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

Episode 38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 39

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

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

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

The movie arrives in theaters this October.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The series is supposed to start production in October.

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EPISODE 31

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

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

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

Comics Edition

DC Comics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 28: A Sci-Fi Dawn

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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Keith, we will always have your great artwork.

Sci Fi in general

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

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

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

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

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DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek news

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

WINNER: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,TRAILBLAZER AWARD

WINNER: Jada Pinkett Smith

BEST MOVIE WINNER: Avengers: Endgame

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode Twenty-Seven: One Year Later

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’ll be interesting to see the end results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Series writer Ryan North told AV Club quote

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

The final issue should be out in November.

DC

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

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

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

So should Keanu make Constantine 2?

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

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

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

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

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

Geek News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So how about a round of trailers first Terminator Dark Fate

Next up is The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance

And we have a new one from Disney Pixar called Onward

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 40:Picard’s a wrap, we’ll take it and Episode 41:Rick Stasi is not the Joker, but he is an Iron Man


Multiverse Tonight Episode 40 Sci Fi Edition

Tonight! Picard’s a wrap, More trouble in Discovery’s writers room and JJ Abrams has something to say about Star Wars fans and on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. I will admit right at the beginning here that my heart wasn’t fully in this episode. You see this episode falls during one of the few vacations I get from my night job and my wife and I were going to go to Wizard World Tulsa this past weekend, but we canceled it because the fridge died, so we had to buy a new one. So this became a staycation. But it wasn’t all bad, we went to the Kansas State Fair, we saw It Chapter 2 and went out to a couple of good places to eat.  By the way, if you’d like to help get me to more cons in the future. Just go to the website and click on the donate link at the top of the page. However. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have some news, so….

Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is a wrap. The production has wrapped up filming on season one and we know this thanks to VFX Supervisor Ante Dekovic who posted on Instagram quote “That’s a wrap on Star Trek: Picard!!! …at least the filming part. All is left, months of post production,“”Thanks @startrekcbs @michael.chabon , Akiva, @alexkurtzmanofficial and of course @sirpatstew for the experience. . Also a big thank you to everybody who helped us on set with the VFX. Even that for most of the time, it was hard to imagine or understand the things that we do. 🖖 . Can’t wait for the world to watch the show and get their minds blown!” unquote The series comes to CBS All Access in early 2020

And one man who is breathing a sigh of relief is Number one himself, Jonathan Frakes. Speaking at Fan Expo Canada, Mr. Frakes admitted that after spending so much time behind the camera as a director, he was nervous acting opposite Patrick Stewart again. Quote “I hadn’t acted in a long, long, long time,” “I hadn’t played Riker in 18 years, and I’ve been very fortunate to be busy directing. I acted briefly in a movie in Winnipeg about 10 years ago. And I had a major anxiety attack because, for whatever reason, I’d forgotten to act. I forgot how to act. I was not a pretty picture for a few hours. I got my s–t together and ended up doing fine.

“I had just directed two episodes of Picard with Sir Patrick and, as I said, his acting muscle was well-toned. And Marina (Sirtis) had just closed having starred in a play in the West End in London. So, I knew she was going to be in good form. So, I was a nervous wreck. It ended up going very well. But don’t let anybody tell you it’s like getting back on a bike. That’s bulls–t. That’s acting bulls–t.” unquote. 

He was excited to direct the third and fourth episodes of the series saying quote “Eighteen years later. I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised,”  “I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged [laughs] Sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it. He is obviously more excited. His announcing of it at Las Vegas — which I believe was his idea —was very smart. You know he is 78, and he is going to be carrying the show on his shoulders, his considerable shoulders.

“I’m excited for him and personally, I feel so blessed to back,”  “It’s so ironic that I spent so many years trying to expand where I was working and I was lucky enough to get onto other types of shows. The directing has been a mitzvah for me—to learn another craft. And now I am deeply ensconced in the world I was in 31 years ago—and I’ve got to say—incredibly grateful for it, between The Orville, and Discovery and Picard. And hopefully the Empress Georgiou show.”

At Fan Expo Canada Mister Frakes also discussed Season three of Discovery saying quote “I can tell you this much about season three of Discovery: It is in fact much more optimistic,”  “They’ve gotten themselves out of the Mirror Universe… After Gene died, some of the writers decided that Deep Space Nine should maybe take a different tone, which, I think, it did to certain degrees of success. The optimism that Gene infused in all of his shows and in all of us may not be as obvious as it once was, but it’s certainly the driving force of his vision and the franchise and [Alex] Kurtzman and all the people who run our shows are very conscious that that canon is important to all of you and all of us. JJ [Abram]’s movies, I thought, were very uplifting and wonderfully told stories. There needs to be conflict to make drama. So I’m here to share that Discovery certainly is taking a more optimistic, traditional Star Trek approach in next season.”

Wait, they’re conscious about cannon? Really? 

Anyway, Discovery Season three jumps 930 years into the future but arrives sooner than that next year.

Ethan Peck, who played Spock on the last season of Discovery is still hoping for a Captain Pike spinoff. Speaking at the Trekonderoga con in Ticonderoga, New York. The most recent Mister Spock said quote “So, hopefully… Anson (Mount), Rebecca (Romijn) and I are all hoping to have a spinoff of our own and we can do all this proper.”

He also told the audience that his eyebrows were fake, but his beard was his own quote“About a month before I went out (to start filming), Alex Kurtzman, the showrunner—who became the showrunner as I joined the show—he was like ‘don’t shave.’ When he told me that Spock was going to have a beard, I was like ‘Oh, shoot. I’m going to be Spock with a beard, people are going to absolutely smash me online. And of course a lot of people did—which is is fine, it’s to be expected. People are going to think what they’re going to think, and can’t control that. So I just do my best. And I thought it’d be gone in an episode or two. I think Alex liked it so much, and I think they were still developing the end of the season in the writer’s room when I joined. It stayed… and I’m so glad it did.” unquote 

Spock and Number One will be back in one of the new Short Treks coming soon. 

And just when I thought I was done with this episode’s Discovery News, this past friday The HollyWood Reporter dropped news that Author Walter Mosley has quit Star Trek Discovery after he used the N-Word in the writers room. Mosley, who is black wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times in which he revealed that he quit after being chastised by human resources for using the word on the job. Mosley had been recruited for the writers room by Alex Kurtzman. Mr. Kurtzman and showrunner Michelle Paradise were informed of the complaint by the human resources department Mr. Mosley’s op ed read quote “Earlier this year, I had just finished with the Snowfall writers’ room for the season when I took a similar job on a different show at a different network. I’d been in the new room for a few weeks when I got the call from human resources. A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the n-word in the writers’ room,'” “I replied, ‘I am the N-word in the writers’ room.'” unquote. Mr. Mosley went on to explain in the op ed how he was told that although it was alright to use the word in a script, it was not alright to say it. Apparently he had used the word in the telling of a story about a cop who had used it. He also said that he was unaware who had complained. CBS in response to the Op Ed put out a statement saying quote “We have the greatest admiration for Mr. Mosley’s writing talents and were excited to have him join Star Trek: Discovery. While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential employee matters, we are committed to supporting a workplace where employees feel free to express concerns and where they feel comfortable performing their best work. We wish Mr. Mosley much continued success.” unquote 

Mosley decided to resign because quote “My answer to HR was to resign and move on. I was in a writers’ room trying to be creative while at the same time being surveilled by unknown critics who would snitch on me to a disembodied voice over the phone,“”My every word would be scrutinized. Sooner or later I’d be fired or worse — silenced.” unquote Walter Mosley is a best selling writer widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written four sci fi books. Blue Light, Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent world, The Wave and 47. I hope Mr. Mosley well in his future endeavors.

Presidential Candidate and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is a Trekkie. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Booker revealed how his father first introduced him to Star Trek and how Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future informed his 2020 presidential bid. He also revealed that his favorite Star Trek captain is Jean Luc Picard. He told the Times quote “Besides his great haircut, I do love how profoundly intellectual he is and how reasoned and thoughtful,” “I was just rewatching the episode with him and Wesley Crusher, basically the one where Wesley is leaving and they get trapped and Picard is injured [Season 4’s “Final Mission”]. He is incredibly affectionate toward him in a very restrained, British way. You could still see that he is still a nurturing leader. There’s something about his style that I’ve just found compelling.”

Here’s to seeing how far Senator Booker can boldly go.

Star Wars

Solo: A Star Wars story almost had a new character. Lando Calrissian’s brother. Jonathan Kasdan confirmed this bit of trivia on twitter. The character actually appears in a UK Han Solo Sticker book, Kasdan than filled in the details quote Quote “Korso “The muscle in Beckett’s crew who died in battle shortly after they crash-landed on Mimban,” “Korso was in every draft of the script (including an early version where he was Lando’s big brother) and every cut of the movie ’til just before lock when he was removed to simplify.” unquote Unfortunately we will probably never see this brother as a sequel to Solo seems unlikely…Maybe they could use him in the Mandalorian or one of the other new series?

Now while I brought up the Mandallorian, We have some news that  Giancarlo Esposito spoke to IGN about his character on the show, Moff Gideon and his role in the wake of the empire’s dissolution.

Quote “He certainly looks villainous, we don’t know. Could be, could be for good, could be for evil, could be the conqueror. Could be the savior. We all need order in our world, and this is an Empire that’s fallen, it has no order,“”Moff Gideon’s very very intelligent, very knowledgeable. He’s very particular about his operation and what he does. He’s certainly rising.“”He was an Imperial soldier before the Empire fell. He uses all of what he’s learned and has been risen through the ranks because he has some sense of order. But yet, he can be cruel and he will not withstand fools. And he’s a traveler. He gets around and knows everything, and no one knows why.” Unquote Sounds like with the Empire gone, Gideon is busy setting up his own little empire.

Additionally, In a feature in Entertainment Weekly, Showrunner Jon Favreau described the setting for the show as quote “It’s like after the Roman Empire falls, or when you don’t have a centralized shogun in Japan­ — and, of course, the Old West, when there wasn’t any government in the areas that had not yet been settled,”. “Those are also cinematic tropes in films that originally inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars.”

