Episode Twelve

Cold Open: Tonight! More news than you can shake a tribble at…wait a minute! *shake tribble* I guess you can shake a tribble at Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to Episode Twelve of this little news program I named Multiverse Tonight, I’m your humble host, Thomas Townley.This episode was recorded on October 23, 2018.  I want to say thank you to those watching and listening to the show. We’ve had listeners all across America, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, The Philippines, Indonesia  and Spain. The past 10 episodes have had a combined 200 plus listens and again I say thank you. If you want to help me carry on, you can tip me via Ko-fi, Patreon and now directly from the Radio Public app.

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Star Wars news

We have word from a good source, actor Oscar Isaac, that Episode IX will be a lot more improvisational than previous entries in the series. Talking to IndieWire, Oscar said quote “The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times,” “It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.” He than described how different it’s been working on this one versus the previous ones saying quote “Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite,” “There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.” He also addressed the fan backlash and that not all fans have the same expectations. Saying quote ,People had very strong feelings, but there wasn’t as much of an organized way to speak out about it,” “People that run blogs and websites need content. So it’s like, ‘There’s some content!’ Five people on Twitter. Hundreds. Whatever it is. Then you make it into a story.”  Episode IX is due in theaters December 2019.


So….ever want your house to smell like a Wookie? How about an Ewok or a Tauntaun? IN the unusual licensed product category we have Star Wars candle sets. Based on the original trilogy That’s episodes IV to VI. Come three sets of five candles with scents based on things from the movies. A new hope has, Wookie, Batha Milk, Trash Compactor, X-Wing Cockpit and Cantina. The Empire strikes back set has Lightsaber Duel, han solo carbonite, millennium falcon, inside of a tauntaun and yoda’s cooking pot and the Return of the Jedi set has  Rancor, Sarlacc pit, Jabba’s palace, Death Star Destroyed and Ewok. These sets are running around 37 dollars and are due to ship in November.


Boba Fett is dead. That’s the Boba Fett movie that is and teh Mandalorian is to blame. Erick Webber a critic tweeted taht he asked Lucasfilm chief Kathlttn Kennedy about Boba Fett and was told that lucasfilms focus as on Epispde 9, The Mandalorian and Rian Johnsons trilogy. Tough break for the Fett man.


A report from The Blast says that the set of The Mandalorian series has been comprimised and expensive comera equipment is mising. Lucasfilm is apparently worried that a missing memory card with details or forrage from the show could wind up somehow released. The items were apparently taken from the studio at Manhattan Beach, where the production is currently taking place and was most likly done over night. No offical word about this has been forthcoming from Lucasfilm.


Moving over to the animated side of the force, Word has come down that Star Wars resistance will overlap with the force awakens. The series just premiered on the Disney Channel earlier this month.  Head Writer Brandon Auman spoke to the SyFy Wire about how making it clear where the story lies in continuity helps casual or younger fans with a running start on where the story takes place. “It’s a little hard for the younger fans to wrap their heads around it if it was, say 15 years before The Force Awakens,” “Then it’s a very nebulous timeline. You’re kind of not sure. The fact that we’ve got Poe Dameron and BB-8 from the very beginning — kids and any fan of any age automatically just know… ‘This is the new movies, this is where it’s gonna take place,’ so it’s just easier. And it was just fun to kind of roll in and back up a little bit instead of just trying to follow exactly where the movies are at.” Unquote This could mean that we’ll see characters that were introduced, but not explored in the recent movies, will be able to get some story beats of their own to flesh out their characters.


George Lucas might have little to do with Lucasfilm and the Star Wars universe since he sold it to Disney in 2012, but his force is still strong with the franchise. In Solo: A Star Wars Story, the droid L3-37 had a passion for liberating her fellow droids. This actually came from a concept of Lucas’ from back when he was developing the prequel trilogy.


This was revealed in a Target exclusive collectible book that came with the Blu-ray, quote “Lando Calrissian’s literally self-made copilot L3-37 is the first mechanical being in Star Wars to embody another idea that George Lucas devised in the early 2000s: droid rights, activism, and autonomy.”  unquote

Droid Activism wasn’t the only subtle influence of Lucas that was put on the film, as George dropped by the set of Solo and offered input on a scene between Han and Qi’ra on the Falcon. IN an interview with Variety Ron Howard said about the encounter, quote “He said, ‘You know, Han wouldn’t bother to hang it up,’” director Ron Howard shared with Variety. “And then he sort of did it. George became Han Solo for a second. The body language was there and the attitude. Not only was it a nice accent on the scene, but it was also a reminder that George created this character and really understood him. He was so reluctant [to offer his opinion], and yet the choice was so right that it was fun to use it.”

