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

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

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Star Wars

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

#SaveTheVentureBros unquote 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Show Notes Episode 101: Gonzo Goes to Court

Tonight! Green Lantern plans to go big on HBO Max, What is the plural of Cyclops?, and Seth McFarlane and Danny McBride are Eastbound and Down, loaded up and trucking, They gonna do what they say can’t be done on Multiverse Tonight!

DC

The Batman is filming in the United Kingdom until February next year giving it just over a year to work on post production before it’s March forth 2022 release date. The film most recently had to halt production lead Robert Pattinson, tested positive for Covid, he has since then recovered. 

HBO Max’s Green Lantern series will be written like a tv show, but have feature film level production values according to producer Marc Guggenheim. Mr. Guggenheim commented on the series during a panel that had been recorded for ComiCon Internationals website and released as part of the Storytelling Across Media mini conference. Marc said quote “I happen to believe — and this is not a universally-held opinion — that you can’t do a ten-hour show or an eight-episode show, like an 8-hour movie,” Guggenheim said. “I don’t think that works. When I see it done, there’s always some flabby episodes in the middle. I think you have to approach it like a TV series and approach each episode like its own entity. Even though it’s streaming, even though hopefully people will binge it, you’ve got to make each episode a satisfying meal. You’ve got to look at it with a different tempo than you would have in a two-hour movie. That being said, certainly the show for HBO Max that we’re all working on, we are approaching it with the production ambitions of a movie. So we’re writing it like a TV show but we’re hoping to produce it like a film.”

In an exclusive to the Hollywood Reporter, it’s been made known that Jared Leto will be reprising the Joker for The Snyder cut of Justice League. Shooting of new materia

l for the movie is currently underway with Ben Afleck, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard and Jared Leto . Also joining the reshoots is Joe Manganiello, who will reprise Deathstroke for the film. Deathstroke first appeared in the 2017 cut of the movie as a post credit scene with Lex Luthor. 

Suicide Squad sirecgtor David Ayer in response to a fan question about What was the toughest scene to leave on the cutting room floor said qutoe The first forty minutes unquote He went on to say that the movie was quote It was ripped to pieces – I can’t emphasize that enough unquote  The call for Warner Bros to make an Ayers cutt of Suicide Squad has been getting a lot of push recently even by Cedric The Entertainer who in a recent Cameo said qutoe “HBO Max, AT&T, listen, y’all gotta release the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad,” “It’s time. The Ayer Cut, man, we’re all waiting for it. You know what I mean? That’s the one. And everybody, you all know this, when we do this all the proceeds will go to charity. We want y’all to ask for it. Hit em up! And then, bring back Jared Leto as the Joker, and do the Harley Quinn/Joker movie. That’s necessary! Quit playing, The Ayer Cut! Let’s get it! Let’s go. I want to see it, I know you want to see it. Suicide Squad gang, let’s go baby!” unquote 

The new Superman series, Superman & Lois has recruited Degrassi The Next Generation star Stacey Faber to play a new character named Leslie Larr.  Her character description reads quote “the right hand to one of the most influential people on the planet, she’s gone from a young, idealistic dreamer to a hardened, world-worn dream killer. Athletic, strong… and oftentimes heartless.”

Y The Last Man is finally getting in front of cameras, FX on Hulu has announced the start of production. The series stars Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby, Amber Tamblyn, Marin Ireland, Diana Bang, Elliot Fletcher and Julianna Canfield. Unquote No word on when the series is expected to air

Doom Patrol’s second season is going to Blu-ray and DVD this January twenty sixth, 2021. The official press release says quote Get ready to embrace the strange. DC’s favorite misfit heroes are back to save the world once again with the release of Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26, 2021 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 9 episodes from the second season of the original DC series, plus enjoy the captivating extra features including two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $29.98 SRP for the DVD ($39.99 in Canada) and $39.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($44.98 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Both sets have an order due date of December 22, 2020.DC’s strangest group of Super Heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage. As each Super Hero faces the challenge of moving beyond trauma and failure, they must come together to protect the newest family member, Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world. Unquote Doom Patrol has been renewed for a third season on HBO Max, probably next year.

TV’s new Batwoman Ryan Wilder will not only debut on tv, but will also debut in the final issue of the Batwoman comic. The issue which will hit shops on October twenty seventh. A few preview pages show Ryan living out of a van and disillusioned with the system. It’s not apparent how the comics version of Ryan Wilder will be to the CW version.  Season two is expected in January.

Neil Gaiman has been teasing fans on the production of Netflix’s adaptation of Sandman. Speaking with Yahoo Gaiman said on watching the first footage from the show quote “I’ve been watching dailies, but nothing produced the profound, emotional reaction on me that watching a camera test of our Morpheus in his glass prison did. I saw him and said, ‘Oh, this is Sandman.” unquote he also tased some of the stories that would be in season one including 24 hours, Dream a Little Dream of Me, A hope in Hell and Collectors, he also promised that the show would be scary quote “It will be scary,” “But it will be lots of other things, too, because the joy of Sandman is that it’s a lot of different things in the soup, and you can taste all the flavors.” unquote  no official release date for the series has been announced, but it seems to be aimed at late 2021, early 2022.

Marvel

The new Blade movie starring Mahershala Ali is moving toward the writing stage. The Hollywood reporter reports that Marvel is looking for writers saying quote “Current projects that studios are hoping to populate with Black behind-the-camera talent include Marvel’s Blade movie starring Mahershala Ali, which is looking for writers,” unquote The current wisdom is that Blade will be aimed at the October of 2022, but in this time of CoVid, that is subject to change. Hopefully they can get Wesley Snipes in for a cameo.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie says that shooting during a pandemic is kinda hard. The series was in the middle of shooting when the pandemic hit, now six months later their back filming in the Czech Republic with health and safety protocols in place. Mackie told Entertainment Weekly quote “Everybody’s very afraid of each other. The food is bad because they have to pack it up somewhere else and bring it to us in Ziploc bags. Yeah, it’s awful,” “You’re literally living in quarantine. It’s not like the NBA bubble where they had a barbershop and friends to hang out with.”

“No, if you get within six feet of somebody, there’s some little Czech dude coming and poking you with a stick saying, ‘You have to move,'” “So it’s rough.” unquote The short six episode series was originally going to be the first Marvel Studios series out of the gate, but not Wand Vision Will be.  The show will be out in early 2021.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the ten Rings has wrapped up principal photography in Australia. Filmmaker Destin Creeton celebrated the fack with an Instagram photo. And the words We. Are. Wrapped. Not to be out down star Simu Liu followed up with a post of his own of him and Creeton saying quote “We made a baby!” “We can’t wait to introduce him to the world in 9 months…” unquote The Marvel movie is due out on July ninth, 2021.

Some big news concerning the Moon Knight series, first it was reported that Star Wars star Oscar Isaac was in talks to play the role of Moon Knight/Marc Spector and now it’s being reported that Mohamed Diab has been tapped to direct the series. Diab’s work includes the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Clash and Cairo 678 Both are the highest grossing Eqyptian and Arabic titles of all time  No official announcement on either Oscar Isaac or Mohamed Diab has been forthcoming.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary is stepping in to help your grammar, specifically how do you say the plural of Cyclops . Here’s their post quote “Unlike most rules of pluralization, the plural of Cyclops is Cyclopes. Instead of adding es to Cyclops, the plural is adapted from the Latin based singular Ciclope or Cyclope, and thus the plural became Cyclopes.”

“With that grammar laid out, the plural of Cyclops, which is a proper noun ending in -s that denotes a mythical giant creature, should be either Cyclopses or Cyclops—but usage evidence doesn’t concur. The most common plural form of Cyclops (which is now frequently found in lowercase) is Cyclopes (pronounced \sye-KLOH-peez\).” unquote So there you have it, you now know what to call a bunch of different versions of Cyclops that show up in an X-Man crossover.

Geek

Ryah Reynolds picked a hell of a year to get to vote for the first time in America. Ryan and his wife Blake Lively showed off with smiles and a photo of Instagram with the caption quote This is my first time voting in America. I’d like to thank my wife Blake for making my first time so gentle and loving. It was super scary at first, than exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud. #VoteEarly unquote  His new movie Free Guy is due in theaters on December eleventh.

The Willow sequel series has been officially given the greenlight. The series will have Willow director Ron Howard as executive producer with Warwick Davis back as hero Willow Ufgood. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has been tapped to direct the pilot and executive produce. Jonathan Kasdan and Wendy Mericle will serve as show runners.

Quibi the short form video series provider is shutting down. The startup raised two billion in initial funding but never found an audience.  The service launched in April just in time for the pandemic and never really got out of the blocks, even though the app had been downloaded about 9.6 million times since launch, Quibi founders Meg Whitman and Jeffery Katzenberg in a statement said quote Because the idea itself wasn’t strong enough to justify a stand-alone streaming service or because of our timing. Unfortunately, we will never know, but we suspect it’s been a combination of the two.”unquote 

FXX’s series Archer has been given a twelfth season. This news arrives before the last episode of the eleventh season.  FX president of Original Programming Nick Grad said quote”Archer is back in a big way this season, with viewership up as the Emmy Award-winning spy series returns to its roots and begins to plot a 12th season next year,” “Our thanks to [executive producers] Adam Reed, Matt Thompson, Casey Willis and the entire team at Floyd County Productions for keeping Archer as fun as ever and true to form. Together with its unbelievable voice cast, Archer is set to give fans another great season.” unquote   Viewership for the first five episodes of the season were up 32 percent over season ten. 

Seth McFarlane and Danny McBride are bringing tv a Burt Renyolds movie from the seventies. Smokey And The Bandit  will come from the writing team of David Gordon Green and Brian Brandon James of Rough House Pictures with Danny McBridge, Jody Hill,  and Seth McFarlane, and Erica Huggins of Fuzzy Door teaming up to bring this show to life. No network has been named.

Muppet Babies are going to court. Disney is being sued by Jeffrey Scott, a tv screenwriter of many eighties shows. He alleges that the new Muppet Babies show was created by Disney misappropriates elements from the original Muppet Babies production bible he created and he says he owns. 

According to the complaint filed in California Federal Court. Back in 1983, Muppet Babies, which was produced by Marvel Productions and The Jim Henson Company contracted Mister Scott ro to help with the creation of the show, he got twelve thousand per scrip plus a royalty of $3500 for each new episode plaus a Developed for television by credit. The complaint reads quote 

“Scott is the registered owner of the copyright in the Muppet Babies production bible,” states the complaint. “The Muppet Babies Production Bible created the show’s nursery setting, the child versions of the characters, the mix of entertainment and education, and the blueprint for its stories. Scott created, developed and refined character traits, running gags associated with each character, and the characters’ relationships with each other.” unquote Scott also claims that the character of Nanny was his creation and the setting of the nursery too. Scott is claiming copyright infringement, breach of contract (stemming from his ’80s deal), breach of implied contract (arising from the alleged agreement for compensation for his recent idea submissions), and fraud. We will keep an eye on this for any future developments.https://www.scribd.com/document/481227544/muppetbabies-pdf

Rick and Morty co creator Dan Harmon speaking at the digital version of the PaleyFest said that the Clone Beth mystery will play a major role in season five. He said quote You know as much as Rick knows,” “I don’t want to keep secrets with the audience. She’s Schrodinger’s Beth right now. The fact she may or may not be a clone is actually the important thing. It’s the profound revelation about Rick’s commitment to non-commitment and how abusive that can be as a parent. That is the important thing here. We’re adding aunts to the family. We’re having fun looking at more options with space Beth.” unquote It also looks like The Vat of Acid episode has broken Morty of his obsession with Jessica, he said quote “There’s an episode in Season 5 where Morty has a relationship with another female character that’s not Jessica. It’s a great little story and my longtime friend and collaborator John Schrab wrote it. [Schrab] has a natural directorial instinct. He also is a tender writer, like a very juvenile John Hughes. He feels heartache on a level that a man his age shouldn’t. There’s an episode in Season 5 that my Emmy is going to,” unquote 

Paramount has moved the animated movie Rumble from January nineteenth to May 14, 2021. THe movie, from Paramount Animation and WWE Studios is based on the graphic novel by Rob Harrel, is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes.  The movie features the voice talents of Geraldine Viswanathan, Will Arnett, 

Terry Crews , WWEsuperstars Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns Tony Danza, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro, Ben Schwartz and Michael Buffer.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is getting a big screen adaptation. The movie is based  on the Image comics comic book series from Justin Jordan and Tradd moore. THe movie will be produced by Allnighter’s Dinesh Shamdasani, Hunter Gorinson and Amanda Kruse. Justin Jordan is currently working on the screenplay. In the press release Justin said quote “Luther Strode remains one of my very favorite things I’ve ever worked on and getting the chance to bring it to a new audience as a film is exciting beyond belief,” said Justin Jordan. “Especially since Allnighter is dedicated to staying true to all of the foundations – from the tone to the mythology, and, of course, the kinetic action exemplified by Tradd’s artwork – that people have loved about the comic.” unquote  

HBO Man and Cartoon Network are reviving Tiny Toon Adventures for the streaming service. Steven Speilberg will executive produce Tiny Toons Looniversity, the show will follow the characters minus Elmyra Duff, as they go to Acme Looniversity (in other words, the same stuff they did in the original show. Amblin TV’s Co Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank said about the reboot quote “These smart, hilarious and cheeky characters have left an indelible impression on the childhoods of so many. We’re thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Warner Bros. Animation, HBO Max and Cartoon Network to reimagine the Tiny Toons for new audiences, and we know that fans of the original series will be just as excited to share the show with their children as they will be to revisit a childhood favorite.” unquoteThe reason for Elmyra being left out is not known, the word that she was being left out was broken my Elmyra original voice actor Cree Williams,she tweeted quote “I just got the word that ELMYRA will NOT be included in the Tiny Toons reboot.” unquote There are several possible reasons for her exclusion, perhaps it’s because her rights are tied up with Pinky and The Brain or the fact that her character is associated with Elmer Fudd. Who knows. 

Sony is in talks to buy Anime streaming service Crunchyroll rom WarnerMedia, Sony reportedly will spend 957 million dollars for the service, that’s hundreds of millions more than they paid for Funimation in 2017. This deal would give Sony a near streaming monopoly over Anime. Cruncyroll has around 70 million subscribers worldwide.

Bette Midler says that she, Sarah Jessica Parker adn Kathy Najimy will be reprising their roles for the Hocus Pocus sequel that Disney has been working on. Bette told Fox 5 New York that quote “They want to make a movie, they’ve asked us if we were interested and of course all of us said yes,””I’m game, I’m totally game.” unquote There hasn’t been any official word about casting or story details. But with everything that’s been going on this year, that’s to be expected.

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Show Notes Episode 100: Triple Digits with The Orville’s Tom Constantino

Tonight New Padawans, Kate Mulgrew immortalized in Indiana, we remember Sir Sean Connery and a special interview with Producer Tom Costantino of The Orville. All that and more on the one hundredth edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Episode one hundred of Multiverse Tonight. I’m happy to have made it this far and I’m glad you’re listening to the show. 

Star Wars

Lucasfilm Publishing Executive Editor Jennifer Heddle unveiled on Star Wars dot com a few of the Padawans that will be seen in The High Republic books and more that are coming next year. Included were Burryaga AgaBurry, a Wookie described by writer Charles Soule as quote “While he is skilled with his two-handed lightsaber, it is Burryaga’s natural, effortless ability to sense the emotions of others that sets him apart from other members of the Order.” unquote. Reath Silas, padawan to Jedi Council member Jora Malli, Lula Talisola described by Daniel Jose Older the writer for IDW’s The High Republic Adventures as quote “all about the Jedi Order.” “She loves it, can hardly wait to get Knighted, and wants to be the best Jedi that ever was. Besides being amazing and top of her class with a lightsaber, she’s loyal and compassionate and looks out for her two best friends, Farzala and Qort. Especially when they’re causing mischief.” unquote and Bell Zettifar, who is stationed on the Jedi Outpost of Elphrona in the Outer Rim with Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm. The High Republic kicks off on January fifth with Star Wars: The High Republic — Light of the Jedi, by Charles Soule.

Star Wars attraction, the Galaxy’s Edge is going through rough times as the cast members in the park are being laid off due to the pandemic’s effects on park attendance. Layoffs are based on seniority and unfortunately, those that transferred from Disneyland’s California Adventure to the Galaxy’s Edge are some of the first to get the layoff notices. 

Gamestop may have “accidentally” leaked the release date for Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga. The game which will be released for PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. was originally going to be released this year, but was delayed. Gamestop’s website lists the date as May 31, 2021. However, that date might just be a placeholder since it’s odd for a game to be released on a Monday.

Speaking of accidental leaks, News of a new Star Wars action game from EA Motive has leaked out, there’s scant details about it other than the studio, the leak came from a listing from EA Motive for a programmer, it mentioned that quote “the team is starting immediately on an upcoming Star Wars action game and will also be building original IP.” unquote 

Star Trek

Star Trek Prodigy will have music from Nami Melumad according to Film Music Reporter. Nami previously scored the Short Trek episode Q&A. She will have the honor of scoring new moments with a known starship captain, as also joining the show is Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway and at a Q&A for our next story, she revealed what brought her back to Trek quote “Well, frankly, the negotiations took quite a long time,” Mulgrew said. “When Alex Kurtzman presented me with this idea, I wasn’t entirely sure, and then over the months, the conversation evolved into what we could bring to an entirely new demographic of watchers. I thought the idea of bringing this to young minds was just too exciting, too evocative, and too promising.” unquote

She answered during a Q&A for the unveiling of the Captain Kathryn Janeway statue in the Captain’s future hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Kate Mulgrew attended the unveiling virtually of course and Robert Picardo sent a video. The Statue is of the character from the waste up atop  a pedestal that says “Future Birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway, Bloomington, Indiana, Earth May 20, 2336.”  Ms. Mulgrew said about the honor quote I’m not often rendered speechless, but in this moment I am. How many people have such a marvelous thing done in their honor, in their memory. It’s a wonderful comment on Janeway’s legacy… And hearing you all speak today is deeply moving to me. To realize that Janeway has had such an important role in your lives, and I think in cultural history, it not only terribly affecting for me, but makes me want to go forth in a new way. And I am doing that with Prodigy. But this recognition is something extraordinary to me and I am deeply proud to be honored in this way. Unquote  The statue is on the B-Line Trail next to the Wonderlab Museum in Downtown Bloomington.

