Episode 38: Is D23 in The Matrix & Episode 39: Sony and Disney head towards Spider-Divorce

Episode 38

Tonight! CBS and Viacom start setting up house, we have Star Wars news from D23 and Keanu Reeves is a busy busy man. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. D23 was held this past weekend and we have quite a few pieces of information on Star Wars in this episode and we will cover the Marvel Universe news in the comic book edition. By the way, on the apple podcasts entertainment news chart , we’ve gone as low as twelth and as high as number 4. Pretty nice. Help me keep it up and share the show with others.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek news this time, much the way we started the last, with the impending merger of CBS and Viacom. The two parties have come to an agreement.The rejoned companies will go by the name ViacomCBS with Bob Bakish as CEO of the combined entity, this will take several months to complete…let me say that again …SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE. So this won’t be one company until 2020 and only after regulatory approval. So if you read or see any headlines talking about what this means for Star Trek right now. It means nothing. No plans have been proposed. So take everything with a huge grain of salt.

Speaking of the merger, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination for president has already raised serious concerns over the potential merger of CBS and Viacom. She tweeted quote “First Disney acquired 21st Century Fox.
Now CBS and Viacom are merging.
Consolidation raises serious concerns for consumers, employees, and the entire sector. The Department of Justice should be paying close attention. Unquote. Variety thinks that Warren is afraid of the many mergers in hollywood these days could lead to price hikes, layoffs and possible monopolies. She’s not alone in this as the reaction on Wall Street has been a mixed bag with some raising questions over the new company’s management structure and if it will allow for maximizing its assets. I’ll keep covering this and when the merger is complete, i’ll tell you.

So..on to other Star Trek news. Well little tidbits from Star Trek Las Vegas are still surfacing. Jason Isaacs would love to play the prime universe Captain Lorca. Now, Jason Issacs knew it was a single season gig, but…speaking at a con panel he told the audience quote “I knew going in that I was doing just one season,” “It felt like a great thing to do and I felt fine about it, but as I got close to everyone and close to and understood the significance of Star Trek and the brilliant storytelling and what it means in the world, I felt the loss of that.” “How do you know I am not already? Of course, I would do it. I loved it!” Isaacs teased. He went on to say that he’s even remained in contact about the idea with the show’s producers. “So, I have talked to them plenty. Where and when? Nobody ever dies. There is a Prime Lorca. There are three different shows coming out and multiple seasons, and if I can squeeze back into that eight-year-old’s uniform, would do. Who wouldn’t want to do it again? They are timeless stories.” unquote. Now we should mention here, that he gets to voice Prime Universe Lorca in Star Trek Online. Of course, he could always show up in the Section 31 series…

And for those of you who have not seen Star Trek Discovery season two and don’t want to pay for CBS All Access, you’re just a few months away from the Blu-ray release of the season. The four disc set includes all the episodes plus the Short Treks Runaway and The Brightest Star plus two hours of special features including featurettes, audio commentaries on four episodes, cast interviews, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The set will be released on November twelfth and can be yours for the price of $44.99.

One of the perennial stories has been Michael Dorn calling for a Star Trek Worf series, much like the falling of the leaves or the annual of the Monarch butterflies to and from Mexico. Michael Dorn will call for a series. Well he thinks now might be a good time, especially with the Star Trek iron hot. Appearing at the Keystone Comic Con in Philadelphia he said that he’s still trying to get a pilot made and believes that it would be perfect for this new era of Star Trek television saying quote “I am trying to get them to do my Worf pilot,” Dorn said . “I wrote it in 2012-13, and it’s been going like this: a lot of interest, no interest, a lot of interest, no interest … A guy who was a producer at this one place that I was pitching it came up to me before the meeting and [said], ‘I gotta tell you, your character meant so much to me’ … It fits so well into this new Star Trek universe. It just fits right in there. We’ll see.” unquote His TNG co star Marina Sirtis who was also there on the panel piped up and added quote “I read [his pilot script] and I called him up and said, ‘How did you do that?. He had all the action stuff minutely detailed… I was very impressed with my best friend.” unquote
Hey CBS, why not do it. Even if it’s just a mini series do it. You won’t be sorry. I think everyone would be happy to see Worf in action at least one more time.

Star Wars
Star Wars news starts off with the new new trilogy. Ya know, the one that follows the current one that has nothing to do with the Skywalker saga. David Benioff and DB Weiss might not write all three films in their new Star Wars trilogy. According to a source that talked to the Hollywood Reporter, they have apparently only committed to writing one of the films instead of writing all three. This news comes after the revelation that the duo have been tapped by Netflix for an exclusive deal to create new content for the streaming service. They still intend to finish everything they’ve been tapped to do including the new trilogy, a Kurt Cobain movie for Universal and an adaptation of Dirty White Boys for Fox.

Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has recently begun a thread on twitter where he does some Myth busting of long held myths from the franchise. The first one was quote Darth Vader is from the German (or Dutch) for “Dark Father”

  1. “General Vader/Imperial Commander” appears on an early-1974 list of potential character names by George Lucas
    (screenshots from @jwrinzler’s essential Making of #StarWars book series) unquote

Other myths busted so far have been the design of the AT-aTs, and Slave One, the origins of Chewbacca’s name and the influence of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art on the original Star Wars. You can follow Phill at @phillszostak on twitter.

Bad new Rebels, Star Wars Resistance is coming to an end with season two. It was confirmed with the release of the season two trailer quote “The story picks up after a harrowing escape from the First Order, as the Colossus and all its residents find themselves lost in space, pursued by Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre. Kaz and team also face a myriad of new dangers along the way including bounty hunters, a suspicious Hutt, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Tam grapples with her future and where her true allegiance lies, with her friends or the First Order. The thrilling final season will showcase how the unlikeliest of heroes can help spark hope across the galaxy.” unquote
The season premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 6th at 10 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

So have you been to Galaxy’s Edge? Has anyone been to Galaxy’s Edge? Apparently attendance is not what they’ve been expecting. In a recent earnings call CEO Bob Iger reported that attendance at Disneyland was down. This has had a repercussion of hours being cut for the employees. Fox Business spoke to a who obviously decided to remain anonymous. The anonymous source told the network quote

“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,”. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”

“Our hours have been cut to as low as 30-35 hours some weeks, even though we have both worked for the park for years,” they continued. “It makes life challenging when your paychecks get cut unexpectedly.
“I feel the problem is Star Wars took too long to build so they rushed the opening with only one cool feature. The only other big ride isn’t even scheduled to open until the end of the year,” unquote
A spokesperson for Disney told Fox Business quote “Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30-40 hours per week and that they’re schedules vary depending on a number of factors,”
In other words, now is a perfect time to visit…if you just want to look around, build a droid, shop for souvenirs. If you’re looking for more of the rides to do. You might want to wait until next year.

Star Wars fans can rejoice as The Clone Wars will be revived for Disney Plus, arriving on the service for February 2020. However, there is some sad news as well. This will be The last season for the show. Supervising Director Dave Filoni when asked about it said quote “It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”

We got some D23 tidbits here. So it’s time for a rapid fire round.
Lucasfilm officially announced an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney Plus.
Ming-Na Wen has been cast in The Mandalorian.
Jon Favreau says he’s approaching The Mandalorian like he’s making a big screen movie.
The Rogue One Prequel Series will begin filming next year and will reunited Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, no title has been given yet. Also to be shooting in 2020 will be the Obi Wan series.
Kerri Russels Rise of Skywalker character will be an old friend of Poe Damerons
Carrie Fisher will still a major role in the Rise of Skywalker, Abrams called Fisher’s Leia the heart of the story
The poster for The Rise of Skywalker was released showcasing Rey and Kylo battling underneath the face of The Emperor.
An updated official timeline for the Star Wars tv and movie universe was released and it shows that the Obi-Wan series take place in the same period as Solo

Geek

Plenty of Keanu Reeves related news . First a couple of pieces of some cast news from Bill and ted Face The Music. First off George Carlin’s daughter Kelly will be playing a big role in the movie. Geore played the role of Rufus in the first two bill and ted movies. Ed Solomon bill and Ted Creator and Ed Solomon, the creator and writer of the Bill and Ted movies said about Kelly’s character quote”There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.” unquote

Also joining the cast is Holland Taylor, who you might remember her role as the mom on two and a half men. In Face The music she will be playing the Great Leader. They join Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie Logan), Samara Weaving (Thea Preston), Anthony Carrigan, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennet, and Kristen Schaal in the movie which comes to theaters on August 21, 2020. By the Way, the movie just wrapped a few days ago.

Now it’s been announced that Keanu and Carrie Ann Moss will be in a fourth Matrix movie in an exclusive to variety, Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich announced that Moss and reeves will reprise their roles in the sequel penned and directed by Lana Wachowski is one half of the Wachowskis who penned the original trilogy. Roland in the announcement said quote “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.” unquote In addition to Wachowski, the script will be co written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell and produced by Grant Hill and Wachwowski. The film s being aimed to begin production in the first half of 2020. Now when are we gonna get a new Speed movie?

Now for a bit of non Keanu related geek news. Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is currently in talks to play Liu Kang in a new Mortal Kombat movie, if cast he would join Joe Taslim who is set to play SubZero in James Wan produced adaptation. The movie is being directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and is being made to achieve an R rating that will include the fatalities that feature prominently in the games.

Now let’s take a look at the box office report.
So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Well that brings us to the end of another sci fi edition of Multiverse Tonight

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Episode 39

Tonight! Could Harley Quinn show up in the new Suicide Squad movie?, We have Marvel news from D23 and Apu is here to stay, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Are you ready for Disney Plus? Disney sure seems to be busy sweetening the pot.

DC
Joqauin Phoenix speaking with the italian newspaper Il Venerdi talked about how he came up with his Joker’s laugh. Telling them quote “I started [with the laugh],” “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.” unquote

The movie arrives in theaters this October.

Could James Gunn be hinting that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be in his The Suidcide Squad movie? Jame Gunn on Instagram showed off a series of photos. The photos came with the caption quote Many thanks to the lovely folks from @microsoft who set us up with a #KingSharkade for the cast and crew’s downtime during pre-production and production on #TheSuicideSquad. The third picture he put up shows him putting tiles on a large scrabble board. He is putting up tiles to spell King Shark. Which will intersect with tiles that spell Harley. Could he be hinting that both Harley and King Shark will be in the movie? The Suicide Squad is set to be in theaters in August 6th 2021.

Birds of Prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn) will be getting some new action scenes added to it in reshoots. Stuntman and John Wick director Chad Stahelski, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski will be brought into help design new action scenes and oversee some second unit photography. His stunt firm 87 eleven has been working on the movie since it started production. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th 2020.

Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reunited outside of the Justice League movie to protest the building of the Thirty Meters Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Momoa posted a picture with Miller in a gallery on Instagram. The protests are over the erection of the telescope on land that the native Hawaiians consider sacred. As a result of Jason Momoa’s participation in the protest, the shooting of Aquaman 2 had to be delayed. The protest has been going on for more than 40 days at the time of the recording of this episode.

This being Batman’s 80th anniversary, Insight Editions has announced Batman:The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond as tribute to the hero. The book features a forward by Michael Keaton, and introduction by Kevin Conroy, a preface by Dennis O’neil and is filled with interviews with people who have worked on Batman in the comics, film and television, photos, sketches and a rejected 40 page film treatment submitted to Warner Bros by Bob Kane in 1986 called The return of Batman. The 400 page hardcover is available for preorder right now and is on sale for $67.24 on Amazon and will be released on October 29th.

Batman might be turning 80 this year, but he doesn’t look as good as Julie Newmar who just celebrated her 86th birthday. Julie, who appeared as Catwoman on the 1966 Batman TV show celebrated with a portrait on Instagram. And though her hair might be white now, she still looks good. Happy Birthday Julie.

Well one show that will not be having a happy birthday is Krypton, which will not be getting a third season. The Superman prequel was given it’s walking papers by SyFy. Also not going forward was the planed Lobo spinoff. Krypton centered around Superman’s grandfather Seg-el has a young man trying to save not only Krypton, but his future grandson. The show might be saved as Variety says that quote According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, studio Warner Horizon Television plans to shop the series to other outlets. Unquote

It’s kind of a shame too, according to showrunner Cameron Welsh, Krypton’s third season would have included ramifications of the Rann Thanagar war and would have seen the Omega Men. Shame.

Marvel
All hell has broken loose as negotiations have apparently broken down between Marvel and Sony over future uses and movies with Spider-man in the MCU. Sources that have spoken with comicbook.com have said that negotiations are still ongoing and that one of the sticking points is Kevin Feige’s producer credits on future Spider-Man based properties. According to some reports Disney CEO Bob Iger had been looking for a new deal that would get Disney an even 50 percent split of the revenues also some reports have said that Marvel and Feige want more of a hand in developing the characters related to Spider-Man that Sony has the rights too like Morbius and Venom. The current deal is a 5/95 split with Disney getting five percent and Sony getting the lion’s share, which makes sense since Sony financed the whole productions of the Spider-man films. Hopefully they’ll be able to work this out, especially after the way they ended Far From Home.

Of course, Disney will be just fine financially with or without the wall crawler. Disney is now the only studio to ever have five different movies to cross the one billion dollar mark in a single year. Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame all passed a billion dollars this year. Could they see a sixth? Probable movies in Disney’s upcoming slate are Frozen 2 and Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

Some Black Panther 2 news to report/ Martin Freeman has confirmed that he will reprise his role of Everett Ross in the sequel. Not much else to report on the movie in fact it’s not expected to appear until Marvel’s Phase 5 slate.

JJ Abrams Spiderman miniseries comes out in a little over a month and Marvel is in promotion mode, releasing a trailer for the comic. The trailer showcases Abrams and sons approach to the material and shows off the art of Sara Pichelli. Also included in the trailer is the first official look at the new villian Cadaverous.

Batman has the batcave, arrow has the arrowcave. Does Captain Marvel need a Marvel cave? Apparently she does. In Captain Marvel number 9, the hero shows off her new base of operations to Jessica Drew. The cave located in Maine includes a jet fighter, Carol’s old costumes and computers. Captain Marvel issue number 9 is available now.

At Disney’s Annual convention D23 Marvel and Disney are celebrating Marvel’s 80th anniversary and they are presenting a panel for Marvel Comics number 1000 with an exclusive cover for the event. The cover features Mickey Mouse handing a birthday cake to Spider-man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Iron Man and Captain America. Guests of the panel will be given a copy of the variant edition.The book written by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and will feature contributions from Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, George Perez, Peter David, Brad Meltzer, Adam Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Neil Gaiman, and many more. The story features “The Eternity Mask an artifact that is passed from character to character across the Marvel Universe.
Disney has announced a Spidey and His Amazing Friends Animated Series not for Disney Plus, but Disney Junior. The series will premiere on the channel in 2021 and will feature Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. The show is of course, aimed at Preschoolers and will feature the Spider friends teaming up with other heroes to defeat playfully evil foes and save the day.

Marvel and Disney also unveiled a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon. Laurence Fishburne will serve as executive producer alongside Helen Sugland and Kim Possible producer Steve Loter. the series follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. The series will be on the Disney Channel, no word on the date yet.

Lots to unpack from D23 So let’s do a lightning round.
Disney announced three new series for Disney Plus coming in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. Kevin Fiege also confirmed that Ms. Marvel will appear in the upcoming films.
Wyatt Russell has been cast as US Agent for The falcon and the winter soldier
Emily VanCamp will be returning as Sharon Carter for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Loki will a six episode six hour series and will be directed by Kate Herron
.WandaVision will be directed by Game of Thrones Helmer Matt Shakman
The Eternals has been confirmed to be the Earliest MCU Movie taking place way before the events of Captain America The First Avenger
Marvel has cast Gemma Chan as Sersi and Barry Keoghan as Druig in The Eternals. They join Kit Harington who will be the Black Knight.
Black Panther 2 will be coming to theaters on May sixth, 2022
Geek
Elvis Presley might be coming to Netflix soon in a new animated adult action comedy called Agent King. The show is being co create and produced by Priscilla Presley, Elivs’ ex wife and features Elvis moonlighting as quote “a covert government agent who fights to keep America safe”while also keeping his cover as the king of rock and roll. Archer Alum Mike Arnold will write and show run the show

Kevin Smith has the power! Kevin Smith broke the news at Power-Con by announcing a new He-Man Series for netflix. The series called Masters of the Universe: Revelation will pick up where the original 80’s series left off. Kevin at the panel said quote “I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!” unquote Kevin will executive produce and showrun the series. He is joined by executive producer Rob David, the vice president of Mattel Tv and he authored He-Man The Eternity War. Writers on the series include Eric Carrasco, tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra and his Fatman Beyond co-host Marc Bernrdin. Powerhouse Animation will oversee the animation.

