Folks, they only have so much time to do that and a lot of people can die in the course of the year and it’s not just actors, it’s all members of the Motion Picture Association of America. Plus, some of these people will be remembered at other award shows. Just as long as YOU remember them, that’s the important part.

Marvel

Rick And Morty are known to exist in multitudes of universes on the show, but did you know they exist in other franchises universes? Or rather the show does,  In Marvel’s Marauders number six, Rick and Morty gets a mention when Yellowjacket mentions that Pyro has quote made himself a couple of Long Island iced teas and now he’s in the yacht’s movie theater watching Rick and Morty.” unquote  Well that makes me wonder, Oni Press currently makes the Rick and Morty comics, perhaps Marvel and Oni can come together for a Marvel/Rick & morty crossover? Anyone wanna start a tweet hashtag for that?

Marvel Comics will have a new wanna be Captain America character in its upcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier miniseries.  The Natural is described as a Captain America superfan vigilante who will pose a threat to the duo. Falcon and Winter Soldier writer Derek Landy told comic book dot com quote “In combat, no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better than you,””Someone who’s stronger, or quicker, or who’s trained that little bit more. Even someone who’s luckier. That’s where the Natural came from — that fear in a fighter’s mind that, maybe, their next opponent will be the one to outclass them.” Artist Federico Vicentini added quote “He wants to be Captain America, his idol, his hero, but he does that from the wrong side of the barricade, unaware of his mistakes,” “Bucky and Sam will have to do their best to show him what it really means to be Captain America. For his costume I tried to keep some details from Cap’s old one (the boots, for example), but I also added something new, like the black logo on his chest and mask, to point out the dark traits of his behavior.” Unquote 

Falcon and winter Soldier number one comes out on February 26.

Actor Owen Wilson is in talks to join Disney Plus’ Loki series according to sources close to the Hollywood reporter. What character he possibly could be playing is unknown. Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron is writing the plot for the show and will be acting as show creator and executive producer. 

While we don’t have a release window for the series yet, The Falcon and The WinterSoldier will be coming in August and WandaVision will debut in December.

Fast 9 star  Tyrese Gibson gave an update on his character in Sony’s Morbius and how the film is progressing. Tyrese will be playing Agent Shroud. He told Comic book dot com at the F9 event in Miami quote “I play a character named Agent Shroud, Agent Simon Shroud, opposite Jared Leto. It’s the Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius, Venom, Marvel. I’m just excited to be a part of this franchise. I love the Fast & the Furious but I’ve been wanting to be a part of another franchise. Because, the last time I was in a franchise was Transformers, which is not too shabby.” unquote 

Fast and Furious, Transformers. Well he does have a knack for being in successful franchises. Could Tyrese rub off on the extended Spider-man franchise?

Sooner or later the X-Men movie franchise will get rebooted, so what advice would former Cyclops actor James Marsden give to the next man who fills the role, Collider, talking with Marsden while he’s promoting Sonic The Hedgehog gave some quote The biggest challenge was that, the audience and other actors never being able to see your eyes. Definitely was a handicap in bringing a persona to the character, and an energy to the character. To a character who is also very, by nature, very by-the-books. Kind of a Boy Scout, ‘do the right thing.’ He’s a foil to Wolverine’s character, who is more fly by the seat of his pants, a little more unpredictable, and aggressive.

I would just say lean into it. Own it. And carve out your own thing. The fans of the books are going to tell you ‘it needs to be this’. Find a new way to make it interesting. Because it is tough to like get something interesting and cool and different across when no one ever sees your eyes. Which is obviously, you know, the main part of the character.” unquote 

DC

Well Arrow is officially done. However it kind of looks like a lot of people said goodbye earlier than others. The Ratings for the final episode are out. 723,000 tuned in to the episode, which was an almost 20 percent drop from the week before. It also wasn’t helped by the fact that it wa moved back an hour for an arrow special. Plus, who watches tv shows when they’re actually on anyway, that’s so twentieth century.

The Batman has begun principal photography and we now know what role actres Jayme Lawson is playing in the movie. Business Wire lists her as Candida Bella real. Since there is no character in known batman lore by that name, she is either a new character that plays some role in the film or that character’s name is false and she is actually playing another role. Some suggestions have been Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.

We are also learning that Peter Skarsgaurd will be playing the role of Gotham City District Attorney Gil Colson, which is…you guessed it. Another name that has no known usage in the DCU. Could it be a new character or a different character, who knows.  NEXT.

On comics news, Scott Snyder has given Wonder Woman a new weapon. The writer posted on his twitter  a link to a Newsarama article showing Wonder Woman wielding a chainsaw-like device. Scott added quote It’s called the chainsaw of truth quote The weapon will show up in the sequel to Dark Knight Metal. Not much is known about the new series only that quote “the mayhem is imminent.” unquote 

In John Constantine: Hellblazer number four, John Constantine gets introduced to Tommy Willowtree a street mage who’s been guarding Endland from mystickal threats since Constantine’s been away causing a new era of peace in London using white magic. Tonny is quote “a gentleman, a scholar, a clean-living, vegan acolyte of love.” unquote In other words every thind Constantine isn’t and that’s something that John can’t stand. Unfortunately, Constantine is gonna have to suck it up and team with him. 

John Constantine Hellblazer number four will have new artist Matias Bergara taking over for Aaron Campbell joining writer Simon Spurrier and colorist Jordie Bellaire. It’s coming to comic stores on February twenty sixth.

Writer artist Any reeder will be bringing a new character to the DC Universe in her upcoming Amethyst series. In an interview with CBR.com She said quote “I can’t wait for everyone to meet Phoss. Creating new characters is always on my radar; it’s fun and necessary to keep things fresh. I got a chance to do this at Marvel with Moon Girl, and I’m so glad she took off the way she did. For the sake of this miniseries Phoss is tied to Gemworld only, but I would love if she really takes off into the general DCU. Is it strange that I haven’t thought about that yet?””Phoss is the first new teen friend Amy makes, a commoner from Turquoise, the warrior realm,” “She’s maybe a little too easy going, and too honest, but she’s a great foil to Princess Amethyst and keeps her grounded. Oh and no biggie, but Phoss is a lesbian animal lover with four forearms and she rides a giant caterpillar named Stan. WHATEVER. Anyway, the strength of friendship is a major element to the story, so you’ll see a lot of Phoss and that other upcoming character, Maxixe.

Amethyst is not a new character, she was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Earnie Colon of 1983’s Legion of SuperHeroes issue 298. Where the character otherwise known as Amy Winston discovered that she was a princess of the House of Amethyst on Gemworld. Here’s the plot quote Following her triumphant reintroduction in the pages of Young Justice, the new Amethyst miniseries follows teenager Amy Winston—a.k.a. Princess Amethyst—as she returns to her magical kingdom to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. The only problem? Her kingdom is missing, her subjects have vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld—even her best friend, Lady Turquoise—remain loyal to her house! Alone and dejected, Amy’s forced to find new allies and confront dark secrets on an all-new quest to the farthest reaches of Gemworld. Unquote 

Amethyst #1 releases Feb. 26.

Comic writer Steve Orlando is stepping out. The writer who has been working for DC Comics for the past four years is moving away from the Distinguished Competition. To a number of other publishers. To mark the end of his contract he had an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

It’s a good interview. When asked why he signed exclusively with DC he said quote 

I mean, look, I grew up as a DC guy. I was, you know, knocked over when they offered me that contract after Midnighter. And of course it’s nice to have that reliability and a home for most of your work. But I mean, you know, young Steve, who is reading DC books out of flea markets in the 1980s and early ’90s, you know, it’s a dream job. And by the way, working for DC’s still a dream job.

You know, when you’re an adult, you realize that dreams have to evolve and change. So at the time, you know, there was no way that I would stay away from that, because it’s like playing for the Yankees. (Laughs) So of course I would take it. And it’s still a company that I have, and characters that I continue to have, great affection for.

I’m excited to continue on Wonder Woman for that reason. These are icons, and to be asked to become a lasting part of those things, you know, it’s an honor, it’s a huge responsibility, and there’s just no way I wouldn’t do that. Unquote 

In other words, he’s not leaving DC completely, he’s just going to be a free agent.

He also announced that he will be working with TKO, Studio Arancia and for his prose work with Fuse Literary.

Birds of Prey is flying in a little lower than expected in its opening weekend. The movie only debuted to a Friday box office of 33 to 35 million. Warner bros had been aiming for a 45 to 50 million dollar opening. There could be several factors for this including its r rating causing the younger kids from seeing the movie, it’s february opening date or something else. However, it’s ratings and reviews can’t be blamed as it’s gotten largely positive.

BOX OFFICE REPORT

Geek

Could a new Green Hornet movie be in the offing?  The Green Hornet movie rights have been acquired by Amasia Entertainment a company run by former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo. In a statement Helfant said quote “This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises,” “We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision.”“When I was a kid, The Green Hornet was one of my favorite television series,” he added. “I loved everything about it: the Green Hornet, Kato, and of course, the Black Beauty. They were the coolest! It was personally painful to leave them all behind when I left Dimension. So I tried to option the property again at Marvel before it went over to Sony, and then again in 2017 before the rights landed at Paramount.” unquote The rights have been bouncing from studio to studio for years now. The last time it was made into anything was 2011’s The Green Hornet starring Seth rogen, which did poorly. 

Speaking of projects that might come again. The Crow is back in active development. According to Bloody Disgusting.com, Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow’s planned reboot of The Crow might be moving forward after nearly eighteen months of no movement. The reboot had originally been planned for release in October of last year, but development fell apart in Summer of 2018 when star Jason Mamoa and director Corin Hardy left the project causing Sony Pictures to pull it. So far no new director or actor has surfaced.

Ron Howard has given an update on Disney Plus’ Willow series. Ron talked to Variety about the project, quote “We’re working on it, it’s not greenlit, but I was just on the phone today discussing it with Jonathan who has written the scripts,” “It’s in serious development, but there’s nothing to announce quite yet.” unquote Ron also confirmed that talks are ongoing for Willow star warwick davis to return. Saying quote “If it happens, Warwick will definitely be a part of it,”

Disney Pixar’s new movie Onward has a lawsuit on its hands. The Hollywood reporter reports that artist Sweet Cecily Daniher is suing Onward producer Kori Rae over the design on the van driven by the movie’s main characters.  Her design called Vanicorn shows a white unicorn in front of a blue and purple sky with bolts of lightning extending behind it. In the movie the characters van shows a white Pegasus in front of a blue and purple sky with lightning bolts in the background. 

According to Daniher, Disney contacted her to use Vanicorn as a showpiece for a festival . Not long after, she noticed the similarity and pointed it out online. 

Onward producer Kori Rae apologized for not making her aware there were plans to use the Vanicorn design in the movie because, at the time of the festival, the movie didn’t have a title and without a title Disney couldn’t have Daniher sign a non disclosure agreement. 

Ms. Daniher is now suing Disney for Copyright infringement as well as violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the visual Artists rights act and the California Artists Protection Act. Onward hits theaters on March sixth.

The fortieth Golden Raspberry Awards aka The Razzie nominations have been announced and Cats ran away with it like well a cat from a dog. Cats got nominations for worst picture, director, actress, supporting actor for James Corden, Supporting actress for Dame Judi Dench and Rebel Wilson, Worst Screen Combo for any two characters in Cats and Jason Derulo and his CGI neutered bulge,and  screenplay. Hellboy received 5 nods including worst director, actor for David Harbour, worst prequel, remake, rip off or sequel, screenplay and reckless disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Dark Phoenix received two nominations worst prequel remake, rip off or sequel and worst supporting actor for Jessica Chastain. But it’s not all thumbs in the eyes, They also give out The razzie Redeemer Award for those who have come back from bad. This year’s nominations are Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Eddie Murphy for Dolemite IS my Name, Keanu Reeves for John Wick 3 and Toy Story 4, Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems and Will Smith for Aladdin. The ceremony date has not been announced yet.

But we do know who won the Oscars

Parasite walked away with four sucking the awards away from the front runner Joker, It won best director for Bong Joon Ho, Best original screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won and both best picture and best international picture. Marking the first time a forign film won the best picture award.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, Taika Waititi won best adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. Toy Story 4 won for best animated feature film. And I was hoping randy Newman or John Williams would have won this catergory but Best Original score went to Joker’s Hildur Guðnadóttir (pronounced Hill-dur Guth-nah-door-tier).  If I pronounced that right, please donate a dollar. Thank you.

Archie Comics Editor in Chief Victor Gorelick has passed away.  An announcement was made on the Archie Comic twitter account this past Saturday.Quote  “We are extremely heartbroken and devastated to inform the Archie family of the passing of Archie Comics icon and Editor in Chief, Victor Gorelick, who made Riverdale his home for over sixty years,” the statement read. “No person embodied the Archie spirit more than Victor, who was a leader, friend, and mentor to everyone that walked through the doors of Archie. A lifelong friend and mentor to Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater – and an inspiration to the entire Archie Comics family – Victor will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kathie, his family, his friends, and his many fans.” Gorelick first joined Archie Comics when he was 16 as an art assistant over the years he picked up skills and moved up the ladder until he was named editor in chief in 2007. He was honored with the Inkpot Award in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw collaborations with Kraft, radio Shack and the FBI. IN addition to his day job at archie comics, he served on the Comics Code Authority Guidelines Committee and a member or the Board ofAdvisors of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He was 78 years old. 

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Show Notes: Episode 60: What Comes After Picard & Episode 61: Howard the Duck Gets No Respect

Tonight! Picard comes back big,Obi-Wan goes back to the hanger and the Peacock is coming. All this and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 60 of Multiverse Tonight!

Have you seen Star Trek Picard. Here’s a non spoiler review. It felt well put together, a lot of what I thought happened. Especially in regards to Data. One of the few gripes I have was the theme music was…well…let me just put it this way. I don’t think anyone is going to be humming this tune. But I’m very interested to see where the show goes, I hear that the first three episodes act as the pilot episode in whole.

Star Trek

We start  Star Trek news with Picard’s Jeri Ryan, the actress talked with GamesRadar about how Seven of Nine has changed since the last we saw of her and what she thinks of Picard quote “I wouldn’t say there’s a huge affinity because Seven’s gotten pretty jaded over the last 20 years,” “She’s seen a lot of bad stuff, and she’s very much hardened from when we saw her 20 years ago. The universe has kind of gone to hell in a handbasket and she holds Starfleet and the Federation in a large part responsible for that. Initially, I think she sort of sees Picard as a representative of that, so she’s not in ‘idol worship/he’s a hero’ mode when we first meet her. I think that makes it more interesting.”

GamesRadar also spoke with the other major Borg character on the Picard Show,  Jonathan Del Arco. He told them Quote “In the story you’ll see it’s a very logical conclusion to where Hugh ends up,” But what I didn’t know were the circumstances of the world or how that affected how he ended up. He’s changed so much physically, and emotionally, and grown up like other people grow up. How many people do you know from high school who are the same in their forties and 50s? Not many. But I wanted for the audience to have a thread because he was beloved as who he was.” Unquote

The also asked what he thinks his character has been doing since we last saw him in Descent parts one and two? quote  “There’s lots of novels about what happened to the Borg and possible stories that could have developed,” “So [creating Hugh’s backstory] was a combination of talking to producers that had deep knowledge on the canon, but also some of my own imagination, because you know when you’re an actor you don’t have to tell anybody how you got there – you could make up anything you want in your head!” unquote I’m looking forward to seeing who their stories unfold in this season.

Patrick Stewart’s been on a press blitz promoting Picard and one stop was The Graham Norton Show ,while there he told the story about the time he was caught by a room service waiter, watching himself in an episode of The Next Generation. Quote “I don’t look for it, but occasionally I’ll happen upon it,” “There was one night in a hotel when I was flicking through the channels and there was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I watched it for a few minutes, and I got hooked.

“Then the waiter came in with my room service order and he looked at me, then looked at the television and I thought, ‘He is going to go away and tell the entire kitchen that it was the saddest thing he had ever seen – this guy upstairs alone, having room service and watching himself’.” unquote Well Patrick, if you don’t watch yourself who will?

And we will be seeing much more of Sir Patrick and Star Trek Picard as the series has already earned  a renewal for Season two, but this time it’ll be with a new showrunner, Terry Matalas will be taking up the reins for the next season, Mr. Matalas previously was the showrunner for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, but he’s not new to Trek having worked as a production assistant for Voyager and enterprise. 

Show writer Michael Chabon sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone,in the interview he laid down his Trek Bona Fides. Such as how he and his wife both got into the next Generation. He also talked about a dinner he had with Rick Berman quote I had dinner with [Next Generation showrunner] Rick Berman a few weeks ago. I said something like, “Oh, it was so remarkable that they cast such a great actor, and someone who was so well-known on the England stage.” He said, “You have to remember, when we started that show, we actually cast two really well-known, talented actors: LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who had been in Stand By Me.” That was the casting coup of The Next Generation in the beginning. It was viewed as: They got LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who was this hot, young actor. Patrick Stewart was so unknown at that time, he wasn’t viewed as a coup in the sense that he was, say, when they cast him to play Professor X. unquote He also discussed about what it’s like writing for the Next Generation characters. And how it was to write for an older Picard quote It’s incredible, the things he does over the course of the season. Because it’s not just him playing the Picard that you know when you think of Picard. He’s playing Picard who’s decades older, has been through a lot, has aged physically, is looking at his life in the way that someone who’s middle-aged wouldn’t. In canon in our story, Picard is I believe 92. So he’s older than Patrick is, but someone who’s been alive that long, looking at his life, is going to be behaving very differently than someone who’s however old Patrick was when he started doing TNG. Patrick had all of that. He presents the character of Picard very much as the same guy. And yet, he’s changed, inevitably. He’s older, he’s wiser, he’s sadder, he has more regrets and more to regret. All of that just emerged on day one of shooting. Unquote It’s a very long interview, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/star-trek-picard-michael-chabon-interview-937028/

One of the best parts of the series premiere of Picard was Jean-Luc’s dog Number One. I have a feeling we won’t see much of him until the end of the season, since I’m sure Picard is going on the road in the next episoe or two. On the Picard after show The ready room with host Wil Wheaton,  Showrunner and Executive Producer Michael Chabon talked about how they came to give the Bulldog his name. Quote “Pretty early on,” “As soon as the first draft was getting written I think it appeared at that point. It’s meant to be…it’s an Easter egg, and it’s cute and charming, but there’s something also kind of poignant about it, to me at least. He doesn’t have a Number 1, those days are behind him. Riker’s long gone in his life and there’s almost something sort of touching that he’s trying to recreate in the form of a dog, which is not a bad thing to try to do. (It’s) So much that he’s lost, so much that he’s left behind.” unquote 

We might have a special guest star already lined up for Picard season 2. While appearing on The View to promote the show, Sir Patrick said this to host Whoppi Goldburg quote “Something that I need to bring up. I’m here with a formal invitation – and it’s for you, Whoopi. Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of ‘Star Trek: Picard’, and all of his colleagues (of which I am one), want to invite you into the second season.” unquote The crowd applauded and Whoppi responded with a big quote “Yes!” quote https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1220028276879568897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220028276879568897&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fstartrek%2F2020%2F01%2F22%2Fstar-trek-patrick-stewart-invites-whoopi-goldberg-picard-season-2-guinan%2F

It’ll be good to see Gunian back in Picard’s life. 

CBS’s day at the Winter 2020 TV Critics Association Press Tour gave us some jaw dropping news nuggets, specifically that there are two more live action projects in the pipeline. Now of course, there is nothing to indicate what these two projects are, though speculation seems to hover around a StarFleet Academy series and a Pike’s Enterprise show bringing back Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn for the further adventures of the characters .

These two new shows would be in addition to the Section 31 show, which is still in active development. 

So where are the Discovery season 3 and the animated Lower Decks? TrekCore got to ask producer Heather Kadin about the shows and she revealed that both should be ready to go by May. As to which one goes first, that’s up to the All Access execs. And Might I suggest to these execs, if they wanna keep me paying for all access after picard is over, you might wanna put out Lower Decks. Just saying.

Well if looks like the Kelvin timeline just might be dead. As Director Noah Hawley has told The Hollywood reporter that his project will be an original story with a new cast. Quote“To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”

“Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”  As an example of what he plans to do he told them quote It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling. I went to Paramount and just had my own ideas for what I wanted to do with it. So that’s the direction that I’m going in. It’s still very early days, so I can’t really be more specific. But it’s going to be different. Unquote 

In a different interview with Deadline he said quote “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.” unquote

So it sounds like we’re actually gonna see something original on the big screen. No rehashes of old episodes, we’re gonna leave the Enterprise crew behind and tell a story that’s just set in the Star Trek Universe.  Good idea. Especially now that it seems that the Tarantino movie is still up in the air.

I guess we’ll just have to watch and see.

Deep Space Nine is getting some comics love. IDW has announced that a new Star Trek Deep Space Nine miniseries called Too Long a Sacrifice will be out in April.  The series is being written by David and Scott Tipton and will have artwork by Greg Scott. It’s being described as a noir thriller centering around Odo. David Tipton said in a press release quote “Set during the most difficult hours of the Dominion War, Too Long a Sacrifice shows the station during trying times: a series of mysterious and seemingly unsolvable terrorist attacks just as the war has everyone strained to the breaking point,” “We’ll get to see the darker side of life on the station as Odo leads the investigation, with increasingly desperate conditions forcing him and others to deal with new and unexpected allies and to use unusual tactics in their efforts to stop the attacks.” unquote  Scott Tipton added quote “We’re so excited to return to the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With its ‘frontier setting’ and precarious place in the galaxy, Deep Space Nine offers the opportunity to tell truly unique tales of intrigue and suspense. Combine that with one of the best character ensembles ever assembled, and you get something no other Star Trek series can offer.” unquote 

Star Trek Deep Space nine Too Long a Sacrifice number one will be available with various covers including Ricardo Drumond and JK Woodward as well as a photo variant. Look for it in April.

Looks like we’re one step closer to the Star Trek biobed. Nanox, a company out of Israel has created a medical machine called the Nanox Arc. It resembles the Star Trek biobed and promises to make medical scanning available to people around the world at a significantly lower cost. Instead of a huge CT machine, The acr is a portable bed. Ran Poliakine, founder and CEO of Nanox told Digital Trends quote “Nanox has achieved the world’s first commercial-grade digital X-ray source, without the use of heat,” “This X-ray device enables pulsating electron beams, versus the continuous radiation of X-rays used today. Building a silicon-based ‘electron nano gun’, placed on a silicon chip, has made Nanox’s method more efficient than the traditional way of heat-based filaments.” unquote

Basically since the device doesn’t need to produce heat, the device can be made seventy to ninety percent smaller, reducing the cost. Nanox believes that this could make medical imaging more accessible to people around the world.

As to its resemblance to the Star Trek biobed, it’s not a coincidence Polkaine told digital trends quote “The Starfleet’s unsung hero allowed doctors to assess and diagnose their patients in minutes, and allowed them to conduct any medical imaging scan necessary, efficiently,” “The biobed served multiple purposes, and that is exactly what we are aiming to achieve. We want the Arc to be accessible, portable, easy to operate and focus on what’s important: the patient.” unquote  

Star Wars

Rumors of the Obi Wan series demise are a bit premature.  Apparently on the January seventeenth rumors started being spread about that the plug had been pulled on the Ewan McGregor led Disney Plus series. Reports appear to have traced this rumor back to a parody Twitter account. Comic Book dot com reports that sources close to the production say that it has not been cancelled. But is going back to the drawing board. Unknown Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that the story has been scrapped and a new writer is being sought to write the series. The source also indicated that it might go from a six part series to a four part series. Star Ewan McGregor told  IGN that filming would shift to next year quote “It’s just slid to next year, that’s all. The scripts were really good,” “Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes.” unquote I’m guessing that the Star Wars franchise will continue being more of a tv franchise for the near future. Probably just putting out a new movie project every couple of years.

The Rise of Skywalker has finally passed the one billion dollar mark, twenty eight days after being released in theaters. This was slower than Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which took 12 and 19 days respectively. Now while this shows a trend, I don’t think the Walt Disney company is worried, after all the only Star Wars film that really didn’t do as expected was Solo. 

Let’s take a quick look at the box office for this past weekend. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/2020W04/?ref_=bo_wey_table_1

Composer extraordinaire John Williams walked away from the Grammys with his twenty fifth career Grammy Award Victory. Mister Williams won the Best Instrumental Composition Grammy for the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, that he created for the theme park. I’d like to offer him my congratulations, if he’d like to write me a theme song, …

Taika Waititi is a busy man, lots of plates to spin, he acts and he directs including in The mandalorian. So naturally rumors would get started that he might be working on a Star Wars movie. Taika’s response to these Rumors? On twitter he put up the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s album, also called Rumors. Funny.  Well I guess we can never actually say never, one day he might have some free time and I’m sure lucasfilm would love to have him do some work.

Geek

Hulu’s Senior VP of originals speaking at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour spoke about The Orville’s upcoming third season quote “The Orville has a very loyal following on Hulu so when there was an opportunity to bring a new season to our viewers we jumped at it, I will see the first episode next week. We’ll monitor and evaluate the show as it goes, unquote So that sounds like Orville fans need to have a strong showing to make sure we get a season four. Now if they’d just tell us WHEN to show up…

Could the Merovingian be returning to the Matrix? French website AlloCine reports that actor Lambert Wilson, who appeared in the matrix reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as the plot advancing program is currently in negotiations to return to the fourth Matrix movie. If he does return he would just stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris,Eréndira Ibarra, Max Riemelt, and Toby Onwumere. Production on the movie is scheduled to start next month in Chicago and would be released May twenty first of 2021.

The new branch of the United States Military the US. Space Force revealed it’s uniforms on it’s official twitter and it’s got fans scratching it’s head. There are the normal things like the flag, the patch for the service and stuff like that. The confusing thing is that they decided to use woodland camouflage for the uniform. Is the Force planning on invading Endor? Wouldn’t Blue or Black make more sense? Let’s just hope this is a temporary choice.

It looks like we are getting a third National Treasure movie from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. The script will be written by Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner, who also will be writing the fourth Bad Boys movie.

National Treasure is a couple of movies starring Nicolas Cage as Treasure hunter, Benjamin Franklin Gates, the first one came out in 2004 and the sequel came out in 2007. No word on when their looking at putting out the third one.

NBC Universal has released details on it’s Peacock streaming service. First off Comcast‘s Xfinity x1 and Flex video platforms will get it on April fifteenth, it will than come out nationally on July fifteenth. There will be three different versions quote A free, ad-supported one; a more robust, ad-supported one that will be free to Comcast and Cox Cable subscribers, and $5 for everyone else; and an offering with no ads that is $5 for Comcast and Cox subscribers and $10 for everyone else. Unquote Free will have quote “next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series, a range of film and TV titles but only select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tentpole series. It will also feature curated Peacock streaming genre channels like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles.” unquote The Paid version will have everything free has plus quote “adds full-season Peacock originals and tentpole series and next-day access to current seasons of returning broadcast shows. It also throws in early access to late night titles like the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and sports attractions like exclusive Premiere League soccer matches, Olympic programming” unquote  The service will have about 600 movies and 400 series I don’t know, I think I’ll just stick with the free version.

The mouse kills the fox, the mouse mills the fox, high ho the derry o the mouse kills the fox. In a step meant to symbolize Disney’s take over of the 20th century fox studio. You will no longer see films from 20th Century Fox or Fox searchlight Pictures. Instead it’ll be 20th century studios and Searchlight Pictures. The tv side is currently unchanged, but it’s expected that a renaming will occur soon. The logos will be the same, just without the word Fox.

Finally we remember The son of author JRR Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien. Christopher was born in November of 1924 and assisted his father with his work on the lord of the rings, he even edited the companion book The Silmarillion after his father died in 1973. 

He would go on to edit dozens of other books by his father and Geoffrey Chaucer. He also wrote a book of his own called The Battle of the Goths and The Huns. He served as chairman of the Tolkien Estate Ltd until 2017. He was critical of The Lord of the Rings movies saying quote “They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds.” 

He spent the rest of his life in France where he passed away at the age of 95 on January sixteenth, 2020.  He is survived by his second wife, their two children and a son from his first marriage. 

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EPISODE 61

Tonight! MODOK goes on but Howard The Duck does not, Joker, Joker, Joker and we remember a legendary Python and much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 61. And I thank you for being here. You might not know it, but you help keep me busy, which helps keep me sane. I like others suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter and keeping busy helps to keep the depressive feelings at bay. Thank you, could you do me a favor though? Could you recommend Multiverse Tonight to a friend for me? You don’t have to shout it from the mountain tops, just one friend, someone who you think will like geeky news, presented plain and simple. Thank you, now let’s go on to the news.

Marvel

Chris Hemsworth is teaming up with the National Geographic Channel for a new series called Limitless. The series was announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The series is about superhuman feats. The science series looks at groundbreaking biotech and other ways we can unlock the body’s secret superpowers for a longer better life. Chris Hemsworth said  Quote “Basically, I was somehow convinced to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig and endure a series of mental and physical challenges across the globe, all for the sake of science,” Hemsworth explained. “We’re hoping to shed some light on new ideas and emerging science with the focus on extending a healthy life span. Production starts soon, so wish me luck.” unquote No word on when this will air.

