Episode Twenty-Three: Dayton Ward Survived The Snap

Tonight! We sort the living and the dead of the MCU, We see will see the last cameo of the man soon and I interview Author Dayton Ward on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! Back from the twentieth edition of Planet Comicon in Kansas City and it was pretty awesome. We saw a lot of great cosplay and you can see all the picks on our website and Instagram. We got a couple of interviews with two great authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. We will have Dayton’s interview in this episode and Kevin’s in the next. They will also be put up on Youtube. Special thanks to my wife and videographer Sarah. We got some autographs from Linda Blair, Rey Mysterio and the voice of Archer’s Pam Poovey Amber Nash. We went to a few panels, met some more podcasters, met some old friends and had a great time in downtown Kansas City. I am so looking forward to next years con next March the weekend of the 20th.


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Now before I start the show tonight. I’d like to spend a moment to talk about Linda Blair’s charity, The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, it’s mission is to rescue, educate, alleviate suffering and improve the lives of animals and people. They advocate spaying and neutering your pets, adopting pets from rescues and shelters, not buying from pet stores and being prepared for natural disasters.


You can check them out and  give them a hand by visiting their website at lindablairworldheart.org.


Now let’s get on with the show.


We start with Star Trek news.

Star Trek Discovery is winding down for the season and at a panel at WonderCon this past weekend in Anaheim, California. They had a “Star Trek: Discovery Inside the Visual Effects” panel. On the dias was director and executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, visual effects supervisors Jason Zimmerman and Ante Dekovic, and previsualization supervisor Stephen Pavelski. They talked about the challenges they faced this season such as the red angel which according to Osunsanmi  quote The Red Angel took so many different departments to pull together correctly with costume and props. For VFX, from when Alex [Kurtzman] first came up with the idea and it was an 18-week build to build it. And the VFX has to build a full CG character of that. We have to make sure it fits on the character it has to go on. And then the VFX has to make sure it does all these wondrous things it has to do and make it look real, and legit. I think that—at least for us on the production side—took the most time. I can remember a lot of 1:00 AM phone calls with [Jason Zimmerman]. Unquote


Also discussed was the challenging asteroid sequence in the season premiere, apparently it was Alex Kurtzman’s idea and that the started on it during the finish up on season one. And even though it was a huge effort  Zimmerman joked quote

We did that asteroid sequence and it was a massive CG undertaking, and I think Alex’s favorite thing was probably making Linus blink. He laughs every time. Unquote


They also discussed how they tried to make sure the effects didn’t over shine the story. Jason Zimmerman said quote Obviously it is served by technology, which is blisteringly fast. So, we are going to continue to grow and be able to do better versions of CG people where you are not going to be able to tell at some point. But, the one thing we can’t do with visual effects is write the story and make the story. So, it is still our job – regardless of how flashy we can get – that we have to tell the story. That is why we have to work with production and everyone else. We can make some really flashy stuff, but if at the end of the day it doesn’t tell a Star Trek story, then it doesn’t do anybody good. Unquote


A new ad from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention features the story of Leonard Nimoy.the ad, part of their “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. Showcases stories of people who have suffered from smoking-related illnesses, and the devastating impact of these illnesses on smokers’ families. The ad features Susan Nimoy, wife of Leonard Nimoy.  Let’s watch,





The CDC estimates that,between 2012-2015, over nine million Americans tried to quit smoking cigarettes because of the campaign and over half a million quit for good. If you need encouragement to stop smoking you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or to visit www.cdc.gov/tips for help.


Space Jam 2…you don’t know how much I wanna walk away right there, has added Sonequa Martin Green to the cast. She will be playing Lebron James wife. Not much is known about the movie, but it’s expected that Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be teaming up with the Loney Toons against something. The film will be directed by Terence Nance, and produced by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. And will be out in July of 2021.


Star Trek fans in Ireland want to look up to Chief Miles O’Brien. Alex Smyth of Dublin has launched a petition to put a statue of the Deep Space Nine Chief of Operations somewhere in the city of Dublin. Miles O’Brien was first introduced as a recurring character on Star Trek the Next Generation back in season one of the show, He eventually got a name, a wife and a new job on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Where he usually found himselfs being tortured in one way or another. The petition on ipetitions dot come already has 2,445 signatures. If you’d like to sign, we will have a link to it in our show notes. https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/build-a-statue-of-star-treks-chief-miles-obrien


Dayton Ward interview 


Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with new about Star Wars: The Mandalorian, the series that will air on Disney plus has wrapped production and according to a Lucasfilm source to HN Entertainment, a second season is already looking pretty likely.


