Episode title: Requiem for The Man
Tonight! Geeky news and all aside, we take a long look at the life of one of the greats, The Man, Stan Lee on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
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Star Wars News
One of the best parts of any Star Wars movie has been John Williams scores. A new arrangement of the love theme from Attack of the Clones, “Across the Stars” has been released. Performed by and created specially for Grammy Award winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. This piece will be on a collection of John Williams classic that are being reinterpreted by Mutter for release during 2019. By the way, when we get the release date for this, why not by it through my Amazon associate link. Just go to the side banner at Multiverse Tonight.com
Before taking up the mantle of Kylo Ren in Episode 7 The Force Awakens, Adam Driver wasn’t really a household name. Post Episode 7 though, caught Driver surprised by his new found fame. Talking with Vulture, Adam said quote “I was aware that more people would see it than see most things I do, but I don’t think I could have anticipated how often I’d get recognized because it’s so different for every person,” “I’m very tall and I look a certain way. I can’t blend into a crowd.” Driver by the way is six foot two, only an inch shorter than Captain Phasma actress Gwendoline Christie. Driver went on to say that although he’s a people person, he does become very focused when he’s acting. “I like to stay focused on set but it’s not because I have a process that I’m imposing on everybody else,” “Sometimes you have to be more focused in between scenes because what’s happening is that, on something like Star Wars, it’s pure comedy in between takes.”
“It’s stormtroopers running into walls because they can’t see through their helmets. So I don’t know where the intense thing came from.”
You’d think the first order would have fixed that with the upgrades.
The casting for the first live action Star wars tv show continues to role along and while full details have not been forthcoming. Now word has come from Making Star Wars that Carl Weathers will be apart of the cast. Carl might be known to genre fans for starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and being Rocky’s adversary in Rocky. Maybe he’s going from the hunter to the one hunted by The Mandalorian?
In The Last Jedi Rey and Kylo battled over Luke’s lightsaber with the saber breaking in half, now a closeup of the prop from a recent episode of The Star Wars show shows that Rey might have to build herself a brand new one. While touring Lucasfilm’s headquarters the hosts of the show gave a food look at the lightsaber, with the host Andi Gutierrez referring to the saber has broken. Andi later clarified her reaction on twitter, quote “Another fan reached out to me yesterday with the same image,” “The crystals in the prop on display are very jagged, so my brain went straight to ‘broken.’ I agree that it’s most likely broken at that juncture & we’re seeing the two crystals.” Members of Lucasfilms Story Group offered their input on twitter as well saying on Twitter, quote “Looks broken to me. What you can’t see in the video is that the shattered fragments of the broken Kyber crystal are blue.”
So if the crystal is broken, will Rey have to track down her own crystal for her new lightsaber? Reports from earlier this year DID say that Jordan, a location that served as a filming location for Jedha in Rogue ONe was one of the locations being shot for Episode IX. I guess we will know for sure next December.
Disney has announced another new Star Wars series for its new streaming service which has been given the name of Disney Plus, during the fourth quarter earnings call to investors, Disney Chairman about the new series which will serve as a prequel to Rogue One. It will show the early formation of the Rebel Alliance and Cassian Andors role. Star Wars dot come describes the new series as quote “The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. Variety noted that Cassian andors actor Gabriel Luna will have to fulfill his obligations with the netflix series Narcos before he can begin filming the new series. We will have more on the Marvel entries on Disney Plus a little later in the show.
Solo was a movie plagued with production problems and became the lowest grossing Star Wars movie in the franchise, you’d think that director Ron Howard wouldn’t want any part of doing another one. Wrong, speaking with Metro about if he’d ever link to do it again, the former star of Happy Days said quote “I had a great experience with that. It would depend entirely on the story,” We should note that his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard will be stepping into the director’s seat for an episode of Favreau’s The Mandalorian. Ron commented on this too saying that she was thrilled and that quote “She’s having a great experience. So I’m kind of living through it again through her. It’s just a creative, inspired group of movie lovers who make those projects.” I think having Ron Howard back for another project would be great, he really didn’t get a fair shot at it with Solo. Besides, I’m sure his brother Clint would love to have another role in Star Wars.