A new Star Trek Picard novel will give us some backstory on what happened on the Titan after the attack on Mars that eventually saw Picard forced into retirement.  Star Trek Picard The Dark Veil will be written by James Swallow. Here’s the synopsis quote “The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!” unquote The novel goes on sale on January fifth. 

This piece of news goes out to my European listeners, The British Royal Mail announced that they will issue a twelve stamp collection of stamps celebrating Star Trek. The stamps, with art by artist Freya Betts depict Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander Deanna Troi, Captain Benjamin Sisko, Doctor Julian Bashir, Captain Kathryn Janeway, Captain Jonathan Archer, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, Captain Gabriel Lorca, Lieutenant Ash Tyler, and Commander Michael Burnham. There will also be an additional short sheet of six stamps with characters played by British and British Commonwealth actors Those characters are Montgomery Scott, Shinzon, Tolian Soran, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, Carol Marcus, and Krall.

Amazon has announced that November is Star Trek Month on the shopping site, on sale will be Star Trek: Discovery: Season One (Blu-ray™, DVD) – The collection includes all 15 episodes from the first season of the CBS All Access original series, along with a trove of compelling featurettes and additional special features. The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp and more.

  • Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two (Blu-ray, DVD) – “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes, the CBS All Access series returns with all 14 episodes from the second season and over four hours of exclusive special features, plus two series-related Short Treks: “Runaway” and “The Brightest Star.”
  • Star Trek: Picard Season One (Blu-ray, DVD, Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) – Patrick Stewart reprises his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in the premiere season of the CBS All Access release, which boasts over two hours of exclusive special features, including never-before-seen interview footage of Patrick Stewart. Also includes the Short Trek “Children of Mars.”
  • Star Trek: Short Treks (Blu-ray, DVD) – Dive deeper into key themes and characters that fit into Star Trek: Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe with all nine of the CBS All Access original short stories, including three U.S.S. Enterprise shorts featuring Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two favorites and two animated shorts unlike any other from the Star Trek universe. The complete collection also includes more than 50 minutes of exclusive special features.
  • Star Trek 10-Movie Stardate Collection (Blu-ray) – Experience every unforgettable moment from Captain Kirk’s triumphant return to the U.S.S. Enterprise with this brilliant collection, including: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis. The set also includes access to Digital copies of all 10 films.
  • Star Trek Picard Movie & TV Collection (Blu-ray) – Relive Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s greatest adventures with the six-disc collection, including two feature-length TV episodes, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Chain of Command” and “Best of Both Worlds,” and four Next Generation films – Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis. The collection is packed with over 10 hours of previously released special features.
  • Complete Series Collections:
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: Voyager: The Complete Series

And now let’s get to that interview with Tom Costantino

[background conversation]

00:24 Thomas Townley: My guest today is one of my favorites from the past 100 episodes. And I’m so glad that he’s graciously come back to talk sci-fi with us. Please welcome, producer of The Orville, Tom Constantino.

00:37 Tom Constantino: Thanks for having me. Sorry. I am looking like I just got out of bed. Even though I didn’t. [chuckle]

00:44 Thomas Townley: Oh. That’s great, and I mean, my hair needs cutting and everything too.

00:51 TC: Quarantine edition, right? 

00:54 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Unfortunately, I haven’t had to quarantine. I’m an essential worker at Walmart.

01:00 TC: Oh god, yeah, okay. So you’ve been in, huh? 

01:04 Thomas Townley: Yes. Yeah, the protocol to get into my work is busy; I gotta go in and have temperature check, I answer questions. I mean, it’s dangerous.

01:17 TC: Reduced capacity in the whole thing or…

01:20 Thomas Townley: We were going at reduced capacity for a while. It was… They reduced the store to, I think, a third, which is like 600 people can be in at once. We never have 600 people.

01:29 TC: No, oh yeah, of course.

01:30 Thomas Townley: No, not at our store. Lately, they’ve gone away with that but they’ll probably snap that right back, especially this month because we have all our black Friday stuff, so they’re gonna…

01:41 TC: Oh yeah.

01:42 Thomas Townley: Re-introduce that.

01:43 TC: Keep forgetting it’s November. [chuckle]

01:45 Thomas Townley: Yep. So how’s everything else gone this year for you? 

01:51 TC: Aside from the world [chuckle] quasi coming to an end, you know? No, I won’t make jokes. I mean, I’m just… Everyone on my end is healthy, and just trying to live in this new homeschooling, Zooming, not being at… Not having normalcy, kind of thing. So…

02:13 Thomas Townley: Well, that’s good. You’ve been away from fires this year? Because last year you had fires around.

02:20 TC: Oh, yes. I forgot about that. I actually… Did we interview when it was like literally on fire? 

02:27 Thomas Townley: Yeah.

02:28 TC: I’m trying to remember that. Yeah, no. It just smells like smoke outside all the time but I’ve had friends who’ve had to evacuate, and the AQI’s an average of 50 points higher this year every day. [chuckle] Sunny California. [chuckle]

02:44 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Alright. Well, I know there’s not much you can tell me about The Orville, is there anything? Just a little hint? Nothing? 

02:56 TC: Blessed, the thing I can say is, I think, hopefully, things will be back on track very soon.

03:06 Thomas Townley: Excellent, excellent.

03:07 TC: For shooting. Yeah, no, nothing’s official but hopefully, everyone can rest easy with good safety protocols in place. So I think there’s good news coming down the pike. I would say more than cautiously optimistic.

03:25 Thomas Townley: Excellent. Excellent.

03:27 TC: Alright? 

03:28 Thomas Townley: Now, of course, I brought you here to talk about sci-fi in general. What have you been watching? 

03:33 TC: What have I been watching; you mean in terms of sci-fi as of late? 

03:38 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Sci-fi, you know, geeky things.

03:41 TC: Well, it’s funny ’cause I’ve sort of been taking a little break from sci-fi, I still obviously have to watch The Mandalorian season two. What have I… I sat down and watched all of Rogue One the other day, just out of nowhere, it just was on and so I did that. But I’ve been doing things like I watched The Vow, [chuckle] which is about the NXIVM cult. I’m late to the game but the show Alone, the survival. I don’t know, there’s like a cult survival theme going on but I watched that as well. I have to catch up on Lost In Space, ’cause I have been dying to check that out. But yeah, there hasn’t been too much of sci-fi. I mean honestly, I end up watching old clips of Wrath of Kahn on the YouTube and sorta… Yeah, I go to the comfort food right away. You know, there’s been some T&G on BBC that I’ve… That’s on and suddenly I’m watching whole episode. That’s kinda where I’m at.

04:40 Thomas Townley: Have you been watching any of the new Star Trek shows lately? 

04:43 TC: Oh, I have watched a little bit. I have to catch up with the new Discovery season. I finally watched Picard, obviously, I loved it. It’s hard for me because as a person making space TV, I have feelings, and as a strict fan, I can’t just… I don’t feel like I have the privilege to just love or dump something. It’s a whole different experience for me. But no, I will watch it eventually. But I mean I was just like, Picard finished and then two months later I watched. It’s just the way my life runs. But obviously, it was great. I’m very much for comfort food, so the best part of Picard was obviously seeing Frakes and [05:21] ____ show up with… That’s the kind of stuff that just gets me going, and Jeri Ryan and all that stuff.

05:31 Thomas Townley: So if CBS and Viacom showed up at your door and said pitch me a new star Trek show, do you have any idea what you would wanna pitch? 

05:40 TC: Oh my god, that’s a good question. What would I want to pitch? I would go call Michael Dorn and he’d be like, “Who the hell are you?” And I would do the Worf series. I would watch that all day long. I don’t need to make up… I would do a Worf series and I would do anything… You know, you know, obviously seeing Jane way back, I would love to… I’d watch her read the phone book. So those would be the two. I would need to think about if I wanted to do something original original, but yeah, I would be very much into the Worf series.

06:15 TC: I just think that that’s a lot of mileage and obviously, you know, George Takei too. You know, I would’ve loved the Sulu series; that would have been the other one. Oh, I will say, randomly I went down a deep rabbit hole about, I can’t remember the name of the episode from Voyager where they had to re-shoot… They redid the whole Praxis explosion. I went down that rabbit hole for a while, you know, and comparing the shots and doing that. Like, that’s what I do, I look like side by side comparisons. Like I end up watching old… For no reason, I’ll watch the old V effects, you know, comparison from the original series one to the updated ones that [06:50] ____ and those gang did. That’s how I spend my time. It’s pathetic. [chuckle]

06:55 Thomas Townley: Well, on totally a different topic but dealing with the character of Worf, who would win a fight between Bortus and Worf? 

07:08 TC: With weapons or without? 

07:11 Thomas Townley: Let’s go without.

07:14 TC: I think Bortus, ’cause Moclans are very strong and Peter is a real big guy. If there was a bat’leth or guns, I mean Peter’s got good aim but Worf with a sword I would be scared of. That would be my… You couldn’t just run the table.

07:33 Thomas Townley: Yeah, I see your point there. Now, speaking of other sci-fi’s, The Mandalorian has those virtual sets. What could you use those virtual sets for? 

07:45 TC: Well, we did, actually. We had it for our view screen in Season 1. As a matter of fact, it was Jon, I believe, who had the idea along with another producer, Jason Clark, and it wasn’t because we… It locked us in too early. We ended up going to green screen because we had more flexibility but basically, our huge view screen was basically The Mandalorian [08:10] ____, and obviously The Mandalorian expanded, it’s more 360. So if we were to have it back, I’m sure there’s a couple of planets, it’d be great for the simulator room, but we… A lot of ours takes place in the ship, we’re a fundamentally different show, we go to planets sometimes, and we usually find a location. So it’s a different methodology, but we experience it. I mean, the way they’ve used it is great, obviously, and… The other time I ever thought that that worked was like in, once again, Rogue One where they used it for the cockpit stuff. But yeah, that’s what I would say. I would probably use it for the simulator room if we could.

08:55 Thomas Townley: I would love to see that. And you know, they’re Disney or…

08:58 TC: Yeah, it’s super… They’re bright as hell. They have their issues, this is a lot of technical, but you end up there’s a lot of tears and a lot of technical issues with them. They’re really great for interactive lighting and landscapes. As a view screen, having finished battle shots, it was not always practical.

09:23 Thomas Townley: When you’re watching shows like The Mandalorian, do you think about, “Ooh, how did they do that?” Or…

09:29 TC: Yes, yes, all the time, and sometimes I know how they did it ’cause we’re doing what they’re doing. Yeah, yes, but I’m always… Yeah. It’s always fun to see what other people are coming up with but then sometimes I just get stressed out. [laughter] Yeah, it just reminds me of not sleeping and working a hundred hours a week. [chuckle] But yeah, no, there’s some pretty… Not just The Mandalorian, I mean they do some great stuff, but even on some great things on Discovery, and you know even like, I’m a big fan of shows that you need to do the real hidden visual effects. Set extensions and creating worlds that they did through virtual production versus going out and shooting it. That stuff gets me too.

10:17 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Now with… I was thinking the other day, with shows having smaller and smaller episode counts per season…

10:24 TC: Yeah.

10:25 Thomas Townley: Is 100 episodes really an achievable milestone for most shows anymore? 

10:33 TC: No. Yes, but you’re gonna have to think about your 10 or eight or 12 episodes, you gotta go seven, eight, nine, 10 seasons, and at a certain point… Everything’s at a quasi-feature level now, I mean the Marvel shows are feature level.

10:49 Thomas Townley: Mm-hmm.

10:50 TC: Everybody’s… There’s probably 25-30 shows of this scale and magnitude. It’s… I know people complain about the 22-episode thing. We would literally die. [chuckle] It’s just too much. So I don’t know if it’s achievable. If you’re a comedy or something, maybe, but even like HBO, they run 13 eps. You can’t go… You start getting beyond six, seven seasons, it’s… You just run out of steam.

11:15 Thomas Townley: Yeah, if you look at shows like The Next Generation and all the… They had a lot of good shows but they had a lot of filler shows too to stretch out the season. So in other words…

11:27 TC: Less coverage, less effects, different methodology. They were great shows but the demand is now… Anything, everything gets scrutinized. Which is great ’cause it keeps you on your toes but it keeps you on your toes.

11:43 Thomas Townley: And here’s a thought. Should sci-fi shows have a message and a moral to them? ‘Cause some of the shows nowadays, it’s just kind of more action than anything else.

12:01 TC: I’m part of the optimistic sci-fi crowd. If I wanna go… I don’t like the two mixing. I like my Battlestar Galactica’s and I like my Star Treks. I like the optimistic, happy, fun stuff. And then when I wanna go dark, I wanna go dark. I have trouble mixing the two. But like I said, I’m very… I’m an old man, I’m very into old school. Do I think it needs to have a message? No. Does it help? Yeah, I think it’s add some layering storytelling to the complexity of it all. But not necessarily… Different strokes for different folks, I guess. [chuckle] You know what I mean? Different… I don’t bemoan somebody loving something that I don’t. There’s only a few things that I have true hatred for, which you can ask me another time, ’cause that’s a thing about it. But anyway, long story, I think that was a long answer, but I think a message helps but isn’t necessarily the key. Take Cobra Kai, for example. That show’s got heart and that’s why it works. It’s not just seeing the characters… If it was just all Johnny and Ralph Macchio fighting or stuff, it wouldn’t have it, but it’s all the heart that’s layered underneath. And I feel like your sci-fi needs that as well.

13:13 Thomas Townley: Now, thinking about crews and sci-fi and everything, who’d win in a battle between The Orville crew and The Next Generation crew? 

13:22 TC: Oh my god, don’t make me answer that. [chuckle] I work for them. Orville’s scrappy but, you know, I don’t know, I think the Enterprise-D would probably cut right through the damn thing. [chuckle] I am a non-impartial. [chuckle] I can’t… Yeah. Although, Ed has been… Acquitted himself quite a good captain. So I actually… I don’t actually know. You know, funny enough, I don’t know the answer. Orville’s got some tricks up her sleeve but I can’t go against my Next Generation crew. You’re wounding me. [chuckle]

14:04 Thomas Townley: By the way, how does Seth have all this time? I mean, he just recently announced that he and Dan McBride are doing a revival of Smokey and the Bandit. He’s doing these jazz concerts on Instagram. The Orville. The animated shows. Is he human? 

14:17 TC: I question that sometimes, I think he’s superhuman. No, he’s just smart… No, he’s a super-smart guy and likes to keep active. And, no, I know he loves the show, so obviously that’s one of his priorities, but he’s a man of… I always joke on Twitter, I said, multi-hyphenate, but he really is. I learn a lot from him every day, from a production standpoint. And he tends to think three or four moves ahead, and sometimes you can keep up with him and sometimes you’re arguing move number two but he’s actually at move number five, and then you catch up with him and go, “Oh, I see what you were doing there. That made complete sense. You were just way ahead of it.”

14:56 Thomas Townley: That’s cool. And finally, what are you looking forward to on the horizon? In 2021, what are you looking forward to? 

15:06 TC: Going to a restaurant again, hopefully. [chuckle] The new normal. And hopefully finishing up production of season three of the show, so people can finally see it. But no, just a little more peace in the world and health for everybody; I can’t be trivial about that, it would be nice to be… It’s been a long road so far for everyone, I believe, on planet earth.

15:38 Thomas Townley: It’s been a long road getting from there to here.

15:42 TC: Yeah. And we’re not even there. We’re still on the here.

[chuckle]

15:46 Thomas Townley: Alright, well, I know you have other things to do and I have podcasts to record today as well. So thank you very much for joining me today.

15:56 TC: Oh no, thank you. Sorry again about the t-shirt, the 911, I’m just like a train wreck but I appreciate you having me. It was fun talking to you.

16:03 Thomas Townley: That’s okay. Tom Constantino, I wish you the best of luck, the best of health.

16:07 TC: Thank you. You too.

16:08 Thomas Townley: Stay safe, and we’ll see you next time.

16:12 TC: Yeah, we’ll talk again soon.

16:13 Thomas Townley: Okay.

16:13 TC: Bye.

Geek

Amazon has ordered a new SciFi Drama from Legendary television. Lightyears centers around a couple named Franklin and Irene York who years earlier discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which leads to a strange deserted planet. Since then they’ve guarded the secret until an enigmatic young man enters their lives, their life is upended and the mysterious chamber turns out to be much more than they could have possibly imagined.  No word on when it’s expected on the service.

Actor Jeff Bridges has announced that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is the cancer of the lymphatic system. He posted on twitter quote “As the Dude would say… New sh– has come to light.”

“I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes,” “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together.” unquote I think we all wish him the best of health.

Ghostbusters Afterlife has been pushed back another three months to June eleventh, almost a year after it was originally supposed to be released this past July. The sequel to Don’t Breathe has been given a date of August thirteenth, 2021. The same date as twentieth century’s Deep Water starring Ben Affleck.

Spectrum Originals and AMC are producing a new series based on the Beacon 23 novel by Hugh Howey. The story, described as a suspenseful thriller slash love story is set in the farthest reaches of space and is about a couple trapped on a lighthouse at teh end of teh known univese. The show will be created, executive produced and showrun by Alphas showrunner and The Avengers co-writer Zak Penn along with Ira Steven Behr, Katie O’Connell Marsh and Elisa Ellis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering from surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to replace his aortic valve. The actor tweeted quote “Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery,” “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying yo when ur amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!” unquote This isn’t his first heart surgery, he had a valve replaced in 1997 and emergency open heart surgery to replace that valve.