Marvel has a new X-Men comic coming this April. Children of the Atom will be a new ongoing series. Writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang bring us this new team book with a new squad of super heroes that will turn the X-Men’s World upside down. No details about the cast of the book have been announced yet.

M.O.D.O.K. has a cast. The new Hulu animated series will star Patton Oswalt in the lead role as the (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) who has been ousted from both his evil organization and his family, plus he’s suffering from a midlife crisis. Joining Patton will be Aimee Garcia as Jodie, MODOK’s wife and the mother of his children, Ben Schwartz as lou, MODOK’s twelve year old son, Melissa Fumero as Melissa, MODOK’S seventeen year old daughter, Wendi McLendon-Covey from The Goldbergs will be Monica, a mad scientist at AIM and Modoks rival, Beck Bennet as Austin Van Der Sleet, MODOKS new boss. Jon Daly as Super Adaptoid, A snarky android with ambitions to live, feel and create, but is instead forced to spend his days massaging the hoverchair sores on his creator M.O.D.O.K.’s scalp and Sam Richardson as Gary, a henchman at AIM who is fiercely loyal to MODOK even if MODOK struggles to remember his name.

Executive Producer Jordan Blum said about this cast in the press release quote “I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe.” unquote 

Howard the Duck is dead. Not the character, but the show. This seems to be part of a house cleaning at Marvel Television as it transitions from Jeph Loeb to Kevin Feige. Howard the Duck joins Tigra & Dazzler on the death pile. The other two shows in the HULU and Marvel animated line up MODOK and Hit Monkey are still in the works, no word on what will happen to The Offenders crossover, but it’s probably gone too.  Marvel and HULU declined comment. I’d feel sorry for Kevin Smith losing Howard the Duck, but he still has plenty of other irons in the fire, so he has plenty of future endeavors. 

Marvels Iron Man VR game has been delayed a few months from February to May. The game’s developer Camouflaj revealed the delay in a tweet. Quote In order to deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations of our amazing community, we’ve made the difficult decision to move Marvel’s Iron Man VR to a May 15, 2020 release. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding. You’ll be hearing from us again soon! Unquote

The PS4 exclusive game was revealed last March and will put the player inside Tony’s helmet via the players VR headset and will see Tony’s past as an arms dealer come back to haunt him in the form of Ghost from Ant-man & The Wasp. 

Now for some quick hits.

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier has added actor Noah Mills to the cast, Noah is known for roles in NBC’s The Enemy Within and The Brave. The series will premiere on Disney Plus in August.

Disney has officially started work on Captain Marvel 2. According to the Hollywood reporter , the studio has almost locked down Megan McDonnal , a staff writer on WandaVision for the much anticipated sequel. But t is supposed to take place in present day No release date or subtitle has been given for the movie. You’ll remember the first Captain Marvel made 1.13 billion dollars world wide.

Speaking of Marvel projects in the pipeline. Marvel’s Disney Plus She Hulk series will start filming this July in Atlanta according to a production notice 

DC

We begin DC News with Joker.

Joker got huge nominations from the Oscars. Getting nominations for actor in a leading role for Joaquin Phoenix, achievement in cinematography, costume design, directing for Todd Phillips, film editing for Jeff Groth, Makeup and Hairstyling for Nicki Leadermann and Kay Georgiou, original score for Hildur Guonadottir, best film, sound editing for Alan Robert Murray, sound mixing and screenplay. There were other geeky nominations, but I’ll highlight those in the geek news. 

Now an interesting fact as emerged. Joker editor Jeff Groth revealed to Collider that Bradley Cooper had a hand in editing the film. quote”We kept this one pretty close to us. We screened it more personally for people and filmmakers,”. “Bradley Cooper definitely came in a couple of times. He was a producer on the movie, but he definitely watched the movie many times and sat with us. We could call him if we got stuck with something and be like, ‘Hey, can you come over and take a look at things?’” unquote If Jeff wins, I think he owes Bradley big, don’t you?

Speaking of the Joker, 2020 marks his 80th anniversary. The character, debuted in 1940’s Batman number one. To celebrate, DC is putting out The Joker 80th anniversary 100 page super spectacular in April. The comic will feature a number of original stories from Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Jock, Mikel Janin and current Batman series writer James Tynion IV, all with a cover from former Batman and Metal artist Greg Capullo. The release will also have variant covers showcasing the Joker’s look from each decade. It’ll be out on April 29th for $9.99.

There will be more than one. HBO Max’s Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey revealed at the tca press tour that quote “Greg [Berlanti] said that I can share a few little tidbits about Green Lantern. We’re in the early stages of talking to him about it, but he did say that the series, so far, will span several decades and focus on the origin story of two major Green Lanterns from Earth, while going into the story in space and Green Lantern favorite character Sinestro.” unquote  As to what green lanterns those will be is unknown right now. Just don’t make the suit animated. Simpler is better.

Karen Gillian would love to do a DC movie. While the actress was promoting Jumani The Next Level in Brazil, Karen was asked if she had her pick what comic book character would she like to be involved with next/ quote Batgirl would be cool for that, as well. My favorite film in that world, my favorite one is The Dark Knight. I just love the way that one is directed so much. So, I would just love to work in that world, as a director. Come on, DC. Look over this way.” unquote 

The lack of Joker in the new Birds of Prey movie was a choice according to star and producer Margot Robbie. The actress told comic book dot com at a press event quote “It was either going to be a complete Harley and Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture,” “I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.” “From the very beginning it was a conscious choice of they have to be broken up at this stage,” “I have a whole backstory in my head [of] what’s happened between what you saw at the end of Suicide Squad and what you see at the beginning of Birds of Prey.”

Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn come to theaters on February seventh.

Geek

Oscar Issac is set to star in and produce and Adaptation of Brian K Vaughan Eisner award winning  comic Ex Machina It’ll be titled The Great Machine according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The script is being  written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Oscar will be producing along with his manager and producer Jason Spire.

The comic it’s based on first came out in 2004 and ran for 50 issues under the Wildstorm Imprint. Centering on Mitchell Hundred an ex superhero who became mayor of New York after 9/11. Hundred has the power to talk to machines. Oscar Issac will play Mr. Hundred. Ironically, Oscar Issac was in a movie called Ex Machina a few years ago. That’s why the name was changed to the Great Machine. No release date has been announced.

The animation awards also known as the Annie’s have been handed out. Netflix’s Klaus won Best Feature,Best Direction,Best Editorial,  Best Production design, feature, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Designand Best Character Animation freature, Netflix also picked up teh Best Indie Feature award for I lost My Body, Xilam it also won Best Music and Best Writing for a feature, How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming won Best Special prodution, BoJack Horesman episode The Client won Best TV/Media General Audience. Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots won Best FX for TV/Media and Best Music TV?Media and Frozen 2 won the same award for features it also got Best Voice Acting, His Dark materials picke up the award for Best Character Animation TV/Media, Best Character Animation Live Action went to Avengers Endgame, Bob’s Burgers won Best Voice Acting for TV 

Warner Bros Animation’s animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends Scorpion’s revenge has added Joel Mchale as Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. They will be joining Jordan Rodrigues as Lui Kang; Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Hanzo Hasashi; Steve Blum as Sub-Zero; Artt Butler as Shang Tsung; Darin De Paul as Quan Chi; Robin Atkin Downes as Kano; David B. Mitchell as Raiden; Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs; Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro; Grey Griffin as Kitana and Satoshi Hasashi; and Fred Tatasciore as Demon Torturer. The film will come out in the first half of this year. A new live action Mortal Kombat movie is due out next year.

And finally tonight, It’s with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of a legend of comedy, Monty Python member Terry Jones. He passed away several years after having contracted a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia or FTD that impaired his ability to speak and communicate. He was born in Wales on February first 1942. He’s best known for Monty Python, writing and performing. A few of his most memorable characters include Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life and Sir Bedevere in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Cardinal Biggles the airplane cap wearing member of the Spanish Inquisition.

He would go on to direct films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. He also wrote and directed lots of other projects including the 1989 movie Erik the Viking. He also had a love for medieval and ancient history, writing books and hosting shows like Terry Jones Medieval Lives and terry Jones Barbarians. He is survived by his wife Anna, his two sons and daughter. He was 77.

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Tonight! Everyone has an opinion of The Rise of Skywalker, William Shatner does a good dead and Seth MacFarlane goes to the birds on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Multiverse Tonight. 

Finally saw the Rise of Skywalker last night, so here’s my review. It’s very very very good. It’s not the worse, it’s not the best. Just very very very good. I was very happy with how they wrapped up the Skywalker Saga. There are, of course, a fair amount of plot holes that every Star Wars film has had. But if there weren’t than it wouldn’t be a Star wars movie. All those movies have plot holes. No matter who made them.  Anyway…

Star Wars

In episode two of The Mandalorian, the hero finds himself at the mercy of Jawas who have destroyed his vessel, in order to get his ship parts back, he must make a deal with them to bring the egg of a Mudhorn back to the Jawas. The Mudchorn resembles a modern rhino, but it looks like it might be based on something even older. A fan on the Nature is Metal subreddit, noted that it actually seemed to be inspired by an ancestor of the rhino, the Elasmotherium also called the Siberian unicorn. The creature existed between 2.6 million and 29,000 years ago. The remains of the beast have been found across Eastern Europe and all the way down to China with a large concentration in Kazakhstan.

Season two of The Mandalorian has been confirmed with new episodes in the works for fall of this year.

So you want more of The Child aka Baby Yoda. How bout some coloring? Vulture has partnered with illustrator Martin Gee to create a six scene coloring book that you can download https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/baby-yoda-coloring-book.html?utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1

From Vulture dot com, we will have a link to it in our show notes.

Speaking of Baby Yoda. We know that’s not his name, but neither is The Child. Director and actor taika Waititi speaking with the New York Times at the Golden Globe Awards confirmed that he has a name, but he isn’t saying what it is. He said quote “He’s not named Baby Yoda!”. There is a name yet to be revealed, and Taika knows it but won’t hint. “I’ll wait for Favreau to give that away.”

So balls in your court Favreau, the longer you hold on to this secret the more the name “Baby Yoda” will stick.

Well I guess while we wait for that, we have the seventh and last season of The Clone Wars. The series will be debuting on Disney plus on February seventeenth. The series first debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008.

The reviews of The Rise of Skywalker have been mixed, it’s Rotten Tomatoes score is 54 percent and it dropped nearly 60 percent from week one to week two. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner gave his opinion of the film on Twitter saying quote #RiseofSkywalker is an acceptable film, a lot of story and fan delights but somewhat emotionless, while #TheMandolorian on @disneyplus establishes show creator @Jon_Favreau as the new George Lucas which @RobertIger had the foresight to declare. “Daisy Ridley played Rey throughout the film with one expression: awe/fear until the very end of the film when she reveals her name,” “That’s what I meant by a film that somewhat lacked emotion.

“In my previous comment I didn’t mean to suggest that #DaisyRidley acted poorly,” “On the contrary, she was excellent. The choice of attitude for Rey was intended and seems to fall on the philosophy of the character.” unquote Well, to each their own. Maybe they’ll put out a director’s cut?

Actor Dominic Monaghan thinks that a director’s cut of The rise of Skywalker would be a good idea. Talking with the Hollywood Reporter he said quote “Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut so we’ll get to see more and more of the stuff that was filmed,” “I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time that I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version…. Oh, man, there was so much stuff!” Monaghan even alluded to a cutscene that involved his character that found its way to the cutting room floor. “Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future is that in the final battle, Connix injures her leg,” “Obviously, myself, Rose and Connix are exiting the battle, and Rose has a weapon. While Rose is busy doing stuff, I grab Connix’s arm and put it over my shoulder to make sure that all of us come back as unscathed as possible.” unquote there is a lot more to his interview at the hollywood reporter I’ll include a link in the show notes.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-dominic-monaghan-wants-rise-skywalker-director-s-cut-1266205

So before we go on Let’s take a look at this past weekends box office. 

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https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl3305145857/?ref_=bo_wey_table_2

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Well now that the Skywalker Saga is over what could Daisy Ridley and Jon Boyega  to do…..maybe another sci fi franchise? The two spoke with Yahoo! And they were asked if the might be willing to join the Star Trek franchise. Daisy Ridley replied quote”I would do a Star Trek,” “I need a job. I’m unemployed, hello!” John Boyega had a different reaction quote “They’re talking too much, the last Star Trek was. Space Law & Order.” uquote  Yahoo did ask Oscar Issac the same question at a different interview and he told them that he would be open to the opportunity because he was a quote space slut unquote just like director JJ Abrams. 

William Shatner did a good deed over Christmas. TMZ reports that the actor visited his local Los Angeles Police Department precinct station with corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, bagels, lox, and cream cheese to help feed the officers on duty on Christmas Day. Shater than reportedly thanked them, left a holiday card and a few hundred dollars to feed the officers for the rest of the day. Good Job TJ Hooker.

So, you may remember that the US now has a new military division, THE US Space Force. Well now word has come out that the 14th unit of the Air Force is being transferred to the Space Force and is being renamed Space Operations Command. It’s acronym will be SPOC or as some are referring to it  “Spock”

According to a press release from the Air Force, quote “The SPOC provides space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the USSF for USSPACECOM and other combatant commands.” unquote . 

It’s now official. Star Trek Picard has been renewed for season two. The announcement was made by Julie Mcnamara Executive Vic President of Original Content for CBS All Access at the biannual TCA presentation. Julie told the audience quote “The energy and excitement around the premiere of Star Trek: Picard has reached a magnitude greater than all of us at CBS All Access could have hoped for,” “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that ‘Star Trek’ fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23.” 

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Netflix will be releasing 29 movies over 2020. Including THE PLATFORM: In a future dystopia, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above — feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized., OVER THE MOON: Animation icon Glen Keane makes his feature directorial debut in this musical adventure about a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove to her father that a legendary Moon Goddess really exists. And more.

The GLAAD Media Award nominations are out. Up for Outstanding Drama Series are Batwoman, Shadowhunters, Star Trek Discovery and Supergirl. Watchmen This Extraordinary being is a nominee for Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character .Up for outstanding Comic Book is The Avant-Guards, written by Carly Usdin (BOOM! Studios)

Bloom, written by Kevin Panetta (First Second)

Crowded, written by Christopher Sebela (Image Comics)

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, written by Mariko Tamaki (DC Comics)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second)

Liebestrasse, written by Greg Lockard (ComiXology Originals)

Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)

Runaways, written by Rainbow Rowell (Marvel Comics)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, written by Simon Spurrier (Marvel Comics)

The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)

Now there are tons of other awards and nominees, these are just the ones that have sci fi or comic book importance. If you want to read the rest visit the link in our show notes The Gay &  Lesbian Alliance Against Defimation Awards will be handed out half in New York at March 19th and the rest in LA on April sixteenth. https://deadline.com/video/glaad-media-awards-netflix-disney-plus-apple-tv-plus-full-list/

Production has begun on Disney Plus’ Willow series. The news comes from writer Jon Kasdan’s twitter feed. The series is a followup to the 1988 movie directed by Ron Howard, written by George Lucas and Bob Dolman and starring Warwick Davis in the title role, Warwick will be returning to the role. A little bit of trivia for you. Jon Kasdan is the son of writer director Lawrence Kasdan, best known for his work on three Star Wars films and Raiders of the Lost Ark. No details on any additional cast or release dates.

And if you enjoyed the eighties, you’ll enjoy this next piece of news. Disney Plus is currently in plans to remake the movie Space Camp. The original told the story of a group of teens attending an astronaut training camp when they are accidentally launched into space while touring the space shuttle. The movie stared Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston and a young Joaquin Phoenix, it was not a successful movie at the box office when it was released in 1986, but that can partially be attributed to the release being a few months after the Challenger shuttle disaster. 

The new Space Camp will be written by Saturday Night Live writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and will be produced by John Rickard, whose credits include Rampage and Horrible Bosses.

Seth MacFarlane is switching from a Fox to a Peacock.The creator behind Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville has signed a nine figure deal with NBC Universal Content Studios. Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that Seth and Fuzzy Door Productions will create and develop new TV projects for the media giant . This deal will lock Mister MacFarlane there for five years and will see him grow 200 million dollars richer. Seth is said to be very excited to create new projects for the company and it is said he’s interested in quote starring in and producing musicals, political dramas and anthologies around historic events in addition to working on new animated projects. But don’t worry about his Fox based shows as the deal leaves MacFarlane room to continue working on his now Disney owned shows as well as giving him room to make films for other studios.  I’ll have to ask Tom Costantino about that in a future interview. Oooo. Here’s a thought. Seth Macfarlane’s Battlestar Galactica

Legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct the sci fi thriller Ares at Warner Bros. The film has an original script from Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet was originally set to be made at MGM, but will not go forth at the Bugs Bunny brand. Roland Emmerich will serve as executive producer.  The story is being described as genre bending and tells the story of an astronaut who crashes in an African desert, on his journey home to reunite with his family, he discovers that his mission was part of a larger conspiracy and that he might be carrying a secret that could change the world.

While I’ve had a few days off, I’ve been rewatching season one of FX’s What we do in the shadows, very funny. Well season two looks like it’s gonna be good as series creator Jermain Clement has announced that Mark Hamill will be a guest star this season. Jermaine made the announcement at the show’s Television Critics Association press day panel. Clement also confirmed that Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstien will not be returning in season two due to film commitments. For which Jermaine said that he was quote “a little disappointing for me as she was planned to be a big character unquote. The good news is they have found other characters to fill that void. Season 2 will add new supernatural beings to the wor;d such as ghosts and witches.

Visual artist Syd Mead has passed away on December 30, 2019 from complications from lymphoma. Before going into entertainment, he worked for corporations like Ford, Sony and Philips Electronics, His first role in the entertainment industry was as a production illustrator for Star Trek The Motion Picture. A few years later, he would design the Leonov spaceship in 2010. His art influenced George Lucas on the design of the AT-AT. He has also contributed to such films as Blade Runner, Short Circuit, Tron, Timecop, Mission Impossible III, Elysium, Tomorrowland and Blade Runner 2049. He passed away in Pasadena California at the age of 86.

 Also passed away is American comedy legend Buck Henry. He co created the secret agent comedy series Get Smart with Mel Brooks and the short lived sci fi comedy Quark. The legendary writer worked for Saturday Night Live in its infancy and even hosted the show 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He’s appeared in many movies like Catch 22 which he wrote, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Heaven Can Wait which he wrote and directed, Grumpy Old men,  and tv shows including Murphy Brown, Tales from the crypt, Dilbert, Hot in Cleveland and Franklin and Bash. 

Buck Henry died on January 8th 2020 in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 89.

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Tonight! Joaquin Phoenix is tired of the same old questions, Australia’s favorite Thor chips in for his homeland and Kevin Smith gives us an update on Jay And Silent Bob Reboot on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 59.

Been taking a few days off, had a consultation with a surgeon for a hemorrhoidectomy, went to see Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. You can listen to the previous episode, I also read a couple of comics. Star Trek Discovery Aftermath number one and Undiscovered Country number one. I thought both were interesting enough to read another issue. Undiscovered Country is a unique concept. The United States mainland walls itself off from the rest of the world, now decades later, a team has to enter the reclusive nation to find a cure for a plague that’s going to cause the end of the world. Original concept. It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes. 

DC

Deathstroke’s ongoing comic book series has come to an end and it actually wasn’t caused by poor sales, it was planned that way. The series written by Christopher Priest changed Slade’s role in the DC Universe and saw him battle the Teen Titans. The ending was planned by Priest and DC Co Publisher and editor Dan Didio. Priest told newsarama quote “The series is ending now because I went to DC Publisher Dan DiDio and asked him to end the series with #50. Sure, we could keep going, but that’s not how the business works. Books launch hot and then the numbers settle somewhere, with the occasional rarity of numbers going up. They usually settle in somewhere. Numbers-wise, sure, we’re not causing any problems for DC, but we’re not setting the world on fire, either, which ties up talent DC could redeploy elsewhere and get better numbers,“”I didn’t want the book to get cancelled at #56 or #62. So, I said to Dan, let’s plan it so it works into the publishing plan and budget and all of that, and we end on our own terms. I was really happy he agreed.” unquote Well better to plan your ending that to have one forced upon you.

We are just weeks away from the release of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and eagerly anticipate DC Black LAbel Birds of Prey one shot from Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Lupacchino has been pushed back again. The special was originally going to arrive in stores at the end of January, but now it’s not due in stores until March fourth. No cause has been given.

Going to the movie news. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is in full production right now in Panama and during the holiday break he took time to answer some fan questions on Instagram. IN answer to the question Can we expect big elaborate sets in Suicided Squad like the prison scene in Guardians of The Galaxy, he answered back quote #TheSuicideSquad will have by far the most and the biggest practical sets of any movie I’ve ever worked on. Unquote He also talked about how much fun he’s been having making the movie and how great the crew on the movie is. The movie is due in theaters next year on August the sixth.

Joaquin Phoenix is getting tired of being asked about Joker again and again. During the Golden Globe Awards presentation, for which he won the award for Best actor in a motion picture-Drama, he turned a question about his process for getting in character back on the interviewer.  Quote “Isn’t this old news? I feel like I’ve talked about this for six months,“”I mean, I feel like I answered this questions. You wanna hear a different version of it? Should I try and change it slightly or what should I do?” unquote He then went on to answer the question. So let me break this down for those of you who want to interview stars, ask different questions, one’s that haven’t been asked. Find off kilter questions, dig into a performance that hasn’t been talked about. You’ll be surprised at the amount of appreciation you get from your subject.

The Critics choice awards were handed out over the weekend. Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix took the Best Actor award Joke also got the Best Score award, Avengers endgame took home the best visual effects award and best action movie, however it didn’t take the best Sci-fi Horror Award, which went to Us, Toy Story 4 beat our Frozen II and others to take Best Animated Feature. On the tv side, Watchmen’s regina King got best actress in a drama and Jean smart came away with Best Supportig Actress. There were plenty other winners for a list of the winners just click on the link in the show notes on teh website. Multiversetonight.com https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/entertainment/critics-choice-2020-winners-list/index.html

And speaking of Joker and awards, The British Academy of Film and Television Awards or BAFTA nominations are out and Joker has garnered eleven nominations including Best Film, Best Leading Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best production design, MakeUp and hair and Sound. Avengers Endgame and The Rise of Skywalker are up for Special Visual Effects and The Rise of Skywalker is also up for Sound and Original Score. Frozen 2, klaus, A Shaun the sheep movie Farmageddon and Toy Story 4 are up for animated film.  The awards will be handed out on February second at the royal albert hall in London.

The CW made it’s fall schedule planning much easier as it has renewed nearly every series. The network has renewed everything but Arrow, Supernatural and The 100, which are all ending this season. The only series that hasn’t received a formal pickup to date is the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which is set to premiere next month, however it has already received it’s pickup for an additional thirteen episodes. Mark Pedowitz, who has just been promoted to Chairman and CEO of The CW said quote “These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season, “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

However, there’s bad news if you only stream the networks programs from Netflix. The CW’s deal with the streamer has ended. Batwoman and Katy Keene will stream on HBO Max next year, Nancy Drew will be going to CBS All Access. The rest of the shows will stay at Netflix for now.

The CW is currently working on new shows for the 2020 fall season including a walker texas ranger remake, A Kung Fu reboot, a female centered Arrow spinoff, a sequel series to Dark Shadows and Superman & Lois. 

Marvel

Doctor Strange 2 is directionless. Director Scott Derrick has left the project due to creative differences with the studio according to a report in Variety. The studio has confirmed his exit, he will remain as an executive producer. The movie will begin production in May and there are nor expected to be any delays in production. The search for his replacement is currently underway. It’s expected in theaters the first weekend of May 2021.

Disney Plus’ WandaVision series is coming sooner rather than later. This year. The news came in a post on Disney Plus’ twitter, during a video touting the slate of releases for this year. No word on when exactly it’s gonna be.

Australia is in bad straits right now. A big portion of the continent country is on fire right now. 16 million acres in fact.  Australian native Chirs Hemsworth and his family are donating one million dollars to Australian firefighters. He posted a video on social media quote “Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia,“”My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. I’ve put together links supporting firefighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.” unquote If your interested in donating yourself, Chris also provided links to various agencies that would appreciate your donations. I’ll have a link to them in the show notes. https://lnk.bio/fightthebushfires

Thor Love and thunder might be getting some help from a  former Batman.Christian Bale might be up for a role in the fourth Thor movie. No word on what role he might be up for, but it’s gonna be a substantial one, let’s keep in mind that this movie will see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster taking up the mantle of Thor. Maybe he’ll play Beta Ray Bill? Perhaps 

In comics news, Marvel’s newest superhero hails from Michigan, Dearborn to be specific. The character named Amulet was introduced via Detroit native Saladin Ahmed’s twitter account quote I am THRILLED to introduce you all to Marvel’s newest superhero, the mystical defender Amulet.🧿

He’s Arab American from Dearborn, Michigan and was created by myself and @SaraAlfageeh! http://bit.ly/34vCgZL Amulet (aka Fadi Fadlallah) will make his Marvel Universe debut in THE MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #13 and will figure into next year’s OUTLAWED event.

Got some big plans for this big guy!This one means a lot to me. Superhero comics helped teach me to read, but as an Arab American kid I never quite saw myself in them. To be able to add a character with a name like mine, that shares my heritage and my hometown to this pantheon…whew! For those asking, he’s Lebanese unquote 

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Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is doing quite well. The director and a man of many talents has revealed in a new years post that quote

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3 million is pretty good and now he’s working on Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3. Groovy.

The Oscar nominations are out and The Joker is wild with eleven nominations. Let’s go over the geeky ones:  Joker is up for Best Picture, but it’s got some stiff competition including”Ford v Ferrari”,”The Irishman”,”Jojo Rabbit”,”Little Women”,”Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”,”Marriage Story”,”Parasite” and 1917. Joker is also up for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, makeup and hairstyling and Cinematography . Joker and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker are up for Sound Editing and Original Score .Joaquin Phoenix is up for Best Actor. Todd Phillips is up for Best Director for JokerUp for Best Animated Film are “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”,”I Lost My Body”,”Klaus”,”Missing Link” and “Toy Story 4” Avengers Endgame, The Lion King, Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker, The Irishman and 1917 are up for Best BVisual Effects

Mark Millar has announced that the third installment in his Jupiter’s Legacy franchise, Jupiter’s Requiem is on it’s way. Mark teased it on twitter sharing a photo of his computer screen where he is writing the script. With the caption Jupiter’s Circle is in the past.

Jupiter’s Legacy is in the present. Jupiter’s Requiem is in the future. Not much could be gleaned from the photo except that the series will be ten issues long and will have an opening scene that takes place 50,000 years in the past. The artist is being kept top secret. A TV adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy is currently in production at Netflix. 

Stephen Fry will be hosting a special on the BBC called Fantastic Beasts A Natural History the special will quote “origins and stories of mythical creatures and the fantastical beasts from J.K. Rowling’s stories and explore their history and connections with animals roaming the planet today.” unquote It will be created and released in a partnership with Warner Bros and London’s Natural History Museum. Stephen Fry in a statement said quote “I could not be more delighted to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs,” “Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you’ve ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen.” There is no official release date for the special and even the title is a work in progress. Stay tuned.

And speaking of science, IDW is teaming up with the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian will be lending its name and knowledge to a new series of graphic novels, picture books and more.In a statement to the New York Times Chris ryall, IDW’s president, publisher and Chief Creative Officer said quote “The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: They’re storytellers,” “Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture and more.” the new line will launch in the fall.

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Episode 38: Is D23 in The Matrix & Episode 39: Sony and Disney head towards Spider-Divorce

Episode 38

Tonight! CBS and Viacom start setting up house, we have Star Wars news from D23 and Keanu Reeves is a busy busy man. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. D23 was held this past weekend and we have quite a few pieces of information on Star Wars in this episode and we will cover the Marvel Universe news in the comic book edition. By the way, on the apple podcasts entertainment news chart , we’ve gone as low as twelth and as high as number 4. Pretty nice. Help me keep it up and share the show with others.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek news this time, much the way we started the last, with the impending merger of CBS and Viacom. The two parties have come to an agreement.The rejoned companies will go by the name ViacomCBS with Bob Bakish as CEO of the combined entity, this will take several months to complete…let me say that again …SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE. So this won’t be one company until 2020 and only after regulatory approval. So if you read or see any headlines talking about what this means for Star Trek right now. It means nothing. No plans have been proposed. So take everything with a huge grain of salt.

Speaking of the merger, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination for president has already raised serious concerns over the potential merger of CBS and Viacom. She tweeted quote “First Disney acquired 21st Century Fox.
Now CBS and Viacom are merging.
Consolidation raises serious concerns for consumers, employees, and the entire sector. The Department of Justice should be paying close attention. Unquote. Variety thinks that Warren is afraid of the many mergers in hollywood these days could lead to price hikes, layoffs and possible monopolies. She’s not alone in this as the reaction on Wall Street has been a mixed bag with some raising questions over the new company’s management structure and if it will allow for maximizing its assets. I’ll keep covering this and when the merger is complete, i’ll tell you.