Jar Jar Binks will be returning in a new story in Marvel comics Star Wars Age of the republic special number one. The story, comes from Chip Zdarsky who has worked on Peter Parker the spectacular Spiderman and Marvel two in one. Also in this issue is a story about Mace Windu, the Sith assassin Asajj Ventress and clone trooper Captain rex. Hopefully the Jar Jar Binks story is how he was the true villain.
John Boyega who plays the ex trooper Finn responded to fan Chris Ryons on twitter who posted quote “Hopefully my man John Boyega will truly shine in IX and the Finn character will be shown as the badass hero I’ve been waiting for him to be since VII. ..and hopefully he’ll wield a saber again..”
Boyega responded to this tweet with quote “We’ve got you in this one bro! TRUST me!”
This is either some masterful misdirection or we’ll see Finn wield the lightsaber again in episode 9.
According to Boba Fett voice actor Daniel Logan, the reason for Disney’s cancellation of the popular animated series Clone Wars was because it was getting to graphic. Speaking at London Comic con, Daniel said, quote “Disney, they cancelled it, I think it was getting a little too graphic — actually, it was getting really graphic,” Logan said at London Comic Con. “Boba was doing some really, really cool stuff. He started actually becoming a bounty hunter.”
He also said that he had recorded dialogue for seven episodes that never aired including one that would have pitted Boba against Cad Bane.
Don’t cry for lost episodes friends as more Clone Wars stories are to come as the series is getting a revival next year on Disney Plus.
Legendary composer John Williams is providing an original score for the new Star Wars themed Galaxies edge set to open at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive video with the music as well as a look at the building of the new attraction. We’ll have a link to the video in the show notes.https://ew.com/movies/2018/11/17/john-williams-new-music-disney-star-wars-theme-parks/
JJ Abrams is working on getting all the monies. According to variety The master of Stars both wars and treks is ready to consolidate all of his productions under one studio. No specific numbers have been reported, but the deal would include films, tv, digital, music, games, products and theme park opportunities. And while no specific media entity has been hinted at, Variety thinks that the only two viable options are Disney or Comcast due to both having theme park and consumer divisions. The Episode IX director is currently signed in two place right now, with Warner Bros TV, which expires in May and with Paramount with a year left..The last film he made for Paramount was in 2013, Star Trek Into Darkness.
So should JJ go to Disney or Universal? What do you think?
Star Trek News
Star Trek Picard is still a ways off, but we’re getting plenty of leaks from the writers room. Michael Chabon, whose Calypso Short Trek was just released on All Access spoke with IGN where he was asked if there were any Picard episodes we should look at of for inspiration of where the series was going. Quote “I can’t think of a way to answer that question that somebody wouldn’t be able to interpret as me having given away hints or secrets!” he said. “And, you know, anything I say, they’re like, ‘Oh! So it’s that!’ I guess what I would say is that the people who are working on the series are fans. And we started developing it initially with a core group of me and [Discovery writer] Kirsten Beyer and [Discovery executive producers] Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman. And, that four, that got the ball rolling initially…We all have our beloved episodes, and we all had important moments. We knew the material, we knew the character, and we talked a lot about a lot of different episodes that were…the kind of storytelling type things that might be possible ways, that might be clues for us going forward. It’s very grounded.”
