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Episode Twenty-Five: After The Endgame, What’s Next?

Tonight! Avengers Endgame breaks records like the Hulk breaks pants, California recognizes Star Wars Day and we say goodbye to everyone’s favorite wookie actor on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

  

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! I hope you’ve seen Endgame, it was 3 hours well spent. Now that you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what’s next? Spider-man Far From Home? Star Wars? More streaming services than you have hours in the day?

By the way, we are just two episodes away from our one year anniversary…

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Let’s start with the Marvel News

Avengers Endgame rocked the box office to its knees. Bringing in 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend worldwide. And in it’s second weekend, it’s up to $2,188,698,638. Could it make it to three million next weekend? It now holds the records for Worldwide opening, foreign opening weekend, opening day gross, single day gross,and single day friday, saturday and sunday gross, april opening weekend, spring opening weekend, top 3 day and top 4 day gross and many many more.  It’s competition from the previous weeks, The Curse of La Llorona and Shazam saw drops of over 60 percent while the new Pet Sematary remake so a drop of 72 percent. Needless to say, Avengers made all the money and will probably keep making money for sometime until the next big summer blockbuster which ever one that is.

By the way, have you noticed that not many spoilers have been bandied about? Here’s a cautionary tale out of Hong Kong to make you think twice of opening your big mouth outside a theater. Asia One reports that a man was assaulted outside a Hong Kong theater for loudly exposing major Endgame spoilers to those in line for the movie..

If that doesn’t make you keep quiet maybe this will, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned a letter to fans saying quote “Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help,” the letter reads in part. “When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you. Remember, Thanos still demands your silence.” quote So shhhhhhh.

And for those theater workers out there who kept theaters clean, popcorn popped and lines moving, Mark ruffalo has a message for you quote “Thank you to everyone that went to see Endgame this weekend, reminding us how great it is to watch movies with others,” Ruffalo said. “And a special thank you to the people working at theaters this weekend. Love you 3000.” unquote

By the way, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a big winner financially in all this is Robert Downey Jr. Who will walk away with a 75 million dollar payout from backend profits on Endgame. It’s good to be the Iron Man.

Well with one movie done, another must be made.According to the Hollywood reporter,  Guardians of the galaxy 3 will start filming in 2020 with one of three possible release dates in 2021, February 12th, May 7th or November 5th. Personally I’m pulling for February. It’s a couple of days before my birthday.

Now last episode we talked about Disney Plus and it’s myriad of MCU shows. Well  We now know how many episodes the first seasons of those shows will be. According to the hollywood reporter , Loki, Falcon and Winter Soldier and Scarlet Vision will each have six to eight episode seasons. This info comes from the stars contracts, which were negotiated separately from their movie contracts. Just a reminder, Disney Plus will launch on November 12th.

Meanwhile over at Sony Pictures. The studio has signed Phil Lord and Chris Miller to a five year deal worth nine figures to start after their current Fox contract expires.  The new deal will see the Spider-verse makers create and develop comedy and drama projects of their own creation for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms as well as oversee other writers projects. They will also be making tv projects based on the Sony MCU characters including Spider-man, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable.  Lord and Miller said in a statement quote “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and ear holes, wherever you may be.”

Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson has been an outspoken advocate for diversity in the movie business. Now she has a few thoughts on creating a more diverse future for the MCU. On Variety’s Big Ticket podcast, Brie responded to host Marc Malkin talking about the notion that he never thought that he’d see an LGBT hero when he was growing up. She responded quote “That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,” “I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” “I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could.”” Unquote

She also expressed gratitude over Captain Marvel’s success at the box office. Quote “I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,”. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.” The next phase is expected to be more diverse with upcoming movies like Shang-Chi, Eternals and Black Panther 2.

Disney is taking full advantage of being the majority owner of Hulu. Disney owns sixty percent of the streaming service.  Today Hulu announced that it’s 28 million subscribers will have the pleasure of seeing Gabriel Luna return to the role of Ghost Rider in a new series. Interestingly enough, he won’t be the same Ghost Rider from Agents of Shield. Also announced Marvel’s Helstrom. Hellstrom is about Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The two use their complicated dynamic, attitude and skills to track down the worst of humanity. Paul Zbyszewski executive producer and showrunner said in the official announcement quote “As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”

“We’re thrilled Hulu will be moving into a new—admittedly chilling—corner of the Marvel Universe with GHOST RIDER and HELSTROM. Paul and Ingrid are crafting gripping adventures into fear that live in our SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE cornerstone.”

These two series joining the third season of Marvel’s Runaways, and new animated series M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler and Howard the Duck. The four animated series will join together to become The Offenders.

Sounds fun.

We would like to shout out some congratulations to Heimdall himself, Idris Elba back on April 26th, he tied the not to Sabrina Dhowre. According to the British edition of Vogue, they were married in Morocco. Congrats to the happy couple.

And speaking of happy couples, Surprise. Captain Marvel star Jude Law tied the knot with his fiancee Phillipa Coan on April 30th in a surprise wedding. The couple got wed in London with only a select number of the couples friends and family attending. This is Jude’s second marriage. Congratulations.

DC Comics

I know that most eyeballs have been on Marvel lately, but DC also has news so…

Variety reports that James Gunn’s The  Suicide Squad has added Daniela Melchior for the role of Ratcatcher. This would be a gender swap fro the Batman villain. The member of The Rogues Gallery was a rat catcher who discovered that he could actually control rats and used them to commit crimes. She joins Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Idris Elba. Also new to the cast will be Ant-man vet David Dastmalchian who will be taking up the mantle of D list villain Polka Dot Man and John Cena stepping up as Peacemaker. The movie should start filming soon and will hit theaters in August of 2021.

DC is adding another new book to their DC Zoom imprint. The book called Dear Justice League puts the heroes of the DCU answering questions from their biggest fans. The book is written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte DC put up a trailer, lets watch.

https://youtu.be/35tW9oC2fF0

The description for the book is quote The greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!”

Dear Justice League hits stores on August 6th and will retail for $9.99.

Kinda looks interesting.

DC Comics has announced Batman/Superman a new series to be written by Joshua Williamson and featuring art from debut artist David Marquez. The series is a follow up to The Batman Who Laughs miniseries and focuses on a version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse that was corrupted by the Joker toxin and became a villain. Now he has a plan. Williams told the hollywood reporter“We discover, through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs have been working on this massive plan since [Dark Nights: Metal],” “What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves. Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing. “This is happening to six people — we’ve been calling them the new Secret Six — who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, allies. We talked about the end of The Thing, where it’s the two of them and they’re like, ‘It could be you, it could be me, but now we have to work together.’” He went on to tell the reporter that unraveling the mystery is the core of the book, but the mystery will also spread out to other books.

Sounds like Batman and Superman trying to find the secret cylons, doesn’t it.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell has faced down many a bad guy on Arrow. But the real Amell hates one thing at home. Leaf Blowers. Stephen tood to twitter to voice his frustrations quote “A person in my neighborhood has been blasting a leaf blower on a property that’s under construction for the past 40 minutes. I’m home for the first time in months and I’m wandering around in my undies. Hope your lot is clean FOR NO F****** REASON.” “I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate leaf blowers. I hate leaf blowers just a little less than I love my daughter,” However Elon Musk might have a solution to his dilemma. Elon recently revealed on twitter that quote Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leaf blower unquote Stephen tweeted back “I humbly offer you my first born son,” unquote  I don’t know if that’s a even trade. I’m pretty sure Elon can build a son…probably using the leaf blower.

Star Wars

So have you seen the trailer for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, if you saw it in the first 24 hours after it was released, you’re not alone. According to a report from Deadline, one hundred eleven million views were recorded by Youtube, that beat out  The Last jedis 91 million viewers and is more than double The Force Awakens numbers. That’s pretty impressive but falls short of the numbers for the trailers for Avengers Infinity War and Endgame which both had more than 238 and 289 million respectively. Still those numbers are Youtube only.

Disney fans watch now! With Disney Plus coming soon there’s now an expiration date on any Disney content still up on the service. Cars 3 leaves on July 31st, CoCo expires on November 29th and Incredibles 2 leaves on July 30th. Star Wars movies The Last Jedi leaves on December 26th, Solo A Star Wars story on July 9th. Marvel movies Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2: May 5th, Thor Ragnarok on December 6th, Black Panther leaves on March 4th, Avengers Infinity War on June 25th and Ant-man and the Wasp leaves on July 29th. Of course, you can always just buy these movies and support them directly.

And while you watch those movies, Wanna play a blast from the past? Discord has some oldies for you. The company has announced 11 games from the Lucasfilm and Disney archives that will be heading to its Nitro Games subscription service . Revealed so far are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Republic Commando

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Knights of the Old Republic one and two are available now The Discord app is free but the Nitro games subscription is 10 dollars a month.

May the 4th as long been known as Star Wars day for years now and now The California State  Assembly has introduced a Resolution declaring May 4, 2019 as “Star Wars Day.”

The Assembly drafted the Resolution in advance of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

It reads, in part:

“Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the Star Wars franchise upon the celebration of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the largest single site expansion to date of Disneyland Park, and commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature declares May 4, 2019, as Star Wars Day.”

“Star Wars” was created by Modesto native George Lucas. The first film of the franchise was released in 1977.

The Assembly Rules Committee passed ACR 72 Monday by a vote of 10-0.

And speaking of Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios put out an open casting call for people to play “gatherers” in Savi’s Workshop inside the land’s Black Spire Outpost.

The casting call read as follows quote

“Gatherers: Warm and inviting; capable of leading a structured interactive

experience. Gatherers have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy. Adept at

engaging authentically with visitors. Though slightly quirky and mysterious, the Gatherer is

always personable and humorous. Good comedic and improvisational instincts. All abilities,

genders and types welcome.”

Your job will be to guide guests in building their own unique lightsabers. You’ll also amaze them with your deep knowledge of the Force and train them to be Jedi’s.

Auditions are being held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility with callbacks will be held May 28 and 29 in Orlando.

Actors should prepare for their audition with the provided script. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.

https://cdn.media.disneyauditions.com/other-files/music/wdw/Kembe-AUDITION_SIDE.pdf

We close Star Wars news on a sad note Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca has passed away. The following was posted on his facebook page. Quote

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away.  He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode 3 of the prequels, and the New Trilogy. He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.  But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.

The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come.  As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve with his role in the Star Wars universe.  For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends. Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans while on the convention circuit touching the lives of millions.  As he realized over the years the impact he could have, he became heavily involved with the 501st legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish, and other non-profit organizations.
 
To this end, he established the Peter Mayhew Foundation, supporting everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. He not only provided funds but became personally involved with each individual, family and cause he supported.

As he grew older he continued to “soldier on” as he put it and was completely in his element around his fans and supporters. He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.

He is survived by his wife Angie and three children. His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie taking the helm as his voice.

There will be a memorial service for friends and family held on June 29th and in early December in Los Angeles there will be a memorial for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA. 

For additional information, information on the memorials or to offer condolences email ryan@ReelAppearances.com

Rather than gifts and flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the foundation so that they can continue his efforts to help the community.  You can donate at http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php

Unquote

I got to see him once at Planet Comicon a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Our condolences to his family and Star wars fans everywhere.

Star Trek news

CBS and Viacom might be headed towards a reunion. Bloomberg reports that CBS is no longer looking for a permanent successor for former CEO Les Moonves. Instead Joe Ianniello, who was Moonves’s former number 2 will continue as acting CEO till the end of the year.

Bloomberg speculates that this could be signaling that CBS is prepared to merge back with Viacom, as CBS wouldn’t probably be looking for a new CEO while trying to negotiate a deal with Viacom at the same time. A merger would be good for both Viacom and CBS so that they can be on a larger footing to compete with Disney and Warner Media.

On the subject of CBS, Star Trek has announced that it’s launching a Star Trek global franchise group. This new division will manage and maximize the expansion of the Star Trek brand beyond broadcasting and streaming. Including  podcasts, new digital spaces and live experiential events.