So..on to other Star Trek news. Well little tidbits from Star Trek Las Vegas are still surfacing. Jason Isaacs would love to play the prime universe Captain Lorca. Now, Jason Issacs knew it was a single season gig, but…speaking at a con panel he told the audience quote “I knew going in that I was doing just one season,” “It felt like a great thing to do and I felt fine about it, but as I got close to everyone and close to and understood the significance of Star Trek and the brilliant storytelling and what it means in the world, I felt the loss of that.” “How do you know I am not already? Of course, I would do it. I loved it!” Isaacs teased. He went on to say that he’s even remained in contact about the idea with the show’s producers. “So, I have talked to them plenty. Where and when? Nobody ever dies. There is a Prime Lorca. There are three different shows coming out and multiple seasons, and if I can squeeze back into that eight-year-old’s uniform, would do. Who wouldn’t want to do it again? They are timeless stories.” unquote. Now we should mention here, that he gets to voice Prime Universe Lorca in Star Trek Online. Of course, he could always show up in the Section 31 series…

And for those of you who have not seen Star Trek Discovery season two and don’t want to pay for CBS All Access, you’re just a few months away from the Blu-ray release of the season. The four disc set includes all the episodes plus the Short Treks Runaway and The Brightest Star plus two hours of special features including featurettes, audio commentaries on four episodes, cast interviews, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The set will be released on November twelfth and can be yours for the price of $44.99.

One of the perennial stories has been Michael Dorn calling for a Star Trek Worf series, much like the falling of the leaves or the annual of the Monarch butterflies to and from Mexico. Michael Dorn will call for a series. Well he thinks now might be a good time, especially with the Star Trek iron hot. Appearing at the Keystone Comic Con in Philadelphia he said that he’s still trying to get a pilot made and believes that it would be perfect for this new era of Star Trek television saying quote “I am trying to get them to do my Worf pilot,” Dorn said . “I wrote it in 2012-13, and it’s been going like this: a lot of interest, no interest, a lot of interest, no interest … A guy who was a producer at this one place that I was pitching it came up to me before the meeting and [said], ‘I gotta tell you, your character meant so much to me’ … It fits so well into this new Star Trek universe. It just fits right in there. We’ll see.” unquote His TNG co star Marina Sirtis who was also there on the panel piped up and added quote “I read [his pilot script] and I called him up and said, ‘How did you do that?. He had all the action stuff minutely detailed… I was very impressed with my best friend.” unquote
Hey CBS, why not do it. Even if it’s just a mini series do it. You won’t be sorry. I think everyone would be happy to see Worf in action at least one more time.

Star Wars
Star Wars news starts off with the new new trilogy. Ya know, the one that follows the current one that has nothing to do with the Skywalker saga. David Benioff and DB Weiss might not write all three films in their new Star Wars trilogy. According to a source that talked to the Hollywood Reporter, they have apparently only committed to writing one of the films instead of writing all three. This news comes after the revelation that the duo have been tapped by Netflix for an exclusive deal to create new content for the streaming service. They still intend to finish everything they’ve been tapped to do including the new trilogy, a Kurt Cobain movie for Universal and an adaptation of Dirty White Boys for Fox.

Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has recently begun a thread on twitter where he does some Myth busting of long held myths from the franchise. The first one was quote Darth Vader is from the German (or Dutch) for “Dark Father”

  1. “General Vader/Imperial Commander” appears on an early-1974 list of potential character names by George Lucas
    (screenshots from @jwrinzler’s essential Making of #StarWars book series) unquote

Other myths busted so far have been the design of the AT-aTs, and Slave One, the origins of Chewbacca’s name and the influence of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art on the original Star Wars. You can follow Phill at @phillszostak on twitter.

Bad new Rebels, Star Wars Resistance is coming to an end with season two. It was confirmed with the release of the season two trailer quote “The story picks up after a harrowing escape from the First Order, as the Colossus and all its residents find themselves lost in space, pursued by Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre. Kaz and team also face a myriad of new dangers along the way including bounty hunters, a suspicious Hutt, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Tam grapples with her future and where her true allegiance lies, with her friends or the First Order. The thrilling final season will showcase how the unlikeliest of heroes can help spark hope across the galaxy.” unquote
The season premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 6th at 10 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

So have you been to Galaxy’s Edge? Has anyone been to Galaxy’s Edge? Apparently attendance is not what they’ve been expecting. In a recent earnings call CEO Bob Iger reported that attendance at Disneyland was down. This has had a repercussion of hours being cut for the employees. Fox Business spoke to a who obviously decided to remain anonymous. The anonymous source told the network quote

“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,”. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”

“Our hours have been cut to as low as 30-35 hours some weeks, even though we have both worked for the park for years,” they continued. “It makes life challenging when your paychecks get cut unexpectedly.
“I feel the problem is Star Wars took too long to build so they rushed the opening with only one cool feature. The only other big ride isn’t even scheduled to open until the end of the year,” unquote
A spokesperson for Disney told Fox Business quote “Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30-40 hours per week and that they’re schedules vary depending on a number of factors,”
In other words, now is a perfect time to visit…if you just want to look around, build a droid, shop for souvenirs. If you’re looking for more of the rides to do. You might want to wait until next year.

Star Wars fans can rejoice as The Clone Wars will be revived for Disney Plus, arriving on the service for February 2020. However, there is some sad news as well. This will be The last season for the show. Supervising Director Dave Filoni when asked about it said quote “It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”

We got some D23 tidbits here. So it’s time for a rapid fire round.
Lucasfilm officially announced an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney Plus.
Ming-Na Wen has been cast in The Mandalorian.
Jon Favreau says he’s approaching The Mandalorian like he’s making a big screen movie.
The Rogue One Prequel Series will begin filming next year and will reunited Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, no title has been given yet. Also to be shooting in 2020 will be the Obi Wan series.
Kerri Russels Rise of Skywalker character will be an old friend of Poe Damerons
Carrie Fisher will still a major role in the Rise of Skywalker, Abrams called Fisher’s Leia the heart of the story
The poster for The Rise of Skywalker was released showcasing Rey and Kylo battling underneath the face of The Emperor.
An updated official timeline for the Star Wars tv and movie universe was released and it shows that the Obi-Wan series take place in the same period as Solo

Geek

Plenty of Keanu Reeves related news . First a couple of pieces of some cast news from Bill and ted Face The Music. First off George Carlin’s daughter Kelly will be playing a big role in the movie. Geore played the role of Rufus in the first two bill and ted movies. Ed Solomon bill and Ted Creator and Ed Solomon, the creator and writer of the Bill and Ted movies said about Kelly’s character quote”There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.” unquote

Also joining the cast is Holland Taylor, who you might remember her role as the mom on two and a half men. In Face The music she will be playing the Great Leader. They join Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie Logan), Samara Weaving (Thea Preston), Anthony Carrigan, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennet, and Kristen Schaal in the movie which comes to theaters on August 21, 2020. By the Way, the movie just wrapped a few days ago.

Now it’s been announced that Keanu and Carrie Ann Moss will be in a fourth Matrix movie in an exclusive to variety, Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich announced that Moss and reeves will reprise their roles in the sequel penned and directed by Lana Wachowski is one half of the Wachowskis who penned the original trilogy. Roland in the announcement said quote “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.” unquote In addition to Wachowski, the script will be co written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell and produced by Grant Hill and Wachwowski. The film s being aimed to begin production in the first half of 2020. Now when are we gonna get a new Speed movie?

Now for a bit of non Keanu related geek news. Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is currently in talks to play Liu Kang in a new Mortal Kombat movie, if cast he would join Joe Taslim who is set to play SubZero in James Wan produced adaptation. The movie is being directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and is being made to achieve an R rating that will include the fatalities that feature prominently in the games.

Now let’s take a look at the box office report.
So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Well that brings us to the end of another sci fi edition of Multiverse Tonight

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Episode 39

Tonight! Could Harley Quinn show up in the new Suicide Squad movie?, We have Marvel news from D23 and Apu is here to stay, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Are you ready for Disney Plus? Disney sure seems to be busy sweetening the pot.

DC
Joqauin Phoenix speaking with the italian newspaper Il Venerdi talked about how he came up with his Joker’s laugh. Telling them quote “I started [with the laugh],” “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.” unquote

The movie arrives in theaters this October.

Could James Gunn be hinting that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be in his The Suidcide Squad movie? Jame Gunn on Instagram showed off a series of photos. The photos came with the caption quote Many thanks to the lovely folks from @microsoft who set us up with a #KingSharkade for the cast and crew’s downtime during pre-production and production on #TheSuicideSquad. The third picture he put up shows him putting tiles on a large scrabble board. He is putting up tiles to spell King Shark. Which will intersect with tiles that spell Harley. Could he be hinting that both Harley and King Shark will be in the movie? The Suicide Squad is set to be in theaters in August 6th 2021.

Birds of Prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn) will be getting some new action scenes added to it in reshoots. Stuntman and John Wick director Chad Stahelski, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski will be brought into help design new action scenes and oversee some second unit photography. His stunt firm 87 eleven has been working on the movie since it started production. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th 2020.

Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reunited outside of the Justice League movie to protest the building of the Thirty Meters Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Momoa posted a picture with Miller in a gallery on Instagram. The protests are over the erection of the telescope on land that the native Hawaiians consider sacred. As a result of Jason Momoa’s participation in the protest, the shooting of Aquaman 2 had to be delayed. The protest has been going on for more than 40 days at the time of the recording of this episode.

This being Batman’s 80th anniversary, Insight Editions has announced Batman:The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond as tribute to the hero. The book features a forward by Michael Keaton, and introduction by Kevin Conroy, a preface by Dennis O’neil and is filled with interviews with people who have worked on Batman in the comics, film and television, photos, sketches and a rejected 40 page film treatment submitted to Warner Bros by Bob Kane in 1986 called The return of Batman. The 400 page hardcover is available for preorder right now and is on sale for $67.24 on Amazon and will be released on October 29th.

Batman might be turning 80 this year, but he doesn’t look as good as Julie Newmar who just celebrated her 86th birthday. Julie, who appeared as Catwoman on the 1966 Batman TV show celebrated with a portrait on Instagram. And though her hair might be white now, she still looks good. Happy Birthday Julie.

Well one show that will not be having a happy birthday is Krypton, which will not be getting a third season. The Superman prequel was given it’s walking papers by SyFy. Also not going forward was the planed Lobo spinoff. Krypton centered around Superman’s grandfather Seg-el has a young man trying to save not only Krypton, but his future grandson. The show might be saved as Variety says that quote According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, studio Warner Horizon Television plans to shop the series to other outlets. Unquote

It’s kind of a shame too, according to showrunner Cameron Welsh, Krypton’s third season would have included ramifications of the Rann Thanagar war and would have seen the Omega Men. Shame.

Marvel
All hell has broken loose as negotiations have apparently broken down between Marvel and Sony over future uses and movies with Spider-man in the MCU. Sources that have spoken with comicbook.com have said that negotiations are still ongoing and that one of the sticking points is Kevin Feige’s producer credits on future Spider-Man based properties. According to some reports Disney CEO Bob Iger had been looking for a new deal that would get Disney an even 50 percent split of the revenues also some reports have said that Marvel and Feige want more of a hand in developing the characters related to Spider-Man that Sony has the rights too like Morbius and Venom. The current deal is a 5/95 split with Disney getting five percent and Sony getting the lion’s share, which makes sense since Sony financed the whole productions of the Spider-man films. Hopefully they’ll be able to work this out, especially after the way they ended Far From Home.

Of course, Disney will be just fine financially with or without the wall crawler. Disney is now the only studio to ever have five different movies to cross the one billion dollar mark in a single year. Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame all passed a billion dollars this year. Could they see a sixth? Probable movies in Disney’s upcoming slate are Frozen 2 and Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

Some Black Panther 2 news to report/ Martin Freeman has confirmed that he will reprise his role of Everett Ross in the sequel. Not much else to report on the movie in fact it’s not expected to appear until Marvel’s Phase 5 slate.

JJ Abrams Spiderman miniseries comes out in a little over a month and Marvel is in promotion mode, releasing a trailer for the comic. The trailer showcases Abrams and sons approach to the material and shows off the art of Sara Pichelli. Also included in the trailer is the first official look at the new villian Cadaverous.

Batman has the batcave, arrow has the arrowcave. Does Captain Marvel need a Marvel cave? Apparently she does. In Captain Marvel number 9, the hero shows off her new base of operations to Jessica Drew. The cave located in Maine includes a jet fighter, Carol’s old costumes and computers. Captain Marvel issue number 9 is available now.

At Disney’s Annual convention D23 Marvel and Disney are celebrating Marvel’s 80th anniversary and they are presenting a panel for Marvel Comics number 1000 with an exclusive cover for the event. The cover features Mickey Mouse handing a birthday cake to Spider-man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Iron Man and Captain America. Guests of the panel will be given a copy of the variant edition.The book written by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and will feature contributions from Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, George Perez, Peter David, Brad Meltzer, Adam Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Neil Gaiman, and many more. The story features “The Eternity Mask an artifact that is passed from character to character across the Marvel Universe.
Disney has announced a Spidey and His Amazing Friends Animated Series not for Disney Plus, but Disney Junior. The series will premiere on the channel in 2021 and will feature Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. The show is of course, aimed at Preschoolers and will feature the Spider friends teaming up with other heroes to defeat playfully evil foes and save the day.

Marvel and Disney also unveiled a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon. Laurence Fishburne will serve as executive producer alongside Helen Sugland and Kim Possible producer Steve Loter. the series follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. The series will be on the Disney Channel, no word on the date yet.

Lots to unpack from D23 So let’s do a lightning round.
Disney announced three new series for Disney Plus coming in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. Kevin Fiege also confirmed that Ms. Marvel will appear in the upcoming films.
Wyatt Russell has been cast as US Agent for The falcon and the winter soldier
Emily VanCamp will be returning as Sharon Carter for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Loki will a six episode six hour series and will be directed by Kate Herron
.WandaVision will be directed by Game of Thrones Helmer Matt Shakman
The Eternals has been confirmed to be the Earliest MCU Movie taking place way before the events of Captain America The First Avenger
Marvel has cast Gemma Chan as Sersi and Barry Keoghan as Druig in The Eternals. They join Kit Harington who will be the Black Knight.
Black Panther 2 will be coming to theaters on May sixth, 2022
Geek
Elvis Presley might be coming to Netflix soon in a new animated adult action comedy called Agent King. The show is being co create and produced by Priscilla Presley, Elivs’ ex wife and features Elvis moonlighting as quote “a covert government agent who fights to keep America safe”while also keeping his cover as the king of rock and roll. Archer Alum Mike Arnold will write and show run the show

Kevin Smith has the power! Kevin Smith broke the news at Power-Con by announcing a new He-Man Series for netflix. The series called Masters of the Universe: Revelation will pick up where the original 80’s series left off. Kevin at the panel said quote “I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!” unquote Kevin will executive produce and showrun the series. He is joined by executive producer Rob David, the vice president of Mattel Tv and he authored He-Man The Eternity War. Writers on the series include Eric Carrasco, tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra and his Fatman Beyond co-host Marc Bernrdin. Powerhouse Animation will oversee the animation.

Disney Plus has decided not to move forward with the series Book of Enchantment which would have been based on some of Disney’s iconic villains and would have been based on the Villians book series written by Serena Valentino. The series would have told the origin stories of such characters as Ursula, The Beast from Beauty and the beast, Maleficent and the Wicked Queen from Snow White.

The Muppets are coming to Disney Plus. Announced at Disney Plus was Muppets Now, a new short form unscripted series. The series will have guest stars and will be on the service in 2020

There was also a first time at D23, a panel on one of Disney’s newest acquisitions, The Simpsons. Revealed at the panel was that Apu would be staying on the show, despite the controversy raised over the character. Executive Producer Al Jean said that there had been discussions with Disney over doing a sequel to The Simpsons movie or even a spinoff series. EP Matt Selman added quote “I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format,”

Disney released a trailer for the live action Lady and The Tramp movie it won’t be in theaters and instead will be exclusive to the Disney Plus service and will be available when Disney Plus launches on November 12th.

Let’s break Disney Plus down here for a second. At the panel for the service, it was revealed that Disney Plus will have 5000 episodes of content from The Disney Channel library. A new Lizzie McGuire series starring Hillary Duff and a new Phineas and Ferb movie. Pixar will have a couple of new shows as well Forky Asks a Question and Monsters at Work The series follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Other original voice stars John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson are set to return and will be joined by franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Alanna Ubach (Coco), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) and Aisha Tyler (Archer). . and unscripted shows like One Day at Disney and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The service will cost subscribers 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year and will allow subscribers to use four simultaneous streams and 4k at now extra cost. Guess the balls in Netflix’s court now.

Pixar’s next movie Soul has a cast. Soul imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe ends up out of his body and back into his soul in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig.
“Soul” also stars Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad. Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails were also revealed to be composing the score at D23. Soul comes out on June 19th 2020.
Finally, the Florida State prison system has banned several comics and graphic novels. Banned titles include Absolute Watchmen, Adventures of Superman, Blade, The Walking Dead and Stan Lee’s how to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. According to information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the state claims that the comics are a threat to the safety and security of the prison. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says that this is a First Amendment issue and that the books pose no threat.
I don’t think they’re right. How dangerous is Stan Lee’s book after all?
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Episodes 30: Hello Young Trekkies, Wherever You Are. & 31: The Sandman Cometh, The Vertigo Goeth Away.

Episode 30

Tonight! Alex Kurtzman has a long term plan for Star Trek, we know two actors who aren’t in the new Star Wars trilogy and Paul Rudd asks who you gonna call on this SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. I’m Thomas Townley

To anyone new who has joined us, welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight and be sure to subscribe cause two days after this episode drops the Comics Edition comes your way.

I and my wife had a great time at our booth at Smallville Con up in Hutchinson, we gave away a prize box to one lucky winner and gave out cards and flyers. I also got a few interviews with creatives and I’ll be releasing those in an upcoming episode and on our facebook page so stay tuned. 

We have a hint of the new Short Trek minisodes that will stream before season three of Discovery comes out. One of the shorts will be called Chaos Theory and will star Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn reprising their roles as SPock and Number one. So far no other hints on what the other Short Trek’s are called or what this episode is about. So watch this space.

Star Trek uber producer Alex Kurtzman speaking with Deadlines Crew Call podcast revealed that he has presented CBS with a 5 to 10 year plan for the Trek franchise with the hopes of breeding a new generation of Trekkies. He told the podcast quote“When I went to CBS and I said, ‘I think you have a universe here that is very under-utilized, and a fan base that I think is hungry for a lot more,’ and I walked them through the plan of what I saw for the next five to ten years of Trek, part of it was kind of premised on the idea that it was gonna take time,” “What I said was, ‘Don’t expect us to put the first thing out, and suddenly, you have 100 million new fans. That’s not gonna happen. Trek’s been around for too long for that to happen.’ “But what we do have is new generations, and what I can tell you is that Trek, in general, finds people when they’re about between nine and twelve. It’s never reached younger than that. It’s never tried to. And to me, that’s a hugely missed opportunity, especially because what you’re really trying to do is influence hearts and minds with really positive messages about who we can be as a species and as people and what our future is. So why not start young, you know? And not for a cynical reason. Not because you know, hey, let some more toys. Because if you really want Star Trek to reach people, then you’ve got to start young…But we are definitely seeing just metric proof that the fan base is growing, and it’s growing younger, and yet, we’re keeping our current fans, and that’s great.” unquote 

Now let me take a moment and say that getting a new generation of fans is a great idea. But you need to make sure you don’t alienate the old fans who’ve bought the product for years. Be sure to balance that approach there, make product for both sets of fans. 

Kurtzman also gave Deadline a progress report on the Star Trek animated show that is being created for Nickelodeon. Quote “The Hageman brothers are doing [an animated] show for Nickelodeon, and that will be entirely different from Lower Decks.” Kurtzman explained. “I won’t announce the name of the Nickelodeon show, but that’s a really different show. That’s a show that’s for kids, younger. Full CG animation. It’s going to be incredibly cinematic. We just started seeing [storyboards] this week. It looks like, wow. It’s on par with Love, Death, and Robots in terms of beauty and lighting and cinema, so it’s a a really different feel, and Nickelodeon has been wildly supportive and I think very excited to bring a new energy to TV, you know, in animation.” unquote He also said that the characters will be mostly new ones with quote some that you know unquote .  Sounds interesting.

Alex also gave a progress report on the Section 31 show saying that it’s expected to be in production as soon as season three of Discovery is complete. He told Deadline that Erika Lippoldt and Bo Yeon Kim are starting on the story  right now. For influence on the show he said quote We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unqote I just have one request, don’t call it Star Trek Section 31. Just leave the Star Trek name off.

Michael Chabon joined the writers room of Star Trek Picard last fall and now Deadline reports that the writer has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner of the CBS All Access series. Alex Kurtzman said about the appointment quote “Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon,” “Despite a laundry list of accomplishments most writers only dream of, Michael shines with the heart and soul of a Trekkie who’s finally found his dream job. We’re so fortunate to have him at the helm as we explore this next chapter in the great captain’s life.” Unquote  Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Moonglow, Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, among others. His screenplays and teleplays include John Carter, Spiderman 2, Unbelievable– which he wrote with his writing partner and wife, Ayelet Waldman – as well as the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Calypso.” In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Chabon has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, Sidewise and Ignotus awards (Spain’s Hugo Award) and many others.

Since news tht Quentin Tarantino confirmed that his Trek movie will be rated R with plenty of 4 letter words.. Some Trek fans have been outraged, well if they were looking for support from William Shatner, their looking at the wrong captain. In response to a tweet asking for his thoughts on the use of expletives in Trek, Shatner replied quote Why are people plotzing about this? It’s my understanding that Star Trek Discovery has used expletives in some episodes. 🤷🏼‍♂️ Why aren’t people melting down over that? Unquote . Well actually some have, but it seems to be a small part of the fan base.  The best advice is this, if you don’t wanna hear expletives, don’t go see it.

Writer and Producer Peter Allan Fields has passed away, Peter wrote several episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine including the Next Gen episodes “Half a Life,” “Cost of Living” and “The Inner Light,” and DS9 episodes “Dax,” “Duet,” “Blood Oath,” “In the Pale Moonlight” and “The Dogs of War” He also wrote for other properties including The Man from UNCLE, McCloud, the Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider and Xena Warrior Princess. Peter Allan Fields was 84.

Star Wars

We begin Star Wars news with confirmation from actress Daisy Ridley that she will not be in the new Star Wars trilogy under development by David Benioff and DB Weiss. Quote “I mean, I can say I’m not in the next trilogy,” “No. I think, ’cause Rian always said…if it’s the Rian one…or it’s the guys that did Game of Thrones. I’m not sure. Whichever one it was, they always said it was going to be a separate story. So I’m not. No.” Unquote However she did leave the door open that she may return to the Star Wars universe someday. The first movie in the new trilogy will come out in 2022 with the following movies in 2024 and 2026.

Another actor not in the new trilogy will be Mark Hamill, however he will be in this winters Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. The details about the movie have been kept under wraps, but Mark has confirmed one little detail. At the premiere for the new Child’s Play movie, Hamill told the associated press quote,”I sure hope so,” “Well, because…I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.” Unquote 

So Anikin, Yoda, Obi-Wan and Luke. We have four force ghosts in this series. Can we get them together and form a band? “Ladies and Gentlebeings, The Force Ghosts!”  I see Yoda on Drums, of course.

By the way, if your interested in getting to know Snoke a little better, Marvel comics has something for you. Star Wars Age of Resistance: Supreme Leader Snoke #1: “The Devil’s Apprentice!” by Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk will take you back to the events before The Force Awakens and show you quote “Supreme Leader Snoke’s brutal training of Kylo Ren begins. Will the sadistic Snoke break his tormented protégé? Or has he underestimated the son of Han and Leia?” Unquote  The other comics in this series focus on Rey, Kylo Ren and Rose Tico and come out in September. 

Disney Plus’ Rogue One Prequel series will begin production soon. Mexican press outlet El Siglo de Torreon spoke with Diego Luna who told them that he has received scripts for the series. He also told them that he was busy getting in physical shape to play the younger version of his character. Quote “The problem is that I have to look younger, it’s a prequel!” “With a lot of exercise, organic lettuce (laughs), keep me as young and healthy as I can.”

He added, “The amount of work that is done is brutal.” Unquote 

 The series is supposed to start production in October.

Star Wars Galaxies Edge might be full of actors playing scoundrels, but real scoundrels are walking away with things, The Orange County Register notes that people are keeping things that are supposed to be given back to the employees of the park. Found  on ebay have been Galaxy’s Edge maps, the docking bay 7 sporks, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, the crew assignment cards for the Smugglers Run attraction and other little items. Disneyland has stepped up watch for this item and have been more selective about handing these things out. They’ve even made sure that people aren’t walking out of Oga’s with the glassware, making sure to trade them for a boxed and bagged glass before the patron leaves. So be kind, don’t smuggle and ruin the experience for others.

Geek

GARY DAUBERMAN is a happy man. Gary you see is the screenwriter for It and It Chapter 2 , the adaptations  have received praise from the master himself, Stephen King and in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter he was asked if having King’s approval was a weight of his shoulders quote I can’t explain to you the relief I feel when he signs off on something or likes the work you’ve done. That’s the first person I’m trying to please when I’m adapting these things. It is an enormous amount of relief. I know I’m never going to be able to please everybody, so I just hope that he’s pleased. It really is a huge relief, and everything else for me is a bonus.Unquote Gary is working  on the adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire story Salem’s Lot and promises a similar approach to it as he took to adapting It.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that the producers of Arrival Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Aaron Ryder have acquired the big screen rights to The Message, a sci-fi story by Ken Liu. The story centers around an archeologist whose job is to investigate and preserve the stories of extinct civilizations on distant planets. He soon discovers he has a teenage daughter and they explore a mysterious ruin with a cryptic message. Currently the producers are searching for a directory and screen writer. Liu’s work is a hot commodity in Hollywood, his most recent work includes Good Hunting which was used as a basis for an episode of Netflix’s Love, Death plus Robots.

LeBron James, not really a name I use often on this show, took to Twitter to announce the start of production on Space Jam 2. King James said quote Man this really just hit me! I’m really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn’t even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn’t add up to me! 🤦🏾‍♂️! I’m truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is CRAZINESS. 🏀 🐰 🎥 👑🙏🏾 unquote Space Jam 2 will star LeBron with fellow NBA starsPortland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, and Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. Also joining the squad are Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks’ siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, with Sonequa Martin-Green set to portray James’ wife. The movie will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.

The cast of Ghostbusters 3 is getting larger. Paul Rudd confirmed via a video on twitter that he will be apart of the film. Rudd will play a small town teacher in the movie. He joins Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as the newcomers to the franchise. He also joins Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, who have all said that they are returning. The as of yet officially titled film come out in about a year from now, July 10th 2020.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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EPISODE 31

Tonight! The Sandman’s coming, JJ Abrams and son make a comic book and we remember ALF’s best friend, on this comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley. So Avengers Endgame is still trying to beat Avatar’s hold on the number one slot, they held a special re-release this past weekend…and didn’t make it. Still about 27 million shy. It was a good shot. Maybe they should have aimed for the head.

As I said in the SciFi edition, Smallville was a good con and I’m working on putting the interviews together to be put up, if you’d like to see some pictures I took, head on over to our Instagram page. Now let’s get on with the news.

Comics Edition

DC Comics

At the American Library Association annual convention in Washington DC DC Comics announced plans to expand their Young Readers program geared towards young adults and middle schoolers with new titles coming in Spring 2020 and 2021. Young adult titles coming in the Spring of 2020 includeWonder Woman: Warbringer – Written by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Kit Seaton (January 2020)

Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)

The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Shadow of the Batgirl – Written by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux (April 2020)

And Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel – Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge (May 2020)

Middle Grade titles include:Diana: Princess of the Amazons – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying (January 2020)

Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)                       

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime—Written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen             (February 2020)

Zatanna & the House of Secrets – Written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani (February 2020)         

Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless – Written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (March 2020)         

Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)

ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)

And My Video Game Ate My Homework – Written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen (May 2020)

Later titles will feature such characters as Catwoman, Starfire, Mister Miracle, Swamp Thing, Mister Freeze, Green Arrow, Lois Lane and a young version of Constantine called Johnny Constantine. 

Well if it introduces these characters to a new audience, all the better.

DC has announced that January 2020 will see the end of DC’s Vertigo, Zoom and Ink imprints in favor of a new publishing strategy to release all published content under one DC brand with an age specific labeling system.  

The new labels will be called DC Kids aimed at 8 to 12 year old, the traditional DC label will be aimed at 13 year olds and up and DC Black Label will be aged like a fine wine in a barrel in a barn. No, Wait, that’s Johnny Walker Whiskey. DC Black Label is for 17 year olds and older. Black Label will be where the former Vertigo content will go. Dan Dido in a statement about the change spoke about Vertigo saying quote We’re returning to a singular presentation of the DC brand that was present throughout most of our history until 1993, when we launched Vertigo to provide an outlet for edgier material,” “That kind of material is now mainstream across all genres, so we thought it was the right time to bring greater clarity to the DC brand and reinforce our commitment to storytelling for all of our fans in every age group. This new system will replace the age ratings we currently use on our material.” Unquote Vertigo was the home to such titles as Sandman, Preacher, Y The Last Man and was the home to such visionaries as Garth Ennis Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman. So let’s pour one out for Vertigo, you were enjoyed.