Do you think that the creatives at Lucasfilm should ask for more input from Mr. Lucas?


Have you ever been watching Return of the Jedi and asked yourself how the Ewoks happened to have a dress for Leia to get into? A fan theory posted on Reddit might have a grisly solution given to key facts. First, Ewoks eat people. How do we know this? Cause the Ewoks were getting ready to roast Luke and Han on an open fire to honor C3PO. Second is the face that the dress seems to be made from local material, this means it wasn’t something that Leia just happened to have on her in a pocket on her jacket. If you look at the Ewok’s clothes they don’t seem capable of making something like it.


So that would mean that they just happened to have this dress in their possession when Leia showed up. Where did they get it? Let’s go back to 1984 and The Ewok Adventure. In it The Ewoks help two shipwrecked children on a quest to find their parents. At the end the family stays with the Ewoks until they can repair their ship. The End? What if they never left? What if the Ewoks, after the end of the film, killed and ate the family? That could explain the dress. Of course, I have a couple of alternate theories. One, the family left the dress behind when they left. OR Two, Mom died and the Ewoks kept the dress after the dad and kids left.  So, what theory do you think is correct?


By the way, here’s an odd piece of trivia for you, that film was narrated by Burl Ives. Weird, huh.


Disney has made back the purchase price it paid for Lucasfilm. To date the Star Wars movies made by Disney have grossed $4.83 billion dollars worldwide. Back in 2012, the company was purchased by the mouse by $4 billion dollars.


Star trek News


Lots of Discovery news tidbits to impart here. Beginning with news that Javier Botet who starred in the Slender Man movie, will be an unknown but classic Star Trek alien in season two. Botet told Bloody Disgusting dot com quote, “I can tell you I’ll be working in Star Trek: Discovery in Toronto,” “It’s going to be a very cool role, so I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been working with my friend Doug Jones, another monster performer. I hope you see it very soon.” He teased with the hint that it’s an old creature and that it’s only in one episode. Speculation abounds on what it could be, some guesses have been the a Talosian or a Saurian. I guess we’ll wait and see.


Jason Isaacs has had some time for reflection on his time on Discovery, Speaking with Metro dot News He talked about how it was getting to star in Star Trek saying quote What seven-year-old boy trapped in a 55-year-old man’s body wouldn’t want to fire phasers and pretend the ship is being hit by Klingon torpedoes?”. “It was heartening that the Star Trek community accepted us. They were very resistant at first but most people loved it.” He also talked about the resistance to the show and what he thought it was all about.  Quote “Two things. Firstly, genuine Star Trek fans who are protective about a fandom they’ve been involved in for more than 50 years in some cases,”. “The other aspect was lunatic racists pretending they were Star Trek fans complaining it had a black woman lead and was too PC. Half were bots but what was laughable was they didn’t know anything about Star Trek. It was born out of the civil rights movement, it had the first interracial kiss and it had a Russian on the bridge at the height of the Cold War. At first I would respond to this unbridled racism, misogyny and hatred but when I clicked on their feeds I saw they were members of far-right groups and were using it as an easy target. I stopped responding because they only have eight followers and want the oxygen of publicity.” Unquote


No, my fault with the show wasn’t any of that, it was the fact that it wasn’t good Star Trek, I didn’t care who starred in it or that I’m being protective of the franchise. It just doesn’t fit my view of something calling itself Star Trek. It takes a shoe horn to get it into a continuity that’s already getting stretched thin and let’s face it, they stole the warp effect from Star Wars.Why would different ships in different eras have completely different warp effects anyway? Isn’t it the same space that their “warping”?   That and being behind a paywall, didn’t make me happy either. After watching the show I feel a touch better about it. But I’m still not happy….anyway….


Saru’s homeworld now has a name. At New York Comicon Doug Jones has revealed that the name of his world is Kamanar and that we will be seeing it in season two. We will also see Saru’s sister in that visit, she will be played by Heather Spear. He also says that quote “Season Two [Saru] finds out something about himself and what it means to be a Kelpien that he didn’t know and that you didn’t know and I can’t tell you today,””It will be altering, challenging, evolution? And we get to go to my home planet.” I wonder if we’ll see the predators that eat the Kelpians? Maybe they’re Ewoks!


