Show Notes: Episode 98:Discovery Thoughts on Such A Winters Day & Episode 99: Elvira, Mistress of the Comics

Tonight! The High Republic goes for a crawl, Captain Janeway returns, Ready Player Sequel and my thoughts on Discovery. All that and more this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 98 of Multiverse Tonight! So what have you thought of the season premiere of Star Trek Discovery. I thought it was much better than the first two seasons. They seem to get a little better with each season. I do have some troubling thoughts. And I’ll leave them for the end of the show after the closing music so stick around if you want to hear those spoiler filled thoughts.

Star Wars

Video Game Developer EA Motive is breaking the hearts of fans of Star Wars Squadrons, as they have announced that there will be no DLC or updates for the game and that it is being treated like a self contained product. Star Wars Squadrons Creative Director  Ian Frazier told Upload VR quote “Never say never, so to speak, but as far as our philosophy goes we’re not trying to treat the game as a live service,” “We don’t want to say, ‘It’s almost done!’ and then dribble out more of it over time, which to be honest is how most games work these days. So we’ve tried to treat it in kind of an old-school approach saying, ‘You’ve paid the $40, this is the game and it’s entirely self-contained. We’re not planning to add more content, this is the game, and we hope you understand the value proposition.'” unquote  The game is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC and will be released later this year for PS4 and Xbox Series X.

Season Two of The Mandalorian kicks off at the end of this month, with new episodes released every friday with the finale on December eighteenth. 

Ewan McGregor on The Graham Norton SHow told host Graham Norton that the Obi-Wan show will be getting in front of the camera in March of 2021, the star said quote “It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose,”. “It’s not all (about) me. But it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good! We start shooting it in March of next year.” unquote. He also said that he will guide his portrayal by who he thinks Sir Alec Gunness would have played the role. 

We got some more info about the stories to be told in the new book From a CertaStar Wars: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, which comes out on November tenth. Del Rey went to twitter to give short blurbs about the stories like :1 – Imperial probe droids scour the galaxy, searching for the hidden rebel base. Who exactly is watching? And what else might they discover in service of the Empire? @kierstenwhite #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/OqnHEwQsSI

2- Did you ever hear the tragedy of the wampa on Hoth? @MarkDoesStuff #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/OK7mWcbM2e

3 – Toryn Farr takes center stage, finally. @skrutskie #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/ThlkeFiE5a

C.B. Lee, Delilah S. Dawson, and Amy Ratcliffe

Some people on Hoth aren’t heroes.

Some people on Hoth don’t get to stand around flirting with their crush.

Some people on Hoth have an actual job to do.@cblee_cblee #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/xju7HbAqca

5 – We’re not crying over tauntauns. You’re crying over tauntauns!

Oh you aren’t? Well, you will be. You will be. @DelilahSDawson #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/rtU4l96wOC

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6 – Corwi Selgrothe thought going to Hoth to interview the “Heroes of the Rebellion” would be a fun adventure. She thought wrong. @amy_geek #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/ZBL7mjCiKh

Gary Whitta, Charles Yu, and R.F. Kuang

7 – When Luke Skywalker goes missing amidst the snow of Hoth, there’s only one thing left for Rogue Squadron to do.

Bet on who finds the commander first. @garywhitta #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/pD39wCuTTd

8 – Admiral Ozzel was as clumsy as he was foolish…to the last. @charles_yu #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/KVSGpk1M9H

9 – Dak Ralter is ready to take on the whole Empire by himself.

He always has been. @kuangrf #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/SeLfiBUPbg

Michael Moreci, Christie Golden, and Hank Green

10 – How do you win a war? By finding reasons to fight, even when all hope seems lost. @MichaelMoreci #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/v86nubhf7u

11 – And now your watch has ended. General Veers has arrived. @ChristieGolden #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/H7GRNXs3MU

12 – Hoth may appear to be a desolate, terrible and worthless place. Unless you take a closer look at the beauty underneath. @hankgreen #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/NdwmdeX6Fd

Katie Cook, Beth Revis, and Jason Fry

13 – Everyone wants to be friends with R2-D2 @katiecandraw #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/knADOzBrDv