Leading this new unit will be Veronica Hart who will serve as Executive Vice President of Star Trek Global Franchise Management. In other words, she’s kind of Alex Kurtzman’s boss. Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. Quote “As we expand the Trekverse, Veronica’s team and Secret Hideout are dedicated to broadening ‘Star Trek’s’ brand reach by amplifying its core values globally: empowerment, inclusion, imagination, and above all, the exceptional storytelling that’s inspired generations of fans,” unquote .

Exceptional storytelling. Exceptional. Storytelling. Let’s just meditate on those words, shall we Alex? Anyway.

And while we’re hoping for exceptional storytelling, CBS Television Studios has announced that it has greenlight a new Star Trek animated series, but not for All Access but for Nickelodeon. The show is seen as an opportunity to get younger kids into Star Trek. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The as of yet named CG animated show will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The series  comes from CBS Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer. In a statement Alex Kurtzman said quote “‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”

The show joins an adult animated comedy called Lower Decks that will air on All Access.

Star Trek Online is bringing back Jason Isaacs as non Mirror Captain Gabriel Lorca and Reka Sharma as Commander Ellen Landry back to life. Perfect World and Cryptic Studios announced Star Trek Online major update Rise of Discovery will hit servers on PC on May 14th. Players will get to fight alongside the USS Buran and get a look at Landry and Loraca before they joined the crew of the Discovery. The new update will also introduce a brand new reputation and a ship system update that will allow players to level up Tier 6 ships with their characters. Let’s watch the trailer https://youtu.be/OEjGJaxgdgI

Variety reports that Ethan Phillips is joining the cast of a new space comedy for HBO. Avenue 5 comes from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and is described as a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future. THe show stars Hugh Laurie as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5 and also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, and Suzy Nakamura.

Ethan will play a character named Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is described as quote  “a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.” unquote

So you finished Season Two of Discovery and thought what to do now. IDW has your answer, a season 2.5 miniseries called Star Trek Discovery Aftermath. The three-issue series comes from previous Discovery mini-series writers Kristen Beyer,  Mike Johnson. With Art by Tony Shasteen. According to Mike Johnson quote “The new series shows how Pike, Spock, L’Rell, and the rest of the cast deal with the fallout from the mind-blowing events of Season Two,” say “And we couldn’t be happier that Tony Shasteen is beaming back onboard for this story!” unquote

Editor Chase Marotz added quote “To be able to follow up on the huge status-quo shift presented in that finale is a dream come true, especially with a team as talented as Kirsten, Mike, and Tony,”. “In terms of fitting into the broader universe presented in Discovery, this new series is perhaps our most essential yet, and I can’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve got in store for them.” Unquote

You know, one thing we haven’t heard much about lately is Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project.  It was assigned to screenwriter Mark L Smith in December of 2017 and since than all has been quiet on that front.  However Quinten was asked about it by Slash Film quote : I feel like I have to ask this even though I don’t know if you’ll want to answer. But are you going to make a Star Trek movie? Is there any truth to that?

Quinten : It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again. Unquote

Once Upon a Time will be released this summer, so i guess only time will tell.

Nichelle Nichols is on the final leg of her convention farewell tour. Her final appearance is set for May 2020 and Nichelle would like to ttel her life story with a biographical documentary titled Breaking Barriers. With the help of Atomic Network, An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to assist with financing the production.The campaign has a goal of  $25,000, it’s about half way there with only a few days left in the campaign. If you’d like to donate as little as $5 just look up the campaign on Indiegogo or find the link in our show notes. The campaign ends on the tenth.

Geek News

Game of Thrones is busy on it’s wind down tour. The cast is making a good pay day for these last 6 episodes. According to IndieWire, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau each received $500,000 per episode, while co-stars Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright each received $175,000 per episode. I take half those paychecks anyday.

Netflix has killed it’s zombie comedy The Santa Clarita Diet. The third season just dropped a couple of months ago.  This came has a bit of shock as it seemed to be one of Netflix’s tentpole properties. In a statement, Netflix said, “The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead. We’re grateful to Victor, Drew, and Timothy, along with fellow executive producers Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell and the terrific cast, including Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo, and crew for three hilarious seasons for Netflix members to discover for years to come.”

Stars Timothy Oliphant and Drew Barrymore responded in a statement to the Hollywood reporter. Drew Barrymore said quote Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites,”  “She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honor to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique.” unquote

Timothy Oliphant in his statement said quote “I loved working on this show. I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.” unquote

The Nintendo 3DS is at its End of Life. Nintendo has  confirmed that it has nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS. And while there’s still new software from third-party publishers in the pipeline, it looks like Nintendo is moving on. The 3DS first came out in 2011. It was not as big of a seller as its predecessor, it still was well received by fans. Of course, given that the Nintendo Switch is both a handheld and a home console system kind of made the 3DS obsolete. Farewell 3DS.

The Critters are back. The film series which debut with the first Critters movie in 1986 starring Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh. Critters featured creatures from outer space that were cute looking but had rows and rows of sharp teeth that land on Earth as they attempt to escape intergalactic bounty hunters. It’s had many sequels including a new one Critters Attack! Which is the fifth film in the series. It will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 23rd.

Here’s the description quote “Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. “While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?” unquote

Well that sounds like…something.

Paramount is moving forward with its live adaptation of Rugrats by hiring Diary of a wimpy kid director David Bowers. The adaptation of the 90’s cartoon is set to be a live action and CGI hybrid. With the babies done in CGI and the adults being live action. No other details are available. CGI babies, sounds really creepy.

And while we’re on cartoons being made into movies, Warner Bros is bringing Tom and Jerry to the movies and they are in talks with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film. Just like Rugrats this would be a live action animated hybrid movie. Chloe would be playing the part of Kayla an employee at the hotel that Jerry movies into during a glamorous wedding. Kayla hires Tom  to take out Jerry and hilarity ensues?

The twenty fifth James Bond movie is….taking its sweet time. However, we have a little news about the casting. No title yet, but we did get word via a promotional video that Rami Malek will play the villain of the picture. Also we got some plot details, According to producer Barbara Broccoli quote “He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,”unquote Barbara also added that the production has built an “extraordinary” house for the famous agent and his license to kill. The description of the movie is that quote  “[Bond’s] peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” Unquote.

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Episode Twenty-Four: Kevin Dilmore and a Coke at the Galaxy’s Edge

Tonight! The Fantastic Four find the Prodigal Sun, a death star full of Star Wars news and I interview author Kevin Dilmore on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Marvel News
Writer Peter David and artist Francesco Manna are all set to introduce you to a brand new character in July in Fantastic Four:The Prodigal Sun #1. The story centers around a mysterious character named Prodigal in the Savage Land who is treated as a god by the barbarians there. However, when the barbarians decide to take over the world, the Fantastic Four step in to put a stop to it.
Fantastic Four Prodigal Sun will be followed up by two one shots: Guardians of the Galaxy The Prodigal Sun and Silver Surfer The Prodigal Sun.
Also in July will be a return of the Future Foundation in the backup story of Fantastic Four #12 as well as a solo series for the Invisible Woman.

On April eleventh, we got a look at Disney,’s new streaming service, Disney Plus. First off, the service will arrive this November and will cost 6.99 a month or 69.99 for a full year. This is called cutting Netflix off at the knees. Disney plus will have 25 original series in the first year plus almost every film from the Disney Vault as well as all 30 seasons of the Simpsons. The service will be the exclusive streaming home for all of Disney’s movies going forward incuding Frozen 2, toy story 4 and the new Star Wars movies.
By the way, one of the movies not being released from the vault is Song of the South. Also the original Dumbo will include an edit as well.

Original series will include Star Wars series: the Mandalorian, a unnamed series based around Cassian Andor from Rogue One. High School Musical The Musical the Series, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, the poorly named Scarlett Witch and Vision series: WandaVision. Animated series like Pixar’s SparkShorts, The Monsters Inc based series: Monsters at Work, Star Wars Clone Wars, Marvel’s What If…? And Documentary, unscipted and live specials like: Encore! Which comes from executive producer Kristen Bell, an Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentery Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Marvel’s 616, Original films, Lady & The tramp, The Phineas and Ferb Movie, Stargirl (Based on the New York times best selling Young Adult novel of the same name, not the DCU character of course.). And of course, much much more.

One show not on that list is a Team thor show, but Chris hemsworth would love to see one. You see, prior to the release of Thor Ragnorok, director Taika Waititi made a short mockumentary titled Team Thor: While You Were Fighting: A Thor Mocumentery which followed Thor and his rommate Darryl. When Chris was asked about the possibility of such a tv series becoming a thing by MTV International, Hemsworth responded quote “I’d love to do that. I’d love to see Darryl more. I’d love to do a mockumentary TV show of us living together and rooming together and our day to day adventures outside of saving the world, just sort of the regular stuff. I thought that was a lot of fun to shoot and also I think it’d be cool to have a TV show like that yeah. Surfing, fishing, we got a pub, it’d be good fun. Tamed Asgard and get to explore that world.” Unquote Maybe Chris ought to propose it to Disney Plus?

As we discussed in the last episode, a lot of people got dusted by The Snap. One of the survivors was Bruce Banner, however, it could have been different. While promoting Avengers Endgame, the loose lipped Mark Ruffalo told Yahoo that he really didn’t know that he would survive until he saw the movie. Quote “For one take, I did disappear, and then the other one I didn’t,”“I was pretty sure it was gonna be me,” “It’s like Survivor. It’s like, who’s gonna get kicked off the island? And I probably should’ve. … It’s like Project Runway for leakers.” So did they shot the scene so that Mark wouldn’t know which was the real one? And did they make sure to film several variants of key scenes so Ruffalo couldn’t leak Endgame?

Captain Marvel has passed the billion dollar mark in the world wide box office and no one could be happier about it than the film’s star Brie Larson, Brie reacted to the news at the Women in the World Conference, quote “I’m very grateful to have broken this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars,” “I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It’s just like we’re human, whatever. If people needed this to be another reminder this decade [that minority groups can open movies and make a billion dollars] then great, I’m here, I did it.” This Easter weekend,Captain Marvel did recieve a bump, jumping up from number 6 to number 4 at the box office. It’s international gross box office is currently $1,089,526,133.

The Fox mutant series “The Gifted” has been gifted with the ax, as the Fox network has cancelled the series. Fox the studio and Fox the network are no longer under one umbrella and this could possibly be the reason for the cancellation. Now the possiblity does exist that the series could find a new home on Hulu or Disney Plus or one of it’s cable networks since Disney will now have those platforms to put content on. If The Gifted is gifted a resurrection, we will let you know.

DC News
Shazam is doing great at the box office, it’s defeated Hellboy, which came in 3rd after the comedy Little. In it’s first 17 days of release the Marvel-ous movie has brought in 322 million world wide.

And Shazam star Zachary Levi is doing good off the screen too, A mother named Christina Giannelli wrote on social media quote “My son just got back from seeing #shazam,” Giannelli wrote on Twitter. “Seeing him so happy makes me want to cry. It’s been a rough year for him. He’s homeschooling after being bullied. He’s in therapy now and being able to tell him this superhero @ZacharyLevi has also been and struggled is huge. Thank you.”

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Zach was touched by the tweet and tweeted back. Quote My heart is bursting with love right now for your little man. I was bullied a lot when I was a kid, & wish homeschool was an option for me at many points along the way. Tell him I’m standing with him, and to remember that bullies are just hurt and confused in their own life. Unquote

Christina tweeted back that Her son was crying after she read Zach’s response to him and that Mr. Levi, quote “…made his year.” unquote

We move from Shazam to Birds of Prey. LuckyChap Entertainment, which is Margot Robbie’s production company has announced that it has officially wrapped on the Bird of Prey film . Margot is not only producing the movie, but will reprise her Harley Quinn character for the movie which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Birds of Prey will hit theater screens on February 7th , 2020.

