Show Notes: Episode 76: An All Access Pike & Episode 77: A Little Sandman in Your Ears

Tonight! Pike rides again! The Mandalorian gets some new actors and we remember two funny men. All that and more on this scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 76 of Multiverse Tonight. 

Things are going okay here in Kansas. Restrictions are starting to lift a little bit, but frankly not enough people are wearing masks. People, until we have a vaccine or a cure for this, we need to ensure that we don’t spread anything around. Anyway, I’d like to give a shout out to the guys over at Pop Goes The Culture. They are allowing me to boost the signal so to speak and get out in front of more people. So, thanks guys. Now let’s get to the news.

Star Trek

The adventures of Anson Mount’s Captain Pike won’t end with season two of Discovery. CBS All Access has announced that it has ordered Star Trek Strange new worlds straight to series. The new show will follow Pike and the crew of the Enterprise in the decade before Kirk takes the reigns. Returning will be Anson Mount of course as Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Una aka Number One and Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock.  Akiva Goldsman will be writing the series premiere based on a story he co wrote with Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman, Kurtzman and Lumet will serve as the main executive producers with Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also as executive producers and . Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez as co-executive producers. Akiva Goldsman in a statement said quote “This is a dream come true, literally,” said  Goldsman. “I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS. unquote This makes the fifth new Star trek series, joining Discovery, Picard, Short Treks and Lower Decks. There are a couple more still in development including a Nickelodeon series and a Section 31 series.

CBS All Access will be getting a makeover with a new name. In a first quarter earnings call with investors, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said that the rebranding will happen quote “as soon as [CBS All Access] expands to incorporate more of the company’s cable brands and library programming.” The streaming service already incorporates content from CBS and Paramount, but soon the service will bring in content from ViacomCBS’ cable brands like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Smithsonian, MTV and Paramount Network. No definitive details on when a name change might be affected. Or when more Trek content is coming? Where is that Lower Decks series!

There has been now specific word on when the show will arrive and in an interview with Inverse dot com Show runner Mike McMahan said that quote “I can’t give you a specific answer on when that’s coming out,” “but we’re still working on it and we’re on track for when we have planned, which is this year.” unquote. Well I guess that’s something. While we wait, Check out his other new show, Solar Opposites on Hulu.

A Star Trek Voyager novel is coming out this October.  In “To Lose The Earth ”, quote “As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.” unquote The book is written by Kirsten Beyer.

Patrick Stewarty is echoing the hope for more Next Generation cast appearances in future episodes of Picard telling Gold Derby quote “In meetings when we talked about bringing in members of The Next Generation crew, that was one of the things I was most passionate about, which was not only should Picard have changed during the 18 years that had passed, but the same has to be applied to Counselor Troi, to Commander Riker, to whoever it is,” he says. “And by the way, I am very hopeful we will see more of The Next Generation crew before we say goodbye to Picard. And that is just what they did, and there is no better example than the episode.”

Star Trek Online has announced the Year of the Klingon with a new major multipart 2411 story focused on the Klingons. Existing Klingon content will also be getting a much needed overhaul. In a post on the STO website quote “[A]s part of this long-planned, face-of-the-game changing story, we’re taking a little time to focus on our most honorable allies. We love our Klingon content – who doesn’t love a story that involves descending into Grethor and fighting a god? – but a lot of it is old, and doesn’t contain the technical improvements we’ve made to the game over the years. So we’re spending time and resources to give these pieces of content visual and gameplay facelifts. Over the next twelve months (maybe more), you’ll see new Klingon character models for some of our classic characters like J’Mpok, updated skins for the classic Klingon ships like the Bird of Prey, new environments and cutscenes to refresh this old but beloved content.” unquote 

Star  Wars

Happy Anniversary to the Empire Strike Back! The arguably best part of the original trilogy turns 40 this week. It opened in theaters on May 21, 1980. Made on a budget of 18 million dollars, it went on to gross 547.9 million by the end of it’s run. It was rereleased with a Special Edition back in 1997.

The Mandalorian will have a visit from the original man in the Mandalorian armor, Boba Fett. The bounty hunter will be making an appearance in the second season of the hit Disney Plus series. Boba will be played by Temuera Morrison who portrayed Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones.

Also reportedly cast for season two is Katee Sackoff. According to Slash Film dot com, Katee will be appearing as Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan Kryze, who Katee has voiced in both the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. According to the site, Sackhoff and Lucasfilm are keeping the news under wraps. Also cast is actor Timothy Olyphant. His character is unknown at this time. 

Dave Filoni will be returning to the directors chair for the Mandalorians second season, Filoni, who also serves as executive producer directed the first and fifth episodes of the first season will be directing just one this season. Speaking with Deadline he said quote “I just did one episode this coming season,” “I’m really excited about it, I wrote it and directed it, so you know, that’ll be a fun thing for me, and I’ve been learning from Jon [Favreau]. He’s a great mentor. You know, to be in that situation in a live-action show with someone like him and a fantastic team of people, it’s a really fortunate place for me to land because you’re with people that can really help you and realize the things that you’re trying to do story-wise.” unquote

Geek

CBS has picked up the Silence of The Lambs sequel series Clarice, Clarice will follow Agent Starling, six months after the events of the movie have taken place. Here’s what the official press release says quote “CLARICE, from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is a co-executive producer.” unquote Not the first time the Hannibal story events have been touched upon, NBC did Hannibal, which took place in and around the events of the first novel in the Hannibal series Red Dragon.

Stephen King’s 2014 novel Revival will be getting a big screen adaptation from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the guys behind last year’s Doctor Sleep adaptation. Flanagan is writing the script and might possibly direct. The novel centers around the relationship between a heroin addicted musician and a dubious minister with an unknown agenda.

Jerry Bruckheimer is bringing back National treasure, this time for tv. If it’s given a go it would go to Disney Plus. Mr. Bruckheimer told Collider quote “We’re certainly working on one [National Treasure] for streaming and we’re working on one for the big screen. Hopefully, they’ll both come together and we’ll bring you another National Treasure, but they’re both very active. … The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It’s the same concept but a young cast. The one for theatrical would be the same cast,” unquote He went on to tell Collier that the pilot script and season outline have been presented to Disney Plus. So it sounds like no Nick Cage. Either this is a prequel or a total reimagining.

A Disney Plus series based on the Percy Jackson series of books is currently in the early stages of development according to author Rick Riordan. IN a  statement he said quote

Unquote Hopefully this will have a better reception than the movie got.

Disney Plus is moving around the release dates for some movies. Avengers Infinity War is coming to the service on June 26th, Solo A Star Wars Story is comin on July 10th and Ant-Man and the Wasp will debut on Disney Plus on August 14th. 

Now to something everyone wants to see, Disney Plus announced that a filmed production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will hit the streamer on July 3rd, over a year before it was slated to be released to theaters. In a statement Mister Miranda said quote “I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” Miranda said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney Plus for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.” Disney paid 75 million for the rights to the filmed rendition and there are still plans for a fully produced big screen version, but that’s not in the immediate future. 

Now let’s close out this podcast remembering those who have left us in the past couple of weeks or so. First off, Fredd Willard passed away on May fifteenth. From natural causes. Fred was popular for acting as an affable but goofy character; he has more than three hundred eleven acting credits to his name. Appearing in everything from tv shows like Get Smart, Laverne & Shirley, Fernwood tonight, America 2-Night, The Love Boat, Fame, Married with Children, Roseanne, Sister Sister, Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman, Mad About You, Hercules, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy,Modern Family and many many more, his last tv role will be in the series Space Force. He starred in such films as  Silver Streak, Fun With Dick And Jane, This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Idle Hands, Austin Powers the Spy who Shagged Me, Best In show for which he was nominated for five awards ,winning two, A Mighty Wind, Anchorman the Legend of Ron Burgundy, Wall-E, Mascots and many more, his final film role in 2018’s The Bobby Roberts Project. He is survived by his Daughter and grandson, He was 86 years old.

We also remember Jerry Stiller,Comic and Father of Ben Stiller. He was half of the husband and wife comedy team of Stiller and Meara and portrayed Frank Costanza’s dad on Seinfield and the dad on the King of Queens. He also acted in his son’s films Zoolander, Zoolander 2 and The Heartbreak Kid, he died of natural causes at the age of 92.

We also lost Little Richard, one of the pioneers of rock and roll. Little Richard came to prominence in 1956 with Tutti Frutti and followed that up with songs like Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille and Good Golly Miss Molly. Born Richard Wayne Penniman on December fifth 1932, in Macon Georgia, he became a teen idol. In 1986 he became one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a lifetime achievement Award at the 1993 Grammys. MST3k fans will best remember him for his appearance in the Catalina Caper episode. Little Richard passed away from bone cancer in Nashville Tennessee, he was 87.

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Tonight! Swamp Thing rises again, Mark Waid and Neal Adams join their powers for the first time and we take a moment to remember Martin Pasko, all that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 77 of Multiverse Tonight! So how’s the past couple of weeks been. For me, it’s been interesting, I bought myself the newest car I’ve ever had a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback, my health is well and I hope yours is too. Comic books are slowly coming back. Stores are starting to slowly reopen. Things are okay for now. Are things great? No, but I think people are adjusting.

DC

Are you ready for Batman to get…darker? According to one of the stars of The Batman Andy Serkis, get ready for darker. Speaking with LADbible, Serkis said that the movie will be more intense than previous DCU movies and that his Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne will have a real emotional connection at the center of the script. He also said that his Alfred will be a very different take from previous versions. Saying quote “He [Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really. You find it for yourself. It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal venn diagram,” unquote Andy also revealed that they were only halfway finished when production halted due to the pandemic and a restart has not been set yet.  You know, I don’t want a darker Batman, I want a detective Batman. Can we see that instead? Please?

Swamp Thing has always been able to rise from the swamps..now he’s arisen from cancelation as the CW has picked up the series from DCUniverse. No details have been given as to new production on new episodes.

Season Two of Doom Patrol will be coming to both DC Universe and HBO Max on June twenty fifth. The first episode of the season sees quote “DC’s strangest group of heroes — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — are back again to save the world. That is, if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members of the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.”

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is coming to Audible and it’s a bit of an all star cast. James McAvoy will provide the voice of Morpheus, also known as Dream of the Endless. Dream’s sister, Death, is played by Kat Dennings. Taron Egerton takes on the role of John Constantine. Andy Serkis is Matthew the Raven. Michael Sheen plays Lucifer. Bebe Neuwirth is the Siamese Cat. Riz Ahmed plays the nightmare called the Corinthian. Gaiman will serve as the narrator. Supporting cast includes Justin Vivian Bond as Desire, Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, William Hope as Doctor Destiny, Matthew Horne as Hob Gadling, Reginald D. Hunter as J’onn J’onzz, Sue Johnston as Unity Kinkaid, Paterson Joseph as the Demon Chronzon, Josie Lawrence as Mad Hettie, Anton Lesser as Doctor John Hathaway, Joanna Lumley as Lady Johanna Constantine, and Miriam Margoyles as Despair. The cast will be adapting the first three Sandman graphic novels with Dirk Maggs directing the adaptation. Here’s the blurb quote “When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus—the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination—is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (Arthur Darvill), and many more.“

The Sandman audio drama debuts on Audible on July 15th.

Some sad news, The Flash actor Logan Williams, who died at the of sixteen last month, died of an overdose of the opioid fentanyl. His mother revealed to the New York post that her son had been battling addiction for three years. She told the outlet quote “His death is not going to be in vain,” “He’s going to help a lot of people down the road.” unquote If you or someone you love is addicted to opiods, get help.INthe united states call 1800 662 Help

THE CW’S FOURTH QUARTER 2020 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8-8:30 PM —  Whose Line Is It Anyway?

8:30-9 PM —  Whose Line Is It Anyway?

9-10 PM — Penn & Teller: Fool Us

TUESDAY

8-9 PM —  Swamp Thing

9-10 PM — Tell Me A Story

WEDNESDAY

8-8:30 PM — Two Sentence Horror Stories

8:30-9 PM — Dead Pixels

9-10 PM — Coroner

THURSDAY

8-9 PM — Supernatural

9-10 PM — The Outpost

FRIDAY

8-8:30 PM — World’s Funniest Animals

NEW SERIES

SUPERMAN & LOISIn SUPERMAN & LOIS, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, “Teen Wolf”) and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, “Grimm”), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, “Little Fires Everywhere”) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, “The Peanuts Movie”) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage”), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez, “Graceland”). The adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette, “Wander Darkly”). Of course, there’s never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh, “Nip/Tuck”) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks, “All American”) enters their lives. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERMAN & LOIS is written and executive produced by Todd Helbing (“The Flash”) and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

WALKER — a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenage daughter (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate clashes with his family – an ADA brother (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen, “Herman’s Head”) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell, “The Game”). Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. The show also stars Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett. WALKER is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (“Being Human,” “Valor”), and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore and Jared Padalecki. WALKER is from CBS Television Studios in association with Rideback.

MIDSEASON

KUNG FU — A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice … all while searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo) who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman, KUNG FU is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Quinn’s House and Berlanti Productions, with writer/executive producer Christina M. Kim (“Blindspot,” “Lost”) and executive producers Martin Gero (“Blindspot,” “LA Complex”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Riverdale”).

THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH — The bucolic tranquility of Greylock, New Hampshire is upended when a massive vein of coltan – an incredibly valuable mineral used in tech – is discovered under the town. State-backed mining company Lydon Industries swoops in with plans to extract the mineral … plans that include wiping Greylock off the map. With her friends and family in danger of losing their homes, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker) vows to stop Lydon’s bulldozers. It won’t be easy. Leading Lydon’s efforts is Sarah’s estranged brother, Danny Cooper (Luke Mitchell). After enduring a difficult childhood at the hands of his mother, former state senator Ellen Cooper (Megan Follows), Danny is eager to exact his revenge on a community he feels abandoned him. Sarah enlists her friends – fellow teacher Corinne Dearborn (Hope Lauren), police officer Amy “AJ” Johnson (Nia Holloway), and diner manager Grover Simms (Ian Duff) – in the fight against Danny, but there seems to be no way to stop the town’s impending demise … Until Sarah proposes an oddly intriguing solution: Greylock could declare independence. Citing various historical maps, she explains that the land on which Greylock sits was never properly claimed by the United States. If Sarah and her friends can convince the town to vote for independence, Greylock would gain international sovereignty and could protect its land for good. With the help of a group of supporters that includes three of her teenage students – LA transplant Maya Jimenez (Izabella Alvarez), introspective outsider Tyler Easterbrook (Forrest Goodluck), and preppy “popular girl” Bella Whitmore (Landry Bender) – Sarah and her friends win the vote. And after a federal judge agrees that Greylock isn’t – and never was – part of the United States, the town becomes a new nation. Now, Sarah and her allies must confront an even more daunting task: building a country from scratch. Executive Produced by Jeffrey Paul King (“Elementary”), Marc Webb (“Why Women Kill), Mark Martin (“Rendition”), Jeff Grosvenor and Leo Pearlman, THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Black Lamb.

THE CW’S NEW SEASON PRIMETIME SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2021

(New Programs in UPPER CASE)

MONDAY

8-9 PM — All American

9-10 PM — Black Lightning

TUESDAY

8-9 PM — The Flash

9-10 PM — SUPERMAN & LOIS

WEDNESDAY

8-9 PM — Riverdale

9-10 PM — Nancy Drew

THURSDAY

8-9 PM — WALKER

9-10 PM — Legacies

FRIDAY

8-9 PM — Penn & Teller: Fool Us (New Night)

9-9:30 PM — Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)

9:30-10 PM — Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)

SUNDAY

8-9 PM — Batwoman

9-10 PM — Charmed (New Night)

Marvel

Rob Liefeld Creator of Deadpool and lots of other things, is someone who likes to freely share his opinions. Speaking with Comicbooks doe coms Talking Shop. It’s been two years since Deadpool 3, so what’s the hold up on the third one? Rob puts the blame on Marvel, quote “I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that that hasn’t happened yet,” Liefeld says. “They are the reason it isn’t happening. Whatever conundrum or it didn’t fit into your master plan, just commission it. Okay, commission it. You know if Frank Frazetta was still around, you would say, ‘Frank paint for me.'”  

“If Ryan(Reyonlads) is making Deadpool 3 right now, that’s because Marvel hasn’t allowed it to be yet and that’s all I’m saying,” he adds. “So, do I have a lot of faith in that system? Dude, I have no idea. So this is where I’m not that, I’m not giving you the answers you want. I’m like yeah, yeah. Look if it happens, terrific.”

Liefeld also thinks that Hugh Jackman will return to the cim=nematic X-Men franchise. When asked if he could see another actor in the role he said in an interview with Inverse quote “I’m stuck on Hugh Jackman,” “Having met Hugh, having loved Hugh, there is only Deadpool because of Wolverine… I was doing Deadpool [in the comics] to get to Wolverine. Wolverine was always the goal.” unquote, what would your choice as a new Wolverine be?

Fox’s final X-Men production, The New Mutants has been given a theatrical release date of August 28th in the year 2020 …or will it? This movie has been in the can for more than 2 years now. First slated for release in april of 2018, then getting pushed to February of last year, then to August of 2019. Then Fox was sold to Disney and it was moved to April 3rd of 2020…and then the pandemic. Yep, it’s been a long strange trip…maybe Disney should just put it out on Disney Plus and digital? Do they really think this will be a great money maker?

Marvel Entertainment is shuttering it’s digital comics shop. The publisher in an email to subscribers announced that digital comics purchased on the site will will automatically be available under your account in the Marvel Comics app. The company is also integrating a function where you can sync up the Marvel mobile app with your comiXology account so that your purchases are available both mobile and on a computer, without having to double-dip. This is an interesting move considering that Marvel and DC have been pushing digital  hard during the pandemic.

Speaking of comics, Marvel Comics have announced a new series teaming up writer Mark Waid with artist Neal Adams for the first time ever. The series titled Fantastic Four Antithesis will introduce a new villain as well as giving Adams a  crack at the Silver Surfer. Mark in a statement said quote “Working with Neal Adams has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. To share the page with a man of his talent is an honor,” Waid said in a statement provided by the publisher. “The story begins with the Fantastic Four struggling to prevent an extinction event on Earth and just goes more cosmic from there. We all know of Galactus, but until now, no one has met his Antithesis.” Adams added quote “I have always had the sense of missing the chance to draw the Fantastic Four,” Adams added. “It was a quiet sense, since I’ve had every opportunity to do my favorites. More, I felt Kirby and Buscema had done it all, hadn’t they…? When Marvel’s Tom Brevoort asked if I’d like to do the Fantastic Four, I knew I had to ask for Galactus and the Silver Surfer as well. I am humbled and thankful to Tom for the opportunity.” Here’s the official synopsis quote The soaring sentinel of the space-ways may have finally met his match in the all-new series FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS – the first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by industry legend Neal Adams! Adams is joined by Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Captain America, Fantastic Four), who jam-packs this tale with a fan-favorite roster of Fantastic Four heroes and villains! Together, this celebrated creative team created a new nemesis for the Fantastic Four guaranteed to send shockwaves throughout all of fandom. Who or what is the Antithesis, and will the combined might of the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and Galactus himself be enough to defeat it? Find out more when FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #1 hits comic shops in August! Unquote 

Geek

Disney Plus’ new short form improvisational comedy series, Muppets Now has finally been given a time frame for it’s premiere on the streamer, Buried in a press release for the Disney Family Sing Along Volume 2 was mentioned quote “fans of The Muppets can also see more of Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends in the upcoming Disney+ series, Muppets Now, premiering this summer.” unquote Well I guess that’s better than the nebulous soon.

Now an update on the Spawn Kickstarter. If you;ll remember in a past episode I talked about how Todd McFarlane was raising money on Kickstarter to make a new Spawn Action Figure. Well that kickstarter finished with 3.4 million dollars. Congratulations Todd and all those who backed him.

A new Smurfs video game is in the works from game publisher Microids and developer OSome Studio. The game will be a 3D action adventure game with a brand new story inspired by the comics of The Smurfs creator Peyo. In a statement Microids Vice President Elliot Grassiano said quote “We are delighted for concluding this new partnership with IMPS! Thanks to this trans-generational license and the talent of OSome Studio, a long time Microids partner studio which worked on several family games, we are confident in bringing together all gamers in the wonderful world of the Smurfs,” Elliot Grassiano, Vice-president of Microids, said as part of the announcement. “The worldwide success met by the Smurfs will also allow us to increase our brand awareness overseas and position Microids as a major player internationally.” unquote 

The Mallrats Sequel Twilight of the Mallrats has a new actor as Kevin Smith tweeted that actress Aparna Brielle will star in the movie Smith tweeted quote “Aparna will play Brodie Bruce’s daughter Banner Bruce in the movie I hope to shoot next – TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS.” unquote Smith also confirmed that Shannen Doherty will be back to play Rene, earlier this year Shannen revealed that she has Stage four cancer. 

Tonight we remember Comic and tv Writer Martin Pasko, who passed away on May tenth.He was born in Quebec in 1954. He started his comic writing career in 1972 writing for Superman, DC Comics Presents, Superman Family, Justice League of America, Wonder Woman and Saga of Swamp  Thing. He also wrote for Disney Comics’ Roger Rabbit comic, and Marvel’s Gargoyles and Star Trek. His tv work began in the 80’s writing for shows like Max Headroom, Buck rogers in the 25th century, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gi Joe and others, in the 90’s he worked on Batman the Animated Series as well as the movie Batman Mask of the Phantasm. He won a Daytime Emmy for his work on Batman. In a facebook post former DC president Paul Levitz wrote, “[T]he odds are you’ve read his work, credited or not, or enjoyed a comic or cartoon or tv show or even a theme park event he made better, even as he relentlessly complained about the difficulties of making it as good as it ‘should’ be. Marty didn’t have a genius for making anything easy (especially for him), but he had a real genius for making creative magic.” Martin Pasko was 65.

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Show Notes Episode 74: What Would the Great Bird of The Galaxy Say? & Episode 75: Marvel Comics are Coming Back!

Welcome to Episode 74 of Multiverse Tonight. May the Fourth be with you. So I don’t know about any of you listening outside the united states, but here things are starting to open up a bit.  Spring Fever has set in, and not caused by Co-Vid. People are getting out and Fishing and Camping. Some businesses are starting to open back up with qualifications. Social Distancing, masks, cleaning routines and so forth. I wish they’d open up the hair salons, I need a haircut.  Let’s get on with the news.

STar Trek

Alex Kurtzman is someone who can be seen as a devil or a saint depending on who you ask. He’s partially responsible for the first two JJ Trek movies and then a co-creator of Discovery, now he’s the head of the Star Trek franchise. So, we might as well get to know him, the man sat down with the Star Trek Picard Official Collector’s Edition Magazine from Titan and opened up about how Trek has taken over his life and his hopes that The Great Bird Gene Roddenberry would be proud of what he’s done. About how involved with the shows he is, he’s in deep saying quote I very much enjoy it. My involvement, it’s not just in the writing of it. I post all the shows, so that means I cut them, and I’m involved all the way down to the color timing and mixing. That’s a lot of work. But… I’ll show you how I enjoy it. My wife and son actually deliberately like to stay out of any knowledge of what I’m doing until it airs. So, when it airs, we all sit down and watch together, and I see it fresh through their eyes, which is really fun, because it’s the culmination of all the work, and now we get to sit together as a family and enjoy it. And, in a funny way, isn’t that what Star Trek has always been about? People sitting together as a family and loving it?

I’m now at the point where I’m eating, breathing, dreaming Star Trek. And I love it! I love it for one reason. The work itself is very challenging, but it’s also some of the most satisfying work I’ve ever done, and I think that the reason why is because I’m recognizing and seeing in so many people that I meet how critically important it is to their lives. I see that Star Trek has influenced people’s lives in a real way. It’s not just a form of entertainment. It’s an inspiration for the kind of people they want to be, or the kinds of things they choose to pursue in their careers or the principles they want to live by. That’s put such a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders to deliver and to maintain that message.

And what would he do if he could somehow meet Gene Roddenberry, who died back in 1991? Quote It’s funny. I think about that, actually, probably more frequently than I should [laughs]. I hope that he recognizes that, well… First of all, he’d probably take issue with me for the amount of conflict the characters have. I know that was a big thing he struggled with on Next Gen. But my hope would be that he would recognize now, from his grand perspective in the sky, how much that opened the door for Star Trek’s endurance, and how much it’s iterated and changed and yet has remained, I believe, very true to his vision. There isn’t really a day that goes by where we don’t think very consciously about how he would want the messaging of Star Trek to go, and is what we’re doing consistent with the messaging of Star Trek, as he envisioned it? It’s really important to all of us. I hope he would appreciate it. I hope he would be proud. You can pick up the magazine on Amazon now.

Season Three of Discovery will see a tonal shift for the series, according to Jonathan Frakes speaking with comic book dot com quote “Discovery has primarily to do with Sonequa’s character, as you’ll see. At the end of season two, we flash-forwarded I think 930 years. Michael Burnham has found a new core, not to mention a new partner in crime. So again, there’s a big tonal shift on that show, less driven by the pain and guilt of her past and more about the magical reunification of the Discovery crew and wherever she went off to,” “God knows where she went as the Red Angel. So those two things coming back together is very much the theme, and how grateful everyone is and what’s next. It’s got a lot of action-adventure and not so much pain.” unquote That partner in crime he was referring to is a new character played by David Ajala named Book.

By the way, about Riker’s appearance at the end of Picard? Frakes’ appearance was filmed on a redressed Discovery bridge in Toronto while he was busy directing one of his third season episodes. No idea of when Discovery Season Three will show up, but by now most of those people who have canceled their subscriptions would like to know. Kinda helps with budgeting.

Lawsuits never die. A while back a district court ended the copyright lawsuit against ComicMix’s Oh the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a parody of Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Place You’ll Go! That federal district court judge back in March of last year, ruled that it was a parody and did make fair use of copyrighted material. Now, it’s gone to the next level and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the appeal. There are two big issues in the case. One What is fair use? Two, what effect does fair use have on the potential market.   There’s a great article on the Hollywood Reporter about this, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes and when a decision is handed down, I’ll let you know.

Star Wars

Surprise! The Rise of Skywalker was released to Disney Plus a couple of months early just in time for the annual May the Fourth geek holiday. The Rise of Skywalker made for more than a billion dollars world wide. An impressive feat for any film. However the film was the least profitable of the sequel trilogy, even lower than Rogue One but higher than Solo.

We also have some breaking news. Star Wars dot com has announced that Acadmy Award winner taika Waititi will be directing and co writing a new Star wars feature film  with Oscar Nominated Writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

In addition to that news, Emmy nominated writer Leslye Headland is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series,

The Cassian Andor series is busy staffing up. This time, they’ve added actresses Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough to the pre Rogue One based show. O Reilly will play the same role she played in the movie, Mon Mothma. Ms. Gough’s character is still unknown. There is still no start date for production but the series has had some shifts behind the scenes, The Hollywood Reporter learned that Tony Gilroy, a co writer of the Rogue ONe movie will now show run the show replacing Stephen Schiff. Gilroy will also direct the first couple of episodes.

Playstation 4 owners? You’ve been given a caution flag on the last lap. Last episode I told you about Star Wars Episode One racer coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May twelfth, will now Playstation owners won’t get the game until May 26th. Aspyr posted on twitter about the delay quote “We have an update on the launch of Star Wars Episode l: Racer,” Aspyr shared on social media. “Unfortunately, we’ve just learned that we will have to delay the game on PlayStation 4 until May 26.” no reason for the delay was given, but it sounds like it’s on Playstation’s end.

The world might be in a state of shut down and restart right now, but work continues on The Mandalorian Season 2. Director Rick Famuyiwa told Variety that quote “We’ve been hunkered down in the post process, it’s been a challenging and great experience so far, but it’s good to have that to take my mind away from the daily madness that we’re living at the moment.” unquote Season 2 is due on Disney Plus in October.