We also learn about IG-11 in the article, The character who bears a resemblence to IG-88 from the original trilogy is voiced by Taika Waititi, He  said that quote “[IG-11 is] very innocent and naive and direct and doesn’t know about sarcasm and doesn’t know how to lie,” “It’s like a child with a gun.” That sounds like a bad combination.

JJ Abrams had something to say about Star Wars fans. And it’s not an expletive. Speaking with Marvelous TV during the D23 expo, he said. Quote “You just have to be grateful for them, because you don’t want to be working on something no-one cares about,” “And you have to understand that they’ve got their opinions and, of course, you have to value them. You’re never going to please everyone, you have to know that going in, and just do the best you can. I’m nothing but thankful as someone who considers myself a fan. I can’t wait for them to see the film.” unquote 

Talking to the Associated Press, He also made it quote clear that Rise of Skywalker won’t be any kind of  course correction from Rian johnsons’ Last Jedi saying quote “The story that we’re telling, the story that we started to conceive when we did The Force Awakens was allowed to continue. Episode (8) VIII didn’t really derail anything that we were thinking about,” “But I will say that the fun of this movie is that these characters are all together on this adventure as a group. That’s the thing that I was most excited about to see, the dynamic between these characters that these amazing actors play on this desperate, seat-of-your-pants adventure. That, to me, was the most fun, having the group together.”

In other words, sit back relax and stop reading haters online.

Well one thing just about every fan can agree on, is a love for John Williams Star Wars scores. Mr. Williams began work on the score for The Rise of Skywalker this summer and recently talked about it at one of his concerts. Terry Matalas, the showrunner for Syfy’s 12 monkeys shared a clip of Williams remarks from the concert and put it up on twitter. Mr. Williams said quote “J.J. Abrams is directing a new film, and I agree he’s doing a fantastic job, and I think, I won’t say anything about it spoiling the ending, it’ll just put you all away. I think you’ll love it,”

So the Galaxy’s Edge is now open at both Disney World and Disney land. If you’ve been there in the past month and want to go again, Disney is now offering a special contest to anyone who visited between August 29th and September 30th. The official @starwars twitter account tweeted out. Quote “Ready to head #BacktoBatuu? Find out more about the exciting new Star Wars #GalaxysEdge sweepstakes,” unquote. So here’s the deal. Star Wars dot com wants you to post to instagram or twitter photos from the galaxy’s edge using the hashtags #sweepstakes, #galaxysedge and #backtoBatuu plus a tag to @WaltDisneyWorld. There is also a post on the walt disney world facebook page where you can also enter. You can learn more at backtobatuu dot com. 

The Transportation Safety Administration or as I call them the Security Theater Department Has decided to reverse a ban on the Galaxy’s Edge Coke Bottles. The TSA recently had decided to ban people from bringing the collectible bottles through airport security because the bottles look like Thermal Detonators…a fictional explosive device. However, In a statement given to CNN a spokesperson for the TSA said quote “We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid,” “Because these bottles contain liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), they should be put in checked baggage or emptied to be brought on as carry-on item.”

The bottles are one of the most affordable souvenirs at the attraction coming in at five dollars and forty nine cents.

Geek

Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series is set to be adapted into a new tv series from A24 and producer Jennifer Fox. Deadline reports that the series had been optioned last year prior to Le Guin passing away. She had given her blessing for the novels to be turned into a series of films. However that has been reenvisioned as a tv series. The Earthsea Cycle spans a series of novels and stories beginning with 1968’s The Wizard of EarthSea. The series spanned five novels. No word on where the show will air or when.

Too Expensive. That’s what The Goonies stars Corey Feldman and Sean Astin were told by director Richard Donner about there pitch for The Goonies 2. Feldman told fans at Fan Expo Boston quote “Every year, the rumor circulates, ‘Goonies 2 is definitely gonna happen now,’ and we’ll be like, ‘No, it’s not,’” “But Richard Donner at one point started fueling it himself and went to the press. He used to call us and tell us we were going back to work, and we’d get all excited, and then it wouldn’t happen [laughs].”

Donner, Feldman explained was joking with everyone, but Astin and Fledman did sit down to work out a serious idea. They sat down and came up with a sequel idea and presented it to  Richard Donner, Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg, however though Donner loved it he told them it was too expensive and he wanted to go smaller. 

However they both think Goonies 2 could still happen. More likely a reboot with cameos, but  Feldman said quote “They’re making Ghostbusters 3, come on,” “If they can make Ghostbusters 3, they can make Goonies 2.” So are the Goonies Good Enough to get a sequel or should they just reboot it?

Speaking of reboots, Paramount Pictures is set to reboot the Nicolas Cage, John Travolta movie Face/Off with a reboot done by 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel, this news confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter. The original 1997 movie saw Cage and Travolta in a film where Travolta’s FBI agent and Cage’s terrorist, trade faces via plastic surgery to mess with each other. The new film will be produced by Fast and Furious’ Neal Moritz with David Permut serving as executive producer.  No more details about the project has surfaced. 

Now let’s take a look at the box office report.

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

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

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Multiverse Tonight 41 Comics edition

Tonight! DC’s Joker has Oscar’s in it’s eyes Iron Man becomes an Italitan work of art and finally my last interview from Smallville Con with Rick Stasi  all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  How was your summer? Or if your below the equator winter? Guess it’ll be time to sit down and watch some tv, read a comic or two. Conisider Life, The Universe and Everything. Ya know, normal stuff. 

We have some info still trickling out from San Diego Comic Con. The Flash Grant Gustin as revealed a little about how the Crisis gets started over on The Flash. Talking with Comic Book dot com he said quote “I can’t spoil too too much because I haven’t read it yet,” “I’ve been teased a lot from our guys what it’s going to be. The Monitor shows up at the end of tour first episode and says the universe is in jeopardy and in order to save the universe, Barry Allen has to die. And Barry Allen doesn’t know about this deal Oliver made with the Monitor, either, so someone’s gonna die.” Will Barry die like he did in the comic book version of The Crisis?  Guess we will see. The Flash’s sixth season starts on October 8th.

Lucifer’s fifth and final season’s premiere episode has a title. The Lucifer Writers Room twitter account shared an image of the season 5 premiere script which is written by Jason Ning and directed by Eagle Egilsson. The title Really Sad Devil Guy. LHmm. Seems things aren’t going well for the neglectful ruler of hell. I really need to get myself caught up.

We have some guest star news for episode 5 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Jesssica Jones alum Terry Chen will be playing the legendary conqueror Genghis Khan. THe episode title Mortal Khanbat has the ruler of Mongolia finding himself in 1990s era Hong Kong. Being a quick learner, he starts to use his strategic mind to conquer the planet. The episode will also mark the directing debut of series regular Caity Lotz.

Well some are interested in seeing Joker, personally that’s not me. It’s just not my kind of comic book movie. However it is getting a lot of possible Oscar buzz and at the screening of the movie at the Venice Film Festival the movie received an eight minute standing ovation from the audience. The movie, which is not connected to the DCEU or Batman at all could be the catalyst for WarnerMedia and DC to take creative and independent chances with their characters in the future. 

Now if this causes a change to comic book movies or not Joker producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff is not a fan of the genre. Speaking with AP News she said quote “It’s not my preferred genre, the comic book genre,” Koskoff told AP News. “I literally can’t watch those movies. I try but I can’t. I should but I can’t. But I love this movie. Even if I didn’t work on this movie I would love this movie.” unquote. IN fact the origin of The Joker isn’t even related to the comic book version. Writer and Director Todd Phillips was quoted saying that Joker doesn’t fall into a vat of acid saying quote “That’s a comic book thing” unquote.

 I hate to say it but doesn’t that make this a Comic Book Movie tangentially? If it’s not actually based on the material except for a few loose strands, is it a comic book movie. To get on my soap box here. I have to say no. A comic book movie has to be based on a comic book in more than just name or loosely based character. It would be like making a Star Wars movie. Except no stormtroopers, no galactic empire. There’s a character named Luke Skywalker, but he bares no resemblance to the character we know. Would it be a Star Wars movie? Would it? Anyway…

James Gunn did a Q&A on twitter and he revealed his musical plans for The Suicide Squad saying quote Music is an incredibly important part of ALL of my films, both soundtrack and score. So, yeah. But it will be a lot different than Guardians musically – and in so many other ways. Unquote It’ll be interesting to see what James Gunn puts together for the soundtrack. Unlike The Guardians movie, he won’t be limited to a certain period of time.

And speaking of the Suicide Squad movie, acotr director Taika Waititi is apparently in talks for a role in the movie. Deadline reports that there will be a table reading of the script on September 11th with production starting on September 23rd. He would be joining Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney who are all reprising their roles for The Suicide Squad. Idris Elba is leading the newcomers, including David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, and Steve Agee as King Shark.

Deadline is reporting that former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has joined the cast. Deadline also reports that SNL’s Pete Davidson is in talks for a small cameo as well. The movie is due out 11 months from now on August sixth, 2021.

Marvel

One of the biggest shockers from the D23 con was the revelation that Moon Knight will be coming to Disney Plus as a series. Moon Knight Bill Sienkiewicz wants in. Bill took to Twitter to let Disney know that he’s available to help tweeting back at @newmutant quote “Yes. I’d absolutely love that. @disneyplus: you have my contact info, but just in case, here it is again” Sienkiewicz already has someone in mind to play Marc Moon Knight Spector, although it might be a stretch. Keanu Reeves.  Having previously written quote “Keanu would nail every one of MK’s alternate personalities; chill enough to be Lockley the cabby-or Lyft driver? (because of Uber), suave enough to pull off billionaire Grant, cold & cruel enough to nail the merc Spector, inscrutably badass enough to bring Moon Knight home,” Do you have any suggestions for the role? Let me know. 

We talked about James Gunn’s Suicide Squad. Well Mr. Gunn has been answering questions about the choices of songs he used in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. In response to a question about what song he was unable to use he responded quote I’ve licensed every song I’ve sought (although on the first film I inquired about Never Been to Spain and its price tag scared me off from even considering it).And, notoriously, both Pilot’s Magic and ELO’s Livin’ Thing sequences were cut from the first film (I regret cutting the Livin’ Thing montage, actually). Unquote In response to a question if we could ever see the montage, he responded quote It’s a dream of mine to do a rerelease of GotG Vol 1 with Livin’ Thing and a couple of other small additions.

