Tonight! The Fantastic Four find the Prodigal Sun, a death star full of Star Wars news and I interview author Kevin Dilmore on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
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Writer Peter David and artist Francesco Manna are all set to introduce you to a brand new character in July in Fantastic Four:The Prodigal Sun #1. The story centers around a mysterious character named Prodigal in the Savage Land who is treated as a god by the barbarians there. However, when the barbarians decide to take over the world, the Fantastic Four step in to put a stop to it.
Fantastic Four Prodigal Sun will be followed up by two one shots: Guardians of the Galaxy The Prodigal Sun and Silver Surfer The Prodigal Sun.
Also in July will be a return of the Future Foundation in the backup story of Fantastic Four #12 as well as a solo series for the Invisible Woman.
On April eleventh, we got a look at Disney,’s new streaming service, Disney Plus. First off, the service will arrive this November and will cost 6.99 a month or 69.99 for a full year. This is called cutting Netflix off at the knees. Disney plus will have 25 original series in the first year plus almost every film from the Disney Vault as well as all 30 seasons of the Simpsons. The service will be the exclusive streaming home for all of Disney’s movies going forward incuding Frozen 2, toy story 4 and the new Star Wars movies.
By the way, one of the movies not being released from the vault is Song of the South. Also the original Dumbo will include an edit as well.
Original series will include Star Wars series: the Mandalorian, a unnamed series based around Cassian Andor from Rogue One. High School Musical The Musical the Series, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, the poorly named Scarlett Witch and Vision series: WandaVision. Animated series like Pixar’s SparkShorts, The Monsters Inc based series: Monsters at Work, Star Wars Clone Wars, Marvel’s What If…? And Documentary, unscipted and live specials like: Encore! Which comes from executive producer Kristen Bell, an Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentery Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Marvel’s 616, Original films, Lady & The tramp, The Phineas and Ferb Movie, Stargirl (Based on the New York times best selling Young Adult novel of the same name, not the DCU character of course.). And of course, much much more.
One show not on that list is a Team thor show, but Chris hemsworth would love to see one. You see, prior to the release of Thor Ragnorok, director Taika Waititi made a short mockumentary titled Team Thor: While You Were Fighting: A Thor Mocumentery which followed Thor and his rommate Darryl. When Chris was asked about the possibility of such a tv series becoming a thing by MTV International, Hemsworth responded quote “I’d love to do that. I’d love to see Darryl more. I’d love to do a mockumentary TV show of us living together and rooming together and our day to day adventures outside of saving the world, just sort of the regular stuff. I thought that was a lot of fun to shoot and also I think it’d be cool to have a TV show like that yeah. Surfing, fishing, we got a pub, it’d be good fun. Tamed Asgard and get to explore that world.” Unquote Maybe Chris ought to propose it to Disney Plus?
As we discussed in the last episode, a lot of people got dusted by The Snap. One of the survivors was Bruce Banner, however, it could have been different. While promoting Avengers Endgame, the loose lipped Mark Ruffalo told Yahoo that he really didn’t know that he would survive until he saw the movie. Quote “For one take, I did disappear, and then the other one I didn’t,”“I was pretty sure it was gonna be me,” “It’s like Survivor. It’s like, who’s gonna get kicked off the island? And I probably should’ve. … It’s like Project Runway for leakers.” So did they shot the scene so that Mark wouldn’t know which was the real one? And did they make sure to film several variants of key scenes so Ruffalo couldn’t leak Endgame?
Captain Marvel has passed the billion dollar mark in the world wide box office and no one could be happier about it than the film’s star Brie Larson, Brie reacted to the news at the Women in the World Conference, quote “I’m very grateful to have broken this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars,” “I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It’s just like we’re human, whatever. If people needed this to be another reminder this decade [that minority groups can open movies and make a billion dollars] then great, I’m here, I did it.” This Easter weekend,Captain Marvel did recieve a bump, jumping up from number 6 to number 4 at the box office. It’s international gross box office is currently $1,089,526,133.
The Fox mutant series “The Gifted” has been gifted with the ax, as the Fox network has cancelled the series. Fox the studio and Fox the network are no longer under one umbrella and this could possibly be the reason for the cancellation. Now the possiblity does exist that the series could find a new home on Hulu or Disney Plus or one of it’s cable networks since Disney will now have those platforms to put content on. If The Gifted is gifted a resurrection, we will let you know.