And on that merchandising for The Mandalorians breakout star The Child is in full effect, now there’s a Star Wars the Mandalorian The Child edition of monopoly with the child full face on the box, the game pieces are all of the Child and you play by buying and selling Hideouts and Common Houses and use Camtono and Bounty Puck cards. The game retails for 19.99

The VR game Vader Immortal will be coming to Playstation VR this summer. All three episodes will be available for one individual purchase, giving fans the chance to experience Vader Immortal in its entirety.A canonical part of the Star Wars galaxy, Vader Immortal is a cinematic, narrative adventure connected to the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire — also produced by ILMxLAB — and is set between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

Geek

Chris Pine needs something to do. Why not another franchise? Mr. Pine is in negotiations to star in a reboot of The Saint based on the 1920’s book series, which was turned into a 1960’s series starring Roger Moore and a 1997 film starring Val Kilmer. The story is about Simon Templar aka the Saint, a Robin Hood type character who travels the wor;d. The film will be directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Paramount sees this movie has a potential start to a Mission Impossible ty[e movie series. No idea when production would start.

Speaking of mission Impossible, Mission Impossible seven has been pushed back four months from July 23, 2021 to November 19,2021. The July 23rd date will no be given to the sci fi film The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, which had originally been set to open this December

The moving of Mission Impossible has bumped Dungeons and Dragons to May 27,2022. Mission Impossible 8 has also been moved going from November fourth 2022 to August fifth 2022..

AMC Theaters, when they open up, if they open up. Won’T be showing anything from Universal. First. AMC has announced that unless it has no product to show, it’s not going to open any of it’s theaters, which seems to be the sentiment from other theater chain owners. AMC is also in dire straits due to its debt load which might cause the theater chain to declare bankruptcy if it can’t avoid it. 

However when they do open, they won’t  be showing anything from Universal as AMC CEO Adam Aron announced in a published letter to Universal Chairman Donna Langley. The source of the tiff? Trolls World Tour. Yep, that silly Trolls movie was originally going to be sent to theaters, like all big movies, but was instead shunted to digital downloads when the pandemic caused theaters to close. And it was a big hit, making Universal one hundred million in rental fees since April tenth.So good that NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shull told the Wall Street Journal that it quote  “exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability” of on-demand video. Unquote And that when theaters opened they expect to release theaters in both formats, implying that they would be released in theaters and in digital simultaneously. In response to those remarks, AMC will quote will no longer play any Universal movies in any of our theaters in the United States, Europe or the Middle East unquote. AMC also added that this was no idle threat.  So if AMC is your only option for theater movies, I would start writing emails today. If you wanna see the next Fast and the Furious movie next year.

And joining AMC in the Universal boycott is Regal Entertainment, parent company Cineworld Group in a statement said quote “Cineworld’s policy with respect to the window is clear, well known in the industry and is part of our commercial deal with our movie suppliers. We invest heavily in our cinemas across the globe and this allows the movie studios to provide customers all around the world to watch the movies in the best experience. There is no argument that the big screen is the best way to watch a movie.””Universal unilaterally chose to break our understanding and did so at the height of the Covid-19 crisis when our business is closed, more than 35,000 employees are at home and when we do not yet have a clear date for the reopening of our cinemas. Universal’s move is completely inappropriate and certainly has nothing to do with good faith business practice, partnership and transparency.”

Unquote   Kinda sounds like the theater companies are getting scared.

From movie showing to movie making. Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy are reteaming for a new untitled time travel adventure for Skydance according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which originally was called Our Name is Adam will see Reyonolds character traveling back in time to help his thirteen year old self. Together they encounter their late father, who is the same age as Reynolds. The story is written by Jonathan Tropper and the movie has been in and out of development at Skydance and Paramount since 2012 when it had Tom Cruise in the lead role.

Time travel seems to be popular. James Wann and Don Murphy are teaming up to adapt Hunting Season , a sci-fi time travel story by Frank m. Robinson. The script will be written by Derek Kolstad who wrote the John Wick franchise. Hunting Season follows the story of a law officer from the future who is declared an enemy of the state and sentenced to be executed by being sent into the past and stalked by a posse. The man is given a three day head start to acclimate to the new time and find a way to survive.

Hey look kids, Orville news! The Orville season three is still on it’s way, coming to Hulu and Jonathan Frakes has only heard good things, however he won’t be directing this season revealing to comic book dot com that Star and creator Seth McFarlane and Producing Director John Cassar will direct every episode of the season. However Frakes is hoping to get to play in an acting way saying quote”I keep waiting for a phone call. I am available. I’ve got a beard,” “I would just like to be, just like I hoped and dreamed of being on [The Big Bang Theory], there’s certain things, the absurdity factor, like the Pez dispensers and the garden gnomes, certain benchmarks we all want to reach.” unquote. Maybe I should bug Tom Costantino about that, see if he can make something happen.

HBO is working on a new series based on the Hellraiser movies. The show would come from writers Mark Verheiden and Michael Dougherty and David Gordon Green. This is seperate from the movie reboot of the franchise that’s coming from SpyGlass Media. The show will be a continuation and expansion of the film series .

Finally tonight, we say goodbye to actor Gene Dynarski. Gene made a few appearances in the Star Trek Franchise First appearing as miner Ben Childress in Mudd’s Women, then playing Krodak, in The Mark of Gideon. He would return on the Next Generation as Commander Quinteros in the episode 11001001. His other roles include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Duel, an Episode of Batman as well as Seinfeld, The XFiles, The ATeam, Little House on the Prairie and much more. He passed away in a rehabilitation center in Studio City California on February 27th. He was 86.

We also say farewell to actor Sam Lloyd best known for his role of Ted on Scrubs and Cougar town, passed away on April 30th. He will be known to genre fans for  roles in 1997’s Flubber and Galaxy Quest. He also had roles on dozens of shows from Night Court to Seinfeld to The Drew Carey Show to 3rd Rock from the sun, the West Wing, Modern Family and more. Usually playing a very deadpan character. Sam was also an accomplished singer singing in an acapella group The Blanks and a Beatles Tribute band called The Butties. This past January he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor which also became metastatic lung cancer that spread to his liver, spine and jaw. He is survived by his wife Vanessa, his one year old son Weston and his uncle Christopher Lloyd. He was 56 years old.

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Marvel comics is returning, Greg Berlanti gives to covid relief and Tank Girl is back!

Welcome to the Comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight.   This is episode seventy five, getting ever closer to one hundred. Think life will get back to normal by time that episode number hits?

Spring Fever has hit and we need something to do, don’t we.  Apparently it’s camping and fishing here in Kansas.  It’ll be a wait and see as people start mingling more if Covid 19 cases start to go up here. The stay at home order is lifting and things are being slowly opened back up. Even some stores like comic book stores could open…but will they have new comics to stock? That’s a big question right now. And will we ever be more news then we know what to do with again? I guess we’ll see. Let’s get to the news….

DC

Wonder Woman 1984 might be out so late that the doritos bags will have changed by the time it hits theaters in August. But we now have it’s official rating . Wonder Woman 84 is rated PG13 by the MPAA due to sequences of action and violence. Of course, it could always be pushed back again. Even the stars don’t know if it’ll make the date. Actress Connie Nielsen told ABC News quote “I don’t know about the August deadline there. We can all cross fingers and I sure hope so,”. “The invention of a remedy against this virus will certainly make everything a lot easier. Everyone is waiting to get back to work as well, we’re all waiting to get started on our next projects, so having access to either a vaccine or at least a remedy will be a good thing for us all.” unquote

The Batman will see Colin Farrell in facial prosthetics to play Penguin. Not quite to the level that Danny Devito was in for Batman returns. Maybe a sharp beaked nose? Trouble is I think Colin Farrell should definitely be in a fat suit as a fit penguin doesn’t seem right.

Wanna watch the DC Universe original animated series Harley Quinn, but don’t wanna pay for it? The first season will be airing on Syfy on Sundays in May starting this past Sunday. It’ll be airing at 11 pm Eastern Time. Season two is currently airing on the DC Universe app.

Arrowverse Producer Greg Berlanti has donated a million dollars to Corona virus release efforts. Berlanti will create a 6 hundred thousand emergency assistance fund for those working on Berlanti Productions and 4 hundred thousand will go to the SAG AFTRA COVID relief fund, the actors fund and the Motion Picture television Fund Emergency relief Fund. The Berlanti fund will mainly be for productions that were shut down mid production like Batwoman, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Riverdale, The Flight Attendant, Supergirl, and  Prodigal Son. 

Marvel

J August richards, who plays Dathlok on Marel’s Agents of Shield and now apperars on the NBC series Council of Dads has officialy come out as gay. He came out on Instagram Live with his co star Sarah wayne Callies quote  “If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression,” “I knew how I was affected by the people of color I saw on television, or that I didn’t see on television, so this being a married, gay man, with a family … on television, I don’t take anything I do lightly, and you have an opportunity to put an image into millions of homes. I wanted that image to be honest and I wanted it to be correct.”, “Honestly, it required me to show up fully in a way that I don’t always when I’m working. I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I am a gay man myself. I’ve never done that with the people that I’ve worked with.” “That responsibility carried me to do that because I knew how important it is to other people out there like me, who would need to see that role model.”

It will be a while before we see Thor Love and Thunder but according to Chris Hemsworth it’s the best he’s read in years. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hemsworth said,“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane.” unquote Maybe taika should get Chris to do a guest shot on What we Do in the Shadows. Thor Love and Thunder is now scheduled for February eleventh, 2022.

More pushed back movie news. Doctor Strange and the Multiverese of Madness has been pushed all the way from November fifth 2021 to March 25, 2022. That’s the second push back for the movie, the first was from May to November.

The next Spiderman movie has been moved back from the summer of 2021 to November fifth 2021.

Also moving is Spider-Man into the Spider Verse 2 going from April eighth, 2022 to October 7, 2022.

Marvel Comics will be returning to store shelves on May 27th. But with a very limited group of titles. Out on My 27th will be Wednesday, May 27:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN No. 43

AVENGERS No. 33

MARAUDERS No. 10

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA No. 1

VENOM No. 25

Wednesday, June 3:

ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY OMNIBUS HC

GHOST RIDER VOL. 1 TPB

MEPHISTO: [CLASSIC] TPB

SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC

SPIDER-MAN & VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE GN-TPB

SW DARTH VADER POSTER BOOK

THE AMAZING MARY JANE VOL. 1: DOWN IN FLAMES, UP IN SMOKE TPB

X-MEN VOL. 1 TPB

Wednesday, June 10:

BLACK CAT No. 11

DAREDEVIL No. 20

DEADPOOL No. 5

EXCALIBUR No. 10

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN No. 17

NEW MUTANTS No. 10

Wednesday, June 17:

CONAN: THE BOOK OF THOTH TPB

DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY VOL. 3 TPB

DAWN OF X VOL. 5 TPB

IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 17 TPB

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 20 HC

SILVER SURFER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (NEW PRINTING)

STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION HC

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: BIG SQUIRRELS DON’T CRY GN-TPB

Wednesday, June 24:

2020 RESCUE No. 2

CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVELS SNAPSHOTS No. 1

EMPYRE No. 0 AVENGERS

IMMORTAL HULK No. 34

IRON MAN 2020 No. 4 FLUORESCENT

SPIDER-HAM No. 5

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS No. 3

THOR No. 5

AMAZING FANTASY OMNIBUS HC (NEW PRINTING)

FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: NAME IS DOOM TPB

IRON MAN: THE ULTRON AGENDA TPB

MARVEL-VERSE: BLACK WIDOW GN-TPB

MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE OMNIBUS HC

YONDU TPB (JAN201055)

Wednesday, July 1:

DAWN OF X VOL. 6 TPB

EXCALIBUR TPB

INFINITY GAUNTLET MARVEL SELECT HC v MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 3 HC

MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE TPB

TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY BILL EVERETT – THE POST-WAR YEARS OMNIBUS HC

WHAT IF? CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4 TPB

X-MEN MILESTONES: MESSIAH WAR TPB

YOUNG AVENGERS BY GILLEN & MCKELVIE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB

Wednesday, July 8:

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA No. 8

DR. STRANGE No. 5

EMPYRE No. 0 FANTASTIC FOUR

GHOST RIDER No. 7

MARVELS X No. 4

STRANGE ACADEMY No. 2

X-FORCE No. 10

X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS EXTENDED CUT No. 1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 7 TPB

IMMORTAL HULK VOL 2 HC

MARAUDERS VOL. 1 TPB

MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF FRANK CHO TPB

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN POSTER BOOK TPB

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN (NEW PRINTING)

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: LEGACY VOL. 3The next week will see eight collections, but no single issues. Marvel described the new revised release schedule as quote “a balanced release schedule for its comics and trade collections as the industry continues to restart distribution and comic shops begin to reopen and adapt to current social distancing policies,” adding that the company is releasing new comics “in the most thoughtful way we can for fans, creators, and the industry during these unpredictable times.”

Geek

Guilmemmo Del toro is bringing you some More Scary Stories to tell you in the dark. Paramount has greenlit the sequel to the 2019 movie based on the short story collection by Alvin Schwartz. Guilermo will write the screen story along with Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman with Andre Ovredal returning to direct the sequel.

Tank Girl is back with  a new publisher. This time Albatross Funnybooks, the publisher of the Goon. Previously the character has been published at DC, IDW, Image and Titan. The new series will be called King tank Girl and will be written by co creator Alan Martin with art by Brett Parson. According to Eric Powell, the Publisher of Albatross Funny Books quote “Alan Martin and Brett Parson have been doing some amazing Tank Girl stuff lately, and Brett just did a run of The Goon for us […] they kind of approached me and were like, ‘Hey, we’re looking for another home for Tank Girl, would you be interested?’ And, you know, of course I was interested because it fits right in with everything we’ve been doing. It’s a character that I think sets beside all the comics we have very, very nicely.” Its original launch was planned differentyly, quote “So this was supposed to be our big announcement that was launching in July. Our big Comic-Con push,” Powell admitted. “Comic-Con is now canceled and we’re scrambling to try to figure out when our releases are actually gonna happen. But, since it’s the apocalypse, I thought everybody would like to know that Tank Girl is coming to Albatross Funnybooks.”unquote King Tank Girl is scheduled for the fall.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that a follow-up for the upcoming Snake-Eyes Gi Joe Origins is already in the works. The Snake Eyes movie doesn’t open until October, but writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are already in negotiations to write it. Snake Eyes is being used to reboot the GiJoe Movie Franchise.

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Show Notes Episode 72: The You Should Stay Home Edition & Episode 73: SOS Save Our Stores!

Tonight! Rosario Dawson wants to do Trek, George Takei has a message for you and Universal wants to make something Green, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse tonight!

Episode 72

Welcome to another episode of Multiverse Tonight. I hope you’re well. I’ve been busy with my new position at work. Let me point something out. Please stay at home unless you absolutely need something. I’ve seen a lot of people out at my store essentially just shopping because they’re bored. They’re easy to spot because they’re lazily walking around and shopping like nothing is wrong. Everyone needs to stay home as much as possible, Go home. Find something on tv, fix up your house. Don’t go to the store unless you are absolutely out of something essential.

Other than that, doing fine. Let’s get to the news, 

Star Trek

Rosario dawson is really on a role, she just finished up the limited run series Briarpatch on USA. But she’s eyeing two sci-fi franchises to add to her bucket list, speaking with Variety’s After Show Rosario told them quote “The two universes, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars.’ I get in those two, I’m telling you, man, that’s it. I will just retire. And then I can just concentrate on going to school and running for office. That would be it,” unquote Now she’s already rumored to have been cast as Ahsoka Tano but what role in Star Trek would be good enough for Rosario, well she has some ideas. She floated that even though she would be perfectly happy as a background character like a Romulan or Vulcan, she would really like to be a Q quote “I mean it would be great ‘cause then I could jump on ‘Discovery.’ I could be on ‘Picard.’ I just want to be with Jean-Luc Picard,” unquote Mmmmm. That could be interesting, but I don’t know if it’d work.  Perhaps they should first put her on the animated show first.

So time to check in with Jonathan Frakes, Frakes wa a guest at the GalaxyCon Live show and revealed that he had directed three episodes of Discovery season two and he contrasted who fans responded  to The Next Generation and how they’ve reacted to Discovery and Picard quote With Discovery, which I was privileged to be part of and still am, it was a similar vibe when that show came out. They didn’t want to find room in their hearts for another Star Trek, which there clearly is. One of the reasons that was not a factor in the launching of Picard was that the hardcore fans love Picard and were inclined to look forward to the show and look forward to having him and look forward to whatever story. Because they knew him and they knew who he was. I think the familiarity with all fandom is so important. It is like the canon of these shows… they want a touch point. And, it’s important, and it clearly worked, because Picard is wonderful. Unquote He added that even though they;re critical of Picard that they’re watching to make sure they hate it. 

And directing is one thing, but returning to acting? quoteIt was a thrill to be asked back as an actor, nerve-wracking, but a thrill. I thought Marina [Sirtis] was astounding when Patrick came to our home in “Nepenthe.” Spectacular! Unquote

And here’s hopeing he and Marina come back to the roles for Picard season two..

And now, George Takei….

https://youtu.be/kZtWeuYRcwU

Thank you George.  Stay Well, outlive Shatner.

Do you need some trek to watch? Paramount will be holding a virtual screening of Star trek II on April twenty fifth. Each virtual screening will allow viewers to watch and interact via text and video with other fans and the hosts for the screening, the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, Mark a Altman and Dare Dochterman, who will introduce the movie and hold a q&a afterwards. You can participate via the CYA app on Apple or Android or via a chrome browser on PC. It only costs 1.99 and can be purchased at cya.live.

Levar Burton is hoping that he gets the call  to appear in season two of Picard. Burton told Entertainment Weekly quote “I think it’s reasonable to assume that those people are part of Picard’s life,”. “Well, what the hell, absolutely. You’ll see us all.”“I’ve suggested to the producers that we find Geordi in a position where he’s teaching, passing his knowledge on to other people,” “We’ll see. [Alex Kurtzmann] and the folks in charge are doing an amazing job, when they call, whatever it is they want me to do, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be spectacular.” unquote

Star Wars

Star Wars Day, May the fourth,  is a little less than a month away, and though a lot of us might be still stuck inside with a stay home order doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with some new content. First up, Disney Plus will be airing the series finale of Star wars The Clone Wars, the teasers show the showdown of Mandalore. Ahsoka voice actress Ashely Eckstein talked to comic book nation about the end saying quote “I’ve been reading a lot of people’s comments and everyone wants to make the jump to the Siege of Mandalore. I mean, we’ve been waiting for that ever since Clone Wars was canceled at the end of Season Five. Thankfully, because of Star Wars Rebels we know that Ahsoka lives, we know that she survives but we don’t know how or why or what happened. So I had all those same questions. So I understand why everyone wants to jump straight to it. You really need the Siege of Mandalore to understand everything that happens in the Skywalker saga. It’s pretty incredible.”

Also out that day will be a documentary on the making of the hit series The Mandalorian, called Disney Gallery: the Mandalorian. The new eight-episode documentary series follows executive producer Jon Favreau as he invites the cast and crew of The Mandalorian to share a look at what went into the making of the groundbreaking program. Each episode of Disney Gallery will pull back the curtain on a different aspect of The Mandalorian, showing everyone how the first live-action Star Wars series came to life. There will even be never-before-seen footage and roundtables with the creative team. The first episode will air on May the fourth with new episodes being released every Friday.

There might be bad news for this year’s Star wars Celebration in Anaheim this August. Large scale events like the massive star wars con as well as concerts, sports games and comic cons might still be shuttered as California governor Gavin Newsom sapd that quote “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. Large scale events that bring in hundreds, thousand, tens of thousands of strangers..is not in the cards.” unquote Star Wars celebration would fit that definition as the con regularly brings in around 60 thousand fans. However, nothing is official yet.

The Star Wars Rogue One spinoff series looks like it has gained Thor actor Stellan Skarsgard according to Variety. Also joining the cast is new actor Kyle Soller. What roles either actor will play is not known as this time and their contracts are not yet final. The series is set to come to Disney plus next year, but there has been no confirmation if it’s still the case. 

The classic game Star Wars episode one racer is coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May fourth. The game will be the same as the original but with modernized controls, higher resolution models and trophies on Playstation. Aspyr’s VP of Publishing said in a statement about the release said quote “Star Wars fans can soon go full throttle with Aspyr’s update to the classic, fan-favorite, Star Wars Episode l: Racer,” “The beloved game has been modernized for the most optimal gaming experience on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Star Wars fans should get ready to steer their racer to victory and leave their opponents in the dust.” unquote 

Geek

Paramount has delayed Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi movie Infinite from August seventh 2020 to May twenty eighth 2021. The movie stars Mark as a man who discovers his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. He meets a group called the infinites who unlock the memories of his past lives in the hopes he can thwart an infinite who has a terrible plan for humanity. The movie is based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers.. I guess time will tell if this movie is any good. I’ve never thought that Mark Wahlberg has had a great track record with scifi.

Bloodshot filmmaker David SF Wilson has been tapped to direct the sci-fi film Influx for Sony Pictures. The movie based on the 2014 book of the same name by Daniel Suarez is about a physicist who is locked away in a high tech prison just as he is about to make a huge breakthrough. He discovers that an hidden organization has keep taking technological advances for themselves, keeping them out of the hands of the rest of the world. So he and his fellow prisoners try to fight back. No release date is given.

Universal is looking to make a Green Hornet and Kato feature film. The company has optioned the rights to the characters after Amasia Entertainment won the motion picture franchise rights back in January. Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer said quote “The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling.  We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Bradley, and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon.” The last Green Hornet movie starred Seth Rogen  and made around 228 million dollars worldwide. The Green Hornet isn’t the only property Amasia is producing, they are also making Dark Shadows Reincarnation for Warner Brothers TV.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are now survivors of CoVid 19 and we’re all thankful that they survived. Tom was a guest on the National Defense Radio Show and talked about his and Rita’s experience with the virus saying quote “Rita went through a tougher time than I did,” “She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks.”  unquote According to Mister Hanks, he had milder symptoms consisting of body aches and perpetual fatigue. Again, we are all so glad that they survived, we need Tom Hanks now more than ever.

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Tonight! JJ Abrams wants to go into the Dark Justice League business, Sam Raimi goes into the Strange business and Todd McFarlane gives his plans for the comics business, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Episode 73

Welcome to the comic book edition. Not a ton of news to report, so if you were looking for a short episode, here you go. We have a big con cancelation in the news today. A con that is near and dear to me has also been canceled this year. The Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS. Yep. they decided the risk wasn’t worth it this year and I agree. I’ll be there at my table next year.

DC 

We start with some breaking news,The Batman has been moved back it’s gone from June, 2021 to October 1st, 2021.  The Flash movie and Shazam! 2 have been moved from their original release dates.  The Flash will now open a month later, moving from June 3, 2022 to July 4th 2022 and Shazam! 2 gets a big push back going from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022. Anyone want to share a guess on if they’ll just bypass theaters all together and send both to HBO Max instead?

JJ Abrams, who some see as a villain, me personally I’m ambivalent. Has been confirmed to be getting a chance to crack into the DC universe as one of his first projects with Warner Brothers. It’s said that he’s going to make a Justice League Dark Series for their new streaming service HBO MAX, this is in addition to his The Shining spinoff Overlook and an original series called Duster.  In a statement HBO MAX chief content officer Kevin Reilly said quote “What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie,” “What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic IP from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.” unquote. It should be noted that Abrams isn’t the first to take a whack at a Justice League Dark anything. He follows in the footsteps of Guillermo del Toro. That version of the project ceased to be after the poor performance of the DCEU movies.

More delay news. Black Adam star Dwayne The Rock Johnson confirmed in an instagram video that filming is delayed due to coronavirus shutdown, it was originally scheduled to go into filming in the early summer, but will now have to start in August or September. Dwayne said quote “We still plan on shooting probably at the end of summer now, probably pushed into the end of August or September,”  “That is a project I hold near and dear to my heart and so I can’t wait to get started.”

Some good news though, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is ahead of schedule according to the director and should not have to delay it’s release date. Taking to twitter Mr. Gunn assured everyone that quote Right now there’s no reason for #TheSuicideSquad release date to move. We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting & set up editing from our homes (due to a post production team & studio with foresight) before quarantine. Unquote The Suicide Squad is due in theaters on August sixth 2021.

Have you when you have gone to a store seen the tie in products for films that now aren’t coming to theaters, I’ve seen action figures for Black Widow and Doritos bags for Wonder Woman 84. Apparently another tie in wiill be a new Sweetart candy  based on Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso. Tropical Punch flavored Golden Ropes. The Soft and Chewy Sweetart Ropes will be out in stores next month.

Marvel

Sam Raimi will be taking on another Marvel Superhero. The director has confirmed that he will be replacing Scott Derrickson as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Speaking to journalists on a conference call, Raimi said quote “I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters,” Raimi said. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”  Production on the sequel is now delayed because of the coronavirus crisis and has been delayed from MAy 2021 to November of 2021.

The production halt at Marvel is so bad that Marvel Entertainment will furlough some staff starting on April twenty sixth.. How many and how long has yet to be revealed.

However all is not bad news for Marvel fans, The final season of marvel’s agents of shield is right around the corner. The American Broadcasting Company has announced that season seven will begin airing on Wednesday May twenty seventh. The seventh season sees Coulson and the Agents stranded in 1931 New York City.

Geek

Diamond Comic Distributors is hoping to restart it’s distribution some time around the middle to late part of May. In a letter to retailers, publishers and others, they said quote “While there are many steps and conversations that need to happen between today and resuming distribution of new weekly product, we are currently targeting mid- to late-May with the hope that, as an industry, we can all work toward that timeframe,””Of course, as we have all seen, target dates sometimes need to be adjusted in this ever-changing new-normal. But we cannot wait for firm dates. We have started the planning process and are having these important conversations with publishers and retailers so that once we have more clarity, we are in a position to restart and scale operations over time.” Diamond has been shut down since March twenty fifth. DC apparently had other plans though as they have revealed in a press release that they will resume publishing monthly issues in April to be out on April 28th. I guess Diamond and DC have some talking to do .

Meanwhile comic book shops all over are hurting. And comic creators are reaching out to help. YA novelist Gwenda Bond, Teen Titans: Raven author Kami Garcia, Superman and Action Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, Harley Quinn writer Sam Humphries and writer/artist Phil Jimenez are working with other creators for a twitter auction. Creators run their own auctions by tweeting under the hashtag #creators4comics.  You bid on each auction in the thread for the item and the winning bidder donates directly to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Just go oer to creators the letter 4 comics dot com for all the details. https://www.creators4comics.com/

Jim Starlin is making a return to comics, three years after he retired his pencils due to health issues. Mr. Starlin is already working on Dreadstar Returns, a graphic novel revival of a character that he wrote and  drew back in the 80’s for several publishers. This time it will be from Ominous Press and he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to ensure it’s completion. In an email to the Hollywood Reporter he told them quote “Three years back, I suffered some pretty serious damage to my right hand and left eye in a compressed air explosion,” Starlin told The Hollywood Reporter via email. “After I ‘healed,’ I found the eye worked well enough again but the hand would cramp up terribly after only about 15 minutes drawing with it. After three years of squeezing a rubber ball and other rehabilitating exercises, I’m now good for a couple of hours without taking a break. So I decided it was time to go back and visit with my ol’ pal, Dreadstar.” unquote The kickstarter has been successfully funded and as of the recording of this episode has 20 days to go. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312724224/dreadstar-returns

Todd McFarlane has a plan to help the comics industry through the CoVid19 crisis. The legendary Spawn creator has talked to Forbes saying quote “I think the industry needs a consistent message. Whatever that message is, right or wrong, we need to be consistent, even if we have to adjust it.” “But we really need to speak with one voice, not four or five different publishers running four or five different programs and methodologies.” unquote He went on to say that if he was in charge he would have the industry’s biggest companies Marvel, DC, Image adn Dark Horse stand as a united front with free digital downloads in order to hook new readers as well as keep old fans engaged with the industry. He would then have several events to give people a reason to come back to stores with each company getting a turn in the spotlight. I think Todd is on to something here, to bad you won’t get these companies to want to work together.  Perhaps if we all work on getting their attention they might want to work together.

