Episode Two

Cold Open:Tonight! Who’s in charge on Star Trek Discovery, We get a glimpse at what Lucas had originally planned for the sequel trilogy and the ever sad and widening gyre of Stan Lee!  All this and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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We begin tonight with Star Trek News.

As you know, Discovery will be back in 2019, but we didn’t get the fate of it’s companion series, After Trek. The series, in a format similar to Talking Dead on AMC and hosted by Matt Mira first was aired live after each episode of Discovery but than was filmed live to tape. It featured guests from the series who talked about that night’s episode. Now we know it’ll be back but with changes, as to what those changes are, they aren’t saying. A spokesperson for CBS All Access said quote “We are reimagining After Trek for Season 2. The series will continue to have all the fan-driven elements that Star Trek: Discovery viewers enjoyed this season and more. We’ll be sure to share more details as we get closer to launch.”  unquote

Frankly, I never had time to watch it, so I can’t personally say what I’d keep and what I’d toss, but I’ll be sure to keep you informed about what changes are made.

In an exclusive to the Hollywood Reporter, we have learned that Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J Berg have left the show which is in the midst of filming season two. In there place, Alex Kurtzman, the co creator and other Executive Producer of Discovery, writer of the first two Kelvin Timeline movies and director of The Mummy will now continue on as the new showrunner.

Variety reports that there were escalating tensions in the writer’s room over the past few months prior to Harberts and Berg’s leaving in the escape pod.

It’s starting to look like a war of attrition over there. Does anyone wanna take a bet on how long Kurtzman will last?

Will an ancestor of Captain Picard soon grace the set of Star Trek Discovery? Sir Patrick Stewart was recently asked by Red Carpet News if he had watched Discovery. His answer was an interesting. Quote “You mean the series, not the movie, because there is a new movie due out very soon,” Stewart clarified first, then went on to say, “No, I haven’t, but I may have good cause to look at it very soon.” unquote  Does he have good cause because he’s going to act on the show? Maybe it means he’s going to direct an episode? Maybe Captain Picard will come back in time and fix the timeline. Anyway, when we know, you’ll know. Be sure to follow @MultiverseTom on twitter, so you can follow along on all the updates.

Todd McFarlane is expressing hope that MCFarlane’s Star Trek Discovery phaser will still be released. The phaser pre-orders had been cancelled due to changes required to fit regulations regarding toy weapons. Quote Based on federal, state and local regulations around replica/toy weapons, McFarlane Toys has decided to cancel pre-orders on the Star Trek: Discovery Phaser 2018 release until we can determine a more acceptable way to release it without compromising the integrity of the item. We are still pursuing options on releasing this item in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the fans. Unquote

Several states have regulations to ensure that toy guns cannot be confused for real weapons. The latest promotional image for the STD phaser shows an orange colored nozzle, different from what has shown at Toy fair earlier this year. I guess if you want something more screen accurate, you can always recolor the nozzle yourself.

Speaking of toys, the Captain Picard and Kirk seven inch articulated figures are set to debut by late July, you can preorder it now, and if you would be super helpful to me, you can do so at the amazon.com associate link found at multiversetonight.com. Just look for it on the sidebar.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sonequa Martin-Green spoke about how being more familiar with the world and characters of Discovery after season one will allow the writers and crew to take things to the next level next season.

Quote“We’re just as excited [as we were for season one], but there is a blanket of peace in this sense of preparedness because we’re familiar with it and because we have our ex-per-ie-ntial knowledge from last year,” Martin-Green says. “Now, we have a little bit more hold on what it is that we’re doing, the universe we’re in, the story that we’re telling, the roles that each of us have within the story. We’re hopefully very boldly, if I may say, going higher and deeper.” Unquote

In a different interview, she told ET about the feeling of responsibility she bears as the franchise’s first woman of color cast in a lead role.  Quote “I certainly appreciate and am humbled by being able to be a part of the conversation, being able to be in these enlightening conversations that we’re having right now as the tide is turning,” she says. “I have been ignited in a brand-new way. I’m no stranger to the sci-fi genre, but being able to be a part of the conversation now and being able to be a part of the solution while you’re surrounded by the problem, it’s a dream come true and I take it as a responsibility.

“What I hope, and what I’m striving for now and will continue to strive for, is that these things are reflected in my own life.” Unquote

Do you want to tour the set of Star Trek Discovery? If Bell Media President Randy Lennox has his way, you will. Bell Media, which owns the CTV network, purchased a majority share in Pinewood Toronto Studios earlier this year and they are set on an expansion.

QuoteWe didn’t buy Pinewood to keep it the way it is. There is so much potential. People are always intrigued at what happens behind the scenes. Maybe you can go on the Star Trek: Discovery set and then go take your picture in the transporter room. We can do that.” Unquote

But before they get that far, Lennox plans on building an additional 170,000 square feet of space, with a groundbreaking this summer.