And while we’re on things getting canceled. DC has Canceled it’s Road to Watchman book. Road to Watchman would have repackaged old Steve Ditko books featuring The Question and Blue Beetle as they were the inspirations behind Rorschach and Nite Owl. It would have been a 400 page hardcover.

Clark Kent is going to boot camp. Superman Year one by Frank Miller will be released via DC’s Black Label, will be a three volume tale and will be an alternate universe tale that will see Clark Kent going into the Navy before becoming Superman. So how will the military life change Clark? According to former U.S. Special Operations Command honcho Adm. William H. McRaven (ret.), a Navy SEAL veteran in an email to Military Times quote “I don’t know how you can be mild-mannered Clark Kent if you’re a Navy SEAL,”. There’s is a lengthy article on this on the Military Times website and I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.  The first issue is out now and volume two will be out in August. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/06/17/dc-comics-frank-miller-reinvents-clark-kent-as-man-of-seal/

San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and as I reported in a previous episode Warner Bros is skipping the venerable Hall H panel room this year, Warner Bros TV still has product it wants to show off. On July 17th from 6-10pm, They will showcase the Harley Quinn animated series in Ballroom 20 has part of the wbtv’s Preview night screening event. Also being shown are the pilots for Batwoman, Pennyworth and Prodigal Son as well as a new episode of Teen Titans Go! 

It’s not known at this time what will be shown from the Harley Quinn series The series stars the voice of Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn and Alan Tudyk as The Joker, it’s expected to be on the DC universe streaming service in the fall.

DC has announced the creation of a new pop up horror imprint called Hill House Comics. Hill House will be curated by horror writer Joe Hill and be released under DC Black Label banner. 

The Line consists of five original miniseries. Basketful of Heads will be written by Joe Hill with art by Leomacs, the Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado with art by Dani, the Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks and kelley Jones and Plunge by Joe Hill and an artist to be announced. 

Miracles do happen, a few years ago Neil Gaiman’s Sandman was in the works to be a motion picture and than that collapsed. It looked like it might never see the light of day again. Cue Netflix, who has according to the hollywood reporter signed a huge deal to adapt Mr. Gaiman’s work into an 11 episode series. Sources close to the project say that this will be the most expensive tv series DC Entertainment has ever done. Allan Heinberg is set to write and serve as showrunner with Gaiman, executive producing alongside David Goyer. Gaiman, Goyer and Heinberg will co-write the premiere.Channing Dungey vp of originals at Netflix said about the news quote “We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,“”From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.” The Sandman comic ran for 75 issues at DC’s Vertigo Imprint following the adventures of  Morpheus, lord of dreams and a group of immortal beings called The Endless including death, desire, destiny, delirium, despair, and destruction.

Marvel 

The next movie in the MCU is set to debut in a few days Spiderman Far From Home. And we have some good news, You can get that large soda if you want. The movie, according to the British Board of Film Classification, comes in with a run time of 129 minutes, or two hours and 9 minutes of credits. Of course if you need to pee, might I recommend using the RunPee app to tell you the best times to go? They’re not a sponsor, just a useful app.

So how did the Snap affect those that had vanished and then restored? IN an interview with Fandango, Zendaya, who plays Mary Jane Watson in Spiderman Far From Home revealed that quote “[The Snap] kind of puts our characters in a special place, because now we come back and the world’s kind of changed, and we all have to kind of depend on each other a little bit more, because we’re like the oddballs now. We kind of have to confide in each other with that experience, and that’s cool.” Unquote She also revealed that her character will be a bit more involved in the story than Homecoming quote “In the first movie obviously you didn’t get to see much of her, but she was like a very guarded, sarcastic, character and I think you get to see why she has that guard, and slowly watch her melt a little bit.” Unquote 

Well from the capstone of Phase III to the beginning of Phase IV, The casting for Marvel’s The eternals continues an according to thewrap.com Salma Hayek is in negotiations to join the cast that includes Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani and maybe Angelina Jolie. Exact details have been hard to come by, but several sources say that Chloe Zhao has been tapped as director. An official announcement about the film is expected at San Diego Comicon this month. Stay tuned.

JJ Abrams is working for Marvel …but he’s not making a movie. JJ is working on a new Spider-Man mini series with his son Henry. The mini series will debut in September and will feature the art talent of Sara Pichelli and will introduce a brand new villain named Cadaverous. This project is actually a long time in the making having been pitched by Marvel Editor Nick Lowe a decade ago. According to JJ quote “Nick had been pressing me to do a book with him,” Abrams said. “A year or so ago, I started talking about it with Henry and it sort of happened organically. And that has been the joy of this. Even though I’ve been talking to Nick for a long time, weirdly, this feels like it just sort of evolved from the conversations of Henry and I, having ideas that got us excited and Nick being open to the collaboration  I have one question, how much lense flair will be in the comic?

So is your local high school tired of putting on You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown for the hundredth time? 

Marvel has the plays for you. Move over Samuel Beckett, three one act plays make up the Marvel Spotlight group of plays from theatrical publisher Samuel French. There’;s Hammered: A Thor and Loki play by Christian Borle, Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play by Karen Zacarias and Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play by Masi Asare. According to the hollywood reporter, they will focus less on visual effects and more on the emotional journey of the characters. The plays will be offered with license fees of $75 per performance for one play or 125 per performance for two or more. So would this be something you’re high school would be putting on?  We will have a link to this in the show notes. https://marvelspotlightplays.com/

Geek

Fans of The Office are a bunch of sad pandas. Netflix has announced that the series will be leaving the service after December 2020 and moving to NBCUniversals streaming service beginning in 2021. So of course fans have started a petition to keep the series on Netflix, so far a little over forty nine thousand have signed the change dot org petition. I admire their spirit, but I have to point out that this will probably not work. 

The Hello Kitty movie has a writer, according to deadline dot com, New Line Pictures has hired Lindsey Beer to write the adaptation based on the Sanrio pop icon. The movie will mark the first time Hello Kitty has had a major studio motion picture. Beer’s other credits include her credits include Sony’s Masters of the Universe, Lionsgate’s The Kingkiller Chronicles, and Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight. She’s also worked on the Godzilla Vs. Kong and Star Trek franchises and is showrunner, writer, and executive producer on Mark Millar’s The Magic Order for Netflix. 

Have you missed Myst? I know some of you just said what? Let me explain. Myst was an adventure puzzle game first released back in 1993. In the game, players are told that a special book has caused them to travel to Myst Island. There, players solve puzzles and, by doing so, travel to four other worlds, known as Ages, which reveal the backstory of the game’s characters. So why am I talking about it now? Well the Hollywood Reporter has news that Myst is being developed into shows and movies by Village Roadshow. While not much is known about what or how this Myst-verse is being developed, original creators of Myst, Rand and Ryan Miller will be joining Village Roadshow to help develop the universe.

Netflix’s the Dark Crystal:Age of Resistance prequel series has added some more talent to the show The streaming service revealed that Sigourney Weaver, Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Hannah John-Kamen, and Dave Goelz had all joined the voice cast. They also released a series of 32 photos of the characters with  who voices them. The only exception is Sigourney Weaver who’s character is just a disembodied voice called the Myth Speaker. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/06/26/dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-netflix-cast-photos/

Finally tonight, we say goodbye to Max Wright, who passed away from lymphoma on June 26th. . Max is best known as the day Willie Tanner on the NBC sitcom ALF. Mr. Wright had a lot of roles appearing on Cheers, Quantum Leap, Murphy Brown, THe Drew Carey Show , WKRP in Cincinnati, After Mash the television movie version of Stephen King’s The Stand, Friends, the HBO Miniseries From The Earth to The Moon,Misfits of Science and a  ton more. Max is survived by his two children and preceded in death by his wife Linda who passed away in 2017 from breast cancer. He was 75 years old.

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Episode 28: A Sci-Fi Dawn

Tonight! We begin a bold new experiment on this SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. I’m Thomas Townley

We are trying something new, with this episode and the episodes to come. This is how this will go. This episode will be the SciFi edition. Here you will find the Star Trek, Star Wars and general scifi and fantasy news. Episode 29 which will appear in your feed a couple of days after this one is released and it will be the Comics edition. With all the DC, Marvel and all the comics entertainment related news.  I’m just days away from going to the Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS. It’s kind of my hometown comicon as it’s only around 30 miles from my home. So I hope to be able to get a few interviews that Ill be able to share with you in a future episode. So let’s get to the news.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news dispelling a rumor. There was a rumor recently that cast members at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge weren’t allowed to use the term Younglings because of the child murders committed by Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. This rumor came to light from a tweet from Jenny Nicholson on twitter who tweeted quote “Also a cast member said “kids” and I jokingly said “oh, younglings?” and she blindsided me by telling me they’re already scrubbing “younglings” from the vocab. Parents didn’t like it because one of the only times you hear it in the movies is the phrase “killing younglings.” Fair.” Unquote

However when Newsweek contacted Disneyland for a comment they told the magazine that quote “Disneyland says that cast members do not avoid the word “younglings.” “Our cast members use that word daily in the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as part of the interaction with guests,” unquote. So it sounds like not saying Younglings was a personal choice of some of the actors not a policy. Now go take your younglings to Disneyland. Just watch out for Rogue Jedi turned Sith.

It’s a trap! In an interview  the puppeteer for everyone’s favorite Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar Tim Rose voiced his disappointment in the way Ackbar was killed off in The Last Jedi.

So If you’ll recall the scene in the movie, Ackbar died when the bridge was destroyed wiping out pretty much the entire leadership of the Resistance. Save for Leia who literly forced her way back.Yeah, very much so. Quote “After The Force Awakens — for whatever reason, length of picture, whatever — it all got cut out. So after waiting 30 years to reprise Ackbar I was a little disappointed with Ackbar’s role in that picture.” “So in The Last Jedi, I was quite looking forward to maybe them giving him something more juicy,” he continued. “We were only given the script on the day when we were shooting that piece of script, so each day I would come to work going, ‘Is today the day when Ackbar gets something a bit more involving?’ And I looked at my script and I went, ‘Oh, Ackbar’s going out of the window. Well, that’s that then!’ I wasn’t quite dead yet.”

“We finished all of our bits and they asked me to come down to camera. And I thought, ‘Oh well, maybe they’re going to say thank you for being one of the heritage characters and giving 30 years and all that.’ But what they did was, they gave me a Millennium Falcon sign that had the day and the date on it, the scene number, and they said, ‘Can you look at the camera and say ‘It’s a wrap?’ Because that would be really funny.’ … I was actually in tears in the suit because I thought – after everything, after hoping there’d be something, after knowing there wasn’t going to be anything else, Ackbar’s final moment before he went in to the box was a big joke about ‘It’s a wrap.’ They just thought ‘Wouldn’t it be funny?’ And that was the sum total of my life as Ackbar.” Unquote

Yeah, it was kind of a pointless way to die. It would hae made more sense if he did what Admiral Holdo did.

Lucasfilm president  Kathleen Kennedy has been elected Chair of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees, the AFI announced. She succeeds Sir Howard Stringer, who has been the chair since 1999.

Kathleen’s role will be setting the institute’s priorities and guide its national education programs. The mission of the AFI is to preserve the heritage of motion picture and to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation.

Kathleen said after accepting the honor said quote “It is a distinct honor to be elected as Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees,” responded Kennedy. “AFI’s commitment to the power of storytelling — coupled with its profound respect for the past — is an inspiration in our modern day, and I look forward to working with the Trustees and the incomparable Bob Daly with the goal to shine an even greater light upon the impact these stories have in our nation and around the world.”

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is still months away, what to do , what to watch? How bout some cartoons? The Star Wars Kids Youtube channel has some animated fun for you. Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures  features the iconic characters of the franchise and features a bold palette of colors and the actual dialogue, music and effects from the movies.

Indie game publisher Limited Run Games has announced this past week at E3 that it will be reviving more than a dozen old Star Wars games with new physical collector’s edition re-releases. They will start with the release of Star Wars Bounty Hunter for the Playstation 4 on June 28th. Future releases will be for the original platform and include the 1991’s Star Wars for NES and Gameboy and Star WarsShadows of the Empire and Star Wars Episode One Racer for Windows PC and Nintendo 64. Thirteen including the ones I just mentioned will be released, we will have a link to the list in our show notes.

Also shown off at E3 was Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. The game will be released on November fifteenth and will be available on Playstation 4 Windows PC and Xbox one. Game creator Stig Asmussen describes his influences for the game as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Metroid and a little Zelda.  

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has some pricey souvenirs including a life size custom astromech for 25,000. You would think something like that wouldn’t be a huge seller, but you’d be surprised. According to Disneyland employees who spoke the the orange county register,. three of the R2 units were sold in the first week of operating. The droid is completely customisable and operates via remote control. The custom droids take up to 90 days to be delivered, shipping not included and no returns or exchanges accepted. If it breaks down, it’s up to you to find a droid repairman.

Star Trek

Wilson Cruz, who plays Star Trek Discovery’s Dr. Hugh Culber is featured on one of four special Pride Month covers of Entertainment Weekly. On the show Dr.Culber Lt. Cmdr. Paul Stamets are the first openly gay regular characters in the franchise. Cruz shared the cover on twitter with the tweet quote “This one goes out to every young LGBTQ kid out there, who has any doubt, whatsoever, that because of who they are or how they LOVE, they can’t achieve their dreams. ¡Si se PUEDE, mi amor! ¡Si se PUEDE! Thank you @entertainmentweekly for the honor of gracing your #PRIDE issue! Unquote It should be noted that the print edition of entertainment weekly will soon be abandoning the weekly format and switching to a monthly format. The first issue will be in August and focus on the San Diego Comic Con.

JJ verse captain Chris Pine and a crowd gathered in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to introduce a trailer for Love Anthosha, a documentary about the late friend and co-star Anton Yelchin. The trailer played before a screening of Star Trek, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Pine told the assembled quote  “Obviously we’re here for Anton; he was one of my dear friends and I felt like I was only getting a chance to know him better one when he passed,” “The film is incredible and I think it’ll show you all different sides of the guy that I knew — this curious, fascinating, complex, strange little dude.” Proceeds from the screening benefited the Anton Yelchin Foundation. Anton died 3 years ago this month from a freak accident involving his car. Anton was 27 years old.  The documentary Love Antosha comes to select theaters on August second.

Star Trek cover artist Keith Birdsong has passed away at the age of 59. Birdsong was a self taught artist who painted the covers for dozens of Star Trek novels among other things.

Keith was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and began his artistic career by creating drawings to help flesh out his reporting for his first career journalist for the US Army, which would win him the Keith L Ware Award, which is considered the highest honor for military journalism.

He became a professional illustrator and would soon do work for pocket books Star Trek novels. Doing such covers as Sarek, All Good Things, Q-Squared and the Star Trek Chronology. He also painted portraits of Kirk, Spock and McCoy for the US Postal Services 25th Anniversary envelope set. He also illustrated the collectors plates from the Hamilton Exchange. He not only did Star Trek illustrations, he also did the postage stamp of Elvis Presley  and the depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s collection

In 2018 Birdsong suffered a severe stroke but made a great recovery. Unfortunately this year he suffered a second stroke that caused a car accident from which he was unable to recover from. He is survived by his parents, his daughter, granddaughters, sisters, his girlfriend and many more.

Thanks Keith, we will always have your great artwork.

Sci Fi in general

In the Geek News, Netflix is looking toward video games for ideas. The service has acquired the rights to Ubisoft Motion Pictures adaptation of The Division, based on the game of the same name. It will star Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal and David Leitch has signed on to direct. The Division is a Tom Clancy game and is set in a dystopian New York after a smallpox pandemic

Godzilla’s latest movie, Godzilla, King of the Monsters did pretty well it came in at number one it’s opening weekend. But has dropped in the weeks since.  So were you wondering what King Ghidorah’s different heads were called? Director Mike Dogherty gave each head its own name. Asked what they were on twitter, he replied quote Center head: Ichi; Right head: Ni; Left head: San… aka Kevin. 🐲🐲🐲#GodzillaMovie unquote Ichi, Ni and San are Japanese for one, two and three. Each head was performed by a different actor.

WarnerMedia’s streaming service has ordered Dune The Sisterhood straight to series. The series from Legendary Television is based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel and will coexist with the new Dune feature film from Denis Villeneuve. This is part of an extensive plan that Legendary has for Dune including video games, digital content packages and comic books.Villeneuve is not only directing and producing the film, but executive producing the series and directing the pilot episode. The series joins Tokyo Vice, Love Life and a Gremlins animated series on the WarnerMedia service which according to the wall street journal will cost 16 to 17 dollars and will include HBO and Cinemax and Warner’s library of tv and movies. So will Dune entice you to pay AT&T? If that doesn’t maybe this will word on the street is that WarnerMedia is close to an megadeal with JJ Abrams BadRobot.

We got a bit of news from Ghostbusters 3. Sigourney Weaver has told Parade magazine the she will be in the movie as Dana Barrett, Annie Potts has also all but confirmed to KTLA 5 in Los Angeles that she will probably be back as Janine Melnitz and at the recent Ghostbusters Fan Fest, Jason Reitman revealed that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Earnie Hudson have all read the script. But no confirmation on their returns. And while plot details remain under wraps, we do know that the plot centers around four teens and a small town family. Jason reitman has called the new movie a love letter to the original.

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DC

We begin DC News with word that Warner Bros is skipping Hall H this year at San Diego Comic Con International. Instead they’ll be promoting the sequel It Chapter 2. However that doesn’t mean the DC Extended Universe is finished. Deadline reports that WB chairman toby Emmerich spoke at the “Produced by” Conference and said that Warners is relying on its filmmakers visions to create future DC films and that Warner Bros would be back at SDCC in 2020. So it sounds like 2019 will be a bit of a rebuilding year.

Now let’s talk about what’s being worked on. First up, Black Adam starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson. We now know that Jaume Collet-Serra who directed Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie, also starring the rock will be directing Black Adam as well. So at least we know it’s still on the burner, but we still have no idea on the release date.

Next up, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn has a budget, according to a cover story in Vogue the movie is budgeted at 75 million dollars making it the cheapest DCEU film yet. According to movie producer and star Margot Robbie  told Vogue quote “Well, we’re on schedule and on budget,” Robbie told Vogue, “which is a wonderful place to be.” unquote The movie will see Harley Quinn separated from her Joker, teaming up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save young Cassandra Cain from Black Mask. The movie is scheduled for February 7th, 2020.

One thing that can be said about the DC universe movies is that it needs to have more humor like Shazam!. Well Director Mike Mitchell , who directed the Lego Movie 2:The Second Part was asked by ComicBookMovie dot com if there were any DC or Marvel superheroes he’s like to tackle in live action somewhere down the line. He replied quote Oh yeah, I love superheroes. I did a superhero film years ago, Sky High, and I’m such a fan. It would be great to see a DC and Marvel character in the same film…that would be fantastic. Maybe just cram them all together into one ultimate film! I’m sure it’s gonna happen at some point but I couldn’t be more happy to work on something like that. It would be fantastic! Plastic Man! They need to make that guy someday. I don’t even know if he’s DC or Marvel.

Plastic Man might be a great movie to make nowadays. It’s definitely one that would have looked cheesy thirty years ago. Hey DC, you really want my money? Make this movie!

We now go over to the tv side of things, And it’s bittersweet for fans of the DC/Vertigo adaptation of Lucifer. TVLine dot com has reported and the official Lucifer twitter has confirmed that the series will be getting one final season. This would be the second end for the series has it was cancelled by Fox after season three and then picked up by Netflix. Still at least the series gets to write its own ending. Lucifer himself, Tom Ellis wrote on twitter about the news quote Well look what happened! A 5th and final season of #Lucifer is coming to @LuciferNetflix thank you to all you loyal #lucifans for watching…now let’s end this thing properly 😈❤️❤️❤️❤️ unquote Ildy Modrovich co showrunner on Lucifer answering a fan question about how many episodes that final season will be replied. Quote “It’s 10… And we’re going to make every minute count!!” unquote

However not all in DCTVville is joyfull. Swamp Thing has been cancelled after only one episode.The DC Universe app show had positive review. Apparently the initial report about why it was cancelled came from the site GWW, which claims that it was the result of WarnerMedia and AT&T execs not liking the show’s creative direction, performances or budget. The Hollywood Reporter reports that it’s sources say that quote the timing of the cancellation was spurred by the studio’s decision to bypass paying millions to store the show’s physical sets in North Carolina. That decision led to the cancellation leak. Contrary to some early unconfirmed reports, tax incentives had nothing to do with the sudden cancellation as Swamp Thing was awarded $5 million in incentives for the pilot and an additional $12 million for the remainder of the season. The good news is that the first season will still air. Unquote Meanwhile there’s some question on if the DC Universe streaming service will continue once the WarnerMedia streaming service is started. I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.

Legion of SuperHero fans rejoice, the legion will be returning in a superheroic mini event starting in Augusts Superman number fourteen and September’s Superman number fifteen, ahead of own special event in September called Legion of SuperHeroes Millennium. The Legion will meet Superman and Superboy and will be quote making an offer to a hero which will tell Superman’s life apart. Unquote Could they be offering a legion flight ring to young Jonathan Kent?

DC Comics have been used in an unexpected way, ABC news, that’s the Australian Broadcast Company reports that Gold Coast police have shut down the Australian end of an international drug smuggling operation

That has been bringing the drugs in comic books. After an investigation lasting six months, nine properties were raided and 3 kilograms of meth, cannabis and other items were seized. Police said the group had smuggled a million dollars worth of meth from the United States sent through the mail in comic books. The police showed an issue of the  Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover from DC and IDW full of meth. Australian cops have identified the US culprits and are working with American law enforcement to arrest the other end of this ring. 10 Australians were charged with 40 charges including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, money laundering, importing a border restricted drug, possession of dangerous drugs, stealing, possession of drug utensils and possession of proceeds of a drug offence. Detective Inspector Brendan Smith told ABC quote “This operation has dismantled a significant criminal network and removed over 30,000 hits off Queensland streets,” unquote Good Job Detective Smith,  Batman would be proud.

Marvel

The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix didn’t do so hot at the box office. Now that the X-Men Fox cinematic universe is pretty much done, what’s next for our favorite mutants? How about a name change? Appearing on the Youtube show, Nuke the fridge, Marvel Studios VP of Production Victoria Alonso said quote “I don’t know where it’s going to go,” “We’ll see. They just now have joined [the Marvel Cinematic Universe]. They actually have a movie coming out very soon, which is under [the Fox] banner. It’s their last film. We’ll see. Time will tell.” Unquote I don’t know if the X-Men name is really outdated. If it is the term human is also, but what we do know is that it’s gonna be some time before we see the X-Men again.

While we’re talking about Victoria Alonso, she also did a Redit AskMeAnything, and of course, she was asked about the trolling aimed at the film and if it had any kind of effect on the final movie. She replied quote”First of all I share with you the pride you feel for the film,” “I love this film with all my heart. We were aware that there were people that were not ready or perhaps not welcoming of the film but it never interfered with the story line or our vision of the film. When you make stories that could potentially touch an international audience, there will always be a portion of the audience that does not 100% love it. But we hope they give us a chance and see the film before they finalize their opinions. There is something for everyone in our films, even if you’re a little reluctant to watch.”  Unquote

I agree don’t diss it till you see it. You can say it doesn’t sound good, but saying something is terrible isn’t exactly fair if you haven’t seen one frame.

Marvel does great with film, marvel does great with comics, so will Marvel be a hit with audio books? Marvel will be partnering with audiobook publisher Dreamscape Media to release several iconic stories as audiobooks.

The books will be presented in a read to me style of audiobook and will start in September with adaptations of two dozen titles including Ultimate Spider-Manand Ultimate X-Men, X-Men: Codename Wolverine and Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. Other titles will come along later.

These will be distributed on such apps as Amazon, Audible, iBooks, Google and Overdrive.

If your a library patron, you will be in a great place as you’ll be able to listen to these free of charge through the Hoopla App.

Hulu’s The Runaways Season Three has found its villain and they got a huge name to play her. Elizabeth Hurley has joined the cast as the evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay. This version of the Morgan Le Fay character was created by Stan Lee and Joe Manelly and debuted in Black Knight #1 back in 1955. Jeph Loeb said in a statement quote “Elizabeth Hurley is joining the Marvel Universe and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her portraying one of the most enchanting Marvel characters. Elizabeth Hurley has starred in the first Austin Powers movie, been the Devil in the remake of  Bedazzled and guest starred in an NBC made pilot for a Wonder Woman series that never aired.

Geek news

By the way, congratulations are in order to the winners of the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Winners include. GENERATION AWARD

WINNER: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,TRAILBLAZER AWARD

WINNER: Jada Pinkett Smith

BEST MOVIE WINNER: Avengers: Endgame

BEST SHOW WINNER: Game of Thrones (i’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say the award is for the season previous to this final season)

BEST HERO WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) – Avengers: Endgame

BEST VILLAIN WINNER: Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Endgame

BEST FIGHT WINNER: Captain Marvel – Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

BEST REAL-LIFE HERO WINNER: Ruth Bader Ginsburg – RBG

IDW Media holdings is bleeding money. With all it’s different arms together, it lost 3.7million dollars. Half of that 1.6 million came from the publishing arm, that’s the part that publishes the comic books. And IDW Entertainment, which makes shows like Wynonna Earp which saw production of season four halted due to lack of funds, lost about 700 thousand. However they remain hopeful saying in the statement to investors  quote IDWP expects to counter soft secular comic and graphic book demand with release of strong titles in 2H 2019;

  • In 4Q19, IDWE expects to deliver October Faction and V-Wars to Netflix;
  • In 1H 2020, IDWE expects to generate approximately $2.5 million in income from operations upon delivery of Locke & Key to Netflix Worldwide;
  • CTM’s brochure and tourism-driven sales were seasonally soft during winter months. Revenue and profitability are expected to rebound during 2H 2019;
  • IDW Media’s cash balance at April 30th was $9 million.

So if your a fan of IDW, you better buy some comics. Fast. things aren’t looking good.

George RR Martin is sure taking his sweet time with that last Game of Thrones book, isn’t he? Well he’s not too busy to lend a hand to a new video game. Bandai Namco has a new game that came from a pitch created by Mr. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki. The game called elden Ring doesn’t have a release date yet and is in development for PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Bad news Tick fans, The Tick’s creator Ben Edlund announced that the series has been unable to find a new home. THe series which ran for two seasons on Amazon Prime, as cancelled. Mr. Edlund did try to find a new home but Ben tweeted quote “After much door-knocking we have found no new home for the Tick series in this current market #savethetick & #lunatickarmy I’m sorry we could not reward your glorious support with better news. I am so proud of the show, of the cast and crew and writers, and so warmed by the fans.” We will look for other opportunities to continue this story with this cast, but the current series must Im afraid come to its end.  He continued in another tweet saying Please continue to choose love and hope for good things, And I think we might as well accept it as a law of the universe: when the time is right #thetick always comes back…” unquote Mr. Edlund, I hope that he comes back. Spoon!

John Cena seems to be one step away from announcing his retirement from the WWE ring as he now joins the cast of the Fast & Furious franchise in Fast & Furious 9. John Cena took to Instagram to celebrate the announcement quote “For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family.” Unquote. Wow, nearly 20 years. No comment. Any way if you wanted to see Cena meet the Rock’s character, you’re gonna be dissapointed as The Rock’s character isn’t in this film, instead he’s in a spinoff movie Hobbs & Shaw.

In what’s becoming a bit of a theme in this episode… The Good Place Creator, Mike Schur in an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter announced that Season Four will be the end.  But not because the network wants it to end. Because he wants it to end. When asked why end with season four he said quote After season one ended and aired and it seemed like the show was going to survive the gauntlet of being a TV show in the modern era, I was like, “Well, this show isn’t a typical show where the goal is to do it as long as we can and as many episodes as we can.” It was never designed that way — we do 13 episodes per year from the beginning. I knew I needed to map this out in the same way that I mapped out the first season, I needed to map out the whole show. I didn’t feel like it needed to be definitive but I needed to have a sense of how long I thought the idea could sustain itself. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was four seasons. There were times early on where I felt like maybe five and maybe it’s three. (Laughs.) Once I settled on four seasons, I didn’t tell anyone — except the writers. I didn’t tell the studio or network because I wanted to make sure that I was right and I wanted to leave open the possibility that as we as a team developed the show, I wanted to allow the possibility that something could change and there was more I wanted to do. But it was pretty much always four from early on as a general map. We spent all of season three checking in and making sure that we were pacing things correctly and there was going to be enough time to do what we wanted but not too much time so that we were running in place. Toward the end of us shooting season three, I told the studio and then we told the network soon after that. It was completely dictated by the idea and how much juice I thought the idea contained and the pace at which we were letting story unfold and stuff like that. The nice thing about TV shows nowadays is it’s not a forced marathon. You can let the idea dictate the number of episodes that you actually do, which is great for creativity. Unquote

I think this is a good idea, given that each episode is written as a chapter, it makes sense that it would have a planned out ending. You don’t want a show like this lingering like oo I don’t know Game of Thrones?