In the meantime, Mister McFarlane’s Spawn action figure Kickstarter has hit and surpassed a million dollars as of this writing it’s reached 1.6 million. Pledging forty dollars will get you a A 7-inch action figure with CLASSIC COSTUME IN MASK, folding cape, weapon(s), base and over 20 moving parts. Plus NEW original comic cover art by Spawn creator, Todd McFarlane.

Resealable clamshell and a collector box and slipcover for protection and display. Todd has also added four stretch goals that have all been hit. Look in our show notes for a link in our show notes. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spawnmasterworks/original-spawn-comic-and-toy-remastered-2020

Adult Swim has released its 2020 premiere slate

So, how serious are things? Serious enough to cancel the largest comic con in America. The San Diego Comicon for the year 2020 has been canceled. It’s sister con Wondercon Anaheim has also been canceled this year. San Diego has rescheduled for July 22 to the 25, 2021. Wondercon 2021 will be March 26-28, 2021. This is the first time in 50 years that SDCC has been canceled. People who have purchased badges for this year will have the option of a refund for a transfer to 2021’s con.

Voice Actor Danny Goldman has passed away at the age of 80. Danny was a longtime character and voice actor. He was in Young Frankenstein as the questioning medical student, THe Smurfs as Brainy Smurf and King Smurf as well as appearances in Batman the animated series, Mighty Max, Get Smart, Again, Criminal Minds, Robot Chicken, The New Scooby Doo Mysteries, chips and much much more. He passed away in LA on April twelfth.

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Show Notes: Episode 70: Spring is Cancelled & Episode 71: A Purse From A Sow’s Ear

Tonight! Obi-Wan gets a new writer, Marina Sirtis has a virtual party and we remember a lot of people, all that and more on this edition of multiverse Tonight!

Episode 70:

So I hope you’re still well, I’m doing okay. We in Kansas are under a stay at home order, but my job is considered essential. So off I go 5 nights a week and in a couple of weeks, I’ll be moving to days, so my recording schedule is probably going to change.  For those of you outside the US who think our leadership has totally botched this, you’re right.

Star Wars

The Rise of Skywalker could have been a completely different movie several times over. The final Skywalker Saga film was written by one writer, scrapped and then rewritten again. Well hints of what that movie would have been have been coming out these past few weeks including in a book called The art of Star Wars the rise of Skywalker that is out now. It has different takes on Rey, Ben solo and an early scene from the movie. The scene would have had Rey encountering a giant serpent in the forest near the rebel base. Luke Fisher, creature concept designer Luke Fisher said about it quote “Initially, Rey was to encounter the serpent in the surrounding forest of the rebel base,” “Upon presenting a round of designs, J.J. informed us that it was no longer in the script, but he would look at the designs anyway. He really liked the direction I’d taken with serpent designs and joked that maybe they should write it back into the script.”

“I presumed that was the last we’d see of the serpent. Sometime later, we got word that it had indeed been written back in, this time in an underground cave system,” unquote The book is out now and retails for around twenty eight dollars.

Solo A Star Wars Story….didn’t do so well. It limped along at the box office and got poor reviews. So bad that the Star Wars one off series of films were axed. But would it surprise you that a social media campaign has been spurred called #MakeSolo2Happen and Ron Howard has been quoted as saying that a sequel wouldn’t be out of the question.

The Obi-Wan series which was yanked back for retooling has a new writer. Variety reports that Joby Harold has been sent in to replace Hossein Amini. Harold was previously executive producer of John Wick 3 and wrote Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Ewan McGregor is still slated to reprise Ben kenobi. No additional details about when we’ll see the series have been presented.

Well sorry to squash you like the Emperor squasing the rebellion, but ain’t happening according to writer Jonathan Kasdan. The writer took to twitter in response to a tweet about it saying quote Don’t think anyone’s pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment @KenobiJj  I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really…pretty packed, all shows I’m looking forward to. My work on Indy is long over but I’m excited there’s forward movement! He also followed up on why it couldn’t just be converted into a show for Disney Plus saying quote Certainly appreciate but hard to advocate for & here’s why: with multiple SW series in development/production, set at different points in the timeline. Without knowing what stories they’re telling (& I don’t) hard to know what a Solo series would even be with so much on the way. Unquote. So in other words, not likely. You’d have better luck kissing a wookie.

With the Coronovirus putting Disney’s business in carbonite, Disney’s Chairman Bob Iger has announced that he will forgo his salary, while New Disney CEO Bob Chapek will just take half his salary. If you’re wondering what his salary is, an email obtained by the Hollywood Reporter puts Chapek’s base salary at 2.5 million with an annual target bonus of 7.5 million and an annual long term incentive grant of 15 million.  Iger’s pay last year was around 47.5 million. I applaud this, I think Chapek could cut his pay to just a million or so and make sure those Disney employees get every dime they deserve, as this crisis will probably last a few more months.

Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is done for the season. I loved it, I loved how it put Data’s demise in Nemesis in context and I think with a good enough ending that Brent Spiner can finally put the character to bed.  

However for some the show has been controversial, they’ve been unhappy with the state of the Federation at this point, with the drug use, saying that the characterization of Picard is wrong. 

In an interview with variety, Showrunner Michael Chabon told them he knows that the show is divisive and he doesn’t mind at all.

Responding to a question about the fan response he said that quote It’s been pretty exciting. I think inevitably I spent a fair amount of time looking around on Twitter and Reddit, you know, trying to get a sense of people’s responses. Twitter’s kind of a horrible place, too, so I wasn’t really encouraged to spend too much time looking around. But then I came up with this forum, setting up an Instagram story once a week to take people’s questions. One of my children showed me how you could use Instagram in that way, and that’s been really fun for me. As someone who spent a fair amount of time over the years on Memory Alpha, looking on Reddit, enjoying the way people enjoy “Star Trek” online — it’s been so fun to see [the show] getting absorbed into the kind of greater corpus of “Star Trek.” What makes me feel good is when I see it being treated, in a sense, the same by fans as previous versions of the show. Unquote  By the way, did you know that he’s a fan? In fact he hated the first season of The Next Generation when it premiered. It wasn’t until the second season that he started to see how good it could be. And he knows where the haters are coming from saying quote As someone who’s watched a lot of “Star Trek,” you’re comparing something that you have now seen once with huge expectations, to something that in some cases you’ve seen hundreds of times. It takes a while for you to shed your expectations, your biases, your prejudices. I was prejudiced in favor of Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy. It took a long time to lose that. Unquote

IN the interview he also talks about how the fan response doesn’t factor into the prep for season two.  He says in the interview that season two WILL be different from season one. And that they’ve been emboldened by the success of season one. 

Folks I could go on and on about this article, but it would be pointless of me, be sure to head on over to variety dot com and read it’s an interesting look at the first season of Picard and the man behind it. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2020/tv/features/michael-chabon-star-trek-picard-1203544717/

Patrick Stweart was a guest on the official Star Trek Picard Podcast and talked about Picard’s state of mind and his future post the first season He told host Dominic Patten quote He has no idea where he is at because he has no idea what the future now might hold for him, which is what I think makes the matter of season two so exciting. He has pulled off a very, very successful mission throughout the first 10 episodes of season one. And he feels that therefore he can be certain that his abilities have not become fractured. His skills as an ambassador, as a negotiator, as a decision maker, are still present. Given that he can bring to them the right sort of mental attitude and focus. I think…he is actually excited by the ignorance that he feels about the future. He doesn’t know, and he would rather be at the point of undertaking something he doesn’t know anything about than sitting on the veranda at his vineyard in France. Unquote   Very interesting, Picard right now is essentially living on borrowed time. He’s been granted a few more years of life, so what will he do with the time he has left? I kinda doubt it’ll be going back to his vineyards in France.

In the same podcast Akiva Goldsman gave an update on where they are on the plot of season two saying that they are still working it out. Michael Chabon in an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Chabon talked about how thrilled he was to write for Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan. Saying quote  It’s amazing. I’ve gone back to rewatch some of the more key Guinan episodes from Next Gen, the major Picard and Guinan moments. She’s such an amazing actor; I can’t wait.

Season two is gonna be interesting. 

The Covid 19 virus has ruined many a celebration. Social distancing has meant that weddings have had to be held with 10 or fewer people. Funerals have had to be a very intimate affair and birthdays have had to become drive bys or done in cyber space and so when Marina Sirtis, who just celebrated her sixty fifth birthday couldn’t have her cast mates from The Next Generation together to celebrate, the cast came together via Zoom to wish her a happy birthday.  Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and Wil Wheaton. Marina posted a screen shot of the meeting on twitter with the caption I have the best friends in the world. Considering everything, this was the best birthday present. Unquote Gates added on her twitter quote “Different shot, but same amazing group. What a blast it was to chat away….and laugh. felt so good, and Levar wrote quote “Overcoming the distance… #family.” unquote Happy Birthday Marina.

Turning to shows other than Picard, Jonathan Frakes speaking with Star Trek Magazine, talked about season three of Discovery said quote  Discovery feels to me like my home show now. I just finished Episode 3, Season 3. We’re far in the future now and Burnham has been separated from the [Discovery] crew, and then they reunite. I was talking with Sonequa. We were talking about acting. She’s one of those actors – not unlike Patrick – where you can give a note and it’s like a fine musician. It’s just enough to get in tune on that particular beat, or that micro transition, as opposed to when you give a note to somebody who doesn’t have the technique, and they drop everything else and only play the note you’ve just given them. Sonequa and Patrick and most of these actors have that [technique]. I said to her, “This character is so appealing and interesting and complicated, and always has been, but there’s a little more joy [now].” She said to me, “Because Burnham is now no longer driven by fear and guilt.” I thought, “Wow.” unquote Sounds like we’re gonna be getting a different Michael Burnham this season.

About the challenges of the show’s new setting 930 years from the last season he said quote They are all so thrilled. That’s the adventure, technically, financially, emotionally. You can create worlds that nobody has seen before because you’re not limited by anything. That’s freeing. But it’s also completely exhausting because even a show this big has to stay on a budget. Everything can’t be created digitally. Some of the stuff has to be real. We just have to have some things you can touch. In the future, obviously, there could be a lot of stuff that’s holographic or where your mind is connected to something. These are all things we know are coming, just from the way we use our iPhones to run our lives and plan our trips. So, finding a future that’s futuristic but is practical to shoot has been fascinating. You can’t get caught up in the technology. It is about maintaining a basic core of why we’re there, which is to tell emotionally compelling stories. That has been the driving force, as opposed to the other way 

around. Nobody is making the mistake of, “This has to look cool.” It’s great when things look cool, but if you don’t give a damn about the people or what’s happening, it doesn’t matter. Unquote  Star Trek Magazine issue seventy five is out now. 

Geek

Netflix, much loved and needed  as it is today, is still a business and Variety has confirmed that both V-Wars and October Faction have been canceled by the streamer. Both shows were produced by IDW Entertainment. Some good news for IDW though, as Locke Locke & Key has been given the green light for a second season.  Still need to work on watching season one of Locke & Key.

This year is turning into a real crap fest for theater owners this year. Pretty much the whole spring and fall movie season has been lost. Well good news the National Association of Theater Owners and the Pioneers Assistance Fund has created an initial 2.4 million dollar fund to help provide financial assistance to movie theater owners who are in a pickle with this pandemic.  The two organizations have said that the first part of this plan will be a grant program that will provide a stipend to theater workers that meet specific criteria such having worked for a minimum of five years.  

Speaking of films, the Hollywood foreign Press association, the people who bring us the FGolden Globe awards is altering their film eligibility rules for the 2021 awards because of the pandemic. With theaters shuttered until such time as this is under control, the Golden Globes has suspended the rule that a film must be screened for HFPA members at a third party facility in the greater los angeles area. Instead according to an article in Variety quote  The new guidelines state that distributors must contact the HFPA to arrange a screening date on the official HFPA calendar that meets the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules. Distributors must provide all HFPA members with a screening link or a DVD copy of the film on the date that the screening is scheduled so that members may view it at home. It will be in effect from March 15 through April 30, 2020. Unquote. This is kind of similar to how the Oscars are picked. So far the Oscars haven’t announced any changes for next year, but watch this space.

Cult Classic Horror Director Stuart Gordon has passed away at the age of 72 from organ failure. Gordon is known for writing and directing Re-Animator and From Beyond. Writing Honey I Shrunk The Kids and producing Honey I Blew Up the Kid, writing 1993’s Body Snatchers, writing, directing and producing Space Truckers and much more. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Purdy and his three children.

Bond Girl Honor Blackman, who starred as Pussy Galore in the James Bond classic Goldfinger has passed away at the age of 94. She also starred in the first two seasons in the British series The Avengers as Cathy Gale, but quit to appear in the third Bond Film. She also starred as Hera in 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts. An accomplished Judo expert, she published a book in 1966 called Honor Blackman’s Book of Self Defense. Honor was married twice and had two adopted children and four grandchildren. She died of natural causes. 

The Coronavirus has claimed Star Wars actor Andrew Jack. Andrew, who was also a British dialect coach, worked with over 200 actors including Robert Downy Jr, Pierce Brosnan on his James Bond Movies, he created the Middle Earth Accents and taught elvish and Black Speech for the lord of the rings movies. And so much more. He can be seen in the Star Wars sequel trilogy movies The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as Caluan Ematt and voiced Moloch in Solo A Star Wars Story and at the time of his passing he was working on The Batman. His widow Gabrielle Rogers wrote on Twitter about his passing quote “We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus two days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him”. Unquote. He was 76 years old.

The coronovirus has also claimed another actor who’s appeared in Star Wars, acotr Jay Benedict. Amonth his first roles ever was that of Deak, one of Luke Skywalkers friends, however the scene ended up on the cutting room floor. He also played the role of Newt’s father in Aliens and had an apperance in The Dark Knight Rises. He was 68 years old. 

Coronovirus has claimed another actor. Lee Fierro, who is best known for playing Mrs. Kintner, the mother of the second Jaws victim in the classic movie has passed away from complications from the virus according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times. Lee was a resident of Martha’s Vineyard originally, but had been living in an assisted care facility in Ohio when she died. She was 91 years old.

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Tonight! The comic industry is in peril and everything has been pushed back on this edition of multiverse tonight!

Welcome to Episode 71, I will admit right here that the comic edition is a bit of a struggle to put together these days, no new comic product coming out, no new tv or movie product really coming out. But I believe that it’ll come together, even if it’s just a few news items. As I mentioned in Episode 70, I’m taking a new job at work and will now be working the day shift. I don’t know my schedule yet, so be sure to watch the Multiverse Tonight social media accounts for any changes.

DC

Marvel and DC, in a rare show of cooperation. Will be delaying the release of digital comic books for one week while brick and mortar stores are shut down due to the social distancing measures, this comes just days after Diamond Distributors announced it would not be shipping any product until future notice.  As to how long this will continue is unknown. If you are a comic book store owner in the United States and need to know how the government can help you keep the doors open, go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s website.

And while we wait for any new product, why not buy every DC comic ever made in one collection. Sotheby’s announced that it will be auctioning DC Complete: The Ian Levine Collection, a collection that includes every DC Comic published from 1935 to 2016. The collection has more than 40,000 comics and is now available to be viewed online at Sotheby’s website. 

From one Apocalypse to another. Comicbook.com has learned that the DC animated movie Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will serve as the capstone to the Justice League animated universe started in 2013’s Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox. The movie features Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, Jerry O’Connell’s Superman, Tony Todd’s Darkseid, Rosario Dawson’s WonderWoman and Rainn Wilson’s Lex Luthor. The movie is set for digital release on May fifth with a Bluray release on May 19th.

Zack Snyder during a live commentary for Batman V Superman revealed several key points. First That every shot in the film was storyboarded. So many storyboards he has them in four volumes. And that he encourages the crew to look at the storyboards rather than the script. Two, Ben Affleck got in trouble with the stunt supervisor for the way he hoped out of the helicopter in the opening scene and that Amy Adams does not like flying in helicopters. Three, The collapse of Wayne Tower was intentionally reminiscent of  nine eleven and that it was important for the quote psychic trauma unquote to Bruce Wayne. A source of secondary trauma second only to the death of his parents Also that the massive amounts of damage sustained by Metropolis during the Superman Zod fight was because quote “I don’t like the idea that there’s no consequence, that these characters get to knock around in our world and don’t create and solve giant problems.” unquote Four, The Superman in Africa scene was originally going to be a much bigger scene, but Snyder decided to go simpler. Snyder also saw a five movie arc and that dead is dead. Jimmy Olsen was never going to come back quote “The ones that die off, die off for a reason,” “hopefully they teach us something as they go” unquote Olsen’s death would have had larger consequences if the arc had continued. Lastly, Mister Snyder said that he was interested in exploring how Superman’s mortality is perceived and how it changes when it becomes tied to foreign wars and political hearings. Quote “Superman with his clean morality having to deal with these grey areas is what this whole thing is about,” There were a lot more points and I’ll have a link in the show notes to an article at the hollywoodreporter it’s an interesting look .https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/zack-snyder-shares-secrets-lost-batman-v-superman-sequels-1287433

A little business news, Warner Media, the corporate entity that has the life and death of DC in its hands. Has named a new CEO, Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar will be taking over from John Stankey who is moving over to the role of president and COO of parent company AT&T . Kilar will be reporting to Stankey starting on May first.  Stankey about Mr. Kilar said quote Adding Jason to the talented WarnerMedia family as we launch HBO Max in May gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth.” unquote Kilar is well suited to oversee HBO Max, being the founding CEO of Hulu from 2007 to 2013.

Marvel

Professor X James McAvoy is helping to save the United Kingdom in real life, The actor has donated two hundred seventy five pounds which is roughly  three hundred forty thousand dollars US to the UK Health Service for Protective Gear desperately needed for this Coronavirus Crisis. He donated the money to the crowdfunding campaign Masks for Heroes, which was set up by a group of doctors in the United Kingdom to raise money for masks, visors and gloves, Mr. McAvoy’s money pushed the total so far to 700,000 pounds (868, 000 US) more than three times the original goal. In a video on Instagram the actor said quote “We’ve all heard stories about doctors and nurses having to buy their own personal protective equipment from the Internet or DIY stores, and the products aren’t good enough and frankly neither is that situation,” he said in an Instagram video. “Not only does it put the doctors and nurses at risk of contracting COVID-19 themselves, but it puts them at a higher risk of passing it on to their patients, or their patients family and giving them COVID-19. This situation is truly urgent, and time is of the essence.”

McAvoy also took time to praise the health workers at the NHS who he said were “fighting a war” against COVID-19.  “Thank you so much to the NHS for everything you’ve done for me in my life,” he said. “You’ve been there since the day I was born. You’ve saved my life in the past and, who knows, you may save my life again in the future. And I’m so glad we’re trying to raise some money to help save your lives going forward.” unquote Good job, Professor X. And for those of you listening in the UK, stay safe and if you would, drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing.

The Black Widow movie is doing the Corona Virus shuffle and will head to theaters on November sixth, which was when Marvel’s The Eternals movie would have come out. It’s not the only one to get pushed back. Ryan Reynolds comedy Free Guy is moving from July third to December eleventh. Indian Jones 5 is moving from 2021 to 2022. The Disney animated movie Soul is set for June 19th, The Live action Mulan is now due July 24th, SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run is scheduled for July 31st. Wonder Woman 84 is set for August fourteenth, Bill & ted face the music a week later on the twenty first and Monster Hunter is scheduled for Labor Day weekend. That is unless they get pushed back again. Or moved to another platform. Disney’s Artemis Fowl movie has already been moved to Disney Plus.

Marvel Comics wants to give you something to keep you busy while you’re waiting around the house. Free Digital Comics. All you need is to use  Marvel Unlimited via the app or the website. The comics can be accessed until May fourth without a need for payment info or a trial subscription. Comics include Avengers vs. X-Men

Civil War

Amazing Spider-Man: Red Goblin

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1

Thanos Wins by Donny Cates

X-Men Milestones: Dark Phoenix Saga

Avengers: Kree/Skrull War

Avengers by Jason Aaron Vol. 1: The Final Host

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Fourever

Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted

Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Hachette is putting out Marvel Comics retrospective The Marvel Art of Georg Perez in December. George is known for his multiple runs on The Avengers from 1970 to the 90s. He also penciled the first part of the Infinity Gauntlet limited series.  Perez retired from comics in January of 019. Here’s a description of the book quote “Celebrating the artistic legacy of a true Marvel Comics legend! George Pérez first wowed fans in the 1970s, building a phenomenal reputation as a super-team illustrator without peer on Avengers, Inhumans and Fantastic Four! His talents graced the super hero action of Marvel Two-In-One, the martial arts mayhem of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu and the monster madness of Man-Wolf in Creatures on the Loose! Years later, Pérez demonstrated his cosmic grandeur by wiping out half the Marvel Universe along with Thanos in Infinity Gauntlet! And as the Avengers made a heroic return in 1998, so too did Pérez, joining writer Kurt Busiek to usher Earth’s Mightiest into a new era of greatness. Nobody can draw an army of heroes in a single image better than George Pérez!” unquote 

The Hollywood reporter reports that Antman 3 might have found it’s writer in Rick and Morty writer and co producer Jeff Loveness. Director Peyton Reed is set to return as director with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily set to return as well. According to their sources, the writing has commenced.

Geek

Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to playing a video game character. Variety reports that the actor is in talks to star in the film adaptation of the classic Don Bluth animated game Dragon’s Lair for Netflix. The movie will be produced by Reynolds Maximum Effort production company as well as Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Trever Engelson, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy. The writers behind the Lego Movie and Scary Stories to tell in the dark, Dan and Kevin Hageman will write the script based on the game . Dragon’s Lair told the story of Dirk the Daring as he attempted to rescue Princess Daphne from the clutches of the dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc. 

Stephen King’s new book, If It Bleeds will be coming out a week early. The book is a compilation of novellas, and will be released on May fifth. Here’s the blurb quote “From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas — Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds — each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places,” King’s website describes. “The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand By Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.”

The freshman Fox animated show Duncanville has been handed an order for a second season, The series from Amy Poehler has been doing very well okay on live tv, but better on digital platforms. The other new series Bless the Harts has also been given a second season. Fox will also be expanding it’s animated lineup with two new shows Housebroken and The Great North.

The new Minions movie, Minions Rise of Gru has been pushed back to next year, the movie was scheduled for July second of this year, but instead will debut on July 2nd 2021. Also moved is Illumination’s sequel Sing 2, which has been bumped from July second 2021 to make room for the Minions and will instead come out in time for christmas on December 22, 2021. That move bumped the film version of the Broadway musical Wicked from it’s release date, it has yet to be rescheduled.

Also rescheduled has been Morbius, Uncharted, Peter Rabbit 2 and Ghostbusters Afterlife. Morbius movies from July 31, 202o to March 19th 2021. Uncharted goes from MArch fifth 2021 to October eighth, 2021. Peter Rabbit 2 goes from August seventh 2020 to January fifteenth 2021 and Ghostbusters Afterlife goes from this July tenth to March fifth 2021. 

Locke and Key will be back for season 2 on Netflix. The series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez’s IDW comic book’s pickup was announced on the show’s twitter account. Variety caught up with co Showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill who told the paper quote We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators,” “We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.” unquote No return date has been announced.

Season eleven of Archer has been pushed back, the season was supposed to start on May sixth but will be pushed back to sometime later this year. According to a statement from FX Networks, the delay is due to production challenges and scheduling issues. The show is made in Georgia.

A couple of passings to report. First off, this person may not be a comic book, sci fi or really a geeky celebrity, but for those of us who watched the show wings, we know him as the scumbag owner of AeroMass Airlines on the 1990’s Cheers spinoff Wings. Actor David Schramm has passed away. David Schramm was a founding member of the New York based The Acting Company and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1973. From 1990 to 1997, he played Roy Biggins, the owner of the competing airline to struggling Sandpiper Air. He is the only actor in the show to have appeared in every episode. He was 73 years old.

Sadly, this one was tragically young. Teen actor Logan Williams, how portrayed young Barry Allen in the flashbacks on The Flash suddenly passed away at the young age of sixteen. His co-star and series lead Grant Gustin posted a tribute to the actor on Instagram saying quote Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.

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Show Notes: Episode 68 Entertainment Apocalypse & Episode 69: Support Your Local Comic Book Shop

Tonight! It’s a world wide Pandemic, so what does that mean for entertainment, let’s find out on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Multiverse Tonight 68

Welcome to Episode 68 of Multiverse tonight. Wow. What a difference two weeks makes. To start off with, I hope this episode finds you well and safe, wherever in the world you are. Two weeks ago, I was doing okay, the world was doing okay and then the Coronavirus breaks out and all hell breaks loose. 

My family and I are all fine so far. Kansas has had kind of a slow spread to the contagion. Just a lot of bare store shelves at Walmart and Dollar general stores. But it’s comin’ this way and it’s only a matter of time.

The people I really feel sorry for are the small store owners, like comic book shops, the movie theater owners, the entertainers, the comic book creators, etc.  People, do me a favor. Try to shop or support these people instead of buying massive quantities of toilet paper. Right now we need entertainment to keep our minds of this world of crap we’ve found ourselves in. Let’s go on with the news.

Star Wars

Disney, in order to be nice during this time of Coronavirus, has released the Rise of Skywalker a few days early…on digital. The film was supposed to have been released on March seventeenth, but was instead released March thirteenth. It’s available on Vudu, Apple TV,Itunes, Google play, FandangoNow and Amazon. You can get it in HD or SD for 19.99 or the 4k version for 24.99.

However, the digital release was missing something. Deleted Scenes. However it does have the documentary The Skywalker Legacy, Pasaana Pursuit about the land speeder chase, Aliens in the Desert about the aliens in the desert scenes, D-O Key to the Past about D-O, Warwick and Son about Warwick Davis returning to the Ewok costume and cast of creatures , which is pretty self explanatory. Also the digital exclusive The Maestro’s Finale about John Williams.

Rosario Dawson has joined The Mandalorian season two as fan favorite Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano. The character was Akakin Skywalker’s padawan in the Clone Wars animated series and had a role in the Rebels animated series. Season two is due out in October.

Show runner Damon Lindelof says he’d love to do something with Star Wars…when he’s not going to be blamed for ruining it. Speaking with Fandom dot com he said quote “And, at some point, but certainly not in the immediate future, I feel like I would love to do something in the Star Wars universe,” “Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.” Hmmm. You know, I would like to see what Lindeloff would do with Star Wars. Might be interesting.

Star Trek

CBS and Simon and Shuster have a new Star Trek Discovery novel in the pipeline, this time aimed at the Section 31 storyline. Star trek Discovery Die Standing looks at the life of Emperor Phillippa Georgiou, after her exile into the regular star trek universe. The book will show how she transitioned into the Section 31 role and her desire to either try to build a new Empire or go in whole heart into her new role. The book will also see her cross paths with the third host of the Dax symbiont Emony. Here’s the synopsis quote “No one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.”But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew?

:John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War, the acclaimed Star Trek: Prey trilogy (Hell’s Heart, The Jackal’s Trick, The Hall of Heroes), and the novels Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown; Star Wars: A New Dawn; Star Wars: Kenobi; Star Wars: Knight Errant; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith—The Collected Stories; and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as the original work Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. He has also written the enovella Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Halo, Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Battlestar Galactica, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.”

Star Trek Discovery Die Standing goes on sale on July fourteenth.