He also said that Patrick Stewart has kept his finger on the pulse of the show during its development. Quote “He has been really influential in both helping us understand the character, and also pushing us and challenging us. And I think more than anything — and I don’t think it’s revealing anything for me to say this — he’s really pushing us to try to do something new and different with the character. And that’s why he wants to play it, so that he can play something that honors the character, that’s true to the character. And like I said, he’s a very fierce protector of the character, but at the same time, he wants to see Jean-Luc Picard having experiences, having adventures, and be put in situations we haven’t seen before.” Unquote
According to Chabon, who also spoke to Deadline, Sir Patrick stayed with the writers for a few weeks to brainstorm and get the ideas flowing. He told Deadline that using Patrick as a resource is going to make the show. He also said that Patrick quote …asks a lot of questions about you and your life. He’s a sweetheart. He’s also really, really smart,” “I’ve had the experience over the years of meeting actors who play intelligent characters and sometimes it can be a little bit of a disappointment when you meet the actor to discover that they aren’t as brilliant as the character they portray.”
So..it’s very grounded and Patrick Stewart is influencing the writing room. Good. Now if only they’d give us the slightest hint about what the show is about or anything. I’d be happy.
And speaking of the ever burgeoning Star Trek on CBS ALL Access, a spinoff of Discovery featuring Michelle Yeoh’s Emperor Georgiou is in early talks. The actress, who returns in season two talked with IGN. Quote “We don’t want anybody else, apart from the selected few who already do know about the Mirror Universe [to know]. That has to be kept under wraps, or otherwise it would be just chaos in the Prime universe,” Yeoh tells IGN. “So Admiral Cornwell, Spock, Sarek, Tilly, the few — Saru — that know. So it’s like, when I come onto the Discovery, Captain Pike has no clue.” “So I play [the] Philippa Georgiou that he’s met before, the kind, compassionate one. But, you know, the problem with the Emperor Georgiou, she cannot help herself from being mischievous. So Captain Pike is almost like…no. She didn’t? I don’t think she was flirting with me…You know? So she loves to play all these little tricks on people’s minds, and she manipulates them, because she’s very smart.”
The question that should be asked here is why. Why do we need a series about Mirror Georgiou?
Georgiou’s return was a twist last season, but it wasn’t the only twist that season, the bigger twist being that Lorca was Mirror Lorca trying to return back to his own universe to kill Georgiou.
Jason Isaacs spoke with Star Trek dot com about the reveal. “It was f–king awesome,” “All actors ever want is to have a secret to play, and I had the biggest secret ever. I had a huge hidden agenda, and acting is all about the things you’re holding back from the camera and not the things you’re doing. There’s nothing worse than saying what you mean because then there’s nothing to play, and there wasn’t a single moment until right at the end where you got to see what was really going on for Lorca was apparent. And only when people watch it a second time, as many people I’ve met here have, do they fully understand what I was getting to do.” He also went on and explained how they went the extra mile to foreshadow the reveal. Quote “It’s like when people watch The Sixth Sense a second time, they go, ‘Of course they were all dead. How was I so dumb?’ It’s all there from the beginning. It’s there in some of the more obvious physical things, like the eyes narrowing. Actually, that’s not obvious because who knows what happens when you go through a tear in the universe. But just the things that I don’t remember. The fact that I’m clearly in breach of every part of Starfleet’s ethical universe, and I’m pushing Stamets to jump. And, with Burnham, there’s no reason at all why I should have singled out this woman and brought her to the ship, and given her a pass, and got her out of jail. All of the interaction with Jayne (Brook), with the Admiral. They’re not just breadcrumbs; I left huge baguettes.” He also said that prime universe Lorca is still out there. Hmmm. who wants to bet that they find him this season?
IDW has revealed new details about upcoming Star Trek Discovery Captain Saru one shot The comic will be released in February and is written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson with art by Angel Hernandez. The 48 page comic’s summary is this”Captain Saru is an all-new Discovery adventure that ties directly into season one of the CBS All Access show. In it, soon after the events on Qo’noS, the Discovery receives an urgent distress call from someone from Tilly’s past. It’s up to Saru to lead the crew against this amazing alien threat in his first mission as acting captain. This is the second tie in to the popular Saru character, the first was the novel Star Trek Discovery Fear Itself by James Swallow, we will also see more of Saru in the Short Trek titled The Brightest Star.