Sir Sean Connery has passed away in his sleep at this in Nassau in the Bahamas. He was born THomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland on August twenty fifth, 1930. He left school at the age of 13 and delivered milk, polished coffins and laid bricks before joining the royal navy in 1946, He was discharged three years later because of a duodenal ulcer. He would then work as a lorry driver, lifeguard, artists model and in his spare time did bodybuilding, he could have played soccer for Manchester United, but he decided to go pursue acting instead. In 1953, while he was competing in the Mr Universe competition, he heard that South Pacific was looking for parts in the chorus, by the next year he landed the role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams, encouraged by American actor Robert Henderson, he educated himself on works by Ibsen, Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw and began taking elocution lessons. In 1957, he got his first leading role in Blood Money, a BBC reworking of Requiem for a Heavyweight. And then came the role that would make him famous world wide when producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, began searching for an actor to play the lead character in Ian Fleming’s novels, James Bond. It was Cubby’s wife Dana who persuaded her husband that Connery had the magnetism and sex appeal for the park. Ian Fleming on the other hand was not that impressed at first, however once he saw him on screen, the author made James Bond half scottish in some of the later novels. Sean would play the secret agent in a total of seven movies, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever and Never Say Never again. However the role and pressure of that the role put onto him would eventually drive him to walk away, only to return once for for Never Say Never again, He would go on to do other movies like The Name of the Rose, Time Bandits, The Man Who Would Be King, Zardoz, Highlander, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October , The rock, Dragonheart, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, First Knight, The Avengers, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and more. He was even offered the role of Gandalf, but he declined claiming not to have understood the script.. He also turned down the role of the Architect in The Matrix for similar reasons. He moved to the Bahamas in the 1990’s and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the Second in 2000, which had been held up by the Labour party because of his support of Scottish Independence. Sean Connery retired from acting in 2006. Over his career he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables, The British Academy Film Award for Best Actor for The Name of the Rose, as well as the BAFTA Fellowship, Two Golden Globe Awards one for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables and the World Film Favorite Male aka The Henrietta Award as Well as the Cecil B Demille Award. On top of being knighted by the Queen, he was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, The Kennedy Center Honors, The European Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and The AFI Life Achievement Award. He was married twice. The first time to actress Diane Cilento, they had one son, Jason Connery and his second and last marriage to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune. The greatest James Bond, Sir Sean Connery passed away in his sleep, on Halloween, A life well lived, he was ninety years old.

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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some people on Hoth aren’t heroes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Moreci, Christie Golden, and Hank Green

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

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

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

Katie Cook, Beth Revis, and Jason Fry

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

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

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

Seth Dickinson, Django Wexler, and Jim Zub

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

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

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

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

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

Spooky Force vision? Dark side machinations!?

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

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

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

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

Tracy Deonn, Michael Kogge, and Daniel Joe Older

22 – “What’s in there?”

“Only what you take with you.”

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

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

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

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

Zoraida Cordova, Sarwat Chadda, and Mackenzi Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austin Walker, Martha Wells, and Brittany N. Williams

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Hart, Karen Strong, and Adam Christopher

You can’t spell #StarWars without Willrow Hood.

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

A side should always be taken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your friends at Creation Entertainment unquote 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make of this list what you will.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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Show Notes: Episode 96:The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly & Episode 97: Some Music for the Peace Maker

Tonight! We coulda had a Q movie, The Mandalorian plays Monopoly and Harrison Ford is cleared to fly again, all that and more on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Episode 96 of Multiverse Tonight…

Star Trek

Q made an appearance on Star Trek Lower Decks. We could have seen him on the big screen if Jonathan Frakes had his way, during a Galaxy Con Virtual Panel, Mr. Frakes revealed that he wanted to bring John de Lancie in a Q for at least one of the movies. He had pitched the ultimate Q adventure saying quote “That was my pitch. Well, from my good fortune of getting involved with the movies. I kept saying, ‘When is our finest nemesis going to be in the movies?’ I’m still surprised that wasn’t so.” unquote John De Lancie, who was also on the panel chimed in quote”The place that they never got into it, which is too bad. Which was: What is the Continuum? Other than a road in the desert that goes on, and the shingle in the old gas station,”I actually—which I’m not going to tell people, even now—I did create a backstory on that, which would have been really interesting. But I think it’s actually someplace that would require a great deal of imagination, and I think the audience would go. So I wish that they had gone there.“

SyfyWire broke the news of two new Star Trek Books focused on female characters, Revenant by Alex R White features Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys and Shadow Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clark with Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher and Worf set during the seventh season of The Next Generation. On the acquisition of the two novels Senior Editor and Licensing Manager Ed Schlesinger said quote For decades, the Star Trek franchise has been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion, and we’re truly thrilled to be introducing Alex’s and Cassandra’s distinct and acclaimed voices to the ST novel program.” unquote. No words on then they will be released.

Sorry European listeners, Destination Star Trek London 2020 has been postponed to, you guessed it 2021.Just like Destination Star Trek Germany, the delay is due to the ongoing pandemic, the message on the official website reads quote “Dear Star Trek fans, We hope you are all well and have been staying safe these last few difficult months. We really have missed you! Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 it is with great sadness we must postpone this November’s Destination Star Trek event in London. We hope you understand that our most important consideration is your health and safety and at the moment there is just no way to bring you the event that you deserve and ensure you are safe at it. So, we have decided to move Destination Star Trek to a time when we can hopefully all be together in a risk-free environment, and so enjoy the event.

“The good news is that we have a new date of 12th to 14th November 2021, where all the Covid-19 issues should be behind us and we can bring you the best Star Trek event ever! 🙂 We still plan to centre it around Voyager’s anniversary, since it’s not fair that we were not all able to celebrate it properly this year and we know they are still really looking forward to seeing you, as you are them! We will also be adding new guests from all corners of the Star Trek franchise, so maybe your favourite will be there, and we are always open to hearing suggestions!

“Tickets already purchased will be automatically valid for the new date and will be transferred across. You do not need to do anything else and just keep your original ticket which will be valid for the new date. If you cannot make the new date then you can get a voucher from us that you can use for any Destination Star Trek event, in Germany or the UK, or on any DST product, up until December 2021. If not used by then we will issue a straight refund to you. Please let us know at enquiries@destinationstartrek.com if you want to take a voucher rather than just have your tickets moved over to the new date. “Our aim is always to bring you the best Star Trek event we can. With a new series of Discovery coming in October we have plenty of exciting new adventures to bring us into 2021 and through to November and an event that we promise will be worth the wait! We think we will all deserve an extra special party over the event!!!! Thank you all for your patience and continued support. Live Long and Prosper.”

Star Wars

Star Wars has unveiled a brand new Lightsaber inspired by King Arthur’s Excalibur in the new Star Wars The High Republic. The High Republic is the new Star Wars book and comics line and launches in 2021. THe High Republic takes place 200 years before the Skywalker Saga when the Jedi were a universal peacekeeping force. So they have lightsabers with hilts like medieval knights, of course. The caption on some new concept art says quote  “During the time of the High Republic, Jedi Master Stellan Gios ascended through the ranks of the Jedi Order as the Padawan of Jedi Master Rana Kant. As a young Padawan learner, he developed a strong connection with fellow Jedi Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann, though they were apprenticed to different masters. Gios is regularly the voice of reason amongst the three, focused on upholding the Jedi tradition.

“….Gios’ lightsaber is an elegant weapon with a crossguard and a longer hilt that allows him to easily wield it with two hands like a broadsword. The crossguard’s quillons point forward when the saber is not in use, and the weapon rests in a holster that leaves the saber easily accessible. the hilt features striking black, gold, and silver details. When the saber ignites, the crossguard blades push the quillions outward, forming caps to the blades and creating a secondary guard.” unquote Illustration manager Jeff R. Thomas speaking to star wars dot com said about the design quote “When designing Stellan’s lightsaber, I looked at the iconic lightsabers that have already been established. He needed an iconic weapon that could stand beside the other famous lightsabers, but at the same time be unique to him and evoke the time period of the High Republic… We wanted to implement a more traditional crossguard, but I still wanted to include the saber-blade into the crossguard design, so that Stellan would be able to defend himself against saber attacks. That’s where Excalibur came into play. What would a lightsaber version of Excalibur look like?

I started sketching and came up with a silhouette I really liked, but the practicality of holstering/sheathing it nagged at me until I had the idea that the crossguard didn’t have to be stationary. Perhaps it could activate or deactivate with the saber. So after some more sketches and some back and forth with Lucasfilm, it was decided that the crossguard would activate as opposed to always being open, which would give the saber the slimmer silhouette while holstered and would lend itself to some great visuals when activating.” unquote 

The Mandalorian merchandising machine moves on. This time Hasbro brings us, Star Wars The Mandalorian Monopoly, this is different from the Child edition of Monopoly which was announced back in May.

Mandalorian Monopoly is out now and allows you to play as The Mandalorian , Cara Dune IG-11 or Kuiil , each with special abilities. Like standard monopoly the player with the most credits wins, but it’s a bit different, here’s the amazon description quote INSPIRED BY THE TV SERIES: This Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian edition board game is inspired by the The Mandalorian live-action TV series on Disney Plus

MONOPOLY TOKENS: The Mandalorian fans can play as a favorite character from the series: The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, or Kuiil. Each character has a special ability depicted on their Character card

THE CHILD: When a player passes or lands on The Child’s space, (the character who fans call “Baby Yoda”) they take the Child token and can use their character’s ability plus The Child’s unique ability

BATTLE IMPERIAL ENEMIES: Includes an Incinerator Stormtrooper, Death Trooper, and Moff Gideon enemy tokens that can change gameplay and lead to battles. If an Imperial enemy gets The Child, game’s over

BUY HIDEOUTS: Buy hideouts and earn Imperial credits by charging rent unquote 

The game costs 39.99.

Season two of The Mandalorian is coming next month and Jon Favreau is already writing season three, well according to star Giancarlo Esposito it could go a little longer than that. Speaking With People Magazine  he said quote “We’re living in a universe that is huge and there’s so much to explore, so I think this show is going to lay the groundwork for the depth and breath that’s gonna come in Season Three and Season Four, where you’re really gonna start to get answers,” unquote So at least four seasons. Think they’ll stop there or maybe do a movie.

The FAA has officially closed the books on Harrison Ford’s oopsy daisy earlier  this year at the Hawthorne Airport in Los angeles. To remind you of what happened, Mister Ford’s plane crossed a runway while another place was about to take off. According to the FAA statement shared with The Hollywood reporter quote “The FAA has closed the case involving the pilot who crossed a Hawthorne Municipal Airport runway without authorization on April 24, 2020. The FAA required the pilot to take a remedial runway incursion training course. When the pilot successfully completed the course, the FAA closed the case with no additional action,” “Mr. Ford crossed the airport’s only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC,” Ford’s statement read. “He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error. The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.” unquote Harrison Ford is 78 and if he stops flying he might make it to 79.

ShopDisney dot com has limited edition apparel and lightsabers from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge now available for sale you’ll find both adult and kid size robes and tunics and lightsaber replicas, t-shirts, pins and accessories. But move fast, one these sell out they are gone for good. 

Geek

Amazon has shown off it’s new streaming service Luna. The service which has rolled out for early access in the US doesn’t do lengthy downloads, so that a game will start as easily as a Netflix movie. Luna will also have a special curated Channel called Luna Plus that will give subscribers early access to new titles for only six dollars a month.

 Like resident Evil seven, Control and Panzer Dragoon. Ubisoft will also offer titles like FarCry 5 on the platform on the day of the games launch.

Amazon owned  Streaming service Twitch will be integrated into the service and will allow players to easily stream games. 

Luna will also work across devices including Fire TV PC, MAc and iOS with Android coming soon. Players can use a keyboard mouse or bluetooth controller or you can buy Amazon’s own controller for fifty dollars.

According to James Comeron, Avatar 2 has finished filming and Avatar 3 is 95 percent complete, the director revealed this during a video chat with Arnold Schwarzennegger during the 2020 Austrian World Summit. He told the summit quote “COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” he said. “We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.”“Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver ‘Avatar 2,’ we’ll just start working on finishing ‘Avatar 3,” Cameron said. “So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting, we’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10% left to go. We’re 100% complete on ‘Avatar 2’ and we’re sort of 95% complete with ‘Avatar 3.’”“Avatar 2” set for Dec. 16, 2022; “Avatar 3” slated for Dec. 20, 2024; “Avatar 4” to debut on Dec. 18, 2026; and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 22, 2028. I gotta say, good idea on spacing them out makes sure people aren’t tired of the franchise by the time the last one comes out.

The Hot Wheels movie now has writers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Neil Widener and Gavin James have been tapped to write the movie based on the Mattel toy car line. No further details on what kind of plot you get from Hot Wheels or any other detail for that matter.

Cineworld, the parent company of US based Regal Cinemas is sitting out  the rest of 2020 and closing all of it’s theaters until 2021. This comes in response to MGM deciding to hold off on releasing the new James Bond film, No Time To Die until next April, it was expected to be released next month. Regal is the second biggest theater chain in the US and these closures will impact 28, 000 US and 5,500 UK employees. Cineworld confirmed this with a statement on Monday quote In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the U.K. from Thursday, 8 October 2020.” Unquote 

No word on any particular reopening date.

I wouldn’t blame them if they did as the box office recovery has kind of collapsed. With very little new movies on the market, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was almost beaten by the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

Game of Thrones actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and his wife Kelsey Henson have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy.  His wife announced via Instagram quote

 “Our beautiful baby boy made his grand entrance into the world at 11:19 AM on September 26th 2020 after a short and intense six hours. 3530 grams and 52 cm. The birth was the most powerful, life changing, empowering thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. We are all doing well and settling in at home as three!” unquote Congrats to the happy couple. The mountain now has a hill.

This story is bizarre, an unknown attacker punched actor Rick Moranis in Manhattan’s upper west side last week. The NYPD says that footage of the attack shows that the actor was simply walking by when the individual punched him in the head sending him to the ground. The sixty seven year old Mr. Moranis, went to the hospital afterwards and reported pain in the head, back and hip. The NYPD has put a 2500 dollar reward for any info that leads to the arrest of the assailant.

Emmy Winning Producer Kevin Burns who guided the 2006 remake of The Poseidon Adventure and Netflix’s Lost in space reboot has died. Kevin’s company Prometheus Entertainment made the History series Ancient Aliens, Food Paradise, The Un Xplained with William Shatner, The Curse of Oak Island and other shows. He won a primetime Emmy in 2002 for the rebooted Biography and a daytime Emmy in 2003 for Hollywood Rocke The Movies The 1970, hosted by David Bowie. bBurns produced over 800 hours of TV during his career, he passed away from a heart attack at the age of 85.

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Tonight! Peace Maker gets his own series, Nick Fury might be getting his own series and we remember Helen Reddy. I’ll be your candle on the water, on Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to episode 97 of Multiverse Tonight, the comic book edition…

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The Berlanti productions are headed back to filming soon. Supergirl’s final season started production this past week, while The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow are also just getting started. Superman & Lois, Titans, Stargirl will all start filming at the end of October and Doom Patrol will return to production in January,

Although Supergirl might have to be delayed a few days, as star Melissa Benoist and husband Chris Wood as they announced the birth of their son, Huxley Robert Wood. Mellisa announced the happy news on her Instagram with a photo of her boys little hands and the caption “Huxley Robert Wood got here a few weeks ago and this little boy is everything. Unquote Congrats to the happy couple.

Mellissa will have plenty of time with her new child next year, as it’s been announced that season six will be the final for the series. On Instagram Mellisa posted quote To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless,” Benoist wrote. “She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”

She added, “I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”

She ended her message with “el mayarah”, Kryptonian for “stronger together.”

Also starting back up is filming for The Batman, The news of this come from a listing in Production Weeklyd and Screen Magazine which portends that the movie will be shooting in Chicago in the later half of October. The filming will reportedly take place in downtown Chicago and feature extensive driving sequences.

Aldis Hodge has signed on to play Hawkman in Black Adam according to a report confirmed by Variety. The actor who starred in The Invisible Man, as well as a Star Trek Short Trek is deep in negotiation for the part that will see him join Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Black Adam and Noah Centineo as the superhero Atom Smasher. Black Adam is scheduled for release on December twenty first 2021.

John Cena’s Suicide Squad character Peace Maker is getting an HBO Max spinoff series. Warner Media broke the news in a press release saying quote “Oh f*ck, it’s Peacemaker! HBO Max is set to explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons from the highly anticipated upcoming The Suicide Squad film, in the new Max Original action-adventure-comedy series Peacemaker. HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show. John Cena will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series, and the film’s acclaimed writer/director James Gunn will write all eight episodes of Peacemaker and will direct multiple episodes, including the first. Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxyfilm. Unquote The series will extend the world that James Gunn is creating for the movie James Gunn in a statement said quote “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.” unquote 

Batwoman has cast Gotham Actor Alex Morf as killer Victor Zsasz who is quote ″a charismatic, skilled hitman with high, unpredictable energy. He proudly carves tally marks onto his skin for every victim he kills.” unquote  Mork played gang leader Sykes in the final season of Gotham

Marvel

Black Widow, Eternals and Shang Chi have been pushed back again. Black Widow will now release on May seventh, 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will release on July ninth and finishing out 2021 is Eternals on November fifth. This makes WandaVision the first title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, most likely just one episode will air in December possibly on Christmas Day. Still in various states of production are Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, a Captain Marvel sequel, Black Panther II, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Disney+ platform will soon house Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel.

PS4 owners will not be able to upgrade to the PS5 remaster of the title. Sony, in a statement to Kotaku said quote”Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5,” Sony says in the statement, provided to Kotaku. “In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.”

“There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone,” the statement continues. “Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.”

Marvel Comics has announced the return of SWORD. December will see the launch of the new x-men series from writer Al Ewing and artist Valerio Schiti. SWORD is tasked with bringing the mutant order of Krakoa to outer space. Here’s the blurb: In the startling aftermath of X OF SWORDS, mutant kind will take the bold next step in claiming their destiny by relaunching the Sentient World Observation & Response Directorate to deal with all things extra-terrestrial on behalf of Earth. The events of this series will have a tremendous impact not only on the X-Men’s world but the Marvel Universe as a whole, as the mutants of S.W.O.R.D. warp the cosmic landscape forever. The stellar cast includes Magneto, Abigail Brand, Cable, Frenzy, Wiz-Kid, Fabian Cortez, former Avenger Manifold, and many other fan-favorite mutants who will be stepping into the spotlight in a major way. Unquote Mutants…in…Space!

Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury and this time it’s for a new Disney Plus series. According to Variety , the exact plot is unknown but multiple sources have confirmed that Samuel L Jackson will star with Kyle Bradstreet wil write and executive produce. The last time Nick Fury was seen was in Spiderman Far From Home’s post credit scene. No official announcement has been put out yet.

Ya know, the funny thing about messing around with movie release dates is the merchandising doesn’t stop. Companies like Mattel and Kellogs, aren’t going to hold on to the merchandise until your film gets released, they’re gonna put it out on their timetable. Such it is with Mattel’s new Black Widow Barbie dolls. The dolls were set to be out in time for the movie and this upcoming holiday season, but now the film has been set back to next May. There are two black Widow barbies one with a Natasha Romanoff like Barbie in her black suit and another in her new white suit. Both have armored shoulders, knee-high boots, utility belt, dual batons, holsters, and Widow’s Bite bracelets. Both figures stand at 11.5-inches tall and feature poseable arms and legs. These signature barbies run about 50 dollars at places like Amazon.

The next Spider-man will feature a villain that we’ve seen before, Jamie Foxx, who played Electro in The Amazing Spider-man 2 is apparently in talks to reprise the role for the next Spiderman movie with Tom Holland, due for release on December seventeenth 2021. Nothing official has been released about it, although Jamie Foxx wrote on Instagram quote “Super excited to be part of the new marvel Spider-Man new installment,” “And i won’t be blue in this one!! but a thousand percent badass!!! He later deleted the post. 

Geek

The Simpsons new season has started, did you notice the change? This year Carl Carlson is no longer being voiced by HAnk Azaria, bjt is now being played by actor Alex Desert. Desert might be known from the CBS Sitcom as Jake Malinak, he’s also appeared on Boy Meets World, voiced Nick Fury on The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Captain Julio Mendez as The Flash.

Over at Family Guy they have cast Youtube Star Arif Zahir as the new voice of Cleveland Brown. Zahir will take over for Cleveland this season, taking over for Mike Henry who voiced the character since 1999. In a statement Mike Henry said quote “Arif’s vocal talent is obvious, but his understanding of Cleveland and his respect for the character give me confidence that he is in the right hands,” Henry said. “I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.” Arif’s impressions including Clevland Brown, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and others has gotten over 6 million viewers on Youtube. 

Amazon Prime’s series, The Boys, is getting a spinoff show. The as yet untitled spinoff is being written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg and will be set at America’s only college for young superheroes run by the shady corporation Vought International. It will be a TV-MA series and is being described as part college show and part Hunger Games.

Lionsgate has inked a first look deal with Vertigo Entertainment, the production company behind It and the Lego Movie. The deal will cover anything outside tv, where Vertigo has a deal with Sony Pictures TV. First from the deal will be the Horror THriller Cobweb.

Robert Zemeckis redo of Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is skipping theaters and going straight to HBO Max instead on October twenty second., originally it was going to open this coming weekend, however international fans, you’ll still get to see it in theaters starting on October twenty eighth. The Witches is based on the classic children’s novel about a young boy played by Jahzir Kadeem Bruno who, while staying at a hotel with his grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer happens upon a gathering of witches led by the Grand High Witch, played by Anne Hataway. They plan on turning the world’s children into mice. The movie also features Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock and Kristin Chenoweth. 

The son of daredevil Evel Kenievel is suing Disney over the parody character of Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4.

A federal Trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas alleges that the character of Duke was improperly based on the larger than life Evel. Evel’s son Kelly Knievel who heads K and K has had publicity rights to the Evel Knieval name since 1998. And he said that the moviemakers never sought permission to use his father’s likeness. Walt Disney Company in a response to the lawsuit said via corporate spokesman Jeffrey R Epstein said it will defend itself vigorously against what it calls meritless claims. Knieval is seeking more than $300,000. Eval Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69 from lung disease.

TKO Studios has unveiled its third wave of titles that will be on sale in November. The Pull, a science fiction epic about people with less than a week to live, by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, the upcoming Commanders in Crisis) and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Black Panther vs. Deadpool); Lonesome Days, Savage Nights, a new private investigator crime drama from Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Salvatore Simeone (co-founder of TKO Studios), and Szymon Kudranski (Punisher); and Redfork, a horror story about an ex-con from Alex Paknadel (Arcadia) and Nil Vendrell (Shirtless Beard-Fighter!). All three new titles will launch on November ninth with preorders opening on October sixteenth.

The 2020 Harvey Award winners have been announced. Book of the Year: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

Digital Book of the Year: The Nib edited by Matt Bors (thenib.com)

Best Children or Young Adult Book: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)

Best Manga: Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)

Best International Book: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Watchmen by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

The awards will be presented via a virtual ceremony on October ninth 

Yara Shahidi from Black-ish and Grown-ish fame  has gotten the role of Tinkerbell in Disney’s live action version of Peter Pan. She joins Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.

The Savage Dragon wants you to vote for the Democratic ticket in this year’s US Presidential Election. Image revealed an alternate cover to Savage Dragon #253 featuring Malcolm Dragon endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Malcolm Dragon is of course the son of the original Savage Dragon who endorsed Barack Obama back in 2008.

Valiant is relaunching Harbinger in 2021. The comic will be retitled The Harbinger and will be written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and drawn by Robbi Rodriguez and will pick up the story of Peter Stanchek. Jackson Lanzing in a statement said quote “The Harbinger is the next big step forward in the Valiant Universe and Peter Stanchek’s promised rebirth as a hero, a leader, and a revolutionary,” “It’s unapologetic in its politics, diverse in its cast, and intimate in its drama. Collin and I love to tell stories that balance character deconstruction and social analysis, and there’s no one in comics who needs a little deconstruction and social awareness more than Peter.” unquote The comic will launch in Summer of 2021.

Tonight we note the passing of singer and actress Helen Reddy, best known for the 1972 song I am Woman as well as Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone and others. She had a short lived tv variety show as well as a couple of movie roles in Airport 75 and Pete’s Dragon, which is one of my favorite Disney Movies.

In a statement her daughter Traci and her son Jordan said quote “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.” unquote She reportedly has been suffering from Dementia since 2015 and died in the care of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Samuel Goldwyn Center for Behavioral Health in Woodland Hills, California, she was 78.

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Tonight! Daisy Ridley thinks about her career, George Takei still wants a series and Gollum gets his own game. All that and more on this scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hi Welcome to Multiverse Tonight episode 92! I’m your host Thomas Townley. Well I’ve been playing some Dragon Quest on the Switch to have something different to play. I played that game when I was a kid and it was called Dragon Warrior on the NES.

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In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Daisy Ridley claims that being in Star Wars may have hurt her career, but it’s not all bad saying quote “It was so sad to finish [Star Wars],” Ridley explained. “When the film was released, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was such a huge chapter. And, weirdly, the past few months of not having much… Obviously now it’s really nice to be working, but not having much [at the time] I feel like I processed the last five years. To be forced to slow down, it was good mentally for me because [Star Wars was] a big thing in my life.”

“Weirdly, at the beginning of the year nothing was coming through,” Ridley continued. “I was like, ‘Aww! No one wants to employ me.’ …There were actually loads of things that I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of them. I had that moment of ‘Oh my god!’ and then just thought ‘everything in its right time.'” unquote You see there, even though she thought that Star Wars might be a hindrance to her career, she has a positive mental attitude toward it, and it’s pt like she’s hurting for money. She has work on the board now, such as the adaptation of Chaos Walking with TOm Holland and voice work in Asteroid Hunters and The Inventor, she is also been cast to star in the fantasy drama Kolma and the World War II biopic A Woman of No Importance.

Well while we wait for a new movie or two, we can always play on Batuu thanks to The Sims 4. Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced their next expansion will be The Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu. The expansion pack will allow players to explore Batuu, interact with Star Wars characters like Rey and the Resistance or Kylo Ren an The First Order, completing missions will unlock new clothing and decoration options and allow players to make their own droids. and see the sights like Ogas cantina and what would be the Smugglers Run ride in the real world. . The Sims Executive producer and GM Lyndsay Perason said in a press release quote “With The Sims, we’ve always strived to create content that takes players’ imaginations beyond their limits to tell fun and unique stories in the game, and with The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, they’ll be able to take their Sims on an adventure to the edge of the galaxy,” “We’re such big Star Wars fans, and set out to create an authentic and immersive Star Wars experience for players that also embodies the self-expression and deep storytelling possibilities with The Sims.” unquote  The game will be out on September eighth on PC, Playstation four and Xbox one and retail for $19.99. Kinda a surprisingly low amount, I was kinda expecting a higher, more gougingly amount.

Speaking of games, at Gamescom 2020 developer TT Games and publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment revealed a first look at the gameplay for Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, they also revealed that the game won’t be out for next year until spring 2021. It’s coming out for PS4, Xbox one, PC and Switch

The Mandalorian is headed back to Disney Plus for season two on October thirtieth and Carl Weathers’ Greef Kraga is back. Carl Weathers tweeted about it. With the simple message Greef Karga is back! #BePeace

Star Trek

Hey CBSViacom, George Takei still wants to make a Sulu series. In an interview with Star Trek dot com, he responded to the question about if they should do a Sulu series next with quoteGood idea. As a matter of fact, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Sulu got his own captaincy. The first scene is a shot of this huge, magnificent starship called the Excelsior, and then it zooms in on the bridge, and there’s a brand new Captain seated confidently at that center chair, elegantly sipping his cup of green tea: Captain Sulu. There’s this huge explosion in the galaxy, and the sound waves come rippling over and turn the ship into turmoil, and I shoot shields and the drama begins. That’s a nuclear explosion on the Klingon nuclear planet. 

At the critical point when we’re at the peak of drama, and Kirk is about to be blown up by the Klingons, to the rescue comes Captain Sulu with his Excelsior. He says, “Target that explosion and fire,” and then blows the Klingons to smithereens, thus saving the life and career of Captain Kirk. At the end, as all classic Star Trek episodes end, on the bridge of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk looks at the view screen ahead of him, and the giant image of Captain Sulu. And he stands up and says, essentially, “Thank you for saving my ass,” and Sulu looks down and says, “Good to see you in action one more time, Captain,” and he roars off. 

Scotty and McCoy are looking at the big ship Excelsior and, McCoy says, “Wow, it’s a great ship,” and Scotty chimes in, “Aye, but not so big of a Captain, I think.”  That’s a Captain Sulu movie — it shouldn’t have been subtitled The Undiscovered Country. It should be ‘Captain Sulu To The Rescue’. It’s the best of the Star Trek movies. Unquote  I think they could do it as a limited series with Sulu looking back at his life as he approaches the end of it. That way he can be the bookend of the episodes with Young Sulu being played by another younger actor.

Well with the pandemic CBS needs shows and CBS All Access has shows to spare. The Ifancy Network is set to air season one of Star trek Discovery beginning on September 24th and 10 PM Estern time. Season Three of the show is set to debut on October fifteenth.

Star Trek TV shows are coming to the Star Trek Fleet COmmand mobile game, Sopely and Viacom CBS Consumer Products announced on Monday that all the Trek shows will show up in the game, before it was just the Kelvin Timeline movies. In Star Trek: Fleet Command players choose their crew, the missions they take on, and the alliances they form. Choices made in-game will impact how new storylines intersect as new content begins to roll out over the coming months. 

Now you too can toast to honor like the Klingons do. Wines that rock, has announced that it’s next release of Star Trek themed wines will include a 2018 Klingon Bloodwine Cabernet Sauvignon and a United Federation of Planets Special Reserve 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Both wines, along with the Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois and Special Reserve United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel, are available exclusively at StarTrekWines.com. Wines that Rock even teamed up with the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Language Institute to get everything from the design of the bottle, the language and the wine as Klingon as possible. Each bottle will have one of four separate corks featuring Klingon proverbs. The wines are available for pre order now and will be shipped on September seventeenth, the Klingon Day of Honor.

Geek

A new Lord of the Rings game is coming to the next Gen Xbox and Playstation consoles  as well as the current version of the systems as well as PC and Nintendo Switch. The Lord of the Rings Gollum will be focused on the adventures of Gollum and his life before the Fellowship of the Ring. According to Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co Founder of Daedalic Entertainment quoteThe Lord of the Rings is one of the most epic and renowned stories of all time – it’s an honour for us to have the opportunity to work on our own contribution to this universe,” Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Daedalic Entertainment, said previously. “In Gollum, players will assume the role of one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth. We tell Gollum’s story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.”  Unquote the game is scheduled for 2021.

Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead Prequel and Anime Series in the Works. This is before the movie is even out. Netflix has greenlit the prequel and anime spinoff which will see  Dave Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell voice their characters from the movie. The movie, Army of the Dead will see Dave Bautista’s character lead a group of mercenaries who try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted in a zombie infested Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie should come out some time in 2021.

Leslie Hamilton Freas has passed away. Leslie is the identical twin sister of Terminator star Linda Hamilton. Freas appeared in Terminator 2 Judgement Day as a stunt double for her sister and the cyborg version of Sarah Conner. No word has been released of why she passed away, but she is survived by her 3 children and her siblings Laura, Linda and Fred and her stepbrother Jeffery Payne. She was 63 years old.

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Tonight! Javica Leslie is looking forward to the cape and cowl, Akon wants to build his own Wakanda and we remember the King of Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hi and welcome to episode 93 of Multiverse Tonight and welcome to September. Man did the news of Chadwick Boseman passing hit you as hard as it did me. I’m just a few months older than him, but the fact that he persevered in spite of having cancer these past four years is pretty inspiring. I’ll have more on him a little later in the podcast. 

DC

Apparently some people are curious as to why the Robin in the new Gotham Knights game is Tim Drake and not another Robin. Comic book dot com asked Gotham Knights creative director Patrick Redding quote “So Tim Drake was our Robin choice right from the start and for reasons that I’m not going to get it to yet, because it does tie into the broader arc of the story, and we will talk about that a little later,” Redding said. “Tim was the right Robin to be the newest Robin for where we’re at, and as well for us, it allowed us to have a teenage Robin who was nevertheless still a physically formidable and physically credible fighter. Even though he has more of a stealth focus and a bit more of a focus in terms of how he’s using his gadgets and using the tricks and detective intuition that he has, we still wanted a Robin that could credibly go through a full evolutionary arc that would end with him being the new Dark Knight of Gotham City.”

“So that for us made a lot of sense, and it’s great because if you’re familiar with the lore and you know your way around the various stories about Tim Drake, it’s not like completely unexplored territory,” Redding said. “People have asked the question of, ‘Where’s Tim going? What’s he turning into?’ People sense that he might be a better detective than Bruce Wayne on some level, but he also has some of Bruce’s other core idiosyncrasies as well and what is that going to evolve into? So for us, it’s really fun, narratively and in terms of his progression. He’s a character who I love thinking about because what kind of urban legend does Tim Drake create about himself when he is on the path to Knighthood?” unquote Gotham Knights will be out in 2021.

Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, who’s playing Jim Gordan in The Batman, spoke with Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show about how this version of Batman will be different from other comics movies. Saying quote “We have an opportunity,” Wright explained. “Comic book films have sucked a lot of oxygen from the cinematic room. But with Batman, we have an opportunity to use all of the trappings of that genre to explore some things in an American city through a lens of crime, corruption that are really grounded and relevant and interesting. So the detective work there is an exploration of Gotham but it also becomes an exploration of a city very much like New York City.” unquote 

Actress Javica Leslie is ready to be histories first black Batwoman and the significance isn’t lost on her telling the Hollywood Reporter quote “This really had nothing to do with me and everything to do with my people and with little Black girls.” unquote  But she’s not just an actress, but she’s also a lifelong Batman fan. She also says she has the physicality already to play a superhero saying quote “I’m very active in my personal life,” she says, “so being able to allow that to be my work, that’s heaven for me. I do Muay Thai. I do fitness training. I run. Anything that’s active I’m always down for, so this is going to be like playing on the playground every day.” Although she hasn’t been able to get  work yet, she’s made good use of her time. Saying quote “I’ve just been taking this little bit of time we have left, exercising, getting back in shape, getting my adrenaline and my momentum back up, enjoying time with family and friends while I can before work starts,” she says. “It’s been a good season, a season of rebuilding and reconnecting with  myself.” unquote 

Changes are coming behind the scenes at DC Comics, DC announced that Daniel Cherry has been hired as Senior VP and General Manager of DC Comics, he’ll  oversee business affairs editorial, talent services, marketing, sales, brand, and direct-to-consumer content for DC. Cherry isn’t from a comics background but a video game one as has formerly worked for Activision Blizzard as the chief marketing officer of the companies esports division, before that he worked for the New Jersey Devils NHL franchise. Cherry will take care of business while Publisher Jim Lee will, according to DC quote “Lee will bring his unmatched creativity, passion and innate knowledge of the DC characters and canon to the company’s efforts to evolve the brand and create relevance for new audiences around the world,” unquote Think of things like DC Fandome, stuff like that.

The Batman has a problem, or should we say Robert Pattinson has a problem.

Production on the movie has stopped after Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid19 according to a report citing sources close to the film’s production. Vanity Fair reports that it has confirmed the report through a highly placed source. 

DC has announced Batman Day 2020. With a press release quote”DC today unveiled plans for a global Batman Day celebration on September 19, 2020, inviting fans of all ages around the world to participate in a wide range of Batman-themed activities to honor the iconic DC Super Hero. For the first time, fans have the opportunity to drive along with a ‘Batman and The Riddler’ theme on Waze. And to complete the experience, you can listen to the Waze and DC SuperHero or Super-Villain playlists on Spotify while driving via the Waze Audio Player feature. Plus, free digital comics, free activity kits for kids, a Batman Virtual 5K/10K Run/Walk, and even a digital mystery to solve in which fans can put on their cape and cowl and transform into their strongest self. Fans can also team up with Batman to protect Gotham City in a series of digital activities, such as joining the celebration on social media and helping Batman to piece together a series of clues left behind by The Riddler. If you can decode these mischievous hints, you’ll unlock exclusive, limited-time reveals! The adventure begins when the virtual Bat-Signal lights up at 12PM PT, September 18, on the @DCComics Twitter.

