Show Notes: Episode 88 – Robots. Now with Feeling Skin! & Episode 89 – Will We Ever See the New Mutants?

On the comic book edition, Spider-Man 3 gets Strange, Someone’s betting against Wonder Woman 84 and Soul skips the theater.  All that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.https://multiversetonight.wordpress.comhttp://mtpodcast.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
  1. Elvira, Mistress of the Comics.
  2. Discovery Thoughts on Such A Winters Day
  3. Some Music for the Peace Maker
  4. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  5. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time

Tonight! Warner Herzog takes a break, Paramount puts the breaks on one of the Star Trek movies and Genre TV does well at the Emmy nominations. All that and more on the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight episode 88. I’m on vacation from my day job this week, gonna try to catch up on some books and movies that have been piling up. One thing I haven’t been missing is Star Trek Lower Decks. I loved the first episode, very funny, full of Star Trek references. This show should be taken as a love letter to the history of Star Trek. Stop thinking about it as a serious show, it’s not it’s a comedy, it’s not here to be an allegory or a morality tale, think of it as the dish of ice cream. I am looking forward to the entire season, well done CBS. Let’s get on with the news.

Star Wars

The Mandalorian novel from Del Rely has been delayed. The novel by Adam Christopher will now be out in the fall of 2021.

Spekind of the Mandalorian, Wwarner Herzog plans on taking a break from acting to get back to his own films. Speaking with the BFI at Home series on Youtube. He said “I have done a lot more acting recently, and I have to review it, because it takes away too much attention from the real things that I’m doing.” unquote. His documentary Fireball has been acquired by Apple TV Plus.

The new Star wars game show Star Wars Jedi temple Challenge host Ahmed Best speaking with the Coffee with Kenobi podcast revealed the origins of his character on the show Kelleran Beq saying quote “In my idea of Kelleran Beq, the reason why he has a purple lightsaber and the purple kyber crystal is because, in my mind, purple lightsaber wielders have an intimate relationship with both the Light Side and the Dark Side,” Best revealed to Coffee With Kenobi. “It takes a special Jedi to be able to balance those two.”

He added, “‘Kelleran’ is a name that I came up with because I like this idea of names being derivatives. ‘Wilhelm’ automatically turns into ‘William’ after generations and generations and accents change and regions change and I wanted to find a way to tie the sequels and the prequels together in Kelleran Beq. And I played a character, because of Anthony Daniels, in [Star Wars:] Attack of the Clones named ‘Achk Med-Beq,’ which was so duly named, and ‘Kelleran,’ to me, sounds like the origins of the name ‘Kylo Ren,’ so I wanted to have Kelleran be the root name to Kylo Ren and as you go down generations, you get to Kylo Ren.” unquote Okay.

The comic book Star Wars Doctor Aphra, won the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Awards, it beat out BOOM!’s The Avant-Guards and Lumberjanes, Comixology’s Liebestrasse, DC Comics’ Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, First Second’s Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Image’s Crowded and The Wicked + The Divine, and Marvel’s Runaways. Doctor Aphra was created for the Star Wars Darth Vader comic. The Doctor is a morally amibquous acchelogist and a lesbian.

PS5 and Xbox Series X players will be getting a  Star Wars game. Star Wars Squadron is coming to the next gen consoles, however it will not have any upgrades over it’s planned versions on PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the blurb “Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.” Star Wars Squadron Will be out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October second and on PS5 and Xbox Series X sometime in November.

A bit of science news now, usually we talk of Star Trek inspiring scientific advances, this time it’s Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand that has inspired researchers at the National University of Singapore to bring the feeling of touch to electronic skin. According to scientists at the university they have built electronic skin that can be used by robots and prosthetic limbs that recreate the sense of touch. The e-skin known as Asynchronous Coded electronic Skin consists of a network of sensors that are connected via a single electrical conductor and can give the robots or humans with a prosthetic limb  the ability to feel pain, temperature, shape and texture. Assistant professor Benjamin Tee in an interview with Reuters said quote “When you lose your sense of touch, you essentially become numb … and prosthetic users face that problem,”

“So by recreating an artificial version of the skin, for their prosthetic devices, they can hold a hand and feel the warmth and feel that it is soft, how hard are they holding the hand.” unquote This would be a big boost to amputees, very nice. 