Nintendo had some big announcements at E3, but none was bigger than a short teaser that told fans that the sequel to the hit Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was currently in development. No release date was announced, so it would be 2020 or 2021 before we see it. At the E3 press conference Legend of Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma told IGN that the development team’s inspiration for the sequel was Red Dead Redemption 2. Also announced for Nintendo was Luigi’s Mansion 3 no release date. The remake of The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening arriving on September 20th, Contra Rogue Corps and the Contra Collection, the remastered Spyro trilogy, the announcement that Animal Crossing New Horizons has been pushed back to March 20, 2020, The Witcher 3, Pokemon Sword & Shield, Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition and the announcement that the hero character from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie will be DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Microsoft revealed Project Scarlett, the current name of it’s next gen console set to debut around christmas of 2020. It will launch with a new Halo game, Halo Infinite, a new minecraft game was  shown called Minecraft Dungeons, think 4 person dungeon crawler, also coming in 2020. They also released a trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 featuring Keanu Reeves also coming in 2020. Gears of War 5 will be out on September 10th, 2019 and much much more.

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Episode Twenty-Seven: One Year Later

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley and this episode marks our first anniversary. I’d like to thank all of you that have listened to me for the past year. If you’d like to help just go to patreon or ko-fi.com and search for Multiverse Tonight. Also, I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate Year One just donate on Patreon or Ko-fi and I’ll enter you for a random drawing to win a box of loot.

I’d also like to announce that I’m going to be trying out a change of format for the month of July. The show will be split into two shows. Multiverse Tonight Comic Edition and Multiverse Tonight SciFi edition. One part will be released on Tuesday and one on Thursday. If you like it or if you don’t like it, please let me know.

Star Wars

Bryce Dallas Howard speaking with Collider at the premiere for the Elton John biopic RocketMan about getting to direct an episode of Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian. She said quote “The God’s honest truth is that I had incredible support from [executive producer and director] Dave Filoni and [creator] Jon Favreau,” “And the process — the prep process, and the shooting, and post, and all of that — it was so incredibly collaborative and fun and grounded, and so it was just so cool.”

But don’t ask her to give any details about it, like the Marvel movies, it’s under tight wraps, Bryce told them quote “I literally don’t even think I can tease anything about the episode,” “I don’t even think I can say which episode I did [laughs]. Yeah, no, I’m totally on lockdown.”

She can talk about the technical side though saying that Jon Favreau’s pushing of emerging technologies was quote really extraordinary unquote

She was especially excited to use a Volume, which is described as a large space surrounded by blue screens and tracking cameras that capture performances. Bryce told Collider quote

“There was specifically something that we shot in called The Volume, and basically you step into it, and the naked eye, you can’t tell that you are surrounded by, basically, LED screens. And you feel like [you’re] wherever the story is taking place,”

“It’s almost like — this is the wrong term to use, especially for this project, but it’s almost like a Holodeck.” unquote

It’ll be interesting to see the end results.

A year ago was our first show and also the first big box office disappointment for Lucasfilm, Solo A Star Wars story. It didn’t do well enough at the box office to earn a sequel. However, some fans have taken to Twitter to ask for a Solo 2 to happen using the Twitter hashtag MakeSolo2Happen Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan responded to the effort with quote Beyond grateful & galvanized by the #MakeSolo2Happen energy on Twitter today. Means so much to everyone involved & ur enthusiasm makes it possible for us to keep advocating for it! ‘Cause, the Maker knows, there’s a WAR story set in a Galaxy Far Far Away that’s yet to be told… Unquote

So would you like to see some sort of sequel to Solo? Maybe they could produce one that goes directly to Disney Plus.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is open and Rian Johnson, director of the last Jedi and his own star wars trilogy got a preview tour of the park and he posted on twitter quote I think this is the only pic I’m allowed to post but oh my god. Congrats to all the Imagineers and artists who made this real, it’s freakin unbelievable. (And yup there is green milk and yup it is delicious) #GalaxysEdge. Unquote He posted that with his wrist band that said he was allowed to be there from 11 am to 3 pm. Now as to why he said green milk instead of blue makes me think he might see color differently. The milk is blue and is actually plant-based dairy that is lactose intolerant friendly and soft frozen like a milkshake. Well if you get to go, please drop us a line and tell us how it was.

And if you want a look at what’s in the park, the official Disney Parks Blog has images of the new guide maps that will help you navigate the area. The map identifies locations on the 14-acre park including the Millenium Flacon and Resturants like Ronto Roasters, however, it does note that the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance attraction won’t be open until later this year, probably with the second phase of the park.

According to Buzzfeed news dot com, a movie based on the game of the same name Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic is being written by  Laeta Kalogridis for Lucasfilm according to three sources close to the project.

The game is set 4 thousand years before A New Hope. Back at Star Wars Celebration in April, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told MTV News that quote “Yes, we are developing something to look at,” “Right now, I have no idea where things might fall.” Kalogridis would be the first woman to write a Star Wars movie 1980. Buzzfeed News reached out to representatives for Kalogridis, Lucasfilm, and Disney, but as expected no comment was given.

A few episodes ago we memorialized original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. During a recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Peter’s co-star Harrison Ford spoke about Mayhew saying quote “He was a really sweet man,” “Nice man. And he had a hard time, physically. It was really hard for him to do what he did for us, what he did for all of us, and he did it with a real dignity and class. He was a really neat guy. I miss him.” unquote We all miss him too.

Star Trek

Now we have to start Star Trek news with the trailer for Star Trek Picard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3om4V_-Y0Q

So, I wonder what that mission was?  Why did he accept the rank of Admiral? Did he get  Irumodic Syndrome? Did he marry Beverly?

I guess we will know soon enough. The series has now wrapped up the first two episodes. We get this from director Hanelle Culpepper’s twitter. She posted quote ‘I’ve wrapped and Jonathan Frakes is filming his block now.’ Can’t wait to see a trailer with a hint of the story, but we probably won’t get that till Star Trek Las Vegas at the end of July.

Put this in the Oops file, The USS Yeager, a chapter of Starfleet International, the Star Trek fan organization that I will admit right here and now that I’m a member of accidentally painted a tank the wrong color.

The Yeager, which is based in West Virginia was doing a public service project in Bluefield, West Virginia’s Lotito park According to Vice Admiral Jerry Conner, the Commanding Officer of the chapter. The club had been cleaning and painting the World War II era M-41 Bulldog tank for about 20 years. They decided that it was in need of a new paint job and took a sample of the color to a local Bluefield merchant and purchased a couple of gallons that were supposed to match. I’ll let Conner’s letter to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph explain from here. Quote “We were worried when we opened the containers and found something nowhere near our sample. ‘Surely it will dry the right color,’ we thought and proceeded with the prep and painting. Imagine our chagrin when it dried, not green-brown olive, but instead, bright mustard yellow!” Unquote Mister Conner than said in the letter that the club was going to obtain a new batch of paint and have made arrangements with the city to get the tank back in the proper color. The paper went on to note that the city doesn’t actually own the tank, it’s owned by the national guard. City Manager Dane Rideout told the paper that quote “The National Guard has reached out to us and we are working with them to acquire historically-accurate paint and the paint scheme,” “We want to be as historically accurate as we can be.” Here’s hoping they find that shade.

I know that I normally stay out of talking about American political news in this show, but it’s not often Star Trek and politics clash. George Takei, best known for being Mister Sulu on Star Trek, living legend and outspoken advocate tweeted on May 23rd the following quote  I’m tempted to move to Kentucky just to run against Mitch McConnell. Unquote

Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky has not lost an election since 1984. So some could say it’s time for a change. And if you’re asking how Mr. Takei could run when he lives in California, it’s simple, according to the US Constitution, a candidate only needs to live in the state to represent the state. It’s the same reason, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts could run for and win the Senate seat in Utah. So, George could move to Kentucky and run for the seat. And to give George some “cross-platform” support Mark Hamill tweeted back quote I’m tempted to move to Kentucky just so I could vote for you.#DitchMitch Unquote. It’s unknown if Mitch has responded to the idea. But I doubt he has internet in his crypt.

Marvel

Now that Disney has the rights to the x-men, could they go back and retcon Scarlett Witch’s origins in the movies?

A Marvel fan has pointed out on Reddit that they might have set it up In the Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia entry on Scarlet Witch, it mentions that the Mind Stone may have unlocked something. Quote “She may be called Scarlet Witch, but Wanda’s powers aren’t derived from the occult,” “Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something later inside Wanda, the Infinity Stone in Loki’s scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind. Wanda’s internal neuro-electric interface allows her to conjure blasts of red telekinetic energy. She can also use this energy to create barriers, levitate, and move objects; to communicate and read thoughts by telepathy and even to manipulate the minds of others.” Unquote So did the mind stone turn on her mutant abilities? I guess we’ll have to wait for a definitive answer.

Could Deadpool be integrated into the MCU soon? The site MCU Cosmic says that a reliable source says that Kevin Feige is looking at three options to being Wade Wilson to the MCU. Either A new solo film Deadpool 3, a limited series on Disney Plus or an appearance in the third Spider-man movie. All interesting options. My guess would lean toward a third Deadpool movie as that would allow Deadpool to be edgy AND Disney would get all the profits.

Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One was an unexpected cameo in Avengers Endgame. In a recent interview with IndiWire Tilda revealed that she had to come back to reshoot a scene because they changed the rules of time travel between the principal photography and reshoots. Quote “It was a surprise to me, too!” “And it was a pleasure. But what was a real surprise was, we shot it one summer day, and then over a year later, I went back to reshoot it because a couple of lines had been changed, a couple of plot points had been changed. And there was a tweaking of my costume.” Unquote. While she didn’t elaborate on what exactly the changes were, it’s believed that it was about the need to return the stones to their former places in the timeline or risk dooming the people in those alternate timelines. In other words, a stone in time saves more than nine.

Chris Hemsworth is a busy god. This year he’s been Thor is Avengers Endgame and in a few weeks, he’ll be an Agent in with the Men in Black in Men In Black International. Hemsworth sat down with Variety for an interview. He told them that he turned down the fourth JJ Abrams Star Trek movie because quote “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he reveals. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”

On the subject of Endgame, Hemsworth said that he dubbed himself Lebowski Thor and that originally the script called for Thor to end the film back in fighting shape but Chris fought to keep his pot belly quote “I enjoyed that version of Thor,” “It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.” and apparently he loved the transformation saying quote “Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup,” “Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds. It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.” He even got teased by co-stars quote “People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant,” “Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around. And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly. ‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife” — the actress and producer Elsa Pataky — “felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”

There’s plenty more in the article for you to discover, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2019/film/features/chris-hemsworth-avengers-thor-men-in-black-international-1203225799/

Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has been well…beaten. Issue number 50 will be the last issue. Good news is it’s not ending because of low sales, but because the creative team believes they’ve brought the story to its natural conclusion.

Series writer Ryan North told AV Club quote

“I’m proud that we got a Squirrel Girl book that ran for 58 issues and an [original graphic novel],”. “I’m proud that the character became popular enough to be the core of a cartoon series (Marvel Rising); a novel spin-off series (Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World and Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious); a TV show pilot (New Warriors). — But the truth of the matter is that when you’re working on a character in a shared universe, you only have a little time with her, and then someone else will take over.” “It’s a little like being a parent and watching your kid go off to school for the first time—you’ve done all you can, and you’ll always be in their corner, but now it’s up to them,” the writer continued. “All you can hope to do—and it’s something I hope we’ve achieved—is to leave your mark on the character in some way. I think Doreen Allene Green is a different person now, 5 years later, then she was when we started with her way back when, and I’m so proud of who she is now.”

The final issue should be out in November.

DC

Robert Pattinson is the new Batman. That’s the news that came out of Warner Bros this past Friday. The 33-year-old British actor is best known for being the vampire love interest in the Twilight film series. Warners was down to just two actors for the role that was vacated by Ben Affleck, Robert and Nicholas Hoult of the latest x-men movie trilogy, but in the end, Pattinson won out. The Matt Reeves helmed The Batman will begin production shortly and will hit theaters June 25, 2021. He’s not my choice but I’m willing to give him a chance, he might be shockingly good.

Keanu Reeves John Wick 3 finally ended the Avengers endgame. But do you remember when Keanu starred in Constantine? The year was 2005 and while it wasn’t considered a good movie by the critics, it did more than double its budget at the box office.

Recently Keanu Reeves in an interview with Variety Mister Reeves said that he would love to play the role again.  Quote “I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character. I just had a blast playing the character and (playing) in that world.”

So should Keanu make Constantine 2?

The Booster Gold movie has made a step forward. Screenwriter Zack Stentz told Revenge of the Fans that his screenplay is finished and has been handed off to director and producer Greg Berlanti. Now it’s all up to Warner Bros. But he did say that Berlanti was very happy with it. The movie has been in development hell for years now. Perhaps we’ll see it sooner rather than later? Frankly, I think they should make it a buddy comedy with Blue Beetle.

So from a movie in development hell to one with a definitive release date, Wonder Woman 1984. You might be wondering why the specific year of 1984? Director Patty Jenkins revealed to the Deadline Crew Call podcast the reason. Quote “1984 itself is definitely very evocative to what’s important in that movie and resonates with right now … it was the pinnacle of the success in the 80s.”  Later she told the hosts that the seeming excess of that time period and the way the world is now is the reason that the movie is set there.

Batman writer Tom King will be leaving the title by the end of the year after issue 85. Tom has been writing the comic since the Rebirth relaunch in 2016 cutting  short a run that was supposed to stop around issue 105. No word on why from DC or King, but speculation points to possible pressure from parent companies Warner Bros and AT&T. However, King will be able to complete the story he was telling in a 12 issue maxiseries called Batman/Catwoman. King will be doing the series with Heroes in Crisis artist Clay Mann. Tom King said quote “Batman and Catwoman is a chance to do what Morrison and Quietly did in Batman and Robin: launch an ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling new series that concludes years of stories and defines what Batman is, can, and will be,” “This will be a comic about what the best Batman comics are always been about, how our greatest hero turns fear into bravery, pain into hope, trauma into love. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and I’m telling it with the man I consider to be the greatest artist in comics, my brother Clay Mann. “It’s tough to leave Batman, It’s a gift and a joy to be on that book. But I’m leaving it to work on the biggest, most ambitious projects of my career, comics I get to make with the best collaborators in comics. And that’s a gift and a joy too.”

This maxi-series isn’t the only project Tom King is up to, it was announced that he will be co-writing the New Gods Screenplay with film writer and director Ava DuVernay. King has worked with the New Gods before having written an award-winning run on Mister Miracle. As of right now, New Gods has no scheduled release date. The next DC film will be Joker on October tenth.

While this is going forward the Animated DC Super-Pets animated movie has been pushed back. DC Super-Pets had originally been set to be released in theaters on May 2021, now it has been pushed back a year to May of 2022. The film is being directed by Jared Stern, the writer of the Lego Ninjago movie and the Lego Batman Movie and Sam Levine and is produced by Patty Hicks.

Geek News

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is working on a sequel to Django Unchained  and apparently it will be based on a comic book miniseries that teamed Django with Zorro. The screenplay will be co-written by Tarantino with Jerrod Carmichael Django/Zorro was written by Tarantino and comics creator Matt Wagner and was jointly released by DC and Dynamite Entertainment. Dynamite currently publishes comics based on Zorro,while  DC had teamed with Tarantino and his publishing partner Reginald Hudlin to adapt the original Django Unchained screenplay into comics for DC.

Accordoing to Collider the crossover project, is a go,but details are vague. There ;might be a third writer on the project and it’s unknown if Tarantino is co-writing or just advising on the screenplay. The story on Collider also sugested that Tarantino is unlikely to direct the film himself, maybe just overseeing and executive producing it.

Fans of Sonic The Hedgehog were…dismayed a few weeks ago when the trailer for the Sonic The Hedgehog movie was released showing a very weird looking Sonic. Now news has come out that Paramount Pictures will be pushing back the movie by three months to redesign the character. Following the backlash director, Jeff Fowler said on twitter quote Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… unquote Sonic was scheduled for November but will now be out on Valentine’s Day 2020. That’s my birthday by the way.

Speaking of Paramount Pictures It has moved up the sequel to its alien horror film A Quiet Place up by two months to March 2020. The movie has not gotten a title yet, but Emily Blunt, Milicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe are all reprising their roles and Cillian Murphy is joining the film as well The original made 340 million at the global box office and won Emily Blunt the Screen Actors Guild Award for supporting actress.

Warner Bros has given a release date for its live-action version of Akira that’s being directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s got big competition. The date they chose is May 21, 2021. It’s competition the highly anticipated fourth chapter in the John Wick series. My money is on John Wick

Rotten Tomatoes has decided to shake up their methodology for the Audience Score for movies. The rating will now only reflect verified moviegoers. The reason for this is simple, they are trying to stymie trolls who review bomb movies that they don’t like, star people they don’t like, don’t subscribe to their worldview etcetera. However right now the only way to have your rating count toward the Audience Score is to buy your ticket through Fandango, the company, part of NBC Universal owns 75 percent of Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango insists that this is not meant to drive business to Fandango, noting that it has deals with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Theaters to participate and that will happen sometime later this year. Frankly, I think it was a bit of bad faith not to launch it with those other theaters ready to take part all at once. But, it’s not my company.

Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters The short story collection will be made into an as of yet untitled series. The show will be an anthology with a first season consisting of eight episodes where natives of Louisiana encounter vampires, fallen angels and other monsters that force the humans to reexamine their broken lives. The series will be headed up by Mary Laws who will serve as both executive producer and writer and will be produced by Annapurna TV.

While we are on the subject of the now Disney controlled  Hulu and British ITV are bring us Zomboat! The British made comedy will first air on ITV in the fall before going to Hulu and stars Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKean and Cara Theobold and tells the story of a group of people surviving the zombie apocalypse in Birmingham, England while fleeing in a canal boat.  

So how about a round of trailers first Terminator Dark Fate

Next up is The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance

And we have a new one from Disney Pixar called Onward

Current James Bond actor Daniel Craig is on the injured list after having minor ankle surgery to fix an injury he sustained on the set of Bond number 25 which was filming in Jamaica.

This news comes from the official Bond Twitter account, it also says that production will continue while he is recuperating and the film will meet it’s April 2020 release date. Quote “Bond 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica,” the post reads. “Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date on April eighth of 2020. Unquote

We end with some good news for a change. Congratulations are in order to The Orville co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes. They tied the knot and shared the moment on Twitter. Adrianne posted quote Last night was truly amazing! I am so grateful for all the friends and family who made a trip to celebrate with us and to all of you for the kind words. Unquote

Palicki’s former costar Ming-Na Wen attended the ceremony and posted on Instagram What a magical night in Austin, Texas yesterday. Not only have I had the great fortune to have worked with Adrianne and Scott, but I also am so lucky to have them as my friends. They are beautiful inside and out! And when Scott started tearing up as his gorgeous bride walked down the aisle, my heart welled up and my insides turned to mush. Congrats!”

So again congrats to the happy couple and we look forward to season three of the Orville this winter after the football season is over.

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Show Notes: Episode 66: Let The Child waffle about Picard & Episode 67:That Batmobile is not street legal

Tonight! The Why of Picard, The Child makes waffles and we remember the Man who brought Ming The Merciless to life! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 66 of Multiverse tonight. I have some sad news to start this episode. I’ve had a death in the family. Our dog Fanny has passed away. She stopped eating and drinking a few days ago and then on Sunday she passed away. It hurts, but I know I’ll get over it. To quote George Carlin, “Life is a series of dogs.” unquote And Fanny was a very good dog.

Star Trek

So you’ve been watching Star Trek Picard, but you have concerns about the violence in darkness especially the recent scenes in the episode Stardust City rag where we saw poor Icheb getting unwanted surgery and Seven of Nine deciding to go all Dirty Harry on the person who killed her friend. Some fans have even taken their concerns to Showrunner Michael Chabon on his Instagram. His answer quote “I am not unambivalent about the violence, myself,” Chabon writes on Instagram. “The choice was not made lightly, though it was made collaboratively, and therefore with a good deal of conversation and debate among the creators. And so I assure you that it is not there simply ‘because we can,’ or because we are trying, as you somewhat uncharitably put it, to be ‘in.’ My partners would all have their own reasons for its presence in this story, as some of us had our own reasons for shying away from it. For me, it came down to this: there has always been violence (and even torture) in Star Trek. Sometimes that violence has been implicit, sometimes explicit, according to the dictates of censorship, the nature of the situation being depicted, the aesthetic of individual creators, or technical and/or budgetary limitations. And the reason that there has always been violence in Trek is that Trek is art, and there has always been violence—implicit and explicit—in art. It belongs there. It belongs in any narrative about human beings, even human beings of the future. Violence, often, *is* the narrative. Its source. Its engine. The question of whether it’s “too much” or not is ultimately a matter of taste. Personally, I come out closer to the “less is more” end. But that is just me. In the end, I saw how little time and space we had to convey a sense of Seven’s history post-Voyager, and the things that drive and haunt her. I decided, with my partners, that intensity was warranted. Seven lives outside the rationale confines of the Federation, because that is where she finds her sense of purpose. But life is hard, out there. If it wasn’t, people wouldn’t need her help so badly. And she wouldn’t have found such a compelling reason to carry on, in spite of her history of trauma. But, I hear you.” unquote

In other words, it was a necessary evil in order to tell the story

However Mister Chabon wasn’t finished, he also talked about the show’s tone and how it reflects our current reality. Quote “First of all, I think that the phrase (or a version of it) ‘Star Trek has always reflected its time” is open to multiple, potentially conflicting interpretations,’ he writes. “It can mean, ‘Individual Star Trek series have always (consciously) reflected thematically many of the most pressing issues of the time when they were made.’ I think that’s the sense intended by people involved with making the two current series, and it’s pretty obviously true—starting with persistent themes of nuclear annihilation, racial prejudice, mechanization, totalitarianism vs liberal democracy, on TOS, through DS9 with its themes of individual vs group identity, chosen family, reason vs faith, and the inevitable moral compromises of war. (That’s only the *conscious* ways in which Trek has reflected the times in which it was made.) But the phrase could also be taken the way (I think) you take it: that the world, the milieu depicted by Star Trek—the characters and their interactions, their capabilities and limitations as individuals, the social institutions and mores and technologies and economics and culture—reflects the world and era in which it was made. I think you’re saying that this is wrong, that here is exactly where Trek doesn’t, hasn’t. and *shouldn’t* reflect the world and times. That it has always presented its crews, Starfleet, and the Federation as improvements, as realizations of our best potential, as aspirational. If Trek has reflected our world, it’s in a kind of utopian funhouse mirror, where everything looks better. I would say that by and large that has been true, though possibly not as to the degree that many Trek fans claim, or feel. But there’s another side to the world—the people and society—depicted in Star Trek, which is all the characters, planets, cultures, mores and interactions that take place outside of Starfleet, the Federation. Many of these “outside” cultures and characters—the empires and alliances and unions— *have* deliberately reflected aspects of our world, with its all imperfection, intolerance, brutality, its humiliations and injustices, its evils. I don’t mean just in a thematic sense, but in the behavior of individual non-Federation, non-Starfleet characters, in the construction of societies around prejudices and inequalities, violence, lust for power, etc.

“That brings us to Picard. In the one, long, ten-part story we’re telling, we’re asking two questions about the greater world of Star Trek (i.e, the Federation *and* everything outside the Federation). One—a venerable Star Trek question, with a long pedigree in previous series and films: What happens when the Federation, the Roddenberry Federation with all its enlightened and noble intentions, free from want, disease, (internal) war, greed, capitalism, intolerance, etc., is tested by forces inimical to its values? What happens when two of its essential principles; (security and liberty, say) come into conflict? The answer has to be—at first, it buckles. It wobbles. It may, to some extent, compromise or even betray its values, or at the very least be sorely tempted to do so. If not, there’s no point asking the question, though it’s a question that any society with aspirations like ours or the Federation’s needs to ask. If nothing can ever truly test the Federation, if nothing can rock its perfection, then it’s just a magical land. It’s Lothlorien, in its enchanted bubble, untouchable by the Shadow. And, also, profoundly *inhuman*. To me it’s the humanity of the Federation—which means among many admirable things, its imperfection, its vulnerability and the constant need to defend it from our own worst natures—that makes it truly inspiring. The other, related question we’re asking is: What about the people who live outside, at the edges (or even within) the Federation but who, for various reasons, aren’t quite *of* it. Ex-Starfleet officers, refugees, people like Seven who served on a Starfleet ship but was never actually in Starfleet. People who have fallen through the cracks, or fallen victim to their own weaknesses. What is life like for people who, for whatever reason, live beyond the benevolent boundaries of the Federation—where, for example, post-scarcity is a dream, and there is a monetary economy? Again, there is precedent for this kind of story on Trek, but the fact that our story only resolves over ten episodes, not one, or two, or four out of a season of 23, might make it feel, sometimes, that there is more darkness, more trauma in our characters’ lives. More *struggle.* This show unquestionably has darker tonalities than some others (DS9 is the standout exception). It lives more in the shadows, where the Federation’s light can’t always reach. That isn’t to condemn, criticize, undo, break or, god knows, betray the Federation or Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Shadow defines light.

Every new Trek series since TNG has sought to escape what can feel like the confines of previous series, not simply of canon (which can also be a strangely liberating force) but of the kinds of stories, about the kinds of characters and societies, that have already been told. Each new series has expressed this impulse to “light out for the territories” in a different way. TNG went a century into the future of TOS. DS9 went onto a station full of aliens that was both beyond the edge of the Federation and next to a wormhole that led to the Gamma Quadrant. VOY put 70k light-years between it and its predecessors, and introduced a raft of new species and worlds. ENT went deep into the early past of the Federation. Next season’s DIS goes to the Trek universe’s far-future.

“The space we found for Picard is not ‘dark Federation.’ It’s one of people who live and work at or beyond the margins of the Federation who travel beyond its boundaries to find the truth.” unquote Well we can definitely say he’s a writer, that was a lot of words.

He also had more to say on Twitter when asked if  there was a connection between the state of the Federation in Picard and the state of the Federation in the 32nd century that Discovery season three will take place in. Mister Chabon replied quote “‘Federation downfall?’ What Federation downfall? The Federation is still very much alive and well and home to trillions (quadrillions?) of safe, housed, fed, educated citizens with the potential to lead fulfilling lives,” Chabon said. “There was a crisis 15 years ago, in the wake of the costly Dominion War and the Romulan emergency, which had a negative impact on the lives of many people, including most of our principal characters, in one way or another, during which Starfleet (and by extension the Federation) did not acquit itself well – in Picard’s eyes. From Admiral Clancy’s viewpoint, which is likely the mainstream view, Picard’s attitude was unrealistic, quixotic, and even dangerous. She may be right! They may both be right, and both wrong. But that was fifteen years ago, and the Federation is still going strong. Perhaps in the eyes of some it lost its luster, its air of invulnerability, its claim to the moral high ground, a process that began during DS9 times. That is hardly a ‘downfall’, though.” unquote

As to another fans question as to why Picard doesn’t make reference to the Dominion War in the show Chabon answered that he had planned to originally but was convinced not to by colleagues that doing so might confuse newer fans. Bad move Chabon, for one. Fans know about it. New fans will go back and watch DS9 to find out about it or they’ll find out about it from the internet. It’s all right to have continuity that not everyone has seen. People are adaptable. You’re kinda telling us that we’re not smart enough to do the homework. Again, bad move. Trust your audience.

Robert Picardo says that he’s in talks to appear in season two of Picard. He could either appear as the EMH creator Lewis Zimmerman, an EMH, or The Doctor. He’s quoted as saying “I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me,” “They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman. Lewis Zimmerman, the engineer who created the Doctor’s program, certainly would have aged. He’s in the same timeline as Patrick Stewart and all the [Star Trek: The Next Generation] folk. The Doctor, of course, like Data doesn’t age, but there are ways to address that, as we all know. I joked the other day that my daughter does visual effects, that’s exactly what she does is digitally correct actors so I said, ‘If they hire the two of us, she could make me look 25 years younger. Anyway, it will interesting to see when something happens, if something but, but I might have a chance to be onscreen with Jeri again. It would be an honor and a delight, obviously, to have scenes with Patrick Stewart so, you know, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Star Trek Voyager is turning twenty five, so far we’ve seen Jeri Ryan return as seven of nine on Picard and  a group getting a monument erected in Captain Janeway’s hometown of Bloomington Illinois. Now 455 films is producing a documentary about the series. 455 films has previously done the Star Trek documentaries, the Captains, Chaos on the Bridge and For the Love of Spock. Studio president David Zappone hinted about what was coming on twitter saying quote  “Okay. Who likes Star Trek Voyager, and thinks it deserves to have a documentary to commemorate its 25th anniversary?” unquote He also confirmed that they will be filming during Star Trek : The Cruise IV filming testimonials from Voyager fans. The cruise this year has a Voyager theme and guests on the cruise include Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang. No word on when the documentary will be out, but I’m guessing this fall.