The new Waze Batman theme allows for more than 100 million monthly active Waze users to ride along with Batman and The Riddler from August 31 to October 31. Waze drivers can opt to hear directions in the style of Batman, voiced by Batman: The Animated Series actor Kevin Conroy, as well as select a custom Batmobile icon and Batman mood. Drivers who want a slightly more villainous experience can select The Riddler voice directions (voiced by actor Wally Wingert), mood and custom vehicle. Waze users worldwide can experience the Batman theme in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Experience Batman: Caped Crusader Training: Are you ready to team up with Batman? In the week leading up to Batman Day, fans will have a chance to immerse themselves in all things Batman. Each day, visit BatmanDay.com to find new activities, such as DIY cape and cowl instructions, a how-to video about creating your own Bat-Signal, and more!

Batman Virtual 5K/10K Run: Get your cape on and participate in the Batman Virtual 5K or 10K Run/Walk. Launching on August 31 in partnership with RAM Racing, the Batman Virtual Run allows participants to run their own race during the day or under the darkness of night (but with reflective gear for safety!). Registered participants will receive an exclusive collection of Batman-branded gear, including a premium quarter-zip pullover, finisher’s medal, cap and more. Learn more and register at https://dcbatmanrun.com/.

Injustice 2 Mobile will feature back-to-back Batman Arenas, along with a special Classic Batman Invasion Event. Players will also be treated to a free Batman Day Gift and various sales on in-game chests and bundles.

DC Legends will celebrate the protector of Gotham this Batman Day! Players who login on September 19 will receive a special treat, and can check out the store to unlock and boost up their favorite Gotham SuperHero or Supervillain with a promo sale.

DC Universe Online is celebrating Batman Day with an in-game Batwing form change trinket, free for all players, and a new Riddler-inspired aura for members between September 14-20.

DC’s digital subscription service, DC UNIVERSE, will also be celebrating with some exciting news you won’t want to miss!

Batman Around the World: Fans in Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, China and Japan can enjoy special offers, give-aways and exclusives on a variety of Batman comics.

Italy Cartoon Network will host Batman themed programming starting on September 14 on CN+1.

Fans can register now for the virtual Batman run/walk in Brazil (https://www.yescom.com.br/batman).

In Japan, UNIQLO UT will be launching a collection of t-shirts and hoodies featuring Batman and other DC characters by renowned artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, in all UNIQLO stores on September 18.

Fans in the UK will be able to enter competitions for the chance to win Batman bundles.

In addition, there will be retail promotions with partners.

Free Digital Comics & Activity Kits: DC will offer free digital comics including the first chapter of Batman: Curse of the White Knight graphic novel by Sean Gordon Murphy for adults and teens.

Fans of any age can enjoy the free digital editions of Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 and the first chapter of the Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime graphic novel. Readers can find them at DCcomics.com and ReadDC.com as well as Apple, ComiXology.com, Google, Overdrive, Madefire and Nook.

Families can enjoy the timeless DC Super Hero with free activity kits to print at home, available at http://www.BatmanDay.com.

Explore more of the Batman universe with a curated reading list on http://www.BatmanDay.com.

Watch Batman:HBO Max will celebrate with a Batman takeover of the DC Brand Hub from September 18-19.

Key Cartoon Network international territories across APAC and EMEA will host exclusive Batman-themed programming and stunts for kids in September.

Shop Batman: Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others who will have special Batman promotions.

Global partners such as LEGO, SpinMaster and Funko will release exclusive Batman products in celebration of the DC Super Heroes big day.

Our Batman Day digital comics book sale will feature more than 400 eBooks and 3,000-plus digital comics, discounted as low as 99c for periodicals and as low as $5.99 for ebooks here.

Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is celebrating Batman Day with the Batman 100 Project! Hero commissioned 100+ top artists to do original drawings on DC’s Batman #75, and the originals will be auctioned at Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com/Batman100) September 13-19.

Fans can join in on social media using the hashtag #BatmanDay and visit http://www.BatmanDay.com for the latest news and updates.”

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WatchVerse: Panels include the official introduction of WBTV’s Batwoman, as well as Superman & Lois, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Black Lightning, expanded versions of The Flash (TV) and Titans panels that debuted during Hall of Heroes, and so much more. Plus, keep an eye out for breaking news throughout the day.

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YouVerse: Where FANS are the stars. Check out more than 17,000 fan art, cosplay, and user-generated content submissions from around the world, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites.

All of the above “‘Verses” content can be streamed exclusively at DCFanDome.com and available globally, across desktop and mobile, and in 9 languages.

Key art from various movies, video games, TV series, and more will also be coming to the DC FanDome storefronts on Designed By Humans and Amazon. DC says that new products from Design by Humans and Amazon will include stickers, mouse pads, mugs, wall art and phone accessories.

The second half of DC FanDome is coming on September 12

Shazam 2 will start filming in the first quarter of 2021 according to star Zachary Levi, they have to start soon because as he said on the Dan Fogler 4D Xperience quote “They announced that we were gonna do a sequel pretty much right after we premiered. They knew we were tracking well enough, they were happy enough with the numbers,” “So they have been steadily and earnestly working on the script for the sequel and I think Q1 of next year is the idea.”

“COVID has kind of made everything a little bit up in the air, but very much the intent is to make another one,” “We gotta get to it fast, the kids are growing fast.”

Marvel

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Variety reports that Sony Pictures TV is working on a live action Silk tv show with Phill Lord and Chris Miller as executive producers. Sony is also looking to get Lauren Moon to write the show, it’s believed that Lauren’s similar heritage to Silk, Korean American will give the show the right insight into Silk’s cultural heritage.

Music Mogul and hip hop recording artist Akon wants to build a city based on Wakanda. The artist announced plans via social media that he is a third of the way to building the six billion dollars he needs to make it happen. The city would be in the west African country of Senegal. On the website for the project it says about Akon City quote “The developed economy aims to adapt future development. The current evolution required a flexible infrastructure to accommodate new real estate development. The fast pace of global changes, economic progress, Poverty, and technology race, continuously causing Senegal to face various new challenges,” “AKONCITY will play a vital role in the quest for solutions to these challenges. The knowledge we generate and the professionals we train are expected, and quite rightly, to help in providing local solutions as well as a critical component of human development.”

The statement continued, “It is these professional’s individuals who develop the capacity and analytical skills that drive local economies, create new industries, support civil society, lead capable governments, and make critical decisions that will affect the entire economy.”For more on this city go to the website for it akoncity dot com, we will have a link to it in the show notes. http://www.akoncity.com

Usually I save the sad news for the end of the broadcast, but this one hit kinda hard. Tonight we remember Actor Chadwick Boseman who passed away after a four year long battle with colon cancer. I think what hit everyone hard was not only was no one really aware of the colon cancer, but that he’s had stage three cancer since 2016. Which means that while he was filming Black Panther, he was in the midst of this.

Let’s start at the beginning, Chadwick Boseman was born in South Carolina on November twenty ninth, 1976. He grew up and went to Howard University in Washington DC and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts for directing. Interestingly enough, one of his teachers was actress Phalicia Rashad. He got his first tv role in 2003 in an episode of Third Watch and he also was a recurring character on All My Children that year, but after voicing concerns about the racist stereotyping in the scripts, he was fired, ironically Michael B Jordan, his futute Black Panther co star would take over the role. He would also appear in Law & Order, CSI NY, ER, Castle, and Fringe. His first movie role was in 2008’s The Express The Ernie Davis Story. In 2013, he was cast as Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42. He also starred in Draft Day and another biopic role in Get on Up, this time as James Brown. In 2016, he got to become a superhero as Black Panther in Captain America Civil War, before he got to star in Black Panther though he played future supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall in the biopic Marshall, which he also co produced.   In 2018 and 2019, he played Black Panther in the Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War and the sequel Avengers Endgame. After that he starred and produced 21 bridges and was cast in the Spike Lee Netflix series Da 5 Bloods. His final projects are the movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Marvel’s What If?. He was just a few months younger than me. He was 43. So if you’re about 45 and older, check with your doctor, Let’s make cancer go away. If you have any of the following symptoms or have a family history, see your doctor now. Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool

Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool

Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain

A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely

Weakness or fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they’ll likely vary, depending on the cancer’s size and location in your large intestine.

When to see a doctor

If you notice any persistent symptoms that worry you, make an appointment with your doctor.

Talk with your doctor about when to begin colon cancer screening. Guidelines generally recommend that colon cancer screenings begin around 50. Your doctor may recommend more frequent or earlier screening if you have other risk factors, such as a family history of the disease.

Geek

Semi retired WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio is getting his own cartoon show on Cartoon Network. At the 2020 PixelAtlFestival the following description was given quote “Rey Mysterio will tell the story of one of the most iconic luchador, a figure admired by all and star of the ring, but he will also delve into a great secret: unimaginable forces threaten our world and he will be a fundamental part of that fight. When their number one fan discovers this secret, together they will immerse themselves in a world where the excitement and adrenaline of wrestling coexists with mystery, mythology, history, magic and supernatural beings.” quote  During the panel ReyRey said about the project quote “After 35 years of career and multiple achievements, I was still missing something. I always wanted an animated series with the character of Rey Mysterio and when the Hermanos Calavera presented their idea to me, I was immediately captivated. Working with Cartoon Network has been incredible, I can’t think of anyone better than this group to make this project a reality.”

Archie Comics flagship title, Archie is taking a break ending a streak that lasted seventy eight years. The most recent issue Archie number 713 went on sale back on July twenty ninth and so far no new issues have been announced or solicited marking the first time since 1942 that no new issues have come out. Newsarama reports that this may be caused by the coronavirus pandemic disrupting things. So I guess we’ll just wait and see.

IDW Publishing has a new publisher, the company has announced that former Disney Publishing Worldwide executive editor nachie Marsham will be taking the reigns of the company after previous publisher, Jud Meyers was fired back in August.

Netflix has announced that the new season of Carmen Sandiego, season three will drop on the service on October first. The series second season ending left things wide open for season three.

Nintendo in a new Nintendo Direct announced a celebration of Super Mario’s 35 anniversary. They are releasing Super Mario 3D allstars, a collection of the 3d mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy that will be available from September eighteenth  until March 2021. There will be a special 35 player version of Super Mario bros that will be available from October first to the end of March. Also coming in February of 2021 will be Super Mario 3D World Plus Bowsers Fury for the Switch. There will also be Mario Kart Live Home Circuit which allows you to play Mario Kart in real life, the release of Super Mario All Stars on the Nintendo Switch Online and the Game and Watch Super Mario Bros, a fresh take on the classic Game & watch systems of the past. There will also be special items at the Nintendo NY store and store.nintendo.com as well as special events in Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2 Animal Crossing New Horizons and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

And as we close out the news tonight, we should note the passing of DC Comics artist and cartoon storyboarder Jim Janes.  Jim worked on DC Comics in the early eighties including fifteen issues of Legion of Super-heroes and he storyboarded such animated shows as RoboCop: Alpha Commando, Extreme Ghostbusters, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd century, Exosquad, the animated adaptation of The Karate Kid and 1987’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. , Swamp Thing, Batman: The Animated Series, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: The Animated Series and X-Men: The Animated Series. That’s an impressive set of credentials. He was 72 years old.

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Show Notes Episode 90: Strange New Worlds, Familiar Old Format & Episode 91: FanDome, ThunderDome, DomeDome

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Tonight! Ewan McGregor’s costly divorce, Strange New Worlds with an old format and we remember actor Ben Cross. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse tonight!

Hi Welcome to Multiverse Tonight, I’m your host Thomas Townley.

Star Wars

Disney’s Rogue One prequel series has a co-star for Diego Luna, Adria Arjona has joined the Disney Plus series. Arjona is known for Netflix’s 6 Underground and will be in Sony’s Morbius movie. The series still has yet to be granted a title.

And while we’re on the subject of Disney Plus Star Wars series, According to making star wars dot com, production sources familiar with the Obi-wan series production have indicated that the series will start filming next month with exterior shots filmed somewhere in Southern California.

Maybe production is being sped up because of Ewan McGregor’s divorce settlement. According to various sources, The actor has agreed to split his royalties from all the movies and tv shows he made before May 2017 with this ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis. He will also be handing her alimony to the tune of 35, 868 a month, and 14, 934 a month in child support. He will also be giving her five of his cars, their LA home, and half a million dollars in cash.  Ouch.

This Christmas, Disney Plus is gifting us with a new Star Wars Holiday Special, this time instead of a goofy live-action one it will be The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special. The forty-five minute show will feature the animated Legos in the spirit of the original 1978 special. According to executive producer Josh Rimes quote “We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original,” “It’s a celebration of the saga. A lot of characters will be interacting with different characters and perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages.”  unquote The story will involve Rey and BB-8 heading out on a quest to quote “gain a deeper knowledge of the Force, but their visit to a mysterious Jedi Temple sends them careening through time and space.” unquote The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special will be released on November seventeenth on Disney Plus.

The Clone Wars might be over but there’s still more to be told in audiobook form. The animated cast members are providing their voices to the audiobook edition of Star Wars The Clone Wars Stories of Light and Dark anthology. Returning to reprising their roles are Corey Burton (Cad Bane and Count Dooku), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Sam Witwer (Maul). The book has ten stories retelling episodes from Clone Wars and a new Nightsisters story. The book goes on sale on August twenty-fifth.

Star Trek

If you’re in the mood for more Picard, there are plenty of tie ins to go and things to buy. First off is the Picard season one soundtrack on oldfashioned vinyl.. The limited-edition release is pressed on two 140 gram ‘Transparent Green W/ Splatter’ vinyl platters, and features printed inner sleeves and a gatefold jacket. The vinyl release comes out on October 9th and can be bought for $32.98. There will also be a 2021 calendar so you can mark the time till next season. And the show is coming to Blu-ray, it arrives on October sixth.  In November, we get the book Star Trek The Wisdom of Jean-Luc Picard from Simon & Shusters Adams Press and edited by Chip Carter. The book has 208 pages and will be out on November tenth.

Star Trek Strange New Worlds will be a different format than Picard and Discovery, one that’s more familiar to older Trek fans. Episodic. Alex Kurtzman participating in the Deadline Emmy Contenders panel updated everyone about the new series taking place on Pike’s Enterprise quote I think Strange New Worlds, under the guidance of Henry Myers and Akiva Goldsman, it’s going to be a return in a way to TOS [Star Trek: The Original Series]. We are going to do stand-alone episodes. There will be emotional serialization. There will be two-parters. There will be larger plot arcs. But it really is back to the model of alien-of-the-week, planet-of-the-week, challenge-on-the-ship-of-the-week. With these characters pre-Kirk’s Enterprise. I think what people responded so much to in all three characters is this kind of relentless optimism that they have. And that they are at the young phase of their careers. unquote, He also spoke about Pike keeping his optimism despite having knowledge of his fate learned during his time on Discovery. Quote That Pike, who has experienced this extraordinary trauma, which he is famous for. It is how he knows how he is going to die. The idea is, how does a character who knows how he is going to die live optimistically from that point on and lead a ship? It’s a great question. I have never seen a show where a character knew that already. You have to have an inherent optimism in your world view in order to say, “I am going to get up every morning knowing how it is going to end for me.” And still, lead everybody to be the best versions of themselves. Unquote  

Alex Kurtzman in an interview with Gold Derby noted that writing is ahead of schedule on the Trek Productions at the moment. The Discovery writer’s room has already started on season four of the series and that Strange New Worlds is scheduled to begin production next year. He told them quote “We’ve been running all of our writers’ rooms on Zoom, and the silver lining is that we’ve been actually been able to get quite ahead on the scripts for upcoming seasons of Discovery, and Picard, and Strange New Worlds, which is going to be shooting next year, and Section 31.” unquote He also talked about how the pandemic slowed post-production on Discovery, including having the musicians recording their instruments individually and having Jeff Russo having to mix it all together. Season Three of Discovery starts on October fifteenth.

Next year might see more Trek and a new name for CBS All Access. A new profile on Financial Times about ViacomCBS Chairperson Shari Redstone reports that the media conglomerate has a shortlist for a new super streamer and the leading contender is Paramount Plus. The apparent motivation for rebranding CBS All Access is that management believes that the CBS name skews older and that the Paramount name might have a broader appeal. After all, they did rebrand the SpikeTV channel into the Paramount Network.

David Tennant, during a Reddit AMA session, said that he would like to have a part in the Star Trek Universe. This wouldn’t be too far to go for Tennant after all he’s been Doctor Who, he’s been a part of the Marvel universe on Jessica Jones and a part of the Harry Potter universe as well.  Maybe they can make him a part of Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, or a part of Section 31.   Anywhere they could put him, he’d probably be great.

Nichelle Nichols’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help sue her former caretaker who they allege financially abused her while pretending to protect her interests. All funds raised will pay for the legal fees and has a goal of 100,000 dollars, right now it’s about 64 percent to its goal. For more information about it look up the Shields Up, Nichelle Nichols! GoFundMe campaign or click on the link in the show notes. https://www.gofundme.com/f/shields-up-nichelle-nichols

Well while we’re on legal news, we have a final judgment in the Star Trek Discovery Tardigrade case. If you’ll recall in my past episodes, I talked about how Tardigrade video game Anas Abdin claimed that the Tardigrade story in the first season of Star Trek Discovery was similar to the story in his video game Tardigrades. The US District Court in the Southern District of New York dismissed his claims back in September, it was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and they have come back affirming that CBS and Netflix did not infringe on the work of Mister Abdin because the works aren’t similar enough and that the use of Tardigrades aren’t enough saying quote “Abdin’s space-traveling tardigrade is an unprotectable idea because it is a generalized expression of a scientific fact—namely, the known ability of a tardigrade to survive in space,” the court said. “By permitting Abdin to exclusively own the idea of a space-traveling tardigrade, this Court would improperly withdraw that idea from the public domain and stifle creativity naturally flowing from the scientific fact that tardigrades can survive the vacuum of space.” The court also found that the elements of the Tardigrade game were uncopyrightable stock themes from scifi and that his human characters weren’t similar enough to the Discovery ones. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/cbs-beats-copyright-claims-over-star-trek-discovery

The next Star Trek novel is up for preorder, Greg Cox brings us Star Trek A Contest of Principles, the book sees the crew of the Enterprise split between competing missions. While Captain Kirk is observing elections on a newly democratic planet, while Spock is searching for Doctor McCoy after Bones is kidnapped from a nearby planet and is being forced to study a deadly sickness. Here’s the blurb quote “An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox set during the original five-year mission!