CNN Business says that the one thing that helps CBS ALL Access stand out is Star Trek, speaking with senior analyst Jeff Bock from the entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations. Jeff told them quote “Star Trek is as important to ViacomCBS as Star Wars is to Disney,” “Basically, it’s a never-ending stream of content.”  ViacomCBS is trying to make the most of the Star Trek franchise even saying on a recent earning call that they are taking the franchise and quote  “extending it across the house,” unquote. Julie McNamara executive VP and head of programming for CBS All Access has called it quote … a great tentpole for us.” unquote  Do you agree?

By the way, if you’re needing some fresh trek to watch and you don’t want to pay for All Access, Star Trek Short Treks is coming to Bluray and DCD in June. The collection of short subjects will have nine of the episodes including  “Runaway,” “Calypso,” “The Brightest Star,” “The Escape Artist,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble With Edward,” “Ask Not,” “Ephraim & Dot,” and “The Girl Who Made the Stars.” The Children of Mars episode is the only one not in the collection. Probably to be included on the home release of Star trek Picard. Also included is some documentary features, each about a particular episode. Also included is a making about the short treks and two commentaries on Runaway and Ask Not. The disc will be released on June second.

Star Trek Picard has hired writer and podcaster Marc Bernardin as a supervising producer on season two. Bernardin, besides being Kevin Smith’s co-host on Kevin Smith’s Fatman Beyond podcast, has written on Syfy’s Alphas and Hulu’s Castle Rock. Bernardin isn’t new to Star Trek, having worked as an intern on Star trek Deep Space Nine.

Picard showrunner Michael Chabon would love to make an MCU Adam Warlock movie. This came from an Instagram Q&A session when he was asked if there were any superheroes he connected with.  This is not the first time he’s expressed interest in Adam Warlock, in a 2012 interview with the New York Times, he also mentioned that Warlock would be a dream project for him.

Discovery star Sonequa Martin Green is expecting. The actress revealed this on Instagram with a photo of herself and her husband Kenric Green and their son with the caption Adding another passenger to the Green train! All aboard little lady, this train is fueled by Love and we’re already overflowing with it for you unquote. Star Trek Discovery is currently not in production having wrapped on season three back in February.

Creation Entertainment has announced a big get for the 19th annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Kelsey Grammer will be making his first ever convention appearance. Mister Grammar might be best known to some as Frasier Crane from Cheers and Frasier or Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons, but to Trek fans he is known for his appearance as Captain Bateson in the Season five next Gen episode Cause and effect. It’ll be very interesting to see…if the con happens….

As the coronavirus has continued to spread around the world, shaking hands as a form of greeting has become ill advised. So what to replace it with. Some fans, including some lawmakers have suggested a greeting familiar to Star Trek fans everywhere. The Vulcan greeting.  For those of you who don’t know. That would be a raised hand with your palm to your greetee with your fingers splayed between your ring and middle fingers. An attending physician at a closed door meeting of the House Demoratic Caucus even suggested it. So, while we wait for this Pandemic to end, shall we enlighten others? Live long and prosper.

Geek

So let’s go down a list of every production either shut down or delayed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, shall we? We have, The Witcher, the Handmaid’s tale, the Amazon Lord of the Rings series, that Goonies pilot, Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wandavision, Supernatural, Snowpiercer, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead shows, Batwomen, Y: The Last Man, The Wheel of Time, The Flash, Superman and Lois, Riverdale, Carnival row, Supergirl, Lucifer, Pennyworth, The Orville and a lot of pilots. On the film side, The Avatar sequels, Matrix 4, uncharted, Fantastic Beasts 3, The Batman, Jurassic world Dominion, Shang-Chi, the Little Mermaid, Nightmare Alley, Home Alone, Peter Pan & Wendy, Shrunk, and  Mission Impossible 7. A lot of these have only shut down for a couple of weeks, some even longer.

To complicate matters for movie fans in the United States , AMC, Regal

and other theater chains have shut down. AMC will be shut down for six to twelve weeks. So the Summer movie season is pretty much gone. Even the Razzies ceremony was cancelled, instead the awards were announced via Youtube video. The Razzies were supposed to be handed out on March fourteenth. Winner for Worst Picture was Cats, Worst Actor went to John Travolta in The Fanatic as well as trading Paint, Hilary Duff took away the Worst Actress for The Haunting of Sharon tate, James Corden won Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Cats, he joins Rebel Wilson who got the Worst Supporting Actress award for Cats, Worst Screen combo went to any two people on the screen of Cats, Tom Hooper for Worst Director for Cats and also took away worst screenplay with Lee Hall for Cats, Rambo Last Blood won Worst remake, rip off or sequel as well as Worst reckless Disregard for Human life and public property and Eddie Murphy won the Razzie Redeemer award for Dolomite is my name. They all deserve what they got…admit it.

Right now an estimated 120,000 entertainment industry crew jobs have been lost by this pandemic

But there is help, Netflix has created a 100 million dollar relief fund for the hundreds of thousands suddenly without work in hollywood as productions have shut down for the outbreak. In a letter on Netflix’s company blog the chief content officer said quote”This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide. Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on our own productions around the world… This is in addition to the two weeks pay we’ve already committed to the crew and cast on productions we were forced to suspend last week.”  unquote The money will not just be for netflix productions but the industry as a whole. Netflix is also donating to the SAG AFTRA Covid 19 Disaster Fund, and the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the U.S., as well as another million split between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes. Good deal, we shall get past this.

While we wait for The Orville, Dark Horse Comics has announced a season 2.5 comic mini series made up of two two issue series, the first is called  Launch Day. quote in which seemingly hostile Krill ships cross into Union space and the Orville intercepts. Captain Mercer learns they are en route to a planet that left the Union decades ago, under mysterious circumstances. Scans have discovered a moon-sized construct above the planet, and the Krill intend a preemptive strike against the presumed weapon. But is it? Unquote  Orville Executive Producer David A Good man will be on writing duties, joined by artist David Cabeza and colorist Michael Atiyeh. And will be out on June third.

The American Box Office officially hit a new low this past weekend. Zero.  As in nothing as in all theaters have been shuttered and nothing new was released so Zero.  Not even any official reporting. According to Box Office Mojo, the final box office report was on Thursday the nineteenth with a total of 143, 641 dollars for all 36 films in just 233 theaters.

Actor Lyle Waggoner has passed away. The actor best known for The Carol Burnett Show and the 80’s Wonder Woman series died of illness at his home on the seventeenth of March. Waggoner started out as an announcer on the Carol Burnett Show, but soon became an actor in the sketches. After leaving the Carol Burnett Show, he got hired for the role of Colonel Steve Trevor Jr on the 1975 wonder Woman series where he worked aside Linda Carter for four years. Among his other acting credits are “Charlie’s Angels,” “Happy Days,” Mork & Mindy,” “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Ellen,” “The Naked Truth” and “That ’70s Show”. His last on screen acting role was in 2005’s “The War at Home,” but in 2017 he made an appearance on the Carol Burnett Show 50th anniversary special. Lyle Waggoner passed away at home after a long illness, he was 84.

And now let’s end with something to soothe the soul. A little moment of Zen if you will. Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. Take it away Sir.  https://twitter.com/i/status/1241506250086666241

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Welcome to Episode 69 of Multiverse tonight. Wow. What a difference two weeks makes. To start off with, I hope this episode finds you well and safe, wherever in the world you are. Two weeks ago, I was doing okay, the world was doing okay and then the Coronavirus breaks out and all hell breaks loose. 

My family and I are all fine so far. Kansas has had kind of a slow spread to the contagion. Just a lot of bare store shelves at Walmart and Dollar general stores. But it’s comin’ this way and it’s only a matter of time.

The people I really feel sorry for are the small store owners, like comic book shops, the movie theater owners, the entertainers, the comic book creators, etc.  People, do me a favor. Try to shop or support these people instead of buying massive quantities of toilet paper. Right now we need entertainment to keep our minds of this world of crap we’ve found ourselves in. Let’s go on with the news.

DC

Production on Y The Last Man might have stopped due to the Coronavirus. Kind of ironic considering it takes place after a male apocalypse happens on the Earth. Coincidentally, the show has gained a cast member according to Deadline Elliot Fletcher has joined as Yorrick’s best friend Sam. The character is described as quote “Hero Brown’s best friend, and enabler. His background (he grew up in poverty with absent parents), has made him resourceful and resilient in a world where surviving men are greeted with suspicion or worse. Street smart but occasionally self-destructive, he is wry and funny, with a big heart.” unquote . The show starring Barry Keoghan as Yorrick is due out later this year. Maybe, we’ll see.

Another production closed due to Covid 19 is The Batman. Interestingly enough originally it was gonna continue filming but with precautions, however they halted it a few days ago as it was filming in London.  However there are a couple of tidbits to report on. Peter Sarsgaard on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert revealed that his character will be named Gil Colson and will be a shady Gotham politician. Aren’t all Gotham politicians shady?

Actor Jeffrey Wright, who is playing Jim Gordon in the movie hinted at  fans on Instagram that The Long Halloween is gonna see some love in the movie.  Posting a pic of the trade paperback edition of the mini series with the words Another for the culture. The Long Halowween was written and illustrated by the team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale and took place  at the beginning of Batman’s career as he tried to solve the mystery of the holiday killer.

Aquaman 2 is on the horizon and in a now deleted tweet by Aquaman 2 writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick tweeted a response to a fan question that might point at Black Manta.  In response to a question about what would be a good comic book to read while being locked down, David responded quote “Hmm…good question,” “We’re not taking any one particular comic book story and adapting it, but if you want to know the vibe we’re going for, pick up pretty much any Silver Age story featuring Black Manta.” unquote So if this hint is strong, it looks like Black Manta will strike back against Aquaman in the sequel. Aquaman 2 is due in theaters in December 2022.

Even with the coronavirus stopping or delaying productions and right now DC’s Black Adam is due to start filming this summer (my guess is that it’s up in the air right now) Of course, that doesn’t mean that Dwayne the Rock Johnson stops training. As he posted in Instagram quote  “Same game, different levels. Same hell, different devils. Training for Black Adam, where the devils may change, but hell still stays the same. #dcuniverse #blackadam⚡️ shooting begins this summer @jonbrandoncruz  unquote With a picture of him sweaty and working out. You know what would be more interesting if he said he was no longer working out. That would really be news. Black Adam is due in theaters in December of 2021…unless …

Well while you’re self quarantining yourself, read a comic, Batman number 96 introduces us to a new villain Clown Hunter. James Tynion the fourth indroduced the character in his Tiny onion newslaetter saying quote “Jorge and I just created a new character named CLOWNHUNTER, who shows up in Batman #96, part two of Joker War. I am very, very, very excited about him, and the absolutely brutal wrench he’s going to throw into the mix of that story.” unquote   Guessing he’s not fond of the Joker…or circuses.

Marvel

Let’s start with a couple of quick hits here,Productions have shut down on Loki and shang-chi due to the coronavirus. But we do have some news not covid 19 related…

With Damon Lindelof done with HBO’s Watchmen, he’s looking for other pastures. Perhaps  he could lend his craft to the Marvel Brand? Speaking with Fandom dot com, Damon said quote “I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental,” Lindelof says. “Some of the things that I’ve seen for WandaVision, for example, just feel like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting somewhere’. Particularly in a television space.” unquote  He also told them that he wouldn’t mind playing in the Star Wars sand box either.

Iron Man would have gotten…Strange, if a scene had stayed into Infinity War. Kevin Smith on his Fatman Beyond [podcast confirmed that a scene with Doctor Strange in Iron Man’s armor was shot. Mr. Smith knows because he’s seen a photo of it shot by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Quote “There’s footage or a photo of Robert Downey Jr wearing the cape that came out long before Infinity War came out, so we know they shot it,” Smith said. “We know personally (Smith and his co-host Marc Bernardin) that they shot it because when the writers (came and spoke to us at the house before they left they were like ‘You wanna see something?’ And they pulled out the phone and literally showed us, not just a drawing cause that’s what’s going around the internet is there’s a drawing and it looks badass, but they showed us f***in Sherlock in the Iron Man f***in suit man. Like wearing the suit, with Tony standing next to him wearing the cape, and we were like ‘WHAT THE F***,’ and they were like ‘We can’t say, never talk about it.’ Then it’s out in the world and I’m like ‘We saw that photo!’ It looked badass.” unquote That would be interesting to see. I know there is an artist rendering of it, but I would love to actually see it.

Zendaya has been confirmed to return for the third MCU Spider-man movie, the actor Tom Holland revealed in an interview with Th ePhillippine Daily Inquirer. Production is due to start in July in Atlanta.

Here’s a new book for you to pick up. Marvel has announced a new America Chavez Limited Series. The series called America Chavez: Made in the USA will be written by Kalinda Vazquez and will be drawn by Carlos Gomez. The series will showcase America’s origins and powers and promises ripple effects for America and the world around her. Kalinda in a statement said quote “From the moment America Chavez was introduced into the Marvel Universe I was a fan,” Vazquez said. “It’s such an honor to have the opportunity to tell an America story, and I couldn’t be more excited to have been invited onto this project. Working with Sana Amanat, Annalise Bissa and the rest of the editorial team at Marvel has been so fantastic and I can’t wait for the world to see the incredible artwork that Carlos Gomez has created for this book! In this series, America is going to be tested as she’s never been tested before, and the challenges that she’ll have to face will only force her to pull from even deeper from that well of strength and ferocity that we know lies within her…” unquote America Chavez Made in the usa number one comes out in stores in June.

Geek

We start the Geek News with the reschedule shuffle. Many comic cons have had to either cancel or reschedule their shows because of Covid 19. One of the big ones has been the Emerald City ComicCon which was originally supposed to happen a few weeks ago, but was put on hold. Now it’s been moved to August the twenty first to twenty third. Ticket exchanges for the new event are happening now. 

I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon this past weekend, but it was aso rescheduled and will now happen in August as well, the fourteenth through the sixteenth.

Disney is releasing Onward early to digital. With the virus closing down movie theaters, the company will now make the Pixar movie with the talents of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt available to buy digitally now and it will debut on Disney Plus on April third in the US. It’s now the only movie to hurry up amid the crisis. Paramount will put Sonic the Hedgehog up for purchase on March 31, months ahead of the physical release on May nineteenth. Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot will come out on March twenty fourth along with The Invisible Man, Emma, the Hunt and Trolls World Tour. It’s even been rumored that wonder Woman 1984 might get a quickie digital release, but that’s been shot down. 

A decision about holding the Comicon International: San Diego will not be made until June according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Currently the San Diego Convention Center has been temporarily turned into a homeless shelter during the CoVid 19 pandemic. Currently the con is scheduled for July 23 to the 26th. WonderCon, it’s sister show in Anaheim was scheduled to take place next month, but it’s been delayed.

Gamestop has decided in the wake of the pandemic to shutter its physical locations and switch to processing only digital orders. Physical stores will be offering a curbside pickup service or other eCommerce deliveries. Gamestop will be paying employees for the eliminated hours for the next two weeks based on the past 10 weeks average hours.

More to pile on here, Diamond Comics Distributors, which if you didn’t know is the company that distributes new comics to retailers across the US has shut down. The company released a statement that said quote “As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

“Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly products until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.” Unquote

To put it succinctly. The company will not be sending any product with an on sale date of April, for the foreseeable future until the Covid 19 crisis is under control. 

So here’s what I want you to do. Support your local comic book shop. Pick up your back issues! If you’re feeling generous, hand them fifty dollars to pay off someone else’s back order or ask for fifty in credit. Buy some Funko pops, games or anything else they have. Keep these stores in business! It’s up to you!

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Show Notes: Episode 66: Let The Child waffle about Picard & Episode 67:That Batmobile is not street legal

Tonight! The Why of Picard, The Child makes waffles and we remember the Man who brought Ming The Merciless to life! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 66 of Multiverse tonight. I have some sad news to start this episode. I’ve had a death in the family. Our dog Fanny has passed away. She stopped eating and drinking a few days ago and then on Sunday she passed away. It hurts, but I know I’ll get over it. To quote George Carlin, “Life is a series of dogs.” unquote And Fanny was a very good dog.

Star Trek

So you’ve been watching Star Trek Picard, but you have concerns about the violence in darkness especially the recent scenes in the episode Stardust City rag where we saw poor Icheb getting unwanted surgery and Seven of Nine deciding to go all Dirty Harry on the person who killed her friend. Some fans have even taken their concerns to Showrunner Michael Chabon on his Instagram. His answer quote “I am not unambivalent about the violence, myself,” Chabon writes on Instagram. “The choice was not made lightly, though it was made collaboratively, and therefore with a good deal of conversation and debate among the creators. And so I assure you that it is not there simply ‘because we can,’ or because we are trying, as you somewhat uncharitably put it, to be ‘in.’ My partners would all have their own reasons for its presence in this story, as some of us had our own reasons for shying away from it. For me, it came down to this: there has always been violence (and even torture) in Star Trek. Sometimes that violence has been implicit, sometimes explicit, according to the dictates of censorship, the nature of the situation being depicted, the aesthetic of individual creators, or technical and/or budgetary limitations. And the reason that there has always been violence in Trek is that Trek is art, and there has always been violence—implicit and explicit—in art. It belongs there. It belongs in any narrative about human beings, even human beings of the future. Violence, often, *is* the narrative. Its source. Its engine. The question of whether it’s “too much” or not is ultimately a matter of taste. Personally, I come out closer to the “less is more” end. But that is just me. In the end, I saw how little time and space we had to convey a sense of Seven’s history post-Voyager, and the things that drive and haunt her. I decided, with my partners, that intensity was warranted. Seven lives outside the rationale confines of the Federation, because that is where she finds her sense of purpose. But life is hard, out there. If it wasn’t, people wouldn’t need her help so badly. And she wouldn’t have found such a compelling reason to carry on, in spite of her history of trauma. But, I hear you.” unquote

In other words, it was a necessary evil in order to tell the story

However Mister Chabon wasn’t finished, he also talked about the show’s tone and how it reflects our current reality. Quote “First of all, I think that the phrase (or a version of it) ‘Star Trek has always reflected its time” is open to multiple, potentially conflicting interpretations,’ he writes. “It can mean, ‘Individual Star Trek series have always (consciously) reflected thematically many of the most pressing issues of the time when they were made.’ I think that’s the sense intended by people involved with making the two current series, and it’s pretty obviously true—starting with persistent themes of nuclear annihilation, racial prejudice, mechanization, totalitarianism vs liberal democracy, on TOS, through DS9 with its themes of individual vs group identity, chosen family, reason vs faith, and the inevitable moral compromises of war. (That’s only the *conscious* ways in which Trek has reflected the times in which it was made.) But the phrase could also be taken the way (I think) you take it: that the world, the milieu depicted by Star Trek—the characters and their interactions, their capabilities and limitations as individuals, the social institutions and mores and technologies and economics and culture—reflects the world and era in which it was made. I think you’re saying that this is wrong, that here is exactly where Trek doesn’t, hasn’t. and *shouldn’t* reflect the world and times. That it has always presented its crews, Starfleet, and the Federation as improvements, as realizations of our best potential, as aspirational. If Trek has reflected our world, it’s in a kind of utopian funhouse mirror, where everything looks better. I would say that by and large that has been true, though possibly not as to the degree that many Trek fans claim, or feel. But there’s another side to the world—the people and society—depicted in Star Trek, which is all the characters, planets, cultures, mores and interactions that take place outside of Starfleet, the Federation. Many of these “outside” cultures and characters—the empires and alliances and unions— *have* deliberately reflected aspects of our world, with its all imperfection, intolerance, brutality, its humiliations and injustices, its evils. I don’t mean just in a thematic sense, but in the behavior of individual non-Federation, non-Starfleet characters, in the construction of societies around prejudices and inequalities, violence, lust for power, etc.

“That brings us to Picard. In the one, long, ten-part story we’re telling, we’re asking two questions about the greater world of Star Trek (i.e, the Federation *and* everything outside the Federation). One—a venerable Star Trek question, with a long pedigree in previous series and films: What happens when the Federation, the Roddenberry Federation with all its enlightened and noble intentions, free from want, disease, (internal) war, greed, capitalism, intolerance, etc., is tested by forces inimical to its values? What happens when two of its essential principles; (security and liberty, say) come into conflict? The answer has to be—at first, it buckles. It wobbles. It may, to some extent, compromise or even betray its values, or at the very least be sorely tempted to do so. If not, there’s no point asking the question, though it’s a question that any society with aspirations like ours or the Federation’s needs to ask. If nothing can ever truly test the Federation, if nothing can rock its perfection, then it’s just a magical land. It’s Lothlorien, in its enchanted bubble, untouchable by the Shadow. And, also, profoundly *inhuman*. To me it’s the humanity of the Federation—which means among many admirable things, its imperfection, its vulnerability and the constant need to defend it from our own worst natures—that makes it truly inspiring. The other, related question we’re asking is: What about the people who live outside, at the edges (or even within) the Federation but who, for various reasons, aren’t quite *of* it. Ex-Starfleet officers, refugees, people like Seven who served on a Starfleet ship but was never actually in Starfleet. People who have fallen through the cracks, or fallen victim to their own weaknesses. What is life like for people who, for whatever reason, live beyond the benevolent boundaries of the Federation—where, for example, post-scarcity is a dream, and there is a monetary economy? Again, there is precedent for this kind of story on Trek, but the fact that our story only resolves over ten episodes, not one, or two, or four out of a season of 23, might make it feel, sometimes, that there is more darkness, more trauma in our characters’ lives. More *struggle.* This show unquestionably has darker tonalities than some others (DS9 is the standout exception). It lives more in the shadows, where the Federation’s light can’t always reach. That isn’t to condemn, criticize, undo, break or, god knows, betray the Federation or Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Shadow defines light.

Every new Trek series since TNG has sought to escape what can feel like the confines of previous series, not simply of canon (which can also be a strangely liberating force) but of the kinds of stories, about the kinds of characters and societies, that have already been told. Each new series has expressed this impulse to “light out for the territories” in a different way. TNG went a century into the future of TOS. DS9 went onto a station full of aliens that was both beyond the edge of the Federation and next to a wormhole that led to the Gamma Quadrant. VOY put 70k light-years between it and its predecessors, and introduced a raft of new species and worlds. ENT went deep into the early past of the Federation. Next season’s DIS goes to the Trek universe’s far-future.

“The space we found for Picard is not ‘dark Federation.’ It’s one of people who live and work at or beyond the margins of the Federation who travel beyond its boundaries to find the truth.” unquote Well we can definitely say he’s a writer, that was a lot of words.

He also had more to say on Twitter when asked if  there was a connection between the state of the Federation in Picard and the state of the Federation in the 32nd century that Discovery season three will take place in. Mister Chabon replied quote “‘Federation downfall?’ What Federation downfall? The Federation is still very much alive and well and home to trillions (quadrillions?) of safe, housed, fed, educated citizens with the potential to lead fulfilling lives,” Chabon said. “There was a crisis 15 years ago, in the wake of the costly Dominion War and the Romulan emergency, which had a negative impact on the lives of many people, including most of our principal characters, in one way or another, during which Starfleet (and by extension the Federation) did not acquit itself well – in Picard’s eyes. From Admiral Clancy’s viewpoint, which is likely the mainstream view, Picard’s attitude was unrealistic, quixotic, and even dangerous. She may be right! They may both be right, and both wrong. But that was fifteen years ago, and the Federation is still going strong. Perhaps in the eyes of some it lost its luster, its air of invulnerability, its claim to the moral high ground, a process that began during DS9 times. That is hardly a ‘downfall’, though.” unquote

As to another fans question as to why Picard doesn’t make reference to the Dominion War in the show Chabon answered that he had planned to originally but was convinced not to by colleagues that doing so might confuse newer fans. Bad move Chabon, for one. Fans know about it. New fans will go back and watch DS9 to find out about it or they’ll find out about it from the internet. It’s all right to have continuity that not everyone has seen. People are adaptable. You’re kinda telling us that we’re not smart enough to do the homework. Again, bad move. Trust your audience.

Robert Picardo says that he’s in talks to appear in season two of Picard. He could either appear as the EMH creator Lewis Zimmerman, an EMH, or The Doctor. He’s quoted as saying “I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me,” “They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman. Lewis Zimmerman, the engineer who created the Doctor’s program, certainly would have aged. He’s in the same timeline as Patrick Stewart and all the [Star Trek: The Next Generation] folk. The Doctor, of course, like Data doesn’t age, but there are ways to address that, as we all know. I joked the other day that my daughter does visual effects, that’s exactly what she does is digitally correct actors so I said, ‘If they hire the two of us, she could make me look 25 years younger. Anyway, it will interesting to see when something happens, if something but, but I might have a chance to be onscreen with Jeri again. It would be an honor and a delight, obviously, to have scenes with Patrick Stewart so, you know, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Star Trek Voyager is turning twenty five, so far we’ve seen Jeri Ryan return as seven of nine on Picard and  a group getting a monument erected in Captain Janeway’s hometown of Bloomington Illinois. Now 455 films is producing a documentary about the series. 455 films has previously done the Star Trek documentaries, the Captains, Chaos on the Bridge and For the Love of Spock. Studio president David Zappone hinted about what was coming on twitter saying quote  “Okay. Who likes Star Trek Voyager, and thinks it deserves to have a documentary to commemorate its 25th anniversary?” unquote He also confirmed that they will be filming during Star Trek : The Cruise IV filming testimonials from Voyager fans. The cruise this year has a Voyager theme and guests on the cruise include Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang. No word on when the documentary will be out, but I’m guessing this fall.

So, have you ever been watching the classic episode The Trouble with Tribbles and wondered how long it would have taken to fill up the ship with the cooing balls of fur? No? Well someone has to answer questions like this. So a group of undergrads at the University of Leicester in the UK calculated the growth rate of the tribbles and published a paper on it. It was a relatively simple calculation involving an exponential formula. Spock gave the initial set of variables in teh episode estimates that each tribble (born pregnant) can give birth to ten more tribbles in 12 hours and puts the number of tribbles on board after just three days at 1,777,561. The students, assuming that Spock’s assessment was correct and presuming that no tribbles died. They came to the estimate that it would take 18.4 x10 to the 9th power and also estimated that it would take 18.4×109 tribbles to entirely fill the USS Enterprise. That’s 18 billion, 400 million tribbles. So under those conditions, they came to the conclusion that it would take 4.5 days for tribbles to completely fill the ship. That’s a lot of tribbles. Of course, in the episode the tribbles had been poisoned to death by contaminated quadrotriticale. In that case the authors proposed a further paper saying quote “A further calculation including a ‘death term’ could be done, to find out how long it would take for the population to become extinct, if there was an unlimited supply of toxic grain,” unquote 

Some sad news. Star Trek Discovery actor Kenneth Mitchell, who has played three different Klingons in Discovery’s first two seasons: Kol, Kol-Sha and Tenavik has revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was originally diagnosed back in 2018. A few months ago in October, he was forced to use a wheelchair. In an interview with People magazine he said quote “The moment that they told us it was [ALS], it was like I was in my own movie,” “That’s what it felt like, like I was watching that scene where someone is being told that they have a terminal illness. It was just a complete disbelief, a shock.” “I’ll never forget, one of my Star Trek co stars told me, because they had dealt with some trying times with illnesses and stuff, and I remember them communicating to me, saying, ‘You have a choice. You can look at this in many different ways, but maybe try to look at this like a gift where you get to experience life in a way that most people don’t,” unquote However, he’s not going to try to be down about it, he told People that he and others are  looking into new roles with his diagnosis in mind.