Disney Plus has decided not to move forward with the series Book of Enchantment which would have been based on some of Disney’s iconic villains and would have been based on the Villians book series written by Serena Valentino. The series would have told the origin stories of such characters as Ursula, The Beast from Beauty and the beast, Maleficent and the Wicked Queen from Snow White.

The Muppets are coming to Disney Plus. Announced at Disney Plus was Muppets Now, a new short form unscripted series. The series will have guest stars and will be on the service in 2020

There was also a first time at D23, a panel on one of Disney’s newest acquisitions, The Simpsons. Revealed at the panel was that Apu would be staying on the show, despite the controversy raised over the character. Executive Producer Al Jean said that there had been discussions with Disney over doing a sequel to The Simpsons movie or even a spinoff series. EP Matt Selman added quote “I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format,”

Disney released a trailer for the live action Lady and The Tramp movie it won’t be in theaters and instead will be exclusive to the Disney Plus service and will be available when Disney Plus launches on November 12th.

Let’s break Disney Plus down here for a second. At the panel for the service, it was revealed that Disney Plus will have 5000 episodes of content from The Disney Channel library. A new Lizzie McGuire series starring Hillary Duff and a new Phineas and Ferb movie. Pixar will have a couple of new shows as well Forky Asks a Question and Monsters at Work The series follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Other original voice stars John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson are set to return and will be joined by franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Alanna Ubach (Coco), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) and Aisha Tyler (Archer). . and unscripted shows like One Day at Disney and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The service will cost subscribers 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year and will allow subscribers to use four simultaneous streams and 4k at now extra cost. Guess the balls in Netflix’s court now.

Pixar’s next movie Soul has a cast. Soul imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe ends up out of his body and back into his soul in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig.
“Soul” also stars Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad. Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails were also revealed to be composing the score at D23. Soul comes out on June 19th 2020.
Finally, the Florida State prison system has banned several comics and graphic novels. Banned titles include Absolute Watchmen, Adventures of Superman, Blade, The Walking Dead and Stan Lee’s how to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. According to information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the state claims that the comics are a threat to the safety and security of the prison. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says that this is a First Amendment issue and that the books pose no threat.
I don’t think they’re right. How dangerous is Stan Lee’s book after all?
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Episodes 30: Hello Young Trekkies, Wherever You Are. & 31: The Sandman Cometh, The Vertigo Goeth Away.

Episode 30

Tonight! Alex Kurtzman has a long term plan for Star Trek, we know two actors who aren’t in the new Star Wars trilogy and Paul Rudd asks who you gonna call on this SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. I’m Thomas Townley

To anyone new who has joined us, welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight and be sure to subscribe cause two days after this episode drops the Comics Edition comes your way.

I and my wife had a great time at our booth at Smallville Con up in Hutchinson, we gave away a prize box to one lucky winner and gave out cards and flyers. I also got a few interviews with creatives and I’ll be releasing those in an upcoming episode and on our facebook page so stay tuned. 

We have a hint of the new Short Trek minisodes that will stream before season three of Discovery comes out. One of the shorts will be called Chaos Theory and will star Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn reprising their roles as SPock and Number one. So far no other hints on what the other Short Trek’s are called or what this episode is about. So watch this space.

Star Trek uber producer Alex Kurtzman speaking with Deadlines Crew Call podcast revealed that he has presented CBS with a 5 to 10 year plan for the Trek franchise with the hopes of breeding a new generation of Trekkies. He told the podcast quote“When I went to CBS and I said, ‘I think you have a universe here that is very under-utilized, and a fan base that I think is hungry for a lot more,’ and I walked them through the plan of what I saw for the next five to ten years of Trek, part of it was kind of premised on the idea that it was gonna take time,” “What I said was, ‘Don’t expect us to put the first thing out, and suddenly, you have 100 million new fans. That’s not gonna happen. Trek’s been around for too long for that to happen.’ “But what we do have is new generations, and what I can tell you is that Trek, in general, finds people when they’re about between nine and twelve. It’s never reached younger than that. It’s never tried to. And to me, that’s a hugely missed opportunity, especially because what you’re really trying to do is influence hearts and minds with really positive messages about who we can be as a species and as people and what our future is. So why not start young, you know? And not for a cynical reason. Not because you know, hey, let some more toys. Because if you really want Star Trek to reach people, then you’ve got to start young…But we are definitely seeing just metric proof that the fan base is growing, and it’s growing younger, and yet, we’re keeping our current fans, and that’s great.” unquote 

Now let me take a moment and say that getting a new generation of fans is a great idea. But you need to make sure you don’t alienate the old fans who’ve bought the product for years. Be sure to balance that approach there, make product for both sets of fans. 

Kurtzman also gave Deadline a progress report on the Star Trek animated show that is being created for Nickelodeon. Quote “The Hageman brothers are doing [an animated] show for Nickelodeon, and that will be entirely different from Lower Decks.” Kurtzman explained. “I won’t announce the name of the Nickelodeon show, but that’s a really different show. That’s a show that’s for kids, younger. Full CG animation. It’s going to be incredibly cinematic. We just started seeing [storyboards] this week. It looks like, wow. It’s on par with Love, Death, and Robots in terms of beauty and lighting and cinema, so it’s a a really different feel, and Nickelodeon has been wildly supportive and I think very excited to bring a new energy to TV, you know, in animation.” unquote He also said that the characters will be mostly new ones with quote some that you know unquote .  Sounds interesting.

Alex also gave a progress report on the Section 31 show saying that it’s expected to be in production as soon as season three of Discovery is complete. He told Deadline that Erika Lippoldt and Bo Yeon Kim are starting on the story  right now. For influence on the show he said quote We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unqote I just have one request, don’t call it Star Trek Section 31. Just leave the Star Trek name off.

Michael Chabon joined the writers room of Star Trek Picard last fall and now Deadline reports that the writer has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner of the CBS All Access series. Alex Kurtzman said about the appointment quote “Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon,” “Despite a laundry list of accomplishments most writers only dream of, Michael shines with the heart and soul of a Trekkie who’s finally found his dream job. We’re so fortunate to have him at the helm as we explore this next chapter in the great captain’s life.” Unquote  Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Moonglow, Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, among others. His screenplays and teleplays include John Carter, Spiderman 2, Unbelievable– which he wrote with his writing partner and wife, Ayelet Waldman – as well as the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Calypso.” In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Chabon has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, Sidewise and Ignotus awards (Spain’s Hugo Award) and many others.

Since news tht Quentin Tarantino confirmed that his Trek movie will be rated R with plenty of 4 letter words.. Some Trek fans have been outraged, well if they were looking for support from William Shatner, their looking at the wrong captain. In response to a tweet asking for his thoughts on the use of expletives in Trek, Shatner replied quote Why are people plotzing about this? It’s my understanding that Star Trek Discovery has used expletives in some episodes. 🤷🏼‍♂️ Why aren’t people melting down over that? Unquote . Well actually some have, but it seems to be a small part of the fan base.  The best advice is this, if you don’t wanna hear expletives, don’t go see it.

Writer and Producer Peter Allan Fields has passed away, Peter wrote several episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine including the Next Gen episodes “Half a Life,” “Cost of Living” and “The Inner Light,” and DS9 episodes “Dax,” “Duet,” “Blood Oath,” “In the Pale Moonlight” and “The Dogs of War” He also wrote for other properties including The Man from UNCLE, McCloud, the Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider and Xena Warrior Princess. Peter Allan Fields was 84.

Star Wars

We begin Star Wars news with confirmation from actress Daisy Ridley that she will not be in the new Star Wars trilogy under development by David Benioff and DB Weiss. Quote “I mean, I can say I’m not in the next trilogy,” “No. I think, ’cause Rian always said…if it’s the Rian one…or it’s the guys that did Game of Thrones. I’m not sure. Whichever one it was, they always said it was going to be a separate story. So I’m not. No.” Unquote However she did leave the door open that she may return to the Star Wars universe someday. The first movie in the new trilogy will come out in 2022 with the following movies in 2024 and 2026.

Another actor not in the new trilogy will be Mark Hamill, however he will be in this winters Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. The details about the movie have been kept under wraps, but Mark has confirmed one little detail. At the premiere for the new Child’s Play movie, Hamill told the associated press quote,”I sure hope so,” “Well, because…I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.” Unquote 

So Anikin, Yoda, Obi-Wan and Luke. We have four force ghosts in this series. Can we get them together and form a band? “Ladies and Gentlebeings, The Force Ghosts!”  I see Yoda on Drums, of course.

By the way, if your interested in getting to know Snoke a little better, Marvel comics has something for you. Star Wars Age of Resistance: Supreme Leader Snoke #1: “The Devil’s Apprentice!” by Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk will take you back to the events before The Force Awakens and show you quote “Supreme Leader Snoke’s brutal training of Kylo Ren begins. Will the sadistic Snoke break his tormented protégé? Or has he underestimated the son of Han and Leia?” Unquote  The other comics in this series focus on Rey, Kylo Ren and Rose Tico and come out in September. 

Disney Plus’ Rogue One Prequel series will begin production soon. Mexican press outlet El Siglo de Torreon spoke with Diego Luna who told them that he has received scripts for the series. He also told them that he was busy getting in physical shape to play the younger version of his character. Quote “The problem is that I have to look younger, it’s a prequel!” “With a lot of exercise, organic lettuce (laughs), keep me as young and healthy as I can.”

He added, “The amount of work that is done is brutal.” Unquote 

 The series is supposed to start production in October.

Star Wars Galaxies Edge might be full of actors playing scoundrels, but real scoundrels are walking away with things, The Orange County Register notes that people are keeping things that are supposed to be given back to the employees of the park. Found  on ebay have been Galaxy’s Edge maps, the docking bay 7 sporks, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, the crew assignment cards for the Smugglers Run attraction and other little items. Disneyland has stepped up watch for this item and have been more selective about handing these things out. They’ve even made sure that people aren’t walking out of Oga’s with the glassware, making sure to trade them for a boxed and bagged glass before the patron leaves. So be kind, don’t smuggle and ruin the experience for others.

Geek

GARY DAUBERMAN is a happy man. Gary you see is the screenwriter for It and It Chapter 2 , the adaptations  have received praise from the master himself, Stephen King and in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter he was asked if having King’s approval was a weight of his shoulders quote I can’t explain to you the relief I feel when he signs off on something or likes the work you’ve done. That’s the first person I’m trying to please when I’m adapting these things. It is an enormous amount of relief. I know I’m never going to be able to please everybody, so I just hope that he’s pleased. It really is a huge relief, and everything else for me is a bonus.Unquote Gary is working  on the adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire story Salem’s Lot and promises a similar approach to it as he took to adapting It.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that the producers of Arrival Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Aaron Ryder have acquired the big screen rights to The Message, a sci-fi story by Ken Liu. The story centers around an archeologist whose job is to investigate and preserve the stories of extinct civilizations on distant planets. He soon discovers he has a teenage daughter and they explore a mysterious ruin with a cryptic message. Currently the producers are searching for a directory and screen writer. Liu’s work is a hot commodity in Hollywood, his most recent work includes Good Hunting which was used as a basis for an episode of Netflix’s Love, Death plus Robots.

LeBron James, not really a name I use often on this show, took to Twitter to announce the start of production on Space Jam 2. King James said quote Man this really just hit me! I’m really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn’t even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn’t add up to me! 🤦🏾‍♂️! I’m truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is CRAZINESS. 🏀 🐰 🎥 👑🙏🏾 unquote Space Jam 2 will star LeBron with fellow NBA starsPortland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, and Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. Also joining the squad are Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks’ siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, with Sonequa Martin-Green set to portray James’ wife. The movie will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.

The cast of Ghostbusters 3 is getting larger. Paul Rudd confirmed via a video on twitter that he will be apart of the film. Rudd will play a small town teacher in the movie. He joins Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as the newcomers to the franchise. He also joins Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, who have all said that they are returning. The as of yet officially titled film come out in about a year from now, July 10th 2020.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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EPISODE 31

Tonight! The Sandman’s coming, JJ Abrams and son make a comic book and we remember ALF’s best friend, on this comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley. So Avengers Endgame is still trying to beat Avatar’s hold on the number one slot, they held a special re-release this past weekend…and didn’t make it. Still about 27 million shy. It was a good shot. Maybe they should have aimed for the head.

As I said in the SciFi edition, Smallville was a good con and I’m working on putting the interviews together to be put up, if you’d like to see some pictures I took, head on over to our Instagram page. Now let’s get on with the news.

Comics Edition

DC Comics

At the American Library Association annual convention in Washington DC DC Comics announced plans to expand their Young Readers program geared towards young adults and middle schoolers with new titles coming in Spring 2020 and 2021. Young adult titles coming in the Spring of 2020 includeWonder Woman: Warbringer – Written by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Kit Seaton (January 2020)

Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)

The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Shadow of the Batgirl – Written by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux (April 2020)

And Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel – Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge (May 2020)

Middle Grade titles include:Diana: Princess of the Amazons – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying (January 2020)

Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)                       

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime—Written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen             (February 2020)

Zatanna & the House of Secrets – Written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani (February 2020)         

Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless – Written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (March 2020)         

Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)

ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)

And My Video Game Ate My Homework – Written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen (May 2020)

Later titles will feature such characters as Catwoman, Starfire, Mister Miracle, Swamp Thing, Mister Freeze, Green Arrow, Lois Lane and a young version of Constantine called Johnny Constantine. 

Well if it introduces these characters to a new audience, all the better.

DC has announced that January 2020 will see the end of DC’s Vertigo, Zoom and Ink imprints in favor of a new publishing strategy to release all published content under one DC brand with an age specific labeling system.  

The new labels will be called DC Kids aimed at 8 to 12 year old, the traditional DC label will be aimed at 13 year olds and up and DC Black Label will be aged like a fine wine in a barrel in a barn. No, Wait, that’s Johnny Walker Whiskey. DC Black Label is for 17 year olds and older. Black Label will be where the former Vertigo content will go. Dan Dido in a statement about the change spoke about Vertigo saying quote We’re returning to a singular presentation of the DC brand that was present throughout most of our history until 1993, when we launched Vertigo to provide an outlet for edgier material,” “That kind of material is now mainstream across all genres, so we thought it was the right time to bring greater clarity to the DC brand and reinforce our commitment to storytelling for all of our fans in every age group. This new system will replace the age ratings we currently use on our material.” Unquote Vertigo was the home to such titles as Sandman, Preacher, Y The Last Man and was the home to such visionaries as Garth Ennis Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman. So let’s pour one out for Vertigo, you were enjoyed.

And while we’re on things getting canceled. DC has Canceled it’s Road to Watchman book. Road to Watchman would have repackaged old Steve Ditko books featuring The Question and Blue Beetle as they were the inspirations behind Rorschach and Nite Owl. It would have been a 400 page hardcover.

Clark Kent is going to boot camp. Superman Year one by Frank Miller will be released via DC’s Black Label, will be a three volume tale and will be an alternate universe tale that will see Clark Kent going into the Navy before becoming Superman. So how will the military life change Clark? According to former U.S. Special Operations Command honcho Adm. William H. McRaven (ret.), a Navy SEAL veteran in an email to Military Times quote “I don’t know how you can be mild-mannered Clark Kent if you’re a Navy SEAL,”. There’s is a lengthy article on this on the Military Times website and I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.  The first issue is out now and volume two will be out in August. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/06/17/dc-comics-frank-miller-reinvents-clark-kent-as-man-of-seal/

San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and as I reported in a previous episode Warner Bros is skipping the venerable Hall H panel room this year, Warner Bros TV still has product it wants to show off. On July 17th from 6-10pm, They will showcase the Harley Quinn animated series in Ballroom 20 has part of the wbtv’s Preview night screening event. Also being shown are the pilots for Batwoman, Pennyworth and Prodigal Son as well as a new episode of Teen Titans Go! 