So, have you ever been watching the classic episode The Trouble with Tribbles and wondered how long it would have taken to fill up the ship with the cooing balls of fur? No? Well someone has to answer questions like this. So a group of undergrads at the University of Leicester in the UK calculated the growth rate of the tribbles and published a paper on it. It was a relatively simple calculation involving an exponential formula. Spock gave the initial set of variables in teh episode estimates that each tribble (born pregnant) can give birth to ten more tribbles in 12 hours and puts the number of tribbles on board after just three days at 1,777,561. The students, assuming that Spock’s assessment was correct and presuming that no tribbles died. They came to the estimate that it would take 18.4 x10 to the 9th power and also estimated that it would take 18.4×109 tribbles to entirely fill the USS Enterprise. That’s 18 billion, 400 million tribbles. So under those conditions, they came to the conclusion that it would take 4.5 days for tribbles to completely fill the ship. That’s a lot of tribbles. Of course, in the episode the tribbles had been poisoned to death by contaminated quadrotriticale. In that case the authors proposed a further paper saying quote “A further calculation including a ‘death term’ could be done, to find out how long it would take for the population to become extinct, if there was an unlimited supply of toxic grain,” unquote 

Some sad news. Star Trek Discovery actor Kenneth Mitchell, who has played three different Klingons in Discovery’s first two seasons: Kol, Kol-Sha and Tenavik has revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was originally diagnosed back in 2018. A few months ago in October, he was forced to use a wheelchair. In an interview with People magazine he said quote “The moment that they told us it was [ALS], it was like I was in my own movie,” “That’s what it felt like, like I was watching that scene where someone is being told that they have a terminal illness. It was just a complete disbelief, a shock.” “I’ll never forget, one of my Star Trek co stars told me, because they had dealt with some trying times with illnesses and stuff, and I remember them communicating to me, saying, ‘You have a choice. You can look at this in many different ways, but maybe try to look at this like a gift where you get to experience life in a way that most people don’t,” unquote However, he’s not going to try to be down about it, he told People that he and others are  looking into new roles with his diagnosis in mind.

Star Wars

Are you gonna be in Las Vegas anytime soon? If you are, hop on down to Immersion Vegas at Fashion Show mall. To see “Fans Strike Back” a 10 thousand square foot exhibition showcasing superfan Daniel Prada’s collection that includes more than 600 collectivles, figurines,costumes, models and light sabers. The exhibit will also showcase a sixteen foot Jabba the hutt and a recreation of an Imperial I – class Star Destroyer main bridge. No opening date for it yet. But tickets will be priced at twenty nine dollars plus taxes and fees for adults and fifteen plus for kids 11 and younger. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://thefansstrikeback.vegas

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo has a new baby daughter. Joonas and his wife Milla Pohjasvaara welcomed their second child on Friday the twenty eighth.  The man who took over the role of Chewy during the final movie in the sequel trilogy posted an announcement on Instagram with a caption on a photo of his daughter saying quote “We have some exciting news: we were blessed to welcome the newest member of our family!”“Our little princess (or senator, or general, or whatever she wants to be!) was born this week and is doing great. Unquote He went on to thank the hospital staff. And ended it with quote Welcome to the world Princess Bacca! Unquote He would later clarify that she has not been named yet and that Bacca is just a nickname. When her and her brother are older, maybe they should all go trick or treating as the Chewy family…or show up at Star Wars celebration in costume….or film an all new Star Wars holiday special….nah.

One of the complaints about the rise of skywalker was the feel of missing scenes. By the way, as an old timer, as someone who’s been around the block, the one thing I can tell you if you want different takes of scenes or missing scenes, check out the novelization of the comic adaptation. And sure enough, the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker has something that was missing when Ben Solo passed away. His last words. According to the book it goes like this quote  “A voice came to her through the Force, clear and strong. I will always be with you, Ben said, “She smiled. Let the truth of it wash over her. ‘No one’s ever really gone,’ she whispered.” unquote Bly the way, if you’re wondering if Ben’s force ghost “shows” up in the book? Nope. It’s been confirmed that there’s not a ghost of a chance of that. The novelization of Star Wars the rise of Skywalker comes out on March seventeenth The comic adaptation which sounds like it will have some added material as well, will come out this summer in June and the movie comes out on digital on that date and the disc versions hit shelves on March thirty first.

The Mandalorian will be premiering on ProSieben in Germany on MMarch 22nd prior to the launch of Disney Plus on March twenty fourth. The First episode will air as part of a Star Wars night on the broadcaster that ends with the German Free t premiere of The Last Jedi. However there is bad news for Amazon Fire users in germany as according to German tech News Site Heise Onlinen, Disney recently removed the Amazon media player from it’s supported device list. If that changes before launch I’ll let you know.

The Mandalorians Visual Production Supervisor for ILM Visual effects Ian Milham gave some behind the scenes explanations of how some of the scenes were brought to life. On twitter he wrote quote, For space fights, we populated the scene with lasers and explosions in different quadrants and distances, hooked them up to custom buttons on the iPad, and let the director go to town. Like playing X-Wing vs. TIE on a 70 ft screen. Season two of the Mandalorian comes out in October.

By the way there is now an official The Child Waffle Maker, although since it prints The child and The mandalorian logo on it, it looks more like a pancake than a waffle. A relatively flat waffle is always a pancake. If you want one they cost about 40 dollars and can be preordered from Gamestop. Gamestop, it’s still a thing.

Lucasfilm is preparing to launch new adventures in an old point in Star Wars history. Star Wars The High Republic takes place at the Galactic republic and Jedi Order’s high point some 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Since this unexplored section of Galactic history is untapped the creators have free reign to make what they want. New adventures, new characters and new merchandising. In a statement Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain about this new venture said quote  “Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. “This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.”

The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August with Star Wars The high republic ight of the Jedi being a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers. Including Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series), Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series) and Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel,

Geek

Syy has announced that the Magicians will be ending this April. THe show’s fifth season will be it’s last. The show, based on the series of novels by the same name, premiered back on Syfy in January of 2016 and has been one of the most consistent shows Syfy had on it’s schedule.  In a statement the channel said quote “‘The Magicians’ has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons. As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever,”

SYFY is definitely on a streak now, they’ve also canceled the third annual Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Marathon. The past couple of years, the network has aired all the Leprechaun movies back to back, this year it will just show Leprechaun’s Revenge and Leprechaun Returns.  Well I guess you can always stream the rest.

Jason Blum would love to build himself a Frankenstien….movie. Talking with the Evolution of Horror Podcast the producer said quote “I’d love to do Frankenstein. I’ve tasked our filmmakers with trying to figure out just straight Frankenstein,“”Again, I don’t know if someone else is doing it, I don’t know anything about it, but I would love to try and I’m waiting for the great idea. The Invisible Man, I agree, the best ideas feel like, ‘My gosh, it’s so obvious, why didn’t that happen before?’ If we could come up with something as good for Frankenstein, I’d love to try that.” unquote 

Octavia E. Butler’s novel Dawn will be made into a tv series for Amazon. The drama has been given a direct to series order will be written and directed by Victoria Mahoney who was the second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, she will be teaming up with Ava DuVernay, the director of Disney’s big budget A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. The novel was published in 1987 and follows s 

around an African American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race some 250 years after a nuclear war. There is no word on when it will be produced or aired.

The tenth season of American Horror Story will have Macculy Culkin joining the cast for the new story. Ryan Murphy shared the news of the casting with an instagram video of what resembled the opening credits to the tune of Orville Pecks’ Dead of Night. Season ten will premiere in the fall of 2020.

Stranger things Finn Wolfhard is set to star in the thriller movie Rules For Werewolves based on a short film of the same name that also started Finn. The film will be based on writer Kirk Lynn’s debut novel which he also adapted for the screen. Deadline reports that the film quote “investigates the rituals and rhythms of a pack of wild teens as they break in and loot a new home, leaving someone (or something) behind for the cops to find.” unquote/ It’s also being reported that the movie will be done in one single take, mostly.

Well we’re gonna have to wait to find out about the new shows coming out in the Fall 2020 season. Due to fears about the spreading CoVid 19 corona virus, a lot of upfronts have been either cancelled or postponed. Also the new James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back from April to November and Peter Rabbit 2 has been pushed back from April to August. I’m guessing we’ll have to learn about what will get quickly cancelled some other way.

Actor Max Von Sydow has passed away. The man born Carl Adolf von Sydow was born on April 10, 1929 in Lund Sweden He grew up to star in more than 100 films and tv shows, including eleven films by famed director Ingmar Bergman including The Seventh Seal which saw him playing a chess game with death. Modern movie fans might know him as Father Lankester Merrin from The Exorcist and The Exorcist II, Ming The Merciless from Flash Gordon, King Osric in Conan the Barbarian. Doctor Kynes in Dune. The voice of Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters II, Judge Fargo in Judge Dread, Director Lamar Burgess in Minority Report and Lor Saan Tekka in Star Wars The Force Awakens and many many more.

He was married twice and had two sons. Max Von Sydow died on March eighth at the age of 90.

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Epidsode 67

Tonight! Lucifer’s sixth season might be reality, The Sandman becomes an audio drama and Etch A Sketch goes variants. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 67 of Multiverse tonight. I’ve had quite a month. Got my tax refund, bought a second monitor for my studio, grieved over the loss of a favorite dog, now I have Planet Comicon in Kansas City in a week.  I don’t exactly know what I’ll get from Planet Comicon, some photos, definatly an interview with Author Dayton Ward, maybe an interview with an author or comic book person or two. We will see. This Con isn’t just a work thing for me, it’s really the only true vacation I get. Now if you’d like to see me go to more cons, you have to help fund me. Just go to my website Mutiversetonight.com.

DC

It looks like Lucifer might just get that sixth season. TV Line is reporting that Tom Ellis finalized a new deal for season six and a couple of weeks ago co showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have inked season six deals. Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros TV to bring about one more season of the show. The show was rescued by Netflix back in 2018 after three seasons on Fox. Come on Warner Bros, just one more time!

Nathan Fillion is well traveled. He’s been in lots of franchises. Firefly, Buffy, the MCU and animated green lantern,  etc. His upcoming appearance in the Suicide Squad will be new franchise. So why join the DC Universe easy. Two words quote “James Gun.” Nathan told ET Canada quote “James Gunn (is) one of the people in my life that when he calls I just pick up the phone and say ‘yes to whatever you’re about to say, it’s yes, the answer is yes,'” “James Gunn is an amazing storyteller, that guy understands story and he loves to tell story. So when he wants to do something you know it’s gonna be fun, you know it’s gonna be satisfying… So here he is with Suicide Squad 2, he asks me to come down. What can I say about it? It’s so secret, I get stressed when people talk about it. Here’s what I can tell you though, huge scope. I’ve never done anything so big.” unquote. 

The movie is still filming, having wrapped the Panama part of its production and is scheduled for release August sixth 2021.

Also wrapped work on the movie is actor David Dastmalchian. That news came via James Guns instagram saying quote “And that’s a wrap on @dastmalchian who gave me this amazing art by @lukas.ketner as a wrap gift! I happened to be wearing my @countcrowley T-shirt (Dave and Lukas’s great comic series). Thanks David – you’ve been amazing to work with in every way. I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve cooked up. ❤️,” unquote

Police in Moscow towed a homemade Batmobile. The replica on the Batmobile from Batman v Superman. According to a Moscow interior ministry spokesman, the vehicle was too wide for the city streets and had not been certified as roadworthy. The vehicle and it’s 32 year old driver was stopped in Moscow on a Saturday in western Moscow and towed away wrapped in tape and black plastic.  The cost of the vehicle was about 842,100 american.

The Batman has moved along the past couple of weeks. A photo of a batsuit has leaked as well as a pic of the batmobile. Too say I’m just not impressed yet….eh.  Well now a new member has joined the cast, Gill Perez-Abraham is in another unknown role. Gil has appeared on Orange is the New Black and Pose and he will also be seen in The walking Dead’s NEW spinoff The Walking Dead World beyond. Yep. Dear Warner Bros, I need more info than that. And while we’re on it AMC? STOP IT WITH THE WALKING DEAD, we’re tired of it already.  Anyway.

FX’s Y The last Man is still around and it has a new Yorick Brown. Variety has learned that Ben Schnetzer will be taken over the role. Originally Barry Keoghan was slated to star in the show based on the DC Comics series of the asme name. But he left earlier this month. Mr. Schnetzer joins a cast that includes Diane Lane, Imogen Poots and Amber Tamblyn. The show will start production in April.

Statues of Batman and Wonder Woman have been erected in London’s Leicester Square. To commemorate the three hundred fiftieth anniversary of the London landmark, bronze statues commemorating various cinematic icons have been put in the area. Batman’s statue depicts him on a rooftop standing triumphantly as he looks down at the ground below. Wonder Woman showcases the warrior princess charging forward and busting through a wall. Leicester Square have become synonymous with the british film industry for years. Movies have premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema, the Prince Charles Cinema has become famous for screening various cult favorites. Other statues include Paddington Bear, Mr. Bean, Mary Poppins, Laurel and Hardy, Bugs Bunny and Don Lockwood from Singin’ in the Rain. The statues will stay there until June.

Jim Lee says Dan Didio is irreplaceable. During his panel at C2E2, by the way for coverage of that, head on over to Scifi4me dot com. Jason and his wife were there all weekend and have some interesting takes, so go check it out. Anyway, at the panel DC last publisher standing and Chief Creative officer Jim Lee indicated that Didio will not be replaced quote “There’s continually new things going on, and I look at being sole publisher now and the team I’m working with. Much more in trenches now than ever before.” “We’ve been with Warner Bros. for decades,” “The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so its my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.” unquote.

By the way, those who have been concerned about DC’s demise. Lee  said quote “To address some of the stuff that is out there, there’s rumors… speculation,” Lee explained. “I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years.” unquote. Unless he’s a head in a jar, my guess is no.

DC’s The Sandman will be adapted into a multipart audio drama for Amazon’s Audible. The series will be narrated and executive produced by Sandman co creator Neil Gaiman and written and directed by Dirk Maggs. In a statement Neil said quote “Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form,” Gaiman said in a statement. “I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing. This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast.” The audio drama is scheduled to come out this summer with plans for French, German, Italian and Spanish editions soon after.

Marvel

Production on any level is demanding. But it’s really demanding if you’re making an action packed series like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Star Anthony Mackie spoke with The Daily Beast about the demands on Marvel’s newest series and if there was any pressure. He told them quote . “Not at all. I feel like, if we’re going to fail, we should fail 100 percent. Don’t fail halfway,” Mackie said with a laugh. “But it’s been fun, man. There’s so much stuff going on in the Marvel Universe since Disney has gotten involved, and we have a really supportive team. It’s Victoria [Alonso] and Louis [D’Esposito] and Kevin [Feige] and all the other guys over there—we always have people we can talk to if we feel like stuff isn’t going right. So it’s been great. We’ve definitely stumbled a few times, but we’re running full steam ahead to get these shows done.” unquote The Falcon and The Winter Soldier comes to Disney Plus this August.

Speaking of the Disney Plus family of Marvel shows. Moon Knight is still a ways away…and it looks like it might be much later. According to Geeks WorldWide dot com, the filming date for the series has been pushed back to mid november at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The lead has also not been casted yet for the role of Marc Spector, apparently they’re looking for a Zac Efron type.

Checking in with the She Hulk Show. Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he’s in preliminary talks to appear in the show, which makes sense since Jennifer gets her powers because of a blood transfusion with her cousin. Marvel hasn’t cast She Hulk Jennifer Walters yet, but they are looking for an Alison Brie type. I don’t know maybe just hire Alison Brie? 

Whoops. I’m guessing Vin Diesel wasn’t supposed to talk about this, but the actor in an interview to promote the Bloodshot movie, said quote “I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel said during an interview in promotion of his upcoming Bloodshot movie. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also, the director talked to me about Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.” unquote Now, yes, the news isn’t too much of a surprise as Thor did leave Earth with the Guardians, the question becomes how much of the Guardians we will see as the story is supposed to surround Jane Fosters gaining the power of Thor. Thor Love and Thunder comes out on November fifth, 2021.

The latest issue of Production Weekly reports that Spider-man Three will shoot under the title Serenity Now. Which is apparently taken from the sitcom Seinfeld. Which is appropriate because Homecoming shot under the title Summer of George, while far from home shot under the title Fall of George. Co Producer Eric Hauserman Carroll has said that the pick code names that make them giggle. Production is set to get underway in July.

Tom Holland,on the press tour for Pixar’s Onward  has revealed to MT International that Sony had a contingency plan in case Sony and Marvel Studios did take Spiderman from the MCU quote “The future of Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony we had a really, really wonderful idea of how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” “Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident they were going to do justice and make a film that was the caliber that Spider-Man requires.” “But that said, I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel that’s where he belongs now. I’m really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home. It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever: I saved Spider-Man.” unquote Don’t give yourself a big head Tom. You won’t be able to fit in your Spider suit. Stay humble.

Black Panther was a huge success, not only was it a great movie, but it had a great soundtrack and a real chart topper thanks to the song Pray for Me by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend. However, they’re in trouble now as TMZ reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Kendrick and The Weekend for an alleged eight count of illegal sampling in the track with quote intent to conceal the infringement”” unquote. The lawsuit was filed by Yeasayer which claims that the samples were taken from their 2007 song Sunrise. The band claims that Sunrise uses a distinctive choral performance that incorporate the bands own voices in a high falsetto. Yeasayer are asking for all the profits from Pray for me, Damages and an injunction blocking further sales and airplay of the song.

In a big announcement, Marvel Entertainment announced their creative team for a new comic series based on Tsuburaya Productions Ultraman.  Riters Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom will be co writers with Francesco Manna and Ed McGuinness on art. No launch date for the series has been given yet, but more info is due in the near future.

Geek

The Silence of the Lambs sequel series pilot Clarice has found it’s lead. Rebecca Breeds from The Originals and Pretty Little Liars will play the FBI Agent. The series is being shepherded by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. The series will take place in 1993 and will tell the story of Clarice as she goes into the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of washington.

The Boys is coming back and it’s not the tv series, it’s the comic. It’s been eight years since the last issue and now Garth Ennis is teaming back with Russ Braun for The Boys: Dear Becky. CBR dot com asked Garth how getting back into the series has been. He said quote Terrific. I hadn’t quite realized what an appalling mood I was in about the state of the world until I began to write about it in this series, and of course, there’s no better character for me to write when I’m pissed off than Billy Butcher. He’s even better than Frank Castle, whose problem is that he doesn’t know how to enjoy life. Billy does. Unquote . By the way Garth has no involvement with the second season of the Amazon show except reading the scripts. The Boys: Dear Becky #1 from Dynamite Entertainment goes on Sale in April.

The Official Pokemon Youtube channel has released this years top ten Pokemon, according to Pokemon fans. This year’s top Pokemon went to Greninja, a water/dark type Pokemon that first appeared back in 2013 in Pokemon X and Y.

So, did you see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? It looks like redoing the look of Sonic did the trick as it’s generally gotten good reviews. Now you might ask yourself, why was it just Sonic and Dr. robotnik? Why not say a character like Knuckles is a part of the movie? Comic book dot cm had an interview with director Jeff Fowler. He told them quote “For this first film, we really were just looking at the 1991 game and just see where it all started and just keep it simple,” “Just really try to nail Sonic and Robotnik and just set up their rivalry because you don’t … I mean, I love … There’s a lot of great characters in Sonic universe, but it’s the most important thing is just to get Sonic set up and just tell a little bit of an origin story with him, and just do it in a way that really makes everyone fall in love with him as a character and just be rooting for more. And then, if all that goes well, then we can kind of open it up and bring in some of these other characters that fans know and love. And yeah, I mean, no one’s more excited than me to have that opportunity.” unquote Which you gotta admit, it’s the right approach. Knuckles or Tails can always show up in the sequel.

Monopoly has done well with it’s umpteen different versions of Monopoly, so I guess it’s etch a skech’s time At New York Toy Fair 2020, Spin Master announced a series of limited edition etch sketches to celebrate the drawing toys sixtieth anniversary. There’s the diamond edition with black diamond contoured frame and clear diamond knobs, a Stan Lee edition with a colorful comic border and stan lee face knobs, the monopoly edition with a game board frame and go and go to jail square knobs, a nasa edition with a space themed border and planet knobs and a rubiks cube edition with a mosaic border and rubik’s cube shaped knobs.  They will cost between 21 and 29 dollars and will ship in June.

Boom Studios has announced that Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, a twelve issue miniseries based on the netflix series will have a new creative team series. With issue number nine comes writer Matthew Erman and artist Mi-Gyeong Jo. The comic is designed to introduce the untold histories of key characters from the show. The new arc will give the origin story of All Maudra Mayrin, the Gelfling leader. In the story,  Mayrin takes her place as the leader of all Gelfling clans, but she feels unprepared for the great responsibility before her. When whispers of a Gelfling rebellion reach her, she must decide who she can trust—and if she herself is truly worthy of this responsibility. The print comic will be on store shelves on May 27th.

Paramount is making a movie based on the cartoon series MASK. F. Gary Grey will direct and they have tapped Chris Bremner, who co wrote the latest Bad Boys movie to write it. MASK was a toy and cartoon from 1985. MASK stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, an elite strike force that fought crime and terrorism. Their opponents were VENOM which stand for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem.  No possible release date has been given. 

Dark Horse comics has announced a Prequel mini series for The Umbrella Academy. The six issue series titles You Look Like Death will focus on Seance aka Klaus and will be written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon with art by INJ Culbard. Garbriel Ba will draw covers. The official blurb reads quote “Roughly ten years before the events of Apocalypse Suite, 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy. With his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated––Hollywood. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him.” unquote In a statement Gerard Way said quote”For a long time, I had wanted to tell the story of Klaus Hargreeves’ life after the Umbrella Academy disbanded and before the events of Apocalypse Suite,” Way said in a statement. “I imagined a pretty wild decade for Klaus– full of ups and downs, seedy places, supernatural excursions, and internal battles within himself. I am thrilled to finally be able to tell this story with my co-writer Shaun Simon, who sees the world of the UA as clearly as I do. Also thrilled to work with such an amazing art and lettering team in I.N.J. Culbard and Nate Piekos.” unquote

The first issue of You look like Death comes out on June seventeenth 2020 and season two of the Netflix series comes out later this year.

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Show Notes: Episode 64: Harrison Ford Knows No Force Ghost & Episode 65: Didion’t Worry, Smith’s Happy

Keywords: Star Trek , Star Wars, Picard, Liam Neeson, The Orville,Harrison Ford, The Mandalorian, Sasha Banks, Boba Fett, Kansas City Chiefs, Pete Buttigieg,  Evan Evagora, Michael Chabon,Jeri Ryan, Rick Moranis, The 100, Stargate, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Chris Evans, 

Tonight! Liam Neeson is done with Star Wars and Batman, we learn more about Picard’s hired assassin and Chris Evans wants to cause someone pain! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 64 of Multiverse tonight.

So we’re at the halfway point on Star Trek Picard, what have you thought of it so far? I’ve enjoyed it so far but, last week’s episode was kinda dark. You had the deaths of a recurring Voyager character and a Next Gen guest star. I wonder when we run across Riker and Deanna Riker? I was kind of expecting that they’d show up during Jonathan Frakes run of directing episodes, but so far nothing. I’m also curious as to what will be the follow up show after this season is done. I’m hoping for Lower Decks. I think that would be a good palate cleanser, something lite and funny.

A little Orville news to report. Producer Tom Costantino showed an all new much larger orchestra recording a new arrangement of the theme song. I can’t wait to hear it.

Star Wars

Han Solo died in The Force Awakens only to reappear as a force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker, so I guess the question is why? Harrison Ford, talking with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As to Han’s death he said quote “I figured that his utility had been exhausted, bled out, and was … well, I was willing to die for the cause. Bring some gravitas,” unquote. As far as Han’s appearance in the rise of Skywalker quote “No good deed goes unpunished.””J.J. said, ‘This is a good idea. I, J.J., have decided that this is a good idea and I would like you to do it,” unquote When Kimmel pushed if he trusted JJ Abrams Ford quipped quote “Don’t you?” unquote

By the way, don’t ask Harrison about details. When a reporter for USA Today asked if his return in The Rise of Skywalker was because he was a force ghost or just a figment of Ben Solo’s imagination the actor replied quote “A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is,” 

“Don’t tell anyone,” “I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no (expletive) idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” unquote. Keep in mind he only works in outer space…

The Mandalorian will have someone new to play with in season 2, According to the Mat Men Wrestling Podcast, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will be appearing in the show.  Could she be in charge of something? After all her wrestling nickname is The Boss.

Disney Plus will soon be coming to the rest of the world, but even though The Mandalorian season one is all out in the US, doesn’t mean that everyone else won’t have to wait as well. 

Disney Plus’ UK twitter account has released the news that , like the US release, each episode will be doled out one at a time. Disney Plus and The Mandalorian will debut in the UK on March twenty fourth.

Liam Neeson is out of the Star Wars and Batman phase of his career. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight the actor who has been QuiGon Jinn and Ra’s Al Ghul says he has no interest in returning to either. Quote “I’ll be honest with you, no. It’s not. I’m really not a huge fan of the genre. I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff — which I admire — but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape,” “I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it — and do it fantastically. It’s just not my genre, it really isn’t. The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new. I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.” unquote Kinda sounds like he just doesn’t wanna go back to the gym again.

The Fett Man is back. Boba Fett is back in Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one.  The new comic from Marvel Comics from writer Ethan sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli. Here’s the blurb quote NEVER BETRAY A BOUNTY HUNTER – ESPECIALLY IF IT’S BOBA FETT! Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has a score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!

ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY’S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you’ve been waiting for this March! Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one is due out March fourth.

So you love the Mandalorian and the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, what do you do? Get a tattoo celebrating both of course. A fan decided to get inked following the win. The tattoo features Coach Andy Reid in the Mandalorian armor and MVP Patrick Mahomes as the Child. https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1229842434172964864/photo/1

Me personally I’d never get a tatoo but to each thier own.

Star Trek

Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is a confirmed trekkie. Speaking with Fox News the candidate spoke of his love of Star Trek Picard. “I finally figured out how to do the app so that I can watch Star Trek: Picard,” Buttigieg revealed on Fox News. “I’m a huge Star Trek fan so I’m really excited to see where it goes. I grew up on The Next Generation. I was all about that.” https://twitter.com/i/status/1230120511348322307

And I’m all about free and fair elections. So get out there and vote!

The newest recruit on Star Trek Picard’s mission is the Romulan sword fighter Elnor played by Evan Evagora. The Australian actor, who is also in the new Fantasy Island movie, spoke with comic book dot com about finding Elnor’s character and his relationship with Jean-Luc Picard. On how much he had to train to be good with those swords he said quote I have no background in sword fight training whatsoever. I do have a very heavy boxing background, which can be used during fight scenes and stuff. It was pretty much the day I landed in LA, I got a phone call asking me if I could come down to the studio. So I came down to the studio. I met the stunt team. I met my amazing stunt double. Anytime you see Elnor running along walls, or running up and then flipping off stuff, that’s him. He can just do it way better than I can, and he makes me look amazing.

In terms of the sword fighting, I went to the studio and I was given my prop sword, and we began going through sword fighting sequences and scenes from the show to start practicing. So the majority of the stuff that you see, I’m doing, in terms of fighting and swordplay. Unquote  On if he considers Elnor to be an outsider type character like Spock or Data, he told them quote Yeah, I’d say he does. Every version of Star Trek has that character who’s trying to understand the world and is looking at everything with a fresh face. And I think Elnor continues that. Unquote 

As to what will be coming up for Elnor in the rest of the season, Evan was evasive, but he did tell them quote I don’t really want to give much away, but I will say there’s some nice moments between Seven of Nine and Elnor. I don’t really want to give too much away, because it would just spoil the story, and there’s some really great moments. But that really sticks out in my memory. I have some really good scenes with Michelle Hurd, as well as Patrick. Really it’s been a great ensemble cast, and I think we all work well off of each other. And I think you’ll see how all of our stories interconnect and intertwine, and how we each deal with the similar trauma we’ve experienced, but how it’s affected each one differently. Unquote 

Picard showrunner Michael Chabon is busy answering fans’ questions. One response he had was to why all the swearing? His answer quote “Listen. No human society will be perfect, because no human will ever be perfect,” Chabon says. “The most we can do — and as Star Trek ever reminds us, must do — is aspire to perfection, and work to make it so. Norkon forden perfectunun, as a wise Yang once said. Until that impossible day, s–t is going to continue to happen. And when it does, humans are going to want to swear.

“The absence of swear words in Star Trek was never a matter of Federation principle, it was a matter of FCC rules. Writers of previous eras had no choice. They were censored. Searing is one of humanity’s most ancient, sensible, and reliable consolations. Personally I would consider any society that discouraged, banned or abandoned the use of curse words to be a f—ing dystopia.” unquote  In other words, the swear words were always there, they just couldn’t get passed the censors. I think it’s okay, but they should make a censored version for family viewing.

And what’s up what Commodore Oh and the sunglasses, when a true Vulcan have second eyelids that would handle the bright sun?  His response was that he’s well aware that a Vulcan wouldn’t need sunglasses and suggested that its a hint. What does this accoutrement tell us about Commodore Oh. HINT HINT. Let’s just put it this way, if something seems off, maybe you should log that away for later in the story.

Is Rebecca Romijn’s Number One coming back for an encore? The actress in a recent interview where she was launching her own line of jewelry spoke to fashion site The Daily Front Row. Told them quote “I’ve also been working on Star Trek here and there, but I can’t really talk about that,” unquote She can’t talk about it? Isn’t all her Star Trek stuff out? Or is there something that hasn’t been released. Are we making too much about her choice of words?  Probably. If anything does develop, I’ll let you know.

