Episode One

Multiverse Tonight Episode One

Episode One.

Cold Open: Tonight! DC meets the Looney Tunes..again. Phil Coulson returns. CBS looks for an Emmy nod for Discovery and I look at the renaming of a sports arena! All this and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Multiverse Tonight. Where we look at all your geeky universes.

Let me introduce myself, My name is Thomas Townley. I’ll be your Host, My aim is to give you more knowledge about what’s up with DC, Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars and more. And if there’s something you want me to cover, let me know on Twitter, Facebook or Youtube.

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Let’s start off with a little some DC Comics news,

The DCU and Looney Tunes are crossing over again this summer with four new special issues coming August twenty-ninth.

Each issue will be 48 pages, and feature both a main story told in the DC Universe style and a backup story told in a more Looney Tunes style.

There’s Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester Special #1, with a main story by Gail Simone and Inaki Miranda, a backup story by Shea Fontana and Walter Carzon, and a cover by Emanuela Lupacchino.

Next, there’s Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1, with a main story by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner (who’s also on cover duty), and Pier Brito, and a backup story by Sholly Fisch and Dave Alvarez.

The Joker/Daffy Duck Special #1 with a main story by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund, with a backup story by Joey Cavalieri and Luciano Vecchio

And finally, there’s Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special #1, with a main story by Mark Russell, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy, a backup story by Jim Fanning and John Loter, and a cover by Ben Oliver.

DC, You’re Dessssspicable.

You know, there’s one sentence I’ve never heard uttered in my life, I want to know Alfred Pennyworth’s origin story.
But apparently someone has, because we will get to see Batman’s butler’s origin story in the new Epix series “Pennyworth”, which has received a straight to series order from the network.

The show, from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, will have nothing to do with the version of the character played by Sean Pertwee on Gotham but will chronicle Alfred’s time as a special-forces officer in London and the beginnings of his work with Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas Wayne.

Epix president Michael Wright said in a statement. Quote
“As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make Epix the home of this series. We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny — along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon — on this fantastic origin story,”Unquote

So are you interested in watching this origin story? Do you think that they’ll mix in any other DCU characters?

We have some good news and bad news for DC Comics. The good news? They’ve captured the number one position in April with Action Comics #1000. The bad news? Marvel still captured the better market share in both dollars and units. In fact, their dollar market share got an increase of almost two percent. Meanwhile, their unit share increased by almost four percent over March. DC Comics’ dollar share saw a boost over last month to their dollar share. Yet, their unit share dropped for April. Let’s hope May’s numbers are better for the Distinguished Competition.

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the late great star of Superman, Margot Kidder.with a title card aired during its May 19 episode.
Margot Kidder passed away at the age of 69 on May Thirteenth in her sleep in her home in Livingston, Montana.

How can you have comic book news ,DC or Marvel with out mentioning Kevin Smith? Well, we’re not going to find out here. Kevin Smith on Twitter said quote Just finished this week’s episode of @TheCWSupergirl and have to give major props to @MehcadBrooks! You crushed your monologue scene, sir! Such a beautiful performance! Now I wanna do a Guardian-centric ep next season! @erictcarrasco! I have an idea for a wicked story… #Blam Unquote.

So Kevin would like to do an episode centered around the Guardian for next season. Well, we will have to see if they grant Mr. Smith is wish. I have a good feeling about this.

Peter Jackson is rumored to direct an upcoming DC Movie Project. If he does what will we get? Kevin Smith has a good hunch. On a recent episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast with Marc Banardin, the duo speculated on what would be a perfect film for the Lord of the Rings mastermind to take on. They mulled over New Gods, Justice League and Justice League Dark before hiting the nail on the head with a suggestion from a fan in the audience.

Quote” “Kingdom Come? F*** yes!” “Why aren’t you running a studio, man? Kingdom F****** Come at the hands of that guy? Oh, we’d all Kingdom Come.” Unquote

Let me fill you in on what Kingdom Come is , Kingdom Come was a miniseries from Mark Waid and Alex Ross. That was published back in 1996, it featured a much older, retirement-aged Justice League coming together to deal with the issues stemming from a generation of irresponsible and attention-seeking kids who had great power, but no responsibility. However, Superman’s retirement is cut short when a cataclysm impacts the world, snapping him out of his funk and prompting him to bring his old friends together to bring the younger heroes to heel. The series is viewed through the lens of a preacher who has lost his faith along with The Spectre, who needs his help to figure out who is ultimately responsible for this calamity.

I would love to see a Kingdom Come movie, but I’d rather it be a couple of movies. Part One ending with Superman’s remembrance and the second part dealing with the superhero war sparked by Superman’s return.

Stephen Amell star of Arrow, the series that started the CW’s DCU line of television series has revealed an important feature for the series upcoming seventh season. At Motor City Comic Con, he revealed that Oliver Queen’s iconic goatee will finally grace his face.