Star Wars

Are you gonna be in Las Vegas anytime soon? If you are, hop on down to Immersion Vegas at Fashion Show mall. To see “Fans Strike Back” a 10 thousand square foot exhibition showcasing superfan Daniel Prada’s collection that includes more than 600 collectivles, figurines,costumes, models and light sabers. The exhibit will also showcase a sixteen foot Jabba the hutt and a recreation of an Imperial I – class Star Destroyer main bridge. No opening date for it yet. But tickets will be priced at twenty nine dollars plus taxes and fees for adults and fifteen plus for kids 11 and younger. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://thefansstrikeback.vegas

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo has a new baby daughter. Joonas and his wife Milla Pohjasvaara welcomed their second child on Friday the twenty eighth.  The man who took over the role of Chewy during the final movie in the sequel trilogy posted an announcement on Instagram with a caption on a photo of his daughter saying quote “We have some exciting news: we were blessed to welcome the newest member of our family!”“Our little princess (or senator, or general, or whatever she wants to be!) was born this week and is doing great. Unquote He went on to thank the hospital staff. And ended it with quote Welcome to the world Princess Bacca! Unquote He would later clarify that she has not been named yet and that Bacca is just a nickname. When her and her brother are older, maybe they should all go trick or treating as the Chewy family…or show up at Star Wars celebration in costume….or film an all new Star Wars holiday special….nah.

One of the complaints about the rise of skywalker was the feel of missing scenes. By the way, as an old timer, as someone who’s been around the block, the one thing I can tell you if you want different takes of scenes or missing scenes, check out the novelization of the comic adaptation. And sure enough, the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker has something that was missing when Ben Solo passed away. His last words. According to the book it goes like this quote  “A voice came to her through the Force, clear and strong. I will always be with you, Ben said, “She smiled. Let the truth of it wash over her. ‘No one’s ever really gone,’ she whispered.” unquote Bly the way, if you’re wondering if Ben’s force ghost “shows” up in the book? Nope. It’s been confirmed that there’s not a ghost of a chance of that. The novelization of Star Wars the rise of Skywalker comes out on March seventeenth The comic adaptation which sounds like it will have some added material as well, will come out this summer in June and the movie comes out on digital on that date and the disc versions hit shelves on March thirty first.

The Mandalorian will be premiering on ProSieben in Germany on MMarch 22nd prior to the launch of Disney Plus on March twenty fourth. The First episode will air as part of a Star Wars night on the broadcaster that ends with the German Free t premiere of The Last Jedi. However there is bad news for Amazon Fire users in germany as according to German tech News Site Heise Onlinen, Disney recently removed the Amazon media player from it’s supported device list. If that changes before launch I’ll let you know.

The Mandalorians Visual Production Supervisor for ILM Visual effects Ian Milham gave some behind the scenes explanations of how some of the scenes were brought to life. On twitter he wrote quote, For space fights, we populated the scene with lasers and explosions in different quadrants and distances, hooked them up to custom buttons on the iPad, and let the director go to town. Like playing X-Wing vs. TIE on a 70 ft screen. Season two of the Mandalorian comes out in October.

By the way there is now an official The Child Waffle Maker, although since it prints The child and The mandalorian logo on it, it looks more like a pancake than a waffle. A relatively flat waffle is always a pancake. If you want one they cost about 40 dollars and can be preordered from Gamestop. Gamestop, it’s still a thing.

Lucasfilm is preparing to launch new adventures in an old point in Star Wars history. Star Wars The High Republic takes place at the Galactic republic and Jedi Order’s high point some 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Since this unexplored section of Galactic history is untapped the creators have free reign to make what they want. New adventures, new characters and new merchandising. In a statement Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain about this new venture said quote  “Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. “This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.”

The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August with Star Wars The high republic ight of the Jedi being a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers. Including Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series), Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series) and Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel,

Geek

Syy has announced that the Magicians will be ending this April. THe show’s fifth season will be it’s last. The show, based on the series of novels by the same name, premiered back on Syfy in January of 2016 and has been one of the most consistent shows Syfy had on it’s schedule.  In a statement the channel said quote “‘The Magicians’ has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons. As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever,”

SYFY is definitely on a streak now, they’ve also canceled the third annual Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Marathon. The past couple of years, the network has aired all the Leprechaun movies back to back, this year it will just show Leprechaun’s Revenge and Leprechaun Returns.  Well I guess you can always stream the rest.

Jason Blum would love to build himself a Frankenstien….movie. Talking with the Evolution of Horror Podcast the producer said quote “I’d love to do Frankenstein. I’ve tasked our filmmakers with trying to figure out just straight Frankenstein,“”Again, I don’t know if someone else is doing it, I don’t know anything about it, but I would love to try and I’m waiting for the great idea. The Invisible Man, I agree, the best ideas feel like, ‘My gosh, it’s so obvious, why didn’t that happen before?’ If we could come up with something as good for Frankenstein, I’d love to try that.” unquote 

Octavia E. Butler’s novel Dawn will be made into a tv series for Amazon. The drama has been given a direct to series order will be written and directed by Victoria Mahoney who was the second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, she will be teaming up with Ava DuVernay, the director of Disney’s big budget A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. The novel was published in 1987 and follows s 

around an African American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race some 250 years after a nuclear war. There is no word on when it will be produced or aired.

The tenth season of American Horror Story will have Macculy Culkin joining the cast for the new story. Ryan Murphy shared the news of the casting with an instagram video of what resembled the opening credits to the tune of Orville Pecks’ Dead of Night. Season ten will premiere in the fall of 2020.

Stranger things Finn Wolfhard is set to star in the thriller movie Rules For Werewolves based on a short film of the same name that also started Finn. The film will be based on writer Kirk Lynn’s debut novel which he also adapted for the screen. Deadline reports that the film quote “investigates the rituals and rhythms of a pack of wild teens as they break in and loot a new home, leaving someone (or something) behind for the cops to find.” unquote/ It’s also being reported that the movie will be done in one single take, mostly.

Well we’re gonna have to wait to find out about the new shows coming out in the Fall 2020 season. Due to fears about the spreading CoVid 19 corona virus, a lot of upfronts have been either cancelled or postponed. Also the new James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back from April to November and Peter Rabbit 2 has been pushed back from April to August. I’m guessing we’ll have to learn about what will get quickly cancelled some other way.

Actor Max Von Sydow has passed away. The man born Carl Adolf von Sydow was born on April 10, 1929 in Lund Sweden He grew up to star in more than 100 films and tv shows, including eleven films by famed director Ingmar Bergman including The Seventh Seal which saw him playing a chess game with death. Modern movie fans might know him as Father Lankester Merrin from The Exorcist and The Exorcist II, Ming The Merciless from Flash Gordon, King Osric in Conan the Barbarian. Doctor Kynes in Dune. The voice of Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters II, Judge Fargo in Judge Dread, Director Lamar Burgess in Minority Report and Lor Saan Tekka in Star Wars The Force Awakens and many many more.

He was married twice and had two sons. Max Von Sydow died on March eighth at the age of 90.

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Epidsode 67

Tonight! Lucifer’s sixth season might be reality, The Sandman becomes an audio drama and Etch A Sketch goes variants. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 67 of Multiverse tonight. I’ve had quite a month. Got my tax refund, bought a second monitor for my studio, grieved over the loss of a favorite dog, now I have Planet Comicon in Kansas City in a week.  I don’t exactly know what I’ll get from Planet Comicon, some photos, definatly an interview with Author Dayton Ward, maybe an interview with an author or comic book person or two. We will see. This Con isn’t just a work thing for me, it’s really the only true vacation I get. Now if you’d like to see me go to more cons, you have to help fund me. Just go to my website Mutiversetonight.com.

DC

It looks like Lucifer might just get that sixth season. TV Line is reporting that Tom Ellis finalized a new deal for season six and a couple of weeks ago co showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have inked season six deals. Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros TV to bring about one more season of the show. The show was rescued by Netflix back in 2018 after three seasons on Fox. Come on Warner Bros, just one more time!

Nathan Fillion is well traveled. He’s been in lots of franchises. Firefly, Buffy, the MCU and animated green lantern,  etc. His upcoming appearance in the Suicide Squad will be new franchise. So why join the DC Universe easy. Two words quote “James Gun.” Nathan told ET Canada quote “James Gunn (is) one of the people in my life that when he calls I just pick up the phone and say ‘yes to whatever you’re about to say, it’s yes, the answer is yes,'” “James Gunn is an amazing storyteller, that guy understands story and he loves to tell story. So when he wants to do something you know it’s gonna be fun, you know it’s gonna be satisfying… So here he is with Suicide Squad 2, he asks me to come down. What can I say about it? It’s so secret, I get stressed when people talk about it. Here’s what I can tell you though, huge scope. I’ve never done anything so big.” unquote. 

The movie is still filming, having wrapped the Panama part of its production and is scheduled for release August sixth 2021.

Also wrapped work on the movie is actor David Dastmalchian. That news came via James Guns instagram saying quote “And that’s a wrap on @dastmalchian who gave me this amazing art by @lukas.ketner as a wrap gift! I happened to be wearing my @countcrowley T-shirt (Dave and Lukas’s great comic series). Thanks David – you’ve been amazing to work with in every way. I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve cooked up. ❤️,” unquote

Police in Moscow towed a homemade Batmobile. The replica on the Batmobile from Batman v Superman. According to a Moscow interior ministry spokesman, the vehicle was too wide for the city streets and had not been certified as roadworthy. The vehicle and it’s 32 year old driver was stopped in Moscow on a Saturday in western Moscow and towed away wrapped in tape and black plastic.  The cost of the vehicle was about 842,100 american.

The Batman has moved along the past couple of weeks. A photo of a batsuit has leaked as well as a pic of the batmobile. Too say I’m just not impressed yet….eh.  Well now a new member has joined the cast, Gill Perez-Abraham is in another unknown role. Gil has appeared on Orange is the New Black and Pose and he will also be seen in The walking Dead’s NEW spinoff The Walking Dead World beyond. Yep. Dear Warner Bros, I need more info than that. And while we’re on it AMC? STOP IT WITH THE WALKING DEAD, we’re tired of it already.  Anyway.

FX’s Y The last Man is still around and it has a new Yorick Brown. Variety has learned that Ben Schnetzer will be taken over the role. Originally Barry Keoghan was slated to star in the show based on the DC Comics series of the asme name. But he left earlier this month. Mr. Schnetzer joins a cast that includes Diane Lane, Imogen Poots and Amber Tamblyn. The show will start production in April.

Statues of Batman and Wonder Woman have been erected in London’s Leicester Square. To commemorate the three hundred fiftieth anniversary of the London landmark, bronze statues commemorating various cinematic icons have been put in the area. Batman’s statue depicts him on a rooftop standing triumphantly as he looks down at the ground below. Wonder Woman showcases the warrior princess charging forward and busting through a wall. Leicester Square have become synonymous with the british film industry for years. Movies have premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema, the Prince Charles Cinema has become famous for screening various cult favorites. Other statues include Paddington Bear, Mr. Bean, Mary Poppins, Laurel and Hardy, Bugs Bunny and Don Lockwood from Singin’ in the Rain. The statues will stay there until June.

Jim Lee says Dan Didio is irreplaceable. During his panel at C2E2, by the way for coverage of that, head on over to Scifi4me dot com. Jason and his wife were there all weekend and have some interesting takes, so go check it out. Anyway, at the panel DC last publisher standing and Chief Creative officer Jim Lee indicated that Didio will not be replaced quote “There’s continually new things going on, and I look at being sole publisher now and the team I’m working with. Much more in trenches now than ever before.” “We’ve been with Warner Bros. for decades,” “The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so its my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.” unquote.

By the way, those who have been concerned about DC’s demise. Lee  said quote “To address some of the stuff that is out there, there’s rumors… speculation,” Lee explained. “I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years.” unquote. Unless he’s a head in a jar, my guess is no.

DC’s The Sandman will be adapted into a multipart audio drama for Amazon’s Audible. The series will be narrated and executive produced by Sandman co creator Neil Gaiman and written and directed by Dirk Maggs. In a statement Neil said quote “Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form,” Gaiman said in a statement. “I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing. This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast.” The audio drama is scheduled to come out this summer with plans for French, German, Italian and Spanish editions soon after.

Marvel

Production on any level is demanding. But it’s really demanding if you’re making an action packed series like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Star Anthony Mackie spoke with The Daily Beast about the demands on Marvel’s newest series and if there was any pressure. He told them quote . “Not at all. I feel like, if we’re going to fail, we should fail 100 percent. Don’t fail halfway,” Mackie said with a laugh. “But it’s been fun, man. There’s so much stuff going on in the Marvel Universe since Disney has gotten involved, and we have a really supportive team. It’s Victoria [Alonso] and Louis [D’Esposito] and Kevin [Feige] and all the other guys over there—we always have people we can talk to if we feel like stuff isn’t going right. So it’s been great. We’ve definitely stumbled a few times, but we’re running full steam ahead to get these shows done.” unquote The Falcon and The Winter Soldier comes to Disney Plus this August.

Speaking of the Disney Plus family of Marvel shows. Moon Knight is still a ways away…and it looks like it might be much later. According to Geeks WorldWide dot com, the filming date for the series has been pushed back to mid november at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The lead has also not been casted yet for the role of Marc Spector, apparently they’re looking for a Zac Efron type.

Checking in with the She Hulk Show. Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he’s in preliminary talks to appear in the show, which makes sense since Jennifer gets her powers because of a blood transfusion with her cousin. Marvel hasn’t cast She Hulk Jennifer Walters yet, but they are looking for an Alison Brie type. I don’t know maybe just hire Alison Brie? 

Whoops. I’m guessing Vin Diesel wasn’t supposed to talk about this, but the actor in an interview to promote the Bloodshot movie, said quote “I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel said during an interview in promotion of his upcoming Bloodshot movie. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also, the director talked to me about Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.” unquote Now, yes, the news isn’t too much of a surprise as Thor did leave Earth with the Guardians, the question becomes how much of the Guardians we will see as the story is supposed to surround Jane Fosters gaining the power of Thor. Thor Love and Thunder comes out on November fifth, 2021.

The latest issue of Production Weekly reports that Spider-man Three will shoot under the title Serenity Now. Which is apparently taken from the sitcom Seinfeld. Which is appropriate because Homecoming shot under the title Summer of George, while far from home shot under the title Fall of George. Co Producer Eric Hauserman Carroll has said that the pick code names that make them giggle. Production is set to get underway in July.

Tom Holland,on the press tour for Pixar’s Onward  has revealed to MT International that Sony had a contingency plan in case Sony and Marvel Studios did take Spiderman from the MCU quote “The future of Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony we had a really, really wonderful idea of how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” “Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident they were going to do justice and make a film that was the caliber that Spider-Man requires.” “But that said, I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel that’s where he belongs now. I’m really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home. It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever: I saved Spider-Man.” unquote Don’t give yourself a big head Tom. You won’t be able to fit in your Spider suit. Stay humble.

Black Panther was a huge success, not only was it a great movie, but it had a great soundtrack and a real chart topper thanks to the song Pray for Me by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend. However, they’re in trouble now as TMZ reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Kendrick and The Weekend for an alleged eight count of illegal sampling in the track with quote intent to conceal the infringement”” unquote. The lawsuit was filed by Yeasayer which claims that the samples were taken from their 2007 song Sunrise. The band claims that Sunrise uses a distinctive choral performance that incorporate the bands own voices in a high falsetto. Yeasayer are asking for all the profits from Pray for me, Damages and an injunction blocking further sales and airplay of the song.

In a big announcement, Marvel Entertainment announced their creative team for a new comic series based on Tsuburaya Productions Ultraman.  Riters Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom will be co writers with Francesco Manna and Ed McGuinness on art. No launch date for the series has been given yet, but more info is due in the near future.

Geek

The Silence of the Lambs sequel series pilot Clarice has found it’s lead. Rebecca Breeds from The Originals and Pretty Little Liars will play the FBI Agent. The series is being shepherded by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. The series will take place in 1993 and will tell the story of Clarice as she goes into the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of washington.

The Boys is coming back and it’s not the tv series, it’s the comic. It’s been eight years since the last issue and now Garth Ennis is teaming back with Russ Braun for The Boys: Dear Becky. CBR dot com asked Garth how getting back into the series has been. He said quote Terrific. I hadn’t quite realized what an appalling mood I was in about the state of the world until I began to write about it in this series, and of course, there’s no better character for me to write when I’m pissed off than Billy Butcher. He’s even better than Frank Castle, whose problem is that he doesn’t know how to enjoy life. Billy does. Unquote . By the way Garth has no involvement with the second season of the Amazon show except reading the scripts. The Boys: Dear Becky #1 from Dynamite Entertainment goes on Sale in April.

The Official Pokemon Youtube channel has released this years top ten Pokemon, according to Pokemon fans. This year’s top Pokemon went to Greninja, a water/dark type Pokemon that first appeared back in 2013 in Pokemon X and Y.

So, did you see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? It looks like redoing the look of Sonic did the trick as it’s generally gotten good reviews. Now you might ask yourself, why was it just Sonic and Dr. robotnik? Why not say a character like Knuckles is a part of the movie? Comic book dot cm had an interview with director Jeff Fowler. He told them quote “For this first film, we really were just looking at the 1991 game and just see where it all started and just keep it simple,” “Just really try to nail Sonic and Robotnik and just set up their rivalry because you don’t … I mean, I love … There’s a lot of great characters in Sonic universe, but it’s the most important thing is just to get Sonic set up and just tell a little bit of an origin story with him, and just do it in a way that really makes everyone fall in love with him as a character and just be rooting for more. And then, if all that goes well, then we can kind of open it up and bring in some of these other characters that fans know and love. And yeah, I mean, no one’s more excited than me to have that opportunity.” unquote Which you gotta admit, it’s the right approach. Knuckles or Tails can always show up in the sequel.

Monopoly has done well with it’s umpteen different versions of Monopoly, so I guess it’s etch a skech’s time At New York Toy Fair 2020, Spin Master announced a series of limited edition etch sketches to celebrate the drawing toys sixtieth anniversary. There’s the diamond edition with black diamond contoured frame and clear diamond knobs, a Stan Lee edition with a colorful comic border and stan lee face knobs, the monopoly edition with a game board frame and go and go to jail square knobs, a nasa edition with a space themed border and planet knobs and a rubiks cube edition with a mosaic border and rubik’s cube shaped knobs.  They will cost between 21 and 29 dollars and will ship in June.

Boom Studios has announced that Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, a twelve issue miniseries based on the netflix series will have a new creative team series. With issue number nine comes writer Matthew Erman and artist Mi-Gyeong Jo. The comic is designed to introduce the untold histories of key characters from the show. The new arc will give the origin story of All Maudra Mayrin, the Gelfling leader. In the story,  Mayrin takes her place as the leader of all Gelfling clans, but she feels unprepared for the great responsibility before her. When whispers of a Gelfling rebellion reach her, she must decide who she can trust—and if she herself is truly worthy of this responsibility. The print comic will be on store shelves on May 27th.

Paramount is making a movie based on the cartoon series MASK. F. Gary Grey will direct and they have tapped Chris Bremner, who co wrote the latest Bad Boys movie to write it. MASK was a toy and cartoon from 1985. MASK stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, an elite strike force that fought crime and terrorism. Their opponents were VENOM which stand for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem.  No possible release date has been given. 

Dark Horse comics has announced a Prequel mini series for The Umbrella Academy. The six issue series titles You Look Like Death will focus on Seance aka Klaus and will be written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon with art by INJ Culbard. Garbriel Ba will draw covers. The official blurb reads quote “Roughly ten years before the events of Apocalypse Suite, 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy. With his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated––Hollywood. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him.” unquote In a statement Gerard Way said quote”For a long time, I had wanted to tell the story of Klaus Hargreeves’ life after the Umbrella Academy disbanded and before the events of Apocalypse Suite,” Way said in a statement. “I imagined a pretty wild decade for Klaus– full of ups and downs, seedy places, supernatural excursions, and internal battles within himself. I am thrilled to finally be able to tell this story with my co-writer Shaun Simon, who sees the world of the UA as clearly as I do. Also thrilled to work with such an amazing art and lettering team in I.N.J. Culbard and Nate Piekos.” unquote

The first issue of You look like Death comes out on June seventeenth 2020 and season two of the Netflix series comes out later this year.

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Show Notes: Episode 64: Harrison Ford Knows No Force Ghost & Episode 65: Didion’t Worry, Smith’s Happy

Keywords: Star Trek , Star Wars, Picard, Liam Neeson, The Orville,Harrison Ford, The Mandalorian, Sasha Banks, Boba Fett, Kansas City Chiefs, Pete Buttigieg,  Evan Evagora, Michael Chabon,Jeri Ryan, Rick Moranis, The 100, Stargate, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Chris Evans, 

Tonight! Liam Neeson is done with Star Wars and Batman, we learn more about Picard’s hired assassin and Chris Evans wants to cause someone pain! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 64 of Multiverse tonight.

So we’re at the halfway point on Star Trek Picard, what have you thought of it so far? I’ve enjoyed it so far but, last week’s episode was kinda dark. You had the deaths of a recurring Voyager character and a Next Gen guest star. I wonder when we run across Riker and Deanna Riker? I was kind of expecting that they’d show up during Jonathan Frakes run of directing episodes, but so far nothing. I’m also curious as to what will be the follow up show after this season is done. I’m hoping for Lower Decks. I think that would be a good palate cleanser, something lite and funny.

A little Orville news to report. Producer Tom Costantino showed an all new much larger orchestra recording a new arrangement of the theme song. I can’t wait to hear it.

Star Wars

Han Solo died in The Force Awakens only to reappear as a force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker, so I guess the question is why? Harrison Ford, talking with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As to Han’s death he said quote “I figured that his utility had been exhausted, bled out, and was … well, I was willing to die for the cause. Bring some gravitas,” unquote. As far as Han’s appearance in the rise of Skywalker quote “No good deed goes unpunished.””J.J. said, ‘This is a good idea. I, J.J., have decided that this is a good idea and I would like you to do it,” unquote When Kimmel pushed if he trusted JJ Abrams Ford quipped quote “Don’t you?” unquote

By the way, don’t ask Harrison about details. When a reporter for USA Today asked if his return in The Rise of Skywalker was because he was a force ghost or just a figment of Ben Solo’s imagination the actor replied quote “A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is,” 

“Don’t tell anyone,” “I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no (expletive) idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” unquote. Keep in mind he only works in outer space…

The Mandalorian will have someone new to play with in season 2, According to the Mat Men Wrestling Podcast, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will be appearing in the show.  Could she be in charge of something? After all her wrestling nickname is The Boss.

Disney Plus will soon be coming to the rest of the world, but even though The Mandalorian season one is all out in the US, doesn’t mean that everyone else won’t have to wait as well. 

Disney Plus’ UK twitter account has released the news that , like the US release, each episode will be doled out one at a time. Disney Plus and The Mandalorian will debut in the UK on March twenty fourth.

Liam Neeson is out of the Star Wars and Batman phase of his career. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight the actor who has been QuiGon Jinn and Ra’s Al Ghul says he has no interest in returning to either. Quote “I’ll be honest with you, no. It’s not. I’m really not a huge fan of the genre. I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff — which I admire — but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape,” “I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it — and do it fantastically. It’s just not my genre, it really isn’t. The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new. I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.” unquote Kinda sounds like he just doesn’t wanna go back to the gym again.

The Fett Man is back. Boba Fett is back in Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one.  The new comic from Marvel Comics from writer Ethan sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli. Here’s the blurb quote NEVER BETRAY A BOUNTY HUNTER – ESPECIALLY IF IT’S BOBA FETT! Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has a score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!

ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY’S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you’ve been waiting for this March! Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one is due out March fourth.

So you love the Mandalorian and the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, what do you do? Get a tattoo celebrating both of course. A fan decided to get inked following the win. The tattoo features Coach Andy Reid in the Mandalorian armor and MVP Patrick Mahomes as the Child. https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1229842434172964864/photo/1

Me personally I’d never get a tatoo but to each thier own.

Star Trek

Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is a confirmed trekkie. Speaking with Fox News the candidate spoke of his love of Star Trek Picard. “I finally figured out how to do the app so that I can watch Star Trek: Picard,” Buttigieg revealed on Fox News. “I’m a huge Star Trek fan so I’m really excited to see where it goes. I grew up on The Next Generation. I was all about that.” https://twitter.com/i/status/1230120511348322307

And I’m all about free and fair elections. So get out there and vote!

The newest recruit on Star Trek Picard’s mission is the Romulan sword fighter Elnor played by Evan Evagora. The Australian actor, who is also in the new Fantasy Island movie, spoke with comic book dot com about finding Elnor’s character and his relationship with Jean-Luc Picard. On how much he had to train to be good with those swords he said quote I have no background in sword fight training whatsoever. I do have a very heavy boxing background, which can be used during fight scenes and stuff. It was pretty much the day I landed in LA, I got a phone call asking me if I could come down to the studio. So I came down to the studio. I met the stunt team. I met my amazing stunt double. Anytime you see Elnor running along walls, or running up and then flipping off stuff, that’s him. He can just do it way better than I can, and he makes me look amazing.

In terms of the sword fighting, I went to the studio and I was given my prop sword, and we began going through sword fighting sequences and scenes from the show to start practicing. So the majority of the stuff that you see, I’m doing, in terms of fighting and swordplay. Unquote  On if he considers Elnor to be an outsider type character like Spock or Data, he told them quote Yeah, I’d say he does. Every version of Star Trek has that character who’s trying to understand the world and is looking at everything with a fresh face. And I think Elnor continues that. Unquote 

As to what will be coming up for Elnor in the rest of the season, Evan was evasive, but he did tell them quote I don’t really want to give much away, but I will say there’s some nice moments between Seven of Nine and Elnor. I don’t really want to give too much away, because it would just spoil the story, and there’s some really great moments. But that really sticks out in my memory. I have some really good scenes with Michelle Hurd, as well as Patrick. Really it’s been a great ensemble cast, and I think we all work well off of each other. And I think you’ll see how all of our stories interconnect and intertwine, and how we each deal with the similar trauma we’ve experienced, but how it’s affected each one differently. Unquote 

Picard showrunner Michael Chabon is busy answering fans’ questions. One response he had was to why all the swearing? His answer quote “Listen. No human society will be perfect, because no human will ever be perfect,” Chabon says. “The most we can do — and as Star Trek ever reminds us, must do — is aspire to perfection, and work to make it so. Norkon forden perfectunun, as a wise Yang once said. Until that impossible day, s–t is going to continue to happen. And when it does, humans are going to want to swear.

“The absence of swear words in Star Trek was never a matter of Federation principle, it was a matter of FCC rules. Writers of previous eras had no choice. They were censored. Searing is one of humanity’s most ancient, sensible, and reliable consolations. Personally I would consider any society that discouraged, banned or abandoned the use of curse words to be a f—ing dystopia.” unquote  In other words, the swear words were always there, they just couldn’t get passed the censors. I think it’s okay, but they should make a censored version for family viewing.

And what’s up what Commodore Oh and the sunglasses, when a true Vulcan have second eyelids that would handle the bright sun?  His response was that he’s well aware that a Vulcan wouldn’t need sunglasses and suggested that its a hint. What does this accoutrement tell us about Commodore Oh. HINT HINT. Let’s just put it this way, if something seems off, maybe you should log that away for later in the story.

Is Rebecca Romijn’s Number One coming back for an encore? The actress in a recent interview where she was launching her own line of jewelry spoke to fashion site The Daily Front Row. Told them quote “I’ve also been working on Star Trek here and there, but I can’t really talk about that,” unquote She can’t talk about it? Isn’t all her Star Trek stuff out? Or is there something that hasn’t been released. Are we making too much about her choice of words?  Probably. If anything does develop, I’ll let you know.