14 – Piett might not have come into the role of Admiral by traditional means. But he’s determined to hold onto that power, no matter what. @bethrevis #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/xMqHyw8suS

15 – The rebels escaped Hoth. Leia and Luke are missing. Who will step up to lead them? @jasoncfry #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/XgslMfFskw

Seth Dickinson, Django Wexler, and Jim Zub

They’re just asteroids. What possible threat could they pose to a Star Destroyer and its captain? #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/GsrJBvmA1r

TIE pilots don’t usually have long careers. But follow Amara Kel’s rules and you’ll survive (Probably). @DjangoWexler #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/o4N0LwGThj

18 – The first meeting between a Jedi master and a would-be student is critical. Especially when that would-be Jedi has the last name Skywalker. @JimZub #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/55BIZVlawQ

Mike Chen, Catherynne M. Valente, and John Jackson Miller

19 – “There has been a great disturbance in the Force. We have a new enemy…”

Spooky Force vision? Dark side machinations!?

YOU. ARE. NOT. READY.@mikechenwriter #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/wX8FYu4irC

20 – A mind-bending, beautiful weird tale across the vast expanse of time and space, along the Road of All Moons.

This is the space slug. The exogorth.@catvalente #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/fCzg2A4jCI

RAE SLOANE returns. @jjmfaraway #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/7eIXwbbPDL

Tracy Deonn, Michael Kogge, and Daniel Joe Older

22 – “What’s in there?”

“Only what you take with you.”

You are not prepared. @tracydeonn #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/LiqhPbAovg

The plan is made. The trap is set. And Bossk has fallen right into it! He just doesn’t know it yet. @michaelkogge #StarWars#FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/nNqoKCYPPi

Parazeen has landed the magazine profile of a lifetime: Fabled bounty hunting duo 4-LOM and Zuckuss. But their editor has a few notes about the story.

@djolder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/p2IfM2kxaj

Zoraida Cordova, Sarwat Chadda, and Mackenzi Lee

You can’t have a bounty hunter party without Boba Fett. @zlikeinzorro #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/yuA7nCVk9q

One man’s trash is another bounty hunter’s treasure, that you really, really, shouldn’t touch. @sarwatchadda #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/2K3eb3HaJU

The problem with Skywalkers is that they care too much. Obi-Wan knows. He’s always known. #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/4PFHLY1esH

Cavan Scott, S.A. Chakraborty, and Lilliam Rivera

Jaxxon just wants to visit his friend Lando Calrissian. He couldn’t possibly have worse timing. @cavanscott #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/pyOhm51xM2

Guess who’s coming to dinner? @SAChakrabooks #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/CE78yjp0Lr

A wannabe bounty hunter, marooned on a city in the clouds, faces a choice. Follow the love of her life, or meet her hero that could make all her dreams come true.

Never meet your heroes. @lilliamr #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/mTwFlIRQcN

Austin Walker, Martha Wells, and Brittany N. Williams

Dengar and IG-88. The oddest of odd couples, on the hunt for Han Solo.

They just might catch him, if they don’t kill each other first.@austin_walker #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/k4zcRXnYRB

Discover what goes on beneath the gleaming corridors of Cloud City. @marthawells1 #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/wwE6wmgfBz

“Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect.”

L3 returns. Truth is, she was never really gone. @BrittanyActs #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/VcZudcO6aE

Rob Hart, Karen Strong, and Adam Christopher

You can’t spell #StarWars without Willrow Hood.

Now, what’s in the camtono? @robwhart #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/3DfYAzXGDQ

A side should always be taken.

Especially if it’s the side that doesn’t capture princesses. @KarenMusings #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/4593WbEFR4

A stormtrooper stumbles upon the most awkward family reunion ever, and tries to live to tell the tale. @ghostfinder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/s5JPzq6tpl

Alexander Freed, Anne Toole, Lydia Kang, and Tom Angelberger

Have you ever heard the tragedy of the King of Cloud City? I thought not. It’s not a story Lando Calrissian would tell you. @AlexanderMFreed #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/mZDCdGiIsE

The heroes may have escaped, but for the people of Bespin, the battle’s just begun. @amely #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/b8fA2eHMc3

Always listen to the advice of your physician. Droid or otherwise. @LydiaYKang #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/Lya6J0MRlr

The problem with chronicling the story of #StarWars is deciding where to begin…or rather, continue.