Okay. When I say Star Trek, does Megan Fox even remotely come to mind? Yeah, didn’t think so. Megan Fox, who is most known for her unacting in the Transformers movies recently posted on Instagram that showed she was on a set with JJVerse movie star John Cho. Layered on the picture was the TNG logo and tagged official Star Trek social media. It was then retweeted with a half smiling emoji. Could Fox be joining the next Star Trek movie or could the Star Trek twitter account just be trolling us? Please let it just be trolling us.
George Clooney might not actually be Batman, but it doesn’t mean he can’t use his wealth for Batman like purposes. The star of the worst Batman movie to date reportedly has used the money he made from those Nespresso commercials to fund a satellite over the Sudanese border in order to monitor the dictator Omar al-Bashir. Speaking with the Richest, Clooney said quote “I’m very comfortable with commercials. I’ve done them most of my life,” “Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir [the Sudanese dictator charged with war crimes at The Hague].”
He also used his clout with Nestle to bring Nespresso into South Sudan creating coffee plantations in the country.
If he starts brooding in a cave and driving a plane shaped like a bat, we should worry.
And moving on to the latest actor to play big screen Batman, Actor Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have finalized their divorce according to TMz. The couple negotiated the divorce without the aid of a lawyer will have joint custody of their three children and will meet with a co parenting therapist monthly for six months, they will also have agreed to a property split.
As for Ben’s future wearing the cape and cowl, nothing definitive has been announced but industry experts think that warner bros will replace him do to speculative high insurance costs caused by Affleck’s recent treatment for alcohol addiction.
Aquaman is coming soon. And the tie in books are out. Aquaman: Arthur’s Guide to Atlantis which takes a journal like approach to the character’s story. One section features a timeline of the major events with a note of when he was born. 1986. That means I’m 10 years older than Aquaman and he shouldn’t get eighties references.
We also have news about the runtime of the movie, which will be 140 minutes or two hours and twenty minutes. This is backed up from distributor Vertical Entertainment which gives it a 143 minutes. This seems to be the sweet spot for DC films. Justice League came in at 2 hours and Batmans v Superman came in at 2 hours 31 minutes. I guess we will see if nearly 2 and a half hours of Aquabro is enough or too much.
And speaking of Aquaman, DC Universe Online has a new aquaman themed expansion, called Atlantis. This marks one of the largest expansions in the games seven year history and gives players a quote “brand new underwater world to explore, iconic DC characters and swimming.”
Players will try to keep Corum Rath from taking over the Throne of Atlantis alongside Aquaman. The expansion is available on all platforms now.
Batman the animated series debuted on fox kids back in 1992 and became an instant classic and one of the best representations of Batman on television ever.
And no one knows that more than the man who voiced the caped crusader for all those episodes, kevin conroy, he recently spoke at fan expo vancouver about why it has endured so long. Saying that he was really serviced so well by the scripts that Bruce Timm, Eric randomski and Paul dini wrote and that their approach was to quote never do a kid’s show. Unquote he added, “They never condescended to the audience,” “And they never condescended to the material. They respected the audience, and they respected the material.” He also commented on the all age appeal of the series quote And that’s why when you look at it now as an adult, I look back at these shows and I think, ‘This still looks so new, this still looks so fresh.’ Because it was always created to appeal to people on many different levels,” Conroy said.
“There is something there for kids of 10, but there’s also something there for people of 60. It’s just lots of different levels.”
Moving to the television side of things, the Swamp Thing Pilot is now in production and we have more casting news to report.
The First story comes from an exclusive to Deadline dot com that Riverdale actor Henderson Wade will join the series as Matt Cable, a louisiana lawman who find himself in trouble when supernatural evil threatens his town.
This role is nothing new to Henderson as he wore a badge for six episodes of Riverdale as Sheriff michael Minetta. Wade’s other credits include The Last Ship, American Horror Story Roanoke and Extant
The character of Matt Cable originated in Swamp thing number one in 1972 as a federal agent assigned to protect soon to be Swamp thing Alec Holland. Let’s hope he does a better job in the show…probably not or the show would be called something else.