Jeri Ryan’s seven of nine finally appeared in the fourth episode of Picard. However it wasn’t easy for Jeri to find Seven’s voice again.The Hollywood reporter spoke with the actress before the season began. When asked about what the biggest change she had experienced with the new show she said quote “The scale of the show. The scale of these sets, the costumes, it’s crazy. It’s like you’re doing a feature film every week.unquote She was also surprised by the technical set design quote  

“In one of my scenes, where I had to go in and work a console, we go in for the first rehearsal and I had to touch buttons and the screen actually does something! And I totally flipped out, like: ‘Oh my god, actually having buttons that work!” unquote

She also talked about her first day working with Sir Patrick Stewart on the set quote “My first scene, the big scene, was the one you see in the trailer, when we’re in his office/ready room. That was my first day on set. It was daunting — not just because it was Patrick — but because I was still petrified — or ‘Patrick-fied’ — of if I could find the character again. I was still trying to figure out who she was.” unquote. However she did have backup in finding her character thanks to Jonathan Frakes quote “I was so fortunate because Jonathan Frakes was directing my first episode. So with that, I knew I was in good hands. [Frakes], more than anyone else, would get the importance of revisiting and being true to these characters. Because the challenge for me is: Where has she been for nearly 20 years? Finding her voice was the hardest thing for me; when I read the first script — I just couldn’t hear her voice anywhere.” 

Ryan went on to recall that it took her the first couple of takes before she felt like she “found Seven,” but once she did, “Frakes just sort of walked in and said ‘there she is.’” unquote

Her return was excellent and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. This is good.

Geek

Well here’s a pleasant surprise. Rick Moranis is returning to acting after a 23 year hiatus to raise his children after the death of his wife. He will be back in a new sequel to Honey I shrunk the kids titled Shrunk. The new movie will star Josh Gad as Rick Moranis son Wayne Szalinkski and be directed by Joe Johnston who also directed the original movie back in 1989. Rick has not appeared in a live action film since 1994’s Little Giants.

The prequel series to The CW’s The 100 has started casting. According to Deadline, Iola Evans from Amazon’s Carnival Row, Adain Bradley from the CW’s Riverdale and Leo Howard of Why Women Kill have been cast in a backdoor pilot for the yet to be titled prequel. The backdoor pilot episode will air sometime during the seventh and final season of the show.

The Stargate franchise has been quiet since 2011. MGM tried to gauge interest in a new series a couple of years ago with a prequel webseries, but it apparently didn’t do enough to convince the studio to go ahead with anything new.. Comic Book dot com checked in with creator Roland Emmerich to see where things are with anything new. Emmerich said quote”Yeah, I kind of talked a little bit with MGM about Stargate,” Emmerich said in an interview. “But I think this is going nowhere because there was another TV show, and they kind of realized that if it’s like some sort of a mixed bag.” unquote   It seems to me that if Stargate fans want to see a new series, they’d better show up or it’ll be a long time before anything new is seen.

The fifth Indiana Jones movie will start filming in just a few months according to Harrison Ford. The actor, in an interview with Ellen said that it would start sometime this summer or late summer. Seemingly implying that it would be around July or August. The movie was originally scheduled to be out this May but has been pushed back all the way to July tenth of next year. Let’s just hope it’s better than the Crystal Skull.

Goonies never say die. Well it looks like Fox Television has begun development on a sorn of Goonies reboot. The show is about a troubled teacher who attempts to make a shot for shot remake of the cult film with three students. Here’s the description quote “After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of their favorite movies — The Goonies. Over the course of the season of the potential series, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.” unquote Don’t hold your breath though, This project is untitled and just in the project stage.

HBO’s  sci fi comedy Avenue 5 has been renewed for season two. The show starring Josh Gad and Hugh Laurie trapped on a space liner with horrible people seems to have gotten over with a lot of people. I’ve been enjoying it.

The Hollywood reporter has broken the news that Chris evans is currently in negotiatons to play dentist Orin Scrivello in Greg Berlanti’s reboot of Little Shop of Horors. Warner Bros is making the movie and other possible actors up for roles include Scarlett Johansson and taron Egerton. No possible release date is known.

This story is both sad and a little strange,  Veteran stuntwoman Cheryl Sanders who has performed in Back to the Future Part II, VI Warshawski, The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon series was killed in a shootout outside a million dollar home in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Fox 6 News in Ohio reports that Cheryl Sande and her husband were shot and killed after they allegedly threatened her ex husband Robert Duncan and his wife in their driveway.Officers responded to the shooting on February thirteenth in Miami Township Ohio and found the couple dead outside her ex’s house. Sanders and her husband don’t live in Ohio, they live in North Carolina according to the county attorney.

Sanders ex told the police that Cheryl pulled up in a car, got out and went towards Duncan’s wife Molly. According to Sheriff Gene Fisher, Cheryl Sanders was quote “threatening to kill the guy’s wife and (Robert Duncan) fired upon that person,” Both Robert and Cheryl Sanders died from multiple gunshots. Apparently this was not the first time Cherl Sanders had attempted this. Apparently this had been a long planned murder attempt as there was a survailance camera  put on the the house that broadcast to a cellphone found in the couples car and Robert Sanders had multiple form of id on him.

The investigation is still continuing. 

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Tonight! Birds of Prey disappoints, Bob Iger thinks he’s owed a beer and Kevin Smith masters an all star cast of the Universe, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to episode 65 of Multiverse Tonight! Well. What do you know. I know one thing. Rumors are just that rumors. I’ve been seeing rumors online that Dan Didio’s exit from DC Comics is some sort of precurreser to AT&T selling off DC Comics or stopping production of comics, ecetera. You need to look at this with a critical eye. One. no reliable sources. The site that has this story doesn’t name where this info is coming from. 2. No cooberation. No other site is reporting this news. If something like that was happening other news sites and more repetable sites would have the story. In other words, don’t believe it until it happens or it gets better coverage.

DC

Patty Jenkins thinks of Steve Trevor like an Indiana Jones type of character in Wonder Woman 1984.quote  “He’s not beta at all. He’s a super alpha who can absolutely wear his discomfort on his sleeve,”. “So, from day one, I was always saying that it should almost be like Wonder Woman meets Indiana Jones, where Indiana would never be emasculated. Chris just very naturally has that quality. You can tell by meeting him that he’s warm and he’s chill and he truly appreciates women.”  unquote 

So what does Pine think of his character’s journey in the movie Speaking with Entertainment Weekly he said quote “In the first movie, I played the world-weary soldier who has seen all the depravity that humankind is capable of displaying,” “And in this one I get to be much more wide-eyed and joyful. My role is really just as a friend, lover, boyfriend-cum-bodyguard who’s trying his best to help Diana on her mission. I’m like the Watson to her Holmes.” unquote

Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Kristen Wiig about her transformation into the role of Cheetah quote “I did not really know so much about Cheetah,” “Before I even talked to Patty [Jenkins], there was an idea that maybe it might be about being a villain for the movie, so I went online and looked at all the villains of Wonder Woman to try to figure out which one, because I was so excited. And I was really, really happy to find out it was her.” “I’ve never really played someone who walks into the room and owns it — especially when she starts out so insecure and self-deprecating,” Wiig said. “We didn’t want to see Barbara in Cheetah, and I didn’t want to see Kristen in Cheetah, either.” unquote Wonder Woman 1984 opens on June fifth.

Birds of Prey had a disappointing first weekend, so what did Warner Bros do? Retitled the film, Worked for Edge of Tomorrow didn’t it.? Birds of Prey And the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is now Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. not a bad idea. Speaking to the Verge, a representative for the studio said that the title change was to help search expansion for ticket sites. Which sounds a lot like people weren’t searching for Birds of Prey, they were searching for Harley Quinn. I wonder if you call a movie Birds of Prey, maybe push the Birds of Prey and not Harley Quinn? I mean if Harley is the entire plot of the movie, call it Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.

The good news is the film has made back it’s money. Let’s see how it did in the box office report

BOX OFFICE REPORT

DC Universe’s Doom Patrol will be getting a little larger next season. Actress Abigail Shapiro is joining up as The Chief Niles Caulder’s daughter Dorthy and NCIS New Orleans’ Karen Obilom is coming as Roni Evers, a military vet with a mysterious past who meets Cyborg Vic Stone in a PTSD support group.

Longtime Co-Publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio is out at DC Comics.  Dan is best known for Infinite Crisis, The new 52, DC Rebirth and Doomsday Clock. Dan has been co-publisher for the past10 years. This seems to leave Co-Publisher Jim Lee in the driverseat as sole publisher and Chief Creative Officer. DiDio’s exit comes just prior to an announced new relaunch that would further dismantle  parts of the 2011 reboot. It is unclear at this time if that relaunch will be delayed or canceled.

The Supergirl comic will end with issue number forty two in May. The issue will be written by Jody Houser with art by Rachel Stott and will pit Supergirl against the US Military. There are currently no plans for a new series.

Some early images of Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit have come out, but meanwhile those faithful who still want the Snyder cut have launched a renewed campaign for the Holy Grail of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. The social media profiles for WarnerMedia owned companies are getting comment bombed. For example, the HBO Max instagram page has hundreds if not thousands of demands that HBO Max stream the cut of the movie.  By the way, there is still no verification if such a cut ACTUALLY exists. So they might just be yelling into the void. 

Lucifer’s fifth season has been scheduled as it’s last but could it get a sixth? According to TVLine dot com, Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros Television to make a new final season. Season five is currently in its final weeks of production on it’s final sixteen episodes. Neither Netflix nor Warner Bros has acknowledged or denied the report.

DC has been in the Anniversary business for the past few years Putting out specials for Action Comics and Detective Comics now it’s Green Lanterns turn. DC will be celebrating the Green Heros 80th this year. The first green lantern first hit print in 1940’s American Comics  number sixteen written by Bill Finger and drawn by Martin Nodell. To celebrate this, DC is putting out the Green Lantern eightieth Anniversary 100 page super spectacular featuring Lanterns like Alan Scott, Hal Jordan,Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and many more. There will be a main cover by Liam Sharp and eight variant covers for the eight decades from various artists. And the stories will come from Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more. The comic will hit store shelves on May twentieth and will retail for 9.99.

Marvel

Avengers Endgame not winning an Oscar was kind of a disappointment. Well it’s not winning that makes history or infamy take your pick. Avengers Endgames shut out at the Oscars marks the first time that a film has become the highest grossing movie of all time but didn’t win an oscar. Endgame made nearly 2.8 billion dollars worldwide .

The United Kingdom has some new heroes. Marvel is introducing a brand new team called The Union in the Empyre crossover event with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. The tagline for the event is quote Thanos is dead-so who is the biggest power in the Universe? Unquote  The Union is written by Paul Grist and has art by Andrea Di Vito and cis out now.

Michael Pena is unsure about  the fate of his Marvel Antman sidekick character Luis. The Hollywood reporter talked with Pena on the press junket for his new movie Fantasy Island and they asked if he ever found out, he said quote “I have no idea. Ant-Man 3 is not going to be shot for another year or so. After my involvement in the first two Ant-Man movies, we really won’t even know what’s going to happen until one to two months before we film,” explained Peña. “I have no idea what’s happening to be honest. Right now, Marvel is in a really cool position where they can break hearts by who they bring back and who they don’t. But, I’m still interested even though I have no idea what’s gonna happen, and I can’t wait to find out.” unquote However he is hopeful that he will be returning to the MCU Speaking with coming soon dot com he said quote  “For the last one, I didn’t really know what capacity I was going to come back in or if I was going to come back,” Peña previously said to ComingSoon. “I think they’re a year away from filming, I think it would be great if I could do a third one. But you never know, especially with all the stuff that happened in Endgame. Right now, Marvel’s in a situation where they can crush some expectations, they’re gonna have to crush some expectations of other characters, not just mine, so hopefully I make the cut.” unquote

Well I think it would be tragic to do a third ant man film and not have the series hype man. He’s one of a kind.

So last summer, the big story was the Spider-man fight followed by the ambassadorial effort of  Spider-man tom Holland that resulted in a peace treaty between Sony and Disney. Now Disney CEO Bob Iger thinks Tom Holland owes him a little something cool and refreshing. Mister Iger wrote on Twitter quote “Last night’s premiere of @Pixar latest film, #Onward, gave me a chance to see @MarvelStudios friends–#ChrisPratt and #TomHolland! Tom owes me a “pint” for saving @SpiderMan!”

Unquote Actually that’s not a bad idea. Maybe they should invite Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra and make it a beer summit, maybe iron some more of these Marvel rights out. Make it a huge shared universe? Whata say?

So have you ever watched the Marvel movies and that quick succession of comic book pages and wondered about the kissing couple that can be seen around the 6 second mark in the sequence? Well a fan on Quora has figured out who they are. Deverick Jenkins has figured out that they are Angelica Jones aka Firestar and Vance Astrovik aka Justice. You know what’s interesting about those two, They are mutants. Technically making them the first Mutants in a Marvel Studios film. Kinda neat. Now if Marvel Studios would just get down to using those mutants…

According to a new report from Illuminerdi, Sony is interested in Michelle MacLaren to direct the Spider-man movie. MacLaren is best known for working on shows like Game of Thrones, Better call Saul and Breaking Bad and if chosen this would be her first feature film. The same report also says that they are looking into Alicia Vikander for the lead role of Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. When more is announced, I’ll let you know.

Well Avengers Endgame might have not gotten an Oscars, but they’re bound to get a blimp from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Endgame walked out with eleven nominations. Also up for awards are A Series of unfortunate Events, Power ranger Beast Morphers, Stranger Things, The Flash, The Simpsons, Captain Marvel, Spider-man Far From HOme, Star Wars the Rise of SkywalkerFrozen 2, the Lego Movie 2, The Lion King, Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4 and many many more. The awards will be slimed out on March 22nd on Nickelodeon.

Geek

 Kevin Smith’s Netflix Master of the Universe series Revelation has announced it’s cast and man is it star heavy. The cast includes:

·Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) as Skeletor 

·Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300) as Evil-Lyn 

·Chris Wood (Supergirl, The Vampire Diaries) as Prince Adam / He-Man 

·Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions) as Teela 

·Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as Man-At-Arms 

·Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer 

·Diedrich Bader (Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite) as King Randor / Trap Jaw

·Griffin Newman (The Tick, Vinyl) as Orko 

·Tiffany Smith  (Behind Enemy Lines, Supernatural) as Andra

·Henry Rollins (Johnny Mnemonic, Lost Highway) as Tri-Klops 

·Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) (Westworld, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Moss Man 

·Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman, Justice League) as Sorceress 

·Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) as Queen Marlena

·Justin Long (Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard) as Roboto 

·Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as Stinkor 

·Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Justice League) as He-Ro

·Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Scare Glow

·Cree Summer (DC Super Hero Girls, Vampirina) as Priestess

·Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman, ThunderCats) as Beast Man

·Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Crisis on Infinite Earths) as Mer-Man

·Harley Quinn Smith (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) as Ileena

Kevin told Newsarama that the only note he got from Netflix was to treat it seriously, quote like Shakespeare. So he tasked his writer’s room quote “We went in with this mantra of, like, nobody is winking and nobody’s acting like this is weirdness,” Smith said. “ManAtArms, Stinkor, or no, it’s all played incredibly Game of Thrones-straight.” “If you like the style of Castlevania, just put HeMan through that filter, and it has that feel and look to it,” “It’s anime style.”

No released date for Masters of the Universe Revelation won’t air until 2021.

If the report from DisInsider is true, Disney is working on another live action version of another animated movie. This time it will be Rupunzel, which was animated in the Tangled movie a decade ago. Michael De Luca and Kristen Burr are reportedly executive producing it with Zoe Kent, Jessica Virtue and Lucy Kitada. No director has been announced.

 According to Variety, Disney is working on a sequel to it’s live action Aladdin movie. The sequel is expected to be a theatrical release like the first one and will be a completely new idea and not based on the direct to video animated sequels The return of Jafar and Aladdin and the king of thieves. Right now it’s unclear if Guy Ritchie will return to direct but the films starts are all expected to return, but nothing is in place yet.  Comic book dot com can confirm that John Gatis and Andre Berloff will be writing the script.

Todd McFarlane has announced a Kickstarter campaign at the 2020 Toy Fair. This Kickstarter will recreate the original line of Spawn toys that were made with the Todd toys logo, all released with classic packaging but with the modern sensibilities and techniques that mcFarlane toys have become known for. Todd McFarlane said quote I’m going to start with him (points to original Spawn) and hopefully we’ll end up getting to all six of these, but we’re going to take that original Spawn and we’re going to do it and put it into a retro packaging, but we’re going to use a modern-day sculpt of it.” The Kickstarter isn’t live yet, but will be under the Masterworks category on Kickstarter. I like a good Kickstarter, I give to the Rifftrax kickstarter every year.

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Show Notes Episode 56:Goodbye 2019 & Episode 57: Hello 2020

Tonight! It’s the end of the decade, but not the end of the news on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 56, 

Welcome to the last episode of the year. I would add the “of the decade” line, but I haven’t been broadcasting all decade. You know, I could have just not done a new episode this week, I know lots of podcasts that take a vacation between Christmas and New Years, but that’s just not me.

I would like to thank you for listening to my words today. 2020 looks like it’s gonna be a busy year, lots of new movies, new show ideas in the offing and so forth. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a second podcast? Of course, you can always help me out by showing me some appreciation by donating money or tweeting at me etcetera. Let’s have a good 2020 and be sure to think about your decisions, weather in the voting booth or elsewhere. Let’s get it on….

Star Wars

I’m gonna admit right now, I’m not gonna have a lot of Star Wars news in this episode, you know why? Most of the news that comes out at this time is about things in and around the rise of skywalker. Which I haven’t seen , so I’m kinda avoiding spoilers right now. I will be seeing it, just not till after the first of the year.  But there are a few news items….

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To start off, Since it’s new years, you’ll want to drink to the new year, how bout a new cocktail from The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal. The actor shared a picture of a green cocktail with two lime wedges for ears and what looks like prunes for eyes on Instagram with the captain quote To getting through the holidays with a little bit of force. Good luck, everyone.” unquote What his cocktail was made from is anyone’s guess. There are probably dozens of permutations of a Baby Yoda cocktail on the internet. One version served at the Golden Tiki  bar in Las Vegas according to the las vegas review journal has Rhum agricole, demerara syrup and fresh lime juice, finished with a spritz of absinthe andLuxardo cherry eyes and lime wedge ears. His sense of style is provided by his bar napkin Jedi robe, tied with a piece of twine, and a bar-straw lightsaber . So if you wanna try one, I guess you should fly to vegas, or figure it out yourself. Drink at your own risk, it could be evil….

And speaking of The Child, I bet you think the lack of merchandise is particularly evil, Well blame Donald Glover for the lack of merchandise for Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau says that  a conversation with Donald about Beyonce during the Lion King remake convinced the director to be more reserved. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter”We were talking about music and pop culture and he was saying that what people really like now is to be surprised, because it doesn’t happen that much,” “When Beyoncé did an album, she would just put it online and everybody would react to it. Just putting it out there spurred a conversation that would become more viral and bring more genuine attention than any marketing.” quote Disney is now going full speed ahead with merchandise for the character named The Child including dolls, Funko pops and shirts. However the slowness to get on the sales wagon might have cost Disney around three million or about how much they made in a couple of hours of showings of The Rise of Skywalker.

By the way, preorders for the Blu ray of The Rise of Skywalker are available now. Including a 4k ultra hd blu ray set of the entire nine film saga on 27 disks that retails for two hundred forty nine dollars. No release date has been officially announced but it’s guesstimated to come around the end of March.

If you noticed that Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico was barely in the Rise of Skywalker, don’t believe the haters that it was because her character was disliked. Instead it was just a matter of her original role in the film. Chris Terrio, the writer of The Rise of Skywalker explained to Awards Daily quoteWell, first of all, J.J. and I adore Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to. We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals whom we love, so Leia and Rose were working together. As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes unfortunately fell out of the film. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.” unquote

Never fear fans, The Mandalorian WILL be back, creator and Showrunner Jon Favreau has confirmed on twitter that the Disney Plus series will launch in the Fall of 2020. Rumors are that several established Skywalker saga characters will make appearances on the show.

Star Trek

The only reason for me to get CBS All Access is almost here, Star Trek Picard is just days away and there’s plenty of supplementary material to go over, the comic series is out now and in February comes the book, Star Trek Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack. Much like the comic book, this is another prequel to the series and will introduce some of the characters that we will see in the show. No word on the exact plot of the book, but it will be out just 3 days before my birthday on February 11th.

Meanwhile, that other Star Trek  Discovery might just be closer to its third season premiere than we thought. Sonequa Martin Green, speaking with Radio Times dot com said of the third season quote“It’s definitely coming up 2020,” “And I would venture to say closer to early 2020 than anything, but yeah, it’s going to be incredible. I can tell you that. I think it’s a stunning season.

“That’s why it’s so stirring to me… in like this moment right now, to talk about the beginning, that’s what is so interesting to me – to be where we are now, but to know where we came from. And I really think we did what all shows should do, and got better with age and get better with time It’s really quite gripping to see where we’ve come and how we continue to build and grow, to higher heights and deeper depths.” unquote. Season three sees the Discovery now in the far future. Where they will be no tribble at all with established continuity. 

Pocket Books is looking back at the untold era between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Kahn with Star Trek The Higher Frontier by Christopher L Bennett. The novel also connects to the original series episode Is There In Truth No Beauty? And features Dr. Miranda Jones and the Medusan ambassador. Here’s the blurb quote “Investigating the massacre of a telepathic minority, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise confront a terrifying new threat: faceless, armored hunters whose extradimensional technology makes them seemingly unstoppable. Kirk must team with the powerful telepath Miranda Jones and the enigmatic Medusans to take on these merciless killers in an epic battle that will reveal the true faces of both enemy and ally!” unquote The novel will be out on March tenth. 

IDW has released the Star Trek comic book listing for those coming out in March, fist up they introduce us to the mirror Universe Kahn …wait wouldn’t that just be Nhak? NHHHHHHHAAAAKKK! In Star Trek Hell’s Mirror. Not only do we return to the mirror universe we are shepherded by JM DeMatteis who is returning to the Star Trek universe for the first time in 40 years. His last contribution was the final issue of Marvel’s Star Trek series in 1982. Here’s the blurb: Legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis returns to Star Trek for the first time in nearly 40 years! And it’ll be well worth the wait, as he tackles two of the franchise’s most popular concepts: Khan Noonien Singh and the Mirror Universe! Unquote the book has art by Matthew Dow Smith and retails for 4.99

Also out is Star Trek Year Five issue 12 written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Stephen Thompson. Here’s the blurb quot eAt last—the moment you’ve been waiting for since the first page of issue #1! With a villain revealed, a stranded crew, and a ship on a collision course with total destruction, Captain James T. Kirk will have to face the biggest challenge of his life on his own!Written by showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Gotham City Garage) this is a perfect jumping-on point before the second year of the series begins. It retails for 3.99. You can preorder those and other comics from mycomicshop and things from another world. Links to those are in our affiliate marketplace on our home page.

Not often I speak of he who should not be named. But American President Donald Trump has created the United States Space Force, when he signed a new defense budget into law. The newest branch of the military will be kind of a hand me down right now with a small staff of 200 military and civilians mostly US air force as it will be under the aegis of the Air Force Dept. and a budget of 40 million. Tech Entrepreneur Elon Musk seemed to praise this development by; quoting two words,quote Starfleet Begins unquote

Hate to tell you this Elon, I don’t think exploring space is what these guys wanna do. 

May twenty third will be a special day in the city of Bloomington Indiana. A few episodes back I told you about the fundraising campaign to get a monument erected in Bloomington celebrating the fact that the city will be the birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway. The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective met its goal of 12,500 and will receive matching funds from the Indiana Housing and Community Development. So on May twenty third, just 3 days after the fictional characters birthday, a bust bearing the likeness of Kate mulgrew’s character will be unveiled in downtown Bloomington. The bust will be on a limestone base shaped like the Starfleet delta and include an informational tablet about the captain of the Voyager.

Geek

ViacomCBS now owns a forty nine percent stake in Miramax. They bought it fromMiramax owner  Qatar based BeIN media Group for a total of three hundred seventy five million dollars. ViacomCBS will pay one hundred fifty million upfront and the rest will be in forty five million a year for five year in funds to produce new film and tv projects. Paramount will get an exclusive long term deal for Miramax’s back catalog. President and CEO of Viacom CBS Bob Bakish in a statement said quote“Miramax is a renowned global studio, responsible for some of the most iconic films of the last three decades, including ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and more,” “This partnership with beIN will be a unique opportunity to gain access to a valuable library, deepening our already substantial pool of IP at a time when demand for premium content is only accelerating. We look forward to working closely with the Miramax management team as we explore new ways to deliver its titles across a variety of platforms and create new, compelling projects.” unquote Now if they wanna make me happy, release Kevin Smith’s movies all in High Def.

It’s the end of the year and that means lists. Forbes has released a list of the highest paid Youtubers and it’s not me. Did you know we have a Youtube channel? Anyway. The number one on the list was Ryan Kaji, the q year old kid behind Ryan’s World. He has 22.9 million subscribers and made 26 million dollars. I wonder who the new Youtube FTC rules will affect his channel since I’m guessing most of his views are from kids. Also on the list is Dude Perfect, Anastasia (Rad-zin-skaya) Radzinskaya and PewDiePie among others. PewDiePie is apparently taking a break from Youtube and has also quit twitter. Maybe he’s decided to look at the world outside of just four walls. 

Uncharted has possibly lost another director. Director Travis Knight might be leaving Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name, Travis made his directorial debut last year with Bumblebee. Insiders are blaming the exit on schedulting issues as Actor Tom Holland has a Spiderman  movie due out in July of 2021 and that production might push Uncharted back away fronm the December 18th 2020 date. Tom Holland will be playing Drake in Uncharted and Mark Wahlberg will play Drake’s friend Sully.

The rise of Skywalker has done very well at the box office, posting the second best domestic Christmas Day ever and had reached over half a billion by the day after Christmas. So let’s take a look at the box office report and see what it’s got now. 

And now that we took a look behind, let’s look ahead at what’s coming 2020:

February 14: Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

February 28: The Invisible Man (Universal)

March 27: Mulan (Disney)

April 8: No Time To Die (Eon Productions/MGM)

May 15: A Quiet Place sequel (Paramount)

May 15: Scoob! (Warner Bros.)

May 22: Fast & Furious 9 (Universal)

May 22: The Spongebob Movie (Paramount)

May 29: Artemis Fowl (Disney)

June 19: Soul (Pixar)

June 26: Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount/Skydance)

July 10: Ghostbusters: Afterlife film (Sony)

July 24: Jungle Cruise (Disney)

July 24: Untitled Sony animated film

August 7: Infinite (Paramount)

August 7: The Empty Man (Disney)

August 21: Bill & Ted Face the Music (Orion)

September 4: Monster Hunter (Sony)

September 11: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (New Line)

September 18: The Croods 2 (Universal/DreamWorks Animation)

September 18: The King’s Man (Fox)

September 18: Without Remorse (Paramount)

September 18: Untitled Phil Lord & Chris Miller animated film (Sony)

October 16: Untitled Warner Bros. ‘event’ film

November 13: Red Notice (Universal)

November 20: Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.)

November 25: Untitled Disney animated

December 18: Dune (Warner Bros.)

December 18: Uncharted (Sony)

December 23: Cruella (Disney)

December 25: Untitled third Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.)

December 25: The Tomorrow War (Paramount)

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Episode 57

Tonight! It’s a new year and a new decade, but the news rolls on in this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 57.

Welcome to 2020. So how was 2019 for you, read anything good? Watch any good tv or movies? Are you ready for this year? Me personally, I’m at a point in my life where the years just run together. It’s only when you look at the big picture do you see how much it all changed.

DC

So Watchmen was a pretty great show. But something we never got? A cameo with President robert redford. The actor became president in the Watchmen Universe after nixon.  Apparently showrunner Damon Lindelof did leave the door open for a cameo but it was not to be. Lindelof told collider quote “We wrote Robert Redford a letter, describing our intention with his usage in the show. And, also, what our general sense of what Watchmen was to us. And, an incredibly high esteem in which we hold him both as an actor, and a purveyor of the arts. And, also, as a prominent progressive liberal, who shares many of the same ideologies with a number of us, behind the scenes. And, we left the door open in that letter, should he choose to respond to it, that we would invite him to come and play on the show, if he were game. He’s a very busy man, and he has yet to respond to the letter. But, hopefully, one day we will cross paths, and that door will always be open,” unquote Unfortunately there are currently no plans for a second season.

Well unfortunately there won’t be another season of Lucifer either, however congratulations to the show are in order as the show has been named number one on tv times most streaming series list. The list is based upon global data from the apps users. It beat our Stranger Things, 13 reasons why, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Umbrella Academy, Black Mirror and more. Lucifers final season is currently in production.