Star Trek

Breaking News! Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced that award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) would direct, co-executive produce, and act as the creative lead of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. The CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation.

Paramount Pictures has decided to not go ahead with Noah Hawley’s Star Trek movie. If you’ll remember Hawley’s movie was given the greenlight by the studio.. The studio had also been working on a movie with Quentin tarantino, no word on the fate of that one. No word on the next movie in the franchise or if they’ll just stick to tv shows for now.

Congratulations to Sonequa Martin Green on the birth of her daughter Saraiyah Chaunte Green. Sonequa shared the news on Instagram with photos of her and her husband Kenric Green. On Instagram, Martin-Green writes, “We welcomed our sweet baby girl last Sunday, July 19th at 8:32 in the morning. It was a profoundly beautiful home birth, and now both of our children have been born in the water. We never felt that anything was missing, but now that she’s here, we feel a perfect sense of completeness. Her name is Saraiyah Chaunté Green, she’s got Mommy’s initials and Mommy’s middle name. She’s utterly perfect, just like her brother. Thanks be to Yeshua, she’s the final piece to our Love-given puzzle.” unquote.

Star Trek Lower Decks is out and animation studio Titmouse has started an exclusive t-shirt club featuring ten  exclusive shirts, one for each new episode. Each shirt is available for one week between each new episode and then it’s gone forever. . You can get them at titmousestuff.com for $20 dollars. 

Geek

Courteney Cox is returning to the  role of Gale Weathers for the upcoming Scream reboot. Spyglass Media Group and Paramount made the announcement  and they also said filming should start later this year in Wilmington, NC. The movie is being directed by directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with a script written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Courtney is joined by David Arquette.

Christopher Eccleston will be reprising the role of the Ninth Doctor for the Audio series Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish Productions and BBC Studios. The audio series will be released as four separate box sets each with three episodes The first will be released in May 2021. No plot details at this time. Eccleston in a statement said quote “After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing” No word on any plot details.Each volume will run about two hundred forty minutes and have a price point of 19.99 with the entire series will cost 88 dollars.

The Emmy nominations were announced The Mandalorian walked away with fifteen nominations including Drama Series, Sound Mixing, Special Effects, stunt coordination, cinematography, fantasy or sci fi costumes, sound editing, voice over, production design, 3 nominations for outstanding single-camera picture editing drama, outstanding prosthetic makeup, music and Guest Actor in a drama for Giancarlo Esposito

Watchmen made off with the most nominations of any show with 26 nominations including limited series, lead actor in a limited series or movie for Jeremy IronsLead Actress in a limited series for Regina King,Supporting actor and actress nominations for Yahya Abdual-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jean Smart and several technical emmy nominations. Also receiving nominations were The Good Place, Westworld, Big Mouth, Central Park, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers , Rick and Morty, BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken, The Handmaid’s Tale, What we do in the shadows and more. The Emmy Awards Will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC on September twenty. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emmys-2020-nominations-complete-list-1234715939/

Tonight we say goodbye to the legendary pitchman for Quaker Oats and actor Wilford Brimley. Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City on September twenty seventh 1934. He dropped out of high scheel at the age of fourteen and worked as a cowboy. He joined the Marines during the Korean War and served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also later worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes, a ranch hand, wrangler and a blacksmith. While blacksmithing for film and television, at the encouragement of his friend actor Robert Duvall, he started acting during the 1960’s as an extra and stunt man in Westerns like Bandolero and True Grit. His big break came when he was cast on The 70’s tv series The Waltons showing up in eight episodes. From there he starred in films such as The China Syndrome, The Thing, Cocoon, Remo Williams The Adventure Begins, Cocoon The Return, The firm among others. His television roles included appearances on Kung Fu, the tv film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Walker Texas Ranger and Seinfeld. He also was a frequent star in commercials for Quaker Oats, Liberty Medical and the American Diabetes Association. Wilford was diagnosed with type II diabetes in 1979. Wilford came down with a kidney condition in June of 2020 and died on August first in a hospital in St George Utah, he was eighty five.

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Tonight! Looking forward to the next Wonder Woman movie, Could the New Mutants get pushed back once again? And what’s Pixar’s next film? All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 89 of Multiverse Tonight. I’m your host Thomas Townley. If you’re listening to this the week it comes out, well I’m on vacation. I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon this week, but well I’ve covered that in the last episode. Frankly, I’m just happy to have an extended period of time off from work, I’m starting to get annoyed having to answer the same questions over and over again. Where is blank? Do you have blank? Etcetera, Etcetera. 