Everyone’s got an opinion. #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/jfJ7J8gS3F

The Opening Crawl for the Star Wars The High Republic has been revealed. The story is set two hundred years before Episode One: The Phantom Menace and tells the story of the Jedi at the height of their peace in the Republic. The opening republic goes like this “The galaxy is at peace, ruled by the glorious REPUBLIC and protected by the noble and wise JEDI KNIGHTS.As a symbol of all that is good, the Republic is about to launch the STARLIGHT BEACON into the far reaches of the Outer Rim. This new space station will serve as a ray of hope for all to see.

But just as a magnificent renaissance spreads throughout the Republic, so does a frightening new adversary. Now the guardians of peace and justice must face a threat to themselves, the galaxy, and the Force itself….” unquote  The first installment of the novels comes out on January fifth with Star Wars The High Republic Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and Star Wars The High Republic A Test of Courage.

Actor Donald Glover recently confirmed that he and his wife Michelle White had their third daughter during the pandemic saying quote “You know, I had [a kid] during the coronavirus,” Glover shared during the conversation. “It was nuts. I was in the hospital bed. My son had just been born, like, an hour before and I was watching the George Floyd video. It was such a weird moment. It was such an intense, weird moment, because I’m watching that video and it’s like eight minutes long, so you’re sitting there and I had just had this amazing, joyful, expanding moment, plus my dad had passed away recently, so [my son] was named after my father… I don’t even know what, really, the word is to describe it. It was just expanding: the empathy and compassion and the terror and the joy of it.”

He added, “Having the future in your hands! And then having to explain to him – the one who was just in here [Legend] – ‘Why are people angry? Why are people marching?’ ‘Well, you look like this…’ It’s just heavy. Again, your show, you whittle down that kind of thing; you simplify what is happening to us. It’s really beautiful to see it, because you can’t really describe it. You can just feel it.” unquote He also said that his next child might be adopted. Quote “I’ve actually had that thing where I’m like, ‘Maybe I should just get a vasectomy and just freeze those assets,'” Glover detailed. “Because adopting kids, my family adopting kids … and we actually have been talking about [it], because we have three boys so I’m like, ‘Oh, it might be nice to get a girl in there.’ So I think all those are great options. But it is hard.” Congrats to the Glover family!

Star Trek

Well no con in Las Vegas this year, Creation Entertainment posted this statement on their website, quote During this pandemic crisis, Creation Entertainment remains steadfast in keeping the health and safety of our attendees, celebrities and staff as our top priority. While we had hoped to present our Official Star Trek Convention on December 9-13, 2020, due to ongoing local, federal and international protocols, we are unable to do so.

We will be next returning again to our traditional time of year and will be back in Vegas on a new date: August 11-15, 2021 at the Rio All-Suites Resort Hotel and Casino, and its beautiful state-of-the-art convention center!

The year 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Creation Entertainment, the 55th Anniversary of Star Trek, the 20thAnniversary of our convention in Las Vegas and Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday year. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and no city is better than Las Vegas to do just that!

We are renaming the convention “Creation Entertainment Presents The 55-Year Mission Tour.” We’ll have over 100 celebrity guests as usual, multiple tracks of non-stop programming, contests, music, cosplay and surprises, plus partying galore. We’ll immerse our attendees into the positive and loving atmosphere with thousands of other fans, as we all celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s legacy. CBS is not an official partner of this event.

The Roddenberry Team will be on hand to join in the tributes to the Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Roddenberry, talk about all their new projects and help celebrate the 55th Anniversary!

If you wish to hold your same reserved seat or general admission, you do not need to do anything. Your tickets and same seating will be transferred to the new 2021 date and updated tickets will be sent to you via the email address you used at the time of purchase within a few weeks. Your 2020 ticket will no longer be valid.