It’s not known at this time what will be shown from the Harley Quinn series The series stars the voice of Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn and Alan Tudyk as The Joker, it’s expected to be on the DC universe streaming service in the fall.

DC has announced the creation of a new pop up horror imprint called Hill House Comics. Hill House will be curated by horror writer Joe Hill and be released under DC Black Label banner. 

The Line consists of five original miniseries. Basketful of Heads will be written by Joe Hill with art by Leomacs, the Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado with art by Dani, the Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks and kelley Jones and Plunge by Joe Hill and an artist to be announced. 

Miracles do happen, a few years ago Neil Gaiman’s Sandman was in the works to be a motion picture and than that collapsed. It looked like it might never see the light of day again. Cue Netflix, who has according to the hollywood reporter signed a huge deal to adapt Mr. Gaiman’s work into an 11 episode series. Sources close to the project say that this will be the most expensive tv series DC Entertainment has ever done. Allan Heinberg is set to write and serve as showrunner with Gaiman, executive producing alongside David Goyer. Gaiman, Goyer and Heinberg will co-write the premiere.Channing Dungey vp of originals at Netflix said about the news quote “We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,“”From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.” The Sandman comic ran for 75 issues at DC’s Vertigo Imprint following the adventures of  Morpheus, lord of dreams and a group of immortal beings called The Endless including death, desire, destiny, delirium, despair, and destruction.

Marvel 

The next movie in the MCU is set to debut in a few days Spiderman Far From Home. And we have some good news, You can get that large soda if you want. The movie, according to the British Board of Film Classification, comes in with a run time of 129 minutes, or two hours and 9 minutes of credits. Of course if you need to pee, might I recommend using the RunPee app to tell you the best times to go? They’re not a sponsor, just a useful app.

So how did the Snap affect those that had vanished and then restored? IN an interview with Fandango, Zendaya, who plays Mary Jane Watson in Spiderman Far From Home revealed that quote “[The Snap] kind of puts our characters in a special place, because now we come back and the world’s kind of changed, and we all have to kind of depend on each other a little bit more, because we’re like the oddballs now. We kind of have to confide in each other with that experience, and that’s cool.” Unquote She also revealed that her character will be a bit more involved in the story than Homecoming quote “In the first movie obviously you didn’t get to see much of her, but she was like a very guarded, sarcastic, character and I think you get to see why she has that guard, and slowly watch her melt a little bit.” Unquote 

Well from the capstone of Phase III to the beginning of Phase IV, The casting for Marvel’s The eternals continues an according to thewrap.com Salma Hayek is in negotiations to join the cast that includes Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani and maybe Angelina Jolie. Exact details have been hard to come by, but several sources say that Chloe Zhao has been tapped as director. An official announcement about the film is expected at San Diego Comicon this month. Stay tuned.

JJ Abrams is working for Marvel …but he’s not making a movie. JJ is working on a new Spider-Man mini series with his son Henry. The mini series will debut in September and will feature the art talent of Sara Pichelli and will introduce a brand new villain named Cadaverous. This project is actually a long time in the making having been pitched by Marvel Editor Nick Lowe a decade ago. According to JJ quote “Nick had been pressing me to do a book with him,” Abrams said. “A year or so ago, I started talking about it with Henry and it sort of happened organically. And that has been the joy of this. Even though I’ve been talking to Nick for a long time, weirdly, this feels like it just sort of evolved from the conversations of Henry and I, having ideas that got us excited and Nick being open to the collaboration  I have one question, how much lense flair will be in the comic?

So is your local high school tired of putting on You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown for the hundredth time? 

Marvel has the plays for you. Move over Samuel Beckett, three one act plays make up the Marvel Spotlight group of plays from theatrical publisher Samuel French. There’;s Hammered: A Thor and Loki play by Christian Borle, Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play by Karen Zacarias and Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play by Masi Asare. According to the hollywood reporter, they will focus less on visual effects and more on the emotional journey of the characters. The plays will be offered with license fees of $75 per performance for one play or 125 per performance for two or more. So would this be something you’re high school would be putting on?  We will have a link to this in the show notes. https://marvelspotlightplays.com/

Geek

Fans of The Office are a bunch of sad pandas. Netflix has announced that the series will be leaving the service after December 2020 and moving to NBCUniversals streaming service beginning in 2021. So of course fans have started a petition to keep the series on Netflix, so far a little over forty nine thousand have signed the change dot org petition. I admire their spirit, but I have to point out that this will probably not work. 

The Hello Kitty movie has a writer, according to deadline dot com, New Line Pictures has hired Lindsey Beer to write the adaptation based on the Sanrio pop icon. The movie will mark the first time Hello Kitty has had a major studio motion picture. Beer’s other credits include her credits include Sony’s Masters of the Universe, Lionsgate’s The Kingkiller Chronicles, and Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight. She’s also worked on the Godzilla Vs. Kong and Star Trek franchises and is showrunner, writer, and executive producer on Mark Millar’s The Magic Order for Netflix. 

Have you missed Myst? I know some of you just said what? Let me explain. Myst was an adventure puzzle game first released back in 1993. In the game, players are told that a special book has caused them to travel to Myst Island. There, players solve puzzles and, by doing so, travel to four other worlds, known as Ages, which reveal the backstory of the game’s characters. So why am I talking about it now? Well the Hollywood Reporter has news that Myst is being developed into shows and movies by Village Roadshow. While not much is known about what or how this Myst-verse is being developed, original creators of Myst, Rand and Ryan Miller will be joining Village Roadshow to help develop the universe.

Netflix’s the Dark Crystal:Age of Resistance prequel series has added some more talent to the show The streaming service revealed that Sigourney Weaver, Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Hannah John-Kamen, and Dave Goelz had all joined the voice cast. They also released a series of 32 photos of the characters with  who voices them. The only exception is Sigourney Weaver who’s character is just a disembodied voice called the Myth Speaker. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/06/26/dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-netflix-cast-photos/

Finally tonight, we say goodbye to Max Wright, who passed away from lymphoma on June 26th. . Max is best known as the day Willie Tanner on the NBC sitcom ALF. Mr. Wright had a lot of roles appearing on Cheers, Quantum Leap, Murphy Brown, THe Drew Carey Show , WKRP in Cincinnati, After Mash the television movie version of Stephen King’s The Stand, Friends, the HBO Miniseries From The Earth to The Moon,Misfits of Science and a  ton more. Max is survived by his two children and preceded in death by his wife Linda who passed away in 2017 from breast cancer. He was 75 years old.

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Episode Twenty-Six: The Orville and What’s Next

Tonight! Shows are renewed and canceled, Anne Hathaway gets witchy and loot boxes get investigated on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! So have you enjoyed the season finales? The Game of Thrones has been lost or won, The Big Bang Theory has been blown up, shows have been renewed or cancelled. Lots of good and bad. Frankly,  I thought the finale of the Big Bang Theory was good. However for an episode about changes in life, they kinda left Raj out. Raj got nothing. He ended his relationship with his fiancee to be and that was it, nothing. Not one thing really changed for Raj. I think he kinda got the short shrift. Kinda sucked or him.

I heard a lot of people thought this wrap up season of Game of Thrones sucked, I wouldn’t know, I never was really interested in it.

I am getting things put together for Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS next month, 1 month to be exact. And I planning things for the con including some team ups with SciFi4Me.

So next episode is our one year anniversary. Who knows maybe i’ll change up the theme music, if you have some well wishes or suggestions, if you wanna make me a new logo whatever, just send them along, twitter, email, facebook all those links are on our website. Multiverse Tonight.com and while you’re there check out the show notes, drop a dime through our affiliate links, and more. If you do make something I can use, I might make it worth your while.

Anyway, let’s get on with the news

DC Comics

According to Variety in an exclusive I might add, Robert Pattinson, yes that Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films, is in negotiations to be the star in Matt Reeves The Batman movie which is still scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. However it’s not a done deal, so watch this space. Personally, I just don’t see it.

Rumors have been floating around the next suicide squad movie. Well despite rumors to the contrary, Michael rooker will not be playing King Shark in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. The rumor has been floating around the past few weeks, but in an instagram post Rooker shooker shot it down. With a simple quote Da…..Not unquote. Well I guess I’m inclined to believe Mr. Rooker.  Of course, he could be lying…. After all he usually plays a villian….

More rumor news… Geeks Worldwide reports that Benicio del Toro is Warner Bros. top choice to be the villain of The Suicide Squad as a character codenamed The Mayor. The character is described as a “irascible old warrior that lives for war”

A new teaser for the Batman’s butler Prequel Pennyworth has been released and Pennyworth is a badass. Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2y4qdiT4vo The EPIX series tells the tory of a 20 year old  Alfred Pennyworth played by Jack Bannon, who just recently completed his duties as a British SAS soldier. To find a new line of work, Alfred forms a new private security company and gets into business with a young billionaire by the name of Thomas Wayne played by (Ben Aldridge).

So, you might be asking your self, how is Pennyworth this kind of bad ass, simple. Executive producer Danny Cannon explains quote “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns,” unquote

We also have a teaser for HBO’s Watchmen series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zymgtV99Rko

And a trailer for Batwoman https://youtu.be/vrIiPcv4_iY

Marvel

Bad news for Dark Phoenix hopes at the box office,  According to Variety, early tracking for the latest X-Men movie is showing that it will come in at number 2 behind The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters, June 7th. The Secret Life of Pets is expected to get around 65 million while Phoenix is expected to get around 50 million.

According to Disney’s CEO and the man most likley to be called the King of All Media, Bob Iger, man he makes a lot of news, During the Disney company’s quarterly call Bob Iger spoke about Marvel’s Phase Four and hinted that details about Phase 4 would probably begin to come to light later this summer. And that some of the hints were in Endgame itself.  Quote “If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming,” Iger said. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to be released on digital and blu-ray to comb over that movie within an inch of it’s pixels.  By the way, Avengers Endgame will hit the Disney Plus streaming service on December eleventh, a month after the new service starts with the release of Captain Marvel.

However if you want to see Captain Marvel sooner then that, it will be released on digital platforms on May twenty eighth and on Blu-ray and DVD on June eleventh. The release will come with deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette focused on The Origin of Nick Fury..

During that same call, Iger also revealed that his newest acquisition 20th Century Fox will be scaling back it’s production schedule to just five or six movies a year. That’s about half as many films as the studio released just two years ago. Pretty much prioritizing franchises like Deadpool, Avatar and Kingsman. \\

The Russo Brothers have officially left the Marvel buildings…but they might be tempted back for the right project. Talking to business insider, Anthony Russo said quote “We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them,” “Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.” unquote Joe added quote “It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us,” “That’s why we get out of bed every day.” Could that be a Fantastic Four or X-men story? Joe said quote “I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains.” He also said he loves Wolverine.

However It’ll be awhile before we get to see any of that as the former Fox held characters probably won’t be seen for at least a few years probably later. But who knows, one day the X symbol will arise in the west from Disney HQ and the Russos will answer the call.

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has previously stated it could be around 5 years before we see the X-Men in the MCU, though undoubtedly part of that equation will be Wolverine, one of it not the most popular mutant in Marvels universe.

Avenger’s Endgame has been dethroned at the box office, by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum, The Keanu Reeves movie grossed over 57 million in its opening weekend, endgame fell by over 53 percent to rake in just 29.4 million. However, Endgame total box office has now topped 2.6 million and has passed Avater on the Domestic All time box office chart.

Star Trek

Trek head Alex Kurtzman talking with the LA Times dropped some info on the Section 31 show that’s currently in development. He told them that the spinoff is looking at some popular film and tv works as touchstones for the story.

“We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unquote

He also spoke of the former Emperor Georgiou character.

Quote “People locked in on Georgiou as being a wonderful oddity,” Kurtzman says. “She is wicked, devious, manipulative and yet somehow radiates this incredible heart. People love her.

Keep in mind, if the series is picked up, and right now there’s no reason why not, given that CBS is in a streaming war with everyone else and needs original content, it won’t be till after the next season of Discovery.

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The Picard series formally has a title and it’s Star Trek Picard. Not really original. Perhaps they should have called Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Burnham? Any way, we didn’t get much about it other than a logo and a short clip of Picard not in a Starfleet uniform anymore. The series, still in production will be out on All Access later this year in the United States, on Amazon internationally and on Space and Z in Canada.

By the way, in that same article in the LA Times, Kurtzman said about the Picard series, quote “The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver.”“What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings?” “Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.” unquote Just as long as it’s not all darkness, I’m good.

We Also have news that the new adult edged animated comedy series Star Trek Lower Decks had its first table read. The series from Mike McMahn, who is also the head writer for Rick and Morty is still a ways away from coming out. If you’ll remember the last episode a new teen centered animated series was also announced for Nickelodeon.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be showcasing Star Trek Discovery season two in a multimedia exhibit called Star Trek Discovery Fight For The Future. The exhibit will cover two floors of the Paley Center and will showcast the creative process and feature production and concept art, models, props, costumes and set pieces including the Discovery’s captain’s chair, full prosthetic makeup busts and more. David Stapf, president of CBS Studios said quote“Coming off a successful season two of Star Trek Discovery, we are excited to partner with the Paley Center to give fans and visitors an opportunity to see and interact with drawings, costumes and set design from the series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “This exhibit will allow fans a tactile experience never before seen beyond the studio’s stages.” unquote The exhibit will be up until July 7th.   

Star Wars

Star Wars The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog in an interview with the associated press has revealed that he’s never seen a Star Wars movie.  Quote “I have to confess I never saw a single one,” Herzog shared with the Associated Press. “I’ve seen some trailers, I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids, and so… it’s all a new mythology of a time of some sort of heroics, and it has created new mythologies, and you better take them seriously. Yes, they’re out there, and don’t ignore them.”

If you’re wondering why he’s here, the answer is Jon Favreau, Herzog explains quote

“The Mandalorian, I was invited by Jon Favreau — who started this whole series — to act,” “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling, although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling yes, I could do it. It’s a character in whom you cannot trust. And I said yes, I can do that.” unquote

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a personal tour of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge with Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge. Me. Iger tweeted about it quote “Best way to impress your friends…give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!

#stevenspielberg, #jjabrams, Kathy Kennedy with Imagineer & Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge.” unquote with pictures of them in front of the Millenium Falcon and sitting around the iconic Falcon game board.  Galaxy’s edge will open at Disneyland on May 31st. Wonder if they were also showed out after four hours as well.

Speaking of Disney, they have announced that three more Star Wars films will start hitting theaters with the first one in 2022 and the next two spaced out every two years following.  So why every other year? Well, they announced that the Avatar sequels will be in the odd years. So 2021, Avatar 2, 2022 star wars 10, 2023 Avatar 3, 2024 Star Wars 11, etcra. Personally, I think I’ll skip Dances with Smurfs 2….err Avatar 2.

EA is seeing potential dollar signs with Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. During a recent earnings call, EA said that they expect Fallen Order to sell between six and eight million copies by March 31, 2020.  They came about these expectations by how well Star Wars Battlefront II sold in the same amount of time. The game will be released on November 15th on PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Last issue we talked about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewy.

Nick Hague an astronaut currently on the International Space Station saluted Mr. Mayew on twitter, quote Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ErMQGXoAA_wVi.jpg unquote he also included a picture of Mayhew posted on a window of the station that was looking at earth. Very nice.

Geek News

We are fully loaded with Geek News this week.

Starting with someone who has had a lot of time with remakes, Anne Hathaway. This time Anne is in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 cult classic which was based on the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches. Ms. Hathaway about the new version and how much it’s different from the 90’s version. Anne said quote “ I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I’m really excited.” unquote.