Sean Gunn is , of course, James Gunn’s brother, not really news, and has been on many of his brothers projects including the Guardians of the Galaxy movies as Kraglin. That said, Sean isn’t so sure he’ll be making any kind of appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie. Sean told Comicbook.com quote “I’m always willing to do anything [James] needs me to do. I’m also very, very respectful of the creative process, from the point of view of the people who are writing and coming up with the story. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that story is king… In order for the movie to be good, the story has to be great, and it’s hard to make a great story if you’re thinking, ‘Hmm, I have to work this person in there somewhere.” Unquote if he doesn’t make any appearance in the movie, he will probably be apart of Guardians 3. The Suicide Squad comes out on August 6th of 2021.

Titans will finally get it’s Batman for season two. Dedline dot com reports that Iain Glenn, who played Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones will play the role. The Scottish born actor is 57 years old, which shows us that this Batman will be an older version of the character. The official character description reads as follows: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime,” the description reads. “Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.

It’s unclear if he will be in the cowl for the series or just portray a Bruce Wayne, who’s given up the cowl to fight with his money instead.

Lucifer Season Four is just days away and Netflix has released a new trailer for the rescued series. Let’s watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5QBmphmLbc Season Four drops on May 8th.

CW Boss Mark Pedowitz sat down with the Hollywood Reporter. As you know, the next season will see both Supernatural and Arrow ending. So what direction does Mr. Pedowitz want to take the network’s genre offerings? Quote
“We know who we are and it’s pretty set forth in the development,”. The next Arrow-verse spinoff, Batwoman, “will help extend the franchises and the Arrow-verse. We think Lost Boys [a reimagining of the ’80s movie] fits a lot of what The CW is, and you have the Jane the Novela [a Jane the Virgin spinoff], which is a very interesting twist on Jane now being an author. Glamorous will push the boundaries in a lot of ways. And it’s a show for Gen-Z because of its ability to speak to non-conforming genders and particularly gender fluidity. We’re happy with Nancy Drew, which will have a supernatural twist to it, as well as [Riverdale spinoff] Katy Keene, which, I believe with [creator/showrunner] Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his team will make a huge difference to us, and hopefully it captures that Gossip Girl feel a decade later. Unquote
So I think the CW will be just fine.

The LA Times reports that in July, DC Comics will be putting a spotlight on Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in two new 12 issue maxi series. Lois Lane will be written by Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen will come from the pen of Matt Friction with art by Steve Lieber.

Lois Lane will see Lois investigate threats and conspiracies in a story that DC hopes that will show what makes Lois very remarkable. An email from Rucka quoted by the LA Times quote
“Lois Lane is the best investigative reporter in the DC [Universe],” “This is our truth, and this is what the book is about.” unquote

Friction and Lieber’s Jimmy Olsen according to the team will be ridiculous and sublime. In a phone interview with the Times Fraction said quote “Jimmy’s videos are basically the only thing keeping the lights on at the Planet anymore,” “They have to let him keep doing his thing because it’s the only thing that pays the bills but it’s [also] really expensive” because they keep having to rebuild Metropolis after any messes he causes. So Jimmy will it the road to show and explore various settings in the DCU.

Both “Lois Lane” and “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” will have short stories by their respective creative teams in the upcoming one-shot “Superman: Leviathan Rising Special” on May 29 ahead of their first issues, which are due out in July.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Swamp Thing has been reduced from 13 episodes to 10 apparently after creative differences between Warner Bros the studio and the DC Universe streaming platform. The series will still premiere on May 31st.

This comes on the heels of word that the parent company, WarnerMedia is pursuing its own streaming service to be overseen by former NBC president Bob Greenblatt and Turners Kevin Reilly. WarnerMedia has yet to reveal anything about the platform, but it probably will have it ready before the end of 2020. Could it possibly be that WarnerMedia might want to keep some DC Comics content for the new service as well?

Anyway, let’s look at the Swamp Thing trailer…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8TKZu5PbdA

FX’s Y:The Last Man series appears to be dead. The series, which would have been an adaption of the Vertigo comic series of the same name got some bad news from the network. Showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal, confirmed the news in a joint statement on Twitter.

Quote “FX has decided not to move forward with our series in its current form,” before thanking the talent involved with the show. “We hoped to reward their talent and their trust not just with success but with a show that had something to say, in a time when things must be said. As Y fans ourselves, we hope the future allows just that.” Unquote

Given that FX is now owned by Disney, not Fox anymore I personally don’t see this going forward, however a spokesman for FX told Variety the network is still planning to move forward with the series with its current cast. So I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

Star Wars news
Star Wars news coming out of Star Wars Celebration was hot and heavy. For a personal look at the con,SciFi4Me’s Salacious Crumbs coverage of the Con. They covered the con live all four days and you can watch it all on Youtube.

Let’s start with some of the comics news coming out of Celebration.

A new Darth Vader Miniseries was announced. Target Vader is a six issue miniseries with no release date. At Celebration, Assistant editor Tom Groneman said quote “Target Vader, six issues starring a character that we’ve recently reintroduced… named Valance. He originally appeared in Marvel Star Wars #16 as a cyborg bounty hunter with a vendetta against Vader,” “It’s all about Valance and his crew pulling an impossible mission hunting down Dark Lords of the Sith.” unquote The series features the talents of Robbie Thompson and Marc Laming with covers from Nic Klein.

We got news on the follow up to Star Wars Age of Republic series of one shots with the Star Wars The Age of Rebellion and Star Wars Age of Resistance one shots. First up will be Finn #1 This will come from writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas with covers from Phil Noto. According to Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “The Finn story takes place in his earlier days when he was a stormtrooper on Starkiller Base,unquote
Lucasfilm Story Group’s Matt martin added quote “We also get to see Janitor Finn,” “That’s the main selling point.” unquote

Next up, Poe #1.Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “Maybe there was a pitstop for Rey and Chewbacca on the way to seeing Luke.” “Let’s say he’s got an unexpected mentor from his past… that we’re going to meet in this issue.” unquote

Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk are working on a Captain Phasma one shot. Groneman said that this will show what makes Phasma tick.

Groneman also announced a special issue on Admiral Holdo featuring the talents of G. Willow Wilson, Tom Taylor, Chris Eliopoulos and Elsa Charretier. About this Groneman said quote
“So we’ve got our main story following Holdo, Maz and BB-8,””Willow knew exactly where to take Holdo in this story… This explores her earlier days a bit, and you’re going to get to see that inciting incident for what makes her so unbelievably effective as a leader… It all starts here in this book.” Unquote
There will also be a one shot featuring Hux. and one featuring Rey.

Greg Pak also weighed in on the upcoming Age of Rebellion one shots saying quote “This is one of eight one-shots that I’m doing,” unquote He also said that the stories are in-continuity and explore little moments that have never been seen before in an effort to capture “what makes the characters so fun.”

“I have a special affection for the Boba Fett one,” . “The art is by Mark Laming… and we did it as a straight western. It’s like a badass bounty hunter western story. Boba Fett, I think he says three words during the whole thing… Everybody’s got a different idea of… his motivations.”
https://www.cbr.com/swcc-marvel-comics-star-wars-panel/

There was plenty of more coverage, I’ll have links to it in the show notes.
Also announced was a miniseries Star wars Galaxy’s Edge that will explore a shop in the park that contains rare items. Writer Ethan Sacs said quote “There is a criminal gang that is out to plot a heist for a specific object there. Unquote

While we’re on the subject of the Galaxy’s Edge athe the panel for the new attraction, Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty hinted that Yoda will be featured in some capacity . He also revealed that Frank Oz had recorded new lines for Yoda. He joins Jim Cummings as Hondo and Paul Reubens as DJ-R3X.

And of course, if you’re gonna be walking around the park, you’re probably gonna get thirsty. You can always have a nice tall glass of blue bantha milk. But why not have a Coke. Yes, I said a Coke, A partnership was revealed at Celebration that Coke will have specially packaged Coke products. The bottles resemble Thermal detonators and the packaging will look scuffed up and be rendered in Aurebesh as not to spoil the immersion. Here’s the ad. https://twitter.com/starwars/status/1117109633225756672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1117109633225756672&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcoca-cola-new-design-star-wars-galaxys-edge%2F

The park opens on May 31st at Disneyland and on August 29th at Disney World. Have a Coke. But don’t Smile. The Storm troopers will probably shoot you.

Also seen at Star Wars Celebration was Star Wars fallen order, the action adventure video game from Lucasfilm and EA’s Respawn Entertainment. Respawn head Vince Zampella told the crowd that quote “”This is a Jedi fantasy story game,” “This is a story game. No multiplayer. No microtransactions.” Game Director Stig Asmussen added that quote “So you play as a Jedi on the run in training with a lightsaber and Force powers,” “We made sure that the combat was something that was easy to pick up… Combat is key for us. We call it thoughtful combat,” he explained. The game will follow a character named Cal.
The game will take place during the time that Order 66 was activated. Cal must avoid the Jedi hunting Inquisitors that are searching for Force users that have escaped the original order.

One of the Inquisitors, named Second Sister, first appeared in the Darth Vader comic.

Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan will play the character of Cal, who they said has a young Clint Eastwood quality about him. Monaghan not only provided has voice but did motion capture for the game as well.

The game will be released on November 15th for Xbox, Playstation and PC.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek News with the Picard show. They really need to give us a real name soon. Or it’s gonna be called Star Trek Picard no matter what they finally call it.
Anyway. Jonathan Frakes in an interview with TrekMovie dot com said that he has been booked to work on episodes 3 and 4. He also said that he’s read the first couple of episodes and sadi that it’s like a ten episode movie. He called it quote a very ambitious approach to television, in the first season. Unquote

The show is still adding new cast members. A few days ago we got word that Alison Pill who has appeared in Snowpiercer , American Horror Story; Cult and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Harry Treadaway has been the Netflix series The Crown Disney’s The Lone Ranger and three seasons on Penny Dreadful as Dr. frankenstein. and Isa Briones is a relative newcomer having just wrapped the First national Touring Company of hamilton. He has had a role on American Crime Story: Versace. They join previously announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora.

Turning to Discovery, the season is over and so is Anson Mount’s time as Captain Pike. While the storyline this season had issues at times. Anson Mount’s Pike was on of the bright spots of the season. There has been such an outpouring of love for Mount’s portrayal that a change dot org petition calling for a Captain Pike series has over 11,000 signatures.

Mount has responded to this petition on his facebook page commenting quote I am humbled and deeply touched by this amount of love. I have NEVER received such gratitude. Please know that my own gratitude at having been given the opportunity to walk in Captain Pike’s boots is equaled only by that which I feel for the Trek family’s devotion. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Unquote

Could CBS listen and make a Pike series? Doubtful. But maybe Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore write some Pike novels and Anson could do the audio version?

What we left behind: Looking back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine is almost here. The film is done and handed over to Shout! Studios. The early backer stream of the film will debut worldwide on Thursday April 25th starting at 909 PM eastern time. Eligible backers will get to stream it from home or mobile devices for the 99 hours after the debut. Full unrestricted access will be available after the theatrical release on May 13th.

According to THR, Michelle Yeoh has been cast as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue in James Cameron’s Avatar. In a statement writer director James Cameron said quote “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” The Avatar sequels are due for release on Decembers 2020 and 2021 and also star Zoe Saldana, Sam worthington, Stephen Lang, Kate winslet, Vin Diesel and Sigourney Weaver.

Geek News
Season Two of The Orville is almost over. And what a season has been. It’s even in contention for an Emmy award. Deadline spoke with Seth Macfarlane at their The Contenders Emmy confab on the Paramount lot, Seth talked about how the change in the series tone from a comedy tone to a little more drama made him nervous about how the audience would take it. Quote “I have been a big sci-fi fan since I was a kid,” he said. “I think secretly that was the show I wanted to do, but I figured there’s no way in hell anyone would swallow that from me.”
“With an hour long show, in order to sustain it, you have to have real stakes,”
“That was my fear at the beginning. If people aren’t with us on that side of it, we’re probably not going to last very long. But they were, so we really leaned into that.” Unquote
Speaking about the obvious influence of Star trek on the show Mr. MacFarlane said quote “Star Trek was the first franchise to bring it to a point that reached the mainstream in such a massive way. In many ways, it does have ownership on this idea of a captain on a bridge of his spaceship instead of a sailing ship. But it’s become the convention. You can’t help but go there if you’re doing this type of show. … You just try to start by learning from what your predecessors have figured out and then take it off in its own direction.” Unquote

Speaking of Seth, he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Congratulations Seth, you’ve earned it.