Shazam is doing great at the box office, it’s defeated Hellboy, which came in 3rd after the comedy Little. In it’s first 17 days of release the Marvel-ous movie has brought in 322 million world wide.
And Shazam star Zachary Levi is doing good off the screen too, A mother named Christina Giannelli wrote on social media quote “My son just got back from seeing #shazam,” Giannelli wrote on Twitter. “Seeing him so happy makes me want to cry. It’s been a rough year for him. He’s homeschooling after being bullied. He’s in therapy now and being able to tell him this superhero @ZacharyLevi has also been and struggled is huge. Thank you.”
Zach was touched by the tweet and tweeted back. Quote My heart is bursting with love right now for your little man. I was bullied a lot when I was a kid, & wish homeschool was an option for me at many points along the way. Tell him I’m standing with him, and to remember that bullies are just hurt and confused in their own life. Unquote
Christina tweeted back that Her son was crying after she read Zach’s response to him and that Mr. Levi, quote “…made his year.” unquote
We move from Shazam to Birds of Prey. LuckyChap Entertainment, which is Margot Robbie’s production company has announced that it has officially wrapped on the Bird of Prey film . Margot is not only producing the movie, but will reprise her Harley Quinn character for the movie which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Birds of Prey will hit theater screens on February 7th , 2020.
Sean Gunn is , of course, James Gunn’s brother, not really news, and has been on many of his brothers projects including the Guardians of the Galaxy movies as Kraglin. That said, Sean isn’t so sure he’ll be making any kind of appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie. Sean told Comicbook.com quote “I’m always willing to do anything [James] needs me to do. I’m also very, very respectful of the creative process, from the point of view of the people who are writing and coming up with the story. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that story is king… In order for the movie to be good, the story has to be great, and it’s hard to make a great story if you’re thinking, ‘Hmm, I have to work this person in there somewhere.” Unquote if he doesn’t make any appearance in the movie, he will probably be apart of Guardians 3. The Suicide Squad comes out on August 6th of 2021.
Titans will finally get it’s Batman for season two. Dedline dot com reports that Iain Glenn, who played Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones will play the role. The Scottish born actor is 57 years old, which shows us that this Batman will be an older version of the character. The official character description reads as follows: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime,” the description reads. “Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.
It’s unclear if he will be in the cowl for the series or just portray a Bruce Wayne, who’s given up the cowl to fight with his money instead.
Lucifer Season Four is just days away and Netflix has released a new trailer for the rescued series. Let’s watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5QBmphmLbc Season Four drops on May 8th.
CW Boss Mark Pedowitz sat down with the Hollywood Reporter. As you know, the next season will see both Supernatural and Arrow ending. So what direction does Mr. Pedowitz want to take the network’s genre offerings? Quote
“We know who we are and it’s pretty set forth in the development,”. The next Arrow-verse spinoff, Batwoman, “will help extend the franchises and the Arrow-verse. We think Lost Boys [a reimagining of the ’80s movie] fits a lot of what The CW is, and you have the Jane the Novela [a Jane the Virgin spinoff], which is a very interesting twist on Jane now being an author. Glamorous will push the boundaries in a lot of ways. And it’s a show for Gen-Z because of its ability to speak to non-conforming genders and particularly gender fluidity. We’re happy with Nancy Drew, which will have a supernatural twist to it, as well as [Riverdale spinoff] Katy Keene, which, I believe with [creator/showrunner] Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his team will make a huge difference to us, and hopefully it captures that Gossip Girl feel a decade later. Unquote
So I think the CW will be just fine.
The LA Times reports that in July, DC Comics will be putting a spotlight on Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in two new 12 issue maxi series. Lois Lane will be written by Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen will come from the pen of Matt Friction with art by Steve Lieber.