If you’d like a refund, please contact customer.service@creationent.com. The deadline for refund requests for the convention is October 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM PDT (please include your invoice number and the convention name/city in your email). If you do not request a refund by the deadline, your admission passes and a la carte photo op and autograph tickets will be transferred to the new date. If we cannot confirm a guest for the new 2021 date we will be issuing refunds on their autograph and/or photo op ticket. Refunds will begin to be processed after the deadline date. Please allow up to 8 weeks from the deadline date for your request to be processed.Being in Las Vegas for the week is our favorite time of the year, and while the extra waiting will be difficult, it will only make the actual gathering more exciting than ever.

Look for the completed new site with confirmed guests so far to be launched by Monday, October 19, 2020! Check it out because it’s going to be the most outrageously fun week in Vegas yet!

Until we can safely meet and celebrate in Las Vegas, thanks for your continued support!

Your friends at Creation Entertainment unquote 

Well Lower Decks first season is done, and I loved it. So what will we see in Season two? At the New York Comic Con Virtual event a panel discussion with creator Mike McMahan and the cast, talked about season two. Mike said about season two quoteIt’s even bigger and it’s even funnier, and it’s still very Star Trek… We’re very proud and we are very careful. It is amazing to be part of Star Trek. And it is mind-blowing… We know that it is bigger than us and we have to be very careful with it. And we want it to be very funny good and very surprising. So we are working very hard to make something special for everybody. Unquote He also mentioned that Boimler will stay were he is at the beginning of the next season, for those who haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil where he ended up. He also mentioned that season two will have see new character matchups, like Mariner and Tendi.

While we’re on the subject of Star Trek animation, it was revealed in the NYCC Star Trek panel that  Star Trek Prodigy will feature Kate Mulgrew reprising her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway. Prodigy, to refresh your memory is the Nickelodeon CG animated show that has a group of lawless teens finding an old abandoned Starfleet ship and going on a journey of adventure,meaning and salvation. The show is set to air on Nick in 2021. In a statement Ms. Mulgrew said quote “I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in Star Trek: Prodigy,” “How thrilling to be able to introduce to these young minds an idea that has elevated the world for decades. To be at the helm again is going to be deeply gratifying in a new way for me.” unquote The show is aimed at a younger audience, than the other Star Trek shows.

Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman says that despite the show now being set 930 years into the future from where season two ended. The technology won’t seem magical. Quote We always want to come up with the coolest ideas and we usually try to come at them from a place of how does this play a part in our story. So usually the technology comes from a need that the story is telling us it wants to deliver. The temptation is you can do anything. The temptation is you can just say that anything is possible and the laws of physics don’t apply anymore. While the crew definitely go into a world where there’s a tremendous amount of technology that they’ve never seen before, it was also equally important for us to have it feel grounded. So some of the technology they find is actually the evolved versions of technologies they’re already familiar with. That keeps it grounded in the language of Star Trek. Unquote   As to who is Captain at the beginning of the show, it was revealed at the NYCC Trek panel that it’s not a settled matter at the start of season three, Doug Jones, who plays Saru on the show said quote We don’t know right away… The captain’s chair is open and it’s a big question and that Burnham and Saru are both equally capable and qualified for it and both equally wanting the other one to have it. The other thing that remains when we get to the future, is the Federation intact? And is it in a place where they would assign a captain from the future or do we self-govern? All those questions remain into those first couple of episodes. Unquote 

Star Trek Discovery has been renewed for Season Four at the soon to be Paramount Plus. And production on that season will resume the day before election day here in the US, November second.

Also revealed at NYCC was that we are apparently in a new golden age of Star Trek content that will last for at least the majority of this decade, he said quote Heather Kadin and Aaron Baiers, who work with me at Secret Hideout, we literally just got off a call before this with the network mapping out with us through 2027. When I say that, it’s not like it’s set in stone, it’s just “okay here’s a plan, here’s what we’re looking, here’s how the different shows are going to drop.” Consider that it takes a year from start of production to airing, so you have to plan way way in advance to get these things done and you have to stay on top of the zeitgeist and make sure what you’re doing is relevant. Unquote He also thinks that Discovery could go on for years, even past the seven year point saying quote I’m going to say in all honesty there are years and years left on Discovery. I think that because, first of all, you know Star Trek, in general, has a long history of going seven seasons minimum, and we just jumped into the future, and in a way, it’s not that it’s a brand new show, but it’s a whole new set of variables with a whole new set of ideas and stories. I don’t think we limit ourselves to thinking, “Oh we’re capped at this place.” I’ll tell you that when the show starts to feel too stale to us, we’ll be rallying to stop it. But for now, it doesn’t feel like we are running into a shortage of stories. 