The series is being showrun by Jon Favreau and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian. It’s expected to debut in the fall when Disney Plus does.


Werner Herzog has revealed a little more about his new role in The Mandalorian. The Filmmaker and actor revealed to Indiewire that quote “Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in The Mandalorian, the Star Wars sequel or whatever you call it. I like to do it because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain,”


Star Wars Celebration isa few days away and Star Wars dot com has gotten a glimpse of a massive mural that will be unveiled at the fan fest.  The mural from artists Doug Chiang and Jason Palmer will feature images from Episodes 1 through 9, the spinoff films and animated series Doug Chiang told Star Wars dot com that I wanted the scale to be theatrical,” “I felt it was important to make the mural as large as possible to mirror the cinematic experience. At 10-feet-tall and 88-feet-long, it’ll be unlike anything we’ve done before.” The idea according to Chiang came from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy saying that quote “She asked if we could create a piece of art that would encapsulate the entire Star Wars saga, visually representing the complete stories of Star Wars through art.

Star Wars Celebration begins on April eleventh. For news from their check out Scifi4me’s Salacious Crumbs. They’ll have their host Mackenna their for the event.


Keri Russell dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and did reveal that she has quote the coolest unquote costume in the film. Keeping silent has been difficult for her and her son was the first to know that she got the job quote “I got off the phone and I was like, ‘Hahaha, wait. River’ — my 11-year-old — ‘You can’t tell any of your friends, but I’m doing a really cool project. It’s Star Wars,'” Unquote Asked if she has an idea of what the title is, she said that she had no idea.


Marvel News

One last cameo. That’s apparently all that’s left for Stan Lee according to Director Joe russo,Stan did record several cameos prior to his passing. According to Joe Russo promoting Endgame in India said quote “I believe that his final cameo is in Endgame. I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Spider-Man [Far From Home],” “But it was incredible to work with him.”, “I grew up on his comic books. Stan Lee was an idol of mine as a kid. To be able to have the opportunity to not only to work under the material he created but to work with him is a childhood dream come true.”  Stan has appeared in all 21 Marvel Studios productions.


Now Stan not only did cameos in the Marvel Studios Produced films, but also in those produced by other studios, including Fox. So an appearance by Stan in the latest X-Men film Dark Phoenix was expected, but in an interview with Cinemablend, X-Men producer Hutch Parker and director Simon Kinberg they confirmed that no cameo will be in the movie. The revealed that instead they will have a tribute to him in the film. Quote “We do have some tribute to him, and it’s something that obviously we weren’t thinking about when we were making the movie because he was still very much alive,” “And he’s been such a huge part of making these films over the years. He’s had cameos; he’s had input into the process of making them.”


And speaking of Dark Phoenix, Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm says that the film has a different tone from previous installments. Speaking with comicbook dot com at Wondercon Shipp said quote “I love the fashion of it, I love the colors.” “When we first started Apocalypse, it was like walking onto a comic book. You felt like you were walking into a comic book, and what I love about Dark Phoenix is that, it is way more gritty. I think it affects you in a way more visceral way because it’s not a comic vibe. It’s very real, it’s very raw, and it was scary at times. It’s scary to think that someone you love is losing their mind.” According to Hutch Parker talking with comicbook.com, this change of tone was Simon Kinberg decision. Quote“I mean the decision here, it was really Simon [Kinberg]’s decision was to tell the Dark Phoenix story but really tell it as Jean’s story. So that was first and foremost. So it’s a much more thorough investigation of that saga of the story at that heart of the saga and much truer to Jean as a character. I think you’re right that one of the challenges was how do we balance what is in the comics in the galactic and intergalactic nature of that storyline with wanting to stay more Earth centric. And you know, we obviously made the decision to include some of that, but to keep it rooted in and around the characters we’ve come to know and love within the X-Men.”Unquote  Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters on June 7th.


