Show Notes Episode 102: Where No Voyager Has Gone Before & Episode 103: Pass The Butter Robot

Tonight! Mark Hamill follows the dogs on Twitter, a micro Voyager and we remember to Save the Clock Tower! All that and more on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Star Wars

Leslye Headland’s Disney Plus Star Wars series has been much anticipated, now we’re getting an idea of what the show will be about Headland in an interview with Youtuber Fantastic Frankey, said that the show will be a martial arts thriller with a female protagonist at a point of time that has been unexplored in previous Star Wars shows and movies quote “I would say it’s in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don’t know much about,” “That’s what I can say.” unquote About the show being female centric she said quote “Just because my show is technically, yes, ‘female-centric’, meaning it centers around a female protagonist, I don’t think that necessarily excludes men from that space,”. “I relate to male characters all the time. I root for Mando. I root for Luke… An inclusive space means an inclusive space. But at the same time, I think that just because something has a female protagonist doesn’t necessarily mean it’s only for women.”

“I kind of see if Star Wars is a religion… I like to think of my show as a tent revival,” Headland continued. “You can come over if you want to. We’re going to be talking about some cool stuff. There’s going to be some things we haven’t discussed in the canon yet. There are going to be some characters you don’t know about. I would love you to join us. I would love you to be interested in it. If it’s not your thing — the cool thing about Star Wars right now is there’s so much you can align yourself with and get invested in, but if you don’t like it, that’s fine.” unquote So not a lot of go on here, maybe we’ll get more on the show in the spring.

Mark Hamill’s dogs have joined Twitter. His dogs Mille and Mabel have their own twitter address @HamillFurballs and their first follower is their fur daddy, Mark Hamill who tweeted quote “Guess who is officially their first follower? That’s right, your favorite Hamill… ME! #I_Officially_Have_No_Life,

Star Trek

Star Trek author Dave Galanter, who wrote the Discovery Novel Dead Endless has revealed that he is battling late state cancer, in a post on twitter the author wrote, quote  

Dutch Physicists at Leiden University have created a microscopic microprinted ship that resembles the USS Voyager that moves on its own in liquid. The ship, which was built as part of a larger research project. The ship was highlighted in a scientific paper entitled quote “Catalytically propelled 3D colloidal microswimmers” published in the journal Soft Matter. The mini ship is one of several artificial microswimmers and is only microns big and will be able to move thanks to chemical reactions between the platinum coating and the hydrogen peroxide solution it is place in. The researchers are hopeful that these 3D printed designs will help them learn more about biological microswimmers, like bacteria, white blood cells and sperm. The hope is that by learning who those things work, they could design a medical use for synthetic microswimmers. Think the nanites from Star Trek.

During ViacomCBS’s third quarter investors conference call, CEO Bob Bakish held up Star Trek as a sort of proof of the potential for the streaming service. Quote We ended the quarter with 17.9 million domestic subscribers, up 72% year-on-year, which basically puts us just under the year-end [target]… And both, CBS All Access and Showtime [streaming], each had robust consumption growth in signups. Starting with All Access, the service benefited from strong demand for sports, like UEFA and the NFL, originals like Star Trek: Lower Decks, and CBS network content like Big Brother and Love Island, as well as from the 3,500 library episodes added from Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Smithsonian. Plus, the almost 200 films from Paramount that we added in late July, as part of our preview launch. CBS All Access is now in the early stages of benefiting from the power of the combined company. Unquote Also talked about was how beneficial Star Trek has been to the growth of Pluto TV quote Pluto TV continues to build on its position as the number one FAST, free ad-supported streaming television service in the United States. In the quarter, Pluto TV’s domestic [monthly users] grew 57% to 28.4 million, and globally grew to nearly 36 million… In fact, in the U.S., Pluto now has well over 100,000 hours of compelling content available to consumers. We recently added nine ViacomCBS channels, including Star Trek, Bellator, CBSN, Dallas, and CSI. unquote

Paramount Plus was also brought up, the rebranding of CBS ALL ACCESS will be out in early 2021 and will combine quote live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment, including exclusive original content, plus a diverse and deep library of shows and movies, spanning all programming genres from ViacomCBS’ leading brands in one unified service unquote 

Geek

Back to the Future writer Bob Gale recently spoke with the Hollywood reporter about actress Elsa Raven who passed away on November third at the age of 91. Elsa will be known to back to the future fans as the lady asking for donations to Save the courthouse clock tower. Gale told the Hollywood reporter quote”She was one of those A-list performers who could turn a small role into a memorable one,” “Although she is on screen for probably less than a minute, everyone remembers her. And casting her is an example of director Bob Zemeckis’s philosophy that every role is important and can be made memorable.”