The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots—with the stability of an entire sector at stake.To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it’s up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy.

Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he’s expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet’s ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues—and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds! Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels and short stories. He has also written the official movie novelizations of War for the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, Leverage, The Librarians, Roswell, Terminator, Warehouse 13, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received three Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, as well as the Faust Award for Life Achievement.”

Star Trek: A Contest of Principles goes on sale on November 10th.

Geek

Oscar-nominated director Garth Davis will be directing the second sequel to Tron. The movie has been languishing in development hell since 2017 with Jared Leto attached to star. Mr. Leto on Instagram posted quote “I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child,” “The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing.” unquote  Tron Legacy made 400 million and enough interest to make a sequel. No expected release date yet.

Netflix has bought a trilogy of Fear Street movies from Disney. The movies are based on the RL Stine teen horror series. The movies are already complete having been produced by Fox and originally intended for release this past June, but they were pulled due to the pandemic. The Fear Street books are based in a fictional Ohio city. No word on when they will be released.

The Nutty Professor is getting a reboot, Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein have landed the rights to it, they previously rebooted the Scream franchise. No studio is attached to it yet.

Hey, there’s actually a box office to report on. Let’s start at number 9. Back to the Future with 140,000. 8 is Jurassic Park with 180,000 7. Peninsula with 210,000. 6. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back with 230,000. Number five Cut Throat City 240,000. Number four the Goonies with 260,000. Number 3 Words on Bathroom Walls with 462,000, number two The SpongeBob Movie Sponge On the run with 550,000 and number one with a bullet Unhinged which comes in with four million 60 thousand.

Tonight we remember actor Ben Cross, who passed away after a battle with cancer on August eighteenth from cancer. He will best be known for movies like 1981’s Chariots of Fire, 1995’s First Knight, 2004’s Exorcist The Beginning, and his role as Sarek in 2009’s Star Trek. His television credits include The short-lived remake of Dark Shadows in 1991, appearances on the 80’s Twilight Zone, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Tales from The Crypt, Poltergeist The Legacy and Twelve Monkeys. He is survived by his wife and two children from his first marriage. He was 72.

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Tonight! What came from DC’s first Fandome, Marvel puts Wolverine in three colors and theaters open up, but is it a good idea? All that and more on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 91 of Multiverse Tonight!

DC

DC Fandome. Here are the highlights. 

The Batman had a trailer and it was revealed that the movie is only 30 percent shot, the film is scheduled for 2021.

A trailer was shown for Wonder Woman 84.

A trailer was shown for Justice League The Snyder Cut and it looked damn good. But be prepared for a long show it will be put up on HBO MAX in four hourlong installments.

The new game Gotham Knights was revealed, it’s a co-op adventure game starring Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood fighting to protect Gotham City after the apparent death of Batman. They will face the Court of Owls and other members from the Dark Knights’ rogue gallery.

The Flash movie was revealed. With Barry Allen getting a new Batman made costume and confirmation that The Flash will be time traveling in order to change the DC Multiverse. They also hinted at revisiting classic DC Movies with concept art showing the flash teaming up with Michael Keaton’s Batman.

At the Suicide Squad panel, James Gunn revealed every character for the movie Idris Elba plays Bloodsport

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn

Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller

Sean Gunn plays Weasel

Pete Davidson plays Blackguard

Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2

Joel Kinnaman plays Colonel Rick Flag

Nathan Fillion plays TDK

Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang

Steve Agee plays the on-set King Shark and John Economos

Mayling Ng plays Mongal

David Dastmalchian plays Polka-Dot Man

Alice Braga plays Sol Soria

John Cena plays Peacemaker

Juan Diego Botto plays Presidente General Silvio Luna

Peter Capaldi plays The Thinker

Michael Rooker plays Savant

Flula Borg plays Javelin

Joaquín Cosío is Mayor General Mateo Suarez

Jennifer Holland plays Emilia Harcourt

Storm Reid plays Tyla

Gunn said that this was quote “by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie,” unquote  He also confirmed on twitter quote I can confirm #TheSuicideSquad is 100%, zero interference, no-holds-barred ME, &, again, I can’t wait for you guys to get a glimpse of it at #DCFanDome. (Yes, I’m pimping FanDome a lot, but that’s because I know how exciting it’s going to be – for my film & other stuff too!😬) unquote 

A Suicide Squad game was already reveled from Rocksteady Studios. It’s another co-op game and will be out in 2022 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Black Adam was teased with Dwayne Johnson revealing that along with Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher we will see the Justice Society of America, no casting news year but the cast will include Hawkman, Cyclone and Doctor Fate.

Conversely, Shazam 2’s panel revealed that it will be called Shazam Fury of the Gods and will be out in November of 2022.

Aquaman w was teased only with a note from James Wan that it was quote “a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant to the world that we’re living in today.” unquote 

Sandman on Netflix’s panel had Neil Gaiman saying that the show will be faithful to the books, but slightly looser and that the pandemic has allowed for more work on the scripts.

Titans season three will see Jason Todd becoming the Red Hood and will see Barbara Gordon becoming GCPD commissioner and Dr. Jonathan Crane’s Scarecrow making an appearance on the show. 

The Milestone imprint is making a return 

All isn’t sunshine and lollipops at DC WarnerMedia has laid off dozens from the company including editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO. According to sources about a third of the editors are getting laid off. Insiders have also told the Hollywood reporter that a majority of the staff at DC Universe are gone as well, seeming to indicate that the streaming service might not be long for this world. Also gone is DC Direct, the in house merchandising and collectibles arm, ending its 22-year long history of making green lantern rings and batarangs. 

In the interim DC Comics has named Marie Javins and Michele Wells as Interim Editors in Chief. Javins was in charge of digital strategy at DC and Wells was head of the Young Adult Imprint. In an interview about that change with the Holly wood Reporter, DC Publisher Jim Lee said quote “We thought it would be a great pairing to bring them together to help draft and organize the content we’re doing along these lines,” Lee said. “Across digital, across global, we want to make sure we have diversity and inclusivity and making it in a way that we have authenticity to the storytelling that we’re doing.

“It’s really about consolidating all of our efforts and having every editors involved in all these directives and also organizing, broadly speaking, in content that is for kids 6 to 11 and then 12 to 45,” he continued. “It’s about consolidating format and oversight to a smaller, more concentrated editorial group.”. Unquote He also confirmed that comics at DC aren’t dead and that they are very much in the business of making comics. They will just be making less comics saying quote …we will be reducing the size of the slate. But it’s about looking at everything and looking at the bottom 20 percent, 25 percent of the line that wasn’t breaking even or was losing money. It’s about more punch for the pound, so to speak, and increasing the margins of the books that we are doing. It was about aligning the books to the franchise brand content we’ve developed and making sure that every book we put out, we put out for a reason. unQuote  He also disputed the rumor that DC will be only selling trades and that Marvel will start publishing DC’s comics. 

There’s a lot more of this interview, if you want to read it, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

The Joker’s new sidekick Punchline is getting her own origin story one-shot. Punchline number one arrives in November. The issue is written by Batman writer and Punchline co-creator James Tynion IV and Sam Johns and has art from Mirka Andolfo with a cover by Yasmine Putri and a variant cover by Frank Cho. The story follows the consequences of her role in the joker war. Quote Punchline is the story of Alexis Kaye, and how she’ll take Leslie Thompkins, Harper Row, and Cullen Row on a harrowing journey that reveals her radicalization to The Joker’s ideology. Unquote It’ll be out on November tenth.

This  December DC Comics is releasing Through the ’80s The end of eras hardcover and it will include the entire text of Alan Moore’s unproduced Twilight of the Superheroes proposal… Twilight of the Superheroes was something that Moore proposed before he left DC in 87. Twilight would have restored the Multiverse and would have taken place in a future ruled by superhero dynasties and chronicled the final battle between heroes, villains and aliens. The hardcover will also feature issues from various 80’s DC comics as well as essays. It comes out on December fifteenth and costs 49.99.

Swamp Thing will premiere on The CW on October sixth with a 90-minute premiere. It was canceled by DC Universe, but don’t expect it to get a second season on The CW. CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May quote “At the moment, it’s just the one season,” “I do not know if it would come back. Obviously that would be a discussion for Warner Bros. and The CW. But at this time, Swamp Thing is just the episodes we have.” unquote, In other words, big ratings might be enough to get a second season. So if you really want it, show up for it.

Marvel

Marvel Comics is exiting the Age of Khonshu and is welcoming us to Enter The Phoenix. Here’s the official teaser quote “Keep an eye on Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s latest Avengers epic, THE AGE OF KHONSHU for startling revelations about Moon Knight amidst a thunderous clash with a disgruntled god bent on reshaping the world in his image! Then, gear up for the grand return of the cosmic chaos-bringer of life and death in Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s ENTER THE PHOENIX, on sale in December!”

Marvel Comics is making a new anthology series, Wolverine: Black, White, and Blood. The series will see stores drawn in Black and White with just a splash of Red. Launching in November, each issue has three stories taking place at various points in our heroes life. Episode one will have a story with Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert taking place at Weapon X, Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara show Wolverine undercover with Nick Fury and Declan Shalvey gets Logan into a deadly trap. Future issues of Wolverine: Black, White & Blood include stories by Vita Ayala, Chris Claremont, Saladin Ahmed, Donny Cates, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Greg Land, Salvador Larroca, Kev Walker, Chris Bachalo, Leonard Kirk, and others. The series starts this November.

Geek

Theaters are opening back up and it looks like new movies like THe New Mutants and Tenet will finally hit the big screen, but is it such a good idea to go? Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson doesn’t think so. He took to twitter to push for everyone to stay home instead quote “Don’t go see Tenet or any other movie in theater. There, I said it,” unquote. I think he might be right, I frankly won’t be going unless it’s a matinee with very very few people or if we can get this under control with a vaccine.

New York Comicon is …yep…you guessed it going virtual. The online event will take place from October 8th to the 11th via their Youtube channel, the first panels to be announced are Star Trek American Gods and Hulu/FX. Fans will get to interact with the panels via Youtube live chat and ReedPops Discord channel. Reed Pop will also have a virtual marketplace for autographs, videos, and professional workshops.

Brandon Lee’s costume from The Crow has sold at auction for 25,000 according to Kruse GWS Auctions. The distressed black shirt, leather pants, and trench coat were worn in multiple scenes in the 1994 classic. The star died after being accidentally shot during the making of the film. 

Apple and Google have both banned Fortnite from their respective app stores. Publisher Epic Games is now suing both Apple and Google. In a statement to Deadline dot com Apple said quote “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines,” Apple said in a statement provided to Deadline. “We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.” unquote Apparently this is over Epic allowing people to skip the Apple and Google stores and allow players to pay Epic directly.

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Show Notes: Episode 86:The Trek To 2021 & Episode 87: We Can Be Heroes

Tonight! James McAvoy wants another of Patrick Stewart’s roles, Star Wars movies get moved and some news tidbits from Comicon the home game, all that and more on this sci fi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the Scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight episode 86. Well we’re getting deep into summer now. Too bad, we can’t go to the movies really. If the year ended right now Bad Boys four life would be the number one film of the year.  Kinda sad really. I actually got to go to an actual movie theater and see a movie the other week. My mother in law rented out the local theater here in Kingman to have a mask required screening of Bohemian Rhapsody. Very good movie. Well let’s see what’s in the news today starting with Star Trek news. 

Star Trek

James McAvoy wants to take over for Patrick Stewart again, this time not as Professor Xavier, but as Jean-Luc Picard. Talking with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, The Scottish star  said quote ‘Jimmy, that is the only world that exists, in which I play a young Jean-Luc Picard,’

‘Any other world is just an alternate reality in a bad episode of Star Trek. It’s happening!’ He then added: ‘If they don’t hire me I’m going to make it on my phone! I’m calling that right now. 

I’m doing the virtual lockdown equivalent of rubbing my scent all over Patrick’s face and saying, “This territory is mine!”’ James then laughed: ‘All other bald actors can f*** off! It’s me!’ unquote. Well let’s think about that. He was a good professor X, now I don’t know if I could see him as a young Picard on an episode of Picard, but if they do a reboot of Star Trek The Next Generation I suppose he might make a good choice for that.

I’m looking forward to Lower Decks next month on CBS All Access, The official abbreviation has been given, CBS Consumer Products exec John Van Citters announced on Twitter quote Per the combined powers of myself, @MikeMcMahanTM and the glory of Kirk and Spock, it is LDS. unquote  I like it LDS is good, By the way, the official merchandise is now available at shop.startrek.com. They have a logo shirt and mug available. Lower Decks will premiere on CBS All Access on August sixth, it will also be on CTV Sci-Fi Channel and Crave in Canada on August sixth as well. Those of you outside the US and Canada no word yet.

And speaking of Lower Decks, Deadline dot com has learned that commedican Paul Scheer will be on the show as Lt. Commander Andy Billups, the Chief Engineer of the Cerritos, making him the boss of Ensign Rutherford, played by Eugene Cordero.

And this news just breaking today, season three of Star Trek Discovery will start on October fifteenth, which is just one week after the conclusion of Lower Decks first season. 

The panel at Comic Con at home Star Trek ‘s new Nickelodeon show Star Trek Prodigy was talked about The show follows a group of lawless teens who find a derelict Starfleet ship and sue it for adventure, salvation and a search for meaning. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The CG animated show will debut on Nickelodeon in 2021.

Star Trek Picard season one will arrive on Bluray and DVD and a limited edition Steelbook on October sixth. The show will have behind the scenes featurettes, a commentary for episode 1, looks at the aliens , crew and props, deleted scenes and gag reel and the short trek Children of Mars .

The fifth Star Trek The Cruise has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date for the cruise will be February twenty sixth to March fifth 2022. The cruise will take place aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and will feature dozens of trek quests. For more information go to StarTrekTheCruise dot com.

Doctor Who and Star Trek actor Maurice roeves has passed away at the age of 83. The Scottish actor’s agent posted the following statement on Twitter quote “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of our wonderful client Maurice Roeves,”“Maurice had a hugely successful career in both theatre and screen which spanned several decades, starting in his home country of Scotland and moving to London and the United States.“He was loved by his legions of fans for many of his performances, including Vince Diver in Tutti Frutti, Stotz in Doctor Who, a Romulan captain in Star Trek and Colonel Edmund Munro in The Last Of The Mohicans.

“Maurice loved nothing more than being on set with his fellow actors and worked right up until the end, recently being seen in the BBC series The Nest at the start of this year.

“As well as being a truly dedicated and gifted actor, he was also a real gentleman and a delight to have as a client. We will miss him greatly and our thoughts and love go out to Vanessa and his family.” unquote  He also had a role in 1995’s Judge Dredd, Cheers, Baywatch, Days of our Lives and many other shows. We send our condolences to the UK.

Star Wars

Reopening of Disney properties, I’m sure not everyone is clamoring to go and visit Star Wars Galaxies Edge. Well good news, there’s a book for that, Syfy Wire posted an exclusive look at the book Star Wars Galaxies Edge Traveler’s Guide to Batuu. Author Cole Horton told them to quote “We always had in mind that this could be for people who hadn’t yet been to the land and it could also be for people who have been to Galaxy’s Edge,”. “I never anticipated writing it in the context of a pandemic and now, something like this could provide people a way of going to this place, even when all of us are staying home for a while. I think now, knowing where we’ve come, I’m even more excited that this is gonna be out there in the world and hopefully, it provides people a way of experiencing Batuu while we’re all sheltering in place.” unquote THe book was influenced by the Rick Steves travel guides of the 20th century and is told from the point of view of Eloc Throno and his droid companion, the book is now on Sale. you can look at the preview for it at  Syfy wire, th elink is in the show notes. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/star-wars-galaxys-edge-travelers-guide-to-batuu

Giancarlo Esposito will be back for season two of the Mandalorian, due out in October. But he says he’s promised that it was going to be great saying  about conversations he’s had with showrunner Jon Favreau quote “I’ve had a chance to have some conversations with him. So, I haven’t seen any of [Season] 2 yet, but it’s gonna be power-packed, and I think in Jon’s mind, he’s probably already writing [Season] 3.”

Disney has announced that the new series of Star Wars films will be delayed a year. 

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 16, 2022 moves to December 22, 2023

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 20, 2024 moves to December 19, 2025

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 18, 2026 moves to December 17, 2027

Taika Waititi has confirmed to the BBC that he’s in the process of writing a new film. He couldn’t give any details other than quote “We’re writing” but at least that’s something, so here’s to that.

Geek  News

Well streaming services have been doing well this year with the pandemic and all, no more than Netflix, which in its second quarter investor letter reported that the company netted 10.1 million new subscribers. They also made 6.15 billion in revenue netting a payout of $1.59 a share.  HOwever they think the second half of 2020 won’t be so lucrative saying quote “We expect less growth for the second half of 2020 compared to the prior year,” Netflix’s letter continues. “As we navigate these turbulent circumstances, we’re focused on our members by continuing to improve the quality of our service and bringing new films and shows to people’s screens.” unquote By the way, I hold a couple of shares of Netflix stock.