Just two weeks before it was scheduled to go into production, Fox’s new daddy, Disney has cancelled the Mouse Guard movie. The movie which would have been based on Archaia/Boom! Studios comic of the same name. Mouse Guard is a two time Eisner winning comic and graphic novel by David Petersen and has been called Game of Thrones with mice. Set in a human free world the Mouse Guard protects mice from predators and other threats. The movie would have been CGI with WETA providing the visual effects.Based on David Petersen’s two-time Eisner winning comics and a graphic novel. Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the producers are being allowed to shop the project around to other studios.

Warner Brothers is looking to expand it’s studio space by buying The Burbank Studios to use as additional office space and eight soundstages. This will include two Frank Gehry designed office buildings that are next to it’s Burbank Media District. The deal is expected to be finalized later this year.

The European Union has passed a new copyright directive that will change how copyright law will be enforced online.Under the new law, Google and other online platforms like Facebook will have to sign licensing agreements with copyright holders like musicians, performers, authors, news organizations and journalists to use their work online. The law was passed by nineteen countries but was opposed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

The new Copyright Directive now goes to the various countries of the EU to be written into their national laws.

Game of Thrones is back and it drew huge ratings. According to HBO, Episode one of season eight drew 17.4 million viewers across all digital and cable platforms on Sunday alone. . 11.8 of those from cable itself. That number is expected to go up in the days following. This final season is only 6 episodes long. So buy some Game of Thrones Oreos and tune in.

Archer season 10 is just a little over a month away. Let’s watch the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=K9Mp8kvnaAg Archer 1999 is the third episode that’s taking place during Archer’s coma after he was shot at the end of season 7 and looks like we will be getting a lot of scifi jokes and tropes thrown in. The new season will see Archer Lana and the crew onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. Looks good.

Lena Waithe has joined HBO’s Westworld for season three. Lena is any Emmy award winner for Outstanding writing in a comedy series for Master of None and is the creator of Showtimes The Chi. While her role is currently under wraps she will be joined also by newcomer to the series Aaron Paul, best known for Breaking Bad. Season three is currently in production and will likley premiere on HBO in 2020.

From the we needed this why file comes news in an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount Pictures division Paramount Players, alongside Temple Hill and Picture Start has put anto development a prequel to the musical Grease called Summer Loving. The script is being written by John August, who has written the scripts for Big Fish and Charlie and the Choclate Factory. The story will reportedly will show the first meeting of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson that was recounted in the song Summer Nights

Now here’s that interview with author Kevin Dilmore!

That was a fun interview and a great convention. And now I’m looking forward to Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS, it’s not that far away.

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Episode Twenty-Three: Dayton Ward Survived The Snap

Tonight! We sort the living and the dead of the MCU, We see will see the last cameo of the man soon and I interview Author Dayton Ward on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! Back from the twentieth edition of Planet Comicon in Kansas City and it was pretty awesome. We saw a lot of great cosplay and you can see all the picks on our website and Instagram. We got a couple of interviews with two great authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. We will have Dayton’s interview in this episode and Kevin’s in the next. They will also be put up on Youtube. Special thanks to my wife and videographer Sarah. We got some autographs from Linda Blair, Rey Mysterio and the voice of Archer’s Pam Poovey Amber Nash. We went to a few panels, met some more podcasters, met some old friends and had a great time in downtown Kansas City. I am so looking forward to next years con next March the weekend of the 20th.

If you are watching The Orville, I’ve been live tweeting the show over on Twitter, just watch for my feed starting at 8PM Central Time, that’s 1 am UTC for those overseas.

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Now before I start the show tonight. I’d like to spend a moment to talk about Linda Blair’s charity, The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, it’s mission is to rescue, educate, alleviate suffering and improve the lives of animals and people. They advocate spaying and neutering your pets, adopting pets from rescues and shelters, not buying from pet stores and being prepared for natural disasters.

You can check them out and  give them a hand by visiting their website at lindablairworldheart.org.

Now let’s get on with the show.

We start with Star Trek news.

Star Trek Discovery is winding down for the season and at a panel at WonderCon this past weekend in Anaheim, California. They had a “Star Trek: Discovery Inside the Visual Effects” panel. On the dias was director and executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, visual effects supervisors Jason Zimmerman and Ante Dekovic, and previsualization supervisor Stephen Pavelski. They talked about the challenges they faced this season such as the red angel which according to Osunsanmi  quote The Red Angel took so many different departments to pull together correctly with costume and props. For VFX, from when Alex [Kurtzman] first came up with the idea and it was an 18-week build to build it. And the VFX has to build a full CG character of that. We have to make sure it fits on the character it has to go on. And then the VFX has to make sure it does all these wondrous things it has to do and make it look real, and legit. I think that—at least for us on the production side—took the most time. I can remember a lot of 1:00 AM phone calls with [Jason Zimmerman]. Unquote

Also discussed was the challenging asteroid sequence in the season premiere, apparently it was Alex Kurtzman’s idea and that the started on it during the finish up on season one. And even though it was a huge effort  Zimmerman joked quote

We did that asteroid sequence and it was a massive CG undertaking, and I think Alex’s favorite thing was probably making Linus blink. He laughs every time. Unquote

They also discussed how they tried to make sure the effects didn’t over shine the story. Jason Zimmerman said quote Obviously it is served by technology, which is blisteringly fast. So, we are going to continue to grow and be able to do better versions of CG people where you are not going to be able to tell at some point. But, the one thing we can’t do with visual effects is write the story and make the story. So, it is still our job – regardless of how flashy we can get – that we have to tell the story. That is why we have to work with production and everyone else. We can make some really flashy stuff, but if at the end of the day it doesn’t tell a Star Trek story, then it doesn’t do anybody good. Unquote

A new ad from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention features the story of Leonard Nimoy.the ad, part of their “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. Showcases stories of people who have suffered from smoking-related illnesses, and the devastating impact of these illnesses on smokers’ families. The ad features Susan Nimoy, wife of Leonard Nimoy.  Let’s watch,

The CDC estimates that,between 2012-2015, over nine million Americans tried to quit smoking cigarettes because of the campaign and over half a million quit for good. If you need encouragement to stop smoking you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or to visit www.cdc.gov/tips for help.

Space Jam 2…you don’t know how much I wanna walk away right there, has added Sonequa Martin Green to the cast. She will be playing Lebron James wife. Not much is known about the movie, but it’s expected that Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be teaming up with the Loney Toons against something. The film will be directed by Terence Nance, and produced by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. And will be out in July of 2021.

Star Trek fans in Ireland want to look up to Chief Miles O’Brien. Alex Smyth of Dublin has launched a petition to put a statue of the Deep Space Nine Chief of Operations somewhere in the city of Dublin. Miles O’Brien was first introduced as a recurring character on Star Trek the Next Generation back in season one of the show, He eventually got a name, a wife and a new job on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Where he usually found himselfs being tortured in one way or another. The petition on ipetitions dot come already has 2,445 signatures. If you’d like to sign, we will have a link to it in our show notes. https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/build-a-statue-of-star-treks-chief-miles-obrien

Dayton Ward interview 

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with new about Star Wars: The Mandalorian, the series that will air on Disney plus has wrapped production and according to a Lucasfilm source to HN Entertainment, a second season is already looking pretty likely.

The series is being showrun by Jon Favreau and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian. It’s expected to debut in the fall when Disney Plus does.

Werner Herzog has revealed a little more about his new role in The Mandalorian. The Filmmaker and actor revealed to Indiewire that quote “Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in The Mandalorian, the Star Wars sequel or whatever you call it. I like to do it because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain,”

Star Wars Celebration isa few days away and Star Wars dot com has gotten a glimpse of a massive mural that will be unveiled at the fan fest.  The mural from artists Doug Chiang and Jason Palmer will feature images from Episodes 1 through 9, the spinoff films and animated series Doug Chiang told Star Wars dot com that I wanted the scale to be theatrical,” “I felt it was important to make the mural as large as possible to mirror the cinematic experience. At 10-feet-tall and 88-feet-long, it’ll be unlike anything we’ve done before.” The idea according to Chiang came from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy saying that quote “She asked if we could create a piece of art that would encapsulate the entire Star Wars saga, visually representing the complete stories of Star Wars through art.

Star Wars Celebration begins on April eleventh. For news from their check out Scifi4me’s Salacious Crumbs. They’ll have their host Mackenna their for the event.

Keri Russell dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and did reveal that she has quote the coolest unquote costume in the film. Keeping silent has been difficult for her and her son was the first to know that she got the job quote “I got off the phone and I was like, ‘Hahaha, wait. River’ — my 11-year-old — ‘You can’t tell any of your friends, but I’m doing a really cool project. It’s Star Wars,'” Unquote Asked if she has an idea of what the title is, she said that she had no idea.

Marvel News

One last cameo. That’s apparently all that’s left for Stan Lee according to Director Joe russo,Stan did record several cameos prior to his passing. According to Joe Russo promoting Endgame in India said quote “I believe that his final cameo is in Endgame. I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Spider-Man [Far From Home],” “But it was incredible to work with him.”, “I grew up on his comic books. Stan Lee was an idol of mine as a kid. To be able to have the opportunity to not only to work under the material he created but to work with him is a childhood dream come true.”  Stan has appeared in all 21 Marvel Studios productions.

Now Stan not only did cameos in the Marvel Studios Produced films, but also in those produced by other studios, including Fox. So an appearance by Stan in the latest X-Men film Dark Phoenix was expected, but in an interview with Cinemablend, X-Men producer Hutch Parker and director Simon Kinberg they confirmed that no cameo will be in the movie. The revealed that instead they will have a tribute to him in the film. Quote “We do have some tribute to him, and it’s something that obviously we weren’t thinking about when we were making the movie because he was still very much alive,” “And he’s been such a huge part of making these films over the years. He’s had cameos; he’s had input into the process of making them.”

And speaking of Dark Phoenix, Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm says that the film has a different tone from previous installments. Speaking with comicbook dot com at Wondercon Shipp said quote “I love the fashion of it, I love the colors.” “When we first started Apocalypse, it was like walking onto a comic book. You felt like you were walking into a comic book, and what I love about Dark Phoenix is that, it is way more gritty. I think it affects you in a way more visceral way because it’s not a comic vibe. It’s very real, it’s very raw, and it was scary at times. It’s scary to think that someone you love is losing their mind.” According to Hutch Parker talking with comicbook.com, this change of tone was Simon Kinberg decision. Quote“I mean the decision here, it was really Simon [Kinberg]’s decision was to tell the Dark Phoenix story but really tell it as Jean’s story. So that was first and foremost. So it’s a much more thorough investigation of that saga of the story at that heart of the saga and much truer to Jean as a character. I think you’re right that one of the challenges was how do we balance what is in the comics in the galactic and intergalactic nature of that storyline with wanting to stay more Earth centric. And you know, we obviously made the decision to include some of that, but to keep it rooted in and around the characters we’ve come to know and love within the X-Men.”Unquote  Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters on June 7th.

Marvel’s Black Panther has racked up some more awards, this time at the NAACP Image Awards. Black Panther racked up the awards for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a motion picture , Outstanding Motion Picture and Chadwick Boseman won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, while Michael B Jordan walked away with Outstanding Supporting Actor. Danai Gurira won Outstanding Supporting Actress and Letitia Wright got Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a motion picture. Ryan Coogler was awarded the award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture. And Coogler and Joe Robert Cole got Outstanding writing in a motion picture.The soundtrack also got some love, Kendrick Lamar was awarded Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation and Lamar and SZA won Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for All The Stars.