He also touched upon the difficulties of production in the era of Covid-19 saying quote We just started shooting a new show [Clarice], and it’s been a real learning curve just in the three days that we’ve been doing it. The great news is that it’s very doable, but it’s a highly militarized operation, everything is slower. Between testing, and your set it doesn’t function like it used to function, there are groups that are vetted by the unions, pods within the groups themselves, there are rotations in and out of people so that if somebody gets sick in your pod, the pod just gets removed and another pod gets pushed in, but it doesn’t infect the whole group. It is a massive massive operation. And we haven’t even started that yet on the Star Trek shows. Quote 

Geek

Doctors Ten and Thirteen will be meeting in a video game from Maze theory and BBC Studios. Doctor WhoL Edge of Reality is coming for PC and consoles in Spring of 2021. Starring David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker, the game is a reimagining and expansion of the Doctor Who VR game Doctor Who The Edge of Time. According to the press release quote A Console and PC adventure across Space and Time – built with current and next-generation consoles in mind, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality features new worlds to explore, new puzzles, new challenges and new gameplay.

An Original Doctor Who story – uncover a universe-spanning threat as you seek to save reality from a series of time-breaking glitches. Continue the story that began in The Edge of Time and partner with the Doctor to unearth a greater mystery.

New Enemies and AI – come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters including the Daleks and Weeping Angels. Experience the metal-clad terror of the Cybermen and more foes yet to be revealed…

Also announced was a mobile and Nintendo Switch game called Doctor Who The Lonely Assassins. The game is a quote found phone experience unquote and tasks players with investigating the house that was in the Doctor Who episode Blink, so don’t turn your back, don’t look away and don’t blink. It arrives for Switch, iOS and Android in Spring of 2021.

The Wrap reports that Legendary pictures has nabbed the rights to classic sci fi character Buck Rogers, The studio, which is behind the new version of Dune and Jurassic World is hoping to modernize the character and they are working on multiple outlets for the character including film, tv and animated.

The much anticipated sequel to Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One will be out next month and at a panel at NYCC the author revealed the synopsis for the book saying quote “Are you ready? Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous — and addictive — than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest — a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.

“And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, run, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.” unquote Ready Player Two will be out on November twenty fourth.

The Hunger Games prequel book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be made into a movie. At NYCC, it was revealed that quote “We see the evolution of Snow and that’s interesting. But to me, the more interesting part was seeing the evolution of Panem and seeing the Hunger Games in its 10th year and seeing how rudimentary it was,” publisher David Levithan shared. “And seeing how all of the themes and all of the ideas that we’ll see later in the trilogy are having their origin story. When you see them in the trilogy, it’s a foregone conclusion: The Hunger Games is what it is, it is evil, it is punitive. But seeing where it didn’t have to go that direction, seeing how it sort of wobbled, and seeing how the forces pushed it into existence, that was fascinating to me because there are lessons to be learned about human nature and about societies and governments that we would really do well to listen to.”

“Everybody at first thought it was going to be a fallen angel story, like Snow’s going to be a hero and then something happens and he becomes bad,” Levithan added. “What Suzanne shows is that it’s so much more complicated than that. His personality was what it was but it was outside forces that either amplify pieces of who you are or help you go a different direction. You see a tug of war in this book.”

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So you’ve waited, here’s my thoughts on the season premiere of Star Trek Discovery. The big plot of the season is all about the after effects of an event that happened over a hundred years before Michael landed in the future called “The Burn” where apparently the galaxy’s dilithium went boom, destroying most of space travel. Okay, I can accept that. However, dilithium doesn’t power all of the galaxy’s Faster Than Light travel. If there’s very little dilithium, wouldn’t the Romulans have taken over? Fans of Star Trek will remember that Romulans use mini black holes to power their warp drives, not dilithium. Also, if you’ll remember the second pilot of Star Trek, they used lithium. Plus it’s highly doubtful that Zephrem Cochrane used dilithium since it’s not present on Earth, not that we’ve found any yet. So couldn’t the Federation use that? Or perhaps come up with something else to use? The episode seemed to imply some expense to travel now, but let’s just set something straight, the Federation doesn’t use money, they make stuff just to make stuff. The Federation also would have access to all sorts of knowledge, including knowledge of Transwarp conduits, Discovery’s store drive, surely in a hundred years they could come up with a new method of warp drive that doesn’t involve dilithium.