Zemeckis is on record as saying that the movie will be a more accurate version of Roald Dahl’s original work, than the 1990 Jim Henson production. Zemeckis called the French site Allocine quote We’re going to set it in the Gothic South of the 1960’s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of with story.”

Anne Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer will be playing the grandmother. The boy will be played by newcomer Jahzir Bruno. The Witches will hit theaters on October 16, 2020.

Have you seen the new trailer for It Chapter 2? Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqUopiAYdRg

Looks really good.

Speaking of It. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, the IT of the story says that playing the role for the second movie was even more difficult. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill said quote “After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, ‘Oh, holy sh–, I don’t have to deal with this relationship anymore!'”. “It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like ‘Oh my God, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with the darkness of the character.’ I likened it to an exorcism — him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins.” Even with that release he couldn’t get himself and Pennywise quote separated telling EW quote “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,”. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.” “This was a process of letting go of the monster,” “It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.” Well Bill I hope you’re having sweet dreams right now. Keep Pennywise at bay.  If you need someone to check under your bed, I think I know some women who would be happy to oblige.

The New York State Fair wants the writers of The Simpsons to come to the Fair in person. After a recent episode featured a song making light of upstate new york aired on the show , the head of the New York state fair has invited the staff of tv longest running animated series to prove that the region is not a joke. New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement quote “We want the show’s writers to see the very best of New York and the Fair is the perfect place to highlight the diversity and vitality of one of the nation’s largest economies. We know it’s just a tv show, we can certainly take a joke and we love The Simpsons, but there’s so much that’s great about the region.” unquote. Director Waffner added in the statement that they would be given free admission and a gift basket of local foods.  No word on if the writers will take him up on the offer.

Comic Publishers Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. Both companies are hoping that this will strengthen their library of Intellectual properties and they can then use the combined company to spread out to media platforms like film and animation.

Current Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones will be president of the new company. Oni Press’ biggest hit to date was Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Loot boxes might get the ban hammer from Congress. Missouri senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to ban explotative microtransactions, including Loot Boxes and pay to win systems.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would mirror the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  and target games that are aimed at users under 18 years old. Under the bill, such games would not be allowed to have loot boxes and would take aim at pay to win mechanics like having to spend money to buy additional time or a special weapon to help you win.

Senator Hawley in a statement said “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

The bill has an uphill climb to ever make it to a law. First it would have to make it into committee’s in the senate and than the house and the likelihood of it getting out of committee are remote. If it does make any progress, we will let you know.

Adult Swim is full of off beat shows including Harvey Birdman the show that took Hanna Barbera hero Birdman and turned him into a lawyer for other Hanna Barbera characters. Now Adult Swim has announced that Birdgirl will be getting her own spinoff series on the network. The show, starting Paget Brewster as the titular Birdgirl doesn’t have a launch date yet.

Netflix has had a stream of good luck with Dark Horse properties Polar and The Umbrella Academy. Now Dark Horse and Netflix have signed a first look deal that gives Netflix the first pick of Dark Horse Properties for future tv shows or movies. Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson in a statement said quote “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.” unquote and Cindy Holland VP of Original content for Netflix added quote “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.” Netflix really needs the content now after Disney and now WarnerMedia have announced that they will be withdrawing their properties from other streaming services in order to start their own.

And speaking of streaming. Disney has now taken full control of Hulu after Comcast agreed to eventually sell their stake of the service to the Walt Disney Company. The sale price would probably be around 5.8 billion dollars and would probably not happen for at least five years. Under the terms of the deal, Comcast agrees to license NBC shows to Hulu until 2024 with the option to pull the content after three years. Comcast will also give up three seats on hulu’s board. Hulu currently has around 28 million subscribers.

Warner Bros new Matrix sequel has gotten a boost.  During an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, John Wick director and Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski said quote “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” unquote The movie is currently being written by Zac Penn and is said to be more of a revival than a reboot.

Mel Gibson is going to play Santa. Yep. A new Action Comedy movie called Fatman will star Mel and will tell the story of quote “a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline.” There’s an interesting and amusing twist to the story, though, as “a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.” Unquote The movie is being directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from a script they wrote. Are you interested in Mel Gibson as Santa Claus?

I’m so happy, The network upfronts, the week when the broadcasters pitch their new fall lineup to mainly advertisers has happened. Not a lot of genre tv on the networks unless you’re networks letters are C and W.

First off, let me say how happy I am that The Orville did get it’s order for a third season. Thank you New Fox. However we will have to wait till Thursday night football ends in 2020 for that new season to start.

While we’re talking Fox. They had a new show on the schedule sure to make you distrust your digital assistant speaker. Next. Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/jFR3KsBrHRQ

Yep, killer AI. I hate to be this guy, but wouldn’t it just end up taking over the world in episode one?

And the best news to come out of the upfronts came from Warner Media. Rick and Morty season four  https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to

And remember this is just the start of seventy new episodes that were ordered by Adult Swim. Awesome.

Bad News, Amazon is not picking up The Tick for a third season. The announcement was made by Tick creator Ben Edlund quote “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”  Unquote

Disney’s feature film length reimagining of the 90’s cartoon series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue rangers now has a director. Akiva Schaffer, a member of the Lonely Island, he also co directed Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and Hulu’s Pen15, will be taking on the live and cq hybrid picture. No plot details have come to light, however it’s being described as being meta, self referential and cool. Yep. Also no word on if this well actually make theaters or just go straight to Disney Plus. My bet would be the later.

Host of Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler has passed away. Younger kids might not know him, but Fowler co hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins starting back in 1963. He was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he brought Johnny in contact with many amusing animals. Here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFLFKyu5iY

Jim was always interested in wildlife when he was a kid, He studied zoology in college , where he was also a star baseball player. He could have played for the Phillies or Yankees but he turned them down to pursue a career as a naturalist.

Jim Fowler was 89 years old.

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Episode Twenty-Five: After The Endgame, What’s Next?

Tonight! Avengers Endgame breaks records like the Hulk breaks pants, California recognizes Star Wars Day and we say goodbye to everyone’s favorite wookie actor on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

  

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! I hope you’ve seen Endgame, it was 3 hours well spent. Now that you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what’s next? Spider-man Far From Home? Star Wars? More streaming services than you have hours in the day?

By the way, we are just two episodes away from our one year anniversary…

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Let’s start with the Marvel News

Avengers Endgame rocked the box office to its knees. Bringing in 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend worldwide. And in it’s second weekend, it’s up to $2,188,698,638. Could it make it to three million next weekend? It now holds the records for Worldwide opening, foreign opening weekend, opening day gross, single day gross,and single day friday, saturday and sunday gross, april opening weekend, spring opening weekend, top 3 day and top 4 day gross and many many more.  It’s competition from the previous weeks, The Curse of La Llorona and Shazam saw drops of over 60 percent while the new Pet Sematary remake so a drop of 72 percent. Needless to say, Avengers made all the money and will probably keep making money for sometime until the next big summer blockbuster which ever one that is.

By the way, have you noticed that not many spoilers have been bandied about? Here’s a cautionary tale out of Hong Kong to make you think twice of opening your big mouth outside a theater. Asia One reports that a man was assaulted outside a Hong Kong theater for loudly exposing major Endgame spoilers to those in line for the movie..

If that doesn’t make you keep quiet maybe this will, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned a letter to fans saying quote “Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help,” the letter reads in part. “When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you. Remember, Thanos still demands your silence.” quote So shhhhhhh.

And for those theater workers out there who kept theaters clean, popcorn popped and lines moving, Mark ruffalo has a message for you quote “Thank you to everyone that went to see Endgame this weekend, reminding us how great it is to watch movies with others,” Ruffalo said. “And a special thank you to the people working at theaters this weekend. Love you 3000.” unquote

By the way, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a big winner financially in all this is Robert Downey Jr. Who will walk away with a 75 million dollar payout from backend profits on Endgame. It’s good to be the Iron Man.

Well with one movie done, another must be made.According to the Hollywood reporter,  Guardians of the galaxy 3 will start filming in 2020 with one of three possible release dates in 2021, February 12th, May 7th or November 5th. Personally I’m pulling for February. It’s a couple of days before my birthday.

Now last episode we talked about Disney Plus and it’s myriad of MCU shows. Well  We now know how many episodes the first seasons of those shows will be. According to the hollywood reporter , Loki, Falcon and Winter Soldier and Scarlet Vision will each have six to eight episode seasons. This info comes from the stars contracts, which were negotiated separately from their movie contracts. Just a reminder, Disney Plus will launch on November 12th.

Meanwhile over at Sony Pictures. The studio has signed Phil Lord and Chris Miller to a five year deal worth nine figures to start after their current Fox contract expires.  The new deal will see the Spider-verse makers create and develop comedy and drama projects of their own creation for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms as well as oversee other writers projects. They will also be making tv projects based on the Sony MCU characters including Spider-man, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable.  Lord and Miller said in a statement quote “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and ear holes, wherever you may be.”

Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson has been an outspoken advocate for diversity in the movie business. Now she has a few thoughts on creating a more diverse future for the MCU. On Variety’s Big Ticket podcast, Brie responded to host Marc Malkin talking about the notion that he never thought that he’d see an LGBT hero when he was growing up. She responded quote “That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,” “I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” “I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could.”” Unquote

She also expressed gratitude over Captain Marvel’s success at the box office. Quote “I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,”. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.” The next phase is expected to be more diverse with upcoming movies like Shang-Chi, Eternals and Black Panther 2.

Disney is taking full advantage of being the majority owner of Hulu. Disney owns sixty percent of the streaming service.  Today Hulu announced that it’s 28 million subscribers will have the pleasure of seeing Gabriel Luna return to the role of Ghost Rider in a new series. Interestingly enough, he won’t be the same Ghost Rider from Agents of Shield. Also announced Marvel’s Helstrom. Hellstrom is about Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The two use their complicated dynamic, attitude and skills to track down the worst of humanity. Paul Zbyszewski executive producer and showrunner said in the official announcement quote “As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”

“We’re thrilled Hulu will be moving into a new—admittedly chilling—corner of the Marvel Universe with GHOST RIDER and HELSTROM. Paul and Ingrid are crafting gripping adventures into fear that live in our SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE cornerstone.”

These two series joining the third season of Marvel’s Runaways, and new animated series M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler and Howard the Duck. The four animated series will join together to become The Offenders.

Sounds fun.

We would like to shout out some congratulations to Heimdall himself, Idris Elba back on April 26th, he tied the not to Sabrina Dhowre. According to the British edition of Vogue, they were married in Morocco. Congrats to the happy couple.

And speaking of happy couples, Surprise. Captain Marvel star Jude Law tied the knot with his fiancee Phillipa Coan on April 30th in a surprise wedding. The couple got wed in London with only a select number of the couples friends and family attending. This is Jude’s second marriage. Congratulations.

DC Comics

I know that most eyeballs have been on Marvel lately, but DC also has news so…

Variety reports that James Gunn’s The  Suicide Squad has added Daniela Melchior for the role of Ratcatcher. This would be a gender swap fro the Batman villain. The member of The Rogues Gallery was a rat catcher who discovered that he could actually control rats and used them to commit crimes. She joins Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Idris Elba. Also new to the cast will be Ant-man vet David Dastmalchian who will be taking up the mantle of D list villain Polka Dot Man and John Cena stepping up as Peacemaker. The movie should start filming soon and will hit theaters in August of 2021.

DC is adding another new book to their DC Zoom imprint. The book called Dear Justice League puts the heroes of the DCU answering questions from their biggest fans. The book is written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte DC put up a trailer, lets watch.

https://youtu.be/35tW9oC2fF0

The description for the book is quote The greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!”

Dear Justice League hits stores on August 6th and will retail for $9.99.

Kinda looks interesting.

DC Comics has announced Batman/Superman a new series to be written by Joshua Williamson and featuring art from debut artist David Marquez. The series is a follow up to The Batman Who Laughs miniseries and focuses on a version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse that was corrupted by the Joker toxin and became a villain. Now he has a plan. Williams told the hollywood reporter“We discover, through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs have been working on this massive plan since [Dark Nights: Metal],” “What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves. Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing. “This is happening to six people — we’ve been calling them the new Secret Six — who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, allies. We talked about the end of The Thing, where it’s the two of them and they’re like, ‘It could be you, it could be me, but now we have to work together.’” He went on to tell the reporter that unraveling the mystery is the core of the book, but the mystery will also spread out to other books.

Sounds like Batman and Superman trying to find the secret cylons, doesn’t it.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell has faced down many a bad guy on Arrow. But the real Amell hates one thing at home. Leaf Blowers. Stephen tood to twitter to voice his frustrations quote “A person in my neighborhood has been blasting a leaf blower on a property that’s under construction for the past 40 minutes. I’m home for the first time in months and I’m wandering around in my undies. Hope your lot is clean FOR NO F****** REASON.” “I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate leaf blowers. I hate leaf blowers just a little less than I love my daughter,” However Elon Musk might have a solution to his dilemma. Elon recently revealed on twitter that quote Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leaf blower unquote Stephen tweeted back “I humbly offer you my first born son,” unquote  I don’t know if that’s a even trade. I’m pretty sure Elon can build a son…probably using the leaf blower.

Star Wars

So have you seen the trailer for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, if you saw it in the first 24 hours after it was released, you’re not alone. According to a report from Deadline, one hundred eleven million views were recorded by Youtube, that beat out  The Last jedis 91 million viewers and is more than double The Force Awakens numbers. That’s pretty impressive but falls short of the numbers for the trailers for Avengers Infinity War and Endgame which both had more than 238 and 289 million respectively. Still those numbers are Youtube only.

Disney fans watch now! With Disney Plus coming soon there’s now an expiration date on any Disney content still up on the service. Cars 3 leaves on July 31st, CoCo expires on November 29th and Incredibles 2 leaves on July 30th. Star Wars movies The Last Jedi leaves on December 26th, Solo A Star Wars story on July 9th. Marvel movies Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2: May 5th, Thor Ragnarok on December 6th, Black Panther leaves on March 4th, Avengers Infinity War on June 25th and Ant-man and the Wasp leaves on July 29th. Of course, you can always just buy these movies and support them directly.

And while you watch those movies, Wanna play a blast from the past? Discord has some oldies for you. The company has announced 11 games from the Lucasfilm and Disney archives that will be heading to its Nitro Games subscription service . Revealed so far are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Republic Commando

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Knights of the Old Republic one and two are available now The Discord app is free but the Nitro games subscription is 10 dollars a month.

May the 4th as long been known as Star Wars day for years now and now The California State  Assembly has introduced a Resolution declaring May 4, 2019 as “Star Wars Day.”

The Assembly drafted the Resolution in advance of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

It reads, in part:

“Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the Star Wars franchise upon the celebration of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the largest single site expansion to date of Disneyland Park, and commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature declares May 4, 2019, as Star Wars Day.”

“Star Wars” was created by Modesto native George Lucas. The first film of the franchise was released in 1977.

The Assembly Rules Committee passed ACR 72 Monday by a vote of 10-0.

And speaking of Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios put out an open casting call for people to play “gatherers” in Savi’s Workshop inside the land’s Black Spire Outpost.

The casting call read as follows quote

“Gatherers: Warm and inviting; capable of leading a structured interactive

experience. Gatherers have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy. Adept at

engaging authentically with visitors. Though slightly quirky and mysterious, the Gatherer is

always personable and humorous. Good comedic and improvisational instincts. All abilities,

genders and types welcome.”

Your job will be to guide guests in building their own unique lightsabers. You’ll also amaze them with your deep knowledge of the Force and train them to be Jedi’s.

Auditions are being held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility with callbacks will be held May 28 and 29 in Orlando.

Actors should prepare for their audition with the provided script. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.

https://cdn.media.disneyauditions.com/other-files/music/wdw/Kembe-AUDITION_SIDE.pdf

We close Star Wars news on a sad note Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca has passed away. The following was posted on his facebook page. Quote

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away.  He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode 3 of the prequels, and the New Trilogy. He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.  But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.