However, it’s nice to be able to sit back in my easy chair and read a book or watch a movie or show that I haven’t gotten to. Well let’s see what we’ve got in the news.

DC

The Flash movie will be a time travel film according to Director Andy Muschettii, it’s been proposed that the movie will be a soft reboot of the DC Universe movie franchise. Muschietti in a radio interview said quote “It is a story of time travel: Flash travels back to try to save his mother,” Muschietti said. “It is a spectacular action movie but it has a big heart.” unquote So this makes me wonder how his version will differ from the animated version of the same story? Any ideas?

Warner Bros and DC Comics have announced a new animated movie with a twist. Batman: Death in the Family based on the 1988 comic book event which featured a call in to decide if Robin number 2, Jason Todd lived or died at the hands of the Joker, he, well, died.  This new version will be updated for the present with an interactive Blu-ray that will allow the viewer to make the famous choice using their remote control. Also on the Blu-ray will be four new animated shorts featuring Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death and The Phantom Stranger. The Blu0ray will be out on October thirteenth for 24.98.

The Harley Quinn animated series is now out on HBO Max, both seasons one and two have been put up on the new streaming service so fans who haven’t had the opportunity to see it can now watch it. This is leading to speculation about the demise of the DC Universe app, but so far no indications about it’s collapse have been forthcoming.

A little business news here, Could EA be hinting at an acquisition of WB Games? The Warner Bros owned game studio has been rumored to have a for sale sign on it. The hint came during EA’s quarterly investor call when EA CGO Blake Jorgensen said that quote it;s more interested than ever” unquote at acquiring studios and that any future acquisitions would include big assets. If EA bought Warner Games it would get IP like Mortal Combat and license to make games based on LEGO, Harry Potter , Game of Thrones and the DC Universe. Other rumored parties interested in acquiring WB Games are Activision, Take Two Interactive and Microsoft. If such a deal goes down, I’ll let you know.

Wonder Woman 2 hasn’t even been able to get into theaters but Wonder Woman 3 is already being thought of. Last month director Patty Jenkins said that she’d paused on development of the third film. However in an interview with German publication Geek, Ms. Jenkins revealed that Wonder Woman number 3 will most likely be her final run with the character. Saying quote “[Wonder Woman 1984] gave me a chance to do a lot of things that I couldn’t accommodate in the first movie.” . “I was so happy to tell the Wonder Woman origin story. It was almost her birth, but we really haven’t seen what she is capable of. It is exciting for me to show her at the peak of her strength. But it is also very important that she fights an internal struggle: she is a Goddess and tries to help humanity. She is not only someone who fights evil, she tries to show bad people how to improve. It’s an interesting dilemma.”

“The next one is probably my last Wonder Woman movie,” , “so I have to put everything I want to show there. We have to think carefully.”

Lucifer season five comes to Netflix on August twenty first and it’s about to get a little meta. Accoring to TVLine, Episode Three deals with a murder taking place on the set of a Warner Bros tv show about a quote devilish hunk and his police detective paramour. 

DC Comics in puting the Wildstorm series Gen13 back in print.

The series was a massive hit back in the 90s and will now be avaliable in a new Deluxe edition hardcover coming next year. The new trade will be called Gen13: Starting over and will be out in May of 2021 and will be a reprinting of the previous collected editin from 2002, but with new trade dress and cover. 

DC Fandome, DC’s virtual comic con has revealed its lineup of hosts, presenters and special guests. Names include Adam Brody, Amy Smart, Brandon Vietti, Brenton Thwaites, Brett Dalton, Chris Pine, Christopher Priest, Cress Williams, Conor Leslie, Dan Jurgens, Damon Lindelof, Danica McKellar, David F. Sandberg, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, G. Willow Wilson, Grant Morrison, Greg Berlanti, Greg Weisman, Idris Elba, James Gunn, Jason Fabok, James Wan, Minka Kelly, Mark Waid, Marc Guggenheim, Kode (BossLogic) Abdo, Nathan Fillion, Patty Jenkins, Tara Strong, Timothy Dalton, Tom King, Val Kilmer, Viola Davis, Zachary Levi and Zack Snyder. The event takes place on Saturday August 22nd starting at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Go to DCFANDOME.com for more information.