But other than that, it was a fine start and I look forward to the Rebirth of the Federation. Good Night.

Tonight! Spider-Man 3 gets Strange, Someone’s betting against Wonder Woman 84 and Soul skips the theater. All that and more on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Well this is the last show in the double digits, episode 99. Well it’s been a long road, getting from there to here. 

Marvel

We’ve gotten some character hints for Disney Plus’ upcoming Hawkeye series, some casting descriptions have shown up including quote  MISHA – 20s – 40s, Male or Female, Eastern European henchman. Speaks with an accent. Strong Supporting/Recurring

BELLA – Female, white, 8 years old. Precocious, daring and confident with a sense of humor.

BRADY – Male, white, 9 years old. Energetic and sweet.

HEATHER – Female, white, Midwestern, 26 years old. Smart & scrappy, does what she needs to in order to survive.

ROSE – Female, 8 years old, Deaf, Indigenous. Independent, athletic & bright. Small supporting. Please note that the dialogue in the audition scene can be spoken in English or signed in ASL (American Sign Language) if the actor knows that language.

RICHARD – 40s – 50s yr old male, Indigenous, American. A loving father and fierce protector.

MARY – Female, late 30s – early 40s, open ethnicity. Highly professional & ambitious career woman. No nonsense. Recurring.

DETECTIVE SHERMAN – 40s, Male, Open Ethnicity, New York City Detective. Recurring

ALEX – Female or Male, 30s – 50, a sincere but funny oddball with an obsession for the Fantasy/SciFi genre

Make of this list what you will.

Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Spider-Man 3 , as master of the mystical arts Doctor Stephen Strange. According to an exclusive report in the Hollywood reporter, Doctor Strange will be in a mentor role to Spider-man in this movie, Like Tony Stark and the Skrull Nick Fury in the previous two movies. If you’ll remember the last comic book episode, we got the news that Jamie Foxx had joined up as well. Spider-man 3 is due in theaters December seventeenth 2021 and then Strange will be appearing in the sequel to Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a few months later in March 25, 2022.

And while we’re on casting news, if you’ll remember the last comic book edition I talked about Tatiana Maslany  being cast as She-Hulk for a new Disney Plus series. Well Tatiana is deing the report in an interview with the Canadian paper, The SudBury Star she was asked qutoe I was hoping to ask you about some of the stuff you’ve got going on too. Obviously you are the new She-Hulk, which is a pretty big deal —

A: That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand. It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.

Q: Seriously? I think I even saw it on the BBC, like serious news outlets.

A: Yeah, I don’t know how these things get — I don’t know, I don’t know. You know better; I have no idea. (Laughs.) unquote 

So do you think she’s telling the truth? Or is she just trying to keep it under wraps for a big announcement lately.

IDW’s Captain Marvel series, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel will be relaunching in 2021. Writer Sam MAggs and artist Sweeney Boo are returning with art by newcomer Isabel Escalante Escalante will handle the first two part story with Boo coming in for issues three through five. Sam Maggs said in a statement quote “Writing for Carol — who always has been and always will be my favorite SuperHero — has been a career highlight, and I’m so thrilled to continue her story with the amazing team at IDW,” says Maggs. “Carol is powerful, self-assured, and independent, but there’s still so much she can learn about playing well with others. One of my favorite things about writing Carol’s Marvel Action adventures has been delving into her relationships with other heroines, and we’ll be continuing that theme in this new series!”unquote 

TMZ reports that The Original cover Art for the Punisher’s first appearance in Amazinig Spider-man number 129 will soon go up for auction at ComicConnect at the end of Novemer and it expected to go for millions. The art had originally been sold to a private collector by co-artist Gil Kane and is estimated to be worth two million dollars.  