Lois Lane will see Lois investigate threats and conspiracies in a story that DC hopes that will show what makes Lois very remarkable. An email from Rucka quoted by the LA Times quote
“Lois Lane is the best investigative reporter in the DC [Universe],” “This is our truth, and this is what the book is about.” unquote
Friction and Lieber’s Jimmy Olsen according to the team will be ridiculous and sublime. In a phone interview with the Times Fraction said quote “Jimmy’s videos are basically the only thing keeping the lights on at the Planet anymore,” “They have to let him keep doing his thing because it’s the only thing that pays the bills but it’s [also] really expensive” because they keep having to rebuild Metropolis after any messes he causes. So Jimmy will it the road to show and explore various settings in the DCU.
Both “Lois Lane” and “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” will have short stories by their respective creative teams in the upcoming one-shot “Superman: Leviathan Rising Special” on May 29 ahead of their first issues, which are due out in July.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Swamp Thing has been reduced from 13 episodes to 10 apparently after creative differences between Warner Bros the studio and the DC Universe streaming platform. The series will still premiere on May 31st.
This comes on the heels of word that the parent company, WarnerMedia is pursuing its own streaming service to be overseen by former NBC president Bob Greenblatt and Turners Kevin Reilly. WarnerMedia has yet to reveal anything about the platform, but it probably will have it ready before the end of 2020. Could it possibly be that WarnerMedia might want to keep some DC Comics content for the new service as well?
Anyway, let’s look at the Swamp Thing trailer…
FX’s Y:The Last Man series appears to be dead. The series, which would have been an adaption of the Vertigo comic series of the same name got some bad news from the network. Showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal, confirmed the news in a joint statement on Twitter.
Quote “FX has decided not to move forward with our series in its current form,” before thanking the talent involved with the show. “We hoped to reward their talent and their trust not just with success but with a show that had something to say, in a time when things must be said. As Y fans ourselves, we hope the future allows just that.” Unquote
Given that FX is now owned by Disney, not Fox anymore I personally don’t see this going forward, however a spokesman for FX told Variety the network is still planning to move forward with the series with its current cast. So I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.
Star Wars news
Star Wars news coming out of Star Wars Celebration was hot and heavy. For a personal look at the con,SciFi4Me’s Salacious Crumbs coverage of the Con. They covered the con live all four days and you can watch it all on Youtube.
Let’s start with some of the comics news coming out of Celebration.
A new Darth Vader Miniseries was announced. Target Vader is a six issue miniseries with no release date. At Celebration, Assistant editor Tom Groneman said quote “Target Vader, six issues starring a character that we’ve recently reintroduced… named Valance. He originally appeared in Marvel Star Wars #16 as a cyborg bounty hunter with a vendetta against Vader,” “It’s all about Valance and his crew pulling an impossible mission hunting down Dark Lords of the Sith.” unquote The series features the talents of Robbie Thompson and Marc Laming with covers from Nic Klein.
We got news on the follow up to Star Wars Age of Republic series of one shots with the Star Wars The Age of Rebellion and Star Wars Age of Resistance one shots. First up will be Finn #1 This will come from writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas with covers from Phil Noto. According to Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “The Finn story takes place in his earlier days when he was a stormtrooper on Starkiller Base,unquote
Lucasfilm Story Group’s Matt martin added quote “We also get to see Janitor Finn,” “That’s the main selling point.” unquote
Next up, Poe #1.Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “Maybe there was a pitstop for Rey and Chewbacca on the way to seeing Luke.” “Let’s say he’s got an unexpected mentor from his past… that we’re going to meet in this issue.” unquote
Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk are working on a Captain Phasma one shot. Groneman said that this will show what makes Phasma tick.
Groneman also announced a special issue on Admiral Holdo featuring the talents of G. Willow Wilson, Tom Taylor, Chris Eliopoulos and Elsa Charretier. About this Groneman said quote
“So we’ve got our main story following Holdo, Maz and BB-8,””Willow knew exactly where to take Holdo in this story… This explores her earlier days a bit, and you’re going to get to see that inciting incident for what makes her so unbelievably effective as a leader… It all starts here in this book.” Unquote
There will also be a one shot featuring Hux. and one featuring Rey.
Greg Pak also weighed in on the upcoming Age of Rebellion one shots saying quote “This is one of eight one-shots that I’m doing,” unquote He also said that the stories are in-continuity and explore little moments that have never been seen before in an effort to capture “what makes the characters so fun.”