However, Amell did caution that the goatee may not be sticking around forever, possibly signaling that it will be more of an Easter egg than a lasting redesign to the character. He also made it clear that Green Arrow’s Robin Hood hat won’t be making an appearance.

Quote “I can’t promise that I’m going to keep [the goatee] forever,” “I can definitely promise that I’m not going to wear the stupid hat.” Unquote

Ah come on, Stephen, if Doctor Who can make fezs cool, Arrow can make Green Arrows hat cool.

Let’s take a look at Marvel News.

The juggernaut that is Avengers Infinity War plows on as the film has now topped 2 billion worldwide. The film that brought us to a cliffhanger ending has crossed the six hundred million mark domestically. Marvel now has all the monies.

Meanwhile over on the Deadpool 2 box office watch, the domestic Total as of Jun. 3, 2018 is estimated at $254,652,438. Internationally it’s doing even better, taking back the international box office from Solo. It now has$344 million internationally. Totalled together that brings a current worldwide total to just south of 600 million dollars. $598,654,129 Pretty good for seventeen days work.

Captain Marvel will bring a familiar face back to life in the MCU Agent Phil Coulson. The origin film, set in the 1990’s, will include a younger, more inexperienced agent of shield as he gets mixed up with the story that will bring us into the next Avengers film. I wonder if they’ll deage Clark Greg for the movie? Plus they’ll have to deage Samuel L Jackson too. Can’t wait to see a trailer for this one.

The film will release March 8, 2019.

If you were looking forward to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe over at Disney, hold onto your horses. Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal. Is preparing a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox and it’s holdings. They are looking to top Disney’s bid with their own bid, around sixty billion dollars, all cash. No comment about such a bid has been forthcoming from Fox or Disney. But if such a bid gets presented, be prepared for Disney to possibly sweeten the pot.
There you have it folks, the fate of mutants held in fate by a duel between a Mouse and a Peacock.

Stan Lee has been busy in recent weeks, since getting a handle on his twitter account and suing his former company POW for a billion dollars.

Let’s break it down.

Stan Lee filed a lawsuit against Pow! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, a media production company he co-founded with Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman, claiming that Champion and Pow! CEO Shane Duffy were trying to steal and profit from Lee’s identity. According to the lawsuit, Duffy and Champion..

Quote ….conspired and agreed to broker a sham deal to sell POW! to a company in China and fraudulently steal Stan Lee’s identity, name, image, and likeness as part of a nefarious scheme to benefit financially at Lee’s expense. Unquote

Stan’s lawsuit comes has a direct response to Pow! being sold to Camsing International, a company based out of Hong Kong that buys and sells intellectual properties to a number of Hollywood studios. Mr. Lee’s suit claims that, at the time of the sale, he was told that he was given a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Pow!, but apparently that’s not the case. Pow!, according to Stan Lee currently has quote “the exclusive right to use Lee’s name, identity, image, and likeness on a worldwide basis in perpetuity,”unquote something he says is the result of his signature being forged.

To put in in simpler terms, Stan was told one thing, while Pow allegedly did something else.

Pow! Entertainment has responded with their own version of events and a promise to meet the legendary comics creator in court: Quote

The allegations are completely without merit. The notion that Mr. Lee did not knowingly grant POW! exclusive rights to his creative works or his identity is so preposterous that we have to wonder whether Mr. Lee is personally behind this lawsuit.

There is no question Mr. Lee—who, along with his daughter, was and remains a substantial POW! shareholder—clearly understood the terms of the agreements he signed. The evidence, which includes Mr. Lee’s subsequent statements and conduct, is overwhelming and we look forward to presenting it in court. Unquote

To break that down, they are saying that that is a lie and they are wondering if Stan is being manipulated into taking this legal action.

This lawsuit is in addition to an ongoing legal drama, Lee is also suing Jerry Olivarez, his former business partner, who briefly had his right of attorney and used Lee’s funds to buy a condo valued over $800,000 that Lee says he did not agree to.

Olivarez was also involved in Hands of Respect, a for-profit business selling pins with Lee’s branding that Lee’s daughter J.C. says they were never compensated for. Hands of Respect is also listed as one of the participating companies behind the recent attempts to sell comic books signed in ink infused with Lee’s blood, which was allegedly stolen using falsified documents.

Phew!

On the good side of things, Stan Lee has praised current Spiderman, Tom Holland , saying quote I think @TomHolland1996 is a great Spider-Man. He is the exact height and age I envisioned when I first wrote Spider-Man. Spidey was never supposed to be too large. How is my friend Tom doing? Unquote

Tom Holland replied back on twitter, quote Thanks very much Stan. It all started with you sir. Looking forward to catching up soon bud Unquote

Multiverse Tonight will continute to keep you updated to the contiunuing details of The Man,Stan Lee.