Marvel’s Black Panther has racked up some more awards, this time at the NAACP Image Awards. Black Panther racked up the awards for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a motion picture , Outstanding Motion Picture and Chadwick Boseman won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, while Michael B Jordan walked away with Outstanding Supporting Actor. Danai Gurira won Outstanding Supporting Actress and Letitia Wright got Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a motion picture. Ryan Coogler was awarded the award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture. And Coogler and Joe Robert Cole got Outstanding writing in a motion picture.The soundtrack also got some love, Kendrick Lamar was awarded Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation and Lamar and SZA won Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for All The Stars.


Well one of the highlights of my trip to Planet Comicon was a visit to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to see Captain Marvel. Well your welcome Marvel. I just contributed to Captain Marvel breaking the 1 billion dollar mark at the global box office. In the US, the film has made about 360 million and the overseas take comes out to just over 645 million. Bringing the worldwide total to one billion four million plus dollars. That’s an awesome amount for 4 weeks.


So you’ve probably got your tickets for Avengers: Endgame, I hope you picked a theater with comfortable seats cause you’re gonna be in them for awhile. The movie runs just over three hours and Co-director Joe Russo addressed the length during an interview with Box Office Pro quote “We’re still looking at a similar time [approximately three hours]. This one’s been very specific in its run time. It really hasn’t changed since we executed the first cut of the film,” “Even though we’ve shot a lot of footage between now and then, we’ve swapped things out and the water keeps rising to the same level because the story’s so dense. We have so many characters that we’re working with again that require that kind of run time.” unquote In other words, when you have a dozen or more characters that all need screen time, you’re length is gonna get long.


We know have a definitive idea of who was dusted after the Snap in Infinity War. Marvel released a series of posters featuring characters that survived and didn’t. Among the survivors  when Endgame picks up are Iron Man , Black Widow , Captain Marvel , Happy Hogan , Wong, Okoye , Ant-Man, Nebula, Rocket Raccoon , Hawkeye , Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner , Captain America , Thor, and War Machine . Among the Fallen are Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch , Gamora, Mantis, Loki, Nick Fury, Vision , Bucky Barnes , Drax), Falcon , Groot, Wasp , Shuri, Spider-Man , and Star-Lord . So plan your movie cosplay accordingly.


Well out with the old and in with the new members of the MCU. It looks like Angelina Jolie might be showing up in the next phase of Marvel movie. The actress is in negotiation to star in The Eternals. The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby and has an expansive story that covers thousands of MCU galactic history. The film will be directed by Chloe Zhao. No word on what part Jolie is going for. It could be either Sersi, thena or Elysisus, but it is expected to hit screens sometime in 2020.


The Hollywood reporter also reports that Kumail Nanjiani is also in talks to join The Eternals.


Season two of Cloak and Dagger returns to Freeform this month and they’ll be a time jump from where the characters were in the first season. Season two starts eight months later after ty was forced to be on the run, hiding out in an abandoned church. . In an interview with CBR star Aubrey Joseph said quote With Season 1, we literally watched them figure out how to maneuver with these powers. So Season 2, from the jump, you see them become these badass superheroes, you know? It still takes time, obviously. They’re young and they are still learning, but — specifically for Ty — eight months in a church by yourself, it’s a lot of time on your hands to practice your powers, obviously. So I think it will be worth the wait, to see that. Unquote. This is also handy as we get the see Cloak and Daggers powers expanded.


And just when you thought Agents of Shields seventh season was it’s last…maybe think again. Jeph Loeb in a panel at Wonder Con said that quote “By the time you get to May 10th you will have nothing better to do than to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knowing how the Avengers story ended in Endgame. So that should tell you, particularly when you saw today the One Year Later.” Co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen explained,“We’re not ending” in response to season 7 being the show’s last. “We always think we’re going to end each season and being renewed is a bonus each year.”  So do you think this will be the end?