“Bob would never save money by hiring a cheaper performer in a small role, a lesson we learned on our first movie: a mediocre day player can ruin a film.””Elsa communicates some key exposition in our movie which the audience needs to know, and it takes a great actress and a great director to make that come across in an entertaining way,” “She will always be remembered.  Elsa, rest in peace, and my condolences to your many nieces and nephews.” Elsa also appeared in movies notably The Amityville Horror, Twilight Zone the Movie, Indecent Proposal, and Titanic. She also appeared in several tv shows including Quincy M.E., The A-Team, Highway to Heaven, Frddy’s Nightmares, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, and  Third Rock From The Sun.

The Orville’s Third Season is getting back on track. The production, like all Hollywood productions had been put on hold when the pandemic started, The Orville had gotten about halfway through shooting when the shutdown hit. Now prep work has begun, with production set to begin in December. No target date for the season debut has been announced, but the end of 2021 is expected.

Jurassic World Dominion has wrapped up production at UK’s Pinewood Studios which required 40,000 COVID tests, millions spent on protocols and for the isolation of the cast and crew. Director Colin Trevorrow told Deadline dot com quote “There are a lot of emotions,”“I’m not sure I can put it into words,” continues Trevorrow. “It has been remarkable. Our crew and our cast has been so resilient. All producers have worked around the clock to make it the best it can be. It has been inspiring.” unquote  Trevorrow thinks that the experience of doing this during the quarantine will enhance the final film quote “I think that close proximity to each other has made the movie better. Everything we were going through emotionally we would share. We would rehearse on Sundays, we crafted the characters, which made the emotion of the film richer. I think the movie will be stronger for it.” unquote The movie is due out in June of 2022.

Johnny Depp is out of the Third Fantastic Beasts movie. He broke the news on Instagram saying quote “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and I have respected and agreed to that request” Even though he’s out of the movie, Depp will still make the ten million dollar salary he was to get for making the movie, he had a pay or play contract with Warner Bros that said the he would be paid regardless if he acted in the film or not. 

 The movie will now be pushed back from its original target in November of 2021 to the summer of 2022. 

And while were on movie dates, Ryan Reynolds video game movie Free Guy and the sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the nile are now unmored from set release dates. Free Guy was due out on December eleventh and Death was due on December eighteenth. I guess we’ll just have to wait until covid settles down before we get to see these.

XBox ‘s first Halo Game, Halo: Combat Evolved came out Ninteen years ago this past Sunday. I’ll just let that one sit here…

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Tonight! WandaVison has a release date, The Suicide Squad gets a Sly new star, hope for Venture Bros fans and we remember one of Scooby Doo’s creators, all that and more on the comic edition of Multiverse Tongiht!

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Marvel

Chris Claremont and Fabian Nicieza are returning to the X-Men to finally tell the story about the fabled third Summers brother. The series, called X-Men Legends is a series that will bring back some of the biggest writers in X-Men history to tell stories related to the time periods and stories in which they were writing the characters Fabian in a statement said quote”It’s incredibly exciting to finally tell the story of the infamous ‘third’ Summers brother. Twenty-five years in the making, to see the truth about Adam-X revealed — and drawn so magnificently by Brett Booth — is one of the most surreal experiences of my career!” “Getting the opportunity to tell this tale while kicking off the new X-Men Legends series is a x-tremely x-citing!” unquote  Future issues of the series will feature work by Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Larry Hama, Peter David among others.

New Marvel Disney Plus series WandaVison will debut on the service on January fifteenth, it was expected that the series would debut in December. This makes the final season of Agents of Shield the only MCU series or movie during 2020.  And here’s a fun fact, WandaVision was filmed like an actual sitcom, in front of a live studio audience. The audience had to sign very strict NDAs to keep them from leaking spoilers about the show. Star Elizabeth Olsen told Entertainment Weekly quote “It was insanity,” “There was something very meta for my own life because I would visit those tapings as a kid, where my sisters were working [on Full House].”

Paul Bettany added quote “We were all so high by the end of it, we wanted to keep on running the show,”  “Maybe take it out on tour or something. WandaVision on ice.”

Disney Plus By the Way just passed it’s first anniversary with nearly 74 million subscribers.

Marvel has laid off publisher John Nee, according to sources telling The Hollywood Reporter. Nee joined the house of ideas in January 2018 taking over for Dan Buckley after he was promoted to president of Marvel Entertainment. Before this Nee had worked for DC and co-founded and ran gaming company Cryptozoic Entertainment. When asked for comments, Marvel did not respond.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have reignited their feud, this time for a good cause. In this case, it’s a sales contest. From November tenth to December twentieth, anyone will have the ability to purchase Aviation Gin or Laughing Man coffee at Sam’s Club locations in the US. Each purchase will count as a vote for either star, Aviation for Team Ryan and Laughing Man for Team Hugh. You can also vote online as well https://samsclub.promo.eprize.com/thefeud/

An entry there will also put you in the running for a virtual party with Hugh and Ryan. The ultimate winner gets bragging rights and Sam’s has pledged to donate equally to both the laughing man foundation and the SickKids Foundation on December twentieth.