Marvel is looking to take a step forward with Eternals, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that screenwriters Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo, best known for their 2017 Black List ranking script Ruin, have signed on to pen a script for the potential movie. The Black List is an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

Eternals was created by legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby, who created the New Gods for DC and revolves around the titular Eternals, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity created millions of years ago by the cosmic beings the Celestials, they serve as the defenders of Earth against their evil counterparts the Deviants.

The proposed Eternals movie would certainly fitt in with Marvel’s plans to expand the cosmic side of the MCU post-Avengers 4, as well as Disney boss Bob Iger’s recent comments that the studio is developing a new franchise “beyond Avengers“. Hopefully the Eternals will get a better shake than the Inhumans got.

On the comic book side of things, The Marvel comic book series West Coast Avengers is making a comeback. After almost 25 years out of publication, the Los Angeles-based team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is finally re-assembling for a new generation. Marvel has announced a relaunch of West Coast Avengers, with the new series being written by Kelly Thompson. The team will be lead by Hawkeye, the leader of the original team, along with Kate Bishop, the female Hawkeye. Joining them are Quentin Quire/Kid Omega, Gwenpool, Fuse (Kate’s boyfriend), and America Chavez. Unlike the original team who got their funding from Tony Stark, this new team will receive their funding by starring in a reality TV show, which will certainly be something new for the Avengers.

A synopsis has dropped for the next Avengers movie, which is as yet untitled. If you don’t want to be spoiled…don’t worry, here it is.

“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”

Yep, vague as all get out. This description came from the the latest issue of License Global.
So let the speculation about what it means commence! Personally, I’m hoping they all get ponies.

Marvel is celebrating the end of Dan Slott’s decade long run on Amazing Spiderman with a special video highlighting his greatest issues and highlighting the big arcs and events, like “Big Time,” “Spider-Island,” “To The Ends of the Earth,” “Spider-Verse.” and “The Superiour Spiderman. Dan’s last issue #800 is out now.

Let’s look at Star Trek news
At Vulture Fest in New York City there was a Star Trek: Discovery panel titled “The Future is Definitely Female,” featuring co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg along with actresses Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Mary Chieffo and Mary Wiseman.

Gretchen J. Berg didn’t want to give any spoilers for Discovery’s second season, currently in production, but did hint about the direction of the show: Quote I don’t want to spoil, but I think there are clues. It takes too many months to figure out how to do this. Their beautiful performances are crafted, then they are in post, so I am not going to tell you everything right now. We leave clues. Watch the final episode at the end of the [first] season as to where we are going.

I can promise you that the characters that you fall in love with, you are going to get to know them better. We get much deeper into character exploration this year and we will meet some new folks. We love our group and you are going to learn more about them. Unquote

Berg also reiterated how important it is for the creators to fit the show into Trek’s established canon:Quote I love the box that we are in, because it can be so overwhelming when you look at the entire universe of Star Trek … but we were able to focus on somewhere on the timeline and we know that this happened before and this happened after. They say boundaries and restrictions can be good and for us it was good. It also gave us an opportunity to lay in some easter eggs and we feel very, very, very strongly about making sure that we fit into canon, making sure that there are not any loose ends that may be the story that is being told right now, but we are going to fit into that timeline. A lot of consideration has been put into it. Unquote

She a also acknowledged that the designs on the show have to work with a modern audience saying that alot of technology has met up with the Original Series, and that they just have to make sure it makes sense.

Now the last time we left the Discovery, they were meeting up with the USS Enterprise helmed by Captain Pike. Speaking with Deadline, Soniqua Martin-Green revealed what’s next for Burnham and whether she will get to meet with Spock in Season 2. Quote
“You know, Aaron Harberts, he said after the finale, on After Trek, that Season 2 was going to be about that line between science and faith,” “He also said that there’s going to be a lot of family dynamic. It is the Enterprise in that shot. We all know who is on the Enterprise. You see Sarek and Burnham look at each other, and there you have it.” Unquote

Now I don’t know if that means that we’ll see adult Spock or not. It still sounds like it’s being played close to the chest.

About a year ago, Nicolas Meyer, director of Star Trek II the wrath of Kahn revealed he was working on a new Star Trek project separate from Discovery. He didn’t offer any details beyond that at the time, giving rise to rumors that Meyer was working on a limited series about the villian of Star Trek II Khan Noonien Singh. Meyer has now confirmed that the Star Trek project in question is meant for CBS All Access, but has been put on hold until further notice.
During a Q&A at the University of California, Irvine, Meyer was asked by a member of the audience if he was working on a Star Trek limited series or miniseries as rumored. He specifically referred to the mystery project as being a “trilogy”, but didn’t specify if Khan is a part of it or not. Moreover, Meyer revealed that the current legal battle between CBS and Viacom/Paramount has left the project in limbo for the time being. Quote…I was hired to write a stand-alone ‘Star Trek’-related trilogy, [details of which] I can’t discuss or I’d have to kill you. [Laughs] I was writing it for CBS [All] Access… but at the moment CBS is at a war with Paramount/Viacom [about merging]. They’re in a power struggle which turned really nasty this past week when CBS decided to sue Viacom. So I don’t think my project is going anywhere in a hurry, because everything is on hold while they sort out this merger business. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. Unquote

So until the corporate war between Viacom and CBS cools down, we’ll just have to wait….I just wouldn’t hold my breath. This might take awhile.