Quote“We have to be pragmatic. Let’s get the studio space to meet demand first, and making sure we do our productions before we evolve to golf carts,” says Lennox, who says he doesn’t have a definitive timeline. “But I’m positive all this could happen. Why wouldn’t there be a tour? It’s a great opportunity.” Unquote

Would YOU be willing to go to Toronto to take a tour of the Discovery set? Let us know on our social media.

Let’s talk about some General Star Trek news.

The medical tricorder could be one step closer to reality. Researchers at Birmingham’s Ashton University have developed a desktop prototype of a machine that can take readings from blood and human tissue using laser beams.

The device has been successfully trialled at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee Alabama.

The machine uses three different lasers to monitor how well blood is delivered to tissue, measures blood oxygen levels and looks at cell metabolism.

The device has already had practical applications, being used in diagnostic procedures for strokes and skin cancers, and is non-invasive, as no needles are necessary.

A prototype wearable monitor has been developed that athletes can wear on their wrists.

Much of the technology is ready to go into production, and the university recently launched Aston Medical Technology to commercialise inventions.

Professor Edik Ra-fail-ov, of A-I-P-T, said: quote“This technology will allow a range of tests to be taken quickly, painlessly and without any reason for patients to feel nervous – there are no needles involved.
“Results are instantaneous, which is better for patients and more efficient for healthcare providers.” Unquote

This next story is a little odd. Fox News reports that a man in Florida caught masturbating  told cops he was Captain Kirk. Officers of the Clearwater PD were called to a bus stop following up on a report of a lewd and lascivious act. Officers stated that they discovered the man sitting on a bench touching himself under his pants. When asked what he was doing, the man told officers,quote “I’m scratching myself.” Unquote When they arrested him, he told the officer that his name was James Tiberius Kirk. Officers later determined his real name to be James Bundrick a native of Georgia. He was booked on disorderly conduct and providing a false name to law enforcement.  Maybe he should have called for Scotty to beam him up instead.

Gentle Giant LTD is the newest licensee for Star Trek Discovery and they have announced a limited edition convention exclusive mini bust of everyone favorite and or tasty first officer Lt. Saru. This bust is hand cast, hand painted and hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity. It will be a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive and will be sold at the Gentle Giant booth during the con, which happens next month from July 18-22nd. For those of us not attending Premiere Guild members will get first dibs on the busts after SDCC. The cost will be $100 and you can go to the link in our show notes which can be found at our website, multiversetonight.com (https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/collectibles/show-exclusives/lt-saru-star-trek-discovery-mini-bust-2018-sdcc-exclusive/)

Robert Mandan has passed away at the age of 86. He got his start in soap operas. He is best known for his role on the comedy series Soap that ran from 1977 to 1981. Now you might be asking, why is Thomas mentioning this in Star Trek news? He had a guest appearance on Star Trek Deep Space Nine as Kotan Pa’Dar KOE-tan puh-DAR in the episode Cardassians. We send our condolences to his friends and family.

In Star Wars news, If you thought that George Lucas’ sequel trilogy would have been better than the Disney made sequels. You’d be surprised. Revealed in a new companion book to James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series on AMC Lucas says quote

GL: [The next three Star Wars films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force.

GL: If I’d held onto the company I could have done it, and then it would have been done. Of course, a lot of the fans would have hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.

We have good news and bad news about Solo: A Star Wars Story. The good news is that the Cumulative Worldwide gross has finally passed the budget of $300 million with 317 million 510 thousand 420 as of June 12th. The bad news is that this still make it the worst performing Star Wars film. Rogue One, by comparison, made over a billion dollars world wide.

Could Lando Calrissian make an appearance in Episode Nine? According to a rumor on the site Fantha Tracks, he could and they claim to have verified it through two sources. link here.

Quote “We were asked by our original source to verify this with another independent source before we ran with it. We did that, confirming that this is indeed correct (and before anyone asks, we’re not going to name our sources because that’s not how this works). Filming on Episode IX starts next month, so expect to see official confirmation of this exciting casting very soon.” Unquote

Billy Dee Williams is 81 years old, no word has come from him. However, there is a report that he has changed his eating and excercising habits. Maybe he’s getting in shape for a cape?

Now let’s talk some Marvel news
Well our hopes of seeing the Xmen and the Avengers in the same cinematic universe have officially run into a snag after Comcast officially unvieled it’s 65 billion dollar, all cash bid for the pieces of Fox that Disney put in a bid for. Now it’s Disney’s move, do they sweeten the pot by offering more cash and less stock? Maybe a lifetime pass to Disney for the Murdoch family? We will keep you apprised on Twitter when the story develops.