Iron Man might have made the ultimate sacrifice in Avengers Endgame…and yes, it’s a fictional Earth, but that doesn’t stop people on this earth from commemorating him. Daniele Basso in Italy has created a sculpture of Iron Man that sits on a slab of marble in the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, which is located in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany. The sculpture dubbed “Man of Steel” captures the hero making the superhero landing that has become pre requisite of superheroes landing on earth. The inscription reads quote “The first monument dedicated to Iron Man in the year of his cinematographic death celebrates Tony Stark, the man who used his great wealth to fight for the ideals in which he believed…” “Reminding us that we are the protagonists of our era. That the future of humanity depends on our decisions … that all of us must be heroes!”

Basso spoks with SyFywire about the sculpture saying quote “Art, for me, is an opportunity to communicate important messages through beauty. The opportunity to remind us of our individual and collective identity. To stimulate consciences … Superheroes talks to the child we always have in our souls. They remember us the sense and the meaning to do the right thing.”

“I like the Tony Stark character, who is not always right. [He’s] a man with his imperfections, but uses all his influence and power to help others. So, I wanted to remember this, which is my vision, the reason I chose Iron Man to send this message to the community … I wanted to remember, [even] in the wonderful and luxury of Forte dei Marmi (and in the crazy and funny Italian summer) the importance of our choices and behavior in everyday life,”

Geek

Netflix’s The Toys that made Us is coming back for season three. The Documentary series about the history of some of our favorite toy lines Will be back on November fifteenth. No word on what season three will cover.

Speaking of show premieres Watchmen will debut on HBO on October 20th. The series is about quote “Set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws, drama series Watchmen, debuting this fall from executive producer Damon Lindelof (HBO’s The Leftovers) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground on its own.” unquote 

The Summer box office season is over and there is good news and bad news. The good news. Disney ran away with the summer with three big movie The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story 4 grossing more than 1 billion dollars worldwide. The Lion King was the top grosser with 523 and a half million in the US. Disney all together had 40 percent of the domestic box office. Disney would have done better if it weren’t for it’s merger with Fox. Fox had many duds this summer including XMen Dark Phoenix, Stuber and The Art of Racing in the Rain. 

Sony walked away with the second spot thanks to Once Upon A time in Hollywood and Spider-Man Far From Home. It raked in 700 million. Sony’s best since 2006.

However, overall the box office in North America was down from 2018. Down 2 percent according to Comscore..

The Hollywood reporter reports that Gordon Bressack, the emmy award writer of such animated hits as Pink and the Brain and Animaniacs has passed away. Bressack’s son broke the news that he had died after a long health battle. Gordon was nominated for five Daytime emmys winning three with his fellow writers for work on Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain. In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Writers Guild of America Animation writers caucus Animation award. His credits also included Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, Mighty Max, Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, Darkwing Duck, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Smurfs, Bionic Six, Snorks and many more. He is survived by his son, James Cullen Bressack, his daughters Jackie and Samantha, his grandchild Logan and his three siblings. He was 68.

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Episode 36:Star Trek on Summer Vacation & Kevin Smith Talks a lot, Ande Parks Talks a little

Episode 36

Tonight! We have news from Star Trek Las Vegas, we discover a cookbook at the Galaxy’s Edge and Will Wheaton files a lawsuit on this SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Well, welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. Another heavy news episode this time.Quite a bit from Star Trek Las Vegas this time. But before we get to the news, I got a bit of good news, this week. Recently, Apple updated their podcast categories and one of the categories I put this show in is Entertainment News. Well this week Multiverse Tonight showed up in the Apple Podcasts charts for Entertainment News and topped out at Number 5! Thanks Apple! Yeah, I know, charts don’t matter, but it’s still kinda neat.

Star Trek

CBS and Viacom are moving one step closer to merging. Several sources are reporting that a tentative deal has been reached to make Viacom CEO Bob Bakish the new CEO of the combined entity with the current acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello going to run the CBS assets, except Showtime and Simon & Shuster in a senior role of unknown title. This deal is still a long way to go.

All right, now that we have that little business update. Let’s get to the real news. At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour, Star Trek Discovery executive producer and co showrunner Michelle Paradise confirmed the Discovery is in the 32nd century to stay. And they will have a new captain. Will it be Saru? Michael? A 32nd century resident? A sentient hyper evolved tribble? Personally, I’m hoping for the tribble

She also discussed how Discovery and Picard are both different and both similar. Saying quote “ I would say that it is in production, sort of size and scope, [Picard is] probably more similar to Discovery.”  But she also said that the show will have some similarities to The Next Generation. Saying quote “In terms of the characters and the nature of the storytelling, [Picard is] probably more like Next Generation. But of course, we’re a number of years later now so there are some shifts in the storytelling style but I think it’s a really nice hybrid of the two.”

According to Film Music Reporter, Discovery composer Jeff Russo will continue being the scorer for the CBS All Access Star Trek Universe as it was revealed that he will be scoring Star Trek Piczard. Russo has previously scored FX’s Legion and Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy

Also revealed was that the Section 31 series won’t go into production until the production end of season three of discovery. 

During the CBS All Access executive session they confirmed that Star Trek Picard will be in the first quarter of 2020 and Discovery’s third season will be coming out later in 2020.

We also have some merchandise news. First off the Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Bluray will be out on November 12th. The Bluray will include all 14 episodes plus the short treks Runaway and the brightest star. Plus two hours of special features including featurettes, audio commentaries on four episodes, cast interviews, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

Star trek Picard has some merch as well. The series will have a prequel comic and novel. Starting in November IDW gives us Star Trek Picard Countdown, a three issue comic book mini series from Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer. All we got of a plot is that it focuses on a mission that changes Picard’s life.

After that, Simon & Shusters’s Gallery Books imprint releases the novel The Last Best Hope written by Una McCormack. Which will lead directly into the series introducing us to the characters.

Also announced are a couple of books set in the Kelvin Timeline. The Order of Peace is written by Alan Dean Foster and More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack. The Order of Peace will be out in April of 2020 and More Beautiful than Death will be out the following august.

If you want some new Star Trek reading in the more immediate future. Out right now is Star Trek Discovery The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller. On August thirteenth is Star Trek The Antares Maelstrom by Greg Cox. October 1st will see a reissue of Gene Roddenberry’s novelization of Star Trek The Motion Picture. October 8th has David Mack’s Next Generation novel Collateral Damage. And in December a new Star Trek Discovery novel Dead Endless by Dave Galanter.

And if you need something to drink while you watch StaR Trek Picard or get hammered enough for Discovery, Star Trek Wines has just want you need The 2016 Château Picard Bordeaux is an 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot blend that is subtly smoky and spicy with a bright, fresh, clean-tasting style. The wine spends 14 months in oak, 70% seasoned and 30% new. The United Federation of Planets wine is a 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel from across the Dry Creek & Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County, CA. It is a blend of 87% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah and 1% Syrah. It has aromatics of concentrated strawberry, blackberry and plum preserves with a chewy-layered mid-palate filled with hints of white peppercorn, sweet red and black fruit. And of course you’ll need something to put that in, Star Trek Shop at shop.startrek.com has Chateau Picard Wine Glasses, tote bags, and shirts. 

One of the surprises in the Picard trailer was the return of Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine. We would later learn that Jonathan Del arco was returning as Hugh, Riker and Troi will show up, Data will show up, could anyone else make an appearance? How bout The Doctor? During an appearance at the London Film and Comic Con, Robert Picard spoke to TrekkieGirls dot com, where he revealed that he’s in early discussion to appear in the next season of the show. Quote “I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me,” “They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman. Lewis Zimmerman, the engineer who created the Doctor’s program, certainly would have aged. He’s in the same timeline as Patrick Stewart and all the [Star Trek: The Next Generation] folk. The Doctor, of course, like Data doesn’t age, but there are ways to address that, as we all know. I joked the other day that my daughter does visual effects, that’s exactly what she does is digitally correct actors so I said, ‘If they hire the two of us, she could make me look 25 years younger. Anyway, it will interesting to see when something happens, if something but, but I might have a chance to be onscreen with Jeri again. It would be an honor and a delight, obviously, to have scenes with Patrick Stewart so, you know, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.” unquote Well if not, he’s always welcome to make a return appearance on The Orville.

Back at Star Trek Las Vegas, it has been revealed that Star Trek online’s Age of Discovery storyline will be coming to an end with the launch of the next story called Awakening. When Awakening releases this fall, players will warp to the year 2410, where they will embark on a mission to recover stolen Mycelial technology from J’Ula and the Klingons, with the help of Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (voiced by Anthony Rapp from Star Trek: Discovery) in holographic form. Captains can also access Awakening to participate in a series of exciting patrols to repair time rifts, a brand new Task Force Operation and a special Mycelial Event which rewards players with a new T6 Elachi ship for completing mission

Here’s the trailer…

Awakening launches for PC players on September 10th. 

We also got some new info on Star trek Lower Decks. At the Star Trek Las Vegas panel for the show, series creator Mike Mcmahan described the work that the ship the USS Cerritos is involved in, basically the menial work that keeps the Federation running.  Mike told the audience quote “The specialty of the Cerritos is second contact,” “Second contact you’re showing up to the planet, you’re finding the good places to eat… you’re like the Yelp of Starfleet.” Mike compared the storytelling of Lower Decks to the subplots on the Next Generation saying quote “My favorite thing about Star Trek is the B stories,” “Yeah, Picard is being tortured for information, great, love that story. But then Data accidentally locked himself in a bathroom. That’s what I’m there for.” A few more details were giving like the menial tasks of the show’s ensigns include things like quote “scraping carbon off slightly harder carbon” “cleaning the holodeck.” unquote By the way, it’s been 45 years since the last Star Trek animated series and this one looks like it was worth the wait.