DC News

It’s been over a year and a half since Justice League came out. You might remember that during reshoots, Henry Cavill was in the midst of shooting the new Mission Impossible movie and sporting a mustache. In order to cover up Superman’s unexpected lip hair, the production had to go to lengths to cover it up causing the fakest looking upper lip area ever. Now ReelAnarchy has debuted a photo from the set showing Cavill sporting the mustache. Frankly, I think they shouldn’t have removed it, they should have added a beard. It would have made more sense with the “Death of Superman” sort of story they were trying to tell. https://twitter.com/Pop_Cult_Pod/status/1112850011983888384/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1112850011983888384&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fdc%2F2019%2F04%2F01%2Fjustice-league-movie-2017-superman-mustache-reshoots-henry-cavill%2F


Back in 2009, The Dark Knight was not nominated for The Best Picture Oscar. This has been seen by some as one of the greatest snubs in awards history. However it’s snubbing encouraged the Academy to widen the field the next year to 10.  At a Q&A session following an IMAX screening of The Dark Knight on March 30th in LA in honor of Batman’s 80th Anniversary. When asked about it, Nolan responded with quote “Yeah, which is a kind of cool consolation prize, I guess,” The IMAX screening tour will continue this month with screenings in New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Indianapolis.


We keep getting new information about James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and it looks like Jai Courtney will be returning to the role of Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie will be back as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis will be back as Amanda Waller. We also have word from Variety that Idris Elba will be playing  a new character that will be replacing Deadshot. For a film that’s not a sequel, it sure seems like a sequel and not a reboot.


80 years of DC Comics will now be at your fingertips as DC Comics will be releasing their creative output in a new feature to the DC Universe streaming service. DC universe senior Vice President and General Manager Sam Ades said at Wondercon quote “From the time DC Universe launched last year, our fans have loved the comic experience and have asked us for just one thing – more! The expansion to thousands of titles in January 2019 was a first step in our goal to deliver on that request, to provide DC Universe members full access to the pantheon of DC’s epic Super Hero stories,” “We’re thrilled to respond to our fans yet again with the incredible value of the ultimate DC digital comics library.” The service costs $7.99 a month. With all the new shows their adding, this service is looking better all the time.


The premiere of Swamp Thing has been announced, the new series made for the DC Universe service will debut on May 31st.  Here’s a synopsis:When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all. The series stars Jennifer Beals, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen, and more.


Speaking of Swamp Thing, here’s a little trivia for you Constantine first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 back in 1985. Well actor Matt Ryan has revealed that he wants John Constantine to show up in the new series. Ryan commented on this during a panel at Wizard World Cleveland saying quote “John Constantine was born in Swamp Thing. Eventually, he has to be on Swamp Thing, and I just hope it’s me”


Staying with DC Universe news, an image has surfaced of star Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, this looks to be a costume similar to the one the character wears in the comic, Brec is shown holding the Star Rod as well. And you can see Stripes leg in the background behind her. The new series should be out in 2020. https://twitter.com/TheDCUniverse/status/1111798952985137152/photo/1


So how did the other Captain Marvel, Shazam! Do at the box office this week? For opening weekend, it made 56.8 million in the United States and on the foreign box ofice it made 102. 3 million for a worldwide box office total of 159,130,326. I opened at number one. Pretty good for the big red cheese.


Arrow’s next season will be it’s last and Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards has announced her departure from the series prior to this next last season. Rickards plays Felicity Smoak, a role that debuted in 2012. She made the announcement in a letter on Instagram quote “The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens

And why TGA is so damn hot

And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute

before we go and do all that

For this makes me out of breath

To have this not small chat

Felicity and I

are a very tight two

But after one through seven

we will be saying goodbye to you


I thank you all for the time we’ve shared

The elevators we have climbed

The monsters we have faced and scared

And The burgers we have dined

I will keep her in my heart for always

And I hope that you can too

Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you



Felicity and Me”


We wish her well in her future endeavors.


Geek News

You can now pay homage to the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. As a Lego Ideas Steamboat Willie set has been released. The set idea was first submitted to Lego Ideas by Mate Szabo back in 2016 and quickly earned the 10,000 voted it needed for consideration by Lego. The set has 751 pieces and includes Mickey, Minnie, Mickey’s parrot, hidden wheels, moving steam pipes, a rotating paddle wheels, an adjustable crane and it’s all in glorious black and white. If you want one, go to the Lego shop and get yours for 89.99. We will have a link in the show notes. https://shop.lego.com/en-US/product/Steamboat-Willie-21317


Mark Hamill is a man of many voices. Now he lends his vocal talents to the killer doll Chucky in the new reboot of Child’s Play. He announced it on twitter quote “People let me tell you ’bout my best friend…”🎶

The wicked fun begins when @ChildsPlayMovie is unleashed in theaters: Friday, June 21st 2019. #SoLuckyImChucky 🤪  Unquote Original Child’s Play director Tom Holland tweeted back quote Smart move. With a thumbs up emoji. Unquote.