Now let’s talk some Avengers 4/Infinity War 2 The Wrath of Thor or whatever they’re gonna call it. Purported promo art for the film may offer the first look at the avengers post Infinity War.
Surfacing on the Brazilian website Heroi X, the leaked art is reportedly for merchandise for the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel. Most notable from the image is the inclusion of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, absent from the marketing for Infinity War, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, and decidedly different looks for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Don Cheadle’s War Machine.

Steve Rogers looks to be wearing a cleaned up uniform. Also present is Thor, Black Widow, Nebula, Iron Man and Rocket Raccoon.

A diffrent piece of art depicts Thanos in new armor weilding both the Infinity Gauntlet and a bladed weapon

Avengers 4 arrives May third, 2019. This artwork is pretty good if true. We will link to these in the show notes.

Empire star Grace Byers is joining the X-Men Universe series “The Gifted’ for Season two. She will play Reeva, a quote “smart, charming, authoritative, elegant, beautiful woman who is ruthless in her efforts to fight for her people. She leads an elite band of followers and has a soft spot for her new recruits, but is still capable of extreme violence in defense of her vision.” unquote  Reeva will work with Polaris , The Frost Triplets and Andy Strucker s faction of mutants. The show will be moving to Tuesday’s this fall leading off the also renewed Lethal Weapon.

Will we finally see a really good filmed version of Doctor Doom? Speaking with Vulture.com, Noah Hawley revealed he’s written a script for his solo Doctor Doom movie that both he and the studio quote really like unquote. However the project is currently in limbo. Will this Doom ever escape the script Negative Zone? Or will he be…Doooooommmmmeeeeedddd.

Well, Marvel’s The Defenders won’t be coming together anytime soon according to Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb. During a Reddit Ask Me Anything promoting Cloak & Dagger, Loeb said that the teamup is not in the plans right now, but you never know.

However we will get to see Iron Fist in some new superhero duds.

When asked if there was any chance of Agent Carter getting resurrected, Loeb offered the ususal, “Find us a network! Adding that Haley has been so kind of saying she’d love to come back. Asked about finding a new home for the Squirrel Girl-led New Warriors series that Freeform ordered but then passed on, Loeb said, We’re working on it,” while in diplomatically addressing what is sometimes referred to as “Netflix bloat,” he explained, quote “We tell stories that Marvel and showrunners want to tell. If they come out to 13 episodes, we feel good about that. We support that vision as best we can.”unquote When asked how Infinity war relates to any of the tv series he wrote, quote “For the most part our stories will take place BEFORE Thanos clicked his fingers. A lot of that has to do with production and when we are telling our stories vs. when the movies come out.” unquote In other words, we’ll take that as a we’ll see.

Marvel Comics has revealed the team roster for the upcoming Asgardians of the Galaxy.  This is from the press release: “Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic spaceopera from the superstar team of Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli! ANGELA, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded VALKYRIE – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. SKURGE the EXECUTIONER, freshly returned from Hel. THROG, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero THUNDERSTRIKE. And the DESTROYER, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown.” The book is due to hit the racks in September.

Time for the Stan Lee update!

Since last we left our intrepid hero, Stan was threatened outside his Los Angels home by two gunmen Two men were detained by officers at the scene, although it’s unclear if the suspects remain in custody. According to a witness who spoke to The Daily Mail, one of the men had confronted Lee about money supposedly owed to him. The witness also says that the two men tossed their guns away prior to the arrival of the police, but that officers retrieved the weapons. The cause of the incident is still being investigated.

A few days later on June tenth , Stan posted a video to twitter saying that his only partner and business manager was Keya Morgan. On June 11th, Keya was arrested and held at the Hollywood Community Police Station with bail set at $20,000 for allegedly filing a false police report with the LAPD, no details, but The Hollywood Reporter suggested that it was related to the allegations that Lee was accosted by a pair of armed men.

Now the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Stan has requested a restraining order against Mr. Morgan. According to The Blast.com, documents that have been  obtained reveal the events which led to this move, The request says that Mr. Morgan put Lee’s personal well being at risk by isolating him from loved ones by using quote undue influence un quote.

The Blast also details how Morgan’s influence went farther than most suspected. Not only was Morgan monopolizing stan’s twitter handle, but he even moved Stan from his Beverly Hills mansion into a condo sometime around June 8th. Stan was then cut off from friends shortly thereafter.

Keya Morgan must stay 100 yards from Mr. Lee until a hearing next month. As of now, Stan has returned to his home in Beverly Hills.