Todd Phillips director of the mega hit Joker wants you to keep an open mind when it comes to the origins of the Joker, quote “There’s many ways to look at the movie. He might not be Joker,”. “This is just a version of a Joker origin. It’s just the version this guy is telling in this room at a mental institution. I don’t know that he’s the most reliable narrator in the world, you know what I’m saying?” unquote Phillips said this in Joker Vision and Fury on of the featurettes on the home video release. In other words, there is no defined Joker backstory, it’s whatever he feels like.

Mark Hamill is thankful this season, sure not for the Rise of Skywalker and the end of The Skywalker Saga, but for a role just as famous. Mark took to twitter and tweeted out a few Joker centric images with the tweet quote I can’t tell you how much 1 single role has meant to me. Because of him people recognized the gleeful psycho within-Because of him a new career of megalomaniacal villainy opened up & I was now able to frighten young children-I will be grateful for that…Forever🃏#BeingTheJoker unquote To some he will always be Luke Skywalker, but to others he will forever be the Joker.

DC’s Geoff Johns is teasing some Green Lantern news is coming. Speaking with Newsarama he said quote “It’s a really exciting year to have Doomsday Clock finished up,” “I’m doing more comics. Stargirl trailer’s out. Wonder Woman’s on its way. And a lot of work with Green Lantern outside comics that hopefully you’ll hear about soon.” unquote So what could this Green lantern project be, a Green Lantern Corps movie? Green Lantern The series on HBO Max perhaps. Whatever it is, remember, no animated suits. Just green, the only thing that should be animated are the ring creations.

Black Panther star Michael B Jordan was asked by MTV News if there was any truth to the rumors of him playing Superman in the future.  The actor responded quote “I’ve been rumored to play Morpheus to Superman to Power Rangers and everything in between, so it’s like, I’m kind of used to the rumors I’m playing something,” he said. “But anything that I do dive into has to be done the right way. It has to be full of authenticity.” unquote. Michael is a fan of comics and Variety has reported that he doesn’t want to commit to playing Superman when he has so many other projects on his plate. 

In a tweet this past Saturday, David Ayer’s confirmed that Suicide Squad would have had more of a connection to Justice League of an original plot element involving Enchantress stayed in.”It was supposed to be a boom tube as she was under control of a motherbox,” “All the Apokalypse [sic] elements were stripped out late in the game. The machine concept was an attempt to create a ticking clock and world threat.” unquote.  Hmmm. DO you think they should have kept the boomtube in?

I don’t know how to feel about this one. Okay, you might have figured out the past few episodes that I really don’t care for Robert Pattinson. He just doesn’t work as an actor for me and his casting as Batman in Matt reeves The Batman is *sigh* Well Mr. Pattinson recently did an Interview with The Guardian where he revealed how sick he was of questions about the movie and that he just wanted to get down to filming already saying quote “I’m already remembering what it’s like to talk about a movie where there’s an expectation. Whenever you say anything, people are like, ‘Argh! You idiot!’ Like, dude, I haven’t even started yet,” unquote When the interviewer pointed out that the having this role is a lot to live up to Pattinson said quote “But there is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else.” unquote When asked what he might do if the movie totally bombs, Pattinson giggled and gave shot back quote “Porn,” “But art house porn.”  unquote I’m conflicted. I don’t know if I’d rather see him do porn or not. He might be a terrible porn actor as well. 

DC has announced that Superman issue nineteen, the first since Superman revealed to the world his secret identity will be pushed back a couple of weeks from January 8th to the 22nd. Issues 20 and 21 however are still on schedule.

The New York Times best selling authors Shannon and Dean Hale are writing a new graphic novel for young readers. Diana Princess of the Amazons looks at the pre Wonder Woman’s life as a young girl on an island with no other children. Themyscira after all never had any children on it, just strong adult warriors. The book has artwork by Victoria Yang, who is a veteran of animation and it making her debut for DC Comics. Shannon has always been a fan of Wonder Woman growing up with the character and even driving a minivan with the Wonder Woman logo on the hood.  Newsarama asked the couple when they chose to do a story about her as a child and Shannon replied quote We were fascinated with the idea of growing up as the only kid in your entire world. And that’s just not something we’d seen explored very deeply with Wonder Woman.

Yes, she’s an Amazon, and she’s incredibly strong and has a sense of justice and is one of the most powerful superheroes. And we’ve seen her relationship with her sisters on Themyscira.

But what was it like before that?What did it feel like to be the only kid?

Given that we were writing these books for younger readers, I thought that was something kids would be really fascinated with. Imagine being the only kid in your entire world, and then imagine that everyone else is an immortal, perfect warrior.

How do you find your place there?

That’s where we began.

Diana Princess of the Amazons comes out on January seventh.

MArvel

Ryan Renoylds appearing on Live with Kelly and Ryan confirmed that they are currently working on Deadpool 3. He told the hosts quote “Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team,” “We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.” unquote So I’ guessing same Deadpool with access to the MCU? Maybe? We can hope.

Kevin Fiege is backing off the idea that Doctor Strange and the multiverse of Madness is a horror movie telling the New York Film Academy that quote “I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film, but … it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.” unquote He also confirmed that some new characters will be debuting in the movie as well. “The next Doctor Strange film, for instance, features some new MCU characters which will be making their debut in that movie you won’t expect or won’t guess who it is but we found a cool way to make it work because we want to make a particular type of movie there and there was a character who we always wanted to do something with who will fit really well there.”unquote Who it will be is still a mystery.

At the same event, Feige was asked how Marvel determines which chatacteres will make the jump from the comic page to the big screen and his answer contained a bit of news quote “Sometimes you’re choosing the title hero, you’re choosing which main character or main team you want to bring to the screen,”“And often times, as you’re making and developing the movie, [asking], ‘Who will come into it? Who will fit into it?’”

“Like Shang-Chi, we’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time. We want to make a movie with a 98% Asian cast,” “And then you talk about, as you develop the movie, what other heroes can you bring into it, if you need them? And in the case of Black Panther [in Captain America: Civil War], it was the greatest thing that ever happened.”

Shang-Chi and teh Legend of the ten rings will star Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and will lead off Marvel Studios offerings in 2021.

Marvel’s What If series will have a longer season than any other Disney Plus Marvel show. WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and oki all have six episode seasons. But in a new interview with Buzzfeed Brazil, Kevin Feige revealed that What If will have a ten episode first season. Quote “I’m very happy that we’re doing the What If…? series for Disney+ right now, and I’ve seen most of them. We have ten for Season 1, we’re already working on the next ten for Season 2,” he said. “We’ve revealed one that is very exciting, we’ve talked about it for years, which is the one where Peggy Carter gets the Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain Carter. That’s the very first episode, and I’m excited for people to see that. I’m excited to see the finished version of that, and I’m excited for the world to see it.”“What If…? is based on a comic series that we’ve loved for years, where they take a storyline you know and change one element, and see how things could get different,” Feige said. “So the 23 films of the MCU that you know are gonna showcase one little difference in each episode, and see how things change.” The show will be narrated by Jeffery Wright as the Watcher and feature an all star cast from the Marvel movies. But be prepared to wait, we’re still about 18 months away as it will premiere in Summer of 21.

James Cameron does what James Cameron does.  And he seems to be certain that his Avatar sequels will break the current all time global box office record set by Avenges Endgame. He told USA today that quote “I think it’s a certainty,” “But let’s give Endgame their moment and let’s celebrate that people are going to the movie theater.””I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road (by offering congratulations),”. “But they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.” So let’s look at the math. Avengers Endgame made 2, 797, 800, 564 globally beating our Avatar’s 2, 029, 450, 992 that’s a difference of 768 million 349 thousand 572 dollars. That’s more than a rounding error. Avatar 2 is coming on December seventeenth of 2021.

Geek

Valiant Entertainment is getting back in the video game biz. This time the company is joining forces with Blowfish Studios to do games based on Bloodshot and Ninjak. The last time there were video games was back in the mid 90’s when the company was owned by Acclaim Entertainment. Valiant is hoping for a bit of a renesauce next year with a movie based on Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel that is set to open on February twenty first. They are also working on a Harbinger movie and a tv series based on Quantum & Woody.

Facebook and the Pokemon Company  launched two Pokemon games on the Facebook gaming platform. Pokemon Tower Battle is available worldwide right now and has players staking Pokemon to create towers. The other, Pokemon Medallion Battle is a digital card battle strategy game but is only available in the Asia Pacifice region right now. 

So let’s look forward to this year in comic book movies

February 7: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

March 13: Bloodshot (Sony) [new date]

April 3: The New Mutants

May 1: Black Widow

June 5: Wonder Woman 1984

July 31: Morbius (Sony)

October 16: G.I. Joe Snake Eyes (Paramount)

November 6: Eternals

Comic creator Gerry (Alan-guilan) Alanguilan has passed away. Alanguilan is best known as the inker on titles like Wetworks, X-Men, Superman: Birthright, Wolverine and Fantastic Four, usually alongside penciler Leinil Francis Yu. He also created his own comic books, Johnny Balbona, Humanis rex!, Elmer, Timawa and Where Bold Stars go to Die in his native Philippines. Marvel editor in chief CB Cebulski tweeted about him quote “Another wonderful person taken from us too soon. An amazingly talented writer and inker, mentor to younger artists, and advocate for global comics, the comics world and Filipino art community lost a friend and hero today.” unquote The cause of his death has not been disclosed. Gerry Alanguilan was 54 years old.

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Show Notes: Episode 54: Death in Winter & Episode 55: A Grouch for All Seasons

Tonight! Baby Yoda says buckle up, Picard’s got more adventures coming and we say goodbye to three of the greats on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 54, 

So, we’re halfway through December, are you ready to finish the year,. I think we’re all ready to get done with this year and get into 2020. This is the time of year it seems that things slow down. I’m always amazed that there’s enough to really report on. But a few things always come up.

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Star Wars

Baby Yoda wants you to know he still needs a carseat in the state of Mississippi. Or at least a Star Wars The Mandalorian fan wants you to  think that. The official twitter account for the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted a photoshopped highway sign that read quote Baby Yoda Uses the Force but still needs a carseat. Unquote They also captioned it with quote Buckle up. This is the way. #BabyYoda.

You know, Baby Yoda, Porgs, Ewoks. All cute, all more popular than almost anything else in the Star Wars Universe. Maybe they should just make a show starring Baby Yoda playing with Porgs and Ewoks. 

Speaking of the small green Muppet, Mandalorian Director Bryce Dallas Howard has broken her silence on how it was to keep the character a secret. Telling the Hollywood reporter quote “Agonizing,” Howard replied with a laugh. “I’ve been walking around for the last year with a face like the cat that ate the canary. I’m so, so, so excited to be a part of this and the phenomenon that Baby has become. The thing I was most nervous about was that my kids had been on set quite a bit. So they had seen Baby and interacted with Baby. When we were filming, my kids were 6 and 11; they’re now 7 and 12. When the kids went back to school, every single day I would say, ‘So, what are you not gonna talk about today?’ And they would say, ‘Baby!’ (Laughs) I’d be like, ‘That’s right!’ I would just consistently remind them that there’s no circumstance that could ever arise where they’re allowed to talk about Baby. Now, for them, it’s very confusing, because I’m like, ‘Oh, now, you can talk about Baby,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’ We’ve been having this routine for about a year now, and it’s fun; it’s really, really fun. Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch. (Laughs) Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.” unquote . And I’m still SO behind in watching it. Only watched episode one. Too much to watch so little time. 

The press tour for the final Skywalker movie is in full swing and JJ Abrams in an interview with Cinema Blend talked about Carrie Fisher’s role in the movie, despite her passing nearly three years ago. This involved using unused footage from The Force Awakens. JJ told them quote “Clearly we would have done other things had Carrie been around, but I will say despite her not being with us anymore, her presence in the movie is not inconsequential,” “She’s not being ‘added in’ so that she’s in the movie. And I would say that her story, her role, the importance of Leia, I would argue is as profound as what you’re saying even though she wasn’t here.””There was no way, as I’ve said before, to tell the story without Leia. She’s too important. It’s Skywalker saga. She is the living Skywalker in our story. You don’t want to start the story and say something happened to her in between movies. It didn’t feel right. We’d never recast it. A digital Leia wouldn’t work. There was no way to do it.” “When we looked at the footage from [Star Wars:] The Force Awakens, which I was obviously very familiar with, and realized we had a number of scenes we could use, and, and write scenes around, it was suddenly like, ‘Oh my God, we could tell the story with Leia in the film.” unquote

The rise of Skywalker comes out in just a few days from now. 

Disney is warning fans that the new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures with those people with epilepsy. Disney issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation that the film contains quote “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. My guess would be flashes from lightsabers hitting together. Disney suggests that theaters post notices to warn of the risk. Flashing lights can trigger seizures in about three percent of individuals who have epilepsy. This isn’t the first time Disney has given this notice, they also did it for The Incredibles II.

Star Trek

The merger of Viacom and CBS is now official and the newly reunited company is busy merging, selling unneeded headquarters, eliminating duplicate positions and forth. 

This also means that the Star Trek movie and tv rights are now back under one roof. What will that mean for the franchise? New movies featuring the tv characters from the new shows?

So with that behind us, let’s check in with the Section 31 show. The new show is set to start filming once Discovery’s season three is done. CBS All Access executive vice president Julie McNamara talking to Vanity Fair said that the writers room under Alex Krutzman has been assembled quote “We are very excited about the Section 31 show and Michelle Yeoh is excited to do it,”. “She is in the current season of Discovery so she’s working on that right now but we have scripts getting written, and Alex has a writer’s room. We love what we’ve heard so far. It’s yet another tonality of Trek. As Alex has mapped it all out, each show has its own unique sort of voice and vision.”

Mr. Kurtzman has dropped some hints of the tone of the show comparing it to a Clint Eastwood style Western.. Saying quote It occupies an area of the Trek universe that’s never really been explored geographically. It has a new mythology to it, which is very interesting. And it puts Michelle’s character to the test in a lot of ways that Discovery can’t. In some ways it will be her Unforgiven, I would say.” Unquote 

And yesterday we got the news the Star Trek Picard will not be just a one shot series. The show has been renewed for season two. However Michael Chabon will not be a part of season two as he’s been named showrunner for the adaptation of the Cavalier and Klay novels over at showtime. No word on when the second season will be, but It’ll probably be in late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

William Shatner is going someplace he knows very well, Divorce Court. The soon to be Four Time Divorcee has filed for divorce from his wife Elizabeth, his wife of the past eighteen years. This will be a smooth divorce as Mister Shatner is a fan of prenuptial agreements. Bill first got married back in 1956, that lasted to 1969. His next one was from 1973 to 1994. His next marriage in 1997 didn’t last long ending with the death of Nerine Kidd in 1999. Odds are that this latest marriage will be his last. William Shatner is 88 years old.

Good news or bad news depending on what side of the coin your on. Quientin tarantino speaking with the consequence of sound dot net was asked if Star Trek was going to be part of hsi planned ten films. He replied quote I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet. In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if It’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue. Unquote 

And now for some sad news Michael Lamper, husband of Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis has passed away. Marina broke the news on twitter saying quoteI’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo, please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on. Unquote Michael was a rock guitarist and musician who once portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the TNG third season episode The Vengeance Factor.  He and Marina married on June twenty first 1992 with Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn acting as groomsman in a traditional greek ceremony. His rock carrer saw him play with such musicians as Tommy Shaw from Styx, The Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot and Los Lobos. He was 61. My heart goes out to Marina.

Geek

The Matrix Four has cast Jonathan Groff in an unknown role. Groff is most recently known for his role voicing Kristoff in Frozen 2. Johnathan joins returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick.

Variety has learned that Will Poulter will not be in the Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Variety has learned through their sources that scheduling conflicts will present him from being a part of it. As to what role he would have played is still unknown. 

Power Rangers is getting another big screen reboot, this time it will be at Paramount and will take it back to the 90’s. The Hollywood reporter reports that Paramount is currently in early negotiations with Johnathan Entwistle and would involve quote “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Unquote 

To say that Disney had a very good year at the box office would be an understatement, The House of Mouse broke their own box office record of 7.6 billion set back in 2016 crossing the ten billion dollar ceiling. It should be noted that this doesn’t include it’s newly acquired Fox movies. If those are factored in the number would be nearly 12 billion.  Disney currently also holds six of the ten biggest movies of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Netflix walked away with thirty four nominations. Seventeen for motion pictures and 17 for television. HBO came in second with fifteen. The movie Marriage Story had the most for a film. While Chernobyl, the Crown and Unbelievable had the most for television. Geeky films getting nominations included Joker with four including Best Motion Picture, Best Director , Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best score. Also getting nominations were Frozen 2, How to train your dragon the hidden world and toy story 4. Only one Geeky tv nomination Game of Thrones with one best actor nomination for Kit Harington.

Death seemed to be busy. A few minutes ago I talked about the death of Deanna Sirtis’s husband. Well, there are three more.

First off, we say goodbye to actor Robert Walker Jr. The actor passed away in Malibu on December sixth. He will be best known to people as Charlie Evans the boy raised by the Thasians who gave him omnipotent power in the episode Charlie X. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, the Six Million Dollar Man and Chips. He also had a role in the movie Easy rider. In a statement his wife said about roebert quote “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors,” his wife said in a statement. “Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.” He is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He was 79.

Next is Star Trek writer Dorthy Catherine Fontana better known as DC Fontana. DC began as a secretary for tv writer Samuel A Peeples, while working for him, she became a professional writer writing stories for The Tall Man and Frontier Circus. Later she began working for Gene Roddenberry’s series The Lieutenant as a secretary for producer Del Reisman. Eventually she wanted to work for Gene directly and after finding out that she wanted to become a writer, Roddenberry encouraged her. In 1964, she would publish her first novel, a western called Brazos River co written with Harry Sanford.

When Roddenberry began working on Star Trek and with the encouragement of associate producer Robert Justmn, she began working on the show Where she wrote the teleplay for Charlie X She worked on ten episodes overall including tomorrow is Yesterday, This Side of Paradise, which got her a promotion to story editor, Journey to Babel, friday’s child, the ultimate computer, The city on the edge of forever, The Enterprise Incident, That which survives and The Way to eden. After Star Trek, she worked with Gene again on the Questor tapes ,Genesis II and Star Trek The Animated Series.

After that she worked on scripts for other shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Buck Rogers and The Waltons.

When the Star trek the Next Generation began, she went to Gene immediately where he pitched an idea to her that became the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint. She would become an associate producer on the series but left during the first season due to reported  difficulties with writer Robert Lewin caused a bit of a falling out between her and Gene Roddenberry and she left. . She would later return to star Trek writing the Deep Space Nine episode Dax.

She also wrote the Star Trek bok Vulcan’s Glory and an episode of the fan made series Star Trek New Voyages.

DC Fontana is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak, who told the New York Times that the cause of her death was cancer. She was eighty years old.

Finally we say farewell to Rene Auberjonois, the actor known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of 

Constable Odo on Star trek Deep Space Nine as well as directing eight episodes of the show. Rene was born in New York in 1940. After college he began his acting career in earnest working with theater companies in Washington DC, San Francisco , LA and New York. In 1968, he landed a role on Broadway appearing in three films simultaneously. A year later he would win a Tony Award for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He directed and acted in lots of productions over the years and was inducted into the American theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

His Film work is vast as well. He played Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH, played a gangster in Police Academy 5, Dr. Burton in Batman Forever and appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. His final film role in a movie called Cortex has yet to be released.

But his most known work was in Television. He worked in that medium since 1966. Appearing in episodes of the Mod Squad, Night Gallery, The Jeffersons, Wonder Woman, LA Law, The Outer Limits, Chicago Hope, Stargate SG1, Frasier, Nash Bridges, Warehouse 13, the Good Wife and Many more. He is best known not only for his role as Odo, but the role of Clayton Endicott the third on the sitcom Benson as well as the role of Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. His last tv role was in 2016 in four episodes of Madam Secretary.

He also did lots of voice over work appearing in the Disney’s the Little Mermaid Family Guy, The Smurfs, Snorks, Ducktales, Batman the Animated Series, the Pirates of Dark Water, The Savage dragon, Justice League and more as well as video games like, Star trek Deep Space Nine Harbinger, Uncharted 2 and 3, Fallout New Vegas, God of War and Star Trek Online. 

He died on December 8th from lung cancer that had metastasized. He is survived by his son Remy and daughter Tessa and his wife Judith. In a statement to the press his son Remy said that his father was a proud progressive and consummate professional and craftsman and praised his father’s work with Doctors Without Borders. He also said that he was a dedicated father and had a fantastic sense of humor. 

Rene Auberjonois was 79 years old.

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Tonight! Synder cut…subway sandwiches, Birds of Prey is not a sequel and we say Farewell to the man in the Big Bird on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 55.

So…here we are, just a week away from Christmas, little over a week until the end of the year. What do you want for Christmas? What do you want from next year?

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DC

Are you starting to get tired of all the calls to release the Snyder cut of Justice League? It’s kinda one of those things that just won’t die. Well Subway restaurants have put in their two cents via twitter. Snyder fans started it by asking the company how many retweets it would take to get a donation of 10,000 sandwiches by Subway. Subway responded by saying that 5000 retweets in five hours would get it done. The fans came through Subway soon tweeted quote  So you’re fast… and since you did it in under 214 minutes we are going to up the donation to 15,000 subs! And oh yeah, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut unquote Good on them and good on the fans. My guess is that the cut will eventually see the light of day. Maybe if they all pledge to make some movie of Warner Bros a success that normally wouldn’t they’d get the studios attention?

The cinematographer for Black Adam, Lawrence Sher is making some high claims for what the movie will be. Telling Collier during a Q&A for Joker quote “One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.” That’s a big bold claim for a movie that we haven’t seen anything from yet. Hopefully he won’t end up eating those words.

So what do you think of Jokers potential for an Oscar Nomination? Well if the critics choice award nominations are any indication. There’s a chance. Joker has received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Production Design for Mark Friedberg and Kris Moran, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Score for Hildur Guanadottir. They weren’t the only comics property to get some nominations: Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home got nominations for Best Action Movie. Avengers Endgame also got a nod for Best SciFi or Horror Movie as well as best visual effects. HBO’s Watchmen got a nomination for Best Drama, it faces off against Game of Thrones in that category but I think Watchmen’s got this. Watchmen’s Regina King got is up for Best Actress in  a Drama , Tim Blake Nelson is up for Best Supporting Actor, Jean Smart Watchmen and Gwendoline Christies is up for Best Supporting Actress. The twenty fifth Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday January twelfth.

Well here’s something to make you go huh? The upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will have no ties to Suicide Squad according to BoP director Sue Kroll during a set visit by Screen Rant. She told them quote “You’ll see it in the movie, it’s a standalone movie, it’s not connected to Suicide Squad. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a continuation of that story. So it has nothing to do with her break out of prison. But you’re right, and we’ve been very upfront that this is about her emancipation. She and the Joker have broken up. This is her personal journey of discovery with these women. So it’s not related at all, so don’t try to apply linear logic to how the two go, because they don’t.” unquote She also told them that it has no similarities to Suicide Squad and that it was an oportunity to celebrate the amazing character. 

So let’s just unwind this this movie is…I’m assuming in the same universe as Suicide Squad, but it will in no way connect to Suicide Squad…not even a mention. They do realize that having Harley Quinn, the same character played by the same actress still connects it to Suicide Squad, don’t they? Maybe I should just stop and lie down for awhile, this is making my head hurt. Birds of Prey comes out on February seventh.

Let’s talk tv for a moment. The big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover has had many cameos, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson, Lucifer. Apparently Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim put out feelers to another star Nicolas Cage. In an interview with Indiewire Mr. Guggenheim said quote”We did reach out to Nic Cage,” Guggenheim revealed during an interview with Indiewire. “We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.” unquote. Too bad, he could have finally gotten to wear that Superman suit on screen. 

The Crisis will conclude on January fourteenth. Maybe next year they should do Zero Hour.

Marvel

Kevin Feige Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer of Marvel confirmed at Brazil’s CCXP19 con that Disney Plus’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be all about what happens to the falcon after endgame. Quote “We saw Old Man Cap hand that shield to Sam Wilson at the end of [Endgame], and the question is, what did he do with it next? What does it mean for Sam Wilson and that shield?” Feige said at Brazil’s CCXP19. “That’s a big responsibility, and that’s very much what the show focuses on and is about.” unquote Unfortunatly Wilson will have to deal with the US government’s U.S. Agent just in time for Helmut Zemo to come back on the scene. Sounds interesting, we still have no release date though other than the always enigmatic Fall 2020.

Speaking of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier they’ve added two new cast members Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa have been added in two unknown roles. 

Also at CCXP19, in a sit down interview, Mr. Feige confirmed that the Marvel Multiverse will be something that will shape the MCU for a long time to come.“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor,” “Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” unquote it’s also thought that the Loki series will tie into this in some way, Well we will have even longer to wait than Falcon and the winter soldier. WandaVision comes out in Spring of 21 and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness comes out May 7th of 21.

Speaking of WandaVision, some paparazzi photos from the set of the show have surfaced online and they show that the space faring version of SHIELD will be in the show. SWORD. SWORD aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department was one of the properties that used to belong to the 20th Century Fox subset of Marvel characters.

Could Venom 2 get an  R rating. And you might be able to thank Joker’s Billion dollar box office for that. Venom Producer Matt tolmach told Cinema blend quote  I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Prepare to relieve the greatest moments in Marvel’s eighty year history. Marvel Snapshots will see Kurt Busiek bring together several creative teams for these eight standalone double sized issues which will include characters from the Golden Age to today through the eyes of ordinary people. Alex Ross will provide the covers.

First off is Sub Mariner: Marvels Snapshot number one. Best Selling Novelist and emmy Award winning writer Alan Brennert and artist Jerry Ordway join forces to tell an unforgettable story about Prince Namor set during WORLD WAR II featuring Namor, Betty Dean and the All Winners Squad. Alan Brennert in a statement on Marvel dot com said quote “I can honestly say that I enjoyed working on this story more than any comics story I’ve done in years. I grew up reading (and loving) Marvel’s Golden Age heroes in the 1960s, in reprints in FANTASY MASTERPIECES. But I never thought I’d have a shot at writing them—especially the All-Winners Squad!—and I’m grateful to Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort for providing me the opportunity, and to Jerry Ordway for bringing it all to glorious life,”. “I’m enormously proud of ‘Reunion’ and honored to be the first story published in MARVEL’S SNAPSHOTS.” unquote

This year’s long journey begins this March at your local comic book store.

Marvel has postponed the release of issue five, six and seven of X-Men by a month. Issue five will now be out on January 29th, issue six will come on February twelfth and seven will come on the twenty sixth of February.

Geek

We start the Geek news with a record setting opening…and not a good one. Playmobil: The Movie just set the record for the Lowest Box Office for a film opening in over 2000 theatres. The movie based on the toys was sort of an answer to the Lego movie. Unfortunately, Playmobil is not as well known as Lego. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a sixteen percent. We will check what it did this weekend and how won the pre Star Wars box office in just a moment.

From one record to another potential record setter. Disney’s Frozen 2 just became the sixth film from the House of Mouse to cross the one billion dollar mark this year.  According to Variety, the movie has over six million internationally and three hundred six million in the US. It’s currently the eighth highest grossing movie of the year. We will see if The Rise of Skywalker makes it seven, it would have just 11 days to do so.

Dark Horse Comics is set to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into a mini-series. The book was released back in 2017 and features Neil retelling norse mythology starring Thor, Odin, Loki and others. It has been adapted into a BBC radio production. Next year, it’ll be an 18 issue series adapted by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with colors fromDave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Galen Showman and art from a round table of artists like Jerry Ordway and Mike Mignola. Norse Mythology will hit comic book stores on May 27th, 2020.

Dynamite Entertainment is getting into the novel business. The company has announced the formation of Dynamite Books. First up is Vampirella: Blood Invasion written by Nancy A Collins. Here’s the blurb quote “In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.” unquote 

It’s out now along with a line of audiobook adaptations of existing novels including Shaft The Original Novel by Ernest Tidyman. Dynamite Books plans to release one new novel a month.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Finally tonight we say goodbye to someone who was a big part of all of our childhoods, Caroll Spinney. You might not know that name but you’ll know the characters he played on Sesame Street, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. 

Caroll was born in Waltham Massachusetts on December twenty sixth 1933 and became interested in puppetry at a young age. After high school, he served in the Air Force where he created a comic strip called Harvey. After he left the service he moved to Las Vegas where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit and a few years later he moved to Boston where he would eventually perform on Boston’s broadcast of Bozo’s Big Top.

IN 1960, he got married to his first wife Janice and had three children, they would divorce in 1971

In 1962, Caroll first met Jim Henson at a puppeteering festival, where Jim asked him if he wanted to talk about the Muppets, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding, Caroll didn’t know that he was being offered a job, He met Henson again in 1969 at a Puppeteer festival in Utah, where he was offered to talk about the muppets again. This time Caroll took him up on the offer and he joined the Muppeteers full time later that year, joining the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.

In 1979, Caroll would get married again this time to Debra jean Gilroy whom he would remain married to the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, Caroll would eventually develop dystonia and in October of last year, Spinney announced his retirement from Sesame Street, handing the role of Big bird to matt Vogel and Oscar to Eric Jacobson. 

In his long career, Caroll would win four Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a gold record, a star of the Hollywood Walk of fame, the Library of Congress Living Legend Award and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroll passed away on December eighth at this home in Connecticut. He was eighty five years old.

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