The big budget movie Tenet has been taken completely off the schedule by Warner Bros. It was due in theaters next month after being twice delayed. And now a market Analyst for Cowen, doesn’t think that theater will be open until next year saying quote “We had previously assumed that the spread of COVID-19 would be relatively halted, with social distancing requirements significantly lessened by late 2020,” Creutz “We have now extended that timeline out to at least mid-2021; the situation remains very fluid, and we do not rule out the possibility that the impact could last even longer.””We now expect domestic theaters to be largely closed until mid-2021, in part because we don’t think studios will be interested in releasing their largest movies into a capacity-constrained footprint.” unquote He’s probably right

Idris Elba is on the side of free speech, specifically old shows with outdated depictions of race. He told Radio Times quote “I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech,” the actor said. “But the thing about freedom of speech is that it’s not suitable for everybody.”

Elba continued, “To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it – wait a second, I think viewers should know that people made shows like this.” “Out of respect for the time and the movement, commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you. But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they’re getting into… I don’t believe in censorship,” he added. “I believe that we should be allowed to say what we want to say. Because, after all, we’re story-makers.” unquote I’m just gonna leave this here without comment.

Bill and Ted Face The Music is coming to theaters and on demand on September first, instead of being pushed back to 2021.

What We Do in the Shadows season three will spend some time exploring Colin Robinson’s origins, during the panel at SDCC Comic Con at home executive producer Paul Sims told fans that “there might be a search that [Colin] goes on” in order to gain a better understanding of himself. He also hinted that Nandor might be searching for love.

The Orville stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes have filed for divore a second time. They first filed papers in July of last year, but it was withdrawn in November. Now it’s apparently on again. Perhaps having to shelter together didn’t work out? We will never know. But we don’t have to worry about the next season of the show, it was filmed before the pandemic and should debut on Hulu this fall.

Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88 from Natural Causes. Regis has had a long long career, holding the Guiness world record for the most hours on US Television. His TV work began in 1962 as the announcer for The Tonight Show. In 1964 he got his own show , which didn’t last long. He’s shown up on many shows, sometimes as himself. He’s appeared on Get Smart, rowan and martins laugh in, Chips, Fantasy Island, Kung Fu: the Legend Continues, Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of bel-air, Spin City, the Simpsons, Hercules, Family Guy But he’s most famous for being the host of game shows like Password Plus, the New Hollywood Squares, who wants to be a millionaire and many more. But he’s best known for sitting next to Kathie Lee Gifford or Kelly Ripa or his wife Joy on the Live with…show starting in 1988. He has also co-hosted the Miss America pageant, appeared at Wrestlemania VII and so much more. He is survived by his wife and kids.

We also mourn Mythbusters star and White Rabbit Project host Grant Imahara. Who passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. Grant was a brilliant electrical engineer and roboticist by training when he joined MythBusters in the third season and was with the show until 2014 when he, Kari Byron and Tori Belleci left. They would reunite for Netflix’s short lived White Rabbit Project.  He was born in LA on October 23rd of 1970 and studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. After graduation he got a job at Lucasfilm;s THX labs. During his time there he became chief model maker  specializing in animatronics working on the Star Wars Prequels, The Matrix Sequels, Galaxy Quest, The Lost World Jurassic Park and other films. In 2000, he competed on Battlebots and was the first season Middleweight runner up.  He then joined Mythbusters, A fan of Star Trek, he got to play Hikaru Sulu in the fanmade web series Star Trek Continues. Grant is survived by his family, as he was engaged once, but never married. He will be missed.

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Tonight! Batgirl’s series ends, The Maestro’s story begins and a Rick and Morty star almost meets and end. All That and more on this comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight 

Welcome to episode 87 of Multiverse Tonight. You know originally I was supposed to be getting ready to go to the redo of this year’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City, but like everything else and because we Americans can’t get our act together, here we are. Oh well, at least we can always do the home game. Hopefully we can get our act together so 2021 is much better. Anyway, let’s start the news.

DC

DC will be releasing a comic book prologue to Wonder Woman 1984 this September, the special will initially be exclusive to Walmart for the first week before being released to the general market. It will have two stories. One by Louise Simonson and Wonder Woman 84 associate producer Anna Obropta and illustrated by Bret Blevins and will see Wonder Woman deal with a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the second story from Steve Pugh and Marguerite Sauvage will see a villain attempt to steal Diana’s lasso. The cover art comes from Nicola Scott. Wonder Woman 1984 number one will be released in Walmart on September 20th and will be in comic book stores on September 29th. Wonder Woman 1984 will be in theaters on October second…we hope.

DC is bringing back American Vampire for one more run. The series from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque and colorist Dave McCaig  is coming back with American Vampire 1976. Scott Snyder in a statement said quote “The characters in ‘76 are in a really dark place in terms of the fight against evil,” “The ’70s mirror our current era in many ways: the anxiety, the fear, and the re-examination of American identity. The book opens on Skinner Sweet working outside of Vegas doing death-defying Evel Knievel-style stunts, trying to die. There’s a kind of Son of Sam plot in New York City with Cal and Travis, a political thriller plot with Felicia, and all sorts of ’70s iconography. It’s my favorite arc so far.” unquote American Vampire 1976 No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores on October 20.

The current Batgirl series will end with issue number fifty. Writer Cecil Castel lucc i confirmed the news on Twitter saying quote It’s been announced that 50 is the series finale of Batgirl. Wanted to say that end has been in the works for a long time! It was planned because there were other things upcoming that didn’t happen. Fiercely proud of bringing Babs to here! Meanwhile 47 out next w(ee)k!” unquote The extra sized issue will be out on October 27th and will be priced at $5.99

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will not be dumbed down for tv according to the best selling author who serves as writer, producer and advisor for the Netflix series. Speaking with Radio Times, Neil said quote “The joy for doing it as a Netflix series is we aren’t in the place where we’re throwing things out,” Gaiman told the Radio Times (via Bleeding Cool). “In fact, it’s the other way round. Sometimes that means that a lot more stuff gets to happen because we have room for it. But we’re never throwing things out, and we’re never abandoning things. And that, in itself, is a complete joy.” unquote This should make any fan of the comic book series happy. No release date for the Netflix series has been announced.

Could Keanu Reeves star in a new Constantine movie? Probably not,but never say never, we are getting a new Bill and Ted movie after all. Constantine director Francis Lawrence in a recent interview with Slash Film spoke about his original plans for a sequel or if he would want to do it today, he said quote “I think we all wanted to do it. It was successful enough,” Lawrence explained. “We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie. By responsible, I mean we’d make a movie that wouldn’t cost quite as much as the original, which we thought was going to be PG-13. We worked on the sequel for a while. It was tricky to come up with where to take it. What I really liked about the first one was it was a really personal story, so I thought it’d be a mistake to get caught up in the supernatural gobbledygook. The idea of a personal story was really interesting, and that was the hard thing to come across.”

“We have been talking about it recently,” “It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it.” unquote That movie is now fifteen years old.

Black Adam has a new actor joining the cast. Noah Centineo will be joining as the hero Atom Smasher. Atom Smasher has previously appeared in an episode of The Flash. The film will eventually get in front of cameras, but when is up in the air right now.

DC has announced a new Watchmen Sequel called Rorschach. The twelve issue project comes from Tom King and Jorge Fornes and is set 35 years after Watchmen and sees Rorschach emerge and attempt to assassinate President Redford.

Marvel

Hulu’s Marvel series Helstrom has an official release date of October sixteenth. The show follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, who use their powers to track down the worst of humanity.”

Well we will have more time to kill until we learn of the fallout for Peter Parker in the next Spider-man movie. The third movie in the current franchise has been pushed back a little over a month to December seventeenth 2021. Will it be moved again?

Marvel is cancelling Strikeforce with August’s issue number nine. Here’s the blurb for it quote “It’s a death match of no-holds-barred sports entertainment – at the center of King Deadpool’s Monster Island,” “Strikeforce finds themselves divided between their mission to contain the dangerous Vridai and the sweet, sweet taste of competitive victory. Can this team of misfits stay together long enough to complete their mission?” unquote Originally there were to be ten issues of the comic, but the  corona virus caused it to be shortened.

The Maestro’s origin tale will finally be told. Peter David is returning to the Incredible Hulk to write how Future Imperfect’s Hulk became twisted enough to become the ruler of the world. In a statement, Mister David said quote “I had no idea that when I first created the Maestro for Future Imperfect, that he would have the kind of popularity and staying power he has now,” “Until now, I’ve only been able to allude to his origins, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore them in this series, and I can’t wait for fans to see all the artwork that’s been coming in!” Here’s the blurb quote Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro — the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years — and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here! Maestro number one hits shelves in August.

Marvel’s Hawkeye Series for Disney Plus has got a quiver full of directors. Bert and Bertie, the directors best known for Amazon’s Troop Zero have been tapped to helm a couple of episodes. Also directing will be Rhys Thomas, who has directed Saturday Night Live and Amazon’s Comrade Detective. Jeremy Renner will be back reprising his role of Hawkeye as he mentors a new archer Kate Bishop, Hailee Steinfeld was tapped to play Kate, but there has been no indication that a deal had been struck. Hawkeye was supposed to debut this Fall, but has been corona-dealayed. 

Chris Evans truly embodies Captain America. The actor, so moved over the story of 6 year old Bridger Walker of Cheyenne Wyoming who saved his younger sister from a dog attack receiving 90 stitches for his heroic act, that the actor sent him a personal message and gifted him his own Captain America shield. He sent a video message that said quote “Pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you,”. “Keep being the man you are, we need people like you. Hang in there, I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s much that can slow you down.” unquote Robert Downey Junior and Tom Holland also sent messages to Bridger. Robert Downey Junior promising something even better than a shield by the boy’s next birthday and Tom Holland inviting him to the set of the third Spiderman movie to see the Spidey suit unclose

Geek

Amazon has made a new game free to Amazon Prime members via Twitch Prime until August seventh, Prime members can download Vane.Vane takes place in a ruined desert, where a strange golden dust has transformed a free-spirited bird into a determined young child, which somehow sets off a chain of events that will reshape the world itself. After August seventh, the game will cost you twenty dollars.

Lego and Nintendo has partnered up to make a Lego version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The set has 2600 pieces. In a statement, Maarten Simons, the creative lead on the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System said quote “Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, re-creating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.” The Lego NES is a mechanically functional Lego version of the game system, it comes with a buildable retro tv and a flat 8 bit mario figure  that goes on the scrolling tv screen. Also included is a Lego Mario from the Lego Super Mario Starter Course, that once plugged in reacts to the onscreen enemies, obstacles and power ups like the real game. The Lego NES will be available from Lego retail stores and lego dot com starting on August first for 229.99 In 2021, it will be available from other retailers.

Rob Liefeld’s Snake-Eyes deadgame number one has officially sold out and will be going back to the presses for a second printing.  The comic took just a day to reach the sold out status. This second printing will come out with a new second cover from Rob Liefeld Liefeld in a statement said quote “As I have shared with anyone and everyone, Snake Eyes is a dream assignment and getting to depict G.I. Joe characters is one of the great thrills of my career,“”I am so excited that fans of all ages showed up and consumed our first issue and sold us out! Thank you to everyone at IDW and all the fine folks at Hasbro for this opportunity — and huge thanks to all the fans for your support. The best is yet to come!”

Disney’s adaptation of The One and Only Ivan will be going to Disney Plus instead of theaters. The One and Only Ivan is the story of Ivan, a 400 pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog and other animals. He only has a few memories of the jungle, but when a new baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he wants to be.  The live action and CGI movie features the voices of Sam Rockwell as Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Mike White, Brooklyn Prince, Ron Funches,and  Phillipa Soo, round out the voice cast. They are joined in live action by Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston. It will premiere on Disney Plus in august.

Keanu Reeves is teaming up with writer Matt Kindt to write a new twelve issue limited series from Boom! Studios. BRZRKR will be a monthly series with art by alessandro Vitti which is being described by the writers as action packed and hyper violent and quote “centers on a warrior who looks a lot like a certain beloved actor and has walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries. In present day, the Berzerker does dangerous jobs for the U.S. government in exchange for the truth about his existence.” unquote Keanu told USA Today quote”We’re excited about what’s happening,” “The story’s taking some really interesting twists and turns.”  Unquote BRZRKR comes to comic stores on October seventh.

Director Richard Linklater is making a new animated movie for Netflix, called Apollo 10 ½ A Space Age Adventure, the film is set against the backdrop of the Apollo moon Mission in 1969 and is inspired by Linklaters childhood in Houston Texas and tells the story from two interwoman perspectives, the astronaut and mission control view of the moon landing and the perspective of an excited kid watching the action on tv.  The live action part of the movie wrapped up in March and the animated part will be done by Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands. Apollo 10 ½ will star Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot. No release date has been given buy I, guessing 2021 or 2022.

Usagi Yojimbo is finally getting his own animated series. The samurai rabbit that was created by Stan Sakai back in 1984 has previously made appearances in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series will get a new show at Netflix, the show called Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. The series will have Sakai overseeing the show has executive producer along with Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as EPs along with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster’s Wan, Michael Clear and Rob Hackett. Candie and Doug Langdale will be showrunners as well as executive producers.

The Walking Dead is getting a full color rerelease. The comic is getting an issue by issue reissue in glorious color. The original comic was drawn, but not colored. Dave McCaig will color the so called deluxe revival of the series with variant covers from artists like David Finch, tony moore, Julian Totino Tedesco and Arthur Adams. The first issue of the Walking Dead Deluxe will hit shelves on October seventh with two issues released every month thereafter. 

Little disturbing news Rick and Morty voice star Spencer Grammer is recovering  after being attacked by an intoxicated man. Spencer is the Daughter of Kelsey Grammer and the voice of Summer Smith on Rick and Morty. This past Friday shis was at an outdoor cafe in New York City called the Black Ant . A man who appeared intoxicated according to reports came to the cafe near closing time and demanded to be served. He was refused  and that’s when things escalated. Spencer speaking with US Weekly said quote “My friend and I did what anyone else would do in the same situation,” “Several others, predominantly women, were also attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating,” The man responded to this by slashing her with a knife and stabbing one of Spencers friends. She told US Weekly quote “I sustained a laceration on my arm, and my friend was stabbed in the back, but thankfully he suffered no serious internal injuries. We expect to recover quickly. We want to thank the first responders and the staff at Bellevue Hospital, who provided us with excellent care. They fought an incredible battle this year. It was very moving for us to have the opportunity to thank them in person.” unquote the unidentified man ran away and has not been apprehended. We wish Spencer and her friend good health.

The 2020 Eisner Award Winners have been announced.

BEST SHORT STORY

Winner: “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT

Winner: Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

Winner: Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Winner: Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)

BEST NEW SERIES

Winner: Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS

Winner: Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS

Winner: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS

Winner: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

Winner: The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

Winner: Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)

BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

Winner: They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—NEW

Winner: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—REPRINT

Winner: LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

Winner: Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

Winner: The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL—ASIA

Winners in a tie vote:

Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)

Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—STRIPS

Winner: Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—COMIC BOOKS

Winner: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

BEST WRITER

Winner: Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

Winner: Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

Winner: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST PAINTER/DIGITAL ARTIST

Winner: Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST COVER ARTIST

Winner: Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

BEST COLORING

Winner: Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

BEST LETTERING

Winner: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

Winner: Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

Winner: Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

Winner: EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

Winner: Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

Winner: Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)

BEST WEBCOMIC

Winner: Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng

Archer Season eleven will arrive on FXX on Wednesday September sixteen tenth, don’t have FXX? No problem, it will arrive on FX on Hulu on the seventeenth. Season eleven finally sees Archer waking up from the coma he was put in three four seasons ago, putting the show into three seasons of shows set in his dreams. They didn’t reveal much during their comicon at home panel but they did say that Simon Pegg and Jamie Lee Curtis will guest star this season.

The Boys has been renewed for season three.

Marvel’s newest Darth Vader series will tie into The Rise of Skywalker 

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

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

Episode 72

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

And now, George Takei….

https://youtu.be/kZtWeuYRcwU

Thank you George.  Stay Well, outlive Shatner.

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 73

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

DC 

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Swim has released its 2020 premiere slate

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

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

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Show Notes: Episode 54: Death in Winter & Episode 55: A Grouch for All Seasons

Tonight! Baby Yoda says buckle up, Picard’s got more adventures coming and we say goodbye to three of the greats on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 54, 

So, we’re halfway through December, are you ready to finish the year,. I think we’re all ready to get done with this year and get into 2020. This is the time of year it seems that things slow down. I’m always amazed that there’s enough to really report on. But a few things always come up.

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Star Wars

Baby Yoda wants you to know he still needs a carseat in the state of Mississippi. Or at least a Star Wars The Mandalorian fan wants you to  think that. The official twitter account for the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted a photoshopped highway sign that read quote Baby Yoda Uses the Force but still needs a carseat. Unquote They also captioned it with quote Buckle up. This is the way. #BabyYoda.

You know, Baby Yoda, Porgs, Ewoks. All cute, all more popular than almost anything else in the Star Wars Universe. Maybe they should just make a show starring Baby Yoda playing with Porgs and Ewoks. 

Speaking of the small green Muppet, Mandalorian Director Bryce Dallas Howard has broken her silence on how it was to keep the character a secret. Telling the Hollywood reporter quote “Agonizing,” Howard replied with a laugh. “I’ve been walking around for the last year with a face like the cat that ate the canary. I’m so, so, so excited to be a part of this and the phenomenon that Baby has become. The thing I was most nervous about was that my kids had been on set quite a bit. So they had seen Baby and interacted with Baby. When we were filming, my kids were 6 and 11; they’re now 7 and 12. When the kids went back to school, every single day I would say, ‘So, what are you not gonna talk about today?’ And they would say, ‘Baby!’ (Laughs) I’d be like, ‘That’s right!’ I would just consistently remind them that there’s no circumstance that could ever arise where they’re allowed to talk about Baby. Now, for them, it’s very confusing, because I’m like, ‘Oh, now, you can talk about Baby,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’ We’ve been having this routine for about a year now, and it’s fun; it’s really, really fun. Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch. (Laughs) Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.” unquote . And I’m still SO behind in watching it. Only watched episode one. Too much to watch so little time. 