Also from Deadline comes word that the role of Jason Woodrue, who DC Universe knowledgeable fans would know is the real name of The Floronic Man will be played by Kevin Durand.
Kevin has been a super villain before on the Marvel Side playing Fred The Blob Dukes in X-Men Origins Wolverine but he’s also done a lot of television work including Lst and The Strain and will be playing opposite Nicholas Cage in the movie Primal.
The official description for his character is as follows quote “Prickly genius Jason Woodrue is a bio geneticist without equal and he knows it. Brought in to study the unique properties of a small-town Louisiana swamp, Woodrue becomes fixated on unlocking the potential contained within — leading to tragic and monstrous consequences.”
Gotta watch those prickly geniuses.
Also we have word that Jon Cryer has been cast as DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor in the fifteenth episode of the season. Ironically Cryer played Lex’s nephew Lenny Luthor in the much maligned 1987 film, Superman IV: the Quest for peace. Hopefully he will be better as the father than he was as the son.
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Captain America’s entrance in Infinity War was almost a lot more…jolly. The scene in the movie is that Cap emerges from the shadows to store the Black Order from taking Vision and possibly killing Scarlet Witch. Joe and Anthony Russo almost had a different vision for the scene, a legion of mall Santa Claus impersonators. In the new book, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie, storyboard artist Bryan Andrews detailed the scene. Quote “There were a few versions of the Edinburgh sequence,” Andrews said. “At first, the Russos had it set during the winter festival. Large crowds, snow, and Cap and the gang were already on-site trying to find Vision and Wanda in a crowd of Santas when the Children of Thanos arrive. Lots of fun stuff, but it was too much. Sometimes less is definitely more.”
Maybe they could have Santa Claus undo Thanos’ snap?
Infinity War is now being pushed for 10 additional Oscar categories. Previously the only oscar Disney was trying for was for Best Visual Effects, but now Disney has opened up the floodgates and have added tries for Best Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Best Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford, ACE, Matthew Schmidt
Best Cinematography: Trent Opaloch
Best Production Design: Charles Wood – Set Decorator: Leslie A. Pope
Best Costume Design: Judianna Makovsky
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Janine Thompson, John Blake, Brian Sipe
Best Visual Effects: Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick
Best Sound Mixing: Re-Recording Mixers: Tom Johnson and Juan Peralta – Production Sound Mixer: John Pritchett, CAS
Best Sound Editing: Supervising Sound Editors: Shannon Mills and Daniel Laurie
And Best Original Score for Alan Silvestri.
While this list is impressive, it is a bit smaller than the list for Black Panther which is going after sixteen categories.
The oscar nominations will be announced on January 23rd at Oscar.com.
Venom may have received mixed reviews from moviegoers and critics, but it’s already drawn more from the worldwide box office than DC’s Justice League . Venom has officially grossed 673.5 million world wide beating Justice League which has brought in 657.9 million. This puts Venom at 115th on the earnings list vs Justice League which is sitting at 129th.
Actor Idris Elba has been named People Magazines Sexiest Man Alive. The actor who played Heimdall in the Thor movies,as well as the villain in Star Trek Beyond, tweeted on the news quote Who’d have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. Don’t forget to grab your issue this week https://bit.ly/2OpbsSV . I’m honoured & thankful. Elba was previously selected by People as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in 2007. He was also named Essence’s Sexiest Man of the year in 2013. He was runner up for People’s honor in 2013.
So…what is the most watched MCU Television Show? If you said Daredevil than you’d be wrong. Data from Parrot Analytics presented to ScreenRant and Syfy wire shows that was most watched over a one year period from November 9th 2017 to November 9th 2018…and the winner is Marvel’s Agents of Shield. *Show chart on screen
During this year, Shield received an average of 22.3 million views well ahead of Daredevil which came in second with 15.3 million followed by Cloak and Dagger, the Punisher, and Jessica Jones which rounds out the top 5. If you’re listening and you want to see the rest of the list, we’ll have a link to it in our show notes at MultiverseTonight.com Agents of Shield returns to ABC in the summer for a short 13 episode season six.