The estate of Marvel artist John Busecema has been robbed. According to the late artist’s daughter, Dianne Buscema-Gerogianis reported pieces of comic art stolen. The 45 pieces range from an original Mephisto to original art from Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Superman. In a post on facebook she wrote qutoe “I am reaching out to you all as 45 pieces of Dad’s original artwork was stolen from our family this morning,” “I cannot go into detail as the police and authorities have been notified. I am asking to please contact me if you hear or see anything for sale. I cannot post photos of everything that has been taken, but I am posting some.” John Buscema passed away in 2002 and was really big in Marvel back in the sixties and seventies.

DC

DC Comics has named Marie Javins as the new Editor in Chief. IN a statement DC Senior Vice President and General Manager Daniel Cherry III said quote “Marie intrinsically understands the power of comics and their unique ability to entertain and empower, which makes her a perfect choice to be DC’s next Editor-in-Chief, “In addition to her many creative talents, she’s also incredibly committed to increasing access to this amazing industry by mentoring the next generation of comic book creators and helping them find their voices. I look forward to working with her in her new role.” She will now be the sole EIC, Marie and Michelle Wells were named co-editors in chief in August after the departure of Bob Harras and the restructuring caused by parent company AT&T. Javins will spearhead  the company’s publishing schedule with an eye on growing imprints and expanding the brands reach worldwide, as well as providing editorial and creative guidance.

The Batman’s Robert Pattinson is trying to make his own version of Batman. IN an interview with Vanity Fair France Patinson said quote “To start, The Batman, I’m using things at the moment that seem fragile compared to the importance of the project,” Pattinson told Vanity Fair France (h/t Battinsonverse on IG for the translation). “Conversations I’ve had with close friends, embryos of dreams. This is the secret and sensitive part of the actor facing the heaviness of the project… On The Batman, on Tenet, a gigantic team of technicians surrounds you and when you say, ‘Let’s go Robert…Action!’ You have to forget this mass of people and play in front of your own thoughts, your own demons. “Yes, I have an actor’s excitement to face the tension of the set, the inordinate expectation of all these people and to transform it into a dialogue between me and myself. It’s an exciting and horrible feeling to be that ‘little shit’ who risks planting all the heavy artillery, all that war infrastructure, because she wasn’t able to go and get it… I think about that, a few days before a shoot.” “I look first at the character and what I have to do with it, how I’m going to have to invent nuances in this shell, making it more complex, more complex all the time,” Pattinson said. “Batman is a role in which I have to learn how to play ambiguity better. It’s out of the question to interpret a character of a single color. It’s beautiful, people who seem to live in two states at the same time.” unquote The Batman is due in theaters on March fourth, 2022.

Superman and Lois is set to debut on the CW in February and series star Elizabeth Tulloch has been giving regular updates and teases on social media. Lately, she’s promised to keep plenty of purple in Loi’s wardrobe, afer fans told her that Lois wore lots of purple. Saying quote “I just want everyone who said that they want to see Lois in a lot of purple to know that I heard you loud and clear,” “There’ll be a lot of purple.” unquote The series revolves around Lois and Clark as they deal with the stress, pressures and complexities that come from being working parents in today’s society. 

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has added one more to the roster, Sylvester Satallone. Sly’s involvement was part of an instagram post of Funn and Stallone with the caption quote Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #THESUICIDESQUAD was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is. Unquote 

Speaking of The Squad, The Peacemaker spinoff series with John Cena has a working title. According to The Ronin, it’s going under the name The Scriptures. The site also says that the show will film from JAnuary eighteenth to June eighteenth. This jives with a recent tweet from James Gunn saying that shooting would begin after a two week quarantine. The spinoff series is planned for HBO Max with James Gunn writing all eight episodes and directing some of them.

The election here in the US is over, despite what the current occupant of the White House says and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the winners. Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter celebrated the win on social media by noting the date that the win was finally announced was a very special date for her in another way, she tweeted quote “On this day 45 years ago, I appeared on television as Wonder Woman for the very first time. I am honored to be a part of this legacy and everything that it represents, and so thrilled to celebrate the power of women on such an auspicious day!” unquote the Wonder Woman series ran for three seasons between 1975 and 1979, one season on ABC and two  on CBS. 