The Big Bang Theory is almost done and one mystery apparently will never be answered. Penny’s maiden name. That’s right in twelve years of episodes her last name has never been seen or uttered. Executive Producer told The Hollywood Reporter quote “[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her one,”“[I]t will always be Hofstadter.” Unquote So I guess we will never know. Perhaps it was Blank.


The Directors of the new Pet Sematary remake really wish the trailers and commercial  hadn’t spoiled so much. Especially the death of the daughter Ellie. However they did defend the trailer and even pointed out a benefit in an interview with Collider Dennis Widmyer said quote Yeah, we would not have done that, but we don’t work in marketing. But I will say though, to their credit, that we tested the film in a bunch of different cities, as you always do with studio films, and our score went up after the trailer was revealed. I’m not saying it was because of that. We had made the movie better obviously in between, but I don’t know. There is something to be said about people sort of knowing going in already what to expect and then being ready for it rather than blindsided by it if they’re not into it. Unquote Pet Sematary come to theaters on April 5th.


Pet Sematary producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura speaking with Consequence of Sound said that a sequel is possible, but thinks that it should be a prequel instead quote

“I think if there’s anything here, there’s a prequel. I think if you look at the book, we didn’t cover all that stuff that happens before the Creed family moves in. So, I think there’s a movie there, and I think I’d be particularly interested in doing that, because, again, it’s the source material and you are going toward something that also has a lot of crazy, creepy feelings about it.”


So, would you rather see a sequel or a prequel or neither?


Screen Rant has confirmed that Netflix has renewed The Umbrella Academy for season two. Production is expected to be underway from May 2019 through to September 2019. And no words on plot or release date have been forthcoming, so watch this space.


Apple has announced it’s new streaming service with the unimaginative name of Apple TV Plus. The service will launch this fall and be available in over 100 countries. Announced at a live event were Jason Mamoa and Alfre Woodard starting in a new scifi series called See, there is also a show from M. Night Shyamalan planned, a reboot of Amazing Stories a space drama from Ronald D moore and Foundation based on the work of Isaac Asimov.


Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley has confirmed that the late Don Rickles will still voice Mr. Potato Head. Don passed away two years ago this month at the age of 90, not having recorded any new dialogue for the sequel.  In a tweet Josh Cooley said quote “Some people say funny things, I say things funny.” -Don Rickles

All of his pieces may be replaceable, but his voice is not. Honored he signed on for TS4, honored he’s in TS4. unquote


There has been no elaboration on how his voice will be in the movie, however it’s more than likely that they will use vocal performances that were not used from the past 3 movies and he will just be around, but not integral to the plot in anyway.


Actress and model Tania Mallet has passed away. Tania can best be known for her role in the classic James Bond movie Goldfinger where she played the role of tilly Masterson. Tania is a cousin of actress Helen Mirren. She was born in Blackpool, England. She was working as a model when she was cast by Albert Cubby Broccoli for the role in Goldfinger. Goldfinger was her only screen role, she returned to modeling after Goldfinger. Tania Mallet passed away at the age of 77.


Rankin-Bass Composer and Arranger Maury Laws has passed away. Mauray was the musical director for rankin-bass and supervised scoring on such classics as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and the Hobbit. He arranged and conducted all the music for the perennial classic Rudolph. The success of that led to his work with Fred Astaire on Santa Claus is coming to town, danny Kaye in Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Angela lansbury on the First Christmas and Judy Collins on The Wind in the Willows.


Mauray was nominated for a Grammy in 1979 for the music in The Hobbit. He would later score The return of the King animated sequel. He not only worked for Rankin Bass but he also scored for movies and tv. Here’s a bit of trivia for you,Back in 1960, he wrote the arrangement of the song  “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” without credit. Laws is survived by his wife Karen, his three children , two sisters, nieces and nephews. Maury Laws was 95 years old.


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