Well one of the highlights of my trip to Planet Comicon was a visit to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to see Captain Marvel. Well your welcome Marvel. I just contributed to Captain Marvel breaking the 1 billion dollar mark at the global box office. In the US, the film has made about 360 million and the overseas take comes out to just over 645 million. Bringing the worldwide total to one billion four million plus dollars. That’s an awesome amount for 4 weeks.

So you’ve probably got your tickets for Avengers: Endgame, I hope you picked a theater with comfortable seats cause you’re gonna be in them for awhile. The movie runs just over three hours and Co-director Joe Russo addressed the length during an interview with Box Office Pro quote “We’re still looking at a similar time [approximately three hours]. This one’s been very specific in its run time. It really hasn’t changed since we executed the first cut of the film,” “Even though we’ve shot a lot of footage between now and then, we’ve swapped things out and the water keeps rising to the same level because the story’s so dense. We have so many characters that we’re working with again that require that kind of run time.” unquote In other words, when you have a dozen or more characters that all need screen time, you’re length is gonna get long.

We know have a definitive idea of who was dusted after the Snap in Infinity War. Marvel released a series of posters featuring characters that survived and didn’t. Among the survivors  when Endgame picks up are Iron Man , Black Widow , Captain Marvel , Happy Hogan , Wong, Okoye , Ant-Man, Nebula, Rocket Raccoon , Hawkeye , Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner , Captain America , Thor, and War Machine . Among the Fallen are Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch , Gamora, Mantis, Loki, Nick Fury, Vision , Bucky Barnes , Drax), Falcon , Groot, Wasp , Shuri, Spider-Man , and Star-Lord . So plan your movie cosplay accordingly.

Well out with the old and in with the new members of the MCU. It looks like Angelina Jolie might be showing up in the next phase of Marvel movie. The actress is in negotiation to star in The Eternals. The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby and has an expansive story that covers thousands of MCU galactic history. The film will be directed by Chloe Zhao. No word on what part Jolie is going for. It could be either Sersi, thena or Elysisus, but it is expected to hit screens sometime in 2020.

The Hollywood reporter also reports that Kumail Nanjiani is also in talks to join The Eternals.

Season two of Cloak and Dagger returns to Freeform this month and they’ll be a time jump from where the characters were in the first season. Season two starts eight months later after ty was forced to be on the run, hiding out in an abandoned church. . In an interview with CBR star Aubrey Joseph said quote With Season 1, we literally watched them figure out how to maneuver with these powers. So Season 2, from the jump, you see them become these badass superheroes, you know? It still takes time, obviously. They’re young and they are still learning, but — specifically for Ty — eight months in a church by yourself, it’s a lot of time on your hands to practice your powers, obviously. So I think it will be worth the wait, to see that. Unquote. This is also handy as we get the see Cloak and Daggers powers expanded.

And just when you thought Agents of Shields seventh season was it’s last…maybe think again. Jeph Loeb in a panel at Wonder Con said that quote “By the time you get to May 10th you will have nothing better to do than to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knowing how the Avengers story ended in Endgame. So that should tell you, particularly when you saw today the One Year Later.” Co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen explained,“We’re not ending” in response to season 7 being the show’s last. “We always think we’re going to end each season and being renewed is a bonus each year.”  So do you think this will be the end?

DC News

It’s been over a year and a half since Justice League came out. You might remember that during reshoots, Henry Cavill was in the midst of shooting the new Mission Impossible movie and sporting a mustache. In order to cover up Superman’s unexpected lip hair, the production had to go to lengths to cover it up causing the fakest looking upper lip area ever. Now ReelAnarchy has debuted a photo from the set showing Cavill sporting the mustache. Frankly, I think they shouldn’t have removed it, they should have added a beard. It would have made more sense with the “Death of Superman” sort of story they were trying to tell. https://twitter.com/Pop_Cult_Pod/status/1112850011983888384/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1112850011983888384&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fdc%2F2019%2F04%2F01%2Fjustice-league-movie-2017-superman-mustache-reshoots-henry-cavill%2F

Back in 2009, The Dark Knight was not nominated for The Best Picture Oscar. This has been seen by some as one of the greatest snubs in awards history. However it’s snubbing encouraged the Academy to widen the field the next year to 10.  At a Q&A session following an IMAX screening of The Dark Knight on March 30th in LA in honor of Batman’s 80th Anniversary. When asked about it, Nolan responded with quote “Yeah, which is a kind of cool consolation prize, I guess,” The IMAX screening tour will continue this month with screenings in New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Indianapolis.

We keep getting new information about James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and it looks like Jai Courtney will be returning to the role of Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie will be back as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis will be back as Amanda Waller. We also have word from Variety that Idris Elba will be playing  a new character that will be replacing Deadshot. For a film that’s not a sequel, it sure seems like a sequel and not a reboot.

80 years of DC Comics will now be at your fingertips as DC Comics will be releasing their creative output in a new feature to the DC Universe streaming service. DC universe senior Vice President and General Manager Sam Ades said at Wondercon quote “From the time DC Universe launched last year, our fans have loved the comic experience and have asked us for just one thing – more! The expansion to thousands of titles in January 2019 was a first step in our goal to deliver on that request, to provide DC Universe members full access to the pantheon of DC’s epic Super Hero stories,” “We’re thrilled to respond to our fans yet again with the incredible value of the ultimate DC digital comics library.” The service costs $7.99 a month. With all the new shows their adding, this service is looking better all the time.

The premiere of Swamp Thing has been announced, the new series made for the DC Universe service will debut on May 31st.  Here’s a synopsis:When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all. The series stars Jennifer Beals, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen, and more.

Speaking of Swamp Thing, here’s a little trivia for you Constantine first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 back in 1985. Well actor Matt Ryan has revealed that he wants John Constantine to show up in the new series. Ryan commented on this during a panel at Wizard World Cleveland saying quote “John Constantine was born in Swamp Thing. Eventually, he has to be on Swamp Thing, and I just hope it’s me”

Staying with DC Universe news, an image has surfaced of star Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, this looks to be a costume similar to the one the character wears in the comic, Brec is shown holding the Star Rod as well. And you can see Stripes leg in the background behind her. The new series should be out in 2020. https://twitter.com/TheDCUniverse/status/1111798952985137152/photo/1

So how did the other Captain Marvel, Shazam! Do at the box office this week? For opening weekend, it made 56.8 million in the United States and on the foreign box ofice it made 102. 3 million for a worldwide box office total of 159,130,326. I opened at number one. Pretty good for the big red cheese.

Arrow’s next season will be it’s last and Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards has announced her departure from the series prior to this next last season. Rickards plays Felicity Smoak, a role that debuted in 2012. She made the announcement in a letter on Instagram quote “The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens

And why TGA is so damn hot

And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute

before we go and do all that

For this makes me out of breath

To have this not small chat

Felicity and I

are a very tight two

But after one through seven

we will be saying goodbye to you

I thank you all for the time we’ve shared

The elevators we have climbed

The monsters we have faced and scared

And The burgers we have dined

I will keep her in my heart for always

And I hope that you can too

Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you

Love,

Felicity and Me”

We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Geek News

You can now pay homage to the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. As a Lego Ideas Steamboat Willie set has been released. The set idea was first submitted to Lego Ideas by Mate Szabo back in 2016 and quickly earned the 10,000 voted it needed for consideration by Lego. The set has 751 pieces and includes Mickey, Minnie, Mickey’s parrot, hidden wheels, moving steam pipes, a rotating paddle wheels, an adjustable crane and it’s all in glorious black and white. If you want one, go to the Lego shop and get yours for 89.99. We will have a link in the show notes. https://shop.lego.com/en-US/product/Steamboat-Willie-21317

Mark Hamill is a man of many voices. Now he lends his vocal talents to the killer doll Chucky in the new reboot of Child’s Play. He announced it on twitter quote “People let me tell you ’bout my best friend…”🎶

The wicked fun begins when @ChildsPlayMovie is unleashed in theaters: Friday, June 21st 2019. #SoLuckyImChucky 🤪  Unquote Original Child’s Play director Tom Holland tweeted back quote Smart move. With a thumbs up emoji. Unquote.

The Big Bang Theory is almost done and one mystery apparently will never be answered. Penny’s maiden name. That’s right in twelve years of episodes her last name has never been seen or uttered. Executive Producer told The Hollywood Reporter quote “[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her one,”“[I]t will always be Hofstadter.” Unquote So I guess we will never know. Perhaps it was Blank.

The Directors of the new Pet Sematary remake really wish the trailers and commercial  hadn’t spoiled so much. Especially the death of the daughter Ellie. However they did defend the trailer and even pointed out a benefit in an interview with Collider Dennis Widmyer said quote Yeah, we would not have done that, but we don’t work in marketing. But I will say though, to their credit, that we tested the film in a bunch of different cities, as you always do with studio films, and our score went up after the trailer was revealed. I’m not saying it was because of that. We had made the movie better obviously in between, but I don’t know. There is something to be said about people sort of knowing going in already what to expect and then being ready for it rather than blindsided by it if they’re not into it. Unquote Pet Sematary come to theaters on April 5th.

Pet Sematary producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura speaking with Consequence of Sound said that a sequel is possible, but thinks that it should be a prequel instead quote

“I think if there’s anything here, there’s a prequel. I think if you look at the book, we didn’t cover all that stuff that happens before the Creed family moves in. So, I think there’s a movie there, and I think I’d be particularly interested in doing that, because, again, it’s the source material and you are going toward something that also has a lot of crazy, creepy feelings about it.”

So, would you rather see a sequel or a prequel or neither?

Screen Rant has confirmed that Netflix has renewed The Umbrella Academy for season two. Production is expected to be underway from May 2019 through to September 2019. And no words on plot or release date have been forthcoming, so watch this space.

Apple has announced it’s new streaming service with the unimaginative name of Apple TV Plus. The service will launch this fall and be available in over 100 countries. Announced at a live event were Jason Mamoa and Alfre Woodard starting in a new scifi series called See, there is also a show from M. Night Shyamalan planned, a reboot of Amazing Stories a space drama from Ronald D moore and Foundation based on the work of Isaac Asimov.

Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley has confirmed that the late Don Rickles will still voice Mr. Potato Head. Don passed away two years ago this month at the age of 90, not having recorded any new dialogue for the sequel.  In a tweet Josh Cooley said quote “Some people say funny things, I say things funny.” -Don Rickles

All of his pieces may be replaceable, but his voice is not. Honored he signed on for TS4, honored he’s in TS4. unquote

There has been no elaboration on how his voice will be in the movie, however it’s more than likely that they will use vocal performances that were not used from the past 3 movies and he will just be around, but not integral to the plot in anyway.

Actress and model Tania Mallet has passed away. Tania can best be known for her role in the classic James Bond movie Goldfinger where she played the role of tilly Masterson. Tania is a cousin of actress Helen Mirren. She was born in Blackpool, England. She was working as a model when she was cast by Albert Cubby Broccoli for the role in Goldfinger. Goldfinger was her only screen role, she returned to modeling after Goldfinger. Tania Mallet passed away at the age of 77.

Rankin-Bass Composer and Arranger Maury Laws has passed away. Mauray was the musical director for rankin-bass and supervised scoring on such classics as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and the Hobbit. He arranged and conducted all the music for the perennial classic Rudolph. The success of that led to his work with Fred Astaire on Santa Claus is coming to town, danny Kaye in Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Angela lansbury on the First Christmas and Judy Collins on The Wind in the Willows.

Mauray was nominated for a Grammy in 1979 for the music in The Hobbit. He would later score The return of the King animated sequel. He not only worked for Rankin Bass but he also scored for movies and tv. Here’s a bit of trivia for you,Back in 1960, he wrote the arrangement of the song  “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” without credit. Laws is survived by his wife Karen, his three children , two sisters, nieces and nephews. Maury Laws was 95 years old.

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Episode Twenty One: We Haven’t Been Bought by Disney…Yet.