Star Wars

So you watched the Last Jedi and you remember one of the most iconic moments was Vice Admiral Holdo who we’ve had no time to develop any feelings toward (just sayin) using the last resistance capital ship to punch a hole in The First Orders huge ship. So how did she get the idea to do this? We find out in the Star wars age of resistance special. The comic has three stories, one with Maz Kanata, one with BB-8 and one with a young Holdo. The comic is available now.

So here’s some news to interest you into subscribing to Disney Plus. Cnet reports that Disney Plus will have Star Wars episodes one to seven at launch as well as Rogue One. The last Jedi and solo a star wars story have previous commitments to Netflix, but will probably show up on Disney Plus within the year. The new movie Rise of Skywalker will be the first of the franchise to show up on Disney Plus exclusively.  We will get a first look at Disney Plus at Disney’s D23 Expo on Friday August 23rd.

We have a progress report on The Mandalorian from Jon Favreau. He recently let it be known on Instagram that the show is in the process of being scored.  With an artist rendering of IG-11, a bounty hunter similar to IG-88 with the caption Scoring season one of #TheMandalorian.

Speaking of Jon Favreau and The Mandalorian. Jon spoke with GQ Middle East about the upcoming series and revealed what he learned in a talk with George Lucas and how he applied what he learned to the show. Quote: “We had a long talk with each other,” “One thing he said to me was, ‘Remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age,’ because he’s really a Joseph Campbell adherent.”

Joseph Campbell,by the way was a scholar who studied literature and mythology, and first coined the phrase and the corresponding motifs of “The Hero’s Journey,”  Favreau continued saying quote

“We enjoy the stories as adults, but really, storytelling is about imparting the wisdom of the previous generations on to the children who are becoming adults, and giving them a context for how to behave and how to learn the lessons of the past without making the mistakes on their own. That’s the hope, that you can teach them how to avoid all the hardship but garner all the wisdom,”

The Mandalorian launches with Disney Plus on November 12th.

Now we’re cooking. Disney and Insight Editions are publishing a cookbook called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. The book is Written by Marc Sumerak (Hidden Universe Travel Guides: The Complete Marvel Cosmos) and Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, who has previously worked on a number of fantasy-themed cookbooks, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook will allow fans to recreate the food available at the Disney attraction taken from the viewpoint of Strono Cookie Tuggs Maz Kanata’s one time head chef.  After working for Maz, he traveled the galaxy picking up food tips and then writing them down in a cookbook. The 176 page book will be released on November 5th.

SciFi Geek

Wil Wheaton has lawyered up. Wil and his loan out company Media Dynamics filed a lawsuit against Legendary Geek & Sundry for an alleged breach of contract  claiming that he’s been shorted profits from a web series. Here’s his case. Wil claims Legendary back in 2015 hired him to create, write, executive produce and host a web series called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, for which he’d be paid $50,000 and get a 50 percent net profit from the series. Legendary had the exclusive rights for distribution and promoting, but were supposed to consult Wil before doing so. The actor now claims that Legendary didn’t talk to him before negotiating agreements with Sinclair Broadcasting, Hulu and Pluto TV.

Wil presumes that Legendary has been collecting large fees from those deals and so he is therefore owed a share of those monies, but Legendary won’t let him look at the books. Therefore Wheaton is seeking at least one hundred thousand dollars  in damages and asking the court to order a full audit of the books. We will continue to follow this case as it goes forward.

Guillermo Del Toro has been honored with a star on the hollywood walk of fame. The man behind movies like Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Crimson Peak received the 2,669th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony presided over by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rana Ghadban, director J.J. Abrams, and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey. Guillermo’s next movie is which he wrote the screenplay and produced is  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is now out in theaters. 

If you want to get your Doctor Who on, better prepared to subscribe to a new service. In a major deal with BBC Studios, HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home for the series. The new service will have all 11 seasons of the show at launch in Spring 2020 and will be the exclusive Streaming video on demand home for future seasons after they’ve aired on BBC America. Additionally, HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of landmark BBC series like The Office, Top Gear, Luther and The Honorable Woman.

The new CBS supernatural thriller Evil will apparently try to avoid the Exorcism of the week trope according to creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King.

Speaking at the TCA session for the new show. Evil is about a skeptical female clinical psychologist (Katja Herberts) who joins a priest-in-training (Mike Colter) as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences. Robert King said quote “We are trying to avoid exorcism of the week,” “The second episode is about miracles. It’s about those question marks in life that you don’t quite know how they happen, a school where all the girls start laughing, and it seems to be almost viral. The other thing is you’re looking at life, and you’re seeing evils often not with a capital E but with a small e, the boss who throws things at his employees. Where does that fit in?… What our people are about is just figuring out what is genetically based villainy, if you want to use that word instead of evil, and what is something that’s even bigger, something more supernatural?  But also looking at hope.” The show will also not be gory Michelle King speaking about concerns that the show would be gorrie as the season when on said quote “I don’t anticipate it becoming more gory than what you saw in the pilot. That’s probably tonally what we’re looking at” The show will begin airing on September 26th on CBS.

Stephen King is writing a continuation to The Stand for teh CBS all access miniseries adaptation.  The new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand will have a new ending written by the master of horror himself, it was announced at the TCA session for CBS All Access. Mr. King will be writing the last episodes of the nine episode series providing quote “a new coda that won’t be found in the book”.

“For fans of the book who have wondered what became of the survivors of the stand, this episode will contain a story that takes us beyond the book to answer those questions,” . “A continuation to The Stand; we can’t wait to share that with the world.” unquote CBS All Access EVP Julie McNamara told the attendees. The mini series will star James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga. No release date has been announced.

Also announced at the TCAs by CBS All Access is a new series adapting The Man Who Fell to Earth the novel by Walter Tevis that was turned into the  David Bowie movie . The series will be written and co produced by Alex Kurrtzman and Jenny Lumet. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH will follow an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. The series will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and TANDEM Productions, a STUDIOCANAL Company, in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman/Beverly. STUDIOCANAL owns the rights for both Walter Tevis’ book as well as the iconic Nicolas Roeg film with David Bowie. Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet told the audience quote “Walter Tevis’ visionary novel gave us a tech god Willy Wonka from another planet, brought to life by David Bowie’s legendary performance, that foretold Steve Jobs’ and Elon Musk’s impacts on our world,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. “The series will imagine the next step in our evolution, seen through the eyes of an alien who must learn what it means to become human, even as he fights for the survival of his species.” No word on when it’s expected to air. 

The Dune movie  has shifted. By a month from November 20th to December 18, 2020. No word on what movie will air on that date instead.  In it’s new slot it will face off against Steven Spieberg’s West Side Story, Paramount’s Coming to America 2 and Sony’s uncharted with Tom Holland.

And sadly, we end tonight remembering Actress Barbara March ,who passed away on August 11th at the age of 65. Barbara will best be known for her portrayal of Lursa the Klingon sister of Duras from the Star Trek The Next Generation episodes Firstborn and Redemption, the Deep Space Nine episode Past Prologue and Star Trek Generations. She was a classically trained actor starting in her home country of Canada, she also was a playwright and novelist as well. She is survived by her husband Alan Scarfe and her daughter Antonia and her son Jon. She died after a battle with cancer. 

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Episode 37: 

Tonight! Kevin Smith talks Snyder cut, Disney Plus gets bundled, and we look back at Smallville Con with an interview with Ande Parks on this comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley. You’re now listening to the Number 7 podcast on Apple Podcasts Entertainment News charts! Too be honest, I don’t expect to stay on the chart, but it’s kinda neat to be able to say I’m a top 10 podcast.

This episode has plenty of news and an interview with Ande Parks that I recorded back at the Smallville Con.

DC 

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman for a generation will finally get to step in front of the camera. Announced at the Television Critics Association summer event, Kevin will appear in this year’s Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths as an older Bruce Wayne. Could he be the Arrowverse’s Bruce Wayne? Also announced in the crossover are characters from Black Lightning and Burt Ward, who will be appearing as an aged Robin.

The departing Arrow star Stephen Amell is working on the final episodes of the series, while reflecting on the series at the TCA summer event revealed his favorite episode of the series. Season 2 episode 20, Seeing Red is one that Amell said was quote a” ..really beautiful episode” unquote The episode saw touching moments between Oliver and his mother. And saw Moira revealing that she knows that Oliver is the Arrow and that she couldn’t be more proud of him.

We got some info on Batwoman from the TCA event. One she won’t get the red wig until episode 3. The first few episodes are an origin story and she won’t initially even have her own costume. Initially she will have a modified suit from her cousin Bruce after she comes across Bruce’s secret that he WAS the Batman. It was also revealed that Tommy Elliot, who becomes the villain Hush will show up episode two. Also revealed was that the villain for the season will be Magpie. A jewel thief who developed an obsession with beautiful things while curating Gotham’s museum.

Black Lightning will be returning sooner than expected. The show’s season three premiere has been moved up to October 7th. Batwoman starts the chain on October 6th, than Black Lightning, Than the Flash on October 8th, Arrow on the fifteenth and Legends of tomorrow beginning in January 2020. 

What was your favorite?

Todd Phillips’ Joker is receiving some high praise. Cameron Bailey, the cohead and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival  has called it a quote “cinematic achievement on a high level,” unquote . The film festival will screen the movie, which will be the first comic book movie screened as a Gala presentation. Speaking with the Toronto Sun, Bailey said quote “First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage,“”But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.” unquote 

About the tone Bailey said quote 

“It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look,“”It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.” The movie opens in theaters on October 4th.