Jeri Ryan’s seven of nine finally appeared in the fourth episode of Picard. However it wasn’t easy for Jeri to find Seven’s voice again.The Hollywood reporter spoke with the actress before the season began. When asked about what the biggest change she had experienced with the new show she said quote “The scale of the show. The scale of these sets, the costumes, it’s crazy. It’s like you’re doing a feature film every week.unquote She was also surprised by the technical set design quote  

“In one of my scenes, where I had to go in and work a console, we go in for the first rehearsal and I had to touch buttons and the screen actually does something! And I totally flipped out, like: ‘Oh my god, actually having buttons that work!” unquote

She also talked about her first day working with Sir Patrick Stewart on the set quote “My first scene, the big scene, was the one you see in the trailer, when we’re in his office/ready room. That was my first day on set. It was daunting — not just because it was Patrick — but because I was still petrified — or ‘Patrick-fied’ — of if I could find the character again. I was still trying to figure out who she was.” unquote. However she did have backup in finding her character thanks to Jonathan Frakes quote “I was so fortunate because Jonathan Frakes was directing my first episode. So with that, I knew I was in good hands. [Frakes], more than anyone else, would get the importance of revisiting and being true to these characters. Because the challenge for me is: Where has she been for nearly 20 years? Finding her voice was the hardest thing for me; when I read the first script — I just couldn’t hear her voice anywhere.” 

Ryan went on to recall that it took her the first couple of takes before she felt like she “found Seven,” but once she did, “Frakes just sort of walked in and said ‘there she is.’” unquote

Her return was excellent and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. This is good.

Geek

Well here’s a pleasant surprise. Rick Moranis is returning to acting after a 23 year hiatus to raise his children after the death of his wife. He will be back in a new sequel to Honey I shrunk the kids titled Shrunk. The new movie will star Josh Gad as Rick Moranis son Wayne Szalinkski and be directed by Joe Johnston who also directed the original movie back in 1989. Rick has not appeared in a live action film since 1994’s Little Giants.

The prequel series to The CW’s The 100 has started casting. According to Deadline, Iola Evans from Amazon’s Carnival Row, Adain Bradley from the CW’s Riverdale and Leo Howard of Why Women Kill have been cast in a backdoor pilot for the yet to be titled prequel. The backdoor pilot episode will air sometime during the seventh and final season of the show.

The Stargate franchise has been quiet since 2011. MGM tried to gauge interest in a new series a couple of years ago with a prequel webseries, but it apparently didn’t do enough to convince the studio to go ahead with anything new.. Comic Book dot com checked in with creator Roland Emmerich to see where things are with anything new. Emmerich said quote”Yeah, I kind of talked a little bit with MGM about Stargate,” Emmerich said in an interview. “But I think this is going nowhere because there was another TV show, and they kind of realized that if it’s like some sort of a mixed bag.” unquote   It seems to me that if Stargate fans want to see a new series, they’d better show up or it’ll be a long time before anything new is seen.

The fifth Indiana Jones movie will start filming in just a few months according to Harrison Ford. The actor, in an interview with Ellen said that it would start sometime this summer or late summer. Seemingly implying that it would be around July or August. The movie was originally scheduled to be out this May but has been pushed back all the way to July tenth of next year. Let’s just hope it’s better than the Crystal Skull.

Goonies never say die. Well it looks like Fox Television has begun development on a sorn of Goonies reboot. The show is about a troubled teacher who attempts to make a shot for shot remake of the cult film with three students. Here’s the description quote “After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of their favorite movies — The Goonies. Over the course of the season of the potential series, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.” unquote Don’t hold your breath though, This project is untitled and just in the project stage.

HBO’s  sci fi comedy Avenue 5 has been renewed for season two. The show starring Josh Gad and Hugh Laurie trapped on a space liner with horrible people seems to have gotten over with a lot of people. I’ve been enjoying it.

The Hollywood reporter has broken the news that Chris evans is currently in negotiatons to play dentist Orin Scrivello in Greg Berlanti’s reboot of Little Shop of Horors. Warner Bros is making the movie and other possible actors up for roles include Scarlett Johansson and taron Egerton. No possible release date is known.

This story is both sad and a little strange,  Veteran stuntwoman Cheryl Sanders who has performed in Back to the Future Part II, VI Warshawski, The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon series was killed in a shootout outside a million dollar home in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Fox 6 News in Ohio reports that Cheryl Sande and her husband were shot and killed after they allegedly threatened her ex husband Robert Duncan and his wife in their driveway.Officers responded to the shooting on February thirteenth in Miami Township Ohio and found the couple dead outside her ex’s house. Sanders and her husband don’t live in Ohio, they live in North Carolina according to the county attorney.

Sanders ex told the police that Cheryl pulled up in a car, got out and went towards Duncan’s wife Molly. According to Sheriff Gene Fisher, Cheryl Sanders was quote “threatening to kill the guy’s wife and (Robert Duncan) fired upon that person,” Both Robert and Cheryl Sanders died from multiple gunshots. Apparently this was not the first time Cherl Sanders had attempted this. Apparently this had been a long planned murder attempt as there was a survailance camera  put on the the house that broadcast to a cellphone found in the couples car and Robert Sanders had multiple form of id on him.

The investigation is still continuing. 

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Tonight! Birds of Prey disappoints, Bob Iger thinks he’s owed a beer and Kevin Smith masters an all star cast of the Universe, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to episode 65 of Multiverse Tonight! Well. What do you know. I know one thing. Rumors are just that rumors. I’ve been seeing rumors online that Dan Didio’s exit from DC Comics is some sort of precurreser to AT&T selling off DC Comics or stopping production of comics, ecetera. You need to look at this with a critical eye. One. no reliable sources. The site that has this story doesn’t name where this info is coming from. 2. No cooberation. No other site is reporting this news. If something like that was happening other news sites and more repetable sites would have the story. In other words, don’t believe it until it happens or it gets better coverage.

DC

Patty Jenkins thinks of Steve Trevor like an Indiana Jones type of character in Wonder Woman 1984.quote  “He’s not beta at all. He’s a super alpha who can absolutely wear his discomfort on his sleeve,”. “So, from day one, I was always saying that it should almost be like Wonder Woman meets Indiana Jones, where Indiana would never be emasculated. Chris just very naturally has that quality. You can tell by meeting him that he’s warm and he’s chill and he truly appreciates women.”  unquote 

So what does Pine think of his character’s journey in the movie Speaking with Entertainment Weekly he said quote “In the first movie, I played the world-weary soldier who has seen all the depravity that humankind is capable of displaying,” “And in this one I get to be much more wide-eyed and joyful. My role is really just as a friend, lover, boyfriend-cum-bodyguard who’s trying his best to help Diana on her mission. I’m like the Watson to her Holmes.” unquote

Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Kristen Wiig about her transformation into the role of Cheetah quote “I did not really know so much about Cheetah,” “Before I even talked to Patty [Jenkins], there was an idea that maybe it might be about being a villain for the movie, so I went online and looked at all the villains of Wonder Woman to try to figure out which one, because I was so excited. And I was really, really happy to find out it was her.” “I’ve never really played someone who walks into the room and owns it — especially when she starts out so insecure and self-deprecating,” Wiig said. “We didn’t want to see Barbara in Cheetah, and I didn’t want to see Kristen in Cheetah, either.” unquote Wonder Woman 1984 opens on June fifth.

Birds of Prey had a disappointing first weekend, so what did Warner Bros do? Retitled the film, Worked for Edge of Tomorrow didn’t it.? Birds of Prey And the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is now Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. not a bad idea. Speaking to the Verge, a representative for the studio said that the title change was to help search expansion for ticket sites. Which sounds a lot like people weren’t searching for Birds of Prey, they were searching for Harley Quinn. I wonder if you call a movie Birds of Prey, maybe push the Birds of Prey and not Harley Quinn? I mean if Harley is the entire plot of the movie, call it Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.

The good news is the film has made back it’s money. Let’s see how it did in the box office report

BOX OFFICE REPORT

DC Universe’s Doom Patrol will be getting a little larger next season. Actress Abigail Shapiro is joining up as The Chief Niles Caulder’s daughter Dorthy and NCIS New Orleans’ Karen Obilom is coming as Roni Evers, a military vet with a mysterious past who meets Cyborg Vic Stone in a PTSD support group.

Longtime Co-Publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio is out at DC Comics.  Dan is best known for Infinite Crisis, The new 52, DC Rebirth and Doomsday Clock. Dan has been co-publisher for the past10 years. This seems to leave Co-Publisher Jim Lee in the driverseat as sole publisher and Chief Creative Officer. DiDio’s exit comes just prior to an announced new relaunch that would further dismantle  parts of the 2011 reboot. It is unclear at this time if that relaunch will be delayed or canceled.

The Supergirl comic will end with issue number forty two in May. The issue will be written by Jody Houser with art by Rachel Stott and will pit Supergirl against the US Military. There are currently no plans for a new series.

Some early images of Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit have come out, but meanwhile those faithful who still want the Snyder cut have launched a renewed campaign for the Holy Grail of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. The social media profiles for WarnerMedia owned companies are getting comment bombed. For example, the HBO Max instagram page has hundreds if not thousands of demands that HBO Max stream the cut of the movie.  By the way, there is still no verification if such a cut ACTUALLY exists. So they might just be yelling into the void. 

Lucifer’s fifth season has been scheduled as it’s last but could it get a sixth? According to TVLine dot com, Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros Television to make a new final season. Season five is currently in its final weeks of production on it’s final sixteen episodes. Neither Netflix nor Warner Bros has acknowledged or denied the report.

DC has been in the Anniversary business for the past few years Putting out specials for Action Comics and Detective Comics now it’s Green Lanterns turn. DC will be celebrating the Green Heros 80th this year. The first green lantern first hit print in 1940’s American Comics  number sixteen written by Bill Finger and drawn by Martin Nodell. To celebrate this, DC is putting out the Green Lantern eightieth Anniversary 100 page super spectacular featuring Lanterns like Alan Scott, Hal Jordan,Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and many more. There will be a main cover by Liam Sharp and eight variant covers for the eight decades from various artists. And the stories will come from Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more. The comic will hit store shelves on May twentieth and will retail for 9.99.

Marvel

Avengers Endgame not winning an Oscar was kind of a disappointment. Well it’s not winning that makes history or infamy take your pick. Avengers Endgames shut out at the Oscars marks the first time that a film has become the highest grossing movie of all time but didn’t win an oscar. Endgame made nearly 2.8 billion dollars worldwide .

The United Kingdom has some new heroes. Marvel is introducing a brand new team called The Union in the Empyre crossover event with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. The tagline for the event is quote Thanos is dead-so who is the biggest power in the Universe? Unquote  The Union is written by Paul Grist and has art by Andrea Di Vito and cis out now.

Michael Pena is unsure about  the fate of his Marvel Antman sidekick character Luis. The Hollywood reporter talked with Pena on the press junket for his new movie Fantasy Island and they asked if he ever found out, he said quote “I have no idea. Ant-Man 3 is not going to be shot for another year or so. After my involvement in the first two Ant-Man movies, we really won’t even know what’s going to happen until one to two months before we film,” explained Peña. “I have no idea what’s happening to be honest. Right now, Marvel is in a really cool position where they can break hearts by who they bring back and who they don’t. But, I’m still interested even though I have no idea what’s gonna happen, and I can’t wait to find out.” unquote However he is hopeful that he will be returning to the MCU Speaking with coming soon dot com he said quote  “For the last one, I didn’t really know what capacity I was going to come back in or if I was going to come back,” Peña previously said to ComingSoon. “I think they’re a year away from filming, I think it would be great if I could do a third one. But you never know, especially with all the stuff that happened in Endgame. Right now, Marvel’s in a situation where they can crush some expectations, they’re gonna have to crush some expectations of other characters, not just mine, so hopefully I make the cut.” unquote

Well I think it would be tragic to do a third ant man film and not have the series hype man. He’s one of a kind.

So last summer, the big story was the Spider-man fight followed by the ambassadorial effort of  Spider-man tom Holland that resulted in a peace treaty between Sony and Disney. Now Disney CEO Bob Iger thinks Tom Holland owes him a little something cool and refreshing. Mister Iger wrote on Twitter quote “Last night’s premiere of @Pixar latest film, #Onward, gave me a chance to see @MarvelStudios friends–#ChrisPratt and #TomHolland! Tom owes me a “pint” for saving @SpiderMan!”

Unquote Actually that’s not a bad idea. Maybe they should invite Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra and make it a beer summit, maybe iron some more of these Marvel rights out. Make it a huge shared universe? Whata say?

So have you ever watched the Marvel movies and that quick succession of comic book pages and wondered about the kissing couple that can be seen around the 6 second mark in the sequence? Well a fan on Quora has figured out who they are. Deverick Jenkins has figured out that they are Angelica Jones aka Firestar and Vance Astrovik aka Justice. You know what’s interesting about those two, They are mutants. Technically making them the first Mutants in a Marvel Studios film. Kinda neat. Now if Marvel Studios would just get down to using those mutants…

According to a new report from Illuminerdi, Sony is interested in Michelle MacLaren to direct the Spider-man movie. MacLaren is best known for working on shows like Game of Thrones, Better call Saul and Breaking Bad and if chosen this would be her first feature film. The same report also says that they are looking into Alicia Vikander for the lead role of Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. When more is announced, I’ll let you know.

Well Avengers Endgame might have not gotten an Oscars, but they’re bound to get a blimp from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Endgame walked out with eleven nominations. Also up for awards are A Series of unfortunate Events, Power ranger Beast Morphers, Stranger Things, The Flash, The Simpsons, Captain Marvel, Spider-man Far From HOme, Star Wars the Rise of SkywalkerFrozen 2, the Lego Movie 2, The Lion King, Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4 and many many more. The awards will be slimed out on March 22nd on Nickelodeon.

Geek

 Kevin Smith’s Netflix Master of the Universe series Revelation has announced it’s cast and man is it star heavy. The cast includes:

·Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) as Skeletor 

·Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300) as Evil-Lyn 

·Chris Wood (Supergirl, The Vampire Diaries) as Prince Adam / He-Man 

·Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions) as Teela 

·Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as Man-At-Arms 

·Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer 

·Diedrich Bader (Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite) as King Randor / Trap Jaw

·Griffin Newman (The Tick, Vinyl) as Orko 

·Tiffany Smith  (Behind Enemy Lines, Supernatural) as Andra

·Henry Rollins (Johnny Mnemonic, Lost Highway) as Tri-Klops 

·Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) (Westworld, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Moss Man 

·Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman, Justice League) as Sorceress 

·Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) as Queen Marlena

·Justin Long (Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard) as Roboto 

·Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as Stinkor 

·Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Justice League) as He-Ro

·Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Scare Glow

·Cree Summer (DC Super Hero Girls, Vampirina) as Priestess

·Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman, ThunderCats) as Beast Man

·Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Crisis on Infinite Earths) as Mer-Man

·Harley Quinn Smith (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) as Ileena

Kevin told Newsarama that the only note he got from Netflix was to treat it seriously, quote like Shakespeare. So he tasked his writer’s room quote “We went in with this mantra of, like, nobody is winking and nobody’s acting like this is weirdness,” Smith said. “ManAtArms, Stinkor, or no, it’s all played incredibly Game of Thrones-straight.” “If you like the style of Castlevania, just put HeMan through that filter, and it has that feel and look to it,” “It’s anime style.”

No released date for Masters of the Universe Revelation won’t air until 2021.

If the report from DisInsider is true, Disney is working on another live action version of another animated movie. This time it will be Rupunzel, which was animated in the Tangled movie a decade ago. Michael De Luca and Kristen Burr are reportedly executive producing it with Zoe Kent, Jessica Virtue and Lucy Kitada. No director has been announced.

 According to Variety, Disney is working on a sequel to it’s live action Aladdin movie. The sequel is expected to be a theatrical release like the first one and will be a completely new idea and not based on the direct to video animated sequels The return of Jafar and Aladdin and the king of thieves. Right now it’s unclear if Guy Ritchie will return to direct but the films starts are all expected to return, but nothing is in place yet.  Comic book dot com can confirm that John Gatis and Andre Berloff will be writing the script.

Todd McFarlane has announced a Kickstarter campaign at the 2020 Toy Fair. This Kickstarter will recreate the original line of Spawn toys that were made with the Todd toys logo, all released with classic packaging but with the modern sensibilities and techniques that mcFarlane toys have become known for. Todd McFarlane said quote I’m going to start with him (points to original Spawn) and hopefully we’ll end up getting to all six of these, but we’re going to take that original Spawn and we’re going to do it and put it into a retro packaging, but we’re going to use a modern-day sculpt of it.” The Kickstarter isn’t live yet, but will be under the Masterworks category on Kickstarter. I like a good Kickstarter, I give to the Rifftrax kickstarter every year.

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Show Notes: Episode 62: Jedi Record Keeping & Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Jokers Oscars away

Tonight! Picard breaks records, Mark Hamill gets reunited with a record and we remember Orson Bean and others on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 62 of Multiverse Tonight!

Picard is doing great. And they finally got the old man into space at last. And there are so many backstories that need to be told. All told all the episodes so far leave me in a happy place.

Star Wars fans, I feel bad for you, no Oscars, but it’s an honor just to be nominated right?

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Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is breaking records over at CBS All Access. Picard along with the Grammy’s and the end of the NFL season led to record high new signups for the streamer beating it’s previous record se in February of 2019. In fact, the first week of Picard was the second best signup week, the best being the 2019 Super Bowl week. The premiere of Star Trek: Picard also set a new record for total streams, driving the highest volume of subscribers streaming a CBS All Access original series ever. The Picard premiere was up more than +115% and +180% over the previous record set by Star Trek: Discovery, making Star Trek: Picard the service’s most-watched premiere ever.

According to Marc DeBovise, Chief Digital Officer at Viacom CBS and President and CEO of CBS Interactive quote “We’ve seen tremendous continued growth in the service, and the new records we’ve experienced due to Star Trek: Picard, the Grammys and a fantastic season of football are a phenomenal way to kick off what will be a fantastic year for CBS All Access,” “CBS All Access continues to build upon its great mix of programming – from original series, to sports and special events – and we’ve strategically programmed 2020 to bring subscribers an ‘always on’ calendar of must-watch series and events.” unquote Picard has also been declared fresh by rotten tomatoes. 

If your in LA between April 30th and September sixth, why not head on down to the Skirball Cultural Center in Westside for Star Trek Exploring New Worlds, which will be a visual examination of the sci fi franchises impact on culture, art and technology as well as its futuristic vision of inclusiveness. The exhibit was originally organized by the Museum o fPop Culture  in Seattle and will bring 100 artifacts, set pieces and props . Including Captain Kirk’s captains chair, Leonard Nimoys, Nichelle Nichols and Patrick Stewart’s costumes, filming models of the Enterprise, Excelsior, and Deep Space Nine and a bunch of stuff showcasing Star trek’s impact on culture, art and technology.

Picard isn’t the only thing that’s premiered, Star Trek Online has celebrated its tenth anniversary with Star Trek Online Legacy, which has a new mission featuring Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Sonequa Martin Green has Michael Burnham. Jeri Ryan has been in STO for a few years now, having voiced her character for the Delta Rising expansion. Now she’s back as her Picard version of the character. Legacy will have two new featured episodes based around the Excalbians featured in the TOS episode The Savage Curtain. A new 5 person Task Force Operation called To Hell with Honor, the Mycelium TFO and the Anniversary Celebration with a new T6 Khitomer Alliance Battlecrusier. It is available now on PC and on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on March 3rd. And as always, its free to play. If you want to join a Fleet, join The Multiverse Tonight Fleet, do it today.

Blurbs have been released for the new Simon & Schuster Star Trek novels. First off in June is Dayton Ward’s Agents of Influence, an Original Series novel. Here’ the blurb quote For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of the Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus.

After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries. Unquote

Next up is John Jackson Miller’s Discovery novel Die Standing coming out in July quoteNo one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.

But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew? Unquote 

August brings us a new Kelvin Timeline book, More Beautiful Than Death from David Mack quote Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons,” Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt.

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Sarek’s young Vulcan aide L’Nel has a sinister agenda—and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock! Unquote

In October, we have Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, To Lose the Earth, this book has been delayed because of her other work on Discovery and Picard, here’s the blurb quote As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.unquote

Well happy reading or in my case listening, I don’t have much time to actually read.

We close out Star trek news with the passing of actress Marj Dusay at the age of 83. She would be best known to Star Trek fans for her guest appearance on the Spock’s Brain episode in the third season. 

She played Kara, the girl who put the crew to sleep and then stole Spock’s grey matter. She was born in Russell, Kansas in 1936, The role on Star Trek was one of the first she had, se also had roles on the Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-o, The Odd Couple, The Facts of Life, Dallas and soap operas Stana Barbara, The Guiding Light, Days of OUr Lives, All my Children. She won five Daytime emmys for her soap opera work. She was twice married and  had a son and a daughter. 

She passed away from natural causes in her Manhattan home.

Kahless has returned to Sto-Vo-Kor. Actor Kevin Conway, the actor who played the returned Kahless in the Next Generation episode Birthright has passed away from a heart attack.  Kevin was a vetern actor who started acting at the age of twenty four. His first major role was as Roland Weary in 1972’s film adaptation of Slaughterhouse five, he would go on to play such memorable movie roles as Crum Petree the crazy mailman from the Chevy Chase movie Funny Farm, Frank Papale in Disney’s Invincible and Sgt. Buster Kilrain in Gettysburg and the sequel Gods and Generals. His television work included a guest star role on an Episode of Homicide Life on the Street, the Control Voice on the 1995 reboot of The Outer Limits, The Good Wife, JAG and HBO’s Oz. He was 77 years old. 

Star wars

Star Wars actor Jake Lloyd has had many struggles with mental health. The actor best known for his role Anakin Skywalker i nThe Phantom Menace. And has had many struggles including run in with the law and the unexpected passing of his younger sister a couple of years ago.

In a statement with Geek News Now, Jake’s mother talked about her son’s present state quote “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill,” the statement reads. “Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.” unquote  My heart goes out to him. I wish him peace and long life.

The Mandalorian second season comes to Disney Plus this October. In the First quarter earnings call CEO Bob Iger , The show has been very successful for Disney with 65 percent of viewers of the show going on to try at least ten other offerings on the streamer. 

Mark Hamill got a surprise last month. An Arizona bookstore tweeted the actor saying that it had found his original copy of the Star Wars soundtrack and wanted to send it back to him.. How did they know it was his, the record sleeve was personally inscribed by John Williams to Mark. In an interview with the New York Times on Monday Mark said quote I wasn’t completely sure that it was mine,“”But I know that I’d had an album signed by John. How would they know that?” Mark didn’t even know that it was missing and had assumed it was still in the basement of his California home with the rest of his record collection.  How it got to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff, Arizona, who can say. All the store knows is that it showed up in a collection a lady brought in from her deceased father’s collection. The record had even been temporarily [but on sale before it was taken down, it was posted on twitter soon there after where Mr. Hamill saw it. Within days, it was in the mail back to it’s Jedi owner.Mark said quote “This is so above and beyond, considering they could’ve sold it.” Unquote Mark made his grattitude clear encouraging his twitter fans to visit the store and he signed some memorabilia for the store incudingg a Star wars DVD and a replica of the medal given to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope. 

The Star Wars A Galaxy Far far Away Show at Disney’s hollywood studios is closing. The show , which featured classic moments from the Skywalker Saga brought to live on stage will be closing soon, however there apparently is no set end date. However there are rumors that the show will close a week after the scheduled opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March fourth I’m guessing it’s no longer needed with Galaxy’s Edge.

Taika Waititi is downplaying the rumors that he was offered a Star wars film. When asked about it by entertainment weekly, the Oscar award winning director slash actor said quote “Listen, what does ‘approached’ even mean?” “I’ve seen Star Wars, that’s about as far as it got.” Pushed on the subject further he said quote  “Look, I’m not an idiot,” “Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous.” unquote. So it sounds like no, but he wouldn’t say no. So come on, Lucasfilm. Balls in your court, unless this is all a big lie? But let’s just deal with facts and not rumours. 

Some more sad news to report actor Alan Harris has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. His career mostly was as an extra or stand in. But he is known to Star Wars fans as the bounty hunter Bossk in the Empire Strikes Back, he was also a security guard on Bespin. Over his career he showed up in the Living Daylights, Doctor Who, Top Secret!, Return of the Jedi, . Flash Gordon, The Shining, Superman: The Movie, Return of the Jedi and The Avengers among others usually uncredited. He was 81 years old.

Geek

Disney Plus is doing well. The service has 28.6 million subscribers which is nearly half way to it’s five year goal of 60 to 90 million subscribers. This March the service will expand to the UK, Western Europe and India. It will come to the rest of the planet in 2021.

And some more good news for those of you outside the US, Hulu will be expanding outside of North America next year. Hulu will also now be the exclusive streaming service for all new FX Original Programming, plus it will start offering in season streaming of current FX shows and back seasons for almost all of its shows.

Lethal Weapon 5 is now in development. According to It Chapter Two producer Dan Lin it will be the last one. Speaking with the Hollywood reporter an Said quote , “I’m going to knock on wood, because I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie, and Dick Donner’s coming back,” Lin told The Hollywood Reporter. “The original cast is coming back, and it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel [Gibson] and Danny [Glover] are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Actor Orson Bean has passed away after being hit by two cars while walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Orson, who was originally born Dallas Frederick Burrows in 1928 began acting in 1952 on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. He would go on to act in dozens of shows including the twilight zone episode Mr Bevis,  1977’s animated the Hobbit and the sequel The Return of the king. , The Love Boat, The facts of Life, Murder She Wrote, Tiny toon Adventures, 146 episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, 23 episodes of Desperate housewives, Modern Family, and Superstore. His final tv show appearance is in an episode of Netflix’s Grace And Frankie. He’s also done quite a few movies including InnerSpace, Being John Malkovich and The Equalizer 2. He was nominated for a grammy in 1979 for The Hobbit and for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2000 for Being John Malkovich. Orson Bean was 91.

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Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Joker’s Oscars away

Tonight! Owen Wilson might be coming to an MCU show near you, Wonder Woman has a new weapon and who won the Oscars much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 62. 

So did you watch the Oscars this past Sunday. It was…okay. There were a few surprises  like Eminem , the fact that Joker didn’t sweep the awards and John Williams not winning. Really thought that Mister Williams should have won. Anyway, if you missed it apparently you’re not alone, the Oscars Viewership sank to a new low this year. And I’ve noticed a lot of the usual complaints. Lack of diversity in the acting categories. Too much politics. Which is surprising because there weren’t a lot of big moments of politics, a few speeches, maybe not as much as a few years ago. Too long? Eh. It was about three and a half hours. Pretty typical. I could shorten it by not having the best songs all performed during the course of the evening, but having them shown in clips or maybe a medley of some kind?  Maybe no confusing performances by Eminem? I’ve also seen some complaints about how so and so was missing from the In Memoriam section. Folks, they only have so much time to do that and a lot of people can die in the course of the year and it’s not just actors, it’s all members of the Motion Picture Association of America. Plus, some of these people will be remembered at other award shows. Just as long as YOU remember them, that’s the important part.

Marvel

Rick And Morty are known to exist in multitudes of universes on the show, but did you know they exist in other franchises universes? Or rather the show does,  In Marvel’s Marauders number six, Rick and Morty gets a mention when Yellowjacket mentions that Pyro has quote made himself a couple of Long Island iced teas and now he’s in the yacht’s movie theater watching Rick and Morty.” unquote  Well that makes me wonder, Oni Press currently makes the Rick and Morty comics, perhaps Marvel and Oni can come together for a Marvel/Rick & morty crossover? Anyone wanna start a tweet hashtag for that?

Marvel Comics will have a new wanna be Captain America character in its upcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier miniseries.  The Natural is described as a Captain America superfan vigilante who will pose a threat to the duo. Falcon and Winter Soldier writer Derek Landy told comic book dot com quote “In combat, no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better than you,””Someone who’s stronger, or quicker, or who’s trained that little bit more. Even someone who’s luckier. That’s where the Natural came from — that fear in a fighter’s mind that, maybe, their next opponent will be the one to outclass them.” Artist Federico Vicentini added quote “He wants to be Captain America, his idol, his hero, but he does that from the wrong side of the barricade, unaware of his mistakes,” “Bucky and Sam will have to do their best to show him what it really means to be Captain America. For his costume I tried to keep some details from Cap’s old one (the boots, for example), but I also added something new, like the black logo on his chest and mask, to point out the dark traits of his behavior.” Unquote 

Falcon and winter Soldier number one comes out on February 26.