The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come.  As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve with his role in the Star Wars universe.  For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends. Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans while on the convention circuit touching the lives of millions.  As he realized over the years the impact he could have, he became heavily involved with the 501st legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish, and other non-profit organizations.
 
To this end, he established the Peter Mayhew Foundation, supporting everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. He not only provided funds but became personally involved with each individual, family and cause he supported.

As he grew older he continued to “soldier on” as he put it and was completely in his element around his fans and supporters. He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.

He is survived by his wife Angie and three children. His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie taking the helm as his voice.

There will be a memorial service for friends and family held on June 29th and in early December in Los Angeles there will be a memorial for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA. 

For additional information, information on the memorials or to offer condolences email ryan@ReelAppearances.com

Rather than gifts and flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the foundation so that they can continue his efforts to help the community.  You can donate at http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php

Unquote

I got to see him once at Planet Comicon a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Our condolences to his family and Star wars fans everywhere.

Star Trek news

CBS and Viacom might be headed towards a reunion. Bloomberg reports that CBS is no longer looking for a permanent successor for former CEO Les Moonves. Instead Joe Ianniello, who was Moonves’s former number 2 will continue as acting CEO till the end of the year.

Bloomberg speculates that this could be signaling that CBS is prepared to merge back with Viacom, as CBS wouldn’t probably be looking for a new CEO while trying to negotiate a deal with Viacom at the same time. A merger would be good for both Viacom and CBS so that they can be on a larger footing to compete with Disney and Warner Media.

On the subject of CBS, Star Trek has announced that it’s launching a Star Trek global franchise group. This new division will manage and maximize the expansion of the Star Trek brand beyond broadcasting and streaming. Including  podcasts, new digital spaces and live experiential events.

Leading this new unit will be Veronica Hart who will serve as Executive Vice President of Star Trek Global Franchise Management. In other words, she’s kind of Alex Kurtzman’s boss. Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. Quote “As we expand the Trekverse, Veronica’s team and Secret Hideout are dedicated to broadening ‘Star Trek’s’ brand reach by amplifying its core values globally: empowerment, inclusion, imagination, and above all, the exceptional storytelling that’s inspired generations of fans,” unquote .

Exceptional storytelling. Exceptional. Storytelling. Let’s just meditate on those words, shall we Alex? Anyway.

And while we’re hoping for exceptional storytelling, CBS Television Studios has announced that it has greenlight a new Star Trek animated series, but not for All Access but for Nickelodeon. The show is seen as an opportunity to get younger kids into Star Trek. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The as of yet named CG animated show will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The series  comes from CBS Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer. In a statement Alex Kurtzman said quote “‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”

The show joins an adult animated comedy called Lower Decks that will air on All Access.

Star Trek Online is bringing back Jason Isaacs as non Mirror Captain Gabriel Lorca and Reka Sharma as Commander Ellen Landry back to life. Perfect World and Cryptic Studios announced Star Trek Online major update Rise of Discovery will hit servers on PC on May 14th. Players will get to fight alongside the USS Buran and get a look at Landry and Loraca before they joined the crew of the Discovery. The new update will also introduce a brand new reputation and a ship system update that will allow players to level up Tier 6 ships with their characters. Let’s watch the trailer https://youtu.be/OEjGJaxgdgI

Variety reports that Ethan Phillips is joining the cast of a new space comedy for HBO. Avenue 5 comes from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and is described as a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future. THe show stars Hugh Laurie as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5 and also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, and Suzy Nakamura.

Ethan will play a character named Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is described as quote  “a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.” unquote

So you finished Season Two of Discovery and thought what to do now. IDW has your answer, a season 2.5 miniseries called Star Trek Discovery Aftermath. The three-issue series comes from previous Discovery mini-series writers Kristen Beyer,  Mike Johnson. With Art by Tony Shasteen. According to Mike Johnson quote “The new series shows how Pike, Spock, L’Rell, and the rest of the cast deal with the fallout from the mind-blowing events of Season Two,” say “And we couldn’t be happier that Tony Shasteen is beaming back onboard for this story!” unquote

Editor Chase Marotz added quote “To be able to follow up on the huge status-quo shift presented in that finale is a dream come true, especially with a team as talented as Kirsten, Mike, and Tony,”. “In terms of fitting into the broader universe presented in Discovery, this new series is perhaps our most essential yet, and I can’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve got in store for them.” Unquote

You know, one thing we haven’t heard much about lately is Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project.  It was assigned to screenwriter Mark L Smith in December of 2017 and since than all has been quiet on that front.  However Quinten was asked about it by Slash Film quote : I feel like I have to ask this even though I don’t know if you’ll want to answer. But are you going to make a Star Trek movie? Is there any truth to that?

Quinten : It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again. Unquote

Once Upon a Time will be released this summer, so i guess only time will tell.

Nichelle Nichols is on the final leg of her convention farewell tour. Her final appearance is set for May 2020 and Nichelle would like to ttel her life story with a biographical documentary titled Breaking Barriers. With the help of Atomic Network, An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to assist with financing the production.The campaign has a goal of  $25,000, it’s about half way there with only a few days left in the campaign. If you’d like to donate as little as $5 just look up the campaign on Indiegogo or find the link in our show notes. The campaign ends on the tenth.

Geek News

Game of Thrones is busy on it’s wind down tour. The cast is making a good pay day for these last 6 episodes. According to IndieWire, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau each received $500,000 per episode, while co-stars Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright each received $175,000 per episode. I take half those paychecks anyday.

Netflix has killed it’s zombie comedy The Santa Clarita Diet. The third season just dropped a couple of months ago.  This came has a bit of shock as it seemed to be one of Netflix’s tentpole properties. In a statement, Netflix said, “The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead. We’re grateful to Victor, Drew, and Timothy, along with fellow executive producers Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell and the terrific cast, including Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo, and crew for three hilarious seasons for Netflix members to discover for years to come.”

Stars Timothy Oliphant and Drew Barrymore responded in a statement to the Hollywood reporter. Drew Barrymore said quote Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites,”  “She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honor to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique.” unquote

Timothy Oliphant in his statement said quote “I loved working on this show. I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.” unquote

The Nintendo 3DS is at its End of Life. Nintendo has  confirmed that it has nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS. And while there’s still new software from third-party publishers in the pipeline, it looks like Nintendo is moving on. The 3DS first came out in 2011. It was not as big of a seller as its predecessor, it still was well received by fans. Of course, given that the Nintendo Switch is both a handheld and a home console system kind of made the 3DS obsolete. Farewell 3DS.

The Critters are back. The film series which debut with the first Critters movie in 1986 starring Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh. Critters featured creatures from outer space that were cute looking but had rows and rows of sharp teeth that land on Earth as they attempt to escape intergalactic bounty hunters. It’s had many sequels including a new one Critters Attack! Which is the fifth film in the series. It will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 23rd.

Here’s the description quote “Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. “While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?” unquote

Well that sounds like…something.

Paramount is moving forward with its live adaptation of Rugrats by hiring Diary of a wimpy kid director David Bowers. The adaptation of the 90’s cartoon is set to be a live action and CGI hybrid. With the babies done in CGI and the adults being live action. No other details are available. CGI babies, sounds really creepy.

And while we’re on cartoons being made into movies, Warner Bros is bringing Tom and Jerry to the movies and they are in talks with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film. Just like Rugrats this would be a live action animated hybrid movie. Chloe would be playing the part of Kayla an employee at the hotel that Jerry movies into during a glamorous wedding. Kayla hires Tom  to take out Jerry and hilarity ensues?

The twenty fifth James Bond movie is….taking its sweet time. However, we have a little news about the casting. No title yet, but we did get word via a promotional video that Rami Malek will play the villain of the picture. Also we got some plot details, According to producer Barbara Broccoli quote “He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,”unquote Barbara also added that the production has built an “extraordinary” house for the famous agent and his license to kill. The description of the movie is that quote  “[Bond’s] peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” Unquote.

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Episode Twenty One: We Haven’t Been Bought by Disney…Yet.

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Tonight! We look at the Galaxy’s Edge, we check in on What we left behind and The Mouse finally gets The Fox on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
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Star Wars news begins with a lot of peaks at the Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disney Land. The DisneyLand version will open on May 31st, while the Disney World version will open on August 29th.

First off, is the new Tie Fighters https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/avw1wz/tie_echelon_from_galaxys_edge_and_maybe_ix/?utm_content=media&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=2de182e27dc54057950d572ea822c0c1&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=avw1wz The TIE Echelon, which was confirmed by ABC News’s Clayton Sandall, will  appear in an upcoming movie, but nothing concrete on if it’ll be in Episode Nine. Sandall described quote It combines, if you could imagine Kylo’s shuttle kind of shrunken down into a TIE fighter look.” unquote We have also learned that the battalion of First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the park will be The 709th, aka The red Fury. Entertainment Weekly noted quote “This elite squad from The First Order has arrived on a new ship — the TIE Echelon, which has a cockpit similar to Kylo Ren’s batwinged shuttle but the curved foils of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1.”

So while you’re at Disneyland or Disney World checking out the new Tie fighter and evading the Stormtroopers, why not sit down for a tall glass of Blue Bantha Milk. Blue Milk is, of course, what was served to Luke by his Aunt Beru in his last meal before his Aunt and Uncle met their grisly fates. Scott Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer in charge of galaxy’s edge shared with Entertainment Weekly, quote  “I will tell you it’s not actually milk,”“If you’re walking around Florida in the middle of August, the last thing you want is, uh, a huge glass of milk.” He might be right, you might end up with a cold glass of Blue Cottage Cheese or worse. Perhaps they should make some cheese so you can have a Bantha Cheese pizza. Wonder if there’s an alchol filled version…a Blue Russian?

So you’ve had the milk, now what. We have word or two on the major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge. First off is Smuggler’s Run, which puts guests in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon has either a pilot, gunner or flight engineer, each with a different role, so you can have a different experience every time you ride.

Also you have Rise of the Resistance, that puts you in the role of a new recruit with the Resistance in a battle against the First Order and a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes you inside a full size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

And of course you’re visit is not complete unless you empty your wallet of Galactic credits. The Droid Depot will let guests build their own astromech droids. Patrons will build either a R-series or BB series and can customize their droids with various parts and colors. You can also buy a pre-built droid and other droid related items.

You can also visit Savi’s Workshop to make your own lightsaber, Just cause the Jedi’s are no more doesn’t mean you can have a light sword of your own. And at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guest will fine items from Star Wars galactic history, including holocrons, Jedi and Sith artifacts and more. There’s also a Toydarian Toymaker, the Resistance Supply for all your resistance gear, the First Order Cargo for your First Order gear. And much much more.

I’ll have a link in the show notes for an article at Comicbook.com with a list of all the locations at the park.

A leaked lego set might just have confirmed a return to Rey’s home planet of Jakku An Instargamer by the name of savcreationsog claims that a set titled Assault on Jakku will sell for nearly fifty dollars and contain 399 pieces. No images of the set and for all we know this might be a complete fabrication. However, it must be noted that Episode IX did have principal photography that took place in Jordan, where Jakku was filmed in The Force Awakens, so….connect your own dots or bricks.

Chris Avellone, the writer of Star Wars Knights of the Old republic II and Fallout New Vegas is apparently working on a new Star Wars game,  Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order for Respawn. The games writer took to Twitter and confirmed it quote “I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month,”. “Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem

Jedi Fallen Order is A new action adventure game which tells an original story set shortly after the events of Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.

Currently, to watch all 10 films in the Star Wars saga, one would have to watch around 23 hours of film. Lucky for us, Topher Grace and Jeff Yorkes have condensed that down into one five minute video entitled Star Wars forever. Topher announced the compilation on his twitter quote “10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…” The video boils it down to the key or iconic moments in the movies. This isn’t the first time Topher has taking a knife to Star Wars, back in 2012, he whittled down the prequel trilogy down to a single film. Topher said that it wasn’t a way to discredit George Lucas’ it was just an experiment to hone his editing skills. Topher told IndieWire why he did it. Quote“I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax,” “There’s something really zen about it.” So is there something you’d like to edit down into a smaller package?

Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner and our friends over at SciFi4Me will have a correspondent at the event. And Jedi News has revealed some of the exclusive merchandise that will be offered at the event. First on the list is Plush Loth-Wolves in white or grey from Star Wars Rebels. There’s also a Rancor tiki mug with a Luke Skywalker muglet by Geeky Tiki, a special Celebration mug with an adorable Porg surprise inside. And a Darth Maul jacket to honor the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace.  Twenty years since the Phantom Menace. I guess it’s time to fire up the Bluray and see if it holds up.

Star Trek

So many Trek series, so little time…Let’s start off with The Picard show is on a hiring first off is the initial director for the pilot episode, That honor goes to Hanelle Culpepper. Hanelle might be relatively new to trek having only directed two episodes of Discovery, but she has quote the directoral pedigree. She has directed for Empire Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Gotham, Lucifer and The Flash. This will also make her the first female director to helm a pilot episode for the franchise. We also have word straight from the mouth of Trek Alum Jonathan Frakes that he will direct  the new series. Telling the Writer Experience Podcast quote Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world. Unquote

In front of the camera we will see, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd, Cabrera has recently starred in the CBS series Salvation and Big Little Lies on HBO and Hurd’s credits include Blind Spot, the Fox tv version of Lethal Weapon as well as Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. No word on what roles either actor will be in the series.

We got some new details about when production will begin. Production Weekly Said that production will begin on April 14th and go for five and a half months finishing on October 1st. The show will be shot at Santa Clarita Studios, 35 miles north of the old Paramount Studios where most Star trek series were produced. This is also the studio where Patrick Stewart filmed his two season Starz comedy series Blunt Talk.

We also have a hint at the series title, Production Weekly lists the title as Star Trek Destiny with a working title as Drawing Room. It should be noted that Destiny is one of the titles that CBS trademarked last year..

By the way,  Congratulations to actress Mary Wiseman who tied to note to her fiance Noah last month.

Moving on to shows starting production to one with episodes aplenty under its belt. CBS All Access has renewed Discovery as expected for it’s third season with production set to start in July and it will have yet another new showrunner. Michelle Paradise has been promoted to co showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, To quote Alex Kurtzman in the official announcement, quote “Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” . “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.” I’ll have to agree that this season has been markedly better than last season. The main story is interesting, however… Maybe season three can see it tightened up some more? It’s expected that season three will air in the second or third quarter of 2020, after the new Picard show finishes up.

Now I mentioned Jonathan Frakes a couple of minutes ago, and that wasn’t the only thing he mentioned in that interview Mr. Frakes also assessed CBS’s plans for the franchise on tv quote My understanding is that Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout are creating a Star Trek show that will hopefully allow fans of Trek to have something fresh to see all the time. That is why Discovery, now that it is a hit, will continue, and they have announced Sir Patrick’s show, which is not titled, that will air after Discovery. And they have announced they are developing a show for Michelle Yeoh, so Empress Georgiou who is a character on Discovery will have her own stories. They have hired the guy from Rick and Morty – [Mike McMahan] – to write an animated show called Lower Decks, which I have seen parts of that are hysterical. So you have one, two, three, four. They’ve got a Nickelodeon connection for a little kid’s Star Trek, so that’s five. So, there is a world that is being created by Kurtzman and his team that will hopefully continue for many years and provide entertainment, and obviously conversation, about Star Trek for decades. Unquote  Jonathan talks a lot more about directing on the podcast, we will have a link to The Writer Experience podcast in our show notes. https://soundcloud.com/writerexperience/ep38

We also have an update on the DS9 documentary What we Left Behind. They’ve been working for months, to put 20 minutes of Deep Space Nine footage into HD. They released an update on the official website quote We’re nearly through the heavy research-and-scanning stage of our remaster, and with just a few (hundred) more film rolls ahead of us, we’re hard at work replacing the 20+ minutes of new HD sequences — spanning ALL SEVEN seasons of the original run of Deep Space Nine! Unquote  And they also posted an update on how close they are to release quote The restoration process alone is a HUGE undertaking — after all your support in funding this expensive endeavor, it has taken months of work from the CBS Digital team to coordinate, research, find, ship, scan and deliver the original film negatives for us, and more time from our team to clean up, color, and polish the resulting images (and even re-create a handful of effects!).