In an effort to inform people about mail in balloting, a collection of actors and comedians got together for a new video with Represent US and they did it in the nude. The video features Mark Ruffalo, Tiffany Haddish, Amy Schumer, Josh Gad, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Bathe, and Naomi Campbell. The nudity had a point as it was to remind you that some states make you put the ballot in two envelopes and that just using one will get your ballot labeled as a “Naked Ballot” , which will be tossed out. 

Patton Oswalt says that Hulu’s MODOK could be out as soon as the beginning of 2021. THe comedian, actor and executive producer told Collider quote “The episodes have been written. They’ve been recorded. Now they’re being animated,” Oswalt told Collider. “And because we committed very hard to the stop-motion aspect to it and we’re really packing every frame with crazy detail. It’s looking like it’ll be early next year, but I don’t know the exact date yet.” unquote 

With the Eternals movie being delayed, The release of the new Eternals comic relaunch has also been pushed back. Marvel has pushed back the release of Eternals number one two January sixth. The movie had been rescheduled for November fifth of 2021.

DC

Michael B Jordan will be producing the Static Shock movie alongside scribe Reginald Hudlin via Jordan’s Outlier Society production banner. IN a statement with the hollywood reporter Jordan said quote “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.” unquote  Not only is DC making a static shock movie Hudlin will be writing a new Static Shock digital comic series under the Milestone banner starting in February.

Black Adam has cast actress Sarah Shahi in an unnamed role. According to Deadline she will play quote “university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq.” Sarah Shahi might best be known for her role on Person of INterest.

Ruby Rose, the Batwoman of season one of the Arrowverse’s Batwoman show has finally elaborated about why she left the series. Speaking with the Jess Cagle Show, she said quote “It wasn’t that. That definitely made going back to work so quickly tricky, but they really accommodated trying to help me out the best they could, going back so early, because we wanted to obviously meet the release date of the show,” Rose explained. “I think what played a bigger part was more, we got shut down early. We didn’t get to finish the first season, which is such a shame, especially for a first season show. And then we went into lockdown with COVID and thinking of in quarantine and locked down, there was a lot of thought and reflection and kind of everyone did it. We all kind of thought about where we’re at and so Warner Brothers and [producer] Greg [Berlanti], and we were discussing the show and we had a conversation.”

“I had a great time on Batwoman,” Rose continued. “I am so proud of what we achieved. We set out to achieve something pretty significant, you know, the first-ever live-action Batwoman and the first-ever, out gay superhero, her and Kate Kane. And I love that character and the whole experience, but we did have a discussion and we sort of mutually agreed that probably what was best for the show at the time was that they go in a different direction and I go in a different direction. It was tough, because it was sad cause we will love each other, but also it made sense for so many different reasons. And I think at the end of the day, I’m really excited to watch season two. I think the show is great. I love the cast. I’m still in contact with everyone, but it was, it was a decision that we talked about, we discussed, we slept on. But at the time with all that reflection, it just seemed like the right thing to do.” unquote  But she also said she was proud of the work she did on the series, but she feels her leaving was best for the show.

Speaking of the CW, maybe the CW should restart production on a second season of Swamp Thing. The series, which only lasted one season on the DC Universe app has been reused on the CW as the network buys time for it’s regular shows to get episodes made. Well According to TVLine, the series is actually seeing great numbers on the CW’s Tuesday night, giving them the largest audience in that time slot since May nineteenth, which was an episode of DC’s Stargirl.

And there’s good news on the filming front, Lucifer Season Six has officially started filming”Today is our first day of shooting Lucifer season 6!” Henderson wrote. “So happy we’ve finished up season 5, and we will be working our buns off to get it finished and to Netflix! Thanks to our incredible cast and crew for working hard and safe and delivering a kickass finale!!”ming. Show runner Joe Henderson announced on Twitter the happy news quote  Lucifer fans were surprised with the announcement of a one season renewal back in July, originally season five was to have been the show’s last.

The Green Lantern show Greg Berlanti is making for HBOMax has found a showrunner and writers. The show beb written by Seth Grahme-Smith and Marc Guggenheim with Seth acting as showrunner. The show will focus on multiple Green Lanterns including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott. The show will also feature Sinestro and Kilowog and introduce some brand new characters to the Green Lantern Corps.