Actor Owen Wilson is in talks to join Disney Plus’ Loki series according to sources close to the Hollywood reporter. What character he possibly could be playing is unknown. Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron is writing the plot for the show and will be acting as show creator and executive producer. 

While we don’t have a release window for the series yet, The Falcon and The WinterSoldier will be coming in August and WandaVision will debut in December.

Fast 9 star  Tyrese Gibson gave an update on his character in Sony’s Morbius and how the film is progressing. Tyrese will be playing Agent Shroud. He told Comic book dot com at the F9 event in Miami quote “I play a character named Agent Shroud, Agent Simon Shroud, opposite Jared Leto. It’s the Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius, Venom, Marvel. I’m just excited to be a part of this franchise. I love the Fast & the Furious but I’ve been wanting to be a part of another franchise. Because, the last time I was in a franchise was Transformers, which is not too shabby.” unquote 

Fast and Furious, Transformers. Well he does have a knack for being in successful franchises. Could Tyrese rub off on the extended Spider-man franchise?

Sooner or later the X-Men movie franchise will get rebooted, so what advice would former Cyclops actor James Marsden give to the next man who fills the role, Collider, talking with Marsden while he’s promoting Sonic The Hedgehog gave some quote The biggest challenge was that, the audience and other actors never being able to see your eyes. Definitely was a handicap in bringing a persona to the character, and an energy to the character. To a character who is also very, by nature, very by-the-books. Kind of a Boy Scout, ‘do the right thing.’ He’s a foil to Wolverine’s character, who is more fly by the seat of his pants, a little more unpredictable, and aggressive.

I would just say lean into it. Own it. And carve out your own thing. The fans of the books are going to tell you ‘it needs to be this’. Find a new way to make it interesting. Because it is tough to like get something interesting and cool and different across when no one ever sees your eyes. Which is obviously, you know, the main part of the character.” unquote 

DC

Well Arrow is officially done. However it kind of looks like a lot of people said goodbye earlier than others. The Ratings for the final episode are out. 723,000 tuned in to the episode, which was an almost 20 percent drop from the week before. It also wasn’t helped by the fact that it wa moved back an hour for an arrow special. Plus, who watches tv shows when they’re actually on anyway, that’s so twentieth century.

The Batman has begun principal photography and we now know what role actres Jayme Lawson is playing in the movie. Business Wire lists her as Candida Bella real. Since there is no character in known batman lore by that name, she is either a new character that plays some role in the film or that character’s name is false and she is actually playing another role. Some suggestions have been Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.

We are also learning that Peter Skarsgaurd will be playing the role of Gotham City District Attorney Gil Colson, which is…you guessed it. Another name that has no known usage in the DCU. Could it be a new character or a different character, who knows.  NEXT.

On comics news, Scott Snyder has given Wonder Woman a new weapon. The writer posted on his twitter  a link to a Newsarama article showing Wonder Woman wielding a chainsaw-like device. Scott added quote It’s called the chainsaw of truth quote The weapon will show up in the sequel to Dark Knight Metal. Not much is known about the new series only that quote “the mayhem is imminent.” unquote 

In John Constantine: Hellblazer number four, John Constantine gets introduced to Tommy Willowtree a street mage who’s been guarding Endland from mystickal threats since Constantine’s been away causing a new era of peace in London using white magic. Tonny is quote “a gentleman, a scholar, a clean-living, vegan acolyte of love.” unquote In other words every thind Constantine isn’t and that’s something that John can’t stand. Unfortunately, Constantine is gonna have to suck it up and team with him. 

John Constantine Hellblazer number four will have new artist Matias Bergara taking over for Aaron Campbell joining writer Simon Spurrier and colorist Jordie Bellaire. It’s coming to comic stores on February twenty sixth.

Writer artist Any reeder will be bringing a new character to the DC Universe in her upcoming Amethyst series. In an interview with CBR.com She said quote “I can’t wait for everyone to meet Phoss. Creating new characters is always on my radar; it’s fun and necessary to keep things fresh. I got a chance to do this at Marvel with Moon Girl, and I’m so glad she took off the way she did. For the sake of this miniseries Phoss is tied to Gemworld only, but I would love if she really takes off into the general DCU. Is it strange that I haven’t thought about that yet?””Phoss is the first new teen friend Amy makes, a commoner from Turquoise, the warrior realm,” “She’s maybe a little too easy going, and too honest, but she’s a great foil to Princess Amethyst and keeps her grounded. Oh and no biggie, but Phoss is a lesbian animal lover with four forearms and she rides a giant caterpillar named Stan. WHATEVER. Anyway, the strength of friendship is a major element to the story, so you’ll see a lot of Phoss and that other upcoming character, Maxixe.

Amethyst is not a new character, she was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Earnie Colon of 1983’s Legion of SuperHeroes issue 298. Where the character otherwise known as Amy Winston discovered that she was a princess of the House of Amethyst on Gemworld. Here’s the plot quote Following her triumphant reintroduction in the pages of Young Justice, the new Amethyst miniseries follows teenager Amy Winston—a.k.a. Princess Amethyst—as she returns to her magical kingdom to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. The only problem? Her kingdom is missing, her subjects have vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld—even her best friend, Lady Turquoise—remain loyal to her house! Alone and dejected, Amy’s forced to find new allies and confront dark secrets on an all-new quest to the farthest reaches of Gemworld. Unquote 

Amethyst #1 releases Feb. 26.

Comic writer Steve Orlando is stepping out. The writer who has been working for DC Comics for the past four years is moving away from the Distinguished Competition. To a number of other publishers. To mark the end of his contract he had an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

It’s a good interview. When asked why he signed exclusively with DC he said quote 

I mean, look, I grew up as a DC guy. I was, you know, knocked over when they offered me that contract after Midnighter. And of course it’s nice to have that reliability and a home for most of your work. But I mean, you know, young Steve, who is reading DC books out of flea markets in the 1980s and early ’90s, you know, it’s a dream job. And by the way, working for DC’s still a dream job.

You know, when you’re an adult, you realize that dreams have to evolve and change. So at the time, you know, there was no way that I would stay away from that, because it’s like playing for the Yankees. (Laughs) So of course I would take it. And it’s still a company that I have, and characters that I continue to have, great affection for.

I’m excited to continue on Wonder Woman for that reason. These are icons, and to be asked to become a lasting part of those things, you know, it’s an honor, it’s a huge responsibility, and there’s just no way I wouldn’t do that. Unquote 

In other words, he’s not leaving DC completely, he’s just going to be a free agent.

He also announced that he will be working with TKO, Studio Arancia and for his prose work with Fuse Literary.

Birds of Prey is flying in a little lower than expected in its opening weekend. The movie only debuted to a Friday box office of 33 to 35 million. Warner bros had been aiming for a 45 to 50 million dollar opening. There could be several factors for this including its r rating causing the younger kids from seeing the movie, it’s february opening date or something else. However, it’s ratings and reviews can’t be blamed as it’s gotten largely positive.

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Geek

Could a new Green Hornet movie be in the offing?  The Green Hornet movie rights have been acquired by Amasia Entertainment a company run by former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo. In a statement Helfant said quote “This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises,” “We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision.”“When I was a kid, The Green Hornet was one of my favorite television series,” he added. “I loved everything about it: the Green Hornet, Kato, and of course, the Black Beauty. They were the coolest! It was personally painful to leave them all behind when I left Dimension. So I tried to option the property again at Marvel before it went over to Sony, and then again in 2017 before the rights landed at Paramount.” unquote The rights have been bouncing from studio to studio for years now. The last time it was made into anything was 2011’s The Green Hornet starring Seth rogen, which did poorly. 

Speaking of projects that might come again. The Crow is back in active development. According to Bloody Disgusting.com, Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow’s planned reboot of The Crow might be moving forward after nearly eighteen months of no movement. The reboot had originally been planned for release in October of last year, but development fell apart in Summer of 2018 when star Jason Mamoa and director Corin Hardy left the project causing Sony Pictures to pull it. So far no new director or actor has surfaced.

Ron Howard has given an update on Disney Plus’ Willow series. Ron talked to Variety about the project, quote “We’re working on it, it’s not greenlit, but I was just on the phone today discussing it with Jonathan who has written the scripts,” “It’s in serious development, but there’s nothing to announce quite yet.” unquote Ron also confirmed that talks are ongoing for Willow star warwick davis to return. Saying quote “If it happens, Warwick will definitely be a part of it,”

Disney Pixar’s new movie Onward has a lawsuit on its hands. The Hollywood reporter reports that artist Sweet Cecily Daniher is suing Onward producer Kori Rae over the design on the van driven by the movie’s main characters.  Her design called Vanicorn shows a white unicorn in front of a blue and purple sky with bolts of lightning extending behind it. In the movie the characters van shows a white Pegasus in front of a blue and purple sky with lightning bolts in the background. 

According to Daniher, Disney contacted her to use Vanicorn as a showpiece for a festival . Not long after, she noticed the similarity and pointed it out online. 

Onward producer Kori Rae apologized for not making her aware there were plans to use the Vanicorn design in the movie because, at the time of the festival, the movie didn’t have a title and without a title Disney couldn’t have Daniher sign a non disclosure agreement. 

Ms. Daniher is now suing Disney for Copyright infringement as well as violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the visual Artists rights act and the California Artists Protection Act. Onward hits theaters on March sixth.

The fortieth Golden Raspberry Awards aka The Razzie nominations have been announced and Cats ran away with it like well a cat from a dog. Cats got nominations for worst picture, director, actress, supporting actor for James Corden, Supporting actress for Dame Judi Dench and Rebel Wilson, Worst Screen Combo for any two characters in Cats and Jason Derulo and his CGI neutered bulge,and  screenplay. Hellboy received 5 nods including worst director, actor for David Harbour, worst prequel, remake, rip off or sequel, screenplay and reckless disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Dark Phoenix received two nominations worst prequel remake, rip off or sequel and worst supporting actor for Jessica Chastain. But it’s not all thumbs in the eyes, They also give out The razzie Redeemer Award for those who have come back from bad. This year’s nominations are Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Eddie Murphy for Dolemite IS my Name, Keanu Reeves for John Wick 3 and Toy Story 4, Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems and Will Smith for Aladdin. The ceremony date has not been announced yet.

But we do know who won the Oscars

Parasite walked away with four sucking the awards away from the front runner Joker, It won best director for Bong Joon Ho, Best original screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won and both best picture and best international picture. Marking the first time a forign film won the best picture award.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, Taika Waititi won best adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. Toy Story 4 won for best animated feature film. And I was hoping randy Newman or John Williams would have won this catergory but Best Original score went to Joker’s Hildur Guðnadóttir (pronounced Hill-dur Guth-nah-door-tier).  If I pronounced that right, please donate a dollar. Thank you.

Archie Comics Editor in Chief Victor Gorelick has passed away.  An announcement was made on the Archie Comic twitter account this past Saturday.Quote  “We are extremely heartbroken and devastated to inform the Archie family of the passing of Archie Comics icon and Editor in Chief, Victor Gorelick, who made Riverdale his home for over sixty years,” the statement read. “No person embodied the Archie spirit more than Victor, who was a leader, friend, and mentor to everyone that walked through the doors of Archie. A lifelong friend and mentor to Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater – and an inspiration to the entire Archie Comics family – Victor will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kathie, his family, his friends, and his many fans.” Gorelick first joined Archie Comics when he was 16 as an art assistant over the years he picked up skills and moved up the ladder until he was named editor in chief in 2007. He was honored with the Inkpot Award in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw collaborations with Kraft, radio Shack and the FBI. IN addition to his day job at archie comics, he served on the Comics Code Authority Guidelines Committee and a member or the Board ofAdvisors of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He was 78 years old. 

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Show Notes: Episode 60: What Comes After Picard & Episode 61: Howard the Duck Gets No Respect

Tonight! Picard comes back big,Obi-Wan goes back to the hanger and the Peacock is coming. All this and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 60 of Multiverse Tonight!

Have you seen Star Trek Picard. Here’s a non spoiler review. It felt well put together, a lot of what I thought happened. Especially in regards to Data. One of the few gripes I have was the theme music was…well…let me just put it this way. I don’t think anyone is going to be humming this tune. But I’m very interested to see where the show goes, I hear that the first three episodes act as the pilot episode in whole.

Star Trek

We start  Star Trek news with Picard’s Jeri Ryan, the actress talked with GamesRadar about how Seven of Nine has changed since the last we saw of her and what she thinks of Picard quote “I wouldn’t say there’s a huge affinity because Seven’s gotten pretty jaded over the last 20 years,” “She’s seen a lot of bad stuff, and she’s very much hardened from when we saw her 20 years ago. The universe has kind of gone to hell in a handbasket and she holds Starfleet and the Federation in a large part responsible for that. Initially, I think she sort of sees Picard as a representative of that, so she’s not in ‘idol worship/he’s a hero’ mode when we first meet her. I think that makes it more interesting.”

GamesRadar also spoke with the other major Borg character on the Picard Show,  Jonathan Del Arco. He told them Quote “In the story you’ll see it’s a very logical conclusion to where Hugh ends up,” But what I didn’t know were the circumstances of the world or how that affected how he ended up. He’s changed so much physically, and emotionally, and grown up like other people grow up. How many people do you know from high school who are the same in their forties and 50s? Not many. But I wanted for the audience to have a thread because he was beloved as who he was.” Unquote

The also asked what he thinks his character has been doing since we last saw him in Descent parts one and two? quote  “There’s lots of novels about what happened to the Borg and possible stories that could have developed,” “So [creating Hugh’s backstory] was a combination of talking to producers that had deep knowledge on the canon, but also some of my own imagination, because you know when you’re an actor you don’t have to tell anybody how you got there – you could make up anything you want in your head!” unquote I’m looking forward to seeing who their stories unfold in this season.

Patrick Stewart’s been on a press blitz promoting Picard and one stop was The Graham Norton Show ,while there he told the story about the time he was caught by a room service waiter, watching himself in an episode of The Next Generation. Quote “I don’t look for it, but occasionally I’ll happen upon it,” “There was one night in a hotel when I was flicking through the channels and there was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I watched it for a few minutes, and I got hooked.

“Then the waiter came in with my room service order and he looked at me, then looked at the television and I thought, ‘He is going to go away and tell the entire kitchen that it was the saddest thing he had ever seen – this guy upstairs alone, having room service and watching himself’.” unquote Well Patrick, if you don’t watch yourself who will?

And we will be seeing much more of Sir Patrick and Star Trek Picard as the series has already earned  a renewal for Season two, but this time it’ll be with a new showrunner, Terry Matalas will be taking up the reins for the next season, Mr. Matalas previously was the showrunner for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, but he’s not new to Trek having worked as a production assistant for Voyager and enterprise. 

Show writer Michael Chabon sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone,in the interview he laid down his Trek Bona Fides. Such as how he and his wife both got into the next Generation. He also talked about a dinner he had with Rick Berman quote I had dinner with [Next Generation showrunner] Rick Berman a few weeks ago. I said something like, “Oh, it was so remarkable that they cast such a great actor, and someone who was so well-known on the England stage.” He said, “You have to remember, when we started that show, we actually cast two really well-known, talented actors: LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who had been in Stand By Me.” That was the casting coup of The Next Generation in the beginning. It was viewed as: They got LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who was this hot, young actor. Patrick Stewart was so unknown at that time, he wasn’t viewed as a coup in the sense that he was, say, when they cast him to play Professor X. unquote He also discussed about what it’s like writing for the Next Generation characters. And how it was to write for an older Picard quote It’s incredible, the things he does over the course of the season. Because it’s not just him playing the Picard that you know when you think of Picard. He’s playing Picard who’s decades older, has been through a lot, has aged physically, is looking at his life in the way that someone who’s middle-aged wouldn’t. In canon in our story, Picard is I believe 92. So he’s older than Patrick is, but someone who’s been alive that long, looking at his life, is going to be behaving very differently than someone who’s however old Patrick was when he started doing TNG. Patrick had all of that. He presents the character of Picard very much as the same guy. And yet, he’s changed, inevitably. He’s older, he’s wiser, he’s sadder, he has more regrets and more to regret. All of that just emerged on day one of shooting. Unquote It’s a very long interview, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/star-trek-picard-michael-chabon-interview-937028/

One of the best parts of the series premiere of Picard was Jean-Luc’s dog Number One. I have a feeling we won’t see much of him until the end of the season, since I’m sure Picard is going on the road in the next episoe or two. On the Picard after show The ready room with host Wil Wheaton,  Showrunner and Executive Producer Michael Chabon talked about how they came to give the Bulldog his name. Quote “Pretty early on,” “As soon as the first draft was getting written I think it appeared at that point. It’s meant to be…it’s an Easter egg, and it’s cute and charming, but there’s something also kind of poignant about it, to me at least. He doesn’t have a Number 1, those days are behind him. Riker’s long gone in his life and there’s almost something sort of touching that he’s trying to recreate in the form of a dog, which is not a bad thing to try to do. (It’s) So much that he’s lost, so much that he’s left behind.” unquote 

We might have a special guest star already lined up for Picard season 2. While appearing on The View to promote the show, Sir Patrick said this to host Whoppi Goldburg quote “Something that I need to bring up. I’m here with a formal invitation – and it’s for you, Whoopi. Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of ‘Star Trek: Picard’, and all of his colleagues (of which I am one), want to invite you into the second season.” unquote The crowd applauded and Whoppi responded with a big quote “Yes!” quote https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1220028276879568897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220028276879568897&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fstartrek%2F2020%2F01%2F22%2Fstar-trek-patrick-stewart-invites-whoopi-goldberg-picard-season-2-guinan%2F

It’ll be good to see Gunian back in Picard’s life. 

CBS’s day at the Winter 2020 TV Critics Association Press Tour gave us some jaw dropping news nuggets, specifically that there are two more live action projects in the pipeline. Now of course, there is nothing to indicate what these two projects are, though speculation seems to hover around a StarFleet Academy series and a Pike’s Enterprise show bringing back Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn for the further adventures of the characters .

These two new shows would be in addition to the Section 31 show, which is still in active development. 

So where are the Discovery season 3 and the animated Lower Decks? TrekCore got to ask producer Heather Kadin about the shows and she revealed that both should be ready to go by May. As to which one goes first, that’s up to the All Access execs. And Might I suggest to these execs, if they wanna keep me paying for all access after picard is over, you might wanna put out Lower Decks. Just saying.

Well if looks like the Kelvin timeline just might be dead. As Director Noah Hawley has told The Hollywood reporter that his project will be an original story with a new cast. Quote“To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”

“Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”  As an example of what he plans to do he told them quote It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling. I went to Paramount and just had my own ideas for what I wanted to do with it. So that’s the direction that I’m going in. It’s still very early days, so I can’t really be more specific. But it’s going to be different. Unquote 

In a different interview with Deadline he said quote “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.” unquote

So it sounds like we’re actually gonna see something original on the big screen. No rehashes of old episodes, we’re gonna leave the Enterprise crew behind and tell a story that’s just set in the Star Trek Universe.  Good idea. Especially now that it seems that the Tarantino movie is still up in the air.

I guess we’ll just have to watch and see.

Deep Space Nine is getting some comics love. IDW has announced that a new Star Trek Deep Space Nine miniseries called Too Long a Sacrifice will be out in April.  The series is being written by David and Scott Tipton and will have artwork by Greg Scott. It’s being described as a noir thriller centering around Odo. David Tipton said in a press release quote “Set during the most difficult hours of the Dominion War, Too Long a Sacrifice shows the station during trying times: a series of mysterious and seemingly unsolvable terrorist attacks just as the war has everyone strained to the breaking point,” “We’ll get to see the darker side of life on the station as Odo leads the investigation, with increasingly desperate conditions forcing him and others to deal with new and unexpected allies and to use unusual tactics in their efforts to stop the attacks.” unquote  Scott Tipton added quote “We’re so excited to return to the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With its ‘frontier setting’ and precarious place in the galaxy, Deep Space Nine offers the opportunity to tell truly unique tales of intrigue and suspense. Combine that with one of the best character ensembles ever assembled, and you get something no other Star Trek series can offer.” unquote 

Star Trek Deep Space nine Too Long a Sacrifice number one will be available with various covers including Ricardo Drumond and JK Woodward as well as a photo variant. Look for it in April.

Looks like we’re one step closer to the Star Trek biobed. Nanox, a company out of Israel has created a medical machine called the Nanox Arc. It resembles the Star Trek biobed and promises to make medical scanning available to people around the world at a significantly lower cost. Instead of a huge CT machine, The acr is a portable bed. Ran Poliakine, founder and CEO of Nanox told Digital Trends quote “Nanox has achieved the world’s first commercial-grade digital X-ray source, without the use of heat,” “This X-ray device enables pulsating electron beams, versus the continuous radiation of X-rays used today. Building a silicon-based ‘electron nano gun’, placed on a silicon chip, has made Nanox’s method more efficient than the traditional way of heat-based filaments.” unquote

Basically since the device doesn’t need to produce heat, the device can be made seventy to ninety percent smaller, reducing the cost. Nanox believes that this could make medical imaging more accessible to people around the world.

As to its resemblance to the Star Trek biobed, it’s not a coincidence Polkaine told digital trends quote “The Starfleet’s unsung hero allowed doctors to assess and diagnose their patients in minutes, and allowed them to conduct any medical imaging scan necessary, efficiently,” “The biobed served multiple purposes, and that is exactly what we are aiming to achieve. We want the Arc to be accessible, portable, easy to operate and focus on what’s important: the patient.” unquote  

Star Wars

Rumors of the Obi Wan series demise are a bit premature.  Apparently on the January seventeenth rumors started being spread about that the plug had been pulled on the Ewan McGregor led Disney Plus series. Reports appear to have traced this rumor back to a parody Twitter account. Comic Book dot com reports that sources close to the production say that it has not been cancelled. But is going back to the drawing board. Unknown Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that the story has been scrapped and a new writer is being sought to write the series. The source also indicated that it might go from a six part series to a four part series. Star Ewan McGregor told  IGN that filming would shift to next year quote “It’s just slid to next year, that’s all. The scripts were really good,” “Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes.” unquote I’m guessing that the Star Wars franchise will continue being more of a tv franchise for the near future. Probably just putting out a new movie project every couple of years.

The Rise of Skywalker has finally passed the one billion dollar mark, twenty eight days after being released in theaters. This was slower than Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which took 12 and 19 days respectively. Now while this shows a trend, I don’t think the Walt Disney company is worried, after all the only Star Wars film that really didn’t do as expected was Solo. 

Let’s take a quick look at the box office for this past weekend. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/2020W04/?ref_=bo_wey_table_1

Composer extraordinaire John Williams walked away from the Grammys with his twenty fifth career Grammy Award Victory. Mister Williams won the Best Instrumental Composition Grammy for the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, that he created for the theme park. I’d like to offer him my congratulations, if he’d like to write me a theme song, …

Taika Waititi is a busy man, lots of plates to spin, he acts and he directs including in The mandalorian. So naturally rumors would get started that he might be working on a Star Wars movie. Taika’s response to these Rumors? On twitter he put up the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s album, also called Rumors. Funny.  Well I guess we can never actually say never, one day he might have some free time and I’m sure lucasfilm would love to have him do some work.

Geek

Hulu’s Senior VP of originals speaking at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour spoke about The Orville’s upcoming third season quote “The Orville has a very loyal following on Hulu so when there was an opportunity to bring a new season to our viewers we jumped at it, I will see the first episode next week. We’ll monitor and evaluate the show as it goes, unquote So that sounds like Orville fans need to have a strong showing to make sure we get a season four. Now if they’d just tell us WHEN to show up…

Could the Merovingian be returning to the Matrix? French website AlloCine reports that actor Lambert Wilson, who appeared in the matrix reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as the plot advancing program is currently in negotiations to return to the fourth Matrix movie. If he does return he would just stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris,Eréndira Ibarra, Max Riemelt, and Toby Onwumere. Production on the movie is scheduled to start next month in Chicago and would be released May twenty first of 2021.

The new branch of the United States Military the US. Space Force revealed it’s uniforms on it’s official twitter and it’s got fans scratching it’s head. There are the normal things like the flag, the patch for the service and stuff like that. The confusing thing is that they decided to use woodland camouflage for the uniform. Is the Force planning on invading Endor? Wouldn’t Blue or Black make more sense? Let’s just hope this is a temporary choice.

It looks like we are getting a third National Treasure movie from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. The script will be written by Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner, who also will be writing the fourth Bad Boys movie.

National Treasure is a couple of movies starring Nicolas Cage as Treasure hunter, Benjamin Franklin Gates, the first one came out in 2004 and the sequel came out in 2007. No word on when their looking at putting out the third one.

NBC Universal has released details on it’s Peacock streaming service. First off Comcast‘s Xfinity x1 and Flex video platforms will get it on April fifteenth, it will than come out nationally on July fifteenth. There will be three different versions quote A free, ad-supported one; a more robust, ad-supported one that will be free to Comcast and Cox Cable subscribers, and $5 for everyone else; and an offering with no ads that is $5 for Comcast and Cox subscribers and $10 for everyone else. Unquote Free will have quote “next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series, a range of film and TV titles but only select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tentpole series. It will also feature curated Peacock streaming genre channels like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles.” unquote The Paid version will have everything free has plus quote “adds full-season Peacock originals and tentpole series and next-day access to current seasons of returning broadcast shows. It also throws in early access to late night titles like the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and sports attractions like exclusive Premiere League soccer matches, Olympic programming” unquote  The service will have about 600 movies and 400 series I don’t know, I think I’ll just stick with the free version.

The mouse kills the fox, the mouse mills the fox, high ho the derry o the mouse kills the fox. In a step meant to symbolize Disney’s take over of the 20th century fox studio. You will no longer see films from 20th Century Fox or Fox searchlight Pictures. Instead it’ll be 20th century studios and Searchlight Pictures. The tv side is currently unchanged, but it’s expected that a renaming will occur soon. The logos will be the same, just without the word Fox.

Finally we remember The son of author JRR Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien. Christopher was born in November of 1924 and assisted his father with his work on the lord of the rings, he even edited the companion book The Silmarillion after his father died in 1973. 

He would go on to edit dozens of other books by his father and Geoffrey Chaucer. He also wrote a book of his own called The Battle of the Goths and The Huns. He served as chairman of the Tolkien Estate Ltd until 2017. He was critical of The Lord of the Rings movies saying quote “They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds.” 

He spent the rest of his life in France where he passed away at the age of 95 on January sixteenth, 2020.  He is survived by his second wife, their two children and a son from his first marriage. 

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EPISODE 61

Tonight! MODOK goes on but Howard The Duck does not, Joker, Joker, Joker and we remember a legendary Python and much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 61. And I thank you for being here. You might not know it, but you help keep me busy, which helps keep me sane. I like others suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter and keeping busy helps to keep the depressive feelings at bay. Thank you, could you do me a favor though? Could you recommend Multiverse Tonight to a friend for me? You don’t have to shout it from the mountain tops, just one friend, someone who you think will like geeky news, presented plain and simple. Thank you, now let’s go on to the news.

Marvel

Chris Hemsworth is teaming up with the National Geographic Channel for a new series called Limitless. The series was announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The series is about superhuman feats. The science series looks at groundbreaking biotech and other ways we can unlock the body’s secret superpowers for a longer better life. Chris Hemsworth said  Quote “Basically, I was somehow convinced to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig and endure a series of mental and physical challenges across the globe, all for the sake of science,” Hemsworth explained. “We’re hoping to shed some light on new ideas and emerging science with the focus on extending a healthy life span. Production starts soon, so wish me luck.” unquote No word on when this will air.