“I have a special affection for the Boba Fett one,” . “The art is by Mark Laming… and we did it as a straight western. It’s like a badass bounty hunter western story. Boba Fett, I think he says three words during the whole thing… Everybody’s got a different idea of… his motivations.”
There was plenty of more coverage, I’ll have links to it in the show notes.
Also announced was a miniseries Star wars Galaxy’s Edge that will explore a shop in the park that contains rare items. Writer Ethan Sacs said quote “There is a criminal gang that is out to plot a heist for a specific object there. Unquote
While we’re on the subject of the Galaxy’s Edge athe the panel for the new attraction, Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty hinted that Yoda will be featured in some capacity . He also revealed that Frank Oz had recorded new lines for Yoda. He joins Jim Cummings as Hondo and Paul Reubens as DJ-R3X.
And of course, if you’re gonna be walking around the park, you’re probably gonna get thirsty. You can always have a nice tall glass of blue bantha milk. But why not have a Coke. Yes, I said a Coke, A partnership was revealed at Celebration that Coke will have specially packaged Coke products. The bottles resemble Thermal detonators and the packaging will look scuffed up and be rendered in Aurebesh as not to spoil the immersion. Here’s the ad. https://twitter.com/starwars/status/1117109633225756672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1117109633225756672&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcoca-cola-new-design-star-wars-galaxys-edge%2F
The park opens on May 31st at Disneyland and on August 29th at Disney World. Have a Coke. But don’t Smile. The Storm troopers will probably shoot you.
Also seen at Star Wars Celebration was Star Wars fallen order, the action adventure video game from Lucasfilm and EA’s Respawn Entertainment. Respawn head Vince Zampella told the crowd that quote “”This is a Jedi fantasy story game,” “This is a story game. No multiplayer. No microtransactions.” Game Director Stig Asmussen added that quote “So you play as a Jedi on the run in training with a lightsaber and Force powers,” “We made sure that the combat was something that was easy to pick up… Combat is key for us. We call it thoughtful combat,” he explained. The game will follow a character named Cal.
The game will take place during the time that Order 66 was activated. Cal must avoid the Jedi hunting Inquisitors that are searching for Force users that have escaped the original order.
One of the Inquisitors, named Second Sister, first appeared in the Darth Vader comic.
Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan will play the character of Cal, who they said has a young Clint Eastwood quality about him. Monaghan not only provided has voice but did motion capture for the game as well.
The game will be released on November 15th for Xbox, Playstation and PC.
We start Star Trek News with the Picard show. They really need to give us a real name soon. Or it’s gonna be called Star Trek Picard no matter what they finally call it.
Anyway. Jonathan Frakes in an interview with TrekMovie dot com said that he has been booked to work on episodes 3 and 4. He also said that he’s read the first couple of episodes and sadi that it’s like a ten episode movie. He called it quote a very ambitious approach to television, in the first season. Unquote
The show is still adding new cast members. A few days ago we got word that Alison Pill who has appeared in Snowpiercer , American Horror Story; Cult and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Harry Treadaway has been the Netflix series The Crown Disney’s The Lone Ranger and three seasons on Penny Dreadful as Dr. frankenstein. and Isa Briones is a relative newcomer having just wrapped the First national Touring Company of hamilton. He has had a role on American Crime Story: Versace. They join previously announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora.
Turning to Discovery, the season is over and so is Anson Mount’s time as Captain Pike. While the storyline this season had issues at times. Anson Mount’s Pike was on of the bright spots of the season. There has been such an outpouring of love for Mount’s portrayal that a change dot org petition calling for a Captain Pike series has over 11,000 signatures.
Mount has responded to this petition on his facebook page commenting quote I am humbled and deeply touched by this amount of love. I have NEVER received such gratitude. Please know that my own gratitude at having been given the opportunity to walk in Captain Pike’s boots is equaled only by that which I feel for the Trek family’s devotion. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Unquote
Could CBS listen and make a Pike series? Doubtful. But maybe Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore write some Pike novels and Anson could do the audio version?
What we left behind: Looking back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine is almost here. The film is done and handed over to Shout! Studios. The early backer stream of the film will debut worldwide on Thursday April 25th starting at 909 PM eastern time. Eligible backers will get to stream it from home or mobile devices for the 99 hours after the debut. Full unrestricted access will be available after the theatrical release on May 13th.