If there’s ever a live action Batman Beyond, there’s already someone who wants the part. MTV’s Teen Wold Star Tyler Posey says he would be down to playing the part of terry McGinnis. Posey told Collider that he is a fan of the animated series and he thinks he would brring energy to the part quote “Yeah, I really wanna do Batman Beyond. There was a cartoon, years ago, called Batman Beyond, and I really wanna adapt that into a TV show,” he explained. “I wanna do that so bad. I think it would be a really cool spin on a younger Batman. I know Rob Pattinson is doing the new one right now and he’s younger but not as young as me. I think it would be cool to do a take on old Batman being this mentor to a younger Batman.” unquote 

Wonder Woman 1984 is still set to hit theaters on Christmas weekend, but Box office Pro Chief Analyst Shawn Robbins is predicting that the movie will be pushed back again to another holiday weekend in 2021. He told Observer dot com quote “Optimistically, there’s a window for a big tentpole around the Presidents and Valentine’s Day holiday weekend in February since Marvel”s Eternals vacated that spot,” Robbins told Observer. “That could be a good fit if the fall and winter fight against the virus goes better than expected and New York, alongside Los Angeles, reopen theaters by then.” unquote Robbins also added that another weekend for it to land would be June eleventh. 

Geek

Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira Mistress of the Dark along with Dynamite Comics has launched a Kickstarter for a new comic descibed as quote”Dynamite is the proud publisher of Elvira comics and we’ve been having a deadly-delightful time bringing her into our 4-color world. Since the beginning, writer, David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page), has worked with Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira) to really hone Elvira’s voice and make it the great comic series it is today. When it came time to create another Elvira comic, we here at Dynamite decided it was time to pull out all the stops and combine the talents of David and Cassandra to make an Elvira comic that REALLY services the fans. This fall, Dynamite presents Elvira: The Omega Ma’am, an epic, 48-page comic event that sees Elvira waking up in the midst of a quarantine apocalypse (timely, we know). Watch Elvira’s adventure as she makes new friends, confronts new fiends, and tries to find her way back to a figurative (and literal) land of the living!” unquote The project has less than 25 days to go and has made it’s 6666 goal several times over.

Disney Pixar’s upcoming movie Soul will be diverted to Disney Plus instead of hitting theaters. The film will arrive on the streaming service just in time for the kids to unwrap the presents on Christmas Day. In international markets, the film will be released theatrically. Soul is about a band teacher named Joe Gardner, played by Jamie Foxx who gets the chance of a lifetime to play in the best jazz club in town, until he takes the wrong step and ends up out of body. The film is co0 directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers and also stars Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs. It also features music from Late Show band leader Jon Batiste and a score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Heavy Metal is launching its own Creator Owned comics imprint called Magma Comix. They’ve hired former IDW Publishing managing editor Denton J Tipton to run it with an eye on launching in Spring of 2021. Magma will offer what Heavy Metal is calling original and sophisticated genre fiction from creators like Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, Captain America artist Butch Guice, and model Jade Lagardère. THe first titles for the imprint are Chasing the Dragon by Denton J. Tipton, menton3, and Gil Lazcano launching at the end of February, Amber Blake by Jade Lagardère, Butch Guice, Dan Brown, and Gil Lazcano, a graphic novel due at the end of March, and The Modern Frankenstein by  Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli, Pippa Bowland, and Simon Bowland due out at the end of April.

At New York Comic Con, TV series creator Robert Kirkman said that the Invincible  animated show will have the same flavor as the original comics. The eight part series is set to air on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. Each episode will be an hour long and will be the first show from the deal tht Amazon Studios made with Kirkman. Invincible is about Mark Grauyson, played by Steven Yeun, who would be a normal teen, if not for the fact that his dad is the most powerful superhero on the planet. The show will feature the voices of JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn and more.

Netflix has said Thanks, but no thanks to a series based on Mark Millar’s comic The Magic Order. The project had been in early pre production in Prague with a targeted 2021 start. Deadline reports that Netflix is still high on The Magic Order Intellectual Property and hopes to maybe make it into a series at some point in the future, just not now. The Magic Order was part of Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of Mark Millar’s Millar world Imprint. 

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