Marvel has a new X-Men comic coming this April. Children of the Atom will be a new ongoing series. Writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang bring us this new team book with a new squad of super heroes that will turn the X-Men’s World upside down. No details about the cast of the book have been announced yet.

M.O.D.O.K. has a cast. The new Hulu animated series will star Patton Oswalt in the lead role as the (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) who has been ousted from both his evil organization and his family, plus he’s suffering from a midlife crisis. Joining Patton will be Aimee Garcia as Jodie, MODOK’s wife and the mother of his children, Ben Schwartz as lou, MODOK’s twelve year old son, Melissa Fumero as Melissa, MODOK’S seventeen year old daughter, Wendi McLendon-Covey from The Goldbergs will be Monica, a mad scientist at AIM and Modoks rival, Beck Bennet as Austin Van Der Sleet, MODOKS new boss. Jon Daly as Super Adaptoid, A snarky android with ambitions to live, feel and create, but is instead forced to spend his days massaging the hoverchair sores on his creator M.O.D.O.K.’s scalp and Sam Richardson as Gary, a henchman at AIM who is fiercely loyal to MODOK even if MODOK struggles to remember his name.

Executive Producer Jordan Blum said about this cast in the press release quote “I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe.” unquote 

Howard the Duck is dead. Not the character, but the show. This seems to be part of a house cleaning at Marvel Television as it transitions from Jeph Loeb to Kevin Feige. Howard the Duck joins Tigra & Dazzler on the death pile. The other two shows in the HULU and Marvel animated line up MODOK and Hit Monkey are still in the works, no word on what will happen to The Offenders crossover, but it’s probably gone too.  Marvel and HULU declined comment. I’d feel sorry for Kevin Smith losing Howard the Duck, but he still has plenty of other irons in the fire, so he has plenty of future endeavors. 

Marvels Iron Man VR game has been delayed a few months from February to May. The game’s developer Camouflaj revealed the delay in a tweet. Quote In order to deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations of our amazing community, we’ve made the difficult decision to move Marvel’s Iron Man VR to a May 15, 2020 release. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding. You’ll be hearing from us again soon! Unquote

The PS4 exclusive game was revealed last March and will put the player inside Tony’s helmet via the players VR headset and will see Tony’s past as an arms dealer come back to haunt him in the form of Ghost from Ant-man & The Wasp. 

Now for some quick hits.

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier has added actor Noah Mills to the cast, Noah is known for roles in NBC’s The Enemy Within and The Brave. The series will premiere on Disney Plus in August.

Disney has officially started work on Captain Marvel 2. According to the Hollywood reporter , the studio has almost locked down Megan McDonnal , a staff writer on WandaVision for the much anticipated sequel. But t is supposed to take place in present day No release date or subtitle has been given for the movie. You’ll remember the first Captain Marvel made 1.13 billion dollars world wide.

Speaking of Marvel projects in the pipeline. Marvel’s Disney Plus She Hulk series will start filming this July in Atlanta according to a production notice 

DC

We begin DC News with Joker.

Joker got huge nominations from the Oscars. Getting nominations for actor in a leading role for Joaquin Phoenix, achievement in cinematography, costume design, directing for Todd Phillips, film editing for Jeff Groth, Makeup and Hairstyling for Nicki Leadermann and Kay Georgiou, original score for Hildur Guonadottir, best film, sound editing for Alan Robert Murray, sound mixing and screenplay. There were other geeky nominations, but I’ll highlight those in the geek news. 

Now an interesting fact as emerged. Joker editor Jeff Groth revealed to Collider that Bradley Cooper had a hand in editing the film. quote”We kept this one pretty close to us. We screened it more personally for people and filmmakers,”. “Bradley Cooper definitely came in a couple of times. He was a producer on the movie, but he definitely watched the movie many times and sat with us. We could call him if we got stuck with something and be like, ‘Hey, can you come over and take a look at things?’” unquote If Jeff wins, I think he owes Bradley big, don’t you?

Speaking of the Joker, 2020 marks his 80th anniversary. The character, debuted in 1940’s Batman number one. To celebrate, DC is putting out The Joker 80th anniversary 100 page super spectacular in April. The comic will feature a number of original stories from Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Jock, Mikel Janin and current Batman series writer James Tynion IV, all with a cover from former Batman and Metal artist Greg Capullo. The release will also have variant covers showcasing the Joker’s look from each decade. It’ll be out on April 29th for $9.99.

There will be more than one. HBO Max’s Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey revealed at the tca press tour that quote “Greg [Berlanti] said that I can share a few little tidbits about Green Lantern. We’re in the early stages of talking to him about it, but he did say that the series, so far, will span several decades and focus on the origin story of two major Green Lanterns from Earth, while going into the story in space and Green Lantern favorite character Sinestro.” unquote  As to what green lanterns those will be is unknown right now. Just don’t make the suit animated. Simpler is better.

Karen Gillian would love to do a DC movie. While the actress was promoting Jumani The Next Level in Brazil, Karen was asked if she had her pick what comic book character would she like to be involved with next/ quote Batgirl would be cool for that, as well. My favorite film in that world, my favorite one is The Dark Knight. I just love the way that one is directed so much. So, I would just love to work in that world, as a director. Come on, DC. Look over this way.” unquote 

The lack of Joker in the new Birds of Prey movie was a choice according to star and producer Margot Robbie. The actress told comic book dot com at a press event quote “It was either going to be a complete Harley and Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture,” “I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.” “From the very beginning it was a conscious choice of they have to be broken up at this stage,” “I have a whole backstory in my head [of] what’s happened between what you saw at the end of Suicide Squad and what you see at the beginning of Birds of Prey.”

Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn come to theaters on February seventh.

Geek

Oscar Issac is set to star in and produce and Adaptation of Brian K Vaughan Eisner award winning  comic Ex Machina It’ll be titled The Great Machine according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The script is being  written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Oscar will be producing along with his manager and producer Jason Spire.

The comic it’s based on first came out in 2004 and ran for 50 issues under the Wildstorm Imprint. Centering on Mitchell Hundred an ex superhero who became mayor of New York after 9/11. Hundred has the power to talk to machines. Oscar Issac will play Mr. Hundred. Ironically, Oscar Issac was in a movie called Ex Machina a few years ago. That’s why the name was changed to the Great Machine. No release date has been announced.

The animation awards also known as the Annie’s have been handed out. Netflix’s Klaus won Best Feature,Best Direction,Best Editorial,  Best Production design, feature, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Designand Best Character Animation freature, Netflix also picked up teh Best Indie Feature award for I lost My Body, Xilam it also won Best Music and Best Writing for a feature, How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming won Best Special prodution, BoJack Horesman episode The Client won Best TV/Media General Audience. Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots won Best FX for TV/Media and Best Music TV?Media and Frozen 2 won the same award for features it also got Best Voice Acting, His Dark materials picke up the award for Best Character Animation TV/Media, Best Character Animation Live Action went to Avengers Endgame, Bob’s Burgers won Best Voice Acting for TV 

Warner Bros Animation’s animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends Scorpion’s revenge has added Joel Mchale as Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. They will be joining Jordan Rodrigues as Lui Kang; Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Hanzo Hasashi; Steve Blum as Sub-Zero; Artt Butler as Shang Tsung; Darin De Paul as Quan Chi; Robin Atkin Downes as Kano; David B. Mitchell as Raiden; Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs; Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro; Grey Griffin as Kitana and Satoshi Hasashi; and Fred Tatasciore as Demon Torturer. The film will come out in the first half of this year. A new live action Mortal Kombat movie is due out next year.

And finally tonight, It’s with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of a legend of comedy, Monty Python member Terry Jones. He passed away several years after having contracted a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia or FTD that impaired his ability to speak and communicate. He was born in Wales on February first 1942. He’s best known for Monty Python, writing and performing. A few of his most memorable characters include Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life and Sir Bedevere in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Cardinal Biggles the airplane cap wearing member of the Spanish Inquisition.

He would go on to direct films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. He also wrote and directed lots of other projects including the 1989 movie Erik the Viking. He also had a love for medieval and ancient history, writing books and hosting shows like Terry Jones Medieval Lives and terry Jones Barbarians. He is survived by his wife Anna, his two sons and daughter. He was 77.

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Show Notes Episode 58:Trading the Fox for a Peacock & Episode 59: Joaquin away with the Awards

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Tonight! Everyone has an opinion of The Rise of Skywalker, William Shatner does a good dead and Seth MacFarlane goes to the birds on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Multiverse Tonight. 

Finally saw the Rise of Skywalker last night, so here’s my review. It’s very very very good. It’s not the worse, it’s not the best. Just very very very good. I was very happy with how they wrapped up the Skywalker Saga. There are, of course, a fair amount of plot holes that every Star Wars film has had. But if there weren’t than it wouldn’t be a Star wars movie. All those movies have plot holes. No matter who made them.  Anyway…

Star Wars

In episode two of The Mandalorian, the hero finds himself at the mercy of Jawas who have destroyed his vessel, in order to get his ship parts back, he must make a deal with them to bring the egg of a Mudhorn back to the Jawas. The Mudchorn resembles a modern rhino, but it looks like it might be based on something even older. A fan on the Nature is Metal subreddit, noted that it actually seemed to be inspired by an ancestor of the rhino, the Elasmotherium also called the Siberian unicorn. The creature existed between 2.6 million and 29,000 years ago. The remains of the beast have been found across Eastern Europe and all the way down to China with a large concentration in Kazakhstan.

Season two of The Mandalorian has been confirmed with new episodes in the works for fall of this year.

So you want more of The Child aka Baby Yoda. How bout some coloring? Vulture has partnered with illustrator Martin Gee to create a six scene coloring book that you can download https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/baby-yoda-coloring-book.html?utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1

From Vulture dot com, we will have a link to it in our show notes.

Speaking of Baby Yoda. We know that’s not his name, but neither is The Child. Director and actor taika Waititi speaking with the New York Times at the Golden Globe Awards confirmed that he has a name, but he isn’t saying what it is. He said quote “He’s not named Baby Yoda!”. There is a name yet to be revealed, and Taika knows it but won’t hint. “I’ll wait for Favreau to give that away.”

So balls in your court Favreau, the longer you hold on to this secret the more the name “Baby Yoda” will stick.

Well I guess while we wait for that, we have the seventh and last season of The Clone Wars. The series will be debuting on Disney plus on February seventeenth. The series first debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008.

The reviews of The Rise of Skywalker have been mixed, it’s Rotten Tomatoes score is 54 percent and it dropped nearly 60 percent from week one to week two. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner gave his opinion of the film on Twitter saying quote #RiseofSkywalker is an acceptable film, a lot of story and fan delights but somewhat emotionless, while #TheMandolorian on @disneyplus establishes show creator @Jon_Favreau as the new George Lucas which @RobertIger had the foresight to declare. “Daisy Ridley played Rey throughout the film with one expression: awe/fear until the very end of the film when she reveals her name,” “That’s what I meant by a film that somewhat lacked emotion.

“In my previous comment I didn’t mean to suggest that #DaisyRidley acted poorly,” “On the contrary, she was excellent. The choice of attitude for Rey was intended and seems to fall on the philosophy of the character.” unquote Well, to each their own. Maybe they’ll put out a director’s cut?

Actor Dominic Monaghan thinks that a director’s cut of The rise of Skywalker would be a good idea. Talking with the Hollywood Reporter he said quote “Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut so we’ll get to see more and more of the stuff that was filmed,” “I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time that I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version…. Oh, man, there was so much stuff!” Monaghan even alluded to a cutscene that involved his character that found its way to the cutting room floor. “Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future is that in the final battle, Connix injures her leg,” “Obviously, myself, Rose and Connix are exiting the battle, and Rose has a weapon. While Rose is busy doing stuff, I grab Connix’s arm and put it over my shoulder to make sure that all of us come back as unscathed as possible.” unquote there is a lot more to his interview at the hollywood reporter I’ll include a link in the show notes.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-dominic-monaghan-wants-rise-skywalker-director-s-cut-1266205

So before we go on Let’s take a look at this past weekends box office. 

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https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl3305145857/?ref_=bo_wey_table_2

Star Trek

Well now that the Skywalker Saga is over what could Daisy Ridley and Jon Boyega  to do…..maybe another sci fi franchise? The two spoke with Yahoo! And they were asked if the might be willing to join the Star Trek franchise. Daisy Ridley replied quote”I would do a Star Trek,” “I need a job. I’m unemployed, hello!” John Boyega had a different reaction quote “They’re talking too much, the last Star Trek was. Space Law & Order.” uquote  Yahoo did ask Oscar Issac the same question at a different interview and he told them that he would be open to the opportunity because he was a quote space slut unquote just like director JJ Abrams. 

William Shatner did a good deed over Christmas. TMZ reports that the actor visited his local Los Angeles Police Department precinct station with corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, bagels, lox, and cream cheese to help feed the officers on duty on Christmas Day. Shater than reportedly thanked them, left a holiday card and a few hundred dollars to feed the officers for the rest of the day. Good Job TJ Hooker.

So, you may remember that the US now has a new military division, THE US Space Force. Well now word has come out that the 14th unit of the Air Force is being transferred to the Space Force and is being renamed Space Operations Command. It’s acronym will be SPOC or as some are referring to it  “Spock”

According to a press release from the Air Force, quote “The SPOC provides space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the USSF for USSPACECOM and other combatant commands.” unquote . 

It’s now official. Star Trek Picard has been renewed for season two. The announcement was made by Julie Mcnamara Executive Vic President of Original Content for CBS All Access at the biannual TCA presentation. Julie told the audience quote “The energy and excitement around the premiere of Star Trek: Picard has reached a magnitude greater than all of us at CBS All Access could have hoped for,” “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that ‘Star Trek’ fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23.” 

Geek

Netflix will be releasing 29 movies over 2020. Including THE PLATFORM: In a future dystopia, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above — feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized., OVER THE MOON: Animation icon Glen Keane makes his feature directorial debut in this musical adventure about a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove to her father that a legendary Moon Goddess really exists. And more.

The GLAAD Media Award nominations are out. Up for Outstanding Drama Series are Batwoman, Shadowhunters, Star Trek Discovery and Supergirl. Watchmen This Extraordinary being is a nominee for Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character .Up for outstanding Comic Book is The Avant-Guards, written by Carly Usdin (BOOM! Studios)

Bloom, written by Kevin Panetta (First Second)

Crowded, written by Christopher Sebela (Image Comics)

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, written by Mariko Tamaki (DC Comics)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second)

Liebestrasse, written by Greg Lockard (ComiXology Originals)

Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)

Runaways, written by Rainbow Rowell (Marvel Comics)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, written by Simon Spurrier (Marvel Comics)

The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)

Now there are tons of other awards and nominees, these are just the ones that have sci fi or comic book importance. If you want to read the rest visit the link in our show notes The Gay &  Lesbian Alliance Against Defimation Awards will be handed out half in New York at March 19th and the rest in LA on April sixteenth. https://deadline.com/video/glaad-media-awards-netflix-disney-plus-apple-tv-plus-full-list/

Production has begun on Disney Plus’ Willow series. The news comes from writer Jon Kasdan’s twitter feed. The series is a followup to the 1988 movie directed by Ron Howard, written by George Lucas and Bob Dolman and starring Warwick Davis in the title role, Warwick will be returning to the role. A little bit of trivia for you. Jon Kasdan is the son of writer director Lawrence Kasdan, best known for his work on three Star Wars films and Raiders of the Lost Ark. No details on any additional cast or release dates.

And if you enjoyed the eighties, you’ll enjoy this next piece of news. Disney Plus is currently in plans to remake the movie Space Camp. The original told the story of a group of teens attending an astronaut training camp when they are accidentally launched into space while touring the space shuttle. The movie stared Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston and a young Joaquin Phoenix, it was not a successful movie at the box office when it was released in 1986, but that can partially be attributed to the release being a few months after the Challenger shuttle disaster. 

The new Space Camp will be written by Saturday Night Live writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and will be produced by John Rickard, whose credits include Rampage and Horrible Bosses.

Seth MacFarlane is switching from a Fox to a Peacock.The creator behind Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville has signed a nine figure deal with NBC Universal Content Studios. Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that Seth and Fuzzy Door Productions will create and develop new TV projects for the media giant . This deal will lock Mister MacFarlane there for five years and will see him grow 200 million dollars richer. Seth is said to be very excited to create new projects for the company and it is said he’s interested in quote starring in and producing musicals, political dramas and anthologies around historic events in addition to working on new animated projects. But don’t worry about his Fox based shows as the deal leaves MacFarlane room to continue working on his now Disney owned shows as well as giving him room to make films for other studios.  I’ll have to ask Tom Costantino about that in a future interview. Oooo. Here’s a thought. Seth Macfarlane’s Battlestar Galactica

Legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct the sci fi thriller Ares at Warner Bros. The film has an original script from Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet was originally set to be made at MGM, but will not go forth at the Bugs Bunny brand. Roland Emmerich will serve as executive producer.  The story is being described as genre bending and tells the story of an astronaut who crashes in an African desert, on his journey home to reunite with his family, he discovers that his mission was part of a larger conspiracy and that he might be carrying a secret that could change the world.

While I’ve had a few days off, I’ve been rewatching season one of FX’s What we do in the shadows, very funny. Well season two looks like it’s gonna be good as series creator Jermain Clement has announced that Mark Hamill will be a guest star this season. Jermaine made the announcement at the show’s Television Critics Association press day panel. Clement also confirmed that Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstien will not be returning in season two due to film commitments. For which Jermaine said that he was quote “a little disappointing for me as she was planned to be a big character unquote. The good news is they have found other characters to fill that void. Season 2 will add new supernatural beings to the wor;d such as ghosts and witches.

Visual artist Syd Mead has passed away on December 30, 2019 from complications from lymphoma. Before going into entertainment, he worked for corporations like Ford, Sony and Philips Electronics, His first role in the entertainment industry was as a production illustrator for Star Trek The Motion Picture. A few years later, he would design the Leonov spaceship in 2010. His art influenced George Lucas on the design of the AT-AT. He has also contributed to such films as Blade Runner, Short Circuit, Tron, Timecop, Mission Impossible III, Elysium, Tomorrowland and Blade Runner 2049. He passed away in Pasadena California at the age of 86.

 Also passed away is American comedy legend Buck Henry. He co created the secret agent comedy series Get Smart with Mel Brooks and the short lived sci fi comedy Quark. The legendary writer worked for Saturday Night Live in its infancy and even hosted the show 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He’s appeared in many movies like Catch 22 which he wrote, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Heaven Can Wait which he wrote and directed, Grumpy Old men,  and tv shows including Murphy Brown, Tales from the crypt, Dilbert, Hot in Cleveland and Franklin and Bash. 

Buck Henry died on January 8th 2020 in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 89.

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Tonight! Joaquin Phoenix is tired of the same old questions, Australia’s favorite Thor chips in for his homeland and Kevin Smith gives us an update on Jay And Silent Bob Reboot on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 59.

Been taking a few days off, had a consultation with a surgeon for a hemorrhoidectomy, went to see Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. You can listen to the previous episode, I also read a couple of comics. Star Trek Discovery Aftermath number one and Undiscovered Country number one. I thought both were interesting enough to read another issue. Undiscovered Country is a unique concept. The United States mainland walls itself off from the rest of the world, now decades later, a team has to enter the reclusive nation to find a cure for a plague that’s going to cause the end of the world. Original concept. It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes. 

DC

Deathstroke’s ongoing comic book series has come to an end and it actually wasn’t caused by poor sales, it was planned that way. The series written by Christopher Priest changed Slade’s role in the DC Universe and saw him battle the Teen Titans. The ending was planned by Priest and DC Co Publisher and editor Dan Didio. Priest told newsarama quote “The series is ending now because I went to DC Publisher Dan DiDio and asked him to end the series with #50. Sure, we could keep going, but that’s not how the business works. Books launch hot and then the numbers settle somewhere, with the occasional rarity of numbers going up. They usually settle in somewhere. Numbers-wise, sure, we’re not causing any problems for DC, but we’re not setting the world on fire, either, which ties up talent DC could redeploy elsewhere and get better numbers,“”I didn’t want the book to get cancelled at #56 or #62. So, I said to Dan, let’s plan it so it works into the publishing plan and budget and all of that, and we end on our own terms. I was really happy he agreed.” unquote Well better to plan your ending that to have one forced upon you.

We are just weeks away from the release of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and eagerly anticipate DC Black LAbel Birds of Prey one shot from Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Lupacchino has been pushed back again. The special was originally going to arrive in stores at the end of January, but now it’s not due in stores until March fourth. No cause has been given.

Going to the movie news. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is in full production right now in Panama and during the holiday break he took time to answer some fan questions on Instagram. IN answer to the question Can we expect big elaborate sets in Suicided Squad like the prison scene in Guardians of The Galaxy, he answered back quote #TheSuicideSquad will have by far the most and the biggest practical sets of any movie I’ve ever worked on. Unquote He also talked about how much fun he’s been having making the movie and how great the crew on the movie is. The movie is due in theaters next year on August the sixth.

Joaquin Phoenix is getting tired of being asked about Joker again and again. During the Golden Globe Awards presentation, for which he won the award for Best actor in a motion picture-Drama, he turned a question about his process for getting in character back on the interviewer.  Quote “Isn’t this old news? I feel like I’ve talked about this for six months,“”I mean, I feel like I answered this questions. You wanna hear a different version of it? Should I try and change it slightly or what should I do?” unquote He then went on to answer the question. So let me break this down for those of you who want to interview stars, ask different questions, one’s that haven’t been asked. Find off kilter questions, dig into a performance that hasn’t been talked about. You’ll be surprised at the amount of appreciation you get from your subject.

The Critics choice awards were handed out over the weekend. Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix took the Best Actor award Joke also got the Best Score award, Avengers endgame took home the best visual effects award and best action movie, however it didn’t take the best Sci-fi Horror Award, which went to Us, Toy Story 4 beat our Frozen II and others to take Best Animated Feature. On the tv side, Watchmen’s regina King got best actress in a drama and Jean smart came away with Best Supportig Actress. There were plenty other winners for a list of the winners just click on the link in the show notes on teh website. Multiversetonight.com https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/entertainment/critics-choice-2020-winners-list/index.html

And speaking of Joker and awards, The British Academy of Film and Television Awards or BAFTA nominations are out and Joker has garnered eleven nominations including Best Film, Best Leading Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best production design, MakeUp and hair and Sound. Avengers Endgame and The Rise of Skywalker are up for Special Visual Effects and The Rise of Skywalker is also up for Sound and Original Score. Frozen 2, klaus, A Shaun the sheep movie Farmageddon and Toy Story 4 are up for animated film.  The awards will be handed out on February second at the royal albert hall in London.

The CW made it’s fall schedule planning much easier as it has renewed nearly every series. The network has renewed everything but Arrow, Supernatural and The 100, which are all ending this season. The only series that hasn’t received a formal pickup to date is the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which is set to premiere next month, however it has already received it’s pickup for an additional thirteen episodes. Mark Pedowitz, who has just been promoted to Chairman and CEO of The CW said quote “These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season, “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

However, there’s bad news if you only stream the networks programs from Netflix. The CW’s deal with the streamer has ended. Batwoman and Katy Keene will stream on HBO Max next year, Nancy Drew will be going to CBS All Access. The rest of the shows will stay at Netflix for now.

The CW is currently working on new shows for the 2020 fall season including a walker texas ranger remake, A Kung Fu reboot, a female centered Arrow spinoff, a sequel series to Dark Shadows and Superman & Lois. 

Marvel

Doctor Strange 2 is directionless. Director Scott Derrick has left the project due to creative differences with the studio according to a report in Variety. The studio has confirmed his exit, he will remain as an executive producer. The movie will begin production in May and there are nor expected to be any delays in production. The search for his replacement is currently underway. It’s expected in theaters the first weekend of May 2021.

Disney Plus’ WandaVision series is coming sooner rather than later. This year. The news came in a post on Disney Plus’ twitter, during a video touting the slate of releases for this year. No word on when exactly it’s gonna be.

Australia is in bad straits right now. A big portion of the continent country is on fire right now. 16 million acres in fact.  Australian native Chirs Hemsworth and his family are donating one million dollars to Australian firefighters. He posted a video on social media quote “Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia,“”My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. I’ve put together links supporting firefighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.” unquote If your interested in donating yourself, Chris also provided links to various agencies that would appreciate your donations. I’ll have a link to them in the show notes. https://lnk.bio/fightthebushfires

Thor Love and thunder might be getting some help from a  former Batman.Christian Bale might be up for a role in the fourth Thor movie. No word on what role he might be up for, but it’s gonna be a substantial one, let’s keep in mind that this movie will see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster taking up the mantle of Thor. Maybe he’ll play Beta Ray Bill? Perhaps 

In comics news, Marvel’s newest superhero hails from Michigan, Dearborn to be specific. The character named Amulet was introduced via Detroit native Saladin Ahmed’s twitter account quote I am THRILLED to introduce you all to Marvel’s newest superhero, the mystical defender Amulet.🧿

He’s Arab American from Dearborn, Michigan and was created by myself and @SaraAlfageeh! http://bit.ly/34vCgZL Amulet (aka Fadi Fadlallah) will make his Marvel Universe debut in THE MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #13 and will figure into next year’s OUTLAWED event.

Got some big plans for this big guy!This one means a lot to me. Superhero comics helped teach me to read, but as an Arab American kid I never quite saw myself in them. To be able to add a character with a name like mine, that shares my heritage and my hometown to this pantheon…whew! For those asking, he’s Lebanese unquote 

Geek

Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is doing quite well. The director and a man of many talents has revealed in a new years post that quote

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3 million is pretty good and now he’s working on Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3. Groovy.

The Oscar nominations are out and The Joker is wild with eleven nominations. Let’s go over the geeky ones:  Joker is up for Best Picture, but it’s got some stiff competition including”Ford v Ferrari”,”The Irishman”,”Jojo Rabbit”,”Little Women”,”Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”,”Marriage Story”,”Parasite” and 1917. Joker is also up for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, makeup and hairstyling and Cinematography . Joker and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker are up for Sound Editing and Original Score .Joaquin Phoenix is up for Best Actor. Todd Phillips is up for Best Director for JokerUp for Best Animated Film are “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”,”I Lost My Body”,”Klaus”,”Missing Link” and “Toy Story 4” Avengers Endgame, The Lion King, Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker, The Irishman and 1917 are up for Best BVisual Effects

Mark Millar has announced that the third installment in his Jupiter’s Legacy franchise, Jupiter’s Requiem is on it’s way. Mark teased it on twitter sharing a photo of his computer screen where he is writing the script. With the caption Jupiter’s Circle is in the past.

Jupiter’s Legacy is in the present. Jupiter’s Requiem is in the future. Not much could be gleaned from the photo except that the series will be ten issues long and will have an opening scene that takes place 50,000 years in the past. The artist is being kept top secret. A TV adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy is currently in production at Netflix. 

Stephen Fry will be hosting a special on the BBC called Fantastic Beasts A Natural History the special will quote “origins and stories of mythical creatures and the fantastical beasts from J.K. Rowling’s stories and explore their history and connections with animals roaming the planet today.” unquote It will be created and released in a partnership with Warner Bros and London’s Natural History Museum. Stephen Fry in a statement said quote “I could not be more delighted to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs,” “Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you’ve ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen.” There is no official release date for the special and even the title is a work in progress. Stay tuned.

And speaking of science, IDW is teaming up with the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian will be lending its name and knowledge to a new series of graphic novels, picture books and more.In a statement to the New York Times Chris ryall, IDW’s president, publisher and Chief Creative Officer said quote “The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: They’re storytellers,” “Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture and more.” the new line will launch in the fall.

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