Meanwhile, over at the Picard show, we gotta get a title for this show. Star trek Picard. Star Trek Retirement. Star Trek The Next Next Generation. Something. Executive Producers Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman talked with Digital Spy dot com. Alex said quote  “We pick up Picard 20 years after (The Next Generation),” Heather Kadin told them “The Picard show shouldn’t feel anything like Discovery. It’s not going to look like Discovery, it’s not going to have the same values.
“We want every show to feel unique so that you’re not just signing up for an experience and you get the same one every time.” Unquote

So I hope this means that it’ll look like the next generation with the proper sounds and effects


We also got confirmation that the show will run for several seasons.


Also at NYCC, Alex Kurtzman, who is also in charge of expanding the Trek TV franchise teased that we will be hearing about new Trek series soon. Kadin expanded on that quote “I think the one thing we can say which is more general is that it’s been a real conscious effort that every project we do have its own voice and occupy its own space,” Kadin said. “I don’t mean its own space in canon, I mean its own tonal vision. Because you shouldn’t tune in to Discovery and wonder if you flipped the channel, that it was Picard. They should feel different, they should have different messages coming from different people.” This is great news. That means that if you dislike one, you can watch a different one. Great. Just as long as they at least all look like Star Trek. Kurtzman also said that there will be gaps between shows to allow for anticipation and avoid franchise fatigue. Quote “You have a good meal and then decide to take a walk before you have your dessert,”. “That’s how to look at it.”  I’m betting it won’t be long enough to drop CBS All Access until the new content comes back like a lot do with Discovery now.


We now know what Georgiou is getting out of Section 31. Michelle Yeoh talked with IGN about Georgious new place in this universe. Quote Section 31 has all the most updated gadgets because they are the most informed, and she, as an engineer, she can hack into Section 31. And Leland thinks he’s in charge of the ship. But she finds out secrets. Because that’s what Section 31 does. It’s collected secrets all over the universe about certain people, and history, and things like that. And so, when you have [those] kind of secrets, it’s power. And for Philippa Georgiou, that’s perfect! So, if she has to be here, she wants to be in Section 31, and she wants to run it, right?” unquote.


So what does Mirror Georgiou think of Burnham and their relationship? Quote “It’s always going to be complex between the two of them,” Yeoh said. “Michael is going around with so much guilt from Season 1, after the death of her beloved mentor [and] that mother-daughter relationship. And so when she saw the emperor, she can’t help to feel that that’s still the same Philippa Georgiou. And when she found how hard and ruthless she was, I think, in Michael, she wants to bring that humanity back. That’s Michael Burnham, right? And for Philippa Georgiou, she has a soft spot for Michael Burnham. So we’ll see, in the coming season, how that plays out. Who is going to bring who? Am I gonna bring her to the darker side, or is Michael…” unquote


I just hope that the character won’t be kinda shoehorned into the plot. If her character’s appearance is natural to the plot, it’ll be fine.


Star Trek is getting animated again. CBS has announced a new half hour animated series called Star Trek Lower Decks which shows us one of the support crew on one of Starfleets least important ships.  The show is being developed by Mich McMahan the emmy winning writer from Rick and Morty who will write and Executive produce the show alongside Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Katie Krentz and Trevor Roth. No word has been given as to the exact plot details or when it will see air on All Access. I’ll be interested the exact details on this.

IN honor of the 10th anniversary of NaSA Fermi Gamma-ray Space telescope, NASA has named 21 new constellations including The Hulk, Godzilla, The Tardis and the Starship Enterprise.


Cosmic. Very Cosmic.


The house that was featured in the TNG episode The Survivors is up for sale. The house, which survived the Husnok attack that leveled the nearby colony on Rana IV, thanks to the Dowd Kevin Uxbridge is located in Malibu California on the planet Earth. Built in 1981 , the four bedroom house on two acres has bamboo floors, two fireplaces a sonos sound system and a 440 plus square foot terrace with an ocean view. It also has a two car garage and is listed for $5.695 million dollars according to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The Uxbridges not included.


Star Trek is getting a new mobile game. Star Trek Fleet Command is a mobile multiplayer strategy RPG set in the Kelvin Timeline from the movies. The game gives players a chance to choose from hundreds of possible missions across the known universe. The game comes from Scopely, the company that made The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. They’re partnering up with DIGIT Game Studios, which made the game Kings of the Realm. The game will be free to play and will be in the app store November twenty ninth.