One of the holy grails of hollywood has been a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League. It’s existence has been argued about since the movie was Zach Snyder relinquished directing during post production in order to deal with the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon than took on post production which included reshoots. The film didn’t do what was expected at the box office and the DC Cinematic Universe kinda fell apart. That brings us to the present day. Kevin Smith, speaking with CinemaBlend’s ReelBleed podcast said that it exists saying quote “I’ve not seen it firsthand,” “And also to be clear, I know Zack, but it’s not like, ‘We’re f****** tight son!’ … That being said, I’ve spoken now to enough people at various levels in that production. There IS a Snyder cut. For sure. That’s not a mythical beast. It exists. Now, it’s not a finished movie by any stretch of the imagination. There were things that went away from the story that they shot that didn’t wind up going into (visual) effects or anything like that. So I would assume, based on what I’ve been told, that large sections of that Snyder Cut are, you know, pre-viz (with) a lot of green screen. We’re not talking a finished movie. When people hear ‘Snyder Cut’ in their heads, they think about, like, a DVD they’ve seen of an extended cut or something that’s finished. The ‘Snyder Cut’ that, again I haven’t seen, but the one I’ve heard everyone speak of was never a finished film. It was a movie that people in production could watch and fill in the blanks. It was certainly not meant for mass consumption.””I feel confident that the audience could handle that cut of the movie without being like… I think there’s a common thought process, probably within the studio – and again, no studio has said this to me, but I would assume that they’re like, ‘We can’t show people this,” “Yes, there is a Snyder Cut, but no audience would be able to look at this and see what the director’s intent was.’ I disagree. That would seem like common wisdom because everyone always wants to put their best foot forward. But I think the audience now, particularly the audience that would consume the Snyder Cut and discuss it at great length, can watch a work print. They can watch a work-in-progress and fill in the blanks in their heads.” “Every studio likes to make money,” “They do multiple incarnations of movies on video all the time. This could just be one more of those. All they have to do is lend their audience a little more credence to be like, ‘Look, they’ll get it.’ Put up a bunch of f****** disclaimers, including one from Zack himself at the head of it going, ‘Obviously the movie wasn’t finished, but here’s what we were thinking.’ There’s definitely a way to do it … They could definitely shoot a version of that flick where, you know, they put [Snyder] into it explaining what would have went here, what went there.” unquote

 Man can that man talk. Here’s the ten penny version of that whole long speech. In other words, yes it exists, will it ever see the light of day? Probably not.

And speaking of things that we never will see. Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman. What would it have been about? Cinematographer Robert Richardson would have worked on the movie and he spoke with the HappySadConfused podcast, where he revealed that the movie would have taken Batman into the depths of Arkham Asylum. Quote “I wanted to shoot Batman with Ben [Affleck] cause that was the next film we had. There was a script, but not a loved script. There was a lot of work he was doing to it to change it.” “He was going into the more insanity aspects… He was entering more into the Arkham, he’s going into where everyone was bad.” unquote Unfortunately, Ben Affleck couldn’t quite get to a state of happy with the script and Affleck hung it up. It’s a shame. Kinda sounds interesting.

And while we’re on The Batman reports are surfacing that Warner Bros is considering adding BlackKklansman star John David Washington to the movie. What character he’s being considered for is not known but it’s possible that he could play Harvey Dent.Interesting enough he’s currently filming Tenet with The Batman’s Batman Robert Pattinson. So I guess they might have time to work on their chemistry together.

Marvel

ABC is in active talks to bring a new show with a female superhero to the network. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke spoke to Deadline dot com and said quote “I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular.” unquote and While she wouldn’t give away any details, she said the character would be quote “something brand new, mostly” unquote and that the series would fit in with its strategy of female-focused superheroes. The networks current MCU show Agents of Shield is currently winding down with it’s seventh and last season.

Disney Plus is getting ready to come out in a big way. First off, it’s been revealed at the latest Disney investors meeting that Disney Plus will be available in a bundle with Hulu and ESPNPlus for the low low price of 12.99 and the first people who will be able to subscribe to Disney Plus will be members of D23, the Disney fan club. There is a huge list of shows and movies that were revealed and I’ll have that in the show notes for you to peruse at your leisure.

Marvel Studios Films

Captain Marvel

Iron Man

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Pixar Films

Toy Story

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 3

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Disney Films

101 Dalmatians

A Goofy Movie

An Extremely Goofy Movie

Bambi

Born in China

Fantasia

Free Solo

Frozen

Fun and Fancy Free

Hercules

High School Musical

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Lilo & Stitch

Lady and The Tramp (Reboot)

Mary Poppins

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Moana

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Remember the Titans

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Steamboat Willie

The Good Dinosaur

The Little Mermaid

The Parent Trap (1961)

The Prince & The Pauper (1990)

The Princess Diaries

The Rocketeer

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sword in the Stone

The Three Caballeros

Thor: The Dark World

Tron (1982)

Television Shows

Amazing Planet

Andi Mack 

Boy Meets World

Brain Games

Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan

Dr. K’s Exotic Animals

Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet

Drain the Ocean

DuckTales 

Earth Live

Encore!

Forky Asks a Question

Goof Troop

Great Migrations

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things

Kim Possible

Malcolm in the Middle

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 

Marvel’s Hero Project

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man 

Mickey and the Roadster Racers

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Mickey Mouse Shorts

One Strange Rock

Raven’s Home

Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue

SparkShorts

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 

That’s So Raven

The Incredible Dr. Pol

The Mandalorian

The Simpsons 

The World According to Jeff Goldblum 

Unlikely Animal Friends

Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series

Wicked Tuna

Disney Plus launches on November 12th.

Rob Liefeld thinks he’s found a role for Dwayne The rock Johnson in the MCU. posting to instagram the comic creator posted. Quote Dearest @therock based on reports of outstanding chemistry between you and a familiar friend, I believe the next logical step is for you to join the Marvel Universe as Garrison Kane in a future Deadpool installment,” Liefeld wrote in the Instagram post. “You’re a natural and Kane is already celebrated by millions of comics fans who have thrilled to his adventures since I first introduced him in X-Force #2! Your pal, Rob!” Unquote

Would you like to see The Rock in Deadpool 3?

Speaking of actors. Amanda Seyfried speaking with MTV revealed that she turned down the chance for a major Marvel Cinematic Universe role because she didn’t want to be tied down by the role. Quote “I turned down [a Marvel Studios movie] once and they haven’t called back since,” Seyfried told MTV. “And it was a big’un. I don’t regret it because I didn’t want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter’s now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I’d done it, but the other part of me is like ‘I had a life to live’ and I don’t think I would’ve been happy.”

So…she didn’t want to be green …could the role have been Gamora?

According to the New York Post, the New York City Council voted to approve a proposal to co-name University Avenue between Brandt Place and West 176th “Stan Lee Way.” The proposal still needs approval from Mayor Bill de Blasio. Lee formerly lived at 1720 University Place. He attended high school at DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx.

Lee died in November 2018.

Comics Geek

Viacom has acquired the rights to Jim Davis’s Garfield brand. Viacom has a definitive agreement to acquire Paws Inc., which holds the rights to Garfield and US Acres including merchandising rights. Garfield will be put into the hands of Nickelodeon. Nick plans to develop a new Garfield animated TV series.

Comic Book Creator Ernie Colon has passed away at the age of 88 from cancer. Mr. Colon career lasted 60 years across several publishers and with many roles including comic book editor, writer, colorist and letterer.  He is best known for his artwork on titles including Damage Control for Marvel, Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld for DC and the illustrated edition of the 9/11 commission report.

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Teen Choice Awards 2019

The Teen Choice Awards happened. (Yes, apparently it’s still a thing. A list of Geekcentric Teen Choice Awards winners follows.

Choice Action Movie
Avengers: Endgame (WINNER)
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Bumblebee
Captain Marvel
Men in Black: International
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Good choice.

Choice Action Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame (WINNER)
Chris Evans – Avengers: Endgame
Chris Hemsworth – Avengers: Endgame, Men in Black: International
John Cena – Bumblebee
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Endgame
Samuel L. Jackson – Captain Marvel

Also a good choice.

Choice Action Movie Actress
Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame (WINNER)
Brie Larson – Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame
Evangeline Lilly – Ant-Man and the Wasp
Hailee Steinfeld – Bumblebee
Tessa Thompson – Men in Black: International
Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Endgame

Scarlett Johansson for Endgame? She was barely in Endgame. Wouldn’t Brie Larson or Zoe Saldana have made more sense?

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie
Aladdin (WINNER)
Aquaman
Dark Phoenix
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Mary Poppins Returns
Shazam!

No.

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor
Will Smith – Aladdin (WINNER)
James McAvoy – Dark Phoenix
Jason Momoa – Aquaman
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Mena Massoud – Aladdin
Zachary Levi – Shazam!

Double No.

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress
Naomi Scott – Aladdin (WINNER)
Amber Heard – Aquaman
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Katherine Waterston – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Keira Knightley – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Sophie Turner – Dark Phoenix

Darn kids, I said No!

Choice Drama Movie
After (WINNER)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Breakthrough
Five Feet Apart
The Hate U Give
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Can’t really comment here, didn’t see any of these

Choice Drama Movie Actor
Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After (WINNER)
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Cole Sprouse – Five Feet Apart
Noah Centineo – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Choice Drama Movie Actress
Josephine Langford – After (WINNER)
Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give
Chrissy Metz – Breakthrough
Haley Lu Richardson – Five Feet Apart
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Lana Condor – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Choice Comedy Movie
Crazy Rich Asians (WINNER)
Instant Family
Isn’t It Romantic
Little
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
The Perfect Date

Surprised Pokemon Detective Pikachu didn’t win.

Choice Comedy Movie Actor
Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date (WINNER)
Henry Golding – Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Hart – Night School
Liam Hemsworth – Isn’t It Romantic
Mark Wahlberg – Instant Family
Ryan Reynolds – Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds denied!

Choice Comedy Movie Actress
Laura Marano – The Perfect Date (WINNER)
Awkwafina – Crazy Rich Asians
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians
Marsai Martin – Little
Rebel Wilson – Isn’t It Romantic
Tiffany Haddish – Night School

Choice Movie Villain
Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame (WINNER)
Johnny Depp – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jude Law – Captain Marvel
Mark Strong – Shazam!
Marwan Kenzari – Aladdin
Patrick Wilson – Aquaman

A good choice.

Choice Drama TV Show
Riverdale (WINNER)
Good Trouble
Marvel’s Runaways
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Star
The Resident

I really need to catch up on my tv watching.

Choice Drama TV Actor
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale (WINNER)
Adam Huber – Dynasty
Justin Hartley – This Is Us
K.J. Apa – Riverdale
Oliver Stark – 9-1-1
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

How many teens watch This is Us?