While we’re still waiting on final elements to arrive and distribution details to lock firmly into place, we don’t want to promise any deadlines we can’t meet with the film not yet entirely complete. They also teased a big update to come this month. So stay tuned…

Set a course for the Gamma Quadrant, GameSamba announced a sequel to Star Trek Alien Domain, Star Trek Alien Domain Incursion. The web browser based new game, which is now available pits groups of players against The Dominion in a battle for control of resources. The game is described as a hybrid of a simulation and strategy game. You can play the game at https://incursion.gamesamba.com

Marvel News

We start off Marvel news with Captain Marvel. The movie opened this past weekend grossing 455 million dollars worldwide, 153 million of that from the US. This made it the seventh largest opening for a Marvel movie of all time and puts it 18th on the list of biggest opening weekends of all time domestically.

Marvel movie star Samuel L Jackson has played both a Jedi and an agent of shield and he would be more than happy to reprise his Star wars roel of Mace Windu if asked, his Captain Marvel co-star Brie Larson confirmed to entertainment weekly that Sam even brought his lightsaber to the set of the marvel movie. Quote “I got to hold his lightsaber! He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried. It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.” unquote of course May the 4th is best known as Star Wars day.

Of course, we know that Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, a time of video stores, well an interesting pop up shop has popedup in Canada (as far as we know) in the mall, a parody of Blockbuster video called Stanley’s video. Not an actual video store apparently but a scavenger hunt that nets the participant a Captain Marvel pin as a prize. Nifty.

And congratulations appear to be in order for Captain Marvel co-star Jude Law, according to Closer Weekly, Jude has officially gotten engaged to his girlfriend of four years business psychologist Phillipa Coan. This will be the second marriage for Mr. Law. The Sun reports that the wedding will take place in May with Jude’s eldest son Rafferty serving as best man.

Now over to the comic book side Thanos and Infinity Wars Artist Mike Deodato Jr.  has announced his departure from the House of ideas. However he won’t be leaving immediately, he’ll leave in June. According to Mr, Deodato On his facebook page, quote “Like everything in adult life, all decisions we make come with consequences, a price to be paid,” “In this case, in order to live my adult dream I have to let go my child dream. I have to leave Marvel. To leave home.”

“Marvel became a family to me, I grew as an artist and as a person together with all the good people I have worked there. The best people,” “Always encouraging me, always treating me with respect and care. It is weird that I feel like a teenager leaving home to face the world when I am older than a lot of them, but that is how I feel. 
 And I will miss and treasure them.” He did however teased he has one more project before he leaves, quote “June 14 will be my last day at home [Marvel], but you will keep seeing me for a while after that,” “Because my family would not let me go without a gift and what they gave me was the most amazing book ever, an opportunity for me to revisit all the characters I care the most in Marvel Universe – The Savage Avengers. I couldn’t think of a better farewell gift. We wish Dedato good wishes on his future endeavors.

On to the Sony side of the Marvel coin perhaps I should start calling it a die, there are more sides that way, Venom 2 is searching for a new director. As Venom director Ruben Fleischer won’t direct the sequel, Discussing Film has confirmed with Sony that he has departed.  According to the report production on the sequel is currently on the schedule for this November in Atlanta. Anyone want to do it?

Spiderman Into the Spider Verse is an Academy Award winning film. So how better to capitalize on this? Spin-offs! A new report from Discussing Film  says that Sony is looking into more spin offs than just the Spider Verse sequel and the all female spinoff. Which would suit Spider Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller just fine, Lord told comicbook.com quote “Look, we wanted to make a movie that felt like it was the tip of the iceberg,” “You could imagine all of these other things. So it’s music to our ears that people could imagine a Spider-Noir film, and the Spider-Ham insane cartoon.” Into the Spider-verse grossed 362.8 million worldwide and had a budget of 90 million.

Now for some breaking business news. Disney has set the closing date for the merger as 12:02 AM Eastern Time on March 20th. This indicates that the final regulatory hurdle from regluators in Mexico has been achieved.  

Not all of this is great as up to 4, 000 layoffs are expected to occur as the two companies integrate.

The closing also means that a new corporation is born, Fox Corporation will emerge from the bits and pieces of 21st Century Fox that Disney didn’t buy.

By the way, I do own stock in Disney.

DC News

We start the DC Universe news with the end…of Arrow. Stephen Amell, who plays the Green Arrow on the show announced it on his twitter feed  quote Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall,”. “There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.” The show that launched the Arrowverse of shows shot it’s first arrow in October of 2012.

Krypton’s second season has wrapped shooting. The Syfy network show left off on a bit of a cliff hanger. Season 2 will debut sometime later this year.

DC’s Legends of tomorrow has a new series regular. Jes Macallan, who plays Time Bureau director Ava Sharpe has closed a deal to return permanently for season five of the WB show according to an exclusive report on Deadline dot com. Jes joined the series as Ava in season 3.

In movie news, Aquaman has passed Guardians of the galaxy on the all time domestic box office list. So far, Aquaman has grossed  333.2 million in the united states passing the first Guardians movie which grossed 333.17 million. Aquaman is one of the best performing DCEU movies and it’s already put a sequel and a spinoff based on The Trench into production.

DC is having a bit of a resurgence with the success of Aquaman and the anticipation over Shazam! The stand alone movie things seems to be doing well for DC movies. Speaking with the LA Times, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke about this new strategy

Quote “The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey, feels like we’re on the right track,” said Tsujihara. “We have the right people in the right jobs working on it. The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.” Sounds a lot like their going more for the Marvel version of universe building. Sounds like a good idea.

The streaming service DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series has revealed that Aquaman exists in their universe after Robotman referenced the King of the seas. Robotman teased Cyborg as Cyborg looked for his keys saying quote “I bet Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys.”. Of course Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys, they’re on a little seahorse keychain.

Shazam!s running time has been revealed and you’ll want to block two hours and twelve minutes. That puts it’s run time between Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in length and a few minutes longer than Captain Marvel.

Swamp Thing is currently under production and director les wiseman showed off a video on his Instagram showing off the creepy set. In the video Len is shown wading in the swamp, feeling around for something in the water. We don’t know what he was searching for, but one thing has been found. Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in the swamp thing movie back in 1982 will be in the new series. What role she will play has not been revealed.

Geek News

We begin Geek News with an old man complaining. Steven Spielberg thinks that movies made for Netflix should be ineligible for the Academy Awards and is proposing a rule change to accomplish this. All this because Roma, which was produced by Netflix and ran in a theater for a short time in order to be eligible for the Oscars nearly won Best Picture. It did however walk away with three awards, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. A spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said quote “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.” Now it’s not that Steven is alone in this battle, there are other reports that say that some Academy members think Netflix spent too much too market the film to Academy members and that you shouldn’t be able to just put a release in a couple of theaters for less than a week to qualify for the awards.  If any change is made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We’ll let you know.

Speaking of films, we have some possible casting news on the new Ghostbusters movie from Sony. According to Variety, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard are in talks to play a mother and her son. Apparently these characters will be the center of plot. Not much is known about the film,which is being helmed by Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. The film should be filmed this summer and be released in July next year.

Now I know what you’re thinking, We don’t need another Ghostbusters movie and you may or may not be right. However do you think we need a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie of many titles, Edge of Tomorrow aka Live, Die, Repeat? Well get ready for one. Warner Bros is moving ahead with the movie with Invention of Lying scribe Matthew Robinson writing the script. The original from 2014 based on the Japanese novel, All you need is Kill did make 370 plus million worldwide. Tom Cruise , whose 56 by the way, has not signed on for the sequel but it’s expected that they will.

As you know, I love the Orville. It’s my favorite series right now. Well now we get an expansion this summer with a new comic book mini – series from Dark Horse Comics. The four issue series will be written by  The Orville executive producer and writer David A Goodman with art by David Cabeza and color from Michael Atiyeh and will take place between seasons one and two and be split into two storylines. Story one is called New Beginnings and sees Ed and Gordon on a journey to a fleet conference when they find a distress call from a Union ship that’s older than a century. The second storyline follows The Orville as the ship discovers a Union ship headed toward Krill space, but could it be something more complicated and deadly? The Orville miniseries comes out on July 17th.

Seth Rogen is entering the Twilight Zone. Seth will star in an upcoming episode of the classic series revival on CBS All Access. The series, which premieres on April first with new weekly episodes starting on April 11th. No word on what role Seth will be playing or in what episode. He joins other famous names like Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani who will star in upcoming episodes.

Taika Waititi has been tapped to co-write and direct the pilot for a Time Bandits tv series according to Deadline. The series will adapt the 1981 adventure comedy from Terry Gilliam, that saw a group of time jumping dwarves on the run from God after taking a map to all the time holes in the universe.  Waititi will executive produce alongside Terry Gilliam and Dan Halsted.

The world was shocked this past week by the announcement from Jeopardy! host Alex trebek that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Alex decided to get ahead of tabloid journalism and make the announcement himself. He said that he plans on beating this and even joked that he has too because he still has three years left on his contract. We send our best well wishes to Mr. trebek.

We close tonight with a couple of remembrances. First off, we say goodbye to Katherine Helmond, the actress probably most well known for her roles on Who’s the Boss and Soap died at the age of 89 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her career goes back more than fifty years Her first television role was on Car 54 Where are you in 1962. Her first big tv role was in 1977 as Kathrine Tate on the tv comedy Soap, which won her a Golden Globe in 1980. In 1981, she had a memorable role as Mrs. Ogre in the Terry Gilliam movie Time Bandits. In 1984, she got another big role as Mona Robinson in the Tony Danza show Who’s the Boss, for which she won another Golden Globe award.  She has also had role in the Cars movie franchise as Lizzie. Katherine Helmond is survived by her husband David Christian.

The saddest news of this past week was the sudden death of actor Luke Perry. Luke Perry was 52 years old. He moved to LA after high school to pursue acting. He started in soap operas like Loving and Another world, before getting his big break as Dylan McKay in 1990 on Beverly Hills 90210. He’s had plenty of geeky roles over the years with roles in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and  The Fifth Element. He was also appeared on The Simpsons, Biker Mice From mars , Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the realm, The Incredible Hulk , Family Guy and Community. His last big role was as Archie Andrews father, Fred on Riverdale. His last role will be as Wayne Maunder in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which will be out this year. Luke Perry passed away from a stroke He is survived by his two children Jack and Sophie and his finance Wendy Bauer.

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Episode Twenty – Spider-Ham Eats World

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Tonight! McFarlane Toys makes DC Toys, what is Spider-Ham eating and award season finishes with the good and the bad on on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
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An DC Comics

DC recently teased a series for Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen  by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber also coming is a series for Lois Lane from writer Greg Rucka and art form Mke Perkins. These come on the heels of the announcement of DCeased. The latest event series to hit the DC Universe. From writer Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, James Harren and Stefano Gaudiano. Here’s the official synopsis: quote  “A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? Unquote Soooo. Zombies. No word on if this takes place in the main DC Universe or an alternate one.The first issue is set to be released on May 1st.

Aquaman has now knocked off Transformers Dark of the Moon to become the 20th highest grossing movie of all time. The movie has ascended to 1.13 billion dollars in worldwide box office. Aquaman is already the highest grossing DC Comics movie of all time having taken the prize from The Dark Knight Rises. A sequel is already in development With James Wan rumored to return,

You gotta love cookies. A girl scout has made Top Cookie CEO for her impressive cookie sales, how did she do it? She rebranded Samoas into Mamoas, after Jason Mamoa, she even redid the boxes with Jason Mamoa photo from Aquaman. Apparently they they were a hit with both boys and girls because according to charlotte quote “Girls will want to buy some because he’s on the front and boys will want to because he’s their favorite character,”. Unquote Now it wasn’t just charlotte’s idea as her mother is a marketing professional. Still, it’s very cool.

Well it’s official Ben Affleck has given up the cape and cowl and retired as Batman. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, Affleck spoke about his decision to leave the Dark Knight behind as director Matt Reeves puts together The Batman. Quote “Yeah, I am. I have decided — I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn’t come up with a version,” Affleck told Kimmel. “Couldn’t crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it, and they got some really good people.” Kimmel than hung Afflecks cape and cowl from the rafters.

So, who will next dawn the cape and cowl? No one knows yet, but Armie Hammer’s name has been bandied about, he denies it. Robert Pattinson has also been brought up as a possible contender, he wouldn’t be my choice, I don’t know that he has the chops to play the Dark Knight Detective. But I could be wrong.

Mattel’s loss is Todd McFarlane’s gain, Todd’s company, McFarlane Toys is taking over the DC Comics toy license. Todd has announced that the line will include interpretations of characters from movies, tv, video games and comics. Todd said in an interview quote “Let’s look at some of the categories we’re going to do,” McFarlane said. “We’re going to do movies. We’re going to do TV. We’re gonna do comic book versions. We’re gonna do animated versions. We’ll do the core toy line and then maybe even some video game stuff. So that gives us a wide range so that in any character you can think of, whether it’s Flash, I can do a version of each one of those. I can do TV, I can do movie, I can do comic book, I can do regular toy line Flash, animated Flash, video game Flash, so if you like Flash we’ll be able to do a big wide range of it.” unquote and it also looks like the figures will be super poseable with anywhere between quote 18 and 24 moving parts” Unquote  Mr. McFarlane hopes to launch the new line in January of 2020.

And on the subject of toys, Walmart stores have been trying to build up their collectibles aisle as of late and it has been announced that DC Collectibles will be bringing it’s Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4 inch mini figures. These figures will be shrunk down versions of the 9 inch figures and feature designs from artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner and many more.  These figures will be presented in the “blind bag” packaging next to DC Comic Giants and will have new figures every few months in waves of six. Wave one comes out this month and has all Batman figures from artists Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely and Dick Sprang. The next release after that will be in April. They will retail for five dollars each and will be available in over 3,000 Walmart locations.

The upcoming Birds of Prey movie has gotten a new cast member, Charlene Amoia. Amoia, who was Wendy on  How I met Your Mother will play the role of Helena Bertinelli’s mother Maria Bertinelli Helena aka The Huntress is being played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes out February 7th 2020.

And in other DC casting news, Batwoman has found her father, actor Dougray Scott has been cast as Colonel Jacob Kane, the father of Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Dad is a retired colonel with a grudge against Batman. He now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows and has made it his mission to prove that Gotham doesn’t need a Batman. Hmmm. think he’ll be happy if he finds out that his daughter is a vigilante herself? The comic origins of the character are quite a bit different, as he is seen as an ally of Batwoman and has served as her Oracle type character.  Dougray is best known for his work in Mission Impossible II, Fear the Walking Dead and My Week with Marilyn. However he was almost Wolverine in X-Men, however he had to pass it up because the schedule conflicted with Mission Impossible II. Batwoman has yet to receive a pickup, but CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed confidence that it will ultimately get picked up.

Marvel

Well, we knew it was only a matter of time. Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been canceled. The third season of Jessica Jones has yet to air. Netflix issued a statement saying quote “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.” However there may be life after netflix, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb in a letter to Marvel fans said quote “Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that,” Loeb wrote, throwing some shade at Netflix for its decisions. “As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.’

“To be continued…!”

So perhaps one day these characters will see the screen again.

And on the subject of exits, Gwyneth Paltrow has officially exited the MCU. The actress who has portrayed Pepper Potts since the birth of the MCU told Variety in an interview quote  “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [‘Iron Man’ director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to fans.” Although she might come back for an occasional cameo if needed. Well now she has more time to spend promoting crackpot health theories.

Captain Marvel is on the horizon and a look at the new book Captain Marvel StarForce Mission Log has a character we haven’t seen since the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rohmann Dey. The Nova Corps member who was portrayed by John C Reilly. Does this mean we might see the character in the movie? We can only wait and see.