On the thirteenth, Stan Lee’s former lawyer Tom Lallas has been appointed guardian ad litem for Lee, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Multiverse Tonight will continue to cover the ever evolving saga of The Man Stan Lee. We are sending all our hopes to him.

Let’s take a look at the box office report for Marvel’s movies. First off, Infinity War has finally dipped below the one million dollar a day mark on Monday with a 921,000 gross, it still should end it’s fiftieth day of release passing Titanic to become the fourth biggest domestic box office earner of all time. Currently the movie is up to 2 billion 4 million dollars world wide.

Deadpool 2, meanwhile, is up to 664 million dollars world wide after 27 days. Getting closer to making the same as the first Deadpool which made 783 million worldwide.

Let’s take a look at the Distinghed Competition.

DC Comics is celebrating the big twenty fifth anniversary of the Vertigo comic imprint with new books, a new logo and for some reason, a new name DC Vertigo. Kinda sounds like something you get when you visit the washington monument.

DC Vertigo Executive Editor Mark Doyle, says that  DC’s relocation from New York to Southern California  and Vertigo’s new access to the deep pool of local talent across various entertainment media has had an effect on the foundation of the imprint’s new identity. He said that they are looking for new voices and people who are doing storytelling in other media such as video games , music, excetera.

Seven new books will be released Starting  in September with “Border Town” by writer Eric M. Es-qui-vel and artist Ramon Villa-lobos . Set in the small town of Devil’s Fork, Ariz., the series will follow Frank Dom-inguez and his high-school friends as they uncover the secrets behind supernatural occurrences that are being blamed on Mexican immigrants.

In October we get , “Hex Wives” — by writer Ben Blacker and artist Mirka Andolfo. The series involves a world where some unsavory men brainwash a coven of witches into subservient, suburban housewives.

In November we get American Carnage,” written by Bryan Hill and drawn by Leandro Fernandez White-passing biracial FBI agent Richard Wright infiltrates a white-supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.

December brings us “Goddess Mode” by writer Zoë Quinn and artist Robbi Rodriguez  set in a not-too-distant future where a godlike A.I. oversees all of humanity’s needs. The series, , follows IT officer Cassandra, who stumbles upon a group of super-powered women who are locked in a secret war against horrifying monsters.

More debuts will arrive next year, including “High Level about a smuggler with a bounty on her head who is forced to deliver a child messiah to the mystical city of High Level – a city from which no one has ever returned.,” “Safe Sex” –  a dystopian sci-fi thriller where a ragtag team of sex workers must fight for freedom from the government and “Second Coming.” where Jesus is sent to Earth by God in order to learn from the all-powerful superhero Sun-Man. In other words, Jesus learning from a Superman like character.

Speaking of Vertigo. The tv series Lucifer, which ran for 3 seasons on Fox was recently canceled. A twitter campaign was launched at hashtag Save Lucifer and it has been heard. Netflix has announced that it will put out a ten episode season four of Lucifer! Congratulations to the cast and crew!

Longtime DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver has announced that he is no longer working for DC Comics, he will instead focus on a revival of his creator owned series, Cyberfrog. Ethan has recently raised over $187,000 with an Indiegogo campaign to fund a 48 page Cyberfrog: Bloodhoney graphic novel.

This departure comes hot on the heels of now former DC Chief Creative Officer and President Geoff Johns departure. Johns however will remain at DC in a new capacity launching his own comic book imprint as well as gaining a film production gig under the banner Mad Ghost Productions where he will Executive Produce and write a Green lantern corps movie based on his comic book run as well as produce and write Wonder Woman 2.

Replacing Geoff as Chief Creative Officer is Jim Lee

Diane Nelson has also left her position as DC Entertainment President after a leave of absence that she started taking in March. In a press release from Warner Bros Chairman and CEO Devin Tsujihara (Sue-e-hara), he wrote quote “Diane has been a friend and colleague as well as a valued member of the Warner Bros. family for more than 20 years. While we’re sad she’ll be leaving us, we completely respect and support her decision. Unqote No one has been announced to replace her.

DC Comics is now apart of the AT&T family after the merger of American Telephone and Telegraph and Time Warner was approved by a federal judge who turned down the governments objections to the merger and suggested that the government not appeal the decision.

And now a little general geek news.

You watched season one and two of Stranger Things and you want more?

Netflix and Penguin Random House to the rescue with a series of novels and companion books including a prequel novel by Gwenda Bond, which will release in the spring. More books for both adults and young readers will be available next fall.

Production on Season 4 of Rick and Morty has begun! Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! We have also been promised that the wait time between seasons will be much smaller than years! Series Co Creator Justin roiland confirmed this in an interview with Polygon. Quote “We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order, I think it gives us the ability to be faster,”. “We’re not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We’re going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It’s going to be really cool.” Unquote

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