Geek

A throwaway joke from the first season of Rick and Morty is getting realized. The Butter Robot as seen in the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes was unveiled during the Rick and Morty Global Celebration panel during the Adult Swim virtual festival. The Butter Robot according to it’s website The Butter Robot dot com has An assortment of audio / visual sensors and lifelike mechanical movements give the Butter Robot the ability to relay its unique, human-like personality while performing complex commands. It has Text to voice that will allow users to enjoy the robot interacting with its surroundings or parroting what you tell it to say through it’s app. An emotion engine that will allow the robot to quote “reacts” to influences from its environment and adapts to become more “self-aware” over time while choosing to “rebel” against commands. You can preorder the Butter Robot now for the introductory price of 147 dollars , it comes numbered and has Justin roiland’s Embossed Signature. Order yours at https://thebutterrobot.com/

Lego has announced thier biggest Lego kit yet. The Roman Colosseum, this set has a total of nine thousand thirty six pieces that fit together to recreate the world famous concrete structure. The finished structure will be 10.5 inches high, 20.5 inches wide and 23.5 inches deep. The set will be availiable starting on Black Friday as part of the Lego stores and Lego dot com Black Friday Deals. The list price for the set is $549.99. If you buy me one, I’ll build it on a livestream.

Geoff Johns will be creating a new comic at Image Comics with artist Gary Frank. The comic called Geiger takes place on a post apocalyptic Earth. Here’s the synopsis quote “Who are the scavengers of a dying earth? Geiger is set in the years since a nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him The Meltdown Man. But his name…is Geiger.” Geiger number one will be out in april.

Netflix is gonna try something new, a programmed channel, ya know, like network tv. I know, novel concept right. Netflix started testing the concept in France with a handful of users and then will release it to the rest of France. No word on if they’ll try it in the US or other countries.

The People’s choice awards happened and there were a few genre winners, Mulan won Action Movie of the Year, Disney’s Onward won Family Movie, Riverdale won Drama Show, Cole Sprouse from Riverdale won Male tv star or 2020, and  Wynonna Earp got Sci-Fi Fantasy Show.

The Venture Bros might have found a new home, av club dot com reports that a tweet from HBO MAx head Andy Forssell might be the answer Venture fans have been waiting for. QuoteThe Venture Bros fans are passionate, but incredibly civil. I’ve received tons of emails, all of which are short very well written notes, oozing with politeness. Class fans. Nothing imminent, but know that we’re working on it.

#SaveTheVentureBros unquote 

So keep politely reaching out Venture Bros fans! We may save Rusty yet! 

The house from the show Full House has sold for Five  point Three Million Dollars. The Victorian style home located at 1709 Broderick in the Postcard Row neighborhood of San Francisco has been listed on the market since May 2019 for six million dollars, the price ws cut to five and a half million this past February. 

Remember the movie Bloodshot that opened just as movie theaters worldwide shut down? Yeah, probably not. After theaters shut down, it quickly went to Video on Demand release, now Vailent’s parent company DMG has confirmed plans for a sequel with Vin Diesel reprising the role.

DMG Entertainment Creative Head and Filmmaker Dan Mintz told CBR dot com quote “I think [Bloodshot] was very successful in that respect, a lot of people saw it and it did very well in the post-release rollout but you can’t use the same evaluation process, pre-COVID, to this,” Mintz told CBR. “[Are] Vin Diesel and all those people going to still continue? Yes, because it did so well and the response to it has been so well, it’s just that the response has been in a non-transparent environment, as opposed to a transparent environment like box office numbers.” unquote No concrete details about a new Bloodshot movie has surfaced.

The other half of Scooby Doo’s creators, Ken Spears has passed away. According to Spear’ sson, Kevin his dad died from complications related to Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Ken was born Charles Kenneth Spears on March twelfth, 1938. He grew up in LA where he befriended the son of William Hanna, in 1959, he was hired at Hanna Barbera Productions. While working in the editing department he met Joe Ruby and began a writing partnership. Spears and Ruby would create such memorable shows as “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” “Dynomutt,” “Dog Wonder” and “Jabberjaw” for Hanna-Barbera and The Barkleys and The Houndcats for Depatie-Freleng. They would then be hired to supervise CBS’ Saturday morning cartoon lineup and later ABC’s. Spears also was a story consultant for the 1974 Plant of the Apes cartoon series. In 77, Spears and Ruby created their own Ruby Spears Productions where they produced shows like Superman,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Fangface,” “Mister T,” “The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour,” “Thundarr the Barbarian” and “Saturday Supercade.” In 1981, they sold the company to the parent company of Hanna Barbera. Joe Ruby died back on August twenty-seventh of this year at the age of 87  In a statement Kevin said quote “Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic,” Kevin Spears says. “Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of ‘Scooby-Doo.’ Ken has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live on in our hearts.” unquote  Ken Spears passed away at the age of 82, he is survived by his sons Kevin and Chris,their wives and his five granchildren and three great grandchildren.

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