Choice Drama TV Actress
Lili Reinhart – Riverdale (WINNER)
Camila Mendes – Riverdale
Cierra Ramirez – Good Trouble
Maia Mitchell – Good Trouble
Ryan Destiny – Star
Sofia Carson – Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Shadowhunters (WINNER)
Charmed
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Legacies
Supernatural
The 100

I would have rather seen Sabrina win. Good show.

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Jared Padalecki – Supernatural (WINNER)
Aubrey Joseph – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Bob Morley – The 100
Dominic Sherwood – Shadowhunters
Harry Shum Jr. – Shadowhunters
Ross Lynch – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters (WINNER)
Danielle Rose Russell – Legacies
Ellen Page – The Umbrella Academy
Kiernan Shipka – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Melonie Diaz – Charmed
Olivia Holt – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Choice Action TV Show
MacGyver (WINNER)
Arrow
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Gotham
Supergirl
The Flash

The remake of MacGyver? really?

Choice Action TV Actor
Stephen Amell – Arrow (WINNER)
Ben McKenzie – Gotham
Brandon Routh – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Brenton Thwaites – Titans
Grant Gustin – The Flash
Lucas Till – MacGyver

Mr. Amell can only win one more surfboard…

Choice Action TV Actress
Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest (WINNER)
Candice Patton – The Flash
Danielle Panabaker – The Flash
Emily Bett Rickards – Arrow
Jessica Alba – L.A.’s Finest
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl

Choice Comedy TV Show
The Big Bang Theory (WINNER)
black-ish
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
One Day at a Time

Same deal with The Big Bang Theory. They won because they’re done.

Choice Comedy TV Actor
Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin (WINNER)
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Daniel Radcliffe – Miracle Workers
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Marcel Ruiz – One Day at a Time

Choice Comedy TV Actress
Nina Dobrev – Fam (WINNER)
Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory
Sarah Hyland – Modern Family
Yara Shahidi – black-ish

Choice TV Villain
Cameron Monaghan – Gotham (WINNER)
Adam Scott – The Good Place
Jon Cryer – Supergirl
Luke Baines – Shadowhunters
Sarah Carter – The Flash
Sea Shimooka – Arrow

Meh. Not really a great list of choices.

Choice Reality TV Show
America’s Got Talent (WINNER)
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Lip Sync Battle
Queer Eye
The Masked Singer
The Voice

At least it wasn’t the Kardashians.

Choice Throwback TV Show
Friends (WINNER)
All That
Beverly Hills, 90210
Moesha
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Office

Clap Clap Clap.

Choice Ship
Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale (WINNER)
Katherine McNamara & Dominic Sherwood – Shadowhunters
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Lana Condor & Noah Centineo – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Laura Marano & Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date
Madelaine Petsch & Vanessa Morgan – Riverdale

Choice Comedian
Ethan & Grayson Dolan (WINNER)
Ellen DeGeneres
James Corden
Kevin Hart
Lilly Singh
Tiffany Haddish

No One nominated Fluffy? Booooo!

Choice Summer Movie
Spider-Man: Far From Home (WINNER)
Late Night
Murder Mystery
The Last Summer
Toy Story 4
Yesterday

Good choice, also the only summer movie one the list that I’ve seen.

Choice Summer Movie Actor
Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home (WINNER)
Adam Sandler – Murder Mystery
Charles Melton – The Sun Is Also a Star
Himesh Patel – Yesterday
K.J. Apa – The Last Summer

Choice Summer Movie Actress
Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home (WINNER)
Jennifer Aniston – Murder Mystery
Maia Mitchell – The Last Summer
Mindy Kaling – Late Night
Selena Gomez – The Dead Don’t Die
Yara Shahidi – The Sun Is Also a Star

Choice Summer TV Show
Stranger Things (WINNER)
Cobra Kai
Nailed It!
So You Think You Can Dance
The Bold Type
Younger

Still need to watch season two, man am I behind.

Choice Summer TV Actor
Noah Schnapp – Stranger Things (WINNER)
Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things
Diego Tinoco – On My Block
Finn Wolfhard – Stranger Things
Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things
Luka Sabbat – grown-ish

Choice Summer TV Actress
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (WINNER)
Chloe Bennet – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hilary Duff – Younger
Jessica Marie Garcia – On My Block
Rose McIver – iZombie
Yara Shahidi – grown-ish

Choice Song From a Movie
“A Whole New World” (End Title) (from Aladdin) – ZAYN & Zhavia Ward (WINNER)
“Broken & Beautiful” (from UglyDolls) – Kelly Clarkson
“Carry On” (from Pokémon Detective Pikachu) – Kygo & Rita Ora
“Don’t Give Up on Me” (from Five Feet Apart) – Andy Grammer
“Shallow” (from A Star Is Born) – Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
“Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” (from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) – Post Malone & Swae Lee

Choice Summer Tour
BTS – “BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour” (WINNER)
Ariana Grande – “Sweetener World Tour”
Billie Eilish – “When We All Fall Asleep World Tour”
BLACKPINK – “BLACKPINK 2019 World Tour (In Your Area)”
Jennifer Lopez – “It’s My Party Tour”
Shawn Mendes – “Shawn Mendes The Tour”

Choice Female Web Star
Emma Chamberlain (WINNER)
Eva Gutowski
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Maddie Ziegler
Madison Beer

Choice Male Web Star
David Dobrik (WINNER)
Brent Rivera
The Dolan Twins
Guava Juice
MrBeast
Ryan Higa

Choice Comedy Web Star
The Dolan Twins (WINNER)
CalebCity
Colleen Ballinger
Gabbie Hanna
Lele Pons
Liza Koshy

Choice Social Star
Noah Centineo (WINNER)
Chrissy Teigen
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Kylie Jenner
Taylor Swift
Will Smith

Choice Music Web Star
Annie LeBlanc (WINNER)
Asher Angel
Chloe x Halle
Hayden Summerall
Johnny Orlando
Loren Gray

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star
Hannah Meloche (WINNER)
Bethany Mota
James Charles
Mackenzie Ziegler
Nikkie de Jager “NikkieTutorials”
Summer Mckeen

Choice Gamer
PewDiePie (WINNER)
DanTDM
jacksepticeye
Ninja
Ryan Ohmwrecker
SSSniperWolf

Choice YouTuber
Sam and Colby (WINNER)
David Dobrik
Erika Costell
Kian and Jc
The Merrell Twins
Niki and Gabi

Episode 34: The Orville Moves Picard to the Lower Decks & The Award For Best Comic News, Please?

Episode 34: The Orville Moves Picard to the Lower Decks

Tonight! San Diego Comicon gave us a lot of news, changes are coming to the Orville and we remember Rutger Haur and Jeremy Kemp on this SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. I’m your host, Thomas Townley. We have a really news heavy episode this time with lots of news from San Diego Comicon.I promised a lot of news would drop and boy was I right, we will have a lot more star trek news coming out of Star Trek Las Vegas in the next episode so stay tuned. Be sure to check out the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight,  that episode drops a couple of days after this one. So let’s get on with the news.

Star Trek

First off we have a little Discovery news: At the Star Trek panel, a new character was introduced Cleveland Book Booker, played by David Ajala. He is described as mischievous and a rule breaker. Also revealed is that the ship is a bit lost, apparently they don’t arrive at Terralyseum as planned. No word on who the new captain will be.

Next the panel moved on to the new animated show Lower Decks, the half hour animated show from Mike McMahan about Four Ensigns aboard the USS Cerritos a California class ship. By the way, I looked up Cerritos and found out that it’s a suburb of Los Angeles, California. formerly named Dairy Valley because of the preponderance of dairy farms in the area,   The four ensigns are Ensign Beckett Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome), Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells), and Ensign Rutherford (Eugene Cordero). Beckett Mariner is described as someone who is very good at being in Starfleet but cares more about skateboarding than working, so she never gets promoted. Brad Boimler is booksmart, but way too in his head and nervous. Tendi is a super enthusiastic medical officer who starts the show on her first day in Starfleet. And Rutherford is compared to Geordi La Forge…except that he can never get anything done or solved. Plus, he just had a cyborg eye put in, so he’s still dealing with it. They have to deal with the senior officers, Captain Carol Freeman (voiced by Dawnn Lewis), Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), and Doctor T’ Ana a Catian.  (Gillian Vigman). McMahn told the audience that the show won’t poke fun at Star trek, the humor will come from the characters.

Finally the main attraction, Star trek Picard. Patrick Stewart was brought out and talked about his return to Star trek. The show will be quote “more lyrical, more grounded, and more dramatic.” unquote  Producer Akiva Goldsman went on to explain that the show will not be the Next Generation but more of a hybrid, slower more gentle more character based quote “a new kind of Star Trek show made by people who love old Star Trek shows.”

We also got introduced to new actors Alison Pill , who plays a yet unname researcher, Michelle Hurd, who said her character has a connection to Picards past and Santiago Cabrera an ex-Starfleet officer who is reluctant to join Picards quest. He kinda sounds like the Han Solo of the show. We also have word that there will be returning  characters to the cast. Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, Jeri Ryan ,Jonathan Del Arco and Brent Spiner will be a part of the show, the size of their roles is as of yet unknown. One thing we do know is that the show will start in 2020, probably right after Discovery’s third season.

We also got word on new Short Treks, we are getting six new episodes and Three will focus on the Enterprise and we know one will feature Spock and Number One trapped in a lift together and one will star H. Jon Benjamin and feature Tribbles, two will be animated and one will be a prelude to Star Trek Picard. 

No News about any feature films.

But not all the news is about Trek is about what’s in front of the camera. IDW has announced another visit to the Mirror Universe, this time we visit The Mirror Voyager in Star Trek Voyage Mirrors and Smoke The one shot will be written by Paul Allor with art painted by JK Woodward and introduces quote Captain Janeway of the Voyager, a rebel ship stranded in the Delta Quadrant, far from the ruins of the Terran Empire. When Janeway crowns herself Pirate Queen of the Quadrant, the locals – including scavengers Neelix and Kes – won’t give up without a fight. Amidst this conflict, the crew of the Voyager has a second problem on their hands: just who is the Terran calling herself Annika Hansen, and can she be trusted?” The comic will be out in October. IDW also has future Mirror Universe one shots planned featuring the Original Series and DS9 Mirror crews. 