CBS is throwing out Star Trek Discovery’s metaphorical hat into the Emmy season ring, sending out a selection of screeners to Academy voters.

According to a set that made it’s way on to ebay, CBS has the show up for nods in:

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Doug Jones (Saru)
Jason Isaacs (Gabriel Lorca)
Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets)
Shazad Latif (Voq / Ash Tyler)
Wilson Cruz (Hugh Culber)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Michelle Yeoh (Phillipa Georgiou)
Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly)
Mary Chieffo (L’Rell)
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is also being pushed for several Creative Arts Emmy Awards. These include:

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

James Frain (Sarek)
Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd)
Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Jayne Brook (Katrina Cornwell)
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

Outstanding Visual Effects

Outstanding Production Design For a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program

Outstanding Main Title Design

Outstanding Music Composition For a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Outstanding Cinematography For a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

The Emmy Awards will not be held until September. Fans won’t know if ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ received any nominations until the nominees are revealed on June 12th. As soon as we know, we’ll tweet about it, check us out @multiverseTom

The Scottrade Center, home to the St. Louis Blues and the WWE , when they’re in town has a new name and it’s one Star Trek fans will love. The arena will now be known as Enterprise Center. Not after the starship though, but after Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Holdings, which operates Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental, signed a 15-year agreement for the naming rights, with an additional 5-year option.

But we trek fans now have a place to say like Mister Chekov “And sir! It’s the Enterprise!”

There’s not much news from The Orville, but I can tell you that Fox officially announced t The Orville for a mid-season premiere. The first episode of the season is set to air on Sunday, December 30th following an NFL double-header. The series will then move to regular slot on Thursdays in 2019 for its second season. Fox has also confirmed that the second season of The Orville will have a total of 14 episodes. Thirteen brand new for this season with one leftover from last season to add to the total.

I am so looking forward to December.

In an Instagram story (which automatically expire after a day), actor J. Lee (John LaMarr) revealed that he was recently scanned and measured for an action figure for The Orville. There has been no official announcement on any licensing deals for The Orville, but there was also a hint that there would be figures from The Orville at the Paley Center panel earlier this year.

In gaming news, Ubisoft is releasing an expansion for it’s Star Trek Bridge Crew VR game, that brings it into the Next Generation. Star Trek The Next Generation. The new expansion for Star Trek: Bridge Crew, onto PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4. The expansion is now available to play with or without VR at the price of $14.99. The expansion will also come to PC on July 21st for VR players with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality support, and will also feature non-VR playability. Star Trek: Bridge Crew – The Next Generation will be playable cross-platform across all devices. So get ready to test your combat skills against the cunning Romulan Star Empire and the relentless Borg Collective.

Let’s finish with a little Star Wars news.

So…you didn’t see The Last Jedi in theaters…you didn’t rent it digitally and you didn’t pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. Well, now it’s your time, as the latest Star Wars movie…before the current one will now be on Netflix on June twenty sixth. So…go watch it already. No excuses.

Disney Parks has announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open summer 2019 at California’s Disneyland Resort and late fall 2019 at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.

Parkgoers will be welcomed to the never-before-seen planet Batuu.

Described as a “remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge,” Batuu was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes until its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel.

Now home to galactic travelers who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, Batuu has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space.

The seedy underbelly of the galaxy serves as a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the ever-expanding reach of the powerful First Order, and is a well-worn and familiar locale for many characters from the expansive Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures. And if you’d like me to go to California and send a review for this podcast, you can donate at Ko-fi.com/multiverse. I promise to send anyone who contributes a souvenir of some kind. So pleeeeeeeeasssseee pretty please with sugar on top.

Let’s look at the box office for Solo. Solo: A Star Wars is now going into it’s third weekend since release in North America, Domestically, it’s at $148,888,692. internationally, the heist film has now earned $115,300,000 worldwide after about a week of global release. Bringing the total up to just over $254 million. Unlike other people, I’m not going to speculate that the lower than expected box office is a sign of Star Wars box office fatigue. However, it might be a good idea for Disney to space out the releases of the Star Wars films a bit more. Keep them at Christmas, everyone like a to have a good long long time ago at the holidays.

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