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Tonight! We look at the Galaxy’s Edge, we check in on What we left behind and The Mouse finally gets The Fox on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
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Star Wars news begins with a lot of peaks at the Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disney Land. The DisneyLand version will open on May 31st, while the Disney World version will open on August 29th.

First off, is the new Tie Fighters https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/avw1wz/tie_echelon_from_galaxys_edge_and_maybe_ix/?utm_content=media&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=2de182e27dc54057950d572ea822c0c1&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=avw1wz The TIE Echelon, which was confirmed by ABC News’s Clayton Sandall, will  appear in an upcoming movie, but nothing concrete on if it’ll be in Episode Nine. Sandall described quote It combines, if you could imagine Kylo’s shuttle kind of shrunken down into a TIE fighter look.” unquote We have also learned that the battalion of First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the park will be The 709th, aka The red Fury. Entertainment Weekly noted quote “This elite squad from The First Order has arrived on a new ship — the TIE Echelon, which has a cockpit similar to Kylo Ren’s batwinged shuttle but the curved foils of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1.”

So while you’re at Disneyland or Disney World checking out the new Tie fighter and evading the Stormtroopers, why not sit down for a tall glass of Blue Bantha Milk. Blue Milk is, of course, what was served to Luke by his Aunt Beru in his last meal before his Aunt and Uncle met their grisly fates. Scott Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer in charge of galaxy’s edge shared with Entertainment Weekly, quote  “I will tell you it’s not actually milk,”“If you’re walking around Florida in the middle of August, the last thing you want is, uh, a huge glass of milk.” He might be right, you might end up with a cold glass of Blue Cottage Cheese or worse. Perhaps they should make some cheese so you can have a Bantha Cheese pizza. Wonder if there’s an alchol filled version…a Blue Russian?

So you’ve had the milk, now what. We have word or two on the major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge. First off is Smuggler’s Run, which puts guests in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon has either a pilot, gunner or flight engineer, each with a different role, so you can have a different experience every time you ride.

Also you have Rise of the Resistance, that puts you in the role of a new recruit with the Resistance in a battle against the First Order and a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes you inside a full size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

And of course you’re visit is not complete unless you empty your wallet of Galactic credits. The Droid Depot will let guests build their own astromech droids. Patrons will build either a R-series or BB series and can customize their droids with various parts and colors. You can also buy a pre-built droid and other droid related items.

You can also visit Savi’s Workshop to make your own lightsaber, Just cause the Jedi’s are no more doesn’t mean you can have a light sword of your own. And at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guest will fine items from Star Wars galactic history, including holocrons, Jedi and Sith artifacts and more. There’s also a Toydarian Toymaker, the Resistance Supply for all your resistance gear, the First Order Cargo for your First Order gear. And much much more.

I’ll have a link in the show notes for an article at Comicbook.com with a list of all the locations at the park.

A leaked lego set might just have confirmed a return to Rey’s home planet of Jakku An Instargamer by the name of savcreationsog claims that a set titled Assault on Jakku will sell for nearly fifty dollars and contain 399 pieces. No images of the set and for all we know this might be a complete fabrication. However, it must be noted that Episode IX did have principal photography that took place in Jordan, where Jakku was filmed in The Force Awakens, so….connect your own dots or bricks.

Chris Avellone, the writer of Star Wars Knights of the Old republic II and Fallout New Vegas is apparently working on a new Star Wars game,  Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order for Respawn. The games writer took to Twitter and confirmed it quote “I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month,”. “Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem

Jedi Fallen Order is A new action adventure game which tells an original story set shortly after the events of Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.

Currently, to watch all 10 films in the Star Wars saga, one would have to watch around 23 hours of film. Lucky for us, Topher Grace and Jeff Yorkes have condensed that down into one five minute video entitled Star Wars forever. Topher announced the compilation on his twitter quote “10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…” The video boils it down to the key or iconic moments in the movies. This isn’t the first time Topher has taking a knife to Star Wars, back in 2012, he whittled down the prequel trilogy down to a single film. Topher said that it wasn’t a way to discredit George Lucas’ it was just an experiment to hone his editing skills. Topher told IndieWire why he did it. Quote“I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax,” “There’s something really zen about it.” So is there something you’d like to edit down into a smaller package?

Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner and our friends over at SciFi4Me will have a correspondent at the event. And Jedi News has revealed some of the exclusive merchandise that will be offered at the event. First on the list is Plush Loth-Wolves in white or grey from Star Wars Rebels. There’s also a Rancor tiki mug with a Luke Skywalker muglet by Geeky Tiki, a special Celebration mug with an adorable Porg surprise inside. And a Darth Maul jacket to honor the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace.  Twenty years since the Phantom Menace. I guess it’s time to fire up the Bluray and see if it holds up.

Star Trek

So many Trek series, so little time…Let’s start off with The Picard show is on a hiring first off is the initial director for the pilot episode, That honor goes to Hanelle Culpepper. Hanelle might be relatively new to trek having only directed two episodes of Discovery, but she has quote the directoral pedigree. She has directed for Empire Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Gotham, Lucifer and The Flash. This will also make her the first female director to helm a pilot episode for the franchise. We also have word straight from the mouth of Trek Alum Jonathan Frakes that he will direct  the new series. Telling the Writer Experience Podcast quote Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world. Unquote

In front of the camera we will see, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd, Cabrera has recently starred in the CBS series Salvation and Big Little Lies on HBO and Hurd’s credits include Blind Spot, the Fox tv version of Lethal Weapon as well as Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. No word on what roles either actor will be in the series.

We got some new details about when production will begin. Production Weekly Said that production will begin on April 14th and go for five and a half months finishing on October 1st. The show will be shot at Santa Clarita Studios, 35 miles north of the old Paramount Studios where most Star trek series were produced. This is also the studio where Patrick Stewart filmed his two season Starz comedy series Blunt Talk.

We also have a hint at the series title, Production Weekly lists the title as Star Trek Destiny with a working title as Drawing Room. It should be noted that Destiny is one of the titles that CBS trademarked last year..

By the way,  Congratulations to actress Mary Wiseman who tied to note to her fiance Noah last month.

Moving on to shows starting production to one with episodes aplenty under its belt. CBS All Access has renewed Discovery as expected for it’s third season with production set to start in July and it will have yet another new showrunner. Michelle Paradise has been promoted to co showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, To quote Alex Kurtzman in the official announcement, quote “Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” . “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.” I’ll have to agree that this season has been markedly better than last season. The main story is interesting, however… Maybe season three can see it tightened up some more? It’s expected that season three will air in the second or third quarter of 2020, after the new Picard show finishes up.

Now I mentioned Jonathan Frakes a couple of minutes ago, and that wasn’t the only thing he mentioned in that interview Mr. Frakes also assessed CBS’s plans for the franchise on tv quote My understanding is that Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout are creating a Star Trek show that will hopefully allow fans of Trek to have something fresh to see all the time. That is why Discovery, now that it is a hit, will continue, and they have announced Sir Patrick’s show, which is not titled, that will air after Discovery. And they have announced they are developing a show for Michelle Yeoh, so Empress Georgiou who is a character on Discovery will have her own stories. They have hired the guy from Rick and Morty – [Mike McMahan] – to write an animated show called Lower Decks, which I have seen parts of that are hysterical. So you have one, two, three, four. They’ve got a Nickelodeon connection for a little kid’s Star Trek, so that’s five. So, there is a world that is being created by Kurtzman and his team that will hopefully continue for many years and provide entertainment, and obviously conversation, about Star Trek for decades. Unquote  Jonathan talks a lot more about directing on the podcast, we will have a link to The Writer Experience podcast in our show notes. https://soundcloud.com/writerexperience/ep38

We also have an update on the DS9 documentary What we Left Behind. They’ve been working for months, to put 20 minutes of Deep Space Nine footage into HD. They released an update on the official website quote We’re nearly through the heavy research-and-scanning stage of our remaster, and with just a few (hundred) more film rolls ahead of us, we’re hard at work replacing the 20+ minutes of new HD sequences — spanning ALL SEVEN seasons of the original run of Deep Space Nine! Unquote  And they also posted an update on how close they are to release quote The restoration process alone is a HUGE undertaking — after all your support in funding this expensive endeavor, it has taken months of work from the CBS Digital team to coordinate, research, find, ship, scan and deliver the original film negatives for us, and more time from our team to clean up, color, and polish the resulting images (and even re-create a handful of effects!).

While we’re still waiting on final elements to arrive and distribution details to lock firmly into place, we don’t want to promise any deadlines we can’t meet with the film not yet entirely complete. They also teased a big update to come this month. So stay tuned…

Set a course for the Gamma Quadrant, GameSamba announced a sequel to Star Trek Alien Domain, Star Trek Alien Domain Incursion. The web browser based new game, which is now available pits groups of players against The Dominion in a battle for control of resources. The game is described as a hybrid of a simulation and strategy game. You can play the game at https://incursion.gamesamba.com

Marvel News

We start off Marvel news with Captain Marvel. The movie opened this past weekend grossing 455 million dollars worldwide, 153 million of that from the US. This made it the seventh largest opening for a Marvel movie of all time and puts it 18th on the list of biggest opening weekends of all time domestically.

Marvel movie star Samuel L Jackson has played both a Jedi and an agent of shield and he would be more than happy to reprise his Star wars roel of Mace Windu if asked, his Captain Marvel co-star Brie Larson confirmed to entertainment weekly that Sam even brought his lightsaber to the set of the marvel movie. Quote “I got to hold his lightsaber! He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried. It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.” unquote of course May the 4th is best known as Star Wars day.

Of course, we know that Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, a time of video stores, well an interesting pop up shop has popedup in Canada (as far as we know) in the mall, a parody of Blockbuster video called Stanley’s video. Not an actual video store apparently but a scavenger hunt that nets the participant a Captain Marvel pin as a prize. Nifty.

And congratulations appear to be in order for Captain Marvel co-star Jude Law, according to Closer Weekly, Jude has officially gotten engaged to his girlfriend of four years business psychologist Phillipa Coan. This will be the second marriage for Mr. Law. The Sun reports that the wedding will take place in May with Jude’s eldest son Rafferty serving as best man.

Now over to the comic book side Thanos and Infinity Wars Artist Mike Deodato Jr.  has announced his departure from the House of ideas. However he won’t be leaving immediately, he’ll leave in June. According to Mr, Deodato On his facebook page, quote “Like everything in adult life, all decisions we make come with consequences, a price to be paid,” “In this case, in order to live my adult dream I have to let go my child dream. I have to leave Marvel. To leave home.”

“Marvel became a family to me, I grew as an artist and as a person together with all the good people I have worked there. The best people,” “Always encouraging me, always treating me with respect and care. It is weird that I feel like a teenager leaving home to face the world when I am older than a lot of them, but that is how I feel. 
 And I will miss and treasure them.” He did however teased he has one more project before he leaves, quote “June 14 will be my last day at home [Marvel], but you will keep seeing me for a while after that,” “Because my family would not let me go without a gift and what they gave me was the most amazing book ever, an opportunity for me to revisit all the characters I care the most in Marvel Universe – The Savage Avengers. I couldn’t think of a better farewell gift. We wish Dedato good wishes on his future endeavors.

On to the Sony side of the Marvel coin perhaps I should start calling it a die, there are more sides that way, Venom 2 is searching for a new director. As Venom director Ruben Fleischer won’t direct the sequel, Discussing Film has confirmed with Sony that he has departed.  According to the report production on the sequel is currently on the schedule for this November in Atlanta. Anyone want to do it?

Spiderman Into the Spider Verse is an Academy Award winning film. So how better to capitalize on this? Spin-offs! A new report from Discussing Film  says that Sony is looking into more spin offs than just the Spider Verse sequel and the all female spinoff. Which would suit Spider Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller just fine, Lord told comicbook.com quote “Look, we wanted to make a movie that felt like it was the tip of the iceberg,” “You could imagine all of these other things. So it’s music to our ears that people could imagine a Spider-Noir film, and the Spider-Ham insane cartoon.” Into the Spider-verse grossed 362.8 million worldwide and had a budget of 90 million.