So, after watching Spider-man INto the Spider-verse have you asked yourself what hot dogs are made of in Spider-Ham’s universe? Wonder no more as producer Chris Miller answered the question on twitter quote In Spider-Ham’s universe, hot dogs are made of human meat. Feel better? Unquote

Hopefully from free range humans.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with news with a rumor about a possible new Star Wars series for Disney Plus. Star Wars News Net has heard from a little Porg that the studio is developing an Obi-Wan series. No if you’ll remember that an Obi-Wan movie was on the docket before Solo: A Star Wars story nixed those plans. So, I’m gonna guess that if The Mandalorian does well, this very well could happen.

HN Entertainment claims to have obtained a list of possible series that cold be put into production for Disney Plus. These include a Princess Leia prequel, Captain Phasma, The Knights of ren, Rose Tico and Darth Bane. Now keep in mind this is just a list of possible subjects ,nothing is in any stage of production. If any of these come anywhere near production, we will let you know.

So moving on from what might be to what will be, the trailer for the still subtitle less episode nine is on the horizon, and word is that it will be released in April as well as before Avengers Endgame. This report come from Star Wars News Net which says it has a very credible source. The debut could possibly be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, which happens mid April.

Porgs, they aren’t just for dinner anymore. Syfy.com reports that ILMxLab has created a virtual reality experience called Star Wars: Project Porg, this mixed reality experience let’s the user take care of a virtual porg kinda like the old Tamagotchi (kid’s ask your parents what those are) The porgs can be played with fed and even mated with other porgs to make a new one. You can even take them on the road by taking your headset and controls with you. ILMxLab has released a video showcasing the game. It’s actually quite cute. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=197&v=cZNYwEyC-Gc

Grab your lightsaber and put it in your carry on bag, Time to got to france. The Associated Press reports that France has made Lightsaber dueling an official recognized competitive sport.  The sabers certified for this use LED rings to light up and are made of a touch polycarbonate plastic. Some of the higher quality sabers will even rumble when turned on and are made to be aerodynamic as possible. According to reports, lightsaber dueling was approved because of its intense physicality. The French Fencing Federation is equipping fencing clubs all over the country with sabers and instructors who are one with the Force and they are hoping that this will make fencing hip and will help attract people of all ages and help combat sedentary habits.

So if you’re asking yourself, what are the rules for the duel, here you go. The duel begins with both contestants entering a marked circle and saluting. A strike to the head or body accrues 5 points while limbs are worth 3 and hands 1. The first combatant to 15 points wins or to the person who has the most points after three minutes. Should both fighters reach 10 points before time runs out, the duel enters a ‘sudden death’ mode where the first person to strike their opponent’s head or body wins. Strikes only count if the saber’s point is pointed behind them before landing, making swings more theatrical and wide like actual lightsaber duels. So, if the step-and-launch method of fencing never fancied you, then this new combat system might do the trick. So…anyone want to duel?

Star Trek News

We start Star Trek news with the fifty thousand credit question. Now that Patrick Stewart is reprising the role of Jean Luc Picard, would Shatner consider returning to the role of Jame T Kirk? Speaking with comic book dot com before a show at the Grand Ole Opry. They asked him. His response? Quote “That word, ‘resurrect.’ That’s a keyword,” Shatner says. “Resurrect. You’d have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily [laughes] I don’t what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ‘cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that.” Unquote In order words, no. Besides he probably makes more selling autographs for 80 bucks a piece at cons, please he doesn’t have to get off his seat. Trust me, I have a picture with him, he doesn’t get off his seat.

However, if you want someone who would return to Star Trek and has an EGOT (That’s an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg is ready to answer the call. On David Tennant’s podcast, Tennant brought up the notion of returning for the Picard series, and although she hasn’t been asked, but she would be open to it. So….balls in your court Sir Patrick, former cast members are standing by.

In a fourth quarter earnings call to investors, CBS interim CEO Joe Iannello revealed that CBS All Access roughly 4 million subscribers , they had originally hoped to reach that goal by 2020. CBS has now set a new target of 25 million subscribers for it’s All Access and Showtime subscription services by 2022. He did note the contribution of Discovery and the anticipation for the Picard series.   However I would like to note that no talk of the still possible merger between CBS and Viacom was discussed. So don’t expect anything on that front in the near future. However if we hear something, we will let you know.

Variety reports that CBS and Nickelodeon are in negotiations for a new Star Trek animated series for kids. The show would be from the writers of Hotel Transylvania and Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu, Kevin and Dan Hageman. If it comes to be, it would be the first Trek show to air outside of CBS All Access. This show is seperate from Star trek Lower Decks which is the adult oriented animated series that was previously announced.

Levar Burton is set to be honored by the city of Sacramento California. According to The Sacramento Bee, the city’s parks commission has recommended that Richfield Park in Meadowview be renamed Levar Burton Park. Sacramento was Levar’s childhood home after his family moved there when he was three years old. Brianna Moland, assistant planner for the city said quote “He’s always been proud of his Sacramento roots and he continues to use his career and his influence to be a strong advocate for literacy for children,” Levar tweeted in response to the news quote “Wow, is all I can say as well!”

The Tabletop RPG Star Trek Adventures is continuing to expand with The Sciences Division supplement, The Alpha Quadrant sourcebook and the new missions book Strange New World.

The Sciences Division supplement offers players details on the sciences division, including the science and medical departments, Starfleet Exploratory Division, Starfleet Science, and Starfleet Medical. The book also includes information and advice on including the nigh-omnipotent Q in Star Trek Adventures campaigns. The book also offers new options for science-based characters, science and medical equipment not previously covered by the game, and new rules for Game Masters for creating truly alien beings made of energy or different elements, as well as rules for diseases. The book also has non-player character statistics for significant scientist characters from Star Trek Lore, including Carol Marcus, Noonian Soong, and Zefram Cochrane. The supplement retails for 34.99 and is out now.

The alpha quadrant sourcebook is the follow up to the beta quadrant sourcebook and focuses on DS9, the Cardassians, Ferengi and the Maquis. The book will be released in July.

And the Strange New Worlds compendium will contain 10 original missions ready to play, the book will feature new material from Christopher L. Bennett and Jason Bulmahn and will be out in August.

So let’s talk merchandise at Toy Fair this month new products were announced. First off is a new licensee is Factory Entertainment. They showed off Original Series stylized vinyl figures called Revos. Collectible mental prop miniatures called Kuzos and Original Series and next gen plush toys called Pawzplay. Factory also announced they will be producing Star Trek themed desktop environments, bottle openers and a wine stopper. These products are set to start hitting shelves in the summer.

MEGO returned in 2018 and this year they showcased some new 12 inch Star Trek figures including Kirk, Spock, a gorn and a security guard. No specifics on then these will be out.

Quantum Mechanix showcased new badges from Star Trek Discovery, this time representing the badges from the Enterprise. They come in a full sized version and a mini lapel pin and will be priced at 19.95 for the set and will be out this spring. They also have three new Discovery Mirror Universe pins as seen on the show with magnetic backers and will be priced at 14.95

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Geek News

By the way, have you been watching The Orville? These last three episodes of the season are game changers. Wow. Anyway You can now play with The Orville as Wizkids announced that it has gotten the license to produce HeroClix figures. The first set which will be released this fall is a Jumbo Starter set featuring the main crew from the show. This is only the second tv license to join the Heroclix line, Star Trek being the first. I so want these.

The classic nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Is set to be revived as a miniseries alongside a new film adaptation. The miniseries will feature new members of the Midnight Society gathering around the campfire to tell scary stories, Nickelodeon has not announced when the show would debut but it’ll probably be around the same time as the movie which is set for release in October of this year.

And while we’re on the subject of revivals, Neil Gaiman has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company and Fremantle Media for a new version of The Storyteller. The series from 1987 showcased retelling of legends and myths and featured John Hurt and later Michael Gambon as the Storyteller. Speaking to Deadline, Mr. Gaiman said quote “Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,”  “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story.” Neil is no slouch when it comes to folklore and fairy tales having written about folklore in mythology in The Sandman and American Gods and having released Norse Mythology, a book retelling several classic Norse myths in 2017. No distribution or release date has been announced.

The Lost Boys series on the CW will have some fairly major differences from its source material, that’s to be expected. The latest one is very interesting. If you’ll remember the movie, The Frog Brothers, played in the movie by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were the keepers of lore about vampires and the possibility of their existence in Santa Clara, California. Now word has come down by the Witching Hour podcast that The Frog Brothers have been gender swapped into the Frog Sisters The duo will be named Cassie and Liza, but no other word on any other changes to the characters has come forth. Here are the concrete facts we do know, The Lost Boys reboot will be led by Grey’s Anatomy writer Heather Mitchell. Here’s the synopsis quote “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires,” “After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.” unquote

No word on if the show will get to go to the production stage yet.

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While we are on the subject of the dead. We are sad by the report from The Hollywood Reporter that the George R.R. Martin inspired series Nightflyers will not be getting a renewal by Syfy The series based on Martin’s novella quote “followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain — in hopes of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.” unquote. I’m sure Mr. Martin is crying into the large pile of money he already has and my sympathies to the crew and fans.

We also have word from the Hollywood reporter that Amazon will end the Man in the High Castle with Season 4. Production will wrap up next month and the final season will premiere in the fall.

An exclusive to Variety has reveled that  a Gremlins aminated sereis is in development for Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service. The potential series is said to be a period piece that would follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, as a young man as he goes on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the films on which the show will be based. Tzw Chun has been attached to write and executive produce it, his credits include the tv shows Gotham and Once Upon A Time and he is the co founder of comic book publisher TKO Studios.

We also have some news about the The Wheel of Time adaptation that Amazon Studios is producing. According to Deadline, Uta Briesewitz, who has worked on The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the third season of Stranger Things, will direct the first two episodes of the show about an grand struggle between good and evil. Rafe Judkins will serve as showrunner and executive producer. No launch date has been revealed yet.

We talked a couple of episodes about the award season. The grand finale is here. The razzies and the Oscars.

First off the 39th annual Golden raspberry awards were held this past saturday, these are awards showcasing the worst of hollywood this past year as voted on by the Golden Raspberry Foundation and the winners are: Worst Picture: Holmes and Watson, Worst Director Etan Cohen for Holmes and Watson, Donald Trump won worst actor for Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9, Melissa McCarthy won worst actress for The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Worst Screenplay Fifty Shades Freed There were a few other awards, but I’ll just link to those in the show notes.

And finally the big one The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday and Black Panther did pretty well. Picking up Oscars for Production Design and Costume Design and Original Score and the oscar for best animated picture went to Spiderman Into the Spider-verse.  Plus Stan Lee was honored in the In Memoriam tribute.

Mario and Zelda will have new games coming out this year as Nintendo has announced a new game for each. First up is Super Mario Maker 2, which will allow you to make your own Mario levels including new objects from Super Mario 3D World.  Zelda will get an old favorite remade as the Gameboy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being brought to the switch. I loved this game when it first came out and the animation for the update looks good.

Tonight we say goodbye to Morgan Woodward, who passed away on February 23rd at the age of 93. Primarily known for his work in the Western Genre including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt earp. He also appeared in such shows as Bonanza, The Waltons, Dallas and Hill Street Blues. So why am I talking about him today? Star Trek. Among Morgan’s many credits are two guest appearances in the original Star Trek. In the first season, he played Dr. Simon Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind and became the first recipient of the Vulcan Mind Meld. He returned in the second season episode the Omega Glory as the crazed Starfleet Captain Ron Tracey. He also appeared in episodes of Logan’s Run, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team and The X-Files.

Morgan Woodward passed away at the age of 93 in Paso Robles, California.

We also received word yesterday of the passing of tv’s original Marilyn Munster, Beverley Owen, Beverley originated the character in the first thirteen episodes. Beverley left the role in 1964 to marry writer and producer Jon Stone. She was replaced by Pat Priest for the remainder of the shows two season run. She passed away from ovarian cancer. She was 81 years old.


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Episode Seven

Cold Open:Tonight! Jai Nitz sees dividends from Suicide Squad, Tag and Bink on the cutting room floor and by judicial order there can be only one con named Comic on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

 

Hello and Welcome to Multiverse tonight and the big number seven! For a lot of podcasts this is the do or die episode. Well fortunately for us, Thanos made half the other podcasts disappear so let’s march on!

 

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So have you watched Disenchanted on Netflix yet? Good show. If your looking for The Simpsons or Futurama, this is not it. This is more of a serialized story, but very well done.

 

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Marvel News:

A new rumor has surfaced from the site Geeks WorldWide that Deadpool 2 director David Leitch will be returning to direct Deadpool 3. The Site notes that Leitch has the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw next with filming from September to January. That could mean that Deadpool 3 wouldn’t begin production till sometime next August.  Which would also be well after the Disney/Fox deal will be done.

 

Speaking of Geeks Worldwide, They have a report from Omega Underground  that Marvel Studios is looking to begin filming a Phase Four movie next June in the United Kingdom. The big three candidates would be Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2 or The Eternals.  Those three are movies that are known, but have yet to have any dates attached to them. The vast knowledge of what will be in the Phase Four of the MCU is unknown, other than Spiderman: Far From Home which is set to come out next fourth of july weekend.

 

Well let’s get to the news concerning the firing of James Gunn on Guardians 3. As you might have heard, Disney and Marvel will not be rehiring Gunn, and will instead be looking for a new director. One name has already come forward to say Take me off your list.

 

Steven DeKnight, who served as Executive Producer for the first season of Daredevil in addition to directing the lackluster Pacific Rim Uprising was asked on twitter if he would be willing to step into the role if offered. He answered, quote “I would politely decline,. “No way in hell I could come close to what @JamesGunn has accomplished.”

So anyone else want the job?

 

Jessica Jones series creator and Executive Producer Melissa Rosenberg will be leaving after the series upcoming third season for a new deal with Warner Brothers Television, where she has signed a contract worth tens of millions according to the Hollywood reporter. Apparently Netflix DID try to retain her services, but the contract from Warners was just too great. In a statement Melissa said quote “All of my attention remains with the extraordinary cast, writers and production team of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, until the completion of season three,” “It continues to be a career highlight working with my partners at Marvel Television and Netflix. We’re extraordinarily grateful to the viewers who have supported us every step of the way on Jessica’s journey, which is so beautifully realized by Krysten Ritter and the amazing cast including Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville and Carrie-Anne Moss. We have so many talented storytellers in every area of this show, who I’m honored to call friends and collaborators. As I look ahead after this season, I’m thrilled that I will be able to explore new projects with the talented team at Warner Bros. Television and push myself in new challenging creative directions.” Unquote

 

The cast of Deadpool 2 was asked by Buzzfeed quote  “If you could have anyone from any franchise join the X-Force, who would it be?” unquote

Suggestions put forward by the cast included Howard the Duck, the Blob, Cilene Dion and Captain Planet. Ryan Renolds had the big winner, suggesting Hugh Jackman but not as Wolverine. Just plain old Hugh Jackman, maybe singing as his Les Miz character.  Well here’s to hoping Ryan. Here’s to hoping.

 

Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystical Arts and Acerbic Wit will be back. Yeah, he dissolved into nothingness in Infinity War, but that’s immaterial. Dissolved. Immaterial. Get it. A rumor reported by the Mirror indicates that filming will begin in Spring 2019, giving it a probable fall release date in 2020. Allegedly, he will get a pay raise of 6 million more than the first movie netting the Master of the sling ring 9.5 million. I would love it if it had some interaction with Spider-man.

DC Comics

DC’s Suicide Squad movie hit theaters two years ago, man that’s seems like ages ago. Apparently it is paying some dividends, On Twitter, comic book writer Jai Nitz, whose version of el Diablo was featured in the film, posted “Did you like El Diablo in @DavidAyerMovies Suicide Squad? Good. Because it just bought me a house. #CasaDelDiablo” He posted that with a picture of him and his new house.

 

Speaking of Suicide Squad, news around the sequel has been quiet. Todd Stashwich will pen the script with David Bar Katz and Gavin O’Conner will direct. However it looks like it will be getting delayed a report from Geek WorldWide indicates that Smith will film Bad Boys 3 and the sequel to the Netflix film Bright next. This will push back filming on Suicide Squad two for quite some time.  Warner Bros seems to be shifting it’s current priorities to The Joker, Birds of Prey, The Flash and The Batman movies. Shazam! Is now in post production and will come out this April. SHAZAM! Damn, still not working.