DC News

Let’s start with some Arrowverse news.

This years crossover will be Elseworlds themed and will introduce Batwoman to the Arrowverse. Even Arrow himself thinks this will be the best crossover ever. Speaking with fans during a Facebook Q&A he said quote “The crossover is fucking bananas. It’s crazy… I think that this will be the best crossover event that we do. And not just the best but the best by a really, really wide margin. And I think that last year was fantastic. “Crisis on Earth X, I think that’s what it was called, that was pretty crazy and getting to play doppelgängers was pretty crazy,” he said. “When Greg Berlanti first talked to me about why he wanted to do crossovers, it was because it’s for the fans. It’s so people can watch characters and scenarios that combine their favorite things on TV or introduce them to new things on TV. But you also get this license to do things that we could never do in the vacuum — especially on Arrow — that we can never do in the vacuum of just our show.”


On that Q&A the topic of his facial hair came up and he revealed that he will be sans beard in an upcoming episode quote “I’m happy to be back to a more normal facial hair length,” Amell said. “It just got to be a bit much towards the end there, but I’m just about to watch a cut of episode seven which I believe is Oliver’s last episode with the beard and that episode is going to be bananas. Just totally bananas.” Unquote He also noted that Oliver will be in prison for longer than anyone expects. Will he be getting out for the crossover?


An according to Melissa Benoist’s Instagram feed, we will be visiting the Kent Farm in Smallville. The one that was home to Clark Kent and family in the tv show Smallville at that.


BTW have you seen the promo image of barry as Green Arrow and oliver as the Flash? Looks interesting.


The synopsis for the October 28th episode has been revealed. The episode, titled Man of Steel will feature the origin story of Agent Liberty played by the Walking Dead’s Sam Witwer. Agent Liberty is the leader of the Children of Liberty, a human first hate group. Very different from the comic version of the character from the 90’s.


Deadline reports that Virginia Madsen has been cast as Maria Sunderland on DC Universes Swamp Thing. The character of Maria Sunderland is described in the article as quote who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland (not yet cast), but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp. Unquote The series is set to premiere in the DC service in 2019.


On to other DC news,


Zazie Beetz, who played Domino in Deadpool 2 and has one of the most fun names to say thinks it would be fun to crossover with margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, speaking at the ACE Comicon where she was asked by a fan who she’d like to see Domino paired with in the MCU she said quote “I just thought Harley Quinn, but she’s not Marvel,”. “But I feel like that could be such a fun combination.” She went on to say that on the Marvel side she like to work in the Iron Man side of things saying quote “I just think it’d be fun to do a movie with [Robert Downey Jr]. I feel like a Deadpool-Iron Man thing could be fun.” By the way, she’s expected to reprise the role of Domino in an X-Force spinoff film, as to if that goes forth is up in the air till the merger completes.


Director Ava DuVernay would like to remind us  fans that the New Gods movie is still in the pipeline. She’s been engaging with fans on twitter with panels from the comics. Specifically, from Final Crisis number five, could this mean that she’ll be using bits from not only the original run of New Gods, but the New 52 version? Unknown. And unknown is the release date for the film. Hopefully we’ll get more on that soon.


Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson wants to play Catwoman. Ugh. During an interview with Vanity Fair the actress, who was hooked up to a lie detector for this, was asked if she’d ever like to star in a Marvel movie and who she’d like to play, she said yes and that she wanted to play Catwoman…before being old that Catwoman is a DC Comics character.  Yeah, Warner Bros. do better.


The Harley Quinn animated series starting Kaley Cuoco has found it’s scarecrow.  Rahul Kohli who portrays Ravi Chakrabarti on iZombie. The series follows our favorite harley quinn in a series of adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own joined by Poison Ivy and a band of ragtag DC Castoffs. Sounds good.


And just to show that Warner Bros answers prayers, DC on the DC Daily show has officially confirmed that James Gunn is writing Suicide Squad 2. Host Tiffany Smith said that quote “Gunn is poised to bring a completely fresh take to the franchise after the first film was written and directed by David Ayer.” unquote Filmmaker Gavin O’Conner had been tapped to direct Suicide Squad 2, but had to step away to take over another project. Could we see Gunn also direct? We can only hope.


And this just in, Wonder Woman 1984 aka Wonder Woman 2 has been pushed back 7 months from Novembder 1, 2019 to June 5, 2020. This puts the film back where it belongs in the summer movie camp.