Now for some breaking business news. Disney has set the closing date for the merger as 12:02 AM Eastern Time on March 20th. This indicates that the final regulatory hurdle from regluators in Mexico has been achieved.  

Not all of this is great as up to 4, 000 layoffs are expected to occur as the two companies integrate.

The closing also means that a new corporation is born, Fox Corporation will emerge from the bits and pieces of 21st Century Fox that Disney didn’t buy.

By the way, I do own stock in Disney.

DC News

We start the DC Universe news with the end…of Arrow. Stephen Amell, who plays the Green Arrow on the show announced it on his twitter feed  quote Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall,”. “There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.” The show that launched the Arrowverse of shows shot it’s first arrow in October of 2012.

Krypton’s second season has wrapped shooting. The Syfy network show left off on a bit of a cliff hanger. Season 2 will debut sometime later this year.

DC’s Legends of tomorrow has a new series regular. Jes Macallan, who plays Time Bureau director Ava Sharpe has closed a deal to return permanently for season five of the WB show according to an exclusive report on Deadline dot com. Jes joined the series as Ava in season 3.

In movie news, Aquaman has passed Guardians of the galaxy on the all time domestic box office list. So far, Aquaman has grossed  333.2 million in the united states passing the first Guardians movie which grossed 333.17 million. Aquaman is one of the best performing DCEU movies and it’s already put a sequel and a spinoff based on The Trench into production.

DC is having a bit of a resurgence with the success of Aquaman and the anticipation over Shazam! The stand alone movie things seems to be doing well for DC movies. Speaking with the LA Times, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke about this new strategy

Quote “The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey, feels like we’re on the right track,” said Tsujihara. “We have the right people in the right jobs working on it. The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.” Sounds a lot like their going more for the Marvel version of universe building. Sounds like a good idea.

The streaming service DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series has revealed that Aquaman exists in their universe after Robotman referenced the King of the seas. Robotman teased Cyborg as Cyborg looked for his keys saying quote “I bet Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys.”. Of course Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys, they’re on a little seahorse keychain.

Shazam!s running time has been revealed and you’ll want to block two hours and twelve minutes. That puts it’s run time between Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in length and a few minutes longer than Captain Marvel.

Swamp Thing is currently under production and director les wiseman showed off a video on his Instagram showing off the creepy set. In the video Len is shown wading in the swamp, feeling around for something in the water. We don’t know what he was searching for, but one thing has been found. Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in the swamp thing movie back in 1982 will be in the new series. What role she will play has not been revealed.

Geek News

We begin Geek News with an old man complaining. Steven Spielberg thinks that movies made for Netflix should be ineligible for the Academy Awards and is proposing a rule change to accomplish this. All this because Roma, which was produced by Netflix and ran in a theater for a short time in order to be eligible for the Oscars nearly won Best Picture. It did however walk away with three awards, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. A spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said quote “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.” Now it’s not that Steven is alone in this battle, there are other reports that say that some Academy members think Netflix spent too much too market the film to Academy members and that you shouldn’t be able to just put a release in a couple of theaters for less than a week to qualify for the awards.  If any change is made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We’ll let you know.

Speaking of films, we have some possible casting news on the new Ghostbusters movie from Sony. According to Variety, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard are in talks to play a mother and her son. Apparently these characters will be the center of plot. Not much is known about the film,which is being helmed by Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. The film should be filmed this summer and be released in July next year.

Now I know what you’re thinking, We don’t need another Ghostbusters movie and you may or may not be right. However do you think we need a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie of many titles, Edge of Tomorrow aka Live, Die, Repeat? Well get ready for one. Warner Bros is moving ahead with the movie with Invention of Lying scribe Matthew Robinson writing the script. The original from 2014 based on the Japanese novel, All you need is Kill did make 370 plus million worldwide. Tom Cruise , whose 56 by the way, has not signed on for the sequel but it’s expected that they will.

As you know, I love the Orville. It’s my favorite series right now. Well now we get an expansion this summer with a new comic book mini – series from Dark Horse Comics. The four issue series will be written by  The Orville executive producer and writer David A Goodman with art by David Cabeza and color from Michael Atiyeh and will take place between seasons one and two and be split into two storylines. Story one is called New Beginnings and sees Ed and Gordon on a journey to a fleet conference when they find a distress call from a Union ship that’s older than a century. The second storyline follows The Orville as the ship discovers a Union ship headed toward Krill space, but could it be something more complicated and deadly? The Orville miniseries comes out on July 17th.

Seth Rogen is entering the Twilight Zone. Seth will star in an upcoming episode of the classic series revival on CBS All Access. The series, which premieres on April first with new weekly episodes starting on April 11th. No word on what role Seth will be playing or in what episode. He joins other famous names like Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani who will star in upcoming episodes.

Taika Waititi has been tapped to co-write and direct the pilot for a Time Bandits tv series according to Deadline. The series will adapt the 1981 adventure comedy from Terry Gilliam, that saw a group of time jumping dwarves on the run from God after taking a map to all the time holes in the universe.  Waititi will executive produce alongside Terry Gilliam and Dan Halsted.

The world was shocked this past week by the announcement from Jeopardy! host Alex trebek that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Alex decided to get ahead of tabloid journalism and make the announcement himself. He said that he plans on beating this and even joked that he has too because he still has three years left on his contract. We send our best well wishes to Mr. trebek.

We close tonight with a couple of remembrances. First off, we say goodbye to Katherine Helmond, the actress probably most well known for her roles on Who’s the Boss and Soap died at the age of 89 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her career goes back more than fifty years Her first television role was on Car 54 Where are you in 1962. Her first big tv role was in 1977 as Kathrine Tate on the tv comedy Soap, which won her a Golden Globe in 1980. In 1981, she had a memorable role as Mrs. Ogre in the Terry Gilliam movie Time Bandits. In 1984, she got another big role as Mona Robinson in the Tony Danza show Who’s the Boss, for which she won another Golden Globe award.  She has also had role in the Cars movie franchise as Lizzie. Katherine Helmond is survived by her husband David Christian.

The saddest news of this past week was the sudden death of actor Luke Perry. Luke Perry was 52 years old. He moved to LA after high school to pursue acting. He started in soap operas like Loving and Another world, before getting his big break as Dylan McKay in 1990 on Beverly Hills 90210. He’s had plenty of geeky roles over the years with roles in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and  The Fifth Element. He was also appeared on The Simpsons, Biker Mice From mars , Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the realm, The Incredible Hulk , Family Guy and Community. His last big role was as Archie Andrews father, Fred on Riverdale. His last role will be as Wayne Maunder in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which will be out this year. Luke Perry passed away from a stroke He is survived by his two children Jack and Sophie and his finance Wendy Bauer.

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Episode Twenty – Spider-Ham Eats World

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Tonight! McFarlane Toys makes DC Toys, what is Spider-Ham eating and award season finishes with the good and the bad on on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
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An DC Comics

DC recently teased a series for Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen  by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber also coming is a series for Lois Lane from writer Greg Rucka and art form Mke Perkins. These come on the heels of the announcement of DCeased. The latest event series to hit the DC Universe. From writer Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, James Harren and Stefano Gaudiano. Here’s the official synopsis: quote  “A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? Unquote Soooo. Zombies. No word on if this takes place in the main DC Universe or an alternate one.The first issue is set to be released on May 1st.

Aquaman has now knocked off Transformers Dark of the Moon to become the 20th highest grossing movie of all time. The movie has ascended to 1.13 billion dollars in worldwide box office. Aquaman is already the highest grossing DC Comics movie of all time having taken the prize from The Dark Knight Rises. A sequel is already in development With James Wan rumored to return,

You gotta love cookies. A girl scout has made Top Cookie CEO for her impressive cookie sales, how did she do it? She rebranded Samoas into Mamoas, after Jason Mamoa, she even redid the boxes with Jason Mamoa photo from Aquaman. Apparently they they were a hit with both boys and girls because according to charlotte quote “Girls will want to buy some because he’s on the front and boys will want to because he’s their favorite character,”. Unquote Now it wasn’t just charlotte’s idea as her mother is a marketing professional. Still, it’s very cool.

Well it’s official Ben Affleck has given up the cape and cowl and retired as Batman. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, Affleck spoke about his decision to leave the Dark Knight behind as director Matt Reeves puts together The Batman. Quote “Yeah, I am. I have decided — I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn’t come up with a version,” Affleck told Kimmel. “Couldn’t crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it, and they got some really good people.” Kimmel than hung Afflecks cape and cowl from the rafters.

So, who will next dawn the cape and cowl? No one knows yet, but Armie Hammer’s name has been bandied about, he denies it. Robert Pattinson has also been brought up as a possible contender, he wouldn’t be my choice, I don’t know that he has the chops to play the Dark Knight Detective. But I could be wrong.

Mattel’s loss is Todd McFarlane’s gain, Todd’s company, McFarlane Toys is taking over the DC Comics toy license. Todd has announced that the line will include interpretations of characters from movies, tv, video games and comics. Todd said in an interview quote “Let’s look at some of the categories we’re going to do,” McFarlane said. “We’re going to do movies. We’re going to do TV. We’re gonna do comic book versions. We’re gonna do animated versions. We’ll do the core toy line and then maybe even some video game stuff. So that gives us a wide range so that in any character you can think of, whether it’s Flash, I can do a version of each one of those. I can do TV, I can do movie, I can do comic book, I can do regular toy line Flash, animated Flash, video game Flash, so if you like Flash we’ll be able to do a big wide range of it.” unquote and it also looks like the figures will be super poseable with anywhere between quote 18 and 24 moving parts” Unquote  Mr. McFarlane hopes to launch the new line in January of 2020.

And on the subject of toys, Walmart stores have been trying to build up their collectibles aisle as of late and it has been announced that DC Collectibles will be bringing it’s Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4 inch mini figures. These figures will be shrunk down versions of the 9 inch figures and feature designs from artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner and many more.  These figures will be presented in the “blind bag” packaging next to DC Comic Giants and will have new figures every few months in waves of six. Wave one comes out this month and has all Batman figures from artists Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely and Dick Sprang. The next release after that will be in April. They will retail for five dollars each and will be available in over 3,000 Walmart locations.

The upcoming Birds of Prey movie has gotten a new cast member, Charlene Amoia. Amoia, who was Wendy on  How I met Your Mother will play the role of Helena Bertinelli’s mother Maria Bertinelli Helena aka The Huntress is being played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes out February 7th 2020.

And in other DC casting news, Batwoman has found her father, actor Dougray Scott has been cast as Colonel Jacob Kane, the father of Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Dad is a retired colonel with a grudge against Batman. He now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows and has made it his mission to prove that Gotham doesn’t need a Batman. Hmmm. think he’ll be happy if he finds out that his daughter is a vigilante herself? The comic origins of the character are quite a bit different, as he is seen as an ally of Batwoman and has served as her Oracle type character.  Dougray is best known for his work in Mission Impossible II, Fear the Walking Dead and My Week with Marilyn. However he was almost Wolverine in X-Men, however he had to pass it up because the schedule conflicted with Mission Impossible II. Batwoman has yet to receive a pickup, but CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed confidence that it will ultimately get picked up.

Marvel

Well, we knew it was only a matter of time. Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been canceled. The third season of Jessica Jones has yet to air. Netflix issued a statement saying quote “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.” However there may be life after netflix, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb in a letter to Marvel fans said quote “Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that,” Loeb wrote, throwing some shade at Netflix for its decisions. “As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.’

“To be continued…!”

So perhaps one day these characters will see the screen again.

And on the subject of exits, Gwyneth Paltrow has officially exited the MCU. The actress who has portrayed Pepper Potts since the birth of the MCU told Variety in an interview quote  “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [‘Iron Man’ director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to fans.” Although she might come back for an occasional cameo if needed. Well now she has more time to spend promoting crackpot health theories.

Captain Marvel is on the horizon and a look at the new book Captain Marvel StarForce Mission Log has a character we haven’t seen since the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rohmann Dey. The Nova Corps member who was portrayed by John C Reilly. Does this mean we might see the character in the movie? We can only wait and see.