According to THR, Michelle Yeoh has been cast as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue in James Cameron’s Avatar. In a statement writer director James Cameron said quote “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” The Avatar sequels are due for release on Decembers 2020 and 2021 and also star Zoe Saldana, Sam worthington, Stephen Lang, Kate winslet, Vin Diesel and Sigourney Weaver.
Season Two of The Orville is almost over. And what a season has been. It’s even in contention for an Emmy award. Deadline spoke with Seth Macfarlane at their The Contenders Emmy confab on the Paramount lot, Seth talked about how the change in the series tone from a comedy tone to a little more drama made him nervous about how the audience would take it. Quote “I have been a big sci-fi fan since I was a kid,” he said. “I think secretly that was the show I wanted to do, but I figured there’s no way in hell anyone would swallow that from me.”
“With an hour long show, in order to sustain it, you have to have real stakes,”
“That was my fear at the beginning. If people aren’t with us on that side of it, we’re probably not going to last very long. But they were, so we really leaned into that.” Unquote
Speaking about the obvious influence of Star trek on the show Mr. MacFarlane said quote “Star Trek was the first franchise to bring it to a point that reached the mainstream in such a massive way. In many ways, it does have ownership on this idea of a captain on a bridge of his spaceship instead of a sailing ship. But it’s become the convention. You can’t help but go there if you’re doing this type of show. … You just try to start by learning from what your predecessors have figured out and then take it off in its own direction.” Unquote
Speaking of Seth, he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Congratulations Seth, you’ve earned it.
Just two weeks before it was scheduled to go into production, Fox’s new daddy, Disney has cancelled the Mouse Guard movie. The movie which would have been based on Archaia/Boom! Studios comic of the same name. Mouse Guard is a two time Eisner winning comic and graphic novel by David Petersen and has been called Game of Thrones with mice. Set in a human free world the Mouse Guard protects mice from predators and other threats. The movie would have been CGI with WETA providing the visual effects.Based on David Petersen’s two-time Eisner winning comics and a graphic novel. Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the producers are being allowed to shop the project around to other studios.
Warner Brothers is looking to expand it’s studio space by buying The Burbank Studios to use as additional office space and eight soundstages. This will include two Frank Gehry designed office buildings that are next to it’s Burbank Media District. The deal is expected to be finalized later this year.
The European Union has passed a new copyright directive that will change how copyright law will be enforced online.Under the new law, Google and other online platforms like Facebook will have to sign licensing agreements with copyright holders like musicians, performers, authors, news organizations and journalists to use their work online. The law was passed by nineteen countries but was opposed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.
The new Copyright Directive now goes to the various countries of the EU to be written into their national laws.
Game of Thrones is back and it drew huge ratings. According to HBO, Episode one of season eight drew 17.4 million viewers across all digital and cable platforms on Sunday alone. . 11.8 of those from cable itself. That number is expected to go up in the days following. This final season is only 6 episodes long. So buy some Game of Thrones Oreos and tune in.
Archer season 10 is just a little over a month away. Let’s watch the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=K9Mp8kvnaAg Archer 1999 is the third episode that’s taking place during Archer’s coma after he was shot at the end of season 7 and looks like we will be getting a lot of scifi jokes and tropes thrown in. The new season will see Archer Lana and the crew onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. Looks good.
Lena Waithe has joined HBO’s Westworld for season three. Lena is any Emmy award winner for Outstanding writing in a comedy series for Master of None and is the creator of Showtimes The Chi. While her role is currently under wraps she will be joined also by newcomer to the series Aaron Paul, best known for Breaking Bad. Season three is currently in production and will likley premiere on HBO in 2020.
From the we needed this why file comes news in an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount Pictures division Paramount Players, alongside Temple Hill and Picture Start has put anto development a prequel to the musical Grease called Summer Loving. The script is being written by John August, who has written the scripts for Big Fish and Charlie and the Choclate Factory. The story will reportedly will show the first meeting of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson that was recounted in the song Summer Nights
Now here’s that interview with author Kevin Dilmore!
That was a fun interview and a great convention. And now I’m looking forward to Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS, it’s not that far away.
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