Now while there is no Movie news from San Diego,Quentin tarantino, speaking with Deadline.com talked about what he expects from his Star Trek film quote “I will say one thing about Star Trek that I’ve been waiting for someone to bring up,” “I don’t know if I’ll do it or not. I’ve got to figure it out, but Mark wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There’s some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it. I get annoyed at Simon Pegg.””He doesn’t know anything about what’s going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff. One of the comments he said, he’s like ‘Well, look, it’s not going to be Pulp Fiction in space.’ Yes, it is! [laughs hard]. If I do it, that’s exactly what it’ll be. It’ll be Pulp Fiction in space. That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this sh*t in it, ever. There’s no science fiction movie that has this in it. And they said, I know, that’s why we want to make it. It’s, at the very least, unique in that regard.” Unquote  I’m guessing any movement on this will be awaiting the possible merger between CBS and Viacom. I also sounds like the film would probably be apart of the Kelvin Timeline. However he’s not happy about it, telling the Happy Sad Podcast quote “I still don’t quite understand, and JJ can’t explain it to me, and my editor has tried to explain it to me and I still don’t get it…about something happened in the first movie that now kind of wiped the slate clean. I don’t buy that. I don’t like it. I don’t appreciate it. I don’t — f*** that…I want the whole series to have happened, it just hasn’t happened yet. No, Benedict Cumberbatch or whatever his name is is not Khan, alright? Khan is Khan. And I told JJ, like, ‘I don’t understand this. I don’t like it.’ And then he was like, ‘Ignore it! Nobody likes it. I don’t understand it. Just do whatever you want. If you want it to happen the exact way it happens on the series it can.’” Unquote. So….what do you think of Quientin’s comments? Are you interested in his movie? Do you want to see it in the Kelvin Timeline?

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with a confession from Margot Robbie, the breakout star of 2016’s Suicide Squad revealed to MTV News that shes neve seen Star Wars. Quote “I’ve never seen any Star Wars,” Robbie confessed to MTV News. “And I kind of don’t watch it now just because it infuriates people so much, like, ‘How? How have you never watched any Star Wars?’ And I just kinda wanna see how long I can make it now.” Unquote I guess my next question would be since she’s never actually seen any of it, what does she know about it just by picking things up second hand?

Mark Hammill was honored at SDCC with the Comic-con 2019 Icon Award by SDCC organizers. Mark in his acceptance speech told the crowd quote “Listen, I told you how lucky I feel to be able to do all of the things that I loved to do as a kid and get paid for it, so this just seems wildly excessive, but it is much appreciated,” Hamill said in his acceptance speech. “Thank you so much. I have to tell you, actors get up and they say ‘oh I have to share this with’ whoever their agent or whatever, but I … if it weren’t for you, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here. I started coming to these cons years before I met George [Lucas]. I remember, I was at the con when they said ‘did you hear? There’s going to be five thousand people this year’.” “So, I thank you very, very much and I just want you to remember, I am your buddy until the end. More than a buddy, I’m your best friend. I love you more than you will ever know. I will never let you go.”  Unquote The Icon Award is given to those who have been instrumental in bringing comics or popular arts to a wide audience. 10 others have been given the award including George Lucas, Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury.

The Rise of Skywalker is coming soon, but before we Rise with Skywalkers we should read with Skywalker. 

Announced at San Diego, Marvel will released a four issue prelude series called Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance. The mini series will be written by Ethan Sacks and have art by Luke Ross.  No release date but we can probably expect it to come out in September. The movie will be released on December 20th.

Apparently The Rise of Skywalker will be something. According to Kevin Smith, in an interview with IGN he said quote ,”I have not seen it, but I was on set,” Smith revealed to IGN. “I went to London at one point and visited the set, [director] J.J. [Abrams] invited me, because I had the heart attack. When I had the heart attack, he wrote me and he was like, ‘You gotta pull through, man, so you can come visit Star Wars,’ and I was like, ‘Can I be in it?’ and he was like, ‘Come visit.’ I pulled through and I was the kind of asshole that wrote him back to be like, ‘Remember what you said?!’ and he was like, ‘Come on out.'”

 “I got to hang out and be there on set and there was a scuttlebutt about a set there on Pinewood. A big set that they were like, ‘You have to see this. When you see it, it’ll melt your mind.’ And I was like, ‘What was it?’ and they were like, ‘Ask J.J.’ And so I asked J.J., ‘They keep telling me I should see the set,’ and he goes, ‘Don’t.’ I said, ‘Why?’ and he said, ‘It’s the last shot of the movie.’ So I was like, ‘Well now I really wanna see it,’ and he goes, ‘You don’t want this spoiled. You wanna be in a theater when this happens, trust me.’ And then other people on the crew were like, ‘Bro, I wish I hadn’t seen it. I’m glad I did, but it will melt your mind.'” Unquote 

Saying that it will Melt your mind, that’s some claim Kevin. Let’s hope your correct.

So, have you wondered who the Knights of Ren are? We’ve gotten hints in the Force awakens and The last jedi. Well now a new comic will tell the tale of Kylo and the Knights in The Rise of Kylo Ren. The 4 issue mini series will be written by Charles Soule. The rise of Kylo ren will be launching in December before The Rise of Skywalker this winter. 

Geek News

The Orville’s SDCC panel came with a bit of a surprise. A change of address. The show’s third season will be moving from Fox to Hulu when it returns in late 2020. The change was addressed by Series creator and Star Seth McFarlane who explained quote “The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and FOX Broadcasting Company, now FOX Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years. My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and FOX Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together,” unquote. This news has not gone over well with a segment of the fanbase, but most seem to be looking forward to the shows new home. By the way, Hulu is majority owned by Fox parent company Disney.

Hulu not only has The Orville, but just announced, Hulu will be the home to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. The series is coming from Carlton Cuse and writer Jason Fuchs and will be produced at ABC Signature, the streaming division of ABC. Cuse and Fuchs will write, executive produce and showrun a modern adaptation of the classic story from Douglas Adams. No air date has been given.

Speaking of shows that have moved to online pastures, The Expanse season four premiere date has finally been announced. The series which was canceled by SyFY last year has been revived by Amazon after the fanbase got 100000 signatures to save the show. The show will come to the streaming service on December 13th.

Get ready to spend more on Halloween With Michael Myers. Universal Pictures has announced two new Halloween sequels one for 2020 and one for 2021 The first movie will be titled Halloween Kills and open on October 16, 2020 and the second called Halloween Ends will open on October 15, 2021. Borth will be directed by David Gordon Green and both will star Jamie Curtis with Nick Castle returning as Michael who comes back to Haddonfield for one fo r showdown with his sister.

The nominations are out for the Emmy awards. Game of Thrones walked away with 32 nominations including  for Outstanding Drama Series Kit Harington for outstanding Drama Actor, Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Drama Actress, Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster waldau and peter dinklage for outstanding supporting actor in a drama,Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie , Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams for outstanding supporting actress in a drama,3 nominations for directing Kumail Nanjiani for The Twilight Zone The Good Place has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy series. An outstanding comedy actor nomination for ted danson. On the creative arts emmy side,Star trek discovery is up for Main Title Design and outstanding prosthetic Makeup, outstanding sound editing, special visual effects. Four in total. The emmys are September 22nd. The Creative arts emmys are on September 14 and 15th. 

The Saturn Award nominations were also announced. Avengers Endgame leads films with the most nominations with fourteen. In TV nominations Game of Thrones led with nine. The Orville picked up three and in the streaming category  Star Trek Discovery picked up five nominations., it trailed The Haunting of Hill House with six.

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

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

  • Actor Jeremy Kemp has passed away. He might best be known to Star Trek fans as Picard’s brother Robert Picard in the episode Family.  The actor was born in England in 1935. He had a long acting career starting in 1956. He’s had guest star roles on Space 1999, Hart to Hart, the Greatest American Hero, The Fall Guy, Murder She Wrote. And was Hissah Zul in the Conan TV series And the villain General Streck in the spy comedy Top Secret! He was 84. 

Finally tonight, Actor Rutger Hauer has passed away. The Dutch actor is probably best known to geek fans as the replicant leader Roy Batty from 1982’s Blade Runner. Rutger was born in the Netherlands in 1944 and started acting in Dutch tv back in 1969. He came to American audiences in 1981 in the movie Nighthawks. Besides Blade Runner, he guest starred on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Alias, Smallville,True Blood,Galavant,   the tv mini series Merlin and The 10th Kingdom. He’s starred in Batman Begins, Hobo with a Shotgun, Dracula 3D, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Sin City. He died at the age of 75 at his home in the Netherlands.

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In this comics edition of Multiverse Tonight,Stan Lee gets a cartoon series, Marvel announces the next wave of Marvel movies and tv shows, Mechad Brooks flies away from Supergirl, The Eisner Awards are given out and The Boys are ready for round two!

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Episode 35: An Award full of Comicon News

Tonight! IOur Comic news cup runeth over, plus we look at who walked away with Eisner Awards on this comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley. Well San Diego Comic Con dumped a lot of news. If you didn’t listen to the sci fi edition, just go back one episode and listen to a lot of good news there.

Marvel

We all miss Stan Lee since he passed away last year. At this years SDCC, Stan’s company POW! Entertainment announced the development of a new animated series, The Amazing Stan, produced in conjunction with Pure Imagination Studios. The series will focus on a young Stan Lee in grade school showing off his imagination at a young age. the constant dreamer who treats his childhood like a testing ground for adventures that will one day fuel his world-famous characters. Stan and his friends imagine themselves in and out of these amazing experiences as they learn to take risks, explore new ideas, and never ever give up. It’s very similar to the old Fox cartoon Bobby’s World. There is no word on where or when the show will air.