Some Marvel comics news, The life of Captain Marvel which has been reworking Captain Marvel’s origin ahead of the movie due out next year, has delayed issue five by a month from November 21st to December 19th. Also, the epilogue to the big Infinity Wars event, INfinity Wars Infinity number one has been pushed back from December 26th to January 2nd.
The teaser trailer for Pixar’s Toy Story 4 was released and it introduced us to a character that’s makes us go huh? Forky! The official synopsis that’s been released is quote Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” played by Tony Hale to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Director Josh Cooley talked a little about Forky quote “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose. A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”
So are you ready for Forky? And how much do you want to bet there’s not gonna be a Forky toy? Toy Story 4 will be released on June 21’st.
Hmmm. the Rumor has it that Despite David Harbour looking good in the Hellboy makeup, it’s not going over so well with test audiences. According to daniel R on Twitter the reactions from the test screenings are quote pretty bad. His report is backed up from reporter Skyler Shuler who has also heard bad things about the film. Another response to this on twitter from KC Walsh said quote Harbor tries his best but the dialogue, villain and story seem to be lacking. Now nothing official or concrete has been said about it but also remember that a test screening is used to fine tune the film before release, so they can always go back and do some reshoots later. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola helped write the movie which also stars Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich and Daniel Dae Kim. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on April 12th. So keep your fingers crossed.
Season 12 of Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 is out this week and Jonah and the bots are going to have to watch a movie gauntlet of end to end to end bad movies. This years movies will be Mac and Me, Atlantic Rim, Lords of the Deep, The day time ended, Killer fish and ator the Fighting eagle.
And speaking of Netflix, The chilling adventures of Sabrina is getting it’s very own holiday special.Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the news on twitter that the standalone episode was coming. The episode entitled A MidWinter’s Tale will be released on December 14th on Netflix and no story details are forthcoming.
The show by the way is being sued by Lucien Greaves, the co founder of the Satanic Temple over the statue of Baphomet that the series features in a room of the witches school.The temple holds a copyright to a similar statue. Now we have word that he is following through with a suit asking for $150 million dollars. He claims quote“Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil. Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series’ evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity.”
His case says that it violates his copyright on three grounds. Copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation. Saying that each claim is worth $50 million dollars. So the ball is now in Netflix’s court, you can insert your own gag here folks. There are just too many.
No doubt you’ve heard about the Woolsey Fire that is burning in Southern California right now. Well it’s not only killed many, but has destroyed some cinematic treasures as well. One of the biggest is the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.214 films and 142 shows have filmed at the location. The 3000 acre ranch was used in many productions including Westworld and Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman. All that’s left there is the church that was constructed for Westworld and the train station used in Dr Quinn, however the main street set used for westworld were burned up. The park service hope to have the ranch rebuilt within a couple of years.
John Rodgers , president of Comic-Con International has died. Rogers was president of the company for over 30 years. He oversaw a company that hosted three conventions a year, San Diego Comic-con, Alternative Press Expo and Wondercon in Anaheim. He has never been a big presence at the con, preferring to work behind the scenes and rarely giving interviews. However, he usually hosted the annual Comic Con talk Back panel on the final day of SDCC. Rogers passed away on November 10th from complications from glioblastoma. He is survived by
His wife and brother and sister. John Rodgers was 57 years old.
Two time oscar winning writer William Goldman has passed away at the age of 87. If you don’t know that name, you know his work,he’s written novels, plays and a lot of screenplays including the Academy Award winning screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Stepford Wives, the Academy Award winning screenplay All the President’s Men, Heat, which was based on his novel of the same name, Misery, Twins, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Chaplin, The Last Action Hero, Indecent Proposal, Maverick, and the screenplay for his novel, the Princess Bride. Inconceivable!