The press tour for the final Skywalker movie is in full swing and JJ Abrams in an interview with Cinema Blend talked about Carrie Fisher’s role in the movie, despite her passing nearly three years ago. This involved using unused footage from The Force Awakens. JJ told them quote “Clearly we would have done other things had Carrie been around, but I will say despite her not being with us anymore, her presence in the movie is not inconsequential,” “She’s not being ‘added in’ so that she’s in the movie. And I would say that her story, her role, the importance of Leia, I would argue is as profound as what you’re saying even though she wasn’t here.””There was no way, as I’ve said before, to tell the story without Leia. She’s too important. It’s Skywalker saga. She is the living Skywalker in our story. You don’t want to start the story and say something happened to her in between movies. It didn’t feel right. We’d never recast it. A digital Leia wouldn’t work. There was no way to do it.” “When we looked at the footage from [Star Wars:] The Force Awakens, which I was obviously very familiar with, and realized we had a number of scenes we could use, and, and write scenes around, it was suddenly like, ‘Oh my God, we could tell the story with Leia in the film.” unquote

The rise of Skywalker comes out in just a few days from now. 

Disney is warning fans that the new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures with those people with epilepsy. Disney issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation that the film contains quote “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. My guess would be flashes from lightsabers hitting together. Disney suggests that theaters post notices to warn of the risk. Flashing lights can trigger seizures in about three percent of individuals who have epilepsy. This isn’t the first time Disney has given this notice, they also did it for The Incredibles II.

Star Trek

The merger of Viacom and CBS is now official and the newly reunited company is busy merging, selling unneeded headquarters, eliminating duplicate positions and forth. 

This also means that the Star Trek movie and tv rights are now back under one roof. What will that mean for the franchise? New movies featuring the tv characters from the new shows?

So with that behind us, let’s check in with the Section 31 show. The new show is set to start filming once Discovery’s season three is done. CBS All Access executive vice president Julie McNamara talking to Vanity Fair said that the writers room under Alex Krutzman has been assembled quote “We are very excited about the Section 31 show and Michelle Yeoh is excited to do it,”. “She is in the current season of Discovery so she’s working on that right now but we have scripts getting written, and Alex has a writer’s room. We love what we’ve heard so far. It’s yet another tonality of Trek. As Alex has mapped it all out, each show has its own unique sort of voice and vision.”

Mr. Kurtzman has dropped some hints of the tone of the show comparing it to a Clint Eastwood style Western.. Saying quote It occupies an area of the Trek universe that’s never really been explored geographically. It has a new mythology to it, which is very interesting. And it puts Michelle’s character to the test in a lot of ways that Discovery can’t. In some ways it will be her Unforgiven, I would say.” Unquote 

And yesterday we got the news the Star Trek Picard will not be just a one shot series. The show has been renewed for season two. However Michael Chabon will not be a part of season two as he’s been named showrunner for the adaptation of the Cavalier and Klay novels over at showtime. No word on when the second season will be, but It’ll probably be in late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

William Shatner is going someplace he knows very well, Divorce Court. The soon to be Four Time Divorcee has filed for divorce from his wife Elizabeth, his wife of the past eighteen years. This will be a smooth divorce as Mister Shatner is a fan of prenuptial agreements. Bill first got married back in 1956, that lasted to 1969. His next one was from 1973 to 1994. His next marriage in 1997 didn’t last long ending with the death of Nerine Kidd in 1999. Odds are that this latest marriage will be his last. William Shatner is 88 years old.

Good news or bad news depending on what side of the coin your on. Quientin tarantino speaking with the consequence of sound dot net was asked if Star Trek was going to be part of hsi planned ten films. He replied quote I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet. In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if It’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue. Unquote 

And now for some sad news Michael Lamper, husband of Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis has passed away. Marina broke the news on twitter saying quoteI’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo, please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on. Unquote Michael was a rock guitarist and musician who once portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the TNG third season episode The Vengeance Factor.  He and Marina married on June twenty first 1992 with Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn acting as groomsman in a traditional greek ceremony. His rock carrer saw him play with such musicians as Tommy Shaw from Styx, The Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot and Los Lobos. He was 61. My heart goes out to Marina.

Geek

The Matrix Four has cast Jonathan Groff in an unknown role. Groff is most recently known for his role voicing Kristoff in Frozen 2. Johnathan joins returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick.

Variety has learned that Will Poulter will not be in the Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Variety has learned through their sources that scheduling conflicts will present him from being a part of it. As to what role he would have played is still unknown. 

Power Rangers is getting another big screen reboot, this time it will be at Paramount and will take it back to the 90’s. The Hollywood reporter reports that Paramount is currently in early negotiations with Johnathan Entwistle and would involve quote “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Unquote 

To say that Disney had a very good year at the box office would be an understatement, The House of Mouse broke their own box office record of 7.6 billion set back in 2016 crossing the ten billion dollar ceiling. It should be noted that this doesn’t include it’s newly acquired Fox movies. If those are factored in the number would be nearly 12 billion.  Disney currently also holds six of the ten biggest movies of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Netflix walked away with thirty four nominations. Seventeen for motion pictures and 17 for television. HBO came in second with fifteen. The movie Marriage Story had the most for a film. While Chernobyl, the Crown and Unbelievable had the most for television. Geeky films getting nominations included Joker with four including Best Motion Picture, Best Director , Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best score. Also getting nominations were Frozen 2, How to train your dragon the hidden world and toy story 4. Only one Geeky tv nomination Game of Thrones with one best actor nomination for Kit Harington.

Death seemed to be busy. A few minutes ago I talked about the death of Deanna Sirtis’s husband. Well, there are three more.

First off, we say goodbye to actor Robert Walker Jr. The actor passed away in Malibu on December sixth. He will be best known to people as Charlie Evans the boy raised by the Thasians who gave him omnipotent power in the episode Charlie X. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, the Six Million Dollar Man and Chips. He also had a role in the movie Easy rider. In a statement his wife said about roebert quote “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors,” his wife said in a statement. “Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.” He is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He was 79.

Next is Star Trek writer Dorthy Catherine Fontana better known as DC Fontana. DC began as a secretary for tv writer Samuel A Peeples, while working for him, she became a professional writer writing stories for The Tall Man and Frontier Circus. Later she began working for Gene Roddenberry’s series The Lieutenant as a secretary for producer Del Reisman. Eventually she wanted to work for Gene directly and after finding out that she wanted to become a writer, Roddenberry encouraged her. In 1964, she would publish her first novel, a western called Brazos River co written with Harry Sanford.

When Roddenberry began working on Star Trek and with the encouragement of associate producer Robert Justmn, she began working on the show Where she wrote the teleplay for Charlie X She worked on ten episodes overall including tomorrow is Yesterday, This Side of Paradise, which got her a promotion to story editor, Journey to Babel, friday’s child, the ultimate computer, The city on the edge of forever, The Enterprise Incident, That which survives and The Way to eden. After Star Trek, she worked with Gene again on the Questor tapes ,Genesis II and Star Trek The Animated Series.

After that she worked on scripts for other shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Buck Rogers and The Waltons.

When the Star trek the Next Generation began, she went to Gene immediately where he pitched an idea to her that became the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint. She would become an associate producer on the series but left during the first season due to reported  difficulties with writer Robert Lewin caused a bit of a falling out between her and Gene Roddenberry and she left. . She would later return to star Trek writing the Deep Space Nine episode Dax.

She also wrote the Star Trek bok Vulcan’s Glory and an episode of the fan made series Star Trek New Voyages.

DC Fontana is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak, who told the New York Times that the cause of her death was cancer. She was eighty years old.

Finally we say farewell to Rene Auberjonois, the actor known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of 

Constable Odo on Star trek Deep Space Nine as well as directing eight episodes of the show. Rene was born in New York in 1940. After college he began his acting career in earnest working with theater companies in Washington DC, San Francisco , LA and New York. In 1968, he landed a role on Broadway appearing in three films simultaneously. A year later he would win a Tony Award for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He directed and acted in lots of productions over the years and was inducted into the American theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

His Film work is vast as well. He played Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH, played a gangster in Police Academy 5, Dr. Burton in Batman Forever and appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. His final film role in a movie called Cortex has yet to be released.

But his most known work was in Television. He worked in that medium since 1966. Appearing in episodes of the Mod Squad, Night Gallery, The Jeffersons, Wonder Woman, LA Law, The Outer Limits, Chicago Hope, Stargate SG1, Frasier, Nash Bridges, Warehouse 13, the Good Wife and Many more. He is best known not only for his role as Odo, but the role of Clayton Endicott the third on the sitcom Benson as well as the role of Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. His last tv role was in 2016 in four episodes of Madam Secretary.

He also did lots of voice over work appearing in the Disney’s the Little Mermaid Family Guy, The Smurfs, Snorks, Ducktales, Batman the Animated Series, the Pirates of Dark Water, The Savage dragon, Justice League and more as well as video games like, Star trek Deep Space Nine Harbinger, Uncharted 2 and 3, Fallout New Vegas, God of War and Star Trek Online. 

He died on December 8th from lung cancer that had metastasized. He is survived by his son Remy and daughter Tessa and his wife Judith. In a statement to the press his son Remy said that his father was a proud progressive and consummate professional and craftsman and praised his father’s work with Doctors Without Borders. He also said that he was a dedicated father and had a fantastic sense of humor. 

Rene Auberjonois was 79 years old.

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Tonight! Synder cut…subway sandwiches, Birds of Prey is not a sequel and we say Farewell to the man in the Big Bird on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 55.

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DC

Are you starting to get tired of all the calls to release the Snyder cut of Justice League? It’s kinda one of those things that just won’t die. Well Subway restaurants have put in their two cents via twitter. Snyder fans started it by asking the company how many retweets it would take to get a donation of 10,000 sandwiches by Subway. Subway responded by saying that 5000 retweets in five hours would get it done. The fans came through Subway soon tweeted quote  So you’re fast… and since you did it in under 214 minutes we are going to up the donation to 15,000 subs! And oh yeah, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut unquote Good on them and good on the fans. My guess is that the cut will eventually see the light of day. Maybe if they all pledge to make some movie of Warner Bros a success that normally wouldn’t they’d get the studios attention?

The cinematographer for Black Adam, Lawrence Sher is making some high claims for what the movie will be. Telling Collier during a Q&A for Joker quote “One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.” That’s a big bold claim for a movie that we haven’t seen anything from yet. Hopefully he won’t end up eating those words.

So what do you think of Jokers potential for an Oscar Nomination? Well if the critics choice award nominations are any indication. There’s a chance. Joker has received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Production Design for Mark Friedberg and Kris Moran, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Score for Hildur Guanadottir. They weren’t the only comics property to get some nominations: Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home got nominations for Best Action Movie. Avengers Endgame also got a nod for Best SciFi or Horror Movie as well as best visual effects. HBO’s Watchmen got a nomination for Best Drama, it faces off against Game of Thrones in that category but I think Watchmen’s got this. Watchmen’s Regina King got is up for Best Actress in  a Drama , Tim Blake Nelson is up for Best Supporting Actor, Jean Smart Watchmen and Gwendoline Christies is up for Best Supporting Actress. The twenty fifth Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday January twelfth.

Well here’s something to make you go huh? The upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will have no ties to Suicide Squad according to BoP director Sue Kroll during a set visit by Screen Rant. She told them quote “You’ll see it in the movie, it’s a standalone movie, it’s not connected to Suicide Squad. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a continuation of that story. So it has nothing to do with her break out of prison. But you’re right, and we’ve been very upfront that this is about her emancipation. She and the Joker have broken up. This is her personal journey of discovery with these women. So it’s not related at all, so don’t try to apply linear logic to how the two go, because they don’t.” unquote She also told them that it has no similarities to Suicide Squad and that it was an oportunity to celebrate the amazing character. 

So let’s just unwind this this movie is…I’m assuming in the same universe as Suicide Squad, but it will in no way connect to Suicide Squad…not even a mention. They do realize that having Harley Quinn, the same character played by the same actress still connects it to Suicide Squad, don’t they? Maybe I should just stop and lie down for awhile, this is making my head hurt. Birds of Prey comes out on February seventh.

Let’s talk tv for a moment. The big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover has had many cameos, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson, Lucifer. Apparently Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim put out feelers to another star Nicolas Cage. In an interview with Indiewire Mr. Guggenheim said quote”We did reach out to Nic Cage,” Guggenheim revealed during an interview with Indiewire. “We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.” unquote. Too bad, he could have finally gotten to wear that Superman suit on screen. 

The Crisis will conclude on January fourteenth. Maybe next year they should do Zero Hour.

Marvel

Kevin Feige Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer of Marvel confirmed at Brazil’s CCXP19 con that Disney Plus’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be all about what happens to the falcon after endgame. Quote “We saw Old Man Cap hand that shield to Sam Wilson at the end of [Endgame], and the question is, what did he do with it next? What does it mean for Sam Wilson and that shield?” Feige said at Brazil’s CCXP19. “That’s a big responsibility, and that’s very much what the show focuses on and is about.” unquote Unfortunatly Wilson will have to deal with the US government’s U.S. Agent just in time for Helmut Zemo to come back on the scene. Sounds interesting, we still have no release date though other than the always enigmatic Fall 2020.

Speaking of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier they’ve added two new cast members Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa have been added in two unknown roles. 

Also at CCXP19, in a sit down interview, Mr. Feige confirmed that the Marvel Multiverse will be something that will shape the MCU for a long time to come.“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor,” “Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” unquote it’s also thought that the Loki series will tie into this in some way, Well we will have even longer to wait than Falcon and the winter soldier. WandaVision comes out in Spring of 21 and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness comes out May 7th of 21.

Speaking of WandaVision, some paparazzi photos from the set of the show have surfaced online and they show that the space faring version of SHIELD will be in the show. SWORD. SWORD aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department was one of the properties that used to belong to the 20th Century Fox subset of Marvel characters.

Could Venom 2 get an  R rating. And you might be able to thank Joker’s Billion dollar box office for that. Venom Producer Matt tolmach told Cinema blend quote  I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Prepare to relieve the greatest moments in Marvel’s eighty year history. Marvel Snapshots will see Kurt Busiek bring together several creative teams for these eight standalone double sized issues which will include characters from the Golden Age to today through the eyes of ordinary people. Alex Ross will provide the covers.

First off is Sub Mariner: Marvels Snapshot number one. Best Selling Novelist and emmy Award winning writer Alan Brennert and artist Jerry Ordway join forces to tell an unforgettable story about Prince Namor set during WORLD WAR II featuring Namor, Betty Dean and the All Winners Squad. Alan Brennert in a statement on Marvel dot com said quote “I can honestly say that I enjoyed working on this story more than any comics story I’ve done in years. I grew up reading (and loving) Marvel’s Golden Age heroes in the 1960s, in reprints in FANTASY MASTERPIECES. But I never thought I’d have a shot at writing them—especially the All-Winners Squad!—and I’m grateful to Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort for providing me the opportunity, and to Jerry Ordway for bringing it all to glorious life,”. “I’m enormously proud of ‘Reunion’ and honored to be the first story published in MARVEL’S SNAPSHOTS.” unquote

This year’s long journey begins this March at your local comic book store.

Marvel has postponed the release of issue five, six and seven of X-Men by a month. Issue five will now be out on January 29th, issue six will come on February twelfth and seven will come on the twenty sixth of February.

Geek

We start the Geek news with a record setting opening…and not a good one. Playmobil: The Movie just set the record for the Lowest Box Office for a film opening in over 2000 theatres. The movie based on the toys was sort of an answer to the Lego movie. Unfortunately, Playmobil is not as well known as Lego. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a sixteen percent. We will check what it did this weekend and how won the pre Star Wars box office in just a moment.

From one record to another potential record setter. Disney’s Frozen 2 just became the sixth film from the House of Mouse to cross the one billion dollar mark this year.  According to Variety, the movie has over six million internationally and three hundred six million in the US. It’s currently the eighth highest grossing movie of the year. We will see if The Rise of Skywalker makes it seven, it would have just 11 days to do so.

Dark Horse Comics is set to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into a mini-series. The book was released back in 2017 and features Neil retelling norse mythology starring Thor, Odin, Loki and others. It has been adapted into a BBC radio production. Next year, it’ll be an 18 issue series adapted by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with colors fromDave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Galen Showman and art from a round table of artists like Jerry Ordway and Mike Mignola. Norse Mythology will hit comic book stores on May 27th, 2020.

Dynamite Entertainment is getting into the novel business. The company has announced the formation of Dynamite Books. First up is Vampirella: Blood Invasion written by Nancy A Collins. Here’s the blurb quote “In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.” unquote 

It’s out now along with a line of audiobook adaptations of existing novels including Shaft The Original Novel by Ernest Tidyman. Dynamite Books plans to release one new novel a month.

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

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

Finally tonight we say goodbye to someone who was a big part of all of our childhoods, Caroll Spinney. You might not know that name but you’ll know the characters he played on Sesame Street, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. 

Caroll was born in Waltham Massachusetts on December twenty sixth 1933 and became interested in puppetry at a young age. After high school, he served in the Air Force where he created a comic strip called Harvey. After he left the service he moved to Las Vegas where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit and a few years later he moved to Boston where he would eventually perform on Boston’s broadcast of Bozo’s Big Top.

IN 1960, he got married to his first wife Janice and had three children, they would divorce in 1971

In 1962, Caroll first met Jim Henson at a puppeteering festival, where Jim asked him if he wanted to talk about the Muppets, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding, Caroll didn’t know that he was being offered a job, He met Henson again in 1969 at a Puppeteer festival in Utah, where he was offered to talk about the muppets again. This time Caroll took him up on the offer and he joined the Muppeteers full time later that year, joining the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.

In 1979, Caroll would get married again this time to Debra jean Gilroy whom he would remain married to the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, Caroll would eventually develop dystonia and in October of last year, Spinney announced his retirement from Sesame Street, handing the role of Big bird to matt Vogel and Oscar to Eric Jacobson. 

In his long career, Caroll would win four Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a gold record, a star of the Hollywood Walk of fame, the Library of Congress Living Legend Award and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroll passed away on December eighth at this home in Connecticut. He was eighty five years old.

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