The end of Gotham is on the horizon. The debut date for the final season and will get two episodes to end it on. The now twelve episode season will start on Fox on January third. Just to note that by adding the two episodes the total number of episodes will be one hundred.


Entertainment Weekly has shared a first look at The Monitor, played by LaMonica Garrett, who will be part of the focus of the Elseworlds themed crossover in the Arrowverse this year.


Marvel News

If you remember Chris Evans tweeted out a goodbye to the role of Captain America. Or did he. He recently talked about it at the ACE Comic con in Chicago. Quote “I should clarify that I know I did tweet something that made a lot of people think that it was in someway a spoiler,” “I should clarify that regardless of how Avengers 4 ends, I would have tweeted the exact same thing. That last day of filming was a very emotional day and it was the culmination of almost 10 years of filming and 22 movies, this unbelievable tapestry.

“You feel a lot more emotions than I think even I thought I’d feel. And I felt it was appropriate to share the gratitude. I know it had a ripple effect but I am neither confirming or denying anything.”


So…do you think he might come back to the role? Or is it really over. What’s your thoughts?


If you’ve been watching Marvel’s Agents of Shield the last five years and thought to yourself, feels more like Marvel’s Quake, featuring the Agents of Shield, you’re not far off. On reddit, fan Cigixx calculated all of Daisey’s screen time to come up with a total of 897 minutes from season one to the end of season five. 898 if you count the LMD Daisy. The show, was sold to fans as centering around Agent Coulson and his team. Season six will be even more Daisy as she takes front and center to lead the team with Coulson and May retiring to Tahiti…It’s a magical place. The new season will be next July and was moved to summer with the hopes of earning a season seven. Time will tell.


Doctor Strange 2 and Infinity War actor Benedict wong has teased that he will return to the role of Wong this year. Hinting at Fan expo Vancouver that he would be filming it in December. The film has yet to be formally announced yet. So this announcement is Strange…but True?


Infinity War was a tour de force of acting and special effects, but there’s only one Oscar that Disney is campaigning for Best Visual Effects for the team of Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick. It’s trying for a lot of categories for Black Panther including Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (7), Best Supporting Actress (4), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Could this be because Infinity War was a huge visual effect feast more than an acting triumph? Or could it be because their is such a large cast they wouldn’t want to insult those not nominated. Who knows. The Oscar nominations will be announced in January 22nd.


Best selling author Chuck Wendig was unceremoniously fired from Marvel’s Star Wars comics after the editorial department took issue with his tweets. Quote “Today I got the call. I’m fired. Because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring. Seriously, that’s what Mark, the editor said. It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part,” he tweeted. From his understanding this was a Marvel decision and not from Lucasfilm. IN his large tweetstorm about his firing he tweeted. The editor said he had made the call. He seemed genuinely upset at my tweets and profanity, so maybe that’s accurate. And again, that’s his right to do so. If they honestly feel that my presence will damage the book, I don’t want that. I want the book to shine, and artists like Juanan Ramirez and Greg Smallwood to do their amazing thing. Artists like that are gods in my mind, so I’m happy to not distract from their literal magic. But it does set a troubling precedent. One we’ve seen already – James Gunn, Jessica White, and so on – of folks fired because they riled up the wasp’s nest of asterisk-gate.”  Mr. Wendig has been the target of right wingers since he introduced LGBT characters in his novel Star Wars: Aftermath and has been the target of coordinated campaigns to drive down his review scored and get him fired.As a result the Shadow of Vader mini series taht was due out in January has been cancelled.


Geek News

The Orville Season Two is coming on December 30th

And the storylines have been teased for the season, a press release from Fox said quote “In Season Two, ED (MacFarlane) and KELLY’s (Adrianne Palicki) relationship will take a new turn, while the ship’s crew will meet never-before-seen aliens, face old adversaries the Krill, make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus.” unquote. I can’t wait to see it.


Sony is working on a new console to replace its aging Playstation Four console. Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, speaking to the Financial times said that quote “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”.


Tessa Thompson has given us a look st the new Men In Black movie she’s co starring in with Chris Hemsworth. The image, released on her Instagram shows Tessa and Chris dressed in black suits and shades walking shaded by umbrellas in the desert. We don’t know much of the plot  but we do know the film will not have Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones but will expand on the MIB universe. The film will feature Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani and Rafe Spall and will arrive in theaters on June fourteenth 2019.https://www.instagram.com/tessamaethompson/?utm_source=ig_embed


Well that’s all the news for tonight.

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