 

In an interview with Bustle dot com, Legends of Tomorrow stars Tala Ashe, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, and Caity Lotz, Arrow’s Juliana Harkavy, and The Flash’s Candice Patton said that they’d be up for an all female crossover. Tala Ashe said quote “On our own show, all of us separately have said to the writers, ‘Let’s have a girls’ episode,'” “Not just for the sake of having a girls’ night, but realizing that it’s kind of rare, actually, to be in a scene where it’s just women. What is that conversation between five [superhero] women when it’s not about a man? That would be exciting to me, so yeah, let’s freaking crossover it up!” And it’s not like they want to just get rid of the men for an episode, they just think it would be fun for the women to have a team up by themselves. Now while there’s no indication of am all women crossover, there will be more women kicking but in the Arrowverse with the addition of Ruby Rose staring in Batwoman and joining this years crossover.

 

Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series has officially been green lite at HBO. There’s no official release date yet but the show should debut in 2019.HBO’s press release officially confirmed the show’s extensive, all-star cast list. The full list includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon. The press release had the following logline for the series. Quote Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. Unquote Kinda vague. What we do know is that it won’t follow the same story or characters from the original story.

 

So are you ready for Watchmen sans The Watchmen?

 

And speaking of shows coming to series Pennyworth has been ordered to series by Epix. The show that centers around Alfred Pennyworth’s younger days will consist of 10 episodes and will begin filming in London in November. The series will tell the story of Alfred Pennyworth in 1960s London, after his time serving in the British SAS. Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne, will also have a major role in the show, as he is set to be a major ally for Alfred.

All this needs is James Bond, Austin Powers and The Avengers team-up.

 

The Wilmington Star News reports that DC Comics Swamp Thing series will begin filming in the North Carolina town in September. The series, which is set for a thirteen episode first season will be filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and will run on the DC Universe digital streaming service.

 

Toymaker hasbro and DC Comics have settled a trade dispute over the name Bumblebee. The transformers maker sought to block sales of a Mattel doll based on the superhero who has the ability to shrink arguing that it caused confusion in the marketplace with their own Transformer, the yellow Autobot called, Bumblebee. *sigh*

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed and no one on either side had a comment to Variety dot com.

A Bumblebee spin off movie is coming to theaters on December 21st.

Just to set the record straight, the DC Comics character of Bumblebee predates the Transformer, she debuted in the Teen Titans in 1977. The Transformer was introduced in 1983 and they obtained the trademark on the Bumblebee name in 2015. It’s amazing that no one trademarked that name before that.

 

So now they can all Buzz off.

 

Writer Scott Snyder has officially addressed whether or not the 2013 Batman Zero year storyline is still DC Comics cannon. The recent 2011 reboot of DC, The New 52, erased some parts of DC Universe continuity but kept some as well.

But with Doomsday Clock and Justice League causing more ripples in the universe Scott was asked on twitter if Zero Year still was. His reply quote It’s all supposed to be right now. Bc of what’s happening in Doomsday Clock, there can be fluidity so a lot of pre and post new 52 material co exist. Also, I always feel Bruce wore the great classic costume most of his early career. ZY is specific to ZY.

 

So the answer for right now is Yes. But it’s still subject to change.

 

In this age where comic book properties are being made into movies and tv, it’s almost shocking to learn when something didn’t come into being.

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones has revealed on twitter that he once pitched a Prez movie to Warner Brothers and the studio didn’t go for it.

 

First a little backstory, Prez is a DC character from a short lived 1973 comic series by Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti. It focused around Prez Rickard who becomes america’s first teenage president and gets into all sorts of weird things like vampires, werewolves and George Washington’s descendant. It was cancelled after four issues. Dropped in the quarter box of history. Enter Duncan Jones. He has said that his take on Prez would have been inspired by a story Neil Gaiman wrote in 1993 for his seminal fantasy horror series, Sandman.

Quote I’ve mentioned this once before, but there was a fantastic DC comic book called Prez once upon a time that [Neil Gaiman] did a spin on, about a young kid genius who solves the problems of the world,”Unquote  Jones further elaborated Quote “I wanted to make that movie but DC guy at WB not interested.” “Didn’t fit in with their ‘fights in tights’ ethos, I guess.” Unquote Now while this version of the character might not see the light of day anytime soon, the character was revived by DC in 2015 for a six issue miniseries about a teenage girl named Beth ross who also becomes President and chooses Prez as her vice president. It was very well received.

 

DC Universes Doom Patrol series has found it’s Cliff Steele aka Robotman. Brenden Fraser, who is known for 1999’s The Mummy and it’s sequels, Dudley Do-Right and George of the Jungle, will voice Robotman, as well as appear as Cliff Steele in flashbacks. Here’s the official character description: “A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable. Cliff’s brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body.” Fraser joins “Orange Is the New Black” star Diane Guerrero, who will play Crazy Jane, and “The First Purge” star Joivan Wade, who will play Cyborg.

 

Legendary composer Hans Zimmer will return to the DC Universe according to Film Music Reporter, Zimmer has agreed to score Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman 1984/ Zimmer last composed superhero music for Batman HansV Superman in 2016. He is replacing Rupert Gregson-Williams who did the score for the first wonder woman movie.

 

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Star Wars

Deadline reports that Lord of The rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan has been cast in Star Wars Nine, the search for more money. With the news ,Dominic has said quote “The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved,” He reoprtedly joins Keri russell, Naomi Ackie and richard E Grant as new to the franchise actors.

 

The new Star Wars animated series Star Wars Resistance will be bringing some big talent with it. Including Oscar Isaac voicing Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie  as Phasma. The first trailer has revealed that Leia Organa will be featured in the series voiced by Rachel Butera. Here’s the description of the series. Quote “Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength. In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…” unquote The series takes place in the time between Return to the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

 

The novelization for Solo A Star Wars Story includes a deleted scene with a couple of characters from the old Extended Universe, Tag and Bink. Tag and Bink are from a Dark Horse Star Wars comedy comic called Tag and Bink are Dead. The two characters find their way in and out of the main star wars story, accidently influencing the events of the Star Wars universe with comic results.

According to Jonathan Kasdan quote “One of the things we went back and forth on a lot is that both Larry [Kasdan, co-writer] and I felt that it was important to see Han in the Imperial Academy, in the Navy, because we wanted to see him become this pilot,” Kasdan shared with ComicBook.com. “And from the first draft through the last draft, there was a chunk of the movie — Very short. Like, I’d say 80 seconds long — That showed him in the Imperial Academy doing some sort of flight things, sort of disobeying a direct order, and getting kicked out.” Kasdan and his first AD played Tag and Bink in the scene, but Ron Howard cut the scene, even though Ron’s wife Cheryl was in the scene too. Quote “We were so sure, too, that Ron actually put his wife, Cheryl, who has to be in all his movies because it’s his only superstition, into the scene because he’s like, ‘Well, this is the one thing that isn’t coming out,'” “And then it did come out, and Ron had to get Cheryl over to Disney and CGI her into another shot just so we weren’t cursed. So, when I think you’ll see Tag and Bink is on the Blu-ray, because no way we’re putting that on Blu-ray without the Imperial Academy sequence. It’s a great sequence, too.” The novelization hits shelves on September 4th, while the Bluray hits shelves on September 25th.

 

Neil Lamont, one of the production designers at Lucasfilm has told Cinemablend that he and his team had begun work on a Tatooine set for an unknown spinoff Neil told them quote

We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine — which would have been interesting and some other new galaxies,” Lamont shared with CinemaBlend. “So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.”

 

He didn’t elaborate on why they stopped, but speculation has begun on what the set might have been for. Could it have been the Obi-Wan movie? Or Boba Fett? The conclusion that CinemaBlend came too was a possible idea for a Mos Eisley Spaceport movie something that would revolve around the hometown of Luke Skywalker.

 

This might have been interesting, but with Solo being a box office disappointment, Lucasfilm seems to be narrowing their strategy at the moment. I guess once bitten, twice shy.

 

Well if you had the theory that actor Richard E. Grant would be playing Grand Admiral Thrawn, I hope you didn’t put any money on that. The actor told Radio Times when the question was brought up quote“I’m not playing the Star Wars character you just mentioned,” “I’m not allowed to tell you anything. Otherwise I would be fired.” unquote

I guess we’ll have to keep dreaming

 

Star Trek news

Garrett Wang at Star Trek Las Vegas suggest that Paramount would have been better off if they would have made a Voyager movie instead of the much maligned Star Trek Nemesis. Wang told the crowd  quote “I think Voyager’s ‘Endgame,’ the final episode, the first hour was amazing,’ Wang said (via Trek Movie). ‘The second hour tied things up too quickly, right? They should have aired the first hour on your television screen and on the end say ‘To be continued in a theater near you’ and film a Voyager two and a half hour movie, got rid of the Nemesis script. Because let’s face it, if your TNG feature film script is not as good as certain TNG TV episodes, don’t film it. Sorry.”

 

Heck, I think they should have had Voyager return to the Alpha Quadrant  at the beginning of the movie only to have to team up with the Next Gen cast to defeat the Borg Queen for good.

 

Darn it. Bad News, Amazon’s adaptation of Galaxy Quest is on hold. Writer paul Scheer told the Wrap that the firing of Amy Powell as president of Paramount TV has hurt the project. Quote“We currently are in a little bit of a hold pattern because our executive at Paramount, Amy Powell, was fired for some insensitive comments,”  He went on to say that they want to create something that feel like an epic sequal to the movie, continuing the story while bringing in new characters. Quote “So it is mixing two casts. It’s separate kind of adventures that kind of merge, and I’m looking at this first season not as episodic, but as a serialized story,”. “So, the only way I’ve been looking at it is, using everything from the first movie and making the reasons for everything not just – I want to avoid anything that could be viewed as a reboot for reboot’s sake. There are real reasons behind these choices – maybe too much so.” Unquote

So think of it has a movie told in a season long arc.

 

Franchise Fatigue. To define it simply, it’s when too much of a property is produced in too short of a time period without much distinction between products causing fans to walk away because they’ve seen it all.

 

In the early 2000’s Star Trek found itself mired in it. Star Trek Enterprise ended and no new films or series were planned. The property was dormant for four years until JJ Abrams launched the Kelvin Timeline movies.

 

Now Star Trek is back with new series on CBS All Access and multiple movies on the horizon. Ronald D. Moore, veteran writer from the golden age of the franchise in the 90’s spoke about it during a panel at Star Trek Las Vegas quote“When you say something like franchise fatigue, to me, it means that particular flavor had run dry,” Moore said during a panel at Star Trek Las Vegas (via Trek Movie). “To mix my metaphors, essentially that way of doing Star Trek, that way of telling story, and those kinds of stories had run its course. You could just see in the shows. It had fatigue. It was tired. It wasn’t really engaging anymore or felt like it was just standing in place.” unquote

 

Moore than went on to say that the key to overcoming the fatigue is to bring in new talent, new ideas and a willingness to change the rules of the franchise.

 

Ron than spoke about the concerns about the new Trek franchise and that having new Trek year round won’t be a problem as long as CBS is providing distinct offerings.

Quote“Where you are now it’s like, okay, it’s all been reinvented, it looks completely different, the style is very different, the stories are different, so it doesn’t feel like you’re in danger of franchise fatigue just because there’s a lot of them coming out,” he said. “If they’re all the same or if they just start becoming the same meal over and over again, then you’ll run into fatigue and they’ll have the same problems.” Unquote

 

Are you worried that Trek might run into franchise fatigue faster when they have Trek year round?  

 

Speaking of CBS All Access, CBS and Amazon have announced that the limited commercial version of All Access is now available as an Amazon Channel. The commercial free version has been available since last year.

 

Wil Wheaton has walked away from Twitter. He took part in #DeactiDay a movement meant to encourage Twitter users to deactivate their accounts either temporarily or permanently. Posting on twitter he said quote Twitter is broken. You deserve better than an app that tolerates and welcomes the spreading of abuse and misinformation. Being part of this is not doing us any good. Personally, politically, socially. For a day, a week, forever: your call. It’s just a good time to go. #DeactiDay unquote

Wil has been constantly taunted with Shut Up Wil memes for years. ON one hand, I don’t blame him for wanting to get away from that. On the other, I think he should have embraced those memes and made it part of his brand.

Wil, come on back to twitter, rise above this and show those haters that you’re bigger than they are.

 

The news that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from the negotiating table means Star Trek 4 is in jeopardy. Might it be time for the film franchise to go another way? In an interview with CNET John Cho says that he would be interested in a spinoff movie starring Hikaru Sulu. In reference to the Star Wars spinoff movies like Solo:A Star Wars story. “If Solo, why not Sulu?” “I don’t know if there is a day shooting Star Trek where Chris Pine did not call me Solo.” That aside, Cho doesn’t know anything about the next Star Trek movie telling CNET that he quote “I know very little about this,” Cho says. “I’ve heard we’re going to do one. But beyond that, I don’t have details. I’d rather not know; I don’t want to lie. The boring answer is to wait for the powers that be to make a decision.” unquote  Well listen to my show John and if the news breaks I’ll let you know about it.

 

Geek News

Warner Brothers Television has announced that this upcoming twelfth season of the big bang theory will be it’s last. Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, Big Bang Theory will wrap things up in May as TV’s longest-running multi camera comedy in history, with what will be a record 279 episodes.According to Entertainment Weekly Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, was ready to walk away from the show. CBS, didn’t see the show being the same without the character, so it decided to end the series. Neither CBS, nor Jim Parsons rep has given comment on the rumor.  It’s sad news, but not unexpected. They’ve had a huge run and it’s time to put it to bed before it gets really ridiculous.

 

Kevin Smith has announced that he will be penning a four part story for Mark Millar’s upcoming Hit-Girl comic series. illustrated by Pernille Ørum (DC Super Hero Girls), entitled “The Golden Rage of Hollywood.” For those of you who don’t know the character, she was a supporting character in Marvel Icon’s Kick-Ass series, who fought crime alongside her father aka Big Daddy. She was portrayed by Chole Grace Moretz in the film adaption of Kick-Ass.  Mark Millar has characterized the story as Hit-Girl taking on Hollywood storming Hollywood and taking on Hollywood predators. Although Kevin Smith later clarified

Quote “First off, despite what Mark Millar said, my Hit-Girl arc is not about Hollywood predators — it’s about the making of a Hit-Girl movie,” “There are no jokes about the Me Too movement (obviously) or even references to real world horror stories.”

 

The comic will hit shelves this January.

 

And speaking of Mister Smith, Warner Brothers has announced that Kevin will host the first episode of their new daily news show, DC Daily. The show will showcase DC news,have in depth reports and interviews on upcoming DC projects and a panel discussion of the day’s topics and trends, the full show will be available on the DC Universe streaming service, but the premiere with Kevin Smith will air live at 430 PM on August 29th on Facebook, Twitch and Youtube.

 

All right brain storming time, what DC or Marvel role would be a good fit for Denzel Washington? Denzel, on the press tour for his new sequel The Equalizer 2 said he is open to joining a superhero franchise. However he quote “I haven’t been approached… we’ll see what happens,” Unquote Denzel has done a comic book adaptation before costaring with Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns. This ones a toughy, maybe Green lantern John Stewart or howbout Spidey villain Mysterio? What do you think? Send in your suggestions!

 

And finally, In the Highlander, the goal of the game was to be the only one left. Well, thanks to a judge’s ruling, San Diego Comicon is now the only one. Period. In addition to San Diego being the only con that can legally use the name, the judge awarded the incredibly rich and overhyped Con, s $4,994,245.20 in attorneys fees. So get prepared to see ComicFests, Cons, Pop Culture Cons and all manor of differentiations, but allusions of the Comicon name. And if you think hyphenating it is okay, it isn’t They owned the hyphenated version too. https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/comic-con-ruling-wm.pdf

 

Well they can call any con by a different name, they’ll all be unofficially called Comicon.

 

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