So, after watching Spider-man INto the Spider-verse have you asked yourself what hot dogs are made of in Spider-Ham’s universe? Wonder no more as producer Chris Miller answered the question on twitter quote In Spider-Ham’s universe, hot dogs are made of human meat. Feel better? Unquote

Hopefully from free range humans.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with news with a rumor about a possible new Star Wars series for Disney Plus. Star Wars News Net has heard from a little Porg that the studio is developing an Obi-Wan series. No if you’ll remember that an Obi-Wan movie was on the docket before Solo: A Star Wars story nixed those plans. So, I’m gonna guess that if The Mandalorian does well, this very well could happen.

HN Entertainment claims to have obtained a list of possible series that cold be put into production for Disney Plus. These include a Princess Leia prequel, Captain Phasma, The Knights of ren, Rose Tico and Darth Bane. Now keep in mind this is just a list of possible subjects ,nothing is in any stage of production. If any of these come anywhere near production, we will let you know.

So moving on from what might be to what will be, the trailer for the still subtitle less episode nine is on the horizon, and word is that it will be released in April as well as before Avengers Endgame. This report come from Star Wars News Net which says it has a very credible source. The debut could possibly be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, which happens mid April.

Porgs, they aren’t just for dinner anymore. Syfy.com reports that ILMxLab has created a virtual reality experience called Star Wars: Project Porg, this mixed reality experience let’s the user take care of a virtual porg kinda like the old Tamagotchi (kid’s ask your parents what those are) The porgs can be played with fed and even mated with other porgs to make a new one. You can even take them on the road by taking your headset and controls with you. ILMxLab has released a video showcasing the game. It’s actually quite cute. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=197&v=cZNYwEyC-Gc

Grab your lightsaber and put it in your carry on bag, Time to got to france. The Associated Press reports that France has made Lightsaber dueling an official recognized competitive sport.  The sabers certified for this use LED rings to light up and are made of a touch polycarbonate plastic. Some of the higher quality sabers will even rumble when turned on and are made to be aerodynamic as possible. According to reports, lightsaber dueling was approved because of its intense physicality. The French Fencing Federation is equipping fencing clubs all over the country with sabers and instructors who are one with the Force and they are hoping that this will make fencing hip and will help attract people of all ages and help combat sedentary habits.

So if you’re asking yourself, what are the rules for the duel, here you go. The duel begins with both contestants entering a marked circle and saluting. A strike to the head or body accrues 5 points while limbs are worth 3 and hands 1. The first combatant to 15 points wins or to the person who has the most points after three minutes. Should both fighters reach 10 points before time runs out, the duel enters a ‘sudden death’ mode where the first person to strike their opponent’s head or body wins. Strikes only count if the saber’s point is pointed behind them before landing, making swings more theatrical and wide like actual lightsaber duels. So, if the step-and-launch method of fencing never fancied you, then this new combat system might do the trick. So…anyone want to duel?

Star Trek News

We start Star Trek news with the fifty thousand credit question. Now that Patrick Stewart is reprising the role of Jean Luc Picard, would Shatner consider returning to the role of Jame T Kirk? Speaking with comic book dot com before a show at the Grand Ole Opry. They asked him. His response? Quote “That word, ‘resurrect.’ That’s a keyword,” Shatner says. “Resurrect. You’d have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily [laughes] I don’t what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ‘cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that.” Unquote In order words, no. Besides he probably makes more selling autographs for 80 bucks a piece at cons, please he doesn’t have to get off his seat. Trust me, I have a picture with him, he doesn’t get off his seat.

However, if you want someone who would return to Star Trek and has an EGOT (That’s an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg is ready to answer the call. On David Tennant’s podcast, Tennant brought up the notion of returning for the Picard series, and although she hasn’t been asked, but she would be open to it. So….balls in your court Sir Patrick, former cast members are standing by.

In a fourth quarter earnings call to investors, CBS interim CEO Joe Iannello revealed that CBS All Access roughly 4 million subscribers , they had originally hoped to reach that goal by 2020. CBS has now set a new target of 25 million subscribers for it’s All Access and Showtime subscription services by 2022. He did note the contribution of Discovery and the anticipation for the Picard series.   However I would like to note that no talk of the still possible merger between CBS and Viacom was discussed. So don’t expect anything on that front in the near future. However if we hear something, we will let you know.

Variety reports that CBS and Nickelodeon are in negotiations for a new Star Trek animated series for kids. The show would be from the writers of Hotel Transylvania and Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu, Kevin and Dan Hageman. If it comes to be, it would be the first Trek show to air outside of CBS All Access. This show is seperate from Star trek Lower Decks which is the adult oriented animated series that was previously announced.

Levar Burton is set to be honored by the city of Sacramento California. According to The Sacramento Bee, the city’s parks commission has recommended that Richfield Park in Meadowview be renamed Levar Burton Park. Sacramento was Levar’s childhood home after his family moved there when he was three years old. Brianna Moland, assistant planner for the city said quote “He’s always been proud of his Sacramento roots and he continues to use his career and his influence to be a strong advocate for literacy for children,” Levar tweeted in response to the news quote “Wow, is all I can say as well!”

The Tabletop RPG Star Trek Adventures is continuing to expand with The Sciences Division supplement, The Alpha Quadrant sourcebook and the new missions book Strange New World.

The Sciences Division supplement offers players details on the sciences division, including the science and medical departments, Starfleet Exploratory Division, Starfleet Science, and Starfleet Medical. The book also includes information and advice on including the nigh-omnipotent Q in Star Trek Adventures campaigns. The book also offers new options for science-based characters, science and medical equipment not previously covered by the game, and new rules for Game Masters for creating truly alien beings made of energy or different elements, as well as rules for diseases. The book also has non-player character statistics for significant scientist characters from Star Trek Lore, including Carol Marcus, Noonian Soong, and Zefram Cochrane. The supplement retails for 34.99 and is out now.

The alpha quadrant sourcebook is the follow up to the beta quadrant sourcebook and focuses on DS9, the Cardassians, Ferengi and the Maquis. The book will be released in July.

And the Strange New Worlds compendium will contain 10 original missions ready to play, the book will feature new material from Christopher L. Bennett and Jason Bulmahn and will be out in August.

So let’s talk merchandise at Toy Fair this month new products were announced. First off is a new licensee is Factory Entertainment. They showed off Original Series stylized vinyl figures called Revos. Collectible mental prop miniatures called Kuzos and Original Series and next gen plush toys called Pawzplay. Factory also announced they will be producing Star Trek themed desktop environments, bottle openers and a wine stopper. These products are set to start hitting shelves in the summer.

MEGO returned in 2018 and this year they showcased some new 12 inch Star Trek figures including Kirk, Spock, a gorn and a security guard. No specifics on then these will be out.

Quantum Mechanix showcased new badges from Star Trek Discovery, this time representing the badges from the Enterprise. They come in a full sized version and a mini lapel pin and will be priced at 19.95 for the set and will be out this spring. They also have three new Discovery Mirror Universe pins as seen on the show with magnetic backers and will be priced at 14.95

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By the way, have you been watching The Orville? These last three episodes of the season are game changers. Wow. Anyway You can now play with The Orville as Wizkids announced that it has gotten the license to produce HeroClix figures. The first set which will be released this fall is a Jumbo Starter set featuring the main crew from the show. This is only the second tv license to join the Heroclix line, Star Trek being the first. I so want these.

The classic nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Is set to be revived as a miniseries alongside a new film adaptation. The miniseries will feature new members of the Midnight Society gathering around the campfire to tell scary stories, Nickelodeon has not announced when the show would debut but it’ll probably be around the same time as the movie which is set for release in October of this year.

And while we’re on the subject of revivals, Neil Gaiman has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company and Fremantle Media for a new version of The Storyteller. The series from 1987 showcased retelling of legends and myths and featured John Hurt and later Michael Gambon as the Storyteller. Speaking to Deadline, Mr. Gaiman said quote “Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,”  “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story.” Neil is no slouch when it comes to folklore and fairy tales having written about folklore in mythology in The Sandman and American Gods and having released Norse Mythology, a book retelling several classic Norse myths in 2017. No distribution or release date has been announced.

The Lost Boys series on the CW will have some fairly major differences from its source material, that’s to be expected. The latest one is very interesting. If you’ll remember the movie, The Frog Brothers, played in the movie by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were the keepers of lore about vampires and the possibility of their existence in Santa Clara, California. Now word has come down by the Witching Hour podcast that The Frog Brothers have been gender swapped into the Frog Sisters The duo will be named Cassie and Liza, but no other word on any other changes to the characters has come forth. Here are the concrete facts we do know, The Lost Boys reboot will be led by Grey’s Anatomy writer Heather Mitchell. Here’s the synopsis quote “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires,” “After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.” unquote

No word on if the show will get to go to the production stage yet.

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While we are on the subject of the dead. We are sad by the report from The Hollywood Reporter that the George R.R. Martin inspired series Nightflyers will not be getting a renewal by Syfy The series based on Martin’s novella quote “followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain — in hopes of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.” unquote. I’m sure Mr. Martin is crying into the large pile of money he already has and my sympathies to the crew and fans.

We also have word from the Hollywood reporter that Amazon will end the Man in the High Castle with Season 4. Production will wrap up next month and the final season will premiere in the fall.

An exclusive to Variety has reveled that  a Gremlins aminated sereis is in development for Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service. The potential series is said to be a period piece that would follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, as a young man as he goes on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the films on which the show will be based. Tzw Chun has been attached to write and executive produce it, his credits include the tv shows Gotham and Once Upon A Time and he is the co founder of comic book publisher TKO Studios.

We also have some news about the The Wheel of Time adaptation that Amazon Studios is producing. According to Deadline, Uta Briesewitz, who has worked on The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the third season of Stranger Things, will direct the first two episodes of the show about an grand struggle between good and evil. Rafe Judkins will serve as showrunner and executive producer. No launch date has been revealed yet.

We talked a couple of episodes about the award season. The grand finale is here. The razzies and the Oscars.

First off the 39th annual Golden raspberry awards were held this past saturday, these are awards showcasing the worst of hollywood this past year as voted on by the Golden Raspberry Foundation and the winners are: Worst Picture: Holmes and Watson, Worst Director Etan Cohen for Holmes and Watson, Donald Trump won worst actor for Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9, Melissa McCarthy won worst actress for The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Worst Screenplay Fifty Shades Freed There were a few other awards, but I’ll just link to those in the show notes.

And finally the big one The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday and Black Panther did pretty well. Picking up Oscars for Production Design and Costume Design and Original Score and the oscar for best animated picture went to Spiderman Into the Spider-verse.  Plus Stan Lee was honored in the In Memoriam tribute.

Mario and Zelda will have new games coming out this year as Nintendo has announced a new game for each. First up is Super Mario Maker 2, which will allow you to make your own Mario levels including new objects from Super Mario 3D World.  Zelda will get an old favorite remade as the Gameboy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being brought to the switch. I loved this game when it first came out and the animation for the update looks good.

Tonight we say goodbye to Morgan Woodward, who passed away on February 23rd at the age of 93. Primarily known for his work in the Western Genre including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt earp. He also appeared in such shows as Bonanza, The Waltons, Dallas and Hill Street Blues. So why am I talking about him today? Star Trek. Among Morgan’s many credits are two guest appearances in the original Star Trek. In the first season, he played Dr. Simon Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind and became the first recipient of the Vulcan Mind Meld. He returned in the second season episode the Omega Glory as the crazed Starfleet Captain Ron Tracey. He also appeared in episodes of Logan’s Run, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team and The X-Files.

Morgan Woodward passed away at the age of 93 in Paso Robles, California.

We also received word yesterday of the passing of tv’s original Marilyn Munster, Beverley Owen, Beverley originated the character in the first thirteen episodes. Beverley left the role in 1964 to marry writer and producer Jon Stone. She was replaced by Pat Priest for the remainder of the shows two season run. She passed away from ovarian cancer. She was 81 years old.


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