I’d like to close out tonight’s episode to note the passing of one of the true legends of comic books, Stan Lee, who passed away on November 12. I would Stan Lee on the geek Mount Rushmore next to Fred Rogers. Stan was inspirational, self deprecating, funny and created characters that will still be around long after you and I are gone.
Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City. His family moved around New York City several times and by the time he was a teen ager at DeWitt Clinton high in the Bronx, Stan dreamed of writing the Great American novel. In his youth he worked part time jobs like writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center; delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper. He graduated high school when he was 16 and a half in 1939.
Later that year, with the assistance of his uncle, Stan became an assistant at the future Marvel comics, at the time named Timely Comics. He spent his time filling inkwells, proofreading and getting lunch.
Stan would get his big break in 1941 writing filler in Captain America Comics #3 under the Nom de Plume of Stan Lee, as he wanted to save his real name for more literary works down the road.
He than got to be a backup writer in Captain America Comics #5. He would also co create some minor characters.
After Jack Kirby and Joe Simon left Marvel after a dispute with the publisher, Stan was installed as interim editor and than editor.
In 1942, Stan joined the Army, where he served as a member of the Signal Corp, repairing phone lines. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning.
After the war, he returned to work at Timely. Also in December of 1947, he got married to the love of his life Joan. They would be together until her death in 2017 at the age of 95.
In the 50’s , comics changed and superhero comics were out, Stan was writing, romance, westerns, sci fi and other genres, by the end of the decade, Stan was considering leaving the business as he had become dissatisfied by the work.
But good news was just around the corner as DC had started to revive the superhero comic, Stan’s publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to come up with a new superhero team in response to DC. Joan suggested that he experiment with stories that he preferred, if they were no good, so be it, he would simply move on to another career.
Stan took this challenge and rose to it, creating the Fantastic Four with artist Jack Kirby. The success of the band of heroes would lead Stan and Jack to create a new age of Marvel heroes like the Hulk, Iron man and the x-men. With Bill Everett he created Daredevil, With Steve Ditko,he created Doctor Strange and Spider-Man,all of whom lived in a thoroughly shared universe. Lee and Kirby would than bring a bunch of these heroes together with old heroes from the forties, namely Captain America and Namor, the Sub-Mariner and create the Avengers.
Throughout the 1960s, Lee would script, art-direct and edited most of Marvel’s series. He also moderated the letters pages, wrote a monthly column called “Stan’s Soapbox”, and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark motto, “Excelsior!” He also championed a comic creating system known as the “Marvel Method” During this time he created numerous characters. So numerous I’m not gonna mention them here. Just look them up, there are several hundred. He also used Marvel comics at this time to spread awareness of the drug problems facing america, of racism and bigotry.
In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of publisher a role he held until October of 1996.
He kept busy in the 70’s and 80’s. In 81, he and Joan moved to California to oversee Marvel’s TV and film projects.
After leaving Marvel in 1996, he formed Stan Lee Media which ran until 2001 until it’s bankruptcy. He than would enter into a partnership to form POW Purveyors of Wonder Entertainment. He would work with this company and a lot of other little projects here and there. Including those cameos in all those Marvel films, which will continue for awhile. He filmed several with have not been used yet.
He also formed a charitable organization in 2010 called The Stan Lee Foundation focusing on literacy, education, and the arts.as well as donating some of his personal effects to the University of Wyoming at various times, between 1981 and 2001.
As I mentioned Joan died last year and ever since than Stan has been under attack by predatory people trying to exploit him, which I won’t go into here. Stan is out of their clutches now. He was laid to rest in a small private funeral on November 16th.
Stan Lee is survived by her daugher, Joan Celia Lee. Hundreds of characters and millions of adoring fans.
Thank you Stan. You really were, “The Man”.
Stan’s company, POW Entertainment has established a tribute wall on therealstanlee.com where fans are encouraged to share thoughts, prayers and messages of support
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