Doctor Doom is getting his own comic series. Doctor Doom will be written by AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire creator Chris Cantwell and have art by Salvador Larroca. The series will find Victor Von Doom at a bit of a crossroads in his life, According to the release quote “After spending much of his time warning against a trillion-dollar global effort to create the first ‘artificial’ black hole, Doom is now wrestling with visions of an entirely different life and a better future. But when a massive terrorist attack results in massive casualties, Doom is the prime suspect. What will happen when Doctor Doom is running from the law — and himself?” Doctor Doom IS The Prisoner! 

Well congrats to Avengers Endgame for finally crossing that finish line and passing Avatar to become the No.1 Grossing Film of All Time (not adjusted for inflation) Avatar will probably have a chance to get that back, a re release of Avatar is expected before Avatar 2 comes out.

While we’re on the subject,

In Endgame, one of the best moments was the handoff of the title of Captain America to the Falcon. The Falcon will now return in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, speaking to MTV news at Comiccon,Mackie did confirm that he will be wearing a Captain America suit in the show. Saying quote “It looks really good.” unquote

So let’s get into that post endgame Phase of Marvel. At the Marvel Hall H Panel,Kevin Feige, president of Marvel studios laid it all out first up Black Widow on May Day of 2020. The Eternals on November 6, 2020. Shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021. Thor Love & Thunder. Also revealed was a new Blade movie starring Maherala Ali. Also still in the offing are Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 Guardians 3 and Spider-man 3. Fiege also dropped word that they’re working on Fantastic Four and X-Men getting MCU movies at some point and then that an all new all different Avengers team movie will arrive at some point too. I say make it Avengers vs X-Men.

On the Disney Plus side we have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wandavision, Loki, Hawkeye and what if…

What if is rather interesting, it’s an animated series and will have a slew of guest stars. The list includes (Michael B. Jordan), (Sebastian Stan), (Josh Brolin), (Mark Ruffalo), (Tom Hiddleston), (Samuel L. Jackson), (Chris Hemsworth), (Hayley Atwell),  (Chadwick Boseman), (Karen Gillan), (Jeremy Renner), (Paul Rudd)(Michael Douglas), (Neal McDonough), (Dominic Cooper), (Sean Gunn), (Natalie Portman), (David Dastmalchian), (Stanley Tucci), (Taika Waititi), (Toby Jones), (Djimon Hounsou), (Jeff Goldblum), (Michael Rooker), and (Chris Sullivan). All coming back to voice their MCU roles with Jeffery Wright narrating the series as The Watcher. We will get stories like What if Peggy Carter became the super soldier. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Here’s something weird for you. A woman in Nebraska has decried that a statue as demonic and anti christian because she believes it’s representative of the Devil. Thing is, it’s a statue of Spider-man’s hands in the web shooter posse with webs coming out of the wrists.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star reports that an email was sent to Lincoln mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird from an unidentified woman  saying that quote “It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns, she also called the six foot sculpture ugly and asked that it be moved because it’s a hate crime against the church,

The statue is one of 50 statues in an art project called Serving Hands Lincoln. The city will not be seeking to remove the sculpture which will be available for auction on October 25 to benefit the non profit organization Campus Life.

DC news

Lucifer is in its final season. The final season was originally going to be 10 episodes long. But Netflix has announced that it will pick up the show for an additional six episodes to help give the show proper time to wind down. Reminds me that I have to catch up.

This fall will see the end of Arrow. The hit CW show is ending after eight seasons. Entertainment Weekly as part of an Arrowverse cover shoot with the magazine released a video https://twitter.com/EW/status/1152057975487418376

Work on this last season has been a bit exciting for series star Stephan Amell, so much that the night before he was set to tape his first scene for the season he was having difficulty sleeping. He tweeted at 102 Am quote Going to have a tough time sleeping tonight. Work tomorrow is going to be pretty fucking cool. Well let’s see if he goes out with a bang.  Arrow’s final season begins on October 15th.

Looks like James Olsen might be going back to Metropolis, according to Entertainment Weekly Mehcad Brooks will be leaving Supergirl in the first half of season five. Brooks will be leaving the show to focus on feature films, developing his own cable series and working on a book. No word on how his character will leave, but according to showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller, the door will remain open for Mechad to return.  A polished businesswoman and heir to a Central American tech empire, Andrea Rojas (aka Acrata) is now making a hostile advance into the world of media. Unapologetic and unafraid to make waves, she also holds a mystical secret. Julie Gonzalo will first appear as Rojas in the season premiere. British actor Staz Nair from Game of Thrones will play a very different character than a Dothraki warrior, Staz will play William Dey a hardened reporter who seems to be a cynic and a sellout who looks down on Kara’s idealism. Dey’s not here to make friends, he just wants to get the story, but his criminal underworld ties could be problematic. He sounds like a very shallow character to me, one created to just get in trouble so he can be saved. Supergril come back on October sixth.

At SDCC’s Batwoman panel, it was revealed that the series will introduce Tommy Elliot, the man who will eventually become the super villain Hush. Hush first appeared as part of a 12 part story in Batman issues 608 to 619.

And while we’re on the Arrowverse, we have to talk about this year’s big crossover. This year it will be their version of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Brandon Routh will be back this time as Superman and at SDCC it was revealed that he would be a Superman based on Kingdom Come. It’s unclear how this Superman will fit into the crossover. The crossover will debut across Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and the new series Batwoman later this year.

Now over to the DC Universe, An accident has taken the life of Titans special effects coordinator Warren Appleby has passed away after being struck by a heavy object while filming the series. According to a report from TMZ the incident took place at a test facility where the crew tests out stunts they plan to enact out in the show.  The stunt included a car flipping onto its side unfortunately a piece of shrapnel flew off and struck Mr. Appleby in the head. He died in route to a Toronto hospital. Warner Bros Television issued a statement about this tragedy quote “We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot. Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures. The executive producers, along with everyone, in Titans family, Warner Bros. Television Group and DC UNIVERSE, wish to express our deepest condolences, and heartfelt love and support, to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.” 

Production was shut down for two days and Canada’s Ministry of Labour is now investigating the accident.

In comics news, DC Comics has announced a new Birds of Prey Series that will star Harley Quinn, Black Canary and Huntress. The new comic will be out in October and will be written by Brian Azzarello with art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and trish Mulvihill.

 Mr. Azzarello in the press release said quote “It’s cool to have a story to tell about these characters I’ve never worked on before, with Ema, a terrific artist I’ve never worked with before. Having Harley involved screws with the new BOP dynamic—hell, with every dynamic. She’s chaos, but she might be the most together member of the team. Canary, Huntress, and Montoya have a lot of damaged baggage. Ema and I are gonna unpack it.” The plot according to the press release is quote  “Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the wringer and her band is in crisis. An old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set Dinah on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent: Las Esposas de la Muerte. The only thing Dinah can be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages of this dynamic new ongoing series!”

Good News Tom King fans. Tom King is going to be writing the New Gods of movie. King will be collaborating with New Gods director Ava DuVernay on the script, although it’s not known if Ava will be co writing or just giving her input. King is will suited for the task having written Mister Miracle. There is still no word on when filming might start or a release date.

DC Universe Online is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 6th. The game launched in 2011 and is free to play. The one setback is if you have an account on another platform, you won’t be able to port it over to the Switch. 

Batman Beyond is finally getting a release on Bluray. Warner Bros Home Entertainment announced at SDCC that the series will becoming to Bluray on October 29th and digital download on October fifteenth. This year marks the series 20th anniversary. All 52 episodes will be on a four disc set along with two bonus discs and a remastered version of Batman Beyond Return of the Joker.

The Eisner Awards were handed out at San Diego Comic Con. The big winner was Tom King who walked away with the awards for best writer, best limited series, best short story for his story in the Swamp Thing Winter Special and best graphic album, reprint for The Vision . He missed only one Best continuing series with when to John Allison, Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal’s Giant Days. We will have a list of the winners on our website in the show notes.

Best Short Story


“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot


Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man No. 310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series


Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)

Best Limited Series


Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best New Series


Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)


Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)


Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)


The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17)


The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)


Best Humor Publication


Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)


Best Anthology


Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)

Best Reality-Based Work


Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New


My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint


The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Michael Walsh (Marvel)

Best Adaptation From Another Medium


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)


Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia


Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips


Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)


Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books


Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… And Assassins… Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best Writer


Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Writer/Artist


Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team


Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)


Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)


Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)


Best Coloring


Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering


Todd Klein, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Knight (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (Tie)


Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)


Panel Panel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com

Best Comics-Related Book


Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, by Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work


Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)

Best Publication Design


Will Eisner’s A Contract With God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

Best Digital Comic


Umami, by Ken Niimura (Panel Syndicate), panelsyndicate.com/comics/umami

Best Webcomic


The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow, thecontradictions.com

The Bill Finger Excellence in Comics Writing Award

E. Nelson Bridwell, Mike Friedrich

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Tula Lotay, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

Le Revistera, Buenos Aires

The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award

Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights, Hictoea: A Nightlights Story)

Hall of Fame

Jim Aparo, June Tarpé Mills, Dave Stevens, Morrie Turner, Bill Sienkiewicz, Wendy and Richard Pini, Paul Levitz, Jenette Kahn, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez

Geek News

Taika waititi has become a very prolific guy. Not only does he have Thor, What we do in the shadows the series and the movie, the Time Bandits series but now he gets to voice a character in an upcoming episode of Rick and Morty. Upcoming cameos in Season four of the popular Adult Swim series include Sam Neill, Paul Giamatti and Kathleen turner. Season four of Rick and Morty will air in November.

Have you watched Amazon Prime’s new superhero series The Boys yet? It’s awesome. And Amazon thinks it’s awesome too, before the series even Amazon announced the renewal of the series at SDCC’s The Boys panel. The series, which  has gotten a 74 percent frest rating on rotten tomatoes, is based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Roberston and is executive produced by Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke and stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue. The boys is set in a world where superheroes tend to abuse their powers instead of using them just for good. The Boys are a group that’s out to expose the heroes for the terrible people they are. 

IDW has acquired Peter Maresca’s critically acclaimed Sunday Press Books, which is known for its archival work collecting American newspaper comic strips. Sunday Press has collected such classic strips as Dick Tracy, Little Nemo in Slumberland and Krazy Kat in oversized hardcovers so the material appears in its original dimensions. 

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