Marvel

Will The New Mutants ever see the light of day? The film is supposed to be out on August 28th of this year, however promotional materials for the movie from Taiwan are casting some doubt on that being an absolute.  The promo’s there changed from August 28th to  the always ambiguous Coming Soon.

SOme have wondered if it might just go straight to say Disney Plus, however Director Josh Boone says that’s not an option saying quote “With most movies, you sign contracts that guarantee a theatrical release, so it needs to open to ever go digital in the first place,” Boone says. “We just, too, would like to see people to see it in the theater. But it needs to obviously be at the right time when it’s safe to go back.”  unquote. So in other words, it needs to be in theaters first.

Well while we wait for that, production must go on. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has gone back into production in Australia according to a news station in the country. They sent the crew back to work constructing sets for the picture and they reported that the cast has returned as well. The movie was in production when the pandemic hit forcing a halt to the production as well as pushing the release date from February 2021 to May 2021.Shang-Chi will star Simu Liu in the titular role with Tony Leung as The Mandarin and also starring Awkwafina and RFonny Cheng.

Marvel’s new digital game, MArvel Duel has launched in select markets in Thailand, INdonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. The game is a strategy card game where you create a roster of heroes and villains to collect and battle with. “The power to save the Marvel universe is in your hands! Marvel Duel is a fast-paced strategy card game featuring the world’s greatest Super Heroes and Super Villains,” an overview of the game said. “A mysterious evil force has altered the most iconic events of Marvel history. Restore the universe by summoning your favorite characters and outsmarting your opponents with effective strategies! Assemble your deck, save the universe!” unquote However don’t plan on playing it soo, The game was never intended for a global release, so it might be a fame just for those markets. 

According to a report from Business Insider, in 2017, Marvel apparently considered taking the Spider-man title of off Miles Morales. Laging sales caused the publisher to explore possible phasing out the common legacy superhero names for it’s younger more diverse characters and replacing them with new code names. According to former Marvel assistant editor Charles Beacham quote “It would have made him less important,” Charles Beacham, a former assistant editor at Marvel who addressed the diversity concerns in the story, said. “He becomes Spider-Man with an asterisk. It takes away the power for kids who relate to this character.” unquote However as you well know, Marvel didn’t go through with it. Good call.

Geek

IDW Publisher Jud Meyers has been ouster from his posistion at the head of IDW after only three weeks on the job. Late Friday night, IDW put out a short statement to the press saying that it had quote parted ways with Jud Meyers unquote Before his ousting he had been places on administrative leave and IDW president Jerry Bennington has been acting as publisher in the meantime. 

Pixar has announced its next Feature Film, Luca. The movie will take place on the Italian Riviera and feature the coming of age story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer.  Here’s the official press release quote Pixar Animation Studios announced today that its next feature film release will be Luca. Directed by Academy Award®️ nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna) and produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), Luca is set to open in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021.Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca,” director Enrico Casarosa said in a statement. “So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”

Luca arrives in theaters on June eighteenth 2021.

Funko is looking back with it’s Retro Toy line of Funko Pops based on classic Mattel and Hasbro toys. Including Barbie, GiJoe, Stretch Armstrong, Operation,Play-doh, My Pet Monster and  Mr. Potato Head. You can grab them from your favorite retailer or grab some exclusive ones including Mr. Monopoly at Target.

Twenty two years after it’s last episode Animaniacs is back. The series debuts on Hulu on Friday November twentieth. There will be thirteen new episodes featuring Yakko, Wakko, Dot and Pinky and the Brain. And remember grownups, it’s not meant for you, but for your kids. 

I’d like to close tonight noting the passage of WWE Superstar Kamala. Who has passed away at the age of seventy this past saturday. New of his passing was broken by the twitter for the Cauliflower Alley Club saying quote The CAC family wishes to extend our sincerest condolences to the family friends and fans the world over upon the news that the legendary James “Kamala” Harris has passed away at the age of 70. Rest in Peace James.” unquote. He made his debut in 1978 and worked for Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling before making his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1984. He worked for the WWF in the late eighties and early nineties and would make sporadic appearances later, usually in gimmick battle royals. His last match was in 2006. His health deteriorated in his later years, high blood pressure and diabetes cost him his legs in 2012. So here’s to you Kamala, the Ugandan Giant.

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